Miss Frost Ices the Imp by Kristen Painter

Posted December 9, 2017 by karenbaron in Audiobook, Cats, Cozy, Elves, Guest Post, Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery, Review, Series, Vampires, Werewolves / 0 Comments

Miss Frost Ices the Imp by Kristen PainterMiss Frost Ices The Imp by Kristen Painter
Series: Jayne Frost #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Narrator: Hollis McCarthy
Published by Sugar Skull Books on May 11th 2017
Genres: Cozy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 265
Format: Audible Audiobook
five-stars

Welcome to Nocturne Falls – the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.
When she buys a sealed box at an estate sale and cat-related circumstances cause that box to be opened, life in Nocturne Falls starts to go haywire. Jayne has no choice but to figure out what she unleashed and how to recapture it.
But Jayne suspects the woman behind the box is hiding something. Something that could cause a town resident serious trouble. Or worse, to lose their life.
With the help of her two favorite guys, a sexy vampire and a hot summer elf, and a few new friends, Jayne tackles what feels like an impossible mission. And winds up almost iced herself.

Mysterious pranks and a talking Spider…loved it!

Miss Frost Ices the Imp by Kristen Painter is the second book in the Jayne Frost Series, which is set in Nocturne Falls. You know the town where they celebrate Halloween 365 days a year.

I really Jayne. She is smart, cute and she finds trouble fairly easily. She is dating two gentlemen, Grayson, a vampire with a sketchy side and Cooper, a summer elf that she dated in college. I like that Jayne is true to herself in this situation. It will all work out itself out.

I love the characters, Ms. Painter does a delightful job creating these wonderful characters and the inspiring lives. The mystery part of the book was good. I could follow the clues and everything made sense.

The narrator Hollis McCarthy did a fabulous job. She uses different voices for the characters which I thought were so great. She seems to match up very well with the description of the characters in the book. I really loved Spider’s little voice.

My rating is 5 stars. I highly recommend this series and the Nocturne Falls series. I also recommend the Audible book, the narrator was top notch. Between the author’s story and narrator’s voices, this is so outstanding.

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This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book on your site. ~Jen

five-stars

About Hollis McCarthy

A Midwesterner with a science background who likes to fight with swords, Hollis is now based in New York City, and acts nationwide in theatre, film, television, audiobooks, and voice-overs. On camera roles include leads in independent films, co-star roles in CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” and Netflix “House of Cards,” as well as roles in feature films.

   Specialties include playing “nasty” smart, powerful women on TV — Senators, the Irish President, the Secretary of Defense — as well as  leading ladies (and some men!) in classical theatre — Cassius in JULIUS CASEAR, Elizabeth in RICHARD III, and Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

Theatre work includes major roles off-Broadway at 59E59th Theatre and Urban Stages, regionally at the Old Globe, Northern Stage, Capital Repertory, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare, Kansas City Repertory, Portland Center Stage and many others.

Since winning the 2014 ACX/Audible/Audiofile Magazine Narration Contest, she has recorded 50 audiobooks, with more titles coming soon.  She also plays softball, can throw a spiral with a football, and was a National Merit Scholar.

About Kristen Painter

About the Author:

Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning paranormal romance and urban fantasy. The former college English teacher can often be found on the social media links below where she loves to interact with readers.


Discovering the Legend of the Amazon by Anna Hagele

Posted December 1, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Animals, Dogs, Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Discovering the Legend of the Amazon by Anna HageleDiscovering the Legend of the Amazon on August 12, 2016
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 72
Format: Kindle
Source: Author, Publisher
five-stars

Are YOU ready to discover what adventures lie hidden in the Amazon rainforest?

My name is Eli Moore and I can’t wait for you to discover what I’ve found on my adventures with my dad and my dog Kara. Come with us as we hike through the rainforest, search for rare animals, and even ride down the Amazon River. Keep an eye out for my field journal sketches. They include all of the animals we found on our adventure. But, be warned! There is more to the forest than meets the eye. And one legend of the Amazon rainforest becomes the subject of my final sketch. This is my first expedition, but after these stories and sightings, it will surely not be my last! Come along and join me on this exciting adventure!

My take on this book:              Discovering the Legend of the Amazon by Anna Hagele is a perfect book for young kids in the sixth grade to even adults that are in their twenties who are reading to their nieces and nephews or just by themselves. This book is a short read that has wonderful pictures in it of the different type of animals that the main character has drawn for us in the book.

Eli Moore is a young ten-year-old boy who is much like his father not only in looks but also with his love of science and exploring. Eli is also our narrator of the book and it’s pretty interesting to see the Amazon through Eli’s eyes. I’ve never been so it was still really cool. He’s such a three-dimensional character, he wants to go with his dad for this one trip, to help his dad find this elusive lizard that his dad has been trying to find. Once Eli gets there he realizes that it’s most definitely different from what he’s used to. I wish we could have learned a bit more about this myth that one of the people in the outpost was talking about.

The next character is Eli’s father, Peter Moore, who is a biologist who also travels around the world vlogging for kids to learn more about different types of animals. Peter is the grown-up version of his son Eli. Peter becomes very bubbly and talkative about the animals he films for his vlog. However, he doesn’t have that celebrity type of vibe that most people have when they vlog.

Then there is Kara, Peter and Eli’s dog. She is a gray German Shepard and most of the people in Peru have called her a wolf because they don’t know what a German Shepard looks like. Kara mostly goes on these trips with Peter to keep him safe and out of trouble, so that he could return home to Peter’s wife and Eli. But know she also has to protect Eli as well. She seems like a very well-behaved dog, which is always good.

Discovering the Legend of the Amazon by Anna Hagele is a good read for anyone and of any age to read. I am giving this book five stars.

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five-stars

Armed & Fabulous by Camilla Chafer

Posted November 29, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Guest Post, Murder, Mystery, Review, Series, Urban / 0 Comments

Armed & Fabulous by Camilla ChaferArmed and Fabulous by Camilla Chafer
Series: Lexi Graves Mystery #1
Series Rating: four-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on March 31st 2013
Pages: 308
four-stars

All Lexi wants to do is get through the day at her boring temp job with Green Hand Insurance. That’s until she discovers the vice president, Martin Dean, in a pool of blood and herself at the center of an investigation into insurance fraud.Millions of dollars are missing, the chief suspect is dead and her mysterious, sexy, new boss is not what he seems.Recruited by the joint task force working on the case, all Lexi has to do is work out who killed Dean and where the missing millions are. That’s easier said than done when her sister insists upon the baby shower to end all baby showers, her wise-ass cop family just wants to keep her safe, someone keeps leaving her creepy gifts, and all the clues point to a seedy sex club on the wrong side of town.As the bodies start to pile up, Lexi is on a race against time to find the killer and the money, before she’s the next one in the murderer’s sights.

Murder, fraud, blackmail, can she figure it before someone finds her dead?

Armed and Fabulous by Camilla Chafer is the first book in the Lexi Graves Mysteries Series, this book starts out a little like the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Ms. Chafer has given it a different spin. I liked the book and similarities aren’t that big of a deal. The characters are well rounded and the story kept moving along at a nice speed.

Lexi Graves is a temp extraordinaire. She has long beautiful blond hair, which she is a little obsessive about. She is from a family of cops (her dad is retired, and her three brothers are currently working in different departments), with the exception of her sister who is an attorney. Lexi really hasn’t found her place in the world yet. She is smart, she was in the army, she has a degree, but she still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up.

Lexi is working at Green Hand Insurance when her big boss is murdered. Lexi, of course, finds the body. This becomes Lexi’s thing…finding dead bodies. This is where her supervising boss Adam confides in her that he is an undercover cop. Then Lexi is recruited to work with Adam and his FBI partner Solomon. Lexi finds both of these men are not bad on the eyes and the feeling seems mutual.

I liked that Lexi was smart about finding the clues sometimes though she sort of lost her train of thought, you know those hot guy distractions. Her friend Lily is a crack up. The things that girl knows about the weird side of Montgomery are crazy. I really liked that she was always supporting Lexi even on the craziest capers.

The mystery was good. I found a couple of errors but overall it was a good story. I will be checking out the next book in the series. So my rating is 4 stars for the first bool in the Lexi Graves Series.

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This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book on your site. ~Jen

four-stars

About Camilla Chafer

Camilla Chafer is the author of the Lexi Graves Mysteries and the Stella Mayweather urban fantasy series, plus brand new mystery Deadlines, a spin off from the Lexiverse. If she wrote faster, she’d probably be the author of other books too.


Witchful Thinking by Kristen Painter

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Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I have many things to be thankful for this year, but some of them would have to be the wonderful books that I have read and for all of you who find the time to read my reviews. Let’s not forget the outstanding authors that created the fabulous worlds for us to […]

Posted November 23, 2017 by karenbaron in Update / 0 Comments