Review: Little Women

By: Louisa May Alcott

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.

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Blurb: Little Women is a classic story of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March growing up during the American Civil War in New England. It is loosely based on the author’s childhood growing up with three sisters. The March family has its own fair share of trials of relative poverty and domestic squabbles. With patriarch Robert, the father of the four girls, absent as a chaplain in the Union Army for much of the story, Little Women focuses heavily on the interactions between four loving but flawed sisters as they grow up together, and then apart as life goes on.

Trigger Warnings: Death, Slavery (mentioned), Time Period Accurate Racism, War (mentioned)

Body Count: 1

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Review: First Frost

By: Sarah Addison Allen

First Frost: A Novel by [Allen, Sarah Addison]

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Overview:

Blurb: This is the follow up novel to Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells; set ten years after the first book, it shows the lives of the Waverley family as they await the blooming of their magical apple tree at the first frost of autumn.

Trigger Warnings:

Bullying, Death, Food, Infidelity (mentioned)

Body Count: 0

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Review: The Secrets of Ghosts

By Sarah Painter

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Katie Harper is turning twenty one and hopes, on this birthday, she will finally come into the powers she has been working towards for years. Most of the Harper women are known for being “wise women”, each having their own abilities. For Katie, her power suddenly appears in the wake of a death at her workplace. Now, she can see and talk to ghosts! Secrets abound with her new-found powers and danger from unexpected sources.

Trigger Warnings:

Death, Food, Gore, Murder

Body Count: 3, technically?

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Review: A Study in Charlotte

By: Brittany Cavallaro

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Teenager James Watson, direct decedent of that Dr. John H. Watson, ends up in the same boarding school as Charlotte Holmes. She also happens to be the latest generation, but of Sherlock Holmes’ family line. They are nothing to each other, yet, they still end up tangled together in a murder investigation that is far more complex, and life-threatening, than it first appears as not one but three of the old Holmes and Watson adventure are mocked while lives are threatened.

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Bullying, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gambling (underage), Gun Violence, Mental Illness, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex, Non-Consensual Touching, Off Screen Sex, Physical Abuse, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Purple Prose, Rape (mentioned, off-screen), Self-Injury, Sexism, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: 2

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Review: Yellowstone Heart Song (Yellowstone Romance Book 1)

By: Peggy L Henderson

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Amiee Donovan is a nurse and avid hiker that finds herself 200 years in the past, thanks to the magical interference of one Mr. Osborne. Thankfully, not long after a rather angry bear helps Amiee take a header off a small cliff in Old Yellowstone, Daniel and his brother happen upon her. And then Amiee’s adventure truly begins!

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Bastardization of Culture, Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Death, Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gun Violence, Infidelity, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex (attempted) Non-Consensual Touching, Off Screen Infidelity, Off Screen Sex, Plot Holes the Size of a Canadian Province, Racism, Sexism, Sexual Assault (mentioned), Sexual Situations, Systemic Racism, Time Period Accurate Racism, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: 3

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Review: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

By: Malala Yousafzai

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Overview:

Malala Yousafzai is known the world over as being the youngest winner of the Noble Peace Prize. Someone attempted to assassinate her because she stood up for the right of her people, male and female alike, to be educated. She survived and is a strong voice against those who would rather see the ignorant remain the majority.

Trigger Warnings:

Animal Death, Anti Semitism, Blood, Childbirth (mentioned), Death, Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Islamophobia (mentioned), Murder, Police Brutality, Pregnancy (mentioned), Racism, Sexism, Suicide, Systemic Racism, Terrorism, Toxic Masculinity, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

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Review: A Berry Deadly Welcome

By A. R. Winters

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Kylie Berry moves to Camden Falls, Kentucky to get away from her no-good, dirty, rotten, cheater of an ex-husband. She’s offered a job at her cousin’s cafe and jumps at the chance. Unfortunately for her, she now owns the cafe and a reputation for being a harlot thanks to her ex-husband’s harridan aunt Dorothy. Things don’t get any better when her admittedly terrible cooking apparently kills her new cook! Life in the tiny town of Camden Falls looks to be trying to take Kylie out at the knees before she can even fully stand up.

Trigger Warnings:

Bullying, Death, Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Emotional Abuse, Food, Gun Violence, Infidelity, Murder, Off Screen Infidelity, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Violence

Body Count: 1

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Review: The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook

By Josie Brown

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Donna and Carl have three beautiful kids together. Donna strives to be a good mom, which is a little complicated when she’s a professional assassin for Acme.

Trigger Warnings:

Bullying (Adult), Bullying (Child), Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Infidelity, Murder, Non-Consensual Touching, Off Screen Infidelity, Off Screen Sex, On Screen Infidelity, On Screen Sex, Sex, Smut, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

Body Count: Lost count, honestly.

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Review: Soulbound-Return of the Elves, Book 1

By: Bethany Adams

Available on: Amazon and Audible.

Overview:

Blurb: After her mother’s death, Arlyn goes to find her father-on the other side of the Veil between our world and Moranaia. Her father is an elf lord, her cell phone is broken, and all of the Ren Faire garb she brought has her sticking out like a sore thumb. And that’s all before she accidentally meets her soulmate.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Death, Food, Gore, Infidelity, Murder, Off Screen Infidelity, Off Screen Sex, Physical Abuse, Plot Holes the Size of a Canadian Province, Racism, Sexism, Sex, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

Body Count: 3

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Review: The Beauty of Bucharest, A Clean Up Crew Thriller, Book 1

By S. J. Varengo

Available on: Amazon.

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

Overview:

Blurb: Dan Porter knows his wife Nicole is the love of his life. He knows that as sure as he knows that he has no idea who the dead body in the trunk of his car is, or how he got there. Now, Dan gets to learn all about the business side of his beloved wife and put some stamps in his passport while he does so!

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Child Prostitution, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Emotional Abuse, Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex, Non-Consensual Touching, Off Screen Sex, Physical Abuse,Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault (mentioned), Slavery, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery,

Body Count: SO MANY

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