Friday, March 15, 2019

Review: Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself

Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself by William W. Li
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is a lot of information in this book. The good thing is that it was written so that I could understand it. There have been books on nutrition and it’s effects on disease and the body that we’re good but difficult to get through. I didn’t have that problem with this book. The author did a good job explaining things without forcing me to look up every other word. Considering the fact the first portion of this book will have you feeling like you are in school, I was very happy to see this.
I love the listing of what foods you can enjoy that are helping your body. The author doesn’t say here are five foods, eat them for health whether you like them or not. Instead we are told to go through the list so we can choose food we already love along with some that we may want to try. I really like this not only because I’m not the most adventurous in food, but because I live where finding everything might be challenging and then there is cost. Having the list and being able to just pick off the food you enjoy, can easily find and fits the food budget is as important as the knowledge about nutrition. The truth is that what we eat has a direct affect on our body and health. Food can harm or heal. To do either, though, the food has to be available and what we want to eat. I like the authors 5x5x5 Framework in the last part of the book. It should be noted that this isn’t for weight loss, (though I think healthier eating does help with that). This is an easy way to add disease fighting food to your diet. You pick 5 foods that you add to your diet and enjoy them 5 times a day. Your goal with them is to cover the 5 defense systems that you read about in the book. I love that I can choose to eat them together or eat them as part of meals and snacks. The last portion of the book is where you will find the lists, along with recipes to try, tips on incorporating the food to your menu, a sample menu to help guide you and a section on assessing your risk.
I recommend this book for people who are interested in healthy eating.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Review: Glitter Bomb

Glitter Bomb Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had so much fun reading this book! From the beginning I was whisked off from my comfy chair and set down in New Orleans, just in time to celebrate Mardi Gras! The authors did an amazing job bringing the sights, sounds, taste, fun and excitement come alive. I was bewitched! The hours flew by and interruptions were barely tolerated. I wanted to stay immersed in the vivid party atmosphere that was going on in my mind. This was my first adventure in A New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery Series but certainly not my last. Glitter Bomb is one of those books that invites you to delight your senses, as well as your mind, between its covers.
I love the characters and their senses of humor. They play off of each other with the warmth and knowledge that long time friends have. I felt like I was a part of the friendships even though I haven’t read the previous books. The mystery was well done, starting the book off with a bang! I was kept guessing and even included a suspect whose job normally keeps me from suspecting them. In the end, I was wrong about my list. I love it! That’s entertainment!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Review: Canyons, Caravans, & Cadavers

Canyons, Caravans, & Cadavers Canyons, Caravans, & Cadavers by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t get enough of this series! Ms Kappes has done a wonderful job creating a small town that mainly relies on tourist to keep it thriving. She formed a tight group of unique ladies who call themselves The Laundry Club. In the first book we met the main character and narrator, Mae West. She inherited Happy Trails, a run down campground in Normal, Kentucky located in the Daniel Boone National Park. People in Normal weren’t too happy to have her but she turned the campground around and won the hearts of the town’s people along with the Key to the City. There are lots of things going on, a number of murders and a lot of character driven world building in this series. You don’t have to read each book in order but for full enjoyment, I recommend that you do. The books are fast paced so you will catch up before you know it.
In this book, along with the key to the city, (an honor she shares with a certain pushy reporter), Mae is given the opportunity to conduct a six week class on economics and how she turned around the campground. She is excited and honored with this opportunity, but can she make an impact on the students? She grew up in Kentucky, a Commonwealth that hasn’t had much to offer since farming has been cut down and mines are shutting down. She knows what it is like to be in high school facing slim opportunities for the future unless you leave. Which is exactly what she had done only to return, where she became a success story. She knows she can do this but then she finds the dead body of a teacher/coach in one of her rental trailers. Now the body count is rising and the lead investigator is agreeing she can be “eyes and ears” at the school for him, not to mention there seems to be a possibility of some love competition!
The story is intriguing and fast paced. It is easy to get lost in the book and want to finish it in one sitting. It is possible to do this as time flies when you’re having fun. The mystery gets wrapped up in each book. There are background storylines that continue book to book. They aren’t so big, though, that you can’t follow the story if you haven’t read them all. Each book is written in a way that allows you to join in reading it regardless of the number of previous books and whether or not you read them all. My preference is to read them in order.
There are also camping hacks, tips and recipes at the end of each book. I normally try one or two before I write the review. This time I didn’t have ingredients on hand to whip one up and enjoy while reading. I do plan to make the cookies this week and possibly the chili. The pizza recipe is intriguing as I would love to make pizza outdoors!
I received an electronic ARC of the book. I voluntarily reviewed it because I love sharing book news and talking about books. Because it was an ARC some changes may be made with the official release of the book. I enjoyed this book and plan to purchase a copy of it to add to my series collection. I do recommend the book as well as the series.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Review: Restaurant Weeks Are Murder

Restaurant Weeks Are Murder Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series just gets better! This is the third book in the Poppy McAllister Mystery Series. This one brings the excitement of restaurant competition and tv shows. Poppy is helping out as part of team Maxine’s Bistro on the televised restaurant competition and ends up hosting the judges at her not yet fully opened B&B. Things get heated from the moment the kickoff event, Chef Meet and Greet, happens. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll leave you to find out what all went on by reading the book. I will say there is as much fun as action. This is a fast paced, fun read. I kept laughing way too hard. Everyone should have an Aunt Ginny in their lives. Figaro is also back and giving Miss New Jersey a time. I love that cat! As for the mystery, there were plenty of suspects, lots of reasons and yes, I had a hard time with who did it until the reveal came. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers, of course. I also recommend it to those who enjoy the food competition shows on tv, even if they don’t normally read cozy mystery books. This book was that much fun!
There are Paleo recipes that follow the story. I’m not exactly paleo. I’m more the kind that thinks if it smells good, looks good, tastes good it means it needs to be eaten type. These paleo recipes though..too die for! (Oh my! Did someone?!) The Paleo Black Forest French Toast was amazing though I did have to use plain whipped cream. I am dying to try the Lemon Crème Brûlée but am taking the authors advice on the blowtorch. Aunt Ginny’s Fig Jam is also very intriguing to me. There are more recipes than this and yes, some were from the competition. The French Toast just begged me to make it, (chocolate and cherries, I’m not strong enough to resist). I appreciate that the author took time to include the substitution of Coconut Oil, (not because I needed it but because I bought a big jar of it to help my dog. She is only 12 pounds so I need to use this oil as many ways as possible.). Check out the book and let me know if you make the recipes.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Review: Knight Moves

Knight Moves Knight Moves by Julie Moffett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Knight Moves is the second book in the White Knights series. This is a YA series that I think preteen through adults will enjoy. It is a spin-off from the Lexi Carmichael series. I started the series with this book. I was able to keep up just fine but now want to get every single book I have missed.
There is so much I loved about this book that it is difficult to start. My brain shouting, “just tell them to read it. Tell everyone to read it!,” is not helping at all. I love that this book has three smart teenagers, two females and one male who are good friends. I love that Angel was a loner who is learning about friendship and is advancing her social skills in a natural way. I related to that part so well. All of the teens at the school are unique. They can, and do, stand by theirselves with their own strengths and weaknesses. Yet all of them are equal. The ending, of this book, wow! I don’t want to give it away but this sapient author surprised me with something I have found missing in a few YA books I have read. I felt like cheering! Oh and the school..if you aren’t going to Hogwarts, you probably want to go here. The negatives? I have none. I plan to recommend this series to my library for their YA section. I don’t have children in school but I am thinking to donate copies of it to the alternative high school as well as the high school libraries. Teens need to see they can be brilliant. They can be strong. They can be different yet equal and both sexes can be friends without the pressure of an intense relationship. They need to see that their strengths and weaknesses are normal and they are still valuable with them. This series shines a light for them.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Review: Putting Down Roots in Kinsey Falls

Putting Down Roots in Kinsey Falls Putting Down Roots in Kinsey Falls by Gayle Leeson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to this on Audible.
The narrator, Renee Dodd was fantastic. I really enjoyed this recording. The story was interesting and fun! I learned some things I didn’t know. I love the characters. I even enjoyed the author notes and acknowledgments. I do recommend this book! Read it. Especially if you love wildlife. Possum. I had a good time with this and I think you will to. It’s like a playing a Hallmark Movie in your head! I can’t wait to read more of this series.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Review: A Devil of a Time

A Devil of a Time A Devil of a Time by Mona Marple
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book of the A Witch In Time Series. This series is being written by several authors, each of whom has a main character and a mystery to solve. In the previous book we met Vee and time traveled to New York. In this book we meet Felicity, (Flick), and go to 1999 London. This series is fast becoming a must read more series. I love that each character goes on her own adventure, (though the other characters may make appearances), and solves their own mystery. So far, you don’t need to read the books in order of publication. I would encourage you to, though, just for the fun of it and, of course, to meet each witch. In the weeks before the first book was released I found myself wondering who will be my favorite witch. I think it is going to be more difficult than I thought to choose her.
I love that Flick is in a beginning of the craft, (by this I mean she is becoming an independent witch). She comes from a prestigious line of witches, yet seems to truly want to find her own way. Her Gram places emphasis on high standards and the family. She has made sacrifices for them and expects Flick to do the same. Yet she loves Flick deeply. Flick is aware of all this but isn’t certain making the sacrifices her mother and grandmother made are for her. This complexity makes for an interesting secondary story. I found the mystery that Flick needs to solve intriguing and fascinating, (perhaps because Johnny and Candice had me remembering Sid and Nancy - I probably just dated myself there but I was a fan and their story was heartbreaking for me). Another thing I loved about the story was the way Flick tried to use her power to do good. It’s not often that I feel like crying in a mystery but I did with Bill and his wife.
I cannot wait to read the next book in this bewitching series. I find myself wondering about the next witch, her personality and mystery, at odd moments of the day. I am also anxious for more from both Vee and Flick.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Review: Better Witch Next Time

Better Witch Next Time Better Witch Next Time by Stephanie Damore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I heard of this series, I was curious. It has a number of really good authors but I have been disappointed before with witchy books. Stephanie Damore, my first time reading her, surprised me. I was impressed to see real craft knowledge in the story. Not only that but treated respectfully. The mixing of reality and fantasy was well done. The mystery of what happened to Irene was interesting. The introduction of shifters, expected. I liked Vee immensely and adored Michael. Ms. Damore set the bar high with the first book in this series. I’m truly excited to read the other books in this series.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Review: The Guilt We Carry

The Guilt We Carry The Guilt We Carry by Samuel W. Gailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book description really sucked me in. I have been wanting to read it since I read that. Thank you to Goodreads and the author for the opportunity to read this as a Goodreads giveaway winner.

I was wrapped up in the book though that didn’t happen until almost the halfway mark. There is a lot of descriptive writing that leaves little to be imagined. At the same time that descriptive writing allowed you to distinctly hear the major sound of the book. Sorry to be a little vague but I’d rather you read the book. There were three places where the plot did not hold up for me. One had to do with a death, the others with Alice. I really liked Alice. I could form a fairly accurate idea of who she is, which is where the two breaks from the story come in. Despite these three spots, (two get addressed though, for me, not satisfactorily), I was still invested in the story I was being told. I did like the ending. I would have liked to know more about Elton and Delilah though.
I am interested in reading another book by this author.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Review: A Charming Blend: A Magical Cures Mystery and A Killer Coffee Mystery Crossover Mystery

A Charming Blend: A Magical Cures Mystery and A Killer Coffee Mystery Crossover Mystery A Charming Blend: A Magical Cures Mystery and A Killer Coffee Mystery Crossover Mystery by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Charming Blend by Tonya Kappes features a blend between Roxy and Patrick from the Killer Coffee Series and June Heal from the Magical Cures Series. If you aren’t familiar with the two series, I’m sure this book will have your interest peaking. If you are familiar with them, you might want to catch up a bit with the Killer Coffee series. This blend has a spoiler if you are not caught up.
Roxy and Patrick have left Honey Springs to visit the town of Whispering Falls. Love is in the air and mixing with magic. Sassy and Pepper are with them and Mr Prince Charming can be found at A Charming Cure. They add some furry shenanigans to the fun. Of course, some favorites from the Magical Cures Series make appearances as well as a dead body.
The story is told from alternate viewpoints, first Roxy then June. The name of the narrator is listed at the beginning of each chapter so you can easily check if you need to. The setting is at Christmas, which is one of my favorite times. The story is a fun, quick and easy read. It is a light but complete mystery. I really enjoyed the blending of the series. I am looking forward to seeing June and Roxy together again so I am truly hoping there is more crossing over to be done.
I first read this story as part of Cozy Christmas Crimes - A Cozy Christmas Box Set. I am pleased to see the story offered individually. I voluntarily reviewed this book after enjoying it a second time.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Review: Game Players

Game Players Game Players by Anita Waller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book I have read by the author. In this one, a group of children are involved. After they witness a drug dealer bury some drugs things go down hill. This book was full of twists and surprises. There is violence with children involved, so please consider that when choosing to read it. I know that some have a difficult time with that. I dislike it but have to admit, for this story, it fit. I felt the author portrayed the children accurately. I didn’t really like most of the adults and don’t think the author wanted me to. I would recommend the book to readers of crime and those who like thrillers. I expect I will be reading more from this author.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Review: Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder

Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Motorhomes, Maps and Murder is the 5th book in the Tonya Kappes series, “A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery.” It is not necessary to read the books in order as each has its own completed mystery. It is my recommendation that you do. The world building is ongoing with characters changing slightly with the books, (mostly adding a character or two). You will understand the relationships easier when read in order. Ms. Kappes does include a quick update that is woven so well into the story those familiar with the series will enjoy it as much as newcomers.
This series is one of my favorites. Perhaps it is because I spent so much time as a child in Southeast Kentucky where the story is set. My family were big campers, too. I can vividly picture the fictional town and campground. Ms. Kappes does a wonderful job painting the town and campground within the very real and beautiful Daniel Boone National Park. The characters are well written, each with their own personality that are very relatable. You quickly become friends with owner and narrator, Mae West, the Laundry Club gals and others from the town. There is a romance blossoming as an ongoing secondary story. If you enjoy romance mixed in your cozy, you will definitely want to read the series in order. This book is set during the spring time when a Civil War re-enactment and an after party are set to go. The citizens of Normal are ready to participate and Happy Trails campground is filling up with spectators. The only thing not planned are a prison break, murder and a major theft that threatens not only the re-enactment and the good people of Normal but also Mae and Happy Trails! Hunky Detective Hank Sharp is on it and wants Mae to stay out of it but sometimes fate just decides differently.
At the end of the book there are some camping hacks and a couple of recipes. I’m planning on making those gooey cinnamon buns in the morning. I’m also thinking of trying, in home, the hack for the omelet recipe just because it sounds interesting.
I highly recommend this fun book and the series to cozy mystery lovers.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced, unpolished, electronic copy of this book. I am purchasing a finished copy because I enjoyed it so much, (and because I want a completed set of this series. It is one I know I will read again).

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Review: Ginny Moon

Ginny Moon Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a difficult book for me to read. First, there are children in my family who are autistic. Second, abuse, child abuse, hits me hard. I have personal experience with it. To have a main character dealing with both..I knew it was going to be difficult. There is out right child abuse and implied possible sexual abuse. From my experience, I believe sexual abuse happened. Fortunately the author of this book knew how to get the point across with having to detail it. I am grateful.
This book had me emotionally distraught a lot. I was angry at Gloria and even Crystal. I expected to be angry with them. I didn’t exactly expect to be angry with Maura. I was though, even when I could understand why, I was a bit angry at her. It is a heartbreaking story that is, unfortunately, very realistic. In the end it is triumphant but the road there was not one very many can walk.
I did find myself, at times, forgetting the age of Ginny. She thinks much younger than her physical age. Some may say it is her autism. Other the abuse she suffered. I think, perhaps, the two mixed together. This is a case where early childhood home setting interrupted the child’s growth. I was feeling, for awhile, that every adult was failing Ginny.
If you are looking for a book about a child’s experience on the autism spectrum, this one might not be what you are looking for. The child was influenced by neglect and abuse as much as the autism. However I do think it is a book worth reading. The author does do a very good job with portraying autism. I think he did well blending the neglect and child abuse with the autism. This book, in my opinion, makes an excellent choice for book clubs or buddy reads. It is a book you want to discuss. I know I do.

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Review: 34 Days

34 Days 34 Days by Anita Waller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! I don’t want to take a chance and accidentally spill something with my review. This story was a surprise. I found myself holding my breath in so many places! There were many surprises and some shocks. Even the part where I knew what was going to happen, I was glued to it. If you enjoy thrillers, especially those that deal with family life, get this book! Actually get this and Strategy. They go together. This book ends but Strategy picks up what happens next in their lives. I haven’t read that one yet but when I reached the end and saw another part was available, I wanted to start it immediately. I’m betting you will too.
The book is British but I had no problems with it, (I’m American). I didn’t come across any words I needed to look up. Maybe because I have British friends or because I enjoy many British authors? I even enjoyed, and was able to picture in my mind, the football game.
Personal note: I would have read it much faster but my Dad was in the hospital so, of course, he came first. This is a definite page turner that you will have a hard time putting down. My advice, make some free time.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: Before She Knew Him

Before She Knew Him Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is starting out to be an amazing year for books! I won an ARC of this book. It is the first book I have read by Peter Swanson. I want to go read every book he has written now.

Before She Knew Him was one of the best games of cat and mouse I have read. If you have read the synopsis then you know what the book is about. I’m not going to rewrite it here. Nor am I going to tell you much other than do not miss out on reading this book! I want you, my book loving friend, to enjoy every twist and turn just as I did. I want you to feel your heart pound and your mouth go dry. I want you to enjoy every moment of discovery. Go find the giveaways and enter for the ARC’s. Go talk to your librarian and request a copy. Put your name on the list early. Preorder the book if you can. Circle March 2019 and write a note on it to remind yourself to buy it, if you can’t preorder. Then buy your favorite drink and snacks. Prepare yourself for an entire day of reading, (how I wish I had known to do this). Once you start reading you won’t be able to stop. It will transport you and hold you captive until the final page. You really don’t want to miss this one.
You might not want to read this alone, especially at night. You might find yourself thinking over your neighbors and exactly how well you know them. You might find yourself staring a bit into your friends faces for awhile. Book hazards. *shrug*

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Review: Hightail It to Kinsey Falls

I listened to this book on Audible. The narrator was fantastic. I really enjoyed this recording. The story was interesting and fun! I learned some things I didn’t know. I love the characters. I even enjoyed the author notes and acknowledgments. I do recommend this book! Read it. Especially if you love wildlife. Possum. I had a good time with this and I think you will to. I can’t wait to read more of this story.

Review: Dead and Butter

Dead and Butter Dead and Butter by A. Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading this cozy mystery. It took longer than I expected only because I fell ill while reading it and wasn’t able to read as much. I did want to get back to it so I knew I was hooked. I like the characters though it was a kind of slow warm up to them and the town for me. I think, for me, that was because there was tension among the sisters, Ember and Stevie. I needed to see who, if either, I was going to trust. In the end I liked both and was happy to see the relationship repairing. I do plan on continuing with this series. The mystery was written welll. I didn’t guess the killer until the big reveal. This is the first book in the series and the way the threads were woven, my recommendation is to read the series in the order in which it was written. There is a fairly easy wheat bread recipe included. If your a baker, it will be a tasty recipe for you.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Review: If You Find Me

If You Find Me If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! There is so much I want to say. So much I can’t. This story had me mesmerized. It was emotional for me. I do want to give a warning that there is a rape scene so if that is difficult for you you might want to skip that part. This book will be with me for a long time. I think it will be one of the best of this year for me.
I listened to this on Audible and the narrator, Tai Sammons, was amazing as Carey. I would definitely listen to more by her.
Go read/listen (to) this book.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review: Retribution: Avenge the Innocents

Retribution: Avenge the Innocents Retribution: Avenge the Innocents by R.W.K. Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book of this author that I have read. I was held captive by the first and was looking forward to reading more books by him.
Once more I was immediately drawn into the story. Mr Clark definitely knows how to get your attention. I don’t want to give away the story with my review. The subject matter is one I first became aware of after I had my oldest child. I was horrified by the real life actions of a mother. Reading this story brought that back to me. The author wrote from inside the mind of victim and perpetrator. It was interesting to me. The story was all the more terrifying by the fact that the author kept things fairly real. Then came the twist. Wow! I did not see that coming. The ending was left a bit open and I am hoping for a part two to this book. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: A Charming Crime

A Charming Crime A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this author. She never fails to entertain me. That is why I chose to listen to a book I have read twice. That and the fact that I’m ill so reading is difficult.
I enjoyed meeting June Heal and spending time in Whispering Falls. I have read several books in this series and will say the story gets better with each book. There are lots of interesting characters to get to know. I love the paranormal flavoring the story.
I am less than thrilled with the narrator for this. She read fast and pretty much sounded bored. I have listened to a lot of audiobooks. I really do enjoy them. I would have preferred someone who modulated their voice a bit more. My guy listened to a bit of it while we ate and the first comment he made was, “the book needs a better narrator.”
It gets four stars because I enjoy the series in ebook. I took a star for the narrator.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review: One Feta in the Grave

One Feta in the Grave One Feta in the Grave by Tina Kashian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the series but my first. I was able to keep up with the mystery. I did wish that I had read the others books, though, for the relationships.
I was drawn to the book by the fun cover. Reading a book set on the boardwalk was as fun as I imagined. It was cold and a bit snowy where I lived so the summertime reminder was especially sweet. I live in a tourist town so relating was easy. I liked Lucy and Katie, as well as the other characters. Madame Vega was a super interesting character to me. Who doesn’t enjoy getting their fortune told? I enjoyed the way the author weaved the characters together. I knew I was behind on some relationships and characters but I was able to quickly catch on. I liked that part. I thought the author did well writing characters that were clear as well as some who were questionable. There is a romance in the works with the current possible interest not in law enforcement.
I don’t want to go into the mystery because I hate spoilers and even innocent things have the potential to ruin the fun for some. I was kept guessing until the reveal. There were plenty of suspects; some I liked and some I was hoping it was them instead of one I liked.
There are recipes at the end of the story. I usually try to make a couple before writing up a review but I was sick while reading this. For a few days it was up to the guy who thinks a meal is complete if it has meat and bread. He knows, though, that I want soups when I’m sick so he attempted to make Azad’s Lentil Soup. It was a success so you know that one of the recipes is easy peasey and delicious.
My illness did include an eye infection which forced me to put aside the book about halfway through. This almost killed me. I was enjoying it so much that I kept trying to push it.
I really enjoyed reading One Feta In The Grave. I won an advanced reader copy so it is possible there may be minor changes when the book is released. I would definitely suggest, if you like cozies, put this one on your TBR. I believe it is scheduled for a February release. Perfect time to enjoy some book sunshine.

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Review: An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous Girl An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s hard to write a review for this book that doesn’t give things away. I started the book early in the morning intending to listen for a few hours while doing things around the house. It is now almost 10:00 pm and the things I planned to do are on tomorrow’s agenda. This was a rare time when I was so caught up in the story that nothing was really done. It was like I was sitting with coffee listening to a friend recount a horrifying time in her life. You listen transfixed. You think about what you are being told. You wonder how you would have answered the questions. You wonder about choices. You wonder about trust. You wonder about confidentiality. You go back to wondering about trust. This was the most mesmerizing book I have listened to in a while. I would say be careful reading reviews. This is a book best going into knowing as little as possible, in my opinion.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Review: The Witches of New York: A Novel

The Witches of New York: A Novel The Witches of New York: A Novel by Ami McKay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an absolute delight to listen to! The story was so interesting. One of my favorite tales of the craft. A testament of women as much as a tale of witches. A work of fiction that holds much truth. Set in 1880 it is a reminder of how far women have come, how much it cost some, how much we still have to go. Witchcraft was handled wonderfully. Be certain to read the author’s note after the story. The narrator, Julia Whelan, was amazing to listen to. She brought the story to life with her performance. I don’t often buy a book I have in multiple forms, especially after I have read it. This one I did. Yes, I do recommend it.

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Review: The Second Captive

The Second Captive The Second Captive by Maggie James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was glued to this book. It had an interesting subject, a good twist and it educated me. It was a bit difficult for me at times. I have my own experience with domestic violence and being held against my will. It was different from Beth’s experience but certain scenes did bring that punched in the stomach feeling to me. I did not know very much of Stockholm Syndrome. That was very interesting to read about. I learned quite a bit.
I don’t know that I liked Beth that much. Maybe it was that I didn’t always understand her. Maybe I was comparing us too much. Maybe it was that I wasn’t as brave as she was. I shattered like glass..something I still feel guilty about. At times her bravery terrified me because I knew what could happen. I thought a lot about family dynamics and how things connected.
The book is told from Beth, Dominic and Ursula’s points of view. I’m not overly fond of multiple points of view but, in this case, it worked very well. Being able to follow each person’s thoughts brought the story to life. It added a necessary understanding.
The story was gripping, sad at times, intense and terrifying. I thought the ending was done right for the story. I don’t want to go into it for fear of spoiling it. It worked for me. I’m happy I selected this book.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Review: The Mistake

The Mistake The Mistake by K.L. Slater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to this all evening. It deals with a creepy subject matter. It has a lot of turns to it, especially in the last part of the book. I didn’t really like the characters though.

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Review: Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself

Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself by William W. Li My rating: 5 of 5 stars ...