The Gritty Truth by Melissa Foster Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 Second Chances

Thoughts on Plot: I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. The book is filled with hope and inspiration. We have one character who escaped life by getting addicted to drugs. He got clean and two years later runs a group to help others stay clean as well. He falls for a girl who’s whole dream was ruined due to one accident. It’s a beautiful story and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the story and the characters.


Thoughts on Characters: I’m horrible with remembering names. However, I’ll do the best I can here. Quincy is a recovering addict who does everything he can to keep himself clean and take care of those he cares about. Then we have Roni who is an amazingly talented dancer that got into a bad accident that cost her her entire career. Both of them are amazing characters. I also really adored their best friends. They really helped the two through everything as best friends should.


Notable Points in Book: This is book 7 in a series, but can be read alone. This book discusses drug addiction and all of the violence that goes along with it.


Rating on Narrator: Jennifer Mack- 5 Stars, Jacob Morgan- 5 Stars


Thoughts on Audiobook: This audio really enhanced the book for me. I loved that they were so lively and energetic with the whole story.


Suggestions for Author: None that I can think of.


Would I Recommend?: Yes. Especially to those who think they aren’t enough because of their past.

Species Traitor by Kate L. Mary Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 Species Traitors

Thoughts On Plot: This is a rare book that sucked me into the story from the very first sentence. It doesn’t really shock me that much though. This is one of my favorite authors. She has incredible talent on writing very well. She has a unique twist on things. This book is no exception.


Thoughts On Characters: Ava is just such an amazing character. She does the right thing regardless of the cost. When her entire family cut her cousin off, she stuck by her cousin’s side. It’s awe inspiring. I loved the cousin as well. She was a fiesty girl who had a good head on her shoulders. I didn’t really care for Finn at first, but he grew on me.


Notable Points in Book: Book ends in cliffhanger. Book contains references of sex.


Rating On Narrator: Heather Firth- 5 stars


Thoughts on Audiobook: This is not the first book that I’ve listened to that’s narrated by Heather Firth. She’s an amazing narrator. She’s one of my favorite actually.


Suggestions For Author: Write more like this!!!!


Would I recommend?: Yes


Similar To: Delirium by Lauren Oliver,but with Aliens

Havenfall Harbor by Albany Walker Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: Five Student Meetings

Thoughts On Plot: I really enjoyed this story very much. It wasn’t too fast. It wasn’t too slow. Everything played out as it should as far as I could see. The characters were relatable. I wanted to keep reading. I do want to give a fair warning that this book ends on a cliffhanger and book two has not been released yet. I really don’t like cliffhangers at all, but I read this anyway. I’m so ready for book two!


Thoughts On Characters: The main character in this book is a human named Quinn who gets a job at the paranormal school as a liaison between the human and paranormal worlds. I really related to her so much. She’s so passionate about what she does and she doesn’t give up. Two other noteworthy characters are a Were named Evan and a vampire named Griffin. Both of them feel a pull to Quinn that they can’t resist no matter how hard they want to or try. There are some other great characters, but I didn’t get to see enough of them as I’d of liked to.


Notable Points In Book: Cliffhanger. Really funny and witty. Isn’t an instalove story.


Rating On Narrator: Brooke Daniels- 5 Stars, Brandon Williams- 5 Stars- Both narrators did a fantastic job narrating this book.


Thoughts On Audiobook: I was really into this audiobook. I loved both of the narrators. William’s voice had a gruff quality that made me think that he could actually be paranormal himself. I mean it’s possible. Just saying. I really hope that they narrate the second book as well. It wouldn’t be the same without them.


Suggestions For Author: I’d like to see more of the secondary characters in the second book. Especially Alice and the students.


Would I Recommend?: Yes


Similar To: Think of it as an adult House of Night. Except it’s all from the staff’s point of view instead of the students.

Quotes:

I’ve never been the girl that likes bad boys, I’m much too pragmatic for that, but something about Griffin both intrigues me and pisses me off. I can pinpoint what pisses me off no problem, it’s the other more curious part that’s driving me insane. I remember one of my roommates my junior year had a thing for a football player. He treated her like total shit, I asked her why she put up with it. “He burns bright Quinn,” she said, “so bright that sometimes it’s worth the scorch to be close to him.” I didn’t understand her words then, and still don’t. Well, I don’t think I understand them anyway. I’m not exactly sure how I would respond if Griffin showed a real interest in me, but I do know he would need to stop being a dick.

“You guys want anything while I’m up?” “More popcorn?” Evan gives me a hopeful wince, tipping the empty bowl in my direction. “Are you actually going to share some this time?” I place my hands on my hips. “You had a handful,” he counters. “Yeah, and I thought I was going to lose a finger.” Teasing him is fun. Evan grumbles about eating something under his breath, but I don’t catch it. Griffin lifts his hand to hide his mouth, but his eyes crinkle on the sides, giving him away.

Evan grabs my arm when I move to walk away, his grip firm, punishing. “She’s not responsible for how you feel. It’s not her job to fight your demons.”

I fill the cup and stand there with the lid in my hands. Quinn had tea in her room, but I didn’t notice any honey, nor was there milk in her fridge. I put the top on and stalk over to the counter to pay. Here I am, making tea for a human and feeling ridiculous for doing it, but I still take her the fucking cup because I want her to be happy.

Peppermint Latte With a Side of Murder by Meredith Potts Book Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: 3 of 5 Christmas Dinners

Thoughts On Plot: This is a very quirky and easy read. It could easily be read all in one sitting. It’s wholesome and charming. Definitely a book that can be read during the holidays. It’s light and fluffy. There’s not too much going on. This book is perfect for reading during downtimes or times when the reader isn’t really interested in reading heavy plot filled books.


Thoughts On Characters: The characters were all quirky. None of them were really memorable. To be fair, it’s really a very short read. It’s not really a story that has a lot of meat in it. Not enough to fully get to know the characters. It’s cute though and the characters are too.


Notable Points In Book: This is a book that could be taken to family gatherings and parties. It’s something that can be read during downtimes.


Rating On Narrator: 3 of 5 Stars to Stephanie Quinn


Thoughts On Audiobook: I really enjoyed the narration of this narrator. She made the book feel cozy and adorable with her voice. The only problem I had was her male voices. They came off a bit creepy and angry.


Suggestions For Author: Other than making it a longer book, none that I can think of.


Would I Recommend?: I would. It’s a very light and fluffy read. I enjoyed it very much.

Ladon’s Desire by Michelle Dare Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: Five Wolf Packs

Thoughts on the Plot: I absolutely loved this book! I am not too surprised if I am being honest. I have been in love with this entire series since the very first book. Every book is wholesome and funny. Normally books like this are full of cringe and angst. This series isn’t like that. Not even a little bit.

Thoughts on the Characters: Laden has had his challenges. To start with, he’s a human in the midst of a wolf pack. He hopes that he will be the mate to a shifter. The mate that he winds up with a vampire for his mate. She’s a real gem. I adore her! I want more of her!

Notable Points: This is book eight in the Paranormals of Avynwood series. They can be read as stand alones, but I would fully recommend reading them in order. I am looking forward to reading them again.

Rating on Narrator: This book has been narrated by both Sarah L. Colton and Troy Duran. They narrated the rest of the series as well. 5-Star for both of them.

Thoughts on Audiobook: The two narrators have done such a fantastic job with this entire series. They have such amazing voices. They are easily two of my favorite narrators! They are easily on my auto-buy level in all honesty!

Suggestions for Author: More books, please!

Would I Recommend?: I recommend this entire series! I recommend this author!

Similar To: I would say it’s a tamer version of the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) world. I say this very loosely.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: Five Forgotten Memories

Thoughts on the Plot: I am very impressed with the plot behind this book. It’s creative and imaginative. I was sucked into the book and the emotions almost from the very beginning. It’s beautiful and sad. I didn’t want to stop reading.

Thoughts on the Characters: I absolutely adore Addie so much. She knew what she wanted and went for it. She paid a terrible price for it though. I really felt for her. Harry was pretty easy to adore as well. He made the same mistake as Addie did. They both made a deal with the same god. I would have liked to see more of Henry’s friends in this book though.

Notable Points: LGBT+ Friendly. Book also has references to sex.

Rating on Narrator: Book was narrated by Julia Whelan, 5 Stars

Thoughts on Audiobook: I don’t have much to say about the audiobook itself. I’m not saying it wasn’t amazing. It was really great. I just can’t think of anything really noteworthy to add other than it enhances the story greatly.

Suggestions for Author: None

Would I Recommend?: Yes

Similar To: Can’t think of anything at the moment.

Quotes:

It ends, the music replaced by applause, and Toby sidles up to the bar, orders a Jack and Coke because they’ll give it to him for free, and somewhere between the first sip and the third he sees her, and smiles, and for an instant Addie thinks—hopes, even now—that he remembers something, because he looks at her as if he knows her, but the truth is simply that he wants to; attraction can look an awful lot like recognition in the wrong light.

How do you walk to the end of the world? she once asked. And when Addie didn’t know, the old woman smiled that wrinkled grin, and answered. One step at a time.

What she needs are stories.

Stories are a way to preserve one’s self. To be remembered. And to forget.

Stories come in so many forms: in charcoal, and in song, in paintings, poems, films. And books.

Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives—or to find strength in a very long one.

Because time is cruel to all, and crueler still to artists. Because visions weakens, and voices wither, and talent fades…. Because happiness is brief, and history is lasting, and in the end… everyone wants to be remembered

Temple of the Winds by Terry Goodkind Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: Five Swords Of Truth

Thoughts On Plot: Just when it seems everything is going well, things start falling apart. It definitely gives you a thrill while reading it. The whole series has been like this. I’ve been on the edge of my seat reading them all. I’ve loved every single moment of it.


Thoughts on Characters: My favorite two characters will always be Richard and Kalan. The chemistry between the two of them is magnetizing. It’s intense and strong. It’s deep. Being bad with names becomes my downfall sometimes. There were so many good ones in this one. Including our dear Zedd. Who I wish I could have gotten to see more of in this book. I have to say I have grown a super soft spot for our Mord Sith, Cara in this book. I absolutely adore her. I may even add her to my book girlfriend list.


Narrated By: Dick Hill


Rating on Narrator: 3.5 out of 5 Stars


Thoughts On Audiobook: this is a different narrator than the first few books. I wouldn’t mind because he did a completely amazing job. I loved his intensity! It also seems that every single book has had a different narrator. The problem is that he used different pronunciations than the other narrators. Especially with the name Kalan. Sometimes it took me a moment to realize he was referring to her.


Would I Recommend?: Hell yes. I need somebody to gossip about this book with!


Similar To: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein and The Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R.. Martin.

Quotes:

It isn’t what kind of house you have that matters. This is not happiness. It’s what kind of mind you have, and how you care for your fellow man — what you can do to help others who can be helped by no one else.

Richard will have my hand, but you should know as well as anyone that he will not be eating out of it –and I wouldn’t want him to.” – Kahlan

We all make mistakes.
The people who love us forgive those mistakes.
The people who won’t forgive don’t really matter.

Wizard’s Fourth Rule
There is magic in sincere forgiveness; in the forgiveness you give, but more so in the forgiveness you receive.

The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink Book Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: Three Battered Women Shelters

Thoughts on Plot: This was a very intense and emotionally evoking book. It left me with deep contemplative thoughts. It also opened up wounds for me if I am being completely honest. I am inspired by the drive in Gianna. It’s what kept me reading the book to the very end.


Thoughts on the Characters: At first, I was very underwhelmed and disappointed in Gianna. She ignored all of the red flags and kept going. I get it though. I did the same thing. It’s easy to fall into Derek’s charms. He’s so full of passion and charm. His empathetic nature is amazing, as well. I would have liked to have seen more of Gianna’s best friend. She was referenced in places where I felt like she should have spotlighted.


Notable Points in Book: This book is loaded with violence, domestic abuse, and sexual assault. It contains many potential triggers in people who have suffered from any of those events. Read with caution.


Rating On Narrators: Sean Crisden 5 of 5 stars, Connor Crais, 5 of 5 Stars, and Sarah Puckett 5 of 5 Stars
Thoughts on the Audiobook: In my opinion, the audiobook added so much intensity to the story. Not that the book needed much more intensity, but they did great. I especially loved Ethan’s part. The narrator reminded me of Joe from You.


Suggestions for Author: None


Would I Recommend: Yes after being advised of all trigger warnings.


Similar To: You and Criminal Minds

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About: One horrible night changed the world of two families as they knew it. Two kids that cared about each other are now forced to live separate lives and grow up away from each other. It’s a book about mistakes and consequences. It’s also about second chances and redemptions.


Plot: I really did like this book. I can’t say I am in love with it. I will probably never read it again, but I don’t regret reading it. I don’t feel like I wasted my time. I do feel like it wasn’t at all like I thought it was going to be. I can’t say I’m really disappointed. Maybe a little miffed. I read it for book club. The group seemed to really love it, so there’s that.


Characters: It’s been a while since I read the book. I’m not going to lie. I don’t really remember a lot of the character’s names. I’m horrible with names. I really did feel for Peter and Kate in the book though. They both went through so much in their own way. I would have liked to have seen some of this book from Peter’s father’s point of view. I would have wanted to see why he did and thought the way he did. Was he selfish or did he have reasons?


Narration: This book is narrated by Molly Pope. I had never heard of Molly Pope before listening to this book. She did a pretty great job though. I can’t complain. I would definitely be interested in listening to her narrating other books as well. Maybe in the future.


Suggestions: More points of view and more explanations of certain things.


Recommend: I would. In fact, I’m giving my copy to a good friend of mine.

Quotes:

We repeat what we don’t repair.

In the old country someone would have opened a window to let the man’s spirit fly out, but any souls let loose here in the South Bronx would be free only so far as they could bat around four walls until, exhausted, they wilted in the heat and were forgotten.

But things are meant to change, Peter said. Because life changes and people change. As long as we change together, we’re okay.

The thing is, Peter, grown-ups don’t know what they’re doing any better than kids do. That’s the truth.

Highland Heat by Tilly Greene Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: Hamish has everything he could possibly want in life. He’s successful. He has the respect and fear of many people around him. He’s content. Only a few people are able to get behind the wall he’s lived behind all his life. All that changes when he meets Grace. The attraction between the two is intense and immediate.


Plot: First of all, I want to acknowledge that this book is for mature audiences. It is clasified as an erotic novel. I don’t really tend to read a lot of erotic novels. I really have my personal reasons for not doing so, but I digress. Every now and then, I will find one of them that I really enjoy very much. This is one of those books. I read it with somebody. Or rather, she read it to me. Between the wonderful reading and the wonderful writing, I really enjoyed it. I definitely plan to read more from Tilly Greene in the future.


Characters: The main focus was on our main characters, Hamish and Grace. There were a few other secondary characters scattered in the book. They were all quirky. I would have loved to have seen more of them in the story. I get why they weren’t though. Hamish and Grace were really amazing but really infuriating too. I can’t explain that. There were times I just wanted to smack both of them!


Suggestions: None


Recommend: Yes!!!!!