Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1)Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an amazing book that transported me to a different time and realm. A post-apocalyptic story, I would say this is a YA book (or NA, depending on your perspective). Written in first person, present tense, the effects of the story are immediate and impactful. The characters are well-drawn, the dialogue kept me involved, the cultural pieces are well described and explained without lectures, and the needed backstory was artfully dribbled throughout. My one tiny complaint is that the ending was a bit of cliff hanger, so I *must* read the next book to wrap up one story line! No spoilers from me, I give this 5 lightning bolts and highly recommend!

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Review: Second Wind by Alison Henderson

Second Wind (Cypress Coast, #1)Second Wind by Alison Henderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Laurel McDowell escapes her abusive fiance and runs home to her loving family in Big Sur. Little does she know that not only was he an abusive SOB, he was also a money launderer. When his body washes up, Laurel hopes it's the end of an era in her life. Unfortunately, it's the beginning of a nightmare where mobsters are trying to find something the fiance left with her, something she cannot find.

Jake Carlson, a shorts-wearing, easy going FBI forensic accountant and friend to her family, shows up to help Laurel out in the nick of time repeatedly. Is he really interested in her? Or does he want to get the same thing the mobsters want? He seems like a good guy, but does his interest in Laurel stop when the case is solved.

Laurel and Jake take on bikers, mobsters, and a 30 pound cat. Okay, it's her cat, but still, he's thirty pounds of attack cat. Who will find the elusive thing? And what happens when they do? No spoilers from me! I give this book five big cat shining grins and an enthusiastic recommendation for all those who love romantic suspense.

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