The Stars of Alabama…by Sean Dietrich #blogtour

The Stars of Alabama…by Sean Dietrich #blogtour

‘The Stars of Alabama’ tells the story of multiple characters struggling to survive in the south amid the Great Depression. The stories of various unrelated characters come together to form a beautiful tale of survival and love.       I really love Southern Fiction. It, along with historical fiction, is by far my favorite genre. When the two come together they are always a must-read for me. Sean Dietrich is known for his southern persona and storytelling and this story did not disappoint.   This book has all the things I love, a gritty struggle to make ends meet, strong but endearing characters, all set among the historical south. I really loved the characters as well as the voice of the novel. I also thought the pacing was great and I really didn’t get bored with the story at […]

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Remember Me…by Chelsea Bobulski #blogtour

Remember Me…by Chelsea Bobulski #blogtour

Nell is trying to recover from the loss of her mom when her dad moves her across the country. The move is for his new job in a historical hotel. In 1907 Lea is being forced to marry a man she doesn’t love to improve her family’s circumstances.   I love me some historical fiction and some spooky stories. So when this novel was described as a cross between ‘Titanic’ and the’Shining’, I knew this story was for me.   The Winslow hotel in this novel was a character in itself. It is so full of life and history while still being so very creepy. Having worked in the hotel industry I really loved some of the hotel lingo and inferences in the novel. This really made both Nell and Lea’s hotel stay seem so real.   I liked Lea’s perspective […]

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The Woman in the White Kimono…by Ana Johns #Blogtour

The Woman in the White Kimono…by Ana Johns #Blogtour

  Tori Kovac is on a mission to find out what happened to the woman her father fell in love with in the 1950s. Naoko Nakamura is fighting her parents and their traditional Japanese ways to marry the man she loves.   I really love historical fiction. The dual timeline with a present-day perspective is by far my favorite. While there have been a ton of WWII historical fiction lately, they almost all center around the European war. The war in Japan was huge and had so many nuances. I really hope we see more novels about war and the post-war aftermath in the Pacific. ‘The Woman in the White Kimono,’ really brings out how many stories there are to tell about Japan during this time period.   While ‘The Girl in the White Kimono,’ takes place right after the occupation of Japan, […]

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No Place Like Here…By Christina June #blogtour

No Place Like Here…By Christina June #blogtour

  When Ashlyn’s father goes to prison and her mother goes to rehab for depression, her world falls apart. Ashlyn’s father decides she needs to work at a retreat for the summer with a cousin she barely knows.   This story is a companion book to ‘It Started With Goodbye’, and ‘Everywhere You Want to Be’. Although they have crossover characters, each can be read separately.   I was really excited to read, ‘No Place Like Here,’ when I found out it took place at a wilderness retreat. This is such a unique premise and setting.   It is a ‘Hansel and Gretal’ retelling, although this is very subtle.  Deb as the witch definitely took a while to catch onto even with the candy and gingerbread house references. Ashlyn’s quote journal and her leaving ‘breadcrumbs’ of quotes everywhere was wonderful and […]

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We Thought We Were Invincible…by Michelle MacQueen

We Thought We Were Invincible…by Michelle MacQueen

Callie is trying to survive high school and get out of her small Florida town. When her best friend moves away to college, Callie believes she is stuck alone.   I really love me some books set in Florida. Especially when it gives a glimpse into small-town Florida.   I really liked Callie and her relationship with her twin brother. Being a mom to boy/girl twins myself, I love seeing older twins that have a close relationship.   Callie’s spunky and fun personality is relatable and her hate to love relationship with Jaime was definitely swoon-worthy. I also loved that their family ran a diner.   I kind of figured out the twist that was coming but it was still shocking. It really brought out the realities of modern-day high-school.   I thought that the Hurricane threat was an interesting part of the story and […]

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A Straw Man…by Amalie Jahn

A Straw Man…by Amalie Jahn

In the third and final installment in the ‘The Clay Lion’ trilogy, Charlie’s little sister Melody takes her own trip to the past. Melody learns that small actions can have large and unexpected consequences in the present.   I adored the previous installments in the ‘Clay Lion’ series. I pretty much jumped from ‘Tin Men’ into this one. I could not wait to find out where Melody’s time-traveling journey would take her. The story begins as Melody is starting college. Her first day she meets handsome, sweet, and strong Nate. Nate and Melody fall head over heels for each other.   Nate and Melodie’s lives take a dramatic twist after a tragedy. Melodie decides to go against everyone’s advise and use her one-time-only time-travel trip.   I really loved Nate. Amalie Jahn is so good at making swoon-worthy characters. I can totally understand why […]

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Tin Men…by Amalie Jahn

Tin Men…by Amalie Jahn

In this continuation of the ‘Clay Lion’ series, Brooke’s boyfriend Charlie takes his own journey into his past and in the process discovers who he really is.   I really enjoyed, ‘The Clay Lion’, and literally went right into ‘Tin Men’ as soon as I had finished the first one. I had to know how Brooke’s story continued.   Charlie was my favorite character from ‘The Clay Lion’ (and he is totally swoon-worthy), so I  loved that this book took on his story. Jahn had me totally forgetting that government-sanctioned time-travel isn’t really a thing (yet). I had to keep reminding myself that this is really a science fiction story and not just a romantic contemporary.   I found I was more sympathetic to Charlie’s character in this story then I was to Brooke’s in the first book. Charlie’s intent throughout the […]

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The Wise and The Wicked…by Rebecca Podos

The Wise and The Wicked…by  Rebecca Podos

  Ruby and her sisters come from a long line of wise and powerful women. When their grandmother and her sisters fled Russia they lost most of their magical powers. Today only one of their great powers remain. The power to have a vision of their own death.   The cover on this one was what initially got me. It justs screams Russian folklore. It gives a great representation of what this novel is about. The only type of magical realism that I really enjoy is when it is told through a lens of an old world fairytale with fairytales themselves woven into the story. ‘The Wise and The Wicked’ has this in spades.   I really loved the flow of the story as well as the characters. Podos did such a wonderful job of describing the characters and making each […]

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The Clay Lion…by Amalie Jahn

The Clay Lion…by Amalie Jahn

Brooke’s brother has died a rather sudden death. In Brooke’s world, she can go back in time only once.  Will she be able to save her brother? Will she be punished for breaking the rules of time travel?   I am a huge fan of time travel. I’ve been hearing about ‘The Clay Lion’ for some time now and I finally got a chance to read it.   The story takes place in what seems to be a mirror image of our universe but one where time travel takes place. The characters can’t travel back and experience historical events. They can only travel back in their own lifetime. They only have six months before they need to travel back to the present day. This means that they are only reexperiencing events in their own lives.   Jahn really kept the story moving. I literally […]

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Triplicity…by J.Mercer

Triplicity…by J.Mercer

Navy, Isaiah, and Jesse are teens traveling with their families on an Alaskan cruise.  While enjoying their vacation they must solve the mystery of who is committing thefts on board the ship.   A mystery aboard a cruise. Yes, please. I have never read a story that takes place on a cruise ship. This story has so much potential. A ship with everyone trapped on board while crimes are taking place could really be interesting.   What I Loved: First, there were a few things I really loved about the story. I loved the details about the ports of call. I loved the touristy places they visited.  I also really loved the mystery. It was fun but not too scary. I didn’t guess who the thief was until right before it was revealed. Isaiah Jesse’s aunt and grandmother were also […]

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