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#BlogTour: Innocent Blood by Linda S. Prather

Book Description

Loki Redmond swore she’d never return to the reservation, but two missing hunters and the ancient Choctaw myth of Nalusa Falaya take her and her brother, Dadron, on a dangerous trek through the wilderness.

Meanwhile, her partner Jake Savior, heads to Tunica, Mississippi, to investigate the second mass killing by a Choctaw police officer. 

Are the cases connected?

The only thing they know for sure is innocent blood has been shed, and unless they can find the source more are going to die.

My Review

5/5 stars!

This is the second book in a series, but can be read as a standalone. But it’ll make you want to read the entire series. So be ready for that.

This book has a great mystery – especially for this time of the year: it’s gruesome, creepy and with just enough of a paranormal edge to be believable. This book really doesn’t hold back with the gory details. And I really liked that. The revelations and action come fast and furious, so buckle up!

But the true gold in this book is the characters- hands down. Loki, her brothers, Jake, Grace, I loved them all and I found myself not only reading to find out what was going on with the central mystery, but to find out what was going to happen to the characters. I’m totally ready to read book three in this series just to see what happens with all the couples. They were all lovable, believable and I found myself rooting for each of them.

I also cried during a certain scene with a character. Read it and you’ll know. It’s intense and I took the emotional bait, lol.

Also why I want to read book three: [Minor Spoiler alert!!] Tim and Neta hooked up right? Right?!

I highly recommend this book and am seriously waiting for the next in the series.

About the Author

Linda S. Prather is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of 8 novels including two legal thrillers, a paranormal FBI series, one romance, and her current series involving Loki Redmond, a Choctaw private investigator and Jake Savior, a former police officer. Linda lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and grandchild, along with the “king” of the house, a Shitzu name Popcorn. Her latest release, Innocent Blood is her second in the Loki Redmond/Jake Savior series. In Linda’s own words: “This book is my favorite so far. My grandfather was a full-blooded Native American, and my mother half Native American. Prior to my marriage and children I studied Shamanism and developed a true love for nature. Studying the Choctaw history, customs, myths and religions was fascinating. Taking the facts I learned and weaving them into Loki’s story and her investigation into the disappearance of two hunters on the reservation was an emotional roller coaster for me. I found myself crying quite often.”


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Review: Pretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan

Pretty, Nasty, LovelyPretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is the perfect fall guilty pleasure – a beautiful college campus plagued by secrets, death and drama, all of it surrounding a campus sorority. Plus, that cover is gorgeous, right?!

The story starts with Emma being told to get rid of the body of a stillborn baby born in the sorority house. Then, one of her sisters, Lydia Dakos, commits suicide. It’s almost too much for Emma to bear until it all gets worse: the police seem focused on Emma’s relationship with the dead sister, and Emma’s finding out that Lydia was a lot more complex than anyone realized. The result is one month that will change one campus forever.

I loved how atmospheric and ominous this novel was. It made it perfect for a good, spooky pre-Halloween thriller. The whole time you just feel like you’re walking on a beautiful, fall foliage-covered college campus that is holding dark secrets.

And there are some dark things in this book. These girls are in college, but damn, they have the evil of some seasoned monsters. It’s interesting because it creates an atmosphere of distrust and mystery.

I still had some questions after the book ended, which is why I gave it four stars, not five. Some of the revelations came pretty fast-and-furious toward the end, so maybe I just missed something.

But overall, I really enjoyed this book. Anyone who enjoys a good, dark thriller will find this one enjoyable.

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#BlogTour: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James

I’m so happy to be sharing this awesome book with y’all today. It’s a great suspenseful drama, which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend! Check out the details below!

Book Description

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.

Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.
Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity? And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?
When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…
A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.

My Review 

If you’re a fan of “Pretty Little Liars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” or any fun, suspenseful, thrilling dram, “Sister, Psychopath” is for you. This book is like a season of one of those shows in book form. It has a great, delicious balance of suspense, romance and twisted characters to keep anyone interested.

I really was sucked in right away by the concept: how do you navigate the world when you know that your sister, who’s life is interwoven with yours, is a mean, possibly criminal, sociopath? And this book does not disappoint: Chloe is a character, all right. She could give Bond villains a run for their money. 

The others characters are all interesting too: very flawed, but trying to do what’s right. It creates some great tension.
There are probably three or four plots that are woven together through the characters and each of them was pretty good. I didn’t lose interest at all as the book went on, which is a risk when you know the villain from the beginning. But trust me, you’ll want to hold on until the very end for this one. There’s a lot going on here.

I would definitely read more from this author. Maybe we’ll see some characters return? I’d read it!
Author Bio

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

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#BlogTour: The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith

I loved the first Jake Boulder book and am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for the Kindred Killers!

About the Book

Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children. As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common. 

With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more? 
After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI are invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation. When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?

My Review

First off, if you have a weak stomach, this may not be the Book for you. The killings in the book are brutal, and the author spares no detail. But for those that love a good thriller, look no further. This book is a great addition to the series and makes me even more excited for it to continue!

I love that Graham Smith spares nothing in his books – no character is safe, no detail is too touchy. It really adds a zing to the plot. You have no idea where it’s going to go. And he really takes you on a journey as Jake battles the killers. And not to give anything away, but this book doesn’t pull punches in this regard.

There’s also great character development in this chapter of the series, witch Jake making some tough decisions and coming to some realizations. I like that, because it makes Jake – who is a lot like a superhero – a little more human. He’s not too perfect after all, you know?

I love this series and it’s characters and I can’t wait to see where things go from here. If you love fast-paced thrillers, check this book out – you won’t be sorry!

About the Author

A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website since 2009.
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

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Review: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Lies She ToldLies She Told by Cate Holahan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is complicated, but worth it. The story-within-a-Story concept creates two worlds and two female leads which will captivate you and keep you flipping pages.

Liza is an author, who is both desperate to have a baby and desperate to write a bestseller, which hasn’t happened since her debut book. But her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, which Liza begins to resent. Meanwhile, her energies are being poured into her next book, which is about Beth, a new mother who catches her husband cheating on her. Shortly after, Beth finds things spiraling out of control. Their stories begin to blur as more is revealed, and both Beth and Liza struggle to hold on to their sanity.

It was a little confusing keeping the two stories straight at first, but after a couple chapters, you get the hang of it. The tension in both stories is exquisite – you can feel the women each becoming more desperate as the stories go on and things explode.

I also liked the two different endings here. I don’t want to spoil anything, but things really in the last chapters could go in any one of four different ways and to see them work out in the directions they do is exciting.

I also like the ambiguity of some of the scenes – did they happen? Or not? Or is Beth crazy? Is Liza forgetting things b cause of her hormones? It’s really suspenseful.

Overall, this was a quick, great read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers.

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Review: A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyany

A Crime in the FamilyA Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyany

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was SO excited to get a review copy of this book – I read an interview with the author about a week before I was approved for the book and was fascinated. We’ve all read memoirs from Holocaust survivors, some even from their children documenting their parents’ stories.

But what about the third generation? The ones whose grandparents and great-grandparents survived the chaos of WW2 Europe and its aftermath? How does the past affect them? That is exactly what this book explores, and it’s really insightful.

Sacha Batthyany is a Swiss journalist of Hungarian descent who grew up with parents who mourned for the “old Hungary,” and being told stories of his grandfather, who survived 10 years in a Soviet gulag following WW2 (as a Hungarian/Axis soldier, he was taken as a POW by the Soviet regime). One day, Sacha is shown an article by a colleague which claims his great aunt not only hosted an elaborate party in the waning days of the war, but took her guests out during the festivities to shoot 180 Jewish slave laborers who were working nearby. Shocked, Sacha begins a search for the truth about his family’s history and finds out that history may affect the present more than we think.

The crime mentioned in the description actually doesn’t take center stage for the whole novel – Batthyanny focuses more on his grandparents’ stories as the book goes on. But all of the events of his family’s past really come together in a really revealing way which explores the connections between truth and as it’s known, “the banality of evil.” The books themes of facing the truth and what makes someone “good” or “bad” are really intensely explored as Batthyany has to face his family’s actions or inactions and what that means for him.

As in most stories, there’s a lot of gray areas as more and more is revealed.

I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of these “third generation” novels, and if they’re as good as this one, it’s an exciting prospect.

Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in history and its legacy.

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Review: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Girl in SnowGirl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars, rounded up.

This book really had some great elements: the characters were really well done, and the mystery at the book’s core was enthralling.

But I wasn’t a fan of the ending, which colored my view of the book.

The story begins when a young, beautiful high school student is found murdered. The town begins searching for her killer, and quickly, three odd-balls become overwhelmed by the mystery. These are our narrators: Russ, a cop and the former partner of Cameron’s father; Cameron, who was obsessed with the dead girl and can’t remember what he was doing the night she was killed; and Jade, who hated the dead girl and pretty much everything else.

The story is more of a suspenseful drama than a thriller, and I enjoyed it.

The story is a really great example of a character-driven plot. The three narrators are fascinating and really suck you into their stories, wondering where it’s all going to go. They’re all definitely “odd” and there’s no telling what their stories will reveal. I enjoyed their perspectives a lot.

But like I said, the main part of the story is the mystery and the conclusion to that is extremely anticlimactic. They just reveal it and…’s over. I still had a lot of questions. I wish there would have been more of a solid conclusion.

But I still enjoyed the book immensely. It was super easy to get into the story and while I had a guess as to the conclusion, I wasn’t sure.

I would read more from this author.

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