Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Where the Wild Things Bite

Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Whitfield’s job description. You know what isn’t? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow…while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.

Fortunately, Anna’s dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she’s stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner—or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they’re not out of the woods yet
I found with this tale it was almost as if Anna and Jane had been separated at birth. They both have a verging on unhealthy attachment to books. I found Anna very relate-able because of this as I myself have a great deal of care when it comes to the reading and treatment of books. I enjoy the fact that all the books in the Half Moon Hollow Series have the same narrator and characters that cross from one book to another, get to keep their own unique voice, though there are sometimes I think when the narrator gets a little muddled.

Finn Palmeroy, the main vampire in this book, we first met in the Single Undead Moms club when he turned Libby Stratton. He is a devilish rogue that you know is up to no good but happens to have a soft spot for the anxiety plagued Anna who occasionally manages enough of a back bone to give him what for. They are the ultimate expression I think of opposites attracting. With Anna's past, her confidence is shot where as Finn has it in bucket loads, using it to get himself out of trouble or deeper into it.

The other Half Moon Hollow cast don't appear in this book until almost the last third, which was nice, in the sense that you got to spend more time focused on the main two protagonists (Anna & Finn) but by the end, they were a welcome addition to the story to wind up the plot. I was also pleased to see Anna come out of her shell just a little more by the end, enough to get revenge on the man who destroyed her life anyway. Victory thy taste is sweet.

I give it

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Liar Liar

In the dead of night, three raging fires light up the city skies. It's more than a tragic coincidence. For DI Helen Grace the flames announce the arrival of an evil she has never encountered before.

Because this is no firestarter seeking sick thrills, but something more chilling: a series of careful, calculating acts of murder.

But why were the victims chosen? What's driving the killer? And who will be next?

A powder keg of fear, suspicion and dread has been laid. Now all it needs is a spark to set it off . . .
 I certainly enjoy the Helen Grace Thrillers for their inventiveness and how they manage to keep from me who the real killer is right up until the near end of the book. However that said Liar Liar for me felt a bit weaker than the ones before it. I don't know if it was because it wasn't solely about serial murder but it was more about arson this time. I mean Southampton has to be a very unlucky town to have had three in a relatively short space of time, so I expected that Arlidge might have to diversify - if only for realism.

What I feel the story is lacking is personal development for the main character. I want something other than work to happen in Helen Grace's life. Outside of investigating these crimes, it feels as if her life stops in between books. She doesn't feel quite like a fully rounded person to me and I have some trouble empathizing with her. In fact with this story I felt slightly more of a pang for the villains than I did for her, but only because I have been bullied myself. That element of the book struck a cord with me. The fact that these types of behaviors still continue in a rampant fashion, and the outcome is not unrealistic - its bound to happen sooner or later.

There are several events in this book that will keep me reading the series so that I can find out how they are concluded. The writer is very clever in that way, especially in my case, as I don't like loose ends.

I give it

Monday, 4 December 2017

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Sheri Poe Pape

1. Tell me about your book Cassie’s Marvelous Music Lessons and where you got your inspiration for it?

My first Award-winning children's book is called "Cassie's Marvelous Music Lessons." It is about a dog who thinks they can teach piano better than their human counterpart. The sequel that is coming out is called "Cassie Pup Takes the Cake?" It is about competition between Cassie and a cat. My inspiration for the books came from my own Cassie, a white miniature Schnauzer.

2. Have you ever danced in the rain?


3. If you could have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?


4. Mountains or the beach?


5. How important to you view maintaining your twitter account?

Very Important

6. What is your best childhood memory?

Being with my grandma who lived a block away during the summer.

7. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Exeter, Devon, England My ancestors are from there.

8. If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be and why?

Davy Jones. I was an acquaintance of his.

9. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?

The past.

10. What makes you cry?

Animal abuse.


In this delightful story, Cassie is welcomed to a new home filled with music, but when Mrs. Applebaum doesn't seem to understand what Cassie is saying, or how talented she is, the happy little dog becomes an unhappy little dog.
Fortunately, with a good ear and a kind heart, Mrs. Applebaum finds the perfect solution to Cassie's problem proving once again that music is the universal language.


About Sheri

Sheri Poe-Pape has written many internet articles about people in the arts and history and has been the Director/Educator of the Pape Conservatory of Music for the past thirty-eight years. She is the author of two children’s picture books, Cassie’s Marvelous Music Lessons and Cassie Pup takes the Cake ?? Each day, she warms up on the piano, and for fifteen of those years, a small dog has been her constant companion