Day: August 24, 2018

Book Review: Assault and Beret by Jenn McKinlay

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I’ve come to really enjoy the Hat Shop Mystery series written by Jenn McKinlay. In this fifth and possibly final (I’ve heard rumors, but I’m hoping it’s not true!) book, Assault & Beret, McKinlay takes us from London to Paris for a caper. I’d give this a solid 4 stars and recommendation to read for any cozy mystery fans.

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Scarlett and Viv are in Paris for a hat-making course, but also to find Viv’s estranged husband whom no one knew about. Scarlett discovers him, but then he’s kidnapped. When they learn he’s involved in a heist about a painting that 4 different people claim ownership over, everything goes south. Which one of the 4 kidnapped him? He’s just the insurance agent trying to figure out how much it’s worth, but someone thinks he knows more about the past forgeries and thefts. Poor guy is caught in the middle… he seems so lovable, why wouldn’t Viv want to be with him? Hopefully we find out, is all I kept thinking. And of course, because McKinlay is such a great cozy author, she delivers a powerhouse revelation among everything going on in the mystery and eventual murder that occurs. Where it ends up, you’ll have to read to find out!

Scarlett is a wonderful character. I really like following her escapades. Viv’s okay, but Scarlett makes the books pop. I love her relationship with Harrison and am so glad how things turned out in the end on this one. I really hope there’s another book possibly sending them to the US to visit the Briar Creek library in McKinlay’s other mystery series. Thanks for a fun few hours of reading!

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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Children’s Readathon – Award-Winning Books (Week 2) – Links to Reviews

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Our second week focuses on children’s award-winning books… from Caldecott to Newbery. A few dozen people are participating this month by reading and sharing reviews on many childhood favorites that were selected in a previous poll. Below are all the links I collected; they’ll take you to the original blogger’s review. For award-winning books, we read them from 8/11 to 8/16 and posted our reviews by 8/17.

Please email or message me if you’re participating or posting a review so I can add you to the list below of blogs to watch. You can add in anything into your post besides a review, e.g. giveaways, author profiles, background material, educational ideas, etc. Have fun with it! AWARD WINNERS

 

Participating Books / Blogs

 

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

Background / Guidelines

Welcome to the Children’s Books Readathon held in August 2018. Join in the fun to read between 8 and 12 books in August 2018 and share your reviews with the group. Don’t worry about the count of books, as (1) you can read only the ones you want and (2) some are less than 25 pages! See below for the 4 categories across the month as well as all the guidelines for how to participate.

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

  • Overview
  • VOTE in the POLL (July 6th thru 13th, 2018)
  • Winning Books & Date to Read By
    • Picture Books – Read 8/4 to 8/9, Post Review on 8/10
      • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
      • Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
      • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    • Award Winners – Read 8/11 to 8/16, Post Review on 8/17
      • Winnie the Pooh #1 by A. A. Milne
      • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
      • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    • Young Adult – Read 8/18 to 8/23, Post Review on 8/24
      • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
      • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    • Authors Who Blog – Read 8/25 to 8/30, Post Review on 8/31
      • Maxine Sylvester (Ronaldo Series)
      • Robbie Cheadle (Sir Chocolate Series)

Children’s Readathon – Authors Who Blog Books (Week 4)

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Our fourth week focuses on children’s authors who also blog. A few dozen people are participating this month by reading and sharing reviews on many childhood favorites that were selected in a previous poll. Read from 8/25 to 8/30 and post your review on or before 8/31. Please email or message me if you’re participating or posting a review so I can add you to the list below of blogs to watch. You can add in anything into your post besides a review, e.g. giveaways, author profiles, background material, educational ideas, etc. Have fun with it!

Participating Books / Blogs

  • Robbie Cheadle’s “Sir Chocolate” Series
    • This Is My Truth Now*
  • Maxine Sylvester’s “Ronaldo” Series
    • This Is My Truth Now*

Where to find the reviews and links to posts: AUTHORS WHO BLOG

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

Background / Guidelines

Welcome to the Children’s Books Readathon held in August 2018. Join in the fun to read between 8 and 12 books in August 2018 and share your reviews with the group. Don’t worry about the count of books, as (1) you can read only the ones you want and (2) some are less than 25 pages! See below for the 4 categories across the month as well as all the guidelines for how to participate.

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

  • Overview
  • VOTE in the POLL (July 6th thru 13th, 2018)
  • Winning Books & Date to Read By
    • Picture Books – Read 8/4 to 8/9, Post Review on 8/10
      • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
      • Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
      • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    • Award Winners – Read 8/11 to 8/16, Post Review on 8/17
      • Winnie the Pooh #1 by A. A. Milne
      • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
      • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    • Young Adult – Read 8/18 to 8/23, Post Review on 8/24
      • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
      • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    • Authors Who Blog – Read 8/25 to 8/30, Post Review on 8/31
      • Maxine Sylvester (Ronaldo Series)
      • Robbie Cheadle (Sir Chocolate Series)

Book Review: River Bodies by Karen Katchur

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I received River Bodies, a new novel written by Karen Katchur coming out in fall 2018, through NetGalley. Besides having a gorgeous cover and an interesting title, the premise was intriguing enough for me to say yes when the publisher offered it. I’m glad I did as it had a wonderful balance of mystery and good old-fashioned storytelling.

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The book is told from the perspective of several different characters across a county on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border. Bodies have been found over several years in the river. It’s widely known that Scion ‘gang’ are responsible, but it’s not always what it seems. Two different chiefs of police, daughters of various members, step-families, affairs, and mysterious connections lurk in the background. It’s quite a puzzle, and you’re never sure who is protecting whom.

The writing style is strong. It is very descriptive but never too much. I feel like I know the area well (I also lived not too far from it and understand many references, e.g. shootings in Easton). It’s the type of book where I enjoyed the read but didn’t care for the characters. They were well-written, but as people none were appealing given how they talked or what they believed in. At the same time, it’s a very real part of society and deserves a spotlight. It showcases how different experiences and areas to live in shape who we are. Surviving is tough when you have less support from those around you. Katchur brilliantly shows these aspects and helps you connect with someone you might not normally be around. It sounds odd to say it in this way, but it’s the best way to describe how I felt while reading the book. Example: sworn oaths to protect and kill for the sake of the group, an eye for an eye, revenge even if you get caught… it happens in reality!

Kudos to the author and thanks to the publisher for sending the book to me. I’d definitely read more from Katchur and would recommend this book to others.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.