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Book Review: Witch Upon A Star (Witch Way Librarian Mysteries, #4) by Angela M. Sanders

Witch Upon A Star (Witch Way Librarian Mysteries, #4) by Angela M. Sanders was published May 23, 2023 by Kensington Books.  Josie is excited to have her sister Jean come visit her in Wilfred, Oregon.  However, Josie isn't quite as happy for the reason . . . Jean is attending a workshop to become a certified life coach.  When two people associated with the workshop are found murdered, and Jean is threatened, Josie sticks her nose into the investigation. A big thank you goes out to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Witch Upon A Star (Witch Way Librarian Mysteries, #4) by Angela M. Sanders.  I was happy to be approved to receive this book for free in exchange for my honest review.  After reading this book, I'm now a fan of the author and can't wait to read the first three books in the series or for the next installment to come out. I was pleasantly surprised that the story was so well written and engaging.  At times, it played like a movie

Book Review: Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

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Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan is a story told from alternating perspectives of Oliva and Lily.  Olivia's son Asher is dating Lily.  When Lily dies, Asher is put on trial for her murder.  What motive could Asher possibly have?  And, did he really do it?

This novel was chosen by the book club I belong to for our April 2023 discussion.  I'd heard mainly good things about the book, but I also heard negative things as well.  Not really knowing much about either author, I wasn't sure if I'd like Mad Honey.  I am so glad that I bought and read the book, and I'll tell you why below.

I love that this was a mystery told from two different characters perspectives and the fact that the reader definitely doesn't know whether Asher murdered Lily or not until the very end.  I did have suspicions that it was someone else like Asher's friend Dirk from the hockey team.  You'll have to read Mad Honey to see if I was correct or not.  I did love that the authors gave us closure on what really happened though.

There were lots of different themes throughout the novel that may or may not trigger people.  Suicide, murder, spousal abuse, bullying, and abortion are present throughout the book.  There is one other major topic that is throughout Mad Honey, and that is hormone replacement for people who are transgender as well as sex changes.  I thought Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan did a great job of presenting these topics in a delicate way.  Hopefully, people can understand what other people might go through in any of these situations and be more empathetic and less judgemental.  My heart went out to the characters who went through these situations.  I never really thought about what a transgender person goes through to become who they really are and the bullying they endure.

Another topic throughout the story is what beekeepers go through to harvest honey.  I never really thought about how this is done, and the authors did a really nice job of integrating this into the story without the science behind it detracting from the story.

There was a huge twist about halfway through the book, and it my mouth dropped open because I wasn't expecting what happened to happen.  Mad Honey is well written, poignant, and thought provoking.  Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan did an amazing job with this book, so much so, I had trouble putting it down, and I had trouble starting another book because I was still thinking about Mad Honey.  I could just gush over how well done the story is, but I won't gush.

Five out of five stars is what I give Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan.  I will definitely give some of their other books a read, and I hope that there is a sequel to this particular book.

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