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The Phantom Forest - Review

The Phantom ForestThe Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seycia grew up hearing about the Forest of Laida. Its where your soul goes after you die and it keeps all the memories your soul has during its many lives. She is raising her brother Miko after her parents were killed. She tries her best to raise and keep him safe. That includes keeping him from being the yearly sacrifice. Someone found a way into the Underworld and opened a rift years ago. When she watches the eye of an evil man, she finds herself a sacrifice. Now in the Underworld with a Demon named Haben she is still trying to find a way to keep her brother safe and to put an end to the evil.

Seycia is a very strong character and even when she is sacrificed she still never gives up. She makes a bargain with Haben to destroy the evil within the Underwirld and on the real world. Haben is a demon with a huge secret that he doesn't want anyone to know. He is being punished for his secret and just wants his afterlife to end. Miko is a headstrong boy who doesn't think things through before he acts. It puts him in danger and others some of the time.


This was a great book with lots of darkness. It was a great way to look into what the Underworld may be and I really enjoyed it. It has lots of a tons and very well written. You get to see how everything came about. The world was easy to see as you read. I'd recommend it to my friends to read.

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Pan's Labyrinth:The Labyrinth of the Faun Review

Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the FaunPan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I knew as soon as I saw this book I would want to read it. Pan's Labyrinth is a favorite movie of mine. This book just brings more to enjoy for the old or new fans. It's a dark story and even if it tore my heart out at times I still loved it.


We follow Ofelia as she moves with her pregnant mother to their new home with her new stepfather Vidal. Vidal is a very cruel man who really is only concerned with his unborn child. There is a war going on and times are hard. Ofelia is left alone most of the time as her mother grows sicker. She meets Pan who ask her to complete task to get her hearts desire.


As Ofelia completes her task you meet a collection of characters who stick with you. You get to go on a journey not only of now but you also get to find out the past. The book has amazing illustrations in it. I loved seeing them all. The world in this book is fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time. I would recommend this to any and everyone. Come visit the labyrinth for an intriguing tale or two.

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Sisters of Summer's End Review

Sisters of Summer's End (Summer Resort #2)Sisters of Summer's End by Lori Foster


Joy is a single mom whose main goal in life is to support her son Jack and be independent. She is a hard worker and a wonderful mom but hasn't let anyone get close to her in years. After knowing Maris for a long time the two finally strike up a close friendship. Maris talks Joy into spending time with the new man in town Royce. While she doesn't want a relationship Royce just may be what Joy needs in her life. Maris also has to learn what has been in front of her all along may be the missing piece she needs.



This was a delight to read. I think the growing friendship between Joy and Maris was my favorite thing other than Jack. He was just so adorable. The two woman become so close and share everything with each other. They are very protective of each other.


There is tons of heat if that's what you looking for. Joy and Royce and Maris and Daron know how to turn up the flames. I liked both relationships. Royce shows Joy she doesn't just want someone to pass the time with. Daron shows Maris that she can have her dreams and find love as well.


I recommend to anyone wanting to read a great book with friendships, love, steam and finding out family just isn't blood.


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Like a Love Story Review

Like a Love StoryLike a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this book we follow three teens as they grow up in a time when AIDS is growing but not the help for it. Art is gay and he is always looking for ways to help the gay community. He isn't afraid to be who he is. Judy is his best friend and she is a bit of a social outcast as well. She wants more medical help for people with AIDS so her uncle Stephen might have a chance at living longer. Reza is new in town and still struggling with how he feels about his sexuality. He is gay but terrified of cathing a disease and terrified to let people know. While Reza is attracted to Art he begins to date Judy. When the truth about how he really is comes out all three end up getting hurt. Art and Reza can't fight their feelings and fall in love.



This is a book I think everyone should read. It tells the story of a time when there wasn't much help for people with AIDS and the government just wanted to make as much money as they could off of it. Gays where afraid to be attacked for who they are and who they love.

The only parts I didn't enjoy are the Judy/Reza relationship. I felt sorry for her. I do understand why he dated her and sure it used to happen a lot more than it does now. Stephen is a wonderful character. Even sick he never seems to give up and just wants the world to share equal love. I was happy to see Reza open up about who he really is.


Be sure to pick up this book and open your eyes to a different time. Full of friendship, family and love this book is a wonderful read.

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The Summer of Sunshine and Margot Review

The Summer of Sunshine and MargotThe Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Margot and Sunshine are sister and very different. Margot is an etiquette couch and takes her work very seriously. Her one downside is she lacks self confidence and let's her ex boyfriend string her along whenever he feels like it. Sunshine doesn't take her work seriously and will leave a job at the drop of a hat or really when a cute guy comes along. Both are very close despite being different types of people. Sunshine wants to break her cycle of not being serious and Margot wants to find a real guy who doesn't use her.





This was a delightful book. I loved the interactions between Margot and Bianca. Bianca has many rough edges and you don't think she will ever change. Her son Alex is very serious but Margot seems to loosen him up and he does the same for her. They are are good match even if both are afraid to see it.


Sunshine is are nanny for an adorable little boy who has a handsome father Declan. While Sunshine wants to find a good guy she is not trying to me up her job. Declan doesn't want to be attracted to Sunshine and tries to fight it. They both do their best to respect the boss/employee line but it's hard too do.




I love the growth in both sisters in too his book. They had a rough childhood but have overcame that. Sunshine learns to look for the real good guys and not just the pretty boys. She goes back to school and doesn't want to rely on her looks. Margot learns not toohisheo be a doormat and to go after what she really wants.



Be sure to pick to pick this up for a delightful story about two amazing sisters.

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The Wives Review

The WivesThe Wives by Tarryn Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thursday loves her husband Seth and tries not to let it bother her that he has two other wives. She doesn't know anything about the other two wives other than what day of the week they get with Seth. All that changes when she finds a piece of paper in his clothes. Now she is determined to find out about the other wives. She is determined to find out just what kind of person Seth is.


I should give a warning never start a book by this author late at night because you will be up all night reading. She is an amazing writer who hooks you right in.


I really enjoyed this book. It was dark with many twist. I felt so bad for Thursday wondering just how much she would take. I loved when she started standing up for herself and willing to hunt for the truth. The truth isn't always what you want to find I will say. Seth I didn't care for at any point in the book. He just makes my skin crawl all the way to the end. Pick this book up if you want a book that keeps your interest all the way to the end and leaves you gasping at the end. Highly recommend.

Thank you to Eldelweiss for a copy.

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The Perfect Dress Review

The Perfect DressThe Perfect Dress by Carolyn Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mitzi along with her two friends Paula and Jody run a dress shop for plus size women. It's their dream and they are trying to grow their business. Along the way they are trying to get their personal lives in order. When Graham moves back to town Mitzi hopes he looks beyond her plus size to her heart underneath.





I loved all of these characters so much. They are all so strong and protective of each other. It's the friendship you want for yourself. Mitzi is a hard worker and very sweet but she lacks self confidence. Graham is a nice guy who has someone from his past who doesn't want to let go. Both have to step back and see if they are right for each other. They are a great match when they let down their walls.




I have to say Fanny Lou stole the show for me. She reminds me of my grandmother so much and I love her sayings. I'd recommend anyone pick up this wonderful book for her alone. However it's so much more. Love, laughter, betrayal and new beginnings all in one fantastic book I didn't want to end. I look forward to getting more books by this author.

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