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When Carrie comes back home after her modeling career goes down hill thanks to her ex, she finds herself looking at someone else to love.

A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian

BE GAY, DO CRIMES!

A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian

Queer women breaking the law in the name of justice and retribution! Cat Sebastian has written a lovely, sweet little novella featuring two women falling in love and getting even while they are at it.

Molly is a former lightskirt and thief, now a proper and mostly law-abiding lady’s maid. Alice is her employer’s newest addition to the household, a prim and staid lady’s companion. Drawn to the sharp-tongued and even downright rude woman, Alice can’t help her sidelong glances and yearning looks at Molly. And Molly can’t help but notice Alice looking her way again and again. When Alice uncovers Molly’s secret, they begin to form a bond of friendship and maybe something more? But then! A dark figure from Alice’s past arrives at a house party and Molly and Alice realize this is their chance to even the score a little bit. 

A short, quick read, the plot really hums along in this book. I might have appreciated a little more relationship development between the women. Molly’s abrasive truthfulness shocks Alice, forcing her to open up and figure herself out, figure out what she really wants out of her life. She realizes, through Molly, that she has options that were never available to her before, if only she can reach out and grasp them. Molly, on the other hand, doesn’t have as dramatic a change as Alice. Maybe she lets down her walls a little bit, learns to put some faith in things like love and trust– life has burned her in the past, but Molly has to try and embrace hope again.

The justice achieved in the this book is small but significant to the lives of these two women. And the happily ever after is even sweeter for knowing that Alice and Molly beat down their little corner of the patriarchal and misogynistic oppression in the world, by having faith in themselves and each other. And also by blackmail, extortion and thievery!

4 stars

Charge by Cate C. WellsKayla is trying her har…

Wow! A surprisingly good, emotionally resonant MC romance!

Charge by Cate C. Wells

Kayla is trying her hardest, but life isn’t easy for a 21 year old single mom living on her own with very little family support. Who comes barging into her life but Charge, the biker living next door. He’s into Kayla big time, but when he realizes she has a kid, he runs– children aren’t easy, and Charge is nothing if not laid back and easy– but something about Kayla keeps drawing him back.

I really liked this book. Kayla is such an interesting character– strong, intelligent, and surprisingly innocent and sheltered for all that she is supporting herself and her kid all on her own. She’s naive but not stupid, and Charge immediately gets that for all her grit and determination, she’s a soft gooey marshmallow on the inside. He wants to protect that softness, honor it, and share it with her. 

Charge is laid back and easy going, but also realizing that maybe all his charm and ease in life is also a bit of inertia. He’s stuck. Kayla is the kick in the pants he needs to start really living his life. 

This is a nice slow burn of a romance between the two of them, with Charge letting his libido take a back seat because he quickly realizes that Kayla needs security and comfort over passion. I don’t think there is even a kiss until at least halfway through the book! 

And Jimmy, Kayla’s six year old son! He’s no plot moppet or ingratiating/irritating perfect storybook child. No, he’s stubborn, sullen, and grumpy– but also loving and very protective of his mother. He’s Kayla’s reason for everything she does, and he quickly worms his way in Charge’s heart. Usually, kids in romance are just window dressing– but Wells really makes Jimmy a part of the story. Watching the relationship blossom between Kayla, Jimmy and Charge is so heartwarming. 

4 stars.

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca RoanhorseThe wor…

Basically, the best paranormal/urban fantasy book I have read in years.

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

The world drowned in the Big Water and now only a few places are left, including

Dinétah (formerly, the Navajo reservation). Now Maggie Hoskie, bereft and listless after her hero and mentor deserted her on the Black Mesa, is being pulled back into monster slaying. See, when the world crashed, the monsters from folklore and legend came back. Maggie is asked to save a young girl from just such a monster, stirring memories she’d rather let fester and die. She soon finds herself on something of a hero’s quest, with a new partner by her side, Kai Aviso, a man with big medicine and even bigger secrets.

The worldbuilding is superb. The mythology explored in the book is fascinating and vivid. Roanhorse doesn’t bog you (the reader) down in exposition, she actually kind of dumps you in the deep end and requires you to swim. But it is so worth it. There’s so much action; the pace is relentless, the plot dense and twisty. Maybe I saw one or two things coming, but I was also totally surprised by other narrative choices. 

Maggie is an interesting character. Like a lot of UF heroines, she’s powerful and damaged, with a horrific backstory. But Maggie is also so much more than that. She’s smart and savvy, self-sufficient to a fault, but when pushed into accepting help from others, comes to accept it and rely on it. Roanhorse allows Maggie to change and grow as the novel progresses. She’s still a badass monster killing machine at the end, though, don’t worry. 

5 stars.

Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart Review

Title: Queen of Ruin

Author: Tracy Banghart

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Grace and Fury, book two

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

               I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

               Grace and Fury was one of my favorite books of last year, so I’ve been anxiously awaiting the sequel. It’s been sitting in my library stack, so when I was finished with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I dove in. I devoured Queen of Ruin in a mere three days; this set of books are my favorite in Tracy Banghart’s entire body of work. Action-packed, relevant, and shocking, I loved every moment of Queen of Ruin, even the ones that had me screaming in rage and sobbing in frustration. I’ve been chewing on it since I finished, trying to get my thoughts straight before I put them to paper. This series has been billed as the YA Handmaid’s Tale, and that comparison is pretty spot on.

               Queen of Ruin picks up where Grace and Fury left off, with Serina leading the rebellion on Mount Ruin, and Nomi just barely escaping the palazzo with her life. Both girls must decide to fight for their rights, as well as those of their fellow women, but forces beyond their control conspire to stop them. Both sisters must make a choice: continue to fight against Viridia’s restrictive, misogynistic laws, or create a new world, in which women have choices, can make money, and have all the freedoms they deserve. But pulling off a revolution of this scale is far from easy, and not everyone will emerge from the wreckage unharmed…

               This book was absolutely amazing. Because it was a sequel, it took me a few chapters to remember everything that happened. But once things got going, I was spellbound, and I was constantly thinking about it, even while I was doing something else. The pacing was breakneck but smooth, and I really liked the way that the narrative went back and forth between Serina and Nomi. I also loved the character development of all of the women in the book, but especially Serina and Nomi. This book had me screaming and cheering, often. That’s not to say, though, that there also weren’t formidable villains. I won’t give it away for those that haven’t read it yet; but this book really frustrated me. The tension was constant, and I devoured every word. And that ending! I’m so happy with the way that things ended. Sequels make me so nervous, because all too often, they don’t hold up to the books that come before it, but I didn’t need to worry about this with Queen of Ruin. It more than surpassed my expectations, and I loved every moment of it. The bottom line: Bloody, fierce, and unforgettable, I loved Queen of Ruin; my only complaint is that it’s all over now! Next on deck: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare!

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power18 months ago, the T…

I loved this book.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

18 months ago, the Tox came to the Raxter School for Girls and infected everyone. Teachers died. Girls died and those that didn’t were changed– their bodies became horrors. The forest outside the school grounds is now unsafe, with Tox-infected wild beasts roaming. The island was put under quarantine and the school was locked down. A cure was promised, but has yet to arrive. Hetty is managing the Tox as best she can, with the help of her best friend Byatt and the third of their trio, Reese. But then Byatt goes missing and Hetty will do anything– anything– to find her and bring her back.

I found this book disturbing, gross, moving, thrilling, horrible… So many feelings! The devotion Hetty feels towards Byatt, the burgeoning relationship between Hetty and Reese that Byatt’s absence engenders, the web of secrets and betrayals that begins to unravel as Hetty starts pulling strings in her quest to get Byatt back. It’s all so breathtaking. I read the book in two days, eyes glued to my kindle, turning pages as quickly as I could. The book was powerful and extremely well plotted.

This is truly not a book for the squeamish, either emotionally or physically. Power describes the effect of the Tox in all it’s brutality and gore. But Power also delves into the realm of female friendships, exposing both the beautiful and the horrible. No one here suffers nobly, for the benefit of mankind. People make selfish, brutal choices that leave you the reader and the other characters reeling. And yet, there is sweetness and light in the book. The tenderness between Reese and Hetty, as they begin to explore their feelings for each other even as the world around them is crumbling is a wonder to behold. 5 stars.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Soci…

Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Authors: Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: Standalone

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

               I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

               Okay, so, I’ll start this review out by being honest: I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time, and when I realized that it was being made into a movie on Netflix, I jumped at the chance to read it. It’s been sitting in my library stack for a while, and as soon I was finished with A Room Away from the Wolves, I dove in, eager to see what all the fuss was about. I’m so happy that I read this book; it was, in turns, beautiful, funny, horrific and heartwarming. I loved every moment of it. This book may have been quick and short, but it has made indelible impressions upon my heart. And one of my favorite parts about it was the format: I haven’t read a book composed of letters in years! This novel, telling of the German Occupation of the tiny English island village of Guernsey, has become a recent favorite, and I cannot wait to watch the movie later this week. This book is nothing less than a triumph of the human soul in the face of unspeakable horror and bloodshed.

               The year is 1946, the beginning of the new year, and London is trying to leave behind the Second World War. Juliet Ashton, a young writer, is having trouble finding an idea for her new book. When she receives a letter from a man she’s never met, saying that he found her name in a secondhand book by Charles Lamb, Juliet is hit with inspiration and curiosity about the island of Guernsey and its residents. When she arrives, she is welcomed with open arms. Gathering stories of when German soldiers occupied the island, Juliet finds unexpected friends and perhaps even more. Buoyed by her new friendships and a group of book lovers, she finds new purpose in the most unexpected places.

               I absolutely adored this book! It’s definitely one of my more recent favorites. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time, and when the Netflix movie came out a few months ago, I jumped at the chance. This book was short, but it was bittersweet in the best kind of way. It was also told in letters, which I loved. I haven’t read an epistolary novel in years! The pacing was breakneck, and I was immediately spellbound by all the different voices that told the tale of the Guernsey island’s residents. I loved all of the characters, but Juliet was my favorite, because she was gentle, loving, caring and fiery, unapologetically herself. And the romance involved! It had me swooning. But I liked the juxtaposition between the hijinks of the villagers and the dark, horror-filled stories of the war. I loved this book so much, I only wish that the Guernsey Potato Peel Pie and Literary Society were real! But I have my book club friends, and that’s close enough! An absolute triumph of love, life, and the human spirit! The bottom line: Rich in detail and beautifully wrought, I loved this book! An absolute favorite! Next on deck: Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart!

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When the alpha finds a mate that’s not a wolf only a mere human will his pack accept her or will his rival cousin try to steal the title alpha from underneath him.

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When president Taft vanished in 1912 and suddenly reappears in 2012 will he take a stand in the political world?

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This book was really hard to get into. It’s about 4 women who go to a beach house to work on their problems, but then when they go see a physic they go back in time to the 1800s to fix one problem so their futures will change