One by One by Ruth Ware

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, Ruth Ware has done it again! One by One was a thrilling story of murder, secrets, and seclusion. I found myself immediately drawn in and seriously could not put it down! I will say that it wasn’t quite as good as The Turn of the Key, but that was by far my favorite by her. This one takes us back to her stories that put a group of people together and then start killing them off. It was very reminiscent of in a dark, dark wood, but I really enjoyed it!

A company trip to a secluded ski resort starts off tense with characters that are segregated into smaller groups of friends and enemies. As the story unfolds, we begin to understand that there is an opportunity for a buy out of the company Snoop, but not every shareholder wants this. What was supposed to be a week-long retreat to decide on what to do, turns into a heart racing trip to stay alive.

I loved the characters in this story. The cast has two employees for the ski chalet, and 10 guests. It’s told from the POV of Erin, one of the workers in the chalet, and then Liz, a guest and minority shareholder for Snoop. I liked this story-telling choice, as we got insight into some of the Snoop backstory, as well as the chalet worker’s thoughts as things begin to happen.

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Copy of Science Fiction with pink background and oversized moon with reflection in water

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What an absolutely stunning, fabulous book!! To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a story filled with excitement, adventure, surprises, aliens, space ships, sassy AIs, great characters, and a load of other things!

It’s the year 2257, and Kira Navárez accidentally stumbles across an alien relic that turns her world upside down. A dust-like substance begins to crawl over her, and she cannot remove it. It encompasses her entirely, creating a suit (the “xeno”), but one that has a mind of its own, sharing Kira’s body as a host. Kira soon finds herself in a situation where she is racing against the clock, and an army of dangerous aliens to save humans and life as we know it.

So, that was a pretty short description of an 880-page book. But don’t let the length be a deterrent for you! This was an absolutely excellent book. Christopher Paolini created an amazing world with characters that you connect with, and a story that you can’t put down!

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The Magic Misfits: The Fourth Suit by Neil Patrick Harris

Welcome to the blog tour for The Magic Misfits: The Fourth Suit hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you like magic, friends, excitement, and adventure, this is the perfect series for you or your middle-grade reader! I found this book to be absolutely captivating!

This is the first book that I have read in The Magic Misfits series, and I was SO appreciative that the book lends itself to someone jumping into the series! There’s a “Stop! Halt! Who Goes There!” at the beginning that wonderfully catches a reader up on who the characters are in the book. I loved that!

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Larceny at the Library by Colleen J. Shogan

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Rating: 4 out of 5.
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

I love a good mystery, and one that feels like it could really happen is even better! Larceny at the Library was that good, believable mystery for me. I think the author’s previous careers have lent to her credibility in this book. She previously worked on Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress!

I loved the characters in Larceny at the Library. They were easy to get to know even though this is the sixth book in the series. I’d like to go back and read the previous books, though because I want to learn about them from the beginning now! Kit and Doug make a good couple, and I enjoyed their personal life mixed into this mystery!

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The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I read a lot of books with “of Auschwitz” in the title, and I have loved every one of them. While these are stories that are hard to read, I truly feel they are important books that cannot be missed. The Brothers of Auschwitz was an emotional, raw story that left me in awe of the strength of some humans and horrified at the actions of others.

Dov and Yitzhak are two brothers living in a small village, largely untouched by the devastation of WWII. Then, in 1944, the Nazi’s invade their home and take them to Auschwitz. Years later, they share their story with a friend.

Three months was enough for the Germans to turn healthy young men into a pile of disgusting rags.
The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler

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The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow! This was a wonderful book! I read a lot of historical fiction, and I really enjoy the WWII timeframe. I haven’t read one that focuses on the direct aftermath of the war though, so this was an exciting new book for me!

The London Restoration introduces us to married couple Diana and Brett in post-world-war-II London. Diana and Brett spent much of the war separated from each other and now are back together, trying to repair their marriage. Diana has secrets that she must keep from Brett about what she was doing during the war, and Brett has secrets of his own.

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Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow! This was such a captivating story! I loved the descriptions of the era and location. This historical mystery is set during the Depression in San Francisco, and I felt like I was right in the story!

Jane has hidden her identity by dressing as a boy for a newspaper copy boy job. She’s quite successful and works her way up in the newspaper world. Then, a photo surfaces with her Daddy and his arm around a girl that has recently turned up dead. Jane realizes her Daddy may not be dead, and he could ruin everything she has worked to accomplish.

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Majesty by Katharine McGee

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love books about royalty. I read American Royals and fell in love with the characters and the re-imagining of American history. When I got the chance to grab the second book, Majesty, I was SO excited. This book did not let me down!

Majesty picks up just a little after the end of the first book in the series, American Royals. We find the royal family, and the entire country mourning the death of the King. Beatrice is now the reigning monarch, and the first Queen in United States history. Her sister is not the next in line for the throne, which was a position Sam had never expected to be in, and Nina is happy to be out of the spotlight that comes with being friends with the royal family.

I loved that this book again provided different POVs from the characters. We have Nina, Beatrice, Sam, and Daphne all telling this story. This story still doesn’t make me like Daphne, but I really came to respect Beatrice. I loved watching her take on her new responsibilities, and work through all the problems.

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Books about magicians are always calling to me. I find them to be a fun mix of fantasy and real-world, and it just draws me right in. Where Dreams Descend introduces the reader to a world where nothing is as it seems, and the dreams of one young magician have the opportunity to be the downfall of an entire town.

This book has brought out a whole lot of feelings in me. I found myself struggling to get into the book at the beginning but unable to put the book down by the end.

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Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Alright, so, this book…I have not savored a book like this in a really long time. This beefy-beast was 664 pages long, and I just sat back and enjoyed every word on every page. I loved it, and while I think there are a lot of things that would make some readers completely walk away, for me, it was everything I wanted it to be.

I’m assuming you’re reading this because you’re already a Twilight fan, but just in case…Midnight Sun is the fifth book in the Twilight Saga. This book is basically the first book in the series again, but written from Edward’s point-of-view, instead of Bella’s. Okay, so that’s the same book, right? Why read it? Well, because I wanted to go back to Forks and experience it all over again!

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Inherent Fate by Geanna Culbertson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Crisanta Knight series continues to be so much fun! In this third book in the series, Crisanta is still on her journey to find The Author. Crisanta wants to get her story changed, and The Author is the only person that can do that.

Inherent Fate picks up right where book 2 left off. Cristana is stuck in the genie’s lamp with Daniel, and they don’t know how to get out. They do of course, or the book would have been very short! Once out, they must get to the cave to get the third item they have been searching for. I enjoyed that Daniel and Crisanta have some time alone during this book. They are separated from the rest of the group, and I liked seeing their dynamic energy together. I’m very much rooting for the two of them to get together in the end!

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Lucky’s Adventure in the Great Outdoors by Elizabeth Macy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lucky’s Adventure in the Great Outdoors was such a cute children’s book! Lucky Charm is a friendly puppy with a wonderful family that is heading to the great outdoors for a camping trip! Lucky and Hershey (the kitty) head out from the campsite and come across two woodland creatures. They ask to play, and the Moose and fox are rude, saying NO! We don’t like city animals. Moments later the animals hear a bird in trouble. They work together to save the bird and become friends. The group continues to travel through the woods, having fun, and picking up new friends along the way!

This book is perfect for children. The animals make it fun for the kids to enjoy the introduction of each new character. Who will they meet next? My kids couldn’t wait to find out! The variety of animals made every new friend an exciting event!

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