Book Reviews

I read a lot. Yes, I have a full time job, am married and have a cat and a dog. But I love to read. Therefore I will blog.

I think one of life’s greatest enjoyments, behind travel, great food, and well, sex, is finding someone who has read the same book you have and discussing it.  I love that thrill when you can argue about a books strengths and weaknesses, plot points and characters.  Or when you can truly recommend a great book.

I hope you will read my reviews and something I say will spark a note with you, and you’ll make a comment so I can have that discussion with you!


Here are my guidelines:

I try to only read books that I want to read.  If your synopsis doesn’t appeal to me, it would be better for you if I take a pass. 

My favorite genre’s are romance, fantasy, ya, paranormal, fiction, historical, and every once in awhile I’ll throw in a mystery.  

I will write an impartial and honest review.  I prefer to only write a review for a book I consider three stars or above. 

I will let you know if your book did not appeal to me, and will not write a review for my blog.  However, I will post a brief note on Amazon and Goodreads.


44 thoughts on “Book Reviews

    1. Hi Robert! I do accept requests. If you’d like to send me the synopsis I’ll let you know if it’s a book I’d like to read. I try to genres i’m interested in, so that I can give an honest review. My feeling is that if I or any reviewer, really, doesn’t like that genre, they are more apt to not like the book. I usually pick, romance, fantasy, paranormal, women’s fiction, and mysteries.


  1. Thanks for the reply, Deborah. Feel free to email me for more info. Following is a blurb to give you an idea.

    Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.

    To prepare Lacy for her coming task, she is being schooled daily via direct downloads into her brain. Some of these courses tell her how to apply magic to resolve everyday problems much more pressing to her than a universe in big trouble, like those at home and at school. She doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her own family and friends come first.

    Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

    Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.


  2. Oops! Since the above message showed up, I assume that the blurb that I sent earlier didn’t transmit correctly. Trying again:

    Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.

    To prepare Lacy for her coming task, she is being schooled daily via direct downloads into her brain. Some of these courses tell her how to apply magic to resolve everyday problems much more pressing to her than a universe in big trouble, like those at home and at school. She doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her own family and friends come first.

    Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

    Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Robert! Your book looks interesting but I think I will have to save it for the future. My TBR list is long and I do have some other commitments. I appreciate you reaching out, thanks!


  3. Hi Deborah,

    I’ve been following your reviews of Google and would be honored if you would consider my book, Fated Memories, for a review. My story contains elements of time travel and romance as it follows one woman’s journey to self-realization.

    Burdened with the scars of a tortured childhood and a shattered romance, Kitty is being forced to resign from the dull, anonymous job she’s been hiding behind. With her life in shambles and her friends moving on without her, she jumps at her cousin’s invitation to visit. However, Maggie’s new boyfriend, Simon, has a secret that accidentally hurls the trio a hundred and fifty years into the past. Trapped in the midst of the bloodiest war in American history, the events that unfold will require more mettle than Kitty’s ever had.
    Publication Date April 15, 2016
    Ebook length: 234 pages

    Inspired by my own genealogical research, the second half of the book is set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and is written from the viewpoint of a 21st Century woman treating injured soldiers in a primitive 19th Century field hospital. I’ve worked to maintain an accurate account of the names, places and living conditions of the time. I hope you’ll agree.

    I can provide any format of the book you prefer as well as a pre-formatted interview for your blog if you desire.

    Thank you for your kind consideration.

    Joan Carney

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Thank you for responding so quickly. Please let me know where to send the epub and I’ll get it to you later today.

        Regards, Joan

        On Sat, Jun 11, 2016 at 11:39 AM, A Chick Who Reads wrote:

        > deborahkehoe commented: “It sounds interesting! I have a list that needs > to be reviewed but may be able to fit it in. I like ePub the best. ” >


  4. Hi, I just stumbled upon your site from Tumblr. I am a paranormal romance writer and just published my first book. I was hoping you’d be interested in reading it. Here is the blurb:

    What happens when everything you thought you knew was a lie?

    That’s exactly what William must face when he meets Becca one night in a local bar. Their connection curious as William feels a familiar draw to her. Sure that he knows her, William digs deeper for information by returning to the Bottom. His curiosity, though, reveals twenty years of lies, secrets and betrayal; all at the hands of his parents.

    William is thrust back into the world of vampires, conjurers and wolves when Becca is taken by an old enemy. And as family is reunited and truths revealed, William is faced with a legacy that will change everything he thought he knew about himself, his father and the world he came from.

    All that matters, though, is his growing affection for Becca. A bond forged at birth and reignited as they discover who they are and what they are meant for. And as they do, they will awaken the Heir and Heiress within them. Setting into motion their legacy to once again rule the Bottom World.

    But first, they must die before they can live.

    I hope that you’ll consider adding my book to your books to be read. Thank you for the consideration.

    Happy Reading,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It sounds interesting! If you’d like to send me a copy, I’ll try to add it to my list. How quickly are you looking to get it reviewed? I have some commitments hat I still have to read and review.


  5. Hi Deborah,
    I noticed you reviewed the book LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE. If you have some space in your hectic reading schedule, I would appreciate if you took a look at my NA mystery that’s a cross between Knoll’s book and American Idol: THE MASTERPIECERS.
    Olivia Wildenstein

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Hi Deborah,

    I’d like for you to consider reviewing – Blood Moon – A Longwood Falls Novel

    Zack wants to go to college and become an author. He blames his imagination when the first person he meets on campus has an aura for a quick moment, but as his first day continues, so do the strange events. Not only are there students with spectacular abilities, but he realizes one group has hideous plans that follow a prophecy mentioned in an ancient Sumerian scroll. As he discovers he too has special gifts, he learns the girl he’s falling in love with is the center of the conflict between good and evil.

    Blood Moon is a paranormal, thriller, romance suited for new adult (NA) and later. There is sex, language, and adult situations. You’re warned.

    The book is available at amazon..

    Let me know if I can provide you with any more information


  7. Hi, Deborah,

    I was wondering if you would be willing to do a review of my book, The Auctor Trilogy? The Auctor Trilogy is the first in a Young Adult Fantasy series. I am more than happy to provide either the e-book or the paperback version of the book if you are willing. Please find a synopsis below.

    Thank you for your time.


    T.R. Wolf

    An ancient curse. A life filled with secrets. And a centuries-old blood feud that will haunt her.

    When seventeen-year-old Addie Auctor’s mother is murdered by her father, she must confront many secrets that her family has hidden from her. The worst of these secrets is that Addie’s father, Donovan Hawthorne, is still hunting Addie because of an ancient blood feud between her mother’s family, the Auctors, and her father’s family, the House of Hawthorne. In order to be protected from the House of Hawthorne, Addie and her brother, Augustus, are sent to Initiation at an exclusive University, the Wicked Cabal.

    Initiation is nothing like Addie expects. She is separated from her brother and thrown in with four strangers. Addie must try to forge friendships with her fellow Initiates while they solve clues, battle mystical creatures, and explore increasingly dangerous places.

    But lurking in the background is a curse passed down from centuries before – the curse of the Auctor Trilogy.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi! Thanks for contacting me! Your book sounds really interesting and I’ll admit, it’s right in my wheelhouse. I am totally back logged though. If you are in a hurry to have a review, I probably can’t do it. However, if you send it, I’ll add it to my list. I only review books I finish, so if for some reason I can’t or I don’t like it enough to finish it won’t get reviewed. If that’s ok, pls let me know!


  8. Hi Deborah,

    I hope this isn’t too forward, but I noticed you post book reviews when I followed you on Twitter. Are you open to reading novels from Indie authors?

    I recently published my first historical romance, The Merchant’s Pearl. I like to think of it as an unexpected story of redeeming love, but it’s also deeply historical and thought-provoking. It explores the intrigues of not only the Ottoman Empire and it’s Imperial family, but also slavery as it existed, hidden within the palace of a country that was supposed to have abolished slavery long before my character, a concubine, arrives on the scene.

    If you are open to adding it to your reading list, even a long waiting list, I would be happy to send you the e-book via Amazon Gift. (The Merchant’s Pearl is only available as an e-book at this time.) I am also open to interviews, guest blogs, and a handful of giveaways.

    I am looking for honest reviews or feedback in general, good or bad, and you are free to back out if you find that it doesn’t interest you at any time. I’m simply trying to get my book in the hands of people who may love it.

    Here is the link to my Amazon listing.

    And here is the link to my Goodreads listing:

    Please let me know if you are interested in taking a look. I would love to know your thoughts on it!

    Warm Regards,
    Amie O’Brien

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Amie! Your book sounds great! I do have a long TBR list but if you don’t mind waiting a bit I’ll give it a try. Fair warning though, if it doesn’t end up appealing to me I won’t review it. If that’s ok with you Pls send me a copy. My email is
      Thanks for reaching out!


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  10. Hello Deborah,

    I am reaching out to you because of your trusted commitment to Amazon and its reviews. I represent Author Marketing Ideas and we were created to help the self-published and small print authors maximize their marketing outreach to increase sales. I would like to seek your help in reviewing one of our bestselling author’s books.

    I did go through some of your reviews (‘Windfall, The Time in Between’), and I loved the writing and the clarity of expression of thoughts therein. The text is devoid of jargons or heavy vocabulary, seems easy to the mind, yet at the same time conveys the intended message precisely.

    The book which I need to be reviewed is titled “Destiny” and which is authored by Rita Chapman. It is a powerful sci-fi story of a human child named Liberty who is brought into a world ruled by vampires when she and her mother are captured from their human settlement and held in an enclosure. In this sequel, she has grown up and is committed to being the Life Partner of the emperor’s adoptive son, David, and is now a princess in her own right.

    This book is featured in the Fantasy section on Amazon. It was published in September 2017. A few of its sample pages can be read on Amazon, the link to which is as below:

    Do tell me if you would be interested in reviewing the book – I would genuinely love to know your thoughts about it. I would like to have your frank opinion about the content, the nature of writing, or anything else about it.

    If you would, I’ll gladly get you a PDF copy sent to your email address right away. In case you prefer a hard copy, do offer me your mailing address and I shall have the author send you a copy immediately.

    Also do please note that Amazon has no trouble with readers/reviewers posting reviews for books they’ve been asked to read, Amazon only requires that you mention that you received a copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review.

    Hoping to hear from you soonest.

    Warm regards,

    Steve Prichett (Sanjay Punjabi)
    Marketing Manager
    Author Marketing Ideas


    1. Hi! Thanks for reaching out with your request. When I went on Amazon to take a look, I realized Destiny is the second book in the series. My preference is to have read the series from the beginning. If you or the author would send me the first book, Liberty, I will give it a try. However, if I don’t like the book, I would prefer not to review it. If I finish it I will leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads though. If I love it, then we can talk about reading Destiny? If thats ok, please let me know?


      1. Deborah that would be wonderful.

        I would love to send you a copy of Liberty.

        If a PDF copy would do, please offer me your email address.

        If you prefer a Hard copy, please let me have your mailing address.

        Warm regards,

        Steve Prichett.

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  11. Hi Deborah,

    I just wanted to see if you’d be interested in reviewing my novel, The Neglected Ones, which was published on Amazon on September 17, 2017.

    The story is about an artist who clashes with powerful forces at the seaside nursing home where his mother resides. Frightening with an ending to beat all endings, the book also delivers an important message about the urgent need for nursing home reform.

    Here is the link to the book on Amazon:

    Kind regards,

    C. L. Salaski


  12. Paul Thaler

    Hi Deborah,
    I am the author of a new novel, Bronxland, published by Black Opal Books, and was hoping that you might consider a possible review. The book has debuted to highly favorable reader comments. Your honest take would be most welcome. Can I forward an ARC copy (or, if you’d prefer, the paperback version)? Below is a blurb from the book, one that introduces my peculiar protagonist, Paul Wolfenthal, in this historically based coming-of-age story set in the Bronx of the early 1960s. His story is close to my heart, and hope he captures yours as well.
    All best,
    Paul Thaler

    Paul Wolfenthal is a peculiar 13-year-old kid grappling with the absurdities of his young Bronx life circa 1960. He visits the dead, hears voices in his head, despises Richard Nixon, is infatuated with his Marilyn Monroe look-alike math teacher, and is a choice victim for the neighborhood’s sadistic bully. And then Paul really starts running into trouble.

    Paul is, in fact, a kid in search of heroes, alive and otherwise, and finds them in John Kennedy and Harry Houdini, both of whom cross into his life. But these are strange and even dangerous times. Hovering in the shadows are “the demons” that haunt Paul’s young childhood dreams, only to come alive and shatter his world. One steals away a neighborhood child. And then his president.

    Set against the turbulent history of the times, Bronxland tugs on a kaleidoscope of emotions as an uproarious and heartrending coming-of-age tale. It is also a story of a place, a Bronx long gone yet still vivid in the collective memory of those who once called these streets their home. A place of the heart known to each of us, with our own story to tell of growing up, of trying to make sense of our life, with everything that comes along.


    1. Hi Paul, thanks so much for reaching out! I have been setting aside emails and requests for book reviews while I catch up on my commitments as well as read a few novels I have on my own bookshelves. Every once in awhile I go through old emails and notes and pick out a book. I’ll keep your request on file. Thanks for wanting to share your work with me!


    2. I grew up in the Bronx in the 60’s as well, and just reading your prologue brought a flood of memories to heart. I purchased your book i and will get to reading it as soon as I can. I always leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and, if there’s another platform you use, let me know.

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  13. Hi Deborah,

    My name is Jina Bazzar and I’m an indie author. I read your guidelines and preferences and wondered if you’d be interested in reading and reviewing my book, Heir of Ashes, which is an urban fantasy for young and new adults.
    The synopses of Heir of ashes is:
    Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.
    By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.
    As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.
    She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom

    There is a prequel to this book called The Curse, and if you are interested, I’d send both to you.
    My book is set to release on april 15th, but if you agree to read , you could post the review anytime in or around the date – any time in April or beginning of may.
    If you’re interested, let me know.


  14. Allison B Young

    Hello Deborah,
    I am writing on behalf of award-winning author, Anne Calcagno, and hoping you’d consider reading her novel Love Like a Dog and write a review. Please find below a synopsis of the story as well as some additional information on the book and author. We would be honored to send you an e-book or hard copy and wish you much continued success in your own writing and interviews.
    Thank you so much for your time and looking forward to hearing from you!
    Allison B. Young

    Love Like a Dog, a novel
    Love Like a Dog was first published in 2010, and has continued to sell, but, in writing to you, we hope to give its third printing the vigor of fresh attention.
    First place Award in the category First Novel from the “New Generation Indie Awards.” 2011.

    Bronze medal in the Great Lakes Regional Fiction category from “Independent Book Publisher Awards.” 2011.

    Honorable Mention in the General Fiction category of the San Francisco Book Festival
    (part of the DYI Convention: Do it Yourself awards in Film, Music & Books).

    Love Like a Dog, set in Chicago, is a coming of age story about Dirk, his authoritarian single dad Russ, and a rescued pit bull that alters their lives, embroiling them in the beleaguered history and misuse of the breed.
    The bully breeds were once so relied upon by families they were nicknamed “America’s baby-sitter.” And yet the breed (Michael Vick’s dog-fighting brought the issue to public attention) continues to be abused for underground “sport.” Dogs throughout history have mirrored the best and worst in us. Today that reflection falls on at least 73 million dog owners in the US, a readership that has created what The New York Times has called “Best Sellers That Woof and Meow.” Dog owners and non-dog owning readers have deemed Love Like a Dog a page-turner on
    Over 300 copies of Love Like a Dog have been donated to 50 plus animal shelters for use in fund-raising or bully breed adoption education. Any shelter can request free copies.
    Rolling Meadows High School (NW suburbs of Chicago) selected Love Like a Dog as required YA summer reading, in 2010 and 2011, for its Juniors & Seniors.

    About the Author
    Anne Calcagno is a writer, educator and animal lover. A graduate of Williams College, she holds a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Montana. Her writing honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the San Francisco Foundation Phelan Literary Award, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. The author of Pray For Yourself, Calcagno teaches in the M.F.A. writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Cell: (312) 301-3166


  15. Hi Deborah,

    My name is Juliann Troi. I’m a hybrid-turned-traditional-turned-Indie author and I’m hoping if you will consider reviewing my latest release:
    The Dragon of Hidden Treasures, Book 1 (February 18, 2018, Indiependence Press)
    Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

    China, 1923: In an ancient land battling for its very existence, violence and chaos reign supreme. Amidst the devastating aftermath of a revolution that toppled the divine Imperial system and left the once glorious Empire torn and bleeding, ruthless warlords have claimed dominion. Political intrigue and betrayal are the only rulers now.
    In the wrong place at the wrong time, Kathryn Kidwell is captured during an invasion of Canton by the warlord, Cheng Jiong. Recognizing the folly of allowing the only daughter of a powerful American trade lord to be cold-bloodedly murdered, Ty Wang must make an impossible choice: to save Kathryn will cost him his life, but to let her die could mean the death of his beloved homeland.
    The Dragon of Hidden Treasures, Book 1 is the first chapter in the electrifying tale of Ty and Kathryn’s desperate struggle to stay alive and stop a war that would blow China to pieces. Bound together by a love as strong as it is forbidden, their efforts could ultimately change the fate of a nation…and destroy them both.

    *This book is currently available only in ebook form from, B&, IBooks, Smashwords, and a variety of other digital providers.


    1. Hi Paulette. I do very few excerpts preferring to do straight reviews. I have occassionally done author interviews if I have read their book and feel inspired to discuss it and them. I have not done any author spotlights and am not against doing them they just have not come up. I would vet the type of books this author wrote to make sure it fits with the content of my blog. Thanks for writing!


  16. Dear Deborah,

    Enclosed you will find the information about my YA novel. Hopefully you find it appealing. If so, please let me know which format to forward, or the address to send the paperback.

    Title of the book: Nyira and the Invisible: The Graveyard Club, Book I
    release date: 01/06/18
    Author: K.M. Harrell
    Image of the book cover: uploaded
    Goodreads book page:

    Amazon link:


    Nyira, a seven-year-old healer, watched slave hunters burn her village and murder her father.

    Hiding in the jungle, she befriends a young gorilla, named Gord. The slave hunters capture Gord, forcing Nyira to give up her freedom to save his life. She is transported by slave ship to Haiti.

    Ten-year-old Enriquillo’s tribe has lived peacefully—hidden in the Haitian mountains—for over three hundred years. French soldiers still managed to kill their chief—Enriquillo’s father, and his best friend is murdered by a local planter. Now Enriquillo plots revenge. He meets Nyira on a day he sneaks into the town market, and discovers she is the dark princess prophesized as his future queen. But Nyira uses magic to save a friend’s life, and is charged as a witch and condemned to burn. Will Enriquillo risk his people’s secret existence to outwit the dangerous French troops and the determined archdeacon, to save his love?

    Formats available: Mobi, Epub and Paperback
    Quote from novel: “If it is your friend,” replied Bapha. “Why does it not help us? By allowing us to eat it!”
    Publisher: Self-published
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    This is my first novel. I have been writing for a number of years. Mostly literary short stories. But I wanted to do something fun and challenging. I enjoyed Philip Pullman, Ursula Le Guin and Robert Jordan, to name a few. High adventure and action. But not with the typical hero motif. I’ve known amazing little girls and incredible women. And it’s just more interesting with a girl in it. I hope you agree. Thanks. KM.


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  18. Hi, Deborah
    My name is Shanna Swenson. I’m a new indie author on Amazon, my book was just released on 9/16, and I was wondering if you would like to “trade” reviews LOL! I couldn’t find an email for you, so I thought I would just leave a comment here. I thought I could send you my book and have you review it for me, and I could get yours and read and review yours? Thoughts? Here’s my Amazon link: Let’s connect!

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