When most people hear 'Indie Author' they tend to think of people who aren't good enough to catch a publisher, and unfortunately many of these books g...moreWhen most people hear 'Indie Author' they tend to think of people who aren't good enough to catch a publisher, and unfortunately many of these books go unpurchased. When my Wife told me one of her friends wrote a book and that I should read and review it, I was ready for the challenge. See, I almost ALWAYS read indie books. I'm pretty cheap, so being able to read 5 books for the price of one, is pretty awesome. I'm also of the opinion that most indie books are a tad 'different' and edgier then what I find in most main-stream books. (However, there have been several duds, too.)
So as I said, I was ready to accept the challenge. Mind you, this was before I even knew what the book was about. When I did get around to reading the summary, I figured the book would be something I'd enjoy. I was correct in that assumption, but there were also times where I was pleasantly surprised.
For example, the main character was not very accomplished in fighting when the book began. So I believed part of the book would be dedicated to his training, but that was not the case. This book picked up right away into the drama and plot. Along with the story line, Scott Grimon uses witty one-liners and comebacks, that do not seem forced or cheesy. His dialogue feels real and flows naturally.
Within the plot of the book, I do not want to give much away. This book is the first in a trilogy and while it does a great job as to setting up the full story, it still seemed to be a finished stand-alone. I have read somewhere where someone mention that this book was similar to Harry Potter, and while I see some similarities, I can not say it's truly similar.
This story is about a teenage boy who your 'average Joe' type but ultimately ends up dead. Thankfully, our hero is brought back to life. In order to complete the process, he must complete three tasks. This book follows the first task. This book does not lag in parts, and I never felt like I wanted to rush through any parts. As a gamer, I am easily excited when I find a reference to, or feel like the author draws influences from games I enjoy. As a reader, I am even more excited when those references are done so seamlessly. In Re-Alive are nods to popular culture, including BioShock and Indiana Jones.
I will be watching Scott for the next two books, and any other works he has written. Out of the literally hundreds of self-published books I have read, this is one of the best, and I am surprised that Scott has not been tapped by a publisher yet.
If you enjoy Harry Potter, witty one liners, and fantasy, you really should look for his book on Amazon. Good job, Scott.(less)
This book is a must-read. It is quick and easy to read, but the subject matter is not simple. It is also nothing like other books out there that are c...moreThis book is a must-read. It is quick and easy to read, but the subject matter is not simple. It is also nothing like other books out there that are centered on abuse, and the victim.
It is told through the thoughts of the victim, and her thoughts are captivating. Have you ever asked yourself why victims think the way they do? Why don't multiple abuse victims band together? We hear stories on the news about people who were help captive and their neighbors never knew.... this story tells us why. Why she lived a lie, and why she acted the way she did.
However, the best part of this book, is the end. Once you read it, give it to a friend to read, then discuss the ending. Many people have different views on it- which makes you continue to think about the story long after you finished the book.(less)
I received this ARC from Sourcebooks at ALA Annual 2013 ------
Oh my goodness! This book is one of my favorites, and I am already reading it often to Taylor. The story is quite simple, and very cute. Everyone's bedtime books are being stolen in the blink of an eye, and Eliza wants to stop it from going on. When she finds out why the books are being stolen by the Snatchabook, she befriends the creature. All books are returned and the rest of the town takes turns nightly including Snatchabook in their bedtime reading routines.
As you can see, this book cam easily demonstrate the power of sharing. Sometimes when people are left out, they will do bad things. Sometimes when people share, people will do nice things. While that is a very simple meaning that can be drawn from the book, it is still a powerful one. The rhyme and rhythm of this book does nothing but justice, creating an easy free-flowing read that helps younger readers to sound out unknown words. The illustrations are beautiful by themselves, creating an adorable animal world, with plenty of visual details that entertained my 6 month old as well as myself.
This is not your run-of-the-mill children's picture book. This one teaches morals, has wonderful illustrations and rhyme, and really remind readers the power and love of a bedtime story.
My Rating: 5 stars, hands down. Go buy this book for your kids or grandkids. It's absolutely wonderful.
The Ex-Debutante is a cute, fun and quick read. While the cover makes the story appear to be overly cliche, it really isn't. Carlisle has returned bac...moreThe Ex-Debutante is a cute, fun and quick read. While the cover makes the story appear to be overly cliche, it really isn't. Carlisle has returned back home and gets roped into hosting the annual debutante ball as well as acting as her mother's own divorce lawyer.
This story has several layers including lost loves, family dynamics, jealousy, and stereotypes. While the story follows Carlisle's return back to her family, it delves more into human nature which was rather refreshing.
Don't let the cover or even the synopisis fool you: This book has more to offer than it shows.(less)
I'm really liking these novels by Diane Haeger. For a Tudor historical fiction, it's a pretty easy read. If you are looking to be entertained by the s...moreI'm really liking these novels by Diane Haeger. For a Tudor historical fiction, it's a pretty easy read. If you are looking to be entertained by the story of the Tudors, then her novels are perfect. (less)
Have you ever read a book and finished with appreciation for the author? It's a weird feeling to have this sudden 'I need to thank this author' feeling, especially when you've never met and the book isn't a 'life-changer.' So, why am I appreciative?
This author, Emily Murdoch, gets it. She understands a true character's crisis and keeps the characters real. For example, the main character in this book was raised to believe her father was abusive. She knows her mother allowed and encouraged nightmareish things to happen to her, however when she is 'rescued' and given back to her father, she isn't necessarily happy. This character is not trusting, and still hangs on to her mother. Even though her mother was a bad woman, she was her mother and that was where her loyalty would lay.
Not only that, but her characters show range. They grow, they have flaws, they are not flat and predictable. They feel real.
This is the story of Carey, and her return to normalcy after being abducted by her mother, living in terrible conditions ferreted away in a camper in a park. This story could have easily drug on. It could have easily been distracted with side-stories, and details. Emily Murdoch was able to tell a story without bogging it down with details or extraneous information. Emily Murdoch is a story-teller, a true craftsman, and I thank her for that. It isn't often I come across a book where I was left satisfied and still wanting more. I thought about this book, days after finishing it. I didn't feel like all questions were answered, and with this topic, it felt right that way.
If you haven't checked out this book yet, I HIGHLY recommend you do so. You won't regret it. (less)