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WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?
One Planet.
Two Worlds.
Population: Human … 7 billion.    Others … unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He’s afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn’t know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

I found Talisman of El, by Alecia Stone, on NetGalley. Unfortunately I was skeptical because lately I have come across more than one young adult novel that just didn’t cut it. No I am not a young adult but I am young at heart so quite often I enjoy books in this genre. This book, thankfully, has put a major dent in my recent skepticism of new/unknown authors.

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Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true. 

Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.

Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?

I have to admit I didn’t have a lot of confidence in this book. The vampire genre has been over done of late, and I find myself getting tired of reading book after book about typical blood thirsty vampires. Then I started to read, and to my delight this is not your typical vampire story.

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Fate seems to have mistaken Anne Serafini, a forensic photographer, for superwoman and she’s not amused. After being stabbed, witnessing a friend’s murder and shooting a man in self-defense, Anne realizes she’s been Fate’s puppet all along.
Now she’s chosen Anna Maria Island to try and take back control of her life. Unfortunately—when a murdered girl washes up on the beach—she understands, once again, Fate has chosen this place for her.
When Anne’s two eccentric aunts decide it’s time to let her in on the family secret, they tell Anne she is the latest fourth generation woman in her brown-eyed family to be born with green eyes and a paranormal gift. Anne’s gift is being in the wrong place at the right time. The gift of serendipity. But, the gift is also a curse. Each green-eyed woman has died before her twenty-eighth birthday.
Anne will turn twenty-eight in three weeks.
Can she embrace her gift and help stop this budding serial killer? Or is he the tool Fate will use to fulfill the family curse?

Have you ever heard of Shannon Esposito? I sure hadn’t before I was asked to review this novel, and that is a real shame. Her book, The Monarch, is a must read.

Do you believe in fate or serendipity? After two weeks of breaking everything I touch I can indeed relate to Anne’s  Seafini’s sting of bad luck. Or is it bad luck? Fate seems to be the ruling force behind everything Anne does, but she doesn’t believe in it. I’m not sure I did either, until I read this book.

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DENVER, COLORADO Mark Sanborn is 7 years old when the death of his big brother is surrounded by mysterious circumstances. Following this childhood tragedy, a strange phobia manifests itself, and over the years, begins to consume him. 

At age 25, Mark finds himself alone after the death of his parents, so he loses himself in his work as a forensic pathologist, leaving no time for friends or a social life of any kind. His life dramatically changes the day he meets Iris Blue, an attractive waitress and nursing student. After a whirlwind romance, he’s certain that he has found his soulmate, the woman of his dreams.

A discovery in a faraway desert requires investigation and expertise of forensic scientists and medical personnel from around the world. Mark hesitates, but then decides to embark on this bizarre expedition. The scientists are in a state of shock when evidence points to the existence of an alien species. 

No one is prepared for what secrets are buried with the souls of the desert. 

 

Souls of the Desert is Robert Roberts second novel and it does not disappoint. Have you ever wondered if we are visited by beings from another world? Do you ever wonder what they might look like, or why they would be here? Roberts has given that ‘alien question’ a new twist.

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The affluent estate community of Evergreen, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, is stunned to discover that four women have been kidnapped. The Evergreen Police chief and the Sheriff of Boulder County willingly gave the case to the Denver FBI office. The twenty-eight-year-old kidnapper questions who will be changed the most, him or his captives. He has promised to release them in seven months, allowing them to return to their lives with new perspectives and tell the FBI what happened. But will he keep his word? Moreover, what could be the driving reason behind the women’s kidnapping? The twists are stimulating and the conclusion is unforeseen and rewarding because revenge has no statute of limitations. 

Whit Gentry, the author of Revenge, sent me a copy of his novel for review. I really have to hand it to Whit for being so well organized. The novel is in the process of being re-edited, so along with the book I received a list of known errors, which is great because even though you notice them while reading you already know they are being fixed so you can just keep right on reading without a second thought. I love it! If everyone that had a book in for re-editing did that it would save a whole lot of note taking.

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Elliott is still mourning the deaths of his parents and his brother when his brother’s widow and her small daughter arrive to stay for a while. The foul-mouthed, exhibitionist mother he can do without, but Gee, the five-year-old girl, is a charmer.

But Gee tells stories, stories that no child her age could make up. In the stories she’s a grown woman, a dancer, and she meets a tragic end. Elliott doesn’t know what to make of it. Could Gee have lived before?

His feelings are a conflicting mix of disbelief and curiosity, needing resolution, so the pair sets out for the place where the murdered woman lived. There Elliott meets a woman he knows, even though he’s never met her, and there he and Gee come to the attention of a man who has killed many times over the centuries. And who is not about to stop.

I was sent a copy of To Dance Again for review, unfortunately it took me a little longer than planned to get it read but it was well worth it. James Thomas has weaved an insightful tale of reincarnation, loss, love and revenge into a story full of twists and turns.

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Alex Baker is underemployed and undermotivated, until a cop shows up at his door with strange news about his former housemate, Brent. This is a story of baseball cards, the Chinese Mafia, and many conversations over drinks. If John D. Macdonald and Chuck Klosterman had ever met in San Francisco and shared a few too many glasses of Plymouth, this is the novel they would have written together.

The author, Dan Johnson,  sent me a copy of Perplexing Problem of Porcelain Bandits to review and I liked the story but there were a few things that just didn’t work for me.

First off, it’s definitely not a page turner, but a slow burn. Most novels take me only a couple of days to finish, where this one took what seemed like forever. That’s not a bad thing, but it is unusual for me.

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