Book Review: Twinkle by S.J. Parkinson

2 Oct

9-30-2014 9-52-07 PMTitle: Twinkle
Author: SJ Parkinson
Publisher: SJ Parkinson (July 14, 2014)
Category: Science Fiction, Thriller
Available in: Print & ebook, 600 Pages

About the Book:

In the newest book from award winning author, SJ Parkinson, The richest man in the world wants to celebrate the July 4th holiday as never before. In a bid to get into the record books, a global fireworks show is staged from orbit. Satellites drop pyrotechnics into the atmosphere, thrilling everyone from the Arctic to the Antarctic with their rich colors and massive explosions in every time zone.

The next day, people around the globe begin to lose their sight. Governments crumble, society degenerates, and infrastructure falls into chaos. Humanity finds itself stumbling in the dark and losing all hope.

A few fortunate individuals retain their vision. Attempting to deal with the growing despair around them, they come together to discover the true purpose and origin of the affliction. They race to find a cure before the world is subjugated under an invading power.


I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This book is science fiction with suspense, military action, and a little romance. I took me a while to get into Twinkle because of the scientific, military, and technical information but after about 100 pages, the day after the fireworks were shown, it was difficult to put down.

S.J. Parkinson’s writing style made it easy for me to fly through the pages after the beginning. It flows well and is easy to follow even with a lot of characters.

The characters are well developed. No one knows how we would react in such a situation but I would hope that more of would be like Blake, who takes matters into his own hands to get things done to help others. The author touched on how some people would take advantage of the situation and/or become violent but he focused more on the people who were trying to handle the situation and help save the U.S. and the rest of the world.

I definitely recommend Twinkle especially if you like thriller/suspense novels.


About the Author:

9-30-2014 9-51-18 PMMr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards.

Awards: Three “Outstanding in Genre” Gold Seal awards from Red Adept Publishing and Kindle Book of the Month award Oct 2013 by the People’s Choice Book Awards.


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Book Review & Giveaway: Stolen Dreams by Christine Amsden

1 Oct

StolenDreams_med-193x300Title: Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)
Author: Christine Amsden
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: June 24, 2014

Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series!

About the Book (from

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

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I received a free ARC for an honest review.

Stolen Dreams is the fourth book in the Cassie Scot series and, although I liked them all, this is definitely my favorite.

Christine Amsden’s writing style flows well and is easy to read. There are a lot of characters in these books but I had no trouble keeping track of them, which I often do, so her descriptions are good enough to keep everyone straight even for me.

I’ve always liked Cassie and Evan, the two main characters. I get annoyed with Cassie at times because she is so stubborn but at least she is able to work things out eventually. The other characters are all unique in their own way.

Stolen Dreams has it all: action, suspense, a Hatfield/McCoy type feud, everlasting love, and pure evil. It made me laugh and made me cry. I will miss the Blackwoods and the Scots.

I highly recommend Stolen Dreams, but I suggest reading the series in order to get the most out of the books.

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Book Review: With Mother’s Approval by Mike Wells & Robert Rand

30 Sep

23199240Title: With Mother’s Approval

Authors: Mike Wells & Robert Rand

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Publication Date: September 29, 2014

About the Book:

When the Seattle Police Department bumbles the investigation of a serial killer who has brutally taken the lives of five women, Detectives Allie and Jeremy Branson take over the case.  The husband and wife team work out of the King County Sheriff Department’s Violent Crime Unit and have one of the best track records in the country.  But this time around, the Bransons are tested to their limits.   Will they catch “The Call Girl Killer,” or will the sadistic murderer continue his spree of horrific crimes unchecked?


I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
I’ve listened to and enjoyed several of Mike Wells’ audioboooks so I was looking forward to reading this book, which is a different genre from the others of his that I have read.
I have always liked a good mystery and With Mother’s Approval didn’t disappoint. It was a bit graphic and made me squeamish at times (I’m not complaining but I thought I’d share that for those who might get more than squeamish).
The characters are interesting. I didn’t like Dano at all, of course, but he was described well. He does horrific things but is able to hide behind his  mother’s money. Allie is your typical literary detective who excels at her job. Her husband, Jeremy, is also a good detective but he rubbed me the wrong way. There’s a time and a place for smart remarks and he oversteps those bounds often.
With Mother’s Approval is a good mystery/suspense with a twist or two and I definitely recommend it.


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