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review 2017-01-12 07:03
2017 Around The Year In 52 Books update /plus notes
The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting

What is it about :Read this bestselling “instant page-turner! A race-against-the-clock thriller” (Lisa Gardner) which readers voted a Best Book of 2016 finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.

Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.

As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger is building a sense of place for The Hollows that rivals Stephen King's Castle Rock for continuity and creepines

2016 NetGalley

My Rating: 5 stars

Why: because it was even better this time around ,glad I picked it back up in the new year

Challenge: ARound The Year In 52 Books:
Week 1: read a book from the Goodreads Choice Awards list 2016


[bookcover:The Body Finder|6261522]
by [author:Kimberly Derting|2755160]
Nook book
What is it about:
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer.. she might become his next prey.

Challenges: 2017 Around The Year In 52 Books:
week2: A book with at least 2 perspectives ( multiple POVs)


What did I think of it:
rating: 3 stars

Not going in to too much detail about this book, only it wasn't as good as I was hoping for, the romance in it took to muck away from what the story was to be about. Not sure at this time is I want to pick up the rest of this series.

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review 2016-10-13 17:00
Book Tour: Michelangelo's Ghost
Michelangelo's Ghost - Gigi Pandian

Jaya was somehow recruited to find a lost treasure. Her old professor starts it off by trying to get to her and with her research. Something happens that, makes Jaya, has to pick up the research after her professor dies.

The author has you intrigued by wanting to know what Jaya gets an email from her former Professor. Once she gets her hands on the sketchbook or famous artist from Italy. Are there connections with Michelangelo?

You will be so involved you will be wondering what's going on with it. How is a ghost story connected to present day Murder? For me, this book seems to have you guessing along the way.

They're a disappearing boyfriend that comes and goes. What up with that. It seems to grow even more intense with a ghost that keeps appearing and disappearing. It comes to be even more intense, as you, go. I thought it was growing creepier. It, not creepy scary. It just my opinion of how I felt at a point. I loved it. You did not ever know what was going to happen when you go to turn the page.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2016/09/book-tour-michelangelos-ghost.html
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review 2016-02-25 08:58
Frostborn: The First Quest - Jonathan Moeller

A thousand years ago, the last grandson of Arthur Pendragon led the survivors of Britain through a magical gate to a new world, a world of magic and high elves, of orcs and kobolds and stranger, darker creatures. Now the descendants of the exiles rule a mighty kingdom, peaceful and prosperous under the rule of the High King.

But dangers stir that the realm is not ready to face.

RIDMARK ARBAN is a new-made knight and Swordbearer of the realm. When the archmage of the high elves asks for aid against the dread Warden of Urd Morlemoch, Ridmark volunteers for the quest, eager to prove himself and win glory and renown.

But terrible evil awaits in Urd Morlemoch, and those who enter the Warden's clutches rarely escape them
my rating: 4 stars
Goodreads Group Challenges:
The Life of a Book Addict
Elizabeth's 2016 Reading Corner Challenge 12 plus 4 alternatives

what did I think of it:
its the first time I've ever read anything by this author, and I have to say that its a good start to a new series to me, loved the take on magic and the world itself, will be getting the rest sometime down the road.

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review 2015-10-26 06:00
Bird of Passage
Birds of Passage - Joe Giordano

Bird of Passage is a story about a boy and girl finding their own way. The boys name is Leonardo. It also about a girl named Azara. Leonardo goes to America to find work. He learns a lot about himself.

He runs into trouble with a job and making friends. While there he meets up with a guy named Rizzo. Though he runs into a boy named Carlos too. He tries to help out  family members of the girl he loves.

What will happen to Leonardo and his family back in Italy? He finds out who his real father is, once he goes back to Italy to be with his mother. There are many twists and turns in this book though out.

There another boy that commits murder and tries to escape by going to America. What will happen to Carlos? There a gang that helps out and is on the estate of Mazzi.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2015/10/bird-of-passage-by-joe-giordano.html
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review 2015-08-17 17:35
Review for You Only Love Twice by Elizabeth Thornton
You Only Love Twice - Elizabeth Thornton

Sister Martha is living in a convent where she is a postulant. Her Mother Superior thinks Sister Martha is one of the hardest working nuns she has ever met but there is a small complication of Sister Martha having no idea of who she is or where she came from. Then one night Sister Martha gets an image of someone planning a murder and this one event seems to set off a series of dominos. Soon after this vision Sister Martha finds out she is not so perfect, shortly after that a patient in the clinic recognizes Sister Martha as Jessica Hayward. Now Jessica is off to learn about her past, but what she learns is a man she used to love may or may not love her, the murder of her father no one wants to unearth and Jessica is not universally loved. In short life is tough for Jessica.

 

This book was odd. It kind of reminded me of an Alfred Hitchcock story with the suspense and the voices in her head. In this regard I loved the story. It was different than things I had read before and I like how events in the story kept me guessing. The romance however left a lot to be desired I could not quite feel them out. For two people to love each other so much it felt a little forced. For a Regency period book it seemed out of place – they talk about the battle of Waterloo so that is early 1800’s and honestly it had not been for that little tidbit I would have thought the book took place after WWI. Then there were a lot of little things that did not quite make sense. For example the convent was described as one working with children so why is there an adult patient? Then our hero loves this woman but yet he never believes what she says and when he does there is really no reason for the 180.

 

In the end I liked the book and I thought it was good – sad part is with a few additional details I think this book would have been fantastic.  

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