Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Book Review: Holding out for a Hero (Jelvia: Not Human Book 1 by TE Kessler

Release Date: January 21, 2017
Publisher: Common Word Publishing
Format: ebook
Pages: 156 pages
Genre:  Religion
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Synopsis:

Primal. Savage. Untamed.
An alternate Earth where humans live alongside another species.
When she was twelve years old, her mother was murdered—and ever since Macy Shaw had been subconsciously searching for a hero to protect the defenceless.
But the hero she found was a Jelvia—a species deadly to humans.
When her friend was rescued by a Jelvia, Macy used her connections as a journalist to go after the biggest story of her life.
Narcifer saved a woman by merely being Jelvian—his presence striking terror in the hearts of the men who were attacking her.
So when a red-headed reporter not only began asking questions about his ‘heroism’ but brazenly offered her business card, his interest was piqued.
Narcifer was tracking a scientist who had been imprisoning and conducting experiments on Jelvias—but no matter where Narcifer’s line of investigation took him, he was always brought back to the red-headed journalist, Macy Shaw.
Was she involved? If so, she was guaranteed to die.
His orders were to track Macy.
But he went one step further.

Review: 

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book but I really did.  It was a fun sexy read. Jelvia are a new species and humans are terrified by their silver eyes and ability to spit venom.  Rarely do humans interact with Jelvia as they are taught by the media to fear them. Jelvia do hunt humans and kill them but only after careful research and after the human in question has been deemed dangerous to society at large. Most Jelvia reside on 3 islands or incognito in cities occupied by humans. The only thing that distinguishes them is their height, silver eyes, and the uniform they seem to wear.  When they wear regular clothes and sunglasses its hard to distinguish them from human. 

Macy has always been fascinated by Jelvia, when the opportunity to interview one is presented to her she jumps at it and finds herself in the middle of something she didn't bargain for.  Being used as a pawn by a human and under investigation by the Jelvia, Macy and the Jelvia Nacifer find they may have more in common than they thought.  Inexplicably drawn to each other Macy and Nacifer defy convention and try to form a relationship.






Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through Book Sirens in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

ARC Book Review: No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

Release Date: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Water Brook
Format: ebook
Pages: 379 pages
Genre:  Culture/ Race/ Fiction/Christian
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Synopsis:

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray--the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser--faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones--the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she's stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as "this" or "that", when such complexity exists in each person?

Review: 

What a timely book. This was a great book because it really gave different perspectives on the same situation.  I was particularly drawn to Jen who has an adopted daughter from Africa given that I work in adoption and we are strong advocates for making sure that adoptive parents really understand what raising a child of a different race is going to be like.  What they need to think about, what talks they need to have with their children, hair and skin care etc.  I've already recommended this book to several people that I work with and that I know who have adopted transracially.

Given the racial tensions going on in our country today this book couldn't have come at a better time.  People really need to take a look at themselves and what drives them to do or say the things they do. Camille learns her lessons the hard way, even Anya the new teacher at the all white school learns some valuable lessons about how stereotyping people can be used to create fear. This book is full of the complex issues surrounding race in America.  This book should be read by everyone. 






Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Audio Book Review: Bridge to Burn (Kay Hunter book 7) by Rachel Amphlett

Release Date: February 8, 2019
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Format: Audio
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes
Narrator: Allison Campbell
Genre: Mystery/thriller
Buy: Audible | Kindle | Paperback

Synopsis: 

When a mummified body is found in a renovated building, the gruesome discovery leads Detective Kay Hunter and her team into a complex murder investigation.

The subsequent police inquiry exposes corruption, lies, and organized crime within the tight-knit community - and Kay's determination to seek justice for the young murder victim could ruin the reputations of men who will do anything to protect their business interests.

But as Kay closes in on the killer, tragedy strikes closer to home in an event that will send a shockwave through her personal life and make her question everything she values. Can Kay keep her private and professional life under control while she tries to unravel one of the strangest murder cases of her career?

Review:

Kay's personal life gets a front seat in this book as in the middle of a particularly strange investigation she finds her beloved father in the hospital.  Although she drops everything to be by his side her mother's sharp tongue leaves her feeling torn between her responsibility to family and her responsibility to her job.

Kay loves her job and her squad and she is good at what she does.  Her father knows that, her partner supports her but Kay can't seem to help feeling like she is doing something wrong.  That she is never quite good enough at anything.

Alison Campbell is a fabulous narrator and really captures the whole feel of the characters and the book.




Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Audio Book Review: Gone to Ground (Kay Hunter Book 6) by Rachel Amphlet

Release Date: July 5, 2018
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Format: Audio
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes
Narrator: Allison Campbell
Genre: Mystery/thriller
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Synopsis: 

While attending a crime scene on the outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter makes a shocking discovery.

The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.

When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth - a serial killer is at large and must be stopped at all costs. With no motive for the murders and a killer who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population and a scornful media.

When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated.

As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life.

Review:

Kay has been promoted to Detective Inspector leaving her with even more on her plate and Sharp is back to work. I realize that I think I like these books because they aren't this sensational breakneck mystery.  They are slower and more methodical, somewhat like Scandinavian mysteries that I love so much.

I love Kay's partner Adam, the vet who frequently brings his work home with him for short stays, this time its a goat, with a desire for the plants in the back garden.

While this murder scene is particularly gruesome there is a lot of gallows humor that takes away the squeamishness. I love these police procedural's and like watching the characters evolve book to book.




Monday, May 6, 2019

Audio Book Review: Call to Arms (Kay Hunter Book 5) by Rachel Amphlett

Release Date: March 5, 2018
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Format: Audio
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes
Narrator: Allison Campbell
Genre: Mystery/thriller
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Synopsis: 

Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country's most evil serial killers.

Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn't the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.

Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser.

But as she gets closer to the truth, she realizes her inquiries could do more harm than good.
Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay's inquiries will reach far beyond her new role..

Review:

Having survived a brutal attack and finally having her name cleared Kay Hunter returns to work only to find that her mentor is now under investigation. Determined to clear his name Kay digs for the truth with the help of some of her squad mates.

Another Edgy mystery, with well developed characters and solid investigative work. You could probably read these as stand alones but you would miss the interaction and solid relationship building and character development that takes place across the books.




Friday, May 3, 2019

Audio Book Review: Hell To Pay (Kay Hunter Book 4) by Rachel Amphlett

Release Date: January 24, 2018
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Format: Audio
Length: 7 hours 15 minutes
Narrator: Allison Campbell
Genre: Mystery/thriller
Buy: Audible | Kindle  | Paperback

Synopsis: 

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter's investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiraling out of control, Kay's determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay's need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?

Review:

When a dead woman turns up in the trunk of a car after an accident, Kay Hunter is tasked to find out who she is. As the case unravels there is a connection to the man whose case may have ruined her career.

Kay is determined to take down this criminal and find out who is behind trying to derail her career and bugged her house. With her husband out of town Kay is feeling the pressure to stay safe but her determination pushes her forward.

This is a darker chapter in this series, because this one is personal and the criminal has his sites set on Kay. Another well written mystery in this series that keeps you guessing and holds you to the edge of your seat.




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