This is a red letter day. I often talk about my son Andrew, the non-reader. Well, he started a blog about the movies and tv shows he watches and it’s not too bad. But the thing is, I just gave him some graphic novels I received from Boom Studios which he promises to read and report on. We’ll see. You can watch the Drive By Video™ I did with him below and read his blog, "26 Frames per Second" here. The apple falls not far from the tree.
Now on to the WW Book Blurbs.
The Devil You Know by Jenna Black Read by Joysann Morgan Kingsly is still hosting the demon king Lugh, which makes her a target for the monarch’s enemies, if they could identify her. Unlike most demon/human host relationships, Lugh is unable to subjugate the exorcist, not that he wants to – much. He recognizes that her stubborn strength is what keeps him hidden from his enemies, yet he would prefer a more cooperative relationship. The big question is why Morgan is able to block the powerful demon at all, and finding the answer to that might keep both of them alive. Since I found the first book in the series, The Devil Inside, so fasciniating, it was a foregone conclusion I’d read this one, as I will the next. I like the characters, the action, the relationships, and especially the premise on which this world operates. Jenna Black has done a fine job of keeping me intrigued.
To Catch a Thief by Christina Skye
Read by Ann
Nell MacInne is an art restorationist with a father who happens to be a “retired” art thief. But when Nell finds herself embroiled in an art theft, her innate ability to trust is challenged. Yet she still finds herself drawn to Dakota Smith…a man with who is definitely not who he says. Is Nell up to the challenges placed before her and can she overcome her personal mantra…trust no one?
Captivating….entertaining…engaging. Christina delivers an action packed story and characters that have you coming back for more. I was happy to see Izzy make another appearance in To Catch a Thief and am looking forward to a future book with Izzy as the romantic interest. One aspect I found fascinating was Nell’s climbing ability and a reference to a French sport called Parkour. I wasn’t familiar with Parkour so a quick YouTube search found some interesting results such as the Parkour is Physical Graffiti video.
Wanted: The Half-Breed by Bobbi Smith
Read by Emily
Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, half Comanche, Walker Stevenson is sentenced to life in prison. His love Veronica "Roni" Reynolds believes his innocence, but when word is sent that he perished in a flood all hope seems lost. Trying to console his half sister, and herself, Roni has a lot on her plate. But when he "returns from the dead" they set out to find the true killer, and restore his good name.
If you’re looking for a first-class western romance, look no further. This book was a real page turner, and I read it all in one sitting. Wanted: The Half-Breed was an enjoyable read, and I know you’ll take as much pleasure in reading it as I did.
Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck
Read by Bev The three girls Daria, Polly and Amelia, all teenagers, get started in the world of modeling, initially as a threesome and unintentionally later on as a duo plus one aspiring actress. Their brother, Philip, watches as the family unit he was used to changes dramatically over the course of the book. Theresa takes you into the world of young models and all the problems that can arise (think New York, youth, jealousy and all that is out there for them to try). Philip and each of the sisters have their own chapters where they tell the story of the sisters and their modeling/acting careers with their own spin on the events that occur. I read this book in one sitting. Once you get into it there is no stopping. It is so interesting to see how each of them gives you their angle on the events that occur in the story.
Noah by Jacquelyn Frank
Read by Joysann Noah is the most powerful of the Demons, and the most volatile. After centuries of living, the beloved and respected Demon King faces despair and madness when the one woman he’s destined to be with is taken from him. Kestra is a highly successful mercenary demolitions expert, and can certainly take care of herself – until the moment her temple makes contact with a barrel of a gun. Noah is the 5th book in the Nightwalkers series, preceded by Jacob, Gideon, Elijah, and Damien. The Nightwalkers are ancient races of non-human beings&nb
sp;hidden away from the light of day, and living secretly within human society. I’ve enjoyed the mystique of these other societies through the captivating stories of danger, passion and romance, and the imagination used in creating this world. Any of these magnificent men can visit me any day (night), and hopefully Jacquelyn Frank has more in store for us.
Brownies, Bodies and and Breaking the Code by J..L. Wilson
Read by Jan
"They’re calling an ambulance!" "Did he eat my brownies??" Jessie Patrokus, a quality software tester at Codebusters, a company set in Chaska, Minnesota, a north Minneapolis suburb, finds herself caught up in a murder case of a colleague she had dated through an on-line dating service who had collapsed at the company’s Christmas potluck with a plate of scattered brownies nearby. An undercover investigator, Gus Colcannon, ferrets out the truth after Jesse uncovers a terrorist plot hidden in a code she is checking. This was a fun read with numerous, humorous references to Minnesota’s frigid winters. Having gone to school in Minneapolis, it brought back memories of declaring we wouldn’t go to class the next day if we had one more overnight -30 degree temp. It was only -29 the next morning….
Freezing Point by Karen Dionne
Read by Michelle
Ben Maki is stationed in Los Angeles thinking he can help bring the world clean drinking water and make a few bucks along the way. His dream comes true when a piece of the Antartic ice shelf breaks off, and he leads Soldyne’s efforts in melting the ice to provide bottled water. Zo Zelinski is a researcher at Raney Station on the Antartic Peninsula who is focused on saving the environment and doesn’t approve of the "water sucking megacorporations." Her research is lost when the ice shelf breaks, and now she has to team up with the enemy.
A world apart, both Ben and Zo will be brought together for a common cause. But first they need to deal with the terror that lives on the ice itself.
This is a great read and certainly gives us something to think about when issues of global warming and invasive species are discussed. A very timely novel.
Thread of Fear by Laura Griffin
Read by Jan
Working as a skilled forensic artist, Fiona Glass gets calls from all over the country pleading for her help in recreating faces after interviewing victims. However, she gets so involved in some heart-wrenching cases that she declares she is giving it all up. Jack Bowman, ruggedly handsome police chief from Graingerville, Texas, doggedly persuades her to help him track down a serial killer targeting teenage girls. Suspense and romance–right down to the last page. What more could you ask for?
Baby on the Billionaire’s Doorstep by Emily McKay
Read by Emily
To gain custody of her niece, Lucy Alwin will do anything, even posing as her twin to get her niece back. But when Dex Messina sees his infant daughter for the first time, he knew that his life would never be the same. And now looking at her mother, he had no idea how he would forget sleeping with her. They come to an agreement; Lucy will stay at his house for a few weeks so he can get to know his daughter. But Lucy has a few tricks up her sleeve. She thought that a bachelor like Dex wouldn’t want to settle down, but she didn’t know that was exactly what he wanted. He’d have a built in family; him, his daughter, and Lucy. But when the secret she is keeping from him, threatens to be let loose, will he still have the same feelings when all hope is lost?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and throughout I was hoping the two would get together in the end. But there are so many problems they have to get through; I hope you read this book to find out if their love can take the ultimate test.
Drive By Video with Andrew Serge Bernier
Bottom Line: Graphic novels today…books without pictures tomorrow. Yeah, well, probably not, but I can always hope.