Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean
Reviews / March 15, 2018

Title: Toward a Secret Sky Author: Heather Maclean Publisher: Blink / Harper Collins Publishing Release Date: April 4, 2017 Pages: 384 Description Toward a Secret Sky by New York Times bestselling author Heather Maclean is a new breed of YA novel: an intelligent adventure-quest crossed with a sweeping, forbidden love story. A mix of reality and possibility, this fast-paced thriller will appeal to fans of Stephenie Meyer and Dan Brown as it leads the reader on a breathless flight through the highlands of Scotland, the secret city under London, and history itself. Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends. With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in…

Traditional Wicca by Thorn Mooney
Reviews / March 15, 2018

Title: Traditional Wicca Author: Thorn Mooney Publisher: Llewellyn Publications Release Date: July 8, 2018 Pages: 216 Description “A masterful gem of insight and wisdom, Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide reveals the time-honored practices of initiatory Wicca, thought all but lost by many, but hidden like so many occult secrets in plain sight. Drawing a clear and respectful distinction between eclectic Wicca and its older more traditional sibling, Thorn Mooney takes us on a personal journey exploring the powers and the pitfalls of the initiatory inner court, revealing the persistence of a thriving and dynamic Craft.”—Storm Faerywolf, author of Betwixt and Between “Traditional Wicca is a unique and important book. It’s amazing to me that in over 70 years of publishing on the subject of Wicca, nothing like this book has ever been written! . . . The chapter on initiation is, by itself, worth the cover price. If you want to understand what people mean by ‘traditional Wicca,’ whether or not you’re seeking it, this is the one book you must read.”—Deborah Lipp, Wiccan high priestess and author of Tarot Interactions “Thorn writes with obvious sincerity, with feeling, and from experience. Her book covers everything from defining Witchcraft, through the…

Ivory Ghosts by Caitlin O’Connell
Reviews / March 15, 2018

Title: Ivory Ghosts Series: A Catherine Sohon Elephant Mystery Author: Caitlin O'Connell Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: April 7, 2015 Pages: 303 Description Still grieving over the tragic death of her fiancé, American wildlife biologist Catherine Sohon leaves South Africa and drives to a remote outpost in northeast Namibia, where she plans to face off against the shadowy forces of corruption and relentless human greed in the fight against elephant poaching. Undercover as a census pilot tracking the local elephant population, she’ll really be collecting evidence on the ruthless ivory traffickers. But before she even reaches her destination, Catherine stumbles onto a scene of horrifying carnage: three people shot dead in their car, and a fourth nearby—with his brain removed. The slaughter appears to be the handiwork of a Zambian smuggler known as “the witchdoctor,” a figure reviled by activists and poachers alike. Forced to play nice with local officials, Catherine finds herself drawn to the prickly but charismatic Jon Baggs, head of the Ministry of Conservation, whose blustery exterior belies his deep investment in the poaching wars. Torn between her developing feelings and her unofficial investigation, she takes to the air, only to be grounded…

The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel
Reviews / March 15, 2018

Title: The Book Club Murders Author: Leslie Nagel Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: September 27, 2016 Pages: 264 Description Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She’ll do anything to make it a success—even join the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among the wealthy elite of Oakwood, Ohio. Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat—and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the Club’s murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the Club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway. Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agathas aren’t the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to…

Cost of Life by Joshua Corin
Reviews / March 15, 2018

Title: Cost of Life Author: Joshua Corin Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: March 17, 2015 Pages: 285 Description For readers of Preston & Child, James Rollins, and Brad Thor comes a gripping new thriller from Joshua Corin, in which an audacious hijacking is just the beginning of a twisted international nightmare. Flight 816 has been hijacked and the terrorists have decided to auction off the passengers online. The passengers who receive the highest bids will be released. The passengers who receive the lowest bids will be executed. Life can’t be better for veteran pilot Larry Walder. He has a great job, a terrific kid, a gorgeous wife—and no inkling that tonight will be the end of the world as he knows it. In the early hours before the Fourth of July, three men break into Larry’s home. And as the day lurches on to its terrifying course, a life is taken, and Flight 816 from Atlanta to Cozumel, Mexico, vanishes off the radar. In the air, Larry must find a way to save his family, his crew, and his passengers. On the ground, disgraced FBI agent Xanadu Marx goes rogue, making it her mission to track…

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Reviews / March 15, 2018

Title: A Curious Beginning Series: Veronica Speedwell Author: Deanna Raybourn Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group Release Date: July 12, 2016 Pages: 354 Description In her thrilling new series, Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England…and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell. London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth. A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 5 stars 354 Pages Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group Release Date: July 12, 2016 Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, British,…

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent
Reviews / March 14, 2018

Title: Unraveling Oliver Author: Liz Nugent Publisher: Scout Press / Simon and Schuster Release Date: August, 22, 2017 Pages: 273 Description Oliver Ryan has the perfect life. Elegant and seductive, he wants for nothing, sharing a lovely home with his steadfast wife, Alice, who illustrates the award-winning children’s books that have brought him wealth and fame. Until one evening, after eating the dinner Alice has carefully prepared, Oliver savagely assaults her and leaves her for dead. But why? The people who know Oliver can only speculate about the reasons behind his brutal act: his empty-headed mistress Moya, vain and petulant; Veronique, the French chatelaine who tragically lost everything the summer she employed him in her vineyard; Alice’s friend Barney, who has nursed an unrequited love for her since childhood; Oliver’s college pal Michael, struggling with voiceless longings that have shamed him for years. What none of them understands is the dark secret that lies behind his immaculate façade. The revelations that come to light as the layers of Oliver’s past are peeled away are as brutal as his singular act of violence. His decades of careful deception have masked a life irrevocably marked by abandonment, envy, and shame—and as the…

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose
Reviews / March 14, 2018

Title: The Witch of Painted Sorrows Author: M.J. Rose Publisher: Atria Books Release Date: March 17, 2015 Pages: 384 Description Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris. Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires. Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse. This is…

The Slider Effect by Jonathan Melendez
Reviews / March 14, 2018

Title: The Slider Effect Author: Jonathan Melendez Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing Release Date: Jnue 28, 2016 Pages: 190 Description Sliders are an art form, a modern-tapas-of-sorts . . . A remarkable slider is one that allows you to evenly taste all of the delicious ingredients within it. You can’t eat just one! Way better than a cupcake, sliders are delicious and fun—and you can’t eat just one of these savory, handheld treats. Indulge in the awesome world of sliders and mini sandwiches through more than 75 omnivorous and vegetarian recipes—that are more than just your usual mini burger— complete with homemade breads, buns, and sauces. Way better than a cupcake, these omnivore and vegetarian slider recipes include limitless ingredient and flavor combinations just waiting to be squeezed between two buns. Sliders are the perfect bite that can be served as an appetizer, tapas, entrée, side, or midnight snack. The Slider Effect focuses on these amazing, handheld mini sandwiches featuring more than 75 recipes and 65 delicious photographs designed to turn you into a slider pro. The opening chapter begins with slider pantry basics, followed by four main chapters that focus on meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian sliders. In the Meat…

The Border by Steve Schafer
Reviews / March 14, 2018

Title: The Border Author: Steve Schafer Publisher: Sourcebooks Release Date: December 5, 2017 Pages: 364 Description One moment changed their lives forever. A band plays, glasses clink, and four teens sneak into the Mexican desert, the hum of celebration receding behind them. Crack. Crack. Crack. Not fireworks—gunshots. The music stops. And Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys are powerless as the lives they once knew are taken from them. Then they are seen by the gunmen. They run. Except they have nowhere to go. The narcos responsible for their families’ murders have put out a reward for the teens’ capture. Staying in Mexico is certain death, but attempting to cross the border through an unforgiving desert may be as deadly as the secrets they are trying to escape… Book Review: The Border by Steve Schafer Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 4 stars 364 Pages Publisher: Source Books Fire Release Date: September 5, 2017 Fiction, Teens & Young Adult Location: Sonora Desert, Mexico When seventeen-year-old Pato and his parents arrive at his uncle’s house for cousin Carmen’s Quincenaro he notices a suspicious car in front of the house. The bumper that should be chrome was painted black and there appears to be…