Book Review— The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1)The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It took me some time to decide on what kind of rating I wanted to give to this book. I’m still not sure if a five star is the right one or not. To be honest, I’ve not been able to make up my mind about this book—whether I liked it or not.

As much as the gruesomeness and starkness nauseated me, the story was riveting and held my attention from the get-go. Inara did not seem to be a reliable witness because I was never really sure if she was telling the truth or just trying to keep the investigators on their toes. Yet, as I read further, I realized that she was the only one I could actually trust (you don’t have a choice there).

I trudged cautiously through the pages, unsure of what would be revealed and what turn the story would take. My hands often trembled and I shed quite a few tears (okay, a lot of tears) and was overwhelmed with the emotions Inara’s narration filled me with. I cried each time a girl whispered her real name. Every goodbye had me tearing my heart out. There were moments I felt I couldn’t read further, yet I continued. The way Dot Hutchinson has woven the story, Inara’s blunt narrative, to say that there were goosebumps on my skin and tears in my eyes, would not be far from the truth.

It sure is a haunting story and will stay with you for a long time. What scares me more, is the possibility of somewhere, there being a gardener collecting his butterflies, to fulfill his twisted fantasies. I can only pray that our girls stay safe, the lost never lose hope, and that we find them and bring them home, safe. Cause that’s all that matters.

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Book Review—Loonies by Gregory Bastianelli

LooniesLoonies by Gregory Bastianelli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have had this book on my to-read list for a very long time. I’m just glad that I finally did pick it up and read through.

Smokey Hollow is a forgotten town, with its own mysteries and secrets, big and small. The discovery of a locked steamer trunk in the attic of the Brian Keays, editor of the town’s only paper, sets off a series  of undesirable events that shake the town to its very core. While Brian is bent on solving the mystery, he gradually discovers that not everyone or everything is in his favor.

Just as a new clue is uncovered, someone drops dead. Everything it not what its seems. People would rather sweep it under the rug that find out the truth. Yet, there is more to it and as you read further new secrets are unraveled and one thinks—what now? What’s next?

Despite the captivating opening, the book was slow in the beginning and it was only after a couple of pages that the story began to pick up the pace and I started to get a hang of what was going on. But once I was through the initial few pages, I did not want to put it down.

There is a lot of action happening here for a quaint little town like Smokey Hollow and Gregory does an amazing job of taking the mystery of the locked trunk to a whole new level with several twists and turns thrown in at every turn of the page.

Even as an unlikely hero, Brian, our key protagonist, is real, as are his flaws and doubts and addictions. He has got more on his plate than he can handle. So much is going on in his personal as well as professional life, but he does not give up. And you kind of respect him for that. Despite his faults, you will find yourself still cheering for him and hoping that he does not end up dead.

This book may seem a little light for some in terms of the story, but I still felt that it was brilliant. I really liked the gentle way Gregory weaves the mystery, revealing one clue after another while at the same time keeping things real. The clumsy way Brian is able to put it all together, and eventually solve the mystery and help catch the killer, brings the story to a neat closure.

All in all an exciting story. Looking forward to reading more of Gregory’s work.

I got this book as part of  JournalStone’s book review program in exchange for an honest review.

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Just Released—Sinister Ties

My latest book—Sinister Ties (Curse of the Demon Series, Book I) is now available for purchase. Thank you for all your support. Hope you enjoy reading it!

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Sinister Ties

 

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A cold stormy night conjures up a terrifying nightmare for Bodhi. Is it just a dream or a premonition of something terrible coming his way?

Max Devon is living a happy peaceful life with his wife and daughter. One day his past comes knocking on his door and his whole world is threatened by this harbinger of death. Will he be able to protect his family in time? Will he be able to escape his cursed past?

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The Countdown Begins – Unravel the ‘Sinister Ties’

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Come join Max Devon in this page-turner as he sets off in a race against time to save his family.

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Title: Sinister Ties (Curse of the Demon Series, Book I)

Release Date: July 15, 2016

Author: Shirley S. Simon

Categories: Fiction, Horror, Occult, Fantasy, Dark

Words: 37,360

Language: English

ISBN: 9781311426345

Published by Smashwords

Synopsis

A cold stormy night conjures up a terrifying nightmare for Bodhi. Is it just a dream or a premonition of something terrible coming his way?

Max Devon is living a happy peaceful life with his wife and daughter. One day his past comes knocking on his door and his whole world is threatened by this harbinger of death. Will he be able to protect his family in time? Will he be able to escape his cursed past?

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Book Review—The Cilantro In Apple Pie by Kimberley N. Knights

The Cilantro In Apple Pie by Kimberley Nadine Knights

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book as part of the author program by BooksGoSocial.com in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the book. I think it is one of the most insanely sensible books, I’ve read this year. It was so funny and yet so touching, And I would definitely have to say that my first YA without any romance… zilch… nada… absolutely none at all—making it all the more an interesting read.

With an overdose of courtship, sex, romance and PDA in most of the books that I’ve come across recently, I found ‘The Cilantro in Apple Pie’ a very refreshing and endearing story—a welcome change from the milieu out there.

For a debut novel, Knight has truly delivered a much better work than some of the more popular authors out there. A fine story in itself but the writing style is impressive. It flows smoothly, encouraging you to read it in one go. The characters are well–developed. I liked the way the protagonists Rubie and Gil have been drawn. Their friendship is truly precious and completely relatable. You will enjoy their skirmishes and taunts and also savor the relationship they share.

A book definitely worth the time spent on it.

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