July 24

Live Your Balanced Life Now by Subhashree Rout {Review}

Review2A Guide to Finding “True” Balance, Enjoying More Time and Living a Life of Abundance, Pure Joy and Love

With chronic stress comes pressure, and fatigue. In times of economic downfall and job availability, it causes a wave of stress and depression that can affect almost anyone in society. It takes a toll on us emotionally and even physically.

At some point everyone will feel the pressures of life. Stresses in the workplace, at home, our social environment, and medical issues, can all lead to an unbalanced life. Focusing on yourself first, above everyone else is most important and key to starting the decline of the stress in your life, which can be spread to others in your family, or social groups if not controlled.

This book goes into explanation of leading a balanced life, and explaining how a balanced society is a shared responsibility. This book is easy to read and comprehend, making it a book for anyone and everyone. The paragraphs are short and to the point with great description and examples. The book is short enough for a plane ride, or even a waiting room. It’s easily rated at a 5/5.

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July 12

Hierarchies of Greed by Michael Patrick Clark {Review}

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This book takes place during the Cold War, with the first chapter taking place in London with a Russian spy. This book is definitely a book of espionage and thrill that will have you turning page after page, on the edge of your seat.

It’s very well written with great detail, that displays a perfect image of what is taking place during the bard times of the Cold War. Misery and sorrow are definitely portrayed properly in this book, as I felt strong and sad emotions during this read.

The author is going to throw a lot of characters at you, so I’d recommend keeping track of the names mentioned. I took a lot of mental notes, and even added a few in my kindle. It’s a book I am going to recommend to my grandfather, because I know he likes these types of books. I give it 5/5.
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July 11

Leaving Time Sidekick by Jodi Picoult by Katherine Miller {Review}

Review2This is not only a sidekick to Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult but also a good summary and detailed explanation of what the book is about. It’s definitely something that would come in handy for book clubs, or just overall having a conversation with a friend while discussing the book.

Katherine Miller does a great job at going in depth and explaining difficult or confusing parts of the books. Since parts of the book can be taken in different directions, Ms. Miller goes over the different aspects and what different points of view there are on each chapter.

I found this book to be very informative, and wouldn’t mind re-reading Leaving Time again, along with this sidekick by Katherine Miller just to get the full experience of the book. It really helps you understand the characters and what they represent and who they are at their core.

I wouldn’t read this book if you hadn’t already read Leaving Time because it would ruin a lot of great moments in the book. It’s definitely something you should read along side one another. The chapters are all broken down so its easy to know what part of the book Katherine Miller is discussing and what she is specifically explaining.

This is especially great for those who have already read Leaving Time but didn’t get everything from the book, or ended the book feeling like they didn’t understand everything. The sidekick doesn’t leave anything out, and is a perfect companion to the book by Jodi Picoult. I highly recommend this and rate it at 5/5.

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July 10

Finding Purpose and Joy by Roger Ladig {Review}

Review2Feeling a void inside of him, Roger and wasn’t willing to follow the lifestyle of Christianity, that he was raised with. It wasn’t until his wife got sick that he accepts Christ as their savior. This is just the beginning of his journey to finding purpose and joy.

This book is filled with helpful information. I especially liked when he discussed the repercussions to holding on to hurt and anger.

Roger Ladig is direct and gets the point across without being over-wordy. At the end of each chapter there are bullet points on what to ponder about, concerning the chapter you just finished.

I found the book to be informative and quick to read. I would rate it at a 5/5.

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July 9

Are They Bad Girls or Brilliant? by Aphrodite Phoenix {Review}

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The Truths Behind the Fight for Independent Prostitutes’ Rights
This is a non-fiction book containing graphic sexual tales from the authors point of view. She explains her reasons behind almost every action. Coming from her point of view, as someone who sells herself in exchange for sexual encounters, the reader can get a better understanding of what it’s like to have her job, why she choose the profession she did, and how she felt about the experiences that stick out the most in her memory.

The author goes into detail on how she became good at reading people, with body language and speech, and how she sexually accommodates each individual differently, based on what she can perceive and learns from them.

She makes it perfectly clear that her choice to exchange money for sex, is her personal preference. She isn’t being exploited. She simply works on her own, and enjoys the profession. There are many pros and cons to being labeled as a prostitute and she goes into detail on each one.

It was an interesting to read about the challenges and excitement of being a call-girl. People judge so quickly, but I doubt anyone knows about most of the information contained in this book. It doesn’t give the go-ahead on becoming a prostitute but simply explains them, giving the reader a better understanding on a judged and misunderstood profession.

I do warn that she goes into great detail on her adventures with different clients, and is absolutely an X rated book. Considering the author does a great job at explaining without leaving anything out to be misunderstood, I would give this a 5/5. It’s written in a way, that even the most prude of people, could possibly change their viewpoints on this industry.
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July 8

Kimjongilia by Victor Fox {Review}

A True Story of Romance and Sacrifice from North Korea

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Victor Fox gave me a whole different perspective on the society in North Korea. This story is based on true events, and some of it gives me the chills knowing horrific things happen in different parts of the world. It has an abundance of Korean culture that I found to be very interesting, and enjoyed reading each new piece of information.

With all the emotions portrayed and revealed, I couldn’t help my heart racing and aching for the pain endured in this rollercoaster of a story. Fox has a unique way to bring romance into the story which is beautiful and touching.

There books hits almost every single genre, with thrill, romance, and historical fiction. It kept me on the edge of my seat, with drama and the sense of adventure. It’s very well written, giving any reader a great mental picture of the experiences each character encounters.

I normally do not initially go for a book like this one, but something about it intrigued me, and I’m glad I tried something that was sort of out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait to recommend this to some of my friends and family and discuss the book with them. Absolutely a 5/5.

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July 7

Sinners Heart by Ann Marsiliano {Review}

Review2Johnny is one of the main characters, and he is the most selfish person you will ever read about. He believes everyone around him is there to serve him and give him everything he needs or wants. Because of his horrible selfish behavior, his father gives him the choice to shape up, or get out. In his father’s eyes, Johnny is his only.

As Johnny’s life spirals out of control, despite his fathers initial financial help, he is still determined to show everyone that he isn’t who they think he is.

At times I found this book to be a bit confusing, but I was impatient, and didn’t let everything come together with the plot as the pages went on. It wasn’t the typical writing style you see today, but it kept my intrigue enough to finish the book, and I found it wasn’t half bad.

It wasn’t normally the type of book I find myself reading, but I did enjoy it. Especially when all the puzzle pieces finally came together. I’d rate this book a 4/5.

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July 6

Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour by Petula Parker {Review}

Review2Kate’s in search of a much needed “sanity break” from her job at  Krapp & Lipschitz, L.L.P.,”Scottsdale’s Law Firm with Arizona Values.” After her annual review going unpredictably bad, receiving a smoked ham and concealer, a nice reminder that she looks to juvenile in the workplace and should be covering her freckles.

Kate’s coming to the conclusion maybe she’s not as happy as she thought she was with her life in and out of her job. Kate suddenly heads Barcelona with a one way ticket and no real direction, except for an idea that she should find the foreign exchange student, Diego Salazar who stayed with her family many years ago.

She doesn’t leave before she does some immature havoc on the office; switching family photos from desk to desk, saving porn as screensaver, throwing up in a urinal, squats and scans her ass sending to all the attorneys, and even tags the witches wall with the concealer “saying conceal this bitch.”

Kate is a quirky and can be a bit snarky giving you a good understanding and feeling of her character. She has quite a good deal of comedic antics and thoughts that really build her up throughout the book. There are quite a few times I heard myself actually giggle at the things she says, and the incidents she inevitably finds herself in

It’s a fun, light, enjoyable read that I believe most woman, especially woman attorneys, will find this a very funny book. Great for beach reading. For anyone interested in this genre and type of book, it’s a 5/5.

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July 5

Moscow Venture by A.K. Celer {Book Review}

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This story takes place during the fall of the Soviet Union, also involving the CIA, KGB, and complete with details of the main points of the Cold War. Of course the Cold War, with the CIA, and KGB have lots of conspiracies, spies, and secrets.

This isn’t a book about action and adventure, but can be better categorized as a thriller or suspense. It didn’t have enough to keep me completely hooked, but enough for me to want to finish the book and see how the book came to an end. There is lots of information on Russian Politics, which must be comprehended to fully grasp what is happening in the rest of the story. Of course with fraud and murder, you’re bound to be intrigued as to what happens next, and it was this aspect that helped the story to go by much easier.

There are a lot of plots and different settings that occur during this read, and details are spread evenly throughout the whole book, giving you a little piece of the picture, chapter by chapter. The characters are described well enough to predict their next move based on personality type.

Overall considering the amount of information thrown at you, the main plot, and the writing style this is definitely a book worthy of 4/5.

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July 4

Bully by Emme Dunn {Book Review}

Review2Emme Dunn is putting her name out in the world with quite a unique reputation with this book. It can only be categorized as LGBT, gay and lesbian, legal thriller. It will events based on true events that will show the reader how the American Justice System and the LGBT community go together, and reveal the struggles between the two.

Emme Dunn seems to know quite a bit about the Justice System and how the LGBT community is being affected by it’s prejudice, rules, and laws. It takes place in the 1980’s so the times are a bit outdated compared to what is going on in society today.

The pace of the story was a bit slow for me, but considering the topics, it was important that things were explained for everyone to understand, regardless of their knowledge of this particular subject. Plus, the characters needed quite a bit of description to get a full grasp on what type of people they were, and what their struggles were during this time. Once you get past the half way mark in the book, things start picking up, after you’re familiarized with everyone and the situations around them, after that the reading should be a breeze.

I found this to be an educational and interesting read, and is definitely worth recommending to many of my friends who I know will enjoy this read. I give this a 4/5.

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July 3

The Wizard and the Warlord by M.R. Mathias {Review}

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The Wardstone Trilogy Book 3
Mathias did a great job at concluding the series in the last book The Wizard and the Warlord. He introduces us to a very magical world. This book in particular was very descriptive, or maybe I already had a clear image of everything so reading the third book was a breeze, either way I really enjoyed the last book of this trilogy.

As a fantasy book, this book and series did not disappoint. It has great descriptions making the story very easy to visualize. I found the ending to the series to be very dramatic and captivating, making reading the whole series a well worth adventure.

At times it felt like it was becoming a bit rushed, with excitement to the finale. Again, it could have been my own excitement trying to fly through the pages to conclude all the build up that occurred throughout the trilogy. There were some characters I had grown very attached to during the three books, that had no definitive conclusion making me a bit frustrated, but maybe it’s a clue to a spin off series by Mathias.

This book, being the last in the series, could probably even be read as a stand-alone book considering how much information is given, but I would still recommend starting with book one, since Mathias takes you on quite a long and fun ride. It includes new characters, as well as continuation of the characters from the previous books.

I did notice a few inconsistencies throughout the book that were distracting, and left things unexplained. It wasn’t enough of a problem for me to not say I loved this series, and will probably read it again in the future to fill in the spots I probably missed by my own excitement flying through the pages. I give this book and the entire trilogy a 5/5.
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March 22

Unbound by Kara Jaynes {Review}

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Oppressors go into the forest where the savages live, and kidnap the people that live there. They claim them as slaves and take them back to the city where they live. The savages have a collar that is connected to their masters arm band which can shock the slave at anytime. Initially the savages are broken in by shocking them and breaking them of their ways of the forest.

Adaryn is a savage that lives off the land, until she is captured by Aaric who feels he needs a slave to meet social acceptance. Fortunately for Adaryn she is not broken in like other slaves are in the city. She is cared for, and deep down inside she knows she will not be harmed.

It’s a story about the connection between what is supposed to be an oppressor and a savage. They find that they are both just humans and grow closer. He does not see her has a savage, despite what society has taught him, and she learns that he is not like any other oppressor she has heard of.

This is a short novella, which makes it a quick and fun read. It’s really very sweet and I enjoyed the read. I give it a 5/5 and look forward to reading more from Kara Jaynes.

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March 17

TJ by Boris Beedle {Review}

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A young actor is intrigued on who his father is, and hires a private investigator to search him out and report back. TJ and his father share a first name, and that’s all TJ thinks they have in common. To TJ’s surprise, his father, Tony actually shows up to the hotel they had arranged to meet at.

Tony isn’t surprised at the choice of hotel the private investigator told him to meet his son. It’s extravagant, and luxurious, a lifestyle Tony isn’t used to, but he knows his son is, from reading the many tabloids over the years.

This is a book about Tony who abandoned his son and daughter at age six because of the insanity TJ’s mother, grandmother, and aunt put them through. Finally TJ and Tony can both agree that his mother is a hard woman to live with, and his aunt and grandmother are just as bad.

When TJ and Tony finally meet, it’s a lot of back and forth conversation that leads to a lot of defensiveness. Tony thinks TJ wants a meaningful relationship, with a heart felt apology. TJ wants…well, I don’t think TJ knows what he wants.

Throughout a big portion of the book, they share different parts of their lives with one another. In between almost every subject they come upon, they argue a bit. I wondered what would be Tony’s breaking point, that he finally cut the conversation off and left.

TJ and Tony are interesting characters that seem very similar in personality and opinions, they just don’t know that. Their dialogue was sometimes so choppy it was difficult to tell who was speaking. A large part of the book is just the meeting they have in the hotel, and the conversations they had during their first introduction. I felt like the book repeated itself, bringing up the same subjects with the same expressed opinions. Overall, it’s a good book for those that don’t mind a lot of dialogue, and a limited amount of settings. I’d give it a 3/5.

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March 13

Whorticulture by Marie-Anne Mancio {Review}

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Four women who have never met, or even know of each others existence, but yet they are all connected through one man. It takes place during antebellum period, which was a much different time period than today’s time, so the subject matter wasn’t as controversial as I once thought before opening the book.

You can tell that a lot of research and studying went into the making of this book which was full of detail and realistic scenarios that might have happened during this time period.

At first I was concerned that this book was going to be about nothing but whores, but it turned out to be so much more. Its about survival as a woman, and doing what they felt they had to, in order to get through life and make their life work.

The book categorizes men and other people into one large group, which I found a bit untrue and a bit jaded like. They go over how all men are bad people, and to me that is just over categorizing.

Overall I found the book to be accurate to the time period, entertaining, and dramatic to the point of intrigue, but not to the point of being over the top. I’d rate this book at 5/5.

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Death and Disappearances by Richard Smiraldi {Review}

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A Tale of Horror and the Occult
I could not categorize this book into just one category. Its a psychological thriller and a mystery with a paranormal twist. I think it will appeal to quite a wide range of readers. It also has quite a dark tone that I found to be the most exciting part of the book.
The beginning of the story starts off kind of slow, but if you can get through the first two chapters, you wont be let down. Eventually you will be sucked in by intrigue and thought provoking. Smiraldi paints a great picture in my head with his creative use of words.
The story is a complicated twist of events, but you definitely had to make sure you were paying attention to all the small details, because they eventually come back around later in the book. The whole book is full of twists and turns that were all very unexpected, but enjoyable.
Richard Smiraldi has a great imagination that I found to be the aspect to keep me hooked on the book. He develops the characters in a strong and realistic way. They are all relatable and I felt like I knew each and every one, on a personal level. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the mystery, suspense, thriller, or paranormal books and give this book a 5/5.

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March 11

Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose {Review}

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Jake is a cocky jock who knows he can get any girl he wants. The guys on the team are daring him to get the one girl they think he won’t be able land. Nikki Case is there to make sure the team doesn’t get in any trouble and ruin their reputation. If their reputation is ruined, it could affect the fans opinions of them, and at this point in the year, they need the support of their fans.

Nikki doesn’t take shit from any one and she certainly isn’t going to let a group of prankster jocks change how she does her job. She’s going to try even harder to not let the sexy playboy, Jake seduce her, despite the fact she hasn’t been with anyone in a long time.

Jake won’t turn off the charm on Nikki until he gets what he wants. Who’s going to win this game of seduction? Nikki, the headstrong and uncompromising woman who is determined to only do her job, or Jake, the ladies man who hasn’t been turned down, because he refuses to take no as an answer?

This book had a lot of substance that wasn’t revolved around erotica. I would categorize this book as a romance/erotica but it had enough romance and the love chase to not be overwhelmed with sex. Some books tend to not understand the balance between plot and sex scenes and they have too much of one. This one had a perfect balance, and I enjoyed reading Katie Rose’s writing style. I give this book 5/5.

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March 10

Another Day in Paradise by Barry Vass {Review}

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In Las Vegas Jimmy Spencer was approached by his friend Eddie Roberts who runs a blackjack system called Free Money that is rumored to be a fail proof system to make lots of money. Unfortunately the system worked too well and word leaked out to the Middle Eastern terrorists. They hunted Eddie down and tortured him trying to get the key to Free Money but Eddie ended up dying with his secret. 

For years now the Middle Eastern terrorists have been after Jimmy, and his wife Naomi. They sail the seas on they’re boat the Desperado trying to keep a low profile. It seems every turn they make they run into one obstacle after another. 

They sell their boat to two men, Bobby and Brad, who agrees to give them a ride to Jamaica before setting sail on his own illegal adventures. Jamaica is where they will start a new life without the boat to identify them by. 

It’s one hell of an adventure these two go on. I don’t want to give too much of the story away and spoil it, but I can guarantee you’ll enjoy reading it. There’s an abundance of adventure and suspense in every chapter. 

The characters are well developed and I liked both Naomi and Jimmy for their quick thinking and desire to survive. They never leave each other’s side and you can feel the connection they share. This was an extremely fun book to read, and I will probably end up reading it again soon. Barry M. Vass is a great author, and I hope he decides to write more in the future. I rate this book a 5/5! 

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March 9

The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich {Review}

 

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With all the fantasy books out there, it’s hard to find a good one that can stand up to the major series like Harry Potter or Hunger Games. Silver Sphere had enough excitement and fantasy that it could easily be powerful enough to be on the popular fantasy book list. 

Six kids are magically transported to the planet Azimuth where they learn what it means to be a Kin to an Assembly member. Of course Malefic has evil plans that are always getting int he way. The goal is to save the world and stop all corruption. 

The author does an amazing job at working the reader into the other world. While reading the book, I couldn’t be sure what was going to happen next. It was completely unpredictable, which is always hard to find in a book, especially fantasy stories. 

Every character in this book had so much depth and illustration that I could clearly imagine what sort of person everyone was. Shelby of course was my favorite character, she is a little lost at moments but it never changes how strong of a character she is all throughout the book. I felt everything the characters felt from fear to joy and everything in-between. 

The imagination that the author has for some of the characters is truly amazing, it didn’t resemble any other book to where it felt repetitive. Each character seemed original and unique to any other fantasy books I’ve read before, which is always so refreshing. 

The only negative comment that I have towards this book is that the names of the creatures, and places were hard to read. I ended up making up my own words for the words that I wasn’t sure on the pronunciation. It definitely wasn’t too much of a big deal for me since it really did not change the way I felt about the story as a whole. 

The climactic build up towards the end of the book, kept me wide eyed and on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The ending made me cringe with disappointment that there weren’t any more pages to read. I hope this book might turn into a series, it just can’t stop here! Of course, I give this book 5/5. 

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March 8

The Secret Burden by Michelle Bybel {Review}

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Letting Go of the Shame, Anger, and Guilt of Emotional Eating

When I first picked up this book, I was unsure on what to think about this book. I figured it was a book that would be explaining why we carry the emotional burden of emotional eating, basically what is in the title. I was quite surprised to find out how many different types of emotional eating are out there, affecting so many people out there.

This book wasn’t all about finding the root to your emotional eating, like your parents divorce caused you to start emotionally eating, but rather on how to fix yourself from here.

Especially in today’s economy with money being a concern on everyone’s mind, more and more people are relying on food to make them feel better. Not to mention those who don’t feel confident in themselves, will eat to cope with it.
Included in the book are work sheets and exercises that you, as the reader can really find useful and helpful. What makes this book so personal, is the commentary that is included from the author on her own personal experiences, and her reasons behind every explanation and theory.
I personally don’t have a problem with emotional eating, but as a parent, I wanted to educate myself on the topic, just in case my children start to behave in such ways.
I found this book to be very educational and enlightening. I finished the book and learned a lot along the way. I rate this book 5/5 all the way.
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March 6

The Pugilist’s Son by Saurav Dutt {Review}

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The authors writing is descriptive and colorful. Saurav Dutt goes the distance when describing the characters in very descriptive ways. When it come to describing the world of boxing, the author puts a good deal of detail in describing the boxing terminology. But boxing is not the real subject of the short story, rather it is a short story that deals with failure of a father and son as well as a husband and a wife which all takes place in the sport of boxing.

The book is about the struggles of a son who is torn between the life he wants to live and the life his father a broken boxing champion (wannabe) wants for him, and that is to be a boxing champion. The father assumes that the son will follow in his footsteps and want to be a boxer. However, the son, despite having the talent, does not have the heart or desire. The son concludes his path will go in one direction only and this path is decided at the Olympic trials.

The best feature is lively and never boring descriptive dialog. And like so many short stories it is easy to maintain the readers interest. But in this short story, the author keeps the pace of the story right to the very end. And, sad to say, the book is too short. It was a good read right from the beginning and the author does better than most at keeping the reader interested. Based on all the character development and descriptives metaphors, etc., the book seems to end a bit early.

The book ends leaving the reader wanting more….. It is that good!

The story takes place in London, essentially about the main character (Billy) who is trying out for the Olympics boxing championships-Billy seems a relative wimp compared to his foul mouthed,overbearing, drunk, belligerent and very angry father (Terry) who is pushing the son to pursue the dream he failed to fulfil. You’ve got a standard story here, but it’s the gritty in your face way it’s delivered that stays with you. Terry is almost sadomasochistic in how he batters his son emotionally and physically to compete and Billy in his quest to tell his father what he really wants, is willing to break his heart in a very unconventional way.

The prose is sparse, snappy, graphic and laced with tension and like most good short stories, ends with the reader wanting more. This is great book that I would recommend to all boxing fans who enjoy a good read about the sport they love.

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March 5

Raven by J.M. Erickson {Review}

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Birds of Flight Book Two

This is the second book in the Birds of Flight series which I find to be resembling the plot in Bourne movies. Except in this series the characters name is Alex Burns. I read the first book, Albatross, before I began this book which I found to make things much clearer. I wouldn’t recommend reading them out of order.


In the first book, Alex is an ex secret agent on the run from the very agency that employed him before the accident, that gave him amnesia causing him to not remember any of the classified secrets he is thought to have. 

Erickson doesn’t waste any time on getting straight to the action in this book. There’s multiple action scenes in just the first few chapters. I found that I was instantly grabbed into this book which held my attention all through the book. 

Samantha, Alex’s partner and the love of his life, is sent on a mission that ends in a devastating way that Alex just can’t handle. Revenge is in his sight and he wont stop until he feels he has found justice to those who changed his life. 

Just as I recommended on the first book, if you enjoy a spy/thriller fiction novel, you’ll enjoy reading Raven: Birds of Flight. 

The only complaint I have about the book is, Alex seemed extremely hard to kill. It seems he is invincible and the agency is in complete awe over it. He almost seems like a super hero, and the agency is curious to why and how he became this way. 


I joyfully give this book 4/5 

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February 28

The Quest of Narrigh by S.K. Holder {Review}

Book #1 The Other Worlds Series

Connor knows he’s not supposed to be playing his brothers game, but he couldn’t help himself. When he wakes up one day, he finds himself in strange clothes in a place he does not recognize. If only he had learned a bit more about the video game he was supposed to stay away from.

The writing is imaginative and creative and paints a great picture in my mind to what’s going on to Connor in this new world he wasn’t prepared for. The author does an amazing job at sucking the reader in to the story. It’s almost like I was there along side Connor.

The book is fast paced and I finished the book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. Since it’s the first book in the series, and based off the ending of this book, it seems there will be a sequel. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I give this book 5/5.

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February 26

Carnal Beginnings by Reily Garrett {Review}

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Adara’s had a hard childhood, and she’s just starting to gain her independence. Her Uncle and Cousin might have a different opinion on the subject. What must happen for her to finally take her step out of the abuse she endures, into the real world where pain isn’t the norm.

For Adara, the push she needs comes from Julien. He’s a private investigator, amongst other set skills he has gained in life. He is her motivation, her rock, and her escape.

I really enjoyed reading this book. There was enough suspense to keep my jaw clenched, and my fingers anxious to turn the page. I found the read to overall be quite fascinating with a unique style of writing from Reily Garrett. I give this book 5/5.

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February 25

Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair {Review and Giveaway}

 

Louder-Than-Words-BannerDisappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson’s life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her.

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can’t let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm’s length.

But by the time Rex’s charm wears down her resistance, it’s too late. He’s put Ellen on the “just friends” shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it’s the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.

Review2Ellen isn’t your normal 15 year old girl, her Mom abandoned her for drugs after her father died. Leaving her to be raised by her brother who is only twenty, putting his college education on hold, causing Ellen to feel responsible for what her brother has stepped up to do for her.

She meets a new boy, Rex who lives pretty close to her, and even donates his time during the summer before senior year where Ellen donates her time. Together they work with children, providing childcare for those who cannot afford it. Even though she may have a crush on him, he’s got eyes for every girl out there. Some might say he’s a player.

Ellen’s confused on what boys/men want since her first encounter with the opposite sex was traumatic and upsetting. It’s something she thinks about way too often, and it changes how she thinks about everyday things.

Things only get worse when she starts her senior year. Things are bouncing back and forth between promising and less promising with Rex as the school year continues. It isn’t until she decides to open her mouth about a certain situation that she has kept hidden for almost a year, that she becomes the least popular student in school.

This book is so well written. I love the way she explains things and the ingenuity to her words. It was a book I carried with me everywhere because I just couldn’t put it down. Although there isn’t much drama with Ellen, I was dying to know where the story was headed at all times. I really enjoyed Ellen’s character and how strong she is during all that she has to go through at such an early age. I highly recommend to all high school aged readers. I give this book a 5/5.

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authorbioIris St. ClaireABOUT IRIS ST. CLAIR:

Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that’s another bio.)

No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.

In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.

Iris believes in the two-year “fish or cut bait” dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.

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February 21

Skeletal by Katherine Hayton {Review}

Review5A mysterious story of life and death of a young teenage girl, told from her point of view. She’s been missing for over 10 years, until her bones have been uncovered. Yes, that’s right, the story is told from her point of view, after she has died. It reminds me a lot of Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

I knew after reading the synopsis of this book, that this would absolutely be a book I’d enjoy. Even though it wasn’t going to be an uplifting exciting book I still was excited to start reading it as soon as I got it. I found it to be very depressing, but entertaining. I guess I could say that I find the depressing books more of an entertaining read.

I wasn’t expecting it to be so enthralling. I couldn’t put the book down from the moment I opened page one. I read it all in one sitting, and found myself reading faster than normal because it was just so exciting, and the anticipation during some of the moments was killer.

During Diana’s life she was bullied in school, neglected at home by her alcoholic. While she was alive, she was barely noticed. These are incidents that are happening to many young people today, and are going unnoticed, so it will hit home on today’s current events.

I found the book to be engaging and definitely brought up serious emotions. Overall I would rate it at a 5/5.

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