Monthly Archives: September 2014

Killer Instinct – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Killer Instinct cover Killer Instinct
By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Naturals – Book 2
Available Nov 2014

Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

This Blonde’s Review:
Cassie is a natural profiler and able to get into the mind of killers. She still struggles after what happened with her last run-in with a serial killer but she doesn’t want it the program to end. When another murder victim shows up looking like Dean’s father’s victims, even though he’s still in prison, they know that something is up.

This one was great. I can generally figure out the whodunit pretty quickly but this one threw a few surprises at me that weren’t expected but also weren’t so far off base as to make the story too unlikely for me. And the way this book gave us more of the history on the mysterious Dean was great too. It gave us so much more on both of the guys in Cassie’s life since getting to know Dean gave us a way to know to know all of the characters and helped us love them even more.

I couldn’t help but love this one and the way it all turned out. I would love to find out that there is another book since I’d love to get to know more about the others on the team but I don’t think that there is with the way it ended.

If you enjoyed the first book in this series you will not be disappointed with this one.

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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Around The World Tours, Book Review


Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz Czukas

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless cover Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless
By: Liz Czukas
Available Dec 2014

Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.

This Blonde’s Review:
Chloe is a list maker. She used to share lists with a friend, but that was before she moved and the friend stopped talking to her. Now she makes lists for her own comfort and peace of mind. It’s not like there is anyone else to really notice anyway since she doesn’t exactly have any friends where she lives. But maybe she can use her lists to help her get to know her coworkers. Just a few things here or there to get her started on the right foot. Or keep her from starting on the wrong foot.

I really enjoyed Chloe. She is awkward, a good girl at heart, and genuine. She may not tell everyone at work about her diabetes but she wants to do the right thing. When money turns up missing she doesn’t shrug her shoulders, she can’t help but try to solve the mystery. Even before the teenage employees are accused of being the culprits she felt compelled to try to figure it out.

When the teens are locked in the GoodFoods Market together waiting for police to arrive, essentially unsupervised, of course they are going to get up to some mischief, but mostly they talk. There is bickering but what I loved most was when it got serious. Hearing them discuss some of the bigger things and comparing their lives in ways that most kids don’t talk about was really great. The differences that kept them apart at the beginning of the book made the discussion broad and worth having.

The impressions they have of each other will change throughout the night. Some of them will become friends. While they will learn that some people aren’t who they started the night thinking they were.

If reading about a group of teens stuck in a store mostly unsupervised, accused of something they all claim not to have done sounds interesting to you then you should give this book a try.

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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Around The World Tours, Book Review