Wednesday, September 23, 2015

#BookReview 'Not So Picture Perfect' by Amber C. Carlyle

not so picture perfectNew Orleans native and private investigator Yumi Matthews finds herself steeped in a murder investigation – a far cry from the vision of reuniting people with their missing loved ones. Still, she devotes herself to investigating these supposedly unsolvable mysteries as a way to distract herself from the haunting disappearance of her own brother 10 years ago.

Yet, while at this latest crime scene, she unveils a bizarre clue into her brother’s cold case, which terrifies and excites her all at once. As she digs deeper into the case, the lines between reality and fantasy blur, causing her to question everything she knows. A cast of strangers gather around her, from the familiar Detective Joshua Boulliard to the new, and possibly dangerous, Ash. How far is she willing to go to discover the truth surrounding these mysterious clues?

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**My Review**

I have been reading so many romance novels lately, that it was a nice change to pick up a mystery. This one also had a bit of a paranormal twist to it, which made it even more unique.

Yumi definitely has a backstory, which she gets into here and there. I felt like I wanted to know even more, in greater detail than she gives in the story. At first, I thought perhaps I had missed an earlier book, but this is the first book in the series. Perhaps a prequel to the series should come out later? I really want to know more details about Yumi's younger years.

The setting of New Orleans easily lends itself to the supernatural side of the story, which made it intriguing. I have never actually visited the area, but could easily picture what was going on and where they were based on the careful details.

Yumi is a likeable character. She has a shady past, which helps her in her investigative endeavors. This is another aspect of the story that I would love to see fleshed out in a prequel. I have a feeling her past is going to creep up again and again in future installments. Despite those earlier days, she has turned her life around and is doing something she seems to truly enjoy. You root for her to be successful.

Ash and Josh are two men who enter her life and come to her aid more often than she probably would like. They are both protective of her. You want to smack Josh a bit, but in that older brother kind of a way. I have a feeling that these two are going to square off a lot in the future, with Yumi being at the center.

This book does come to a satisfactory conclusion. The ending strongly suggests that there is going to be another book coming soon, but I didn't quite feel that cliffhanger growl that I get when the action is cut short. Yes, I want to know what is going to happen next, but I didn't feel the need to throw my Kindle, if that makes sense.

So, if you're looking for a new mystery with a twist, this is a good series to start on. It's also a quick read.
About the author:
Amber CHorror, Fantasy, Humor

Nothing thrills me more than a wonderful blend of those three elements, and that’s what I strive to bring to the words in my books: whether it’s an urban fantasy suspense/mystery, or a fantasy short story taking the reader down a dark and wayward road. Life is rarely so black and white to be just any one of these things, and humor can be as dark as it can be light.

It also has a great way of cutting the tension, even if not everyone finds it funny. That’s okay. It’s good that we’re all different in the end.

But, no need to fret. I try to incorporate my own weird, and probably twisted humor, into the things I discuss. Some are things that catch my fancy that I just need to share, others are serious topics that I can’t help myself but state. Most times, they will be the little things that inspire me to keep writing. I pull inspiration from my shows, movies, and games (video, board, and tabletop RPGs). The littlest thing can spark my brain into running a marathon disseminating the information until it resembles what it needs it to.

I want to share my passions in this world, and that’s more than just my own writings. I love to be engrossed by a world that let’s me walk its own twisted paths. It doesn’t have to be glamorous, and it doesn’t have to be happy. But it has to be a good story, and the best stories have to be shared. I want to share my best stories with you, and I want to share the stories by others that move me.
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