Book Review: Fashions Fade, Haunted is Eternal by Rose Pressey

Title: Fashions Fade, Haunted is Eternal

Author: Rose Pressey

Publication Date: January 2019

Rating: 3 Stars= Okay Page Turner

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Fashion Fade, Haunted is Eternal by Rose Pressey is a cozy mystery told in first-person by Cookie Chanel, owner of It’s Vintage Y’All in Georgia. She is hired to dress models for a fashion shoot, but it goes wrong. The photographer is found dead, which starts Cookie investigating.

This book was funny and entertaining with a hint of paranormal since Cookie has ghost hanging around her store. The ghost Charlotte gives Cookie advice on everything as well as provide afterlife tips. Minnie another friendly ghost helps Cookie and Charlotte piece together clues to try and solve the case. My favorite part of the book is the tips at the beginning of the chapters.

I did appreciate the author not letting the romance in the book overpower the mystery. I also liked the characters and ghosts connection throughout the story.  The only part I didn’t care for was the cats using the Ouija board to communicate. Charlotte and Minnie were enough. This being my first time reading this author’s work I will read more of it and I do recommend it to others.

*This  book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.



Book Review: The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin

Title: The Frame-Up

Author: Meghan Scott Molin

Publication Date: December 1, 2018

Rating: 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

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The Frame-Up is about MG, a writer for a comic book company, who realizes a murderer is mimicking deaths from her favorite comics. She inserts herself into the investigation alongside dreamy narcotics officer Matteo. The killer leaves golden arrows at the scenes, which MG recognizes from the original comics.

This cozy mystery had unsuspected twist that kept me on my toes. I enjoyed the interactions between MG and her best friend Lawrence, who happens to be a beautician and drag queen. It has a hint of romance but it doesn’t overpower the story keeping the mystery as the main focus.

I love DC Comics, which is why I agreed to review this book seeming it involves superheroes and comic book characters. I believe the theme was getting justice and revealing secrets. It took awhile for me to invest in the characters due to this being a slow read, but I did like the plot.

The story did picked up once I reached act three of the book. I love the fact that I wasn’t able to solve the mystery until the end. I will be giving this author’s work another try and suggest the Frame Up to others.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.



Book Review: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Title: A Spark of Light

Author: Jodi Picoult

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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Having not read a Jodi Picoult book in a while, picking up this new book, A Spark of Light, let me know why I starting reading her books in the first place. She has a way of making you invest in her characters before you figure out their rights and wrongs. When her characters shock you or are not what you expect, you still can’t help but like, love or hate them, which is the case in A Spark of Light.

This suspense thriller is about an abortion clinic that ends up having a not so happy parent, who feels he should take out his anger on everyone in the clinical upon his arrival. Everything starts happening fast even though as your reading feels like it is happening in slow motion. What makes this book unique is it’s told backwards. It starts at five o’clock in the evening and you take the journey until eight o’clock in the morning. When I first starting reading it I thought this would ruin the story for me but I was wrong.

As the story continues you learn more by the hour about the characters and why they came to this clinical on that day and at that particular time. This makes it easy to fully invest in them and wanting to know how this situation will play out. The characters have different views on the services the clinic offers and you find that some are pro-choice and some are not. It is a well written book that makes you think and feel, which is probably what Picoult set out to do, make people think about abortion, life and how hard the decision would be and also what a teenager or adult woman goes through when having to make said decision.

This was an intense read for me but it was worth the suspense, being on the edge of my seat and learning so much about each individual being affected by one man’s anger. It was a well-researched book, which shows throughout the pages. I believe this is a story that should be told through film. I know I would watch it.


Book Review: In These Streets by Shelly Ellis

Title: In These Streets

Author Name: Shelly Ellis

Publication Date: November 27, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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In These Streets is about three friends being tested by temptation, deception and ambition, which is a recipe for some good reading.

This Urban fiction book has drama and suspense with well-developed characters in  intense situations. Derrick, Ricky and Jamal bring different dynamics to the story, which kept me turning the pages. The characters relationships and interactions with others made me question their intentions until I made it to the third act of the book.

Ricky brings suspense with his close calls and business decisions. Derrick brings drama with the issues he’s having at his job and at home, which causes him to make hard decisions. Jamal’s character irritated me the most because he wasn’t being true to himself, but when you are on a career path and have people whispering in your ear, you have to face things sooner or later. When these friends finally choose to change their paths I was not prepared for the consequences.

Once again Shelly Ellis shares an intriguing story with powerful characters you can’t help wanting to know. The ended of this book will have readers emailing the author to find out when book two will be available, I know am.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.