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Stalking Shadows | Cyla Panin
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5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is so good. It is a gothic that is dark, eerie and mysterious. It captivates you right from the start of the book. There are two sisters Marie and Ama. The father sells Ama to live and clean for a wealthy family. But, when Ama returns a year later, she is different. Something bad happened to her. She turns into a beast and kills. Marie makes plans to find out if her
sister has been cursed.

Thank you @booksforward for the ARC

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5/5

What a great story about two manatees and a girl. Becca Wong Walker becomes the hero in this tale in her effort to fight for their safety against speeding boats and jet skis. A science project in school gives her the opportunity to spread the concern and awareness of manatees.

This heartwarming story will make you happy for Missy, Sunny, the dolphin and brave Becca. I recommend this book for the whole family.

Thank you @BooksForward #bff

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The Sightless City | Noah Lemelson
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4/5

Well, let me start with this is my first steam punk genre. And I am impressed. Lazarus Roache owns Lazacorp. Is he a villain? What is going on? This book is well written, the characters are interesting and the world building is gripping.

This book is unique and original. I really enjoyed it. If you want to read something and of another genre try steam punk.

Thank you @BooksForward for this ARC. #bff

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Saltwater Secrets | Cindy Callaghan
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Secrets is about two half-sisters Josie and Stella. They spend the summers together and always hangout at the shore. One day they notice something is not right. Eventually, there are some changes to the area and it starts them off on a quest to find out what is going on and the people behind it.

I liked the storyline and found this book enjoyable. A perfect book for the family and kids.

Thank you @BooksForward for this ARC.
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Phantom Lady is an excellent biography written by Christina Lane. It is about the woman named Joan Harrison. She was Alfred Hitchcock's right hand. He would not have been Alfred Hitchcock without her and her screenwriting. She wrote the movie Rebecca (by Daphne Du Maurier) and many others. Harrison became the first powerful female producer in Hollywood.

Thank you @BooksForward for this ARC.
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Tools of a Thief | D. Hale Rambo
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This is a fun story full of adventure and magic. A gnome named Zizy ventures out on a mission demanded by her aunt to bring back to her a valuable relic. Along the way, she makes friends that happen to be going her way. They get caught in some mishaps as they go on this trek together.

This tale is cute, an easy read and fast paced.

Thank you @BooksForward for this ARC.
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One You Feed | James Drummond
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⭐⭐⭐⭐4/5

It has been a very long time since I read a book with a werewolf. This story is suspenseful and intriguing. A fast paced story with twists and turns that will put you on the edge of your seat.

Thank you @BookSirens for this ARC.

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Renegade Runner | Nick Ruther
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Brinna is a human that is abducted from Aliens. She is taken to be placed in a space competition where opponents fight each other and will kill to be the winner. She is partnered with an alien that has pointy ears and is not quite human-like. At first, they seem to not get along but eventually start getting friendly.

The story was interesting, full of action and funny at times. This is a fast paced.

Thank you @HiddenGemsBooks for this ARC.

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The Reincarnationist Papers | D. Eric Maikranz
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A compelling story about Evan Michaels. He has past lives that he remembers clearly. One day he meets a woman that comes from a secret society of reincarnated people that keep returning through the centuries.

What evolves is a journey full of action with the likes of The Da Vinci Code. There is great world building, interesting characters and a storyline that is gripping with excitement and mystery.

Thank you @BooksForward #bff for this ARC.

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City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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⭐⭐⭐⭐4/5

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Namesake: A Novel | Adrienne Young
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

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This is a mystery about a mining village that was abandoned a long time ago. The residents left suddenly and disappeared. A filmmaker and her crew plan on making a film of this place. They try to find out what information they can gather. Or if there was anything sinister going on. The story is interesting with a touch of eeriness.

Thank you #Netgalley for this ARC and to @minotaur_books, @wednesdaysten, and #TheLostVillageBook.

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Ana Lal Din writes about a culture that has it's people labeled by caste. They are poor, struggling to survive and face at a young age to serve those that are higher than them and to be auctioned off to a man. They believe in a goddess that leads them to their purpose in life to live the kind of existence they are born into. Roma strives to escape despite dire consequences.

Thank you @booksforwardPR for this ARC.
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I loved it! It grabbed my attention right from the start. Great storyline and characters. I look forward to book two.

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Sing Me Forgotten | Jessica S. Olson
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This is reminiscent of the phantom of the opera. This time it is a female. The story is a magical tale of the gold elixir, singing and going into the memories of the singers. All of this magic is used to make the opera successful and draw more ticket sales. Eventually, things go awry and the monster is unleashed. I like this retelling. It is different and original. 3.5⭐

Thank you #Netgalley for this ARC.

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Prepped | Bethany Mangle
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This is a different storyline through the perspective of a young girl. One can only imagine how people like this live life. Not easy I say. It is good to learn survival but not where it cuts into normalcy. This book is original and interesting.

Thank you @booksforwardpr for this ARC. This is my honest review. #booksforwardfriends

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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Another great book by Kristan Hannah. This is a touching story of this family and their hardship, despair, struggle, and strength for survival. I liked this book right from the start. It captivates until the end. It is fast paced and well written. I recommend it.

Thank you @Netgalley for this ARC. This is my honest review.

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Cold Betrayal | A. J. McCarthy
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Tori goes to Quebec to search for Danny. She tries to talk to him to return to the life he left behind in Florida. But, it is not that easy in doing so. Along the way she encounters some difficult encounters that puts her life in danger.

This is a fast paced thriller that will grab you right from the very start.

I received a copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you @blackrosewriting

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Odd Woman Out is the detailed life and experiences of actress Melanie Chartoff. She shares her feelings, thoughts and aspirations from her teens to the present. Throughout the book she gives us her story of how she wanted to act and how her career took off. Her biography is sometimes raunchy, funny and touching.

I received this book for an honest review. Thank you @booksforwardpr #booksforwardfriends

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The Last Tiara | M.J. Rose
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5 ⭐
Isobelle Moon discovers a long kept secret from her mother. She finds hidden inside a wall an artifact that goes back to a historic time from their country of origin. It is a love story gone wrong through a time of revolution that sends Sofiya to America leaving her family and the love of her life behind to start a new life. A very good story that is a bit sad but endearing, too.

I received this ARC for an honest review. Thank you #Netgalley

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Fable (Fable #1) | Adrienne Young
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4/5

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The topic of medical myths and misconceptions is always good to read. Find out facts that many of us are not aware of. Doctor Yasmin puts together an informative fast paced book with health news that is familiar to us and our everyday lives.

I received this book for an honest review. Thank you @booksforwardpr #booksforwardfriends

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Alone | Megan E. Freeman
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An immediate evacuation occurs overnight and everyone everywhere it seems is gone. Maddie is left all alone the only companion is the neighbors dog. Her story is of survival and the will to keep on with hopes that her parents will someday come back for her.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The storyline is interesting. It got a bit suspenseful towards the end. I was on the edge of my seat.

Thank you @booksforwardpr #booksforwardfriends #ARC

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We Thought We Knew You
By M. William Phelps
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5

This is a true crime story that is gripping and keeps you at the edge of your seat. It is about Dr. Mary Yoder's murder. The investigation of what killed her and who did it. Mary was loved by all of her patients and everyone had only good things to say about her. She had no enemies. The on and off relationship of the son and the ex-girlfriend. Gripping story.

Thank you @bookishfirst

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Watch Her | Edwin Hill
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Watch Her
By Edwin Hill
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This mystery does not disappoint. It has so many twist and turns. It involves a couple that run a university and the scandalous secrets they are hiding from everyone and their closest friends. This book is a quick read, intriguing and a page turner.

I received this ARC for an honest review. Thank you @booksforwardpr for a copy of this book.
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By Alix E. Harrow
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5/5

I listened to the audiobook and loved it. The execution of putting this audiobook together is excellent. The book alone, the story, is well written as this historical fiction turns the suffragettes of the women's movement into the witch's movement in New Salem. This audiobook production should not be missed. I recommend it.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

I have not read a good authentic Gothic story in a long time. It starts in the late 1800's to present day spanning several generations of a family. In this castle-like estate on the English coastline lurks a dark sinister mystery, a spectral presence looming about casting it's shadow and eeriness. Very good. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it.

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Notorious | Minerva Spencer
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4⭐
This is like the old Regency books from the past. I enjoyed this story and it's characters. Drusilla is shy, has a self esteem problem. Yet is very outspoken. Gabriel is very patient and tolerant. He tries to be nice to her but she always takes his comments the wrong way. Thus, she responds with sarcasm. Something happens and forces them into marriage.

I received this ARC
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They're Gone | E. A. Barres
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This book started out on a good note. A murder takes place in which a woman learns her husband was involved in some shady business with criminals. It was not bad. They are now after her demanding she pays them back. Or else.

I received this ARC for an honest review. Thank you @booksforwardpr #booksforwardfriends

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Mehso-so

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
By Grady Hendrix
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I did not care for this book. It dragged on a bit and there wasn't any action. However, it was different and original, for that reason I give it three stars.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark Sullivan
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A very well written book based on a true story of a young man during WW2 in Italy. His experiences during wartime as he becomes a frontman for a Nazi General. Very good. Interesting.

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The Other Mrs | Mary Kubica
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Very good book. It is gripping with many twists. It will keep you guessing until the end.
5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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A cute story of a girl that learns she is a mermaid and her adventures along the way.
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Narrator Finty Williams
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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A good book with mystery, suspense and a ghost. At first, I liked it but it was okay compared to the rave reviews. However, while some felt the ending was rushed I felt it finally picked up the story giving it that boost. With an unexpected ending I might add.
I listened to the audiobook
Narrator Rebecca Lowman
4 stars
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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I am starting this audiobook. Time for a little creepiness.

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Rebecca's Tale (Revised) | Sally Beauman
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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The Siren | Kiera Cass
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This is a well written story of a young korean woman's life. The struggles and hardships she goes through during WW2 in Japan. It spans across three generations of her family with each character's life told. This book is interesting and touching.

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This book was not bad but it wasn't great. The storyline is evolving building up to more as this is a series. I really can't get into giving any details. Don't get me wrong if you like fantasy and fairies (I do too), you probably will like this series. As for me, I move on to book 2 and see what happens.

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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I am participating in a LOTR Readalong. The first book is The Hobbit. I am listening to the audiobook which is narrated by Rob Inglis. It is so good. After I finish the series I will watch the movies.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3y
bookgem @rather_be_reading Thank You! ❤ 3y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2y
bookgem Hi @Nute. Thanks for the likes! You have quite a selection yourself ❤ 2y
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