More Deaths Than One: An Inspector Gil Mayo Mystery by Marjorie Eccles

More Deaths Than One: An Inspector Gil Mayo MysteryMore Deaths Than One: An Inspector Gil Mayo Mystery by Marjorie Eccles
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

More Deaths Than One is Detective Gil Mayo mystery/thriller. Rupert Fleming is found in his car with a suicide note and a shot gun at his feet having been shot in the head. What looks like a clear suicide is quickly determined a homicide though.

It is extremely rare for me to rate any book a 1 star and give up on it. For this book I made it up to 25% and I’ve decided it’s just not my taste at all. The plot would probably have no problem pulling me in under normal circumstances but with this book I felt I needed a dictionary on hand. The very first paragraph in the book uses the word ‘exophthalmic’. From there it just seems that the author had a dictionary and thesaurus both on hand and tried to use every uncommon word that could possibly be used. That just seriously breaks up the flow of reading for me even if I know the definitions or context I just wasn’t enjoying what I was reading. Found it rather boring to sit through lengthy descriptive text trying to toss in large words.

By the end of the first 5 or 6 chapters I really couldn’t say I cared what was happening at all any more or about any of the characters. I’m sure there would be some that would enjoy the story but have just found it’s not for me and personally wouldn’t recommend it.

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

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Joy RideThe Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Miranda has been down on her luck, without a job, gone through a divorce and looking at possible foreclosure. When her 85 year old neighbor Joy tells Miranda of her plans to drive herself from Chicago to Phoenix right before Christmas in her old RV along Route 66, Miranda reluctantly agrees to accompany her on the journey.

Joy has a website up to give helpful hints/tips all about Christmas and refers to herself as Christmas Joy. She has run a contest on the site to help spread Christmas cheer to a few deserving winners. Miranda and Joy decorate the RV and head out on the road to visit with the winners and try to make it to Phoenix where Joy will be moving with her sons.

A lovely story of the two ladies bonding and spreading Christmas cheer across the nation. The winners they visited did all seem to need the stop from the ladies to brighten their holidays. Enjoyed the interaction between the two and the way Miranda truly cared about Joy. Joy certainly had a mind of her own and a whole lot of determination to make the journey to see a little brightness given to the families that needed it for the holiday season.

If it weren’t for a bit of predictability with the story and the ending seeming a bit rushed with it being short this would have been easily a 5 star book. Still very enjoyable, quick read overall and would recommend it.

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

Eternidad: Cimmerian Rising by B. Thomas Harwood

Eternidad: Cimmerian RisingEternidad: Cimmerian Rising by B. Thomas Harwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

Eternidad: Cimmerian Rising is somewhat of a supernatural fantasy adventure. You have Jeringas Mortifer who is a 2500 year old immortal that controls many of the islands and inhabitants of the Caribbean. Mortifer also has the Soul Collector working for him and just as him name sounds he collects the souls of their enemies. In the story we learn of a prophecy of a child that is going to be born that will eventually defeat Mortifer. A young fisherman and his wife have their child and a seer tells them he will be this child.

My only complaint with the whole story is that it ended way too soon and would love to continue reading. Loved the fact that even though we have the different immortals, prophets and even vampires in this story it takes place in the very real islands of the Caribbean which makes a lovely blend of fantasy and reality.

Blood Echo by Melissa Simonson

Blood EchoBlood Echo by Melissa Simonson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Iris and Estella grew up together and were long time best friends. They both had their issues and drowned them in drugs and alcohol. Estella was a cutter and often took razor blades to her arms with Iris cleaning her up and taking care of her.

After Estella’s death Iris blames herself and goes through therapy trying to come to terms with the loss of Estella. When Estella’s father is murdered several weeks later Iris finds that someone is threatening her.

This story is very dark and disturbing. It wasn’t really my taste at all as I was hoping for more of the mystery as to where the packages where coming from, who was threatening Iris etc. The first half though is mostly therapy, guilt, depression and flashbacks. Found myself getting bored waiting for more to happen.

Also, the whole idea of Iris being a vampire seems to be a complete afterthought tossed into the book. It seems it was added to give Iris the ability to heal things and keep her from dying easily. Not quite sure why it was needed as it seemed completely random with the rest of the subject matter.

A lot of interesting ideas that didn’t seem to come together just right for my taste unfortunately. Found it lacking a lot in the mystery/supernatural element.

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

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti by Olivia Wildenstein

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of GraffitiGhostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti by Olivia Wildenstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti focuses on the lives of Duke, a normal red-blooded teenager focused on all things that seem so important at that age, popularity, friends, girls and school. He meets Cora who is “goth” and wants to solve her and how and why she is the way she is. Duke then meets Jamie when he is taken in to hospital for an emergency surgery. Jamie is an 8 year old battling cancer that will forever change the way Duke sees the world and just what is important.

A truly touching story that once I began to read I just could not put down. Duke making it his mission to give Jamie all his wants and fill his life with happiness is a story that will move anyone. Cora’s story is also one not to be missed as how this girl is the way she is. I would definitely suggest keeping some tissues handy when reading this book.

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