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The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel

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I really enjoyed The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel.  This is the debut book in a new cosy mystery series.  The characters are fun and the situations are well that the characters find themselves in are strange.  Imagine a small town with all the noisy people trying to check out the scenes of the crime.  

The main character is Charley.  She is owner of Old Hat Vintage Fashions, a member of the Agathas Book Club and helps take care of her father.  She also becomes intertwined in a mysterious death in her town, especially when she begins to notice some similarities between the causes of death and her book club.  Who knew reading about murders could be so deadly?  Marc is the detective on the cases and Charley worms her way into the working with Marc on the case.  Marc and Charley both have the hots for each other, but they are not on the same page and who knows how that is going to work out.  

This was a fun read.  I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more about Charley and Marc.  I like cosy mysteries and The Book Club Murders is a great one to start with. Leslie Nagel has imagined a world full of great characters.

Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan

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Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan is a sweet novel.  The bond between best friends, families and death are part of the of the story line.  The characters were the highlight of the story as the storyline continues to show how much some things change while other things do not change.  

Teddi Lerner left home during her best friend’s funeral.  Celia was gone and Teddi could not stay.  Shayna, Celia’s daughter asked Teddi to come back and photograph her dad’s wedding to another.  Teddi (Aunt Tee) does and finds so much has changed.  Her small town is growing.  Her bestie is still gone, but there are other friends.  Teddi finds the whole thing a challenge that she is not sure she can handle, especially when secrets start to come out.

Two of the truths I took from the book, Left to Chance, forgiveness is part of loving someone and that even when someone is gone you can still listen to them.   Amy Sue Nathan’s novel Left to Chance is a good read.  

Hanover House by Brenda Novak

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The book, Hanover House was creepy.  Down right creepy.  Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has finally reached her dream after years of studying and work, a facility for the worst of the worst psychopaths.  This has been her life’s work because a psychopath abused her as a teenager.  She wants to understand - Why do psychopaths do what they do and do not feel the same emotions?

This is the first introduction to the characters and concept within the following books.  The facility is located in Alaska in a very remote area.  Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok is against this being built in his area, but he knows his job.  The problem is he realizes that he wants to protect Evelyn and he has some really strong feeling for her, but she believes she is too damaged to ever have a relationship with a man again. And there is the psychopath who is stalking her. Hold on to your seat and make sure the door is locked.

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent was an interesting book.  You start at the end and then different characters offer you insight and trace the story in various places. The book did not immediately grab my attention, but as I read forward more and more of the book gan to weave its magic around me and I wanted to understand or at least hear the story of Oliver.  Oliver is a man who writes children’s books.  Alice, his wife of many years and the illustrator of his books was left in a coma by her husband, unexpectedly.  Why?  

I like the way the story unfolded.  I liked how the story became more intricate as you learned the details of everyone.  I found myself drawn into the story becoming more curious as the book continued sharing different pieces of Oliver’s life as well as the people around him.  What an interesting story that does not follow a traditional path!  

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent was an interesting good read.   

 

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Tonight I finished the first of a four book series called Delirium.  The book has won all sorts of awards including NPR’s top 100 teen novels of all time and named a Best Book of the Year by USA Today, Kirkus, Amazon and YALSA. Personally, I found the book amazing!  Even now I am shaking with the adrenalin from the last chapter in the book. 

Delirium (the book) is about Lena, a girl of seventeen who is nearing her procedure called “the cure”.  She will be fixed and no longer have the feelings and confusion she presently has.  The world is a safely regulated place.  She needs to score well on her oral examination and then have the procedure and her life is all planned from there.

What’s missing is that Lena’s favorite color is silver. Her best Hana exposes her to things that are highly illegal and regulated.  This starts Lena’s questions. Alex’s entrance to her life adds color and feelings to her structured world.

Lauren Oliver’s dysotopic world is frightening real, and not just because it is set in Portland, Maine with well known and recognized landmarks.  Her main characters are people you can understand – teenager with questions and emotions.  Their quest for understanding, the future and their belief that they are invincible are still recognizable no matter the time or the place.  The hyperawareness and concerns feel realistic. 

The emotional investment in the story and characters really speaks to a reader.  Prepare to enter Lena’s world, you won’t want to leave.

Declan by Caitlyn O'Leary

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Declan by Caitlyn O'Leary is the first book in a new series called Shadow Alliance. The book mixes suspense, hotness and thriller altogether in a fun book to read!  I enjoyed the storyline, the coolness of the characters and the super secret technology portion (at least to me it seemed super secret).  

Declan McAllister runs an organization that helps people.  His organization mostly is above board, but there is a section that is less obvious that seems to kick butt and take names later!  Declan, while helping in Paraguay, meets  FBI Agent Allison Davies.  She is looking for someone - someone she believe that Declan knows more about and she is willing to track him down for that knowledge.  She is searching off the books and Declan is ready to help her.  They are searching for a shadowy figure from Declan’s past.  The only problem, they are being hunted!

I have enjoyed Declan by Caitlyn O'Leary and am hopeful of more books about the Shadow Alliance!    

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