The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. IWSG was formed by Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.
This month’s optional question:
What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?
Another good question. Probably the blurb. Occasionally, I think of a title I like then write a story around it.😊
October/November reviews in no particular order.
* Disclaimer. If I run into an occasional typo, I ignore it and don't factor it into my review.
LEATHAL WHITE by Robert Galbraith
I have finally read a J. K Rowling’s book. Not exactly Harry Potter but very well written.
Cormoran Strike is a one-legged ex-vet that is now a famous PI. Robin Ellacott is his junior partner, who he previously fired and has now hired back. Their latest case takes them into both parliament and an eerie manor house, with all kinds of twists and turns. This is the 4th in the series and it definitely lives up to the hype.
I grabbed it because the HH read it, now I’m going back and
reading the 1st of the series.
MAGGIE ON THE BOUNTY by Kate Danley
This is the third in the Magical Tracker Series about wisecracking, hard-hitting Maggie Mackay, who tracks down bad guys of the magical variety. In this book, Maggie and her new partner Killian, the elf, accept a job to find out why ghosts are disappearing from a haunted cruise ship.
If you don’t mind a heroine with a bit of a potty mouth, it’s a fun, easy, well-written read and good for some downtime reading.
WORD WEAVING #1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse by Colleen M. Chesebro
What a lovely collection of verse by diverse, talented authors. This grouping holds several different syllabic offerings, all uniquely expressed. There were so many delights included in this book. I especially liked D. L. Finn’s Moon’s Magic, a haibun Idyll that begins with ‘A lone black cat sits on the edge of our world, under the harvest moon. Her green eyes reflect the celestial beams, and her fur absorbs the stars’ and D Wallace Peach’s Haiku:
'Moonlight stitches lace
Frosty hems on scarlet leaves
Glints of fallen stars'
So much creativity from gifted writers offering us autumnal pleasures.
Available on Amazon
CASE OF THE BYGONE BROTHER by Diane Burton
What a fun cozy.
CASE OF THE BYGONE BROTHER is the second book I’ve read by Ms. Burton and I’ve found both delightful. This whodunit centers around a young female PI out to prove herself and get her business solvent. A case lands in her lap that will get her back on her feet, though there’s questions a plenty about her client. Add in her old high school flame that waltzes back into her life and is as mysterious as her client. Stir them together and you’ve got the ingredients for a mystery with just the right amount of romance, humor and suspense.
Available at Amazon
THE STORM CROW and THE CROW RIDER by Kayln Josephson
I read this series in two nights. At first, I was a little put off by the idea of riding giant crows, but I quickly moved past it and tumbled into the story.
Thia and her sister are trying to take back the kingdom from the evil Queen Razel who swooped in and destroyed the crows leaving the kingdom defenseless. Her sister thinks the only way to save the kingdom is to marry Thia to the prince. Then Thia finds an unhatched crow egg and the adventure begins.
I highly recommend these books to anyone who loves YA fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
THE MELDING OF AERIS by D. Wallace Peach
Another edge of your seat fantasy by a master storyteller.
This is a fascinating dystopian tale of a society that grafts the skins and parts of any creature they desire to adorn their body. Unfortunately, their children are born with the skin, or scales, and features of whatever animal or reptile their parents indulged themselves in, making man’s the most sought-after skin of all.
Aeris has been born to wealthy parents who have indulged often in grafts and their son, while pure of heart, is born reptilian-looking and hideous. He is thrilled when his parents give him a graft of human skin for his birthday. It’s only after the grafting he finds out murder was involved in his transfiguration.
Available at Amazon
MISTLETOE INN By Jacqui Biggar
A heartwarming tale for the Christmas season.
Hoping for a new start, Molly McCarty, a divorcee with a young son, invests in a bed and breakfast in Christmas town. Anxious to leave her old life behind and start anew, she leaves home in bad weather, ends up in the middle of a snowstorm and runs off the road, only to find herself rescued by her new partner.
Noah Kincaid has lost everyone he cares about. With scars marring his face and his heart he has closed himself off, afraid to love anyone. But Noah’s about to find that Christmas truly is a magic time of year, filled with love, hope and new beginnings.
MISTLETOE INN is a well-written delight. Grab your hot chocolate and prepare to lose yourself in this feel-good story of holiday and happiness.
Available at Amazon