Mini Reviews #9

July 31, 2018 Book Reviews 3

Time is not on my side but I am still enjoying reading/listening to a lot of great books so I opted to do some mini reviews so that I can get them finished and done so I am not stressing. 🙂

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1)

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

Aru Shah is a twelve year old who thinks she needs to lie to fit in and one day she gets caught in her lies. To try and impress her friends so they might stay her friends she tells them a story about the Lamp of Bharata and they want her to prove the story true so she lights the lamp thinking nothing will happen and she opens up a heap of trouble.

She finds a new set of friends and learns a lot about herself as well as her family. She also learns about  legends she thought were just stories. Her and the other girls must find different artifacts so they can stop the demon who was unleashed.

I have never read anything about the mythology of India so I found this to be really interesting and a lot of fun. Definitely entertaining and I think it would be a great read for young readers. 

Devil in a Black Suit (Shelby Nichols 10.5)

From the Bestselling Shelby Nichols Adventure Series comes the long-awaited story about Alejandro Ramos. Don’t miss this exciting thriller about our favorite hit-man! 

Ramos’s job as the right-hand man to a mobster used to be easy until Shelby Nichols, a mind-reading soccer mom, joined the organization. With all the trouble she gets into, he’s constantly putting his life on the line just to keep her alive.

When a government agent from his past shows up wanting a favor, she rekindles a flame they once shared. Ensnared in her scheme, Ramos discovers that there’s more to her favor than he realized. Luckily for him, he has a few tricks up his sleeve that might save his skin…but what about his heart?

The first novella in this series gives us a little insight into one of my favorite characters Ramos! He is the brooding hunk who is the right hand man to mob boss Joey “The Knife” Manneto.  Since Shelby burst into all their lives with her premonitions she has made his job a lot harder. It was great getting his side of things because there are some times when I think he is about to cross a boundary I don’t like when it comes to Shelby but getting his side of things and realizing he just loves teasing her I feel better about things.

In this one Ramos gets himself into a bit of trouble and doesn’t want to involve anyone though he knows Shelby wants to help. An ex-girlfriend comes into play which really gets under Ramos’ nerves and it was a lot of fun to read about. It was a lot of fun seeing a different side of Ramos and overall just learning more about him.

Can’t wait to get to the next novel in this series called Deadly Escape! This is one of my favorite series! 

Death and a Pot of Chowder (A Maine Murder Mystery #1)

Maine’s Quarry Island has a tight-knit community that’s built on a rock-solid foundation of family, tradition and hard work. But even on this small island, where everyone knows their neighbors, there are secrets that no one would dare to whisper.

Anna Winslow, her husband Burt and their teenage son have deep roots on Quarry Island. Burt and his brother, Carl, are lobstermen, just like their father and grandfather before them. And while some things on the island never seem to change, Anna’s life is about to take some drastically unexpected turns. First, Anna discovers that she has a younger sister, Izzie Jordan. Then, on the day she drives to Portland to meet Izzie for the first time, Carl’s lobster boat is found abandoned and adrift. Later that evening, his corpse is discovered—but he didn’t drown.

Whether it was an accident or murder, Carl’s sudden death has plunged Anna’s existence into deadly waters. Despite barely knowing one another and coming from very different backgrounds, Anna and Izzie unite to find the killer. With their family in crisis, the sisters strive to uncover the secrets hidden in Quarry Island—and, perhaps, the ones buried within their own hearts.

Sure to be an intoxicating read for fans of Sarah Graves and Leslie Meier, Death and a Pot of Chowder is the first Maine Murder mystery by Cornelia Kidd. 

This was a little different than most for a first in series cozy. It really had a lot of going on and lots of family drama as the person who dies is part of the sleuths family.

Anna gets a letter about her father who never had anything to do with her and finds out that she has a sister that she never knew about. This excites Anna and she is excited to meet her sister. The only thing is that Izzie comes at the wrong time because while they are having dinner she gets a call that her brother-in-law Carl is missing. Burt, Anna’s husband found his boat but he wasn’t on it.

Izzie drives Anna home and stays with them to help out and it’s not long till they find his body and found out that he was murdered. When it seems that Burt could be the main suspect in the murder Anna and Izzie both set out to try and figure out what happened. Because Izzie wasn’t from Quarry Island and not known it was easier for her to ask the hard questions of the people that Anna thought of as friends.

I found this to be very dramatic for a cozy and so it’s not your fun loving kind but that is okay as I still enjoyed it.

I really liked the characters and I think I will enjoy getting to know both Anna and Izzie as the series progresses. It has kind of a surprising whodunit even though I was kind of leaning that way, so I found the mystery to be very interesting. 

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