Book Review: Insidious (FBI Thriller #20) by Catherine Coulter

Insidious by Catherine Coulter

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Published: August 2016

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Insidious is the twentieth thriller in #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter’s FBI series. FBI agents Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen, a powerful, wealthy society icon. They soon find out that the danger may be closer than expected.

Venus Rasmussen, a powerful woman who runs the international conglomerate Rasmussen Industries, believes someone is poisoning her. After Savich and Sherlock visit with her, someone attempts to shoot her in broad daylight. Who’s trying to kill her and why? A member of her rapacious family, or her grandson who’s been missing for ten years and suddenly reappears? Savich and Sherlock must peel away the layers to uncover the incredible truth about who would target Venus.

Meanwhile, Special Agent Cam Wittier leaves Washington for Los Angeles to work with local Detective Daniel Montoya to lead the hunt for the Starlet Slasher, a serial killer who has cut the throats of five young actresses. When a sixth young actress is murdered, Cam comes to realize the truth might be closer than she’d ever want to believe.

With breakneck speed and unexpected twists and turns, Coulter’s Insidious will leave you breathless until the shocking conclusion.

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This was my first journey into Catherine Coulter’s literary world and it certainly won’t be my last. Simon and Schuster provided me with a review copy (I couldn’t be more pleased to have been privileged enough to read this title.)

Prior to this, I wasn’t even aware of the FBI series, 20 books! Wowza, Coulter sure is doing something right!

I love reading mysteries, and this one did not disappoint by any means. I loved the fully rounded characters and the successful execution of two mysteries running parallel throughout the story.

Savich and Sherlock are looking into the possible poisoning of one of his grandmother’s old friends and FBI Agent Cam Wittier and Detective Daniel are working together in California trying to track down a vicious serial killer that is killing young and beautiful movie stars.I was equally intrigued by both storyline…This is something rare for an author to achieve. It’s difficult to write characters so well that readers are equally concerned and intrigued by every party discussed.

I loved the dialogue and interaction between characters. It reads as sincere and authentic.

The story follows a well paced plot that keeps you on your toes. Entering book #20 as a new reader there were several things I needed to catch up on, but it was still enjoyable and a great read!

 

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Book Review: Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings

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Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings

Published: July 12th 2016

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Twelve-year-old Merryn lives with her fisherman father in a little cottage by the sea. Each day, her father braves the tumultuous waves and returns home in time for dinner. One stormy evening, he doesn’t come back. Merryn has a vision that he’s been dragged underwater by a terrifying sea creature, and he needs her help. Determined to rescue him, Merryn builds a tiny submarine and embarks on a journey through the undersea worlds she’s only heard about in her father’s lullabies. As she faces the dangers and wonders of the world below the waves, she realizes that her father’s stories were all real.

Readers can also experience Merryn’s daring journey firsthand in the new Song of the Deep video game from acclaimed developer Insomniac Games.

Review

What a fantastical journey this great little story is! After reading the synopsis and learning Hasting’s also wrote for the video game Ratchet and Clank, I knew I HAD to read this!

As discussed in the synopsis, the story follows Merryn a young girl who lives with her father who is fisherman. Merryn dreams to travel the seas, and suddenly her world of daydreaming comes to a halt–her father disappears.

Armed with her courage, she builds a small submarine to her size to go in search of her parent. Thus she will discover that the rhymes of her childhood were real and that there is a world much bigger underwater than she would have thought.

It was fascinating to follow the journey with Merryn, whether by design or by the text and it is true that we are curious to see what she will face to find her father. It’s a nice story in the depths of water that carries us and which we are eager to discover the purpose. Merryn has a lot of courage and determination and it is touching to see what she is willing to do to save the creatures she meets or even her father.

Brian Hastings has been creating video games with Insomniac Games for 21 years. He helped develop the stories and worlds for Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet and Clank, and now, Song of the Deep. As a child, Brian dreamed of being an author, and this is his first book. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. You can learn more about his work and Song of the Deep at insomniacgames.com and on Twitter @songofthedeep.

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Book Review: Night Shift (Midnight Texas) by Charlaine Harris

Night Shift (Midnight Texas #3) by Charlaine Harris

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Published: May 3rd 2016

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—“the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed”*—comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day…

At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.

Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.

And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be…

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Absolutely, hands down ; the best entry in the midnight, Texas series.

I loved the action. I loved the characters, old and new. The twists were very unpredictable and shocking

As always, I love how Harris connected characters from other stories. It’s like they all intercept at some level. Very neat.

My favourite character was definitely mr snuggly. A a talking cat with sass? Purrfect job.

This is why Charlaine Harris is amongst my favourite writers.

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Fashion: Watermelon Mania!

Fashion: Watermelon Mania!

 


Dolce Gabbana leather handbag
2,220 CAD – flannels.com

Watermelon Luggage Tag
5.39 CAD – stylesforless.com

Red purse
romwe.com

Dangle earrings
33 CAD – etsy.com

Meri Meri necklace
12 CAD – trouva.com

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Book Review: Fe-Lines French Cat Poems Throughout The Ages

Fe-Lines: French Cat Poems Through The Ages

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Published: October 15th 2015

Hardcover, 384 pages

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The French have long had a love affair with the cat, expressed through centuries of poetry portraying the animal’s wit and wonder. Norman R. Shapiro lionizes the felines’ limitless allure in this one-of-a-kind collection. Spanning centuries and styles, he draws on she-cats and toms, and an honor roll of French poets, well known and lesser known, who have served as their devoted champions. He reveals the remarkable range of French cat poems, with most works presented here for the first time in English translation. Scrupulously devoted to evoking the meaning and music of the originals, Shapiro also respects the works’ formal structures. Pairing his translations with Olga Pastuchiv’s elegant illustrations, Fe-Lines guides the reader through the marvels and inscrutabilities of the Mystique feline.

Review

First off, huge thanks to NetGalley for introducing and providing me with a review galley. Cats truly make the world go round. They are gorgeous, inquisitive creatures in which we will never fully understand. They are courageous. They are witty. They are kind. They are empathic. They are our true best friends.

The translations make this a perfect fit for both French and English readers. The poems cover everything from song, to fable to basic prose.

This charming collection explores the world of cats. Sometimes eloquent, other times not so much. All throughout, certainly intriguing and would make the forefathers of the poetry proud.

The images of kittens sealed the deal of fantastic for me. Great words about cats, and even more fantastic prose.

Thanks, NetGalley!

This one will be added to my yearly-reads.

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Poetry: Clarity

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One day you wake up.

Mature.

A clear portrait of what you want in life.

Stands before you.

You se the world through different eyes.

You can finally admit.

A relationship can’t be fixed.

No matter how much you want to.

You can never trust certain people.

In another time.

I wonder.

Who we would have been.

What we would have.

Been to eachother.

What we could have been.

The days with you.

Are drawing to an end.

It is time.

Time to relearn.

How to feel.

How to value.

How to be complete.

 

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Book Review: The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor

The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor

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Published: November 2015

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Some places are too evil. Some places should be left alone.

Austin Cole has it made. Star of the hit television show Spirit Chaser Investigations, he has become the world’s most famous paranormal investigator. Although hard work, a talented investigation team, and favorable genetics have something to do with it, it’s his lack of fear and willingness to take risks no one else will that make Spirit Chaser Investigations cable’s number-one show. When a ghost-hunt-gone-wrong seriously injures his best friend and lead psychic, Austin is forced to find a replacement for a team member he considers irreplaceable.

Casey Lawson can’t catch a break. She’s been on her own since she turned eighteen and is scraping by as a part-time psychic and cashier at a New Age store. When a desperate Austin Cole calls her up and offers her a position on his team, has her fortune finally changed?

He’s a control freak; she’s stubborn and opinionated. It takes time, but when they finally realize they’re working on the same side, everything clicks, both on and off screen.

Just when things are looking up, a new threat emerges. Over the years, Austin has angered plenty of demons, and one of them has set her sights on him. Now he’s the one in danger, and it’s up to the team to rescue him from the riskiest investigation of their lives.

Review
I LOVE reality televisions ghost hunter and paranormal shows, so the premise of this book reeled me right in. It was like all my guilty pleasures thrown into one,

As I began to bond with the characters and understand the storyline I was equally intrigued and perfectly happy to skip sections. The romance scenes in the story really took away from the progression of the story. I believe the storyline would have advanced much quicker and smoother without the explicit bits detailing the romance between our male and female protagonist.

With that being said, I did love the story. It was intriguing and rather original. It was a great quick read, with potential for much better if the expanse of the romance was excluded.

I look forward to reading more of her writing.

Thank you, NetGalley for the review copy.

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