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Little Angels by Amy Romine

I know as girl, I always love to have my moments where I curl up with a good romance novel. The best part is when the romance has some suspense mixed into the plot. I have found a really good book to mix in with the mood I was in wanting to read a romantic and suspenseful novel.

Here’s a lit bit of information about the novel then I’ll give my review right below the info.


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About the Book

Little Angels
by Amy Romine
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
ebook, 256 pages
November 18th 2016 by eXtasy Books

What if saving little angels meant becoming the monster?

When Special Agent Nick McFarlane receives news that his partner of eight years is in trouble, he doesn’t hesitate. Throwing himself into a deep cover operation to expose and shut down The Micahs, a child trafficking ring, Nick enters, unprepared for the reality that awaits.

Special Agent Meredith Richards took the assignment fully aware of the consequences. Leaving her life behind, she knew she wouldn’t be able to get out with her life until she shut the Micahs down for good.

When Meredith’s informant is murdered and her contact inside the organization starts to lose control, Meredith is forced to make choices she can’t take back. On the edge of sacrificing herself, her principles, and her life, she begins to wonder if she will survive the case, or if she even wants to.

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So I really enjoyed this book. It did take me a while to get into it, but that was more for the fact that I was trying to balance school and reading and research work for the lab that I work in. If I hadn’t of been so busy, then I would have gotten into it a lot faster.

Aside from that, I truly loved the plot of the book and the characters themselves. I have already decided that I want a Special Agent Nick McFarlane for myself. I have such a respect for him that only this book could have given me. I also love the fact that Amy Romine has badass female leads in her novel. She doesn’t follow the stereotype of the woman having to be weak or frail that some romance novels have.

In all, I would suggest reading this book whenever you get the chance if you want a suspenseful but romantic book to fill up your afternoon.

Until next time,

Kat

 

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Time for a Revamp

Hello readers of this blog. So I realize that it has been a while since I last posted. I got behind this past year with starting college and adjusting to life at my second home, but I am looking to revamp this blog and bring it back to life. To get this reboot started, I’ll be having a post tomorrow about some of the books I am looking forward to reading this year.

Until tomorrow my dear book lovers,

Kat ❤️

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Online Books, Yes Please!

Hey guys,

So I recently found this awesome website. It’s called Carpe Librum Books. They are a mix of blog and book seller.

What better way to get interested in a book than a blog?  It’s even better that you can get the books directly from them!

Here’s a link since you must check them out: Carpe Librum Books

If the excitement is all too much for you and you feel like you’re going to die, please don’t. You will miss my list of the top 5 books I read In January and a little blurb about them. That is going to be posted sometime this week, so be on the lookout.

Until next time,

Kat ❤

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New Year, New Goals

Hey all you blog readers!

I realize that it has been almost a year since my last post, and I want to apologize for that! D:

That is why this year I’m going to try to be more regular on posts and staying only. 😉

With that said… It’s late here on the east coast.

Until next time,

Kat ❤

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Glen Parris Post Part One

Hey guys, I’m so sorry I haven’t been on lately.  Let’s just say that being sick sucks.

Anyway, here is a guest post  from the author Glen Parris, who I have had the chance to read and review his book The Renaissance of Aspirin.  I’m going to post the review either saturday or sunday depending on when I get home.

Without further delay, your guest post…

The Other Side of the Tale

Ever ask yourself, “what draws you into a story most?” Most would say a compelling hero, or in literary terms, a protagonist. Well, I contend that that’s only half the story. A great three-dimensional protagonist is the hook, the selling point of a good tale. Yes, you have to have a good plot and yes, you have to have good supporting characters. If you have those elements, then yes, you have a good story. But if you want a really great story, you need a good villain (again, in literary terms an antagonist).

Just ask yourself, would Sherlock Holmes have been nearly as compelling without Prof. Moriarty? Would Star Wars have been nearly as exciting without Darth Vader? What would the Dark Knight be without the Joker? Hell, what would the Bible be without Satan?

We always cheer for the hero: let him get the girl, let him win the prize, let him seize the day! But what would be the point without a really intense challenge that the audience can connect with. A villain must have some redeeming characteristics. He must have fallen from grace. He must have some common failings, something reflected in most people. I submit, we have to empathize with the villain nearly as much as we empathize with the hero. Think about it, how engaging is it when the hero wins, but at the same time loses some of his innocence when he takes down the villain who turns out to be not so evil? When we learn that the villain and the protagonist have a lot in common except for maybe one or two wrong turns?

And let’s admit it, don’t you always kind of long for the villain to come back? Don’t you want to see him menace the world again? You know you want to see the protagonist win over and over against the same villain. Isn’t it always a let-down when another villain’s takes our endearing villain’s place? Someone not quite as bad or even not quite as likable? Don’t we usually find that “replacement” villain somewhat two-dimensional? Of course we do. That’s why, so often in fiction, evil never dies.

It’s great fun when the villains are more three-dimensional isn’t it? Not just a single individual, but layers of bad guys. Maybe I should have said, levels of bad guys? Sort of like a videogame. Don’t we love winning the videogame on the simple level to learn the rules of The World then moving up to level II? Don’t we feel special when we get to the final level? That’s when the game is fun, when you have to work at it.

One of the best rewards we get from villains is knowledge. It’s the “Great Reveal”. Something the hero doesn’t know until the last minute. “Yes you’ve won, but you still don’t know what I know. There’s still a secret that you have to solve.” It’s a little extra seasoning to make the sweet victory a little bit bitter. Savory!

Sometimes a really good villain is almost like a mentor to the hero. He makes the hero better, stronger, not quite so lighthearted. Forged in fire. Finally, the antagonist administers the acid test to the protagonist. “You can have the easy way out, the prize, unearned wealth. All you have to do is sin ‘just a little bit’.” A good villain lends the protagonist gravitas! Usually, the protagonist finds the strength of will to resist the temptation, but not always. Sometimes the protagonist disappoints us “just a little bit”. A precious sacrifice of the soul. This is always delicious foreshadowing when dealing with a trilogy or series. How will he ever redeem himself? We look forward to learning more about the imperfect heroes that we come to love. We look forward to seeing how the villain comes back as we look around every corner and under every rock and down every dark alley.

So when you pick up your next mystery, thriller, suspense, big adventure –Watch out, the unexpected this way comes!

BOO!

A Little about Glen Parris:

As a board certified rheumatologist, Glenn Parris has practiced medicine in the northeast Atlanta suburbs for over 20 years. He has been writing for nearly as long.

Originally from New York City, Parris migrated south to escape the cold and snow, but fell in love with the southern charms of Georgia and Carla, his wife of nearly 23 years. He now writes cross-genre in medical mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. The Renaissance of Aspirin is his debut novel.

His Links:

Website:  http://www.glennparris.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GlennParris.FictionWriter

Until the next time where you will find out more about his novel,

Kat

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Russian Roulette Review

Sorry I didn’t get to post this yesterday, but sometimes work has to take the priority.

Anyway, here is that second review I promised.

I reviewed Russian Roulette by E. E. Smith

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My Rating:

4 STARS

Book Overview:

      Back in Sacramento again, where the sign on the door of her detective agency reads ALEXIS J. SMITH—Discreet Inquiries, Lexie finds that her old room at Mrs. Snidely’s Establishment for Young Ladies (a fancy name for a boardinghouse) has been let to someone else while she was away on a case in England. The new tenant is supposedly a ballerina, and a defector from the Russian Bolshoi, seeking political asylum in this country. But is she? Lexie doubts the story and begins to investigate, determined to get at the truth, while ignoring the danger to herself.

      With that case successfully concluded, she is free to accept another assignment from her friend Inspector Harry Hawkins at Scotland Yard. The case sounds bizarre from the beginning, but gets more so with each turn of events. It seems that a Russian count, a nephew of the late Tzar Nicholas II, is living in exile in Oxfordshire, with his young American bride. In Harry’s opinion, the countess is more than a little mad, demanding that Scotland Yard recover her dog, a Russian wolfhound, which she claims has been stolen by—of all people—Humphrey Bogart! It will take all of Lexie’s skill and unflinching determination to connect the dots, right up to the deadly conclusion.

Review:

      As you can tell from a lot of my previous reads, I am in a murder/mystery mood.  Must be the month of October getting to me! 😉  Anyway, I really did enjoy reading this book.  Evelyn Smith is a great writer.  Upon doing some research for this review, I discovered this was actually the second in the series.  Luckily, this book can easily be read as a stand alone book and does not require you to read the first book, Death by Misadventure, or the second book, Bad Blood.

      The characters were great!  My favorite is probably Lexie, just because I think I am secretly an awesome detective that can figure anything out. Of course, that could also be my love for Sherlock Holmes on the show Sherlock.

      I thought that the plot was excellent too.  Every mystery has to have its twists and turns.  How else could it be a mystery?  The plot was simple to understand but interesting enough to keep reading.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the next book in the series, Prescription for Murder!

Author Info:

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Evelyn Eileen Smith resides in the San Francisco Bay area and is an award-winning playwright of more than a dozen plays. The debut novel, Boardinghouse Stew, was inspired by her own real-life experiences working in a boardinghouse in Sacramento during World War II. Times Like These is based on more real-life adventures through the end of WW II, six years of peace, and the beginning of the Korean War. In the next book, In Love and War, Evelyn shared her experiences as a young bride during wartime and how decisions made in haste affected her entire life. She debuted as a mystery writer with Death by Misadventure, the first in the “ALEXIS J. SMITH—Discreet Inquiries” series, followed by Bad Blood, and now Russian Roulette.

Until next time,

Kat

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Murmurs of Insanity Review

Hey guys!!

What all has been going on while I was out for a couple of weeks?

Well, I had the privilege of getting an ARC of Murmurs of Insanity by Gerrie Ferris Finger.

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Synopsis:

        Teen Johndro Phillips is missing after witnessing a drug deal turn to murder in his Atlanta neighborhood. Johndro is a spotter and runner for drug lord Devus Dontel “Big DD” McFersen, who was acquitted when Johndro couldn’t testify against himself.
Lake asks Dru to talk to his ex-wife, Linda. Seems her half-brother’s predilection for young women has gotten him mixed up with the student art community, two of whom go missing. Damian Hansel, his friend Arne Trammel and the mysterious Cho Martine devised a Conceptual Art Performance to shake-up the tranquil community. Articles of Damian’s are found on nature trails, and, absent a body, the police think it’s a treasure hunt. Dru thinks not.

Rating:

4 STARS

My thoughts:

      I really thought this book was very good.  Gerrie Ferris Finger did an excellent job in writing this book!  Her characters were so well thought out.  They had just enough quirkiness to where you didn’t think they were over the top weird.   Not to mention all of the twist that were in his plots.  This is a very light mystery novel, compared to some of the other ones that I have read.  But, that’s what makes it interesting.  Some of my friends aren’t huge readers, yet I would gladly recommend this book to them, knowing that they would enjoy it.

This is a series.  Hopefully I will be able to get the others and read them.  This book has made me want to read all future novels by Gerrie Ferris Finger!

Info on the Author:

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Gerrie Ferris Finger won The Malice Domestic/St. Martin’s Minotaur Best First Traditional Novel for THE END GAME, published by St. Martin’s on April 27, 2010. The second in the series, THE LAST TEMPTATION, will release July 2012 from Five Star. Five Star will also releasse the third in the series, THE DEVIL LAUGHED, in 2013.

Gerrie grew up in Missouri then went South to write for The Atlanta Constitution. She traveled the Tobacco Roads of Georgia and Alabama and the narrow, historic streets of New Orleans. She wrote about Natchez, Mississippi’s unique history, Florida’s diverse population, and the Outer Banks struggle to keep light houses from toppling into the sea. Visits to Cape Hatteras resulted in her historical paranormal, THE GHOST SHIP.

WHISPERING, a romance, is set on one of Georgia’s barrier islands.

Three books in the Laura Kate O’Connell Plantation Series were set in southwest Georgia’s plantation region. They are: WHEN SERPENTS DIE, HONORED DAUGHTERS and WAGON DOGS. The print editions of the Laura Kate Series will be released beginning January 2012

MERCILESS is the first in her novella series. HEARTLESS is the second.

How to get more information about Gerrie Ferris Finger:

www.gerrieferrisfinger.com

Email:

gfinger@mindspring.com

Blog:

www.gerrieferrisfinger.blogspot.com
www.crimewritersblog.blogspot.com

Got some more reviews coming your way tomorrow!

Until then,

Kat