Archive | July 10, 2014

Summoning the Night, An Arcadia Bell Novel , Jenn Bennett

Summoning the Night: An Arcadia Bell Novel (The Arcadia Bell series)

 

Summoning the Night, An Arcadia Bell Novel , Jenn Bennet
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Well, I’m loving this series, its got everything that ticks my boxes. Paranormal, magic, supernatural creatures, and a cracking story.
The opening series was a five star for me, and to be honest this one is even better if that’s possible…I’m settled in Cady’s world now, understand her background more, love Lon and his dry wit and humour, and as for Jupe πŸ™‚ that boy makes so much of the series,he’s a real star performer. Grandson number one is 15 – similar age to Jupe – and just the same motormouth, he has no filters and you’re never sure whats coming out. Jupe to a T! Recently had his phone stolen while swimming with friends ( next to a β€œ danger no swimming sign” – see – he’s a real life Jupe!) Police asked him for info as the kids had an encounter with some characters driving by at same time – did he give make and model of car? No. desciption of men? No. All he came out with was one of them had a small c ock….mum was mortified. Can you imagine the ID parade??
Anway, back to the book – poor Cady, life is never normal for her. She’s still got to keep her background undercover from the Law, even though her parents who were the guilty ones are now banished to demon realm…how can you tell police that? So she’s trying to get on with life, run her bar and then…she gets caught up in the search for missing children, a repeat of a 30 year old crime locally. Of course it’s one prolonged ride of adventure and danger….and I love the way seemingly innocuous things turn out to be important later. It’s that clever setting up of clues and hints of what’s going to happen that make this book so special.
Great writing, a real treat to read and of course one to keep for re reading.
Stars: 5 – another fabulous adventure.
NB: I was supplied with paperback for review but…eye problems mean the text is too small fopr me to read and it’s such a great series that I bought the kindle version ( adjustable text size) myself knowing its one I want to keep for re reading.

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The Man Test, Amanda Aksel

The Man Test (The Marin Test Series)

 

The Man Test, Amanda Aksel
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I thought this sounded interesting – I love romance but need books to have something that makes them stand out from the crowd, something a bit different and this looked promising.
I hit a hiccup though – poor Marin, I really felt for her when she caught her fiance cheating….and she was so down, but with the help of her good friends she started to find her way back. Once she found that book though – it was downhill for me. I just didn’t like her, thought she behaved awfully, appallingly – to her would be boyfriends, to her friends, even her family. She came across as selfish, obsessed with proving the book right regardless of how much hurt she could cause, and it turned her from a loving person and a good friend into someone I really disliked. That means I find it hard to like the book – I need to feel empathy for the main lead(s), and really I just wanted her to get caught out – she was sticking so rigidly to proving something and for the life of me I just couldn’t see why? Poor James, in her efforts to catch him out cheating she was telling lies and cheating ( though not sexually ) herself.
When it all bombed, then finally that’s when the book picked up for me and I began to see the old Marin, the one we first met, the one who cares about people. It was a terrific ending – the sadness strung out, just how I like it, not one of those break up one page, make up two pages later but one where it really pulled at emotions. That brought the book up for me from one I disliked and would have given up on had it not been a review novel, to one I could read but wouldn’t re read.
Stars: Three, the ending was great – five stars, but that awful mid section where she was so horrible that I hated her was only a one star, and that was a huge chunk of the book.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.

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