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Review of Crossing the Friend Zone

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Crossing the Friend Zone

Kelly Eadon

Forever Yours

Release Date: 3/7/2017


Blurb from Goodreads: From the author of The Wedding Date and The Family Man comes the final book in Kelly Eadon’s Belmont Beach Brides series. Event planner Ainsley Sloan spends her days creating perfect weddings for her clients and her nights wondering if she’ll ever find her own happily ever after. So when her friend–and total manwhore–Ryan Lawhill starts making her skin tingle and her heart race, she’s determined to shut it down. The last thing she needs is another broken heart. But when these opposites attract, can true love ignite?

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Review of The Clairvoyants

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The Clairvoyants

Karen Brown

Henry Holt and Co.

February 7, 2017


Blurb from Goodreads: On the family homestead by the sea where she grew up, Martha Mary saw ghosts. As a young woman, she hopes to distance herself from those spirits by escaping to an inland college town. There, she is absorbed by a budding romance, relieved by separation from an unstable sister, and disinterested in the flyers seeking information about a young woman who’s disappeared—until one Indian summer afternoon when the missing woman appears beneath Martha’s apartment window, wearing a down coat, her hair coated with ice.


SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW

After reading the blurb and having a fascination with paranormal stories, I was definitely coming to The Clairvoyants expecting something different from what I received, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, does it?

There is something dreamlike about the way in which Karen Brown has conveyed this story, a feeling of timelessness. As I was reading, I felt an old-fashioned quality rise, from the use of “old” names like Martha and Delores to the gatherings at Anne’s, where artists and intellectuals met for drinks, and even the drinks were “old” drinks for young people in their late teens and early twenties, martinis, g&ts.

The writing is almost lulling, weaving in facts, alluding to events, hinting. The reader automatically trusts this first person narrator, Martha Mary. She seems misunderstood by her mother and older sisters and she finds it necessary to hide away her “gift” for fear that she will be sent to an asylum like her younger sister, Del.

Martha falls under the spell of a photography instructor who is as obsessed with his photography as Martha is with hers. But she was first led to him by the ghost of Mary Rae.

The magic for me in Brown’s storytelling is likening it to a chunk of alabaster that is being sculpted until the truth remains or at least some understanding of the truth. However, the reader also needs to question the information provided because everything becomes entwined.

While not every detail of the ending is provided on a silver platter for the reader, if they have been paying attention to the way in which Brown provides information, they have a pretty good idea as to what’s happened to whom. I liked the subtlety.

If you like your literary fiction with a taste of mystery and supernatural, I highly recommend The Clairvoyants.

I won an ARC through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

From AmazonThe Clairvoyants


rating: 4-and-a-half (4 butterflies and a ladybug)


 

Review of Off The Ice

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Off the Ice

Julie Cross

Entangled Teen

Release Date: February 28, 2017


Blurb from Goodreads: Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.

Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he’s in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good.

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