Posted in 3 1/2 paws, Fantasy, Review, Urban on February 2, 2014

all that glitters

All That Glitters by Jackie Sonnenberg

Genre – Urban Fantasy/Crime


A jewelry thief is on the loose in the town of Wickerwire, Iowa. He leaves behind no trace except for his newly-established calling card: candy in place of the jewels he steals, the media giving him the nickname of “The Candy Caper.”  He makes his mark and vanishes, and no one seems to have any leads on him whatsoever. He won’t give up until he finds his special item…but what exactly is he looking for? And what exactly is in it for him?

Said to be a “backwards superhero story” telling the story of a would-be villain, All That Glitters is a satisfying read for everyone and anyone who has ever fantasized about having a double life, a secret identity as well as a special ability…and whether this ability is seen as a gift or a curse.


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Overall this book has a great storyline. Nick is a dentist but is also a kleptomaniac and has been since he was a kid. Bridget is a new jewelry store owner in town…a town that has just seen a rash of robberies of jewelry stores and the calling card by the thief is candy in the empty cases. There is also lore that there are pieces of jewelry that turn negative aspects into something positive.

There are a host of other characters that add to the storyline – Detective Anthony Massey, the wrestling icon Thunder God (who is seeking the good luck jewelry!), Dustin and Cheryl (Dustin works with Nick) and Alex who works with Bridget and is her loss prevention specialist.

I had some small problems reading the story because it took me a little while to realize whose POV the story was coming from.  Was it The Candy Caper?  Was it Nick?  Was it Detective Massey?  The author used “he” a lot and it took awhile to figure out who “he” was at that moment.  However, as the book progressed and we learn who The Candy Caper is, then the book became a little easier to read.

We give this 3 1/2 paws


About the Author

Jackie Sonnenberg is an author/entrepreneur, or “authorpreneur” and has worked in journalism, creative writing, event planning and marketing. Favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Lisa See, Gregory Maguire, Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, Sarah Addison Allen, Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling and, the bard himself, William Shakespeare. Outside of her favorite job of Microsoft Wording at 2 A.M. in pajamas, Sonnenberg is a lover of video games, costuming and conventions, and an avid member of the Haunt industry thriving on every Halloween season.

Sonnenberg’s books mainly theme around suspense and thriller. She is currently at work on the YA Paranormal novel  Guardians of Light and outlining a horror series. More clues about this series will be revealed at a later time!

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I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review