Book Review: Admit One: My Life in Film by Emmett James

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

I was looking for something different to read this new year and my friend Jen loaned me the Kindle version of this book. I’m glad she did! I loved it!

The book’s description from Amazon:

Set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, Admit One details how self-deprecating writer Emmett James escaped from the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. Through wry wit and observation, the writer reflects, obsesses, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. Life soon imitates art, and the narrator finds that his true calling is in transcendence from one side of the screen to the other. He decides to leave England for the only place where he can realize his dream of becoming an actor–Hollywood.

We follow the narrator on his numerous adventures: as he jumps from forgery to pornography to crashing the Academy Awards under the alias of a nominated writer. All the while, the films that inspired each tale contextualize this humorous collection of stories. The narrator ultimately provides a unique insight into the fascinating industry of film, eventually himself stumbling into the biggest box-office grossing film of all time.

This book is hysterical! I laughed most of the way through it. I love that each movie captures a different growth stage in James’ life. This was an interesting way to journal his life and I thought it worked well! And for those of you who haven’t heard about some of these movies, there is a synopsis of the movie to start each chapter.

My favorite chapter is the Ghostbusters chapter. The story that surrounds it and the disappointment that ensues is comical. James’ writing style is something like I have never read before. If you are looking for something different and funny to read. Pick this one up. You won’t regret it!

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Book Review: Let Us Prey by Jamie Lee Scott

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

grew up in a house where most of the books read were mysteries. That said, I’ve grown to love a good mystery novel. One that has suspense and twists and turns and of course a good romantic subplot. When Jamie started publicizing her book, I was like where can I buy it and can I buy it now. Needless to say I own the Kindle version and have ordered it in trade paperback.

Here’s the description for the first, of  hopefully many, of the Gotcha Detective Series:

Mimi Capurro, owner of Gotcha Detective Agency, has been hired to protect New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Silke, who was recently assaulted in the bathroom at a paranormal conference. Though Mimi is hired to act as bodyguard for Lauren’s upcoming book tour, plans change when Lauren’s assistant is murdered and the slaying is a replica of a scene from Lauren’s newest novel. A novel that hit bookstores the same day as the killing. Now instead of playing bodyguard, Mimi is cracking computer code, and chasing down vampires. These vampires come alive on the streets of Santa Cruz, as part of a live-role-playing game. Mimi must find the connection between the vampires and the author to track down the killer. This would be much easier if Detective Nick Christianson wanted her investigating the case. Nick, Mimi’s old college fling, is the lead homicide investigator. Though he wants her off the case, he also wants to pump her for information. Nick may have used her in the past, but this time she’ll use him to try to catch the murderer first.

Mimi is a great character. She has depth, an interesting history that gets weaved into the plot line and a great set of supporting characters. Her fellow colleagues at the Gotcha Detective Agency add humor. My personal favorite is Charles. He’s the computer nerd with a great sense of humor. He brings common sense into the novel, but pries a lot into Mimi’s personal life when Nick shows up into the picture.

Now Nick, my imagination had a lot of fun with him. I never like to see a screen adaptation of a book I’ve read because I think my imagination is better than the casting. Jamie does a great job of describing Nick and I guarantee you can picture his looks, his movements and his arrogance in your head as the words from the page processes through your brain.

The plot of the story moved quickly and was peppered with a few good chuckles along the way, complements of Mimi and Nick. I loved that I did not know who the killer was. I was sad when the book ended. I wanted more and was absolutely pleased to find out that another book is in the works. I cannot wait to see what happens on Mimi’s next adventure. Let Us Prey is up on my list of favorite novels ever. It’s something I know I can pick up and read over and over without getting bored.

Book Review: The One You Love by Paul Pilkington

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

I love suspense mysteries. When this book came up on my list of recommendations on Amazon, I read the sample and was immediately intrigued. I love a page turner that keeps me wanting more. I thought this book was going to give it to me.

It did in a sense. I didn’t want to keep turning the pages; it was slow moving. It was easy for me to walk away from this and then come back. All of the twists and turns were still there, but I didn’t feel they flowed quickly enough. I find this happens a lot to me when I read novels written by UK authors.

While I was disappointed in the pace, I loved the story. It was fun to read how all of the characters end up connected to Emma, the heroine. You watch her struggle with the disappearance of her fiancee and see how the people around her play into her search to clear his name. I didn’t see a lot of it coming. That’s what makes this book worth reading.

And the end, well I didn’t see it coming.

If you love thrillers and don’t mind the pace, this book is definitely worth the read.

Book Review: Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

I shared with you all how I love my Kindle in my last post. I was browsing through the top-100 section of the Kindle store and came across Chasing Amanda. I scanned the description and it grabbed my attention.  This was the best $.99 I’ve ever spent!

From the back cover:

Nine years ago, Molly Tanner witnessed a young girl’s abduction in the busy city of Philadelphia, shifting her occasional clairvoyance into overdrive. Two days later, the girl’s body was found, and Molly’s life fell apart. Consumed by guilt for not acting upon her visions, and on the brink of losing her family, Molly escaped the torturous reminders in the city, fleeing to the safety of the close-knit rural community of Boyds, Maryland.

Molly’s life is back on track, her son has begun college, and she and her husband have finally rekindled their relationship. Their fresh start is shattered when a seven-year-old girl disappears from a local park near Molly’s home. Unable to turn her back on another child and troubled by memories of the past, Molly sets out to find her, jeopardizing the marriage she’d fought so hard to hold together. While unearthing clues and struggling to decipher her visions, Molly discovers another side of Boyds, where the residents–and the land itself–hold potentially lethal secrets, and exposes another side of her husband, one that threatens to tear them apart.

This book reminded me of the show Medium in some ways. I love Foster’s use of pronouns, and generic terms like Mummy, which kept me guessing who the abductor was. Let’s just say I didn’t see it coming. I love books that keep you guessing and play mind games with you. It’s a great combination of mystery and thriller with a touch of paranormal activity.

The differentiation between characters and the mingling of the stories kept me turning the pages. I read this book over the course of a few days and then on two-hour train ride. I couldn’t put it down!

I’d love to share more of what I thought of the story with you, but I’m afraid I’ll ruin it for those of you who want to read it. You should. It’s a great book. I immediately downloaded her other book. I’m looking forward to reading it.