There is no greater honor than when someone adores your review so much on their book, they come out of the blue with gifts and another book for review. Last year, when I began my epic journey of reviewing and blogging, I received a book titled, You Look Yummy!(10/29/2015). It was a beautiful story with original artwork that blew me and my Ewoks away. Friday I was gifted, not only with a new book, but a letter of thanks from the Museyon Publisher, but also a calendar with photos of all their books! Never is appreciation so warming!
Oh this book! Filled with improprieties and murder- it made for an exciting read! The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder,, by Rachel McMillan, kept me in the New World, but filled me with old-London styled mystery.
Merinda and Jemima are two young ladies ignoring societies rules. Instead of looking to parties and game nights to meet men to secure their futures, they're flatmates, snooping around murder scenes in search for a murderer. Since they're inspired by the great Sherlock Holmes and Watson, they go through stints in disguises and such to find their man and not always successful at it. Thankfully they have an officer friend, Jasper and a reporter pal by the name of Ray (another extremist to get a story) to help out. Together, they work to solve the murder o an Irish girl in a grand theater.
First off, this woman, R. K. Ryde is one of my bestest IG Friends! She's wonderful, displays an honesty that's felt and her smile is infectious! When you get to know a person, online or not, prior to reading their work, you almost take on an unfair expectation of them as an author. You look for absolute perfection that can easily be blighted by their work. That, thankfully, was not the case with Rhonda's amazing novel, Stella's Awakening!
A painful Past. A forbidden romance. Will she choose love and make the ultimate sacrifice?
For Stella Welsch, buying a home and starting her own business has already pushed the boundaries of her strict upbringing. When she meets the sexy and powerful executive, Conrad Adams, Stella knows he's off limits, but can;t help daydreaming about a forbidden romance. As sparks begin to fly, Stella reveals that the relationship could have her cut off from her family and life she knows...
I found it symbolic to have the blurb in red, considering this is about a woman taking of the 'Forbidden Fruit'. The story is as real as sauciness can get when it comes to coveting. When you see something so often, you feel it's yours - knowing that possession (or the desire of) is like 50% of the crime and still want to go for it... tsk, tsk, tsk... This story is so much more than romance. It truly is filled with a naughtiness that you won't find in your contemporary romance reads with a deep storyline behind it all. Oh, and there's a snake and apple on the cover for a reason.
I have never suffered issues with identity that was more than the norm- what sort of music I like, why my boobs were bigger than my friends, why I hung out with boys instead of wearing make up and designer jeans and heeled shoes... But to change channels on tv without touching the tv or the remote? To connect with an arc of electricity and be permitted to see into my friend's home security system... Those I'm happy I didn't have to deal with!
Unlike an episode of X-Men, James is dealing with some strange occurrences. On top of that, he's realized he's in love with his best friend Paul, who's now disappeared, under unusual circumstances, around the same time James is supposed to go a new school.
Paragon Academy is a special school, but not because James is slow in comprehension It's a school of paranormal study. Under the careful eye of Dr. Albion, James, along with a bit of psychic help will discover why he's channeling the famous African American poet, Montgomery Langston and hopefully return to a life that's normal and refreshing.
Every time I pick up a book, a horror or thriller in particular, I'm looking to walk away from that book a changed person. I'm expecting to be so enthralled, I get depressed upon reaching the final page. I don't have to love the characters, but I need to believe in them. This book, this book left me in a state of shock. I couldn't believe what I'd read and that was cool.
The Damaged, by Simon Law, is about Matthew. Recently released from a mental institution after witnessing the murder of his parents and a child. He is doing his best to adjust to home life and work things out, along with his carer, Tammy. But this relationship takes a turn for something monstrous as Matt decides to make a move into vigilantism... and straight up terror.
This book is a monster. It's so, so... dark! I can honestly say, this Dahmeresque-like tale was too real for me. I had to stop reading for a while because it was too much, like things that could really happen! Get this,... it terrified me- he was NUTS!.
It's rare that I win a book from The Reading Room, but when I don't win an actual book, I'm gifted with ebooks and pdf's. That's cool, I can dig it. Last week, I won two and this is one of them. This Is Not THE END by Jesse Jordan.
So this novel is about James Salley, the antichrist. Yes, the emissary for Satan, I kid you not. He's a sixteen year old kid who wants to just die, but he's set for bigger and better things! He just can't see it...
He's bullied and despised by other kids (they don't realize it's not their faults. It's like his pheromones just bring out the ugly, and he's always being watched by folks that actually turn out to be Roman Catholic Antichrist killers, determined to stop him. Then there's the librarian and others who know and are simply waiting on him to do his thang! lol
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