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  • The Matrimonial Advertisement

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    Book Review: The Matrimonial Advertisement

    I have read a handful of books lately that I have enjoyed, but The Matrimonial Advertisement is the first one I’ve read in a while that I kept putting off finishing. Not because I didn’t want to read it, but because I didn’t want it to end! I sort of a have a problem with letting characters go. The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews has two main characters and goes back and forth to tell the story from their point of view – all the while moving forward with the story, never retelling the story. Helena Reynolds is the daughter of the late Earl of Castleton. Upon her brother’s death or disappearance…

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    Book Review: Wildchilds

    This book review is long overdue. I was sent this book months ago, but it got kind of lost amidst the sea of books I have to read. But when I finally started it I was hooked and tried to fit in time to read whenever I could. Wildchilds by Eugenia Melian follows Iris, a former model, as she copes with the death of her ex-boyfriend and father of her teenage daughter and all the memories his death brings. She is left his estate which includes his collection of work – Gus, her ex, was a famed photographer – but she must travel back to Paris to find and recover it all.…

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    Mischief & Mayhem – Author Q & A

    New book alert! Mischief & Mayhem by S.D. Nicholson is a new fantasy novel that just came out at the end of May. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet (super behind on my reading list) but Smith Publicity was kind enough to send me a copy. Let me tell you what the book is about, according to the synopsis, and then we’ll get to the author Q&A! The Faerlands Chronicles is a dark fantasy for adults that will sweep them away to a more magical land. Mischief and Mayhem follows protagonist Ophelia Maplewood on a twisted journey through the realm of the Faers. After lying dormant for centuries, a dark presence awakens. While malicious…

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    Book Review: Innocent as Sin

    Last summer I wrote about The Innocents, the first book in a series in the Old West that follows Abigail McKay, a female Pinkerton agent, and nephew/uncle duo Nat and Jake who are infamous robbers. I loved the book so much that immediately after finishing it, I asked if I could be sent the second book. Yes, that was months ago but I just got around to finishing it as I had a growing list of books I needed to finish and life got really busy. To catch you up, Abi is a Pinkerton agent and technically she should be trying to capture Nat and Jake. But, upon meeting them in The Innocents…

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    Sherlock Homes | Lucy James Series

    My book review for you all today is a little bit different than usual. That’s because instead of delving in to one book, I am giving a brief overview of a book series. A while ago I was sent two books from the Sherlock Holmes/Lucy James mystery series – The Crown Jewel Mystery and Remember, Remember. Authors Anna Elliott and Charles Veley (a father/daughter duo) pen the mystery series following Sherlock Holmes and his daughter Lucy James. I hadn’t had a chance to read these two when I was sent the newest story, Die Again, Mr. Holmes. So as soon as I finished reading my last book, which I didn’t exactly love, I…

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    Too Far Media

    *This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.* If you enjoy reading as much as I do, you’ll try to read wherever you can and whatever medium you can. Whether it’s a physical book, e-book, audio book, on your phone, etc. I recently downloaded the app Too Far Media where author Rich Shapero has four stories that fuse fiction, music, and art. The app is free and it’s a really cool immersive experience. Definitely check it out!

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    Book Review: Becoming

    One of the things I wished for on my Secret Santa wishlist was Becoming – Michelle Obama’s book. My Secret Santa got it for me and as soon as I felt that the gift was in the shape of a book I knew what it was and I was so excited! I spent the past week reading the 400+ page book and I was enthralled and obsessed with the entire book. Every page of it! I won’t give anything away, because you should read it for yourself, but I’ll tell you a little about it and why I love it. In Becoming, Michelle Obama talks about her life starting from her humble beginnings…

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    Book Review: Death in a Mudflat

    For today’s book review I’m talking about Death in a Mudflat and I have mixed feelings about it. It is part of the Rhe Brewster mystery series. When I first received the book I didn’t realize this was a series (or I just didn’t remember them telling me that once I got around to reading it because it was sent to me a few months ago) or that this wasn’t the first book of the series. It’s okay though because you don’t really need to know what happened before this book. Although there are returning characters from previous books you don’t really need to have read those to read this one. Any…

  • The Enchanted Sonata

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    Book Review: The Enchanted Sonata

    The book I’m talking about today is extremely fitting for the holiday season. When I was asked if I wanted to read The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork and was given a synopsis, I immediately said yes. I like a wide range of books, but this kind of book really has a special place in my heart. The Enchanted Sonata is described as a retelling cross between The Nutcracker and The Pied Piper. It’s about a 16 year old girl named Clara who has been studying for years to become a famous pianist who is magically transported to another world where there are rats trying to invade cities and kill people and the candies are…

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    Book Review: The Hate U Give

    Full disclosure – I didn’t have very high expectations for The Hate U Give. My students in my book club chose it to read and I thought it was going to be just a typical teenage book that was turned in to a movie. I knew the premise of the book and that it was a best seller – but that still didn’t really give me high hopes. But, I ended up really liking it and halfway through I was really hooked and couldn’t stop reading. The Hate U Give follows teenager, Starr Carter, who lives in a rough neighborhood. Her father is a former gang member who left the gang…