Monthly Archives: July 2012
Emma Vaile, in Betrayal by Lee Nichols, is confused. Shouldn’t everything be settling down since she already battled Neos? Instead of being able to finally live a somewhat normal life, things are just getting crazier! Her soul mate, Bennett Stern, has disappeared and has started taking a dangerous drug. Emma and Natalie are joined at the museum by two new ghostkeepers, Simon and Lukas, to form a new team. Instead of only worrying about school work, every afternoon is filled with intense ghostkeeper training based on each person’s individual skill. To top it all off, something inside of Emma causes her to freeze up whenever there are wraiths or other dangerous things they are supposed to be fighting. As they struggle to stay one step ahead of Neos, he seems to know exactly where they are and what they’re doing at all times. Could there be a traitor at the museum?
This book was an amazing sequel to Deception! I loved how quickly the plot moved forward and how many twists and turns it contained. I really liked all of the characters in this book and it was interesting how each character impacted Emma’s decisions. It was fascinating to see Emma grow and change based on her various experiences she goes through. She is a very strong character and it is fun to watch her progress through the novel. It was a very gripping story and I couldn’t put it down until I had finished it!
Haunting Emma Reading Order:
Author: Lee Nichols
Page Nos.: 268
Release Date: March 1, 2011
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.
If you are like me you have put down your book and are glued to the television, cheering on the athletes at the Olympics in London. I love the pageantry of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the sense that the world is smaller than we are and that politics can be put aside as athletes represent their countries. It also makes me start to realize how little I have delved into the world of international literature. Granted I have read quite a few authors based in England and a few Canadian and Australian authors, beyond that I mostly read American authors. If I take nothing else away from these Olympic games I have decided to broaden my literature base and give some authors from other countries a try.
The last few months on Novel Reaction have felt rather like this empty book, the potential is there but not much writing has shown up. I know the last two months the postings on Novel Reaction haven’t been as regular as they usually are, this is because I have been studying to take the Arizona Bar (this is the big test that is only offered twice a year that determines whether I can practice as an attorney or not). But I will taking the test this Tuesday and Wednesday (prayers and good thoughts are appreciated). This means that starting on Thursday (okay, really on Friday because Thursday I will probably be sleeping to recover from the two day test) Novel Reaction will be back! I have started to schedule author visits, have book reviews lined up, will be doing some book giveaways, blog tours and will be taking up the Books-to-Movie challenges again.
If there is anything you as readers would like to see more of (or if you have a new idea you would like to see on Novel Reaction) let me know and I am happy to try new things. I can be reached at jessica (at) novelreaction (dot)com. I have had one reader reach out and suggest that we provide a profanity rating system in addition to the sex content rating and I am looking further into this. So thank you for staying with Novel Reaction during this irregular posting time and I look forward to connecting with all of you again in the near future.
Taft Bowman has everything he set out to get, he is fire chief in Cold Creek, he is finishing building his house and is looking forward to having his horses close by but what he doesn’t have is a wife. In A Cold Creek Reunion by RaeAnne Thayne, Taft lost the woman he loved ten years ago after the brutal murder of his parents tore his family apart. Engaged at the time, Taft didn’t handle everything the way he should have and it cost him his fiance Laura Pendleton. But with the return of Laura to Cold Creek Taft must decide if he is going to ignore her return or if he is going to do what he should have done the first time and get his girl.
Laura Pendleton left Cold Creek ten years ago when Taft cut himself off emotionally from her. Now a widow with two children, one of which has special needs, Laura has no choice but to return to Cold Creek to help her mom at her family’s inn. But seeing Taft has brought up unresolved feelings and Laura doesn’t trust herself or her children to get to close to any other man.
A Cold Creek Reunion is the tenth book in the Cowboys of Cold Creek series but is a stand alone novel so you don’t need to have read any of the previous novels (although I had read Dancing in the Moonlight without realizing it was in the same series until I went to write this review). Taft was a good guy who made some mistakes while he was still reeling from the murder of his parents and I really liked his character but it was Laura and her daughter who really stole the show in A Cold Creek Reunion. Laura left Cold Creek and married her husband within a year of leaving, what she went through with her husband was heart wrenching and I could totally understand why she was hesitant to let Taft close again. I really liked the theme of family and the importance of family in this series. I know I rated it a 3 star, which in my book (haha, no pun intended) means it is worth a read but I don’t think I will be rereading A Cold Creek Reunion over and over again. That being said I do recommend reading it.
You can read an excerpt of the book here.
Cowboys of Cold Creek Reading Order:
Dancing in the Moonlight (currently available for free in Kindle format)
TBA (available Christmas 2012)
Title: A Cold Creek Reunion
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 288
Release Date: March 2012
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.