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review 2018-12-10 16:07
Miami Homicide & The BAU Collaborate – On The Count Of Three by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold
On the Count of Three (Brandon Fisher FBI #7) - Carolyn Arnold

 

 

Carolyn Arnold is one of the best procedural novelists I have ever rad, so I was super excited to read On The Count of Three, the seventh novel in the Brandon Fisher FBI series.

 

Publisher:  Hibbert & Stiles Publishing 

 

On the Count of Three (Brandon Fisher FBI #7)

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MY REVIEW

 

Carolyn Arnold’s attention to detail makes her writing so engrossing, riveting, that once I start, I am unable to stop reading until the last page is read.

 

When the Night called to him, he felt the need to find one who is worthy of his attention. I don’t want him focusing on me. He counts down, preparing to wreak havoc on his victim, “One, Two….saved by the bell, the ringing telephone.

 

Brandon, a special agent with the BAU woke to the ringing phone. His girlfriend Becky is a police officer so she knows the drill. Jack, Brandon, Zack and Paige are a team. But for how long?

I always wonder how long a person can last in such a stressful position as the BAU? When is it time to walk away? Do they all become jaded over time? Inured to the evil they deal with?

 

I wonder how and why the villain chose his gruesome method of murder. Serial killers have a reason for what they do, even if no one else can understand it.

 

I am looking forward to watching Brandon’s growth from a rookie to a seasoned agent. It takes time and training and I am a patient person.

 

I feel the agents pain as they arrive…just a little too late. It’s not all glamour, save the day action. The investigation is thorough and we go through it step by step, watching and learning. The tedium of questioning and more questioning and research. Criminal Minds is an awesome TV show that I watch religiously, but it cannot begin to cover…in realistic terms…what Carolyn Arnold covers in her novels.

 

We are all byproducts of our experiences. It’s what each person chooses to do with those experiences that comes to define them.

 

On The Count Of Three by Carolyn Arnold ends in hope and eagerness to see tomorrow and the next day…

 

She writes some of the best procedural novels I have ever read

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of On The Count Of Three by Carolyn Arnold

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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review 2018-12-10 15:14
One Sentence Review – The City by Dean Koontz @deankoontz
The City - Dean Koontz

 

 

I have been a huge fan of Dean Koontz for years, so when I saw this for review, I had to grab it. Then…I wished I hadn’t.

 

Thanks to Net Galley and Bantam.

 

The City (The City, #1)

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MY REVIEW

 

Well, what can I say…I never even read the blurb because…it’s Dean Koontz…and I was so disappointed to be denied my dose of horror that I was expecting, though I did finish it and gave it a 2 star rating for that reason, I could never get past my expectations and I know I will be reading blurbs from here on out.

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The City by Dean Koontz.

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The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.

 

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

 

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

 

 

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review 2018-12-10 14:36
Monday Mini Review – Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King #StephenKing #OwenKing
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen King

 

 

Pretty cool cover for Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King.

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

 

Sleeping Beauties

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MY REVIEW

 

Sleeping Beauties is a collaboration between Stephen & Owen King, so I don’t expect it to be a Stephen King ‘original’. That being said, I did enjoy the story, but was left wondering if Stephen has lost his mojo or is in semi retirement. I hope not, because I have read a vast majority of his work and would love to have more of the old stuff. What gripped me most about the book, is the importance of the women. Hey guys, take a listen here. BUT, women without men, or vice versa, is not a workable solution to any problem. This fantasy exposes human failings, sharing their hopelessness, sadness, anger and rage, good and bad, and every emotion you can imagine. In the end, we do the best we can. There are plenty of characters for you to love and hate, but be careful, your favorite may not survive.

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In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze.

 

If they are awakened, and the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.

 

The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

 

Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?

 

 

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review 2018-12-06 17:51
‘The Liar’s Room’ fell flat for me; intriguing premise but set in just one room and animal abuse that I couldn’t get past
The Liar's Room - Simon Lelic

The concept of this book is intriguing: two people are ’stuck’ inside a room until the truth comes out. It reads much like the basis for the plot of the horror movie series ’Saw’ or how it would be to be stuck in a nightmarish panic room.

But in the case of ’The Liar’s Room,’ a dangerous client is keeping a therapist in her office, forcing the truth to come out about her dead son, and has let her know that he is holding her daughter hostage somewhere until she divulges everything.

 

It is extremely rare for me to give up on a book for content, style, pace, just about anything. But I'm afraid to say that this one has broken my streak of finishing books because I do believe I should give them a chance right through until the end. But someone mentioned recently to stop reading a book if you're truly not enjoying it, and I got to a point in this one where I honestly was not enjoying it anymore.

 

What absolutely did it for me was abuse to an animal (a cat) and this followed a fair amount of obscene language that I felt was over the top and ’reaching’ just a bit. I'm not a prude, or naïve by any means, and I'm not scared away by much (I actually read a lot of horror writing), but it felt like this was used as a plot device for shock value and didn't serve enough as part of the storyline. Additionally, the detail, since it was being explained as something being looked back on, was unnecessary and the situation that this happened within was feeling like a continued stretch to me.

I was already having trouble staying with the story going from the therapist office (a static location) to lengthy descriptions of what happened in the past. It wasn't holding my interest how I hoped it would.

 

I hate that I couldn't continue with this but once I got to that point in the book, I had that nasty image in my head and it wouldn't disappear. I can handle just about any horror movie, all the blood and guts, I'm not afraid of heights, needles, snakes, nothing. But don't give me animal abuse.

 

I absolutely want to read Simon Lelic’s other books though; I have several on my TBR list. I'm actually a big fan of psychological thrillers.

This one, however, was not for me.

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review 2018-12-06 11:00
4 STAR New Release Review! Destroy Me (Southern Nights: Enigma #3) Ella Sheridan!

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

Some mistakes don’t deserve forgiveness.

 

Lyse Sheppard planted the bomb that almost killed everyone close to her, including the man she loved. Now in hiding, she spends her days making amends the only way she knows how—using her genius computer skills to save women enslaved by the bastard who blackmailed her. And every night she punishes herself by watching the man she lost live his life without her.

 

Fionn “Irish” McCullough can’t let go of the rage Lyse ignited the night she betrayed his team. Betrayed him. After months of searching, he’s no closer to finding his prey—until a mysterious message points him toward Ireland and a deadly threat against the only family he has left.

 

Caught in the twisted web of his past, Fionn must choose between revenge and keeping his mother safe. But the one weapon he needs—and the one touch he craves—may be the woman he can never forgive.


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This thrilling and edgy romance keeps readers on the edge of their seats as Lyse and Fionn work through some intense emotional turmoil while trying to stop a bad guy from destroying Fionn’s family. Fionn and Lyse are strong characters that compel readers to read their story and dare them to remain detached. This romance is full of emotional turmoil due to the past and a situation that has Fionn caught between wanting revenge and giving in to the magnetic attraction that burns between them. The emotions that flow from the pages are intense and the author does a great of portraying the characters and their feelings which makes it really easy for readers to get to know the characters and understand just what they are going through.

 

The plot has a steady to fast pace and flows smoothly from the pages with thrilling suspense as not only Lyse and Fionn try to work out their relationship but as they try to keep Fionn’s mother out of the clutches of an enemy with no scruples. The story can be read as a standalone novel and readers have no trouble getting the gist of what happened in Lyse and Fionn’s past but do miss out on the full details of that event also the author does a great of hinting at previous events and character interactions that readers are certain to be curious and want to know more.

 

 

 

 

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Author's Book Page


http://www.ellasheridanauthor.com/bookshelf-extras/2018/10/19/destroy-me

 

 

 


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42390377-destroy-me

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/destroy-me-southern-nights-enigma-3-by-ella-sheridan

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1030143

 

 

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Don’t miss the whole Southern Nights: Enigma series -


Come For Me (Book 1)
Deceive Me (Book 2)
Destroy Me (Book 3)

 

And see where it all began with the original Southern Nights -


Teach Me (Book 1)
Trust Me (Book 2)
Take Me (A Southern Nights Standalone)

 

 

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AVAILABLE in ebook

 

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2DQx758

 


Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2BDnt47

 


Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/destroymeaz

 


iBooks: http://bit.ly/destroymeib

 


Kobo: http://bit.ly/destroymek

 

 

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Ella Sheridan grew up in the middle of nowhere, otherwise known as the Deep South. Books provided her with adventures, friends, and her first forays into romance. To this day she explores the world through the words of her favorite authors, whether that’s the worlds across space and time or the worlds of love and passion. When she’s not writing or working or reading, she is corralling her two active teenagers, snuggling on the couch with her husband, working out her stress in a martial arts class, or sleeping. But no matter what she’s doing, the voices in her head just won’t let her go.

 

 

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

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7350508.Ella_Sheridan

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ella-sheridan

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/ella.sheridan.9

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/AuthorESheridan

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/AuthorESheridan

 

 

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