Aug 26, 2019


Destiny by Skye Malone
Series: The Awakened Fate Series #9
Release Date: August 29, 2019

The Beast is dead.
Long live the Beast.

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Judiciary, Ari found unexpected allies in the depths of the sea. With the mermaids and the Beast beside her, she chased her enemies through the ocean, only to discover a deadlier threat than she could have imagined waiting in the sunken ruins of a place that had been lost a thousand years before.

And in one moment, everything changed.

Now, the Beast is gone. The mermaid world is in tatters. Ancient magic has turned Ari’s worst enemy into a force unrivaled on land and sea, a monster more terrible than the Beast had ever been. Ari’s friends and family are in mortal danger, and Chloe and the mermaids are the only hope to save the wizards from total annihilation.

In the war against the Judiciary, the mermaids and wizards must join together or else the entire world will fall.


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About the Author

Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author, which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the magical things she imagines couldn't actually exist.


A Midwesterner who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, she dreams of traveling the world — though in the meantime she'll take any story that whisks her off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay with you long after the book is closed. An inveterate writer, she can't go a day without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.


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Aug 23, 2019

Review: The Girl from Rawblood

The Girl from Rawblood The Girl from Rawblood by Catriona Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. The time jumping would confuse me at times, but it was necessary to bring the story about in such a flooring way. Excellent ending, and what a ride along the way. Still haven’t anything to replace the feeling I had when I was reading this. Woooosh.

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Aug 20, 2019

Review: The House at the End of the Road

The House at the End of the Road The House at the End of the Road by Kari Rust
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Description:

One summer, while exploring the town during their annual stay at Grandma’s house, two siblings and their cousin come across a creepy old house. The kids poke around, one of them causing mischief and tossing rocks at the window, until they glimpse a ghost through the glass! Later, Grandma reveals the house doesn’t belong to a ghost―just old Mr. Peterson.

After visiting again with better intentions, the kids discover Mr. Peterson’s great sense of humor and that his house is full of fascinating things: old toys, photographs, even a film projector. They become regular visitors, until one day, Mr. Peterson is gone: he has left for a retirement home, and his house sits empty. Using odds, ends, and gifts he gave them, the kids create mementos of Mr. Peterson’s home to give back to him.

Full of heart, this picture book incorporates graphic novel elements to tell a layered and moving story about an intergenerational friendship. It shows how appearances can be deceiving: sometimes the best adventure awaits where you least expect it. Less


REVIEW:

Kari Rust’s The House at the End of tRoad is beautifully illustrated, and also has a heartwarming message. This is a sweet quick read for young or elementary age children about respecting their elders, and about not jumping to conclusions about people.

Beautifully told and a wonderful example of children learning from and helping an older person ... Friendship is important. I was provided the book free of charge for review purposes.

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Aug 16, 2019

Review: The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking: A Family Skeleton Mystery

The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking: A Family Skeleton Mystery The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking: A Family Skeleton Mystery by Leigh Perry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Description:

Sid is back with a murder that’s sure to send a chill up your spine in Leigh Perry’s newest festive mystery.

Dr. Georgia Thackery is back at home with her parents after finding a new adjunct position at Bostock College. Everyone is excited for their first family Christmas with nothing to hide. Why? Because Georgia’s daughter Madison is now in the know about Sid, their walking, talking family skeleton.

But their Christmas cheer is interrupted when the Thackery’s dog Byron goes missing on a cold December night. When he’s finally found, he has a femur clutched between his jaws, and Georgia and Madison race to apologize to Sid for letting the dog gnaw on him yet again.

Except all of Sid’s bones are present and accounted for.

This bone is from somebody else, and when they trace Byron’s trail to an overgrown lot nearby, they find the rest of the skeleton. It’s the normal kind, not moving or telling jokes, and when the police come to take charge, they’re sure it was murder.

And one of Georgia’s adjunct friends could be implicated.

With tensions stirring at the college and everyone hiding a secret or two, Sid and Georgia must uncover the truth before the ghost of a Christmas past strikes again.

REVIEW:

I was so very excited to see a book #6 in A Family Skeleton Mysteries - Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking by Leigh Perry. This newest installment is refreshing and funny, as are all of the other books in this mystery series. As always, I read this mystery pretty quickly because it’s hard to put down once Sid gets started.

I adore the idea of the living (not quite living ) skeleton who has become a part of this family. I like the thought of having a best friend (skeleton - Sid) to help solve mysteries. So many of these cozy mysteries just have a busy body / nosy, feel, BUT NOT this one. I appreciate the relationship / friendship and the confusion & fun of having a secret friend looking out for you and doing some extra investigating when mysteries pop up. Sid is a much loved member of the family ❤️

I love this whole series. While this cover is ok, I much prefer the previous illustration style featured on the earlier books; this is my favorite cozy mystery series.

I was provided this book free of charge for the purpose iof giving an honest review.

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Aug 8, 2019

Review: A Bottle of Happiness

A Bottle of Happiness A Bottle of Happiness by Pippa Goodhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Description:

There was once a big mountain with two villages on either side. The people on one side were rich and worked only to get richer. The people on the other side of the mountain were poor but had a wealth of stories and laughter. One day, a poor young boy decides to seek a new story and this leads him to the rich people’s marketplace. He would love one of the ripe pieces of fruit, but what can a poor boy trade? Find out if it is possible to bottle and share happiness in this timeless fable, exquisitely illustrated in an eye-opening and unusual style.

REVIEW

I loved the patch work illustration style in A Bottle of Happiness by Pippa Goodhart. I think kids would enjoy the playfulness of the illustrations and the general message in the story. Fun for the eyes with an interesting message.

This book was given to me for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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Aug 7, 2019

Review: The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking: A Family Skeleton Mystery

The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking: A Family Skeleton Mystery The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking: A Family Skeleton Mystery by Leigh Perry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Description:

Sid is back with a murder that’s sure to send a chill up your spine in Leigh Perry’s newest festive mystery.

Dr. Georgia Thackery is back at home with her parents after finding a new adjunct position at Bostock College. Everyone is excited for their first family Christmas with nothing to hide. Why? Because Georgia’s daughter Madison is now in the know about Sid, their walking, talking family skeleton.

But their Christmas cheer is interrupted when the Thackery’s dog Byron goes missing on a cold December night. When he’s finally found, he has a femur clutched between his jaws, and Georgia and Madison race to apologize to Sid for letting the dog gnaw on him yet again.

Except all of Sid’s bones are present and accounted for.

This bone is from somebody else, and when they trace Byron’s trail to an overgrown lot nearby, they find the rest of the skeleton. It’s the normal kind, not moving or telling jokes, and when the police come to take charge, they’re sure it was murder.

And one of Georgia’s adjunct friends could be implicated.

With tensions stirring at the college and everyone hiding a secret or two, Sid and Georgia must uncover the truth before the ghost of a Christmas past strikes again.

REVIEW:

I was so very excited to see a book #6 in A Family Skeleton Mysteries - Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking by Leigh Perry. This newest installment is refreshing and funny, as are all of the other books in this mystery series. As always, I read this mystery pretty quickly because it’s hard to put down once Sid gets started.

I adore the idea of the living (not quite living ) skeleton who has become a part of this family. I like the thought of having a best friend (skeleton - Sid) to help solve mysteries. So many of these cozy mysteries just have a busy body / nosy, feel, BUT NOT this one. I appreciate the relationship / friendship and the confusion & fun of having a secret friend looking out for you and doing some extra investigating when mysteries pop up. Sid is a much loved member of the family ❤️

I love this whole series. While this cover is ok, I much prefer the previous illustration style featured on the earlier books; this is my favorite cozy mystery series.

I was provided this book free of charge for the purpose iof giving an honest review.

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