Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he’s going to spend on his grandparents’ farm in Alabama, where he’s being sent to heal from the tragedy. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie’s notebook. Tristan chases after it–is that a doll?–and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature’s hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price.
Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?
5 out of 5 stars
This is definitely going to be one of my top favorite books of the year. I really enjoyed learning about the African American folktales and West African mythology that this story focuses on.
I was invested in the story from the start and flew through the book because I just had to keep reading. There was a twist I didn’t see coming at all which left me even more eager to finish the story to see how everything would turn out.
Gum Baby was hilarious and is one of my favorite characters. My heart ached for Tristan for the grief that he was holding on to and the expectations and pressure that’s put on him. I loved seeing him grow throughout the book and can’t wait to read the next one!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks to Winnie’s new cider shop, Smythe Orchards is out of the red and folks can get their fix of the produce and other delectable products they love all year round. The locals are even booking the shop for events, including a June wedding! Winnie couldn’t be happier to see the barn filled to the rafters for the big bash—until her doting ex, Hank, is caught in a heated argument with the groom.
Winnie plans to scold Hank after the party, but spots him running off instead. And when the groom turns up dead, apparently hit by the honeymoon getaway car, Hank is the main suspect. Now Hank is on the lam, and it’s up to Winnie to get to the core of the truth—before the real killer puts the squeeze on her . . .
5 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed getting to go backto Blossom Valley and catchup with Winnie and her Grammy. These characters are really growing on me.
I’m loving the growing connectionbetween Winnie and Colton and hopethey’re able to be together in a future book.
The mystery was verywell written.Therewere several suspectsto choose from andI kept bouncingaround between whoIthoughtwas the killer. There were a coupletwists that shocked me.
The last few paragraphsofthe book gave me chills so badlythatI was shuddering! lol It’s not veryoften that a book creeps me out likethat.
*I received a copyof this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchangefor an honestreview.
There’s only been one time that Rose couldn’t stop me from doing the wrong thing and that was a mistake that will haunt me for the rest of my life.
Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be…dangerous.
When Rose discovers that she cannot get pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple.
Fern’s mission will shake the foundations of the life she has carefully built for herself and stir up dark secrets from the past, in this quirky, rich and shocking story of what families keep hidden.
4 out of 5 stars
Fern and Rose are twin sisters who are complete opposites of each other. They have had a difficult childhood with their mother but they have always looked out for each other.
This book is told in two POVs and while reading, you really start to root for one of the sisters.
I don’t want to give anything away, but things are not always as they seem. This book had twists and turns that kept the story interesting and kept me invested in what would happen next.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy of this book via NetGalley.
Matchmaker Rule #1: Never fall in love with the client.
Amy Thomas is in the running to become CEO of First Comes Love. All she has to do is outmatch her conniving co-worker. Maintaining her perfect matchmaking track record should be no problem, especially since her client is a hot Marine with bulging biceps and a killer smile.
Gunnery Sergeant Dexter Harrington is not looking for love, but his mother has been laying on the guilt about not wanting him to die alone. So when she buys him the VIP package at Southern California’s premier matchmaking company, he has no choice but to play ball.
Right from the start, Dex recognizes Amy is a better match for him than any of the disastrous dates she arranges. Amy isn’t going to let the gorgeous gunny get in the way of achieving her life’s goal. What happens when the matchmaker is the perfect match for the Marine?
5 out of 5 stars
This was my first book by this author and I absolutely loved it, it certainly won’t be my last.
Amy and Dex had my heart from the very beginning and I loved watching their connection grow.
I swooned, I cried, I laughed. This book was such a fun experience. I even loved the side characters. Dex’s friends are so funny and I loved Amy’s assistant, Claire.
I’m super stoked that Claire will be getting her own book and am already looking forward to reading it!
Twenty-eight-year-old Georgia Stanton has to start over after she gave up almost everything in a brutal divorce—the New York house, the friends, and her pride. Now back home at her late great-grandmother’s estate in Colorado, she finds herself face-to-face with Noah Harrison, the bestselling author of a million books where the cover is always people nearly kissing. He’s just as arrogant in person as in interviews, and she’ll be damned if the good-looking writer of love stories thinks he’s the one to finish her grandmother’s final novel…even if the publisher swears he’s the perfect fit.
Noah is at the pinnacle of his career. With book and movie deals galore, there isn’t much the “golden boy” of modern fiction hasn’t accomplished. But he can’t walk away from what might be the best book of the century—the one his idol, Scarlett Stanton, left unfinished. Coming up with a fitting ending for the legendary author is one thing, but dealing with her beautiful, stubborn, cynical great-granddaughter, Georgia, is quite another.
But as they read Scarlett’s words in both the manuscript and her box of letters, they start to realize why Scarlett never finished the book—it’s based on her real-life romance with a World War II pilot, and the ending isn’t a happy one. Georgia knows all too well that love never works out, and while the chemistry and connection between her and Noah is undeniable, she’s as determined as ever to learn from her great-grandmother’s mistakes—even if it means destroying Noah’s career.
4 out of 5 stars
This book took me on a roller coaster of emotions. It broke my heart and then put it back together.
This story is told in different points of view in two different points in time. In the past, we get to go on the journey of Scarlett and Jameson finding love together. Then in the present time, we get to see Georgia and Noah’s journey.
I was so invested in this story with both relationships and finished the book pretty quickly. There was a twist that I didn’t see coming at all and my mouth dropped open in shock. I definitely recommend checking this book out.
After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love—and the inevitable heartbreak—is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass.
Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy… a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy’s brother—and Elle’s new business partner—expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date? Because… awkward.
When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.
But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars?
5 out of 5 stars
This was my first time reading a F/F romance and it was so nice to see the bisexual representation in this book.
I buddy read this book with a friend of mine. I enjoyed reading this book along with her and gushing about Elle and Darcy with her.
Darcy and Elle were total opposites but they had such amazing chemistry together. You could just feel the connection forming between them and I was rooting for them throughout the book.
I’m looking forward to book 2 coming out in May, which will be Brendon’s story. I’m hoping that Margot will get a book of her own at some point as well. I loved all of the characters in this book.
Maximum Ride and her “flock” — Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel — are just like ordinary kids, only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time.
Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of whack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare: fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives.
Along the way, Max discovers that her purpose is save the world. But can she?
5 out of 5 stars
My husband and oldest son really enjoyed this series and suggested that I read it, so I decided to go ahead and give it a try. I’m really glad I did! I enjoyed this first book and am looking forward to continuing with the rest of the series and getting to know the other members of the flock.
Kirian and I were just twelve years old when I pulled him from the icy waters of the creek behind my house. As he looked in my direction with unseeing lavender eyes, I quickly realized our age was just about the only thing we had in common. He spoke with an accent, he had pointy ears, and he was so beautiful it made my heart ache. Oh, and he claimed to be a fae prince cursed by witches who stole his sight.
I thought he was crazy from hypothermia. Turns out, he wasn’t, and for some reason he keeps coming back. But a day in my world is a year in his. Every time I see him, he’s older. Wiser. Hotter.
Over the past six years, I’ve tried not to fall in love with him because the terms of the curse are clear: If he doesn’t wait for his fated mate in all ways, including an innocent (or not-so-innocent) kiss, he’ll be blind forever.
So when Kirian kisses me and pulls me through the portal to his realm, I make it my mission to do some damage control. It’d be a whole lot easier if he wasn’t determined to marry me… And if someone wasn’t trying to murder me every step of the way.
5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely freaking loved this book and flew through it. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen next. I really enjoyed Kirian and Quinn’s characters. They are perfect together and I was rooting for them to get their happily ever after.
I’ve been looking for another series to draw me in so I’m so happy to have started these books. I love this new world that the author has created. This story was so unique and different to anything else that I’ve read, so that was refreshing.
I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
I’ve got a problem. A big muscly problem, with icy blue eyes, long dark hair, and tight leather pants.
Keryth is the Night Realm king. My father’s greatest enemy. And my fated mate.
It isn’t easy being a fae princess of the Day Realm. Our kingdom has suffered hardships, but if my father won’t approve of the mating bond with Keryth, they’ll be putting another body in a casket—mine. If we’re kept apart, we’ll both die. Not to be dramatic or anything. Destiny just doesn’t like to be denied, and our sanity will wither away if we don’t give in.
Too bad my father doesn’t care about that. His solution is to lock me away forever.
When Keryth comes to rescue me, I know we can take on anything as long as we’re together. But old rivalries die hard, and the past sins of our families come back to haunt us, affecting our future and the ones we love the most.
My Review 5 out of 5 stars
This was an amazing story. You wouldn’t know that this was the author’s first time diving into writing in the fantasy/paranormal genre.
I absolutely loved Zella and Keryth. I know they are fated mates but they still had such a great connection and chemistry together. I love this new world that the author has created and can’t wait until book one comes out (this story is a prequel).