Posts Categorized: Book Review

Jul 26 2016
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Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

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Please welcome Aaron Safronoff, author and illustrator of Beneath the Fall (Sunborn Rising #1) to Brooke Blogs.

I’ve been actively working on the Sunborn Rising world for the last few years, and it’s been wonderful seeing all the art, design, and music come together. The end result astounds me on a regular basis. The resulting reviews and scores, and hearing from readers about their experience of the novel from the cover to the final chapter, has had a powerful emotional effect on me.

The business of publishing approaches feedback in meaningful, objective ways. High praise and criticisms coalesce into an image of what a book means to readers collectively. Average star ratings, number of ratings, …

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Jul 23 2016
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The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan – #Review

The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan – #Review

The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan is a book that had my rapt attention from start to finish. The book takes place in two time periods: present day, and also the end of the 1880s. The Woman in the Photo follows Elizabeth Haberlin, an elite member of Pittsburgh society, who spends her summers at their private retreat in the Allegheny Mountains high above Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The story also follows the present day story of Lee Parker, who turns 18 and has her closed adoption file opened, providing genetic information.

Living in Ohio, but near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, many of …

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Jul 18 2016
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Killer Finds by Vicki Vass – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

Killer Finds by Vicki Vass – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

Hillstrom, how can I begin to tell you about Anne Hillstrom and her best friend and fellow antique blogger, CC Muller. Let me begin by introducing myself. I am Betsy Buttersworth, no relation to the syrup but a continuously sticky problem for Anne. I seem to have become Anne’s antique hunting nemesis.

It started with the episode of the pants. Let me clarify, not just any pants, but a pair of 1960s vintage capri pants worn by a Hollywood starlet. Anne won that round. You can read about it in Murder by the Spoonful, the first book in the Antique Hunters Mystery series. Anne and I compete not just for Killer Finds but also for the love of …

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Jul 09 2016
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Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken – #Review

Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken – #Review

Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken is the first book in the Dinner Club Mystery series. I squealed when I saw the approval e-mail from NetGalley, giving me access to an early copy of this book. A brand new cozy mystery series is one of my most favorite things. I love getting to dive into a new setting and get to know new characters who I quickly relate to and think of as friends. Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken did not disappoint.

J.J. is an event planner, and, after an argument with a chef, she winds up a suspect in his murder. She has to become an amateur sleuth to clear her name and find out whodunit. With the help …

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Jul 08 2016
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A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James @AvonBooks @EloisaJames #AvonAddicts

A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James @AvonBooks @EloisaJames #AvonAddicts

A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James is a novella in the Essex Sisters series. I haven’t read the others in the series, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this delightful regency novella. Lizzie was married to an oaf named Adrian who spent all of his time with his mistress. After his death, in the arms of his mistress no less, Lizzie has become to a shell of her previous self. Even 18 months later, she wears her mourning/half-mourning clothes. She stays in her room reading, not wanting to ride horses, come down to dinner or even laugh any more. She is of the mind that life for her is pretty well over, due to the notoriety regarding her …

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Jul 06 2016
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One Little Kiss by Robin Covington – #Romance #Review #RITA2016 @RobinCovington

One Little Kiss by Robin Covington – #Romance #Review #RITA2016 @RobinCovington

One Little Kiss Review

One Little Kiss by Robin Covington is a sweet, sexy story that packs a lot of heat in a small amount of space. This novella was sizzling from minute one. Robin created a story that I loved all the way through and I didn’t want to let the characters go. Leighton and Jonas have been fighting their intense attraction to each other for many reasons. The biggie: Jonas is the best friend of Leighton’s twin brother, which means off limits.

I don’t want to share too much, because I really want you to pick this one up for yourself. While some novellas feel like insta-love, it didn’t feel that way with Leighton and Jonas. They have a history …

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Jun 28 2016
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Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore – #Review @SaysStephanie

Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore – #Review @SaysStephanie

Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore is the first book in the new wedding planner mystery series. I was absolutely delighted when Kensington approved my NetGalley request to review this one. I loved the cover, the title and the description. When I started reading the book, I was not disappointed. Ms. Blackmoore delivers a top-notch cozy mystery with delightful characters, plenty of twists and turns, and a town full of quirky residents.

Mallory will be marrying Keith in a few days ~ but before that happens, she receives a mysterious envelope with some photos painting Keith as an unfaithful jerk. Heartbroken, but thankful for the reprieve from Keith and his overbearing mother, Helene, Mallory holes up in a hotel to lick …

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Jun 28 2016
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The Last Time She Saw Him by Jane Haseldine – Release Day #Review @JaneEyre77

The Last Time She Saw Him by Jane Haseldine – Release Day #Review @JaneEyre77

The Last Time She Saw Him is the debut book for author Jane Haseldine and is the first in the Julia Gooden series. I was instantly pulled into this story. This is a book that I stayed up late to finish in just one night (not something I do very often). Ms. Haseldine does an incredible job of weaving intricate plot details with characters you feel for to create a heart-pounding thriller.

Julia is a crime reporter in Detroit, MI. Her older brother’s disappearance as a child haunts her to this day, and influences the way she raises her sons. Her obsessive overprotective parenting is causing a rift in her marriage and her brother’s disappearance makes it difficult for her to …

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Jun 28 2016
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The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe – Quick Review #FunInTheSunRC

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe – Quick Review #FunInTheSunRC

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe is a perfect summer read. This is a story that broke my heart and mended it a few times over. I was immediately swept up in the family dynamics. There were several issues at play throughout the book, and it seemed that all of the characters had their own secrets and shortcomings: as people do. I absolutely loved the setting. I felt truly transported to the Lowcountry. I didn’t want to leave. I finished this book crying ~ and that’s always the sign of a good read.

I selected this book for our library’s June …

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