Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: COLD SHADOWS by J.L. Bryan (Book 2)

Ellie Jordan, ghost trapper, is back!

Determined to protect the living from the dead, ever since her parents were killed by a pyromaniac spirit, she continues her work as a ghost investigator. In this adventure, a house is being plagued by paranormal activity. Could we be dealing with a poltergeist? A spiritual parasite?

Ellie certainly does some smart investigating. She’s so professional, wry, and witty. And she will need all her wits, since we’re dealing with a spiritually gifted child that can see the ghosts of the two dead children that just want to play. Ellie and Stacie must look into the home’s history to put the malevolent spirits to rest once and for all.

Well-written and full of mystery!


My rating: 4 stars

Review: THE CRAWLING DARKNESS by J.L. Bryan (Book 3)

Another haunting tale that could have something to do with one of Ellie Jordan’s unfinished cases. In fact, the house is right next door to it! Ellie fears that monster that she was looking for back then has returned.

What’s scarier than monsters in the closet? A shadowy entity that takes the shape of your worst fears. It’s almost a spidery figure—the Crawling Darkness. Ewe! Yuck! And freaky!

It’s a search for the Boogeyman in this chilling tale. It’s a spirit that feeds on your fears, especially the children’s.

Ellie and the gang must face their fears in this ghostly mystery, which actually has a spiritual protector. This is your nightmares come true.

This is another great ghost trapper story. A worthy read!


My rating: 4 stars

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Review: A NEW BEGINNING by Brenda Kennedy

This book sounded interesting at first.

Mason is still getting over his bad break-up and doesn't want to get set up with another girl; Angel finally left her abusive relationship and is looking forward to a new start. Pushed together by annoying friends, Mason and Angel are instantly attracted to each other even though neither is seeking a serious relationship.

Story is written in 1st person present tense and alternates between Mason and Angel--a typical love story in he said/she said perspective. It actually read more like a summary, one filled with superfluous details, mild redundancies, and life stories of the couple's circle of friends. It was mediocre, but still compelling in that simple, straightforward fashion.

Overall, this was not overly impressive and could've been better. 

My rating: 2.5 stars

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


It’s Christmas time, and P.I. Penguin is having a quandary with his light display: it just doesn’t look right. So he sets off, seeking advice from his animal friends on how to make his Christmas lights special.

There wasn’t really any mystery. It’s just one of those “Finding the Spirit of Christmas Tales” that’s supposed to warm your heart.

As always, the story rhymes and the illustrations are cute. A decent children’s tale for the holidays.


My rating: 3 stars

Review: HER CHRISTMAS BONUS by Rain Danvers (short story)

Sage is a professional that is attracted to her boss, which is why she is quitting at the end of the year. This is your typical Xmas lover story.

I liked that they both couldn’t stand Christmas, but end up enjoying it together.

Predictable and unimpressive. Not that bad, but not that great either.

My rating: 3 stars

Review: THE CHRISTMAS HIMS by Heather Henle

Rachel was the “nice” girl, the girl next door, the introvert who enjoyed a good romance novel. Never the hot girl, she didn’t have to wonder why her own love life was in the dumps, especially after her most recent divorce. Determined to find someone to spend Christmas with, she ventures into the world of online dating. Man, the woman tends to babble on and on.

While she’s going on these dates, she’s also commiserating on her failed marriage.

This was much too slow for my taste. Expected to be livelier.

My rating: 2 stars

Review: 12 DAVES OF CHRISTMAS by Juliet Madison

Abby is a successful romance author, but her love life was anything but successful.

One day, old letters from her grandma sparked a curiosity over “Dave.” Suddenly, Grandma’s ghost appears and urges her to find Dave, her first love. But why? The woman’s dead now.

And so begins a LONG and arduous search across country, searching through 12 Daves, trying to find THE Dave that got away 70 + years ago. OMG! Why, for the love of god? Why’s a dead broad seeking a live, old man? It’s not like they could be together now. Obviously, I had a hard time grasping this concept.


This story was so very, very SLOW. But I guess this journey gave Abby ideas for her upcoming book and taught her the true meaning of Christmas—that you need love and stuff. Not as witty as I thought it would be—just a long, long search.


My rating: 2 stars