Review Round Up: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, The 18th Abduction, and Cold Burn of Magic *Stephanie’s Reviews*

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Review Round Up: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, The 18th Abduction, and Cold Burn of Magic *Stephanie’s Reviews*Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered Genres: Non-Fiction
Pages: 304
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: June 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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The highly anticipated first book by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder!

Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.

In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness. - via GoodReads

5 Stars

I have to admit I was a bit confused when I started reading Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. I was expecting more of a linear biography but it’s more a collection of stories.

The formatting truly didn’t detract from the book one bit! There is so much raw emotion and honesty in this book. It’s amazing how much life experience these two have to share….and are willing to share.

Their passion and personalities definitely shine through on the page. I was pissed off and terrified during the photo shoot, cried with Karen (audio version) as she did a live reading about her relationship with her sister, and felt complete helplessness learning what loving and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is like for family caregivers.

While it wasn’t quite the book I expected it to be, it is definitely a book that I will probably listen to over and over when I need to be reminded that we are all human, we all make mistakes, and those mistakes don’t define us forever.

Review Round Up: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, The 18th Abduction, and Cold Burn of Magic *Stephanie’s Reviews*The 18th Abduction by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Also by this author: The 9th Judgment, The 9th Judgment
Series: Women's Murder Club #18
Also in this series: Unlucky 13, 16th Seduction
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Read in: July 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller.

Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case-which quickly escalates from missing person to murder.

Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who's seen a ghost--a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco.

As Lindsay digs deeper, with help from intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas, there are revelations about the victims. The implications are shocking. And when Joe's mystery informant disappears, joining the ranks of missing women in grave danger, all evidence points to a sordid international crime operation.

It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women's Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster. - via GoodReads

3 Stars

I’ve become a little leery of the Woman’s Murder Club. The 19th Abduction by Maxine Paetro and James Patterson was okay. Frankly I feel like we don’t really spend any time with the characters anymore. It is all 100% plot driven, which isn’t a bad thing, but it isn’t my thing.

Basically, I feel like the Women’s Murder Club is the book equivalent of a certain fast driving family unit movie franchise. I’m always entertained but the story doesn’t stick with me past the time spent reading. I don’t really care about the characters anymore and I’ve stopped expecting to be blown away by them.

I also need to remind myself that these are books that are best borrowed from the library and save my $15.

Review Round Up: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, The 18th Abduction, and Cold Burn of Magic *Stephanie’s Reviews*Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Also by this author: Bright Blaze of Magic
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery
Pages: 368
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: July 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . . - via GoodReads

4 Stars

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep is the first book I’ve ever read by this author. I really enjoyed it! It was light hearted enough that I didn’t get overly wrapped up in it but also involved enough that I didn’t want to set it aside.

I loved the paranormal elements to this story and really felt that they blended seamlessly into the storyline. The world of Cloudburst Falls doesn’t seem any different from our current day so when the mention of monsters came about I had to readjust my thinking.

I really enjoyed the story and the banter. When I listen to audiobooks though I catch phrases being used over and over and over again. I don’t catch it as often as when I’m reading but hearing it out loud seems to make more of an impact. In this particular instance it was that people “snarked” a lot. I didn’t even know that was a verb! 🙂

Regardless I really enjoyed this book and I’m glad to have a new YA series to dive into.


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