Today I am reviewing Creatures of Appetite by Todd Travis.
Blurb: They call it The Heartland Child Murders. Everyone else calls it a nightmare. Locked doors don’t stop him. He leaves no trace behind. He only takes little girls. His nickname… The Iceman.
A deranged serial killer roams wintry rural Nebraska with a demented purpose no one can fathom. Special Agent EMMA KANE, a former DC cop and damaged goods now with the FBI, is assigned to babysit burnt-out profiler JACOB THORNE, once the best in the business but now said to have lost his edge, as they both fly to Nebraska to catch this maniac.
Thorne is erratic, abrasive and unpredictably brilliant, but what he and Kane find in the heartland is much more than anyone bargained for, especially when the Iceman challenges them personally. The clock is ticking and a little girl’s life is on the line.
And maybe even more with that, once they find out what he’s really up to.
My Review: My Review: Wow this book is great for anyone who loves those crime thriller type novels. FBI profilers on the job of tracking a serial killer who targets children. It was just like watching an episode of Criminal Minds. I loved the interaction between the FBI agents themselves and the ones between them and the locals. It might be a little predictable in places but the surprise twist at the end totally makes up for it. I was glad to see it has been updated with an edit recently as the copy I had downloaded for review had lot of errors. I give this a 4 star rating.
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Today I am reviewing Black Woods by Laura Wright LaRoche.
Blurb: Avid mushroom hunters and volunteers with the local Search and Rescue Department, Laura and Julie, who are in their sixties, remember that first encounter in the woods years ago.
Four young men, who are fun by nature, travel to the woods with high hopes of a hunt they won’t forget.
A call to the Search and Rescue Department will bring them shockingly together in the…
My Review: This is a fairly entertaining book. I did find that it really drug in areas and the suspense could have been punched up a bit. I didn’t mind the references to the mushroom hunting like some readers seemed to. The characters were a little flat though. I think the writing could use a little help. In all though I enjoyed the book and would read the second one to maybe find out more about the monster. The twist of the author threw in did surprise me. I give it a three star.
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Today I am reviewing Daughter of the Bamboo Forest by Sheng-Shih Lin.
Blurb: Alone in the bamboo forest, seven-year-old Little Jade, still dressed in red silk after her father’s recent wedding, wonders whether she will ever meet her real mother. DAUGHTER OF THE BAMBOO FOREST is a story set in war-torn, post-revolutionary China during the 1940s. From age seven to twelve, Little Jade longs for the attention of an opium-addicted father and clashes with a desperate, resentful stepmother. The young girl is inadvertently swept by the tides of history, encountering a plague that decimated a village, Catholic nuns in a convent school, and the fabled dragon king along the way.
Review: This is the kind of historical novel I really enjoy. It weaves fascinating facts of China during the 40’s before Communist government cemented it’s power. Told simply from the perspective of a small girl child as she lives in this tumultuous time it was captivating. I found myself crying along with little Jade as she searched for the love and acceptance she so desperately longed for. Loved the ending and would have loved to followed them longer on the journey. It was a little slow at times and had a few minor editing errors If you enjoy a historical novel that makes you want to find out more about a time and place this is for you. Off to research more of this. It gets a 4 star.
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To day I am reviewing Words In The Dark (Nora Cooper Mysteries) by Giulia Beyman.
Blurb: Off-duty Chief Detective Joe Cooper is only months away from retirement when he’s gunned down during a bank raid. Nora, his wife of thirty years, is devastated but there’s another blow to come. She learns that shortly before his death he sold their newly purchased cottage in Martha’s Vineyard. This was to be their dream home, where they could play Scrabble with their grandchildren and watch them swim in the pool they planned to build.
Now Nora doesn’t know what to think. Did Joe really sell their cottage without telling her? How could he do that to her, and why? For daughter Meg, who has recently divorced her cheating husband, it’s yet another betrayal by a man. And given that her new suitor, Mike, appears to have an ulterior motive in getting to know her – well, it’s enough to destroy her faith in them entirely.
Nora is tormented by grief and doubt, but suddenly she receives mysterious and inexplicable messages written out in Scrabble letters. And only Joe could have written them. Is he sending her messages from the afterlife? Are they warnings?
Supported by old friend Steve, and new ones she makes after her bereavement, Nora has to dredge up strength she never knew she had to get herself and her daughter through this difficult – and dangerous – time. She has to open her mind to discover not only the truth about Joe, but also about life and its mysteries too.
My Review: I loved this book. I always like a good who done it type book and this is one of the best I have read in a long time. Throw in a little paranormal and you have a winner. When Nora Cooper finds herself suddenly a widow after 30 years of marriage strange events begin unfolding that makes her doubt everything about her past life. Then messages from the other side contuse and frighten her more. With all of the confusion and doubt comes an ominous danger. This book definitely had me reading much later than I should have. I would highly recommend this book and it is one I would like to have on my to keep shelf. I will gladly look for more from this author. I believe the editing was fine, if it wasn’t the story kept me so wrapped up I didn’t notice. It gets a big old 5 star from me.
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Today I am reviewing The Unexpected List by Chrissy Anderson.
Blurb: When she was just sixteen, Chrissy Anderson made a life list…
…It’s been abandoned. Now she’s got an ex-husband, a satisfied lover and a thriving new business. She’s rebuilding. Then out of nowhere…a baby. You think you know who the father is? Think again. Follow Chrissy as she deepens her understanding of how to be truthful to herself and those that she loves.
In book TWO of The List Trilogy, Chrissy Anderson is divorced from her husband Kurt and free to pursue a “truly, madly, deeply” relationship with the man of her dreams, Leo. It looks like Chrissy is finally able to have her wedding cake and eat it too, as Leo valiantly works to make all of her dreams come true. But once again, Chrissy’s world is turned upside-down as someone else close to her dies leaving her with an unexpected gift. For a second time, Chrissy is pushed to make a choice between love and obligation.
Not everyone will agree with Chrissy Anderson’s decisions, but all will pause as they follow along on her new journey to ask, “If you lie by omission, is it still a lie?
My Review: I really enjoyed this book about Chrissy’s life and her struggles. I started out with this book instead of the first of the 3 book installment but was able to get enough back story to understand what was going on. I will want to go and read the first one though and will want to pick up the last when it comes out. The editing was a little rough in places, but not enough to throw you out of the story. I loved the conversations she has with her dead friend and the ritual of the beers at graveside. The co-workers nickname is a riot too. Now as to the love triangle I really don’t care for Leo. I know they are suppose to be soul mates and all that but something about him just sets wrong. I actually am cheering for her to get back with the ex in the next book. or at the very least dump Leo and forge on by herself and be strong in that. I would read this series again and would recommend it. It gets a 5 star.
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Today I am reviewing Demons In The Big Easy by Jamie Marchant.
Blurb: Adventurous in her youth, Cassandra built gateways between Domhan and its parallel realm of Earth. Now she’s too old for that kind of thing. But something is making it easier for demons to pass into Domhan. Not only that, but their behavior becomes inexplicable: whenever Cassandra banishes one, it laughs at her rather than resists, and it promises it will soon devour her essence and that of every resident of her small village. Cassandra is certain such a thing is impossible, for strong wards protect her village.
But then Cassandra’s granddaughter Aine falls through an unstable gateway. Cassandra is the only one within a hundred miles capable of creating a gateway and bringing Aine back. Despite her aching joints, Cassandra goes after her, and the gateway lands her in New Orleans. But something goes wrong with her tracking spell, which indicates Aine exists in four different places at once. As Cassandra struggles to find the true location of her granddaughter in the Big Easy, she discovers the source of the demons’ confidence. Now, with an unlikely pair of allies—her timid granddaughter and a homeless man who may or may not be crazy—she has to not only save her granddaughter but also prevent both Domhan and Earth from being overrun by demons.
My Review: This is a novella and that is main problem with it. I really enjoyed the whole idea of the book. Because it is so sort however the world and the characters did not get developed as well as I would have liked. I really enjoyed Cassandra as the heroine of the story. Jake as a modern day helper is great.The ending was a little abrupt even for a novella I think it could be finished better. I would love to see this fleshed out into a full novel. I did enjoy it and would recommend it to friends who like a light fantasy read. I give this 3 stars.
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Today I am reviewing Shoes Are You My Mate by Jennifer Moran and Camille Brown.
Blurb: The joyous story of a hot-shot soccer shoe named Lefty who feels compelled to search for his real mate — leaving his old mate, Dex, behind. On a daring journey filled with courage and laughter, he learns the true meaning of friendship.
This is a picture book 18 pages long.
My Review: This a cute children’s book that teaches that the joy of playing the game, and doing it fairly, is more important than winning. It is a great lesson to read and teach young children and one that quite a few adults should take a look at as well. I give this a 4 star rating.
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