Book Reviews

My humble book reviews of books I read, of course by my favorite authors as well as other new and upcoming indie authors

Running Barefoot by Amy Harmon

Running BarefootRunning Barefoot by Amy Harmon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an unexpectedly wonderful story! Being introduced to two new cultures, while watching a young awkward friendship develop, going through the heartbreak of lives moving on, and those who get left behind. I even felt betrayed initially, but then there were so many emotions swirling around in me that I could not place them all. This book was thought provoking and beautifully written. The cover is a bit deceiving, but I’m so glad I read it!

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Bluff by Lenore Skomal

BluffBluff by Lenore Skomal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first, in what I hope to be many of Lenore Skomal’s books i will read. Having had this book in my library for a few weeks now, I just didn’t think an amazing book lay between the unassuming cover and (at the time) nondescript title. I started reading this book late at night and was spellbound within the first few paragraphs. The book tells the story of Jude, a sufferer of depression, and raised by an alcoholic mother. Jude is a loner, and very misunderstood. The story also develops into many other characters, each woven intricately into the life of Jude in strange and sometimes surprising ways. The title is so fitting, but only seems to makes sense once all the characters develop and show their true colors, much like in real life. When meeting new people showing our first impressions we all bluff our way into the fantasy we want others to believe our life is like.

This book touched me deeply as some of the things Jude and her mother went through felt like a word for word discussion I would have with my own mother about abandonment, being the unloved wayward child, and about always not being good enough, no matter how hard you tried. I read through these pages and I was amazed at the ability Lenore has to magically construct the thoughts and feelings into sentences I read in her book as… Continue reading

The Sea of Tranquility by Katya Millay a book review

This was one of the best written books I have read in the last two years.  It definitely makes my top 5!.

The Sea of TranquilityThe Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The sea of tranquility has been an amazing journey for me, rarely did I feel so drawn into the world I was reading about. The heartache is devastating, the love is forgiving and unconditional, just a fantastic read. This is one of those books I also want to own in soft back, I want to see it on my bookshelf, where I reserve space only for my very best books.

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Unteachable by Leah Raeder

UnteachableUnteachable by Leah Raeder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leah Raeder has just made the list of my top 10 authors with a single book. Unteachable is a cleverly written, surprisingly intellectual and definitely not your typical student and teacher seduction romance novel. If I could I would give it more than just a meager 5 stars. The story is about Maize meeting a stranger at the fun fair before school starts. They meet and there is an instant attraction, between the two strangers. That night they act on it, the seduction begins, but Maize being who she is, runs away after. Next day school starts and guess who is teaching film class?.

The story plot develops interestingly with the rest of the “cast” – Maize’s best friend Wesley, also fondly known as Weslopedia, the other girls in her class vying for the attention of the new hot teacher, but there is also her home life, or lack thereof that makes Maize seem years older than her 18 years. As the story unfolds it keeps you at the edge of your seat right up to the last page.
Are they able to see each other while she finishes high school, or will he wait for her? if they can’t wait will they be able to keep it a secret? Will Maize get caught up with her mothers drug and drinking drama, or will she be an exception and get out of the deep trench her mother digs follow her… Continue reading

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