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Not For Us But Maybe For You

Posted by Julie, A Tale of Many Reviews on January 3, 2012 in Not For Us, Reviews |

 

 

When Liz Cooper’s friend Robin Bloom finds an unusual tarot card tacked to her front door, Liz writes it off as a prank. Robin refuses to ignore the omen—her late husband drew the same card, the three of swords, in a reading the night before he was killed in a car accident. As more cards and darker threats appear, Liz realizes someone very dangerous is upping the ante.

Liz turns to her brother’s ex-college roommate, occult expert Nick Garfield. As Nick leads her into the voodoo community to locate the origin of the deck, she can’t ignore their attraction to each other. Then a woman is found murdered and Robin becomes the prime suspect. Determined to clear her friend, Liz joins forces with Nick to unravel otherworldly secrets and seek help from beyond—or risk being outwitted by a cunning killer…

 

 

Julie’s thoughts…

I’m a paranormal reading fan so the description of this book drew me in. While the description is interesting, I thought the book itself was OK but it’s not a favorite. The writing style didn’t fit with me and at times the story felt forced. The aspects of setting up the attraction between Nick and Liz was obvious through Liz’s inner monologue, trying to create tension. It didn’t feel organic to me. I never really fell into the story or connected with the characters. Others have really enjoyed it though, so if you like the description give it a shot.

 

 

London, 1948. It has been three years since the end of World War II, but young Nigel Wilson cannot forget how his life was changed forever. In an effort to put his demons to rest, he enlists the aid of British military officer Colonel Hayes to help him track down the orphaned boys with whom he traveled in Nazi-occupied France.

He begins by telling the colonel of his life as a child growing up in the decade following the Great Depression. Having been given up by his real parents after the loss of their estate, Nigel is sent to live with their friend Emma and her three sons Daniel, Thomas, and Arthur. When an unexpected tragedy occurs however, the boys are forced to make several moves before ending up in the Lambeth district of London with Thomas’s abusive father.

Desperate to escape and fueled by their dreams of a better life, Nigel and Arthur leave for Stockwell Orphanage.

It is here in the deep, quiet, stillness of the night that Nigel meets a strange immigrant boy named Ara…a boy who appears to be the same shadowy figure he has seen in his darkest dreams for the past three years, the phantom who pulls him out of the grave and away from all pain, sorrow, and loneliness.

Instinctively, Nigel begins to follow his new friend, unaware that several children in the orphanage have fallen mysteriously ill with Ara’s arrival…

 

 

Leisha’s thoughts…

Very, very, very long intro and so completely depressing.  I found some problems with language; the book is set in the late 1930′s in Britain and some of the time the language for that setting was alright but there were inconsistencies with modern and American language and terms thrown in. I actually had to check a couple of times to remind myself of the time and place.

 

 

 

Laura loves fashion designer, Jeremy St James.

Not just the clothes, but him, and she’d be with him in a heartbeat – except that he’s her boss. And he’s gay.

So when she stumbles upon a dead body in his office, and Jeremy’s arrested for the crime, she sees it as a golden opportunity to turn her life around. If she can just locate a box of logo buttons, keep the cops off her tail, break up a counterfeiting ring, and get the show on the runway by Friday, she might earn his admiration, if not his love.

 

 

Leisha’s thoughts…

Despite the fact there was a murder and lots of drama in the opening pages of Dead is the New Black, it was proving to be a slow read. I actually put it down and started a new book in the hopes I would keep thinking about Dead and wondering what was going to happen if I went back to it. The writing style is just way too slow for my taste.

 

 

Not long after they moved in together, Eva’s black-outs got so bad that her relationship with Seven became strained-as his thoughts started drifting back to his ex Faye, who was all but a ghost to him now. So when she insisted that he take her to French’s Forest, to visit with his reclusive family for the first time, the horror of introducing her to his strange fanged kin was only secondary in concern, next to his mounting fear that Faye would grow dangerously jealous of Eva-and try to take back what She felt was rightfully Hers.

 

 

Jennifer’s thoughts…

It was a bit confusing to follow. I didn’t connect with this book. If a book can’t hold my interest long enough for me to finish it then it is time to move on.

 

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