May 2011 Archive

April Fools

April Fools

by A.C. Mason

Pages: 286

Published: 2010 by Wings ePress

ISBN: 1597055263

From Goodreads: Mystery writer Susan Foret’s decision to clear her twin brother of murder creates marital discord with her New Orleans homicide detective husband and leads to threatening phone calls, another murder, and an attack that lands her in the hospital. Can she solve this real life mystery? Or will she end up divorced …or dead?

This was an extremely well-written novel. The plot-line kept me hooked and I found myself  flipping page after page to see what would happen. The mystery was complex and kept me guessing throughout, but it didn’t become so confusing that I felt lost. A lot of mysteries tend to throw in so many facts that it’s hard to keep up with it all. This did not do that, I remembered everything that happened and was able to keep track without flipping back and forth to look for something I’d missed. There was just the right amount of creepy that I felt nervous for the Susan as she went through the process of clearing her brother. There were a few unexpected twists and turns that kept me guessing. This novel is set in New Orleans, and the thing I liked about it was that Louisiana was portrayed correctly and not in a negative light. The author’s descriptions of the weather and streets definitely made me feel at home. I especially liked a comment made about the sun shining in Louisiana and then it’s raining the next. I also liked the author’s portrayal of an aspiring author. It didn’t make it sound like getting published was something easily achieved, which I think is sometimes the popular belief. All in all, I loved this book. It was completely clean, I don’t think there was any language in it at all so it would be okay for any reader. The struggles Susan had trying to keep her relationships together while still standing by what she believed in and doing whatever it took to prove it made her a strong and likable main character. I would definitely recommend this book to any mystery lover!

(ebook format submitted to me by the author)

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Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic

by Sandra Bonaldi

Pages: 274

Published: 2010 by Wings ePress

ISBN: 159705612X

From Goodreads: Nick Roland never had a problem playing the white knight. The problem was that Victorias form of protection was not of the ordinary variety. Is there a chance for happiness after domestic violence? Nick and Victoria are uncertain but when faced with some old-fashioned Midnight Magic they might rethink their positions

This book really kept me entertained. It was very easy to read and I never found myself getting confused in the plot. I found the heroine to be complex and interesting. She is the type of heroine that I feel like a lot of women could relate to when it comes to abuse. Her reactions to events in her life were completely realistic and I found myself feeling very sympathetic toward her and wishing her only the best. She is also a very strong woman, someone women can look up to. With all of the tragic events that she goes through she manages to keep her head up. The way the ex is portrayed in this novel is truly scary, as well as a little bit sad. We see him in dangerous light but we can also see where he could be any normal guy who is doing these things without realizing the harm he is causing. The intense moments of danger throughout this book made me feel paranoid myself. It’s shocking to think that events like this really do happen and that there are people out there dealing with these sorts of things everyday. It gave me a new insight into the problems of abuse and how it can affect someone’s everyday life. This book is a very sweet romance that is engaging and entertaining as well as shocking and disturbing. It gives hope that there can be a relationship that will help fix everything the previous one broke. This novel is perfect for someone who is looking for a romance that does not have sex scenes and where the relationship is based on something more substantial. This is a romance that makes you feel good. It’s a victory for anyone who has been abused or even suffered through a bad breakup. I would definitely recommend this novel for anyone looking for a good romance to read.

(ebook format submitted to me by the author)

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The Final Empire: Mistborn Trilogy #1

by Brandon Sanderson

Pages: 672

Published: October 8th 2009 by Gollancz

Paperback

ISBN: 0575089911

I came across this book after a friend of mine told me it was one of the best books he’d read for a long time. After finally obtaining a copy from a different friend of mine, I set about reading it to see what all the fuss was about. Sure enough, this book blew me away. This is the first book by Brandon Sanderson that I have ever read and I gotta say, I love his writing style. It kept me interested. There weren’t any pages in this book where I had to go back and read paragraphs because I zoned out… and that’s a big deal for me, that happens a lot. Everything was easy to read while still maintaining a complex fantasy world and plot. The Final Empire was a lot of fun to read, I would highly recommend it to any fantasy fans. The characters came alive and made me care about them. Vin is a very interesting heroine and I loved reading about her journey. Like I said earlier this book was able to transport me to a fantasy world without overwhelming me, which can easy happen when reading a close to 700 page novel that’s the first in a trilogy. There wasn’t anything too complicated that I got lost… and there weren’t so many characters that I had to make a list in order to keep track. Kelsier was another great character in this novel that was mysterious enough to keep us guessing as to whether or not he was actually on the right side, kind of like Severus Snape. The magic system was unique, it wasn’t like anything I’ve read in fantasy novels before and this was another reason I was able to become so engrossed in this story. Normally novels of this size would have taken me a while to get through but this one drew me in and made the pages fly by. I definitely recommend this book and can’t wait to read the other two.

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