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

Empath by Becca j. Campbell

Empath (The Flawed Series, #1)Empath by Becca J. Campbell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I received an ARC for an honest review of this book, and it landed in my inbox yesterday afternoon. I was honestly conflicted on the stars I should give this book, but finally decided on a very good 3.5. I loved the originality of the story, never have I come across another with quite the same (para)normal characters. I loved how Becca switched between the POV’s of the main cast who includes Jade, our heroine blessed (or as she feels) cursed with an empathic ability that is so strong she does not know where her feelings begin and other’s feelings start. We have our classic quiet guy Logan, a professor at Jade’s college with some secrets of his own, and the of course the bad guy, Ethan, a sadistic killer with a target in mind..
Becca did a very good job of keeping all the different threads of her story together, not once did I have to go back – everything played out clear and without holes in the story.
On the down side I like my paranormal or fiction books to be – even though it is totally impossible, to make me feel it can happen, maybe. For me, the story had too many sub plots and side characters in the cast with coincidental abilities / disabilities, so towards the end I sort of wished for more character development between the main cast and less fokus… Continue reading

Me before you by Jojo Moyes – Heart wrenchingly Beautiful.

Me Before YouMe Before You by Jojo Moyes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has definitely reached my top 5 for 2013/2013. It talks about a very delicate subject namely assisted suicide. We follow a happy go lucky Scottish girl who never stops talking, who supports her family in the time of depression, and loses her job at the bakery that closes down. She finds a new job as a care giver to a paraplegic man.
She is a quirky girl who will not let anything get her down as seen by her reactions to the many obstacles will (her ward) puts in her way in her daily care of him. We follow their story to the conclusion of what Will is willing to live with and without. This story will forever stay in my heart, it touched my soul in a way few books ever did, and it was the same for allot of other readers as seen by the many, many good reviews. if there is only one book you read this year, this is it.

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Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Left DrowningLeft Drowning by Jessica Park

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s always hard for me to explain all the intricate feelings I’ve gone through after reading such a well written, heartfelt book. The narrative follows Blythe as she stumbles through life after the devastation of loosing her parents. She meets Chris but he too has a dark past full of pain, and what makes it worse (or better) is his 3 younger siblings. Blythe meets them all and is adopted into their makeshift family.

When the storms of their lives settle down, is when the emotional turmoil shows through, and the question begs, is love enough for all of them?

The way their lives intertwine from early on was so cleverly done, that at the very end of the book, I almost don’t feel ready to let Christopher and Blythe go. This is one I will put on my physical bookshelf, as well as my digital one. A true treasure.

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The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan

Out of Breath (Breathing, #3)Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read barely breathing and reason to breathe more than a year ago, same as all the other readers, and was truly devastated upon hearing the final installment was delayed with a full year!.

Now I’m glad, a few days before Out of breath was due to be released I started on the first book, it took longer than I expected, and had out of breath in my kindle before even starting on the second book. I was as captivated by Evan and Emma’s story from the first time I read it, and having finally getting to read the final chapter I feel over the moon.

This story is SO worth the read. Emma, coming from a broken home, and having to live with her aunt and uncle, enduring abuse and almost being killed, finally re-uniting with her alcoholic mother and striking up a strange friendship with her mother’s young lover Jonathan, my heart went into spasms, one cannot help but fall a little. Bit in love with Jonathan either, he’s a survivor of the same dark past as Emma’s and this creates a bond between them. The final installment is full of heart wrenching pain, honesty and lot’s of love with Emma having made new friends, friends that understand, trust and love her, and share with her the trials and heartache she goes through.

Just what she needed to help catch her breath! Loved this series. Like… Continue reading

Take care, Sara. By Lindy Zart

Take Care, SaraTake Care, Sara by Lindy Zart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nobody will ever know the depths of depravity, the utter feeling of being lost and lonely until someone they love died. The feeling of being left behind, of wanting to go too is so accurately and painfully real in this book, it took my breath away.

The story follows Sara after losing her husband Cole in a car accident. What put me off a bit closer to the end, even though I loved the story line was the inconsistencies in the timeline. Some pages the author referred to 3 months, and then all of a sudden it was only one month. It lost some credibility with me, knowing what one can achieve in 3 months as opposed to one.

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