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AmyReadsAlot

AmyReadsAlot

Joined November 2017

For book lovers....reading is the key element to happiness....
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This had a wild chase filled with mystery and deception! The plot just drew me in and the setting was so detailed that I felt like I had firsthand experience with the location. I definitely want to mention that there were many twists and turns that embroiled one character after another in a tale that has its share of wickedness right along with sweetness. Also, there were such well developed and colorful characters, this story was just charming.

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The Scavenger Door | Suzanne Palmer
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This story is different from the other two books in the series, which was interesting, and some of the previous characters from those books are even involved in this story. Which was very exciting! Overall, The Scavenger Door was a fast-paced science fiction adventure filled with action, a little bit of heart, and a whole lot of thrill as Fergus and his companions try to save the world.

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Dangerous Ground | Rachel Grant
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This was a fun and thrilling story to read. It was also extremely well researched. This novel was rich with details! I especially appreciated the care spent detailing the Aleutian Islands as well as the indigenous residents. I also enjoyed the suspense and mystery element that was in play. For the romance element, I will say that I had mixed feelings on Fiona and Dean. I can‘t decide if I want more for them or not but it was an exciting story.

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A Reckless Match | Kate Bateman
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A Reckless Match drew me in right from the start because of the feuding characters, Madeline and Gryff. I liked that although there was some animosity between them that there was no serious hatred. Don‘t misunderstand, they held some serious grudges but it was mostly related to childhood hijinks and not nonsensical family bias. They were pretty darn cute with their jabs and verbal sparring and this story was quite entertaining to read.

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Hitched To The Gunslinger | Michelle McLean
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This was a wonderful story about two unlikely strangers being in the right place at the right time. The townspeople in this story were colorful and memorable. I loved all of them and their interactions with Gray and Mercy. Something I also really appreciated was that both Gray and Mercy were mature characters and I mean in both age and attitude. Overall, this was an entertaining western romance that had heart, humor, and plenty of action.

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The Bounty: A Novel | Janet Evanovich, Steve Hamilton
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I cannot tell you how happy I am that The Bounty was not the disaster that its prequel, The Big Kahuna, was. I won‘t say that it was absolutely amazing or gave me the same kind of laughs that I enjoyed in the early books but it was entertaining. I will say that its “are they, aren‘t they” romance angle is getting a little boring. Overall, it was a fun mystery that had a little bit of humor, a dash of thrill, and a whole lot of action.

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The magician element blended into Mastermind was a treat! The whole mystery around the void was quite fascinating. I was really surprised with where the clues went. I was not expecting all the twists and turns that were thrown at me. Also, there was a ton of history between a few of the characters in this story but I never felt lost. I was able to follow all the connections without fail. This was a thriller of mind-bending proportions.

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Radar Girls | Sara Ackerman
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Loved the time spent including the cultures for both the residents of Hawaii and others. There was also a certain amount of care spent to share the effects of the war on Japanese-American descendants living on the islands. I liked that all aspects of the war from the patriotism to the horrors were included in this story. Overall, for me, the best part of Radar Girls was the female friendships developed through the stress of war and uncertainty.

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This story is an enjoyable one that focuses on three main characters and the unlikely bond they form. I truly liked them as characters. I had hoped for an emotional experience with them but, though their stories all had depth, on the whole it lacked the emotional intensity I was hoping for. What this story does provide is a delightful reading experience with quirky characters, realistic small-town living, and a wonderful environmental message.

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The thriller and suspense elements in Hostile Intent were truly a wonderful example of both thrilling action and suspenseful villainy. The antagonist was creepy and a true psycho. I absolutely felt the pressure Ava and Caden were under to untangled all the clues to find the truth of who was behind the killings taking place. Overall, this story was such a wild ride that had plenty of heart stopping moments to enjoy.

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This was a well plotted mystery with characters that were nicely developed and believable. Their hunt for the clues that would lead them to the murderous culprit was almost a fun romp and had its entertaining bits. Despite my enjoyment of the characters, it was a rather slow read for me. There were some decent red herrings to move my suspicions in other directions but I wish that this story had been a little more thrilling.

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This story has been compared to The Night Circus and see the similarities but the comparisons missed the mark. I felt little during this book for the characters except for moments of true sacrifice, those moments always get to me. I did not feel the passion or excitement that was exhibited. I was not drawn in with my every breath, nor my heart ripped in two with the reveals, and I should have been. The magic was there, it just did not reach me.

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Paws and Prejudice | Alanna Martin
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If you love dogs, then this story is going to appeal to you. If you like characters who are a little messy and have to face situations that give them reasons to evaluate their behaviors, then this story will appeal to you. Point is, this story is very appealing :D. Although, I could see how some readers might be turned off by Kelsey‘s behaviors/attitude but I think that is what made this story enjoyable. She had plenty of growth potential.

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The Keepers: A Mystery | Jeffrey B. Burton
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There were multiple murders in this story and more than one case to solve as well. Vira and her strange sensing ability was quite helpful in both cases and I still get a chuckle at the idea of her senses being so “next level.” While I did like this book, ultimately, the story was more focused on politics and corruption and those are just not the type of mystery elements that I am drawn to. Not a story I was in love with but it was well written.

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An Unexpected Peril | Deanna Raybourn
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I have turned into such a fan of Veronica Speedwell! I have found her to be a character who continues to develop with each new experience that she encounters and I adore that. This latest story explored the developing relationship between her and Stoker for which I was thrilled. I also found the scheme that Veronica and Stoker became involved with to be quite fun and interesting. There was plenty to keep my attention from start to finish.

ladym30 Love this series!❤️ 7mo
AmyReadsAlot @ladym30 Same 💕! 7mo
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Cecilia was an irresistible character, I loved her. The way she delivered her verbal punches was just too funny & I liked her more for it. She‘s a respectable young lady pirate & she fully owns that. Although, it‘s clear that she is desperate to prove herself to her Aunt & the Society that she longs to be a full member of. This story is about Cecilia facing her past, her present, & grabbing with both hands the future that she wants for herself.

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I wish I could say that I loved this book! Sadly, though, I can‘t. The pacing was real chill and it lacked the tension that would keep my interest firmly on the story. There were some creepy-ish moments but the potential for a true thrill fizzled out because there was no hook. With each reveal, I felt it lacked the edge that was necessary to engage me. There‘s only so much let down a reader can take before the disappointment sets in.

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There absolutely was a magical quality to this story that lends itself more to science fiction than fantasy but it was magical regardless. What a delightful feeling to vacillate between wondering if Ursa was truly from the stars, as she proclaimed herself to be, or if she was a child who had lost her way. I really think that together Joanna and Gabriel were a magic all their own and Ursa was just the cherry on top. I highly recommend this book!

Lsmoore43 I loved this book. 8mo
AmyReadsAlot @Lsmoore43 Have you read The Light Through the Leaves? I am wondering if it is just as good 🙂 8mo
Lsmoore43 @GenreMinxReviews I have not read that one yet. I have it and have heard good things. I just haven't had time between ARCs to read it. 8mo
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AmyReadsAlot @Lsmoore43 Same! Also, this book was so good I am almost afraid of The Light Through the Leaves book being a disappointment 🤣 8mo
Lsmoore43 @GenreMinxReviews I know. But I have heard it was a very good book. We can hope right. lol 8mo
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Deadly Memories | Amanda Siegrist
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Deke & Charlotte are both strong willed individuals & they clash throughout this story but you can‘t help but want them together because they just seem so right for each other. This story both radiates tension & romance in equal measure. There‘s an acquaintances-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-friends-to, well, you can guess, trope taking place in this story & that‘ll be a delight for many readers of romance. A little bit of everything plus danger, spicy!

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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I can‘t say enough good things about this story. It was both educational and captivating. It gave voice to what some Americans suffered during a discouraging and hopeless period of history. It was a moving piece of fiction, not just about those affected, but also about Elsa, her family, and the ups and downs they suffered at no fault of their own. If you love historical fiction based on real life events, I cannot recommend this book enough to you.

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Hortense, there was just something about her strength and resiliency that made me want to know her more. Her backstory was interesting and also very sad. Lord James Asquith was a surprising character. I was a little shocked at the twists in this story that surrounded his past but it definitely added interest to the overall story. There was also a push-pull attraction between Jamie and Hortense that was fun to see play out. An adventurous romance!

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This was is just as lovely as the previous two serials. Hana & her family continue to delight me with their “possible” supernatural abilities, super cute. Also, there‘s an inclusion of friends that helped Hana along the way as she puzzled her way through what she thought she knew & what her feelings were telling her. What a fun chase this story took me on! Overall, a wonderful cozy mystery, steeped with Hungarian folklore, & sweetened with charm.

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If I could only use one word to sum up this story, charming would be the word that I would use. This story, its setting, the people, were all very charming. Anders and Piper were both unconventional characters and their initial interactions were not what one would expect. I enjoyed how Piper easily thwarted Anders wants and she did it in such a way that, even as a reader, I was just as surprised as he was when she played her hand.

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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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This story evoked a feeling of family. There was a closeness in the community and the characters felt authentic. Definitely added to the tale that being crafted. One relationship that I wanted more from was between Lila and her BFF. There was much conflict between them with little resolution. This was a mystery filled with multicultural characters, plenty of small-town drama, and recipes that are sure to get you trying your hand at Filipino food.

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The Woman with the Blue Star is a must read for 2021, and beyond, as far as I am concerned. What an emotionally evocative novel of suffering, survival, and friendship! Every page took me deeper into a journey that had no clear happy endings but it was a journey that touched the heart of me. It was truly a significant story with a long lasting and deep impact!

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Bottle Demon | Stephen Blackmoore
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Not every plot can successfully bring a character back to life after an extended period of death but Bottle Demon nailed it. I was just as much in the dark as Eric was about what was going on with him after he had been awakened and I loved speculating right alongside him. With each scene another puzzle piece dropped into place and pretty soon I had a clear picture of what was truly taking place and it was intriguing.

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Spectrum | Julie E. Czerneda
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The tone of this story is more serious than the previous 2 books. There are some lighthearted Esen moments & the same camaraderie I have come to expect with her & Paul but there are far more consequential moments than what I was expecting. Will also say I was totally jazzed about the time spent with characters outside of Esen & Paul, very exciting. Be warned, though, that there are some disturbing elements in this story that are, well, disturbing!

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Deadbreak | Jorge Sanchez
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Want to read an amazing zombie book with a MC that you cannot get enough of? Then pick up DEADBREAK!! Seriously, I can‘t help but love sarcastic characters who deliver witty tongue-in-cheek type dialogue. Jeremiah was so fun but I also liked the other characters that were introduced. Very memorable and strong! There is a serious element to this story but it is layered with tons of action, plenty of zombie killing, and many really bad jokes.

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Bane's Choice | Alyssa Day
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I liked this story but I was also conflicted about it. At the start, I was a little lost because I felt like I was missing pertinent background information about the characters or something like that. I also was not a huge fan of Ryan, Bane‘s love interest, she just didn‘t resonate with me. Although, I did like her and Bane together - so the romance was nicely done - buuttt yeah, not a huge fan of the main characters overall.

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An amateur sleuth doing her best to uncover clues to help clear someone she cares for, the cozy element in Phantom and Felonies was nicely done. In addition, Clemmie was a very memorable ghost and her being a flapper really adds a nice touch to the story. Overall, a handful of suspects with multiple motives, an intriguing twist surrounding the women in Bob‘s life, & a budding romance made Phantom and Felonies an engaging story with paranormal fun.

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Titan Song | Dan Stout
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Titan Song places Detective Carter in a position where he‘ll have to trust others with truths that could spell the end of not only his career but his very freedom. Something is stirring beneath the simmering unrest and Carter will need all the help that he can get if he‘s going to have a chance at keeping those he cares about safe. This was a thrilling story that left no doubt in my mind that what is coming next in this series is going to be EPIC!

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Blood Heir | Ilona Andrews
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Aurelia has changed in many ways since she was Julie. Getting to know her over the course of the story was interesting. Scratch that, it was hilarious, intense, and a little sad. I loved the situations that she got herself into and seeing familiar characters interacting with her while not knowing it was her was pretty funny. She has also become amazing with the magic she can control and the fighting skills that she has developed. Wonderful story!

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The Setup | Carol Ericson
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The tension and conflict between Jake and Kyra was nicely done. Right from the start I was pulled in and it was easy to pick up why each character both respected and was repelled by the other one. One thing I was not a fan of in this story were the nicknames used. Overall, this was a quick read that packed a powerful punch and if you like romance mixed in with a suspenseful storyline, then this would be a perfect summer book for you.

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Flight | Laura Griffin
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What I liked about Flight was that it was a suspenseful mystery first and that the romance was subtle, yet powerful. It was a dance between Miranda and Joel that was slow but satisfying. The mystery in this story was nicely done because, even though I had my suspicions about who was responsible for what was taking place, there was enough misdirection to keep me guessing. Overall, Flight was a thrilling story and I would absolutely recommend it!

robinb I would like to read this one...sounds good! 10mo
AmyReadsAlot @robinb I enjoyed it 😀. Have you read the first book in the series? If not, no worries. This story reads very well as a stand-alone. 😬 10mo
robinb @GenreMinxReviews I haven‘t but I think I‘ll start with it as I‘m obsessive about reading series in order. 🤣🤣🙄🤷🏻‍♀️ 10mo
AmyReadsAlot @robinb I am as well, usually. Sometimes I‘ll jump in and see how the book does on its own 😀. I hope you get a chance to read the books and that you enjoy them ❤️. 10mo
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Meet Me in Paradise | Libby Hubscher
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To all the other books I have loved before, kindly push over and make room because Meet Me in Paradise is joining the crowd! After finishing a story have you ever wanted to crush it to your chest and never let it go? If not, then you don‘t get me, but it you have then you can understand what I mean when I say that I love this book. It was about beginnings, endings, and all the messiness and wonder that living life creates in-between.

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So much more than a romance, this story is about innocence, deception, greed, lust, and love. Both Hazel & Harold were thrust into a situation that wasn‘t of their own making but they were committed to seeing things through regardless. Even with reveals that opened their eyes to the ugliness of avarice, they held to each other with a steadfastness that was commendable. Given the ages of the characters, they reacted with wisdom beyond their years!

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Did I like the story? At the start, yes, then my interest in it waned. The beginning was exciting, mysterious, and sinister but as the plot unfurled, I felt like some very obvious clues were being overlooked. I kept waiting for someone to notice what I felt were leads that should be explored. What truly left me feeling disappointed was the ending. I felt that it was just ridiculous and that left an overall bad taste for me on the book as a whole.

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Wild Sign | Patricia Briggs
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I love a good mystery & there is nothing better than one that seems to have no answers. Anna & Charles were asked to investigate into a disappearance, though, not because of the people involved, but because of the location. They didn‘t really understand the significance, or the history, of what they were looking into and that was actually quite fun to be a part of. As a reader, I was right there with them uncovering facts and discovering truths.

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Her Dark Lies | J.T. Ellison
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Claire‘s narration was such that at times she annoyed me with her insecurities and her desire to see if she measured up with Jack‘s ex but, I also admired her drive and commitment to achieving her goals. About Jack, I loved how he was with Claire but I also felt that if he just stepped into the shadows, just a bit, a different Jack would appear. It was lovely to be so torn on these two characters and what was taking place on the island.

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The Right Time | Amanda Siegrist
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Previously, Jaxson had let it slip that he had a serious and heartfelt attraction to Mia and she freaked out. Since then, Mia had been putting space between them and Jaxson was really hurting over it. For Jaxson‘s sake, I wanted him to get the happy ending that he craved but I will be honest that I never came around to team Mia. I get that she had history that was still hanging on her but her actions and reactions did not endear her to me.

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Accidentally Engaged | Farah Heron
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A fun, cultural, and romantic story! Be warned though that you‘ll find yourself craving delicious breads and Indian cuisine because this story‘s incredible authentic in its description of the bread making process and enjoyment of delicious food. The start of the story also sets the tone that you can expect from these characters and that is a bold and honest passion to follow one‘s dreams. Though, there‘d be a few bumps in the road for Reena Manji.

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Dead Space | Kali Wallace
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I love mysteries, I love scifi, and Dead Space puts those genres together in a fascinating and compelling way. Hester was an enigma suffering with massive trauma both physical and mental. I love that she had a disability and that it was a part of her on every page and I thought her struggles were well done. The cast of this story are unique and there is much representation of queer and nonbinary characters that are very much a part of the story.

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A powerful multigenerational story! I loved how the timelines for each of these characters were introduced separately and stood on their own but were also woven together to show how the past influenced the future. There is much unpleasantness but that pales in comparison to the spirit and resilience that is expressed through the lives of these characters. An impactful story that was emotional, endearing, and inspiring. I loved it!

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What I wasn‘t thrilled about in this story was that there were even more side characters introduced. Which left hardly any time for development of the current ones. There are so many characters to juggle that remembering them all and their importance is overwhelming at times. The story just felt like it had a ton of forward movement but in reality, it moved very little. Even though I did like the story, I wanted more from this serial installment.

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This book brings the heart pumping action but it also has wonderful elements of romance, forgiveness, and belief. Faith‘s a wonderful character and I loved that her sister was a part of this story because it was nice to see someone with a disability represented. I really liked that Faith had her own struggles that she had to overcome. Luke was a guy who had inner angst and turmoil but who also had all the right elements for a person to swoon over.

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If you‘re looking for a good cozy that has all the pomp and circumstance that comes with a setting of New Orleans, then you‘ll love this. If you love a good mystery that has two characters who seem right for each other but can‘t see what is simmering between them, then this is also a story for you. If you just want a story that will amuse you and has some seriously cute furry sidekicks, then here you go - this is the perfect story for you.

mabell Cute photo! 11mo
AmyReadsAlot @mabell Thank you!! 😍 11mo
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Boone is a great guy, in every way, & he‘s had his fair share of pain. Luckily, he was at a point in his life where he could see beyond it. Hannah was also a character well versed in pain & regret but she was a little lost. These two truly needed each other & to witness their growth & mutual understanding of matters that most can‘t comprehend was very satisfying. There was no undue drama between them & this story is a very sweet & meaningful one.

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There were a few twists that kept me on the edge of my seat, even surprised me. I really liked Travis because he was a good friend to Heather and he never asked for anything in return, even though he did have a crush on her. There was plenty of action that took place, a few nail-biting scenes as well as some heart touching ones. Overall, this was an action-packed story that had a nice mystery as well as a romance that will melt your heart.

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Age of Deception | T.A. White
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Not only did this story keep me in a heightened state of suspense with the twists and turns taking place but it tugged very hard on the heartstrings as well. There was a ton of tension between Kira and her human counterparts and the aliens of Roake. There were many moments that had me riled up on behalf of Kira and there were others where my heart was hurting for not only Kira but for all the members of the House of Roake. A fabulous story!

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The Dead Season | Tessa Wegert
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What I love about this book was that it expanded on Shana‘s past. The reveals really opened her up for me and I understand her and what motivates her better. Though, I did enjoy the first book in this series more. This story is well written and carries with it a bit of a thrill but I felt that the tension was off. The clues to the mystery were spaced out between the family drama that was occurring which had the pacing feeling sluggish to me.