Monday, July 24, 2017

Serial Killers

"Dark Deception" by Nancy Mehl is the second book in the Defenders of Justice series.  In this one Kate is the survivor of a serial killer who goes by the name Blue-eyed Killer.  The Blue-eyed Killer targets women with long hair and blue eyes across the states of Kansas and Missouri.  After testifying Kate enters the witness protection system, living under the name Emma and running a café in Arkansas.  Following the accused killers release for tampered evidence, Tony, a US Marshall, goes to Arkansas to retrieve Kate to testify once again.  That is when the killer goes missing and the mystery is on. 
I love these books by Mehl.  The mystery, the writing, the whole serial killer story line; they are great!  Now in this particular novel, I know if I were Kate I wouldn't want Tony to be anything more than a love interest, cuz for a Marshall, he's got a big mouth!  The story also didn't seem to want to end when it should.  That being said, the love story was sweet, the serial killer investigation was good and I liked the characters.  I give it 4 stars.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publications. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Poor Little Kitties

In the last month we have lost two of our Beauty Queens, FR CO Fair Grand Champion Cat 2010 and FR CO Fair Alt Champion 2016.  They have both succumbed to the dreaded Bobcat Disease.  Both of them suddenly stopped eating, drinking and moving.  The first went to the vet and after blood work discovered what the cause was.  The second was gone before there was a chance.  The disease is passed from bobcats to house cats through ticks.  Though both had been mostly indoor cats and flea and tick treated, they stick were gone within three days.  There really isn't anything one can do, but please, make sure they are treated.  It's really all there is to do.  Poor Summer and Sawgwa. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A little witchcraft

"Akata Witch" by Nnedi Okorafor is a fascinating book.  The book stars Sunny, an albino girl who was born in America and raised there until she was nine, then moved to her parents home of Nigeria to live.  Sunny discovers shortly after moving to Africa that she is a "leopard person".  That is what people of the Western African nations call someone with a gift for powers.  A person of another culture might call themselves a Shaman, witch, or Sorcerer.  She starts her training to be a leopard person and becomes friends with three other people in her class.  The four of them begin the take down of the Black Hat Killer, a serial killer in there area. 
Though this is a Young Adult book, I would recommend it to anyone of any age.  It is truly a wonderful book and I was enthralled the whole time reading it.  Five stars.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Yep. That's exactly what it's like.

"A Beautiful, Terrible Thing" by Jen Waite is "A Memoire of Marriage and Betrayal" and it is about as close to being cheated on by a deranged psycho as you can get without being there.  Jen's story is a true story about her discovery that her husband, Marco, was cheating on her just three short weeks after the birth of their daughter.  It follows the discovery, investigation, recovery and survival of her experiences.  There wasn't a moment I couldn't identify with.  If you want a good book, well written, diving into the psychological issues dealing with cheaters this is definitely the book for you.  She is right on the money with every word.  If you suspect being cheated or have recently become aware and would like to read about someone who has been there and can verify that you are not crazy, that things really are as they seem, then get this book!  However, if this is in the distant past and the last thing you want to relive, you should rethink getting involved with this one.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Saturday, June 24, 2017

You must read this

"The Lost Letter" by Jillian Cantor is an amazing book that you must read!  The book follows the love story of Kristoff and Elena.  Kristoff is Fredrick Faber's apprentice in his stamp making business.  Elena is Fredrick's daughter.  The story takes pace in World War II Austria with the Faber's being Jews under the German oppression. 
Though this book's main character would probably be the stamp, it is incredibly interesting.  The story switches back and forth between 1939 Austria and 1989 California.  Kristoff and Elena battling the Germans using their stamps and forgery as weapons and 1989 Katie and Benjamin, philatelists, chasing the mystery of the "gem" of a stamp found in Katie's father's collection.  This book's characters are amazing, the story line fantastic, and it leaves you with a book hangover like you wouldn't believe.  Who knew stamps were so fascinating?!  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Love Letters

"The One True Love of Alice-Ann" by Eva Marie Everson is the new fictional novel.  Alice-Ann is a farm girl about to celebrate her sweet 16 when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.  Though she has been pining over Mack, her brother's friend, with the war in on she now has a time limit to make her feelings known.  Alice-Ann and Mack decide to become pen-pals while he is stationed overseas.  Before he can return, her brother's other friend, Carlton, returns from serving.  Alice-Ann then forms a bond with Carlton that leaves her struggling when Mack finally returns. 
This book is written through the eyes of a teen girl; so it is written as it the author is a teen girl.  It is naive and sweet in the beginning.  It is a good book to pass the time, not real deep, but a sweet romance.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale Publishing. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Spies

"MacArthur's Spies" by Peter Eisner is the true story of a soldier, a singer, and spymaster working the underground resistance during WWII in the Philippines.  The story follows Boone, Chick, and Claire as they work to both help American POWs that are dying by the thousands from starvation and neglect and acquiring intelligence from the Japanese officers partying at the clubs. 
This is a very good book.  Though it is not light reading, it is still intriguing and full of information. It also keeps the reader's attention.  However, it is intense and takes  awhile to read. I highly recommend it to the history buff.  This book doesn't stray from other books I have read about the Philippines during WWII.   I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com