Author: Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Blogger Wife Chat Review ~ The Right Wish ~ Michelle Mankin @MichelleMankin

Blogger Wife Chat Review ~ The Right Wish ~ Michelle Mankin  @MichelleMankin

The second installment in this series, The Right Wish was even more emotional and impactful than its predecessor. Witnessing all Camaro is and how much she gives to others, it was more than a little moving to see Brad work at convincing her she was worthy of love…his love. *swoon* I agree! Cam was such a heartfelt heroine. And she truly did believe her late mother’s words about giving joy to others was the greatest joy of all. She was so good with everyone she came in contact with.   Man, I can’t imagine having to live life as Cam had. Lying about who she was, living in shelters, selling her body… it was no wonder her self-esteem was in […]

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Audio Review ~ Kiss of a Demon King ~ Kresley Cole

Audio Review ~ Kiss of a Demon King ~ Kresley Cole

It’d been awhile since I visited the Immortals After Dark series and I’m so happy I kicked off my 2020 audio year with Kiss of a Demon King. While Kiss of a Demon King wasn’t as action-packed as other installments, I did enjoy seeing Rydstrom find and fight for his fated female. And Sabine was an absolute delight! Much of their repartee was quite comedic. Visiting with others from the Lore was a bonus. Highlights: Characters Rydstrom has spent centuries waiting for his fated one as well as the return of his kingdom. He’s know for being steady and good, so being straddled with Sabine as his female understandably gives him pause. Sabine is the Queen of Illusions, a sorceri allied with […]

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #159 ~ Dying for Chocolate

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #159 ~ Dying for Chocolate

  Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts Welcome to Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts, an original weekly meme hosted here at (un)Conventional Bookworms. So many of the books we read have food or drinks in them, some we’d love to try, and others we’d never ever want to taste… and we thought it could be interesting and fun to share some food and / or drink quotes…  If you want to participate, you can grab our logo if you’d like, or you can make your own, but please link back to us in your own post. The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well […]

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Review ~ Where the Crawdads Sing ~ Delia Owens #UnearthingaBookishBounty

Review ~ Where the Crawdads Sing ~ Delia Owens #UnearthingaBookishBounty

Where the Crawdads Sing was a marvel. I really have no words. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to do this story justice in a review but here’s my first attempt: Where the Crawdads Sing is beautiful, lyrical, emotional, thought-provoking, eloquent, and…just, amazing! A true gem! Kya is a young girl – a little girl – living in a shack in the swamp in 1950’s North Carolina. She’s abandoned by her family, one by one, and the marsh adopts her. This story, her story, is about how capable and resilient Kya is, raising herself with a little help from Mother Nature. Or maybe Mother Earth. She also has some help from a “colored couple.” It’s about loneliness and its effects […]

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Blogger Wife Chat Review ~ Creeping Beautiful ~ JA Huss

Blogger Wife Chat Review ~ Creeping Beautiful ~ JA Huss

Creeping Beautiful is Huss at her best!! Mystery wrapped in conspiracy wrapped in romance revolving around unreliable narrators, this was a multi-layered story told from multiple POVs and it was pure greatness. I can’t wait for the next installment! Oh you rounded that one up real nice, wifey! It was definitely greatness, and I loved how unreliable the narrators were. That just made all the twisty turns even better.   It was rather exciting to immerse myself in the world of The Company again. I wish I had thought to keep a notebook on The Company from the beginning, including all my thoughts and theories on things. But I digress…. Starting off with the auction, we see an entirely new facet […]

Posted 24 February, 2020 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Buddy Read Chat Review w/Berls ~ Mine to Keep ~ Cynthia Eden @BerlsS

Buddy Read Chat Review w/Berls ~ Mine to Keep ~ Cynthia Eden @BerlsS

Mine to Keep started off a little more slowly than its predecessor but it didn’t take too long to draw me in. Once I was hooked I was flying through the pages while biting my nails. CEden impressed me with her suspense in the first installment but she amped up the tension in this one. And she kept me in the dark the entire time! I so agree! I think that the tension in Mine to Take was that you were constantly misdirected on the culprit. In Mine to Keep, the tension was that I was clueless! I knew who it COULDN’T be and was pretty confident that they were wrong on a couple of their suspects. But I never […]

Posted 19 February, 2020 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Review ~ American Royals ~ Katharine McGee #UnearthingaBookishBounty #COYER

Review ~ American Royals ~ Katharine McGee #UnearthingaBookishBounty #COYER

American Royals answers the question: What if George Washington has agreed to be King of America? An interesting premise, right? It certainly grabbed my attention and I was pleased with KMcGee’s execution of it. American Royals is told from four POVs. That of the Crown Princess, Beatrice, her younger sister, Princess Samantha, Sam’s best friend, Nina, and Prince Jefferson’s ex-girlfriend, Daphne. Through these POVs, we get a great understanding of American royal life. Beatrice shows up what it’s like to have been groomed your entire life to be the next monarch, never getting to make her own decisions. She’s going to be facing adversity as America’s first Queen and she’s struggling with what she’ll have to give up. Samantha demonstrates […]

Posted 17 February, 2020 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Blogger Wife Chat Review ~ Captive Prince ~ C.S. Pacat #UnearthingaBookishBounty

Blogger Wife Chat Review ~ Captive Prince ~ C.S. Pacat #UnearthingaBookishBounty

Wow! Captive Prince began intensely and maintained that intensity throughout. It was a challenge to put it down. The court politics, the intrigue, the betrayals, and the, ahem, interesting behaviors in the Veretian palace kept me flipping through the pages. This story is so well done, I think it’s safe to assume I’ll be completing this trilogy sooner than later. I agree with everything you said, Brandee! It was extremely intense, and that was awesome. I couldn’t put the book down all day – I just had to continue to read. Everything was intriguing, and that made me truly happy while reading.   Captive Prince started with what I believe would be considered an ultimate betrayal. A Prince being taken […]

Posted 12 February, 2020 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Review ~ Passions of a Papillon ~ Tara Lain #NR2020 @taralain

Review ~ Passions of a Papillon ~ Tara Lain #NR2020 @taralain

I adored Passions of a Papillon ! It has great characters, character growth, romance, suspense, AND it made me want a dog! A papillon specifically. 😉 I was immediately drawn into the story in large part because of a little ball of fluff. When Finn finds her – or maybe it was the other way around? – I knew Batshit was going to win over this non-dog-lover. Once Finn and Batshit meet Emerson, the vet, I knew this trio was fated. However, they had a few obstacles to negotiate before they could have their HEA. Highlights: Characters TLain proved yet again her talent at creating characters that are engaging and fully realized. Finn is a defense attorney and works hard at defending […]

Posted 10 February, 2020 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 10 Comments
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Audio Review ~ P.S. It’s Always Been You: Part 1 ~ Lauren Blakely #AudibleOriginal

Audio Review ~ P.S. It’s Always Been You: Part 1 ~ Lauren Blakely #AudibleOriginal

P.S. It’s Always Been You Part 1 is the first third of a novel by LBlakely and released as an Audible Original. It nicely set up the backstory between Presley and Hunter as well as their present circumstances and what has brought them together again. I love the premise of this story and I’m a sucker for second chance romance. I’m pulling hard for these two even if Hunter did a sound job of breaking Presley’s heart years ago. There’s still crackling chemistry between them and I’m eager to see how things develop as they work in such close proximity. See, Presley is an art historian and Hunter is best described as a thrill seeker. Together they’re working on cataloging […]

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