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review 2016-12-03 12:15
A humorous cozy
Death by Diploma (Chalkboard Outlines Book 1) - Kelley Kaye

 

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Emma Lovett lands her very first teaching job in Pinewood, Colorado. The southern belle transplant embraces her new life with much enthusiasm until the morning she goes to work early and discovers the kindly janitor dead in the school office. Convinced the police detective is incompetent she and her new friend, fellow English teacher Leslie Parker start an investigation of their own. And they learn more about their students, colleagues, and community than they thought possible.

 

Emma is a great character! Sweet without being overly so, intelligent, and a bit of a scaredy cat who wants to be braver, she probably represents the majority of women out there. Her friend Leslie is always so well put together, fierce and outgoing that she makes a nice contrast to Emma. Other characters are, well, characters and add depth to the story. I was pretty sure I knew who the murderer was fairly close to the beginning of the story, but there were enough shenanigans going on that I wasn’t concrete about my conclusion. My only complaint is the use of “Ah” for “I” because Emma is from the South. The use was not consistent, switching back and forth sometimes in the same paragraph. Either stick with the accent or don’t. The resulting mishmash here was annoying. Overall though, there is more than just a murder mystery in this tale and it makes for a rich and satisfying read.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/12/death-by-diploma.html
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review 2016-08-25 13:10
Tour ~ Yeager's Mission
Yeager's Mission (An Abel Yeager Novel) (Volume 1) - James Scott Bell

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Abel Yeager survived his last trucking adventure and he’s living a nice quiet life with the love of his life and her son when his buddy Victor “Por Que” Ruiz comes aknocking. After earthquakes screw up the Sierra Madre region of Mexico and the drug cartels are making things more difficult for relief efforts, Victor’s distant cousin, a priest at an orphanage, needs help getting a truckload of supplies in. Yeager can’t turn away, so off he flies in Victor’s helicopter. It’s a dangerous situation, but Yeager doesn’t like it when bad guys hurt innocent people. As far as he’s concerned they can kill each other all they want, but put women and children in harm’s way and it makes him want to put the big hurt on them. Only this time he might not make it back to Charlie and David.

 

Holy shit! I cannot express how much I lurve Abel Yeager. I have the Big Crush on him. Charlie better watch out! Just kidding. I have a Marine of my own. *winks* There is so much to love in this story that I don’t even know where to start. There are multiple POVs that all come together in the end, suspense, action, bad guys, good guys, mystery, love and humor all mixed together to make the tastiest of treats to read. I had the hardest time putting this awesome adrenaline-fueled story down. I did so only when real life forced me to. Real life is an asshat sometimes. And omg, that ending! I knew it! I won’t spoil what I knew, but I will say I think I know where Yeager and Por Que will be heading next. Maybe. Maybe the situation will be resolved in another way. But I hope I’m right in guessing the next adventure. *rubs hands together*

 

My only complaint, as in the last book, is the fact that Marine should be capitalized and there are no ex-Marines. Huge pet peeves of mine, but the rest of the story rocks so I only deducted half a bite (star) for what I (and every other Marine and their families) consider the hugest faux pas around. I wanted my husband to read this story. In fact, I know he would love it, but he refuses to read anything where Marine is not capitalized and he despises the term ex-Marine, so I guess I’ll have to wallow in my post-read nirvana all by myself.

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/08/tour-yeagers-mission.html
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review 2016-08-11 11:26
Tour ~ A Frayed Web
A Frayed Web - Jon Ripslinger

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Walter Bohannon is blind-sided when his mom invites Adam Kingsley and his daughter Kristi to live in with them prior to her marrying Adam. Walter wants his mom to be happy, but he’s afraid love is blinding her to the real Adam. After all, she hasn’t talked to him since they were in high school and the only recent contact has been online or phone calls. He tries to like the guy, but there’s just something bugging him about the too-smooth operator. So he goes digging. And what he finds is nothing like he imagined.

 

Walter is a nearly 18, hormonal teenager whose position of Man of the House is being displaced. He truly wants his mom to be happy, but this Adam guy is really bugging him. Don’t get me started on Kristi. Wow. What a cunt nugget that wench is. She is totally dislikeable and Walter made me want to slap him upside the head like a million times during the course of the book. From the beginning Adam comes across as a slickster and Walter’s mom is so totally in love with a guy she barely knows that she doesn’t want to hear anything bad about him. Unfortunately, all of this adds up to a completely relatable situation. Well, hopefully the ending is not relatable to the majority of us, but other than that I think this tale will resonate with many of us imperfect humans. Yes, even Kristi has her redeemable qualities, but not until much later. Though I have to say Walter is much more forgiving than I am. If you’re looking for a wonderfully written YA story flavored with suspense then don’t pass this one up.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/08/tour-frayed-web.html
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review 2016-07-16 16:25
Tour ~ Entertaining
Tail and Trouble - Victor M. Catano

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Gabriel’s witchy girlfriend has disappeared so he and her familiar, a bulldog named Orson, head out to retrace her last steps. The coven is no help, but her friend Lisa drops clues whenever she can and not get caught by the coven’s lead bitch. I mean, witch. Her hints lead them to Florida and right into trouble. Not only are Gabriel and Orson still searching for Sheila, but now they have to dodge some weirdo named Yareth and his minions who are intent on dognapping Orson. What in the name of the Goddess is going on?! Whatever it is, Gabriel is fast losing patience and that’s never a good thing.

 

If you’re looking for a goofy and humorous paranormal tale with a snarky talking bulldog then this is the one for you. Ok, Orson only talks in Gabriel’s head (and Sheila’s as well as a select few others), but it’s still funny. It reminds me of that Supernatural episode where Dean drinks a potion and can hear animals. That was great! :D Anyway, the good guys are pretty cool, the bad guys are doofuses and the plot is shaky, but it all works out for an entertaining read. I’d be interested in reading more tales (tails?) of Sheila, Gabriel and Orson.

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/07/tour-tail-trouble.html
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review 2016-03-31 21:32
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Suddenly Spellbound (The Ivie McKie Chronicles Book 2) - Erica Lucke Dean

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Sorceress Ivie McKie is a Kindergarten teacher and, after a bad couple of experiences, has decided to retire from her short-lived foray into the arena of magic. This suits her fiancé, veterinarian Jackson Blake, quite well, but her back-from-the-dead father who wasn’t dead at all, but a dog then a cat, won’t let her just be happy. He’s determined to settle a debt with an archaic practice and he’ll do anything to make sure it happens.

 

I’m going to start off by saying I loved book 1 in this series, Suddenly Sorceress. It was quirky and funny and quite a fun adventure. Which makes my disappointment in Suddenly Spellbound all the more heartbreaking. Everything I loved in the first book is missing here. The book is well-written, but I can’t get past all of the shitty behavior. Ivie is a Class A moron. She trips along from disaster to disaster with not brain one in her head. Letting her dad rule her life is another thing that irritated me and it’s this daddy thing that leads me to the thing that pissed me off the most.

 

Ivie’s dad is the one with magic in the family. Because he’s been in animal form for so many years, Ivie makes excuse after excuse after excuse for him every time he does something weird or dangerous. But when he asks her to do a spell and lies about what kind of spell it is and she blindly agrees despite promising Jack she wouldn’t do any more magic, the result is her father and his “apprentice” giving Ivie a magical roofie and magically violating her. They took away her free will with magic (the roofie) and lied the entire fucking book about it. They used magic to manipulate her and even though Ivie knew something wasn’t right, she kept allowing her dad to do shit to her magically. I am so not ok with this. In fact, I almost just stopped right there, but decided I should hang in and see if Ivie rips her dad a new asshole about this shit. Nope. That is NOT what happens. Ivie continually lies to Jack about the shit that’s going on, completely disrespecting him and their relationship, all the while drooling over the “apprentice” all because of the magical roofie. On top of all of this, toward the end, there are more instances of Ivie being a total moron and it ends in a cliffhanger. I will not be reading any more in this series. I’m completely soured on the whole Ivie and Jack relationship now and I wash my hands of them.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/03/suddenly-spellbound.html
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