January 10, 2020

What an explosive ending to a page-turning mystery. The Rules of Murder by Rob Sinclair is the second book in the DI Dani Stephens crime thriller series. Dani is a strong yet flawed female protagonist who has a dark backstory. I liked how her character was written and how her journey was portrayed in this book. I also liked the other characters of Easton and...

January 2, 2020

The Groveland Four were four young black men, Ernest Thomas, Charles Greenlee, Samuel Shepherd, and Walter Irvin, who were accused of raping Norma Padgett, a 17-year-old white woman on July 16, 1949, in Lake County, Florida. Unfortunately, Thomas was killed by County Sheriff Willis McCall on July 26, 1949, during the search for the four while Irvin, Shepherd...

December 12, 2019

What a great book. I really connected with the main character Karis. I loved her ingenuousness when times got tough, and I learned some survival skills if ever needed.

Nicole Mabry did an excellent job of bringing all the characters to life, and they all felt so real. The events in the book moved from heart-pounding action to super tender, tear-jerking momen...

December 9, 2019

The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman was a good read overall. Some of the scenes were heart-pounding and had me thinking about what I would do faced with similar circumstances surrounding a possible murder and being a suspect. The writing was good, and the development of the various unique characters was done well. There were times when I questioned some of the...

October 26, 2019

I was super excited to receive Fan Mail (An Aspen Adams Novel of Suspense Book 2) and read more about Aspen and was especially thrilled to see her niece, Candace, featured more prominently in Fan Mail. I enjoy Candace very much. She's a sensitive teenager who is an excellent side-kick to Aspen.

I like how Aspen attempts to navigate being a parent to Candace...

September 17, 2019

Macie’s Mirror by Adam Ciccio (and illustrated by Gertie Jaquet) is a sweet story of what one sees in themselves and what others see and how contrasting it can be. We are often the hardest on ourselves.

Right off the bat, I love the illustrations of the various faces for Macie both in the beginning and at the end of the book. These illustrations would be a gr...

September 16, 2019

I enjoyed reading Million Miles Away by Alice Bane and is her debut Sci-Fi Romance novel. 


The author developed both the science fiction and romance aspects of the story well and the book was interesting to read.

The only issue I had was when Natalia encounters Korin for the first time, I found part of the dialogue a bit unbelievable and simplistic. 

I liked t...

August 31, 2019

Help Wanted, Must Love Books by Janet Sumner Johnson tells the story of Shailey whose dad used to be her bedtime storyteller until he got a new job. Now she is on the hunt for a recruit.

Shailey is a bright and determined young child who posts a job announcement and begins interviewing fairy tale characters. She has to revise her job advertisement each time...

August 31, 2019

Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj is a cute story with enjoyable characters. I liked the addition of the illustrations. What was great about the book was the information about the different cultures, which is important for children to be exposed to and learn.

Farah Rocks Fifth Grade is a very story-driven, character-rich book about family and fr...

August 13, 2019

Desolate Shores is a great start to a new series by Daryl Wood Gerber.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters, their stories, and the troubles they face or have faced in their lives, which makes for relatable characters and storyline. I liked the interactions with Aspen and Nick and the tension and snarkiness between them. The author does a good job with sc...