Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: Incitement by David Graham

*Copy provided by the author in exchange of an honest review*

In a heroin refinery in Mexico people have been slaughtered. No one knows about the place. But the police finds Serbian brand of cigarette ends on the crime scene. A brand that is very popular in the Balkans. DEA suspects the Kosovars. 

A boat that transfers illegal drugs to Miami has been hijacked. Another group of people are slaughtered. 

Mafia bosses are killed. Drug markets are destroyed.

Does new mafia war start?

Who is responsible for all those killings?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Review: The Miracle Thief by Iris Anthony

*Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Do you believe in miracles?

Well, I do. So these three women who are main characters of this story set up in the dark ages. Sister Juliana is a nun in the monastery of St. Catherine. She sees miracles every day. People come to pray for salvation, for health, for love. Miracles happen for those who believe. Juliana runs away from her past, runs away from her memories, from something that suppose to be her destiny. Can she escape?

Anna is born with a deformity. Her family hides her entire life. People can be cruel, other children call her a monster, a devil. Anna's father never admits that he has a daughter. Her mother hides her behind of the walls of their yard, never prepares her for a real life. After her mother's death, Anna is on her own. The house has to be sold due to debts, she has to leave. But where? She has never been outside the walls. The priest tells her to visit St. Catherine and pray for a miracle. Her arm might be cured. Saint Catherine is her only hope for a normal life. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Review: The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J.Rose

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In 1500-s there was a monk who was exploring an interesting theory. The last dying breath of a person contains the soul, and if that breath is inhaled in another person, the soul continues to live in another body. After his death, his apprentice Rene le Florentine took over the job and soon became the personal perfumer of Catherine de Medici. He made perfumes, creams and poisons for the queen. But he was always working on his teacher's theory in order to bring back in life the two people who he loved the most and lost them, his teacher and his bride-to-be.

In modern time, another perfumer is working on the very same theory. After his sudden death, his grieving sister will do anything to bring him back, he is the only family she has. So she connects with two people to finish his job. But these two have other plans. Jac wants her brother back, but Melinoe and Serge want eternal life. Melinoe owns the twelve bottles with twelve collected dying breaths that many centuries ago Rene collected. Jac is the one who has to find the way to inhale the dying breath in a living person. Was her brother Robbie right? Is human soul eternal? Can we live forever?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Book Review: One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf

Imagine your worst nightmare. You send your child to school, you consider your child is safe, and then you hear on news that there is gunman who takes the kids as hostages. 

What would you do?

Holly is young divorced mother who used to live in Broken Branch, but couldn't wait to run away from there. After a fire in her house, she is in hospital with severe burns, while her two children are staying with her parents back in Broken Branch.

Holly's father, Will, takes care for the family and the farm. He isn't in a good relationship with his daughter, but takes his grandchildren on the farm while Holly is in hospital. Finding out that there is gunman who threats them, he takes the things in his own hands. 

Augie is one of the kids. She suffered a lot with the divorce of her parents and moving to the small town of Broken Branch didn't do any good to her. She has her own way of expressing the feelings. The person she loves most is her little brother P.J. and she would do anything to protect him, anything. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Interview: Lydia Laceby, author of Redesigning Rose

Recently, I was reviewing Redesigning Rose by Lydia Laceby and I loved that book very much.  You can read my review on This Chick Reads.  It's one of my favorites and must-reads.I can't even remember how many times I recommended it.  Today, I have the honor to have Ms. Laceby as a guest on my blog.  So, meet Ms. Lydia Laceby and read about her personal and professional life.  And read the book!  You gonna love it. 

1. Hello, Lydia. Welcome to Chick Library Cat. You recently published your debut novel Redesigning Rose. What inspired you to write Redesigning Rose?

I wanted to write a story about just how damaging, confusing, and heartbreaking living a life of lies can be. Unfortunately, it occurs all too frequently based on my research, observation, and some unfortunate real-life experience, having been lied to repeatedly several times in my past.

2.  In your book, Rose, the main character faces a divorce. Was it a difficult subject to write about? Did It take a lot of research?

No research required when you’re going through it yourself! I started writing about three weeks after my ex-husband and I separated and it morphed from random musings into a novel. No one was more shocked than myself when I had full draft in two months. It was definitely what they call a ‘shitty first draft’ though, and I doubt one sentence remains that didn’t eventually get rewritten or cut and another one added. I had no clue what I was doing and rewrote the darned thing thirteen times as I took online courses, researched writing and learned from all the wonderful writers out there posting how-to articles and dos and don’ts. Thirteen is my lucky number incidentally!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Blog Tour Stop!!! Book Review: The Story of Us by Ellen Faith + Giveaway

*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Alexandra (Alex) Jones  has everything in her life. Love of her life, gorgeous apartment, big promotion on sight. Everything is so great. But everything starts to fall apart when she finds her fiance cheating on her. She doesn't get the promotion that she wanted so much, and the guy who renovates her apartment in not anyone else but her first love who moved to France and left her. At the age of thirty, Alex finds herself with no boyfriend, no job, and no place to live. And then, her best friend Rosie does what only real friend would do. Rosie suppose to travel to San Francisco with her husband, but she takes her best friend instead of him. Just to help her friend to change the surrounding and start all over again. 

What I really liked here is the MC. Alexandra is strong young woman that stands on her two feet. She knows what she wants. When her boyfriend is cheating on her, she leaves. She doesn't need silly explanations. What is there to be explained? "I've always wondered how, when you see or hear a man getting caught cheating, how can you possibly explain yourself out of being naked, in a shower, with a naked woman, screwing her brains out? You just can't! Nobody can trip and fall out of their clothes, into a shower and into another person now can they?" That's my girl! Alex doesn't cry over spilled milk, so  when her first love is back, she knows exactly what she wants in her life. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Book Review: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

*Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Jenny Colgan did it again. When I read her books, my mouth is literary watering. All those cakes and cookies and chocolates. And Paris, the most romantic city in the world. What's not to love there?

Anna Trent works in a chocolate factory. When I hear the words chocolate factory, in the very same moment I think of Willy Wonka. So exciting! But, after the accident at the job, Anna ends up in hospital. Next to her, lays her former French teacher treated with chemotherapy. They become friends soon and Claire sends Anna to Paris. It's her last wish and Anna doesn't have a heart to refuse it. Claire sends her to live the life that she never had, and maybe, just maybe, to fix her own mistakes from the past.

There are two main stories in this book. One is the story of Claire, her time spent in Paris, finding the love, losing it, finding it again. Her life story is so full of ups and down, fighting the cancer, looking for the true love, searching for happiness in life. Her emotional story touched my heart and provoked tears in my eyes. She seems like an guardian angel to Anna because she shows up in the very same moment when Anna needs someone. On the other side, there is the story of Anna, who loses her toes in an accident and starts to build her life again. The trip to Paris is her chance to start all over again, and maybe to find her love in the most romantic place on the planet. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Book Review: Checking Inn by Emily Harper

*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Meet Kate Foster. She runs a small hotel and has to-do-list for everything. So, Kate has just started her small hotel, it's her life, she put her heart and soul in it. She needs a good review for it.  And the only person who can help her is her childhood enemy, Samantha, who writes reviews for a very famous magazine. She arrives, gets the best room in the Inn and next morning is found-dead. Yes, dead. Strangled. So, who did it? Kate hates her, but not that much to kill her. And by the way, it's a bad publicity for the hotel. But, it seems that everyone in the town hated  that woman. She wasn't just Kate's enemy. She was everyone's enemy. Kate doesn't want negative publicity and she joins the detective who works on the case. This duo made of totally opposite persons has to solve a murder.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Book Review: Goodwill Tour: Paying It Forward by Keith Maginn

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Keith and Emily are friends who decide to take a trip across the USA and make good things for other people. Always thinking that giving more means receiving more, they both set up a goodwill tour: giving money to the people that need it most, but have to use it for a good cause for someone else. With less than enough money with them, they start their journey. Travelling across the country, the visit different places and meet different people. In the very same time, they both have to overcome their own differences.

Mr. Maginn writes well and describes his journey seen with his own eyes. He doesn't put make up on the story, but writes also about bad things that happened, not just good ones. The story is also fullfilled with famous quotes and citations about good will and helping others, maybe more that it should be. The simple gesture of giving money made some people to believe in good things again, and their thankful letters are also included in the book. The entire journey is well wrapped into nice and well-packed short memoir.

Book Review: Made in Nashville by Mandy Baggot

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I'm not a really big fan of country music, but I am a fan of a good old romantic story. So when Ms. Baggot sent me her new book, I did my happy dance :). After reading Security, I couldn't wait to read her next novel.

Young singer Jared is looking for tour partner, and he can't find someone he likes. One moment, he listens radio and hears that angel voice singing and decides that this is the singer that he wants to acompany him on the tour. But, he doesn't know the last time Honor sang was ten years ago. She hasn't been on a stage ever since.

Honor was a great teenage singer ten years ago. She had a career, a boyfriend, she had everything. Until one day, a stalker fan attacked her and slashed her face. She lost her boyfriend and gave up her singing career. Now, she works in a music store hiding herself from the rest of the world. Until, one day, good looking cowboy enters the front door of the store and asks her to sing on a tour with him.