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Book Review: Julian ~ Anna Katmore

Julian


Title: Julian
Author: Anna Katmore
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Magical Realism, Romance, YA
Publisher: Wicked Whale Publishing
Date of Release: December 28, 2013
Pages: 411
Format: Kindle (YA Bound Book Tours)

Jona never thought her life would turn out the way it did the day she was dropped at the orphanage at the young age of 5. Now that she’s 17, her life’s about to get a bit complicated. When caught shoplifting, she was faced with two options, go to prison or stay with her mother and family in France until her 18th birthday. Not having a great relationship with her mother, she chose prison… but we wouldn’t have a book if she got her way. Forced to spend time with her mom and family, Jona is determined to not enjoy herself. The problem? Julian… mom’s “caretaker”. He seems to know her every move… before she even makes it! As Julian and Jona get close and get to know each other, each day becomes more complicated. Can anyone find happiness, before it’s too late?

While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, my issue is that it took a while to get into. The beginning is a bit slow, but it picks up around chapter 3. It definitely drives home the message of how important forgiveness is and how you never knew what you had until it’s gone. I adored Julian, it wasn’t hard to figure out who he really was… given the cover. I thought Jona was a bit of a brat. Don’t get me wrong… she’s earned that right to be, however… she was so much of a brat you tend to forget she’s turning 18 soon. Overall, the writing was great, with great character development. Definitely worth a read!

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Book Review: Dangerous Currents ~ Kathryn Knight

Dangerous Currents


Title: Dangerous Currents
Author: Kathryn Knight
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Wicked Whale Publishing
Date of Release: May 3, 2018
Pages: 282
Format: Kindle (Author)

Coming home after 7 years, Malorie Montgomery returns home to Cape Cod. While out on a run with her dog, they stumble across a dead body. When she screams out, never in her wildest dreams did she imagine the person who would come to her rescue would be her high school sweetheart… who broke her heart. Dean Slater never imagined he would see Malorie again… and definitely not under these circumstances. As Malorie and Dean grow close again, can the two of them solve this mystery before Malorie is next?

This was a very emotional second chance romance. Watching Malorie’s and Dean’s relationship blossom was something to see. Both characters have secrets from their past, which lead to misunderstandings and unnecessary heartache. The development of their relationship was perfect… and so were the love scenes. Second chance romance typically isn’t my thing, but I might have to change my stance that after reading Dangerous Currents.

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Book Review: The Boy with the Broken Nose ~ C.S.T. Harding

The Boy with the Broken Nose


Title: The Boy With the Broken Nose (Henrietta Jones, Book 2)
Author: C.S.T. Harding
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Publisher: purplepamplemoose
Date of Release: November 27, 2018
Pages: 318
Format: Kindle (AXP Authors)

It’s the year 1895, and two young women are throwing caution to the wind and thinking for themselves. They are extremely intelligent, capable, strong-willed, but mostly just downright infuriating… to a weaker man! These ladies are Henrietta Jones and her friend, Fonzie Jowels-Fink, and they are seeking an adventure of a lifetime… but first, we need them to save England!

Henrietta, affectionately known as Harry, has been training her whole life for this one case… she just doesn’t know it. Someone is murdering inventors and the reasoning is unknown. Lady Jones, Harry’s mother, has asked Harry and Fonzie to go to London, set up shop, and solve the case. All Harry wants to do is buy an automobile and red laced up boots! In the process of setting up shop, Harry meets the most infuriating man she has ever laid eyes on, Mr. Joshua Quinn, the American with a slightly crooked nose. Someone is killing off members of the elite Automobile Club, and Quinn is next on the list! Can Harry, along with her friends save Quinn and stop the destruction that would bring England to its knees?

I must admit, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this one. The cover is stunning (yes, I do judge a book by its cover) and the synopsis was appealing. I just wasn’t sure what to make of it. After a few pages, I was hooked! Harry is such a strong, intelligent woman. She is an inventor, and one hell of a detective… when the need arises. Her banter with Quinn was quite entertaining. They kept each other on their toes, and it was fun to watch. Fonzie is also brilliant, but not well-bred according to society’s standards; which puts a chip on her shoulder. While it’s understandable, at times she was off-putting… especially in her interactions with Louis, who is madly in love with her. She sees him as this big oaf who needs protection, when in reality… he’s quite brilliant himself and is one of England’s top spies. What was even more interesting is the brilliant villain! It was like watching Sherlock go toe-to-toe with Moriarty. This was extremely well written and will hold your attention. There were a few minor issues, but I assume it’s down to the copy of the book I received. Overall, I thought this was quite witty, and thoroughly enjoyed Henrietta Jones and all of her antics!

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Book Review: Tallow Jones

Tallow Jones


Title: Tallow Jones Wizard Detective (Tallow Jones, Book 1)
Author: Trevor H. Cooley, Narrator: Andrew Tell
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: M. Stratton
Date of Release: September 27, 2017, December 14, 2017
Pages: 371, (12 hours, 5 minutes)
Format: Audio (AudioBook Boom!)

Just when you think the world is normal and everything is fine, you find out (the hard way) there are other worlds out there and human trafficking is happening between them. There’s something funky happening with a certain travel agency in Atlanta and Atlanta’s finest are keeping an eye on them… but so is Asher Jones… who is making more headway than Atlanta PD. When Asher goes missing, things go awry and it’s Uncle Tallow to the rescue. Problem? No one has ever heard of Uncle Tallow! Ashers’s sister, Agatha, is skeptical at best, but if Uncle Tallow can help find Asher, then let’s do it!

There are incredible twists and turns and extremely interesting developments. There laugh out loud moments and moments where I was eagerly anticipating what would happen next. The humor and sarcasm were fantastic. Andrew Tell was a fantastic narrator. The personality given to Agatha was perfect. She was a no-nonsense 8-year-old, and I loved it. It was a nice start to the series. I look forward to book 2!

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Book Review: The Darkest Star ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Darkest Star


Title: The Darkest Star (Origin Series, Book 1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Tor Teen
Date of Release: October 30, 2018
Pages: 358
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

I’m not even sure where to start! We finally get Luc’s story! And it all starts with a broken promise…

Evie Dasher is probably one of the best friends you can ever have. Not wanting to let her friend, Heidi, go clubbing alone. What she did not anticipate was the club getting raided and meeting Luc, the club owner. Evie can’t explain it, but she is drawn to Luc, not realizing there was something special about her. She makes all types of assumptions about Luc, some are close, but others are way more than even she can imagine. As she gets closer to Luc, danger lurks and she’s closer to finding out the truth. Is it a truth she can handle?

OMG… I loved this story! You get updates from some of your favorite characters of the Luxen series, kinda like a “Where are they now?” situation. Luc is an awesome character. He’s witty, highly intelligent, literally has the best collection of t-shirts, and has a depth to him you don’t get in previous books. It’s interesting how close to reality some of the actions in this story are. You get to meet some interesting characters and some you will just out and out hate. The story doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but I can’t wait for book 2!

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Book Review: Fate of Elements ~ M. Stratton

fate of elements


Title: Fate of Elements (Skeleton Key)
Author: M. Stratton
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: M. Stratton
Date of Release: June 13, 2016
Pages: 122
Format: Kindle (Lady Amber’s Review)

The prophecy states a god will come through the Skeleton Door and unite the elements: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water. There will be a battle, but in the end, the elements will unite.

Hallet, King of the Fire Element, has been trying to warn the others the prophecy is coming true, and they must unite because they don’t know what’s on the other side of the door. The other king and queens are willing to do whatever it takes to protect their people. The only problem is the unknown…

Raina Owens kept her head in a book… who doesn’t love a girl who reads?! She always lived vicariously through the characters in books in hope of an adventure. She gets the adventure of a lifetime when she finds out about an uncle she never knew about.  She finds a mysterious key, and her adventure starts. She meets Hallet as soon as she passes through the door, and immediately recognizes him from all of the dreams she’s had. Together, she trains for the upcoming battle. Will she be able to unite the elements, or will they all perish in the end?

I tore through this in one sitting. I absolutely adored the kings, Hallet and Erion, King of the Air Element. Naida, Queen of the Water element was extremely likable, however, Dayna, Queen of the Earth element was pretty despicable… which I hate to say given the dedication at the beginning of the book. The only thing I would change, I would make the story a little longer! I enjoyed this story. It’s a part of a series, but I had a hard time figuring out which book is first, as each book is written by a different author. It sounds like an interesting concept, and I would love to read more of it!

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Book Review: Niccolaio Andretti ~ Parker S. Huntington

niccolaio andretti
Title: Niccolaio Andretti (The Five Syndicates Series, Book 2)
Author: Parker S. Huntington
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Mafia, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: PSH Publishing House
Date of Release: July 18, 2017
Pages: 322
Format: Kindle (Kindle Unlimited)

Step into the past with Niccolaio Andretti, and see how he becomes the outcast of his own family. Watch him become a walking contradiction, all the while being hot, funny, sweet, and dangerous. He made a choice that will follow him and change his life. Family can be a funny and fickle thing.

One week before graduation, and Minka almost has a lock on a potential husband. With her degree a given, she’s almost there with getting custody of her sister. She thinks she has to put herself out there to get what she wants, but she’s about to find out there’s a different way.

Parker S. Huntington is amazing, she took a character I despised in the first book and made me feel for her. Minka wasn’t a bad person, and she’s intelligent. I quite enjoyed her, but I loved Niccolaio. He was mysterious and intelligent. They were well matched, and I would love to have a series of just the two of them. Add in Minka’s sister, Mina, and this story is quite amazing! What I love about this series is each book has a theme. Revenge, family, love, redemption. This series is absolutely fantastic. Asher Black is my favorite (so far), but I absolutely loved this!