Mini Review: The Wickeds by Gayle Foreman

55817049._sx318_The reviled villainesses of Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel team up to set the record straight in a subversively funny short story by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay.

Envious queen? Evil stepmother? Kidnapping hag? Elsinora, Gwendolyn, and Marguerite are through with warts-and-all tabloids, ugly lies, and the three ungrateful brats who pitted them against each other and the world. But maybe there’s more to the stories than even the Wickeds know. Is it time to finally get revenge? After all, they’re due for a happily-enough-ever-after. Even if they have to write it themselves. 

Every now and then, Amazon releases a series of short e-books with companion audiobooks that are available for free through Kindle Unlimited.  I’m not sure if they’re part of the Prime Reading program or not, but they’re inexpensive and always good reads.  Continue reading “Mini Review: The Wickeds by Gayle Foreman”

Mini Review: Make Mine Magic by Shanna Swendson

50373954._SX318_ Jilted at the altar, small-town librarian Claire is forced to go on her romantic honeymoon in New York City alone. After enduring one too many meals for two as one, Claire invites a seemingly harmless little old lady to join her for afternoon tea at the Plaza.

Unbeknownst to Claire, said little old lady is actually a grand wizard, who bestows Claire with a magical amulet that makes her the sitting queen of the magical community. Claire is swept into the gilded world of New York City wizards – and a bitter power struggle for the throne. With the help of a cursed former prince, Claire must untangle this web of deception and find the magical community’s rightful leader before her “honeymoon” is over.

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Two Quickie Reviews: Bloody Valentine & Bullseye

18709246 Will Robie is closing in on his next target when he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist–and he’s taken hostage alongside Oliver Stone. But is this just a simple bank job, or are the robbers after something even more valuable–and dangerous–than the cash in the vault?

I’ve been a fan of David Baldacci’s for some time now, however I’ve stuck mostly to his King & Maxwell series.  Until now, I’d not read any of his Will Robie series so, when I stumbled across this short story, I thought I might as well give it a shot.

I’m grateful I did.  While I don’t have any idea what the heck the Camel Club is (this was book 2.5 in the series), I’m now very interested to find out.  I want to know more about Will Robie and what got him to the point he was in this short story.  Color me intrigued if nothing else.

 

9593938 Mega rich restaurant owner Jack Barnes and his second wife Zee are very much in love. However, their plans for Valentine’s Day are about to be torn apart by the most violent murder.Who is the strange figure plotting this sick crime? Who hates Jack that much? There are plenty of suspects living in Jack’s fancy block of flats. Is it them, or could it be the work of an outsider with a twisted mind? One thing’s for sure, the police have got their work cut out solving this bloody mess.

James Patterson is one of my favorite authors.  He has this precise way of writing that makes the books very readable and quick to get through.  That doesn’t mean he skimps on the plot either.  I don’t know how to explain it, but I enjoy whatever it is.

This didn’t remind me of anything I’d read of his before, but it was still very enjoyable.  It was a little grittier and gruesome than his others, but the story was still engaging.  I have a couple other shorts by him, I do believe, and I need to read them soon.

[Blogtober] What Villian Would I Be?

Webb-OBSESSION-ebook1Quite a few years ago, the site I review for offered up the first three books in this series.  On a whim, never having heard of the author before (how, I don’t know, because she’s written a ton of books), I said, sure.  Why not?

I was immediately hooked.

Debra Webb is an amazing author.  She knows how to draw you in, ramp up the tension, and steam up your glasses all at the same time.  She also writes amazingly devilish bad guys.

The main baddie in her Faces of Evil series is Eric Spears, better known as The Player.  He’s smart, he’s handsome, and he’s rich.  Oh, and he keeps slipping through Jess’ fingers.  There’s one scene where Jess is pushed or falls, I can’t remember exactly (it’s been a minute since I’ve read these), and someone helps her up.  As she looks around to see who it was, she realizes it’s him – Eric Spears.  That he could be so brazen floored me.

I’m still a bit bitter about how his storyline was tied up, I thought it was a bit anti-climactic, but when you’re half in love with the guy you’re supposed to hate…

If you’re into romantic suspense that is both sexy as heck and a rollercoaster ride of thrills, you have got to look into this series.