Mirror Image

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It seems that since Gone Girl, we have been lacking a really great phycological thriller. One where it is slightly off kilter, where you are not sure who the good guys are, or even better who the bad guys are. One that takes you on a ride that you can’t see what is coming. And one that grips you from the very first page. Am I right here, or have I just missed it? Well if you are like me and unable to find that next great thriller, look no further. I have the perfect read for you. (Just don’t take it on vacation, otherwise you will spend your entire trip with nose in this book) Mirror Image the book that will get you back into the thriller game. Continue reading

Cadence of Gypsies

The Cadence of Gypsies

Are you looking for a book, with a completely new twist? Tired is reading the same types of books over and over again? Boy meets girl, girl falls for bad boy, bad boy falls in love and protects her, and cue the happily ever after ending. Don’t get me wrong I love a good romance book, and I actually love how they always turn out how I think. Even a good mystery every once in a while gets me excited. But every once in a while, I want something that no other author has done. A story that I have not read in another form some where else, something with a completely new idea. The Cadence of Gypsies does not disappoint. Completely original idea, with writing that pulls you in, and characters that feel like people you have known all your life. Continue reading

The Last Dinner Party

the last dinner party

Well the holiday’s are over, all the loveliness of Valentine’s Day is over; are you ready for a book that you can sink your teeth into? Something that is not just the fun, fluffy, cozy, holiday winter books? Then The Last Dinner Party
is your perfect next read. It has a little bit of everything for you. There is romance, tons of mystery, housewife gossip and of coarse murder.  Continue reading

Not So Wise Owl

not so wise owl

The Not So Wise Owl is a must read for children of all ages. It was an incredibly cute story of friendship, and not giving up on someone just because they are not wise. This is one of those books that you won’t mind reading over and over and over again.

It is written in a rhyming, Dr Suess kind of way that is very engaging. Plus it has a great spring board to talk about other types of animals that might not be so wise during the day. With us homeschooling over here, we used it start the unit study on owls actually. The story itself has a whole host of great characters actually. And they have to figure out what is wrong with owl.  Continue reading

Kings or Pawns

Kings or Pawns

Every once in a while a book really surprises me. Normally I have a pretty good idea of what I like to read and I stick to that. Well Kings and Pawns, was totally outside of that. It is not a book that I normally would read. I am not really big into the whole fantasy genre, and my brain must have been asleep at the wheel when I signed up for this. But I am so glad that it was. This book was really really well written.

It is kinda geeky, I am not going to lie. When I got the book, I giggled a bit. There is a two page map of the lands that are described in the book. Plus there are several pages that point out the pronunciation of the characters name. These were details that I thought kinda odd. They turned out to be wonderful to have!! And I actually referred to them several times throughout reading it. There is actually not much to not love about this book.

About the Book:

J.J. Sherwood’s debut novel KINGS OR PAWNS: THE KINGS, BOOK 1 is the first in a high fantasy epic series sure to please fans of both the science fiction and fantasy genres.

The year is 8994 P.E., and the city of Elvorium is corrupted—rotted to the core by the machinations of depraved politicians. With his father dead and the country facing a rebellion, Price Hairem becomes the king of the elven world of Sevrigel in one of its most turbulent points in history.

Young and daring, Hairem is determined to eradicate the corruption festering in Elvorium’s self-serving and all-powerful council, which thwarts his best intentions at every turn. But Hairem’s problems are far more sinister¬—and deadly—than merely political. The loyal members of the council are being savagely murdered by an assassin loosed within the city—an assassin whose brutality knows no bounds. Outside of the city, the Lord Saebellus wages a vicious rebellion against the capital. He has been thwarted thus far by the brilliant General Jikun, and Hairem is certain that the general can crush Saebellus.

But instead of continuing the campaign against the warlord, the council orders Jikun’s army to be split, sending him on a mission that furthers only their own wealth and power. Jikun knows that the council’s demands will leave Elvorium vulnerable to an attack from the formidable warlord. Although Saebellus has been recently defeated, he is far from vanquished. As corruption and death threaten to tear the city apart from within, the rebel Saebellus seizes the opportunity to lay siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital and unleash his most powerful weapon yet: a demonic beast that neither weapon nor magic can kill. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem is grasping for his own power to fight against the forces that threaten Sevrigel.

Will Hairem overcome the council’s scheming and duplicity? Can General Jikun defeat the warlord Saebellus? Will this be the war that finally brings Sevrigel to its knees? KINGS OR PAWNS offers action, intrigue, mystery, and suspense—a thrilling story that will leave readers hungry for the sequel, Heroes or Thieves, to be published in February 2016.

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School of Deaths

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So I know that this is not a typical Christmas time read. But sometimes you just gotta have a break for all the sugary sweet Christmas stuff. Right? Well if you are needing a break then this is just the book for you. School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret) needs to be your next read. Any tween girls in the house, looking for a kick ass heroine to relate to? Give them this book! This was a great book, with an awesome twist on old mythology. There is no sex, while there is violence (I mean the title states School of Deaths), it is not real graphic or detailed. The girl is strong, smart AND pretty.

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Fooling Around with Cinderella

Fooling Around With Cinderella

After all the holiday craziness (and family drama), are you needing something fun, fluffy and enjoyable to read? Then Fooling Around with Cinderella is the perfect story for you. It is sweet, simple and a great read.

It has everything that is needed for a perfect after holiday break that you need before jumping into the rest of the winter holidays. The characters are well developed. Everyone from the main characters, to her sister, to the rest of the staff, even her niece has a full personality. It was so refreshing to have such a great set of characters. The story moves along at a great pace. It certainly doesn’t dawdle, but let you stick around in each scene long enough to get a great feel of it and be ready to move on. While it has a pretty easy to see coming story line, it is still a nice read.

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V-Girl- A Dystopian Love Story

VGirl- dystopian love story

Where to start with this story? It is a dystopian love story. As with most dystopian books, it is a hard read. The author’s writing style is a fast paced and straight to the point. She certainly does not waste any words on fluff. The subject matter is what I found hard to read. In a land where rape is legal (as long as it is done within the rules that have been set up for sanctioned rape) and virginity is a commodity to be traded or taken away, there were certainly scenes that made me cringe a bit. Continue reading

Book Review- “The Riddle”

When was the last time that you read a book that you not only could not put down, but stayed up way past bedtime to finish? When was the last time that you were so tuned into a book, that you forgot to get dinner started and everyone had to eat super late? When was the last time that you were bummed when a book ended cause you needed more?

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Well if it has been a while, then I have the perfect book for you. The Riddle. It was that book for me. Simply put, I could not put this book down. It was funny, the hubby went to bed, and I was up well past midnight reading this in the dark on my iPad. I just had to finish it. While the book itself was a romance (in my opinion), there was certainly a dark cloud that hung over it. I mean it is about a boy who went to prison for a murder that he did not commit, kinda hard to make that a happy story.

From the Back of Book-

“Seven years ago Kort Eriksen went to prison for killing his girlfriend Desiree. Now he’s back in Riddle and some people think he got off easy. Others, including long time friend Norma, think he was railroaded because he’s the only Native American in town. Grace Donahue is running away from her past. Trapped in Riddle until her car is repaired she develops a friendship with Kort. Suddenly accidents are happening and people are dying. Is Kort adding to his list of victim’s or has someone else taken the reins? As mysteries from the past rise to the surface, more questions will be raised. The suspect file grows as victim’s fall. Is Desiree’s killer back for more or is someone trying to avenge her death? The riddle of Riddle will be solved, but how many bodies will it take to find the answers?”

A few side words (and potential spoilers)- first, there was no hugely bloody, violent scenes. While the story is based on the murder, it is not gruesome (which some in the genre feel they need to be overly gruesome). There is a big fight scene but it was not to bad, violence wise. Second, while there is sex; it is not very detailed. It more leads you down the start of this road, then it picks back up after the fact with them in bed.

While I was able to figure out the murderer about two thirds of the way in, I was not able to see the final plot twist at the end. It completely creeped my out, to be honest. Without giving to much away, be sure to read the entire book. You don’t want to miss the last few pages. The book is only $3.99, there is no reason not to download it today. Click here for all the details.

What is your favorite type of book? Do you read murder mystery and/or thriller subjects? Let me know what your thoughts are.

The Nest

the nest

From the Back of Book: 

“A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.”

My Thoughts

I feel so much better about my family after reading this. The Plumb family has dysfunction down to a science and that is exactly what makes you want to root for them.

The characters are unbelievably real. The sibling rivalry is what everyone with a sibling feels. Yet just like in real families, they love each other more than anything. And would do anything for each other. The family drama is what most families feel at some point. These are the points that make you fall in love with each of the siblings. Their faults you adore, their tone talking to each other you can relate to, and the love between them all you can feel.

This book will have you cheering, will have you laughing out loud and at times a bit sad. A must read for anyone who has thought that their family was the most hysterically dysfunctional family on the planet.

What do you think about family drama, do you like books written about it or do you have enough in your family?