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ARC Review: Murder Feels Bad

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Title: Murder Feels Bad
Author: Bill Alive
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
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Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook
Rated: 5/5 stars

As much as I liked the first book, I think I liked this one slightly more. There was a bit more character depth going on, we learned more about the main characters, and we also got a darker type of mystery to delve into. Murder Feels Bad was a bit of a religious mystery, with spiritualism, religion, and lots of guidance about romance and abilities going on. Pete’s relationship with the police, with Mark, and with his friends seemed to intensify with each case. Not only do his relationships intensify, but his money problems do too, with no food in the fridge and no money to pay for it.

The gang is all there; Gwen, Mark, and even the car Thunder makes a pleasant return. Mark and Gwen both seem to still argue with one another, but they aren’t nearly as destructive as in the first book. In fact towards the end of the book, they both seem to get along quite well…but no spoilers in this review, I promise.

Pete makes several references to writing the ebook of the first case, which I found amusing. There was also the case itself which was a good one-I guessed who killed the victim, and got it wildly wrong for once. The ending was a bit of a surprise, but I didn’t mind. It turned out okay in the end, aside from one character who was very nearly killed.

The gang solves the crime, but it also leaves a strong opening for the third book of which of course I must have now. *grabby hands* The writing progresses at a decent pace, and the plot was well done. I couldn’t have done better myself, though I tend to write fantasy more than mystery to be honest.

What else? Oh yes. If you are deeply religious, then you might not appreciate this book. I, thankfully, am not, however I did find issues with how the matter was resolved. While it all made sense, the timing of it was just a bit suspicious, even with Mark’s abilities.

I definitely look forward to book three. I also really want to know who this Numb person is, and what his history is. I’m hoping more information about that will appear in book three, most of all.

All in all, Murder Feels Bad is an excellent way to pass the time for a few hours.

Until Next Time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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Indie Book Review: Don’t Look At Me

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Title: Don’t Look at Me
Author: J. P. Grider
Series:
Page Count: 340
Publisher: Fated Hearts
Type of Book: ARC Copy, Indie, Kindle Ebook
Rated: 5/5 stars

Don’t Look at Me is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, where instead of the guy being the beast, it’s the girl who turns ugly. I thought that a unique perspective, and a refreshing one, because-as the author puts it-why can’t the girl be ugly and have the guy fall for her regardless?

The story tells the tale of a girl named Haven who fell in love with a bookshop at the age of nine and goes there every time she gets the chance since. As an adult, she frequently buys books there whenever she gets her paycheck and can afford to after paying rent and taxes and being an adult. She loves to read anything and everything.

Quest is a young man who is freshly back from being in the Army, where he was released due to a painful secret. After his grandfather passes, he is shocked to discover his grandfather left the books that were originally his-signed Earnest Hemingway first editions-to a girl that he’s never met before. Convinced she managed to somehow trick his grandfather into giving the books to her, their first meeting is less than ideal.

Fast forward a bit, and while arguing over books, and Haven trying to convince him to keep the bookstore going, she is attacked by the Slasher, a hooded guy going around and slashing women’s faces, and making the ugly. She is now stuck at home, with plenty of time to read, because of how ugly she is.

Vanity is one of the few things I never understood about people, so Haven’s choice of ignoring the world because she’s ugly-though people tell her she’s really not-really bothered me. To me it seemed a bit of an overreaction…you have a deep scar on your face, and that makes you instantly unattractive? Scars can be beautiful, but it took most of the book for Haven to realize this.

I also identified the Slasher right away, but I was surprised to find that it was also *SPOILER*. I really liked the bit of trickery that the author did there.

The ending of the book was a happy one, sweet and warm. I liked how there were little nods towards the original telling-the bookstore, the beast, the love between the main characters. It was a well written retelling of the original, and my hat goes off to the author!

Overall, I give the story 5/5 stars for a job very well done!

Now,
-Pass Me That Book.

 

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What I Want to Read in April

I already have most of a list picked out. My goal is to average a book a day (or at least half a book a day) during any bit of spare time that I have, when not working on my own writing. This month will be more for reading than writing, I hope. Anyway, these are some of the books that I want to get to this month!

I’m gonna try to read all of these in three weeks. Let’s see if I can’t keep the schedule. There’s a few new releases coming out, and other books too that I’m also interested in finishing. Don’t Look at Me is also the Indie Read of the Month that I’m hoping to finish. I’m a couple of chapters into it now, and am enjoying it so far!

But those are the picks for the month at the moment, with a handful of others that are waiting on the sideline.

Aside from that…

Happy Easter and April everyone.

Now,

-Pass Me That Book

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Indie Book Review: If We Had No Winter

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Title: If We Had No Winter
Author: D. L. Pitchford
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Indie
Page Count: 421
Type of Book: Paperback, New Release
Rated: 4.8/5 stars

 

If We Had No Winter is a book that’s filled to the brim with drama, humor, heartbreak, more drama, and art. It’s a book about a girl who is full of uncertainty about everything except math-because math always gives you the right answer if you know how to work the problem. This book has references for things like Gilmore Girls, Yu-Gi-Oh, AC/DC, classic cars, and even the X-Men. It’s got characters with such depth that it’s hard to believe you’re reading a book and not standing there with them, watching things going on. (Though it’s a good thing you’re not there, some of the scenes would be awkward if you were, lol.) There’s romance, there’s family issues, there’s college classes. It’s nice to read a book that takes place where I live as well, I recognized several of the small city names, though a few I haven’t been too I have heard of. Perhaps my only complaint of this book was that it seemed to cut off rather abruptly, though it ended on a semi-happy note of which made me happy.

This book took up two days of my life, as I sat and flipped through page after page, eager to see what happened next. Billie is a likeable character, one that you can easily get attached to, and see her emotions. I loved her sister Imogen (Mo), and there’s also Jimmy and Xander and her father. There’s also Zane, who you will not like towards the end of the book.

There’s all kinds of life within this book, and while it’s not my usual type of read (I’m more for fantasy novels) it’s still an excellently written novel about characters that try to move on despite all the drama that’s happened in their lives.

If you haven’t read this, you should definitely go out and buy it, read it, and let the author know that she’s an excellent writer and I cannot wait until book 2 to see what happens with Billie and the surprise she received towards the end of book one.

And in the meantime,
-Pass Me That Book.

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