Reviews by Maggie Boyd

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Little Sister

Little Sister is the fourth book in the DCI Jonah Sheens series. You do not have to read the others to enjoy this one, but I recommend doing so since they are excellent books and provide some interesting background on the main character.  Jonah Sheens is at the pub with his daughter Milly, en ...

B+
Dark Class

Dark Class is the fifth book in the Class 5 series and its a wonderful addition to the set. The story of a girl, a space station, and a spookily dangerous and damaged AI, this latest installment shows us a new part of the Grihan universe while introducing us to a variation of a tale as old as time. ...

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The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle

The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle is a captivating tale about reconnecting with your past in order to have a better future.  When renowned designer Cressida Westcott left her childhood home, she vowed never to return. Her parents had died, her brother Eustace subsequently treated her abominably, ...

C
Nightwork

AAR has reviewed over ninety-two books by Nora Roberts and given most of them high grades. Nightwork is my first time reviewing her in about ten years and I was surprised by how comfortable and familiar her work still feels. Harry Booth started stealing when he was a child. His aunt Mags taught ...

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The Emma Project

Sonali Dev finishes up her The Rajes Austen-inspired series with The Emma Project. The tale of Vansh Raje, the youngest son of the clan, this book is all about falling in love and figuring out how that works when you’ve never believed in it before.This is not a stand-alone volume. Readers will ...

C+
The Hacienda

The Hacienda has been described by the publisher as “Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca”. Being a big fan of both those books I was naturally excited to read it, but unfortunately, the novel does not live up to the publisher’s hype.Beatriz lost her home when her father was executed during the Me ...

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The Lioness

The Lioness is a shockingly messy book given the skill and experience of the author. I was flummoxed on how to grade it upon finishing it and still find myself trying to balance the good and bad to arrive at a rating that is fair.When Hollywood super star Katie Barstow marries struggling gallery ...

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Adult Assembly Required

If you’ve missed Nina and her friends from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill you absolutely must read Adult Assembly Required. It’s a sequel featuring a different couple who know Nina, Polly and company, and it is absolutely fantastic. If you haven’t read Nina Hill yet, rush out and pick up both b ...

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See You Yesterday

See You Yesterday is the funny, snarky, delightful and delectable new read from Rachel Lynn Solomon. A tale about reliving the same day over and over again, this sweet sci-fi YA novel is a perfect summer read.On Wednesday, her first day of college, Barrett Bloom gets an unwanted roommate in the ...

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By the Book

Jasmine Guillory’s sweet, charming new novel, By the Book, is a modern-day retelling of a beloved fairy tale that is sure to delight fans of the author - and make her some new ones.This novel is listed as the second in the Meant to Be series which are novels based on various fairy tales. While ...