Review of Marie (Leading Ladies #1) by Scarlett Cantrell

This was an Amazon freebie and it’s been sitting on my Kindle App for a while. It was a sweet story about a stage hand named Helena who fell for the star of the show, Marie.
I liked the characters and the story. Helena and Marie are both well written and they have emotional depth. I felt bad for Helena when she felt that she had been used. I can see why people feel that the ending was rushed, but I don’t feel that way at all. It fit with the timeline of the story.
This was a quick read, but I’d read more from this author. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes short romance stories and lgbt stories.

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Review of How To Fast Money With Garage Sales and Craigslist by Lee Beattie

This book is supposed to be full of tips to help you sell on Craigslist. Instead the author tells you how to find bulk clothing lots on there that you can sell at your yard sale. I really thought it would have tips on how to format things or make listings look better.

This book really needs an editor. There’s a lot of missing punctuation, misspelling, run on sentences, such as “Sound good now this worked for us and can work for you as well actually you can make even more money if your a go getter.” Other parts just don’t make sense such as “Seriously as you may know we over delivered on the items sold and just got items out period in the masses.” How is the reader supposed to know anything that the author did? The author also likes to repeat. The fact that they’re having a yard sale, that they needed to downsize and that their sale was only 6 hours total is repeated a lot. At least 10 times each.

The author claims that he is going to share his system with you, but never does. He doesn’t really make an outline either. I downloaded this book because I’m trying to find a way to make a bit more money for the holidays. It didn’t help. I got this book for free and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

Review of Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido

I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

When I saw that Blogging For Books was offering another Sleepy Hollow book I ordered it right away. The book is supposed to be a “lost episode” of the hit Fox TV show. It’s very well written and suspenseful. The author’s characterization is excellent. I could picture everything as I read it. I love how he wrote Crane’s character. He’s funny, yet sad and confused at the same time.

Even if this wasn’t based off of a show that I like, it would still be really good. I was on the edge of my seat wondering if they’d be able to stop the evil coven in time. I liked being able to figure things out with them. It wasn’t predictable to me at all. I was actually surprised when they figured out who the leader of the coven was. There is plenty of action, suspense, murder and magic in this book. The ending was great too. It left room for here to be another book.

At the end of the book, there’s a section about how much historical research the author did before writing the novel. I love that he put so much work into it. It really shows how dedicated he was to getting everything right.

I definitely recommend this to any fans of the show, to readers who like a good, action packed mystery and to fans of historical fiction/fantasy.

Review of Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

This book had a storyline that could’ve been really interesting, but instead the author chose to tell everything instead of showing anything. I couldn’t really get into the book and made myself finish it. It was like those lame movies that I watch until the end to see if they’ll get any better.

The book is about Shori, a young vampire girl, who has amnesia caused by a head wound. She wakes up in the woods not knowing who or what she is, but she knows that she needs blood to survive and heal herself. When she comes out of the woods she starts walking along the road and meets a man named Wright who takes her home and cleans her up. Then she bites him and they sleep together, even though she looks like she’s 11. Mmhmm.

She tells him how to get to where she was and they discover a little village that has been burned down and, after they’re attacked by a guy with a gun, find out that there’s a guy with a helicopter who has been stopping by the site. He ends up being Shori’s father and we learn that they’re called Ina. He tells her her name, explains that males and females live apart and offers them refuge in his little community. All of this could have been so much more interesting. There are more fires, more people are killed, Shori and her people end up with some elders, there are more deaths and there’s a big trial. The whole thing ends up being about race because some of the older Ina don’t like that they mixed human and vampire dna to make Shori, who is black and can walk in the sun. I understand what the author was going for, but none of it worked for me.

I really didn’t care about any of it or any of the people involved. I can’t recommend this to anyone.