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Bad Luck Cadet by Suzie Ivy

Bad Luck CadetBad Luck Cadet by Suzie Ivy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a fun read! As a forty-something in the process of reinventing my life, it was an inspiration to read about Suzie Ivy’s leap into law enforcement at a time in a woman’s life when things should be set and stable. Kids grown, career stability, confidence and a peace in your life. At least that’s what I thought.

After reading a recruitment ad for the police academy, Suzie decides she won’t take empty-nest syndrome lying down. It doesn’t matter that she has just recovered from hip surgery or is forty pounds overweight and in her forties. She is determined and her enthusiasm is refreshing.

Enlisting the help of a friend, Suzie begins to train for the enrollment deadline. With a family mostly less than supportive and the local police sergeant obviously unconvinced Suzie is a good candidate, she aces through the initial tests required for recommendation to the academy.

Eighteen weeks away from her family and a training instructor that would give Viggo Mortenson in G.I. Jane a run for his money, Suzie uses humor and heart to tell her story.
We are introduced to fellow trainees and become immersed in everyone’s journey to graduation or wash out.

As Suzie struggles to keep up with her team she discovers a closeness and camaraderie unlike any other.

Bad Luck Cadet is heartwarming and humorous and highly recommended by this forty-something reviewer.

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Bill The Vampire by Rick Gaultieri

Bill The Vampire (The Tome of Bill, #1)Bill The Vampire by Rick Gualtieri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I would love to say something extremely witty in my opening line for my review of Bill The Vampire. After all, it’s been since June since I have posted a review and Rick Gualtieri has waited an unforgivable amount of time for it. I read Bill The Vampire months ago and i’m still freaking giggling about it. I don’t giggle much. Laugh, well yah. A good deep giggle? Not too often, hence, I treasure anyone or thing that causes them.

Bill has been added to my favorite list and belongs there. Even though life circumstances kept me from writing, I kept Rick’s book in the forefront of my mind as the first review I would write when it was possible.

Bill is a geek, as you can surmise from the book cover and summary to follow. Awkward, self-deprecating, and goofy. I connected. I have a huge crush on geeks of all types. There is no truer and more exciting group of people you will ever encounter. They are heart-felt and honest in their pursuit of all things labeled geeky and i’m one of them.

Rick Gualtieri get’s it and his portrayal of an unlikely vampire is dead on, (pun intended). Smart and goofy, Bill takes us on his journey through a dangerous world of supernatural killers but stands back with the rest of us as we see hilarious stereotypes, vampire posers and a trashy heroine who treats Bill like crap, leaves him for food then uses him for her own purposes. Tramp with a heart of gold?

As characters are so important to me, I focused on all of them and was rewarded with unique and entertaining personalities from the vampire leader, Night Razor to his steriod-raged cronies, I was thoroughly involved and turning pages like the wind.

Bill The Vampire contains the mind of a geeky dude, the heart, mostly, of a street-tough vamp chick and the ego of a wannabe Vampire Master. A hilarious string of events when all are combined and an unexpected conclusion that has you cheering and giggling.

Book Summary: There are reasons we fear the night.
He isn’t one of them.

Meet Bill Ryder: programmer, gamer geek, and hopeless dweeb when it comes to women. All he ever asked for out of life was to collect his paycheck, hang out with his buds, and eventually (someday) ask out the girl of his dreams.

However, then Bill met Sally. She was mysterious, aggressive, and best of all…smoking hot. Bill never stood a chance. Before he knew what was happening Sally had lead him to his death, and that was only the beginning of his troubles.

Now Bill awakes to find himself an undead predator of the night. The only problem is he’s still at the bottom of the food chain.

He’s in way over his head, surrounded by creatures more dangerous, better looking, and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst of all is the dreaded Night Razor, a master vampire who just can’t stand him. He gives Bill a 90 day deadline to either prove himself or meet a more permanent kind of death, and the deck is definitely stacked against him.

But Bill isn’t exactly average. A vampire like him hasn’t been seen in over five centuries. He’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, unlikely allies to help him out, and an attitude problem that makes him just too damn obnoxious to quit. He may just pull it off… if he doesn’t get his teeth kicked in first.

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Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith

Alison WonderlandAlison Wonderland by Helen Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first thing I noticed about Alison Wonderland was the contradictory reviews on Amazon.
Now, I made sure not to read the actual reviews, a very bad practice for reviewers in my opinion. (I am big on opinions, I know.) I did, however, notice the Star Ratings. Fours, twos, fives, threes… it was odd. Having corresponded through email with Helen Smith, I knew her to be articulate and very interesting so I was confused with the ratings I saw.

So I began to read. And read, read some more, remember I missed dinner, and read while I ate dinner. I was delighted! Helen Smith’s writing style is enchanting in it’s vibrant colors, neurotic characters and flamboyant plot-lines. It’s like listening to that wonderful friend, the one who travels all over the world; wears bohemian mixed with designer clothing; has friends with yachts and still can’t wait to regale you with her stories, talking non-stop into the night with bottles of wine piling up on your coffee table.

I can see where some would get confused if they tried to take the characters too literally and too seriously. Helen Smith is very clever in that she weaves many “Easter Eggs” into most aspects of the story. It’s like falling into the rabbit hole and discovering brilliant people who aren’t quit what you expect and scenes filled with double-entandre. I loved every minute of it.

Please do not misunderstand me, this is not a bizarro read in which nothing makes sense and you have to re-read every chapter to get it. In fact, it flowed for me and I became lost in the story. In fact, the story is very straight forward. (Smiles)

Alison Temple has hired an all woman investigative company. She wants to confirm that her husband is not cheating on her. She eventually becomes an investigator at that very office. Once she has become experienced her boss sets her on a very secret assignment and the adventure begins.

You will love her friend Taron who is just plain nuts and lovely. Her neighbor Jeff, who is madly in love with her, is an inventor of crazy but useful things. The relationships are refreshing and funny and believable.

This is a smart story. Fantastical and fun. A decadent read that I loved and strongly recommend to contemporary, urban fantasy, mystery and the curious! Just kick off your shoes, lay back and open your mind, then open the book…..

Here is the Summary from GoodReads but I warn you, it doesn’t do it justice. When Alison joins Mrs Fitzgeralds Bureau of Investigation as a private detective, her new job takes her on a series of loosely linked adventures involving an abandoned baby, a transgenic animal and secret tunnels under The Thames. She travels from London to the seaside town of Weymouth and back again with her new best friend Taron, a girl with a hundred candle smile. But someone is betraying her. Is it Taron? Is it Jeff, the sweet-natured inventor who writes her poetry? Or are there darker forces at play? ‘Only occasionally does a piece of fiction leap out and demand immediate cult status. Alison Wonderland is one.’ The Times

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Toonopolis: Gemini by Jeremy Rodden

Toonopolis: Gemini (Toonopolis Files, #1)Toonopolis: Gemini by Jeremy Rodden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So. Much. Fun.

Jeremy Rodden has a gift! He sees eye-to-eye with young people. He doesn’t talk down to them, he doesn’t overwhelm them and yet despite the high entertainment factor, there is valuable life lessons in his story.

Here is the book summary: Toonopolis is a cartoon city that is home to the thoughts and ideas of all sentient beings in the universe. As the center of the Tooniverse, it acts as an other-worldly rest stop for these creations.
Gemini is a teenage human boy who is thrust into Toonopolis through his father’s scientific research program. He loses part of himself in the process and immediately begins a quest to regain his lost memories with the help of his Tooniverse guide named Jimbob the Talking Eggplant.

After an altercation with a mysterious Shadowy Figure, Gemini’s mission is changed, and he begins a new quest to defeat Shadowy Figure and protect Toonopolis from his nefarious destruction. Along the way, he meets new friends, discovers just how diverse and strange Toonopolis is, and learns lessons about compassion, forgiveness, redemption, and being true to oneself.

Think of all the fantasies you had as a kid. Did you have an imaginary friend? A monster under the bed? Did you dream up funny characters to entertain yourself? Well, I know where they are. Toonopolis, of course.

What an awesome and colorful world! What a lovable bunch of characters! Throw in the great adventure and subtle humor even an adult can laugh at and you have all of the necessary makings for an adult and child to enjoy together. As a bonus, Jeremy Rodden adds down to earth wisdom everyone can use!

This isn’t written in a way as to alienate an adult who reads to their children at bedtime. Mr. Rodden cleverly used a writing style that all ages can relate to.
I loved it and I recommend it to everyone!

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My Novel Affair by Sinara Ellis

My Novel AffairMy Novel Affair by Sinara Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Summary: To-Do List Kill Casey Lattimer. Let Larry destroy Gary, once and for all. Feed my great white shark and sand-trap serpent. Fall in love with someone who isn’t insensitive and self-absorbed. Find the Holy Grail of orgasms. Fine, I’ll be serious. My Actual To-Do list. Buy ice cream, and find a real happy ending, outside of my own imagination…

I have to start by saying that the book summary does not do this original story justice! When I started My Novel Affair I expected a regular Chick Lit style read. Well, it is great Chick Lit but so much fun and so very clever.

OK, try and stay with me here. Sinara Ellis is the author of The Detective Lattimer Series which contains six installments thus far. Sinara Ellis is also the main character in My Novel Affair. Sinara is tired of Detective Casey Lattimer who is the main character in her popular Detective Lattimer Series. Casey gets all the attention. She is tough, sexy, gritty and sexually free. She has all the fun and pays no emotional price for it. Sinara, however, never sees her golf playing, insensitive, no sexual talent husband who also happens to be her editor. His only apparent interest in Sinara is whether she is meeting her deadline on the next Lattimer installment. How else can he golf at all the exclusive courses?

Dreadfully fed up with her Lattimer Series, Sinara considers killing her off but knows that her agent and her husband will cause trouble.

On a book tour, Sinara finds a Bodice-Ripper Romance and decides that is what she really wants. To write a funny, passionate romance. Enter Alexis Perry. The main Character of Sinara’s next book…and also a main character in this one as well.

What follows is a rip roaring adventure of two, (or is it three?), women looking to find romance and a slice of life to make them excited again. To refresh their careers and renew themselves.
I was enchanted and entertained. This story switches seamlessly between Sinara and Alexis. I could not wait to see how it would end and I have become a huge fan of Sinara Ellis in the process. Both of them!

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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Humor, Look at this!, Review, Romance, Squee

 

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins #1) by H.P. Mallory

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins #1)Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a delightful read. Smart and cute yet not your average PNR. H.P. Mallory manages to add all the elements of a great paranormal read without cluttering the story. Witches, Warlocks, Weres and Vamps all having a proper place in this book. Oh Yeah, I forgot to mention the Fairies.

Jolie thinks shes an average human psychic who reads tarot cards. Rand is a powerful warlock who senses a greater power in her and needs her help. When she performs exceedingly better than expected, the big players of the magical community want to use her to start a war. Winner takes all as ruler of the Underworld. All Jolie wants is her old life back with her cat and best friend. She wouldn’t mind jumping the hot warlocks’ bones either.

This may sound run-of-the-mill to you but the author manages to weave complexity and ‘realism’ into the characters and plot.

I loved this book and went on to read the second Jolie Wilkins book in one day!

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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Humor, Paranormal Romance, Review

 
 
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