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Midnight Bites
by Chloe Neill


Two stories for the price of one book. We begin with "Howling for You" where Jeff is a shapeshifter and he is in love with the Fallon Keene. Yep, she's Gabriel Keene's younger sister, who happens to be the Apex of the Northern American Central Pack leader. She is committed to marrying with her own kind so Jeff is out. But the heart does what a heart does and we read about how two people who are obviously so right for each other, fight it and try to solve the mystery of "who stole Conor's crown?" I give this story a 3. Next, we have Lucky Break where my favorite dynamic due, Merit, and Ethan are out on vacation for much-needed alone time. Of course, trouble comes knocking at their door, literally. Seems Ethan's old friend has been accused of killing her shifter husband. Problem is, she's not a shifter but instead, a night drinker. It's a paranormal Hatfield vs the McCoy's and it's just not that entertaining. This one was much more interesting as it bobbed and weaved and maybe it’s because I heart my favorite immortal duo but I felt this story had me guessing more so and was very happy to be proven wrong. I always felt, if I could guess who did it mid-way through a story, then it deserves three stars or less. The only time I felt differently is when the mystery announces the killer upfront, however, in a reversal, we have to figure out why and how they did it and nearly got away with it. Now that’s something I love but rarely find in a book, nowadays. I give this story a solid 4 Combining the ratings of my 3 and the 4 equaling 3.5, I will bump it up because I do enjoy this author.
 
 


The Last Thing He Told Me
by Laura Dave


It is a true love story and one I felt was written with so much heart. My heart kept aching as I read deeper into the novel. It is one of my favorite books as I seldom give out 5 stars to my read books. In a word, mesmerizing!
 
 


Because Of Winn Dixie
by Kate Dicamillo


Because of Winn-Dixie is about a young girl named India Opal Buloni and a dog named Winn-Dixie. Winn-Dixie and Opal both meet at the grocery store named Winn Dixie. Opal feels lonely because she just moved to Naomi and didn't make any friends yet. When she meets Winn Dixie, she sees how dirty he is and asks her dad, the preacher, if she could keep him. He tells her she could keep Winn Dixie after he sees the dog. Opal's mother left her and her father and they both miss her very much. Opal also starts to make new friends such as Gloria Dump, Otis, Ms. Franny, and Sweetie Pie. Opal and Winn Dixie have an amazing friendship. I would suggest this book for other people to read!
 
 


Romeo And Juliet Graphic Novel
by Hinds, Gareth


The greatest classic and tragic love story is about two warring families whose children meet, fall in love and defy their parents, and secretly get married. Because of the forbidden love, what happens is both families lose their beloved children due to misunderstandings and a letter not arriving in time. They would rather die than live without the other. I love the graphic novel as Gareth Hinds retells this classic tale but he uses people of color in the animation. The language is easy to follow as is the story. I call it the reader's digest version of the story so that it gives YA a good synopsis of the tale and if they want to read the original, they'd have a better understanding of old English. I guess I got spoiled tremendously when I read the Shakesperian play in class as one of the best teachers in the world, Mrs. Finklestein had explained it to us and had us all act it out in class.
 
 


The Curious Reader: Facts About Famous Authors and Novels
by Erin Mccarthy


The Curious Reader has many fascinating facts such as, "Aldous Huxley was almost blind as a teenager, taught George Orwell, and worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Another cool fact about the banned book "Jinnah of Pakistan" - this biography claims Pakistan's founder enjoyed wine and pork. Pakistan has banned this book. Also, many would say the Harry Potter series is one of the 8 best-selling books in history (minus religious texts) but Betty Crocker's Cookbook rounded out in 8th place. Naturally, it also covers some of the great literary novelists such as Mary Shelly, Toni Morrison, George R.R. Martin, and so many more. Spellbinding and an absolute must-read for lovers and book geeks like me. What I loved most is always hearing myself say, “I didn’t know that!” and loving every minute of all the wonderful tidbits and information on books and authors from all types of genres.
 
 


Black Widow No Restraints
by Jen Soska


So much carnage and self-loathing when we now see the clone of Natalia. This clone has Nat’s memories but they’re hazy and full of rage. You get the vibe of The Punisher throughout this novel. It’s not bad and I found it grittier and interesting as the Evil Twins do their take in this storyline. I’m good with the violence but the horror of the story with child mutation is really dark. I enjoyed it enough to give it 3 1/2 Stars because it kept me wanting to read more even though at times, the drawings weren’t very good. One area the character is drawn this was, few pages down, it literally looks like another artist took over.
 
 


You Go First
by Erin Entrada Kelly


You Go First is about two kids named Ben and Charlotte. Many things are happening to both of them. Charlotte's dad is in the hospital, Charlotte doesn't want to be best friends with her best friend anymore, and she's skipping school because she wants to go to an art museum at Pennsylvania. Ben is running for student council president and his parents are getting divorced. Charlotte and Ben started middle school. You Go First is a realistic fiction and I would tell other readers to read it!
 
 


I Don't Forgive You
by Aggie Blum Thompson


All I can say is towards the end, I suspected everyone but the person who did it, and their motive was so far-fetched and yet believable. Outstanding! So if it’s so outstanding, why did I give it 4 stars out of 5? Because I really dislike her stupid husband and his stupid sister, Caitlin. When the chips are down for Allie, I found them both to be distasteful and they deserve the worst. There, I said it.
 
 


Isn't It Bromantic
by Lyssa Kay Adams


Another endearing and sweet addition to the Bromance Book Club series, but this time, Vlad aka, The Russian and now also known as Little Butt, is the main spotlighted character. All those times his bros wondered if he was really married, is answered by one word: Elaina. Yep, he's really married but as she shows up at one of his friend's weddings, she surprises him in more ways than one. Thankfully, he's been reading up and doing his research during his time with the Bromance Book Club.
 
 


Black Widow: No Restraints
by Jen Soska


So much carnage and self-loathing when we now see the clone of Natalia. This clone has Nat’s memories but they’re hazy abs full of rage. You get the vibe of The Punisher throughout this novel. It’s but bad and I found it grittier and interesting as the Evil Twins do their take in this storyline. I’m good with the violence but the horror of the story with child mutation is really dark. I enjoyed it enough to give it 3 1/2 Stars because it kept me wanting to read more even though at times, the drawings weren’t very good. One area the character is drawn this was, few pages down, it literally looks like another artist took over. Faced paced and a hard but good ride. Spoiler alert, she does go see the person who killed her. That was interesting his they interacted.
 
 
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