Monday, July 16, 2018

Book Review ~ Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips (Spells & Caramels, Book #6) by Erin Johnson #CozyMystery

Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips (Spells & Caramels #6)Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips by Erin Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A bewitched prison. A brother with a deadly request. Can a magical baker launch a jailbreak and still keep her prince in the process?

Imogen’s magical bakery is thriving and she loves the company of the Water Kingdom’s dashing prince. But she’s not so enamored with the time she’s forced to spend with his awful Royal Family. She also can't help but worry that the increased media scrutiny could reveal her secret contact with the Royal Family’s sworn enemy: her own brother.

When her sibling shows up and demands Imogen spring his cronies out of jail, she flat out refuses. But when he threatens to hurt the ones she loves the most, she balances her allegiance to the prince with her plan for a covert prison break. Can Imogen keep up family appearances and avoid betraying the kingdom or will her pie-in-the-sky scheme become a recipe for disaster.

About the Book:

This series is wonderful and I am successfully hooked. Six books in and the author keeps things fresh and interesting. Imogene, Hank, Maple, and Sam, along with all the others, are well developed characters. They aren't flawless characters but that's what helps give them, and the story, so much charm. The continued world building provides more information about the magic practiced by various characters, describes scenes very well, and helps the reader develop deeper connections with the characters. I really enjoyed continuing to get to know everyone in book 6.

Airships, Crypts, and Chocolate Chips has really interesting storylines that kept me engaged - from Hank's mentor, Imogen's attendance at royal functions as Hank's girlfriend, and the re-emergence of Horace. I will be honest though, I spent the first few chapters after Horace popped back up lamenting his appearance. Deep down I knew he'd be back but I was getting pretty tired of his double crossing and preying on Imogen's emotions and sense of wanting to know her brother. Horace plays an integral part in book 6 and I'm glad I didn't let him sway whether or not I read/finished the book.

The development of the mystery was two-fold in this book and both were steady and unfolded smoothly. One storyline concerns Hank and the other storyline concerns Horace's plan to spring horrible people out of the highly protected prison system. I enjoyed how the author took different themes and, even though they seemed vastly different, was able to weave them through the book and join them in a wonderful and satisfying conclusion to the book.

Imogen's character is fun and caring with a bit of emotional baggage making her a very realistic, likable, and interesting character. She has embraced the magic she was born into and she's continually trying to harness and use the magic. I'm intrigued by her past, and we learn more about in this installment of the series. Imogene and Maple are wonderful and I love their friendship. I love the dynamics between Imogene and Hank. Iggy the flame is the best! He's mouthy but Iggy and Imogen have a great relationship. After the events of book 6 it will be quite interesting to see where the author takes everyone in the next book. I can't wait!

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Visit Blogs and Websites Revealing the Cover for Unreachable Skies by Karen McCreedy ~ Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure ~ @MirrorWorldPub

In a world where it is normal to fly, what happens when you can’t?

About Unreachable Skies:

When a plague kills half the Drax population, and leaves the hatchlings of the survivors with a terrible deformity – no wings – suspicion and prejudice follow. Continuously harassed by raids from their traditional enemies, the Koth, the Drax are looking for someone, or something, to blame.

Zarda, an apprentice Fate-seer, is new to her role and unsure of her own abilities; but the death of her teacher sees her summoned by the Drax Prime, Kalis, when his heir, Dru, emerges from his shell without wings.

A vision that Dru will one day defeat the Koth is enough to keep him and the other wingless hatchlings alive – for a time. Half-trained, clumsy, and full of self-doubt, Zarda must train Dru to one day fulfil the destiny she has foreseen for him, even if it is quickly becoming clear that the Prime’s favourite adviser, Fazak, is not only plotting against the wingless, but is gaining more of Kalis’ trust by the day.

Efforts to fight prejudice and superstition are certain to lead to death for some and exile for others; while Zarda’s own journey to understanding her role in events may lead her to abandon all tradition in order to protect her peoples’ future.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure - This book is targeted toward a general audience.

Page Count: 242 pages

Publish Date: August 17, 2018 

Publisher: Mirror World Publishing 

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Early Review of Midnight Snacks are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery, Book 2) by Libby Klein #CozyMystery @LibbyKleinBooks

Midnight Snacks are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery #2)Midnight Snacks are Murder by Libby Klein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Midnight Snacks are Murder is the sophomore follow-up to Libby Klein’s first Poppy McAllister Mystery, Class Reunions are Murder. Poppy has decided to settle in New Jersey to help Aunt Ginny convert her Victorian home into a Bed & Breakfast. Amid the construction, a neighborhood vandal has cropped up. The thief is breaking into homes in the middle of the night and eating snacks found in the kitchens and then taking a memento from the homes. When it’s discovered that the snack and memento bandit is none other than Aunt Ginny, Poppy has to figure out how to get a handle on things.

The situation goes from bad to worse though, when a local counselor for troubled teens is found dead in the middle of the thief’s latest B & E. Poppy knows that the meds Aunt Ginny has just begun taking are making her a sleepwalker – NOT a killer. So, while planning the remodel, trying to get settled into the new area, dealing with her mother-in-law who is now on premises, and getting a new business started, Poppy has another murder to solve.

Book two is just as wonderful as book one. Midnight Snacks are Murder pulled me in and kept me engaged from the very beginning. The author put a lot of thought and research into this book concerning both Poppy’s life but the life of her Aunt Ginny. Poppy is a wonderful main character. She’s not perfect, not supermodel thin, yet has a personality that is awesome. She’s a very realistic character, kind of a pushover when it comes to her mother-in-law, and funny. This book is full of wit, snark, and humor. Poppy’s Aunt Ginny is a such a quirky character, too. I loved her antics.

The strong character development and world building continues in Midnight Snacks are Murder. The book is written with realism that I could feel. I love how the author continues to develop Poppy. She uprooted herself from where she lived with her husband and took on the caretaker role for Aunt Ginny – who is healthy and spry but needs a little bit of looking after. She changes her diet, meets a new flame and reunites with an old flame, and begins new business ventures. The author takes these themes and combines them into one fantastic book.

This book is fun and a must read for all cozy mystery enthusiasts.

I was given a copy of this book to read.

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Release Date: July 31, 2018

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