Thursday, May 17, 2012

Book Reviews: The Big 5-OH! & On Deadly Tides

Hi all,

As I've said before, I love reading and ever since I purchased my Kindle months ago, I've been finding new and interesting authors to read. Here are two books I've read in the past few weeks that I'd like to share with you.

The Big 5-OH!
Sandra D. Bricker

I downloaded The Big 5-OH! when the book was having a free day. It sounded like a light, fun novel and I thought it might be fun to read. I wasn't disappointed. Before downloading it, I read some of the Amazon reviews and was surprised at the many negative reviews for this book. Instead of turning me away, however, the negative reviews made me want to read it and decide for myself. From what I could tell from the reviews, people either completely loved or hated this book. It thought that was an odd reaction for a light romance novel. Also, this is a Christian Romance, which caused some of the complaints from readers because it wasn't clearly stated as being one. That didn't make a difference to me though, it was still a good story. Here is a description of the book and my review.

Book Description:

Olivia Wallace has a birthday curse . . . or so she thinks. It was a broken heart on her 16th, a car accident on her 21st, pneumonia on her 30th, and a fall down a flight of stairs on her 35th. There were Ohio blizzards on her 38th, 39th, and 40th; and six days before her 45th, she lost the love of her life to a heart attack. Numbing grief stole that birthday and a couple more to follow and, on the morning of her 48th birthday, she received the call she’d dreaded ever since losing her mom so many years ago…she was diagnosed with stage-3 ovarian cancer. The doctors didn’t hold out a lot of hope, but Liv survived and maintained her faith. Months of surgeries and chemotherapy and radiation treatments followed.

But now, as her 50th birthday creeps up the icy Ohio path toward her, her hair has grown back, her energy level is up, and she is officially cancer free. It makes her nervous. After everything she’s gone through, Liv hates the idea of driving on icy roads and returning to work as an O.R. nurse in a local Cincinnati hospital.

Her best friend Hallie knows just the thing to break Liv out of the winter doldrums, while providing a safe haven of warmth, sunshine, and a time to regroup: a holiday in the Florida sunshine!

$9.99 on Amazon Kindle

My 5 Star Review:

Olivia Wallace has had a rough few years losing her husband and then fighting cancer. She's lost her joy for life. On top of that, she is turning 50 and is fearful of her "birthday curse" because many terrible things have happened on her birthday through the years. Her best friend insists she take a vacation to Florida so she can relax, get some sun and feel refreshed. When Olivia meets a handsome doctor in Florida, her outlook does get brighter and that's when the fun begins!

The Big Five-OH! is a fun romance novel and a lighthearted read. If you enjoy a good, clean romance novel, this is the book for you. This is also a Christian novel, so don't be surprised when a few prayers pop up. Overall, I enjoyed this book and think it would be the perfect book to take along on vacation or to the beach.

On Deadly Tides (A Wendover House Mystery Book 3)
Melanie Jackson

I've been reading this series by Melanie Jackson and have enjoyed it very much. Her mystery books are fun, light and entertaining, not deep, dark mysteries that are hard to solve. That's why I enjoy them, they are just fun to read and Ms. Jackson has a beautiful writing style that is just enjoyable to read. Oh - and I loved the book cover for this one! Be sure to read The Secret Staircase and Twelfth Night, book 1 & 2, before reading this one so you will understand what is going on. Here is a description of the book and my review.

Book Description:

A body has washed up on the beach and the past which was buried once is now a present danger to Tess MacKay and others in the islands. Questions about the corpse's identity lead to an exhumation of an empty grave and further queries about a supposed accidental death that might be a ritual murder. Unwilling to believe claims of a family bane that kills Wendovers every third generation, Tess sets out to find her missing great-grandfather-- dead or alive.

$3.99 on Amazon Kindle

My 5 Star Review:

Another winner by Melanie Jackson. On Deadly Tides continues the Wendover House Mystery series when a body washes up on the island and it looks surprisingly like Tess' great-grandfather who is already supposed to be dead and buried. From there, Tess begins to investigate and learns even more island secrets. This is a short novel and a quick read, but well worth it if you've been following this series. Ms. Jackson has a beautiful way with words that makes reading her novels a joy. Can't wait for Book 4!

What I'm Currently Reading

Currently I am reading a fun romance novel by Jan Romes called Stay Close, Novac! Can't wait to share the review with you on this one. I also love the cover on this book too - although I am biased - Tugboat Design, the designer who created my book covers, also created the one for this book. :)

Why Do I Give Every Book I Review 5 Stars?

In truth, I only write reviews for books I read, enjoy and feel deserves 5 stars. I read a lot of other books too, ones that I would rate much lower - like 2 or 3 stars - but I don't bother to write reviews for those books. Not all books are for all people - we all know that. If I read a book that doesn't interest me or that I don't like, it isn't always because the author isn't a good writer - it may be because I just don't like the story or I don't like their writing style. So, does that author deserve a low rating because I personally didn't like it? Of course not. So you will only see reviews of books that I did like. I'll leave it for other people to speak their mind about books they don't like. Personally, it isn't worth my time to write a negative review of someone's book.



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