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Book Reports (69-78) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

****+
The High Crown Chronicles, by Jodi Gallegos -- YA fantasy -- Malory, the firstborn of the King of Devlishire, is denied her birthright when her brother works to usurp her throne; instead, she finds herself given away in marriage to the High King with the expectation that she'll spy for her father (who betrayed her) and help him gain the High Crown.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3603463486

****+
The Silence, by Kendra Elliot -- adult mystery/suspense -- Ava and Mason finally have their wedding in sight, but then a brutal murder and a targeted explosion (aimed at killing police) involve them in ways they didn't expect.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3603484743

****
Date Me, Bryson Keller, by Kevin van Whye -- YA LGBTQ romance -- When Bryson agrees to date the first person who asks him each Monday (for one week only), Kai doesn't expect that he'll also get a chance; but when Bryson says, "Yes," both boys find something they didn't realize they wanted.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3603499130

****
In a Fix, by Mary Calmes -- adult male/male romantic suspense -- Croy goes to Vegas to complete a job for a challenging client, never expecting that he'll end up in the middle of a drug sting with a playboy investigator who piques his interest.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3603516957

**
The Hitman's Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love, by Alice Winters -- adult male/male mystery? humor? -- Leland and Jackson are after the same guy, though Leland (a hitman) is working to kill him, while Jackson (FBI) wants to arrest him; when they decide to work together, a different kind of spark begins to fly.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3603533533

****+
Caulky, by KM Neuhold -- adult male/male romance -- Ren and Cole have a one-night stand, and then Ren discovers Cole is the contractor he hired for his bathroom remodel; they start an awkward friendship before both set up online profiles through a dating app -- and unknowingly start a friendship there, as well.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3603541721

***+
Nailed, by KM Neuhold -- adult male/male romance -- Stone moves in next door to Dare, and because of a misunderstanding, it's war from the get-go; eventually, the two learn to communicate and begin dating.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3603550963

****+
Hardwood, by KM Neuhold -- adult male/male romance -- Ev finally admits to himself that he's gay; now he just needs to be honest with those closest to him, including his ex-wife (especially since he's falling for his daughter's music teacher).

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3603556051

****
Screwed, by KM Neuhold -- adult male/male romance -- when Daniel and Ollie end up married in Vegas, Daniel's insistence that they stick to it long enough to win a bet ends with more than either expected.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3603561101

****+
One by One, by Ruth Ware -- adult suspense -- when a group of shareholders meet at a Swiss chalet for a working ski vacation, no one expects one of them to be a murderer; plus, the hostess has secrets of her own.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3603569824

I also re-read some of my favorite Laura Griffin mysteries ... the fun never ends. ;)
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Book Reports (64-68) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***-
[The Love Study, by Kris Ripper -- NA/Adult GLBTQ+ romance -- Declan's claim to fame (leaving his fiance at the altar) has followed him thru his 20s, and perhaps that's why he agrees to help out Sidney, a nonbinary vlogger, with his 'love study.']

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3533619432

****-
The Extraordinaries, by TJ Klune -- YA superhero with gay romance -- Nick's crush on Shadow Star gets tested when he also develops feelings for his best friend Seth, and when Shadow Star's rivalry with his nemesis reaches a little too close to home, Nick has to decide the path he will follow, regardless of the consequences.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3533632927

****+
Hidden, by Laura Griffin -- adult mystery/suspense -- Bailey is looking for the next big journalistic break and seems to have found it in the death of Jane Doe along a popular hiking trail; Jacob, a detective, is puzzled at the lack of evidence at the scene, and when things take a federal turn, he and Bailey team up (reluctantly) to reveal a technological intrusion with chilling consequences.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3533653467

***
Hideaway, by Nora Roberts -- adult contemporary mystery/drama -- Cait is kidnapped during her great grandfather's memorial gathering, and although she escapes, the incident determines her life's path for many years.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3533664828

****+
Heartstopper series, by Alice Oseman -- YA graphic LGBTQ+ romance/contemporary -- A look at Charlie's and Nick's relationship from the day when Charlie befriends Nick until Nick realizes his own deeper feelings for Charlie

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3533673951

I've also re-read a few other Laura Griffin books, but I won't put them here. :)
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Book Reports (59-63) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

****
[Better Than People, by Roan Parrish -- male/male romance -- sweet story of two men (who fit together well) as they fall in love]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3503120205

***** (R)
Scorched, by Laura Griffin -- adult suspense/mystery -- one of Griffin's Tracers series, in this one, Kelsey and Gage find their lives turned upside down because of Kelsey's connection to a corrupt plan within the FBI itself.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3503142122

***
[Trade Deadline, by Avon Gale, Piper Vaughn -- male/male hockey romance -- this is the 3rd in a series, and in this one, Daniel Bellamy is traded to a team with the worst stats in the league at his request, as he hopes to help fire them up; he also meets up with his childhood best friend, Micah.]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3503156402

***
[Common Goal, by Rachel Reid -- male/male hockey romance -- this is the 4th in Reid's series (Game Changers), and in this one, Eric is getting ready to retire, has recently gotten divorced, and is now wanting to explore his bisexual side when Kyle, a bartender, offers to help him out with the exploration.]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3503171985

***+
Six Months Later, by Natalie Richards -- YA suspense -- Chloe wakes up one afternoon with no memory of the past six months, but she's somehow gained a popular boyfriend and good grades (and lost her best friend); if only she could figure out what's happening.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3503232077

I've done some re-reads of other books too, but at the moment, I'm just going to stick with either new reads or only my first re-read of any book. :)
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Book Reports (55-58) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***
[Even If We Break, by Marieke Nijkamp -- YA thriller -- five teens visit a mountain cabin to play one last RPG game, but only three make it out alive.]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3444805627

***+
[All Eyes on Her, by L.E. Flynn -- YA thriller -- Tabby's and Mark's last date (where he died/was murdered?), their relationship, and the months after Mark's death are examined through the lens of those teens who knew them all best (or so they believe).]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3444823803

**-
The Shadow Wand, by Laurie Forest -- YA fantasy (3rd in a quartet) -- Elloren is continuing to learn her skills to defeat Vogel and his evil minions (ha). [Note: Nothing much happened in this book, despite its length, other than love-triangle stuff that made me very unhappy.]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3444834007

****+
Gone Too Far, by Natalie Richards -- YA thriller -- Piper feels horrible when popular girl Stella is humiliated by her peers and then commits suicide, but how far is she willing to go to get revenge on those who have always gotten away with cruelty?

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3444848963

(Tons of YA lately ...)
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Book Reports (48-54) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

This is a long one -- sorry for the delay.

***+
[The Con Code, by Shana Silver -- YA adventure/mystery -- Fiona has learned cons all her life but now must figure out how to save her long-lost mom *and* her dad after the FBI catches up to them; 3 friends help her through the challenges.]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431195389

***
[The Assignment, by Liza Wiemer -- YA contemporary -- Logan and Cade, best friends, must decide how to stand up for their beliefs when a favorite teacher assigns a debate asking them to argue the perspective of the Nazis during WWII.]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431221112

****
The Gravity of Us, by Phil Stamper -- YA contemporary with LGBTQ+ romance -- Cal's dad has just been chosen as the final member of the team working on the next huge space mission to Mars, and Cal and his mom must move with him to Houston to live a new life in the spotlight.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431255162

****
On A Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden -- YA fantasy/space graphic novel with LGBTQ+ romances -- Mia joins a space crew traveling around the universe and fixing things but finds that her small crew becomes family and will help her gain closure with her first love, Grace.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431270058

(R) ****+
The Third Eye, by Lois Duncan -- YA paranormal mystery -- When Karen 'sees' her babysitting charge in the trunk of her boyfriend's car and tells people about it, she has no idea the door she's opened; soon, others are asking her to find missing children with her gift.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431283292

****
Hot Off the Ice, by A.E. Wasp -- adult male/male romance -- Bryce is moving his mom to a farmhouse in CO when he meets Dakota, the man who happens to live on said farm (and run it), all while having to make decisions about the next step in his hockey career.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431293831

***+
Inherit Midnight, by Kate Kae Myers -- YA adventure -- Avery's grandma has put forth a challenge for all her heirs, including Avery (though she is considered the black sheep of the family because her dad -- the official heir -- didn't marry her mom and is currently a recovering alcoholic), where they must all race around the world, find clues, and put them together to win the inheritance.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431306061

Whew -- though not much to show for an entire month ... (though I did re-read a duology -- The Blueprint and Deeper Blue in there, as well.)
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Book Reports (34-47) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

This is a long one -- sorry for the delay.

(R) *****
The Naturals series, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- YA thriller with teen FBI consultants -- Cassie joins a small group (five total) of teen FBI consultants who each have 'natural' crime-fighting abilities, mostly because each has been through trauma involving serious criminals (especially serial killers) in the past.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376344414

***
The Game, by Linsey Miller -- YA mystery -- Lia wants to win 'The Game' that her high school puts on every year for the seniors, but when people begin dying for real, she ends up looking like the perpetrator and must figure out the true murderer to save herself and others.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376392707

(R) ****-
The Hero Agenda series, by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs -- YA superhero thriller -- Kenna hates that she's powerless in a world filled with heroes and villains, especially because her mom is one of the heroes' leading scientists; but when Kenna witnesses a break-in at their top-secret lab, she discovers a whole new side of the world ... and herself and her mom too.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376399647

(R) *****
When, by Victoria Laurie -- YA paranormal thriller -- Maddie can see death dates, and when a boy dies after she tells the boy's mom about his death date, Maddie's already complicated life becomes incredibly challenging and dangerous.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376430745

****+
Bred in the Bone, by Kendra Elliot -- adult mystery -- the 4th installment of the Widow's Island series and probably my favorite to date.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376441479

(R) ****+
The Testing trilogy, by Joelle Charbonneau -- YA dystopian -- Cia is chosen for The Testing, a process her world (earth many years in the future) uses to narrow down future leaders; however, after she receives this highest honor, she quickly learns that failure means death.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376452131

As you might guess, I've been using this past month (once my day job eased up) to re-read some favorites. Along with the above, I've also re-read 2 others (which I already reviewed recently -- within the last year -- so I won't do it again here).
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Book Reports (28-33) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

****+
Honor Lost, by Ann Aguirre and Rachel Caine -- YA sci-fi -- the 3rd book in the trilogy, wrapping up Zara's, Bea's, and Nadim's story.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3313024200

***
Subject A36, by Teri Polen -- YA/New Adult dystopia -- story of a teen with unusual abilities who's fighting (along with other rebels) a government who wants to use him.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3312956599

***+
Four Days of You and Me, by Miranda Kenneally -- YA contemporary -- story of Alex's and LuLu's relationship throughout their high school experience.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3312939894

****
Widow's Island series, by Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot -- adult mystery -- take of two childhood friends (Cate and Tessa), both in law enforcement (FBI and sheriff, respectively) and their work on Widow's Island.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3312938169

I have a hard time reading during stressful times (I *think* this might qualify, LOL), so this isn't as great as it should be. Oh, well ...
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Book Report (27) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***
Burn Zone, by Annabeth Albert -- male/male contemporary romance -- story of two men, both smoke jumpers, who fall in love but face resistance from the younger man's family

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3255088299
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Book Reports (23-26) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***+
Love a la Mode, by Stephanie Kate Strohm -- YA contemporary romance -- a story about two teens who win the right to attend culinary school in Paris and how they handle the challenges, both food-related and personal

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3239442129

*****
Honor Among Thieves, by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre -- YA sci-fi -- a story about a future earth where giant space creatures called Leviathan have rescued humanity from itself and asked only that 100 young people each year travel with them and discover the universe ... and a girl named Tara who is an unlikely Honor (and who bonds with her Leviathan in unusual ways) and who discovers secrets that have been hidden from both species

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3239449328

***+
Blind Side, by Josh Lanyon -- adult male/male mystery -- a story about Will and Taylor (book 6 in the series) who take on a new client who happens to be Taylor's ex

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3239457524

***+
Tender Mercies, by Eli Easton -- adult male/male contemporary -- a story about Eddie, who buys a Lancaster, PA, farm to build an animal sanctuary, and Samuel, an Amish man who is shunned by him family because he's gay

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3239467644

I haven't done nearly as much reading as I'd hoped ... first, I was incredibly busy with work. Then, once everything stopped (though not my work, thankfully), I was distracted by worries and anxiety -- though I'm learning to live in the now and take deep breaths. :)