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Blind Dates can be Murder Book Review – Christian Mystery

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Book Reviews | 0 comments

I don’t usually read mystery, but I got this book for $1.00 at my church bookstore. It’s written by Mindy Starns Clark and is part of a series, although I didn’t realize that until I finished reading it.

I’ll start with the pros: The mystery is solid and believable. The romance is clean and sweet. Both of the main characters are Christians, and it reminds me of when I was involved with a singles’ group in church. There’s really no Christian message coming from the author, as it’s more of a way of life for some of the characters. They go to church, a singles’ group, and their faith makes them who they are and plays a part in their choices. If you are a Christian, you’ll relate to them. If you aren’t a Christian, I think you’ll still enjoy the story, as it doesn’t preach at you.

Now for the cons: I really didn’t relate with the main female character for two reasons. The first being that Tulip makes her living by running a blog about household hints and tips. She’s highly organized, and I’m the complete opposite personality wise. The second reason I didn’t relate is that the story is told from four different people’s point of view, which was great for getting me to anticipate things before they happened but didn’t help to get me too involved with one person.

Overall, I thought it was a good read and gave it three stars. I think I would have given it four if it hadn’t been for the very last page. Apparently, this is the second book in a series. I just didn’t know that by looking at the cover. It does say, “author of The Trouble with Tulip” in small letters at the bottom. However, it doesn’t say book two or series really anywhere on the cover. The great mystery part of this book stands alone, but the romance is where you’ll want to read the entire series. I was at the very end of the book thinking I had a complete story, and then BAM!!! The last page throws in a punch that had me going, “What?” That’s when I looked a little deeper and realized I’d have to read the first and second book if I want to find out what happens with her personal life. I have no problem with reading a series, as that is what I write and usually read. However, I just wish I knew what I was getting into when I started the book. I wish the cover had given me more warning. Looking at the book on Amazon, it’s easy to see that the book is the second in a series–just not so if buying from a bookstore.

If you like cozy mysteries, you might enjoy this one. Just be sure to start with The Trouble with Tulip before reading this one.

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Book Review of Azuri Fae – Adult Fantasy

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Book Reviews | 2 comments


Today’s book review is for Azuri Fae by India Drummond, and it’s the second book in the Caledonia Fae Series. If you are interested, you can read my review of Blood Faerie, the first book in the series.

Although both of these books follow the adventures of a female fae and a human druid, they are both stand alone stories and don’t end on a cliffhanger. If you read them, you are not committing to the entire series, which consists of six novels.

I’ll start with the pros: It’s a solid story, kept me interested, and I like how it does not force me to have to read all six books. This novel continues to establish the relationship between the fae and human. However, it’s a completely different adventure than the last novel, and it ended solidly. I also love the covers in the series.

Now for the cons: We get to see a glimpse of the magical fea realm, but there is not much imagery in the writing. I didn’t really get to picture a beautiful and magical place, as the author left a lot of that out of the story. This is a personal opinion, but I also don’t like how sex is a big thing for the plot–and not for romance or building a relationship. The plot is more focused on the action, and the romance is more of a background thing and is very weak. As with a lot of books when it comes to fae, they are not monogamous beings, and they don’t really do romance. However, sex is important to the plot of this story. Although I’m thankful the author did not describe any of the scenes and give me major visuals, I still did not enjoy reading about the strong sexual situations involving a crowd. I’ll just say that I can’t relate, it’s not what I’m into, and not what I want to read about. I want a magical realm I can deeply visualize, and I want the main characters to be deeper.

I give this novel three stars. I enjoyed the story and think the author does a great job when it comes to writing action and adventure, but I won’t be continuing the series.

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Book Review of Blood Faerie – Adult Fantasy

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Book Reviews | 0 comments


Today’s review is for Blood Faerie, written by India Drummond. It’s the first book in the Caledonia Fae Series, which consists of six novels. Each book in the series is a story within itself, so if you read this one, you are not committing to the entire series.

The main characters in this series are a female fae exiled from her homeland and a human police detective. The setting of the story is Perth, Scotland, where a series of grizzly murders take place, and the two of them search for the killer.

I give this read four stars. It is well written, and it kept me turning the pages on my Kindle. In fact, I liked it enough to buy and read the second one in the series. I enjoyed the characters, and the plot was solid. This one is not really a romance, as its main focus is to stop the killings and the mystery surrounding them.

We don’t get to see much of the magical realm. However, the author did a great job in letting us glimpse the magic within the fae themselves, and it’s very much a part of the story.

As for a clean rating, I can’t give it one, and it won’t be added to my list of clean reads–especially after reading the second one. I can say that this novel does not contain any sex scenes. However, it does have a scene where the female fae completely strips down, and the man lusts after her. There’s also some explicit cursing.

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Mark of the Dragon Queen Book Review – YA Fantasy

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Book Reviews | 0 comments


Today’s book review is for Mark of the Dragon Queen, written by Katie W. Stewart. The story starts out at a fast pace, as a teenage girl’s life abruptly falls apart within the first chapter. The reader is then taken on an epic journey filled with magic, dragons, and adventure.

I give this book five stars. It’s a classic fantasy read where good versus a great evil. The author didn’t give any secrets away, and the plot is thick and filled with surprises. There’s a lot of action, and I don’t believe this story was lacking in any way. I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy reads.

As for my clean rating, I am very impressed with the writing of this author. Although there is death that is to be expected from an epic fantasy, there are no curse words or sexual content–not even kissing. This book is clean enough for middle grade children, yet it’s perfect for adults also. It’s an adventure you won’t outgrow.

If you love stories involving magic and dragons, then I suggest you give it a try. I’m a *cough* older woman, yet I highly enjoyed this book.

 

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Fanged Outcast Novella Review – YA Vampires/Fantasy

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Book Reviews | 2 comments


This is the second novella in the Fanged Princess Series, written by Elisabeth Wheatley. If you haven’t already, you can also read my review of Fanged Princess, the first novella in the series. Fanged Outcast picks up where the first one ended, and we join nineteen-year-old vampire Hadassah as she continues to try to protect her younger brother and his human girlfriend from their father.

This one has even more action than the first one, as it immediately dives into the plot with intense fighting that continues throughout. If this were a movie, you’d see swat teams, creatures, car chases, fist fights, tear gas . . . You get the idea–complete action.

As for romance, we still see the hint of one. The author dangles it in front of her readers. There’s just enough to make you want more. And with that, I am now waiting patiently for the third novella in the series. I enjoy the characters, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

There is some mild cursing throughout and lots of action, but there is no sexual references or anything to alarm parents. I can honestly recommend this series, and I give it five stars. It’s a quick read and highly enjoyable.

At the time of this post, Fanged Princess is free.

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Faire Eve Book Review – YA Fantasy

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Book Reviews | 0 comments


Today’s book review is for Faire Eve, written by Catherine Stovall. It’s about a sixteen-year-old girl who grew up believing she’s human, only to find out she’s not. She’s then taken into a different realm filled with magical beings. You have fairies, unicorns, goddesses, and so much more. There’s a darkness roaming the land, and it’s out for revenge.

I loved the creativity found within the pages. I also loved how the author put so much story into one book, as this is a stand alone and not in a series. The romance was clean enough for a young adult reader, and the characters stayed true to themselves.

There is mild cursing throughout, which could have been avoided. There’s also talk of all religions pretty much being false, but you almost always get that when it comes to reading books about the fae. I don’t believe I’ve ever read one that didn’t put themselves above all religions.

If you want a magical story filled with mythical creatures, yet you don’t want to commit to a series, then I recommend Faire Eve. I was not disappointed and give it a four star.

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