March 6

Shadow Informant by Edita Petrick {Book Review}

Shadow Informant is a murder mystery that has some unconventional murder methods. The victims all have a 4 diameter hole vaporized from their chest, which appears to be “inhuman.”

Carly is a homicide detective assigned to the case. She’s pretty amazing, and I like her style. There’s a lot of “paranormal” feel to this, but you can’t be certain, since they are inquiring with the military, on what they know about weapons that can vaporize five pounds of flesh out of someones chest.

This book could be considered paranormal or out of the ordinary with the murder mystery genre, which I found to be super exciting the whole way through the book. As the reader, you’re uncertain on what’s going on, and are following the mystery alongside Carly, and the other detectives on the case. I was uncertain on where the author would be taking the plot, and if was going to have a supernatural tone. I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it, so you’ll just have to check it out to see if they can solve the murders by reasonable explanation, or if there’s more to this then what can be explained.

Everything was connected in this book, and Petrick doesn’t spend a lot of time with information that does not apply to the story line. I really like her writing style, and have just found out there are a bunch of other books written by Petrick, which I’m definitely adding to my shelf to read soon!!

I give this book 5/5. It’s not your typical murder mystery plot, and will have you hooked from the first paragraph!

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July 12

The Secret of Heaven by Felix Alexander {Book Review}

Review2This was a book I didn’t expect to love as much as I did. The stories and scripture from the bible is incorporated into this modern mystery by Felix Alexander. I don’t think the synopsis of this book does it justice.

The author does a great job at slowly giving you enough information about each character, to keep you informed, while also being intrigued. It starts off to a slow but decent pace, and quickly turns into a complex mystery with a lot going on all at once.

What I really enjoyed about this book, was that it wasn’t overly religious. People who aren’t overly familiar with the bible, can easily pick this book up and understand the plot.

This book holds quite a bit of similarities to The Da Vinci Code. The story of ancient artifiacts holding secrets, only just now being deciphered in modern time is a great plot, and I think Alexander did an amazing job with it.  It’s educational and perplexing.

The book goes back and forth from first person perspective, and third person, and sometime the transition wasn’t clear. There were some grammar and spelling issues that made this book feel like a rough draft read, otherwise I’d give this a 5/5.

I really enjoyed that this wasn’t an overly wordy or long book. It was the perfect length for me to get hooked, and take in enough information to grasp the plot, without a long commitment to a book over five hundred pages. This book was almost four hundred pages, which I found to be perfect.

Overall, I give this book 4/5.



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July 5

Moscow Venture by A.K. Celer {Book Review}

This story takes place during the fall of the Soviet Union, also involving the CIA, KGB, and complete with details of the main points of the Cold War. Of course the Cold War, with the CIA, and KGB have lots of conspiracies, spies, and secrets.

This isn’t a book about action and adventure, but can be better categorized as a thriller or suspense. It didn’t have enough to keep me completely hooked, but enough for me to want to finish the book and see how the book came to an end. There is lots of information on Russian Politics, which must be comprehended to fully grasp what is happening in the rest of the story. Of course with fraud and murder, you’re bound to be intrigued as to what happens next, and it was this aspect that helped the story to go by much easier.

There are a lot of plots and different settings that occur during this read, and details are spread evenly throughout the whole book, giving you a little piece of the picture, chapter by chapter. The characters are described well enough to predict their next move based on personality type.

Overall considering the amount of information thrown at you, the main plot, and the writing style this is definitely a book worthy of 4/5.




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February 4

Burn My Soul by Holly Newhouse {Review}

I love the concept of deja vu, and any books that incorporate this phenomenon in the story, which makes it a book I love to read. This is mainly why I chose to read this book. There’s a reason for Jinny’s deja vu experiences and if you’ve ever experienced deja vu yourself, you’ll have yourself wondering if this book could possibly have some truth to it.

I especially enjoyed the fact that the author, Holly Newhouse works as therapist for children who have been victimized, as well as writing paranormal books like this one. She is also interested in photography.

Holly’s interests, are all things I am interested in as well. Instead of being an therapist for children I am a therapist for victims of sexual assault. I’m also interested in photography and writing. With our similarities, I knew I would love her writing from the very beginning.

There’s enough mystery and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. As I got further into the book, I read faster and faster just to get to find out what happens to Jinny and the two worlds she finds herself a part of. She’s an amazing character that is relatable and interesting, which made it fun to read her story.

Past lives, current lives, creatures and beings from other dimensions, it’s all part of her world now. Initially she feels like she’s lost her mind, but eventually she comes to terms with the changes in her life and accepts the alternate reality she thought only existed in books.

Xavier makes a great demon that was so hateful, you can’t help but love him. Every creature and monster you can think of is in this book. Everything from demons, vampires, ghosts, zombies, and werewolves. It’s not like some books that incorporate many creatures, which can be overwhelming and seemingly impossible. This book is interesting and mesmerizing and will have any reader interested in the paranormal world, completely hooked.

Burn My Soul: Part I (The Soul Series, #1)
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