Thursday, June 15, 2017

Liar by K.L. Slater

Liar by K.L. Slater reveals Slater as a consistently gifted writer who can write about the ordinary and turn it into the macabre. With Liar she inserts even more drama and strife into an already fraught relationship; that between a mother in law and her daughter in law. With alternating chapters that highlight and expose each of the protagonist's failings and shocking personality quirks, Slater renders a troubling and fascinating character portrayal of Amber, the love interest of Ben. She furthers this rendering by juxtaposing it against Ben's mum, Judi, who is a fascinating character herself. These people are deeply troubled on many levels, making them difficult to relate to, difficult to like. As this relationship plays out, truly horrific actions and histories come to light. As the reader, you don't know who to root for, and that's okay. Slater skillfully adds twists and turns to the narrative, keeping you guessing. A fine addition to the wonderful Slater library, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward again to the next intriguing novel from K.L. Slater. I kindly thank for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and thank the publisher as well.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Never Say I Wish: The loveliest book in the least for me- by Angela Covas

Never say I wish: The loveliest book in the world... at least for me.Never say I wish: The loveliest book in the world... at least for me. by Angela Covas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never Say I Wish: The loveliest book in the least for me by Angela Covas is a lovely book that tackles a tough subject. Death is something that most people avoid talking about in polite conversation, but Covas takes it head on. Her premise is basically that we should all arrive at our deaths without regrets, without wishing we had done things differently. Covas skillfully uses other people's personal journeys as examples of how to reach and achieve dreams. She speaks with those who have had near death experiences, and how those experiences transformed their lives for the better. With each chapter prefaced by a substantial quote that makes you think, this is a well thought out and inspirational book. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book, Covas engages the reader in fomenting a plan for living a full life, one without regret, and embracing each day to the fullest. Highly recommend to nurture your soul and may even spark some interesting conversations.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Obadiah: A Ghost's Story by Robert Spearman

Obadiah: A Ghost's StoryObadiah: A Ghost's Story by Robert Spearman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written in an endearing and heartwarming way, Obadiah: A Ghost's Story by Robert Spearman is highly entertaining and a quick story to delve into. The story is actually told by the ghost of Obadiah, after Obadiah's death. Obadiah works as a carpenter, has a buxom lady friend and all is well with his life. When he dies, his ghost lives on however. His ghost continues to influence and impact those people who were in his life. That in itself makes the story quirky, but there is plenty to admire about Spearman's writing and language. The beautiful Southern dialect and local colloquialisms come through in such a colorful manner, it is hard not to enjoy reading this story. A fun part of the story is a perplexing bucket that seems to follow Obadiah everywhere, even in death. With interesting characters, a glimpse into the afterlife, and a well rounded story, Spearman writes with ease and a light touch. Wholly amusing and different, this book is highly recommended.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

That Woman: Beating the odds in colonial New York by Wayne Clark

That Woman: Beating the odds in colonial New YorkThat Woman: Beating the odds in colonial New York by Wayne Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wayne Clark writes an inspirational historical novel in his book, That Woman: Beating the odds in colonial New York. With a strong female protagonist Sarah, Clark quickly immerses the reader into France in the year 1748. Sarah, her father, and younger brother have gone down to the docks to finalize some business dealings her father has. Unfortunately, both children are soon kidnapped and begin a harrowing journey. Bound for New York and sold as an indentured servant, Sarah must come to grips with her new reality, and do anything she can for her freedom and survival. Well written with a compelling and touching story, Clark gives Sarah's character the strength to forbear and survive dire circumstances. A highly readable, riveting, page-turner with a strong plot and exquisite use of language, this is a highly recommended historical fiction book that will entertain until the strong ending.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Shattered Abacus by Tom Hoffman

Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Shattered Abacus by Tom Hoffman is a marvelously fun book that keeps you engaged until the last page. This is book two of a new series by the author, featuring Orville Wellington the anthropomorphic mouse. Written intelligently, the characters are well created, including Sophia, who is Orville's friend and confidante. This writing ability; keeping the level of discourse in the book above common language, raises this story above many others in the fantasy genre. We begin the story with Orville having a terrible nightmare in which he and Sophia jump into an active volcano. Beyond that, he wakes to discover there is snow in his bedroom. Sophia herself, has had a scary dream on the same night, and steels herself for what may be on the horizon for both she and Orville. To think that Orville sets off a series of events simply by buying his Mum a necklace is scary indeed. A highly imaginative science fiction tale with an interplanetary twist, this book is eminently readable, with appealing characters and a strong plot.

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Dazzling Darkness by Paula Cappa

The Dazzling DarknessThe Dazzling Darkness by Paula Cappa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paula Cappa quickly pulls in the unsuspecting reader in her novel, The Dazzling Darkness; a genre bending story. Taking place in Concord, Mass., and with vivid descriptions, a missing young boy, and the supernatural element, there is a lot of tension and action to enjoy in this story. When Henry goes missing on his walk home down the cow path from school, his family is understandably frantic. Elias Hatch, the Old Willow cemetery caretaker is the most obvious suspect, what with his mysterious, odd nature. Cappa includes overtones of religion, faith and even transcendentalism for a heady mix in this tale that will have your head spinning. All of the characters are well fleshed out by Cappa, especially appealing is Balducci, the lead detective. A riveting, unique story that revolves around every parent's worst nightmare, this is a highly recommended novel that will appeal to readers across the board.

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Thief in Law by Michael Dirubio

Thief in LawThief in Law by MICHAEL DIRUBIO
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a professional thief, Michael Davidson does a great job. He lives a luxurious life, while looking after his elderly next door neighbor. Robbery is Michael's life, and even though Michael is highly intelligent, he prefers to use his smarts to outwit and connive his way through life. The author Dirubio writes with great clarity and glittering descriptions of not only Michael's abode, but the surrounding environs. Overall, a good story that details what it is like to be a good for nothing thief, the "thief in law", excels at what he does, Michael is portrayed in an entirely human way, with love interests that complicate things and Russians who are out to get him. With complicated heists to work their way through, Michael and his gang spend a lot of time in the high end crime planning stages, making sure everything goes just right. Overall, an entertaining diversion that has the reader rooting for Michael the protagonist, even though he is not an admirable character. Highly recommend.

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