The Going Back Portal by Connie Lacy – A Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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What I Loved:

The Going Back Portal takes no time to jump right into the story and I loved that!! It was so fun to have the book get right down to the story and it made me invest in it so quickly.

How I Felt:

The Writing: Connie Lacy has managed to weave a time-travel story together so well! She has woven together the story of two women in two different time periods with elegant story telling. It was beautiful to read.

The Characters: Kathryn Spears is the main character in The Going Back Portal and she is a bit reckless at times, but overall, a strong MC. As a headstrong, independent news producer, she jumps right into situations that lead to some nerve-wracking times.

The Plot: Kathryn goes to visit her grandmother and is transported back in time where her decisions and actions will change her future. In the past, Kathryn meets a Cherokee woman in an abusive relationship. The two work together to right wrongs, both falling in love in their own times, and trying to avoid choices that will damage their futures.

The plot was interesting and well written. I was captivated by the story and even found humor in some scenes, lightening the mood a bit. I loved the balance of the story in the 1840’s and present day. It was a great mix and blended together well.

Content Warning: Domestic violence.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend The Going Back Portal for readers that are looking for a time-travel story with some historical aspects and a bit of romance.

Where to Find This Book:

The Going Back Portal by Connie Lacy is available at these sites.

Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Goodreads

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Kathryn Spears is a skeptical producer for a TV investigative news team. So when her grandmother claims a Cherokee Indian woman is living on a neighboring farm, she dismisses it as early Alzheimer’s. Because, obviously, there is no farm nearby. Not in the present anyway. But when she follows Nana’s lead, Kathryn is transported back in time to the year 1840 where she finds a young Cherokee woman left behind when her family marched west on the Trail of Tears. 

Forest Water is ensnared in a perilous struggle to keep her ancestral lands against a violent white man who claims the farm, and then claims her as well. Desperate to help her new friend, Kathryn becomes entangled in a battle between good and evil with much higher stakes than she imagines.

Each of these young women falls in love with a man from her own time, but there are threats, both seen and unseen, that could cost them their lives.

Just the Facts:

  • The Going Back Portal by Connie Lacy
  • Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy / Romance
  • Page Count: 326 pages
  • Publisher:  Wild Falls Publishing 
  • Pub Date: February 12, 2019

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Chameleon by Zoe Kalo – A Paranormal Thriller Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Chameleon was filled with mystery and dark feeling right from the beginning. I LOVED that the book jumped right in as Paloma is being driven to the convent. I was hooked from page 1.

How I Felt:

The Plot in Chameleon was disturbing and terrifying and thought-provoking. I appreciated the story and the how the psychological thriller aspect was written. Paloma is trying to figure out if she is experiencing mental illness, if the girls are, or if what is happening is actually happening. The things that are happening at the convent were so intriguing and I needed to find out what was going on. It really had me guessing, and there were times when I was creeped out and had to put the book down and take a minute.

The Characters were well-built. I adored Adelita. She is fun and mischievous and overall, any time she appeared in the story, I was captivated. Paloma is the main character and I liked her as well. I appreciated the author shining some light on mental illness. It’s nice to see that highlighted in books.

The Writing was so well-done. I enjoyed the pace of the story until the end (see next paragraph) and I loved all the mysteries and how they unfolded in the story.

The Ending brought this book down from a 5 star to a 4 star for me. The ending felt a bit rushed and I didn’t find the closure that I wanted from the story. I found that I had to jump back in the story and re-read sections because I got to the “The End” and I was like, wait, what? I think this part of the book could have been expanded upon to give more details and slow down a bit.

Overall, this was a fun book that gave me chills and kept me turning the pages long into the night.

Content Warnings:

This book references to rape, mental illness, and psychological abuse.

To Read or Not To Read:

Readers that enjoy paranormal suspense will enjoy this story. As long as you are ok with the content warnings, this was a quick, fun read and I would recommend it!

Where To Find This Book:
Goodreads | Kindle | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords| Kobo | Zoe Kalo Website


SHORTLISTED for the 2017 Dante Rossetti Awards for Young Adult Fiction!

I can’t believe it has come to this. The way things have blown out of proportion. I only wanted to contact my dead father.
Ask his forgiveness.
Seven months.
Seven months isn’t that long, is it?
I’ll go through the motions, no need to make friends that I’ll never see again. When you get close to people, you end up getting hurt.

Puerto Rico, 1973
17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.

At night, the waterfall’s dark music haunts her dreams of drowning…

When Paloma holds another séance, she accidentally awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. The body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…

Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?

If you love the vibes in “The Orphanage,” “The Craft” and “Pretty Little Liars,” you’ll enjoy this mess-with-your-head, YA supernatural/psychological thriller!

  • Chameleon by Zoe Kalo
  • Page Count: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pub Date: February 7, 2017

A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…

She’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Comparative Literature. She lives in Belgium with her husband and two evil cats.

I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.

Finding Soul by T.L. Searle

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

T.L. Searle has a way of describing something, a thing, person, action, anything, and when the readers reads the words, the pictures form. The writing is very well done and I loved that I felt like I had stepped right into the book with the descriptions on the page.

How I Felt:

I found this book to be filled with everything I like in a story. There is humor, raw emotions, suspense, evolution of characters, and so much more.

The Pace of Finding Soul was great. We moved from scene to scene seamlessly and I didn’t feel like any scenes were overly long or fluffy.

The Characters were well built with emotions and substance. I really enjoyed the relationships between Jon, Gabby, and Miles. There’s a scene in a hotel room with Miles and Jon and it was just beautiful. You felt the years of friendship and it was so filled with emotion. I loved it.

The Plot in Finding Soul is so interesting. It takes you on a journey from regular Earth to the Otherworld where there are witches and Not Mermen, and all kinds of other creatures that Fantasy lovers will enjoy. The story has a mix of action as well as down time where the reader really gets to know the characters.

Overall, this was a fun book filled with interesting characters, solid writing, and an enjoyable story.

To Read or Not To Read:

Readers of science fiction, fantasy and paranormal will be interested in this book. It is stuffed with characters of fantasy-lore and you will love it!

Where To Find This Book:
Goodreads | Kindle

“Darovit are not born
They are created
By something even we cannot see”
– Benjamin SOLOMAN

Four-year-old Jonathan Miller was rescued by a girl with rainbow hair, shrouded in black, who flew like magic along the ground.

Eighteen-year-old Jon, obsessed with fantasy and the supernatural, dreams of her still.

Now she has returned. She says he’s no longer safe and that he needs to come with her; that the necklace she gifted him is no longer enough.

But who is she? And who is he?

Joined by his best friend, Miles, Jon is led on a frightening tour of an Otherworld he knew nothing about; a missing Seer, the nefarious Otherworld hit men the Vipers, witches, Not-Mermen and the ugly toads that had once captured him.

And his companions have their own gifts.

They are Darovit; their scaled Dar their constant companions.

But she is not just his hero, and he was not just a boy.

And the Otherworld is hunting him still.

This new urban fantasy from the author of the Aquila novels brings myth and legend into the modern world.

  • Finding Soul by T.L. Searle
  • Series: Darovit, Book 1
  • Page Count: 275 pages
  • Publisher: KDP
  • Pub Date: December 30, 2019

T. L. Searle is a self published author living in the south-west of England. She is a wife, mother of two and full time Critical Care Nurse.

Her love of reading led her to pen her first two novels; the Aquila novels. She is now writing the second book in the new Davovit series. The first novel, Finding Soul, was released in December 2019.

I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.

The Return by Camille Funk

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The concept of reincarnation and remembering your previous lives was so captivating! I loved the way Camille Funk wrote this story. She focused on the first life of the main character and the 7th life, or the current life. The story was being told at the same pace for each life, switching between the two lives every other chapter. This writing style allowed the story to be revealed to the reader expertly. I LOVED it and I cannot wait until the next book comes out!

How I Felt:

I was so absorbed in this story. The characters were written with such detail, I really felt like I knew them, but I also had mistrust for so many of them! This is a mystery, as the main character is murdered in each life, and I kept pointing a finger at a different character at every turn in the book’s road. The ONLY downside of this book was that it is a series, so I have to WAIT for the next book now!

Content Warnings:

Some sexual scenes without explicit details. Some swearing.

To Read or Not To Read:

Readers that enjoy mystery, romance, YA, and a bit of fantasy would really enjoy this book!


I’ve never met anyone who remembers their birth, but I remember mine. I dream about it all the time. Why? Because today, October 10, 1997, will be the seventh time it’s happened.

The Return by Camille Funk

Eleanor is living her 7th life. She remembers each past life from birth to death, which is after her 17th birthday each lifetime. She just doesn’t know who murders her. . .

Each lifetime is surrounded by the same souls as the previous, just different bodies and names, and unlike Eleanor, they don’t remember. Eleanor has tried so many different ways to break this cycle, but she doesn’t know why it is happening, and she has not been able to change the ending in any life.

In her first life, on her 17th birthday, she meets Levi and they fall madly in love. Life has other plans for them though, causing problem after problem and then she is murdered and she starts life number two.

In this 7th life, we pick up the story just as she is approaching her 17th birthday. Eleanor narrates her 7th life, gives us background on each of the people that follow her from life to life, and reveals things to us only when she is ready, making the story so mystifying. She also narrates her first life, where we get to experience everything that happened to her for the first time. Between the two stories, some mysteries are solved for Eleanor, but is it enough for her to stop this cycle and live, happily ever after with Levi?

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ExtraNormal by Suze Reese

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The main character, Mira is from another planet and is integrating into Earth. Her thoughts are hilarious and I loved them. She is educated in the culture and slang of Earth, but she hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it yet. She titles the popular, mean girls, the “Skinnies”, and I just found it adorable. Overall, I loved watching her become a part of Earth’s high school routine. Experiencing things for the first time, like a cafeteria lunch, which she is extremely excited to try. It all just rounded out for a fun read.

How I Felt:

I was rooting for Mira to make it through this book! I wanted to know everything that was happening. The book had so many twists and turns as the plot unfolded, it kept me interested from start to finish! There are a few parts that feel a bit clunky, but overall I was able to overlook that as the overall story was a good read.

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Grace Coffin and the Badly-Sewn Corpse by Winter Fox

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: This book is written in first person narrative of both Grace Coffin and Cormac, our badly-sewn corpse. The chapters alternate between each narrator. I loved their commentary, like they were each just sitting down to have a conversation with you and tell you the story. I found the writing style easily drawing me in with this.

How I Felt: I read some reviews of this book before I started reading and I found some comments about how the words used in this book would require a dictionary and I did not find that to be the case. There are always words that I don’t know in a book, and I appreciate that, and that was the case in this book as well. However, it was no more than any other book, and if you have read those comments, please do not let that deter you from reading this book.

I really enjoyed the story. I found myself laughing at things that Cormac says and does, he’s really kind of a likable dead-guy! There are some serious subjects as well, and I found myself really thinking about the book and the story after I closed it.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a great book for people that love Charlaine Harris-type stories. I found the characters fun, but sassy and it had the right amount of spooky/ghoulish stuff in it.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Grace Coffin is starting fresh in Southwest Harbor, with a new school and a new house. She doesn’t make friends easily, and she doesn’t want to, but she does start to have a friendship with the boy next door.

Cormac is dead, but he’s taken it upon himself to sew everything back together and take up residence in his backyard in a ridiculously large urn he built. He has chosen to not move to the other side so that he can solve his wife’s murder. His home becomes invaded by Grace and her mom, as they move in. After some time, Grace and Cormac find themselves joining forces to figure out and set right the wrongs in both their lives.

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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

(Sookie Stackhouse #1)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: Well, putting all my cards on the table, I love the entire Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. There’s vampires, and mystery, and some steamy romance; it’s all good! This book is especially good, because it’s when we are introduced to the entire world and characters, and that is always one of my favorite things about a book series.

How I Felt: This book just made me happy. I know there is blood and vampires, and that sort of thing, but seriously, the vampires are pretty darn good looking, Sookie Stackhouse is a pretty kick-butt female lead, and there are some great moments that you sit back and laugh at.

To Read or Not To Read: I know this genre isn’t for everyone, but it is most certainly for anyone who liked True Blood on HBO, as it’s based on this book series. The Sookie Stackhouse series is perfect for any vampire/paranormal/fantasy readers as well! So, if you like any of the above, this one is a 5 star and you should check it out!

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress in a Louisiana town. She’s single, just living her life, when Bill walks in. He’s the man of her dreams, tall dark and handsome, except that he’s also a vampire.

My imagined view of Sookie Stackhouse as Bill walked into the bar.

In the world that Charlaine Harris has created, vampires are out and about in the world and humans are aware of them. True Blood has been created, a drink that gives vampires all the nutrients they need from blood, without having to drink from humans. There are vampire rights, and activists that speak for the vampire community, as well as people that are completely against them being in the world. Some vampires just want to live their lives in peace, while others are not so interested in the rules created by humans.

Sookie’s friend has been murdered and she is drawn into that mystery and a world of vampires all in one very interesting book!


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