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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Black-Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae

Black-Eyed Susie: A Short Story - Kristen Mae

Black-Eyed Susie: A Short Story by Kristen Mae has a surprise ending.

 

With "little Black-Eyed Susie, you’d better be careful what you wish for."

 

It is a disturbing story with strong adult content. I gave it three stars.

 

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/Black-Eyed-Susie-Short-Kristen-Mae-ebook/dp/B06Y1XMFRQ/

The Hog’s Back Mystery, A British Library Crime Classic by Freeman Crofts

The Hog's Back Mystery: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics) - Freeman Crofts

The Hog’s Back Mystery, A British Library Crime Classic by Freeman Crofts is a mystery that has lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing. Because the pace was slow I gave it three stars.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Hogs-Back-Mystery-British-Classics/dp/1464203814

The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

The Girl Who Was Taken - Charlie Donlea
The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea is a compelling mystery-thriller.  
I gave it four stars because it kept me guessing.

It's about two abducted girls. One returns and one doesn't.

The sister of the one who doesn't became a forensic pathologist and helped
in the investigation. I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Kensington Books and NetGalley.

That did not change my opinion for this review. Link to purchase:
https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Who-Was-Taken-ebook/dp/B01JEJC8PW

Tracker by James Rollins

Tracker - James Rollins Tracker by James Rollins is a Sigma Force novel that I gave four stars. It is a fast book to read with suspense-filled moments. Tucker worked with his hunting dog Kane. When he was wearing camera gear, he saw through the shepherd's eyes. "The dog was as much an extension of his senses as he was a partner." "The army had trained him to maintain such diligence, to watch for the unusual amid the ordinary. When he'd been a captain with the army rangers, he and his partner had served as the unit's trackers through two tours in Afghanistan-for search-and-rescue operations, for extraction, for hunting down targets of acquistion." I received a complimentary copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review. Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Tracker-Short-Story-Exclusive-Sigma-ebook/dp/B00851M33S

Tracker by James Rollins

Tracker - James Rollins Tracker by James Rollins is a Sigma Force novel that I gave four stars. It is a fast book to read with suspense-filled moments. Tucker worked with his hunting dog Kane. When he was wearing camera gear, he saw through the shepherd's eyes. "The dog was as much an extension of his senses as he was a partner." "The army had trained him to maintain such diligence, to watch for the unusual amid the ordinary. When he'd been a captain with the army rangers, he and his partner had served as the unit's trackers through two tours in Afghanistan-for search-and-rescue operations, for extraction, for hunting down targets of acquistion." I received a complimentary copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review. Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Tracker-Short-Story-Exclusive-Sigma-ebook/dp/B00851M33S

A Very Jaguar Christmas (Heart of the Jaguar Book 5) by Terry Spear

A Very Jaguar Christmas (Heart of the Jaguar Book 5) - Terry Spear

A Very Jaguar Christmas (Heart of the Jaguar Book 5) by Terry Spear is a fast-reading book about jaguar shifters and Guardian Agents. Demetria MacFarlane and AG agent Everett Anderson are attracted to each other but there are complications. I gave this paranormal romance four stars.

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1492621803

Webster: The Unhinged Edition by Anne Wentworth

Webster: The Unhinged Edition - Anne Wentworth

Webster: The Unhinged Edition by Anne Wentworth is an intriguing book. Webster Harmon is gifted. Will he misuse his gifts to protect Beth? I gave it five stars.

 

Webster was weakened by his stay at the mental ward. "The past two weeks had mowed me down. If it hadn’t been for Bhotu, I might not have come through being on the psych unit. Bhotu had kept me level, sane. Still, the aseptic hospital environment with its facade of caring and reality of harsh had worn down my armor."

 

His goal is to protect Beth from Tandy, the "dragon" running the group home where they stayed. On his way from the hospital, he met Reggae and he became part of their "family".

 

The characters are well drawn and the storyline is poignant. Sadly, I believe this happens far too often in reality. Teenagers simply fall through the cracks in the existing system.

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Webster-Unhinged-Anne-Wentworth-ebook/dp/B01N8132FA

Dead Dame on the Floor: A Hank Bradshaw Short Story - Mick Hunter

Dead Dame on the Floor: A Hank Bradshaw Short Story by Mick Hunter contains a lot in only fourteen pages. It's about Hank Bradshaw's hearing his friend, Nancy, get murdered while he's on the phone with her. He wants to find out what happened and punish who did it. I gave it four stars.

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WP8X4C9/

Bum Rap by Paul Levine

Bum Rap - Paul Levine

Bum Rap by Paul Levine is a page-turning legal thriller about an attorney accused of murder. I gave it five stars because it had snappy dialogue, just the right amount of sexual tension between the characters and is an intriguing story.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1477829865

Rockabilly Hell by William W. Johnstone

Rockabilly Hell - William W. Johnstone

Rockabilly Hell by William W. Johnstone is an intriguing horror/mystery that has well-drawn characters: Deputy Jesse “Cole” Younger and a reporter named Katti Baylor together are investigating the death of her brother ten years prior, and all the roadside clubs that have random "hauntings". I gave it five stars.

 

It was filled with evil people and their repulsive deeds. While it advanced the storyline, there were parts that were difficult to read and left me feeling as if I needed a brain shampoo.

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Rockabilly-Hell-William-W-Johnstone-ebook/dp/B01BRFLI4I/

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Beatty, Robert (July 14, 2015) Hardcover - Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty is written for ages nine to twelve years. While I'm way past my childhood, I enjoyed this book very much. I gave it five stars because it kept me guessing.

 

"she stepped closer and read the inscription on the pedestal of the statue:

 

our character isn't defined by the battles we win or lose, but by the battles we dare to fight."

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1484709012

The Matter of the Deserted Airliner by Steve Levi

The Matter of the Deserted Airliner: Alaska Disappearing Crew and Passengers Caper - Steve Levi

The Matter of the Deserted Airliner by Steve Levi was a fast-moving mystery that kept me guessing. I like that in a book so I gave it four stars.

 

Chief of Detectives for the Sandersonville, North Carolina, Police Department, Captain Heinz Noonan is a well drawn, likeable character. Can he find out what happened to the ninety-five missing passengers and crew from Unicorn Airlines Flight 739 that landed in Anchorage, Alaska?

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Matter-Deserted-Airliner-Disappearing-Passengers-Caper-ebook/dp/B01N10XKQZ

 

This is in pre-order status until April 4, 2017, so I could not post on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

What Can Your Grandma Do? by Anne Sawan

What Can Your Grandma Do? - Anne Sawan, Sernur Isik

What Can Your Grandma Do? by Anne Sawan is a fun-to-read children's book for ages four to seven years. It is illustrated by Sernur Iski. It's about grandparents with special talents. But does Jeremy's grandma have one? He learns what it is. 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/What-Can-Your-Grandma-Do/dp/160537332X

 

This book is in pre-order status until May 16, 2017. I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Gold for Horses, El Vasco, Book 1, A Novel by Eduardo Suastegui.

Gold for Horses (El Vasco Book 1) - Eduardo Suastegui

Gold for Horses, El Vasco, Book 1, A Novel by Eduardo Suastegui. This is a page-turning, fast-paced western. It caught and kept my attention. It also made me think about what would happen next. I gave it five stars.

 

Marlene and her cousin, Valentina are traveling with a wagon. Valentina has a shotgun and Marlene has a Colt .44.

 

"They’d seen plenty already. A bloody shattered head, and a torn out side through which life had gushed out, a crimson hollowed chest, and a shredded throat. That didn't count the dead Palomino. More than the four dead men, that one bothered Marlene the most. If life had proved anything to her, she’d take not four but forty dead men over one dead horse."

 

They came across the wounded Ignacio and took him home to where they both lived with Martha. Later Marlene and Ignacio went into town with the wagon for supplies and taking a palomino with them. They learned a lot about themselves and Ignacio.

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Gold-Horses-El-Vasco-Book-ebook/dp/B06XPNVS6X

Billy, Brush Your Teeth! by Pamela Malcolm

Billy Brush Your Teeth: Funny Bedtime Story for Children Kids (Billy Series Book 3) - Pamela Malcolm

Billy, Brush Your Teeth! by Pamela Malcolm is a fun to read book about a six-year old boy. It's written for children ages four to eight.

 

After his bath, Billy's mother tells him to brush his teeth. He begins daydreaming about his alien friends and doesn't brush them.

 

This happened for a few nights until Billy had a dream. I gave it four stars.

 

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/Billy-Brush-Your-Teeth-Children-ebook/dp/B06X6DSSVG

A Wish Come True by Kolet Janssen and Emy Geyskens

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

 

This book is in pre-order status until June 13, 2017. I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.