Green Kills (Mystery & Murder #1) by Avi Domoshevizki

Green Kills

We start out the book witnessing a “job interview” of sorts. Only the firm has decided that they want Ronnie as an employee and are willing to do almost anything to obtain him. He decides to accept their employment and the stipulations to it. Flash forward six months into the future. Ronnie works in an office with Roy and it’s pretty safe to say neither likes the other. Ronnie invites Roy out to lunch on a daily basis but Roy is always declining because of one reason or another.

Ronnie is Israeli. Every day he calls his best friend and they talk about what’s going on. Gadi, along with Ronnie’s family, wants him to come back to Israel. He’s miserable in the US and in this job. He’s bored with it. Until one afternoon when he goes to lunch. He chooses his normal table and after he is served his food, he hears someone talking about betting on horses. Only he recognizes the voice. Stepping out of the phone booth, next to Ronnie’s table, is Henry, one of the partners at the fund he is working for.

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This is a book that will keep you interested until the end.  There’s mystery, suspense, love. This book was read in a couple of sittings. I just couldn’t stop unless it was to take care of my daughter or to run errands. Ronnie is a character that I liked from the beginning. He holds his ground when it comes to selling the fund. Everyone is pushing him for some reason but he won’t sell it until he finds out those reasons. Which leads him on a quest to find out. But could also mean the end of his existence. Definitely a book I would read again multiple times.

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99 cents on Kindle (Pre-order)

$14.45 Paperback

338 pages

(I received this book free in exchange for an honest review)

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Sleepy Hollow (Sleepy Hollow #1) by Dax Varley

Sleepy Hollow

This is a great recreation of the classic tale by Washington Irving. The cover is what caught my attention but the very first line of the story is what got me. “The Horseman….he is real. He came for me.” That line is what kept me coming back for more.

Katrina is the only child to a wealthy farmer. When we first encounter the horseman it is three years previous to where the story actually starts. He was outside her room and beckoning her to come outside. Almost succumbing to the summons, she snaps out of the trance and he vanishes. Three years later and it seems he has returned. The body of the school teacher has been found headless and in a dead patch of grass. Just like the previous victims.

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This book by Dax Varley will leave you wanting more. Luckily this is part of a series. I liked this first book so much I went and added the second book to my wishlist. And I hope to be able to get it and read it soon! Definitely worth the 99 cents on Kindle for an amazing read that will hold you captive until it’s finished.

99 cents on Kindle

276 pages

(I received this book free in exchange for an honest review)

Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash

Monsterland

This book was ah-freaking-mazing. The way it ends, it leaves it open to make it into a series and I really wish the author would! There are so many unanswered questions and not enough answers! This book contains action, adventure, horror, zombies, vampires and werewolves. A great read for sure.

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Description on back of book:

The Scariest Place on Earth

All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by actual werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

Wyatt, Melvin and Howard, three unpopular high school friends are stuck in Copper Valley, California. Nerdy Howard is oblivious to social cues, Melvin is an oddball outcast, and Wyatt is in love with the unattainable Jade- the most popular girl in school.

Due to a fortuitous circumstance, they are invited tot he star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

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The answer to the question posed in the description is A LOT. And I mean a lot. I started reading this book last night and made it to chapter 19 before crashing and finished the rest today. I just can’t even process what I’ve just read! lol. I wish it was longer. I felt it was too short and could have been longer.

I do like this author. I hadn’t read his works before but I was given this book and since it’s one of my favorite genres, I decided to give it a chance. I am glad I did. Vampires, zombies and werewolves in one book! My dream come true! The characters are likable (most of them anyways). The author uses such descriptive details that you can actually image everything happening as you’re reading.

Ticket to Die (Southern Ghosts #2) by Elaine Calloway

Ticket to Die

Amazon Description: Amanda Moss never asked for anything—especially the ability to see and hear souls who have passed on. This family “gift” is anything but. All she wants is a normal life, a chance to pursue the artistic career of her dreams: restoring old carousels. When her boyfriend Jake invites her to Zephyr Land—the abandoned amusement park—she jumps at the chance to photograph and analyze the old Victorian carousel not open to the general public. Her findings will land her the apprenticeship she wants—even if she has to talk to a few ghosts along the way.

Jake Mercer, engineer extraordinaire, knows the college professor’s mantra all too well: Publish or Perish. To gain a promotion at his Georgia University, he must uncover something no other engineer has been able to answer. The secrets behind why the roller coaster derailed at Zephyr Land seems an ideal choice, a great opportunity to advance his career.

But when Amanda and Jake arrive at Zephyr Land, things become complicated. Jake discovers the roller coaster derailment wasn’t an accident—it was sabotage. Amanda learns those souls who remain bound to the park will use everything in their power to destroy her life until she helps bring their killer to justice. Only one problem: the villain who sent those souls plummeting to their death ten years ago is still alive and well, and he will soon return to tie up loose ends.
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Amanda and Jake are on the way to an abandoned amusement park. Amanda is supposed to check the carousel and recommend the best way to restore it to it’s original state and all the repairs it needs. It was through Jake’s contractor that’s she’s permitted to do this. They’ve only been dating a little over a month and haven’t spent the night together so this is going to be an experiment of sorts for them. This abandoned amusement park, Zephyr Land,  happens to be in a town called Abandon as well. As we learn, Amanda can talk to ghosts much to her dislike.  Turns out she isn’t the only one with powers. Jake has powers as well that allow him to pick locks and bend them to his will.

We learn that Jake is there to investigate on why the roller coaster derailed and killed a bunch of riders about ten years before. Amanda is creeped out by the park but doesn’t want to interfere with Jake’s investigation and she also doesn’t want to mess up her opportunity as well. Things are okay in the beginning and then they start to go from okay to worse in a quick moment.

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This was a good read. I was attracted to the cover but the description is what really pulled me in. I haven’t read many books with ghosts in them that I have liked but I’m glad to say that this one made it on my like list. The characters are likable and the descriptions of the places and items are lifelike and believable.  The author, Elaine Calloway, is an author that I’ve heard of but hadn’t read before. Since this is the second book in the series, and I hadn’t read the first and liked this so much, I went and purchased the first book! I can’t wait to read it as well and see what it has to offer.

(These are stand a lone books so reading out of order won’t matter)

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354 pages

$4.99 on Kindle

(I received this book free via Smashwords in exchange for my honest review)

Finding Tibby (The Magical Zoo #2) by Dan Jackson

Magical Zoo

This is such a cute book for children. They will love the vibrant colors of the pictures as well as all the different items they’ll recognize. The story is cute and is easy for kids to understand. My daughter absolutely loved this book and couldn’t have it read to her enough.

The animals escaped from the book when it was opened in the first book of this series. Now, they are hunting Tibby the tiger. The zookeeper, John, and Sally take off in separate directions while trying to find him/her. But do they find the tiger and what all else happens before they get close to finding her/him?

A great book that all children will like.

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20 pages

99 cents on Kindle

(I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.)

Awakenings by J.E. Shannon

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This book is a good read right from the start. The cover draws you in to make you want to read the book. The story keeps you coming back until it’s finished.

Evie and her family are on a semester long trip of touring the country. They’ve been to several places and were in New Orleans when things went south. The hotel they were staying at was raided. People came in and kidnapped guests. Evie and her sister were taken. Evie wakes up in the ground with no memories of what had happened or how she got there.

A kind old lady stops her vehicle and picks Evie up. Instead of taking her to the authorities, she takes her to her son Ethan who is a private investigator. When they get there though, they know something is wrong. Evie puts Patti in the closet and goes looking through the house. She finds three men in the kitchen beating Ethan who has been tied up to a chair. The first man runs through the door and escapes but the twin men don’t get away. She dispatches both of them easily and then unties Ethan. He binds and sedates the men and then they all sit down after he makes a call to the other members of his team.

Part of Evie’s memory starts coming back as they’re talking and she realizes that the person he was hired to find was in the same place she and her sister were being held. Now if only she could remember where in the heck that was then they could save her sister and the one that Ethan was hired to find.

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This is a good book. Like I said, it’ll have you reading from beginning to end in one sitting if possible. I really liked the cover and that’s what sold me on reading this book. Evie is a great character that you root for the entire book. Ethan and the others are likable and make you want things to turn out the right way. Definitely worth the buy to have a book that will make you want to read it more than once!

What I really liked was the way the story is written. Some stories are full of “fluff” that doesn’t really need to be there. This book doesn’t have all the “fluff” to fill it. The world you imaging from the descriptions is as real as you make it. I could see this book being a movie.

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$2.99 on Kindle

294 pages

***I received this book free in exchange for an honest opinion***

Product Review: Doctor’s Choice Probiotics

Probiotics

Doctor’s Choice Probiotics are non-dairy, non-gmo, gluten free, soy free, vegan and preservative free. My mom’s gastroenterologist wanted her to start taking a probiotic in order to hopefully help with her IBS and heartburn along with possibly helping her nausea. When I got these for my mom, I hadn’t realized that they were gluten free and preservative free which is a good thing. She started taking these once a day like the bottle recommends.

 

 

Probiotic Pill

The pills aren’t very big, just barely bigger than a keyboard key. She had no problem taking these pills. Almost immediately we noticed a difference in the frequency she was taking her nausea prescription and noticed how less often her bathroom trips became. She is loving this probiotic and will be purchasing it for herself in the near future.

60 pills come in a brown, glass bottle.

Link to purchase on Amazon: Doctor’s Choice Probiotics

***Please note that I received this bottle of probiotics in exchange for an honest review.***

Dead is All You Get (Tell Me When I’m Dead #2) by Steven Ramirez

Dead is All You Get

Dave, Holly, Warnick, Springer and more return in the second book of the Tell Me When I’m Dead series by author Steven Ramirez. Dave, Holly and others are able to get a hold of the reporter that’s been covering everything happening in Tres Marias. She and her cameraman are locked up somewhere but they’ve been doing extensive research. Before they flee the building, she writes down the name of a company that is somehow involved and flashes it to the video monitor before fleeing herself. This sets Dave and the others out and on a mission. While fleeing from their location, they are overrun by zombies or draggers as they are called in this series.

A new battalion of Black Dragons show up and rescue them along with Evie. Her cameraman, Jeff, had put himself in danger to allow Evie to get away. When they get back to the high school which is where Black Dragon was hosting their operations and survivors of the outbreak, they are all tested for the virus as Dr Isaac Fallow (from the first book) had been able to find a test with help from his immunologist friends he mentioned before. They all tested negative and they were assigned housing.

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What did I just read? I have been engrossed in this book most of the day, taking occassional breaks for snackage and giving my eyes a break from my computer screen. The first book had me in love with the series. This book evokes so many emotions that I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. I have laughed, been mad, been upset and I have even CRIED while reading this book. I just…..UGH! Why did the author do this?! Lol. I, in no way, mean that in a bad way. I just can’t fathom WHY he would do what he did in this second book. I definitely have to read the third book in this series now to get closure!

Let’s just say, there’s a lot of fighting, action, adventure and suspense in this book. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. Like from the first page to the last. I think we can all agree from the types of book reviews I’ve posted that I’m a fan of anything paranormal really. This series, and I’ve only read the first two books of the trilogy, is awesome. These books have more depth to them than most other books I’ve read regarding zombies. The characters are very well developed and you either instantly like or hate them. Some you aren’t so sure about and flip back and forth between. The description of some of the places and scenes are so real that I felt like I was watching a movie as I was reading.

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$3.99 on Kindle

296 pages

(Purchased for 99 cents on promo 9/15/15)

Love in the Vineyards by Nathasha Perets

Love in the Vineyards

This book starts off on a tragic note. James and Susan have known each other for fifteen years. Susan was a beauty who kept getting approached by scouts to become a model or actress but she always show them down. She didn’t want any of that. She knew what she wanted and that was James and a family. James and Susan moved into a small house with their twelve year old daughter, Diana. On this special and tragic day, Susan informs James that she’s pregnant. They’d been trying for several years but had been unsuccessful since Diana until now. They were both elated and wanted to break the news to Diana gently since she was used to being an only child at this point. So they decide to go to her favorite restaurant and tell her after eating. Only they never make it to the restaurant. Their car is struck by an oncoming truck driver. Susan dies while James and Diana live. Diana never does find out what the news was that they wanted to share with her.

Diana starts to take care of her dad. She ends up working three jobs to support his debts which lead to him drinking and gambling all the time. Only his gambling gets him into a TON of trouble with the wrong people. Wanting assurance that he will find a way to repay his debts, they decide they want Diana in exchange for the assurance. This way they know he’ll keep good on his debts to reclaim his daughter.

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This is a beautiful story. It’s about love, revenge and hatred. I loved reading this book. It takes the reader through so many emotions while reading. You’ll be happy, sad, elated, angry. All the emotions the characters feel, you will feel as well. The author evokes these emotions from you from the very first pages. The world that is built is believable while the characters are multi-leveled and well developed. I could definitely see a series being made.

Nathasha Perets is an author that is new to me. I came across her book and the cover drew my attention. I felt that this was going to end up being a romance from it and when I read the description of the book I knew it was one that I would like. The story didn’t disappoint one bit. The only thing I was disappointed with was the length. This could have easily become a three hundred plus page book and still held my attention from beginning to end.

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$3.99 on Kindle

Free on Kindle Unlimited

152 pages

***Purchased 9/16/15 for 99 cents on promo***

Trouble in Paradise by Lyle Howard

Trouble in Paradise

Amazon Description:

Even in Paradise things change…

All Cal Mackey wanted was to live out a peaceful existence and put his past in the rear view mirror. How better to live out his dream then to open a peaceful little bar in the Florida Keys? Far from the madness of war, Mackey lives his life on his own terms, mixing umbrella drinks for his customers and maintaining his anonymity.

But even in Paradise things change”…

Out of the darkness a mysterious ship docks behind The Paradise Shack and patrons begin to disappear.

What is the horrific secret that this vessel is carrying?

Now Mackey must rely on the set of skills he so desperately has tried to disavow. The conspiracy he will uncover will have more profound ramifications than just a few missing tourists. The ship’s purpose is more complex than he could ever imagine. A mission that is so unprecedented that Mackey will end up doubting his own loyalties.

No matter which side you find yourself rooting for, Trouble in Paradise will leave you wondering “what if?”

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From the first chapter I knew this was going to be a good read. In the first chapter we have two brothers aboard the vessel Rosalita. They are joined by at least three mercenaries and are searching for what amounts to a ghost ship. There have been stories over the years of the Nocturne but no one has actually been able to find it. When they think they’ve found it, it just turns out to be another freighter. But for some reason, their equipment doesn’t recognize these freighters. All of a sudden, the ghost ship Nocturne shows up in front of the Rosalita and after some quick thinking they manage to avoid being hit and demolished by the MUCH larger vessel.

This book will have you wanting more from the first page. I wasn’t able to put it down until I finished it and it only took me a couple hours to read it, including interruptions from my daughter.

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$3.99 on Kindle

Free on Kindle Unlimited

227 pages

I purchased this book 9/14/15 while it was free on promo.

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