Book Review: A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens

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Hello and welcome to my stop on the A Wicked Magic blog tour! My stop is a review stop – but be sure to check out the other excellent posts for the rest of the tour here: TBR & Beyond Tours. Without further adieu, my tour stop:

Summary:

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The Craft when modern witches must save teens stolen by an ancient demon in this YA fantasy-thriller debut.

Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives makes them feel powerless.

During a spell gone wrong, Liss’s boyfriend is snatched away by an evil entity and presumed dead. Dan and Liss’s friendship dies that night, too. How can they practice magic after the darkness that they conjured?

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Excerpt from A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee

The Book cover of A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee Readers of my blog are very familiar with my passion for contemporary romances – I’m a sucker for the happily ever afters, the drama, and the currently-trendy illustrated covers. When I first heard about A Sweet Mess it checked a ton of boxes for me, namely, it’s about a star crossed romance between a food critic, and the owner of a restaurant that he panned in a review. I recently finished this book (review to come!) and I can’t wait for you guys to get to experience it.

Please enjoy and excerpt of A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee, as a part of the official blog tour!

An excerpt from A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee

Excerpt from A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee. Copyright 2020 by the author and reprinted with permission from St. Martin’s Griffin.

“How’s this?” He’d chosen a small table at the back corner. When Aubrey nodded, he pulled out her chair and took a seat across from her.

Their proximity and relative privacy made the air between them hum with electricity. Their knees brushed every time either of them shifted in their seat, sending bolts of desire through him. A sharp intake of breath and a parting of her lips revealed Aubrey wasn’t immune to their magnetic attraction.

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You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

A review copy of this book was provided by St Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

Have you ever read a book that gives you secondhand anxiety? One that gives you a sense of tense nervousness and dread that just builds as the odds seem impossibly stacked against the main character? That guttural feeling is a sign of an amazing psychologically suspenseful thriller – and You Are Not Alone had that feeling in spades. This book was easily one of the best I’ve read so far this year (and last year, for that matter) and definitely my favorite psychological thriller I’ve read.

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.

Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better.

Shay would die for them to like her.
She may have to.

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Book Review: My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding by Wendy Wax

A review copy of this book was provided by Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book on NetGalley mostly because the concept sounded so interesting – it focuses on a wedding dress that has been passed through many generations of weddings and the lives of the latest women to wear it. It definitely felt like a breath of fresh air in a genre that repeats itself all too often.

Prized and stored away for safekeeping, the timeless ivory wedding dress, with its scooped neck and cleverly fitted bodice, sits gently folded in its box, whispering of Happily Ever Afters. To Kendra, Brianna, and Lauren it’s a reminder of what could have been, the promise of a fairy tale, and a friendship torn apart. But as Kendra knows firsthand: it wasn’t the dress’s fault.

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Book Review: The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

Scent Keeper - Cover ArtA review copy of this book was provided by St Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

When I was approached to read this book, I was a little hesitant – I had never really heard of anyone navigating and documenting life via their sense of smell. It struck me as an odd concept and one that might be a little too out there for me, but I decided to give this book a shot anyways. Am I ever glad that I did – beautifully written, The Scent Keeper tells the story of a girl growing up in the strangest of circumstances, all while trying to understand the world around her in large part via her sense of smell.

Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.

Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.

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