Fallen Over Book Reviews

Just a mom who finds reading and reviewing to be enjoyable between housework, and raising my two minions. I enjoy pretty much everything I can get my hands on except bio's and historical. My main go to books are horror, dystopian, murder and the paranormal. 

 

NetGalley: The Girl Who Was Taken

The Girl Who Was Taken - Charlie Donlea

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

Oh wow. I can say I was pulled into this book and it took me for a ride. 

I thought I knew who was behind everything but I was far from being right, when it was revealed I sat there with my mouth opened going are you serious? Why didn't I think of that I mean it always has to be that person in stories like this. We are introduced to Megan and Livia. Megan is the young woman who was kidnapped and escaped and is trying to heal from the ordeal. Though through her therapy she is slowly starting to remember things that were not written in her book. What she will uncover will be something wild. Livia is becoming a medical examiner (which by the way I think is an amazing job), the author did a great job in detailing how Livia would work and how she observed people and their habits. It seems the job of a medical examiner is not easy. I have to say the descriptions of the people that Livia had to autopsy or see were pretty vivid in detail.  Livia comes across a man who is a floater but what she will uncover is more missing girls, a club that you only can get initiated into in a weird way, and answers to what happened to her sister and Megan. I really enjoyed how we got to go from the months, weeks and days leading up to the abduction to the present and how it really all connects. The characters developed were well done and the plot was a steady pace. For me this was a page turner. I fell in love with this author's writing style when he wrote Summit Lake and I was hoping for more from him and it was delivered. He has a great way of building a great story and pulling you in until the last page.

You like murder and mystery all wrapped into one, pick this book up!

ARC: In the Presence of Knowing

In The Presence Of Knowing (Secrets Of Windy Springs) (Volume 1) - Valarie Savage Kinney, Wicked Muse Productions

I received this book to give an honest review.

 

I have read other books by this author and I have to say I do like her writing style so I expected this book to be a bit different but yet good at the same time. I can honestly say I almost threw my kindle when I got to the very end of the book and there was a HUGE cliffhanger. We are introduced to Layla who is in an abusive relationship and pregnant. When she runs away from her ex-boyfriend she joins her friend at a Renaissance Festival and helps her and her business out. Though it seems that this Festival is more than just a festival. While Layla is there she finds love with an unlikely character and we watch as their friendship blossoms into something more. 

When we get towards the end we learn about what exactly the knowing is about and how Layla is apart of it. 

 

As far as characters go I thought they were well developed. I think my favorite character was Rogan and just how sensitive and a gentleman that he was, really called to me. It seems that Rogan will do anything for Layla and go to great depths to protect her.

I think this is going to become a good series as I am hoping to read more about the Knowing and maybe Cordelia and why she gives off bad vibes. I really enjoyed the magical element from the Renaissance Festival that the author brought to life. It makes for a good setting.

 

ARC Review: A Case of Magic

A Case of Magic: An Urban Fantasy Novel (The Wildes Chronicles Book 1) - Dominika Waclawiak
I received an ARC to give an honest review
 
I think I am going to like this series by this author. She is very new to me and I found her though subscribing through to her newsletters. Her other books sounded like they would be right up my alley so when I saw she wrote this one I was wondering where it was going to go.
 
I was not disappointed. We are introduced to P.I, Mabry who likes to fly under the radar and do her job. When Mabry is stopped by two vampires this starts her journey of finding herself in certain situations and getting answers to what happened to her friends, and others. While trying to solve what is going on she starts to uncover more of her fae powers than before. Though she is still in the dark what her powers will do it does seem to help her in her time of need. Who can she truly trust through this all that is the question.
I am excited to see this series play out as we leave off with a cliffhanger. Can't wait to read book two and find out more about this resistance and if Mabry will stop those that are in power. 

 

ARC Review: Juvenile

Juvenile (Resistance Book 1) - Perrin Briar

I received an ARC to give an honest review.

I have sat here and tried to write this review without giving anything way only to delete and rewrite multiple times.

We are introduced to Dana who is troubled teen. When she finds herself in the middle of an apocalypse she will stop at nothing to save her sister Max.
She ends up befriending a boy named Hugo, she doesn't believe he will be able to survive because of his weight and his loudness but it seems he may surprise her.
Hugo decides that he is going to hang with Dana and survive with her and help her find her sister which in this new world it seems a majority of people will only be looking out for themselves.
I will say this. There was one scene where I sat there with my mouth opened going oh wow the author went there with that one part. I kind of giggled a bit I will be truthful.
If you enjoy zombie books check this out. Is there gore of course you have to have it in zombie books.

NetGalley Review: Shallow End

Shallow End: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery - Brenda Chapman

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

So I read the blurb and was like you know this book sounds right up my alley of reading, I need to give it a try. When I went onto Goodreads I noticed in the title it said book four and that concerned me as would I be missing out on things that I need to know? Well I can say the book can be read as a stand alone though it seems that some issues that some characters have going on, are in the previous books. With that said overall it was a good book.

Jane Thompson had been accused of being a child molester. Her whole life has gone down hill she has been in prison, her husband has divorced her and won't let her see her kids, and she no longer can be a teacher. Though the book doesn't say she had to register as an offender which I thought was weird, especially since she has kids. She really wants to just be with her kids and her husband isn't making it easy. He seems a bit of a controlling person and I felt we see why she ended up with him because of up bringing. I think it is really good for an author to write a bit of why a character acts or does something a certain way because of their past when it is needed.
When the kid she has been accused of molesting ends up dead the spotlight is back on her and the parents of the boy will stop at nothing to make sure she is behind bars again. Though it will be up to the detectives to solve the case while dealing with their own things going on in their personal lives. What they will uncover had me going oh wow this was a bit more deeper psychological than I thought it was going to be. I really liked the way the detectives just didn't go straight to blaming Jane Stonechild could really tell that something was up when she was interviewing witnesses. To me that is what makes a great detective.

There are things I didn't see coming when we got towards the end and I was very surprised with it all. Just by reading this it seems the author has an amazing way with pulling you in and having you guess why someone would kill another person.
If you enjoy cop thrillers and murders give this book a try.

The Strain (The Strain Trilogy Book 1)

The Strain - Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan

I was browsing around on the overdrive of my library and saw this book. The title called to me first and then the cover!! I remember being excited to watch the show when it first aired so I was really surprised to see that it was based on a book. I have to say that the show pretty much stayed true to the book. With the strain it is a neat idea on the vampire plague. These are not your normal vampires and the way the authors used descriptions on the way they fed and how they were affected was awesome. I could actually visual it. The stingers that these vamps have are just freaky. This is not your regular vampire story that will make you fall in love with them. These guys are the ones that you hope the good guys kill off. Another neat part of the story I liked was how the characters had to use UV lights to see the worms that were inside of people. For me that does seem unique as I have never read that before anywhere else. We are introduced to Eph who works for the CDC, while working for the CDC he also has to deal with personal issues with his home life and the custody of his son. When he gets a call he isn't prepared for what it is going to lead to, as the story builds up he gets the answers via someone who has been hunting this plague down. We get the back story of Abraham and why he hunts which I thought was good so we just weren't making assumptions. It will be up to a small team of people to stop this virus from leaving but can they stop it in time? As far as characters go they were all well developed and the plot was steady. I will be reading book two to see what will happen next. If you want a new outlook on vampires, not much gore then pick this book up.

Waiting For The Beast: Volume 1 (Lucifer's Clock)

Waiting For The Beast (Lucifer's Clock) (Volume 1) - Jessica Dueck, Paul T. Hayden

So I started the book out and we are introduced to Robinette and it threw me for a loop because the blurb mentions Angelica. I thought that just maybe I had the wrong book in my hands. So I continued reading and then it all clicked and came together. What do you do when you have a child with the devil but don't remember ever sleeping with him?
Well you give birth and raise her with guardian angels as they will protect her. We watch as Angelica grows into a beautiful young lady and she has had a sheltered life. So when she finally gets to go to school with others of things just doesn't go 100 percent perfect. Angelica slowly wants answers as to what is going on in her life will those who are raising her give her the answers she is looking for?
I really enjoyed the characters I felt they were well developed and it was hard to not, not like them. I really loved how Michael tries really hard to not fall in love with Angelica, though it seems that something will happen between them both. The plot was steady and there was not a dull moment within the book. Even with Angelica going to school it seemed that there was something interesting going on. I liked how the author made
I do believe I will read book two as I want to know what is Angelica going to do when her father does find her. Will Angelica follow the good path or the one her father has for her?

Children's Review: Ellie Camps Under The Stars

The Amazing Adventures of Ellie The Elephant: Ellie Camps Under the Stars (Volume 6) - Cornelia Murariu, Elle Fair, Marci Fair

We received this book to give an honest review.

 

A has really enjoyed reading this amazing series with Ellie the Elephant and her friend Pudgy the penguin. 

In this adventure they are going to go camping outside and my children are slowly starting to enjoy outdoor camping. With Ellie and Pudgy they play games, cook smores, hike and read. All the fun things you would do on a camping trip. There are no scary monster here so that is always a plus. The pictures are wonderful and if you haven't started this series to see all the places and adventures these two have gone, you must start reading. It is always fun to try something adventurist and new, Ellie and Pudgy show us that in every book. 

Review: Dream Big

Dream Big - Kat Kronenberg
So we received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
 
So when I saw this book I thought okay this maybe something A would like. It has animals, a catchy title, looks like bright colors she would love to read this. For us it was okay, there are no words and for me I am not big on that type of format. I like a story with words to be told, as I am not very good at telling a story. Normally I would give a book like that a solid two but A liked looking at the pictures and telling me what the animals were doing so I gave it a three. What I gathered from the pictures and the title is to dream big and never give up. Keep trying for your dreams they will come true. 

Review: Dead Lawyers Don't Lie

Dead Lawyers Don't Lie: A Jake Wolfe Novel - Mark Nolan

I received this book to give an honest review. 

 

I have to say this was a pretty long book though it was full of humor and lots of action. There was not a dull moment at all.

Jake is an ex-marine well I say ex but once a marine always a marine in my eye. He is a photojournalist and from time to time helps out the law enforcement with tips. His best friend Terrell is on the force and the humor them two have is quite funny. 

Though Jake will find himself in a predicament and running from the law when an assassin has it out for him and certain people, . Along the way he will find a friend with a dog named Cody and will possibly find romance. 

It will be a fight to the death with this assassin and only one will survive. Though if the assassin dies who all dies with him? 

The book turned out to be pretty good, for me there was never anything dull it was a steady action plot. As far as characters go I really liked them all and found them to be developed. 

NetGalley Review: Gone Without A Trace

Gone Without a Trace - Mary Torjussen

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

 

Man when the twist came into play all I could say was OMG I so didn't see that coming at all. 

 

I don't know how to write this review without giving anything away because it is such a crazy twist but it doesn't come out until almost the end. 

 

So we follow Hannah as she has it all a wonderful job, a house and a boyfriend who loves her or does he? 

When she comes home and finds him gone she loses it. She will stop at nothing to find him but what she will uncover will not be pretty. The topic this book touches is one that a lot of people don't think happens, but let me tell you it does. Everything has been deleted from Hannah's life that has to do with her boyfriend Matt which has her literally going crazy. 

 

The way the author developed Hannah and the way she acted was pretty darn good. The plot was amazing and I loved how it was a page turner for me. 

This was one of those books that I couldn't put down, even to get things done. 

Review: Dead Over Heels

Dead over Heels - Theresa Braun

I received this book to give an honest review.

For a short ghost story I was really impressed. We are introduced to Veronica and Sebastian, who seem to start off in a police station but what lead us to that point? Well we find out that Veronica and Sebastian met on a dating site and they both seem to enjoy the paranormal. Though it seems that they have more in common than they thought. When they both decide to put some spirits to rest it is way more than they bargained for. That is where I will leave this review because I don't want to give anything away.  If you like ghost stories that are short and to the point give this book a try

Review: Origin of the Sphinx

Origin of the Sphinx - Raye Wagner

I received this book in a newsletter and I am glad I did. I do enjoy reading mythology if it is written out really good. With this story I was kind of worried on if I would like it because I wasn't sure where it would be headed. I am glad I gave it a try as I was impressed. We follow Phoibe as she find out who she truly is and falls in love. Though it seems that one God named Apollo will not take no for an answer. Phoibe has a choice but the choice she picks will have a consequence. As this is a prequel I am not sure how the other books in the series follows but it makes a good short book. It seems that Hope will be cursed and it will be up to Priska to help guide her in the best way.

Children's Review: From Ant To Eagle

From Ant to Eagle - Alex Lyttle

We received this book to give an honest review. 

 

Before I even started to read the book the author mentioned that there was talk of death so I had a heads up. I was worried when I started the book if K would enjoy the book being as this is not something he would have just picked up to start reading. We started reading about two chapters a night and it took us a good two weeks to finish it. I will say this, you will cry with this book. K got very upset with the fact that Sammy died, he didn't want him too. He also mentioned that there shouldn't be bad words. Though the only bad word that is mentioned is the s word and that is only three times. This led me to explain how the person who said that was expressing his feelings. 

There were a lot of things that I enjoyed with this book. It had K really ask questions on what the meaning of certain words were, to what exactly is cancer and, even to why do people die? It was a great discussion for us and it is something that I took time to answer. 

Calvin is a normal kid with a brother who loves to follow him around, so Calvin gives him things to do to earn a 'level' which for his brother Sammy it is something amazing. I will be honest I cried when Sammy earned the highest level possible. Then Calvin starts spending more time with a new friend and less with his brother. This leads us to where the family gets the news you never want to hear and this has Calvin feeling so many emotions one of them being guilt. Now as the story progresses we see how Sammy handles his sickness and how Calvin handles it. Calvin even makes a friend with a kid in the hospital named Oliver and Oliver seems to have sound advice when asked. I really loved Oliver's interpretation of Heaven and the poem that is read towards the end, well lets just say it goes perfect with it all. 

We learn how Calvin believes he killed his brother but it is something you need to read to find out why he believes that. I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have read with K that seemed to really open his eyes. I would really recommend this book for the middle grades. 

 

Children's Review: Santa's First Vegan Christmas

Santa's First Vegan Christmas - Robin Raven

We received this book to give an honest review. 

 

The pictures were cute though my daughter pointed out that Santa really needed to eat a lot of cookies because she didn't see his belly. I had to explain that some people have different views of Santa. She also was very sad to see Santa get upset as he isn't suppose to. So for the little ones you may have to explain why exactly he is huffing and puffing. 

In this story we see how one little reindeer steps up to help Santa not follow the normal route of Christmas. Instead of using reindeer to pull the sleigh she has a different idea on how he can deliver all the presents. 

Very cute story that is not only good around Christmas time but for bedtime as well.

NetGalley Review: I Want That Love

I Want That Love (Tyrannosaurus Series) - Tatsuya Miyanishi

We received this book via NetGalley. I have read other books by this author and I have slowly started to like the stories along with the art. There is always a lesson that is within the story. In this one we learn that love is important once you give it. I really liked how there were some different dinosaurs that I have never heard of before. Such as masiakasaurus, I have never heard of that dinosaur before. We follow Tyrannosaurus as he is mean just because he can be as he is big! Though when the table turns on him he gets showed kindness from someone he would have eaten. The pictures are pretty simple, nothing scary though when the Tyrannosaurus gets hurt it might make some kids sad. Overall a cute story that A liked.