Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Feral by Holly Schindler



 About the Book:

Claire Cain has just survived a brutal trauma. Her father decides to take a sabbatical from his job and move he and Claire to a new city for a while. Claire is only there a couple of days when she finds the dead body of one of the local girls that has been missing for over a week.  

The town of Peculiar seems to be overrun by stray cats. Serena, the dead girl, used to feed them. Especially a calico she named Sweet Pea. It isn’t long before Claire sees that Serena has taken over Sweet Pea’s body and is calling to Claire to find out what really happened to her. At least at first that is what Claire believes, but soon things change and it seems that Serena may have other more sinister ideas for Claire. 

My Thoughts:

This was such a creepy story! Sometimes I found myself thinking, whoa, this is way over the top for me! But I kept on reading because the more I read the more I wanted to find out what happened to Serena. I thought it was interesting how the reader is able to see through Serena’s eyes and read her thoughts after she is dead and being hidden away. The shroud of fog that would come over Claire whenever Sweet Pea/Serena came into the picture lent an air of creepiness to the story as well. Towards the ending of the book I got an idea of where the story was going, but was quite surprised by the “who done it.”  This is a young adult book so if you like that genre along with mysteries and ghosts, then I think you will enjoy this story.

**WARNING**
There is some offensive language and violence in this book that may offend some readers. 

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book for the purpose of this review. This is my honest review.



 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Operation Zulu Redemption: Overkill (Season 1 Teaser) by Ronie Kendig

 Synopsis:

In Overkill we meet the women of the first all female Special Ops team. They have all assumed new identities and are in hiding, they are also all in danger. Their is an enemy that wants them all dead and will stop at nothing to see the job finished.

My Thoughts:

Wow! Overkill starts out exciting and doesn't let up in this short teaser(70-something pages) beginning to a new serial. Operation Zulu will be a 5-part serial with a new episode coming out each Friday. Seriously from the very opening pages I was hooked and am thankful I have the next episode ready to read on my Kindle already. I am looking forward to finding out the back story for each character(at least I hope we find out more back story!), what happened that sent them all into hiding? And who has exposed them all to their enemy, as well as who exactly is their enemy. The fast pace kept me turning the pages and finishing this teaser in short order. The suspense didn't allow me to put the book down until the end and will have me ready for each new episode as they come out.

Schedule of Episodes:

Overkill: Available Now
Collateral Damage: Available Now
Out of Nowhere: July 25, 2014
Hazardous Duty: August 1, 2014
Act of Treason: August 8, 2014


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fill In The Blanks


 (Aren't these flowers so pretty? They were a centerpiece on a table at a wedding we went to over the weekend. The mother of the bride was kind enough to send two of the arrangements home with us. The other one is just like it)

Amber over at Seasons of Humility posted this game reminiscent of the Mad Libs we used to do as kids  and I thought it would be fun to try my hand at it. I'm having a hard time getting through any books lately because I am concentrating on crocheting things for Christmas. Not much reading is getting done. So here is some filler fun today!

I'm using the titles of books I have read so far this year(which is what Amber used as well) to fill in the blanks. You can find all of the books on my 2014 Reading Log.

In school I was: Undetected (yep, I pretty much flew under the radar)

People Might be Surprised I'm:World of Trouble

I will never be: Feral

My fantasy job is: United We Spy (seriously wouldn't that be fun? To be a spy...)

At the end of a long day I need: Life Support (tee hee, that made me laugh)

I hate it when: Silenced

Wish I had: Mom's Night Out

My family reunions are: A Deadly Business  (yup, family gatherings can be a bit interesting for us)
At a party you'd find me with: The One (which would be my husband)

I've never been to: The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

A happy day includes: Love's Promises

Motto I live by: Full Steam Ahead

On my bucket list: Find Momo

In my next life I want to be: Avra's God (not really, but it was one of the only titles that would fit in there! LOL!)

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Any of these titles familiar to you? How would you fill in the blanks?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Find: A Short Story by C.A. Glatkowski

THE FIND takes place in the early 1900's. Joel is punished for a prank he played on his sister. His punishment is to shovel manure until he reaches the top of the corn silo. The time spent shoveling causes him to regret his actions. When his father makes an amazing discovery buried in their corn field Joel is beyond excited. The find could change their lives forever.

I really enjoyed THE FIND. I liked Joel's character. The reader gets to see him change from a childish prankster to a repentant young man willing to own up to his mistakes and take responsibility for his actions.  A pleasant short story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

C. A. Glatkowski born in Tennessee and used to dig in the red clay of Sevierville for arrowheads and old glass bottles when as a kid, but never found a dinosaur.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Feral by Holly Schindler: Sneak Peek Reading



Come back July 29, 2014 for my review of FERAL! In the meantime enjoy this sneak peek reading!




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III by Ben H. Winters

About the book:

The final book in the Last Policeman trilogy. Only 14 more days until the asteroid hits the earth and destroys it. Hank Palace is on the road to find his sister Nico. Nico is with a group of people who believe that the asteroid can be destroyed. Hank has always taken care of his little sister and he knows that Nico is wrong. He is determined to find her before the end comes. When he arrives in a small town in Ohio he finds the last place that Nico was seen. Coming upon a nasty attempt at murder Hank finds a young girl in the woods with her throat cut. He knows that if he can save her life he can find out answers to where Nico is and what has happened. He will stop at nothing to gain the answers he needs, but time is running out for everyone.

My Thoughts:

Poor Hank! I think in this situation he is the last human on earth with any sense of justice. If the earth would survive this asteroid hit he would make an excellent detective. He has determination, a sense of right and wrong, and a desire to glean answers no matter what the cost to himself. I like Hank! I like his focus in the midst of chaos. I like his loyalty to Nico his only family member left. I like his quirkiness in keeping copious notes in his little notebooks. And I like his dog Houdini!

I enjoyed this final book in the series. Even though there is an asteroid coming to destroy the earth the story doesn't revolve around that asteroid. It mainly centers around Hank's investigation into where his sister is and other relationships that happen along the way. There are some interesting characters that Hank meets along his journey and the wrap-up of what happens to Nico and the group that she is with provides an exciting ending to the story. If you like end-of-the-world type stories then I think this series is a "must add" to your collection.

*Warning* Language alert!  This book contains language that may offend some readers.

MY REVIEWS OF THE FIRST TWO BOOKS:

The Last Policeman
Countdown City

Thanks to the publisher QuirkBooks for my copy of WORLD OF TROUBLE for review. All opinions are my own.

 


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher



The last of the William Shakespeare's Star Wars trilogy has arrived. Check out my reviews of William Shakespeare's Star Wars and The Empire Striketh Back. You will never look at Shakespeare's writings or the Star Wars trilogy the same way again!

I don't know or understand much about prose or iambic pentameter but I do know some Shakespeare plays as well as being a huge fan of the Star Wars movies. Sprinkled into the writing of The Jedi Doth Return I noticed several Biblical references as well as a famous quote from Patrick Henry. I'm sure there were many more obvious Shakespearean and other quotes that I either missed or didn't reference as I was reading. It is fun while reading these books to come across a saying that is recognizable being said by Han or Luke or one of the other characters from Star Wars. A pleasant and amusing way to spend a day reading Shakespeare and Star Wars all mashed together into one epic tale!


Book Trailer:

Thanks to the publisher Quirk Books for my copy for review. This review is my own opinion.