The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America’s Youngest Serial Killer – Roseanne Montillo

The Wilderness of Ruin

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Once again, I was roaming the “True Crime” section of my library.

This book really irritated the shit out of me. Mostly because the title is so misleading. There was no “hunt” for Jesse Pomeroy. Not really. Everyone seemed to know it was him who was guilty, and he was working in his momma’s store. Wasn’t like he was on the run. He was an evil kid. No arguing that. He is billed as America’s “youngest serial killer” because he killed more than one person. It was rough reading about the kids he killed. It reminded me a lot of the case of James Bulger 120 years later in England. What makes some kids evil? And can they help it? Can they stop themselves? Seems questions asked by people who are much smarter than me!

The book spent a lot of pages on others other than Pomeroy and what he had done. I feel like it told more of Herman Melville’s life than it did of  Jesse Pomeroy. As someone who has read ‘Moby Dick’ and hated it, I don’t really care for Herman Melville, honestly. I don’t understand how the book became a classic – which was how I was duped into reading it. I found it bloody and unnecessary. I do want to read ‘Billy Budd’ now that I’ve read about more about Melville and I’m curious how his mental illness affected the book. I have added it to my TBR.

I did like the questions and new perspectives about mental illnesses. Especially the way they were perceived in the past.  Also the differences of how people with mental illnesses were/are treated based upon their station in life. Some things don’t change.

 

Fruit of All Evil: A Farmers’ Market Mystery – Paige Shelton

Fruit of all evil

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This is the 2nd book in the Farmers’ Market Mystery Series. The first one is:  Farm Fresh Murder: A Farmers’ Market Mystery – Paige Shelton I enjoyed this one more than the 1st one! Mainly because once you get to know all the characters in the first one, it’s like catching up with friends.

When Becca is asked to be maid of honor in a friends wedding, and the mother of the groom ends up dead, nobody knows what is going on!

I like the way that Paige Shelton puts together a story. Though Busy-Body Becca is gonna get herself killed one day cause she won’t mind her own business! But, isn’t that all the cozy mysteries? (This may not be a “cozy mystery”, and I’m not exactly sure what constitutes a cozy mystery, but I think of it as one)

Once again, there are recipes in the back. I’ve tried some of the ones from the first book, and I can’t wait to try these as well!

 

Size Matters – Alison Bliss

Size Matters

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I was at the library looking for a book by another author, and this caught my eye. So, I grabbed the three books in the series.

Being plus sized myself, I love the idea around plus size romance novels, but a lot of time the execution is way off. It’s usually a “plus size girl” who is really a Size 10 with big tits. Or, it turns into some weird fetish stuff (and I mean WEIRD). FYI: I have never put food in my vagina.

Back to the book: After a series of misunderstandings, Sam has to pretend to be Leah’s fiance for a weekend getaway with her family. I found the whole weekend and interaction with her family hilarious! At that point he’s trying to offend her family so that Leah will break off the “engagement”, but it’s so funny that there’s not that cringing that normally comes along with setups like that. Alison did a fantastic job of really making it a rom-com and not just embarrassing.

I like the way Sam stands up to Leah’s mom. She is a nitpicker and constantly hurts Leah’s feelings (all lovingly- like that’s an excuse). I loved that he straight up told her to back the fuck off – which is good, because I wanted to slap her too! I have friends who have momma’s like her, and I wanna slap them – Another FYI: You’re not allowed to slap your friends’ parents! ha.. I lucked out in the momma department. I’ve never had to worry about shit like that. But damn, that’ll fuck up your self-esteem!

I like Sam and Leah together. I love their banter. Their chemistry is hot! There’s lots of Sam that remind me of my husband, so I can’t help but love him. ❤

I love that there is a plus-size, rom-com, fake-fiancee book that I can enjoy! My favorite things rolled into a single book!  I’m gonna be looking for more!

 

The Bachelor Auction: A Bachelors of Arizona Novel – Rachel Van Dyken

the bachelor auction

This is the cover of the book from the Library:

The Bachelor Auction 2

I like the Library cover better.

 

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This was so funny! I love a good dirty rom-com. And, by now, I’m sure you’ve realized that I’ve cleaned the Rachel Van Dyken section of the library out. I’ve turned into a super fan of hers! This is the first book in a series about 3 brothers. I can’t wait to read the other 2!

I liked Brock. He was gruff, funny, and loyal. And Jane keeps up with him. I like that she goes head to head with him. She doesn’t care that he has money, she doesn’t let him get away with shit!

It’s a very sweet book about healing and family, and sometimes family sucks and sometime family is awesome. Just like real life. There was a couple of parts that made me tear up. That’s the 2nd book in a row of Rachel’s that has made me cry. AAAh!

 

 

 

Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder – Ann Rule

Every Breath you take

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Damn-it, I know I keep saying I’m not going to read any more Ann Rule books, but then they catch my eye at the library, and I can’t fucking help myself! This book is 681 pages, and it took me a long ass time to read! The family and I drove to Texas 2 weeks ago and drove back on Saturday, so I spent a lot of the time that I was in the passenger seat reading.

This book was tragic and fucked up. Being married to an abusive spouse would be hard enough, but getting divorced and remarried and still have to endure abuse from him? Ugh. Poor Sheila. All I could think of the last part of the book were her poor kids who had to grow up without a mom. And 2 of who had to live knowing that their bio father was responsible. It’s all horrific.

I googled the case to see more pictures, and read that Allen died in prison in 2014. I’m sure that’s a small comfort to those who loved Sheila.

For real tho, this is my last Ann Rule book for awhile!

Infraction – Rachel Van Dyken

Infraction

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This is the 2nd book of the Players Game Series. As you know, I really liked Book 1, and I’m glad Rachel continued the story and we got to find out what happened to Miller after Emerson and Sanchez got together. Oh Sanchez….I would talk about my love for Sanchez more, but this book wasn’t really about him – though he’s around.

I really liked Kinsey and Miller in Fraternize, and I was glad they got together. I like the bickering will they/won’t they chemistry that Rachel has written into them. This book really made me a fan of Rachel’s. – Like I went back to the library and got her other books that they had there.

As funny as parts of this book were, it also made me bawl. There was a lot of real life going down in the pages. And sometimes, real life sucks.

I was happy that it was also the story of Jax and Harley, it was a sweet and sometimes frustrating bonus to see how Jax’s story goes!

Get some tissues before you read this!

Misadventures with The Boss – Kendall Ryan

Misadventures with the boss

Misadventures Book 11

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So, I found another Misadventures book at the Library! This is my 2nd one in the series I’ve read. They are complete standalones, so they can be read in absolutely any order. I read Book 5 first. This one was just as hot as that one!

This is the first book that I’ve read by Kendall Ryan – though as I searched through my kindle app to see if I’d read anything else, I have several books on there! I’ll have to move them up the TBR list!

I instantly loved the chemistry between Piper and Jackson. It made me a little sad that I’ve never used a dating app! Hahahaha.  And even though it is a “my boss” book, it was sweet and Jackson wasn’t a dominating asshole.  Sometimes it’s nice that the man is just a good guy from the beginning (even if he’s an alpha, I don’t think he ever strayed into that asshole space) and doesn’t need redemption. Lucky for us, Jackson may be a good guy, but he’s pretty dirty when it counts! 😉

Pretty Little Killers – Rita Herron

Pretty Little Killers

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Another Library book! We’ve been hitting up the library quite a bit lately, and I really like paper books a lot more than reading on my phone, so I’ve been grabbing more and more library books for me.

I’m really iffy about this book. I really liked parts of it, and other parts not so much. The whole book reminded me a lot of the plot of The Blacklist, really. Even though it was nothing like the show. It had that same feel to it.

The vigilante killing of people who deserved to die. I liked it. I liked the fact that it was happening. And I was really kind of irritated that Korine and whiny Hatcher were trying to stop/solve these murders. Ha.

Whiny Hatcher…. that’s what I want to call him. He lied to Korine about being married (albeit separated) , but then seems to take it out on her that he didn’t answer the wives phone call when she needed him. He’s really an ass, I think.

I didn’t realize this had a romance(ish) substory line when I grabbed it off the shelf. And, I would have liked the book a whole lot better as a whole if it hadn’t. I liked the mystery part, and I was totally shocked at how/why Korine’s dad died. But, trying to put Korine and Hatcher into some sort of relationship irritated me. They are attracted to each other, but he’s an ass, why would she put up with that? I don’t know. It just rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe that was the point of it? I’m not sure.

I really like Rita’s writing, and though this is the first book of hers, it won’t be the last. In fact, getting the link to the amazon product page I saw that this was the first book in a series. I will definitely read the next book!

 

The Dead Key – D.M. Pulley

The Dead Key

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Of course, this cover caught my eye at the library. I’m so into covers, I mean really. I know it shouldn’t be a factor, but a well done cover just makes me happy and more into wanting to read the book!

 

I really liked this book! This is the first book that I’ve read by D.M. Pulley, and as I was finding the picture for the post, I saw that there are 2 other books in KU! The stories of Beatrice and Iris and their experiences was so well thought out and executed! How things were connected over a period of 20 years and how they were working together, was so well done!

Poor Beatrice! I mean, at 16 years old I didn’t handle anything well, and she was so smart she did what the police and the FBI could never do!  And, as Iris felt like she was losing her mind, I felt the same way! D.M. really pulled me in and I could feel the emotions that Iris was feeling and the paranoia that kicked in.  – You’re not being paranoid if someone is really fucking with you!

I was surprised exactly how the ending worked itself out, and I had mixed emotions about how things went!

I worked at a few banks years ago, and maybe that is why I was drawn into the story so much too. It has really made me wonder what for real happens to safe-deposit boxes when they are defaulted on!

I’m looking forward to reading the other books that D.M. has written. They are going on my TBR!

 

Farm Fresh Murder: A Farmers’ Market Mystery – Paige Shelton

Farm Fresh Murder

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This series caught my eye at the library! I know, not a romance novel or a true crime?! It’s a miracle… Not really, I do love a mystery.

I didn’t know Farmers’ Markets were so exciting! In fact, murder aside, I never even thought what must go in to running or having a booth at a market. Having to haul all your stuff back and forth. Being out in the elements. I don’t think that having a stall at a farmers’ market would be for me. But, I know next time I go, I’ll be thinking more about what goes into getting the fresh foods and goodies.

Poor Becca, she just can’t help herself. I understand the wanting to help a friend, but who wants to be shot at while doing so!? Not me. Ha. I did appreciate Becca though. The fact that she’s been married and is a little cynical. The fact that she finds a love interest in a younger man. I think she’s fabulous and someone I’d like to be friends with. — Maybe, as most series’ go along, bad things always happen to the protagonists friends and family, and I don’t want that shit. – 🙂 It makes me want a greenhouse full of beautiful flowers. But, sadly I don’t have a green thumb and everything would be dead. A greenhouse graveyard. eek

I will say that I can usually figure out who the killer is and why, but with this book, I really didn’t know until it was revealed!

There are recipes in the back of the book. I have tried one of them, and I’m going to try the other’s and do a post. I thought that was cute to include the vendors recipes!