Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Blog Tour Review: The Resurrection Of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagen

Title: The Resurrection of Tess Blessing
Author: Lesley Kagen
Year: © 2014
My Rating: ♕♕♕♕♕/5
Pages: 369
Genre: Novel
Format: Paperback
Sources: Booksparks
Publishers: Spark Press

      ♟The Resurrection of Tess                  Blessing♟

After she's diagnosed with breast cancer, forty-nine-year old Tess Blessing sets forth on a mission to complete her TO-DO List before, what she's sure is, her impending death. She needs to make peace with her estranged sister, Birdie, scatter her mother's long-kept ashes, rescue her daughter, Haddie, from the grip of an eating disorder, guide her teenage son, Henry, through a bumpy adolescence, and reignite the spark in her almost thirty-year marriage to her husband, Will. Tess is aided on her quest by narrator, Grace, who lends the story its most brilliant elements: subtle magical realism and deep psychological complexity. Is Grace an imaginary friend, guardian angel, or a part of Tess that knows better than she?

          ◇My Thoughts◇

In this hear-warming novel we meet Tess. Tess is diagnosed with breast cancer and sets out on a mission to do everything on her list. I enjoyed going along with Tess. She reminds me of "Queen Latifa" in Last Holiday. Having cancer is terrible. I have lost family members to this deadly disease. However, my family always stayed side to side and we never let them go. While going threw a illness it is always best to have someone with you because the journey can be very loney and depressing. I cried not because she had cancer, its because she was brave enough not to let anything stop her. I must give props to Kagen for this brilliant novel she has written. Throughout every page you can feel the connections with Tess and I find that very important when reading a book. Without that feeling how could you possibly connect with the plot.

I cannot tell you how much I love this book. It had so many mixed feeling and emotions you must keep track or else the story won't make much since to you. I believe in living each day to the fullest because you never know what might happen the next day or that same day. Grace told this story so beautiful and vivid I could see the book coming alive on my bed. Check out this wonderful book. You will not be disappointed. I didn't like the fact that she had to change some of the choices she made just because she had cancer. I feel as if you shouldn't let something dramatic happen to make changes in your life.

           ♧Lesley Kagen♧

Lesley Kagen is a mother of two, a grandmother of two, an actress, former restaurateur, celebrated public speaker, essayist, and the award winning, New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark, Land of a Hundred Wonders, Tomorrow River, Good Graces, Mare's Nest, The Undertaking of Tess, and The Resurrection of Tess Blessing. Her novels have also been published in the Netherlands, China, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Russia. She lives in Wisconsin in a hundred-year-old farm house. Find reading guides and event information at www.lesleykagen.com and at www.facebook.com/LesleyKagenBooks.

Blog Tour Review: Waking Up Joy by Tina Ann Forkner

Title: Waking Up Joy
Author: Tina Ann Forkner
Year: © 2014
My Ratings:♕♕♕/5
Format: Paperback
Pages: 331
Genre: Fiction
Sources: Booksparks
Publishers: Tule Publishing

         ♜Waking Up Joy♜

Behind every lost dream lies a second chance… When adored town spinster Joy Talley ends up in a coma after a peculiar accident, she is surprised and incensed to hear what is being said in her hospital room, including plans for her funeral. When she finally wakes, her well-meaning, but bossy, brothers and sisters dismiss her claims, thinking her accident has knocked her off her rocker, but Joy has never felt better, and is determined to set the past right. Now Joy must face her darkest secret and risk reopening wounds caused by an old flame who rejected her more than twenty years ago. But taking risks brings change, as well as a new, younger man into Joy’s life, making her feel like a teenager again. Suddenly Joy’s once humdrum life is anything but boring and routine and the future beckons, exhilarating and bright.

           ♧My Thoughts♧

So, I signed up for this blog tour and got offered something I thought was amazing. It was okay. There were some parts of the book I really question. The plot was okay. Not the best if it came down to me. That's why I am a bit scared to branch off to different genres. I want or expect to much all at once. I felt as if the family had no heart. I mean come on your sister is in a coma and your just rushing her life. No faith in believing that she will make it. This is what kind of madness happens in the world and I'm glad the author put it out there because I did not like that one bit.

The romance in the book did not have a strong back bone. Everything seemed so last minute if you ask me. When I read a book about romance I expect a strong connection with the two that could happen in real life. Not some made up "Hallmark" movie. If you ask me I think everyone was waiting for her to die and get on with there lives. If they didn't care for her I think they should have just left her along. Don't try to put on a fake sob story for the audience which I guess that was me.

Well as your audience your acting sucks. Out of no where Joy feels better. That was quite a miracle wouldn't you say. There wasn't enough suspense and tribulations to really make me believe that. If you think so explain to me how. The story was okay, but not really my type of typical romantic story. I don't regret reading this book but I need more feeling if I will read more books like these. Ms. Tina teaches us a valuable lesson just because their your family doesn't mean they will always have your back or care about your emotions.

         ▤Tina Ann Forkner▤

Tina is a Women's Fiction writer. She is the author of WAKING UP JOY (Tule Publishing Group), as well as RUBY AMONG US and ROSE HOUSE (Random House). “A wonderfully-paced weave of compelling characters dealing with buried secrets and second chances within the framework of a flawed but fascinating family. Tina Forkner is an insightful, engaging storyteller. If you’re a fan of Jodi Picoult, you won’t be disappointed.” ~ Susan Meissner Author of A Fall of Marigolds “Tina Ann Forkner takes us on a hilarious yet emotionally demanding adventure in Waking Up Joy. The free-spirited Joy has an unforgettable voice that puts us solidly on her side, no matter how unconventional her choices. Waking Up Joy is a rollicking ride.” ~ Susan Schoenberger, Author of The Virtues of Oxygen "Reading is a passion of mine, and when I find myself identifying with the characters, anxious to get to the next page to find answers to my questions, I know I’m into a good book! The daughter-mother-grandmother theme in Ruby Among Us pulled me in. Wonderful story-telling. -Jordin Sparks Music Artist & 2007 American Idol Winner.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Book Review: Fail by Rick Skwiot

Title: Fail
Author: Rick Skwiot
Year: © 2014
My Rating: ♕♕♕♕♕/5
Pages: 252
Genre: Mystery
Format: Paperback 
Sources: Publishers
Publishers: Blank Slate Press


Exiled to the city's tough North Side, disgraced St. Louis Police Lieutenant Carlo Gabriel wants nothing more than to return to the headquarters hierarchy. To get his wish, all he has to do is track down the missing husband of the mayor's press secretary. Instead he unearths a morass of corruption, educational malpractice, and greed that threatens to consign thousands of at-risk youths to the mean streets of America's erstwhile murder capital. Worse, it's the kind of information that could get a cop killed. Fighting for his life and his honor, Gabriel ultimately must make a choice that could affect not only his own future, but also that of the city and its top leaders.

                   ■My Thoughts■

This is a very dark suspense full book that I greatly enjoyed. The way the story stared out was like a movie. This book is highly imaginative and I could scarcely imagine. It was like T.V. in my mind. This book reminds me of "Criminal Minds". The teacher getting attacked while walking home fits perfectly. The one thing I didn't like was the language this book contained. WARNING THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING.

The plot quickly grabbed my attention because it is a mystery book which I love. Every content this book had, I was on the tip of my toes for. Turning each page I did not know what to expect. My reaction to finishing this book was indeed shocking. I couldn't believe the story after I put the details together. I did not see it coming. Skwiots has a great talent for wring this bad bad book.

Nothing was dull but the one thing that irritated me was the wife. I felt as if she didn't care and was only waiting on his money. A question that really was on my mind was "how can you marry a person that tells you nothing?" I mean she didn't know any of his fiends, people he talked to and etc. The detective was good. The interrogations he had I felt as if they were coming alive in my room.

What else can I say that this was indeed a real mystery.

         ✔Rick Skwiot✔

Rick Skwiot's new urban mystery, "Fail," is being released by Blank Slate Books in fall 2014. Skwiot is the author of three previous novels--the Hemingway First Novel Award winner "Death in Mexico," the Willa Cather Fiction Prize finalist "Sleeping With Panocha Villa," and "Key West Story"--and two memoirs: the critically acclaimed childhood memoir "Christmas at Long Lake," and "San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Memoir of a Sensual Quest for Spiritual Healing."

Book Review: Personal Files (The Jake Helman Files #1)

Title: Personal Files (The Jake Helman Files #1)
Author: Gregory Lamberson
Year: ©2009
My Rating: ♕♕♕♕/5
Genre: Horror
Format: Paperback
Pages: 379
Sources: Publishers
Publishers: Medallion Press, Inc

         ^Personal Files^

Jake Helman, an elite member of the New York Special Homicide Task Force, faces what every cop dreads—an elusive serial killer. While investigating a series of bloodletting rituals executed by an ominous perpetrator know as the Cipher, Jake refuses to submit to a drug test and resigns from the police department. Tower International, a controversial genetic engineering company, employs him as their director of security. While battling an addiction to cocaine, Jake enters his new high-pressure position in the private sector. What he encounters behind the closed doors of this sinister operation is beyond the realm of human imagination. Too horrible to contemplate, the experimentation is pure madness, the outcome of a hell where only pain and terror reside. Nicholas Tower is not the hero flaunted on the cover of Time magazine. Beneath the polished exterior of this frontiersman on the cutting edge of science is a corporate executive surrounded by the creations of his deranged mind. As Jake delves deeper into the hidden sphere of this frightening laboratory, his discoveries elicit more than stereotypical condemnation for unethical practices performed for the good of mankind. Sequestered in rooms veiled in secrecy is the worst crime the world will ever see—the theft of the human soul. 

              ×My Thoughts×

This was such a good thriller book. It was deep and dark. It scared me because I felt as if I was in a horror book loving every inch of it. This book was well written with juicy details you just can't miss. The cover was such a beauty. I like the blood and the guy on the cover looks like the scream. Lamberson is a very captivating author and you won't get bored and dull. The story was ovary the top. Very dark and suspenseful.

Books like theses make me love and enjoy the hobby of reading books and sharing my opinion on what I felt. There were some parts that were a bit scary and I had to put it down. Do not read this book at night. I couldn't sleep and stayed up @4:30 EST just to finish this book. Great books like these are always amazing to read. There were some parts that were a bit dull. I didn't really care to much. At times I would skip over paragraphs because they were repetitive.

As, I read this book I felt just like a cop. "FREEZE". The job of being a police has his scary moments and you have to sacrifice your life to help another. Serial killers are very dangerous. They make me scared to go out into this hard world we know as "LIFE". You never know what you are faced up against and you must always have caution. A scary book I might add and I don't know if I would continue on reading this book. Nothing dramatically wrong but I don't want to scream again.

Enough rambling check this book out for yourself. I wasn't disappointed and I loved the story.

        ¢Gregory Lamberson¢


Gregory Lamberson is an author and filmmaker who specializes in horror entertainment. He is a two time winner of the IPPY Gold Medal for Horror and a three time Bram Stoker Award finalist. Fangoria magazine called him "the hardest working man in horror."

Lamberson is the author of two ongoing supernatural action series, "The Jake Helman Files" (PERSONAL DEMONS, DESPERATE SOULS, COSMIC FORCES and TORTURED SPIRITS) about an occult detective, and "The Frenzy Cycle" (THE FRENZY WAY and THE FRENZY WAR) about werewolves. His stand alone books include JOHNNY GRUESOME, CARNAGE ROAD and the instructional filmmaking book CHEAP SCARES: LOW BUDGET HORROR FILMMAKERS SHARE THEIR SECRETS, which is being used as a text book at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Blog Tour Review: A League Of Her Own by Karen Rock

Title: A League of Her Own
Author: Karen Rock
Year: ©2014
My Rating: ♕♕♕♕/5
Pages: 377
Genre: Fiction
Format: Signed; Paperback
Sources: Lola's Blog Tour
Publisher: Harlequin

      ♤A League Of Her Own♤

He was attractive, talented…and way off limits. Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she's a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father's struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It's going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she's worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather's world falls apart and Garrett's the one who's there to catch her… Romance, Baseball, Rivals to Lovers, Contemporary Romance

          ♡My Thoughts♡

I found "A League of Her Own" very romantic and loving. The chemistry between the characters were very lovely no complains so far. It wasn't a cheesy romantic books like what I have read in the past. It had more to it. I am very glad that I signed up to review this book because there was hardly anything wrong with what Ms. Rock wrote about. I felt as if the story-line could have been a bit more reliable and modern. Not saying this couldn't happen in real life but I would like to get more details that 99.9% could happen.

I like the romantic interest the two shared together. Heather was a bit irritating at times but lucky didn't make  it all that dramatic. There were some "pros" and "cons" about her life that I was kind on the fence about. At times when I wanted "this or that" to happen it didn't. At some point there was only one thing I predicted right and it was the ending. No worries I won't spoil you but all I have to say is...............(???????) Ms. Rock wrote a very different book that I have never read and that's what I like.

I like to see different authors writing and pursuing there passion and I felt that in this book. The characters were a bit average at times, but they always did something that "WOWED" me at times. The job that Heather was given didn't bother me. It just showed that women can have unexpected jobs you think they can't (have/handle). The suspense given about the two would make your heart melt.

It made me think on how tiny the Grinch's heart was, but then slowly got bigger when he found the true meaning of what mattered the most. Reading this was odd because I kept thinking that I was watching baseball (which I don't) but it shows you like the saying "love comes in the weariest shape and form". Without that saying I truly had such a blast reading this book. No regrets. A few minor complains, but nothing to dramatic.

Any other stories like this, you know my blog. I would be happy enough to read since I thought this was a good read.

           ☆Karen Rock☆

Since Karen Rock’s grandmother passed her shopping bagfuls of Harlequin Presents as a teen, it’s been her dream to add her voice to the Romance genre. Now an author of YA contemporary romance, such as the CAMP BOYFRIEND series and Adult contemporary romance for Harlequin’s latest contemporary line, Heartwarming, Karen is thrilled to pen wholesome, tender, deeply romantic stories that all can relate to. When she’s not busy writing, Karen enjoys watching anything starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, cooking her Nona’s family Italian recipes, and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter and two King Charles Cavalier cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch,” though they know a lot about love.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Book Review: Irredeemable by Jason Sizemore

Title: Irredeemable
Author: Jason Sizemore
Year: ©2014
My Rating: ♕♕♕♕♕/5
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 231
Format: Paperback
Sources: Author
Publisher: Seventh Star Publishing


Flowing like mists and shadows through the Appalachian Mountains come 18 tales from the mind of Jason Sizemore. Weaving together elements of southern gothic, science fiction, fantasy, horror, the supernatural, and much more, this diverse collection of short stories brings you an array of characters who must face accountability, responsibility, and, more ominously, retribution. Whether it is Jack Taylor readying for a macabre, terrifying night in The Sleeping Quartet, the Wayne brothers and mischief gone badly awry in Pranks, the title character in The Dead and Metty Crawford, or the church congregation and their welcoming of a special visitor in Yellow Warblers, Irredeemable introduces you to a range of ordinary people who come face to face with extraordinary situations. Whether the undead, aliens, ghosts, or killers of the yakuza, dangers of all kinds lurk within the darkness for those who dare tread upon its ground. Hop aboard and settle in, Irredeemable will take you on an unforgettable ride along a dark speculative fiction road.

         ☏My Thoughts☎

Writing Style: Great captivating read....... no words can really express my mood for Mr. Jason's "Irredeemable".

Captivation: This was indeed a scary read. It took me a while to grasp the concept, but I was not disappointed about LOVING this book. The short stories, were very nice and simply. They weren't blown to much out of proportion that I could stand it. Or were to dull, I wanted to love it but.......just couldn't. Books like these make me love being a blogger. To try different genres and authors and see potential that they hold. I can really say this was a great book that is highly recommended to you all readers.

Plot: The plots of the story were very exciting. You had many great stories to look forward to reading and giving a chance. All the plots shocked me with amazement, I couldn't hold in my emotions any longer.

Characters: Great. Has all lovely personality I feel like I'm taking to people I would meet in real life.

Favourite Line: "Destined full power to his sensory arrays, the object he sensed in the hallway was a rusted foaled chair and a empty wooden storage crate".

Final Thoughts: What a great book. I had full exporing short stories and didn't know I would enjoy it.

         ♤Jason Sizemore♤

I was born the son of an unemployed coal miner in a tiny Kentucky Appalachian villa named Big Creek (population 400). It’s an isolated area with beautiful rolling hills, thick forests, and country folk. I lived in Big Creek until I went to college, spending my weekends cruising the Winn Dixie parking lot of ladies, partying in my cousin’s run-down three room trailer, and being a member of the bad-ass Clay County High School Academic Team.

Book Review: My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh

Title: My Sunshine Away
Author: M. O. Walsh
Year: ©2015
My Rating: ♕♕♕♕/5
Pages: 306
Genre: Fiction
Format: ARC; Paperback 
Sources: Penguin
Publishers: Putnam

               ♥My Sunshine Away♥

It was the summer everything changed.… My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too. In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.

         ♡My Thoughts ♡

Writing Style: I loved the writing. It is one of the best page-turners I have read in 2014.

Captivation: This, is a great love story book. The concept and plot, really melts your heart but has a mystery waiting for you as you get more in depth with the story. It was very mind blowing and made me think outside of the box. It made me think like a detective and finding clues that will make you say "why did that happen". A great read to snuggle up with in bed on a rainy day that MIGHT bring the sun out. There were a few minor details that could have been added to make the story a bit suspenseful.

Plot: The plot was unexpected. There were so many twist and turns. Up and down mind blowing details that I won't spoil you with. If you think this book was okay, think again. Give this book a go. This will really make you pop with amusement you gotta grad this for yourself.

Characters: The characters were very heart warming and fit the story perfectly I cannot complain about anything. Some things added to make the character bolder I think did not fit it so good. Nonetheless it was very intriguing to accompany them along for the ride.

Favourite Line: "Our mansions, apparently, lacked character. Our garden was some cheap knockoff of their garden district."

Final Thoughts: A great book to laugh along with.

           ※M. O. Walsh※

Blog Tour: The Unimaginable by Dina Silver

Title: The Unimaginable
Author: Dina Silver
Year: © 2014
My Rating: ♕♕♕♕/5
Pages: 255
Genre: Romance
Format: Paperback
Sources: Booksparks
Publishers: Lake Union Publishing

       ¿The Unimaginable¿

From the author of One Pink Line comes a story about letting go of the past and finding bravery in the depths of fear. Set on the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand and the rough waters of the Indian Ocean, The Unimaginable paints a vivid portrait of a young woman on a journey to find herself—and her harrowing fight for survival. After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant’s boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors—and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable.

⇩My Thoughts⇩

Writing Style: Great, writing style. I could believe the plot of the story.
Captivation: As soon as I got this book, I was very anticipated to read this book. It is a cute, funny heart warming short read that with put you emotions to the test. After the first chapter I was hooked. The way the book stared out I knew this was the book for me. The way everything was explained you couldn't miss a inch of detail in what the author has in stored for you. There were some parts that were a bit dry or just didn't fit in my opinion. When it got dry I just took a short break, but it was always calling me to finished the book, until I did. The ending was....... well I won't get much into that. You my readers would have to find out for yourself.

Plot: The plot was very realistic. It had a modern touch which I liked and had is soft cheesy moments that I could stand and not stand. It just goes by how you look and that given (paragraph/pages) I really liked the urban feeling, because I could relate to it in my era of living. Some parts took my very breath away, I had to gasp back for it.

Characters: I liked Jessica's character. She was very believable. Had spunk and was very creative. I liked the feelings and emotions she was given in this book. Grant's character I was a bit iffy about. There was always that (love/hate) relationship I have with his character. Luckily not everything he did got on my nerves. He was a great add along with Jessica's sister Caroline.

Favourite Line: "I'll never forget the smell. It was jarring in many ways, but memorable because I'd been afraid of that scent before."

Final Thoughts: This is a great book to "Sit Back And Get Cozy with".

          ♙Dana Silver♙

A graduate of Purdue University, Dina Silver has spent the past fifteen years feeding her red wine habit by working as a copywriter in the advertising industry. After seeing the bulk of her professional prose on brochures and direct mail pieces, she is delighted to have made the transition to novelist. She currently lives with her husband and son in suburban Chicago. Additionally, she loves talking about herself in the third person.

Book Tour: The Body Tourist by Dana Lise Shaven

Title: The Body Tourist 
Author: Dana Lise Shaven
Year: © 2014
Pages: 340
My Ratings:♕♕♕♕♕/5
Genre: Memior
Format: Paperback
Sources: Booksparks
Publishers: Little Feather Books

        ♞The Body Tourist♞

In this moving and funny memoir that spans the six years following the author's purported recovery from anorexia, Dana Lise Shavin offers a candid and ultimately optimistic window into the mindset and machinations of a mental illness whose tentacles reached deep into her life, long after she was considered "cured." In 1981, Shavin graduated from college with a BA in Psychology. It had been a difficult venture that included an expulsion, a four-month institutionalization, and a multitude of transfers. By the time it was over, she was convinced she was cured, and that it was time to start curing others. "I’m ready," she told her parents, her therapist, and friends—all of whom shook their heads in horror at her 95-pound, 5’9” frame. Undaunted, she landed a job as a counselor in a halfway house for drug and alcohol addicts. If anyone knew what it took to become a happy, functioning adult, Shavin was convinced she was the one. As anyone would suspect, the burden of self-contempt, faulty logic, and interpersonal turmoil that are the character traits of depressive disorders and addictions do not miraculously disappear once medication and therapy have taken effect. Where, then, do these dangerous obsessions, such as the wish for obliteration (which often co-exists with the wish for immortality), go once a person sets foot on the road to recovery?

            ◆My Thoughts◆

Writing Style: The, writing style was good. I liked how she pored her hear out getting into descriptive details about whats going on in her life and the struggles she faced.

Plot: In this funny heartwarming memoir Ms. Dana opens up about her struggles with anorexia. She explains how and what the struggle was about having this illness. Getting into this book it not what I expected. I could relate to what the author was going threw. Growing up at as a kid, I was also skinny as well. I didn't gain a lot of weight. I felt ashamed because kids would pick on me, but that didn't stop me. I embraced who I was and didn't stop fighting. I teared up  because I felt sorry for the author. Its because she is very brave to open up and tell the world what she has been through and how she overcame that. In my book I call that a BOSS!!!!

Captivation: I was very much captivated to hear how in depth she went with her story. Millions of people around the world have anorexia, and to hear there stories could dearly help benefit someone. They can (hear/see) I'm not alone. Someone else out there has this illness, but didn't lit that inter fear with who they are. We all are humans and have feelings, sharing what you went threw can deeply change how a person looks at the situation and can reflect on the message it sends. Keep on writing Ms. Dana. Don't let anyone stop you.

Favourite Line: "Theres much to be done for the woman on the inside, and I approach the prospect reverence and bravo".

Final Thoughts: You are never alone. Always keep your head held high.

  ﹏Dana Lise Shavin﹏

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Book Review: Introducing The Honourable Phryne Fisher by Kerry Greenwood

Title: The Honourable Phryne Fisher
Author: Kerry Greenwood
Year: ©2011
Pages: 489
My Rating: ♔♔♔♔/5
Genre: Mystery
Format: Paperback 
Sources: Publishers
Publishers: Poisoned Pen Press

  ﹏The Honourable Phryne Fisher﹏

Meet Phryne Fisher, the 1920s’ most elegant and irrepressible sleuth, in her first three adventures bound together in one great value volume. This is the perfect way to introduce your friends to your favourite and most stylish sleuth—or to catch up on some of Miss Fisher’s earlier career. Our unflappable, unconventional and uninhibited heroine, The Honourable Phryne Fisher, leaves the tedium of English high society for Melbourne, Australia, and never looks back. In her first three adventures, she encounters communism, cocaine, kidnappers, and murderers. Phryne handles everything—danger, excitement and love—with her inimitable panache and flair, and still finds a little time for discreet dalliances and delicious diversions. This brilliant omnibus volume presents Cocaine Blues, Flying Too High and Murder on the Ballarat Train. 

         ※My Thoughts※

Writing Style: I really liked the writing. I could connect with the words. I was spooked out a bit. I was a little nervous at first about reading the book. I thought I wasn't going to enjoy it, but I am happy that there was a bright side. I love detective works and being able to see myself in the book was breathtaking. I liked the mystery behind the story-line.

Captivation: The story was beautifully done. When I was reading the book at first, I was a bit confused. I didn't really understand the concept. It started out a bit okay, but as I was really understanding the story. It was very captivating I didn't want to put it down. Ms. Kerry is a good writer and kept me on edge. One of the best books I've read in 2014 and this is highly recommend to you mystery lovers.

Plot: Join, Phryne Fisher in the first three books on her adventure. Imagine yourself side by side in London uncovering clues, and solving crime. Come along for the ride you won't be disappointed. Just as I was loving it, the book sadly ended for me which kind of made me tear up. Some parts were a bit repetitive and that confused me because it just kept happening multiple of times. However, I still think its a pretty good series.

Characters: Phryne is my favorite. She is very bold and stands out. Her bad ass personalites makes her stand out and enjoy every minute about her.

Favourite Line: "What was that"? "When he would rear and scream---so that I feared for his knees and even more for my life---I fed him honey-soaked oatmeal and brandy."

Final Thoughts: Mystery books set in London are always thrilling. Touring the UK and finding more about the thrilling mystery that awaits you.

      ♧Kerry Greenwood♧

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has a degree in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant.

Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. In 1996 she published a book of essays on female murderers called Things She Loves: Why women Kill.

The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written thirteen books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them.

Book Review: The Gar Diaries by Louis Bourgeois

Title: The Gar Diaries
Author: Louis Bourgeois
Year: ©2013
My Rating: ♕♕/5
Pages: 283
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Paperback
Sources: Publishers
Publishers: The Other Publishing Company™

        ♜The Gar Diaries♜

Young Lucas grew up as a gar fisherman's son, in the steamy backwater bayous of southeastern Louisiana. His story invites you into a brutal world that is dominated by domestic violence, poverty, and the day-to-day struggle for survival...a struggle that might have left even the strongest of us emotionally scarred and bitter. Lucas reveals the childhood fights, the family traumas, and the fiercely wrought beauty of a visceral existence that feels ill at ease with itself. He gives us an unflinching look at a place and people we need to know. 

          ◇My Thoughts◇

Writing Style: The authors writing, wow I couldn't even connect to. The words an content in this book, in my opinion did not fit the description. Nothing made since. I didn't like the writing behind the story-line. The style of which the author put things in are descriptive, but I didn't like it so much.

Captivation: I was captivated until I read deeper into the book. Starting of the book had it's strong point, but seeing where the author took the story, I just wasn't feeling it. The concept. The story telling. The words nothing. This is not my cup of tea and I wished I could enjoyed it. I thought this was the book for me. I felt like I was gonna like it but reality hit and its no that the author did a bad job. He put effort into it, which I clap for, but not enough to make SOME of his readers go "Wow"!!!

Characters: I had no favourite character. All had no spark. It was very dry. Personalities didn't make any since. No connection. I just couldn't connect. There was no feeling or empowerment I liked.

Plot: I didn't like it I couldn't finish the story, no matter how much I tried. It just haunts me on my bookshelf and I don't know if I can get it done. The one thing I liked was the setting "Louisiana ". 

Favourite Line: None.

Final Thoughts: Not the book for me. It wasn't that I hated it, its because the words in the book, made it filthy.

             ⇩Louis Bourgeois⇩

In 1996 , Louis Bourgeois graduated from Louisiana State University with a BA in English. In 2002 he was the first graduate of The University of Mississippi’s MFA program in creative writing. He is co-founder and editor of VOX, an independent experimental literary journal based in Oxford, Mississippi.

Book Review: Tantric Coconuts by Greg Kincaid

Title: Tantric Coconut
Author: Greg Kincaid
Year: ©2014
Pages: 292
My Rating: ♔♔/5
Genre: Romance
Format: Hardcover
Sources: Blogging For Books
Publishers: Crown Publishing

        ♡Tantric Coconut♡

Free spirit Angel Two Sparrows—artist and musician extraordinaire—is having trouble making ends meet. On the verge of desperation, she inherits her crazy Aunt Lilly’s bookmobile and half-wolf named No Barks, and dreams up yet another life plan. Painting her business card on the side of the van, Angel and her trusty companion set off on a pilgrimage across America hoping to jump-start her new profession: Native American Spiritual Consultant. Traveling in the other direction, Ted Day and his trusty Irish Terrier-mix Argo are on a much needed vacation (and in need of spiritual nourishment). When he leaves Kansas, Ted can’t image how far from his sleepy law office that old silver and black Winnebago 32RQ Chieftain will take him. Two lives (four if you count the canines) collide (literally). Once the dust settles, Ted and Angel find themselves enamored. Sensing that something bigger and more profound has been set in motion, the couple embarks on a wild road trip, detouring into some rarely traveled corridors of the human soul. Very soon, it becomes clear that nothing will ever be the same for these travelers, their dogs, and, heck, the world at large, too. “Coming from the author of books such as A Dog Named Christmas and Christmas with Tucker,” Kincaid writes, “This new novel might at first blush sound like a de­parture for me. And yet, Angel and Ted’s journey throughout the Southwest reveals the themes at the heart of all my work: the ultimate questions of life and love, of companionship and overcoming the odds.” (less)


          ♙My Thoughts♙

Writing Style: I was a bit disappointed. I thought this book was going to be amazing. I didn't have any type of connection or could I tell what the author meant or what was his meaning behind the whole story. When I read I want to feel a connection with what the author's doing. I couldn't really comprehend with the author. It wasn't that bad, but I expected more feeling, connection, and excitement. This book didn't make me imagine myself much in the book, which is a huge down fall for me.

Captivation: I saw so many bad reviews on Goodreads. I was a bit hesitant of reading it at first, but I gave it a shot. The book was so-so, but this book isn't for me. I didn't so much like the concept of what took place. It wasn't bad, but I just cannot deal with it. There were so many times, I was a bit confused and didn't know what was going on. I mean the concept didn't seem realistic and there was no connection. I couldn't relate. I didn't feel anything. It was kind of a drag. Nevertheless, if you want to give this a try, hey don't let me stop you.

Plot: Like I've explain previously I felt no sort of connection. The plot was alright, but it didn't match the story. I felt as if I was watching one of those cheesy "Halmart" Christmas movies, which I dearly dislike with a passion.

Characters: I didn't have a favourite character. There personalities were very dull. They had no spark. No chemistry. No nothing that I look forward to.

Favourite Line: Please help me find one.

Final Thoughts: I expected so much....... but got settled with nothing.

           ♜Greg Kincaid♜

Greg Kincaid was born in Providence, Rhode Island on March 30, 1957. He has lived in rural Kansas most of his life. He is married and has five children. His first book, Death Walk at Acoma, was a young adult novel publihsed in 1992 by Sunstone. In 2008, his second novel, A Dog Named Christmas (Random House), made it to the the New York Times Extended Best Seller's list. In 2009, it was released as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that was enthusiastically received by over twelve million viewers. His third novel, Christmas with Tucker, the prequel to A Dog Named Christmas, is scheduled for release by Crown Books in November of 2010. Greg is an attorney and an advocate for both animal shelters and literacy.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"Book Review" : Fatal Induction by Bernadette Pajer

Title: Fatal Induction: A Professor Bradshaw Mystery #2
Author: Bernadette Pajer
Year: ©2012
My Rating: ♕♕♕♕/5
Pages: 221
Genre: Mystery
Format: Hardcover 
Sources: Publishers
Publishers: Poisoned Pen Press


         ↖Fatal Induction↖

Seattle, 1901. The race to win an electrical competition incites Professor of Electrical Engineering Benjamin Bradshaw’s obsession for invention in the second entry this exciting historical series. The contest winner’s telephonic system will deliver music from the Seattle Grand Theater to homes throughout the city, and Bradshaw is confident he can win. The contest is in full swing when President McKinley is assassinated, casting Bradshaw and the entire nation into shock. Then Bradshaw uncovers a crime closer to home: a gypsy peddler’s cart is suddenly abandoned behind his house. What happened to the father and child who lived in this cart? When Bradshaw discovers the peddler’s child may have witnessed a murder, he follows the girl’s trail, plunging into a seedy underworld of bars and brothels. Frustrated by the police department’s apathy and caught between power struggles, he doesn’t know whom to trust. Each step of his investigation entangles him deeper in crime and corruption until he realizes that to save the child, he must transform his contest entry into a trap to catch a killer and to protect his own household. Bradshaw’s electrical forensic and investigative skills, combined with a keen understanding of human nature, bring the Seattle police—and murder—to his doorstep during the social and scientific turmoil of the early twentieth century.

         ✈My Thoughts✈

Writing Style: Ms. Pajer is one of my favorite authors. I like how descriptive she gets. She makes me feel like I am apart of the books, and that's how you find dedicating hard work authors. I can always connect to Professor Bradshaw because of how she explains him to be. The first couple of paragraphs I was hooked. This is such a great story. It shouldn't go to waste. Pick this book up and give it a shot, because of the potential this captivating, suspenseful, and mind blowing book.

Captivation: I, was so hooked I had to stop reading it. This is such a wonderful series I highly recommend this book, to anyone who loves a good mystery book. This book didn't start out slow. It was very fast pasting and mind blowing. I had to stop reading. Gripping and captivating always go together.

Plot: In this Professor Bradshaw book, it takes place in 1901 in Seattle, Washington. He enters a contest when President McKinley is assassinated and later discovers a new mystery that a child has now witnessed. In such a twisted read, he doesn't know who to trust or where to go. Jump into this mystery book, and stand side to side with Bradshaw.

Characters: I love the characters in this book, because you can imagine yourself in there place. Although the felt a bit dry and that turned me off. Don't get me wrong. This is a amazing series, but I didn't like that part of the book. I feel that it could had been more in depth.

Cover: Great cover. Not complains. FLAWLESS!!!!!

Favourite Line: "Sleep was impossible, Bradshaw discovered, when a child was missing, and inaction impossible when one's son had put his faith in his father's promise to find her."

Final Thoughts: Great Professor Bradshaw book, but there were some parts I didn't like. It wasn't a big deal, but I expected that gap to be filled or not thought of.

      ♞Bernadette Pajer♞

Bernadette Pajer spent her childhood in Seattle, surrounded by the beautiful Cascade and Olympic mountains and Puget Sound. She holds a degree from the University of Washington, Bothell, where she studied CLA (Cultural, Literature, and the Arts) in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Science program. Research is her favorite activity, and she happily delves into Seattle's past and the early days of electrical invention as she plots Professor Bradshaw's investigations. She's a proud member of MWA, SinC, NW Science Writers, PNWA, and the Seattle7Writers.org.