Title: Prophecy Girl

Series: Lacuna Valley

Author: Faith McKay

Published Date: Nov 20, 2012

Publisher: Self-published by author

Format: ebook

Pages: 211

ASIN: B00A801I2Q

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Genre: fantasy, YA

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Rating: 3 stars



Goodreads synopsis: Ever since Samantha Winthrop’s mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.

Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by “praying” for them? Are Sam’s dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he’s guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?
While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?

 
My Review: First, I’d like to thank the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest and fair review.
This was a book I really wanted to like. The first chapter though was horrifying and  heartbreaking to me as a parent. Where the heck is DSS when you need them?! And what is up with the dad? Is he so frigging blind?! I never got his character or why his character was even there. Maybe it would have made more sense to me if he was one of those “dead before the story” dads. Unless there is more to his story. 
I didn’t find the ending to be all that well-explained. I understood the basic gist of it, but again….where’s the dad? 
Nick and Sam were cute together. They make good friends, but I’m still on the fence about them romantically, which is probably how Sam feels too. 
While it was a nice read, I’m still pondering whether I care enough about the characters to read the next book in the series.




 

Redemption Book Tour starts today!

Redemption (Legends of Graham Mansion)

Be careful what you wish for.

When the breakup of her family forces Grae White’s mother to move her two children from their privileged city life to her hometown in the mountains of Virginia, all Grae wants is to be invisible in her new life. But that’s rather hard when everyone knows that her father is the latest headline-grabbing white collar criminal, the most popular boy in school wants to take Grae to the prom, and then there’s that she lives in a haunted mansion. It would make anyone want to get away. Grae soon learns that a simple wish can reveal an unknown ability.

Something more than curiosity spirals Grae back in time to seek the truth in the tragedy of a 200 -year-old murder. Along the way, she learns about history, happiness, and heartache in the lives of those who have lived on the property, including her own family. Her first journey reveals secrets that will lead Grae to further explore the legends of Graham Mansion.

REDEMPTION is Book One in the Legends of Graham Mansion series. Look for the second story in the series, AMBITION, in spring 2013.

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Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco’s Russian mafia.  Ty intervenes to secure Nick’s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath.  With no choice but to accept Nick’s new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife—pregnant with their first child—is killed, the victim of a reckless crime.

Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol.  From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance.  His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death.  He doesn’t know her, but he’ll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick’s Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage.  But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and now all his plans have gone straight to hell.

With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed.  He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russians’ hands, but they’re holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl.  Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy.  But Ty can’t do it all:  Save the girl, his brother and his own soul.  One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Nancy started writing fiction rather suddenly one day in 2010. Inspired by a song, she was struck with an idea she couldn’t shake and just had to write it down. It was while working on this, her first novel, that she discovered just how much she loved writing. She only wishes she had known how much years earlier.

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Chasing the Witch

After the events of Mark of the Witch, Jilly at last begins to breathe easier though her powers are still growing. But can she harness them in time to confront a new chain of events that threatens to change everything?

Caroline has finally accepted her life as a witch, but when a stranger comes into her life she’s forced to question her family loyalty.

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It’s my birthday! What are you reading?!

 

Yes, today is my birthday. Happy birthday to all my birthday brothers and sisters out there! And since I wasn’t feeling all that good yesterday, I didn’t get to write my What Are You Reading?? post.

A day late, and possibly a dollar short (especially since I have to pay for the new tire to replace my flat tire I found this morning…. bestest. birthday. present. evah. </end sarcasm>

But here is my list of books for this week! I am surprised I actually got all 4 of last week’s books read (and reviewed). I’ve had a lot of people email me for reviews of their books and interview/tour requests, so if you’ve emailed me, please be patient.

This week’s list of books I’m reading are:

  1. The Last of the Bird People by John Hanson Mitchell
  2. Prophecy Girl by Faith McKay
  3. The King of Winter by Andy Monk
  4. The Advance Guard by Don A. Martinez

I’m hoping to get all four read this week, but I will get at least 2 of them read.

REVIEW: Awakening the Mobster by Amy Rachiele

Title: Awakenig the Mobster
Series: Mobster series
Author: Amy Rachiele
Published Date: August 2012
Publisher: Self-published by Author
Format: ebook
Pages: 120
ISBN: 1479286958
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Genre: YA romance
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Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: What draws and binds people together-circumstance, experience, blood? Can you change what you’re made of or is it predestined? If you fight it, will it just come back to you ten-fold?

Antonio and Megan are running. Running away. Megan’s father told them to. Antonio and Megan fly to South Bend, Indiana. They are hiding out at Notre Dame until it’s safe to come home. But will it ever be safe with the line of work Antonio and Megan’s father do? There is no escaping the mob. It’s part of your existence.

Review: I’ve completely fallen in love with Antonio and Megan. And yes, now I’m hoping for something to happen between Vito and Erin. I think he’d be good for her. It looks like that’s where the author is headed for those two.

Where the first book ended is exactly where the second book picks up, and even though they go to South Bend, it doesn’t stop the Mafia action. I guess once you’re in, you’re in for life, but its not like they’re trying to get away from the lifestyle.

Antonio is still doing things for his dad behind Megan’s back, and when she finds out, she’s accepting. I still want to know why Megan’s mom is the way she is, and I’m hoping that comes out in the third book.

Overall, the book was another quick, enjoyable read.

REVIEW: Grieving God’s Way by Margaret Brownley

Title: Grieving God’s Way
Series: none
Author: Margaret Brownley
Published Date: Jan 24, 2004
Publisher: Winepress Publishing
Format: paperback
Pages: 320
ISBN-10: 1579216641
Copy provided by: Booksneeze
Genre: spirituality, grieving
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Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: If It’s been six months A year Two years (or more) And you still feel Depressed Joyless Lost Alone IFYou’re afraid to tell anyone That you’re still grieving For fear they’ll think you’re crazy If you feel the need to hide your feelings behind A smile . . . and try to pretend everything is okay . . .Then what you’re feeling is perfectly normal. Did you know that it can take as long as five years or more for a person to adequately work through grief? But because we live in a fast-paced society, we often sweep grief under the rug, or ignore it altogether. Medical experts now know that unresolved grief can cause such health problems as headaches, depression, back pain, and even heart disease and cancer.”Grieving God’s Way” is a book made to order for the grieving spirit. It will help you gain new insight into the grieving process, gain more appreciation for friends and family, and come to understand God’s plan for healing heart and soul. It may even help cure your back.

Review: I was given a copy of this book by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review. This review is probably going to be one of the hardest for me to write. It was one of the hardest books for me to read. I kept having to put it down and walk away from it. I’m not a God person, and even though I went to a Catholic school most of my life, I’ve never read the Bible in its entirety. As I tell people, me and God, we’re still working out our relationship. But the obvious religious overtone was not what made me put it down numerous times and walk away.

You see, Christmas Eve this year will be two years since my uncle died. He raised me after my dad died when I was 13. He was in my life longer than my dad was. Uncle Jimmy had a relationship with God that was enviable. God was his best friend, but he wasn’t a Bible-thumper, or a 5 times a day church-going wierdo.

So I guess in reading this book, I was hoping that I would find some sort of solace. Instead, I found wounds that haven’t healed yet that I thought had. Perhaps reading the book in daily increments as it should be read, will be easier. But trying to sit down and read it all in one or two sittings was just too hard. It brought back so many tears that I had hoped were already shed.

So, if you’ve just lost someone, it’s a good book. Just read it a little at a time.

(Yeah, that’s Uncle Jimmy and yours truly, circa 1980ish)