The Book Quadrant: Chocolate Chocolate Moons by. Jackie Kingon

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Chocolate Chocolate Moons by. Jackie Kingon

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this special book file she got from the author directly. You’ve been warned!

This book is the first in a series where we meet Molly, a chubby food lover who wouldn’t have thought that her life could change when winning a scholarship to the Armstrong Food Academy on the moon. Later in her life she lives on Mars with her husband and two twin daughters and after starting her new job as a security officer at a culinary academy she finds people are being poisoned by her favorite chocolate snack, Chocolate Moons.

Thoughts: I didn’t know when I read Sherlock Mars that there was another book before this one. To be fair I didn’t join NetGalley until after this one was published and did enjoy that one over this one slightly more.

I felt this one had way too many characters to follow. At first we follow Molly and her ex-boyfriend, Drew, who ends up having an affair with Colorful Copies or C. C. for short and then we meet even more characters that I feel like she didn’t really interacted even with the first poisoning happened. Yes, she was trying to hide herself due to her weight but unlike in this one she didn’t interact with the characters like in Sherlock Mars that were suspected for the poisoning in the first place. As in, we followed their day to day lives and wondering where is Molly among these people? I get the idea she doesn’t want to be with her ex when she knew about him being on Mars but would make sense if she was the main character in this story that she interacts with more of the suspects rather than Drew which I felt the story should have him as narrator. Sorry for being critical.

I did like how Molly and Jersey met in this since the second book did briefly mention how they worked together at the culinary academy and their friendship works very well. As in, Jersey being someone who takes vitamin supplements and spends on fancy things while Molly is simpler and does eat but does lose the weight later to be healthier. It did continue into the next book where we get to see more of Jersey and Molly together and hanging out on Mercury and Mars. This book needed more of that but I understand it was the first.

One last thing, when it came to the suspect reveal I was kind of surprised since I was not expecting it but I would say if you’re into intergalactic mysteries or mysteries in general I would say read these books! I would say read them in order like always!

Rating: 3.5 Shooting Star Paws Out of 5! I only gave this a four but I felt this was a better rating because I preferred the second book more than the first despite reading that first. I am grateful that Jackie did send me this book to read and same with the next which I will read after finishing re-reading Sherlock Mars to get the feeling of the series. I feel the main character had less of a moment when the suspects had more to it and glad with the second one we got more interactions with the suspects in the second one. I can’t wait to read the next one, P is for Pluto with how it continues.

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The Book Quadrant: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant #4 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 4 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

Disclaimer: This book review is based on the thoughts and opinions of the writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions on this ARC that was provided to her by the author and her team. Enjoy!

Last time, we left our heroes with a pile of ashes of Michael’s and Lula’s creator, Clyve, all thanks to Mr. Nice but when Michael turns to Miriam and Nice he finds her gone and he has to look for her. A year has passed and Michael has not found Miriam and still looking for her. After five years of working on the library and working at it, news comes up that Miriam has been married to Nice and after rescuing her she acts totally weird from her usual self. As in not liking books, not caring for her library, and just falling for the frills and lace that Nice wears. Michael tries to get her to snap out of it until she reveals something he doesn’t know that it is crucial to not only save her but something they created.

Thoughts: I feel that this has been the best book so far because it not only pokes even more fun at Twilight but it had a bit of more of a serious tone to it as well. There were a few comedic moments but I did notice that this book took more of a serious road because of what was going on like trying to find Nice and Miriam and how much Miriam was acting once Michael had found her and of course with the truth that came out in this book. Don’t want to reveal that because I was kind of surprised myself even though there was a bit of a tidbit about it in the last one. Also, glad it did not go the way like Stephanie Meyer did with the name relating to it. Read this book and you will know.

I did like another bit that was added to the vampire lore in this book series and that is if a vampire drinks a drug addict’s blood they will take on the same drug affects that the person went through which I got to see Michael going on a trip! It was interesting to see how he saw just teddy bears and rainbows and marshmallows from one drink of that kind of blood. Sounds better than the chocolate as a tranquilizer or liquor to them. Also, Nice was more of an asshole in this one, sorry for the language, but had to be since he did kidnap Miriam at the end of the last book and I feel like the tag line did fit with the description for this book from the last and that was “No More Mr. Nice Guy!” Also, I did like how he took his Fanged Love obsession to the next level since the surprise does lead to that and I kind of felt like with his obsession did bring me back to the Twilight obsession from years ago but this was beyond that. And there was another character I did start liking and hoping she will be in the next and that is Greta.

Greta is a former princess and has a huge crush on Michael even sexually but also owe him a lot over time. I do like how she is in a rock band as part of the many jobs a vampire takes on. I could imagine her as a Jamie Marchi character due to how she has the sarcastic tone to her voice and also the attitude, “Oh! Was I supposed to be at this at this time?” Also her keeping old-fashioned torture devices from the 1500s does seem to make her happy!

Rating: 5 Shooting Star Paws Out of 5! This book has been the best so far because of it picking up where it left off. I did like the interactions between characters, heck even Spicy Bubba in a maid outfit made it better. Not only that we did get to see more of the serious side of this series even with Michael in the end. I would say give these books a good read even with this one. I can’t wait to see how the next one where we get to get the story from Miriam’s point of view will make it even more interesting and I am looking forward to it. Now with all that said and talking about it, I am hearing “A Thousand Years” from New Found Glory in my head due to how it’s on their newest movie songs album.

That is it guys! Will be reviewing more books this year since I have so many to read still. And with the next post it’s a follow-up to a post I made a year and a half ago almost two years relating to a small subscription box. Stay tuned!
The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 4

The Book Quadrant: Nemecene Episode 4 by. Kaz LeFave

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Nemecene: Dreams Flow in Streams by. Kaz LeFave

Disclaimer: This book review is based on thoughts and observations of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this book which was given to her as an ARC for her to enjoy and review.

In this episode, we find Elise in a newer world where no one can pass through and memories fade and where being guided can lead to being misdirected. Keeto now has to keep his sanity while his sister is being kept in incubation after seeing her murdered in front of him and Stitch and must play a game of Trust-&-Seek in order to save his sister but can he stay strong and sane in order to do that?

Meanwhile the Gadlin Subculture is going through its own crisis where the ocean is in its vision but the planet is changing at a fast rate despite their ways of fixing it. Tufferie, on the other hand, is now selected among the group that has been watching the twins’ progress in the city Aedenborough and must keep the truths behind their veils as she guides her friends to help save Elise’s life and keep Keeto sane to help put the pieces together.

Thoughts: Man that was kind of hard to write the synopsis in my own words since I did remember how the book went at certain points. So, basically this book continues from where Through Fire & Ice but with one twin dead and the other grieving with Stitch. I was surprised when I was going into the book that the reason why Elise went cold was due to what took place at the end of the last and that she is now in an area being brought back to life within nine days if possible.

I did find this book really interesting since the afterlife or purgatory in this world is more of a dream world. As we know that different cultures have different ideas of death and purgatory and I find this new since it shows Elise’s memories even with Keeto, Nithruyu, Stitch, and even going back to a time of their ninth birthday. Okay, the number nine is bigger in this book since we have nine days to get her back, ninth birthday, and still keeping the nine chapters in this idea.

What do I think of Keeto in this book? I find him doing well despite the grief he was going through. Yes, I saw that he was going a bit insane even around Stitch, who had his hair freezing which we can tell he did like Elise more than just a friend and how his attitude just went cold and the ice was also hurting Keeto at times. I was surprised that he let Sparky go through but I understand since he lost his sister who has been his only friend all his life and they are trying to survive in a toxic environment and of course wondering what is going on with Caroline who is also another life line where they are. I also found his journal entries very interesting since he was calling out to his and Elise’s mother and hoped for more responses and what I find more interesting is the tech being used with the transmitters where he has recorded things over time. He even questions more about what he finds and if it is really linked to his mother but at the same time it still loops back to the birthday memory. I feel like the birthday is a big symbol while reading the book. I don’t want to spoil too much since you may want to read this one.

And finally, Tuffurie, I liked how she started in her segments of the story as in working at the café where the twins tend to hang out at and have those Flyer Bakes all the time. I can imagine if this was animated that she has glasses or something to make her more unique to me besides the jewel tone eyes like the others had. I know with the others like her she has been still in the story and I hope they keep her as each episode keeps on being written. I did find it interesting how she interacts with Elise and trying to help her and yet not helping her by saying, “Do this this way but not that way!” And how she makes it sound like it will get her back as each day keeps going. I can’t wait to see if she has more things to do in the next episode since she seem to have more care for Elise like Nepharus had in Episode 2. Will have to see!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a really interesting book with how we got to see what purgatory was like and of course getting to see more of Keeto’s mind. I do like how the ninth birthday came into play and that memories can be changed and also time since there was some time traveling that took place but can’t say how. I hope with the next book we get to see more growth with the twins and that Elise and Keeto find that new place after knowing that they can’t stay where they are anymore. I have a feeling they had to leave Aedenborough even though their journey took them to different parts of the world they’re in. With the next one I can’t wait to see how Kaz will make it since new things are popping and now more things are showing with the Gatlins and who knows what secrets may hit and how both of the twins will find out. Still a great series so far!

Nemecene: Dreams Flow In StreamsWell guys that is it for this review! Things are getting serious from what I can read and hoping to read the next episode and review it for you all! Next time will be doing my Glam Bag Plus!

The Book Quadrant: The Girl From Berlin by. Ronald H. Balson

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The Girl from Berlin by. Ronald H. Balson

Disclaimer: This is a review based on thoughts and opinions from the lead writer on this ARC. Please respect the thoughts of the lead writer of this blog!

Another addition to the Liam Taggart and Katherine Lockhart series where an old friend has called upon services from both Kat and Liam to go to Tuscany in Italy to meet Gabrielle who is losing her vineyard to a corporation who claims they have deeds on the land but she claims she can bring her own set of deeds to show proof that it is her property. Their only clue so far is a manuscript written in German that has been translated for them to read in order to see why it’s related to this case.

Ada Baumgarten was born in 1918 after the First World War and became the daughter of a prestigious violinist of the Berlin Philharmonic and became a prodigy herself. When she meets Kurt, a German boy, she starts falling for him and gets torn from him when he leaves for the military and her family starts being under suspicion due to her Jewish heritage. Even though with her violin and her work which is the only thing that has been saving her so far but with moving to Bologna it gives her family more heart aches and more suspicion and the story of her life brings questions on why is it related to the vineyard in the first place?

Thoughts: Again I read the audio version of this book through the NLS Bard service and it was the same guy that read The Trust as well. I did enjoy how he read this book since he did bring the characters to life with this one as well but this time he did an Italian accent for anyone who is Italian and of course German for any German characters except for Ada and her family and some of her friends. I didn’t mind but I did enjoy it like the book before it.

When I started this book I was wondering why start with Italy since that was the prologue but as the book went on I understood why since it does lead to the secrets Gabrielle has held throughout the book since it dealt with Ada and her back story. It has been revealed that Gabrielle was orphaned in World War II and has shut out her past even about Ada and it brought tragedy and I can see why since the Second World War was big and tragic on its own. When I was listening to Ada’s story I was really entertained about learning what had happened in Berlin since while being in different history classes not much of Berlin has been talked about since we knew what countries were taken over by Hitler such as Poland, Denmark, and many others. It also brought on what took place in Italy since we got to see some of the events with Musilini and of course Rome being a big event where of course Ada meeting Gabrielle at that point. I did like how the characters interact during these moments since they are reacting to the events like how Ada told off a German soldier after one of her concerts, how she and her family were going through the happenings, trust me I almost cried when her father told her to leave him behind at the camp because he didn’t want anyone to take savings that may help her and her mother. It was even sad when her mother left while being at the camp as well when they got to send to one. It was just a great round about tale since it did help us understand why the vineyard had to be saved and I did like how it hinted about Ada having her own patch in the vineyard since earlier in the story when her mother started working among the vines of grapes and olives that she named a part of it after Ada even though Ada found it silly. I can see why it happened since Ada’s mother wanted to leave something special even after the war had ended. It did get revealed a wine was named after a piece that Ada was famous for playing.

What also tugged at my heart strings was how she and Kurt were together. As history happens soldiers do lose their lives and this was a sad part to it. I did find it cute with how Ada and Kurt first met at the Junior Orchestra and how the Baumgartens helped Kurt get to the concert hall for practice but later his violin does get broken and was sent to the junior camps for the military. It was very heart felt whenever both Ada and Kurt were able to have their times together even with one instance when Ada was on a concert trip and she and Kurt were out all night and she had to leave the next day but it did come with some consequences that surprised people. I understand that since I had played clarinet myself in middle school that consequences during class like having people moved due to not being able to have their instruments or some members misbehaving and causing the teacher to yell can happen but back then it was even more strict from what I’ve seen. It was sad with how Ada lost him since I was hoping that they were able to spend the rest of their lives but understanding having someone for that long even if they were on opposite sides can be tragic even seeing how they end up losing their lives in the end. I don’t want to spoil that part because this is something that you got to read yourself.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! Out of Ronald’s books I would have to say this one is my most favorite because it was well written even how much the story that Ada told blended in with the present day stuff. It did link to the loose ends that Katherine and Liam had to learn as they have to hire extra lawyers in order to get things settled and solved while the clues were starting to show as they read the manuscript. I think I liked this one more than Karolena’s Twins because I prefer how Ada was spunkier and she didn’t want anyone push her down even if she had to face her consequences later when meeting that soldier later on. It was heart felt and of course I did like seeing what took place in Italy and Berlin during the Second World War and getting to know more of the history as I read on. I am wondering Mr. Balson going to write more for this series because I feel like he has done very well, if he does I am hoping to get to read that one too since I have been reading his stuff on NetGalley since the third book. If not, I am content with how it ended.

Well, that is it guys! I have more books to review and hoping to get more RangerStop content up as soon as possible. Plus, my BoxyCharm is on the way at the moment! So stay tuned!
The Girl From Berlin by. Ronald H. Balson

The Book Quadrant: The Trust by. Ronald H. Balson

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The Trust by. Ronald H. Balson

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions on this ARC that was sent for review. Please respect the lead writer’s thoughts on this book! You have been warned!

In this book by the author of Karolena’s Twins finds Liam Taggart going home to Ireland for an uncle’s funeral but this funeral is not due to natural causes of death but a murder. Not only he finds out that it was a murder but this same uncle anticipated it and put the Will and Testament in Liam’s hands and must wait until he solves the murder that he can distribute the funds laid out for the rest of the family. During his time in Ireland, he finds deep dark secrets about his family and not only that finds out his old love, Annie, has been in contact with the family and closer to the uncle than he thinks. Will Liam be able to solve his uncle’s murder? Also, what is going on with new messages of death towards his family including his wife Katherine back in Chicago? Is this all connected somehow?

Thoughts: I didn’t know that this book along with Karolena’s Twins were part of a series until I went back and found the first two books, Once We Were Brothers and Saving Sophie, were within the series. I can see looking back on reading Karolena’s Twins that it did mention one of the characters from the first book and another character from the second and how that one tied to the character from the first and how Liam and Katherine ended up together and married.

I would have to say I prefer reading the audio version of this book than reading it as a Kindle book because the guy who read it was amazing at it especially with Saving Sophie and now reading the next book in this series which you will see that review sometime soon. I did like how he went into an Irish accent when need be to bring the family and any other characters Liam encountered while being in Northern Ireland to life. To the story itself it did have the suspense I know and love with a murder mystery because it brought an idea of the past known as the Troubles in Irish History. It was a time where Protestants and Catholics didn’t get along and man it looked dicey for Liam. It did bring up how his dad died since he did get shot while trying to save his sister who also got shot during this time period and more things did get revealed about his family whether the families who were at war with the Taggarts were coming back to go after the rest of them since calling cards shown up in their mailboxes. Even interesting how Katherine was targeted since she did get married into the family and had a kid with Liam since Karolena’s Twins did end on that. What I do notice in this series that the first, third, and now the fifth one I’m reading, The Girl From Berlin are connected to World War II while the second and fourth books are more of a suspense story dealing with family where in the second one, Saving Sophie, had someone from the law firm that Katherine used to work at finding his daughter who was kidnapped by the in-laws in the Middle East while The Trust had Liam get through past family issues in order to keep his uncle’s trust from going into wrong and selfish hands. It does connect to the idea of law since Katherine is connected with how she handles cases but I find this book was more of a Liam thing since it did show how he did work for the C. I. A. at one point. Still it was a really good book. So far with the next one I am seeing some family matters but I will see how that one goes.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! I think this one in the series has been Balson’s best due to how he made each character come to life. Heck, I had some chills and mistrust to some of the characters while reading it and how the person reading it made them sound. I felt like I was watching a movie a moment there. It did had its historical fiction parts like with the other books but I felt more drawn to the present and glad that I did get to take the time to read them and now on the fifth book which that will be coming soon once I’m done. If you want to give this a read, I highly recommend along with the others!

That is it for this review! Make sure to check out the link for this book alongside the other books Balson has written that will be linked through the Amazon page I leave behind. Don’t worry the next RangerStop review will be next!
The Trust Liam Taggart & Katherine Lockhart Book 4

The Book Quadrant: The Best Kind of People by. Zoey Whitall

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The Best Kind of People by. Zoey Whit all

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The Woodbury Family has been a respected family for many years. George is a science teacher at Avalon Hills Prep and his wife, Joan, is an E. R. Nurse, while their daughter, Sadie, is a popular student at the high school. One night police come and arrest George for a charge of sexual misconduct on a trip that involved some girls from the school and has to await trial despite how he saved his daughter from a gunman while she was in the middle school grades. Joan has to survive the time while he’s in jail while everyone turns cold and Sadie goes from popular to social outcast and loses friends to this case. Andrew, a lawyer in New York, comes home to help the family during this ordeal but has unhappy memories rise from the depths and a writer goes and exploits what is going on by writing a book based on the case itself. Will this family be able to hold onto each other or will they fall into their own depression?

Thoughts: Man, this book was deep! DEEP! I wasn’t expecting what was going to happen until the first chapter. I felt that this was a strong start and it kept on going. I had my ear buds on reading this at work due to how good it was from beginning to end! It did go in stages where it went from after the arrest to a few months later, then a week before the trial in how the family lives. I did like how each stage shows how much the family was being affected.

At first Joan was always the one with the cool head where she always takes everything in stride and this situation shown her how she started to self-destruct in a way. She was starting to yell at her kids for example which she never had done and then Andrew suggests that she should go to support groups and she went from church goer to support group goer and of course she got closer to Sadie and Andrew and her sister, Clara. Sadie started off as the genius track & field student and almost got killed due to some guy with a gun that saw her at a dance class as a middle schooler. She then goes through her own self-destruction where the students in her class and the classes underneath started hating her for what her dad done. She tried to live her life normally but she starts skipping classes more, even student council meetings since she was president, her classmates were taking her seats and don’t want to give them up, heck I loved how she kicked someone out of her seat during one meeting, and the last bit of her destruction when she started doing drugs and hanging out with other people. While Andrew, he was always the cool cucumber with a boyfriend since he did come out of the closet during his high school years all thanks to his aunt and he starts to self0destruct after meeting up with his old boyfriend while visiting Avalon Hills and this causes him to unravel and take it out on his boyfriend, Jared, which started hating him for treating him like a doormat even while his family visited for The Best Kind of People A NovelChristmas. All in all this was a great picture of going from perfect family to family that let go of themselves!
During the prologue of this book, Sadie was grabbing her stuff for a presentation and one of the items happened to be this eraser and she held onto it as the gunman appeared and her dad showing up to tackle the guy. She had this on her and in the pocket of her skirt since it was something that kept her relaxed. It’s kind of like my Panic at the Disco necklace since it helps me with my anxiety in a way and eraser was something that helped her. She even had it with her during the ordeal until she loses it and goes crazy trying to find it while being with her new friends. I think losing it was a way of her letting go of the past and face what is going on in front of her and that it was time for a change in her life and that the path she went down on was something meant to be since at first she was the perfect straight A student that never smoked or drink but changed when she lost her savior of her youth and the only thing that kept her going.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a really good book! It did go from that perfect small town family that shown that they’re not always perfect such as seeing a father probably had something in his past that caused him to go through sexual misconduct but found out that he was set up, a mother who was so cool but loses it, a daughter who was the perfect student but loses herself due to people hating her, and a son who loses what he loves the most. I did like the writer who did exploit them but he did make the story he wrote different towards the end but I would say read the book so you can see how that role played. I mainly focused on the family since that was really important. I couldn’t close kindle like with the last book I read since this was a really good page turner and hoping with the next book will happen again. I hope to read more books by this author since this was a start for me with Whitall’s writing. It was a good look into a family who has changed and glad I got to read this!

Well guys that is it for this review! I will leave a link to this book this time since I forgot with the last, sorry! So, next is my bi-monthly favorites post with September and October! To new small town family with imperfections. We got to meet different characters that were

The Book Quadrant: A Game of Deceit by. K. A. Davis

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A Game of Deceit by. K. A. Davis!

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In this book we meet Catherine Landry who has a successful interior design business and a very attentive husband. When she comes home to see that her husband has gone missing things start to rise especially the past when her father had disappeared the same way as her husband. Catherine has to get to the bottom of what had happened to her husband and what secrets he has and not only that work with the same detective that worked on her father’s case years before and find clues that lead to a possible affair and maybe a murder? Not only that, new distractions try to get in her way when John Celton, her latest interior design project, comes into her life to keep her mind off of things but she can’t. Will she be able to solve the mystery behind her husband’s disappearance and how is it linked to her father’s?

Thoughts: I liked this book very much! I felt like I couldn’t close Kindle on my phone and even took breaks listening to it during work when I have to clear my head a bit. I felt that this book had new twists and turns as Catherine kept on getting new clues within the case and even got even more chilling when new things were revealed like how someone was posing as her when her husband vanished. She ends up finding passports that didn’t match with her photo and that someone took her own name in order to get to Neil. What made it more interesting that it felt like the reason for Neil’s disappearance was due to a novel he was working on that caused him trouble and taken? I would be afraid if that were to happen someone I loved myself. I did like the jealousy between John and the detective, Mike Williams, since Catherine did have a few new romances going on between them and liked who she ended up with in the end which I don’t want to spoil that part. I liked every moment of this book and hoping to read another one by Davis as I request more!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a very enjoyable read! I felt that every interaction with Catherine, John, and mike worked very well. I did like Maryanne as well since she did act very motherly towards Catherine. It did take on the idea of fires in California to a new height and that jealousy can happen at every turn. Not only that the near death experiences that Catherine encounters even brought a chill to my spine. I hope to read more K. A. Davis books as long as I keep up with each NetGalley update. Another good one for the books!

That is it for this book review! I will have more to come since I am having more books to read! Next up in my posts I am going a bit personal with how a blind person should make friends both sighted and blind. Stay tuned!

The Book Quadrant: My Pen Is Huge by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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My Pen is Huge by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

Disclaimer: This book was an advanced reader copy sent to me by the author. Also this review is based on thoughts and opinions so respect my thoughts on this book and thank you!

In this new installment of the Oh Hell No series, we meet Giselle who is a post graduate and shows up at her new job hoping to work for the famous journalist, Leland Marik. Once she starts working and finding out that some fishy things are happening that link to what Leland is doing, she is trying to get to the bottom of it in order to get a story out.

Leland Marik was always the lone wolf journalist and never let anyone else work with him until Giselle walked into his office one morning with a lipstick stain on her skirt. Once hired on, he not only guides her through the journalism business but also working on his own story behind the scenes and try to keep out of it. While working on a dangerous story, he sees that Giselle is not stopping to catch up with him to break it first but has to keep her out in order to keep her safe but slips and finds out that they were a match made in heaven!

Thoughts: I liked this one! I did like how it basically filled in some blanks that took place during the last book, Battle of the Bulge, since that was where Leland appeared in at the beginning of the book. I did like the interactions between Giselle and Marik since their personalities were almost the same which Marik may have that British tone to him but he can be a bit of a smartass as much as Giselle even though she did start off as trying to be a good girl with a feminist edge to her since she did try telling Marik and his buddy to use work appropriate language in the beginning of the story. I did find some of the funny moments cute and it did call back to Librarian’s Vampire Assistant for one part but it did make the story flow a lot better as in I did find the characters and the story flow better and the jokes aren’t always coming at you in a rapid fire succession, just part of the background. I am actually happy that there will be another installment to this book since now that we’re seeing more characters coming into the story and hoping it does keep going after the next. I do notice how the first story did start off with it being more of a college life type and nothing dangerous sounding but once the end of the second book took place it started showing the characters going through dangerous situations until this book came out since the blanks being filled had to deal with the Mitch Hofer situation from the last book and maybe the next one may be more laid back since it deals with Jeizele’s old roomie, Camille. Let’s see what happens next! And of course, having a huge pen, as in the writing utensil, was pretty well symbolized since at the beginning where Marik talked about his dad having a pen collection or was he sent one, I forget! Sorry! Still a good story nonetheless!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a really good book and enjoyed it overall! I liked the characters’ interactions even with Janelle’s parents in the picture towards the end and of course it did call back to one of the previous books Mimi has written. I think this has been one of the best books she has done and loved it from beginning to end. I would say this would be read more as a stand-alone but at the same time should read Battle of the Bulge too in case you may want to see what has been taking place before this one.

That is about it guys for this post! I know it felt short since I don’t want to give so many spoilers and of course don’t want to be that one person to spoil the entire thing. I definitely say is give this book a read and same with Mimi’s many other books on top of it! I am reading another new book since I have to catch up with what I haven’t read for a few years now. I do have my Ipsy Glam Bag post next so stay tuned!
My Pen Is Huge by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

The Book Quadrant: By Light of Hidden Candles by. Daniella Levviee

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with a new book review!

By Light of Hidden Candles by. Daniella Levee

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer. Please respect her thoughts on this book that was an advanced reader’s copy through NetGalley.

In the Jewish Quarter of Fez during Sixteenth Century, an ailing mother hands her daughter a heavy ring that has a major significance and a message to return it to the person who gave it to her until five hundred years later, Alma, a college student, goes into a program that has her going to Spain with a project from her grandmother to not only return a ring but find out the roots about her family. Before the trip, she ends up with meeting Manuel, a Catholic who joins the program, to be her study partner but he gets a warning not to get too close to Alma due to her Jewish heritage.

Once in Madrid, the two not only go into archives to find the clues behind their family but their friendship grows and hints of Manuel’s own feelings towards Jewish people start to grow as well and he starts questioning about his own faith and what he wants to do once he’s graduated from college. While Alma, on the other hand, she tries to piece the clues that they find about her family and any connections they may have such as a person with the name of Leon in the files that they were given and that Manuel’s ancestor may have clues and tie INS with hers.

Thoughts: So, this book kind of felt like The Confectioner’s Tale which that book gave present and past like with this one in how it was written except you have two characters for the present and one for the past. We get to see the story with the character Miriam and how she went through the Spanish Inquisition and how she escaped it and then it links Alma and Manuel together with what they are doing in present time to link the story in why the ring was given to Alma’s ancestor in the first place. I did also enjoy some of the more comedic parts since it does deal with the religious aspects both Alma and Manuel go through. For instance in the start of the book before Alma had to leave for Spain she is celebrating Passover with family. I also felt like I heard the record stop when she mentions Manuel being Catholic with all the music and how her family feels about it. I also did like how everyone Manuel meets kind of act scared of Alma and what she may do to him but during the story she did try to not get so deep By Light of Hidden Candles by. Daniella Levvieinto their friendship with each other even though she was jealous of one of her roommates having coffee with Manuel. I kind of felt like those points were kind of a normal thing for college students to go through. Heck, I did have a bit of a jealous reaction when one of my brother’s gal pals tried to have a bit of a flirt with Gondras a long time ago. Got to love jealousy. Anyways, I did love the parts with Miriam and how she and her father were being tracked down especially to the safe place where they were being kept, it was like how the Holocaust took place during World War II and how even before that Jewish people had to be hidden. It did get pointed out during one of the Manuel chapters that things have changed for the better when it came to Jewish communities around the world after he finally meets a relative that was related to his dead grandmother and he wondered why they excommunicated her.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a very good book and it took the switch from present to past very well. I did find it heartwarming at certain points in the book and pretty sad as well. I do like the pairing between Alma and Manuel due to how they have really good chemistry even when Manuel shown up at Alma’s grandmother’s shop the first time. Also it was even more heartwarming while reading Miriam’s side of the story since that does link everything together. The theme of this book being “You don’t know who you are until you find the pieces” fits with the entire story and how it was written. I hope I get to read more books by Levee since it was a really well put together piece and enjoyed it. I will link you guys to the book so you can also check it out!

That is it for this review! I do have another one since I am reading Mimi Jean’s newest book and will be starting on another after that. Until next time!

The Book Quadrant: AntiSocial by. Heidi Cullinan

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AntiSocial by. Heidi Cullinan!

Disclaimer: This was an advanced copy I received from NetGalley for me to review and this review is based on my own thoughts and opinions. Please respect the thoughts of AntiSocial on Amazonthe lead writer of this blog and also respect the content of the writer you are about to see that this review is on. Thank you!

Xander can’t stand people especially frat boys until Skyler Stone walked into his life. He came to Benten, a school soaked in Japanese culture, to get away from being one of the corporate types until he has to spend all summer with Skyler in order to be changed into a more social person.

Skyler Stone had everything handed to him and planned out and even hoped to be a lawyer once he gets to grad school at Yale. When some of his frat brothers messes up a mural painted by Xander he has not only win Xander’s forgiveness but promises to work with him all summer to prepare for his final senior project by building his social media. As time goes on these two start forming a relationship and start changing each other into new people they never thought they knew even to themselves.

Thoughts: I know I promised a different book at first but when reading that one I couldn’t take it since I felt like it was too much Fifty Shades of Gray and decided to read this one which was next on my Google Sheets page. All I have to say is that I made the better choice to do it because this was a really good read. It is not only a version of Pygmalion also known as My Fair Lady but it was also done as a yaoi story which to anyone new to this name it is known as boys love in Japanese. I know it’s ick to some but I have been a yaoi fan and my first title was actually Gravitation and still have my DVDs thank you very much.

I did love Xander’s and Skyler’s relationship throughout this book because of how much it kind of reminded me of Yuki and Shuichi where Xander was Yuki and Skyler was Shuichi where at first Xander was a grumpy and artistic hermit that loves to pain and hates his work but also works on a campus-wide manga and Skyler is the happy-go-lucky guy that is rich and in a frat at first but then later when the relationship gets deep they start shedding those personalities we see at first and Xander becomes a nicer guy and gets inspired by Skyler in his work and also being more soft towards him and his friends while Skyler becomes someone who is indecisive and has more feelings and cares more about Xander and other people and prefers to follow his own path and not be the person his family expects him to. It was very touching and trust me I was chanting, “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” As they were getting closer to it every page turn. I had to put on my ear buds while reading this and also I admit I was kind of jealous of Xander having COpic markers. Long story short my ex got me an external hard drive for my birthday a month before we broke up instead of Copic markers because he didn’t know that he could just get me a basic set during my artist days. I admit I am still bitter about that and yet still have a ton of colored pencils. Anyways, I do love how Xander and Skyler were anime fans in this one which you do see the manga FullMetal Alchemist throughout this book and was referenced by Skyler since I do see a little bit of symbolism with it. I don’t want to give away too much in that. I also find it awesome that Heidi is one of us, as in anime fan!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a very heart-warming yaoi story because it shows how two guys can find love even if they can’t be accepted by their own families at home but at college in general. I did feel like tears almost came on but it did have a very touching ending to it and I did like how Skyler gave his dad his own “Screw you! I don’t care about your money!” I hope I read more stories by Heidi Cullinan because she wrote a really well-paced story and gave it a very happy ending. I would love to see this as an anime because it fits that art style and if I were to pick who voices who, I may pick Newton Pittman and probably Josh Grelle or Eric Vale to be Skyler. Unless I didn’t think of voices due to how well the story and characters were written in the end. I would highly recommend this book if you are into yaoi, well unless you don’t mind the characters not being Japanese. I did enjoy it after all.

Well guys that is it for this review. Come on back for my Glam Bag Plus! Until next time!