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Familiar Strangers


Familiar Strangers by Jackie Walsh

‘I took you, Becca. You’re not my daughter.’

Since Becca Wall’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, every day Becca loses a little more of the loving, caring mother who would do anything for her only daughter. But when one day Nancy Wall confesses that Becca is not her child, Becca’s world falls apart.

Becca tells herself that the words are just a cruel symptom of Nancy’s illness; after all, she has her birth certificate, and pictures of herself as a newborn along with her Mom, Dad and older brother, Danny. Becca tries to forget, to get on with her life – until the day the police question her about the whereabouts of a missing woman, Katie Collins.

Katie has disappeared without a trace, telling her husband that she is leaving to find Rebecca Wall. But Becca doesn’t know Katie, so it’s a case of mistaken identity – isn’t it? But as Becca discovers why Katie was desperate to find her, the lies that Becca has always believed come crashing down. Soon, it’s clear that someone knows the truth – and that they’ll stop at nothing to keep their secrets…

An addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller with a shocking twist that will leave you gasping. Fans of The Girl on the TrainThe Wife Between Us and T.M Logan will be gripped until the very last page.

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About the Author

Jackie Walsh lives in Dublin with her husband Paul and dog Layla. After years spent building her own business, she decided to take time out and pursue her interest in writing. With a lot to learn, she spent years attending classes and writing groups, going to festivals and launches, writing and rewriting, until eventually sending her words out into the world.  Now she is thrilled to have landed a publisher. Especially Hera Books, a new company headed by two women who have years of experience and love a good story.

Jackie is a member of the Irish Writers Centre, The Irish Crime writers group and proof that perseverance can work.


My Review

5 Stars

Rebeca Wall has been working two dead end jobs just to pay for her apartment and dealing with her mother’s Alzheimer’s which has gotten to the point that she has to be in around the clock care. On a visit with her mother, Becca’s mother tells her that she is not her daughter, that she was taken. Becca is shaken and is wondering if she really was someone else’s child or if this is part of the Alzheimer’s.

When Becca gets home she thinks someone has been in her house. It’s not obvious, just minor things that seem to be out of place. Then the police ask her about a missing woman, Katie Collins. Becca has only hear of that name from the television but when Katie’s body is found along with a note with Becca’s name on it the police take more of an interest in Becca.

This was an interesting read. I was instantly curious about Becca and the possibility of her being someone else’s child. But then the whole investigation into Katie’s death really had me curious. I was on the edge of my seat and turning pages as fast as possible to see what was going to happen next. I was kept guessing about the killer right to the end, which I just loved.

I do have to say that I didn’t really like Becca. She made some really stupid choices and although the mystery had me engaged I didn’t really care what happened to her. Now having said that, this is a great story and the first one of Jackie Walsh’s that I have read. I will definitely be checking out her other books.

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Wendy C. Jorgensen grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and began
writing in second grade, furiously recording her hopes and dreams in a
denim-covered diary. Besides hanging out at the library, she loved soaking up
the rays—while reading a book, of course. During her sophomore year of high
school, Wendy’s family moved to Carson City, Nevada, and she thought her life
had ended. The desert, sagebrush, and cowboys were a far cry from the ocean,
palm trees, and surfers of Florida. Fortunately, within six months, the family
relocated to Lake Tahoe, and her outlook improved dramatically.
Wendy started college at the University of Colorado in Boulder,
followed by a year at the University of Nevada in Reno and two years at Brigham
Young University, where she worked as a reporter and copy editor for The Daily
Universe. A decision to take a short break from school turned into a
twelve-year college hiatus in Lake Tahoe. After a two-year stint in the civil
engineering program at California State University in Sacramento, Wendy
returned to Colorado and graduated from CU with a degree in English Writing. It
was a long, but valuable, educational journey.
After twenty years in Colorado, Wendy recently moved back to
Northern Nevada, close enough to Lake Tahoe to enjoy the beautiful scenery but
far enough away to escape the heavy winters. She lives with a wonderful
husband and a golden retriever who’s often mistaken for a sloth. Her
two brainy and creative sons make her want to be smarter. Wendy hopes someday
to journey to the stars.

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A teenage girl recovers in a Sacramento hospital,
the sole survivor of a terrible accident that killed her parents—parents she
can’t remember. All she knows for sure is she’s in danger. For the girl, known
only as Angie, staying put is not an option.


After saving a friend from a vicious attack reveals
she’s no ordinary human, Angie races to find a safe place. A chance encounter
with the intriguing Michael Winter leads her over the Sierras to Lake Tahoe,
where she’s nearly abducted. As she escapes to Colorado, she struggles to
unravel who she is and where she came from; instead the mystery of her identity
Her only hope is to find the truth before it’s too late.
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Five Fun Facts about Stars on Ruby Mountain
1.        The idea for this story originated in 2015 as Wendy and her husband drove by the turnoff to the Ruby Mountains near Elko, Nevada. They were driving a U-Haul as part of a move from Denver to Reno. Wendy had been pondering the storyline for the sequel to Scattering Stars, and the area seemed like a perfect place for aliens to hide out.
2.        Wendy has always been fascinated by stories about people with amnesia, so it’s not surprising she decided to write one. The combination of amnesia and aliens was too tempting to pass up.
3.        Part of the story is set in Truckee and Lake Tahoe, where Wendy lived for seventeen years. She rafted the Truckee River almost every summer, explored the pristine surroundings of Emerald Bay, and hung out on the beaches at Lake Tahoe more times than she can count.
4.        The main character, Angie, has a unique swear word—kaja! The word popped into Wendy’s head, seemingly out of nowhere. After the book was finished, she happened upon a cake recipe she’d pulled from a magazine a couple of years ago. A woman named Chandra had submitted her mom’s recipe: “Kaja’s Pistachio Cake.” Everything we experience lurks in our memory banks waiting to emerge. BTW—the cake is awesome!
5.        As Stars on Ruby Mountain was nearly complete, Wendy watched a Hallmark movie called Falling for Vermont. The movie is about a YA science fiction author, whose book/series about a girl with special powers has just been made into a movie. As the author becomes famous, her life spirals out of control. The character’s name is Angela (or Angie as some called her), she has a car crash, loses her memory, and rediscovers who she really is. Coincidence?
Five Fun Facts about Wendy C. Jorgensen
1.        The abandoned dog in Stars on Ruby Mountain is named Truckee. A dog is featured as a character in every story Wendy writes because dogs rule! But cats are nice too.
2.        Wendy fulfilled one of her bucket list items in July of 2017 when she attended the Roswell, New Mexico UFO Festival. She expected to find a huge costume party, but instead, she encountered lots of people who sincerely believe aliens have visited Earth—particularly during the Roswell Crash of 1947. 
3.        Another one of Wendy’s bucket list items is to visit Scotland and search for Nessie—the Loch Ness Monster. As a child, she filled a scrapbook with every article she could find about the elusive creature. Who know what the future may bring?
4.        Wendy’s mother had thirteen children, who were raised by seven different families. As far as she knows, none of them would be willing to help her search for the Loch Ness Monster. 
5.        While she lived in Lake Tahoe, Wendy worked as a casino blackjack dealer for ten years. The best part of the job was meeting people and learning their stories.

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Song of Atlantis

Book Details:

Book Title: Song of Atlantis by Brian Power
Category: Adult Fiction, 322 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Brian J Power
Release date: December 2014
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Content Rating: PG-13 + M (No explicit sex scene or excessive profanity)

Book Description:

A shocking discovery leads one scientist down a dangerous path in Brian Power’s compelling debut novel, Song of Atlantis.

When Amon Goro, the master architect of Atlantis, discovers a way to harness the earth’s forces into an infinite source of clean energy, it seems destined to change civilization as we know it.

But 4,500 years later, Atlantis exploration team leader Palen Golendar is brutally captured by a Native American tribe in modern-day South Dakota—derailing any hope Atlantis held of utilizing its energy secrets.

Eight thousand years in the future, Native American anthropologist Gordon Tallbear and his team of highly skilled researchers stumble across a connection between the recent discovery of Golendar’s remains and an intricate cavern system deep in the mountains of Antarctica…a connection that finally reveals the Atlantean secret of perpetual energy.

While Tallbear and his team plan to recreate the energy source that will change the world, a wealthy group with deep ties to carbon-based fuel producers decides this newfound energy source must be destroyed—and they will stop at nothing to assassinate the researchers in order to bury what they know.

Can Tallbear’s newfound knowledge survive?

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Meet the Author

Brian Power is an educator who has taught at both the high school and college levels. He earned a BS degree in English and Secondary Education, and an MA in International Relations. A retired corporate consultant and trainer, he is also a retired Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel who served for 24 years on both active duty and in the reserves. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife. SONG OF ATLANTIS is his first book.

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My Review
5 stars

Amon Goro is the master architect of Atlantis and he discovers a clean energy system. This technology could have changed the world but we know what happened to Atlantis. Zip forward 4,500 year to Palen Golendar. Palen is looking for Atlantis when he is captured by Native Americans in South Dakota and killed ending that exploration.

Zip forward to 8,000 years and anthropologist Gordon Tallbear. Palen Golendar’s remains have been discovered. Gordon then finds a cave system in Antarctica and the perpetual energy. But Gordon is not alone. There are some people that don’t want this technology to get out and are willing to do anything to keep Gordon and his team quite.

This is one heck of a thrill ride!! You can tell that Brian Power did some serious research for this book. There is so much information that I felt right there in the different time period. I will admit that I was a little lost at the beginning but once it started clicking I could read fast enough.

This book reminds me of Indiana Jones and Dirk Pitt. I love the history and the treasure hunt but you also have bad guys trying to stop the discoveries from getting out. I recommend checking out this book, you won’t be disappointed. I can’t wait to check out other books from Brian Power.

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The Wiccan Way

Destiny Awaits
The Wiccan Way Book 1
by Nicole Coverdale
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
For as long as the earth has been afloat, demons, witches, Gods, and
angels have walked among us. Unknown to the human world, and now the
time has come for four sisters to embrace a destiny…
Josslyn, Jade, and Julie Morgan never imagined magic was real. That is until
they visited their grandmother’s grave. Now a journal their
deceased mother left for them, a symbol they all know too well, and
an earthquake in Minnesota has them all believing in the impossible…
They’re witches. Good witches, destined to keep the human world safe from the
demonic forces that plague mankind, and now they have powers. Magical
powers. Josslyn can freeze time, Jade can control electrical forces,
and Julie can see the future. But, another surprise awaits them.
Jasmine Nichols, a young woman who looks the spitting image of their
mother. She’s their sister, and she can move things with her mind.
Adjusting to their new life as witches, coming to grips with the fact they have
another sister, and to control their newfound powers the sisters find
themselves on a trip to the past to get answers. But as they search
for answers… an even greater threat is coming. The demonic world
now knows about them, and they want one thing. Their powers.
My Review
5 Stars

Josslyn, Jade and Julie Morgan are three sisters that are going to find out that there is more to this world than what they know. Fates brings the sisters back together where they learn about secrets that kept them apart, like that they had a fourth sister. They also learn that they are from a family of witches and they will be protecting the world from all kinds of evil.

As the four women learn to use their powers they have attracted the attention of a demon that is determined to gain their power. The women are going to have to explore their pasts to find the key to win this fight.

This is a great story that had me sucked in from the beginning. I liked all four sisters and I felt for them and the different things they went through growing up. In the end they come together to fight the demon and are stronger for the battle.

This is a first book in the series and one heck of a start. There was action, adventure, love, and heartbreak. I loved this book and recommend checking it out.

Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve
The Wiccan Way Book 2
On all Hallow’s Eve, as Josslyn, Jade, Julie, and Jasmine look to have
a good ole time at the annual masquerade party, someone is planning
to take away the very happy endings they grew up with…
Life has been anything but easy for Josslyn, Jade, Julie, and Jasmine ever
since they found out they were witches. After an epic showdown with
Satan four months ago, things are finally slowing down. Jade has
gotten her bar and restaurant up and running. Both Julie and Jasmine
have gone back to school. Josslyn… she’s still struggling with
what she wants to do with her life. But as Halloween rolls up, they
all know one thing. They want to have a good time!
Little do they know an evil witch is threatening to ruin their four-month
hiatus from the demonic world. Sucking them each into a different
fairytale. Fairytales, whose endings have been altered. Now it’s up
to Josslyn, Jade, Julie, and Jasmine to right the fairytales before
happy endings cease to exist.
My Review
5 Stars

It’s been four months since the last book. Things have been quiet and seem to be getting better. All four women have things going well but they all want to blow off some steam at Halloween. The women quickly find themselves trapped in fairytales. It seems an evil witch is out to get the women by killing them off in the fairytales and getting their power.

Just when things are going well, Julie has to admit that she wants some excitement back in her life. Well, the women get more than what they asked for when they find themselves in the different fairytales. Except these stories have been changed by the witch and I was kept on the edge of my seat as the sisters start to fall one by one.

This is a great sequel to Destiny Awaits. Although you could read this as a standalone you will enjoy it more by reading it in order. The story has everything in it you could ask for with an amazing cast of characters that will have you laughing and crying and a richly build world. I love this series and recommend everyone that likes paranormal stories to read it. I can’t wait to get into Crossroads.

The Wiccan Way Book 3
When light and dark collide, one sister must make a choice that could
change their lives… forever.
In the wake of the tragedy that struck on Halloween night, Josslyn,
Jade, Julie, and Jasmine are shocked to learn the truth about Sky. He
has no heart—someone stole it and now they are bound to get it
back. When Jade, Jasmine, and Sky embark on a trip to the heavens to
find his heart, they realize things are not as they seem. Black
angels have taken over the heavens and they want one thing—Jasmine
and Sky dead.
But the heavens have a silver lining. A psychic, who is tasked with
helping Jade find the answers to the questions she seeks by taking
her on a journey to her past, present, and future. What she sees
changes everything, but time is running out. For she can only focus
on one thing… the threat to the future.
For down on earth, something has gone terribly wrong. For the underworld
has risen to the surface and one sister has turned to the dark side.
My Reivew
5 stars

One week after surviving a fairytale nightmare and learning more about Sky, the women are still shaken. Though not completely sure of Sky, the sisters decide to help him go back to Heaven and find his heart. While there Jasmine, Sky, and Jade learn that things are in an uproar in Heaven and the black angels are taking control. But things on Earth are not any better. Julie has turned to the darkness and is key to the completion a ritual for the demons to gain power.

Oh My Goodness! Where to even begin?? We learn more about Sky and they essentially walk into a huge battle for control of Heaven. Thankfully Jade gets some guidance about the past, present, and future. But she can only really affect one of those things so she has to pick her battles and hope the rest works out. And Julie, my heart broke for her.

This series just keeps getting better and better. The sisters learn that there is more to their family and some kids learn that their parents were not dead like they were told. I just love how this family keeps expanding as the war keeps getting bigger and worse.

This is an amazing series that you have to check out. Although you could read Crossroads as a standalone I recommend reading the whole series. I will warn you the ending will leave you speechless. I just have to know what happens next and now I have to wait for the book. ARGH!!!

Born and raised in the Midwest, Nicole Coverdale writes in several
different genres: Mystery, suspense, romance, fantasy, and the
paranormal. She is the writer of the urban fantasy series, Wiccan
Way, set in St. Paul, MN, about four sisters who find out they are
witches, and while adapting to their newfound powers, uncover hidden
family secrets none of them knew existed. She is also the author of
the Randolph Saga, which follows Elena Rodriquez’s family, as they
are targeted by a rogue organization that wants to ruin Elena and
everything she holds dear.
With several books already mapped out, Nicole spends most of her days on
the computer, letting the words flow, but when she’s not writing she
loves to shop, binge on Netflix or Hulu, cook, bake, and in the fall
loves nothing more than a good football game. Go Pack Go!
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Cold Moon


Cold Moon (A New World – 5) by Tonya Coffey

At last the king and queen of Ancients have emerged. Plans are in place for a new world, for all realms to be connected under one decree—an Elemental rule.

Jessa and Micha stand before the kingdom as one, the way it was meant to be. Yet in the distance, a demon lurks, waiting to rip their happiness apart once and for all. Even though they are surrounded by the people they love, who love them, the storm grows. With it, the realization the future may be darker than they planned.

Will Jessa and Micha get their happily ever after or will a demon, from the human world, take the True Power for himself?

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Tonya Coffey

About the Author

Tonya grew up in a small town in southern Kentucky. She was always surrounded by nature whether it was on the farm or in the forest camping with her family. The older she got she realized she had a vivid imagination and sharing her stories with others gave her joy. With her husband and two teen sons motivating her, she continues to share her imagination with the world.

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My Review

5 stars

Jessa and Micha have fought high and low to get to the point where they can be crowned the king and queen of the Ancients. But this is not going to be a simple ceremony and everyone is going to start getting along. No, we have to have a demon that is determined to stop this rule. Jessa and Micha have been through so much but it is time for their final batter.

I have loved following along with the story of Jessa and Micha. They have gone through so much alone and together. Of course this is going to be the last, biggest battle that they face if they are to rule.

I love this world and the characters. They are so well developed and I have come to love and hate them. It is sad to see this series come to an end but everything wraps up so well. If you are looking for a great paranormal series you need to check out A New World. It will be one  you add to your shelves.

I received a complimentary copy of this book ages ago. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank the Author for the opportunity to read and share this book and for being so patient waiting for me to finally get my review posted. Sorry about that.

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Gather the Fortunes (Crescent City – 2) by Bryan Camp

Renaissance Raines has found her place among the psychopomps—the guides who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld—and done her best to avoid the notice of gods and mortals alike. But when a young boy named Ramses St. Cyr manages to escape his foretold death, Renai finds herself at the center of a deity-thick plot unfolding in New Orleans. Someone helped Ramses slip free of his destined end — someone willing to risk everything to steal a little slice of power for themselves.

Is it one of the storm gods that’s descended on the city? The death god who’s locked the Gates of the Underworld? Or the manipulative sorcerer who also cheated Death?  When she finds the schemer, there’s gonna be all kinds of hell to pay, because there are scarier things than death in the Crescent City. Renaissance Raines is one of them.

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About the Author

Bryan Camp is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and the University of New Orleans’ Low-Residency MFA program. He started his first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, in the backseat of his parents’ car as they evacuated for Hurricane Katrina. He has been, at various points in his life: a security guard at a stockcar race track, a printer in a flag factory, an office worker in an oil refinery, and a high school English teacher. He can be found on twitter @bryancamp and at bryancamp.com. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and their three cats, one of whom is named after a superhero.

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My Review

4 Stars

When Renaissance Raines, Renai died she was chosen to become a psychopomp, a guide that escorts the dead through the seven gates of the Underworld. But when she is giving the task of finding a soul that has missed his death twice things are going to get a lot more interesting. She is going to be acquiring help and hindrance from all kinds of mythological creatures from gods and goddesses, angels and demons, and so much more.

I didn’t realize that this was the second book in a series. I do recommend reading The City of Lost Fortunes. It did take me a little bit to figure out what was going on but once I did get the hang of it things took off. I love all the different kinds of mythology that this book covers all based in New Orleans.

I really like this story and found myself wanting to know more. It’s clear that the author knows New Orleans and all the myths from many corners of the world. I love how there is a little bit of everything that will keep the reader guessing.

I recommend checking out this book. But make sure you read the series in order. I have a feeling that will increase your enjoyment of the book.

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In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children – 4) by Seanan McGuire

This fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.

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Seanan McGuire

About the Author

Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn’t killed for using her typewriter at three o’clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.

Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan’s anecdotes end with things like “and then we got the anti-venom” or “but it’s okay, because it turned out the water wasn’t that deep.” She has yet to be defeated in a game of “Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?,” and can be amused for hours by almost anything. “Almost anything” includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir’s Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn’t enough, she also writes under the pseudonym “Mira Grant.” For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.

In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, “With Friends Like These…”, as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words “blood,” “night,” “terror,” or “attack” in the title. Most people believe she doesn’t sleep.

Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the “marginally.” It probably doesn’t help that she has so many hobbies.

Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

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My Review

5 stars

When Katherine Lundy is six she realizes that she is different from other kids and that her life has essentially been chosen for her. But she doesn’t want that path, she wants something different. This leads her to a door to the Goblin Market. The market has wondrous creatures and things but a strict set of rules with one of the most important being Fair Value.

Lundy goes on various adventures in the Goblin Market throughout until she is eighteen years old. Then she has to decide if she is going back to her world or if she is going to live in the Goblin Market. But she is not alone in her adventures, her father had a similar experience when he was younger and he doesn’t want to lose Lundy to the market.

I love Seanan McGuire’s work and jumped at the chance to review this book. It was a bonus that it was an audiobook that was wonderfully narrated by Cynthia Hopkins. I admit that I have not read the first books in this series so I didn’t really understand what was going on at first. But I easily caught on and quickly got sucked into Lundy and her life.

This is an incredibly touching story. I felt for poor Lundy being the odd person out and finding herself in the Goblin Market. And having the ability to go back several times before she turned 18 made it harder to return to her family and hard to lose the family she has at the Goblin Market.

This is a wonderful story and one I recommend checking out. I really enjoyed it and want to find out what I have missed from the first three books in the series.

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Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle

When fourteen-year-old Selina Kyle, aka the future Catwoman, becomes homeless, she must confront questions of who she is and who she will become.

She rejects human cruelty, but sometimes it seems as though brute force is the only way to “win.” And if Selina is to survive on the streets, she must be tough. Can she find her humanity and reconcile toughness with her desire for community … and love?

From Lauren Myracle, the New York Times best-selling author of books like ttfn and ttyl, comes the story of a teenage Catwoman, as she struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham.

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Lauren Myracle

About the Author

Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA’s “Best Books for Young Adults” for the year 2004. It was named by Booklist as one of the “Top Ten Youth Romances” of the year, as well as one of the “Top Ten Books by New Writers.” Her middle-grade novel, Eleven, came out 2004, followed by its YA sequels (Twelve, Thirteen, Thirteen Plus One).

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My Review

4 stars

Selina Kyle has had a hard life. Her mother does what she can to keep them going but finds herself scumbags that will hang around for a while. Those scumbags are loud, have some kind of addiction, and like to beat on both Selina and her mother. Then one day she saves a kitten and nurses it back to health. But the current boyfriend doesn’t like it and solves the problem.

Selina takes this as a sign to stop being weak and leave. She realizes that school just doesn’t have the same meaning and even though Bruce Wayne seems to want to help her she is better off on her own. But things are tough until she finds a family. But when she starts to love them something happens again.

I don’t know much about the original comic stories of these characters. But I did like this book. I really felt for Selina and understood her choices. She does find a family but it is almost like she is meant to be alone. I thought it was a great introduction to the character.

This is a great graphic novel. I really liked the story and thought Isaac Goodhart did an amazing job with the illustrations. It’s definitely one to check out.

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I would like to thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Dark Karma: Sword of Vengeance (Karma – 3) by Laura Simmons

A remarkable tale of vengeance, time travel, and dark magic.

What would you do if you woke up one morning and your world was inexplicably changed in the worst way imaginable? Banished by his enemy into a hellish alternate dimension, Luke Decker fights to understand why his world has suddenly changed, and why is he on trial for the murder of his beloved Nina? What he doesn’t know is she’s not dead. Nina watches him vanish into thin air and is completely bereft, struggling to find out how and why he disappeared. Using all of her psychic talents and traversing the astral realm, she frantically searches for him to no avail. She owns a secret item which holds the key to his salvation, but will she figure it out before he’s condemned to live the rest of his life in a realm of darkness?

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About the Author

I enjoy reading books on psychic phenomena and all things metaphysical. Most of my life I’ve been fascinated with astral travel, dreams, the ability to see the future, and reincarnation.

I’ve wanted to write a book since I was a child, it was the first thing I can ever remember saying I wanted to do when I grow up. I love creating worlds in my mind and writing about them. My best days are when my characters decide to have lively conversations and I type them fast and furious.

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My Review

5 Stars

Nina has issues and is afraid to love after her past. Luke is determined to break through her shell and they realize that they are starting to love each other. Enter Elliot, someone that had a relationship with Nina in the past. He has to stir things up and is looking for a magical item that Nina has. Then Luke gets sent to a dark and hellish dimension where his is on trial for killing Nina. Nina is desperate to find Luke and goes on the hunt with her astral projection.

This series just keeps getting better and better. Nina and Luke start as friends with benefits but become so much more. But things won’t stay happy for long when jealousy and revenge are determined to come crashing into their lives. They each of their own versions of hell to deal with but both are determined to keep fighting to get back to each other.

This series is filled with good, bad, love, hate, magic, and so much more. I love the fresh take on magic and the power of love. This book says that you can read it as a standalone but I recommend checking out the series in order. You won’t miss anything that way.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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A Matter of Latitude

A Matter of Latitude by Isobel Blacktorn

From the acclaimed author of The Drago Tree comes a riveting thriller about survival, revenge and long-hidden secrets.

When local Lanzarote anti-corruption activist, Celestino, is T-boned on a lonely stretch of road, he knows the collision was no accident.

Wounded and fearing for his life, he hides in an abandoned fishing village, waiting for a chance to make it home. Meanwhile his wife, English expat Paula, is distraught. Her pursuit of answers is deflected when her neighbor, troublesome retiree Shirley Mobad, co-opts Paula on her escapades around the Canary Islands.

Paula’s search for her husband quickly descends into mayhem, danger and intrigue. Before long, she realizes she’s being followed. She needs answers, and fast.

But where is Celestino, and will he ever make it back alive?

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Praise for A Matter of Latitude

“A Matter of Latitude simmers with danger, betrayal and treachery, drawing the reader into the island’s history of shady dealings and uneasy relationships between natives, tourists and expats… Isobel Blackthorn has crafted an atmospheric and setting-rich novel with alluring lyrical style.” – Sandi Wallace, award-winning crime fiction author

About the Author

Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of original fiction across a range of genres, including psychological thrillers, gripping mysteries, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire.

Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel, The Unlikely Occultist.

Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Many of her novels are set on the islands, including The Drago Tree, which was released in 2015 and is now in Spanish translation, Clarissa’s Warning and A Matter of Latitude. These novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction, and the novels are as much stories about the islands themselves as they are straight-ahead entertainment.

Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. Some of her writing is dark, like the psychological thriller, Twerk, which is based on six years of research and first-hand accounts of dancers working in what are euphemistically called gentlemen’s clubs.

A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia.

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My Review

5 Stars

Paula is getting ready for her daughters third birthday when her husband Celestino is called out on a delivery. Although she would rather have him at the party she does realize how important the money from this delivery to them. But when he doesn’t show up to the party she becomes worried. She doesn’t really know how to report Celestino to the police but she knows something is wrong.

Celestino is an anti-corruption activist and when he is t-boned on his delivery he just knows that someone is trying to kill him. Now it’s a race against time and the killer for Celestino to get to safety and to keep Paula and their daughter safe. He is having some serious regrets about not telling Paula how dangerous things really are.

Paula is still struggling with Spanish and feels lost at times on Lanzarote. She just knew that something had happened to Celestino and I felt for her trying to find him. At the same time I was kept on the edge of my seat as Celestino was fighting to keep out of the hands of the murderer. I was wrapped up in him getting home in time to protect his family.

I read and really enjoyed Clarissa’s warning and was very excited to see what Isobel Blacktorn would come up with next. I was ensnared by this mystery and kept guessing until the very end. I really enjoy Isobel’s books and can’t wait to dig into another one soon.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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