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25 02, 2017

Review: The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

By | February 25th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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dirt on ninth grave book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

The Dirt on Ninth Grave is the ninth book in the Charley Davidson series written by Darynda Jones. Although I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, I was pleasantly surprised with Jones’s writing style.

Jane Doe has no idea who she is or where she came from–hence the reason for the name. All she knows is that she is in New York City working in a diner, trying to remember her past. Well, that is before she realizes that she can see dead people…and to say that it surprises her would be an understatement. Pair that with everyone around her seeming to know more about her than they’re willing to admit, and things begin to get interesting.

23 02, 2017

Blog Tour: The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments

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the possessions book coverPlease join Sara Flannery Murphy, author of The Possessions, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Debut author Sara Flannery Murphy drew me right in with The Possessions and kept her hooks in me until the very end. The plot line of this first novel sounded similar to the canceled-too-soon TV show Dollhouse, which was a favorite of mine, so I simply had to read it. Written in first person, The Possessions is a raw account of a troubled young woman’s intriguing career as a “body” for the Elysian Society. Eurydice, as she calls herself, though this is not her true name, lends her body to clients who are looking to gain closure with loved ones who have passed on.

21 02, 2017

Review: Taken by Cynthia Eden

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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taken by cynthia eden book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Taken by Cynthia Eden is the fifth book in the LOST series (see our reviews of Torn and Shattered). With two intriguing main characters with similarly disturbing pasts, this book – like the previous four – did not disappoint.

Bailey Jones was a survivor. After all, she had survived the torture the Death Angel had put her through. She had even survived being thrown in her own grave, thought to be dead. However, nightmares of the disappearance of another of the Death Angel’s victims might just drive her crazy…well, even crazier than she already felt.

16 02, 2017

Review: His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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his scandalous kiss book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

In His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes, a masquerade ball is the perfect place to find a soulmate…at least it is for Lady Mary.

Lady Mary has already decided that she doesn’t want to lose her independence by getting married when her parents leave her with her aunt for that very reason–to find a husband. However, when she sees a beautiful painting and decides to base her dress for a ball off of that painting, she doesn’t expect the repercussions. Her dazzling appearance has men flocking to her side in hopes of winning her hand in marriage; one of which she feels a spark with.

Richard Heartly didn’t even want to go to the masquerade ball, but when he sees a beautiful woman in a simple, yet stunning gown, and feels an instant spark as they dance, he is happy he did.

13 02, 2017

Review: River Road by Carol Goodman

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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river road book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

At dusk, not quite night but no longer day, Nan (Nancy) Lewis takes the curve on River Road too fast. She is blurry eyed, distracted, distraught, and she had maybe too much wine at the college faculty Christmas party. Her thoughts are on what she did not get, what she felt she was owed. Rounding the corner, a deer jumped seemingly from nowhere directly in front of her car. Nan hit her brakes too late. She hears a sickening thud as her car hits the animal then slides into the ditch.

“It was a deer,” she tells herself repeatedly. She searches but cannot find the wounded animal.

12 02, 2017

Review: Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel

By | February 12th, 2017|Categories: Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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small admissions book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

When Kate Pearson graduated college and was all set to move in with her French boyfriend in Paris, it came as a hard shock when he decided that was the time to break things off with her. In the next months, she fell apart, spending most days on her sofa or bed, going days without showers, and generally being miserable. With the help of her sister and friend Chloe, she finally gets it together enough to land a job at one of New York City’s most prestigious private schools as an admissions officer.

Kate is, at first, quite overwhelmed by a job she’s sure she has no business doing. But meeting these families who would–and do–do anything to get their kids into the perfect school gives her a focus and keeps her busy. Soon Kate is highly invested in her job and slowly but surely getting her life back on track.

10 02, 2017

Review: The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

By | February 10th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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madwoman upstairs book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Samantha Whipple is a twenty-year-old first year student at Old College, Oxford. She enters school as something of a celebrity being the final descendant of the famed Bronte family line. Her first year at Oxford proves troubling since she doesn’t work well with others, tends towards her famous father’s reclusiveness, and is charged with solving a family mystery involving her father and his ancestors.

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell is, in a sense, a late bloomer’s coming of age tale. Samantha Whipple has an attitude that is flippant, fun, annoying, and back to fun. Her cynical nature is difficult to take at times, but it becomes apparent that this is her protection.

8 02, 2017

Review: Necessary Madness by Jenn Crowell

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |2 Comments

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necessary madness book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Gloria Burgess’s seemingly perfect world comes to an abrupt end when her husband of nine years dies of leukemia. Alone in London, she struggles to cope with her grief whilst trying to successfully raise her young son. She battles the temptation to sink into the same self-absorbed world that drove her own father to suicide.

In Necessary Madness, author Jenn Crowell (who also wrote Etched on Me) takes a look at the mental stability of Gloria after the death of her husband, Bill. Crowell explores the long argued nature vs. nurture–Gloria both blames her parents for her current state of being and hopes that she is not a mimicry of either parent. Whilst dealing with the grief of losing her husband, she wonders if she will be doomed to repeat the damage caused by her own father. 

8 02, 2017

Review: The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Action & Adventure, Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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impossible fortress book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

The year is 1987, and in the world of 14-year-old Billy, Clark, and Alf, nothing is more important than getting their hands on the recently published, scandalous pictures of Vanna White appearing in Playboy. The boys, somewhat outcasts, come up with ways to get their hands on the magazine…settling on the idea that Billy should romance the newsstand owner’s daughter so that he might gain the security code and they then would break into the shop and steal themselves a copy.

Convoluted? Yes. But there was more than one circumstance in which the characters seem to go through tremendous effort to carry out their bad decisions. They even built a scale model of the buildings so they could visualize the break-in. For 14-year-old boys, this is asking a lot.

7 02, 2017

Review: The French Orphan by Michael Stolle

By | February 7th, 2017|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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the french orphan book coverReviewed by R.A. Donley

It’s Three Musketeers time! Of that milieu, at least, with Richelieu as primary villain.

Teenaged Pierre, a poor orphan placed “at the famous monastery school in the city of Reims” is destined for life as a village priest or other lowly religious rank, and in the meantime is treated to corporal punishment, occasional starvation and approaches by homosexual monks who lack adequate bodily hygiene. Because, of course, that is how poor orphans were treated in France during the seventeenth century.