Derry O’Donnell is a
good looking, smart, and talented American actress in Ireland. She is a little
bit psychic, being the daughter of the seventh son of the seventh son, and out
of work in the meantime, and most of the time.
When her highly
successful art-gallery owner mother gives her an ultimatum regarding her
accommodation, Derry has to think of some ways to earn money to cover the rent,
fast. With the help of her best friend Bella, another out of work actress,
Derry creates Madam Tulip, fortune teller to the rich and famous. On her first
fortune telling event, The Celebrity Bash, however, a famous rap
In just a couple of
days, Derry’s world turns upside down. Her best friend might end up in jail, a
supermodel might be murdered and she and some people close to her, including
her father and her ex-lover, might suffer grave consequences.
This is a very enjoyable
and highly entertaining book of crime and mystery. With casual tone for both
the narration and dialogue, it is an easy read, totally intriguing and
deliciously funny. The characters range from charming to annoying to
contemptible. My favorite among the set of interesting characters is Jacko,
Derry’s father. He is not the most responsible or most honorable, not even a
good example to his daughter, but I find Jacko very realistic making him one
endearing character for me.
Besides a few, probably
typographical, errors, this book is generally well-written and I enjoyed it a
Congratulations to David
Ahern (@DaveAhernWriter) on such a wonderful book. For more books
by the author, click HERE.
Young and spirited pilot Kitty Hawk is
excited about the summer. She just receives sponsorship from Tilley Clothing
Company to spend the summer in Alaska and study the social interactions and
feeding habits of humpback whales. Not only does she get to live with a warm
and generous couple in Juneau, but she also meets new friends whom she learns a
lot from. After identifying a particular whale by the marks of its tail, Kitty
witnesses a spectacular phenomenon that she, so luckily, gets to record on her
laptop. Things are going way even better than she expected, until her attention
is caught by a suspicious looking fishing boat and her summer adventures turn
from fun and exciting to ultimately dangerous.
This is an exciting, enjoyable,
informative and a totally entertaining book. It has a very promising beginning
that turns into an all-out suspenseful story with surprising twists and unpredictable
turn of events. Descriptions of the settings, Canada and Alaska, are rich and
vivid while the dialogues are realistic and fitting for each character. The
author creates an endearing protagonist in Kitty Hawk. She is smart albeit
impulsive and kind yet tough. She is completely clueless about how special she
is which makes her all the more charming.
However, though I appreciate the history
lesson, I find it too long. I also find some scenes, especially the captivity,
a little dragging. Still, I enjoyed this book immensely and I recommend it to
readers who love adventures.
Congratulations to Iain Reading (@IainReading) on such a great book. For more
books in this series, click HERE.
When the editor of Wired magazine
receives a USB drive with a cryptic message and an attached code, he sends his
smart albeit inexperienced science reporter, Dr. Pei Xiao. He also sends
his down-on-his-luck former brother-in-arms freelance photographer Roy Bryant
to accompany Pei, primarily, to keep her safe. Though her editor’s
decision annoys Pei initially, it is proven wise and sound as Pei and Roy are
thrown into a series of unexpected twists and turns of events.
This is a fast-paced and exciting science
fiction thriller that will keep the readers hooked. It has a solid plot and
just enough backstories to help readers relate with the characters.
Descriptions are lavish but not superfluous and dialogues shift from
academic/scientific to casual. The numerous references to familiar science
fiction movies give the book a light touch while introduction of otherworldly
creatures signifies the author’s creativeness and imaginativeness.
However, some readers may find the science
part of the book too technical and difficult to follow. But besides a few
noticeable errors (like it’s instead of its and we’re instead of were) the book
is very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. Finally, though I’m not,
generally, a fan of cliffhangers, I find the ending of this book satisfying and
just perfect to entice readers to the next book in the series.
Congratulations to Brian Q.
Webb (@BrianQWebb) on such a great book! For more
information about the author, click HERE.
Dear Maude is Book 1 of The Dear
Maude Trilogy written by Denise Liebig.
Emily Stanton manages to graduate from college under a scholarship from
Evergreen Research Corporation with the strict condition that she will work for
the company after graduation. Smart and tough albeit a little bit naïve and
with high moral standards, Emily proves to be much more than another former
scholarship student but a great asset to the company. However, as Emily learns
eventually, Evergreen Research is not an ordinary nor a traditional employer.
The type of research they are engaged in is something Emily never thought
possible, going back in time and changing the past to benefit a few.
Emily realizes that the people around her are not what she thinks they are, she
finds out how vulnerable she is in a place and a time where and when she has no
one and she has nothing except a journal she writes on as she pretends to
communicate with her deceased aunt Maude and takes comfort in one familiar object,
an old suitcase that belonged to her dead great aunt.
This is a very interesting, intriguing, absorbing and thought-provoking
book that will keep the reader glued to every page. To borrow a line from Alice
in Wonderland, it keeps getting ‘curiouser and curiouser.’ Moreover, though
time travel is not at all a very original concept, the events that take place
in the story make up for the banality of the subject matter. The corsets, the
gowns, the balls, the trip to the opera and the horseback riding and other
lessons give the story glamor and substance that make this book very enjoyable
to read. The author creates admirable and endearing protagonists as
well as shameless and contemptible villain.
Though the book is part of a trilogy, it can be read and enjoyed as a
standalone and the ending, though a little cliffhanger, is not only
satisfactory but also satisfying.
Congratulations to Denise
Liebig (@DeniseWithWords ) on such a great
book! For more books by the author, click HERE.