As I reach the end of our wonderful Thanksgiving weekend of reviews and giveaways I decided to do short reviews on a
bunch of different books I have read for fun lately - the last one
is a giveaway - but be sure to check them all out!
1) Shade by John Olson - this is an amazingly eerie book that makes you think and keeps your heart pounding through the entire book. What is Hailey experiencing? Is it vampires, hallucinations, mental illness? Who is the homeless giant? "Whom do you trust when you can't tell reality from fantasy?" I loved Hailey and Melchi, but spent the whole book trying to figure out if they were right for each other and who the bad guys were. Intriguing book and highly recommended for readers that love fantasy / sci-fi books. **** (4 stars) for originality
2) Brigid of Ireland by Cindy Thomson - A story set in the 5th century in a time of druids and kings and a land of slavery and poverty. A preacher named Patrick is revolutionizing the way people are thinking and Brigid is one of the people converted. She believes in the reality of God and through simple faith and obedience miracles are performed but will the druids just allow that to happen? A beautiful tale of ancient times and places... **** (4 stars) for transporting me to another time and place
3) Miss Fortune by Sara Mills - What fun - mystery and romance set in 1947. Allie Fortune is the only female (and perhaps the best) private investigator in New York City. One night Mary Gordon stumbles into her office, says she is being followed and hires Allie to figure out who is after her. Soviets, FBI, Helen of Troy's gold, innocence or guilt. It's up to Allie to figure it all out... I had a great time working through the mystery with her. What a fun read! I look forward to the next book in the Allie Fortune Mystery series - Sara Mills has a winner on her hands. **** (4 stars) for sending me into my own film noir mystery!
4) It's Not About Me by Michelle Sutton - I had been wanting to read Michelle Sutton's debut novel and had been hearing really good things about it. Well, it did not disappoint. I actually started it at 12:30 am one night as I went to bed - I put it down at 4:01 am when I finished - it just kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen next. It is compelling and very thought provoking with an excellent plot to drive the storyline. The way Michelle works a real attack into the story really made things real to me. My daughter is 12 and too young to read it but I would say that most teens are ready for it, especially if they are in the public school system (we homeschool). I am looking forward to the sequel when it comes out! **** (4 stars) for dealing with real issues in a real way
5) If The Dress Fits by Debby Mayne - What drew me to this book was the beautiful cover. Cindi owns a bridal shop and loves helping brides make their perfect day come true. Sadly, as her own parents are divorcing she grows disillusioned with love and she decides to sell. A prospective customer comes along and is interested, is it really Cindi's high school boyfriend? What exactly is he interested in? Can Cindi trust his motives? ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) for being a fun romance that makes you sigh...
These are just a few of the books I've read lately that I hadn't reviewed yet. If you would like a chance to win "If The Dress Fits" by Debby Mayne then leave me a comment telling me about your wedding dress (or the dress of your dreams...) be sure to leave your email address and I will draw for a winner on Wednesday!