Book Review – The Belgravia Sanction by Gordon Bickerstaff

The Belgravia Sanction by Gordon Bickerstaff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Retired operative, Zoe Tamblin, is back on the case when she learns her protégé has gone missing. Back with the Lambeth Group, Zoe and her team discover there’s a lot more to the story they’ve been told.

This is the first book I’ve read from Gordon Bickerstaff, but it won’t be the last. The Belgravia Sanction is the 8th book of the Lambeth Group Thrillers but is easily read as a standalone.

I was hooked on this story from the first line of this action-packed book. There was a lot to like about this novel from the great writing to the kick-ass team of powerful women. These ladies don’t take crap from anyone. Great world building made this story come to life, and it was easy to imagine.

If you like spy thrillers, action, and espionage, check-out The Belgravia Sanction. It will not disappoint.

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Book Review – The Zoolinguist by S. A. Adams

The Zoolinguist by S.A. Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Zoolinguist is the first book I’ve read by author S. A. Adams, and I’m quite sure it won’t be the last. By the way this book ended, it looks like there will be another starring the protagonist, Mario Manzetti. I could be wrong, but I hope not.

Mario is an interesting character with a talent for speaking to animals. Growing up poor, he makes a promise to his mother (who abandons him in a refuge for boys) to get an education and never be poor. Unfortunately, Mario ends up in a state penitentiary and he must escape before certain agents find him.

I liked Mario, and I liked the way this story is told. It starts out with Mario in the state penitentiary and after friending another inmate, he recounts his life story all while planning his escape.

This is an entertaining read with some quirky and laugh out loud parts. It has a unique plot with well-developed characters. There are even some interesting animal characters, which makes this story fun. It is well-written, with some small typos here and there, but they won’t take a reader out of the story. The quit wit and pacing make this a page-turner for sure.

If you are looking for something different, The Zoolinguist fits the bill from beginning to end.

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The Phantom of Faerie Mountain by E. M. McIntyre

The Phantom of Faerie Mountain by E.M. McIntyre

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Abby, her older sister, and their father have moved to Scotland from the US. And while Abby is not pleased with their relocation, she will soon embark on an amazing adventure. Transported back in time by a strange, glowing dog, Abby is tasked to unravel the mystery behind an old prophecy. Can she figure it out in time and will she ever return home?

This first book of The Red King trilogy by author E. M. McIntyre is a perfect blend of mystery, fantasy and time travel all in one wonderful tale. The story is engaging with interesting characters. It is well-written and has great imagery. The Phantom of Faerie Mountain will captivate both young and older readers who enjoy a fast-paced YA story with amazing world building.

I look forward to reading the second book of the trilogy.

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Book Review – River Bones by Mary Deal

River Bones by Mary Deal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Despite a psychopathic serial killer roaming around, Sara Mason has returned to her hometown. She’s purchased Talbot House, an old Victorian mansion, which she plans to restore. With more money in the bank than she ever had growing up, Sara wants to reconnect with the people she once knew and help out her community. But living in Talbot House is more than she bargained for.

River Bones is the first book of the Sara Mason Mysteries by Mary Deal. I was intrigued by the story from the outset and it kept me turning the pages. With a multitude of interesting characters, I wasn’t quite sure who the guilty person was. While I had my suspicions, it wasn’t clear until it was finally revealed. Though this book is primarily a mystery/thriller, there’s also a nice little romance that had me rooting for the couple. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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Book Review – When the Time Feels Right by Sarah Lithgow

When the Time Feels Right by Sarah Lithgow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twenty-four-year-old Katie has loved Jack, her brother Matt’s best friend, since she was fourteen. But Matt’s strict rules that his sister is off limits and Katie’s awkwardness around Jack, has ensured her feelings are never revealed to either of them. Besides, Jack has plenty of girlfriends to keep him occupied. It’s time for Katie to finally move on, find herself a boyfriend, and forget all about Jack. But can she?

When the Time Feels Right is Author Sarah Lithgow’s debut novel, and I have to say, it’s a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It’s sweet, and funny, and even has a couple of not-so-nice characters who seem to want to mess things up. The story is well-written with few grammatical errors or typos. It’s well-paced with believable dialogue. I would have liked a little bit more at the end because I adored the main characters in this story and wanted it to continue.

I recommend this heart-warming and amusing book.

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Book Review – Shoot or Die by Robert Lalonde

Shoot or Die by Robert Lalonde

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tommy D. is a hit man with an impeccable record. When he’s asked to take Mickey, an ex-con, under his wing and show him the ropes, he knows it’s a bad idea.

Ryan Kelly builds log homes. His wife, Jennifer, works for a local builder. But a case of mistaken identity puts their lives in danger, and the couple find themselves in a witness protection program.

This is an entertaining, fast-paced crime thriller by Robert Lalonde. Great descriptions and dialogue made this story play out like a move with interesting characters, especially the villains. And though they are quite awful, their interaction with each other was enjoyable to read.

If you like crime thrillers, give this one a try!

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Book Review – Chameleon Games by June V. Bourgo

Chameleon Games by June V. Bourgo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chameleon Games is the second book in The Crossing Trilogy. The story follows Chelsea Grey, a 40-year-old woman who spent the last 20 years imprisoned in her neighbour’s basement. Nine months after her freedom, she is struggling with building relationships and trust. She lives with her mother and is also trying to build a bond with her daughter, Sydney, who was only a year old when she was abducted. The problem is, everyone treats Chelsea like she’s a victim. Chelsea makes a bold move to live on her own in a secluded area. Hoping the separation will allow her to know herself, figure out what she wants, and learn to trust again.

I really enjoyed this second book of The Crossing Trilogy. The story is well-written and it’s easy to like the characters in this book. Except for the villains, and there are a few. There are moments that brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. Not to mention a few action-packed and tense sections. The story kept me involved, and I looked forward to reading it every day. This was truly an enjoyable read.

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Book Review – Love and Pollination by Mari Jane Law

Love & Pollination by Mari Jane Law

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perdita Riley has no family other than one particular nun who helped raise her at the orphanage until she was old enough to be on her own. She’s beautiful and a little quirky, a characteristic that contributed to her having a lack of friends. But the few she has, adore her. Good with number, she became a financial advisor until one day her conscience gets the better of her and she finds herself unemployed. But worse than that, she’s single, jobless, and pregnant. Or as Perdita likes to say, germinating a seedling. What else could go wrong in this young woman’s life?

Love and Pollination by Mari Jane Law is the first romantic comedy novel I’ve read. And while it was a sweet story, I did not find it a laugh-out-loud kind of book. But I did find myself smiling at some of the silliness at times. The story is well-written and though Perdita’s naivety is a little extreme, she is an endearing and well-developed character. You really get a sense of who she is and can’t help but root for her. Tony, the antagonist in the story, is a jerk. But he’s a little two-dimensional. Further development of his character would have made for an even stronger antagonist.

If you like sweet and quirky stories that are well-written and paced, you will like Love and Pollination.

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Book Review – Where Irises Never Grow

Where Irises Never Grow by Paulette Mahurin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Monica Chastain is preparing for her doctorate dissertation, but she requires one important component, Aesop’s Fables. When she tracks down the only copy of the antique book available to her, it’s a French edition. Luckily, she can read French and after a few days she completes the draft of her dissertation. Unfortunately, while she is gathering up her finished work, she inadvertently knocks the book to the floor, damaging its spine. Now she must get the antique book repaired. And so begins the unravelling of a mystery.

Where Irises Never Grow by Paulette Mahurin is a wonderful historic fiction novel. It tells of the atrocities of the German occupation of France through the eyes of a fictitious family who are part of the resistance. The story is captivating, and at times, I had a hard time putting it down, even through tear filled eyes. The writing is superb. The characters are well developed and the world building brought the story to life. Like the Diary of Ann Frank, this is one of those books that I know will stay with me for a long time.

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Bood Review – The Ice Hunters

The Ice Hunters (The Dark World Series Book 3) by [Kell Frillman]

The Ice Hunters by Kell Frillman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ruby is on her way up to The Dome along with Gerard, a Flatfoot, who saved her from The Complex. When they arrive, nothing is as they expected. Free-Earthers, clans who live outside The Dome, have taken over, and now all those who worked for the government inside The Dome are imprisoned. Myla, the leader of the clans, wants Ruby to trust her, but can she? And what will living on the surface inside The Dome be like, surely it can’t be worse than underground in The Complex?

This story starts off where the last book ended. I had not read the first book in the series but did read the second quite some time ago. Much like the second book, there is enough background story to reacquaint the reader with the characters and the storyline. It didn’t take long to catch up.

I quite enjoyed this story. It is a fast read with great imagery. There are some tense scenes and the author does a good job showing the emotion. There are few typos and grammatical errors, and the story held my interest to the end.

The prose in some places was a bit flowery and at times pulled me from the story. There were also instances of misplaced actions/emotions within dialogue between characters. Whereas character B’s shrug is found at the end of character A’s dialogue instead of before their own subsequent dialogue. I first thought it was a formatting issue, but it happened enough to cause some confusion as to who was speaking etc.

The Ice Hunters is the third book of a series by Author Kell Frillman.

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