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Ghost Stories

Phillip Goodman debunks acts of paranormal occurrences. He is contacted by his hero, the original debunker, Charles Cameron. But the weird thing is he has been missing. When Phillip meets with him, Charles has three files of people who have contacted him with their paranormal encounters. He can’t figure out how they can be proven fake and needs Phillip’s help. Phillip agrees and meets with the three different people and listens to their stories. But all isn’t as it seems. And Phillip begins to see a connection to his own life and trauma he has experienced.

This was not what I was expecting. It was good but some parts were a little slow moving. I did jump a couple of times. I liked how it all came together in the end. It keeps your interest and has just enough scary parts. Not Rated

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Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Louise is just trying to live her life. She has a successful interior design business and a 4 year old son, Henry, who is her world. One day she receives a friend request on Facebook from Maria Weston. The only problem is Maria has been dead since 1989, twenty-seven years ago. Louis is freaked out because there is more to the story of Maria’s death than she has ever told anyone. Louise reaches out to her ex-friend Sophie, who knows the truth. Sophie too has been friend requested by Maria. She brushes it off as a prank but Louise can’t let it go.

Louise starts to get messages from Maria, things that only a living person could know. Louise reaches out to Esther, who was Maria’s only friend in the end. Esther tells Louise that she has been getting gifts on her birthday every year since Maria died. Could Maria still be alive? Does she know what Louise did that night and is back for revenge? Or is there something even more sinister going on?

This was a good story with a nice twist. You think it is going to go one way but then find out the truth. I’m excited to read Laura Marshall’s next book, Three Little Lies.


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Fearless by Carly Phillips

Kane Harmon owns his garage and is a great mechanic. Halley Ward is a artist who just wants to be left alone. When Halley’s car breaks down, Kane is the one to pick her up. Kane and Halley know each other from high school. Halley came in the middle of her high school career and didn’t have any friends. Kane was popular but was dealing with the death of his mother. He always protected Halley in school even though they never talked.

Years later, living in the same town, Halley is back on Kane’s radar. And he really likes what he sees. He decides he is going to get to know her and break down her walls. Halley is interested but is terrible at relationships. She agrees to a fling but Kane has more in mind. He will do everything to make Halley his. Will he be able to break through her walls or will they both end up heartbroken?

This is the first in Carly Phillips new series, Rosewood Bay. It is a predictable contemporary romance story but still enjoyable. I liked the characters and the storyline. I look for to read the next one about Halley’s sister, Breathe.


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Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Decibel Jones, the one hit wonder and one time leader of the Absolute Zeros, must be more hungover than he thought, because when he wakes up, there’s a large blue flamingo type creature in his living room, and it’s talking to him. The upshot of their conversation is that the band has been chosen to represent the human race in the Metagalactic Grand Prix music contest. Coming in last in the contest will doom the planet to annihilation, so despite his best protestations, Decibel reunites with the only surviving member of the band – Oort St. Valentine – and together they board the ship that will take them to the venue. During their 11 day trip, Jones & St. Valentine try not to kill each other as they inevitably revisit the past, and try to come up with a winning song.

Readers will definitely be reminded of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in this snarky, glitter-filled romp into space. Full of fun and quirky characters, like Oo, the fast-talking red panda who acts as a translator, the Esca, and many more, this is a really fun book that’s laugh out loud funny. Read by Heath Miller.


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Campfire by Shawn Sarles

Maddie Davenport is sixteen and on a camping trip with her family, best friend, and their guide, Caleb. They have ridden horses to the campsite and are now setting up camp for the week. Maddie has a crush on the guide and decides to flirt with him, with the encouragement of her friend. After a total crash and burn, Maddie is humiliated and just wants to hide away. But the family gathers around the campfire telling ghost stories and Maddie wants to hear them.

But the next few days become a nightmare. The stories start coming true and the campers are being murdered. Now they have to work together to get back home. But everyone is suspicious of everyone else. Is the killer among them or someone they don’t know?

I really liked this book. It told the story that was happening now and also told some good ghost stories. It had an exciting twist at the end that I did not see coming!


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Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

In the summer of 1977, the Blyton Summer Detective Club solved their biggest case yet by unmasking the Sleepy Lake monster. After seeing the perpetrator off to jail, it also turned out to be their last case, with the kids moving on to other things or moving away. Thirteen years later, all grown up but still unsettled by their night trapped in the old Deboen mansion, the three remaining members of the club are each haunted by the experience and dealing with it in their own way. Andy, the tomboy of the group, decides it’s time to put the the case to rest, once and for all. So, she hits the road to gather the group together and head back to their old home town. She collects Kerri (and Tim, Kerri’s Weimaraner), the club’s official nerd, who’s now living in New York, and deals with her demons by drinking too much, and together they head over to Arkham MA to collect Nate, who’s spending some time at the asylum, and Pete, who’s been dead for a few years and can only be seen by Nate. By returning to the scene of the crime, can they finally escape their nightmares?

There’s no van, but even driving a beat up old Pinto, this crew will more than remind you of the Scooby Doo gang, that is if the Scooby Doo gang grew up to be hard drinking, heavily tattooed, hard fighting adults who talk to dead people. Meddling Kids is a lot of fun though, and if you’re a fan of Stranger Things, or Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon, this is a great read.

 


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Breaking In

After her father’s death, Gabrielle Union, who plays Shaun Russell, a mother of two, is at her father’s Wisconsin house to get the estate ready to sell. Her father’s house is an expansive, secluded property tucked into a wooded area.

While sipping a glass a wine and waiting on hold to order a pizza, Shaun is attacked outside the house with her children stuck inside, but she isn’t going down without a fight.

The attackers are after $4 million dollars that is stored in a safe somewhere in the house. Shaun will stop at nothing to defend her family and her home.

This thriller isn’t bad, but there is nothing particularly memorable here. Rated R