Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Romeow and Juliet

Romeow and Juliet Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the humor and all the animals. The mystery was good; lots of suspects and a few things going on.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Review: The One

The One The One by John Marrs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to all who made that possible.

I am still reeling from this book! I said in a Facebook post that I can’t remember the last time I said WTF so many times while reading. This book was so much more than what I was expecting. I have not read this author’s work before. Apparently I need to. I entered to win this book based on my interest from reading the description. I find dating sites and their methods of matching people fascinating. I figured the book would be an interesting look at that. When I received the book and flipped through it, I noted the book was broken up by chapters of characters. I thought I would be annoyed by that but the author orchestrates that very well. Following each character was easy as the chapters are identified. If you want to skip someone it is easy to do. I wouldn’t recommend it as every story was interesting and has surprises. It started out pretty much as I thought. Then it stepped up. I would fall asleep with the book open. An hour or so later I would wake up and dive back in. I hated the times I was forced to stop and participate in real life, (I love you family but some books...what can I say?). I came to the end and, even though it wrapped up, I wanted more.

There is so much more I want to talk about with this book but I truly hate reviews that tell everything. What’s the sense in reading the book if the reviewer told you everything? You know why I chose it. You know a bit of my thoughts and that I recommend it. I’ll let you go read it now.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: Finding Justice

Finding Justice Finding Justice by Kathi Daley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed Kathi Daley’s Finding Justice. It is the first book in the Rescue Alaska Mystery series.

I live in Alaska and I thought the author did a good job depicting life here. I live in Southeast and Rescue is set farther north so a bit of a difference weather wise. The dangers of cold, snow and wildlife, though, are well known throughout the state. They are a part of everyday life no matter where you live. Pretty much, unless you live close to Anchorage or in Anchorage, your choices of entertainment, restaurants and shopping are limited. All of that was presented well. As was the opposite end. No matter how small the town, drugs can be located. Dogs, (as well as cats), aren’t always taken care of the way they should be. Matter of fact the local dog shelter might be housing any number of other household pets. I once came across ferrets..for weeks. And occasionally murder happens.

I love the way the author incorporates the paranormal into the story. It is, for me, believable. It isn’t all just put out either. It is unfolding. As Harmony learns more about her power so do we. I like that a lot. It gives us a chance to grow with Harmony. I absolutely loved the fact that an animal shelter is part of the series. Reading about its development is going to be wonderfully refreshing. The mystery was well done in my opinion. Their were suspects, investigations and surprises. There was even the possibility of romance..though exactly with whom may be as intriguing as the mysteries as this series develops.

I am looking forward to reading more of this series and more from this author. Kathi Daley has numerous books and several series going on. I found no objectionable language or sex scenes. The drug use, while accepted by the people, was not graphically or gloriously depicted. I personally would have no problem with an older teen reading it. This is, of course, my opinion.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Review: Secrets and Pies

Secrets and Pies Secrets and Pies by Jenny Kales
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. I love cozy mysteries so I may be biased. It is set in the Midwest close to where I use to live. Every time Greek Fest was mentioned, I just wanted to be there! There was also a lot of Greek food talk which, honestly, kept me hungry. I made a few of the recipes from the back of the book though and that helped my hunger. The recipes I made were Avgolemono, Melopita and Rizogalo. Greek chicken and lemon soup, cheese honey pie and rice pudding. They were easy peasey and delicious. The Avgolemono has become a favorite.
But back to the story. This is the third book in the series but the first I read. I had no trouble at all following the story. Actually if it weren’t for references to previous murders, I might have thought it was a stand alone or first book. The mystery had some nice twists to it so it wasn’t too easy to guess at. Things flowed very nicely. I loved the characters. I felt like I was visiting with friends. I thought the author did an excellent job creating and maintaining the Greek ambience.
The only downside I had was how much I missed the Greek place, (and owner,Gina), that I use to eat lunch at in downtown Chicago. This book totally took me back there and made me ache with homesickness. I am definitely reading the first two books in this series and will be watching for the next book.

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Review: Krampus

Krampus Krampus by Brom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this book! Who is the villain...Krampus or Santa? I personally found the narration to be excellent and Kirby Heyborne truly brought the story to life for me. I have been fascinated by legends and folklore since I was a teen. Having Odin, Loki, Hel and others included in this story just made it so much more entertaining for me. I want the illustrated version now. I know I will be listening to this book again.
For those who want to know. Probably not a book you want to listen to with children. It is scary and the f-word is used.

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Review: The Christmas Town

The Christmas Town The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the message that family doesn’t have to be the one you are born into. I loved the characters. Yes the story was kind of sappy but I love that at Christmas. I enjoyed it. I didn’t know it was a part of a series so definitely worked as a stand-alone. I laughed out loud several times.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Review: Lies She Told

Lies She Told Lies She Told by Cate Holahan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to this on Audible intending to only listen for an hour or so while I was doing things at home. I ended up listening to it completely. The narration was excellent. I was absolutely caught up in the crazy story.
I did get a bit confused with the characters of Liza and Beth. You really need to pay attention when listening to/reading the story. It will get a bit complicated and if you are only half listening you will most likely miss key pieces.

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Review: Romeow and Juliet

Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book. I loved the humor a...