Dead Winners makes me happy I never purchase lottery tickets. McDonald's has put together one hell of an action-packed mystery. I breezed through this in a couple of days. I didn't really know how exciting a book about lottery tickets could be, but boy, McDonald hit it on the head. Brent is a man that is down on his luck. He is a former Marine desperate for a new job. One seemingly falls into his lap given to him by his girlfriend's brother. He doesn't like charity, but it seems like a great opportunity. Unfortunately, he soon finds that this great opportunity may be a trap. Someone is killing lottery winners and taking their money on top of rigging the actual game. Brent is now stuck in the middle of it and he knows someone is playing him, but he doesn't know who.
I loved this book. This was such an exciting read, it took me by surprise. Hell, it opens up with quite a setting. It captured my attention from the get go. The story is fast paced and full of mystery. I loved our main character, Brent. I did feel the need to slap him a few times, but then again, it made his character more believable. He has received a new job as the Vice Chairman of the Lottery Commission. His boss and the governor is Katharine Franklin (aka Kitty) who is a strong and very beautiful woman. Brent is attracted to her even though he already has a girlfriend. It seems Kitty is also very attracted to him since she knows more about him than he thinks. Like I said, I loved Brent. He was a strong and very smart man, but not when it came to Kitty. He thought with his other brain and I knew that would get him in a world of trouble. His involvement with Kitty opens up some very dangerous doors since people who work with Kitty seem to drop like flies. Someone is rigging the lottery and killing those who win and it all connects to Kitty.
I did like being in Brent's head. He always asked the right questions. Whatever I was saying, he was saying. It made it more enjoyable because he was easy to relate to. I also really enjoyed the dialogue. There is just the right amount of humor in this book. It doesn't take away from the action or the mystery. The book is full of one suspenseful scene after another. But it was never overwhelming or overdone like a Michael Bay movie. I was completely lost in this story. This is my first read from McDonald and I hope to read more. He knows how to weave one hell of a story.
I could go on forever about this, but I would hate to spoil it. The twists in this book will drive you crazy. You will be kept on your toes until the end. You just won't believe how crazy this gets. I loved every minute of it. The characters feel real and are complex. The story is so captivating and suspenseful. If you are looking for a thrilling page-turner, I highly recommend you get this book pronto....more
The Fitzy Resolution is a book about a politic battle in the dog world. Dogs are disappearing, specifically Yorkshires and they are trying to figure who or what is behind it. But while dogs are disappearing, those in power are taking advantage to gain political recognition. And worse, there are rumors that something big is coming that the dogs may not be prepared for.
I love animals, so when I received the request to read this from DeSena, I was intrigued. Of course my first thought was, "Oh, how adorable." However, this book is anything but. This is actually an interesting and aggressive political thriller. Yeah, I couldn't believe it either.
I love our lead character, Senator Labrador-Casey. She follows her government to the letter. But after a series of awful run-ins with some dreadful dogs, we see her slowly see the world through different eyes. They are taught to stay away from the city dogs, The Wilds. They are taught they are the enemy because they are savages. And worse, your villain, Juniper, wants a war against them. He uses the fear of the Wilds and the mythical Fananas (wolves) to get ahead in the political world. I love the conflict between these two. DeSena did a great job focusing on both characters and their tactics especially with Casey. Love the scene with her and the underground rats.
Now political books aren't really the first things I gravitate towards. But I gave this a shot and was glad I did. It definitely gives you an interesting take on the doggy world. It is a great mix of fantasy and politics all from the point of view of dogs. I love the things that develop in the story. I love the political struggles and trying to figure out who to trust and who to stay clear of. I love the amount of work DeSena obviously put in this especially with the rats. Like I said, I really enjoyed that part. Very interesting.
This book took me by surprise. It was full of thrills, complexity and a few tears. The scene when Casey discovers the evil side of some humans was awful. I have a dog myself and couldn't imagine such a thing happening to him. I definitely recommend this to those looking for a unique and creative look on the dog world. This is no Disney movie that is for sure. If you are looking for a mystery to sink your teeth into, The Fitzy Resolution is perfect for you. ...more
Grave Mercy is about a young woman named Ismae who has been dealt a terrible hand in life. She is the spawn of a demon. Her mother was so scared of what she would become, she hired a witch to create a poison that would kill her before she was born, but it didn't take. Instead it left her horribly scarred. But her horrendous father has married her off to a brutal man that finds out what she is. Ismae escapes him and ends up with the convent of St. Mortain.
It is here she is taught to serve the god of Death and learns of many ways to kill to fulfill his wishes. She is to become an assassin. That is right, a nun assassin. She has passed a couple of tests, but to stay at the convent, she must pass her biggest challenge. She must find who is trying to betray the duchess of Brittany. It is harder than she expected given it to be. Not to mention serving Mortain is a bit more complicated than she or the convent thinks.
Ismae is definitely going on my great heroines list. She is a no-nonsense kind of woman. She knows how to be deadly and know how to do do it quietly. She did scare me a time or two. But I love that there is still a certain innocence about her. She was quite the character. I am a huge fan of Gavriel Duval. As a matter of fact, he is my new book boyfriend. He is honorable and would bend over backwards for his sister Anne, who is set to be the next duchess. He let Ismae see that things are not as black and white as the convent led her to believe. They were an exceptional team and I love the chemistry. Romance isn't the forefront of the book, but it was no less amazing. It wasn't instant, it grew page by page. I loved it.
I loved Anne, Duval's sister. She was so young, but truly wise beyond her years. I love the relationship she forms with Duval's family. Even when it comes to the ones who have tried to stab him in the back. I also loved Duval's right-hand men, Beast and de Lornay, especially Beast. They really would do anything for Duval. Definitely men you would want to have your back. I am definitely curious about Sybella. She was a sister at the convent who has seemingly escaped. Her mind seems to have been broken, but she was way ahead of Ismae and helped her throughout. Her story will be told in book 2, so I am more than excited to read it.
The plot was absolutely mind-boggling. I love the idea of a nun assassin fighting for her country. Trying to figure out the traitor is was a riot. Usually I am good at figuring it out way ahead of time, but not here. This is a story that will keep you on your toes until the end.
I honestly didn't know what to expect with this book. But it definitely surpassed my expectations and will be going on my Favorites list. A story full of mystery, political intrigue, and murder. You will blast through this book. This is more for mature YA I think. But still can be enjoyed by YA fans and adults alike. I don't read a lot of political thrillers and even if political thrillers aren't your thing, I think this book will change your mind. It certainly did for me. Grave Mercy was an unexpected page-turner. I truly couldn't put this book down. Make sure to grab your copy today....more