The Haunting of Room 909 (Junior Paranormal Investigators, #1) by Michael James #RBRT #BookReview @mjwritesagain

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Cover: The Haunting of Room 909 (Junior Paranormal Investigators, #1) by Michael James

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Summer is usually a time of fun and games for most children, but Hanna and Ben Littleton are not your average eleven and twelve-year-old. Their father is Percy Littleton, a famous paranormal investigator, and this summer they are traveling to different locations to investigate unexplained phenomenons. Things are rather boring until they stop at Castleridge Hotel. The hotel is reportedly haunted by more than one ghostly presence and the manager has asked Percy for help.

Though warned by their father not to meddle in his investigation, the brother and sister are convinced they can prove their worth as true investigators. Their eagerness soon turns to terror when Hanna begins having visions about a certain former employee of the hotel, the elevator takes them to the ninth floor on its own, and ghosts interact with them. The building seems to have a mind of its own as Hanna and Ben are forced to figure out what really happened one hundred years ago at Castleridge Hotel, before the spirits trapped inside decide to make them permanent residents.

Genre(s): > Children’s Scary Stories
> Children’s Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural Books
> Children’s Spine-Chilling Horror
Series: Junior Paranormal Investigators, #1
Length: 112 pages
Release date: >>> 2019-06-07 <<<

Teaser


…She blinked, but the strange effect continued. A brief but searing pain shot through her head, followed by a loud burst of static that drowned out all other noises. She closed her eyes until the pain stopped and the buzzing cleared. When she opened them again, her gaze fell on a spot on the sidewalk near the front doors of the hotel. Partially obscured by the lineup of cars, a young woman in a red maid’s uniform stood there, staring at Hanna intensely…


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Hanna and Ben Littleton, the children of a famous paranormal investigator; despite his wish, they are drawn into the investigation of a haunted hotel.

With “The Haunting of Room 909, Michael James has created the first in a series of adventures with a quite unusual background and very likeable protagonists. It is a very intriguing read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. Michael James paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Hanna and Sam. The main characters are complex and I took to them instantly; the others are of sufficient depth. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. I had a great time reading “The Haunting of Room 909”. Children who like the paranormal genre will love this book.

This is a book for you if you like middle-grade adventure, the paranormal, funny moments, and likeable characters.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

About the author

Michael James is an author from the prairie province of Alberta, Canada. He is an avid golfer, cyclist, and astronomy enthusiast.

Junior Paranormal Investigators: The Haunting of Room 909 is Michael’s debut novel for middle-grade readers.

After absorbing all things paranormal while growing up, he knew he had to share his fascination with ghosts and other-worldly-creatures with the next generation of kids.

Do you have a great idea for a paranormal investigation? Send Michael the details at www.thejuniorparanormalinvestigators.com and he may include you as a character in their next adventure.

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “The Haunting of Room 909”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Haunting of Room 909” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Undoers One (Undoers, #1) by D.P. Davies #RBRT #BookReview

Cover: Undoers One
(Undoers, #1)
by D.P. Davies

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

“I can’t do magic,” said the boy. “That’s impossible.” He paused. “But I can undo it.”

Sam is a nine-year-old boy who can solve anyone’s spooky problems. He knows there are no such things as ghosts, vampires or aliens, only a mysterious energy that gets attached to stuff. People give Sam their “cursed” things, he applies some school science, and their terrors disappear, all without ever having to leave his bedroom (which is the way he likes it).

But then Lily, a girl in the grade above him, arrives outside his house one night surrounded by this strange energy, and it keeps coming back whatever Sam tries to do to help. Can they work together to find out why? And where in the maze of DC’s streets and monuments will it lead them? Together with a best friend who thinks he’s a Russian hacker and a brother who believes he’s the next baseball All-Star, Sam and Lily can’t give up until they figure it out.

If you can prove that monsters don’t exist, what is there to be scared of?

Genre(s): > Middle Grade
Series: Undoers, #1
Length: 191 pages
Release date: 2019-03-27

Teaser


Lily looked down at the brooch. It was pretty. It didn’t seem to be dangerous or threatening, but as she was holding it wind disturbed the trees behind her. She raised her hand over her shoulder and threw the piece of jewelry. It arched out over the water, a small dark circle that caught the light once or twice, and landed with a quiet gulp, as though the water had swallowed it. She looked at Sam.

“Is that good?” she asked, remembering the brother and sister on the call, wanting them to be safe, wanting it to work for them like the stone had worked for her.

Sam smiled his small, lopsided smile. “That was great,” he said.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Lily who is running away from something invisible and ends up in front of Sam’s home.

With “Undoers One, D.P. Davies has created the first in a series of adventures with an unusual and cute group of kids. It is a very compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. D.P. Davies paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Lily and Sam. The main characters are complex and I took to them instantly; the others are of sufficient depth. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. I had a great time reading “Undoers One”; currently reading “Undoers Two”.

This is a book for you if you like middle-grade adventure, funny moments, and likeable characters.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

When my wife moved to the States to study her MBA I found myself here as an unemployable ‘dependent’, so decided to see if I could turn my lifelong love of writing into something more solid. The inspiration for Undoers came from being the only kid at school whose parents wouldn’t let me believe in Santa Claus, their reasoning being that you always have to say “thank you” to whoever gave you a gift. That didn’t make growing up any less magical or scary, and when we recently moved to Washington, DC – a place magical and scary in its own way – everything fit together. I hope you enjoy Sam and Lily’s adventures there! 

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Amazon:  D.P. Davies
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/3kvddL

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Undoers One?  Or – if you did not yet read “Undoers One” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Silent Mayhem (The Mayhem Series, #3 by Sue Coletta #RBRT #BookReview @SueColetta1

Cover: Silent Mayhem
(The Mayhem Series, #3)
by Sue Coletta

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Some things in life defy comprehension, but that doesn’t make them any less real. Or deadly.

When a familiar crow drops a cryptic scroll at Shawnee Daniels’ feet, she’s compelled to open it, even though everything in her power warns her not to. Mr. Mayhem—the most prolific serial killer the North Shore has ever known—claims her life is in danger. He “claims” he wants to help her, but just last year he threatened to murder everyone she loves.

While Mayhem taunts her with oddly-placed feathers, like The Creator left at his crime scenes, an interstate killing spree rocks Massachusetts and New Hampshire. A madman is decapitating men and women, dumping their headless corpses on two area beaches. But what Shawnee soon uncovers shatters all she’s ever known, her memories shredded, the whispers of the past in shambles on the ground.

Can she find the strength to move forward, or will the truth destroy her?

Genre(s): > Women Sleuths (Kindle Store)
> Suspense (Kindle Store)
> Women Sleuths (Books)
Series: The Mayhem Series, #3
Length: 229 pages
Release date: 2019-04-24

Teaser


Such an amazing bird. He possessed more skills than any other member of his murder, though he would never insult the others by telling them so.

Mayhem climbed down the rungs, and Poe resettled on his perch – aka Mayhem’s shoulder. In the distance, a woman begged for her life. Shame she must die, but the world needed to feel every tear, every atrocity, every obliterated dream.


My Opinion

This book re-introduces you to Shawnee Daniels, still her stubborn self – perhaps even more than before – not helpful with a serial killer close by.

With “Silent Mayhem”, Sue Coletta has once again created an incredibly chilling thriller with a stubborn young woman stalked by a serial killer who claims he wants to help her. It is a very compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. Sue Coletta paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn rather close to Shawnee (despite her stubbornness), Levaughn, and even Mayhem. The main characters are very complex – three-dimensional, believable with their flaws and virtues; sometimes too believable and intense for comfort. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. Sue Coletta’s thorough research shows; you find proof throughout the story.

This is a book for you if you like psychological suspense, thrillers with serial killers, stubborn characters, food for thought, and if you are a fan of excellently researched topics.

Highly recommended – enjoy the thrill!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (some mild and few medium swearwords)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (several murders involving blood and more)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (some mentions without details)

 

About the author

Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is the author of Wings of Mayhem (Crossroad Press), MARRED (Tirgearr Publishing), The Rendering, Crime Writer’s Research, and 60 Ways to Murder Your Characters.

A multi-published author in numerous anthologies, her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly; her flash fiction in OOTG Flash Fiction Offensive, One Hundred Voices (Centum Publishing), and in the upcoming dark fiction anthology, RUN.

In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue’s the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science, and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

You can learn more about Sue and her books at:  www.suecoletta.com

 

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Silent Mayhem”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Silent Mayhem – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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A Bittersweet Garden by Caren J. Werlinger #RBRT #BookReview

Cover: A Bittersweet Garden
by Caren J. Werlinger

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Nora McNeill has always dreamed of exploring her Irish roots. When she finally gets the opportunity to spend a summer in the village where her grandparents grew up, the experience promises to live up to her very high expectations. Except for the ghost that is haunting her rented cottage and is soon invading her dreams.

Briana Devlin has arranged her life the way she likes it: a good dog, good mates, and work with horses. There’s no room in her life for a relationship. Especially with an annoyingly clumsy—and attractive—American who is only going to be around for a few months.

The weeks fly by, and Nora’s ghost becomes more demanding, seeking her help in solving the mystery surrounding her death. Briana watches as Nora becomes more wrapped up in the past, seeming to fade away before her eyes.

Past and present are on a collision course, leaving Nora and Briana caught in a ghostly intrigue that could cost them not only their chance of a future together, but their very lives.

Genre(s): > Lesbian Fiction
> Lesbian Romance
> LGBT Romance (Books)
Series: n.a.
Length: 310 pages
Release date: 2019-03-01

 

Teaser


“Wait!” Nora called out, scrambling over roots and rocks as branches tore at her hair and clothing. Up ahead, only just visible through the trees and underbrush, was a flash of pale yellow, the only color in the forest. Behind her, a woman’s voice wailed in the gloom, calling desperately.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Nora McNeill, fulfilling her lifelong dream to visit the birthplace of her ancestors.

With “A Bittersweet Garden”, Caren J. Werlinger has created a wonderful story of exploring one’s Irish ancestry, dealing with a ghost, as well as a little history of Ireland and a touch of romance. It is a very enjoyable and compelling read, drawing you in as you learn more about Nora and the other characters. Caren J. Werlinger paints a clear picture of Nora and Briana’s minds while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Nora – a woman who follows Ireland’s calling, needs to find herself, and has to deal with a strong-willed ghost. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues; the author’s care for each of them shows. As for the Irish locations – I was thrilled to return to the familiar places – without having to travel for once. The story is very nicely woven and has a wonderful flow.

This is a book for you if you like realistic protagonists, believable and often very likeable characters, Ireland, ghosts, and/or lesbian fiction.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳  (some mentions)
Sexual content 😳 – 😡  (some scenes with moderate details)

 

About the author

Caren was raised in Ohio, the oldest of four children. Much of her childhood was spent reading every book she could get her hands on, and crafting her own stories. She was influenced by a diverse array of authors, including Rumer Godden, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Willa Cather, and the Brontë sisters. She has lived in Virginia for over twenty years where she practices physical therapy, teaches anatomy and lives with her partner and their canine fur-children.

She began writing creatively again several years ago. Her first novel, Looking Through Windows, won a Debut Author award from the Golden Crown Literary Society in 2009. Since then, she has published several more novels, winning three Goldies and multiple Rainbow Awards. She recently completed her first fantasy trilogy, The Dragonmage Saga. “A Bittersweet Garden” is her fourteenth published novel.

Check out her blog: https://cjwerlinger.wordpress.com/

 

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “A Bittersweet Garden”?  Or – if you did not yet read “A Bittersweet Garden” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Treading the Uneven Road by L. M. Brown #RBRT #BookReview @lornakvaternikb

Cover: Treading the Uneven Road
by L. M. Brown

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Amazon)

The stories in this linked collection are set in a small village in the Northwest of Ireland in the early 1980’s and 90’s. A by-pass around the village has rid them of their once busy traffic. The residents feel forgotten by the world. The need to reach out and be heard is explored in every story, from the young woman who starts to have phone conversations with her husband’s gay lover, to the dyslexic man who confronts his cruel teacher years later.

The collection is not only about the characters need for salvation but it is about a society that is unraveling. In Amends, we hear about the Bishop who has fathered a child. A priest is beckoned by a dying man to be mocked. The world inside and outside the village is changing. In every story the characters need to make a choice on how they might carry on.

 

Genre(s): Books
> Short Stories
> Literary Fiction
Series: n.a.
File size: 208 pages
Release date: >>> 2019-03-15 <<<

 

Teaser


“You must know,” she said. The words were more like an exhale. She hadn’t made a conscious decision to speak them. He seemed to understand. He was looking kindly at her when he shook his head. She thought it was a stupid thing for her to say. Of all people she knew that it was impossible to know everything about a person.

“If you need other references I can give you the number of a woman rom the area. Faith Wheeler, she runs the café in the village. She’s known me for years. You could call her but I’d prefer if no one knew where I was.”

The bag was on his knees and he seemed to hug it close to him.


My Opinion

This book offers you nine interwoven short stories.

With “Treading the Uneven Road”, L. M. Brown has created a collection of interwoven short stories with incredibly authentic characters. Each story kept me very close to the protagonists, taking me back to that time and region. L. M. Brown presents nine well-elaborated stories which are intriguing and offer food for thought at the same time; even if you do not know the Northwest of Ireland at that time you will get a good idea about it. The protagonists are believable, complemented by the aptly written stories. There are some insights into the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a pretty absorbing read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing contemporary fiction, believable characters, and food for thought.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (some mild swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence :mrgreen:  (harmless enough)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (several mentions)

 

About the author

L.M Brown grew up in Ireland but now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters. She has a master’s in Creative Writing from Emerson College and is the author of the novel Debris. Her stories have been published in over a dozen literary magazines.

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Treading the Uneven Road”?  Or – if you did not yet read Treading the Uneven Road” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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