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What Strange Creatures by Emily Arsenault

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Scandal, love, family, and murder combine in this gripping literary mystery by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault, in which a young academic’s life is turned upside down when her brother is arrested for murder and she must prove his innocence.

The Battle siblings are used to disappointment. Seven years, one marriage and divorce, three cats, and a dog later, Theresa still hasn’t finished her dissertation. Instead of a degree, she’s got a houseful of adoring pets and a dead-end copywriting job for a local candle company.

Jeff, her so-called genius older brother, doesn’t have it together, either. Creative, and loyal, he’s also aimless in work and love. But his new girlfriend, Kim, a pretty waitress in her twenties, appears smitten.

When Theresa agrees to dog-sit Kim’s puggle for a weekend, she has no idea that it is the beginning of a terrifying nightmare that will shatter her quiet world. Soon, Kim’s body will be found in the woods, and Jeff will become the prime suspect.

Though the evidence is overwhelming, Theresa knows that her brother is not a cold-blooded murderer. But to clear him she must find out more about Kim. Investigating the dead woman’s past, Theresa uncovers a treacherous secret involving politics, murder, and scandal—and becomes entangled in a potentially dangerous romance. But the deeper she falls into this troubling case, the more it becomes clear that, in trying to save her brother’s life, she may be sacrificing her own.

Goodreads Summary

Theresa live a pretty measly life with not a lot going right. She is a divorced woman, has a million pets at her place, is not finished with her dissertation, and a job that is not going anywhere. It is not a surprise though as her family has a history of failure. Her brother Jeff wanders through life as well and somehow his girlfriend is found dead. Theresa then sets out to prove her brother's innocence and finds herself in a world of trouble that she may not be prepared for.

What I found myself really clinging to in this book was the witty dialogue. It will leave you smiling and laughing all the way through. One thing that I did find to be a little slow was the constant talk about the dissertation, however it still did not draw my opinion down about the book as a whole. The mystery of the cause of her brother's girlfriend's death is also a fun part of the story to watch unravel. Another nice thing about this book is that it is a mystery novel that has the main protagonist being a normal person. It is a breath of fresh air and a treat to read.

4 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*  

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Deadly Errors by Allen Wyler: Giveaway!

Thriller Explores Biggest Medical Nightmare:
Deadly Patient-Care Errors
"A thriller that only a doctor could have written. Wyler's sense of the worlds of the hospital and operating room are unsurpassed. You'll feel as if you are right there."

--Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of Miracle Cure and The Sisterhood

"Deadly Errors is a wild and satisfying ride! This is an "up all night" pass into troubled places that only hard-working doctors know about, a turbulent world of trusting patients and imperfect humans struggling with the required image of perfection."
--John J. Nance, author of Pandora's Clock and Fire Flight
A comatose man is given a fatal dose of insulin in the emergency room, even though he isn't diabetic.  An ulcer patient dies of shock after receiving a transfusion of the wrong blood type.  A recovering heart patient receives a double dose of medication and suffers a fatal heart attack.

Brain surgeon Dr. Tyler Matthews suspects that something is seriously wrong with the hospital's new "Med-InDX" computerized medical record system. But he doesn't suspect that there?s something murderously wrong with it.
As Matthews begins to peel back the layers of deception that cover the deadly errors, he crosses powerful corporate interests who aren't about to let their multi-billion dollar medical record profits evaporate. Now a target, Matthews finds himself trapped in a maze of deadly conspiracy, with his career, his marriage, and his very life on the line.
Once again, Wyler blends his unparalleled expertise as a world class surgeon with his uncanny knack for suspense to create a true "best-of-breed" medical thriller. Deadly Errors is a lightning-quick action procedural that is destined to win new fans to the medical thriller genre.
Allen Wyler is a renowned neurosurgeon who earned an international reputation for pioneering surgical techniques to record brain activity.  He has served on the faculties of both the University of Washington and the University of Tennessee, and in 1992 was recruited by the prestigious Swedish Medical Center to develop a neuroscience institute.
In 2002, he left active practice to become Medical Director for a startup med-tech company (that went public in 2006) and he now chairs the Institutional Review Board of a major medical center in the Pacific Northwest.
Leveraging a love for thrillers since the early 70's, Wyler devoted himself to fiction writing in earnest, eventually serving as Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization for several years. After publishing his first two medical thrillers Deadly Errors (2005) and Dead Head (2007), he officially retired from medicine to devote himself to writing full time.
He and his wife, Lily, divide their time between Seattle and the San Juan Islands.
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The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty by Steve LeBel

We have all heard of the fabled perfect being, the Greek God.

Well, how about a geek god? Named Bernie, yet.

Fresh with his diploma from God School, determined but unsure, bright but without confidence, Bernie faces the challenge of building his own universe. If only it were that easy...

An old school rival will do whatever it takes to ensure Bernie's failure, even if it means destroying his world.

It’s god vs. god, guile vs. goodness, where only one of them plays by the rules. Bernie must find a way to outwit his evil foe. If he fails, it will cost him everything. 

A fascinating tale of good vs. evil and a young hero on a journey of self-discovery in an original, humorous, fantastic wrapper.

Praise for The Universe Builders:

“…had me hooked from start to finish…I couldn’t put it down.”

“This book was fantastic! I was riveted, wanting to know what was going to happen to Bernie.”

“…weird, crazy characters that will tickle your funny bone and, at times, tug at your heartstrings.”

“…a fascinating tale of good vs. evil and of a young hero on a journey of self-discovery.”

“…a mind-bending journey…and a great start to a series.”

“Everybody loves an underdog story, and I’m no different.”

“This book was just wonderful!”

Goodreads Summary

What if there were many gods around that spent their time building universes for a living? There would be a hierarchy of gods with different personalities that put their own flair on their "projects." There would be some gods that built better universes than others and some that were lazy. This is your typical school type situation with a good amount of humor thrown in to spice it up and make a charming book.

Bernie is our charming new graduate from God school and he jumps right in to his first job a little bit shaky but with good intentions. I loved reading about his fumbles through rogue asteroids and plate tectonics with his swirling planets. I also was fond of the playful presentation of good versus evil where Bernie must learn fast to overcome his major foe. His self discovery is clumsy at times and it adds to his overall well created character in the book. This is definitely worth a read.

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*

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Unbreakable by C.C. Hunter Cover Reveal!

Five Things You’ll learn from Eternal:

  1. Never drive ninety miles an hour in a forty mile an hour speed-limit area.
  2. When it snows inside your bedroom, something spooky is going on.
  3. Breaking and Entering isn’t nearly as much fun as you would think it would be.  Especially when you are seconds from being caught.
  4. Riding in a convertible with the wind in your hair is almost as good as flying.
  5. Taking ice cream away from a girl suffering from a broken hear might get you turned into a kangaroo with pimples.

This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews. COPYRIGHT © 2014 LIVE TO READ