Shooting Stars Reviews

Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp

Meet Molly: An American Girl - C.F. Payne, Valerie Tripp

Meet Molly begins with Molly and her friends wanting to have some really great Halloween costumes this year, but she may not get to be Cinderella if they can't make the costumes. Everything is being saved for the war, and Molly and her family are constantly missing their day while he's away in the war right now.

But, Molly, her family and friends all get together to bring a little fun to their life during the Halloween season.

This book wasn't as good as some of the others in this series. I had a really hard time liking Molly. I really felt like she was kind of self-centered, and mean to her brother and friends at times.

However, it did end in a nice way so that was enjoyable and I do look forward to reading more of her story.

Meet Kit An American Girl by Valerie Tripp

Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 - Valerie Tripp

Meet Kit begins with Kit writing a newspaper every day for her dad when he comes home from work. But, when the family has some guests staying with them, and the news about Kit’s father’s job things start getting more and more complicated for Kit.

The depression is a horrible thing to live through and Kit must learn how to deal with her family changing as they try to make it through such a hard time.

Kit was an amazing little girl with a great big spirit. She was super smart, and savvy as well. I love that she loved to write newspapers, and how she wasn’t going to give up. She was constantly looking for a good story, and even when things got hard she still wanted to keep her dream.

I can’t wait to read more about Kit, she’s a great character in this story!

Meet Felicity: An American Girl

Meet Felicity: An American Girl - Luann Roberts, Valerie Tripp, Dan Andreasen
Meet Felicity begins with Felicity going to the store in town that her father owns and runs. She would rather help out in the store then have to go home and help with baking or sewing. But, that's what she must do for now. However, when she over hears that the mean man in town got a new horse she wants to take a look at it. 
 
And when she does she falls in love with the horse, but she also sees that the horse is being mistreated, and Felicity will do whatever it takes to help get the horse away from that vile man. 
 
This book was one of the BEST I've read of the American girl collection so far. I adored Felicity, she's such a strong willed, impatient, kind  little girl with a whole lot of guts as well. I also really loved the story in this one more than some of the others that I've read. 
 
Now, I can't wait to read more of Felicity's stories! 

Meet Samantha: An American Girl by Susan S. Adler

Meet Samantha: An American Girl - Susan S. Adler, Nancy Niles, Renée Graef

Meet Samantha is about a young girl living in 1904 with her Grandmary. She is being taught the "proper" way a lady should act, and while she doesn't exactly know if she agrees she must do as she's t

Meet Samantha is about a young girl living in 1904 with her Grandmary. She is being taught the "proper" way a lady should act, and while she doesn't exactly know if she agrees she must do as she's told. But, she finds a friend in the girl who comes to work next door, but this also opens up Samantha to a few things she never knew of before. She's learning a few things about the world outside of her house, and it doesn't look too pretty. 
 
I loved this book when I was a kid, and I love it now just the same. This collection of stories is so good that you can't help but be sucked into each girls story and their life. 
 
I loved how Samantha wanted to learn and wasn't afraid to help her friend when she was in need. She was a sweet little girl with a very big heart. Sometimes now days it doesn't really seem like these type of children exist any longer. 
 
Now, I can't wait to read more in this series. 

old. But, she finds a friend in the girl who comes to work next door, but this also opens up Samantha to a few things she never knew of before. She's learning a few things about the world outside of her house, and it doesn't look too pretty. I loved this book when I was a kid, and I love it now just the same. This collection of stories is so good that you can't help but be sucked into each girls story and their life. I loved how Samantha wanted to learn and wasn't afraid to help her friend when she was in need. She was a sweet little girl with a very big heart. Sometimes now days it doesn't really seem like these type of children exist any longer. Now, I can't wait to read more in this series.

Hell Spawn by J.C. Diem

Hell Spawn (Shifter Squad) (Volume 9) - J.C. Diem

Lexi and her friends know that now is crunch time, they must figure out a way to defeat the demons before the world is destroyed. The problem is none of them can figure out how exactly that's going to work. With tensions running high, and more romance blooms between members of the team Lexi is stressed to the max with the world on her shoulders.

But, she will do everything in her power to make sure the world will be safe no matter what the cost.

This book seems to be the final book in this series and I have to say it was okay, but not as great as previous books. I really enjoyed getting to see more of Lexi and Reese together. Though, some of the other romances were kind of odd to me. But, this one was filled with a lot of action, and drama.

And then towards the end it just felt like it was kind of rushed and ended quickly.

I really liked this series a lot and I look forward to reading more from this author.

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly Garden is a mystery/thriller type of book that begins with two detectives interviewing one of the victims of a case they just found out about. The problem is neither on of them can really figure out if she was truly a victim or not, and the horrors she is explaining gets more and more strange and horrifying by the minuet.

But, they must tough it out, and let this young woman tell her story how it is suppose to be told before it is all too late.

This book was extremely good. I loved the way it was written and the whole entire story.
It was a mix of mystery, and thriller all in one. I loved the way it was an "interview" and how the main character explained her story, and how she acted throughout the whole thing. I loved the main character as well. She was extremely strong and brave throughout this story no matter what happened to her.

I finished reading this book and felt seriously creeped out. This has a major crazy factor thrown in there, and I totally don't want to see a butterfly again, but other than that this was a great book if you like the psychological thriller type of stuff.

Sweet Seduction Sayonara by Nicola Claire

Sweet Seduction Sayonara (Sweet Seduction, Book 9): A Love At First Sight Romantic Suspense Series - Nicola Claire
Sweet Seduction Sayonara is really and truly the last book in the Sweet Seduction series! 
It's about Finn and the woman he meets who can't stay away from, even knowing that he can't be with her, he still can't stay away. But, when he starts having some problems with certain people, he must involve ASI and all the guys or it will blow up in his face. 
 
This was a really short read of Finn's story and the woman who wins his heart. But, it's also giving us a little bit more of the other characters we love so much and their roll in life now. 
 
I really enjoyed this one a whole lot! I thought it was really good that I read it all in one sitting. I loved Finn and his woman a whole heck of a lot. And I really loved getting to see previous characters as well. 
 
I'm super sad to say Sayonara to Sweet Seduction, but alas it must be said! 

Beat by Amity Cross

Beat: #1 The Beat and The Pulse - Amity Cross

Beat begins when Ren goes to find her dad who left her when she was a little girl. She has no one else in this world, and this was her mother's last wish. However, she never expected to be treated the way she is, and for it to hurt so much.

Ren has a lot of anger inside, and she's pissed off at the world. But, after training at her dad's gym, Beat, she's getting better and finds an outlet for her anger. Then Ash comes into the picture and throws her world for a tailspin.

Ash is the "Golden Boy" of the gym who threw away his chance at a title so many years ago. No one really knows why, and everyone knows he's basically a loose cannon.
Ren and Ash don't hit it off very well either, and neither one can seem to stay away even though they are constantly fighting.

Things get more and more complicated between them and life gets more confusing for both Ash and Ren. Let's hope they can work it out before it is too late.


This book is one of the best female fighting books I've ever read! I wish there had been a little more fighting with Ren in the ring, but still this one was good. I really enjoyed Ren's personality, and I loved how she wasn't going to let anyone walk all over her, including Ash.

I also really loved how Ash thought he was doing the right thing, even though it was having some bad repercussions. It was still the thought that counted, right?

Well, over all this book was very good. It was filled with humor, a very crazy amazing romance, and two people who have a deep anger hidden inside that have to fight there through it to each other.

I did have thing I really didn't like about this book, it ended in a crazy cliffhanger that had me extremely frustrated. But, now I'm excited for more in this series.

For a Good Time, Call... by Jessica Gadziala

For a Good Time, Call... - Jessica Gadziala

Fiona is doing everything she can to avoid the past, and the way she grew up. That involves drinking a lot, and being just generally destructive. But, when she gets a new neighbor and has an instant attraction to him things start to spiral out of control. 

 

Hunter is also running from his past, and he has no idea how to move forward, but he wants to try with Fiona. But, when the past catches up with both of them it may be too late. 

 

This book was a major surprise. It is a contemporary type of book with some dark aspects, but it was also pretty funny at times as well. I really enjoyed the hero and heroine together. 

 

And the plot line was very different, and kept me interesting from start to finish. 

The only thing I really didn't like was a few things that happened towards the end that I just didn't understand why that happened the way it did. 

 

But, other than that I thought the plot was good, the characters were very good, and over all it was just a good book! 

Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O'Roark

Waking Olivia - Elizabeth O'Roark

Waking Olivia begins when Olivia gets to her new school and has to meet with the track coaches. She knows that she has a bad reputation, but if they knew they truth they wouldn't believe it, so she keeps them thinking bad things about her.

However, her new track coach Will keeps pushing her and pushing her. And when he does find out her problem he will do everything he can to help her no matter what the cost is.

Will and Olivia have a major connection that they are both having a hard time denying. Well, only one of them is denying it, the other is finding it hard to believe.

This book blew me away, I was totally surprised and pleased with it. I loved the connection Will and Olivia had. It was truly beautiful, and made this story very emotional in some ways.

I also felt really bad for Olivia and everything she had gone through. And I was really pleased with how Will didn't give up on her. Even though I wanted to slap him several times during the book, I still thought he did great with her for the most part.

The only thing I didn't really like was the stuff towards the end with Olivia's dad. It felt like there just wasn't much to it and it was over so quickly. I was hoping for a little bit more from it, but I was very happy with the awesome ending and everything else!

This is a great read if you like new adult sports romances, with a damaged heroine and a strong hero.

Crys and Gabe by J.A. Hornbuckle

Human Hieroglyphix 2 - Crys and Gabe - J. A. Hornbuckle

Crys ends up getting hurt at work and has to spend some time in the hospital from it. While in the hospital, Gabe decides it's time to make his move, and make Crys for once and all. However, he didn't expect to have a lot of negative reaction from his friends and family, but that is what seems to happen.

Crys and Gabe must work through past hurts, and work through coming out to their friends and family. But, this is a lot easier said than done. And when some people from Gabe's past come back to haunt him things get even worse for these two.

This book was not nearly as good as the first one. I was disappointed in that regard.
I did like this one for the most part. I thought the plot line was interesting, but I was a little annoyed with a few things in the story.

(May contain mild spoilers)
1) I hated that what caused Crys to get hurt in the beginning of the book was never really resolved. That bothered me, and another instance of something happening to her house as well.

2) I also didn't like the fact that Gabe and Crys were "hiding" their relationship. That really pissed me off, and made no sense what so ever to this story in my opinion. I didn't get it.

But, other than these two things I really did like it. I loved Crys the most. I thought she was a very smart and stubborn woman, and even though she got with Gabe, who made a ton of mistakes, she still stuck it out through the end.

Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan

Warprize - Elizabeth Vaughan

Warprize begins with Lara being a dedicated healer to her people, but also to the soldiers that her half-brother, who is king, has taken prisoner. She took an oath to heal all no matter who or what they are. And when her people finally lose the fights, she must sacrifice herself to the enemy in order for peace to reign. 

 

She will become the Warprize.

 

This book was extremely interesting. I really loved the plot line, it starts of getting to know about Lara and her people. Then you learn about the enemy. It was a great way to get you pulled into the book. 

 

But what really kept me interested was the heroine herself. She was a very strong woman who would do anything for those needing help. I truly admired her, and I enjoyed getting to see her in a new environment as well. 

 

This book was overall really good. It had a great plot line set at a steady pace, and very well rounded characters. I wouldn't mind reading more in this series either. 

Manacle by Bella Jewel

Manacle (MC Sinners Next Generation Book 3) - Lauren K. McKellar, Bella Jewel
Manacle begins with Danny and Skye not doing very good. Skye is trying to move away and get over Danny, but it's not as easy as she thought. And Danny just wanted her to stay with him. These two love each other, but neither one is will to give into the other. This leads them on a horrible heartbreak when they each find other people to bring into their madness. 
 
This book was actually slightly disappointing. The other books in this series have been wonderful, but this one just wasn't as great as them. I spent half of the book hating Skye and the other half hating Danny. 
It was sad at times, and interesting for the most part, but the hero and heroine really turned me off of the book. It drove me nuts the way they acted so selfish towards each other and other people. 
 
Other than that I liked the book, and it was interesting to see more characters from the other series by this author as well. 
Happy Father's Day!
Happy Father's Day!

Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty and the Midnight Hour - Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Norville just blew up on the radio. Her new show, Midnight Hour, is turning into something she never thought possible. She just thought it was a one off thing, but it ends up turning into a whole lot more. Even though her pack alpha is doubtful she should continue she does anyways, and ends up becoming extremely popular. 

 

This angers people she thought were on her side. It gets worse when friends start to become enemies, and when she starts to get a backbone. But Kitty isn't going to give up no matter what, and no matter who gets in her way. 

 

This book was okay. It had a interesting story, although it was extremely frustrating at times. I really hated Kitty at first. She was a very hard character to like, but the story did make her character "grow" some, and it made it better. But what I really hated was the relationship between Kitty and Cal. I hated Cal with a passion, and I was frustrated with the way things went on. 

 

Other than that I did like this one, but it really wasn't a favorite book of mine. I wouldn't mind reading more in this series. 

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless - Gail Carriger

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Soulless begins when Alexia, who is a prenatural, ends up killing a vampire. Most vampires know exactly what she is and not to mess with her. But this one wouldn't let up no matter what, so she had to take matters into her own hands.

This opens up a whole new world of problems for Alexia, and one of them being bringing in the werewolf Lord Maccon who she can't stand, but also can't help be attracted to.

These two must work together in order to figure out what's going on with the missing vampires, and werewolves. However, it's possible that these two feel a lot more for each other than they let on, and as family, friends, and near death experiences get in the way these two will fight to the end to get their happily ever after.

This was a brilliant new refreshing take on historical, and vampires! I adored this book.
It had the unique blend of paranormal along with a hilarious heroine and a alpha male hero.
The heroine had me laughing out loud several times, and the whole plot line filled with mystery, a dash of romance, also had me devouring the book all in one sitting.

This was a great start to this series, and I look forward to more now.