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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 Shadows! 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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    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…

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    The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville

    Today’s featured book is Kim Neville’s literary debut, THE MEMORY COLLECTORS. It was an engrossing, unexpected read, so grab a cup of coffee and take a moment to learn more about this book. I received an advanced copy of the book from Atria Paperback; all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. SYNOPIS My Review I was drawn to this book first by its lovely cover, the comparisons to The Keeper of Lost Things, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, and Practical Magic (ALL of which I loved) and by the synopsis. I love magical realism, and this was a…

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    Book Review: The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert

    It’s release day for Amy E. Reichert’s latest novel, titled The Kindred Spirits Supper Club! One sign of a really good book is when you pick up the book to check a detail as you’re writing a full review and 45 minutes later you’re feet up on your desk, engrossed in the chapter you’ve found. This is just that kind of book! Read on! I received an advanced copy of the book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. SYNOPSIS MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE KINDRED SPIRITS SUPPER CLUB I’ve become…

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    Love In the Afternoon by Karen Hawkins – A Dove Pond Novella

    If you read The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins and enjoyed it, then you will love Love in the Afternoon. It’s a sweet, quick read. All opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. Synopsis My Thoughts on Love in the Afternoon Love in the Afternoon is a novella in Karen Hawkins Dove Pond series This story is short, fun, heartwarming, and a little quirky. (I really delighted over Doyle’s shenanigans.) The story deals with real-life struggles – like trusting yourself, finding yourself again after you’ve lost yourself in a relationship, parenting a neurodiverse child, venturing out…

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    Escape From Wheel by Michael Scott Clifton – Book Tour, Review, & Giveaway

    I’m joining up with Lone Star Book Blog Tours to share Michael Scott Clifton’s newest YA fantasy book, Escape From Wheel. It’s the second entry in his Conquest of the Veil series, and a wonderful read. Read on to learn more about this book, check out my thoughts, and enter a giveaway for a chance to win your own copy! I received an advanced copy of the book from the author via Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. ESCAPE FROM WHEELConquest of the Veil, Book TwobyMICHAEL SCOTT CLIFTON Genre: YA / Fantasy / Magical Realism / Sword & Sorcery Publisher: Book Liftoff Publication…

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    The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins – A Belated Book Review

    What happens when someone asks you for a book recommendation, and you when youearch for your review on a particular book, you discover you only raved about it on social media? (Apparently, you only wrote the review in your head and on NetGalley…) You write a belated book review to make up for it! In this instance, the book in question is the very magical novel The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins. I received an advanced copy of the book from Gallery Books via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. My Thoughts The…

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    Book Review: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Teashop by Roselle Lim

    I love a book with a good story, an engaging main character, and a touch of magic. Roselle Lim’s debut novel Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune was a delight, and her sophomore effort – Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Teashop – did not disappoint. I received an advance copy of the book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.  All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. Synopsis: My Review: As I mentioned above, I adored Roselle Lim’s debut book, and this book ticked all the boxes as well! This is a light, magical book about finding your own way (despite…

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    Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

    I absolutely fell in love with Heather Webber’s recent novel Midnight at the Blackbird Café. It’s magical, layered, whimsical, and moving, with fabulous characters and a well-imagined setting. Read on to find out WHY this book has captured my heart. Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC of the book; all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on my link and buy something, I might earn a small commission from the advertiser at no additional cost to you. My Thoughts on Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe Midnight at the Blackbird Café is a magical book (and not just…