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GoodReads Review – Outrage (Faith McCann #2)

Outrage (Faith McMann Trilogy #2)Outrage by T.R. Ragan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Possible spoilers, so if you haven’t read the summaries of the books…or the books themselves, don’t continue reading here.

The second book in the trilogy was just as engaging as the first. Action filled, with character development to fill in. I got to know a lot more about the other main characters (besides Faith), and their stories are just as interesting as hers. This one ends with part of Faith’s mission accomplished and some of the aftermath of that. It also sets up the last book to the point that I finished it and started the third book immediately after.

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GoodReads Review – Furious (Faith McCann #1)

Furious (Faith McMann Trilogy #1)Furious by T.R. Ragan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

yes, this is the first part of a trilogy, except the summary was too interesting to skip it. I was just happy to be able to get all three books for free using Kindle Unlimited. The story was big enough to fill all three books – maybe it could have been put into two, but the way the author split it up was probably best.

I could definitely see things playing out the way they did in the book, it felt (for lack of a better word) logical. I liked all of the main characters, although I did have to warm up to the police detective. I was engaged and interested throughout the whole book, it moved along at a great pace. Worth the time it took to read, enough action to keep things going, and enough character development to make me care what happened.

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GoodReads Review – Killing Patton

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious GeneralKilling Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pretty compelling argument for a cover-up (but then, I’m sort of a conspiracy theorist anyway, so I would expect the evidence to point to an assassination rather than a car accident). What surprised me is the obvious dislike O’Reilly had for Eisenhower and Bradley. Liked this one enough that I want to get hold of Killing Kennedy. That should give my little conspiracy heart some good reading….

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GoodReads Review – Death by a Honeybee

Death by a Honeybee (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries, #1)Death by a Honeybee by Abigail Keam
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I did like the book, it had the right amount of humor and suspense, and the characters were likable. The fact that it is the first book in a series should have been my first clue that it probably wasn’t going to be a stand alone. Yes, the mystery is solved, but there is a secondary mystery – a sub-plot – that leaves you (the reader) standing on the edge of the cliff at the end of the book. It made me mad enough that the author couldn’t finish this book before starting the second one, that I have not even tried to get the second book, although I’m sure I’d enjoy it. So yes, I might enjoy it, but then will I have to be left hanging while the author introduces another sub-plot in book 2 so I’ll get book 3? Not going to happen. Color me harsh, but it seems to me, if the book is good enough to become a series, the author shouldn’t rely on cliff-hangers to get readers to keep going in the series. I know plenty of mystery series that don’t do this. Cheap. And it’s too bad, because like I said, the book was enjoyable enough that the author didn’t HAVE to try to trick me into reading book 2. I would have, except now I’m going to be a b*tch and not do it, because I’m being ‘forced’ into it.

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GoodReads Review – When I’m Gone

When I'm GoneWhen I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It took me a few chapters (okay, three) to get into this book enough so that I wanted to finish reading it. I read to chapter 3 about a week ago, then set it aside until today. I couldn’t quit once I started reading again. The author puts enough twists into the story that the ending was still a surprise. I liked the way she tied everything together by the end, and although she had to try pretty hard to make it all work, I liked the ending well enough that I didn’t mind the almost unbelievable occurrences. It was a pretty emotional story, so be prepared for that. And though she didn’t specifically give the reader the happy ending, I chose to make it one. (Mainly because I wanted it to be a happy ending after all the previous sadness). Don’t know if this review really contains spoilers, but just the fact that I said it was a happy ending seems like I should hide it.

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GoodReads Review – All the Breaking Waves

All the Breaking WavesAll the Breaking Waves by Kerry Lonsdale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I actually liked the psychic element. I wasn’t always fond of the heroine, Molly. I don’t know exactly why, but she rubbed me the wrong way. Her daughter is having these nightmares and her first thoughts are always about herself and how these abilities affect/have affected her…I thought she was selfish, I guess. Not a bad read, though, and I’m sure I’m in the minority about Molly.

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GoodReads Review – Everything We Keep

Everything We Keep (Everything We Keep, #1)Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was almost right when I guessed the ending-I just didn’t have it complete enough. It was entertaining and kept me interested pretty much for the whole thing. It’s pretty believable too. I liked the characters. There was one twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting, and I don’t think it was all that necessary (it had to do with the the cousin’s family). There is the obligatory cliff-hanger for the next book in the series – due out in July of 2017. Not sure I’ll read that one as this one actually gave me closure for the main story line.

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GoodReads Review – The Good Lawyer

The Good Lawyer (Good Lawyer, #1)The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very similar to The Lincoln Lawyer. And the author put in a section about attending a wedding that took up about 2 pages and basically had nothing to do with the story plot. So many secondary characters in it that I started getting confused about who was who, the author would throw a name in (last name only), give them an occupation, then they’d show up a few more times. And another unnecessary part….the whole Charlie Farkas Jr. part near the end. Sorry, but the perp didn’t have to have a new lawyer tell the ‘good’ lawyer all that stuff. It’s not like the good lawyer didn’t know he was fu**ed at that point. (And I’m still confused as to why the crazy ex-boyfriend had the one guy killed while he was in Rikers.

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GoodRead Reviews – Outliers

Outliers: The Story of SuccessOutliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read the Kindle edition. It was interesting and gave me a new perspective on why/how certain people achieve so much – are called geniuses or become ‘superstars’ in their field. (One of the main criteria that lead a person to become an outlier is the month or year of their birth.) However, once the author states all these criteria, and backs his theory up with tons of data, he basically stops. I was waiting to see how this could be put into action – specifically in our education system or for me, personally. He does touch on the education aspect a bit, but frankly, after I read it, I was left with the idea that besides working/practicing our craft for 10,000 hours, we had very little control over becoming an outlier. You have to be born in the right month, the right year, have the right ancestry, and be in the right geographical location at the right time. Maybe I am supposed to draw my own conclusions on how to put this information to work, I don’t know. I guess I wasn’t born in the right month to be able to figure it out.

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