Book Reviews

Pawsitively Secretive (Witch of Edgehill #3) by Melissa Erin Jackson

 

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Once again, Melissa Erin Jackson hit the mark! Pawsitively Secretive was a fun and suspenseful read. The entire atmosphere of Edgehill is charming and totally makes me want to live there! A town obsessed with cats?!? Yes, please!

Image result for cat silhouetteOne of my favourite things about this book was the relationships. First off, Chief Brown and Amber were hilarious and adorable. Part of me wishes that he was single so Amber and him could end up together. I think he is absolutely fabulous! But at the same time, I love their friend relationship and that it isn’t complicated by a romance. I really enjoyed the development of Edgar and Amber’s relationship. He may be grumpy, but he is super duper sweet and I kinda like him (despite his strange pizza toppings). And lastly, Kim really came through in this book. She’s a little crazy and talks a lot, but somehow I love her. Also, I’m so glad Amber has a good friend she can rely on. 

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One thing I found, though, was that the pacing was a touch slow. There was this push and pull between the mystery and planning for the Hair Ball and sometimes the planning was a little heavy. Plus, there was a ton of description. It was nice to see the world come alive, but at the same time it slowed things down. 

This was mostly a clean read. There is some mild language, but nothing terrible. 

Lastly, can we talk about the ending!?! Oh my goodness! Like what just happened? Near the end of the book, I started wondering if Alan the PI would end up becoming a love interest, but then that twist at the end and now I have no idea what to think! I thought THAT was over. Anyway, now I cannot wait for book 4! Just three months! Just three months before it comes out. I think I can wait that long….   

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC.

If you have been wondering whether or not you should read this series. You definitely should!

Plus, book #1 only has 97 reviews on Goodreads! It deserves more.

 

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Finding Balance by Kati Gardner

This was a really sweet and at the same time heartbreaking and empowering story. Although it is fiction, it still felt real because these are real-life struggles. I am sure the author used many of her personal experiences to inform the story and that gave it a rich depth.

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This is Book #1 in the Brave Enough Series. (Isn’t the cover gorgeous!?!)

Mari was a champion of a character. Despite the fact that people continued to degrade her for her physical appearance, she kept her pride and continued to soldier on. In the book, she keeps saying how she’s not some sort of hero, but I think this previous fact makes her a hero. At times, even those with less challenging situations are not as strong as her. 

At the beginning, I totally disliked Jase. However, I did eventually warm up to him. I think, though, that the transition from them being hostile to liking each other was a little quick. Suddenly, they were totally in love and I still had 30% of the novel to go. With that said, I did find that there was a good deal of unnecessary dialogue and this made the story drag. Other than that, though, the plot was fairly solid.   

Unfortunately, this was not a clean read. There was a fair amount of coarse language. 

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC. 

 

 

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My Netgalley TBR

Happy Sunday everyone!

Here is a little peek into what I will be reviewing (hopefully) in the nearish future.

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NOT EVERY ADVENTURE GOES AS PLANNED …

Wendy’s troubles are far from over. Hook wants her in irons, the crew wants to throw her overboard, and Pan’s magical compass is the only thing standing in their way. But Pan himself is nowhere to be found.

When a new everlost captain appears on the horizon, it will take everything Wendy has to survive.

And a tiny red dragon will set events in motion that could save or doom them all.

I am almost finished this one (and loving it!!), so expect a review very soon.

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Pawsitively Cursed (Witch of Edgehill #2)

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For the past fourteen years, Edgehill’s resident secret witch, Amber Blackwood, has been haunted by her parents’ deaths. The whole town knows about the tragedy, but the details remain a mystery even to Amber. From her tiny studio apartment above her shop, The Quirky Whisker, Amber can see her partially rebuilt old house out on the edge of town. Although she now has a good life—delighting children with her magically infused toys, concocting healing tinctures for Edgehill’s residents, doting on her cats, Tom and Alley, and sitting on the committee for the town’s annual Here and Meow Festival—she feels stuck in the past.

Amber suspects the fire that killed her parents was set deliberately by a witch from the cursed Penhallow clan, from whom no one has heard even a whisper since the night her parents died. The clan’s sudden disappearance is no coincidence to Amber, but her aunt Gretchen refuses to believe there’s a connection and urges Amber to stop looking for someone to blame. So Amber is shocked when Aunt Gretchen shows up unexpectedly, claiming the Penhallows have resurfaced and that one of them is heading for Edgehill with Amber in his sights.

Aunt Gretchen knows more about the fabled clan than she’s letting on. Amber is determined to find out what her aunt is hiding, and what the Penhallow seeks, before the same treacherous force that took Amber’s parents’ lives claims her own.

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A Love Hate Thing

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When Tyson Trice finds himself tossed into the wealthy coastal community of Pacific Hills, he’s ready for the questions, the stares and the feeling of not belonging. Not that he cares. After recovering from being shot and surviving the rough streets of Lindenwood, he doesn’t care about anyone or anything, much less how the rest of his life will play out.

Golden girl Nandy Smith has spent most of her life building the pristine image that it takes to fit in when it comes to her hometown Pacific Hills where image is everything. After learning that her parents are taking in a troubled teen boy, Nandy fears her summer plans, as well as her reputation, will go up in flames.

Now with Trice living under the same roof, the wall between their bedrooms feels as thin as the line between love and hate. Beneath the angst, their growing attraction won’t be denied. Through time, Trice brings Nandy out of her shell, and Nandy attempts to melt the ice that’s taken Trice’s heart and being. Only, with the ever-present pull back to the Lindenwood streets, it’ll be a wonder if Trice makes it through this summer at all.

 

 

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Verity by Lisa T. Bergren

This was an enjoyable adventure about a brave young woman who left her home to independently create a living for herself. Despite the place of women during this time period, Verity bravely left home and with diligence and hard work, carved a place for herself in the world. Along the way, she met Duncan’s brother, Ian, who helped her in her endeavour. Their relationship was sweet and slow; although, at times I found there was too much thinking about the other.

The author did a lovely job of creating the setting -it was a colourful and exciting world. However, the plot had some valleys. There didn’t seem to be that forward drive that gives a novel its energy. Verity’s journey and shop opening were too easy for me – there was no conflict that generated intensity.    

Lastly, this was a clean read which made it all the more enjoyable.  

P.S. Isn’t the cover beautiful? That dress is gorgeous. XD

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Another beautiful cover…

Keturah (The Sugar Baron’s Daughters #1)

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The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

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Happy Sunday everyone!

First off, I loved the mystery in this book. I think that out of everything, it was what got me hooked. It kept me guessing all the way to the ending; which by the way, held a few surprises (happy and sad).

The characters were so sweet!

Of course, there was a villain and a mean girl, but the others were kind and caring just totally loveable. They made me want to visit Azure Springs 🙂 Specifically, Em was selfless, hardworking, and tender-hearted. Fordham also made a point of describing her as plain and this was great! Not every heroine is stunningly beautiful. This also led to the discovery, (by other characters) that you should not let others define beautiful for you. “Don’t let anyone else decide which kind of beautiful is right for you. You find a girl who brings out the best in you. Who you can see a happy future with. That’s your kind of beautiful.”  What a profound statement! I had to read that twice because honestly, I couldn’t agree more. What are your thoughts?

Anyways, on to the writing.

Over all, the writing was okay. It was a bit cliché in places and didn’t bear too many colorful flourishes. One thing which bothered me, was the number of times Em was described as being very thin. I got the picture after it was mentioned only twice… No need to repeat. Also, I found that the dialogue didn’t always flow super well. The characters said things which came across as random and created some awkward bumps in the narrative.

Lastly, this was a clean read. There was no profanity and immorality and I definitely enjoyed this.  

Altogether “The Hope of Azure Springs,” was a heartwarming story about facing the past and learning to trust others. I recommend it to those who love inspirational romances. 🙂 I received a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Thanks for reading!

E.J. Hill