Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Book Review: Severed: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow

Severed: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow
Severed: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow by Dax Varley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have received a copy of the book through LibraryThing in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

Severed: A Take of Sleepy Hollow is a twist of the story about the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. The story revolves around Katrina Van Tassel who is the daughter of Sleepy Hollow's wealthiest man. Her mother had died when she was very young. In this story, the headless horseman is very real and has been seen repeatedly by many of the residents of the town.

One evening, the horseman made himself visible to Katrina and even whispered her name -- asking her to come to him. Katrina was terrified and kept the entire encounter quiet. Soon thereafter, the schoolteacher's body was found headless, all the residents of Sleepy Hollow were suddenly very afraid of the horseman.

The town council hires another teacher from Connecticut named Ichabod Crane. Mr. Crane is a very attractive man who had managed to catch the attention of Katrina's best friend. But it seems Ichabod has eyes for Katrina and this situation creates a lot of tension between the two girls.

The town has become a terrifying place to be at night. To make things more frightening for Katrina, the horseman has left his signature on the window of one of her close friends. Then even Ichabod appears to have attracted the attention of the horseman and the whole town believes that it is all because of Mr. Crane's unorthodox curriculum. Katrina is terrified and tries to find a way to help Ichabod. 

Just when the people of Sleepy Hollow thought that the headless horseman has been dealt with, the horseman appears to everyone attending a get together. The townspeople then decide that the best way to get rid of the horseman is to handover Ichabod. Will Katrina manage to help Ichabod? What does the horseman want?

Severed is a very exciting twist on Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Dax Varley manages to create a very thrilling, suspenseful, and thoroughly absorbing. A tale that you will definitely enjoy.

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Book Review: Nadia's Obsession

Nadia's Obsession by Charles D. Martin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Nadia's Obsession is a follow-up to the book Provocateur. The story of Nadia’s Obsession revolves around a Russian-born lady named Nadia Borodin. She was an orphan and was raised in one of Russia's infamous orphanages where there is no form of affection given to the kids and only the strongest make it. She has had a very hard and impoverished life. It was only thanks to the Russian education system where college education is free that Nadia was able to further her studies.

In order to escape her life, she became a mail-order-bride and came to America. Because of her very high level of intelligence and her looks, she caught the eye of an ex-CIA agent named Olga. Olga has a rather unique organization. Olga has a team of women who are highly-trained, talented and skilled in many things. Nadia becomes their most successful member because of a case involving a Russian oligarch named Russoff. But Russoff is not happy at all with what Nadia has done and he will stop at nothing to get even.

Nadia gets caught and is tortured for information about a computer program that she allegedly stole. But nothing they could do could make her talk and her captor is getting impatient. Will Nadia be able to save herself and those she cares about?

Nadia's Obsession is a story that is full of suspense, thrilling action and intrigue. It starts off wonderfully but somewhere down the line, the plot becomes a little "thin" for me in the book's latter part

The thing is that Nadia is supposed to be extremely intelligent and she even wins a chess match against an experienced grandmaster but she is unable to find a way to escape when she gets caught -- she doesn't even try -- I mean, really? There are some inconsistencies much like that within the book. And I would have given it more stars if it weren't for those inconsistencies. 

However the book may prove to be exciting enough to a lot of other readers. Especially those who enjoy having a strong female lead.

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