Sunday, February 12, 2012

REVIEWER'S NOTE

First off, I apologize for not getting anything new posted in the last few weeks.  A lot has been happening since mid-November and I'm still trying to figure everything out.  Briefly:  1. Got a new 'live in'; completely messed up my writing schedule.  2. Both my girls decided to move the same weekend; no significance for me other than personal trauma.  3.  'Live in' got job; lost job.  Again, emotional trauma.  4.  Star Wars: The Old Republic came out; damn you MMOs!  5.  I got a new computer; everything having to do with my writing is STILL on the old computer.  6.  Despite reassurance by sales staff, this computer does not run multiple monitors as it is now.  How do people function without two monitors??  7.  Even tho I gave her a monitor AND a wireless card (AND a computer for that matter) my stuff is STILL on the old computer!!! 

So I'm working on it and I promise to get caught up.  I have the last three reviews to post to the normal review sites but I don't have those links back yet and since everything always remembered log ins, I have to rediscover that too. 

I have two more reviews as of today that I will be posting so I'm not too far behind on my reading at least.  I've also been asked to contribute to two anthologies that are both due sometime in March.  While very exciting for me to be honored to be asked, I don't have a thing to write about! 

Thanks again everyone for hanging in there with Paper Mustang.  We will be back on track in a few weeks and I have two new features we will be presenting before summer rolls in. 

Best wishes all,  Sue Owen and the Paper Mustang staff.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Grand Murder by Stacy Verdick Case


Murder.  My absolute favorite thing to read about and lately my favorite thing to write.  Case’s book is a quick read but none of the details are left out.  The two detectives find themselves quickly out of their comfort zone and that interaction as well as the drama of having to actually solve a murder case is a wonderful combination.

What makes this particularly appealing is the almost Abbott and Costello comedic team of Catherine and Louise.  They are so awesome together and I’m not sure even now if they truly like each other!  They are amazing characters and I hope Case does more books with them in it. 

The story was good and easy enough to follow as well as quick paced.  The only downside I saw was that they should have had to work harder for the clues…it was almost too easy.  I kept waiting for something to come creeping around the corner.  Regardless, this was a wonderful story, absolutely insane and adorable co-stars and a huge must read.

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Reviewed by Sue Owen


A Ripple in Time by Julia Hughes


Before reading this book, I advise brushing up on your history, specifically the Titanic and what-all happened.  This is a great new look at that event and a very well done portrayal of what could have caused this catastrophe.  I found myself quickly engrossed in the characters and, even knowing what was coming next, I was still able to be carried away by the drama unfolding.

If you don’t know anything about the Titanic this is a fun book to read.  You will be caught up in events and find yourself cheering for the good guys and crying a few times along the way.  Where this book excels is when you know the Titanic history and can add your own ‘ah ha’ moments to what could have and (who knows!) maybe did happen back then.

I loved this story, the way history was interpreted, and the great attention to detail in both the event and how the characters would have interacted.  It is a wild ride, however, as this was a very traumatic event in American history but this is well worth picking up and traveling along.  

Reviewed by Sue Owen

The Ghost in Me by Shaunda Wenger


This was a cute story that was fun and easy to read.  Probably geared towards the 7-10 year olds it had a pretty good story line and was easy to follow.  I think its perfect for this age group.  The characters were fun to get to know and seemed believable enough.

Other than I didn’t feel enough emphasis was placed on the ghost, I enjoyed reading it.  But what set it apart for me was the fact that while these guys were going through all this junk together, forming friendships, winning fights, etc. the biggest part of that was the role the ghost played in it.

I just feel there should have been more ‘ghosty’ stuff….more things that a ghost can do that we can’t rather than an effort to make the ghost fit in with what the rest of us are doing.  I did like to book and recommend it but I wanted to see more (hehe) ghost adventure.  
 

Reviewed by Sue Owen