Review: VanishIng Girls


AuthorLisa Regan.
Genre: Mystery Thriller.
Rating: 🍫🍫🍫🍫🍫

Blurb:

She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name…

Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona.

Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls. She knows the race is on to find Isabelle alive, and she fears there may be others…

The trail leads Josie to another victim, a girl who escaped but whose case was labelled a hoax by authorities. To catch this monster, Josie must confront her own nightmares and follow her instinct to the darkest of places. But can she make it out alive?
Fans of Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni will be utterly gripped and sleeping with the lights on once they discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

Cover Review:

It's dark, dangerous and perfectly befitting to the storyline.

Book Review

VanishIng Girls is definitely one of the best mystery novels I've ever read. The characters, the suspense, everything was just perfect. 

Usually, when you read a mystery novel, it usually connects with the brain, right? You try to figure out what'll happen next. You rack your brain about it. 

But this book managed to stir both my head and my heart. It made me cry and smile proudly. It made me laugh and it made me scream 'yes!' (Which made my mom think I was crazy, as usual.)

I loved Detective Josie Quinn for her determination and her badass character. I salute that woman. 

There's another character I loved but I can't reveal his name because that's part of a suspense, but he's the good guy playing the bad guy role. 

All in all, VanishIng Girls was a shocking, goosebumps raising read and I'm excited to read more of Josie Quinn's cases! 


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Review: The Matter Of The Crown


AuthorLinda Ferreri.
Genre: Crime Thriller.
Rating: 🍫🍫🍫🍫

Blurb:

The Crown of the Andes, one of the world's most precious and beautiful sacred objects, has been stolen right off the stage at Satterling's Auction House in New York City. Five pounds of magnificent baroque gold that ransomed the Inca Ruler Atahaulpa, and hundreds of perfect Colombian emeralds, all gone without a trace! Will this legendary treasure be destroyed for its gold and emeralds? Claire, the heroine from "One Sacred Crown," braving danger and emotional turmoil, is in hot pursuit.

Cover Review:

To be honest, I don't like the cover at all. Though the story behind it is pretty good, so I guess it's okay.

Book Review:

The Matter Of The Crown was so full of twists, revelations and even more twists that it left me confused at times! I couldn't read it in one sitting, because well life. Though whenever I wasn't reading or sleeping, my mind would go back to the book and I'd be wondering about the whys and the whos. 

I'm trying really hard to keep this review spoiler free, it's such a difficult task!

Who stole the crown was pretty easy to guess right from the moment it got stolen, yet there were many other mysteries that needed to be solved. And that's what kept me hooked. (I'd tell you more but it'd be a major spoiler, so sorry can't do!)

A mere glittering hoard serves no Godly purpose and thus would only blind those who do no more than see it sparkle.

At times, I had to skip a few pages, a chapter even because of too much description! I'm not a history lover. I mean, I enjoy reading about places and history but I don't want chapters of that stuff! Especially not in a mystery novel!

Other than that though, it was a pretty good read and I'm glad I got to read this book.


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I also got a chance to have an awesome chat with the author! To read the interview, you can click here.



An Interview With Linda Ferreri, author of The Matter Of The Crown


Being a part of the Blog Tour hosted by Rachel's Random Resources, I got the chance to interview Author Linda Ferreri, the creator of the absolutely amazing novel, The Matter Of The Crown! 


Without further ado, I present to you my conversation with the amazing creative author, Linda Ferreri! 


Q. First of all, we'd love to know more about you!

A. I'm kind of quiet about myself, hoping the books get the attention rather than the author. But I know the world in which we live and that authors have to come out of the shadows.  I am possibly over-educated in the humanities.  I studied Latin and Greek for what seemed to be centuries, then art history for 5 years at university after my undergraduate degree, and then became a lawyer. So after forever in school, my career has been art law, until  I turned myself into a full-time author.  I was general counsel of a large art foundation, and of an auction house, and did some consulting for UNESCO. I've been all around the world with art and the law.  It's a fascinating topic. I travel a lot and my education has brought all of the places that I visit vividly to life for me.

As you can probably tell from the book, I'm American with a life in both the US and Italy. I love them both but I consider myself very very fortunate to be able to live and write in the beautiful Marche part of Italy. It really does inspire me.


Q. When I read The Matter of The Crown, I felt as if I was reading a classic novel, writing style-wise. Was that your intention or is that just your style?
Either way, I loved it!
 😁

A. Well thank you! It's both, actually.   My favorite writers are long dead and I quite love the proper turn of a phrase. There is so much to do with this lovely language of ours. I see this story as a film. It's always been like that for me.  I see like a story being told by a narrator to the audience in a movie theater watching the gorgeous scenery and the amazing Crown itself. It told itself to me in a very  old-fashioned way. It's only fair to say, however, that the old-fashionedness of my style in the book is part of the history involved.

Q. The Matter Of The Crown features so many characters! Who was the most fun to write? 

A
. The most fun to craft was the Contessa but my personal favorite is Baldo.  One of my friends is eager to see her back in a new book.  I say Baldo 'is' because he's back, in the book I'm writing now.

Q. In a sentence, how would you describe your writing experience for The Matter of The Crown? 

A. I knew who the characters were at the very start when the idea came to me; once I began typing, they took over and wrote the story themselves.   I was the typist on an exciting free ride with them.

Q. There are a lot of historical references in this book. Being an Art Historian, was writing this book easy for you? Or did you still end up doing a ton of research? 

A. I still did quite a lot of research, but I loved it.  Of course, I know all about the fabulous Crown of the Andes and didn't have to do too much research about it.  I know it exceptiionally well.  I played with the truth a bit, as I think an author may do.  The bits about Mary, mother of Jesus, and the great Cathedral at Loreto took a bit more research. But I love doing that part.   I'm doing it again for this new book. 

Q. Who is your favorite character in The Matter of The Crown? And why?

A. I hate saying this because of things that become obvious once you have read the book, but Alfred is a powerful character and as such he is one of my favorites. I had a vision of one particular actor in mind while I was writing Alfred.  It was a powerful influence on who he is.   Dare I say more here without spoiling the story for readers?  I think not.

Baldo is quite different, of course, and I loved developing him. Actually, he is modeled after someone I know, not physically but in other respects.   I am very fond of his sincerity and his depth.   There was a single conversation with the man I know who inspired Baldo, and then the character himself talked to me one evening. The story just got running.

Q. You've written another book featuring The Crown of Andes, haven't you? What prompted you to write another novel about it? 

A. The first novel entitled One Sacred Crown was inspired by actual events.  It grew out of my earliest introduction to the Crown of the Andes, itself.  Writing it was important to me, but the story has nothing to do with a theft.  I had that story “in me” so to speak, and it just had to be written.  Dare I say that writing it was therapeutic for me?   This novel, The Matter of the Crown, was the one that was oh-so-obvious...the theft of a gorgeous and valuable object.   A theft is always exciting for not only the readers but the author. I knew that story would be written. Once I knew that the Metropolitan Museum of Art would become the safe new home of the Crown, I was free to release a story about its theft.  I wouldn't do it early.  Too frightening!!

Q. Being an aspiring writer myself, I get novel ideas at the strangest of times. Did that ever happen with you? If yes, care to share the moment with us?

A. Yes indeed! They often come in the middle of the night for me.  They come during quiet times. Something will dance across my mind and poke me in the eye and say “Hey...how about this?”   It just happened the other day with the book I'm writing.  I have learned to trust my imagination and the power of those creative urges. They always come and they will come, and sure enough they do, right when I need them most.

Q. Other than writing, what are your hobbies? Do you read a lot? Who's your favorite author?

A. I love to knit and to grow roses.   Actually, I'm crazy about both of those. But yes indeed, I love to read.  My favorite authors, over time, have been Thackery, Trollope, Jane Austen, and Henry James.  I love them all and their powerful characters.   Once they develop those people, then it is so exciting for me to see how they handle what life throws at them.

Q. Any upcoming books we should be looking out for?

A. Yes, there is one in the typewriter.   Baldo and Claire are back, but this one begins in Philadelphia. I quite like this story, too. And there is another work of art involved.  It lacks the spiritual component of the Crown books, but has other special aspects.

I'll be waiting for that one! Thank You for spending your precious time for answering my questions! I wish you the best of luck for all of your upcoming books! 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:






Linda Ferreri is a well known art lawyer and author, and she lectures often around the world.

Her first novel about the Crown of the Andes,  One Sacred Crown, was published in 2009.  Now you can follow the heroine through this chilling finale in The Matter of the Crown set in New York City and Le Marche, Italy.

Linda Ferreri writes thrillers, and whimsical books  including novellas.  Her drawings are well known illustrations.  Her short, beautifully illustrated iBooks  and her novella The King of UNINI are much loved by all. 





Review: The Wild Cat


AuthorTaanya Sarma.
Genre: Crime Thriller. 
Rating: 🍫🍫🍫🍫

Blurb:

Based on true events, this erotic thriller novel tells the tale of a young, naive woman named Tanya who enters the online dating and chat world. Her first foray into this digital realm initially proves to be bland and disappointing; however, sex, suspense, power struggles and attempted murder soon unfold. These unwelcome adventures interfere with her business and her sanity as she aspires to live up to her deceased parent’s standards.

A conman named Sam ensnares Aaron, a handsome investment banker, into his ploy and uses him as a pawn to lure women into doing things they normally wouldn’t do. Sam then exposes their personal information as well as their images, sometimes in the act of cyber sex, and posts them on a very successful porn website that he owns. Tanya’s encounter with these two men evolves into a long, winding road, with each turn bringing irreparable changes in her life. 

Enraged by the deceit and the unconscionable behavior of these men, Tanya turns whistleblower and vows to assist the FBI in shutting down the dating app and porn site - and she won’t stop until the perverted perpetrators are behind bars. She never relents, but ultimately laments, “I never thought that I would have to give up my life to remain alive.”

Cover Review:

The cover is absolutely beautiful, and I am so in love with it! 

Book Review:

Writing such a book should be illegal! I mean, I absolutely loved the book. It was action-packed, full of twists, sarcasm and suspense. 

I was definitely going to give it five stars but the ending changed my opinion. I mean, it was the king of cliffhangers. 

I mean, the story ends with a shot being fired. The last line is actually 'BANG. BANG.' And it isn't even mentioned who got shot! 

Also, it's not just that the novel has a cliffhanger, but it's also incomplete. It seems like a novel was divided into two just to make it a duology. And that made me feel real bad.

But other than that, The Wild Cat was a really interesting, informative and exciting read! I hope I'll be able to read the next book soon because I really need to know who got shot!


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Review: Love Between Enemies


Author: Molly E. Lee
Genre: YA.
Rating: 🍫🍫🍫🍫

Blurb:

Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.

Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.

Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.

Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.

Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.
So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.

Cover Review:

The cover is super cute and I absolutely love it!

Book Review:

After reading a serious mystery thriller, I had been in search of a sweet YA (because it's my comfort genre, if that's even a term!) novel and though this was far from sweet -until the very ending- it did the job pretty well.

The story spans twenty-four hours, a single day, that changes the lives of Zoey and Gordon. 

One misunderstood conversation leads to a day full of destruction, hurt, revenge plans and broken dreams. 

But the story ends on a positive note, and that's what made me raise up the rating to four. I loved the ending!

Love Between Enemies is the perfect read if you're looking for something short sweet and hundred percent YA!


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