#BookReview The Herd from 93rd by William Scalin

Featured imageFeatured imageThe Herd from 93rd by William Scalin is a book filled with captivating memories and humorous moments from Scalin’s own life. Upon turning fifty, Scalin is thrown a surprise birthday party. Attending this party are many of his lifelong friends or otherwise known as “The Herd from 93rd”. Seeing all his friends in one place causes memories of growing up with them to overflow, resulting in a book that makes me wish that I too could belong to the Herd from 93rd.

In The Herd from 93rd Scalin shares his love for his friends, beer and cars. Scalin grew up in a time when friendship and loyalty still meant something. I find it amazing that Scalin has so many good friends. Today it is so hard to find just one loyal friend. This shows me that Scalin is a pretty cool person to know. This book also taught me a couple of things. The first is a new way to look for a job. Reading the obituaries is a pretty genius idea. The second is how to teach my child to appreciate her things more, by getting her to clean them each time she uses them. The story I found the funniest in The Herd from 93rd is when Harold bought the bar. Personally I think Harold knew what he was doing the whole time and was not crazy. Reading this book also made me realize how times have changed. Now days if a member of a school staff puts their hands on you in any way it is a lawsuit. What the vice principal did to Scalin was uncalled for.

I really enjoyed reading about Scalin’s and his friends’ lives in The Herd from 93rd. It reminded me of the stories my dad told me about his life growing up. I do wish I grew up then when things seemed to be easier. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a glimpse of the past.

I gave this book 5 stars and have posted my review on Goodreads,story-e-books.com and Amazon.

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#BookReview To Do the Deal: A Novel in Stories by Cathy Baker

Featured imageFeatured imageCathy Baker’s book To Do the Deal: A Novel in Stories is an easy read. Like the title states it is a novel made up of short stories. Each chapter is a different year in the life of Kenneth Bodine. The years range from 1991 to 2000 and usually focus on his employment or lack thereof.

I enjoyed reading To Do the Deal and found it funny at times, especially with how Kenneth lost his jobs. My favorite story had to be the first one, where he met his future wife Jodi. The nickname he gave his girlfriend at the time was hilarious. While reading the rest of the chapters I came to the conclusion that I am glad that I am not married to Kenneth because of his lack of trying to move up and find a better job. His wife Jodi is a saint for putting up with him and allowing him to do this. While Kenneth did get on my nerves, I also completely understood him for not knowing what he wanted to do in his life career wise. I liked that Baker made Kenneth like that because it makes him for real as a character. I also really liked the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter.

I would recommend To Do the Deal to anyone who enjoys reading about everyday life. I had trouble remembering this was a work of fiction while reading it. This book seemed too similar to real life. Baker has done a great job.

I gave this book 4 stars and have posted my review on Goodreads, Reader’s Favorite and Amazon.Featured image

*I reviewed this book for Reader’s Favorite.

#BookReview Ephraim’s Curious Device by Lita Burke

Featured imageFeatured imageEphraim’s Curious Device by Lita Burke is the second book in her Clockpunk Wizard series. It also happens to be the first book of hers that I have read. I enjoyed this book a great deal. The story follows the characters Sir Bright (a half-elf/half-human) and his business partner Wizard Kadmeion. In order to save a friend they are forced to go on a quest to retrieve the fabled Ephraim’s Curious Device.

Burke’s book Ephraim’s Curious Device is as if the books Harry Potter and the Wizard of Oz had a love child. All the characters in this book are very likeable. I absolutely loved Sir Bright, and so do all the magical creatures apparently. I liked that Bright and Kadmeion work so well together. It is obvious they have great chemistry. It is nice to read an adventure book where there in not constant fighting and drama. The thing I liked most about this book is all the different magical creatures that the adventurers encountered. There were harpies, dragons, fairies and a lot more. This is what truly made the book so magical. I now have a new fascination with harpies because of this book.

I really enjoyed Ephraim’s Curious Device and look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. Burke was able to create a fantasy world that came to life and I wish I could visit. Few authors are able to do this. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about magical worlds.

I gave this book 5 stars and have put my review on Goodreads, Amazon and Reader’s Favorite.

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#BookReview he Chronicles of My Paranormal Romance by Adam G. Tarsitano

Featured imageFeatured imageThe Chronicles of My Paranormal Romance by Adam G. Tarsitano is not your ordinary romance novel. Instead or a way to mushy, Twilight-like love story, Tarsitano writes a unique one. The story is told from the author’s point of view and shows how he struggles to write the ultimate vampire romance novel.

The Chronicles of My Paranormal Romance is the second book I have read by Adam G. Tarsitano. The first one being Broken Birdie Chirpin, which was about a rock star. So far The Chronicles of My Paranormal Romance is my favorite work of his. I really liked that it was not the typical romance novel. I do love vampire romances but too often they are the same story told in slightly different ways. Tarsitano puts a completely new spin on the romance with it being in the background and the focus of the story being the author’s life. Tarsitano not only wrote a romance but also showed what authors go through to actually create a novel in this book.  I have yet seen any other author with a story similar to this.

I really enjoyed The Chronicles of My Paranormal Romance and liked seeing how an author thinks and what he goes through to actually write a novel. This book has added to my respect for all authors. It has also made me curious about Adam G. Tarsitano and wonder how similar is he to his character Zevon Drainer. I do look forward to reading more of Tarsitano’s work.

I gave this book 5 stars because it is so unique. I have posted my review on Goodreads, Amazon and theThe Reading Room.

#BookReview What I’ve Learned: An Encyclopedia of Perpetual Bullshit by Christopher T. Heist

Featured imageFeatured imageWhat I’ve Learned: An Encyclopedia of Perpetual Bullshit by Christopher T. Heist is a long book. A VERY long book. The book is filled with Heist’s own opinions and experiences in life starting from when he was in grammar school. His constant swearing throughout the book was a little annoying, because of this I read his words with Chris Rock’s voice in my head. No matter how annoying the swearing was, I could not help but agree with some of the things he said.

What I’ve Learned is a book filled with Heist’s experiences and opinions ranging from art to voting. All cleverly arranged in alphabetical order. A few of Heist’s thoughts that I agree with in What I’ve Learned are his thoughts on prostitution. I too believe if you are old enough to fight for your country, then you are old enough to be able to decide whether you want to pay for sex. Another of Heist’s thoughts I agree with is that “you’re actually safer roaming the Afghan countryside as a solider, than you are walking the streets of Camden, N.J. as a civilian.” I can relate to this having of lived in Chicago or what others like to call “Chi-raq”. I found the “your mom” jokes at the end kind of funny. I have not heard some of them before.

What I’ve Learned: An Encyclopedia of Perpetual Bullshit is definitely not a book for everyone. If you are easily offended than this is not the book for you. I recommend it if you have a sense of humor and do not mind swearing. Overall I did find parts of the books funny and surprisingly agreed with Heist on many subjects.Featured image

I gave this book 4 stars and  have posted my review on Reader’s Favorite, Goodreads ans Amazon.

*I reviewed this book for Reader’s Favorite

#BookReview Ledbetter Street by Susan P. Baker

Featured imageFeatured imageLedbetter Street by Susan P. Baker is a story about friendships and family. The book is based around three characters: Marian, Eva and Jane. Marian is the main character who is fighting to get her adult autistic son back after giving him up for adoption as a baby. Eva is battling her own problems and trying to keep her life and business on track. Jane is a homeless woman just trying to survive on the streets. All three women are extremely likeable and their stories intertwine throughout the book. There is never a dull moment in the book.

I really liked that Baker touched on the subjects of autism and homelessness in Ledbetter Street. Not many books focus and raise awareness on multiple issues like that. Baker’s character Eva, gained my respect with how big her heart was and what she did for Jane in the story. I also liked how Baker explained how Jane came to be homeless. Every homeless person has a backstory, and by Baker telling Jane’s it makes me more curious about the homeless in my own neighborhood. I also liked that all of Baker’s lead characters are older women. Not the twenty-somethings that are usually the stars in the books nowadays.

Overall I liked Ledbetter Street and would recommend it to anyone who loves to read works of fiction. I think Susan P. Baker is a good author who keeps her readers entertained. I look forward to reading more of Baker’s works in the future. Featured imageI gave this book 5 stars and have posted my review on Reader’s favorite, Goodreads and Amazon.
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#BookReview The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Featured imageFeatured imageThe Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel is a captivating crime novel from the very beginning. This is the seventh book in the Louise Rick series and the first one I have read. When a woman’s body is found in the woods Detective Louise Rick thought it would be easy to identify her from the large scar on her face. Only later to discover that the woman was issued a death certificate thirty years ago. When similar crimes begin occurring, Louise knows she has to solve this case fast.

Blaedel being considered “The Queen of Crime” in Denmark made me want to read The Forgotten Girls, just to see if she truly deserves a title like that. Long story short, I was not disappointed! This book had me wondering who the killer was and just when I thought I knew who it was, I find out I was wrong. Mixing in Louise’s past experiences in the book with the other characters has made me very curious about Blaedel’s other novels in the series. Blaedel does an excellent job of not giving away too much of what has happened in her other novels, which makes me want to read them all. The ending of the book left me with more questions that I still need answers to. Mostly questions about Louise and what would happen with her. I guess I have to wait for the next book in the series to find out.

Overall I think that Sara Blaedel has earned her title “Queen of Crime”. I look forward to reading more of her work. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good crime novel.

I gave this book 5 stars and have posted my review on Goodreads, The Reading Room and Amazon.

•I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

#BookReview Shorts and Shudders: Eight short stories, including some to make you (slightly) shudder by Gwendolyn Savvy

Featured imageFeatured imageShorts and Shudders: Eight short stories, including some to make you (slightly) shudder by Gwendolyn Savvy is a quick read made up of eight short stories. Some stories are cute and funny others leave you in shock. I have listed each story and my thoughts on them.

The Goddess Diary: Tania Witherspoon is a self-proclaimed Goddess who is able to control people with her thoughts. She takes her new job very seriously and attempts to fix all that is wrong in the world.
I thought this story that takes place in the year 2022 was cute. Savvy has wrote this story as if you are reading Tania’s diary. It was funny that when Tania laughs people get hiccups. The story left me wishing I too was a Goddess.

Suitor: Polly Paloma is a loving, widowed grandmother. When she returns from vacation in Cancun, she mistakenly picks up a stranger’s luggage. The suitcase happens to belong to a male. Polly then starts to imagine who the items in the suitcase belong to and starts to fall for that person.
I thought the ending of this story was going to be predictable but I was wrong. The ending had me surprised. Savvy definitely surprised me with this story.

Only the Best for Me: Marjorie Walsh only wants the best. When her kitchen is remodeled she discovers an imperfection. That imperfection scares her and when she is left home alone, something happens.
This story was a little eerie. It reminded me of something I would see on The Twilight Zone. I will never look at my own kitchen’s imperfections the same way again.

Log Off: Jennifer Cole is stuck at her dead end job when weird messages start appearing on her computer screen.
This story was funny I was not sure what kind of ending to expect. I could see myself doing something like what occurs in the story one day.
Hello Tomato!: Is a story about the most perfect tomato to ever grace this earth and the guy who fell in love with it.
This story was kind of a cute love story. It is a story I would tell my child in hope that she will take an interest in vegetables.

Curses: Tabitha decides to steal a sorcerer’s book of curses, after he puts curse on everyone in her apartment building.
I thought it was pretty clever of how Tabitha decided to go about stealing the book of curses. I liked that everyone worked together.

Dog Rules: This story is about a dog and it is told through his eyes. The dog is very protective of his female owner.
I love that this story is through the dog’s eyes. I know my dog does the exact same thing to get my attention.

Welcome to My World: Joe-Joe is the Professor’s assistant. When the Professor starts spending time with a former student, Joe-Joe is a little jealous. That is until the Professor finally introduces him to a former student.
This is another story I would expect to see on The Twilight Zone. I was not sure what to expect, and once again I was wrong with my guess.

Gwendolyn Savvy has a gift for telling stories. I love how all of them are unique. When you think one is going to end a certain way it does not. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys short stories.Featured image

I gave this book 5 stars. Every story was unique and I could not guess the endings correctly. That is something I enjoy. My review is posted on Goodreads, Reader’s Favorite and Amazon.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

#BookReview Dark Pursuit by Jennifer Chase

Featured imageFeatured imageDark Pursuit is the fifth book by Jennifer Chase in the Emily Stone series. Dark Pursuit is an action packed book starting from the very first page. Emily Stone and Rick Lopez are on a race against time to stop a serial killer whose victims are children.

Dark Pursuit is the first book I have read in Chase’s series. If the others books in the series are as good as this one is, then they are all must reads. Dark Pursuit is made up of three parts. The first part starts with a car chase and Emily ends up seeing the results of an unspeakable crime committed by a serial killer. The second part is the tale of Emily’s police career and the events she witnessed to put her on the path of becoming a “phantom detective” who hunts serial killers. The third part of the book is the where Emily tries to find the Tick-Tock Killer and his next victim.

There were so many things that made Dark Pursuit a good book. I liked that while Emily and Rick are both partners and lovers, that their relationship was not the focus of the story. I also think that it is so wonderfully creepy that the Tick-Tock Killer communicates with his dead mother. I love how Chase made Emily Stone a strong female character who can take care of herself. I wish there were more female characters like that in books.

Reading Dark Pursuit is not recommended if you are about to go to bed. This book will give you an adrenaline rush that will keep you awake the whole night just trying to finish the book. I am now definitely a fan of Jennifer Chase and her Emily Stone series. I would like to read her other books in the series, just not before I am going to sleep.Featured image

I gave this book 5 stars. I recommend this book to anyone who like mysteries and action packed books. My review is posted on Reader’s Favorite, Amazon

*I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.