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review 2017-09-07 23:28
Wicked Stepmother
Wicked Stepmother - Michael McDowell,Axel Young,Dennis Schuetz

After another few moments, Cassandra asked, “Did you at least have a good time last night?”

“I think so,” said Verity after a moment of hesitation.

“You don’t know?”

“Well, we did a lot of coke, and then we drank something that— Cassandra, honest to God it was bright green, and I know it wasn’t crème de menthe.” With two fingers she rubbed the skin just beneath her nostrils. “And I’ve got nose-burn from the amyl nitrate.” Cassandra raised her eyebrows and shook her head.

“Are you shocked?” asked Verity, peering at her sister over the top of her dark glasses. “No,” sighed Cassandra. “Just surprised that in the midst of all that, you still had time to think about Father, and Louise, and Atlantic City.”


I have heard Wicked Stepmother described as sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in Boston, and that is exactly what it was. That and a bit of creepy murder.


When I first met the Hawkes, I hated all of them. I had a hard time to decide whether the stepmother was wicked or whether the grown-up children were just horrible. As it turns out, they balanced each other quite well. While the "kids" dismiss their stepmother as and over-dressed wanna-be, she seems to be up to something else entirely...

“And what did you find out?” asked Cassandra curiously.

“That Louise was either planning to get high on airplane glue, or else she made a purchase of certain chemicals.”

“In a hobby shop? What kind of chemicals?”

“Little tiny bottles. For teenage chemistry sets. I wasn’t able to figure out what kind she got.”

Cassandra put down the brush. “You think Louise doctored Father’s sleeping pills?”

“I think that’s more likely than that Louise is sniffing airplane glue.”

“Verity, I don’t like this.”


I really enjoyed most of the book. The back and forth between the two camps in the family was horrible to watch because all of the characters (apart from Cassandra) were either vile or TSTL, but none deserved what they got - apart from... you know... the end.

Louise left off abruptly. Her movements had become jerks. All three of the Hawkes were watching her, and she forced a semblance of calm over her features.

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text 2017-09-05 01:13
Halloween Bingo - 80s Horror
Wicked Stepmother - Michael McDowell,Axel Young,Dennis Schuetz

Right, I am ready for some more horror...


Last year, Char lead me to discover The Elementals, which was one of the scariest books I have ever read (I am not a horror fan) and yet I enjoyed McDowell's writing so much that I have put two more of his titles on my list for this year's game.


The Wicked Stepmother is the first I will try. It was written in 1983 and the description makes me think that there may be a fun element to it:


"Seducing a proper Bostonian was easy. Making him die of a heart attack a week after the wedding was hardly any trouble at all. Now she has money, social status, everything she has cunningly schemed to get since she was a poor little girl. Everything except the Brookline mansion and the multi-million dollar trust fund left to the three children. 

But what wicked stepmother couldn't get rid of three children? "



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review 2017-09-03 07:59
Gripping and Terrifying
Pretty Wicked - Kelly Charron

Pretty Wicked is, hands down, one of the best thrillers that I've read in quite some time. It's a bit different from most thrillers since we know who the killer is from the start, so the suspense lies in just how far young Ryann will go before getting caught. Like most teenagers, fifteen year old Ryann thinks she's smarter than everyone else, especially the adults that she so easily manipulates. Where the story gets utterly creepy is when you add the thoughts and mindset of a psychopath to that teenage attitude. As if her thoughts aren't scary enough, when she follows through with her heinous plans, the story gets absolutely bone-chilling. The very idea of what appears to be a wholesome, sweet girl on the outside being so monstrous on the inside is both disturbing and terrifying. I found myself holding my breath as Ryann escalates and begins to take greater risks with each action. Some scenes are quite graphic and may be triggers for some, but what I found in the pages of this book was a gripping story that I couldn't put down. 

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review 2017-08-28 23:43
Awesome Historical Romance
Her Wicked Proposal (League of Rogues) - Lauren Smith,Heather Wilds

Her Wicked Proposal by Lauren Smith is a phenomenal read.  Ms Smith has delivered a well-written historical romance book.  The characters are amazing.  Cedric and Anne's story is loaded with drama, suspense, humor and sizzle.  I enjoyed this book from cover to cover and look forward to reading more from Lauren Smith in the future.  Her Wicked Proposal is book 3 of The League Of Rogues Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I won a copy of this book.

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review 2017-08-22 21:14
good story and characters
Wicked Bite - Rebecca Zanetti

Beauregard/Bear  knew someone was in his cabin. Bear was a Grizzly Bear shifter and Alpha of the Grizzly Bear nation. Bear was also a loner and he liked his privacy as anyone who knew Bear knew to stay out of his space. The door of his cabin was open and then a woman came into view and said to Bear “ there you are”. Then bear knew she was a witch. She asked Bear to change back. To human form and they needed to talk. That took a little longer than usual since Bear had barely been out of bear form in the last three months. But that hadn’t helped his health and it was still not good. Then anger went through Bear as he said what is a coven nine witch doing in my cabin ? Bear couldn’t remember her name but he did remember seeing her in Ireland at witch headquarters and she was a council member but that had been months ago. She was on the ruling council of witches and should have security all around her. Bear said everyone called him Bear. His people were no longer enemies with the witches although Bear didn’t like witches. Then Bear remembered her name it was Nessa and asked why she was there. Bear did find Nessa pretty and intriguing. Bear was dying and Nessa sensed it. Nessa said she just wanted to talk. Bear said he was neither civilized not part of people. Bear had torn himself half apart metaphysically as he was a hybrid as he was half dragon and half bear and a shifter is suppose to be only one true form. Bear had shifted into a dragon and that had really taken a toll on him. Bear kne it had been suicide to shift into a dragon but it had saved his younger half sister -Simone- and Bear had known the risk. Simone was now safe and Bear felt it was worth it. Nessa asked Bear if he knew how witch powers worked Then Bea said something about quantum physics and altering matter. Nessa told Bear she could heal him internally  by the application of a subatomic level. Most witches can create fire but a very few can’t those very few are healers. Nessa is a healer. She had only known of a total of ten healers. Simone had sent Nessa but there was a cost ,which was to mate with her and Bear told Nessa his species mate for life. Nessa said she was a century old and she was tired of following all the rules and being on the council and creating laws. This would give Nessa freedom. Nessa’s parents had been killed by a demon squad. Two witches came hunting for Nessa as there  was a million dollar bounty on Nessa’s head . bear killed one of the witches but got hurt buy the witches fire and Nessa fought the other witch but as he ran off he said others were coming for her. Bear had passed out and Nessa dragged him into the cabin. Nessa did some healing on Bear but she was not really sure she could completely heal Bear. Nessa had never felt that before. Then Bear awoke and kissed Nessa and she had never been kissed like that before with complete focus and leisure. Lucas was Bear’s second in command and showed up at his cabin surprised Bear was back as he thought Bear would be gone longer. Lucas was also Bear’s best friend and had been three decades. Bear is determined to protect Nessa.and find out who was after Nessa and making Apollo.

I liked this story a lot. I liked the plot and pace of the story This had: suspense, mystery, shifters, witches, bounty hunters, drugs, a hybrid and much more. I chuckled at times while reading this. I really enjoyed the interplay between Bear and Nessa and their chemistry together. At first I wasn’t fond of Nessa but that did change. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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