The Book Charmer(Dove Pond #1)by Karen Hawkins

New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins crafts an unforgettable story about a sleepy Southern town, two fiercely independent women, and a truly magical friendship.

Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books have always been more than just objects: they live, they breathe, and sometimes they even speak. When Sarah grows up to become the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler.

If the books are right, Grace could be the savior that Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them. It takes a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, but Grace ultimately embraces the challenge to rescue her charmed new community. In her quest, she discovers the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the power of finding just the right book.

“A mesmerizing fusion of the mystical and the everyday” (Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author), The Book Charmer is a heartwarming story about the magic of books that feels more than a little magical itself. Prepare to fall under its spell

Jan’s Review

When i read this book description a couple of years ago i had to jump on requesting it. I know bad book reviewer this book came out in 2019. I am a firm believer that a book has a story that is meant for the right time, the right person and for that person to be ready for that story. This moment in 2020 when everything is crazy and we all feel so trapped was the moment for the book charmer to come to life.

I can see myself being Sarah Dove and arguing with the books, i can see myself as Grace trying to find roots in the life she been handed, i can see myself in Dove Pond with all it quaint shops. This book was like the Good Witch show on Hallmark channel just the right amount of magic, sweetness and good old fashion tears at some points. The author drops the perfect book references such as labeling the neighbor Khal Drogo (Game of Thrones).

I also decided this was perfect book for summer reading as i finished it just as it started to get melting hot here in my little town. If your a book lover, a lover of just a hint of magic in what could be a sweet romance or a family story then the Book Charmer is the book you need in your life. Sit it on your shelf and just wait for it to speak to you.

The Queen’s Assassin(The Queen’s Secret #1)by Melissa de la Cruz

Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he’s the Guild’s most dangerous member and the Queen’s one and only assassin. He’s also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow–to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts–to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they’ll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they’ll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen’s Secret series.

Jan’s Review

Melissa De La Cruz does it again i think i enjoyed everything i read from this author. From her middle grade Disney themed series to her Witches of East End. Melissa just captures my interest from the start pulling me along thinking this is the same old fantasy i read before. Guy meets girl, girl has some mysterious past, guy and girl can not be together. Somehow though she always throws in a twist i did not see. In this one it the girl mysterious past sometimes i get enough hints that i like I know what coming. This time not so much.

My heart did hurt that guy and girl did not end up together in the way you expect but they did in true historical fashion. Also the small things like the obsidian shards and the mysterious scrolls really intrigued me enough that i want the rest of this series like yesterday. It a great combination of story you think you know but truly do not know.

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Written by Jay Dee

Illustrated by Jacob Chalkley, Darren Geers, Feras Khagani, Mike Shaposhnikov, Ishmam Ahmed, and Axel Schmidt

Publisher’s Synopsis: Ellen is stuck at home. There’s no school and no friends, and Mom is working all the time. It seems terrible until she learns about the choice each day offers: GET through it or GROW through it. See how starting each day with purpose and gratitude can make all the difference! Created during the CV-19 pandemic, 100% of the proceeds from sales of this book are donated to coronavirus relief efforts.

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Publisher: Kraine Kreative

May 17, 2020

ISBN-13: 978-0989810876

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Jan’s Review

Grow Through It by Jay Dee and a talented group of illustrators is a story that centers around the stay at home orders put in place during the Corona Virus Pandemic. It features a young girl named Ellen, who is struggling with various things being canceled and that she not allowed to go out and visit friends or family. Her mom gives her two options for this current problem; you can choose to Get through it or Grow through it.

Now this concept may be hard to understand at first, so the author does a great job of laying out various ways that Ellen either Grows or Gets through her days. Her mom lays it out as “You can Get through this by passing time until everything goes back to normal. Or you can Grow through it by using this time to become a better Ellen”.

Ways that Ellen Gets through her days probably look like what various people’s kids were doing before the schools figured out how to reach them academically. They binged on tv and video games, maybe slept all day. Ways that Ellen Grows may bring some ideas for you to help your child grow as well. She learns to bake cookies; she rewrites a show for her grandma for an upcoming video chat, she made drawings to mail off, and even went outside to redecorate her yard for the neighbors to see something pretty.

It’s not all rainbows and sunshine; Ellen does not wake up every day wanting to Grow. She struggles day to day just Getting through as well. She recognizes how just Getting through affects her attitude and how she feels and how much better she feels when she chooses to Grow instead. I think this is the perfect book to help your child understand that this is temporary and how to make the best of the situation instead of focusing on what isn’t fair or what she/he might be missing out on. You can pick up this great book with delightful pictures and a heartfelt story on amazon today.

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Night Spinner(Night Spinner #1)by Addie Thorley

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.

Jan’s Review

Do you like retellings? Do you like retellings that are based on a classic? If you do then this book is a treat it a retelling of Victor Hugo Hunchback of Notre Dame. This was epic beyond words. The plot starts out kind of slow but then oh my does it take off with a bang and never lets you go. The character are and raw to the point where your just not sure who the bad people are. I fell in love with our main character Enebish who is basically playing the part of the hunch back, shunned by the people and trapped n a tower for a heinous crime during the war.

Then you have her “sister” who took her in and raised her from when she was very young. She really ends up being a very layered character who shocks me to my core in ways i could not imagine.

The key thing you have to keep in mind is that there are two type of people in this world those that worship the old gods and those that worship the new religion. Enebish still clings to what she always known but the rest of the world has moved on but it that faith that leads her in all her decisions. This ends up in some ways being a crutch to the point where she can’t see what is truly unfolding around her.

The part that really made this story is the world building. Thorley truly blends mythical lore and political strife into a world plagued by war. I truly could picture the goddess world, the starving shepherds on the frozen tundra and see the world spinning when EnBishop is strung up and is praying for rescue. The plot twist at the end are epic and the one small let down is the non kiss that should totally of happened. I can’t wait for the second part of this amazing duology.

Seasons of the Storm(Seasons of the Storm #1)by Elle Cosimano

One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with a choice—live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia, or die.

Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter—an immortal physical embodiment of the season on Earth. Every year, he must hunt the Season who comes before him. Summer kills Spring. Autumn kills Summer. Winter kills Autumn. And Spring kills Winter.

Jack and Fleur, a Winter and a Spring, fall for each other against all odds. To be together, they’ll have to escape the cycle that’s been forcing them apart. But their creator won’t let them go without a fight

Jan’s Review

I always had a fascination with the character that is Jack Frost now i not saying that what this story is but that what my first thought was. Then i got the vibes of a Romeo and Juliet retelling which fits to.

You have four seasons spring, summer, autumn and winter. As one seasons dies or ends the more powerful season comes into play and must kill or return to hibernation the previous season. Jack and Fleur are winter and spring, Amber and Julio are autumn and summer. They balance each other and have been told that they can never exist while the other is awake. They way they come into becoming seasons is something tragic happens and they are faced with the choice of life or death. Once they die then they choose someone to become their handler.

This world is unique in that the concept of who seasons end and the new one begins. Their also two other major characters Gia and Chronos. Mother Nature and Farther time if you will. They control what is to come for these seasons , their a whole ranking system, and let lines and battles as our four main characters fight for something more then what they always done since they become seasons. They struggle to figure out what true and what has been glossed over. They are fighting for love, for each other and those that have chosen to join them on this new path. This story at it heart is a tragedy and loss but as the seasons change hope blossoms on the horizon. I excited to see where the story goes. Check out Seasons of Storm June 23, 2020.

The Broken Queen (Stolen Empire Book 6)by Sherry D. Ficklin

Fans of The Last Czars, a Netflix original series, will love this decadent look at one of the most intriguing monarchs in history…

Long before Catherine was great, Elizabeth was destined to rule the Romanov empire…

The last true Romanov, Elizabeth has once again been denied the throne of Russia. Grieving and isolated, she struggles to protect the few loved ones she has left. But when Empress Anna’s health begins to fail, Elisabeth’s very existence becomes a threat to Anna’s plans to place her chosen heir, the infant Ivan, on the throne.

Knowing only one of them will survive, Elizabeth enters into a dangerous alliance with Anna’s former lover in the hopes of not only returning the crown to its rightful line, but also rescuing her nearly bankrupt nation from the hands of an enemy king determined to bring the country under his rule.

Desperate and willing to sacrifice anything—and anyone—to her gambit, Elizabeth must make her final choice between the destiny that was promised to her and the one man she might truly love.

The Broken Queen is a scandalous glimpse into the life of one of the most vibrant women in history.

Don’t miss the series dubbed a “must-read romance” by USA Today and “an entertaining and racy read” by School Library Journal.

Fans of the hit TV shows like Reign will devour this scandalous glimpse into the life of two of the most vibrant women in history.

Novels inThe Stolen Empire Series by Sherry D. Ficklin:

Queen of Someday Queen of Tomorrow Queen of Always The Winter Queen/i> The Hollow Queen The Broken Queen

Jan’s Review

This is the final tribute to the “last of the Romanovs”. Anna as a Queen is truly terrifying and it is painted in perfect gruesome detail in this novel. This story being the last in this series really brought out all the feels, my heart hurt for Sergei as Elizabeth once again has to crush his heart into a million pieces and i was truly hoping for a happy ending for them. The amount of emotion that pours from the pages about a Queen that truly has been put through the wringer really gets to you as read this final novel. This is a must read series if your a fan of historical fiction.

Reckoning (After the Thaw #4)by Tamar Sloan

Only the chosen shall breed.

Nova, Kian, Dex, and Wren.

Four teens reunited, only to discover their world has been torn apart.

Askala has been seized by a new order. A cruel army that rules with greed and fear. An army that seems impossible to defeat.

Forced into the forest, the people struggle to survive using all they’ve learned from the harshness of the Outlands. Bound, Unbound and Remnant alike are going to have to create unity in a world founded on division if they are to win.

Will they discover a way to carve a better path for the future? A future about more than just fighting to survive. A future where all can thrive, not just the chosen few.

In the greatest battle for Askala yet, sides will be chosen and loyalty will be tested. Is it possible that love and intelligence were the key all along?

Jan’s Review

I have to say that all the books for this series are aptly named and are the perfect hint as to what is in store in each book. I also like that i never know if this is going to be the end, will their be more story after this one. I am happy to say that the story does continue, their is hope on the horizon and we get to see how that plays out. This book in the final showdown for Askala future. On the future of babies who are not supposed to be possible. The author also do a commendable job of not only showing us what the life is like at the Oasis’s we also get to see where the outsiders have been living and why they so badly want what they see as a better life on the oasis. This is a highly addictive series and i eager to see what kind of world is on the horizon. What lessons have been learned from the previous leaders and how will this community survive and thrive.