IngaSilberg

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  • Raven on June 06, 2011

    My review: I didn’t know what to expect from Suzy Turner’s debut novel, but I am sincerely glad that I got to review this wonderful book! I was captured from the first page. Raven is the first book in the series and gives a very good introduction to the surroundings, characters and story itself. Even though it is the first book in series, then it still gives a standalone story. One more thing which is wonderful about this book – it can be read by middle grade, young adults and adults like me. It was an interesting book to read and also well written. Regarding the plot: Meet thirteen your old Lilly Taylor, whose parents disappear from one day to another. Nobody has a clue where they are. Lilly simply comes home and they are gone and their bedroom is empty – no furniture, no nothing - just a small bottle of blood and black colored walls. When the story develops you found more information about Lilly and her family’s weird life: no friends are allowed, no going outside except school is allowed, no TV allowed, no affection from mother, no attention from father and it somehow gave me creeps and made me read the book even faster. I wanted to know what is going to happen! Police is not capable of finding her parents and Lilly is moving from London to Canada where she is meeting the rest of her family which she had no clue about existing. And then the truth comes out about who Lilly is and what it means to have a family. Raven was a wonderful and easy paranormal read. You don’t want to miss that! Regarding the characters: There many interesting characters and they all had a part of the story to tell and carry in the book. Even the smaller characters had a role to play. Since I cannot describe all of them in the review, I will mention only the very best of them. Lilly was a mystery for me when I started reading the book. I did not understand in the beginning what was wrong with her family and I later found out that this was exactly the author’s intention – you found answers to your many questions throughout the story. Lilly was very sweet, naïve and innocent, she basically did not know anything about family ties, love and life as such. She was kept from everything around her. I loved following how she grew after meeting her grandfather’s family. She blossomed after finding her family in Canada. The author created such a wonderful girl while writing Lilly. My other absolute favorite character in the book was Rose, Lilly’s mother’s sister. She was so smart, leveled, clever and sweet and loving. The way Rose embraced Lilly was overwhelmingly nice. Generally: Suzy Turner’s Raven is a book which should be a must read of 2011! I’m looking very much forward to read the next book of the series to come out. One of the best and warmest paranormal books I’ve read. 5 stars out of 5!
  • Raven's Kiss on June 27, 2011

    My review: I was excited to read Toni LoTempio’s book, because I read some reviews prior to the book. I did not have to be disappointed! Plot: Meet Raven – she has been bit by Demon Aega and she is seeking her revenge. She is working in the Recovery Organization, which deals with supernatural criminals and bad guys. She hopes that her work in the Recovery helps her to find Aega. One day Raven comes across another girl who is bitten by Demon Aega and Raven wants to get into the bottom of this. Thanks to the portal to parallel universe she travels to another world to continue her search for Aega. On the other universe she finds so much more, especially Finn who is very attractive Scot and Raven finds herself quite attracted to him. It doesn’t help that he can actually read her mind. Together they need to find a solution to Raven’s identity and also catch Aega and an unknown dark and powerful enemy. I liked the plot and I loved the aspect of parallel universe. I think it was brilliant! I enjoyed how characters were described by the author differently in the parallel universe; they were like different persons and personalities. It gave so much extra excitement to this book! Characters: I could not understand Raven. I think she was overly annoying and unpleasant in the beginning. She acted like spoiled brat. I liked her personality much better after she met Finn. It seemed that author tried too hard to create her, so Raven did not seem natural. Finn was a sweet guy. I liked him from the moment he appeared in the book. Sweet, nice, flirting – a perfect match to Raven! Generally: Raven’s Kiss by Toni LoTempio was a good paranormal romance book. There were well described characters, interesting plot and a lot of fun to read! 4 stars out of 5.
  • The Accidental Activist on Nov. 01, 2011
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    My review: I was contacted by Premier Virtual Author Blog Tour for reviewing The Accidental Activist by Alon Shalev. I liked the blurb of the book and decided to read it. I did not have to be disappointed, even though I did not know anything about the author or his works. I rarely read court room suspense. I do like to watch movies, but many of the court room books get boring because of the missing or bad dialogue. The Accidental Activist was really good: the story was interesting, dialogue captivating, lots of good British humor and believable characters. Regarding the plot: The story is based on McDonalds libel case from 1990’s, so it is based on a real court case. The real case is turned into an interesting fiction about Matt who wants to help Suzie to fight against a big multinational corporation. She has been dealing out leaflets which assumedly were damaging corporation’s image and she is accused for libel. Matt uses one of the most powerful tools – Internet – to aid her. What was especially interesting was to read about how the legal system worked in England. There were many descriptive scenes in The Accidental Activist which gave engaging picture of the court and the legal system itself. The second aspect which I was little worried about before starting to read the book, was the dialogue. It was in my opinion brilliantly managed and the humor was sophisticated. The dialogue supported the narrative in a way that it kept you reading, wanting to know what will happen next. It was easy to read, the language which was used was colorful, professional and not too difficult for a courtroom story. Regarding the characters: When I finished the book, I realized that the characters were tools to creating an interesting story and supporting the narrative and the author did it really professionally. I am not saying the characters were unnecessary, but in order to bring this case alive and readable as fiction, Matt and Suzie were needed. The main character for me was the McDondald’s court case itself. And it was good and well described! Generally: The Accidental Activist was one of the best courtroom novel’s I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it – the narrative, characters, the court case, the usage of Internet in the 1990s. the author bring McDonald case alive and that is the best part of the book – you feel the anger, the frustration, the injustice, the happiness. This is what I mean by saying that this book was alive! 5 stars.
  • The Accidental Activist on Nov. 01, 2011

    My review: I was contacted by Premier Virtual Author Blog Tour for reviewing The Accidental Activist by Alon Shalev. I liked the blurb of the book and decided to read it. I did not have to be disappointed, even though I did not know anything about the author or his works. I rarely read court room suspense. I do like to watch movies, but many of the court room books get boring because of the missing or bad dialogue. The Accidental Activist was really good: the story was interesting, dialogue captivating, lots of good British humor and believable characters. Regarding the plot: The story is based on McDonalds libel case from 1990’s, so it is based on a real court case. The real case is turned into an interesting fiction about Matt who wants to help Suzie to fight against a big multinational corporation. She has been dealing out leaflets which assumedly were damaging corporation’s image and she is accused for libel. Matt uses one of the most powerful tools – Internet – to aid her. What was especially interesting was to read about how the legal system worked in England. There were many descriptive scenes in The Accidental Activist which gave engaging picture of the court and the legal system itself. The second aspect which I was little worried about before starting to read the book, was the dialogue. It was in my opinion brilliantly managed and the humor was sophisticated. The dialogue supported the narrative in a way that it kept you reading, wanting to know what will happen next. It was easy to read, the language which was used was colorful, professional and not too difficult for a courtroom story. Regarding the characters: When I finished the book, I realized that the characters were tools to creating an interesting story and supporting the narrative and the author did it really professionally. I am not saying the characters were unnecessary, but in order to bring this case alive and readable as fiction, Matt and Suzie were needed. The main character for me was the McDondald’s court case itself. And it was good and well described! Generally: The Accidental Activist was one of the best courtroom novel’s I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it – the narrative, characters, the court case, the usage of Internet in the 1990s. the author bring McDonald case alive and that is the best part of the book – you feel the anger, the frustration, the injustice, the happiness. This is what I mean by saying that this book was alive! 5 stars.