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: 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.

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Review: Blakewood

Blakewood by Sable Grey

 

blakewoodAbout the Book (from Goodreads)

Elizabeth Mason has always been a governess but never for a household as larger or as strange as the one at Blakewood Manor. Upon her arrival, she soon finds that her beautiful new home is owned by a family of vampires. Despite her fears, she fall for two of the mysterious men that reside there. But as she begins to unravel their darker secrets, she becomes a weakness to them both and threatens their safety and the very foundation that Blakewood is built upon.

About the author: (from goodreads)

Sable Grey resides in the deep south of the United States with her wonderful husband, very spoiled dog, and three crazy cats. She spends her time researching her genealogy, designing cover art, watching movies, and reading. With favorite authors like Stephen King, Piers Anthony, and Iris Johansen, it’s no mystery where the inspiration to write tales of love, adventure, and mystery come from. An avid reader and storyteller at a young age, Sable began writing small stories as a child for her mother. However, it wasn’t until she was well in to her twenties that she realized that her calling was sharing her stories with a larger audience than just family members and friends. Now, Sable is dedicated to her craft and to bringing her readers quality fiction with unforgettable characters. For her, writing a story means writing a story meant to touch the mind, body, heart, and soul. Continue reading

Review: Secrets of the Red Box

Secrets of the Red Box: by Vickie Hall

secretsKaysville, Utah – Author Vickie Hall announces the release of her third novel, Secrets of the Red Box.

Secrets of the Red Box was a great writing experience,” says Vickie Hall. “Getting into Bonnie’s head was challenging, but a lot of fun. Exploring Bonnie’s somewhat dark character allowed me to dig deep—really try to discover what made her act the way she did.”

“The reader doesn’t know what Bonnie’s running from, or what her secrets are until the very end of the book,” Hall says. “This creates a lot of tension in this psychological suspense. I wanted to hook the reader from the very beginning, and I think I’ve done that.”

Secrets of the Red Box is about the consequences of one woman’s unscrupulous choices and how lives are altered by them. It’s also about the redemptive power of love, and the part it can play in healing even the most broken soul.

“Making choices is what life is all about. Hopefully, we learn valuable lessons from those choices, even the ones with less than a perfect outcome. At least that’s the message I hope people take away from the story.”

Hall’s new book is set against the backdrop of 1940’s Omaha. Filled with unforgettable characters, fluid writing, and an unusual plot, Secrets of the Red Box is sure to keep readers guessing until the very end. Continue reading

Review: The Song of an Innocent Bystander

The Song of an Innocent Bystander by Ian Bone

 

songWhen 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

Review: Coming Home (Jackson Falls #1)

Coming Home (Jackson Falls #1) by Laurie Breton

coming homeOne man became her husband.
Danny Fiore is a handsome, charismatic singer with huge ambitions and a voice that can peel the paper off the walls. Casey Bradley is just eighteen years old, but the songs she writes send an icy finger down the center of Danny’s cynical spine. Danny knows exactly where he’s going, and he has no intention of taking any woman along. A woman like Casey would want things he’s not prepared to give. A home. Stability. Children. He’s married to his music, and that’s the way he likes it. Neither of them plans on falling in love. But sometimes, the heart has a mind of its own.
The other man became her best friend.
Guitar wizard Rob MacKenzie doesn’t have Danny’s looks, or his charisma, or his sense of style. Tall and gaunt and bony, Rob isn’t a god, just an ordinary mortal, an easygoing guy who wants nothing more than to write his songs, play his guitar, and find the right woman. But life is never quite as simple as he’d like, and his search for Ms. Right keeps leading him down all the wrong roads.
When Rob MacKenzie and Casey Bradley Fiore begin writing songs together, the result is an unstoppable hit-making machine that catapults Danny Fiore to stardom. But the road to success is littered with land mines, and life with Danny isn’t all that Casey expected. Rivers of darkness run through her troubled marriage, and every time Danny breaks her heart, it’s Rob who picks her up, dusts her off, and glues the pieces back together. Continue reading

Review: Split

Split by Swati Avasthi

 

splitJace 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.

Jace Witherspoon pulls up to his brother’s apartment building in the middle of the night with a split lip and less than $5 in his pocket. He hasn’t seen his brother Christian in over five years because Christian ran away from home because he couldn’t take living with his physically abusive father anymore.

Jace carries only his camera and the desire to change; to move on with his life. Christian agrees with certain conditions. Jace will do anything to steer clear of his past; including the secret that he carries. He reaches out to his mother and she promises that she will come to him. Jace is counting down the days while starting his new life.

A new school, a new job, and new friends is not enough to move Jace past the darkness of his past. The abuse carries him along and he realizes that to get past what scares him the most he must face his secrets head on as well as admitting to some very real and terrifying truths. Continue reading

Review: Unspoken

unspokenUnspoken by Kerrigan Byrne

He’s cursed with eternal silence…

Roderick MacLauchlan is death for hire. Blessed by an ancient Deity with Berserker rage, he has the strength of ten men. Cursed by a malicious enemy, he’s incapable of speech. A desperate clan war rages around him and a malevolent adversary lurks in the darkness, calling for blood.
Evelyn Woodhouse is an English refugee with a dangerous secret. She has the ability to see the outcome of tomorrow’s battle and knows they’re on the wrong side of it. When a doomed and silent mercenary rescues her from a fate worse than death, it seems he has his own plans for her. This is his last night alive and she’s never been able to defy destiny.

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Warning: This is a novella, not a novel. It’s total length is about 60 pages give or take a few. Continue reading