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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The Sixth Victim (A Constance Piper Mystery) by Tessa Harris

The Sixth Victim (A Constance Piper Mystery) - Tessa Harris

The Sixth Victim (A Constance Piper Mystery) by Tessa Harris is brilliantly written and a fast, mesmerizing book to read. I gave it five stars because this author made me feel as if I were on the foggy, frightening streets.

 

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/Sixth-Victim-Constance-Piper-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01LJKQGX4

Obsessed by Kelli Wolfe

Obsessed - Kelli Wolfe

Obsessed by Kelli Wolfe is an erotic story about Sylvie who is attracted to her boyfriend's father after her boyfriend disappoints her by being drunk on a night they had planned. This is part one of a four part serial with cliffhanger endings.

 

I gave it three stars.

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FGW1UW8

 

The Weeds within the Rulership (The End in the Beginning Book 1) by Emily Martha Sorensen

The Weeds within the Rulership (The End in the Beginning Book 1) - Emily Martha Sorensen

The Weeds within the Rulership (The End in the Beginning Book 1) by Emily Martha Sorensen is a fun short story to read about Raneh and Jonton, two twelve year olds beginning to realize they're growing up. I gave it four stars.

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0719JKW31

Mystery on the Seventh Floor

Mystery of 7th floor - Barth Thompson Mystery of 7th floor by Barth Thompson is a disappointing five page mystery. I gave it one star because it has poor grammar and typos. The story had potential but it wasn't delivered. 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/gp/product/B071GPQR9K/

They Came With The Snow by Christopher Coleman

They Came With The Snow - Christopher Coleman

They Came With The Snow by Christopher Coleman is a short horror story. Dominic and Naia are bunkered in the student union building at Warren Community College. The sun hasn't shown for three days. They need to escape.

 

I gave it four stars because it kept my interesting and was a fast book to read. This reminded me of The Final Winter: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel by Iain Rob Wright.

 

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/gp/product/B06XPL2Q4L

Angels Always Near: A Poetry Collection by Denise Alicea

Angels Always Near: A Poetry Collection - Denise Alicea

Angels Always Near: A Poetry Collection by Denise Alicea is forty pages of poetry. I gave it three stars.

 

In Eyes of The Past, these lines linger in memory:

"Looking at shadows, they become more unclear.
So uncertain they fade away just like yesterday.
In the blink of an eye, everything comes back to haunt you.
Feeling those feelings you dreaded to feel again.
Never coming to terms or facing your fears."

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Angels-Always-Near-Poetry-Collection-ebook/dp/B06XN6N2WF

 

Looking for Colors With Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud

Looking for Colors With Lily and Milo - Pauline Oud

Looking for Colors With Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud (Illustrator) is a fun to read story about playing and identifying colors. This is a great way for children to learn their colors.

 

It is designed for toddlers ages 24 months and up. It focuses on a child's developing language skills. My favorite little boy loved it so 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/gp/product/1605373362

 

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

How Jerry Giraffe Got His Spots by Camelia Gherib

How Jerry Giraffe Got His Spots - Camelia Gherib

How Jerry Giraffe Got His Spots by Camelia Gherib is a cleverly written and illustrated book for children ages six to ten. I gave it four stars.

 

"Poor Jerry. He tried everything he could think of, but nothing gave him the beautiful spots or stripes on his skin that he wanted so much." Some of the things he tried made him act in odd ways and the other animals laughed at his antics.

 

It also has a link for a free bonus coloring book.

 

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/dp/B0711BF17G

Rewind by Jeremy Bates

Rewind (A Suspense Horror Thriller & Mystery Short Story) - Jeremy Bates

Rewind by Jeremy Bates is a horrifying mystery book. An unnamed protagonist woke in a dilapidated slum apartment with a dead body in the next room. His own identity is a mystery. He has to unravel who is is and how he got there. His Driver's License revealed his name as Harry Parker. He doesn't recognize his own voice or handwriting. I gave it four stars because it was a fast, intriguing book to read.

 

"Why had I been in that chair, in that apartment, hooked up to that machine? Had I been a guinea pig in some madcap experiment, and something went terribly wrong, something along the lines of accidentally pressing the delete key in a word-processing document, or formatting a computer hard drive? Then again, maybe I had known something important, perhaps some government or industrial secret, and someone had wanted it badly enough to take it from my head with all the finesse and compassion that one uses when removing a hook from a fish that had swallowed the hook to the gills?"

 

He remembered his PIN number right before he went to an ATM machine where he claimed $50.00. Then he was shocked at a massive balance. He started to get $500.00, then changed the number to $5,000.00. "It spat out the money just as dutifully as before." This information didn't seem accurate. In my personal experience, the standard daily cash withdrawal limit for ATM and Debit Cards is $400 per day.

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Rewind-Jeremy-Bates-ebook/dp/B00Z9WN27W

Mind Game, A Blanco County Short Story by Ben Rehder

Mind Game - Ben Rehder

Mind Game, A Blanco County Short Story by Ben Rehder is a fast story to read. It also has a nice twist at the end. I gave it four stars.

 

"Carol Ann could drink more than any three Blanco County cedar-choppers put together. She'd danced on her share of tables, and it was a wonder she hadn't moved to Austin and turned pro. Then again, when you've got a sugar daddy like Frank Landrum, why bother?"

 

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/Mind-Blanco-County-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B00DC4WSWY

Defragmenting Daniel, The Organ Scrubber by Jason Werbeloff

Defragmenting Daniel: The Organ Scrubber: A Sci-Fi Thriller (The Defragmenting Daniel Trilogy Book 1) - Jason Werbeloff

Defragmenting Daniel, The Organ Scrubber by Jason Werbeloff is a mesmerizing, yet somewhat creepy book. I gave it five stars.

 

"After six years working in the Organ Farm, Daniel still didn’t know why it was green – the Rejek they pumped through the organs. They’d said something in class about photosynthesis. All Daniel knew for sure was that after you ran Rejek through an organ, it was good for transplant.

 

"Even those who work with harvesting organs have had many of their own taken away. "The knee was cybernetic, and you’d think it wouldn’t mind the cold. But ever since they’d harvested it when Daniel was nine, winters had been difficult. It was summer now, but the cold air in Administration wasn’t helping."

 

Daniel changed after they removed a segment of his brain.

 

"He counted the full 49 seconds this time. Didn't feel the icy jets on his back. Daniel stood resolute against the arti spray. Even as the tears streaked down his cheeks, his mind tucked into itself. Numbed within a crease of a fold of a distant dream."

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Defragmenting-Daniel-Scrubber-Thriller-Trilogy/dp/1534999167

The Black Stiletto: Black & White: The Second Diary by Raymond Benson

The Black Stiletto: Black & White - Raymond Benson The Black Stiletto: Black & White: The Second Diary by Raymond Benson picks up where book one stopped. Judy Cooper, the Black Stiletto, has fallen in love with an FBI agent, John Richardson who is instructed to arrest her on sight. Her Sensei's teenage daughter is trapped in an untenable situation. Judy's being threatened to have her identity revealed by an unscrupulous filmmaker. Present day her son, Martin also discovers this threat through Judy's diary and also faces it with a second film being discovered. Black Stiletto #2 is an intriguing book that I gave four stars. Judy Cooper now has Alzheimer's. Her son, Martin is reading her old diaries to reveal her story. The Kindle edition I received had sentence and paragraph numbers showing throughout which made for difficult reading. That does not reflect on the author's skill in writing, but is an editing issue. 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/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007ZBB8XU

Seven Suspects by Renee James

Seven Suspects (The Bobbi Logan Series) - Renee James

Seven Suspects by Renee James is a brilliantly written story about Bobbi Logan who is smart and a successful businesswoman. She's also survived gender transition and rape, along with bullying and blatant bigotry.

 

"Time will never sweep away this memory. It will live in me like a virus that alternates between dormancy and soul-searing eruptions. It will be part of me as long as I have a mind." It is filled with suspense and kept me guessing.

 

I gave it five stars. She's being stalked. She determines which enemy might be doing this and confronts them one by one. Can she find out who it is before they destroy her?

 

"This salon is not just upscale. It looks and feels like a fairytale version of a beauty salon, bright and sleek, elegant clients being tended to by elegant hairdressers, classical music playing softly in the background. We cater to the rich and famous. We deliver fabulous services and we charge fabulous prices."

 

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/Seven-Suspects-Bobbi-Logan-Renee/dp/1608092550

 

It is in pre-order status until October 3, 2017. I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Stalker on the Fens by Joy Ellis

STALKER ON THE FENS a gripping crime thriller full of twists - JOY ELLIS Stalker on the Fens by Joy Ellis is a mystery/thriller that is filled with twists and turns. I gave it five stars because it kept my full attention from start to finish and was an enjoyable suspense-filled story. DI Nikki Galena and Joseph Easter are back attempting to protect their friend Helen Brooks. Can they find the stalker before she's killed? "She was taller than Nikki by almost a foot, an aging Amazon. Even if Dr. Chambers was pushing sixty, she was exactly the sort of person she would want with her when she interviewed Oliver Kirton. She exuded strength, but not in the physical sense. What flowed from the doctor was the fortitude of a wise woman or high priestess." The author has come up with another winning book. I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Joffe Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review. Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/STALKER-gripping-crime-thriller-twists-ebook/dp/B01M6Z0YPZ

Amarna Book I: Book of Ida, a historical novella by Grea Alexander

Amarna Book I: Book of Ida - Grea Alexander

Amarna Book I: Book of Ida, a historical novella by Grea Alexander takes place in Thebes, Upper Egypt in 1324 BC. The Pharaoh died mysteriously and was left without a male heir.

 

Queen Ankhesenamen's only hope is to make an alliance with the Hittites. She can only trust a slave girl, Ida. Her father had entrusted scrolls delineating their history to her.

 

I gave it four stars only because it needs editing for typos and homonymns. That does not reflect on the quality of the writing The story is intriguing. I look forward to Book 2.

 

"The loneliness, the sadness in him was like a physical force. It reached out to her, encircled her, buried itself within her. She wanted nothing more at that moment than to take the terrible unhappiness away from him."

 

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

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Amarna-Book-I-Ida-ebook/dp/B008XI94IK

Kitten Coloring, A realistic picture reference book for adults by Jasmine Taylor

Kitten Coloring: A Realistic Picture Reference Book for Adults - Jasmine Taylor Kitten Coloring, A realistic picture reference book for adults by Jasmine Taylor is a book of photographs of kittens. It is designed to accompany the paperback version of this book. There are links for some of the photos that can be printed. 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/Kitten-Coloring-Realistic-Picture-Reference-ebook/dp/B06XSZSRMF