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review 2018-10-01 05:28
What She Knew ★★★☆☆
What She Knew: A Novel - Gilly MacMillan

This book kept me reading. Well, parts of it. Other parts were eye-rollingly bad. The narrative framed as a direct recollection of events from Rachel (mother of missing boy) and from Jim (primary detective) were compelling. They felt authentic. The supposed psychiatric case notes were just awful. Even with my limited experience, I know better, so the author apparently didn’t make use of consultants as she did for the police work. There’s an ongoing theme of professionalism and competency throughout this story, and I doubt any licensed counselor writing those notes could be considered either. Not to harp on it, but every one of those sections kicked me completely out of the story. But if you can distance yourself from those fatal flaws, the rest of this book is absolutely worth the time spent reading it. There was plenty of intrigue and deception to put the reader off the path of whodunnit. There are few likeable characters, and in fact I spent much of the book wanting to give the mother of the missing child a swift kick in the pants. But I actually like that. Overall, worth the time and energy spent reading it.

 

This was the eBook version, a gift from my mother who loved it. I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Genre: Suspense: anything that fits into the suspense genre.

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text 2018-09-29 13:35
What She Knew - 95/519pg
What She Knew: A Novel - Gilly MacMillan

This has been a pleasant surprise. It's been a while since I started a text version book that was compelling enough that I struggled a little to put it down and get other things done. I've got a landscape guy coming over this morning to give me a quote on sod and I really need to do a little cleaning on my pig sty of a house first. 

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review 2018-08-28 02:09
I Know You Know
I Know You Know - Gilly MacMillan

I was completely engrossed in this book from the moment I started it. This book follows a few different characters who all are connected in some way to the murders of two young boys. One of the characters is Cody Swift who was best friends with those two boys. He has started a podcast twenty years later to uncover the truth. Even though someone had been convicted of the crime he is digging up the past to see if the correct person was convicted.

 

I cannot say that I really liked any of the characters. To me the all seemed to have ulterior motives. I still did enjoy reading about them though. I got so sucked into their lives and what had happened to the murdered boys, Scott and Charlie, that I was dying to know the truth. I thought I knew what was going to be revealed in the end but was wrong. Ultimately I was a bit disappointed with who was behind the murders of Scott and Charlie but I did enjoy the twist at the end.

 

I won this book from a Librarything Early Reviewer's giveaway. That does not affect my review in any way.

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review 2018-08-16 10:00
Release Week Review! Denied (Sazi of Luna Lake #3) Cathy Clamp!
Denied - Cathy Clamp

 

 

A Novel of the Sazi

 

The thrilling stand-alone conclusion to the paranormal fantasy Luna Lake series, packed with action and romance

 

Cathy Clamp's landmark, USA Today bestselling Sazi series concludes with Denied, a thrilling paranormal love story.

 

Anica Petrovic was once human. Now she's Sazi, a bear-shifter and a hero for destroying a European kidnapping ring that was turning human children into shifters. Anica has embraced her Sazi self; and is settling into Luna Lake with her father and brother, happy to live in a shifter community where all are welcome. Love is in the air between Anica and a mysterious newcomer, Tristin, and between Anica's brother and Scott, an owl-shifter who worries about his family's reaction when they scent his attraction to another man.

 

A series of violent murders rocks the town. The killings appear to have been done by a bear. Anica's super-sensitive nose tells her Tristin, also a bear-shifter, is innocent of the murders...but that he's hiding something dangerous.

 


The conclusion to the “Sazi of Luna Lake” trilogy is a thrilling and energetic read that keeps readers on the edge.

 

Anica and Tristin are two strong, vibrant characters that easily draw the readers in and hold them hostage throughout their story. The relationship between these two is full of suspense, emotional turmoil and undeniable sizzling chemistry and two characters that aren’t sure about this mating be in anyway something that they want. Tristin is a mysterious and sexy shifter that sparks the readers’ imagination as much as he sends sparks flying in every direction while Anica is new bear shifter that is curious and readers can’t help but get caught up in her enthusiasm and sparkling energy.

 

The smooth flowing plot is fast paced and full of thrills, suspense and magic that keeps readers hanging on to every last world in anticipation of what will happen next while surprising twists keep them guessing whether the good guys will come out on top. The author makes the story come alive with well written words that paints vivid imagery and makes it easy for the reader to picture each and every scene.

 

The world of the Sazi is creative, well developed and full of fascinating and unique shifters that makes each book an adventurous and romantic read that has readers wanting more. Having read the Tales of the Sazi series is not necessary in order to enjoy the Sazi of Luna Lake trilogy but reading will enhance your enjoyment as some of the events that take place are the result of previous events and readers get to know the previous characters that do make appearances in this series. I for one hope that there are future books in the Sazi world like maybe the children of the Sazi…

 

 

Denied

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36855198-denied

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/denied-by-cathy-clamp

 

 

is the 3rd and final book in The Sazi of Luna Lake Trilogy

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/160118-luna-lake

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078XK4DY1?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

which includes
1 Forbidden
2 Illicit
3 Denied

 


& follows the Tales of the Sazi series by Cathy Clamp & C.T. Adams

 

Author - http://www.cathyclamp.com/tales-of-the-sazi/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/42801-a-tale-of-the-sazi

 

 

 

Denied is available in Trade Paperback at:

 

MacMillan / Tor - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765377241

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/0765377241?tag=macmillan-20

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/denied-cathy-clamp/1127032879?ean=9780765377241

 

BaM - http://www.booksamillion.com/product/9780765377241

 

IndieBound - http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780765377241

 

Powells - http://www.powells.com/partner/33241/biblio/9780765377241

 

 

& in ebook at:

 

MacMillan / Tor - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765377241

 

Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X2NRLG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270488014&tag=macmillan-20

 

Nook - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/denied-cathy-clamp/1127032879?ean=9781466854628

 

eBooks - http://www.ebooks.com/aff.asp?AID=42567&term=9781466854628

 

GPlay - http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN9781466854628

 

iBooks - http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781466854628?&ct=macdotcom

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/denied-6

 

 

Hi, I’m USA TODAY and Nielsen Bookscan bestselling author Cathy Clamp. I write urban fantasy/paranormal romance for Tor Books, including the Tales of the Sazi (shapeshifter urban fantasy romance) series, The Thrall (vampire) trilogy, the Blood Singer (urban fantasy, as Cat Adams) series—through book 6, and the new Novels of the Sazi series, beginning in August, 2015.

 

I’ve won a bunch of awards for my books over the years. My favorite was the Career Achievement Award for Paranormal Romance in May, 2008 from RT Bookreviews Magazine. I also shared the win for several co-authored books with C.T. Adams of the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the RT Bookreviews Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Reviewers International Award of Excellence, the Texas Gold Romance Award, the Write Touch Readers Award, and several others. It’s gratifying and humbling to win awards for books that you put your heart into, and I hope you enjoy them as much as other readers have!

 

I’ve also written several stand-alone novels, not in series, including my very first novel, The Road To Riches, an historical fiction about a railroad race in Colorado’s Silver Boom period, and Magic’s Design, the first urban fantasy published as Cat Adams.

 

I also write short stories, which is a whole different kind of writing.. I like writing in a lot of different genres, and it’s in short stories where I let my wings spread. I have published short stories in horror, science fiction, mystery, literary, Young Adult, romance, thriller, fantasy and western.

 

I’m represented by Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House, who is the best agent a writer could ask for! If you are interested in rights purchases, you can reach her at:

 

Merrilee Heifetz
Writers Hous
21 W. 26 St.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 685-2400
(212)685-1781 (fax)

 

I live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, which actually looks like mountain range that runs across the center of Texas. In geologic terms, a “mountain” is generally considered to be a minimum of 2,000 feet elevation. Anything below that is a “hill”. So, Texas has hills, instead of mountains. (But you’d barely notice the difference!)

 

 

Website - http://www.cathyclamp.com/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cathy-clamp

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/cathyclamp

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009216026845

 

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/pub/cathy-l-clamp/8b/806/15

 

AbsoluteWrite - http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums

 

CoffeetimeRomance&More - http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/

 

 

 

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review 2018-07-18 18:44
Good, if somewhat dated, overview of America's war in the Pacific and Asia
Eagle Against The Sun: The American War With Japan - Ronald H. Spector

In the 1960s Macmillan began publishing a series entitled "The Macmillan Wars of the United States." Written by some of the nation's leading military historians, its volumes offered surveys of the various conflicts America had fought over the centuries, the strategies employed, and the services which fought them. Ultimately fourteen volumes were published over two decades, with many of them still serving as excellent accounts of their respective subjects.

 

As the last book published in the series, Ronald Spector's contribution to it serves as a sort of capstone to its incomplete efforts. In it he provides an account of the battles and campaigns waged by the United States against Japan in the Second World War, from the prewar planning and the assumptions held in the approach to war to the deployment of the atomic bombs that ended it. In between the covers all of the major naval battles and island-hopping campaigns in the Pacific, as well as America's military efforts in the China-Burma-India theater. He rounds out his coverage with chapters discussing both the social composition of the forces America deployed and the complex intelligence operations against the Japanese, ones that extended beyond the now-famous codebreaking efforts that proved so valuable.

 

Though dated in a few respects, overall Spector's book serves as a solid single-volume survey of the war waged by the United States against Japan. By covering the efforts against the Japanese in mainland Asia, he incorporates an important aspect of the war too often overlooked or glossed over in histories of America's military effort against the Japanese, one that often influenced developments elsewhere in the theater. Anyone seeking an introduction to America's war with Japan would be hard pressed to find a better book, which stands as a great example of what Macmillan set out to accomplish when they first embarked upon the series.

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