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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See Me by Shan L. Scott

See Me (Second Sight Book 1) by [Shan L. Scott]

See Me by Shan L. Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plagued by strange dreams as a child, Shelly knew she was a bit different. And as a teenager, it became apparent to others around her as well. Then she met and fell in love with James. But as Shelly and James plan their life and upcoming marriage, the tragic death of their friend changes everything. Now Shelly knows just what kind of man James is, and she’s not so sure she wants to spend the rest of her life with him.

See me by Shan L Scott is the first book of the Second Sight series. The story of Shelly hooked me from the first page, and it has good pacing. I enjoyed the mystery as the story unfolded, and I certainly did not expect the twist at the very end. It is well written with few grammatical errors or typos. There are some minor technical issues which did slow it down for me in some places. Despite these minor issues, it is an entertaining story and I will certainly be picking up the second book in the series.

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Book Review – A Year in the Life of Leah Brand

A Year in the Life of Leah Brand by Lucinda E. Clarke

A Year in the Life of Leah Brand: A Psychological Thriller by Lucinda E. Clarke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s something strange going on in Leah’s house or is she going mad? Her husband of only a few years is at least trying to convince her of that. And now Leah is starting to believe it too.

This is the first book of the A Year in the Life Series by Lucinda E. Clarke. The book has twelve chapters, one for every month of the year in chronological order. This psychological story begins on New Year’s Day with the death of the family dog which sets the stage for the strange occurrences. Stranger yet is that Leah is the only one that sees or hears these events. Everyone else just thinks she’s crazy.

This novel captured my attention from the first line and held it until the end. It is fast paced and well written. The only thing I had a slight issue with was the epilogue at the end. I don’t want to give anything away, but I did find that it changed the way the story ended (in a way). I was all set to believe and accept an outcome when suddenly became something else. However, this may be because it is setting the reader up for the next book in the series. In any case it is a good book that is sure to keep you captivated, and one that I recommend.

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Book Review – Eco Worrier

Eco Worrier: A very funny adventure for 9-13 year olds (Marty Marsh Book 1) by [Ian Slatter, Paul Winward]

Eco Worrier by Ian Slatter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

12 year-old Marty hates politics; it’s all so very boring. And with his mother as the Prime Minister of the UK, he’s surrounded by it. Not only are politics boring, but so is living at 10 Downing Street, especially when you can’t come and go as you please. When the head of security tells Marty about a secret passage leading to the outside, Marty decides his home might not be so boring after all. Especially if he can leave. When Marty accidentally leaves a pen in the Cabinet Office (which also happens to be a listening device) he overhears some interesting plans. Now he has some decisions to make.

Eco Worrier by Author Ian Slatter is a fun and engaging story. While it is for children between the ages of 9-13 years, adults will enjoy it too. It is well written and comical. The characters are likeable and the villain is unscrupulous. I certainly recommend this book to pre-teen readers and to adults who like a clever story.

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Book Review – Yield by B.J. Tiernan

Yield by B.J. Tiernan

Yield by B.J. Tiernan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yield is the story of Marley Cover, a young woman living her teenage and adult years in Florida in the 60’s and early 70’s.

Sexually abused by a babysitter before Marley is even school-aged, the tragic event sets the stage for her promiscuous teenage years. Later, Marley marries Peter. He is handsome and good to Marley. She loves him, but she’s not in love. She’s not even sure what that feels like, until she meets Peter’s best friend, Warren. And when Peter is drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, he asks Warren to take care of his family.

Secrets abound in this wonderful story by B. J. Tiernan, and I loved every page. Had I the time, I could have easily curled up, shut out the world, and read it over a weekend. Everything about this story is captivating from the details to the characters.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories about love, loss, and strength.

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Book Review – Moonshadow by Joy Lynn Goddard

Moonshadow by Joy Lynn Goddard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After learning about her grandfather’s, Albert Cowden, failing health, budding journalist, Lauren Prescott and her mother, spend the summer at the Cowden’s residence. But when Lauren arrives, her grandfather has more than just household duties planned for her at the sprawling 6000 square foot lakeside home. Albert wants Lauren to find his long-lost love, Rose Hill, an indigenous girl he fell in love with when he was in high school. Armed with nothing but Rose’s diary and the stories her grandfather has told her, Lauren has a mystery to unravel. What became of this young woman who’d once saved her grandfather’s life and then escaped the abuse she suffered at a residential school? And what other secrets lie hidden?

It has been some time that I’ve read a story that I could not put down, that made me angry, that had me utter “Wow!” at the end of chapters, and that brought tears to my eyes. Moonshadow is that story. Though a work of fiction by author, Joy Lynn Goddard, the story about the suffering, abuse, and mistreatment of indigenous peoples in Canada at residential schools is all too real.

This is a well written, fast paced novel, with characters you will love and others you will hate. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, turning the pages, as you learn the truth. I highly recommend this book.

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Book Review – Death Most Wicked by Suzi Albracht

Death Most Wicked by Suzi Albracht

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Homicide detective, Mikael Ruskov, has his hands full with two cases. First, there’s the gory murders where all that remains of the victim is a goopy mess. Then there’s the kidnapping of young girls who sadly end up dead. But as Mikael digs deeper, he soon realizes the cases are linked.

This book starts off with a creepy vibe, and I wondered if it was something I should read at night. But the further along I read, the more I got wrapped up in the story, and it turned out to have just the right amount of horror (if that makes sense). I quite enjoyed this supernatural, crime thriller. It is well written and has an interesting story line. The characters are well developed and their personalities came through in the writing. I could easily visualize (though sometimes wish I couldn’t) the scenes described in the book.

Death Most Wicked is the first book of The Devil’s Due Collection by Suzi Albracht, and the first book I’ve read from this author, but it won’t be my last. I need to know what happens next as the story continues in the next book of this series.

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