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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very cute contemporary paranormal romance book that was a fun, quick, and easy read. Mika Moon is one of just a few witches in Britain and she knows the rules: keep her head down, hide her magic and don’t mingle with other witches so their power doesn’t draw attention. Raised as an orphan, Mika has never felt a part of anything. She had no family, was raised by strangers, and never stayed in one place long enough to make friends or plant roots. Her only bit of rebellion; an online account where she posts videos of herself “pretending” to do magic. She thinks no one actually believes she’s a real witch – until a letter arrives.

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The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good contemporary psychological mystery/thriller. The book is told from two character’s perspectives. Meg Williams, a twenty-something con woman that targets bad men that do bad things. Kat Roberts, a twenty-something aspiring journalist that blames Meg for something she did 10 years ago that derailed Kat’s life. Kat has been waiting 10 years to confront Meg and write an article that will finally bring the con woman down and gain justice for Kat.

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Mercy (Atlee Pine #4) by David Baldacci

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another great mystery/thriller in the Atlee Pine book series. This time, FBI agent Atlee is close on the trail of finding her missing sister Mercy. She discovers why her parents left, why Mercy was kidnapped, and evidence that Mercy actually survived her abduction and escaped her captors years ago. She still doesn’t know if Mercy is still alive (but the reader knows she is), or how she’s surviving, but Atlee is determined to finally get the answers to questions that have been plaguing her her entire life.

This book starts off with a bang and doesn’t stop until the satisfying ending. The book is told from Atlee and Mercy’s perspectives, and we finally get answers to a lot of the questions that have been haunting Atlee the entire book series. There is plenty of fast-paced action and great villains to hate. I can’t wait to see where this book series goes next.

Pierce Her (Come for Me #1) by Kelly Finley

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a really good contemporary romance suspense book. Charlie Ravenel served in the military and was injured in combat. She now works for an elite company that provides bodyguard services for high profile clients. Charlie is assigned to protect a young actress working on a popular television series. The actress is receiving threatening notes and it’s unknown if the perpetrator works on the set or is an outside threat.

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A Kingdom of Flame and Fury (The Four Kingdoms #1) by Whitney Dean

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a pretty good dark fantasy romance book, but I’m a bit conflicted about it. There are things that I really liked about it, and other things that I really did not. At 10 years old, orphan Raven was deemed the heir of Seolia, a kingdom within the Four Kingdoms. At the beginning of the book, Raven has been ruling for fifteen years. Despite doing a good job, she still feels that she didn’t earn the right to rule, and is hiding the fact that she possesses dark magic -something everyone in the kingdom believes no longer exists.

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Local Girl Missing (Detective Josie Quinn #15) by Lisa Regan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a really good contemporary mystery/thriller set in a small town in Pennsylvania. Det. Josie Quinn and her husband Noah are driving home on a winding mountain road. As they are about to pull over on the shoulder due to dense fog, a young girl dashes across the road in front of them and into the woods. The duo get out of the car to investigate and find another car pulled over. As they approach, they see a man standing over another young girl strangling her. Josie gives chase but he gets away. The young girl in the car, Dina, is dead, but Josie and Noah have hope that the other girl, Alison, is alive.

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Hiding Forever (The Forever Series, vol. 7) by Tara Gallina

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute contemporary romance that is a quick and easy read. Nova and Riley are both hiding from something. Riley left witness protection and is still laying low from an east coast mafia and Nova was just dumped by an A-list pop star. They seek solace at Nova’s grandmother Gigi’s house. Both are nursing heartache and the last thing they are thinking about is getting into a new relationship. So of course, when they meet again (they met when they were much younger), the sparks fly.

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The Proposition by Madeleine Roux

Rating: 3 out of 5.

2.5 stars rounded up to 3

This is a historical fiction romance set in 1819 England. Clemency is a young woman who initially was dead-set against marriage, but finds herself engaged to a dashing young baron. Lord Boyle swept Clemency off her feet, but once they were engaged, his affection cooled and Clemency is confused. Audric Ferrand shows up in town determined to get revenge against Lord Boyle on behalf of his sister. He convinces Clemency to join his cause and help him destroy Lord Boyle.

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Accomplished: A Georgie Darcy Novel by Amanda Quain

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute YA contemporary retelling of Pride & Prejudice. Georgiana Darcy is a Junior at an elite prep school in upstate New York. She suffered an “Incident” with Wickham Foster at the end of her sophomore year that would have cost anyone else besides a Darcy expulsion. But, with her brother living back in New York near her and suffocating her with rules and oversight, Georgie needs to figure out a way to forget Wickham, win back her prep school and make her brother relax and realize she can take care of herself.

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