The between the numbers novellas in this series take place between books in the Rose Gardner mystery series. This book takes place between books 5 andThe between the numbers novellas in this series take place between books in the Rose Gardner mystery series. This book takes place between books 5 and 6. It continues the events of book five and provides the reader with insights into the perspectives of the different characters.
In this novella we get to experience the story from the points of view of Rose, Violet, Bruce Wayne, Joe, and Mason. Unlike the books in the Rose Gardner mystery series, this book doesn't have a mystery. It just provides insight into what the different characters are thinking and feeling and helps the reader understand their motivations. Surprisingly one of the most interesting for me was Violet's point of view. I honestly don't like Violet that well and have felt that sometimes Rose was too forgiving of her sister. This chapter was fascinating to see things from Violet's perspective. I may not like some of the things that she has done, but I think I understand her motivations better now. All in all, this is a good addition to the series for people who just want more Rose Gardner....more
Thanksgiving is coming up as are more complications for Rose. First during a bank robbery, Rose loses $9000 in cash for her business, and then later fThanksgiving is coming up as are more complications for Rose. First during a bank robbery, Rose loses $9000 in cash for her business, and then later finds out that her sister Violet has been doing some creative bookkeeping with the business. Rose has a vision about the bank robbers and she sees tracking them down as her only hope to save her business.
I love how Denise Grover Swank keeps the reader guessing. One would suspect that the series would start repeating itself by book five, but she is keeping me guessing. I love the mysteries and I love how determined she is to get to the bottom of things. Joe is becoming very annoying and I kind of wish he would go away, but other than that, the mysteries and the stories are really good. I will definitely be continuing the series....more
This novella takes place between books 3 and 4 in the Rose Gardner Mystery series. In this short novella, we see the fallout from the breakup of Joe aThis novella takes place between books 3 and 4 in the Rose Gardner Mystery series. In this short novella, we see the fallout from the breakup of Joe and Rose.
Unlike the other books in the series, there is no real mystery here. This novella seemed more like a behind the scenes peek into their relationship rather than an actual book. In this novella, both Joe and Rose are dealing with the repurcussions of their breakup and trying to move on without each other in their lives. In someways, this book made me a little more sympathetic towards Joe--I was really angry at the end of book three for the way he tossed her aside, but in this novella you see more from his side. Not necessary to read to get the idea, but interesting....more
When Daniel Crocker escapes from prison he sets his sights on getting even with Rose for putting him there. After being put in protective custody, RosWhen Daniel Crocker escapes from prison he sets his sights on getting even with Rose for putting him there. After being put in protective custody, Rose finds herself in even more jeoparday as somehow Crocker is being informed of Rose's every move.
This series doesn't disappoint. I have started binge reading this series after the second book, and I just can't stop. The author keeps changing things up and keeps the reader on their toes. These are great mysteries and the romance is good too. In this novel Rose is on the run from the psychopath Daniel Crocker, he wants Rose and will destroy anyone who gets in her way including her new flame, Mason. ...more
It was a school day like any other. All the students were supposed to be in the principal's assembly. When they get up to leave, they find the door loIt was a school day like any other. All the students were supposed to be in the principal's assembly. When they get up to leave, they find the door locked, and a shooter begins shooting students and teachers alike.
In one sense I want to mark this as just another school shooting book, but it was so much more than that. The author hooks you and makes you invested in the student's lives. The book is told from multiple perspectives, which some readers have found hard to follow, but it didn't bother me. She covers students in the auditorium, students not at school, and students who were outside the auditorium when the shooting began. You find yourself rooting for the students to escape, but she also does an interesting job of making you understand the motivations of the shooter as well. This is a well written, but disturbing novel....more
A lone astronaut must figure out how to survive after being stranded on Mars when his team evacuates during a storm. Mark Watney must figure out how tA lone astronaut must figure out how to survive after being stranded on Mars when his team evacuates during a storm. Mark Watney must figure out how to provide for himself, and stretch his resources enough so he can be alive when NASA sends the next mission to Mars.
I am not usually a hard core science fiction fan. My preference runs a little more to the lighter and more distant future stuff--spaceships traveling around the galaxy, etc... So I have to admit surprise that I liked this book so much. There is a lot of science talk and jargon, but the story itself is compelling. You find yourself rooting for Mark to overcome his obstacles and survive. At many points you ask yourself "what else can go wrong," because it seems like everything does go wrong. Still this is what makes this a great story. Warning to more sensitive readers--this novel does contain a lot of profanity, but honestly, I think profanity is in order when you are stuck on Mars by yourself. Loved the book. ...more
The final book in the Kane Chronicles, and I have to say I am sorry to see the series end. Once more you have magic, fickle Egyptian gods, and the humThe final book in the Kane Chronicles, and I have to say I am sorry to see the series end. Once more you have magic, fickle Egyptian gods, and the humor and wit of Sadie and Carter Kane. This really is a good series. My son loved it and even quotes parts of the books. I love how Riordan includes humor in his adventure stories--it is a great book for boys. ...more
Rose and her sister, Violet, are opening a new plant nursery in their little town of Henrietta, AK. At their grand opening a local televangelist annouRose and her sister, Violet, are opening a new plant nursery in their little town of Henrietta, AK. At their grand opening a local televangelist announces that he will be hiring them to landscape his new church. Joe and Mason both warn Rose to keep her distance from him because of ongoing investigations, but their new business needs the money. Violet's marriage is ending, and Rose's relationship with Joe may not be able to stand up to the secrets he has been keeping from her. Meanwhile elderly women in town are dying under mysterious circumstances.
There was a lot going on in this third book in the Rose Gardner Mystery series. Rose's character continues to grow and develop as she becomes more independent. Her sister still tries to control Rose, but she is discovering she has the right to determine her own road in life, no matter what her sister wants. This is a well plotted and entertaining mystery. Rose once again stumbles into the middle of the mystery, and finds herself a target. There are some relationship issues going on with both Violet and Rose, and who knows where these may lead. Still enjoying the series, and despite what I said in my review of book 2 I am still hooked. Continuing on to book 4......more
In the second installment of the Rose Gardner mystery series, Rose has some choices to make in her life. Her boyfriend Joe wants her to move to LittleIn the second installment of the Rose Gardner mystery series, Rose has some choices to make in her life. Her boyfriend Joe wants her to move to Little Rock and live with him, but she is worried about what her sister would think. Meanwhile she has to deal with jury duty and a disturbing vision that leads her to believe that the courts may be prosecuting the wrong man.
This is a charming series. Rose is a likable character and I like that she is becoming more assertive. In this novel Rose has some choices to make, and her sister obviously doesn't approve of Joe. Between her choices and jury duty she has her hands full. Rose is charming and Joe is like the perfect guy, but you keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. Rose's visions are an interesting aspect of this series, but they aren't the primary means of solving the mysteries. There are definitely more mysteries in store for Rose and while books 1 and 2 were both fun and interesting, I can't help but worry that the same old scenarios might get old in later books in the series. Still, doubts aside, I believe I will take the plunge and start on book 3. ...more
After Lily discovers she is being sued by a customer who also owns a vintage clothing store, she goes to speak to the lady, only to find her dying. AsAfter Lily discovers she is being sued by a customer who also owns a vintage clothing store, she goes to speak to the lady, only to find her dying. As the police investigate, Lily begins an investigation of her own. Something big is happening in the magical world, though no one knows exactly what is to come.
I love the Witchcraft Mystery series. All the books are light and entertaining and the characters are becoming even better as the series progresses. This book had an interesting mystery and a satisfying conclusion, but there is most definitely more to come. Something big is about to happen and this book is the first lead into those events. I can't wait to read the next in the series. ...more
Summary: Rose Gardner has visions and when she sees herself dead in her latest one, she knows she doesn't want to die without living first. When they kSummary: Rose Gardner has visions and when she sees herself dead in her latest one, she knows she doesn't want to die without living first. When they kill her Momma instead of her, and she ends up as the prime suspect, Rose decides to start living and to worry about dying later. She makes a list of things she wants to do in life, but a killer on the loose targeting her may keep her from finishing her list.
Review: This was a fun fast read. Rose is a likable character who has lived her entire life under the thumb of an abusive domineering mother. When her mother dies and she becomes the prime suspect, all Rose wants to do is clear her name and keep crossing items off her list of things she wants from life. This is a charming mystery that keeps the reader turning pages until the very end. This novel is full of action and fun. I look forward to reading book two in this light, fun, mystery series....more
Lilliana Young finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime when a mummy awakens and bonds himself to her life force. Soon they are racing the clock tLilliana Young finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime when a mummy awakens and bonds himself to her life force. Soon they are racing the clock to stop the evil god Seth from rising to power.
I love it when books tie themselves to mythology. This book features a lot of Egyptian mythology and some of the stories are very interesting. I didn't quite buy the romance, and I am not even certain about reading the sequel, but the adventure was done quite well. Overall, it was an interesting story. I liked the mythology, but felt that the romance and the story could have been better developed.
Summary: This short story collection contains a number of horror stories from well known YA authors. From creepy birds to tragic tea parties, this collSummary: This short story collection contains a number of horror stories from well known YA authors. From creepy birds to tragic tea parties, this collection has it all.
Review: Normally short story collections are hit and miss. You get really great stories, and then some not so great stories. This collection is different. While all the stories are greatly varied, they are all wonderful. All the stories are inspired by film or classic tales. This is definitely for the horror fan as some of the stories are a bit disturbing, but fantastic. This is one of the best short story collections I have read in a while.
Cautions for Sensitive Readers: This one can be more than a bit disturbing. There are stories of abduction, cutting off body parts, and many other nightmare scenarios. Be warned, this one is amazing, but could be disturbing to the sensitive reader. ...more