February 13, 2021

Review: The Fair by John A. Heldt

Product Description:
Months after stealing two time machines from a madman who wants them back, the Lanes, a family of six, seek safety and contentment in 1893, the latest stop on a journey through time. While parents Mark and Mary find relief at Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition, an extravaganza of science and splendor, children Jeremy, Laura, and Ashley find romance, friendship, and thrills.

Older son Jordan, meanwhile, heads west in search of answers. Grieving the loss of a lover from 1865, he travels to Virginia City, Nevada, where he integrates himself into a storied mining community and the heart of a pretty library clerk.

Billionaire Robert Devereaux could not care less. Reeling from the theft of his million-dollar devices, he sends an assassin to the past to retrieve his property and rid the world of his former business partner and his troublesome clan.

Filled with humor, heartbreak, and suspense, THE FAIR follows a modern family on the adventure of a lifetime as they navigate their way through an unforgettable year in American history.

My Thoughts:
The Fair is the 2nd book in the Time Box trilogy featuring the Lane family. As a big fan of the many time travel books that Heldt has written I knew it would be a great story with lots of suspense and it didn't disappoint. The book is packed with historical references that bring the story to life. 

All about relationships, romance and friendships the book tells the story of several characters at once. I love the story being told this way because by the time the end comes around it feels like I've finished more than one book and am anxiously awaiting the next one. 

My recommendation: 
As usual, I recommend this to anyone who loves romance with a time travel twist. 

January 2, 2021

Books I've Read in 2021

  1. CyberSpace by Matthew Mather
  1. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
  2. Elsewhere by Dean Koontz
  3. Golden State by Ben H. Winters
  4. Spec Ops by Craig Alanson
  5. The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs
  1. In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn
  2. A Sense of Danger by Jennifer Estep
  3. The Salvage Crew by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne
  4. Group by Christine Tape
  5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Grand Total: 11

Here's what I've read in previous years:

Books I Didn't Finish in 2021

Below will be any books I started and didn't finish and the reason why. 

Top 5 Books I've Read in 2021

July 25, 2020

Review: The Witches of Vegas by Mark Rosendorf

Product Description:
Where can Witches and their vampire mentor practice their powers without being discovered or persecuted?

By using their magic, the Witches of Vegas become the number one act performing on the Las Vegas Strip—a great achievement for them, but not so much for the magicians—who can't possibly keep pace.

Isis Rivera is the adopted fifteen-year old daughter of The Witches of Vegas. Zack Galloway is the teenage nephew and assistant to the last magician left in the city. Although they should be rivals, when Valeria, a four-hundred-year-old witch with a long-seeded grudge against humanity arrives in Sin-City, both teens act to bring their families together to stop the evil hag in her tracks.

But can the combined witches' powers and the ingenuity of the magicians be enough to stop Valeria from taking over the city and possibly the world?

My Thoughts:
Lately I haven't read a lot of YA because I always end up feeling a little bit frustrated with the scenarios the teens in the book go through. Often times they're acting way more adult than I feel a YA book should be. The Witches of Vegas was actually pretty true to how most teens behave even though it was pure fantasy.

I really enjoyed the story and it was a fun adventure following along with all the drama of being undercover witches with a rival trying to ruin things.  There was a good mix of highs and lows and the action always had a lot of suspense to keep me pulled in to the story and reading through the night. 

Isis and her adopted family were easy to love but my heart was with Zack. He was lovable and endearing as the love-struck hero. I cannot wait for the next installment of the series. 

My Recommendation:
I recommend this for anyone who loves a fun teen adventure.