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Book Review: Smoke and Key ~ Kelsey Sutton

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Title: Smoke and Key
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: April 2, 2019
Pages: 304
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Imagine waking up as you were falling, but you’re different than you remember. The difference… you’re dead. You don’t know how you died, you have no memories. Now, those who were with you are slowly disappearing, and you have to find out why before you’re next.

While this was a bit of a slow start for me, it was still an interesting story.  The characters and the plot kept you guessing. It was interesting to meet some of the characters, such as Smoke, Journal and Ribbon. The story is told from Key’s perspective and the details of the world created was great. There was a romance aspect but it’s wasn’t a main factor. Kelsey Sutton’s writing is stunning. It’s engaging and she tells quite the story. The pace was just a bit slow, which kept this from being a 5-star review. I’m interested to read more of her work.

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Book Review: Bewitched ~ Kelly Moran

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Title: Bewitched (Fated Series, Book 1)
Author: Kelly Moran
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Smashwords
Date of Release: March 5, 2019
Pages: 260
Format: PDF (Author)

People tend to hate what they fear. People tend to fear the unknown. In Six Fates Island, the witch hunt begins, and I don’t think anyone actually expected to find a real witch. Celeste Galloway and Fin Meath make the mistake of falling in love, and creating a beautiful child. Unfortunately, Fin’s father, Minister Gregory Meath, is a fear monger and has named Celeste a witch. If only he had left things alone! Deciding to burn Celeste at the cross, she used her dying words to leave a curse that will take 300 years to begin to break. Three tasks must be completed to break the curse… not impossible, right?

Present day: Kaida Galloway has been dreaming about a boy almost every day since she was 8 years old. They practically grew up together. No one understands her like he does, but she doesn’t know if he’s real or if she conjured him up from her imagination. Interestingly enough, Brady Meath has been dreaming of Kaida as well since he was young. Imagine how surprised he was when he sees her right outside his office window! Dreams do come true, but they come with a catch. Together, Kaida and Brady must complete their task to help break the curse… but losing their hearts to each other, that’s a different story!

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story, but I’m in absolute love with this story! I can’t wait for the rest of the series. The three Galloway sisters, Ceara, Fiona, and Kaida are great characters. The Meath Triplets, Tristian, Riley, and Brady are fantastic. There’s mystery, humor, suspense, and love! I’m eagerly anticipating the next book of the series… but I’m also impatient! I’m looking forward to the next installment!

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Book Review: Haunted Souls ~ Kathryn Knight

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Title: Haunted Souls
Author: Kathryn Knight
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Date of Release: June 1, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: Kindle (Author)

Love, distrust, family, ghosts… just a few topics Haunted Souls touches on. Emily and Brett had a fling 4 years ago. They decided to end the fling due to his deployment. What neither realized was Emily was pregnant. Fast forward, Emily is a single mother of a son named Tyler. Brett’s deployment is over and he finds out he is a father. Tyler makes a friend with ghost name Josiah. There’s hurt, angry, and fear. Can the 3 (technically 4) save each other?

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I can say… I truly enjoyed the story I got! It was difficult to walk away from this story. Both Brett and Emily showed such a vulnerability which made you feel for them and root for them. You completely understood their feelings toward each other and the emotions they were dealing with. Their relationship was complicated, yet had an ease to it which made you want to grab one of them (and at times grab the other) and give them a little shake. While this was a GREAT second chance romance, this was also a really good ghost story. I was slightly surprised with myself that I enjoyed this aspect of the story. I, generally, don’t like horror, but this element added to the story and showed me different sides of this story and the romance.

Kathryn Knight’s writing isn’t overly complicated, yet it isn’t simplistic by any means. She can write and twisted, yet beautiful story of love and forgiveness, you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of the action. I recommend Haunted Souls to anyone who loves complexed and damaged characters who you’ll love.

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Book Review: Order of the Sun ~ Alesha Escobar

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Title: Order of the Sun (The Diviners, Book 2)
Author: Alesha Escobar
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Creative Alchemy, Inc.
Date of Release: July 2, 2018
Pages: 126
Format: Kindle (Lizzy Black)

Kelsey is still trying to find a way to get her father’s powers back as a shaman, but she’s not alone this time. Grandma Anriette and Uncle Bo are here to help. Just when you thought things couldn’t get more complicated, the Order of the Sun have shown up and things go from bad to worse. Can Kelsey still help her dad get his powers back and stop the Order of the Sun? It’s a tall order!

This book was non-stop, action on every page. Kelsey has gotten a little better at her magic, with the help of Uncle Bo. However, Uncle Bo is not what he seems. To be completely honest, I like Uncle Bo. While he is the complete opposite of Kelsey’s dad, he does have her best interest at heart. Kelsey’s development has come a long way from the first book and she’s still that awesome young lady you meant in the first book. She’s still sympathetic and empathetic… she’s truly grown. Again, it doesn’t quite leave off on a cliffhanger, but I can’t wait for the next installment!

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Book Review: House of Diviners ~ Alesha Escobar

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Title: House of Diviners (Book 1)
Author: Alesha Escobar
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Creative Alchemy, Inc.
Date of Release: March 1, 2017
Pages: 138
Format: Kindle (Lizzy Black)

Kelsey Jackson Diviner is a shaman-in-training who witnesses an attack on a fellow shaman. There’s a shadow-in-black out to get all shamans, Kelsey is no exception. Her father, a fellow shaman, is attacked while helping Kelsey with a client. Can she help save her father and potentially the world?

Escobar writes an interesting group of characters, with each one serving a purpose. In the beginning, Kelsey’s father seems overly protective, until he’s attacked and not only do you see and understand why her father was always “butting in”, but you also got to see just how much training Kelsey still needed. This caused Kelsey to draw on an inner power she didn’t know she had within her. It wasn’t magic, she had plenty of that (although not fully trained with it), it was grit and determination. She was sympathetic and empathetic, with sometimes not a clear plan to achieve her goal, but she never gave up. Kelsey does have a hard time figuring out who can and can’t be trusted. No one wants to walk around feeling suspicious all the time; this is where her strengths were sometimes her weakness. Some magical details about shamans and gods could have been explained more, but it’s possible to learn more about them in the next installment. Overall, she achieves her goal, but not her end goal. This was written in such a way there was no true, clear cliffhanger… but just enough to get you excited about the next installment.

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Book Review: A Million Junes ~ Emily Henry

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Title: A Million Junes
Author: Emily Henry
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Magical Realism, YA
Publisher: Razorbill
Date of Release: May 16, 2017
Pages: 350
Format: Kindle (First to Read)

This is a modern rendition of Romeo and Juliet with a twist. Do you believe what happens in the past can and will effect your future? What if what happened was generations before you were born? What if a misunderstand stood in your way of happiness, and it was a misunderstanding before you or your parents existed? This is what Jack (June) and Saul are facing, and they decide to face it head on!

This story requires you to use a bit of imagination. There’s a hint of magical realism, which is beautifully executed. Each character served a purpose, even if you didn’t understand what their purpose was in that exact moment. This story is witty, whimsical, and fun. The writing is superb in a way the author creates such a spellbinding world, characters, story, and you can’t help but to get caught up in the whirlwind that is Jack and Saul.

I will be completely honest with you, this book won’t be everyone’s cup of tea… and that’s okay! Read this book with an open mind and a bit of imagination, and you’ll love this book as much as I do. I thought this was absolutely fantastic.

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Book Review: Hidden ~ Victoria DeLuis

 

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Title: Hidden (Rune Witch Mysteries: Book 2)
Author: Victoria DeLuis
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Paranormal, Urban
Publisher: Unknown
Date of Release: December 21, 2017
Pages: 146
Format: Kindle (Author)

I adore Victoria DeLuis. This was a good continuation from the first book, Taken. Summer and Thomas are taking a lovely stroll through the forest, next to their beautiful cottage. It couldn’t be more romantic… well, actually it could. During their romantic stroll, they come across a dead body. While they aren’t responsible, they do feel a sense of obligation to help find out what happened. Can Summer and Thomas find out what happened to the young man, without becoming a pawn in a game that seems impossible to win? Can Summer and Thomas solve the mystery that is Summer’s familial curse before it’s too late?

It was great catching up with Summer and Thomas! Seeing them fall more and more in love with each other… sigh. With a curse looming over Summer’s head, she’s strong enough to set that aside and give a mother closure. This book was slightly longer than the first book, but it didn’t feel like it. The story is well told and the main characters are easy to get attached to. And, we get a surprise visit. Will it be the answer to all of Summer’s questions? Stay tuned to find out! I know I intend to!