The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Book Description:

Published: June 18, 2013

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways.  Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

Review –

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I’m probably one of the few readers who are not crazy about author, Neil Gaiman, but I’ve always thought his books were just okay, nothing special. That it, until this one!

This is a beautifully  told and read story (the author was the narrator) about a short period of time where in a young boy of seven became friends with a young girl of eleven and her mother and grandmother. The women owed and ran a farm at the end of a lane in England and had paranormal powers which were never really questioned by the boy. Wouldn’t it be great to be that age again and take everything and everyone at face value?

Though he didn’t mean to, the boy brought a previously bound entity into his world and the story deals with how and what it took to banish it back to where it came from.

I won’t go into detail but the girl ends up sacrificing her life for the boy and has to be put under the water of the pond on the farm. Her mother said it would take some time for “the ocean” to heal her. It’s been forty years when the story starts and she is still unhealed  and nowhere to be seen.

It’s a remarkable story of youth, believing, friendships, family, and sacrifice. It made me cry and I loved it!!!

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How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #9) by Louise Penny

Book Description:

Published: August 27, 2013

A DETECTIVE
As a fierce, unrelenting winter grips Quebec, shadows are closing in on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department and hostile forces are lining up against him.

A DISAPPEARANCE
When Gamache receives a message about a mysterious case in Three Pines, he is compelled to investigate — a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world has vanished.

A DEADLY CONCLUSION
As he begins to shed light on the investigation, he is drawn into a web of murder, lies and unimaginable corruption at the heart of the city. Facing his most challenging, and personal, case to date, can Gamache save the reputation of the Sûreté, those he holds dear and himself?

Evocative, gripping and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction from international bestselling author Louise Penny will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

Review –

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First I’m going to RANT – I wrote a LONG, INVOLVED  and WONDERFUL (if I do say so myself) review about ten minutes ago and was about to hit the “publish” button when my screen froze. In the past, the post auto-saved, but not THIS  time. Now my mind is a blank and I’m fuming. I’m going to have to calm down before tackling this again. #ihatecomputerssometime

OMG, this has to be the best of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series to date because it is  nail-biting suspenseful, plot driven and the back story that has been building in the last several books comes to a harrowing end.

The murder that occurs in this book doesn’t happen in Three Pines but does involve some of the beloved villagers. The last of five quintuplets  that was born seventy-seven years ago was killed and Gamache welcomes the chance to go back to Three Pines to solve it.

His Homicide Division has been gutted by his nemesis, the Superintendent and Inspector Beauvoir is a full-fledged drug addict now and works for the “bad guy”. His brain is so messed up that he doesn’t realize that he is being manipulated to hate his friend, Gamache, and also to become dependant on pain pills.  Annie broke up with him because he doesn’t think he has a problem and he thinks  that her father, Gamache, told her to break up with him.(paranoid much!)

The crime that sends Chief Inspector Armand Gamache to Three Pines is the murder of the last of the Famous Quintuplets born seventy-seven years ago. I’m sure the author was inspired by the real life story of the famous Dionne Quintuplets born in Canada in 1934. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionne_quintuplets  I love it when history is incorporated into fiction, it’s like getting a bonus.

Along side the murder investigation, there is the story of the evil Superintendent and his more evil boss(read the book to find out who he is) and their plan to bring down on the most traveled bridges in Canada. This storyline come to a harrowing conclusion when Jean-Guy Beauvoir has to shot the Chief Inspector in the back to stop him from opening the door to the schoolhouse and getting killed in an explosion set by the Superintendent.

The end of the story is more upbeat but I won’t give it away because it has been a long time coming in this series and you’ll just have to read the book  to see what I mean.

Fantastic book!!!!!

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Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy #2) by Stephen King

Book Description:

Published: June 2, 2015

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

Review –

Five Stars *****

OMG!  I loved this book.

In this book, the second in the Bill Hodges Trilogy, we learn more about the people affected by the crazy man driving a Mercedes into a line of people waiting for a job fair to begin and the effect it had on others.

Tom Saubers can’t walk, is in pain, and out of work, so when his son,Pete finds the stolen money and notebooks, taken  from writer, John Rothstein, thirty-five years earlier by Morris Bellamy (who also killed Rothstein), he does the only thing he can-send the money anonymously to his parents to help out with the day-to-day living situation 0f the family and he keeps and reads the notebooks. In these notebooks are two more Jimmy Gold novels yet to be published and since Pete is a fan of Rothstein, he knows how valuable the notebooks are.

I won’t give anything away to say that Morris Bellamy is finally paroled from prison and by circumstance finds out that Pete has what he covets and blackmails him. Because Pete’s younger sister is worried about him, Bill Hodges, two other crime solvers, who helped solve the Mr. Mercedes crime, become involved and help Pete out of a very bad situation.

You will have to read the book yourself to find out what happens to everyone and the notebooks.

I know I always say that Mr. King has done it again, but it’s true.  I can not wait for the end of the trilogy which will probably be released some times next year.

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Ruined (Decadence After Dark #3) by M. Never

Book Description:

Published: June 6, 2015

Kayne Roberts.
Kayne Rivers.
Kayne Stevens.

No matter his name, one fact remains the same. He’s the man who enslaved me, ensnared me, claimed me and ruined me…For all other men that is.

My life.
My love
My happiness.
All belong to him.
I belong to no one but him.

He owns me.
And I own him.

Review –

This is the final book in the series and ties up things nicely.

Kanye and Ellie have settled into married life and he quit  the black-ops organization ad went to work for Hawaii SWAT. With the help of Ellie and Jett Kanye deal with the fact that his mother died at the age of 21 while trying to re-gain custody of him. He and Ellie have a son, AJ with a baby girl on the way and Jett and London have three children. Kink is still there but in the background.

Great series.

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The Final Cut (Spotlight Series #4) by J.S. Taylor

Book Description:

Published: December 11, 2013

Issy and James have come a long way since that fateful first audition. And now filming is finally underway, past dangers seem behind them.

But when a deadly character from the past makes a reappearance, their relationship will be tested to the limits. And Issy is about to find out, that fame and love don’t always mix.

Could this be the end of everything?

Review –

I really don’t know why it took me so long to finish this book except for the fact that I had many other books that were more exciting and calling out to me.

This book marks the end of the Spotlight Series and may things happen, some bad and some good.  The stalker  seems to have re-appeared, but is it the same stalker and if so who is helping him?  It all works out in the end and Issy and James live their lives in peace and Issy decided not to be an actress but to write for the screen with James. Good series with a lot of interesting characters, but if you read the series, don’t do what I did and put too much time between this book and the others.

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Divided We Fall (Divided We Fall Book 1) by Trent Reedy

Book Description:

Published: January 28, 2014

Danny Wright never thought he’d be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the Idaho governor’s orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission … but then Danny’s gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead.

The president wants the soldiers arrested. The governor swears to protect them. And as tensions build on both sides, the conflict slowly escalates toward the unthinkable: a second American civil war.

With political questions that are popular in American culture yet rare in YA fiction, and a provocative plot that could far too easily become real, DIVIDED WE FALL is Trent Reedy’s very timely YA debut.

Review –

I really didn’t know what to expect when I started listening to this book but the further into it I got the more i was hooked.  The narration was done by several people and that made the story really come alive.

The premise of Divided We Fall is frightening because it could all to well happen in our life time. I’m not one to spout political views but all you have to do is listen to the news and the talking heads to see that what’s happening in our country today would have been unthinkable even ten years ago.  Never say Never!

The main character, Danny Wright, is 17 and has enlisted with the Idaho National Guard, partly because his father died in the war. He has completed summer training, and until he graduates, his commitment will be minimal. Then the governor of Idaho gets into a squabble about sovereign rights with the president.

Danny’s unit is called up to help contain  a riot in Boise; when a rock hits him, he accidentally shoots a protester.  As each side’s position hardens, Danny is caught in the middle, wanted by the feds, and protected by the state. As the situation spirals out of control, Danny’s choices become narrow and inevitable.  Danny tries to keep life normal with football, rodeo, his best friends and his devoted girlfriend.
At one point the Idaho border is closed and no one can enter. You leave but you can’t come back. Food and all things needed to sustain life in Idaho have been shut off and Danny’s mother is stuck in Washington state for a month, until he decided he has to go get her, All of his friends accompany him and they make it out of Idaho easily but coming back they were shot at by Washington troops and helicopter and Danny’s mother is killed.The ending comes shortly after that and was a complete surprise until I found out that there is a follow-up book that I will be listening to very soon. I rated this book five stars *****.
The author  does a very good job of presenting all sides’ opinions, especially through the tweets and news reports that end chapters. This has the dual advantage of giving readers an action-filled story that will also make them think. The ending came as a complete surprise until I found out that there is a follow-up book that I will be listening to very soon.
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Cold Lake by Jeff Carson

Book Description:

Published: November 18, 2014

When a fisherman reels in a plastic bag containing a severed human head from the depths of Cold Lake, Colorado, Sheriff David Wolf and his deputies scramble to the scene, and quickly realize there are more surprises to be found below.

Their grim discoveries reopen a cold case Wolf’s father worked twenty-two years ago, and Wolf must try to succeed where his father failed before him. Wolf has the advantage on his dad, however, because he has bodies. Lots of them.

Amid sweeping political changes that have his department and the entire county on edge, Wolf and his deputies come to the disturbing realization there is a dangerous serial killer in their midst—one who will stop at nothing to remain hidden.

Can Wolf and his deputies unveil the truth before someone pays the ultimate price?

This fifth installment of the David Wolf series is chock-full of suspense, mystery, and action that will keep you glued to the pages through the final sentence.

Review –

This is the first book that I have read in the David Wolfe Series  because it was offered as a free digital book and I must say that I will definitely be reading more.  The plot of this book involves a cold case of several disappearances and it connects to the seven severed heads and one full body that has recently been  found in Cold Lake.  It is full of  suspense and heart stopping action.  I really did enjoy it, so if you like murder mysteries you might give this one a try.

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Sweet Possessions (Sweet #5) by Maya Banks

Book Description:

Published: April 5, 2010

She’s a singer who lives for the spotlight—and can’t resist her adoring fans…
Outrageous and out-of-control, Lyric Jones is a spoiled pop star who lives hard and fast, always outrunning her past and the nightmares that haunt her. She’s used to getting what she wants—groupies included—because she can’t stand to be alone. So in bed, it’s the more the merrier, even if it means closing off the deepest part of herself…

He’s a hands-on bodyguard—and a one-woman man.
There is nothing Connor Malone wants to do less than babysit the celebratty songstress while she’s on vacation. But part of him relishes taming Lyric and showing her what it’s like to be possessed—body and soul—by one man. And though Lyric’s crazy antics nearly drive Connor to the edge, his quiet intensity penetrates her defenses, leaving them both vulnerable to the secrets that could topple Lyric from the stage.

Review –

All of the other books in the Sweet Series by Maya Banks are very very kinky and full of explicit sex, but while this one has some explicit sex it is all on the “vanilla” side because that’s just the way the character of Connor rolls. 

Connor is in charge of the safety and security for rock star, Lyric Jones (not her real name) and she is doing everything to make his job a living hell. She is contrary, hard headed, stubborn, and everything a typical rock star is know for being.  But, she has a dark secret, and with Connor’s help she confides in him and that changes everything.  There is a stalker theme in the story but it’s weak.

I enjoyed the audio version and the narrator did a fantastic job. The Sweet Series  gets an A+

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Dirty Bad Wrong (Dirty Bad #1) by Jade West

Book Description:

Published: February 22, 2015

They call him Masque.
I call him God.
The man I want to consume me, own me, break me and corrupt me.
Yet I’ve never seen his face.
His body ripples like an adonis, sculpted in steel and dripping in sin. His flesh is inked with the mark of the chimera – one body, two very different halves.
He plays hard.
He plays rough.
He has no limits.
He’s so fucking dirty bad wrong.
But I love him for it.

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Lydia Marsh is always the strong one. The girl who never breaks, and sure as hell never cries. She’s got it all – the perfect little life in cosy suburbia, with her perfectly nice boyfriend, and their perfectly sufficient sex life. She’s even got her perfect little career plan all wrapped up at Trial Run Software Group.

But when it all falls apart, and Lydia’s pretty, green eyes are fixed on a brutally sexual stranger – the man they call Masque – she comes to suspect that being strong isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

For now Lydia wants something she’s never wanted before…

And she wants Masque to give it to her.

 

Review –

I rated this book 5 stars *****

I’m not very familiar with the Erotica genre but I think it was unusual for the author to admit to being a real life submissive. Maybe she did so to let the readers know that she had first hand knowledge of the details she used in the book.

Parts of James and Lydia’s story are very hard to read. Some passages I had to read twice, maybe more, because the subject matter was disturbing and shocking. That being said, their relationship worked for them and I was sorry to see the end come. 

I don’t know if the author has any plans to write another book with James and Lydia, but it would be fun to see how their committment to one another is working out.

**Warning – this novel contains graphic sex, and hardcore elements of BDSM. There are scenes of violence (consensual) as well as sexual practices some readers may find offensive.

If you aren’t turned on by dirty bad wrong sex then please walk on by.***

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The Arrangement Books 1-5 by Abbey Weeks

Book One Description:

Published: September 16, 2013

The Arrangement follows the story of April Masterson whose life is about to be turned upside down. She is a devoted young wife and mother, even if her husband Walter can be domineering and possessive.

She has always tried to keep him happy so that she and her children can enjoy a life of security and stability. When he is made partner at the firm she feels her life is entirely set up. They are showered with wealth and generosity and even receive a stunning new home in a secluded private community on the outskirts of the capital.

But after the move, April begins to see just how drastically her life has changed. There is an arrangement that she never suspected. The partners always said that the firm was a family but she didn’t realize just how literally they meant it!

Now she finds herself taking on a new role in her life and becoming a new person. She feels confident, powerful and wealthy. She realizes that she has what it takes to fulfill the desires of four of DC’s most powerful and wealthy lawyers. She also realizes that she likes it!

Book Two Description:

Published: September 29, 2013

Find out what happens to April next, as she is forced to negotiate her new position within the arrangement. Not only does this story illustrate in graphic detail the encounters that April enjoys at the mysterious Lace Cat lingerie emporium, but it also shows how she is forced to navigate her position among the powerful wives of the arrangement.

Book Three Description:

Published: October 5, 2013

In this episode the story really heats up with April being forced to come face to face with her deepest fears. Walter, who has been growing meaner and crueler since becoming a partner, takes her to one of the poorest neighborhoods of the capital and threatens to leave her there. This brings back painful memories from April’s childhood as she is forced to encounter the lowlifes and pimps that were a permanent part of her mother’s life in a most humiliating way.

April also takes her friendship with Midge farther, bonding with her as they both realize that friendship and compassion mean more to them than the wealth of their lavish life at The Oaks. This friendship is somewhat tested when Walter and Frank decide to swap wives for the night.

Book Four Description:

Published: October 23, 2013

This is the longest and hottest episode yet. It is the lead up to the stunning grand finale of the entire series. In this episode April experiences her most graphic and overpowering encounter to date as she is forced to help the firm impress a number of new clients. The experience is so intense she actually loses consciousness! It is also the beginning of April’s full blown response to the arrangement as we see her taking her first positive action toward freeing herself and regaining her liberty. She achieves this through the introduction of a brave and beautiful new male character, the first to actually show April the treatment she deserves.

Walter continues his downward spiral pushing his aggression and anger to the limit.

Book Five Description:

Published: November 10, 2013

This is the stunning climax to Abby’s breakaway new series, The Arrangement.

If you’ve been following along, don’t miss it. All the major questions of the series are answered here. We find out what April does to take back control of her life. We get to know the mysterious new hotel employee who stepped in so bravely to help her at the end of Part 4. We also find out what she does about Walter.

Not only does April experience some of the most shocking and humiliating treatment of the entire series in this part, but we are also given glimpses of hope as she finds new friends, strengthens her relationship with Midge, and risks everything to get her children back.

If you’ve been a fan so far, don’t miss this stunning climax to everything that’s gone before.

Review-

I gave the entire series three stars *** and I really can’t say why exactly except that the main female character, April, seemed so weak at times, then for a while she’d be stronger and then without the love of a man she’d fall back to being weak again.  April was made to do some horribly embarrassing and humiliating things with the men of the law firm and their wives and some servants so I do feel very sorry for her.

The ending was a disappointment for me for many reasons but you’ll have to read the series to find out what I mean. These “books”  all have less than a hundred pages and can be read in a day.

Adult

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