Thursday, August 20, 2015

No Place To Hide by Lynette Eason

Jackie Sellers and Ian Lockwood are on the run. Ian is being framed as a terrorist and Jackie is his accomplice. When Jackie hears that her old friend is wanted as a terrorist she knows something isn't right. So she goes to his house to find out what is going on. What she doesn't count on are the real terrorists trying to kill she and Ian. Ian is pretty sure that an email he received by mistake at work is what has put him in jeopardy. He doesn't want to put Jackie in danger, but in her line of work with Operation Rescue, rescuing is what she does. After narrowly escaping the terrorists Ian and Jackie and Ian's dog become two of America's most wanted. Afraid to turn themselves in because they don't know who they can trust, Jackie and Ian set out to clear Ian's name and find out exactly what the terrorists have planned. Will it be in time to avert a National disaster?

I love a book that starts out with a lot of action! It usually is a clue that the reader is in for a roller coaster of a ride. NO PLACE TO HIDE did not disappoint. It started out exciting and it kept the pace throughout the entire book. I liked the fact that Ian and Jackie knew each other in the past. The fact that Ian was picked on and Jackie was an abused child and they overcame those things in their lives made them strong adults and perfect for each other. Again, I enjoyed the pace of the book. The suspense of how the bad guys kept finding them, not knowing exactly who the person calling the shots was and trying to stay one step ahead of the FBI(and other agencies), made for a fast-paced and exciting read. If you haven't read any of Lynette Eason's books I highly recommend them, especially if you are a romance/suspense lover like I am.

**Thanks to the publisher through NetGalley for my copy for review. All opinions are my own**


Monday, August 17, 2015

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs: Stay Peculiar Tour + Giveaway

The Third book of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is coming out soon. Check out Quirk Books for all of the information regarding the tour and a chance to Win a trip for two to one of the tour cities!

In the meantime Quirk Books is allowing me to offer one of my readers one of these cool looking totes:

Leave a comment in the comment section letting me know if you have read any of the Peculiar books, and I will choose a winner on Sunday August 16th!

WINNER: Tiffany Thomas! Congratulations!!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones by Jan and Mike Berenstain

Anything Berenstain Bears captures my attention. My girls grew up with me reading these and now my grandchildren get to hear these timeless stories.

The Storybook Bible for Little Ones is not really a Bible. It is a collection of popular stories from the Bible. From creation to the Resurrection this book depicts stories with pictures of the Bears acting out each story.

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones is a hardback board book that is well put together and a quick read for those squirmy little ones that don't want to sit for very long. I think it would be a great way of introducing young children to appreciate God's Word.

**Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for my copy for review. All opinions are my own**

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Edgar and The Tree House Of Usher by Jennifer Adams

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's short story THE FALL of the HOUSE of USHER this is a cute hardback children's book about 3 little birds. Edgar and his friend Roderick and Edgar's sister Lenore. Edgar goes to visit his friend Roderick who is playing in his tree house. Lenore decides that she wants to follow, but there are "no girls allowed" in Roderick's tree house.

There are definite nods to THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER in this story book for children, but the outcome is much better than the original tale for sure.

I enjoyed the illustrations as well in this BabyLit book. As always with the BabyLit books they are age appropriate while introducing the reader to classic literature.

I had never read the book THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER before so when I received this book I wasn't sure what the original was all about. So I got out my handy dandy all things Poe book and read the story.



 So really I think Edgar Allan Poe was one twisted individual, but I really enjoy his stories, because there always seems to be a twist. In The Fall of the House of Usher Roderick Usher requests his friend to come stay with him in his time of need. Roderick appears to be a hypochondriac(mentioned a couple of times in the story) and the voice telling the story(the friend that went to help Usher) is surprised by how bad Usher has declined. Roderick and his sister Madeline are living in the family mansion that has become run-down. Madeline's health is declining as well and the friend only sees her once at the very beginning of the story. Roderick seems to also be slipping into madness living in the gloomy oppressive house. The friend feels the oppression as well. When Madeline passes away Roderick talks his friend into entombing her inside one of the vaults in the house for a fortnight before burying her in the family plot. To appease him his friend agrees. Then one dark and stormy night Roderick ends up coming to his friends room for comfort during the storm. The friend reads him a story, but throughout the reading they keep hearing banging and screaming from within the house. Guess who?! For the rest of the story you are going to have to check it out yourselves. I think it was worth the read.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Queen by Steven James

Patrick Bowers is investigating a murder of a woman and her young daughter. Set up to look like a murder/suicide the local police are ready to wrap up the case. But Patrick has a more suspicious mind when it comes to dead people so he soon finds that things aren't always what they seem.

Patrick and his brother have a strained relationship because of something that happened when they were teens. It doesn't help that Patrick and his brother's wife Amber formed an emotional attachment while she and Sean were engaged.

Add to those tensions Tessa and her problems, along with an Eco-terrorist group, an assassin bent on seeking revenge on the person who killed his wife, a snow storm and past nemeses seeming to crawl out of the woodwork and you have an exciting tale sure to keep you awake long into the night.

I really do enjoy this series. The author knows how to build tension and to tell the story well. I do find myself rolling my eyes though at some points. Once again when the author uses words that you have to look up to figure out the meaning of it frustrates me rather than educates me or impresses me with his word usage. Seriously? Who uses words such as "frangible" and "susurrus"? Anybody?

Tessa is once again up to her usual bratty self. I find myself getting so frustrated with her character, but then I find myself feeling sorry for her. She is dealing with the after affects of killing someone which I totally understand will mess up a person's mind. But then when Patrick tells her to stay put and not drive in a snowstorm out she goes and does exactly what he tells her not to do. Gah! Seriously?!

I also have to say that if the author keeps killing off people that are an inconvenience to Patrick then pretty soon Patrick is going to be the only character he has left! Good grief! Be prepared for a few twists at the end and some unfinished business with Basque still out and about doing his dirty deeds. Looking forward to the next installment!