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Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
With the past parked in the driveway of their New England home, C.J.'s increasing outbursts and Katie's self-sabotage resurrect memories of Katie's own troubled childhood, one plagued by a mentally ill mother and a neglectful father. As Katie's notion of motherhood is tested, her artistic ambitions dwindle and she begins to feel like an imposter amongst her seemingly refined neighbors.
Suddenly faced with a bullying, overachieving sister she hasn't spoken to in years, an on-again, off-again boyfriend she just can't love, and a drinking habit that's spiraling out of control, Katie finds support in an unlikely place-- her eccentric and ailing great uncle, Walter. From his room on the third floor, Walter watches over them, encouraging both Katie and C.J. to do the work they fear in order to redeem their family.
A beautifully written family drama, Call Me When You Land offers an astutely observed portrait of a broken family striving toward repair. Out of his protagonist's despair, debut novelist Schiavone extracts humor, compassion, courage, and offers insight into the deeply human determination to survive.
Call Me When You Land is a story of a dysfunctional family. The mother, Katie Olmstead, is a deeply troubled woman, an accomplished artist and a woman with a drinking problem that she denies. Her son, Cal, a 15 year old full of angst. Then there is Uncle Walter, who is dying of cancer and a sister who she rarely sees. This group of misfits just try to get through day by day. Then Katie's husband, who left her when Cal was a baby, dies and leaves something for Cal as an inheritance. This novel is so well written that I could really feel for the characters. It is a story that sounds depressing but really isn't and the story just gets to the readers own emotions. There were times when I wanted to shake Cal and teach him some respect, I felt at times that Katie needed to grow up and smell the coffee, literally and quit the drinking, I of course know that this is a difficult thing to do. I read this book in a few nights and enjoyed it very much.
I received this book from Marissa DeCuir at JKSCommunications and was not monetarily compensated for my review.
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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Explore the emotional upheaval that is the transformation from human to vampire.Bleeding to death after brutal mugging on the campus of UNLV, Twenty-five year old Alyssa, is rescued by the cold and aloof, vampire, Lysander. Taking pity on her, he shares the gift-and curse-of immortality. She awakens as a vampire and is soon devastated by harsh realities of her new way of life: An unyielding thirst for blood as well as the loss of her friends, her independence, and her humanity.
As if having her humanity stripped away was not enough to make life interesting, Alyssa finds out her "turning", did not go unnoticed by the rest of undead society. Old enemies; an ancient sect of vampire hunters, known as the Acta Sanctorum, as well as a powerful Vampire mistress, each set plans in motion to destroy both Alyssa and Lysander.
Only by accepting her new-found immortality, seizing the night, will Alyssa hope to survive. She and Lysander must fight together against two sets of enemies bent on destroying them both.
Overall this was not a bad read but it wasn't at the top of my list of favorite reads either. Alyssa was a character that I could understand and relate to on a certain level. I wish I had more of a back round story of her though. The story jumped right into her being turned into a vampire. I was hoping that as the story went along I would learn a little more about her before she was a vampire but didn't. I almost needed this information to understand her a little bit better. I got a back round for Lysander which was very helpful in understanding him.
Regardless of the character flaws the plot was enjoyable. I'm a sucker for a vampire story. There was plenty of action and some romance too. This is more of an adult novel though or older YA due to language and sexual content. I plan to read the other books in this series and look forward to learning more about the characters along the way.
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I received a copy of this book from the author for free in return for my honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Lia Kane introduces us to Whitney and Jerrika, two college students who have been friends for as long as they can remember. They go to a frat party filled with only a philanthropic brotherhood, not your usual frat boys. Well, that's true in more ways then one. Jerrika is drugged and attacked by a boy who has VAM. It is a virus, almost very similar to AIDS, that once infected causes the host to only be able to consume blood. The host becomes anemiac, very thin, and is constantly tired. Flash forward to seven years later. Whitney and Jerrika have graduated college and are now returning to Big Sky, the town where they grew up, to find jobs. They also find an almost ghost town petrified of VAMP's. Jerrika, no stranger to VAM ignorant and scared people, is ready to take her job as the head of Blue Sky Hope House, an orphanage that is home to VAM infected children.
Through the orphanage Jerrika is introduced to Victor, the towns mayor, and unfortunately Bill Jeffries, a lay minister with an anti-VAM agenda. She is also introduced to other VAMP's, giving her the first little bit of "family" she has longed for, especially after a horrid fight with her only ally, Whitney. Jerrika is a complex, lonely character trying to make her way in a world, infected with a scary virus, while still being the good, down to earth character she was created as.
With a story line well thought out, fraught with danger and bigotry, A Sucker Born Every Minute scores a 5 star in my book! I can't wait for the next book in the series. I love the way the author continues to say the characters are not vampires, they have none of the classic vampire qualities, they have a virus that causes them to feed off of blood. The storyline of VAM is very intricate and uses plenty of medical terminology to make the virus feel believable. The treatment given to the characters who are infected makes the reader think of the way AIDS patients have been treated. The book is a good read. It can be a fast read, but if you are a person who likes to think a little deeper you'll get more out of the book.
Thank you for reading!-Melissa
A room without books is like a body without a soul. -Cicero
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Tantric Zoo: A Bud Warhol Mystery
By Rob Loughran
About the book:
Tantric Zoo begins at a tantric sex couples retreat in 1987. Amid the cavorting and indulging and groping and exploring one of the campers ends up dead. The surviving campers bury the body and return to their lives.
Monday, October 17, 2011
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Saturday, October 15, 2011
Shortly after arriving Emily starts to hear voices in the mirrors. Here is where she meets Tyler, a teen boy from a town outside San Francisco and another major character in the book. At first Emily avoids all of the mirrors in the mansion. This is so that she may ignore the voices and avoid being locked up in a loony bin thanks to the worry of her parents and her new therapist. After Emily's inability to make friends, though, she actively seeks out the mirror of Tyler and they make a connection. Due to the twists and turns of the plot, here is where I have to leave a cliffhanger so as to not give away any pertinent information. Guess you'll have to get the book to know more :)
Dark Side of the Mirror has the magic begged for by young, and even older, audiences with a story line not seen before. Enough magic, drama and even romance to please most anyone, this book is a good night time read. Don't be surprised, though, if you temporarily avoid mirrors after reading this story.
As always, thanks for reading my review! And remember:
A room without books is like a body without a soul. -Cicero
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Andy Bishop's quest begins promisingly when he leaves Columbus, Ohio, in 1914 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. In Austria-Hungary, his goals are threefold: make contact with distant Austrian relatives, practice his nascent journalistic skills, and discover why his aristocratic ancestor, Matthias zu Windischgrätz, immigrated to America so long ago.
The scenery changes drastically as Andy witnesses the last stand of imperial Austrian society. He arrives just three weeks before the assassination of the Kaiser's nephew, the Habsburg Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie. This event sparks the fateful slide toward world war and chaos for both family and friends. Andy's fateful decision to remain in the doomed Habsburg Empire after the war begins-and his irresistible attraction to a young Austrian countess-lead him to Budapest, Rome, and finally Paris, as Europe is convulsed by the greatest war since the defeat of Napoleon.
Told from the perspective of Andy Bishop, An American in Vienna presents historical insight into the Austrian court, royal society, and the demise of a once-powerful empire as it becomes embroiled in the Great War.
- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse.com (January 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1450267661
- ISBN-13: 978-1450267663
An American in Vienna is a wonderful read. You are transported to 1914 Europe at the beginning of WWI. I have never been to Europe but this book has painted a beautiful picture of the history and landscape of a country I would love to see some day. I enjoyed being along side our main character Andy as he grew and developed a sense of who he was. My heart was overjoyed and ached with his and I could get a true idea of what he must be feeling. Andy seemed so real to me and I found myself rooting for him throughout the story. I truly fell in love with each and every character and was able to relate with each of them on some level or another.
You don't have to be a fan of war stories either to read this book. There is plenty of romance and history to keep you wanting more. This is a beautifully written story that brought out a flood of emotions within myself. I will admit I even shed a tear or two. Please take the time to read this book. I loved it and I hope you will too.
About the Author:
After graduation from college, Chip came to New Orleans to attend Tulane University School of Law from which he was graduated cum laude in 1979. By then, he had developed what proved to be a life-long attachment to the City of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region where he has lived ever since. Chip Wagar has been a civil litigation trial lawyer for over 30 years and now concentrates his practice in medical malpractice and products liability. He has two adult children, Will and Sarah, who also live in the New Orleans area.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I have read this book a couple years ago and it still plays in my mind a lot. ever since the very first time I read The Diary Of Anne Frank, I wanted to know more about the Holocaust. I don't think I have anyone in my family that was in the Holocaust, but I have admiration and respect for those that survived it.
So, on to the book.
Nicole Burns was your average high school student. So, one day her teacher assigned the class to read The Diary Of Anne Frank, and to also go the local museum to look and learn from a new exibit on display of The Diary Of Anne Frank. All of her classmates was handed an index card to pretend they were living then and act the card out as a play. Well, something went wrong and there was a gun shot heard that a guy that was again the Holocaust had shot it off in the building and Nicole gets hit and passes out. When she wakes up, she is in a new town, new parents, new home, etc and she somehow realizes she isnt in the right era she was in before.
She had to learn how to adapt to the new time era she was in and somehow jews weren't allowed to go outside without a patch on their jacket's showing they were Jewish.
The book kept you wanting to know the next step. Nicole had been taken away from her family by mistake because she didn't wear her Jewish patch. She was later sent on a train where she met Anne Frank and they talked for awhile. Anne Frank had went another direction and they both met up in a consentration camp. The Jew's had to choose to go to the right or the left.
Anne Frank yelled to Nicole " Go to The Right, Always Go To The Right."
That meant the ones to the right lived and the ones to the left died. Sad enough Anne Frank had gone to the left.
A few hours later Nicole wakes up and she is lying on the ground and her teacher is hovering over her. She askes if she was ok and the teacher said she had only been out for 12 minutes, but to Nicole she was in another time era for a year or more.
This book was very suspenceful and I loved every minute of it. I wanted to know more when the book ended, and books like that are amazing and worthwhile. I really felt as I was Nicole in the other time era, the way the author had described everything really made you feel you was there. This is a book I would love my kids to read one day. I hope you go to your local library and check this book out. You won't regret it.
By: Samantha Stroy
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
It has been five-hundred years since the Pulse caused the Great Collapse, ending the Golden Age, and civilization on planet Earth. Humanity has waited ever since for a long-anticipated sign from God, which has finally appeared in the night sky. The time has come for Ferrell Young, the Warrior Clan, and the Church to risk everything in an effort to restore civilization, and bring hope to a world full of despair.
Alex Montgomery is an archaeologist who has spent many years looking for a mysterious book on behalf of the Holy Christian Church. The book is said to contain the location of the Great Oracle which, according to legend, can endow the one who finds it with great power and wealth. Of much greater importance to the Clan and the Church however, is the fact that it may also enable the world to emerge from five centuries of darkness and suffering.
When a powerful, intelligent, but sadistic barbarian leader named Kraken learns of the Oracle, he plans to destroy the Warrior Clan and the Church, take the Oracle for himself, and enslave the rest of humanity.
Join Ferrell and his companions as they set out on a desperate journey to find the Great Oracle, and rescue humanity from The Dark Age.
Disclosure: I did not receive financial compensation for this post.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
A Soul to Steal
By Rob Blackwell
About the book:
You Are What You Fear
Something is stalking the citizens of Loudoun County , Va.
Is it the return of the notorious serial killer known as Lord Halloween? Or is it something worse—a figure that can cloak itself as your worst nightmare?
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
While she’s on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she’s not on the Web, Daelyn’s at her private school, where she’s known as the freak who doesn’t talk.
Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she’s waiting to for her parents to pick her up. Even though she’s made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won’t give up. And it’s too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life…isn’t it?
National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters shines a light on how bullying can push young people to the very edge.
This book is a little different from what I usually read, but it was still a very good book. Usually I don't read things with such dark subject matter. I felt an emotional attachment to the character from the very beginning. Teen suicide and bullying are both very serious issues that need more attention than what we give them. Daelyn is kind of a loner, and emotionally detaches herself from everyone around her, which i can definitely identify with. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the ending. It was an exciting page turner, and good for a quick read since it's so short. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I rented this book from the library and was not compensated in any way for writing this review.
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Official website: http://www.julieannepeters.com/
Targets of Opportunity by Jeffrey S. Stephens Review
THE ENEMY HAS A THOUSAND WAYS TO STRIKE. WE HAVE JUST ONE WAY TO RETALIATE. HIS NAME IS JORDAN SANDOR.
In Targets of Deception, which suspense master Robert K. Tanenbaum called "a fast-paced thriller," Jeffrey Stephens introduced CIA agent Jordan Sandor, whom bestselling author Steve Alten praised as "terrific." Now Sandor is back, playing for bigger stakes and facing deadlier challenges.
Whisked from his Manhattan town house to a gabled CIA safe house in Virginia, Sandor faces off with a top terrorist agent from Iran's Revolutionary Guard. In exchange for protection from his own side, Ahmad Jaber is offering the CIA explosive information: word of a secret, unholy alliance forged among operatives in the Middle East, a ruthless South American, and Kim Jong-Il's North Korea. Jaber claims not to know specific details, only that the strike will target the heart of America.
The fanatics stage a stunning diversion in the Caribbean, mercilessly downing a passenger jet and unleashing an assault on a French intelligence installation. Sandor, however, has already moved in a different direction. Leveraging Jaber's infor-mation, he assembles a small strike force to penetrate North Korea. The team knows they will not all return, but the intel they gather will be vital to American security. What they ultimately discover plunges Sandor into a frantic race against time, struggling to defeat a shadowy figure—a master terrorist with a plan of destruction so perfectly disguised that even with the new knowledge he has gathered, Sandor cannot guess where or how he will strike.As a storm rages in the Gulf of Mexico, word comes that two submarines have penetrated U.S. waters. With the U.S. military hampered by the hurricane, Sandor turns to a few daring U.S. Navy SEALs to duel with the enemy they cannot see . . . for now they know only that there are two nuclear weapons aimed at a target of opportunity whose destruction would change the world order forever.Brilliantly conceived, electrifyingly paced, Targets of Opportunity captures a terrifying twenty-first century reality: terrorists can—and will—try as many times as they need to attack the United States. For the brave men and women who defend our country, failure is not an option.
Go Here To Read Chapter One
Targets of Opportunity to me was certainly an eye opening experience. It is pretty scary to think that terrorists hate us so much that they will go out of their way to figure out ways to annihilate the U.S. This is a story that takes the main character, Jordan Sandor all over the world and in extremely dangerous situations to stop terrorists in their attempt to destroy our world. Jordan is a man who will protect what he believes in whatever the cost to him. Once you read this story you will realize what the men and women do to protect the United States. An exciting, edge of your seat read with believable characters, good and evil, that you will not want to put down. This is typically not the type of story I care to read but I am glad I did because I enjoyed it very much. I give it 5 stars...
I received a hardcopy edition of this book from Gallery books and was not monetarily compensated for my review.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Jack has always beat the odds... at least until now. When he was attacked by a werewolf, vampires saved him. When he got tired of living the vampire life, another werewolf attack freed him, making him human again. Now Jack just wants to live a normal life, but what's normal about a hunter girlfriend, a brother who wants to stake him to be on the safe side, and a head werewolf building an army to rule the world?
I received this book through Bee's Knees Reviews. This is definitely a read for any/all Vampire book lovers. I had never really been into the whole "sci-fi" type books but after reading the Twilight series a few years ago I started becoming interested in other vampire stories as well. This series (Vampires Rule/Werewolves rule) is far from the typical "vampire/werewolve/other" love triangle that most books are based on. With only a few chapters read, Vampires Rule became a definite page-turner for me. I literally read it in about 6 hours! Jack (Vampire turned human) and Silver (Hunter) dominated their little town and after several run ins with the Werewolves, had figured out who they needed to kill. I can't wait to follow Jack and Silver in their "adventures" in Werewolves Rule!
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For fans of Barry Eisler, Robert Ludlum, and Clive Cussler. Three short stories of suspense with unsavory results.
Crème Brûlée—Rogue operative, Monique Beauvais, cons a software genius into selling her a coveted technology that would allow its user to control CIA drones while they’re in flight. And she will go as far as killing him in public in order to have it.
To the Last Bite—A renowned food critic—whose scathing reviews have closed down restaurants—gets a savoury surprise.
Shashlyk and Morezhenoe—CIA operative, Ridley Fox, leads a team against one of Russia’s most powerful crime families. He discovers secrets, but not one that he was expecting to find.
Three stories with three consequences. All containing three Unsavory Delicacies.
I got this ebook for Kindle from the author. It is a series of 3 short stories, Creme Brulee, To the Last Bite, and Shashlyk and Morozhenoe.
Creme Brulee is about an undercover agent on a mission. Monique is required to get info from Curtis, which she does. But the end doesn't come as she had planned...
To the Last Bite is about a Food Critic. Dennis has the best meal of life and LOVES the recipe. After finding what it is, he wishes he didn't know...
Shashlyk and Morozhenoe is about a Mafia type transaction involving undercover CIA agents. Ridley Fox confronts Maksim Antanov and gets what he needs, in a very unconventional way...
I personally liked Creme Brulee the best. Monique is a character that I could see myself in "cahoots" with. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as it is definitely a page turner! As per author suggestion, I would definitely recommend NOT reading this book while eating! But don't let this detour you from reading it, as the parts I'm referring to aren't too descriptive.
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