May 2013 Archive

The Overnighter’s Secrets

14622937by: J.L. Salter

Published: May 23rd 2012 by Astraea Press

ISBN: 9781621350378

From Goodreads: When Beth left suddenly, it broke two hearts … but she’d had no choice. Shane, a rugged, ex-Airborne biker, handled it badly … but so had she. Three years later and 2000 miles away, she desperately needs her ex-lover’s protection from a violent menace with ‘bad history’ who’ll do anything to reclaim a mysterious suitcase Beth possesses.

Long before Shane acquired that overnighter, a ‘silent movie’ actress kept secrets there … and now several lives are in jeopardy. An ambitious female state senate candidate hires a ruthless investigator to eliminate potential campaign ‘problems’ like her dark family secret — a bizarre 1889 murder.

Is Beth’s terrifying ordeal simply because she unwittingly possesses the overnighter’s secrets? Or is it due to the meth-fueled dumpster-diver’s ‘unfinished business’?

Shane will likely return to California after he resolves this Tennessee ‘situation’ … so Beth struggles to resist her reawakened feelings. But before she can sort out their renewed relationship … Beth is kidnapped! To rescue her Shane enters an obvious trap in a dilapidated hotel. Only with Beth’s help can both survive the violent struggle against her kidnappers.

 

I enjoyed this novel! I thought it had a little bit of everything. It had suspense, action, history, romance, and mystery. I think that anyone looking for something to keep them on the edge of their seats should pick this up! It’s not too long and there wasn’t any point that threw me out of the story or where I thought, “Okay, I’m done with this for now.” I thought the love story was really good, even if it frustrated me. I didn’t really understand why they had broken up in the first place. I thought at least Shane’s reasons for that were a little lame, but otherwise I loved their connection. I’ve always been a sucker for reunited love. I really enjoyed all of the history and detail that went into everything that was in the overnighter. It was really cool. I felt like I was investigating right along with them. I thought the suspense was just right. It creeped me out, but didn’t freak me out too much. I loved the librarian character, although I felt like he was a little too sensitive. I find it hard to believe that him being black would really matter that much in the setting they were in. (But maybe that’s just my opinion.) It’s really cool that this was based off of a true story and I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good bit of action and mystery in their reading. 🙂

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: The Overnighter’s Secrets

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Sophia: Within

17609202by: Jordana Lizama

Pages: 476

Published: Feb. 17th, 2013

ASIN: B00BHMOQSC

From Goodreads: Only time will tell if Sophia, Alec and the world are ready to accept the mission that has been passed down for many generations. This is more than a story of reincarnation. This is a story that never ended following the reign of the Greek gods.

What has been hidden for thousands of years is about to surface in a small New England town. The impact on this rural village is ageless, but only the chosen time travelers know what is happening, the reason it is happening and how to control the outcome.

The Men of Ages have walked the Earth unnoticed since the time of Greek mythology and have kept their ancient war alive by transporting the lead warrior in a most unusual time machine. There is only one way to stop the cataclysmic demise of the human race and Sophia is the answer. But, Sophia is a teenage girl faced with many human and nonhuman desires that create a tortuous path from antiquity to the present day. Love conquers all; or, so it seems.

 

There were things I liked and didn’t like about this book. I liked the whole concept of the book. I don’t know nearly as much about Greek mythology as I would like to, so I’m always interested in books that are related to that. I’m also a sucker for YA romances and this definitely had all of the elements of a good romance. I just had trouble with some of the writing and the way everything was presented. I felt like the book could have been a lot shorter if a lot of unnecessary things had been cut out. I got frustrated with Alec because he never seemed to share any answers, even though he knew them all. I felt like he was just holding in all of this information just so there could be some suspense and drama. It drove me a little crazy. I also felt like there wasn’t enough of a connection between Sophia and her connection to the Greek goddess. She only struggled a little bit, but seemed to overcome it easily enough. There were also more than a few simple writing mistakes and grammatical errors. Most of the time I’m willing to overlook these if the story has completely captivated me, but since this wasn’t the case they tended to bother me. I really went into this wanting to absolutely love it. Maybe if everything was cut down and the tension was built up to be more than just someone withholding information, I would be raving about it. As it is I would say it’s a fairly simple YA romance with some fantasy elements. It does read very quickly, but it’s still a long book. I don’t think you’d be able to get through it in one sitting, so you’d have to be looking for something a bit longer to read. I know that my opinion isn’t the same as everyone’s though. So if you’re a fan of this genre, I encourage you to read it for yourself and write a review. I’d like to know other people’s opinions! 🙂 I do absolutely adore the cover though, it’s gorgeous!

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

Buy this from Amazon here: Sophia: Within

In His Own Time

17187350by: Melissa Jarvis

Published: December 28th 2012 by Siren Publishing

ISBN: 1622422376

From Goodreads: There is a traitor in the time travel organization the Lineage, and it’s up to new recruit Victoria Vasquez to discover his identity. After an incident (and stolen kiss) on her first assignment in 1923 Egypt, she suspects she knows who it is. Veteran agent Banderan of Ibile is hiding a secret, one that could endanger everything he holds dear. He will do whatever it takes to ensure his goal, no matter who gets in his way.

Victoria has fought hard for her independence, and has no time for arrogant know-it-all men. When both Victoria and Banderan are assigned to 1848 Gold Rush California, they find themselves entangled in a web of deceit and lies. And when they are cut off from the Lineage, it will be up to Victoria to decide if the man she has come to love is a traitor or a hero.

 

Oh my goodness!  I love this series! I was so excited to read this one. I definitely enjoyed it. I wish I could get a job with the Lineage. Nothing sounds more exciting! That would be a dream job, so just that alone already made me want to completely get absorbed into this world. I thought Victoria was a fantastic heroine. I’ve been having trouble with heroines in a lot of the books I’ve been reading lately, so this one was a breath of fresh air. She was strong and willing to do what she needed to, even when that wasn’t something easy. Banderan took me a little bit longer to warm up to. He seemed a little annoying when I first started reading, but I completely warmed up to him by the end of the novel. There’s lots of action and adventure in this story and it made me want to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. I would definitely recommend this book to science fiction/time travel/romance fans and actually… just anyone looking for a book that will keep them up wanting to finish it! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I really do love this series. I think the whole idea is very creative and it’s they’re great books to sink into and forget about the rest of the world!

Cupcakes: Science fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: In His Own Time [The Lineage 2] (BookStrand Publishing Romance)

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