I’m So Glad You’re Here by Pamela Gay

Rating: 3 out of 5.

My Synopsis:

I’m So Glad You’re Here is a memoir written by Pamela Gay. She shares her very traumatic early life experiences and how those shaped her life. Pamela witnessed her father’s forced removal from their family home at a young age. He was restrained and wheeled out right in front of her, leaving a terrible mental imprint on her. Pamela’s family later moved to Florida leaving her behind, which further impacts her mental health.

Pamela shares with the reader that she was later diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. She tries a multitude of methods to help her, but finally finds eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as a therapy method and finds that it helps her. This leads her to the beginning of her healing process.

How I Felt:

Pamela Gay’s story was written with such an honest, emotional voice. I thought that she was very open about her experiences and her recovery process, and I appreciated that. She talks a lot about her family’s dynamic, how they interacted with one another, and also about their mental health history. I like how this information helped to shape her story, and I found it very interesting.

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Virginia and the Vagabond by Skyler Frey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Well, what a delightful book this was! I loved that this book had so many surprises. I literally had jaw-dropping moments multiple times in this book. Something completely unexpected would happen and I was just completely taken by surprise! I loved it!

My Synopsis:

We meet Virginia as she does her daily household duties for the Howards, a prestigious English family. Virginia, we soon find, has a secret! Two years ago, she stumbled across a time warp and landed in the past. She hasn’t figured out how to get home, so she has hung up her Metallica t-shirt and her dreams of owning an art gallery in exchange for the only work she can find, a lady’s maid.

She is about to give her notice to her employers when her lady shows her a photo of the gentleman caller for tonight’s dinner. Virginia cannot believe it. It is Eric Rylander, and Virginia knows him…from the future. Through an accidental comment, Eric realizes that Virginia is also from the future. A bond is immediately formed that leads to a steamy romance with one problem. Eric is all but engaged to Lady Lara Howard.

How I Felt:

Virginia and the Vagabond was more than just a romance. There are elements of a woman’s struggle for equality as well as touching on gender identity. I liked all the layers within the story that made it an engrossing read.

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Flight of the Spark by Evelyn Puerto

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Duty. Desire. Destiny.

What I Loved:

Well, this book gave me a book hangover, and I loved that! I got really connected to the characters and by the end, I was like…

“WAIT! It can’t be over!”

My Synopsis:

Flight of the Spark introduces us to Iskra. She lives in a small village with a long list of rules to keep everyone safe.
📜 No cooking in your own home.
📜 Don’t question the leaders.
📜 Don’t go near a Risker encampment. (They are bad and dangerous!)
📜 Volunteer day is mandatory.
📜 Marry the person we feel is best for you.

The list goes on and on. Iskra is happy in her life. She would like a mother that was more loving and less concerned about her reputation with the neighbors, but overall, she’s comfortable and safe.

Iskra and her friend, Tavda, are traveling to a nearby village, and Iskra is so excited about her first trip outside her city’s walls. She misses the caravan home, and panicking over how much trouble she will be in, she hitches a ride with a lone traveler. As they catch up to the caravan, they find bandits have attacked the traveling group. Iskra runs for her life as the bandits chase her, and she is saved by two men.

This experience starts a series of events that lead Iskra to question all the “truths” she has been told about her life and the world around her. She travels with the two men to a Risker camp and finds nothing the way she was told it would be. Now she wonders at all the secrets and lies her leaders have told her and she begins to dig for the truth. What she finds is a romance with a forbidden lover, friends who become enemies, and a destiny that cannot be avoided.

How I Felt:

Flight of the Spark had a wonderful story that really drew me in. I was interested in the beginning as the world unfolded, but by the time Iskra was attacked by bandits, I was engrossed. I thought that Evelyn Puerto did a great job building the world of this story. Fantasy novels must have good world-building or I feel completely lost, so I was so happy at the details provided by Puerto.

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Eden’s Echo by Lynn Veevers

Welcome to the Eden’s Echo blog tour
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the idea of this teen girl’s body absorbing her mother’s soul. It was a unique plot, and one that I have not read before!

How I Felt:

Eden’s Echo does an amazing job of starting off with a bang. I felt like the first chapter had me hooked, and I couldn’t put it down from there! The pace is fast, but slows enough to let the reader understand the world and the situation.

I really liked that Eden was written as this super normal teenage girl. She’s got all the normal problems to deal with, but then she gets this huge weight of her mother added into the mix. She felt like a very relatable person, and made the entire story completely enjoyable.

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Raghnall’s Revenge by Shauna Richmond

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I absolutely adore the mythical setting for this story! Raghnall’s Revenge is the follow-up book to The Wrath of Raghnall and it absolutely killed it! It’s filled with magical creatures, revenge, and love.

How I Felt:

The story picks up from the end of the last book, continuing in the House of Raghnall’s quest for revenge. Shauna Richmond has the ability to pull the reader right into the story, and while it is a hefty sized book, you don’t realize it as the pages seem to just fly by!

Raghnall’s Revenge is a story of . . . revenge😉. I love the way the author weaves the brutal actions into the story. As I read this book, I had that feeling I would get while reading (or watching) Game of Thrones. The ruthless actions perfectly fit the scene and setting for the story, and it was quite engaging! There are a ton of secrets that are revealed, and the twists that Richmond carefully weaves into the story makes this a page-turner!

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A Curse of Mayhem by Sunayna Prasad

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Curse of Mayhem was a wonderful next book in the Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions series! This is a middle-grade fantasy story filled with magic and adventure!

The story begins six months after the end of the first book, The Frights of Fiji. 13-year-old Alyssa is living with Alex, someone who supports her and believes in her, which is such a nice change from her uncle in book 1. She has put magic behind her…or so she thought. But then, she is cursed by a skeleton named Errol. The curse causes mayhem in Alyssa’s life.

Errol’s curse gives Alyssa magic that is out of control. It causes all kinds of problems that give the book an exciting sense of adventure. Alyssa, ultimately, must defeat Errol to overcome her curse, but can she do it?

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Jonas Hanway’s Scurrilous, Scandalous, Shockingly Sensational Umbrella by Josh Crute

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

❤️ Learning about how the umbrella was introduced to England.

What Didn’t Work:

👎 Big words that a young child may not know made it difficult to follow.

My Synopsis:

This children’s book tells the story of how umbrellas were introduced to London by Jonas Hanway. we are introduced to Jonas, who is quite a grumpy man and does not like to get wet! All of London just deals with the wet environment, but Jonas is sick of it. He travels the world for a place that does not get rain and stumbles upon umbrellas being used in other places. He brings an umbrella back home with him and uses it for 30 years while people snicker at him.

How I Felt:

I had a lot of feelings about this book. I was SO excited to receive this book. The cover is fabulous and I thought it would be a great book for my kids to learn about umbrellas. It is a cute story and the illustrations throughout the entire book are absolutely stunning! The wording used though, cause a lot of problems for me.

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Friend or Foe by Samantha Bryant

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

In the first book of this series, I was interested in Patricia’s character, but I wanted to know more about her. I was so excited that she played a prominent role in this book! I enjoyed reading more about her!

My Synopsis:

Friend or Foe picks up right after the ending of the first book in the series, Going Through the Change. I was happy to see this immediate follow-up to the first story. Patricia O’Neill is still on the scene from the big battle and is trying to evade answering questions of officers and a man, from an unidentified organization.

Cindy, on the other hand, has escaped the scene with her jewels and her quickly regressing body. She’s on a bus trying to figure out where she can go to fix her anti-aging problem when she is confronted by someone from her past that may be able to help her but is it for a price?

How I Felt:

Patricia’s story was focused on what I believe will be leading to her next steps in life. She seems to be struggling with herself. Her reptilian exterior may be a reflection of her internal frame of mind. I find her to be the most difficult character to understand and I believe that her lizard body with skin that cannot be damaged or penetrated is such a perfect characterization for who she is. I enjoyed her struggles over what she should be doing, how she should act to be a good friend, and if she deserves the friendships based on her actions.

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The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The Forgotten Home Child was about a historical event that I didn’t know much about. I really enjoy reading about people and situations that are new to me. The children brought from England to Canada have such heartbreaking stories, but I am so glad that I was able to read this beautifully written book.

How I Felt:

The story introduces us to Winnifred Ellis, our 98 year old main character in 2018. Her story is told through present day, 2018, as well as the historical view starting in 1936. Winnifred is moving in with her granddaughter and great-grandson and her granddaughter accidentally knocks a suitcase open, spilling some of its contents. This leads to questions about the suitcase and its contents, and Winny decides it is time to share her secrets with her family.

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Down A Darker Path by Laura Maybrooke

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Down A Darker Path was a fabulous follow-up to the first book in the series Dulcea’s Rebellion! I loved the strength shown by Dulcea, the main character, and I found the romance so enticing!!

How I Felt:

How beautiful is this cover!?!? I just had to give it a shout out because it is absolutely stunning!

The story picks up from the end of book 1, so make sure you’ve read the first book before starting this one! Dulcea is given a choice. She must choose between the dragon clan or Krath…and she makes her choice and then he leaves her behind! Men! Dulcea’s days are filled with battles with weapons as well as battles over her feelings. She struggles with her honor to keep loyal to her own kind and her budding love for Krath.

The pace of this story is perfect for those that like to jump right into the action. I found the entire story fast-paced and filled with exciting situations! I loved the descriptions of the world. Laura Maybrooke does an excellent job of building her world and creates beautiful images of her story.

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What I Loved:

❤️ A group of men finding relevant love advice through trashy romance novels.

What Didn’t Work:

👎 Most of the characters were completely unlikable.

How I Felt:

The story introduces the reader to Gavin, a major league baseball player, and a man with a marriage falling apart. After a fabulous win, he and his wife get down and dirty and Gavin discovers that she’s been faking it their entire marriage. This leads to an awful argument and a separation. Some of the other players on his MLB team approach him and introduce him to their Bromance Book Club. The club is a group of men reading Regency romance novels and taking away the love advice.

Gavin is skeptical but does try it out. His first step is to offer his wife, Thea, a deal. They agree for him to move back in until Christmas, and if Gavin can’t win her back, he’ll give her a divorce. Gavin has some guidelines though, she must kiss him goodnight every night and go on a date with him each week. Will Gavin’s plan to win Thea back work or is the advice from the romance novels a waste of time?

I enjoyed the idea of this plot. I liked that Gavin was expanding his idea of how to love his wife. He’s trying new things, and working at the relationship. I struggled though, with Thea’s end of the bargain. I felt like she was putting nothing into the relationship. I know that it was Gavin’s job to win her back, however, she was the one faking it through their entire marriage. Her frustration and ultimate reason for a divorce comes down to her not trusting people, and yet, she was the one keeping secrets from Gavin for so long.

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Immunity by Alexandra Killworth

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Immunity was such an emotional story with characters that drew me in completely. I found this book a bit more difficult to read than I had originally thought it would be. The topic of a virus that wipes out humanity hits quite close to home in today’s COVID-19 environment. It was, however, a very well-written book that I truly enjoyed.

The story introduces the reader to Charlie, a teenage girl who has been living on her own for three years. All alone. Three years ago a virus wiped out every other human being on the planet. Even wildlife seems to have been depleted. Charlie, the sole survivor, seems to be immune to the disease. She is ravaged by the emotional damage of watching everyone around her die, however.

She’s set up a little home in a shed and has her daily routines that keep her busy. Then, one day, Laiton appears, and it seems that the world has two survivors now, not just one. Laiton has a secret though that could shatter Charlie’s world all over again.

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