Sunday, November 19, 2017

Wings of Mayhem


Wings of Mayhem
The Mayhem Series, Book 1
By: Sue Coletta
Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 10-19-17
Language: English
Publisher: Crossroad Press


From the first page to the last you are captivated from one page to the next as the story unfolds with a cat burglar on the prowl breaking into a home of a man that steals money. She plans on steal from him selling what she takes and giving it back to those innocent people. What takes place next will leave you spellbound, shock, horrified, screaming for her to put it all back and run, run as fast as you can. She thinks she is safe, making it out alive with no one the wiser but she is very wrong. He knows who she is and he is on the hunt to get back what she took playing a game of cat and mouse this is one cat burglar who is scared out of her wits. Those she loves and hold dear are now in the sights of a very evil man. It is anyone’s guesses who will be left standing when he gets done what he is doing.

Ms. Coletta narration was great, I loved her northern accent it really fit Shawnee. I have listened to other audios of hers but I think this one is the best so far. She really knows how to pull you in making you buy into the story, leaving you hanging on the edge, making you feel the danger, leaving you with her heart in your throat, yelling at the characters demanding they get their act together. I love her character voice, you always know who is talking and what they are feeling. I love the emotion you can hear in her voice as she pulls you in holding you spellbound waiting for the next shoe to drop. The volume never changes, if any breaks were taken I could not tell. There were no repeating of words, no background noises just a very clean and clear audio that I got lost in. I do not think I would have felt the same way had I read it because the narrator really pulls out all the stops given you an emotional listen, making you feel the excitement, pain, sorrow, scared that each character is going through.

The author really gives a wonderful read with a very well thought out story covering everything. When that camera flashed I could picture each thing she saw in my mind. I set there with my mouth wide open asking myself what in the heck she had gotten herself into now. There was no way for her to come clean and lord my heart went out to his victims. There is one that I wanted to grab and pull right out of the book. I kept saying no no no you can’t do that no no no go back oh lord that poor women.  The suspense, danger, and excitement just about killed me. I couldn’t put this book down I had to know what was happening. Oh those poor bodies oh the things he did what a mess. I really liked the ending how it all played out. I loved the mystery and thought when it was over why didn’t I think of that. I felt the killer deserved it and so much more. This is one story that will keep you spellbound until the end. I know I will not forget it for some time to come. It is also one I most likely will listen to again.

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Listen to this true crime anthology to learn about 12 more true crime stories that shocked communities and grabbed headlines around the world. You will learn about tragic cases of family annihilation and relationships gone horribly wrong. Among the most shocking of these cases is the murder of the Westerhuis family in South Dakota, who on the outside appeared to by an all-American family, but inside they harbored a felonious secret.
A trio of politically motivated murder stories will also keep you intrigued and glued to listen to this audiobook. Two of the cases involve hate crimes committed in the United States, while the other was the first major act of Islamic terrorism in the US. The three cases were also examples of organized crime, much like the murder of Australian biker Wayne Rodney Schneider. You may be shocked when you learn that the criminal investigation of Schneider's murder has uncovered suspects from two different continents, and that the actual crime took place on a third continent.
Unfortunately, many of the cases profiled in this audiobook involve innocent victims, such as nine-year-old Amber Lucius who was murdered by her own mother. Now that you have been warned, start listening to this audiobook and learn about 12 more high-profile true crime murder cases. You may be disturbed at times, but if you enjoy learning about forensic science and criminal investigation procedures, then this is the audiobook for you!

The Conduit: A Tale of the Resurrection


The Conduit: A Tale of the Resurrection
The Calling Tree Trilogy, Book 2
By: C. F. Waller
Narrated by: Wyatt Baker
Series: Calling Tree, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 09-27-17
Language: English
Publisher: C. F. WALLER


This is the second book in this series it goes into more detail many have died and only a few are left. Edward is reported dead but he is very much alive, he has promised to watch over Arron and keep him safe.  He finds he is not only watching over Arron but his daughter they have gotten an invitation go out to a birthday party none want to go but some are taken and given no choice. Jennifer decides to make a stop before she goes to be with her dad this is full of mystery. Leaving the reader in awww as to the outcome. Edward finds his self in a race against time trying to keep those safe at the same time not really wanting to go through with this. Jennifer is very much a part of this story she has powers she got through her mother who fought the angel and past on some of her powers to her unborn child. Now the angel wants them back, she sets a trap but all is not as it seems. Jennifer has a few tricks up her sleeve but things do not go as planned.

Mr. Baker’s narration is very good, he does give more pause than he did in the first book. Some of his characters voices are great giving wonderful emotions but others are a little flat. There are no background noises, no volume changes, if any breaks where taken I could not tell. There are no repeating of words the audio is pretty even toned.  He really the characters to life for me and made me believe in them. Mr. Baker’s normal voice is very pleasant to listen, his female voices are better than the first book but still need a little work to make them sound a little more female. I really like how he did the thoughts so you could tell they are thoughts and not spoken. I did think he put a lot into the action and suspense and this part really pulled me in. I really enjoyed the audio and look forward to listening to more of this narrators work.

I really liked how this plays out, the mystery, suspense, how the game is played. My heart does go out to some of the characters and the games they had to play. The author goes into detail from the start of time and how these angels and fallen ones started out and why they need to die. Anne just breaks my heart and it looks like she will be playing a very big part in book 3. So innocent, so forgiving and demands nothing in return. I wasn’t sure how this would play out but the author did a wonderful job pulling me in and even shocking me a little.  It is a ride that really pulls the reader in making them believe in a story that isn’t real but seem so.  It has a nice pace, with a good plot, I loved the tension, and the surprises. The adventure and suspense was wonderful keeping you on the edge leaving you guessing what could happen next. I can hardly wait for the next and last book in this series to come out. It will be interesting to see how the author plays this out, who will live and who will die. 

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Summary
Listen to this true crime anthology to learn about 12 more true crime stories that shocked communities and grabbed headlines around the world. You will learn about tragic cases of family annihilation and relationships gone horribly wrong. Among the most shocking of these cases is the murder of the Westerhuis family in South Dakota, who on the outside appeared to by an all-American family, but inside they harbored a felonious secret.
A trio of politically motivated murder stories will also keep you intrigued and glued to listen to this audiobook. Two of the cases involve hate crimes committed in the United States, while the other was the first major act of Islamic terrorism in the US. The three cases were also examples of organized crime, much like the murder of Australian biker Wayne Rodney Schneider. You may be shocked when you learn that the criminal investigation of Schneider's murder has uncovered suspects from two different continents, and that the actual crime took place on a third continent.
Unfortunately, many of the cases profiled in this audiobook involve innocent victims, such as nine-year-old Amber Lucius who was murdered by her own mother. Now that you have been warned, start listening to this audiobook and learn about 12 more high-profile true crime murder cases. You may be disturbed at times, but if you enjoy learning about forensic science and criminal investigation procedures, then this is the audiobook for you!

Battle of the Bulbs


Battle of the Bulbs (Holidays in Willow Valley #1)
by Shannyn Leah



What a fun, shocking, funny, holds your sides laughing story that will keep you in stitches and your mouth hung open. This is one of those books that you won’t be able to read just once. What is funnier than two old people feuding over just about everything under the sun? I am glad you asked, the answer would be two old people feuding over Christmas decorations living in town houses that are connected…well and their grandchildren trying the best to keep the peace. Never has drama been so much fun!

Poor  Cheyenne hasn’t been home in years but that is about to change when things become to much for her to handle when someone leaks her past and she is sure she know who that would be. That would be her no good running ex.  She runs home to Granny who is really the only mother she knows. Well she knows her mother who has more troubles than anyone could guess. You will get to meet that dear sweet mommy dearest before you know it and all the messes she makes. What truly makes this a five star read is Granny and the grandfather who can’t get along. From tearing up and shooting each other’s decorations to their grandchild at each other’s throats you are in for one heck of an entertaining read.

Cheyenne runs home but finds out the dear sweet man next door isn’t so sweet. Granny comes flying out with her mouth cocked giving him a piece of her mind. If that isn’t bad enough her ex that ran out on her is in town, when things can’t get worse she finds out the dear not so sweet old man is his grandfather and he is right next door. For the love of God would you just shoot me already she and I think. How in the world are we going to get through this Christmas with all this going on?  

About the time Cheyenne learns about the feud Booker decided to visit his grandfather who is as bullhead as they come. He has plans for this old man and it isn’t keeping the peace between the two houses. Lord have Mercy Cheyenne is back and looking fine, he must keep his sense and stay away from her. But as things get wild and crazy putting distances between these two isn’t easy.

I loved the characters and the messes they make. I love how things turn out for each character. You won’t believe it if I told you which I am not but it gets really exciting and downright hilarious, sad, heart wrenching, touching and loving. A lot goes on with no filler at all, every word has a reason. It was really thought out with a wonderful plot that is well written. The romance is touching in more ways than one. I read it at one setting I just could not put it down. I love it so much I have picked it as one of my favorite reads this year. You are going to die laughing, shake your head and wonder what in the world can they do next. The buildup is wonderful, the twists are delightful, and the characters add fuel to the fire. I love this Christmas in never never land and can’t wait to read it again.
  


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Cheyenne Collins’s past has just come back to haunt her. Again. She runs to the sanctuary of her grandmother’s home in Willow Valley in the hopes of spending the Christmas holiday in a quiet, safe place. What she doesn’t expect is for her ex, Booker Banks, to also be in town. Right next door, in fact, visiting his grandfather.

Instead of the quiet, peaceful holiday Cheyenne envisioned, she must deal with cranky, bickering neighbors, an instigating niece, the emotions she feels for Booker and her past. As her and Booker began to repair their relationship, she fears he will run again, too.

Will she be able to make him stay this time despite the secrets she is hiding in her past? And when her abusive mother shows up on the scene, will Cheyenne finally take a stand or will she be the one to run?.
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The Wife Between Us




4 stars
The Wife Between Us
Greer Hendricks; Sarah Pekkanen


I picked this up on Netgalley it sounded interesting, inquiring with mystery a story right up my alley. Just remember what you read isn’t always as it seems what you find will at times shock you and other times make you mad. But there will not be a time when you do not feel sorry for each and every woman who has ever been with this truly loving, carrying man.

You open and start reading the first page your mind goes one way and the story takes a twist you won’t see coming.  The authors spin a wonderful tale of suspense, some chills, and a lot of question that might take a little while to answer. The story comes across as stalking, revenge but there is so much more. Be prepared for some shockers as the authors twist and spin this to keep your attention, holding it and leave you wondering what the heck is going on. Nothing is as it seem…lives have been changed forever leaving the reader spellbound so invested you won’t be able to put it down.

I have to admit I loved this story but at time found it confusing. The authors go from one woman to another and I got them mixed up a few times. Beside that it is a story that holds you on the edge keeping you guessing and holding your breath. There will be a time when you will want to reach right in the book and pull out the ex holding her and telling her she needs to move on. I doubt you will be prepared for what is yet to come and the outcome of it all. You need to go into this book with an open mind and keep it open but I doubt you will be able to. You are pulled one way and then it spins another. You will assume lots of things but as the authors tell you up front Assume nothing and they are right.

I followed Vanessa holding my breath wishing she would let the past go, but she moves forward taking each day as it is her last, loving a man that doesn’t love her anymore. Needing a man she loves so much but knowing she will never have him again. But does she really want him or is there something more, you can bet this is much deeper than you ever expected.

Then I followed Emma holding my breath telling her to watch out for the crazy lady who wants to take everything away from her. I embrace Richard thinking what a caring loving man who did his best to help his ex through her craziness. Both of these people just wanting to find a love that will last a lifetime only wanting to be happy, have someone to hold, love, be there still holding hands when they are old and gray. Having children, seeing grandchildren and watching their love grow, at this point you really don’t know who to feel the sorriest for but your heart will go out to Richard, Emma and your heart will break for Vanessa.

Then the shocking thing start happening putting me in a tailspin, shocked an alone trying to work out what just happen and what will happen. This is a game there will be no winners. There will be no one smiling, laughing or excited when the end comes leaving you in shock, heartbroken and so glad so many worked it out and will move on hopefully to find their happy ever after before they die a lonely life. But for some that time will never come for some the game is still being played.

The ones you feel sorry for from the start will change by the end, you will have changed your mind over and over again as the story plays out. I had thought almost at the end there could be no more surprises but I was wrong the author pulls another rabbit from their hat leaving me even more shocked than I was before. 

Well written, the way it is laid out is brilliant keeping the reader hooked and guessing, with some very good plotting, characters and scene that will stay with you for a long time to come. When you meet Richard you think OMG where can I get one like him, he treats his women like princess giving her all the love and attention, making her feel safe. Vanessa has been down the road before and she misses it. The ball is set rolling and she has missed out, this is when she knew what she must do, she is obsessed with  the women who took her place the women who has it all and there is no way she can let her get it or deal with the fallout. This is a story I will read again, I am betting the audio will be outstanding and even better than the book. You really need to pick this up it will be one story that will leave you breathless, spellbound, and shocked over and over again. I totally LOVED IT. You will want to read it to… 


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A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
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