Sunday, March 10, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: The Life & Dysfunction of Nadine Daniels by Hadena James

The Life & Dysfunction of Nadine Daniels


Hadena James

 About the book . . . 

Nadine Daniels’ life is a disaster.  The security company that she owns is being sued, her mother is coming to visit for a week, and some unpleasant realities about her “charity” work are about to surface.  She thought this was as bad as it could get, but she was wrong—dead wrong.

Someone believes she knows a secret – a secret worth killing for.  With assassins tracking her every move, Nadine wishes the only thing she had to worry about was her mother pestering her to settle down with her suspected live-in boyfriend, Zeke, but she can’t think about the future when the present might end with her death.


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 About the author . . . 

Hadena James began writing at the age of eight. As a teenager, she had several  short  stories
published in literary magazines. She completed writing her first novel at the age of 17.

Hadena graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in European History with minors in German and Russian studies. She has always wanted to be a writer so she also took several classes in creative writing.

Hadena’s primary literary genre is action/thriller. She currently writes two series, both use action/thriller. “The Brenna Strachan Series” uses fantasy and the “Dreams & Reality Series” uses murder mystery as its secondary genre. She continues to explore and expand her writing and hopes to soon produce a comedic action/thriller.

When she isn’t busy writing or running her business, Hadena enjoys playing  in  a  steel-tip  dart
league. She also loves to travel throughout North America and Europe.  Her  favorite  cities  are
Chicago, Illinois and Berlin, Germany. She is an avid reader, reading everything from the classics like Jane Austen to modern writers like Terry Pratchett. One of her all-time favorite books is “Good Omens” by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. She writes all of her books while listening to music and the bands tend to get “honorable mentions” within the pages.

Twitter:  @hadenajames

Reader Review . . . 

Someone believes that Nadine knows something worth killing for, and her mother believes she's married.  Nadine doesn't know what the would-be assassin is after, and no one wants to set her mother straight.  And her troubles are just beginning....

The pace of this book is fast, really fast.  This is not a book for those who are easily distracted or easily confused.  There is no real back story, so for the first couple of chapters, I was in the dark as to what was happening and why.  When the humor picked up, I found that I really didn't care about all the details.  The story is just laugh-out-loud funny at points.  At times, it seemed as though there were too many characters.  Truthfully, I had trouble keeping some of them sorted out from one another.

A fun thriller/mystery with some strong language and violence.

3.5 stars

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*  



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