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The Fevered Imagination of Danielle DeVor

Ramblings of a vampire obsessed author who can't get enough books to read.

Time To Let Go

Time To Let Go - Christoph Fischer This book may be Fischer's best yet. I read it in one afternoon and literally could not put it down.

Buddy is a sweet woman dealing with the effects of Alzheimer's disease. We get a sense of her views of her plight through the memories of her husband, Walter.

Walter is simply devastated by his wife's illness and deals with it any way he can- even when his children don't approve.

When his daughter, Hannah, comes to visit after a problem at work, his life is turned upside down, and as a result, is forced to face the reality of Buddy's illness in a way he hadn't before.

I loved this book for its heart. It is a must read for anyone looking for something a little different.

Phantom Bigfoot & The Vampettes From Venus (Phantom Bigfoot Series, #2)

Phantom Bigfoot & The Vampettes From Venus (Phantom Bigfoot Series, #2) - Simon Okill Simon Okill has done it again. Phantom Bigfoot and the Vampettes from Venus is a fun, fast-paced romp of Bigfoot fun. Again, Duane and his dad are fighting for truth, justice, and the Bigfoot way. But, enter the Vampettes from Venus and all hell breaks loose- literally.

There is nothing like Okill’s voice. If you’ve never read one of his stories, stop everything, and go grab one. You will not be disappointed.

Starshine (Aurora Rising, #1)

Starshine (Aurora Rising, #1) - G.S. Jennsen When one thinks of epic Sci Fi, the names Herbert, Bruin, and Asimov jump to mind. I think that G.S. Jennsen is getting close.

I must say, though, that this is not a book for people who expect lighthearted banter and funny aliens ala Star Wars. This is more traditional Sci-Fi.

In my opinion, the tech and world-building are the crowning jewels of this book. I didn’t feel like I had to ask questions as to what things were, but the different technology wasn’t presented in a hard to read way either.

If there is one flaw, I could have done without so many flashbacks. Some seemed a little redundant and bogged down the beginning of the story for me, but other readers could very well feel differently.

The Branches of Time

The Branches of Time - Luca  Rossi I have to say, Luca Rossi has done it again. The Branches of Time is a whirlwind, literally, of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. From the first bloody scene of what is supposed to be a beautiful wedding to the twists and turns that send you off a cliff at the end, this book is not for the faint of heart.
Beautiful yet gruesome imagery, heat, and flights of fancy, this book will be one you will never forget.

The Trident Deception

The Trident Deception - Rick   Campbell Campbell has given us a masterful, fast-paced joy-ride of a novel. Full of action. Suspense, and danger, The Trident Deception does not disappoint.

While full of technical information about how submarines are actually used and operated- the reader is not bogged down by it. In this case, it helps to establish setting. Kudos for Campbell for keeping it real and not giving into movie mythos in how submarine warfare is carried out.

If you are in the mood for a story that will have you on the edge of your seat, pick up this book. You will not be disappointed.

Butterfly Season

Butterfly Season - Natasha Ahmed Butterfly Season is a beautifully constructed South Asian romance. Runi has come to visit her sister in England. People seem puzzled that she is so easy going because her sister is so conservative. Enter Ahad, the man whom her sister and her friends hope to hook her up with him and the sparks fly.

Whitty and charming, Butterfly Season will remind you of that first true love. Now without its periods of strife, this is a must read for any romance lover.

The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery

The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery - R.M. Clark April is a girl who loves baseball, or rather, a girl who is amazingly smart about baseball. She is smart and funny which makes her likable. But, her knowledge of the sport and its history is what really shines through about her.

When she discovers that Haney Field once hosted Negro League baseball back in the 1930’s and 40’s, she dives right in—even to the point of discovering a lasting mystery about the field, the owner of the team, and those players so long ago.

A joy to read for all ages, I would highly recommend this book. April’s nature is so wonderful that even people who are not sports fans will enjoy reading this book.

Agency Rules - Never an Easy Day at the Office

Agency Rules - Never an Easy Day at the Office - Khalid Muhammad Having read many spy thrillers set in and around America, it was a refreshing change to read Khalid Muhammad’s Agency Rules: Never an Easy Day at the Office. Set in Pakistan, we get to envision and understand a bit better how modern Pakistan operates as well as how the people of Pakistan adapt to the drastic changes in government.

This modern spy thriller gives us an inside view on the after effects of a terrorist attack on Karachi. Several government agencies weigh in on how to handle things, but like anything else, it takes a real person to execute ideas. In this case, it is Khamal- our hero.

Full of action, political maneuverings and strong plotting, this is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat tale. Anyone who loves reading the “Bourne” books or watching the modern “James Bond” films will love this book.

Muse Unexpected

Muse Unexpected - V.C. Birlidis V.C. Birlidis' Muse Unexpected is a wonderful new fantasy dealing with a family of muses. Sophie's tragic love story, in my opinion, plays second fiddle to Birlidis' ability to give us lush descriptions. I simply loved the way he described Greece. It made me want to visit someday.

Don't get me wrong, this story is full of romance, action, mythological beings, and angst. I just can't stop gushing over the settings.

Birlidis is a new author to watch out for. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

Galactic Energies

Galactic Energies - Luca  Rossi, Andrea Pakieser Every so often, you stumble across a book that makes time stop. Nothing matters from the words on the page and the author's voice. Luca Rossi's Galactic Energies is one of them.

Each of the stories has a different sci-fi theme. My favorite of the bunch if Latrodectus Mactans. It is the tale of a video game with a black widow spider- but this is not your usual spider. Heh. Heh.

Full of intensity, steamy scenes, and terror, Rossi's book will leave you wanting for more. I can't wait to read what's next.

Finding Her Feet

Finding Her Feet - Jams N. Roses Jams and Roses’ FINDING HER FEET is the tale of a disintegrating family. After a horrific tragedy, the group must learn to live their lives in a different way. Some escape while others self-destruct to a tremendous point.

My favorite character in the story is Gordon- the father. He soldiers through thick and thin, even when life is hitting him with its worst.

Full of heartache and woe, this is not a story for the faint of heart. But, my one complaint is that the author chose a very far away 3rd person, so I felt pulled back from the story in many places.

Spellbound in His Arms (The Greek Isles Series, #1)

Spellbound in His Arms (The Greek Isles Series, #1) - Angel Sefer This is one of those books I would describe as a guilty pleasure. Angel Sefer knows how to bring suspense, innocence, drama and heat into a story.

Our protagonist, Jackie, is a forthright woman with the desire to solve the mystery as to why so many people in the Demiris family are dying. Enter Michael, a hot Grecian police detective, and the sparks begin to fly.

Spellbound in His Arms is a great addition to the romantic suspense genre. Readers of J.D. Robb and Maggie Shayne will love this book!

Unthinkable Consequences

Unthinkable Consequences - Bob Rector Bob Rector has written a tome that is full of lush scenery, mystery, and the lives of beautiful woman. Well, one particular beautiful woman, but I digress.

Paula is simply amazing. Rector allows us inside her head. We know this woman. Men want this woman. And, Paula likes it that way.

Kurt is the man of Paula's dreams, sort of. He's not exactly a nice guy, but then Paula's husband, Bill, isn't nice either.

I don't want to give away too much of the story, but keep in mind that the story is set in 1959. I had to remind myself of that now and then over little thungs like wondering why Paula didn't use her cell phone. But, this isn't to say anything against the author. Rather, I think it is just that his characterization was so vivid, you'll feel like you know Paula and the others which made an interesting space-time continuum in my mind.

This is an old-fashioned (in a good way) thriller. At times, I was reminded of Dashiell Hammett. Cudos to Bob Rector.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh As one of the people who have been following Allie's blog for awhile, some of the stories in this were not new to me, but I find myself being able to read them over and over.

First of all, you have to understand that Allie has one heck of an imagination. Well, that and her drawings are hilarious. And, just so you know, that yellow triangle thing on the top of the little girl's head is actually a ponytail.

My favorite story in this book has to be The God of Cake. Her images relating a 4-year-old's sugar rush to an acid trip had me just about falling on the floor laughing.

So, if you need a really entertaining read, check this one out. I seriously doubt you'll be disappointed.

The Memory Witch

The Memory Witch - Heather Topham Wood There is one thing that strikes me about The Memory Witch, and that is the way it echos V.C. Andrews My Sweet Audrina. The tragicness of Quinn's life will break your heart on one hand, cheer for her the next, then fear for what is to become of her.

Wood does a great job making Quinn believable with her normal hopes and fears that all teenagers feel. I felt like Quinn would be a great friend.

Stella, the witch, seems like equal parts love and hate. She isn't evil, but she isn't good either. At times, she reminded me of a prickly pear.

Mason, while mysterious, is just what Quinn needs.

I can't wait to read the next in this series. Great read.

January Black

January Black - Wendy S. Russo Russo's January Black is a mysterious woven tapestry that is one part mystery, one part fantasy, one part science fiction, and one part romance. It is like a jewel that keeps twinkling different colors right before your eyes.

Matty is simply charming in his love for learning and alwys reaching for more, even if it means sudden death.

Iris is sweet in her love for Matty and willing to do anything to try to save him.

The mystery and haunting forboding of the simple question, "What is January Black?" Will leave you wanting more- ever so much more than you bargained for.