Tagged: Suspense

The Stravinsky Intrigue – Review

Sam's Teen Read Corner review of The Stravinsky Intrigue by Darrin Kennedy

About this book:

Nine months have passed since psychic Mira Tejedor last walked the halls of Anthony Faircloth’s adolescent mind. All but family now, Mira is relocating to Charlotte, NC, not only for a much-needed change of scenery, but to further her burgeoning relationship with Dr. Thomas Archer. On the eve of her move, however, a new threat emerges.

Young girls from every corner of Charlotte are falling catatonic, a condition eerily similar to the illness from which Mira rescued Anthony the previous fall. Mira reluctantly agrees to help Detective Calvin Sterling with the case and soon finds herself pulled into a new pair of fantasy worlds, both borne from the brilliant mind of Igor Stravinsky.

In the world of The Firebird, Mira becomes the warrior Ivanovna and battles an immortal evil threatening to steal the girls’ souls for all eternity. In the Russian fair from Petrushka, she assumes the role of Ballerina, one of three magical puppets who dance at the whim of a cruel Charlatan. Torn between Moor and Clown, bizarre doppelgangers of the two vastly different men in her life, and threatened at every turn by a sorcerer who craves her very essence, Mira must navigate the cruel deceptions of both worlds and win, or her life and the lives of a dozen innocents will be forfeit.

Sam's Teen Reads Corner reviews Darrin Kennedy's paranormal suspense novel "The Stravinsky Intrigue"

About the author:

Darrin Kennedy - Author of the Fugue and Fable series

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. His short stories can be found in various publications and he is currently hard at work on his next novel. Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known to strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion.

Sam’s Review:

The Stravinsky Intrigue by Darin Kennedy is the sequel to The Mussorgsky Riddle, and it doesn’t disappoint this reader of the series. Mira is back on the case once more as she tries to find the one who the six comatose girls in the hospital. Taking more trips into the Exhibition, she discovering that instead of having all of her old friends, she’s caught in The Firebird, The Rite of Spring and Petrushka.

Once more, this book was incredible and fun to read, and there weren’t as many confusing moments in it, which is great. And just so you know, Mira won’t be the the main character in the next book. Sorry.

**Jenn’s note: This isn’t classified as middle grade or young adult. Since there isn’t much bad language or graphic violence in book 1, I let Sam tackle this series when she asked, because she is pretty good at knowing her own limits when it comes to lit. 

Buy the book: 

 This book is available from Amazon in paperback, audiobook and Kindle formats here. [Affiliate link]

Other books in this series:

The Mussorgsky Riddle (Book 1)

The Tchaikovsky Finale (Book 3)

It Ends With Her – Review

Thrice Read Books review of It Ends With Her by Brianna Labuskes

About this book:

Published by Thomas & Mercer May 1, 2018

An Amazon Charts bestseller.

He started the game. She’ll end it.

FBI special agent Clarke Sinclair doesn’t give up easily. She’s spent years tracking serial killer Simon Cross, forced to follow his twisted clues and photographs across the country. Clarke knows that Cross selects only redheaded women and that he doesn’t target another victim until Clarke discovers the previous one.

He’s never broken pattern…until now.

A girl has already gone missing in upstate New York when a second one is kidnapped—a blonde. The killer’s MO has changed, sending Clarke back to the drawing board. The closer she gets to the truth, the deeper she’s drawn into an inescapable trap made just for Clarke. Whatever Cross’s ultimate game is, it ends with her.

About the author:

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Brianna Labuskes graduated from Penn State University with a degree in journalism. For the past eight years, she has worked as an editor at both small-town papers and national media organizations such as Politico and Kaiser Health News, covering politics and policy. Her historical romance novel, One Step Behind, was released by Entangled Publishing. She lives in Washington, DC, and enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the city’s best brunch options. Visit her at www.briannalabuskes.com.

Brian’s Review:

Hello all, it’s another special guest review by Brian.  Today’s book, It Ends With Her was a really good read. Although it was listed as a thriller, I myself didn’t get the whole thriller vibe from it. To me it was more a drama.  Although the story was good, the constant whining from the main character got a bit over the top. Otherwise the story flowed nicely, and you really wanted to know how it ended.  A good crime drama.

Thrice Read Books book review of Brianna Labuskes suspense/thriller novel "It Ends With Her"

Buy this book:

This book is available from Amazon in Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook and MP3 CD here. [affiliate link]

The Maze Runner – Book Review

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About the book:

“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The third movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, will hit screens in 2018.” (From Amazon.com product listing)

Brian’s Review:

This is book one to the Maze Runner Trilogy.  Though there is a prequel I strongly suggest starting with this book. To read the prequel will ruin the biggest surprise in this book.  If you saw the movie, please don’t judge the book by it.  The book is better than the movie in my opinion. Great book for middle school to high school reading and a great book to use for book reports.  If you like Hunger Games, then you will surely like Maze Runner.

This book is also available from Amazon in Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook and Audio CD formats here. [affiliate link]

Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle – Book Review

About the story:

Jules has done something very, very wrong for all the right reasons. And now, she and her 3 siblings are on the run, trying to stay out of the clutches of her hateful step-mother. 

As if things aren’t complicated enough, Jules has caught the attention of one hot, surly regular at the diner she works at. Being noticed by anyone is risky for Jules and her family, but this is so much worse because Theo, and the co-workers he comes into the diner with daily… Are cops.

Theo knows something’s off about the petite, jumpy new waitress at the diner. His fellow officers know something’s off about her, too. But the more he tries to stay away from her, the more Theo finds himself drawn to her. He has his own problems to deal with, as well as a new K9 partner that is as emotionally damaged as he is, but in the presence of Jules and her siblings, both seem to come back to life.

Review: 

Ms. Ruggle has written a witty, touching and suspenseful romance that builds to a steamy climax with some shocking twists and turns in this third book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. Romantic suspense fans will definitely want to tune into this hot romance to find out what happens between Jules and Theo.

Buy the book:

This book is available at Amazon in Kindle, audiobook, audio CD and Mass Market Paperback here. [affiliate link]

Jenn Bradshaw is a creatrix, blogger and romance writer when she isn’t homeschooling her 12-year old daughter. Her blog, and creations may be found at www.sagewolfsong.com.

Girl of Glass – Book Review

About the Book:

Two worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.​

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.

About the Author:

Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic. 
For more information on Megan’s books visit MeganORussell.com.

Jenn’s Review:

Girl of Glass is one of the best YA dystopian novels I’ve read in a very long time. On par with Hunger Games, Megan O’Russell has created a gripping story line that has me chomping at the bit for book 2, Boy of Bloodto be released (it’s coming out in April, I believe, and Thrice Read Books will be on the blog tour for it).

Nola is a typical teenager. She’s fallen in love, and lost that love. She has a friend who has a crush on her, and of course, her mother is distant and just doesn’t understand… And then, the boy she fell in love with, happens back into her life on a fateful afternoon while her class is working in the Charity Center, feeding the *cough cough* “less fortunate” of the city outside the cocooned, sequestered, perfect world of the Domes.

At seventeen, Nola has to make some hard choices in her life, as the unjustness of the “Domers” treatment of those who live on the outside. All she has grown up with, all she has been carefully conditioned to understand is challenged as she faces the starvation, sickness and death that runs rampant on the outside.

And at the center of this harsh awakening is Keiran – the boy she fell in love with, before he and his father were banished from the Domes for helping those on the outside. To further complicate matters, her long-time friend Jeremy, reveals his love for Nola, leaving her in limbo between the man she can’t have and the man who would give everything for her.

This was a really exciting read. Sam will probably also be reading (and doing a vlog, of course) this as well as Boy of Blood. The book does contain a few fight scenes, which are mildly graphic, but most readers shouldn’t find these too disturbing. Girl of Glass contains vampires, werewolves and zombies (oh my!), but Megan has altered their origins for the purposes of her story.

If you only have one dystopian novel on your list for 2018, make sure this book is on it!

Sam’s Review:

Hello everybody! In case you’re new, my name is Sam. And welcome to Sam’s Teen Reads Corner, with short reviews to get your reading list started. Today, our topic is Girl of Glass by Megan O’Russell, a dystopian novel whereas  the best of the best survive within glass domes, and the rest, well, they make do with drugs that enhance their senses, give them supernatural abilities, yet also helps them to survive the toxic environment.

The daughter of a botanist,  the girls name is Nola, is told that in order to find her childhood friend, she must go too 5th and Nightland. This throws her into a web of lies, and into an adventure that she isn’t sure that she ever wanted,. Not only does she need to run errands to save the life of a little girl, and to make it seen as though they kidnapped her, but she finds herself torn between two boys who love her very much: the vampire, and the guard.

Keep an eye, as well as an ear, out for the next review, Boy of Blood, which is the sequel, which will be released of the tenth of April, and Thrice Read Books is on the blog tour, so the review should come out very close to the time it is released.If you enjoy dystopian novels,vampires, and adventurous heroines, then this is the series for you! It get 5 stars, and two thumbs in the air. Subscribe, check out the link, like, and enable notifications. I’ll be back next week. Bye!

Buy the Book:

This book can be purchased in paperback or Kindle format through Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Update April 14, 2018: Book 2 Boy of Blood is now available! You can purchase it through Amazon here.[Affiliate link]

Kinglet – Book Review

About the book:

Kristan Gemeta has lost everything:  his crown, his kingdom, his courage – even his name.

In the vast wilderness of the Exilwald, he’s known to the other outcasts as Kinglet.  As long as Kristan stays hidden, he can elude the bounty hunters, brutal soldiers and terrifying spells of Daazna, the Wichelord who killed his father and destroyed his life.

But when a new band of pursuers comes looking for him, Kristan’s wariness gives way to intrigue. For bounty hunters they’re oddly inept, and a young woman in their company is leaving enigmatic drawings wherever they go.  As they plunge deeper into the Exilwald, Kristan follows. He discovers the drawings symbolize the Gemeta Stone, an ancient family talisman seized by Daazna but now in the little band’s possession. 

With the Stone’s protection, Kristan might stand a chance against Daazna.  He could regain his birthright and his honor.  But to obtain the Stone, he must reveal his true identity and risk the one thing he has left…his life.

Jenn’s Book Review:

Back to the fantasy genre with Book One of the Gemeta Stone series, Kinglet. I read the first two of these books backwards, and though I reviewed Fiskur first, I highly recommend starting with Kinglet (go figure… read a series in order – What a novel concept!).

Ms. Migliaccio’s debut novel for this series lays the foundation of a beautifully developed fantasy world filled with magic, mystery, bitterness and revenge slowly played out. We meet Fandrall’s heir-apparent, Kristan Gemeta as a shy, kind prince, doing his best to live up to his dying mother’s request. While Kristan isn’t as big and brawny, or as outspoken, as his father might like, he is cunning and quick.

Kristan’s father is betrayed by a former ally who’s sold his soul (and his morals) for want of an heir, setting in motion the events of the Gemeta Stone series. In nearby Hogia, Gemeta’s betrayer finds himself without heir or kingdom, and Daazna, the “devil” who’s usurped his throne, has a bitter grudge against Kristan’s family line, and cares little for the power he has in Hogia, leaving the kingdom in dispair and ruin.

Hogia still has hope in the form of a small band of rebels that find themselves fleeing for their lives, bound straight for their destined encounter with the exiled Kristan.

Lest I give away spoilers, I’ll leave you hanging there…

Ms. Migliaccio weaves a beautifully crafted fantasy tale of revenge and enemies, old allies and new-found friends, hate and burgeoning love in this series’ first book. Deep, well-developed characters, magic and myth, and cultures both familiar and new come to life in the pages of this novel.

Again, I wouldn’t recommend this book for younger teens or those that tend towards squeamish about violence. Kinglet does have a number of battle scenes, and while Ms. Migliaccio is concise about her descriptions in Kinglet, I found that they were slightly longer in book 1 than they were in Fiskur, and more detailed. (Though, I feel it’s also fair to note that they are not unnecessarily long or overly graphic – they are what I would consider to be believable in nature.)

Book three is due out in February, 2018, and you can be certain that I’ll be on the blogtour once it’s released. In the meantime, catch up on Kinglet and Fiskur, and get ready for book three, Stoneking.

Buy the Book:

This book is available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon here

Other Books in the Series:

Fiskur (book 2)

Stoneking (book 3)

Ragis (Book 4)

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Triple Cross Killer – Book Promo

Triple Cross Killer   By Rosemarie Aquilina

Fiery Seas Publishing   December 5, 2017   

Thriller

cover art for Triple cross killer

Have you ever wondered what really happens to Santa Claus letters?  In Detroit and Sarasota some children’s letters are diverted and reviewed by Nick Archer, a religiously obsessed, narcissist. Nick responds, leaving a trail of devastation in the two cities.

In Detroit, co-ed partners and wise-cracking lovers, detectives Jaq McSween and David Maxwell, team up with Sarasota detectives Abel Mendoza and his partner, Rabbit, to find this daunting killer.

When Jaq’s friend, the lovely nurse, Rita Rose, takes a chance on love again, she gets caught in Nick’s web. Working with the ME, she joins in, adding her perspective when events take a sinister turn.  

Can this diverse team of characters pool their insights, barbs, and taste for bad food to save Rita when she discovers the final clues or will she become the next victim?

Buy the Book:

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About the Author:

Rosemarie Aquilina is the mother of five children. Elected as a 30th Circuit Court Judge serving in the General Trial Division, after having served as a 55th District Court Judge in Mason, Michigan, she takes pride in public serve. 

In 1986, Judge Aquilina became the first female JAG Officer in the history of the Michigan Army National Guard, she retired in 2006 with twenty years Honorable Service.  She is an adjunct law professor at both Western Michigan University—Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law and has earned teaching awards at both institutions. Judge Aquilina is the former owner of Aquilina Law Firm, PLC, and former host of a syndicated radio talk show called Ask the Family Lawyer. 

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Fire’s Kiss by Brittany Pate – Book Review & Promo

Fire’s Kiss By Brittany Pate

Fiery Seas Publishing November 21, 2017   

Paranormal Romance Fiction

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Embyr tends her tavern while keeping her dangerous parentage a secret, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history.

For the last eight hundred years, Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has used his army to hunt the vampire who killed his wife. He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman. But in Embyr, he discovers something that could turn the tide of battle in his favor. Her control over fire can reduce an enemy to ash and her flippant disregard of him heats his blood in ways no one else ever has. She’s beautiful, powerful and completely different from her violence-loving brethren.

Embyr finds herself thrust into a war she wants no part of, targeted by a vicious vampire because of her cooperation with Ryder. As she learns to wield her demonic powers without letting the madness of her race overcome her, she also has to fight her attraction to a killer bent on her seduction.

About the Author:

Brittany Pate lives in Texas with her husband and son. She is a longtime lover of all things fantasy and romance. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys narrating audio books and drinking entirely too much coffee.

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The Review:

Until I signed up for the blog tour for this book, I’d never heard of Brittany Pate. Having read Fire’s Kiss, I’ll be eagerly awaiting her next novel. I’m a sucker for fantasy and paranormal romance to begin with, but Ms. Pate’s novel took that to a whole new level. This book was just released by Fiery Seas Publishing, and I loved it.

Her world-building is excellent, she is consistent in her descriptions and her characters’ abilities and limitations. 

Ms. Pate’s characters are very real. It’s difficult not to get pulled into the emotions and motivations behind each. Some books lend themselves well to a slow, rambling read, but this novel doesn’t fall into that category. I read this book in two nights (it’s approximately 270 pages in Kindle format) as it’s shorter than most of the romance novels I read, and when I hit the end of the book, I kept trying to turn to the next page, disappointed that I’d hit the end.

Fire’s Kiss is fast-paced paranormal/fantasy romance. Ms. Pate has nailed the genre beautifully with a driven plot, strong (in more than just the physical sense) characters, a long-standing feud and an accidental romance. Her love scenes are HOT HOT HOT! (Okay, so maybe part of that is because the heroine is half fire demon.) And I found myself in tears during a couple scenes, because dang it(!) they just have to end up together.

The story has an underlying mystery that must be solved. Admittedly, I’m not fantastic at guessing whodunit, but this one utterly blindsided me. Twice.

The novel features vampires, demons and crooked, dark mages along with a few other classic fantasy and paranormal type creatures. Be advised that the battles are bloody and intense (as are the sex scenes – well, minus the blood). If you can step past that, then this novel needs to be on your winter reading list.

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Jenn Bradshaw is a writer, homeschooling mom, spiritual seeker and crafty person. She writes romance and fantasy fiction under the name Sage Wolfsong, and blogs at her website: www.sagewolfsong.com.

Mockingjay Book Review

Thrice Read Books reviews Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, book 3 in the Hunger Games Trilogy

About the book:

The greatly anticipated final book in the New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. 

Who do they think should pay for the unrest?

Katniss Everdeen.

The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins will have hearts racing, pages turning, and everyone talking about one of the biggest and most talked-about books and authors in recent publishing history!!!!

About the author:

Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

Brian’s Review:

The third and final book to the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay doesn’t disappoint.  Collins once again hits the nail on the head with the final book.  If you don’t have tears at the end of the book check your pulse.  Collins has displayed a masterful series and if you are upper Jr. High and up, you will most assuredly enjoy these books.  If you saw the movies, then all I can say is, wait until you read the books…

Brian & Sam review book 3 of Suzanne Collins' YA Dystopian Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, on the Thrice Read Books review blog.

Sam’s Review: 

Flying arrows! Heart break! Betrayal. All of that happens in Hunger Game 3, Mockingjay.

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, is the third, last, and final book in the Hunger Games. And it is as good of a book as the other two. This powerful ending will leave you wanting more, but at the same time, it leaves you satisfied with the way things turned out.

Katniss has been chosen to be the rebel’s Mockingjay. Simple, right? I mean, all she has to do is make propos and scare the Capitol. It’s not that easy. See, Peeta has become the capitol’s puppet, and Katniss keeps getting hurt.

This book was very, very, very fun to read, and I’m very sorry that it ended there. Overall, the series was fun to read. But, a couple of things were wrong. One, the book ended, two, why can’t there be a story without a super evil bad guy, and three, I miss the games. In other words, I loved this!

Buy this book:

You can buy a copy of this book from Thrice Read Books here.

This book is also available from Amazon in Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook and audio CD formats here. [affiliate link]

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Book Review

Brian’s Review:

In this final book you’ll find yourself cheering and rooting for Salander.  You’ll experience the rush as things fall into place and the fear that perhaps it won’t go as planned.  If you have read the first two books, there is no way you’ll want to leave the story unfinished.  A must read. If you haven’t read the first two books, I strongly suggest you do.

The Book:

Lisbeth Salander- the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels- lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital.  She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders.  With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence.  And, on her own, she will plot revenge- against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

     Once upon a time she was a victim.  Now Salander is fighting back. (From inside the cover of book.)

Thrice Read Books has this used book in stock. You can purchase a copy here.

You can also purchase this book from Amazon as hardcover, Kindle, paperback, audiobook or Mass market paperback here. [affiliate link]