Weekly Book Reviews: January 8th

The Secret of Kite Hill (Li & Lu Book 1) by [Bradley Charbonneau, Liam Charbonneau, Luca Charbonneau]

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Title: The Secret of Kite Hill
Author: Bradley Charbonneau
Release Date: March 31st, 2014
Page Count: 60
Start Date: January 1st, 2022
Finish Date: January 1st, 2022

Review:

Story: This is a children’s story. So I’ll be as lenient as I possibly can be. I really wasn’t a fan of the story. I felt like it lacked some backbone. I feel like most of this was personal issues. I do realize that this is a children’s book and that’s probably why I didn’t enjoy it.
Characters: Pass
Critiques: I listened to the Author’s Direct copy of it. The quality wasn’t great. One of the tracks was done twice. I listened to a sample of the audio on Audible. It seems to be a bit better. So there’s that.
Narration: Meh
Final Thoughts: I really wanted to give this book a two of five stars in all honesty. I just didn’t really care for it at all. The positive note is that it was a very short and easy read. It’s definitely not targeted for my audience though.

Eternal Seas (The Relic Hunters Book 1) by [Lexi Rees]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Eternal Seas
Author: Lexi Rees
Release Date: September 9th, 2020
Page Count: 117
Start Date: January 1st, 2022
Finish Date: January 1st, 2022

Review:

Story: I really enjoyed this story. It was a very quick read. Personally, I would have liked to see it longer. However, I do understand that this is a children’s book. It’s understandably short. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Characters: I got a little confused with all of the character names. I also didn’t really connect with any of them if I’m being honest. That isn’t to say that I didn’t like them. I just didn’t find them very relatable to me. I also feel like a few of the characters were just a little two-dimensional.
Critiques: None
Narration: It was pretty great. Nothing really memorable stands out to me either good or bad.
Final Thoughts: I wasn’t expecting to really get sucked into this book the way I did. I really enjoyed it very much. I don’t know when I’ll be able to get to the rest of the series. I am definitely looking forward to it though.

Warden (Book 1: Wendigo Fever) by [Kevin Hardman]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Wendigo Fever
Author: Kevin Hardman
Release Date: April 27th, 2013
Page Count: 114
Start Date: First Time- December 26th, 2019/ Second Time- January 3rd, 2022
Finish Date: First Time- December 26th, 2019/ Second Time- January 3rd, 2022

Review:

Story: This book follows a boy who has been thrust into a role he never wanted when his brother suddenly disappears after going off to visit a friend. Realizing his brother may be in trouble, he goes to investigate and take on the roles that his brother normally takes on.
Characters: I’m bad with names. Especially names that are unique. The main character was okay. I didn’t really connect with him that much. He’s just kind of rude and arrogant. He thinks that he’s owed everything but doesn’t want to do what it takes to earn it. The female character was not that much better. She is just as rude and is very loud and judgmental. However, I really did like both of them. They kind of grow on you.
Critiques: None
Narration: I really enjoyed the narrator. I do feel like this would have been a little better with a cast of narrators, but it is in one point of view so it would probably have been pointless.
Final Thoughts: This review is written after my second time reading it. I really enjoyed it. I vaguely remember reading it the first time around. That says more about me than it does the book. I can’t even begin to explain why I never read the rest of the series. I’ve made up for that now, so that’s what matters. It’s a book designed for children/middle grade. It’s still worth the read.

Warden (Book 2: Lure of the Lamia) by [Kevin Hardman]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Lure of the Lamia
Author: Kevin Hardman
Release Date: October 8th, 2013
Page Count: 146
Start Date: January 3rd, 2022
Finish Date: January 3rd, 2022

Review:

Story: Errol’s brother still has not returned. It has now been three months. He has taken more and more warden responsibilities as time passes. His personal dislike for the job is slowly becoming more and more distant. Especially since he realizes he’s started to grow feelings for a girl. One he thought he would never like in any way at all.
Characters: I read the blurb to remember the main character’s name. I still don’t remember his love interest’s name. She was the one in the first book. Both of them have had major personality changes in this one. It seems like maybe their feelings for each other has calmed them a bit. Then again, growing older and more mature could have been doing that as well. Either way, they have become characters I could root for.
Critiques: The references of the brother. There are maybe a couple of paragraphs at the beginning and nothing else. I feel like the conflict should be brought up a little more. Maybe this is just a personal preference.
Narration: The narration was as wonderful in this book as it was in the first.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book quite a bit. I enjoyed seeing the main characters of the book grow and become a little less of a pain. I stated that despite their flaws, I liked them in the first book. I liked them even more in this one. I wish all of these were longer. I get why though. They are targeted for children and middle-grade audiences.

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The Final Book Reviews of 2021!

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Too Good to Be True: A Novel by [Carola Lovering]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Too Good to be True
Author: Carola Lovering
Release Date: March 2nd, 2021
Page Count: 343
Start Date: December 9th, 2021
Finish Date: December 14th, 2021

Review:

Story: This story didn’t go where I was expecting it to go at all. I’m sure that is exactly what the author intended. I wasn’t expecting to get as invested into the story as I was. It’s intense and absolutely gripping. I also love the OCD representation. It’s not glamorized or glorified. The character goes through so much because of having OCD that developed after her mother died.
Characters: This story is told in three points of view. We have Skye who has been struggling with OCD since her mother passed away. She’s honestly my favorite character of the whole book. I just relate to her so much. Then we have Burke. He’s Skye’s fiance, but he’s got a secret. He’s leading a double life. The third point of view is Heather. The wife. It shows her in the past.
Critiques: None
Narration: I loved all three narrators. I was familiar with one already. I absolutely love her. She’s one of my favorites.
Final Thoughts: It’s been a while since I read this book, but it has really stuck with me. I didn’t think that it would be such an impacting story. I was wrong. This book will keep you guessing until the absolute end. It’s worth every page.

The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by [Jasper Fforde]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: The Eyre Affair
Author: Jasper Fforde
Release Date: February 25th, 2003
Page Count: 379
Start Date: December 14th, 2021
Finish Date: December 19th, 2021

Review:

Story: I’m not even going to lie. It took me a bit to get into this story. Not because it was bad. It’s just there were many things that went over my head and caused me to have to restart the entire story. Once I got adapted to the scenery of the book, I completely loved it. It’s very quirky and just not something you see often.
Characters: The main character is called Thursday Next. She’s just a very amazing individual to me. There are many other characters in the book that were pretty amazing. I’m horrible with names though. Her dad popping in and out was pretty comical as well.
Critiques: None
Narration: The narrator’s accent made me feel like I was really part of the story. I felt like I was right there. It was beautiful.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. I knew I would. My best friend recommended it to me. She’s not wrong when it comes to books. Actually, she gifted me the first four books in the series! That’s how much she loved it! I am now recommending it to you!

Severed Souls: Sword of Truth - A Richard and Kahlan Novel by [Terry Goodkind]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Severed Souls
Author: Terry Goodkind
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Page Count: 559
Start Date: November 19th, 2021
Finish Date: December 19th, 2021

Review:

Story: I’ve really been in love with this entire series. I love that it puts me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Sometimes I feel like it goes too far. It’s so dark at times that it just doesn’t seem like things go far that it doesn’t seem like it will ever really be happy. Also, one of my favorite characters is no longer in the series now. So there’s that.
Characters: I feel like the characters just weren’t themselves in this one. Everybody was morose and just constantly down. I mean I get it. It was just very sad.
Critiques: BRING HER BACK!!! (A tongue and cheek critque)
Narration: Great as always.
Final Thoughts: It seems like this tale will never end sometimes. It’s not that I think the series is going on forever. It just seems like there are so many bad things that happen. I’d like to see some good. Please. Just please. I’ll be starting the next book soon.

Lost in a Good Book: A Thursday Next Novel by [Jasper Fforde]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Lost in a Good Book
Author: Jasper Fforde
Release Date: February 24th, 2004
Page Count: 414
Start Date: December 19th, 2021
Finish Date: December 25th, 2021

Review:

Story: This book was much better than the first book. That says a lot because I really enjoyed the first very much. This one seemed more intense. It also focused more on the characters than the adventure. Which I liked. Not that the adventure wasn’t focused on. It was.
Characters: We still have Thursday Next. She’s married and it turns out she’s pregnant. Things are going so great for her until they aren’t!
Critiques: None
Narration: As brilliant as book one!
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book very much. There were things that happened in it that blew my mind. I can’t wait to continue this series!

The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel by [Jasper Fforde]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: The Well of Lost Plots
Author: Jasper Fforde
Release Date: August 3rd, 2004
Page Count: 391
Start Date: December 25th, 2021
Finish Date: December 28th, 2021

Review:

Story: Thursday has fled to the book world. Things haven’t gone her way in her world, and she finds herself in major trouble. Both legally and otherwise. Bad people are after her. She does what she can for herself and her unborn child.
Characters: I really loved many characters of some of my favorite stories being personified in this book. It was one of the quirkiest books in this series because of this. I definitely plan to reread this book a few times. Thursday Next is still my favorite character in the series.
Critiques: None
Narration: As wonderful as the first two books.
Final Thoughts: I never expected to become as addicted to this series as I’ve been. My dog even loves it. At least I assume he does. He plants himself next to me and my computer when I’m listening to it. He also gets a bit huffy when I pause it. I’m hoping this means that he’ll be open to relistening to it when I get ready to do so.

Iron Widow by [Xiran Jay Zhao]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Iron Widow
Author: Xiran Jay Zhao
Release Date: September 21st, 2021
Page Count: 399
Start Date: December 25th, 2021
Finish Date: December 31st, 2021

Review:

Story: This story follows a girl who enlists to become a concubine of a well-respected pilot. Her goal was to avenge her sister’s death. I don’t want to get into too much more because I don’t want to give too much of the book away. I will say that polyamory is a thing in this book, and I am so here for it! I really adore the main characters.
Characters: I can’t remember the characters. The secondary characters weren’t really connectable. The focus is on the main three. I can’t really say I connected with either of the three, but I really adored them. That’s something, right? I would have liked to see the other points of view just to see what was going through their mind.
Critiques: The second book isn’t out yet. And I don’t know when it will be out. They haven’t even named it yet.
Narration: Really captivating narrator. I enjoyed it very much.
Final Thoughts: I will definitely be reading this book again. It was so enjoyable. I only have an audiobook right now, but I think I’d like to own it in ebook or physical book eventually. It’s just such an amazing book. I really fully recommend it!!!!

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Weekly Book Reviews: 12/11/21

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Goblin King: A Permafrost Novel by [Kara Barbieri]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Goblin King
Author: Kara Barbieri
Release Date: November 17th, 2020
Page Count: 309
Start Date: November 28th, 2021
Finish Date: December 7th, 2021

Review:

Story: I was very impressed with this book. I was so worried that I wasn’t going to like it very much. I thought the story would fall flat. The first book was so good. Where do you go from there? I was wrong. It was intense. It was action-packed. I can’t wait to see more happening in this!
Characters: I really loved to see the progression in all of the characters in this one. They maintain their stubborn ways, but they have grown on each other. They have formed a dynamic. You just have to see it for yourself.
Critiques: None
Narration: No words can describe how amazing it was.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book very much. I really need a book three in my life very soon! Or maybe many more books by this author! I fully recommend this book to anybody who likes dark fantasy. However!!!! You really need to read to read White Stag first. It’s very important.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 12/4/21

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White Stag: A Permafrost Novel by [Kara Barbieri]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: White Stag
Author: Kara Barbieri
Release Date: January 8th, 2019
Page Count: 368
Start Date: November 15th, 2021
Finish Date: November 19th, 2021

Review:

Story: I’ve been excited to read this book for a very long time. I’ve had some bad luck with books I’ve been excited about not really meeting their expectations lately. Luckily, this wasn’t one of those. It actually exceeded my expectations greatly. I loved how even though it was a dark fantasy, it was filled with hope and love. I also got my sarcastic main character in there was well. I can’t resist reading books with those.
Characters: Janneke quickly became one of my favorite characters of all time. At least most of the time. There were times I wanted to shake her and tell her to pull herself together, but I have times like that about many people. Including myself. She’s just so realistic. I think many people can identify with her.
Critiques: None
Narration: I really enjoyed the narrator that read this book. I didn’t listen to it all. I went back and forth reading it in ebook and listening to it in audiobook. It really made the reading experience very enjoyable.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book very much. I’m actually looking forward to reading the next book. If I didn’t have one book ahead of the second book, I’d be diving into it right now. I already planned to read the one I’m starting next though. I’m so excited for book two!!!!

Fifty Words for Rain: A Novel by [Asha Lemmie]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Fifty Words For Rain
Author: Asha Lemmie
Release Date: September 1st, 2020
Page Count: 449
Start Date: November 19th, 2021
Finish Date: November 28th, 2021

Review:

Story: I found this book very depressing and thought-provoking. I can only be thankful that other points of view were thrown into the book. If not, the book would be very depressing and morose. I’m not saying I didn’t like the main character. She was just dealt a very bad hand in life. She was punished for things that she couldn’t control. She didn’t ask to be born.
Characters: I really didn’t find myself connecting to any of the characters if I’m being honest. There were some I found myself feeling warmly about some, but I had issues with all of them. Also, I found the names really confusing. Some of them were a little too similar.
Critiques: The names being too similar is the only thing I can think of.
Narration: I both listened to and read this book. When I couldn’t read, I listened. The narrator was really great. If it weren’t for listening, I wouldn’t have gotten the pronunciations of most of these words if I’m being honest. I feel like I learned a bit.
Final Thoughts: While the book was very depressing, it was beautiful. I would have liked to see the story continue. There are theories that the book ends in a way that make it seem like there may be a sequel. I am very open to this idea. I hope that it will answer some of the many questions I have left.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 11/20/21

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The Giver Movie Tie-In Edition (Giver Quartet Book 1) by [Lois Lowry]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 13th

Story: This is not my first time reading this book in my life. If I’m being honest, it probably won’t be my last. I loved this book very much as a child. I also loved her book Number the Stars. Obviously, I understand the book better than I did when I was younger, but still. I also felt the need to reread it so I can read the rest of the quartet that I didn’t know was a thing until a few years ago.
Characters: Other than Jonas’ family, Jonas, and The Giver, you really don’t get much of the rest of the members of this world. There are many references to them, but it’s not quite the same in my opinion. It’s really hard to connect with people who were trained and brainwashed to be little more than robotic. Jonas was a real hero.
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: The biggest thing I can say to really show how much I’ve loved this story is that I will read it at least twice more in my lifetime. I just know it.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) by [Kelly Barnhill]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 14th

Story: I really enjoyed this story very much. It was very creative and imaginative. We have a village that believes that they must sacrifice a child every year in order for her to leave them alone. Then we have a witch who sees these poor children left in the woods to die and saves them from their fate by taking them to another village giving them to a new family. Then there was a girl who accidentally drank from the moon and became incredibly gifted.
Characters: It’s been a few days since I read this, so I have forgotten all of the names. I really adored the witch. This woman cared so much for all of the children. She couldn’t understand why they were being left like they were. She wasn’t aware of the legend. Then there was the girl. She was just so adorable. The companions that followed these ladies were incredibly imaginative as well.
Critiques: None
Narration: I don’t have words. They did an amazing job!!!
Final Thoughts: I really am glad that I read this book. It was just so wholesome and adorable!

Silverswift Audiobook By Natalie Lloyd cover art

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 14th

Story: I’m not really sure how I got this audiobook. Maybe it was one of the monthly freebies back when they did that kind of thing. I was curious about it. It was a very creative story. We follow a girl who wants to see her grandma. Her grandma is about to be blind and wants to tell her one story before she feels it’s too late.
Characters: I really found myself getting very annoyed with the mother. She may not have been able to believe what her grandmother told or agreed with her life, but she was just so harsh about it all. The girl was pretty amazing. She had a lot of strength and curiosity. She cared about her grandmother so much! I loved it! The grandmother was pretty amazing well. She reminds me of another character I read about in another series. Well a watered-down version, but yeah.
Critiques: Some things could have been drawn out a little better. Maybe even explained better as well.
Narration: I really enjoyed it.
Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this book. It’s a very beautiful story. I wonder if anybody else will pick on something else that I picked up on about halfway through the book.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 11/13/21

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Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture by [ZEBA BLAY]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 8th

Story: This wasn’t as much of a story as a book of essays. I will review it a little bit differently because of that. The book is talking about the struggles of black girls and women in pop culture society. Naturally, as a white woman, I can’t really give my opinions on certain things. I will say that I learned quite a lot from this. I’m glad that I read it and will most likely read it again.
Characters: N/A
Critiques: None at all
Narration: I listened to the audio and it was narrated by the author herself. I think that put a lot more impact on the essays than if somebody else narrated them. She also has a wonderful voice.
Final Thoughts: There’s a lot that can be taken from this book. I know I personally learned a lot while listening to it. I also know that I will be reading this again a few times. Well, at least once. I do see myself reading it more than once though. The author has incredible writing talent.

If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't) by [Betty White]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 9th

Story: This is a memoir so I will be reviewing differently. Betty White talks about some of her most iconic moments in history. It’s a very short and easy read. I listened to it in one sitting. I really don’t have much to say on the whole thing except it was so nice to hear the behind the scenes so to speak.
Characters: N/A
Critiques: None
Narration: Betty White narrated this herself. She is such a riot. I’m a huge fan!
Final Thoughts: I had the biggest urge to hunt down all of the other books she’s written and read them as well. The only thing that stopped me was my bank account.

Within These Wicked Walls: A Novel by [Lauren Blackwood]

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 8th

Story: I was really excited to read this book. I’ve seen it all over the place for I don’t even know how long. The cover is very captivating as well. I was disappointed that it wasn’t what I had it hyped up to be in my head. I won’t lie. It was a very good story. It just wasn’t really what I was expecting it.
Characters: I really can’t remember many of the character or characters’ names. I really didn’t connect with any of them though. If I’m being honest.
Critiques: None
Narration: I can’t remember who narrated it. However, I did really enjoy the narrator. She was very amazing. I’ll listen to more audiobooks by her.
Final Thoughts: While it wasn’t my cup of tea, I don’t think it was a horrible book. I really did enjoy it. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 11th

Story: This is the third volume of the Heartstopper series. I read the entire volume in one sitting. I am not really surprised. I did the same with the first two. It’s been so amazing. I relate to Charlie in so many ways. I really am so supportive of the relationship between him and Nick and can’t wait to watch it grow in the next two volumes.
Characters: I really enjoyed watching all of the characters in the book grow and evolve in this book. I feel like we see more interactions in this novel than we did in the first two. That may just be me. We also get a glimpse of something going on with Charlie.
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: Can it be January so that I can get my hands on the fourth volume? And the fifth volume whenever it’s to be released? I need more!

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Weekly Book Reviews: 11/6/21 Part Two

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IMPORTANT: I slacked really badly and didn’t write or post any reviews for last week. There will be nine reviews for this week. Rather than put all nine in one blog, I’m going to break them into two blogs and schedule them out thirty minutes apart. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading both.

House of Furies by [Madeleine Roux, Iris Compiet]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 1st

Story: I’ve been wanting to read this book for a very long time. I read the Asylum series by this author and absolutely loved it. I will most likely go back and read that series again many times. I digress. I was so excited to find this book was on sale on a two-for-one credit. I’m getting off-topic again. My apologies. The story was amazing and I can’t wait to get to the rest of the series. If I’m being honest, I can’t say I loved this book as much as I loved the Asylum series, but it’s close.
Characters: The ones that stick out to me most were the main character and her “imaginary friend”. There was also a boy, but he wasn’t referenced enough to get a full opinion. Actually, I didn’t really feel a connection with any of the characters if I’m being completely honest.
Critiques: None
Narration: I really liked the narration of this book. The narrator had a very soothing voice.
Final Thoughts: I really loved this book very much. I didn’t think I would dislike it. I’m very fond of the author’s work. It may not be as good as the previous series I loved, but it’s still great. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series. I’m also looking forward to reading their other books as well.

Heartstopper: Volume 1: A Graphic Novel (Heartstopper #1) by [Alice Oseman]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 4th

Story: My intention was to skim through the book to see if I would like it when I got around to reading it. The next thing I know, an hour has passed and I’m finished with the book. I also found myself shopping for the next volumes in the series. It’s just such a compelling graphic novel. The pictures and the dialogue is very engaging.
Characters: I found that I related to Charles very much. I feel like he is a male me. The dynamic between him and Nick was amazing and intense. I do wish we had seen more of the secondary characters though.
Critiques: Absolutely NONE!
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: This is just such a beautiful and wholesome story. I am so glad that I decided to take the leap and get myself a copy. I have a FairyLoot exclusive copy!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 4th

Story: I’ve been reading this series for quite a bit of time. I’m buddy reading it with my mother. We have been reading two chapters a day since book one. I’m seriously surprised that we are almost at the end. I have to be honest, I’m not enjoying the end of the series as much as I was the ending. There are parts that seem to slog through. I also feel like there are times that it just gets too heavy and too dark for me.
Characters: We don’t see a lot of characters in this book. They are missing. It’s presumed that they are dead but filled with hope that they are alive somewhere. Kahlan and Richard are both plagued with a curse that makes them not fully dead, but not fully alive either.
Critiques: None
Narration: He’s as amazing as he always is! I really enjoy his narrating.
Final Thoughts: I’m very nervous about continuing the series. I’m going to. For my mother and for the fact that I’m a completionist. Don’t get me wrong. I really enjoy the series very much. It’s just very heavy for me sometimes.

Heartstopper: Volume 2: A Graphic Novel (Heartstopper #2) by [Alice Oseman]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 5th

Story: It took a lot of willpower not to immediately drop everything I was doing and start reading this book when I got it. I still wound up devouring the book the same day I got it. I haven’t started the third volume. Yet. Once I’ve gotten everything done that I need to, I will be reading it. Probably finishing it one sitting and being sad because the fourth volume doesn’t come out until January. I know this much. This series will be what I use to get out of reading funks from here on.
Characters: As I said in my review for volume one, I connect with Charlie so much. I also really love that you get to see more secondary characters in this book. I also feel like we get to know and understand Nick better in this one as well. I definitely understand the struggle he goes through more than anyone.
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: I really love the slow pace of this series so far. I’ve found myself smiling with pure joy and happiness. I just love how wholesome and beautiful it is. I really cant wait to read the rest of the volumes in the series. I also look forward to the multiple times I plan to reread them.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 11/6/21 Part One

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IMPORTANT: I slacked really badly and didn’t write or post any reviews for last week. There will be nine reviews for this week. Rather than put all nine in one blog, I’m going to break them into two blogs and schedule them out thirty minutes apart. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading both.

What Big Teeth by [Rose Szabo]

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date finished: October 23rd

Story: I found this story to be very interesting. I really enjoyed listening to it. I have to be honest, it wasn’t the story I thought it would be. That’s the only reason it didn’t get full stars from me. It’s fully worth the four stars I gave it. It kind of reminded me of some stories that I adored very much.
Characters: I have to be honest, it’s been a little bit since I listened to the audiobook. I’m already horrible with names as it is. I can’t really say I connected with any of the characters. I think that’s mainly because our main character is extremely unreliable. It’s really hard to explain. She seems to know nothing at all most of the time. About her family or about real life.
Critiques: There are some disconnects in the story. They aren’t really story-ruining, but I wish that they would have cleaned them up a bit better.
Narration: The narrator did really well. I really felt like I was hearing the main character’s actual thoughts. I actually felt like I was her in certain areas.
Final Thoughts: While the book was not at all what I thought it would be, I really enjoyed it very much. I really feel like this could have been a series. Kind of like a really popular series that I adore so well. The first book was adapted to movie. That’s all I will say.

The Witch's Kind: A Novel by [Louisa Morgan]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 23rd

Story: I’m not sure where I stumbled upon this book. Maybe I found it in a sale. Maybe it was recommended and I bought it immediately and forgot. Either way, I’m really glad that I came across it. It was a beautiful and very imaginative story. I also learned something very important because of this book. I always assumed that the CIA had been around for a long time. I mean like during the 1800s long time. I was surprised to find it wasn’t formed until after the Second World War. I know this shows my ignorance. I just really don’t remember learning about it in school.
Characters: I’m not great with names. It’s probably for the best. I loved the main characters. The aunt and the niece. They had a beautiful bond. The niece’s husband however….. Well he gave me plenty of reasons not to like him. From the very beginning. I’ll just leave it at that.
Critiques: None
Narration: It was wonderful. The voice really captivated me from the very beginning.
Final Thoughts: I really wish there were more books about this. I would have read them all. I’d of loved to see that beautiful girl grow and seen what becomes of her. This is definitely a “I don’t need sleep. I need answers.” moment.

The High Mountain Court (The Five Crowns of Okrith Book 1) by [AK Mulford]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 23rd

Story: I’ve been seeing this book on TikTok for a long time. I was so curious about it. I was on the fence about it until I actually stumbled across the author. I don’t know her personally. I just follow her on social media. Anyways, she was talking about a certain point of the book and that tipped me over the fence about it. I immediately bought a copy. I am so happy I did. It was a beautifully imaginative story. I haven’t read the sequel yet, but I fully plan to.
Characters: Remy was a force to be messed with. She’s fiesty and she’s strong. She had two brown witch companions that were like family to her. They were just as amazing. I wish I could have gotten to see more of them. We also have Hale and his crew. They were just as amazing. Well, they weren’t as fiesty, but that’s okay. They had their own quirks. We weren’t supposed to trust Hale in the beginning, but I have to admit. I did.
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: This quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I just know that I’m going to see some amazing things.

The Pull of the Stars: A Novel by [Emma Donoghue]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 26th

Story: This book has a very slow start, but I fully recommend sticking with it. It even has a bit of a sapphic story inside the story. The female doctor is actually based on a real doctor from that time frame. It all takes place in Ireland. I really enjoyed the book very much.
Characters: I can’t say I related to or remember any characters in the book all that well. The main character and the girl helping her were pretty amazing. I just didn’t really connect with them that well.
Critiques: None that I can think of.
Narration: I originally bought the book on Thriftbooks. I tried to get into it several times. I just couldn’t. I wound up buying the audiobook for it to see if that would help. It really did. I’m not sure if it was the narrator’s Irish accent or what. The beginning was still a little sluggish, but the rest was amazing once I got into it.
Final Thoughts: It was amazing to see how much things mirrored what’s happening now. Except back then it wasn’t as known that washing your hands is important. It became important during that time I guess.

The Devouring Gray by [Christine Lynn Herman]

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 27th

Story: My mom wound up enjoying this book very much. I liked it a lot. I just can’t say I was in love with it. There were some dark underlying tones. I also disagree strongly with what it’s referenced being similar to. There’s maybe a five percent similarity if there’s any. That’s not to say it’s not a good story. I would have just picked something else to compare it to. Also, this is just my opinion.
Characters: The book is about some founding members of a small town. It mainly focuses on the teenagers that are living in present day. They all seem to have their own personal quirks. I can’t really say I found any of them appealing.
Critiques: None
Narration: Can’t really remember a lot of the details. I didn’t have any problems with it, so that’s a good thing.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed the read. Especially since I read it in the month of October. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it at any other time. That’s just me personally. I’m not saying that others wouldn’t enjoy it at other times. I am curious to see where the rest of the series will take us.

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The Lost Apothecary: A Novel by [Sarah Penner]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 12th

Story: This involves two different time frames and three perspectives. Two from the late 1700s. One from the current times. All three characters are going through some major dilemmas. They have all been hurt in some way. It’s very intense and emotionally involving.
Characters: Nellie is this very serious woman. She’s been through a lot of pain and suffering in her life. She still finds it in her to care about others. Even if she doesn’t show it very well. Eliza is a very young girl. She has also been through a lot in life. Including being sent away from home at a very young age so that she could build a life for herself. Finally, there’s Caroline. She just found out the love of her life and husband of ten years cheated on her. She decides to go on their planned ten-year anniversary trip alone to sort things out.
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: This is a very thought-provoking book. It’s also very emotionally driven. I’m so glad that I chose to read the book. I was drawn in by the cover. I wouldn’t have even begun to guess what the book was about. It’s a pleasant surprise though.

A Lesson in Vengeance by [Victoria Lee]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 9th

Story: After the tragic death of her girlfriend, Felicity spends time away from school. She finally goes back to complete her senior year. She’s finally convinced herself that magic and ghosts don’t exist. However, the longer she stays
Characters: I connected really well with Felicity and Ellis. I wish I would have gotten to see more scenes involving Alex. I don’t feel I got a true feel for her character. I also didn’t really get enough of a feel for the other girls either. At least not as much as I would have liked to.
Critiques: I don’t feel there was a true closure with her and her mother.
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: This book wrecked me fully. I was not expecting the ending at all. If I’m being honest, I wasn’t expecting much of what happened in the book! I really did enjoy it and look forward to reading it again in the future.

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The Last Time I Lied: A Novel by [Riley Sager]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 6th

Story: This story wasn’t as dark as the other two Sager books I read, but I really enjoyed it quite a lot. It wasn’t a predictable book for me. Not that I don’t like predictable books. I just really enjoy ones that leave me floored and shook. I can’t explain it. Sager is really good at making you question everything you think.
Characters: I’m really bad with names and it’s been a few days since I finished this book. I really liked the main character a lot. She had some suspicious qualities, but she wasn’t really unreliable. At least not in an aggravating way. Her friend at the camp was pretty interesting too. Especially with all of her photography.
Critiques: None
Narration: Full stars! Fully recommend!
Final Thoughts: The more books I read by Sager, the bigger a fan I become. That didn’t take much. He was already an impulse by before I even read any of his books! I can’t wait to read other books by him!

Dancing with the Single Dad (The Single Dads of Seattle Book 2) by [Whitley Cox]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 6th

Story: I really enjoyed this book a lot. I did have my reserves due to a part that happened in the first book in this series that irked me very badly. I won’t get into the details because it doesn’t pertain to this book and it would spoil the other book for potential readers. It was really great. There was a small bit of suspense, but it wasn’t major. There is a healthy bit of spice in the book as well. Let’s just say that the two main characters are very attracted to each other.
Characters: Violet has been through a lot. The love of her life passed away. Her father passed away. Her brother’s wife passed away. Not all at the same time, mind you. It was very close together though. I admire her courage and strength to go on. As somebody who has experienced loss, I can say that it’s not an easy task. Adam is pretty amazing too. He’s a great father and he’s so good to his ex-wife.
Critiques: There is a conflict between Violet and her mother that’s not fully resolved. At least not in my opinion. It’s just kind of left.
Narration: I loved the narrators. They did a very fantastic job.
Final Thoughts: I had my reserves because of the first book, but I’m thankful to say that I was wrong about that. I really enjoyed the book very much. It was a very heated HEA read.

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