Reviews by pamhockey25
Brett is a tattoo artist in Las Vegas living with her police detective brother. This is the first in a series of mysteries so quite a few characters are introduced. Brett, her brother Tim, Brett's staff members, Bitsy, Joel, and Ace. The name of Brett's shop is the Painted Lady, she gets caught up in the mystery when a woman comes in to get a tattoo and ends up missing a few days later. Brett is apparently the last person to see her alive. A rival tattoo artist is suspected in the murder and somehow despite Brett's antipathy toward him, she finds herself believing he is innocent. There are interesting twists and turns, including a lot of Elvises! I enjoyed how the author incorporated the tattooing theme into the book. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Brett's adventures.
This is the second of what is now a series featuring Dixie Hemingway, who is dealing with the aftermath of a personal tragedy. She's a former sheriff's deputy who keeps coming across dead bodies. She can no longer deal with her former job and is content to spend her time out of the mainstream, taking care of cats and dogs. She lives in South Florida in a small apartment attached to a house occupied by her brother, a firefighter, and his partner, an undercover cop. This particular book deals with Dixie finding a body and following the clues until she's forced to take action in order to keep the dog belonging to the dead man from being fed to alligators. Animal lovers, do note that there are some disturbing descriptions of animal abuse. The series and this installment is recommended!!
The final in the series of three Darkest Powers paranormal books aimed at young adults. Another action-packed book that answers some, but still raises more questions. The character development is great. Can't get into too much detail without giving spoilers. The book does seem to leave some questions unanswered probably due to the fact that the author is continuing this series and is writing the books as a series of trilogies, so she will be returning to these characters again later. Do read the first two books, The Summoning, and The Awakening before checking out this one or it just won't make sense. Loved it!
The first of a series of three Darkest Powers paranormal books aimed at young adults. As a Kelley Armstrong fan I wanted to check them out despite not being the demographic the book was written for. That being said, I really enjoyed the series. This is the story of Chloe Sanders, who turns out NOT to be your average teenage girl. She can see ghosts, and it isn't fun. She ends up at Lyle House (owned by the Edison Group), a home for mentally-ill teens where the rest of the characters are introduced. All the teens in the home have special abilities and are being manipulated. You meet Simon (a sorcerer), and Derek (a werewolf), who are foster brothers, Rae (half fire-demon) and Tori (a witch) who you will also follow in the series. I recommend it.
As an adoptee from this era, this book was of high interest to me. The way society viewed and treated these women was unimaginable. I feel great compassion for these women who really were not given a choice at all. This book will give you a whole new perspective on what these women went through, what they were told, how their families treated them. Even if you are not part of an adoption triangle, I think the glimpse of society at this time is fascinating. If you were given up for adoption during these years, I it is a must-read. I applaud Ann Fessler for recording and transcribing these oral histories. She found a great cross-section of women who were willing to share these stories that need to be told. I couldn't put it down. Read it!