Category: Book Review

Books I’ve been enjoying

Last year, my family and I moved. We’ve got a lovely house now, we’re finally settled — but one of the unfortunate side effects of the move is my commute. It nearly doubled. Most days, I find myself in the car for 45 minutes to an hour and a half each way. And I have to say, the only thing that’s really saved my sanity is audio books. I figured I’d share a few of the audio books I’ve listened to recently that I really enjoyed!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I absolutely loved this audiobook. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started it, I wanted no spoilers, I didn’t want to know a single thing about the book — so I just dove in. In the beginning, I’d simply wanted to listen to American Gods because I’d planned to watch the TV show. I did not plan to be completely consumed by the story, the characters, and the full cast in the audiobook. The world and the characters are so rich, the writing beautiful. I loved everything about it.

The Shades of Magic Series – by V.E. Schwab
A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light

When A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC came out three years ago, I tried to purchase a copy then. Alas, it was sold out. Then it slipped off my radar until I bought an ebook of it, but it got lost in my TBR pile. But finally, the audio book made its way into my life, and I cannot express how thankful I am to have read this series. These books made me love the characters, broke my heart (several times), and left me DYING when I had to pause them. I want to steal Kell’s coat, go on a ship with Lila, and give Rhy a long, much-needed hug. This was a world I was so sad to leave. There are not enough good things I can say about this series, other than, if this is not in your life already — fix it, and fix it now.

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Book Review – Blackbird Summer by Em Shotwell

It’s been a few months since I read Em Shotwell’s Blackbird Summer — and this book has stuck with me. I’ve been trying to find time to write this review (so sorry it’s taken so long). I heard about this book from my amazing critique partner, Elesha Teskey, but my TBR pile has been MILES deep for a while. I finally was able to carve out some time to read this book — and let me tell you — I am SO HAPPY I did.

Blackbird Summer is — well — Small town meets xmen. That’s what hooked me about it. I LOVE books about small towns (that’s actually what I’m writing right now, yay!)

So now to the nitty gritty. It’s rare — really rare — that a book makes me emotional. I think the last time a book made me cry was when Sirius died. But this book got me. There are so many emotional twists and turns, but in the best possible way.

Blackbird Summer focuses on a family of outcasts in a small rural town in Mississippi. (Who doesn’t love a good family of outcasts, right?)  I immediately got a sense of this family, and grew to love them. The way Em wrote this book, you feel like you’re folded into this family, it becomes a part of you. I knew these characters, I could see my own family in them, and though it’s a large family in the book — all of the characters were so distinct, I had no problem telling them apart.

The main character, Tallulah doesn’t want to follow the path her family has laid out for her — namely, working at a produce stand and having more gifted babies from an arranged marriage. Tallulah meets an outsider, and the ‘shipping gets real. A tragic loss shakes the family, and brings the tension between the family and the town to a head.

There’s a great balance of romance and action that pulls you through the book. I didn’t want to put it down (but you know, life). If you’re looking for characters you’re going to love ‘shipping, this book is for you. I NEEDED these characters to be together like I needed air. There’s a good balance of tension, romance, and suspense — the only thing I really wanted was a bit more heat.

When I finished this book, I was so sad that I had to leave these characters. I can’t wait for a sequel — or literally anything else I can get my hands on that’s in this world.

If you love small towns, romance, and mystery sprinkled with a little bit of magical realism then what are you waiting for? BUY THIS BOOK.

Book Review – Embracing the Rain by Amy Bledsoe

Embracing-The-Rain-By-Amy-Bledsoe Let me start by saying, I absolutely loved this book. It took me on an emotional journey, and left me needing to recover. Embracing the Rain is a wonderful romance with a hint of suspense that holds you captive until the last page.

Author, Amy Bledsoe, had the rare ability to make me care about every-single-one of her characters, even the animals! The depth of the characters, their back stories, their quirks, and more importantly flaws — it all added up to very real characters that were well-rounded. Realistic ups-and-downs in the relationships kept me eager to find out what happened next. The romance, and romantic tension were not only believable, but palpable.

This book is based in a small town in Oklahoma, and centers around two characters who both have dark pasts, and secrets that they want to keep hidden. As the characters fell in love, I found myself rooting for them, and wanting to know how the rest of their lives unfolded. If you’re looking for a great romance that’s an easy read, with a bit of suspense, be sure to pick up Embracing the Rain by Amy Bledsoe.

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