Saturday, December 29, 2012

Deadly Deception

Deadly Deception by Andrea Johnson Beck
The story begins with Dr. Anne Jamison; she is just coming out of a hypnosis session. Anne suffers greatly from severe anxiety attacks. The attacks have been coming to her for the last three years, ever since her boyfriend Carter Leeds went missing and was presumed dead. Anne has spent the past three years in treatment and trying to rebuild her life. She is very pleased with the progress she has been making moving forward and recently became engaged to Adam and believes that things are progressing smoothly.

Anne is a physiologist and shares a practice with her long time best friend Casey Adler. Casey is well aware of her friend's shaky stability and tries her best to keep her grounded. All Anne's work to restore her mental health is put on hold when she receives an envelope containing photos from Carter's last camping trip and a note in his handwriting. Anne believes that this is someone’s idea of a sick joke; she and Casey pursue surveillance footage to see who could have left the envelope.

While waiting on the surveillance tapes Anne goes away for the weekend with Adam. While Anne waits for Adam to come home one evening Carter comes bounding out from the shadows. She is quite stunned to see Carter, and he goes on to tell her that he has been in hiding and that she is in great danger with Adam. Anne goes on the confront Adam and he proceeds to tell her that it is the other way around and she should be anywhere near Carter. Anne is so upset from all the lies she has been told and doesn't know who to believe.

I don't really know where to begin, I like most of the book, but the parts that I don't like make me crazy. I think the author meant for Anne to be the heroine of this story but it just doesn't read that way. She is jumping to one man or the other and her emotional state is in such shambles that you can't tell from minute to minute if she is a weak link, or strong ultra-heroine. The action in the book is superb but I feel like the romantic scenes are very plain and somewhat cheesy.

I was slightly disappointed with the ending. It felt a little rushed it leads up to a phenomenal cliff hanger which sets it up perfectly for the next book, since this the first book of a series, but I came out of that wondering exactly what happened leading up to the cliff hanger.

All this being said I think the characters are well written and there is a ton of potential to become a great series. I give this book 3 stars out of 5.

I was provided 1 eBook copy of the book in return for the review. I received no other compensation.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Second Daughter

The Second Daughter by J. Jeffery


The book follows the lives of Theodore and Helen Gale from their initial meeting throughout most of their lives. Theodore and Helen begin there married life together and conceive their first daughter Regina, after the birth of their little girl they felt they had a perfect life; things were going quite well for them. Another year passes and they welcome another beautiful baby girl Debra into their crazy lives. Immediately Helen realizes she was not prepared for a second child, and to make matters worse her second baby was not as "easy" as the first. There were long sleepless nights and frustrating days but Helen and Theodore try to power through and move forward.

Like most people time for Theodore and Helen kept marching on. Their daughters were growing so fast and they couldn't seem to get along at all, which put major pressure on an already rocky marriage. Debra finds that early life with her mother is difficult and seems to be the odd one out with her sister. She finds that her father tries to give her the love and affection she is missing in her life but realizes that he is quick to put his family aside for his own personal gain. Though through the years Debra finds a closer relationship with her mother and this pleases her to no end.


This is a wonderful book; I had no trouble following the lives of the Gale family through all the ups and downs of life. The author told a beautiful story of a true American family with great perspective. Most interesting to me was just the normal everyday lives of the rich characters. I figure most women would relate closely to the mother daughter dynamic since both daughters are so different. You could probably say that you were one of the daughters at some point in your life.
I do have a few small idiosyncrasies that bugged me through the entire book (this might be my own personal issues but none the less they bugged me.) Nowhere in the book does it the book tell you the city or state the Gales lived in. This might be a minor issue to some but on my own personal level but it was very difficult for me to wrap my mind around places the family went and where they lived. There is one other thing that I have to mention. Only one place in the entire book does the author tell you what year it is, this again was very troublesome to because the book jumps around in time quite often and it left me confused about the sequence of events. Overall though the books was very moving and a very heartwarming story. I would definitely have to give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I was provided 1 eBook copy of the book in return for the review. I received no other compensation.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Into the Dark

Into The Dark by Stacy Green


Emilie Davis works as a bank manager in Las Vegas, her world gets turned upside down after an attempted bank robbery. She is held hostage for several hours and her capturer seems to have taken an unhealthy interest in her. Once SWAT comes to resolve the hostage situation, "The Taker" tries to take Emilie into a hidden passage that lead to drain system under the city. Then she realizes the taker has been stalking Emilie for some time and is still after her. A newspaper article runs after the robbery, some of Emilie's secrets from the past have been made public. Emilie is trying to keep her life on track and put the past behind her. Keeping away from "The Taker" becomes harder and harder.

Nathan Madigan the SWAT negotiator failed to catch "The Taker" before he goes into the drains. He has to turn over the case to the detective and the FBI, but really can't seem to get over putting Emilie in danger. Nathan doesn't want to fail Emilie like he failed his own family when he was young. He wants to help keep Emilie out of harm’s way but someone seems to be helping "The Taker", and Nathan takes it upon himself to try to protect Emilie.


I really felt like I knew each character and was able to lose myself inside the story. The characters were very well written and there was so much depth and insight into their past. I really could relate with Emilie the most because she has such a troubled past involving her family.

It has been a while since I have read a suspense or mystery novel, so I just loved this one. Honestly I can't say enough nice things about this book. It was so well written, I have to tell you if you enjoy a good mystery you will love this as much as I did. I will have to give this 5 out of 5 star. Love love loved it!

I was provided 1 eBook copy of the book in return for the review. I received no other compensation.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Leaping Out On Faith

Leaping Out On Faith by Rochelle Campbell

Leaping Out on Faith is a collection of short stories. The stories are from four very different women in completely differing situations.
I enjoyed the collection, but I have to say short stories just leave me wanting more. I normally don't read short stories for this very reason. The writing is superb, and I love learning about these extraordinary ladies. But I would love to see one of these stories turned into a complete novel. I look forward to more wonderful works from a very talented author. I would give this 3 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Right Where I Belong

Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee


16 year old Natalia is leaving her life in Spain behind to go live with her stepmother Maureen in Tampa, FL. Natalia has recently found the lord and her friends and family in Spain ridicule her new beliefs. Maureen has taught Natalia so much about God, but she desires more knowledge. Maureen takes Natalia to her native country with hopes of moving on and bringing Natalia to a better spiritual environment.

Natalia is enrolled in the local Christian school and immediately makes friend with the pastor’s son Brian. Brian and Natalia teach an ESL class to locals as their community service credit for school. Natalia loves her new school and learning more and more about the bible. Brian thinks of Natalia as more than a friend and finds it quite frustrating that Natalia refuses to date. Natalia is very reluctant to make any kind of commitment to a boy, because she has seen her parent fail in their marriages and she feels as if she would be doomed in any relationship. She hopes with help from Brian and his family to have a better relationship with God and to plan her future with his will in mind.


I think this is a great coming of age story that all young women should read. I loved how the author kept teaching Natalia about God's will and how to apply it to her everyday life. I like how pure Natalia's intentions are when itcomes to boys, I think a lot of young women could use it as a guide in their own lives. I really liked how the author let you hear Brian's voice for his fondness of Natalia, and the frustration he felt toward making that relationship work. Overall I absolutely loved this book and gets 5 stars from me.

I was given 1 ebook copy from the author for review purposes. I didn't receive any other compensation

Monday, December 17, 2012

Blog Tour: Black and White and Dead All Over


Today is my stop on the Black and White and Dead All Over Tour hosted by Sage's Blog Tours.


Brian Wilder, the one-time war correspondence and Pulitzer Prize winner, has put the high profile journalist lifestyle behind him to work on a small newspaper in Newark, Delaware. He and his photographer Jessica are covering a story of a house being moved to make room for a new development for the weekly paper when all of sudden a skull is uncovered; the remains belong to missing local girl Mary Fleming. Before Brian knows it he is caught up in a 22 year old murder investigation involving the most prominent political family in town.

This book is the first in a series featuring Brian Wilder.  I thought this was a pretty good book, I thought it was a nice story line and I enjoyed the character building with Brian.  I wish the book had been a little longer, and I can't wait to see Brian build closer relationships with those around him. I am excited for the next book in the series. Over all I enjoyed the book and I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.

I was provided with 1 eBook copy to write my review. No further compensation was provided.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Milledgeville Misfit


14 year old Juniper Summerville has lost both her parents in a terrible car accident, which has also caused her to go mute around adults. She is being placed in the care of her Aunt and Uncle in their Milledgeville home, Dearborn.

When she arrives at the home is surprised to see that is a very old home and decrepit, and at one time it was an orphanage. Her first impression is that this place looks haunted. Juniper or June Bug, quickly finds that she is making friends with the other children who live in the house. She can speak to the children, but not her aunt and uncle.

She finds the time she spends with the children is helping her get over all her grief of being left alone without any parents.  Quickly Juniper gets caught up in mischief with some of the other children. She is very surprised that none of the other children will except blame for the trouble they cause her. So she is always the one to take the blame and the punishment.


I normally don’t read YA genre but I absolutely love this book, it is very short but I read the whole thing in one day. I really felt like I was sucked into Juniper's world and caught up in some of the trouble that she and children got themselves into. One of the things that I loved the most is the author is from Georgia, like myself and I loved all the references to local places because I could put myself in the places this made the characters more real for me. It was a great piece of writing and I would absolutely read a follow up to this book. I did have a few issues with the book but they are minor editing issues that I am sure could be fixed easily. I would definitely recommend this book! I give 4 out of 5 stars.

I was given 1 ebook copy from the author for review purposes. I didn't receive any other compensation.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Author Spotlight

I am participating in a blog tour, the tour will be stopping here on December 17th but I am going to spotlight the author Michael Bradley today. This is a great book and I look forward to bringing the review next week.

Michael Bradley

Born and raised in southern New Jersey,

Michael Bradley is an author and IT consultant,
whose frequent travels bring him in touch with
a variety of people up and down the east coast.
When he isn’t on the road, Michael hits the
waterways in one of his three kayaks. Being an
avid Apple fan, Michael loves to preach the benefits of Apple’s Mac OS X and iOS.Before working in information technology,
Michael spent eight years in radio broadcasting, working for stations in New Jersey and West Virginia, including the Marconi Award winning WVAQ in Morgantown. Becoming an author has been a lifelong dream for Michael, which was finally realized with the release of his first book in 2012.

Among the writers in which he finds inspiration, Michael favors P.D. James, Raymond Chandler, Leslie Charteris, Simon Brett, and Ian Fleming. He lives in Delaware with his wife, Diane, and their two furry four-legged “kids”, Simon and Brandy. Michael does all of his writing on an Apple iPad 2 with a Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover.


Michael Bradley




Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Next in Line

Well thanks for some of the suggestions for books, but I came across a book while scanning Amazon late last night. It's looking really good and it’s got a couple of hooks that have me intrigued. I LOVE A GOOD HOOK!!! So this one is next in line to be reviewed. Keep the suggestions coming because I know I will need another book soon.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I need a new book

Sorry I haven't uploaded for a few days but have been a tad under the weather and I haven't been able to start a new book.  I am looking for something new to read.  I have a few more books that I have gotten for free off of blogs I follow but I haven't been able to get started. Thanks for the patience and I will be back in the swing of things as soon as I can.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New and Exciting Things

So I decided at the beginning of the month to start blogging book reviews. This is all do to my good friend Sharon who gave me the idea. I absolutely love it, besides reading all the time; I have found an awesome community of fellow bloggers doing the same thing as me. They are a very supportive group of people, and I love reading all the different reviews in all the different genres.

So now the new and exciting things, well I have just agreed to participate in my first blog tour. I will be doing this in December and I am really looking forward to it. Stay tuned to see what's happening here in my little corner of the world. Thanks for all the love and support of my followers you guys are great!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Silver Linings Playbook

Sorry this one took me so long to get posted I traveled over the holidays so thanks for being so patient.

Silver Linings Playbook
 By Matthew Quick

Pat Peoples is being released into his mother’s care after leaving a mental hospital. Pat isn't sure what year it is but desperately wants to reconcile with his wife Nikki, so that "apart time" can be over.
Pat tries adapting to life outside the "bad place" and slowly begins to ease back into society. He finds that all evidence of his marriage to Nikki seems to have disappeared. Pat spends his days with his rigid workout schedule, seeing his doctor once a week, and returns to the ritual of Philadelphia Eagles football with his family.
Pat is then introduced to Tiffany. Like Pat, Tiffany is struggling to put her life back together after her husband’s death. Tiffany tries very hard to be friends with Pat, and to help him come to terms with his wife being out of his life. They form a strange bond after Tiffany enters them into a dance competition and forces Pat to give up Eagles football.
I had a hard time putting this book down, and I was very intrigued by the characters. Pat's story is great and I spent the whole book waiting to find out what happened to Pat to put him into the hospital. I was a little disappointed at the lack of explanation into Pat's past. Most of the book lead up to the crucial point in Pat's life and it was such a letdown that the author spent very little time explaining his situation.
On that note I still loved the book, I would recommend it to anyone. I really enjoyed learning about Pat and his family and liked the dynamics. I feel like to book was a real glimpse into to how most families would handle a similar situation. I would definitely give this book 4 stars out of 5.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Up next

I love when books are adapted to movies.  I don't always like the adaptation but really like to see how different people interpret my favorite books.  I was cruising my new book blogging friends and got a great idea for my next book to review.  If I know a movie that I want to see is a book adaption I read the book first. So this is what is up and coming. I'm really looking  forward to this.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Girl In The Italian Bakery

I came across this book as it was one of the free books from the blogs that I mentioned in my previous post, normally I don’t read non-fiction but occasionally I come across something that catches my attention.

The Girl In The Italian Bakery by Kenneth Tingle.


Our story begins with Kenny Tingle the youngest of three boys in the project in Lawrence, MA. Kenny and his brothers are trying to stay out of trouble but the Stadium project is a tough neighborhood and with a name like Tingle being picked on by the other kids is just part of the territory. Kenny lives with his mother and two older brothers Tommy and Gary. Tommy the oldest had mental illness and constantly tormented by the local hoodlums. Gary spends most of his time caught in the middle trying to protect his older brother while also looking after his little brother.

Over the next several years Kenny's mother struggles without any help from the boys father and Tommy is soon off to a group home, leaving Kenny and Gary behind.  The boys are forced to move from one place to the next finding no real roots or sense of security. Kenny and Gary moved to an especially tough part of town and get mixed up with the wrong crowd. The next thing Kenny knows he is 11 years old and in the back of a police car in handcuffs. On probation Kenny finds it hard to walk a straight line and quickly falls back into bad habits. His mother doesn't know what to do with him and quietly gives up on him. Kenny is then placed in foster care and bounces from one family to another.

Kenny returns to his family to find his older brother has moved out and it just he and his mother now. He tries to stay out of trouble but occasionally get into mischief. One afternoon while on his way home from school Kenny gets turned around and goes a different way home and stumbles across Pappy's Bakery, there at the counter is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Kenny continues on but the beautiful girl is always in the back of his mind haunting his thoughts for years to come.


I started this book and was immediately confused with the name of the book and the point of view the book was written from, but I also love the moment when you realize the reason the book got its title.

I mostly enjoyed the book but I don't really know if I would recommend it to read. Immediately I found this as a really slow read and it took me sometime before I was really hooked and wanted to move more quickly through the book. I did find it wasn't long before I started to really enjoy all the mischief and exploits that Kenny gets himself into. If you enjoy non-fiction and don't mind the stalls in the story you might enjoy this book. It does have a nice ending and teaches a really good lesson.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Currently Reading

I read exclusively on my Kindle Fire. I have had a Kindle for the last 3 years. I read all the time and having the Kindle has given me the opportunity to carry all my books wherever I go. One of the things that I really enjoy about my Kindle is that at times I am able to get books for free. I follow a couple of blogs on Facebook that let you know what books are offered from Amazon for free or at a reduced price each day. Sometimes they post more than once a day. Those blogs are Pixel of Ink and Ereader News Today. This is the book that I am reading now and planning to review. Look for it soon.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

What is The Sweetest Thing?

A while back I was searching for new books to read and reached out to my Facebook friends for suggestions. One of them recommended the author Elizabeth Musser. I read exclusively on my Kindle so I searched Amazon and came across this book.
The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser


It's 1933 in Atlanta; Perri Singleton is excited after hearing President Roosevelt speak on the radio. She believes there is hope for the terrible economy and for her father and his concerns over his failing bank. Perri is off to the train station to pick up the niece of her mother’s dear friend Mrs. Chandler. There she meets Mary Dobbs Dillard from Chicago, whom she decides is a most peculiar girl. Little does she know that tragedy will strike her family and present Perri with the most difficult challenges of her life.

Mary Dobbs, or just Dobbs her friends call her, and Perri become quick friends even though they come from vastly different backgrounds. Perri is accustomed to Atlanta society, while Dobbs has been living meekly and traveling with her family to spread the gospel. Through Dobbs teachings she tries to show Perri how to find her true meaning in life outside of Atlanta society.
While helping Perri, Dobbs finds herself in her own troubling mystery. Jewelry and other valuables from her Aunt Josie's house have gone missing and her aunts cook Anna has been sent to the Alms Houses for stealing them. Dobbs learns this all from Anna's daughter Parthenia who say she knows the person who stole the items, but is to scared to come forward and clear her mothers name. Dobbs is determined to find justice so Anna can leave the Alms Houses and return to her family.


I absolutely love this book; the characters are wonderfully well written and relatable. I like how the author tied in faith and has Perri and Dobbs test their faith at one time or another throughout the entire book. I think most would agree that we have all struggled with our faith at one time or another. Musser was able to turn such tragic events into life lessons.

I think she really showed how it was to live in Atlanta during this time period by showing how they lived in society life and others who lived outside society and the type of poverty they had to endure. Along with all the lessons that faith provides there is also a mystery inside the story. I thought it added depth to the book. And it was just the twist this story needed. I wasn't completely surprised with the ending it still made for compelling reading. After reading this book I definitely will be putting this on my list of all-time favorite books. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Coming Soon

The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser
I read this a few weeks ago and I can't wait to review it and share with you guys!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My First Review

I read constantly not a day goes by when I don't read.  Even if it's only a few pages, I try to fit reading somewhere in my day. I read across various genres, I never stick to one genre I jump around a lot. This is the book I was currently reading when I made the decision to start the blog, so this is going to be the first book reviewed.

Something Blue by Emily Giffin


Something Blue is the sequel to Emily Giffin's best seller Something Borrowed. Darcy Rhone has been "sucker punched" by her best friend Rachel when she found out that her wedding had been cancelled because her fiancĂ© Dex was in love with her mousey friend Rachel. Never mind that she had been cheating on her Dex with his best friend, and happens to be pregnant. Before she knows it Darcy's life starts spinning out of control, so she quits her job and decides to move to London with her childhood friend Ethan. Darcy adores the London life and quickly decides to live with her friend Ethan. Living it up and mostly shopping the days away, finally Ethan introduces her to some of his local friends. Darcy can tell that his friends are familiar with her best friend’s betrayal and she feels humiliated. Ethan begins to tell her about her shallowness, and utter disregard of others, including her unborn baby. The sheer honesty cuts Darcy to the core and she vows to change her ways and become a better person, friend, and mother.

Review :
I don't really know the correct genre for this book. I have often heard it referred to as "Chick Lit". I really don’t like that classification I usually refer to it as "light reading". This book definitely falls into the light reading category as far as I'm concerned. It has good flow and I found it pretty easy to read.

I found early on in the book that I wasn’t very fond of the main character, but as the book progressed I liked the changes she made in herself and could relate to the "new" Darcy fairly well. I was surprised by the dynamic between Darcy an Ethan. In Something Borrowed the two characters are very different and not in the same place in life and I didn't see such close friendship their future. I did however anticipate the ending early on and found most of the progression predictable.

Overall I enjoyed the book thought it was well written. I would recommend for someone looking for a light heartfelt read for a long plane trip or lazy day at the beach.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

So here we go

Well as my unemployment is entering month two I'm looking for ways to spend my time. I already fill the days with being a part time house wife so now I've decided I'm going to review books. A friend gave me the idea a while back but I'm just now getting it off the ground. Where to begin? I haven't decided if I'm going to start a new book or review one that I have already read. I've gotta figure that out. So here we go on my new adventure.