The Balance by Kirby Hall

The Balance by Kirby Hall
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Paranormal, YA (16+)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Marise never expected to end up at a private school like St. James, but she understands better than most, you rarely get what you expect in life. It turns out a new school, a mysterious new roommate, and befriending a set of twin brothers is just the beginning of Marise’s journey.

Twins Aiden and Ethan couldn’t be more different or more distant. Aiden is determined to put what happened at their previous school behind him and to keep as much distance between himself and his brother as possible. No one wants a sibling who borders on homicidal.

Ethan is adrift and scared of who he’s becoming, but when a new girl arrives at school, he can’t stay away. As it turns out, she might be the one to help him figure out who or what he really is.

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Marise and Ethan are about to find out even if it kills them.

The Balance is the first installment of a series and was my first introduction to the author. I did like that the author chose to use alternating points of view between the main characters as this gave deeper insight into their thoughts and feelings.

The beginning of the book is light and a little slow for my liking as it introduces the characters attending St. James boarding school. Within days of enrolling at the boarding school, Marise, who is a strong female character, forms a friendship with two troubled twin brothers, Aiden and Ethan. And her new roommate Sara seems too good to be true. Quickly the events happening at the boarding school start to put students in danger. Who can Marise really trust?

As the story progresses, the pace and action picks up. The author’s writing style continued to hold my attention, in fact once the storyline picked up, I was intrigued with the suspense and action. One minute I was reading about normal teen life and then the next how to banish demons and learning about the war between heaven and hell.

The characters are likable but I just didn’t feel a connection to them. It took me a few sittings to complete the book, but I honestly can’t really pin-point why I didn’t love the book. It might partly be because the characters aren’t ones that’ll stick with me.

The good news is, the storyline was well crafted and very interesting plus the ending does give answers so there is closure to many questions that readers may have while reading. The cover of the book is beautiful and the title does fit the book’s concept. Recommend for YA/Teen that enjoy reading an interesting and well plotted paranormal or supernatural series.

No More Secrets by Joanne Guidoccio

No More Secrets by Joanne Guidoccio
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Historical
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Angelica Delfino takes a special interest in the lives of her three nieces, whom she affectionately calls the daughters of her heart. Sensing that each woman is harboring a troubling—possibly even a toxic— secret, Angelica decides to share her secrets, secrets she had planned to take to the grave.

Spellbound, her nieces listen to an incredulous tale of forbidden love, tragic loss, and reinvention that spans six decades across two continents. It is the classic immigrant story upended: an Italian widow’s transformative journey amid the most unlikely of circumstances.

Inspired by Angelica’s example, the younger women share their “First World” problems and, in the process, revisit their relationships and set themselves free.
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There’s more than one way to live a good life.

The character development was well done. Not only was Angelica a well-rounded and interesting person, all of the people in her life were written the same way. Everyone’s flaws were as realistic as they were important to how the plot played out. This is something I enjoy discovering in stories even more than I do learning about characters’ strengths. Any character who endears me to them while they’re doing something I’d normally find irritating is someone I’d like to get to know better, and there were plenty of opportunities for that here.

It would have been nice to see more attention paid to the problems Angelica’s nieces were facing in the present day. All three of them were dealing with serious issues that couldn’t be solved in a single meal or even a whole weekend. As much as i enjoyed discovering the protagonist’s secret, I was just as interested in seeing how her nieces were going to resolve their own issues. This became even more true as I moved further into the story and realized just how important these conflicts were not only for them but for their beloved Zia Angelica.

My favorite sections were the ones that described Angelica’s many different emotions and sometimes conflicting as she prepared to emigrate to America and then later went there. As someone who was also an immigrant, I identified with so many of the things she thought and felt before, during, and after her journey. Starting a new life in another country takes courage, and I loved seeing how positively but honestly the author portrayed this chapter in the protagonist’s life.

No More Secrets was a heartwarming tale that I’d recommend to anyone who wishes they could get advice from a wise family elder.

The Smuggler’s Escape by Barbara Monajem

The Smuggler’s Escape by Barbara Monajem
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (321 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

After escaping the guillotine in her native France, aristocrat Noelle de Vallon takes refuge with her aunt in Sussex. Feisty, resourceful, and determined to make her own way, she takes over the local smuggling operations, doubling their profits. But when their plans are betrayed, a man from her past steps out of the shadows to save her. Too bad he’s the last man on earth she ever wanted to see again.

Years ago, Richard, Lord Boltwood’s, plan to marry Noelle was foiled when his ruthless father shipped him to the Continent to work in espionage. But with the old man at death’s door, Richard returns to England with one final mission: to catch a spy. And Noelle is the prime suspect.

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Can Richard and Noelle learn to trust each other?

Noelle and Richard have quite the past. They fell in love and promised to marry. Unfortunately, circumstances tore them apart leaving Noelle feeling confused and betrayed. Two years later, Richard returns to find Noelle heavily involved in smuggling and in danger of being arrested as a spy. Richard desperately wants to help her, but Noelle, still angry at being abandoned, is determined to make her way on her own. However, Noelle may need more than her own willpower to escape with her life.

Richard and Noelle are certainly an intense couple. Their wills are evenly matched, they have great chemistry, and they enjoy teasing and bickering with each other, or at least they did at one time. Richard comes back expecting to pick up where they left off, but Noelle is understandably angry at being left behind without explanation. Rather than being entertaining, their bickering had a bitter taste. I found myself wishing I could have gotten to know them before their forced separation. I think they would have been a fun couple to watch.

Richard and Noelle’s major issue is trust. They both expect loyalty and trust, but weren’t willing to be completely honest with each other. So many of their problems could have been cleared up in a single, honest conversation, and there were many opportunities to have that conversation. Unfortunately, they stubbornly push ahead, each convinced they know what is best. Consequently, they cause each other a lot of unnecessary heartache. I found this frustrating. As a result, it was hard for me to relax and enjoy their relationship. Richard is determined to keep Noelle with him even though it is clear she is upset and has misconceptions about why he left her. Yet, Richard professes to be confused by Noelle’s behavior. I find this very hard to believe. I know the misunderstandings are meant to add tension and suspense to the plot, but I found them all rather unsettling.

Despite these issues, I am pleased to say that Richard and Noelle eventually find their way to a happy ending. After everything they have endured, I believe they will be a powerful couple and will be more open and honest with each other in the future.

Looking for a historical romance with a strong-willed couple and plenty of emotional turmoil? I recommend giving The Smuggler’s Escape a try!

Irish Magic by Susan B. James

Irish Magic by Susan B. James
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy
Length: Full length (242 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Hibiscus

A romantic comedy with a touch of magic.

What do you do when everything goes wrong?
Make a wish on a four-leaf clover, right?
There’s no other logical way out of it!

But a clover wish is a heart wish. Everyone knows that.

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Dr. Michael Walshe had a ring in his pocket when he walked in on his girlfriend sleeping with her costar. He wants no part of Essie’s plan to find him a wife.

Fate—or something more leprechaun-shaped—has Kate and the doctor both heading to Cluhalaugh, home to Ireland’s most famous matchmaking festival. And somehow their paths keep crossing. The more they see of each other the harder it is to resist exploring their reluctant attraction.

Will Kate realize that Michael could be far more than the cure to her writer’s block?

What do you get when to take a doctor, an author, a leprechaun/human and put them in Ireland? What first caught my attention was simply the title. I am part Irish. I believe that the idea of magic (to some degree) appeals to a lot of people.

I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. First of all, any book that mentions a possibility of a character going to Ireland already earns a star. When Kate makes a wish it’s just a question of how literal that wish will be taken. I was able to complete the book in two days.

“I based my hero on my fiancé, and when he broke our engagement, Lord Rotherham turned ugly.” — This quote from the heroine’s book got me wondering if authors base characters off of real people. Obviously, this would make the characters seem real and even relatable, just like they are in this book.

I have read other books where a character is also an author. This is the first one I read with quotes from that character’s writing. It was almost as if I was reading two books at once and I really liked it.

This is the first book by Susan B. James that I read, and I’m so glad I did. She got me believing in “Irish Magic”.

Lovely Digits by Jeanine Englert

Lovely Digits by Jeanine Englert
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full length (210 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

When two murders strike the sleepy Victorian town of Clun, England, an unlikely partnership forms. But can the killer be found before there is a third?

Lovely Digits is the town oddity . . .

Quirky spinster Lucy Wycliffe prefers to ignore gossip and embrace her position as the town’s layer out of the dead, despite how her parents’ deaths thrust her into such unlikely work. Lovely Digits, as she’s known to the local townspeople, no longer dreams of marriage, but takes pride in providing dignity to the dead. Desperate to hold on to her family’s cottage and support her widowed sister and young niece, an unexpected offer of employment as assistant to the constable arrives at the perfect time.
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Former sailor John Brodie is the mysterious new constable . . .

John Brodie is far from a stranger to Clun or the events of its past. Accepting the position as constable in the small town is a double-edged sword meant to heal his past and redeem his future. Falling for the beautiful and intelligent Lucy Wycliffe was never part of his plan.

As the killer closes in, will John reveal his secret and risk losing everything to save Lucy’s life?

This book certainly started off with shock value that captured my interest. I can honestly say the suspense/mystery had me riveted and turning the pages until the very end. The plot was rather unique and the cast of characters were well established. The romance was well written, sweet and endearing.

The suspenseful plot had me flipping the pages perhaps too fast because I do believe I might have missed something. The title of the book is what the townsfolk called the heroine, Lucy. I don’t know why she was called that. I tried to google “Lovely Digits” to see if it was a well known phrase or cliche but I was unable to find any meaning to the words. Therefore I conclude that I missed something. Although, I re-read page twelve and two hundred and twenty four where she was referred to as “Lovely Digits” and I didn’t see an explanation. I share all this to give a full disclosure that I was slightly distracted during my reading trying to understand why she was called that. It’s my OCD to details that makes this worth mentioning for I truly wonder why she was called “Lovely Digits”.

Having said that, I must state how much I enjoyed the unpredictability provided by the surprised plot twists. The hero, John, could hardly keep up with the turn of events. I know I was out of breath reading each new development.

John and Lucy made a great couple but better partners in solving the mystery. I’m glad things all worked out in the end. I appreciate how the ending provided a solid closure. I’d recommend this book if you are interested in a sweet romance with relatable characters and a suspenseful mystery.

For the Sheik’s Pleasure by Mary Jo Springer

For the Sheik’s Pleasure by Mary Jo Springer
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Heat Level: Spicy
Length: Full length (268 pages)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

Someone is attempting to take over B’Quara by assassinating the king, and it’s up to CIA agent Candace Danvers to find out who. Candace, who lost her husband a year ago in a botched mission, is having a hard time adjusting to life. Now her superiors have assigned her to B’Quara as an undercover wedding planner for the biggest royal wedding in history. After a terrorist attack prohibits the king from attending their initial meeting, the king sends his heir, Prince Diyari. From the first moment they meet, sparks fly, but when the prince offers her a scandalous arrangement, Candace’s one remaining nerve breaks, and she slaps the prince in full view of a multitude of reporters.

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Candace needs to get to B’Quara before the next attack takes the king’s life, but every moment she’s in the presence of the prince, it becomes harder to concentrate on her mission. Every kiss, every smile, pulls her deeper under his spell. Yet she knows the prince can never be hers. When he becomes king, he must take Princess Naomi as his wife for the sake of his country. The harder Candace and Diyari battle their attraction, the more intense their feelings become. When her mission ends, Candace knows she’s the one going home with a broken heart.

For a sizzling hot tale set in an exotic locale, this one does the trick. The author excels in showing how Candance, a CIA agent, was struck by lightning upon meeting Diyari, the Middle Eastern prince. And he is just as swept away. Readers will feel sorry for her because she is a widow. Readers could sympathize with him because he is dedicated to his family, and threats have been made against them.

Sensual details of all sorts are brought to life, immersing the reader in the feelings of the protagonists with detailed descriptions. Candace and Diyari are both beautiful, and their physical perfection strikes both of them like lightning. When Diyari makes a move for Candace, and she rejects him, despite great attraction to him, he burns for her, has to have her. His thoughts are obsessive, but her thoughts of him are the same. The sizzling language describing the chemistry between them is abundant. The story is filled with absolute metaphors and similes to show the extreme attraction between them. She constantly loses the ability to think and reason in his sexy presence but still has enough sense in her to reject him…at first. Their strong attraction quickly turns to deep love, but there’s a problem.

An impossible situation is before the young couple, and it’s torturous. He’s a prince, promised and duty-bound to marry a princess. He and Candace could have no future together. She is duty-bound to do her job and must do it well because the stakes are high. Being with him could compromise things, but their physical attraction is severe, and this causes heartache. As their feelings develop for each other, the suspense increases. The danger escalates. All this is encompassed by well-written world details. The Middle Eastern mystique is done with finesse, the setting nicely-drawn.

This is a fast-moving piece that will appeal to readers who like passionate feelings in their characters and a strong male lead. Absolutely bursting with metaphors, it paints a brilliant, vivid picture.

An Accidental Love Affair by Davida Ann Samenski

An Accidental Love Affair by Davida Ann Samenski
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (242 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

Hollywood ‘It Boy’ Reece Collins, runs into aspiring author Nicole Delancey in the airport—literally—and sparks fly, especially when every tabloid in the world picks up the story.

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Reece is used to being in the camera’s spotlight, but tries to keep his personal life private, which becomes hard for him to do when he falls for Nicole. Will he be able to protect her from the bright lights of his fame, or will he step out of the light and be the man they both wish he could be?

This story may be about an accidental love affair but the pulling on my heartstrings wasn’t an accident at all. This was an emotional story that was well written. It was obvious to me that a lot of thought was put forth in developing quality characters that I found to be relatable. I especially enjoyed the well crafted drama with all the unexpected plot twists that captured my interest from beginning to end. I’m not sure how realistic it all was but that isn’t a huge criteria for me as long as it’s plausible which I believe it could be.

The moral of this story is to not procrastinate. Typically when one procrastinates there is a negative outcome. In this story the heroine, Nicole, demonstrates a positive outcome from her procrastination for she would never have had met the hero, Reece. Though I’d like to point out there are different reasons for a person to procrastinate. It’s one thing if it’s because of laziness or lack of desire. It’s another thing when a person procrastinates because of lack of confidence as it was in this heroine’s case. I personally struggled with Nicole’s lack of self worth. At times her insecurities led to me feeling irritated with her instead of sympathetic, especially when it caused the romance to be on again and off again. However, that is my personal hang up. I will admit that the HEA was worth the emotional roller coaster I endured.

I did love Nicole’s quick wit though. She always had the last word with a quick come back that made me laugh. The chemistry between Nicole and Reece was so hot that I’m surprised the pages didn’t naturally combust. I definitely wasn’t feeling the cold weather outside.

An Accidental Love Affair was a fun contemporary read.

The Bottom Line by Aven Ellis

The Bottom Line by Aven Ellis
Chicago on Ice Book 4
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (259 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

Taylor always thought if she and Hunter could be in the same city at the same time, their chemistry might lead to romance—and this winter in Chicago, they are about to find out . . .

After landing her dream job as an assistant buyer for a luxury fashion retailer in Minneapolis, Taylor Hartigan’s life becomes a nightmare. Performing mundane tasks and catering to the ridiculous whims of the boss from hell, she sees no opportunity for advancement. Though she’s never quit anything in her life, Taylor walks out and heads home to Chicago, the city that holds her heart. With her confidence shaken and no job on the horizon, she knows she has to find herself again.

Once she arrives, she’s shocked to learn hockey player Hunter Riley has been traded to the Chicago Buffaloes. Taylor met Hunter the previous season when his hard-hitting play broke the glass in front of her. Meeting him after the game, something passed between them—and has stayed with her ever since. Since she’s followed his career, she knows he’s coming off a disastrous season in Houston and must rediscover his game in Chicago—or face losing his hockey dream.
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The timing couldn’t be worse for the pair to become involved since they’re both at a crossroads but the chemistry between them can’t be denied. Taylor worries that their budding relationship won’t survive the challenges of rebuilding two broken careers. Can the new versions of themselves fit together? Or tear them apart?

Or will love be the bottom line, after all?

I loved this book! When I read the blurb for The Bottom Line I knew I had to read it. I’d like to point out that it doesn’t matter if you read the first three books in this series or not. This was a perfect stand alone.

I LOVE hockey players. I spent my teenage years going to the games just to drool over them. I did happen to meet my husband at a hockey game. He never played professionally but he did grow up playing hockey. A funny story is that he claims he married me on false pretenses. He was under the impression that I enjoyed sports since he met me at a hockey game. He had no idea I was clueless about the actual game but I could tell you all the players names and numbers and if they were single.

The heroine, Taylor was extremely relatable. I could understand Taylor’s thought process as if they were my own. It’s a struggle to gain the confidence to try something new. Especially when your entire life was planned, goal oriented towards one objective. Then when you achieve what you worked so hard for only to discover you hate it is mind boggling. All I ever wanted was to be a teacher. I learned pretty quickly that it wasn’t for me. It took me many years to work up the courage to quit like Taylor did. I love how she turned her life around and took charge again. I only wish I had that kind of courage. Fear of failing is paralyzing. I admired how Taylor accepted the challenge to rebuild her career.

The hero, Hunter, had his own internal demons to contend with which put them at similar crossroads. Together as a couple they could understand each other and support each other which made their relationship real and honest. I enjoyed watching their love evolve. Even when they had their first fight. I especially loved their first encounter with each other. I’ve often fantasized over a hockey player making a hard-hitting play that’d break the glass in front of me. I fell in love with Hunter as quick as Taylor did. They had all the right “feel-goods” in a memorable romance story.

This was my first Aven Ellis book and I loved her writing style enough to want to go back and read the other three books in this series. I grew fond of the side characters and I googled that they have their own story in the series. I’ve never been to Chicago but I want to go now just to try a Chicago hot dog. I’m not sure if I’d like it because I’m more like Hunter with his love for ketchup.

The Bottom Line was a heartwarming and entertaining read. The bottom line for me was this book was a score!

The Dance Hall Wife by CiCi Cordelia

The Dance Hall Wife by CiCi Cordelia
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (213 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

CAT . . .

Cat Purdue has come a long way from the days when her father used her as partial payment for a gambling debt to a ruthless man. Reacquiring the saloon Father had lost, and turning it into a successful restaurant, is only the beginning of her drive for success.

FRANK . . .

Unable to reconcile the new, sophisticated Catherine Purdue from the saloon girl he once dallied with and foolishly spurned, Frank Carter finds himself blocking his growing attraction with sharp words and sarcasm. But when the Carters’ old nemesis escapes prison and comes back to Little Creede for vengeance, Frank’s only thought is to protect Cat, as well as his family.
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Determined to lead separate lives yet bound together by danger and their growing desire, Frank and Cat will leave their mark in the new state of Colorado.

I have mixed feelings about this book. It’s the second in the series and it’s obvious the main couple had had issues in the first book they were having to work out in this book. It’s technically a standalone, but I think my enjoyment of it would have been enhanced had I read the first book in the series as well.

I really like the main character, Cat Perdue. She is my kind of character. She’s feisty, independent, but has a tender heart that’s easily bruised, so she puts up this really tough exterior. She has some wonderful qualities—she’s probably my favorite character in the book. She does the most growing, and it’s really interesting to watch her come into her own person.

Frank has been away and comes back to find things changed in his hometown. The dance hall/saloon is gone, and in its place is a fine dining establishment – run by none other than the former entertainer for the dance hall. He hurt her badly at some time in the past, but has never been able to stop thinking about her and wishing he could make amends. And, therein lies the rub.

This couple has to overcome the past and deal with issues in the present. They are drawn to each other, but it’s hard for each of them to be completely honest with each other. The story is told from both POVs, and I find myself wanting to shake them both (Frank more than Cat to be honest) and make them tell each other what they are thinking. Frank, especially, would have come a long way if he had just told he how much he regretted what had happened. Of course, then we wouldn’t have had a book.

I did enjoy the book a lot- I love the extended family and all the family dynamics. Frank and his brother are sometimes too over-the-top protective of their female relations, but that’s part of the Code of the West and, I feel, very accurate for the time.

The writing is excellent, and I really felt I was there. I hurt along with Cat when she hurt. Kudos to the author, because I was really engrossed in the story… so much I stayed up way to late reading it! I would happily read more from this author. And, now I have to go read the first book!

Away by Meg Benjamin

Away by Meg Benjamin
Book 1 of the Folk Trilog
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full length (294 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Grim Morrigan, Guardian of the Ward and part-time private detective, polices the Folk, the clans of fairies who live in the foothills outside Denver. But his main job is concealing their true nature from the mortals around them.

Enter mortal Annie Duran, who hires him to look for her brother Richard, missing and presumed dead for ten years. Annie has seen Richard in the parking lot of the nightclub where she works. Now she wants answers, and Grim’s supposed to find them.

The quest for Richard ensnares both Grim and Annie in a sinister conspiracy involving kidnapped women and outlaw magic. But they also discover their own overwhelming attraction to each other.

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And it may take more than just magic and luck to save both Annie and Grim this time.

Annie never could have imagined where the search for her brother would lead.

“Around ten o’clock, a man at one of the front tables began to glow.” This opening line immediately snagged my attention. I couldn’t help but giggle. It is such a casual way to phrase something so out of the ordinary. I eagerly started reading wondering what sort of magic I would find.

Annie is a very determined woman. She still feels the pain of losing her brother and the irreparable damage it did to her family. It is not surprising that she can’t move on until she has uncovered the truth about his disappearance. Annie discovers much more than she bargained for. I think she handles the knowledge of the supernatural world extremely well given the circumstances. Not only does Annie learn the Folk exist, but some of them want to silence her forever. However, Annie refuses to back down. I admire her strength.

Grim is a man of integrity. He tries to protect Annie from the Folk, but he doesn’t lie to her or try to sugar coat the truth of their situation. Grim trusts that Annie is strong enough to handle the truth. Annie and Grim have good chemistry, but their relationship gets serious very quickly. While their physical attraction to each other is undeniable, I wanted something more between them to anchor their relationship.

Bertie is definitely my favorite secondary character. I’m surprised by how much I ended up liking him as I didn’t expect him to play such an integral role in the story when I started reading. He comes off as a rich playboy at first, but he has a surprising depth to him. I hope to learn more about him in future installments of the series.

When the villain was revealed, I was caught off guard. I kept wondering how the disappearing women were connected to the reappearance of Annie’s brother but was not able to connect the dots until the very end. Even worse, the culprit was someone who seems trustworthy.

I enjoyed reading Away. I found the premise intriguing and look forward to learning more about the Folk in the next book!