Friday, February 3, 2023

Chatroom With A View by Glenn Maynard


Chatroom With A ViewChatroom With A View by Glenn Maynard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you're a fan of psychological thrillers, add this one to your TBR and but read it immediately!!

Troy has been bullied his entire life and he's finally had enough. His family isn't well liked or respected in his community. The only reason Troy stays at home is to protect his mom from his dad. However, one night, Troy sees his parents in the cabin in the back yard and he realizes he has to go save his mom.

Veronica, who is Troy's ex-girlfriend, starts popping back up with some very important news. Next thing Troy knows, Veronica is moving into his house.

The holes become more numerous and deeper!

Just when you think you know what direction this book is taking, the pendulum swings and a new situation is introduced which further deepens the story. I was on the edge of my seat while reading this one!!

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Monday, January 30, 2023

True Colors (Landry's True Colors Series Book One) by Krysten Lindsay Hager


True Colors (Landry's True Colors #1)True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Landry just wants to fit in with all the other girls. When an opportunity comes up to go and audition for a modeling agency, she and her friends all go together. Landry started finding out who her true friends were when she was the only one to make the next cut of auditions. All of a sudden, her besties got all weird on her and other people started gravitating towards her.

This story of Landry and her friends would best appeal to younger teens (ages 8-12). I felt like I was watching and listening to my daughters all over again! This story is full of teenage drama, shopping trips to the mall, and boy talk. There are some unresolved issues amongst the friends that kinda left a feeling of incompleteness. Overall, a decent read.

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Straight for the Kill (Benoit and Dayne Mystery Book 3) by Winter Austin


Straight for the Kill (Benoit and Dayne Mystery, #3)Straight for the Kill by Winter Austin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book 3 in a series. However, this could be read as a standalone. There will be bits and pieces that might be confusing so I do feel it best to read the books in order.

I read this book in just under 5 hours in one sitting. It's gripping and will have it's hooks in you from the start. Prepare accordingly with your favorite beveridge, a snack, and a blanket. You're not going to want to put this book down.

Elizabeth Benoit is still a fairly new sheriff and, while she's seen her share of things going on in her little county over the past couple of years, she was not prepared for a 25 year old bandaid to be ripped off. Elizabeth's best friend, who is also Deputy Kyle Lundquist's sister, was murdered 25 years ago. The case had essentially gone cold until recent events started looking a lot like what occurred back then. Deputy Detective Lila Dayne is on the case as an outsider, not really being privy to the previous event.

Is it possible that Elizabeth can finally put away the dirty, crooked former sheriff? His hands could be all over this but then there are new but old faces popping back up in town too.

I can't say enough about this book but I also don't want to spoil anything. Just do yourself a favor and carve out the time you need to read this one in one sitting!

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Arrrgh! Me Hate To Wait! by Mary Bleckwehl


Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait!Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait! by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Half-pint Porky is very excited about the opportunity to go to pirate school like her older siblings. She's got a bit of a wait though. Half-pint Porky does NOT like to wait! When she's finally able to go to pirate school, she can't wait for it to end.

This is a super cute children's book! Kids will love the pirate language as well as the vivid imagery in the pictures presented. There are a few fun alliterations to enjoy too! I would recommend this book for children of all ages, including us more seasoned! My favorite aspect of this book is the focus on patience and how being patient can bring a bigger reward in the end.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Chasing Redemption (The Quimby Grove Series Book 2) by Shannon Nikole


Chasing Redemption (Quimby Grove #2)Chasing Redemption by Shannon Nikole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one grabs you right from the get go and I read this entire book in one sitting!!

We get reacquainted with Max, who we met in Finding Starlight. I'm excited that he is featured in this story while still learning more about Beckett and Ellawyn. Max is on the beach playing his music and a drop dead gorgeous woman with a bottle of wine saunters his way. Marley is over it. She's not only been the maid of honor but also the wedding coordinator for her ex-boyfriend. What a drag!

Before they know it, Max and Marley are all tangled up on the beach in a one night stand. They don't know each other's names, where they live, or anything about the other. They part ways and don't think they'll ever see each other again but neither of them forget the other.

Marley is back in Quimby Grove when she sees him and he sees her. She's working so she's not able to talk to him right away but when she finally does, she has news for him. He's a dad.

Max realizes his life just took a MAJOR turn and he's hoping it's one for the better. Can he be a good dad to Jax and Izzy? What about a supportive significant other to Marley?

Life throws all kinds of curveballs as there are several different crimes being committed all of a sudden in Quimby Cove. The subject of the crime? Marley...but she's innocent in it all.

I enjoyed this book but would have enjoyed it much more without all the unnecessary language. It was a bit excessive. The story in itself was intriguing and I look forward to hearing about Avery and Keenan!!

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Sunday, January 22, 2023

Bees in Loretta's Bonnet (Loretta's Insects) by Lois Wickstrom


Bees in Loretta's BonnetBees in Loretta's Bonnet by Lois J. Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loretta is picking up logs to bring in to place in the hearth when a mysterious tube falls out. Come to find out, Loretta has found a nest for leafcutter bees. Loretta is all excited and asks her mother what she should do. Loretta finds a safe place for the nest until the weather is warmer and the bees begin their work.

This book focuses on the science of bees and pollination. The end of the book has directions on how to make your own bee nest.

The bee on the front cover of this book almost looks 3D!! It's super cool looking (at least it is on my Kindle!) This book would be great for a library in a school, homeschool, co-op, daycare, or a personal one! I love this author and the science subjects that she covers.

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Monday, January 16, 2023

The Taste of Light (The Winemakers Book 2) by Giovanna Siniscalchi


The Taste of Light (The Winemakers, #2)The Taste of Light by Giovanna Siniscalchi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review is going to be hard to write without spoilers but I'll do my best!

First of all, this is a stand alone book but I HIGHLY recommend reading book 1 (The True Purpose of Vines: An intoxicating historical romance about wine and love.) so you can have a proper understanding of Pedro. Reading this book first will probably ruin a lot of things for you!

I HATED Pedro in the first book. I mean, a deep loathing for the man. I can't say that now. He's found a way to redeem himself with the way he's handled Anne. It took me awhile to be able to say that but he's earned his redemption!

Anne is helping out her sister-in-law with the vines and dealing with an outbreak of Phylloxera when she meets Pedro. Anne is a polar opposite of Pedro, along with several years younger.

Can Anne show Pedro how to be a decent human being? Will Pedro find his redemption and deal with his past?

There's a little bit of everything to love in this book. A great historical based story that includes some humor, spicy romance, and a redeeming heart!

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