Synopsis: Former bar singer and Buddhist meditator Caitlin Shaughnessy, a Canadian journalist, discovers that Inez, a traumatized young Mayan woman from Guatemala, has killed Dr. Jerry Simpson, her partner of many years. Caitlin struggles to understand what happened, and why. In the process, she confronts her own demons, as well as the innocence and wonder within Inez which seem to believe the young woman's violent actions.
Blender Review: When I picked up The Girl in the Box I was not really sure what to expect. Most titles give an idea of what the book is about but this book is really literal when it comes to the title. The author clearly did a lot of research when choosing a location for her book to be based in. The book starts off with Jerry, and how he found the girl in the box, Inez. Jerry has a long history with the country of Guatemala, in fact it’s where he met Caitlin, the woman he loves. The parts where Jerry is on this trip are very sad to read, and unfortunately probably very accurate.
Inez is kept in a wooden box, away from her family’s home, and she is kept in this box with a chain and a lock. It is clear she is a disturbed girl, most likely with some kind of mental issue that her family just doesn’t know how to treat; and so they lock her up for her own well being. Ultimately Jerry brings Inez home with him back to Canada to live with him, as a way for him to help her. The situation ends as tragically as it began. Inez kills Jerry.
The story is mostly told from Caitlin’s point of view. As the woman who loved Jerry, and had even come to bond with Inez, she is shocked and traumatized at the sudden and violent death of her partner. This turn of events for Caitlin causes her to search for answers as well as take a look at her and Jerry’s past.
This book is definitely a book for people who are looking for psychological mystery. Most mysteries that involve murder involve a lot of build up into finding out who the killer is and then catching them and bringing them to justice. This book is not about that, the killer is known from the beginning and is tried in a court of law. This book is about the inner workings of people’s lives, motivations, and a search for truth. I enjoyed the journey and the search for what happened, even though it dealt with very sad subject matter and pulled at your heart strings when the reader reads it....more
Synopsis: Lizzie is a talented artist and junior at a private high school in New Hampshire. Her boyfriend of three years, Jeremy, is co-captain of the soccer team and her best friend Chelsea loves being the center of a boy’s universe..but never for to long. Lizzie has started growing apart from her boyfriend and things get seemingly complicated when she locks eyes with new boy in town, Drew. Lizzie has always been a sensible girl but she can’t manage to get Drew off of her mind and can’t explain why she feels they have met before. This task proves even more difficult when Drew begins dating Chelsea. How can Lizzie have feelings for someone she doesn’t even know and more importantly is she willing to give up everything to explore the sparks she feels when he is near her?
Blender Review: Rememberance is an excellent debut novel for budding author Michelle Madow. Michelle definately plays to her target audience by exploring all that it means to be a confused teenage girl including dating, social cliques, and learning about what makes you special.
The plot of Rememberance is richly descriptive and well developed leading the reader down a road not wanting to put the book down until the very end. The physical appearance of the characters are well described but the characters were a little under developed for my taste. There was an excellent base for the characters but we didn’t get to know why the characters personalities were the way they were with the exception of Chelsea.
Rememberance is also a great candidate for the first book of a series. The end was satisfying but still left you with a few questions. Perhaps a sequal may be in order.
In conclusion this was an easy and great read with lots of twists and turns. I will definately be recommending it to others and looking for the next literary work from Michelle Madow....more
Synopsis: After being under a faerie curse of immortality for over 1600 years, Druid Laird Dermot McKay’s only wish is to die and join those that haveSynopsis: After being under a faerie curse of immortality for over 1600 years, Druid Laird Dermot McKay’s only wish is to die and join those that have long left him….that is, until he meets Sydney St. George. Sydney is the key to breaking the curse and thawing Dermots’ cold heart. Sydney is the vessel for a soul that is the reincarnation of Dermot’s murdered wife from the 5th century. To break the curse, Dermot must return his wife’s soul (Sydney) to the scene of the crime on the anniversary of its occurance. The catch is that once the curse is broken time will catch up with the Druid Laird and he will die instantly and be nothing more than dust. Now that they have found their soul mate in each other, can Sydney and Dermot reverse the inevitable outcome of breaking the curse of immortality and live happily ever after?
Blender Review: Heart of the Druid Laird is a fantastical romance set in both the historic period of the fifth century and modern day twenty-first century. It covers the span of the Celtic legends of the Fae and narrates one couple’s journey whose love has been able to transcend the span of time and space.
The vocabulary and structure of the book are both easy to follow and well representative of the developed characters.The author does a good job of character development although the main characters seem to follow the typical romance genre archetypes. The leading man is a foreigner who is one hundred percent masculine and his closest alley is the wise acre who just can’t help pushing buttons wherever he goes. The push-pull dynamic between the female and male lead characters is completely engrossing. The book has a rich romantic main plot with another minor, although entertaining, plot.
Heart of the Druid Laird also contains graphic sex scenes and violence. This novel should only be read my mature readers due to its explicit content.
All together this is a great romance novel and touching love story and should be read by all who enjoy the genre....more
In her first published novel Cheri Lasota proves she is here to stay. Cheri writes an epic adventure comparitive to that of Homers' Odyssey, the strucIn her first published novel Cheri Lasota proves she is here to stay. Cheri writes an epic adventure comparitive to that of Homers' Odyssey, the structure of a movie written by Quintin Terrintino, and a writing style silmilar to Charles Dickens. The plot of Artemis Rising is artistically woven with themes of love, life, religion and self-preservation. The story will keep you guessing until the very last page. The characters of Artemis Rising are well developed and intimate in their vivid and detailed personality descriptions.
I have read many historical fantasies before and I was pleasently surprised that this was not just another in the list of many. The epic adventure takes us through America, the myths of Alpheus and Arethusa and Tristan and Isolde, and the Azores Islands. Artemis Rising is a book everyone between the ages of twenty-five and thirty should read. Although it is a fiction work, the themes and symbolism can be easily identified with by the majority of the population. I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end by the story, theology, and being led by the themes to internally reflect on my personal philosophies.
I previously stated that Cheri has a writing style of similar to that of Charles Dickens. The language that is used is carefully selected tantalizing all of your senses. The vocabulary is not for the faint of heart and requires your unmitigated attention. The story does not really pick up speed until chapter ten, give or take a chapter or two in either direction. I did not look at this as a preclusion to reading the book. Some of Charles Dickens' greatest works (Great Expectations for ex.) did not lead the reader into the meat of the story until chapter ten or even chapter twenty but as you read further on you understood why he took so much time setting up the story. Cheri's writing style is of the same caliber. The content of the book is PG but, because of the way it is written, I believe you have to be an adult to appreciate it.
If you are looking for a light book or quick read, this is not it. This book demands your attention with it's many plots, lest you get lost or become confused. If you are looking to be challenged intellectually, Artemis Rising is your pick. The book also comes with a foreign words glossary as it is peppered with words and sayings in Portuguese. Artemis Rising is a must read and has the potential to be one of the great classics for this generation and the next....more