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A dedicated bookaholic with eclectic tastes

Book Review: The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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The Lovely and the LostTitle:  The Lovely and the Lost

Author:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date:  May 7, 2019
Publisher:  Freeform
Source:  NetGalley

Kira Bennett’s earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods.

She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her perfectly.

Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue.

Along with Cady’s son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world’s most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home.

But when Cady’s estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child – one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months – the teens find themselves on the frontlines sooner than they could have ever expected.

As the search through 750,000 acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it’s like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone.

But this case isn’t simple. There is more afoot than a single, missing girl, and Kira’s memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn.

As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past. (Amazon)

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13 New Fantasy Books to Add to Your TBR Pile

13 New Fantasy Releases

Despite having towering piles of books that I haven’t read yet, I can’t resist browsing online for new releases!

There’s nothing like the bright and the shiny and the new!

Since urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres, I was excited to find so many new fantasy books scheduled for release over the next few months!

There’s even a new book by one of my favorite authors, Seanan McGuire! And Karen Chance! Love Karen Chance!

To make it a little less overwhelming, I’ve put together a list of new fantasy releases that caught my eye. And yes, I’ve already added them all to my wishlist!

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Endangered by Michelle Larkin


Release Date: July 16, 2019

Boston beat cop Aspen Wolfe gets the surprise of her life when she learns she’s a shapeshifter.

Her abilities awaken as a ruthless regime unleashes its troops to eradicate the shapeshifter population.

Forced to run or be hunted, Aspen meets Dr. Tora Madigan – a beautiful and resourceful shapeshifter who oversees an underground sanctuary. Her attraction to Tora is a welcome distraction, but the fierce lioness plays hard to get.

Together they discover that Aspen is a powerful shapeshifter thought to be extinct. Her existence gives shapeshifters everywhere a fighting chance. But there’s one small problem: she doesn’t even know how to shift. With no one else up for the job, Tora agrees to train her.

Aspen soon finds herself leading a group of extraordinary shapeshifters who are willing to risk everything to save their species. When the sanctuary is targeted for annihilation, she must come up with a game plan. Fast.(Amazon)

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 8

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole for July 2019

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole was created by Lisa at Lost In A Story. She’s since cleaned up her TBR list (go Lisa!), but has inspired others to work on their TBR lists. I saw this meme over at Lampshade Reader and decided to take the plunge!

How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

My Goodreads TBR list is mostly books I own but haven’t read yet, so I’m going to use my wishlist instead. Starting off with 113 titles on my wishlist and maybe if I get that cleaned up, I’ll move on to my Amazon list next!



The Rest Falls AwayThe Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason
Date Added: November 29, 2009

In every generation, a Gardella is chosen to take on the vampire world and this time, Victoria is chosen, on the eve of her debut into society, to carry the stake. As she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous, moonlit streets, Victoria experiences both romance and danger.

A Victorian-era Buffy the Vampire Slayer sounded intriguing, but the writing was a little too floral for my taste. Letting this one go.



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Book Review: 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do by Amy MorinTitle:  13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do

Author:  Amy Morin
Release Date:  December 31, 2018
Publisher:  William Morrow
Source:  Edelweiss

International bestselling author and leading global expert on mental strength Amy Morin turns her focus to feminism, explaining what it means – and what it takes – to be a mentally strong woman in the age of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. (Goodreads)



Amy Morin’s first book was 13 Things That Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, followed by 13 Things That Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do. This book is her third.

There’s a part of me that doesn’t see a need for 13 Things That Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do. Wouldn’t that be covered under her first book? Aren’t mentally strong people the same, no matter the gender?

But there’s another part that thinks yes, women do face different challenges so need to be mentally strong in other ways.

I’m just not sure that this book covers those challenges.

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Blind Date With a Book

Blind Date With a Book

Have you ever gone on a blind date with a book?

I remember hearing about libraries doing this during Valentine’s Day events, but had never seen blind date books in real life.

Then a used bookstore opened up near me and they have an entire bookcase devoted to Blind Date With a Book selections!

Color me intrigued!

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Discovering Author Seanan McGuire (and her wonderful books!)

Discovering Seanan McGuire

It started with a book recommendation.

A simple list of recommended reads by a fellow book blogger (sorry I can’t give you a shout-out, but I can’t remember where I saw the list).

While several of them sounded interesting, Every Heart a Doorway  by Seanan McGuire leapt out at me.

I had never heard of Seanan McGuire, so decided to pick up a copy and give it a shot.

Every Heart a Doorway is book 1 in the Wayward Children series, so that seemed as good a place to start as any.

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Wayward Children series

Who wouldn’t be intrigued by a school for the children who come back after visiting fantasy worlds? Much like Alice, these children slipped through secret doorways, climbed through the back of a wardrobe, or tumbled down a rabbit hole.

These children no longer fit in with their families or the “real” world. They want nothing more than to return to their fantasy lives but, for whatever reason, can’t go back.

That’s where Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children comes in: a safe haven for these children until they can readjust.  And sometimes, not often but sometimes, the lucky ones get to return to their fantasy lives.

Picked up Every Heart a Doorway at the library and loved it! That led to Down Among the Sticks and Bones about Jack and Jill, twin girls who made their way down an impossible stairway to a land of mad scientists and vampires. The Moors sounded like a horror film, but the girls fit right in!

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