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Preston's Honor by Mia Sheridan Review
Preston's Honor by Mia Sheridan Review
This book follows Lia and Preston from children into adulthood. They've always loved each other, but their happily ever after didn't come easily. The storyline demonstrates how people can sometimes get so caught up in their honor, pain, love, beliefs or anything else which causes someone get stuck in their ways and not talk about issues or solve them. Most of the cast is easy to love. The major takeaway in my opinion is healing. All the characters have pain to overcome. They also have many blessings.
 
Preston's Honor has so much sweetness, sadness and fullness of heart. Every piece of it spoke to me. It's a beautiful love story that I definitely recommend. Anyone looking for a good and kind lead, this is especially for you.
 
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HARD WIRED by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell Review
HARD WIRED by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell Review
4.5 stars
 
Ian has different online personas. I get it. He has some baggage from his childhood, and these outward shells are what he needs to protect himself. Jesse is a classic good guy. He worries about everyone else and always tries to help others even if it's at his expense. Ian needs to work on opening up some to the people who are worth his trust, and Jesse needs to learn that sometimes it's necessary to put yourself first. These guys are more than obviously attracted to each other, but their personalities aren't an instant smooth connection. One is set to help fix all potential problems. One is set to block perceived intrusion. The guys do have a bumpy way to go.
 
Hard Wired kept my attention the entire time. There is drama, but it feels necessary, not ridiculous. It's easy to cheer the guys on in their life ventures and their relationship. I loved this book and definitely recommend it. I also enjoyed getting glimpses of previous characters in the series. The entire series is definitely a must read, but even if you haven't read the others, you shouldn't be confused trying this one as a standalone.
 
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Wolfsong by T.J. Klune Review
Wolfsong by T.J. Klune Review

I LOVE this book. I put off reading it for awhile even though I usually love this author because I knew it was a shifter book. For some time, I haven't found a shifter book that really did it for me. I've been thinking maybe that isn't my genre or my tastes have just changed, but this story is amazing. It has so much inside it. It is so original with the main couple, but them hooking up isn't the be all end all. There's a whole world of major issues going on around everyone. The love is deep and easy to feel, but the action and mythology grabbed me also. This story pulled the emotions from me. I was angry, sad, happy and all over the place with feelings. ♥︎ I can't recommend this book enough.

 

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FROM SAND AND ASH by Amy Harmon Review
FROM SAND AND ASH by Amy Harmon Review
Eva and Angelo grow up together in a sort of mixed family. His grandparents take him in. They live with Eva and her father. She considers his grandparents as her grandparents. Her father considers him the son he didn't have. All of these bonds are tested by the events of WWII. Eva and her father are Jewish. Hitler has control of Italy. Eva and Angelo are getting older. They find that the love they have for each other is more than just familial. Angelo's goal has always been to become a Catholic priest. His position allows him to help people (especially the Jews) more than he could otherwise, but it also means he can never marry.
This book is full of beauty and tragedy. It follows two people in love and the conflict and consequences of everyone's choices. It portrays the best of worst sides of human nature. Mostly it focuses on the lengths people will go to help each other. My heart hasn't felt so much in awhile. From Sand and Ash is an experience that should not be passed up. It's an epic love story that will restore your faith in humanity.
 
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The House by the Lake

The House by the Lake - Ella Carey 3.75 stars

This book switches between the past and present. A girl's grandfather asked her to go to Germany for him which is strange because he never speaks of his background. He was in Germany before WWII. This story is different because it is about the climate before the actual war. Hitler had a lot of good ideas about making the country better in the eyes of most Germans. Their country was struggling. He didn't start off full blast about killing Jews and taking over the world. He won them over by brining awareness to areas of hardship for Germany and proposing drastic solutions. He wanted to make Germany great again. This story makes the political climate of today (2017) in the US feel even more scary.
Some of the storyline wasn't interesting to me, but other parts touched me deeply. This is a bit of bittersweet romance, family saga and historical fiction. It's worth reading for sure.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum I started watching the new show Emerald City the other day and thought I'd read this again. I haven't read it since college. My history teacher explained the meaning behind everything in great detail about the bimetallic standard, William Jennings Bryan, factory workers, farmers, etc. etc. etc. Every character, place and thing stood for something. I don't remember a lot of it, and I had even forgotten some of the changes from the book to the movie. I actually listened to the audiobook this time. Anne Hathaway is the narrator, and she does a great job. I enjoyed it, and I'm planning to continue the Oz book series. I've never read the others before.

Everything We Keep: A Novel

Everything We Keep: A Novel - Kerry Lonsdale 3.75 stars

This is very mysterious. I wasn't actually sure what happened to James for the longest. Ian was my favorite because he was just so understanding and good, not that others weren't, he just stood out. If you're going to read this, don't read any spoilers. Even though you might figure some things out ahead of time, it's better to not know for sure to enjoy the ride.

My Amazing Day: A Celebration of Wonder and Gratitude

My Amazing Day: A Celebration of Wonder and Gratitude - Karin Fisher-Golton, Lori A. Cheung, Elizabeth Iwamiya This book is perfect for putting parents and toddlers on the right track for a good attitude resulting in a great day. Through words and pictures, it acknowledges things in the environment from a child's perspective and gives examples of gratitude. It's positive and graceful learning. I think it does an excellent job of teaching children early about self awareness and appreciation. I definitely recommend it for the 0-3 age group.

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For everyday-wonder activities, family gratitude traditions, information about the benefits of gratitude and more, visit OurAmazingDays.com.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. It's mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that.

A Tale of Two Daddies

A Tale of Two Daddies - Vanita Oelschlager This is an adorable look at the always inquisitive and learning mind of a child. One is asking another all about who does what for her because she has two fathers. She answers all the questions in a straightforward way, just like young kids do. This book is a great way to show a family is a family no matter the actual makeup of the members. I recommend it to any child who has questions. Whom I kidding, kids are walking question marks so it's for all of them.

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Thanos

Thanos - Ella Frank
This installment picks up immediately after the last. Each of the three Ancients has a first-sired. They are a pair for all eternity. Each relationship is unique, be it sexual, friendship or a deeper necessity. The first vampires were made by three of the Greek gods. Now those same gods have sent three demigods to end the vampires. Because of current feelings and past actions, lines for everyone have blurred.

I had no idea how things would end for all involved. Some things seemed unforgivable, and others undeniable. All of the nine main characters play a part in this book. Each book has continued to world build and add to the series storyline.

Even after the ending, Thanos and Eton are a bit of a mystery to me. I really liked Paris and the interactions between Thanos and Paris. Leo almost stole the show for me in this book. He's probably my favorite character from the series. All of the cast bring something unique.

If you're a fan of the previous books, you must read this one. If you haven't started the series, but you like paranormal romance, give this one a try. It has M/M, M/M/M, M/F, M/F/M themes. Some parts are erotic. There are flashbacks. Greek mythology and gods play a big part. It's an interesting turn on the idea of vampires. Everything does wrap up on good note.


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Killing Stalking

Killing Stalking - Koogi Just finished part 1. I can see that this is definitely going to be dark and not for those who can't handle blood and torture.

The Things We Wish Were True

The Things We Wish Were True - Marybeth Mayhew Whalen This follows the lives of several people in the same town. It's told from all of their points of view, all different ages. There are secrets and self-discoveries, sweet parts, sad scenes. Mysteries and relationships play the biggest parts. It kept me interested.

Guns

Guns - Stephen King Everyone should read this. It's so true. We need gun reform. He's not a teetotaler on either side. He makes great points. We really need to wake up, open our minds and find real solutions.

Mr. Splitfoot

Mr. Splitfoot - Samantha Hunt Wow, this one is a doozie of a storyline. Things are a little crazy. I'm not quite sure what the point of the story is, but it's definitely entertaining. It switches back and forth between the past and present. The past is about one girl and the present is about her niece.

The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood - Stylo Fantome
In the first book, Katya was pushed out of her shell by her roommate. She went from reserved and never dating to dating two men. She has feelings for both, and of course things blow up. The ending is not what many would have seen coming.

In this book, she's all about her. She's going to do whatever she wants and not worry about the consequences. Things get very messed up, but they eventually pan out in the best possible outcome for all parties. Often things don't magically fix just because love is there. Lots of advice and self-discovery takes place first, which are actually great ideas to consider for relationships in real life.

A few new characters are introduced. It's going to be fun witnessing the connections play out in future stories. I love this author's writing style. I've never disliked a book she's written. Although, this isn't my favorite storyline from her, it's absolutely worth reading.


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The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker - John Grisham This kept me entertained the whole time, but I did find the ending a little weird. Anyone who likes a good battle between the big business and the little guy should check it out. He's a lawyer fresh out of school. They have the best legal time available. There's no doubt the insurance company is wrong so everyone seems eager to help him out.

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