Doors Of Gold And Rust by A.N. Willis

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I LOVE a second book in a series that stands up to the first! Doors Of Gold And Rust was just as wonderful as the first book! I liked that this story still had the same characters we already know, and involved the same house, but there are a whole lot of NEW mysteries to uncover. It was exciting, and I enjoyed it!

The story picks up just four months after the resolution of the last story, and we find Evelyn has befriended Jake, and Alex is a bit estranged as he’s living with his mom out of town. Evelyn receives a letter that sparks the return of Alex and the eventual discovery of a long-hidden murder on the Byrne House grounds.

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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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Haunting in Hartley by Janice Tremayne

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I absolutely loved that this is a book set in a town that really does have a paranormal vibe. I thought it just added to the overall story!

How I Felt:

Haunting in Hartley was such a well-written story! The plot has this mystery that I loved and was so intrigued by. I really liked that the author held a lot of information until closer to the end, so it left me guessing for quite a while! It made it so hard to put the book down!

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Rachael’s Return by Janet Rebhan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved this story’s idea of how souls interact and communicate. I thought it was such an interesting plot, and I couldn’t put it down!

My Synopsis:

Caroline Martin has always wanted a daughter. Unknowingly pregnant, she goes in for a hysterectomy. She shares a recovery room with a pregnant woman, Mary Anne, shot by her boyfriend.

The soul of Caroline’s accidentally aborted baby decides that Mary Anne’s baby may be an opportunity for her to be born and know her mother.

How I Felt:

Rachael’s Return is such a different book. This story features both the human characters and the characters of souls within the storyline. The souls play a huge role in the story and provided a fresh perspective. The story discusses a lot about spirituality, reincarnation, and destiny. It was written well, and when I wasn’t reading it, I found myself constantly thinking about the plot and the role fate plays in our lives.

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This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What I Loved:

This Eternity of Masks and Shadows had this fabulous mix of mythology creatures and stories that made the overall-fantasy of this book so exciting! I really enjoyed that this was all layered into a murder mystery! It was an interesting story and a good read!

How I Felt:

This story’s world has humans and gods walking around together, living life side-by-side. I loved the research that the author so obviously put into the mythological creatures as he built this story. I found that the references and descriptions fit into the plot really well.

The pace for This Eternity of Masks and Shadows was probably too fast. I would have enjoyed this a bit more with a few additional breaks in the action to build the world a bit more, and focus on the character building. It was, however, FILLED with action. There was a lot going on, and it led to a very fast-paced, quick read. Readers that enjoy action-packed stories are going to love this one!

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Life’s a Witch by Skyler Andra

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Life’s a Witch is a perfect book to jump into if you are looking for a new paranormal romance series! It’s book one in the Guild of Guardians and is a spin-off story of one of the characters, Astra.

Astra has been convicted of theft and is sentenced to The Guild of Guardians, a prison for the supernatural. The prisoners spend their sentences working to capture other criminals. Astra is assigned to a group with a cast of characters that hit on a ton of personality types. Knoxe, Tor, Raze & Pascal are the others in her group, and she finds them less than friendly at first, but soon finds a rhythm with them.

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Eden’s Echo by Lynn Veevers

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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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires had this mixture of Steel Magnolias type characters with a vampire plot and I really enjoyed it! I think that overall, it was the southern-style ladies that saved this book for me. Their gentle, southern charm softened the horror enough that I wasn’t terrified throughout the story!

How I Felt:

I don’t do horror well. I get scared, like read with the lights on and my back to a wall creeped out super easily. I couldn’t even pick a super scary image for my “Horror” genre image above. So, let me first of all say that this book was more horror-lite than full-on horror.

While The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires is a story about a group of book club ladies that think there is a vampire living in the neighborhood, it is also about so much more. I was surprised by the additional pieces of this story. There is a focus on family, sacrifice, love, poor choices, and relationships. It was, all-around, a well-written story that I really enjoyed.

The story begins with an introduction of the main character, Patricia Campbell, that really gave me a good feel for who she was as a person. Patricia is supposed to lead her book club’s discussion of this month’s book, but she hasn’t read it yet. She tries and fails to discuss the book by posing questions to the group, but it turns out that most of the women also didn’t read the book. After being called out by the head of the book club, the group disbands. Patricia is invited to join a new group, but they “aren’t a book club” as the leader likes to say.

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The Devil and Dayna Dalton by Brit Lunden

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I really enjoyed jumping into this series again! I liked that I met new characters, but still had some of the ones that have been there from the start.

How I Felt:

I listened to the audiobook of The Devil and Dayna Dalton. My review includes my thoughts on the book overall, as well as the experience of listening through audio.

The Devil and Dayna Dalton is set in Bulwark, a small town filled with weird, paranormal happenings. The series connects characters using different times in their lives and in this book, we get to see Clay Finnes again. The main character in this book, however, was Dayna Dalton, a girl who has grown up under the shadow of her mother’s promiscuous reputation.

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The Knowing by Brit Lunden

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Overall:

I thought The Knowing was a lovely romance with just a hint of paranormal. I enjoyed the main character JB, and his love for Ellie was sweet and special.

How I Felt:

I listened to the audiobook of The Knowing. My review includes my thoughts on the book overall, as well as the experience of listening through audio.

The story surprised me a bit, as I had listened to the book Bulwark, a very paranormal story, and was expecting a lot of spooky happenings in this story. The Knowing though is more of a sweet, lovely romance that lasts the ages, and has a bit of a paranormal twist.

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Bulwark by Brit Lunden

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I loved that Bulwark had this creepy story feeling that had me nervous, but not completely terrified. It felt like a campfire scary story, and that was a lot of fun!

How I Felt:

I listened to the audiobook of Bulwark. My review includes my thoughts on the book overall, as well as the experience of listening through audio.

The story reminded me a bit of Hansel and Gretel. Considering that the house is called “Gingerbread House”, it would make sense that I would think that way. Aside from the house name though, the idea of an old witch and the disappearance of younger children reinstated that similarity for me. Clay, the main character, visits a house and has an odd conversation with the older women who lives there and is later told by others in town that in fact, that house no longer exists.

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A Top 2020 Read: A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers – Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I LOVED this book. Every single word, every page, every character. Can I also just throw in my massive cover-love for this one! It was a wonderful, exciting ride filled with a witch’s curse, a romance that spans lifetimes, secrets, and so much more!

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