First Born by Will Dean

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was a really good read, but I did have some struggles with it. It’s still a 4 star read for me, but The Last Thing to Burn was so outstanding, and this did not quite live up to that. It’s still a solid thriller, and it will entertain you all the way through.

Molly and Katie are twins. When Katie is found dead, Molly travels from Europe to America to find out what happened.

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Backyard Witchcraft by Cecilia Lattari

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such an interesting, and new type of book for me. It’s an introduction to beginner’s home magic. It’s really connected in the natural elements and has beautiful illustrations to help the reader along the way. This is perfect for someone who is interested in magic in today’s world.

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Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was absolutely stunning. Emiko Jean has quickly become a favorite author for me! I love the cultural perspective she provides, and the stories that tug at my heart strings! Read this if you enjoy strong character growth, family stories, and imperfect lives.

Mika is living a messy life. She’s 35 without a job, constantly needing money from her parents, never able to live up to the traditional Japanese expectations of her parents, and she her most recent relationship just crashed and burned.

And then she gets a phone call from Penny and everything changes. You see, Mika gave Penny up for adoption 16 years ago, but they have never spoken before. They begin to get to know each other over the phone, but Mika finds herself creating the perfect life for herself as she inflates and adjusts the truth.

When Penny announces that she’s coming to meet and spend time with Mika, she finds herself trying to make this fantasy life become a reality.

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Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow! This book was fantastic! With strong characters, superb plot building, and creepy moments, this was a wild and five-star filled ride!

Mallory has been clean for 18 months and has just gotten her first job outside of rehab. With an on-site cottage for her to live in on her own, this babysitting gig seems pretty great! There are some downsides though, Mallory’s little charge, Teddy, he is such a sweet kid, but he draws the creepiest pictures. Mallory quickly finds that these creepy drawings may have a more sinister origin than Teddy’s parents know…

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Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I absolutely love Julia Whelan’s narration. I will enjoy any book she ever reads to me. When I discovered that she had a book coming out that she WROTE and she was NARRATING the audio, holy cow, I was excited! And guess what…I wasn’t let down!

Sewanee is the main character in this story. She’s an audiobook narrator but has a history in the movies too. At an audio convention, she has quite a connection and a nice little romp in the hay with a mysterious man. After heading home, she is asked to narrate a romance novel, which she refuses to narrate after her own tragic story. But with some life pressures breathing down her neck, she agrees to do it, and finds that she’s narrating with Brock McNight, a sexy voice and incredibly popular narrator. As they work long distance to narrate, they find quite a connection, but Sewanee has a lot of baggage she has to work through to really give herself over to another person.

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Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green by Nancy Carlisle

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a great children’s story about nature and littering and the impact on our seas!

This is a fictional story about Violet as she finds litter in the water and wants to find out how she can help make things better. I really appreciated the mix of fictionalized story and non-fiction information. It made for great conversation starters as I read this with my kiddos! There were lots of great questions as the story progressed!

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Child of Etherclaw by Matty Roberts

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I absolutely love dystopian stories, and this one did not let me down! There is fantastic world-building, compelling characters, and an interesting plot!

This dystopian world has highly advanced technology, a bit of magic, and oppressed people. The story follows Fenlee Harper, a teen trying to help her family move up in the world. I don’t want to give away everything, but as the story progresses, there are so many surprising reveals, I couldn’t stop reading!

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After We Were Stolen by Brooke Beyfuss

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow, this book is the kind of story that sticks with you for a long time. I read this in July, and it has continued to be a story that I think about! It’s emotional, heartbreaking, and surprising. It’s a page-turner, and you won’t be able to put it down!

After a fire breaks out on her family’s compound, Avery and her brother Cole escape. When they are captured by the police they learn that they were in a family who was part of a cult. As Avery tries to come to terms with who she is and who her family was, we watch her emotional, heartbreaking, and revealing discoveries.

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The Dirty Martini Club by Jude Randazzo

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought this was a pretty fast-paced story! It really starts off with a bang, and I couldn’t stop reading after that!

I really enjoyed the characters, and the situations. I enjoyed the location of the story in NY. It’s a bit gritty, which made it feel pretty darn real! I thought that the story was well-written, and quite captivating.

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Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Okay, this book is a MUST READ for mystery/thriller/time travel readers!! This was such a fantastically written story. I could not stop reading, and I was incredibly invested in what was happening!

Jen’s son comes walking towards the house right at curfew when another man comes up behind him, and Jen watches as her son murders the man. After what quickly becomes the worst night of her life, she wakes up to discover that it is the day before the murder.

What?

I know, I know! It’s crazy, but it’s the day before the murder, and she’s the only one that knows what is about to happen. She tries to figure out what led to the murder, but finds that when she wakes up the next morning…

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Luck and Last Resorts by Sarah Grunder Ruiz

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Luck and Last Resorts is the second book in the series Love, Lists & Fancy Ships, which, of course, I didn’t know when I read it 🤦‍♀️ On the plus side, this can absolutely be read as a standalone, but I loved it so much, I’m definitely going back to read the first book!

This is a second chance romance told through present day and flashbacks where we learn about the various statuses of Nina and Ollie’s relationships. We get to flashback to when they first met, and to see how their love blossomed (and wilted).

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The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I just loved this story. It’s a wonderful mix of romance, grief, ghosts of the past, and ghosts of the present.

Florence is a ghost writer for an extremely popular romance author, and very few people know. When a new editor arrives to meet with Florence, they don’t start off on the best foot. After a terrible meeting, and then a terrible night at the bar, she finds out her father has passed away and heads home. Where she finds a ghost, but it’s not the ghost of her dad…

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