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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

Empath by Becca j. Campbell

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC REVIEW

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

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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