ARC REVIEW: Ochoco Reach – by Jim Stewart


Title: Ochoco Reach
Author: Jim Stewart
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
First published: September 1st 2015
Finished reading: October 26th 2015
Pages: 296
Rating 4qqq

“We are all the composite of our stories. It is who we are. Our stories carry the tracks we leave during our lifetimes. The most important of those tracks are in the hearts of our friends and our enemies.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


When I was approached earlier this month to read and review Ochoco Reach, the cover and blurb immediately appealed to me. The mystery/thriller genre is one of my favorites and both war on drugs and USA/Mexican border stories have always interested me. With its fast pace, interesting plot and well written prose, it is easy to say I really enjoyed this novel by Jim Stewart. The main characters are well developed and I especially liked the Native American elements and the dynamics between Mike, his brother Daniel, his dog Bucket and Willy. Mike can come over as a bit of a Rambo-clone at some points, but his character has a lot more depth than Sylvester Stallone. Ochoco Reach is what you call an action-packed pageturner where the main character has to rescue his client from a cartel boss: a guarantee for some very interesting action and shooting scenes. There are some unexpected plot twists as well, making this a very entertaining read and perfect for those who enjoy the genre.


Mike Ironwood is a freelance investigator and has just agreed to investigate some suspicious movements at a beautiful stranger’s family cattle ranch. Both the case and the woman named Willy are intriguing, and Mike soon finds himself more than involved in the case. When things turn more and more ugly and federal investigators seem to be involved, Mike smells trouble… And his fears come true when Willy is kidnapped and taken to Mexico. Mike is determined to rescue Willy, a woman that is no longer just his client but also the woman he is falling in love with… And he asks his brother Daniel for help. Will they be able to find Willy on time and rescue her from the cartel jefe?


Ochoco Reach is a well written and very entertaining read filled with action, (gun)fights and the right dose of emotions. The plot and Native American/spiritual elements made this story into something quite original and the many plot twists kept me interested until the very end. If you are looking for a good mystery/thriller read, I would definitely recommend this novel!

Friday Finds #58 – October 30th


FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at A Daily Rhythm and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Below a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀

My finds:


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BOOK REVIEW: The Murder Complex – by Lindsay Cummings


Title: The Murder Complex
(The Murder Complex #1)
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Thriller
First published: June 10th 2014
Finished reading: October 21st 2015
Pages: 398
Rating 4,5qqq

“I remember the one thing I have always known all along. I am not my mother’s daughter. I do not run from fear, but dive into it headfirst, the way my father taught me.”


I’ve had The Murder Complex on my TBR pile for a while now and mostly kept putting it off because of mixed reviews. I’m glad I finally picked it up as part of my Halloween reads, because I end up more than enjoying this story. It’s an interesting read full of action that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the duration of the story. It does end with a pretty big cliffhanger and I’m glad I already have a copy of the sequel or else I would definitely be suffering. I especially enjoyed the worldbuilding behind The Murder Complex and Lindsay Cumming‘s prose reads really easily. The dual POV’s are well done and follow two very interesting main characters: Meadow and Zephyr. Switching back and forth between these two teenagers really makes the story dynamic and I was able to read this fast-paced novel in no time at all. I can see why this one wouldn’t be for everyone and some scenes might be disturbing for the more sensitive, but if you like a good YA dystopian action thriller, The Murder Complex would probably be a great choice.


Meadow is fifteen and has been trained by her father to fight and survive any situation ever since she was little. Murder is as common as daylight in the world they live in and sometimes you have to kill in order to stay alive… The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that keeps track of the population and controls the rations with precision. They also decide over life and death, but nobody really knows about it… Programmed assassins start their hunt every night to eliminate those inhabitants who have been chosen randomly. When Meadow meets Zephyr, both their lives will change forever.


The Murder Complex is an action packed dystopian thriller with a very interesting worldbuilding. The prose reads really easily and the pace is fast, making this into a very entertaining read as long as you don’t mind some slightly disturbing scenes. The main plot is all about trained assassin teenagers killing of people randomly at night after all… This novel by Lindsay Cummings might not be for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would say it’s a perfect Halloween read. I will be reading the prequel and sequel ASAP myself!

WWW Wednesdays #62 – October 28th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.



I have finally started reading The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, although it’s still too early to say if I like it better than the first one. I’ve also started the prequel novella The Fear Trials by Lindsey Cummings… I’m going to try and finish this series ASAP. And I’ve put Outlander by Diana Gabaldon on hold until November because there is no way I will be able to finish it before the end of the month anyway. It’s not that I don’t like it so far though!



I didn’t have that much time to read last week and I was also quite distracted by my new food blog Easy Peasy Delicious Food, so I only managed to finish three books.
* The first is The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, a read I really enjoyed and I will be reading the sequel soon as well.
* Next up was Ochoco Reach by Jim Stewart, a very entertaining and well written read.
* Last but not least: The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. Quite a short read, but not as good as I hoped for.



I really want to read Girl Of Nightmares by Kendare Blake… I loved the first book and reading this one also means I will finish another series. Although I might give in and start yet another series first with Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender… I should also read Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver since it has been appearing on my monthly TBR and WWW posts for ages. The last one, The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle, is still my latest TBR jar pick I will most likely put on hold until the month is over.

Teaser Tuesdays #65 – October 27th: The Paper Magician


TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at A Daily Rhythm. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I haven’t been having a lot of spare time to read during the last week, but I managed to start The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg the other day. This is definitely a case of cover love; I mostly bought this one because of the cover and I’ve heard mixed things about it… Hopefully it won’t end up to be disappointing.


My teaser (6%):

“Her hand gripped the wooden handle of her suitcase as she stared up at the monstrosity, even worse than her fitful dreams had imagined it to be. If it weren’t bad enough that Mg. Thane – the only Folder this side of the River Thames – lived on the wild outskirts of London itself, his abode looked like the creation of a campfire story.”

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NEW: Easy Peasy Delicious Food!


I have been thinking about starting my own food blog for a while now… And last Saturday I finally went through with it! I keep hearing people complain about how they never have time to cook something healthy or that the recipes are too difficult for an amateur cook. Since I love cooking and I’m always trying to invent new easy, (mostly) healthy and delicious ways of combining different ingredients, I decided to share them with you.

Hence Easy Peasy Delicious Food was born! I’m still in the process of putting the final touches to the design and I have only three recipes up so far, but more is to come soon!


Feel free to check out my Chard Spring Rolls, Potato Salad With Breaded Hake or Chicken Pineapple Curry.


The Fall Time Cosy Book Tag


Technically it’s Spring over here in Argentina, but Analee @ Book Snacks was nice enough to tag me for this Fall Time Cosy Book Tag and it’s one of my favorite seasons… So I’m giving it a go anyway. 😉

1. Crunching Leaves: The world is full of colour. Choose a book that has reds, oranges and yellows on the cover.


I just HAD to pick one of my favorite reads this year: The Martian by Andy Weir. This book is simply brilliant and I can’t wait to see the movie as well. Definitely recommended!

2. Cosy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cosy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?


I love Rainbow Rowell‘s YA novels and can’t wait to finally start reading Carry On! Since I technically don’t know yet if I will have fuzzy feelings (although I’m 99% sure already!), I have added Fangirl as well. 😀

3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favourite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.


I love reading something creepy or fantasy stories when it’s storming. Two of my recent favorites would be The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings and Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake. Both are highly recommended!

4. Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

I’m going to cheat and pick Hermione from Harry Potter as well. She is just such a cool character and I would love to trade places with her and attend Hogwarts. There are a lot of other very cool characters as well, but I kind of don’t know where to begin haha.

5. Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?


Though question, but I think I will go with Firebolt by Adrienne Woods. It is the first book of The Dragonian Series and full of dragons, awesome characters, great prose and an interesting plot. Definitely recommended! Check out my full review here

6. Coat, Scarves and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

Haha this is quite a funny question! I don’t like covers with couples on them and don’t read many romance novels, so I don’t think there are many covers I would hide in public… I’ve checked my shelves and couldn’t find any. xD

7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favourite fall time comfort food/foods?


Like Analee, I love anything chocolate! I know I have posted a photo of these mint oreo brownies before, but they are just SO delicious!!!

And I tag… YOU!! If you haven’t done this tag yet, feel free to join the fun! 😀

BOOK REVIEW: On The Jellicoe Road – by Melina Marchetta


Title: On The Jellicoe Road
Author: Melina Marchetta
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
First published: August 28th 2006
Finished reading: October 20th 2015
Pages: 432
Rating 3,5qqq

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”


On The Jellicoe Road has been on my radar for a while now and it actually has been recommended to me various times in the past. I ended up really enjoying this read, but I have to say the first part of the story is quite confusing. Luckily I was warned that the first part is exactly that and they told me to just keep reading and things would soon start to make sense. They were right. This novel by Melina Marchetta is without doubt very well written and the whole confusement in the beginning is actually part of the charm. Why haven’t I given it an even higher rating? It may seem that I’m contradicting myself, but I don’t think I would have continued reading without the warning that the beginning is hard to understand. The characters are very well developed though and once you get an idea of the whole situation the prose and plot just suck you right in. If you like realistic fiction and don’t mind a confusing beginning, On The Jellicoe Road might just be the perfect read for you!


Taylor was abandoned by her mother on the Jellicoe Road when she was eleven and ended up at a boarding school. When she was fourteen, she decided to run away and try to find her mom, but she was tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now she is seventeen and the leader of the school’s underground community, having to lead the annual territory war with the Townies and the visiting Cadets. This year the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, a guy she has some history with. When the only adult Taylor trusts, Hanna, disappears, things get even more complicated for Taylor… Now she not only has to make sure they don’t lose any more territory, but she also wants to try and piece together the clues Hannah left behind. What is the real history of Jellicoe Road?


The beginning of On The Jellicoe Road didn’t completely convince me, but the rest of the story more than made up for it. The prose, the characters, the plot and plot twists… Melina Marchetta used those in a way that once you are past the confusing part, you just can’t stop reading. I will probably try to do a reread at some point, since I will most likely enjoy this read even better the second time around. If you like the genre, I would definitely recommend this one; just remember that it may take a while before you can fully understand what the story is about.

BOOK REVIEW: Anna Dressed In Blood – by Kendare Blake


Title: Anna Dressed In Blood
(Anna #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal
First published: August 30th 2011
Finished reading: October 19th 2015
Pages: 316
Rating 4,5qqq

“I think of her again. Anna. Anna Dressed in Blood. I wonder what tricks she’ll try. I wonder if she’ll be clever. Will she float? Will she laugh or scream?
How will she try to kill me?”


Anna Dressed In Blood is one of the books on my Halloween TBR and I have to say I really loved this read. It’s a creepy ghost story with just the right amount of romance and an interesting plot. I really enjoyed Kendare Blake‘s writing style and the pace is fast enough to be able to finish it in no time at all. Anna Dressed In Blood is without doubt a proper horror read and some parts are not suitable for the weak-hearted or those who don’t like gory details… But I still think most of the story has more of a psychological horror feel. Both Anna and Cas are very interesting characters and I liked how their relationship developed during the story. Some of the other characters ended up annoying me a little, but since they didn’t play a big role in the story it didn’t bother me that much. If you are looking for a good horror story that is both entertaining and creepy, make sure to pick up Anna Dressed In Blood! I myself can’t wait to read the sequel…


When his father was brutally murdered by a ghost he was trying to kill, Cas Lowood inherited his vocation: killing the dead. Armed with his father’s mysterious athame, Cas travels around the country looking for murderous ghosts. His mother has some experience with witchcraft and their cat is a walking spirit-detector; both help Cas on his missions. They follow the local legends and never stay long in the same place, so Cas hasn’t exactly a lot of friends. But things are about to change when he decides to go after the ghost locals call Anna Dressed In Blood. Soon he realizes more and more people are getting involved in his hunt; something that normally doesn’t happen… And he will have to not only protect his own life, but that of his new friends. To make things even more complicated, Anna is not a normal ghost… Will Cas be able to defeat her?


This story is both creepy and entertaining and the perfect read for Halloween if you don’t mind the gory bits. I was able to finish Anna Dressed In Blood in no time at all and I will definitely read the sequel Girl Of Nightmares as soon as possible. Kendare Blake combines good prose with an interesting story and characters and it all just fits together. If you enjoy reading the genre, make sure to pick this one up!

Friday Finds #57 – October 23rd


FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at A Daily Rhythm and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Below a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀

My finds:


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