Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Marked Past by Lesle Deaton Review


A Marked Past
By Leslie Deaton

After Lyla’s father dies in a freak accident her mother moves them to her father’s family home in Salem. Shortly after arriving Lyla’s uncle notices a mark on her neck in the shape of a crescent moon, he tells her that this mark means she will be a goddess among their people, witches. After, he tells Lyla about his family’s history beginning with the Salem witch trials and how they had all been murdered by the same man who is now out to kill Lyla and the rest of her family, dragging her into a four hundred year old battle. All while trying to make it through a new high school and falling in love.
Once I started reading this book I didn’t want to put it down it has fantasy, drama, action, and romance. From watching the relationship between Lyla and her newly discovered cousin Hana form into something akin to sisters or watching her fall madly in love with Caleb the Preacher’s adopted son, the interweaving relationships will keep you involved. If that is not enough for you, you still have a centuries old raving lunatic to deal with. I can’t wait until I am able to read the next book.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Equilibrium by Betsy Miller Review


Equilibrium
By Betsy Miller

Emily is a recently divorced woman who stops off at a diner one night and finds herself making a connection with a man over soup.
Betsy Miller has once again proven what a wonderful writer she is; the details are superb in this short story making it easy to envision the masterpiece that Jim and Emily have created together. The make your own soup idea is very unique and having two people bond over the experience is very unexpected.


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Shades of Grey by Michael Cargill Review


Shades of Grey
By Michael Cargill

Shades of Grey: British operative John, or “John the Baptist”, has been abducted and is being tortured; this is a crude and tormenting short story that delves into the psyche of the tortured mind.

There and Back Again: An Action packed story of James a soldier during World War Two, showing the savagery of war and the bonds that form under such extreme circumstances.

Down the Rabbit Hole: An abused young boy, Tom, finds that his best friend, a stuffed rabbit, has actually come to life to help him with his problems. Tom is ecstatic until things become sinister.

This collection of short stories is about one hundred pages of action, adventure, and even a taste of the somewhat strange. I personally wasn’t a fan of the first short story only because it tended to bounce around too much for my liking and was a bit too crude for me, but in my opinion Michael Cargill managed to pull it off with the last two stories, even saving the best for last.  There were only a couple of things I could see that needed revising other than that well worth the read.  

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Monday, March 26, 2012

You are getting sleepy...

Hey guys! Just a short update, I had a crazy day at the doctors today so I didn't get much reading done, I will hopefully have a review of Game of Thrones up tomorrow. So far it is pretty intriguing, I mainly started reading it because I had seen a couple episodes of the show, and well after the first episode I decided I had to read the book.  Well I am off to cuddle on the couch with my Hubby and watch some Monk! Night Guys!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews Review


The Fixer Upper
By Mary Kay Andrews

Dempsey Jo Killebrew, is a young naive junior associate to a lobbyist in Washington, After her boss throws her under the bus for his actions in trying to bribe a US Congress member, Dempsey winds up broke, unemployed, and homeless. That is until her father suggests that she go down to Guthrie, Georgia and fix up his family’s home, he had just inherited, Birdsong. As she fixes the house she comes to terms with her own situation and we join her in an adventure of self-discovery.

I fell in love with the mean old lady who was squatting in Birdsong, Ella Kate, the cantankerous old woman reminded me of my own grandmother minus the dog! Mary Kay Andrew does a wonderful job of describing details in this book, so that even those who have never renovated a home have a clear picture of what is happening. It wasn’t a bad book but it felt lacking, to me the romance in the novel was very abrupt, but on the other hand when Dempsey finally snapped out of her self-pitying and idiotic behavior and grew a backbone I almost whooped for joy, I have never had much patience for women who always talk badly about themselves. The ending was not that great either especially for a stand-alone novel, but it is a fun and light hearted read and I think Ella Kate makes it worth it.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ghost Writer by Tom Underhill Review



Ghost Writer
By Tom Underhill

This short story sucks you right in beginning with an unknown man asking you to agree to kill a man. He tells you his story and what has happened leading him to want this person dead.

This is one of the most morbid and fascinating stories I have ever read. I wish Tom Underhill would take this story and turn it into a full novel, it was amazing. Even my husband, who refuses to read anything for pleasure, would enjoy this story.


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Friday, March 23, 2012

Grave Morality by JC Finch Review


Grave Morality
By JC Finch

A person of un-known origin who only goes by the name RJ is manipulating people into “repenting” for their sins by killing their coworkers, otherwise the secrets of the sins they have committed will be revealed and their lives ruined. RJ sends them a package and various instructions, inside the package there is evidence of their co-workers corruption, their sins are nothing compared to their coworkers, or so they justify themselves.  Ron Persey and George Hart, two young men who were greatly affected by the murders that have taken place decide to find out who the killer is, taking us on a journey of murder and intrigue.

I truly enjoyed this book, maybe I am warped but the way these people were murdered was ingenious. The “killer” is never actually present for any of it, they just pulls the puppet’s strings, letting someone else pull the trigger.  There were enough plot twists to keep you interested but not too many as to lose you completely, the characters where engaging, the story itself draws you in and will not release you until you are finally at the end.  There really isn’t much I can say without giving the book away and I wouldn’t want to ruin your fun. What I can say is be sure to have tissues available! 

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

So Many Reviews So Little Time?

So I have done 3 reviews in the past three days.. go me! lol  Today I decided to take it easy. I caught up on one of my shows, The River... zombies wth? Seriously though what is so fascinating with zombies lately? Makes me want to grab a gun and shoot them in the head through the television. That's an Idea! A game like the old duck hunt on nintendo but zombies. (not like COD but old school have the zombies pop out from behind the bushes!) Anyways I did get a review up today it's of a short story that just wasn't my cup of tea, though some of you may like it. It's not a bad story but, I am definitely the wrong audience demographic for it! lol Now I plan on getting back to some mind numbing tv my brain needs a rest.. 

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Negative Space by Betsy Miller Review

Negative Space

By Betsy Miller

 

This is a short story, about seven pages in all, about a woman who has recently suffered a miscarriage and her struggle with that fact.

The story was well written, and very beautiful I can only imagine the pain that Michelle Green was going through. I should point this out before I continue I don’t have children but I am married. When the main character, Michelle, started talking about, in essence, how she and her husband where not whole just the two of them it irritated me, then we have the sentence that drove me mad “For him the one they had lost would be interchangeable with the one yet to come.” Maybe I am spoiled by having a wonderful husband who stands by me and doesn’t mind that we can’t have children but I cannot picture any man who would act this way. I give it 3/5 stars because like I said it is well written and beautiful, some women out there will love this story I am just not one of them.

 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern

This is the story of Le Cirque des RĂªves the circus that arrives without warning and is only open at night. We are taken back to the very beginning and how it was created to be the stage for an epic game of magic between Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair. Both are chosen as children to be the competitors, training from an early age to participate. The game is simple one out does the other with the use of magic, as the story progresses so does the circus each one adding a bit more to it until it is completely something of wonder. The more the characters play the closer they become until ultimately they fall in love with one another, but only one of them can win this game.


This is my first review on an audio book. My first welcome surprise was that it was read by Jim Dale, if you do not know who this is; he is the one who read the Harry Potter audio books. Jim Dale has an amazing way of bringing the characters to life and in this book with so many main characters and elaborate details it was definitely fun to listen to. In this book the details about the circus are so vivid you feel as if you are there and if you do not then you want to see it for yourself; I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one made into a movie.   The story was complex spanning several years and encompassing many different characters into the plot, the author managed to pull it together beautifully. From the love that develops between Celia and Marco to just watching the twins, Poppit and Widget grow along with the circus, I am sure you will continue to be entertained.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Abandoned Angel by Kayden Lee Review


Abandoned Angel
By Kayden Lee

Angelina has been left beaten and bloody in front of a biker bar by her husband who was recently released from jail. Angelina had refused to let her son visit him in jail her husband takes out his revenge by kidnapping their child. When she comes to and stumbles into the bar she meets up with a handsome stranger, Blaze, who takes her into his care and promises he will help her get back to her son and protect her from the other more brutal members of the biker gang.  It’s a journey that takes us from New Mexico to Iowa as Kayden Lee describes some very beautiful scenery and despicable characters, all while pulling on your heart strings. 

This book was an interesting read the main character is a bit hard for me to connect with, after she wakes up from her husband abandoning her she is afraid for her child but the first thing she does in the bar is order a beer?  I don’t have children but I don’t think I could sit down and drink a beer if my abusive husband has just kidnapped my child. That is just the beginning though the book and the main character do improve vastly from that point. I did actually have a lot of fun reading it once I was past my aggravation at the main character at the start, but for all I know that could have been what the author was going for. The relationships that develop with Angelina and some of the other bikers were very poignant, such as the bond that forms between the young girl Tiffany and Angelina.  It is a beautiful story I just wish there had been an epilogue; the ending is definitely a cliff hanger, unless Kayden Lee has another book planned.  The only thing left to say about this book is please edit, I may be a bit harsher about misspelled words in a book than others because I have OCD, I can handle a couple of misspellings everyone makes mistakes, but this book is riddled with them and then for some reason the edition I had, chapter eight is written in red and chapter nine is written in green while the rest of the book is in black. I am not sure if that was an uploading error or user error, this book will rank a 3/5 stars from me with more editing I would definitely rank it higher!   

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Keeper of My Heart by Darcy Flynn


Keeper of my Heart
By Darcy Flynn
 
Set around a beautiful old lighthouse, we are introduced to strong-willed and opinionated Katie McCullough who has spent the last two years restoring our scene.  She hopes to one day buy it for herself and her “Pops.”   Just as she tastes the fruits of her determination, as her uncontested bid is to be announced, fate sucker punches her and when it turns an unknown thief has swooped in the last minutes to steal her light house.  Max Sawyer, a former naval officer now a developer,  makes his mark by transforming historic places into lavishly exclusive spas has come back to ask Katie for forgiveness for a past indiscretion.  Realizing Max was her thief Kate rages a hilarious war. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was light and fun.  Darcy Flynn did an amazing job describing her scenes, though I wish there had been more to a few of the scenes themselves.   That notwithstanding, for being a shorter book I couldn’t put it down.  I loved the romance between Max and Katie with kisses and simple affection, rather than the reliance upon more carnal scenes found in most romance novels.


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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ohhh The Agony!

Well I am taking a break today.  I've read some; I am addicted after all lol.  Unfortunately my eyes are killing me.  It's my own fault for not wearing my glasses lol, but it's a pain reading in bed, at four in the morning, with them on. So, today, I am gonna kick back and veg out with my husband, to rot my brain watching some idiotic movie or another.  I should have a new review up tomorrow!  Check back for my thoughts on Abandoned Angel. . . 
 Ohhhhh!  Can you feel the suspense in the air? 



Friday, March 16, 2012

Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith Review



Dawn of the Dreadfuls
By Steve Hockensmith



Some of you may know that Dawn of the Dreadfuls is the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Considering this, I decided I would read this first
and try not to compare it to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.  The story opens during a funeral where, suddenly, the guest of honor, or the dearly departed, sits up straight up in his casket.  We really have no idea why the dead do not remain that way nor why this epidemic arose roughly 20 years ago shortly followed by  "the troubles;" a war fought against the zombie hordes.

In this book we watch as the five Bennet daughters are schooled in the "Shaolin style."  This story predominantly centers on Elizabeth Bennet, the second oldest daughter, and her transformation from a teenager to warrior, two men vying for her affections, her master, Hawksworth, who instructing her in the deadly arts, and an eccentric scientist Dr. Keckilpenny, who is preoccupied with the study of zombies in his personal quest to better understand how to best handle them.

“Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave-and just might inspire her to crawl out of it!"  -from the Goodreads.com description.

I usually don't quote other synopsis. Normally I draw upon my own opinion and skills to phrase everything into my own words and thoughts. Although I do read other reviews prior to undertaking the experience, I attempt not be swayed or influenced.  However, when I read this line I just had to include it.  It was too enjoyable and I felt the need to share it.  This book is definitely unlike anything I have read to date. Firstly, this is only my second zombie novel, if you happen to count "The Stupidest Angel" by Christopher Moore.  Secondly, I've never attempted a "quirk classic" before. This is by no stretch of the imagination to be considered one of the most action packed books.  There are times were the story seems to really slow for me and my opinion is the entire thing is just a build up for "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."  It can be funny and I especially enjoyed the cartoon style pictures and scenes that captivate you so much that you and cannot fathom what happens next.  I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of the zombie horror genre.  My husband loves anything about them, and I tolerate it for the most part. (and accept his poor taste. - added by my husband during edit process) But I've discovered that reading of them is more my style versus the myriad of movies and games available.  To me, my mind and imagination are far more inventive and the fear factor of this classic movie monster is significantly magnified.
I am conflicted in my review of this novel.  I think one may need to read "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" first to thoroughly enjoy the way this book is laid out for us. As I stated earlier, it just seems like one long build up to the next book.  It is a fun and easy read though, but sometimes tends to drag on.  If, somehow, you persevere the ending is a fairly good cliff hanger.

Taking a break from the mayhem.



Well I am about halfway through Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith, the Prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. So far it's kind of slow going for me I don't know if that is to be expected I have never actually read a zombie novel before, my husband loves zombies and of all the horror related characters/beings they  are not my favorites to put it nicely. I argue with John all the time because I do not see how they can be so scary but with this book I am starting to see it in a new light, maybe it took me trying them on my preferred media platform to thoroughly enjoy them or at least better understand why my husband finds them so fun. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Getting There!

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Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Review


The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

Welcome to the world of Panem, the country that was once called North America in this futuristic tale we are thrown into the Hunger Games with a young woman named Katniss Everdeen. Panem is made up of the Capitol and the 12 districts, introducing us to an autocratic government where the districts must follow the Capitol’s rules any signs of defiance or disobedience is punishable  by the authorities in this case the peacekeepers.  At one time there had been an uprising of the thirteen districts against the Capitol but twelve were defeated and the thirteen had been “obliterated.”  As a reminder that such an uprising should never happen again the Capitol hosts the Hunger Games every year taking a boy and girl from each district and pinning them against each other in a fight to the death.  
I started reading this book after seeing the trailer for the upcoming movie, in my mind I thought “that looks pretty cool.” So I decided to try out the book, because of the trailer I had a vague idea what the book would be about. From the very beginning I was engrossed in Katniss’ tale of adversity, from having to provide for her family since her father’s death, to her younger sister being chosen for the Hunger Games and immediately taking her place, and even more that might spoil the book for you! Usually as I read I some-what compose a review in my head I may read an interesting part and start composing how I want to include it in my reviews but for this book I was so captivated that my mind did not once even wander, which in itself is a feet for me.  This is definitely a young adult novel but if you want a fun easy read I would suggest you give this one a shot.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Ashes to Ashes by John Saul Review


Blackstone Chronicles Part Three
Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon’s Flame
By John Saul

Part three delves more into Rebecca Morrison’s life, we’ve met he in the previous books as “poor Rebecca” the woman whose parents died in a car accident when she was a teenager where she suffer severe head trauma leaving her in almost the same mental state as when she was a teenager.  Rebecca then ends up being the ward of her religious fanatic aunt Martha, who drove away her own husband and child years prior.  Unlike the other books where a “cursed” object is left at someone’s home in this book Rebecca buys it as a welcome home present for her cousin Andrea who has finally come back to Blackstone after having nowhere else to go.  I found this book focuses more on the main story line that ties the books together, which is not bad but left this part lacking in intensity though this is the first book to blatantly explain the connection between the memento and victim. All in all I really hope the books get better otherwise I have wasted my time for nothing.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Twist of Fate: The Locket by John Saul Review


The Blackstone Chronicles Part 2
Twist of Fate: The Locket
By John Saul

This is the second part of the Blackstone Chronicles, it starts very much like the first a mysterious figure leaves a memento from the asylum for someone to find. The object then causes chaos for that particular family last time it was a doll and this time it is a locket that causes the one in possession of it, in this case Jules Hartwick the owner of the First National of Blackstone, to become excessively paranoid.  This book is extremely fast paced the entire thing takes place in the matter of a couple of days, the suspenseful parts occur only in one day.  I personally don’t mind the time frame, but considering it only took me about three hours to finish it I would probably be extremely upset if I had to wait for another installment after this.  All in all I wasn’t impressed by the story as much as the first section of this story line.  To me this part was not very scary or even “spooky,” at best I would label it a Thriller. 

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An eye for an Eye: The Doll by John Saul Review


Blackstone Chronicles Part One
An Eye for an Eye: The Doll
By John Saul

The Blackstone Chronicles is a serial novel with its first installment, An Eye for an Eye: The Doll, released in January 1997.  A serial novel is one continuous story released over time in sections or in this case ”parts”.  In this book John Saul is able to grab hold and throw you into his world, a small town setting where various lives enter-twine.  Take one creepy doll add one crazy woman and you’ve got one hell of a beginning.  I personally wouldn’t say it is scary but I am difficult to frighten.  It was creepy, I will give it that, and definitely weird.   But I must admit the scenes involving the asylum on the hill did give me heebie-jeebies. We don’t know at this point why the asylum is so important or why the partial destruction of it has set about a series of strange events.  This is a great start and I’m excited to get to the next part.   
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen Review


Water For Elephants
By Sara Gruen


So for this book I decided to jump had first into it without reading any reviews or even the synopsis.  It turned out to be a very well written and beautiful story about love, hardships, and a circus. It’s the great depression 1932, prohibition is in full swing, and like so many others a young man has had his entire life torn into pieces and ends up wandering straight into the adventure of a lifetime.  Jake Jankowski, the main character in our epic story, is distraught when he is informed that both his parents have died in an automobile accident. After, what we can only assume is a nervous breakdown while taking his final exams for veterinary school; he walks out and continues until he cannot bear to go any further.   While resting near a train track as a train rumbles up, and he decides to try to “hitch” a ride to the next town not realizing he has jumped aboard a circus train.  From there he meets many characters who will forever change his life.
                I found myself falling in love right along with him, hating the villain with a fiery passion, and cheering for a quirky elephant named Rosie whom Sara Gruen describes so vividly that you can’t help but smile.  Sara Gruen manages to create a scene so well you can imagine yourself there, but she never loses you with too many details.  Personally, I am torn whether or not I love this story.  In the first half of the book when she is setting a scene she would add some explicit details that weren’t necessary. Since she had already masterfully created her setting and by adding those I can only assume she was after shock value.  I did enjoy the story, but I have a hard time swallowing adultery, I guess I have just been married too long.  I can understand why the characters were drawn to each other and why she would cheat on her husband, but I don’t personally enjoy it.  In my opinion she could have used something else for her characters to over-come.   It’s not like they didn’t have three or four other obstacles to surmount. All and all I couldn’t put it down so I suppose I can’t be too harsh. 

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Monday, March 5, 2012

The Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks



The Sexiest Vampire Alive 
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Love at Stake Book Eleven

If you’ve read the other books in this series then you know who “Gregori the Gregarious” often referred to as a “play-boy” who’s never wanted to settle down. Someone always the life of the party and would always ensure some comic relief in this series from his crazy ideas, to his outlandish self-confidence.  Well it’s finally his turn to meet a woman who’ll turn his world upside down, and of all people it’s the president’s daughter!  In the last book a video is released of Conner killing Casimir, leading to the world finding out that vampires truly exist.   At the start of this book we find ourselves in a pickle with the Vamps trying to figure out a way to cover up the video.  The President has agreed to have the video discredited if the Vamps will escort his daughter on a mission into China.  Sparks fly from the very moment Gregori lays eyes on Abby, he has promised to keep her safe but who is going to keep her safe from him? 
I came across this series a few years ago. During the time when I was beginning to out-grow the whole “twilight” phase.  Originally I was skeptical, “it would just be another vampire romance.”  That had started blending together into the same collage of characters.  Kerrelyn Sparks managed to surprise me, she is actually funny! This book is no exception.  I always enjoy the way Kerrelyn Sparks can keep things light-hearted and fun but also have the necessary suspense to keep you coming back for more from the maniacal Casimir, to the newest Evil Incarnate. The only problem some people may have is the romance can seem a bit rushed.   The story takes place all in a few days’ time.  Personally I can still feel the relationship building and I don’t mind as much, when you know, you know.  Although a plus for Kerrelyn Sparks’ series is she keeps you up to date on all of her couples, but any book in this series can still be read as a stand-alone novel without losing the audience.  I definitely recommend this book f you want a fun not too “sleazy” romance.

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It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do. Most people by this time have kids are married with a great job. I did get married, not by choice, my husband was just too good to pass up. I could never find a job that I loved to do, and children just weren't for me. The only thing I love to do is read and criticize, so combining the two I decided to start writing reviews. If you have any suggestions on books to read or requests email me @  reflections.of.a.bookworm@gmail.com