Sunday, August 18, 2013

Book Review: Polar Night + Movie Review

Polar Night Review

Polar Night by Julie Flanders is a supernatural thriller about a killer who abducts women who are unfortunate enough to resemble his one true love. But when they fail to "become" her, the women inevitably die. Until one gets away. This escapee convinces cop Danny that maybe the killer isn’t what he seems and she isn’t crazy for believing so.

Polar Night has a mellow start and makes you wonder where’s the mystery going to come from. You meet Aleksei and think “interesting.” Then you get to really know Danny, a cop on a track to ruin, who runs away to Alaska after the death of his wife, and you’re hooked on the story: Crazy killer and the alcoholic cop after him. What really grabs you is the dialog, which rings harshly real and makes you feel for the characters. And the story ends with a nice finishing touch.

In the author’s words:

I am a novelist and a freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. A native Ohioan, I happily cheer for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds.

My debut novel, the supernatural thriller Polar Night, was published by Ink Smith Publishing in February, 2013. My second novel, The Ghosts of Aquinnah, is a love story/ghost story/mystery that will be published by Ink Smith in December, 2013.

I am a life-long animal lover with a passion for writing about animals. I have written features about the joy of pets and the importance of animal rescue for several media outlets including Best Friends Animal Society, Cat Fancy, and Thrive in Life.

I share my home with my cat Nate and my dog Clancy, both of whom are rescues.

Purchase Polar Nights here.

Julie's blog

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

From its premise – American history based on the viewpoint of a Black butler (Cecil Gaines) who served US Presidents from Eisenhower to Reagan – I was so looking forward to seeing Lee Daniels' The Butler. And the movie did not disappoint. It is a riveting story of not only rarely portrayed character aspects of the presidents, but is a dedication to Gaines’ amazing life and the struggles, triumphs and (yes, my favorite thing) transformations of his family. Oprah Winfrey is, of course, excellent in her portrayal of Gaines’ wife. The chemistry between Winfrey and Forest Whitaker is the core of what makes this movie exceptional.

Being one who rarely cries in movies, what does get me crying is when characters come to a breakthrough... and bust through it. So, yes I did unashamedly cry during the movie at one point. As I reviewed in Flixster, The Butler is an “EXCELLENT movie, worthy to be part of Black movie history.”

Now go on and see it for yourselves!


  1. So glad you enjoyed The Butler and will see it when I can. Nice Endorsement for Polar Night.

  2. I've been wanting to see The Butler! And been meaning to read Polar Night. Julie's super sweet, and I love anythings set in Alaska. Such a gorgeous place!!

  3. Excellent review - I can't wait to read it! And I too am thrilled to read anything set in Alaska!

  4. yay for julie! loved the review! im such a slow reader, but im almost ready for it!

    1. I'm a slow reader too. If not for slow days at work, I'd never finish!

  5. I've heard great things about The Butler, I'm glad you loved it!
    Yay for Julie, I have to get my behind reading Polar Night, it seems like a great read and your review was short and sweet :D

  6. This has been on my TBR list for a while! I hope to get to it ASAP and can't wait. Nice movie review too - Gaines must have had a fascinating life.

  7. I was fortunate to have won an e-book of Polar Night.
    It's a great story and Julie is such a talented writer.
    Writer In Transit


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