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Death & the Viking’s Daughter (An Auction Block Mystery #4) by Loretta Ross

Death and Viking's daugther

3 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

This is the fourth book in this series. I haven’t read the first 3 books, but I didn’t feel too lost. The author provides enough backstory for the reader to figure out the history of the main characters. Wren is an auctioneer and her fiancé Death (pronounced Deeth) is a private investigator. They are ready for Death to meet Wren’s parents and settle down in a new house together. The company Wren works for is preparing to auction items from an old supper club in the woods near a Viking reenactment camp. One day they run into an elderly man that nearly dies after he sees what he believes is the ghost of his long-lost daughter. Continue reading “Death & the Viking’s Daughter (An Auction Block Mystery #4) by Loretta Ross”


Deja Moo (Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum #1) by Kirsten Weiss

Deja Moo

3.5 stars (release date March 8, 2018)

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

This was a fun, fluffy, quick cozy mystery read. This is the third book in the series. I haven’t read the other books in the series, but there was enough backstory in the book so that I didn’t feel too lost. Maddie Kosloski runs a paranormal museum in the small town of San Benedetto. Normally her museum is the number one tourist attraction in town. Every Christmas, however, the town puts up a 30 foot straw cow and puts it in the town square – and every year someone sets it on fire. Continue reading “Deja Moo (Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum #1) by Kirsten Weiss”

The Devil’s Claw (Jennifer Dorey Mystery #1) by Lara Dearman

The devils claw

3.5 stars

This is book one in a new mystery series set on the Island of Guernsey. The main character, Jennifer Dorey, has returned to Guernsey after living in London and working as a journalist. While there, she conducted an investigation for a story that put her life in danger. Realizing that she needed to get away from the memories, she returns to her hometown to work for the small town newspaper. Continue reading “The Devil’s Claw (Jennifer Dorey Mystery #1) by Lara Dearman”

The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans #1) by J.D. Horn

king of bones and ashes

2.5 Stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in a trilogy about witches in New Orleans. Magic is failing. Some witches accept this harsh truth, while others scramble doing despicable things to retain their power. Alice Marin was shipped off to an asylum by her family and hasn’t seen them in years. She is finally allowed to return home after a death in the family. Once home, she uses her last bits of magic to investigate other missing witches and occult figures in the community. The more Alice digs, the more information she learns about her troubled family. Continue reading “The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans #1) by J.D. Horn”

Unearthed (Unearthed #1) by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


4 stars

This is a good first book in a new sci-fi series by two great authors. The earth is dying. When a message is received from a long-extinct alien race it seems the very thing that could save the planet. Their technology helps un-do some of the earth’s environmental damage, as well as provides energy to power entire cities. Continue reading “Unearthed (Unearthed #1) by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner”

Front Lines (Front Lines #1) by Michael Grant

front lines

4.5 stars

I really liked this book and had a hard time putting it down. While some people have said that the story is slow, I didn’t find it that way. I think it is well-paced, with plenty of action. The story kept my interest and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series. Continue reading “Front Lines (Front Lines #1) by Michael Grant”

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

the child finder

4.5 Stars

I loved this book. It’s both heartbreaking and hopeful. It draws you in and you won’t want to put the book down.

Naomi was once a “lost girl” and managed to escape her captors. Haunted by her past and frustrated with her inability to remember what happened to her, she earns a living as a private investigator tracking down lost and missing children. Her relentless determination in pursuing the children earns her the nickname “The Child Finder”. Continue reading “The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld”

Poison’s Kiss (Poison’s Kiss #1) by Breeana Shields

Poison's kiss

3 stars

This is an ok book. Marinda is a visha kanya, a poison maiden. Her kiss is deadly and she is trained from a young age to be an assassin for the good of the country. While she doesn’t like what she does, she knows that if she resists, her little brother Mani will not get the life-saving treatment her handler gives him. When she is told to kill a boy that she’s fallen in love with, however, Marinda begins to question her orders. Continue reading “Poison’s Kiss (Poison’s Kiss #1) by Breeana Shields”

The Last Child by John Hart

The last child4 stars

The story centers on 13 year old Johnny. A year ago Johnny had loving parents, a warm home and twin sister Alyssa with whom he shared a close bond. When Alyssa is kidnapped and his father disappears, Johnny’s life takes a turn for the worst. A year later his mother is abusing drugs and alcohol and in an abusive relationship with the town big shot. He’s lost most of his friends and is an outcast. Continue reading “The Last Child by John Hart”

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