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A Mind Abducted

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A Mind Abducted by Corinne Leigh Donovan

3 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Josie, responsible beyond her age, is helpful around the house, takes good care of her younger sister, and always follows the rules.

This is not enough to prevent her from being abducted by a madman. Making it her mission to fight back, she gives everything she has to outsmart her abductor.

With the help of an unexpected ally, she learns how to keep herself alive long enough to come up with a plan. But, will the plan work?

Will she die at the hands of her captor? And if she survives, will she make it back to her family?

Josie has just turned 13 and things seem to be going well. She is friends with the popular girl in school, things are going well for her at home, and then she is kidnapped. This is not one of the ransom kidnappings, this is the child abuse, sex slave kind of kidnapping. With the help of another victim she keeps focusing on how to get out of her situation.

This is a very serious topic and I do think that it was handled well but having said that, there are parts that are very violent and will shock readers. Josie is supposed to be a good girl that follows the rules but gets into a truck and ends up kidnapped. You would think that she was told never to do that, I mean I would have that drilled into my kid’s heads.

Anyway, I have to say for 13 she was mature and I am impressed how she keeps fighting instead of breaking down after the abuse. I have to say that I still think there is something funny between her father and her step father. Something still bothers me beyond the obvious.

This is a pretty twisted thriller. I can see where it wouldn’t be for everyone. I think it is a little lacking. I read it but it’s not one that really sticks in my mind.

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

For more information on this book or Corinne Leigh Donovan, be sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads or her Corinne’s website.

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Skolthan

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Skolthan by Damaris West

3 stars

(Excerpt from Amazon) A truly chilling tale of the paranormal, diabolic witchcraft and malevolence.

From the primitive cottage where she lives a hermit-like existence, Hilda can reach a tidal island which gives her access to a beautiful world, a fragment of the one-time Garden of Eden.

She is almost unique in possessing the sought-after gift of being able to pass through to this other world, but the very same gift puts her in danger from malevolent forces that seek to use the island’s tremendous power to secure their own evil domination.

In a desperate bid to rescue a young mother and her yet unborn child, the intended victims of a horrific ritual with cosmic implications, Hilda and her closest friends must outwit a charismatic warlock (Hilda’s former husband) and the arch-witch Alice, embodiment of evil, who treacherously masquerades as a midwife.

Their mission culminates in an heroic act which threatens to throw them all over the edge and into the same evil world which they are so anxious to destroy. Nonetheless, good prevails, but at a truly terrible price …

Hilda lives by herself and is very happy about it. She is a witch and likes to keep to herself away from the neighbors that distance themselves from her. We start by following her around her place as she cleans for her daughters stay. As she goes about her chores we learn about her daughter and her husband.

Then she discovers a young woman that needs help and steps up to help her. But there are evil plans for this young woman and her child, plans that include her warlock husband and her little island.

I admit that I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story. It seems a bit dry as you follow Hilda around cleaning, reminiscing, and talking to herself. But when things start going you quickly get wrapped up in the story. I love the description, I felt right there. I also like the witch/paranormal aspect. It has a more natural and realistic feel for Hilda’s magic. Something I would consider a true witch.

This is a really good book and one that I recommend you try. This is one book that slipped through my TBR pile and it was so good that I regret not reading it sooner.

I received this book ages ago in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Skolthan be sure to check out Amazon or Goodreads.

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A Rant of Ravens

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Excerpt from Goodreads

In an attempt to escape hellish matrimony, Rachel Stanhope sojourns to her Aunt Miriam’s ranch in Colorado in search of some peace and comfort. As a favor to her aunt, a bird enthusiast, Rachel agrees to host meetings of the local birdwatching society. On her first expedition, however, instead of finding a LeConte’s sparrow, she makes a much more disturbing discovery: a dead body. Identified as a reporter for Birds of a Feather magazine, this man was trying to dig up troubling information on Miriam’s deceased husband and a bird trafficking scheme…and now sweet Aunt Miriam is the prime suspect in this fowl play.

About Christine Goff

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Christine Goff is the award-winning author of the bestselling “Birdwatcher’s Mystery” series. She began her career writing non-fiction for local, regional and national publication. Named Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2002 Writer of the Year, two of her novels were Finalists for the prestigious Willa Literary Award for Best Original Paperback Fiction. Her latest novel, DEATH SHOOTS A BIRDIE, was a Finalist for the Colorado Authors League Best Genre Fiction Award. Her Birdwatcher’s Mystery series focuses on environmental concerns through bird-related issues. The Birdwatchers Mystery books are scheduled to be re-released from Astor+Blue Editions in November 2014.Watch for a new release, A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS, in October 2015. (From Amazon)

Review

A Rant of Ravens by Christine Goff

4 stars

Rachel’s world comes crashing down on her when she finds her husband in bed with another woman. Her Aunt Miriam suggests to Rachel to come out to the Bird Haven in Colorado to clear her head of the divorce. The Bird Haven helps rehabilitate raptors and is a place for bird watchers.

When a special sparrow is spotted at the Bird Haven, people come in search of it. Rachel then stumbles upon a dead body. Then Miriam goes missing along with three birds. It’s looking like Miriam may be the killer and it’s time or Rachel to figure out what is going on.

This is a cute little mystery. If you don’t know anything about bird watching be prepared, you soon will. I like how it is presented without dragging down the story. You will also stumble into the exotic bird trade and people that are willing to do whatever it takes to get there hands on a rare bird. I loved the mystery and how it slowly unfolded.

This is a really great cozy mystery. This is Astor + Blue launching The Birdwatcher’s Mystery series. Make sure to check it out if you like mysteries and add the other books to your list too.

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

For more information on A Rant of Ravens or Christine Goff, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Christine’s website.

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Gates (The Reapers – 1)

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Gates by GS Luckett

5 stars

(Excerpt from Godreads) A death row inmate, Prisoner U877, made a daring escape from his execution during a blackout at Crenshaw Prison. Now he finds himself fighting his way through a deadly prison riot and helping his own jailers, in order to save their souls. Some of God’s instruments are tarnished. This is the first installment of a series where we find out how The Reaper is chosen and that he does more than shepherd lost souls. He maintains the balance between Heaven and Hell, that is threatened to be destroyed by an ongoing war. Can a condemned soul becomes God’s weapon?

The Brit, prisoner U877, belongs in prison. He was a murderer on the outside and just as difficult on the inside. His time has come; he is going to be executed. But when a strange storm knocks out the power and the priest help him it seems he may avoid his fate. But then a riot breaks out in the prison. Prisoners and guards alike are trying to get to him. But things take a paranormal turn and there is more going on in the prison than first look.

I loved this story. You have a dark, supernatural setting, characters that you don’t know if they are really good or bad, and a ton of action. You don’t know what is going to pop out around the next corner or even who to trust. I really liked the Brit’s story. It was so heartbreaking but interesting how it let to him sitting in an electric chair.

It’s so hard not to give away too much with this story. Trust me, you have to read it. Now I can’t wait to begin Alpha Hunter.

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

For more information on GS Luckett, Gates, or his other books be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and his website.

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How to Net a Prince

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How to Net a Prince by Kay Dee Royal

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Netta’s emotionally broken, lonely, and ready to move forward, but how?

Gallent loves life, but wants someone to share it with, when?

Stars align once Netta walks into Lacey’s Lamp and makes a wish…

It’s Netta’s birthday and she just wants to go hide at home. But on the way she stumbles upon a little bar, Lacey’s Lamp. Lacey is there to make Netta’s wish come true, find prince charming. When Netta gets home she faints and is rescued by a handsome man that is willing to go way above and beyond to make a stranger’s birthday wonderful. This can’t be her prince charming, can it?

This is a short but hot little story. Make sure to add it to your list.

For more information on this story or others from Kay Dee Royal make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Muse It Hot, and Kay Dee Royal’s website.

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Gravediggers

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Gravediggers by Cindy Hogan

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Seventeen-year-old Billy thinks his father’s murder will never be solved—until he stumbles across an old ammo box while digging a grave in his small-town Tennessee cemetery.

What he finds leads him to question everything he knows, and his search for answers will uncover more than he bargained for: lies, secrets, and conspiracies—and behind them all, a dangerous truth.

Ten years ago Billy’s father was killed by a hit and run driver. He has always wanted to know who did it. So, he is working to get into college so he can join the FBI to figure out what happened to his dad and to help others like him. While digging a grave he stumbles upon an old ammo box. He decides that he is going to research the box to figure out more about the contents and he hopes to help figure out who killed his father.

I really liked this story. I felt for Billy loosing a father and not having any closure. I really like the mystery of the ammo box and I think the story wrapped up well. I kind of had an idea of who did it but was not completely sure.

The one thing I really liked about the story was how realistic Billy was. Although he was 17 years old there are times that he seems more childish. He ranges in emotions from loss to revenge, hate and forgiveness. It makes this story so much more and just a simple young adult mystery.

This is a great story that I think any age would like.

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

For more information on Gravediggers be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Cindy Hogan’s website.

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Book Description & Review

Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part 1 First Contact by Brent LeVasseur

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).

And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.

Never…until now!

This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.

If only he can survive.

Gilbert lives in Nebraska on a farm. We start the story with him waking up from a nightmare of aliens and boarding a UFO. He sees strange lights and gets up to investigate. He stumbles upon Aoleon, a Martian that has come to create crop circles. They get chased onto the UFO to escape farmer Johnson then get chased by the US Air Force in a top secret plane.

After escaping, Aoleon get a call from her mother to come home before dinner gets cold. So, she brings Gilbert home with her to Mars. But when they land, things are more troubling than they look. It seems that both Gilbert and Aoleon are going to have more adventures.

This is a great mid-grade story. I loved the illustrations, they gave the story more depth and I think will help keep younger readers involved. This is part 1 of a series. I really like how the story started and the little twist at the end. I am very interested in seeing how the story progresses.

This is a great story for mid-grade readers and others. Make sure to check it out.

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

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About Brent LeVasseur

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

For more information on Aoleon The Martian Girl or Brent LeVasseur make sure to check out Amazon or Goodreads. Be sure to contact Brent on his website, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Make sure to keep your eyes out for others in this series.

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