Because you can't judge a book by its cover


mona lisaDr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime tracking down her mother’s dream, locating the last remaining piece of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in At Star’s End by Anna Hackett. When the museum Eos works for refuses to acknowledge her research and fund an expedition to locate it, Eos is forced to approach the Phoenix brothers, a group of treasure hunters willing to travel the dangers and distances of the galaxy.

Dathan Phoenix hasn’t had the best luck with intelligent women (the last one left him tasered twitching on the ground) but can’t deny that he finds himself attracted the brilliant standoffish Eos. If Eos is correct about the location of the Mona Lisa, it would be worth trillions, but will she follow through on her part of the bargain and allow him to sell the missing painting?

At Star’s End is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure, with an intriguing heroine, a lost treasure and a hunky treasure hunter. At only 137 pages, the novel felt a little rushed and I feel like it could have been longer but it was an entertaining read despite being so short. The galaxy Hackett has created is intriguing and I love the relationship between the Phoenix brothers and the intelligent computer is highly entertaining. Eos is a great character, interested in all the galaxy around her, she is a nice change from the cynical herione (not that she doesn’t have her cynical moments) but if I was in a intergalactic market I would be intrigued and curious as well. Written in the first person (like most Carina Press novels I have read), At Star’s End allows you to really see what Eos is feeling and thinking. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in The Phoenix Adventures series.

The Phoenix Adventures Reading Order

At Star’s End

Book 2 TBA

Book 3 TBA

Rating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: At Star’s End

Author: Anna Hackett

Format:  eBook

Page Nos.: 137


Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: March 31, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**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.

where the wild things are

I realize I am a little late posting this (since the week is over) but I am so entertained by what books have been banned and why that I wanted to share with you readers. Buzzfeed recently posted 15 banned books and I have to admit I was shocked by some of the titles that were banned. I have to admit the most surprising to me was Where the Wild Things Are and the poems by Shel Silverstein. I have to admit that books being banned always make me want to read them to see if they are really as bad as they are made out to be. Two of my favorites are To Kill a Mockingbird and The Harry Potter series. Do you have any favorite banned books that I need to read?


bayouElise Laffont is a widow on the French frontier not far from New Orleans, happily running her farm without the help of any man when trouble comes to the Frontier. In Fierce Eden by Jennifer Blake, Elise has learned not to trust men at the hands of her abusive husband and has earned the reputation of the Ice Widow, unable to thaw for anyone.

Reynaud Chavalier is a man torn between two worlds, the son of a French Comte and a Natchez Queen, Reynaud doesn’t fit in either world. When trouble brews and threatens to spill over between the French settlers and the Natchez tribes, Reynaud feels it is his duty to warn the settlers. It is there he meets Elise Laffont and decides right then and there that he must have the elusive widow for his own.

I have to admit that Fierce Eden has been in my to-be-read pile for about two years now (which is not that unusual when you are a bibliophile like myself, my current TBR piles has at least 60 books in it), I was looking for something different from what I have been reading lately and decided a novel set in the French Frontier would definitely be that. I devoured Fierce Eden! Blake’s character descriptions, attention to detail and historically intriguing plot line had me unable to put to Fierce Eden down. So why the four-star rating you wonder?! Well, Elise suffered at the hands of her abusive husband, being beaten and raped throughout most of her marriage, it took the patience and love of Reynaud to help her move past this. I just felt that once they reached a certain point in their relationship the descriptive sex scenes were distracting from the story. Ya, ya, ya, I get that she got over her fear of men and learned to love Reynaud’s touch, but I really wanted to know what was going to happen next in the story, was Elise going to survive the massacre, would she adjust to living with the tribe, would the tribe surivie? All of this is what was running through my mind and I found myself skipping pages to get to the main story line. That being said, Blake’s descriptions of living with the Natchez tribe, the conflict between the two worlds and the battle were absolutely gripping and I enjoyed Fierce Eden thoroughly.

You can read an excerpt here.

Louisiana History

Fierce Eden

Louisiana Dawn

Embrace and Conquer

You can get all three books in Kindle boxed set for $2.99 here as of 3.24.13.

fierce edenRating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: Fierce Eden

Author: Jennifer Blake

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.:416

ISBN: 978-1402238482

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: Originally released 1985, re-released 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**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.

Florida beach townSpecial agent John Puller is one of the best the Army CID has.  In The Forgotten  by David Baldacci, Agent Puller is called into action again after receiving a rather cryptic letter from his Aunt.  Agent Puller heads to Florida to look into the problem only to find that his Aunt has been killed before he can get there. Now this case is personal, and the police don’t seem to think it is anything but accidental. What Puller uncovers is a much more sinister plot that could cost him and those around him their lives!

The Forgotten was fantastic! I have read or listened to many other books written by David Baldacci. I have yet to be disappointed. My biggest problem (and it really isn’t a problem at all) is this is the first book with this main character that I have read, and numerous times in The Forgotten a mission to West Virginia and the circumstances surrounding that investigation were mentioned. I unfortunately have no idea what actually happened in that book, but it wasn’t really pertinent to this book, hence not really a problem.  The Forgotten really kept me guessing almost all the way through as to what was going to happen next, and who was behind what. One twist was so well hidden I didn’t even suspect it until it reared up and practically slapped me. After getting far enough in the book I realize that I should have made the connection like Agent Puller, but David Baldacci did such a fantastic job with the subtle things that nothing was suspected until the very end. It was a masterpiece of twists and turns with a whole bunch of suspense thrown in.  I really had a hard time putting the book down and the only reason I did was because I needed to study for finals.

If you can’t tell by now I really enjoyed this book. I have also listened to the Camel Club series also written by David Baldacci, and was thoroughly impressed. I really can’t recommend a book by David Baldacci enough. This one had some mild language and a non-descriptive sex scene in it. I would recommend The Forgotten to almost any avid reader from the teens and up in age. Pick any book by David Baldacci and you won’t be disappointed.

You can read an excerpt here.

John Puller Reading Order:

Zero Day

The Forgotten

The forgottenRating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon2 NB

Title: The Forgotten

Author: David Baldacci

Format: Paperback, Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 424

ISBN: 978-0446573054

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Release Date: November 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Zorn


**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.

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Graphic Ratings*

1 = kissing
2 = kissing, some fondling
3 = descriptive stripping but no sex
4 = sex scene but not descriptive in details
5 = full descriptive sex scene

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