Injoy's Blogs + Book Reviews

I'm a voracious reader of almost all genres. I write book reviews for goodreads, NetGalley, Amazon & my own page InJoyful Book Reviews. I have several other facebook pages where I am sole administrator. I stay busy even though I'm retired. I'm a 68 year old grandmother of four from two adult children. I'm happily married & relocated from Washington State to Arizona.

 

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Tiny Infinities by J.H. Diehl

Tiny Infinities - J.H. Diehl

Tiny Infinities by J.H. Diehl is a promising book about Alice, her troubled mother and her meeting an unusual new friend, Harriet. It's a middle-grade novel with unique observations about family relationships, friendship and Alice's determination to prove herself in all ways.

 

It's written for ages eight to twelve. I gave it five stars because it kept my full attention, start to finish.

 

"What I love most about backstroke is, it proves a person doesn't need to be looking straight ahead to know exactly where she's going."

 

The police left after Piper's parents claimed her from Alice's house. Her father was disgruntled. "He shut our front door, looking irritated and tired, as if he'd just put up with watching ten awful TV ads in a row, and now we were back to a show he didn't like anyway."

 

Alice met Harriet and was discussing how her parents met and she got her name from the dog. "But talking about Alice was like walking back over to that corner in my head and finding the box jammed full of mad, sad, and panic."

 

Alice's father is leaving. She is frustrated and upset. "Again the words came out madder than I expected, as if my voice had picked a mood without consulting me."

 

I received a complimentary Advanced Reader's Copy from Chronicle Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Tiny-Infinities-J-H-Diehl/dp/1452163359

Linear Shift, Part 2 by Paul B. Kohler

Linear Shift, Part 2 - Paul B. Kohler

Linear Shift, Part 2 by Paul B. Kohler is a time travel story. I gave it four stars. It continues where Linear Shift, Part 1 stopped.

 

"Michael could feel the goose bumps dance across his skin like spiders attending a masquerade ball. He longed to hear those words. He needed to hear more."

 

It's about Peter Cooper and time travel. Things aren't always what they seem.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HHWCXAO

Left Alive #2: A Zombie Action and Adventure Novel by Jeremy Laszlo (Only Book #2)

LEFT ALIVE (Zombie series Box Set): Books 1-6 of the Post-apocalyptic zombie action and adventure series - Jeremy Laszlo, Carlos Cara

Left Alive #2: A Zombie Action and Adventure Novel by Jeremy Laszlo starts where Left Alive #1 stopped. It is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel which is peopled with zombies of a different nature. I gave it five stars.

 

"Everyone had been tainted with the fertilizer that unleashed an agricultural plague to end all plagues across the planet. I had watched on the news as they showed us the devastation. They showed us the quarantines and the evacuations. There were the food strikes, the hunger and fear that drove average citizens into hostile frenzies...War erupted on a nearly global scale."

 

Charlie meets Lindsay who had saved his life before. She saved him again. He woke to missing his arm that had been caught in a bear trap by a Hunter.

 

I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Left Alive #3.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Left-Alive-Zombie-Action-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00M9E9CKY

Hero Rising, The Four Book Secret Guardians Boxed Set, Secret Guardians Book #1 by H.T. Night

Hero Rising (Secret Guardians Book 1) - H.T. Night

Hero Rising, The Four Book Secret Guardians Boxed Set, Secret Guardians Book #1 by H.T. Night is a grand adventure. I gave it four stars.

 

The Tandra world are humans. Josiah goes on a crusade to help them escape the evil that surrounds them. He becomes a protector and superhero. He is also a vampire and a werewolf but is not immortal.

 

He heads for New York along with Tommy, the werewolf. Tommy was engaged to his sister before the accident killed her and her parents. After that, they bonded and were like brothers. Tommy now is a coach for MMA fighters.

 

Josiah flew in his eagle form to San Bernardino where he came across a building on fire with people trapped. "But fire. Yeah, I was cautious about my own hide like that. But there was no way I could turn my back on the....If I didn't help, if I walked away from people who could have been saved; it would haunt me for the rest of my days."

 

I bought it and read it in one sitting. I look forward to reading Hero Unbound (Secret Guardians Book 2).

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Hero-Rising-Secret-Guardians-Book-ebook/dp/B00RC5GLAO

A Wish Come True by Kolet Janssen

A Wish Come True - Kolet Janssen, Emy Geyskens, Emilie Timmermans

A Wish Come True by Kolet Janssen and Emy Geyskens is an educational book for children ages four and up. Emilie Timmermans is the illustrator.

Mark has a serious illness and has to spend a lot of time in the hospital. The fairies agree that since he's brave he deserves a reward. I gave it four stars.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Clavis Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Wish-Come-True-Kolet-Janssen/dp/1605373354

Bad Metal 03: Replacement Parts by Robert Black

Bad Metal 03: Replacement Parts - Robert   Black

Bad Metal 03: Replacement Parts by Robert Black is a futuristic science fiction book. I gave it four stars because it kept my attention start to finish.

 

The Kappa automaton nicknamed two was using its skill set to perform diagnostics & repairs on its older 'siblings'.

 

"Gibson wasn't sure what sort of response Wanda had expected, but his brief explanation of betrayal & mortal danger seemed to have taken the wind out of her sails. He fixed her with a burning stare out of his remaining eye, & held it until she looked away. It didn't take very long."

 

I received a complimentary copy from Amazon. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Metal-03-Replacement-Parts-ebook/dp/B00SVGYSDU

A Day In October by Joel Buhs

A Day In October - Joel Buhs

A Day In October by Joel Buhs is about a single father learning to live apart from his wife and deciding to still love and respect his son's mother. It's also about attempting to find peace in his new life. It shows a tremendous amount of insight and maturity.

 

I gave it five stars. I only wish I could have read it when I became a single parent. It tugged my heartstrings.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XD7H4VX

31 Prayers Of Praise: Building A Life Time Habit Of Praise Through Daily Devotion by Adam Houge

31 Prayers Of Praise: Building A Life Time Habit Of Praise Through Daily Devotion - Adam Houge

I received a free kindle copy of 31 Prayers Of Praise: Building A Life Time Habit Of Praise Through Daily Devotion in an Amazon promotion. I gave it five stars.

 

Day One: Praise for Salvation "Thank You for everything you endured for me. You are worthy of my adoration and praise."

 

Day Two: Deliverance "Your hand is so kind, and you always lead me gently in the way. I'm not deserving of Your goodness, Lord. Thank You for everything You have done to save me out of every trial, tribulation, and persecution."

 

Day Three: Blessings "Thank You, Jesus, for every blessing You have given me. Thank You for every good thing in my life."

 

Day Four: Faithfulness "Your faithfulness has always been my delight, and my heart rejoices in Your loving-kindness!"

 

Day Five: Trials "I don't know why You let harmful things happen, but I still believe that You are good. Thank You for trials!...I will praise You in the midst of my burdens."

 

Day Six: Promises "Thank You for Your precious promises!"

 

Day Seven: Hope "Thank You, God, for hope--for the hope of Your salvation, a new life, and a new body."

 

Day Eight: Mercy "Thank You for Your mercy and all the ways You forgive me daily. God, heal me and make me upright before You."

 

Day Nine: Strength "When I sin, You forgive, and when I'm weak You are strong. When I stumble, You are there to uphold, and when I fall, You are there to pick me up again."

 

Day Ten: Works "Lord, how might and amazing are all Your works!"

 

The book continues in this vein throughout the thirty days. It is a helpful guide to a prayerful life.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/31-Prayers-Praise-Building-Devotion-ebook/dp/B019TU0CRM

 

Airbag Scars: A Micah Reed Thriller #1 by Jim Heskett

Airbag Scars (Micah Reed #0) - Jim Heskett

Airbag Scars: A Micah Reed Thriller #1 by Jim Heskett published by Royal Arch Books caught my attention with the title & synopsis. It looked intriguing. It was a four-star book and an enjoyable read, although parts of it were disturbing to me.

 

"He inhaled a lungful of air and the pain in his chest burned until he had to cough the breath out in jagged hitches.

 

So much didn’t make sense. He’d been in an accident, that was for sure. But finding himself behind the wheel of a car? No matter how many times he’d relapsed and ended up blacking out drunk, he would never get behind the wheel."

 

His body was sore but no bones were broken. His hands made it clear he had punched someone violently. Michael aka Micah checked himself into a detox facility. He had taught himself to respond to Micah after changing his name. Interacting with the other patients was not his strong suit. He overheard some of them complaining about how they were abused by the system, their families, etc.

 

"'Poor me, poor me, pour me another drink.'

 

"Micah couldn’t claim injustice because the events of the night before last were a terrible blur. No one to blame for his downfall. But he knew that a few weeks ago, he’d relapsed after stringing together several months of sobriety, and that first drink had been the mistake that set everything else in motion." He had to claim personal responsibility for his own actions.

 

His boss & sponsor, Frank met him. After he left the detox center & reclaiming his damaged car he returned to the condo in Denver that the US government had bought for him. He never felt comfortable in the downtown area since he'd grown up in small-town Oklahoma.

 

Link to purchase: Not for sale anywhere, available only through the author's website.

A Dubious Terrain, A Colton Banyon Mystery #4 by Gerald J. Kubicki

A Dubious Terrain - Gerald J. Kubicki

A Dubious Terrain, A Colton Banyon Mystery #4 by Gerald J. Kubicki is a four-star book filled with thought-provoking ideas. It starts in 1933 with a meeting between Goebbels and 19 acolytes of the New Reich.

 

"Goebbels saw himself as the protector of culture in Germany. He was, in fact, a snob. He had a PhD from Heidelberg University in, of all things, drama. He fancied himself as the cultural backbone of Germany and his policies and actions in later years reflected his desire to influence all art with his beliefs. He, like Hitler, loved the operas of Wagner."

 

"Goebbels was a master at propaganda. Decades after the war, many studied his principles and changed the name to “marketing.” He was good at marketing Nazism. He glorified the cause in the best light, sometimes he even made up what he called “the truth.”

 

Colton Banyon was ready for vacation to someplace warm.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Dubious-Terrain-Colton-Banyon-Mystery-ebook/dp/B007PMFSB2

The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts

The Policewoman - Justin W. M. Roberts

The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts is an interesting book. I gave it four stars. Sara Dharmawan is an ambitious and attractive, police Inspector in an antiterrorist unit. Her father is Indonesian and her mother is half English and Spanish. She has an older brother, Tony, in the Indonesian Air Force and a little sister, Cindy, in secondary school.

 

English is basically Sarah's first language. However, she speaks Indonesian, Spanish, French, Dutch and German. Foreign language proficiency is a career booster in government service. When asked what she usually uses those languages for she replies: "Oh, I usually pray in Spanish, speak French to my boyfriend, curse in Dutch, and talk German to her German Shepherd." She can also speak fluent Arabic but doesn't share that talent, yet.

 

She's meeting with her Interpol commander, Christopher Broussard. "'That explains your accent then,' says Broussard, smiling.

 

People from West Country usually don't pronounce the letter 'h,' which is known as aitch-dropping. Broussard usually associates the West Country accent with farmers...or pirates. But he has to admit that it sounds nice coming from the stunningly beautiful Indonesian policewoman in front of him, even if it's ever so slightly unnatural."

 

Sarah is in a briefing with her new associates to earn about the Irish Drug Cartel. "Niall is their chief executioner. In the Cartel, he's in charge of the torture and murder of police, politicians, and civilians who get in their way"...

 

I received a complimentary copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Policewoman-Justin-W-M-Roberts-ebook/dp/B01MXHON0A

The Massacre of Mankind: Authorised Sequel to The War of the Worlds by Stephen Baxter

The Massacre of Mankind: Sequel to The War of the Worlds - Stephen Baxter

The Massacre of Mankind: Authorised Sequel to The War of the Worlds by Stephen Baxter is a detailed followup about the Martian invasion of England. It's a brutal story but easy to envision. It is a long book and I believe much of it could have been edited out. I still gave it four stars.

 

I received an advanced reading copy from Crown Publishing and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Massacre-Mankind-Authorised-Sequel-Worlds-ebook/dp/B014SV4TM6

Two Tocks before Midnight, The Agora Mystery Series 1 by Clay Boutwell

Two Tocks before Midnight: A 19th Century Historical Murder Mystery (The Agora Mystery Series) - Clay Boutwell
Two Tocks before Midnight, The Agora Mystery Series 1 by Clay Boutwell begins in 1889 in Boston. It is an intriguing book and I gave it five stars because it kept my interest from start to finish.
 
"I can't even say with certitude that the events of that date occurred exactly as I remember them. As time passes, so do the minute and myriad details; rough edges are made smooth and the inevitable romanticizing of the past plays havoc with true fact."
 
Thomas, a club member who arrived later was suspected of being the killer.
 
"He had become emotionally upset--as would I, had I been accused of murder unjustly. But if he truly was the murderer, the truth had to be fleshed out before another victim could be killed."
 
I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this book.
 

Sin Walks into the Desert by Matt Ingwalson

Sin Walks Into The Desert - Matt Ingwalson

Sin Walks into the Desert by Matt Ingwalson, (Sin & Nicki Book 1) is an unusual story. Sin is off into the desert to find his mentor, el Viejo who is missing. Sin received the news from Catrina, aka la Calavera, who is an ex-federal agent living in a retirement home near the border. I gave it five stars.

 

El Viejo had saved Sin's life, when he was a 12-year-old kid. Even though diabetes and arthritis have crippled him, el Viejo had been bad and brave.

 

When Sin met Petr, la Calavera's husband he was thin enough to look like an aspen. He told el Viejo: "'Thought you said he was stone cold Viking killer.' 'No, I said Petr was Swedish intelligence, Sin. Not everyone who works in MLE pulls triggers for a living. I believe he analyzed satellite imagery.'

 

'Whatever,' Sin said, because that was what he always said when he wasn't saying nothing."

 

Sin further describes Petr: "Petr reached one hand out past her shoulders. His fist had thick blue veins tunneling all across it, as brightly colored, in their own way as the tattoos on Sin's hands."

 

Sin describes when the first met la Calavera: "If she didn't have the plastic tube pumping little bursts of oxygen into her nose, she would've been about the most beautiful woman Sin'd ever seen....She was an old woman and her skin showed it, but her eyes were so bright and hard that they sparkled like stars magically visible in daytime skies."

 

El Viejo is talking to La Calavera and Sin as he brought their dinner: "'We'd best dig in. The sun goes down quickly when you're in a valley,' he said. La Calavera nodded, 'But the stars, they will shine so bright.'"

 

Regret Things is a new novel about Nicki and Sin that I look forward to reading.

 

This is Book 1 in a series of three books. I received a free kindle copy of Sin Walks Into the Desert by Matt Ingwalson in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Walks-Into-Desert-Nicki-Book-ebook/dp/B00K3E3YJC

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book written by Alice Kuipers

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book: Book 1 - Alice Kuipers, Diana Toledano

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book written by Alice Kuipers and illustrated by Diana Toledano is a children's book written for ages four to eight years.

 

Polly loves words and writing stories and lists. She believes amazing things happen in threes. Her mother is expecting another baby, so her three-year-old sister, Anna (the sparkle princess) moved into Polly's room. She's not happy about it.

 

Her father is a contractor and always has a project going in the house. Polly's new magic book allows her to make things happen that she writes. She's imaginative and creative. It is a fun story to read. I gave it five stars.

 

I received an Advanced Reading Copy from Chronicle Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.


Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Polly-Diamond-Magic-Book/dp/1452152322

Billy Go to Bed by Pamela Malcolm

Billy Go to Bed - Pamela Malcolm

Billy Go to Bed by Pamela Malcolm is a cleverly written and illustrated children's story for ages three to nine. It is a fun to read story and my favorite little boy asked me to read it again and again. For that reason, I gave it five stars. It is a good book to read for any child that might not want to go to bed.

 

Billy stalls going to bed and finds various excuses to come back downstairs to interrupt his parents with his reasons for not staying in bed. Finally they become impatient and demand that he stay in bed. He then sees "aliens" outside his window and is initially afraid but discovers they are friendly and want him to visit their planet which has all sort of good things for children to do. The next thing he knows is his Mother is waking him to get ready for school. He realizes he can visit the friendly aliens in his sleep any time he wants.

 

I received a .pdf copy from the author in a promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Billy-Go-Bed-Bedtime-children-ebook/dp/B01GDH7WFY