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Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1) by Charlaine Harris

Summary: FIRST IN A NEW TRILOGY
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale – populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

My Review:

Confession: I watched the show before I read the book.

Yes I know bad Jen but I have to be honest after the whole True Blood train wreck we had to endure I was wary to read another series by Harris but man I am glad I read this book.

I enjoyed this way more than the first book in the Southern Vampire Series. Yes I know there are some that are going to call me crazy but I did.

Honestly I think it is because there is more to focus on than just two characters well three when you throw in a love triangle.

THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN in this book and that makes it fantastic. 

I loved each and every character.  Yes even the ones that don’t exactly have the best morals.  I love how they all work together in this one crazy fictional Texas town… but still have the Texas charm.

I love how the relationships ALL feel authentic and not forced.   Honestly I just love this book and thing that you should read it AND watch the show.

The First Days (As the World Dies #1) by Rhiannon Frater

 

Katie is driving to work one beautiful day when a dead man jumps into her car and tries to eat her.  That same morning, Jenni opens a bedroom door to find her husband devouring their toddler son.

Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.

During their cross-Texas odyssey to find and rescue Jenni’s oldest son, Jenni discovers the joy of watching a zombie’s head explode when she shoots its brains out. Katie learns that she’s a terrific tactician—and a pretty good shot.

A chance encounter puts them on the road to an isolated, fortified town, besieged by zombies, where fewer than one hundred people cling to the shreds of civilization.

It looks like the end of the world. But Katie and Jenni and many others will do whatever they have to to stay alive. Run, fight, pick each other up when they stumble, fall in love…anything is possible at the end of the world.

My Review:  I have a major love/hate relationship with zombies.  I love the zombie trend and I honestly can’t enough zombie books, movies… The Walking Dead.  I mean it is fun to watch but to be quite frank they terrify me and I am pretty sure I would be one of the first to go.

I digress.  This book was one of the first books I put on my Goodread shelves back in 2013 when I joined.  I just now read it and man it did NOT disappoint.   I love how action packed this story was.  The characters were complex and found themselves in complex situations.    Everything I expect when I watch anything zombie related.

Plus Texas was ground zero at least I feel that is what the book has implied thus far, I love any book set in my home state.

I feel if you are looking for a zombie book that has a different perspective on what a zombie is this book is 100% for you! It is available on Amazon, Audible and at most libraries!

The Last Move by Mary Burton

Summary: In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she’s the final victim.

Catching monsters helps FBI agent Kate Hayden keep her nightmares at bay. Now an urgent call brings her back to San Antonio, the scene of her violent past. A brutal new murder shows hallmarks of a serial killer nicknamed the Samaritan. Tricky part is, Kate already caught him.

Either Kate made a deadly error, or she’s got a copycat on her hands. Paired with homicide detective Theo Mazur, she quickly realizes this murder is more twisted than it first appeared. Then a second body is found, the mode of death identical to a different case that Kate thought she’d put behind her.

Now Kate and Detective Mazur aren’t just working a homicide; the investigative pair is facing a formidable enemy who knows Kate intimately. While Mazur is personally trying to protect Kate, the closer they are drawn to the killer, the clearer it becomes that in this terrifying game, there is only one rule: don’t believe everything you see…

 

My review:  My mom went to high school in San Antonio and that is where my grandfather is buried so when I saw this book was set in San Antonio I knew I needed to read this book.

This book was very good you just kept waiting for that moment that moment where everything appears hopeless for Kate.   You knew it was coming as the author does a fantastic job building.   There are chapters that are from the killers perspective and as someone who studied the criminal mind in college it was fascinating and way more fun than I care to admit.    I always feel so ashamed to admit I love serial killer books  and thankfully we have authors like Burton who deliver delicious fiction like this to satisfy our serial killer cravings.

Such a good book you really feel like you just know what is going to happen and then BAM you might be wrong.  So well written and Mary Burton has a new fan thanks to this fantastic book!

Book Review: Talk of the Town (Daily, Texas #1) by Lisa Wingate

Summary:  The show American Megastar is the hottest thing on television but its associate producer, Mandalay Florentino, is worried. She’s just arrived in the tiny town of Daily, Texas, to arrange a surprise “reunion concert” for hometown finalist Amber Amberson. Only it turns out everyone in town seems to know the secret. And paparazzi are arriving. Word from Hollywood is that Amber has disappeared with a “bad boy” actor. Can anything go right in this tumbleweed town? Imagene Doll loves her town of Daily, Texas, but things are lonely without her beloved husband. Life seems dull. At least until that fancy-dressed woman pulls into town, looking terrified and glamorous all at once. Soon life’s not the least bit boring as Imagene and the rest of Daily find themselves at the center of a media maelstrom–with a young girl’s future on the line.

 

My review:  Fun story this was the third book I downloaded when I first learned about the kindle app.  (I now own a kindle) I remember thinking wow people are willing to give away their hard work for free!

That being said this book was super cute.  The whole time I was reading it I kept thinking about the people on the voice who are from small towns and wonder if this is how they feel?

The characters were colorful which since I am from a small town in Texas felt very real.  They were believable to me, I also didn’t feel like they were exaggerated.  Seriously go to Celeste Texas and tell me these characters are exaggerated.    They were very Texas… to the point I would wager the author is from small town Texas.

That being said I loved the element of Hollywood in the story I felt it gave the story a little extra and I could not put this book down once I started the story I am just ashamed to admit I didn’t read it when  I first downloaded the story.