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Review: The Waking Land by Callie Bates

Title: The Waking Land Author: Callie Bates Release Date: June 27, 2017 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life. Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her. But an all-too-human threat is drawing

Review: Desperate Housedogs

Title: Desperate Housedogs Series: Pampered Pets Mystery, Book 1 Author: Sparkle Abbey Release: December 1 , 2011 Rating: 4/5 Stars My Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I have a lot of experience working with dogs and too often authors miss the mark with books that feature pet sitters or trainers. This one however did a wonderful job. I loved the main character and her realistic take on dog care and training. Just as important the mystery and her sleuthing, as well as her motive for doing so, all felt realistic to me. The story follows a pet therapist as she makes her rounds and stops by a clients house to help with his German Shepards. When that client later shows up dead

Review: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Title: Emma in the Night Author: Wendy Walker Release Date: August 8, 2017 Rating: 4/5 Stars My Review: I truly enjoyed reading this gripping thriller and delving in to the minds of the characters that Wendy created. I haven’t read much on narcissism and the psychological parts of this novel were fascinating. The addition of a psychologist to the cast of characters helped to explain the actions and behaviors of the other characters. The novel is full of so many twists and turns that I honestly had no idea where it was going until I got to the end. The character driven plot was well done. I connected with Cass and wanted to hear more of her story as she began to tell it. The family dysfunctio

Review: Select

Title: Select Author: Marit Wiesenberg Release Date: October 3rd, 2017 Rating: 3/5 Stars My Thoughts: I chose to read and review this book because the premise was fascinating. Super humans hiding among normal people and trying to stay hidden. These ‘select’ people have issues among themselves and the main characters family life is anything but happy. There are two main groups of teens in the story, one is a group of outcasts and troublemakers and the others are the “chosen” ones, being trained to use their special abilities. All of this sounds fascinating right? It should have been. Alas, the book doesn’t quite live up to its potential. I wanted more of the super powers and more adventure. I

Review: The Guineveres

Title: The Guineveres Author: Sarah Domet Release Date: October 4 , 2016 Rating: 3/5 Stars My Review: The Guineveres follows the lives of four teenage girls, brought together by a shared name as they grow up in a convent and lean on each other for support. The basis of the story is that the girls want a way out, an escape for the dreary lives they have been exiled to for various reasons. There were a few things that I really enjoyed about the book. The characters were well developed and unique. Each girl brought a different aspect of being a teenage girl to the mix of the book, from being obsessed with looks and sex, to trying to figure out sexuality and to just not quite fitting in. I also

 
 
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