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This a beautifully written book about a young girl who is sent to live in Munich with strangers that could provide for her during WW II. The first half of the book is character driven and how non military Germans lived during the war. Even though they were surrounded by strife and hunger, this story showes that even in the throes of war it is still possible to forge very special relationships through love and kindness.
The second half is more about the war and how so many people were terribly affected by such a gruesome regimen, and having to live everyday with the fear of being bombed. I normally steer clear of books about this horrible atrocity, however, I was convinced by so many wonderful reviews that I had to give it a chance. Thank goodness I did, this is a wonderful story about complicated relationships, and the passion for the written word. The narrator did an excellent job with the characters voices and helped to add to each vivid personality. Definitely credit worthy.
Another good Joe Hill thriller. For me this is one was more fantastical than the others.
Ig, our main character looses the love of his life and after a year or so of drinking and no meaningful relationships he wakes up one morning with small horns growing out of his head. Mysteriously no one is freaked out by the fact and whomever he comes in contact with want to tell him their most horrible acts and feelings. Ig, all in all is a good person and is finding the people he has known and loved all of his life disgust and appall him.
His lifetime girlfriend was raped and murdered and even though they had no evidence pointing to him, everyone thinks he did it. Now that he has the horns and there many abilities he sets off to set the story straight. I good paced, well narrated story and I am looking forward to watching it on TV staring Daniel Radcliffe.
This was a Daily Deal but worth a credit. A young woman, Julia Bishop, finds herself desolate after her husband is uncovered as a blue collar thief and instead of jail he cowardly chooses suicide. Shortly after her loss, a man of wealth appears at her door, she of course is suspicious, however, is intrigued and allows him to complete his explanation and proposal. He makes an offer that would entail her moving away from her life and coming to live in a mansion, on the Canadian boarder, where she would be a companion to his mother, a famous writer who was thought to be dead. She would have a safe haven where she could leave her disaster of a life behind with the hope of sometime in the future starting a completely new one. Needless to say she can't really find any reasonable reason to refuse.
Upon her arrival she is introduced to the house, his Mother, the caretaker and three enormous, well trained Malamutes. Almost immediately Julia starts to see apparitions, some malevolent and some whom she is not frightened by at all. She starts to wonder why she is the only one who can see them and why they all seem so familiar, not only them, but the house and people as well.
As stories are revealed about the house she just becomes more tentative and has an overwhelming need to get away but at the same time is pulled towards the house, and feels herself falling in love with the main characters. An exceptional ending, paced correctly and the epilogue knocked my socks off. I instantly went in search of the next book, but am sad to say there is no sequel. Xe Sands does an exceptional job narrating, as always, she adds a little something extra to the flow and feel to the story. This is a great spook, mystery that builds to a pinnacle ending. A perfect Halloween read.
This was a really fun, cute story. A great, mystical, fantasy that has all of our paranormal regulars originating from their own planets; werewolves, vampires, witches etc.. I thought that it added an interesting new twist in the origination of all non humans, each with their own set of rules and regulations. Men in Black meets all Halloween creatures of the night.
Dina Demille is an innkeeper who's guests are all non humans and use her inn as a sanctuary. She has full magical control of the interactive inn and it's extensive grounds. One afternoon Dina gets an inkling of magic being used just outside of her property and takes it upon herself to find out why and by whom. Once she finds out that it is a horrible creature called a tracker, a ruthless, intergalactic, hired hit animal that always travel in packs, the danger level goes to high. As it is her job to keep her guests safe Dina's magical protective instincts go into hyperdrive. I enjoyed this fast pace (non sciFi) story, Dina is a smart character who has an ancient set of ethics that makes her an endearing character. The narrator did a great job, I would read more of this interesting slant on an age old story should it become a series. Recommended for a light mystic read.
Liam is an ex-detective who returns to his home town after his brother and his brothers wife are murdered in their home. Upon his arrival he and an old heartthrob, who has also come back to town for the funerals, start an investigation. The local sheriff enlists Liam's help to figure out who might be behind the murder of two separate couples in their homes, within a week of each other.
The murders were of such a gruesome nature that they are immediately thought to be of a personal nature. The only survivor is a little boy who right before he slips into a coma, says over and over that it was a monster. As they get further into the investigation, deep secrets are revealed and a conspiracy plot thickens. A good mystery with relatable characters, fast paced with good narration.
3.5 * This book started out with a bang and had a great premise about a set of sister healers. I loved the story right up to the point where it turned into 50 Shades of Gray. I'm not a prude and I love a bit of romance/sex added to my favorite suspense/thrillers, however, it just felt like it became very specific and more like filler and/or an anatomy lesson. A little left to the imagination, in my opinion, is more sexy and can be more romantic. Besides that I loved the strong characters and the story, the fast pace and ever changing plot twists made it exciting. The narration was great and I will look for earlier books in the series.
Felix castor is a sarcastic, mountain of a man who was born with the ability to exorcize spirits from our earthly plain with just a tune. A dark, fun read about a paranormal group that are suddenly thrown together in order to help Felix bind and extinguish a demon entity, who already has a hold on one soul and needs one more innocent soul to return to our world.
The writing was good, had inventive characters, and the narration was fitting for the main character. I think this is probably a good series for those that love this genre.
I would not really compare this to Dresden or to The Iron Druid Chronicles. It's more along the lines of the Septimus Heap series, with the exception of some foul language. Mages are people who can see all the possible outcomes of the immediate future as long as a choice has been made. Air walkers are fairy type ancient characters who can help humans to become air like wind and can also be invisible like air. Shadow people are similar to the Rouge character in the X-men series. Touch is a curse.
This was a great adventure of good against evil with an exciting plot, fast moving story line and some original characters. There are different types of Mage's, (earth, air, mind and war), which makes the concept quite interesting. I am an arachnophobe but one of my favorite characters was an ageless, cloths designing, giant spider who has to get very close to you because of her bad vision. Hehe, very creepy (pun). This is a wonderfully fun walk in the mystical world without the age old wizard slant.
I could not put this one down. As good as NOS4A2 just not as freaky/creepy. This was a crazy, paranormal, mystery served with a little romance on the side. Joe Hill is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors because of his ability to keep a good steady pace along with original stories in each of his books.
Jude is a rock star that loves to collect macabre objects until one day when he purchases a Heart Shaped Box that sends his whole life into a tailspin. Unfortunately everyone in his life is drawn into his treacherous paranormal, nightmare that may just suck them all down the death road. Great, sinister, October read with believable characters and top notch narration.
October is a great month for a little classic horror from a master. Holmes and Watson are off to the moors for a little sleuthing around. In Holmes style he waits until the end to unfold all of the facts to catch the killer. My son informed me that the narrator Simon Prebble also was the voice of "Courage the Cowardly Dog", on Nickelodeon.
I almost stopped reading this in the first few chapters because it was so corny but I am happy I did not. It had just enough of a mystery and laugh out loud circumstances to keep me hooked and to become attached to the characters. Margie Peterson is a house Mom who has to return to the workplace and like she said, "if I was a stripper or couldn't type I would have a job tomorrow". Hehe. Quite a few funny lines made this a fun read and Margie's genuine naïveté got past the ridiculous portrayed in the start of the book. Not heavy literature but the author spun a fairly good mystery along with some good twists. The narrator did a good job and is the right voice for Margie. Recommend for a tongue in cheek, light read. I enjoyed it.
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