Review: Matchmaking For Beginners

By Maddie Dawson

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


Read as part of the Golden Trio Reading Challenge, “Hogwarts Library”.

Overview:

Blurb: Blix knows she is ill, knows she is dying. She also knows that her great-nephew’s fiance Marnie is the one to fill her shoes while she goes on to the next adventure. Because it’s not just anyone who can see when people are a perfect match for one another. Marnie is special. She just doesn’t know special she is until she meets Blix.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Bullying, Death, Emotional Abuse, Food, Infidelity, Introversion (Severe), Magic, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Toxic Masculinity

Body Count: 2

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Review: Fool’s Gold, A Dragonfire Station Short Story

By Zen DiPietro

Read as part of the Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge back in March. I was lazy about reviewing this one.

Available on: Amazon and Kobo.

Overview:

Blurb: Having his bedroom filed with contraband by his ever-so-wonderful sister is the least of his problems.

Trigger Warnings:

Questionable Morals

Body Count: 0

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Review: Your Son Is Alive (A Thriller)

Your Son Is Alive (A Thriller)

James Scott Bell

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Challenge 2019!

Overview:

Blurb: It starts with a note that tells Dylan Reeve the son that he and his now ex-wife Erin lost to kidnapping fifteen years ago is alive. This single note, written in crayon, drags him into a world of deadly games, ghosts from the past, and the hope that their son truly is still alive.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Emotional Abuse, Food, Gun Violence, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Murder, Non-Consensual Touching, Physical Abuse, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Self-Injury, Stockholm Syndrome, Suicide, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Lifestyle, Violence, Violent Imagery,

Body Count: 2

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Review: History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierra

History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierra

By Charles Fayette McGlashan

Available on: Amazon

Read as part of the Diversify Your Reading Challenge 2019.

Overview:

Blurb: A literal history of the Donner Party (1846-1847), the fates of the various peoples who perished, and the claims of cannibalism and murder. This book was written in 1880 and celebrated those that survived the ordeal.

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Cannibalism, Death, Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Murder, Systemic Racism, Time Period Accurate Racism, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: 42 of 90

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Review: 21 Dares

By JC Gatllin

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Abbie Reed is about to turn twenty one and her childhood best friend decides to throw her a surprise party. Too bad it turns deadly while she’s in Ybor City.

Trigger Warnings:

Badly Written Women, Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Mental Illness, Murder, Plot Holes the Size of a Canadian Province, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: 6

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Review: All Good Deeds, Lucy Kendall Book 1

By Stacy Green

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

Overview:

Blurb: Lucy Kendall has merrily skipped over the “thou shall not kill” commandment and taken her form of justice farther than Batman ever does. Using a hacker, a chemist, some cyanide, and really good timing, she’s taken to “taking out the trash”. She only murders people who deserve it, in her book; pedophiles and rapists that were freed by a flawed system. Lucy is about to up her body count to four when Chris Hale sits down next to her in a bar and asks her if he can kill along with her. Things only get worse from there and now Lucy has found herself trapped in a world where old grudges, loyalty, and luck will be tested to their breaking point.

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, Infidelity, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex, Non-Consensual Touching, Off Screen Sex, Physical Abuse, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Self-Injury, Sexism, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Slavery, Suicidal Thoughts, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery,

Body Count: 7

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Review: 30 Pieces of Silver

By Carolyn McCray

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

Overview:

Blurb: The bones of the apostles are engraved with a secret for the ages. It give the location, or at least hints towards, the resting place of the savior who died on the cross. Dr. Rebecca Monroe goes from the depths of the Ecuadorian rain forest to Paris and Rome all in search of a mystery two millennia deep.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Anti Semitism, Bastardization of Culture, Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Child Abuse, Christian Mythology, Death, Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Islamophobia, Murder, Physical Abuse, Racism, Sexism, Systemic Racism, Toxic Masculinity, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

Body Count: Countless, literally

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Review: The Hum and the Shiver, Tufa Novels Book 1

By Alex Bledsoe

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

Overview:

Blurb: Bronwyn Hyatt comes back to Needsville after getting herself a little blown up in service of her country. But she is followed not only by a literal parade on her way home, but omens of death that come knocking almost every night. Music, misfortune, magic, and a really hot minister present issues on her home turf.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Bullying, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Islamophobia, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex, Non-Consensual Touching, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Racism, Sexism, Sexual Assault (mentioned), Systemic Racism, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

Body Count: 2

Review: Bound, The Witches of Doyle Book 1

By: Kirsten Weiss

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

Overview:

Blurb: Karin, Jayce, and Lenore are dealing with a lot right now. Jayce has a corpse in her coffee shop. Karin has the hots for a total stranger. And Lenore sees death on the wind. There’s a lot going on that is happening unseen, and magic is thick in the air for this starter to the Witches of Doyle series.

Trigger Warnings:

Animal Death, Blood, Death, Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gun Violence, Murder, Violence, Violent Imagery, Witchcraft

Body Count: 3

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Review: Bed, Breakfast, and Bones

Bed, Breakfast, and Bones: A Ravenwood Mystery

By: Carolyn L. Dean

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

Overview:

Blurb: The start of the Ravenwood Cove Mystery series kicks off with Amanda inheriting a derelict bed and breakfast only to find a dead man in the back garden.

There’s a fight with the frigid mayor, a cop with a very nice behind, and a chicken that just won’t shut up. I’ll leave it to you to read the rest.

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Bullying, Drug Use (Non-Consensual, Poison), Food, Gun Violence, Murder, Sexism, Toxic Masculinity, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: 2

***Spoiler***: the cat and the chicken live.

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Review: Bed and Breakfast and Murder

Bed and Breakfast and Murder

By: Patti Larson

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

Overview:

Blurb: Fiona Fleming starts her day with a clogged toilet and a loveable but gassy pug. And then things get even more complicated when the man who claims he owns her grandmother’s B&B turns up dead in her koi pond! With a full house, a grumpy sheriff telling her to mind her own, and a pair of housekeepers that seem to hate her, Fiona has her hands full.

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Bullying, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gun Violence, Murder, Sexism, Toxic Masculinity, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: 1

Spoiler: The dog lives!

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Review: Adventures of a Vegan Vamp

By: Cat Lawley -check out her website here.

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

My review is also available to read on Goodreads!

Overview:

Blurb: After a night out drinking with lackluster coworkers, Mallory awakens half a week later and 25 pounds lighter. A trip to the urgent care puts her in the path of the local Society for the Study of Occult and Paranormal Phenomena. Since she is violently sickened by blood, Mallory becomes a vegan vampire: living on virgin Bloody Marys and vegan nutrient shakes.

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Murder, Non-Consensual Touching, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: 7

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Review: The Haunting of Hill House

The Penguin Classics Cover

By Shirley Jackson

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Trigger Warnings:

Bullying (Mentioned), Death, Drinking (Alcohol), Emotional Abuse, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Murder, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Self-Injury, Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide

Body Count: Technically only one during the story itself. But the house has devoured more lives than that.

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