Chick With a Charm / Babes on Brooms bk 2 / Vicki Lewis Thompson

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Lily Revere is free-spirited and fun-loving-two dangerous qualities in a witch. Lily needs a date for her sister Anica's engagement party, and she's determined to bring hot Griffin Taylor. But the jaded divorce lawyer claims his job has warned him off romance. Slipping a love elixir into Griffin's drink may not be the noble thing to do-but it sure works! There's just one problem: Are Griffin's feelings the result of some truly good witchcraft-or could he really be in love?


My Take
3 Stars

I would've gave this book 2 stars, but I liked the dog, Daisy, (probably more than the main characters)so much I gave it 3 stars.

After reading the first book in the series, Blonde With a Wand, I had high hopes for this book. However, it fell short of my expectations. Don't get me wrong, it was a decent read, but I expected better. It dragged a bit, and didn't keep my attention.


Blonde With a Wand / Babes on Brooms bk 1 / Vicki Lewis Thompson

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Sexy witch Anica Revere has one rule: never under any circumstances get involved with a man before telling him she's a witch. Still, what's one silly rule? Especially when the guy in question is as cute as Jasper Danes. But when Anica and Jasper have a spat, she breaks an ever bigger rule of witchcraft and turns him into a cat. Bad news for him. Worse for her...


My Take
5 Stars

Blonde With a Wand was such a fun read! I found myself not wanting to put this book down because I just HAD to know what was going to happen next!

The story was interesting and just plain funny. The characters are believable and very likeable. The book itself has all the makings of a good story: interesting plot, likeable characters, a dilemma, steamy scenes, sacrifice, and a happy ending.

Sometimes some books (even good ones) seem to drag at a certain point before picking back up again, however, I didn't get that with this book. I stayed interested throughout the whole book.

Breathless / The Cordelia Chronicles bk 1 / Heather C. Hudak

Synopsis (Goodreads)

When tall, dark, and mysterious Chaseyn Lear arrives in the small town of Evergreen, Colorado, high school senior Lia Jameson’s life is turned upside-down. An unexpected twist of fate unravels a long-time family curse that puts Lia in the center of a supernatural drama and threatens her life.


My Take
2 Stars

I have read quite a few YA books and have liked them, but this one not so much.

The characters seemed to be lacking in personality and were just uninteresting to me. The story seemed to drag in certain areas as well. I basically HAD to make myself keep reading hoping the book would get better, but it never happened. The 'gasping' every time Lia shed a drop of blood was annoying.

Some people might find this book interesting, but it just wasn't for me.

Lust Killer / Ann Rule

Synopsis (Goodreads)

To his neighbors, Jerry Brudo was a gentle man whose mild manner contrasted with his awesome physical strength. To his employers, Jerry was a fine worker. To his wife, he was a good husband. And to the Oregon police, Jerry Brudo was the most hideously twisted killer they had ever unmasked.


My Take

Ann Rule delivers another chilling, true-crime story with Lust Killer. Often reality can be more fearful than fiction.

Jerry Brudos was indeed a very sick individual with a hatred of women that started in early childhood. Some of the twisted things he did to his victims was nothing short of shocking. He felt no remorse for the young women he violated and killed.

There is also a lesson to be learned by reading this shocking story: be aware of your surroundings, and those around you; fight, scream, or do anything you can to draw attention to yourself if you are in a threatening situation; never believe your kidnapper when he says he won't hurt you if you come along quietly.

If you are a true crime fan, I would recommend this book!

No Rest for the Dead

Synopis (Goodreads)

More than twenty New York Times bestselling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel -- a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.
“The lineup of writers who have contributed to this mystery is akin to the Murderers’ Row of the 1927 New York Yankees. There is not a weak spot in the bunch.”
—David Baldacci, from the Introduction
Alexander McCall Smith. Sandra Brown. Faye Kellerman. J.A. Jance. Jeffery Deaver. Kathy Reichs. Lisa Scottoline. Jeff Lindsay. These are only a handful of the names that make up the all-star lineup of authors behind No Rest for the Dead, a tale of vengeance, greed, and love that flows seamlessly, in the words of David Baldacci, “as it passes from one creator's mind to the next.”
When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco’s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted and executed. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death. In the years since the case was closed, he's discovered a web of deceit and betrayal surrounding the Thomases that could implicate any number of people in the crime. With the help of the dead woman's friend, he plans to gather everyone who was there the night Christopher died and finally uncover the truth, suspect by suspect. Solving this case may be Nunn’s last chance for redemption … but the shadowy forces behind Christopher’s death will stop at nothing to silence the past forever.
In this innovative storytelling approach, each of these twenty-five bestselling writers brings their distinctive voice to a chapter of the narrative, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale. No Rest for the Dead is a thrilling, page-turning accomplishment that only America’s very best authors could achieve.
From the Introduction of No Rest for the Dead:
There is always that case, the one that keeps me awake at night, the one that got away. It’ll always be there, gnawing at the edges of my mind. It doesn’t matter that ten years have passed, it doesn’t matter that the case is officially closed. An innocent woman was executed, I was the one who helped make it happen, and on the sad night when the needle was inserted into her arm, injecting her with death, part of my life ended too.
It never felt right, never made sense. Sure, there was motive and opportunity, there was the physical evidence. But if you met her, if you knew her the way I got to know her . . . It wasn’t until later, after I’d taken a step back from the case, that I realized it had angles I hadn’t seen, layers I hadn’t uncovered, back when it mattered, back when I could have saved her….

With contributions from:
David Baldacci (Introduction)
Jeff Abbott
Lori Armstrong
Sandra Brown
Thomas Cook
Jeffery Deaver
Diana Gabaldon
Tess Gerritsen<P>Andrew F. Gulli<P>Peter James<P>J.A. Jance<P>Faye Kellerman<P>Raymond Khoury<P>John Lescroart<P>Jeff Lindsay<P>Gayle Lynds<P>Philip Margolin<P>Alexander McCall Smith<P>Michael Palmer<P>T. Jefferson Parker<P>Matthew Pearl<P>Kathy Reichs<P>Marcus Sakey<P>Jonathan Santlofer<P>Lisa Scottoline<P>R.L. Stine<P>Marcia Talley


My Take
4 Stars

First of all, this book is interesting because twenty-six authors collaborated to write this story. You would think with this many authors (with different writing styles) the story would not flow well and would equal disaster. That is not the case with this book.

The prologue really drew me into this book. It was gripping and a very strong start. As the story continued, it took many twists and turns and had me changing my "who-did-it" list over and over. It wasn't until page 199 (out of 256)that I truly had it figured out.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery-thriller read that keeps you guessing!

One last thing that I thought was very special about this book is that all the proceeds (after author compensation) is donated to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

By Midnight / Ravenwood bk 1/ Mia James

Synopsis (Goodreads)

April Dunne is not impressed. She's had to move from Edinburgh to Highgate, London, with her parents. She's left her friends - and her entire life - behind. She has to start at a new school and, worst of all, now she's stuck in a creepy old dump of a house which doesn't even have proper mobile phone reception. Ravenwood, her new school, is a prestigious academy for gifted (financially or academically) students - and the only place her parents could find her a place, in the middle of term, in the middle of London, on incredibly short notice. So she's stuck with the super-rich, and the super-smart . . . and trying to fit in is when the rest of the students seem to be more glamorous, smarter, or more talented than she is, is more than tough. It's intimidating and isolating, even when she finds a friend in the conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson - and perhaps finds something more than friendship in the gorgeous, mysterious Gabriel Swift. But there's more going on at Ravenwood than meets the eye. Practical jokes on new students are normal, but when Gabriel saves her from . . . something . . . . in the Highgate Cemetery, and then she discovers that a murder took place, just yards away from where she had been standing, April has to wonder if something more sinister is going on. . . . and whether or not she's going to live through it . . .

My Take
4 Stars

I obtained this book through Goodreads First-Reads giveaway.

I really like the cover of this book. That is what initially prompted me to read the synopsis and enter to win this book. I must say, I am very happy that I won this book because I enjoyed it very much!

By Midnight will pull you in from the first page and keep you reading. I liked the characters and the story was intriguing because it is not your typical whiny-human-girl-falls-in-love-with-brooding-vampire-boy story. There were twists and turns that I did not see coming, and that made it all the better. Kudos to Mia James for actually bringing something new to the YA/teen vampire romance table!

I can't wait to read the next installment!
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