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I have read a couple of Lorraine Devon Wilke’s books and found each one to be unique. The Alchemy of Noise was not what I expected. With each page I found myself becoming more and more intrigued. Then I had to step back for a minute and see the much larger picture she was painting with her words. Emotionally wrenching, The Alchemy of Noise takes relationships one step further than most bringing in racism. The fine line Wilke walks in this book is amazing – telling her story through fiction yet still relaying the heart-wrenching truth of her relationship.
I read in fascination seeing a lot of my family and self in the comments, actions and such leaving me wondering whether I was prepared to help raise my two grandsons of mixed race. This book brought home the truths and solidified my concerns for my grandsons in a world where tolerance is non-existent.
Well written and developed, Wilke has communicated the fears, doubts and being human in a world where intolerance of difference is rampant, where being humane is not extended to those who are different.
This is not a light book, it is one that will stick with you for weeks if not longer. I finished this book about three weeks ago and just now sat down to write the review. Having come from a family from the deepest part of Indiana where racism runs unchecked and fueled by the past, I still feel the impact of this story.
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Skerryvore by Lee Williams is a book that should not be missed. An interesting take on a story where twins, Daniel and Rose, are faced living with a parent who is a huge conspiracy theorist. Like all kids, Daniel and Rose love their father and fend for themselves mostly. Until that one day when their life changes and they found themselves in the old, mysterious Skerryvore located on an old Scottish island! No TV, no internet, nothing … well, that’s not entirely true … there is a library, a secret and a conspiracy!
Williams creates a story that is horrifying to most children – no tv, no internet, no gaming, … nothing just a weird library, an old man and other mysterious and deadly folks lurking around! With his vivid descriptions, one can see the story come to life. He builds each character carefully and in great detail in order to build connections to the readers. The storyline flows smoothly with some twists and keeps you reading.
I highly recommend this to readers of all ages, it is a book that can and does hold the attention and connects with the readers.
A struggling software business based in the U.K. is seeking clients and successfully find one in Malaysia. Steve Roussos, along with his colleagues, is excited – their bills will be paid, they are a success and they are ready to move forward; well, that is until one makes a startling discovery on the dark net that will send their worlds spiraling and for some will end in deadly consequences!
Leo James has skillfully written an international thriller with plot twists and developments that are solidly done. James explores the emotions and relationships built between multiple characters fully. Each character is well developed and relevant to their role in the novel. The plot moves well and quickly. The story is action packed with the emotional realism of despair one experiences when finding oneself in a never-ending cycle of darkness and danger.
If you enjoy thrillers, this is an excellent read!
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Gabriel Farago has done it again!
Jack Rogan needs a new challenge. For Rogan, experiencing and telling the stories are far more exciting and fulfilling than the solitary feat of writing them. When Jack is contacted to help Tristan and the Countess, he leaps to their rescue. He finds himself enmeshed in several different situations that do not at first seem connected. The Vatican needs Professor K’s gene work and only Jack Rogan can deliver it! Tristan and Lorenza have been kidnapped and are the prisoners of a notorious Mafia figure; Jack Rogan is on hand to help with the rescue.
A master storyteller and wordsmith, Gabriel Farago entertains his readers with vivid descriptions, clear yet complex plots, and realistic characters. His genius at bringing together several characters from previous books to fulfill their moment of destiny is done with great care and attention to detail. Including the Italian Mafia, The Vatican, and Pope, along with IS terrorist, Farago takes his readers on an emotional journey that will leave his readers on the edge of their chair and pondering moments of destiny in their lives!
Farago delivers another fascinating, well-written novel that is action-packed and realistic. Well researched, Farago delivers many instances of destiny, a theme throughout the book.
Don’t miss this book! Although a standalone, it does tie up some loose ends that will leave his readers gasping!
This is a must read, if you love thrillers, Farago delivers!
Boris and Betty spend way too much time inside, so their mother decides to take them outside. She walks them through the outdoors and reintroduces them to the wonders they have forgotten. A much-needed book given how many children are inside playing with tablets and game consoles.
Lee Harris, author, took a common problem and creatively and effectively gave it life through Boris and Betty. This book was short, pleasant and the rhymes came naturally, nothing was forced. The plot is simple and easy for children to follow. As a parent, this is something we all struggle with so we and our children can relate. Sometimes, as a parent, we need to guide our children more and this book is a gentle reminder of it.
The illustrations were awesome, they went with the story and were vividly colorful to capture children’s attention. Jordan Brown did an excellent job of illustrating the story and bringing the characters to life.
This book is highly recommended for anyone with young children.
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A father and mother uproot their family to sail around the world giving themselves and their children an experience we all yearn for but never quite accomplish. The father is a bit abusive, the mother very submissive, the younger brother is a go with the flow type, and the older boy (Gabe) – well, he’s a teenager experiencing puberty, rebelling, and has his own yearning to travel. Leaving home on a 29-foot sloop with his new-found love along with his best friend, they encounter nature and humans at their worse.
This is a book that sneaks up behind the reader and draws them in, holding their attention until the last page is turned. The author, Gary Maynard, describes the islands and people easily, using vivid imagery that makes them real. The dialog is realistic as well as the angst and turmoil the teenagers experience during their escape. We all experience, at one time or another, the need to flee – to get away from the authority figures in our lives and these teenagers do it – but the life lessons they learn are harsh and unyielding.
Plumbelly is a haunting novel that brings back the long-forgotten desire some readers have had to flee and experience life on their own terms. It also drives home the consequences we must face for our choices. It is a thrilling novel with a startling ending that one expects but when it happens one is left reflecting and hurting for them. The ending is sad, realistic and haunting to the core.
I enjoyed the vivid imagery and words that the author took great care to shape and present allowing me to “see and feel” the novel as it unfolded. Drawn in completely, the story of what Gabe went through and the thought of his future has haunted me several days after finishing the book. This is a beautifully written book that will capture the hearts of anyone with wanderlust in their heart and a need for adventure.
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My T(r)oyboy is a Twat is a hilarious continuation of Ruth Roth’s adventures as a mother, in-law, wife, and neighbor. Not only is Ruth faced with being married to her cousin (by adoption) but her connection to her husband is growing by leaps and bounds making one question whether the weaver of synchronicity is on drugs! Plagued by her dead mother’s voice, her best friend/husband has stepped off the deep end, a gorgeous author neighbor, and a Ma and Pa Kettle duo, Ruth’s world is spinning out of control.
Houseman will have you snorting out loud, laughing uncontrollably with her sassy, snarky sense of humor. Houseman has developed a captivating group of characters and intertwined them so very delicately. Her down to earth writing, sense of humor and ability to plot twist makes her unique.
I highly recommend this book, series if you need a laugh! I lost count of the number of times I received odd looks when I’d burst out laughing! I thoroughly enjoy Ms. Houseman and look forward to each of her books! Houseman is a talented and enthusiastic wordsmith!
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Phantasmagoria is a unique collection of moments as described by the author, Melanie Rose Huff. Brief glimpses of thoughts one might have after reading a story or experiencing a cherished memory in which a whimsical or solid thought might follow. In her writing, she has captured the essence of those moments and shared them in a light fun manner which sometimes takes a dark twist.
My favorite is To Whom It May Concern. The witch who cursed sleeping beauty – perhaps she wasn’t really bad, just cantankerous and felt left out … “I may be reclusive, but I still have feelings.” The snark in this “unique moment” is priceless! Huff has captured what some of us see beyond the actual fairy tale or societal norm and she has given voice to those thoughts! Huff’s use of words creates vivid imagery that flows well with the artwork.
The book comes across as a collection of poetry until one reads the introduction by the author – it is small snippets of moments that the author shared with us about common everyday situations, memories or stories we all read as young children/adults. There is something for everyone in this book – something that will make you smile if not burst out laughing. This is a book of moments that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Traci Manley, the Illustrator, did an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the moment being captured by Huff. Her artwork is beautiful, poignant and lines up perfectly with the words of each piece. The choice of colors to draw one’s eye to something important is subtle. The pictures are clear, exact and wonderfully done.
Huff and Manley are a magnificent pair that works together seamlessly in this book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough – for young adults to more mature ones.
The book was a gift, one that I will cherish!
Someone Close to Home by Alex Craigie is amazing! Megan Youngblood is a young girl with a domineering and manipulating mother who is seeking to climb the social ladder by any means. Megan is a talented pianist who grows her talent and becomes renowned, earning money and fame. All she needs is Gideon, but life takes a turn. We are given a front row seat to the emotional and physical roller coaster ride that is Megan’s life after a stroke places her in a nursing home at the hands of a vengeful and vicious victim of her mother’s evil plotting.
Written as a memoir, Someone Close to Home is captivating as the reader moves from memory to the present and back. Craigie skillfully places her readers into the story through the strong character developments and ease in which the dialog and plot move. Without realizing it, I cheered at Jordan’s departure; I cried at the pain of Megan; I slapped my chair at Theo’s dressing down by Gideon; Martin’s subsequent impact on Annie; and when I closed the book at the end of the last sentence I cried.
This is a beautifully written book, mixing thriller with memoir style writing. I have not had so many different reactions to one book ever. Craigie has done what every author wants – transported their reader into a powerful, creative story and let them experience the book completely on many different levels. There are several different characters in this book that are incredibly remarkable.
If you are looking for a book that holds your attention and elicits passionate responses from its readers, this is the book! I cannot highly recommend this book enough. I was truly surprised at how it captured and held my attention and continued well past the last page – and I absolutely hate to cry!
An amazing book! A definite MUST READ!
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A B.R.A.G Medallion Winner, Dark Spirit is a historical novel detailing the brief 2-year reign and fall of King Ludwig II, otherwise known as the “Mad” King of Bavaria. Readers are gifted with a detailed yet poetic description of the reasons behind the fall of King Ludwig II and all he gave. A sensitive and artistic loving man who gives the world, to this day, riches that go well beyond what the nearsighted men of 1885-1886 realized.
King Ludwig II held a great passion for Bavaria and the fine arts. Bankrupting his country and his kingdom, it fell to a handful of experienced men to remove King Ludwig II to reestablish financial stability. The steps they took and the dreadful outcome are outlined here by Susan Appleyard.
Appleyard weaves a strong story of King Ludwig II, captivating her readers with insightful knowledge and supposition. Appleyard provides an opportunity for the reader to decide whether the King was a madman or a dreamer who in the midst of accomplishing his dreams is forced to stop.
Appleyard weaves strong stories about historical figures and occurrences with ease, her ability to connect her readers with the characters is flawless. She builds her characters with care, giving them a depth that transcends paper making them more realistic than a history book could. This is the third book of Ms. Appleyard’s I have read; she brings history alive for her readers.
WordsAPlenty highly recommends this book and author!
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