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  • The Innocents
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    Book Review: The Innocents

    Today I’m reviewing a book I wasn’t sure how much I’d like and I ended up loving. The Innocents by C.A. Asbrey contains so many elements that I secretly and not so secretly love. The Innocents is the first in a mystery series and it has 3 main characters. Abigail or Abi is a woman in her mid 20s who is a Pinkerton detective, Nat & Jake who are cousins and outlaws in the west. Abigail is undercover trying to track down and apprehend the infamous gang, The Innocents, before they rob any more railroads. They’re called “The Innocents” because they never hurt any innocent people, they rob from the rich i.e.…

  • A Shadow Away
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    Book Review: A Shadow Away

    The latest book I’ve read this summer is the first in a series, A Shadow Away by Joan K. Lacy is a book with a mix of adventure and mystery with a bit of supernatural elements. Private detective Alex Cort helps famed British archaeologist Andrew Seaton track down criminals who have stolen from him. In the investigation they uncover clues to find the lost city of El Dorado and must get there before the thieves to find a jewel-encrusted gold statue – a key to the lost city. I enjoyed the historical and adventure parts of the book. The supernatural bits were a little out there and not very believable – well,…

  • Amsterdam Exposed
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    Book Review: Amsterdam Exposed

    Do you guys remember when I had a giveaway for the book Amsterdam Exposed on here? That was all the way back in May. I mentioned on there that I had gotten the book but hadn’t gotten to read it yet. Well I finally got to read it and finish it and I’m back with my thoughts. Author, David Wienier, writes about his personal experience in Amsterdam when studying abroad during law school 18 years ago. After an experience at a brothel in Reno where he didn’t do anything with the women there but started conversation, he became really interested in telling the stories of these women and wanted to give…

  • Lang's Labyrinth
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    Book Review: Lang’s Labyrinth

    I love fantasy books – I think they’re so fun and offer you an escape from reality. When I was offered an advanced copy of Lang’s Labyrinth from the Forests of the Fae book series, I was excited to start reading it. Lang’s Labyrinth is the 3rd book of the series and when I was asked if I would like an advanced copy, I asked if I needed to have read books 1 and 2 because I hadn’t and I didn’t think it would make sense to start reading the third book out of nowhere. They told me it wasn’t necessary, so I agreed to enter this magical story. It turns out,…

  • Hungry for Love
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    Book Review: Hungry for Love

    It’s been a little longer than usual since my last book review post. That’s because I started reading a book that I really could not get in to at all. It was to the point where I had to just give up reading it and if you know me, you know that that is unheard of for me so it must’ve been bad. I gave up on that halfway through and quickly picked up the next book on my to-read list, Hungry for Love, which interestingly enough was longer by about 100 pages but took me a fraction of the time to read. I received the book via Smith Publicity and…

  • Send Down the Rain
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    Book Review: Send Down the Rain

    I’ve always loved to read and it’s a little known fact that I’d love to one day write a book myself. I’ve periodically reviewed books on here over the years on my own, but when this blogging journey allowed me in recent months to have books actually sent to me for my consideration, it has been so exciting! The coolest part is getting books before they even hit the shelves – advanced reader copies. Such was the case with this book Send Down the Rain. It comes out today! I finished the book just in time for today’s release to give you some of my thoughts. Send Down the Rain tells the…

  • Amsterdam Exposed
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    Amsterdam Exposed + Signed Copy Giveaway

    You guys know that I love to read and I’m almost always in the middle of a book. I was sent a copy of this book, Amsterdam Exposed, a few weeks ago. This isn’t a book review – that’ll be coming at a later date, but I have an amazing giveaway for you today so keep reading! As I said, I haven’t been able to read this one yet because there are so many books on my to-read list, but I will definitely be reading this one soon. For now, I’m going to share a little information on this memoir. Synopsis  Amsterdam Exposed by David Wienir tells the true one-of-a-kind story of an…

  • Sophie
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    Book Review: Sophie

    I have a quick book review for you today! Sophie is a good read for all ages – well readers old enough to read a novel, that is. It centers around 13 year old Leo when he first meets Sophie, a new girl in town from Syria. If I remember correctly, the story takes place in the 90s and Leo is telling the story back years later. Leo befriends Sophie and she quickly confides in her new best friend that she and her mother are actually illegal immigrants. Her mother is not well and Sophie works incredibly hard (at only 13!) to keep up with her school work and work odd…

  • Captured Fireflies
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    Book Review: Captured Fireflies

    Most of you already know that I’m a teacher, but for any new readers here – I’m a high school English teacher. New to my blog or not, you may also know that I love to read (when I’m not exhausted from work) and so a nice perk of blogging has been the opportunity to have books sent to me for review. The latest book I’ve had the chance to read is Captured Fireflies by Meredith Newlin – also an English teacher! I was actually specifically sent this book because I’m a teacher. Talk about worlds colliding! In Captured Fireflies, Meredith talks about her teaching career thus far. As a teacher for the…

  • Newsreal
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    Book Review: Newsreal

    Earlier this year I was sent an advanced copy of Newsreal: A View Through the Lens When… and I finally had the time to finish reading it yesterday so I wanted to share a few thoughts on the book with you. Newsreal is written by Tim Ortman and he writes about starting out his career as an  TV news cameraman eventually becoming an acclaimed and awarding winning one. While his career has spanned decades, the book focuses on the seven years he spent in the foreign news pool for NBC. I was really interested in reading this book because, if you didn’t know, I’m really in to keeping up with the…