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Fireborne Review

Title: Fireborne
Author: Rosaria Munda
Type: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 448
Rating: 2/5

This book as been on my tbr since October. I had gotten it as an add on from Book of the Month. I finally decided to read it because I kept getting emails from BOTM asking me what I thought. Haha

Let’s first take a minute to talk about the beautiful cover. It screams “READ ME” I love the bold red color and the dragon right in the center. That’s about where it stops for me, unfortunately. I finished this book and found dread when I thought about having to write a review.

I didn’t really care for this book. Part of me wonders if I wasn’t in the mood for a young adult fantasy and had I put it down and picked it up later that maybe I would have enjoyed it more. The author did a pretty good job of building the world these characters lived in. The problem is, that I wanted more dragons. I mean there’s a dragon on the cover and I felt like the dragons were not central to the story. I also didn’t connect to any of the characters.

Annie and Lee are orphans after a revolution where their families were brutally killed. They somehow end up in some type of military training where they get to ride dragons and eventually… maybe in future books they go to war. Maybe there will be more dragons in future books too?

Honestly, I don’t really want to spend anymore time on this book. I didn’t like it but I definitely think I am in the minority because it’s highly rated on Goodreads and Amazon. Just because I didn’t like it, doesn’t mean you won’t love it.

QOTD: What was the last book you read that disappointed you?

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The Vanishing Half Review

Title: The Vanishing Half
Author: Brit Bennett
Type: Literary, Historical, Contemporary  
Pages: 343
Rating: 5/5

Whoa! Words can not describe how amazing this book is! This is my first book by Brit Bennett and it won’t be my last! First of all, look at this gorgeous cover!

Desiree and Stella Vines are idential twin sisters, born from a black mother and white father live in Mallard, Louisanna, a town where you are judged based on how dark your skin is. At 16, they decide they want a better life and head to New Orleans. Soon after, Stella disappears, deciding to live her life as a white woman. After 10 years, Desiree returns to Mallard to live with her mother. The book goes between past and present as well as points of view from the twins’ daughters. During this beautifully woven story we learn about the lives each sister and their families. Stella pretending to be something she’s not, afraid the past will catch up with her. Desiree accepting true self wondering what happened to her lost sister.

The author touches on some really tough topics like, racism, gender identity, privilege, colorism, family relationships and coming to terms with who you are. The chapters were long but I found myself being unable to put the book down.

Add this to your to-be-read list now. You will not regret it!

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After Elias Review

Title: After Elias
Author: Eddy Boudel Tan
Type: LGBT, Contemporary
Pages: 296
Rating: 4/5

Thank you NetGalley and Dundurn Press for the opportunity to read this book early in exchange for my honest review. After Elias releases October 6th.

Both heartbreaking and beautiful, this story lets us into the life of Coen who travels to Mexico ahead of his partner Elias. They are to be married when tragedy occurs. The plane that Elias is piloting crashes killing everyone on board. He has one final message that leaves everyone, including Coen confused and looking for answers. Coen must confront his past, as well as Elias’ to move forward.

For the most part I enjoyed this story. It took me longer to read it than normal but I did love all the characters and the detail of the Mexican landscape and buildings were vivid in my mind. I felt as if I was there within the story looking at the same trees and flowers. I felt so much heartache as Coen moved though his grief and leaned on his friends and family for support. I loved how the author took the time to develop each character and relationships between these characters as well. Lastly, I love how this author ended this story and I feel like this story touched on so many difficult topics that can be hard to write about. I look forward to more novels by this author.

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And Now She’s Gone Review

Title: And Now She’s Gone
Author: Rachel Howzell Hall
Type: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 4/5

***Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Twists, turns and big surprises oh my! I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing the entire time! I found the storyline and plot to be clever and well thought out. It’s the kind of story that truly played out like a movie in my head.

I would love to see this story on the big screen! Isabel Lincoln is missing and Grayson Skyes is private investigator hired by Ian, Isabel’s boyfriend, to find her. As Gray investigates she starts to question why Isabel is missing in the first place and what she might be hiding. The story goes between present day, and Gray’s past. Grays story involves a troubled past with an abusive partner and a name change to escape. Isabel’s story is complex and will keep you guessing.

My only complaint is that there were a lot of characters to keep track of and I struggled a bit with that but the story was really good and I hope this isn’t the last of Grayson Skyes. I would love to read more stories with her in it. I loved loved loved her character. Please please please give me more of Grayson Skyes!

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If You Tell Review

Title: If You Tell
Author: Gregg Olsen
Type: True Crime, Non-Fiction
Pages: 428
Rating: 4/5

**Trigger Warning
This story contains emotional, physical, verbal abuse as well as murder.

This was a pretty fast read for me. I can’t remember the last non-fiction book I read and I found this one to be hard to put down. The chapters were super short which is always a plus for me. The delivery of the story was pretty good, considering the content. The story is a collection of memories involving Shelly and her daughters Nikki, Sami and Tori. Shelly is sadistic and abusive. She pretty much abuses anyone she comes into contact with. She is a master manipulator and gas-lighter. Often times, Nikki, Sami and Tori struggled with what they were experiencing and seeing and what to do about it. If you can not stomach emotional, physical and verbal abuse then this probably isn’t the story for you. She got away with a lot and it’s sickening. At times, I wondered how something like this could happen and go on for as long as it did.

While the story is sad, it’s also about survival and sisterhood bonds. It is a heartbreaking read that shows how easy an abuser can manipulate, gaslight and abuse its victims. Shelly’s children were not the only victims of abuse. A few adults suffered abuse at the hands of Shelly too. I think that showcases how real Stockholm Syndrome is. I had never heard about this story and I found myself wanting to look more into the case when I finished the book.

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A Good Marriage Review

Title: A Good Marriage
Author: Kimberly McCreight
Type: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 400
Rating: 4/5

Great thriller that definitely kept me guessing the entire time. Lizzie is asked to represent Zach who is suspected of killing his wife Amanda. Storyline goes between Amanda (in the past leading up to the day she died) and Lizzie (in the present). Lizzie has her own secrets and slowly she starts to unravel some of Zach and Amanda’s. There was a lot going on in the story which made it seem a little disjointed at times but overall a good read and it all came together in the end. I will definitely read more by this author.

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No One Saw Review

Title: No One Saw
Author: Beverly Long
Type: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 4/5

**Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the opportunity of an advanced reader in exchange for an honest review. No One Saw is out June 30th.

A.L. McKrittridge and Rena Morgan are at it again when they need to solve crime of a missing 5 year old girl named Emma Whitman. Emma’s grandmother dropped her off at daycare and left her with a teacher. At the end of the day Emma is gone and all the teachers and staff say Emma was never there. With little evidence they must try to find Emma before its to late.

I really enjoyed 10 Days Gone and was excited to see Beverly Long had a new novel. I absolutely love these two detectives. I find their friendship and banter towards each other both funny and relatable. If you are into detectives solving crimes then this novel is definitely for you. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as her first novel but it was still pretty good. The storyline was not super exciting and I was underwhelmed with the ending but I like I said its a typical crime/whodunit type of story. Sometimes I had a hard time keeping the characters straight. At the end of the day it kept me engaged and I was curious to find out what happened in the end.

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Descent: The Demon Chronicles Review

Title: Descent: The Demon Chronicles
Author: Diana Miller
Type: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 255
Rating: 4/5

This was a pretty quick read for me. Descent follows Sera who gets invited to attend a boarding school called St Michaels. Not much is known about St Michaels other than it appears to be a very prestigious and secretive school. Once there, Sera finds that she, like some of the other students, possesses secret powers. Theres a good guys and bad guys. There’s adventure and magic. There’s friendship and romance. Theres everything you could want in a young adult novel. I would have liked to see a little bit more development of St Michaels, the boarding school as well as some of the characters. That being said, the book did leave me wanting more and I look forward to seeing what happens in series.

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Writers & Lovers Review

Title: Writers & Lovers
Author: Lily King
Type: Literary Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Rating: 4/5

I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to read this book because the cover wasn’t super appealing to me and the synopsis wasn’t super exciting but this was a pick for Jenna Hager’s book club a few months back and while I have not participated in her online book clubs, I have enjoyed quite a few of the books she has picked in the past. I decided to give it a go.

This book did not disappoint me at all! I am so glad I read it. Casey is a struggling writer who has tons of student debt. Her mother has recently passed away and she isn’t super close to her father. She has a few close friendships and is in and out of romantic relationships. She wants nothing more than to write her own novel and be a successful writer. She feels like she will never get there.

I absolutely loved the development of Casey’s character throughout this entire book. I loved the relationships she built with those that came in and out of her life as she worked hard to make her dream become a reality. I feel like Casey’s story is one that many can relate to. If you are looking for a book about not giving up on your dream then this is a book for you.

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The Knockout Queen Review

Title: The Knockout Queen
Author: Rufi Thorpe
Type: Coming of Age, Contemporary,
Pages: 288
Rating: 5/5

My Ramblins
A beautiful and heartbreaking story about friendship, platonic love and finding out who you are. Michael comes to live with his aunt after his mother was convicted for attempting to murder his abusive father. Michael is lonely and sad. Michael is also gay. He finds friendship with Bunny, his next-door neighbor. Bunny is also sad and looking for acceptance. The become fast friends but their friendship is tested when rumors begin circulating about Michael and Bunny takes matter into her own hands. A tragedy occurs that will shape and define both of their lives forever.

This story is beautifully written. Rufi Thrope did such a wonderful job developing her characters. I felt like I was a fly in the wall within this story. Such a captivating story about not only finding yourself but also accepting who you are. While this story didn’t follow a traditional pattern of storytelling, I still couldn’t put it down and found myself wishing I could continue to follow these characters after long after it was finished. I highly recommend it and I look forward to reading more by this author.

**Story does contain some difficult topics: alcoholism, violence/abuse, bullying and homophobia

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