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    Amethyst, The Shallows: Book Review & Blog Hop

    Oh, lucky fans of MG/young adult novels, do I have a sweet book for you! Today I’m thrilled to be sharing a review of Kellye Abernathy’s delightful YA book, Amethyst, The Shallows. This story is a sequel to her magical book The Aquamarine Surfboard, which I read earlier this year and reviewed here. Read on to learn more about the story, get my thoughts on the book, and courtesy of Lone Star Book Blog Tours, enter into a drawing to get both books in the series! AMETHYST, THE SHALLOWSbyKellye Abernathy YA / Magical Realism / Coming of AgePublisher: Atmosphere PressPage Count: 296 pagesPublication Date: February 6, 2024 Scroll down for…

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    Book review: THE DESK FROM HOBOKEN

    I love a good mystery, and have been gravitating towards cozy mysteries lately. The Desk From Hoboken by ML Condike one doesn’t quite have the quirky, lightheartedness that would make me categorize it as a “cozy”, though. Instead, The Desk From Hoboken is a quiet, thoughtful mystery that offers excellent twists and turns and emotions – not at all what I expected, but so much more! Read on to learn more about the book and it’s author, and I’ll share my thoughts as well as a lovely giveaway, courtesy of Lone Star Book Blog Tours. THE DESK FROM HOBOKEN A Genealogy Mystery, #1byML Condike Mystery / Women Sleuths / Forensic…

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    FROWNS AND GOWNS Book Blitz!

    I’m so delighted to share Frowns and Gowns, a sweet and fun children’s chapter book with all of you – if you have a fairy lover in your life, this book is the FIFTH in her delightful Mischief Series. Read on to learn more about this adorable book and enter the giveaway for the full series! FROWNS AND GOWNS – The Mischief Series, Book 5By AMANDA M. THRASHER Children’s Chapter Book / Fantasy / Fairies Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix PressPage Count: 236Publication Date: September 12, 2023 FROWNS AND GOWNS SYNOPSIS Embark on a Magical Adventure with Lilly, Boris, and Jack!  Get ready to join Lilly, Boris, and Jack on an unforgettable…

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    ROCKET SHIP, SOLO TRIP by Chiara Colombi – A Lovely Gift for Kiddos, Grads, & Those Making Big First Steps

    It’s no secret that I ADORE books (duh, just LOOK at this website), and I especially love gifting books. I’ve long been a fan of Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, The Places You Go” for friends and family who are (A) book lovers AND (B) recent graduates. It’s a fun book with a delightful sentiment – BUT – I’ve done it for so, so long. And I’ve been looking for something similar to gift, just to switch things up. So when I discovered the book Rocket Ship, Solo Trip, written by Chiara Colombi and enchantingly illustrated by Scott Magoon, I put in a pre-order faster than you can say BLAST OFF! Oh,…

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    Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Knotted Ring by Myra Hargrave McIlvain

    THE KNOTTED RINGBY MYRA HARGRAVE MCILVAIN Historical Fiction / Family Saga / Historical RomancePublisher: Next ChapterPage Count: 412Publication Date: December 7, 2023 Scroll down for Giveaway! SYNOPSIS Susannah Mobley, expecting a baby by her lover, a slave owned by her family, submits to an arranged marriage to Hezekiah James who is headed to Texas to claim a Spanish land grant. Caught in a series of lies about the origin of a beautiful ring woven from her red hair and the circumstances of her pregnancy, Susannah embarks on the harsh trip to Texas, grieving for her lost love and determined to control her destiny. On the wagon train journey, Hezekiah is…

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    New Release Book Blitz: Amethyst, The Shallows

    Today I’m with Lone Star Book Blog Tours to celebrate Kellye Abernathy’s newest release, Amethyst the Shallows! I’ll be back next month with a full review, but today, enjoy a sneak peek at this delightful book. It’s the sequel to her Young Adult tale titled The Aquamarine Surfboard, which I absolutely fell in love with. (You can read my review of it HERE!) Read on to learn about this delightful novel with a touch of magical realism – one of my favorite genres for any age. AMETHYST, THE SHALLOWS The Companion Novel to The Aquamarine SurfboardBy KELLYE ABERNATHY Young Adult / Magical Realism / Coming of AgeAtmosphere Press296 pagesFebruary 6, 2024…

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    Review: The Aquamarine Surfboard by Kellye Abernathy

    I was looking for an engaging, easy read that was positive and bright. The Aquamarine Surfboard by Kellye Abernathy – a young adult magical realism/coming of age story – was just what I needed. Read on to learn more about this book! MY REVIEW OF THE AQUAMARINE SURFBOARD Where to start? As the quote reads, “Age never matters, these things are about bravery and heart” – and that extends to this book as it is a delightful read suitable for for older middle grade, young adult, AND adult readers. I have a deep appreciation for a book that can be enjoyed by multiple ages. Part of the reason for this…

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    Cover Reveal: To Rescue A Witch by Lisa A. Traugott

    I love a cover reveal and the cover for the upcoming release from Lisa A Traugott – titled To Rescue A Witch – is mesmerizing! Read on to check it out and learn about its intriguing storyline! TO RESCUE A WITCHBy LISA A. TRAUGOTTHistorical Fiction / Action & Adventure / FantasyComing March 1, 2024 It’s 1739. An abused girl accused of witchcraft must be defended by a man married to an actual witch. William MacLeod, a fierce Scottish lawyer with a kind heart, takes on a daunting task—rescue young Annaliese from the clutches of her tormentors in the untamed wilds of Virginia colony and deliver her safely to her aristocratic…

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    Reviewing EMILY WILDE’S MAP OF THE OTHERLANDS (and Fixing An Terrible Oversight)

    Tuesday was release day for Heather Fawcett’s newest book Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands and THIS review should have come out then but for two things. The first little thing is the cold wave choking Texas AND how much it’s become a pain in the keister for me and my pool. (I hope to never have one again.) The second was that I was horrified to discover that I didn’t write on the blog about her FIRST book in this series, Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries, which was, quite frankly (and in a poor but accurate choice of words,) amazeballs. (My apologies to the kind people at Del Rey/Penguin…

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    My Year in Books -2023

    It’s been a challenging year and books have been my escape. I’ve worked hard to stay off of social media, and somehow this extended to the blog as I sunk deeper into my books. How successful was my avoidance tactic? My goal for the year was 50 books. I posted 80 to Goodreads (and I’m sure I’m missing some library books from the summer…) While I’ve been remission sharing book reviews here, I’ve been more consistent with reviewing them on Goodreads – and in return, I get a lovely graphic from them that shows all the books I’ve read. Here’s my year in books for 2023! I read a mix…