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April 2016

Sacrificial Lamb Cake – Katrina Monroe

Sacrificial Lamb Cake – Katrina Monroe

Sacrificial Lamb Cake

4 Stars (4 / 5)

This was a funny change of pace from what I have been reading lately. I really enjoyed it! If you are a fan of the movie “Dogma” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, then you should enjoy this satirical version of the second coming. However the more religious readers may take offense, however I really didn’t feel that it was meant to be offensive at all and I am sure both religious and non religious readers will see the funny side.

So Rain has just found out that she is the lamb of God. And she is not happy about it. She is a lesbian raised by hippy parents after all. After performing some miracles with her now sidekick Jude, she resigns to the fact that she is the messiah. However a terrorist is blowing things up disguised as her, and the devil, ie “Lucy” is creating her own havoc. How is Rain going to find and fight the antichrist and save humanity?

I was reluctant to read this book at first, I try to avoid reviewing any sort of religious books. However this was a really enjoyable light fun ride. I really enjoyed her take on all the characters and there were quite a few moments that were hilarious.

It was a quick read and I really enjoyed the big twist near the end. I didn’t see it coming! Despite only a few more serious moments, it was pretty light and fluffy considering it was the end of the world. Loved Rain, Jude and “G”, and loved the adventures they had!

Would I recommend Sacrificial Lamb Cake?

Yes, to anyone who is after a light hearted read and who doesn’t mind the subject matter.

Many thanks to Katrina Monroe for a copy of Sacrificial Lamb Cake in exchange for my honest review.

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The Obsession – Nora Roberts

The Obsession – Nora Roberts – Audio Version

The Obsession

2 Stars (2 / 5)

Well, I haven’t given a book such a low rating in a while… I am such a big fan of Nora Roberts! I don’t know WHAT happened with this one!! Yet, I seem to be the minority as it gets shining reviews on GoodReads.

Naomi was only 12 years old when she saved a young woman from one of the most notorious serial killers the country has ever known. He was also her father. As an adult now, Naomi moves from place to place and hasn’t been able to settle down because people find out her true identity – as the daughter of a monster. When she decides to buy a house in Sunrise Cove she finally thinks she has found a place to call home… But there is a new killer out there, and he has his sights set on Naomi.

Now, where to begin? It was off to a great start, Naomi as a young girl saving the woman and discovering that her father was a viscous serial killer. But when it skipped to her adult years it really dragged on for me. It was way too drawn out. I felt as though 70% of the book was discussing interior designing and colours of the house she was renovating and I actually began to dread when she walked into another shop to look at stuff to buy for the house.

The love interest was promising, until he started bossing her around, verbally abusing her and being a total a-hole to her at times because she needed to “get over it”.

And the stupidity of the characters… “Oh there is a serial killer after my girlfriend? That’s ok, I’ll just go to work and leave her all alone…” or “Gee that guy over there looks suspicious, I’ve never seen him before… He matches the description of the serial killer who is out to get me, and he is staring straight at me… Oh wait its probably nothing, I’m overreacting” or “Its ok, you can leave me alone with a serial killer after me, I’ve locked these GLASS DOORS, nobody is getting in..” Sigh.

I think this book was a 3 star read for me up until the end with the dog in the hospital. I actually yelled “YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!” as I listened to that part and decided to deduct another star for sheer stupidity!

The audio version went ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON. The narrators monotone voice didn’t help. I didn’t enjoy her portrayal of the other characters, especially the males, which sounded exactly like the females and exactly like each other.

The killer was EXTREMELY predictable. My number one pet peeve!

I’m sorry Ms Roberts for this terrible review! I truly am a big fan! Just not of this one.

Would I recommend The Obsession?

Nope, see above…

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If you enjoyed The Obsession, you may enjoy:

imperfect strangers   Black Hills   black eyed susans

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Shadow Man – Cody McFadyen

Shadow Man – Cody McFadyen

Shadow Man

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Shadow Man was recommended to me by a trusted GoodReads thriller fan friend (Thanks Christine), who gave it an easy 10 (YES 10) stars! How could I resist immediately getting this book and reading it! Although I don’t completely agree with her 10 star assessment, it was still an extremely entertaining, thrilling read!

Smokey Barrett was a top FBI agent hunting serial killers until one night her and her family were terrorised by one. Her husband and daughter were killed, leaving Smokey alone and dealing with a whole lot of grief. When her best friend is killed by someone claiming to be a direct descendent of Jack the Ripper, Smokey is thrust back in to help with the case. This killer is after her too, and will stop at nothing to get her.

I have read a lot of praise for McFadyen’s writing and I have to agree. The whole book was extremely well written. It flowed extremely well and the quality of the writing made up for any shortfalls in the novel.

The characters were all very deep and disturbed. Each had something going on. Smokey herself was obviously damaged. I didn’t think anyone could write a character who had suffered through such tragedy, but McFadyen does a good job of it. Not a fantastic job mind you, but he made Smokey likeable, and not too depressing. The story about what happened to her was the stuff of nightmares and did not skimp on the gory details. The secondary characters were all well established. Except maybe for her secret service friend who I found just to be an added love interest without real substance – hopefully in subsequent novels we will learn more about him. Not that I think there should have been a love interest in it at all really. I get what he was trying to do, but I didn’t find it believable. Her team are a great bunch of characters, and Bonnie also. Really well written. And man.. Confronting!

The action and violent scenes were thrilling. Non stop at times! Definitely a page turner.

So why haven’t I rated this higher? Its because even though it was written so masterfully, I knew who the killer was. The whole way through. I find it utterly disappointing when I pick it up, and I confidently picked it up quickly with this one. And it left a bad taste in my mouth. I felt quite ripped off to be honest.

However fabulous writing redeems. Looking forward to number 2!!

Would I recommend Shadow Man?

Yes, but for die hard thriller fans who don’t mind a LOT of graphic violence, blood, guts and gore. You have been warned!

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If you enjoy Shadow Man, you may enjoy:

Little Black Lies   Now You See Me   Evil Games

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11.22.63 – Stephen King

11.22.63 – Stephen King

11.22.63

4.25 Stars (4.25 / 5)

This was yet another mammoth audio book. I’m not sure why I always choose the big ones to listen to… I guess I look at the book and not the 30+ hours its going to take to listen to it!

Jake Epping is an English teacher living out his life until one day his friend Al introduces him to a worm hole in time. Every time the wormhole is entered it takes the passenger back in time to 1958. Al was forced to come back before he was able to change the past, by preventing the Kennedy assassination. Now he want’s Jake to do it – To save thousands of lives that were lost in wars and past events by saving the president in 1963. However the past is the past for a reason. It resists change, as Jake soon discovers.

I really enjoyed this story. Stephen King is one of my favourite authors. Ever since I turned the pages of “Night Shift” all those years ago in my youth, and scared myself to death with “The boogeyman” I have loved everything he has written (even his crappier stuff) because it was him. 11.22.63 Is a fantastic story. Full of heart. And the audio version was just superb. Narrated by Craig Wasson, it is extremely entertaining. You can feel the tension in the exciting parts and Wasson does all the voices so well. Up the top of my list for best audio books!

I am not the biggest fan of historical fiction, not sure why. It just doesn’t appeal to me. And time travel novels can be so hit and miss. There are only a few that I have really enjoyed. But this story is so much more than a historical fiction time travel book. Its so much more than just the events associated with the assassination of the president (although obviously this is the central course of events of the story). It is a romance, an adventure, an action and just a plain old good yarn!

The characters are fabulous. I love the 50’s feel to the characters and places. King has put a LOT of research into this book and it shows. Jake is a great character. Even though some of the choices he made me scratched my head at times, I really liked him. Sadie was also a great character. But the star of the show was the obdurate past. It was a character in itself. Always trying to stop him, and “harmonising” in spooky ways. Gave me goosebumps in a few places (Jimla).

The main reason this story gets a 4.25 from me and not higher, is because a lot of the historical subject matter didn’t interest me that much and it dragged on at times, especially the parts where he was just observing Oswald. I don’t know much about American history so a lot of it went over my head. I just couldn’t give it a higher rating.

However 4.25 is still a great rating, I can’t say I will listen to it again any times soon, but It was an enjoyable ride.

Would I recommend 11.22.63?

Yes! A great read, you wont regret it!


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The Wedding Date – Kelly Eadon

The Wedding Date – Kelly Eadon

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The Wedding Date

Summary from GoodReads:

A LITTLE FAKE RELATIONSHIP NEVER HURT ANYONE . . .

Kate Massie has big dreams-they just haven’t worked out. Yet. In the meantime, she spends her days clerking for a judge and her nights fantasizing about her tall, dark, and sexy gym crush. So when she runs into him one night, she’s shocked to realize he was her shy, nerdy junior-prom date. But that isn’t where the surprises end . . .

James Abell needs a date to his sister’s wedding. So when Kate agrees, he’s relieved . . . until one little lie turns their wedding date into a full-blown fake relationship. Only it doesn’t feel fake-not the toe-curling kisses and definitely not the electricity. Neither of them is looking for something real . . . but they just might fall for their own little white lie.

 

My Review Of The Wedding Date

This book was just what I needed! What a fabulous feel-good, sexy romance that I just got lost in, and finished in one fabulous sitting!

Kate runs into James at the gym and doesn’t recognise him as the young shy guy who took her to junior prom. He has changed… Now a buff sexy hunk, Kate has trouble holding herself together in his presence. When a mutual friend sets them up on a fake date for James’ sisters wedding, James and Kate must pretend to be a couple… But how long can they keep pretending??

What a wonderful little escape this book was! It was sweet, sexy, funny and lovely. Yes, the story has been done before, but that didn’t matter at all because I still loved it!

The characters were great, they all had quite a bit of depth, the romance was sweet, and the hot moments were pretty hot! I loved all the secondary characters also, especially all of James family! I really liked Kate too!

Would I recommend The Wedding Date?

Absolutely for anyone (who is over 18) and who wants a cute romantic escape. I laughed, I swooned, I loved it!

Many thanks to the author Kelly Eadon and the publisher via Xpresso Book Tours for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

4 Stars (4 / 5)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kelly Eadon is a romance writer living in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and a house full ofkelly eadon rescue animals, aka “the kraken”. She swears like a sailor and says whatever pops into her head. In order to counteract her big mouth, she wears high heels whenever possible. In her spare time she spins, kick boxes and attempts to renovate her farmhouse. She hates sanding drywall, loves to cook, drinks lots of wine, gets scary competitive at trivia, and enjoys time spent exploring with her rescued beagle mixes. –

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