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Hex Marks the Spot by Madelyn Alt

Posted July 22, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Murder, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

Hex Marks the Spot by Madelyn AltHex Marks the Spot by Madelyn Alt
Series: A Bewitching Mystery #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Berkley on November 27th 2007
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 246
Format: Paperback
three-stars

While her boss becomes entranced with a beautiful armoire at the countywide craft bazaar, Maggie can't help noticing the Amish craftsman who made it. Though his clothes may be plain, he himself is more handsome than a man sporting a jawline-only beard has any right to be. And he seems pretty aware that the ladies love his...furniture. But when the hunky craftsman turns up dead with a strange hex symbol near his corpse, Maggie wonders if the craft involved is the witchy kind.

My take on this book:: CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!!

Oh my god. I didn’t realize how long it has been while I was off and on reading this book. I mean I know I started it on July 2 and I’m just now finishing it on July 17. Well for one thing it has been one crazy month so far for me. Well not only that but at times I didn’t feel up to reading or I was just so tired from doing things around the house for my mom that I couldn’t help but not read. Not only that but I am playing a game on my kindle fire called Minion Rush and it is a pretty addicting game. I was playing it today a little bit but I decided on reading tonight. That and I was just starting Chapter 16 when I took a little break earlier this week.

I liked this book but I am just going to give it a three butterflies. The reason for that is mostly because it didn’t really hold my attention. Everyone knows how that is important to me. I mean it held it but not all that much. Mostly I think that’s because I liked the idea that Madelyn Alt was going for but at the same time not really. I mean I get the whole Amish thing since even though I don’t live anywhere near any Amish people I know that there is some Amish people still around. I just don’t think that they would be very much like the book. But then again I don’t really know.

This book is a really good one but just not one that I actually really liked. Sorry Mrs. Alt.

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A Charmed Death by Madelyn Alt

Posted July 17, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Murder, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

A Charmed Death by Madelyn AltA Charmed Death by Madelyn Alt
Series: A Bewitching Mystery #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Berkley Prime Crime on December 5th 2006
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 289
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Maggie O'Neill was just a small-town girl, stuck in a dead-end job--until she started working at Enchantments, Stony Mill's finest mystical antique shop.
Now Maggie is Indiana's newest witch. Learning to cope with her newfound powers is tough enough, but add to that keeping the stock at Enchantments organized and remembering to tape reruns of her favorite show, Magnum, P.I., and Maggie's got a full plate.
But when she witnesses an altercation between a local teenage princess, and another customer in Enchantments--and later the girl turns up dead--she feels compelled to investigate. Though the police are at a loss, Maggie has some tricks up her sleeve, or to be more specific, some spells, charms, and mystical intuitions. And with the help of her boss (and favorite witch) Felicity Dow, Maggie is spellbound and determined to get to the bottom of this murder.

My take on this book:: CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!!

Maggie O’Neill is back in another very interesting book. This one takes place in December a few weeks before Christmas and it’s all cold and dreary in Stony Mill, Indiana. Her friend has found a keeper in Dr. Danny but yet Maggie is in a tossup with Officer Tom Fielding. While she is basically taking care of Enchantments full time, with the help of Evie, as her boss/friend Felicity Dow has decided to take some time off so that she could mourn the loss of her murdered sister.

The victim of murder in this book was kind of someone that Maggie knew. Granted it is a small town so everyone almost always knows everyone. This time though it’s a teenage girl that isn’t living the life her parents think and the one that almost everyone else knows of. We get to meet her friend and a cousin of Marcus named Tara. Tara is very interesting, the complete opposite of Evie wholesomeness. Maggie also got to do her first ghost N.I.G.H.T.S investigation. The poor girl was scared out of her mind but then again I guess anyone would be if they always got the heebie jeebies from cemetery’s and only recently found out why they had that reaction.

This whole book is a really good one. It kept me guessing and the murderer wasn’t who I thought it was at all. But then again that is the whole point of these books I think. To get the reader guessing while trying to figure it out as you read along with it.

I am going to give this book a five since it was really good and I loved it. Happy Reading!  🙂

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The Trouble With Magic by Madelyn Alt

Posted July 13, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Murder, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

The Trouble With Magic by Madelyn AltThe Trouble With Magic by Madelyn Alt
Series: A Bewitching Mystery #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Berkley Prime Crime on January 3rd 2006
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 261
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O'Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity's wiccan friends for help--and discover her own spellbinding talent.

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To be honest with all of you this will be my second attempt at this book. The first time I was trying to read this book I was in I think my freshman or sophomore year of high school. Around that time I was trying to focus on my homework and reading whatever I needed to for school along with roleplaying. Not sex roleplaying but the type where you type up a reply to someone else. It’s kind of like writing a book but not really. I have decided to quit and it’s really hard…..

Anyways back to the reason for this blog post. I just finished this book and I have got to tell you. I liked…no that isn’t the correct word for how I felt about this book. I loved it! I mean it kept me entertained all the way through. Granted I didn’t start reading it until today, June 27, even though on goodreads I added it last night. I am happy though that I started to read this book.

The main character, and the person that is telling the story, is none other than Maggie O’Neill who at the beginning of the book is weary of her old job and just wanted a way out. Which lead her to meet Felicity an antique store owner that needed some help. Unknown to Maggie at the time that she would be thrown into a world full of “witchy” stuff that she didn’t know existed until then. Let alone with who she is either.

Maggie, slowly, throughout the book starts to realize that maybe her boss isn’t all that crazy. The one thing that I lead about this book is that I was guessing throughout the whole thing and I thought I knew who did it until I got blown a whimmy. For me I thought it was Felicity’s recently deceased husband but then again once we got to a point I thought it could have been his mistress at the time. Though I never thought that it would have been who it was.

This book I will give it a five star review since it met all my requirements and I love it so very much. I am going to be starting the next book soon I hope. Plus reading helps me a little bit in this heat wave that I am in Montana. Or at least it is trying too. I am hoping that next month will be easier especially since I am hoping to be writing for Camp Nanowrimo.

Camp Nanowrimo, for everyone that doesn’t know, is a plus where we can literally for a whole month just write a book or whatever we want to. It’s quite fun even though I haven’t exactly finished a month really. But I am hoping to change that this year especially with its main even in November. Granted this will be my second attempt at winning at camp. Hopefully I can do it.

Wow I just realized that this is my third book that I have finished in three days. WOOT! I am so happy of myself since this will make me on schedule again for my book challenge on goodreads!

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Posted July 10, 2015 by karenbaron in Book to Movie, Contemporary Romance, Music, Review, Romance, Series, Tear Jerker / 0 Comments

If I Stay by Gayle FormanIf I Stay by Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Series Rating: five-stars
on April 2, 2009
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 201
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.
Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now.I sit up as much as I can.And I listen.
Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.
If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

My take on this book:: CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!!

OMG!! This book is a tear-jerky. I started reading this book today and I didn’t except myself to finish it but when I did I was all “Oh my god. I feel so bad for Mia and I hope that she will be okay.” Since the book ends with her waking up finally from just being in a limbo type of place throughout the book. Well after the car accident that is.

But wow! If I was in Mia’s shoes I don’t know how I would be able to wake up with knowing that my mom, dad, and little brother are all dead. I mean I knew that I would have other family members wanting me to live but the ones that I would care about wouldn’t be there.

I guess I can kind of connect to Mia in a way. I mean not in the musical sense. Granted I do sing and dance on occasion but I sometimes draw and that right there is something that I don’t like to share with people and in that way I think that we have the same way of thinking of what we do as a solitary point.

Granted my drawing does suck. But I also don’t really get to practice all that much. This book goes right up there in my mind with John Green and Nicholas Sparks. Those writers paired with Gayle Forman would make anyone set on their couch, or in bed, or anywhere with their book and a box of tissues right next to them just in case they would need it. I am hoping though that Mia and Adam will get over this bump in their relationship like they have done throughout their story in If I Stay.

To anyone wanting to read this book is that I give it a five stars and that this book is the most excellent one written. I am quite proud with the way that Gayle Forman was able to move from the present day of Mia being in the limbo type of place at the hospital to her past memories of certain things. That right there worked really well.

I am now off to find myself a good book that won’t make me cry to read a little bit. I need something happy after this ordeal of crying. Some people don’t get that but other people do. When you cry during a book it is a good thing for the author because that is what they wanted the reader, us, to feel when reading the book. Especially since that meant that you were able to connect with the characters in the book to feel with what they are feeling. I am quite glad that I read this book and I might be doing a movie review on the movie….Once you know I convince my mom into paying it for me!

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About Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.


Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Angels, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Revelations by Melissa de la CruzRevelations by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Blue Bloods #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Hyperion on October 31st 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 264
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Schuyler Van Alen's blood legacy has just been called into question: is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.
When an ancient place of power is threatened in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high, the battle is bloody; and through it all Schuyler is torn between duty and passion, love and freedom.
Romance, glamour, and vampire lore collide in the highly anticipated third book in best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series.

My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

The third book and certainly not the last in the Blue Bloods series is certainly a good book. I have been reading this book for about six days and that is the amount of days since my last review. I am hoping that I will be able to catch myself up with the many books that I read this year. This book though was soo good. Especially since when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it or dreaming about it. In my mind is always a good thing when you are trying to get readers to stay with you.

Some people might think that this is a weird way to turn what happened after the Angels fall from Heaven but I actually like it. It’s a different twist that I love very much. This book is pretty good and I love everything about it. Though the fact that Dylan and Bliss don’t get together makes me sad and that poor Jordan might get killed is like making me all sad since Jordan is just soo cute…or at least the way I have her pictured in my head. But also the whole thing that Schuyler and Jack might not be together either makes me sad but maybe that is a good thing that they aren’t together since Mimi seems to be a force not to be on the wrong side too.

I strongly would tell anyone to read this series even if they don’t believe in God, like I don’t, since it’s a pretty good read despite that. I mean Melissa de la Cruz has set up her own world with these vampires/angels that you just want to be a part of in every single book that you read. So I am giving this book a five stars and that everyone should read this series. I think that is it with this review. I hope this review helps you with deciding on reading this book series. And my other reviews, both before and after, this review helps you decide on reading it or not.

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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.