Review: Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble

18853209 Release Date: July 1, 2014

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

Genre: Christian Romance/Mystery

Series: Hope Beach #3

Format: paperback (336 pages)

Source: Publisher via Booklook Bloggers

Rating: 3 Stars

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From Goodreads: In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger’s memories . . . before they cost her everything.

Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.

But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks–and vivid dreams of being strangled–she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor’s murder.

Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked–by a man she’s only met in her nightmares.

The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin’s daughter.

Of course, he doesn’t know about that. Yet.

Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there’s no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her–before she remembers too much.

My Thoughts: Elin Summerall is recovering from a heart transplant when she starts to get vivid details about her donor’s murder. The details comes to her in dreams, and it feels to Elin as if she is being murdered herself. But when she starts to voice these dreams to the police, the killer of her donor will not stop until she is silenced. In comes Agent Marc Everton, an off duty FBI agent and an old flame of Elin. One look at Elin’s daughter and Marc knows that he’s her father. 

This book is the third in the Hope Beach Series, but I haven’t read the first two, and can be read as a stand-alone. The suspense is heart-stopping. There was really so much going on that I had to pace myself before I got overwhelmed. Is there a limit to how much detail there needs to be in a book that paints the picture for the reader? If not, there should be. Way too much for my liking, but I was determined to figure out who the killer was. There’s an abundance of characters in this story that I think weren’t truly needed. I think that the author could have gotten the point around without making the reader remember who each and every character was and the role they played. Overall, this is a good murder mystery to add to your shelf.

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Review: Samantha Sanderson At The Movies by Robin Caroll

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Release Date: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Zonderkidz

Genre: Middle Grade/Teen Mystery

Format: Paperback (271 pages)

Source: Publisher via Booklook Bloggers

Rating: 4 Stars

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From Goodreads: Sam Sanderson is an independent, resourceful, high-tech cheerleader. She dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, and so she s always looking for articles she can publish in her middle-school paper (where she secretly hopes to become editor). And with a police officer for a father, Sam is in no short supply for writing material. It seemed like the perfect opportunity. When an explosive device is found in the local theater, Sam gets the lead on this developing and controversial story—controversial because the movie theater has recently come under attack by a renowned, outspoken atheist for allowing a local church to show Christian movies. Sam’s police-officer father happens to be heading the investigation, and Sam can t resist doing some sleuthing of her own with the help of her best friend Makayla s techno-genius. But when Sam’s theories end up being printed in the school paper, she lands in big trouble—and danger!

 

Review: I absolutely love this book. It’s perfect for tweens and young adults alike. I planned on reading this with my cousin and we’d do a review together, but she had other pressing matters. I got dumped for choir practice and Bible study and I am not mad. However, I did pass the book along to her to read. I just know that she will love it! 

Samantha is one cool girl. She wants to be a journalist and what better way to start off than the school paper. She finds a hidden bomb at the movie theater and suddenly she becomes a detective, out to find out who planted the bomb and why. She also plans to show Aubrey, the paper’s editor, that she has what it takes to be on the paper. Can she balance all that she has to do and get the job done? 

Aside from tween girls loving this, I think that if you love to read, this book will be enjoyable as well. It  never bored me, and I couldn’t put it down until the end. This is part of the FaithGirlz Series and I intend to read the next one soon. A very good book and I’d recommend it to not just young readers, but bookworms all the same. 

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Mini Review: Quintspinner by Dianne Greenlay

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Title: Quintspinner (A Pirate’s Quest)

Series: Quintspinner Trilogy

Author: Dianne Greenlay

Release Date: November 1, 2011

Publisher: CreateSpace

Genre: Historical/YA/Adventure

Format: ebook (382 pages)

Rating: 3 stars

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From Goodreads: As the daughter of a London physician in 1717, sixteen-year-old Tess Willoughby has seen her share of horrors and been to some of the city’s shadiest quarters. But a simple trip through the chaos of a London marketplace takes a bizarre twist. Tess witnesses the murder of a renowned elderly seer and unwittingly becomes the mistress of the woman’s prophetic spinner ring. Even worse, Tess’s panic-stricken trip home leads her to discover a secret family history that shocks Tess to her core. Unable to give up the bejeweled ring, Tess must embark on a treacherous voyage to the pirate-infested waters of the West Indies. Trapped on a merchant ship and unwillingly betrothed to the murderer who covets the power of her ring, Tess finds strength and comfort in the company of a handsome sailor, even though this growing temptation will most certainly jeopardize their lives. Even stranger, she soon realizes that even though her fianc is ruthless, he alone can secure her safety throughout their perilous journey. Thrust into a world she doesn’t understand to fulfill a role she is only beginning to grasp, Tess questions everything she has believed up to now. Her only hope of saving those she loves is to accept her destiny. And yet, the strange influence of her spinner ring could change everything … 

Review: Pirating! That was enough for me to want to read this book. If you know me at all, then you know that I’m obsessed with pirates. Blame Johnny Depp and his awesomeness. However, this is not a Caribbean adventure. It is definitely a well researched story. I enjoyed the danger and historical aspects of it all more than anything. The characters are all well written and this book doesn’t hold anything back regarding the circumstances of pirating. 

It’s an adventure with a little magic thrown in with misfits and pirates. A good book if you are looking for an adventurous read. I’d recommend it. I’ll be checking out the next book, just not right away. 

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{Blog Tour} Review: Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark

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Title: Uncovering Cobbogoth

Author: Hannah L. Clark

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing  & Media

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Format: Paperback

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Synopsis

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister. 

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.

Review

This is a very great book! I love fantasy and mythology, so this brought me back into reading the genres. I haven’t picked up a great fantasy book since… well it shall remain nameless for the sake of this review because I really don’t want to compare the two. Let’s just say, this book will make you sit and wonder. I really love the mythology of the Cobbogothians.

Norah grew up with her Uncle Jack, who is an archaeologist. She has always thought of the Cobbogothians as nothing more than a myth. One day she arrives from school to find her Uncle murdered. He left behind clues for Norah. Soon, she is on the run from police because she happened to be at the scene of yet another murder. She makes her way to Iceland, where everything she thought she knew about the world and her life changes exponentially. The romance level is a good one. I loved what little we get from Norah’s and James interactions. I’m excited to read the next book, and hopefully there will be more to James’ character. 

The characterizations and world building in this book are just amazing. I highly recommend reading this book!!! The mystery alone is worth reading it for. As for the ending, I wanted more. There was this void that I felt needed to be filled, so I’m guessing the next book will jump right back into the story. This is an amazing book to add to your favorites shelf, as it is already on mine.

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Author Bio

Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and their son in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English, and immediately began writing Uncovering Cobbogoth.

Hannah loves running, mythology, laughing, soulful bluegrass music, and growing things. Like her heroine, Norah, she is slightly inclined to believe that trees have souls.

To learn more about Hannah and the Cobbogoth series, visit www.cobbogoth.com.

Rebekah G. Shakespear lives with her husband and two sons in Texas. She received a double degree in Graphic-Web and Print Design from Henry Ford Community College in Michigan.

Bekah loves being a mom, photography, illustrating, refinishing furniture, organizing and being related to the author, for whom she has held a long abiding love and admiration for since before Hannah was even born.

Website: www.hannahlclark.com

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Review: Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl

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Title: Gathering Shadows (Finding Sanctuary #1)

Author: Nancy Mehl

Release Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Format: Paperback (320 pages)

Source: Review copy from publisher

Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

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From Goodreads: Wynter Evans is a promising young reporter for a television station in St. Louis, but even a bright future doesn’t take away her pain over the disappearance of her brother nine years ago. So when she stumbles across a photograph of a boy with an eerie resemblance to him, she can’t pass up the chance to track him down. With research for work as her cover, she sets out with one of the station’s photogs for the place where the picture was taken: the town of Sanctuary. 
Almost as soon as she arrives, she meets the town’s handsome young mayor, Rueben King, and together they begin to uncover long held secrets that could tear the small town apart and change everything Wynter thought she knew about her life. As the truth of her family’s past hides in the shadows, it’s clear someone will stop at nothing to keep the answers she’s searching for hidden forever–even if the cost is Wynter’s very life.

Review: A great mystery romance. I’ve come to enjoy reading Christian Fiction, as of late. There’s just this need for simplicity in romance books, without all the added sex and what not. Don’t get me wrong, I read quite a few erotic romance novels. It’s just nice to read a story with more to tell. This is my first Nancy Mehl book, so I didn’t know what to expect when I got it in the mail.

Wynter sets out to find the boy in a picture she comes across that looks like her brother who disappeared 9 years ago. She is determined and soon arrives in the town of Sanctuary. She then meets Mayor Rueben King, and they come together to find answers. Uncovering secrets can be deadly, especially if they are meant to remain hidden. 

I read this book over the course of two days. I was so caught up in they mystery of it all. Wynter is a strong-willed character. As she struggled to come to terms with the secrets she uncovers, she also finds love. The mystery and romance tied together nicely in this book. I really enjoyed reading it and I can’t wait for the next installment. It was like watching a Lifetime movie! Great read, definitely recommend! 

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ARC Review: Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall

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Title: Land of Shadows

Author: Rachel Howzell Hall

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Forge Books

Source: eARC via Net Galley (320 pages)

Genre: Mystery

Rating: 3 Stars

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From Goodreads

Along the ever changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen year old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit. Homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton’s new partner, Colin Taggert, fresh from comparatively bucolic Colorado Springs police department, assumes it’s a teenage suicide. Lou isn’t buying the easy explanation. 

For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self
made millionaire. . .and the man who may have murdered Lou’s missing sister, Tori, thirty years ago. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical. 

Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique’s case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice. . .before Lou becomes his next victim?

Review

This is a good Crime/Mystery read. One that will keep you up reading all through the night. Not so good in my case, because it had me asking my fiance’ to walk me out to my car in the mornings on my way to work. I was kind of shook up after reading it, but I like reading about decades old cases coming to light, whether it be fiction or real life.

Detective Lou Norton gets assigned a case of a possible suicide. As she and her new partner, Colin Taggert, investigate the case, she is positive that it is no suicide. As they delve deeper into the mystery, she sees links that goes back to the disappearance/possible murder of her sister 30 years prior.

Detective Lou is one tough lady. I really liked her character. She has this no-nonsense air about her, and that’s a great thing to have if you are in law enforcement. Trying to solve the case, and also teach her new partner the ins and outs of the streets in LA, is what she is about. As she gets closer to the mystery behind her sister’s disappearance, she also becomes a target herself.

It really picks up pace after about a quarter into the book. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more about Detective Norton. If you love Crime Fiction, this is a good book to add to your shelf.

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ARC Review: Blur (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James

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Author: Steven James

Release Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Skyscape

Format: eARC (368 pages)

Source: eARC via NetGalley

Genre: YA Mystery

Rating: 4 STARS

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BRIEF SYNOPSIS

The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams. Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.

REVIEW

This story starts off with Daniel, all the school kids and every member of the community, at the funeral of Emily Jackson. She was the over-looked, unpopular freshman of her high school. Her death was ruled as an accident, but when Daniel reaches his turn to view her body and she grasps at him and tells him a name he’s all to familiar with, he begins to think that it was no accident. At first, he thinks that he’s going crazy. But when he has the proof that Emily Jackson really did speak to him, marks on his forearms, he doesn’t think he’s crazy after all, and sets out to solve what really happened.

I enjoyed this mystery because I never knew what would happen as the pages turned. I was a little unsure about it at first, but after Daniel starts to uncover things, and piece together the Blurs that he experiences, I got into it.

I didn’t like the fact that while he’s waiting to view her body, he’s recalling every detail about Emily. He said that she wasn’t pretty, yet he’d date her. You don’t wait until someone’s dead to think about the What-ifs. This is YA, and I think that there needs to be a line drawn on the pretty/ugly teens in these books. We have models in magazines already making teens self conscious, no need to add it here.

Daniel did, however, know that he was wrong in his lack of  communication with her. I loved the mystery of it all. I kept wanting to go to the end just to find out what happens. This is a great start to this trilogy and I’m looking forward to reading the next book. Definitely recommend!

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ARC Review: By Any Means by Chris Culver

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Title: By Any Means

Author: Chris Culver

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Source: eARC via NetGalley

Genre: Mystery/ Thriller

Rating: 4 STARS

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SYNOPSIS

At the end of a particularly grueling summer day, Ash is heading home to his wife and kids when he discovers a pair of bodies, shot execution style, in the front seat of a crashed vehicle. As the first officer on the scene, Ash finds himself and his department 20 minutes behind a killer in a race where every second counts. With two victims down and a third unaccounted for, the clock is ticking and Ash must find the killer before he strikes again.

REVIEW

This is my first time reading one of the Ash Rashid books, as there are 2 others before this one. Ash is a Muslim detective in Indianapolis and has to race against the clock to, not only catch the killer, but to save a hostage before she is killed. It’s very thrilling and suspenseful. I haven’t read many political thrillers before, but this one peaked my interest for some reason. Boy i’m glad that I read it, and it didn’t disappoint.

From the very start I was immersed in it. I was thinking that there would only be this race to catch a killer, but it goes way deeper. Ash is dealing with his religious side while also trying to solve a case, By Any Means. I was so worried about him not being able to do the job, put he is one determined character. He loves his family, but his wife isn’t so understanding. With a clever villain on the loose, Ash will stop at nothing to solve this case.

This is a thrill ride. I’d definitely recommend this to thrill seekers and non-thrill seekers alike. I can’t wait to read the next installment, but until then I have some catching up to do with the first two books.

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ARC Review: Wicked Hunger by Delsheree Gladden

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Title: Wicked Hunger(Someone Wicked This Way Comes #1)

Author: Delsheree Gladden

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Source: eARC from publisher

Genre: YA/Supernatural

My Rating: 4 STARS


Brief Synopsis

Vanessa and Zander are good at lying. Their whole life is a giant web of deceit made in an effort to conceal the deadly secrets that plague their family. As if the Roth family need anything more to worry about, a vicious plot to expose Van and Zander for what they are is uncovered. When it becomes apparent that someone close to them is at the center of this devious plan, the fight to maintain control and keep their cover ensues. It’s a seemingly impossible battle because something is causing their powers to stir stronger than ever before… and it won’t stop until Van and Zander give in to their Wicked Hunger.


REVIEW

Van and Zander are forever resigned to the Wicked Hunger that lives within them. The hunger to cause pain to others. It is something that they have had to get control over for all of their lives. While Zander resorts to playing football to keep his hunger in check, Van dedicates herself to dancing and teaching others how to. When a new girl, Ivy, comes into school, she rattles the monster within them that is begging to be set free. Never have they had to fight so hard to control their hunger, than when she is in their proximity. Zander is drawn to Ivy, also, in a way that has nothing to do with his hunger. Or does it? Van just wants to find out what Ivy knows and why the girl is dead set on bringing her “differences” to light. She doesn’t trust her no further than she can throw her.

This is absolutely one of the best stories I’ve read pertaining to this subject. Well, it’s the only story I’ve read like this. It’s very well written and the characters just jump out of the pages. I love how the story moved and kept me on the edge of my seat. When Van and Zander find out the truth, their lives change forever. Having lived and believed that there is no rhyme or reason to their hunger, it especially changes Zander. Van has always believed the opposite, that their was a purpose to their hunger. Many interesting characters along the way.

Very good start to a great series. I, for one, can’t wait to read the next book!

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ARC Review: Snitch (Bea Catcher Chronicles #2)

 

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Title: Snitch (Bea Catcher Chronicles #2)

Author: Olivia Samms

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing/ Skyscape

Source: eARC  through NetGalley

Genre: YA/Mystery/Supernatural

Rating: 3 STARS


SYNOPSIS

As the days count down to her eighteenth birthday, Bea feels trapped. Trapped by her dark past, by her parents’ expectations, even by her own dreams for the future. The road ahead is unclear, blurred with secrets and lies. The only constant, sure thing in her life is Sergeant Dan Daniels. He’s faced  with a gang related murder case and asks Bea to use her “skill” to see and then draw the truth out of the suspect….. literally. But when she does, it leaves her with more unanswered questions. And then another teen is shot- clinging for his life. Time is running out. Can Bea find the killer before someone else gets hurt?


REVIEW

I requested this book because I was told that it can be read as a stand-alone, even though it’s the second book in the series. It tells of a seventeen, almost eighteen-year-old, girl named Bea who is a recovering addict. Some time during her stint in rehab, she developed the ability to “see” into people’s deepest thoughts, drawing out the truth on paper. I found this somewhat fascinating, and wanted to know more. Bea is sort of lost right now, and the only person that keeps her focused is a cop named Dan, whom she happens to like (and he in return, even if he won’t admit it out loud). She’s under-age, so there can be no…. you get the picture.

It starts off well enough. We get a glimpse into the typical day for Bea. Her complaints about school, the students, her dad, the house, her mom, etc… She meets Dan at their secret meeting spot, and he wants her to come look at a murder suspect, whom he thinks is lying to cover for someone, and “see” the truth in him and draw it out. In her effort to play the part, she asks one of the “hip” boys at school to show her how to act “gangster”. She gets her first “seeing” down on paper and it gives her a slight headache. She nor Dan knows what she draws down means so she wants to try again, by being put in a holding cell across from the suspect. There she decides that she will find the truth on her own, so that no one will know that he snitched.

Bea is quite a character. She’s artistic and quite witty at times, but other times she’s just whiny. I despise whiny characters. And my God, she’s seventeen, why has she been in rehab and had drunken sex? I get rebellious teens, they come a dime a dozen. But Bea, seems more like an adult to me than a teen. And then there’s the obvious longing between her and Sergeant Daniels, which is just kind of wrong- but right? I don’t know what to feel about that.

This was an okay read for me. I admit, I expected more but that just did not happen with this book. Maybe others will enjoy it more than me, so i’d recommend reading it. Especially if you like a little mystery.

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