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review 2017-10-21 05:01
Berkely Street
Berkley Street (Berkley Street Series Book 1) - Scare Street, Ron; Ripley

This is the second book I've read by this author. This first, I believe I read during Summer Book Bingo last year. I don't remember too much about it, but I remember liking it well enough. I think I rated it three stars.


I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It's about a man named Shane Ryan who returns to his childhood home more than twenty years after his parents disappeared from that home. The story is told through flashbacks to Shane's childhood in the house along side the present day story.


We find out pretty early on in the book that the house is, in fact, haunted, and that Shane can see and speak with the ghosts.


This book is pretty short--the kindle edition lists it at 192 pages. But there is a lot of story packed into those 192 pages. It's pretty much all action all the time, so it makes for a quick read.


I'm using it for the "Modern Masters of Horror" square, but it would also work for many other like "Genre: Horror," "Ghost," "Supernatural," or "Haunted Houses."


I'd probably have rated it four stars, but there was one thing that I had a hard time looking past.



When Shane is young, his parents end up believing that he can see ghosts, that not all of the ghosts are happy they're there, and that the house is haunted. Yet, they don't immediately move out, and even go out and leave their son at home alone...sometimes at night, when the ghostly happenings in the house are at their worst. o.O

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text 2017-10-21 03:35
Reading progress update: I've read 58%.
Berkley Street (Berkley Street Series Book 1) - Scare Street, Ron; Ripley
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text 2017-10-21 01:09
Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
Berkley Street (Berkley Street Series Book 1) - Scare Street, Ron; Ripley

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review 2017-10-20 05:03
Compelling dark read
The Earl's Enticement (Castle Bride Series Book 3) - Collette Cameron

There is a lot of darkness in this story. I loved it. Tragic pasts, uncomfortable presents, and a love that sees through it all. Adaira was a strong woman, hiding from a painful past, until she ran afoul of Roark, and her life changes her into a more complex woman. Roark is a man trying to protect his family name but is generous and caring. He uses propriety to keep things running smoothly, yet he understands Adaira once he comes to know her. These two are opposites that I am glad became attracted to each other despite their differences. I enjoyed listening to this story and look forward to reading and listening to more of Collette Cameron's stories.

I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-10-11 00:21
218 First Hugs
218 First Hugs (Book 3 of the "First" series) - E.L. Todd

Title:  218 First Hugs

Author:  E. L. Todd

Publisher: E.L.T.  

Series: First # 3

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five



"218 First Hugs" by E. L. Todd


My Thoughts.....


What a very interesting ending to a truly good series.  There were so many twist and turns that will put one on quite a emotional ride as you read through this series. I would definitely suggest that you start with the first two series so you will know what all has gone on earlier in this whole captivating story. All of the characters from Bree, Cypress, Amelia, Ace, Blade, Celeste to even Evan were all well developed giving the reader a relatable and believable read.  The titles for all of these series were just very unique as this author always seems to give her readers some interesting reads. I will say it was a good ending for all of the characters in how this author was able to  gives all a HEA in this well written and one awesome story.

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