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Embryo by JA Schneider

Jill, an obstetrical intern, discovers a pattern among maternal and newborn complications at the hospital where she works. Her superiors tell her in no uncertain terms she is wrong and to give up her search to find what is going on.

I literally could not put Embryo down and so I finished it around 1am. It is fast-paced and well written. I was pretty surprised at who the culprit was, though looking back I could see the signs. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys medical thrillers!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 131
Pages Read in 2017: 35,634
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Terminal Value by Thomas Waite

When Mantric buys out start-up MobiCelus and then has a huge IPO, Dylan and his team become instant paper millionaires. But then Tony turns up dead and something’s not quite right with the financials. Dylan begins looking for the culprit, but soon finds things are way worse than he thought.

I enjoyed reading Terminal Value. It was fast-paced and mostly well done. There were four things that bugged me about it, though. One, the police didn’t immediately take Tony’s work hard drive like they did his home computer giving the company time to wipe it. Two, a certain character not attending Tony’s funeral was mentioned before Tony’s funeral happened. Three, one of the culprits was such a side character that when it was revealed he did it, it took me a minute to place him making the big reveal fizzle a bit. Four, the sex scene is weirdly placed and completely unnecessary. Otherwise, it was good. I recommend it to anyone who likes to read thrillers.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 12
Pages Read in 2017: 3842
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Baby Shark by Robert Fate

Kristin, better known as Baby Shark, is just 17 when she witnesses a gang murder her hustler father and then is brutally raped and beaten before being left for dead in the torched pool hall where it all happened. Once she recovers, she becomes obsessed with avenging that night and killing the four remaining gang members. She learns hand to hand combat, shooting, and becomes a master at pool herself and hustles to earn her living all while hunting down the gang members one by one.

Baby Shark is a fast-paced thriller set in the underworld of 1950s Texas. The action starts right away and doesn’t quit until the very last page. It’s a good book, but, unfortunately, the author chose to completely control the font on the Kindle version. Set to my normal reading size, the print was rendered very tiny. If I set it to a bigger, more comfortable reading size, when I switched to other books I was also reading, the font size on those was huge. This made the reading experience a bit annoying. I do not like it when authors choose to control the font and size like that.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2015: 111
Pages Read in 2015: 32,072
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Younger by Suzanne Munshower

Anna Wallingham, a 57 year old doing PR for a cosmetics company, is fired and feeling quite over the hill with few prospects when she is approached by the head of a pharmaceutical company to run a campaign for a new product guaranteed to knock decades off your looks. The catch is she has to use the product, take 30 years off her face and hands, and assume a new identity, but, for all that, she will be handsomely paid. She goes with it, but soon starts piecing together the clues that everything is definitely not what it seems.

Younger by Suzanne Munshower was slow to get started, but really took off about 1/3 of the way through. The first few chapters used flashbacks that did not work well and were truly not necessary. It would have been much better if the prologue had stayed the same and then chapter 1 started several months before and moved forward from there. The end was a little confusing since so many people, many newly introduced to the story, were involved in the wrap-up and characters changed from good to bad and vice versa throughout the last several pages. Aside from these minor issues, the book was quite engaging and kept me guessing. The epilogue was excellent and finished the wrap-up perfectly.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2015: 51
Pages Read in 2015: 13,560
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Hybrid by Brian O’Grady

Are you a good mutant or a bad mutant? That is the question to ask as terrorists attempt to release a virus that infects and either kills or changes you into a sort of mind-reading, powerful superhuman. Amanda Flynn thought she was the only one to ever survive the disease called EDH1. As it turns out, she’s not the only one and while she has made the choice to be a good mutant, others most definitely have not. It’s a race against time to stop the terrorists from releasing the virus and killing the majority of the population of the United States.

I enjoyed Hybrid by Brian O’Grady a lot. The action was pretty much non-stop. Occasionally the words were incorrect but still actual words so spell check wouldn’t catch the mistake (like latter instead of later). There were a whole lot of characters and sometimes it was hard to keep track of who was who, especially since nearly every chapter (and some were very, very short) focused on a different person or group of people and it could be several chapters before going back to a scene from a previous chapter. Other than those issues, it was a great book!

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2015: 23
Pages Read in 2015: 7165
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Tedd and Todd’s Secret by Fernando Trujillo Sanz

A man wearing a black suit is killed by having his head cut off with a sword by a man wearing a white suit. Even stranger, the two men are identical except the man in white, surnamed White, has blond hair and blue eyes and the man in black, surnamed Black of course, has dark hair and eyes. And so begins Tedd and Todd’s Secret by Fernando Trujillo Sanz, a strange tale of two gangs/families, the Blacks and Whites, as they hunt and kill each other, using medieval weapons, all across London. Add in a cop on the verge of a breakdown due to his wife’s death five years prior, a reporter with a thing for the cop, a filthy rich man who likes to sue people just for the fun of it, a strange violet-eyed pair of an ancient man and his child companion, a bunch of other random characters thrown in for good measure, and a malfunctioning Big Ben, and you end up with a mess of a book.

Often when a book has problems like Tedd and Todd’s Secret does, I feel like in the hands of another author, it would have been great. That is not the case for this book. The premise is crazy and not very explainable. Tons of characters are introduced rapidly and some are not mentioned again for several chapters. It made it very confusing. With the exception of Tedd and Todd, all the characters sound exactly the same. The most annoying thing about the book was the writing. It was just plain terrible. The overuse of commas was insane. Properly placed commas are important. Adding, commas for no, particular reason makes, no sense (the randomly placed commas in this sentence give an idea of the randomly placed commas in the book). There were many misspellings and quite a few times the wrong word was used altogether (for example, upholstered was used to refer to the act of removing a gun from its holster). Words and phrases were repeated often (example: He went he went to bed). The grammar was atrocious. And some of the choices of words were not great (example: “That’s my secret,” he whispered secretly). There was a definite and severe need of an editor for this book! The saving graces, and why I gave the book 2 stars instead of 1, are the action was steady and interesting and the ending was pretty good. For the most part, though, it was just so bad. I wouldn’t recommend anyone bother reading it.

2 (out of 5) Stars

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Pages Read in 2015: 1299
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Eyewall by HW “Buzz” Bernard

Everyone is expecting Janet to be a category 1 hurricane hitting South Carolina somewhere. One meteorologist at The Natural Environment Network, however, is sure it will be a category 5 coming ashore at St. Simons Island, Georgia. Eyewall by HW “Buzz” Bernard is three stories all interrelated. One of the meteorologist who loses his job for going against orders to warn people on air about the hurricane’s strength and danger. One of the crew on the Air Force hurricane hunter tasked with going through the eyewall of Janet to get readings on what they think is a mild hurricane. And one of a family vacationing on St. Simons Island with a runaway daughter somewhere on the island.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a bit confusing at first because so many important characters were introduced so fast due to the rotating parts about each of the three groups of people. The author way overused similes and did a lot telling rather than showing in his writing. He also could have used a better editor. There were quite a few spelling errors or incorrect words used scattered throughout the book. Even with these problems, Eyewall really sucked me in and, especially for the last third, I could barely put it down. I really wanted to know how it was going to end.

4 (out of 5) Stars

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Pages Read in 2014: 18,389
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