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Review: A Betty Neels Christmas

A Betty Neels Christmas by Betty Neels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Simple and sweet, I can understand how Betty Neels can be a turn-off for some readers and beloved by others. Her stories can be a tad formulaic but there's something sorta simple and easy going in her works.

A Christmas Proposal 4 Stars: is a classic Cinderella story with the evil step-mother and beautiful evil step-sister pushing around the somewhat plain Cinderella - Bertha whom happens to be very kind-hearted but gets stepped on by her step-mother and sister. Then at a party she meets her Prince Dr. Oliver Hay-Smythe, who sees what's going on,and helps out as much as he can, but doesn't see himself falling in love with Bertha- his Cinderella.

Super cute, and very sweet, the drama came from the evil step-family getting in the way of love, but everyone knows nothing can stand in the way of LOVE! I would have liked for the step-mother and step-sister to have had a nice comeuppance but them losing in the e…

Review: Delivering the Truth

Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was first drawn to this book due to the midwifery and the historical setting. The history period is shown in great vivid detail on the pages, as you follow along with Quaker midwife Rose Carroll. Rose embodies her Friend upbringing, but that doesn't stop her from pushing against the tide to help those in need and help solve a murder mystery or two.
I really liked Rose, she kept a steady head on her shoulders, kept a ear out for any information that may help the cases she comes across. Most importantly when faced between a rock and a hard place, she didn't act to rashly. Sadly, she does happen to fall into a few cozy mystery troupes. One with getting herself into a bad fix plus the police asking a Quaker Midwife for help did push some of the boundaries of believability.
In the end this was a good start to this new series with a great foundation to build on.

ARC provided by Netgalley

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Review: Mistress of Mellyn

Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 Stars

This happen to be one of those books with great writing that pulls one in, but not enough substance to truly make it shine.
For a Gothic romance it had the spooky house, strange happenings and the broody hero. That was about it. Most of the events were pretty much everyday things, with a few clues drops from time to time, but not enough to figure out what happen to the wife who all of a sudden- up and took off with the local man-hoe and then was killed. The clues that were dropped were far and few between.
The romance was on the "meh" okay side. I didn't understand why Martha fell in love with Connan, and sorta understood why Connan fell for Martha even if it was sudden (marry me! I love you!).

The surprise twist was the best part and made alot of sense, but again I would have liked a little bit more clues and maybe a bit more suspects. With Martha following the clues then worrying about Connan…

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

This book put me through an emotional ringer.I loved every bit of it.I've be interested in the time period and the forgotten Pandemic of 1918 for sometime now, and curious in how Cat Winters would show this in her work. She nailed it. Down to the small details of how people reacted to those seemly healthy individuals dropping dead the next moment. Then you have soldiers coming from the trenches of the First World War, broken and soul-sick from the bloodshed. The dread, the helplessness and slowly creepiness just came from the pages in each amazing word after another.
People of this time needed something to hang onto when the world around them is falling apart. Here spiritualism took hold, with false sprint photography and fake séances ruled.  Here in this crazy world is Mary Shelley Black dealing with her father thrown into jail called a traitor, and an Aunt who doesn't understand her and is ruled by this new spiritualism. The only thing that seems solid in this crazy …

The Awakening Heart by Dorothy Mack

Review:Probably the best Dorothy Mack I've read! The romance was slow going that develops from not-so much enemies to friends to more.
Dinah Elcott was an unusual heroine. Who was so contained all her life by a father that pretty much left her in his sister's care, and a aunt that really couldn't care less about her niece's welfare. Dinah finds all she wants in needs in her art, she loses herself in brush strokes of colors, in the dancing of light off a lake surface. She finds no real need for human contact as she's had to live without anyone count on anyways.
So when she's sent to London in order to gain some town bronze and perhaps be married off, Dinah finds this an opportunity to improve her art. Only she has zero social skills, that makes her come across as a snob, spoiled girl.

While her hostess tries to bring Dinah out of her shell, her hostess cousin-in-law ,Charles Talbot, uses force with his barb wit and a little manipulation of her art study to g…

The Fog Diver by Joel Ross

Review:  When I first read about this book, I couldn't wait to get my greedy little reader hands on it. With the trouble of one's own hype, I'm happy to say it meant alot of my expectations.  The world is covered with fog. Once the world was covered in smog and pollution, but scientists came up with the cure for all the pollution, Nanoites that would clean everything, only the Nanoites started to figure out that pollution wasn't the real problem but humans were. Attacking humans, the nanoites forced the humans into the highest mountain reaches.  There only the richest rule with the poorest on floating bridges around the mountain and there a rag tag crew searches the fog covered land for pieces of the past, Hazel the fearless Captain, Swedish the daring pilot, Bes the wiz mechanic and Chess the tetherboy, with the ability to enter the fog unharmed as he was born in the fog. This ability has Chess sought after from Lord Kodoc, the evil overseer of mountain. And Chess and…

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Review:   Urg, this book has me tied in knots. I never knew how anything was going to played out. Then you get all cozy, safe in your nest then WHAM! Nielsen knocks you out of whatever comfort zone you may have fallen in to and your racing against the clock with Nic as he fights his way out of another jam.      Nic is a young mine slave, working through the dark mines. One day Nic is forced into going into a sealed cavern. Then under a Griffin paw's a bulla that once belong to Julius Caesar, a bulla with locked magic that everyone in Rome wants and now Nic has just unlocked that magic. Everyone wants that power and Nic with his new unleashed magic for their dark purposes.    Jennifer A. Nielsen creates a world with brutal Rome with back-stabbers around every corner added to the mix magic. The play of magic wasn't very pronounced but enough to know there was a unknown danger waiting..  Nic was a a great mix of loyalty, bravery and a whole alot of snarky humor. He still tried to…
Review:  Reading 'Under the Egg' I had to check once in awhile to see that this was a middle-grade book. Because at really no point did it feel like was reading something middle-grade but something beautifully profane for all ages. Theo has been making her way through life after the death of her grandfather, the best way she can. Slowly saving the little bit of money left. While taking care of her mother, who while a genius slowly drifts father away from social interaction. Theo is pretty much left on her own in a house that needs major work and the painting her grandfather left behind. Until one day she happens to spills rubbing alcohol on one painting, an egg, he always favor, and under the egg lays a hidden painting that puts Theo on a course of a lifetime.  From the first page, Fitzgerald grabs a hold of me, from the summer heat that steams off the New York pavement, to the thoughts Theo has she tries to decode her grandfather's last words "Under The Egg". I …

Omega City by Diana Peterfreund

Review: 'Omega City' by Diana Peterfreund quickly became one of my new favorite adventure books! Plus, it's comparison to one of my all time favorite movies 'The Goonies' didn't hurt either!
 Unlike lost pirate treasure, this treasure comes from a scientist who worked at the height of the Cold War- Dr. Underberg, whose worked was the better man. Until one day his simply vanish or died leaving behind alot of unanswered questions.  Gillian Seagret's father career has recently been ruined after his Dr.Underberg's book has been debunked as completely false. Gillian knows in her heart that her father and Dr.Underberg words ring true. When she and her friends stumble upon Underberg's last decoded page, this set off a string of events that lead to a under ground city - Omega City. I loved pretty much everything about this book, from the characters, the setting and the mystery surrounding Underberg's last works & of course the hidden Omega City. The…

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Never being able to get into Sarah J.Maas popular series Throne of Glass. I took a chance with her series and was I just blown away! This had me hooked from page one and still the story lingers in my mind. From the written beautiful visuals, the slowly unraveling mystery and the solid characters.  Mass created a amazing heroine in Feyre whose a great mix of hunter, artist, caregiver. Because she cares so deeply for her family, even if they treat her with not so great respect, she still pushes through to provide for her family. This leads her into alot of trouble when she kills a fae hiding as a wolf. This leads to one of the High Lords-Tamlin tracking her down for the fae's death, her life in exchange for the fallen fae.
  As Feyre is thrown into the Fae world, she finds that the feared fae has their own great fears and troubles that are tearing their world apart and this blight is slowing spreading to her world and Feyre has a very short time to stop this chaos from destr…