08. November 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags: , ,

The Diviners by Libba Bray, 578 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/04/2012

What book has all of my favorite genres in one? The Diviners. It is historical fiction with a murder with paranormal fantasy elements mixed in to both the main characters lives and the mystery. Fun and full of atmospheric descriptions and twists and turns in the mystery plot.

Evie O’Neill has embarrassed her family in small town Ohio and been shipped off to live with her uncle in 1920s New York City—and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. Her parents want her to stay out of trouble and calm down but New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces as well as where her best friend from childhood lives. Soon enough, Evie is running with a glamorous Ziegfield girl and a rakish pickpockets. When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie’s uncle is called in by his police friend as a consultant and Evie winds up right in the middle of the case. But Evie has her own secret. Her mysterious power that got her in trouble in her hometown and makes her feel different from everyone else her age, but can it help her solve the mystery and what secrets do her new friends have?

My only disappointment was that I didn’t know when I started that book that it was book one of a series. But that just means you get to spend more time with Evie, her uncle and all the other characters in books to come!

26. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Robin, Romance · Tags:

If You See Her by Shiloh Walker, 400 pages, read by Robin, on 02/04/2012

This is the second in a series of books that focus on a small town with a serial killer problem. In the first book, Shiloh Walker introduced us to a blind woman who heard the killer as he was attacking a woman. This book focuses on an abused woman who has enough of her own problems, apparently, as the killer is mentioned in her book, but rarely seen… The story is good and I’m eagerly awaiting the third book in the series – Shiloh manages to string the suspense along in a way that keeps my attention throughout both books while putting the main emphasis on the couple who “star” in each book. This is an enjoyable romance and something light and easy to read while still being interesting enough to hold your attention.