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The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char
My rating: 4 of 5 Tophats

Anything but mild-mannered librarian, Carolyn, battles to save or is it destroy the world? When you get so much power your good and evil status becomes dicey.

Excellent fantasy about the end of one group of kids worlds and their training to become the lords of the next. Excellent storyline with a strong female protagonist keeps this book moving along like an express train.

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Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn

Things Half in ShadowThings Half in Shadow by Alan Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 tophats

Journalist hired to debunk Philadelphia’s mediums in post Civil War 1869 discovers the best medium to murder mediums.

All is not as it appears to be as you’ll soon discover in this thrilling, chilling, story by Alan Finn.

Philadelphia 1869. Mediums abound after the Civil War has run its course. Most of them are charlatans some of them aren’t. Lenora Pastor is the real thing but someone doesn’t want the dead to tell tales to the living.

This is not a gore fest by any means but I found myself checking over my shoulder a couple of times when reading this…and there might have been a light left on overnight…by accident of course. You’ll enjoy the case of the heebie jeebies you’ll get from this tight tale.

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Eeny Meeny by M.J. Alridge

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

My rating: 4 of 5 Tophats

Clever British set police procedural with a savvy serial killer who specializes in killing two birds with one stone.

Super competent police officer, Helen Grace, has a guilt fetish so strong she meets her master on a regular basis to get beaten till she bleeds…but she’s always in control.

If I had one complaint it would be that Helen tends to blame others before she has the full details which seems a bit screwy since she’s so kick ass in everything else.

Tension is created from the get go and you will come away from this story admiring the solid plot twist. Who will be the last to emerge from this twisted plot and will they ever really recover from having won?

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Emergence by John Birmingham

Emergence (David Hooper, #1)Emergence by John Birmingham

My rating: 3 of 5 tophats

Hungover oil rigger kills deep sea alien and gets aliens super powers. War for planet domination begins.

Dick lit that is good but somehow misses the mark. The main character is a philandering ass who, by his own admission, is not worth much to his family. He is good at getting drunk and hiring top shelf “hookers” and he does care about his staff out on the open water oil rig. Otherwise his depth of character is definitely in the shallows if not in the kiddie pool. By accident Dave kills an interloper from the underworld and all hell breaks loose. If you’re wondering, of course good triumphs in the end…doesn’t it.

Good beach read but I’d suggest a backup.

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House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy

House of EchoesHouse of Echoes by Brendan Duffy
My rating: 4 of 5 Tophats

Depressive former-banker mother, passive-aggressive novelist father, Charlie the odd child who get’s a “tightening” when something bad is about to happen and the baby, Bub, move to upstate New York to refurbish the run down family estate after Charlie is bullied at his former New York school. Fundamentalist religious sect welcomes them, integrates them, and then demands adherence to their religious laws. Hilarity does not ensue.

To me this is somewhat of a mashup between Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon and The Shining by Stephen King. Duffy moves the action along and throws in some intriguing plot twists. This one kept me up past my bedtime reading and then kept me awake long after I went to bed. Super satisfying read.

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The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

The House We Grew Up InThe House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

Hoarding, suicide, family secrets this one has it all and a little bit more.

The Bird family has so many secrets that no one can know about and one of the largest is that Mama Bird is a full-blown hoarder complete with newspaper paths. There is one tiny area that contains a recliner where she sleeps, eats, lives, and corresponds with an online lover. But what does all this clutter really cover up? And why is Rhys’ room just as he left it when he killed himself? This is a fantastic book about a family creating it’s own tragedy in their own very special way. The last paragraph will leave you gasping as this book ends exactly the way it should!

Well worth the read!

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Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

VirginVirgin by Radhika Sanghani

Twenty something virgin trying to lose her V card.

V as in virginity.

Fun, lighthearted book that I probably was not the target audience for. But as I will read the occasional book that is out of genre such as Western, I’ll also read anything that looks to be interesting. Radhika Sanghani’s book has some definite laugh out loud moments and others that are cringe worthy compelling. In the end she gets exactly what she’s looking for and what she’s been trying to avoid.

Virgin was provided by Berkley Publishing Group on NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.

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