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- The Frankincense Trail
on July 17, 2011
I was privileged enough to have helped this author out by reading the first couple of chapters for her so I was really excited to read this when it was released. I have Jody's other books on my to-read list but this was the first one I've read to far. Set in 200 B.C. Middle East this was different from anything I have read, ever. You can tell much research went into this book and the descriptions were so colorful I could see everything play out in my mind as I read. A few extras in this book, like a map of the trail, glossary of words, and a well written afterwards were just an added bonus. I highly recommend this book!
This is a story about a teenage princess, still dealing with the grief of the death of her mother, recovering from a illness that had swept through the town she lives in, feeling like she has not seen anything in her young life, and a desire for adventure. Not the oldest child and not the youngest, she feel stuck in a lavish life being in the middle, knowing soon she will be married off.All she wants is be heard and help get her father's kingdom thriving again. When no one will listen to her or her ideas and seeing a small caravan of traders stop in her town she decides her wanted adventure time is now. With the help of her best friend/servant she disguises herself as a boy, as the traders will not take a young unmarried woman with them, no less a princess! Alia gets more than she bargains for as the desert and it's harsh elements show her trust, friendship, life and death. As she starts to find herself and her purpose in life, she realizes she has a lot to learn, as life outside of the palace walls is not always fair. She wears her heart on her sleeve and stands up for what she believes is right, although the caravan leaders are not so sympathetic to anyone. I would LOVE to see a sequel to this book! *wink wink*
on Aug. 14, 2011
What a great, short read! Having been abandoned by her mother as a baby and raised by her Grandfather, who owns a construction company, JD knows the business inside and out. At 21, she is finally granted the opportunity to be project manager of a schoolhouse to bed and breakfast renovation in the sleepy town of Torrey, Utah. A little nervous she dives right in and takes charge. Enter Matthew, the tan, muscular, charming cowboy placing a bid for the demolition part of the job. As Matthew works his way into JD heart, she of course starts to fall for him. Having never been in love, yet along ever have a boyfriend or a first kiss, it doesn't take much for her to fall quick and fall hard. After discovering a strange box hidden in one of the walls of the schoolhouse, strange things being to happen. As JD soon realizes people are not what they seem and she struggles to put the pieces together of what is really going on and why. Little does JD know she is involved more than she could ever imagine.
The story moved at a perfect pace and was full of excitement. There were plenty of twists and surprises from beginning to end that had my jaw dropping as they took me by surprise. The characters were very well developed and the way they connected was well done. About 50 pages from the end I thought how great it would be for a sequel to this story and after the way it ended I really hope so. There are so many places the author could take this story line and the characters. I really wanted to give this read 5 stars on Goodreads I did notice quite a few grammatical errors in the second half of the book, which surprised me because the first half didn't have but maybe a couple, if that. These errors in no way distracted me from the story and I was able to just move past them. Based on this book, I firmly believe this author has a lot of potential and cannot wait to see if this story line continues! I would definitely recommend this read!
- Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave
on Sep. 04, 2011
Heart wrenching and well written, Sibel Hodge's novella is a eye opener to a hush hush problem plaguing our world. My heart was breaking for Elena, and also for her mother and daughter. Kidnapped and then sold into the sex trade business was not the life Elena had wanted for herself but she knew she had to be strong for her mother and daughter, who had no idea this had happened to her. With the threat that these "monsters" would kill her family is she didn't do as she was told, Elena must succumb to being raped and beaten. Dreams of her daughter seem to be the only thing getting her past each day and night.
Day by day Elena keeps hoping that this nightmare will end and she can hold her daughter in her arms again until a recently widowed client only looking for someone to hold becomes Elena's savior and rescuer.
Although this novella is fiction, it is happening right now somewhere. Quite frankly, as the step-mother to three girls, it scares the crap out of me. What is more frightening is the fact that some of the brothel's clients, men in 'power' positions, turn a blind eye to what is happening.
A wonderfully written short story that will grip your heart and make you hug your daughter's just a little tighter.
- Bone Dressing
on Sep. 07, 2011
First off, I absolutly loved the character Syd. I loved her snarky, sarcastic, tough-girl attitude. A few times I thought 'Oh wow, she sounds like me!" I felt bad for her in that she lost her parents at a young age and feels like she doesn't really belong, especially since she is still a teenager and is trying to find herself. No one seems to understand her, including her teachers, her foster parents, and most of the other students in her school, except for her longtime BF Patricia. Trouble seems to find Syd where ever she goes. Having never let herself really mourn the loss of her parents, she finds comfort in the local cemetery where they are buried. There she unexpectantly meets Beau, Sarah, and TJ, who will spin her life even more out of control and add more confusion to her already crazy life.
There seems to be so much going on in this story, a couple times I had a bit of trouble keeping track of where Syd was, or should I say who Syd was. There also seemed to be a lot of detail about what Syd was thinking. I would of loved more dialog between the characters. As I read further into the story, I was completely caught off guard with the story line. It is so much more than the book description. I really, really, really like this story line and the plot. I feel that there is a great potential with the next six books. I am hoping more information comes out about certain characters, including Beau, Sarah, and especially TJ, as I have a lot of unanswered questions and how they all fit into Syd and her past lives. Overall, I am anxious to read book two and would definitely recommend this read!
- White Witch Pond
on Sep. 10, 2011
I was hoping with a title like White Witch Pond, there would be enough creepy factor for this 33 year old horror lover to really enjoy this story. Not that I was doubting it would be enjoyable, because Jody is an amazing writer, just that it would at least give me a few chills being as it is a YA book. I was not disappointed! Right from the first chapter, reading in the almost dark living room, the hair on my arms stood up a little. Short and easy to read this is a perfect read for a dark, stormy night.
I loved Shaya's character.I liked her confidence for being so young (I think she is around 12) and she seemed so grown up with her thoughts and actions. I felt bad for her though because it seemed like her mother did not understand her at all and was constantly putting her off and would never listen to anything she had to say. Determined to get to the bottom of the bracelet mystery and what is making her brother Dev sick, Shaya never backs down from the challenge and every step closer she gets, the more she needs to know.
With just enough creep factor to keep you from looking out the window in the dark, White Witch Pond will keep you reading until you reach the perfect ending!
- The Kindred Curse Anthology
on Nov. 13, 2011
There is a whole lota (is lota a word? if it wasn't it is now!) story packed into less than 75 pages in this first short story of the Kindred Curse Anthology. I loved it, plain and simple. The story never lets up from the first chapter to the very last page.
Isabelle and her mother are on the run. From vampires. After loosing her twin sister Gabriella who was in love with a vampire and her father to suicide, they don't stay in any place too long. Something is in Isabella's blood that makes her irresistible to the vampires. After arriving in Chattanooga, TN Isabella has a run in with four young vampires and her life is on the line, literally. After being rescued by Xavier, an elder vampire, her whole world will be turned upside down whether she likes it or not. They are both drawn to each other and Xavier will stop at nothing to loose her, even offering her her every wish. The one thing that Isabella wants more than anything is her sister Gabriella back. But can he give her the very thing that she desires?
Gleaming White is so well written that you will feel like you have read a whole novel by the time you reach the end. The ending was outstanding and left me hungering for more.
- Where Thy Dark Eye Glances
on Nov. 30, 2011
First let me say that I really, really, REALLY wanted to give this book four if not five stars. Anyone familiar with my reviews knows that I am a stickler for grammatical errors and include that as part of my overall review. There were a lot, not enough to draw me away from the story but I'm the kind of reader that once I spot one I am constantly looking for the next. Everyone makes errors, even I sometimes go back and re-read a review and spot one, I get that, so that is one reason why I didn't give this read more than 3 stars.
The second reason is that I was kind of wanting a little more background. The story just kind of picks up out of nowhere with these teens that are totally cool with the fact that they lived 300+ years ago in some far away land and their spirit has been reborn into who they are now and they are being chased by bad guys who want Lily, who is kind of like the leader of the other three. What about BEFORE they realized who they were? Did they freak out when they began to notice they had witch powers? How is that all four of them were re-born at the same time and all have found each other again in just a few short years (they are less than 18 years old). Lily has flashbacks to her life 300 years ago but I would of loved to have known more about the last 17 years and what brought the four of them together.
The plot is enjoyable, as are the characters. I really enjoyed Lily's character as she is self-confident, bold, and brave. There is plenty of suspense and a little bit of romance thrown in. The bond between the four friends is strong. Overall, I did enjoy Where Thy Dark Eye Glances and do look forward to book two and where it will take them on their journey to defeat Ronan and save their old world. Decent start to the series with lots of room to grow.