Another great Kyle Masters thriller from pilot/author Dana Griffin, in which Kyle’s NTSB investigator wife, Lori, finds herself at the center of an aiAnother great Kyle Masters thriller from pilot/author Dana Griffin, in which Kyle’s NTSB investigator wife, Lori, finds herself at the center of an aircraft accident investigation and caught between cross-hairs.
Griffin approaches this installment differently, putting hard-as-nails Lori Masters in the driver’s seat for the first half of the book. Kyle and Lori’s daughter, Brooke, eventually get involved and soon fists and bullets are flying. It’s at this point Kyle takes the story over, a transition I thought Griffin handled quite well.
The investigation is intelligently written and clearly well-researched. I found dialogue smart, action scenes fun, and adored Kyle, as always. He is a quirky, cool kickass, not one of these cookie-cutter action heroes, and I look forward to his next high-octane airline thriller, and will think twice about flying. Really, Dana Griffin, what do you know that we don’t?...more
I'm very pleased to announce that the fourth book in Cassidy Jones Adventures, Cassidy Jones and the Luminous, has been released.
Much changes for CasI'm very pleased to announce that the fourth book in Cassidy Jones Adventures, Cassidy Jones and the Luminous, has been released.
Much changes for Cassidy in the latest installment, circumstances and relationships become more complex, as she faces her greatest challenge yet. Essentially, The Luminous changes the course of the series, in a new direction which, frankly, took me by surprise. I'm inspired by the turn of events and look forward to seeing where Cassidy and Co. take me from here.
Many thanks to all of you who have joined me on my young superhero's journey. Hope you'll enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed writing it. ...more
I have a new rule: No starting a Monica La Porta novel when I can't afford losing sleep. I opened up "The Lost Cent(Not suitable for readers under 18)
I have a new rule: No starting a Monica La Porta novel when I can't afford losing sleep. I opened up "The Lost Centurion" on my Kindle one evening, planning to read for half an hour. The half an hour turned into nearly an all-nighter.
Immortal Marcus has been relentlessly hunting Claudius, the vampire who had murdered his wife, for over two centuries. He gets a tip of the whereabouts of another vampire who can help him locate the killer. Marcus goes to meet the informant, Virgil, and finds himself in the middle of a tussle between Claudius's henchmen and Virgil, who had "turned" a human girl, Diana, without Claudius's permission. The penalty: death. Determined that his informant will not die before telling him Claudius's location, Marcus intervenes. He and Virgil manage to overcome his assailants, but not before Virgil has been mortally wounded. His last words are not the information Marcus is seeking, but an appeal to the Centurion to protect his vampling.
Frustrated, Marcus hides Diana, breaking the pact between the vampires and immortals, thus endangering his life too. The possibility that Diana might know Claudius's location is his only motivation for protecting her, revenge having made him myopic. However, his motivation shifts as he begins developing feelings for her.
La Porta has taken an overused subject in fiction-- vampires-- and has created a unique storyline involving the undead. I didn't feel like I was reading a book I'd read a hundred times before. La Porta is incredibly creative. Plus, I love her writing style. She is clearly a reader who doesn't like getting bogged down in lengthy or irrelevant description and doesn't subject her readers to them, either. Her stories clip along at a pleasant pace and she doesn't divert the reader down any rabbit holes, which is probably why I can blow through her novels. No "yawning" moments.
Be warned, though. If you read the Ginecean Chronicles, "The Lost Centurion" is racy. Intimate scenes are written tactfully, but are explicit. For readers seeking a steamy page-turner, you'll most likely be satisfied. Marcus is potent. ...more
I had been offered the ARC of “Army Of Worn Soles”— a perfect title for this poignant true story— in exchange for an honest review, which I readily acI had been offered the ARC of “Army Of Worn Soles”— a perfect title for this poignant true story— in exchange for an honest review, which I readily accepted after reading the summary. This novel is based on the real-life accounts of the author’s father-in-law, Maurice Bury, who had been drafted into the Soviet Army during World War II. Due to the relationship, I knew this would be a special and moving tribute. I wasn’t wrong.
This powerful story opens with Maurice, on the cusp of death, in a German POW camp rolling a glass bottle over his tattered uniform’s shirt, crushing lice. His energy is quickly sapped, and he slumps against the barrack’s wall, numb. A familiar face enters the courtyard: A German officer, who had been Maurice’s best friend, Bohdan. From this chance meeting, the story rolls back in time to when Maurice and Bohdan met at school and proceeds into Maurice’s draft into the "Red Army," which he’d thought he’d be immune to due to his Canadian citizenship.
What the reader follows Maurice into once he is deployed is horrific. Bury shows the atrocities of war vividly. It’s shocking how cruel humans can be. As POWs, Maurice and his captured men endure beatings, starvation, and overwork, until a miracle happens. As I write this, my mind wanders to the other POWs in that camp who didn’t have their miracle, just as it had done when I read the scenes. Bury does a great job of showing a sane life before war— hardworking university students, whose greatest concerns had been passing challenging classes. Little did they know, they’d soon be putting one another in their crosshairs on a battlefield.
Well done, Scott Bury. You have greatly honored your father-in-law by preserving his story, and have given the rest of us a glimpse into a piece of history that I deeply wish no one had experienced....more
I’d like to start by saying, I LOVE Kyle Masters. He is quirky, cool, and a total kickass. I don’t care how brillia(Not suitable for readers under 18)
I’d like to start by saying, I LOVE Kyle Masters. He is quirky, cool, and a total kickass. I don’t care how brilliant the plot is, if the characters that are driving the story fall flat. Kyle and crew most definitely do not.
…And the plot ROCKS, too!
A news reporter grilling Omega Airlines 737 Fleet Master, Kyle, about an aircraft accident, which had been swept under the rug, launches the reader into another pulse-pounding, page-turning, thrill ride. At least, my pulse was pounding, as bodies began piling up and homicidal thugs seemed to be lurking around every corner. Kung fu expert Kyle laid waste to them quickly, however, in some of the most exciting fight sequences I’ve ever read. I could visualize each move executed perfectly. And the story’s climax— Intense!
Goes without saying, I look forward to the next fix Kyle gets himself into, although he could probably use a breather after the few harrowing days he just had....more
I just spent the last hour or so eating up the first 73 pages of "Getting Over Your Ovaries," which I was fortunate to get a sneak peek of. Being on tI just spent the last hour or so eating up the first 73 pages of "Getting Over Your Ovaries," which I was fortunate to get a sneak peek of. Being on the cusp of "Orchids" myself (what Lisa calls "the change" since menopause is such an ugly sounding word), I was eager to learn about Lisa's experience, especially since I'm fairly ignorant about what's to come. Now, I feel a bit more prepared (YIKES!). Lisa's candidness and wit had me simultaneously giggling and on the verge of tears. Only she could make boils and fat cells going "rogue" and "holding your hips, thighs, butt and belly for ransom" funny. If there were more middle and high school health teachers like Lisa, there would be less ignorant 45-year-olds like me. Highly recommended for both genders (Guys, it couldn't hurt you to know this stuff too). ...more
I really needed a mental escape. Luckily, I decided to open "This Time Forever" on my Kindle. It was just what the(Not suitable for readers under 18)
I really needed a mental escape. Luckily, I decided to open "This Time Forever" on my Kindle. It was just what the doctor ordered.
Delaney Brannigan comes to Glebe Point for one purpose: To gather information on the father of her recently deceased cousin's son, Ben. Delaney plans on adopting Ben, but first feels obligated to confirm that his father, Blake Morrison, is indeed the abusive person her cousin had claimed him to be. When a dashing man dressed as the Lone Ranger catches her eye at the town's Halloween party and closes her evening with a passionate kiss, Delaney is stunned to learn a couple days later that her cowboy is Blake. Having no clue whose cousin she is, Blake asks her out on a date. They fall for one another hard and fast, with Delaney's deception looming over them, threatening to rob her of everything she desires.
This is a well written romance that I read late into the night and finished in the morning. In other words, it is a page-turner. The engaging story and characters certainly contributed to the pleasant reading experience, as did Paris's perfect balance of description and pacing. The story isn't bogged down with irrelevant details. It flows. I really appreciated her writing style, too.
There's a review titled "Sweet and Steamy," which sums up Book 1 in the Glebe Point series. The story grabs the heart; Blake and Delaney sizzle. In plain English: Recommended for a mature audience. ...more
After reading great reviews for Carmen DeSousa's work, I decided to give her debut novel a shot. I was not disappointed.
The story launches with the prAfter reading great reviews for Carmen DeSousa's work, I decided to give her debut novel a shot. I was not disappointed.
The story launches with the prologue (so don't skip it, readers). Jordan Monroe is startled out of sleep by a gunshot. He finds his wife, Jaynee, sprawled on the floor with a bullet in her head. The story then rewinds back five years to the night the couple had first met. For Jordan it was a love at first sight. He knew the moment he laid eyes on Jaynee that she was the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Of course, he didn't know about her incarcerated ex-boyfriend who had decided that Jaynee "belonged" to him.
The story flips back and forth between Jordan and Jaynee's whirlwind romance and the mystery of who shot Jaynee and why. Although, I enjoyed the development of their relationship, my favorite parts of the story were the mystery. Just when I thought I'd had it figured out, DeSousa would throw in a twist. I have a hunch if I reread the book I'd be palming my forehead over all the clues I'd missed.
Along with the mystery and suspense, I also appreciated the character development and lack of explicit content. Jordan and Jaynee are noble, but flawed. For example, Jaynee has an abusive past that she doesn't allow to rule her life, although the reader does see where her past affects her perceptions and decisions. Jordan can be domineering, but I like the fact he recognizes this about himself, acknowledges it, and tries to keep himself in check. Regarding intimacy, there's sizzle, but DeSousa leaves most of it to the reader's imagination. Very refreshing, I must say.
I'd love to share a bit about my favorite character, but I'm afraid that would be too much of a spoiler. The end has a great example of the type of person I hope and strive to be. But sharing specifically what that trait is would be a spoiler as well. Guess you'll just have to read the story. ...more
I had wanted to read "I Am Legend" since seeing the movie. However, this is one of those rare occasions where I preferred the movie, but obviously enjI had wanted to read "I Am Legend" since seeing the movie. However, this is one of those rare occasions where I preferred the movie, but obviously enjoyed the book, too, hence 5-stars. The book was different and vastly different from the film. Like "The Bourne Identity," the book and film only share character names and a loose concept.
A bizarre vampire virus has swept across the globe, infecting every human and animal on the planet. Robert Neville has lost everyone he has ever known and loved and must fight for survival amongst the undead, his former friends and neighbors. He appears to be the lone survivor of this plague that mutates victims into creatures of the night, until he catches a glimpse of a redhead woman in a tattered white dress shuffling down the street in broad daylight.
The brilliance of this story is the exploration of the human psyche. How would a man endure being the lone survivor of a plague? How would he handle being hunted by monsters who were once friends and loved ones? Would he succumb to loneliness, hopelessness, and fear, or would he prevail? Matheson breathes life into Neville. The reader feels him and feels for him. I found myself creating alternative storylines in my head because I couldn't stand his predicament. I could completely relate to Neville, except in one instance: his lusting over the female zombie/vampires. That did get an eye roll. Every other emotion and struggle seemed plausible in an implausible situation....more
My husband's cousin highly recommended The Plan. Diligent with exercising and careful about her diet, she couldn't budge undesirable weight. FollowingMy husband's cousin highly recommended The Plan. Diligent with exercising and careful about her diet, she couldn't budge undesirable weight. Following The Plan's menu, she lost 10 pounds in less than two weeks. I was skeptical but decided to give it a shot. The morning after Day 1, I had lost 2.5 pounds, water weight obviously. However, I continued to lose half a pound a day, just as Recitas predicts. The recipes are relatively easy and generally good. I'm addicted to the flax seed granola, actually. Due to my busy schedule, I didn't get beyond the first week's menu and never tested foods. But I was losing weight, so why mess with what works? I do plan to test, at some point, for I have noticed foods the author labels as "Devil's Food" effects me negatively (you'll be surprised what those are). I pay the price the following morning of my indulgence, putting on 1 to 2 pounds of water weight. ...more
Wow. I'm so glad I selected this book on my Kindle today. Being under the weather, I wanted a good read, scrolled t(Not suitable for readers under 18)
Wow. I'm so glad I selected this book on my Kindle today. Being under the weather, I wanted a good read, scrolled through my downloads, and decided to give Promise Cove a shot, having no clue the sweet love story I was in store for.
Driving in a convoy outside of Bagdad, Captain Scott Phillips drones on and on about his wife Jordan and daughter Hutton to Lieutenant Nick Harris. Nick humors him, although details of his commanding officer's domestic bliss and dream of renovating his Queen Anne Victorian into Bed & Breakfast bores Nick to tears. After playboy Nick declares marriage would be a rock around his neck, followed by Scott's assurance that a good woman like Jordan would change his mind, their Humvee is struck by a mortar. Scott's dying request to Nick is to take care of "his girls."
Suffering from PTSD, Nick makes good on his promise a year later, pulling up on his Harley in front of Scott's childhood home. He finds the Victorian rundown and Scott's beautiful widow in tears after losing a battle with a sander. In despair, Jordan confesses she is on the verge of losing her home to the stranger, if she doesn't open her Bed & Breakfast within two months. Nick had planned on sharing details of Scott's death and then leaving, with hopes of finally being free from plaguing nightmares of that day. However, much to his frustration, he knows he can't leave his friend's family in a dire situation, and without sharing who he is, the financier passes himself off as a "carpenter slash handyman."
The tender and touching love story that unfolds as Nick and Jordan make Scott's dream come true kept me clicking. The writing and characters are beautiful. Who wouldn't like a story about two kind and selfless people who find one another in their sorrow and brokenness? It was a very rewarding read by an extremely gifted writer. Being sick is the pits. The upside: Uninterrupted reading time to get lost in Promise Cove. I look forward to reading more by Vickie McKeehan....more
Well-written, a great story line, skillfully crafted characters, Magian High was a joy to read, although the teacher in me rubbed palms together, as IWell-written, a great story line, skillfully crafted characters, Magian High was a joy to read, although the teacher in me rubbed palms together, as I mentally incorporated this gem into a killer American Civil Rights unit. There would be no complaints about required reading.
In a world of those who have magic and those who do not, students launch into a new, desegregated school year at Magian High, thanks to the efforts of teachers and fellow classmates who wanted to end the separation of Mages and Nomers in the public school system. Having been a spearhead in the effort, Kincaid Riley starts his senior year with optimism, not anticipating the anger, prejudice, and coming violence from students and staff. Magian High becomes a very dangerous school to attend. Kincaid and his Nomer girlfriend, Amity, uncover a devious plot that seemingly staunch supporters of desegregation are involved in, which puts Kincaid and Amity’s lives even more at risk. The question becomes who is a friend and who is a foe?
I deeply appreciate what the author, Lia London, is trying to accomplish. She not only sets out to entertain her target audience, giving them a story that fuels the imagination with characters, social situations, and a setting they can relate to, but also cleverly teaches history, or more precisely the lessons we’ve learned from history. She delivers strong examples in Kincaid, Amity, and their friends of the bravery and decency we should all strive to attain. In other words, they are incredible role models, and I absolutely love, love, love that aspiring writers their ages had a hand in creating them. My appreciation for this story grew when I read the Acknowledgments. Magian High is a collaborative effort. London and a handful of teens wrote this story together. Teachers, librarians, parents, readers of all ages— how inspirational is that? ...more
Indestructible women who can fly and bend metal with their minds and others to their will? Of course, I'm going to be intrigued. The execution of theIndestructible women who can fly and bend metal with their minds and others to their will? Of course, I'm going to be intrigued. The execution of the story? Phenomenal!
Gary Henry delivers a well-written, power-packed, page-turner, reminiscent of the golden age of comic books. An introduction to two average Midwest small-town women, Megan and Trish, who gain extraordinary powers after volunteering to be test subjects in a medical experiment, launches this action-adventure thrill ride. Aside from walking through a wall of fire, terrifying a man attempting suicide into valuing life, and using special abilities to gain the upper hand with an egotistical spouse and expose his cheating ways -- all in the day of your average superhero-- life is rather normal for Megan and Trish, until an exiled Russian scientist decides to resurrect a dream of world domination. Soon, both women discover they are not invincible, as a deliciously wicked super villainess uses them to bring humanity to its knees.
As previously mentioned, American Goddesses is comic bookish. In fact, I visualized the vivid action scenes as comic book panels. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an entertaining, fast-pace, and quick (quick because it's hard to put down, as the bags under my eyes will attest) action-adventure or superhero read. Keep in mind, however, this novel is meant for an adult audience. The sexual content and violence isn't overly graphic, but enough to give a heads up....more
"Given the choice, he shouldn't have played Fosgate's Game. Given the choice . . . he should have taken death."
These opening lines had me. Everything t"Given the choice, he shouldn't have played Fosgate's Game. Given the choice . . . he should have taken death."
These opening lines had me. Everything that followed did not disappoint. Thanks to the talented David C. Cassidy's visual writing style and attention to detail, I felt like I was hunkered down in front of the television, absenting depositing popcorn into my mouth while spellbound by a classic black-and-white Alfred Hitchhock film. Good stuff.
In my review for Velvet Rain, I referred to Cassidy as a master puppeteer, due to his ability to elicit strong emotion from his readers. Fosgate's Game is further testament of his skill to capture his audience and move them through scenes like chess pieces. Cassidy also proves how versatile his writing voice is. Where Velvet Rain's characters are primarily small town folk in Iowa with limited education, Fosgate and Chadwich represent England's upper-crust. Cassidy pulls off this portrayal swimmingly. Fosgate is a very dignified killer.
I highly recommend this superb novella to anyone who enjoys suspense, Alfred Hitchcock films, The Twilight Zone, and exceptional writing....more
Charming, charming, charming, charming! Even now, I'm smiling just thinking about this sweet story. It's absolutely adorable!
Told in a very English voCharming, charming, charming, charming! Even now, I'm smiling just thinking about this sweet story. It's absolutely adorable!
Told in a very English voice, the adventure begins with Larry meeting an unusual animal with long ears and a white fluffy tail that he had spied hiding in a hedge. He learns that his new friend, Rory, is called a rabbit and is an escapee from the Easter Market Farmyard, where loud children covered in sticky chocolate pick him up and pet him, dirtying with his beautiful, soft fur. Larry is justly horrified. When Rory is captured and returned to the dreadful Easter Market Farmyard, Larry plots a rescue.
This is a perfect book to read with a young child, as I'm sure the other Larry the Liger books are, too. In fact, as I was reading this story— wearing that big smile— I'd stop periodically to share funny excerpts with my family. Though it is a charming tale (did I mention it's charming?), like any quality children's literature, there is a lesson. In this particular story, the lesson is tolerance and appreciating the differences between us all.
Goes without saying, I highly recommend Larry the Liger. This series will be a great addition to your child's bookshelf....more