Review #312

I gave “The Age of Witches, a historical fantasy a 4.3/5 stars. Part of this reminder me of the book, “The Lost Apothecary.” Here’s my live thoughts while reading: In 1692, Bridget is awaiting her doomed fate as an accused witch, despite denying all the claims against her.  Chapter 1 starts in 1890 in Harriet’s pointContinue reading “Review #312”

Review #289

I loved this historical fantasy standalone and rated it a 4.7/5 stars. The reason why it wasn’t 5 stars was mainly because a few chapters in the middle felt a little slower and uneventful. I wanted the emotions to be a bit stronger for some of the epic scenes but sometimes that barrier just happensContinue reading “Review #289”

Review #288

Unfortunately I gave this one a 2.0/5 stars. Usually I don’t finish books that are on that trajectory but hoped this one would redeem itself. It did not. I recommend this to readers who like detailed prose about setting, distributing and traumatic reads & slower development. Here’s my live thoughts while reading: Chapter 1 startsContinue reading “Review #288”

Review #268

I had a really hard time rating this. If you see my Instagram post, it talked about some parts feeling like a 2/5 stars and other parts feeling like a 4.7/5 stars. I settled on a frustrating 4.0/5 stars. this standalone witchy book was set in 4 different years/time periods with one POV throughout. SomeContinue reading “Review #268”

Review #170

Title- How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House Author- Cherie Jones Series- standalone Rating– 4.1/5 Genre- women’s fiction, literary fiction POV- see below Cover– a bit inconspicuous for the genre Plot/Blurb- In Baxter’s Beach, Barbados, Lala’s grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister. It’s a cautionary tale, about what happens to girls whoContinue reading “Review #170”

Review #125

Title- It Ends With Us Author- Colleen Hoover Rating- 3.9/5 Series- standalone contemporary POV- first person, present tense Trope- trauma, abuse Steam level- 2/5 sex scenes. See trigger warnings Cover– a bit mysterious, inconspicuous for genre Plot/Blurb- Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life sheContinue reading “Review #125”

Review #88

Title- The Mothers Rating– 3/5 Genre- Women’s Fiction, Contemporary POV- Third person, past tense Trope- motherhood, small town communities, obligations, expectations, secrets Similar Books/Comps– Clap when You Land My emotions-  I related to certain motherhood themes but not all. Characters– Nadia Turner- a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Luke Sheppard is the pastor’s son, age twenty-one,Continue reading “Review #88”

Review #83

Title- The Water Dancer Rating– 3.5/5 Genre- Literary Fiction POV- First person, past tense Similar Books/Comps– A Shadow Bright and Burning, The Gilded Ones My emotions-  defeated, wanting to be more hopeful Plot/Blurb- Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but wasContinue reading “Review #83”

Review #82

Title- An American Marriage Rating– 3/5 Genre- Contemporary POV- First person, present tense Trope- Relationships, Love triangle Similar Books/Comps– Rules for Visiting, The People We Keep My emotions-  depressing but thought provoking Characters– Celestial- she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career Roy- young executive Andre- Celestial’s childhood friend, and best manContinue reading “Review #82”