Hood’s Bend by J Morningstar is a paranormal suspense novel. The best thing about this book is, you won’t be able to know that this is a paranormal genre until you half through the book. There is an eerie ambiance but the interval bang is the best I’ve read in a long time.
Beth is divorced and leaves New York City to stay with her mother for some time. When she arrives at Missouri, Beth finds herself lost and unsure of her future. While Beth’s mother Susan pushes her about her personal life, Beth loses it and has a fight with her. She then drives aimlessly out of the town but finds herself in a small picturesque village named Hood’s Bend away from the highway.
Beth falls in love with the place immediately and finds inspiration to paint, something she didn’t do in a very long time. Beth keeps coming back to the town now and then and also with her mother, Susan. Not only did she visit, but Beth decides to stay in the town when she lays her eyes on a Victorian styled house. It’s almost like destiny when she finds that the price of the house is very low and absolutely affordable.
Beth starts buying furniture and setting up a small studio to paint in one of the durrets. Susan’s health suddenly deteriorates and undergoes a surgery to have the tumor removed. Beth stays by her mom’s side all through the process. After Susan’s recovery, Beth returns to Hood’s Bend and stays for a while. But this time, surprisingly, Beth is not allowed to return to the City. Her new friends in town Kim and Nikki explain to her that the town doesn’t allow it’s residents to leave it. Beth was the only person who was able to make so many trips in and out of town. They also tell her that the people in the town were hoping that she is their last hope.
This sudden turn of the events compel Beth to remain in the village and get used to the fact that she is stuck in this town. The story is about whether Beth could get out of Hood’s Bend.
The author did a great job of creating the sense of suspense in the novel. The female lead Beth and many other women in the book are very brave, independent and wonderful. I enjoyed the book thoroughly.
The Wolf by Jade Marshall is a MC Romance. This is the first book from the series Gypsy Bastards. This is an impressive debut by the author Jade Marshall. She did a good job for a debut author.
Hadley faced many hardships in life from her childhood. She came out stronger than ever from all those bad times and learnt not to depend on anyone but herself. She has too many bad memories and she had trust issues. When she met Wolf in a club, she was not planning on falling for him. Wolf on the other hand also has a bad past where he loses his wife and child. Wolf and Hadley find instant connection between them but because of their trust issues, they ignore the spark for some time.
When the other group member, Viper kidnaps Hadley, Wolf saves her just in time. From then on, all that Wolf wants is to protect Hadley. Wolf and Hadley have too much attraction between them and they can’t ignore it anymore. It’s the turn of the very strong and super independent Hadley to save Wolf. Can she do that? Can she save Wolf from the dangerous situation he is in?
There are some hot scenes in the book. The female lead is incredible and I love Wolf, too. The Wolf is one of the entertaining Motorcycle Club romance I have read in the recent times. I like second chances myself. Who doesn’t, right?
Derailed by Mary Keliikoa is a very good mystery novel I read in the recent times. The author succeeded in capturing my complete attention to the book from the start till the end.
Kelly Pruett is a private investigator who inherited the PI business from her father. When Georgette comes knocking on Kelly’s door requesting her to investigate the death of her daughter Brooke, Kelly immediately accepts the case in order to honor her father’s last wish.
Brooke is said to be hit by the local train and the case is closed by the police. Kelly starts her investigation from scratch basing on Georgette’s suspicions. Apart from the PI life, Kelly is grieving her father’s death, coping from the divorce and taking care of her deaf daughter.
Many surprising truths uncover during the investigation. Brooke happens to be an entirely different person from what her parents assumed her to be. The story is about the path Kelly takes in spite of all odds and how she solves the mystery. Kelly never gives up though she is threatened and attacked by the killer.
I must applaud the author for building such a strong and intense female protagonist. Kelly is the HERO of this novel. I like Kelly’s determination, courage and intelligence. This book is a wonderful read for any mystery lovers.
I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
The Tree of Life is a beautiful book written by Nick Blackburn and illustrated by Julianne Vermilion. While the writer writes beautiful poem about life, the illustrator wonderfully presents the visual of the poem in incredible illustrations. I could not believe that the illustrator is hardly 20 years old. She added great beauty to the book.
The Tree of Life is a short book, I completed reading it in just one sitting. The author talks about subjects like life, soul, universe, etc. He depicts the fact that we all are part of this huge universe who keep coming back in one form or another to fulfil the purpose of our lives. The eternal spark, its journey and destination are written well in the poem. The poem also teaches us that we can learn our lessons even from children and young ones and that age is just a number. Though this poem is small, it makes great sense in a larger perspective.
The book also includes the story of the author and how his student inspired him to come up with this meaningful visual poem. Every page has illustrations that have deep meaning. I must say, this is the most colourful book I read in the recent times.
The book is very different and refreshing. I received the advance reviewer copy of the book from LibraryThing for an honest review. I enjoyed reading it.