Book Review: Small Town Love by Michelle Stimpson and Michelle Lindo-Rice

Title: Small Town Love

Author: Michelle Stimpson and Michelle Lindo-Rice

Publication Date: November 19, 2019

Rating: 5 Stars= Non-Stop Page Turner

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Small Town Love by Michelle Stimpson and Michelle Lindo-Rice is about family, friendship, loss love and faith.

Best friends are hard to come by and Jhavon and Sean cherish their friendship. When Jhavon is killed it changes not only Sean’s life but the lives of Jhavon’s sisters Jazzy and Niya.

This book captured my attention on page one. The plot is well thought, flowed and was easy to follow. The characters are well-developed and easy to invest in. Jazzy’s character annoyed meet the most because she acted like the constant victim. It was as if she was miserable and wanted everyone else to be as well. Niya was a little naive and shy at the beginning of the book, but I enjoy the start of her transformation and look forward to see how her story will end. Sean’s character was my favorite. He was loyal, caring and even sensitive, which is needed more in male characters.

Having read several books by each of the authors, I was very impressed with Small Town Love. The story flows as if one author wrote the book. It is evident these authors have a connection in their writing styles, which was perfect foe this story. I can’t wait to read book two in this series.

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


Book Review: The Temp by Michelle Frances

Title: The Temp

Author: Michelle Frances

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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I’ve been in the mood for a page-turning thriller and I definitely found it with The Temp by Michelle Frances. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m glad I started with this one.

The Temp is about a young woman looking to break into the filming industry, by receiving a chance meeting with a producer she admires and how quick dynamics can change. The twists and turns in this plot were perfect. The characters easy to invest in especially as the story moved forward.

I believed Emma was this horrible character plotting against Carrie until I read more into the book. Carrie was needy to me and a little selfish especially with having a baby she knew would cause issues. Adrian was my least favorite. He was arrogant and only thought about himself. When I got to the end of the book I was satisfied, but you’ll have to read it to find out what I mean by that. This was a well-written book about the things people will do to get to the top and to stay there. Secrets always come back to bite. It had me on the edge of my seat trying to find out what Emma, Carrie and Adrian would do.

I like this author’s writing style and believe she did a wonderful job keeping me interested in the story till the end. I look forward to reading the rest of her work. I definitely recommend, The Temp, to those who love suspenseful thrillers and mysteries.

*This was a leisure read. This book was not provided by the author or publisher for a review.


Double Book Review: Above The Star and Below The Moon by Alexis Marie Chute

Title: Above The Star

Author: Alexis Marie Chute

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Genre: Adventure Fantasy, Portal Fantasy

Rating: 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

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Above the Star, first book in the 8th Island Trilogy, is about a father looking for his son, which leads to him trying to find a cure for his granddaughter’s illness. This portal fantasy takes you into the world of Jarr-Wya, where creatures, plants, and the people are a little weird.

I could relate to Tessa being upset about her husband disappearing, knowing their daughter, Ella is fighting cancer. I could also understand Archie not giving up on his son and believing him to have a true reason for disappearing. When Archie follows in his son, Arden’s footsteps to find out what happened to him, the story started to lose me. It’s set on this cruise the family is taking but then ultimately transport them to Jarr-Way because of Archie. This world seems to be under attack and now they are in the middle of it.

I was confused at times trying to keep the characters together and to keep up with the story line. However, I did like the action within the story. I also felt the names of the characters, plants and places where unique. Even though this was an okay read for me, I believe those who like portal fantasy and adventure books may like it.


Title: Below The Moon

Author: Alexis Marie Chute

Publication Date: October 15, 2019

Genre: Adventure Fantasy, Portal Fantasy

Rating: 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

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Below The Moon is the second book in the 8th Island Trilogy. In this second installment, finding Ella’s cure is still the focus of her family. In this book, The Wellesley’s are still stuck in Jarr-Wya, but they do know that Arden, Ella’s father is alive. He has been turned into one of the native Olearon and goes by Ardenal. He is also still trying to help his daughter and change Tessa’s mind about them. It seems Ella is the main person who can save every world and hopefully book three will say how.

I enjoyed the action in this one as well and the small love triangle between Tessa, Nate (the captain from the cruise) and Ardenal. I hope it’s addressed more in book three. I was able to keep up with the many characters a little better. I also noticed Ella’s chapters were in first person but the rest in third. The drawings, photos and some of the artist writings throughout this book as well as the first book were very distracting for me. I could take the author is an artist at heart, but I don’t believe it was necessary for the books. I prefer to visualize the descriptions for myself, it keeps my imagination going and helps my experience with the book.

*These books were provided by the author for review purposes only.



Book Review: The Crivabanian by Savannah J. Goins

Title: The Crivabanian

Author: Savannah J. Goins

Publication Date: November 12, 2019

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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I’ve been patiently waiting for Book Two of the Odan Terridor Trilogy and it’s been worth the wait. The Crivabanian continues the story of Enzi and Gaedyen, as they try to figure out the history behind the jewel, Enzi was wearing around her neck. Both have faced some obstacles but there are still more territories they’ll have to cover to find answers.

This is the kind of adventure I like to go on when reading a fantasy book. The characters from book one were more developed and the plot more enhanced. The author introduces new characters who add flare, mystery, and tension to the story. Granted I was focused more on Enzi and Gaedyen’s relationship, especially since he had a secret I was trying to figure out. I liked that I found myself relating to the characters feelings throughout the book. I also liked that the author cleared up what happened to Enzi seven years ago, which only made me care about her more. Veri, the flying squirrel brought fun to the story with his attitude and his back and forth with Enzi. I will say he was my favorite character from this book.

The action in the story, situations Enzi, Veri and Gaedyen found themselves in along with the way the author described it happening had me on the edge of my seat. Overall, to me this second book progressed the original plot, held my attention, and introduced new characters to invest in to.

I recommend The Crivabanian as well as book one, The Gwythienian to those who like twists and turns, portal fantasy books, but truly want to go on an adventure.

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