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Dying To Forget by Trish Marie Dawson

Today I am reviewing Dying To Forget by Trish Marie Dawson.

DYING

 

 

Blurb: Sometimes the day you die is only the beginning of a new job.

Piper Willow dies the summer after her high school graduation and finds herself in a spiritual terminal called the Station. She’s given only two choices: Move on to the unknown where she’ll be forced to spend an eternity in her own personal hell or be trained as a Volunteer and return to Earth as the subconscious for a person in need of outside assistance. Does Piper have what it takes to save a life, to be the nagging voice inside another person’s head? Or will she fail and end up lost and tormented…forever?

“Excuse me, Niles…I mean, Mr. Abbott. But, where are we?”
“I’ll explain everything to you dear, just as soon as we reach the Station.”
“What station? We aren’t in the hospital? Where’s my Dad?”
“No Piper, this isn’t the hospital, and your father is at home…he’s fine. Please, follow me.”
He turns away and continues on through the light. I hang my head, staring at my bare feet as we walk. Even though my cuts are gone, I keep rubbing my arm. It’s soothing. I almost bump into Niles when he stops abruptly.
“We’re here,” he says softly

My Review: At first I found this Young Adult novel entertaining. The more I read however the more bothered I became. I feel this book deals way to lightly with the serious problem of teenage suicide and bullying. Emotions just are not there. The pain of the ones left is glossed over and indeed if someone thinks suicide is a better way the idea of the Station seems to reinforce it. Even the chance for romance is there. The second case Piper was sent on dealt with a very depressed teen dealing with a father that was a alcoholic and murderer awaiting trial, a mother that abandoned her and a emotionally detached Grandma. To top it off she was the subject of pretty severe bullying at school. All this seemed to be fixed with the voice of Piper in her head telling her how to fix her hair. I would not want a troubled teen of mine to read this book. I will not bother with the rest of the series. I give this book 2 stars.

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The Bone Road by Mary Holland

Today I am reviewing The Bone Road by Mary Holland.

BONE

 

 

 

Blurb: A divvy, a dying woman, and a promise

Rhona has the divvy gift; with only a touch she knows if a baby will be fertile or will be a sterile Shun, destined to be killed or outcast. The people of the Deom depend on the divvys for survival, but it is a hard and brutal gift. As long as Rhona’s mother was alive, Rhona had followed the old ways, but now her mother is dead and Rhona is free to live her own life. She has one last obligation to fulfill: honor her mother’s dying wish to find a woman named Selina and offer her help.

Rhona has no idea who Selina is, but the best way to find anyone on Deo is to travel the Bone Road, the trade highway paved with the remains of their ancestors. And follow it Rhona does, accompanied by her young son Jak, straight into a twisted conspiracy of vengeance, death, rebirth, and the mystery of the Riders, men who never die and are bent on closing the Bone Road forever.

My Review: I have only two regrets with this book. One that I allowed it to languish on my TBR pile for so long and two that it’s done. I honestly can’t remember when I have enjoyed getting immersed in such a strange world. The plot is intricate and beautifully woven. If it had any editing errors I must have been so engrossed I missed them. It wrapped up great at the end and didn’t leave the reader dangling. I highly recommend it to anyone. I give this 5 stars.

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The Anything Goes Girl by Barry Knister

Today I am reviewing The Anything Goes Girl by Barry Knister.

GIRL

 

 

Blurb: Journalist Brenda Contay Doesn’t Look
For Trouble —It Comes Looking For Her.

Brenda messed up her college life by saying “yes” too often. She became The Anything Goes Girl, and her sex life figured prominently in locker-room graffiti.

When she suddenly makes it big on local TV, it should be like winning the lottery, right? Not for Brenda Contay. Now she’s the popular Lightning Rod reporter on WDIG. But succeeding because her butt looks good in Levis isn’t what Brenda wants—not after her Anything Goes past.

When Brenda finds out Vince, an old lover, drowned off a tiny island in the Pacific, she quits TV in search of the truth. All-state swimmers don’t just drown.

Brenda isn’t exactly a welcome addition to the island. Vince’s death turns out to be collateral damage in a scandal of global proportions. And since it involves one of the ten richest men in America, Brenda’s chance of living to tell the story is next to zero.

But that’s the one thing about The Anything Goes Girl—she hates losing. Things are about to get interesting in paradise.

My Review: Loved this mystery suspense novel. At first I thought it was going to be a real piece of fluff book. I was wrong. The gritty details of this book are great. Combining high politics with corporate dirty dealings(is there a difference) brings great modern day  relevance to this book. I enjoyed the main character and loved how the author kept it real with the lasting affects of her injuries instead of having her bounce back right as rain. I will recommend this book to other and will look forward to more Brenda Contay adventures. I give this book 5 stars.

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The Lie by Ashley Fontainne

Today I am reviewing The Lie by Ashley Fontainne.

THE LIE

 

 

 

Blurb: Karmen Moncrille’s name has been known throughout the world since the age of sixteen when her first book shot to the top of the bestseller’s list. Now everything she writes is an instant hit, and her legions of devoted fans eagerly await her next release.

The mysterious Karmen always blamed debilitating panic attacks as the reason she avoided publicity and has become a recluse. Which is exactly what she wants the world to think. Only Karmen knows the truth behind her introverted nature. Terrified of being asked where her ideas come from, she fears being branded a raving lunatic.

Now just a week before her twenty-third birthday, Karmen’s world implodes. The madness that haunts her dreams spills over to her reality and she questions her sanity. Suddenly everything has changed and now the world will transform with her. Her last book will unleash the truth and alter mankind—forever.

Is Karmen’s ability to write a gift or a curse? She’s about to find out if her entire life is a lie. And why she was destined to write it

My Review: This book was not what I was expecting but I am not in the least disappointed. The twists and turns of this plot had me reading long past the time the lights should have been turned out. However I’m not sure I would have been comfortable turning lights out in parts of this book. I loved how all of the pieces fell into place and wrapped up nicely at the end. If you like suspense thrillers this one about the ultimate battle between good and evil is for you. I give this book 5 stars.

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Nineteen Seventy Something by Rodney Strange

Today I am reviewing Nineteen Seventy Something by Rodney Strange.

 

70'S

 

 

Blurb: ‘Nineteen Seventy Something
(A novel from the author of the Rusty Goat Adventures)
Set in the delightfully nostalgic era of the seventies with a backdrop of fast cars, loud music, long hair, back roads, and drive-in movies, this novel takes the reader back in time to discover an epic tale of love and passion!

The restless hearts of those struggling to break past the boundaries of adolescence and cross over the threshold into the realm of adulthood were the lifeblood, indeed the very heartbeat, of Delight, Texas. Night after night as darkness fell upon a sleepy little Texas town, they stepped out into a world that belonged solely to them…a world of loud music, long hair, fast cars, best friends, first loves and broken hearts. When a naive, sheltered son of a wandering preacher finds himself suddenly thrust into the wild and untamed world of the seventies, alone and on his own, he is faced with a decision: become an adult before his time, or grab life by the horns and hang on for the ride of a lifetime! Along the way, as Rusty Steele takes on some of life’s greatest challenges, he discovers the greatest challenge of all…the pursuit of love. Two women will appear in his life. One will manipulate him with the power of her seductive passion, the other offers only pure love…a love of such magnitude that few have ever experienced. Which one will win the heart of Rusty Steele? It’s in the hands of destiny!

So many of the decisions we make in that turbulent, transitional period between adolescence and adulthood determine our ultimate destiny in life.
~Rodney Strange – Author

My Review: How I enjoyed this book. The memories it brought back was priceless. Going to high school and coming of age in this special time in history I can so relate to this book. I don’t know if the generation of today has such a outlook on life and the future as we had in that time before social media and cellphones. I remember many a summer night spent cruising those back roads with the music blasting just like the kids in the book. The thrill of all the firsts you dared to experience. The first cigarette, first drink, first kiss all come flooding back as I read this.  Thank you author for such a wonderful trip back in time. There are quite a few editing errors that need cleaned up otherwise this would get a perfect score. I recommend it to all of the older set and the younger if you want to get a glimpse of your parents or grandparents youth. I give this 4 stars.

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A Murder in Auschwitz by J.C. Stephenson

Today I am reviewing A Murder in Auschwitz by J.C. Stephenson.

MURDER

 

 

Blurb:  An SS officer is found standing over the body of a comrade, a smoking pistol still in his hand, a murder in a place of murders. His pleas of innocence force a court martial and he knows that there is only one man in the camp capable of defending him; a Jewish prisoner called Manfred Meyer.

Manfred Meyer is forced to build a defence for him in his court martial. Drawing on his years of experience as a criminal lawyer in Berlin, Meyer must unravel the deceit and interpret the lies that infect the concentration camp and work to have him found not guilty.

Following Meyer and his family through their lives in Berlin, the Nazi rise to power and their inevitable arrest and incarceration in Auschwitz, Meyer will do almost anything to see his wife and children. Almost anything.

Can his abilities as a lawyer interpret the facts of this seemingly impossible case? As a Jew, should he even defend an SS officer? And is he actually guilty of this crime?

But the officer must be found innocent if Meyer is to see his family again.

This story follows Manfred Meyer, from his beginnings as a lawyer in 1930s Berlin after being taken under the wing of the city’s most capable defence lawyer in the most prestigious law firm in Germany, Bauer & Bauer.

Meyer’s confidence and experience build as his cases become more complex and more difficult to defend. His success is widespread and he, his wife Klara and their twin daughters live a comfortable life in the capital.

But Germany is changing. The Nazi Party has come to power and Meyer’s Jewish heritage has become a crime. Life becomes more and more difficult until even in spite of Meyer’s connections he is forced to leave his position as Bauer & Bauer’s pre-eminent lawyer.

Then, one night, the inevitable knock at the door heralds the long train journey to the east and the death camps of Poland for Meyer, his wife and his children.

Split from his family on arrival, Meyer does what he can to survive in a place designed for death. He stays alive with help from the other inmates he has befriended, helping each other through the long days of hard labour, his only wish being that he could see his family again. A forlorn hope until circumstance throws a real chance his way.

My Review: Such a different type of who done it. I absolutely loved it. Set in Germany before the war and during the time of the concentration camps. Told from the view point of a prominent Jewish lawyer, who in spite of his success and friends, ends up being sent to the death camp. Love how his past life was woven in. Cried at the end was hoping for a good one but as with most of the people that ended up at the camps the endings were not happy. Editing needs a little attention so I give this a 4 star. Highly recommend it to anyone.

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