Review: Join Up — By Tudor Robins


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Title: Join Up (Island Series, #3)

Author: Tudor Robins

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Fiction / 224

Summary: A summer at one of the poshest riding camps in the province. A hundred horses. Rolling hills ribboned with hacking trails and cross-country jumps.

It could be perfect. Unless you’re Lacey Strickland, and you’re leaving Salem, Meg, and Jared behind on the island.

The only thing that isn’t hard to leave is Lacey’s memory of her first kiss, delivered in a spring-scented hayfield, which sizzled, then fizzled into nothing at all.

The other thing making camp less-than-perfect for Lacey? She’s not a cosseted camper, but a staff member – teaching riding lessons from sun-up to sun-down.

In Meg’s first letter to Lacey, she writes: “I bet anything there’s at least one amazing horse waiting for you there. And maybe a new great – if not best – friend.”

Is Meg right? Could Lacey meet a horse she’ll love just as much as Salem? And are there new friends in her future? Maybe even somebody who could give her more than just one kiss in a hayfield?

Cover Review: It’s not the artwork that I really love on covers, but it’s still a beautiful cover. I would love to have this gorgeous book on my shelf.

My Review: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely adore this series. Check out my review of the first book, Appaloosa Summer, and my review of the second book, Wednesday Riders I LOVED the first two books, and the third one did not disappoint!

This series has restored my faith in equestrian fiction. There actually ARE fun, original, quality horse novels out there in the world! The self-publishing world, at least. I think the traditionally published horse books are a lost cause, at this point. Anyway, back to the story. I absolutely loved that Lacey took center stage in this book, and getting a chance to better know a beloved character from the previous books made me incredibly happy! This story is set at a summer camp, and there’s something inherently magical about summer camp stories, and I’m not exactly sure what it is. I suppose I’ve simply watched too many Disney Channel Original Movies.

The romance is adorable and adds some fun drama to this incredible story chock-full of adventure, laughter, and solid horse training advice. I really can’t say enough good things about this book! It was fun to get to see Meg from Lacey’s point of view, and I loved the setting. It was very odd to get off the island, but in a good way. I also liked the larger cast of characters this book had, and the very unique plot. Sure, we’ve all read a million summer camp romance novels, but, as always, Tudor Robins takes a tried and true concept and turns it into something spectacularly original and refreshing.

Content Advisory: There’s one awkward scene that almost goes to the explicit level, but the character’s decide to stop. It was weird, tho. Lots of kissing. 

To Sum It Up: I’m in love with this series. Tudor’s writing style is absolutely magical, and I immediately get drawn into her story of broken hearts, horse training, and new starts. I HIGHLY recommend that you read the other books in the series, but even if you haven’t, I think you would be able to enjoy this one as a stand-alone. I recommend this book for ages 14+.

Review: Bewitching Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Paranormal — by Cass Grix”

Bewitching Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Paranormal

Author: Cass Grix

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Paranormal / 99

Summary: Fitzwilliam Darcy has never met a woman like Elizabeth Bennet. He finds her fascinating, irritating, compelling, inspiring, maddening, and absolutely beautiful. If he didn’t know better, he would think he was bewitched.

Bewitching Mr. Darcy is a Pride and Prejudice Variation, a paranormal novella.

Cover Review: I really love this cover! It’s gorgeous!

My review: I received a free copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review. So I’ll be honest: I have watched the Kiera Knightley Pride and Prejudice twice, the Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-day Comedy twice, and I thoroughly enjoyed both films. But I’m definitely not a Jane Austen fangirl (are they called Janeites?) or anything. So, admittedly, I was a bit hesitant when Cass approached me with reading these novellas. But I decided to give this novella a shot, and I was very pleasantly surprised.

It was an absolutely charming (pun totally intended) novella! Cass provides a a refreshing and quirky take on a classic romance. And in case that isn’t enough to convince you, Cass’ writing style is absolutely beautiful. She is a masterful storyteller, and adeptly weaves the magical world with the muggl– erm, non-magical world. She crafts complex characters that I actually care about. I definitely like Bewitching Mr. Darcy better than the original Pride & Prejudice… I think that every story ever written can benefit from a healthy dose of magic.

In this novella, we’re introduced to a mostly hidden world of wizardry during a very formal and conservative time. Some wizards have “come out” and are publicly ridiculed for their delusional practices, but most wizards are, like Elizabeth and her father, secretive and subtle in their magic useage. What happens when the fiercely independent and self-confident Elizabeth Bennet decides that she wants to humble the arrogant and closed-off Fitzwilliam Darcy? Well, you’ll have to buy the e-book HERE to find out ;)

Content AdvisorySome kissing, etc. Nothing explicit. 

To Sum It Up: Bewitching Mr. Darcy  was fun and quick read. I loved this story, and I’m sure that other YA fans of Paranormal Romance would, too!  I highly recommend it to readers 12+.

Review: Channel ’63 — By Bruce Edwards


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Title: Channel ’63 (The Age of Amy, #3)

Author: Bruce Edwards

Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Fiction / 244

Summary: What if you could tune your TV to the year 1963, and watch—live? A new theme park attraction allows visitors to not only observe, but talk with the people of that turbulent decade. For 16-year-old Amy, it’s the perfect escape from her own time, and the hardships of teenage life in the 21st century.

Things get complicated when Amy falls for a teenage boy in the 60s. Trying to build a relationship across time proves maddening, especially when computers bleep any language that might impact the future. Happily, Amy acquires a “magic clicker” which defeats this annoying restriction. But gaining the ability to speak freely comes with a heavy responsibility: Amy now has the power to alter history!

Cover Review: It’s a very simplistic cover, but it’s not awkwardly posed clipart, which is more than you can say for most covers nowadays. I like it!

My Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Age of Amy is a morality play. A hyperbolic story. A cautionary tale. Everything in it — characters, plot lines, events — is exaggerated to teach a moral. It’s not supposed to be a story where you think “Wow! I really relate to that character and what they’re going through right now!” It’s one of those books that makes you think “Wow. Maybe I should re-evaluate that aspect of my life. …Okay, I’ve thought about it, I probably won’t change anything, but it’s a fun story anyway!” Kinda joking there, but it really does teach important lessons, in a very fun way. 

Personally, I found the endless 60’s references a bit tedious for my tastes. It was clear that the author was reliving his favorite era in the writing of this book. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, write what you know, etc., but it definitely didn’t captivate me, a 21st century teenager. The political agenda in this one wasn’t really my cup of tea, but being politically over-the-top has always been what makes these Age of Amy books so much fun. And this one was a lot of fun! I didn’t like Channel ’63 as much as I liked the first book in the series, Bonehead Bootcamp, and the second book, Thumper Amendment, but it was still an enjoyable read.

Amy is intelligent, rebellious, and fiercely independent. She’s a teenage girl trying to be a grown-up, and doing a pretty good job at it, honestly. Her voice is raw and defiant, and her story is almost inspiring. The only REAL issue I have with this book is the Robert A. Heinlein-esque borderline pedophilic relationship that was referenced but not explicitly stated, at the end of the book… That’s the best way I could describe it without any major spoilers.

Content Advisory: Some swearing, some intense scenes – medical emergencies, domestic fighting, and armed assault. Nothing graphic, detailed, or excessive. 

To Sum It Up: Fun, fantastic (Definition: imaginative or fanciful), and more than a little crazy, The Age of Amy: Channel ’63 is the perfect choice for a younger reader — or for an adult looking for a break from the intense realism of most modern-day literature. I recommend this book to readers ages 10+.

Review: Something Sweet — By Beverly Farr


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 Title: Something Sweet (Love and Chocolate, #3)

Author: Beverly Farr

Rating: ★★★★★ (5.5 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Sweet Romance / 144 pages

Summary: As the single parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum, Amanda doesn’t think her life is sweet. She’s too tired, over-worked, and worried to even consider the possibility of finding love. Then she meets charming Rick Boudreaux, the millionaire owner of Aunt Mimi’s bakery, who just might have the recipe for happily ever after.

Something Sweet is book three in the Love and Chocolate Series. Each is a stand-alone sweet romance without cliffhangers.

Cover Review: Can we say awk? Also, in the book, the girl doesn’t cook much, the guy is a professional chef, so I’m pretty sure the cover image didn’t even happen. It’s still a kinda cute cover, though.

My Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely adored this book. Everything about it. The characters, the plot, the romance, the plot twist, everything was beyond fantastic. I couldn’t put it down, and reading it made me very happy. As you’ve probably read me say a million times, I love anything and everything written by Beverly Farr, because her writing is absolutely magical.

I think my favorite part about this book is Amanda’s job and the premise of the whole book. She is a fiercely independent single parent of an autistic child, she works at a matchmaking company, and is dating a millionaire. One thing I love about Beverly Farr’s romance novels is that there is ALWAYS more to the story than just romance. There’s intrigue, danger, realistic life roadblocks. Her books may have a happily ever after, but getting there is never an easy road. Did I mention that I freakin’ LOVE this book? Cuz I did! My favorite out of the series, by far. I really want to re-read it now…

One of the great things about this series is that they are all standalone novels – though the characters from the different novels do interact a lot, it’s definitely not necessary to read the series in order, but it is fun. Check out my review of the first book, Corporate Husband, HERE. And my review of the second book, Marry The Doctor, HERE.

Content Advisory: It’s a sweet romance novel. The author puts it this way:

“Very little swearing. There may be an occasional hell or damn, maybe even a b*tch, but there will be no Lord’s name in vain and no f-bombs. No explicit sex scenes. Characters might discuss sex, but any love scenes are off screen (Think AFRICAN QUEEN).”

To Sum it Up: If you HAVEN’T yet read Something Sweet, you really should! Looking for a quick, relaxing, and sweet (pun sorta intended) story? This is the book for you! Seriously, I loved this book. Go read it! I would recommend Something Sweet to anyone over 13+.

Review: Marry The Doctor – By Beverly Farr



Title: Marry the Doctor (Love and Chocolate, #2)

Author: Beverly Farr

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Sweet Romance /143

Summary: Since the death of his wife, Frank Brannigan has focused on raising his two daughters and furthering his medical practice, but he’s lonely. Maybe it’s time to get married again, but how?

Marry the Doctor is book two in the Love and Chocolate Series. Each book is a stand-alone sweet romance without cliff hangers.

Cover Review: Okay, this cover may be kinda cute, but it’s super misleading. The characters portrayed on the cover actually like 40ish. Not 18. So the pic is just kinda awkward, tbh.

My Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Every time I read a Beverly Farr book, it hits me how much I love her writing. I always forget just how beautiful it is. Every time I open one of her books, I get re-immersed not just in her worlds and her characters, but her masterful writing. It pulls me in immediately.

I thought the premise of this one was very intriguing and refreshingly different. The characters were middle-aged, quirky, and realistic. Frank was dealing with the passing of his wife, being the single parent of two daughters, and when he finally ventures back into the dating world, he deals with countless people who are just after his fortune, and don’t actually care about him.

As I read the book, I became quickly invested in the characters and their lives. In addition to the stars of this book, there were some cameo appearances from the main characters of the first book, and the main character of the third book was introduced. It adds to the realism of the world, and Beverly weaves all of these storylines together effortlessly.

I highly recommend this book! I read it in one sitting — it was impossible to put down. I loved Marry The Doctor! It was the perfect way to spend a relaxing summer day.

Content Advisory: It’s a sweet romance novel. The author puts it this way:

“Very little swearing. There may be an occasional hell or damn, maybe even a b*tch, but there will be no Lord’s name in vain and no f-bombs. No explicit sex scenes. Characters might discuss sex, but any love scenes are off screen (Think AFRICAN QUEEN).”

To Sum It Up: Another fantastic novel from Beverly Farr! Looking for a light, fun, sweet romance? The best part is, though this is technically part of a series, it IS a standalone novel in it’s own right. I highly recommend the first book, but you don’t have to read it first! You’ll love this one, too. :)

I would recommend this book to anyone over 16+.

I Just had the Most Mind Blowing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Revelation

imageY’all, I’m serious about this. It’s midnight and I was about to go to sleep, but I was video chatting with my friend Matthew who had just finished Cursed Child – and then it hit me! The Cursed Child theory / connection that no one has been talking about. I may be the first one who thought of this, I don’t know, but I need to share it with the world. Obvs, a detailed account of my Cursed Child midnight release party and my review of Cursed Child will be forthcoming – BUT THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT. I need to know what y’all think about this!





Alright, my fellow Potterheads who have already read Cursed Child: here I go! This theory is not perfected yet, but I just had to get it out there in its rambling form.

Okay, two points: first: Why does Harry’s scar hurt? Voldy hasn’t returned when it first starts hurting.  Second point: Why does he hear Voldy’s voice? And Why does Harry speak Parsletongue? None of this has happened since Voldy died. But I believe that it’s at this point that Delphi Riddle has reached full Dark Lord power – she has learned to fly. (Side note: remember those giants Hermione was so worried about? THEY HAD WINGED TATOOS ON THEIR BACKS. This plot point was never resolved. Delphi is not staying in Azkaban. This story will continue! )

How is his scar hurting at her return possible? Yes, she has the blood of Voldy in her, but Harry no longer has Voldy in him. That part of Harry was destroyed in DH.

But. Get this. Voldy has Harry in him! Remember in The graveyard in Goblet of Fire? HARRY’S BLOOD was necessary to bring Voldy back to life. Lord Voldemort was reborn through Harry’s blood. This is what made it possible for him to touch Harry. Because he had Harry’s blood running through HIS veins.

Delphi is Voldemort’s blood daughter.

Delphini Riddle has Harry Potter’s blood in her veins.


This is how they’re connected. She has his blood. Also, side note: she and Albus both share Harry’s blood! Intriguing, no?


Okay, Potterheads, weigh in! Am I crazy? What does all this mean? Help me out here, Potter fandom!



Author Interview: Mirriam Neal

It’s double post day! (That’s totally a thing. Well, now it is, at least…) Here’s to another fabulous book blogger that y’all should totally check out — my good friend and author Sarah Rose, with her blog On Another Note! Check out her awesome interviewing skills, and then go follow her on her blog! Also, I really want to read Paper Crowns now…. it sounds amazing!

On Another Note

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There are some bloggers who are simply unmistakable and unforgettable. Mirriam Neal is such a blogger. The first time I read one of her posts, I felt her storytelling seep into my soul. So much, that it’s been nearly two years and I haven’t forgotten the first post I read on her blog. I stumbled on her writing by following a rabbit trail of three or four other blogs, but hers is the only one in that trail I still read consistently. Mirriam writes with such eloquence and depth, but also whimsy and humor. Today, we’re celebrating the recent debut of her novel, Paper Crowns. (Which I desperately need to read. Curse homework for interfering with my reading habits.)

Until I can read the full novel, below is a little preview of Paper Crowns: 

pc.pngGinger has lived in seclusion, with only her aunt Malgarel and her blue cat, Halcyon, to keep her company…

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