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The Last Kiss Goodbye (Dr. Charlotte Stone -2) by Karen Robards

3 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory of all: the hearts and minds of serial killers. It’s a job she’s uniquely suited for, thanks to the secret talent that gives her an uncanny edge—Charlie can see dead people, whose tormented spirits cry out to her for the justice only she can provide. This blessing—or curse—gives Charlie the power to hunt down and catch madmen and murderers. It’s also turned her love life upside down by drawing her into a hopelessly passionate relationship with the lingering ghost of charismatic bad boy Michael Garland.

But there’s little time for romance with her supernatural suitor when murder comes pounding at Charlie’s door in the form of a terrified young woman fleeing a homicidal maniac. Saving her life places Charlie squarely in the cross-hairs of a sadistic predator nicknamed “the Gingerbread Man,” notorious for manipulating his victims like pawns in a deadly chess game. And now the queen this psychopath’s bent on capturing is Charlie. Refusal to play will only put more innocent lives in danger. Matching wits with this cunningly twisted opponent will require all of Charlie’s training and expert skills. But even with her devilish “guardian angel”—not to mention her favorite flesh-and-blood Fed, Tony Bartoli—watching her beautiful back, the Gingerbread Man’s horrifying grin might be the last thing Charlie ever sees.

Charlie Stone is a psychiatrist that specializes in serial killers. Having been abducted by one and falling in love with one makes her seem obsessed instead of just studying them. So when a young woman escapes a serial killer, Charlie gets involved trying to help then becoming his next target.

But this is no normal thriller. Charlie can see ghosts. But Michael is not just your normal ghost. He is a serial killer that knows Charlie can see him and Charlie has the hots for him. This gets complicated when Tony Bartoli, FBI Agent, also has a thing for her.

I don’t know where to begin with this review. This is the first book of Karen Robards that I have read. I liked the concept for the serial killer hunting Charlie down. But I also have a What the Heck feeling about the whole relationship with a ghost serial killer. It also made it difficult to get into the plot of the story when at every chance Charlie and Michael are arguing over stupid things, in childish ways, instead of taking care of the serial killer hunting her down.

I’m really torn. There is potential here but the way it was executed has left me with no desire to read the first book in the series or any subsequent ones.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on The Last Kiss Goodbye, check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

For more information on Karen Robards, check out her website.

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Atlantis Riptide (Lost Daughters of Atlantis – 1) By Allie Burton

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Sixteen-year-old Pearl Poseidon ran away from the circus tired of her adoptive parents’ abuse of her special skills. As a runaway, she craves anonymity but when she saves a small boy from drowning she draws attention to herself and her special abilities. Boardwalk employee and aspiring investigative reporter, Chase Thomas, helps her with the rescue and witnesses her amazing dive.

Now, he has questions. And so do the police.

Unbeknownst to Pearl, a battle rages under the Pacific between Loyal and Non-Loyal Atlantean forces and each side wants to use her powers for their cause. Will the commotion in the ocean expose her secrets to the world? Will Chase’s reporter-determination ruin their chance for a real relationship? Will staying near the ocean she loves catapult into a battle royale?

Pearl is a sixteen year old that is part of a circus along with her adoptive parents. But there is no fun and games. She is abused and forced to show her special abilities when she is in deep water. She can’t take it any more and runs away to find out more about her real parents. Although wanting to live a life of obscurity, she can’t seem to pass up helping people and animals. When she saves a young boy from drowning, she draws the attention of Chase Thomas.

Chase is eighteen years old and trying to please both his aunt and himself. But when he learns about Pearl, he can’t help but try and figure out what her secret is. The question is if he means to be a friend or sell his soul for a killer story. Mean while, there is a war brewing in the Pacific Ocean and Pearl is meant to be part of this war. To what end depends on who gets her first.

I liked this book. It is a new idea of mermaids. Pearl was strong yet wrapped up in self doubt. There were times that I got irritated with her and how she could be in a pity party for herself, I do think this was a good part of the story. This poor girl has known nothing but abuse, it makes sense. Although it’s hard to see if Chase is going to use Pearls info against her or with her, he was a good co-star.

This is a good beginning to a series. It’s still rough but you have to start some where. I will be getting the next books in this series because I want to know how it progresses.

I received this book for free from the Book Rooster program in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Atlantis Riptide, check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads. At this time, Atlantis Riptide is free on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

For more information about Alli Burton, check out her website.

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Where Earth Meets Water by Pia Padukone

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In this poignant and breathtaking debut, one man searches for meaning in the wake of incomparable tragedy…

Karom Seth should have been in the Twin Towers on the morning of 9/11, and on the Indian shores in 2004, when the tsunami swept his entire family into the ocean. Whether it’s a curse or a blessing, Karom can’t be sure, but his absence from these disasters has left him with crushing guilt—and a belief that fate has singled him out for invincibility.

Karom’s affliction consumes everyone around him, from his best friend, Lloyd, to his girlfriend, Gita, who hopes that a trip to India will help him find peace. It is in Delhi that he meets Gita’s grandmother, Kamini—a quirky but wise woman with secrets of her own. At first Karom dismisses Kamini, but little does he realize that she will ultimately lead him to the clarity he’s been looking for.

Spanning the globe from New York to India, Where Earth Meets Water is a stunning portrait of a quest for human understanding, and a wise exploration of grief, survival and love in all its forms.

This story revolves around Karom, Gita, Lloyd, and Kamini. Karom is suffering from survivor’s guilt due to different circumstances; he was not in the Twin Towers on 9/11 and missed the tsunami that hit in 2004. Gita is Karom’s girlfriend. She is trying to help and decides to take Karom on a trip to India to visit with her grandmother Kamini. Lloyd is Karom’s friend that has other feelings and things that he is trying to figure out between his soon to be wife and Karom.

Kamini is a tough lady that had her husband leaves her when her daughter was small. She survived by writing children’s books. When Karom meets Kamini she initially is dismissive of him. But the more they are together, the more Karom starts seeing the bigger picture of life. She helps him start to heal from his past.

This book takes place between New York and India. I liked learning about the Indian culture. I did feel bad for Karom. The poor guy is completely lost and feeling like fate is out to get him. I really liked how Gita was a strong woman; we need more characters like her.

The chapters bounce between the four characters and can be a little frustrating when you can’t wait to find out what’s happening with one character but you have to wait three chapters to get back to them. The problem I had was I would rather read about Gita and Kamini and couldn’t see how Lloyd really added to the book.

I liked the mixing of cultures and I loved the strong female characters. This is a good book and I think many people will like it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information about this book, check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

For more information about the author, check out their website.

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I’m so glad to be part of this tour. Curse of the Thrax was a great story.
About the Book:
The children of the Godswood Village grew up hearing stories about the Thrax, a fearsome dragon “with scales like iron plates and teeth as long as battle swords.” Because the Thrax had not been seen in over 100 summers, these always seemed like fairy tales to Jaykriss, the 14-year-old son of Glyndich, the powerful village War Chief.
Until the Thrax returned—and killed Jaykriss’s father.
Jaykriss dreams of avenging his father’s death by subduing the Thrax and recovering the Bloodsword, a treasured family heirloom Glyndich lost while battling the dragon. But can he?

My Review:

5 stars

Jaykriss and Marda are teenagers in the small village of Godswood. They live like regular kids going to school, pining over girls, and hunting for game once a week to feed themselves and their families. Both boys are sons of famous warriors in their village that have met an untimely end. Jaykriss’ father was killed by the Thrax, a large dragon that also managed to take the Bloodsword, a family heirloom, with him.

While out hunting, Jaykriss and Marda run into the Thrax and escape into a cave under a waterfall. There they meet Zamarcus, a scientist that is going to open both boys’ eyes to the truth. Their world is a lot bigger and has a lot more history than they are being taught in school. The priests and the Dark King are keeping the people in the dark to maintain the power. Now Jaykriss has to decide if he is going to follow the prophecy that was foretold about him being The One Who Leads even if it says he would die a young.

I loved this book. It starts out like a regular young adult fantasy story. But when you meet Zamarcus you realize that there is going to be more to this book. I felt for both Jaykriss and Marda having lost their fathers but I loved how they become young men that their fathers would

You can find Curse of the Thrax on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

For more information about Curse of the Thrax or Mark Murphy, make sure to check out his website.

You can follow the tour on Twitter with  #CurseoftheThraxBlogTour, author Mark Murphy – @MarkMurphyBooks and PR by the Book – @PRbytheBook.

 

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Dumah’s Demons

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Dumah’s Demons (The AngelFire Chronicles – 1.5) by Ami Blackwelder

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The story of Dumah, Kian’s sister and how she becomes a Dark Angel. The reader will better understand Dameon and Kian through this story, which is told through the eyes of Dumah.

Follow her story as she and Kian fight to survive on the streets of Manhattan. See how one event changes both of their lives forever, driving her toward the darkness of the Dark Angels and Kian toward the AngelFire protectors.

This story starts out after a bad gang attacks Kain and Dumah, his sister. Dumah starts having strange abilities and runs into Dameon. He explains to her how she is part angel and how she has special abilities. He also tells her how doing evil things can change her person. Dameon gives her a home, helps encourage her to use her abilities, and seems to give her the love that she is looking for. But there is something going on and Dameon is going to need Dumah’s help.

I really liked how you learn more about Dameon. This tied into She Speaks to Angels but it also can be a stand alone story. I loved it and felt compassion for Dumah when she found her place with the Dark Angels. Now I’m going to have to go back and read She Speaks to Angels again.

This is a great novella, just a quick taste to get you wanting more with She Speaks to Angels and Falling Angels.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

You can find Dumah’s Demons on Amazon and Goodreads.

For more information about Ami and her books, make sue to check out her website.

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A Life of Death

A Life of Death by Weston Kincade

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Alex Drummond is a troubled high school senior with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability. When he touches items that murder victims held in their final moments, Alex relives the events in gruesome detail, seeing what they saw, thinking their thoughts, and even feeling what they felt. But who will believe a troubled teen, especially when the murders are so close to home and might reveal skeletons hidden for hundreds of years? Join Alex as he struggles to find his destiny, understand love, solve the mysterious murders within his small home town, and speak for victims who can no longer speak for themselves.

The story starts at an older Alex is telling his son about his life. When Alex is a teenager, his dad is killed by a drunk driver and he goes to live with his mother and abusive step-father. If this isn’t hard enough, he develops the ability to touch an object that a person held in their final moments and experience what happened and the dead and he wants to do something about their deaths. But he struggles to help when he is all ready beaten and has to face unbelievers that are going to make this even harder.

Wow, that’s all I can say. This book surprised me. I got sucked in and just had to find out how it ends. It’s now hard enough to go through the teen years without the abuse but to add a paranormal gift on top of that and you have a book with so much potential. I couldn’t do anything beyond read as fast as I could to find out what is going to happen next.

This is a great story that anyone would like. I really hope there are more books about Alex Drummond to come.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Check out A Life of Death on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

Also check out the second book on Amazon.

For more information about A Life of Death and Weston Kincade, make sure to check out Weston’s website.

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