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Sunday, 25 September 2016

They All Fall Down

They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

Publisher: Delacorte Press

October 2014

ISBN: 978-0-385-74271-9

Pages: 339

Contemporary Young Adult Suspense, Romantic Elements

Vienna, Pennsylvania 

Kenzie Summerall somehow was voted onto the list of hottest girls in school and when she lands at number five her average life suddenly becomes amazing. With new friends surrounding her, doors to the best parties are now open to her and the cutest jock in school is after her.

That is the power of the list. Your life changes if you are on it.

One by one though the girls on the list have started to die. Is it a curse or a coincidence? Or is the list in the hands of a killer.

Kenzie’s time is running out but before her number is up she is determined to uncover the deadly secret of the list.

This is story that is full of twists and turns and will have readers hoping there will be more books with Kenzie and her friends it in. The action is none stop and keeps going until the very end of the book. The characters drive this story forward at a pace that makes the reader’s head spin and begging for more. This is one story that stands out from other young adult books and will have reader of all ages eagerly devouring it to find out what happens next.

I give this one 5 red roses


Secret Heart of Lacie Blade

Secret Heart of Lacie Blade by Diane J. Reed

Publisher: Bandits Ranch Books, LLC

August 2016

ISBN: 978-1-941752-09-8

Pages: 52

Contemporary Romance

Bender Lake

This isn’t just the PTA it is the Gangsta PTA.

Lacie Blade knows she is hardly mother of the year especially after her release from prison on a bad rap. All she wants is to go home and hug her beloved son Winchester. Lacie decides that she needs to convince the handsome principal to take Winchester back when he is expelled from school for fighting kids that teased him about his “con” mother. And to do that she needs to become the president of the PTA and to fundraise more money than the school has ever seen.

Luckily Lacie knows all about the skeletons in her neighbors’ closets and the bodies at the bottom of Bender Lake. With a little magical help from her fortune-telling friend, Granny Tinker, Lacie uses every trick in the book to blackmail and spy her way into providing the textbooks and computers that the school so desperately needs. The jaded principal soon discovers that Lacie has a heart far bigger than her rap sheet even if it is hidden. She might also just be the best thing that happened to him not to mention Bender Lake Elementary school.

This is a sweet novella that is a fast read but will also have readers wanting to check out the rest of the books in the series. Readers can easily read this story and follow it very well even if they haven’t read the other book in the series. The characters are interesting and make for a fun read.

I give this one 4 red roses


On The Prowl

On The Prowl by Cynthia Eden

Publisher: Cynthia Eden

September 2016

Pages: 204

Contemporary Paranormal Romance

Florida Keys

Rose Kinley never intended to be one of the most feared creatures walking the earth. She was once human that fell in love with a mysterious stranger. She lost her humanity and died only to come back as a vampire when she got caught in a paranormal war.

Rose now has a choice. She can try and continue to be the good girl or she can let her darkness out to play. It just might finally be time for her step into the dark.

Julian Craig is a panther shifter that is on a mission. He needs to protect Rose at all costs. He literally made a deal with the devil so that Rose could have a second chance as a vampire since it was his fault that she lost her human life.

Julian knows that he needs to let his beast out if he is to have any chance for protecting the only woman that ever touched his battered soul when Rose is targeted by a paranormal collector. Julian is more than ready to show the world just what kind of monster he truly is even if Rose is afraid of the darkness she carries. Julian isn’t afraid of the dark and the monsters that wait in the shadows will bow to him.

This is the next book in a series that proves yet again what an amazing writer this author is. The characters are intriguing and move the story at an extremely fast pace. It will also have readers wanting the next book in the series like right now. While this is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone readers will find it much better if they read the books in order. This is must read for readers that love paranormal romances.

I give this one 5 red roses


The Darkest Lie

The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn

Publisher: Kensington

July 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4967-0358-3

Pages: 287

Contemporary Young Adult Romantic Suspense

Lakewood, Kansas

Cecelia Brooks and her mom shared everything from jokes and clothes to coded messages. At least that is what CeCe thought until six months ago. That was when CeCe’s mom killed herself after there were accusations of her mom having sex with a student. Since then CeCe has been the subject of taunts and whispers. With the start of her senior year at high school CeCe is trying to fly under the radar especially as she is dealing with a grieving and distracted father and the social nightmare that is her life now. Instead she is now volunteering at the schools crisis hotline. The same one that her mother worked.

CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death resurface as she counsels troubled strangers. She starts to piece together fragments clues with the help of new student, Sam who is also a newspaper intern. Clues point to a twisted secret that is at the heart of the community. Suddenly finding the truth isn’t just about restoring her mother’s reputation but about saving lives including CeCe’s own.

This is book full of suspense that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that doesn’t stop until the very last page. The twists and turns in the story will have readers guessing until the very end as to just what is happening and who might be doing what. The characters are well written and move the story along at a very fast pace that never leaves the reader behind. It makes for a very fast read.

I give this one 5 red roses


The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker

The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

September 2016

ISBN: 978-1-250-08886-4

Pages: 320

Contemporary Young Adult

Ashland, Tennessee

Luke Grayson moves to rural Tennessee to live with his Baptist pastor father when he is kicked out of his private DC school and as far as he is concerned his life might as well be over. His stepmother is none too pleased to have him not to mention she is completely soulless. Luke’s bad boy status is also not doing him any favors with either the local police chief or his new principal. Grant Parker is the local golden boy that has a violent streak and Luke is proving to be an easy target for him. Especially as Grant has the community of Ashland under his thumb and Luke directly in his crosshairs.

Luke suddenly replaces Grant at the top of the social pyramid when things go topsy-turvy with one freak accident. Now the social outcast is the hero in just a matter of twenty-four hours. This is a welcome change for the students that lived in fear of Grant. There is a price though for Luke’s newfound fame. Luke is the only one that knows the truth about what really happened to Grant Parker and the longer he keeps living the lie the more Grant-like he becomes.

This is another excellent book by this author that writes stories that really make the reader think. The characters is this one are engrossing and make for an unforgettable book that really makes readers see things from different perspectives and see how the social aspect of high school works from the different groups of students. This is an interesting story that opens up readers eyes as they see things through the eyes of different clicks of students.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses


This is Where It Ends

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

January 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4926-2246-8

Pages: 285

Contemporary Young Adult

Opportunity, Alabama

At 10:00 am the principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech encouraging the student body to excel and achieve and also welcoming them to a new semester.

The students get up to leave the auditorium to go to their next class at 10:02 am.

At 10:03 am the auditorium doors won’t open.

Suddenly at 10:05 am someone starts shooting.

Over the next fifty-four harrowing minutes terror reigns when one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

This is a story that is very well told and gives different views from different students and how they manage to both deal with what is going on and their fight to survive. It pulls the reader in as they read what is happening minute by minute. This is story that will stay with readers long after they finish the book because of the impact it makes on them. It will also have readers wanting to read more from this author. This story has some unforgettable characters in it.

I give this one 5 red roses


City of the Lost

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Publisher: Random House

May 2016

ISBN: 978-0-345-81561-3

Pages: 468

Contemporary Suspense, Romantic Elements

Yukon Territory

Casey Duncan is a detective that is both talented and young. She also killed a man once and got away with it. Though that isn’t the reason she needs to find a refuge. Diana is her best friend and Casey has been hiding her from an abusive ex but now he has found Diana again. In Diana’s support group she has heard of a mythical town that she knows she will be safe in because they take people like her that are escaping from all that threatens them if she can only find it. It turns out the town actually exists and is called Rockton. The town council will accept Diana but only if Casey goes too.

The laconic town sheriff is completely capable of sobering up drunks and dispensing his own frontier justice, but now the town is being rocked by a series of brutal murders. Suddenly the question is what is happening? Is it the town of Rockton turning on itself or is the victims’ pasts catching up with them. Whichever it is it is threatening the survival of the town. The sheriff hates to rely on anyone but himself but he needs the help that Casey can offer.

What started out as a sacrifice that Casey is willing to make for her best friend shows her that she just might need the town of Rockton as much as it needs her.

This is an amazing start to a series that will have readers wanting the next book right now. The characters are intriguing and move the story along at warp speed. Just as readers think they know what is going on in the town of Rockton a twist is thrown in and will have them wondering if they know what is going on in the town at all. This story keeps the reader guessing until the very last page. It will be interesting to see where the series takes the reader. For those that enjoy thrillers this is definitely a book to check out.

I give this one 5 red roses