Trapping by Ann Jones is the second book in the Lyn Kramer Mystery Series. In the first book we learned that Detective Lyn Kramer and her twin sister Melissa were separated at a young age and not reunited until Melissa came up missing. Trapping is a continuation of this story. Melissa, who grew up with the criminal side of the family, was forced into drug deals with her Uncle Lester. Their Grandfather, otherwise known as “Pops” has finally accepted Melissa into the family and he’s enjoying getting to know his great-grandchildren. Uncle Lester has threatened the lives of Melissa’s family if she does not cooperate. In order to keep her darling young children from danger, Uncle Lester cannot know that she has confided in her sister Lyn to help her expose him. Together, Melissa, Pops, Lyn, and her partner Jud take on the Barton Drug Cartel.
I thoroughly enjoyed the second book in the Lyn Kramer Mystery Series, Trapping. Ann Jones has a way of making her ‘bad guys’ sinister without using foul language or graphic scenes to do it. Her characters are unique and likeable, although some of them, like Uncle Lester, is quite despicable. This is the second book in the series and it is definitely not a stand-alone. You’ll want to read Missing first to avoid confusion. This book ends in a bit of a cliff-hanger so I am waiting (impatiently) for Ann to get the third book to the series out. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a page-turning, clean, suspenseful mystery.
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Intent by Krista Wagner is a suspense novel about an insecure twenty two year old girl named Raylee. She's just flunked out of college and feels as though her only purpose in life is to work at her aunts restaurant. When her parents die in a tragic accident Ralyee doubts God. How could a loving God take her parents from her? Heartbroken and distraught Raylee tries her best to move on. When Billy, a boy she once had a crush on, comes into her aunts restaurant things change dramatically for her.
This story started out a bit slow but as I got more into it I realized the stage the author was setting. Once things got rolling, the scenes were intense. Raylee was a lovable character. And true to life, she was too obsessed with her circumstance to see what was right in front of her the entire time. This book is filled with intense scenes, disturbing situations, and fast-paced action. In all it's intensity, it's also a story of Gods grace and love. I will be reading more books from this author.
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Reviewed by Patricia Bell for Readers' Favorite
Riven by Jane Alvey Harris, the first volume in the My Myth series is a fantastic story about Emily, a seventeen-year-old girl who is burdened with the responsibility of taking care of her younger siblings. With her father in prison and her mother strung out on drugs, she has stepped up to do what no teenager should have to do. But Emily has secrets. Voices that speak to her in her head, an addiction to sleep medication and a secret fantasy world that holds her captive at the most inopportune of times. Not to mention the strange markings that have somehow been carved into her arm. And with her father getting out of jail soon, Emily fears for herself and her siblings. There are things in her past that she has kept hidden, even from herself. Very bad things. She must do what she can to protect herself and her siblings from the evil that exists to consume her.
All I can say about this book is – Wow! Jane Alvey Harris has a way with words that can plunge your mind into darkness, spin you around and turn you upside down. I had no idea what was real and what was fantasy. Riven was a deep story, the immenseness of it is almost unbearable. There was not a moment I was not completely enthralled in this story. It made me laugh, and cry and every emotion in between. This is not your typical fantasy. This is a story about a girl whose pain is so harsh that she has reverted to a fantasy in order to keep her sanity. Much applause Jane! And I am still not sure what is real and what is not! I look forward the next installment of this story!
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He Said His Name Was Micah is an intense story by author Tearra Rhodes. Ava, a young lady who has been spurned by the only man she’s ever loved, sits in her Auntie’s house in her pajamas watching another episode of Inspector MD. She has no will to do more than that. No inspiration. Heart broken and confused, she doesn’t dare leave her comfort zone. Until one day, a stranger knocks on her door. He says his name is Micah. Sure, it is. Why wouldn’t it be? And Micah is homeless. He needs a job. Her mother always told her that to help the poor was the obligation to every Christian. And well, she was lonely. So, she offered him a job.
Tearra Rhodes dared to ask the ultimate question. In the time of crisis, how will you defend your faith? Will you run away and hide? Deny Christ in the face of your enemies? And even more than that, will you trust Him? When your life is in danger, where will you put your trust. He Said His Name Was Micah is an extraordinary look into the heart of a believer. Has God given us a spirit of fear? In whom will we trust when we can no longer control our own situation? This book is fast-paced, spiritually moving, and thrilling all in one breath. Tearra Rhodes has an artistic ability to reach into a person’s heart and expose them for what they are. Human. In need of a savior. I highly recommend this book to all readers, young and old. - click image to order
Jazzy Girl by C.L. Wells is a sweet novella about a young lady named Sherice and her Black Lab Jazz. Sherice trusts no one and refuses to let down her guard. And with good reason. Sherice is hiding a secret, that she keeps as if her life depended on it. In fact, her life does depend on it. When the nosy house-sitting neighbor tries to befriend her, she pushes him away. But he doesn’t go away easily.
Wow! Jazzy girl is one of those books you hate to put down and hate even more for it to end. The kind that pulls at your heartstrings and won’t let them go until the very end. I would love to find out more about Sherice and her sweet baby girl Jazz. Maybe if we ask nicely, C.L. Wells will give us more. One can only hope. - click picture to order.
A coming of age story about a tenth grader named Tommy Baher, AKA Johnathan’s younger brother, AKA Johnathan’s less intelligent, and less impressive brother. Tommy has made it his ultimate goal to get out from under his brother’s shadow by any means necessary. And then there is Kara Metaxes. Tommy’s arch enemy. The smartest girl in the tenth grade. And all though he’s in constant competition with her, the day he ruined her life he really hadn’t meant to. Oh, did I mention that was the same day he fell in love with her? Can Tommy fix the mistake he’s made? Will Kara forgive him? Does he ever really get away from being “Johnathan’s younger brother?” Find out the answers to these questions and more when you read The Girl Of All My Memes by C.S. Johnson.
C.S. Johnson is a witty and talented writer. The Girl of all my Memes had me laughing from start to finish. The constant competitiveness of Tommy was quite amusing. I almost felt sorry for the poor guy. And the funniest part was that I didn’t seem the rest of his world took life as serious as he did. Even though this story is intended for the young adult/teen crowd, it’s a brilliant read for any age. It’s a light-hearted tale, but doesn’t fail to bring a valuable lesson to the surface - Just how much cyberbullying can hurt others, even if it is unintentional. Once again, C.S. Johnson does not fail to impress. Splendid story by an awesome Author. Highly recommended this read!
Princess Kaitlyn Armistice has been sent to the Canton of Lynx from her home Canton of Neva to be a pawn in her father’s evil scheme. The Lynx Canton is historically a place of peace, but her father has turned into anything but. Kaitlyn is placed in the Anguish Academy where she is trained harder than any other, and treated like an outcast. She is the only girl and therefore has to prove her worth many times over to gain the respect of her fellow trainees. When she has finally gained the admiration of all, she is tasked with another mission. One that could possible cost her her soul.
The Train to Anguish by S. E. Isaac is a fast-paced military story of a girl’s love for her people and her strive to bring things back to the way they should be. In the midst of military struggle and lost lives, Kaitlyn Armistice finds love. I am not a huge fan of romance, but this book contained just the right amount of passion to keep the story realistic and strong. Kaitlyn Armistice is a tough girl with a loyalty to rival none other, and yet, she’s not afraid to cry. And after all she is put through, who can blame her. I was enthralled in The Train To Anguish from beginning to end and personally would love to find out what happens next in the life of the Princess.
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London Walsh, a young adult living and working in San Francisco when she gets a letter to come back to her hometown of Christmas Falls to sing in the Christmas pageant. The only thing is, her parents have moved to Phoenix and her mother wants her there for Christmas. She has no trouble making her decision once she finds out that her parents are getting a divorce. Oh, and did I mention that she quit her job when she found out that her ex-boyfriend would soon be her boss? London decides to go to Christmas Falls, the place where she grew up, even though when she left, it was not on the greatest of terms. Not sure she has made the right decision London finds herself Once Again in Christmas Falls. (Return to Christmas Falls Book3) By Becky Monson.
Super cute story! Who wouldn’t want to live in a town called Christmas Falls? How absolutely fun! In all seriousness, Becky Monson won my heart with this third book in the Christmas Falls series. I have not read the first two in the series but I had no problem following along. Easily a stand-alone book! London Walsh won my heart with her wittiness and charm. She learned a valuable lesson about running away from her problems and gained back some excellent friendships along the way. I completely enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone wanting the perfect “Feel Good” Christmas story! I look forward to reading more from Becky Monson!
Spooky Twisties II, the second installment in the Spooky Twisties series continues the collection of “Spooky” stories by Terri Bertha. With thirteen chapters of the creepiest stories about the strangest things. This segment is loaded with strange unexplainable happenings. My favorite being The Magic Set in which a little girl is accidently turned into a poodle. And is there a succubus among us! I do believe so.
Get your blanket out, close your doors, lock your windows and get ready to settle down with your pre-teen for a little scarefest…or two. And while you are at it, don’t forget to laugh. Spooky Twisties II will creep you out and tickle your funny bone at the same time. Yeah that’s creepy, I know. Awesome Job to Terri Bertha. Once again you do not disappoint. Ready and waiting for the next installment. Spooky Twisties III!
Mateguas Island by Linda Watkins is a fiction thriller about a man named Bill, who has lost his job and finds out that his Aunt has left him a house on Mateguas Island. His wife, angry with him for putting her through it, reluctantly agrees to go. She immediately does not like the Island. Something about it makes her feel strange. Meanwhile their twin daughters Terri and Sophie find a mysterious box hidden in their closet and have no idea what it’s for. When Bill lands a job on the mainland, he feels that things may just turn around for them. But that’s when their life begins to spin out of control and the terror begins.
Mateguas Island starts out as a normal everyday story. Nothing sensational about it. A family learning how to deal with hard times, a marriage hanging by a thread, stressful life situations, but then it turns on you. The things you think are true, are not anymore. The Island, and the Anderson land in particular has a mysterious spell cast upon it that can only be broken by one person. But in order to stop the evil, they first have to believe it’s true. And can it ever really be stopped? Once again Linda Watkins has not let me down. Her characters are real to life and her storyline riveting. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Thanks again Linda for a thrilling read.