Sunday, December 15, 2013

Book Review: The Midnight Clear- Holiday Crime Novel by Mary Kay Andrews

Want a little crime with your Holdiays? Who doesn’t want to solve a murder mystery by the light of the Christmas Tree. That is exactly what this is. Midnight Clear by Mary Kay Andrews. 

In this heartwarming, suspenseful, and hilarious novel, Callahan Garrity and the outrageous band of "girls" in her Atlanta cleaning crew join together during the Christmas rush to prove that her trailer-trash brother didn't kill his even trashier estranged wife.

This was my first time reading Mary Kay Andrews and she is pretty funny a lot of sarcasm and she doesn’t just throw you into the murder she does take time to do a bit of character development. There are a lot of clear characterizations: the good guys and the bad guys so it is a bit obvious where the road is going to take you. It reminds me a little bit of the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich but the main character here has more wits so less idiotic stumbling about and since it takes place in Atlanta it has that Southern Charm.

A quick read at 336 pages a murder mystery with a bit of a holiday backdrop of Christmas Parties and Christmas Trees. If you’re looking for a fun light read with a twinkle of Holidays and little family love this might be worth your time. Share your thoughts on this and other books and movies at

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Book Review: Silent Echo by J.R. Rain- Thrilling and Heartbreaking all in One

I started reading this Book because I got it as an early release for Amazon Prime members with kindles. It’s a great new perk; you get a choice of three early release books. Trying to build a following for these authors I guess. This was a great choice; the book had you from the first page. The premise is a dying man trying to solve one last murder in literally the last week of his life. True not the most is unique plot but of course it ends up more than just that. This murder is not only a person he once loved but ends up being a major link to an event that changed the course of his life. Once you start reading this you won’t want to put it down. Luckily it is a quick read at only 198 pages.

Author J.R. Rain does a great job of creating a thriller and heartbreaker in one. . There is a love story and a friendship described by the author anyone would want to have in their life.  At the same time the hunt for a vicious serial killer with allusive clues that keeps you questioning until the end. While the story is short the author is able to engage you with the characters and you begin to care about them in the little time you have.  Rain made me wish I got to know the life of the character before he was dying see what kind of detective he was when he was healthy, since it is indicated he was a great detective 

This is the first J. R Rain novel I have read and will definitely read another. I recommend you look into reading this when it is released December 1st you won’t be disappointed.  Agree or Don’t agree with this review? Share your thoughts and reviews at

Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Review: Allegiant…Shocking Conclusion you have to read for yourself

The shocking ending to the Divergent series by Veronica Roth is finally here. Roth didn’t hold any punches in this surprising conclusion to the series racking up a huge death toll similar to the conclusion of other series makers like JK Rowling and Susan Collins. However, Roth’s character changes are braver than any other author and risks leaving the readers very mad or worse unsatisfied.

(Warning semi-spoilers). Without giving any spoilers the concluding book has some interesting revelations much like Hunger Games or even the Truman Show where you learn there is a much bigger picture than you thought possible. I did find myself mad at several points throughout the book and it wasn’t due to the plot development but some of the further character development.  Of course Roth is trying to teach you a lesson about the human disposition and even goes so far to have Tris say, “no matter how smart, people see what they are already looking for” to show you the flaw in humanity. She also tells us that love doesn’t always conquer all and people are all a bit damaged.

All in all it was a good series for the dystopian fantasy of our possible apocalyptic future. If you haven’t picked up the series yet now is a good time as it is all wrapped up and no waiting a year to get to this shocking conclusion. Roth has all written several short stories between the books that you might enjoy written from the perspective of “Four”, the damaged heartthrob, 
 Of course the movie of the first book in the series is already in production so read the series now so you can see how Hollywood fulfilled your imagination of the book or destroyed it. Share your thoughtand reviews at

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

'The Husband's Secret' by Liane Moriarty: You won't want to keep this Secret

There is no secret this book is 5 stars. Being that it is currently #4 on the
New York Times bestseller list and has been on the list for the last 10 weeks.  Three women in an impossible situation: Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary's husband also has a secret that he is waiting to share one day after work. Finally, Rachel Crowley is still trying to solve the murder of her daughter over 20 years ago. Their three lives all intersect in a small town in Australia.  

This book is a page-turner, 416 pages just fly by. Simultaneously, it is a book that makes you stop, think and try to absorb all that is going on. This book evoked so many questions: How far would you go to protect your family at the expense of others? Is secrecy is ever warranted and justifiable? How well can one know one's spouse? Is it possible to ever completely know another person?

The book is well written, as this is Liane Moriatry’s 5th novel, she has a little practice. The characters are well developed and you find yourself stepping into their shoes trying to figure out what you would do. You laugh and cry with each of them. Each chapter ends in a cliff hanger that keeps you up at night reading “just one more chapter” until you realize you have been up all night and have finished the book.
Moriarty has already sold the rights to adapt it into a big screen by CBS films. CBS stated "The characters and story have evoked strong critical and reader reactions and we are thrilled to translate that to the big screen." Read it now as this is the book everyone is talking about and before it becomes the next Hollywood movie that is never as good as the book. Share your thoughts and reveiws at

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Book Review: House of Hades, Heroes of Olympus Book 4

Fun, Educational, edge of your seat and yearning for more…

Recap: At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea.

This book is made for the “young adult” audience but like so many books now a days it is enjoyable by all ages. Riordan was thorough in his research of mythology incorporating facts from Greek mythology to the point where amazon has actually filed all of Riordan’s Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus series under “crash course of mythology.”  (Don’t agree that Riordan’s books are that great with mythology? Share your thoughts at The Heroes series differs from the Jackson series as you get to learn about the Roman and G

reek side of Mythology and how they are connected and how they are different. In addition to teaching you all about mythology each book takes you around the world and teaches you about the architecture as you go.

 Riordan continues to do a great job of folding mythology into modern day and keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. As the series has progressed you learn about many Gods and heroes and have grown to love them but in this book Riordan gave a chance to a few other heroes, Frank and Hazel, to step up and let you know more about them and how they impact some of your, well my, favorite characters Anabeth and Percy. This doesn’t take away from any of the other characters that you have grown to love throughout the series but enhances them and you just get to love more characters.  The other

I do admit this book has a darker tone with the majority of the book taking place in Tartarus and trying to get to the Doors of Death. However, many of his books, and in Mythology, begin with an oracle sending people on a quest that seems like everyone will have to sacrifice themselves to save the greater good.  This is true for this book as well but Take it with a grain of salt a lot of Mythology is dark but Riordan always make good conquer all.

While doing all that Riordan also finds ways to address modern issues like abandonment, homosexuality, friendship, family, grief and shows how  we need to accept everyone for who they are and learn to love and deal with the tough situations in life. As always Riordan finishes the book with a cliff hanger and even laughs at us and apologizes for his last cliff hanger with a message in the beginning of this book.

If you haven’t read the series and have any interest in mythology or you have children or even a niece or nephew read the series. Now is the time go back to the beginning and start with the Percy Jackson series and build up to this one. Now is a good time as you have a year until the next book comes out, The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus Book 5)…for the rest of us it will be a long year.
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