Category: Review: Jenna


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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson {Jenna’s Review}

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 17 December, 2014 by Jenna / 0 Comments

A hauntingly compelling wartime historical fiction My Thoughts The concept of Kate Atkinson’s novel was intriguing to me from the first: “During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives […]

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The Last Challenge by Sharon Karaa {Jenna’s Review}

The Last Challenge by Sharon Karaa {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 3 December, 2014 by Jenna / 0 Comments

A wickedly feisty read with potential   My Thoughts Sharon Karaa’s The Last Challenge has potential. The story is a mix of elements that range from humorous to sexy to straight-up odd. Some parts didn’t quite work out, in my opinion, while others I quite liked. Lauren is a twenty-five-year-old computer programmer who hasn’t found Mr. […]

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Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen {Jenna’s Review}

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 19 November, 2014 by Jenna / 4 Comments

A little something sweet and magical   My Thoughts Since Garden Spells, I have been a big fan of Sarah Addison Allen’s particular brand of magical realism. Her stories always feel so personal to me; I slip into the worlds she pictures with an easy grace, led entirely by her. So I was surprised to find […]

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Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 5 November, 2014 by Jenna / 3 Comments

Romance with a touch of magic My Thoughts The story started in Nora Roberts’s Dark Witch flows seamlessly into Shadow Spell, simply with a different narrator. As with the first book, I wasn’t thrilled with the beginning chapters; something about the perspective or the voice of the original three – Sorcha’s children – doesn’t capture […]

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 22 October, 2014 by Jenna / 4 Comments

Captivating, clever, and well-rounded romantic fantasy  My Thoughts On a recent visit to the library, I noticed the audio books for both this book, Dark Witch, and Shadow Spell, the second book in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy by Nora Roberts, on the shelf. Knowing the series was on my to-read list, I snatched the cases up […]

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Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman {Jenna’s Review}

Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 8 October, 2014 by Jenna / 2 Comments

A short and sweet sleuthing story  My Thoughts The narrative voice in Death by Didgeridoo is a great one. Attorney Jamie Quinn makes for an endearing sleuth. This short mystery is the first in a series and is an enjoyable read – or, in this case, listen. Barbara Venkataraman’s story unfolds at a brisk pace. Jamie’s […]

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon {Jenna’s Review}

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 24 September, 2014 by Jenna / 6 Comments

An impressively memorable dystopian fantasy debut. My Thoughts It is a bleak 2059 in Samantha Shannon’s London. There is a fascinating order of clairvoyants who make up the underworld and gangs in and around the city. High treason is routinely committed by breaking into people’s minds or dreamscapes. It’s complicated and intellectually stimulating and it’s […]

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I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre {Jenna’s Review}

I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 10 September, 2014 by Jenna / 8 Comments

A sweet and refreshingly romantic read My Thoughts In the movie “The Wedding Date,” there is a quote in a magazine article that drives the plot: Every woman has exactly the love life that she wants. There’s merit to the idea, I had to admit. And it’s certainly a significant theme in Ann Aguirre’s I Want […]

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Small Town Trouble by Jean Erhardt {Jenna’s Review}

Small Town Trouble by Jean Erhardt {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 27 August, 2014 by Jenna / 3 Comments

A quick and quirky murder mystery. My Thoughts The first of Jean Erhardt’s Kim Claypoole Mystery Series, Small Town Trouble is a quirky, quick-reading murder mystery. Restaurant entrepreneur Kim is happily living her life and managing her Gatlinburg restaurant, The Little Pigeon, with her business partner when she gets a call from her mother. Evelyn, whom […]

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Tied & Bound by K.M. Liss {Jenna’s Review}

Tied & Bound by K.M. Liss {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 13 August, 2014 by Jenna / 4 Comments

A steamy story that ultimately misfires.   My Thoughts Every genre has its fans and followers, as well as dabblers and detractors. Erotica has been a growing genre for several years, perhaps more so recently thanks to a shot of scintillation thanks to so-called “mommy porn.” (Fifty Shades of Grey, I’m looking at you!) As a […]