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review 2018-06-23 19:30
Food Truck Therapy

How could one tiny prank get to be such a big deal? Ok, Ok part of the school may have burned a little and there may be a mass panic at the school dance. But does that deserve a punishment of being confined to a food truck WITH...YOUR. NEMESIS?!?! Unfortunately, it's the situation  Clara finds herself in; one-way ticket on the KoBra… with Rose. Will she survive this summer in one piece and will there be enough of her to make it to vacation with her Insta-famous mom?

 

Pro:


Character Development: I will have to admit that first impressions of Clara were not good… not good at all. I really didn't like her, she was self-absorbed and mean. I couldn't understand why she just didn't care. But Goo did an excellent job in developing this character through trial and error. Through those trial and errors, she developed more maturely and became a better person. The experiences she went through molded her into a better and deeper character by the end of the book. I think my irritation of her was the forgetting what it's like to be a teenager… since I'm not a teenager. I just couldn't identify with her because I will admit I was more of a Rose. And Oh Rose, the ever hard-working overachiever Ballerina. She seemed like a BITCH but soon discovered it was a protective cover. She wanted friends but found it easier to not try than open up.

 

Diversity: Oh Goo! Thank you for the well written diverse characters in this book. There was no heavy-handed introduction of the diversity but a subtle one. Which made the characters seamlessly interact with each other. The race or ethnicity was not solely who they were but just a small part of their identity. It was a breath of fresh air to read about the diversity that truly exists in Los Angeles. The characters brought different insights and culture that added to the depth but was not apart of the struggle or conflict.

 

Parental Units: Cool chef dad vs Insta-famous mom… hard choices for a teenage girl, actually wait, it's not that hard. It seems the parents we interact with the most are taken for granted and the ones we see are held on a pedestal. Clara’s involvement and detachment of her parents is an interesting subplot. Yet it is a situation that is seen more often than not. Ok Ok not everyone has an uber famous mother but an absent part yes. The rebels that Clara does can be a projection of her mother leaving and deciding to be a distance mother. Also, how she reconciles the realities of parenting styles between her mother and father was a journey unto itself. Goo did a superb job in having Clara do the work in gaining the insight of how the interactions truly were.

 

Prince of Denmark’s Romance: While I love a good romance, I believe YA novels should not revolve around them but have a deeper plot. Goo did just that, Hamlet was not the center of the plot. Yes, of course, this is partly a Rom Con and everyone loves an underdog. But Clara really fought the attraction and Hamlet himself. Even when a problem arose, Clara handled it like a TEENAGER. By grossly over-reacting and doing what she should not of. Yet, she slowly understands what it means to be in a relationship but experiencing a vapid relationship. Through that, she realizes this is not what she wants.

 

Con:


Like I said before… Clara at the start… this is why I don't have children.

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review 2018-06-23 18:01
Review: The Night Ferry (Konrad Simonsen #5) by Lotte & Soren Hammer
The Night Ferry - Lotte Hammer

 

Sixteen children and four adults are killed in a devastating boat crash in Copenhagen. Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen is called in, only to discover that this was no accident and that one of the passengers has a very personal connection to the homicide team.

Reeling from this revelation and not knowing who to trust, Simonsen follows a trail that eventually leads him to Bosnia and a network of criminal misconduct. All evidence points towards one shady figure: a high-ranking army specialist with a suspicious past. But the more Simonsen digs, the further the truth slips from his grasp.

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

When I was offered this book for review I thought it sounded interesting. And I’m happy to report that it was and even more so then I thought.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and everything about it. I enjoyed the setting, Denmark, which was a nice change of pace and I enjoyed it to learn more about it, I only been there once. I loved the characters, the bad, the good and the ugly , we get a nice mix of them and of course I really enjoyed the story which kept me glued to the page and kept me up late to finish it. I couldn’t put it down and just had to know who, where and what ;)

The pacing of the book was great most of the times there were only a few times it felt a bit too slow or maybe I was just impatient. I also should mention that while I really enjoyed the setting it also took me a couple chapters to get used to it and learn about their laws as I went a long. But it was a pretty smooth getting used to as the book just sucks you further and further into the plot.

This was my first book in this series but I think I will go and read some of the other books in the series I also will keep my eye out for future books be the authors.  If you a fan of murder mystery and thrillers I think you will enjoy this book.

I rate it 4 ★

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Will be available July 3rd 2018

 

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text 2018-06-23 12:35
Blog Tour: Catching Dragos by Gail Koger with Excerpt and Giveaway

 

 

Today’s stop is for Gail Koger's Catching Dragos . We will have info about the book and author, and a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 


Everyone calls Mariah Smith the Judge. No, she doesn't wear a black robe or sit on a bench. She provides a unique service to those who have been wronged. She's an expert in paybacks both psychic and magical.
 
Mariah's next target is the famous supermodel Fabian. Smoking hot body, the face of an Italian sinner and dumb as a rock. His crime? Sticky fingers. The man whore makes millions of dollars a year, but can't resist seducing elderly women out of their jewelry? How does she resist all that tanned, male perfection and unmask Fabian as the
gigolo he truly is?
 
Mariah soon discovers Mister Sticky fingers isn't quite as dim-witted as he acts. He's actually the Dragos clan's top demon hunter who is stealing back magical artifacts that open gateways to hell. Now that she's attracted Fabian's attention, he's determined to possess her and her magical abilities.
 
 
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My name’s Mariah Smith, but everyone calls me the Judge. No, I don’t wear a black robe or sit on a bench. Using my psychic and magical abilities, I provide a unique service to those who have been wronged. I’m in the business of paybacks. How did I choose this career path? Justice. I wanted justice for my father. Dad was one hell of a cop. His partner, Dan Harvey, not so much. Dan’s midlife crisis led him to dump his wife of twenty years and shack up with Bambi, a hot-to-trot teenager. When my dad found out she was only sixteen, he tried to talk his partner into stopping the affair. When that didn’t work, my father was forced to tell the chief of police what was going on. That ended Dan’s career, his illicit affair, and their partnership. The court sentenced the idiot to a year in county lockup. The minute Dan got out of jail and foundout Bambi had moved on to fresher game, he lost it. He cleaned out his ex-wife’s bank account, shot my father, and fled. My dad survived but had to learn to walk again. The lame-ass detective they assigned to the case misplaced the evidence, and the county attorney refused to prosecute. Using my rather awesome psychic abilities, I tracked the jerk to Mexico. While my dad recovered from a bullet in the back, Dan was having the time of his life in Acapulco. He drove a flashy red sports car and had a luxury villa with a spectacular view of the bay. I was going to teach Dan a well-deserved lesson. First he would lose his libido, his looks, his money, the car, and the villa. Dan’s oversexed libido was in high gear, and he wasn’t content until he had bedded at least five women a day. Did he practice safe sex? Hell, no. He liked going commando, and Senorita Clap soon had him walking like a bowlegged cowboy. It was a real shame his meds didn’t work. Disguised as a maid, I soon discovered Dan took a popular baldness drug that had some rather nasty side effects. It caused men’s genitals to shrink, and within a month 80 percent of the users became impotent. I tripled his dose, and damn, it worked. He couldn’t get it up, and not even the little blue pill helped. Dan was an extremely vain man. Instead of getting braces for his son, he blew the money on veneers for his own teeth. I added a mixture of nicotine, black tar, and a dash of magic to his toothpaste. Presto! Pearly whites gone. I hacked his bank account, sent the money back to his ex-wife, and reported Dan’s bogus credit cards to the Mexican Federales and his landlord. Next, I hotwired Dan’s sports car and drove it down to the poorer side of town. I watched gleefully as it was stripped down to the frame. I had it towed back to his villa. Dan threw a hissy fit and unloaded his Glock into the remains. Sometimes getting your car back simply isn’t enough. Dan’s expression when he got arrested for fraud? Priceless. He’s now doing time in a Mexican prison. That’s what I call justice. As time passed, my reputation grew. I became very selective about the cases I took. I’m not a killer. My retributions were carefully planned out to expose the villains’ crimes and get closure for the victims. My current target was the famous supermodel Fabian. Smoking hot body, the face of an Italian sinner, and dumb as a rock. His crime? Sticky fingers. The man-whore makes millions of dollars a year, but can’t resist seducing elderly women out of their jewelry? I’m not talking about mature women of fifty or sixty. I’m talking old. His latest victim, Ethel Rossi, was eighty-five, hard of hearing, and had a bad habit of misplacing her dentures. Rumor has it, Ethel fell asleep during the act. Maybe Fabian’s not the fabled lover everyone says he is. The Rossi family hired me to retrieve the three-hundred-year-old medallion he walked off with and unmask him as the gigolo he truly was.
 
How do I come up with my stories? Being psychotic helps. I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for way too long. All those years of wild requests, screwy questions, bizarre behavior and outrageous demands have left me with a permanent twitch and an uncontrollable craving for chocolate. Don’t get me wrong. Working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher can be very rewarding. BUT - some days I felt like the entire world was nuts. I mean, c’mon, who in their right mind calls 9-1-1 for the winning lottery numbers? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone, I took up writing. I made the Night Owl's Awesome Paranormal Romance Authors List.
 
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review 2018-06-21 18:21
This really was more about the Mary Calmes than the Christmas, or at least...
What Can Be - Robert Nieman,Mary Calmes

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

 

I gave this one 5 stars when I originally read it and I'm sticking with that. I loved this story when I read it back in 2011...seriously that's how long ago I read this so...sorry there's no review by me for this one. I wasn't writing them back then...sorry. 

 

Anyways, it's Mary Calmes so does my love for this surprise anyone? I think not. This ones another short, sweet, holiday story narrated by Robert Nieman and start to finish I adored it so much so that if I didn't need to move on to other stories I'd probably have listened to this one more time...seriously it's only June...what the hell is wrong with me? Ok, I'm done with Christmas stories...for now and on to other things. Enjoy your summer days and don't forget to hydrate!

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review 2018-06-21 18:05
I'm pretty sure when I read this story I only gave it 3 stars...
The Holiday Hoax - Skylar M. Cates,C.K. Kelly Martin

I don't know maybe I was having a bit of a Scrooge complex at the time but apparently when I listened to this one the other day it worked a whole hella' lot better on audio. So, I'm just going to tip my hat to K.C. Kelly and credit the fine job he did with the audio and my obviously improved disposition and call it a day...and really, I'm thinking maybe I've taken leave of my senses because..."What the hell folks? Christmas stories in June? FFS...I can't even...I have no excuses but it's a thing I did...yeah, there's one more Christmas story to come. Happy Summer!

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