Book Review – Neon Gods by Katee Robert

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Synopsis

Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.

With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth… a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.

Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…

My Review
4 out of 5 stars

This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. She has a lot of books so I’m definitely going to go through her backlist and read the rest of her books.

I’ve never read a Hades and Persephone retelling but this definitely lived up to my expectations from all of the hype surrounding this book. Hades and Persephone are both really enjoyable characters. I was expecting Hades to be colder and harder than he actually was. I’m not complaining though. I loved that he was so caring and “cinnamon roll” like. One of my favorite things about this book was how gentle, protective, and caring he was with Persephone and that he was always making sure she consented to whatever was going on.

This book had a different kind of spice than what I’m used to reading. I’ve never read anything with kink play in it, but I enjoyed it.

I wish there had been some more world building surrounding the Thirteen and Olympus. I was a little confused at first since it appears that people are basically elected to God status but it isn’t really talked about in much detail. Other than that, this was an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to reading more of Katee’s backlist and also the next book in this series that’s coming out next year!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley

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Synopsis

Portland, Oregon, is the perfect fit for someone like Meg Reed. It’s a city with a small town feel, where she can crash on the couch of her best friend Jill, now that she’s graduated from journalism school. . .

But a girl needs a job, so Meg bluffs her way into writing for Northwest Extreme magazine, passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Never mind that Meg’s idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. So when she finds herself clawing to the top of Angel’s Rest–a two-thousand-foot peak–to cover the latest challenge in a reality TV adventure show, she can’t imagine feeling more terrified. Until she witnesses a body plummet off the side of the cliff. Now Meg has a murder to investigate. And if the climbing doesn’t kill her, a murderer just might. . .

My Review
4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed this first book in the Pacific Northwest mystery series.

Meg could be a little goofy at times, but she was a likeable character. I really enjoyed her friendship with Jill and am glad that she had a close friend to help her through such a tough time after losing her father.

The mystery was very well written. There were a few different suspects to choose from and my suspicion jumped around to each of them. I thought I had things figured out, but the killer ended up stumping me so the reveal was a shock!

I had some suspicions about the accident that caused Meg’s father’s death, so the last line of the book gave me chills! I can’t wait to read the next book in this series to see what comes next with that.

I’m not an outdoorsy person at all, but I enjoyed reading the little section of Meg’s Adventure Tips at the back of the book.

I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed the narrator. 

Book Review – Death Bee Comes Her by Nancy Coco

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Synopsis

With her Let It Bee honey boutique buzzing along nicely, life is as sweet as nectar for Wren Johnson—until she takes a morning walk along the Pacific beach with her Havana Brown cat, Everett, and stumbles upon the body of Agnes Snow, the cranky queen of the local craft fairs, stiff as driftwood. More unfortunate? Clutched in the victim’s fist is a label from Wren’s homemade beeswax-and-honey lip balm. Which makes Officer Jim Hampton focus his dreamy-blue Paul Newman eyes on Wren as suspect number one.

With fabulous feline support from Everett, Wren must comb the town for clues and clear her name before someone else gets stung.

My Review
3 out of 5 stars

3stars

This is the first book in the Oregon Honeycomb mystery series. This is also my first book by this author, but I’m not sure yet if I’ll read another one in the future.

To be honest, I didn’t love this book but I didn’t hate it either. My favorite part about the book is when it would mention Wren’s shop and the products that she sells. I found all of the bee information really interesting. I enjoyed all of the tips, recipes, and other things that were spread throughout the book.

My favorite character was Wren’s cat, Everett. He was so lovable and smart. I really loved his personality. Unfortunately, none of the other characters really stood out to me or were all that memorable.

I listened to the audio version of this book and felt like the narrator could have done a better job of distinguishing between all of the different characters. The characters mostly all sounded the same, so it was confusing at times about who was speaking.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – Say Yes by Kandi Steiner

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Synopsis

When you’re an artist, everything has to be perfect.

Or so I thought, until my professor told me my perfection was boring and unoriginal. Studying abroad in Florence has taught me one thing: I know nothing when it comes to what makes art truly beautiful.

So, with my professor’s words in my ear, I step outside one evening and decide to say yes to any and everything I’m faced with until the sun rises.

Of course, I didn’t expect him to show up.

Liam Benson, the broody, sexy, tortured artist from my class who I can’t stand. He’s got a sour outlook on the world and an ego so big no one could properly stroke it to his satisfaction.

When he finds out what I’m doing, he hijacks my “yes” night.
And after just twelve hours with him, I’m desperate for more.

But Liam is running from more than I could ever understand, and with his heart guarded and mind made up about life, I don’t stand a chance.

I convince myself that we can keep it casual.
But walking away from him at the end of the summer is as impossible as painting outside the lines.

I used to think when you’re an artist, everything has to be perfect.

Turns out everything has to be painful, and messy, and fleeting.

If only I’d known that before I fell under Liam Benson’s spell.

My Review
4 out of 5 stars

I have yet to read a book by Kandi that I didn’t like! This was such an enjoyable read.

I loved that this book was set in the 90s. I also loved that it took place in Italy. All of the descriptions made it feel like I was there with them.

I loved both Harley and Liam, even though they could be a little frustrating at times. I could see a lot of myself in Harley. She was such a relatable character and easy to love. My heart really broke for Liam and all of the grief and guilt that he was living with for all of those years. Liam and Harley had great chemistry together and I was rooting for them to end up together and get their happily ever after.

Harley’s friend Angela was absolutely amazing. I was thinking throughout the whole book that she needed a story of her own. Everyone needs an Angela in their life.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim

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Synopsis

Riley Oh can’t wait to see her sister get initiated into the Gom clan, a powerful lineage of Korean healing witches their family has belonged to for generations. Her sister, Hattie, will earn her Gi bracelet and finally be able to cast spells without adult supervision. Although Riley is desperate to follow in her sister’s footsteps when she herself turns thirteen, she’s a saram–a person without magic. Riley was adopted, and despite having memorized every healing spell she’s ever heard, she often feels like the odd one out in her family and the gifted community.

Then Hattie gets an idea: what if the two of them could cast a spell that would allow Riley to share Hattie’s magic? Their sleuthing reveals a promising incantation in the family’s old spell book, and the sisters decide to perform it at Hattie’s initiation ceremony. If it works, no one will ever treat Riley as an outsider again. It’s a perfect plan!

Until it isn’t. When the sisters attempt to violate the laws of the Godrealm, Hattie’s life ends up hanging in the balance, and to save her Riley has to fulfill an impossible task: find the last fallen star. But what even is the star, and how can she find it?

As Riley embarks on her search, she finds herself meeting fantastic creatures and collaborating with her worst enemies. And when she uncovers secrets that challenge everything she has been taught to believe, Riley must decide what it means to be a witch, what it means to be family, and what it really means to belong.

My Review
5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book! I enjoyed getting to read this modern take on Korean mythology.

This book grabbed me from the very beginning and is packed full of emotion, action, and adventure from beginning to end. During the second of of the book there were some twists that I didn’t see coming and had me in shock. Just when I thought I knew where the story was going, something else happened.

One of my very favorite things about this book is the relationship between Riley and Hattie. Their bond as sisters was so strong and that just made my heart so happy and full. I also enjoyed the themes of family, friendship, and finding and then being your true self.

I can’t wait to see what the next book brings!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – Layla by Colleen Hoover

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Synopsis

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.

My Review
5 out of 5 stars


This year has taken a toll on me in a way that I can’t even describe. I haven’t so much as picked up a book in months. Colleen has never failed to bring me out of a slump, so I decided to pick up Layla to see if I could get out of this horrible slump. I finished this book in two days. It feels so good to be reading again.

I’m not really much of a fan of paranormal books but I was excited to read this one anyway. It did not disappoint at all. I had so many emotions while reading this book. I was intrigued, then angry, then shocked (multiple times). I lost count of the amount of times I got chills while reading this story. And just when I thought I had things figured out… plot twist!

Book Review – You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce

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Synopsis

Cassandra Tipp is dead…or is she?

After all, the notorious recluse and eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy–everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie’s infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far).

Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body–just her massive fortune, and one final manuscript.

Then again, there are enough bodies in her past–her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, and a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father and brother.

Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story–but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods–and who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare… 

My Review
3.5 out of 5 stars

I feel like I am going to be horribly inadequate in reviewing this book because I simply just don’t know what to say. I don’t know how I feel. I ended up with more questions than when I started the book. I didn’t hate this book but I didn’t really love it either. However, one thing is for sure…this author knows how to tell a story! I finished this book in less than 24 hours. I was so intrigued and was anxious and excited to get to the end of the story.

Cassie is so firm in her belief of the faeries that there were plenty of times that she had me believing they were real as well. But then there were times when I thought the faeries were just her coping mechanism from the abuse that she was going through.

But then…maybe both things are true. Just because something is true, doesn’t make the other thing untrue, right?

You’ll have to read this book and decide for yourself what you believe happened.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis

Princess Winter is admired for her grace, kindness and beauty, despite the scars on her face. She’s said to be even more breath-taking than her stepmother, Queen Levana…

When Winter develops feelings for the handsome palace guard, Jacin, she fears the evil Queen will crush their romance before it has a chance to begin.

But there are stirrings against the Queen across the land. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even find the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter claim their happily ever afters by defeating Levana once and for all? 

My Review
4 out of 5 stars


I really enjoyed binging my way through this series. I’m so glad I took a chance on these books. The hype is definitely well deserved. This series will be going near the top of my list of favorite series ever. Listening to the audio books really brought these characters to life for me.

Not gonna lie, I’m tearing up a little now that it’s all over. I’m going to miss these characters a lot. They all feel so real to me!

I enjoyed getting more time with Winter during this book and learning more about her story. I felt so bad for her but I am so glad that she had Jacin at least.

Other than Umbridge from the Harry Potter series, I don’t think I have ever hated a character as much as I hated Queen Levana. Nope, scratch that. She isn’t queen. She’s a freaking tyrant.

I’m happy with the ending for the most part. There’s just one small thing that bugged me. That, and the fact that for a very large portion of this book it seemed like nothing was happening, is why this wasn’t a five star read for me.

I’m looking forward to reading the extra books, Stars Above and Fairest!

Book Review – Fudge and Jury by Ellie Alexander

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It’s almost spring in Ashland, Oregon, and the town is preparing for the Shakespeare and the annual Chocolate Festival. Business is cookin’ at Torte, and the store is expanding as Jules’ team whips up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Torte stands a chance of being this year’s confectionery belle of the ball! Life couldn’t be sweeter—unless murder taints the batter.

Evan Rowe, of Confections Couture, makes a chocolate fountain that would put Willy Wonka to shame, and his truffles are to die for—literally? Yes, the world-renowned chocolatier has just turned up dead…right after sampling a slice of Jules’ decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Now all eyes are on Jules as she tries to find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe. Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream?

My Review
5 out of 5 stars


Another amazing book in the Bakeshop mystery series!

I read this book as another buddy read with @gypsy.reads over on Instagram and absolutely loved it. I have really enjoyed binging my way through this series with her.

These characters feel so real to me now. I love spending more time with the Torte family with each book that I read from this series. I wish more business owners could be like Jules and Helen. They are so amazing with their staff and truly care about them.

I loved the mystery in this book. The possibility of someone having pulled off the perfect crime was really scary and suspenseful. There were parts that gave me chills. There were several different suspects and the reveal of the killer gave me chills also.

I can’t wait to see what the next book brings!

Book Review – Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander

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Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary…especially when murder is thrown into the mix.

When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking down the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading—with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent—for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start…and risk getting burned?

My Review
5 out of 5 stars

I am obsessed with this series! I am enjoying getting to know the crew at Torte. They are all starting to feel like an extended family.

This book was a bit different from the others in this series but I loved it! I had all the feels while reading this book, y’all.

The angst was killing me, but in a good way. I cried while reading, too. Twice! Cozies never make me cry. Kudos to Ellie for making the emotions in this book feel so real.

The reveal of the killer and the take down scenes had my heart racing. I sped through the end of the book to see what happened next.