Tag: Fiction

The Kommandant’s Girl


In her luminous and groundbreaking debut, bestselling author Pam Jenoff shows the unimaginable sacrifices one woman must make in a time of war

Nineteen-year-old Emma Bau has been married only three weeks when Nazi tanks thunder into her native Poland. Within days Emma’s husband, Jacob, is forced to disappear underground, leaving her imprisoned within the city’s decrepit, moldering Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, the resistance smuggles her out. Taken to Krakow to live with Jacob’s Catholic aunt, Krysia, Emma takes on a new identity as Anna Lipowski, a gentile.

Emma’s already precarious situation is complicated by her introduction to Kommandant Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official who hires her to work as his assistant. Urged by the resistance to use her position to access details of the Nazi occupation, Emma must compromise her safety—and her marriage vows—in order to help Jacob’s cause. As the atrocities of war intensify, Emma must make choices that will force her to risk not only her double life, but also the lives of those she loves.

Book Review: “Titanborn” by Rhett C. Bruno


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‘Titanborn by Rhett C. Bruno follows Malcolm Graves, a Collector that catches fugitives all over the galaxy. When his latest mission goes south, he takes a bombing case to prove himself to his employer.He’s assigned a new partner, a young Cogent (basically a super soldier) to make sure he doesn’t screw up again, and the duo is on the case. They travel all over the galaxy, searching for a new terrorist group that Malcolm’s employers want in custody.

I think the strongest aspect of this novel was the world building. The author shows us a futuristic world that, after a meteorite crashes into Earth, those left have started inhabiting other planets just to make sure the human race survives.Humans on other planets have evolved as a result, some of them becoming something not quite human. Rhett Bruno captures the little details from how it feels to walk on different planets to the feel of space suits. The author definitely put a lot of thought into his world.

On the flip side, there was a lot of info dumping, giving us long passages of a planet’s history that probably could have been condensed a little more. Malcolm also has a lot of flashbacks that were enjoyable, but I think unnecessary to the plot.

This book also followed a lot of tropes: old bounty hunter trying to prove himself after a colossal screw up is paired with a rookie which he assumes is his partner (I did like how their relationship evolved though), he drinks a lot, and is cynical (though with his job, who wouldn’t be?).

The ending for me was disappointing, and I found the plot to be predictable. This story just didn’t have any big twists I didn’t see coming.

Rating: 3.5/5

Plot: 3/5

Dialog: 3/5

Entertainment: 4/5

Writing: 3.5/5

Characters: 4/5

This book, it’s available on Amazon for only $2.99

Hello Love


51q0RdQE6fL“An enchanting, impossible-to-put-down novel about big hearts and second chances.” –Claire Cook, USA Today bestselling author of Must Love Dogs

A year after the death of his wife, Christine, Dan is barely holding on. But one thing gets him through the long, lonely nights and that is his cherished dog, Anni. When she is stolen from his front yard, Dan and his daughter, Lindsay, are devastated. Meanwhile in another part of town, Andrea Keller is recovering from the heartbreak of a messy divorce. After she rescues a defenseless dog from an abusive tenant, her life changes in ways she never could have anticipated.

Dan and Andrea cross paths again and again, only to keep missing each other and the opportunity of a lifetime. As Anni works to find her way home, can she bring together these two lost souls desperately in need of a second chance at happiness?

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Editorial Reviews

“Karen McQuestion just keeps getting better! Hello Love is an enchanting, impossible-to-put-down novel about big hearts and second chances.” —Claire Cook, USA Today bestselling author of Must Love Dogs

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Praise for Karen McQuestion 

“I devoured it in one sitting!”  —New York Times Bestselling author Lesley Kagen on Edgewood
 
“I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. It was so much action from the very beginning to the very end. It even had a lot of romance in it…Pick up this book and read it. You will love it.” —Tiffany from Once Upon A Twilight.com reviews on Edgewood

“At first glance Favorite is a story of a girl and her family learning to cope with loss. But at some point it morphs into a psychological thriller. It’s an unexpected but welcome turn that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.” —Jessica Harrison, Cracking the Cover

“This story featuring a strong protagonist who has mastered the art of being the new girl will appeal to girls who are fans of this genre.”–School Library Journal on Life on Hold

The Body Reader


51bSbe0CNMLFor three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive.

After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice—and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead. Despite colleagues’ doubts about her mental state, she resumes her role at Homicide. Her new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, doesn’t trust her sanity, and he has a story of his own he’d rather keep hidden. But a killer is on the loose, murdering young women, so the detectives have no choice: they must work together to catch the madman before he strikes again. And no one knows madmen like Jude Fontaine.

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Editorial Reviews

“Absorbing…”
–PublishersWeekly
 
The Body Reader is a superb novel full of suspenseful exploits… The story line itself is intriguing, with the past meshing with the present in unexpected ways. This is an electrifying murder mystery — one of the best of the year.”
–Mysterious Reviews
 
“[The Body Reader] is an interesting and unexpectedly complex story, and the author’s character development of the two troubled main protagonists is excellent.”
–Rhapsody in Books Weblog “I see the name Anne Frasier on a book and I know I am in for a treat…I thought it was avery unique premise and coupled with the good characters, made for an almost non-stop read for me. I highly recommend this.”
Pure Textuality The Body Reader is an excellent example of a character-driven book, and while the crime was shocking and the following investigation suspenseful, the real focus was on the development of Jude and Uriah into a team. Highly recommended!”
Lovely Books

“Anne Frasier writes a compelling and thought-provoking psychological thriller that examines the stability of a police detective who was kidnapped and tortured for three years. Frasier does a fantastic job of giving our heroine a voice.”
Smexy Books

“Frasier delivers a fantastic new book.”
The Word Nerds
 
 “I can’t believe my luck when it comes to mystery and suspense novels. I seem to always be picking the good ones. And Anne Frasier’s The Body Reader was definitely one of the good ones. Good story, engaging plot, solid charactersand a whole lot of intensity.”
Lady Muslin Myst’s Mysterious Hodgepodge
 
“I love it, I love it, I love it…Anne Frasier is the queen, I bow down to her.”
Punkrockgirlpa
 
The Body Reader earns five stars, a rarity for me, even for books I like. Kudos to Anne Frasier.
The Wyrdd and theBazaar
 
 “Frasier doesn’t give Jude’s escape from her kidnapper as background. Oh no, you are put right into the midst of her torture and escape. And, I loved it. I was instantly pulled in and it didn’t take long for me to be a quarter done.”
60 Seconds or More
 
“Read this book in one day–quite a page turner…An author I’d not read before is now on my list of authors to explore.”
Daydreamer
 
“This type of book may have you up all night reading straight through because the story is gripping and riveting… A must read for mystery suspense fans.”
–Babbling About Books
 
“The writing in The Body Reader is engaging and of good quality, and I particularly enjoyed the switches of perspective that let us see into the mind of one of the victims and how her perspective on her captor changed over time. It was both creepy and fascinating to read.”
–Your Reality is an Illusion
 
 “Simply put, my definition of a great book is one that I cannot put down until I have read it from cover to cover. This book fits that definition and then some. I’ve long been a fan of Anne Frasier, but this book elevates her work to a whole new level, in my mind.”
Tale of a Shooting Star
 
“Anne Frasier has a scary way with words, and this book will certainly frighten you when you think about it. And you will think about it after you read it. Because it describes, with crisp precision, how it must feel to lose your mind.”
It’s About the Book
 
“This is a great story that felt very different to things that I’ve read recently…Once you pick it up you will struggle to let go until you get to the end.”
My Chestnut Reading Tree

“This was pretty damn hard to put down.”
An Introvert in Borneo
 
“I had great (dark) time reading The Body Reader, and I do declare I want more of Jude!…Great read!”
The Butterfly-o-meter Books
 
I believe The Body Reader proves that a victim may survive the crime – but they are forever changed by it…and sometimes that in itself is the major crime.”
Keeper Book Shelf
 
“Brilliance…There are times when you will guess the ending and hope like hell you are wrong. The great thing is some of those guesses will be right and some will be way off base. Either way this is one wild ride!”
Geeky Bloggers Book Blog
 
Frasier is exceptional at weaving together the character trauma and the central plot. What the characters experience isn’t brushed aside, but their demons are faced head on and developed to add layers to the story. The result is a satisfying resolution with some hope readers may see the characters return in a future offering.”
Beach Reads
 
“This book keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved it. I am now going to find other books of Anne Frasier to read.”
Tiger-Whispers
 
“It is no doubt a page turner and a type of book you don’t want to put down unless you reach the last page!…the book is a must read!”
Retrospecting Books
 
“The characters were so likable. Magnificent! Excellent!”
Snow’s Book Hollow

“An electrifying murder mystery — one of the best of the year.”

–Mysterious Reviews

 
“The plot is dark and mind blowingly wicked.”

–Bitch Can Write a Book

 
“The Body Reader was a disturbing but excellent twisty listen!”
The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog
“The story is totally engaging and Anne Frasier has a way with words that keeps you hooked non-stop.”
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