Book Review: Outrun The Wind


Title: Outrun The Wind
Author: Elizabeth Tammi
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The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta. To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia-where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’s second rule. She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

My Review

This book was hard for me to get into after the opening of the story line. It just seemed to get slow and long winded. Then it picked the speed back up and became quire interesting again. The author knew what she was talking about but at the same time put her own twist on the lore and mythology. I loved that. She kept true to the original lore but added her own little twists that did not interrupt or harm the lore and mythology. The characters were a little sketchy written up but you could fill in the details that the author left out. I would have like to have more of the back story on Kahina but that might be another book or a forth coming book. Atalanta was a very interesting character and deserved more backstory then the bit we got in my opinion.

Overall this was an interesting book though I have to be honest, I don’t know if I will read another of her books. This one did not really make me want to read another, but that may change if I look at another one of hers. I rarely choose a book based on an author but more on the story it is supposed to or going to tell.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Other Woman


Title: The Other Woman
Author: Sandie Jones
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The most twisty, addictive and gripping debut thriller you’ll read this year.

HE LOVES YOU: Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet.

BUT SHE LOVES YOU NOT: Lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

AND SHE’LL STOP AT NOTHING: Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

THE OTHER WOMAN will have you questioning her on every page, in Sandie Jones’ chilling psychological thriller about a man, his new girlfriend, and the mother who will not let him go.

“The Other Woman is an absorbing thriller with a great twist. A perfect beach read.”—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Great Alone

“A twisty, deliciously fun read.”—Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Wife Between Us

“Fun and fiendishly clever with a twist you will not see coming. Make room in your beach bag for this one!” – Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten

“Thoroughly entertaining. Pammie is the mother-in-law from hell!” – Michelle Frances, #1 bestselling author of The Girlfriend

“Compulsive, claustrophobic, it spoke to my deepest fears as a wife and mother, grabbing hold of me and not letting go. Definitely a must read!” – Emma Kavanagh author of Falling

“Compulsive, superbly plotted, and all too believable! Earmark it now for your TBR pile.” – Michelle Davies, author of Gone Astray

My Review

This book took me completely by surprise. The way it started made you think this was just another soon to be mother-in-law that hated her soon to be daughter-in-law. Oh, but it was so much more then that. Then you throw in the groom’s brother, ex-girlfriend, and several other people in the plot line and you really can not figure out what is going on. By the time you actually figure out what is going on you are sitting there thinking how much more is this woman gonna take from this family. Then when the “proverbial shit hits the fan” you are sitting there with your jaw on the ground not even expecting what happened to have happened.

That being said you need to read this book. The characters, the plot line, and the twists and turns it does makes for it to be a very interesting read. I highly recommend it.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Paradox Forged in Blood


Title: Paradox Forged in Blood
Author: Mary Frances Fisher
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From Mary Frances Fisher comes her debut novel, PARADOX FORGED IN BLOOD, a compelling work of historical fiction based on true events and stories passed down from the author’s family.

A murder on Millionaire’s Row.
A killer’s chilling words, “Shh. I know where you live.”
A woman tormented by her guilt-ridden past.

A historical murder mystery, PARADOX FORGED IN BLOOD is set in Cleveland, Ohio, during the late 1930s. Four decades after the murder of socialite Louis Sheridan, the cold case is resurrected with receipt of new evidence that transports detectives back to Nazi Germany. The only living witness, Ellen O’Malley, must confront a haunting secret and her complicit actions.

My Review

This book was difficult for me to get into, but I am in a huge depression (one of my major mental illnesses) so that could have been part of my issue with it. By and by the author knew her research & the era that she chose to write in. The characters were all well written and left enough to the imagination for me. The story line and plot was a bit difficult for me to get into but with what I said earlier that could be the issue. I would choose to read this book again once I feel better and see if my review changes.

I think part of my problem was that if Ellen O’Malley along with the maid had a backbone then the crime would have been solved right after it happened, but they did not have a backbone. Yes, I understand that their families were threatened and I can not, honestly, say I would not do the same thing. I would like to think that I would have told the police or at the very least talked over with my family for their suggestions. That part of the story line really bothered me a lot.

I would recommend reading this book. The mystery of the crook will keep you guessing even though you think you know who it is and you are right, but at the same time you are completely wrong. It was a very interesting first book and I look forward to seeing what Mary Frances Fisher writes next.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Pandora’s Boy


Title: Pandora’s Boy (Flavia Albia Mystery #6)
Author: Lindsey Davis
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A suspicious death and subsequent murder send Flavia Albia down a twisted path to expose corruption and betrayal in Lindsey Davis’s next historical mystery.

First century Rome is not the quiet, orderly city that it pretends to be and in this environment, a very clever private informer can thrive. Flavia Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, is a chip off the old block. She’s taken over his father’s old profession, and, like him, she occasionally lets her love of a good puzzle get in the way of her common sense. Such is the case when one such puzzle is brought to her by the very hostile ex-wife of Albia’s new husband.

It seems that over on the Quirinal Hill, a naive young girl, one Clodia Volumnia, has died, and there’s a suggestion that she was poisoned by a love potion. The local witch, Pandora, would have been the one to supply such a potion. Looking into the matter, Albia soon learns that Pandora carries on a trade in herbal beauty products while keeping hidden her much more dangerous connections.

Albia soon discovers the young girl was a handful and her so-called friends were not as friendly as they should have been. The supposedly sweet air of the Quirinal hides the smells of loose morality, casual betrayal, and even gangland conflict. When a friend of her own is murdered, things become serious and Albia is determined to expose as much of this local sickness as she can—beginning with the truth about the death of little Clodia.

My Review

I thought this book was the first in the series. Once again, I need to learn to do my research before reading books. This is actually number six in the series. Though with reading between the lines you get enough of the back story that it did not matter that this was number six and not number one. I had no problems picking it up and reading without knowing what books one through five were about.

The was a very clever story line with a wonderful plot and characters. Though I do admit that I do not know much about Roman history during this time but I feel a woman private informer is a bit of a reach but I could be wrong. I enjoyed the boldness of Flavia Albia and how she did not let anything stop her from solving the mystery. Though I do think her husband is a bit of a loose minded person. Again this is my opinion of this book if I had known more of the back story I may understand why her husband acts the way he acts.

This basically is a story of a teenager’s group out gone bad. Flavia Albia has to sort though the teenager’s stories and their standing up for their friends stories. To which she does solve the case and no I will not tell you the end of the story here. The book is worth the read and I do suggest you read it, but like always with any series, I suggest reading them in order.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Fortune’s Wheel


Title: Fortune’s Wheel
Author: Carolyn Hughes
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Plague-widow Alice atte Wode is desperate to find her missing daughter, but her neighbours are rebelling against their masters and their mutiny is hindering the search.

June 1349. In a Hampshire village, the worst plague in England’s history has wiped out half its population, including Alice atte Wode’s husband and eldest son. The plague arrived only days after Alice’s daughter Agnes mysteriously disappeared, and it prevented the search for her.

Now the plague is over, the village is trying to return to normal life, but it’s hard, with so much to do and so few left to do it. Conflict is growing between the manor and its tenants, as the workers realise their very scarceness means they’re more valuable than before: they can demand higher wages, take on spare land, and have a better life. This is the chance they’ve all been waiting for.

Although she understands their demands, Alice is disheartened that the search for Agnes is once more put on hold. When one of the rebels is killed, and then the lord’s son is found murdered, it seems the two deaths may be connected, both to each other and to Agnes’s disappearance.

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My Review

Ever read a book and sit there & try to decide where the story actually starts and where the story actually is? For me this was that type of book. I wanted to enjoy this book, it is set in the right time frame, the author knew what she was writing about, but I could not get into the story. It was bad enough I dropped it mid way through the book and read another two books before remembering that I forgot to finish this one. In all honesty, the story line was quite boring to me and hard to get into. The characters were well developed and the plot lines were there. I just could not get into the story or get it to hold my interest. I finally did read it but it still left me with a disappointed feel.

Don’t get me wrong, the book was good, just very slow paced and you figured everything out well before the author told you what happened. I am pleased with the ending though to be honest with the time era I feel it was more of a fairy-tale ending then one that actually would have taken place.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.