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Featured Children's Book: Second-Chance Sam, King of the Junkyard by JoAnn Sky

Sam is a full grown and trained dog who wishes for nothing more than to go home with a wonderful family. Day after day, he watches as puppies get adopted instead. One day, he finally gets his wish.

It’s known that I have no children. I do have three dogs who are my children in my eyes. I do love children’s books. They promote reading. And I’m very passionate about reading. I especially love books that have a strong moral like the one in this story. It makes me very emotional to think about it.

The illustrations on this book are so great. They are as great as the writing!

I will constantly promote children’s books as much as adult books because I feel that we need more readers in this world. If this is something you’d like to see on my blog, let me know. I’ll make it my thing for Saturday.

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La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman Book Review

For Malcolm, his life is normal. He goes to school and helps with his parents at the inn they own. He helps the nuns across the way. More than anything, he likes to keep to himself. He likes to observe others. Life changes for him forever, when three men come to the inn and inquire about the nuns and whether or not they could hold a baby.

I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in a world I fell in love with with the His Dark Materials trilogy. Lyra is just a baby in this book. Pantalimon is just too adorable! I can’t even get enough of it. I mused over the fact that this may have been a book to answer all questions that people wonder about in the trilogy. A way to tie up loose ends so to speak. It was nice. It could have been better, but I enjoyed it a lot.

There were so many amazing characters in this book. I especially adored Malcolm. I didn’t care for Alice all that much, but I understood her. I understood why she was the way she was. It kind of becomes obvious later on in the book, but it’s really hinted at through the entire book. I related most to Hannah. She’s cunning and clever. She’s also compassionate and loyal.

This book was published seventeen years after the third book in His Dark Materials trilogy. I do wonder if there was a reason behind the gap. I wonder if the book was originally planned or if the author wanted to come back to the world. I can’t wait to dig into the next book. I’m also scared because I know it will be a few years before we see the conclusion of this new trilogy.

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Sweep In Peace by Ilona Andrews Book Review

Dina is strong-armed into hosting a peace summit in her inn. The thought of what is going to transpire terrifies her. Add that to the fact that a local cop has a gut feeling something is going on. He makes it a point to stake out the area to prove something. Luckily, she has Caldenia to keep her company through it all.

I really enjoyed this book. It was just as good as the first book. It’s funny and edgy at the same time. It’s hard not to fall in love with the story and the characters. It’s hard not to feel the feelings that the characters feel. I own the next two books in the series. I can’t wait to dig into them. It’s an amazing series. I’ll probably look for excuses to reread it a few more times.

Dina is one of my favorite characters of all time. She’s sweet but sassy. She doesn’t put up with anybody’s crap. Caldenia is pretty amazing. An aristocrat who’s also a sociopathic killer! She says some of the most off the wall things imaginable. There are many other pretty amazing characters in the story. These are just my favorite two.

I gushed over this narrator in the first of the book. I was very impressed with her. I was just as impressed with her in this book was I was in the first. I may have been more impressed with this one than I was the first. That’s saying a lot. Either way, she’s great. I hope she narrates the rest of the series. I also look forward to hearing more books narrated by her.

This series fell into my lap. I can’t explain it better than that. I’m glad it did though. It’s fast-tracking its way up to my favorites list for sure. I’m antsy that the other two books will be just as good as the first two. I’m also antsy to see what they cover. I will find out soon enough. This book is funny. It is also edgy. I love it!

Clean Sweep

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Ice by Amy Cecil Book Review

A tragic accident frees Caden from a life he never wanted, but at a very great cost. Things go downhill from there until he has an opportunity that he’s been waiting a lifetime for. This opportunity causes a falling out with Emma, one of the most important women in his life. He thought she was out of his life forever until she shows up at his door asking for his help. Her friend has gone missing and nobody wants to help find her.

I really did enjoy this book greatly. The biggest issue I had was that the beginning was very choppy. There were things that were really glossed over. It was like the author stated what happened and moved on. I don’t mean that in a bad way. I actually read Ripper, another book by this author. She’s an amazing writer, and the rest of this book shows that. The first part could do a rewrite.

In ways, I really related to Emma. She’s down to earth and very observant. She also drives me insane with some of her narrow-minded judgments. I get that she comes around, but still. I did want to tell her to stop being that way sometimes. Caden drove me nuts as well. He could be a great book boyfriend material. He gets set in these ways where he doesn’t listen to anybody. It gets frustrating.

I’m going to muse on the fact that there’s a possibility that Mark Bravo and Maya Bravo are related in some way. I’d assume that they were married, but people assuming wrongly is never fun. I don’t like it when it’s done with me. My boyfriend and I are constantly mistaken for brother and sister. Anyway, they were fantastic narrators. I fully intend on listening to other books that these two have narrated.

This book ends on a cliff-hanger. I wanted to warn anybody who might be interested in reading this. I can’t stand cliff-hangers and I’m sure I’m not the only reader with this pet peeve. The only time I don’t really mind cliff hangers is when I have the next book to grab and read straight away. I’ve been known to throw books across rooms when they end on a cliff hanger.

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The Cases That Haunt Us by John Douglass and Mark Olshaker Book Review

From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, this book covers five cases that have been the most talked about and most frustrating. There’s also a special chapter that highlights a few other cases that were solved and not.

I really did enjoy reading the book. I learned so many things about these famous cases that I never knew. I even heard theories that I’d never heard before. Like the possibility that Jack the Ripper was a woman. They are all very sad cases. I wish that I had the ability to go through the cases and try to help if I can. Maybe one day I’ll go through the proper schooling to be able to.

Normally, I’d give my opinions on the characters. This is a nonfiction book talking about multiple cases. I can say that I’d love to go to lectures and hear talk about these cases and many more cases. It’s hard to explain exactly what I’d want to do, but I’m working it out.

I really enjoyed the narrator speaking. He was engaging. The book itself wasn’t really boring or hard to understand. If it was though, he would have made it easy to understand. His name is Malcolm Hillgartner.

I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading many more books like it as time goes on. There’s something powerful about hearing the stories behind the cases. It feels like a call to action to me. Like I should be getting up and doing something to help solve these cases. Maybe some research work in the background. Every role helps, right? Either way, I fully recommend this book.

My Rating:

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Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews Book Review

Dina is an innkeeper. Her job is to offer sanctuary to people from many worlds. For many things, she remains neutral. Her neutrality is challenged when dogs are being killed in her area. The only paranormal she’s aware of refuses to acknowledge what she’s saying or help. That changes when she takes action herself and keeps a neighbor from getting killed.

I really enjoyed this book. It was just very funny and edgy. It was full of suspense and sarcasm. Two of my favorite things! If I didn’t have so much to do today, I’d of devoured the entire book in one sitting. and I almost did. I read it in huge chunks throughout the day. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.

Dina is so sassy. She reminds me of the real sassy one from Designing Women. It’s been a long time since I watched the show, so I don’t remember the name. The other characters were funny and awesome as well. I just connected with Dina more than I did the rest of them.

Renee Raudman is an excellent narrator. I’m not sure if I have listened to anything before. I definitely will be listening to more books narrated by her though. She has a way of pulling you into the story and making you want more. And I LOVED the southern accent.

I stumbled on the fourth book at random awhile back. I managed to get my hands on it somehow as well. I just KNEW I had to have the rest of the series as well. Due to dumb luck, that became a possibility recently. I began to listen to it immediately. I’m glad I did. I loved this book!

My Rating:

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Every Last Drop by Sarah Robinson Book Review

Tessa and her husband decided to take the next step in trying to have a child. They go to a fertility clinic and get tested to see what the problem is and what the steps are to move forward. Instead, Tessa discovers that she has a tumor on her brain. Her life and plans are thrown upside down and she must decide the best course of action from there.

I really didn’t care for the story. It had a very slow start and I found that Tessa’s attitude got a bit under my skin. Because of the diagnosis, I decided to keep reading. I knew that it would get better as the story went on. I knew it would end up being a beautiful story or a beautifully tragic story. I knew there was a chance that it would give me deep thoughts. I was not disappointed there.

I really didn’t connect with any of the characters at first. I felt that Tessa was way too aggressive. She got angry with the doctors like it was their fault that she was diagnosed and things turned out the way that they did. She broke other people’s property like that was okay. I mean I get why, but it was so frustrating. And the people in her life had moments where they were really selfish and didn’t really care about the pain she was going through.

I’m really not looking forward to bringing this part up. I really enjoyed Jaimee Moore’s voice. She’s got this naturally narrative voice. She goes from voice to voice with ease. My problem was the hollow sound that seemed to kind of exist in the background of the entire audio. It wasn’t horrible, but it was very present. Then there was this feedback at the beginning of many chapters that was a little disturbing. Other than that, the narration was great.

This story was beautiful but sad. It was also very educational. I may not have cared for the story or characters much at the beginning, but I adored both in the end. The biggest thing about this book is that it needs to be read with an open mind. It’s full and heavy. It’s a very deep topic. I really did enjoy it a lot. Have tissues ready!

4 Stars

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Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Book Review

Audrey Rose is passionate about forensic science. Her uncle has decided to let her apprentice because she has the mind for it. She has to go against her father’s wishes since he’s completely against it. In the midst of her studies, a career murderer starts murdering prostitutes in the area. She becomes determined to track down and catch the killer.

I really enjoyed this story. Yes, I’m aware that the author took some liberties with the facts in the story. She stated it in her Author’s Note in the back of the book. Her owning up to it and explaining why is good enough for me. It’s a fictional story. It’s meant to be mostly fiction. The fact that some historical facts, people, and events are in it is pretty cool in itself.

I really adored Audrey Rose. She is fiery and fierce. She knows exactly what she wants to do and she’s willing to risk everything to prove that she’s good at it and that her gender doesn’t change that. Thomas is a pretty amazing character too. He’s witty. He reminds me of Adrian from Vampire Academy or Logan from Gilmore Girls. He’s irritating but so adorable.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for an amazingly long time. It was ten times better than I thought it would be. I thought it would be amazing. I wasn’t expecting it to be amazing AND thrilling. I wasn’t expecting to grow an attachment to the characters. I definitely didn’t expect to read the rest of the series. It’s amazing!

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Dark Poison by Grace White Book Review

Celeste has found not one but three loves. She has also become part wolf and part vampire. The only thing left is to become part fae. Every day that passes brings more danger to her and her loved ones. She must close the veil and stop all the danger once and for all. The only problem is that it may end her time with her three loves forever.

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the entire trilogy. It’s beautiful. It’s realistic. Well, as realistic as a paranormal book can be, but yeah. I really adored it. I was antsy on how it would be ended. I was worried for nothing. The ending was as beautiful as the entire trilogy was. I read the first two more than once. If that says anything.

I’ve gushed over the characters in the first two reviews. I will continue gushing over them here. Lucas is still my favorite and will always be. He’s just so sweet and sassy. That’s my favorite type of man. Celeste is amazing too. It’s nice to see a main character who knows what she wants and what she’s after. She’s not afraid to acknowledge that she’s afraid, but carries on with what she needs to do anyway. It’s inspiring.

The narrator for this book is the same for the narrator in the first two books. Sarah Puckett. I can gush over this narrator for days and not get over it. She’s just so talented. She gives even more life to the book than the authors already do. She is so passionate. She’s an inspiration. I hope to be as good as her when I start narrating!

This was a beautiful ending to a beautiful series. I just wish it didn’t have to end. I could have read about the characters in this world for years on end and not get tired of it. Especially where Lucas is involved. I wouldn’t mind spin-off series for this book. Maybe even a prequel or a prequel trilogy involving Sierra. I would definitely read them all if they existed.

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Moon Cursed by Grace White Book Review

Updated Review:
Celeste is a vessel. She’s appointed regent of Devil’s Gate. Her heart belongs to a vampire, a faerie, and a werewolf. To obtain peace between the species, she must become the ultimate hybrid. She must also keep her safe from the people who lurk in the shadows to take her down.

This is my second time reading this. I enjoyed it the first time. I enjoyed it this time as well. I reread it and the first book so that I could be prepared for the third book. Or I was just looking for an excuse to re-read them. I’ll leave that open for interpretation. Either way, I adore it. I will have to say that this book ends on a cliff hanger. I would recommend having the third book handy before reading it.

While she can be a bit much at times, I really adore and relate to Celeste. I really wouldn’t mind taking her place when it comes to her lovely men as well. I’m just saying. We have our lovely werewolf, Laken. Our fierce vampire, Gage. Then, there’s my personal favorite, Lucas the faerie. He’s so sassy and quirky. He’s also so proper. He kind of reminds me of a tamer version of Logan from Gilmore Girls.

I stated in my original review that the narrator, Sarah Puckett, is one of my favorite narrators. I stand by that statement. She’s just so talented. I mean the books are obviously very great. She finds a way to bring them to life even more than the author does. She sucks the reader in and makes them feel everything. I absolutely adore her!

I’m glad I read this book again. I can’t lie and say I won’t read it again. I’ll probably read it quite a few more times. I wouldn’t mind having physical copies of these books to have on my bookshelves. I’d love to meet the author and pick her brain as well! I haven’t read the third book so I can’t make this official, but I’m pretty sure this is going to be in my top ten favorite trilogies.

Original:
This book wrecked me. I had the biggest hangover ever due to this book. I just can’t even begin to tell you about it. My heart!!! I don’t even know! Don’t take this review to mean you shouldn’t read it. You SHOULD read it! I fully and strongly recommend it. Just prepare to be wrecked if you’re very invested in the characters like I was.

The narrator was fantastic. She’s one of my absolute favorite narrators of all time. I love her style. And she has this twang about her that’s just so adorable. So I not only recommend this book (please read the first book first), I also recommend the narrator!

Blood Lust

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