Posts by Brooke Banks // Layaway Dragon

I'm 22 years old and a single mother. I'm an atheist, and feminist. I have two associates degrees and will be continuing my education. I'm a layman but I'm interested in science. I think learning is something people should never stop doing. I'm an avid reader of all kinds of books. My favorites genres are fantasy, young adult, paranormal, contemporary, chick lit and mysteries. I love winning books through giveaways and being about to review before they hit shelves. I love using my Nook but paperbacks still line my bookcases. There's just no replacing the feel of a book in your hands and the new book smell. Some favorites being The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Kushiel Series, The Black Jewel series, Mercy Thompson series, Joe Abercrombie's First Law, G.R.R. Martin's Song of Fire and Ice; and Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy.


The Secret of a Heart Note - Stacey Covington-Lee

I feel in love with Stacey Lee’s second novel, Outrun the Moon. I was super excited to have won an ARC copy of her newest book, The Secret of a Heart Note.


  • I love the herb alchemy
  • BFF is <3. She helped save the book when I was annoyed with Mimosa. 
  • It has all the typical cute, angst-y, confused, awkward, and adorable romance troubles. 
  • The twist was really obvious. It made the story feel a bit long and Mimosa a tad irritating. Like, just wanted to shake her and her mom so badly sometimes!
  • Mimosa’s old school mom was realistically annoying and stubborn. She’s good and loves her daughter but is her own person with her own issues. I’m really glad how their relationship was done all the way through. 


The Secret of a Heart Note is good and cute, perfect for all the YA contemporary fans wanting a little drama and magic. The Secret of a Heart Note has a unique premise with a typical plot and diverse characters with standard relationships. 


While I enjoyed The Secret of a Heart Note, it didn’t capture me like Outrun the Moon


I adore Stacey Lee’s writing and skill, so I’ll be reading her other book Under A Painted Sky and anything new. 

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