Aberration Review

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     A truly well-developed and heart-stopping thriller, Aberration by Lisa Regan is simply magnificent. This book took me for a ride that was both strangely disturbing and totally addictive at the same time. Each page of this book weaves a deadly web that constricts tighter and tighter until the final explosive ending. I am very delighted by this book, and Miss Regan truly captures the mystery crime genre by the guts.

     Aberration follows the story of FBI analyst Kassidy Bishop, who is assigned to the “For You” killer’s task force after a series of cunning and sadistic murders bearing the same signature arise in different parts of the country. What links them together is that they all bear the same signature: the words “for you” scribbled at each crime scene. The case chills both Kassidy–by bringing back memories of her former assault–and the reader as they continue delving into the depths of depravity and pure evil. The stakes then rise dramatically when the task force links the killer’s signature to none other than Kassidy herself. This sets Kassidy on a wild ride of searching her past, her pain, and her memories. The closer Kassidy comes to finding the actual killer, the closer she comes to a deadly confrontation that could cost her dearly. While I was thoroughly caught up in the story of the UNSUB, I was also caught up in the life and rebirth of Kassidy, as her character growth and development over the course of the book really intrigued me. Here was somebody who had lost everyone she had ever loved, and yet she kept doing the work that would bring justice to families like hers. She transformed herself from a victim to a survivor, from a lost girl to a strong woman. Her confidence and personality were amazing and believable; she was a character I could truly relate to.

This book is a wild ride from beginning to end. If you want a police procedural that will screw with your mind, this is for you. Aberration will make you think you know everything, only for it to disappear like a ghost in the night. This was truly a great suspense thriller, and I plan to reread this many times. The characters were well developed and believable in context. It was fast-paced, with some great twists and red herrings. The writing quality was very good, with very few errors in grammar, and the story kept me up at night because I didn’t want to put the book down. Aberration has all your favorite elements for an impressive story: a twisted serial killer with some creative ideas, a strong but damaged heroine, a compassionate and supportive man who may or may not be the hero or the killer, obsessive love, and enough possible twists to keep you on your toes. I look forward to reading more of this writer’s work.

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Soulbound Reveiw

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A nifty little novel that I got via those emailed free book lists, Soulbound is a quirky and fun, action packed story that took my breath away. It’s a story with elves, but not like ones you may think of. A different world, fascinating culture, and a society unlike anything we imagine. This story tugs on heart-strings as well as imaginations.

Bethany Adams is a wonder author, weaving together a delectable tale of family and love, redemption and betrayal, and finding where you belong. The story centers around Arlyn, a human girl with an elf father. Little does she know, fulfilling her mother’s last request isn’t as easy as it seems! Finding her father, her beloved, and getting involved in a plot to destroy everything she has found. This story is fast paced and leaves you gripping the end of your seat until the very last page. This was an ebook, but I’d happily save up to get this in paperback. I loved how relatable and quirky the cast of characters are. From the sexy Kai, the spunky Arlyn, the sassy Lial, and the bloodthirsty Allafon. This book quickly became one of my new favorites. No grammatical errors, easy to follow plot lines, and a thrilling narrative. Just enough background to be aware of what’s going on without bogging down the story itself.

I definitely want to read the next book in the series, but until then, I may just find myself reading this over and over! Highly recommend it to those who love myths, elves, strong heroines, and engaging stories. I was not disappointed at all. Really a lovely book from beginning to end.

 

The Heart to Kill Review

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     The Heart to Kill by Dorothy Place is an intriguing and complex novel about love, murder, and small-town politics. I was hesitant at first, my trepidation stemming not from the subject matter, since I love crime stories, but rather the fact that this was more about the character Sarah and not the crime itself. Nonetheless, I read this novel and found myself immediately pulled into the world of Eight Mile Junction, a simple, ‘everyday’ small-town in South Carolina. I also was impressed at how Ms. Place crafted her story to bring to light the devastating crime and the harrowing journey all the players have to endure. Sinking my teeth into this story was a wonderful adventure.

To begin, we have Sarah Wasser, a likable character that true and relatable. She’s frazzled, looking for approval and coming up short. Her life has been planned out by her well-meaning but overbearing father, and it’s not falling into place as she would expect. She gets turned down from a highly coveted internship, one her father had arranged for her, and her life seems to crumple. That is, however, until she learns of her childhood friend, JoBeth. Lovely JoBeth, the perfect wife and mother, accused of the heinous act of murdering her two beloved children. And the plot continues to thicken from there. This book was high-paced but easy to follow, and the descriptive language and keen observations really highlight the author’s talent. I was rooting for Sarah, I felt heartbroken for JoBeth, and the emotions this book took me through as both a woman and a mother was very reflective and sobering. I also understood the inner battle of trying to do what you’re expected to verse becoming who you were meant to be all along. The struggles, both internally and physically, of Sarah felt very true to life. The destruction of JoBeth and the anarchic politics of Southern small-towns were both handled eloquently by Ms. Place.

I did notice a couple of proofreading and copy errors, but it wasn’t enough to distract from the story’s flow. The Heart to Kill was otherwise a very well written story that I couldn’t put down! This book took an immersive dive into the human psyche, peeling back the layers of deceit and shame until the unvarnished and terrifying truth is revealed. I wept, I cheered, and I kept coming back for more. I give this novel high praises, and look forward to reading it again until Ms. Place decides if a sequel would be necessary.

Love Bats Last review

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I’ve never been one that really fancied romance novels. They were cheap, desperate, and not at all an accurate representation of how love works. And then, I found this little gem. Browsing in the free section of the Amazon Kindle market, I happened to notice this book. Love Bats Last, by Pamela Aares, at first appeared to be yet another romance novel. But the description intrigued me. Seals, science, and sports? Perhaps I would give this a try. I am terribly glad I did!

     Love Bats Last begins unlike any other romance novel. It actually has an in-depth plot that actually holds substance. The characters are vivid, complex, and have real personalities. I fell in love in an instant. Alex was a loveable hunk and athlete, mixed with a heart of gold and a very competitive personality. Jackie was a no-nonsense, brilliant English scientist who preferred facts to emotions. These two unlikely pair end up together on a stormy night, but not in the throes of passion, but rather in a rescue of a beached whale! How about that for different? The rollercoaster ride of emotions these characters embark on was another refreshing change about this book. Rather than magically fall in love the minute they meet, their love and relationship takes the course of a period of five months to grow and deepen and become something amazing! And the story wasn’t just centered on their relationship, but on their two goals: for Alex, winning the Triple Crown and for Jackie, finding out the cause of the illness spreading amongst the seals. The science aspect was well researched and not fluffy, they were real hard data and I could actually appreciate the efforts to keep it as realistic as possible. Coming from a science background myself, this appealed to me the most. The action and drama meshed brilliantly with the cute moments and general atmosphere of the story.

This book is short and sweet, took me about one afternoon to finish it, but I would still highly recommend this book. It’s perfect for those quiet, rainy days when you just want to curl up with a feel good story. It’s a romance novel with the soul of a good piece of literature. I would definitely read more of Ms. Aares’ works, for this book blew me away. I loved it and I hope others enjoy it as well.

Failure of Fish review

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     Failure of Fish is a refreshing, engaging, and exciting new novel that I would deem as a very worthy successor to the pantheon of fine literary works. This novel addresses the age-old problem of individual moral responsibility as it explores the mind of a fatherless teenage boy who has to stand by and watch helplessly as his childhood community descends into total moral ruin before ending up becoming, quite literally, the smoking remains of a once-thriving town.

The narrator of this novel, speaking through Robinson’s voice, is the memorable character of Billy Potter, who has to struggle with his own challenges throughout his tale: having to cope with the traumatic and sudden loss of his father, the strangely apparent dual personalities and erratic behavior of his mother and his strained relationship with her, the clash of the uber -religious piety he’s been taught and the scientific learning he craves, and his own hazardous transition from a state of young boyhood into that of early manhood. Failure of Fish is set in Western British Columbia during the early days leading up to World War I, which would soon become known as the “war that would end all wars.” It is here that Billy faces the uncertainties of a changing world and the realization that even the remoteness of his hometown of Stella’s Cove, British Columbia, doesn’t provide adequate protection. It is another death– the loss of his closest friend–that sharpens his understanding that his home is not really so isolated from the rest of the world after all.

Although the novel was written in an older, sometimes obtrusive style, Mr. Robinson manages to recreate the heartaches, fears, and disintegrating realities that punctuate the process of maturation. While this is not to be considered in the genre of suspense thriller, Mr. Robinson does, indeed, nail the sometimes shocking behavior of his characters, creating a remarkable, if scarring, final judgment for those who have abdicated their moral responsibility to the will of a group. I would highly recommend Failure of Fish to those who enjoys hearty novels and historical fiction–especially those with heavy psychological undertones laced within the story. This book will not disappoint readers. I found this to be a very deep and satisfying read. It did take a bit to get into the meat of the story, because the beginning had a lot of set up and backstory to wade through, but once I got through that, I began to truly enjoy myself.

I Believe in Butterflies review

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I truly have no words to express how utterly amazed and pleased I am with this novel entitled I Believe in Butterflies. This story has moved me to tears, made me think, and challenged me in ways I never would have guessed. Well written, captivating, and wholly remarkable are just a few of the praises I can attribute to this wonderful work of literary perfection.

Written by Marian L. Thomas, Butterflies harkens back to memories that I had of growing up and having to deal with my own family and their many secrets. Ms. Thomas breaks down her incredible tale by giving us readers each leading lady’s point of view. The readers get to see what each woman was thinking about, their views on each of their own heartaches, and how they all intricately fit together in the end. The whole book was filled with little pearls of wisdom, both massive witticisms and tiny gems that are often forgotten about. We understand that our past can hurt, but we tend to forget that it’s all behind us. It’s up to us whether or not we decide if we want to live anchored to the chains of our past or choose to only remember the good and wonderful parts of our memories.

Ms. Thomas teaches us that, while we know that there is wisdom in old age, we forget that life needs to be lived, often with consequences difficult for the youth to understand. This book had the soul of a beloved grandmother’s stories, and the reader can recognize the wistfulness of wanting to turn back time, to get back some years, and to not have life be full of regrets. Ms. Thomas took me on the journey that these three women take, and I believe I am all the wiser for it. I could read the chaotic insecurities of my youth through Lorraine. In Honour’s words, I could see a life full of regrets. And in Emma Lee’s wisdom and brashness, I saw a mother who wanted to protect her child from the world. Ms. Thomas took me on a bittersweet journey of faith, hope, and love that endures in spite of all the barriers we put in its way. This novel is truly encouraging and heartfelt, and I felt the love through the pages. This book helped me to remember to believe and trust again. Let its wisdom speak to you. I highly recommend this to everyone.

The Irish Tempest review

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Once you start this novel, be prepared to not put it back down! In this self-published debut historical novel, The Irish Tempest by Elizabeth Sparrow, the reader is abruptly thrust into the anguish of the 1916 Easter Rising of Ireland, and it draws us into the story as it describes the atmosphere of a time when Ireland was chafing under the oppressive stranglehold of British domination.

This novel is deftly paced with creative plots, vividly drawn characters, and the story even embraces historical elements while still preserving the essence of great storytelling. This is a perfect blending of fact and fiction to delight and captures the imagination. Also, unlike most heroes and heroines who have nearly perfect and unselfish characteristics that readers meet in many historic novels, it was a very pleasant surprise to find two very real people in this delightful story. These characters were full of their own self-interests, yet they were very relatable and human. Lacey and Court are two vibrant, passionate, and compelling individuals with whom I have fallen in love completely. They captivate the reader with both their exploits and their compassion. Entering into their drama, we observe the development of these characters from narcissistic, conceited young antagonists to mature, multi-faceted individuals, which is such a refreshing change from some novels.

Another pleasant surprise that I had with Tempest was the very professional editing and upbeat, quick plot that make this book quite enjoyable to read. I’ve struggled through many novels from first-time authors that have great plots yet are excruciating to read because of sloppy editing or misspellings. Thankfully, I had no issues whatsoever with this novel. I have found The Irish Tempest to be a beautiful and well-written tale of friendship, revenge, love, and betrayal. A simply remarkable, charming, and pleasant novel that will satisfy both the romantic and the historian with its rich details and stunning plot. I was actually reminded of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew while reading this tale, and I wonder if the parallels were on purpose. If so, then Ms. Sparrow is a very cunningly skilled wordsmith, and I applaud her expertly crafted tale. Ms. Sparrow is an author I would love to see more from, and I truly hope she produces more gems such as Tempest. This is a novel I will gladly read over and over again! It’s simply addictive and truly fascinating, and you will find nothing but good things from Ms. Sparrow and her treasure, The Irish Tempest.