Posts Categorized: Book Review

Aug 08 2013
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{Review + Excerpt} Royal Secrets by Kathleen Irene Paterka

{Review + Excerpt} Royal Secrets by Kathleen Irene Paterka

ROYAL SECRETS is the story of the Royal Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, and of Lily Lavender, whose family is distantly descended from the British royal family. Immersed in the regal world of weddings and romance, Lily grew up believing in brides, grooms and happily-ever-afters. It seemed her destiny and royal birthright to someday assume a position as wedding coordinator in their family-owned wedding chapel business. But when her mother Mimi’s third marriage eventually fails, Lily’s dreams of her own happily-ever-after quickly fade. She’s no longer interested in a life of assisting brides walk down the aisle into a life of disillusionment and possible divorce. Lily turns her back on The Royal Wedding Chapel and leaves Las Vegas to fashion …

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Aug 04 2013
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{Review} Green Kitty by Alexandra Faer Bryan

{Review} Green Kitty by Alexandra Faer Bryan

I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. This did not influence my opinion of the story.

Green Kitty by Alexandra Faer Bryan

Green Kitty was written for children ages 6 to 10 to help give an understanding of dementia. It is a story about a grandmother with memory problems being visited by her grandchild. Their bond grows stronger through the visits. The grandmother recalls old stories, mostly about family pets, after the child’s curiosity is piqued about a special animal. The child becomes anxious to hear grandmother tell about the “Green Kitty,” but her fragile mind is often sidetracked with other memories from her past. Green Kitty will capture the imagination of …

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Aug 02 2013
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Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry

Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry

I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry
Publication date: April 9th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved.

After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give …

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Jul 31 2013
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Seeing Ghosts by James Garcia Jr.

Seeing Ghosts by James Garcia Jr.

Seeing Ghosts by James Garcia Jr.

Genre: Paranormal
Number of pages: 147
Word Count: 76,303

Cover Artist: Maria Zannini

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Book Description:

Paul Herrera finds himself bequeathed a mysterious old house near the California central coast by a deceased aunt he never knew. The woman who shows it to him is the spitting image of his wife, taken from him three years before in a senseless car accident which also took his unborn son.

While he deals with the ghosts of a past he cannot let go, there are new ghosts Paul must deal with – alone for the week in the expansive two-story house that he will soon discover holds many secrets.

Eventually, he will see that he is surrounded by ghosts as he struggles to …

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Jul 28 2013
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The Corpse with the Golden Nose by Cathy Ace

The Corpse with the Golden Nose by Cathy Ace

The Corpse with the Golden Nose by Cathy Ace
Genre: Traditional/Cozy Mystery
Published by: Touchwood Editions
Release Date: (March 12, 2013)
Number of Pages: 233
2nd in Series

A heartfelt plea to look into the death of a world-famous vintner goes hand in hand with the opportunity to attend an exclusive gourmet event in British Columbia’s stunning wine country. How can overindulgent foodie and criminologist Cait Morgan resist?

Sure that the award-winning owner of a family-run vineyard was murdered, Cait shares her findings with Bud Anderson, a retired homicide cop. But he is convinced that the woman took her own life, whatever her grief-stricken sister might say. That is, until death strikes once again, in the neat rows of grapevines that clamber up the banks of …

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Jul 27 2013
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{Review} A Harbour Falls Mystery Series by S.R. Grey

{Review} A Harbour Falls Mystery Series by S.R. Grey

I received A Harbour Falls Mystery Series by S.R. Grey in exchange for my honest opinion. No compensation was received. This post contains affiliate links; thank you for supporting Brooke Blogs!

Harbour Falls
S.R. Grey
First in A Harbour Falls Mystery Series
Genre: Romance/Mystery

Best-selling author Maddy Fitch, researching material for a new novel, returns to her hometown of Harbour Falls to investigate a disappearance that has haunted the tiny Maine coastal town for the past four years. Maddy soon discovers that the case has gone cold, but the prime suspect, Adam Ward, is hotter than ever. Now living on an isolated island, Maddy takes up residence near the sexy Mr. Ward’s home. As she begins to seek out answers, the mystery …

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Jul 25 2013
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Why is the Sky Blue? by Shabana Muhajir

Why is the Sky Blue? by Shabana Muhajir

Why is the Sky Blue? by Shabana Muhajir

While playing at the beach, two boys begin to wonder why the sky is blue and ask their mother to explain the reason to them. As they are very young, their mother needs to decide how best to explain to her boys. She discusses the phenomenon of the blue sky in a manner that even her six year old can understand. While addressing their initial query, the boys come up with several other related questions, and the mother answers them all with simple facts and drawings. To make it easier and more interesting, she performs a fun experiment with her boys, which shows them why the sky is blue at sunrise and red/orange …

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Jul 19 2013
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Review: Skinless (A Novel in III Parts) by L.M. Davis

Review: Skinless (A Novel in III Parts) by L.M. Davis

Skinless Part 1

Title: Skinless (Part 1)

Author: L.M. Davis

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Novella

Description:

Looking at Luca, who’s just saved my life, I can’t respond. No explanation I might offer will satisfy after all of the extraordinary things he’s just witnessed. —Ankh

AnCaela Murphy’s body is a ticking bomb that only her mom can defuse. The problem: her mother is missing and presumed taken by the Skinless, bogeymen from Ankh’s home world who have been hunting her and her mother for two years–ever since they fled that world and certain death.

With help from Luca, a boy whose touch confuses and who refuses to back down, Ankh races …

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Jul 14 2013
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The Granite Key by N.S. Wikarski

The Granite Key by N.S. Wikarski

The Granite Key by N.S. Wikarski
Archaeological Thriller
Date Published: 2/12/2011

“Think ‘MEDIUM meets THE LOST SYMBOL’ and it only begins to describe the pleasures of THE GRANITE KEY – 5 Stars.” (Kindle Nation)

A Wake-Up Call
In a nightmare, nineteen year old Cassie Forsythe sees her sister attacked by a man in a cowboy hat who demands something called “the key.” Her nightmare mutates into reality before the night is over. Cassie is called to identify her sister’s body–murdered exactly as her dream foretold. Cassie dismisses her vision as a fluke and fights to get on with her life. Disconnected and aimless now that her only family is gone, she drifts until the evening when she catches the man in the cowboy hat …

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Jul 13 2013
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{Review} The Corpse with the Silver Tongue by Cathy Ace

{Review} The Corpse with the Silver Tongue by Cathy Ace

In the south of France where hatred simmers in the heat, a man seemingly admired, and certainly feared, drops dead at a dinner party. All of the guests fall under suspicion, including Welsh-Canadian professor Cait Morgan. A criminologist who specializes in profiling victims, Cait sets out to solve the murder—and clear her name. Add to this the disappearance of an ancient Celtic gold collar said to be cursed and there you have the ingredients for a Nicoise salad of death, secrets, and lies. Will Cait find the killer before she, too, falls victim to a murderer driven by a surprising and disturbing motive?

The Corpse with the Silver Tongue is the first in the Cait Morgan mystery series, a classic whodunit …

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