Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review--Evil Runs by Vince Milam

Evil Runs: A Supernatural Mystery Thriller (Evil World Book 1)Evil Runs: A Supernatural Mystery Thriller by Vince Milam
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A French priest, a Texas sheriff, and a female CIA agent walk into a bar looking for Evil.  Sounds like the start of a corny joke, but it's not.  Evil Runs by Vince Milam is a religious thriller that takes these three on a trip around the world to destroy the evil that has disrupted their lives.

Still grieving the loss of his wife, Sheriff Cole Garza is now dealing with multiple homicides at a nursing home in his small Texas town.  Leaving the scene, he sees a most peculiar man who appears to be running away from another man with a long gray ponytail who is just as peculiar.  Looking into the eyes of the murder suspect, Cole sees something familiar, something he saw in the eyes of his wife's murderer.  When Father Francois Domaine appears in Texas with orders from the Vatican, things begin to really get strange.  They have a suspect in custody and are currently looking for his accomplice, Adal Moloch.  He was the peculiar man seen leaving the crime scene, and the hunt is on.  With the help of Nadine May, a CIA operative with unbelievable tracking and computer skills, they are able to follow Moloch wherever he goes.  Will they find him and bring him to justice before more people are hurt?

This is a book for those who believe in a higher power, or for those that don't, you just might after reading this book.  Adal Moloch is not your typical suspect. He is a demon sent to have his evil bidding done by anyone who is willing to follow him.  Destroying him is going to take more than a bullet to the head, but also a faith that God is stronger than him with that faith you can destroy anything.  We always wonder if faith is enough.  Can our faith in God destroy the evil that is around us?  Can we rise above the evil and do what is right?  At first, I was a little skeptical about this book thinking it was going to get a bit paranormal, but it didn't which made me thoroughly enjoy it.  This is the first book i a series and I can't wait to read what is next.

**I was given this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.**

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review--Far From the Tree by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant

Far From the TreeFar From the Tree by Virginia DeBerry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoy the way, Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant capture the true essence of African American female relationships in their books.  Far from the Tree was no exception.

Ronnie and Celeste are sisters that have never really gotten along.  Odella, their mother is also not the easiest to get along with.  When the three are brought together in the same house after many years of being apart, their relationships start to take on a whole new meaning.  Following the death of Will, the husband and father who had always been around to love and support them, the women are forced to examine their lives and make some hard decisions in order to move forward and grow.

Celeste, married to Everett, who is a doctor, has never been satisfied with their simple lifestyle.  She has always wanted more for them even though she has never had to want for anything.

Ronnie, who has been a struggling actress in New York and fools herself and her family into thinking that she has it all together and is doing great.  She actually has had more addresses than acting roles.

Odella, who had run from her past for so long that when it comes rushing back at her, she is overwhelmed by it all.

Together these women learn to love themselves and one another again. And they learn that keeping secrets is never a good idea.

There are talks that this book may be made into a major motion picture.  I would be the first in line for a ticket.  I would love to see who they get to portray the characters.

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Review--The Barefoot Queen by Ildefonso Falcones

The Barefoot Queen: A NovelThe Barefoot Queen: A Novel by Ildefonso Falcones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Finally, I have finished this book.  It has taken me over a month to read it, which is a record for me.

Caridad is a Cuban slave.  She is being brought to Spain by her master when he dies on the ship.  After arriving in Spain she is given her freedom papers and then she has to try and find a new life for herself in a place where she knows no one.  Only in Spain a few days, Caridad meets an old gypsy named Melchor.  He brings Caridad home with him to be a companion for his granddaughter, Milagros.  But who is she really there to be a companion for.  The girls become fast friends.  But no longer a slave and far from gypsy, Caridad is not sure exactly how she should or would fit in.

Follow Caridad on her journey through Spain to find all the things she never had; freedom, friends and love.

This book took a long time for me to read.  There were days that I didn't even pick the book up.  The story as a whole was very interesting and I know a lot more about gypsy law than I ever thought I would.  Family is everything to them and they will let nothing come in the way of that.  While Milagros and Melchor were welcoming to Caridad from the beginning, it took the rest of the family some time to do the same.  They all learned from each other.  This book spans over many years and you get to see how Caridad learns to embrace her freedom.  There are lots of trials and tribulations for her along the way.  How Milagros grows from a love-struck teen to an adult with a daughter to care for.  Melchor on the other hand is an old gypsy who really only learned one thing.

This is a very good book with strong characters.  I just wish it hadn't taken me so long to read.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

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