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The Book Club Murders…a review!

It’s no secret that I love cozy mysteries but my favorite type of cozy mysteries are ones that have something to do with books…libraries, bookstores, and book clubs!  So, as soon as I saw this one I knew I had to read it.  I’m so happy I was able to get the chance to review it.  Let’s start off with the blurb…

summaryoverlookIn a charming cozy mystery series debut, Leslie Nagel’s irrepressible small-town heroine finds that her fellow mystery book club members may be taking their Agatha Christie a bit too literally—and murder a bit too lightly.

Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She’ll do anything to make it a success—even join the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among Oakwood, Ohio’s wealthy elite.

Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat—and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the Club’s murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the Club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway.

Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agathas aren’t the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to prevent another murder. And if Charley’s not careful, she may find herself becoming the killer’s next plot twist.

reviewoverlayI absolutely loved this book.  Charley is an extremely likeable main character and I love that she owns a vintage clothing shop.  I love that there’s a book club in the book, I love reading about what characters in a book would choose to read.  Basically, I’m obsessed with books.  I also loved that the members of the book club weren’t all really good friends.  It made for an eclectic and interesting group, very fun to read.  Oh, let’s not forget that the book club calls themselves “The Agathas”  LOVE IT!

As I read this book I noticed it was different from most of the cozy mysteries I’ve read.  It seemed more fast paced and exciting.  Lot’s of cozy mysteries are in sleepy little towns with close-knit residents…I liked that this town did not come across as sleepy and neither did its residents.  There is a romance, which is not unusual, but the romance blossoming between Charley and Marcus was quite fun to read.  I loved trying to figure out the mystery along with them and I was happy to be surprised at the end.

Basically I loved everything about this book.  One of the only downfalls is that I wish I could read the next one right away!  I also felt like I should mention that I did come across a swear or two…shocking I know.  It didn’t bother me at all as it fit in with the story and dialogue but I know some people try to avoid that in their cozies.  Overall though, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great mystery because it’s that and more.

The Book Club Murders
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The Edge of Juniper

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Did you ever have a book on your TBR that just gets lost in the madness….that was this book for me.  I should have gotten around to reading this book a lot sooner.  Not only because the I received a copy from the author which is super nice but because it’s a fantastic book!  I do have to say for those of you who may pick up this book (and I hope you do) that it’s not all fluffy teen romance.  There are some serious issues discussed in the book. Don’t let that deter you because it’s  a wonderful story.  Well, lets get on with the summary and then we’ll jump into the review!

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Fay Whitaker, sixteen years old and yearning for adventure, is excited to spend the summer with her fearless cousin Celia in small-town Juniper, Indiana.

But Fay soon discovers that her summer home is not what she expected. She is alarmed by her uncle’s temper, and learns of the grudge he holds against the Dearing family. Celia handles the tension at home by escaping with her boyfriend, leaving Fay with time on her hands—time that leads her straight to Malcolm Dearing, off-limits because of his last name. Fay is captivated by Malcolm’s warmth and intensity. She finds that trying to stay away from him only makes her think of him more.

Fay and Celia are launched on a journey, and each must attempt to navigate the thrilling and unpredictable world of love. Everything Fay thinks she knows about love is put to the test, as relationships unfold and reveal themselves in ways she never before dreamed.

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I have to start off by saying that many of the YA romances that I’ve read come across as almost fantasy…and by that I mean highly unrealistic.  What I loved most about The Edge of Juniper is the realism.  Fay, her parents, her aunt and uncle, and her cousins all have real lives and real problems are a part of that too.  It’s nice to see characters confront and deal with these type of issues.  Although I do like to read to get away, it’s also nice to see the strength of characters come across on the page.  I feel like Lora Richardson does this very well.

That’s not to say there isn’t any wonderfully cute teenage romance…because there is.  There’s a little bit of the forbidden romance as far as Fay and Malcolm go.  I’m not a fan of the ‘bad guy’ who changes for love thing so I was happy to read about these two sweet characters.  They have enough obstacles to deal with to make their love story interesting from start to finish.

I have to say in the beginning I found some of the characters kind of unlikeable.  Fay seemed naïve,  her cousin Celia does not seem very friendly, and her Aunt and Uncle…not great.  I was concerned I wouldn’t like anyone but the more you read the more you learn about these people and realize why they are the way they are.  It’s satisfying to watch these characters grow and change from chapter to chapter.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a YA contemporary romance that really hits all the right notes.

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Are you a fan of Ya or contemporary romances?  What’s your favorite thing about them? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.  Let me know if The Edge of Juniper is making it onto your TBR.  Happy Reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday…WARRIOR!

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Everyone loves a good Waiting on Wednesday post…or at least I do!  This is a weekly feature where we share our excitement for books that are coming out soon.  It’s a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.  I haven’t participated in a while but the excitement I have for this book is ridiculous!! So, I needed an outlet for that excitement because I’m not sure I can contain myself any longer.

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Before Warrior, this series consists of three books.  Three glorious books told from Sara’s perspective.  Now we finally get Nikolas’ story.  I don’t think I’ve ever read one of these types of books yet…where a series is retold from another character’s perspective.  I always figured what’s the point…I already know what happened.  Not this time! Because Nikolas is such an intriguing and amazing character that I must know what he’s thinking!!  Also the two character’s aren’t always together in the first three books so I must know what his story is.  If you haven’t started this series then I cannot be more serious when I say…READ IT NOW!  You will not regret it.  You know as a book lover how people are always asking you what book/series would you recommend….this is always the series I say.  Every time.  There’s warriors, vampires, trolls, and so much more but I won’t give everything away.  The story so far has been unique, compelling, and wonderful…and if I have to wait much longer for Warrior to come out I may explode.  Luckily, it’s finally October and I don’t have much longer to wait….I can totally remain calm.

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I know I’m not alone in my excitement for this book….especially because there’s a facebook group called We are the Mohiri where we gather and rant and rave to our hearts content.  Luckily, Karen Lynch is an amazing author and she can be found in the group tossing us teasers to get us by.   I hope I have accurately conveyed how excited I am for this book and how much I’ll be celebrating when it come’s out…if not maybe this will help…

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Make sure to leave me comments below letting me know what you think whether you’ve read the series already or not. I’d love to hear from you. Read on for the summary from goodreads. Happy Reading!

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The warrior has finally met his match.

Nikolas Danshov is the Mohiri’s finest warrior, fearless and lethal with any weapon. For almost two hundred years, he has devoted his life to keeping humans safe from the demons that walk the earth. Revered by his people, he is a legend in his own time, a warrior undefeated in battle, and prepared for anything. Until her.

On a routine job in Maine, a twist of fate brings Nikolas face-to-face with the one person he had never expected to meet – his mate. Sara Grey is unlike anyone he’s ever met. Beautiful and fiery, she ignites his desire, while her innocence and vulnerability awaken a fierce protectiveness in him. Now all he can think of is keeping his mate safe from the dangers that hunt her, even if she fights him at every turn.

You know Sara’s story. Now read it again, through the eyes of her warrior.

Find it on Amazon here!

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Updated and Revamped!

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If you follow my blog then you’ve noticed that I’ve been fairly inconsistent and I apologize for that.  My little blog was very new and honestly did not have much direction.m  Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing and I’m still learning as I go.  I wasn’t pleased so I decided to do an overhaul!!

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I started with the look and layout of my blog.  It’s all new and I love it!  I decided a fresh start needed a fresh look as well.  I didn’t stop there I also updated the about me page as well as added a review request page that includes a review policy.  The tabs are located at the top of the page so be sure to check them out.

I’ve decided to focus the blog on mysteries (especially cozy mysteries) and YA.  I feel like I can offer a unique perspective on these genre’s as a 30-something year old 😉 I realized I needed to create a focus for my blog or be crushed by the hugeness of it! Now the point of this is to make the blog better and to have more fun doing it so if I find a book that’s not in those two genres that I love well then I’m going to talk about it on the blog anyways.

So, thanks for sticking with me and I hope you like all the changes I’ve made.  Let me know what you think by commenting below.  Also I’d love any suggestions you have about what I should add or start doing or anything you’d like to see really.  Like I said I’m learning as I go and all suggestions are welcome!  I am going to try to add more blog posts that are fun and not exclusively reviews…but that part is still a work in progress.  Thanks again all!

I do have a few reviews that will be coming really soon, both YA and cozy so if you’re a fan of either or both look forward to those.  Happy Reading everyone!

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Lights, Camera, Murder…a Review

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Anything can happen on a reality show, though finding a body on set—and live on air—is new.
Melissa McBallister is young, rich, and beautiful but frustrated. She wants nothing more than to be a famous author like her mother. When the opportunity to be on a new reality TV show comes her way, she grabs the chance, hoping to find some inspiration. When a castmate is murdered during a live broadcast and her blood is literally on Melissa’s hands, the young writer gets more than she bargained for—reality TV is much stranger than fiction. Can Melissa prove that she’s innocent?

Ryan Sethi prefers to produce TV commercials. They’re boring and safe. But he can’t pass up the opportunity to produce a show about socialites in Fishcreek Falls, an exclusive ski town high in the Rocky Mountains. But can he keep the show, cast, crew, and especially Melissa safe while a killer is on the loose? Or will a reality TV show gone bad ruin both of their lives?

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Anyone who looks at my bookshelf or my kindle knows one thing right away….I LOVE cozy mysteries!! One of my favorite things about them is the fact that there are endless settings for them.  So, when I saw that this one was centered around a reality TV show I was intrigued….definitely not something I’ve come across before.  Even though I was excited to get started, I do have to say that I am not a fan of reality TV and don’t watch any of those shows.  Even so, I started reading hoping for that cozy charm I love.

The main character, Melissa, starts off quite likeable.  She’s a writer (which I must admit I’m always happy to find in my cozies) and rich but not snobby at all.  After reading the blurb and finding out she was rich and going to be on a reality TV show I was worried I would find her unlikeable but that was happily not the case.  Basically, she agrees to join the reality TV show because she’s in a writing slump and hoping for excitement and inspiration.  I can get on board with that.  Then there’s the producer of the show Ryan Sethi, seems sweet right away and I can see some future romance there.

When all the gals on the reality show meet for the first time, it’s in a restaurant.  Which ended up being typical reality show cat fighting…this is where I involuntarily roll my eyes.  It’s scenes like that one that are why I avoid watching those shows.  But if you’re a lover of reality TV this books got something for you that you’ll love.  Soon after that we get our murder mystery!    I found the mystery to be intriguing and I couldn’t guess who the murderer was right off the bat, which is a plus for a cozy.

My only issue was that I felt like the main characters were a bit underdeveloped.  I didn’t really feel all that invested in them which may be because I didn’t feel like I knew them all that well. This is only the first book in the series, so hopefully we get to know these people a bit more intimately in the next book.  Overall I enjoyed the story, but it may be a better fit for reality TV fans…if you’re a fan of cozy mysteries and reality TV then you just hit the jackpot.

What are your thoughts on this book…have you read it?  Would you read it?  What about reality TV…fan or not?  I’d love to hear your thought.  Happy Reading!
Lights, Camera, Murder (Reality TV Cozy Mysteries, #1)
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Bright Blaze of Magic and all it’s magnificence!

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This review is long overdue and I can only blame myself and my TBR pile that is growing to such massiveness that I may get lost in it.

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So, let’s not put this off anymore….

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Bad Things Always Come In Threes…

As a thief, I’m good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls.

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families–and kill every last Sinclair. What they don’t know is that I’m on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I’ve got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…

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I absolutely love this series and everything about it! This was by far my favorite of the three books.  The main character Lila is independent, loyal, and fierce!  I love to see how she’s changed from the first book but still manages to stay true to the type of person she is.  Much too often in books the main character can completely change who she is for other people..especially if there’s a love interest.  Not Lila…she learns to let other people in but she still stays true to who she is….she’s a bad ass who can take care of herself.  In Bright Blaze of Magic we see her not only taking care of herself but the people she’s come to care about.

The first two books were really building up to what I imagined would be some sort of epic fight or showdown….so let’s just say I had some high expectations.  Jennifer Estep did not disappoint!  I don’t want to spoil anything but everything I’ve been waiting for concerning the families and long planned revenge and epic fights…it’s all here.  And we can’t forget some spectacular run ins with monsters, I love that element in this series.

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There is some continuing romance but it’s definitely not the main focus of the book.  The books is filled with action, magic, and excitement.  I finished this book feeling satisfied with the way the story played out in every way!  So, if you haven’t read this one yet then I recommend you not wait any longer, and if you haven’t started the series yet….what are you waiting for!?!

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade, #3)

 Find it on Amazon here!

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The Summer of Lost Wishes Review

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Are you already hooked by the beautiful cover? Because I was!  If you’re not don’t worry, I still have my review and first the summary..

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When sixteen-year-old Piper Davenport’s mom packs up their lives and heads to the coastal Florida town of Coral Sands, Piper doesn’t care much for the view…until she catches a glimpse at Rooks Carter.

Her mom’s “look but don’t touch” policy regarding the boy next door is all but impossible to maintain, especially since he’s helping his dad restore Piper’s new home, the Calloway Cottage. A gorgeous, shirtless boy makes this boring little town a bit more exciting.

But after Piper and Rooks discover a secret in the walls of the cottage, they have a chance to unravel the biggest mystery in Coral Sands history – unless someone unravels them first.

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Let me start off by saying I went into this one with very high hopes…I mean it’s YA and it’s a mystery! I read a lot of YA and a lot of mystery but hardly any that are both.   I’ll end your suspense…I LOVED The Summer of Lost Wishes!!  This will be one of those books that I will recommend to everyone.  It had so many opportunities to take the cliched route as far as the characters and plot went but the author took none of them.  It’s so refreshing and exciting to read a book like this one where I find the characters and the plot so intriguing and original.

Pretty early on in the story Piper, our main character, spots Rooks…the cute boy next door.  Piper’s mom warns her not to get involved with him as he might be “trouble”.  This is the point where it would be easy for an author to write a girl next door meets bad boy and falls in love even though she knows she shouldn’t…kind of story.  But Jessa Gabrielle’s characters are complex and realistic.  Piper and Rooks are characters that teenagers could easily relate to and I say this not because I’m a teenager, far from it!  But I found myself reading passages and being reminded of how I felt at that age.

Now aside from the amazing characters my favorite thing about The Summer of Lost Wishes is the mystery!!  I read a lot of mysteries, they are my favorite.  So, sometimes it’s hard for me to be surprised by an ending.  As I was reading this I got completely drawn into the mystery and the romance of it.   I don’t want to give away anything so I’ll just say that when I got to the obvious climax of the story I was thinking I knew exactly where it was going….I was worried that the ending would be predictable.  Then I kept reading and there was a lot of me yelling “WHAT?!”  and “I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING”  I love that I was surprised by the ending…in soo many ways!  Yet it all still came together and made sense.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book.  It has something in it for everyone to love and I know I’ll be recommending it to anyone asking me what they should read next.  I will also be eagerly awaiting the next book published by Jessa Gabrielle.

The Summer of Lost Wishes

Find it on Amazon here!

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Ceruleans Print Party!!

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If you haven’t read The Cerulean Series by Megan Tayte then you are in luck!  The series came out in print this month and Megan Tayte is having a fantastic giveaway to celebrate!! If you have read the series then you know how wonderful and unique it is and you’re probably dying to get your hands on this beauties.   In a world where YA books are plentiful and new and fresh ideas are rare, The Ceruleans Series really shines.  I have reviewed the books in the series but before I link to the giveaway I’m sure you’re all waiting for I’d like to post a summary for Death Wish, the first book in the series, followed by a link to my review….Just to get you all excited!

IN SEARCH OF THE MEANING OF DEATH, SHE’LL FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE.

The Ceruleans: mere mortals infused with power over life and death. Five books; one question: If the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint?

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. But suicide? It makes no sense.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to an isolated English cove with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.

As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmth. Power.

What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death.

To believe the impossible.

Click here for my review of the first book in the series.  Death Wish…perfect mix of suspense, romance, and paranormal!

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Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. ‘Write, Megan,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, Megan is a professional writer and published author by day, and an indie novelist by night. Her fiction – young adult romance with soul – recently earned her the SPR’s Independent Woman Author of the Year award.

Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in the village of Standish, Greater Manchester. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a palaeontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.

You can find Megan online at:
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Buy links

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I’m a little late to the party but here’s your chance to win these beauties…this is the last day! So if you haven’t entered yet make sure to enter quickly!!

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Jamie Quinn Mystery Review!

One of the best things about being a blogger is being contacted by wonderful authors asking if you’d like to review their book.  Once I was contacted by the author about this box set I knew it was something I would want to read.  I also have to add that it’s available for Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe to that….yay!  As soon as I saw that I picked it up immediately and added it to my list.  This is one of those books that I may not have found or picked up on my own but I’m glad I had the chance to read it.

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Books 1-3 of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Series! Including:

Death by Didgeridoo“-Winner of the Indie Book of the Day award. Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It’s up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it’s too late. It doesn’t help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn’t commit.

The Case of the Killer Divorce“-Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It’s business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie’s client becomes the prime suspect. When she can’t untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client’s name. And she’s hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father.

Peril in the Park“-There’s big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn’s boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can’t figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there’s a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it’s too late.

A preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, “Engaged in Danger,” can be found at the end of the book.

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First thing I want to say is that I’m glad I picked up the box set instead of just starting with the first book because they were quick reads that drew me in.  Once i finished the first one I instantly moved on to the next one.  Another thing I want to start off with is that I love mysteries but for some reason I usually shy away from mysteries where the heroine is a lawyer.  I don’t know why but I usually find them too procedural and dry.  That was not the case with Jamie Quinn.  She’s relate able and you quickly find yourself rooting for her.  She’s the type of main character that you’d want to be your friend because she’d always be on your side.

I took a break from reading a slew of cozy mysteries where amateur sleuths go around trying to solve mysteries while getting themselves into all kinds of trouble so when I started reading about Jamie Quinn, it was refreshing.  She’s intelligent and isn’t afraid to do some investigating but for some of the trickier stuff she has her friend and private investigator, Duke, to help her out.  I have to say I LOVE Duke!  He’s just such a wonderful character and I’m glad he sticks around throughout all of the books.   As the story and books go on you really get to know Jamie, Duke, and other members of her friends and family more and more.  There’s actually a story line revolving around her father that runs through all the books that I just found extremely interesting, it felt like I was discovering things right along with Jamie.  The story and character growth really seemed to progress naturally and made the story more enjoyable to read.

I know that I love this series because after quickly reading through the three books in this box set I instantly checked to see if there was a fourth that I could get my hands on….spoiler there is! 🙂

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A Delightful Taste of Magic!

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Part of what I love about reading and the blogging community is discovering so many great books.  However,  I found out that with all the ARC’s and much anticipated releases I tend not to blog about books I find randomly on my own.  I’m a big fan of indie books.  I’ve discovered many a wonderful book/series by reading independently published books.  A few months ago I decided to try Kindle Unlimited…I really wasn’t sure if I would like it but so far it has been great.  So, I decided to feature books I’ve found on Kindle Unlimited more often on the blog.  Starting with A Taste of Magic by Alaine Allister.

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Out of work reporter Clarissa Spencer is being stalked by a stray cat. She can’t cook to save her life, her garden is an overgrown mess and her chocolate chip cookie addiction is out of control. Then to top it all off, she gets struck by lightning!

Clarissa thinks she has it bad – until she learns the town mayor has been shot to death and his widow has been falsely accused of killing him. Okay, so it could be worse…

Clarissa makes it her mission to expose the true killer before her arch nemesis – an infuriatingly handsome reporter from the city newspaper – can. Unfortunately, solving a murder is easier said than done…especially with the lunacy in Clarissa’s life!

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I tend to enjoy witchy mysteries, which is why I decided to give this one a try.  The blurb made it sound fun and amusing.  I was concerned that it would end up being way too outlandish and ridiculous.  I mean she’s being stalked by a cat, is struck by lightning, and there’s obviously some witch component?  It could get too silly for my liking.  Luckily, I was completely wrong.  A Taste of Magic was just the right amount of fun.  Clarissa is a fun and completely relateable main character.  Slightly down on her luck but determined and a severe cookie addiction.  Basically what I’m saying is I loved the main character!    There also weren’t any other characters that I found too unlikable or annoying.  Sometimes a minor character can really detract from my enjoyment of a book and I’m glad that wasn’t the case.

A Taste of Magic was a quick and light read but that doesn’t mean the mystery was lacking at all.  In fact, the mystery was my favorite part of this book.  Way too often in cozy mysteries like this there’s a heroine who stumbles around trying to solve a murder and only discovers who it is because they try to kill her.  Clarissa’s investigation seemed much more impressive to me than the average amateur sleuth.  Maybe it’s because she’s a journalist but I love that  once I found out who the killer was I was able to look back and see how she got there.  I was able to spot all the clues that I missed.  And that is my favorite part about mysteries.

This was a quick, funny, and delightful read!  I’m so glad that I stumbled across it.  I have to say I immediately picked up the next book in the series and spoiler…I loved that one too.  Probably more than I enjoyed this one.  So, if your looking for a fun book to lose yourself in for a few hours then I’d give this one a try.  I must say the witchy/magic component in this books is very minor and does not play a big role in the story.  That was not an issue for me, I actually enjoyed how it was woven into the story but if you’re looking for a ton of  magic then you may be disappointed.

Are you a member of Kindle Unlimited, if so what do you think?  What was the last book that you stumbled upon that you enjoyed?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments! Let me know what you’ve been reading.  Happy reading!

A Taste of Magic

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