Month: January 2016

Book Review: “Project Anan” by Lionel Lazarus

Book Review: “Project Anan” by Lionel Lazarus

Aliens and human working together? Is that even possible? It is in “Project Anan” by Lionel Lazarus. The Anans are running out of blue energy and their population is suffering from a wasting disease for which they have no cure. It’s been thousands of years since they last visited Earth and when they did they altered human DNA to boost intelligence. Now, they need humans to help them start a colony on an unexplored planet. At the same time, Earth is facing its own crisis as the environment is spinning out of control and the future of humanity is in question. Will the Anans be received as friends or will they be blasted out of the sky?

All the answers will be revealed in this cleverly crafted story. I was completely caught up in this book. It takes place in the not too distant future so was easy to relate to. The story explores the relationship between aliens and humans and has some wonderful moments of conflict resolution. This book would be appropriate for teenagers and adults. It’s primarily for a science fiction audience but the messages about building community are relevant to all of us.

Alinefromabook is giving “Project Anan” a THUMBS-UP recommendation!

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: “No Hope in New Hope” by Peggy A. Edelheit

Book Review: “No Hope in New Hope” by Peggy A. Edelheit

New Hope, PA is the setting of this, the 7th book in the Samantha Jamison Mystery series. Samantha and her boyfriend, Clay, are in New Hope to help Clay’s friends manage their art gallery business. Clay may even purchase the business if he likes it. But no sooner do they hit town and strangers are coming up to them asking for refunds and hinting around about fraudulent sales of artwork. When Samantha’s senior citizen posse arrives to help out, things get really serious. Questions start popping up everywhere. Is Anne, the art restorer, creating forgeries in her spare time? Is there a mob connection to all the treats being made to Samantha and her posse? Who locked them all in the garage, and will they be able to get out?!?

Ms. Edelheit spins a twisty tale of lies and deception in this little mystery. I had a lot of fun with all the quirky characters and the storyline was quite charming. This is the 7th in a series but the story was also good on its own. There is enough backstory given so that you don’t feel lost. The story moves at a quick pace which made it a fast and enjoyable read.

This book would be appropriate for teens and up and mystery lovers should really enjoy it. Alinefromabook gives “No Hope in New Hope” a THUMBS-UP recommendation.

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: “Enchanted Islands” by Allison Amend

Book Review: “Enchanted Islands” by Allison Amend

Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for the ARC of this book. This book is scheduled for publication in May 2016. It can be preordered on Amazon by clicking the image below.

“Enchanted Islands” is as enchanting a story as the islands it describes. This is a fictionalized account of the journals written by Frances Conway about her life, particularly the years she spent as a spy on the Galapagos Islands. Allison Amend is a brilliant writer. This story completely captured my imagination from page one to the final word. I loved the characters of Frances and Ainslie; their relationship was fascinating. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good story.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: “Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide to Starting & Growing Your First Company” by Danielle Tate

Book Review: “Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide to Starting & Growing Your First Company” by Danielle Tate

Finally, a comprehensive how-to for women who want to be entrepreneurs. Danielle Tate has taken years of experience, her own and many others, and condensed them into this guidebook. She starts the reader off at the very beginning, with an idea, and takes them step-by-step through the process of turning an idea into a profitable, growing business.

I found this book a fascinating read and chock-full of good ideas and resources. I think a would-be entrepreneur would find it hard not to succeed if they follow Ms. Tate’s guidelines. I especially liked the final section of each chapter where the author describes the emotions that you can expect at that step in the process. This book should be on the Must Read list of any female entrepreneur.

Who would be interested in this book?: Women who want to start a business.

What age is this book appropriate for?: Appropriate for any age

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: TWO THUMBS-UP – a must read if you are starting or growing a business.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: “My Ladybird Story” by Magus Tor

Book Review: “My Ladybird Story” by Magus Tor

A beautifully written story about a young man’s journey to his true identity. John Bird is a lonely high school student who has always felt different. J.P. is a classmate who has been bullying John since forever. John’s nickname, Ladybird, was given to him by J.P. and John has always hated it. As high school starts, John is befriended by a new girl, Aureus, and that friendship will change his life. Aureus accepts him for who he is and supports him throughout his journey. After high school, the two of them go to the same college where John finally realizes that the reason he has always felt is different is because he would rather be a woman.

This is a story about a friendship, about self-discovery, and about love. I was completely engrossed in John’s story. One of the things I appreciated most is the way the author treated the subject and the characters with dignity and respect. There is no condemnation here of anybody’s lifestyle. I especially appreciated how the author handled the response of John’s parents to his revelation. John was able to give his parents the space and time they needed to wrap their heads around this dramatic change. Overall, this is a great story, about a hard subject that is presented with great care and grace.

Who is this book appropriate for?: Anyone who has an interest in transgender issues would enjoy this one. I also think that this would be a good choice for a reader who would like to gain some understanding of the issue.

What ages is this book appropriate for?: I wouldn’t go younger than a mature teenager with this one due to the adult theme.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP! Issues aside, this is a great story!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: “Detour Amour” by Jack Dancer

Book Review: “Detour Amour” by Jack Dancer

Wow! That’s what I was thinking when I turned the last page of this book. The story was creative and original and I really enjoyed it. The description says it’s a romance from the male perspective, which it is, but it is also an action book. If you expect your romances to be all hearts and flowers, then this is not the book for you, but if you’re willing to take a risk on a new perspective, then definitely pick up a copy. I will say that this is book 3 in a trilogy and I felt a little lost at the very beginning because I had not read the previous books, so you may want to go start with book 1. That being said, this book stands on its own as a great story. The action takes place in Barcelona and the surrounding area. Tucker Blue is on a mission to rescue his girlfriend, Monica, after she has been kidnapped by the Raven. When a ransom payment goes wrong he finds himself reluctantly partnered up with the beautiful Nanette as they launch an attack on the castle where Monica is being held. It’s a wild ride of a story with twists and turns all over the place.

Who would enjoy this book?: Anyone who likes action stories with beautiful girls involved. Guys should not be put off by the romance part of the description.

What age is this book appropriate for?: This is an adult only book. There is graphic violence and sex.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP. This is not my usual thing but I’m glad I stepped out of my box on this one, because I really enjoyed the story.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: “Defending Jacob” by William Landay

Book Review: “Defending Jacob” by William Landay

Looking for a little legal drama? This story is packed full of it! Jacob is an ordinary middle schooler with an extraordinary problem. When one of his classmates is found murdered in the park next to his school, Jacob becomes the prime suspect. “Defending Jacob” tells the story of his arrest and prosecution from the perspective of Jacob’s father, who happens to be the Assistant DA assigned to the case. As the evidence begins to come in, a new DA is assigned, one who seems to have it in for Jacob’s family. The DA thinks that because Jacob’s grandfather is a convicted murderer Jacob must be also. Will the Barber family be able to make a defense? How does a family recover from this kind of accusation? You’ll have to read the story to find the answers and this one is full of twists you won’t see coming.

I found this story really intriguing. The description of Jacob’s arrest just made me feel so scared for him, and the story feels so real that I couldn’t help but wonder, “What if this happened to my son?.” This one will pull you in right from the start and keep you guessing right up to the last page.

Who would enjoy this book?: Lovers of legal dramas and mysteries would enjoy this one.

What age group is it appropriate for?: This might be a little traumatic for younger teenagers but fine for mature audiences.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: “The Art of Remaining Calm” by Clyde Deschamp, PhD

Book Review: “The Art of Remaining Calm” by Clyde Deschamp, PhD

An excellent treatise on a common malady. Stress related anxiety is becoming more and more common in today’s world. Many people turn immediately to medication, some of which can be addictive. In “The Art of Remaining Calm”, Dr. Deschamp has done an excellent job of explaining anxiety and the various mechanisms available to treat it. I was very impressed by the readability of this book, the average Joe will find the explanations easy to understand. I also appreciated the way the book was laid out, the topics in each chapter build on each other in a logical sequence. Dr. Deschamp begins with an explanation of what stress is and its causes. He then moves to complications that can arise and a discussion of why some people are more susceptible to stress than others. In the final chapters he discusses various forms of treatment from exercise and nutrition to herbal supplements and medications. He gives a lot of options and encouragement along the way. If you or someone you know struggles with anxiety, this book would be a great place to start looking for answers. I would consider this book like a map and you can pick the destinations (treatments) that are most appealing to you.

Who is this book appropriate for?: This book is a good one for anybody who has anxiety or just wants to learn more about in a simple, easy-to-read style. This book is appropriate for teenagers and adults.

Alinfromabook’s rating: I give this self-help book a big THUMBS-UP!

Happy Reading!

Best Books I Read in 2015

Happy New Year!!

I’ve decided to do something a little different with my best books list this year. I’ve reviewed my list and I will be listing the my favorites by month. So January’s book is the best one of all the books I read that month. Enjoy!

January: Doctor Death by Lene Kaarbebol – historical mystery with forensics

February: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – fiction with a gay theme

March: Innocent in Las Vegas by A.R. Winters – mystery

April: Medium Dead by Paula Paul – mystery with paranormal

May: Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle – historical with zombies

June: 28 Years a Bachelor by Rasana Atreya – Indian culture and really funny.

July: Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd – historical fiction relating to Civil Rights movement

August: 1929 by M.L. Gardner – historical fiction relating to the Great Depression

September: Tuna Life by Erik Hamre – mystery centered in the dot-com industry

October: Cold a Long Time by John Leake – true story about the disappearance of a hockey player

November: The Lake House by Kate Morton – mystery and fantastic read!

December: Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon – mystery with a very clever plot and brilliant characters.

So, that’s my list. I hope there’s something here you will take a chance on. Wishing you all a GREAT 2016!!

Happy Reading!