Welcome to Wednesday’s Cafe and Bookstore update with recent reviews for books on the shelves.
The first author today is C.S. Boyack with a review Viral Blues
About the book
Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.
They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.
Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?
Check out Viral Blues, for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.
A recent review for the book on Goodreads
After reading – and thouroughly enjoying – C.S. Boyack’s romp, “The Hat”, I knew I had to follow up as soon as possible with “Viral Blues”.
Going into “Viral Blues”, I expected another funny, entertaining (and deadly) adventure featuring Lizzie St Laurent and her talking hat. What I didn’t expect was an esemble piece featuring the weirdest gang of superheroes since the Suicide Squad. While at first, I was a bit shocked by the addition of Gina and her Blunderbuss, Clovis and his attitude, Lisa and her outrageous sense of style, I quickly adopted them into my heart and accepted that in this adventure, yeah, Lizzie and the Hat definitely needed a little more firepower.
Going up against zombies, mobsters, and a mutating deadly virus, each member of the team reveals a unique talent that helps them battle the evil forces arrayed against them. For someone who hasn’t yet read the origin stories of the other superheroes, this was my first introduction to Lisa and her robotic talents, Jason and his foggy endeavours, and Clovis and his, well, Clovisness! Learning about these guys has definitely made me want to seek out their origin stories!
Boyack’s usual wry sense of humour is present in spades, as his action-oriented, almost comic-book-like writing style, but, as with The Hat, underpinning the humour and the kaboom of the story is heart. The relationships between this group of mismatched heroes are genuine and heartfelt. Lisa takes everyone under her wing like a mother hen, Gupta is the cautious overseeing ‘dad’ of the group, and Clovis…well, he’s the big bad brother. And you’d do well not to mess with his ‘siblings’.
If you haven’t gathered yet, I totally loved “Viral Blues” and will be waiting (im)patiently for more Lizzie and the Hat, hopefully with a few cameos from The Society’s best bunch of rogues
A small selection of other books by C.S. Boyack including new release H.M.S Lanternfish
The next book with a review is A Ghost in the Kitchen: Three Ingredients II by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene.
About the book
A Ghost in the Kitchen, Three Ingredients-2 continues the flapper adventures of Paisley Idelle Peabody, aka Pip. It’s a 1920s “pantser” story and a culinary mystery. This time Pip’s pal Andy (from The Three Things Serial Story) returns. Granny Phanny is there too. She’s still trying to teach Pip to cook. Granny is in a lather because of the supernatural goings-on in her kitchen. There’s also one pos-i-lutely potent poltergeist! New adventures abound as Pip and Andy unravel an old mystery. It’s all spontaneously driven by “ingredients” sent by readers of the blog, Teagan’s Books. Jump into the jalopy and enjoy the ride. There’s no telling where we’ll go, but it will be the cat’s pajamas!
One of the recent reviews for the story.
I’ve read a number of Geneviene books, and what I love about them is how light-hearted and whimsical they are, full of great characters, fantastical creatures, and quirky adventure. This one is no different. Pip and her grandmother have the ability to see ghosts and several show up in Granny’s kitchen, including a rather colorful Maestro who enjoys cooking. The story has mermen, cursed cowboy ghosts, and Daisy, Pip’s friend who died under mysterious circumstances. Pip and her friend Andy are determined to discover the truth.
This is a lively story with great characters and a lickety-split pace. Pip is a 1920’s flapper with an engaging personality, and the story is full of fun lingo. I haven’t read the first book in the series and though there are references to what occurred, this book worked fine as a stand-alone. A lighthearted, magical read
A selection of books by Teagan
The final author today with a recent review is Teri Polen for The Colony Series Book One – Subject A36
About the book
If genetic engineering could guarantee you and your family perfect health and unparalleled beauty, would you pay top dollar for it? Would you kill for it?
Residents of the Colony would. And do.
Only the Insurgents can stop them.
Seventeen-year-old Asher Solomon is a premier operative with the Insurgents. He and his team have rescued countless hostages, saving them from painful deaths in Colony labs as desirable genetic traits are stripped from their bodies.
He’s also suffered more losses than anyone should have to.
Then Asher gets intel that might give his people the upper hand. The Colony is searching for Subject A36. If the Insurgents determine the subject’s identity first, they might be able to turn the tide of the war.
Asher and his team embark on their riskiest mission ever, and the stakes have never been higher. But even if he survives the physical dangers, the devastating secrets he uncovers might destroy him.
One of the recent reviews for the book
The Colony runs things in this dystopian novel. They harvest kids with outstanding traits and then strip those traits and sell them for money. What happens to the kids? They are throwaways into the trash like last night’s pork chop bones. It sounds like a challenging world to live in, doesn’t it? How about if you were a kid with outstanding traits? Now you are getting the idea of some of the building tension. The protagonist, Asher, is that kid with traits wanted by the Colony. He must flee his home to save his life. His mother, father, and sisters are all left behind to face the Colony alone.
Here’s the deal. Asher is now leading insurgents. He is helping to free as many of those children held for harvesting as possible. He and his group live in an old undiscovered factory and conduct raids to save the kids. There is plenty of action as a result of the attacks, and there is love as a result of Asher and Brynn, forming a lasting relationship. All this would be swell as it were, but there is one other little complication. Those who read this review will understand that I can’t give away that complication. Trust me. It is like a kick to the stomach when it is exposed. Also, I wish I could relate a sweet tidy ending with flowers and music welling in the background. Sorry but this kind of book just doesn’t end this way. Sure, there is satisfaction in seeing wrongs righted, but the story is more significant than this first book.
If you like a well thought out plot with plenty of action and several twists, this is the book for you. I enjoyed it very much.
Also by Teri Polen
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.