Sunday, October 20, 2019

Review: Blue Moon

Blue Moon Blue Moon by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jack Reacher is riding a Greyhound bus when he notices an old man sleeping with a bank envelope sticking out of his pocket and another passenger has noticed that envelope too. Once they leave the bus, a mugger tries to attack this man, but Reacher steps in and saves him and his money. Jack offers to help him home, but the man doesn’t want any help. Of course, Reacher knows an underdog when he sees it and decides to stick his nose into the matter. Now Reacher finds himself inside a city with two gangs fighting over territory. The Albanian and Ukrainian gangs don’t know what they are up against when Jack decides to help someone in their city.

Blue Moon is the 24th book in the Jack Reacher series. It is still amazing the trouble that Jack finds as he travels the United States trying to mind his own business. Readers of the previous books know that there is no such thing as Reacher looking the other way. If there is trouble, he is usually knee-deep inside of the solution. Child has taken the idea of gangs and mafia and spun it into a new light. The adventure is high and the action is fast-paced (as usual). Blue Moon does not disappoint; whether you are reading them in order or this is your first one, you will enjoy the story until the very end.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Review: Deadly Little Scandals

Deadly Little Scandals Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sawyer Taft has survived her debutante year and secured enough money to pay for college. It is now summer and time for fun and relaxation. That is until she is offered the chance to pledge with a very private, secret society called the White Gloves. During the first pledge “dare” the ladies discover a secret that has been hidden for over 20 years. Sawyer is now trying to unravel another family secret while also walking the fine line of high society. What else will Sawyer uncover along the way?

Deadly Little Scandals is the second book in the Debutantes series. I loved Little White Lies and this book was not a disappointment. I enjoyed the characters and the mysteries that may be separate or may be connected. Barnes’ characters are easy to relate to and have more depth than readers first believe. This is a very fun read with hidden truths that everyone should hear. I recommend Deadly Little Scandals to everyone who enjoys a fun mystery or just wants a little change.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review: Deception

Deception Deception by Teri Terry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The epidemic is still going rampant and it has a 95% death rate. Unfortunately, the 5% who do survive are left with powers that can be dangerous. At least that is what the government says as it takes the survivors into custody for everyone’s protection. As the pages almost turn themselves, Kai is looking for Shay and Shay is looking for the truth behind this epidemic. Will either of them reach their goal? What is really behind this disease?

Deception is the second book in the Dark Matter trilogy. Events in this book pick up closely behind the ending of Contagion and readers will have no problem remembering the events that have already occurred. This book has everything readers are looking for: relatable characters, lots of action and a few twists along the way. I recommend Deception to everyone who enjoyed Contagion. If you haven’t read Contagion yet, then go get it.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Review: The Stranger Inside

The Stranger Inside The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Rain was 12 years old her two best friends were abducted and one died. She has never fully come to terms with the fact that she got away. Their abductor didn’t go to jail; he went for psychiatric treatment and was released years later. But someone issued real justice when he was killed in the same manner that he killed Tess. Rain is now a stay at home mom and tries her best to not think about the events from her childhood. When another murderer who was not convicted is found dead, Rain feels the need to write about her own experiences. Who is this vigilante? Why can’t Rain just let it stay in her past?

The Stranger Inside is a psychological thriller with some well-placed twists included. I love Unger’s books because she always keeps readers guessing where the story will go and this one is no different. This novel is told in multiple voices, one of which is a killer. Readers will know what everyone is thinking and feeling, yet they will still be amazed that Unger is able to throw in a few unexpected twists. The Stranger Inside should not be passed up by anyone who enjoys this genre.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Review: Lost and Found

Lost and Found Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ezekiel has been friendless for years because everyone thinks he is a thief. They believe this because he has a knack for finding lost items and they believe this can only be because he stole them in the first place. He is NOT a thief and he does not have a superpower … he has a micropower! Ezekiel feels it is a useless power, no matter what you call it, but when a police officer asks him to help find a lost girl, his first thoughts are no way. Not only because he doesn’t want to be accused of taking her, but because that isn’t how his power work. When his new friend, Beth, convinces them that it might work for that too, he decides to give it a try. Will Ezekiel be able to find this lost girl? What truths will he discover about himself as he helps the police with their investigations?

Lost and Found is a stand-alone novel about finding yourself and pushing your own limits. This is not like most of Card’s other books. Although there is a hint of supernatural powers with Ezekiel’s micropower, it is not a pure fantasy or science fiction story. The events that happen are truly plausible and readers will enjoy turning the pages as they try and uncover the truths that are being discovered along the way. Although it is a great stand-alone novel, I would not be disappointed if Card decided to make it into a series.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Review: Exile from Eden: Or, After the Hole

Exile from Eden: Or, After the Hole Exile from Eden: Or, After the Hole by Andrew Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Arek is sixteen years old and has lived underground his entire life. The surface is infested with six-foot-tall creatures that look like praying mantises. Arek’s dads left on a mission and have not returned. He wants to find out what happened to them and is willing to risk the unknown to look for them. He sets out in an RV without any set plans. His best friend, Mel, hid in the van and wants to help him with his quest. Will Arek find his dads in this big empty world? Are there any more humans left on the surface?

Exile from Eden is the long-awaited sequel to Grasshopper Jungle. Those who read the original story will not be disappointed in this next generation of pubescent boys discovering and thinking about all the changes that happen. The greatest part of this version is Arek doesn’t have the world of knowledge our boys get with everyday life; he was the only boy in the hole and the women of the hole kept many things hidden. Smith did a wonderful job describing what life might have been like in this post-apocalyptic world. I recommend Exile from Eden to everyone who enjoyed Grasshopper Jungle, but please don’t pick it up if you don’t want to know what teenage boys are thinking.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Review: The Lady Rogue

The Lady Rogue The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Theodora would like nothing more than to travel with her father on his treasure hunting missions. Unfortunately, he has a habit of leaving her with companions and seeking adventure on his own or with his protégé, Huck. She is not the easiest person to get along with and her most recent companion has abandoned her in Istanbul. Soon after, Huck arrives and asks her to help him find her father. She now gets to go on a treasure-hunting adventure, but with her father’s safety at stake, it is not fun and games. Will Theodora and Huck be able to unravel the mystery her father was following?

The Lady Rogue is a stand-alone gothic adventure that feels like a modern mystery. These two young people are traveling through the Carpathian Mountains and dodging mysterious men and women who have nefarious dealings with the occult. There is a bit of romance between the two protagonists, but the gist of the story is an adventure set in the early 20th century. Bennett has taken lore about Vlad the Impaler and weaved it into a compelling read. I believe readers who enjoy historical fiction or adventures will enjoy this book, even if they don’t normally like the other genre.

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