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Review - Lucan: Part 2 by Christine Duts

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Paranormal
Blurb: Having left the ordeals of his mortal life, Lucan has survived immortality for over a thousand years. His losses and victories, enemies and allies all have a unique role to play in this unwilling journey to the true fount of vampires and werewolves. His ties to the banshees, the animosity between him and werewolves, and his bond with Hadea; all is revealed in this incredible saga.  Sometimes the end is just the beginning.
About the Author: I have been writing stories all my life, ever since I learned how to write at the age of six. I cannot imagine my life without writing. It is part of me, it is who I am. I will never stop writing.  I live in the beautiful Baja California peninsula in Mexico. It is a wonderful, inspiring place with incredible landscapes and breathtaking sunsets.  When I am not writing, I take care of my dogs and cats, look after my plants and trees, and enjoy my land. I am a world history teacher in junior high…

Review - The Diviners by Libba Bray

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2012 Genre: Historical Fiction; Paranormal; Young Adult
Blurb: It's 1920s New York City. It's flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It's after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it's the opportunity to party like never before. For Evie O'Neill, it's escape. She's never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she's shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she's always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be. But New York City isn't about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren't crimes of passion. They're gruesome. They're planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can't solve them alone. Evie w…

My Week of Reading (11 -16 June 2018)

Hello Everyone,

At the moment, I'm sitting with the cat on my lap on my bed; and am nearly struggling to type...but, on with the bookish things... So, as I said in my previous 'Week of Reading', it was a bit of a busy reading and blogging week for me, so here are the reviews that I did this past week. 

Valentine: Act I of II by Elliott Morreau: 
Amazon: Amazon Review - Valentine: Act I of II
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Valentine: Act I of II
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Valentine: Act I of II

Pit of Vipers by Millie Thom:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Pit of Vipers
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Pit of Vipers
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Pit of Vipers

Werebear Skye by Aubrey Law: 
Amazon: Amazon Review - Werebear Skye
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Werebear Skye
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Werebear Skye

Monthly Reading Goals:
Good news - I have FINALLY started this (and hears everyone cheer as well). I went for the romance categor…

Review - Valentine: Act I of II by Elliott Morreau

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2018 Genre: Suspense
Blurb: Welcome to Coalfields.  A Town where everyone fits in. From murderers to rapists to pedophiles. And you. Yes, you. What? You think you’re so much different from them? That’s what Jack and Lia thought too. After all, what do two high school lovebirds have in common with a place like that? Nothing. Until one of them commits murder. But even then, who am I to Judge? After all, I'm merely an observer in the stars—a spectator. God. So out of all the people in the world, why observe the life of two teenagers? Because it's simple: They're special. One is the greatest high school quarterback in North America who's slept with as many girls as the hairs on his head. The other? A child-like teenager who was abused by her now-dead father. But it wasn't the murder of Lia's father, or the fact that Jack had fallen head over heals for a virgin, that interested me. It was because of the fateful day that Lia looked me dead…

Review - Werebear Skye by Aubrey Law

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Year Published: 2018 Genre: Paranormal; Novella
Blurb: Skye wants to find the necromancer that killed her father and spill his evil blood. She's also a great person who happens to be a deadly werebear with a bad temper and an occasionally dirty mouth. Can she solve the dreadful murder mystery that has haunted her for ten years? This is an origin short story of Skye that takes place in the year 1997 twenty years before she meets Black Annis in Demon Slayer (Revenge of the Witch #2).
About the Author: Aubrey Law is a fantasy writer from Los Angeles, California who shares a house with two adopted dogs: a spoiled Siberian Husky named Maximus and sweetheart German Shepherd named Logan. If you're looking for an intense dark fantasy thrill or a lighthearted fantasy laugh, you've come to the right place. All of Aubrey's stories are written for New Adult/Adult readers.
Connect with the Author: Twitter: Aubrey Law Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon: Amazon Purchase Link
My Take on the…

Review - Pit of Vipers by Millie Thom

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2014 Genre: Historical Fiction
Blurb: In Pit of Vipers, the second book in the Sons of Kings trilogy, the lives of Alfred of Wessex and Eadwulf of Mercia continue to unfold against the ever increasing threat of Danish raids.  Now back in his homeland, Eadwulf sets out on his determined quest for revenge, whilst Alfred’s leadership skills develop at the courts of his successive brothers. Before long, those skills will be put to the test . . .  The Danish invasion of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in 865 is merciless and relentless. Every year more Norse ships come to join their comrades in a quest to plunder for wealth and gain domination over the people.  The Wessex king is now Aethelred, Alfred’s last surviving brother, and Alfred becomes his trusted second-in-command. Whilst the Danes take kingdom after kingdom, the brothers wait with baited breath for them to set their sights on Wessex.  By 869 their worst fear is realised. In the meantime, Eadwulf pursues the …

My Week of Reading (4 - 9 June 2018)

Hello Everyone,

It has thankfully been a slightly relaxed week of reading, so all in all, I got one review done.
The British FrontLine by Thomas J. Eyre:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The British FrontLine
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The British FrontLines
Genuine Jenn: Genuine Jenn Review - The British FrontLines

Overall it was nice to be pleasantly surprised by this book.

Monthly Reading Goals:
Though I haven't started the goals for June, I am still doing some leisure reading, and depending on how my review reading goes - I'm hoping to start this particular section of leisure reading soon - maybe in the next week if all goes well!

Last Word:
Alright, so - I'm definitely going to be reviewing 'Werebear Skye' by Aubrey Law next week, and I'll also be doing two more reviews as well - so it is most likely going to be a bit of a busy week. Another book I'm currently reading is 'Pit of Vipers' by Millie Thom, and it is so nice to be reading the second book in this se…

My Week of Reading (28 May - 2 June 2018)

Hello Everyone,

It's been quite a week, so I'm going to jump straight into the three reviews that I did.

Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Little Women
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Little Women
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Little Women

The Fallen by Ravek Hunter:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The Fallen
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Fallen
Genuine Jenn: Genuine Jenn Review - The Fallen

A Crowded Heart by Andrea McKenzie Raine: 
Amazon: Amazon Review - A Crowded Heart
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - A Crowded Heart
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - A Crowded Heart

My favourite out of all the reviews mentioned is of course 'A Crowded Heart'.

Monthly Reading Goals:
With June hopefully being a bit of a quieter month, I'm going to try and get to this. I am carrying on with my leisure reading from last month - so I'll definitely be keeping you up to date with the progress of this. 
Last Word: Well, this week is going to have at…

Highlights of the Month - May 2018

Hello Everyone,

It feels like May has been busy - I read 10 books, and re-read one; which brings the total to 11 books. And the conclusive favourite (coming in at 5 stars), is: - A Crowded Heart by Andrea McKenzie Raine. But I also need to make a few honorable mentions: - Bluethroat Morning by Jacqui Lofthouse - The Six: Kristy by Samantha March - Lunchmeat by Ben D'Alessio All in all, even though it felt like a busy month, I definitely had a nice reading month as well.
Monthly Reading Goals: I made tiny steps with my leisure reading this month - but unfortunately I still didn't get to the books that I wanted to read for May's reading goals. So, for most likely the third time, I'm carrying over the books - so here is JUNE'S reading goals: A romance novel OR  A YA paranormal novel
So here's to hoping that I'll actually at least start one of these, if not finish them. I was planning on starting one of these at the end of May, but that never happened. 

Last Word:
I'm att…

Review - A Crowded Heart by Andrea McKenzie Raine

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Year Published: 2015 Genre: Historical Fiction with a little bit of romance
Blurb: Willis Hancocks is a bright, ambitious young man who wants to break out of his small-town existence and make a difference in the world. When WWII breaks out, he rushes to enlist, despite his parents' disapproval. As the world falls apart, Willis finds a way to forge through and finds solace in an incomparable friendship and a surprising, brief encounter with a love that takes hold and eventually threatens to jeopardize the life he strives to build while battling his post-war demons. While Willis is set on building a new world for himself with a single-minded goal for personal success-a lucrative, purposeful, easy lifestyle-obstacles are continuously thrown in his path, and he must embrace, overcome, or dodge them entirely. In the course of the choices he makes, and the destiny that is chosen for him, he unwittingly drags the people who are closest to him down into the darkness.
About the Autho…

Review - Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott

The Copy that I Read
Year Published: 1953
Genre: Classic

As a New England mother struggles to support her family in the wake of her husband’s service in the Civil War, her four daughters struggle, too—caught between childhood dreams and the realities of burgeoning adulthood. For Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, raised in integrity and virtue, negotiating the right path in life means making choices that will either narrow or expand their destinies.
Based on the author’s life, Little Women transcends genre, gender, and class with its examination of personal quests, societal restrictions, family ties, and the end of innocence.

About the Author:
Louisa’s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines.  In 1854, when she was 22, her first book, Flower Fables, was published.  A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches (1863), a truthful and poignant account of her service as a Civil War nurse in Washington, DC based on letters she wrot…

My Week of Reading (21 - 26 May 2018)

Hello Everyone,

It's been a slightly busy week for me - I've managed to get three reviews done. 

Behind the Door by A. Gavazzoni:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Behind the Door
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Behind the Door
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Behind the Door

For those that are interested - I have recently made my Goodreads profile public, so here is the link to my profile if you want to check it out and follow my reviews; though you are also more than welcome to follow me on my Amazon profile as well. 

Bluethroat Morning by Jacqui Lofthouse:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Bluethroat Morning
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Bluethroat Morning
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Bluethroat Morning

And last but not least:

The Six: Kristy by Samantha March:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The Six: Kristy
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Six: Kristy
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Six: Kristy

So as you can see I had an awesome week of reading.

Monthly Readi…

Review - The Six: Kristy by Samantha March

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Year Published: 2018 Genre: Chick Lit; Women's Fiction
Blurb: Kristy Martin is twenty-something, single and living it up in Chicago. She has a crew of close girlfriends to keep her social calendar active, and is celebrating finally securing employment in her chosen field. While always free-spirited, Kristy is getting tired of the revolving door – or more accurately, bed – of random guys and failed dates, and comes up with a plan to get her act together when it comes to the opposite sex. That idea is quickly shot down by her bestie Breely Laver and replaced with a bet she can’t refuse – a free trip to Paris with her yoga instructor BFF if she can go six months without sex. Enter in charming, sexy, delicious Grey Grahl. Kristy tries to navigate a spicy new relationship without giving away her bet, while also dealing with an incredibly sensitive crisis at her job. Her first year as a full-time elementary school guidance counselor starts off with a devastating situation with a y…

Review - Behind the Door by A. Gavazzoni

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Contemporary; Suspense with Erotica themes
Blurb: When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book. Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women. From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients, to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner …

Review - Bluethroat Morning by Jacqui Lofthouse

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Year Published: 2018 Genre: Literary; Contemporary; Mystery
Blurb: Alison Bliss, celebrity model and critically acclaimed writer, walks into the sea one ‘bluethroat morning’. In death she becomes a greater icon than in life, and the Norfolk village where she lived is soon a place of pilgrimage. Six years later her husband Harry, a schoolteacher, is still haunted by her suicide and faithful to her memory. Until he meets Helen and they fall in love. Harry and Helen’s relationship initiates a return to the scene of Alison’s death where they meet ninety-eight year old Ern Higham, and a tale is revealed that has been generations in the making. As Harry pieces together a tragic history and finally confronts his own pain, he discovers that to truly move forward, first he must understand the past ...
About the Author: Jacqui Lofthouse is the author of four novels 'The Temple of Hymen', 'Bluethroat Morning' 'Een Stille Verdwijning' and 'The Modigliani Girl'.…

My Week of Reading (14 - 19 May 2018)

Hello Everyone,

This week, I managed to get two reviews done (counting the reviews that I did on my blog as one review rather than two), which consisted of quick reads as well as a full length novel.
Two Girls in a Cafe by Lawrence G. Taylor and A Dream Come True by Jeryn Alise Turner: Amazon: Amazon Review - Two Girls in a Cafe
Amazon: Amazon Review - A Dream Come True
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Two Girls in a Cafe
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - A Dream Come True
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Two Girls in a Cafe and A Dream Come True

The Crimson Heirlooms by Hunter Dennis:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The Crimson Heirlooms
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Crimson Heirlooms
Genuine Jenn: Genuine Jenn Review - The Crimson Heirlooms

This week has been a slightly tight squeeze with reading.

Monthly Reading Goals:
Even though I haven't gotten to this yet; I have been doing some leisure reading. Time is running a little bit short this month; so I'm not sure how much leisure re…