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review 2017-05-14 18:14
Review: A Charming Crime (Magical Cures #1) by Tonya Kappes
A Charming Crime (Magical Cure Mystery, #1) - Tonya Kappes

A quick, fun read but it suffers from first bookitis. Also it need a copy editor.

 

June Heal is trying to keep her mom's business alive. Her BFF (and crush) Oliver wants out from his uncle's watchful eye. So they move to Whispering Falls, Ky, a twenty minute drive from their hometown. But Whispering Falls is a very different place; the world building is fantastic and the people that populate the town each serve a specific purpose while also feeling realistic (save for their magical power/ability). There is a murder of the only person not well liked by everyone so there are a number of suspects, including Oliver and June. In addition to finding the killer, there is also an investigation into the truth behind Oliver and June's family history. So. Much. Backstory.

 

It all works out in the end, and I will read the next book in the series, but I am hoping for more in the plot line then Oliver and June's family story. I would also like to see a romance build up more between Oliver and June.

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Pages: 155 Bank: $2.00

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review 2017-04-18 11:29
Review: Enchanted, Inc (Enchanted, Inc #1) by Shanna Swendson
Enchanted, Inc. - Shanna Swendson

A cute and quick read. I liked the MC and her adventures as a single woman living and working in NYC. There was a hint of a possible love triangle, but it was definitely resolved at the end and I think Katie and Ethan make a better couple. I think my favorite scene is the one that has kissing frogs on the girl's night out. It helped Katie bond with her new co-workers and was a lesson in unintended consequences. I also liked the battle scene at the end.

 

I'm having a hard time placing this in genre terms - it is more paranormal than magical realism, but still firmly in contemporary realistic fiction. The romance is a side plotline, not the main event so it is not a paranormal romance. Too light and fluffy for the urban fiction tag. It was a good read, but the world building is hard to define.  

 

Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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review 2017-04-05 21:52
Review: Knead to Know (Knead to Know #1) by Liz Shulte
Knead to Know (The Knead to Know Series Book 1) - Liz Schulte

A 49 page story that was a freebie in the NOOK store.

 

This was a start to a new series that may have tied into one of the author's other series, as some events were alluded to in this story with little detail. The one big event, at least in Maggie's case, is the death of her lover and sire Baker and how Holden and Olivia (distant relatives and also jinnis) stopped her transformation halfway through the process. So Maggie is a new half-vampire and getting ready to open her own bakery. And the story is how she opened said bakery while handling all the new stuff about her life as a paranormal being. That's it. Meh.

 

There were two guys in Maggie's life - Garrett is a human reporter who finds out her secret and wants to expose her days before the bakery's opening and Boone is a carpenter working on the bakery and has psychic abilities. Maggie tells Boone her secret, Boone tells her his secret, they work together nicely. Garrett is handled in the end by Holden. Again, not a whole lot going on here, but there is a definite avoidance at a love triangle and maybe something happening in the future with Maggie and Boone.

 

The big flaw in this story is that the world building and rules are routinely violated by Maggie. Why bother having rules set by The Abyss when your MC is going to end up on their black list? It doesn't make sense and would probably frustrate me in a longer work, so I am getting off the series now.

 

 

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review 2016-09-17 04:58
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall - Katie Alender

Delia just inherited a house, but not just any house - it was once an institute for troubled females. But many of the patients weren't insane, just strong willed. And it seems even in the death the house wants to keep the girls locked away.

Delia learns that when she gets trapped in the house.

I wouldn't say this book is necessarily original, but it was well-written. And very thoughtful concerning death. Gave me a lot to think about at times.

I liked Delia. I could relate to her, especially her rebellious nature. And the fact that her parents were somewhat overprotective. She was a good character that changed throughout the book.

The story was interesting and I thought the ending was quite nice. 4 and a half stars.

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review 2016-05-04 10:25
Shadow People and Cursed Objects
Shadow People and Cursed Objects: 13 Tales of Terror Based on True Stories...or are they? - S. Mickey Lin,Keith Karabin,Sean Ealy,Barry Charman,C. Le Mroch,C. Le Mroch,Alice J. Black,Ken Teutsch,Evan Dicken,Carl Barker,Emerian Rich

I was given this book for free from the website Haunt Jaunts and 13 tales by various authors that may or may not be based on true events.

The book started strong with a story by Alice J. Black about a chair that will kill you if you sit in it. And continues with equally spooky stories. Some of the stories I really enjoyed and a few others, while I liked, didn't enjoy quite as much.

This is an enjoyable collection of short horror stories. And it was nice that at the end to read if they were based on true stories or not.

This was a book I had actually submitted one of my short stories too. My story wasn't accepted, though. I liked this book and I am grateful that I was given the chance to read it.

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