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review 2017-12-23 18:07
Monday Mini – Unleashed by Emily Kimelman @ejkimelman
Unleashed - Emily Kimelman,Sonja Field

This is my first foray into A Sydney Rye Mystery by Emily Kimelman, and just looking at the cover makes me think it will be a good one. It may still be free, so give it a looksee.


Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel, #1)


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Sydney Rye is a tough as nails, strong female character that has a few flaws, yet her biggest strength when it comes to solving mysteries is no fear. She’s kind of a mess, impulsive. When she splits from her boyfriend, she immediately goes out and gets a dog…a big dog…and names him Blue. I love that her brother comes over to help her choose what to wear, do her makeup and clean the dog hair off her clothes for those all important moments.


She gets in deep water when she buys a dog walking business and one of her clients is found dead. But she can hold her own, with  a quick wit and a sharp cutting tongue. And…all right…she had to do it. She had to go down there….alone.


The more I read, the suspense and the pacing picked up as the danger mounted. This is not a cozy.

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review 2015-07-13 10:54
Three Kiss: An Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy (Transmissions from the International Council for the Exploration of the Universe Book 3) - E.J. Kimelman,Emily Kimelman

Honestly, I didn’t really know what to make of this book at all. It took me a while to get my head around the way it is written. Basically it is written to show an interrogation (for want of a better word) where the ‘prisoner’ is telling her story, with occasional interruptions. However, during the interruptions, we are hearing from the interogator. I was at a loss as to who that actually was.

Once I was able to get my head around the concept, the story telling itself was very good. I was most impressed with Darling’s relationship with Megan, to a certain extent that was believable, and I loved how they both looked out for each other, even against Megan’s parents. The whole thing about Emmanual though, I’m not sure.

Megan and Darlings characters were well developed making them easy to connect with, but the others really didn’t have much substance to them at all.

The ending, I found rather sudden, there is definitely room for another book, to answer all the questions that are, as yet, unanswered.

Not sure really who would enjoy this most, so give it a look, tell me what you think and … Enjoy.

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review 2015-07-02 13:34
Horror Review: One, Two, Three Kiss by E.J. Kimelman
One, Two, Three Kiss Box Set: An Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy (Transmissions from the International Council for the Exploration of the Universe) - Emily Kimelman,E.J. Kimelman

Part urban fantasy and part apocalyptic horror, with a healthy dose of dark eroticism mixed in, One, Two, Three Kiss is a unique sort of serialized novel. It starts out oddly, with the submission of a research report toInternational Dimension Investigations, and intersperses the narrative chapters with a follow-up interrogation, but it all works. It lends the story a ring of found-footage truth, and as much as I've tired of that genre on the screen, on the page it can still work very well - as E.J. Kimelman demonstrates here.

As a dangerous new drug consumes the city, turning junkies into a monstrous mash of vampire and zombie, Darling Price continues to search for her best friend. It's not just the need to find a friend or even to solve a mystery - there's something deeper and darker to her obsession. She hungers for her best friend, and that's just the beginning. As the three stories go on, and Darline learns more about who she is and what's happening to the world, the story gets both weirder and more compelling.

It's a hard story to talk about without spoiling things, since Darlene's evolution is really at the core of the story, but there's a lot here to like. We've got vampires and zombies, shapeshifters, immortals, and even witches and warlocks. I've gotten rather tired of the whole zombie craze, and sick of the romantic vampire movement, but Kimelman injects new blood (and other bodily fluids) into both. This is a story about becoming "the most powerful being in the universe, stronger than any God, more magical than any witch or warlock, more eternal than any vampire" and stopping "the zombies not just in their domination of the universe but in time and space." It sounds epic and trippy, but she really pulls it off.

As for the erotic element, I was curious how it play into it all, and really worried it'd just be another sexy vampire tale, but she balances it well, using the sexuality to both contrast the violence and illustrate the more seductive extremes of power. It must be noted that One, Two, Three Kiss is waiting for a fourth kiss, and ends on a cliffhanger, but that's what serialized novels do - make you desperate for the next chapter.

Source: beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.ca/2015/07/horror-review-one-two-three-kiss-by-ej.html
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review 2014-12-21 00:00
INVITING FIRE (A Sydney Rye Mystery, #6) (The Sydney Rye Series)
INVITING FIRE (A Sydney Rye Mystery, #6) (The Sydney Rye Series) - Emily Kimelman I read a really good book recently, y'all. I can’t begin to tell how much I enjoyed this book! Let me tell you a little about it. Inviting Fire, the sixth book in the Sydney Rye series by Emily Kimelman, takes up right where The Devil's Breath ends.

I liked the growth in Sydney's character, that began in The Devil's Breath. She is learning that justice can be obtained through non-lethal methods. For example, Sydney is beginning to realize that, if a murder is avenged by another murder, two wrongs don't make a right.

I also liked the presence of people from previous books, especially Merl, Mulberry, and Dan. I felt like I was visiting with old friends. There are also several new characters who are welcome additions to the series as well.

It's possible to read Inviting Fire as a stand-alone, but then you'd miss out on the complete back-story of all of the characters. I recommend that you begin the series with Unleashed, and read the books in order. As Emily states in her Bio, her books contain violence, dirty language, and sex; therefore, they are NOT for children. She makes a point at the end of each book to ask the reader to mention that fact in his/her review.

So, for adult readers who are okay with violence, dirty language, and sex, and who want to read a really good suspense / thriller noir mystery, I highly recommend Inviting Fire! I look forward to the next Sydney Rye book by Emily Kimelman!

Note: I received a complimentary copy of Inviting Fire in exchange for my honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

My review was originally published on my blog at Jane Reads.
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review 2014-09-21 15:54
Audio Review: Unleashed by Emily Kimelman


Sydney Rye, #1
Emily Kimelman

Genre: Mystery Thriller
Publisher: Self-Published
Narrator: Sonja Field
Date of Publication: August 11, 2014
Abridged or Unabridged: Unabridged
Length of Production: 10 hrs and 7 mins



Available at the following retailers:
Amazon     Audible

UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman's best-selling Sydney Rye series of mysteries. This audiobook is narrated by Sonja Field.

When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller's dog-walking business on Manhattan's exclusive upper-east-side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.

But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim--and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.

When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit--cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.

I am not sure exactly what I was kind of book this would be when I requested it from Audiobook Jukebox. I have seen the series around, downloaded the first book for free from Amazon, and even did a Choose the Narrator Tour for the series back in March. But I hadn't read it. One thing I can say: this is not a cozy mystery. It is very much a cross between a thriller and a detective mystery interwined with a coming of age story.  Because that's what Joy Humbolt does in the book, she grows up the hard way.

The book opens on Joy Humbolt telling us she became Sydney Rye, how it all started. Joy is a young woman, who's biggest problem each day is how blitzed to get when she goes out with her brother and friends. As a pretentious barista in a non chain coffee shop, and recently breaking up with her loser boyfriend Marcus, she snaps and loses in the middle of her shift.  The victim, a middle aged woman who comes in orders a drink, really wanting a Frappuccino® trademark item, but clueless about what she will really be getting. Needless to say the manager fires her, especially after she makes a comment about him masturbating in the beans. Yes, Joy is that young and stupid.

In a fit of pique, she heads off to the pound to get a dog. One that will give her the unconditional love and support that she hasn't been able to find from either a boyfriend or her mother. She ends up with Blue. Blue has one blue eye, one brown eye, has the head shape of a collie, with the body size of a great dane and the coloring of a siberian husky. He is a big, big dog, but she falls in love with him at first glance.  It is Blue that leads her neighbor to tell Joy about a friend of a friend who knows someone who has a dog walking business she wants to sell. Which leads to her discovering a dead body and eventually becoming Sydney Rye.

This wasn't like anything I have read before. I tend to stick to cozy mysteries, though I am a fan of soft-boiled mysteries. This was darker, harder, grittier. Joy had to grow up fast and is left to deal with the consequences of her actions and how they affect other people. She ends up seeing the darker side of humanity, both in others and in herself.

Sonja Field had an interesting take on Joy. Sonja really nailed a lot of the voices, especially that New York Jewish motherly tone and the bored socialites. One voice in particular, I didn't agree with, at least not until after the book ended and I really thought about it. Now I think she was foreshadowing with her voice. Scary good job. The most interesting thing was the change in Joy's voice and tone. She starts as an annoying Young Adult and gradually progresses into something more mature and seasoned.

This reminded me very much of the Holly Barker series by Stuart Woods. It's definitely not for everyone, but I do think I will be going back for seconds. There are several books in the series out, and I am sure that more audiobooks will follow.  This earned 3 stars from me.

Source: judy-ree.blogspot.com/2014/09/audio-review-unleashed-by-emily-kimelman.html
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