The Newsmakers

by Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart

The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl


I’m a big Lis Wiehl fan and up till now have flown through her books at lightning pace. The Newsmakers was just alright for me. While I enjoyed parts of it some of it just seemed a bit over the top. Erica’s character was very driven and focused she loved her daughter more than anything and that was all very realistic. Her alcoholism played a central role in where she was and how she got there. The cut throat world of journalism and new channels seemed real to me, I could imagine that is a pretty tough field. The Newmakers was good but not wow she knocked it out of the park like her other books I’ve read leading up to this one. This book just moved a little slower paced and just not the action packed suspense I’m use to from her. I still enjoyed it, this book just took a little bit longer for me to finish.

summary: TV reporter Erica Sparks has become a superstar overnight. Is it due to her hard work and talent, or is she at the center of a spiraling conspiracy?

Erica Sparks is a beautiful and ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job at Global News Network in New York. And while it was hard to leave Jenny, her cherished eight-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband, Erica is determined to succeed in the cutthroat world of big-time broadcasting. She can only hope her troubled past won’t come back to sabotage her dreams.

thank you booklook bloggers and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review The Newsmakers. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.


The Feathered Bone

by Julie Cantrell

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell


The Feathered Bone is every parents worst nightmare and sadly this happens, it actually happened to my best friends family in 1986 in New Orleans so I might have been a hard book critic for this since I kinda lived on the outside of what this did to her family. The book was very well written and the emotions she portrayed through out were spot on. My only problem was the ending, it was not the ending my friends family got, nor the ending that the New Orleans police said would happen in 9 out of 10 cases, so I guess for this book she was the 10th case. All in all it is very much a roller coaster ride of a book to read and one that leaves you a little rattled and drained. The Feathered Bone is full of heartbreak and love, guilt and falling to pieces so that you can slowly build yourself back up again. While this is not a beach read that you breeze through it is a good book and even though the ending was not realistic I would still recommend it.

summary: In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks in depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

thank you booklook bloggers and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review The Feathered Bone. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the book.


by Evangeline Denmark




Curio is a first for me I’ve never read any Steampunk world style books. I might have to change that I really enjoyed the world that Evangeline Denmark created. The characters are well developed, ones you really get to know. I would describe the world of Curio as kinda a cross between the island of misfit toys with the Porcies and Tocks and all the magic of alchemist. Grey is a strong girl who is a bit lost and not sure what to believe or thing anymore since this world she is such a part of has been kept secret from her up until it all unravels. They had no choice but to plunge her feet first into the world of Curio, and she will have to navigate it and figure out who she can trust and what to believe. I hope the world of Curio continues it was such a great book and I hope this wasn’t the end and that it continues. Evangeline is a very descriptive storyteller and creates not only 1 world but 2 and you will be able to visualize both so well. I would love to see this on the big screen or even the small screen. Curio is a clean book with no adult situations and a handful of violent scenes that are described in detail but would not turn off the squeamish reader but needed to understand the story more. The Cover is what will grab you, I mean look at it so beautiful and the story is what will hold you it is simply stunning.

summary: In this steampunk-flavored YA novel by Evangeline Denmark, Grey has a secret the Chemists who rule her town can never know. But when her best friend is taken for punishment, Grey risks everything—and finds herself in a world hidden within a curio cabinet, where porcelain and clockwork people are real, and her secret has far-reaching consequences.

Download the prequel to Curio for FREE through the end of January 2016: Mark of Blood and Alchemy through  Barnes and Noble , Amazon or iBooks  (review coming, I got Curio before I knew about Mark of Blood and Alchemy. So I’m reading them out of order)

Mark of Blood and Alchemy


summary: In this novella prequel to the YA fantasy novel Curio by Evangeline Denmark, after losing his family to a devastating plague, Olan is saved by a group of “magickers” who are searching for the cure. But as he accompanies his rescuers to their alpine clinic, mysteries arise surrounding their potions and powers of alchemy. Especially after Olan notices a deep division forming between those who seek to defend the purity of the healing alchemical work and those who wish to wield it as a powerful weapon.


thank you Blink and Booklook Bloggers for sending me a copy of Curio. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.