Category Archives: Fiction

“Full Disclosure” by Dee Henderson

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Paul Falcon is an FBI agent. Ann Silver is the Midwest Homicide Investigator. They could have crossed paths dozens of times over the years, but it’s only when an old case goes from cold to very hot that their lives intersect. As the case begins to reveal a long-dormant killer for hire, Paul and Ann deal with lifelong dreams and long-held secrets that, if exposed, would change both of their lives forever.

This long-awaited new release by Dee Henderson (her last new release was in 2006) is great. Not perfect, but very good. Dee continues her introduction of new characters alongside characters from her previous books (you will not be missing the O’Malley family for long). And the mystery surrounding the police cases being tackled have good, if not entirely unexpected, twists. I’m not sure if I focused more on the mysteries in Dee’s previous stories or if she did, but this time around the flow of the story is a little different, and seems to focus more on the characters as their relationship grows. In fact, at times the pursuit of the case seems almost to fade completely into the background of the budding romance, or at least the characters’ focus on it.¬† The cases don’t stay in the background for too long once the story ramps up, but the focus of this story is squarely on the developing relationship between Paul and Ann.

I liked the relationship, and the way previously known characters were pulled in to be part of the story between the two leads. I did, however, find myself entirely distracted by the new take Dee gives on her previous characters. As a closet wannabe writer, I found myself wondering more than once just how much of Ann’s story could be Dee herself, or if I was reading too much in the characterization that was written. It took me out of the story a little bit as I tried to discern the level of fiction I’ve been reading all this time. (Is this pure fiction? Fiction with an element of truth? Heavily-veiled nonfiction?)

But when I allowed myself to focus on the story purely as entertainment, I liked what I read. I’ve truly missed Dee Henderson’s writing, and it’s great to have her back. I enjoyed this new story, the different elements she put into it, the new perspective on her old characters, and the promise of more stories from the new characters. This Paul and Ann’s story might be a transition piece of sorts, but it’s a good one. As always, I’m looking forward to what else is in store.

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I received an Advance Readers’ Edition of this book for free from the publisher, Bethany House, via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth

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I read¬†Divergent last month and was super excited to get my hands on book two in the trilogy. However, I was slightly disappointed ūüė¶ I thoroughly enjoyed¬†Divergent¬†and was unable to put it down – I had to keep reading because I wanted to know what happened next and then what happened after that. Though¬†Insurgent has tons of action, I almost think it had¬†too much. There was so much going on that it was hard for me to keep up at times. You’re introduced to a handful of new characters and at times I had to remember who was who. I would recommend reading it right after reading¬†Divergent so the story is still fresh on your mind. I had about a two-week break in between because I had to wait for¬†¬†Insurgent¬†to be released. It was still a good book and I’ll re-read them both when the final book comes out.¬†Insurgent isn’t lacking in action and Roth keeps you guessing the whole way through but in the end,¬†Divergent won me over.

You can read another review of the book I came across – I was looking for info on the third book but can’t find anything as of yet…

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

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I’m a little late in reading this series but have finally boarded the band wagon. I saw the movie¬†The Hunger Games and I think it helped me with the book. However, I wasn’t crazy about this first installment. I’ve just finished the second book and am soooo curious as to how she ties this all together in the third one – it’s waiting on me to pick it up and read it. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about the first book I didn’t like but I just wasn’t able to feel a part of the story. I continued to read but it wasn’t in a “I have to know what happens next!” kind of way that I had from the moment I started¬†Catching Fire.¬†I think it was around the last five chapters or so that Collins had finally made me get excited about what was looming ahead.

Comparing this with¬†Divergent – as I’ve heard it done – I liked it much better. Veronica Roth jerked me into the story and I’m super excited about getting my hands on¬†Insurgent! Neither of the female leads appeals to me all that much. I like Tris more than Katniss but they remind me a lot of the other. There were some definite differences between¬†The Hunger Games movie and book but that’s to be expected. Out of the two, I liked the book more because there was only so much the movie could portray. The book gives you more background on Rue and other parts of Katniss and Peeta’s story. I didn’t dislike the book but at the same time, I liked Catching Fire¬†immensely and I’m very curious how it all ends!

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth

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I first heard¬†about¬†Divergent¬†from¬†Reading Teen, where it was featured as a¬†“Reading Clean ¬†¬†¬†Spotlight.”¬†I put off buying the book but whenever I would see it in the store, I’d be reminded that I wanted to read it. I finally caved and picked up a copy last month. It then took me a few weeks to actually read it but after reading the first chapter, I was hooked it – I finished it in a weekend. Yes, there’s some violence – quite a bit – and there’s one choice word, used less than a handful of times. But overlooking that, I liked the book. What makes me even more excited is that the second book is set to come out May 1 so I don’t have to wait long before seeing where the story picks up. However, Veronica was nice enough to include the first two chapters of¬†Insurgent¬†at the back of the book. What I also liked is the playlist for the book she included. I was able to agree with her on almost each song choice and what part of the book it corresponded with.

Though I haven’t read¬†The Hunger Games, I’ve seen the movie and would make the comparison – and have heard it said – that it and¬†Divergent¬†have some similarities – so if you like one, you’ll probably like the other. If you like fighting with a little romance thrown in, then you’ll probably enjoy¬†Divergent.

“Forbidden” by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee

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About the book: “Many years have passed since civilization’s brush with apocalypse. The world’s greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace… and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.”

I’ve only read one Ted Dekker book but have read several by Tosca Lee so I was excited for the opportunity to read a collaborative effort by the two of them.

I liked this book! I read Immanuel’s Veins by Dekker last year and wasn’t overly crazy about it. I could see some similarities between that book and this one but I could also see Lee’s influence (mainly from her book Demon) and thought they balanced each other out very well. The book had the whole good vs. evil and a strong emphasis on blood (as was the case in the other Dekker book I’ve read) but there was also a sprinkle of romance and lots of action. I found myself pulled into the story and eagerly turning each page, wondering what would happen next. Forbidden is the first in the The Books of Mortals series and I’m looking forward to the next book, due to come out next year.
 
I receieved a copy of this book from FIRST Wild Card Tours for my honest review.

“A Lasting Impression” by Tamera Alexander

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About the book: “Claire Laurent’s greatest aspiration is to paint something that will bring her acclaim. Yet her father insists she work as a copyist. A forger. When she’s forced to flee from New Orleans to Nashville only a year after the War Between the States has ended, her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe. She considers him a godsend for not turning her in to the authorities. But after he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she’s sorely misjudged the man. Finding herself among the elite of Nashville’s society, Claire believes her dream to create a lasting impression in the world of art is within reach–but only if her fraudulent past remains hidden.

The Federal Army has destroyed Sutton’s home and confiscated his land, and threatens to destroy his family’s honor. His determination to reclaim what belongs to him and to right a grievous wrong reveals a truth that may cost him more than he ever imagined–as well as the woman he loves.

Set at Nashville’s historic Belmont Mansion, a stunning antebellum manor built by Mrs. Adelicia Acklen, A Lasting Impression is a sweeping love story about a nation mending after war, the redemption of those wounded, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves–and each other–for who they truly are.”

I really liked this book! This is the first book I’ve read by Tamara Alexander and I enjoyed the story. It was a bit of a longer read than most books but it all came together to tell the story of Claire and Sutton. I liked them as a couple but I also liked the character of Sutton. I laughed out loud when he told Claire she could call him Willister whenever she didn’t expect a response and then stuck to that. The banter between them was fun to read as well. I’ll admit I couldn’t help but “aww” when he asked if she’d forgotten about her next appointment and it was a picnic lunch with him. I also liked the story taking place in the South – since that’s my home. It was just an overall really good read and I will definitely be adding Tamara’s other books to my ever growing “to read” list.
 
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for my honest review.

“Love on the Line” by Deeanne Gist

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“Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man’s world . . . which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.

Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He’s a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers. Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do. But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.”

I enjoyed this book! I’ve read several of Deeanne’s other books and have liked them all! I really liked the contrast of Luke and Georgie. Reading the conversations of them bantering back and forth was highly entertaining, especially when Georgie thought she would be able to have her way and Luke thought he would get his way. Deeanne also caught me off guard with a one or two unexpected twists (but I’ll keep those to myself) – it all came together wonderfully. I read the last line of the last page with a smile on my face – it’s a great way for me to end a book.

I received a copy  of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for my honest review.