Today I am reviewing The Torn by LaDonna Cole
Blurb: Abducted to exotic worlds in quantum spheres, a 16 year old beauty, Kate Wilson, and a team of teen misfits confront inner monsters and demons brought to life by quantum science. Dragons, aliens, sentient tornados, and tree dwelling natives terrorize them as they fight for survival on strange planets and other worlds, and struggle to overcome emotional turmoil and mental illness.
Torn between two gorgeous boys, Kate struggles for independence, while craving the passion of the bright soul-mate and the sizzle of her strong protector. Running from a fractured family into the heart of chaos, Kate must take a stand and choose what she will become. A romantic sci-fi adventure sure to please.
My Review: Detention camp a whole new way. Troubled teens sent to a camp instead of the regular juvie must battle their personal demons in a unique way. When in turns into a struggle between life and death something is obviously going wrong. With a cute love triangle thrown in will these teens be able to fix the problem as well as solve their own issues? I guess I will have to read the rest of the series to find out. I am drawn into this young adult adventure and will have to read the rest. I give it a 5 star. Love it’s original concept.
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Today I am reviewing The Liar by Niramisa Weiss.
Blurb: There is nothing to fear. Have you heard that said before? We may hear it in spiritual circles or read it in religious texts. It is a very comforting thought and somehow rings true deep within. But usually we must take it on faith if we are to believe it.
Why is the world as it is? Why have we not been able to eradicate suffering? Why does genocide continue unabated after countless horrific events obliging us, each time, to promise we will never do it again? A promise never kept. Why is the future always like the past? Why are my relationships full of pain? These are the questions that all of us need answering and have not yet been adequately addressed.
The good news is that the answer is the same for all these questions, and millions more like them. There is a single cause behind all the pain and suffering of humankind. All we need do is understand what it is, stop believing its lies and watch it drift away into nothingness. Then, and only then, will we have a chance at being what we truly are.
There is nothing to fear. Nothing bad ever happened. Evil doesn’t exist. The world is illusion. These statements happen to be true but up until now there has only been stark proof to the contrary. ‘The Liar’ examines these hopeful ideas and provides a clear and definitive argument as to why they must be true.
There really is nothing to fear, quite literally. We fear nothing because we fear lies alone. And lies are not true and therefore do not, and cannot, exist in reality.
QED. But don’t take my word for it, read for yourself and make up your own mind.
My Review: This has been on my TBR pile for a long time. My apologies to the author. I must admit I passed over it many times. Yesterday though I was determined to give it a try. I am really glad I did. It is not the usual book. It deals with the fact that most of our perceptions of this world and the interaction in it are based upon lies. Lies brought on by the labels that everything gets assigned. It is a very enlightening read and would be worth the time it would take for everyone to read it. Maybe just maybe we might have a better world to live in. I give this book 4 stars.
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Today I am reviewing Messages by Forrest Carr.
Blurb: “And what did the boss say?” Regina demanded.
Austin locked eyes with her. “He said our stories need more vagina.”
Regina recoiled as if Austin had poked her with a sharp stick. “He said WHAT?”
Austin held his hand up. “As God is my judge. That was the word he used.”
What kind of crazy newsroom is this? It’s the kind that three friends encounter as they embark on a broadcast journalism career at the height of the Golden Age of TV News. In their quest for Truth, Justice, and Ratings, they’ll risk it all, battling profit-minded owners, idiotic managers, dishonest businessmen, out-of-control public officials, and dangerous criminals. Before it’s all over, one will be in a fight for his job, another will be fighting for his sanity, and the third will be in a fight for his very life. Written by Forrest Carr, an award-winning 33-year veteran of local TV news, Messages gives a never-before-seen glimpse into the inner workings of local television newsrooms and of the journalists who work and struggle within them.
My Review: I will admit it took me a little bit to get into this book. At first I just wasn’t sure about a book that starts out with a drunk urinating on the front windows of his office building. I said I would review it however so I continued. I am glad I did. I really enjoyed the behind scenes stories of the newsrooms in the freewheeling days before sexual harassment suits became so popular. Political correctness just does not exist in this book. There is adult language and some sex references that is a little on the explicit side just to warn you. The editing could use a little work. I recommend this to readers that like to look at what shaped our news industry. I give this a 4 star.
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Today I am reviewing Minstrel by Marissa Ames.
Blurb: Arriving in the royal city of Cynegil just after the good king’s death, Liam and his traveling troupe face arrest for entertaining during a time of mourning. The new king, Riordan, offers them a choice: play for the court as he demands or be punished for the crime. With little recourse, they acquiesce. While the troupe entertains within the hall, Liam witnesses the dissension between the king and his twin brother, Shamus. When Shamus enlists Liam to record the kingdom’s history from his own viewpoint, the king becomes suspicious. And when Liam becomes involved with Molly, the mysterious redheaded washerwoman, and Tristan, the royal soldier with a deadly secret and a skill for causing unfortunate accidents, his life becomes even more complicated. As the kingdom staggers beneath drought, famine, and conflict, Liam and Shamus must flee Cynegil with prices on their heads. Will they survive their journey or will they become just another ballad to be sung?
My Review: This a fascinating book focusing on a minstrel and his band of performers. It is based mainly from the common peoples point of view of the corruption of power. After the death of the king two brothers vie for power of the kingdom. As usual the common people get caught and squeezed in the middle. I loved the ups and downs the main characters Liam and Molly faced as they danced in and out of the royal intrigue.
The only thing I am confused about is the prequel. I waited the whole book for the magic to be referred to that was told about in the prequel. Maybe it will come in future books. I think it should at least been referred to somehow. I wouldn’t advise reading it first it just confuses. Standing alone this book is great. It gets a 4 star.
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Today I am reviewing Darrion by Marissa Ames.
Blurb: A short story set in the world of Tir Athair. The first time Darrion struck her, Lana loaded her wagon and left Cynegil. Two-year-olds should not hit like that. She draped the windows of her cottage with dense cloth and worked by a single candle. If she timed her flight well, she could pass through the market during changing of the guard. In another era, under another king’s reign, Lana would have rejoiced that Darrion had inherited his father’s gift. Now, if Lana does not present her son to the king, she could lose her head.
My Review: This short little prequel accomplished what it set out to do, sucked me in and made me want more. As with most of these little novellas or prequels it is way too short. Lucky for me I have the next book to work on now and I am looking forward to it. I loved the death scene and that’s all I will say or I will give away to much. The diaper scene with the poo cooking on I had to chuckle at even though it might not have been meant to be humorous. In summary I liked the book and recommend it. Now on to the next. I give it 5 stars.
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Today I am reviewing The Origin Of The Sphinx by Raye Wagner.
Blurb: In Ancient Greece, the invocation “May the Gods watch over you” was more than a spoken blessing. It was an entreaty for divine benevolence.
When Damon sees a beautiful woman alone, far from civilization, he can’t help but be drawn to her. But his life–as it should have been– is altered and twisted by the immortal touch of deity.
Damon’s daughter, Phoibe, is raised to be wary and distrustful of the gods.
And so she must choose–
If Phoibe marries a mortal, she risks eternal solitude for a moment of love.
If she follows her heart, she risks spurning a god.
The gods are powerful, and their knowledge is vast.
But the gods…
The gods are far from perfect.
Origin of the Sphinx is a novella detailing the story leading up to the creation of the mythological creature, the Sphinx. It is the beginning of the Sphinx series.
My Review: The story line of the Gods and mortal interaction was interesting enough even though it is not exactly correct according to the way I learned Greek Mythology and the creation of the Sphinx. I will go along with the creative licence of the author. What really bugged me was what the last and the first part of the book had to do with anything. I know this is going to be a series but it should be able to be a stand alone. I did find the characters dialog left a lot to be desired too. As with most Novellas it is just too short to get a reader involved with the people and what is going on. I give it a 2 star.
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Today I am reviewing A Journal Of The Crazy Year by Forrest Carr.
Blurb: John Cruz awakens to find himself in unfamiliar surroundings. He learns that he’s been in a mental hospital for nearly three years – confined there for a crime he does not remember, a crime the hospital staff refuses to discuss with him. But then he discovers something even more bizarre. While he and other mental patients like him have been mysteriously recovering in recent months, the rest of the world has begun a slow descent into madness, thanks to a mysterious disease that causes many of its victims to go violently insane. Meanwhile, overhead a spectacular apparition splits the skies. The largest comet in recorded history is making a close approach to the Earth, and some believe there’s a connection. As the world goes to hell, with planes falling out of the sky, people committing bizarre acts of violence, and more and more crazies roaming the streets, John finds himself in a struggle not only to protect himself, but also to save the love of his life.
My Review: I don’t usually like a lot of the Sci-Fi horror zombie type books that come across my desk. They usually are just too far out there and never make me feel what you should. I don’t care for the movies either. King is about the only one I have been able to like and maybe Koontz. This one surprised me. I loved it. I found the mental haves and have nots a great concept. Loved the link of the comet. Yea I am a fan of the old movie Night Of The Comet. The ending is not what I wanted don’t get me wrong it is good I just didn’t want it to end that way. I would have like to see it move on a little longer too so I could see what the world looked like now. It should be interesting to see it populated mostly by insane people. Will look forward to more from this author. I give this a 4.5 star with just a little off for some rough editing here and there.
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