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Raven Huntress by Andrea Pearson and Nolan James

The fourth book in the Midnight Chronicles series, Raven Huntress picks up where Twilight Rogue left off. So much happens in this book! There’s a fun section for readers of the Kilenya and Mosaic Chronicles with some old friends from some of those books. There’s some great verbal sparring between Coolidge and Abel. There’s some amusing bits scattered throughout giving some much needed lightness to an otherwise rather heavy book. And, of course, there’s more of Abel’s story and his thoughts and feelings. It’s very well-written. I honestly could barely put it down (I was not very happy when I absolutely had to put my kids to bed with only 3% of the story left!). I very highly recommend Raven Huntress to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy (most definitely read the first three books in this series first… reading the author’s other series is not necessary, but will certainly add to the enjoyment of this one).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 24
Pages Read in 2020: 5895
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Twilight Rogue by Andrea Pearson

So often a book series will have a great beginning and end, but then loses steam in the middle. Not this one! Twilight Rogue is the third book of the Midnight Chronicles and it’s absolutely fantastic. Two huge things happen that I was seriously not expecting and one of them changes absolutely everything I thought I knew. I love how Abel’s character, including his feelings under that seemingly emotionless exterior, is being developed through this series. The writing is excellent. It’s the kind of story that you just don’t want to put down and leaves you with a book hangover when you’re all done. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes urban fantasy. It’s even better if you’ve read Lizzie’s series first, but that’s not necessary (though I do recommend it).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 8
Pages Read in 2020: 2599
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Twinkle, Twinkle by LRW Lee

Twinkle, Twinkle, the fourth and final Sand Maiden book, wraps up the storylines quite nicely. Most of the chapters are told from Ali’s point of view, though some chapters scattered throughout are told from other characters’ points of view for things that Ali is not present for but are important for the reader to know. The writing is excellent, often using clever imagery. The character development is quite realistic. The theme of abuse, recovery from being abused and the cycle of abuse, is addressed very well and very sensitively. I highly recommend this book and the whole series!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 123
Pages Read in 2019: 31,613
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Evening Storm by Andrea Pearson

Evening Storm, the second book in the Midnight Chronicles series, picks up right where the first book left off. It parallels things that happened in the second Koven Chronicles book (The Black Masquerade), but from Abel’s point of view this time. It’s very interesting getting to see where Abel was all those times he disappeared and what his emotions were doing when he was basically acting like a jerk to Lizzie. The story really sucks you in and is very well written. I highly recommend it to people who like urban fantasy and especially people who have read the Koven Chronicles (though you don’t have to have read them first – but if you have it will make Abel’s story even better).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 122
Pages Read in 2019: 31,284
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Mississippi River Blues: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Tony Abbott

In Mississippi River Blues, Frankie and Devin find themselves in yet another book, this time The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. They read their way through it, participating in all of Tom’s adventures and learn enough to ace their tests back in Mr. Wexler’s English class. The Cracked Classics books are super fun and excite kids to read the “real” version. I very highly recommend this book and the whole series (no need to read them in order) to people of all ages. They make excellent family read alouds.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 57
Pages Read in 2019: 15,262
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Good Night by LRW Lee

After escaping from The Ninety-Eight, Ali and Kovis must find a way to return to Dream in an attempt to stop her father. And that is where Good Night picks up. This book is fantastic. Most of the time it is from Ali’s point of view, but occasionally switches to another (Ambien, Kovis, Kennan). The writing is super engaging. I had trouble putting it down sometimes, usually due to concern for the very well-developed characters and wondering what the author would do to them next. The Dream/Wake world is so imaginative. Every once in a while the way things are phrased gave me a smile or even a chuckle. The end was such a satisfying wrap-up (with one huge surprise I wasn’t expecting, but was so happy with) while still setting up the next book in the series. I very highly recommend this book (and the rest in the series) to late teens and up who enjoy fantasy with a lot of romance thrown in.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 5
Pages Read in 2019: 1067
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Demon of Darkness by Andrea Pearson

The final book in the Koven Chronicles, Demon of Darkness is absolutely fabulous. It’s creative and wraps things up very nicely. Even though I’ve known for a long time she’d have to wipe the memories of Omar and Alexander, those scenes brought tears to my eyes. The author really hit it out of the park with this book. I highly recommend reading it to anyone who likes fantasy (but read the rest of the series first for sure)!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 3
Pages Read in 2019: 400
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Warden’s Folly by Tony James Slater

The second book in the Ancient Guardians series, Warden’s Folly picks up right where the first book left off. It’s full of action and has a few twists thrown in that I wasn’t expecting, one of which was huge and quite a shock (I literally gasped when I read it). Sci-fi is not really my genre, but I totally enjoyed this one. The narrative is excellent and the way some things are phrased made me laugh out loud. I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy sci-fi and even those like me who usually don’t.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 142
Pages Read in 2018: 36,957
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Battle for the Land’s Soul by LRW Lee

The final book in the Andy Smithson series, Battle for the Land’s Soul, ends pretty much as expected, but waits until the last couple chapters to finally answer some questions (particularly: Is Razen a good guy or not?). The end is on a hopeful note even while honoring all the many characters who died along the way. My 10- and 12-year-old boys and I all enjoyed this book, and the whole series, very much. The editing is excellent and there is just the right amount of action and adventure. I highly recommend it to people of all ages. It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 139
Pages Read in 2018: 36,055
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Verse by Verse: The Book of Mormon, Vol. 2

Covering Alma 30 through the end of the Book of Mormon, Verse by Verse: The Book of Mormon, Vol. Two is an excellent addition to scripture study time. While it doesn’t actually cover every verse, it does cover most and includes lots of insights, background information, and references to aid in understanding the reading. I highly recommend it!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 133
Pages Read in 2018: 34,849
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