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The Bone Shard Emporer (The Drowning Empire #2) by Andrea Stewart

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good second book in this unique fantasy series. The book starts off slowly and it was initially hard to get into it, but about a third of the way it picks up and is a lot more exciting. Lin is now the emperor, but most governors in the empire have not accepted her rule. The Shardless Few demand she abdicate. Islands are sinking, and an army of constructs is descending from the north, threatening Lin’s rule. As if Lin doesn’t have enough problems, the Alanga, an ancient race of powerful magicians, have returned to take over the Empire.

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The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute LGBTQIA contemporary romance involving a tech wizard that is cast as the bachelor on a dating reality show and one of the producers on the show. Charlie, the bachelor, is stiff, awkward and anxious and only agreed to be on the show to try to rehabilitate his image. Dev is the most successful producer on the show and always does a great job scripting the perfect happily ever after for his contestants, although he’s recently gone through a painful breakup with his long-time boyfriend and is dreading going back to work with him.

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The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves, #3) by Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is the last book in an entertaining YA Fantasy series. Séverin and the team are separated by Séverin’s apparent betrayal. All he can hope is that they got his message and are racing through Venice to help implement his plan to find the temple where the Divine Lyre can be played and his dreams finally achieved. But first Séverin must deal with the deranged head of the Fallen House and the team must deal with a laundry list of obstacles, including those within themselves. Oh, and Laila only has 10 days to live…

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The Grimrose Girls (Grimrose Girls #1) by Laura Pohl

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok YA Fantasy Mystery/Thriller set in an elite boarding school in Switzerland. When the new school year starts, three best friends discover that their fourth best friend drowned in a lake on school grounds. The police rule it a suicide, but the girls believe differently.

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Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a fun contemporary fantasy romance about witches in a small Illinois town vying to win a spellcasting tournament among the town’s founder families.

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Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a pretty good YA Fantasy that promises to turn into a fun, exciting series.

Ryia is known as “The Butcher” of Carrowick, a dockside city run by various gangs. Ryia is on the run from the powerful Guildmaster, the ruler of 5 kingdoms of Thamorr. Certain people are born with a gift for strength, speed, mind reading, sensing and other gifts and are called Adepts. They are taken by the Guildmaster as a baby and trained on an island. When they reach adulthood they are stripped of all identity and are sold to rich people as obedient servants who have no mind or will of their own.

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Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily R. Austin

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I could not get into this contemporary fiction book about an anxious young woman obsessed with death.

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It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute contemporary romance. The story revolves around a wedding planning business and the people that come within their sphere. For 20 years married couple Liv and Eliot have run a successful wedding planning business. Eliot dies suddenly and to Liv’s surprise, leaves his half of the business to his young girlfriend Savannah. After getting off to a rocky start, Liv and Savannah start making a go of the business. The story follows Liv and Savannah as they move through grief and learn to love again. The book also follows other diverse couples as their relationships change and grow.

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Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute, cute YA contemporary romance book! It’s a quick and easy read and I had a lot of fun reading it.

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