Book Review: Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl by: A. Giacomi


Publisher: Permuted Press

Publication Date: January 25, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Eve used to be an ordinary girl, from an ordinary town, with ordinary dreams, but her dreams rapidly turn into nightmares when one grave mistake leaves her a little less than human and a lot less average. 

Eve’s not quite the same girl she used to be. She desperately clings to her humanity as new desires, new abilities, and new urges take over with each passing day. 

Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl is a tale that takes you on an emotional and terrifying journey as Eve struggles to cope with her new life and find a cure for her strange illness before time runs out. She desperately clings to her humanity as she tries to control the monster she knows is lurking inside her. 

Turns out living was the easy part. 

Review: EVE BRENNER: ZOMBIE GIRL is a unique take on this very popular genre. The way the zombie virus was created and spread was an interesting twist, especially since there were different ‘levels’ of zombieness dependent on how the virus was contracted. EVE BRENNER: ZOMBIE GIRL is told through three narrators: Eve, and her best friends Alex and Cam. I enjoyed how EVE BRENNER: ZOMBIE GIRL is a tale of human vs. animalistic (base) instincts. The fight scenes were well-executed, but to me the romance aspects didn’t flow naturally. Eve’s struggle with her altered nature is what really drew me into the book and Eve was definitely my favorite character. While Alex and Cam were a good support system for Eve, for the most part they didn’t seem to add a whole lot to the story. If you’re looking for a fresh take on the zombie story, check out EVE BRENNER: ZOMBIE GIRL. I think EVE BRENNER: ZOMBIE GIRL is well suited for YA & NA readers alike.

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Book Review: Loving the Amnesia Bride by: Sara Daniel


Publisher: Musa Publishing

Publication Date: January 1, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: If she remembers the past, they won't have a future. 

Gwen Fairfax awakens in a hospital, deluged by stabbing head pain and unable to remember anything about her past, especially the man who claims to be her fiancé. A trip to the Wiccan Haus is her only hope to discover the woman she used to be, her mysterious dreams about a resort, and the man who’s supposedly the love of her life. 

Tucker Wilde is willing to do anything to stop his stepmother’s land development schemes from ruining the natural habitat he’s dedicated his life to preserving. But he never expects he’ll have to go so far as to pretend to be engaged to the woman his brother left at the altar. He knows better than to trust anyone in cahoots with his stepmother. But he feels an overwhelming need to protect the sweet, vulnerable woman who has no one to turn to but him. Soon, he’s losing sight of the fact that the engagement isn’t real. 

Gwen tempts him at every turn, hoping physical contact between them will jog her memory. If she never remembers the past, Tucker begins to believe they could make a life together. But if the Wiccan Haus delivers on healing her memory, it will destroy any hope for their future.

Review: LOVING THE AMNESIA BRIDE is the 13th book in the Wiccan Haus series. Gwen Fairfax was at the altar with the man she thought she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. When he ran out on her, she was injured to the point where she has retrograde amnesia and doesn’t remember having a fiancé. A trip to the Wiccan Haus is arranged for her and her fiancé’s brother, Tucker, (who Gwen was told is her fiancé) so Gwen can heal. However, it’s not only Gwen who needs healing. LOVING THE AMNESIA BRIDE is a beautiful story of the healing power of love. I liked the new characters of Gwen and Tucker and, of course, seeing our ‘old friends’ from the Wiccan Haus. LOVING THE AMNESIA BRIDE is one of the few of the Wiccan Haus books where both main characters are human and I think it made for a lovely addition to the series.

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Book Review: The Patriot Threat by: Steve Berry


Publisher: Minotaur Books

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Origins:  From Blog Tour for Review

Synopsis: The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is why Americans pay income taxes. But what if there were problems associated with that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting? In fact, there is a surprising truth to this hidden possibility.

Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. But when his former-boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files—the kind that could bring the United States to its knees—Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.

With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, and some eye-opening revelations from the $1 bill, this riveting, non-stop adventure is trademark Steve Berry—90% historical fact, 10% exciting speculation—a provocative thriller posing a dangerous question: What if the Federal income tax is illegal?

Review: THE PATRIOT THREAT is Steve Berry’s tenth full length novel featuring Cotton Malone. Even though it has the same main character as the previous nine books, THE PATRIOT THREAT can be read as a stand-alone novel and hold up very well. Mr. Berry’s love of research and history is plainly evident in every page of THE PATRIOT THREAT. There are a lot of false clues and misdirection which leads to a satisfying international chase and thrilling conclusion. Mr. Berry’s creative mind has come up with a brilliant concept in THE PATRIOT THREAT, making readers wonder if it could be true…“What if the Federal Income Tax is illegal?”

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Book Review: Where They Found Her by: Kimberly McCreight


Publisher: Harper

Publication Date: April 14, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions. 

When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridegdale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale’s darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults that goes back twenty years. 

Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts. 

Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, Kimberly McCreight’s taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth about the baby’s death revealing that these three women have far more in common than they realized. And that their lives are more intertwined with what happened to the baby than they ever could have imagined. 

Review: WHERE THEY FOUND HER is a well-written novel of psychological suspense told from the perspectives of the women involved. Molly Anderson and her family moved to Ridgedale, New Jersey after the loss of her baby. She’s working for the Ridgedale Reader, normally writing more fluff pieces, when she’s called to cover the story of a dead infant found in the woods near the university. When so many people are against Molly covering this story, she digs in her heels and keeps looking for the truth. The characters are all well-developed and even minor characters end up having a bigger role than you’d first imagine. The author, Kimberly McCreight, has a way of dropping small clues which come back into the weave of the full story. All of the threads twine together into a shocking conclusion. WHERE THEY FOUND HER is an excellent sophomore novel and I look forward to Ms. McCreight’s next novel.

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Book Review: Blue Sun, Yellow Sky by: Jamie Hoang


Publisher: Hey Jamie

Publication Date: December 11, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Hailed as “One of the best technical painters of our time” by an L.A. Times critic, 27 year-old, Aubrey Johnson's work is finally gaining traction. But as she weaves through what should be a celebration of her art, a single nagging echo of her doctor’s words refuses to stay silent—there is no cure. In less than eight weeks Aubrey is going blind. 

Traveling on a one-way ticket around the world with childhood friend Jeff Anderson, Aubrey is in complete denial. But a blindfolded game of tasting foreign foods in China jolts her into confronting the reality of her situation. So begins her quest. 

In this adult coming of age story, Aubrey starts out at odds with her crippling disability and has a hard time accepting help. But on her journey she finds a deeper understanding of herself and her life—sometimes fragmented and complex, but always with relentless truth. 

Review: Aubrey Johnson has been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease, from which she will go blind. Aubrey’s only 27 and her career as a painter is just taking off when she receives this devastating news from her doctor. She decides to go on an around the world trip with her childhood friend, Jeff Anderson, before she can no longer see the beauty in the world. BLUE SUN, YELLOW SKY is the inspirational story of an artist who is about to lose their sight and wants to experience the world before she must adapt to a new way of life. I loved Audrey’s spirit and strength. The author’s keen insights and vivid descriptions lent themselves to creating a unique and stimulating story. BLUE SUN, YELLOW SKY is a masterpiece!

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