4.5 stars This novel is addictive! Never would I have thought I would become consumed by the thoughts and the schemes three brothers and one committed4.5 stars This novel is addictive! Never would I have thought I would become consumed by the thoughts and the schemes three brothers and one committed friend put together to elude the police. Such precise details and carefully orchestrated movements went into their work; I was drawn into the life of crime. As their criminal activity intensified, I was attracted into the details of their task and the ease at which it was performed. They had calculated everything down to a science, they were ready for any possible scenario and these men vowed to be the best in their field. The best robbers there were. I wasn’t fearful or worried that they would slip-up or over step their boundaries, I was amazed and spellbound at what they were able to accomplish. Their ability to continue their life as thieves and elude the police was fascinating and thrilling to me. They covered their tracks; they were construction workers who sported a trade, if you didn’t look too closely. As the money came in, their lives did change and mistakes were made. The eyes of the other brothers were always watching out for each other, for that is what family does. I couldn’t put this novel down for I read it in one day; I had to know exactly what happened in the end. In this game, there are winners and loser and I had to know who won.
This novel tells us two stories, the current story of how these three brothers and one devoted friend came together to pull off a string of successful robberies. Banded together like brothers, it was not the money that they were after; it was about being independent and not having anyone tell them what to do. They were in charge and they loved the power that came with it. As their string of robberies continued, you could feel the power they felt as they unleashed themselves inside their arena. They took control of their heist, it was their domain and if something did not go as planned, they felt it from within. They loved power but they soon realized that money was a factor and how much money was enough? Another story that flows through the novel is the story about these men as children living with their parents. This relationship is important to this novel and is reflective on the men’s behavior throughout the novel. I enjoyed both stories and I felt they were both important and needed to truly enjoy this novel. The lead-ends into each story were not always clear but that is the only aspect of this novel that I found that I didn’t enjoy. As the men plan and rehearse over and over the robberies, they found that some of the robberies do not go as planned. This realization just pushes them with greater determination to do better the next time. Each robbery they up the ante, the stakes getting higher and their determination to succeed skyrockets. As a detective is put on the case, John becomes frustrated that he does not have much evidence to work with. Teaming up with a forensic scientist, John is finally able to piece together some data but the outlaws still have the upper hand. Based on a true story, I thought this novel was a fascinating and gripping read.
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It was happening right in front of her but since it didn’t affect her, she didn’t see it. Returning to work with Elodie’s suicide still fresh on her mIt was happening right in front of her but since it didn’t affect her, she didn’t see it. Returning to work with Elodie’s suicide still fresh on her mind, Wanda finds her client’s funds crumbling. Thomas was left handling her funds while on leave but obviously he was incompetent and inexperienced as he couldn’t even follow the directions that she left for him. Frustrated at the work that lies ahead plus having to deal with returning to work; Wanda knows it will take months to get her funds out of the red. With no time to breathe, Wanda is told her portfolio is being expanded, with no mention of any benefits to compensate the additional work, Wanda is frustrated. Wanda is going in all directions. She knew returning after her maturity leave would be hard but something else is different now at work. While at home with her baby, Wanda’s thoughts wander back to work and when she is at work her demands become unachievable. Too much is happening at work as management demands immediate results in her client’s funds, the new expanding job responsibilities in her portfolio are not in tune with what Wanda desires and Wanda is having a hard time adjusting to the pressures from her peers. There are advancements within the company, those only going to certain individuals who sport the label Mr. before their names. There is harassment and pressure, this tension is set upon the other gender who works with the organization. Wanda is feeling the blunt of it now, her eyes are open and she doesn’t know how to react and/or whether if she should. If that isn’t enough to handle, her baby’s father has returned and she doesn’t want that drama in her life now. She doesn’t need someone to feel sorry for her but she feels that she should really tell him that Nelly is his daughter.
Sexual harassment in the workplace does happen and Wanda experiences it firsthand. You can play along with them as they utter their “cute” comments to you, you can ignore them, you can confront them, you can turn them in or you can quit. There are other many other scenarios that you can do but those are the ones that occurred in the office that I worked at. There are many things to consider and Wanda had friends who were attorneys, so she was able to get some legal counsel during her ordeal. I have worked for attorney so watching this novel unfold was interesting and I enjoyed this legal aspect of it. Watching Wanda’s life change, good and bad, is part of life and I enjoyed the author’s portrayal of that. I was not fond of the way that Wanda treated Max, Nelly’s father. There were times, I wanted to reach inside the novel and shake Wanda- a good shaking or screaming at her for acting the way she did.
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It’s Christmas but where is the snow? As the farmer sat down in his chair at the end of a tiring day, he dreamt of snow. Inside of his dream, the snowIt’s Christmas but where is the snow? As the farmer sat down in his chair at the end of a tiring day, he dreamt of snow. Inside of his dream, the snow covers him and all of his farm animals with a white blanket. It was a peaceful dream and when the farmer woke up, he was surprised to see that snow had actually fallen outside. Quickly putting on the proper clothing, he runs outside grabbing a box and a sack for which he had already prepared. He seems to be in a hurry. The animals, safe in the barn, watch as the farmer races past them, he’s shouting and the animals question what the farmer is about to do. Excitement fills the air as the farmer pulls items out of the sack and the box. For, this is not just another day, it is much more.
I didn’t realize this was a lift-the-flap book until I started reading it. As the farmer is sleeping, the pages where he dreams about his animals, these pages are lift-the-flap pages. If children can remember what number he names his animals, these pages would be a great memorization tool or it’s a great way to see what animals are under each flap. I liked this book, it was a cute story and I liked the illustrations, as they weren’t overwhelming with colors and activity. The story has some great words in it and there was definitely love between the pages. I want to thank YABC for a copy of this novel for I received this book as a part of YABooksCentral.com 12 Days of Christmas. This is my own opinion of this children’s book. ...more
Who doesn’t love Spot? Spot’s pictures are bright, the lines are crisp and the text is short and easy to read. I love the bold black print of the textWho doesn’t love Spot? Spot’s pictures are bright, the lines are crisp and the text is short and easy to read. I love the bold black print of the text and this easy to read text makes Spot books a gem for children to read. I like Spot book and I like his videos. In this book, Spot is excited about Christmas and is doing many of the activities associated with this holiday with his family and his friends. Baking cookies, decorating the tree, singing songs and wrapping his presents are a few of the things Spot does. Spot is always sporting a smile and doing his best even though some of these activities can get messy. Before going to bed, like most children, Spot puts out some cookies and milk for Santa. In the morning, father and mother greet Spot with smiles and cheers for a Merry Christmas as Spot checks to see if Santa enjoyed his evening treat. I want to thank YABC for a copy of this novel for I received this book as a part of YABooksCentral.com 12 Days of Christmas. This is my own opinion of this children’s book. ...more
This is the second book in this series and I jumped right in, not having read the first novel which was okay, after I got myself organized. It took meThis is the second book in this series and I jumped right in, not having read the first novel which was okay, after I got myself organized. It took me a bit to fully understand the storyline but I think it really had to do with all the characters that were integrated inside this story. Using a multitude of characters, the author creates various storylines weaving them around the same account for which I had a hard time keeping them separated. I finally decided to make myself a cheat sheet so I could finally enjoy the novel and this worked wonderfully. The author did a great job briefing me on the information that was contained inside the first book in this series but I feel that I would have had a deeper passion and been more prepared for the disputes and the relationships had I read the first novel.
Harmony and Pierce were the perfect couple; they had made the citizens happy. When Pierce vanished, his whereabouts were a mystery. It’s a mystery that too many individuals have their sights on and want a piece of. It’s a fight for power, a fight to prove themselves, a fight to settle a score and sometimes it’s a fight to advance their careers …..either way, to find Pierce and bring him back to Omni is not just about helping the citizens, it’s about these individuals helping themselves. The government wants Pierce back and now everyone has their own reason to bring him back. To observe these conspirators, they put up a good front they looked to be doing their jobs for the country but their rational is far from respectable. Gathering in small groups, they plot their intentions while Harmony arranges her own plan. Holding strong feeling toward Pierce, she take great risks to fast-track the plan the two of them had devised earlier. Could Harmony be harboring information about Pierce and the fire in his cubicle? As they plot to find Pierce, this notion puts Harmony in harm’s way as they begin to track Pierce. I enjoyed the character of Harmony, being a successful actress, she was used to being cared for but throughout the novel, she matures and becomes a much stronger and outspoken individual. She was not afraid to step off her podium and experience life and get herself dirty. I liked that about her. This novel has plenty of entertainment value with the history of the individuals coming into play, the characters constantly plotting against one another and their constant strive to achieve the ultimate goal.
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I liked the variety of themes that James pulled together in this novel to make this novel stand out. Native American history, family ties, mental illnI liked the variety of themes that James pulled together in this novel to make this novel stand out. Native American history, family ties, mental illness and paranormal activity all flowed together throughout this novel as FBI Agent Quinn addresses a cold case that needs closure. This is a personal case for Quinn involving close relatives including one who has been missing for years. Quinn has quite a reputation for being a tracker and being a part of the FBI paranormal’s team. Doing paranormal spying, he is part of Kruse’s dream team, a team of individuals who also unique. Kruse believes that Quinn’s trip would be a great field experiment for Quinn and the rest of his team. Reluctant at first, Quinn relents and he departs for Arizona to begin his field work while the rest of the team works from the office in Minnesota. With Hawk, Slim Jim and Candace driving to Arizona, Hawk describes what life was like for the Native Americans, his details specific and informational. Their drive was more fascinating than Quinn’s ride in the aircraft. His forefathers now want to reclaim the land that was once theirs, his passion for their attempts provoke an excitement and fire in Hawk. Hawk is an encyclopedia of knowledge about his heritage and shares whenever he has the chance. In Arizona, Quinn catches up with his team in Minnesota as they do remote viewing from there. He’s worried about his team and the affects of remote viewing but he also wanted to solve this case and get answers about his past. Quinn hopes that his spirit guide will assist him as he tries to find closure. It was quite an adventure, a ride definitely worth taking. I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest opinion. ...more
Magnificent! Bravo! I just finished reading this novel and my eyes have now cleared and I can see my computer again. What an outstanding conclusion, oMagnificent! Bravo! I just finished reading this novel and my eyes have now cleared and I can see my computer again. What an outstanding conclusion, one that spoke volumes for the people of Quinn. The town of Quinn, if you happened to drive into town, you’d be meet with some of the most outspoken, outlandish and unique individuals you have ever meet. It’s a small town where gossip is cheap, liquor brings the people together and your past haunts you.
Opening the novel, I found myself with Frank as he calls to the cats around his trailer park using his harmonic, same time and same place, every day. This town likes consistency and order. Twelve-year old Jake would watch from his roof next door, stretched out in a lawn chair watching the scene unfold. Frank and Jake had a special bond, these two were watchers and everyday they were in their own world, yet they were together. I really fell for these two, they had something special and sometimes no words had to be spoken. When Rachel returns to her hometown, most of the citizens are not happy to see her including her mother. Returning to a town where alcohol is part of the entertainment, Rachel is now in AA and she is trying to make amends for her previous actions. I can see immediately where Rachel’s loose behavior and outspoken voice have sprouted from, as her mother Laverna is quite a bold individual. This assertive woman is not afraid to speak her mind with her rude, over-bearing remarks. There were times I was embarrassed to read what was coming from her mouth and other times, she had me in stitches, you just never knew what was going to come out of her mouth. Owning one of the two pubs in town and coaching the woman’s softball league, The Flood Girls, Laverna left her mark throughout the town.
The novel is about more than The Flood Girls as Rachel tries to make amends for her past. As I finally got comfortable with the writings of the author, I began to follow Rachel in her journey to rediscover the town of Quinn and make restitution. People don’t change much over time and their opinions don’t necessarily change especially if you have injured a part of them. Rachel left with a reputation and the town still sees that girl. Moving into her father’s old trailer, she becomes friends with Jake. Jake with his suits, his ties, and his fancy shoes where other teens are wearing shorts and t-shirts, she sees Jake for what he is. Jake filled my heart with his style, with his way of looking at the world and with his way of just watching. The day of Jake’s thirteenth birthday had to be one of the most special parts of this book for me.
I would pay to go see a game played by The Flood Girls; the entertainment value would be priceless. The author’s descriptions had me grinning and laughing as she describes the team. Their uniforms or lack of uniforms, their attempts at the game, the girl’s demeanor and their coach’s attitude, and let’s not forget about the fans. All of this was part of this entertainment value and made them, the famous Flood Girls. I really enjoyed this novel, the glimpse inside the town of Quinn. I will miss the sticky floors of The Dirty Shame, the Sinclairs, I wonder what will happen to Rachel but most of all, I will miss Jake and his thrift shop treasures.
I received an ecopy of this novel from NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review. I also received a physical copy of this novel in a Goodreads giveaway- thanks Gallery books!
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This was a wonderful tale, the Hollows playing a major role as individuals found themselves corralled insides its fortress. They were trapped inside,This was a wonderful tale, the Hollows playing a major role as individuals found themselves corralled insides its fortress. They were trapped inside, always searching for a way out but their attempts were always pointless. When they heard cries of help and imaged this next person who had stumbled into the Hollows would be their ticket out, for they always had hope that someday they would walk out of the woods safely. Each additional person who fell into the Hollows became one of them, a person who was missing out on their real life. The town had spoken of a witch who lived inside the Hollows yet who could really believe in this myth unless you lived it. Beginning in the 1600’s, the story reveals how the Hollows came into being and its progression and it was this history and the magical aspects of the Hollows that makes this story shine. Pulling three time periods together, I enjoyed seeing how the Hollows transformed itself and how it shaped the community around it. The town speaks of a witch yet they do not know the identity of the so-called witch and as I read the events transpiring inside the Hollow I wondered how much the townfolk knew about the witch. It was this creep factor of the witch that haunted the Hollows that no one knew much about that mystified me. I wanted her to reveal herself and I wanted to know what made her so fearsome. The only issue I had with the novel was the last sentence; I thought it was a bit cheesy for the novel and it didn’t need to be there. I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ...more
This novel runs deep and I loved it in so many ways. The story flashes back between present day and the 1800's when the curse was first placed upon thThis novel runs deep and I loved it in so many ways. The story flashes back between present day and the 1800's when the curse was first placed upon the family. The women of the family are plagued by the curse only it is not discovered until later exactly how it all fits together and the creep factor keeps this book close at hand as I tried to go about my day forgetting about Ethel and Libby. I tried, I really tried to put the novel down but in the back of my mind, I feared for what was about to transpire and then it festered until I just couldn’t take it any longer and then the story grew and I myself, heard the little man, with his teeth clackin’ clackin’ as he stood before me all dressed in black. As the years past, I wondered who was going to get to the heart of this matter and find out the history of this man, who drained the color from the faces of the individuals who saw him, the innocent females whose faces dripped with tears as the man stood before them. It’s gripping, it’s powerful and I loved every minute of it! I think I might have found a new author to check out. I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. ...more