Book Review: A Sister’s Secret by Cydney Rax

Title: A Sister’s Secret

Author: Cydney Rax

Publication Date: February 28, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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A Sister’s Secret is about five siblings who agree to have regular meetings called “Sister Day” to keep a connection with each other per their mother and to keep it real with each other. This is easier said than done.

My Thoughts

Book Cover
This book cover is eye catching, displays one of the sisters and drew me to the back cover for the synopsis.

The plot of the story is what kept me turning the pages. The transitions from chapter to chapter are consistent and kept the storyline flowing. It had the right amount of twists and turns along with some suspense. The best part of the book was the characters.

Burgundy is the sister with the good life. She has money, a loving husband, and wonderful home. She is the one trying to keep her sisters making it to Sister Day. Alita is the sister with the blunt personality. She says what’s on her mind, is overprotective of her son and makes it hard for anyone to get past her cold heart. Drucilla is the level-headed sister that keeps her life on the right path. Coco is the sister that can’t help being over the top when it comes to her children’s father. She is stubborn and doesn’t like to take advice from anyone. Elyse is the sister who took their mother’s death the hardest and ends up living with Burgundy. She doesn’t socialize and normally stays hidden. After reading the book, I can understand why.

These characters as well as the secondary characters were well-developed. They brought out emotions within me that made me want to invest in them.

This book allowed me to see families are not perfect. It also showed an inner struggle with one of the characters that no one noticed. I won’t spoil it, you must read the book to understand my point. A person never knows what is going on behind closed doors and it’s evident in A Sister’s Secret.

I recommend this book to others because it is a perfect blind of family, drama, secrets, and betrayal. Once the secret is revealed you will want to pick up the next book in this series.


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


Book Review: Tangled by James W. Lewis

Title: Tangled

Author: James W. Lewis

Publication Date: December 26, 2017

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-stop Page Turner

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Tangled by James W. Lewis is a suspenseful story with a variety of characters with hidden secrets that come together for a class reunion. Gerald & Lisa are married but things haven’t been the same since she started planning their upcoming class reunion. Greg and Aanya are married and struggling since they haven’t gotten pregnant yet. Quinton is Gerald brother and a semi-private investigator who has his eye on a former classmate. Yara is a widow with a dark secret but she knows how to handle it and besides she is great at keeping secrets. This is your class of 2005 from Monte Clara High School.

The plot and content of this book was on point. It had a consistent flow to it where I was able to keep up with all of the characters as they transitioned into twists and turns happening in the plot. It had a thriller aspect to it but also a little mystery. I didn’t figure it out until the end of the book. Loved it!

The characters were well-developed and I was in tune with their personalities, how they were feeling but couldn’t quite guess on what their next moves would be, which drove me crazy in a good way. These characters secrets brought a small amount of drama, action and the reveals were my favorite parts of the book.

The overall message I took from this book is that what is done in the dark will come to the light and to understand that you will never truly know everything there is to know about the people you encounter. This was an entertaining book with just amount of twist and turns, drama and mysterious element that will definitely have me picking up this author’s next book. Having said that, since I have read all of the author’s previous titles, I can say Tangled is my favorite. I definitely recommend this book to those who like mysteries and suspense thrillers.

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


Book Review: Saturday’s at Sweeney’s by Ashley Farley

Title: Saturday’s at Sweeney’s

Author: Ashley Farley

Publication Date: December 2, 2017

Genre: Mystery

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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Saturday’s at Sweeney’s, the last book in the Sweeney Sisters series by Ashley Farley, is about the matriarch of the family being accused of ruining the family business.

The book starts off with Sam Sweeney being called and told their family business is on fire. She is shocked as the rest of the family but hurt when the police believe her mother was responsible for the incident.

Sam is basically in charge of running the family business and hopes to rebuild with her son Jamie, who doesn’t want to leave his hometown. Jackie doesn’t really want to deal with the problems surrounding the business nor the issues her son, Sean is having, but is quick to give advice to her sisters. Faith, the youngest, volunteers to take care of their mother until they make a final decision about placement, but she is also keeping a secret from her sisters that may be dangerous.

This is my first introduction to Ashley Farley’s writing but will not be my last. She is an author I will continue to follow. This book shows the realistic interaction within a family, which made me connect with the characters. The mystery aspect is just a plus. The twists and reveal were unsuspected but worth the wait. The transitions Lovie goes through in the book made me sympathetic to her family’s issues of placing her in facility.

I read this book with determination to find out who committed this crime because to blame it on an elderly woman with dementia was bugging me. In the process, I met some interesting characters with everyday problems. I recommend this book to readers who love mysteries.

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

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Authors & Readers Book Corner’s January Wrap Up

Wow, isn’t the title of this post a mouth full to say. I tell yaw!

Anyway, I wanted to share my thoughts on the books I read for my first wrap up for the new year. I read a variety and hit some books in series that I’m trying to finish.

This are the books I read in January:

On Pointe by Shelly Ellis (3 Stars)

This was a wonderful set up to this new series set in a dance academy school ran by siblings and their mother. It was exciting meeting the first sister, Bina who has recently had a breakup but determined to get on with her life. Bina’s transformation in the story made it worth reading but I share more in my review.

*Full review will be available later this week.

Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson (5 Stars)

Ex-Ray had me on the edge of my seat and wanting so much more. These characters had me mesmerized from the first chapter with their betrayal, secrets and personal issues. It has everything a juicy drama needs and I enjoyed it so much and can’t wait till book three comes out later this year. I talked about it more in my review here.

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (5 Stars) 

No words can express the kick ass main character in this series, Mercy Thompson. Even though she puts herself in danger more times than she should, the plots, descriptions and locations make you feel like your in the story with her.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (3 Stars)

I’m sure this book is just a set up for more action and better character development because at this point I’m not invested in this series at all. I dont want to give up on it just yet. I do believe Celeana has the potential to be a great. I also like that she is not fully following the King’s wishes even though I believe it’s going to backfire at some point.

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (3 Stars)

I will be honest the only reason I purchased this book is because I loved her father. The plot of this book seemed intriguing and I’m always up for a suspense, thrillers and mysteries. However, it was boring as heck for me. The twists were flat and the ended was rushed. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters but I will give her next work a try if there is one.

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black (3 Stars)

I’m a big fan of psychological thrillers especially those with serial killers, which I hoped this would be a great one. It didn’t excite me like I thought it would. Don’t get me wrong, it starts off great and the author created characters tgat yoy really get to know.  The suspense is even there but It seemed he got long winded in some areas that could have been shorten and maybe the story wouldn’t have stalled for me.

The Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin (3 Stars)

I’m not a big fan of science fiction/Fantasy books but I love the movies. This particular book caught my attention. I was able to pick up on Emory going to a boarding school when she is asked to join an organization but then she is asked to play both sides, good vs bad. Emory has to decide who to believe and figure out who she can trust. This book kept my attention even though it felt rushed and some of the characters actions were not believable. I still enjoyed it and will probably buy the rest of the books in the series.

Saturday’s at Sweeney’s by Ashley Farley (5 Stars)

I love a good mystery and this book did it for me. After reading this, I so ordered the rest of the books in this series. I love the Sweeney family with all of their flaws and secrets. This is book five and I believe the last book and it starts off with the family’s business burning down. Who started it? everyone wants to know. You have to read it to find out.

*Full review will be available later this week.

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs ( 5 Stars)

In Iron Kissed the stakes are pretty high and Mercy made me so mad at her in this one. There is also a little love triangle that has you picking sides before you get to the end.

As you can see in my January Wrap Up there were books I loved and some books that didn’t work for me. I always give an author a second chance, so I will try another one of their books.

What books did you read for January? If you have read any of the titles above, leave me a comment and let me know what you thought about them.