Review: Killer Me by Candace Osmond

Happy Monday!  Today I get to bring you a unique suspense filled psychological thriller with themes of Alice in Wonderland.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to keep a look out for more exciting reviews this week.

29953140Book Blurb:

Not all gifts are welcomed…
…and not all families are normal.
Alice Teller is about to fall down the rabbit hole where her estranged father waits in the shadows, hoping she’ll follow in his footsteps…
…as a serial killer.

From Best Selling Author Candace Osmond comes a gripping, psychological thriller to take you on a dark ride as Alice Teller struggles with her feelings towards her twisted father. Love him or kill him?

Abandoned and left to the corrupt foster system by her insane mother Hattie Teller, Alice grows up jaded and alone. But when her estranged father steps out of the shadows and into her life, Alice sees an opportunity to reconnect. Too bad he’s Vancouver’s most notorious serial killer, and Alice is the bait set to lure him in to the authorities.

Review:

Alice has worked hard just to survive.  She’s survived the foster system, an insane mother and now surviving living alone.  But, when women start showing up dead and a stalker she can’t shake she is soon thrown into the police investigation.  Her connection to the killer will make her the perfect bait.  Alice will have her biggest challenge to survive.  Can she help the police capture this madman or will he make her his next victim?

I enjoyed this book.  It was definitely different from Candace Osmond’s previous novels.  This will take you on a psychological thrill ride.  Putting you through the emotions that Alice must fight and come to terms with.  Though their was an ongoing theme connected to Alice in Wonderland there really isn’t much of a connection.  Most of the Alice in Wonderland connection was pretty superfluous.  It was an interesting addition but it didn’t really have much of an impact on the basic story.  Alice is a very strong character that you truly feel for.  Her choices are rarely her own.  In the end, she makes a choice that could change her forever.  If you’re looking for a great psycho thriller you will truly enjoy this book.  It will keep you on your toes until the very end.

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Review: Love & Magic (Iron World Series # 3) by Candace Osmond

Happy Friday!!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and like me is looking forward to the weekend.  I know many of you are going out to see the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.  But, if you aren’t I have the fantastic conclusion to Candace Osmond’s Iron World Series to recommend.  Candace Osmond is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  Love & Magic is everything we have been waiting for in this fantastic conclusion.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

24181800Book Blurb:

The Epic Conclusion Of The Iron World Series!

With the weight of two worlds resting heavily on her shoulders, Avery’s life turns upside down once again after discovering that Jack is still alive. Now Avery must decide between doing what’s right or following her heart. But the heart isn’t always wise.

Review:

With this anticipated conclusion you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat remembering where we left off.  Avery had just found Jack who she and everyone else thought was dead.  From here we are thrust back into the love triangle of Jack, Oden and Avery,  visiting the Summer Court with Avery’s Aunt Tessana, finding Avery’s father and fending off her evil mother and those are just the tip of the iceberg. Surprises and twists abound in this page turning final entry in the Iron World Series.

This is what everyone wants in a finale.  Your questions are answered.  Your heart is broken and mended a few times.  Your favorite characters change both for the better and worse.  This truly is one of the best final books in a series that I have read.  Avery comes full circle from the first book.  By the end of this book her choices will be made and she will continue to impact all of those she come in contact with whether they are human or fae.  It isn’t just Avery who changes though, Jack has a huge transition in this book and he has his own choices to make.  The story and characters came to such a magnificent conclusion I truly felt complete.  I will miss the worlds and hope that maybe there will be a novella or two following Julie and Will or Sullivan and Max, but that is just my wishful thinking.  Anyone who has already read the other two Iron World books you will definitely want to pick this up and you will find like me that Candace Osmond has truly honed her craft with this final book.  If you haven’t started these book or are new to Candace Osmond this is one author that you don’t want to miss.  So, if you’re looking for a good book for your Valentine’s weekend you will want to start with Iron & Wine the first book in the Iron World Series.

 

Review: The Donor by Candace Osmond

Happy Monday!!  Today I am bringing to you a new book by Candace Osmond.   Many of you will recognize her from her Iron World series that I have reviewed.  The Donor is a new sci-fi romance that has a futuristic look at organ “donation”.  It is a short wonderful book that is gripping and probably way too close to being true.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you all again on Friday.

23459981Book Blurb:

What’s the first thought that would run through your mind if you woke up, completely naked, strapped to an operating table, sans a kidney? What ran through Nora Daniels mind was that, sadly, nobody would even notice she was missing. No family, no friends, not even a boyfriend. No, there would be no Prince Charming busting down the door to save the day or loved ones to mourn her death. Unless she could find a way to uncover the secrets hidden in her past and discover the one thing tying her to this world.

Review:

Nora wakes groggily to find herself naked and strapped to a table.  Not knowing what is going on she tries to get a feel of her surroundings but fails to find an escape route.  That is until an unknown knight in shining armor frees her and takes her to the hospital.  While at the hospital, Nora meets the very handsome Dr Henry Stokes.  It is through him that she realizes what happened to her.  But, as her life is slowly returning she finds she is no longer safe.  Those that kidnapped her are searching for her and will never stop until she is there.  She soon teams up with Henry and they discover what is really going on at the huge organ donation corporation and how that is connected with Nora and Henry.  When all is revealed will Nora and Henry be the same or will the worlds they’ve known come tumbling down?

This was a great short book.  It was well written and exactly what I expect out of a book by Candace Osmond.  This story was unique and its characters were engrossing.  I loved the twist with Nora and Henry’s relationship.  That really added a sweetness that a sci-fi story like this doesn’t always have.  Candace Osmond has really out done herself with this one.  This was definitely a story based in science fiction that could be closer than we think.  I think that’s what made this story really feel real.  Overall, this was a great refreshing read.  I look forward to Candace’s next work…hopefully its the next Iron World book…hint hint hint.  🙂

Review: Blood & Bone by Candace Osmond

Happy Sunday!  Today I have a special edition.  A few months ago I reviewed Candace Osmond’s book Iron & Wine.  I have the awesome opportunity today to share with you her follow-up book, Blood & Bone.  This is definitely a roller coaster ride.  There are twists and turns along with emotional highs and lows. In general, it’s a great follow-up.  Be sure you check out my entire review after the book blurb.

18299538Book Blurb:

The stakes are high in the second installment of The Iron World Series as Avery Quinn decides which path her life will take. Become a vampire and be with Jack forever, or pledge herself to the Fey and help save Faerie from the horrible Queen Mabry? The more she thinks about it the more she wants to remain human. But as she sinks further into the magical world she has come to love, Avery realizes that remaining human is next to impossible, especially when a dark king sets his sights on her. To make matters worse, a secret society of shape shifters have sworn themselves as Avery’s enemy all because of a certain classmate with a caustic temperament. With a mythical war brewing and Evaine close on her heels, Avery must decide who to give her humanity to before it’s too late.

Review:

In Candace Osmond’s second book in her Iron World Series we find ourselves fairly close to the end of her previous book.  Avery is filled with choices.  Choices that will change her life forever.  She realizes she must decide what road to pursue but the more people push her to choose the more she wants to just run and hide.  Unfortunately, that is never an option.  Avery’s relationship with all her friends and loved ones becomes tenuous.  In an attempt to protect those she cares about she risks everything and meets King Oden.  Odin ‘s obsession with Avery becomes problematic with her and her love, Jack.  But, the biggest threat is the pending war between the three species.  It could be a war to end all.  Many will die and sides will be chosen.  Avery must find a way to keep those close to her safe while trying to clarify her future.  Can she decide what needs to be done and become a leader or will she choose the path of least resistance?

This was a great second book in this series.  We get lots of answers and clarification.  Though lots of things change.  There is a lot of strife in this book especially between Jack and Avery.  The added Oden spins everything into a triangle even though we know Avery gives her heart to Jack, Oden is a delectable option.  Avery, Max and Julie continued to grow as characters and with that the story is propelled.  The strange world that is now Avery norm is still a challenge for her to overcome, but she is dealing with it in a way most people would.  The only really troubling thing I found in this book was Avery kept losing so much time.  She kept getting hurt and once in a while school would come up, but it was almost an after thought.  I almost would have preferred her to have gone on hiatus or something instead of the random school scenes.  Overall, I thought this was a great book and a wonderful continuation to this story.  Beware this ends in a cliffhanger and you will want to email Candace in the end to ask her to hurry up with the third book!

Fresh Face Friday: Iron & Wine by Candace Osmond

TGIF, Everyone!  I don’t know about you but with the heat we are suffering here it has seemed as if time was moving backwards.  But luckily we have all made to yet another Friday and I am psyched to introduce Candance Osmond and her book Iron & Wine to all of you.  It was a great story and read very well.  If you like paranormal you will definitely love this book.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.  So, if you are like me and are melting with this heat you can always stay inside in the nice cool air and pick up Iron & Wine.

Book Blurb:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

14625613Iron & Wine is an Urban Fantasy novel set in world full of hidden magical places and secret societies cloaked by modern day. In the first instalment of the Iron World Series, young artist Avery Quinn reluctantly leaves behind her quiet and comfortable home in the country and moves to the city with her best friend Julie Ryan. With the expectation that college will be the most exciting part of her life, Avery hopes that her little world remains quiet and simple. But after a troublesome blue sprite looking for help appears in her bedroom one night, her boss turns out to be a three hundred year old vampire, and her best friend accidentally reveals herself as an orphaned pixie, school quickly becomes the least of her worries. Every aspect of Avery’s life explodes with mythical beings and legendary creatures who all play a very important role in her existence. Some are friends, some are guardians, while others quickly become life threatening and deadly enemies. Avery must learn to juggle living in both her world and theirs. But, in this magical tale of strange love, strong bonds and scary beings; what once was nothing more than mere fairy tales told to her by her Aunt Tess are now a scary reality and Avery has somehow landed deep in the middle with little or no way out except death or worse…the loss of her humanity

Review:

In Iron & Wine we first meet Avery Quinn living with her Aunt Tess.  Avery is only a few days away from going to college and leaving the one person who has truly been there for her.  Her father, who has always traveled for work, left Avery with Tess at a young age.  It was Tess who introduced her to the folklore of the Fey and her very own garden appears as if it could be straight out of a fairy tale.  So, when Avery moves to the City with her best friend Jules she expects a change from what she is used to.  What she doesn’t realize is that she is going to interact with these fairy tales on a personal level.  Once Avery really sees the world around her she meets sprites, finds her roommate is a fairy, her employer is a vampire and is introduced to things she could only imagine.  But, not all these entities are good.  She must navigate a new life, new job, new school and possibly ward off evil Fae creatures that intend to do her harm.

I really enjoyed this story.  Candace Osmond creates a world that draws you in and makes you a part of it.  You could really relate to Avery and her predicaments.  It actually makes you question if you were her would you be able to handle what she does.  I thought the story and characters were well written and well-rounded.  I do wish we would have gotten more answers in this book instead of questions, but I suppose that is what a series is for.  I did notice a few grammatical errors here or there but that can usually be found in any book published independently or not.  The story is the most important and Candace hits a home-run with this one.  I can’t wait to find out more about Avery and all her friends.

Author Bio:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

6094575Born in 1985 as Candace Osmond in North York Ontario, I began to travel with my parents at the very young age of four years old. I had lived all over Canada and seen everything my country has to offer, from the enchanting shores of Newfoundland to the gigantic snow capped mountains of British Columbia all by the time I was ten. I did, however, spend most of my life in Eastern Canada where I was surrounded by folklore and legends, not knowing how they would shape my personality and imagination for the rest of my life.
Being the only girl of my age in a small group of kids, in an even smaller town, left me spending most of my time by myself and, in result, letting my imagination take over. I would sit by the shore and dream up stories of mermaids and other fantastic creatures to pass the time. Coming from a family with writers and artists dispersed throughout, it was only natural that I spend my time writing, drawing and reading. I dreamed of becoming nothing more than an artist, a creator of any kind. By the age of eleven, I spent most of my waking hours scribbling down short stories, poems and anything else I could think of, while adding my own personal illustrations. By the age of fourteen, I had won numerous local and minor arts and writing competitions.
I excelled at anything art and literature related so, naturally, I planned to attend university for nothing more or less than that. In 2003 I planned to attend university for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. But, with the fear that I would spend all my time and money on an education and end up in a field that I may very well struggle to succeed in, I backed out and attended school for Design instead. Now, a successful Designer specializing in interiors, I met a man and fell in love. His passion and talent for art far exceeds my own, but he motivated me and awakened my old habits of staying up late and waking up early to scribble down dreams and ideas before I had forgotten them and they disappeared forever.

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