New York Night by Stephen Leather

Posted January 24, 2016 by karenbaron in Demons, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Supernatural, Thriller / 0 Comments

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New York Night by Stephen LeatherNew York Night by Stephen Leather
Series: Jack Nightingale #7
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Smashwords Edition on November 10th 2015
Genres: Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal
Format: Kindle
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Teenagers are being possessed and turning into sadistic murderers. Priests can’t help, nor can psychiatrists. So who is behind the demonic possessions? Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate, and finds his own soul is on the line.
Jack Nightingale appears in the full-length novels Nightfall, Midnight, Nightmare, Nightshade, Lastnight and San Francisco Night. He also appears in several short stories including Blood Bath, Cursed, Still Bleeding, I Know Who Did It, Tracks and My Name Is Lydia.

My take on this book: Wow this is the first book I read of the Jack Nightingale series and I must say that I was impressed by how well written New York Night by Stephen Leather. Once I got my hands on the eBook I was instantly hooked on it. Granted it took me a little bit longer than excepted to read this book but I didn’t mind it was a really good book.

I am giving this book five stars for a rating because it sucked me in and it was just an excellent read. I know, I know if it was such a good read why didn’t I finish it sooner is probably the question most of you are probably thinking. The reason for that is because sometimes real life takes over you for a little bit and that is what had indeed happened to me.

Jack Nightingale is a British supernatural private investigator that has a friend in the United States that wanted him to handle two cases in New York that had to do with the supernatural business well mostly Hell but yeah same thing. The reason this certain person contacted Jack about these two cases is because he couldn’t think of anyone he trusted better than Jack to keep an eye on the two cases and figure out with what is going on in New York and another state.

The evil agents from Hell kept jack on his toes. They twisted him all around New York staying a few steps ahead of him. Lilith was by far my favorite bad. As she kept a low profile, stayed in the shadows and kept the other bad guys in line. She has quite a mouth on her, and I like her snarky attitude.

I don’t want to spoil it for the people that haven’t read it since that is something that I don’t like anyone doing no matter who that person is. All I am going to say though is that this is an awesome read. However the previous six books sound just as amazing as this one. If anyone were to ask me about a good supernatural detective book I will most certainly tell them to read a Jack Nightingale book.

So, grab that hot chocolate, blanket and this Jack Nightingale mystery and you won’t have to go out in the snow.

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About Stephen Leather

Stephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan “Spider” Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. His eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US and he was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.


Shadowhunters TV Show

Posted January 19, 2016 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Shape Shifters, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

ShadowhuntersShadowhunters TV Show

Summary: Shadowhunters is an American television series broadcast on Freeform based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The series was officially picked up to series on March 30, 2015, by the network. It is the second adaptation of the novel series, the first of which was the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which was also produced by Constantin Film. The series premiered on January 12, 2016. In Decemeber 2015, the series received an order of 13 episodes. (got this from Wikipedia)

First Episode – Pilot (The Mortal Cup)

Summary: The series begins with Clary, celebrating her 18th birthday at a New York City nightclub, the Pandemonium. She learns about a group of teenagers with apparent supernatural abilities: Jace, Isabelle, and Alec. She sees them attack a demon who had gone into the club, but soon realizes that she is the only person able to see them. Her mother reveals to Clary that she is a shadow hunter and in attempt to protect Clary her from destiny, her mother is captured .

My take on this series so far: Shadowhunters TV Show is finally here! If you are like me, a fan of the book series, you might have been following the ShadowhuntersTV twitter handle and the actors/actresses so that you can stay up to date with them. I am happy to say that I loved everything about this show so far, especially all the actors/actresses that they picked for them. Let’s start with the main gang: Jace, Clary, Alec, Isabelle, and Simon. I say that they are the main gang because they are the ones that Clary, the main character, hangs around with the most.

Jace Wayland is played by Dominic Sherwood. I believe that Dominic is a great choice for Jace because the he is very hot and he is a great person for the role. Granted his eyes are two different colors but it still doesn’t matter in my mind as he is a pretty awesome Jace. He is also a little bit better than Jamie Campbell Bower from the movie but I am not dissing the movie as both the movie and TV show are completely different and are both great in their own ways. This Jace is a better, cockier and sassier version of Jace, which is always a good thing. Dominic Sherwood was recently in Vampire Academy (2014).

Clary Fray/Clarissa Fairchild Morgenstern is played by Katherine McNamara. I believe another great choice for this part as Katherine McNamara to me, is Clary Fray. She has the long red hair that has ringlets in it, not like the curls that Clary is supposed to have but I don’t care, and she has the green eyes to match as well. Granted yes Katherine had to use hair dye but Katherine is originally a red head but died it blonde for another role before being casted as Clary so she had to do that to her hair. Clary is the most prominent character in the series and Katherine McNamara did an outstanding job of bringing Clary to life. Katherine McNamara was recently in both Happyland (2014), The Fosters (2015), and The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails (2015).

Alec Lightwood is played by Matthew Daddario. Okay I believe that I am going to say this about all the cast members that I talk about but this is another great choice for Alec. Granted yes I know that Alec is supposed to have blue eyes and Matthew has brown eyes. This to me is like everyone talking about how Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter doesn’t have green eyes but blue eyes instead. To me that is just a small detail that can be overlooked. Matthew is definitely a great choice for Alec and I am happy that they went with him. I enjoyed his portrayal of the character in the pilot episode. Matthew Daddario was recently in Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List (2015).

Isabelle Lightwood is played by Emeraude Toubia. Emeraude is definitely Isabelle in my head. Isabelle is the person that yes is a girl but she doesn’t want to stay at home to take care of the household but be there in the fight while still looking sexy as she does it. Emeraude just in the little bit of time that she is on the screen shows that greatly while also still caring for her family and Jace. Isabelle is one of those characters that no one really thinks that much of but I do. I mean Isabelle is one of those characters that is comfortable in her skin and wears whatever outfit she feels like wearing out for the night or to fight in. Like when she wears that white leather halter top and white leather mini skirt because she has the confidence to carry it off. As for the outfit and the controversy around it, we need to think about this time frame and this outfit is most definitely something that a teenager now would wear. Emeraude Toubia was recently in Tattooed Love (2015) and other things in her native language.

Simon Lewis is played by Alberto Rosende. Alberto is definitely a convincing Alec and I am thinking that he will be great for both the nerd part of Simon’s personality and when his vampire side. Simon is Clary’s best friend and he loves her as more than a friend but of course Clary doesn’t see him in that way which is pretty much awful for him. Simon is a great guy and anyone would be happy to have as a friend. Alberto Rosende was recently in Blue Bloods (2015).

Now onto the series. We first go into the Shadowhunter world with seeing Jace, Isabelle, and Alec tracking a demon and Jace walking into Clary. This whole episode is all about setting up the whole series with Jocelyn being taken but us meeting Clary, Simon, Alec, Jace, Isabelle, Jocelyn, Valentine, and Luke. Well and other people that are essential in the plot probably later on. I love that even though the episode is only an hour long it fits in a whole lot of information. I asked my mom after the episode was done if she liked it and she did despite not knowing anything about the series (ya, she hasn’t read the books) and I had to tell her about it a little bit (you know how Moms are). She still liked the episode and thought that this series will be a good one. I am very happy to say that I think the same thing. I can’t wait for the other episodes. I don’t want to spoil too much of it since you have to watch it yourself and watch the other episodes on Tuesdays only on Freeform.

I am trying something a little new with this post, I may continue to review the episodes.

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Mordant by R.M. Dorn

Posted January 17, 2016 by karenbaron in Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Review, Science Fiction, Series, Supernatural / 0 Comments

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Mordant by R.M. DornMordant by Rosemary Hagedorn
Series: The Power of Nine #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Acorn Independent Press on September 4th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 322
Format: ebook
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Darric, a merciless warlord on the planet Vard, has finally defeated his enemies, although the lengthy war has all but destroyed his own planet. He must rebuild and train an army strong enough to invade Earth before his own planet becomes completely barren. It will take decades of hard work to prepare, but if he can get his hands on ancient relics that can magnify his deadly power, he will be ready to attack sooner than anyone could imagine.
Mordant was born into slavery. She does her best to keep her head down and blend in, but she hides a dangerous secret; she has the colours of magic in her mind. If her masters find out about them, she will be killed. Soon her magic will become too strong to hide. She must control it, or die.
With the help of her mother and a rebel spy, Mordant is given the chance to escape. Suddenly swept up into politics and conflicts she barely has time to understand, she must master new skills as mage, sword-master and spy. But the more she learns, the more dangerous the missions become: somehow she must reach Earth and deliver the urgent warning that Darric and his ferocious army are gaining strength and getting ever closer to their goal.

My take on this book:   Fantasy and Science Fiction collide is outstanding tale of a young girl’s bravery. A must read.

When I first heard about this book I loved the idea of it. I was extremely intrigued based on the plot summary. After I got the book and started reading it I was amazed at how well Mordant by Ms. Dorn was written. I am giving this book a five stars rating because of how well written it was, how it kept me interested, and it made me want to know more about the life Mordant lives in this book.

Ms. Dorn has an excellent imagination. I loved the way she brought Mordant’s world and the other worlds she talked about in other universes together. I loved some characters and had such extreme dislike for others. I could picture the world so easily. It was all amazing and I am still in awe about it right now as I am writing this review. Mordant’s world and she, herself, reminds me of the Star Wars worlds (a little bit anyway). I was so sucked in by the wonderful story that I was constantly thinking about it, wondering what would happen next when I picked up my Kindle Fire to read this book. I am happy that at the start of certain parts she gives a list of characters that will make an appearance, and at the very end she gives you a dictionary so that you can look up the words while reading or just wait until you are done reading like I did. I was just so amazed to see that the dictionary is there with terms that comes up in the book.

Mordant kept me guessing about a lot of things in the book. Like who her mom was, especially who her dad is, and a bunch of other things that happen throughout the book but that I don’t want to mention in this post and spoil anything. I am happy that I was asked to read this book and I am glad to say that I totally loved it. I am so hooked by this story that I want to read the other two books once they come out. I will be adding those to my to-be-read list. I am also going to recommended this book to everyone that is a sci-fi fan. This is such an awesome book to read and I hope that all of you will agree.

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Happy New Year

Posted January 11, 2016 by karenbaron in Uncategorized, Update / 0 Comments

Happy New Year 2016Oh my god my Happy New Year post is very late, by like ten days to which I am very sad about, but Happy 2016 to my wonderful loyal fans that have been through this whole journey with me. I am very happy to see how well my blog has done for the past, ALMOST TWO YEARS NOW, to which I am incredibly pleased to have all of you here with me.

Anyways I hope everyone is loving 2016 so far. I am pleased to say that I plan to read about 75 books this year. To which I am hoping to do. I am also thinking about doing more stuff for the blog later on but not quite sure yet. I am still getting used to it and I am grateful for these almost two wonderful years that I have been doing this book blog.

And I am thankful for all the wonderful book requests that I have been getting. I am also hoping that I will be able to do a better job with answering my emails and paying more attention to this book blog than I have in the past.

Anyways I hope you all have a wonderful 2016 this year and I hope that this year will be filled with a lot of awesome books for you to read!

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Buried in a Bog GP

Posted January 1, 2016 by karenbaron in Cozy, Mystery, Review, Rural, Series / 0 Comments

Buried in a Bog GPBuried in a Bog by Sheila Connolly
Series: County Cork #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Penguin Group (USA) on February 5th 2013
Pages: 304
Format: Kindle
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National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface...
Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.  
In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head...
A New York Times bestseller!

My Thoughts:   I really enjoyed this book. Sheila Connolly can truly spin a tale. 5 Stars for this one.

Maura Donovan lives in Boston where her whole world has been turned upside down by the passing of her much loved Gran. Gran’s last wish was for Maura to go to County Cork, Ireland where her Gran was married and lived before moving to Boston. Gran has even left her the address of a friend to contact, Bridget Nolan. Mrs. Nolan makes accommodations for Maura’s stay, and other such things.

Maura finds in Ireland a job, friends, family, belonging and mystery. Maura really grows emotionally, grieves for her Gran and finds a whole world her Gran didn’t tell her about. Some opinions that she formed about the Irish in Boston change as she meets the people of Ireland and learns their stories. Maura is strong, stubborn, and quirky. She says what she is thinking. The supporting characters are amusing and witty.

I found myself transported to the Townlands of County Cork. What a wonderful start to a new series. I am looking forward to the next book.

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About Sheila Connolly

Connolly was born in Rochester, New York, and since then has lived in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California, and Massachusetts. In 1972 she graduated with honors from Wellesley College, then earned a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University. When art history jobs proved elusive, she obtained an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as an art historian, a municipal financial advisor for U.S. cities and states, a non-profit fundraiser for institutions and two statewide political campaigns, and a professional genealogist. She has included elements of all of these in her mysteries.

Connolly is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, and is also a member of the steering committee for the New England Crime Bake, an annual mystery conference.

Currently she lives in southeastern Massachusetts, with her husband, daughter, and three cats.

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