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review 2018-03-08 18:33
Sweet Hollow Women by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Sweet Hollow Women - Holly Tierney-Bedord

Sweet Hollow Woman is the story of 4 generations of woman in the same family. The story tells the ups and downs of these woman's lives. you get the story of Louisa, Maggie, Rhonda and Carasine. The book does alternate chapters between each woman and at times was bit confusing to me especially during the first part of the book, trying to figure out each woman's place in the family tree so to speak.


I did enjoy that you learned each woman's history and followed their lives. Each of the paths that are taken by each of the woman are interwoven. The choices by one woman effect the other 3 in some way.


This is not a happy fairy tale story. This woman do not have an easy care free life. This takes a real life look into these ladies lives. There is heartbreak and grief as well as good times. The book does run a bit slow, there is not a lot of excitement involved. But it is not a bad read.


I was given my copy of this book from the offer and Lola's Blog Tours. My review is my own thoughts on the book.

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text 2018-02-28 17:10
February 2018 Recap
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook - Leslie Connor
Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

The month of February was a drastic improvement over January.


I enjoyed most everything I read!!! The above books are my 5-star reads.  I had four! If I had to pick a standout it would have to be Wolf Hollow.  Amazing book - go read it!  It's bound to be a classic in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird. 


All together I read 13 books- closing out with the five-star read of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This book was flooding my Bookstagram feed with great reviews and I will add mine to the mix - it's amazing. I do recommend it.


I read:


5 Middle-Grade books (4 of which were part of my Newberry Medal project) 

1 Young Adult

2 English Mysteries

1 Historical Fiction

2 Contemporary Literature

2 Non -fiction Books ( 2 books about diabetes to help my parents)


Nice. I like diversity.


Onward to March! Happy reading!



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review 2018-02-28 10:00
Release Day Review! Hollow Moon (Decorah Security #17) Rebecca York
Hollow Moon (Decorah Security Series, Book #17): A Paranormal Romantic Suspense Novella - Rebecca York



Did she save his life only to betray him? 

Werewolf detective Knox Marshall makes a near-fatal mistake when he tries to get the goods on a drug lab in isolated Western Maryland. Captured and used as a test subject in a diabolical experiment, he manages to escape. After nurse Maggie Leland finds him naked and wounded in the woods, she patches him up; but she’s hardly prepared for the drug flashbacks that spin his mind out of control or the side effects that turn him on. She and Knox get close quickly. He thinks he’s found his lifemate—until it looks like Maggie is working with the drug dealers. When he realizes he’s wrong, is it, too late to save her life?


Hollow Moon is another great read by Rebecca York. The characters are strong, compelling and draw readers into their story and the suspense keeps readers glued to the pages as Knox finds himself getting caught in a situation and struggling with a new relationship in one fell swoop. The story is full of danger and thrills and emotional turbulence that keeps readers glued to the pages.


I love Rebecca York’s romantic suspense books but I really miss her Moon series full of Marshall werewolves so when the Marshalls get involved in Decorah Security investigations, I just have to read them and I am happy to say that Hollow Moon is one such book that I really enjoyed. There was one problem though, I wish it had been longer because I wasn’t ready to leave the Decorah Security world behind, but I live with anticipation of the next one.




Hollow Moon is the 17th book in the Decorah Security series.


Hollow Moon is available in ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   Kobo


Rebecca York can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   Facebook   Twitter   BookBub



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review 2018-02-25 15:38
"Firing Line", by Mike Hollow
Firing Line - Mike Hollow

Book#4, in The Blitz Detective series

The London Blitz may be the background for this story but the murder mystery could have been staged anywhere and could have taken place in recent years. In this 4th installment Detective Inspector John Jago and Detective Constable Peter Cradock are called to the scene where a young woman was murdered, strangled with a nylon stocking and near her they found a sailor’s cap. 

I love how the author drips slowly clues to Jago in his investigation to keep the tension going and our interest at its peak. The plot is very well written to takes us through the investigation without any fluffs, it is simple and to the point. Questioning witnesses is the key to a thorough investigation and the story does not shy away from doing a lot of it. A good murder case has its moment of emotional strain evidently we see how Jago and Cradock face those moments while searching for answers. Why stay with only one case, on a second front and during the painstaking search the inspectors stumble into a robbery at the theater that need also their full attention. What excels in this mystery is the interrelation between the two protagonists, how they communicate and complete each other. Mr. Hollow knows how important good dialogue is. We are well served with a good dose of excellent exchanges. 

To sum up:

“Firing Line” is a well-plotted storyline with excellent narration and dialogue played out by two wonderful protagonists and great secondary characters….what’s not to love. I am looking forward to book #5. 

I received this ARC from Lion Hudson LTD via NetGalleys 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-17 01:47
{ARC} Book Review: The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

Forgive the lateness of this review and I hope that it does not give the impression that it’s because I hate the book. As a matter of fact, the Hollow Girl is the best book that I’ve read in 2017. If you know me, I don’t normally read horror stories because it’s not just my genre and you know, nightmares. But after reading the synopsis, I knew that I had to pick it up and told myself that “Let’s try this for once.” And so I did.


Oh boy, no regrets so far because after page 1, there was no turning back. The story consumed me, the characters captivated me and the twists shook me. Hillary Monahan really took her time in fleshing out the characters and in weaving the story that it wasn’t cumbersome or convoluted but not simple either. The story centers on a Romani Gypsy, Bethan, who’s being groomed by her grandmother to succeed the latter as the tribe’s green healer. Her life is pretty much alright except for one thing: the tribal leader’s son, Silas, is trying his damnedest to harass Bethan. And then, one night, what Drina (Bethan’s grandmother) and Bethan dreaded happened. Bethan got raped and her friend died protecting her.


The incident was the turning point for Bethan. Though she and her grandmother were peace loving individuals, they did not hesitate in deciding that Silas and the boys who played accomplices must pay. So the tale of darkness and revenge began. And it was damn satisfying seeing Bethan and her grandma made corpses out of the boys. Cue evil laugh. Kidding aside, there was more to this book than the killings. Rape is such a delicate subject, even more so the aftermath. The victim traumatized and stigmatized while the suspects go seemingly underpunished. With the Hollow Girl, my heart really cried for Bethan and her grandmother but I literally rejoiced as they sought retribution from Silas and his friends. Happiness that turned into awe and sadness again when the twist was revealed.


This book, essentially, has all the things that I love in a story despite it being horror. There’s heart, darkness, revenge, and nuanced characters that will surely make your reading experience a memorable one. Cheers to you, Hillary Monahan.

Source: waywardkitsune.com/2018/02/arc-book-review-hollow-girl-hillary-monahan
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