Anomalies Review

Anomalies
by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Genre: YA Sci fi
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Book Summary

In the future there is no disease. There is no war. There is no discontent. All citizens are complacent members of the Global Governance. But one summer is about to change everything.

Keeva Tee just turned fifteen. All of her dreams are about to come true. She’s about to make the trip to Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended life partner. One day they ll have perfect kids and a perfect life. But in her happy, carefree life in the Ocean Community, something weighs on her mind. She hears whispers about anomalies citizens who can t be imprinted. No one knows what happens to them, but they never seem to come back.

When Keeva arrives at Monarch Camp, her worst nightmare becomes a reality she is an anomaly. After imprinting, the people she loves change, and she starts to doubt everything she s ever believed. What if freedom and individuality have been sacrificed for security? And what if the man who solves all the problems is the very man who s created them and what if he isn’t a man at all?

When Keeva finds a warning carved under a bunk bed she begins to understand: nonconformity will be punished, dissent is not an option, insurgents will be destroyed.

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Praise

“This book makes spirituality exciting and vibrant. I predict it will be so successful that well all have to learn how to pronounce ‘anomaly’ correctly.”—Russell Brand, comedian, author, actor

“Anomalies leaves you thinking about human nature and what makes us who we are. Bravo.”—Jason Segel, actor, author, producer

“[Anomalies is] a fast-paced story which champions individuality and truth. Keeva is a compelling heroine who is relatable and strong.”—Pamela Anderson, actor, author, producer, activist

“A compelling read which confirms we must fight for what makes us each special and unique.”—Randy Jackson, music producer, American Idol host

“We get to see this unusual futuristic world through Keeva’s smart and unapologetic eyes. A whirlwind adventure with deep meaning, [Anomalies features] smart writing, engaging characters, and a plot which leaves you hanging onto every word.”—Max Beesley, actor, musician

Review

I found Anomalies quite unique in the dystopian trend. For one, Keeva is perfectly happy with her life. At least she says it quite often. She, along with her friends, are excited to go to camp and meet their assigned partners that they met when they were five. Hoping to return home to the Ocean community, she wants to settle in and find happiness in society. Except everything goes wrong.

She goes to camp only to find out she is an Anomaly. A person with no partner and must now go through a series of tests to determine her next match. If not, her fate could have a disastrous end. Grouped with seven other Anomalies, she meets Kai, an irritating charmer that insists on calling her ‘bean-pole’. The nerve. Except, it isn’t long before their similarities cause them to become good friends. It also isn’t long before they both notice the odd behavior of the newly imprinted and start to question everything they know.

Keeva grew remarkably fast on me. At first, she seemed like her head was in the clouds and it had me rolling my eyes at her behavior. I was really pleasantly surprised that most of my assumptions to how the story would go was wrong. It had a great way of foreshadowing or hinting towards something and then crashing a plot twist on you. As Keeva ends her camp stay and grows closer to Kai, she starts to open up more and show how amazing she is. Even more is explained about this but I’m reluctant to share too many spoilers.

Surprisingly this story takes quite a few turns to push the story forward. With the loss of her mother, the disappearance of her sister, and the shift from (wanting to be) average to Anomaly; Keeva shows amazing perseverance and willingness to keep moving forward. Even though she is later frightened to go on her own and search for a mysterious labyrinth, she does it. With her new awakening, she find her purpose and won’t let anyone stop her from finding her sister.

I’ve barely scratched the surface of everything this book has to share. Including the opposite narrative of Calix’s journey as well. Next in line as ruler of the world, he struggles under the thumb of his father Sobek. He has a crucial part in this book and brings the bleak perspective of the worlds realities into focus.

I highly recommend getting the audiobook to this. Not only are audiobooks amazing to begin with, but the reader Lucinda Clare was very good. She had a chilling way of saying some of the gruesome parts of this dystopia with a completely detached tone. It honestly made me obsessed with finishing this way too soon and added to the storyline. Regardless of audiobook preference, I definitely recommend this for everyone.

About the Authors

Sadie Turner is a Los Angeles-based producer and writer originally from Brighton, England, who works in business development with several Hollywood entrepreneurs. She has various projects in development, and also teaches yoga.
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Colette Freedman– An internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild. Her hit musical Serial Killer Barbie can be heard here.
Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews:  It has been produced around the country and internationally, fifteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and Australia.  It is next up in  Chicago August 2016. She wrote the film which is currently in post-production and stars Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jess Weixler, Stana Katic, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amy Smart, Troian Bellisario, Tom Everett Scott and Kathy Baker. She  has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour.
In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott,  she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows  (Tor/Macmillan). Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. Her sequel novel The Consequences(Kensington) came out January 28, 2014. Her YA novel Anomalies (Select Books) came out February 9, 2016. She also co-wrote the film And Then There Was Eve  which is currently in pre-production and begins principal photography May 2016.

 

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The Duchess Quest Review

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The Duchess Quest (Jordinia #1) by C.K. Brooke

Publication Date: October 3, 2014

Publisher: 48fourteen

Tour Dates: December 12-23, 2016

Book Summary

Dainy doesn’t know that she is the lost Duchess of Jordinia, believed to have been assassinated fifteen years ago. Nor does she know that her uncle has implemented an illegal contest to seek her, offering her marriage hand as the reward! Though at odds, three clashing rivals – including a noble giant, a forest dweller and a thieving rake – voyage together by woodland, prairie and sea to recover the lost royal, notwithstanding the assassins and spies at their tail. Soon, young Dainy is swept into a comically complex romantic quadrangle as each suitor competes to capture her heart. Charmingly romantic and bursting with political intrigue, startling twists and vivid characters, readers of romance and fantasy alike will adore this original yet timeless tale of swashbuckling adventure and unlikely love.

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Review

The Duchess Quest was a pretty good read. Easy to follow along and the steady moving timeline made it easy to get involved in the plot in no time. I was frustrated at times reading the actions of the characters, especially Dainy. Although, at such a young age and with little experience of the outside world, she grew on me with her quick wit. After all, I love character growth and from the beginning I could only look forward to who she would become.

What’s interesting is the clear cut way each character is presented. Mac, inwardly sweet-hearted with the goal in mind to win the girl..and money. Bos, the man with a heart of gold that wants to return Dainy safely with her kin as a personal penance. Then Jon, a outwardly handsome man with a charm that can be deceiving. This is all apparent in Part One; but as the story continues, twists and dangerous adventures await them all.

Dainy agrees to leave with these men along with her uncle Pascale as escort. However, she foolishly brushes aside more information about their true motives. Shocked by the discovery of her true lineage, she makes the quick decision to meet her parental uncle and find out why it took so long to find her. The truth, however, is that very uncle has already offered her hand in marriage to the one to bring her back. Plus fifty pounds for good measure.

This story took one more step forward then I expected at times. It could be a bit brutal and risky in its romance and description of women (though mainly coming from the mens’ thoughts). Overall it was a very compelling plot that had you guessing. My one suggestion would be to write down the names in the beginning. Quite a few characters’ names can look very similar if you tend to read fast like I do. Along with the multiple shifts in POV, it can get a bit confusing. I ended up writing down a few to keep track! Though I hope that displays how invested in the story I ended up being. I would for sure recommend this for the older young adult and above.

About the Author

C.K. Brooke is a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie author with a five-star rating by Readers’ Favorite. She holds numerous fantasy and romance publications with 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her lifelong passion is books – reading, writing, editing, publishing and blogging about them.

When not blissing out in literary land, she enjoys info-tainment podcasts, singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. Visit her at CKBrooke.com and subscribe for a FREE eBook!

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Love Give Us One Death Review

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LOVE GIVE US ONE DEATH

  Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days

By Jeff P. Jones

**WINNER: 2016 Idaho Author Award**

**WINNER: 2015 George Garrett Fiction Prize**

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Texas Review Press

Date of Publication: October 25, 2016

Number of Pages: 232

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Synopsis

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-11-44-21-pmBonnie and Clyde are the most famous outlaw pair in American history. Frank Hamer, the legendary Texas Ranger, was hired to stop them. Part prose, part verse, with historical artifacts interwoven, the well-researched novel tells the story of their deaths on a lonely Louisiana back road, as well as their bloody and short lives together. Its many voices invite the reader to become a ghost rider along with Bonnie and Clyde, while it also exposes the forces of injustice and greed that created them.

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“If you are a fan of historical fiction, you must secure a copy of his debut novel in which Jones ‘added, subtracted and distorted facts’ adroitly and creatively in his re-telling of Bonnie and Clyde’s last days. There are very few writers who can write like Jones — in many voices and in various forms — but he choreographs his work like an award-winning producer, designating him as unique as the members of the Clyde Barrow Gang.” -Idaho Statesman

“Love Give Us One Death delivers not only a knock-out story of brutal adventure, and love, across the heartland of the Great Depression, but a story about the very character of the republic itself.” -Robert Wrigley, Poet

“This is the history of love and destruction you didn’t know you needed. In a time of Public Enemies, we see the last legs of a journey between the violent and manic Romeo and Juliet-like pair. The last public outlaws are riding away into their last sunrise, and this book serves as its journal.” -Atticus Books

“The language is absolutely stunning. Characterization, historical setting, ambience are all accurate and depicted with great clarity. A terrific achievement.” -Mary Clearman Blew, Author of All But the Waltz

“This is historical fiction raised boldly to the level of myth.” -Tracy Daugherty, Author of The Last Love Song

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With absolute certainly and no apologies, this tale forces notions both heart wrenching and startling. There are unforgettable scenes and poetry that challenge the reader and will no doubt stretch normal perceptions of writing. There’s an earnest quality to the journey with Bonnie and Clyde. Moments of their love for other another and tragedies they face are capturing. Between the tension of these scenes, are a variety of accounts and verses. It was a much needed change to push the story along.

With the mix of fact and fiction, Clyde and Bonnie’s complexity is legendary and takes so many different outlooks in this book. Love Give Us One Death is intense! It’s natural to suspect it would be with the kind of content and premise of Bonnie and Clyde. Foreshadowing their end to come, there is the brief and life changing events of the people around them. Family and strangers lives are turned upside down and their own accounts are scattered throughout on this duo. There’s brutality and realness in every experience but also beauty and passion.

Jone’s approach to writing was very different and a good change. The writing is very well done and displayed with fierce imagery and symbolism. While it was a bit bleak to read around the holidays, I found it very impactful and memorable.

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JEFF P. JONES’s ancestors were sharecroppers in East Texas. He was born in Denver, and was educated at the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Washington, and the University of Idaho. He’s a MacDowell Fellow, and his writing has won a Pushcart Prize, as well as the Hackney, Meridian Editors’, A. David Schwartz, Wabash, and Lamar York prizes. He lives on the Palouse in northern Idaho. This is his first book.

 

 

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S.H.A.Y. (Almost #1)
by Christina Leigh Pritchard
Genre: NA Scifi/Suspense
Release Date: August 16th 2016
Limitless Publishing
Rating: 3/5

Summary from Goodreads:

Experiment 318: Gone Rogue

Shay is scientific experiment #318. Science may have created her, but she refuses to allow it to blind her to the difference between right and wrong…

Synthetic Hominid Assumed Youth (S.H.A.Y.) is eighteen years old, which means she has completed Phase One: Developmental. Shay no longer requires the assistance of her Optional Human Parent, Darla, who has guided her in the process of discovering her morality. Shay loves her easy, charming life aboard the marine research facility and doesn’t want it to change.

Phase Two: Experimental. All S.H.A.Y. ages 18-20 will experience loss…
Darla shouldn’t have to die because of an experiment. The thought of losing the only parent she’s ever known is too much. Determined to make sure the scientists at the facility don’t get their way, Shay entraps Darla in a transport device to escape across the Miami Border. There, on the mainland, law enforcement will keep her human parent safe.  

Escape Mission: Failed…

Shay crashes into one of the Lone Keys off the coast of Florida, abandoned to all humanity, except for the stranger who drags her ashore. Shay must get Darla to safety or she will die of radiation poisoning trapped inside the Freeze Portal, but Shay can’t do it alone. 

The boy who found her, an Ersatz Reproduction Intelligence Clone (E.R.I.C.), is her only hope. He has adaptation skills she needs to complete her mission. Eric was created by the same scientists who want to kill Darla, though. She tries to keep their interaction strictly business, but it’s hard to hate him. He’s flirty, charming and not to mention devastatingly handsome. 

Shay must put her trust in Eric’s hands if she wants to save Darla from her fate. It may be worth her heart, but will it be worth her life?

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S.H.A.Y. is a short novella that gives us a glimpse into the intriguing world of The Almost Series. I think the world building that the author has created is very in depth, well drawn out, and detailed. Though I do think the story starts off a tad bit complex. There were way too many acronyms in my opinion and I got lost with the code names and what they stood for pretty easily, but I think the characters were so sharp, so well defined that it still was a story that pulled me in.

S.H.A.Y. is about a humanoid trapped in a science lab and approaching her termination date. With the help of her artificial mother (Aimee), Shay escapes only to run into her E.R.IC. Desperate to keep her basically adoptive mother alive, Darla, Shay does whatever she can to set her free.

Shay is kind and compassionate, very driven and courageous. As far as characters go, I think she’s my favorite in S.H.A.Y.  I also really enjoyed her Aimee, which is her artificial mother. Aimee is an AI, but she appears to have emotions like a human. She cares of Shay and does what she can to help her escape the science labs. When Shay meets Eric I honestly wasn’t so sure about him at first. Shay had crash landed from her escape from the facility and Eric ends up finding her. Eric is a bit insensitive and had no problem raking his eyes from head to toe over Shay (to the point that it kind of bothered me because of the manner in which he did it).  I also didn’t like his nickname for her. He called her cream-puff. Another insensitive tally against him. But towards the end of the novella Eric grew on me somewhat. I think he has the potential to be better than what he first appeared to be. I guess I will have to read more in order to find out!

The novella was a little on the short side (I would have preferred it to be a few chapters longer), but it did leave me hanging and wanting more. I think S.H.A.Y. is intriguing and definitely worth checking it out. I think Christina has created a very intriguing and alluring world and I look forward to reading future reads by her.

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About the Author:

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Christina Leigh Pritchard was born and raised in South Florida. Her first stories were written at the age of nine in spiral notebooks and in the various diaries she kept.

Since she’s upgraded to a computer, she’s completed over fifty books, including her ALMOST Series, signed with Limitless Publishing.

Christina Leigh Pritchard is still going strong with many more to come! Her genre’s include science fiction, dark fantasy, young adult, drama, suspense, historical romance, multicultural, comedy, poetry and many more.

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For the Record Review

By Regina Jennings

Genre: Historical Romance / Christian

Publisher: Bethany House

Date of Publication: December 6, 2015

Number of Pages: 336

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She Decided to Create One

Betsy Huckabee has big-city dreams, but nobody outside of tiny Pine Gap, Missouri, seems interested in the articles she writes for her uncle’s newspaper. Her hopes for independence may be crushed, until the best idea she’s ever had comes riding into town.

Deputy Joel Puckett didn’t want to leave Texas, but unfair circumstances have made moving to Pine Gap his only shot at keeping a badge. Worse, this small town has big problems, and masked marauders have become too comfortable taking justice into their own hands. He needs to make clear that he’s the law in this town–and that job is made more difficult with a nosy reporter who seems to follow him everywhere he goes.

The hero Betsy creates to be the star in a serial for the ladies’ pages is based on the dashing deputy, but he’s definitely fictional. And since the pieces run only in newspapers far away, no one will ever know. But the more time she spends with Deputy Puckett, the more she appreciates the real hero–and the more she realizes what her ambition could cost him.

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“Jennings creates a perfect blend of love, mystery, and wit in this 19th-century romance.” —Publishers Weekly starred review

“Jennings’ latest is a delightfully entertaining historical romance featuring charismatic humor, unpredictable thrills, and vigilante justice. The plot is tense and exciting, and the novel sparkles with the wit and charm of its spirited heroine. It is more romantic and less stuffy than your average inspirational, and Jennings uses classic western touches like six-shooters, spurs, and white Stetsons to land readers squarely in the Ozark Mountains of 1885.” —Booklist

“This is such a delightful read with an adorable romance and a fun and entertaining story line. . . The interactions and dialogue between the main characters are sheer perfection. The mystery and drama with the hero’s backstory and the masked marauders keep the momentum of the story going at a nice pace and allows for no dull moments. There is so much to love here in this little gem, it is easily one of Jennings’ best.” —RT Book Reviews

 

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When I first read the summary for this book I didn’t even realize it was a period novel. It surprised me when I first started and I absolutely loved it. While I mostly read fantasy usually based in the future, it was so refreshing to read something with historical ties. I was hooked by the middle of Chapter Two. I often embarrassed myself in public snorting at the brilliant comedy displayed. Jennings has an excellent sense of timing in her dialogue to really make each character and their humor shine.

Betsy is no-nonsense and all sass. Joel is the smolder with no charm. Honestly just a perfect combination to make you turn those pages so fast you wonder how you ended up halfway with your coffee still hot. Betsy is an aspiring writer for the big city paper but frustrated by the drawer of rejection letters she gets. It seems the vigilante antics of the Bald Knobbers (I giggled the first few times I read it) aren’t relatable enough to the city folk. So what is Betsy to do when handsome Texas Deputy Joel Puckett comes into town, ordered to set things right in little Pine Gap? Well she writes him to be the fictional, swoon worthy, cowboy that saves the day!

The townspeople are colorful and crazy and I really enjoyed reading them. I felt the cohesiveness of this story was really amazing. I can see how it’s something longstanding and with history. Joel’s outside perspective was helpful learning about what makes Pine Gap so unique, especially since this was the first I’ve read in the series. This book was absolutely fun to read! Effortless and wonderfully engaging.  I particularly liked listening to guitar music while reading this and definitely recommend doing it as well. I’m going to find it so interesting reading the first two since I’m definitely getting them. Hopefully winning them!

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Regina Jennings isunnamed-1 a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of Sixty Acres and a Bride, Caught in the Middle, and At Love’s Bidding and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas.

Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children.

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The Island of Lost Children Review

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THE ISLAND OF LOST CHILDREN

Book 1

REIMAGINING THE STORY OF 

PETER & WENDY

By Kim Batchelor

Genre: Middle Grade / Fairy Tale / Fantasy

Publisher: Luna y Miel Publishing

Date of Publication: November 9, 2013

Number of Pages: 188

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Peter is still the boy who doesn’t grow up. Wendy is a girl who had to grow up too soon. And Wendy’s brother, Michael, has autism and a connection to The Island of Lost Children, a book for readers 8-12 and any fan of Peter Pan. When Peter leaves his island home, it’s to search for pick-up soccer games and mock sword fights. Wendy spends her evenings looking after her two brothers—sometimes bratty JJ as well as Michael—while her parents work nights.

In the midst of several unusual events including the disappearance of her classmate, Lily, at odds with her adoptive mother, Wendy doesn’t realize that Peter’s pirate nemesis is keeping an eye on her. Everything changes for Wendy and her family when a peculiar fairy named Bellatresse helps Peter find the girl whose stories he once listened to outside her bedroom window. 

With its quirky humor and occasionally touching moments, The Island of Lost Children is about children creating their own stories, families, and communities, all while swashbuckling, navigating mystical rivers, riding child-made roller coasters, and, of course, sailing high through the open skies.

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I’m most familiar with the classic tale of Peter Pan through the various movies, including Hook. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to read this reimagined tale of adventure, mystery, and growing up. I really enjoyed the modern take with more and more twists along the way.

For a book reimagined from Peter Pan, I found it actually quite original and exciting to read. By highlighting issues in our world as well, I believe The Island of Lost Children is a great reading choice for students. It’s an easy read that challenges the mind and brings a quirky and mysterious edge to the reader. It’s also a great choice for adults by challenging their own memory of the original tale and weaving a new one for them to enjoy. I look forward to a Book 2 for sure.

Wendy takes care of her brothers and graciously lives each day being a good and responsible person. For someone so young, she’s such an admirable character. I really enjoyed reading her parts. With the modern struggles that the family faces, such as needing to live in a smaller place due to money struggles and then losing Nana, you can see why the kids feel a need to escape. Michael, Wendy’s brother, is autistic in the book and has a more highlighted role than the original. Wendy’s love for him really shines through and it was moving to read his experiences on the Island.

From my original view of Peter in the original stories, he almost didn’t seem human sometimes with his flippant interactions and thoughts about being young forever. This changed more for me from the very beginning. For one, Peter immediately mentions his memories of his mother and being lost. Also, he has moments of wondering what the children are leaving behind. Batchelor does a very good job of varying between her character perspectives. Also, I usually comment on a books imagery when it’s particularly wonderful. You will definitely love the visuals of the Island as it comes to life with each new page! I would definitely recommend this book, so enter the giveaway!

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Kim Batchelor writes books for children and adults, stories both real and fantastical, foreign and domestic. She has been published in the Texas Observer, The Best of Friday Flash, and local literary journal, Contexas. She teaches creative writing to incarcerated women and lives in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, with a spouse, two dogs, and way too many cats. One of her prized possessions is a busted tambourine given to her by Eddie Vedder. Okay, he tossed it to her in a dark stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, but the real story is never as interesting as the one she makes up.

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Where Two Hearts Meet Review

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WHERE TWO HEARTS MEET

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND DREAMS SERIES, BOOK 2

By Liz Johnson

 Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Publisher: Revell

Date of Publication: October 18, 2016

Number of Pages: 384

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In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen—and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He’s also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he’s falling in love with the island’s red shores and Caden’s sweets.

When Caden discovers Adam isn’t who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he’s writing could do more than ruin the inn’s chances for survival—it might also break her heart.

Readers will discover hope for the hurting, joy for the broken, and romance for the lonely at the enchanting Red Door Inn.

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This book had a lot of great qualities. Both of the main characters are incredibly likable in their quirky and a bit dorky actions. From the first meeting, they immediately notice the chemistry they share and try to ignore. Which of course brings the drama into the fold! Most of all, they are two complex people that have ultimately lonely hearts.

Liz Johnson has a knack for writing scenery. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the island and the love people obviously have for it in the book. As a love of cooking, Broadway, and calm places to think; Caden was really easy to connect with.

Adam as well has a curious spirit since he is a writer. Burdened by a mistake in his past, he is torn between escaping the quiet island or staying to discover a new lead and be with Caden. I’m definitely interested in reading more from Liz Johnson. I’m usually not a romance reader without some serious action but the summary of this was too good to pass up and I made a great decision doing so.

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unnamed-3Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she’s not plotting her next trip to the island, she works as a full-time marketing manager for a Nashville-based publisher. She has been a freelance writer and editor for several publications, including CBA Retailers+Resources, Christian Fiction Online magazine, and Storytellers’ Journal. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is the author of several books, including The Red Door Inn, a New York Times bestselling novella, The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn (an ACFW Carol Award finalist) and A Star in the Night, which was part of the New York Times and ECPA bestselling A Log Cabin Christmas Collection. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

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Cease & Desist
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: October 10th 2016

 

Summary from Goodreads

 

ceaseanddesist_cvr_front_hi_aWhat if the secret to being charismatic were actually a gene you could inherit, and pass along to your children. What if this “X-factor” could make you a star?

 

Welcome to the world of Cease de Menich, a sixteen-year-old actress in New York City who gets cast as Joan-of-Arc in a reality-drama, only to discover her “acting gift” has been passed down through her bloodline for almost six-hundred-years. Cease finds the plot of the drama reveals dark secrets from her past–an abusive mother, a brother who committed suicide–and the reader must decide if she’s a reliable narrator or a terrified girl who’s succumb to the pressure of fame and the abuse of her past.

 

Cease & Desist is a dark, contemporary YA thriller with a supernatural twist. Readers of books like I Let You Go and The Girl on the Train will enjoy this coming-of-age story, which struggles with the realities of sexuality, violence as entertainment, and mental illness. Cease & Desist has excellent crossover potential into the adult marketplace.

 

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There are a lot of different layers in this book. Cease & Desist has a mix of thriller and corruption created for the entertainment of the masses. I honestly was confused on how the spectrum of the reality show worked at first but was very determined to find out what happened next.

 

Cease de Menich is a young actress cast as Jeanne d’Arc, not Joan as she sternly instructs, in a reality drama show. Different from the other girls with her looks and station in life, she struggles with the challenging and chaotic structure between her ‘reality’. I enjoyed the overall plot of this book. It’s definitely different from anything I’ve ever read. While the narrative can be confusing and jumbled sometimes, Cease comes to life in her perspective.

 

As Cease goes through her daily life, she discovers truths about her own family. This book had some dark moments and very notable awareness into growing up with dangers, peer pressure, and abuse. It also touches on the media’s overwhelming expectation that violence and sex need to be included to be entertained. My recommendation is to not get to hung up on the timeline of the plot since Cease’s thoughts can be a bit scattered. Once you get into it though, it’s really hard to put down.

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Stephen David Hurley teaches middle school and blogs about fiction, faith and young people.
You can find his blog at—you guessed it—fictionfaithandyoungpeople.com

 

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Frostbitten Review

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Frostbitten
by Heather Beck
Enchanted Publishing (June 23, 2014)
Rating: 3/5

Book Summary:

Great beauty hides dark secrets…

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?

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Anastasia is sent to live with her grandparents to live in Cedar Falls by her mom in the hopes that a new place and new environment will be a good influence on her. The first day Anastasia arrives she meets a boy with mesmerizing eyes named Frost. It’s practically love at first sight as these two are undeniably drawn to each other. There’s trouble though in Cedar Falls as people are being attacked by some sort of animal. As Anastasia uncovers the mysterious events taking place in Cedar Falls she soon learns that Frost harbors his own secrets.

Frostbitten is an adorable, mysterious read. Frost is dazzling and perfect, hard to resist, and one that you definitely can’t help but fall in love with. Anastasia is kind and determined even though there are several odds piled against her. People in Cedar Falls aren’t very kind to her and there’s many instances that occur that place Anastasia in a situation that is unjust. Still, against it all she keeps her head high and her relationship with Frost unfolds into something purely sweet and beautiful.

One of my favorite side characters is Chloe. She’s Anastasia’s childhood friend and she’s just sweet through and through.

Overall I think Frostbitten has a lot to offer and I look forward to reading future books in the series. If you like stories with love at first sight, mystery, and werewolves than be sure to check this book out! Frost and Anastasia’s love is super cute!!!

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Heather Beck is a Canadian Author and Screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Since then she has written eleven well-reviewed books, including the best-selling series, The Horror Diaries, which has sold in six continents.

Heather received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on the Frostbitten series and has a middle grade anthology slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include:Young Eyes, The Rarity, Too Sensible For Love, Circular, and the forthcoming Witch’s Brew.

Besides writing, Heather’s greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations

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I Just Came Here To Dance Review

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I JUST CAME HERE TO DANCE

By Susan Mary Malone

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: White Bird Publications

Date of Publication: September 15, 2016

Number of Pages: 340

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cover-lo-res-ijctdPaula Anne Fairbanks understands all about the unexamined life. And she likes hers that way—until her world gets ripped smooth apart.

Running from reality, Paula falls under the mythological yarns being spun on Diana Maclean’s porch. Surely Paula’s own choices aren’t to blame for the summer of insanity she spends under the spells of Diana…who is, after all, known as the White Witch of Sociable, Texas.

I JUST CAME HERE TO DANCE, a modern allegory, waltzes atop the line between the creative and the crazy, the sacred and the maligned. Through myths it weaves together the multi-layers of personal Self with that of the collective whole. And finally, Paula Anne and the townsfolk learn the simplest of truths: that the fire’s ashes produce wisdom and courage, just as the stories say.

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“Susan Mary Malone pens well-crafted characters that are so vivid you can picture them in an award winning movie or television series.” –New York Times bestselling author Mary Honey B Morrison 

“. . . a magical story about love ripped apart, a life examined, and then healed.  To be read slowly, to savor as one would a tall cool glass of lemonade, on a hot afternoon, watching the world become new.”  –Ginnie Siena Bivona, author of Ida Mae Tutweiler and the Traveling Tea Party, made into a Hallmark TV film, Bound by a Secret 

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Malone has a very charismatic way of writing. I would consider it easy reading, with great flow and dialogue throughout the scenes. To be honest, I put the book down a few times in frustration and would revisit it later. It was easy to read it in sections and not be lost at all. The characters really leave an impression. I thought it interesting that characters in the book tell stories so you get this added story in a story ‘inception’.

What struck me most for this book was the pure Texan vibe I got from it. It really exuded Texas in such a way that I knew this place. I’ve seen those scenes described, experienced those people, heard that drawl. I felt like it perfectly captured what a Texan native grew up with and was literally nodding my head at points for things I strongly remember.

Of course, It also had those frustrating parts of this state as well. There’s a certain line of traditions and closed-mindedness. It was really frustrating to read through Paula’s actions, especially after the ‘not-so-shocking’ discovery of her husband. It felt very melancholy in the first half while she is trying to live her life day to day in an unhappy marriage and livelihood. It’s her love for her son that is her main motivation but it’s clear in the beginning that she’s beginning to spiral and make bad decisions. As well as choose to ignore events happening around her. Still, every book that encourages you to look deeper into society and makes you feel deep emotions is considered good in my opinion.

Paula learns to pick herself up, to speak her mind, and to break from what is expected. This book is about the grittier side of relationships and the end of them. The reality of heartbreak and expectation to tough things out when all you want to do is run away. Drama with a side of pure-Texan humor.

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author-pic-maloneTexas native Susan Mary Malone has published two novels, co-authored four nonfiction books, and written many short stories. Her happiness is fiction, wine, and Labrador Retrievers, the latter of which she raises, trains, and shows. Literature is her love. In addition to writing, she edits; fifty-plus Malone-edited books have sold to traditional publishers, and one of them was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame film (while another is in production, set to be released in 2015). Her stories revolve around the passions and purpose, the myths and meaning of women’s lives. Which often involves wine. She does, however, try to keep the Labradors out of that.

 

 

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