Overkill by Vanda Symon @annecater #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

Happy Thursday Book friends!

Excited to be part of the blog tour for this new crime thriller series! Many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation!🖤

Overkill Cover

Overkill by Vanda Symon

My Thoughts

Atmospheric! Dark! Beautiful!

This is the first book in a crime thriller series that takes place in New Zealand… first off I loved the setting! The book made me feel as though I had journeyed to New Zealand, and was in this small rural village… The descriptions and vernacular seemed so authentic…. Love when a book takes you away from reality for a little while…

This book starts out with a huge BAM!!! A prologue that will leave you speechless and suck you completely into the story…. Sam Shepard is a constable in this small town where nothing ever happens, until now! A woman is found dead, is it suicide? Is it murder? After it is discovered that Sam is the victim’s husband’s ex lover she is dismissed from the case… but as an all good crime thrillers Sam is determined to find out the truth so she investigates on her own….

Sam was an extremely well crafted character… she had both a strong and soft side…. a friend you’d want in a fight who would also give you a shoulder to cry on! Love when there is a strong yet relatable female protagonist in a crime thriller book…

This book started out so fast paced I felt as though I was trying to catch my breath… the pace then slowed down so I could relax, it did slow down a bit too much for me for a brief period… but then it picked up again! I found the ending to be very satisfying and believable… cannot wait to see what we have in store for us in the next installment of this compelling crime thriller!

Recommend to fans of the crime thriller genre who enjoy a book with a captivating female protagonist…

*** many thanks to The publisher for my copy of this book ***

Overkill Blog Tour Poster

About the Book

Sam Shephard, a young sole-charge police constable in Mataura, is the main character in a new series of crime novels set in New Zealand. When a young mother in the town is brutally murdered (it seems to be a professional job), Sam is at the heart of the police hunt to find the killer. But then Sam’s past relationship with the dead woman’s husband is revealed. Sam is stood down from the case and is now a prime murder suspect. Frustrated, Sam loses her cool. She can’t stop herself making murder inquiries and gets into serious trouble with her police superiors. But then the young constable stumbles onto something. The murdered woman was working as a journalist and had uncovered a local scandal. She’d been killed to keep her quiet. When Sam enters this world she’s in real physical danger, until at last a conspiracy is uncovered and the killer revealed. Disillusioned, Sam prepares to leave town. What will she do next? (less)



That’s all folks! Berit☀️✨

Becoming Charlie by K.S. Haigwood@Kshaigwood @MelissaMoranVO #YoungAdult #Romance #AudiobookReview

Becoming Charlie

Becoming Charlie by K.S. Haigwood

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Invisibility Stars


My name is Charlie, and I’m invisible. Well, not literally, but until one of the most popular guys at Eden High saved my life, nobody even knew I existed. Sean Reese gave me more than my life back that night. He gave me friendship.
And maybe, just maybe, I can save him, too.

Will he still be my friend after he knows my secret?


Charlie is a young girl, a young girl that is invisible, not in the magic sense, but in the fact that no-one knows who she is, she does her best to not be noticed, and beats herself up all the time about how she looks, sound familiar?

Ugh, school is just a horrid place to be when you are not one of the popular kids, how many of you have felt the stinging tongue of a nasty kid, usually the girls are worse!

After a silly mistake on her part by walking home alone, Charlie gets into a situation that she can’t use her “invisibilty cloak” to get out of, that is until Sean steps in!

Sean is on the football team, he is popular, and hot!

He decides that him and Charlie are going to be friends, best friends, but Charlie can not see why he wants to spend time with her.

I loved Sean, and the fact that he made Charlie feel special, and that he tried to make her see herself through his eyes.

🎧🎧 Narrated by Melissa Moran who did a stellar job, this is one to add to your TBR pile

*Thank you to the author who provided me with a copy of this book

The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland @under_blue_sky @StMartinsPress #BookReview #BookLove

Hello bibliophiles! Delighted to share my review for this wonderful book filled with books and love! 💕📚

The Lost For Words Bookshop

The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

4 Bibliophile Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never, ever show you. Into her hiding place – the bookstore where she works – come a poet, a lover, and three suspicious deliveries. Someone has found out about her mysterious past. Will Loveday survive her own heartbreaking secrets?

My Thoughts

4 Bibliophile Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a lovely quirky book filled with books and charm… this was a very uplifting read that put a smile on my face… and even though the characters in this book did not have the most ideal of lives at all times… they all had a love for books and eventually found love for themselves and others…

Loveday is a lovely quirky character… who truly underestimates herself and those around her…. my heart broke for her so many times, she really had a rough childhood and the result of that was tremendous distrust…. she was so fortunate to have two wonderful men enter her life… Archie her boss… and Nathan her love interest…. both these gentlemen were truly genuine good guys…. and I loved the development of her relationships with both of them…

This book will appeal to all book lovers! From the setting in the delightful second hand book shop… to the book quotes tattooed on Loveday… to all the many book references…. I also have to say I appreciate the fact that not every book reference in this book was made to a classic… not every book enthusiast loves the classics… including myself!

Absolutely recommend for a pleasant summer read to anyone who is a fan of quirky characters, books, or a good story…

*** Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

Love and Words 💋Berit 💛

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown #bookreview #southernfiction @taybrown

Gods of Howl Mountain

Coming To Shelves Near You On March 20, 2018

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

4 sassy southern stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟


In Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina.

Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood – a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted ’40 Ford coupe. Between deliveries to roadhouses, brothels, and private clients, he lives with his formidable grandmother, evades federal agents, and stokes the wrath of a rival runner.

In the mill town at the foot of the mountains – a hotbed of violence, moonshine, and the burgeoning sport of stock-car racing – Rory is bewitched by the mysterious daughter of a snake-handling preacher. His grandmother, Maybelline “Granny May” Docherty, opposes this match for her own reasons, believing that “some things are best left buried.” A folk healer whose powers are rumored to rival those of a wood witch, she concocts potions and cures for the people of the mountains while harboring an explosive secret about Rory’s mother – the truth behind her long confinement in a mental hospital, during which time she has not spoken one word. When Rory’s life is threatened, Granny must decide whether to reveal what she knows…or protect her only grandson from the past.

With gritty and atmospheric prose, Taylor Brown brings to life a perilous mountain and the family who rules it.


This book was true southern grit lit (I didn’t even know that was a thing, but it sure does describe this book perfectly)… I really do enjoy southern Fiction…. the south seems to be very rich with fascinating history…..

This was a character driven novel and I absolutely adored the characters in this book…. Granny May was the best! if I lived in the Appalachians in the 50’s I’d want to be just like her…. without her past…. OK maybe I wouldn’t want to be just like her, but she sure was an amazing and interesting character…. she told you how it was and was not politically correct in how she told you… she also dabbled in herbal healing which I found extremely interesting…. and which also made her neighbors believe she could possibly be a witch….. Rory her grandson who she raised because his mother had a breakdown of sorts was also an interesting character….. Home from the Korean war with scars both on the inside and out…. Rory believed if he found the answers to all of his questions he will find closure, but some answers lead to even more questions…..

The pace of this book was a bit slow and I also found it a little wordy…. there was a lot going on moonshiners, stock car races, snake handling, love interest, secrets, family feud, etc. I think it all tied up neatly and nicely at the end….. however I spent a lot of the book a bit overwhelmed with everything that was going on….

There are a lot of amazing reviews for this book and I really wish I loved it as much as others…. but for the reasons stated above I didn’t, I really liked it I just did not love it…. I would recommend if you are a fan of southern fiction, historical fiction, and very descriptive writing with some fun quirky characters thrown in….

*** i’d like to thank the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Do you have southern roots?