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text 2018-01-23 14:58
So, I just signed up for next weekend's readathon ...

Doing the 24in48 Readathon again (meaning read for 24 of the 48 hours). 

 

Signups are at https://24in48.com/2017/12/26/january-2018-24in48-readathon-sign-ups-are-open/ .  Details:  https://24in48.com/readathon-faqs/ 

 

 

I've a lot of books checked out from library and kindle unlimited trial to read.

 

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review 2018-01-23 14:32
Wrapped Up In You
Wrapped Up In You - Ella Frank,Brooke Blaine
A Valentine’s Day Lovely! This is sweet and utterly romantic and while short was a perfect Valentine’s Day story. 

While I loved these characters and their magical day, I personally had a hard time connecting with them and wish I had gotten a few more flashbacks of their early relationship moments. It is hard for me to connect to an established couple, especially in such few pages. Too bad for me. :-(

In addition to the story, you are also given the first chapters of both Brooke and Ella’s upcoming books…and I have to say, while I am eager to read Robbie’s book, the snippet we get of Ollie and Reid totally did it for me. I am so eager to read more of these men, who immediately grabbed hold of me.

Cannot wait for February and March to arrive!

*An ARC was received from the Author in exchange for an honest review.*
 
 

 

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review 2018-01-23 13:32
#5 - Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling,Jim Kay

I don't kow how many times I've read Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, I can't keep track. But I know it's my second time reading this edition in anticipation of the 3rd one that I got for Christmas. I'll read it next month and I can't wait, it's so beautiful.

 

As always, it was Harry Potter so I totally enjoyed it.

 

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review 2018-01-23 02:40
The Bad Daughter
The Bad Daughter: A Novel - Joy Fielding The Bad Daughter: A Novel - Joy Fielding

This book follow Robin as she is forced to go back to a place she never thought she'd go back to, home. After her father and his wife (who just happens to be her former best friend) and his stepdaughter are shot in what appears to be a home invasion Robin must come home to help her dysfunctional family. It doesn't help that she hasn't spoken to many of them in years.

 

This book had my attention from start to finish. I really liked Robin and felt bad that she had to go back home to her family. Her sister Melanie has such a hatred for Robin and spends the book being an absolute bitch. While in the beginning I wasn't a big fan of Melanie she definitely grew on me throughout the book. The rest of Robin's family tended to baffle me with their behavior.

 

There is a mystery that is running throughout the book, who shot Robin's dad and his family. I have to say that while I didn't figure out who was behind it for a while I did eventually get it. There are definitely little clues that I felt were left throughout the book that can lead you to who did it.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

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review 2018-01-22 22:30
Magical Realism – Blood and Ashes by Marilyn Peake @marilynpeake
Blood and Ashes: A Paranormal Romance Novel - Marilyn Peake

Marilyn Peake’s latest release, Blood and Ashes, is a fabulous paranormal/supernatural, fantasy novel with a touch of realism, except for the magical part…

 

I love the colorful color and the red makes it pop off the pages. Very pretty and spills some of the secrets inside.

 

Cover by Phatpuppy.com

 

Blood and Ashes: A Paranormal Romance Novel

Goodreads  /  Amazon

 

MY REVIEW

 

Miracles and magic are happening from the opening pages, and Kaelin’s acting like it’s an every day occurrence in these desperate times.

 

The financial situation the characters find themselves in, makes me think of current events, with businesses closing, people being deported, people losing everything, and those with hope struggling to survive.

 

When Kaelin found the baby, I really woke up, became hooked and knew I would have trouble putting the book down, even long enough for a bathroom break.

 

Her mother has a heart so big, so open and giving, I wish more for her. No one deserves a break more than she does. Some characters…and people…amaze me with their ability to give, and the depths of love that is freely given.

 

First an abandoned baby, then a kitty with itty bitty legs, Kaelin takes them home and makes them her own.

 

And Devin, the new guy across the hall. What’s up with him? Why doesn’t she question his sudden appearances? Almost as if he knows something. I know he’s going to be special.

 

Kaelin has friends, people looking out for her and her family, like Mrs Santiago, who owns the grocery store and Gwendolyn Griffin, a healer who offers to work with her to develop her healing abilities. If you everwant candy, be sure and visit Mrs Santiago’s store.

 

Kaelin is very resourceful, and even though she dumpster dives for additional food for the family, you would never know it by her attitude. She knows where to find apples and blueberries, ripe for the picking. She has a green thumb, and her touch can be like Miracle Gro.

 

She does everything she can to make it to college, wanting a better life for them all. But, even though she is accepted, due to cutbacks of the governmental kind, there is no money available to help her. She chooses an alternative, Gwendolyn Griffin’s traditional healing of the witchy kind.

 

I can see the kids with bags of Halloween costumes, as they are tossed willy nilly, while they each choose the perfect costume. Kaelin goes to the thrift store and creates a mish mash costume that makes her beauty bloom.

 

The book is divided into three parts.

 

Part I is Kaelin’s story that takes place in the human world.

 

Part II is Liliana’s Story that takes place in the fairie world. Liliana is a fairy that crosses into the human world. A romance goes wrong. But the world is not what it appears to be.

 

Part III brings them all together, exposing secrets and Kaelin’s true calling.

 

Human, Seelie, Unseelie, good fairies, bad fairies…Magic, danger, romance, love and loss.

 

Blood and Ashes is written for the young at heart, with easy reading and a quick pace. I love the imaginative world and characters Marilyn Peake has created. Such a great story. I found myself smiling at the simplest things. Her ability to spin a tale keeps her high on my reading list…no matter what genre she writes in.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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