Book Review: Wildfire (The Fire Series)

Sophie is in a world of trouble. Her attraction to dangerous men may cost her everything, if it hasn’t already. With a husband meaner that the devil himself and a new stranger that may or may not be there to kill her or at a minimum be there to toy with her as a willing participant in one of Archer’s games, Sophie is on high alert. Could this man be the beginning of her new life? Should she hope? Or should she be ready to suffer more abuse? Is she strong enough to carry out her long ago assigned mission? Will she fail again to kill Archer?

This book is one that is difficult to put down. One thing I love the about this author is that the drama keeps coming. There is always some sort of conflict that keeps you wanting to keeps you reading on and on. This book is filled with suspense and mystery with flash of dangerous romance, Anne Stuart has done it again!

Book Review: Consumed by Fire

I recently started reading the Fire series by Anne Stuart.  The first book of the series is Consumed by Fire.  I loved it!  I would call it a romantic thriller.  It keeps you in suspense page after page and is a quick weekend read.  The book draws you in when Evangeline finds herself in the middle of a “hit.”  Of course she doesn’t realize what’s going on and she gets swept away by the charm and sheer good looks of the man involved in the hit.  Next thing she knows, she’s married and has been robbed by her new husband.  Years later she has moved on and thinks her world is safe but man is she wrong!  This book is packed with action and has danger lurking around each corner.  This book will satisfy your romantic side but isn’t all hearts and rainbows.

Second Honeymoon by James Patterson- Book Review

SoSecond_Honeymoon-400px I have recently been on a reading kick and I loved this book!  Second Honeymoon by James Patterson is suspenseful and keeps you on your toes.  There is so much action and adventure.  Plus you have a mystery to solve while reading it.  There are just enough plots going on to keep you entertained, while not so many that you can’t keep up with all the characters.  I highly suggest reading it.

If you don’t have time to sit down and read, use Audible!  It’s my go to when I can’t be posted up in my reading nook until my heart’s content!  I know audio books can be pricey but some of the memberships really aren’t bad if you would listen to books monthly.

Book Review: Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island

whodunnitI recently finished listening to Whodunnit? Murder or Mystery Island by Anthony E. Zuiker.  It was a book that I was able to download for free from Audible.  I don’t think it is available for free anymore.  The book is pretty suspenseful so I got through it pretty quickly.  The book is set on a beautiful island where guests are celebrating their hard work at a corporate retreat.  Pretty soon the tropical island turns sinister as one by one guests are killed off and each guest must participate in solving the murder in order to not be the killer’s next victim.  In the end the murderer is revealed.  The book is narrated by the butler who seems a little off and for a while I believed may be the murderer even though you are told he is not.

In general, this book was okay.  The mystery keeps you reading as you want to figure out how each person died and you want to know the answer to riddles the murderer leaves for the guest.  The downside of this book is it’s not very believable.  You kind of think, this would never happen is real-life, and for me that makes it a little less enjoyable.  Also, the characters are a little shallow.  All in all, I think it’s worth reading but I’m not sure how much I would pay for this book.  It’s not something you are going to find yourself rereading again and again.

What have you been reading?  I am thinking of starting a book club soon!

Revisiting the Classics: To Kill a Mockingbird

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We all had to read in high school and I appreciated it then but rereading it made me realize why this book is worthy of a Pulitzer Prize.  I remember after high school catching To Kill a Mockingbird references in unexpected places and being glad that I had taken the time to read it.  What are some of those unexpected references?  In Mr. Deeds there are several references to To Kill a Mockingbird, from falling out of Boo Radley’s apple tree, to the names Mr./Mrs. Finch/Atticus, to a statement a character says “It’s not right! It’s not right!”

What I love about it is that it is from an eight year old girl’s perspective, and not some prissy little girl who is afraid to get dirty.  Instead, it is a spunky little girl who would fight you in a minute (if her daddy wasn’t looking) and one that prefers trousers to a poofy-tulle-filled dress.  Scout is by far my favorite character.  This book just really touches on how innocent children are and that prejudice isn’t something children are born with.  The book makes me think about morals and how I would respond to my child if they asked me the say questions that Scout asks Atticus.  In general, I love Atticus as a father figure and I think that the Finch family dynamic is what makes this book so lovable.  I highly recommend this book to anyone that has not read it and a reread to anyone that has.

Courage.  Family.  Honor.  Curiosity.  Prejudice.  Ignorance.  Loss.

This book covers them all.

Book Review: Prime Deception

prime deceptionI just got back from a trip to Texas and have a book to report on!  I like to take advantage of the time I spend in the air, so for my travels I chose to read Prime Deception by Carys Jones.  I was actually contacted by the author to read the book and write about what my thoughts were.  So here is what I thought about Prime Deception (spoilers ahead):

The book is all about uncovering the details of the alleged suicide of Ms. Lorna Thomas.  A young and beautiful intern that is drawn to the power and charisma of the Deputy Prime Minister who engages in a forbidden affair with him.  The affair is eventually broken off and months later, Lorna is found dead, apparently by her own will she has driven herself into a tree.  With the news of the his mistress’s death the Deputy Prime Minister is shaken to his core.  Could she really have killed herself?  Is it his fault?  Did he really know her as a person?  He is left with so many questions and is wrecked with grief and guilt.

I would normally not give away so much of the book but its hard to review without giving some details away.  For me this book was ok.  It is more of a romance novel than a mystery thriller.  I did spend a lot of time when I was reading the book, deciding who I thought would have killed Lorna if it wasn’t suicide (which I never really thought it was). I was compelled to keep reading for two reasons: I wanted to know who killed Lorna and I wanted to learn more about a secondary character, Laurie, Lorna’s twin sister.

This character was important to me particularly because I have a twin sister who I love very much and feel that she is very much a part of what makes me, me.  She truly completes me.  Without her I wouldn’t be the same.  Therefore when Lorna’s twin, Laurie, shows up looking for answers I can totally relate to how hard that it would be to lose your twin sister.  When you are a twin you share almost all your special moments together which links you in a way different from other siblings.  If Laurie was not in the book I am not completely sure I would have finished the book, but if you like harlequin romance this book may be for you.  I personally wish that it would have focused more on mystery than romance, as the beginning of the book is pretty compelling.  So there you have it.  That’s the deets on Prime Deception.

Book Review: Starting Now

Starting-NowI found this book in one of my quick (or meant to be quick) trips to Walmart.  I actually found it when I was picking up items for Easter but didn’t get a chance to write about it until now.

This book called out to me because it starts off with Libby Morgan, a lawyer, walking into her boss’s office believing she is about to be made partner and being laid off instead.

This was something I could relate to.  I have been laid off and I know it can be devastating.  It took me by surprise because I was doing great work and had took on more responsibilities but sometimes layoffs happen and it is out of your control.  You have to get oven the shock and carry on.  Landon was 9 months old baby when it happened and I had no idea what I would do but you figure it out.  In the end it became a blessing because I didn’t miss his first steps and actually come to think of it, this blog was born during that time.

Anyway back to the book…

It was nice to kind of get caught up in Libby’s many emotions that she cycles through in her journey of figuring out what is next.  I think this book has some beautiful moments in it.  I will say that I do think the end was a little rushed and a little more time could have been taken to wrap up the character better, but I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a quick read this summer.

Really the book is all about figuring out what’s next and knowing that life sometimes is messy and sometimes there is nothing we can really do but let it play out and move on.

Long story short.  I would recommend this book as a summer read.  It’s not going to change your life but it is a fun read.

Books to Read: The Maze Runner Series

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Looking for some summer reads this summer?  If you liked the Hunger Games you will like the Maze Runner.  It you thought the Capitol was cruel is the Hunger Games just wait to you read about WICKED.

This series follows a teenage boy named Thomas.  It starts with him waking in up in a dark elevator ascending into blackness.  He can’t remember his past.  The only thing he can remember is that his first name is Thomas.  He is about to become a trivial part in the Gladers escape to freedom from a man-made maze that they have somehow found themselves it.  Can they escape?  If they do escape will they really be free?  Find out more my devouring this quick paced book.  Before you know it you’ll be finished with the series!

This trilogy includes The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure.

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Book Review: the Husband’s Secret

 

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The Husband’s Secret is a great read.  It’s suspenseful and before you know it you’re thirty chapters in.  This is a fun read.  It all starts with a letter that Cecilia Fitzpatrick stumbles upon while her husband is away on business.  This letter contains her husband’s deep, dark, secret.  The outer envelope is addressed, “For my wife- to be opened only in the event of my death” and feels like it could have been written years and years ago.

From there you’re hooked and are edging her on to rip open the envelope and see what horror may be contained inside.  In the process, you learn about two other women who are having/had life-changing events happen to them.  Secrets are revealed as you read each chapter.  And if this book promises nothing else, you will be thoroughly entertained as you read every single page.  Love affairs, a mysterious murder, and more!

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good, quick read.  Believe me you will fly through this book, because you will need to know what happens next.

Book Review: Shadow Falls Series (must read)

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I just read the Shadow Falls series and I LOVED it! It consists of 5 books: Born at Midnight, Awake at Dawn, Taken at Dusk, Whispers at Moonrise, and Chosen at Nigthfall.  I may be growing up but I still love young adult fiction. This series reminds me of what would happen if you put Harry Potter and Twilight into a blender and mixed it up. It has super naturals, magic, and a love story. The series is about a girl who learns that she may be more than just your average human. It all begins when she starts seeing a stranger that no one else can see. This forces her mother to put her into therapy which somehow leads her to attending the summer camp, Shadow Falls, for troubled teens. However, upon discovering she may not be human, she is left not knowing what she is or where she belongs.

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The journey of self-discovery that, Kylie Galen, goes through is incredibly honest and captivating. There is a love triangle with a charming fae and buff werewolf, but it does not consume the whole story line. The young lady finds herself in some scary confrontations with evil (evil vampires, evil spirits, even evil animals) where she must find the courage to fight for her life and the lives of others.

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The tone of this series is very relatable to anyone who reads it. It makes you think of how important friendship is. I must admit that the ending was a little too well wrapped up for me, but it does not change the fact that I will read the series again. Among the super naturals that belong to this series are werewolves, faes, witches, shape shifters, and some other super natural that is truly unique.

When reading this series be prepared to read all 5 books at once. I know I could not wait to see where the next book would take Ms. Galen, in her adventure of becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Overall, I think it is a must read series if you like young adult fiction. What did y’all think of the series? What books do you recommend?