Jana Webb


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  • Norman: Chronicles of a Curiosity Seeker on Aug. 18, 2013

    I received this book for free in exchange for writing an honest review. I'm sorry I made that agreement because I hate to be negative. A narrator takes the reader through the story of a young man who meets a mysterious stranger, named Norman at a birthday party. The stranger has the ability to change into anything he wanted to become and took the narrator on various adventures. The kid and the adult narrator asks many questions and Norman seems to delight in frustrating him by not answering him. The book was too long and reading it became tedious
  • Ophelia: A Tale of Woe Undone on Aug. 18, 2013

    I received this book for free in exchange for providing an honest review. So be it. Had I wanted to read about Shakespeare, musical history, theology, or psychology I would have elected to read books on those subjects. Go figure! The sooty of Ophelia, an unmarried school teacher who is abandoned by her boyfriend gets lost in the author's history lessons. I'm sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book. Amen.
  • Mind Games and Mysterious Strangers on Aug. 20, 2013

    is book consists of two short stories. Mind Games deals with an annual event called the “Big Race”, a four week long event that calls for the contestants to work on gathering information a wide variety of educational subjects and ends with a day of physical competitions. I found that parts of this story seemed to drag and found myself losing interest. The ideas are great but the author went off course a lot going on tangents that were not all that exciting. Mysterious Strangers was a sweet little flight of fantasy. A mysterious visitor, possibly from an other planet visits a young girl and her parents. The story was a nice length and the mysterious stranger had a message everyone could use. I loved the ending!
  • Devin's Second Chance on Aug. 26, 2013

    I received this book for free in exchange for providing an honest review. When Devin a retired rodeo cowboy sees his late wife's photograph on a poster in the window of the local art gallery, he is not impressed. He storms into the gallery with a full head of steam looking for answers. Throw in a former mother in law with a drinking problem, a mother who wants what is best for her son, the person responsible for the poster's placement, a gallery owner who hates Devin and an unexpected, unsupervised and rebellious house guest you have the recipe for a great story. And the author doesn't disappoint. The book was entertaining, amusing and held a few surprises. All in all a good read. Only one question remained unanswered, what's up the the cinnamon gum?
  • Vortex: An Adventure of Cosmic Complexity on Aug. 26, 2013

    I received this book for free in exchange for providing an honest review. The author has a wonderfully creative mind and uses unique story lines. I found the book to be very hard to read. Writing in the first person the author repeats catch phrases that tend to become annoying. I'm sorry but I found this a very hard book to like.
  • The Man Who Crossed Worlds (Miles Franco #1) on Aug. 28, 2013

    I received this book for free in exchange for providing an honest review. Miles Franco is a tunneller, he is able to transport people from Heaven to Earth through tunnels he is able to create. He is in business for himself and sometimes he walks a fine line between what is legal and what is not. After one of his not so legal trips he is arrested and forced into a deal with the cops that he is not exactly eager to accept. But it's better than jail time. We have Miles our tunneller, a thirteen year old girl who wants to train for the same job, an old style cop and his beautiful partner, a mob boss with a beautiful wife and a new drug that could through the entire city into chaos. With Miles attracted to both women and his reluctance to do the job what could possibly go wrong? I love this authors style of writing. He tells a story well and every now and then slips in a phrase that could have come from an old fashioned private detective novel. I'm not normally a fan of a book written in the first person but the author Chris Strange allows Miles to tell the story and tell the story well. This is definitely a author that I will now follow and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series,
  • The Shattered World Within on Aug. 28, 2013

    I received this book for free in exchange for posting an honest review. Set in the future yet reminiscent of the past I found this to be a fascinating book. It has action, adventure, a hint of mystery and a little hint of romance. I found myself drawing many comparisons to other historic events and to famous or infamous people. I think this book would make an excellent addition to any advanced high school English class. It would also prompt interesting discussions should it be chosen by a book club. I'm going to propose it to my own group.
  • The Man Who Walked in Darkness (Miles Franco #2) on Sep. 03, 2013

    I received this book for free in exchange for agreeing to provide an honest review. I love a book that keeps me guessing, and that is what The Man Who Walked In Darkness does amazingly well. Miles is definitely a man who marches to the beat of his own drummer. His personal moral code has a tenancy to get him in big trouble. He's rather like that watch that takes a licking but keeps on ticking. This story has more ups and downs than a roller coaster. The characters are wonderfully described, yet the reader is never quite sure who is on the side of evil as opposed to who is on the side of good. Except of course for Miles loyal friends who are always there when he needs them. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, there came another plot twist. I loved the language contrasts used in the book. We are in the future when moving between worlds is quite common and yet old fashioned detective story language slips into the narrative. I loved it.
  • The Irishman&Other Stories on Oct. 05, 2013

    Good writing entertains a reader, great writing goes further than that. It touches you, it makes you feel. That is what this collection did. It made me feel. The characters were so real I felt that I knew them, that I could actually reach out and touch them. One story moved me to tears. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is one that I think I could read again and again and find something new every single time. It is a collection I will recommend to all my friends.
  • Stranded, Stalked And Finally Sated on Nov. 13, 2013

    Clara is forced to leave everything she knows and loves to escape a particularly vicious stalker. While attempting to get away and stay completely off the grid, her car breaks down and she is rescued by a handsome cowboy. The book brought light onto the terrifying topic of stalkers. They are all too real. It covered the topic without being morbid or frightening. I enjoyed the book but found it to be too short. So much was left unexplained. But it was still a good read. I received this book for free in exchange for this honest review.
  • Henry Hartman's Boondoggle Crisis: An Off-the-Books Mystery, #2 on Nov. 13, 2013

    Henry and Syd are on their honeymoon. They are also on the run. Henry is an FBI agent, who has discovered a group of crooked cops. The problem is the cops know Henry is on to them. For some reason known only to himself, Henry decides they need a dog. So with the dog Boondoggle in tow they make an escape. We have car chases, we have car swaps, we have changed identities and by the way, the groom is doing all of this with his arm in a cast. When they assume the dust has settled, they find a nice place to live. Syd is in her glory decorating their new home. But are they really safe? When Henry decides to have the women in his life come down for Easter, he hopes to convince them to stay. This causes problems of a different nature. Who is going to live where and what will that home look like? This book was funny in many places but that does not mean it was not without its frightening moments. I am looking forward to their next adventure. I received this, the second book in tithe series for free in exchange for this honest review, but I liked it so much I had to purchase the first book in the series which is equally good. A good and entertaining read. I recommend it and will definitely read it more than once. When I went to publish this review, I found and purchased book 3.
  • After The Darkness: Episode One on Dec. 10, 2013

    In this first episode a young woman and her are captured by picked up by the “Ministry of Retrieval:The Fallen and Errant Special Division. After their arrest the girls are separated. I enjoyed this first episode but unfortunately feel like I came in after the movie had started. I would have liked to have had a back story providing details on how the world came to be this way and what exactly was considered to be a crime. That being said, the book was intriguing. One girls struggle to survive in a strange environment kept my attention. And one of her captors seems to be having a crisis of conscience. I received this book and the other books in the series for free in exchange for this honest review.
  • After The Darkness: Episode Two on Dec. 10, 2013

    This episode picks up where episode one left off. Nadia clutches the coin that Percy, one of her abductors slipped into her hand. After witnessing one of the rituals involving discipline Nadia musst dfecide if escape is worth the risk. Having some background now the book became more interesting for me I felt I had a stake in the character's lives and began to have feelings for them. This episode was fast paced and lefat me anxious to read episode three.