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Fairyland (Songs of Magic – 4) by JL Bryan

5 stars

 

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Jason and Erin’s urgent mission takes them deep into the colorful and deadly wilds of Faerie, full of bizarre and rude creatures, and past the glittering volcanic islands of the Southward Sea.

In man-world, Mitch and Dred try to prepare for a live concert in front of millions of viewers while half their band is missing. The record company is furious with them, and so are a certain violet-haired fairy and her banshee wolf friend, who finally catch up with them in Los Angeles.

In Faerie, Queen Mab and the leprechaun Aonghus Mac Lobhar enter into a secret agreement over a new kind of magic that will change fairyland forever…

 

There is a ton of stuff going on. The story starts with the Rioting Zebras going to have a fundraiser but things are starting off bad when half the band is missing. Mitch/Mick and Dred are trying to do the concert while Jason and Erin return to Chippewa Falls to try and find Jason’s missing sister Katie. They then have to travel to Fairy to find her.

 

At the same time Liandan and Aiode are still navigating the human world trying to find the stolen instruments but are getting closer to finding them. They are still trying to figure out the different things they run across but they do catch up to the kids.

This series just keeps getting better and better. I love how Jason and Erin are starting to get closer with their relationship. Mitch/Mick is driving me up the wall with his attitude. I hope to heck he gets knocked off his high horse soon. I adore Aiode and how she reacts to everything she comes across. It’s like watching a kid in a candy store. Plus there are a ton of things happening and some secrets revealed.

I can’t wait to see what happens in Fairyvision. This is a great series that will appeal to any age.

I received this book from the author, a long time ago, for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Fairyland, the Songs of Magic Series, or JL Bryan make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and the website.

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Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency – 2) by Iain Reading

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty’s journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

Kitty is going to continue on her around the world flight, just like Amelia Earhart. But when she gets to the Florida Keys she decides to take a little vacation and recover from her trip. But while there, her curiosity leads her on an adventure full of sunken treasure and Ernest Hemingway. It seems the more she learns the more likely she is going to find herself in trouble.

I love the Kitty Hawk stories. It’s almost like a modern day Nancy Drew. Kitty is so smart and strong that she is a great character for anyone. The writing is so vivid that I could picture myself lying on the beach staring at the stars too. I love all the history that goes into her adventures and the extra reading section at the end of the story for those that are curious about different things in the book.

All I can say is Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is a great story. You will get sucked in and will rush to finish the book just to find out what is going on. These books are great for anyone.

I received this book from the authors publisher in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost or others in this series make sure to check out Amazon or Goodreads.

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Twinkle by S.J. Parkinson

5 stars

 

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The richest man in the world wants to celebrate the July 4th holiday as never before. In a bid to get into the record books, a global fireworks show is staged from orbit. Satellites drop pyrotechnics into the atmosphere, thrilling everyone from the Arctic to the Antarctic with their rich colors and massive explosions in every time zone.

The next day, people around the globe begin to lose their sight. Governments crumble, society degenerates, and infrastructure falls into chaos. Humanity finds itself stumbling in the dark and losing all hope.

A few fortunate individuals retain their vision. Attempting to deal with the growing despair around them, they come together to discover the true purpose and origin of the affliction. They race to find a cure before the world is subjugated under an invading power.

 

This story starts out with a lot of military action and Sir Marcus Brandon wanting to create a world fireworks show for the new year. After the fireworks and people start going blind the story starts flowing. There is a race to find the cure for the blindness, the world countries grinding to a halt, and the military getting their hands into everything. But why did everyone go blind, what was the purpose, and can the people be cured.

 

I really like this story. There is so much detail and information that I felt like I was right there with the characters. I liked how everything fell and the reason why. I loved the whole firework idea. There is a lot of military jargon since this book is basically about a world take over, but I have to say that there are notes throughout the book the help guide you along with the story. Realistically I doubt the cure, but I can see how you have to keep the story flowing, it’s even mentioned in the book.

 

This book takes you on a roller coaster of a ride. There are scary possibilities and some hard, realistic events. But in the end it’s well worth it. Don’t let the title and the cover make you think this is just some fluffy fantasy. This is one kick butt book that you have to read.

 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information or to purchase Twinkle make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.’s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But M.T. hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant.

But it’s harder to hide now that M.T.’s a senior. Her school’s National Honor Society wants her to plan their trip abroad, her best friend won’t stop bugging her to get her driver’s license, and all everyone talks about is where they want to go to college. M.T. is pretty sure she can’t go to college, and with high school ending and her family life unraveling, she’s staring down a future that just seems empty. In the end, M.T. will need to trust herself and others to stake a claim in the life that she wants.

Monserrat Thalia, MT is a senior in high school. Things are going well for her. She has great friends, a first boyfriend, and things seem to be going well for her. But she has a secret that she can’t tell anyone. She is an undocumented immigrant from Argentina. This means getting her drivers license, past port, or even going to college don’t look to be in her future. But that’s just the beginning. Things just seem to keep getting worse and piling up around her.

I loved this book. It talks about a touchy subject, illegal immigration. And with all the events in the news recently, this book came out at the perfect time. Usually when you talk about illegal immigration everyone seems to jump up and scream go home, we don’t want you here, you are a drain on society. But there is more to it than just that aspect and this book brings the other side to the light. And for being such a major topic you would think that there would be more books that talk about immigration.

MT is a great kid but she has all this pressure on her and no one to turn to. Along with the normal teenage stuff here she has her family and being undocumented. I got sucked in to the book and wrapped up with MT’s life. When she finally opens up, I was crying right along with her.

This is a must read for anyone, it’s one that should be required reading. Go, get this book, you will not be disappointed.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information about The Secret Side of Empty be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Sleeping with the Crawfish (Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery – 6) by Don Donaldson

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When a fresh cadaver is delivered to his lab, forensic pathologist Andy Broussard discovers that the deceased is a convict supposedly serving time in the Louisiana state prison — and prison officials claim that the man is still in his cell. Broussard enlists the help of his former colleague Kit Franklyn to discover the truth behind the bizarre turn of events. Kit travels up to the prison to photograph and fingerprint the convict. However, upon her arrival the prison officials claim that the convict in question died during the night and was cremated immediately. Meanwhile, Broussard follows another lead and finds himself drawn into a sinister murder plot. Now, in order to survive, Broussard must quickly determine how these events are connected.

Kit is having a hard time after her kidnapping (Louisiana Fever). She thinks she is a total failure and has quit police work to help out in an art gallery. Andy misses Kit dearly but can’t figure out how to tell her how he feels. When a dead body appears on his table that is supposed to be in the Louisiana state prison, Andy sends Kit to take fingerprints.

When Kit arrives in this small town, things seem amiss. She learns that the prisoner died the night before and that they all ready cremated the body. But things take a turn for the worse when, on her way home, Kit’s car mysteriously won’t start, then she is run off the road and nearly killed.

When the governor steps comes to tell Andy and Kit that they are concerned about a medical research facility but the prison, Kit volunteers to go under cover to try to find out what is really going on. But people are still suspicious and she finds herself in another brush with death.

So, you know that I am a huge fan of Don Donaldson’s books. You get sucked in and can’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what is going to happen next. My heart broke for Kit, she is still suffering from the kidnapping and so unsure of herself. But I also wanted to kick Andy in the butt for being so difficult.

This was a great mystery. I knew something was up and thought I knew, but I was completely wrong. There are some good plot twists and lots of chances for Kit to get herself in trouble. This is series that you HAVE to read. You won’t be sorry.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Venture Unleashed (The Venture Books – 2) by RH Russell

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In Venture Unleashed, the second novel in the Venture series, Venture Delving leaves his home in Twin Rivers to train at the renowned Champions Center, in pursuit of his dream to escape his bonded class by becoming a champion fighter. There, Venture meets two men who hold the title he longs to claim himself one day—Champion of All Richland. But a violent encounter with one of them nearly ends his life and destroys his dreams.

Thrust into the center of growing political turmoil and confronted with choices he never imagined he’d have to make, Venture must find a way to keep his hope and his love for Jade, his master’s daughter, alive. Thanks to the privileged Crested warrior class who’d rather see him die than live his dream, the worst nightmares of Venture’s past and his future are about to follow him onto the mat as he fights the match of his life.

Venture has won the chance to train at the Champions Center, but it is going to be one of the toughest experiences he has faced yet. He is still bonded and looked down because of that. Also, this is the proverbial school of hard knocks. He will be beaten, and beaten badly as he trains. He is going to have to learn to work through the pain and doubts of if he really wants to be a champion, free, and able to be with Jade.

Jade is supposed to be learning how to fit into her social status and all the proper things that is expected from her. But she doesn’t really want anything except Venture. She also doesn’t understand why he is fighting and become spiteful. This just tears up Venture more because he starts to question all the training, fighting and abuse, is it really worth all this to reach his goals.

I have to say that this is one of my favorite series. I love the message of setting your goals and fighting to get to them, both literally and figuratively. It can be hard to read some of the fights but it’s very true. You have to fight through the pain, wanting to give up, and others doing everything they can to try to tell you to quit, give up, and not reach your dreams, very inspirational.

This is a great story. Be sure to read Venture Untamed, the first book in the series. Now I’m off to tackle Venture Unbroken, book 3.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

For more information about Venture Unleashed, The Venture Series, or R.H. Russell make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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seduction_book_banner2Today I have the pleasure of being part of the Saylor Storm Tour for Sue’s Seduction, book 1 in the Sue Trilogy. Book s, Sue’s Rapture has just been released. It’s a great series that you need to add to your TBR list.

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Sue’s Seduction (Book 1) by Saylor Storm

Middle aged, overweight, depressed and lonely, Susan Kent, becomes part of an anti-aging clinical trial and is offered a new lease on life. She swiftly transforms into a budding beauty. Her newfound tender age brings opportunities, lovers and tragedy. Sue’s youthful path takes her on a journey that she never could have imagined and catastrophe brings sobering consequences. Compassionate attorney, Roger Grayson, enters her life and saves the day. In the end does Susan choose youth or the promise of love?

Sue is depressed, unhappy about how her life has turned out, and blames everyone around her. She is offered to try a new anti-aging trial and jumps at the offer. Instantly she is transformed into a 20 year-old woman. Of course she is going to go out and live her life to its fullest. But things are going to take a surprising turn and not always have results that are expected.

I really liked this story. I have looked back at things in my past and thing, “If I only knew then what I know now…” This is one of those stories. Is it better to have the age and experience or the youthful beauty? Is the youthful beauty going to be everything it’s cut out to be when we really look at it?

This is a great story and one that should be added to everyone’s shelves. Now I can’t wait to start reading Sue’s Rapture.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest

About Saylor Storm

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Reality becomes fantasy, or is it that imagination turns into real life experience? Saylor Storm is fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy crosses in her writing practice. She feels that writing romance novels is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun, playful and perhaps a bit twisted.

Her characters all experience real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory. They share the process of evolution and expansion. The places in her stories take place where she has lived or visited, from the beaches of Malibu to the islands in Fiji and destinations in between, including the monastery in her novel, “Dr. Selfish.”

Saylor’s stories reflect her many personal interests including fitness, wine, healthy foods. She’s intrigued by the spiritual world and that of metaphysics. Love and passion are at the root of her tales, after all isn’t that what life is all about? She hopes the reader is as entertained reading her books as she is writing them. Viva la passion!

Saylor enjoys being an active member of the Romance Writers of America. She currently lives in Lake Tahoe and one of her many passions is hiking the nationally known Tahoe Rim Trail. Readers can enjoy fabulous photos of her treks posted on her Facebook page, Saylor Storm.

Make sure to check out the second book in the series, Sue’s Rapture.

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At long last, seasoned and savvy, Susan Kent, finds the love of her life, compassionate attorney, Roger Grayson. The two create an idyllic life until Roger receives devastating news that could change their lives forever. Unwilling to give up on her perfect love, Sue devises a plan to get their lives back on track. Sue could never have imagined how her perfect plan could have gone so completely out of control. Will Sue be able to repair the damage and will she even want to after she sees a darker side to Roger?

And the best part is Saylor has reduced the price of Sue’s Rapture to $.99 from now until November 1st. Make sure to get your copy today at Amazon.

I can’t wait to see what happens next!!!

For more information on Sue’s Seduction or about Saylor Storm, make sure to check out the following links:

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raffleticket_-_IMAGEAnd now for the best part, enter the raffle to win a copy of Sue’s Seduction.

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