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Dealing with Devils (The Road to Salvation – 2) by Pembroke Sinclair

5 stars

 

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Dating a demon has its advantages, like helping deliver souls to Hell. Wait…what?

Katie’s world has been turned upside down. She’s fallen for Josh—despite the fact that he’s a demon from Hell. Wes is finally out of her system and her life. Convinced she can change Josh, she sets out to make him a better person, only to find out things aren’t as simple as she’d originally thought. For one thing, Josh has Katie help him deliver souls to Hell, and she kind of likes it. And to top it off, other more powerful demons are battling for her soul, and revelations from the past could change the course of her life forever.

Katie has fallen for Josh and has left Wes behind. Josh has Katie help him deliver souls and she finds she really likes it. That dark spot on her soul that Josh and Wes could see is starting to find its place in the story. Now Katie has to learn how to fight back against those that want her soul. Plus she believes that she can still help Josh.

This book takes the typical second book in a series problems and blows them out of the water. You will learn a lot more about Katie and what is going on. I loved the descriptions of angels and demons and the history. I have to say that I loved the twist with Katie and I can’t wait to see how that works out.

This is a great series that I strongly recommend. The second book is better than the first but you do need that information to make book two pop. I can’t wait to read Good Intentions.

For more information on Dealing with Devils or to purchase this book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Pembroke Sinclair’s website.

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

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Timothy Other: The Boy Who Climbed the Marzipan Mountain by L. Sydney Abel

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) 12 year-old adventurer, the intriguingly named Timothy Other, escapes the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage and travels to the bizarre world of Marzipan Mountain, where he befriends some amazing creatures. With the help of his friends, Timothy seeks to discover his true origins and returns to the Orphanage. He becomes embroiled in a matter of life and death and faces the evil forces that crave the secret of ‘Golden Life’.

Timothy is an orphan living at the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage. Things are not really going well there and Timothy makes an escape. While on his adventure he meets several different characters and goes on many adventures. All the while Timothy learns more about his life then returns to the orphanage.

I really enjoyed this story. Timothy goes on such adventures and meets strange characters. He is trying to find out more about his past. But that is not that only thing that he finds. I loved the different locations he finds himself. It kind of reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

In the end most of our questions are answered but there are some that are left open and I think that there could be a sequel. I do think that this would be better geared to mid-grade readers but I think that for the most part anyone that does read Timothy Other would like it.

In the end I enjoyed this book and I think that kids would really like it too.

For more information on Timothy Other or to purchase the book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and L. Sydney Abel’s website.

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

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Crazy Mountain Kiss (Sean Stranahan Mystery – 4) by Keith McCafferty

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In the latest addition to this acclaimed series, PI Stranahan and Sheriff Ettinger reunite to investigate a young girl’s death

It’s April, but there’s still snow on the Montana mountains the day a member of the Madison River Liar and Fly Tiers club finds a Santa hat in the chimney of his rented cabin. With the flue clogged and desperate to make a fire, he climbs up to the roof, only to find the body of a teenage girl wedged into the chimney. When Sheriff Martha Ettinger and her team arrive to extract the body they identify the victim as Cinderella “Cindy” Huntingdon, a promising young rodeo star, missing since November.

Was Cindy murdered? Or running for her life—and if so, from whom? Cindy’s mother, Etta, hires private detective Sean Stranahan to find out. Jasper Fey, the girl’s stepfather, believes moving on is the only way to heal. But Etta’s not willing to let it go, and neither are Sean or Martha, who find clues to the death in the mysterious legends of the Crazy Mountains. The fourth book in McCafferty’s mystery series features a brisk, savvy plot and charming yet authentic characters—perfect for fans of C. J. Box and Craig Johnson.

In April, a young woman’s body is found stuffed in a chimney. She is Cindy, an upcoming rodeo star that disappeared last November with a ranch hand. Because of her disappearance the police don’t really know how to treat this case. Cindy’s mother just can’t let it go that someone happened and is refereed to Sean Stranahan.

Sean is laid back and hates technology. He investigates the lives of various characters from the rodeo crowd, ranchers, and many others. He meets some good folk and others that could be considered an odd duck. His relationship with Martha also keeps things interesting for his investigation.

I admit that this is my first Sean Stranahan book. I’m sure if I would have read the other three in the series it would have made more sense about Sean’s relation to Martha. But I didn’t feel very lost jumping into book four. This is a casual mystery, it’s not as fast paced as other books but it does remind me of the Longmire series. After you get into the book a little ways it does pick up.

I grew up in Montana so it was interesting to me to read about it. I did laugh because you will find all kinds of people there, just like Sean meet in the book. Sean was a great laid back character. I also felt so bad for Etta; you can’t help but feel bad for her wanting to know what happened to Cindy.

This is a really great mystery. There is a great story and wonderful characters. I will definitely be checking out the first three books in this series.

For more information on Crazy Mountain Kiss or to purchase this book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Keith McCafferty’s website.

I received this book for free from Viking and Penguin Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Delilah Dusticle

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Delilah Dusticle (Delilah Dusticle – 1) by AJ York

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Delilah Dusticle has special powers. She can completely eradicate dust. With her quiver pouch of special dusters, Delilah can run up walls, reaching places others just can’t. As a maid in the Fenchurch-Whittington house, Delilah’s unusual skills soon lead to her being promoted to Chief Dust Eradicator and Remover. Until one day, when a broken heart leads to her powers taking an expected turn.

This is the first book in a quirky middle grade fantasy series. The story entices the reader into a new and magical world that appeals to both kids and adults. The reader can explore how the ordinary in life can be extraordinarily overlooked, how friendship can help you overcome life’s difficulties and how accepting yourself is the biggest challenge of all.

Delilah has a magical ability to make dust disappear. She is the best dust eradicator and remover and has many people offering her jobs. But she has a secret. Delilah loves Charles, the son of Mrs. Fenchurch-Whittington and there is a strict no fraternizing with the help policy. So Delilah stays quiet and loves Charles from afar.

But something happens and Delilah is crushed and ends up spreading more dust around than she can clean. How can you be a dust eradicator when you have more dust falling from you than snow in a blizzard. Delilah must now find her own way in the world. She gets by on the kindness of strangers. Then one day a chance encounter changes everything for her.

This would be another great story for bedtime. It is short but has lots of things happening. I felt sorry for Delilah but I loved how she turned things around and who became her best friend. What a great example of not judging someone when you first see them without learning more about them.

This is a story that anyone of any age would like. Just make sure to look out for part two – Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventures.

For more information on Delilah Dusticle or to purchase this book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and AJ York’s website.

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

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The Appeal of Evil (The Road to Salvation – 1) by Pembroke Sinclair

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Katie wants to invest her heart and soul in love, but she may lose both to Hell.

Katie, a senior in high school, is torn between loving the “good” guy, her childhood friend Wes who makes promises he doesn’t keep and abandons her when she needs him the most, and the “bad” guy, the new kid at school Josh who is also a real demon from Hell. Katie wants someone who pays attention to her and puts her first, but what is she willing to give up to find him?

Katie has had a crush on Wes for years. The problem is even though she keeps trying and putting herself out there he is just a jerk that breaks his promises and clearly is not interested in Katie. Then the new boy Josh shows up in school. Katie is suddenly very attracted to him but she is guilty about Wes.

But this is not your usual high school drama. Wes is a demon slayer and tries to do his best to protect Katie. Josh is a demon that is trying to get back at Wes and the best way is to hurt those that Wes has feeling for. But Katie has to make the decision of if she is going to stay with Wes, who really has not shown any kind of loyalty. Or should she go with Josh who is a demon but sticks to his word and seems to care about her.

This is an interesting story. I felt bad for Katie crushing on Wes when it was clear that he really doesn’t want anything to do with her. It was frustrating and I really wanted to get her to face facts. Then Josh comes into the picture and Katie is instantly in love with him. I am not a fan of the insta-love but I think in this case it makes sense. Katie just wants someone to love so badly that Josh fills that role.

The only complaint I have is that Katie over things so much that her “what ifs” were starting to get to me. Although having said that; I really did like this book. I would enjoy more background of the characters and the events.

I am excited to start Dealing with Devils. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

For more information on Dealing with Devils or to purchase this book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, or Pembroke Sinclair’s website.

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

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The Redeemers

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The Redeemers (Quinn Colson – 5) by Ace Atkins

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) He is only in his early thirties, but now Quinn Colson is jobless—voted out of office as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, thanks to the machinations of county kingpin Johnny Stagg. He has offers, in bigger and better places, but before he goes, he’s got one more job to do—bring down Stagg’s criminal operations for good.

At least that’s the plan. But in the middle of the long, hot summer, a trio of criminals stage a bold, wall-smashing break-in at the home of a local lumber mill owner, making off with a million dollars in cash from his safe, which is curious, because the mill owner is wealthy—but not that wealthy. None of this has anything to do with Colson, but during the investigation, two men are killed, one of them the new sheriff. His friend, acting sheriff Lillie Virgil, and a dangerous former flame, Anna Lee Stevens, both ask him to step in, and reluctantly he does, only to discover that that safe contained more than just money—it held secrets.

Secrets that could either save Colson—or destroy him once and for all.

Quinn is an Afghanistan vet that has made his place as the sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. Unfortunately he has just lost the election in favor for an insurance salesman that will take the guidance of local boss Johnny Stagg. Quinn starts to prepare for a time with no job but he can’t stay completely out of the mess. There is a robbery at a resident’s house but there was a lot more than just money, there is a lot of corruption that is going to make thing get pretty wild quickly.

Quinn decides to come back to consult since the new sheriff is so green and things go from bad to worse. But along with the investigation Quinn has his hands full with his druggie sister, fiancé, and estranged father that have decided to hit all at once.

This is my first Quinn Colson story. This book was not bad but I recommend that you read the other books in the series first; you will enjoy the story with less confusion. I really liked Quinn for the most part. You can tell he is a tough, strong character but when it comes to his fiancé he is a real dunce. This is one thing that really annoyed me about him.

I loved the story. The robbers were two funny idiots, think Abbott and Costello. There was a lot of action and the story just speed along. The Reedemers is a good sized book but you will be done with this book in no time.

This is a really good thriller along the line of Longmire or Sean Stranahan. It’s one that thriller/mystery lovers will really enjoy.

For more information on the Quinn Colson series or to purchase the books make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Ace Atkin’s website.

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

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From Frights to Flaws (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions – 1) by Sunayna Prasad

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?

Alyssa lost her parents to a car accident so she lives with her Uncle Bruce and cousin Hailey. Bruce home schools the girls and is very strict. Through a series of events, Alyssa and Hailey’s babysitter is put under a spell. Then Alyssa is kidnapped to Fiji by an evil wizard that plans on killing her. Alyssa is in a race against time to learn how to use her magic to defeat Master Beau before she can return home.

Alyssa lost her parents and is having a tough time living with her uncle’s strict rules; you can’t help but feel bad for her. She learns about magic and then has to go on an adventure to learn how to use her magic and fight Master Beau. For a Mid Grade reader book I think this is a great story. There was a good adventure but I admit I like the idea of magic with rules, not just happening to be able to save you when you are in trouble.

As an adult this book is not that bad. I admit that I had a hard time connecting with some people. They just seemed to accept events without a problem. If Uncle Bruce completely loses his memory there better be a bigger response than, ok.

This is a first book in the series and we all know how they can be rough. I do see this series flowing better the more we get into it. I am interested to see what happens next.

For more information on From Frights to Flaws or to purchase the book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Sunayna Prasad’s website.

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I received this book from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review.

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