Masquerade of Lies by Wendy Hinbest

Masquerade of Lies is a youth fiction in the mystery genre that has an involving plot.  When Hanna and her mother moved to California to start a new life, Hanna thought she could leave her old one behind but she finds that you can’t truly run from your past.  When Hanna befriends a group of girls, her life starts taking an unusual turn.


For a new author, her book was on the ball of youth fiction.  The characters were vibrant and individualistic which made you either hate them or love them.  One of the main characters, Claire Miller, was a definitive mean girl, bossing her friends around so she could keep a grip on her inner circle.  Hanna Clark just wanted to fit in but sometimes being part of the popular group could get you into trouble. 

The title is so appropriate to the story because there are so many lies that the reader has to decipher what is fact and what is hidden from the other characters, which makes for good reading.   Wendy displays the mean girl so well.  Claire is dead on as she is depicted exactly as a cruel, selfish girl would be, who suffers for attention.  The dialogue is youth oriented and made for the focused age group.

I loved reading the book because just when you think you know who the killer is, something happens to make you doubt your choices.



Jenn Andrew
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Sarah H. – Summer Reading List 2016 — BookPeople’s Blog

Sarah H. is a badass bookseller who takes Texas book slingin’ to a whole new level. She currently helms BookPeople’s non-stop, party-all-the-time Internet Orders department. When not at work, she can be found researching Austin’s deep, dark literary underbelly. Look for her in the Sci-fi section and just about anywhere high caliber, boundary-defying, genre-bending lit […]

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Buried in comics is sometimes what I feel like, when there are so many new ones coming in.  In my teens, when I spent many days in the library, I surrounded myself with books and comic books.  Reading material is all I craved and it didn’t matter what venue it derived from.

Getting older, I seemed to have shied away from the comics, leaning more towards adult books and places like Chapters.  I’ve come to realize that graphic novels, trade paperbacks and comics have always been in the light and should be just as appreciated as traditional books.  With the rise of kindle and electronic books, you can also receive your favourite comics digitally.

My favorite hobby shop, where I get my board games and comics from, as well as play several events, gives me the opportunity to set aside your comics as they come in, so we can pick them up.  With so many on my list, I just get bombarded with them.


Ink! Alter Egos Exposed


Hugh Dillon who has played characters such as Mike Sweeney in Durham County and Ed Lane in Flashpoint.  He hosts an excellent show on comics – past, present and future.  We hear from legendary Stan Lee as well as many of the illustrators and artists that write and draw the comics we have grown up with and come to love.  You can get it on demand or you can try the following links:

It’s very entertaining and it makes you feel like comics are just as important to read as books.



Jenn Andrew
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Looper– best time travel flick since 12 Monkeys? — Bob Mayer

I thought this was one of my favourite movies.  I love the concept of time and dimensions so this movie was a very entertaining experience.

That’s what the critic from the Hollywood Reporter wrote about Looper, which came out in 2012. Since 12 Monkeys came out in 1995, that’s covering a lot of ground. Hmm 17 years, or today as we Time Patrol people like to say. Time Magazine reviewed Looper as Quentin Tarantino and Philip K. Dick mashed together.Tweet…

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Sunrise on the American River — KingMidget’s Ramblings

My new favorite picture …I saw this picture on one of the sites on WordPress and I wanted to say that it makes me feel like it’s a chilly early morning.  I don’t get many of those since I am not a morning person but it looks like the day is dawning and it may be a day that is going to get warmer.

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Raine by J.C. Valentine

J.C. Valentine
ISBN:  9781501020391
Reviewer:  Jennifer Andrew


Raine is about a young teenager who ends up getting pregnant from a high school boy named Camron that only wanted to seduce her and take advantage of her.  Born from a high society family, he befriended her, only to bring her down in the end.  Unexpectedly, his brother Jarret stepped up to take responsibility so Raine would not have to endure the life of a single mother alone.

This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18 because it contains violence and rape, strong language and sex.  It’s good that the author presents that warning because the cover of the book looks like any other youth fiction so certain material is not suitable.

The main character’s name is quite interesting, Raine Forester, and at first it borders on too simplistic but the character herself is far from being simple.  She may be young and fraught with adversity but she has had to endure being raped by the person she thought cared for her and then flung aside and degraded in front of his friends.

As an introverted student, Raine was surprised when Camron Moss, the most popular kid in school took an interest in her but as I read the story, she should have been very suspicious of his actions as it seemed to be the usual tale of a popular guy taking advantage and wanting his way with girls that were out of his reach. He took advantage of her virginity as well as other terrible things he did to her to make her feel useless, and when she fought back, he made it seem as if she had no right.  Earlier in the school year, before the incident, she caught him giggling with the popular girls and listening to his standoffish excuses, she should have known something was not right.  I’m surprised she was so naive.

The story is told in Raine’s point of view.  Her family abandoned her after the news and she was left to fend for herself.  I’m a mother and it would make her family cold hearted to put a pregnant young girl out on the street with no source of income or protection.  It’s hard to believe that people were capable of that so it tells the reader how little support the main character had in deciding to keep the baby, conceived from a terrible act.  A decision of that magnitude would be very hard to make especially when you know that you have to go it alone.

Out of the blue, the brother Jarret, most likely out of guilt and shame from his brother’s actions, wanted to help Raine to ensure her safety and the health of his niece or nephew.  Although Camron did a terrible thing, Raine was going to give birth to part of his family and he couldn’t turn his back.  This shows good character in Jarret in making the right choice instead of just standing by family for the wrong reasons.

Talk about conflict – two brothers with one girl to put a possible wedge between them; one trying to do the right thing and the other one trying to walk away from his responsibility.  The conflict makes for a good, sizzling story between two of the characters and the reader feels for what is going to transpire between both families.  The author shows you how each of the characters interact with each other in this touching story about loyalty and hard decisions in life.

Jenn Andrew
Freelance Writer and Book Reviewer

Workspace Vignette | A Small Press Life

I’m always trying to set up a good work space for when I write or blog. Just sitting at my computer desk seems cold so I like to hang out with friends at the comic shop to get some ambiance. 

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