Two Days Gone

by Randall Silvis




Two Days Gone was a very good suspenseful book. Yes I figured out a big chunk of the plot before it was revealed but that happens a lot when you’ve read as many mysteries as I have. This didn’t ruin the plot line for me I still enjoyed reading and watching it unfold. The characters were very well developed, this is a part of a series: Ryan DeMarco Mystery but I believe this might be book 1 of the series.  The writing style was easy to read and follow and while it did have some bad language it wasn’t enough or so vulgar I couldn’t read it. I mean I’ve heard worse, who hasn’t now in days. Overall I think the story was great and a real page turner. I will be looking for more Ryan DeMarco books and hope he publishes the next one soon. I really liked the main character and can’t wait to read more of his life and police work in solving cases. I love a good crime drama whether it is a police procedure or legal procedure. The crime and solving the case unravels slowly but not so slow you lose interest. There is a lot going on within the 392 pages so be patient your going to love this one so much. I already have family and friends who want to read Two Days Gone. The book comes out January 10th so it would make a great winter read or holiday gift, even though it would arrive at a later date. I think I’ll be gifting this one to a few mystery readers I know, and hope they like it as much as I did.

summary: The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now.

What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect.

DeMarco knows―or thinks he knows―that Huston couldn’t have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family’s killer?

Thank you so much Sourcebooks Landmark for sending me Two Days Gone, I’m so happy to have discovered a new author and series to read. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

The Other Einstein

by Marie Benedict




The Other Einstein is based on of real people but to me this was more a work of historical fiction and less of the non fiction entwined. I thought originally that it would be more non fiction with fiction to make it more readable and fun. I still enjoyed the book very much but was looking for more from this very mysterious and important women in the field of science. I love science and consider myself a bit of a science geek so to read a story about a strong girl who was paving the way for other women back in late 1800’s. I thought the author could have made her a bit more strong back boned girl I felt at times she was weaker than I imagine her to be. If you are looking for a historical read that is based on of more fact than fiction than you might want to skip this one. If you are looking for a good solid historical fiction book with a bit of fact than this one is for you. For me I’m usually more of the fiction reader than non so I guess that is where I was OK with how the book turned out. I ended up giving this one a solid 4 stars and would add this to a book gifting list for a few fellow bookworms I know.

I was able to ask the author a question that she answered, her response if below the book summary if you would like to read it.

summary: In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever. A literary historical in the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein reveals a complicated partnership that is as fascinating as it is troubling.


Me: Some have said that Mileva helped Einstein with his early work in Physics. Others say she was just a supportive role. Do you believe that it is also the time that they lived in where women did not have high academic roles and jobs that played a part in this great debate?

Marie Benedict: When I first learned about Mileva Maric — the first wife of Albert Einstein and a physicist herself, about whom I wrote THE OTHER EINSTEIN — I assumed that her history was unknown, as I was unfamiliar with her story and the potential role she may have played in the great scientist’s work. Contrary to my assumption, while Mileva was not widely known, she was the focal point of some debate in the physics community once the letters between Albert and Mileva were discovered in the 1980s in which their shared scientific work was referenced. While some physicists maintained that, since definitive evidence did not exist demonstrating Mileva’s precise role, she must have played no role at all, others pointed to her physics training and the collaborative nature of their relationship to support the view that Mileva’s role may have been significant.

Factors other than the evidentiary nature of letters themselves may have played a role in forming the viewpoints of this debate in the physics community. Possibly, as the interviewer suggests, the fact that the times in which Albert and Mileva lived — with its conscriptions on women’s academic roles — led those in the physics community to argue for a very limited role for Mileva in the theories ascribed to Albert. This factor, however, does not explain their perspective fully, as Mileva had proven her ability to overcome societal and academic barriers when she surmounted the hurdles to admission into a university physics program.

Perhaps other beliefs impacted the view that Mileva played little to no role in Albert’s theorizing, such as unfortunate ideas about the validity of women in STEM fields. After all, Mileva’s physics training was the same as Albert’s, and the letters demonstrate not only her vibrant intellect but also the collaborative scientific nature of the relationship between Albert and Mileva. And during the 1905 publication of the four ground-breaking theories ascribed to Albert, he was also working a full-time position as a clerk in the Bern patent office. Why wouldn’t physicists assume that Mileva played at least some role in these theories, unless hampered by other contrary beliefs?

Even if Mileva’s role was only supportive in nature, is that not worthy of credit and commendation? If she assumed all the household responsibilities and the minutia of their shared lives — even taking in borders to bring more money into their household, which she did — then Albert was permitted greater freedom of time and space to undertake the 1905 theories. Why is Milena not given ample credit for that contribution, even by those detractors who minimize her? THE OTHER EINSTEIN invites readers into this debate, offering one — albeit fictional— view, and encouraging others into this still very current conversation.

Thank you Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read and promote The Other Einstein. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet

by H.P. Wood

It wasn’t anything what I expected but in a good way. I think I was expecting Water for Elephants which I didn’t like as much. However Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet was full of magic and charm. I feel into the world and loved every minute of this magical book. If you are looking for a magical book to read this summer grab a copy. Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet is sure to delight and perfect for summer reading.

summary: After Kitty Hayward’s mother vanishes from their Coney Island hotel in 1904, Kitty finds herself alone, hungry, penniless, and far away from her native England. The last people she’d expect to help her are the cast of characters at Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet, a museum of oddities that is home to a handful of freaks. But even the unusual inhabitants of Magruder’s may not be a match for the insidious sickness that is plaguing Coney Island…

Thank you so much netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read and review this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

Under A Dark Summer Sky

by Vanessa LaFaye

Florida Keys, 1935. Hurricane Season.

Tens of thousands of black and white men scarred by their experiences of war in Europe return home to find themselves abandoned to destitution by the US government. The tiny, segregated community of Heron Key is suddenly overwhelmed by broken, disturbed men with new ideas about racial equality and nothing left to lose. Tensions flare when a black veteran is accused of committing the most heinous crime of all against a white resident’s wife. And not far off the strongest and most intense hurricane America has ever witnessed is gaining force.

Look at that cover I love it, and it really makes you pick up the book. With in the first few pages of this book a crocodile tries to take a baby away for a meal and the I thought the dog died trying to save the baby. That was some intense few moments enough to grab the reader and make you not want to put this book down. I for some reason when I first got a copy of this book I thought it took place after WWII but it must be WWI they are talking about since 1935 is pre WWII either way no biggie because this book is so great! I loved the story and how everything unfolded. Under A Dark Summer Sky is about picking up the pieces and healing from all the injustices they have experienced not just with the non acceptance of the war but of the racial tensions that are a constant threat in their day to day life. This is like a Florida Keys The Help. This book is right up there with one of my all time favorite books The Help I really enjoyed it so much!

This book has it all a hurricane, some romance, lots of tension, a crime, and picking up the pieces and beginning  the healing process. The town of Heron Key is full of tension so thick you could cut it with a knife. The help looks out for one another and the residents are not to happy about all the help being around. Under A Dark Summer Sky explores how the veterans of the war were treated. I knew the Vietnam Vets were treated horrible they were not even allowed to wear their uniforms home. I didn’t realize that vets of WWI were treated the same. I like how she brings to light the unfair treatment of these men that put their life on the line and gave up so much just to keep the same residents that don’t want them around free, protected and save.

Vanessa Lafaye is a wonderful storyteller and I am shocked this is her first book. I was wanting to read more from her and hopefully she is busy on another book because I’m ready for more from her. She creates a setting and is so great at describing everything going on you can just picture it in your head. Her characters are fully developed and the story is full of hope, suspense, healing and survival.

I devoured this book in a weekend and this is perfect for summer reading. Grab a copy and pencil out a big chuck of time because your not going to put this one down.

thank you netgalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Vanessa LaFaye for allowing me to review an ARC copy of Under A Dark Summer Sky. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.