Sunday, January 11, 2015

DEAD[ish] (DEAD[ish] #1)DEAD[ish] by Naomi Kramer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Meet Linda, she’s had a very bad day. First her boyfriend killed her, and then she woke up as a ghost with a strong determination to find her body. Her now ex-boyfriend, Mike, won’t tell her what he did with it so she torments him in an attempt to force the information out of him. Enter Trent, the P.I. (private investigator) she hires to find her body. Posing at as an exorcist, Trent gets hired by Mike and begins to investigate but quickly discovers that getting to the truth may be harder and more dangerous than he thought.

I find myself on the fence with regards to what I think of this one. I feel like the story has the potential to be very entertaining. The author does a great job of bringing to life the inventive torments of a woman scorned. However, the excessive use of profanity (the f*** word) did more to detract from the story than accentuate any strong feelings.

Although I am curious to see what happens with the characters later in the series, I am unsure if I can overlook the language enough to continue reading the series.

NOTE: This is not a book suitable for younger readers.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Caught Dead HandedCaught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

Salem, Massachusetts is generally associated with witches, but to Lee Barrett its home. Halloween is approaching and Lee has returned home to interview for a job as a reporter for WICH-TV, the local television station. After finding out the position had been filled Lee discovers the body of Ariel Constellation, the station’s resident psychic. Lee takes on the character of Crystal Moon and begins hosting Nightshades, a late-night horror movie/talk show. When Lee begins seeing images in the obsidian ball, a prop on her set, she begins to wonder if she might really have some psychic abilities.

Along with her beloved Aunt Ibby, Lee confronts/struggles with her long forgotten childhood abilities as they investigate the connection between the murders of Ariel, one of her regular callers, and the attempted kidnapping/murder of O’Ryan (Ariel’s cat whom Lee and Aunt Ibby adopt). What do these three events have in common and who at WICH-TV may be involved?

A well written mystery with a well paced plot. The author has a gift for describing the scene without giving too much away. The characters are well written making them easy to connect with, yet still able to surprise.

I very much enjoyed the story and the characters. I look forward to reading the next in the series

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2015 Reading Goal

Goal for 2015: 12 books

My goal is to read a minimum of one book per month. I also plan to review every book I read this year. In the past I've gotten behind on my reviews but I really hope to change that. 

1,000,000 Pages in a Lifetime (2015)

Lifetime total:             out of 1,000,000
2015 total:  437

1.  Caught Dead Handed (Witch City #1) by Carol J. Perry (393 pages)
2.  Dead(ish) by Naomi Kramer (44 pages)

Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 Reading Goal

My goal for 2014 is to read 15 books. I set a lower goal this year because I was unable to meet my goal last year. I can adjust my goal at a later time if necessary.

I have also made it a goal to review every book I read this year. So far I have not been very good about posting reviews but I plan to change that.
Rise of the Red Dragon (Chi, #1)Rise of the Red Dragon by A.C. Quinn
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I was unable to finish reading this one. Although, I feel that the story has potential I find it difficult to follow.

The author seems to have a good grasp of the use of descriptive language; however, that apparent mastery is overshadowed by the lack of clear transitions between the changes of character perspectives.

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1,000,000 pages in a lifetime (2014)

Lifetime total: 21,106 out of 1,000,000
2014 total: 532

1. Replica by Jenna Black (365 pages)
2. A Hero's Promise by Rosanna M. White (40 pages)
3. 1984 - A BookHacker Summary (33 pages)
4. The Cruel Path by David J. Normoyle (64 pages)
5. Chi: Rise of the Red Dragon by A. C. Quinn (abandoned after 30 pages)