The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death by Janis Heaphy Durham

The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond DeathThe Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death by Janis Heaphy Durham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Durham writes an excellently researched memoir concerning her husband’s death and circumstances surrounding her since. I like how she looks at it from a logical point and investigates every aspect while never making something hard to swallow up or delving into the crazy sounding stuff. The book is moving and heartfelt while not being a sappy reach-for-the-tissue type. I received an ARC through The Reading Room in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

On a personal note: I’ve had experiences that are supernatural. The definition of supernatural is:

adjective
  1. (of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.

Paranormal is a synonym and one I use more often than supernatural.

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The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth about Ghosts, Aliens, Mysterious Beings and the Deepest Longings of Your Soul by Timothy J. Dailey

The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth about Ghosts, Aliens, Mysterious Beings and the Deepest Longings of Your SoulThe Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth about Ghosts, Aliens, Mysterious Beings and the Deepest Longings of Your Soul by Timothy J. Dailey
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I was raised in a Christian family and I have strong Christian values and morals. I also believe in Ghosts and have had personal paranormal experiences. This is primarily why I was eager to read this book. Sadly all this book has is claims about a dark conspiracy against Christians masquerading as the paranormal. The blurb is not accurate for what is inside the cover. I seriously believe this is aimed at making money by grabbing the attention of those of us who enjoy watching shows with zombies, vampires, UFO’s and ghosts. The blurb is enough to get sales to even non-Christians with mild curiosity. In my opinion Dailey is just out to chase the golden buck with a bit of research and a far fetched opinion. It’s not even pop-culture content. Label this one as false advertising and use it as a prop to keep the kitchen table from rocking. I received a copy through Chosen books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

A Slice of Quietude by Sharon Cho

A Slice of Quietude (Woven Myths #1)A Slice of Quietude by Sharon Cho
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son (22) picked this book up from my to-be-read pile on his way through my library, er, I mean, the living room. When he returned it he said, “You really should review this one before all those others. I loved it. It’s really great.” He then launched into a near-speech about the main character and her powers, the various other primary characters, the adventures they went on and how hilarious parts were. He then asked for the next book in the series. While this may not seem like a huge deal at first, once you understand that this is not someone who enjoys reading, it really is a big deal. 95% of books he picks up are quickly tossed to the side or returned to the pile with a groan about how awful it was. Clearly this is a very well written book with engaging characters and an intriguing plot. I skimmed the first chapters and actually found myself chuckling and almost didn’t put it back down. So while I can’t say I read and reviewed it myself, I can say that it earned very high marks from a very picky reader and that’s enough for me to feel good about five stars. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion (or my son’s).

The Shadow Revolution by Clay Griffith

The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key, #1)The Shadow Revolution by Clay Griffith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While I generally prefer my novels full of character creation, fleshing and development I actually didn’t find the lack of this nearly as bothersome as I thought I might. It’s not to say there isn’t any fleshing out or development, just that there isn’t a whole lot of that going on in this particular book. But then again this feels like a YA urban fantasy/paranormal type read with enough maturity to appeal to older minded readers. There’s just enough provided about the world they are in for the reader to know where and when. Griffith does a fine job with the action sequences making it easy to visualize everything in my head, which I appreciate since this isn’t a heavy read. Overall this is a fun easy and enjoyable read when you are looking for some darker fantasy without the heavy load. I received an e-arc through Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion which may or may not mirror your own – and that’s ok!

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4)Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, if you have not read the first three books stop right now and go get them and read them then get this book and sit down for a read-a-thon. I say that because once you start this series you’ll not want to do anything else. It was tempting to call in sick to work but since I absolutely love my job the temptation was minor and fleeting, although I was quite happy to get back to reading at the end of the day. The books are very well written with gripping passages that make you almost rush through the pages to find out what is going to happen. Each character feels like they belong in the story and are well fleshed out and layered. This is important as it makes the book that much better overall. The plot threads are very well threaded. I can easily recommend this book as Briggs has once again managed to create something intriguing and very enjoyable to read. I received an e-ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in NO way influenced my opinion.