A Traitor Among Us: Six Crimson Cranes Review

Summary

Shiori is the emperor’s only daughter, raised in the beautiful Kingdom of Kiata, where magic is forbidden. The only problem is that she discovered that she has magical powers. This has both intrigued and frightened her. What will her father do if he finds out?

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What’s Tani Reading? – August

So I’ve finished all books I purchased for the month of July and took a trip to the bookstore this past weekend. I purchased four books from B&N and am anxiously awaiting Redemptor which is the follow up to Raybearer by Jordan Ifeuko. Raybearer is my favorite read this year so I’m really looking forward to getting part 2 in the mail. Until then, I’ll be knocking these out. Below are brief synapsis of each book.

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For The Misfits: Seven Days In June Book Review

Seven Days In June is a romance novel following two characters, Mercy and Shane. Mercy is an author of a popular erotica series called Cursed. She wrote the first book when she was around 19, and after writing 13 books in the series, she is experiencing major writer’s block. The problem is that this series is what’s keeping her a float. Mercy is raising a tween daughter Aubre and wants the best for her. So if continuing with a series that she lost passion for is what she has to do, then so be it.

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That Which is Hidden: Daughter of the Shipwreck Review

Summary

This novel takes place in the 1800s and follows two siblings, Mercy, and Mat, who were captured after their village was raided in Africa. With that, I want to let everyone know that THIS IS NOT A SLAVE STORY. I’ve seen many people say that they want to read historical fiction novels surrounding Black people that don’t revolve around slavery, so I think this would be a nice change for some. While it touches on that topic, this book is much more than that. 

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A Burden Too Much to Bear: This Poison Heart Review

Summary

Bri was born with a green thumb. She has a love for plants, and they love her too. Sometimes a little too much. Wherever Bri goes, plants begin to lean towards her; they become more colorful, lusher, vines begin to grow and crawl to her. She can even bring dead plants back to life. Even though some may see that as a good thing, these abilities make Bri uncomfortable. She, nor her parents, understand why this happens. Her parents own a flower shop so Bri sometimes experiments with her skills but only to a small extent. What if someone happens to see her? Would she scare them off? Would she still be considered normal?

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Only One Winner: Look What You Made Me Do

Summary

Look What You Made Me Do is a suspense novel written by Elaine Murphy. The main character, Carrie wants to get as far away from her sister Becca as possible and live a peaceful life. Why? Because Becca is a serial killer.

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I’m Still A Man: The Taking of Jake Livingston

Summary

Jake Livingston is a student at a private school and is the only black kid in his class. He often feels like he’s singled out and picked on by other students as well as his teachers. On top of this, Jake can also see ghosts; he’s a medium. This causes him to often withdraw from other people, which is understandable. Later, we find that one ghost, Sawyer, has it out for Jake. He knows that Jake can see him and is determined to make his life miserable.

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First Line Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

Below are some lines from one of my favorite reads this year. Can you guess what it is?

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We’re Still Here: Firekeeper’s Daughter Review

“We faced more than you and we’re still here.”

Summary

Firekeeper’s Daughter is a story about 18-year-old Daunis Fountaine, who lives in a tight-knit Native American community. Well, sort of…Daunis is half Native American and half white. Did I mention that she is also from one of the wealthiest families in town? This sometimes leaves her feeling torn when it comes to the different opinions and values from each side of her family. Daunis is unsure of where she fits in but one thing she knows for sure is that she loves her family and her community.

When Daunis begins to lose friends and family members due to an increase of meth usage in her family, she decides to fight for her community. She is offered an opportunity to become a confidential informant for the FBI and figure out how the drugs are getting in and who’s involved. Dedicated to the job given, Daunis begins to uncover secrets that she could never have imagined.

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What’s Tani Reading?

I’m currently reading Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, but on Saturday I noticed that my TBR list had dwindled. You know what that means…time to take a trip to the bookstore! I was able to stop myself after selecting the four that stood out the most. Hopefully these will get me through the rest of July.

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