Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Plans by Natalie Smothers

Brilliant! This book has been by far the easiest read and best written book I have read in a long time. I found myself wondering if this story that the author came up with was a true story. The way the book flowed made me feel like it was a real life account of someone. I have to say I laughed and I cried and I lost myself in the life of the main character, feeling things that she was going through.  

This author made it a point to make you feel included by informing you of what you need to know about the artistic world so that you don’t feel left out of any part of a conversation the characters might have.
I can’t say that I have lost myself in a book like this in a long time and to the author I say Thank You. Wonderful read for someone that needs a romantic story. I highly recommend it. I for sure Plan on reading it again.

Reviewed by Lynn Kneeland

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

As Happy As Ling by Carlos Aleman

This seemed to me to be an autobiography written as fiction.  It’s been a while since I looked at the reviews and other postings on this book so I don’t remember how it was billed but it could have been either I guess.  I liked the story.  It kept me interested throughout but I felt it was a bit long.  There might have been places where some minute details could have been left out without it hurting the story.  

I love the interaction between the children and the uncle.  Considering how messed up in his head he is, he gives some great advice and definitely gives the kids the encouragement they need to meet their life challenges.  This was just a good, solid story without surprises.  There were some highlights for me and areas that touched my heart which is exactly what a good story is supposed to do. 

I’m going to choose to call this a work of fiction because of the predictability of it.  Not that that’s a bad thing because it certainly isn’t.  This was what I call a ‘good read’ and one that I may come back to again.  It felt comfortable; like my favorite chair.  I enjoyed reading it very much and recommend it.  

Reviewed by Sue Owen 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Be Careful What You Wish For by Sibel Hodge

Brilliant! This was such an easy read. I ended up finding myself rooting for Foxy. I really enjoyed the banter she provided in every situation she found herself. The author made it easy to follow the story and pick it up every time I found I had even just a few minutes to read. Just to maybe find out what happened next. I liken the main character to Anita Blake. I think that the book was an easy read and I will be searching for more adventures with Amber Fox. Then again maybe I should be careful what I wish for.

Reviewed by Lynn Kneeland

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Dark Ones by Demetrius O. Davis

I had been told this was an excellent book so, me being me, went into it with total expectations of hating it.  However, I was very much surprised.  I really liked this book.  The author truly handles the many details of the fights, training and interaction with a uniqueness that staves off boredom.  I can’t wait for this to come out in the movies, as I know it is destined to be, just to see that last fight with the Angels.  In my mind, thanks to the graphic and verbose descriptions given by the author, that was an epic fight and one that will be referred to over and over as “the” fight. 

Normally, I try to put in things that could help the author with their next book or some little nuances that were included that maybe could have been left out.  But I’m pleased to say I didn’t find any of that in this book.  I feel I was there getting the training and that the finite details relayed were extremely important and added so much to the plot and final outcome. 

I wouldn’t change a thing.

I liked this book a lot.  I enjoyed reading it and didn’t feel that there were any spots that needed cutting or spiffing up.  It is longer than normal in that there are more pages than a regular book but well worth digging into it and defiantly adds value.  I can’t wait to read more from this author.  

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

On the Verge of Madness by George Wilhite

I literally could not put this book down. However, in retrospect I couldn't sleep after reading it either. I loved the authors use of first person. I think that this book is well worth reading. It's worth the time, energy and whatever money the author is asking. The way this book is written and the layout of the story is one I have never seen before, and I have been reading for more than 30 years. I have never been so enthralled in a book and I must confess this is not my type of read. I generally enjoy stories of love, vampires, werewolves, and other various creatures of the night. I would truly recommend this book to anyone that is even mildly curious of the supernatural. This makes you think and could possibly open your eyes to a whole new world. A world in between.

Reviewed by:  Lynn Kneeland

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Reversible Skirt by Laura McHale Holland

The author did a great job of representing the child-like references for the early years.  I did like her subtle nuances of the little girl trying to figure out the adult world around her and how she was going to be able to fit into it.  It is a sweet story and free from the indie pitfalls of misspellings and rough patches of reading misuse of words, bad grammar, etc. 

For me, at the very bottom of my reading lists are autobiographies.  I like to preface any autobio that I review with that sentence because very few of them actually catch my attention and are able to hold my interest.  I’m sorry to say, this was one of them I just couldn't get into.  Although I was unable to finish it, this certainly was not without good points and, if you like this type of writing, it is a great representation.

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Heart of Dog by Doranna Durgin

The Heart of Dog has several short stories about and in the perspective of a dog. I must say for the most part the stories captured my attention. Although the first one is one that I couldn't make it through. The first story started you out in the middle of someone’s life with no explanation as to where or how or why they were where they were. I didn't realize what was going on until I was about 3/4 of the way thru the story.

The second was an easier read and the subsequent stories got easier and more entertaining for the most part. In all fairness this is not my type of read for a book. I do think that the stories were well written and I could follow the gist of each of the stories.  Though I don't believe that the stories actually reflect the art of the gathering author I do think that for the most part she did make good decisions on which stories she choose to put in this collection.

Author's web site:  Doranna Durgin; Blog

Reviewer:  Lynn Kneeland