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review 2014-10-24 15:08
Friday Featured Spotlight ~ Book 4
The Osgood Casebook: The Nurseryland Mysteries - Herschel Cozine

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

 

Nathaniel P. Osgood III is a private investigator in Nurseyland. Well, ok, he’s the only PI in Nurseyland, but even the crazy nursery rhyme and fairy tale people need a PI occasionally. This anthology contains eight cases from his casebook.

 

If I could rate this “to infinity and beyond” I would. That’s how much I love it. Out of the eight stories, I’ve read four of them already, but I read them again. Because that’s how much I love them. If you’re looking for a fairy tale (or nursery rhyme) retelling that is humorous and fun as well as creative then look no further. This is the one stop shop you want. Eight of them in one book. Eight! Grab your copy today and I bet my sweet bippy you’ll finish it with a smile on your face.

 

To Herschel Cozine: Please, Sir, may I have another? And another? And another?

 

 

A Sheep’s Tale ~ Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep. Or has she?

 

The Birds ~ You’d think this was about animal cruelty. Who bakes four and twenty blackbirds into a pie? The guilty party, that’s who.

 

The Porridge Incident ~ Falsely accused Goldilocks hires Osgood to find the real culprit.

 

Who’s There? ~ How does Osgood solve the case of the man who wasn’t there?

 

The Humpty Dumpty Tragedy ~ Not satisfied with the findings of all the King’s horses and all the King’s men, Osgood goes snooping on his own time.

 

Mystery at Pumpkin House ~ Is Peter a wife beater?

 

The Cock Robin Conspiracy ~ Cock Robin, a rock star? Who knew?!

 

The Shady Snow White ~ As it turns out, Snow White is not so white as snow, the larcenous wench.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/10/ffs-untreed-reads.html
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review 2014-10-24 15:05
Friday Featured Spotlight ~ Book 3
Autumn Glory and Other Stories - Barbara Metzger

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

 

Three humorous historical romance short stories in this anthology by Barbara Metzger will entertain the most jaded heart. I have yet to read one of Ms. Metzger’s stories and be disappointed. I count on them to cheer me up and turn my frown upside down.

 

Autumn Glory ~ A lively youngest sister helps her two elder sisters get the husbands they want. Shenanigans (and reader entertainment) ensue.

 

The Management Requests ~ First impressions are not always what they seem especially when a certain man doesn’t correct a certain woman’s first impression and in fact, encourages it. Like that ever ends well.

 

A Match Made in Heaven – Or Hell ~ A dash of the paranormal is added to this love story and it’s just the right amount to really bring the two stubborn characters together.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/10/ffs-untreed-reads.html
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review 2014-10-24 15:03
Friday Featured Spotlight ~ Book 2
Lady in Flames - Ian Lewis

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

 

A series of events are told from multiple POVs in this tale about a small town named Halgraeve. Several residents and a mysterious otherworldly figure called The Driver tell the tale leading up to the unexpected conclusion.

 

The town of Halgraeve is so depressing in this tale. The writing is so good that I felt like I was there and I just wanted to get the hell out. To run far and fast. To get away from what appeared to be a dead end place in a rundown tiny corner of the world. The different POVs were interesting, but the most interesting character is The Driver of the black Camaro. I didn’t quite understand the world in which he existed most of the time or what his role in the real world was exactly, but I still found him fascinating. It’s not quite my type of book, but it’s a good read all the same.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/10/ffs-untreed-reads.html
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review 2014-10-24 14:51
Friday Featured Spotlight ~ Book 1
Strange People, Scary People - Tally Harbour

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

 

Fourteen tales of horror in this anthology will have something for everyone.

 

In my long and varied reading experience, it’s only fairly recently I’ve stuck my delicate toe in the horror genre. Not a fan of horror movies, or really horror in general, I have since found that there are certain horror books that I have liked and some I’ve quite enjoyed. I can’t say I’ve wholeheartedly embraced the horror genre, but the stories I have carefully handpicked have so far been a delightful surprise.

 

Glendy with the Iron Teeth ~ Was she? Wasn’t she?

Cooties ~ I felt itchy and gross after reading this.

Professor Patchwhite’s Garden ~ He got his, but it wasn’t what he expected. *shudders*

Cousin Pete’s Armidillo Farm ~ No. Just…no.

Rebecca’s Hand ~ Well, that escalated quickly.

The Tree ~ Karma’s a bitch, baby.

Pumpanddump Versus Pitchinditch ~ Creative! And amusing.

Dorain Necromanced ~ This is why you don’t obsess about celebrities.

Out of the Pleiades ~ Why did this have to involve a book? And remind me of Tom Riddle’s diary?

Anavrin ~ Um, dafuq did I just read?

Pine Trees ~ My favorite!

Procedure Monomania ~ Weird!

The Womb and the Window ~ The ending? Ewwww!

She of the Other Kingdom ~ I didn’t understand this one at all.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/10/ffs-untreed-reads.html
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review 2014-08-15 12:14
The grass is always greener...
Becoming the Butlers - Penny Jackson

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

 

Fourteen-year-old Rachel Harris lives with her Professor dad and hippie mom in a NYC apartment until the day her mom runs off to Spain with the super, George Vasquez. Rachel’s mediocre life is turned upside down and she decides she needs to belong to a different family. A perfect family. She chooses the Butlers, but is any family ever perfect?

 

Very well-written this tale told from Rachel’s POV kept me interested and turning the pages if only to see what train wreck was around the corner. Rachel’s mom is definitely a flake and her dad is an alcoholic, but at least he holds down a job as a Math Professor at a local private school for the rich and privileged. However, how he handles Elizabeth’s defection earns my disgust. He has a kid who needs him and he’s totally selfish. Life after Elizabeth is up and down for Rachel so she decides she’s going to become a Butler since her classmates, Olive and Edwin Butler, seem to be the model of family perfection. She tries, but never comes close to succeeding in her quest. By the end she and her dad have survived and appear to have learned a thing or two about how to be a family even if it is just the two of them. All-in-all an enjoyable read. 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/08/ffs-untreed-reads.html
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