Adult, audiobook, Book Review, Favorite Reads, fiction, historical fiction

Book Review | THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Publish Date: July 10, 2008 (audiobook published September 2, 2008)
Published by: The Dial Press/Random House Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Juliet Mills
Length: 8 hrs 6 min (389 pages)
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

It’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it’s not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.


My Review: 

I listened to this as an audiobook and absolutely loved it. The multiple narrators made it such an enjoyable listen, with all the different character voices being so distinct. Continue reading “Book Review | THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows”

Favorite Reads

2019 Reading Round Up

2019 is at an end, the Roaring Twenties is right around the corner, and here is my round up of my reading for the year!  Favorite books read, goals achieved (and unachieved), and thoughts for the year to come!

First book read this year: All is Fairby Dee Garretson
Final book read this year: Of Fate and Phantoms (The Ministry of Curiosities #7), by C. J. Hunter


Favorite Reads of the Year

 

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Book Review | THREE HEARTBEATS AWAY, by C. C. Hunter

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Three Heartsbeats Away (The Mortician’s Daughter #3), by C. C. Hunter

Publish Date: June 18, 2019
Published by: N/A
Audiobook Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 7 hrs 57 min (234 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

The dead carry their secrets with them…

At least until they end up at Riley Smith’s door. Her latest spectral visitor is a murdered bride with a need for revenge, and not necessarily for the person who killed her. Never mind that killer is about to strike again. Riley’s determined to help, but is missing Hayden, the hot, ghostly boy who’s always had her back.

Living, breathing Hayden is awake, which means his spirit isn’t around to flirt with Riley anymore. Worse yet, the “real” Hayden doesn’t remember her. Their connection had been so strong. Did his feelings for Riley just disappear into the ether?

As Riley gets closer to finding the bride’s killer, other secrets are revealed: secrets that changes everything Riley thought she knew about her parents. But before she can completely unravel the mystery of her past, Riley will need to escape the murderer that threatens her future.


My Review:  Continue reading “Book Review | THREE HEARTBEATS AWAY, by C. C. Hunter”

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Book Review | TWO FEET UNDER, by C. C. Hunter

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Two Feet Under (The Mortician’s Daughter #2), by C. C. Hunter

Publish Date: October 1, 2018
Published by: BookEnds
Audiobook Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 6 hrs 23 min (325 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Riley has accepted that her special gift is to help dead people with their unfinished business. But she never thought she’d be tasked with helping the spirit of a convicted criminal who died in prison. He may lead her on the scariest mission yet, but helping him could mean saving the life of a child. The convict’s daughter needs a liver transplant and the one person who could still be a match is his brother…who also happens to be a gang leader.

Hayden’s not happy that Riley’s discovered who he is and is seeing him sick and unconscious in his hospital bed. This feels like as good a time as ever to cross over and put all of them out of their misery….but Riley is in danger. She’s visiting some of the most dangerous spots and confronting some of the creepiest low-lifes in town. For her, he’ll need to regain his strength and fight to keep her safe.

But dealing with other people’s problems still can’t keep Riley from her own. Her dad’s drinking has gotten worse. And she’ll soon learn it’s because he’s been keeping a huge, horrible secret that will change everything she believes about her family and her mother’s death.


My Review: 

Just as enjoyable as the first with some more romantic angst that gas me enthralled. About to start the next one!
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Book Review | ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE, by C. C. Hunter

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One Foot in the Grave (The Mortician’s Daughter #1), by C. C. Hunter

Publish Date: October 31, 2017 
Published by: BookEnds
Audiobook Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 7 hrs 18 min (325 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Her dad’s job is with the dead… and he’s bringing his work home with him.

Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.

But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?


My Review:  Continue reading “Book Review | ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE, by C. C. Hunter”

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Book Review | THE LAST NECROMANCER, by C. J. Archer

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The Last Necromancer (The Ministry of Curiosities #1), by C. J. Archer

Publish Date: August 11, 2015 (audiobook published October 27, 2016)
Published by: C. J. Archer/Spoken Realms
Audiobook Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
Length: 9 hrs (268 pages)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

For five years Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn’t raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time her father banished her. This time she brings even more trouble upon herself.

People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.

Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly “made” creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world – Charlotte – but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he’s been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will and for an organization she doesn’t trust?

Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they’re hunting.


My Review:

I really enjoyed listening to this one. Despite the fact that for a lot of the beginning it felt like nothing was happening, I still really enjoyed it and became completely invested in Charlie and the mysteries surrounding her. I loved the inclusion of V.F. in it and how that played out. Part of me felt like it should have been eye-roll inducing, but I was actually excited when I saw where things were going with the necromancy. The only thing I wasn’t sure about was her infatuation with Fitzroy – he just rubbed me the wrong way sometimes and also he is twelve years older than her. Still, I absolutely enjoyed listening to it and can’t wait to start the next one.