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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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.

It's Your Party, Die If You Want To by Vickie Fee

It's Your Party, Die If You Want To (A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery) - Vickie Fee

It's Your Party, Die If You Want To by Vickie Fee is a fast-paced cozy mystery about party planner Liv McKay. It is full of action and kept me guessing. The characters are well drawn and it's entertaining. I gave it four stars.

 

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/gp/product/1496700643/

Land of Wolves: The Return of Lincoln's Bodyguard by Tj Turner

Land of Wolves: The Return of Lincoln's Bodyguard (Lincoln's Bodyguard Series) - Tj Turner

Land of Wolves: The Return of Lincoln's Bodyguard (Lincoln's Bodyguard Series) by Tj Turner is a historical fiction book that is riveting. I was surprised to learn how fast-moving it was. I gave it four stars.

 

It's about Joseph Foster and Molly after they settle in Tennessee. Abraham Lincoln's former bodyguard, the man who saved the President's life has been targeted by the Consortium. His mother is killed and his daughter, Aurora is kidnapped.

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Land-Wolves-Return-Lincolns-Bodyguard/dp/160809202X

 

This book is in pre-order status until May 7, 2017. I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Little Tails in the Savannah by Frederic Brremaud

Little Tails in the Savannah - Frederic Brremaud, Mike Kennedy

Little Tails in the Savannah by Frederic Brremaud is a fun-to-read book about Chipper and Squizzo, a puppy and squirrel who have a cardboard airplane to travel and explore wonderful places.

 

They encounter real animals in the African Savannah. They came across a monkey, a poisonous black mamba, a warthog, a gnu, a lion and some vultures. They also saw a cheetah chasing gazelles. They took a bone from a hyena which was not a good idea. Then they saw a buffalo a rhinoceros and many other animals as well.

 

This book is beautifully illustrated by Federico Bertolucci. It is for children ages four to eight years. I gave it four stars.

I received a complimentary copy from Diamond Book Distributors-Magnetic Press and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Tails-Savannah-Frederic-Brremaud/dp/1942367384

 

This book is in pre-order status until April 11, 2017. I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Little Kangaroo by Guido van Genechten

Little Kangaroo - Guido Van Genechten

Little Kangaroo by Guido van Genechten is a charmingly illustrated children's book for ages four and up. It's about a baby kangaroo who wants to stay in his mother's pouch because the world was too big. I gave it five stars because my favorite little boy asked me to read it again and again.

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Kangaroo-Guido-vanGenechten/dp/1605373389

 

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

Run, Run, as Fast as You Can (Emma Frost Book 3) by Willow Rose

Run Run As Fast As You Can - Willow Rose
Run, Run, as Fast as You Can (Emma Frost Book 3) by Willow Rose is a riveting book. I couldn't read it fast enough. I gave it four stars because there were numerous typos or incorrect words used.
 
 
Simone Beaumont's life changed forever by a chance meeting in a parking lot on cold, gray day in November. She was a member of the same mother's group as Emma's friend Sophia.
 
Morten Bredballe, of the Norby Police, is leaving the author, Emma Frost's house and unexpectedly hugs her. "He looked into my eyes. 'I have baffled you, haven't I?'
 
'Slightly...but not in a bad way,' I said. 'I like being baffled.'
 
Officer Morten chuckled. 'Life is short, you know?'
 
I smiled. 'Life is short and one should be baffled every now and then.'"
 
I look forward to reading the next book about Lisa Rasmussen in Rock-a-bye Baby.
 
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/Run-Fast-Emma-Frost-Book-ebook/dp/B00GK50H66

The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias

The Devil's Prayer - Luke Gracias

The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias is a powerfully written book about the devil answering prayers. It has strong female characters that are intriguing. I was surprised that a book about a desperate nun's bargain kept my attention from start to finish.

 

There is disturbing violence but it contributes to the advancement of the story. Because it was a page-turner, I gave it five stars.

 

This book was well-researched and filled with esoteric information.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Australian eBook Publisher and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Devils-Prayer-Luke-Gracias-ebook/dp/B01BXR4838

Call of Shadows by Terry Maggert

Call of Shadows - Terry Maggert

Call of Shadows: A Fearless Series Short Story (The Fearless Book 0) by Terry Maggert is a puzzling short story about a monster and her Helper. I gave it four stars.

 

The simple cross was used as bait. "Less than two feet high, of a simple design, the roadside monument was like the thousands of others that dot the rural South and elicit a sympathetic what a shame or intemperate thoughts of just desserts for rowdy youth."

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Call-Shadows-Fearless-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B00OD5HW9A/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8