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review 2017-05-15 23:00
HOME IMPROVEMENT UNDEAD EDITION - VARIOUS AUTHORS
Home Improvement: Undead Edition - Simon R. Green,Heather Graham,James Grady,Charlaine Harris,S.J. Rozan,Rochelle Krich,Toni L.P. Kelner,E.E. Knight,Victor Gischler,Stacia Kane,Melissa Marr,Suzanne McLeod,Seanan McGuire,Patricia Briggs

Anthology The rating I'll round up to 3 but only a few of the stories were worth reading

1. If I Had a Hammer, Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13.1). It's been awhile since I read a Sookie book so this was really nice to read about her now. Even though I thought I'd everything out there this story was new. I liked it, I just wish the Sookie wouldn't be hypocritical where other people are concerned. Sookie even acknowledges it but is more like, "Oh well, that's how I think." Very good story. 4 stars.

2. Wizard Home Security, Victor Gischler. A wizard is robbed, pays for security, is trapped by the security and then thwarts the robber. Super short. 3 stars.

3. Gray, Patricia Briggs: (Mercy Thompson universe). A very good story about a female vampire who moves back home hoping to find some peace. 4 stars.

4. Squatters' Rights, Rocelle Krich. A story about a house with a bad history and how that affects the new owners. I have no idea what was going on with the "squatters". 2 stars.

5. Blood on the Wall, Heather Graham. A mild mannered detective stops a killer that's targeting a fake demon cult. We never figure out why they were targeted in the first place. 2 stars.

6. The Mansion of Imperatives, James Grady. A strange story that I think the author was trying to make scary but didn't really suceed. 2 stars.

7. The Strength Inside, Melissa Marr. Sisters and the children they take care of are trying to improve their home and use unconventional (or should I say ancient) methods to do so. Strange story. 3 stars.

8. Woolsey's Kitchen Nightmare, EE Knight. Morbid and flippant don't usually go together and they don't in my opinion. 2 stars.

9. Through This House, Seanan McGuire (October Daye #4.5) A good story about Goldengreen and some of the horrors that took place there. 4 stars

10. The Path, S J Rozan. I really tried to read this story but it was soooo slooowww. I just gave up. No rating.

11. Rick the Brave, Stacia Kane (Downside #5.5) I miss Terrible and Chess! Please Stacia Kane, write another book in their series!!! This is a short story about a home improvement project that goes bad. 5 stars.

12. Full-Scale Demolition, Suzanne McLeod (Spellcrackers) Cute story about a Sidhe who's job is to round up fae that are causing a commotion. There's a kelpie that the heroine is attracted to if she can get beyond the kelpie tendencies to drown people. Throw in a couple of lamias and children to rescue - it should have been a lot of fighting but mostly it was getting hit, passing out and then waking up. (Another book I'm reading has the same passing out theme. A little frustrating.) 3-1/2 stars.

13. It's All in the Rendering, Simon Green. This couple lives and works in a sanctuary house for the normal and paranormal world. Both sides inspect the home and say all kinds of changes need to be done. The couple and the guests discuss different options, end up doing nothing and that's what works. What the frick!? 2 stars

14. In Brightest Day, Tony Kelner. The author was trying to write humor for the main character or at least make her humorous. To me, it didn't work. And bringing back the same guy over and over was really cruel. The reason didn't seem enough for me. 2 stars.

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review 2017-04-18 20:26
Review – The Rising by Heather Graham & Jon Land @jondland #HeatherGraham
The Rising: A Novel - Heather Graham,Jon Land

No need to think twice when it comes to The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land.

 

The Rising

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MY REVIEW

 

Buckle your seat belt because this is going to be a very bumpy ride.

 

Two of my must read authors, Heather Graham and Jon Land, have come together to create to create a fabulous science fiction  thriller in The Rising.

 

Alex is special and he doesn’t know it. He suffers a football injury, winding up in the hospital, and the action and adventure begin.

 

As Alex, Sam, Raiff and Donati are drawn together, forces are determined to stop them.

The Trackers want him. The Watchers and Guardians protect him.

 

And don’t we always have someone that wants to rule the world and will do anything to accomplish it? Villains are fascinating, to me. The worse they are, the more I love them.

Scientists beware. Your actions can change the world!

 

Particle accelerators, quantam space, wormholes, doorways into space, space time continuum…

 

This Terminator like suspense story has everything you would want in a science fiction fantasy…action, mystery, thrills and a story line that will spur your imagination and give you hours of reading pleasure.

 

There is more to come and I think H G Wells has nothing on Heather Graham and Jon Land. I can hardly wait to go on the next adventure. …Take me away.

 

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

 

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review 2017-04-07 20:07
Good Story and Characters
Ondine - Heather Graham Ondine - Heather Graham

Ondine had a noose around her neck as she traveled in a cart to be hung. But Ondine promised herself she wouldn't scream. She was appalled by the amount of people who had crowded the streets to watch a hanging. Ondine was not the common woman she said she was when she joined the group of poor and homeless in the forest. She was  dressed in rags but she had the manners of a lady born and bred. She was to be killed for struggling to eat. Ondine and Old Thomas and many other had and will share the same fate. There was one chance Ondine would not be hanged and that is if someone stepped forward and agreed to marry her. Then Warwick came forward and not only said he would marry he he did so right then. Ondine had witnessed her father’s murder and then ran for her life. All Ondine wanted to do was clear her father’s name. Warwick wants Ondine to be bait to catch the person who murdered his first wife.  There is attraction between Ondine and Warwick and it grows. Ondine had been the Duchess of Rochester before she ran for her life. It was her jealous relatives who killed her father as they wanted his lands. At first Warwick nor Ondine confided in each other but eventually they did.

I really enjoyed this story. I felt it had a good plot and story. There was a lot to this story: betrayal, murder fleeing for one's life hangings, hunger, murder, intrigue, secrets, adventure and so much more. I liked how Ondine and Warwick’s feelings grew. I think they made a great couple she was strong enough to handle Warwick. Especially as Ondine as she had been raised to be a lady and had been a Duchess.  The story had me hooked from beginning to end. I was also glad Warwick agreed to marry Ondine so she didn’t have to die. Even though Warwick had his own reasons for marrying Ondine. I hated that the homeless and poor were killed for trying to get food to eat to prevent from starving. I was glad the homeless and poor had accepted Ondine so easily into their group. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.

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review 2017-03-07 16:44
Dying Breath - Heather Graham
Dying Breath: A Paranormal Romance Novel (Krewe of Hunters) - Heather Graham

When Vicki and the baby she is caring for Noah are almost killed by a madman, this triggers an ability in her to see the ghosts of the once living. Years later Vicki is once again pulled into a murder and kidnapping case when her named is mention in baffling clues.
This case reunites her with the cop who saved her and baby Noah all those years ago now a Special Agent- Griffin Price who works with the group called the Krewe of Hunters, paranormal agents. As the clues keep adding up along with missing women, friends and family of Vicki are pulled into the maelstrom of this killer calling themselves the Undertaker. Griffin and Vicki with the help of their ghost companions have to figure out the clues and stop the Undertaker before they strikes again.

I found myself enjoying the mystery and the history of clues that intertwined deeply with the city of Boston. I was fascinated with the places and the people.
What I wasn't to keen on was the odd bits of dialogue from the characters. Perhaps it was due to the formatting (which I worked with on my laptop, tablet and kindle just in case) but it felt very choppy and odd with alot of unneeded examination marks!! The characters of Griffin and Vicki were okay but I didn't feel their romance and would have been okay if they were just partners in this case with a slow burn between them. Much of the rest of the characters were pretty much just there to move the plot along.

 

 

I was very surprised in the outcome of the case and loved the suspense toward the end of the book and who was behind the Undertaker.
With this being the #21 book of the series, it was so easy to get into the book without having to read the rest of the series which I plan to check out.

In the end I really enjoyed the story and loved the history of Boston, but felt the characters just needed a bit more time to blossom.

 

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text 2017-03-04 16:53
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
Dying Breath: A Paranormal Romance Novel (Krewe of Hunters) - Heather Graham

Dunno,if it's the formatting or just the writing but, the way some of the characters speak just throws me off. Some speak like their tweens when they're adults. The plot is good though.

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