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Witch Wish, by Jacqueline Seewald

Witch Wish

I am totally bewitched by, Witch Wish. As an adult, I have enjoyed the light cozy read of a YA novel from time to time. Jacqueline Seewald has checked all the boxes for a warm read about two teen sisters with a good dose of sibling rivalry. What I found different about this story was the author’s ability to let the characters in this book take on a slight edge. The seemingly perfect family is not so storybook perfect. I hope that Young adults will find that they are not alone in their trivial day to day problems or their more intense issues. I especially liked the realistic ending and the message conveyed about family relationships. Without spoiling it for others, I will just say that it is well worth reading. I liken this story to popular teen books, such as Freaky Friday. The author covers all teen high school social status’…the jock, cheerleader, Geek, and less fortunate (invisible) groups. I really enjoyed Val’s spicy temper and her growth throughout the story. The 80’s setting made it easy to focus on the behaviors of teens and made me wonder how the author would write the same story today. One thing still rings true. Be careful what you wish for!

Thursdays at Coconuts, by Beth Carter

 

Thursdays at Coconuts by Beth Carter

Thursday’s at Coconuts, is a book about  three best friends chatting over drinks, sharing the best pieces of their lives, and indulging  in happy hour therapy. The best kind of book! This romance has a surprising amount of intrigue, drama and even a few tears. I love the way the author keeps the readers interest by moving from one woman’s crisis to the next and I could identify with their very real problems. I adored Alex’s penchant for TJMaxx and Starbucks, and I love that all three women are smart and independent. This is the perfect read for any getaway, vacation or even a way to make a rainy day brighter. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and can’t wait to read, Sleeping with Elvis… I just love naughty parrots.

Keeping You, By Mollie Blake (Review by Minette Lauren)

Keeping You: A Cheshire Love Story (Cheshire Love Stories Book 3)

In Mollie Blake’s, Keeping You, innocent Suzy Harper is working in a bookstore advertising her skills as a freelance Translator. When stumbling into rich and handsome , Lawrence Bane, she is awed by the literal man of her dreams. He hires her to work for him at his impressive opulent home, The Sway, where he begins his intense perusal of Suzy’s innocence. This quaint British story is ooh-la-la and the heat level is smoldering hot! The author sets the tone when she mentions that no men were harmed in the writing of her story. A bit of bondage takes the stage in some of the steamy bedroom scenes, but consent is always clear for the reader. Behind the sexy tone of this erotic story, is a plot involving Lawrence’s not so innocent past. There is never a dull moment while he tries to straighten out the roadblocks in his life. Can he maintain his freedom and hold onto the only woman he has ever loved? This book is for the readers who love a strong male presence and a lot of sexy scenes. (Leave your prude cap at the door.)

Review: Gypsy Souls, a book by Tonya Royston

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Gypsy Souls is the second book in the Gypsy Magic trilogy and it doesn’t miss a beast when it comes to mystic intrigue, handsome high school heart throbs and of course, witchcraft. Tonya Royston, has done it again. This entertaining web of mystery, that lies around this small Northeastern town, is covering up a secret coven of witches living there as ordinary citizens. Surprised that she is one of them, eighteen-year-old, Gracyn, is new to the area and trying to get her head wrapped around her new witchy status. Doing the normal teenage things and torn between the ever mysterious, Lucien, and smart, rocker boyfriend, Alex, Gracyn tries to balance the events surrounding her while seeking more from her guardian, Becca. But don’t think this is the end of all the excitement. If you read the book, you know that your in for all three books to learn the answers. If you like stories about witches and most of all, horses, then you will love this fabulous coming of age YA paranormal…even if you are grown;-)

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Check back in October for our next featured release with The Write Way Cafe for, Sins of the Sister, and on Nov. 6th, watch for Minette Lauren’s debut! Race for the Sun, is one woman’s journey to find herself and another spirit’s journey to find love. Don’t miss either release this fall!

Review: Mist

As a reader, I am guilty of choosing a book by its cover. After seeing the cover of Ruby, by Emily Mims, I decided to check out a sample. Realizing that it was a series, I decided to start on book one, Mist, during my vacation to Greece. I love to read everything, but a warm romance laced with some of my own bluegrass roots sounded like the perfect beach read. Emily Mims did not disappoint. Her characters were warm and funny, with real southern dialect, and her background in music leant reality to the main plot. She worked out a mystery that kept me in the story, which I finished reading in about three sittings. The Mist offers steamy romance, musical entertainment and a promise of more to come.

Roller Coaster of a Read!

The world Carr has created is wildly imaginative and completely believable. Jenn’s mad scientist roomie is experimenting and, unfortunately, Jenn becomes a variable. She is transported via funky rock to another dimension where she’s given a choice: die or be reconstructed (add AI unit and vigorously stir) to help a god. Not much of a choice, to be sure. *takes deep breath* And then things really get crazy. Jenn ends up in a beast world—think Planet of the Apes, but a lot more diversity than gorillas, orangs and chimps. One of my favorite things about The Download is the way the characters evolve. I love that the AI (Artificial Intelligence, I know, I know, you knew) unit doesn’t remain static, CALA changes and is as much a character as the flesh and blood ones. If you love a rollicking tale that makes you think, I strongly recommend this book.

Review: Wickwythe Hall

Wickwythe Hall

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Wickwythe Hall, by Judithe Little is an amazing story set during WWII. The collection of real and fictional characters weave emotion and tactical maneuvers into a compelling story about surviving Hitler’s siege. I felt like I was watching an old black and white film, starring Katherine Hepburn as Marbry. I love the rich history woven into the novel along with the very real dialogue. The author does a wonderful job of combining the thoughts and movements of her characters, and is careful to balance the fictional love story with the actual history of WWII. If you love Doctor Zhivago, you will love Little’s smooth flowing tale of a Virginia heiress, a champagne businessman, a French refugee and so much more.

A Hot & Nerdy Romance Comedy

I’m typically not a big reader of romances unless they’re funny and this book delivered big time. Ella Menza’s life has been grounded in politeness and following all the rules. Unfortunately, others take advantage of her good-naturedness. Self-centered Burton, her fiancée is, as Janet, a favorite co-worker aptly describes him, “a cold fish.” Her mother, the Professor, who reminded me a lot of Leonard’s mom on the Big Bang Theory, belittles and embarrasses her. She finds her job as a copywriter unfulfilling. Ella Menza has been a doormat for too long and has had enough.

The book immediately illustrates Ella’s temperament when she needs to leave work for her bridal shower but can’t bring herself to be rude to a co-worker. Ella arrives late and things go downhill from there. The book is atypical because it has several POVs, instead of the traditional heroine only or the POV bouncing back and forth between the hero and heroine. I enjoy multiple POVs, so this was a plus for me. It was refreshing to read about characters who have flaws instead of too perfect ones. Ronnie, Ella’s bestie’s auto-corrected curse words and her wild card behavior made me giggle. A host of quirky characters whirl through the revolving doors of Ella’s life.

One POV was Eddie’s, the brother of Ella’s love interest. I thought it was odd at first, but I would have found him a much more unsympathetic individual without getting a glimpse into his thoughts and at the end of the book, a sequel is alluded to involving Eddie and Ronnie. I love EM Kaplan’s Josie Tucker series and look forward to seeing what the author has in store for the bro and the bff in book 2.

Don’t miss the release date May 24th!

 

Survival isn’t guaranteed…

Years ago, dark magicians opened a dimension to another world and unleashed a new power on the earth. Governments toppled, millions died, and magicians became earth’s most feared predator.

After rescuing her younger sister from the clutches of the coven, twenty-four-year-old Becca discovers her enemies have left an unholy gift behind−a demon bound to her sister’s soul. On the run from Ryma and his twisted coven, Becca joins forces with her best friend, Caleb, and a pyromancer who tempts her untrusting heart.

Desperate to protect her sister and her friends, Becca finds temporary safety with a rogue faction she’s not sure she can trust. As war looms on the horizon, Becca is forced to pick sides in a game where survival isn’t guaranteed.

 

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Some sacrifices cost more than death…

Thirty years ago, dark magicians unleashed new power on the earth fueled by demons. Governments toppled, millions died and magicians ended up on top of the food chain.

Twenty-four-year-old Becca survives these dangerous times by relying on her wits, her fists, and the limited goodwill of her boss, a local crime lord. When news comes of a fire back home and the family she left behind dead, she realizes her dark past has finally caught up to her.

On the hunt for her missing sister, she must rely on Darion, a treacherous ex-boyfriend with ties to the local coven for back-up. Problem is he’s a pyromancer that can’t be trusted, especially with her heart. Becca’s forced to navigate a dangerous web of deceit and must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save her sister.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/DeAnna-Browne/e/B074L9BH72