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The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World - A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson

"The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World", by Brian Doyle, is such an imaginative book. Robert Louis Stevenson would be proud. This book is very similar to his writing style. I love the environment. Castles, pirates,...

4 Stars

And Then There Was Me - A Novel of Friendship, Secrets and Lies

"And Then There Was Me", by Sadeqa Johnson, is a unique book. It focuses so much on the main character's eating disorder that the actual storyline takes a definite backseat. I enjoyed reading about Bea. The story delves into her childhood a...

4 Stars

Ascension

With a cool disposition about him, Alvise Marangon is hired to protect an attractive female client. However along the way, he encounters some hurdles that can possibly affect the "contract" that he agreed to. In the quiet city of Venice, Mr...

3 Stars

The Graveyard Apartment

This is the story of a young family who moves into a new apartment that is surrounded by a graveyard, a crematorium and a temple. The price is right so they are still looking forward to their new home. Immediately upon moving in strange thi...

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Waking Up Dead

If you love murder mysteries, then here's one for you What makes it unique is it is told from the outlook of one of the victims. On top of that, the victim ends up solving the mystery. Now that is different. In another way, the author makes...

3 Stars

The Real Peter Pan - J. M. Barrie and the Boy Who Inspired Him

I tried, I really tried but I was unable to finish this book. It is extremely dry making it somewhat boring to read. However, it is an excellent reference guide. Throughout the book are quotes from first person sources making it invaluable...

3 Stars

Nevernight - Nevernight, #1

I’m not sure what killed this book for me. The constant back and forth of the time (you would get part of the story in italics which was the past then the present in normal script) or the flowery wording that just made my head hurt. I thoug...

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Daughter of Albion - A Novel of Ancient Britain

This book kept looking at me on the list so I decided to get it so it would leave me alone. And what I found was a take it or leave it book. The pacing of this story was pretty fast and it didn't take long to get to the end. There are no st...

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The True Tails of Baker and Taylor

Although not a mystery per se, true suspense/mystery buffs will enjoy this tale, the story of the two Scottish Fold cats Baker and Taylor, the symbols of the company’s wholesale library division. The cats, who were named for the distributor...

4 Stars

Second House from the Corner

This second book from Sadeqa Johnson will touch you with reality. It could very well be any mother who stays at home with three kids. We know what that's like. Don't we? Felicia Lyons' marriage is on the rocks big time. She has hidden a dar...

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A Hard, Cruel Shore - Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures

With “A Hard, Cruel Shore” Dewey Lambdin continues Captain Alan Lewrie’s ongoing Naval adventures. After helping remove the army from Corunna, Lewrie’s ship, HMS Sapphire, suffers damage from lightning. With some smooth talking he is able t...

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A Taste for Nightshade

A Taste for Nightshade by Martine Bailey is one of the most interesting historical fiction books I’ve ever read. Set in 1787 Manchester, it follows the stories of two very different young women. This was dark and intriguing, filled with dam...

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Médicis Daughter - A Novel of Marguerite de Valois

If you have ever wondered what life was like in Renaissance France, then check out the historical novel Medicis Daughter by Sophie Perinot. This novel takes you into the life of the royal family of France – that is, Catherine de Medicis, ot...

5 Stars

Things I Can't Explain - A Clarissa Novel

This is the ultimate followup for every classic '90s girl. Things I Can't Explain follows Clarissa from Clarissa Explains It All as she runs into hurdles every twenty-something faces. We go from knowing everything in our teens to knowing no...

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Succession

“Succession” by Livi Michael is a look at the two women who between them created what is known as the Tudor Dynasty. Henry VI married Margaret of Anjou, sister to the French King. Henry VI is more interested in praying for a son than actual...

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Carter & Lovecraft

I chose Carter and Lovecraft because I was looking for something different. Well, I am glad to say that I found it! To me, this book had a Sleepy Hollow feel to it. The TV show, not the original story. Lovecraft is to Carter what Crane is t...

4 Stars

The Wild Girl

I was entirely surprised by my reading of this story simply for the bold fact that nothing about the actual novel was what I was expecting. I would consider this reasoning to be both a positive and a negative considering by what I discovere...

4 Stars

Lawyer for the Dog

“Lawyer for the Dog” by Lee Robinson is written with an interesting premise. A judge appoints his ex-wife, a lawyer, to be the court representative for a dog being fought over in a divorce case. As interesting as I think this plot is, I was...

3 Stars

The Silver Witch

The Silver Witch is an incredible story that quickly drew me into its magic filled plot. The characters were exciting and I was eager to discover what the author had in store for them. It took me just two days to read this novel because I c...

4 Stars

Mean Business on North Ganson Street

I just finished reading “Mean Business on North Ganson Street” by S. Craig Zahler. While the story held my interest as a thriller, it was far too “blood and guts” graphic for me. I would put a disclaimer on this novel that persons under a c...

3 Stars

An Appetite for Violets

Martine Bailey’s AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS is a fascinating and enjoyable literary adventure that involves mystery, passion, and culinary details that make the story even richer. Though the novel features a colorful cast of characters and the...

4 Stars

Independently Wealthy

This was a well delivered and intriguing novel of Savannah's search for the many unanswered questions of her father's death. "Independently Wealthy" is the sequel to this author first novel of 'New Money' and I did find some of the characte...

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The Lodger

The Lodger by Louisa Treger is a fictionalized look at Dorothy Richardson’s relationship with H.G. Wells, also know as Bertie. Dorothy was a childhood friend of Wells’ second wife, but during visits to their homes, a passion grew between he...

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The Terminals

The Terminals was supposed to be an action packed, pulse-thudding thriller. But, what I got was a water down story where people do things with no thought. This one started out so well. You have an enhanced girl trying to get away from the b...

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Valley of Fires - The Conquered Earth, #3

This is the third book, and possibly the last, in A Conquered Earth series. This series has a very complex world and has multiple story lines going on at the same time so it would be best to start this series at the first book to understand...

4 Stars

Kinslayer - The Lotus War Trilogy, #2

Kinslayer for the most part was boring. I nearly didn't make it through book one and well this one was no better. I experienced off the wall names and things that I couldn't pronounce let alone understand what it was. I just ended up having...

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Endsinger - The Lotus War, #3

Dear Reader, This review is done by a friend of mine as she loved books one and two and I wasn’t able to get into the series myself. *** OMG The author of this one ripped out my heart. This book was an incredibly emotional read that will li...

5 Stars

Alias Hook

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is an adult retelling of a childhood classic story done right! I love it when authors put their own spin on classic tales or presents a story from a different perspective. In this case, Alias Hook is from Captain H...

4 Stars

The Midnight Witch

I really wanted to like this read, and on an emotional level, I did. My issues with this read however, proved to override the emotional bond that I managed to form with Lilith and her struggle to find her power against a backdrop of evil an...

3 Stars

Let the Old Dreams Die

'Let The Right One’ in is probably one of my favorite books of the last decade. So when I found out that the author was finally going to reveal the fate of Eli and Oskar I had to get my hands on Let the Old Dreams Die as soon as possible. U...

4 Stars

Girl on the Golden Coin - A Novel of Frances Stuart

I recommend Girl on the Golden Coin to historical fiction lovers. It does have a romance tucked in. The author wrote a beautiful historical love story that will remain with you for some time to come. The approach to this book was so new, so...

4 Stars

The Queen's Dwarf

Being a fan of both historical fiction and anything featuring human “oddities” I was fascinated to see a novel looking at the court of King Charles I and Queen Henrietta told from the viewpoint of dwarf Jeffrey Hudson. Many royals had colle...

5 Stars

Day One

Former computer hacker turned journalist, John Hawke, sets out to start his work day like usual. He has a bit on his mind this one particular morning and a feeling he just can’t seem to shake. You see, he and his wife are going through a bi...

5 Stars

Christmas in Cornwall

I started this book and by the third page I wasn’t too sure what I got myself into. However, I continued reading and soon found myself enjoying a wonderful tale about a family and their interactions with a small group of nuns as well as a f...

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New Money

When I read the synopsis I immediately thought this would be the female version of Mr. Deeds. While I loved that movie, it was more of a watch and move on with your life kind of deal. New Money, however even though it's much more of a vacat...

4 Stars

Reviver - Reviver Trilogy, #1

Like a movie. Seriously. This book? Yeah, it was like. A movie. It was inventive and creepy. Great writing and great, likeable characters. The first half was like we were on a racetrack, but the other half was a little slower. More like the...

4 Stars

Dirty Little Secret - Daniel Marchant

This book is the third and also the end of this author’s Daniel Marchant trilogy the first two being Dead Spy Running and Games Traitor’s Play. There is not much of a time lapse between these three books and reading them in order would prob...

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Juggernaut

Juggernaut by Adam Baker, a prequel to his novel Outpost, takes you on an intense ride. The action scenes are fast paced, and the settings are well done. You are taken on an adventure from modern Baghdad to the heart of an ancient hidden te...

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Raiders! - The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is written by Alan Eisenstock but its Eric Sala and Chris Strompolos’ story of their cinema love affair with Steven Spielberg (or Spielburg, a joke you will understand once you read the...

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The Winter Witch

When I read the book blurb for The Winter Witch, I was intrigued. It sounded like a beautiful love story and a story of true love overcoming adversity and beating the odds, which is the type of book I usually love to read. When I received t...

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Wicked City - A Zephyr Hollis Novel, #2

Zephyr Hollis is a well known do-gooder. She volunteers for cases she believes in and teaches at the ward school. Right now, she has two big issues she’s working on: getting Faust, a blood based drink for vampires, off the streets and break...

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The Second World War - A Military History

For me, the book is a good introduction to World War II for those readers (like me) who do not know a lot about that particular war outside of what is taught in schools. It also makes a good addition for the reader that has an avid interest...

4 Stars

The Royal Stuarts - A History of the Family That Shaped Britain

The Royal Stuarts were a family that seemed destined to destroy themselves through bad choices and passion. Mary, Queen of Scots and James of the King James Bible are two of the most famous members but the family is filled with people who c...

4 Stars

Moonshine - A Zephyr Hollis Novel, #1

It’s the 1920s in New York city and Zephyr Hollis is working hard at doing good. She works as a social activist during the day and teaches classes to immigrants at night. She seldom has a free hour but she’s happy with her life....

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I Shall Not Want - A Clare Fergusson/Russ van Alstyne Mystery

Clare Ferguson isn’t exactly your typical Episcopalian priest.  That isn’t to say that she doesn’t have a calling to do God’s work but that she seems to do things and be places that aren’t exactly where yo...

4 Stars