Review: Finding Lizzie – Karma Kingsley


Finding Lizzie – Karma Kingsley

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Title: Finding Lizzie

Author: Karma Kingsley

Release Date: December 5, 2016

Publisher: NineStar Press

Format: eBook

Page Number: 213

Source: Author

Lizzie doesn’t know what she wants from life, but she’s sure it’s not the attention of her suffocating boyfriend, RJ. A chance encounter with a group of women on the day of the local Pride parade leads her to meet the wild, free-spirited Kerra. Lizzie begins to realise she’s crazy about Kerra, but how can she come out in a small town where prejudice is rife and even her own mother thinks being a lesbian is wrong? Can Lizzie find herself without losing everything else in the process?

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Karma Kingsley for sending me a copy of this book to read!

This story follows a girl named Elizabeth who finds herself breaking up with her boyfriend and meeting a mysterious girl named Kerra. Kerra is everything Elizabeth has always wanted, but never knew she wanted; she’s kind, powerful, and a woman. Elizabeth, or Lizzie, is battling with her sexuality at the beginning of the novel, and her mother and ex boyfriend don’t want to accept her for who she is. Kerra helps her find herself and who she wants to be through becoming her girlfriend and her family accepting her. This story is a self exploration story with a confused young adult and many different forms of character development.

“My point, Lizzie, is that loving someone changes who we are. It makes us capable of everything we didn’t think we were capable of. And I like to think that it makes us into who we are supposed to be. It gives us a reason to be better.”

This was my favorite quote of this whole book. I think that it rings so true, and it was beautifully written.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t my favorite. Lizzie was too emotional for me to get attached to her; I get that she was going through an emotional time in her life, but I didn’t really understand why she cried so much. Maybe I’m just heartless because I don’t cry that much and that’s why I didn’t connect, but who knows. I really enjoyed Kerra as a character, but she was so reckless. She got into fights that could have been so easily avoided, and it was so frustrating to read about her getting hurt when she could have avoided it. Kerra was a body painter, so that was cool to see the arts represented. I’ve always wanted to try body painting or get painted myself, so I liked it. I am still pissed off about Lizzie’s mom. She didn’t accept who she was just because she was a Christian woman. I have this conversation with people a lot. Christians are supposed to be accepting of everyone, and I don’t think that sexuality is any exception. Anyway…

There was a kind of explicit sex scene between Lizzie and Kerra. I wasn’t really expecting it, so it was surprising. I’m not opposed to intimate scenes in books, but it just felt rushed. They had basically just met, and I don’t know. Their relationship moved very quickly.

I think that this book depicted being scared of change and overcoming that fear very well. I think that there was a lot of character development throughout the course of this book, but the ending didn’t make a lot of sense to me. It was a kind of random string of events, but it wasn’t bad.

I think you would really enjoy this book if you like reading romance. I haven’t really ever read a specifically romance book before, so that might be why I didn’t love it. Just personal preference. If you do like romance though, check this book out! It came out today. Find it on Amazon. Find it on Barnes and Noble.

Again, huge thanks to Karma Kingsley!

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November Wrapup + December TBR


Read:

  1. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) – Rick Riordan *review*
  2. Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt *review*
  3. Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt *review*
  4. November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson *review*
  5. What We’ll Do For Blood (The Almost Human Series #1) – C. L. Mannarino *review*
  6. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) – Rick Riordan *review*

TBR:

  1. Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt
  2. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson
  3. Finding Lizzie – Karma Kingsley
  4. Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1) – Iain Reading
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J. K. Rowling

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Review: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) – Rick Riordan


The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) – Rick Riordan

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Title: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5)

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: May 5, 2009

Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 381

Source: Barnes and Noble

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds are against them. Kronos is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, his power only grows.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the prophecy surrounding Percy‘s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

5 out of 5 stars


I can’t even explain how glad I am I ended up reading this series. I wish I would have read the books while I was in middle school, but seriously, they are so good. I have loved every single one of the Percy Jackson books, and this is no exception!

Most of this book consists of the final battle that takes place in New York City with the monsters and Kronos vs. the heroes and Demigods. The battle scenes were so epic, and there were so many twists and turns throughout this book. It starts off with Percy and Rachel Dare spending time together *not okay with this since she showed up, but whatever* and then Percy going back to Camp Half-Blood. Everything is different now, though. Grover is off running around with other satyrs, so his best friend is gone. Annabeth is kind of mad at him because he’s spending time with Rachel. And, Kronos has taken over Luke’s body and is trying to kill all the Gods of Olympus. But other than that, everything is great. ;)

Again, most of this book takes place during the battle in NYC, so it had a lot of action and battle. I don’t want to give too much away because this is the last book in the Percy Jackson series, but I would seriously recommend reading all of the books. Even if you don’t love the PJO stories, this last book is worth it.

I loved the Percy and Annabeth scenes; they were soooooooo cute. I think the Percabeth is one of my biggest ships because they are seriously just so perfect for each other. She calls him Seaweed Brain and oh my gosh it’s so cute. I wish there were more scenes with them, but I can’t complain because the ones I had were great.

Two of my favorite scenes from the book:

Percy bathing in the River Styx and being tied to the mortal world because of his love for Annabeth. He loves her friendship, and that’s the only thing that keeps him from drowning and it’s just so flipping cute.

“And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.” *heart eyes*

Very thankful that I’ve read these books, and can’t wait to find out what happens to the characters in the next series!

PS. Please read these books. I promise they’re worth the hype.

Series:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)

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Review: What We’ll Do For Blood (The Almost Human Series #1) – C.L. Mannarino


What We’ll Do For Blood (The Almost Human Series #1) – C.L. Mannarino

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Title: What We’ll Do For Blood (The Almost Human Series #1)

Author: C.L. Mannarino

Release Date: October 21, 2015

Publisher: Mannarino Publishing

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 353

Source: Author

In the sleepy town of Northam, Massachusetts, not everyone is who they seem to be.

Take Scott Whitney, for example. A struggling high school senior, Scott wants nothing more than to have his much-divided, social-climbing family believe him when he comes to them with something important, no matter how often he disregards their rules.

One night, Scott catches his father’s beautiful colleague, Maria, drinking his father’s blood in their office parking lot. When his father has no recollection of this event, and gets weaker the more he spends time with Maria, Scott turns to his mother and sister for help. When he realizes that Maria has captured their hearts and minds, as well, Scott has to find a way to believe in himself, and become more than anyone thought he was capable of, in order to stop her.

But what will it cost him?

What We’ll Do for Blood is the first book in a series of young adult supernatural novels. If you like heart-racing action, highly-driven characters, and strong family ties, then you’ll love C.L. Mannarino’s visceral vision of a world where the supernatural is very much alive.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to C.L. Mannarino for sending me a copy of her book! I love getting to meet new people through having a blog!

Scott is part of a fairly average family living in Northam, Massachusetts. Scott is an average boy; he goes to school, he has a girlfriend, he gets bullied a little bit. Everything in his life changes when he goes to a meal with his father and his coworkers and he sees Maria for the first time. He doesn’t understand why, but he can’t stop staring at Maria, and he can’t stop thinking about her. He feels that there is something a little off about her, but he ignores it for awhile.

Maria and her boyfriend start coming over to Scott’s house to have dinner and hang out with his parents. His parents start acting very strange whenever Maria is around, and then they start acting like different people. Scott’s father ends up spending a lot of time with Maria at work and playing cards at her house, and Scott is very skeptical about their relationship. One night, Scott delivers food to his father and see’s something unthinkable happening. He knows his life has changed forever…

I read this book fairly quickly *as in three days* because it was a very addictive story, and you wanted to know what was going to happen next. I, however, do not enjoy vampire stories very much. I’m perfectly fine with a vampire being in a story and not having the main theme, but I just don’t like reading stories only dealing with vampires. So, I’m assuming from the synopsis and the beginning of this review you’ve realized that Maria is the vampire. She’s a very very typical vampire; gorgeous and mysterious. I don’t love super mysterious characters because it feels like you don’t really get to know them that much, so I didn’t really like her. I understand you weren’t supposed to like her because she’s the “bad guy,” but she just seemed fairly blah.

Scott was a good character to have as a protagonist. He was different than most teenage boys; he was a little overweight but he had a girlfriend, he got bullied a little bit by a certain boy in his class. He wasn’t a typical strong character, so it was nice to read from his perspective.

I don’t know how I feel about the ending. I think the way you become a vampire is super self explanatory, so idk what was going through everyone’s minds near the end, but whatever. It’s not how I would have ended the book, but it leaves room for the next story to begin.

I feel like if you like reading books about vampires you would have enjoyed this book, so try it out if you like reading about those who drink blood from human beings.

Again, thank you to C.L. Mannarino for sending me a copy of her book!

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Review: November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson


November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Title: November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: eBook

Page Number: 230

Source: Author

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them. Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Shannon for sending me this ebook to read! I always love connecting with you :)

November Rain follows two points of view; Serena and Daniel. Both are parts of different flocks in Vendona. Serena is the first escapee of this scary sounding institute-esque testing facility, and she meets Daniel. Immediately she is scared of him because he’s willing to help her, but then she learns to not be scared.

This is the first installment of the Bad Bloods series and I’m excited to read the final installment! I love Thompson’s writing style; it flows nicely, and there is just the right amount of description. I do have to say, though, I was quite confused throughout this book. I had to reread several parts because they were somewhat unclear. I am assuming it will be easier to understand after finishing the second book, but I was a little confuzzled near the beginning. I usually get confused when there are a lot of different names in a short amount of time, so that is probably the reason. I love slow introductions of characters so I can get to know them, so I don’t know.

I don’t have a lot more to say about this because it was quite short. I enjoy paranormal, so I’m excited to learn more about everyone’s different bad blood powers!

I did enjoy this book, it was a quick read, and I’m SO SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG FOR ME TO READ IT! I have had this since June! I know, I’m awful.

Anyway, I would highly recommend checking something out from Shannon, she’s a beautiful writer! Her Timely Death Trilogy was my favorite!

THANK YOU SHANNON. YOU’RE AWESOME <3

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Review: Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt


Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt

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Title: Indiana Belle (American Journey #3)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: April 14, 2016

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 295

Source: Author

Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the “time-travel professor,” and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.

4 out of 5 stars


Guys. Please read this series.

Huge thank you to John for sending me this book for review! I really enjoyed it, and this has been my favorite thus far!!

Alright, wow. So, Cameron Coelho learns of a girl from a mysterious murder in 1925 from a beautiful photo of her. He finds more information out about the woman depicted in the photo, and finds out her name is Candice Bell. Candice is related to the infamous Geoffrey Bell from the American Journey series. Cameron goes and finds Professor Bell and talks him into letting him go back to the 20s to save Candice. Of course he doesn’t tell him he’s saving her, but makes a deal with him to find some more of the magical crystals.

Cameron and Candice meet at the newspaper office, and he’s immediately taken with her; he had fallen in love with her photo, so he knew they would click. They form a beautiful relationship that was kind of rushed at the beginning of the story, but ended up being perfect and great.

This book was so great, you guys. I highly recommend reading this series. I loved that it was in the 20s because I’ve always been taken by the Gatsby era. I love 20s fashion and how women are getting more freedom; it’s great. I loved seeing the daily life of Candice through her writing stories for the paper up until the end of the book.

There were some things that happened near the end of the book that were so surprising. I literally had no idea about who the criminal was in the story. Very great addition to the story.

My favorite part about this book was Cameron and Candice’s relationship. Oh my gosh, they were literally goals. I can’t even express how adorable they were and how precious they were. The one scene where she brings him tea. Not expecting it and made my heart flutter. So good. Also, the ending was so precious. Please read this book just so then you can experience a super cute romance.

One of the coolest parts to me was when they went to the year 2041. I liked the way the explained the new form of government. It was an anti Democratic and anti Republican thing happening. Now, it didn’t end well, but it’s just cool because I’m learning about the constitutional convention and other similar things in my Government class. Very relevant to my life at the moment. There were also a lot of mentions to Iowa in this book. It’s always strange to me when people reference Iowa in books because it seems like a very random place, but whatever.

Check out this book on Amazon!

Series:

September Sky (American Journey #1)

Mercer Street (American Journey #2)

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Review: Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt


Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt

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Title: Mercer Street (American Journey #2)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: October 21, 2015

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 431

Source: Author

Weeks after her husband dies in the midst of an affair in 2016, Chicago writer Susan Peterson, 48, seeks solace on a California vacation with her mother Elizabeth and daughter Amanda. The novelist, however, finds more than she bargained for when she meets a professor who possesses the secret of time travel. Within days, the women travel to 1938 and Princeton, New Jersey. Elizabeth begins a friendship with her refugee parents and infant self, while Susan and Amanda fall for a widowed admiral and a German researcher with troubling ties. Filled with poignancy, heartbreak, and intrigue, MERCER STREET gives new meaning to courage, sacrifice, and commitment as it follows three strong-willed souls on the adventure of a lifetime.

3 out of 5


Huge thank you to John A. Heldt for sending me this book to read and review! I’m sorry it’s taken so long to review it, but I’ve been in a crazy part of my life lately.

So, this is the second book in the American Journey series. They are time travel novels surrounding the same professor and his ability to travel back in time. This second installment to the series was just as good as the first. September Sky was the first book, and Mercer Street had a whole different cast of characters making it a fun read.

Elizabeth, Susan, and Amanda are the main characters of this book, and they meet the Time Traveling Professor whilst on vacation in California. They find out some information about him, and then decide to travel back in time to 1938, the year Elizabeth was born. The trio travel back using a limestone cave and some magical crystals, and decide to take a roadtrip across the United States.

This is a map that I created on Google about their road trip. As you can see, they do a lot of back and forth around the country. Most of the story takes place in Princeton, New Jersey, where Elizabeth was born. Amanda and Susan go willingly back to this time period and make friends. Specifically male friends. Whom they fall in love with…. Hmm. Professor Bell had only a few rules, and one of them was to not bring back a living souvenir to 2016. Will they be able to follow this rule? Hmmmmmmm.

This book contains romance, time travel, road tripping, supposed German spies, friendly neighbors, and a charming author. Please help to support John and his writing endeavors by purchasing his books from the Kindle store on your Amazon device! You guys. This book is only $4.99.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to pick up the rest of the series. Again, huge thanks to John for sending me a copy!

Series:

September Sky (American Journey #1)

Indiana Belle (American Journey #3)

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