Winter’s Wolf by Lou Grimes

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the paranormal aspects of this story! The shape-shifting was fun, and I liked that we get to learn about the world with the Louvette because it’s all new to her as well!

How I Felt:

This is a debut story for author Lou Grimes, and I think it is going to be one that people easily fall in love with! And don’t worry, it’s a series, so you can expect more greatness to come!

The plot was so intriguing! Louvette and her mother inherit land in Montana and move from their old home into this new place, grateful for the opportunity to escape their old lives. Louvette meets Arsen who tells her that she is a Lupine, which is a werewolf, and happens to be the only female left!

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This is my America by Kim Johnson

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

This. Book. UGH! It was amazing, and I loved every word, every page.

How I Felt:

This story truly impacted me. I stopped and started the reading of this to consider the words on the page. While this was a fictional story, it rings true over and over again. Tracy’s comments on the racial divides in our society were spot-on and continued to make me think. Her investigation into what really happened the night her brother was accused of murder gave so many opportunities to show readers some of the horrible injustices that are a part of America today.

The plot features a young girl, Tracy, who is trying to get her father’s death sentence overturned before it is too late. She relentlessly writes letters to Innocence X, an organization that assists people in their legal needs, but she has yet to hear back from them. Just as she is beginning to give up on them, her brother is accused of murder, and Tracy is reliving a nightmare for the second time.

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Wild Wedding Hookup by Jamie K. Schmidt

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I really loved the characters in this one! They made all the difference to the story. They were so likable and relatable that I couldn’t help but be drawn into their lives!

How I Felt:

The story features Mikelina, a concierge at a fancy resort. She’s working with Bastian, a groomsman, online to coordinate the events for the two-week bachelor party. After a chance encounter at a club, the two quickly find a connection.

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Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute

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Rating: 3 out of 5.
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What I Loved:

The utter craziness of this story was so intriguing! I think that sometimes, it’s just so fun to dive into a book that takes you into the oddest moments and quirkiest characters, and that’s exactly what I got with this story!

How I Felt:

Above the Star was seriously one of the wildest, craziest books I have read in a while. The world was very different, and it takes some getting used to, but I think if there are readers that are interested in immersing themselves in a totally new and different place, this would be a great series for them! I also liked that there is a glossary in the back of the book to help you figure out what’s happening. I thought it was a needed, and nice, addition!

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Britfield and The Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the absolute excitement that surrounded this story! It was filled with escapes that had me on the edge of my seat!

How I Felt:

Britfield and The Lost Crown starts the reader at The Weatherly Orphanage, a place that no child wants to be. It’s exactly what you expect a horrible orphanage to be, filled with lots of hate and too little food. Tom’s friend Sarah gets put into solitary confinement, and it’s the last straw for him. It’s time to go. They have an epic escape that is aided by the many other kids at the orphanage, but a detective is hired to chase after the two of them.

The plot for the story involves a secret that Tom discovered about his family, so along with the high-action escapes, the story has a bit of a mystery aspect as well! While it’s definitely filled with action and adventure, it doesn’t feel repetitive, each scenario is different, creating those surprise moments we all love from a story.

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Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and books like this are exactly why I love the genre! I loved the peek into the world of early aviation, and it was great to see it from a female’s view!

How I Felt:

The story is told through two timelines, one in the ’40s and one in the ’30s. I love stories that unfold this way! In Her Last Flight, there were so many details that just came together towards the end, and I loved that I wasn’t expecting so many of them! It was an amazing story!

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Mayhem by Estelle Laude

What I Loved:

I loved the mystery involved in this story. There is a mystery surrounding the girls’ deaths and a mystery about Mayhem’s history. I enjoyed watching both unfold.

How I Felt:

Mayhem is a story that created a lot of emotions for me. I was really impressed with the author’s ability to put such feeling into the story. The characters deal with abuse and drug use, and the emotional rollercoaster that goes with it.

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The Annie Oakley Mysteries by Kari Bovee

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Shoot Like a Girl by Kari Bovee

Shoot Like a Girl by Kari Bovee
Series: Annie Oakley Mysteries, Book 1
Page Count: 83 pages
Publisher: Bosque Publishing
Pub Date: November 2019

Shoot like a Girl depicts the historically fictive tale of a young Annie Oakley’s struggles before she becomes the most famous sharpshooting woman of all time.

After the death of her father, Annie is sent to the Drake County poorhouse where she learns to cook, sew, and keep house for other families to help her mother make ends meet.

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Knucklehead Fred by Arias Williams

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I’m a mom, and I have two kids that struggle to clean up after themselves…I think all moms live this life! I loved that this story offered a fun way for children to see what responsibility is, and how wonderful it is to feel proud of yourself after having accomplished something!

My Synopsis:

Fred is a normal young boy who chooses not to pick up after himself. He brushes off his chores to do things that he wants to do instead. His actions have not caused him any issues until the day he wants something and his parents say

NO

Whoops, Knucklehead Fred, it might be time to start taking the time to do the chores.

Knucklehead Fred follows a boy as he learns the value of following directions and helping out at home.

How I Felt:

I liked this story. It’s a simple, easy to follow picture book that had my children’s full attention. They connected with Fred. They had both been there themselves. It was nice to see their reactions to the positive behavior that Fred shows as the story progresses. Overall, the both enjoyed this book, and would absolutely ask for a second reading!

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Nocturne by Cheryl Mahoney

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I love a retelling! I especially like one that comes from a story I love so much. I’ve seen Phantom of the Opera on multiple occasions, I’ve read the book multiple times, and now…my first retelling! Nocturne was a wonderful retelling that really pulled me into the story.

How I Felt:

Nocturne tells the Phantom of the Opera tale, but from the perspective of Meg Giry, a dancer and friend of Christine Daaé. I really enjoyed that this new character was added to the story. I liked her perspective and her investigative mind.

The story’s beginning had me completely pulled in. I love it when a book grabs you from the start, and this one did! Meg is lost in the depths of the Opera trying to get to dance class. I loved the way the author made me feel Meg’s emotions through this. I felt her fear and concern over being late to class, and then of being lost. Cheryl Mahoney’s writing grabbed me emotionally again and again throughout the story. She has a great way of making the reader feel what is happening!

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A Goddess Among Men by Daniel Davidsohn

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I love that this book covered three generations of characters. I think it really helped me to understand who Christel, the main character, was. I got an excellent understanding of why her emotional state was the way it was, and I appreciated all the details that went into building the timeline.

My Synopsis:

Alan and Julian are an odd-couple type of business relationship. Julian is a wonderful man with a lovely personality, while Alan is the exact opposite. He is a cruel, ruthless man that is focused on making it to the top of the success ladder.

Julian finds out he is a father shortly before his death, and he entrusts his daughter to Alan. WHY?!?!? I know as the reader we know more than the characters, but this decision broke my heart. So, Alan ends up the caregiver for Christel, and he is terrible. Christel endures unthinkable acts *see warnings below* and her treatment emotionally hollows her out.

Christel’s early childhood experiences shape who she becomes as a woman. She must work to embrace who she is with the help of someone from her past.

How I Felt:

The plot was so interesting. I really liked how the story covered such a wide range of years. There were twists and turns that I didn’t expect throughout the book, making the story such a page-turner! Christel’s history provides so much for the reader to learn about, and as the information was revealed, I just needed to know more!

The characters were so well-written. They had a depth that stemmed from their expansive histories, as well as the care the author took to develop them throughout the story. Alan is a despicable person. I was disgusted by him throughout the entire book. I found myself blaming Julian again and again for putting Christel in this horrible situation.

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The Nutcracker Conspiracy by Lauren Carr

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

One of the things I love about Lauren Carr’s books is her animals. She creates these animal characters that have a personality that you connect with! The Nutcracker Conspiracy did not disappoint me one bit with the animals woven into the story!

How I Felt:

The plot was so much fun. It’s a police procedural story, so I got lots of great details from the investigator’s perspective. The conspiracy really went back in time to pull all the details together, which made the fact-finding portion of the book really interesting. It also has that fun, humorous side that makes it feel lighthearted. Lauren Carr finds a great balance between the suspense and humor.

The characters in The Nutcracker Conspiracy were as wonderful as always! I like that Carr incorporates characters that we meet in other stories with the new ones. It just feels like I’m reading about friends. Gnarly, a favorite pup of mine is back again. If you enjoy the four-legged friends in stories, you’ll really get into this book. There’s even a lycanthrope lurking around!

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