Reading Corner

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Pause

Kylie Scott

This is a sweet, steamy romance that's great on audio. Even though it deals with a woman struggling to figure out who she is after her cheating, douchebag husband screws up, it wasn't super angsty.

If you're looking for a light listen and enjoy big, muscled guys with tender hearts, give this one a try. I think you'll enjoy it.

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Pestilence

Laura Thalassa

This is one of my all-time favorite books, and I've read it three times since discovering it a few years ago. 

If you're a fan of enemies-to-lovers, and supernatural, villainous beings brought to their knees by the heroine, this is your book!

I can't say enough good things about how well Laura developed Pestilence's character growth. 

 
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All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr

If you love Historical Fiction, this book is for you. It's set over the span of several years during World War II, and follows several characters, but the main focus is on two children.


Though Werner and Marie-Laure grow up in different countries, the author does a great job at slowly weaving their eventual stories together. It's a bittersweet, haunting novel that stayed with me for days.

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Radox Harett and the Lost Daughter

Iuliana Foos

If you enjoy sweet, clean sci-fi romance with happily-ever-after endings, then this book is for you.


It's the third story in Iulianna Foos' A Family Legacy series, but it can be read as a standalone, though I'd suggest reading the first two so you can dive into her great world-building and character development.

In this story, Radox and Tara are the main characters, and through a mutual tragedy, their lives intersect. I won't give away any spoilers, but the energy users are fascinating. I would've loved more scenes at the temple, as it sounded pretty dang cool.

 


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The Spirit Hunter and the Frozen Child

Brenda Nichols

I loved this story. Basically, Beth is a ghost hunter who can crossover to the "waiting room" of those poor souls who haven't moved on.

Todd is an arson investigator and they happen to cross paths with an investigation, rekindling an old friendship from when they were in the same orphanage together. Will they find the connection they once shared and be willing to open themselves up to love--or will the past burn them once again?

Ms. Nichols is a new author, at least to me, but I'll be checking out the rest of this series when it releases

She has a great writer's voice and a smooth flow to her words. Do give her a try, I think you'll be pleased.

Red Rising

Red Rising

Pierce Brown

I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator is superb, along with the fabulous story.

If you're a fan of dystopian worlds, this book is for you. 

Imagine a future where you're working to terraform Mars to save the population of Earth. You and your family drill deep into Mars' surface to get precious fuel for the planet--Helium 3. You are never allowed to go to the surface because the government has said it's still not ready yet.

Now, imagine finding out Mars was terraformed seven. hundred. years. ago, even though the government has promised your hard, dangerous work drilling in the mines of Mars will be repaid with your sacrifices.

But after finding out everyone on the surface, lives off your slave labor, and the generations of "Reds" before you, a revolt begins to smolder.

Darrow is a complex, fabulous character you will want to meet. His journey and determination, his broken heart, and his character growth are astounding.

GREAT series so far!

 


Conquered: Vakarran Captives Book 1

Sara Fields

This is the first book I've read by this author. The writing and story flow well, though its primary focus is on the physical relationship between the captive and her captors.

Like it says on the Amazon description, it's a dark reverse harem, so don't expect it to be all roses and daisies. If you have trigger issues, especially with physical abuse, rape, and overbearing, dominating men, you might stay away from it.

I haven't decided if I'm going to read the next in the series because I feel like there could have been more character development and a deeper plot, but that could just be me. Plus, some of the triggers I mentioned above just weren't my thing.

Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Glendy Venderah

I absolutely adored this story. I would put in Women's Fiction and Romance categories. 
As soon as the story starts, it pulls you in and doesn't let go until the end.
Ursa shows up on Joanne's doorstep, along with a half-grown pup, and what happens after her arrival completely transforms everyone around her.
I highly recommend this story, especially if you need a little magic and inspiration in your life.

 

What I'm currently reading


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Golden Son

Pierce Brown

This is the second book in the Red Rising sci-fi series and I'm enjoying it.
Though it doesn't have as much action and the "hunger games" feel like the first book, it still has plenty of political intrigue and twists to keep me invested in the story.
I'm getting close to the end, so it'll be interesting to see where this phase takes Darrow.

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The Unearthly

Laura Thalassa

Laura Thalassa is one of my favorite YA and NA authors, if not my number one favorite, and this book is pulling me in.
I've never read anything of hers that I didn't like.
So far, the story starts with the main character being accepted into Peel Academy at age 16, which is in the British Isles. 
There's something special about her, yet she's not quite sure what it is. 
Also, there's a shadowy dude following her and since I haven't gotten very far into the book (maybe 20%), I'm not sure who he is, but he seems interesting.
I'm definitely going to keep reading.
This is a 5-book series.