Friday, May 19, 2017

The Battlemage by Taran Matharu

The Battlemage (The Summoner, #3)

Book three in the Summoner trilogy (though the end of the book teases a fourth book that is set prior to the events of the previous three that will come out next year). After waiting what felt like forever for this book it did not disappoint giving me lots of action, magic, and intigue. Book two ended with the group escaping into the ether which could be the death of them. This book starts with their survival until they finally find a portal to return and then the events that lead up to them saving the world from the attacking demons. Ignatius may have been my favorite character as he grew and helped Fletcher along the way as well as with his final battle with Khan. It was a great ending to the trilogy though I am happy to know more books are coming later as this author has a very addicting writing style. I give it 4/5stars.

A Reference to Murder by Kym Roberts

A Reference to Murder

*Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book two in the Book Barn Mystery series. After the events of the first book Charli decided to stay in her hometown and help her daddy run the bookstore known as the Book Barn Princess. A yearly rodeo event is gearing up to happen which brings lots of new people to the area. When a bull rider comes up missing Charli's friend Scarlett is thought to be involved which makes Charli have to investigate what really happened much to Mateo's dismay and Cade's too for that matter. No matter how many times she is scared to back off Charli just does not know when to quit though she does flush out the murderer before it is all said and done. I have to admit the very end had me laughing so hard my stomach muscles hurt for a good hour. I give it 4/5 stars.

Fatal Fiction by Kym Roberts

Fatal Fiction (A Book Barn Mystery)

Book one in the Book Barn Mystery series. Charli comes home after being gone for the last twelve years only to sign the paperwork for the sale of the family business called the Book Barn Princess. She walks in the door only to find her fathers new fiance murdered and him no where to be found. While trying to deal with the emotions and issues from the past that come up upon her return she also finds herself trying to solve the murder to clear her fathers name. The male dynamics in this book had me giggling and Charli sure is an interesting character that I fell in love with before the last page. The addition of a pet pink armadillo named Princess was just the icing on the cake. I great start to a new cozy mystery series. I give it 4/5 stars.

Ill-Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrews

Ill-Gotten Panes (Stained-Glass, #1)

Book one of the Stained-Glass series. After a scandal Georgia is forced to move back in with her grandfather after losing both her job and her fiance. The owner of the hardware store is murdered and her grandfather is the prime suspect which of course leads her to attempt to solve the case in order to clear his name. The addition of the tiny white kitten was just a bonus that i really enjoyed. Her glass work along the way was really amazing and I found myself wishing it was worked into the story a little more but even so it was still a good story with natural progression. Great for cozy mystery fans. I give it 4/5 stars.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi

Death and Night (The Star-Touched Queen #0.5)

 *Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book 0.5 in the Star-Touched Queen series. To be honest this story is more of a background story type of book as the two main characters are immortals not the actual characters from the series. It is still an epic love story in its own right though and I admit that I rather enjoyed it. This author has a very vivid writing style that brings to creation some very interesting scenes throughout the course of the book plus it does provide a little insight into the background for the main series itself. Overall a very good novella and I give it 4/5 stars.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Black Book by James Patterson

The Black Book

This book was sure different. We are following the past and present life of a cop known as Billy Harney. Billy finds himself wrapped up in IA investigation which puts his butt on the line before it is all said and done. He is even shot and accused of murdering both an ADA and his partner, but suffering from memory loss Billy has no idea what really happened to him or why. He tries every trick in the book to get his memory back until a fluke event closer to the end jolts it all back for him. The real culprits came as a complete surprise to me as it also did to the characters in the book. A well written fast paced book that has an interesting murder case wrapped up with dirty cops as well. I really liked it so it gets 4/5 stars.

No Charm Intended by Mollie Cox Bryan

No Charm Intended

*Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book two in the Cora's Crafts Mystery series. After really enjoying book one I was looking forward to this installment, and I was not disappointed. This time they are gearing up for the back to nature retreat discussed in the last book where they use items found outside in their crafts. On the first day Jane's nanny comes up missing and shortly thereafter one of the nannies friends is found murdered. Of course Cora and Jane have to investigate and Cora at least finds herself in danger before it is all said and done. There is lots of action, movement, and details involved with this story. I have to admit that I did not see the end of this one coming. I love a good surprise so this one gets 4/5 stars.