The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

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by Kiera Cass

Book Summary:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined


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by Kiera Cass

Book Summary:

In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate televised competition. In the second book of the Selection series, America is one of only six girls left in the running. But is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—she wants? Or is it Aspen, her first love?


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by Kiera Cass

Book Summary:

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

My Review:

Let me just say when I started out I only intended to review The Selection, but when I got to the end I just couldn’t control myself and wanted to know what happened.  This series is at it’s core a love story.  So if you are looking for a full dystopian future and all that comes with that, this is not your book.  Think the bachelor with a royal flair and rebel trouble mixed in. That being said I picked up the first book on Sunday night and by mid day on Wednesday I was finished with the third.  Did I love it, absolutely.  Sorry Lynn this is NOT the series for you as we have discussed over the last few days (chuckle to myself).

Now what is the Selection?  The selection is a a competition that starts when the Prince comes of age.  All eligible woman in the country are sent a letter with an application.  They can choose not to enter, but if they do enter and they are chosen there family is sent money for every week they are there and there is the possibility that the Prince could pick them to be his future Queen. Once everyone enters 34 woman are chosen.  One from each province of the country.  Those woman enter the castle and slowly the Prince starts eliminating woman he feels are not a match for him (Like I said think the Bachelor).

Enter American Singer.  She doesn’t want to enter, but her boyfriend decides that he may not be good enough for her and asks her to so he can feel better about himself.  Thinking she will never be picked as one of the 34 woman she agrees.  Of course we all know she is picked.

Right from the start American and Prince Maxon have a interesting meeting.  She yells at him and calls him stuck up and tells him she doesn’t want to even be there. Ah the beginnings of a beautiful friendship.  In exchange for letting her stay so she can get over her past love and move on with her life she will help the Prince with the woman. This however leads to her developing feeling for him and him loving her from the very beginning.  Complication added.  Aspen the man she is trying to escape is now a palace guard.

Okay so like I said a love story.  Now mix in that the country is unhappy with the current raining King.  The Northern Rebels attack the palace and steal things, the Southern Rebels attack the palace and kill.  American does not know how to behave like a princess and doesn’t now when to keep her mouth shut.  She unwittingly puts herself out there and starts into motion the very thing the Northern Rebels want.  An end to the Caste system (each person is assigned a number based on upbringing that number determines your place in society and how your family lives.  The higher the number the wealthier you are).  She becomes loved by the people and hated by the King.

There are plenty of ups and downs.  Prince Maxon and American fight a lot and neither one wants to cave in easily.  There are things going on with every one and everyone may not be who they seem.  The Northern Rebels form an alliance with America and Maxon’s help and everything has a consequence.

If you are looking for a good love story then you can’t go wrong with this series.  I mean look at me three books in three days.  I am sure you know what that means.  (Me gushing) LOVE THIS SERIES!!  Jessica





PicsArt_1375992730999QC-13_round – There is violence.  The rebels kill people.  There is kissing, but nothing more then that.



About the Author:

092f5a05c1aa0a7e9d9a29.L._V141032293_SX200_Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake. You can learn more about Kiera at, follow her on twitter via @kieracass, and see her silly videos at

BSI: Bureau of Supernatural Investigation by C.J. Pinard

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by C.J. Pinard

Book Summary:

Supernatural creatures have roamed the Earth since the beginning of time. There was a time when humans would not tolerate having vampires and other creatures in their midst, stealing their young and killing their fellow human beings. These humans took care of business with pitchforks, sharpened stakes, and fires. As the centuries passed, the supernatural creatures learned that they needed to hide in order to survive. As they did, humans evolved, and after a few decades, humans no longer believed the tales from mythology and folklore. Then the creatures became more bold again, showing themselves when they should have stayed hidden.

In 1945, the assistant director of the FBI suffered a horrible tragedy, which he learned later was supernaturally related. He created a small branch of the Department of Justice called the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation – the BSI. Little did he know that there were already men and women policing the world of the supernatural – or the “Fae.” The only difference was that this other group had a huge advantage over the humans running the BSI; they were also immortal, just like the creatures they policed. Should the BSI and the Immortals work together to keep the peace?

Follow agents and Immortals from the four supernaturally busiest places in the country – San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, and Washington D.C. and watch the BSI evolve.

Vampires, shapeshifters, succubae, and Immortals. What is the Justice Department hiding?

My Review: 

This novella takes us from the start of the BSI in 1945 to 1989.  It follows several  different agents as they learn of the existence of the fae and the immortals.

In 1945 we meet the founder of the BSI, Jim Blackwell who is seeking answers for his sons untimely and strange death and finds them in the most unlikely of places.  Thus forming a branch of the FBI to deal with the supernatural.

From Francisco to Chicago we meet vampires, shape shifters, BSI agents, Immortal Police, Immortal coven leaders, a succubus and  a sylph. We follow the journey of the BSI agents and they learn to deal with the world of the Fae and we learn how the Immortals insert themselves into the BSI to keep an eye on everything.

This is an excellent set up for the beginning of what I can only expect to be a compelling series.  Threw the years we meet a number of people in this novella and I can only hope we get to know them more throughout the series.Jessica


PicsArt_1375992687897PG-13 lets face it when you are dealing with vampires and succubus nothing is appropriate.




Queen of Heart: Volume Two The Wonder by Colleen Oakes

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by Colleen Oakes



Book Blurb:

An Exiled Princess.
An Ancient Tribe.
A Dangerous Stranger with Unknown Loyalties.

Dinah, the former Princess of Wonderland Palace, has been chased into the wilds of Wonderland after the brutal murder of her brother and the ruin of her impending crown. Now, as her half-sister Vittiore sits on the throne beside her Father, the brutal King of Hearts, Dinah finds herself alone in the forbidding Twisted Wood with only Morte, a homicidal beast, for company.

Hunted by the King and his army of Cards, Dinah struggles to evade those who long for her head, including Cheshire, the King’s clever advisor, who is slowly tightening his grasp around her. Spurred on by her rising terror, the former Princess finds herself at the center of a web of conspiracy reaching far beyond the Palace and deep into the mysterious Yurkei mountain tribes.
Even with the balance of an entire Kingdom at stake, Dinah knows something that her allies and enemies do not: that the most dangerous conflict of all has already begun as she battles the enticing rage that beckons her ever closer as love slips further from her grasp.

The second book in the bestselling and award-winning Queen of Hearts Saga, The Wonder takes readers back to the most wondrous and curious places in Wonderland, and continues this darkly addictive tale featuring one of the most infamous villains of all time.

But be warned…not every fairy tale has a happy ending.
This is the story of a princess who became a villain.

My Review:

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Colleen Oakes has done it again!  She has captured my attention full force and created another wonderful story in the revealing tale of how the Queen of Hearts came to be.  If it is possible this book is better then the first.

Like in the first book so much happens to Dinah and some unbelievable secrets get revealed.  When we first encounter Dinah this time around she is exactly where she was when we left her in book one, on the run.  While on the run she meets a surprising ally as she travels to the Yurkei Mountains, and wait until you meet them! And Dinah must learn to defend herself and survive.

As I said more is revealed in this tale, but to get into it would reveal a story this is definitely worth the read.  You will be surprised as you learn more about Cheshire who I admit in the beginning made my skin crawl.

Once I started I couldn’t put it down.  There is still one more book in the series and I wish I could pick it up right now!Jessica



PicsArt_1375992730999PG-13 as I have said before “Off with their head”




Check out our review of Queen of Hearts: Volume One The Crown

About the Author:

Colleen OakesColleen Oakes is the author of the Elly in Bloom Series and the YA fantasy Queen of Hearts Saga, both published via Sparkpress. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son. When not writing, Colleen enjoys swimming, traveling, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She is currently at work on the last Elly novel and another YA fantasy series called Wendy Darling.

You can visit her webpage at: or at her very lengthy and sometimes embarrassingly personal blog, The Ranunculus Adventures:

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

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by Karin Slaughter

Book Blurb:

Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city’s police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. She’s determined to defy her privileged background by making her own way—wearing a badge and carrying a gun. But for a beautiful young woman, life will be anything but easy in the macho world of the Atlanta PD, where even the female cops have little mercy for rookies. It’s also the worst day possible to start given that a beloved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and the city is on the edge of war.

Kate isn’t the only woman on the force who’s feeling the heat. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When she and Kate, her new partner, are pushed out of the citywide search for a cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach the boiling point. With a killer poised to strike again, they will pursue their own line of investigation, risking everything as they venture into the city’s darkest heart.

My Review:

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I haven’t been this caught up in a book in a while.  To say I couldn’t put it down would be an injustice.  It was fast paced and I just had to know what happened next.

Cop Town takes you on twists and turns that you don’t see coming.  It’s set in 1974, which I had to keep reminding myself of; because the feminist in me wanted to reach threw the pages and smack the crap out of most of the men in this book. That being said this was an age when woman weren’t really wanted on the police force but they were there and still many things to overcome.

That brings up to our four main characters in Cop Town, Jimmy Lawson, Maggie Lawson, Kate Murphy and Fox.  Jimmy is your all american cop. Star high school football player who got injured and force to follow in his Uncle’s foot steps. Maggie is Jimmy’s kid sister and has always idolized Jimmy. She has been part of the police force for about four years and has taken the occasional beating from her Uncle Terry.  Then there is Kate, the new recruit.  She has started on a heck of a day. There is a Shooter out there killing cops and Jimmy’s partner has been  murdered.  So everyone is on high alert.  Then there is Fox.  Fox is the Atlanta Shooter.  He is cunning and ruthless and has killed more people then we would like to know.  I have to admit I didn’t see it coming when we find out who he really is.

This book is an excellent read. Karin Slaughter has done an amazing job of keeping you excited and wanting more.  Jessica




PG-13 This is a book about murder and it’s very racist based on the setting of 1974






A White so Red by K.D. Jones

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by K.D. Jones

Book Blurb: 

Take back what is yours.

Seventeen-year-old Snow’s life changed forever the night her stepmother, the Queen, sent her huntsman to cut out her heart. Fleeing for her life, Snow runs to the Silver Forest, a place as dangerous as it is enchanting, and begins an adventure she could never have dreamed.

With no one at her side but a rowdy band of carnivorous dwarves and an arrogant, rogue prince who’s too handsome for his own good, Snow must confront the challenge that’s been laid before her: Kill the Queen, and take back the kingdom that should have been hers.

But if she is to succeed, Snow will have to tap into a powerful, ancient form of magic, one that may have been sleeping inside her all along.

My Review:

This is a much darker take on a classic fairy tale.  Natalia and Rose have been enslaved after there father’s death and Octavia has assumed the throw.  The first time we meet Natalia she is in front of the Queen protecting Rose and gets her hand smashed to pieces.  Did I mention it was a darker tale.

The Huntsman is eventually sent to kill her and she gets away threw a magic mirror.  Now in the silver forest she must figure out how to survive and who she can trust.  You learn that in there world only the charmed ones have magic and Natalia who used to be charmed doesn’t believe she has any.  Until the spell that was cast upon her for protection until her 18th year is gone.  Now she must learn to harness her powers and defeat the Queen to restore her land to it’s former glory.

The dwarfs in this retelling are very imaginative along with pretty much everything else.  They skin humans, are mean and snarky and generally dislike everyone. They form a complicated bond with Natalia, who they know as “Snow”.  The story is creatively written and the characters are strong.  It is a very good retelling of Snow White and you liked the original fairy tale I believe you will enjoy this book. Jessica


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About the Author:

Krystle Jones was born and raised in the small, southern town of Tullahoma, Tennessee. Reading and writing have been lifelong passions of hers. In addition to being a novelist, she is also an award-winning flutist, and moonlights as a voice actress. Her voice can be heard in the popular online game, Alice is Dead 3.


Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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by: Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Book Blurb:

A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete’s nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she’s falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up–and the troubled beauty trapped between them.


My Review: 

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A re-imagining of Peter Pan what could possibly be more fun. This tale took twists and turns and had you second guessing things at almost every corner, and best of all everyone is there.  You have Peter, Wendy, Micheal, John, Tinkerbell, a drug called fairy dust and a bar called the Jolly Roger.  Perhaps the best thing to do is start at the beginning.

Wendy’s brothers John and Micheal are surfers and they have gone missing.  It appears they have been lost to a wave but Wendy is in denial and will just not except this.  So she gathers her things and sets of to find them.  She ends up in a cove where she meets Pete and his “Lost Boys”  runaways who love to surf. There she also meets Belle. Right from the beginning you can tell they are hiding something, but your not sure what. When Wendy finally finds out the true she gets mad and leaves.  In comes Jas.

Jas is the bad boy on the other side of the cove.  He sells the Fairy Dust. Now this is where the story starts to get weird for me. Wendy goes on a pretty bad trip and finally ends up back at home where her parents.  From here there are a bunch of things that happen but if I start to tell you it will give the story away so let me just say that it made me go “WHAT?!!”

There were times in the story that I just wanted to shout at Wendy and tell her open your eyes.  She seemed very naive.  She should have stood up for herself more and she definitely should have told everyone who lied to her where they could go.

Up until the end of the book I was a solid 4 stars for Second Star, but the ending didn’t make me real happy.  I wouldn’t bring it down to a 3 so I will give it a 3.5 Stars.

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About the Author: 

3048234I was born in Stanford, California, and even though I moved across the country to New York when I was six years old, I still think of myself as a California girl.Like so many writers, I grew up loving books. I loved stories so much that when there was nothing to read, I wrote my own stories just to give myself something to read. And when there was no pen and paper to be had, I made up stories and acted them out by myself. I played all the parts, and I was never bored.



Audiobook Review: True to the Highlander by Barbara Longley

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by Barbara Longley

Audio Narration by Angela Dawe

Book Blurb:

Treachery rules the Highlands of 1423. With their king captured by the English, Scottish nobles plot to ransom James behind the back of the brutal regent holding their land in his iron grip. But not every clan wishes to see King James back on his throne…

Sitting atop this powder keg of bloodthirsty rivalries, Malcolm of clan MacKintosh takes the mysterious, lone maiden he finds along his road as a bad omen…though an undeniably beautiful one. When he attempts to save her from a rogue within his own garrison, she deftly brings Malcolm to his knees. Who is this willful lass who has so quickly laid siege to his heart?

Alethia Goodsky has met all kinds working at the New York Renaissance Festival, but no one like the fortune-teller who tasks her with a cryptic life-saving mission and flings her into the fifteenth century. Now Alethia must rely on her wits to unravel the mystery in this violent land. Malcolm has sworn to protect her, but her gifts may soon make her his protector. With enemies closing in, Alethia must choose between finding a way home…and remaining true to her Highlander.

My Review:

True to the Highlander is my first Audiobook and my first book by Barbara Longley. Lynn had been listening to it and suggested it was more my thing then hers, so I picked it up.  She was right and I was not disappointed.

True to the Highlander was beautifully done and one of the first time travel books that I have  really gotten into. The characters were strong and the narration was prefect.  Angela Dawe brings a wonderful voice to these characters and fills them with life.

Alethia Goodsky is a strong modern day woman who has plans for her future when she is catapulted back in time. Once there she runs into Malcolm and his men.  What ensues is comedic, romantic and at times a little scary.  Alethia plays beautiful music and while doctoring the clan wins there hearts. But the story is not with out it’s struggles and the question is whether or not she can fulfill her destiny and save the man she has grown to love.

Now as you read the review and the book blurb I realize a lot of people are thinking this book is a lot like the Outlander series.  I have tried reading that series and just couldn’t get into it.  This book however I found that I couldn’t put down.  I found myself sitting at my dining room table early on a Saturday morning before my kids got up finishing it.  For me that is what a good story is all about!Jessica

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About the Author:

timthumbAs a child, Barbara Longley moved frequently, learning early on how to entertain herself with stories. Adulthood didn’t tame her peripatetic ways: she has lived on an Appalachian commune, taught on an Indian reservation, and traveled the country from coast to coast. After having children of her own, she decided to try staying put, choosing Minnesota as her home. By day, she puts her master’s degree in special education to use teaching elementary school. By night, she explores all things mythical, paranormal, and newsworthy, channeling what she learns into her writing.

Ms. Longley is a longstanding member of Romance Writers of America, (RWA) and Midwest Fiction writers


About the Narrator:

dawe_a_201-copy-23Angela Dawe is an audiobook narrator and actress living and working in Chicago, Illinois.  Winner of several Earphones Awards from Audiofile Magazine and narrator of two Audie-nominated audiobooks, Angela is also an accomplished improviser/sketch comedian, and has worked with such theaters as Second City, iO (formerly improvOlympic), and The Annoyance.  You can reach Angela at

Dream of Danger by Maggie Shayne

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Dream of Dangerby Maggie Shayne


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She may have been blind for twenty years, but Rachel’s always had an uncanny gift for seeing through people—and she distrusts her assistant’s new boyfriend at first sight. Amy isn’t interested in Rachel’s misgivings, though. She’s too eager to celebrate Thanksgiving by introducing her family to the new man in her life.

Then Amy doesn’t show up for the holiday….

Desperate to find her missing friend, Rachel has no choice but to turn to Mason. Their investigation into Amy’s disappearance takes them ever deeper into danger—and reignites the attraction that they’ve both sworn to resist. Now it’s a race against time as these reluctant partners fight to stave off passion and save a life.

My Review: 

This Novella picks up after Sleep with the Lights On Rachel and Mason are taken a step back from each other to figure out the changes that have taken place in both their lives.  They are forced back together when Amy, Rachel’s assistant, goes missing.  Trusting Rachel’s gut instincts Mason immediately comes to her aid. When it turns out that Amy’s boyfriend is a married man he becomes Rachel’s prime suspect.

Rachel and Mason set out on a trip to follow Amy’s path home to her parents house and quickly come upon her car.  Rachel’s instincts on high alert she sends them chasing after the bad guys.  The sequence of events that follow make a page turning Novella.  As always with Maggie Shayne’s work she is imaginative and descriptive.

I can’t wait to read the next book Wake to Darkness.

PicsArt_1375992687897PG-13 there is sexual tension and kidnapping

Something Wicked by Angela Campbell

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by Angela Campbell


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Something wicked this way comes…

All homicide detective Dylan Collins wants is a few hours of pleasure to take his mind off of the case haunting him. A serial killer is stalking the streets of Charleston, SC – a killer who calls himself The Grim Reaper. When the woman he’d just spent the night with turns up and offers her services as a psychic consultant on the case, his ardor quickly cools. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a con artist.

It doesn’t take long for Dylan to realize Alexandra King is the real deal – and the killer’s next target. Dylan’s protective instincts battle his reluctance to get too involved with a woman he isn’t sure he can trust. As they get closer to finding the killer, they also grow closer to one another, but will Alexandra’s secret agenda destroy their chance at happiness – if the killer doesn’t strike first?

My Review: 

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Something Wicked is the second book in this series by Angela Campbell, On the Scent being the first one.  However, you don’t need to have read it to read Something Wicked, and to love it.

This was one of the best books I have read this year.  It is set in Charleston, SC one of the best places for ghosts. So in comes Alexandra a true physic medium, there to help bring Dylan and her boss Zach back together at there mother’s request.  By the way there mother is a ghost. Unbeknownst to Alexandra the dream guy she meets her first night there is Dylan. When she shows up at the police station the next day to offer her services they are both shocked.  Dylan is of course a skeptic until there is no more denying it. There is tension between the two that makes for an interesting read. Alexandra is a strong female character and Dylan is a nice counterpart to her.

This book has everything from a Voodoo priestess to the Bellator de Lux, to an exorcism. The story is very well written and I would recommend getting it as soon as possible.


PicsArt_1375992730999PG-13 There is death and sex.

Close to You by Stacia Kane

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Stacia Kane


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Churchwitch Chess Putnam has seen, and banished, her share of ghosts, but not of the Christmas Past variety–the holiday has been illegal since the Church of Real Truth defeated the undead and took control of the world in 1997. Yet when she and her boyfriend, Terrible, make a trip to an abandoned auto junkyard, they find more than the rusted auto parts and spare tires they’d bargained for. They also run across a creepy Miss Havisham-type hell-bent on reuniting with her long-dead husband just in time for Christmas–even if it means taking Chess and Terrible down with her into the City of Eternity…

If Chess and Terrible don’t manage to keep these ghosts in the past, they won’t have a future…

My Review:

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest and fair review.

As most of you know we do Novella Thursday every week and it’s has become increasingly harder to find ones that aren’t purely sex.  So when I found this one on Net Galley I was excited.  I did not however realize that it was part of a series.  I have never read any of Stacia Kane’s book before, and it was a little hard for me to follow.  I had to read up on some of the earlier books to understand some of what I was reading.

As far as the story itself it was well written.  Nothing like trying to bring your dead husband back to life on Chirstmas. The old lady is a strong woman for her age and plays havoc with Chess and Terrible.  I can just image her using a dolly to move Terrible into the bedroom.   Chess is a strong  character and seems stronger with Terrible in her life. This is a very short story and for someone who is hoping for a thrilling adventure for this couple you may be disappointed.  It’s a quick glimpse into one aspect of the life of Chess and Terrible.

PicsArt_1375992631838PG-13  The content is not geared towards a younger crowd.