This was an absolutely fantastic book! It had historical fiction, murder-mystery, secret identity, and romance, and I was unable to put it down!
Una is the main character, and she’s a thief on the NYC streets. After losing her mom in a fire, and losing her dad to drugs, she ends up on her own on the streets. She’s an excellent thief. She has rules for herself, and she follows them to keep herself safe. Then, one night when she witnesses a murder, and is framed for it. On the run with a need to go into hiding, she gets admitted to a probationary class for a nursing school.
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Well, this book was a crazy and fun time! I enjoyed the dark setting with the outlandish situations, and I didn’t really want to walk away from it!
So, in this story, we’ve got Phil Ochs. His family is all over the place. His son is terrorizing him through a poetry attack, his wife is addicted to the As Seen On TV toys (but seriously who isn’t?), and now, a competitive enemy is snagging his employees from his fast food chains! What could be next? Well, Phil shares a name with a very liberal, very famous singer…
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Second Chance Romance. Sassy Female Lead. Road Trip. Friends to Lovers.
Dee Matthews is a sassy, successful podcaster with a sad, broken heart from a high school sweetheart, Ben. When Ben shows up on Dee’s doorstep asking her to make good on a 10-year-old promise to road trip from Illinois to Colorado, Dee says yes.
I really enjoyed both Dee and Ben’s characters, personalities and emotional journeys. They have such a long and meaningful history with each other, and the road trip gives them such a wonderful opportunity to work through it all.
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So, once again, I’ve read the second book in a series before reading the first. This is what happens when I don’t read a synopsis before I start a book…I’m a cover-lover. BUT…this was a lovely story, and I didn’t need to have read book 1, so that worked out well 😊!
London Spark and her two sisters own Spark House, a hotel that hosts fantastic events. After breaking up with her boyfriend, her sisters and her head out for some drinks. When a smooth-talking, sexy man hits on her, she hands back his number, but Jackson Holt is not to be deterred and tells her basically, if it’s meant to be, the universe will bring them back together…
And of course, it does.
This story was so emotional for me. I feel like it really highlights the struggles to get support for mental health. I felt so invested in these characters, and I couldn’t stop reading.
Edna’s father passed away, and she’s really been struggling. She decides to put a hit out on herself in a Craigslist ad. Joe responds to Edna’s ad, and we are taken on an emotional story that jumps between the two characters’ POVs.
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I just really loved this one! I was absolutely rooting for Lillie the whole way. I was fully invested in her life!
Lillie has just sent her son off to college and settle into the next chapter in her life when her husband blindsides her with a divorce. And she’s pissed off.
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Fairy Tale Retelling 💕 LGBTQ+ Rep 💕 Strong Female Lead 💕 Breaking Conventions
This is the second book in the Fracture Fables series, and I loved it just as much as the first one! I would absolutely recommend reading book 1 in the series, A Spindle Splintered. It’s fantastic, and it really sets up what happens in this book.
Zinnia is our MC through this series. She’s got a rare medical condition that she knows is going to eventually kill her, but when she falls into fairy tale versions of Sleeping Beauty, her health improves, and she finds that she gets to be the hero for the fated Sleeping Beauties. But something goes wrong one day, and she ends up in a Snow White story. Now she’s got a whole new set of problems to work out!
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I’m a bit torn on this one. I liked the premise of a woman reaching out to her exes to understand why they moved into a committed relationship directly after the loose one with her. Alex is a woman who doesn’t want a marriage or children. She’s clearly got some emotional connection issues, and we are set up for a journey of self-discovery.
The pacing of this one was an issue for me. I was interested at the beginning, and the middle, and the end. BUT, it kept slowing down and going into these inner thoughts and self-conversations, and I just kept losing interest.
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I thought this was such an interesting plot! It is filled with mystery, murder, and secrets! This story is told through Ruby’s perspective, and I really enjoyed the backstories that helped to shape the story. The story is centered in France, and I really enjoyed the location as well!
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Fascinating. Gritty. Eye-opening. For true crime addicts.
Paul Holes brings his crime scene experiences to life in this memoir of his fascinating career. While this focuses greatly on his career-long quest to catch The Golden State Killer, it covers the solving of so many other cases. The details are fascinating, the cases heartbreaking, and the story unputdownable.
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Emotional. Timely. Racial Injustice. Broken Systems. Family. Heartbreaking.
This beautifully written book brings a timely, emotional story to its readers. I could not stop reading this one.
This story follows a young girl whose family has been torn apart one piece at a time. Her father to prison, and then to disease and death, her mother locked away, and now her brother has stopped helping support the two of them. The burden of paying rent and the bills falls to Kiara. It’s not easy for a 17-year-old to find and hold a job though, and time after time she is told no. When one night she is mistaken as a prostitute, and she accepts payment, she unknowingly steps into a life and scandal she can’t back away from.
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This was such an exciting start to a new series! I loved the characters, the setting, the atmosphere, and the world!
The story follows Raelle, a girl without an origin story. She washed up on the shores of the West with no memory, and King Wren found her, and brought her into the folds of his family. For 10 years, Raelle felt completely at home and loved, except for the queen. The queen had never accepted Raelle, and on her birthday, the queen secretly betroths Raelle to King Veras of the North.
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