Month: May 2016

Book Review: “The Last One” by Alexandra Oliva

Book Review: “The Last One” by Alexandra Oliva

This debut novel is set to be released in July and you have to get your hands on a copy! 12 people have agreed to participate in a survival-type reality TV show. The contestants are given a pass-phrase they can use if/when they want out. Each has also been given a nickname. Zoo works with animals, hence the nickname, and sees this as a last adventure before she and her husband have kids, and she is determined to see it through.

One reason I really enjoyed this book is because the story felt new and original. I liked how the author incorporated the view point of the show’s producer and the social media comments from viewers in relating the action. Also, I really liked the character Zoo. She is so resilient and yet caring at the same time. I always enjoy a female character who can be tough or soft depending on what the situation requires. This book is full of drama, both real and imaginary, and thrills and should appeal to a wide audience of readers.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “Curious Minds” by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

Book Review: “Curious Minds” by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton have teamed up again to create a new mystery series. “Curious Minds” does not disappoint. The book is set to be released on August 16, 2016 and I’m already anxious for book 2 to be available.

Emerson Knight is a young and eccentric millionaire who is so fascinated by his gold reserves that he wants to see the actual gold bars. Riley Moon started working for the finance firm Blane-Grunwald one week ago when she is sent to meet Mr. Knight at his home. Emerson is convinced there is a conspiracy in place to steal all the world’s gold, and he’s determined to uncover the truth. When Riley’s boss goes missing Emerson offers to find him and Riley gets assigned to assist him. The adventure that follows takes them across the country and back and puts their lives in danger.

I absolutely loved Emerson and Riley. Emerson is as quirky as a millionaire can be and he drives Riley crazy. In addition, Riley thinks his whole conspiracy theory is insane and doesn’t want to have any part of it. Riley is young and ambitious and doesn’t see how working with Emerson can improve her intended career path at Blane-Grunwald. Both characters have fun and engaging personalities. The story itself is well developed with a humorous quality to it that made the reading really enjoyable.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!

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Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: “Children of Earth and Sky” by Guy Gavriel Kay

Book Review: “Children of Earth and Sky” by Guy Gavriel Kay

A journey fraught with danger, intrigue and political manipulations. That’s what you will find in “Children of Earth and Sky”. The story is inspired by events that took place in Renaissance Europe and is a marvelous piece of fiction.

Danica is looking for revenge for the family she lost. Marin is seeking to build his family’s fortune. The city-state of Seressa wants to spy on their neighbors. Pero is a young man desperately wanting to make a name for himself as an artist. Neven has been trained to be a soldier for the Khalif, but is that really who he is? These characters and others have lives that will intertwine with each other and influence world events.

I found the story and the characters to be complex and very well developed. The author has a style that draws the reader into the world he has created and keeps him engaged until the end. I enjoyed this story in part because it tells the story of ordinary people, as opposed to focusing on a royal family or a high ranking political figure. This epic story also highlights how something a person does, which may seem inconsequential in the moment, can have a long-reaching effect on the future. Top marks to Guy Gavriel Kay for this sweeping saga.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “Winesburg, Ohio: Intimate histories of everyday people” by Sherwood Anderson

Every once in a while I like to read something old but still good. This book was originally published in 1922 and is now available for free on Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org). I found the stories in this book to be delightful. Each story depicts the life of a different member of the community of Winesburg, Ohio. Winesberg is a rural community but also the county seat and host to the annual county fair. What draws the stories together is that each individual portrayed has some kind of encounter with George Willard, a young man whose parents run the local hotel. George works as a reporter for the local paper. The book is a work of fiction but I couldn’t help but think that at least some of these characters are based on real people. The individuals are male and female, young and old, and many are downright eccentric. They are wealthy and poor, and of high and low social standing. And there are plenty of scandals running through this group.

The author’s writing style is very readable and I thoroughly enjoyed the stories. If you are looking for something a little different to read, I would suggest this book. I find it can be refreshing to take a break from the drama that tends to characterize modern day books, and there are some real gems in these old books.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “Lockdown” by Scott Black

Book Review: “Lockdown” by Scott Black

A naval ship, traveling through a hurricane, with a serial killer on board! How can this not be an exciting story? “Lockdown” has thrills and intrigue from beginning to end. I don’t usually read much from the military genre, but the plot just sounded too engaging to pass up, and I was not disappointed. Scott Black has crafted a marvelous fictional account based on real events.

Tyler West is leader of a repair and maintenance team on the USS Miller. As the ship pitches and rolls its way through a hurricane, a murderer claims his first victim. The entire crew is put into lockdown while the murder is investigated. Tyler is assigned to search every nook and cranny of the ship for the murder weapon and clothing the killer wore. As the lockdown stretches into 2 and then 3 days, the men are getting restless and Tyler is putting the pieces together to identify the murderer. Is it possible that one of his own team is responsible? What is it that the officers are hiding from the enlisted men? Pick up a copy to find out! This book would be a great pick for military buffs or thriller lovers.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “Shock Collar” by Darren Van Gramberg

Book Review: “Shock Collar” by Darren Van Gramberg

The story opens with David being woken up to his first day in Manrazor, a juvenile detention center. His incarceration stems from an incident involving a girl. This book relates the story of David’s experiences while in Manrazor. This is Book 2 in the Trauma Baby Trilogy and I definitely felt at a disadvantage because I hadn’t read Book 1. That being said, I found the story to be complex enough to keep me reading even without knowledge of the previous book. David turned out to be a very likable character and I was pleased that the book journeys with David as he faces his new reality instead of just being one fight after another. This book is targeted for young adults and suits that market well. Overall, I enjoyed the story and the transformation David goes through.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “Caitlin’s Cruise” by Caitlin Dinoski

Book Review: “Caitlin’s Cruise” by Caitlin Dinoski

This is a collection of blog posts made by Caitlin as she and her husband watched every movie Tom Cruise was ever in, in order. Caitlin gives a rating for each movie overall, and a rating for Tom Cruise’s work in the film. I was sure what I was going to find in this book, but it turned out to be a fun read. Turns out there is more to Tom Cruise than just Mission Impossible. I liked that she watched the movies in order because it gives the reader a chance to see how Tom has developed as an actor over the years. I found the concept behind this book to be fun and Ms. Dinoski’s reviews were enjoyable to read.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP

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