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: First Frost

By: Sarah Addison Allen

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

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

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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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: The Mermaid and Mrs. Handcock

By: Imogen Hermes Gowar

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Overview:

Blurb: An elegant tale told in three acts: a twist of fortune changes the lives of many as one Mr. Jonah Hancock comes into possession of the corpse of an honest-to-god baby mermaid. The novelty attracts the attention of the Madame of a so-called nunnery, where ladies are handsomely compensated for their company and far more physical acts. One of Mrs. Chappell’s former star girls is recently returned to the social scene after the untimely demise of her previous patron. Her name is well known amongst the Ton: Mrs. Angelica Neal. She is fickle and flighty; she struggles to readjust to the return to her life before. All is not lost for Angelica as she is reunited with her old friend, and fellow pupil of Mrs. Chappell, Bel Fortescue. But lust, love, loss, and folly drive Angelica from the path of professional mistress and towards the haunted Mr. Hancock. She demands another mermaid from him in return for her affections. But the realities of obtaining said creature are far from what either expected. With her lifestyle in upheaval and friends betraying her, Angelica falls from hedonistic opulence into spirited but ordinary.

Trigger Warnings:

Bullying, Child Abuse, Death (mentioned), Drug Use (Illicit), Emotional Abuse, Food, Infidelity, Mental Abuse, Miscarriage, Non-Consensual Touching, Off Screen Infidelity, Off Screen Sex, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Prostitution, Racism, Sexism, Slavery, Systemic Racism, Time Period True Racism, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex

Body Count: 0

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