Posted in General Fiction, Supernatural

Suck It Up, Buttercup by Kristen Painter (First Fangs Club #2)

Publication Info: Published April 28, 2020 by Sugar Skull Books. I read the Kindle edition, which I purchased. This book is also available in paperback.

Summary: Now that she’s the vampire governor of New Jersey, Belladonna Barrone is moving into her new penthouse. Donna got the job only twenty-four hours ago, after the previous governor — and Donna’s sire — was thrown out of the job by the ruling vampire council. In her previous life as the wife of a Mafia Don, Donna lived in some luxury, but her new penthouse is absolutely amazing. It has a sweeping view of Manhattan and comes with a great staff of people who are there just to help her get used to her new life and job.

Donna is also a very recently turned vampire. She hasn’t even had time to tell her adult children about her new situation. While Donna loves looking slim and trim without having to work at it, getting used to only working at night does have its challenges.

She also finds herself in the middle of vampire politics. Being governor is a political job, after all. Donna’s first challenge is to deal with the vampire Governor of New York, who assumes he can control her like he did her predecessor. Just when she manages to put him in his place, someone very unexpected and dangerous pops back up from her past.

Comments: I first discovered Kristen Painter’s light-hearted supernatural novels through Audible Escape. I became an instant fan. The first book in the First Fangs Club series was free through Kindle Unlimited. When Suck It Up Buttercup came out, I just had to buy it!

I love the characters in this series and the author makes being a vampire sound positively dreamy and completely normal. I get completely pulled into the world she creates. I hate having to wait for the next installment, but I guess I’ll have to. In the meantime, I can read more of her other books!

Recommended for readers of light fiction and stories with supernatural characters.

My Rating: 4.5 STARS

Posted in Amateur Sleuth, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Paranormal Mystery, Supernatural

Suddenly Psychic by Elizabeth Hunter (Glimmer Lake #1)

Publication Info: Published February 18, 2020 by Recurve Press LLC. I read the Kindle edition through my Kindle Unlimited subscription. Kindle and paperback editions are available.

Summary: Three forty-something women, Robin, Val and Monica, are headed up a winding, dark road on their way to a restaurant to celebrate Monica’s birthday. Suddenly, a white deer appears in the roadway, which Robin swerves to avoid. Her car plunges off the hillside into the lake below. The women aren’t seriously injured, but they are trapped and sinking deeper and deeper into the chilly water. As they frantically search the car for something to break a window open, a mysterious man appears and smashes a window open with a rock.

The event is life changing in more ways than one. In addition to surviving a harrowing accident, the three women discover they have gained some unusual psychic talents. Because of their new skills, they find themselves in a position to solve a decades-old murder, as well as ridding a house of a very nasty ghost.

Comments: I love discovering a fun read by sheer serendipity. I found myself between required book reviews and nothing on my book shelf at home was calling to me. Frankly, during this COVID-19 pandemic, I am increasingly drawn toward escapist reading. Finding Suddenly Psychic on Kindle Unlimited was like having a wish granted!

The story revolves around 3 older women, something I can relate to. The women have psychic talents but still deal with normal life problems. The book is well written and the characters were people I would like to have as friends. There is real emotion, including a scene that even brought tears to my eyes.

The second in the series, Semi-Psychic Life, is also on Kindle Unlimited and I’ve already downloaded it. The third, Psychic Dreams, is due out in August. Yay!

My Rating: 4.5 STARS

Posted in Amateur Sleuth, Mystery, Supernatural

House of Ashes by Loretta Marion

House of Ashes by Loretta Marion (Pre-pub, Nov 2018, Crooked Lane Books). Review copy courtesy of NetGalley.

Summary: Battersea Bluffs at Lavender Hill is a grand old Cape Cod house in the town of Whale Rock. The weather-beaten Victorian is home to Cassie Mitchell and quite possibly the ghosts of her ancestors, Percy and Celeste Mitchell. After her soon to be ex-husband spent her sizable inheritance, Cassie is struggling to find a way to keep The Bluffs out of foreclosure.

While she’s mulling over her insufficient options, an unexpected partial solution wanders onto her property. Ashley and Vince Jacobson and their dog, Whistler, are between jobs and low on funds. They offer to renovate Cassie’s carriage house into a guest cottage in exchange for lodging. The future rent from the cottage will help offset Cassie’s debts. She enthusiastically embraces their offer.

After the couple mysteriously disappears leaving only their dog and a puzzling piece of rope behind, the local police and the FBI try to track them down. Despite their wide resources, law enforcement can’t find any trace of Ashley and Vince Jacobson. Cassie, having grown quite fond of the couple, knows that it is up to her to solve the mystery of their disappearance.

Comments: This book summoned some happy memories for me. My family vacationed on Cape Cod each summer and my grandmother lived there for a few years. Usually we rented cottages barely bigger than my bedroom, but one year we rented a larger, two-story house that came with its own name: Ferncliff. My 12-year-old imagination went into overdrive as I explored the rooms. I was sure the house had to be haunted! Alas, the only odd thing I saw during my stay was a squirrel that struggled to get a golf ball up a tree, only to be very disappointed that it wasn’t a nut.

4 books out of 5.

4 out of 5 books

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