Stillness of Time by J.M. Buckler

SPOILER WARNING if you have not read the first book, Seeker of Time, know that the summary and review will contain spoilers.

Summary

Mystery, danger, and heartache are all things Elara must face now back on Aroonyx. Jax continues to reveal dark secrets that challenge her and Cyrus’s trust, pushing them farther than they ever thought possible. Can they keep their identities hidden from Zenith and the Collectors?

New and mysterious friends help the twins through their darkest hours while enemies lurk around every corner. Eventually, Elara and Cyrus discover things are not always as they seem. Unsure of their fate, the twins form an unbreakable bond that over time will be put to the ultimate test. Elara’s relationship with Jax evolves to a whole new level, only to be challenged during a life-changing night. Presented with a difficult choice, Elara is forced to make a sacrifice that changes the course of her future forever. Does she have the strength to accept this new fate? Can you truly love someone enough to let them go?” Continue reading Stillness of Time by J.M. Buckler

Weaver’s Lament Industrial Magic Book #2 by Emma Newman

Summary

“Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical powers under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins.

Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently destroying expensive equipment.

And if she can’t identify the culprits before it’s too late, her brother will be exiled, and her family dishonoured…” Continue reading Weaver’s Lament Industrial Magic Book #2 by Emma Newman

Brother’s Ruin, Industrial Magic Series Book #1 by Emma Newman

Summary 

The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Ben’s life and their own livelihoods.

But Benjamin Gunn isn’t a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect.

When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city.” Continue reading Brother’s Ruin, Industrial Magic Series Book #1 by Emma Newman

#thankful January

Is it just me or does Christmas seem like it was 3 months ago already? It is said that time passes so quickly the older you get. In retrospect, it always does. In the present, if you are mindful of each day, time is a gift . One way I’m trying to be more mindful, present, is to count my blessings everyday. Little joys often pass us by when wrapped up in the bigger picture of life. Acknowledging these joys, however small, will surely make for a healthier mind and overall well being. Continue reading #thankful January

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Summary

“Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever, Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck suddenly comes her way. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home- until one of them is in terrible danger. 

Four very different lives are about to become entangled. This book is about people who try to save each other, and how sometimes when they least expect it, they succeed.” Continue reading The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Clicks

No I am not talking about the kind which connects you to an article, website or app. I am talking about the kind we dreaded as school age children, perhaps joined one of in our later teenage years. Clicks of cool kids, jocks, geeks, cheerleaders, academics and self-described loners, stoners, and more. Clicks of people, who take to one another, have their own impenetrable group, and who everyone seems to love and gravitate to. We all know what it feels like to be left out, looked over, or unacknowledged. It sucks! Continue reading Clicks

Best of 2017

Another year is wrapping up and I’ve added quite a few excellent books to my shelf! I’ve been taken to magical places, been introduced to new characters, found a new love for poetry, and even read outside my comfort zone! There are several series that I have fell in love with, and looking forward to the next books to be released in 2018. I have a new passion for indie authors, and a new found call to action in supporting them. Overall, 2017 has been a wonderful year of reading. Narrowing the “best” down to ten was HARD. There are far more that I would highly recommend and that are loved by yours truly! I really wanted to give you what I found to stand out, books that left a mark on me!

Without further ado in no specific order, I give you The Best of 2017! Continue reading Best of 2017