February 2

Meritorium by Joel Ohman {Book Review}

Review2After a few chapter into book two, I knew this book was going to be much slower than the first in the series. There is a an abundance of information about various animals, which I enjoyed the most. I think theres a big improvement in Mr. Ohman’s writing style since Meritropolis. His writing has become much more direct, getting the point across clearly, with less filler words.

There is a lot of self reflection and the major characters are analyzing themselves and their situations much more. This book ended much like the first book, with hopes for an additional book! I give this book 4/5.

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February 1

Meritropolis by Joel Ohman {Book Review}

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There are many parts of this book that resemble other plots in popular books. Meritropolis can be easily described as a dystopian. Considering the ages of the characters, and that Mr. Ohman writes in conservative way without adult content and violence, it can easily be put in the YA genre.

If you like Maze Runner, Divergent, or even Hunger Games, you’ll want to read this one considering the similarities they all have. There are plenty of social issues, and personal issues for everyone to relate and connect to in some manner.

The writing style took me a little while to get used to, as I found some sections of the book to be overly detailed. There were times too much information was thrown out at me, and it took a bit more to fully comprehend, than I normally enjoy.

Meritoropolis definitely caught and hooked my attention from the beginning. The ending will have you hooked and looking for the sequel! I give this book 4/5.

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January 31

Devotional: Erotic Stories from the Sensual Mind by Phil Harvey {Review}

Review2I believe the author wrote this book with the purpose of making it sound scattered and random, but I feel it came off as unorganized and disheveled. The stories were a bit confusing to grasp. I wasn’t always sure what was being described, who was speaking, or what was being referenced. Re-reading portions of the story over and over again, became something that happened on every page.

The stories themselves, and what I understood from them, seemed to be entertaining though. Most were to bizarre and weird to be made up. They’re not all erotic in nature, but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who doesn’t want to read about extremely sexual scenes wrapped in drugs and lies.

I didn’t understand any true meaning behind any of the stories, except for the readers enjoyment. I applaud any author who can write down their life experiences, and that in itself is admirable. I give this book 3/5.

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January 30

The Searcher by Ray Dacolias {Review}

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After finishing chapter one, I instantly knew it would would be a book that made a lasting impression. This is the second book I’ve read by Ray Dacolias. I really enjoyed reading The Tragedy of Woman and it was the reason I was so excited to read The Searcher.

I would describe this book as being descriptive and wordy, but for the most part, it wasn’t too bad. He really knows how to describe things in a way without being excessive or redundant. There were some times where I came across a description surroundings, that would go on for a few pages, but I thought that it was fastidiously intended.

There is a great amount of back story with each of the characters, including the villains. The reader will fall in love with the heroes, and anticipate the downfall of the villains. Everyone is so adequately described, there’s no sense of confusion on who the characters are, or what their purpose is to the plot.

Along side the plot, there are plenty of controversial topics and philosophical questions, which made this a book I spread over a few days as I found myself pondering quite often. I got a sense that the author might be considerably religious.

Overall, I would categorize this book as a mystery, but since there is so philosophy and other musings, I found I was initially torn by which direction I wanted the book wanted to go in, but ended up just going for the fusion the author intended.

The Searcher will infiltrate your mind with philosophical thoughts and vivid imagery, definitely worth a 5/5!

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Elizabeth

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January 18

The Tragedy of Woman by Ray Dacolias {Review}

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What a delightfully long and enjoyable book. It’s the first book I’ve read by Mr. Ray Dacolias, and after reading The Tragedy of Woman, I plan on getting his other books. Oscine is a valiant and strong woman who has survived many tragedies that no woman should ever have to endure or go through. It was like reading a nightmare at some points, and what made it worth reading, was how she handled and overcame the nightmares in her life.

As a survivor of my own nightmares, it was an interesting read, that kept me hooked from the very beginning, all the way to the very end. The author takes the reader on a rough journey of emotions and I found that each emotion I went through added to my love of the book. You can’t help but feeling each emotion invoked by Mr. Ray Dacolias in his writing.

I found it refreshing to read about her difficulties and joys in a new marriage, and new baby. Not many authors write about the reality of what happens behind door with a newly wed couple and/or a new mother. Mr. Ray Dacolias does a great job at painting a picture of the life Oscine has lived, and I know many other people can empathize with her story since the reality of what she went through is all to real in the real world.

Most people who have gone through a rough childhood, end up leading a rough adult life, and it wasn’t surprising to see that her life was full of complications. I really enjoyed the realness of this book and how close to the truth of many women lives it represented. I give this book a 5/5 and recommend it to anyone who has overcome obstacles and had a difficult or less than ideal life.
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January 8

Songs of the Deliverer by Elvo Bucci

Review2The concept of this plot is complicated. Its a modern version of the story of Christ. I think you need to be familiar with the bible and the stories of Jesus in order to completely understand what the author is trying to convey. A lot of the imagery from reading this book came from the religious art work and other images I’ve been exposed to, and not so much what the author was expressing. The author just stuck to the story line, with few descriptive words. I felt like I was reading a modern version, but everyone in my mind held the appearance of being from the time of the real Jesus. Overall I give this book a 3/5.

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January 5

While the Savage Sleeps by Andrew E. Kaufman {Book Review}

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Of all the books I’ve read that have been categorized as a thriller/horror, none have fit into the category as Andrew E. Kaufman’s books do. I have been hooked on his writing ever since picking up the book Twisted which is by far the most…well…twisted novel I’ve ever read. This book easily gets second place!

There are two main characters living in different parts of New Mexico. How they are connected is one of the twists in the book! For the most part, it seems most of the plot itself is full of complicated twists and turns that are impossible to predict.

I have read the book and listened to the audiobook. I probably read the book too fast since I was so into it, but the audiobook was so thrilling, I ended up turning on the lights while listening in bed in the dark one night.

Despite what the other reviews say about this book this is by far one of my new favorite books! I don’t think the other reviews are from readers who understood that this book has GORE and VIOLENCE! It’s not for the faint of heart. I am stressing that this is a psychological thriller and anyone who’s a fan of that genre, will love this book!

I was immediately swallowed up into the story, and did not put this book down until I was finished. I was so anxious to find out what was happening in the story, that “one more chapter” ended up in me completing the book in a day. I love Kaufman’s books and hope there will be more to come!

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Elizabeth

 

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December 30

And the Point of All This Agony Is…? by Aphrodite Phoenix {Book Review}

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This collection of short stories may have some sexual undertones to it. Phoenix has previously written a book about her life when she worked for sex. It definitely altered my perspective on things regarding that job position. This book reflects much of her style based of what I learned about her from her first book. I found it to be a great collection, I enjoyed almost every single one. I give this book a 4/5!

 

 

 

 

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December 9

Erotic Seduction by Moll Molone {Book Review}

Review2I found that the characters in this book lacked depth. Much of the interaction between characters did not add to the plot, and I found to be quite pointless. In fact, much of the story had nothing to do with the plot.

But you’re not reading this book for character depth and a twist in the plot. You’re reading it for the steamy sex scenes, which this book did not lack. The main theme is dominance and submission, but there plenty of other scenes without it.

Overall, I rate this at a 3/5.

 

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December 7

Sex and the Office by Kim Elsesser {Book Review}

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This book is just packed with information on women’s rights, sexual harassment in the work place, and the relationships between men and women in the work place. It can be a controversial topic, but this is written very black and white.

If you’re a young aspiring female, this is a great book to read just to have the information stored in the brain. You never know when this is going to be an issue, or when you will need to know your rights as a woman in the workplace.

It’s a difficult topic for both parties, the woman in the workplace who’s at risk, along with the men who are accused or worried of being accused of being difficult. A man is worried about how he comes off, and what comments might be taken wrong.

Overall this is a great book for everyone to read, it had information that everyone should be aware of! I give this book a 4/5.

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December 6

The Boss by Abigail Barnette {Book Review}

Review2The Boss is the fist book in the series. It’s a romance novel that has a hot and steamy S&M theme to it. He’s the dominant male boss while she the submissive female personal assistant. Their back story on how they know each other from the past is a little weird, and very unrealistic but I was on board. Neil is twice the age of Sophie, but when it’s love and lust, does age really matter? Did I mention he has a sexy English accent? I’ll probably check out the other books in the series. This one wasn’t half bad. I give it 3/5.

 

 

 

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December 5

Broken by Claire Adams {Book Review}

Review2The man Natalie loved went and betrayed her by committing the ultimate evil act he could possibly commit. He cheated on her, with her best friend. For months! Now, she drowns out her sorrows with booze and her new best friend Julie. Regardless of alcohol, she still questions their motives and why it had to happen to her!

Despite the “fuck you” written on her forehead, she still manages to catch the attention of some males in the bar she usually goes to. She quickly catches the eye of Jet, who’s set out to have her.

This is a short and sweet romantic story. There isn’t a lot of x-rated scenes making this more of a sweet romance than a raunchy one. I give it 3/5.

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December 4

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling {Review}


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I’ve of course read this book many times since it’s release back in the late 90’s. I love it more and more each time. This time around, I decided to listen to the audiobook! It was amazing! Since the very first time I’ve read them, I’ve always thought J.K. Rowling was absolutely amazing! It feels as if she’s really attended Hogwarts herself, and was telling a story about her time spent in the magic world.

It really is a magical read.

You won’t be able to distinguish Hogwarts from real life. Ms. Rowling really brings the characters and the castle alive for the reader.

This book will captivate and engross you from the first sentence, regardless of your age or religious background. The imagination and fantasy sucked me in and I will always love and appreciate the Harry Potter collection!

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Elizabeth

 

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December 2

The Sword and the Dragon by M.R. Mathias {Review}

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It’s always so bittersweet to start a long book with characters that are so easy to get attached to. On one hand I feel a sense of achievement and excitement that I finished this book, while I’m sad I have nothing left to read about the characters I spent so much time reading about. There are characters you’ll love to hate, and there are others who fit the brave and loyal hero role, perfectly.

This is your very definition of an epic fantasy! There’s so much action with amazingly described battle scenes. The story flows well once you get the hang of how it transitions from each scene.

The story as a whole is an investment for the reader. There is so much going on here, and a lot of information that you must absorb to fully understand the plot. There is so much in this book with dragons, wizards, elves, mystical creatures and you wrap them all up with high adventure and you’ve got a pretty great book!

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Elizabeth

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December 1

Forged Through Glory by DeZré Storm {Book Review}

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This book literally contains it all, science fiction, action, adventure, romance, and erotica. I have read my fair amount of books in each of these genres, but very rarely get to read them all together. It was quite interesting going from the action and adventure of a special operations unit of mainly men, to the erotica portion of the book when they gain a new member of the squad who happens to be female.

FTG is full of surprise, and imagination. It’s a fairly descent length book, but I read it much quicker than anticipated due to how great it flowed together. I imagine those who pick this book up for the adventure and action will be quite pleased with the erotica thrown in, and those who might pick this book up for the erotica, will be hooked to the science fiction plot as well!

I only wished that the characters themselves were described as well as everything else in the story. Regardless, the plot was creative and fun! Overall, I give this book a 4/5.

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November 30

After You, In Love Arrest by Mario Gabriel Adame {Review}

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I was very interested in beginning this collection after I read that the poems were a reflection of the current generations outlook on love. As a society, we interact much differently than we once did due to technology, and because of this I believe we are viewing dating, relationships, and love much differently. Mario Gabriel Adame does an amazing job with the rhythm and flow of his words. Each reader will see and feel something different with each poem. It’s a great collection, a 5/5.

 

 

 

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October 26

Illuminarium by Truth Devour {Book Review}

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One thing I can say for certain about Truth Devour’s books, is they all have a theme that contains strong language, and some in your face scenes that always get the point across. The descriptions she provides give the reader a great mental image, and suck them right into the story line from the very beginning.

I would categorize this book as a supernatural thriller/fantasy.

The beginning goes into great detail describing the Redwood National Forest, and why the characters were drawn to the trees and the nature it contains. With all the negativity and the worst sides of humanity, Harper is searching for harmony and peace in her life. What a better place than Redwood National Forest, known for it’s very qualities.

Harper finds and follows an owl, leading her to find a strange and curious book in the woods which leads to her life changing upside down and sucked into a strange and uncharted world.

During her expedition she lives alongside the character in the book, York. Although York’s life stories are very much so in the past, Harper feels a connection to the stories in the present. This may sound confusing, but Truth did a great job at taking both stories and putting them on the same parallel line, keeping the reader on track.

The book contains a heavy amount supernatural, crime, thrill, and mystery. The concept of this book is absolutely unique and amazing! You won’t find anything else like it! I wasn’t able to put it down without finishing it. It’s a story within a story. The characters hold many dimensions and were described to perfect detail. I enjoyed this book very much and rate it at a 5/5.

This isn’t the first book I’ve read by Truth Devour, and I know it won’t be the last!

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September 27

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Seders {Review}

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This is a story of the quirky family David Sedaris grew up with and how it made him the person he is today. He has a crazy family that is described with some very interesting and fun stories. I did find some of the stories to be frustrating to the point where I wanted to shake him and some of his family/friends. The things they would say. The numbness are easy to relate to and inevitably you will relate to at least one of the stories in this book.

I’ve heard this isn’t one of the better books by David Sedaris. I cannot compare since is the fist book of his I’ve read, but I do plan on giving some of his other books a chance since I’ve heard great things about them. I’d love to read what your opinion is on David Sedaris and what books you might recommend after reading Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

The final rating for this book is a 3/5.

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Elizabeth

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September 26

Homeland Conspiracy by Gary Fuller {Review}

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I did not read Mr. Fuller’s previous book to the conspiracy series, and I did not have any difficulty while reading Homeland Conspiracy. It’s pretty fast paced and everything flows really nicely keeping the reader intrigued for the entire book. The plot is all over place and I found it very difficult to predict. I always enjoy books that keep me on my toes, never knowing where the next page will take me. Steven Grant can do it all! He can fight bad guys while being suave and smooth in his romantic life. He’s the perfect character to love! I give this book 5/5.

 

 

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September 17

A Journey in Time by Maureen Francis Doyle {Review}

Review2 Don’t fear if you don’t know much about the potato famine that occurred during the 1800’s in Ireland, because reading this book will catch you up to what happened. A Journey in Time takes you up close and personal to the difficulties that occurred during that time period in all aspects of a persons life. I love that it’s based on actual events. Knowing that what I’m reading actually happened somewhere to someone, makes it that much more emotional, making it easier to empathize with the characters agony.

It definitely had enough substance to keep me from putting the book down, and I finished it in one sitting. I am going to recommend this to a a few people who love history, that will absolutely enjoy this book. I give it a 4/5.

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September 16

The Portable Door by Tom Holt {Book Review}

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This is the first book I’ve read from Tom Holt. His imagination is unlike anyone else.

The plot that involves The Portable Door, doesn’t come until the second half of the book. It gives time for the main characters to believe that the bizarre events and things around them are now part of their ever day life. Their lives change drastically the moment Paul and Sophie are hired at J.W. Wells & Co. and sign a contract sealing their fate. In fact the only ones who don’t seem to know about Paul and Sophie’s fate, are Paul and Sophie themselves.

Anything and everything can and will happen in this book. It’s full of mystery, suspense, and most of all, fantasy. With a wild imagination and the talent to piece it all together in one book, Tom Holt proves he can take you on an adventure like no other.

I already added the rest of Tom Holt’s books to my giant stack of books to be read. I give The Portable Door a 4/5.

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August 7

The Science of Why by David Forbes {Book Review}

Review2The Science of Why: Decoding Human Motivation and Transforming Marketing Strategy

This book dives into a whole new world of marketing. The things advertisers to appeal to a certain person or a personality type. Mr. Forbes plainly knows what he is talking about, as he is founder of Forbes Consulting, working for over twenty years as a strategic marketing research consultant, dedicated to creating business advantages through psychological consumer opinions and reactions. He even has a Ph.D in cognitive psychology. Dr. Forbes has won many awards and has been recognized for many years.

It really is quite fascinating how you can change the idea or the perception of an advertisement based on how you promote, what your main focus is on, and the personality type you are engaging. At times the book read like a textbook, but I was intrigued enough to doodle some notes. David Forbes does a good job at keeping your attention focused on the book, while also being educational and direct. A main topic is explaining how to make an emotional connection with the consumer, so it would only make sense that he would be able to do so with the consumers of his book.

I always knew about the things Mr. Forbes discusses in his book, but I have yet to read a book that describes and explains it so well, that I walked away knowing I learned something, that is until I read The Science of Why. This isn’t just a great book for an advertiser or someone who works for marketing, but also the consumers who are affected by the advertisements you view on a daily basis. Without a question, this is a 5/5 book.

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Elizabeth

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July 29

Looking for Alaska by John Green {Book Review}

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I haven’t been a huge fan of John Green’s writing, and for majority of this book I didn’t think my opinion would change. It wasn’t until I read the Readers Guide from the Collectors Edition of this book. There were many questions that I had concerning the writing style of Mr. Green, and his answers definitely gave me a new perspective on his method of writing.

Let me share with you one of the questions from the Readers Guide.

  • Alaska wasn’t introduced as fully as the other characters even though the book largely centers around the effect she had on people (like the Colonel). Is that intentional?

I found this to be quite odd the whole time I was reading the book, and I wrongly assumed it was written unintentionally, making me think wrongly on the author. His answer is exactly what I needed to make me look at the book in a whole new light. I appreciate the intent he has in his writing style, and I actually enjoy the book much more after this specific question.

After reading Looking for Alaska, I am probably going to go back and re-read his other books, and give them another try. As for this book, I give it a 4/5. Since the collectors edition with the readers guide was a last minute purchase I realize that the questions I enjoyed so much, were not part of the book, and if it weren’t for the questions, I would have a different opinion on this book. I’ll probably re-read the book and see if my rating changes from there.

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Elizabeth

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July 28

Rational Polemics by Richard Todd Devens {Review}

Tackling the Ethical Dilemmas of Life

I doubt that anyone can read this book and not find at least one topic to be very controversial for them. The topics were brought up with the intentions of being thought provoking regardless if you agree with the authors points of view.

I know I found myself questioning what I actually believe in, versus what I think I’m supposed to or feel obligated by society, to believe in.

I did find it a bit tedious to get through the whole book, not just because it was full exhausting questions, but because almost all of it was written in opinions and had very little to do with any facts. I finished the book none the less, and I’m glad I did. This is for the reader who isn’t concerned about the facts of dealing with ethical dilemmas in life, and just wants to exercise your mind and questions what is and is not, than this is the book for you.

This book can be read in any order since the chapters are basically comprised of a different topic for each. Skip one, come back to it, read them out of order, it’s all up to you which makes this a great read to be picking up every now and again.

I’d give this book 3/5. Definitely worth the price of the book, and worth the time I spent reading it. I know quite a few people who love this kind of book and would really have fun with all the thought provoking topics discussed.

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July 25

The Dom Around the Corner by Christine D’abo {Review}

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Surprisingly, this BDSM novel has a gentle side to the plot. The connection between Simon and Gavin. It starts off innominate between them but slowly they begin to see each other for who they are in and outside of the club.

They each have baggage and insecurities that they deal with differently throughout the book, but together they work well together. Their characters are sweet, and flirtatious but also provocative, and enticing.

I normally don’t read this specific type of erotica, but I did find it risqué and seductive. The plot is simple and straight forward, with little to no twist or excitement, but the sex is abundant and kinky. It was a quick read that got straight to the point from the very beginning.

I think it needed a bit more plot to the story, it wouldn’t have needed much more to make this a read where you could get more attached to the characters. I give this book a 4/5.

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Elizabeth
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