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Spectacle by Rachel Vincent

Spectacle by Rachel Vincent

Posted May 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

              I listened to Menagerie on audio last year and loved it. It gutted me. I became very attached to the characters and the world. So I definitely wanted to read more. Once I had it, it was hard to start reading, knowing the emotional toll it would take. The paranormal creatures of the Menagerie had broken free but it was clear their lives would not be easy and they would be captured again. Maybe since I knew the world and parameters, this wasn’t as difficult as expected. It was still heart wrenching. This shows clearly discrimination and what amounts to slavery of sentient beings. The story gives us insight into the feelings, relationships, plans, hopes and dreams of […]


For the Brave by Holly Bush

For the Brave by Holly Bush

Posted May 24, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Matthew (Matt) Gentry left home at 18-years old, angry with his father, and promptly joined the Confederate Army. Six years later, the war is over and a disillusioned Matt has drifted aimlessly for two years through a haze of whiskey and women until he’s called home. However, on the return, he and his family’s emissary get caught in the aftermath of rains and a swollen river and are discovered near death by Annie Campbell. She’s living alone in the outskirts of Bridgewater, Virginia, a tragic figure in her own right and her life is forever altered when she decides to come to Matt’s aid.   I was riveted by this story from the onset. On the surface, Matt seemed self indulgent and adrift. […]


Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

Posted May 22, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Sierra Jones has had a pretty troubled life and is now ready to pursue a more productive path. She decides to visit her brother, Cal, in Sullivan’s Crossing and what began as a short stopover turns out to be an indefinite stay.   This was a very compelling story as we followed Sierra’s journey to sustained sobriety. I learned so much about the realities experienced by those recovering from addictions, things we take for granted but are serious triggers for the addict. She was a pretty woman with a not so attractive history and her honesty about it all was admirable. I liked her caution about her developing relationship with firefighter and paramedic Conrad (Connie) Boyle, despite his wonderful personality and full court […]


Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy

Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy

Posted May 18, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

                    This is the final book in the Killer Instincts series!!  Kennedy has done a better job than most of the romantic suspense authors in giving me heart-pounding action, which includes aspects of their missions. We get details on the operatives skills and use of technology. There is more grit with people actually getting hurt or dying, not just fluffy glossing over of the operations. Midnight Target has two different romances happening. The main one is between Cate, Jim Morgan’s daughter and the “Rookie” operative, David Ashton. They have always been attracted but Jim Morgan was clearly against the relationship of his daughter with one of the team. Cate has had a rough go of things and […]


The End of Magic by Amber Benson

The End of Magic by Amber Benson

Posted May 15, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

                       I needed to read this book because at the end of The Last Dream Keeper, I was so confused I wasn’t sure of who was dead or alive, who was good or bad.  The confusion and disjointed vignettes continued as each chapter in The End of Magic had a different point of view, as in previous books in The Witches of Echo Park series.  This style can work, especially as the main characters are in different locations with each having important things happening. It is less effective when the various parts don’t make sense, or when it becomes so jumbled I don’t care if I sort it out. I wanted the main members of the coven […]


New series: Vanguard by Jack Campbell

New series: Vanguard by Jack Campbell

Posted May 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

          If you have enjoyed Jack Campbell’s other series, Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier, and Lost Stars,  Genesis Fleet will feel familiar. The writing style, space opera and military strategy all line up with the others. Vanguard is the beginning of the world, a prequel. The politics swing from democracy to dictator, not unrealistic to life, without finding a happy medium. The good guys and bad guys are clear but people can be redeemed, or change sides. In the developing world, people need to make decisions about who they will be and how they will live. People fight to survive. They also want to build new worlds with their own values and religions. Some are just greedy and controlling. It’s […]


Back Again by Susan May

Back Again by Susan May

Posted May 9, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Dawn Graham had a peculiar experience as a young teen that forever changed her life. Occasionally plagued with what she called “slips” where she lost track of time, Dawn developed coping mechanisms to prevent these occurrences. Then tragedy struck and she was destined to repeat that same period of time, over and over again, desperately attempting to change the horrible outcome.   This was a very strange story that developed slowly, taking almost half of the book for me to grasp what was going on. Even when it became clearer, there was still much to untangle. I was hooked early but when Dawn began reliving that tragedy over and over again, the repetition became a bit tedious. I know it was necessary but […]


Free Space by Sean Danker

Free Space by Sean Danker

Posted May 4, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

      I loved The Admiral, the first book in the Evgardian series.  It was a good introduction to the world with four people stranded who didn’t know each other. It was smart. The plot was clear – survival – but very fascinating as the world developed and also learning about the characters. The Admiral, capable and with a subtle humor, was a mystery and fun. For the most part, politics is viewed in the background as they are isolated. Free Space is the same but very different.  We again have four main characters, two of them we know, sort of. I enjoy strong characters who figure things out and try to improve things overall.  And overall doing what is right with compassion is appealing. […]