Ask Me…What’s on page 23?

If I were turn to page 23 and read you the first full paragraph from the book I am currently reading, what would I read? Continue reading

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I’m Gonna Go For It

So, Camp NaNoWriMo is about to begin. As if starting a new job, moving to a new city, and having to change and embrace just about everything going on, I’m about to embark on a new writing project. Yowza!!!

I know. I’m crazy. I can’t help myself, though. I just sat down, during my first period class, and discovered this story sitting within the walls of my mind.

So here is the idea I’m playing with. It’s called What the Hand Draws Continue reading

Book Review: Ready Player One

ready player oneReady Player One

By Ernest Cline

Audio narrated by Wil Wheaton

While I’m not the type of person who readily dives into this genre it was suggested to me by someone to read it. I’ll admit I wasn’t jumping on the bandwagon fast. I did purchase the story on audible.com and it remained on my shelves for months before I even considered it a second time. And then a third time.

Not having anything to read at the moment I elected to give it a shot. I won’t say there weren’t times I put it down because the story is steeped with info-dumping because it has a lot of geeky ‘hardware’ terminology and of course the 80’s info was a lot to take in as well. I think listening to Will Wheaton read to me was one of the reasons I fought past any boring parts that I reached. I enjoyed his narrating the story; felt it a great choice. If you don’t know who Wil Wheaton is, check him out.

Still, the characters and the storyline moved along and I found myself smiling, laughing, feeling pain and sadness while I listened to the story. Any book that can make you experience such emotions has to be listed among the higher ranking ones. I laughed aloud at some spots and people looked at me like I was crazy. And I didn’t care. This was good. Continue reading

Book Review: Takeover

takeoverTakeover by Lisa Black

I’ve not had the pleasure of reading any of Lisa Black’s novels and I was fortunate to pick up TAKEOVER. I didn’t know it was part of a series of Black’s writings until I finished the book. I was pulled into Black’s novel from the very first page. Black engages the reader in her book immediately pulling in multiple plots and subplots. Her protagonist, Theresa MacLean is very feisty and grabs the page and holds her own. I was intrigued by some of the supporting characters as well…especially the negotiator. Black definitely has a firm grip on her characters. Each one holds true to their personality and never slips out of character.

There was so much happening at every turn of page that I really couldn’t find a comfortable place to put the book down. I ended up reading it straight through in one sitting. That says quite a lot for such a successful piece of writing. It truly was a riveting read and I certainly wouldn’t have a problem picking up another by this author. I liked knowing this was  part of a series but could stand alone. I’m not forced to dive into the next book and I like that.

Book Review: Falling Star by C.J. Wright

fallingstar1Falling Star by CJ Wright

Meet Katie Jenkins. She, like many girls, has issues with self-confidence, wonders when a boy will look twice at her, and has a mom who works too much. But she’s different than most. She is special; at least according to her grandmother who passed away two years ago. Why, you ask? How, you wonder?

When her grandmother was alive she and Katie fooled around with tarot cards and eventually she learned how to read them herself.

“You have a gift,” her grandmother would reassure her. “There is something about you that is special, don’t be afraid of it, grasp it, relish in it.”

When her grandmother died, Katie had a remarkably weird experience. One she put behind her and never looked back at. Continue reading

Book Review: Bad Direction

baddirectionBad Direction
By Sherry Wood

Imagine if the oh so sweet looking and decent appearances boy band One Direction was really a bunch of vicious, blood-sucking vampires? Sherry Wood has imagined something just like that. In her novel. Bad Direction is a boy band from Britian. They are living it up and living it large their last night in London before going on an American Tour which includes a Cruise Ship stop. They are on the verge however of losing control as their behavior turns more dangerous and rebellious.

On the other side of the story is Ashley, who is sixteen and has won tickets to the ‘Jammy Party’ on the cruise ship and her mother Leslie,who is crazy busy with her work, a dead person, and trying to cope with the end of her marriage. The fact that her ex-husbands got a new, pretty, younger woman in his life doesn’t seem to be helping her get over him too easily.  Leslie, however reluctant to chaperoning her daughter and Ashley’s best friend, begins to see something in the band as well. Continue reading

Book Review: His Mind Games

hismindgamesHIS MIND GAMES 

by Rachel Dunning

An inner world of magic and power.

A lover. A night together – their first night.

And then – disaster. He lost his mind, but she knew the truth. She knew.

And so she ran, all the way down to Marfa Texas where she met…the man they call Jack.

A demon.

And now he has her.

And he’s playing Mind Games with her. Continue reading

Book Review: Crow’s Row

Crow’s Row
 For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it i9116028n France with her parents. Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library.

During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing-and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.

Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six year- old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.

*********************3.5 out of 5 stars ********************** Continue reading

Book Review: Relentless

Relentless by Karen Lynch

288 pgs

Fantasy/Paranormal

I  connected immediately with the protagonist Sara Grey. The author wrote a vivid, realistic character in a fantasy/paranormal. She done an exceptional job.

With her father’s murder haunting her, always wondering who or what killed him, her world is opened to the realms most choose to ignore. She has supernatural power of healing and befriends many among other ‘races’ but it soon leads her to trouble.

With her two best friends, some new frenemies, and a really evil dude who wants nothing else but to ruin her life, her life turns upside down.

Sara is a strong lead character with many flaws. This is what I loved about her. She is headstrong, refuses to be a weak little girl who lets everyone else solve her problems for her. She wants to protect those she loves but she also does so sometimes putting them and herself in risk. A very humane thing! Continue reading

Review: 25 Perfect Days

25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius

 

25Never have a read a book quite like this. Mark spins twenty-five short stories and that is a feat in itself. However, it gets even better! He builds a foundation and then weaves his magic in 25 unique ways to tell the story of what it looks like with a world gone crazy. Not just crazy…Totalitarian, or in other words, the government controls, manipulates, and has their way with all things human and inhuman.

Imagine your world is not private anymore. Your choices are not yours anymore. Oh, it gets so much worse. I was really intrigued by some of the brilliant ideas Mark used in some of his stories. I have some favorites, and I am confident if you read this book you will find some of your own as well. Continue reading