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A Marked Past by Leslie Deaton Review

A Marked Past

By Leslie Deaton

 

     After Lyla’s father dies in a freak accident her mother moves them to her father’s family home in Salem. Shortly after arriving Lyla’s uncle notices a mark on her neck in the shape of a crescent moon, he tells her that this mark means she will be a goddess among their people, witches. After, he tells Lyla about his family’s history beginning with the Salem witch trials and how they had all been murdered by the same man who is now out to kill Lyla and the rest of her family, dragging her into a four hundred year old battle. All while trying to make it through a new high school and falling in love.

Once I started reading this book I didn’t want to put it down it has fantasy, drama, action, and romance. From watching the relationship between Lyla and her newly discovered cousin Hana form into something akin to sisters or watching her fall madly in love with Caleb the Preacher’s adopted son, the interweaving relationships will keep you involved. If that is not enough for you, you still have a centuries old raving lunatic to deal with. I can’t wait until I am able to read the next book.

 

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Equilibrium by Betsy Miller Review

Equilibrium

By Betsy Miller

 

Emily is a recently divorced woman who stops off at a diner one night and finds herself making a connection with a man over soup.

Betsy Miller has once again proven what a wonderful writer she is; the details are superb in this short story making it easy to envision the masterpiece that Jim and Emily have created together. The make your own soup idea is very unique and having two people bond over the experience is very unexpected.

 

 

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Shades of Grey by Michael Cargill Review

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Shades of Grey

By Michael Cargill

Shades of Grey: British operative John, or “John the Baptist”, has been abducted and is being tortured; this is a crude and tormenting short story that delves into the psyche of the tortured mind.

There and Back Again: An Action packed story of James a soldier during World War Two, showing the savagery of war and the bonds that form under such extreme circumstances.

Down the Rabbit Hole: An abused young boy, Tom, finds that his best friend, a stuffed rabbit, has actually come to life to help him with his problems. Tom is ecstatic until things become sinister.

This collection of short stories is about one hundred pages of action, adventure, and even a taste of the somewhat strange. I personally wasn’t a fan of the first short story only because it tended to bounce around too much for my liking and was a bit too crude for me, but in my opinion Michael Cargill managed to pull it off with the last two stories, even saving the best for last.  There were only a couple of things I could see that needed revising other than that well worth the read.

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March 29, 2012 · 4:48 pm

The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews Review

The Fixer Upper

By Mary Kay Andrews

 

Dempsey Jo Killebrew, is a young naive junior associate to a lobbyist in Washington, After her boss throws her under the bus for his actions in trying to bribe a US Congress member, Dempsey winds up broke, unemployed, and homeless. That is until her father suggests that she go down to Guthrie, Georgia and fix up his family’s home, he had just inherited, Birdsong. As she fixes the house she comes to terms with her own situation and we join her in an adventure of self-discovery.

 

I fell in love with the mean old lady who was squatting in Birdsong, Ella Kate, the cantankerous old woman reminded me of my own grandmother minus the dog! Mary Kay Andrew does a wonderful job of describing details in this book, so that even those who have never renovated a home have a clear picture of what is happening. It wasn’t a bad book but it felt lacking, to me the romance in the novel was very abrupt, but on the other hand when Dempsey finally snapped out of her self-pitying and idiotic behavior and grew a backbone I almost whooped for joy, I have never had much patience for women who always talk badly about themselves. The ending was not that great either especially for a stand-alone novel, but it is a fun and light hearted read and I think Ella Kate makes it worth it.

 

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Ghost Writer by Tom Underhill Review

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Ghost Writer

By Tom Underhill

 

This short story sucks you right in beginning with an unknown man asking you to agree to kill a man. He tells you his story and what has happened leading him to want this person dead.

 

This is one of the most morbid and fascinating stories I have ever read. I wish Tom Underhill would take this story and turn it into a full novel, it was amazing. Even my husband, who refuses to read anything for pleasure, would enjoy this story.

 

 

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