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Quickie Book Review – Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline

Sweet WaterSweet Water by Christina Baker Kline

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great, emotional read! I found myself pulled into the narrative quickly and couldn’t wait to flip each page. Tragic, haunting and redemptive– this novel is the complete package.

And those twisty, turny moments, oy!

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Quickie Book Review – Goddess Born by Kari Edgren

Goddess BornGoddess Born by Kari Edgren

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great, well-written novel with historical, fantastical and romantical (couldn’t help myself there, sorry) elements, all blended perfectly. The characters were imaginative and well-formed and the underlying danger and suspense kept me turning the pages well into the night. Recommended!

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Quickie Book Review – Eternal Night by Carina Adly MacKenzie

Eternal NightEternal Night by Carina Adly MacKenzie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What if the ancient Gods did exist… and what if they’re still alive, yet powerless after hundreds of years of nobody believing in them? Then you’d end up with this novel.

I especially loved the interactions between the handful of Gods left. Eons of interactions make for riffs that span centuries, missed opportunities and regrets over choices long-ago made. Part fantasy, part mystery, this novel is all page-turner.

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Quickie Book Review – Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett

Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity, #1)Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, I adored the premise behind this first book of a series. How past lives could potentially influence and come back to bite a gal in her present life… it’s just so intriguing. And the way that the author sets everything up with finesse and craftiness is just so tasty to read.

So what’s a girl to do when the love of your past comes back to claim you? Think you know? Well, you don’t because he’s not the only new/old guy in your life. So how do you choose yet again and how do you know who’s really your soul mate when they both say they are?

I don’t want to reveal any more, so you’ll just have to read it 🙂

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Quickie Book Review – Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine

Witch Hunt  (Preternatural Affairs, #1)Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a few authors now that, depending on what genre I’m in the mood for, I will pick up and read without even scanning the blurb or reviews. S.M. Reine has quickly become one of my go-to authors when I’m in the mood for some kick-arse paranormal/ urban fantasy escapism.

This book met my expectations and then some. I also loved how this book had a little cross over with the Tarot Witches series (hope I’m remembering that series name right– I just read the first book in that series not too long ago.) Anyway, read it.

Quickie Book Review – A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes

A Charming Crime (Magical Cure Mystery, #1)A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect summer beach read… light and full of magic and intrigue. Oh, and quirky fun characters. Well, written with a creative, mystical setting!

Quickie Book Review – Waking the Dead by Heather Graham

Waking the DeadWaking the Dead by Heather Graham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved how this book mixes occult themes, suspense, and history together, and I enjoyed reading it. The larger cast of central characters was well developed and interacted nicely with each other and the plot itself was inventive and spine-tingly. Recommend!

Quickie Book Review: The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Weight of BloodThe Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t say enough good things about this novel. It’s tragic and dark, completely captivating, and full of deep, dark twists. The power of family and betrayal. Of uncovering secrets long buried.

It’s a haunting read, and one that I fell into whole-heartedly, sucked into the story by the finessed prose and swirling ether of tragedy a’coming.

After reading the last line, I laid down my ereader and let the book replay through my mind like a silent film. Dreamed about it again that night. And still, days later the story has stuck with me, which is always a hallmark of a great book.

***PS – Today is the release day for this book, so check it out!

Quicke Book Review – The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant (V, #1)The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dark and twisty YA paranormal, with a bit of a cliffhanger ending. Well written, paced perfectly and the concept is fairly unique and interesting. I do want to delve into this world more, so I’m anxiously awaiting the next book. Recommended read!

Quickie Book Review – The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn

The NeighborsThe Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read Ahlborn’s first novel, Seed, I was excited to find another spine-tingling tale of hers and downloaded it the minute I found it. And this book did not disappoint.

The plot kept me guessing, the gore factor was moderately high and the characters perfectly twisted and bent under the authors expertly crafted narrative. Recommended for sure!

Quickie Book Review – The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter PeopleThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fabulously creepy and morose. Bits of this novel remind me of one of the stories in Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King) because it’s similar in tone, creep-factor and historical aspects. So, that alone should tell you to read this, or course.

The story spans decades and involved a host of characters who all end up connected in one way or another by the end. I don’t want to give too much away, but the legend and lore involved in this was pitch-perfect and I loved how the mood built over the course of the story. McMahon may have just become one of my favorite contemporary authors with this one. It’s not to be missed!

***This book is being release today! Hurry, go get it!

Quickie Book Review – Forewarning by Kate Wyland

ForewarningForewarning by Kate Wyland

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a long-time horse fanatic, I was pleased to read a book in which the author is just as knowledgeable about horses (and didn’t just do a lot of research). Aside from the great horsey-backdrop, Forewarning is a complex, well-written mystery with plenty of richly layered characters, each with their own emotional baggage. And then there is the healing aspect, which I found quite interesting and unique.

Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone who like their mysteries with a bit of romance, complex human emotions, and on-the-edge of your seat finales. The horses and healing are free of charge 🙂

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Quickie Book Review – Keep Me Ghosted by Karen Cantwell

Keep Me Ghosted (Sophie Rhodes Ghostly Romance #1)Keep Me Ghosted by Karen Cantwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun, quirky paranormal with great characters, a heaping-helping of intrigue and some light romance. I have read other books by Cantwell, and I always enjoy her sense of humor and characterizations– this book being no different. Recommended!

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