Book Review: Lux: The New Girl by Ashley Woodfolk

Title; Lux: The New Girl

Author: Ashley Woodfolk

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Genre: YA contemporary

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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Lux Lawson’s temper and antics have taken their toll on her mother and she is putting her foot down. Lux must live with her father where rules and structure will be enforced. She gets accepted into a prestigious arts school and soon meets Noelle, Tobyn and Micah. They are known as the Flyy Girls and Lux is interested.

This YA contemporary book is about a young girl’s anger and need for control. Lux’s character is very relatable. She is a typical teen who is angry about her parents not being together and believing they do not understand her. Lux must adjust to another school, her stepmother and little sister who cries all the time. I was thinking the Flyy Girls where a bad influence on Lux, but when she does not tell the truth to her father or her new friends, I was sure Lux needed to change. It was fun seeing her evolve throughout the story.

It deals with divorce, anger, learning from bad behaviors and building friendships, which is situations teens are dealing with today. This is a great book for middle grade and high schoolers. I will read the other books in this series.

I received this book via NetGalley for review purposes only.


Book Review: Rhythm Bay Love by Patricia A. Bridewell

Title: Rhythm Bay Love

Author: Patricia A. Bridewell

Publication Date: May 23, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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A wonderful story about new love.

Rhythm Bay Love is a contemporary romance about co-workers taking their differences and turning it into something positive. Jada and Antoine do not get along and it is making their work environment difficult. This continues to happen until they get to know each other. It is great that they overcame their issues, but there are other obstacles that just may do enough damage to ruin what they have accomplished.

I am not a big romance reading, but this book re-introduced me to the genre in a good way. The romance did not overpower the story, which had a hint of drama and interesting characters. I really enjoyed Jada and Antoine and how they handled everything going on in their lives without letting it affect them. Some of the supporting characters like Kiley and Gordan really got under my skin, but I still want to learn more about them.

Some people just cannot let go and some are just wanting to stir up trouble, which made for a page turning book and I was all for it. If you like romance with a bit of a twist than Rhythm Bay Love is for you. I am anticipating the sequel because I have a feeling Kiley will be up to something else.


Book Review: She Wears The Mask by Shelly Stratton

Title: She Wears the Mask

Author: Shelly Stratton

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

Genre: Women Fiction, Historical Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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A person can never get away from their past. This is evident in She Wears the Mask by Shelly Stratton.

Jasmine, a lawyer at a well- known law firm, is given the assignment of helping one of their long-term clients. When she meets Angelique, Jasmine Is not sure how to take her, but she is determined to help her find her lost daughter. Jasmine wants to do a good job, impress her boss, and move up in the firm, being the only black woman, but this task takes a little more than she expects.

She Wears the Mask is a beautifully written book about acknowledging flaws and righting wrongs. Angelique is a pillar of wisdom and reading the interactions between her and Jasmine were wonderful. Angelique’s son, Edgar was the only character I did not like.

It was easy to connect with the characters since the book switches back and forth from the past, which helped in learning more about Angelique and the present, which helped in learning more about Jasmine. Everyone keeps secrets and these characters had to face theirs, which led to an emotional book. I will admit I cried.  I love this author’s writing style and how she pulls emotions out of you through her characters.

If you like women fiction or historical fiction with a small amount of drama, some suspense and triggers of loss and grief, this book is for you I look forward to her next book.


Book Review: The New Girlfriend by Sheryl Browne

Title: The New Girlfriend

Author: Sheryl Browne

Publication Date: August 3, 2020

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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The New Girlfriend is a psychological thriller about mental issues and what happens when things get out of hand.

I do not like being caught off guard, so I can relate to Cassie when Kim shows up saying she has Josh’s child, Cassie’s, son who died a month ago. She does not know if this is a second chance or if Kim is up to something. Josh never mentioned her, but Cassie can only think about the baby, a boy named Samuel, her grandchild. This meeting starts the journey and unraveling of secrets, betrayal, and truth.

I did take me a while for me to get into the story because I was not connecting with the characters. Once I reach the middle of the book, I was able to piece together what I believed to be going on. The characters really started revealing themselves and the experience was better.

This book turned out to be suspenseful and entertaining. I was anticipating what Cassie and Kim would do next. Cassie’s husband, Adam was the one person I did worry about because he was in the middle of all the foolishness and did not realize what he had gotten himself into. You will have to read the book to learn about the other supporting characters in this book.

Overall, it was worth sticking around until the end, because my favorite part of the book is the ending. The author did a wonderful job with the epilogue in this book, which made it worth the slow start. If you are a fan of thrillers with triggers of mental issues than this book is for you.


*This book was provided via NetGalley for review purposes only.