Month: May 2016

Nessie Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster by Nick Redfern

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My Review:

It was such a fun read about Nessie, that was well-written and super fun to read. I liked how it goes through the history of Nessie, and what Nessie has been thought to actually be.I would recommend this to anyone that likes Cryptozoology and Nessie.

5 out of 5 stars

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Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis

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**A USA Today Recommended Series!**

What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don’t miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast.

“As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name–a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall.”

Omorose Bouchene has a secret–magic. There’s only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn’t supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she’s desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time–every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm of the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

*This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.

My Review:

I was a big fan of Ms. Davis’ first book in the series Gathering Frost, and this did not disappoint in being an enjoyable book. Ms. Davis was able to create a new take on the Beauty and the Beast with a twist, I loved Omorose and enjoyed reading her. I also enjoyed Cole’s character and loved the romance between the two. I look forward to Chasing Midnight.

5 out of 5 stars

 

 

The Unspeakable Crimes of Dr. Petiot by Thomas Maeder

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The chilling true story of a serial killer who preyed on men, women, and children desperate to escape Nazi-occupied Paris.

On March 11, 1944, police were called to investigate foul-smelling smoke pouring from the chimney of an elegant private house near the Arc de Triomphe. In the basement of 21 rue Le Sueur, they made the first of many gruesome discoveries: a human hand dangling from the open door of a coal-burning stove.

Proceeding to the rear of the home, detectives found rib cages, skulls, and internal organs strewn across the floor and large piles of quicklime mixed with fragments of bone and flesh. The Gestapo had two offices in the neighborhood—were Hitler’s henchmen responsible for the carnage? Or was it the work of French Resistance fighters purging Paris of traitors and German spies?

As the investigation unfolded, a more sinister possibility emerged. The building’s owner, Dr. Marcel Petiot, was a handsome and charismatic physician whose past was littered with bizarre behavior and criminal activity. When he was finally captured eight months later, Dr. Petiot claimed he was a loyal member of the Resistance who helped kill Nazi collaborators. Prosecutors charged that he was a sadistic mass murderer who lured at least twenty-seven innocent people to their deaths with promises of escape. Estimates of the actual number of his victims ran as high as 150 men, women, and children.

From the first stages of the investigation to the sensational trial in which Dr. Petiot’s superior intelligence and perverse wit were on full display, author Thomas Maeder meticulously reconstructs one of the twentieth century’s most fascinating and lurid murder cases. Drawing on classified police files and interviews with surviving participants, The Unspeakable Crimes of Dr. Petiot is a riveting true crime saga that that “reads like a shocking psychological thriller” (Newsweek).

This book comes out June 7th 2016

My Review:

This book was really well-written and well- researched, I had never heard of Dr. 
Petiot and his crimes before reading this book and it did not disappoint. I 
appreciated the money conversion at the beginning of the book, it made it less 
confusing. Mr. Maeder wrote the book so well, I couldn't put it down. 
Overall I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone that liked true crime 
books.

5 out of 5 stars

 

The Courtship of Eva Eldridge by Diane Simmons

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Everyone got married in the 1950s, then moved to the suburbs to have the children of the soon-to-be-famous baby boom. For Americans who had survived the Great Depression and World War II, prosperous married life was a triumph. The unwed were objects of pity, scorn, even suspicion. And so in the 1950s, Eva Eldridge, no longer so young and marginally employed, was the perfect target for handsome Vick, who promised everything: storybook romance, marital respectability, and the lively social life she loved. When he disappeared not long after their honeymoon, she was devastated.

Eva hadn’t always been so vulnerable. Growing up pretty and popular in rural Oregon, she expected to marry young and live a life much like that of her parents, farming and rearing children. But then the United States threw its weight into World War II and as men headed to battle, the government started recruiting women to work in their places. Eva, like many other young women, found that life in the city with plenty of money, personal freedom, and lots of soldiers and sailors eager to pay court was more exhilarating than life down on the farm. After the war, she was ambivalent about getting married and settling down—at least until Vick arrived.

Refusing to believe her brand-new husband had abandoned her, Eva set about tracking down a man who, she now believed, was more damaged by wartime trauma than she had known. But instead of a wounded hero, she found a long string of women much like herself—hard-working, intelligent women who had loved and married Vick and now had no idea where—or even who—he was.

Drawing on a trove of some eight hundred letters and papers, Diane Simmons tells the story of Eva’s poignant struggle to get her dream husband back, as well as the stories of the women who had stood at the altar with Vick before and after her. Eva’s remarkable life illuminates women’s struggle for happiness at a time when marriage—and the perfect husband—meant everything.

This book is to be released August 15th 2016

My Review:

Ms. Simmons was able to create a book that was written in a spectacular way and was
 interesting to me. I loved reading about Eva and the search for her husband, and I 
felt bad for her when she learned about who she married. I also felt bad for all the
 other women that Vick took down the isle. I also enjoyed the psychoanalysis on Vick. 
Overall I would recommend this to others.

5 out of 5 stars

Fade to Dead by Tara Moore

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The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor

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This book came out November 13th 2015

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Austin Cole has it made. Star of the hit television show Spirit Chaser Investigations, he has become the world’s most famous paranormal investigator. Although hard work, a talented investigation team, and favorable genetics have something to do with it, it’s his lack of fear and willingness to take risks no one else will that make Spirit Chaser Investigations cable’s number-one show. When a ghost-hunt-gone-wrong seriously injures his best friend and lead psychic, Austin is forced to find a replacement for a team member he considers irreplaceable.

Casey Lawson can’t catch a break. She’s been on her own since she turned eighteen and is scraping by as a part-time psychic and cashier at a New Age store. When a desperate Austin Cole calls her up and offers her a position on his team, has her fortune finally changed?

He’s a control freak; she’s stubborn and opinionated. It takes time, but when they finally realize they’re working on the same side, everything clicks, both on and off screen.

Over the years Austin has angered plenty of demons, and one of them has set her sights on him. Now he’s the one in danger, and it’s up to the team to rescue him from the riskiest investigation of their lives.

My Review:

What a fun read! I enjoyed the premise of the book, what was amazing was what happened in the book was that a character I didn’t expect gets killed off. The ending is so sad as during my reading I came to care about the characters, I hope there is more to this story as I would continue to read it. It was different from other paranormal romances that I’ve read and that made it uniquely wonderful to read.

5 out of 5 stars

Articulating Dinosaurs A Political Anthropology by Brian Noble

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This book comes out May 3rd 2016

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“From ambitious paleontological research expeditions and spectacularly mounted museum exhibitions to blockbuster books and films such as The Lost World and Jurassic Park, dinosaurs have been the subject of intense scientific and popular interest since the discovery of the Megalosaurus fossils two centuries ago. In Articulating Dinosaurs, acclaimed author and anthropologist Brian Noble explores how dinosaurs and their natural worlds are recreated today through the complex exchanges of geologists, paleobiologists, museum curators, science fiction writers, filmmakers, and popular media with their diverse audiences.

Divided into two sections, Articulating Dinosaurs focuses on the scientific and cultural reconstruction of the two most iconic dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex and Maiasaura. Noble devotes the first part of his book to early twentieth-century fantasies of the “Lost World of the Mesozoic” – including cinematic dinosaur-monster animations – which still inform the popular imagination and the imagination of paleontologists today. The second half of the book is an ethnographic case study of the Royal Ontario Museum’s massively popular exhibit of the Maiasuara dinosaur and the Working Lab, which allowed the public to watch the real-time preparation of a fossil skeleton obtained from Montana.

A fascinating look at the political and social implications of human interactions with these prehistoric “objects” and their scientific and symbolic worlds, Articulating Dinosaurs will appeal to a wide audience of specialists as well as the general reader.”

My Review:

I enjoy reading about dinosaurs, as I really like reading books about them, 
and this book did not disappoint. Brian Noble wrote a informative book and 
included pictures as well as the text. I really felt that Mr. Noble had a 
strong grasp of what he was talking about and enjoyed reading it.

5 out of 5 stars

Split the Sun by Tessa Elwood

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This book comes out December 6th, 2016

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“The Ruling Lord of the House of Galton is dead, and the nation is in shock—or celebrating, depending on the district. Kit Franks would be more than happy to join him.

Kit’s mother bombed the digital core of the House, killing several and upending the nation’s information structure. No one wants the daughter of a terrorist. Kit lost her job, her aunt wants her evicted, her father is using her as a shield against a drug lord, a group of political rebels need Kit to ignite an interplanetary war, and the boy two floors down keeps jacking up her suicide attempts—as if she has a life worth saving.

When Mom-the-terrorist starts showing up on feeds and causing planet-wide blackouts, everyone looks to Kit for an answer. The rebels want Mom on their side. The government needs to stop Mom’s digital virus from spreading before there’s no record of government left. Both sides will do anything, destroy anyone, to make Kit crack. They believe she’s the key to Mom’s agenda and the House’s future. Worst of all, they may be right.

Kit’s having dreams she can’t explain, remembering conversations that no longer seem innocent, understanding too much coded subtext in Mom’s universal feed messages. Everyone, from Mom to the rebels, has a vision of Kit’s fate—locked, sealed, and ready to roll. The question is, does Kit have a vision for herself?

Tessa Elwood’s final book in the Inherit the Stars series introduces readers to a strong, unique heroine who must chart her own destiny against a minefield of family ambitions and political agendas.”

My Review:

I really enjoyed this adventure! It was such a fun adventure that I really enjoyed 
reading it. The characters and the world were interesting and painted a wonderful 
picture that I couldn't put down. I loved Kit even from the first book and wish for
 another adventure with her, I was so sad when I finished this book.

5 out of 5 stars