Review: Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

By: Emily Carpenter

Overview:

Blurb: Althea Bell is an addict with a troubled past and a dying father. There’s a mystery surrounding her trouble mother’s past, and it may be the key to unlocking her own troubles. With a little car theft, a bit more lying, and a lot of help from her childhood friend, this is a dangerous race against the clock ticking towards her thirtieth birthday.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Animal Abuse, Blood, Blackmail, Bullying, Child Abuse, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Prescription), Elder Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Infidelity, Mental Illness, Murder, Off Screen Infidelity, Off Screen Sex, On Screen Sex, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Racism, Suicide, Theft, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: a lot

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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