Review: Red As Blood



Synopsis:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Six of Crows—this international bestseller is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that chills to the bone, and not just because of the icy winter setting. 

Lumikki Andersson has made it a rule to stay out of things that do not involve her. She knows all too well that trouble comes to those who stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. But Lumikki’s rule is put to the test when she uncovers thousands of washed Euro notes hung to dry in her school’s darkroom and three of her classmates with blood on their hands. Literally. 

 A web of lies and deception now has Lumikki on the run from those determined to get the money back—no matter the cost. At the center of the chaos: Polar Bear, the mythical drug lord who has managed to remain anonymous despite his lavish parties and notorious reputation. If Lumikki hopes to make it out alive, she’ll have to uncover the entire operation.

 Even the cold Finnish winter can’t hide a culprit determined to stain the streets red.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka is a striking new YA thriller. I was drawn into the dark adventure ahead of me. The character, Lumikki Andersson, is a phenomenal protagonist. Her past experiences help her in her current situation. Deadly, frightening, and suspenseful. Lumikki ends up involved in something no other other would want to be involved within…death lies on the future. Hanging in the air like a heavy blanket that one can’t shake off. Only time will tell, if Lumikki can get the answers before something ends up happening to her. 

Salla Simukka has enticed me into her world of fiction. I have read many fantasy novels but this was definitely one that caught my attention. The plot showed potential. Needs a bit of kinking out…otherwise it was brilliant. The main character seems to have skills that are too good for this first piece in the series. I would have liked to see her struggle a bit more with her abilities aka skills versus her being perfectly skilled. Although her past seems to make her perfect skills believable yet…still. She’s young yet and shouldn’t have it well-tuned.  She should learn what flaws are in her best skills and get them sharper as each book comes out…instead of already being perfect in book one. All in all, the character intrigues me. She’s determined and brace enough to risk her own life. That,are me really connect and like her a lot. Overall, I recommend this dangerous tale, As Red As Blood, to all. 

Review: Mary Poser


Synopsis:

The recipe for a warm and humorous story…

In a modest bowl of Nashville, gently place a girl who is Country music, Bible belt, and a steakhouse foodie.

Then add a surprise portion of exotic and handsome Anglo Indian to the container who is a passionate Bollywood director, vegetarian and Hindu.

Stir vigorously on a bed of intense attraction. 

At first, the ingredients will seem to clash and separate.

Keep stirring…

Include a dollop of jealous boyfriend and a meddling mother.

Splash in a serving of fun and mischievous friends.

Keep stirring…

Add a dash of crazy aunt and a minister father to keep the flavors working together.

Sprinkle in even more complicated family members to taste.

Cook on high emotions.

The secret ingredient that cuts through the sweetness is a final layer of shocking revelation that adds a surprising depth of flavor.
Finish with a twist of ‘Oh My God! Is she really going to do that?’.

Serve as tasty bite-size chapters in a novel dish of mayhem and madness with a side of 

Country music and Bollywood dancing.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Mary Poser by Angel A was the most interesting novel I have read in awhile. The culture and religious content Mad me even more curious. The entire story was entertaining. The main character, is in a sticky situation. Her parents want her to do what they want yet she’s not happy…and what makes her happy is something they wouldn’t want for her. However, she has to,learn for herself whether she wants to break free and be happy or live forever within the hold of her parents. Life is messy, complicated, and a major struggle after struggle. Here, Mary Poser has what I call the real life syndrome. Struggles are just a part of life. Mary is at a crossroads…and when she finally finds the courage to make a decision it will be beautiful. The tale lagged a bit at times but then picked up speed. Angel A created a realistic plot that readers can easily relate to…and feel connected to the characters. Overall, this story was a great read. 

Review: Here I Am


Synopsis:

In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, “Abraham!” to order him to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham responds, “Here I am.” Later, when Isaac calls out, “My father!” to ask him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, “Here I am.”
How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others’? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in eleven years–a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.
Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a spiraling conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home–and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear. 

Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers and critics loved in his earlier work, Here I Am is Foer’s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer’s stature as a dazzling literary talent but reveals a mature novelist who has fully come into his own as one of the most important writers of his generation.

Rating: 4-stars

Review

Here I Am is the first novel that I have read by Jonathan Safran Foer. Jos writing style is completely new to me so, I can’t compare this to his other works. But based on what I have read, this book is worth reading. It shows a dysfunctional Jewish-American family that many can relate to…plus, the characters come off as realistic. I may not understand the full content of what the writer wanted to show me…but I got the gist of it. The plot surrounds a family. Parents with marital problems, frustrated son, and a religious upbringing. The oldest son is the one character that really pulled me into the book. His journey is full of bumps. More bumpier than his parents. He sees, hears, and experiences that he may or may not want to experience. He’s growing up and his view on things are sad, rebellious, and frustrating. I can sympathize with him at times. The novel, Here I Am, is definitely an emotional rollercoaster ride that was believable even if it was hard to follow at times. Definitely different than what I normally read. Overall, it was good. 

Review: Today Will Be Different




Synopsis:

A genius novel from the author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions when she awakes to a strange, new future unfolding. 

Eleanor knows she’s a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret. 

TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple is an interesting women’s fiction piece. I was instantly curious about the main character’s life. Eleanor has a husband and a son. Both a wife and mother. I got to travel through her daily life sometimes mundane, hilarious, and embarrassing. But it’s life. Maria Semple has caught the realities of life on every page. I felt like the scenes and characters were real rather than just black words on a page. Eleanor  is a character with many flaws. But that’s what makes her great. The plot had its highs and its lows. There were moments I could laugh along or understand what the character was going through…the pacing was okay. The way that the main character constantly fell throughout the tale was were the entertainment was lost on me. There should be a balance and or a climb to her getting better before the ending.  Today Will Be Different is one woman’s life, troubles, and revelations. Overall, it was quirky, different, and good. 

Review: Pink Diamonds 



Synopsis:

Sex and the City meets Fear of Flying on the dance floor. It’s now or never for Alexis. She’s determined to reinvent herself and make her mark, but when she falls in love with Argentine tango, romance gets in the way. Newly divorced transplant to Los Angeles, Alexis takes up Argentine tango as a way to meet people, but really to resuscitate her comatose sexuality from the deep freeze that was her marriage. She knew she was a goner right after that first tangasm, a fabled phenomenon and here she is having multiples right out the gate. 

Tango sets something loose in her, something wild and hungry. She enters a series of romantic misadventures with the men who give her tangasms on the dance floor but her usual good judgment is confused by shape-shifting lovers and past-life scenes bleeding through into present reality. When her recklessness puts her life in danger, she freaks out. She resolves to focus on work. No more romance. Not until she can heal and trust herself again. 

Then Nico enters Alexis’ life and rocks her world. It is the biggest opportunity of her career. She can’t blow it by getting romantically entangled with the client. Yet if her dreams are true, this isn’t the first time they’ve met. When a former self from a past life barges in, things come to a head. From the sexy milongas of Los Angeles to stylish Milan and sultry Rio, Alexis ignites a passion she never knew and discovers the power of reinvention.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Pink Diamonds by Mikhaila Stettler is a seductive yet deep tale. Dancing on the floor is more than just an exercise or an entertainment. For Alexis, it becomes a night of real passion and danger. Past colliding with the future…a whirlwind of events that will change Alexis’s life.  Mikhaila Stettler has created an erotic, fiery, yet engaging story. I found myself lost in its depth. The instant feelings and connection Alexis feels…is so believable. She is an incredible character. One that knows to take it slow but her body says differently. Sex, lust, and love. Powerful, unique, and entertaining…Pink Diamonds isn’t like any other tale. Once I started, I couldn’t stop reading it. Overall, I recommend it to others. 

Review: A California Closing

Synopsis:

Big M OK Used Car–magnate Michael Mulroney never set out to be heroic. He lives at the top, naturally, thanks to instinct, wit, and the will to win. Insolvency is not the same as poverty; poverty is for poor people. And a man of proven dexterity is not poor. He beats the practical challenges of life in the golden state—of fickle markets, lowballers, long-toothed real-estate women, name droppers, fitness compulsives, sexual-molestation charges, and the ten-percent grade up Hazel Dell on a bicycle four days in a row—at sixty!
Samson slew a thousand philistines with the jawbone of an ass. Michael Mulroney may be more deliberate in sussing out a situation, measuring a mark for front-end warmth, background development, schmoozing up and hosing down. But soon he’ll step back in deference to his inner Samson, who will swing away, going in for the close.
If the ledger won’t balance, give it a few days with some hustle and scramble and judiciously placed phone calls. That’s the difference between a poor man and a man of the worldly class.
Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

A California Closing by Robert Wintner is a hilarious yet realistic telling of man in business. The story reads well. However, the beginning felt dragged out in slow motion. I didn’t feel as entertained until I got further into the novel. Life isn’t easy nor always a party. But here, readers get a glimpse into Big M’s life. Living each day as it comes and goes. Everybody strives not to be poor. The reach for the highest point possible. This book was different than my normal reads…but it offered work, dreams, and desires. There interesting points woven into this book. 

Review: Hunters in the Dark

Synopsis:

From the novelist the New York Times compares to Paul Bowles, Evelyn Waugh and Ian McEwan, an evocative new work of literary suspense

 

Adrift in Cambodia and eager to side-step a life of quiet desperation as a small-town teacher, 28-year-old Englishman Robert Grieve decides to go missing. As he crosses the border from Thailand, he tests the threshold of a new future.
And on that first night, a small windfall precipitates a chain of events– involving a bag of “jinxed” money, a suave American, a trunk full of heroin, a hustler taxi driver, and a rich doctor’s daughter– that changes Robert’s life forever.
Hunters in the Dark is a sophisticated game of cat and mouse redolent of the nightmares of Patricia Highsmith, where identities are blurred, greed trumps kindness, and karma is ruthless. Filled with Hitchcockian twists and turns, suffused with the steamy heat and pervasive superstition of the Cambodian jungle, and unafraid to confront difficult questions about the machinations of fate, this is a masterful novel that confirms Lawrence Osborne’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Hunters in the Dark by Lawerence Osborne is dark, gritty, yet most engaging read ever. Nothing will happen like reader’s expect. Twits and turns everywhere. The suspense builds like a fire consuming a forest. Anticipation grows as readers wait to find the unexpected outcomes. I got to travel from my reading spot to Cambodia. Most exciting yet dangerous place I have traveled. The main character, Robert Grieve, is a British teacher, whose life sudden engulfs readers like myself into a steady plot. He leaves his life behind and the new one…is like wild rollercoaster. Karma and humanity tough topics found within the pages. The beginning was a bit slow, but it soon lead to the adventure at hand. Well-written. I recommend Hunters in the Dark to readers everywhere. 

— NPR “Best Books of 2016” – Staff Picks, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, and Tales from Around the World selection

Review: Checkmate (This is War)


Synopsis:

Introducing The Checkmate Duet from a secret duo of bestselling authors! Checkmate: This is War is an enemies to lovers romance that will have you crying with laughter one moment and screaming in frustration the next… but you’ll be begging to play the game with The King. 

Game on.
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Travis King is the worst kind of a**hole.

He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.

He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.

And I hate him.
It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are wasted on such an arrogant man, which makes me hate him even more.
Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

I’ve succumbed to his manw**re ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game–and lose.
Checkmate.
**Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.**

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Checkmate: This is War by Kennedy Fox deserves 5-stars for the heat, action, and sexy plot. However, I give it the 4-stars due to the main characters. King is a grown man whose too sexy for his own good. His cocky arrogant ways make him a dick. Especially the way he treats Viola. What kind of man has sex with women when the one he wants is so close to where he’s sleeping with other women? I can see a man having sex with as many women as possible trying to get the one woman he can’t have out of his system…but for some fated reason, King can’t get Viola out of his system. Viola can’t ignore him either. She’s ticked off at him. She should hate him…plus, she should move as far away from that man. But she doesn’t. That’s what gets me. Women heroines would try to get as far away as possible and most men wouldn’t be like King. Their world is so messed up…that it almost reminds me of Romeo and Juliet in a way. But a lot more crazy. And stupid. The writing is fabulous. Other than the way the characters act, I’d say this would be a fascinating romance. If readers are just looking for a hot read sexy read than, yes, this is it. But if you’re like me and need that emotional attachment and understanding connection to the characters as well as the heat then, this is where it lacks some. The banter between characters is great. But the King’s treatment of Viola was great. I felt like Viola succumbed to his bad treatment of her due to pure desires distracting her. Overall, Checkmate: This is War was okay. 

Review: The Mortifications

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Synopsis:

Derek Palacio’s stunning, mythic novel marks the arrival of a fresh voice and a new chapter in the history of 21st century Cuban-American literature.

In 1980, a rural Cuban family is torn apart during the Mariel Boatlift. Uxbal Encarnación—father, husband, political insurgent—refuses to leave behind the revolutionary ideals and lush tomato farms of his sun-soaked homeland. His wife Soledad takes young Isabel and Ulises hostage and flees with them to America, leaving behind Uxbal for the promise of a better life. But instead of settling with fellow Cuban immigrants in Miami’s familiar heat, Soledad pushes further north into the stark, wintry landscape of Hartford, Connecticut. There, in the long shadow of their estranged patriarch, now just a distant memory, the exiled mother and her children begin a process of growth and transformation.

Each struggles and flourishes in their own way: Isabel, spiritually hungry and desperate for higher purpose, finds herself tethered to death and the dying in uncanny ways. Ulises is bookish and awkwardly tall, like his father, whose memory haunts and shapes the boy’s thoughts and desires. Presiding over them both is Soledad. Once consumed by her love for her husband, she begins a tempestuous new relationship with a Dutch tobacco farmer. But just as the Encarnacións begin to cultivate their strange new way of life, Cuba calls them back. Uxbal is alive, and waiting.

Breathtaking, soulful, and profound, The Mortifications is an intoxicating family saga and a timely, urgent expression of longing for one’s true homeland.

— The Millions – 2nd half of the 2016 book preview
— New York Times Book Review, 100 Notable Books of 2016

 

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The Mortifications by Derek Palacio is a fascinating debut novel. This Cuban-American literature takes readers deep into the lives of immigrants. Human needs and wants are explored throughout the story. Home, faith, family and survival are just several themes readers can find. I found it enchanting. Derek Palacio has brilliantly created a Read that will shutter readers’ hearts everywhere. The novel provokes strong emotions and realistic attachments from readers to the characters. Each character presents his or her life to readers openly. The struggles are believable. I found that the title, The Mortifications was indeed a perfect name for this book. There were shameful moments…within the pages. However, this novel showed me the hardness the immigrants like the Cuban Americans faced while trying to create their new lives. It was a refreshing reading experience from what I usually read. The journey is worthy of reader’s attention. The Ecarnacions are a dysfunctional family that experience all the trials life brings and takes from us. Vibrant, entertaining, and bold. Overall, I recommend this writer’s novel to readers worldwide.

Review: King’s Lament 


Synopsis:

Betrayed by his advisors, only the love of two mysterious men can rescue Inea and save his kingdom.

After the death of his father, Inea finds himself the unprepared king of a country at war. When his council forsakes him, and he’s thrown into the dungeons of his own castle, the young man manages to escape only with the help of the intriguing stranger Ansyn.
After one year in hiding, Inea, driven by desire, seeks out Ansyn and discovers that there is more to his savior than he could have ever hoped for. Joined by their new ally Kaedon, passion builds, and they find themselves in a romance that helps fuel their plan to reclaim the throne.
Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The King’s Lament by Lilia Blanc is a fascinating LGBT read. The characters each have a journey that they must go through as well as the one they all share. The emotions tie readers into the story immediately. The roller coaster ride causes many emotions like angry, laughter, sadness and love. Themes like revenge, redemption, and second chances are found here. Lilia Blanc has created a tale that both breaks and melts readers’ hearts. It’s hard not to like the characters. Their feelings are so real and their troubles…are believable. Three dimensional characters inside a fascinating world of fiction. Kingdom once strong is now falling apart. A prince seeking refugee from his own people is now fighting to take back what’s rightfully his. A queen is so evil even her fiercest warriors don’t want to get on her bad side. Danger is everywhere. People will do anything to survive….trust comes at a price. 

The Kings’s Lament is recommended for those you don’t mind a lot of male/male erotic romances. Other than that there was plenty of danger, action, and intrigue to keep the pages turning. A love triangle forms…among unlikely characters…and a group of commoners are willing to sacrifice their lives to keep the prince alive to fight for his kingdom back. The friendships were entertaining. Each character had his or her own strong personality that made the story come alive. Suspense was super. Every page added a little more and made things more complicated than they were already…where or how the novel ends is for readers to read. I recommend this enchanting tale to all. 

Review: Pepper’s Ghost

Pepper's Ghost by [Auten, William]

 

Synopsis:

Charlotte Alexandra Long is determined to create her own life, but severe reverberations await her at the crossroads of each decision and always the possibility that the very thing she put in place on her own terms could be wiped away by an uncertain future. As Pepper’s Ghost weaves in and out of her experiences as a teen and young adult, and locations in the South and Midwest, Alex emerges from the remains of young Charlotte, but her evolving identity will never escape being an outsider in society’s eyes. After a series of ill-fitting jobs, Alex joins a traveling amusement company as a sideshow performer, where illusion and reality interplay through the metaphor of an old theater trick. She faces challenges from her troubled but devoted father, her self-absorbed mother, a spectrum of circus employees, and emotional ties to memories and places that give solace in times of ambiguity and loneliness.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Pepper’s Ghost by William Auten is a YA read that will lure readers into its depth. The young character, Charlotte Alexandra, aka Alex, is interesting. She is unlike most leading female characters. What she really is surprised me…her journey was one wild roller-coaster ride after another.  The dynamics of family life are played throughout this read. The parents make the life for Alex a bit more complex than should be. I liked how as a main character she was constantly challenged. Alex took on each challenge moving through life the best she could do. Sometimes things worked out and sometimes not. William Auten portrayed the realities of life along with fantasy in way the just made readers like myself more curious. Memories…and emotions were strong, it was easy to be swept up within them. Pepper’s Ghost is a coming of age tale that comes off as entertaining, mysterious, and deep. The plot was developed and the pace was steady. Overall, I recommend it to all.

Review: Computer Love Inc.

Computer Love Inc. by [Hansen, Kurt, Hansen, Jessica]

 

Synopsis:

Computer Love Inc. is the story of an imminent bio-robotics boom,
a questionable death, and two young paramedics who stumble into a technological nightmare in the form of a tiny blue chip. With the help of an eccentric godfather, they become compelled to unlock the mystery of what’s become of a famed artificial intelligence manufacturer, forced to make troubling moral decisions along the way. Through sharp twists and action paced faster than an air-car, Computer Love Inc. weaves a complex technological tale of conflict and camaraderie, all the while leading us to ask ourselves: What does it mean to be a true friend? And, should some truths remain unspoken?

Rating: 4 stars

Rating: 

Computer Love Inc. by both Kurt and Jessica Hansen is a fascinating science fiction read. Fans of this genre will immediately fall in love with the plot. It is fast-paced, exciting, and pulls readers into its depth. Technology and the future are major themes incorporated into this well-written novel. I am not usually one to read science fiction, but this one was great. It held my at attention from the start. Plus, it contained mystery, suspense, and a bit of romance. Those are my favorite things to look forward in any read. Both writers put together a compelling read for readers to enjoy. Robots, science, fantasy, and death all in one action packed title. The characters were mostly males who dominated the entire book. Only one female. Quite an interesting world of fiction to explore. Overall, I recommend this book to readers everywhere.

Review: Slain Passion


Synopsis:

This new world is dangerous, lonely, and scary.

One morning, the Blast happens. The few people left scavenge for food, pray, and hide from the Blasted. Kat’s warm and safe in the bunker, protected by the steel door. Until a stranger trespasses.

He’s been looking for her. Now he’s found her, and he won’t leave her unless she helps him. She’s special. She has the means to fight, but she’ll have to confront an enemy who has no face and no name. She will need to step outside the shelter of the bunker to brave danger, pain, betrayal, and death—the cost for her to restore the world.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Slain Passion by Chris Lange is a fabulously original story. I was really into the world of the story and had a really difficult time pulling myself away from it. The romance scenes were hot and sexy, and I loved them. However, I honestly thought they took too much attention away from the storyline. The flirtatious banter between Conroy and Kat was enticing and very well written – even added to the story. However, the romantic scenes seemed a bit forced rather than a natural occurrence within the story line. I also would have liked to know the gender and age of the main character earlier on within the story. It was a bit confusing. I kept wondering what her age and gender was and it took me out of the story a bit. Overall, the story was amazing. I will definitely read it again. 

Review: Gatekeepers of the Grapevine

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Synopsis:

Set in gorgeous Cape Town, South Africa, GATEKEEPERS OF THE GRAPEVINE follows the lives of three women as they navigate through their tumultuous relationships and changing fortunes.

Elizabeth and Carolyn both live in the luxurious gated community of Vintner’s Estate, but Carolyn is harboring a secret. When Elizabeth stumbles on the truth, she plots to use the information to her advantage unaware that her own life is soon to spiral out of control.

Living off the Estate is Elizabeth’s neglected sister Sarah who starts a design business and quickly becomes the darling of Vintner’s Estate. As Sarah’s fortunes rise, Elizabeth battles to regain control as queen bee, only to discover that her own life has been as much of a lie as Carolyn’s.

Filled with scheming and secrets, GATEKEEPERS OF THE GRAPEVINE will keep you turning pages until the very end.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

The Gatekeepers of the Grapevine  by Jane Paterson is indeed the perfect title to this novel. There are three women whose lives intertwine inside this book. Two are sisters. The other is not. The realistic version of what sisters  can be like is revealed. I liked that it wasn’t forced nor fake. Complete opposites was another theme but regarded the sisters more so. The tale overall, was deeply engaging from beginning to end. I felt that the ending could have been stretched out a bit more. Other than that I found this to be a great read. I enjoyed the suspense and the different lives presented. I got to live through a couple of African women’s lives. That was the most interesting part. South Africa is hardly mentioned in fiction and when it does pop up, it’s usually always a good book. This novel caught my attention immediately upon opening it. The characters will tug readers into a two-way direction. There are some things I enjoyed about them and other things I didn’t like about them. Meaning they weren’t characters I would want to best of friends with but could tolerate if I had to…Overall, The Gatekeepers of the Grapevine is definitely for those who liked Sex in the City. For those who like a good mystery and secrets than this is the book, I recommend to read.

Review: The Striver’s Row Spy

 

Synopsis: 

Stunning, suspenseful, and unforgettably evocative, Jason Overstreet’s debut novel glitters with the vibrant dreams and a dangerous promise of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, as one man crosses the perilous lines between the law, loyalty, and deadly lies…

For college graduate Sidney Temple, the Roaring Twenties bring opportunities even members of his accomplished black bourgeois family couldn’t have imagined. His impulsive marriage to independent artist Loretta is a happiness he never thought he’d find. And when he’s tapped by J. Edgar Hoover to be the FBI’s first African-American agent, he sees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to secure real justice.

Instead of providing evidence against Marcus Garvey, prominent head of the “dangerously radical” back-to-Africa movement, Sidney uses his unexpected knack for deception and undercover work to thwart the Bureau’s biased investigation. And by giving renowned leader W. E. B. Du Bois insider information, Sidney gambles on change, that could mean a fair destiny for all Americans…

But the higher Sidney and Loretta climb in Harlem’s most influential and glamorous circles, the more dangerous the stakes. An unexpected friendship and a wrenching personal tragedy threaten to shatter Loretta’s innocent trust in her husband—and turn his double life into a fast-closing trap. For Sidney, ultimately squeezed between the Bureau and one too many ruthless factions, the price of escape could be heartbreak and betrayal no amount of skill can help him survive.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

The Striver’s  Row Spy by Jason Overstreet is a great read for all. It combines a lot of elements and sets off an intriguing tale. The story takes readers back to the historical time period of the 1920’s. A lot goes on during that time. It offers a new opportunity to the main character that seems highly unusual yet it happens. The suspense, danger, and mystery, sets readers guessing. My mind was spinning with what ifs. An African American man being offered a high yet dangerous job hooked me. The story lured me in deep. A job that proves more, risky than originally planned…leaves Sidney stuck in one crisis after crisis. Circles of going, undercover, has ways of biting one back…Harlem and the aristocratic lifestyle is an interesting read. I loved how it came to life inside this novel. Jason Overstreet brings the impossible things into a highly entertaining piece of fiction. However, I can’t picture one man turning over another of his own kind no matter what the pay or job offer is. Other than that the story was interesting. I recommend it to all who love the civil rights movement and a good mystery.

 

 

Review: Consciousness


Synopsis:

From new horror author Pete Castillo, comes a story that revolves around an age-old supernatural phenomenon. 

Marco Torres was a boy when his parents thought he was abnormal. The scare wasn’t long, but little did they know, it was only the beginning. 

Eventually, Marco becomes aware of his abnormality so he searches for answers. Around the same time, ghostly psychic visions of a crazed homeless man appear to him. When the defect and visions subside, Marco thinks he’s in the clear until he’s almost killed by the same crazed man. 

As Marco gets older, the affliction intensifies. He tries to become a writer and does a quick stint in the Navy. Eventually, he flips when his path crosses with a mystery couple who have the same abnormality as him. They gain his trust the hard way, then the new friends go on several adventures. Their biggest exploit is a murder investigation. Will Marco learn to harness his rare ability without getting himself killed?

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Breach of Consciousness by Peter Castillo is just the perfect read for this kind of season. I can’t think of a better ways to start fall than by reading a creepy steady paced mystery. Breach of Consciousness is a combination of murder, paranormal activity, and an investigation. This ingredients bring forth a novella worth reading. The beginning introduces, the main character, Marco Torres. The details given are just enough to hook readers. Then, from there it builds into a mystery woven with the characters mysterious ability and the action coming ahead. Murder, power, and government agents all play a role in Marcus Torres’s life. He soon goes on a mission to find the truth and solve the death of a friend but in doing he might risk everything including his own life.  Peter Castillo’s writing well organized. It carries readers into moments when the writer himself wants them to land there. Readers will think it’s slow. However, each writer has the power to lead us when and exactly how he wants us to reach each scene. I think Breach of Consciousness is a great debut novel. The ending left thoughts of what will happen after this story and whether Peter Castillo will grant his readers another book. Another dark tale that showcases the same characters once again. Overall, I recommend to all.

Review: Everything to Me


Synopsis:

Dana: I’ve always been the smart girl, the careful one.

Not anymore. I feel reckless, desperate. I love him, and it’s senior year.  My last chance with him before I leave for college, so I’m going to take it.
What could go wrong? Oh, my God, I had no idea.
Peter: I’ve spent years trying to hide how I feel about her. It gets harder every day.

For so long, she was my best friend, the first person who truly believed in me, sometimes the only one.
Do I love her? Of course, I do. Can I let her get even deeper into the hellacious mess my life is?

No way. You don’t do that to someone you love.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Everything to Me (book 1) by Teresa Hill is a great read. Teresa Hill has a talent for keeping readers guessing constantly. That may not be some readers’ liking but it still worked out for this read. I thought of the cliffhangers as the ending to an episode of the book. Like shows on Netflix. Everything to Me reads off more like a new adult novel more so than a YA. I mean yes, there are a lot of YA materials that have stuff inside like drugs, sex, and abuse that go beyond what the age groups should read. Yet, I felt with both characters being older teens and the other heading off to college that the story fits in better with a new adult category. The growing relationship among, two friends is one like YA novels present. It has that coming of age vibe and the unknown atmosphere. I liked it. Felt it was an accurate showing of teens in love and growing up. There is a lot of adult content like sex, abuse, and drinking as well as violence. But Teresa Hill has woven it in a realistic yet raw form for all to see. Her characters act like those in real life would. I thought that was great. Readers can easily relate to the main characters. Being friends yet want something more…but don’t want to screw up the friendship. That sounds relatable to all readers. The uncertainty of love and where it will lead them was another great theme. Intriguing, addictive, and entertaining. Both characters have flaws that make them human. Three dimensional. Overall, Everything to Me is indeed a fascinating short read.

Review: Hit the Road, Jake!

Hit The Road, Jake! (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 3) by [Rohman, Cricket]

 

Synopsis:

Thrilling, romantic, and sprinkled with humor, HIT THE ROAD, JAKE! reinvents the ‘buddy movie’ concept with the written word … and a pretty woman. Jake and Lindsey are good at tracking down offenders responsible for petty theft and blackmail, but when new mysteries become personal—slashed tires, spattered blood, steamy love letters, a stolen pet—everything changes.

Who is this enemy that secretly harasses them from town to town? Jake calls in some favors and manages to finagle the DNA testing of several blood samples. The results are shocking, and the dangers they face become deadly.

Practically, newlyweds, the couple thought they’d created the perfect win-win plan. While traveling between Tucson and Estes Park in their RV, Jake would solve embarrassing mysteries that schools wished to keep under wraps, and Lindsey, being the ‘cover’ for their presence, would conduct workshops for teachers. Then all hell broke loose.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Hit the Road, Jake! by Cricket Rohman is a great cozy mystery that soon gets deadly. The beginning introduces readers a wonderful yet newly wedded couple. Jake and Lindsey and their dogs. This couple is deeply in love with one another and their bantering will keep any reader grinning. It was hard not to laugh along. Then, as they dive into their first mystery case it seems things get peculiar fast. Threats that look like a harmless prank is more than beats the eye. The couple will soon discover fast just how dangerous their mystery case is.

Cricket Rohman’s novel reminded me much of the Miss Fisher Mysteries. Funny, dangerous, and a puzzle not only to the detectives on the case but also to the readers at hand. I was intrigued at the mystery. A rhyming poem, literature, and petty stuff…what was the real MO and who was behind it and the more puzzling question was why. This novel will keep readers guessing and entertained from beginning to end. Hit the Road, Jake! is an excellent mystery full of suspense, intrigue and a great set of characters.

Hit the Road, Jake! by Cricket Rohman is indeed the perfect read. An unforgettable journey with the world’s best couple. Both Lindsey and Jake are a perfect match. Their investigating soon leads them into more than just trouble with their clients. It comes straight to them as well. The humor and romance that fill the pages as well made it believable. I recommend this novel to all. I look forward to reading the other novels by this talented writer.

 

 

 

 

 

Review: You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well: A Novel by [Levithan, David, LaCour, Nina]

 

Synopsis:

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

Rating:  4 stars

Review:

You Know Me Well by both Nina LaCour and David Levithan is a great read. I thought it was wonderful that they portrayed two opposites sexes, each dealing with feelings towards their same-sex. Here, I experienced what struggles both internally and externally teens face when in love with the gender. Different, new, and a deeper understanding develops after reading this novel. However, I wanted to feel a connection with the characters…one the would stay with me even after I finished reading the story. That didn’t happen for me in this tale.

Inside this engaging title, You Know Me Well, readers get to meet two friends. One is a guy and the other is a girl. Both are dealing with their relationships that nobody but them know about…Kate is in love with another girl and Mark loves his another guy. Each friend is there supporting the other one to go after the one they love. Nina LaCour and David Levithan have crafted a realistic, honest, and gritty tale. One that readers will definitely enjoy time and time again. The main theme that stuck out with me was being true to one’s self and taking the risk of going after what makes one happy. Overall, this was a fun read and I recommend it to others.

Review: Rise of the Chosen

 

Synopsis:

In Sam’s world, there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.

The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal – to kill.

Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything – including the person she cares about most.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp is intense. There are the dead,  and the dead who walk. Then, there’s an army of individuals set on protecting the innocent. One young woman lost her dad and then her mother. After the loss of her mother, Sam was promoted to the highest level of fighting. Her boyfriend ends up being killed but issues out a warning to her. Then, she and her new teammates are preparing to fight a battle. One that is about to break out and only time will tell what happens next.

Rise of The Chosen was well-written. The main character, Sam, is a lesbian. So there’s plenty of F/F action happening. The tale is fast-paced. Packed with tons of action, tough choices, and fighting. Death is everywhere inside this novel. Losing the only family Sam had is a tough emotional journey. Then she also loses a past boyfriend that she cared about like a friend. Work is tough especially when the leading female didn’t have time to prepare or work her way up to the highest level. Lots of science fiction fantasy themes can be found in this exciting read. Anna Kopp is a talented writer. I was fascinated by her book about the dead and the war at hand.

 

Review: All Summer Long

 

Synopsis:

All Summer Long follows one charming New York couple – prominent interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband Nicholas Seymour, an English professor and true southern gentleman.  They are seemingly polar opposites, yet magnetically drawn together and in love for more than fourteen years.

As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, S.C., Olivia, the ultimate New Yorker, has reservations about the promise she made to retire in the Lowcountry, where Nick wants to return home and lead a more peaceful life.  They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace and downsizing.  Nick is ecstatic.  Olivia is not.   She can’t let Nick know that their finances are not what he thought.   Her client list is evaporating, their monetary reserves are dwindling and maybe that house she picked out on Sullivans Island needs too much work.  Thank God, for her assistant, Roni Larini, her right (and sometimes left) hand.

As they find themselves pondering the next step of their lives, Olivia and Nick travel with her billionaire clients and their friends and are swept up into the world of the ultra-rich and explore the globe with a cast of zany eccentrics over one tumultuous, hot summer. All as Olivia grapples with what lies ahead for her and Nick.

This is a story of how plans evolve and lives change in unexpected ways, how even those who have everything are still looking for something more.  Even the most successful people can often struggle to keep things together.  All Summer Long asks the ultimate question: can money buy happiness?  From Sullivans Island to Necker Island to Nantucket to the beaches of Southern Spain, we’ll come to recognize the many faces of true love, love that deepens and endures but only because one woman makes a tremendous leap of faith. And that leap changes everything.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank is a truly a thoughtful novel. One that takes readers on a journey of finding what they really want and need in life. Marriage is not easy but it takes courage, sacrifices, and love. A woman and her husband get to take a vacation and it’s on this vacation she gets to think about everything. Maybe her marriage is okay and will survive no matter what is happening with her work and career. Marriage, after all, is for better or worse, rich or poor. All Summer Long is an exploration and deep thinking that leaves readers wondering what will happen next. Dorothea Benton Frank portrays the life of a wife and husband beautifully in this tale. I found the beginning a bit slow for my taste but once I moved past that…the plot was steady. Overall, I enjoyed the sneak peek into these characters lives and recommend it to all.

 

Review: All Summer Long

 

Synopsis:

All Summer Long follows one charming New York couple – prominent interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband Nicholas Seymour, an English professor and true southern gentleman.  They are seemingly polar opposites, yet magnetically drawn together and in love for more than fourteen years.

As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, S.C., Olivia, the ultimate New Yorker, has reservations about the promise she made to retire in the Lowcountry, where Nick wants to return home and lead a more peaceful life.  They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace and downsizing.  Nick is ecstatic.  Olivia is not.   She can’t let Nick know that their finances are not what he thought.   Her client list is evaporating, their monetary reserves are dwindling and maybe that house she picked out on Sullivans Island needs too much work.  Thank God, for her assistant, Roni Larini, her right (and sometimes left) hand.

As they find themselves pondering the next step of their lives, Olivia and Nick travel with her billionaire clients and their friends and are swept up into the world of the ultra-rich and explore the globe with a cast of zany eccentrics over one tumultuous, hot summer. All as Olivia grapples with what lies ahead for her and Nick.

This is a story of how plans evolve and lives change in unexpected ways, how even those who have everything are still looking for something more.  Even the most successful people can often struggle to keep things together.  All Summer Long asks the ultimate question: can money buy happiness?  From Sullivans Island to Necker Island to Nantucket to the beaches of Southern Spain, we’ll come to recognize the many faces of true love, love that deepens and endures but only because one woman makes a tremendous leap of faith. And that leap changes everything.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank is a thought provoking read. A woman goes through inner struggles as to what will happen to her and her husband as well as their future. She’s at the point in life where everything is fastly falling apart and her husband has no idea…they have plans to move and like every other woman, the main character has doubts. Will it be good or bad…and will they survive the storm to come? This new summer title brings the realities of life and the unpleasantness of failure. All Summer Long is the first novel I have read by this talented writer. I liked following the character’s journey and thoughts as the plot unfolded. However, the story itself seemed a bit too depressing with the anxiety of work, the uncertainty of the future, and the unknown of what may or may not happen to the marriage…

Readers will find themselves completely lost in Oliva Ritchie’s problems. Her issues feel like they were mine and that I was the one shouldering all of her worries. Taking a huge step into the unknown is a fear that everyone has. Here, Dorothea Benton Frank has masterfully covered the life of a marriage between two opposites. Drama, intrigue, and a bit of humor can be found within this well-developed and well-written story. I wasn’t sure what to expect but the characters were believable and the plot carried an emotional journey that felt real.  I recommend this new novel to readers everywhere.

Review: Only in Naples

 

Synopsis:

Full of lighthearted humor, sumptuous food, the wisdom of an Italian mother-in-law, and all the atmosphere of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, this warm and witty memoir follows American-born Katherine Wilson on her adventures abroad. Thanks to a surprising romance—and a spirited woman who teaches her to laugh, to seize joy, and to love—a three-month rite of passage in Naples turns into a permanent embrace of this boisterous city on the Mediterranean.

When I saw the sea at Gaeta, I knew that Naples was near and I was coming home.

“There is a chaotic, vibrant energy about Naples that forces you to let go and give in,” writes Katherine, who arrives in the city to intern at the United States Consulate. One evening, she meets handsome, studious Salvatore and finds herself immediately enveloped by his elegant mother, Raffaella, and the rest of the Avallone family. From that moment, Katherine’s education begins: Never eat the crust of a pizza first, always stand up and fight for yourself and your loved ones, and consider mealtimes sacred—food must be prepared fresh and consumed in compagnia.

Immersed in Neapolitan culture, traditions, and cuisine, slowly and unexpectedly falling for Salvatore, and longing for Raffaella’s company and guidance, Katherine discovers how to prepare meals that sing, from hearty, thick ragù to comforting rigatoni alla Genovese to pasta al forno, a casserole chock-full of bacon, béchamel, and no fewer than four kinds of cheeses. The secret to succulent, tender octopus? Beat it with a hammer. While Katherine is used to large American kitchens with islands and barstools, she understands the beauty of small, tight Italian ones, where it’s easy to offer a taste from a wooden spoon.

Through courtship, culture clashes, Sunday services, marriage, and motherhood (in Naples, a pregnancy craving must always be satisfied!), Katherine comes to appreciate carnale, the quintessentially Neapolitan sense of comfort and confidence in one’s own skin. Raffaella and her famiglia are also experts at sdrammatizzare, knowing how to suck the tragedy from something and spit it out with a great big smile. Part travel tale, part love letter, Only in Naples is a sumptuous story that is a feast for the senses. Goethe said, “See Naples and die.” But Katherine Wilson saw Naples and started to live.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Only in Naples by Katherine Wilson is a surprising memoir that took me on a fabulous journey to Naples, Italy. There I followed a young woman who has just graduated and decided to intern in a foreign country like her parents did. This read was full of adventure and unexpected moments. Like when crumbs from the main character’s piazza fell, into her lap and the next moment a young woman sitting next to her reaches down by her crotch area…was like omg….what?! Then there was the car ride with the wind howling loud and she mentions marriage to a Neopolitan man like this: marriage…us? The answer was fine. Okay fine. Crazy, exciting, and definitely a memorable ride as readers like myself follow the American woman’s experiences living in Italy. The cultural, food, and language kept me turning the pages. Little by little I was learning words here and there in the Italian language. Not only was Only in Naples an entertaining read but also an educational one too. I loved reading this title that was brilliantly written by Katherine Wilson. Overall, I highly recommend this to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Things We Don’t Say Out Loud

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Synopsis:

Rising star, Sheila Burkes, has a new position as the resident psychologist/radio talk show host at Memphis’s premier Black radio station, WRLM. With this new venture, she seeks to heal others by helping to guide them through their subconscious, mental blocks and into their greater possibilities. There’s only one problem. She has her own deep-seated secret that she is desperate to keep hidden; but, when all is said and done, she may have to deal with it on someone else’s terms. Will Sheila’s secret come out? If it does, will she be able to overcome the shame or will she be taken down a hopeless, dark road of no return?

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

The Things We Don’t Say Out Loud by Rochelle Walters is intriguing…readers will be lured into a fascinating plotline. This story holds so many what ifs…and the suspense of what will happen when it’s all out…keeps readers turning the pages and on the edge of their seats waiting…

It takes awhile for readers to get into the story when they should be hooked on the first page…however, good things come to those who are patient. This is the type of novel that builds up with every page and leaves readers feeling wowed by this writer’s talent. The emotional journey is captivating…readers will never know when or what happens until it happens…I loved that. Not knowing…keeps readers in the dark and that is the main attraction from this stunning read. I enjoyed reading this story and I highly recommend it to others. Beware of secrets…they can change everything or completely destroy you…The Things We Don’t Say Out Loud is definitely worth reading.

 

Review: The Widow

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Synopsis:

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

The Widow by Fiona Barton is an intriguing novel that will grab it’s readers and take them on one of the darkest adventures of all time. I have not yet read Girl on the Train nor Gone Girl. Therefore I can’t say if this novel compares to those titles or not, but I can say that this is definitley a great read for all. In the beginning, readers are basically taken to who the bad guy is…however, there is still the mystery of did this husband really do it or not. Readers will find themselves emersed of the plot as it is retold by three different people. These three people include the wife, a reporter, and a man set out to prove the wife’s husband is indeed the guilty one.

What was truly remarkable was the wife’s reaction to the death of her husband…the way she handles the situation causes moments of why isn’t she sad or afriad…or angry…instead readers will find her hiding away from reporters who want all the juicy details on her dead husband. The Widow is complex, well-written, and it will give readers goosebumps as they read it. Danger, intrigue, a case to solve will lure readers into this brilliant told story by Fiona Barton. I enjoyed reading this steady-paced novel and look forward to reading more by Fiona Barton in the future. Her story telling is amazing. Overall, I recommend this to readers everywhere.

Review: See How They Run

 

Synopsis:

Digging up lost secrets is always dangerous.

For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother’s murder. She thought it would bring her peace. She thought it would lead her to answers. She thought she could put the past to rest.

But the truth has only made her a target.

And the past?

The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.

On Embassy Row, power can make you a victor or a victim; love can turn you into a fool or a fugitive; and family can lead you forward or bury you deep. Trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace must be very careful about which secrets she brings to light.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review:

Ally Carter is one of my favorite YA authors. As a teen and young adult, I have read every book of hers. My all time favorite was the Gallagher Girl series. When, I first heard of Ally’s new series, Embassy Row, my heart was thumping with excitiement to get my hands on her new novels. See How They Run, is well-written and the characters are indeed well-developed. I would not have expected any less from this talented best-selling writer. Ally Carter has brought back a world of secrets to share once more with her readers from everywhere. Readers can explore a deeper inside view of how politics, glamour, and family life all come hand-in-hand within this exciting read. See How They Run will take readers on one magnificent heart-pounding thrill ride.

See How They Run is book two in the Embassy Row series by Ally Carter. Here, readers get to meet a whole new line of characters. The main character, Grace, and her world is quite similar to the Gallagher Girls world of spies yet holds a lot more action and edge of your scenes. Readers will find the ending just as surprising as Grace did. Ally Carter definitely knows how to leave her audience hanging and waiting for the next great adventure. Although, I didn’t quite feel the same deep connection with Grace as I did with Ally’s famous Gallagher Girl, I still enjoyed following this new series of hers. This novel, unlike any of Ally’s previous books, holds a little of everything. Action, suspense, and a cloud of msytery all masterfully created for everyone’s entertainment. Readers will never know what will happen next as they follow Grace on her journey. Overall, I highly recommend this read to all.

 

Review: I’ll See You in Paris

 

Synopsis:

Michelle Gable’s I’ll See You in Paris winds together the lives of three women born generations apart, but who face similar struggles of love and heartbreak.

After losing her fiancé in the Vietnam War, nineteen-year-old Laurel Haley takes a job in England, hoping the distance will mend her shattered heart. Laurel expects the pain might lessen but does not foresee the beguiling man she meets or that they’ll go to Paris, where the city’s magic will take over and alter everything Laurel believes about love.

Thirty years later, Laurel’s daughter Annie is newly engaged and an old question resurfaces: who is Annie’s father and what happened to him? Laurel has always been vague about the details and Annie’s told herself it doesn’t matter. But with her impending marriage, Annie has to know everything. Why won’t Laurel tell her the truth?

The key to unlocking Laurel’s secrets starts with a mysterious book about an infamous woman known as the Duchess of Marlborough. Annie’s quest to understand the Duchess, and therefore her own history, takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a decaying estate kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately to Paris where answers will be found at last.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review:

I’ll See You in Paris is a novel that will take readers deep into a past. A past that is now, being dug through by a young woman. But first there are places and people she needs to see, before finding the answers she so desperately seeks.

A young woman wants to know about her father and she’s not getting it from her mother. She sets off on her own to discover the truth. There, she is intrigued of the missing duchess and happens to unravel more about her the family does know. Surprises and twists are everywhere. Readers will be switched back and forth as the past is revealed and the present is happening.

I enjoyed reading this historical fiction by Michelle Gable. This is the first of her novels that I have read. After reading this one, I am intrigued to read her other novel, A Paris Apartment. I have heard so much about it, and I can’t wait to read it. As for I’ll See You in Paris, readers will love the fiesty yet charming characters and the history that unfolds. The plot is steady and developed not one that moves fast like some woulld wish. However, I highly recommend it to all who love historical fictions and a good mystery. This is definitely one that will surprise readers at the end. Michelle Gable has a talent in bringing to life her characters and the places withiin her fictional world. I could see myself traveling along with Annie as she seeks for answers.

 

Book Review: Split Coffee by Greg Bauder

 

Synopsis: 

SPILT COFFEE is about three aging, disillusioned, and lost schizoaffective men who live vicariously for their love of the beautiful, young Filipino female nurse who looks after them. This novella is spiced with humour but hits home like a hard rock with its terrifying despondency. Ultimately, it is a beacon against the dark stigma toward the mentally ill and it should ignite compassion amongst the most calloused person.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review:

Split Coffee by Greg Bauder is a highly unique and interesting read. Three older men who attach their attention onto their beautiful nurse. Greg’s fictional world is definitely laced with a lot of humor, surprise, and gives readers a refreshing read in the world of fiction. This is the first novel I have read by this talented new writer, and I definitely look forward to reading more of his future works. For those who want an adventure and something different to read, then I highly recommend reading Split Coffee.

 

Book Review: Man the F***k Up by S. Kincaid

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Man the F**k Up by S. Kincaid is a great contemporary novel to read. The entire novel is set up like that of a comic book but still reads like a novel. I loved the creativity of this writer in the presentation of the design and layout of the novel. I thought it was completely unique and interesting to read. I recommend this short novel to readers everywhere.

Man the F**k Up is a short contemporary novel that shows the true ugly side of relationships in our world. The real world. Readers can easily relate to this novel’s main character as she goes about wanting her man to “Man the F**k Up”. Does the man end up manning up, does she call it quits on their relationship, or does she realize that her expectations are too unrealistic? Readers will have to read on to find out. A great new read for everywhere. I enjoyed reading this story; however, at the ending I was expecting just a bit more from the writer. Overall, S. Kincaid’s novel is indeed a must read read due to its creativity and realistic story.  I rate it a four out of five stars.

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