HITCHHIKERS by Kate Spofford

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I received a free book version of HITCHHIKERS from the author in exchange for an honest review.

To be honest, I put off reading this book because I was worried that it would be another typical werewolf story. However, I am very glad that I finally decided to read it. Yes, it is a werewolf novel, but it is unique. It is not a typical teen-romance/werewolves are so sexy story. This one is definitely worth reading.

At the age of 13 Daniel did something horrible. Since then he has been on the run. He is homeless and starving. He is tired and lonely and he’s scared.

He has black-outs and when he comes back to consciousness, he is usually covered in blood. Often, there is a dead body nearby. Sometimes the body is that of an animal, but all too often the body is that of a person.

Daniel has no memory of hurting anyone. All he remembers is being excruciatingly hungry, or scared. Daniel hitchhikes and unfortunately for him, he is often picked up by predators or pedophiles. He has developed a sixth sense about a person and has gotten much better at spotting, and thus avoiding the weirdos.

However, he has been on the run for three years and he is starting to wonder if it might be safe for him to return home.

He wants to know what is wrong with him. He wants to know how to stop from killing people. He needs to learn what is happening to him and how he can control it.

Daniel’s journey is one of self-discovery. Even though he is a killer, the reader cannot help but feel bad for him. He is obviously just a scared kid who wants to do the right thing.

Can Daniel ever return home? Will he ever figure out what is happening to him? Will his abusive childhood turn him into a remorseless killer or will his better nature prevail?

This book is one that once you start reading, you will not want to stop.

I was impressed that the author was able to conjure a new werewolf tale that does not follow the typical romantic story line.

I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

For more information about the author, visit http://katespofford.WordPress.com

CASH KILLS

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CASH KILLS – An Angelina Bonaparte Mystery
By: Nanci Rathbun

* I received an autographed paperback copy of CASH KILLS through the Goodreads Giveaway program. *

My Review:

The first paragraph of the book immediately grabbed my attention.

“‘ Angie, there’s a woman here complaining that her parents had bank accounts worth millions and she doesn’t want the money.’ Susan leaned across the table, ‘Can you imagine?'”

That’s a good question. No, I can’t imagine. Hasn’t everyone, at some point in their lives, wished for and wondered what it would be like to suddenly be left with a large monetary inheritance? I know I have. And, I know that if someone left me millions of dollars, I certainly wouldn’t be wanting to get rid of it.

Immediately, I was intrigued. What would prompt someone to not want to keep the money? It’s a great hook to the story.

Angelina Bonaparte is a Private Investigator. The woman who is seeking her services is Adriana Johnson.

Adriana and her parents are immigrants from what was once Yugoslavia. They owned a small hardware store on the south side of Milwaukee and it was in that store that they were murdered during a botched robbery attempt.

Throughout her entire life, Adriana and her parents were considered the “working poor.” They never even had cable TV because it was too expensive and despite her desire to become a nurse, Adriana had to put her dream aside due to lack of money for tuition.

Because of this, she is shocked to find that her parents had millions of dollars in the bank when they were brutally murdered.

Adriana is not sure she wants to accept the money. She wants no part of “tainted” or ill-gotten money. This is how Private Investigator Angelina Bonaparte becomes involved. She is hired to find out where the money came from.

What follows is an action-packed mystery that takes on epic proportions. What could have come across as a confusing mess, instead is a mystery that is so well written that it is difficult to put this book down.

Ties to the horrifying Bosnian War and the tragedy that occurred in Sarajevo quickly become apparent. But, are Angelina’s parents the good guys or the bad guys? Where did the money come from? And why, if they had access to so much money, did they live as frugally as they did?

This is a great book and I believe that the research the author put into the Bosnian War was extensive. She handles the delicate topic with just the right mix of information, emotion, horror and drama.

At the back of the book, the author includes a note that states: “Although I am not a historian, I took pains to make the impact of the Bosnian War realistic, especially in regards to Professor Kolar’s memories. Of particular help in that regard is REMEMBER SARAJEVO, an online pamphlet with journalist Roger Richards’ account of his time in Sarajevo in 1992. The photographs and his story are hauntingly real. I encourage you to read this small, but powerful document.”
http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0302/rr_intro.html

Also, when I picture the typical female private investigator, I picture a young, sexy woman whose age is probably late 20’s or early 30’s. I love the fact that Angelina Bonaparte is NOT part of this stereotype. Angelina is actually a grandmother, but is not what you would picture as the typical grandmother. She has two grown up children who have children of their own, but Angelina is still a vibrant woman. She keeps in shape and dresses well. She loves sexy lingerie and revels in wearing sexy things underneath her professional attire. She may be a grandma, but she is nowhere near retiring or being put out to pasture.

I also love the fact that Angelina has an active sex life. It proves that sex and love are not exclusive to the young. It is never too late to find the love of your life. The author does a great job in making Angie & Wukowski’s budding relationship seem genuine and believable.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

This is the second book in the Angelina Bonaparte Mystery Series, but I have not yet read the first book and that fact did not in any way detract from my enjoyment of the story.

CASH KILLS works perfectly as a stand-alone novel. However, with that said, I am looking forward to reading the first book and to reading many more books in the series.

To read more about this author, visit http://nancirathbun.com or on Twitter @nancirathbun

To read more of my reviews, visit my blog at https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com

Rings of Passage by Karla Tipton

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RINGS OF PASSAGE: A Time Travel Novel with Richard III by Karla Tipton

* I received a free ebook copy of RINGS OF PASSAGE from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

Wow! The action starts immediately in this book.

Anise Wynford starts her day at a farmhouse in Massachusetts, then somehow she finds herself in the middle of a medieval battlefield astride a horse and wearing a suit of armor.

“In horror, Anise watched a battleaxe hack into the skull of an unhorsed knight. His blood, bone and brains splattered in all directions…My God, this isn’t some historical reenactment! It’s real.”

The year is 1485. Richard III is King of England. He is haunted by past events. His beloved wife, Anne and their only son, Edward are both dead. Richard is in mourning. He is miserable and sees his own death as an escape. He is not suicidal, but he does not shy away from danger either.

In the present day, Anise is the daughter of a semi-famous actress. She grew up unaware that the man she thought was her father was in fact, not her biological father. She only becomes privy to this information when her biological father leaves her a farmhouse in his will.

Anise moves to Massachusetts to the farmhouse and accepts the role of Anne in a local playhouse production of Richard III. While still in costume, she has a panic attack and runs out of the theatre. Heading home, she somehow ends up back in the past. Richard finds her in distress and carries her back to the castle.

Anise finds herself falling for this King whom history has treated so unfairly. But, she knows he is destined to die and that date is quickly approaching. Also, he is a king and she is no one. How will she save his life? Can she save his life? If she saves him what will happen to history? She could change things and end up wiping herself from existence. Is there any hope for her? How will she ever get home? How will she return to her own time?

This book is a story of time-travel, intrigue and romance with a bit of magic thrown in for good measure.

The author actually travelled to England to learn more about it’s history and about Richard III. This is clearly evident in her work. Her attention to detail makes for an authentic and compelling reading experience.
I cannot help but be impressed with the author’s dedication to authenticity and detail.

To learn more about this author and to view more of her books, visit her website at: http://www.karlatipton.com

To read more of my reviews visit my blog at https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com

I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars.

BOOK TOUR POST: 32 Seconds by Johanna K. Pitcairn

32 SECONDS

By: Johanna K. Pitcairn

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To the average onlooker, the city of Los Angeles represents glitz, glamour, and the celebrity lifestyle. But to seventeen-year-old Julie Jones, the city is a vast host of problems she’s longing to get away from. The latest? An unfortunate disagreement with her ex-boyfriend Mark—one that could land her in some serious hot water. So rather than face the troubles that torment her, Julie decides to run away from her old life and start fresh somewhere new. But her parents aren’t on board with the plan, and she soon finds her bank accounts frozen and her wallet empty. With just seventy-five dollars and a full tank of gas, the troubled teen is far too stubborn to turn around and head home. So what’s a girl to do? What Julie doesn’t know is that her travels are about to take her somewhere unexpected—a place where she’ll be forced to come face to face with the ghosts of her past in order to secure her future. A tale of redemption, hope, and freedom lost and found, 32 Seconds is a thought-provoking exploration into the human spirit and the nature of forgiveness. –

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Johanna K. Pitcairn

Johanna K. Pitcairn has dreamed of becoming a writer since childhood–authoring her first novel at the age of nine, and countless poems, stories, and screenplays by the age of seventeen. Later, rather than pursuing a career as a director and screenwriter, she decided to go to law school, driven by her father’s opinion that “writing does not pay the bills.”

Ten years later, she moved to New York City, which inspired her to go back to the excitement, wonder, and constant change of being a writer. Pitcairn is a huge fan of psychological-thriller novels and movies, and delves into her hopes, fears, friends, enemies, and everything in between in her own writing.

Random Fun Facts:

1) To trigger my inspiration, I binge on Netflix. I pick shows from any genre, and study the dialog and the plot. I also watch video game walkthroughs on YouTube. It’s a great help to develop my characters.

2) I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a bad case of writer’s block. Plotting helps eliminate that issue.

3) My biggest pet peeves: misspellings, grammatical errors, and inconsistent formatting.

4) Julie Jones has named her car “Bubble”, and when she swears, she says things like “shizzle”, “shizzle nizzle” or “crapola in a peanut butter jar”.

5) The original title for the first draft of the story, before it became 32 Seconds, was Death by Chocolate.

6) Julie Jones loves In&Out burgers, and strawberry milkshakes.

7) Julie is also a surfer. Her favorite beach is the one in Oceanside, CA.

8) I’m a cat lover. I have four cats, and they all distract me from writing by taking turns and lying on top of my laptop.

Contact the Author:

Website – http://themanicheans.com/

Blog – http://themanicheans.wordpress.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/themanicheans

Twitter – https://twitter.com/themanicheans

Goodreads –  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6894379.Johanna_K_Pitcairn

The Independent Author Network – http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jk-pitcairn.html

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