Three Ways: A Detective Seagate and Miner Mystery #4 by Mike Markel

Book Description

May 13, 2014
When grad student Austin Sulenka is found strangled, nude on his bed, the first question for Detectives Karen Seagate and Ryan Miner is whether it was an auto-asphyxiation episode gone wrong. Evidence strewn around his small apartment suggests that he spent his last night with a number of different women. One is Tiffany, a former student who still resents the injustice of getting a C in the course when he promised her a B if she slept with him. Another is Austin’s beautiful girlfriend, May, who had never before encountered a man she could not totally beguile. Then there is Suzannah Montgomery, his thesis adviser, who might have inadvertently revealed to Austin some information about her past that could ruin her own career. As Seagate and Miner try to unravel the complicated couplings, she finds herself in a three-way relationship that threatens to destroy her own fragile sobriety.
Review –
This was my first reading of anything by author Mike Markel and I liked it very much because it’s a good “who-dun-it” without too much complexity to it as to bog it down. It flowed well and the characters were well-developed.
I will definitely be going back to locate the earlier books in the series.
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Mystery (Blue Rose Trilogy #2) by Peter Straub

Book Description

December 1, 2010
 Tom Pasmore, ten years old, survives a near fatal accident.  During his long recovery, he becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder and finds he has clues to solving it that he shouldn’t.  Lamont von Heilitz has spent his life solving mysteries, until he wanted to know nothing more of the terror of life and the horror of death.  When a new murder disrupts their world of wealth, power, and pleasure, the two must form an unlikely partnership to confront demons from the past and the dark secrets that still haunt the present.
Review –
I had the audio version of this book and forced myself to finish it because it was HORRIBLE. It is so convoluted that there is no way to keep up with everything that’s going on and plus it is BORING.
Do not waste your time. I WILL NOT be read the third book in this trilogy!!!!!!
I gave it one star only because I had to.
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Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)by Danielle Paige

Book Description

April 1, 2014

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a road of yellow brick—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. And—Dorothy must die.

Review –

Fantastic re-telling of the Wizard of Oz  with a dark twist.

I had the audio version and it was almost impossible to pull myself away, but I did (only to do important things-like go to the bathroom or grab a snack). The way the author lays out the story it seems very  plausible that this could have happened. But the further I got into the book and more things progressed I thought if Dorothy is going to die Amy Gum had better hurry up, then the end came and I realized that this is the first in a series. Well, darn!  Now I have to wait for who knows how long to find out what happens next.

Loved this book and rated it 5 stars *****

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Marked (Servants of Fate #1) by Sarah Fine

Book Description

January 1, 2015

In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don’t know—including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis—is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.

Unaware of Cacy’s other life, Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his fierce and beautiful partner as he is mistrustful of the influential Ferry clan led by the Charon—who happens to be Cacy’s father. Cacy, in turn, can no longer deny her intense attraction to the mysterious ex-Ranger with a haunted past. But just as their relationship heats up, an apparent hit takes the Charon before his time. Shaken to the core, Cacy pursues the rogue element who has seized the reins of Fate, only to discover that Eli has a devastating secret of his own. Not knowing whom to trust, what will Cacy have to sacrifice to protect Eli—and to make sure humanity’s future is secure?

Review –

This was a free book offered by a Kindle App I have and I loved it. In fact, I loved it so much that I rated it  5 stars ***** and am looking forward to reading Book two of the series.  There is a lot of action in the story,both in this world and beyond the Veil, and a great chemistry between Cacy and Eli. I would tell you the details but something unexpected happen to Eli (at least I didn’t expect it) and I was upset for a while but the author gave Eli a second chance. You will have to read the book to find out exactly how she did it.

I highly recommend this book.

 

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Raising Stoney Mayhall by Daryl Gregory

Book Description

June 28, 2011

From award-winning author Daryl Gregory, whom Library Journal called “[a] bright new voice of the twenty-first century,” comes a new breed of zombie novel—a surprisingly funny, vividly frightening, and ultimately deeply moving story of self-discovery and family love.

In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman’s arms is a baby, stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda—and he begins to move.

The family hides the child—whom they name Stony—rather than turn him over to authorities that would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow. For years his adoptive mother and sisters manage to keep his existence a secret—until one terrifying night when Stony is forced to run and he learns that he is not the only living dead boy left in the world.

Review –

I chose this book because the synopsis promised a different slant on the “normal” Zombie book and let’s be honest, Zombies have been written about to death. So, I was ready for something new. The author, Daryl Gregory, did not disappoint. He could have included the normal Zombie head decapitations and gore but did not, he could have made it about chaos and hopelessness, but he did not. Instead, the book is about family, love of family, friendships, loyalty, and doing what’s right. I cried a couple of times but mostly at the end and how many of you have ever cried for a Zombie (or should I say an LD-Living Dead?)

I rated this book 5 stars *****

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The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall

Book Description

July 28, 2014
When Lila Moore inherits her grandfather’s house, she finds herself in a small Midwestern town where margarine is never an acceptable substitution for butter, a coveted family recipe can serve as currency, and the friend who will take your darkest secrets to the grave will still never give you the secret to her prize-winning begonias.

Lila is charmed by the people of Auburn, from the blue-eyed lawyer with the southern drawl to the little old lady who unceasingly tries to set Lila up with her grandson. But when strange things begin to happen, Lila realizes some of her new friends are guarding a secret like it’s a precious family heirloom. It’s a dangerous secret, and it has come back to haunt them. Lila is caught in the middle, and her life may depend on uncovering it. But even if she can, can she stay in Auburn when not everyone is what they seem, and even the house wants her gone?

Review –
I was first drawn in by the fact that this was a free book and second by the title. Along with that the characters were well described and developed and there was a dash of mystery thrown in for good measure.  All in all, I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading more from this author. A very pleasant read for a cold winter’s night.
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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Boys #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Description

October 21, 2014

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.

Mothers can disappear.

Visions can mislead.

Certainties can unravel.

Review –
Blue’s mother has been missing for three months looking for her ex-lover underground. No one is worried except Blue and her mother’s ex-hitman boyfriend. Meanwhile, Adam, Gansey and Ronan, The Raven Boys, and ghostly Noah, who wants to be corporal again and Blue discover a strange cave guarded by an even stranger mountain man and inside find an old Welsh coffin.  Not heeding warnings to the contrary, they open the lids and the long-buried but not asleep daughter of Glendower “escapes”. No one knows if she’s friend or foe. If  that wasn’t enough going on-the boys discover that the man who hired the ex-hitman is now their Latin teacher.(Small world)
I thought this was the end of the series and was very put out that the ending was a cliff hanger but I did some checking and there is one more book in the works and now I can’t wait. I love everything about this series.  
Write faster Maggie Stiefvater!
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Rooms by Lauren Oliver

Book Description

September 23, 2014

The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

Review –
Two days into the new year and I have read my first five-star rated book. *****
I had the audio version of the book and the narration was done by multiple readers, which made it like listening to a play. The Walkers are a dysfunctional family and are back to bury the father/husband of the family and the two ghosts of the house are not at all mentally balanced and throw in a run-away and a third ghost and you have the makings of a dramatic ending to say the least. I loved it beginning to end and I highly recommend it.
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Happy New Year 2015

2015 Happy New Year greeting card

Old Goal and New Goals:

Last year I exceeded my goal of reading  150 books by 27, although those figures don’t jive with Goodreads because they don’t take into consideration reading a book twice or three times, which says I’ve read 180. This year I have set my goal at 155, a safe conservative number because you never know what might happen to limit your reading time.

This year I, again,  have decided not to take part in any reading challenges  other than the one on GoodReads because I feel in some ways it boxes me in to certain genres or titles and this year I plan to read anything  and everything that interests ME.

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By popcorn317 Posted in Books

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin

Book Description

November 4, 2014
It had to end sometime, but Mara had no idea it would end like this. Experience the mind-blowing conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy.Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.
Review –
The author did a wonderful job in tying up every event or detail in the trilogy even though there were countless plot twists. That being said, I thought this book was slow in places and in others had too much detail but all in all it was a FANTASTIC series and I have added Noah Shaw to my Book Boyfriends List.
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