never ever make a deal with the shadow man!

Disney Chills: Fiends on the Other Side (Book 2) – Jennifer Brody writing as Vera Strange 

Disney, children’s literature, villains, fiction.

Rating 9/10

Jamal always felt like a shadow, more like in his brother’s shadow. He felt very invisible. One day he receives stuff from his grandma which was just a skull necklace. A man appears and introduces himself as Dr. Facilier. Dr. Facilier wants the necklace but Jamal doesn’t want to trade that but he was willing to trade another item. Little does Jamal know that he must never make deals with the shadow man. 

This was exceptionally different and very dark for a children’s book. Like the other one there were a lot of dark themes but not too dark. I wasn’t expecting the author to continue with the same level of horror as the other one but with this one. I loved that there was a reference to the movie. The other book also has references to the movie but it was more evident in this one than the other. Altogether I enjoyed this and can’t wait to find more.

two worlds collide

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors – Sonali Dev

Contemporary, Indian culture, family, romance, fiction.

Rating  9/10

Trish is a doctor and a black sheep of an overachieving family. DJ Caine has to work long and enduring hours to make sure that his little sister gets the treatment she needs. Both come from different worlds and yet they collide over Emma, her patient, and his sister. After being accepted back into the family, no longer being a black sheep, family events turn out better. DJ and Trish soon to learn to break the walls between them for the sake for Emma.

I liked this novel a lot. it felt for sure as if this were a modern take on Pride and Prejudice but with a twist. I enjoyed reading this for sure. Especially how the hate to love story that is within the novel. Its not the entire focus of the narrative but its addition helped along the novel. I could not help but to take my time reading this novel. There is so much within this novel that it is wise to slowly indulge with this novel. I highly do recommend this novel.

bones

The Bone Labyrinth: A Sigma Force Novel – James Rollin

Excavations, archeology, scientific world, voyages to the other world, special operations, military science, action, suspense, fiction.

Rating 8/10

Lena goes to Croatia, to an archeological site where she found the bones of a Neanderthal woman in a closed off chapel. Inside that site, there are artworks as well that depict society and the evolving brain that was humankind. The site is attacked and ransacked, leaving her and a few survivors straggling to get out of the cavern and questioning why the bones of a Neanderthal woman and to destroy the cavern. Commander Grey Peirce is on the case to go rescue and help. Whereas Monk and Kowalski are to talk with Lena’s twin, Maria, about their work. Maria explains that they wanted to know the mystery jump that happened that caused homo sapiens to be very smart and changed their ways of life. She and her sister think it’s a union between homo sapiens and Neanderthals. There’s so much danger that comes with this research because there are others hunting the same answers as Lena and Maria as well as wants them dead. This will take Sigma into the history and evidence of bones of human ancestors.

This was really intriguing and very adventurous. I enjoyed it so much, but it was a bit of a slow read for me personally. At the time of reading this novel I didn’t know that this was a series and I had read another book before this one and not know it was a part of a series. I plan to find out the first book of the Sigma Force series to read in order hopefully in the future. Overall, loved this indepth slow burn of a novel that kept me on my toes as well as kept me leaning towards reading rather than doing anything else. The author really panned out everything in the novel and made it very easy to read to understand the plot narrative.

Passing Down The Family Business

Life and Other Inconveniences – Kristin Higgins

Fiction.

Rating 6/10

Emma was kicked out after confessing to her grandmother she was pregnant and deciding to keep the child. Genevieve London wanted all the best for her granddaughter despite finding out her mother killed herself. Gen didn’t want to coddle Emma and kicked her out. Years later, Gen feels like she is dying and wanted to pass down the family business to her great granddaughter but the task of bringing her to the estate is an issue. Gen created a white lie to bring Emma and Riley to her home. Emma became disappointed in that lie. Riley wanted to know the disappearance of her great grandmother’s firstborn’s death. As the truth is unveiled, life throws them all curveballs.

This was an acceptable novel. It was a slow read and was predictable in the most boring fashion. Either way, I expected this novel to have more than just a mystery and family drama. I don’t really have a strong opinion nor enough to say besides that. I preferred the other book this author wrote. I feel like this was rushed or the author didn’t know what direction she wanted to go in.