The Happiness Thief by Nicole Bokat

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What an awesome mystery! I really didn’t want to put this one down.

The Happiness Thief has a main character with PTSD from a car crash where she lost her mother. Years later, she seems to take hit after hit when her husband leaves her, and then survives another crash. These losses are pretty emotional, and I liked how the author was able to bring so much emotion into the story and also bring the mystery to the plot!

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The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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This was such a great story! I loved the relationships, both romantic and friendly, and I enjoyed the storyline. This is a story that just made my heart feel full and happy! It funny, but tackles life topics that can be easily related to.

The characters in this book are amazing, and you truly become friends with them as you read. They all have their own special traits that make them so endearing. There are things that can be unlikable at times, but since no one is perfect, I like to see that in a character.

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Arroyo by Chip Jacobs

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is centered around Pasadena, California, and the “Suicide Bridge” formally titled “Colorado Street Bridge”. The story digs into the history of the bridge and the area around it.

This is told through a dual timeline in the early 1900s, then later in the 1990s. I enjoyed the two different time periods in this story. I always enjoy when we see into the history, and then we get to experience someone later in time trying to understand what happened!

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The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Temple House Vanishing is a spooky thriller with a great setting that really brings an atmospheric feel to the story. Told through alternating POVs, we get to see into two different perspectives, both at the time of the mystery, and in the current time. I really liked that the views alternated, it was great insight into the story during both portions.

This book starts off with a bang, you are immediately gripped by the story. If you like a fast, quick-paced mystery, this is a good one for you! The plot was good, and while I was able to guess what was happening, I still enjoyed the ride as the story progressed!

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Chasing Failure by Ryan Leak

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The subtitle of this book is “How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success”. I got excited to read this because I like to be a glass half full type of person, and I really thought that this title sounded like it was thinking the same way I was, and I sure was right!

Chasing Failure is a self-help book written by Ryan Leak that blends personal experience with suggestions, advice, and ideas to help you find ways to be successful, even in the face of failure.

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The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’m going to go ahead and give this book a 5 star review. Holy moly this book was filled with twists and turns I just didn’t see coming! So, strap yourself in for a crazy ride with this book!

You know how there are those moments in a book where everything comes to a screeching halt, your jaw drops, and you’re just like WTF? The moment in this book when that happened. I felt like I just threw my hands up and said, well, I’m not doing anything else today. I need to know what happens now! I LOVE when a book does that!

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Cold Hearted by Serena Valentino

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Cold Hearted is the 8th book in the Villains series. This is such a fun series! I am huge fan of retellings, and I love it when they delve into the before and after of the original story. It’s so fun!

In Cold Hearted, we get to see what really happened in the evil stepmother’s story from Cinderella. This was great way to understand Lady Tremaine’s story. We get to go back in time and see what happened before Cinderella came into her life, and I loved it so much. This definitely skews to a younger reader, so it’s a quick, easy story, and it’s oh so fun!

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Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow, what a phenomenal thriller Kill All Your Darlings was!

I loved that this story was told through different POVs, and that we jumped around in the timeline a bit. It really made this story come to life for me as the details were revealed! The plot for this one completely took me by surprise! I loved the twists and turns that the story took, and I loved the ending! This was my first book by David Bell, and now I’m on the hunt for my next read by him!

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Grace in Hollywood by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Kari Bovee is such a great storyteller! She drops the reader into a story and they don’t want to get out until the end! It’s such a wonderful reading journey!

In Grace in Hollywood, we get to settle into a 1920s setting for a Hollywood murder-mystery! I loved the time period and all the world-building Bovee did to really make me feel like it was the 20s. I loved the references and descriptions.

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With or Without You by Caroline Leavitt

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oh wow, this book is a beautiful, emotional story that feels like a real view into someone’s life. With or Without You is a look into a middle-aged life that hasn’t gone quite as expected. As events unfold, the reflection on where one’s life is now and where one thought it would be take the reader on a beautiful journey!

The characters are the stand out win from this story. You get to know them and you connect with them, and you ultimately cry and celebrate with them. I loved that this story made you friends with the characters. While this was an emotional journey, this is still a light at the end of the tunnel, and the character growth throughout the story provides the reader with satisfied and comforted feeling.

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Bob the Banana Goes Bad by Steve Petzinger

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this book with both kiddos and it was a HIT! The artwork brings these characters to life, and the story really draws the reader into the life and situation for these food friends. This seems like the kind of story that could turn into a series. There are a lot of very unique characters in this refrigerator, and we really enjoyed them all!

So, Bob the Banana, like all the other food in the refrigerator just wants to be eaten. That is their role in life. The Mayor supports every food by telling them they will be chosen before they go bad, but when Bob starts to turn brown, it doesn’t look good for him.

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When She Comes Back by Ronit Plank

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

When She Comes Back is an absolutely amazing, yet heartbreaking memoir. The strength of Ronit throughout this story is amazing, and it speaks volumes to the determination to overcome that she had.

Her story takes us through her parental abandonment of her and her absolutely devastating childhood. Ronit provides a view of her life through the lens of hope rather than devastation though, which makes this emotional read one that provides an uplifting feeling for the reader.

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