Category: Book Review

Book Review: “Blood Defense” by Marcia Clark

Book Review: “Blood Defense” by Marcia Clark

Let me introduce you to Samantha Brinkman, the brightest new light in the legal thriller genre. “Blood Defense” is the first in a new series from famed prosecutor Marcia Clark.
Goodreads blurb: Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star—and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law.
Though Sam has doubts about his innocence, she and her two associates (her closest childhood friend and a brilliant ex-con) take the case. Notorious for living by her own rules—and fearlessly breaking everyone else’s—Samantha pulls out all the stops in her quest to uncover evidence that will clear the detective. But when a shocking secret at the core of the case shatters her personal world, Sam realizes that not only has her client been playing her, he might be one of the most dangerous sociopaths she’s ever encountered.
I really liked Samantha and her gang from the very beginning. They are tough, go-getters but they are also able to be vulnerable to each other. I particularly liked how Samantha was able to manipulate the press to give her the spin she wanted for her case. I found the plotline to be very engaging with plenty of surprising twists. Samantha’s personal story is seamlessly woven into the larger drama and helps to draw the reader in and bring the characters to life. I think any reader who enjoys legal drama or mysteries will find a lot to like in this book.
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Book Review: “Let There Be Linda” by Rich Leder

Book Review: “Let There Be Linda” by Rich Leder

Fasten your seat belts readers, this is going to be a bumpy ride! This book is funny, complicated, full of twists and surprises, with a bit of grisly violence and vulgarity to round it all out. Rich Leder has created one the strangest cast of characters I’ve ever seen in one book. My personal favorite was Mike Miller whose life starts spinning out of control through no fault of his own. Harvey, the dwarf loan-shark, is a great villain especially when paired with Omar the giant. The Zombie real-estate developer and Paul the Pervert Clown were just so disgusting but the story would be lost without them. The glue that holds it all together though is Chachi, that adorable white poodle, whose bad day sets it all in motion. If you are looking for a change of pace, something quirky and fun, then this is a great choice. This is the first Rich Leder book I’ve read but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last.
Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!
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Book Review: “Visions of Zarua” by Suzanne Rogerson

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Every fantasy lover should be reading this book! Paddren, Varnia, and Leyoch have been friends since childhood. Paddren has been training to be a wizard under the tutelage of Kalesh. Varnia is the huntmistress for Baron Harkai, having been trained by Reaun, who took her in after her parents’ death. Leyoch is an assistant to Paddren and Kalesh, and madly in love with Varnia. But the day the Nagra appears will change everything….

Suddenly Kalesh is dead and Paddren is appointed to replace him as the Baron’s wizard. Reaun loses an arm in the battle with the Nagra and Varnia must take over all his duties. And Leyoch embarks on the secret mission that Kalesh had been preparing him for. After Leyoch successfully uncovers a secret organization of evil wizards, all 3 find themselves running for their lives while using all their skills to take down the organization and destroy Fetter Cairn, the mastermind behind it all.

There are so many things to love about this story. First, the characters: I found each of them to be beautifully crafted. The reader gets to know them gradually as the story moves with grace from one to another. Second, the relationships: Here too, the author has been expert at portraying not only the affection between them but the intensity that bonds them together even when they feel they have been betrayed by each other. Each one seems to sense that their destiny is tied to the others and to overcoming the evil threatening to destroy their world. Third, the setting: the world is which the story takes place is brilliantly described even as the action moves from one location to another. When I was reading I felt like this author’s imagination knew no limits, whether she was describing the real world or the spirit world, it was easy to feel like I was there watching it all unfold. Fourth, the villain: Fetter Cairn is as evil as wizards can be and the author makes no effort to whitewash his character. This guy puts Satan to shame in my opinion, but I loved the contrast between him and our trio, who are not painted as a bunch of goody-two-shoes types but as individuals trying to bring good to the world while at the same time working to overcome their own flaws.

Overall, I found this story to be crafted to perfection. This may very well be the best fantasy genre book I have ever read. A brilliant debut novel!

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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Suzanne Rogerson
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Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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Book Review: “Wanted” by Nick Stephenson

Book Review: “Wanted” by Nick Stephenson

Leopold Blake is a Wanted man. The Paris police are after him for stealing a painting from the Louvre and for murder. An assassin is hunting him down to carry out his contract. He and his bodyguard are arrested, but Blake manages to escape with the help of Sophie, an art restorer. They are soon joined by Mary, an American police detective. What follows is a manhunt across the city with Blake and his companions barely staying a step ahead of the police and the assassin. Blake knows he has been setup for the crimes and is determined to unmask the person behind the plot before the police arrive.

This story is full of thrilling action. Leopold Blake is a security consultant for the FBI and a little bit quirky, but he’s sharp as a tack and able to always stay a step ahead of his enemy. I really enjoyed this story and its various cast of characters. The non-stop action kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. All in all, the book is definitely worth the read.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “Fort MacHenry” by Douglas W. McHenry

Book Review: “Fort MacHenry” by Douglas W. McHenry

A slightly quirky screenplay, soon to be a movie. Because this is a screenplay it doesn’t read the same as a novel but the story is still a good one. Jack MacHenry was a successful property developer until the recession hit. In the course of a few months his business goes bankrupt and his wife divorces him. Jack decides to take what cash he has left and having just learned that his father left him some acreage in California, he heads west. He stops when he hits Malibu and finds himself a job as a security guard in an office building. While patrolling the halls one day he, literally, runs into Angela and the attraction is instant. What comes next will put both of their lives in danger.

I found the storyline of this book to be intriguing and I just couldn’t help but be charmed by Jack MacHenry. The story has some thrills and conspiracy going on and should appeal to a broad range of readers.

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Book Review: “Past Imperfections” by M. A. R. Unger

Book Review: “Past Imperfections” by M. A. R. Unger

This is book 3 in the Mattie James Mysteries series. I enjoyed it so much that I am now going to have to read the first 2 books in the series. Mattie James is a delightful detective with a slightly quirky personality. She is often accompanied by Abby, who she calls an InBetweener because she is a spirit who can appear to certain people in physical form. Mattie works for the Foothill Canyons Detective Agency but she also works for the coroner’s office as a facial reconstructionist. Her two jobs collide in this mystery when she is hired by a reportedly dead woman and also must reconstruct the face of an unidentified plane crash victim. Mattie has a whole cast of associates that join her in her detecting, including members of the local police force and a former lover. This story is full of little twists and surprises and should be an enjoyable read for mystery lovers and would make a great choice for your summer reading list.

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Book Review: “Sky Rivals” by Adam L. Penenberg

Book Review: “Sky Rivals” by Adam L. Penenberg

This book will take your breath away! There are so many thrills that reading this story is like riding a roller-coaster. Having been born into a flying family, I have always admired the pioneers of aviation and the risks they would take just to see if it could be done. The two rival pilots in this story, Wiley Post and Jimmie Mattern, were the best of their day. During this Golden Age of Aviation, pilots were competitive but also willing to help each other out. Jimmie and Wiley were determined to beat each other at circumnavigating the world, but only one can be the winner. This is their story.

Adam Penenberg has done a fabulous job of telling this story. You will be right there in the cockpit with these guys, and it’s a thrill. These two were flying around the world before there were instruments to tell you where you were. They get lost and found and lost again, and they have the whole world waiting to see if they will be heard from again. Sometimes they go days without contact, living on chewing gum and tomato juice. And Wiley is doing it with just one eye. I think everybody should read this book but it will be especially appealing to aviation history buffs or lovers of thrilling stories.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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Book Review: “Warchild: Pawn” by Ernie Lindsey

Book Review: “Warchild: Pawn” by Ernie Lindsey

Caroline is 14 and a runner for her community. Her job is to discover any threats to the village and warn them. Usually the only threat comes from Republicons, groups of dissenters who travel around raiding villages. Today will not be a usual day. The United States has survived an apocalypse and is now divided into the DAV’s and the PRV’s. Caroline’s village is in PRV territory. The two governments have had a treaty in place for hundreds of years that has prevented them from attacking each other. Until today…today Caroline hears drumbeats while on patrol, the beats of war drums. Then she finds Finn, a DAV deserter and he confirms her worst fear. DAV is attacking PRV with an army of 50,000 men. Caroline runs to warn her village only to find it is too late for everybody to get away. As she views the carnage and finds herself a captive of the DAV, she realizes that the villagers have been betrayed and she’s the only one left who can lead the survivors.

This is a great YA post-apocalyptic story. I especially enjoyed Caroline. She is complex and engaging. On the brink of adulthood, she is thrown into a life or death situation that she feels ill-prepared for. Within a few hours, everyone she loves is dead and she’s responsible for a group of refugees. Her development as a person as the story progresses is just as fascinating as the story itself. The author has also created a great supporting cast. The story starts with a bang and the action just keeps coming. This book is a great choice for teen readers and young adult fiction fans.

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Book Review: “The Cat Who Went Underground” by Lilian Jackson Braun

Book Review: “The Cat Who Went Underground” by Lilian Jackson Braun

Qwilleran, retired newspaper reporter and millionaire, is up to his eyeballs in another mystery. But never fear, Koko and Yum Yum, his Siamese companions will be there to save the day. In this installment, Qwilleran has decided to take the cats to the Klingenschoen cabin in Mooseville for the summer. The problems start as soon as they arrive. When the heat fails Qwill finds himself signing up for the Glinko repair service. Mrs. Glinko has quite the operation going and Qwill’s encounters with her service people add a lot of humor to the story. Very soon after moving in it becomes evident that the cabin is too small and Qwill sets out to find a contractor who will build an addition. This proves to be very challenging as Qwill soon discovers that carpenters in Mooseville have been going missing under mysterious circumstances for several months. When Koko becomes obsessed with the crawl space under the cabin Qwill knows he’s all in with this mystery!

This is another hit in this fabulous series. I love the characters that Ms. Braun creates in her books. Qwilleran is his usual enchanting, though frequently frustrated self and the minor characters play their part brilliantly in keeping the story moving forward. This book further cements the series as being one of my all-time favorites.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “The Last One” by Alexandra Oliva

Book Review: “The Last One” by Alexandra Oliva

This debut novel is set to be released in July and you have to get your hands on a copy! 12 people have agreed to participate in a survival-type reality TV show. The contestants are given a pass-phrase they can use if/when they want out. Each has also been given a nickname. Zoo works with animals, hence the nickname, and sees this as a last adventure before she and her husband have kids, and she is determined to see it through.

One reason I really enjoyed this book is because the story felt new and original. I liked how the author incorporated the view point of the show’s producer and the social media comments from viewers in relating the action. Also, I really liked the character Zoo. She is so resilient and yet caring at the same time. I always enjoy a female character who can be tough or soft depending on what the situation requires. This book is full of drama, both real and imaginary, and thrills and should appeal to a wide audience of readers.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!

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