Solitary by LaMonte M. Fowler Book Review

Solitary by LaMonte M. Fowler

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An army veteran is sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms after he assassinated a number of high-profile government figures. He is locked away in solitary confinement which, he actually prefers. He counts the days of his imprisonment by the number of times he is allowed to go outside. As the number of days continue to grow he finds it odd that everyone around him is changing but he himself remains the same.

He is not alone however. Others have noticed his inability to change; to age. Soon, the army veteran is visited by a doctor who takes numerous blood samples and then leaves abruptly. For the longest time, he does not see another doctor and things remain the same. Until one day, he is visited by a different doctor. One who puts him to sleep. When he awakes he is in an entirely new solitary confinement. Continue reading

The Song of an Innocent Bystander by Ian Bone Book Review

The Song of an Innocent Bystander by Ian Bone

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The Song of an Innocent Bystander by Ian Bone (2004)

When Freda was nine years old she and her family goes to eat out. Freda is psyched because normally her mother Nancy would never agree to such a place as Family Value. So when her kids meal doesn’t include the sticker she so badly wanted she talks her dad into letting her go back in to get her sticker.  With determination, Freda walks straight to the front counter unaware of the man who is standing on top one of the tables holding a gun.

Ten years later, Freda is still haunted by the ghosts of her past, by the unspoken secrets, and suffers under the protective arms of her mother who is hellbent on making sure corporations don’t allow such victimization to continue. The tragedy she endured however is brought back to surface when she begins to receive phone calls. Someone knows about one of her unspoken secrets. And then there is William, a college student who wants to interview her. His styles of interviewing are unlike anyone Freda has ever spoken to and she doesn’t know exactly what to make of him or his questions. Continue reading

Alone by Robert J. Crane Book Review

Alone by Robert J. Crane

(The Girl in the Box Series) Book 1

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Sienna Nealon is seventeen years old. She has lived in her house with her mother since she was five years old. Her mother, who never ever let her outside of the house has a few rules. Some of these include: stay dressed at all times, wear your gloves at all times, don’t go outside ever, among others. She is punished whenever she breaks the rules her mother sets. When Sienna breaks a rule, her mother punishes her.

One day her mother disappears after punishing Sienna. After many days of no return, Sienna is forced to break a lot of rules when she finds two strangers in her home. On the run and in a world she’s never seen before, Sienna is uncertain of who to trust or where to go. But when she comes up against Wolfe, who’s in the mood to play with his prey before he finally does the job he was sent to do, Sienna finds herself nearly dead on the concrete ground one minute and in the care of the Directorate the next. Continue reading

Almost Perfect by Julie Ortolon Book Review

Almost Perfect by Julie Ortolon

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Maddy, Christine, and Amy have come to support their best friend, Jane Redding, who has just recently published her first book, “How to Have a Perfect Life”. They are amazed and just super thrilled for Jane but are also a bit envious that Jane has somehow done what they have yet to do, which is to have the perfect life.

The three of them get to talking and of course being best friends, they are quick to point out the other’s fears and obstacles. They decide to risk it all after Jane’s success and use her book to propel them towards their own perfect lives. In this first book, which by the way this is a trilogy, Maddy Hills is the main character.

Maddy turned away from her first love, Joe, when she was in high school thanks to winning a full scholarship to an awesome art school. She didn’t look back or regret her choice either. At least, that’s what she tells herself every day. After meeting an accountant and marrying him, she suffers through his slow death thanks to cancer. In the midst of caring for him and making sure his business was always a constant success, she ended up turning away from her passion of art. Continue reading

Brightside by Mark Tullius Book Review

Brightside by Mark Tullius

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Have you ever been asked “if you could have any superpower…” and then you mentally begin listing off all that you can think of? Telepathy is always one of those that’s listed (but rarely ever chosen). Well, Mark Tullius doesn’t treat telepathy as a superpower in his book Brightside. In fact, the world is afraid of those who can hear others’ thoughts. So much so, that those can are hunted down, rounded up, and sent to live up in the beautiful mountain town of Brightside. Although they are told Brightside is just like anywhere else, perhaps even a nicer place compared to lots of others, it definitely has its down falls. As in millions of miles down! They are isolated and the only way out is to jump off one of the cliffs.

Joe Nolan opens his world to us. He explains how he and others like him are called ‘Thought Thieves’ and how none of them ever had the choice of being the way they were. He has been at Brightside for 100 days but it’s going to be the last day he spends there. He talks of escape for some of his friends; others aren’t so fortunate. But before he can go further with his life sharing, he has to take us back; Back to day 39, back to events in his childhood, back to the people in his life because there is a lot of explanations and even more questions. Continue reading

Down To You by M. Leighton

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So last night I did a random Google of the New York Times Best Seller list to see if something would catch my eye. Truly, I don’t have time in my life to read but I love reading so much that I just have to sometimes tear myself away from everything: friends, writing, family, school. EVERYTHING. And I have to hunker down with a book and read. And I don’t mean read a chapter here and then tomorrow read another chapter. I rarely sit down without the intentions of reading an entire book. Um…I do not know what portion control is when it comes to reading. Okay, I do know what it is, I’ve tried it…and I don’t like it. Nope. I don’t take well to reading a chapter or two tonight before bed and then another two tomorrow night before bed. I’m not that type of girl. You should know this already! Continue reading

Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig Book Review

Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig

“This might be the last chance to get off the ride. The Miriam Black Experience is about to depart the gate, and you’re either strapped in or left behind. Time to commit, Miss Wiz. The lady or the tiger.”

In Chuck Wendig’s second installment Mockinbirds, Miriam is definitely in a pissy mood. She is totally exhausted of trying to live the normal life that Louis is hoping they can live together. In fact, this ‘living the rat-wheel life’ of working at a shitty store dealing with tourists day in and day out is pushing her over the edge.

The book opens up, introducing the readers to Miriam. A stand-alone novel, the average reader does not have to know the Miriam we loved in Blackbird. This Miriam is wearing black gloves; stifling the visions but is living a numbness sort of life that she hates. She is trying to be normal but Miriam isn’t normal. And having a job and a home address does not a normal person make. And she is tired of faking it.

So when she gets fired she decides to get a quick fix; just a quick looksee at how her boss gets to the grave. And how alive she feels when she pulls those black gloves off makes it totally worth it. Only Miriam isn’t prepared for what she sees and immediately goes into full action mode which entails going face to face with a lunatic.

For those who read book one the rules of the game changed for Miriam. In this book, whether you knew the rules changed or not, the reader learns the cold hard truth. The only way to prevent one death is to offer up another to death’s hands. Eye for an eye kind of thing, if you will only it is a life for a life this time.

Fate is a hard ass stickler when it comes to the rules of death. It’s hungry and it MUST eat. So Miriam gives it what it must have- a soul. When she does she is called into the darkness where she is greeted by…well, she doesn’t exactly know. She once thought it a figment of her imagination but she isn’t sure anymore. For the sake of it all, she calls him the Trespasser.

When she returns to the land of the living, she decides to call it all quits. No more job. No more shitty trailer where she lives alone because Louis is of driving his truck. No more Rat-wheel living for her. She finds the traveler inside her is coming alive and she hits the road. Only Louis shows up on the same road.

Louis tells her about a job; a psychic job. A teacher at a boarding school for girls is certain she is dying and is offering to pay Miriam to learn how she is going to die. After some reluctance, Miriam agrees to take the job. Only the job turns out to be so much more and now she is caught in the clutches of finding a serial killer before they find her.

Though the beginning had me, there were times where I found myself wanting to skim through and past some of the scenes. I can’t say this book held me captive as much as the first in the series but I will say it is definitely a book worth picking up. Wendig is up to his antics again in Mockingbird. Gore, death, and the usual relentless and foul-mouthed female holds up in this second installment. Another book that is not for the easily ‘creeped out by the bumps in the night’ reader, this is another unique read. Tightly woven into a book that will turn your stomach and at the same time have you turning the page to see what happens next, this is another must read.

Verdict: 8.5/10

 

Desires of the Dead Book Review

Desires of the Dead By Kimberly Derting

I must first admit that I got this audio book without the knowledge that it was part of a series. Having learned that there was a book before this one helped me to make sense of a few things that I was a little confused about. However having said this I do believe this could be a stand alone novel because Derting does a fine job of including key details about the main protagonist’s past events.

Desires of the dead opens up with Violet and her school peers at school talking about the new kids in town. To me the conversations of the high schoolers as well as their behaviors were a bit off for some reason. (This may be because I’m no longer anywhere near that age.) The reader learns a bit later that she has the ability to sense the ‘echoes’ of those who have died. Those who have been murdered have a unique echo and the murderer shares the same ‘echo’ which links them together.

Violet does not give out this information to many people; not even her best girl friend. (This too seems odd to me because if you can’t trust your bestie…who can you trust?) Violet has her best friend which is also now her boyfriend. So she isn’t altogether alone. However, from recent past events Violet questions how much their relationship has changed and their exists a certain uncomfortable change (at least in her mind).

Violet soon senses a new echo and she later goes off to find out what or who is producing the echo. With disturbing dreams and a penetrating echo that refuses to leave her alone, Violet searches for the echo in hopes of bringing closure. In her attempt to do so, Violet draws the attention of the FBI. Violet is terrified that her secret ‘ability’ will become public knowledge and makes some hard choices trying to keep her life normal, or as normal as one can be with such powers.

While she attempts to ‘handle’ things Violet is also becoming aware of how her boyfriend is spending more time with the new boy in school and the new boy’s sister seems to have a huge crush on Jay…a dangerous crush even? With all kinds of time to think about things Violet begins imagining, or is she, crazy scenarios about Jay and this other girl. These new kids have brought some secrets of their own.

While listening to this audio book I was at times very interested but found myself being let down frequently. I thought there were some strong scenes that could have offered me more. One character left me wanting more for sure. HOWEVER, after recently learning that this was part of a series, I also learned that the character I wanted more from and of is returning and I am surely going to read if only to get more of that one person.

I don’t normally do this but I will say that if this had been a book by itself I would have rated it differently than I am going to rate it. Knowing that it’s part of a series, and learning what the next book is about has improved my opinion of the book by a lot.
So I am offering two scores for this book (Which I’ve never done before)

B4 knowing this book was part of a series: 6
After knowing: 7.5

Will I read the next book? Most Definitely!

 

 

Blackbirds Book Review

Blackbirds By Chuck Wendig

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Wendig writes Blackbirds in such a manner that you just want to sink you teeth into it, let it clog the arteries, and die a peaceful death with a big grin of satiation on the face.

When Miriam Black touches you skin-to-skin she instantly is privy to very personal information about you. She knows how you die. She lives the event within her mind. Now whether she tells you or not, that’s a whole ‘nother ballpark. If she does decide to tell you, you’ll likely either not believe her or if you do, it’s already too late. This is the case as you turn that first page and enter into Miriam’s life. You are immediately thrust into her world. And after the show is over, Miriam sits back, lights herself a cigarette, and writes. Dear Diary: I did it again. Continue reading

Split Book Review

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Jace finally stands up to his father but only after other things have built up all around him and he can no longer hold in his rage. In doing so, he gets kicked out. His mother barely able to give him any loving words to carry away with him, hands him an envelope which leads him to Christian. Continue reading