Rule by Ellen Goodlett

I was fortunate to pick up an advanced readers copy of Rule by Ellen Goodlett at Bookcon this year. It is about a dying King who recruits his three daughters to train to become the heir to inherit his throne. All three sisters must compete to see who the king will pick to rule the kingdom however they each have secrets that could prevent them from sitting on the throne. They think their secret is safe until someone starts blackmailing all of them to leave the kingdom or have their secrets revealed. The sisters must work together to find out who their blackmailer could be.

I really enjoyed this book. The story had a great balance of drama, humor, romance and fantasy. The setting was unique and felt like a place I’ve never been before yet was very relatable to current events. I’m excited that this book is the first of a series and will be anxiously waiting forever for book two. The ending of the book left me in shock and at the edge of my seat. I kept looking for more pages of the story. I couldn’t believe it was over. I feel like I need the second book now and am so sad to think about how long it’ll be before I get some much needed answers. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from Ellen Goodlett. I give this book all five stars!

A Room Away From The Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

I had the great opportunity to meet Nova Ren Suma at Bookcon this year and get a personally signed copy of A Room Away From the Wolves. I was really excited to read this story. The cover is very enticing and the description gave me the impression that it was going to be an interesting, adventurous drama.

The story is about Bina, a teenager who is drawn into the stories her mother told her of a magical place called Catherine House where she spent some time years ago. A refuge for young woman needing a place to go. When Bina and her Mother’s relationship become strained, Bina ventures out to find her own piece of magic from the Catherine House, however when she arrives, she begins to discover that things are not as they seem.

I found this story interesting but also found it very strange and sometimes had difficulty determining reality versus dream/hallucination. I could feel the depressing, anxious confusion of the character in this story. I was not expecting the outcome of the story which was a nice surprise. This book was the exact opposite of predictable. I would describe it as a psychological drama. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a thriller but it certainly has a good creepy vibe. I give this book three stars.

A Gathering Of Secrets

I gave A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo four stars. The book is about a Chief Detective who use to be Amish and is looking to find the suspect(s) of a gruesome crime in the Amish community. The story reads a lot like an episode of Law and Order in my mind. I really enjoyed the insight of the Amish and how the story picks up right in the beginning. There were lots of plot twists and the ending was not how I was expecting it to go. Just when you think you have all the answers, more information comes to light. I think the book was well written and would definitely read more from this author. This book is number 10 of the Kate Burkholder series and I will be looking into reading more of the series. I also like how although it’s part of a series, it was able to be read as a standalone book.

I will be hosting a giveaway of my copy of this book in my facebook group Tyson’s Bookshelf so feel free to join! Once I hit 50 members, I will post the giveaway.

The Hunger – Alma Katsu

So I finished reading The Hunger last night. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed the story. It was definitely creepy.

I would describe the book as the Oregon trail meets the Blair Witch Project. The story takes place in the 1800s and a large group of families looking to relocate out west take the long journey with their livestock as well as belongings in wagons. Along their journey, their luck seems to go from back to worse. Is it bad luck or is something much more sinister?

I thought the development of the story was well written. I found it easy to keep up with the abundance of characters. It was also nice to have little glimpses of the characters past to answer for their current behavior.

The author did a great job in making the reader feel like they were in the time period of the 1800s. It was definitely a somber read and made me grateful to not have lived during those hard times.

I really hope they make a movie based on this book. I think it has a fantastic plot and would be a great thriller of a movie.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a creepy suspenseful thriller.

Happy Father’s Day

I am hanging at Pemiquid Lake up in Bremen Maine. I am currently reading The Hunger by Alma Katsu

I have read about three chapters so far. The character development is smooth and the little tidbits of information are really building up the sense of creepy. You can tell something ominous is on the horizon. I can already tell this book will be a great movie.

Introduction to Tyson’s Book Shelf

My name is Jakki Ybarra. I love to read and create artwork. This blog will be about sharing my reviews of the books I read with occasional posts of my artwork in between. I will also share my experiences of Book events that I attend.

The name of my blog came from my cat who passed away on April 20th 2018. Tyson was like my son and dealing with his passing has not been easy but creating this blog/book club in his honor has helped with my healing and keeping his memory alive. Please feel free to join my facebook group Tyson’s Book Shelf. I created the group as a place for my friends to share what they’re reading, their reviews and anything else bookish.

I hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by!

Jakki