Netgalley Review: Death Comes to Dartmoor

Death Comes to Dartmoor

Title: Death Comes to Dartmoor
Author: Vivian Conroy
Series: Book 2 of the Merriweather and Royston Mysteries
Genre: Mystery, Cozy, Thriller
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Netgalley Read, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 4/5 stars
Review Word Count: 500
Notes: Second in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone! It does reference things from book one that had me confused, but only towards the very end of the book, and a couple of things from the start of it. Otherwise, book one doesn’t have to be read at all to read this one.

Death Comes to Dartmoor has strong vibes of Sherlock Holmes and Charles Dickens in way of dark vibes and mysterious creatures that are killing girls left and right in the middle of the night. With plenty of deaths, the villagers are frightened and turn mob-like, causing much trouble amongst the small village of Dartmoor. There’s lots of action, adventure, and near death experiences for our characters from beginning to end of this book, with mysteries aplenty as well. Who killed the girls? Why would someone pin the blame on an old man? And what of the connection to their friends?

This was an enthralling read that had me from beginning to end, and I found myself rapidly turning page after page, attempting to guess who it was that killed them. I was right about the killer but wrong about the reasons, so the author gets bonus points for that as well.

If you like dark mysteries that are spooky, and full of atmospheric death scenes, I highly recommend you reading this series. It’s got something for everyone, and while long the payout is definitely well worth it!

4/5 stars!

Until next time,
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Book Review: Purgatorium

Purgatorium

Title: Purgatorium
Author: J. H. Carnathan
Series:
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal/Supernatural
Publisher:
Page Count: 700
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook, ARC
Received: from the author
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: My thanks to the author for a copy of the book, apologies the review took a bit to post!

This was a strange and fascinating book. Imagine you are in a coma, and you have to fight your demons to get free. It’s a bit of a mystery, suspense, paranormal type book that I thoroughly enjoyed, and though it’s long, the book is worth it.

I really liked the characters and the idea itself. While I’ve read a lot of books with characters trapped in another world while they are in another world, this is still a different take on the cliched theme.

I’d like to thank the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange of a review, and this in no way changes my opinion of the book. I really enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading more books from the author in the future. The author is a good writer, and with strong characters and plot, complete with heart and bravery at the center of the story.

I’m giving this a solid 4/5 stars for a well written story with fascinating characters and an interesting storyline!

Until next time,
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Library Book Review: The Case for Jamie

The Case for Jamie

 

Book Review: The Case for Jamie

Title: The Case for Jamie (Book 3)
Author:
Series: Book 3
Page Count: 349
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Type of Book: Library Hardback
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult
Rated: 4/5 stars

The third book in the fabulous Charlotte Holmes is one of my favorite books of the year, and the series continues to grow with characters that make appearances and references to the first original Sherlock Holmes, in this case (see what I did there?) to the Reinchbach falls. I still favor Watson over Charlotte-while Charlotte grew on me through this book, I still liked Watson’s character rather more, for being more personable.

The two characters deal with the reappearance of Lucien Moriarity, who is up to his usual evil ways, though you admittedly don’t see a whole lot of that till the last half of the book. It’s the case of everyone plotting to make Jamie’s life miserable, and Jamie is utterly convinced that Lucien is behind everything, while everyone else is insisting Jamie is slowly growing crazy based upon the events of the last two books, well he knows that he has a new case on his hands. One where he hopes that Charlotte will come out of hiding and help him, despite his having a girlfriend named Emily.

I always found Emily to be a bit of a suspicious character, though I couldn’t place exactly why. I wasn’t surprised that she was (spoiler alert). Yeah, I’m not including spoilers, but I am pointing out how I felt about the characters.

Other than the characters of which I liked, the book felt to me that it dragged a bit through the middle, but at the end it was a resounding hit, meaning that I liked it enough to give it 4/5 stars. I definitely will continue with reading this series, as its loads of fun, though admittedly this book was a bit darker than the other two..

Overall, 4/5 stars for a job well done!

Now,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: Murder Feels Bad

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Title: Murder Feels Bad
Author: Bill Alive
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Page Count:
Publisher:
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.

April Reads| Books Read in April

I haven’t done much reading this month, apparently April was the month of being busy with writing my own book, and editing and editing and editing…well, I’m sure you get the idea. However, I was successful in knocking down some of the books on my enormous TBR pile. I’ve read a few arcs, mainly, to get them out of the way, and this upcoming month I’m hoping to get more read than I had in April. It helps that there’s several books that I’m eagerly excited for.

(It’s just going to be a list this time, as I don’t have time to fix the post all the way. I’ll come back to it in a while, hopefully.)

A Walk Between Stars

Murder Feels Awful/Murder Feels Bad (still working on Book 2)

Sun and Shadow: The Awakening (review to come)

The Hawkman (easily my favorite book of the month)

Don’t Look at Me

Dun Lady’s Jess (re-read)

The Fiery Cross (re-read)

 

And that’s basically it. Short, but hopefully this month will be better! My next month is pretty much planned to be a bookish month filled with lots of ARCs, books I’ve been meaning to get to, and books I want to read just cause. Future updates to come, and I hope you enjoyed this post!

If you’re interested in what I want to read, go and check out my anticipated reads page! There’s plenty there for you to add to your own TBR pile, if you so desire!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Kindle Ebook Read: A Walk Between Stars

A Walk Between Stars

 

Amazon Book Review: A Walk Amongst the Stars

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Title: A Walk Amongst the Stars
Author: Tyler R. Parson
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery
Series:
Publisher:
Page Count: 235
Type of Book: Amazon Buy, Freebie or .99, Kindle Ebook
Rated: 5/5 stars

I found that the cover is what drew me in, as well as the subject matter-a mystery set in space, and a story of survival. I LOVE survival stories, and I also love a good mystery. Therefore, I felt I would surely love this.

Fast forward three months later and I still hadn’t read it.

I finally picked it up, and read it on my phone and was astonished at finishing it nearly three and a half hours later. It was a quick, fun read with suspenseful moments, and dire situations. While the mystery itself wrapped up neatly, the survival bit felt a little too quick, despite the long periods of the main character, Briggs, being trapped outside an alien spaceship that was tugging him towards his own kind.

The writing was excellent, and Briggs was a character that I empthasized with. He was in a terrible situation, but making the best of it. He had no other humans around, and the species that rescued him-Manti-weren’t very talkative. Being stranded, in the middle of nowhere, with limited supplies…while it read fine, I definitely wouldn’t want to be in that kind of situation.

The only bit that made me wince in the book was when he took off his helmet to stuff food into his mouth. The aliens didn’t share the same kind of oxygen, and it was extremely cold to the point of instant death if he stepped onboard. I found the aliens fascinating, and really want to know more about them. The Manti are bug like creatures, that are intelligent and strange.

Briggs finds a friend in one of them, Steward One, who helps keep him company and keeps him from going insane, alone out in the universe for days on end with almost no one to talk to. The two of them become fast friends, and its while they’re on their way hauling Briggs to his people, that Briggs sees something he shouldn’t…and reports it to Steward.

Their laws are different from humans, and their chain of command is essentially the same, but also vastly different at the same time. While they have Captain and Stewards, they don’t follow the same set of commands that our race do. It was all very interesting in reading.

By the end of the book, it became a happy ending resulting in a new friendship, and Briggs turning into a hero, even as he managed to get back to safety, thanks to the Manti and their assistance. It was a fun ride, and I enjoyed every second of it. I hope that there will be a book two, to see if Briggs will come back to the Manti or explain more of the universe that Briggs is in, for there definitely seems to have left a lot to explore in this universe.

Overall, I rate this a 5/5 stars for a fun few hours.

Now,
-Pass Me That Book.

ARC Book Review: Murder Feels Awful

MurderFeelsAwful

Title: Murder Feels Awful
Author: Bill Alive
Genre: Mystery, Humor, Suspense
Series: Book 1
Page Count:
Publisher:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook

 

If Sherlock Holmes had the power of empathy, this would be how the books would feel…

Sorry, couldn’t resist that little pun up there.

Murder Feels Awful is a fun mystery to read for a few hours, filled with excitement and enthusiastic! kids that love empathes even as they try to get the empathes to help solve a murder. It was a fun, adventuresome, over the top characters all of whom had their own agendas and motives. There was even a surprise bad guy that is being reserved for book two, and I am all kinds of curious about him. A killer by the name of ‘Numb’. Similar to Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty…if I’m not mistaken as to how that’s going to go down…

This book was long, but definitely well worth reading. It had enough detail to guess most of how it would end, but the ending still had a few surprises that made me actually feel surprised. I guessed who the killer was, but was actually wrong for a change and for different reasons that I suspected. (I should note that this book does not have trigger warnings for child abuse, I’ll have to put that in a note to the author.)

There were several cliff hanging moments in the book, including one bit with a car called Thunder (I love that name for a car, I might just use it myself), and it all felt very much like watching a cheesy, fun, ridiculous kids murder-mystery movie complete with nods towards Sherlock Holmes and Poirot and a handful of other references as well.

I can’t say much more without revealing spoilers, but I will say that this is one not to be missed. The author certainly has talent with making the characters come alive (see what I did there?)!

Overall, I give this a 5/5 stars for an enjoyable few hours.

Now,
-Pass Me That Book

 

Netgalley Review: Keep Her Safe

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{Look! I reviewed in time! And I thought I wouldn’t make it! Ha!}

Title: Keep Her Safe
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: ?
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 448
Type of Book: Netgalley Ebook
Rated: 5/5 stars!

 

I rarely like thrillers. I rarely read thrillers. And yet, I’ve heard so much about this book that I had to try it out. And wound up falling in love with it, as cliche as it sounds. This book surprised me. It kept me up till 1 in the morning, eagerly flipping through to the very end. And what a bitter sweet ending it was!

I’ve never before read a K.A. Tucker book. I haven’t even really heard of K.A. Tucker until this book started floating around the blogs that I read that isn’t mainly scifi/fantasy. But the main attraction of this book was the cover, and it sounded interesting. It’s described as Making a Murderer meets Scandal. I’ve never watched Making a Murderer though I have, on occasion when nothing else was on, watched Scandal. And it fits, though I like to think of it as more along the lines of Law and Order: SVU meets Scandal.

To get into the nitty gritty-there’s suicides. There’s murder. There’s a scene that talks about child sexual abuse. There’s that same child who runs away. It’s got a teenager struggling to live in a shitty trailer park home, surrounded by drug dealers, wife beaters, and other such lovely people. *note the sarcasm* Basically if you have a rough past, and triggers, stay away from this book. Because it has all the *feels*.

I liked Noah best out of the characters of this book, but I also really identified with Gracie, the girl who lived in a horrible trailer park. The two of them together were my favorite parts of the book, and some of the only happiness that they found together. Both had terrible family history with one another, that made them separate and bring them back together years in the future. The both of them work together to fix what their families had wrought upon the world.

But every character had a deep personality that was startling and refreshing. Every one of them had reasons for doing things, reasons for living-reasons for dying. It made for a gripping read, and I read every page with avid interest.

My only complaint was the ending. I like happy endings. And this ending, while it had some good points, was more terribly sad than anything. Supposedly there’s a companion novel to this, though I don’t recall what the title was.

Nonetheless, this book is definitely worth reading, though be prepared for staying up all hours of the night trying to finish!

In the meantime, now that I’m done with this book, you can

-Pass Me That Book

Paperback Book Review: Leviathan Wakes

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Title: Leviathan Wakes
Author: James S. A. Corey
Series: Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction/Space Opera
Page Count: 560
Publisher: Orbits
Rated: 4.5/5 stars!

Leviathan Wakes is an impossibly big monster of a book. It sucks you in and there is so much of it, that you keep reading and reading and wondering if there is ever going to be an end to it. But it’s also on hell of a fun ride!

It reminds me very strongly of Firefly, in regards to the crew. In regards to the plot, it kinda makes me think of that young ya novel called “Illuminae”, which was a lot of fun too, and this book has just as much casting if not more so. It makes George R.R. Martin’s killing off characters seem small in comparison as well, so don’t go getting attached to anyone.

The chapters alternate between two character POVS: Miller and Holden. At first, I was more interested in Holden, but towards the end I felt more for Miller than I did Holden. Usually I just stick with one of character pov, and be done with it, but apparently not this time. This time, I had to go back and read chapters that I skimmed over because I wanted my favorite character, and wound up missing things anyway.

This book’s plot is a monster of a thing. You won’t see things coming. Which makes it all part of the fun.

Though admittedly, I did get rather angry at the ending. I mean, really? That’s how this first book ends? I can’t say because of spoilers, but…come on! That isn’t how things are supposed to go! At least, that’s not how I wanted things to go!

The book is long, true. At 560 pages, it took me three and a half days to finish it, mostly in part because I had to go back and read over what I skimmed as well. It’s long, but it’s well worth it. You’ll find yourself laughing often, it’s got loads of humor, and plenty of sarcastic assholes as well-my type of characters.

We’ve even got Reavers zombies in this massive space opera drama, which made it even cooler and more fun than I thought possible.

I’m all for getting the second book, because if it’s as fun as the first one, then why would I want to miss out on it? Apart from length, this book earned every star I gave it which in total equals 4.5 stars. A very high rating, and well deserved!

I definitely look forward to these two authors writing as one, but in the meantime, I’ve other books to read too while I wait. So-

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