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text 2019-06-03 19:30
TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Wedding Crasher (A Sam Tate Mystery) by Nikki Stern
The Wedding Crasher (A Sam Tate Mystery) - Nikki Stern

@partnersincr1me​, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @realnikkistern, #Thriller, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

A brunette in a bridal gown turns up in Pickett County, Tennessee, throat slit and ring finger missing. She’s the latest victim of the Wedding Crasher, a serial killer who murders women just weeks before their weddings.

 

Samantha Tate is Picket County’s yoga-loving, poker-playing new sheriff, a former Nashville homicide detective who struggles with her inner demons. To catch the meticulous murderer, Sam will have to follow her instincts and ignore her worst impulses. Can she stop the Wedding Crasher before another bride-to-be dies?

 

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/03/The-Wedding-Crasher-by-Nikki-Stern@partnersincr1me​, @hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @realnikkistern, #Thriller, 4 out of 5 (very good)
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review 2019-02-26 05:47
Review of "Almost to Die for" (Vampire Princess, #1) by Tate Hallaway
Almost to Die for: A Vampire Princess Novel - Tate Hallaway

This reader's personal opinion, ©2019, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 

 

Hmmm...jury is out on this one.  I think I need to see how the next book in this series develops.

 

On the plus side, I liked the Vampire Princess and it wasn't full of annoying teenage angst.  Fairly original; original enough I want to read more of the worldbuilding.

 

On the downside, I sniff a love triangle approaching and everything was pretty easy where it lacked a certain tension; the "easiness" impacted connecting more to characters and story.  No urgency to turn the page or get the next book.  Strangers were very quick to have very deep emotions for other characters.

 

Other than the main character, the side characters were not very deeply drawn -- although mostly pretty original and could develop more as series continues.  A huge fail for me were the parents. Mom character was kinda erratic where seemed to undergo personality changes as plot needed.  Dad who'd never met child before this book was awfully emo and "I love you" -- plus I really hate when centuries (or in this case millenniums) old characters seem like teenagers or normal humans. 


*©2019.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

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text 2019-02-26 02:21
Reading progress; 51%.
Almost to Die for: A Vampire Princess Novel - Tate Hallaway

Uh oh!  This was going along swimmingly with worldbuilding bits unfolding and a decent main character ... now looks like a teenage love triangle is rearing up.

 

Okay, okay.  I did it to myself by just having to checkout a library book that's about a "vampire princess."

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review 2018-09-15 21:44
His for Now (The Byrne Brothers Book 1) by Sofia Tate
His for Now - Sofia Tate

 

Tate finds strength in vulnerability. Her characters are people that are perfectly flawed, yet larger than life. In their weakest moments is when their courageous spirit shines through. Ronan and Blakely are caught in a masquerade of their own making. She's a woman on the mend, afraid to let anyone get too close. He's a man in need of an escape from the hassle his world has become. What ensues is a challenge that chips away at the pain of disappointment, the fear of self-doubt and illuminates the power of love. There's beauty in heartbreak. His For Now is a watercolor of love in all shades.

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review 2018-08-27 11:06
Read the book and see what I'm talking about.
The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and Cover-Up - A New Investigation - ReShonda Tate Billingsley

 

 

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and Cover-Up - A New Investigation

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At 12.16am on Wednesday, June 5, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded in the kitchen service pantry of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. He had just won the California Primary, an important victory in his quest for nomination as the Democratic Party’s candidate in the US Presidential election late that year. A little over 24 hours later, he was pronounced dead. 

A 24-year-old Palestinian immigrant, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, was captured in the pantry with a smoking gun in his hand. Eyewitnesses had seen him step out in front of Kennedy and begin shooting with a small calibre revolver. He fired all eight bullets in its chamber. In April 1969, Sirhan was convicted of Robert Kennedy’s murder and the wounding of five others. He was sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment. He has been in prison – often in solitary confinement – ever since. Fifteen applications for parole have been rejected. 

That is the official history of the murder of Robert F. Kennedy. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, award-winning investigative journalists Tim Tate and Brad Johnson uncover the true story. 

This book is the result of more than 25 years’ painstaking forensic work. The authors have scrutinised more than 100,000 official documents, located previously unknown recordings, and conducted original new interviews with key figures in the case. 

They show that Sirhan could not have fired the fatal bullets, reveal detailed evidence of a murderous conspiracy involving organised crime, and disclose CIA documents detailing successful experiments to create a hypno-programmed political assassin. The book also unmasks the likely identity of one of the most enduring mysteries in the case – the infamous ‘Girl in the Polka Dot Dress’. 
 
My thoughts
rating 5 stars
I never pick up books like this one even though i love non fiction , but for some reason I decided to give it a try , especially when the publisher asked me if i was interested in review it , i sent them a message back saying thanks and i had already requested it from Netgalley  which I had was sure when i get to it but I was going to give it a try. And I'm glad I did , its more then what I thought it was going to be , its more then just about the Kennedy family , its about a case that everyone that worked it seemed to want to try and hide facts or information from the public . Its about a case that some just wanted closed . While I don't know a hole lot about the case some of the information I do know because of what's been told on crime Tv shows i like to watch and that's that's been made available at various points in time over the last 50 years, but thanks to the hard work of the authors they bring to life and out in the open new information and  new revelations, and some that were just not easy to find unless you had the inclination to dig deep into the LAPD files that were released in 1988 and the court proceedings since Sirhan was convicted.So if you want to know what I'm taking about then you must read the book. With that said I want to think Netgalley as well as they publishers for think of me and letting me read and review this book in change for my honest opinion.
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