I'm the mom of two hardcore boys. My oldest trained me to be matter-of-fact, no frills. My youngest wants the whole singsongy sweet package. Thank goodness for reading and writing because they are my sanity makers. I know life is all about the journey, that's why I like my fiction to be all about the destination. I want to be taken somewhere not here when I read, same goes with the stories I create. Thrills, chills, tears, and laughter, but there has to be something to hold on to at the end.
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Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1
on April 13, 2013
by E.J. Wesley
I won this ebook novelette
Jenny does her best to be your typical hostile gaming hermit. Then she opens a seemingly innocuous email. Suddenly she has a living grandfather she believed long dead, commits to doing a favor that involves bullets, and discovers a destiny that will test her tendency to push people away.
I'm so happy I won this novelette! E.J. Wesley created the best protagonist in Jenny. She's rude, she's nearly six feet tall, and she sports a purple Mohawk. I did not fall in love with Jenny from the start, yet I loved reading from her perspective. Through her interactions with Marshal, her pushy best friend, and her mysterious resurrected grandfather, I discovered a girl I wish I knew in real life. She'd be the coolest friend. I can't forget to mention the setting. I've read books set in Texas before and yet I never felt like my car broke down there and forced me to spend my entire vacation waiting for it to be fixed. Between Jenny's rudeness and the Texas backdrop, I fell into this story with zeal. If you're in the mood for an edgy paranormal read or love a strong female protagonist who knows how to handle guns get this book!
Stop by http://robgirlbooks.blogspot.com/2013/04/sass-friendship-redemption-and-bit-of.html, for fun author interview with author E.J. Wesley.
on July 07, 2013
4 STARS! Switching by Jody Kihara pulls you into the life of a girl who's lost everything, possibly even her mind. She can't remember her former life. She can't see the faces of her parents when she closes her eyes. She can't find her way home, not just because she's forgotten her address and her name, but because she can't get back to her timeline. With absolutely nothing, she has only her genuine soul and gritty determination to survive. Is that enough to finally land herself in the correct year and find her way home?
After reading a wonderful review by Lexxie at Un[Conventional] Book Views, I commented that I was going to request my library to purchase this book. Jody Kihara contacted me and sent me the book. How awesome is that? Super awesome. And even better than that, I love Switching. The MC named herself Terry because it had a nice ring to it, plus how can anyone truly exist without a name? From page one I was hooked. I felt Terry's fear, her good heart, her exhaustion, all in the first few minutes. My first time travel book and I loved it. This isn't a futuristic story, or some historical romance in disguise. We stick to the chunk of time between the awful clothes of the 70's and now. We meet characters I craved to have more story time with. My mind shot in all directions with speculations. I figured time travel, anything is possible. Yeah, none of my guesses were right. For many other readers, this wonderful book would be 5 STARS, it's that good. But in the worst way, I wanted more at the end. Switching is YA sci-fi I consider a great read for all ages with its brave female lead and engaging story. Terry's painful wish to get home becomes your wish for her too.
on Oct. 22, 2013
Pictures of nature flowed in and out of my mind frequently as I read Transitions. Many of the poems take you through the changing seasons, some pull you right into Hurricane Sandy and the harsh aftermath. I felt the wind crashing on shore with the unforgiving tide. I felt the darkness of no power and little hope.
My favorite poems revolved around parenthood. A father watched his son play a sport in Dichotomy. The words built until I was thrown back in time to the days when my dad cheered me on from the stands. The poem Slowing was so fun I could see it as a children's book. And Depths drew me into a love story I wasn't ready to leave.
The word choice went from down to earth to whimsical to scholarly. I loved the calm that came over me as I read the poems, but I had to take my time or my mind skipped over the meaning. Greg Schroeder writes daily life poems. There are static moments like working in a cubicle with no window. There are times when you come home from a busy day and find nature putting on a show and doing her best to be just as noisy. I enjoyed the humor, the hope, and Greg's ability to make his words ring true.
(author provided me with a copy for an honest review)