Category: Books Reviewed

Review of With Angel’s Wings by Stephanie A Collins – Five Stars #RRBC #amwriting #Blog

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Book Blurb: With Angel’s Wings is the true story of Laura, a young wife and mother of a three-year-old daughter. Her husband, Kevin, a marine, is deployed overseas, leaving Laura to give birth to their second daughter and handle the two young children on her own.

Thirteen days after the birth of her youngest, the pediatrician detects a heart murmur. That leads to just the first of multiple diagnoses for both of her daughters, sending Laura on an unexpected and emotional journey into the world of parenting medically-fragile, special needs children.

Right when Laura fears she will break under the incredible pressure, she encounters the beauty of true love, in a most unexpected and unconventional way.

Review:  I found this read heartbreaking, moving and knowing it was a memoir, I found myself rooting for Laura through all her struggles. Her strength in dealing with her special needs children is inspiring. I read this book in a day, hoping she would triumph. The love story was an added bonus.

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Review of Cursed (Beholder Book 1) – by Christine Bauer – Four Stars #bookreview #amreading #Blog

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Book Blurb:  Most days, Elea couldn’t care less about being a witch, even if she does have special powers over spirit and bone. Why bother with incantations when you’re a farm girl? Elea only uses her Necromancer magic to speed up chores and scare off suitors.

Everything changes when the evil Necromancer Tsar curses Elea. Now, she only has five years left before she burns as a ghost, tortured for all eternity. They say there’s nothing she can do, but Elea disagrees. Embracing her Necromancer ability, Elea trains as a magical assassin. Her goal? Kill the Tsar before his curse kills her. After years of preparation, Elea’s finally ready to strike.

That’s when everything goes horribly wrong.

A handsome warlock named Rowan steps up to help. Elea wants him as an ally, but she can’t ignore the mixed-up feelings that come with every one of Rowan’s crooked smiles. An assassination mission is no time to fall in love, but Elea’s heart may have other ideas…

Perfect for readers who love sword & sorcery filled with magic, necromancy, witches & wizards. This series combines fierce females, paranormal romance and epic fantasy. Enjoy!

Review:  This was a surprising, interesting and well-crafted read. A world of magic, necromancers, castors, a heroine you root for, and the hint of a romance to be developed in the next books of the series. Elea and Rowan were well developed characters, supported by fleshed out friends and villains. The book is a perfect read for young adult audiences.

Review of the Lucian Sword – Casey Blane Series by Jodi Ann Fahey – Four Stars #RRBC #amwriting #Blog

Book Blurb: Casey Blane returns to the old coven’s grounds to take her place as the high priestess to the Letorian Coven and in search for the lost talismans. What she discovers is far more than she ever could have envisioned.

Brought to a world of faeries and the magic of the Druids, Casey must learn to come to terms with herself and her gifts quickly to survive and change the prophecy. Her first battle is finding the Lucian Sword.

Review:  The characters and storyline of the second book of the Casey Blane series kept my interest in reading the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the well-crafted story. I only give it a four stars rating due to some spelling and word errors. Otherwise a great read. I also read the first book in order to better understand the plot. Well done!

 

Review of Discovery – The Gifted Series Book One by Char Webster – Four Stars

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I picked up this book on a whim and I am so glad I did. Discovery by Char Webster is a delightful tale of finding out that everything you thought you knew about yourself has been steeped in secrets, hiding and protecting your very existence from people wanting to harm you. Discovering that you possess a power you didn’t even know existed would throw anyone a curveball. For Kate Sutton, a guidance school counselor, her world is suddenly thrown into chaos when she decides to foster three troubled children who have been moved from foster home to foster home.

Having the three children under her care, who all possess their own individual talents, Kate finds she too has been using her gift all her life without even knowing it. But, the danger to her and the children is just beginning, as her past and theirs collide.

With the threat coming closer, a forbidden romance, and twists and turns, this is one novel I was reluctant to put down. The pace of the story kept me wanting more and I didn’t want it to end! I am looking forward to reading the next in the Gifted Series and more from Char Webster! This is definitely recommended! 4 out of 5 stars!!

Getting Back to Reading #amreading #blog #bookreviews

It’s been some time since I picked up a book to read and I must say I am going through withdrawals. I miss it, so I’ve decided to get back to it, no matter what distractions come my way. Writing is its own pleasure, but reading feeds my soul.

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For someone who usually consumes upwards of four books a week, having not read a word for over a month is out of character. I could blame it on my adorable, seven month old granddaughter, who visits me everyday, but I can’t. I see her for maybe two hours a day. That should leave me ample time to immerse myself in a new story.

Starting today, I resolved to start a new book. That idea went out the window when my Kobo alerted me to my battery being dead. Now I sit here waiting for it to charge.  The list of books on it, waiting for me, is long. I have accumulated twenty-three books that sit unread.

I will start them in the order of when I downloaded them. The first review should be out sometime next week. In the meantime, let me know what you are reading. Maybe I can add it to my list.

Review of the Bound Series by Stormy Smith – Four Stars

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I was exceptionally lucky that I discovered Stormy Smith’s books when the series was complete. If not, I would have been impatiently waiting for the next book in the series. I fell in love with both the characters and the plot. Stormy pulled me into the action, twisting the narrative enough to keep me invested.

The only reason I gave it a four-star rating is that my heart ached for Micah at the end. I so would love to have a happy ending for him as well. He turned out to be one of my favorite characters in the books.

#RRBC Review of Jem by Michelle Abbott 4 Star

Jem by [Abbott, Michelle]

 

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I didn’t really know what to expect from this book but found it a truly enjoyable read.

The story begins with Jem and Devon as children. Young Jem is bullied at school and is treated even worse at home by his father and brother. Devon is his angel, protector, and friend. Wanting to protect Jem, Devon divulges to her mother that Jem is abused. That action separates the two, as his father leaves town, with Jem, to avoid being prosecuted.

Years later, Devon is escaping her own abusive relationship. Jem has grown up to be a tortured soul, fighting his demons and prone to losing his temper. Even though Devon is attracted to Devon, she also finds him dangerous.

When they meet, she doesn’t recognize him, but he has no problem identifying her. Even when he calls her Angel, his pet name for her when they were young, she doesn’t react. Wanting her to remember him on her own, he gives her a fake name when she eventually gets around to asking for it.

There were parts of the story that frustrated me, as with her not recognizing him, or his pet name from their youth, but it hooked me in at the same time. I couldn’t wait for her to finally recognize Jem.

For anyone who likes tortured alpha males, flawed characters who redeem themselves, or an enjoyable sexy, romantic story, I would highly recommend this book.

 

#RRBC Review of Bess’s Magical Garden by M. E. Hembroff 4 Star

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Bess’s life has been upturned by the death of her father, her slow recovery from polio and the recent move to Pineview. Being away from her best friend, Megan, who lived next door and was her companion, is also painful for her.

Soon after arriving at their new home, Bess starts hearing whispering voices and sees the ghostly appearance of a young girl in the garden, where she spends her days working on weeding and planting.

Throughout the summer months, the time spent in the garden hastens her recovery. She makes friends with a neighbor girl, Josie, and a cat that follows her around.  As they discover hidden items in the garden, the mystery of who the ghost girl is, draws them further into the mystery.

This book is a short read with only 74 pages. It is a great read for children between the ages of 7-14. The lessons of overcoming loss, the importance of friendships, are but a few of the things the author touches upon. Also, for me, it might just motivate younger readers to go outside, enjoy nature and forget about social media for a while.