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review 2018-07-15 21:08
Review: Secrets Can Kill by Carolyn Keene
Secrets Can Kill - Carolyn Keene

Nancy poses as a student and goes undercover to investigate a series of thefts at Bedford High. (from Goodreads)

 

Series: 1 in the Nancy Drew Files

Rating: 3 stars

 

I've read this book so many times it's not even funny. See, it's my road trip book and every time I get Death by Chocolate ice cream because it's a murder mystery. Yes, I know, but I started it when I was like 13 and I can't seem to (and don't want to) break the habit.

 

This reread, though, had nothing to do with road trips. I did read a bit in the car and had ice cream today, but alas, it was not Death by Chocolate. Anyway, this is completely off subject. On to the book!

 

Secrets Can Kill is the first book in the Nancy Drew spin-off series, Nancy Drew Files. It's for teens more than kids, because the romance is a bit steamier (on par with the likes of Sweet Valley High) and the mysteries are darker. Instead of theft and ghosts, Nancy is now solving murders and blackmailing.

 

This book is set in Bedford, a nearby town of River Heights and Nancy is posing as a high school students to discover who is behind the vandalism at school. She falls into a passionate attraction with her in school contact, Daryl Gray, and fixates on four high school students, Walt "Hunk" Hogan, Hal Morgan, Connie Watson and Jake Webb. Because believe it or not, those are the suspects.

 

The mystery takes a dark twist when her main suspect of vandalism is found murdered and now she has to solve a murder. Ned is absent through most of the book, giving Nancy free reign to cheat on him. George and Bess are featured as well.

 

This book was okay, kind of weak for Nancy Drew standards, but since it's the first book I'll let it slide this time.

 

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review 2018-06-26 01:33
Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston
Kiss Marry Kill: Iron-Clad Security - Sidney Halston

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I ended up really liking this book. I have had a copy of this book for over a year and I have to say that I am a little upset with myself for letting this one get lost in pile. I thought that this was a really well done romantic suspense that kept completely entertained. This was one of those books that was easy to spend hours with at a time. I am so glad that I finally decided to pick up this book.

I tend to love second chance romances so Jax and Megan's story was really appealing to me. This pair had a brief but life changing encounter five years ago. Both of their lives have changed dramatically since their time together and they have not even spoken since the last time they were together. During their years apart, Megan has become a music star and Jax is running a security firm after serving in the military. As soon as Jax hears that Megan might be in trouble, he goes straight to her to offer aid. 

I really liked how this book was laid out. We learn about their history together slowly throughout the book and I really was just as interested in learning how they met as I was seeing them together in the present. It took a bit of time to learn about their initial meeting but it was worth the wait. Let's just say these two started off in a very unforgettable manner. The story set in the present is pretty exciting since Megan is in quite a bit of danger because of a stalker that may be turning violent.

I loved these two together. I think that they were great together in the past as well as in the present. They had so much chemistry with each other and seemed to be able to be what the other needed. There are few times when Jax oversteps his authority and Megan lets him know it right away. There are a few moments that I felt like Jax was acting a bit like an idiot but things end up working out.

The story was pretty exciting. I really did like the mystery of the stalker and was always waiting for the next big thing to happen. There were a few things that really came as complete surprises in this story but one aspect of the overall mystery was pretty easy to figure out. Even though I had a pretty good idea who the culprit might be, I still had a great time watching everything play out.

I thought that Dara Rosenberg did a great job with this book. I think that this is the first time that I have had a chance to listen to Ms. Rosenberg's narration and I was very impressed. She did a great job with all of the characters and was able to bring a lot of emotion to the story. I did find the narration to be a little slow at the normal speed but once I increased the speed to 1.25, I had no issues with the audio. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to this narrator again in the future.

I would recommend this book to others. I found this book to be a perfect blend of excitement, romance, and great characters. I couldn't help but root for Jax and Megan to safely find their way to a happily ever after together. This was the first book by Sidney Halston that I have had the chance to read and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from the library via Hoopla.

Initial Thoughts
I ended up really liking this book. Jax and Megan had a lot of great chemistry and I liked their story from the past just as much as their present. Jax did act like a fool from time to time in the present but Megan was able to deal with him quite nicely. I was able to guess the culprit long before they were revealed but I still had a really great time with the story. This was my first time listening to Dara Rosenberg and I thought she did a fantastic job with the story.

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text 2018-06-24 23:01
Reading progress update: I've read 312 out of 408 pages.
The Time to Kill - Mason Cross

slight, slight chance I’ll finish this tonight because it’s so addictive...but, more realistically, I get it done tomorrow morning. the plot is not the most original - Bourne movie fans, and Jack Reacher fans, are familiar with this “hunter and hunted” scenario - but this version of the chase has its own wrinkles and twists, and I’m very happy with my first Mason Cross experience.

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text 2018-06-24 17:00
Reading progress update: I've read 233 out of 408 pages.
The Time to Kill - Mason Cross

very suspenseful, and I love it. it seems I’ve discovered yet another Spy/Action series where I want to read all the books. stacking too many of these...but it’s not a bad problem to have.

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review 2018-06-24 06:50
Gaaahhhh when's the next one coming out?!?!?!??!
Kill the Angel: A Novel (Caselli and Torre Series) - Sandrone Dazieri

***Contains spoilers. You’ve been warned***

 

Oh lordy. Lordy lordy lordy. I don’t know what to say except, yes one more time. Lordy. I finished this book and screamed. And it’s a good reaction.

 

This book doesn’t disappoint. It sets the bar higher than the last one, Kill the Father. It would be best if you do read them in order as you do need the background information surrounding Dante. Plus, it does add more substance to the characters.

 

This one was definitely more action packed than previous. As it involves a great deal more victims and there’s definitely more layers to peel once the mystery starts to unravel and we get closer to Giltine. And it’s not yet over! There’s giant revelations at the end and you’re left with a heart stopping ending.

 

There are many twists and turns to go through in the book; old and new characters are mentioned, and of course Colomba is in a bind and goes through very hefty events and you marvel at her mental and emotional strength. Dante is likable in his own quirky way and both him and Colomba work so great as a team, even though they have their differences. There’s a more deeper level of understand between the two of them and there is a hint of a romance. I don’t see it myself as I’ve always seen Dante and Colomba more as a sibling like relationship. (I would have liked to see Dante and Brigitte together, they seemed like they could go along well!)

 

There’s some major blindsiding happening in the book, you realize Giltine is both victim and perpetrator. There’s still more to uncover in the mystery and by the time we do come to the conclusion it would be a massive atom bomb waiting to drop. However on a side note, I do enjoy how Dazieri brings in these references to various historical events (Chernobyl for one) and various conditions and illnesses to make you think and realize there’s actual conditions out there that exist and people do suffer from them. It makes the plot different and substantially prominent to make this book memorable.

 

The plot is very engaging and you’re pretty much on the edge in the last third of the book. The last few chapters really pack it in and they were one of the most exciting chapters I have ever read in a book so far. I’m still overwhelmed and blown away by the last page. Gah! I can’t wait for the next book!

 

Definitely recommended. The series is going to be one of the best I have read so far in my lifetime.

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