Image of Schemes (Schemes Series)

SCHEMES

Image of Schemes (Schemes Series)

“Devil in Sheep’s Clothing” by Kiki Swinson initially appears to be a predictable story of “whodunit.” Spending the whole read trying to guess the culprit only to be surprised at the end gave this short story a leg to stand on. The author did a good job at keeping us entertained and on edge the entire time. “Twisted Deception” by Saundra, on the other hand, was the complete opposite. An extremely predictable storyline centralized around bringing down a drug kingpin, that was given away very early into the read. Also, there were too many plot twists at the very end which not only made the story confusing but unrealistic as well.

“Devil in Sheep’s Clothing”: Karlie and Miley have grown up in a poverty stricken town in Virginia. Abandoned after their mother’s deadly heroin overdose left them to fend for themselves. Karlie, the oldest sister, was then forced with the decision to turn her and her sister into social services where they were eventually placed with someone who cared for them until her death. Again, left to fend for themselves, a plan of robbery is devised to finally set them straight financially. All goes wrong when the robbery is carried out and everyone involved eventually begins to drop like flies. “Twisted Deception”: Yazz has grown up in a tumultuous household, where she feels unloved by her own mother and her boyfriend. Shortly after meeting boyfriend Devon, Yazz is introduced to the finer things in life. Devon, on the other hand, has plans to take down his boss with the goal of acquiring his whole empire. Devon devises a plan using Yazz as a pawn to get closer to his boss Caesar. Yazz becomes torn between her loyalty for Devon and her growing feelings for Caesar and then all goes haywire. (DAFINA, Oct., 232 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed by: 
Mia Poindexter