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Book Review! “By Proxy” by Katy Regnery

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ***
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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“By Proxy” is such a unique book! Right from the start I knew I was going to love it. 
I am pretty sure that most people have never heard of a marriage by proxy. It is such a crazy concept! Having two OTHER people stand in at your wedding and exchange YOUR vows?
Sounds like something absolutely no one would do…unless of course you find yourself deeply in love, pregnant, and serving our country overseas. Which is exactly why Jenny and Sam’s childhood friends need to be married by proxy, and how Sam and Jenny meet. 

Even though they fall for each other during a whirlwind weekend, it doesn’t seem forced or unbelievable. 
There is a lot of second guessing and wondering on the part of Jenny and Sam. Jenny is a small town girl with high standards and morals. 
Sam is from the big city of Chicago and is as different from Jenny as can be. 

Jenny refuses to leave her family and her community and Sam just can NOT see himself living the small town life. 

I loved how the setting was around the holidays. I love Christmas and it is the perfect time of year to read such a charming story.

It was a very clean read, which I actually appreciate.
I usually find myself skimming past the steamy scenes in other books. If you are more into reading Fifty Shades of Grey type books this may not be for you. 
However, I would suggest you give it a try anyway. It was a really good book and you can always go back to the steamy stories after this one! 

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Sometimes love finds you. 
Stubbornly small-town Jenny Lindstrom has misgivings when she promises to stand proxy in her best friend’s wedding – misgivings that are fulfilled when tall, handsome Sam Kelley walks into the courthouse an hour late. In order to keep her promise, an afternoon favor turns into a weekend of startling but undeniable attraction, threatening the well-ordered world that keeps her heart at arm’s length from any more pain.

Sam’s plan is to fly to Livingston, Montana, take vows for his favorite cousin, and return to Chicago as quickly as possible. But his plan is turned upside-down when he must spend a weekend with Jenny in Gardiner to keep his word. He doesn’t want to fall for the prim, proper schoolteacher whose small-town life seems to him like selling out, but the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to say good-bye.

When city and country come together for Christmas, the unexpected gift is true love.

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Book Review! “Don’t Shed a Tear” by Betty Byers

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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First, before I go any further, I want to mention that this is the second book with the same characters. I am usually a stickler for reading books in the right order, but as I review more books like this one I realize there are two different types. 
1. The series where if you do not start with the first book you are hopelessly lost and confused.
2. The series where you can pick up the second or third book and not be left behind because the author includes enough of a backstory to keep you up to date. 

This book falls into the latter category. I didn’t feel lost at all. 

Now, on to the story! It was a pretty good one. Lola was a quirky character with a quick and witty tongue. I love reading books like that. The ones that can make you spontaneously laugh out loud are a jewel to be treasured. 
(According to me anyway!) 
She is a Private Investigator who has a lot on her plate. Her PI company has been hired to protect an up and coming reggae star King Dix. 
When shots break out at a concert they have to go undercover to figure out who wants King Dix out of the picture. 

On top of that, she thought she saw her long lost brother in the crowd shortly before the shots rang out. Clearly she would love to find him!

Last (but definitely not least) she is having some serious love triangle problems. She is in a relationship with Joe, but can’t help but have feelings for Julian. 

Put it all together and what to do you get? A great mystery with some romance and a few plot twist and turns for good measure!
Loved it!

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When Lola Hussey, newly fledged Private Investigator, was on a night out at a ragga party in London she spotted someone who looked like her long lost brother, Marley, on the dance floor. As she pushed through the crowd to reach him, two shots rang out and there was alarm as screams replaced the boom of the music. Party goers immediately dropped to the floor in panic. 
Lola’s second case had begun – and this one was much closer to home.

Book Review! “Reaper 6” by Andrew J. Rafkin

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ***
FLOW – ***
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

“Reaper 6” is the untold (until now!) story of Larry Fitzgerald.  He served in the Vietnam war starting at a very young age. 
In fact, by the time he finished his THIRD tour he was only in his early twenties.

He was in the Special Units and was taken from an innocent boy and trained to do many unsavory things for the government.

The icing on the cake? They were all top secret missions so it was as if he didn’t exist at all.

I don’t want to give away to much of what happens to Larry, but this is a pretty amazing, untold story. I have read several books about the Vietnam war and none of them read like this.

I also liked how it went into what happened to Larry AFTER he came home. It seems the *true battle* starts after the fighting ends….far to many times.

Overall it is definitely worth reading and I am sure I will be reading it again some day.

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A Top Secret Story of Unparalleled Heroism

Staff Sergeant Larry FitzGerald, aka “Reaper 6,” of the U.S. Army Special Forces, led a special Black Ops team deployed to Vietnam in 1965.

He reported to only two men: General Westmoreland and General Abrams, who were in command of the U.S. Armed Forces. His first assignment—a suicidal mission to assassinate four enemy generals in Laos who were planning the 1967 Tet invasion—was never disclosed to the media or the public.

General Westmoreland stated that Sergeant FitzGerald deserved the Medal of Honor, and nine additional Purple Hearts, but unfortunately, most of his missions were conducted across the fence of South Vietnam, in Cambodia, Laos, and North Vietnam. In fact, all of his missions were classified, clandestine, and denied. They have not been disclosed until now.

Reaper 6 is the only biography of this extraordinary soldier’s life, capturing the very sights, sounds, and smells of the Vietnam War. Today, Larry is the proverbial “last man standing” of 89 souls who went where lesser soldiers shouldn’t dare.

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Book Review! “The Vital” by M.L. Rigdon

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

 

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This book is definitely a home run. I was hooked right from the beginning.
I have been sick for the past week and even though my eyes were watering and burning and I had a massive headache I found myself trying to read this book. 

Totally worth the pain!

Ahleah is a young girl who is just beginning to learn about her unique and powerful gifts. Before she has a chance to learn much of anything, the people her Elders always warned her about capture her. 
She is taken to an auction block to be sold to the highest bidder. Lucky for her a smart and powerful Atlantean buys her: Lord Heracles. 

He begins to suspect that she is very special and may be the key to saving his beloved Atlantis. 
Poor Ahleah doesn’t know what to think or who to trust. Lord Heracles son is the only one who she feels she can talk to, but she still isn’t sure if she can trust him.

This book was very well written. Any young adult would love it, but it is also a great read for any adult!
Many YA books are a little hard to get through because of the dialogue between the characters. It usually doesn’t bother me, but I can see how some people would rather not read it. 
This book has all the things a young adult would love without the annoying kiddish dialogue.

The world was also built wonderfully. There was the perfect amount of information shared without being overly wordy. 

To sum it up, I can’t wait to finish getting better so I can start in on the next book of the series!

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Stolen from her homeland, Ahleah is taken to the auction block in Atlantis where she’s bought by the powerful and clever Lord Heracles, who suspects her secret ability to control nature. With the discovery of her astonishing talents comes the unwanted attention of the evil high priest, Melasaris. Alone and frightened, Ahleah turns to the master’s son for help but never knows who to trust, the master holding her captive, or the son who holds her heart. Both expect her to save Atlantis from approaching disaster.

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Book Review! “Sapphyre” by Jason Komito

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ***
GRAMMAR/EDITING ***

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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First of all, I just have to say that I love the name of this book. “Sapphyre”. It is so awesome that if I wasn’t completely done having kids I would have another just to name her Sapphyre!

The book starts out with Sapphyre trying to survive on the streets. She is an orphan and doesn’t remember her parents at all. 
She meets up with a boy named Katrivus, the leader of a group of orphans named the Pugs. He is smart enough to know that where one person is weak, a group is strong and can accomplish much more.
He teaches Sapphyre to read and it is with this group that she learns she can sense magic. 

Soon she meets a blind women who gives her a vision of her parents. She also gives her something that tells her which way she has to go to fulfill her destiny.
So she heads west and meets Ashcon, who is a Runestar. She is one of the very few people who can see his runes. 

This is where the adventure begins!
Things are starting to happen that were set forth in an ancient prophecy. Sapphyre sets out with Ashcon and Skken to find Sorenthor. 

He is her only hope to find out her heritage and destiny. 

This book was a great start to a series. The ending will definitely have you waiting with much anticipation for the second book!

The only con I can think of is the writing was a little rough sometimes. It is hard to meet so many characters (this book had a TON of them) when they all sound the same. Hard to differentiate and remember who is who. 
However, by the end you really know who the characters are and the story line has you very invested in their future. 

Definitely worth reading!

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Sapphyre has always known she has some innate magical ability, but being an orphan growing up on the streets, she is both unaware of where it comes from or how to control it. For the last two winters she has served ale and food in the Dragon’s Flagon and until this evening it has been rather uneventful. The stranger with the yellow eyes has accumulated a large stack of coin at the dice game and has attracted much attention. Sapphyre notices that with each winning role, what looks like a tattoo of a cat’s eye lights up on the man’s neck. Glancing around the table, she is shocked to see that no one else can see it.

Sapphyre learns the stranger’s name and, the following day, listens to his tale. Ashcon explains that he is a runestar and a defender of the light and the stars and has runes, not tattoos, all over his body, that enable him certain powers. The runes can only be seen when he activates them, and then only by extremely powerful practitioners of magic. Ashcon asks Sapphyre to join him and his companion Skken in a search for a man named Sorenthor who will be able to determine why she can see his runes and from where her magic hails.

The first book in this epic fantasy follows Sapphyre and her companions as they attempt to reach Sorenthor’s Library in the hopes of finding answers for Sapphyre as to her true heritage. The meeting between Ashcon and Sapphyre has put into play ancient prophecies. The followers of the Zagador, the Dark Gods, led by Ashcon’s brother Drak’thonn, are spurred into motion and will stop at nothing to track down and destroy Ashcon and his companions and plunge the world into Eternal Night.

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Book Review! “The Atlantis Crystal” by M L Rigdon

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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I must admit, I knew I was going to enjoy this book pretty much from the start. Why? The main character’s name is Philadelphia. Phil for short.
Who can resist a book that shows such promise? Not I!

 

Of course this book has the normal elements that all romance novels have, BUT it has such a good plot, characters, and dialogue that you don’t notice the ‘same ol same ol’ story line.

Another thing I loved was the author really knew how to use dialogue to her advantage. In some books you can tell the dialogue is just there because it has to be, but with this one it was there because it was awesome! There were some parts that had me laughing out loud.

I completely fell in the love with the characters. Phil was a kick-butt heroine. Following her and Rod while they set off to find her missing uncle was so much fun! If you love books that have lots of adventures while still having the romance we all want then this book is a must read.
I definitely have a book hangover now, the sure fire way to know the book you just read was amazing!

I will be recommending this book to everyone.

 

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Blurb:

Feisty librarian longs for the excitement of her youth, when she spent summers exploring the Amazon and Maya ruins with her controversial uncle. Hunky writer is looking for her missing uncle but is delighted to run into the niece instead. Putting on a macho guy act, he talks her into letting him tag along when the fascinating, kick-butt librarian sets off on a hilarious adventure to rediscover herself and rescue her beloved uncle.

 

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Book Review! “A Memory in the Black” by Michael G. Munz

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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The author asked me to read this book without reading the first in the series. I agreed with a bit of apprehension. I LOVE series and the thought of messing it up always bugs me. 
I accidentally read the second book in the Trylle Trilogy before the first one…I still haven’t recovered!

I was happy to find out that this book read fine on its own. However, there were a few times when I felt like I was *missing* something. For example, when Gideon was spotted I felt a little lost.

Overall I feel that you can definitely read this book on its own but if you are anything like me you will want to go back and read the first book! Which is not a bad thing at all =)

I really liked this book because the characters were all so relatable. Usually I can only connect to the main character and maybe one other supporting character. That is usually a big maybe. 
With this book all of the characters are literally jumping off the page. I loved it.

I think anyone would enjoy this series, even if you aren’t a science fiction fan. The way the futuristic elements are introduced is very natural and not wordy or descriptive. 

The last thing that I thought was really well done was all of the story lines flowing together so seamlessly. Usually when I read a book that has so many things going on, most of them just conveniently disappear without any real resolution. Not the case with this book!

About the only con I can think of is the fact that book three isn’t out yet! 

Highly recommend to anyone!

 

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The sequel to A Shadow in the Flames comes to Kindle!

Save humanity from itself. It is the goal of the worldwide conspiracy known as the Agents of Aeneas. For months they have struggled to unlock the secrets of an alien spacecraft buried on the Moon. Now word of that craft has leaked, and multiple groups plot to seize it for themselves.

One man has plumbed its depths and returned alive. While Agent Michael Flynn protects him from those who believe that he knows too much, together they must find a demon from Michael’s past: the freelancer Diomedes. Michael’s violent ex-mentor, Diomedes murdered a man at the heart of the spacecraft’s discovery. They must learn why.

Meanwhile the vigilante Gideon, slain by Diomedes six months ago, has been seen alive in the city of Northgate. His baffling return will draw two women into dangers far beyond those that lurk in the city. 

Memories that haunt them all will entangle their fates as one in the blackness.

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Book Review! “The Traveller” by Garrett Addison

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ***
GRAMMAR/EDITING ***

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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I love reviewing books because I get to read books that I NEVER would have found by myself. 
It feels like I am constantly saying “this book is so unique” or “I have never read anything like it before”….but it’s true! I have never read anything like this before!

Right from the beginning I liked the writing style. However, I soon became concerned that I was going to be bored to death reading this book. I mean, most people are bored LIVING a life like the protagonist lives, much less READING about it.
I couldn’t have been more wrong however. Soon the entire story line is turned upside down and there are twists and turns you won’t see coming. You think the story has come to a resolution when suddenly the ending takes you completely by surprise.

The other thing that is really unique about this book is that NO CHARACTER is named. Not the main character, not his wife, not even his horrible boss. Although the boss does get a few fitting nicknames.
I can’t quite decide if I like the whole “no name” thing, but I do have respect for how hard it must have been to write a whole book with no names. 

Overall it was a solid 4 stars. Anyone who is looking to read something unique, or who is a “traveller” themselves would really love this story. 

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Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself.

A family man struggling in his pursuit of a work/life balance embarks on yet another trip at the whims of his tyrannical bitch of a boss.  But on this trip he is a world apart from his usual self.  Suddenly confident, capable and unafraid of his manager, reclaiming his life becomes less about corporate advancement and satisfying his ego than outright revenge on his boss.  With nothing but success in his wake and seemingly limitless potential at his disposal, being coerced to work with his nemesis in a remote corner of the world provides the opportunity for not just a confrontation, but a final solution to what he sees as the bane of his life.  Succeed or fail, either way this trip will be the making of him or the end of him.   

Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself… because nothing lasts forever.

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Book Review! “Shiri” by D.S. Taylor

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING *****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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I have never read a story about ancient egyptian times. So, needless to say I was quite excited to get started on this historical fiction novel. Which just so happens to be set in…….ancient egyptian times!

Shiri is the daughter, who was promised to be a son. I actually liked this book right from the start JUST because of this fact. As a mom of four girls I often have to remind my husband that a girl can be even more of an asset than boy 😛 (kidding…..kind of…)

The story really starts to get going when Shiri is fifteen years old. Her entire family, including the father she loves so much, is killed by Pharaohs army. 

The last thing her father tells her to do is “RUN”. So she does. She tries to warn the Shepherd King that Pharaoh’s army is coming. Warn them she does, but in the end it doesn’t matter. 

This story spans several years, and is full of suspense and revenge. Any fan of historical fiction would absolutely love it. 

The world building was amazing. It really felt like you were in ancient Egypt. The flow was great as well. Even though it is a relatively long novel, it still felt to short. Always the best indicator of a well written story!

Highly recommend!  

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Shiri blocks her ears to her mother’s screams and sees the arrows strike her father’s chest. With their murderers bearing down on her she turns to obey his final command. “RUN!”

Amenhotep, Prince of Egypt, burns her village, enslaves her people, and destroys all she loves. Only Shiri escapes. With tears in her eyes and vengeance in her heart, she races to warn the Shepherd King. If she doesn’t reach him in time, all Palestine will burn.

It’s a race that takes her from the fields of Armageddon, to the sands of Ancient Egypt and the very heart of Pharaoh’s court. It’s a struggle that brings the deaths of kings and the birth of a god. It’s a quest that sees her fall in love.

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Book Review! “I, Win” by Win Charles

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:

STORY – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

 

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This book is a prime example of why I love being a book reviewer. It helps me find books and authors I never would have found on my own!

Win Charles was born as a micro-premeie in Aspen CO. She was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Denver, CO where several scary months later her parents learned she had Cerebral Palsy.

You do NOT want to miss this book. Although the book flows smoothly, it is not an easy read. You will often find yourself putting it down so you can digest what the author just wrote. 
There were several times it felt like the author was talking directly to me when she described how most of the population treats disabled people. I can’t begin to thank her enough for bringing things like that to my attention. 

This is a great book for everyone to read. It is the story of a very determined individual who turns what most people would call a disaster into a blessing. She describes how her loving family and “can do” attitude helps her to lead a fulfilling life. 

I can’t begin to describe how much I highly recommend this book!

As a side note, this author lives relatively close to me. I would love to visit her studio one day and meet her personally.

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At age 24 I decided to tell my story. Writing this autobiography gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to my family members who are passionate about life and have instilled this passion in me. My parents’ extraordinary support, encouragment, and pure love were my foundation as I navigated life, overcame obstacles, and achieved successes as a young woman with cerebral palsy. I have to pay full tribute to my mother, who died in August 2010. From her I learned to listen to my own voice as a guide to making life choices. She taught me to always expect the best from myself. My hope is that this book will provide insight into the extraordinary possibilities that those who live with disabilities have. I also hope that those without disabilities– rather than putting a focus on our differences – will come to understand what we all have in common. This book is for my mom, with love.

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