Review: The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp by Michael Siemsen

Title: The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp
Author: Michael Siemsen
Published: November 12th 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

In this prequel to the highly acclaimed novel A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon’s story), by Michael Siemsen, the bestselling author turns back the clock – from post-WWI California to late 1950’s New York City.

Samuel Beauchamp has been dead for twenty-seven years, but that hasn’t stopped him from living…

For reasons unbeknownst to him, Samuel’s essence remained after his body was killed, and he discovers that the living emit an irresistible force, drawing him inside where he has the power to take over.

After surviving the great depression in the body of a young hobo, Samuel spends years studying the history of his condition, moving from body to body when necessary, and finally settling in New York City in the late 1950’s. Following a few years of relative serenity, his beautiful and brash girlfriend disappears, and his search for her uncovers answers to questions he never asked.

Review:

I have a confession to make. I love series. I adore good, well written series. And ever since I have read about A Warm Place to Call Home (A Demon’s Story), I could not wait to read it. Sadly for me I also read it was a series.
I had a premonition I would like this series. I mean a good demon story is hard to come by!! Don’t you think?

Anyway, when I won this book I just could not wait and I leapt to read it as fast as I could. I was not disappointed. Basically it is the origin story to A Warm Place to Call Home.

What I loved about the story is that it was not only well written, but also very well thought out. I could actually see the things happening as they were being told. But it only made me wonder is it really demonic? But that is not really an issue when you read this book. I think it’s part of the brilliance Michael Siemsen created.

The question is, what would you do, if you were faced with such a choice? First not knowing and then knowing? Is it survival or parasitic?

Rating:

4 star

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Waiting on Wednesday – March 18

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“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine , that spotlights book releases that we can’t wait for. This is the one I’m waiting for!

The new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly follows Detective Harry Bosch and his new partner as they investigate a recent murder where the trigger was pulled nine years earlier.

In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent.

Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Beginning with the bullet that’s been lodged for years in the victim’s spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveal that this shooting may have been anything but random.

In this gripping new novel, Michael Connelly shows once again why Harry Bosch is “one of the greats of crime fiction” (New York Daily News).

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Teaser Tuesday – March 17

Teaser tuesday

What is Teaser Tuesday?

It’s a meme hosted by Should Be Reading and here are the rules: Grab your current read…
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on the page
  • Don’t include spoilers.

Teaser:

“We cannot stop the waves of misfortune, but we can learn to ride them so that misfortune somehow feels like fortune” – Pelican Bay

 

 

Some things are better left alone…

After Ethan Hodges discovers an undersea cemetery just off the beach of Pelican Bay, South Carolina, he seeks answers from a grandfatherly fisherman named Captain Shelby. The captain wants the past to remain buried, and he warns Ethan to stay away. But Ethan doesn’t listen.

Ethan’s best friend and secret love interest, Morgan Olinsworth, joins in the investigation, unearthing intriguing secrets about the mysterious fisherman. When Captain Shelby is suspected of murder and disappears, a manhunt ensues, revealing a truth that unnerves everyone in Pelican Bay.

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Book Highlight: Slumber by Christy Sloat

Title: Slumber

Author: Christy Sloat

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Not all princesses get their happily ever after…

They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times. I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane.

I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even my boyfriend.

I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the asylum threatens to pull me under. I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real.

I’m crazy. I’m not a princess.

They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right?

They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see the truth of who I really am.

When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me.

Could it be possible that my dreams are more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth?

 
I woke in the
middle of the night hearing screams fill the air. This was not uncommon at all,
but tonight I wasn’t expecting it. Normally when Adele’s meds are changed, she
wakes screaming that she can’t sleep. Adele’s room is across from mine. She is roughly
in her twenties and I never learned how she ended up here. I try not to talk to
the other patients. I don’t know why it is, but I don’t fit in with these
people. To them I’m the murderer and they tend to think less of me. That’s
fine. I am what they say I am. That’s why I’m here, right?
 They told me I stabbed my boyfriend, Phillip,
but I don’t remember doing it. I actually don’t remember Phillip at all. No
recollection of having been in a relationship either. I must have killed him or
else I wouldn’t be in Spindle Ridge.
Dr. Altman
says that I have to believe that I did it or we will never get anywhere. I’ll
admit it’s hard to believe that these hands could stab a person twenty times.
No matter how I imagined it, it is always hard to believe. 
I sat up
listening hard for the screams. When they came again I noticed they were not
female, they were male. The screams were deeper and reached a longer distance
than Adele’s cries ever could. I wondered if the whole building could hear him.
I pulled my
covers up over my neck and covered my face. I just wanted to sleep and fall
back into the dream I was having. It was beautiful, and if I had my way, I
would stay there forever.
 Wait!
 I sat up fast. Closing my eyes, I tried to
remember the dream to the last second. It wasn’t the same dream as the one’s
prior. This dream was different! This dream was me and a boy.
I never
dreamt of anyone but my parents and the evil woman. The dream’s soft lullaby
came back to me as I remembered where I was.
The smell of
fresh grass came across my senses.
The sky so
blue as I lay on a blanket. I rolled over and saw the face of a boy. He was
everything that Spindle Ridge wasn’t; he was beautiful. He had long, shaggy,
but not unruly, hair that touched his collar. When he smiled at me, he looked
like a boy in love. In love with me.
“Get up you
lazy sack!”
I opened my
eyes and was pulled back into the now. I was forced to leave the dream behind
as I was being pulled out of bed by two nurses.
 

Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor’s Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.

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Review: Zombies: They’re Not All Brain-Eaters by Alex Witney

Title: Zombies: They’re Not All Brain-Eaters
Author: Alex Witney
Published: June 21st 2013

Blurb on Goodreads:

A Comedy Sci-Fi Like No Other! Where Zombies are your friends and only occasionally eat brains.

In a future where zombies are equals, Roy Tubbs and his recently deceased zombie friend Kurt ‘Mac’ MacReady are fed up with their dead end jobs as an accountant and lifeguard respectively.

Drunkenly deciding to use their savings and Mac’s recent insurance claim they go on a once in a life time road trip. Though not all goes as planned as they delve into the fragile, flaky world of zombie politics. With kidnappings, strange abominations and an ill-fated opportunity to save every zombie on earth.

Review:

In the racial tag game, it’s the turn of the zombies. Scientists created an antidote for death. Everybody that can come back is coming back thanks to this. And yeah, not everybody is eating brains – personally this was confusing for me. I mean what kind of self respecting zombie are you? *wink wink*

Roy is tired of his job and his recently zombified friend feels the same way. They decide on a road trip and then the things that happens between friends whose life have changed a little too much happen.

It was nice to read a different kind of zombie story, but it was also a little … strange. Not the bad kind of strange, but it’s like I could not really pinpoint what the real story was supposed to be. There was a lot happening, so it wasn’t boring, but I think that everybody would get a different viewpoint reading this book. Which is not a bad thing.

Rating:

3 star

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Waiting on Wednesday – March 11

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“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine , that spotlights book releases that we can’t wait for. This is the one I’m waiting for!

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

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Teaser Tuesday – March 10

Teaser tuesday

What is Teaser Tuesday?

It’s a meme hosted by Should Be Reading and here are the rules: Grab your current read…
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on the page
  • Don’t include spoilers.

Teaser:

“How much does a man live, after all? Does he live a thousand days, or one only? For a week, or for several centuries? How long does a man spend dying? What does it mean to say “for ever”? Pablo Neruda” – The House of the Spirits

 

In one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies. Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate.

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Review: Unfinished Business An Angela Panther Novel by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

Title: Unfinished Business An Angela Panther Novel
Author: Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
Published: March 25th 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

In UNFINISHED BUSINESS AN ANGELA PANTHER NOVEL, #1 AMAZON bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson introduces her now trademark blend of witty dialog and hilarious banter in the first book of her hilarious and heartwarming paranormal chick lit, cozy mystery, Angela Panther series.

When Angela Panther’s mother Fran Richter wakes her up in the middle of the night ranting about stolen Hershey Bars, Angela thinks her mother’s got a screw loose. And then it hits her. Her mother is dead. Just a few hours before, Angela watched as the funeral home staff nearly dropped her mother’s body off the gurney while sliding her into the hearse. So maybe she’s the one that’s nuttier than a fruitcake?

But Fran keeps popping in and with a volcano full of drama already brewing at home—crazy or not—Angela’s grateful for her mother’s presence.

It’s the other ghosts Angela can do without.

Seems Fran’s return opened a portal between Angela and the other side and ghosts are hitting up the reluctant psychic medium for help. From the naked British guy juggling balls in the coffee shop parking lot to the woman desperately trying to save her sick child, Angela must find a way to balance her own life with the unfinished business of the dead.

Review:

This was a great book to read. Even though it starts with the death of Angela’s mother, the author managed to make this a very funny story. Her mom was very head-strong and interfering, like only a mother can.

Angela needs to deal with a lot and at times she thinks she’s going crazy. This is a real nice story and even if you don’t have to deal with ghosts trying to infiltrating your life, you will relate to Angela and her nutty mother.

Rating:

3 star

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Waiting on Wednesday – March 4

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“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine , that spotlights book releases that we can’t wait for. This is the one I’m waiting for!

The gripping finale to Kathy and Brendan Reichs’ New York Times bestselling VIRALS series

The Virals are back—but they’re not the only pack in town anymore. Terminal finds Tory Brennan and the rest of the Morris Island gang tracking a pack of rogue Virals who call themselves the Trinity. The new pack was infected by a strain of supervirus created by Tory’s nemesis and sometimes-crush, Chance Clayborne, who accidentally infected himself, too.

These red-eyed Virals have openly challenged Tory’s pack for domination of Charleston, and they’ll stop at nothing to bring their rivals down—even if that means giving them up to a shadowy government agency intent on learning the secret to the Virals’ powers. Surviving it all is going to test the limits of the gang’s abilities.

In the riveting conclusion to the Virals series, Tory and the others are nearing an impossible choice—and the ultimate showdown.


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Teaser Tuesday – March 3

Teaser tuesday

What is Teaser Tuesday?

It’s a meme hosted by Should Be Reading and here are the rules: Grab your current read…
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on the page
  • Don’t include spoilers.

Teaser:

“For a wedding rehearsal? It’s in a church, right?” He screwed his face up in a pious look. “Spank me, Father, for I have sinned,” he said in a falsetto.” – For a Few Demons More

 

 

Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has stayed ahead of trouble until now. A serial killer stalks the Hollows, claims victims across society, and ignites a vicious Inderland gang war. Rachel hides an ancient artifact that could stop the killer or start a battle to the death among supernatural races of Cincinnati. Every action has its price. When the vampire master Piscary is set free and the demonic Algaliarept dares to walk openly under the sun, even Rachel Morgan can’t hide forever.

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