Captain Cake: Meet the Candy Crew by Chris Skinner

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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This was a cute kids book. It’s broken into chapters, so it’s easy to start and stop for little ones. The chapters are pretty short, and it can absolutely be read in a single sitting for an older child.

This story is about a group of friends that are part food/part human. They are in space, and need to go on missions. The story has some points where it asks the kids questions about what they would do, which was fun. My kids enjoyed those parts a lot!

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Stormland by John Shirley

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I love a good post-apocalyptic story, and I completely got one in Stormland! I loved that the story made me feel the danger from the weather, from the travel, and from the people. It created a heart racing, edge-of-your-seat roller-coaster ride that I didn’t want to get off of.

I really enjoyed the characters. They fill the story out. The storm is always there, it might get quiet for a bit, but it always comes back, and I felt like I could rely on that throughout the story. The characters though, there was so much surprise, change, and growth, it complimented the steadiness of the roaring weather really well.

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Endemic by D.M. Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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This book weaves the lives of two people and one family together in such a thrilling way! I loved the perspective of the three main characters. I kept bouncing all over the place about what was actually going on, and I didn’t really understand until the end, so I got to enjoy all the surprises!

Endemic is the second book in D.M. Taylor’s time travel thriller series. Endemic picks up where The Reckoning left off, following the same main characters as they work for the secret government agency, The Patriot Party.

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Power Divided by S. Behr

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love a good dystopian story, and this book had that plus great characters and a mix of magic that had e totally entranced!

The magical powers that these characters have were exciting, and I loved learning about them. It’s a magical system that was easy to understand, which I always appreciate! The story begins with an accidental use of powers, and it gripped me from the first line!

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Crossings by Alex Landragin

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Alright everyone…this was was something completely different, and it was wonderful! You get to choose which way you want to read this one. You can read it the regular old way, front to back…OR you can be adventurous and read it the Baronness’ sequence way. I chose adventure 😉, because seriously, I can read a book from front to back any old time, but bouncing around is something rare!

Crossings is a story about the journey of two souls through a multitude of bodies trying to right a wrong. If you read this the chronological way, it is a book broken into three separate stories. I did not choose to read it this way, so I don’t have a lot of information on the experience of reading it like this. I chose the Baronness’ sequence. Reading the story this way, at the end of a chapter, it will send you to a new page number. When that chapter is over, you jump to a new spot in the book, all the way through.

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The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was a bit like a time travel story for me. A man from the 1800’s wakes up in present-day Alaska, having been frozen for almost 200 years. I liked how the story takes the reader through the initial confusion of Wyatt, our frozen-in-time character. He is unsure of where he is and who he is. I thought that Lee Matthew Goldberg did an excellent job of bringing the reader into the story right from the beginning with this opening scene.

As the story progresses, we find Wyatt spiraling into this obsessive character. When I chose this book, I didn’t realize it would have this thriller aspect, so I was surprised when Wyatt finds who he believes is his great-great grandson, and becomes overly-attached to him, and his family. This obsessive behavior really turned this into an interesting read for me!

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

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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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Inside the Sun by Alexis Marie Chute

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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What I Loved:

This book was filled with exciting battles and struggles! It was definitely my favorite in the series and an excellent end to the family’s story!

How I Felt:

Our main character Ella is turning 15! Her birthday celebration involves continuing the family’s journey to find a cure for Ella’s cancer. This family is so amazing. The lengths that they go to to save young Ella are so moving. This final book in the series really speaks to the choices we all have to make in life. Will we be compassionate or unloving? Will we choose to embrace or exclude? Ella and her entire family battle these questions as they navigate the final steps of their journey!

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Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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What I Loved:

I loved that this book did not let me down! I felt like it did a great job of staying true to the story, but introducing even crazier situations and exciting plots to keep me interested!

How I Felt:

Below the Moon picks up right where we ended Above the Stars. While it is the second book in the series, it could be read as a stand-alone, but I think the reader would take longer to understand the story and the world. I would recommend reading the first book in this series before reading Below the Moon.

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Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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What I Loved:

The utter craziness of this story was so intriguing! I think that sometimes, it’s just so fun to dive into a book that takes you into the oddest moments and quirkiest characters, and that’s exactly what I got with this story!

How I Felt:

Above the Star was seriously one of the wildest, craziest books I have read in a while. The world was very different, and it takes some getting used to, but I think if there are readers that are interested in immersing themselves in a totally new and different place, this would be a great series for them! I also liked that there is a glossary in the back of the book to help you figure out what’s happening. I thought it was a needed, and nice, addition!

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Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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What I Loved:

I LOVED everything about this book! The time travel was fabulous, Oona was a wonderful character, and the story unfolded with surprises big and small.

My Synopsis:

It’s New Year’s Eve, and the Eve of Oona’s birthday. She is partying with her friends and boyfriend to count down to the new year (and turning 19). The clock strikes midnight, and she awakes…in a new house and a significantly older birthday.

This is the beginning of Oona’s new life. As she turns a year older, she bounces to a new year in her body, sometimes older, sometimes younger. There’s no explanation as to why, it’s just the life she must now live.

As Oona travels from year to year, she finds struggles in the knowledge of things to come, and the unknown of what happened in years she hasn’t lived. This story takes the reader on Oona’s life as she experiences her life, out of order.

How I Felt:

I love time travel. I talk about my love of it all the time, so sorry, but here’s another FABULOUS time travel book! Holy moly, I enjoyed this book! The time travel was such an interesting twist. She can’t control it, and it’s not a one-time jump. She jumps at each birthday into another year in her life.

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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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