Review: Lost Lake

By: AUTHOR

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

Overview:

Blurb: Lost Lake is all about the magic in the ordinary and the beauty of taking a chance. Eby Pim decides to give up her beloved, but much deteriorated, Lost Lake resort to developer and real estate mogul, Lazlo Patterson. Lazlo’s been trying for years to get her land. But when Eby’s great-niece Kate Pheris shows up unexpectedly, her daughter Devin in tow, things go topsy-turvy and stay that way for the summer.

Trigger Warnings:

Arson, Child Abuse, Death, Food, Infidelity, Murder, Off Screen Infidelity, Suicide, Suicidal Thoughts

Body Count: 4

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Review: One Good Knight, A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms (Book 2)

By: Mercedes Lackey

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

Read as part of the 2020 Golden Trio Reading Challenge, prompt Arithmancy!

Overview:

Blurb: This is the second book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series and it absolutely can stand alone as a novel, but makes more sense if you’ve read The Fairy Godmother. This book focuses on Princess Andromeda of Acadia. Unexpectedly, a dragon invades their kingdom. It is by Princess Andromeda’s own research that she uncovers what can appease the beast: virgin sacrifice. It is a terrible solution for a terrible problem. Things get even worse when Andromeda herself is chosen as one of the sacrifices. A Champion of the Tradition rescues Andromeda from Adamant, and together they pursue their magical quarry across the kingdom. Things are not as clear cut as they seem, though, and brother dragons Adamant and Periapt end up more friend than foe.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism (sight), Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Death, Emotional Abuse, Food, Mental Abuse, Murder, Off Screen Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

Body Count: not countable, for those lost at sea and more.

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Review: The Fairy Godmother, A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms (Book 1)

By: Mercedes Lackey

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

Read as part of the 2020 Golden Trio Reading Challenge, prompt: Transfiguration!

Overview:

Blurb: The first book of a series, The Fairy Godmother introduces us to the world of the Five Hundred Kingdoms and the Tradition. Elena Klovis was to be her kingdom’s version of Cinderella, complete with an evil step-family and the nickname “Ella Cinders”. One problem: the prince is eleven. Elena seeks out work and is taken as apprentice to a real-life Fairy Godmother, her own fairy godmother no less. She begins training to become a Fairy Godmother herself and all the wonders, and troubles, that come with it. One of those is a Prince by the name of Alexander that turns out to be a total ass. Well, at least he turns into one after trying to mow down Elena. Now, Elena has more kingdoms to take care of, a royal jackass on her hands, and a lot more adventure on her plate than she first assumed she would encounter.

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse (mentioned), Death, Emotional Abuse, Food, Murder, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: Human: 3, mentioned but not displayed.

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Review: The Rules of Magic

By: Alice Hoffman

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

Read as part of the 2020 Golden Trio Reading Challenge prompt: Rowena Ravenclaw.

Overview:

Blurb: This story follows the three Owens siblings: Francis, Jet, and Vincent as they grow up with the magic of their family bloodline both bringing wondrous things and absolutely wreaking havoc on their lives.

Trigger Warnings:

Alcohol, Blood, Bullying, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Food, Infidelity, Off Screen Sex, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Purple Prose, Racism, Underage Drinking, Underage Sex, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex

Body Count: several, I honestly lost count.

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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: 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: 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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Review: Bad Karma, The Criminally Insane Series Book 1

By Douglas Clegg

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

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge.

Overview:

Blurb: On vacation with his family, Trey Campbell has to deal with trouble from his work at Darden State Hospital for Criminal Justice that follows him not only home but on vacation with more than slightly bloody results.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Blood, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Mental Illness, Murder, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Sexual Abuse, Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery, Vore

Body Count:

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Review: The Gatekeeper’s Bride

By Eva Pohler

Available on: Amazon.

Read as part of the Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge.

Overview:

Blurb: This is the story of how Hades and Persephone met, became lovers, and bore godlings into being. An odd little romp through Greek mythos.

Trigger Warnings:

Bastardization of Culture, Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Bullying, Death, Food, Gore, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex, Off Screen Infidelity, Off Screen Sex, Plot Holes the Size of a Canadian Province, Sexual Assault, Toxic Masculinity, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

Body Count: Oodles, he’s the God of Death

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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: Casket Cache, A Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery Book 1

Janice J. Richardson

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Being surrounded by dead bodies every day isn’t for everyone. Jennifer inherited a funeral parlor and a bit of mischief beyond that! Break-ins, and funerals, and Tim Horton’s, oh my!

Trigger Warnings:

Blackmail, Dead Bodies, Death, Gambling, Gun Violence, Murder

Body Count: many, as there is not one but two funeral parlors involved.

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