Archive | October, 2021

Book Review-Night Fall

30 Oct

Night Fall is a contemporary thriller, and was written by Nancy Mehl. It is book one in the Quantico Files series.

Summary: Alex Donovan’s dream has always been to be a profiler for the FBI. But when her latest case intersects with her tragic past, Alex finds herself going home-a place she swore she would never return.

Can Alex face the demons of her past and help to capture a determined criminal before a deadly plague is released on an unsuspecting public? Or will her fears parazlyze her for good?

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book. It is a little dark, but not terribly so. There is a great villain in this book, which made for a fun read. There is also quite a bit of mystery and suspense.

The only thing I found a little off-putting, was that the two main characters in this series are extremely similar to the ones from the author’s Kaely Quinn series-they almost felt like copies in a lot of ways. If you haven’t read the previous series, you wouldn’t care, but it is definitely noticeable.

Regardless, I still liked the story.

If you enjoy murder mystery thrillers, then this book might be a good one for you to check out.

Thanks to Bethany House for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Pinterest Thursday-DF/GF Chocolate Pudding

28 Oct

A lot of times I keep a box of pudding mix in the pantry for when I have some milk to use up. But, those boxes don’t really contain the best ingredients, and they are definitely not gluten and dairy free.

So, I decided to try making some from scratch.

Here is the recipe I tried:

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The first time I made it, the overwhelming feedback was that it just tasted like peanut butter-nothing else.

I had thought it strange the recipe even included peanut butter. But I like to make recipes “as is” the first time around, and then make adjustments after, so I had used it.

The second time I made this recipe, I omitted the peanut butter altogether. The Boy liked it, and my husband said it was much better and he would eat it again.

*My notes: I used almond milk for my non-dairy milk, skipped the chopped chocolate (which was optional), and skipped the peanut butter the second time around.

It’s a simple recipe, everyone can eat it, and it doesn’t have all the junk that the processed box stuff does, so that’s a win in my book. I will definitely make it again-especially since The Boy enjoys chocolate so much.

I saw a vanilla version I want to try as well, so we will see how that turns out.

That’s it for today-have a great one!

Wednesday Words

27 Oct

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Book Review-The Paris Betrayal

24 Oct

The Paris Betrayal is a modern-day thriller written by James R. Hannibal.

Summary: Ben Calix is a spy. When his latest mission falls apart, Ben retreats home only to find his Company has abandoned him, his cover is blown, and he is being blamed for the death of a teammate.

He’s on his own, and on the run.

Can he figure out what is going on and clear his name? And can he stop the biggest global disaster of our time in the process?

My Thoughts: I wanted to like this book. It has the elements of a good thriller (chase scenes, destruction, danger), but I had a hard time getting into it.

I didn’t find the characters particularly interesting, so it was challenging to root for (or against) any of them. Also, I was able to figure some things out ahead of time pretty easily, so I am sure that didn’t help.

It felt like the book was trying to be Jason Bourne/Mission Impossible, but just didn’t quite get there for me, and I didn’t buy it as a story when it was all put together.

Oh well. Not every book is for every person, and this one wasn’t one of my favorites.

I would like to thank Revell for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!

Book Review-Labyrinth of Lies

23 Oct

Labyrinth of Lies is a modern-day suspense novel, and was written by Irene Hannon. It is book two in the Triple Threat series, but it is not necessary to have read book one in order to enjoy this one.

Summary: Detective Cate Reilly has no desire to be undercover ever again. In fact, she’s made that very clear.

But when a case comes along that only she can pull off, she reluctantly accepts the assignment.

The only problem? When she arrives, she finds that her former boyfriend Zeke Sloan is undercover on a different assignment at the same location.

Can the two manage to co-exist without breaking their covers? And can they work together to stop a dangerous group of criminals before it’s too late?

My Thoughts: This book is very good. It has a unique plot that I enjoyed, and some really great suspense-with a love story thrown in to the mix.

The book is very well-written, there are plenty of twists and turns, great characters, and I enjoyed it through to the very end.

This was a fun read, and I would definitely recommend it!

I would like to thank Revell for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!