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The Late Shift (Renee Ballard, #1) by Michael Connelly

The late show

4 stars

I really enjoyed this book. This book introduces a new series regular, Det. Renee Ballard. She filed a sexual harassment complaint against a popular Lt. Her partner witnessed the incident, but refused to back her story and the complaint was denied. As punishment, Ballard was transferred out of the prestigious unit and moved to the night shift in Hollywood. There, she starts many investigations, but at the end of her shift has to turn them over to the day shift, never getting to follow through with any of them. Continue reading “The Late Shift (Renee Ballard, #1) by Michael Connelly”


The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia, #1) by Sarah Beth Durst

the queen of blood

4 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It starts off a bit slow, but eventually picks up and roars to a satisfying ending.

Humans share their world with spirits. The spirits control the air, earth, fire, ice, water and wood. The spirits help build the villages and cities, make food grow, feed the animals. Humans need the spirits to survive. But spirits hate humans and want nothing more than to kill every human alive. In the kingdom of Renthia the people are protected from the spirits by their Queen. She controls the spirits and prevents them from harming humans. Because the Queen is vital to human’s survival, young girls that can control the spirits are trained to be the new queen (an heir) so that there is always a potential queen available if, and when, the queen dies. Continue reading “The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia, #1) by Sarah Beth Durst”

Scones and Scoundrels (Highland Bookshop Mystery #2) by Molly MacRae

Scones and Scoundrels

3 stars – released 1-2-18

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book in the series. I haven’t read the first book, but didn’t feel like I missed too many things because of that. There were enough references to the last book to fill in the missing pieces. This was a fun, easy, quick “cozy” mystery read. I’ve only read a couple of these kinds of books so don’t have a large frame of reference, but this book was pretty good. Continue reading “Scones and Scoundrels (Highland Bookshop Mystery #2) by Molly MacRae”

Forget Me Not (Detective Jess Bishop, #1) by Kierney Scott

Forget me Not

2 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in a series about a homicide detective with a horrible past. She is tasked with investigating a serial killer that dismembers bodies and keeps the heads as trophies. The crimes span several states and the team has almost ne leads. The crimes bring up bad memories for Jess and when her former partner returns from a long undercover assignment, she begins to spiral out of control. Continue reading “Forget Me Not (Detective Jess Bishop, #1) by Kierney Scott”

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Unraveling oliver

3.5 stars

This was a pretty good debut book by this author. Not outstanding, but a solid book. The story begins with a terrible act of violence. Oliver, a handsome, successful children’s book author hits his wife Alice and watches as she cowers on the floor. He dispassionately watches her reaction to his assault, and then leaves the house to get drunk. Hours later he returns to the house and is confronted by Alice with secrets from his past. Oliver proceeds to mercilessly beat Alice into a coma. Continue reading “Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent”

Nightblade’s Vengeance (Blades of the Fallen #1) by Ryan Kirk

Nightblades Vengeance

4 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

This is a really good start to a new fantasy series. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, but certainly won’t be the last. The story is set in a “Kingdom” that reminds me of feudal China or Japan. The King is sick and dying with no heir. Members from the three ruling families sit on the King’s Council. Each family tries to maneuver to take over the throne upon the King’s death. Continue reading “Nightblade’s Vengeance (Blades of the Fallen #1) by Ryan Kirk”

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu


4.5 stars

Wow. What a great book! I LOVED the Legends book series but was pretty disappointed in the Young Elites series, so I am relieved that the author I loved from the Legends series is back.

Warcross is a game that has taken over the world. Millions of people spend all of their free time in the virtual world, while others use it to try to make money. As with most things, there is also a dark side. Emika Chen, a teenage hacker, struggles to make ends meet by working as a bounty hunter tracking down people that illegally gamble on Warcross. Facing eviction, Emika takes a chance and hacks herself into the International Warcross Championships, a world-wide event watched by millions. Once in the game, however, something goes wrong and she enters the action of the game. Her identity is out and she becomes an overnight sensation. Continue reading “Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu”

The Guilty (Will Robie #4) by David Baldacci

The guilty

4 stars

This is another great Will Robie book. When a mission goes awry, Will is forced to take a step back and try to get his head straight. He needs to figure out if he can continue working for the government. One way to do this is to make peace with his past, which he is reluctant to do. Will is estranged from his father and hasn’t returned to his home town since he left just after high school. When he learns that his father has been arrested for murder, Will returns to his small southern town to confront his past and help his father. Continue reading “The Guilty (Will Robie #4) by David Baldacci”

Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

weave a circle round

3 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was hard to rate. The writing is good, but the story didn’t interest me. The story centers on Freddy, a young girl that tries very hard not to be noticed. Her sister Mel is very confidant and brilliant. Her stepbrother Roland is deaf and not a fan of Freddy. He spends most of his time avoiding her and creating roleplaying games for his group of friends. Continue reading “Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren”

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