Book Review — “The Paper Magician” by Charlie N. Holmberg

I can always find something I like about a book, so I’m going to start this review with what I DID like. I liked the main character, Ceony Twill. I liked her mentor, Magician Emery Thane. I like books about magic, and I liked the beginning and the end. I really liked the paper dog, Fennel. But I did not like the part where Ceony was inside (literally) the heart of Mg. Thane while he lay dying at the hands of evil Lira. Maybe it was just too much fantasy, and maybe I lack imagination. But the problem is that the part I didn’t like took up most of the book. I will, however, give the second book in the series a try — because of the things I DID like.

Book Review — “Secrets the Walkers Keep” by J. Morgan Michaels

Manhattan “Hat” Walker has a lot of secrets. Following his mother’s sudden death, he begins to “see” the past and has visions that are truly scaring him. Befriended by a group of young adults that also have various “powers” and abilities, he decides to solve the mystery of his family and their special gifts. “Secrets the Walkers Keep” is an interesting story, not only of super human abilities but also of family, friendship and falling in love. I really liked this book, but if I’m being totally honest, I wish some of it had been tightened up more. I think the sexual abuse part could have been completely deleted as it didn’t add to the story or move it forward in any way. That being said, I liked the writing style; I thought there was great dialogue and character development, and the twist at the end was truly unexpected. It looks like it’s the beginning of a series, and I plan to read more about the Walker family. Disclaimer– I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. #BookSirens

Book Review — “The Accidental Beauty Queen” by Teri Wilson

Twin sisters Charlotte and Ginny couldn’t be more different. When Charlotte travels to Orlando to see Ginny in the Miss American Treasure pageant, they find out more about themselves and each than they ever expected. This is a spunky, sweet story of sisters and friendship — and a little bit of romance!! “Miss Congeniality” meets “Parent Trap” and equals “The Accidental Beauty Queen”, an easy, fun and enjoyable read. #chicklit

Book Review — “Thank You For Your Service” by David Finkel

Haunted, disturbed, sad, infuriated and lost is how “Thank You For Your Service” made me feel. Journalist David Finkel tells the real-life stories of soldiers suffering from PTSD, their terrified family members and the under-paid and (even worse) under-trained government workers doing their best to help. This is not a feel-good book. This is a heartbreaking testament to the men and women who serve our country by going to war and come home broken, angry and let down by a bureaucratic and over-loaded system. That being said — this is a must read. It will make you cringe. It will make you think. It will make you feel….

Book Review — “South of Broad” by Pat Conroy

I’ve loved so many of Pat Conroy’s books, and this one is no exception. A story of friendship, love, loss, disappointment, failure and survival, this is a novel to enjoy and savor. Conroy’s touching voice brings to life these characters who will make you laugh and cry. There are plenty of surprises and drama, but it’s the simple nuances of lifelong friendship that will truly touch the reader. Be prepared to fall in love with this cast of characters, one of which is the city of Charleston and its history. Thank you to my friend, Leenie, for recommending this book. I loved it. It touched my heart. Highly, highly recommended. 5 stars ⭐️