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“The Sound of Glass” by Karen White

“The Sound of Glass” by Karen White

Three lonely souls find themselves thrown together after 2 tragic deaths. They each must face the past and push through the hurt before they can move forward. Merritt has lost both her parents and her husband. When her husband’s grandmother dies, Merritt finds herself the owner of the family home in South Carolina. Her husband had never spoken of his family but Merritt knows deep down she needs a new start and so she leaves everything behind in Maine and heads south. Meanwhile, her father has died leaving a widow and a son. They too need a fresh start. Loralee picks up stakes and drops herself and her son Owen in Merritt’s lap. Loralee needs something from Merritt but they are like strangers and she knows she must gain her trust first, before she runs out of time. With the help of Merritt’s previously unknown brother-in-law, Gibbes, these three will unravel the mysteries of the past and set a new path for the future.

This is a beautiful story. It’s tragic and heartwarming, sad and uplifting all at the same time. I loved the South Carolina setting where life seems to move a little more gently, which is just what Merritt, Loralee, and Owen need. Merritt’s marriage was traumatizing for her but Loralee’s cheery outlook on life is just what she needs. I found Merritt and Loralee to be much more complex than they at first appeared and one of my favorite parts of the story was how the author gradually made the characters know to the reader. It was like watching a dying plant slowly come back to life. I think Owen was my favorite character though. He’s smart as a whip but he struggles to make friends. I especially loved how the author wrote the interactions between Owen and neighbor girl Maris, and how Maris was able to bring Owen out of his shell so he could be a kid again. Loralee turns out to be the wise one in the group and she has such an insight into what makes people tick and knows just what they need to hear and when they need to hear it. The story itself moves at a steady pace but without the feeling of plodding. Overall, I found “The Sound of Glass” to be a great story and a perfect pick for a summer read.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating  4 stars!!

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“The Devil’s Triangle” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

“The Devil’s Triangle” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are back in this, the fourth installment in the Brit in the FBI series. They and their team are busy setting up their new office space when a call comes in from Kitsune, the world’s greatest thief. This is not the first time they have encountered her but this time she needs their help. After dropping off a stolen item to her client in Venice, she now finds herself being hunted down by the client, and they have kidnapped her husband as leverage. While talking to Nick she also mentions that she may know of a plot to take over the world by manipulating the weather. There is too much at stake for Nick and Mike to say No, and the team heads off to Venice.
“The Devil’s Triangle” is filled with action and thrills from the first moment to the last. These guys just can’t seem to stay away from trouble. But it makes for a very exciting read. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Nick and Mike, and the camaraderie that all of the team members display throughout the story. The good guy characters are very likeable, but I also really enjoyed the bad guys that the authors created. They are intelligent buy highly disturbed criminals and made the story that much more enjoyable. The story line is very creative and takes some great twists along the way. You will definitely want to wear your seatbelt for this thrill ride!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!!

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“The Lost Sentinel” by Suzanne Rogerson

“The Lost Sentinel” by Suzanne Rogerson

Fantasy lovers need to be celebrating right now because “The Lost Sentinel” is being released this week! You do not want to miss this first in a new series from Suzanne Rogerson. The story takes place on the island of Kalaya where the magic that sustains life on the island is dying. Tei and her father are forced to flee their home in the night because Tei has a magical gift. The Assembly is cracking down on those with magic in an attempt to completely rid the island of magic. Tei must flee to the mountains of Turrak, the only place where those with magic can live in peace. When she arrives in Turrak, she quickly learns that she is the Confidante to the next Sentinel. The problem is no one knows who the next Sentinel is, and Tei is the only one who can find out. After her harrowing escape, and being narrowly rescued by Rike and Garrick, Tei must quickly learn about her power and then embark on a dangerous journey, always looking over her shoulder for the Masked Riders who would destroy her.

I love the characters in this story. From Tei, the reluctant seeker, to Garrick, the hunky hero, you get a broad range of personalities. One of my favorite things about this author is her ability to develop her characters in a way that feels natural and flows well within the story. In the same way she develops her fantasy world. There is no heavy world drawing passages but you get your knowledge of the way things work as a natural part of the story. For example, the reader discovers the tunnels and caves of Turrak as the characters are discovering them. And then you have the story itself which is full of surprising plot twists, moves at a really great pace, and draws the reader in from beginning to end. As with the author’s first book, I cannot say enough good things about this book. I am so excited that this world will be a series so I can hang out with these characters again next year. You will not be sorry if you read this book.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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“Elementary, She Read” by Vicki Delaney

“Elementary, She Read” by Vicki Delaney

Gemma is a Brit, who lives on Cape Cod and owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, where she sells all things remotely related to Sherlock. Jayne is her best friend and co-owner with Gemma of Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room next door. When Gemma finds a magazine, tucked into a bookshelf where it doesn’t belong, after her store closes, she has no idea that she will end up as the prime suspect in a murder. Gemma and Jayne try to return the magazine to its owner, who is staying at a local hotel, but find a dead body instead of a Sherlock fan. Then Gemma’s ex-boyfriend shows up as the detective-in-charge of the case and the story really kicks into high gear.

“Elementary, She Read” is a fun, cozy mystery. It is the first in a new series but. I found Gemma and Jayne to be delightful as best friends. Jayne is the extrovert to Gemma’s introvert but the two of them play off of each other in an enjoyable way. Ryan is perfect as the hunky ex. In this one, Ryan and Gemma aren’t quite sure what to do with each other or if they still have feelings, which adds a charming layer of complication to this story. The plotline has some surprising twists and moves along at a really good pace. This is a great reading choice for cozy mystery or Sherlock lovers and the length makes it a great day-at-the-beach read. Overall, a great addition to the genre.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating  4 stars!

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“Saving Abby” by Steena Holmes

“Saving Abby” by Steena Holmes

Claire and Josh and trying to come to terms with their infertility. After years of trying everything, they have been told that they just won’t be able to get pregnant. Now they are near the end of a European tour and Claire is nervous about rejoining her everyday life. Her emotions still feel so raw. Back home, they throw themselves into the next series of the children’s books that they write and illustrate, but Claire starts having crippling headaches and spending much of the day sleeping. Her best friend Abby is also her doctor and when Abby gives her a diagnosis, it will rock their world to the core.

Well, I just loved this couple. The author has created two beautiful people in Claire and Josh and you can’t help but be drawn into their little world and cheer for them. I also really enjoyed how the storybook character, Jack, that they have created is incorporated into the larger story of their lives. The whole story just feels very natural and flows beautifully. The story progresses at a very comfortable pace and I liked how different chapters relate the story from the perspective of the characters. Some are narrated by Claire, some by Josh, and some by Claire’s mother, Millie. I really appreciated the way that Josh supports Claire during the story and never makes her feel like she is a burden. That being said, they do have some friction which they each handle in a very mature way. There is some marriage guidance hidden in the pages of this one. This one has romance and daily life, happiness and sorrow, and it’s a really good story. The setting is contemporary, if that’s something you look for. This would be a great summer read.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating  4 stars!

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Young Adult Book Review: “The Giver” by Lois Lowry

Young Adult Book Review: “The Giver” by Lois Lowry

A superb dystopian story for young and old alike!

Goodreads blurb:

This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he’s given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

My thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Once I had started reading, I could think of nothing else. Jonas is perhaps a little too perfect, but then everyone in this story is. Every aspect of life has been regimented and a rule established to govern it. It sounded like a very predictable and peaceful place, but also the kind of place where people do not think for themselves. For that reason, I could totally sympathize with Jonas’s sense of dissatisfaction. When he is selected to be the Receiver of Memory his world opens up in an alarming way. I found it fascinating to see how he adapted and grew as a person through his training. I think this story points out to the reader the value of the differences between people. I hope that many will read it and take the lesson to heart.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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#Mystery Book Review: “A Killer Closet” by Paula Paul

#Mystery Book Review: “A Killer Closet” by Paula Paul

Paula Paul has once again delivered a top-notch mystery for your reading pleasure! “A Killer Closet” takes place in the present day in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Irene Seligman is an assistant DA in New York who decides to return home to care for her mother, Adelle. Adelle has located a retail space for Irene and they are preparing for the grand opening of their clothing consignment shop. On the morning of the opening, Irene walks into her new store and finds a dead body in the storage closet. The she finds out that the dead woman is someone Adelle knows. What follows is a tricky little mystery that puts Irene and her mother in danger and uncovers some of Santa Fe’s dirty little secrets.

This book is a departure from the author’s Alexandra Gladstone series and introduces us to Irene Seligman for the first time. I liked Irene immediately. She’s made a huge life change by moving back to her childhood home and her relationship with her mother has never been a close one. Now she’s in the middle of a murder mystery and the police think she’s a suspect. With the help of a young man named Angel, Irene will need all her wits and legal skills to unravel this twisted knot. The author has created some unique characters to round out the story; everyone from a local farmer to a high-society, old-money wife to get to the bottom of this mystery. I think mystery lovers will really enjoy this one and I hope this is the beginning of a new series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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#Thriller Book Review: “IQ” by Joe Ide

#Thriller Book Review: “IQ” by Joe Ide

A must-read debut thriller! Joe Ide has knocked it out of the park.

Goodreads blurb:

A resident of one of LA’s toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores.
East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch.

They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay.

This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.

My thoughts:

I cannot find the words to say how much I enjoyed getting to know Isaiah. The mother in me wants to bring him home and shower him with good food and company. That being said, I was a little out of my element with the book as a whole because of its setting in the hood of LA. This story was so powerful that it brought it to life in my mind. The depths of despair that Isaiah crosses through, and his journey as he brings himself back up to life were very moving. And then, you have the killer dog, the conniving agent, the vicious ex-wife, and the rapper himself. The mystery is perfectly executed and the gradual revealing of what has brought the characters to this point is masterful. I LOVED this story and even found inspiration in it. Hats off to Joe Ide for sharing his marvelous story with us!

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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Thank you to NetGalley and Mulholland Books for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Thriller Book Review: “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen

Thriller Book Review: “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen

Make sure you’re strapped in good before you read this book because it will take you for a wild ride. This is the first book in the Rizzoli and Isles series and it totally blew my mind. Dr. Catherine Cordell, having been brutally raped and narrowly escaping death two years before, is now in Boston and being stalked. Several women have been raped and killed in the same way Dr. Cordell was, but she had killed her attacker before he finished the job. Is this the work of a copycat or did her attacker have a partner the cops never knew about? Detective Thomas Moore is assigned the case along with a team that includes Rizzoli. The perpetrator has been dubbed The Surgeon because of the way he mutilates his victims. Will Moore and Rizzoli find him before he strikes again?

The story is thick with suspense and heart-stopping action which I loved. Moore is a seasoned detective full of sympathy for the victims. Rizzoli is angry and desperate to prove herself to the men on the team. The story is brilliantly crafted with twists and turns you won’t see coming. My only disappointment with this book is that Isles is not in the story. But that just means I’ll have to read the next book in the series. Mystery/Thriller fans should love this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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#Thriller Book Review: “A Time of Torment” by John Connolly

#Thriller Book Review: “A Time of Torment” by John Connolly

This is the latest book in the Charlie Parker series and I loved it. This is the first John Connolly that I’ve read and that made it a little confusing at first because I wasn’t familiar with the back story. Once I got into it though and became familiar with the characters, the story just took off like a shot for me. Charlie and his support crew, Angel and Louis, have been hired by Jerome Burnel, a convicted child pornographer who claims he was innocent. Before Charlie can get started on his case, Jerome disappears. The Cut is a reclusive community in West Virginia. They’ve been there for centuries and are shrouded in mystery. They are suspected of all kinds of illegal acts but law enforcement has never stood up to them, until Sheriff Henkel is elected. When Jerome is linked to the Cut, Charlie and Sheriff Henkel join forces to bring them to justice.

My impressions of this book are all good. I enjoyed how the tension of the story kept growing until the final confrontation. I found Charlie Parker to be a really likable character, in spite of the darker side of his personality. The mysterious community called the Cut was very intriguing and I appreciated how the author gradually reveals the group to the reader. All in all, I found the book to be a very gratifying read that really kept my brain engaged. Best of all, I’ve found a new favorite author. I can’t wait to go back to the beginning with Charlie Parker.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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