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The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz–4 stars

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New Dark Thriller From Dean Koontz, Coming 5/8/18!

The Crooked Staircase is a dark, riveting and intense thriller, crafted with numerous twists and surprises. I was delighted to find that even though, I hadn’t read the first two books in the series, the plot was easy to follow. 

Jane Hawk and her five-year-old son, Travis, were in grave danger of being caught, by corrupt government agents. These agents were known as Techno Arcadians. They were capturing and injecting the people on their list, with a mind-altering drug, which not only took away free-will but permanently changed their brain. The Arcadian’s goal was to accomplish World Utopia, through mind-control. Former FBI agent, Jane Hawk, lost her husband, because of these evil-doers, and she was ready to have her revenge. As much as it pained Jane to leave her son with Gavin and Jessie, it was better than giving the Arcadians a chance to kidnap him. But, what if these corrupt men were to find Gavin and Jessie, and therefore, Travis, before Jane could bring them down? 

Like many readers, I’m not a fan of cliff-hangers. I like to know before starting a book if the story ends in one. Be warned. This book does. All and all, though, I found The Crooked Staircase to be an entertaining, dark, creepy, and fast-paced read.

Thank you, Ballantine Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirits of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

 

The School For Psychics by K.C. Archer–Review–4.5 stars

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New Release–The School For Psychics By K.C. Archer Coming 4/3/18!

 

 

Twenty-four-year-old Teddy Cannon is in trouble. She’s petrified of the possible consequences, to her and her family, if she’s unable to satisfy the loan shark’s demand. Teddy shudders at the thought of her innocent, loving parents, being targeted by the mob. So even though Vegas has banned Teddy from their casinos, she feels as if she has no choice, but to go and try to win enough money to pay off her debt. Teddy dons what she feels is a good enough disguise. It’s not.

It is at the casino, where Teddy meets the man who will change her life. After this mysterious stranger, saves Teddy from a couple of mobsters, using only his mind-control ability, Teddy decides to take him up on his offer; to attend the school for psychics. The thing was, though, Teddy didn’t think she had much in the way of psychic power; this man, however, knew differently. Unbeknownst to Teddy, the school she was about to attend, was really a training center for classified government work. The graduates from this school for psychics, become part of a secret task force, to protect America.

I quickly became engrossed in the story and its characters. I found them to be unique, quirky, and fascinating. School For Psychics is a well-written and enjoyable read.

Thank you, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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12/05/17 Today’s Fab New Releases- #The Wake Up, #Roomies, #The Girl In The Tower, #To The Duke With Love

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In Case You Missed My Reviews on Today’s Fab New Book Releases, Here Are the Links:

 

The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde—5 Stars—Lit Fic
https://write-escape.com/2017/11/17/the-wake-up-by-catherine-ryan-hyde-5-shining-stars-book-review

Roomies by Christina Lauren—5 Stars—Romance
https://write-escape.com/2017/11/22/roomies-by-christina-lauren-5-shining-stars-book-review

Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden—4 stars—Fantasy
https://write-escape.com/2017/11/25/the-girl-in-the-tower-by-katherine-arden-book-review

To The Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey—4 stars—Historical Fichttps://write-escape.com/2017/11/16/to-the-duke-with-love-by-amelia-grey-book-review

 

 

 

River Rising by John Heldt–#Book Review

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New Time-Travel Novel by John Heldt

River Rising

 

River Rising is a well-written, and engaging time-travel novel.
Two professors from Arizona, Tim, and Caroline Carson disappeared, in 2017, leaving their five children devastated. A couple of months after their disappearance, however, the eldest sibling, twenty-seven-year-old, Adam, received a letter from the family attorney. Although the letter was puzzling, it gave Adam some clues, as to what might have happened, to his parents and how to find them as well. The correspondence read more like a fantasy novel than a letter. His parents wrote of time-travel and living in the 1800s. Although, Adam found the information to be surreal; he couldn’t dispute some of the proof he was holding in his hands. So, after having a family meeting, the siblings planned the scariest and most exciting journey of their lives. The five of them were going to do the unthinkable. It was time to find their parents.

The Carson siblings knew that Arizona in the 1800s would not be the safest place to be, but what choice did they have? All they could do was to plan for possible problems. But, real life has a way of changing plans; however, like traveling to Pennsylvania instead of Arizona, getting caught in floods, running from the law, and falling in love.

I’ve read several books by John Heldt. He’s a great storyteller and spins a captivating and an adventurous time-travel novel. This book is a blend of sweet romance, love, historical fiction, and suspense. River Rising is the first book in the new series, The Carson Chronicles. It sets the reader up for the books to follow, so there is a cliffhanger at the end of book one. If you enjoy historical fiction and time-travel novels, River Rising may be the book for you. It’s a very enjoyable read.

Thank you, John Heldt for my complementary copy of River Rising!

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden–#Book Review

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New From Katherine Arden—A Fascinating Fantasy!

The Girl In The Tower, Coming 12/5/17

 

The Girl in the Tower is a fascinating fantasy that takes place in Russia during the medieval times.
Vasya Petrovna was a free-spirited woman, on the run. It was rumored that she was a witch. Her father tried to marry her off, but Vasya wanted nothing to do with marriage. She also had no interest in becoming a nun. So, Vasya decided to dress as a boy, adopt the male version of her name, Vasilii, for herself, and gallop off into the woods, on a magic horse. Running into her brother Sasha, and her cousin, Dmitrii, the Grand Prince of Moscow, complicated matters, though. Sasha was reluctant to play along with his sister’s ruse, but did so, for safety’s sake. He knew, however, that if the Prince discovered her deceit, things would not go well for her.

Much to Sasha’s dismay, his sister, Vasya, now, Vasilii, was joining them in the fight against the bandits, who were destroying Russian lives. Young girls were being kidnapped, families slaughtered, and villages burned to the ground. War was something that was now unavoidable.

The Girl in the Tower is an intriguing novel, well-written and captivating. I would suggest reading, book one in the series, The Bear and the Nightingale, first, though. I had a difficult time, especially in the beginning, following this novel, but wouldn’t have; I’m sure if I had already read the first book.

Thank you, Del Rey Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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An Unexpected Afterlife by Dan Sofer–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Book One in Dan Sofer’s Dry Bones Society Series–An Unexpected Afterlife!

 

An Unexpected Afterlife is an intriguing satire that takes place in Israel, during the end times.

Moshe Karlin was shocked when he woke up in a cemetery, nude. He assumed that he was the unlucky victim of a prank. Moshe had no idea that he’s been dead for two years. That important tidbit of information would be made clear, though, by his wife’s frantic screaming, and her new lover, kicking Moshe out of his own home. The afterlife was not what Moshe thought it would be, not even close. There were no deceased relatives to welcome him, or choirs of angels singing praises, or anything that resembled indescribable beauty and happiness. And just when Moshe found work and a place to live in his bleak new afterlife, he was betrayed.

When Moshe discovered that he wasn’t the only newly resurrected person struggling in Israel his relief was palpable. The unique group of people looked to Moshe for direction. He was used to being a leader, so Moshe gathered his new group of friends and came up with a plan. This new strategy would not only allow the new lifers to survive among the living but also to thrive.

Once I got over the initial shock of Moshe’s miserable new afterlife, I was able to settle in and enjoy the many twists and turns of this unique novel. An Unexpected Afterlife is a well-written and captivating satire. Although, I was not familiar with many of the Jewish customs, I was able to follow along well enough.

Thank you, Dan Sofer, for my complimentary review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Darkly Wood II by Max Power

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If You Love A Scary Story, Then Darkly Wood II Is For You!

In book two, the story once again revolves around Darkly Wood, a ghastly place, where people have disappeared. Daisy May, a Darkly Wood survivor, shivered at the thought, of having to return to that place, but felt she had no choice. Her granddaughter, Holly, was missing and there was no doubt in her mind as to where she was. Darkly Wood was an alarming and terrifying place where blood-thirsty creatures thrived, and nothing was as it seemed. The last thing Daisy May wanted to do, was to enter Darkly Wood again, but if Holly had any chance of survival, she’d have to be found quickly; and Daisy May was the only person who knew exactly where Holly would be. Daisy May and Rose, Holly’s mother, entered the dark, forrest, and as they knew they would, faced horrifying evil. But, the absolute worse was a hideous, cold, calculating demon of a man, Mr. Wormhold. Would they survive Darkly Wood? Maybe, but then again, maybe not.

Although horror is not my usual genre of choice, I have read Max Power’s work before and wanted to check this book out. I was completely captivated. Darkly Wood II is a bone chilling, engrossing story that had me flipping the pages and cringing in my seat. If you don’t mind reading a dark, frightening, blood-curdling story, with a bit of romance and a giant dose of creepiness to it, then Darkly Wood II is your book. Max Power is a talented author, a great storyteller, and a master at spinning tales. You won’t be disappointed.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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