Sci Fi

[ARC Review] – The Cruel Stars

by John Birmingham
Published on: August 20, 2019

To me, space opera’s are just so much fun. An adventure across an entire galaxy is just so entertaining because it allows you to imagine bigger than what reality is. But while I enjoyed this story, it did have a bumpy beginning for me.

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Fantasy - General

[ARC Review] Lies of Descent

Fallen God’s War Book 1 by Troy Carrol Bucher
Published on: August 20, 2019

In this new epic fantasy series a world has been created full of enemies that have opposed each other for hundreds of years. The Draegora and Esharii drew sides against each other long ago, but even amongst themselves they have competing factions vying for power.

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Cozy Mystery

[ARC Review] Death Comes to Dartmoor – Book Review

A Merriweather and Royston Mystery by Vivian Conroy
Published on:  August 13, 2019
4-stars-1

Death Dartmoor

Death Comes to Dartmoor is the 2nd book in the Merriweather and Royston Mystery Series by Vivian Conroy. The story centers around the mysterious murder of a girl, whom the villagers immediately believe was killed by Merula’s and Raven’s current host, Oaks. Oaks is known for his house full of zoological specimens and its existence stirs fears, gossip, and rumors in the nearby village. Merula and Raven wish to help their host out and find the real culprit, so they use their knowledge, power and deduction to help find clues and whittle down the list of suspects.

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Sci Fi

[ARC Review] Star Child: Awakening – Book Review

The Zentoki Fables #1 by Petra Landon
Published on August 8, 2019

I was not ready for this book to be over.   I knew it was coming since I had been watching the percentage of book left on my tablet, but was still so sad when it did.  I love fun adventure stories and this one was so nicely done with great, extensive world building, characters that are interesting, likeable, and sympathetic, and a nice plot and story.

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Thriller

The Silent Ones – Book Review

by K.L. Slater
Published on:  July 24, 2019

Two 10-year old cousins accused of murder.  Going in, I wondered if this would be more like The Bad Seed, a 1956 psychological horror film, or the 1993 film The Good Son, or something completely different all together.  Of course, I’m not going to tell here.

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Picture Books

[ARC Review] Don’t Drink the Pink – Picture Book Review

by B.C.R. Fegan
Illustrated by: Lenny Wen

Birthday’s are a special time for Madeline in Don’t Drink the Pink.  Each year that she grows older her grandfather gives her a choice of magical potions. There’s red ones, and blue ones, and yellow ones and more.  But the one color she can’t pick is pink. 

Each birthday when she selects a potion and drinks something magical occurs.  With red one she breathes fire, with yellow she has super speed.  It’s a cute rhyming book with fun pictures that even includes extra things occurring in the background, such as her parents putting our fires on her first birthday.  She has a lot of fun on these birthdays and looks forward to them every year.

One year he’s not there to give her a potion.  It’s a sad moment in the book and reminds us that the ones we love will not always be with us, but in this story he’s left her one more potion to drink.  The last potion I wasn’t 100% sure what was occurring although maybe it is meant to be open to our interpretation, either way it was a nice ending.

Thank you to Netgalley and TaleBlade for ARC and opportunity to provide an honest opinion.

Rating:  4.5 stars