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Unscrambled Eggs by Nadia Brown is a book of poetry with meaning. 

I love it when I can read poetry and feel some sort of connection.  That is what I got out of Unscrambled Eggs.

Brown did a fantastic job in this compilation,  giving meaning to each poem,  and many of them I was able to relate to on a personal level.

I thoroughly enjoyed this title and think it would be an excellent book to add to your coffee table.  The cover makes you wonder its contents and the poems are so easy to interpret I believe you too will enjoy Unscrambled Eggs.  I give Unscrambled Eggs *****(5) Stars,  BK Walker.
5/5 Stars

One of my favorites:

Autumn Falls Softly
Autumn falls
like feathers,
softly without sound
sprinkling leaves
of amber & violet
that descend from able trees,
carried by
ushering winds
before settling quietly
on the surface
finally reaching an end
as autumn
begins again
Subtly
she emits
her calmness
upon those who
watch her,
bringing tranquility
to all that see
her beauty



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I Thought We Were Friends by Tina deCoux was fantastic!  From the first word I couldn't put this book down until I was to the end.

Chris Borstad was a young shipping department manager for a home improvement warehouse.  She loved her job,  was respected by her crew, and loved to prove that a woman can do the job just as good if not better than a man.

Chris also had a secret - her live-in boyfriend of two and a half years is also her boss.  Nobody can know about this relationship as Bob,  her boss could very well lose his job.

When Chris is demoted unexpectedly to save money within the company,  she is angry with Bob for not sharing this with her beforehand,  and angry at Len,  the big boss for doing this to her.  Not only is she being demoted,  but she must train the new guy coming to take her place.

She goes home that night to find herself alone and wallowing in self pity.  When Bob finally decides to come home,  Chris knows something's not right.  Eventually he admits that he is leaving her for another woman.  Devestated,  Chris tries to pull her life together to make the best of it.

When she is forced to train a new receiving clerk too,  her life starts to spin out of control as the new clerk,  Shannon becomes obsessed with Chris.  In Shannon's mind her and Chris are the best of friends,  even though Shannon gives Chris the creeps.  There is more to Shannon that meets the eye and Chris is about to find out more than she would ever want to know.

This starts the scene for a fast paced thriller,  full of unexpected events and suspense, and you don't know who is telling the truth and who is out to get Chris. 

deCoux did a magnificent job from the get go.  I love her writing style and the characters are so easy to love and hate.  I Thought We Were Friends is the first book in a Thriller Trilogy and will pull you in leaving you wanting more.

I give I Thought We Were Friends ***** (5) Stars,  BK Walker

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In All His Glory by John Howard Reid was a mix of biblical suspense and murder/mystery.  I just love Reid's writing and always enjoy his books.

Taken from the Book of Kings,  we follow Jeroboam as he is outcast from his native country by King Solomon and finds himself in Egypt where he becomes the pawn of the Pharaoh's game.

Accused of murdering Methyethy,   a counselor to the Pharaoh,  he is about to be sentenced to death when suddenly the Pharaoh decides that Jaroboam will be his new counselor.  We see the Pharaoh as a manipulative man and sometimes in a bi-polar state as his moods change as easily as the weather. 

As Jeroboam stands in his own trial,  he is able to put off being sentenced as he is now the Chief Counselor,  and the next case is brought before him.  Tomb treasures are being robbed and the accused is a carpenter that has been beaten to the point he can barely move.

Jeroboam doesn't believe he is guilty and this sets the scene for an extensive investigation.  Jeroboam must now prove the carpenters innocence and find the true grave robber and murderer of Methyethy.  What he finds is his own life in danger,  and truths with unexpected twists that he never even conceived possible.

Reid did a fantastic job keeping you in suspense,  leaving you no choice but to turn the next page to find out the what,  who,  when and why of these Tomb Robberies and murders.  Surprising twists and action packed events,  I'm sure you will truly enjoy In All His Glory.

I give this title ****1/2 (4.5) Stars,  BK Walker

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Reviewed by Nora Chipley Barteau

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The Butcher's Boy
by Michael Robb Mathias

Janet, who was recently divorced, had found a new home for her and her son Michael. A new home that was huge and sat on two and a half acres with open fields across the street. It was a like being in the country with plenty of yard for Michael and Lucy, their rottweiler. Janet was in awe at the great price she was able to purchase the house for. Little did Janet know that the reason she got such a great deal on it was because a whole family was slaughtered in it and some of them refused to move on until things were set right.

Several people enter into Janet's life, each playing a part in this chilling and at times terrifying story. It had a few slow parts here and there, but not enough to really impact the story being told.  Some areas were predictable yes, but also didn't impact the story in a negative way. I would say this book is not for the squimish or for children because it does involve rape, murder, torture, graphic language and content. I found the ending a bit disturbing because it went into great detail for a fairly long length of time and by the time it was over, I felt exhausted mentally. (S)

Michael Robb showed a lot of talent and knew how to push the characters and reader to their limits. The Butcher's Boy had a little bit of everything in it, love, hate, rape, ghosts, demons, torture, murder, all the ingredients for a great tale. I would recommend this book and give it five ***** stars.

5/5 Stars

Reviewed by
Nora Barteau
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The Strangers Outside
By: Vanessa Morgan

The Strangers Outside is a heart pounding, hairs on arm standing on end novella.

The story starts with two sisters; Jennifer and Louise are at a bar on their way to their grandparent's seaside cottage. Louise is the older of the two sisters, and poses a question to her younger sister, “Imagine we would be here one year from now.” “What would you like to have accomplished one year from now? What do you see happening in your life by then?”

Jennifer says that she would like to have a boyfriend. Louise out of the two sisters is more openly optimistic, where Jennifer is a definite pessimist; in addition she is also very insecure. Louise tells her that shouldn't be too difficult. Jennifer believes that it will never happen.

Louise is openly optimistic and tries to motivate her sister and herself. Louise tries to learn from her “failures” every year. Even though Louise feels that nothing ever really works out and she always ends up back at square one and that she has no luck either, even though she does try to learn from past “failures”, she never gives up.

They drive to the cottage and when they arrive, Louis suggests that they do their “dance”, a dance they do to their favorite song, always alone, with no one watching. They begin the dance, soon Louise feels someone watching them. She looks out and sees two men, dressed all in black, watching them.

Louise decides that they should go in the cottage. They decide to get ready and go out to a movie. Jennifer wants to take a shower and there is no hot water, so Louise goes out to the shed to turn the gas switch. This is when the terror really begins and she feels in complete danger.

The story is definitely terrifying. There is a moral to the story, so to speak, that really makes you think. I believe that everyone can identify themselves in both Louise and Jennifer. This story creeped me out, in the best way possible. I love a good scare! And this story does not disappoint.

**** 4 stars. Jennifer L. Bonges


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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater was astounding!  I absolutely loved this book!

Grace always watches the wolves in the woods bordering her back yard.  One wolf in particular,  her wolf,  the one that saved her when she was a child.  She would recognize her wolf anywhere.

Years later,  Grace still awaits the cold months to arrive,  awaiting her wolf to reappear so she doesn't feel so alone.  The wolves give her comfort.

Except this year,  when she meets a boy,  Sam.  Sam is hurt and Grace is determined to save him,  only when she does,  recognition sets in and what she thought was a possibility is now a reality.

Sam is her wolf.

We watch the relationship between Grace and Sam grow,  and let me just tell you,  the connection to these characters is instant.  Sam must keep warm,  because it is in the colder months of the year that he loses his skin and transforms into a wolf.  Grace is determined to not let him go,  fighting to keep him in his human skin as she now feels complete.

It was so easy to become engulfed with this title,  and emotionally connected.  I found myself squirming,  and even crying at how this story evolves (no spoilers here).  At one point,  I was a little disappointed as I felt like I was reading Twilight again, (boy meets girl, girl finds out secret, boy and girl hide out keeping the secret safe,  parents are oblivious),  but it was the briefest of moments,  and then I was back in Shiver.  It's not that this story isn't of its own accord,  but I think that sometimes it's just so hard not to compare to other books we've read. 

With that being said,  Shiver was a nice change from the Vampire perspective and I absolutely loved this book!  The relationship between Grace and Sam was very moving and the entire plot was captivating.  Stiefvater did a magnificent job,  pulling you in,  keeping you in,  and leaving you wanting more!  I cannot wait to read Linger.

I give Shiver ***** (5) Stars,  BK Walker

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The Strangers Outside
By Vanessa Morgan

Jennifer and Louise take a break at their holiday cabin. Being sisters, each one had a different perspective and outlook on themselves as well as life. Louise  had confidence in herself as well as her sister, and Jennifer felt she'd never get a boyfriend because she felt she was ugly. Maybe this is the reason why Jennifer went to a physic and Louise didn't. Maybe Jennifer felt she needed to know what the future held for her.( I am coming to my own conclusions here and how I have interpreted this short book. ) When two strangers appeared outside of their cabin, it was cause for a brief double take but no panic came among the sisters. But as the evening went on, they noticed there were a few more strangers and they were moving closer to the cabin and to them. The girls then decided it was time to take action and be prepared for whatever these strangers outside wanted. But no matter what their imagination told them, it didn't them for the true horror awaiting them.

This has to be the shortest book I have read. In just 24 pages a whole story has been told. I want to give Vanessa Morgan praise for having the creativity and imagination to pull it off. I certainly will be reading a lot more of her material. If you want a little spine tingler in a short amount of time, The Strangers Outside is just the thing!
I give this book **** four stars.

4/5 Stars

Reviewed By
Nora Bartau
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Immortyl Kisses is the work of BK Walker. She did something in this book that I have not come across before in a paranormal novel. She has vampires, werewolves, witches and warlocks, all working together to make this one of the best books in this genre. There's a little bit of everything in this book. You have the two best friends at the beginning, who accidentally bump into a gorgeous vampire, Tristan, with piercing green eyes and an rival of his, Logan who is a werewolf. You have a tremendous love story between Tristan and Raine which is challenged by Logan. But the bond between Raine and Tristan is intensified when Tristan has to turn Raine in order to save her life, which is against council rules and has a penalty of death. But Raine can't ignore her feelings for Logan, she's just unsure what those feelings are. Her best friend Shania, wants the love Raine has with Tristan, to be with Logan but Logan does not return the same.

And just when you think things are going one way, you are caught completely off guard with yet another twist to the story. Enter Rogue vampires, witches and a powerful warlock. Then Raine's true destiny is revealed. A fate that was set into place before Raine was even born. She finds herself in a position to act or many lives will be lost. And at that point, I am so engrossed in the book, I turn the next page and find I have read all 328 pages in a few hours! I was totally let down when I realized that I have to wait for the next book to come out to see the outcome of Raine's war and love dilemma.

I was not familiar with too much of BK Walker's work, and I am so glad I chose Immortyl Kisses to be my first read. It was all I had hoped it would be and more. I would recommend this book to all who love the paranormal/fantasy genre. You will not be disappointed. You too will find you will not be able to wait for the next installment of the story and trials of Raine.

4/5 Stars
Reviewed by Nora Barteau

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Abigail Cottage
by Margaret West

Abigail Cottage is about two very different love stories, one very dark and the other full of purity and light. Both circled around Abbey and the curse that has been in her family's blood line for centuries. A curse, if not broken would have meant the downfall of all mankind. And it entered Abbey's life in the form of a very old gold coin accompanied by a letter notifying her she had inherited a cottage from someone in her family. A cottage she would later find was the portal to evil, shadows that she feared her entire life, and an entity that had been formed out of resentment for the love he lost centuries before. Justin was determined he would have his beloved Abigail regardless of how many souls of babies that were lost. Justin, once a handsome man, had become a grotesque demon who had to use magic to hold the illusion of the self he once was, and to allow Abigail Cottage to appear in a form other than the deteriorating building it was in order to appeal to Abbey to dwell in it. Once she inhabitated the cottage, events were in play and it would take the love of a child and of a true love to break the curse forever. The true love would come from a man Abbey met at the airport after she arrived in Ireland where her inheritance was located. Shaun was smitten and it was love at first sight. They spent one beautiful night together in his mother's house. A night that would set into motion, a miracle, a betrayal, a tragedy, a revelation, and a light which was driven by a love so powerful, no evil could survive it.

This book was outside of the genre I usually read most often, although still paranormal, it was a story that was not about vampires or werewolves. Knowing this, I wasn't sure it would hold my interest even though I do like to read various different reads, I was not real familiar with Margaret West's work. So, in the beginning I found it to be a bit 'slow' going. After sticking it out, and continuing with the story, I soon realized why it started the way it had. She had to explain a bit of the history of the story in order for it to make sense, otherwise, the reader would be lost throughout the entire book.

I found Abigail Cottage to be a very well written book. At times I found the 'accents' a bit hard to understand but not to the point I didn't know what was being said. A few times I felt sorry for the demon in the story because all he wanted was the true love he thought he once had, no matter the cost. This book made me smile, discouraged, anxious, sad and unsure up to the very last page. This book has peeked my interest to check other works by Margaret West. I feel this book can be enjoyed by all no matter the genre they are used to reading because it contains a little bit of everything. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I plan on reading more of Margaret West's work.

4/5 Stars

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Nora Barteau



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Need by Carrie Jones was fantastic. Though there were a few slow parts, once she got into the action Jones knew how to deliver.

Zara has just lost her father and when she slips into an almost catatonic state, her mother sends her to live with her Gram in Maine. One thing Zara does to help her through a stressful situation is recite phobias. Who knew there were so many different phobias?

As Zara tries to find her place in her new town, she is followed by a man from Charleston. This man keeps popping up out of nowhere and pointing at Zara giving her the creeps. When her Gram tells her she must not go out after dark, Zara doesn't understand what the danger in that could be.

There's more to this puzzle than meets the eye though. As she befriends Nick, a gorgeous kid from school, electricity sparks and he does more than just protect Zara from the man that follows her. Zara not only falls for this boy, she also finds that there is more to the world she lives in than just mere mortals, and phobias.

The plot thickens and relationships develop. Zara and Nick learn that this dark, creepy, man that's been following her is in fact a Pixie King in search of his Queen. When he can't bring his queen home, the need to survive grows and boys end up missing as it's fulfilled.

As the plot unfolds, Zara learns the secrets from her family's past, and one that she is not too proud to inherit as her own.

Jones did a great job with Need. Suspenseful with exciting twists you would have never thought of. I really enjoyed this read and the ending was the best, leaving me wanting more. I can't wait for Captivate.


4/5 Stars

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