A Slaughter of Angels by Matthew Angelo

A Slaughter of AngelsA Slaughter of Angels by Matthew Angelo
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Rian MacCaren is the owner of the Midnight Agency, a private investigation firm. When some local exotic dancers go missing the club owner contacts Rian to investigate and find them claiming the police won’t be interested in looking too hard for missing strippers. Taking the case the investigation heats up when one of the girls turns up murdered and it’s apparent that the murderer may not be human.

A Slaughter of Angels suffers greatly from the lack of a good editor and/or proofreading and some formatting issues. I knew right off this one wasn’t going to rate very high when just a few pages in I’m finding myself having to re-read things to figure out just what was going on. Sentences seem to abruptly end and lots of breaks where there shouldn’t have been all made reading this a bit of a chore. Since this is an already published book I have to mention this but maybe the problems were strictly my review copy, can’t be sure.

Now, the story in this book has a lot of potential but unfortunately it still fell short from being one I could overlook the errors and still find myself enjoying. It got off to an incredibly slow start and since the book length isn’t too terribly long that start ate up a lot of pages when the story should have been being developed and give more depth during that time. By the time the investigation starts in the story it felt really jumpy and rushed to a conclusion.

Overall, not for me unfortunately. Great ideas just not a fan of the execution in the end.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Exiled Seven by Blake Renworth book blitz with giveaway

The Exiled Seven
Blake Renworth
(The Exiled Series, #1)
Published by: Inglenook Publishing House
Publication date: May 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult

When Alariq is exiled from his home city-state for a crime he did not commit, only six stand by his side, convinced of his innocence and steadfast in their loyalty.

The seven dwarfs must set out from Ishtara to look for a new place to call home, but in doing so, they make a discovery that puts them all in danger. They are rescued and taken in by a mysterious and beautiful outsider, who lives alone in the depths of Loraheem Forest. What follows is Alariq’s struggle to come to terms with his exile, as those around him seek to make a place for themselves in this new life. Soon, however, it becomes clear their situation is more complex than they initially realized, and they begin to wonder if there is more behind Alariq’s exile than simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Told in a unique storyteller voice, this reversal and reimagining of the classic fairy tale explores the themes of shattering betrayal, the subsequent struggle to trust again, and the basic desire to take control of one’s own destiny.

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EXCERPT:

If you will, please imagine the tallest and most beautifully handsome man you can, the complete and perfect embodiment of classic male beauty, charm, and chivalry.

Now—cast this image far from your mind. For this tale is not about him. Many of such tales have already been told, and to tell yet another would be a great disservice to the other heroes of the world.

The hero around whom this tale revolves—and a hero I assure you he was, even if your faith may waver during the events that follow—was a hero of a different sort. Though it would be altogether unfair to say that he did not entirely look the part. He was as handsome as dwarfs come. Strong, in both physique and demeanor, and clearly one who commanded respect. But his jaw-length, dark blonde hair, the color of wet straw, and not even five-foot stature are not what you and I are accustomed to seeing in our mind’s eye when we think of the heroes of tall tales. Nor his slightly crooked nose or angular jawline, for that matter.

What about his personality, you ask? For, of course, looks are not all that matter in a champion. And I applaud your depth of character. But sadly, I must disappoint you and your commendable optimism. For this hero was not charming, or dashing, or gallant, or really very pleasant in any way at all. In fact, he could be downright unpleasant to be around when in one of his all-too-frequent foul dispositions. And unfortunately, it is in such a disposition that we find Alariq as we join his story.

As disagreeable as Alariq was, I am sure you will find his demeanor quite understandable. You see, his story is an unfortunate one. We find him, and his six loyal companions, banished from their city-state, Alariq for a crime he did not commit, and the others for their loyalty to him and their faith in his innocence.

Seven dwarfs they were, exiled and alone.



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e-Murderer (Jenna Scali Mystery, #1) by Joan C. Curtis

e-Murderer (Jenna Scali Mystery, #1)e-Murderer by Joan C. Curtis
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

While clearing out emails at the psychiatrists office that she works in, Jenna Scali comes across a few that are a bit disturbing. Someone has sent emails describing murdering someone but trying to reply only bounces back. Jenna tells her boss what has happened worrying that it may have something to do with him or the office.

Finding out that a young woman has actually been murdered and Jenna coming to realize that the killer is actually sending to her she finally breaks down and contacts the police. Another body turns up and Jenna decides to begin doing some investigating on her own into these horrible crimes.

e-Murderer is one of those books that sounds great and I thought I’d be completely hooked but unfortunately this one only ended up being just OK to me. The biggest problem being I’m not even sure if I was even 20-25% into the book when I had the actual killer picked out.

Otherwise with this one the writing was good and the idea behind the story interesting. Also enjoyed the characters in the story. Jenna was and independent female with an ex that had done her wrong so was casually seeing a few people and not wanting to settle down. She had some interesting friends as supporting characters in the book that I also enjoyed.

Overall, 3.5 stars due to being too easy to figure out but otherwise an enjoyable cozy mystery.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Secret Life of a Dream Girl (Creative HeArts, #4; Dahlia and Keegan, #1) by Tracy Deebs

The Secret Life of a Dream Girl (Creative HeArts, #4; Dahlia and Keegan, #1)The Secret Life of a Dream Girl by Tracy Deebs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dahlia Greene has gone to court to get herself emancipated from her controlling father that has been using her in the entertainment business. She’s better known as the famous pop star “Cherry” but now is trying to live a more normal teenage life instead of being pushed around in the music industry and made to do things she wasn’t comfortable with.

Keegan Matthews has had a crush on Dahlia since he first saw her. At the school dance Dahlia overhears Keegan talking to one of his friends about his “dream girl” and knowing she needs to start making friends if she wants a part of normal teenage life she offers to give Keegan tips on how to win this girls heart. Keegan figures the friendship will help win Dahlia over in the end so plays along with needing her help.

The Secret Life of a Dream Girl is the fourth book in the Creative Hearts series. Each book features a new couple and can be read as a standalone novel. The previous couples do get mention a bit in the stories but you wouldn’t need to have read them to understand the relationships building within each book.

This book was another cute read in this series as Keegan becomes a bit shy about straight out asking Dahlia out so when the wires get crossed and she doesn’t realize she’s overheard him talking about her she begins to help him get a date with his mystery girl. Dahlia also had her own issues and secrets she was dealing with from her pop star identity. Getting a bit of a rocky start with both having secrets it’s a sweet story as the pair slowly get to know one another spending time together.

Overall, another great YA contemporary romance in the Creative Hearts series.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler

How to DisappearHow to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Nicolette Holland is a high school cheerleader, the popular, likable girl that had never expected to be on the run. But when a young girl is murdered Nicolette finds herself doing just that, running. She changes her appearance and finds odd jobs to support herself all while trying to hide.

Jack Manx is doing his best to not get dragged into his family’s illegal business. He’s a model student with the straight As and athletic trophies. But when his brother insists that Jack needs to find Nicolette Holland and kill her because she has killed someone or if he doesn’t his family will be in danger Jack doesn’t know how to escape living up to the Manx name.

How to Disappear is one of those reads that I just expected a bit more from it when I was reading. It wasn’t a bad read but it didn’t have that grab me and not let go intensity that I enjoy from a thriller read.

The story is told changing back and forth from Nicolette and Jack’s perspectives with it starting off with Nicolette going on the run after something happened. By the time the two encounter each other it turns more into a romance type of read than anything. By the time it gets back to the thriller part of the story it almost felt like just rushed to a conclusion at that point.

Overall, 3.5 stars, an OK read but would’ve enjoyed more intensity.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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