Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: The First Family by Michael & Daniel Palmer

The First Family

When Netgalley notified me my wish had come true to receive an advance readers copy of The First Family by Michael and Daniel Palmer, I was quite happy (to say the least). I've read books by the father/son duo independently of each other, but I have never had the pleasure of reading a title written by the two of them. Both authors are favorites of mine. The way they compose their medical thrillers always grabs my attention and barely lets up the whole ride through.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review: The Boat People by Sharon Bala

The Boat People by Sharon Bala

The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of focusing there, I'll begin with a good ol' simple review. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Review:The Crossing by Jason Mott

The Crossing by Jason Mott

Jason Mott has done it again with another captivating read, The Crossing, set in a dystopian world where a disease has eaten at the human race by rendering those affected forever sleep. That's right. I know we all have had a moment where we wonder if we go to sleep, will we wake again. This title is along the same lines of The Returned in terms of the matters in life and death, except the focus here is the other end of the spectrum where those who are healthy just die in their sleep, never to return.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

Since this is not my first roll in the hay with Mr. Walter Mosley's writing I expected exactly what I got. What I got was a gritty, police procedural of an ex-detective, Joe King Oliver, making his way in life as a Private Investigator on the mean streets of Brooklyn. Let's refer to him as King from now on.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Review:Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Surprise Me

When I was asked to read and review Sophie Kinsella's Surprise Me, I was bouncing off the walls with excitement. I loved The Undomestic Goddess and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Both novels featured a charmingly befuddled British female lead that begs the average woman to root for. Sure, I know they're a tad bit aloof, but it's cute. I'm no feminist so I can appreciate these characters for what and who they are: Fun!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied Sing… What a beautifully written story of a family that I wanted to last much longer than the pages allowed. I was almost sad this one had to come to an end. I read much of this novel with anticipating the worse to come as Jojo travels with his mother, Leonie, to pick up his father, Michael, from Parchman Prison. Not only was I nervous for Jojo, but also the family left behind in wait, his grandparents.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Reviews:The Hush by John Hart

The Hush by John HartTo say that I was just plain ol' excited to see on Netgalley that John Hart had new material, then have the good fortune of being given the opportunity to read and review that new treasure would be a gross understatement. The Hush was calling my name for a while but I wanted to read it closer to the release date and especially when I had the time to dive in. I've had the pleasure of being acquainted with Hart's work and I can honestly say I've never been let down... until now... but only kinda, sorta, if that makes sense.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Review: Poison by John Lescroart

Poison: A Novel (Dismas Hardy, #17)

Poison is the 17th installment of the Dismas Hardy series. I've been a fan of Hardy series for a while, and although Poison is entertaining enough, I didn't feel John Lescroart included the thrilling suspense I've come accustomed to in his other titles.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review:The Wife Between Us by Hendricks/Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks


What did I just read?

I like to think of myself as a mystery thriller sleuth who's able to see the ending of most mystery novels a good mile and a half away. Well, Greer Hendricks and co author Sarah Pekkanen put my detective skills to the test with The Wife Between Us and I'm reeling at how they were able to get me. You clever, clever women...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: Unsub by Meg Gardiner

UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner has done it again. Unsub follows Caitlin Hendrix as she attempts to pick up where her father left-off (and failed), 20 years earlier in apprehending a serial killer that has the entire Bay Area on edge with fear. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy Weir

When I found out Andy Weir had written another novel and I was granted the opportunity to read and review it, I was bouncing off the walls with excitement. Artemis was my chance to finally become acquainted with the author who was responsible for the explosively successful novel turned movie (starring Matt Damon), The Martian. So, The Martian has been waiting for me (patiently) to read in my Kindle as well as to watch on Demand. Suffice it to say, I've been hoping to become one of Weir's many fans.

Am I one of those fans after reading Artemis? Ummm... that remains to be seen. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: Higher Is Waiting by Tyler Perry

Higher Is Waiting

I was stuck between giving Tyler Perry's Higher Is Waiting a 3-star rating but I took a breath, listened to what I think he's referring to as the voice of God and had to be honest with my heart and self and give it a 4-star rating. I tend to rate books on emotion rather than what Book-snobs might because the world is full of authors. Some share amazing stories that stay with us until we die, encased in the perfect prose, while introducing us to remarkable characters who we long to share a beer with. And there are others who write in an uncomplicated manner, with forgettable characters yet, the ride they take us on is thrilling. Allowing us an escape from the humdrum of what we know as life.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Review:We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Where do I begin when reviewing We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates? I don't think... actually... I know I don't have the words to express how impressive this collection of articles is. I'm reminded of Zoolander 2 when Zoolander says he literally does not have the vocabulary to respond. I am in that moment. For those thinking what an idiot I am for throwing Zoolander into a review of Coates, who is a stunning writer, is absolutely correct. So...
For those familiar with Ta-Nahisi Coates are reintroduced to the ideas or experiences he had before writing said article during the eight years of Obama's presidency. For the rest of us, you need to read this and become acquainted with his brilliance. I put myself in the "rest of us" category because I was unaware he existed. In hindsight, I feel like I deprived myself for many years so it's imperative that I right this wrong and absorb all the Coates I can.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review:Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder

Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder

I'm a fan of Joseph Finder. He's never let me down when I'm in need of an in-between book. An "in-between" book for me is a quick read, not demanding of too many brain cells, and is a genuinely fun ride. First let me say, I mean no disrespect to Finder and I certainly don't want to imply he's not a formidable author, because he is. I just find that the work I have read of his is written (as I've said before in other reviews I've written for him) that his novels are similar to a movie plot. And accordingly so. I won't Google the list of his novels that have been turned into motion pictures because whoever you are reading this review, should do some work as well (heehee). I'm just stating in no uncertain terms that I can picture the scene in a movie as I'm reading this particular author.