Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood: ARC Book Review

Within These Wicked Walls tells the story of Andromeda, a young woman who goes by Andi. When the story begins, she is hoping that exorcising the Evil Eye for her wealthy and eccentric client, Magnus Rochester, will get her the recognition she requires to continue her work as a proper debtera; since her mentor threw her out before she could earn her license.

But cleansing the Evil Eye is a much bigger undertaking than Andi first anticipated. (So much so that many debtera have tried – and failed – before her.) And her growing feelings for the young heir complicate matters further. It will take all of Andi’s training – and maybe a little help from others – to accomplish this life-threatening task.

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The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner: ARC Book Review

The Lost Apothecary takes place across two different timelines: 1791 and modern-day, and volleys between three protagonists: Caroline, Eliza and Nella. After finding out that her husband was cheating on her, Caroline decides to take what would have been their anniversary trip to London on her own. She joins up with a mudlarking group searching for treasure by the river Thames and comes across an odd object: an old vial with a mysterious marking of a bear on it.

Her curiosity piqued, Caroline begins to research the origin of the vial, and soon finds herself immersed in the history of London circa 1791 – where an unnamed apothecary helped women get revenge on the men who scorned them was whispered about.

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan: Blog Tour & Book Review

Hello everyone! Today is my stop on the Daughter of the Moon Goddess blog tour and I am so excited to share with you my favorite quotes (as well as my thoughts) on this wonderfully crafted and beautifully written novel. 🌙✨

I’m not exaggerating when I say Tan’s debut novel blew me away. Daughter of the Moon Goddess is bursting with enchanting worldbuilding, flourishing with lush imagery, and brimming with heartfelt emotion. Between the gorgeous descriptions, the lyrical writing, and the riveting plot, it’s impossible to not get swept up with Xingyin and her glorious, magical journey, filled with legendary perils and mythical obstacles, and infused with the essence that makes these tales of old still as impactful to this day.

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A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions by Sheena Boekweg: Blog Tour & Book Review

A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions imagines a reality where behind every important decision in history stood the Society: a secret group of women working in the shadows to influence political leaders of the world to make the right decision and move society into a better, more progressive future.

Enter Elsie, she’s been trained all her life to be the Wife to one of these influential men. But she can’t help having ambitions of her own. Ones that would mean stepping away from the shadows and into the limelight herself.

But when she finds out her most recent target is intended to become the next POTUS, she can’t help contemplating what a marriage to him might do for her status, not just in the Society, but on a grander scale. First, though, she has to make him fall in love with her.

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The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Bianca M. Schwarz: ARC Book Review

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a sucker for beautiful book covers. The first thing that drew me to this title was the gorgeous – and I mean gorgeous – cover art. And after reading the synopsis I was even more intrigued! The Innkeeper’s Daughter boasts of having it all – historical romance, suspense, mystery… As a fan of both period romances and mystery/thrillers, you can bet how excited I was to pick this novel up.

The mix of genres aside, from what I can see, The Innkeeper’s Daughter is first and foremost advertised as a romance between Eliza, the daughter of a deceased innkeeper on the lam from her abusive fiancé and step-father, and Henry, a known playboy and secret agent of the crown … something I found unfortunate, because the romantic aspects of the plot were my least favorite. 😕

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