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review 2017-09-10 19:25
Crane - Stacey Rourke

I heard many stories surrounding the legend of sleepy hollow, but I never read the actual book. I got my first real taste, of the story behind the legend when I watched the Sleepy Hollow television series, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

When I received this book as part of the quirky blind date program and realised it was a retelling of the legendary sleepy hollow, I was ecstatic and could not wait to get into the story.

What the story is about.

Crane tells the story of Ireland Crane a descendant of the infamous Ichabod Crane. She moved to Sleepy Hollow as she needed a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City. What she did not know was her decision to relocate to Sleepy Hollow would set in motion a series of events that would turn her life upside down.

A murderer is on the loose and due to the nature of the killings, the community wonders if the headless horseman rides again. However, when the evidence points to her, Ireland with the help of the stranger she discovered in her home rushes to uncover the truth. Will they discover who is behind the murders before anyone else loses their head?

The Story

I enjoyed the author's take on this legendary tale. The story was told simultaneously in the past and the present. Although both threads were different, they had a direct impact on each other. The narrative from the past was narrated from Ichabod Cranes POV while story from the present was provided from Ireland Crane’s perspective.

I enjoyed how both story threads were narrated. However, I thought the story narrated in the past was more befitting of the Sleepy Hollow legend due to its creepy atmosphere.

The twists and turns kept me guessing while keeping me on the edge of my seat at each page turn. The portrayal of the headless horseman went beyond my expectations. I found it intriguing and captivating.

I enjoyed the banter between the characters and I could not help but laugh at their actions and dialogue. I thought the romance was unnecessary as I do not believe it added any value to the story. It moved quickly for my tastes. I loved how the story ended as most of the questions I had regarding the plot were answered. I still had questions, but I guess will get those answers in the sequel. I also liked the peek I got regarding the next book in the series.

The Characters

I loved how the characters are featured in both threads. However, if I were to choose a favourite, it would be Rip Van Winkle, who was featured in both threads. I enjoyed his attempts in navigating the 21st century and loved that he pulled it off beautifully.

Conclusion/Recommendation

Crane is an exciting and well-written story. It is hilarious, refreshing and unique. If you love the story behind the legend, then you will love this retelling.


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review 2017-09-04 10:02
Book Review For: Long for Me Stacey Lynn
Long for Me (Luminous) - Stacey Lynn

'Long for Me' by Stacey Lynn is Book Three in The "Luminous" series. This is the story of Bennett Ashby and Rebecca Morales. I have not yet read the previous books, so for me this was a standalone book.
Rebecca has worked at Bennetts company for about six years but on recently took the job as his assistant. Bennett has been very stern with her and doing things like calling her in on Christmas. Now the latest thing is is on New Years Eve put six days worth of work in front of her and she needs to have it done ASAP. Rebecca's father was abusive to her mother so she has issues with men who abuse women. When her friends ask her to go to Luminous, which is a sex club she at first turns them down like she has done for a long time. But after getting off work late and just having the option to drink along she decided to go with them. Since is Visitors night at Luminous they are doing demonstrations which she ends up finding Bennett doing one. Rebecca has mixed feelings at first being attracted to him but not knowing anything really about the life style she has a hard time understanding it. She knows her friend and her husband are strongly involved with it but Rebecca has a hard time understand a man laying his hands on a women. When Bennett sees Rebecca at the Club he knows he is going to act on the feelings of desire hes been feeling for her. Bennett is determine that he will convince her to let him teach her the ways of the Club and that lifestyle.
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review 2017-09-04 02:24
The Secret of a Heart Note - Stacey Covington-Lee

I feel in love with Stacey Lee's second novel, Outrun the Moon. I was super excited to have won an ARC copy of her newest book, The Secret of a Heart Note.

 

  • I love the herb alchemy
  • BFF is <3. She helped save the book when I was annoyed with Mimosa. 
  • It has all the typical cute, angst-y, confused, awkward, and adorable romance troubles. 
  • The twist was really obvious. It made the story feel a bit long and Mimosa a tad irritating. Like, just wanted to shake her and her mom so badly sometimes!
  • Mimosa's old school mom was realistically annoying and stubborn. She's good and loves her daughter but is her own person with her own issues. I'm really glad how their relationship was done all the way through. 

 

The Secret of a Heart Note is good and cute, perfect for all the YA contemporary fans wanting a little drama and magic. The Secret of a Heart Note has a unique premise with a typical plot and diverse characters with standard relationships. 

 

While I enjoyed The Secret of a Heart Note, it didn't capture me like Outrun the Moon

 

I adore Stacey Lee's writing and skill, so I'll be reading her other book Under A Painted Sky and anything new. 

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review 2017-08-09 16:18
How To Change a Life
How to Change a Life - Stacey Ballis

I thought this was a fun, light read and I enjoyed the friendship aspect of this novel. They were close friends in high school and soon they grew apart. Now they are back in their hometown for the funeral of the high school teacher who brought them together. Each of the three young ladies feels content with their life but after conversing with one another, they each decide that there are a few things they would like to change. The friends also have suggestions for each other, on how they can improve their lives. With forty just around the corner, the three friends make a pact to try to change or improve their lives using their own ideas and their friend's suggestions. I liked how these ladies pushed each other and encouraged each other as they tried to make these changes in their lives. They tried to be supportive to each other yet there were some ill feelings that were being harbored inside about each other which eventually had to come out. They had always been honest with one another and they wanted to keep it that way. Not one of them is perfect, they all had issues they wanted to change to improve their life yet for them to change who they had been for almost forty years, it takes initiative and hard work. I liked listening to them and reading how they went about this pact although the novel soon grew to be centered around Eli. Some friendships are priceless and I like how these three tried to regain the friendship they had back in high school as they wanted that closeness again. It was an enjoyable read and I recommend it.

 

I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

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review 2017-08-08 13:04
Book Review For: Skirt Chaser by Stacey Kennedy
Skirt Chaser - Stacey Kennedy

'Skirt Chaser' by Stacey Kennedy is book Two in the "Filthy Dirty Love" series. This is the story of Greyson Crawford and Evie Richards. I have read the previous book but feel this is easily a standalone book.
Grey likes women but only for a night or two and then he moves on. No one women can hold his interest it seems. Until Interior Designer Evie Richards shows up at his office to work . Grey has a rule not to get involved with employees so he waits his time for the day that her contract ends. When that day comes (30 days later) he plans on approaching her and state his intentions. But before he can do that we something upsets Evie.
Evie is a sweet girl that forgives easily it seems. We learn that her best friend stole her boyfriend and now the two are getting married. Evie has been helping them plan the wedding but the date is now here and Evie is very upset. When she is approached by Grey with a deal to help her ...and him.
Evie has been attracted to Grey this whole time she has worked at his company. Grey lays his cards out that he thinks what her 'friends' are doing is awful. But he tells her to get revenge via him. That he will pretend to be her boyfriend if she agrees to sleep with him while they are pretending a relationships. Grey lays out the terms of their relationship and has her say for her understanding "Yes, Grey, I agree to your terms'. But can Grey stick to his own rules with the sweet and beautiful Evie. Evie is different from any other women who he has meet....and can Evie just walk away.
Loved this story...another great book by Ms. Kennedy!
Filthy Dirty Love:,
Book 1: Heartbreaker ,
Book 2: Skirt Chaser,
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