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review 2018-02-20 19:24
When You Reach Me
When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Author:  Rebecca Stead

Rating:  4 stars

 

***Newberry Medal Winner 2010***

 

This book was so good!

 

I'm trying to figure out how to describe it without giving the twists away. Hmmm... 

 

I'm going to stick with the blurb: 

 

"By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: 

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. 
I ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late."

 

Miranda is a great young heroine. She is making her way through adolescence and that uncomfortable time when being friends with boys changes and you realize your parents aren't perfect.  As I was reading and picked up on the science fiction angle I thought - this book is a genuinely good middle-grade novel, there's no need for the all this. But I stand corrected. I loved it. I loved how all the threads came together at the end.

 

I liked how unique and quirky all the characters were! Even now I'm a little down the book is over. 

 

Definitely recommend. 

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review 2018-02-20 17:53
Horror Underground – When Blood Falls by Joshua Robertson @Robertsonwrites
When Blood Falls - Joshua Robertson,Winter Bayne

 

I couldn’t resist grabbing a copy of When Blood Falls by Joshua Roberts after seeing it on Instafreebie. That creepalicious cover did me in!

 

Cover:  Winter Bayne

 

When Blood Falls

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MY REVIEW

 

 When Blood Falls by Joshua Robertson has such a fabulous cover, and I am a sucker for a great cover, that I couldn’t help but grab a copy and read of his fantasy world in the Deep underground that is filled with monsters, surprises, and a future worth fighting for.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 3 Stars

 

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Defending against the demons of the Deep has long given Tyr Og’s brethren purpose. When Tyr’s mother is robbed from him during childhood, he loses his will to live. Now, filled with rage and regret, Tyr hungers for a worthy death to bring an end to the futility of his life. In a short tale of blood and self-loathing, Tyr seeks the most honorable path to finally join his mother in the afterlife.

 

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review 2018-02-20 17:17
Do You Believe in Reincarnation – Implicit by Mark Tiro #MarkTiro
Implicit: Soul Invictus (The Spirit Invictus Series) - Mark Tiro

 

Do you believe in Reincarnation and second, third….and more chances to get it right? Meet Maya, as she travels through her many lives in Implicit Soul Invictus by Mark Tiro.

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Do you believe in reincarnation? Do you believe in second, third, fourth….chances to get it right? Mark Tiro gives Maya many chances to make the right choice at the right time. I haven’t read many books about reincarnation, but if it goes down like it does for Maya, I’m not sure I want to know.

 

I was angry and fuming from the opening pages. I feel for Maya and wonder where we’re going from here. I am so pissed for her and at the arrogant, spoiled rich shit. Then…it really goes to hell in a hand basket, as gunmen let loose, bullets fly, bodies fall, and blood runs.

 

In everyone’s life, a crucial moment comes when they could change the outcome of an event. Would it be for the better?

 

As I read Implicit my Mark Tiro, it seems the good die young and senselessly. For what? Is it random?

 

The life and death scenarios of Maya’s present and past lives showcase moments in her life where action can change the outcome.

 

Heartbreaking, angering, frustrating…

 

Follow your heart, don’t let others words sway you to do what you feel is wrong.

 

Sometimes the road traveled is bumpy and twisted, but it is life and we never know what tomorrow will bring.

 

Does your life pass before your eyes as you die? Is there life after death? Only losers play the what if game, holding onto grudges that hurt them more than anyone else.

 

Maya’s lives run the gamut of emotions, sadness, happiness, anger, envy…Definitely food for thought.

 

 I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Implicit Soul Invictus by Mark Tiro.
 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 3 Stars

 

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review 2018-02-20 16:54
I Love The Villain – Vow of Silence by Chris Patchell @chris_patchell
Vow of Silence (The Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2) - Chris Patchell,Monica Haynes

 

Vow of Silence (The Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2)

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MY REVIEW

 

I love that Vow of Silence by Chris Patchell gets right to the action. We have multiple storylines, threats, and danger. Drug cartels, politics, domestic abuse, kidnapping, lies, secrets, and the past…All have their place in the complex mysteries of the characters lives, filling them with danger and betrayal.

 

I didn’t realize this was Book II of the series, but I don’t feel it harmed my reading in any way, though I do recommend beginning at the beginning. It just made me work harder to try and solve the mystery myself. I read a lot of books like that. Funny thing, I was able to pick up the first book, Deadly Sins, for free from Amazon. YAY!

 

Joe Gaines, a reporter for the Arizona Republic, was ready to party without the pregnant wife he left at home. He had some blow, which he did a couple lines while waiting for the hot woman he expected to knock on his casino room door any minute. BUT….she was there for more than a private party.

 

Phoenix Police Detective, David Shaw, was excited to be working such a high profile case. It would be good for his career advancement.

 

Jill Shannon, our main character, has money and connections, soon to be married to a prosecutor and the only son of the former governor. She had left behind a dead husband in Seattle, a police officer shot right in front of her in their own home. I feel there is so much more to her story and I aim to learn about it. Jill is super smart, a whiz with technology.

 

I don’t know why I am so drawn to villains. I love when the villain is so likeable I want to root for them and do, but I am still waiting to ‘hear’ the full story.

 

The characters have many personal, as well as, professional problems. The sad thing is, the kids seem to pay a heavy price, even as their parents struggle to protect them. How many lives will be lost as the the mysteries are solved? I keep trying to anticipate who will live and who will end up dead or locked up as the time to pay the piper comes due. Will ANYONE be happy in the end?

 

I love complex, multiple plots, and characters that sometimes make it hard to distinguish good from bad. After all, let he who is without sin cast the first stone and I don’t see any of these characters able to do so, except the children and we won’t ask that of them.

 

Chris Patchell has a way of piling stories on top of stories, intermingling them in such a way that by adding the bits and pieces  the complete the picture is exposed in a spellbinding way. The mystery compounds, the suspense keeps building and I am so happy to know this is not the end of Jill Shannon’s story.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Vows of Silence by Chris Patchell.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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review 2018-02-20 13:11
Review: "Winterkartoffelknödel: Ein Provinzkrimi" (Franz Eberhofer, #1) by Rita Falk
Winterkartoffelknödel: Ein Provinzkrimi - Rita Falk

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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