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Review: Mistaken Identity Crisis

Title: Mistaken Identity Crisis

Author: James J. Cudney

Date of Publication: June 30th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

A clever thief with a sinister calling card has invaded Braxton campus. A string of jewelry thefts continues to puzzle the sheriff given they’re remarkably similar to an unsolved eight-year-old case from shortly before Gabriel vanished one stormy night. When a missing ruby is discovered near an electrified dead body during the campus cable car redesign project, Kellan must investigate the real killer in order to protect his brother. Amidst sorority hazing practices and the victim’s connections to several prominent Wharton County citizens, a malicious motive becomes more obvious and trickier to prove.

As if the latest murder isn’t enough to keep him busy, Kellan partners with April to end the Castigliano and Vargas crime family feud. What really happened to Francesca while all those postcards showed up in Braxton? The mafia world is more calculating than Kellan realized, and if he wants to move forward, he’ll have to make a few ruthless sacrifices.

Election Day is over, and the new mayor takes office. Nana D celebrates her 75th birthday with an adventure. A double wedding occurs at Crilly Lake on Independence Day. And Kellan receives a few more surprises as the summer heat begins to settle in Wharton County.

My Review:

This series is pretty dang addicting! And let me tell you from the beginning, my queen—Nana D—is back again. I said this last time, but she needs her own book! Seriously! And she’s mayor!

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Kellan’s world spirals once again, and I loved being inside his head. What I really want for him one day is a nice vacation, because this boy deserves it! Throughout this series, he’s had amazing character growth and you feel for him because he always has decisions he needs to make!

The writing was on point, the descriptions were wonderful, and the thing is, the characters feel real here with dialogue that is spoken how people in real life would! The book is fast paced with plenty of mystery, and I already need the next one! Oh, and this is definitely my favorite cover in the series so far!

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What’s your favorite mystery?

 

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Review: Find me their Bones

Title: Find me their Bones

Author: Sara Wolf

Date of Publication: November 5th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

No one can save her.

In order to protect Prince Lucien d’Malvane’s heart, Zera had to betray him. Now, he hates the sight of her. Trapped in Cavanos as a prisoner of the king, she awaits the inevitable moment her witch severs their magical connection and finally ends her life.

But fate isn’t ready to give her up just yet.

With freedom coming from the most unlikely of sources, Zera is given a second chance at life as a Heartless. But it comes with a terrible price. As the king mobilizes his army to march against the witches, Zera must tame an elusive and deadly valkerax trapped in the tunnels underneath the city if she wants to regain her humanity.

Winning over a bloodthirsty valkerax? Hard. Winning back her friends before war breaks out? A little harder.

But a Heartless winning back Prince Lucien’s heart?

The hardest thing she’s ever done.

My Review:

I seriously loved the first book! Loved Zera’s personality and loved her growing bond with Lucien. So I was ready to see how after the cliffy where Zera’s character would go from there!

I hate to say it but this second story very much felt like a middle book. I liked that Zera was trying to find herself and didn’t always trust easily, but this was a long book and the back and forth with her an Lucien was driving me up the wall bananas. The scenes that were between them were lacking something. And honestly, Lucien just kind of felt like a filler this time and I was so disappointed by that. I just didn’t connect with Varia’s character either but I really liked the addition of Yorl! I found him incredibly interesting!

There were some great action scenes with wonderful world building and Zera’s personal struggles. The writing and dialogue were also just as great as in book one. Even though there were some bumps in the road, I’m ready to see where book three will take me because I have a feeling that one will be epic!

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Review: Torn

Title: Torn

Author: Natalia Jaster

Date of Publication: June 20th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Could you break someone’s heart to save your own? 

Anger is an exiled god. Banished for rebelling against the Fate Court and jilted by the goddess he can’t forget, he prowls the mortal realm with a bitter aftertaste on his tongue.

But Anger’s not as alone as he thinks.

In a celestial city where the stars shine brightest, immortal outcasts reign.

Merry is one of them.

She’s like no one Anger has ever met—a starry-eyed misfit hiding just as many forbidden secrets as he is.

As a revolution simmers between renegade deities and their ancient rulers, Merry is the key to Anger’s retribution. She’s the only one who can help him defy the Fates and reclaim his magic.

According to a dangerous legend written in the stars, she also has the power to mend his broken heart.

The price: In order to do that, he must break hers.

My Review:

Natalia always spins such beautiful and incredible words to make a truly romantic story. I’ve been waiting forever for Anger’s story, and he did not disappoint me!

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I loved seeing Anger’s struggles over his past love—named Love—and himself. I was also glad that he was still head over heels for Love instead of the feelings just vanish. So to see the transition of him getting over that and connecting with Merry was perfect. Oh, and Merry,  such a freaking doll! I love her and her style and everything about her! So cute! And this book isn’t just about romance, there is so much going on with freewill and more!

I’m very anxious to see Wonder’s story next because as you read this book you will definitely begin to wonder how her relationship is going to play out! And yes, we get to see all the characters from the last book as well as a crazy, mad, exiled named Malice! Malice was a real cup of something! Overall, this story was absolutely perfect and well worth the wait!

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June Reads 2019

This month I’ll be reading two for sure ARCs! One will be a buddy read with BookDragonGirl for The Burning Shadow, and the other will be Find me their Bones! I’m excited for both sequels!

 

A few June releases!

 

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What are you reading this month?

Review: Serpent & Dove

Title: Serpent & Dove

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Date of Publication: September 3rd, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

My Review:

As soon as I read this blurb, I was like, count me in! Witchy is my name and witchy wars are my game! However, I wasn’t sure what I would get, but what I got is one of my favorite books of the year!

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I loved both points of views! Lou was ambitious, perfectly flawed, spoke what was on her mind, and down right awesome. Reid was strong willed, innocent yet not innocent, and so dang swoony! And the chemistry between Lou and Reid was so freaking good! Don’t let me forget the side characters! Coco! Ansel! Beau! You three were beautifully created beings!

I must say, there were some amazing descriptions with the witchy things, and the world building was wonderful. There were twists, multiple ones in fact! And the writing was so addicting that I finished this huge masterpiece rather quickly for me! Now to wait for book 2 will be utter agony!

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Do you like books and movies about witches?

Review: The Bone Charmer

Title: The Bone Charmer

Author: Breeana Shields

Date of Publication: May 21st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.

My Review:

I really liked the author’s Poison’s Kiss duology, so when I saw this one was from her as well, I hopped right on to read it! The idea of the story line being dual POV from the same MC but with a different version of herself was a neat concept!

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Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you’d taken a different path? I’ve often wondered that, and this story gave a cool glimpse into two separate paths with a fantasy spin on it! I’d have to say Saskia’s bone charmer chapters were my favorite, though! And can I just say—Bram!

The writing created quite the page turner, and there were twists and tons of interesting descriptions! Now, based on the ending I’m assuming there will be another book?

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Would you want to know what your other paths could have been?

Review: Fractalistic

Title: Fractalistic

Author: Gerardo Delgadillo

Date of Publication:

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Goodreads Summary:

After moving to Mexico with her parents, Winter Gutan had been hoping the local alternative medicine doctor would cure her mother’s illness. When her mother does not survive his controversial treatments, Winter’s life spirals in despair. Her father, a software engineer, insists his computer program, Fractalistic, will enable them to communicate with her mother’s spirit. But as his sanity begins to slip, Winter confides in her friend Rafa, a computer wizard, who tells her he’s found information about using fractal technology to treat false memories—nothing paranormal about it, leaving Winter confused and without hope. Will she lose her mother forever?

Suspecting her dad is hiding a deep secret, Winter runs Fractalistic behind his back, unveiling a sea of computer-generated imagery swirling on the screen. Her mother appears to her…begging for help! But is this all just Winter’s imagination?

Fractalistic may enable Winter to communicate with her deceased mother, but it might also unleash more mysterious memories buried within Winter’s mind. To figure it all out, Winter must hack into her father’s system to uncover a horrifying truth…or remain in the dark forever.

My Review:

When I read the blurb for this, I just knew it would be awesome. The concept is super intriguing, and I’ll just say the book does not disappoint. And that cover is so lovely, makes me want to float in it myself!

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In Fractalistic, we follow Winter, whose Mom has passed away. Winter’s dad has been slipping since her mom died, turning to alcohol and becoming unattached, while using fractals to try to locate her mom. This concept is so cool!

Winter starts a new school and meets some interesting people—enter Julia and Rafi. Rafi was one of my favorites because he was both geeky and sporty, an awesome all in one package.

What I liked in this book was some of the strange things that happen to Winter. There is a really cool scene that occurs with her during her art class! And let me not forget about the nice twists in the book! Fractalistic is a very character driven with great writing, emotions, and originality!

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Have you lost someone you truly care about?