.SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR REVIEWS- Please be advised I am not taking any requests until 2015 due to ongoing illness. Please check back then to see if this has changed.only those I have agreed to before this will be reviewed Follow These Rules Exactly. Book Reviews here are my personal opinion only. I do not receive payment for reviews only digital copies or physical copies of the books to review. I also may review a copy I receive from the library or buy. I like paranormal, thriller, mystery, drama, human interest, intrigue etc. Let's face it most books. I do not read most science fiction but do make exceptions. I never read erotica, or extreme gore/ and language. I can only read one to two books weekly and review when writing myself. If you would like to have your book reviewed email me lilybrooksfield@gmail.com Preference given to Indie writers, (Ebooks preferred e-pub or kindle formats.)NO HATE MAIL Please do no contact me repeatedly, when finished I will email you. I grade from 1 to 5 stars, 5☆ being the best simply because I enjoyed the well-crafted story .I post to Amazon , if book is available there or Smashwords but only if provided link. Sometimes I will choose not to post a review if the book is unreadable or would score 1 or 2 ☆. Thank-you.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Book Review -Mom’s On the Roof And I Can't Get Her Down

Book Review -Mom’s On the Roof And I Can't Get Her Down
By Cynthia Myers-Hanson
Cover for 'Mom's on the Roof'

     Mom’s on the Roof is told with the writer’s wry sense of humour and faith. It is a story of a daughter’s love for her parents, as she navigates her mother’s illness and then cares for her in her dying days. When she thinks all is done more comes to task her strength and faith. The writer gives the reader and insight into the pain and the fear one goes through in such troubled times. Having gone through losing both my parents to cancer this book brought back those feelings of fear and the grief but also remembered joys and last shared moments. The writer’s revelations of death bed disclosures give the reader a feeling that life goes on beyond death. A truly heartwarming story of faith, love and finding your inner strength, in the face of pain, tragedy, cancer and death that will make the reader cry but in the end, smile. A must read for anyone who has lost someone close to them.
☆☆stars out of 5 ☆☆☆☆☆

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Nomination for The Most Inspiring Blogger

I received a nomination Monday from the extraordinary blogger Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen  .Thank you Belinda http://bwitzenhausen.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/the-most-inspiring-blogger-award/ for “The Most Inspiring Blogger Award”!

Seven things about me as prescribed by the award:
1.) I love books and reading.I grew up on tales of history, folktales and family lore, so I have lots of stories to tell. I also love to listen and read others stories as evident here on this blog.
2.)I  love music it's as dear to me as books. I won singing awards in my youth before surgery in my thirties altered my abilities.
3.)I am loyal to a fault but if you disappoint me and cross me you lose my trust usually forever.
4.) I love Elephants and collect Elephant figurines. My daughters have given me Elephant beanie babies.
My fibromyalgia is mostly likely caused by a virus I had as a child. 
5.)My one daughter is a librarian, my other a news broadcaster/reporter. Both have artistic abilities.
6.)My husband is my best friend,We've been married since our youth for 33 years.
7.)I am technologically challenged.It takes me more then once or even thrice to learn new devices and programs.LOL

I nominate the following blogs for the “The Most Inspiring Blogger Award”!
1.) the crew of masquerade blog Mike Lee, Bec C.,Sharon Flood,Debbie Lee, Diantha Jones, Beth Sorensen, Evangeline Warren,Charlotte Parr,Ciel W.,Angel Summer,Beatrice,Nadia,Krystal C.,

2.) Susan Helene Gottfried (West of Mars)

3.)Amberr Meadows   

4.) Mary  http://maryinhb.blogspot.ca/2012/07/book-trailer-tuesday-dog-on-roof.html

5.)Shelley Munro http://www.shelleymunro.com/blog

6.) Patricia de Hemricourt   http://www.epublishabook.com/2012/07/24/book-review-hexed-by-kevin-hearne/#

7)Lynette Labelle   http://lynnettelabelle.com/blog

Monday, July 16, 2012

Review- For all Eternity (And Not a Single Day Less)

Cover for 'For all Eternity (And not a Single Day Less)'
 Available at Smashwords

Review- For all Eternity (And Not a Single Day Less) by Philip Catshill
The book, a novella, begins by introducing us to John Collet and Mike George Newman. The two are like chalk and cheese but have been friends since childhood. John is not monogamous even though he marries a sweet ethereal woman. They are both police officers. Mike is a dedicated officer and loyal husband, caring about the people in his city. Sandra Taylor meets him  and falls in love with him but he is married. The book is a look into the life of Mike the police officer and the start of his career and possible road to happiness. I would have liked to have seen more of Sandra and Mike but this story is very captivating. I look forward to reading more of this character.

☆☆stars out of 5 ☆☆☆☆☆

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review: Confined Space by Deryn Collier

Review:  Confined Space by Deryn Collier
Confined Space

Available at Amazon 

Ex–Canadian Forces commander Bern Fortin has moved to a small town in British Columbia, to escape the memories of Afghanistan and Rwanda. He hopes for little work as the coroner, so he can recover from his troubles and grow his garden. When a man is found in a vat at the local brewery everyone wants to call it an accident except for Bern and the Brewery’s safety officer Evie Chapelle. Evie however is hampered by the Brewery officials who want everything finished so they can continue making beer. Bern is hampered by the senior coroner who wants to save his budget and prefers to think its an accident covered by the workmen’s safety board. Soon Evie is risking her life to find out what happened and Bern is risking his job to find out the truth.
I loved the characters of Evie and Bern and hope that the writer will decide to write another book with these characters. Bern is thoughtful and caring but deeply troubled by his time in the military. Evie is struggling with her relationships and her new position as safety officer at the plant. A truly enjoyable mystery that keeps the reader enthralled with the scenery, the characters and their lives and the story to find out what happened to the victim and why? I love a good mystery and this one kept me enthralled.

5☆☆☆☆out of 5 ☆☆☆☆☆

N.B. I received this book in soft cover from Simon Schuster Canada and the YummyMummybookclub but all opinions are my own and not influenced by the book company or book club or author.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Review of Skeleton Key-by Jeff La Ferney

Review of Skeleton Key-by Jeff La Ferney
Category: Mystery, Suspense Paranormal
Skeleton Key (Clay and Tanner Thomas Series)

Available at Amazon http://amzn.to/M3o6B5

      Category: Mystery, Suspense Paranormal

     Clay Thomas teaches math and is a baseball coach, but he has a secret; he has the ability to move things with his mind (telekinesis). He can also read minds and plant thoughts; only his friends the Drs. Zander and Lydia Frauss know of his skills. Clay is in mourning for his wife Jessie who he believes was killed because of his secrecy and use of his talents. Clay is also worrying about his son Tanner who is developing the same abilities and more. He worries about Tanner’s ability to handle such power. Dr. Zander Frauss has been helping both of them deal with their gifts. Lydia and Zander are worried about his depression so they give him a mystery to hopefully solve and a people to help.
      Erika Payne’s husband disappeared seven years ago after a train accident, that her son Logan (then ten years old)was able to walk away from. Logan has never spoken about that day. He is withdrawn and says very little. These are the two people the Drs. Fraus would like Clay Thomas and his son Tanner to help.
      This is where the story begins and the mystery piece by piece begins to unfold. The writer Mr. La Ferney has carefully crafted a mystery with characters that are engaging and interesting. With the book Skeleton Key, the reader gets a captivating mystery, but you also get to know the characters and their growth. You see them in their everyday life playing sports, and doing what they normally do making it easier for the reader to identify with the characters.
     Without giving away the story I can tell you the main characters learn more about their paranormal gifts, how to use them and we learn about the other engaging characters in the novel seeing how they change for knowing the Thomas’s. The clues are layered liberally through the book for the reader to follow of what happened to Adrian Payne, but Mr. La Ferney is a superb plotter and keeps the reader guessing until the very end. A captivating book the reader won’t be able to put down.

5☆☆☆☆ stars out of 5☆☆☆☆☆

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Shelter: A Novel

Shelter: A NovelShelter

Received from Random House CA and FortyliciousCA 
Available at Amazon and other book stores
Shelter: A Novel
by Frances Greenslade
Shelter is a deep look at a family in turmoil. A story of Maggie and her sister Jenny are living with their parents life is a struggle for their parents to make ends meet but they manage. Then their father is killed at work leaving them with no money. Their mother needed to find work and she drops the girls off with a neighbour and friend of their father’s. Told from the younger daughter Maggie’s point of view, we feel all the emotions of children suddenly thrust into lives they don’t understand and their hope that they will see their mother again soon because she hasn’t abandoned them.A haunting story that grips the reader as you want to know the entire story of what happens to the children and feel all the emotions right along with them.
The book story has vivid images and descriptions of Williams British Columbia that will leave the viewer spellbound and give much needed background to the actions of the protagonists. I truly enjoyed this read and the unbroken sisterly bond displayed in this book.
5 ☆☆out of 5 ☆☆☆☆☆

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Review of King Trevor

Cover for 'King Trevor'
Available at Smashwords http://bit.ly/HENGMh 

Review of King Trevor by Susan Helene Gottfried
These characters were written with such care in ‘Trevor’s Song' that the reader began to identify with the characters and wanted to know more about them and King Trevor does not disappoint as it delves into Keri’s aka Rusty’s background. The sequel to Trevor’s Song is a continuation of the story of Trevor and his relationships with his bandmate and best friend Mitchell and his wife Kerri aka Rusty. Trevor is not acting himself (the hedonistic Rock God).He is still sounding like the self-centred man he likes to show to the world, but Mitchell can tell he is depressed as he struggles with his life altering loss. Trevor is feeling out of place with the Shapeshifters, as he is no longer able to play bass with them and prance around the stage while the band is on tour. Mitchell sees all of this and wants to carve out a place for him as King Trevor. Trevor would run the band and manage the tour schedules, fan sites and studio and offices for Shapeshifters appearing every once in a while as a surprise to the fans with the band, but that requires a studio nearby and offices. Mitchell approaches Uncle Nils who finds them a building the old Slaughterhouse. It needs to be renovated but to do so they need an architect .Uncle Nils lines up Steve Broadhurst the head of Steel City Skyscrapers as their architect. The only problem is his Kerri’s brother Steve whom she hasn’t seen in three or four years. Trevor senses a story hidden there in Keri’s past and being Trevor he wants to know it in the guise it can harm Mitchell. This gives Trevor something to think about besides his own situation and ultimately leads him to his new career as King Trevor.
With biting wit and clever conversations the reader will truly enjoy this exceptionally written book.
 5 ★★★★★ out of  5  ★★★★★

Friday, March 30, 2012

Review-of Trevor's Song

Cover for 'Trevor's Song'

Review of Trevor's Song by Susan Helene Gottfried

    Trevor Wolff is the manager and bass player for Shapeshifter a heavy metal rock band on the cusp of stardom. Trevor leads a hedonistic life of a rock star, a woman in every bed having carved out a life for himself and his good friend Mitchell Voss as rock Gods. Trevor’s childhood was riddled with abuse and Mitchell’s family saved him so when Mitchell stops bed hopping and finds a woman to be monogamous with Trevor is thrown for a loop. He is jealous of Kerri aka Rusty and yet drawn to her at the same time. Mitchell has been his friend so long he doesn’t want to share with her. Trevor grapples with changing, growing up and with health concerns that test him. The reader gets to follow Trevor’s journey as the writer peels back the layers that Trevor hides.
A truly engrossing story, that grips the reader and makes them want to read the sequel to this book King Trevor
41/2 stars out of five

Monday, March 26, 2012

Review the Istanbul Puzzle

The Istanbul Puzzle 

Available at Amazon ca http://amzn.to/GR3tn6 
Amazon US   http://amzn.to/H5ywBi 
Amazon UK   http://amzn.to/H3FJle 

The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O'Bryan

       Sean Ryan has been adrift since his doctor wife Irene died tragically in Afghanistan killed by a roadside bomb. The institute he (with some others) started to examine digital imageries and catalogue them is now being managed by someone who questions everything they do. Sean feels his very presence at the institute is being squeezed out and that his position is in jeopardy; if there are no results from the imagery work Alek Zegwikiski is presently doing at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. When he doesn’t hear from his wife’s good friend and his employee Alek in over 36 hours he begins to worry a little until he gets a call from the Peter Fitzgerald who works at the British consulate in Istanbul. Mr. Fitzgerald wants him to come to Istanbul to identify the remains of Alek who has been beheaded, and so begins the fascinating story of the Istanbul puzzle. Sean Ryan has lost too much with his wife death and he can’t understand how simple digital imagery of known art would get Alek killed so brutally. Sean Ryan finds himself in the middle a sea of intrigue as he tries to find out the truth about why Alek was murdered. Pursued by the very people who killed Alek; he escapes accompanied by Isabel Sharp. Isabel (the liaison from the consulate who had also met with Alek) goes with Sean seeking to find out the truth about why Alek was killed.
If you enjoy Dan Brown or other loosely based historical fiction you will love this enjoyable thriller. The rich layers of history will keep the reader spellbound and the exciting spine tingling tale will keep the reader barrelling on, reading page after page until the stunning conclusion of this book.
5 ★★★★★ out of  5  ★★★★★

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Review -Dark Waters

Review -Dark Waters by Shannon Mayer
Dark Waters (Celtic Legacy Book 1)
Quinn has always looked after her sister Ashling. Their mother their only known parent,has always strangely favoured Quinn and all but ignored Ashling. When Ashling graduates school, Quinn offers her a trip and Ashling wants to go to the sea and learn to surf. Even though Quinn is terrified of the sea( having been attacked by something when she was younger in the water) she agrees to make her sister happy to go to the ocean side. There her sister is snatched in the water and she learns her mother has been to by the same creatures she is just learning about. Quinn does everything in her power to save them but will it be enough?
This story is a mixture of Celtic legends myths and good old fashion storytelling. The writer makes you care deeply about the characters and the sisters bonds. I enjoyed reading the engrossing tale and look forward to the sequel to see what will happen next
★★★★★ out of  5  ★★★★★

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review -Curse of the Spellmans

Curse of the Spellman’s by Lisa Lutz
Curse of the Spellmans (Izzy Spellman Mysteries)
Available at Amazon in hard cover and on kindle 

        Isabel “Izzy” Spellman is forced to move home, when her beer guzzling ,smoking roommate moves back in after a break-up with his girlfriend. Her parents run a Private Investigation agency which they expect Izzy to help with. Izzy becomes interested in the neighbour next door John Brown. At first it seems to be a good relationship for Izzy that is until she falls into “the curse of the Spellman’s” becoming suspicious of him and starts investigating him. Izzy is bound and determined she is going to prove that he has being making women disappear. She begins to follow him everywhere. When she breaks into his home she is caught and her PI licence is in jeopardy. After all this is her fourth arrest. Rae has nowhere to go as she is barred from the family home in a plea deal.
       Rae her fifteen year old has met a cop she has befriended Henry Stone. Henry helps ground Izzy getting her to do her homework and treat her parents with respect. The problem is a social worker gets wind of Rae hanging out so much with a forty year old man and she questions the Spellman’s parenting so Izzy poses as Henry’s fiancée.
If all of this isn’t enough someone is duplicating Izzy’s childhood crimes to the last detail and Izzy’s victim hires the Spellman’s to find out who is doing this and her brother David the only normal one is acting odd.
      This book is a fun romp with the Spellmans. I laughed repeatedly while reading about the antics of Izzy and her family. This book is an enjoyable captivating read you won't be able to put down. 
★★★★★ out of  5  ★★★★★

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review -She Belongs to Me by Carmen DeSousa

She Belongs To Me

Available at Amazon http://amzn.to/w1fsnk 

She Belongs to Me by Carmen De Sousa

Category-Romance, Suspense

       From Jordan Monroe’s perspective his wife of five years Jaynee has suddenly turned cold and standoffish. Jordan can’t take this anymore so instead of discussing it with his wife he goes on a bender with his buddies and comes home drunk. Jordan falls into Jaynee’s arms and the couple makes up. Jordan passes out from his night’s drinking and awakes to a gunshot .At first he assumes Jaynee had tried to commit suicide. However someone has attacked her and Jaynee accidently shot herself during the struggle.
      The tender love story of how their romance began between Jaynee and Jordan is explored in flashbacks making the reader see their relationship from an insider’s view. This book also offers the reader a number of suspects for the attempted murder mystery that will keep the reader guessing until the end of the story.
An exceptionally interesting, captivating, suspense read that will keep the reader spellbound as they won’t be able to put this book down. .
5 ★★★★★ out of  5  ★★★★★

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review -Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Available at Amazon http://amzn.to/xq8uKE

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston
I love a good cosy novel to curl up and take me away to another world and this novel didn’t disappoint. With a wry sense of humour and wacky, fun characters, Ms. Winston introduces you to the character of Anastasia Pollack and her mad cap family who all live with her. Her mother who collects husbands because they all die on her, and her Mother in law who spouts communists views and blames everything on people being anti- communist including her husband’s disappearance when her son was a child. Her two teenage son aren't much help around the house as most young men aren't. and poor Anastasia is facing financial ruin because of her recently deceased husband .Her husband dropped dead while gambling all their money away, and their teenage son’s college funds. If that wasn’t bad enough Anastasia finds her boss murdered in her office  and it looks like someone has set her up for the fall. Then she starts getting calls from someone threatening her life and those of her children of she doesn’t pay the 50g’s her husband owes. I won’t tell you anymore of the story but this book is delight from start to finish. Bits of  humour and great writing makes this a cosy you’ll love to read.
 ★★★★★ out of  5  ★★★★★

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Review Destiny Repeats Twice by Eri Nelson

Review Destiny Repeats Twice by Eri Nelson
Destiny Repeats Twice (Isabella (Izzy) & Aiden Black Series Volume 1)
With a mix of ancient Greek tales of God’s and good old fashion storytelling, Eri Nelson takes the reader into the story of Isabella Tulley. Isabella now over eighteen is labouring under the apprehension that she is an everyday normal person but as she soon to find out she is not she is actually a Demi -God. She is the daughter of Gaia and a human. She was created to fight a God, Gailen who is ut of control and killing Gods. With her sister, goddess Meg , and Aiden Black they skip ahead in time to stay ahead of Gailen and give Izzy time to learn how to fight. Izzy is terrified and angry about the position she has been born into but she accepts her role and tries to accomplish her task. She learns to control her abilities so she can fulfill her destiny.
The story is an interesting take on Goddesses and Gods and what motivates their actions. I would have liked more romance in the book and less of the violence shown to Izzy for something that was beyond her control (her birth) but all and all it was a good story.
I give this book 4 ★★★ ★ out of ★★★★★

Review: Tangi’s Teardrops By Liz Grace Davis

Review: Tangi’s Teardrops
By Liz Grace Davis

Tangi's TeardropsBlurb from Amazon:
When Tangi's father dies, he leaves her nothing but three empty bottles. A kind uncle takes the poverty-stricken girl and her stepsisters in, and for a time life gets better on his farm. But Tangi remains a lonely outsider; herstepsisters tease her for her crippled leg, and the housekeepers use her like a servant.

Just before her thirteenth birthday, Tangi learns the truth about her father's strange legacy: the three bottles aren't empty any more. They're filled with all the tears she's cried since her father died, and her tears are enchanted. She must use them to travel to Rosevine, the world of her dead mother. Tangi not only belongs there but is necessary to keep Rosevine alive.

Tangi's tears will save Rosevine, and Rosevine will save Tangi from a cruelty-filled life, except for one thing: Tangi's lost the bottles.

About the author:
Liz Grace Davis was born in a refugee camp in Angola, to Namibian parents. She grew up in Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Germany. She now lives with her husband in Vienna, Austria. Growing up, Liz spent most her days in school libraries, diving into the world of books. In her spare time she loves to travel, create jewelry and digital scrapbooks. She's in her element when she does anything that requires creativity.

Important links:
Amazon purchase page: http://amzn.to/wMiuKt
The story behind Tangi's Teardrops: http://novel-moments.blogspot.com/2012/02/true-story-behind-tangis-teardrops.html
Book Trailer: http://novel-moments.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-trailer-in-spotlight-tangis.html

     Tangi is a wonderful fairy tale based on a true story of strength of character and courage. When I read the book I had no idea of the true story behind it but I can see the writers own experiences gave her the ability to tell us in a way that we understood the suffering of this child.

    Tangi’s life has been miserable while her father was alive she could put up with the teasing and the cruel taunts about her one  leg  being shorter than the other and even put up with having no friends but now him gone she has nothing. Her two older half-sisters have escalated their cruelness and are now getting servants to harm her and make her act as Cinderella. She must do all the chores all the work only to watch them eat as they don’t even feed her and if that’s not bad enough they beat her. Tangi doesn’t know who to turn to, she can’t tell her Uncle Thomas when he returns for fear of someone else being harmed. Tangi then dreams of the world of her mother. In this world she can escape the pain and the tears that are filling up in the three bottles her father left her. .She is told she is needed there and is the only one who can save Rosevine but to get there she needs her bottles of tears but she can’t find them they aren’t where she left them. This book made me see vividly the character of Tangi and weep for the child so cruelly treated and like any good fairy tale gave me goosebumps and made me smile.  I won’t tell you anymore of this enchanting story other than to say read this book it’s charming. If you enjoy a good fairy tale or the show such as “Once Upon A Time” you will love Tangi’s Teardrops.
★★★★★ out of  5  ★★★★★

Review of Tears by Rita Webb

Review of Tears by Rita Webb

Fourteen year old Lelea hears music and a dragons call that others don’t so she is considered strange and perhaps mentally handicapped from the nanos that were planted in her brain at age three to make her a super soldier. She is however a Dreamwalker who hears the dragons call. Her father the General sucks the life out of his people with oppression and killings to extend his own life. The General uses both of his daughters Lelea and Jadon as super soldiers to get whom and what he wants. Lelea is tired of the killings the pain of her wounds and the pain of her people. She wants to heed the dragon’s call and save the dragon’s eggs so her world can change. Then her world can be the colourful world of her dreams, where food is plentiful and the people enjoy blue skies and greenery but to do so is fraught with grave danger. First she and her older sister Jadon must escape the bonds their father has placed on them. They steal and ship and find stowaways on board. Aren who Lelea has dreamed will help her find the eggs and is also connected to the dragon and Jaak and Chester who are needed to help with the dangerous journey into the past to save the Dragon’s eggs .I won’t tell you any more other than to tell you it is a journey worthy of “Lord of the Rings” as the participants are forced to bond together because of the situations and yet have temptations to betray each other. This story is a story of love rebirth and redemption and I truly enjoyed it’s telling.
4 stars out of five 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Review-Pursuit of a Dream (Victory Lanes: The Chronicles Book 1)

Pursuit of a Dream (Victory Lane: The Chronicles - Book 1)
Review-Pursuit of a Dream (Victory Lanes: The Chronicles Book 1)
 by Robert Pruneda available at Amazon 

Pursuit of a Dream is a rich deeply layer story of action that begins with a child,(Caleb Lockhardt’s) dream, of becoming a race car driver. The author paints a lovely picture of a loving supportive Christian family with the normal family disagreements, triumphs and tragedies. You identify deeply with the rich characters in this book. I didn’t know a lot about NASCAR or even car racing going into reading this but this writer carefully explained it so well that even a non- viewer like me could understand exactly how these car races were run and how the driver can win.  Readers will truly enjoy the transition of Caleb from young boy to a focused adult with NASCAR racing on his mind. I know I want to read the next book and see where Caleb’s dream will take him further and I’m sure other readers will too.
 ★★★★★ out of  5  ★★★★★

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review -Burnt Lake

Burnt Lake
by Micheal Brown

Available at Amazon http://amzn.to/ym8USD 
Burnt Lake

I have to preface this review with the fact that although I use to read a lot of science fiction in my teens, somewhere along the line I lost most of my interest in it. However a good apocalypse story can really peak my interest as this story does.
Burnt Lake is a short story about Mike who wants to be prepared in case he ever needs survivalist techniques. Mike is a tech junkie, a programmer but he prefers the wilderness to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. He goes into the wilderness of northern Ontario, to try out his survivalist techniques and while he is sleeping he is transported into a nightmarish future with no technology and man struggling to exist without it.  I don’t want to give too much away about the story so I’ll stop there. Mr. Brown certainly weaves an interesting story although it does take some patience to get to the bones of the story. I’d love to see a revisit to this story by this author of a longer nature and more of Amanda and Rain, but I feel this story is an interesting and compelling read of a future that could very well happen. This writer shows a lot of promise for future offerings from this author.

3 1/2 stars  out of five

Friday, February 3, 2012

Review-Atticus for the Undead by John Abramowitz

    Atticus for the Undead by John Abramowitz

Atticus for the Undead (Legal Fiction Series)

     First of all I have to say what a refreshing idea for a story this was as the main character Hunter Gamble  is a lawyer for the “supernaturals” or as the politically correct term in this story the “Arcanes”.In the vein of a Charlaine Harris novel the Arcanes  (Werewolves Mage, Vampires and Zombies)are out in the world and people are either accepting of them or terrified. The character of Hunter is a extremely focused lawyer and all around good guy that you really admire and like. The other characters are also well defined and enjoyable as well. There’s Kristen his colleague who is a whiz at finding helpful points of law but who is painfully shy, so she usually let’s Hunter present the cases in court. Then there is Sabrina Orr a new teenage client. At first annoying but she grows on you as only an emotionally developing teenager can.
As the story progresses Hunter is in the fight of his life when he has to defend a zombie from a murder charge. The district attorney Boyer wants to unseat Boone who wants to pass a law about the arcane and if he has to make an example of Hunter’s client to win, he’ll do it. Hunter also has the Salvation Alliance (the anti-arcane faction) gunning for him and his colleagues because of his defense of the arcane. I won’t tell you any more of the story because I don’t want to spoil it. However if you enjoy a good paranormal story or any or all of the TV series and/ or movie series ,True Blood, the Walking Dead and or the quirky Shaun of the dead you’ll enjoy this book from the prospective of their defence lawyer. This is an engrossing book that I just had to continue reading until its conclusion.
4 1/2 stars out of five

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review- Pretense For Murder by Karen L. Abrahamson

Review- Pretense For Murder by Karen L. Abrahamson
Pretense for Murder
 Available at Amazon http://amzn.to/wbE8lB 
This short story starts with teenage Vallon Drake. She is at a high school for the gifted of power, (the AGS Prep Academy in Seattle) but even there she feels different. She knows she is more powerful than most of them and she feels their powers. Her guardian Landon just wants her to follow the rules but the itch that she gets when she doesn’t use her powers gets her to disobey the rules discretely and go into the woods and use them. While coming back to sneak into the prep academy she finds a girl who looks like her dead. Vallon wants to investigate but both her guardian and the headmaster want her to stay out of the investigation but Vallon feels an obligation to investigate. She feels that they are not investigating closely because it is a crime of the gifted.
This is a very enchanting read. I truly enjoyed getting to know the character of Vallon.A very interesting compelling read.
I give this book  

4★★★★ out of ★★★★★ 5

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Review -Run the Hunted by Patti Larsen

Run the Hunted by Patti Larsen
Run (The Hunted)

Reid is sixteen years old and overjoyed when he’s older sister gets him out of foster care that he has been in for a year and takes him home saying she has a good job. Reid is amazed by the extras she has for him. Reid wakes up after going to sleep to men grabbing him and hustling him into a van. They take him somewhere blindfolded and tied. After they set him down he manages to get free only to realize he is the Hunted. Fleeing to survive, he learns to adapt he then meets others kidnapped and fleeing from the killers; soon he must choose to be a leader and stay one step ahead of the hunters.
If you have read Lord of the flies by William Golding then you will certainly enjoy Run the hunted. It is a story of survival of the fittest and the most inventive.A thrilling suspenseful book you won't want to put down. I truly enjoyed reading this book and hope to read the next book in the series Hide. 
Hide (The Hunted)

available at Amazon http://amzn.to/xpR4U6

5★★★★★ out of ★★★★★ 5

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Review -Shades Of Gray

Shades of Gray by Andy Holloman

Shades of Gray

Available at Amazon http://amzn.to/A7NXke 

John Manning is a single father raising his daughter but his travel business has been bad since 9/11 and his little girl is ill and needs a kidney transplant .A client (whom he guesses is a drug mule) owes him back travel money so when he spies her at a McDonalds he attempts to blackmail her into paying him what she owes him. She offers him a way to obtain the money to help his daughter and so they go into business together transporting drugs. I won’t tell you much more about the story as I don’t want to spoil it however I will tell you “Shades Of Gray” Is an intricately layered story of intrigue twist and turns that will keep you enthralled until the end of the book. The characters are ordinary people deeply flawed (as most people) are just trying to live the life the dice has rolled to them. Each is faced with a dilemma the solution that is a shade of gray. The choices these individuals make is the basis of the thrilling, emotion filled story.

5★★★★★ out of ★★★★★ 5

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review The Childe (The Childe Series book 1)

Review The Childe (The Childe Series book 1) by C.A. Kunz

The Childe (The Childe Series, #1)

Available at Amazon http://amzn.to/werlfH
Cat Colvin always thought she was the average teen except for her taller than average height and her one blue eye and one amber eye. But something is happening. She’s dreaming weird dreams and reading minds and fainting. She tries to hide these abilities and meet new people at her new high school. She acts like the average teen girl even to falling in love with the friend of her enemy putting her at even more odds with the people who don’t like her. Meanwhile something is happening in the small town and girls are going missing; so her overprotective brother and parents are even more protective making Kat upset. She wants to take her independence from what seems to her to be an overprotective family.
The Childe is fascinating take on the vampire series mixing human and vampires told in multiple voices as you hear from other characters points of views. The characters are complex and make for a compelling read as you wonder what will happen next. This is a captivating book that will keep you reading until the very last page and make you want to read the next in the series Dark Days
Dark Days (The Childe Series, #2)

Now available at Amazon http://amzn.to/w23Z4p . I know I can hardly wait to read the next book.
5★★★★★ out of ★★★★★ five 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review of Pirate King


Pirate King By Laurie R. King
Video  trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2L7s7ZDJDQ&feature=youtu.be
         If you haven’t read the series let me stop you right now and send you back to the beginning with The Beekeeper's Apprentice (1994) ISBN 0-312-10423-5    The Beekeeper's Apprentice is the first in the series of books about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. I never thought that anyone could do Holmes the justice that the original author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but Laurie R. King comes awful close. Scroll down to below the list of the Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell for the review of Pirate King.

A Monstrous Regiment of Women (1995) ISBN 0-312-13565-3
A Letter of Mary (1997) ISBN 0-312-14670-1
The Moor (1998) ISBN 0-312-16934-5
O Jerusalem (1999) ISBN 0-553-11093-4
(Although written fifth in sequence, the events in this book take place during the latter part of those described in The Beekeeper's Apprentice)
Justice Hall (2002) ISBN 0-553-11113-2
The Game (2004) ISBN 0-553-80194-5
Locked Rooms (2005) ISBN 0-553-80197-X
The Language of Bees (2009) ISBN 0-553-80454-5
The God of the Hive (2010) ISBN 0-553-80554-1

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Author:Laurie R.King

Review of Pirate King
I love Pirates of Penzance I was very excited but I wondered how Ms. King would take this story and use it with in a story about people making a movie. At first I was disappointed that Sherlock Holmes didn’t appear in the story until much, much later but as I followed along with Mary and her adventure I became intrigued with the story and the characters she was meeting. The background and research for this story was done well as are all her books the historical facts are extremely accurate and fun to read. I loved how she tied the story together with the movie making and the actual events that take place, however I must say I was still a little disappointed in how tiny the role of Sherlock Holmes there was in the book itself .It takes nearly two one third of the book before you really even read about Sherlock and then it seems to be more of an after-thought then the Sherlock Holmes she wrote about in previous books. That said the storyline was very good despite the missing Holmes and I did enjoy it. It was a rich fun story and if you like a great pirate story you will enjoy this book.
3★★★ out of  5  ★★★★★

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Review Paradox Progeny of Innocence

Paradox - Progeny Of Innocence
Paradox -Progeny of Innocence
By Patti Roberts
Available at Smashwords http://bit.ly/zIRQvE 
and Amazon http://amzn.to/xbeRvH 
I had read “Paradox-The Angels are Here" see review here http://bit.ly/wl0Otx and I looked forward to reading the second in the series and Progeny of Innocence did not disappoint. This book had such a captivating story woven intricately between the pages that this reader could not put down the story until its completion. I enjoyed the richness of the characters and all the facades of their personalities. The characters come alive and you can picture each and every one of them with the descriptions the author gives.All the questions I wondered about with the first book were answered. 
In the book Juliette narrates  and you learn how she was reborn repeatedly and finally settled in Grace. Grace doesn't recall all the details of her past lives though she doesn't sometimes get glimmers through dreams and impressions. She knows that she must recall the past when strange things start happening around her and a killer is loose. She is drawn to the new boy Damon and can’t understand the instant attraction. Angela is still trying to protect Grace but it is more difficult for her as Grace is getting older and will not be swayed as easy as she once was.
I liked the little girl Grace but the development in the character of Grace in this novel  makes you see how strong Grace really is becoming as a young woman.
I also really enjoyed was the introduction of Keyla of The Bakhna Rakna who is fighting the bad angels on her own terms. I look forward to finding more about her and her fight and how she and possibly Grace will come together in the next book to save the world in the battle between the warring Angels.
I truly enjoyed this book and if you like paranormal books with intricate plots and  a rich story you will too.
★★★★★ out of  5  ★★★★★

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review of Bootscootin Blahniks

Cover for 'Bootscootin' Blahniks'

Bootscootin Blahniks
By D.D. Scott
Roxy Rae Vaughn is tired of living in her parent’s spotlight and on their dime. She wants to make a go of it her own as a clothes designer so she starts her own shop in a little corner of a feed store. She has sunk every dime of her money into this hop to make a go of it. so imagine her dismay when she rear ends a cowboy and doesn’t have the money to fix his truck. Cowboy turned tomato farmer Zayne McDonald is intrigued by Roxy and thinks hard to keep her around.
This book was alight feel good book.. Roxy is a feisty caring individual with a heart of gold and Zayne is just the kind of man you want the protagonist to find. The vivid descriptions took this reader on a bootscootin good time as she imagined all the reactions between Roxy and Zayne. Truly a book you’ll want to read if you love a good romance.
4 stars out of five
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Available at Amazon http://amzn.to/xJLHTy
and Smashwords http://bit.ly/yGLfV4