Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Seed by Ania Ahlborn

When I started reading this book I saw that the two young girls carried the same names as two of my grand children, Charlie and Adrian (spelled different) so got really excited about reading this book.  Until I realized what was happening then I got scared for them.

I had trouble getting into the beginning of this book.  I realize that it is important for character development to have all the information about life before a crisis but I’m almost thinking the author put too much before.  Perhaps it might have been more interesting for me as a reader to get an immediate, up front look into the intensity of this thriller instead of so much lead in. 

It might also have helped make the ending of the book a little less intense.  For this book, the end was almost too intense moving from one fingernail-chewing scene to the next with hardly a break.  I’m not saying it wasn’t well written because it was, I’m just saying that as a reader I maybe could have used a break scene in there once in a while at the end. 

I do recommend this book as is.  You will learn to hate the ending and love it at the same time.  Character development is amazing in this especially for little Charlie and what she has to go through.  I’m not sure I would have handled things as well as the parents did but the way the author took on this dual or more role for little Charlie was amazing.  I’m still shuddering to think how my own little Charlie would have handled this type of a story and am so beyond glad she doesn’t have to.


Reviewed by Sue Owen

Twin Rivers by Jessica L. Buike

For a short story, this was a very intense read. I literally could not put this down. It still kind of stays with me as I remember parts of it here and there throughout the day. There certainly wasn’t anything missing considering how short the novella was.

I don’t read many true thrillers but this was one that could become a classic. It takes a normal thrill scenario and adds a few unexpected twists. I saw the end coming but didn’t want to acknowledge it and pretended to myself to be surprised. I talked it over with myself several times and decided it couldn’t have been any other way.

I really enjoyed reading this story even though it kept me up that night. It was intense, and the storyline was well played out and kept me rooting for the main character throughout. This is a definite must read if you enjoy suspense at all.

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My Novel Affair by Sinara Ellis

This is one of the more entertaining books that I have come across.  I loved reading this from beginning to end.  The story was great and the way the author handled the transition from real life to fantasy was perfect.  I laughed out loud in several places and just found the whole concept of writing about writing so intriguing that I just couldn’t put it down. (Why didn’t I think of this!!)

I don’t think it was quite fair of Ellis to publish this as a romance.  It could just as easily been an autobiography but it was so well written that I’m glad she did it this way because I wouldn’t have read it had it been a bio and I’m very glad I did read it.

I highly recommend this book because of the unique writing style and excellent story line.  It’s almost like reading two books at once.  I cried and empathized with the main character or should I say characters many times and had a great time doing it.

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Ambasadora by Heidi Ruby Miller

I had trouble following the storyline in this book.  There were a lot of new terms and some I had trouble understanding.  The storyline, too, seemed too big for this novel.  I couldn’t really get into the concepts that were trying to be conveyed.  I still don’t think I fully understand what an ambasadora is.
I did like the way the author developed the characters.  I knew who was the good guys and who the bad without too much trouble.  But I just couldn’t get into this book because of the story line.  It felt stilted to me as if the author couldn’t make up their mind which direction they wanted to go with it.  Just felt disjointed.
I, however, am recommending it for the good job Miller did on character development.  It shows insight into human behavior and does a nice portrayal of what is good in us and what is bad.  I think some more details should be put in the book in order to do more hand holding for us that didn’t quite get the concept up front.  Maybe even enough of a storyline to make this into a series.  

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Raven by Suzy Turner

There was a lot of intro to get into this story but after I got past all the necessary garbage poor Lilly had to go through I very much enjoyed this story.  It has a great twist that isn’t quite like the vampire/werewolf stories out on the market today but is enough like them to be very appealing to people that like that genre.

I don’t particularly care for the trite vampire novels but I do love a good story and this was just that.  The twist was unique enough that I found it entertaining and I loved reading this book.  The characters, especially Gabriel, were very personable and likeable right from the start.  I knew we were all going to be good friends. 

I was happy for the ending and it didn’t really hold any surprises for me.  I think this story was more of a tale rather than a suspense although I do think suspense was what the author may have been after.  To improve it, more detail would be great for the scenes where there are troubles and more extremes for good guy/bad guy … like he/she’s so the best in the world then he/she turns out to be a villain. 

Overall, I liked this book and recommend it as a must read.  It was well written with an easy to follow storyline.  

Reviewed by Sue Owen

The Impenetrable Spy by Spencer Brokaw

This story was easy to follow most of the time and had a good definition of characters.  The author takes the reader by the hand and leads us through the storyline.  There is a lot of imagination in this book and the character development shows good promise.

This book was written at a lower level then this reviewer normally likes to read so I had trouble following it sometimes.  It also has some issues with continuity; for example in one place he was sitting on a chair in a room but he didn’t enter the room until a few paragraphs after that.  It was written for a 3rd or 4th grade reading level so the sentences seemed choppy to me but would probably be great for that age group.

Generally, I think this book shows great promise for a new author.  I encourage him to continue with his endeavors in writing and I hope to be able to read things of his in the future.  I would, however, also encourage him to go back through this book and fix his continuity issues. This is a good book for that age level and worth a read.  

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Red Fox Woman by Judy Ann Davis

This story reminds me a lot of the old westerns I used to read when I was much younger.  It has a quaint air to it with a nice story line.  I was quickly drawn into the lives of the main characters and cheered at their successes. 

Character development is of a style that I very much enjoy.  There isn’t a lot of tell and it is very much a show meaning the characters are allowed to develop through their actions and their impressions on other characters and not a lot of narrative by the author telling us what we should think of the characters.  It makes for a very nice read.

There were a few plot twists in this book but nothing that didn’t get resolved.  Overall I think this was a great western with romance and intrigue.  I would recommend it without hesitation.

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Saturday, December 10, 2011

King of Paine by Larry Kahn

This novel held a few surprises for me.  I, of course, was aware of the practice of BDSM but never put much thought to the role discretion played.  Absolute trust even beyond that called for in normal sexual relationships is paramount.  If that trust were broken it very well could mean a life.  I never know what I’m going to get into when I start a new book.  The author moved me to a new expectation for suspense. 

He builds his case from many directions and it just seemed that around each corner was a new surprise.  But it wasn’t over whelming like it can be in some books.  The lead character Frank Paine is likeable despite himself.  I very much enjoyed finding that out. 

Paine’s motives for discovering the truth are obvious throughout and he uses a dogged determination to pursue the end of the trail, which was suspenseful and surprising.  The author used every trick in the book to hide, deceive and suspend each turn and angle.  It was a wonderful trail of discover I was lead on and I am very happy to recommend this book.  
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Perfect Copy by Judith Gaines

I’m afraid I had trouble following this book.  I enjoyed the concept the author was trying to present and for the most part the story followed a logical path.  However, especially at the beginning, I had trouble associating with the characters. 

There didn’t seem to be a connect there.  I thought I was reading about one character but as I moved along it appeared there were more than one and then I read back and found I still couldn’t tell.  I guess it wasn’t obvious enough for me as a casual reader. 

I do give points for originality of idea and there were a lot of good plot points that I enjoyed.  I would like to see more stress placed on some of the more obtuse points in the novel.  Unless that was done on purpose because the author intended this to be a book that had to be studied and not just read.  

Reviewed by Sue Owen