June 2011 Archive

Murder by the Old Maine Stream

by Bernadine Fagan

Published Feb 8th, 2011

ASIN: B004MYGBS0

From Goodreads: If ever a woman was not cut out for life in a backwoods town in Maine it’s chic city woman Nora Lassiter.  If ever there was a misunderstanding about what a woman does for a living, the very idea that Nora could be a “hotshot New York detective” takes the cake. But when she stumbles upon a body in the woods, and her uncle becomes the prime murder suspect, Nora’s plans to return to New York City are put on hold.

This book is laugh out loud funny! It’s easy to read and very entertaining. The characters are hysterical, especially Agnes… and the main character, Nora Lassiter, is also very funny. She is a realistic investigator and can sometimes be just as clueless as any other regular person going into this situation would be. To me, that made her all the more entertaining and fun to read about. Her inner monologue was sometimes very sarcastic and funny. It was interesting getting to see inside of her head. Her relationships with other characters felt real to me. In books like this, ones where relationships with other people isn’t integral to the main plot, sometimes feel forced and thrown in. This isn’t the case at all in this book. The setting and the characters made this story all the more interesting. It was very, very funny and I recommend it for any mystery lovers or anyone looking for an easy, funny read! 🙂

 

 

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The Pirates of Aden

by: Daniel Rasic

Pages: 464

Published: 2011 by Wings ePress

ISBN: 1613099924

From Goodreads: Dr. Paul Alban has tried hard to forget. He’s managed to carve out a quiet and relatively anonymous existence with his girlfriend Ellen while working as a physician in Somalia. But when a Somali pirate is injured during the hijacking of a cargo ship and brought to his clinic for treatment in the coastal town of Bosasso, the demons of his past threaten to destroy the future he’s trying to protect.

I honestly could not put this book down. It’s definitely not something that I would have thought I would have enjoyed and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up on my own. But it really is fantastic. The characters are deep and complex and make you feel for them and grow attached to them. The plot is very complex but it’s written in a way that is clear and easy to understand. The author’s writing style is smooth and flows very easily and I was able to read right through long paragraphs without having to re-read them. Paul is a flawed main character that makes you love and hate him at the same time. He isn’t perfect, he has done things that wouldn’t be considered good in a hero, but he won me over and I grew to really care about him by the end. Ellen is also a fantastic character and readers of this book get to watch her relationship with Paul change and eventually grow in the midst of all of the chaos and lies between them. The over 400 pages went by very quickly and it felt like it was a lot shorter than that. I was completely enthralled in this story and think that anyone who is a fan of this type of book should definitely pick it up. This is definitely not a book for the faint of heart though, there is some strong language and violence. If that doesn’t bother you though, I would definitely suggest picking up this book and diving into it. It really gets itself into your head and keeps you thinking.

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Odessa (The Seraphym Wars Series)

by: Rebecca Ryals Russell

Kindle Edition

ASIN: B004UCDNEE

**This review contains spoilers**

I really wanted to be able to get into this book. The descriptions of places and events were wonderful and made me feel like I was actually there, but I still wasn’t able to immerse myself in the story. I think this was because a lot of things occurred without any explanation as to why or how that was happening. I felt like I was missing something a lot of the time. Of course this could be attributed to the fact that Myrna herself is confused through most of the story, but I just wanted more things clarified and more explanation. For example, we never see the event that allows her to remember her training. I also was disappointed with the way things ended. Almost nothing was resolved, but I can only assume that means that the next book in the series does more explaining. Still though, I felt as if some of my questions should have been answered in the first book. While I enjoyed the writing style of the book, some of the dialogue felt choppy to me. But otherwise I enjoyed the characters and felt myself caring about them. Dracwald is definitely an interesting and vivid world. I wouldn’t mind revisiting this world if I knew some of my questions were going to be answered and more things were going to be explained. If you are a young adult or fantasy fan I think you would most likely enjoy this story if you were willing to fill in some of the gaps with your own guesses and ideas. This is also a very Christian story, so keep that in mind when you’re deciding whether or not to read this book. Personally, I enjoyed the Christian elements. I feel like it was really well written otherwise and this author knows how to make her prose flow very well. I would definitely be interested in reading another one of her books to see if maybe I could more easily immerse myself in those. 🙂

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Battlesong

Battlesong

By: Allison Knight

Pages: 209

Published: August 2nd, 2010 by Champagne Books

ASIN: B0040GJADS

From Goodreads: Their marriage begins with a lie. Tricked into wedding young Laren Blair, the daughter of a Scottish laird, Arthur ap Brynn Ffrydd, an English baron, abandons her at his keep. When he finally returns six years later she has won the affection of his people but all he sees are the changes she has made. Their battles begin. She fears her life will be as miserable with Arthur as it was with her cruel father. He envisions losing his property to her Scottish clan. As they learn to tolerate each other, desire draws them together. When Laren is kidnaped and Arthur is wounded in battle they realize they love each other. Reunited, can their love withstand the strain of another lie?

This book was wondefully written. From beginning to end it told a tale of an unlikely romance against a historical backdrop. Battlesong took me on a roller coaster of emotion. I went from hating the hero to adoring him over the course of the story. The best romances go that way, when we’re unsure about the hero and he has to work for our love. Laren is a strong heroine that is able to do what needs to be done without worrying about whether or not that is her place. She is innocent and the love she develops for Arthur is completely pure. The chemistry between them was beautiful even when there was times of tension and uncertainty. I felt for the characters and thought the emotions displayed by them were real and I could easily sympathize and care about them. They were complex and had many different shades to them, which is something that isn’t always found in romances today.  Overall, I thourougly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to all of the romance readers out there, especially ones with a weakness for historical.

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A Murderer Among Us

A Murderer Among Us

By Marilyn Levinson

Pages: 300

Published: June 1st 2011 by Wings ePress

ISBN: 9781613090145

From Wings ePress:

The envelope contained half a dozen photographs.  Lydia stifled a gasp as she stared at more than she’d ever hoped to see of Viv Maguire.  A shawl had been draped over one shoulder, discretely hiding her bulging middle and considerable thighs, while displaying one drooping breast.  The smile, no doubt meant to be enticing, had a gruesome intensity that sent shivers down Lydia’s back.

Lydia shoved the photos back into the envelope and returned it to its hiding place amid the napery in the drawer.  Whatever doubts she’d had about the extent of Marshall’s involvement with Viv had been laid to rest.  The question was, had their affair begun before Claire was murdered or after?  If is was before… Lydia shuddered, hating to speculate further.  But the thought pushed itself forward for consideration.  If they’d been lovers before Claire was murdered, it stood to reason that they might have conspired to kill her.

For love?  Money?

I thought this book was very well-written. I loved the main character, Lydia, who was an older adult but still very independent. I liked the insight we get into her building a new life for herself and all of the challenges that brought about. This book is now only a murder mystery that will leave you guessing until  the very end but it also has a hint of romance, which I liked. There are many different characters in this novel, and while it does get a little confusing at times, it keeps you guessing as to who the murderer is. There were a few things about the story that I felt could have been elaborated on, but overall I think it was very interesting and entertaining. I liked the relationships Lydia had with other people in town and how they would have outings for all of the single women in the area. It seemed like a fun place to live, aside from all the murders of course. 🙂 The way Twin Lakes is described, it made me feel what living in a gated community like that could be like… with all of the gossip and everyone knowing everyone else’s business. It made an interesting setting for a murder mystery to take place. I would recommend this book to any avid murder mystery fans out there to see if this kept them guessing the same way it did me.

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