Month: July 2016

Jack-In-The-Box by William W. Johnstone

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Angelic Child
She was a beautiful child, a perfect child. With her blonde hair and baby doll prettiness, she was the picture of angelic innocence. Phillip Baxter pushed aside his uneasiness about his strangely self-possessed daughter. She was just an ordinary kid. And, to his relief, she did act like an ordinary kid when he brought home a special present just for her . . .

Devil’s Toy

Alone in her room, Nora couldn’t wait to open the antique jack-in-the-box. She couldn’t wait to watch the hand-carved clown’s head bob back and forth, its glass eyes staring at her, its lips drawn back into an insane grin. Any other little girl might have cringed in horror. But as Nora’s wide eyes mirrored the grotesque wooden face, her pink lips were curving into the same malicious smile . . .

This book comes out September 13th 2016

My Review:

I liked reading this book, but the one thing that bothered me about it was that 
Nora was a typical evil little girl that I really didn't care about what happened 
to her. The writing is well done and the other characters are written better than 
Nora, I did care about what happened to them.

4 out of 5 stars
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Wendy Darling Volume 2: Seas by Colleen Oakes

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From the author of Queen of Hearts comes the much anticipated sequel to Wendy Darling.
Wendy Darling: Seas finds Wendy and Michael aboard the dreaded Sudden Night, a dangerous behemoth sailed by the infamous Captain Hook and his blood-thirsty crew. In this exotic world of mermaids, spies and pirate-feuds, Wendy finds herself struggling to keep her family above the waves. Hunted by the twisted boy who once stole her heart and struggling to survive in the whimsical Neverland sea, returning home to London now seems like a distant dream—and the betrayals have just begun.
Will Wendy find shelter with Peter’s greatest enemy, or is she a pawn in a much darker game, one that could forever alter not only her family’s future, but also the soul of Neverland itself?

This book comes out September 20th 2016

My Review:

I really enjoy reading books from Ms. Oakes, and I loved the first book in the Wendy 
Darling series. What was amazing was this book was able to capture the magic of the 
first and improve on it. I loved the characterization of Wendy and was on the edge 
of my seat when reading it. I loved Queen Eryne and the mermaids, they felt like 
creatures that they are suppose to be, beautiful and deadly. I can't wait for book 
three Shadows, as I enjoyed reading the conflict of Neverland between Hook and Pan.
 Overall I really enjoyed this book.

5 out of 5 stars

Lost in Wonderland (The Twisted and the Brave Book 1) by Nicky Peacock

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Monsters, serial killers, and imaginary friends—being a Wonderlander can be murder…

Once upon a time, Kayla was lost. Then she found Wonderland, but not the one you know. Run by ex-government agents and funded by an eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire, this Wonderland is the name of a collective of highly trained vigilantes who hunt serial killers. Now Kayla, aka Mouse, works tirelessly alongside her fellow Wonderlanders, Rabbit and Cheshire, baiting dangerous murderers. But even her extensive training hasn’t prepared her for the return of her older brother…

Shilo has spent most of his life in an insane asylum, convinced his mother was abducted by a sinister Alaskan monster who lures the lost away to feast upon their flesh. And now he’s certain that his sister is in the same monster’s crosshairs. But if Shilo is going to save what’s left of his family, he’ll have to convince his sister that maybe, just maybe, we’re all a little mad.

14+ due to violence and adult situations

This book is out now.

My Review:

I really liked where this was going, I loved that there was a program where people’s code names were from Alice in Wonderland. It was one of the things that drew me into the book, and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed reading this more than I thought I would. Throughout reading this book I fell in love with Mouse, Mr. Custard and Shilo and the epilogue was so beautifully written and made me want another in this series.

5 out of 5 stars

Bullet Riddled: The First S.W.A.T. Officer Inside Columbine…and Beyond by Grant M. Whitus and Thim Vines

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Grant Whitus joined the Colorado S.W.A.T in 1992. His seventeen year career was one of constant headlines. Among leading countless drug raids and hostage situations, he was on the front lines of the Columbine Massacre, The Platte County Tragedy, the Albert Petrosky shooting, and the Granby tank rampage. Speaking for the first time, Whitus gives the unvarnished truth of those, and many other, major S.W.A.T operations. Now retired, he opens up about his time behind the shield. Bullet Riddled is the full unabridged disclosure of what happened during his storied career; including the brutal morning of the Columbine Massacre. More than just a retelling, Bullet-Riddled is an in-depth look at the day-to-day of S.W.A.T and focuses on the men and women who inherit so much pain to keep us safe. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy. The following days saw major changes within S.W.A.T. Men cracked, leaders folded and the entire country demanded changes. But these changes, like all reforms, met with stiff resistance from the old guard. Friendships turned into rivals and the infrastructure of S.W.A.T began to unravel. As resignations piled up, Grant rebuilt the entire team from hand-selected recruits. He finally had his elite team, one that would face new demons and disorders

My Review:

I was given this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Bullet Riddled is a book by former Colorado police Sergeant Grant Whitus, in the book he goes on to describe cases he’s been through, setting the record straight and how those cases affected him in his life. A lot of these stories in the book do not end happily but there are a few stories that are amusing, such as the bear story and the time he swallowed his puke. Sergeant Whitus’ writing is engaging and kept my attention fully. I also liked that after each chapter he included photos and it really helped to paint a picture of the story. I appreciated all the effect made in this book and it shows all the stress that a police officer goes through, i’m glad that Sergeant Whitus was able to come out of his dark time and move past it to be happy. One of the best moments was that in the end when he explains how he reconnects with his old colleague Barry Williams. Overall this was a powerful series of experiences and I would recommend this to anyone that’s a fan of true crime or non-fiction works.

5 out of 5 stars

Kalifus Rising Legends of Orkney by Alane Adams

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Sam Baron just freed Orkney from the ravages of the Red Sun—but now, imprisoned by Catriona, leader of the Volgrim Witches, Sam finds the darker side of his half-god, half-witch heritage released, and he fears he might destroy what he saved. Unable to resist the witches’ enchantments, Sam has become their most potent weapon, and is leading an army of monstrous men against Skara Brae. Sam’s only hope for salvation lies with his three best friends and a mystical artifact known as the Moon Pearl. Keely travels north in search of the pearl, while Howie prepares for the gathering onslaught. Leo seeks a powerful artifact in the underworld, and faces an ancient evil that could be an even greater threat than Catriona and her cronies. As Sam’s friends rush to save him, other forces are at work in Orkney’s shadows—forces that could help free Sam, or condemn him to the darkness forever.

This book comes out September 6th, 2016

My Review:

Long live the new king. This was a great book, it was smart and adults will 
enjoy reading this. The characters are great and I enjoyed watching them grow.
 One of the best stories things about the book was that each of the characters
 had ups and downs and felt like really people, even the evil characters you 
understood their reasons. Overall I look forward to the next installment.

5 out of 5 stars

seven seeds of summer by Chantal Gadoury

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Summer has to decide to follow her heart or follow the same footsteps of the mysterious woman in her past life. Seven Seeds of Summer is a young adult novel retelling the famous Greek Mythology romance of Hades and Persephone. What if you were the missing piece in one of the most famous Greek Mythology Romances? Seven Seeds of Summer follows the story of a girl named Summer, a college art student who has grown up obsessed with Greek Mythology. She has spent most of her life completely in love with the darkest of all Gods: Hades. Summer returns home from her first semester to Point Judith, Rhode Island to find a mysterious figure on their family beach. The stranger comes to her with questions regarding a familiar myth: Persephone and Hades. The man tells her a version of the story Summer never knew and how she might just be the missing piece of the greatest mystery of Persephone and Hades. A trip to Greece leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of the strange figure whom she had met in Point Judith. The strange man who claimed to be Hades himself. He takes her on a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, down to the lowest point of Greece where his lair awaits: The Underworld. Determined to find the truth about herself and her piece in the myth, Summer journeys with Hades in hopes of unlocking the secrets that await her in the Underworld. In the end, Summer must decide to follow her heart or follow the same footsteps of the mysterious woman in her past life, and in his

My Review:

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review

Seven Seeds of Summer was an excellent book, it had a great plot,suspense, and a great love story. What was great about it was that we had time to get to know Summer and see the relationship bloom from her and her mysterious man. When tragedy strikes in Greece we feel for Summer, I really felt bad for her and wanted things to be ok for her. Pretty much once we get to Greece the action and suspense kicks in, the mystery of Hades and Persephone that was set up was great, I thought it was going to go one way but it when another that when you go back to the beginning of the book makes sense. The one thing that was a minor complaint was that when we get to the climax of the book it feels too rushed, it was almost like we should have saved that part of the book for a sequel, Ms. Gadoury wrote a wonderful story, that when I got the book I started reading it and finished it the same day, it was that good. I look forward to more from Ms. Gadoury.

5 out of 5 stars

Murder at McDonald’s The Killers Next Door by Phonse Jessome

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The chilling true crime account of the botched robbery that would become the most sensational murder case in Canadian history: the Sydney River McDonald’s massacre.

It started with a broken conveyor belt. When the mechanical malfunction brought eighteen-year-old McDonald’s employee Derek Wood into the restaurant’s back room, he saw the safe and got a dangerous idea. It would be so easy to prop the back door open, allowing two friends to sneak inside and steal the money. Wood assumed there was at least $200,000 in the cashbox—an incredible haul for just a few minutes’ work—but things would not go according to plan.

The robbery went wrong from the start, and within minutes, a fast-food restaurant in the wilds of Nova Scotia was turned into a bloodbath. Wood and his accomplices attacked the employees, killing three instantly and leaving the fourth for dead. In the safe, where they had expected to find a fortune, there was barely $2,000. They fled the scene, instigating a manhunt that would captivate the nation.

In the tradition of In Cold Blood and The Onion Field, this stunning work of true crime tells the story of the small-town murder that shocked a nation. Phonse Jessome brings a trained journalist’s eye to the case, which remains one of the most horrifying incidents of suburban violence in recent history.

My Review:

What was great about this true crime book is that the author took the time to 
introduce the reader to the victims and show them as real people instead of as 
just a name from a crime. I loved the fact that the author uses pictures in the
book it really helped paint the portrait of the places the crime took place. It was
 so well written and a fascinating case in my opinion, I'm glad I was able to read
 this. I would recommend it to anyone that's a fan of true crime.

5 out of 5 stars

Throw Away Girls The Jaycee Wilder Series, Book 1 by Jennifer Vaughn

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Hard-charging, insightful, and ambitious, Jaycee Wilder wants to take her TV news career to the next level. The Los Angeles reporter is hungry for the big story. When dead girls begin to pile up at seedy nightclubs that cater to whimsical, fetish-seeking strangers, Jaycee suspects a serial killer is at work. She aligns herself with an east coast cop trying to resurrect himself- and his once stellar career- from a drunken skid. The killer lives a normal life during the day, while hunting the Throw Away Girls at night, punishing them for their dark urges. He leaves messages behind in his victims’ blood, his explanation for enacting such brutal, twisted justice upon the unworthy. He watches the media coverage. He knows the wily reporter is chasing him. As Jaycee follows her gut, and the evidence, she forces him to act. But when a killer is clever and cunning, he can infiltrate anywhere. Jaycee must utilize all her skills to expose him before he gets to her first.

This book comes out July 15th.

My Review:

What was great about this book was that it was such a well-written mystery. I 
loved the character Jaycee and her boyfriend Van, they were a great a real couple 
and I enjoyed reading their story. I also enjoyed the killer's character and didn't
 figure it out until their reveal and I enjoyed that. I look forward to the next
 book in this series as I was hooked from this book. I also enjoyed the first 
killing in the book, to see from the perspective of the victim was chilling and so
 well written. I would recommend this to fans of the mystery genre and anyone that
 likes a good murder mystery.

5 out of 5 stars

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis by Shea Fontana

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Class is in session! Welcome to DC Super Hero High!

It was the night before finals and the student body is hard at work… and nothing is going right! Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Batgirl and their friends are learning to become heroes, but no one knew the trials that awaited them. In the first original graphic novel from the DC Super Hero Girls line, meet the students of Superhero High School as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all parts of growing up!

The DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls features DC Comics’ most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, playing out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world. Icons including Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction, as each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero.

My Review:

Wow, what a fun read! The art style was eye catching and I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel. It was great to read all my favorite super-heroes in one place, and it wasn’t boring at all. I loved all the cameos of the other supers besides the main cast. It was great for adults and especially kids, I think that was the best part about it, as the adults will enjoy it. Overall a really good job was done with this comic and I would recommend this to others who enjoyed DC Comics.

5 out of 5 stars