Book Review: Gretchen by Shannon Kirk

Title: Gretchen

Author: Shannon Kirk

Publication Date: July 23, 2019

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rating: 3=Okay Page Turner

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Gretchen by Shannon Kirk starts out with Lucy talking about the Ninth Place they’ve move to and having to start all over again. She feels her mother is being too paranoid and hope she’ll be able to have a normal life, especially after meeting Gretchen and her father. Lucy and her mother move on Gretchen and her father’s property. Lucy feel she has a new friend but soon finds out there’s more to Gretchen and their home then she suspects.

This book was a thriller about a young girl being on the run with her mother. It seemed to be the focus of the story until I got toward the end of the book and realized Lucy’s mother’s secret. The book is also about Lucy’s friendship with Gretchen, who seems to have some issues, which shocked me at the end of the book. I enjoyed the twists in the story, but it was a slow read and seem to drag on, making it hard to connect to any of the characters. I will try more of this author’s work.

*This book was provided by the publicist on behalf of the author for review purposes only.



Book Review Realm by Alexandrea Weis

Title: Realm

Author: Alexandrea Weis

Publication Date: May 14. 2019

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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Alexander the Great conquered the land were a young woman named Roxana lives. Alexander claims her after seeing her dance at a feast. She’s feisty, which turns him on and makes him want her even more. Roxana agrees to marry him for the sake of her family but she isn’t happy. This starts the journey of Alexander and Roxana and I couldn’t get enough of it.

This book had wonderful settings and descriptions. The author does a great job involving her readers in the action of the story. It was easy to visualize the descriptions and invest in the characters. The love shared between Alexander and Roxana was beautifully written as was the rest of the book.

Realm is my kind of historical fiction read. It is laced with battles, love, acts of conquering, loss and pain. It’s strong and stubborn characters wouldn’t let me put this book down. I felt all the feelings while reading it. I recommend this book to those who love historical fiction and romance.

*This book was provided by the publishers for review purposes only.

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Book Review: Birth of The Bacchae by Stephanie Mirro


Birth of the Bacchae
Immortal Relics Book 1
by Stephanie Mirro
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Serafina Finch is an archaeology student who discovers a unique Roman amulet. She starts having weird dreams, which she believes is connected to it. Serafina soon finds herself in a dangerous situation because there is others who want the amulet. She is not sure what she has gotten herself into but it’s effecting her and the people close to her. When she learns about her true identity and the history behind the amulet, she’ll have to go against evil to keep it secure.

Birth of the Bacchae is a story that explores the origin of vampires. It is not like other vampire stories and is well-written. It has suspense and mystery, which made it easy to invest in the story and its characters. I look forward to the next book in the series.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

“Vampires, Immortals, Bacchae—they’re all the same. The name may change, but their appetites never do.”

Ever since archaeology student Serafina Finch found an ancient Roman amulet on a dig in Italy, she’s been having dreams. Strange dreams that leave her with an eerie sense of foreboding. But between a busy college schedule and a boyfriend she’s hoping to marry, she doesn’t have time for strange.

Then a mysterious cult takes an obsessive interest in the artifact. Serafina finds her life in chaos as she’s thrown into the supernatural world, where Immortals and witches alike claim ownership of the amulet. Her amulet.

As her connection to the amulet grows, she discovers a dark secret about her past. Serafina realizes she must protect the powerful relic at all costs–even if it means losing one of the people she loves most.

“Invisible. Powerful. Immortal. We are Bacchae.”

BIRTH OF THE BACCHAE is a New Adult Urban Fantasy novel exploring the origins of vampire lore in a modern setting. Where do the stories come from? How were vampires created? Do they still exist today?

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Stephanie Mirro’s lifelong love of ancient mythology led to majoring in the Classics in college, which wasn’t quite as much fun as writing her own mythology stories as she did as a child. But that education, combined with an overactive imagination and being an avid fantasy reader, resulted in a writing career.

Starting her days with coffee and ending them with wine means Stephanie can usually be found juggling household chores, keeping the kids alive, and trying to write, edit, publish, and market the stories that haunt her dreams.

Born and raised in Southern Arizona, Stephanie now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two kids, and two furbabies. This thing called “seasons” is still magical.

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Book Review: False Step by Victoria Helen Stone

Title: False Step

Author: Victoria Helen Stone

Publication Date: June 1, 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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When I first started reading False Step, I believed it was about a married couple keeping secrets from each other. As I got deeper into the story I found out it was much more.

Veronica is married to Johnny, a man trying to get his personal training business off the ground. The thing is Johnny’s decision making skills aren’t the best, which may put his family in dangerous situations. When Veronica hears the news that her husband has rescued a little boy named Tanner on one of his runs, she believes he is a hero, until he starts acting strange. She believes he is hiding something but accusing him is wrong because she has a secret of her own.

Even though the twist was easy to detect, it didn’t take away from me wanting to know how the story would play out. Granted it took me until the middle of the book to fully invest in the characters but once I did the story took a different turn for me. I kept wondering why Veronica was married to Johnny and why it took her so long to investigate her surroundings. I found myself not trusting any of the characters and their actions except Veronica and Johnny’s daughter because she was innocent through the whole book. It also helped that the ending was shocking. It was perfect for me.

This book had secrets, suspense, and betrayal, which makes for a good thriller. I will definitely read more of this author’s work.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.