Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday's Favorites: Miss Mabel's School For Girls by Katie Cross

Welcome to Maureen's Books Wednesday's Favorites. In the Wednesday's Favorites post I will talk about a book I loved and that I think deserves a little more attention. I read popular books, but also many books that aren’t so popular (yet). In this post all sorts of books from all sorts of genre’s will have a chance to shine. Today’s Wednesday's Favorites is ‘Miss Mabel's School For Girls’ by Katie Cross, a book I read in July 2015.

The Book:
Never Underestimate the Power of a Determined Witch.

Letum Wood is a forest of fog and deadfall, home to the quietly famous Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, a place where young witches learn the art of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe has inherited a deadly curse. Determined to break free before it kills her, she enrolls in the respected school to confront the cunning witch who cast the curse: Miss Mabel.  Bianca finds herself faced with dark magic she didn’t expect, with lessons more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Will Bianca have the courage to save herself from the curse, or will Miss Mabel’s sinister plan be too powerful?

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls is the first novel in The Network Series, an exciting new fantasy collection. A gripping tale about the struggle to survive, it will take you to a new place and time, one you’ll never want to leave.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
March 21st, 2014
The Network Series #1
YA Fantasy
eBook, Paperback
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Praise for 'Miss Babel's School For Girls':

It’s a page-turner that will tempt you to read it all in one sitting, staying up past your bedtime or whatever it takes. The characters are engaging, and the plot clips along with enough unexpected twists to keep you guessing.

With short chapters, and uncomplicated prose, this is the perfect YA fantasy, but as with all YA novels, there’s something there for older readers to enjoy as well.

I’m so happy I read this novel. I was expecting something above entertaining, but if I am to be honest, I was sucked right in. I loved the completely unbalanced and egotistical head of the school. I loved some of the twists.

This was definitely a very nice read for me. I enjoyed everything about it. The book immediately starts interesting, and it stays that way until the very end. Although I was scared this book would only be for younger people , due to the title, this book can definitely be read by any age.

About the Author: 

Katie Cross grew up in the mountains of Idaho, where she still loves to play when she gets the chance. If she’s not writing, you can find her traveling, working as a pediatric nurse, trail running with her husband and two dogs, or curled up with a book and a cup of chai.

For more information about Katie Cross and the Network Series please visit her website, her blog, Facebook and Twitter.


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Monday, August 29, 2016

Review 'Morgan's Hunter' by Cate Beauman
Morgan Taylor, D.C. socialite and wildlife biologist, leads a charmed life until everything changes with a phone call. Her research team has been found dead—slaughtered—in backcountry Montana.

As the case grows cold, Morgan is determined to unravel the mystery behind her friends’ gruesome deaths. Despite the dangers of a murderer still free, nothing will stand in her way, not even the bodyguard her father hires, L.A.’s top close protection agent, Hunter Phillips.

Sparks fly from the start when no-nonsense Hunter clashes with Morgan’s strong-willed independence. Their endless search for answers proves hopeless—until Hunter discovers the truth.

On the run and at the mercy of a madman, Morgan and Hunter must outsmart a killer to save their own lives.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
October 15th, 2012
The Bodyguards of L.A. County #1
Contemporary Romance
eBook, Paperback, Audio
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My Review:

A view weeks ago I started reading the Bodyguards of L.A. County series. And ever since I started, I haven’t been able to stop reading these books. And I was really curious about Morgan and Hunters story. So when I got the opportunity to read another book in this series, this was the book I choice and I couldn’t wait to start reading. ‘Morgan’s Hunter’ is the fourth book in the Bodyguards of L.A. County series I read and it’s the first book in the series, but every book can also be read as a standalone. And I’ve been reading these books completely out of order.

‘Morgan’s Hunter’ is definitely another great story. Morgan is a wildlife biologist and her parents happen to be very rich. Morgan is easily thought of as a privileged and sometimes spoiled woman. But that is definitely not who Morgan is. Morgan loves her job as a wildlife biologist, and loves spending time in the woods searching for wildlife. I loved how Morgan definitely wasn’t your average ‘rich’ girl.
Hunter is scarred by his time in Afghanistan and the friends and colleagues he lost. He now works as a bodyguard. Hunter is very good at keeping people at a distance, but when he meets Morgan he soon realizes she is more than meets the eye. I sure loved reading about how these two fell in love.

Just like the other books in this series I read, I loved Morgan’s Hunter. I really enjoyed getting to know Morgan and Hunter. And it was definitely fun to read about their adventures in backcountry Montana. Their attraction to one other was obvious from the moment they met, but they both had a lot of prejudices. It was a lot of fun to read about how they struggled with their growing feelings for one another.

Although the overall storyline is a little less than the other books in this series, I still give this book five stars. I loved it and really enjoyed reading every single word! But there was a little less suspense and action, than in the other books. But as a first book in a series, this book would have definitely grabbed my attention and made me want to read more and more. For me.. I was already hooked to this series, and I definitely need to read them all!! 

Want to read my other reviews of the Bodyguards of L.A. County series? Visit the links: 'Saving Sophie and Falling For Sarah',  'Justice For Abby'.

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About the Author:

International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015,  ‘Justice For Abby’ was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while ‘Saving Sophie’ took the Silver Medal. ‘Saving Sophie’ was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and ‘Falling For Sarah’ received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards. Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series. For information on Cate's new releases, monthly giveaways, and upcoming events, sign up for her newsletter at:!newsletter-sign-up/c9td 
For more information about Cate Beauman please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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