Today I am reviewing Empty Space by Suzanne Dome.
Dorienne Nielsen has no clear vision of her own future…until an object rockets from the sky and slams to earth behind the county fair barn.
The mercenary extraterrestrials, Den and Zeeto, want a scrounger. Dorienne’s smart mouth and voracious appetite for information fills the niche. Utilizing an illegal cybernetic augmentation, Dorienne dives head-first into information scrounging while dodging pirates, other mercenaries and political zealots. Tricky interstellar politics and the stigmas of being human in a non-human vacuum test her at every turn.
My Review: I really enjoyed the slant this book had on life from other planets. The story was original and fresh. Loved the main character Dara. Her interactions with the aliens was unique. I had a little trouble getting into the book at first. I did not really like her high school friend and the conversations seemed forced. The more I got into the book though the better and more natural it seemed to flow. I would recommend it to Sci-Fi fans and I am looking forward to the next book. I would like to give it a high rating but in fairness to my other submission I have to subtract a lot for poor editing. A trip through a good editor would make this rank right up there with the best. I give this a 3 star.
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Today I am reviewing The Dress by Sophie Nicholls.
Blurb: Sumptuous vintage fashions, a very modern love story and a sprinkling of ‘everyday magic.’ The owner of York’s new vintage dress shop is not quite what she seems…
Meet Ella and her mother Fabbia Moreno who arrive in York one cold January day, to set up their vintage dress shop.
The flamboyant Fabbia wants to sell beautiful dresses to nice people and move on from her difficult past. Ella just wants to fit in. But not everyone is on their side.
Will Fabbia overcome the prejudices she encounters? What’s the dark secret she’s hiding? And do the silk linings and concealed seams of her dresses contain real spells or is this all just ‘everyday magic’?
Among the leopard-print shoes, tea-gowns and costume jewelry in Fabbia’s shop are many different stories – and the story of one particular dress.
My Review: This was a enjoyable read. I loved the touches of mystic that Fabbia weaves into her life. The thought of a little bit of magic sewn into the hidden areas of the clothes she sells was a great touch. Loved the history behind the clothes and the glimpses of her childhood in the old country. The daughters character wasn’t something I really enjoyed and the ending left something to be desired. I give this book 3 stars.
Today I am reviewing Schreiber’s Secret by Roger Radford.
Blurb: Nazi. Fugitive. Murderer. Sadist. Who is the real Hans Schreiber? Two journalists conduct a desperate quest to reveal the real Schreiber in this time-jumping, harrowing thriller about bringing unimaginable secrets to light…and a monster to justice.
Crime reporter Mark Edwards and his colleague Danielle Green wade deep in red herrings and a twisting and turning plot as they seek to discover the terrible secret of a Nazi sadist who has continued his murdering ways in modern London. The story switches from a wartime transit camp in Czechoslovakia to contemporary Germany; from a London suburb to the Old Bailey, the world’s most famous criminal court, where two men strive to claim that the other is the real Hans Schreiber.
Schreiber’s Secret is a gripping tale of unimaginable horror and hatred revolving around a question of identity. Who is the real Hans Schreiber?
My Review: I hesitate to say I enjoyed this book since it deals with such a dark moment in history. However I did find it absorbing. It kept me reading long past when I should have put it down. The concept of brothers on different sides in Nazi Germany was unique. I believe I figured out what happened and who the real monster was and which monster was made. However I wish it would have been revealed for sure. The ending really didn’t seem to be an ending at all. The romance between the reporters didn’t seem necessary in this book and it was not well done. Editing could have been a little better. I give this book 4 stars.
Today I am reviewing The Mirror by John Heldt.
Blurb: On September 11, 2020, Ginny and Katie Smith celebrate their nineteenth birthday at a country fair near Seattle. Ignoring the warnings of a fortune-teller, they enter a house of mirrors and exit in May 1964. Armed with the knowledge they need to return to their time, they try to make the most of what they believe will be a four-month vacation. But their sixties adventure becomes complicated when they meet a revered great-grandmother and fall in love with local boys. In THE MIRROR, the continuation of THE MINE and THE SHOW, the sisters find happiness and heartbreak as they confront unexpected challenges and gut-wrenching choices in the age of civil rights, the Beatles, and Vietnam.
Review: I have enjoyed all of the books in the Northwest Passage series. This latest is no exception. The time travel family is back again. It was good to visit the characters I came to love in other books. However I was almost hoping it would deal with a different set of people this time. I was a little surprised that the twins did not seem to know more about the exploits of their parents. I did really enjoy it though and would encourage everyone to get this whole series. I give this 5 stars.
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Today I am reviewing Throwaway by Heather Huffman.
Blurb: Jessie Jones is living the life–except for the fact that she earns it by working the streets. She’s been under pimp Spence’s thumb for fourteen years, and she isn’t looking to change it. That is, until undercover cop Gabe walks into her life and offers her something she’s never had before: a love, a future, a home. But even if Jessie could walk away from Spence, there are darker forces of evil who want her to stay put, or worse, dead.
In this romantic suspense, author Heather Huffman delivers an adventure from the vibrant streets of St. Louis to the caves of the Ozarks as Jessie discovers whether she can love another, whether she can love herself, and whether any of it is enough.
My Review: I really enjoyed this book. It is of course your typical romance novel that a lot of things are predictable in, however this one does have quite a bit of originality. The main character is gritty and real. Her love interest is cop who is supposed to arrest her. It moves along enough to keep you involved in the story and does connect you with all the characters in the book. I highly recommend it to the romance lovers out there. I give this book 5 stars.
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Today I am reviewing Pinhole by Matthew Kagel.
Blurb: Humanity began as primitive lungfishes, crawling out from the depths of the sea to escape predators. Humanity will end as sparkles of light, streaming across the empty voids of the universe searching for meaning.
Pinhole is about the time travelers who live between what we once were and might someday become.
Cassandra knows the future brings her doom but is helpless to stop it. Lionel executes murderers before they can kill but wonders who the real victims are. Dolores is ensnared in a cult that uses a machine to link their minds and bodies. Joseph strives to escape an eight-year loop he’s been trapped in his whole life. Daphne searches for a murderer who kills by giving his victims cancer, but she may be the next target.
Moving through time and space, their lives are intertwined, unwittingly tethered together by the same technology they use to change the world.
My Review: This is probably one of the most disjointed books I have read in a long time. It started out OK I always like time travel. However the author tried to deal with too much it seems and it turned into a muddle, even after I read the index. There was just too much crammed in. I think it would have been much better if there were fewer scenarios and those that were there were fleshed out more. The reader really never connects with anyone in the book. The whole traffic signal thing was just dumb. I give this 2 stars.