The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody Kindle Edition
by Marcia Meara
This is the second novella in the series with the Emissaries, Jake and Dodger, working for Archangel Azrael. There’s the same depth and humor in this heartfelt tale that I enjoyed in “The Emissary”. I loved the developing relationship between Jake and Dodger as they work to save people from themselves. Dodger’s regret adds a new layer to this story. I can’t wait to see how that works out…and how Azrael plays into that. This is a perfect Christmas read, but would be great any time of the year. There was an amazing ending and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next. If you haven’t read the first novella–you should–then you can fully enjoy this highly recommended sequel!
Mylee in the Mirror (Greek Mythology Fantasy Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
This is another great book in the Greek Mythology Fantasy Series. While the first book dealt with sixth grader D.J., Persephone and a move including a new school, “Mylee in the Mirror” takes on high school, Aphrodite, dating, change and expectations. The opening of the book drew me right in with a surprise and I was hooked. Mylee is moving her beloved grandmother into assisted living; her parents are fighting, and the most popular guy in school asks her out–making life confusing for her. But even with all that was going on at least Mylee had her best friends and trampoline and tumbling. The characters are well-written and the relationships realistic. Mylee’s home life felt genuine, and the connection between her and her grammy was sweet. I loved the life lessons about being true to yourself, that applied to the adults in the story, too. Adding in the magic of a Greek Goddess and her interactions with Mylee made this story a lot of fun and exciting to read. I’m looking forward to the next book and highly recommend this imaginative book and amazing young author.
This is a short science fiction tale of a group of humans traveling to a new planet. Holly’s the only one awake on her shift when an object is spotted coming directly at them. It’s been nine long years of traveling and what happens next brought a smile to my face. I loved the blend of sci-fi and the fantasy of Christmas into one magical story. If you like holiday-themed stories I highly recommend this to you!
When We Finally Kiss Goodnight
by Staci Troilo
“When We Finally Kiss Goodnight” is a steamy romance with an interesting story line that kept me turning the pages. Chloe hoped to leave her life behind with a new job interview in Pittsburgh. What she didn’t count on is running into her college crush who broke her heart, Britt. My favorite part was the tension between Britt and Chloe with their unsaid assumptions and how that played out in conversations. The things being left unsaid with the obvious attraction between them and the potential for growth was intriguing. I especially liked the trip they took to Gettysburg and the legend Chloe ran into along the way. This is a satisfying feel-good holiday short story that I recommend if you are a fan of passionate romance.
Moon Watchers (Hunters Book 2)
by Sandra Cox
“Moon Watchers” is the second in the Hunters series. The story veers from hunting “vamps” with Zoe on Vampire Island to “weres” with Zoe’s cousin, Jolene, in the snowy forest of Minnesota. It starts with an immediate encounter with both werewolves–and Braden who just shows up to help out. This sweet and exciting YA book has a couple of twists along the way. I love Jolene’s no-nonsense, fearless personality and how it interacts with the mysterious handsome Braden who seems to be hiding a secret. I could easily picture myself in the cabin she’d just inherited. I adored the quaint town she ventured into to get her cup of coffee and supplies. I found this an enjoyable adventure that kept me reading late into the night like the first book did. If you’re a fan of vampires, werewolves and their hunters, along with a sweet romance, I recommend this series for both adults and younger readers.
If You Love Me, I’m Yours
This was a fun and lighthearted story about a girl named Maud stuck in a sensible life. She’s a teacher who loves to paint. Only her best friend Daisy backs her talent, not her sensible parents. This leads Maud to an art gallery opening after Daisy submits her painting. The night changes her life and leads her to a new friendship with Dot and a new love interest. I love the relationship she develops with Dot. It is changing as they both change within it. She also finds herself with two love interests and a few surprises along the way. The book’s title is how Maud expresses her talent by leaving gifts of her work for others to enjoy, which made me smile. It was fun being immersed into the world of art. I recommend this story especially if you like a good love story with friendship and self-growth mixed in–I know I enjoyed it.
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Embrace your inner child by reading a good book in 2019! D.L. Finn
24 thoughts on “Final Book Reviews for 2018! @W_Angels_Wings @woodheat @stacitroilo @Sandra_Cox @Lizzie_Chantree @MarciaMeara”
Enjoyed your reviews! HAPPY HOLIDAYS, Denise, to you and your family! ♥
Thanks Billy:) Happy Holidays to you and your family as well!
Super reviews Denise. You do a great job.
Reading good books makes it easy:) Thanks John!
Congrats to all the authors. I’ve read a number of these books and enjoyed them.
Awesome reviews, Denise!
All good reads! I’m on to my holiday reading now. Thanks Mae:)
Congratulations to these authors. Great reviews, Denise.
Thank you Soooz:) All good authors!
I really love your review posts, Denise. And I’m honored to have been included in this one. So happy you enjoyed the work. Thanks so much!
Thanks Staci:) I’m so glad I saw this posted on Twitter and got to read it this season. It was a great holiday or anytime read–as all your stories are! Happy holidays to you and your family.
Thank you for including my book and for the wonderful review Denise. Happy Christmas everyone. Have a fun filled and creative festive season.
Thank you Lizzie:) I sure enjoyed it. Merry Christmas. I hope you have a fun filled creative season and New Year as well!
Thanks, again, Denise, for your beautiful review of Ellie’s book. She was thrilled when I showed her and we’re both so glad you enjoyed it! Take care and have a happy, safe and festive holiday season! 🙂 ~Stephanie
Very welcome! I can’t wait to share this series with my oldest grandkids. Thank you. I wish the same for your holiday season.
Love this! Thanks Denise!
Thank you Lynda. Yay!
Thank you so much for including The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody in your year end reviews. I am so pleased that you are enjoying these novellas, and it is a real pleasure to read your beautiful words about them. I hope you’ll enjoy the last one, too, which I’m planning to get started on as soon as I finish the 4th Wake-Robin Ridge book. Hopefully, TE3 will be out by late spring or early summer, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you think.
Thanks again for including me with this great group of writers! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 🙂 <3
You are very welcome. I’m so glad I found them through your cover reveal. I’m now a fan of this series and will be watching for the next installment. Merry Christmas to you and your family and may this be the happiest of New Years.
Fantastic reviews, Denise!! Thanks for sharing!
Fabulous reviews to share, Denise! Bravo to all. 🙂
Wow, Denise — you’ve been busy. You made all these sound exciting and wonderful. I wish there were more hours in the day! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing. Mega hugs.