Friday, October 21, 2016

Review: LOSING LAUREN by Alretha Thomas

A star is gone, and Detective Rachel Storme is back on a whole new case.

The movie industry has a field day when a beloved actress turns up missing with traces of blood left in the wake. Her cousin and publicist, Alex, can’t seem to figure out what happened. She sure was acting strange the night of the awards. Perhaps it had to do with her belligerent fiancé showing up out of the blue? Or perhaps a manager or agent about to get fired? Or maybe a competing actress?

Detective Storme and her team do a thorough and in-depth investigation to the “who, what, where, and why?” At times, the case became a little daunting and I kept forgetting some of the characters/suspects, but I was still interested in knowing what happened.

The entire book was a theatrical and analytical inquest of a missing person’s case.

A well-written mystery!

My rating: 3.5 stars

Review: FAMILY TIES by Christina Morgan

Like Father, Like Daughter was a great way to introduce Libby Carter, an intuitive and sensible paralegal, in the Flesh & Blood trilogy. In the first book, she discovers her husband’s dead body and is accused of his murder with the whole plot revolving around clearing herself of the charges.

Now, in Book 2, the saga continues with Libby pursuing a career as a private investigator, which, judging by how she was able to prove her innocence in the first book, she had a natural knack for. Family Ties begins with her father professing his innocence to the I-75 serial killings and asking Libby to exonerate him. For years, she believed him to be this cold-blooded killer, but the look in his eyes showed her that he may be telling the truth. Ultimately, what it boiled down to for Libby was: family. Blood is thicker than water, after all. Family ties. So, her very first case would be her father’s case.

Of course, the most obvious question was: Why would her father confess to the killings if he was innocent?

Thus, begins a case of preliminary tactics and extensive research as Libby seeks to find the truth. With the help of a computer-savvy assistant and a smokin’ hot police detective, Libby will learn that there’s much more to this case than she realized. Once more, the killings are starting up again, except it couldn’t be her father this time. The real killer?

The reader will be hooked from page one. Again, the author has penned another well-written work. What may have complicated the plot was the in-depth look at the history, which was challenging to trail, considering the case was like over 20 years old, but this’ll compel the reader nonetheless, especially when secrets are revealed. The book was well-paced and thoroughly crafted, making it an enjoyable and engaging thriller. A gripping read!

My rating: 5 stars

Thursday, October 6, 2016


When the stinky Swamp Monster returns, an imaginative boy uses his monster-stopper kit to protect his home and family. A humorous picture book which celebrates the blurry lines between inventiveness and reality.

My thoughts:  This is the story of Mikey and the swamp monster. Readers will get a kick when they find out who the swamp monster really was. Oh, how kids’ imaginations run wild.

Cute story with nice illustrations!

Loved the irony in the end!

My rating: 5 stars

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review: CHARMS AND MURDER by Elizabeth Autumn

Melody is from Pumpkin Valley and she is addicted to magic. That’s why she joined a witch’s anonymous group to get over her addiction. But why? Magic made things easier.

A psychic’s prediction of someone’s impending death is what starts it all. Turns out one of the magic addicts ends up dead.

The mystery was okay, but my biggest beef was that there wasn’t much magic in it, which makes sense, I guess, since these guys are trying to quit it. But still, a witch story with no magic? C’mon!

My rating: 3 stars

Review: THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC by Caroline Fardig

After surviving an attempted murder in the 1st book (haven’t read,) Lizzie Hart is back at work, limping on crutches. Judging from the title, I thought Lizzie was a latent witch. But it turns out someone ends up dead with a pentagram symbol carved on the forehead. I was a bit disappointed that Lizzie wasn’t a witch. But she does, however, infiltrate a local coven for answers.

Written in the POV of Lizzie, story is witty and smart.

Lizzie must delve deep into the haunting whereabouts of this coven to exonerate a good friend (a witch practitioner with 2nd sight) and free her of the murder chargers.

My rating: 4 stars

Review: THE WITCH WITH A GLITCH by Adam Maxwell

A hidden room in the Lost Bookshop is where the children have all the adventures.
In this book, the children find themselves in the forest, where they encounter a witch living in a house made of candy. But this is no ordinary witch—this is a witch with a glitch. A magic faux paus suddenly turn the children into a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf. Now the kids have until midnight to fix the broken spell or stay like that forever.

A cute, simple kids tale.

My rating: 3 stars

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: A PERFECT ANGEL by Morgan Mandel

Angelina Fortunata and Vince Cannizzaro are Italian BFF’s who work at her family’s restaurant. She was just jilted at the altar and he thinks she’s a perfect angel. She just wants to forget about her ex and about being perfect, so she decides to be fancy-free—to be unpredictable and imperfect. The thing is that she’s not like that, and it’s a good thing she has Vince to keep her in check.

The two promise to always be there for each other no matter what—to be friends forever. But what happens when the undeniable attraction can no longer be ignored?

A nice, little romance.

My rating: 4 stars