The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

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The Doll House was a solid physiological thriller. Taking place in London we follow the story of Corinne, who is struggling with fertility, and her family, all of whom are healing from the death of her father. Also in the story we follow an unnamed narrator whom is living quite a troubling childhood. The Doll House like most thrillers sets you up for a goose chase and this one is no different. I was able to be intensely engrossed in the story and keep turning pages  to see what was happening next. If you like thrillers this is a good one to pick up.

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Morningstar by Ann Hood

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I received this book in a contest on Goodreads, it has not swayed my opinion in anyway.

This author gets it! Growing up being a female who loves to read is much easier these days but while Ann Hood was growing up it was a little out of the ordinary in her neck of the woods. This memoir is about the author’s love for reading and writing and her journey of enjoyment while discovering herself through books. I thoroughly loved reading this delightful tale and read many parts out loud to my family because I wanted to share the stories as well. If you are looking for a short story to enjoy in a weekend this is a great one!

Seventh Decimate by Stephen R. Donaldson

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I received a copy of this book from a contest on Goodreads, it in no way swayed my opinion.  Seventh Decimate is set to release on 11/14/17.

I am having a hard time coming up with the words to describe how I feel about reading this book. I know I enjoyed reading it, it is a good tale and the whole story is an excellent tribute to character development. When I first started to read Seventh Decimate I had a really hard time coming to terms with the main character Prince Bifalt. He is an extremely unlikable character. He has one point of view and cannot hear any other persons point of view. He also thinks everyone is out to get him. When you take a step back you can understand why he is this way, but it doesn’t make him anymore likeable. As the story progress you realize alongside the prince that his world is a whole lot smaller than you and he originally believes it to be. Donaldson is a great story-teller who is able to keeps the story moving and he reader engrossed. He is also able to give you a main character who is by no means perfect and keep you reading until his flaws are fixed. If you are into the fantasy genre this book is worth the read, if only to see how this character is developed. If there is another book to sequel this one, I would read it.

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

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Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a chance to read this book early and submit my review.
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones is set to release September 5th 2017

I was really excited to get my hands on The Salt Line, if you haven’t guessed by now I love a good dystopian novel. And I have to give this one credit for being such an orignal end of world scenario. The Salt Line takes place sometime in the future after the world’s population has retreated to different zones, protected from the wild behind chemically burned lines. Everyone is frightened of ticks, which I get I live in a highly populated tick zone myself. I will spare you the details of why these ticks are so horrible. The story is about a group of rich individuals who pay to take a risky trip outside of the salt line to see nature and get a thrill. From there they run into a group of people who live outside the zone and drama takes place.  If I give you much more detail it runs the risk of spoilers. While I enjoyed the originality of this novel I really wish the story was told a little different. The world building and character development left a lot of room to be desired. The first part of the book was amazing, I really wished it was expanded upon and told on its own. The 2 & 3 part of the book were good but I felt rushed and could have also been expanded into another book or two. Lastly I see another one or at least a need for a sequel. I was left wanting to know more about this world she built and I hope I get to. With that all being said The Salt Line is a good read for when you want a little drama and adventure.

Saving Marty by Paul Griffin

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I received an advanced copy of this book to enjoy and review. Saving Marty by Paul Griffin is an adorable and witty book about a boy who saves a runt pig and a runt pig who brings together a family trough his hijinks. Renzo is a pre-teen growing up in Pennsylvania on a farm. His best friend Paloma and him bonded as children who have lost a parent. They spend their days on the farm making music and dreaming of making it big in hollywood. As a child, I lost a parent quite similarly to the way Renzo lost his father. This book though for pre-teens struck home for me. When Renzo finds Marty (the pig) in with the litter of puppies his dog just had, he almost instantly has a connection with him. Marty who grows up thinking he is a dog is comical and sweet. He comes into Renzo’s life when he needs him most. Their friendship is sweet and I was constantly shocked by how draw-in I was to reading. Saving Marty had me laughing and crying, sometimes both at once. I loved this coming of age tale and can not wait for my son to be old enough to read it.All the characters in Saving Marty are all well-built, I especially love Double, though the areas to which they are in are lacking in detail. I was able though to be able to build it up with my imagination, and that is never a bad thing for kids to work on.

Reading it with your pre-teen might also help open up the floor for various degrees of topics to talk about. Spoilers ahead!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Topics will include losing homes, war, PTSD, suicide, friends moving away, losing a pet, and handling bullies.

Saving Marty is intended for ages 10-14 but is a good tale for anyone.

Saving Marty is set to be released 9/19/17

 

 

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King is not your average horror novel, by our wonderful master of horror, but a detective novel. Though the book starts off with a horrific event (I don’t want to spoil for those who don’t know it.) the story continues down the path of a retired detective who has the one case that just haunts him. Bill Hodges is drawn back in to the hunt for Mr. Mercedes after receiving a letter from the supposed psychopath. Through-out his investigation he meets an array of lively characters that add a wonderful angle to the story. While I enjoyed the book I did find myself constantly annoyed with Hodges. He continually refuses help and constantly just by-passes a huge clue. I can not say why this annoyed me, really it made the character all the more realistic. The other reason is I could have been frustrated was because we also got the story from the antagonist point of view, so I kind of knew what was going on. These chapters are something that could only be made real through the mind of Stephen King. So if you are a fan of Stephen King’s, a fan of detective novel, or a fan of both check this book out. I enjoyed it and instantly downloaded the next book in the series.

Mr. Mercedes is this first book in the Bill Hodges trilogy.

Mr. Mercedes is being made in to a tv series on the Audience Network.

I listened to Mr. Mercedes on audio book.

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

 

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I received an e-copy of this book from First to Read in exchange of my review.

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore is about a man Milo who has lived 9,995 lives and only has 5 more to get it right. It is also about his love story with death also know as Suzie. This book while funny and lighthearted at times is about everyone’s struggle with living a perfect life and making it the great beyond. Below is my review as posted to First to Read.

I literally just finished reading Reincarnation Blues and had to log right on to write my rave review. The book starts off as a lighthearted and quirky book about a man and his lives. Though the beginning of the story there is a touch of love story going on in the background as well. Slowly the story becomes about so much more and the love story becomes one of my favorites. One that survives all space, time and lives. I enjoyed all the different short stories scattered through-out the book. Many of them could hold up on their own as full told stories, some of them left me craving more. Not in the way that they weren’t complete, but just that I wanted to know more of the time and place the story was told in. Milo is an extremely relatable character, who is really just all of us trying to make out way through life in an honorable way. Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore is the perfect book to read during some downtime, but be careful it may encroach into your life until nothing is finished until you finish the book! I can’t wait until I can add a physical copy of this book to my library!

Reincarnation Blues is set to release August 22, 2017