I've read many romance stories, but never one like this. Now first, let me state there reason I jumped at the chance to read this. I heard it was banned from Amazon! LOL Curiosity killed this cat, for real! Now I've never wanted to read the E. L. James' books because it's supposed to be awfully graphic in nature and not what a Christian should be in to, but I do admit I've read many erotic books. They've never been bad, just a lot of sex. So my curiosity was peaked when the Fifty Shades of Grey didn't get the banning, but this one did. Okay, got that out in the open.
The synopsis of the tale is as follows:
The soul is not where it lives, but where it loves.
A countryside ranch, naughty notes and a neighbor boy. Kissing in silos and skinny dipping under a full moon. Ten years gone. An ocean, a tragedy...secrets and buried things. Letting go and hanging on. Remembering to forget.
My reality became his nightmare, but then my nightmare became reality.
Hawke Slater was not only my brothers’ best friend, he was a tender, sweet country boy. I never wanted to leave, but there was no choice for me. Two things kept my soul alive, and I’m hanging onto hope that one might be an option for my future.
I wish none of it had been my fault, but it was.
Sloan Story McQueen has returned. Why would I hold out an ounce of hope that she’d want me once she finds out what I do for a living. Some call it obscene, but I’m just chasing storms and rainbows.
She’s holding onto something big. If only it were me.
There is a warning here:
This novel contains adult content and is not intended for sensitive readers.
"Homesick for Dinner" That is what I translated the title to be- thank goodness I wasn't too far from the mark. The title is actually "Homesickness for Dinner"
I've always wanted to be a poet. Poetess. Female poet. I never could get the words out the way I needed them to. My rhythm was ordinary and I felt rather elementary. I admire those with the gift of word and so when I was asked to review this lovely book of poems. I graciously accepted.
Para Cenar Habrá Nostalgia, by Fior E. Plasencia, is a beautiful collection of poems that reads almost like a memoir. From the very first piece, you are carried through the experience of stress: remembering answers to questions, having money in your sock(bottom of your shoes), trying to not being nervous, to obtain a visa, to the flight that transported life and heritage to a new country.
Because my baby Spanish is hardly used (though my sister in law is Hispanic) and various dialects can destroyed in translation, I may never truly pick up on every Plasencia wanted to share with me, but I do know I truly appreciated what I did understand. A transplant of this magnitude had to have been both frightening and liberating. The parts of New York I've visited were parts she's grown up in and they are almost different worlds in themselves. I was able to see through her eyes and find the light she shared. The traditions, smiles, struggles and memories from home and new home. Even the pangs of being homesick.
Many poems are in Spanish, others in English and then there's Spanglish. That's the toughest to understand, but part of the fun was in the figuring- even calling my family to see what I was missing. I will treasure this book and whenever my family comes from CA, or when I go home, I'll be taking this with me.📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*A Field Guide to Catching Crickets is next.
**Book provided by Fior E. Plasencia, for an honest review.
When I made my TBR List, I somehow read this book but never scheduled the review for this book. It's a exciting NA read. The story is mild enough to not frighten off readers, innocent for a YA reader with only one scene that truly makes it an NA novel and clean enough, mostly due to the subject matter to allow one to walk away relieved and happy with the ending.
Lee Ann Ward, the fiction author of There in the Moon Mist, is an award winner and has a background in journalism and mass communications. She's an editor and publisher too! Wow! She's definitely knows how to acquaint a reader with an unexpected adventure.
I am contacted by authors all the time, asking to preview their short stories and novels. This time, I was asked to review a cute easter story about a bunny, with an offer to win a Kindle paper through Amazon.com. Since I'm all about winning stuff, I was a sucker and went for it.
But as a consolation prize, I was offered this free, ebook, short story. A sort of prelude to an actual novel, Pale Rider: Zombies Versus Dinosaurs is about a different sort of dystopian future. One with "Blues" or "Blue Brains" (the color of an infected brain) interfering with farmers trying to cope with the hand they've dealt in an apocalyptic world.
What irked me about this story was how the dinosaurs came to be and how they were used for survival. It made me think of that hoaky show I used to watch as a kid, Land of the Lost. Where dinosaurs were friends and protected you, except these were beasts of burden. They handled the plows and offered up fertilizer. That really stinks! To me, the most interesting part was the prologue! It gave history to the Blue's origin- now THAT was a story! It should have lasted longer than a few pages, but I later found out there's so much more. Sadly, this one didn't do it for me.
The last thing I guess I'd share about this tale is the confusion. The intro spoke of how the Blue's only ate human flesh, yet during the story, it spoke of how they were feasting on deer and such. When did that happen? I'm thinking right around the time the zombies learned to ride and control the dinosaurs too... Wha? Yup, they evolved. But why did they go from only humans to everything? There's usually a grace period, a time to develop. I could understand if they'd moved to the local animals of the forest like squirrels and the deer- but the story itself was way too fast for what was supposed to be happening. Unless... This is just a short-short, maybe a bridge between books? Because I found out there are more books, I guess they'd explain all of that, but as for this one, as a stand-alone, I had to be like the Ice Princes and: "Just let it go, Alyssa!"
Zombies versus Dinosaurs, by James Livingood, was just the right length. I don't know; maybe I'll go to the first book on the individual who's infection started it all! We shall see... 📚
Ratings: 👓👓 out of 5 specs
*There in the Moon Mist is next.
*Book provided Amazon.com, for an honest review.
I've managed to meet many talented writers since I joined Instagram. Kendra McMahon is one of them. I lucked out and downloaded Binarius for free, from Amazon.com. I was looking for a fantasy tale but received an otherworldly experience. This story is unlike anything I've read before, leaving me to use my imagination in more ways than one.
The Caller, by Dan Krzyzkowski is an amazing, psychological thriller concerning Leslie Calloway, an 800 operator for a latchkey children's service. When she receives a call from Justin, a seven year older left home alone, she's pressed into a predicament that could turn into a matter of life and death. Justin says, "I think there's a man in my house."
The Caller is an awesome story. There's tension, fear for a child and a lot of mental issues going on. But man if it wasn't just way too long! To me, this should have been a short story, but I can't truly complain. The story was good. I mean, real good! I also can understand how he wanted to get Leslie's story out there. The Caller isn't just about who she's trying to help, but who she actually is. And Krzyzkowski pulled it off.
The story reminded me of a movie I saw when I was a tween, where the babysitter was haunted by a guy in the house. It spooked the heck outta me, since I was a sitter for years because the guy kept calling the sitter and asking, "Have you checked on the children?" Something like that anyway, but yeah, the guy was in the house, calling her on the house phone. It was a serious mind-freak of a movie! This book reminded me so much of it- but it's totally not like that, so don't think I'm offering up SPOILERS or anything.
If you like to feel haunted, in a realistic sort of way, this book is one you should grab and read. Alone. With all the lights out. Only hearing your heartbeat and the quiet.
Because silence has a sound📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓 of 5 specs
*Binarius is next.
**Book provided by author, Dan Krzyzkowski, for an honest review.
Hello! My name is Joshua and my mom is the owner of this website. Since I am homeschooled, I have to read a lot. A lot. When she got this book, she said I would like it. She was right but I did not know I would be blogging on it. No pressure.
Everything in this review will come from me. I am even typing it, but Mom, Alyssa Hunt, will be putting in the links and the fancy stuff. I am the brains and she's the back up.
The Deadly 7 is by Garth Jennings (he has a really fun website, by the way) and is about a boy named Nelson. His sister is kidnapped while on a trip in Spain which is pretty scary. His parents leave him with his Uncle Pogo (he has a wooden leg), who lives in London while they search for her. While there, Nelson helps his Uncle and ends up being stabbed in the back when he falls on to a strange machine below St. Paul's Cathedral! The machine removed seven entities (mom said that was a good word), from Nelson. All of them are what are from the seven deadly sins we have inside us! They appear to Nelson as weird looking monsters, but they behave like minions. Each creature has a bad or embarrassing habit and they don't always get along, but they are all there to help Nelson find his sister. They have strange powers that link themselves to Nelson and know when he needs help. So they go off on a mission to bring his big sister back home.
I can't tell you how amazingly fast this book moves! I've only read a couple of books that drop you right in the middle of a crisis, like Sam Rittenhouse. Many books can take you for a ride, but 12 Blackened Petals, by Brian M. Taylor, sets you behind the wheel of a roller derby vehicle- with no engine! You sit back, in your head gear, strapped in what's supposed to be s safety harness and endure crash after unbelievable crash! Because Sam is a wreak...
Have you any idea how straight love stories affect me? It's torturous! Saddening and difficult to get through. I keep expecting someone to jump through a window, while a a couple retreats before a toasty, fireplace, throwing poisonous darts! Or for a monstrous python, that's resistant to fire to creep down the chimney and swallow the loving couple whole!
Normal love stories don't do it for me...
And here is the conclusion of my thoughts on The Lunar Chronicles - an amazing series! Boy, I feel a little cheated by my own hands, because I wanted so long to read these. Because of the stories I read in Part 1 of my review of The Lunar Chronicles, I was readily prepared for the books in this review, Part 2. Each and every story tied in to perfection. I wonder how long it took her to write all of these. She's skilled- I wanna write like her when I grow up!
(The Lunar Chronicles banner was found on Google.com, but edited by me.)
This is a huge series! There aren't six books to this series but eleven! Four are mostly short stories, but they're fillers. They fill in the gaps between the novels. I read on Marissa Meyer's website, that the stories could be read in three ways. First was as the books came out; easy enough. Next, as the novels released, with the short story fill-ins or in chronological order. I chose chronological order, so I read Fairest first. Then... well, you'll see as I review. I have to say though, Meyer's a cool storyteller! I really enjoyed these books. All of them.
(Lunar Chronicles original banner found on Google and edited by me.)
ab'dəktər/ noun, plural noun: abductors
1. a person who abducts another person.
I've never technically read someone's memoirs before. Well, if I've read autobiographies, then I guess I can say Yes, but there's a slight difference. Isn't there? Well, Thomas J. Hay found me on another network for connecting. I love meeting new authors and reading their tales, but when you catch one that makes you question things- that's a good read. What I loved most about this memoir, An Abduction Revelation: The Comeback Kid Returns, I was able to laugh, sing and go "Oooooo!"
(original artwork borrowed from author website)
Who didn't at one time, want to run away to join the circus?
Not me- but Yasmine and Yunis did!
In The Road to Elephants, the year is circa 1920 in Saudi Arabia. The parents of Yasmine and Yunis have been gone, doing missionary work, for five years- who does that? Anyway, they're left with their nanny, Dada Atra, who is cruel, stringent and quick to dish out physical punishment. No longer wishing to stay in their secure, prison-like palace, they decide they need to run away. Later, when they hear there's a circus nearby, they decide that's where they'll begin their new life; but the road is difficult.
The children run into terrible situations and cruel children too. It's not easy for them, offering truth to the adage: the grass isn't always greener on the other side. It's sad for the sibling duo and you find yourself overly concerned for them. I even wished they'd go back home- it had to be better!
The Road To Elephants, by Maram Taibah, is beautiful. It's a short story that stirs emotions and makes you want to reach into the book and cuddle the fragile 11 and 7-year olds. I adored this story and feel it needs a great deal of attention. Find out why while I dive into the next book on my list. "Next!"📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
* An Abduction Revelation: The Comeback Kid Returns is next.
**Book provided by Maram Taibah, for an honest review.
American and British Culture was almost mirror-like many, many years ago. Then America branched off into its own thing, but one thing never changed: the lack of cultural acknowledgement. To this day, there are children in America who've never seen an African American in person. Many ask, 'why are blacks in America called African American?' when their families, for generations, were born right here on US soil!? Or get this- black Britons receive no black British history... at all! It's non-existent! What's really happening?
Issues like this is what author Tracy J. Prince addressed, and so much more in her book, Culture Wars in British Literature. This book is filled with amazing information and debates on cultural identity, but not just for blacks and whites, but Chinese, Jewish and other immigrants. She went into explaining the differences between civil rights in America compared to UK, something I'd always believed to be identical. This book blew my mind, allowing me to transform my ignorance into understanding.
Because she broke the book down, into segments that covered topics on British writers, Paul Robeson and the relationship to Wales, British Jewish authors and The British Nationality Act of 1981. I'm sure there will be an amendment on that once since Brexit, by the way. Prince also shared a large amount of black history- which neither America or UK offers a great deal of-.another reason so much is lost in our culture. Xenophobia and other class issues made for pieces of discussion that struck home as well. I found myself mystified by this read and for me, that's a big deal. I normally shy away from topics like this. It's also why I'm moving my black history up a couple of years, concerning my homeschooling practices.
This book was written in layman's terms, but there was a great deal I had to push to understand- I am in no way, shape or form a political gal. This book crosses borders for not just blacks and whites- there are the Jewish (who are still white), Asians, Caribbean and so many more, all are included.
Culture Wars in British Literature is an informative, educational book that anyone can read. Check it out for yourself!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*The Road to Elephants is next.
**Book provided by author, Tracy J. Prince, for an honest review.
"Borrowing from mega hits like Game of Thrones, Merlin and Lord of the Rings, The Bad Seeds grows on you, pushing away the world we're living in, into a new one."
Mike Lackey, author of The Bad Seed, has created fan fiction. I never knew what it was until today. Numerous times, I'd heard of authors submitting fan fiction, but had I not picked up The Bad Seed, I'd have remained in the House of Ignorance. Right now, this novel is free on KindleUnlimited with regular price being $2.99. Not too shabby for the opportunity to slide into another world.
Evidently I really missed out on the book that preceded Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. I read this book with an open mind, thought it's difficult for me, sometimes, to switch from one genre to another. Books stick with me, as do genres. Going from family and romance to a psychotic, narcissistic murderer like Joe offered up a bit of transferal turbulence.
Hidden Bodies is about a guy who's got physical skeletons in his closet. He's creatively butchered several people and their bodies are either tucked away or blamed on another. He's good and he knows he's good, but the past won't stay in the past. He's losing it. Simple things like moving violations sends him into anxiety attacks.
All he wants is peace and to enjoy the new love of his life. She's perfect for him, so he believes. All he wants is to be with her and forget everything else, but if he's unlucky enough to be found out, he may have to do away with her too.
It's not very often I get into romance, especially erotic romances, but when I do, I managed to find the hottest, oddest and sexiest stories ever written!
The Just Breathe Trilogy Box set belongs to an Instafriend of mine. Martha Sweeney (@marthasweeneyauthor) is a wonderful woman with an IG account that's full of great pictures and support for other authors. How could I not want to read her books? Not to mention, she's got an gorgeous coloring book out- you have to check it: Bookish: Adult Coloring Book!
Okay, the Just Breathe trilogy has three books: Breathe In, Breath Out and Just Breathe. I will tackle each one with a small summary and review so you can decide for yourself if you're ready for the plunge!
While reading this beautiful and very thick book, I was tempted on occasion to call upon Ms. Sittenfeld (Yes, 'Curtis' is also a girl's name!) for an interview! My mind continually questioned why Ms. Sittenfeld needed to create this story, using Pride and Prejudice as the skeleton or outline. The story on its own could have been written amazingly without the comparison. Especially since the constant concern with proprieties were next to a theme with Jane Austen's novel and this one... well, it was totally different! It was written as if the Bennet girls were teenagers, with their manners uncouth, no- that's too kind. They were hilariously scurrilous!
But I have to admit, I enjoyed the story. It was funny while still sticking to Austen motif. You could see how, though modernized, the stories carried along the same line, but in order to tell what I thought of the story, I need to go into details.
There are children's books and there are children's books. This book, wasn't just made for children, it tossed me back to my days of being a child, reading Judy Blume! The ideals, Agatha's way of thinking and how she went about the story made for a boisterous read for both my son and myself!
We finished the book in one sitting and thought, "I could read another one of these!" My son agreed- laughing loudly and rolling about our classroom floor (that's where we read together; in my office, lying about the floor is the best place).
We also found the introduction to The Gang and their qualms entertaining and good to know. Illustrations of the characters, like Ellie who's afraid of nonfat milk because she believes they come from skeleton cows- only elementary kids can think of things like that! The other illustrations of the book are hilarious, all squiggly and such. I don't see this sort of stuff every day, so it was a blast!
In Agatha Parrot and the Odd Street School Ghost, Agatha and her friends believe their school is haunted. From a ringing bell, a glowing face and stinky food, the kids are determined to solve the strange happenings! It's not the case that has you laughing but what happens while they're trying to figure everything out. Anyone who reads this book will have a good time. Onward! There are books waiting on me!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Eligible is next.
**Book provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for an honest review.
Written as a short story in-between Alien and Aliens, Out of the Shadows gave Ripley insight that pushed towards a richer understanding for both Aliens and Prometheus. I listened to it once, then again- excited with each incident, thanks to actors like Rutger Haur, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis and the almost duplicate voice talent of Laurel Lefkow, as Ripley. She was on point, sounding just like Sigourney Weaver!
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