This site is basically targeting all of you book lovers out there who may be in the process of looking for a great book to read! I have a lot of things to say, so sit back and enjoy a quick peek inside some amazing works of art. This site is also for authors. if you would like to have your book considered for review, please email me at ashley.denis@maine.edu <3 Ashley

Saturday, June 20, 2009

THE WINNERS

Well, no one entered to win the contest for the book Treasure Hunt: A Book of Clues for Parties by Nancy Kruse, so that book will stay on my shelf.

The winner for the book Astro Socks by Leigh M LeCreux is Nicole! Congratulations Nicole! I will be emailing you shortly!

Thanks to everyone to entered into my contest!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

LAST CALL FOR ENTERING THE BOOK CONTESTS

hello all! Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to enter the 2 book contests that I am having! You can find descriptions and pictures of both of the books a few entries down!!! Good luck!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

REMINDER

A few of you have replied to my book giveaways and did not give any contact information. In order to be eligible to win I need an email address where I can contact you!!

Hope you all have a great day!
-Ashley

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

BOOK GIVEAWAY #2-TREASURE HUNT-A BOOK OF CLUES FOR PARTIES-NANCY KRUSE


This is another book that I am giving away. I read and reviewed this book within the last few months. As someone who does not throw many parties, I did not find it personally helpful, but for those of you with young kids or who love to throw a party and like treasure hunts, this is a PERFECT book.

My review of the book is a few posts back if you are interested in reading more about the pro's and con's of this book.

ELIGIBILITY:

In order to be eligible to win this contest I need your name and email address. All of this can be posted as a comment to this post.

The deadline to enter this contest is Friday June 19th. I will draw the winner Saturday June 20th!I will email the winner for mailing information On Saturday the 20th. I must have an answer back by Saturday the 27th 9am EST or a new winner will be drawn.

BOOK GIVEAWAY #1-ASTRO SOCKS


A while back I did a book giveaway and it was a big hit!! I've decided to do it again to see if I get the same results!



The first book I am giving away is called "Astro Socks" by Leigh Le Creux. I read and reviewed it a while back. It was a cute story! I don't have any children so have no reason for it to collect dust on my shelf. It came with a cool bookmark too. It is a 75 page chapter book and has a few black and white illustrations in it.

ELIGIBILITY:
In order to be eligible to win this contest I need your name and email address. All of this can be posted as a comment to this post.I'd also love to know what you are currently reading because I am nosey and love books! :-)

The deadline to enter this contest is Friday June 19th. I will draw the winner Saturday June 20th!

I will email the winner for mailing information On Saturday the 20th. I must have an answer back by Saturday the 27th 9am EST or a new winner will be drawn.

Good luck!! :-)

THE MOSQUITO TAPES-CHRIS HOLMES

As a big mystery fan, this story definitely helped to feed my addiction. I thoroughly enjoyed not only the story, but the originality of it.
Dr. Jack Youngblood works with the dead. Preferring to work with the dead rather than the living, he considers himself a loner. He lives alone with his dog, Lilly. When Jack does an autopsy on one man and realizes he was murdered, he starts to investigate. Not long after, another person winds up dead. This one looks like a hit and run. Both deaths look suspicious and Jack soon realizes that they are connected.
Jack and his colleague, Jill, work side by side to uncover the mystery. They find a mosquito in the pocket of one of the dead bodies and invite a bug specialist to take a closer look at it. Their investigation leads them to a government building which is the Biologistics site. Jack and Jill try to ask them questions and to see if any of their employees have gone missing recently. The personnel that talk with them refuse to say anything and walk away. Discouraged, Jack obsesses about the case and continues with the investigation even when warned not to.
While all of this is going on, Jack and Jill notice a spark between the two of them. They decide to give it a try and start to see each other outside of work. Things appear to go well for awhile until Jack makes a relationship ending mistake and finds that Jill no longer trusts him.
The story continues, and Jack finds that Biologistics is more a part of these two deaths than they are willing to admit. When it is discovered that all of these events have to do with mosquitoes, things heat up and become very dangerous, even potentially deadly.
Having read many mystery/suspense books with similar story plots, I found this particular plot very refreshing. What I also loved was the make-up of the main characters. I felt that Chris Holmes allowed his readers the opportunity to really get to know his characters and fall in love with them. I felt as though I was right there with Jack as he performed his autopsies and with Jill as she faced some very dangerous men.
I would recommend this story to any mystery/suspense lovers. This story also has a lot of information about forensic pathology, which is Jack’s career, so if this is of interest to anyone, then this book is for you as well!

THE DEAD MAN-JOEL GOLDMAN

about a year ago I reviewed another book by this author called "Shakedown". Both books were awesome! I highly recommend his books if you are into mystery/murder type of books!


Jack has the shakes. This rare condition is here to stay, which is why the FBI put him into early retirement. Just because he no longer works for them does not mean he stays away from the drama.
When people keep winding up dead, Jack and his new found friend Lucy investigate. They find that all of these victims are connected to a dream study that is being conducted at the Harper Institute. Milo Harper is a billionaire who is funding the study. Jack soon learns that these people are dying in ways that are their own worst nightmares; literally. Due to being part of the dream study, documentation is done on the subjects’ worst, re-occurring nightmares.
Jack is not only fighting the clock to try and find the murderer before they strike again, but is also up against the entire FBI. They think Jack has knowledge that he isn’t sharing and think he is somehow involved in things. When his daughter died not long ago of a drug overdose, the FBI were pretty certain she stole 500k, and when she died they suspected Jack of pocketing the money for his own personal use. Jack now has to help find the killer before the FBI gets in his way, or even worse, arrests him.
Having read and reviewed Shakedown, I found I was just as impressed with this story. Joel Goldman has an uncanny knack for creating twists to the story that makes it almost impossible for the reader to predict who the killer is. Not many mystery/suspense writers can do that.
I love Joel Goldman’s characters. I feel as though he gives them just enough spunk and personality to allow the reader to make a solid connection with them. He does not go overboard with his descriptions, and for that, I am grateful.
As with Shakedown, I found that I loved his style of writing. It is clear, concise, and to the point. Joel Goldman leaves his readers hungry for more and left me turning page after page without wanting to take a break to get back to the real world around me. This is an exceptional talent to have.
Lastly, I loved the ending. I won’t give any of it away, but it truly put the icing on the cake. Just when I thought I couldn’t sing enough praise for this story, the ending made me want to sing an octave higher. It was unexpected and exhilarating! I would recommend this book to any and all mystery/suspense lovers. This is one that will not disappoint!

CODE OF SILENCE-SALLY WRIGHT

Always glad to read a good mystery, I was excited for this book. Unfortunately, I found myself a bit disappointed with the writing. The actual plot, the mystery of the book, was excellent. The way it was set up and how it read to the readers was where the problem came, in my opinion.
Grieving the recent loss of his wife, Ben Reese is not doing much of anything. When a good friend gently prods him into helping with a potentially dangerous mystery, Ben reluctantly jumps on the band wagon.
Set in the 1950’s, Ben and his friend Richard become entangled in something very big and very dangerous. Carl Walker has gone missing. He is an acquaintance of Bens. Ben and Carl’s neighbor, Beth search Carl’s house for clues and find that his house has been broken into and searched. They soon find that their houses as well have been broken into.
Carl is found dead and the cops want to rule it a suicide. Receiving a package from Carl before he died, Ben starts to uncover the truth. Before Carl was killed he sent clues to where he was hiding evidence on a man who, ten years earlier, killed a woman and made it look like a suicide. She found this man, Bill Weisberg, an American Army Officer and linguist, was giving information to the enemies of America. She took pictures of his exchange of information for money. Now, ten years later he is resurfacing again to try and get his hands on the pictures he was unable to get back then. These pictures are now in Ben’s possession. Weisberg will stop at nothing to get them. He is even willing to go as far as to kidnap, torture, and kill.
What I didn’t like was the beginning pages. They were full of characters the reader doesn’t know yet and I found myself confused with how much information they threw at you, without allowing us to get to know the characters. Sally Wright starts the story out with action, which is the murder part of the story, but due to not getting any explanation of the characters, or the significance of the murder, it was a bit disappointing.
My next criticism would be that I had to keep reminding myself that the time line was set in the 1950’s. I found that without the chapters actually giving me the dates, I would assume it was modern times by the way the characters were created. I know the mystery itself makes it obvious that it was set in the 40’s and 50’s, but in other stories I have read, I get the feel from the writing that I am in that time frame, and for some reason with this story I kept thinking it was modern day.
That all being said, I really think that the story was good. I enjoyed the plot line, and liked the characters once I got to know them. I felt the story was well planned and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.