Devil by J. Paul Stephens

Devil by J. Paul Stephens

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Score 8/10

Magdalene has been single for too long. When she meets James at a party she is both excited and cautious at how forward he is in his conversation. He immediately asks her out again and she accepts. The story thrusts the reader forward through lessons that she has learned.
We soon realize that James is one of those bullies who abuse their women. Magdalene is forced to do some pretty awful things on her birthday when James gives her a ‘gift’.  She suffers through the experience and even dissociates herself from the scene. After the birthday gift is given and James has his way with her yet again, he tells her that he expects her to resign from her nursing position.
James has now taken away from her every aspect including home, family, money, and now job. He owns her and she belongs to him and only him. She is now trapped in a constant state of humiliation and is prepared to die from his abuse.
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Review: Blakewood

Blakewood by Sable Grey

 

blakewoodAbout the Book (from Goodreads)

Elizabeth Mason has always been a governess but never for a household as larger or as strange as the one at Blakewood Manor. Upon her arrival, she soon finds that her beautiful new home is owned by a family of vampires. Despite her fears, she fall for two of the mysterious men that reside there. But as she begins to unravel their darker secrets, she becomes a weakness to them both and threatens their safety and the very foundation that Blakewood is built upon.

About the author: (from goodreads)

Sable Grey resides in the deep south of the United States with her wonderful husband, very spoiled dog, and three crazy cats. She spends her time researching her genealogy, designing cover art, watching movies, and reading. With favorite authors like Stephen King, Piers Anthony, and Iris Johansen, it’s no mystery where the inspiration to write tales of love, adventure, and mystery come from. An avid reader and storyteller at a young age, Sable began writing small stories as a child for her mother. However, it wasn’t until she was well in to her twenties that she realized that her calling was sharing her stories with a larger audience than just family members and friends. Now, Sable is dedicated to her craft and to bringing her readers quality fiction with unforgettable characters. For her, writing a story means writing a story meant to touch the mind, body, heart, and soul. Continue reading

Review: Secrets of the Red Box

Secrets of the Red Box: by Vickie Hall

secretsKaysville, Utah – Author Vickie Hall announces the release of her third novel, Secrets of the Red Box.

Secrets of the Red Box was a great writing experience,” says Vickie Hall. “Getting into Bonnie’s head was challenging, but a lot of fun. Exploring Bonnie’s somewhat dark character allowed me to dig deep—really try to discover what made her act the way she did.”

“The reader doesn’t know what Bonnie’s running from, or what her secrets are until the very end of the book,” Hall says. “This creates a lot of tension in this psychological suspense. I wanted to hook the reader from the very beginning, and I think I’ve done that.”

Secrets of the Red Box is about the consequences of one woman’s unscrupulous choices and how lives are altered by them. It’s also about the redemptive power of love, and the part it can play in healing even the most broken soul.

“Making choices is what life is all about. Hopefully, we learn valuable lessons from those choices, even the ones with less than a perfect outcome. At least that’s the message I hope people take away from the story.”

Hall’s new book is set against the backdrop of 1940’s Omaha. Filled with unforgettable characters, fluid writing, and an unusual plot, Secrets of the Red Box is sure to keep readers guessing until the very end. Continue reading

Review: Shaken (Mind Reader #1)

shakenShaken (Mind Reader #1) by Susan Hatler

 Book Blurb:

High school junior, Kylie Bates, can suddenly read minds. When she touches people’s hands, she’s able to see their deepest thoughts. As if that’s not freaky enough, her dad sends her to help hottie detective, Sam Williams, track down a missing girl. Way too much pressure, especially for a girl who can’t watch Scream without getting nightmares. Then, finding the missing girl leads to much more than Kylie’s prepared for. Like discovering that her dad has been lying to her. That she has a family she never knew about. That the girls have powers similar to hers. Oh yeah, and that someone is out to get her. When the detective’s teenage wanna-be-cop cousin, Trip Williams, approaches Kylie at school insisting she help him solve the case, she discovers Trip might be the only one she can trust, and the only one to help her unravel the secrets behind her mysterious gift.

Review:

I scrolled through the books on my Kindle and blindly chose this book to read. It was a generously ‘free’ download I’d acquired a while back ago. (Not sure exact date). It goes for $3.99 currently on Amazon. I strongly believe it would be a well-enjoyed $3.99 although it would be even better at $2.99 IMO (in my opinion) because it wasn’t all that long a novel. Continue reading

Review: Split

Split by Swati Avasthi

 

splitJace finally stands up to his father but only after other things have built up all around him and he can no longer hold in his rage. In doing so, he gets kicked out. His mother barely able to give him any loving words to carry away with him, hands him an envelope which leads him to Christian.

Jace Witherspoon pulls up to his brother’s apartment building in the middle of the night with a split lip and less than $5 in his pocket. He hasn’t seen his brother Christian in over five years because Christian ran away from home because he couldn’t take living with his physically abusive father anymore.

Jace carries only his camera and the desire to change; to move on with his life. Christian agrees with certain conditions. Jace will do anything to steer clear of his past; including the secret that he carries. He reaches out to his mother and she promises that she will come to him. Jace is counting down the days while starting his new life.

A new school, a new job, and new friends is not enough to move Jace past the darkness of his past. The abuse carries him along and he realizes that to get past what scares him the most he must face his secrets head on as well as admitting to some very real and terrifying truths. Continue reading

Review: Unspoken

unspokenUnspoken by Kerrigan Byrne

He’s cursed with eternal silence…

Roderick MacLauchlan is death for hire. Blessed by an ancient Deity with Berserker rage, he has the strength of ten men. Cursed by a malicious enemy, he’s incapable of speech. A desperate clan war rages around him and a malevolent adversary lurks in the darkness, calling for blood.
Evelyn Woodhouse is an English refugee with a dangerous secret. She has the ability to see the outcome of tomorrow’s battle and knows they’re on the wrong side of it. When a doomed and silent mercenary rescues her from a fate worse than death, it seems he has his own plans for her. This is his last night alive and she’s never been able to defy destiny.

Book Review:

Warning: This is a novella, not a novel. It’s total length is about 60 pages give or take a few. Continue reading

Review: Sweetheart

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SWEETHEART BY CHELSEA CAIN

 

“Chelsea Cain calls forth another thriller featuring the notorious serial killer Gretchen Lowell. Cain has laced this series with an intoxicating substance; one which will have you coming back again and again.”

He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. “I need to take a shower,” he said.
“It’s down the hall,” she said. “Second door on the left. You’ll find everything you need.”
“My sanity?” he said.
She leaned forward as if to kiss him, but instead put her lips next to his ear, her cheek millimeters from his. The smell of her made him dizzy. Her breath was warm but sent a cold shiver down his spine.
“Long gone, darling,” she whispered.

After Cain’s mesmerizing novel Heartsick ending, we all knew that we hadn’t seen the last of the infamous serial killer Gretchen Lowell. After ten years of chasing down the Beauty Killer and then getting caught by the one he chased, the former detective Archie Sheridan still can’t get over the tie that binds him to her. In Sweetheart Archie’s best friend and detective Henry as well as his wife step in and stage a whole intervention scene. They are severing all ties between Archie and Gretchen. Henry explains that they are moving her to a place far out of his reach and banning all phone calls and visits with her. It doesn’t matter that every time Archie visits her she gives up another name of another victim. It’s just not worth it anymore. Continue reading

Review: Stained by Ella James

stainedThis is What You Get When You Rush Your Book!

At just under 200 pages this book was an easy read and fortunately a free one for me thanks to Amazon.com. Most books this size would have taken me maybe 4 hours (6 on a rough day) to read. This one however took me two days. That in itself says something (if you know anything about my reading habits). So let’s take a dive into this book and see what when right and what went wrong.

This is book one in a series, FYI. The opening was a perfect pincher! It took me just a few lines of reading before it was screaming “don’t put me down!” Julia, who is seventeen years old, finds her world has forever changed; in fact, it’s been ripped out of her hands. Everything she knows and loves is gone and she has nowhere to go and no one to turn to. To prevent spending the last year of her adolescence in a group home she alters her appearance and hides away.

Julia takes the saying ‘a handsome guy fell from the heavens’ literally when a mysterious man crashes through the roof of the abandoned warehouse that is her current home. But he isn’t alone. He’s with a very sinister presence that is out to kill…surprise, her! Tall, dark, and hunkalicious saves her this round! Continue reading

Review: I’d know You Anywhere

 

Eliza Benedict did not always go by Eliza. She changed her name after she was fifteen, after her abduction. Eliza is a happily, married wife and mother. She doesn’t live in the past. She moved on the…best she could. Still, she can’t help wondering why her abductor, after killing an unsolved number of young girls, let her live. But she was fine without any answers. Like I said, she doesn’t live in her past.

However her past catches up with. Walter Bowman, her abductor, who is about to die for his crimes, sends her a letter after seeing her picture in a magazine article. Now he wants to talk to her and isn’t letting up. What does he want? And is Eliza ready to dive back into the shadows of her past.

What I liked best about this book: Laura Lippman draws the reader in. She writes elegantly while introducing us to people in such amazing ways. She shows the reader just how it would feel to be kidnapped while at the same time how one can grow past those horrors. The characters, for example, her husband and children are given enough voice to not overpower the main storyline while still adding all the crazy chaos of a wife and mother’s life.

Lippman also gives the reader an opportunity to consider the varying sides of the death penalty without being showy or preachy. She writes with an expert speed with her dialog and descriptions. And most important, to me anyway, is that the ending was perfect. This book will not let you down. It will draw you in and hold you there, urging you to turn the next page until the very last.

My Score 9

 

Review: Brightside by Mark Tullius

brightsideBrightside by Mark Tullius

 

Have you ever been asked “if you could have any superpower…” and then you mentally begin listing off all that you can think of? Telepathy is always one of those that’s listed (but rarely ever chosen). Well, Mark Tullius doesn’t treat telepathy as a superpower in his book Brightside. In fact, the world is afraid of those who can hear others’ thoughts. So much so, that those can are hunted down, rounded up, and sent to live up in the beautiful mountain town of Brightside. Although they are told Brightside is just like anywhere else, perhaps even a nicer place compared to lots of others, it definitely has its down falls. As in millions of miles down! They are isolated and the only way out is to jump off one of the cliffs.

Joe Nolan opens his world to us. He explains how he and others like him are called ‘Thought Thieves’ and how none of them ever had the choice of being the way they were. He has been at Brightside for 100 days but it’s going to be the last day he spends there. He talks of escape for some of his friends; others aren’t so fortunate. But before he can go further with his life sharing, he has to take us back; Back to day 39, back to events in his childhood, back to the people in his life because there is a lot of explanations and even more questions. All Joe wanted was to have his girl, his dog, and his house. Isn’t that what any of us want? Unfortunately, we rarely get what we want. Perhaps it’s also about how we perceive the things and the people we end up with. Continue reading