Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOOK REVIEW 2015-041 - BROODY NEW ENGLANDER

I received a signed copy of this book in connection with a miscellaneous internet giveaway and the following is my honest opinion for this book.

Broody New Englander is a compendium of three stories; one is a novella and the other two short stories, all of which have come from the creative mind of its author, Kenneth Weene. Mr. Weene couldn’t have picked a better adjective for his book, or for the essence which describes all, if not most, of the characters in the book.

All of the author’s characters come from the memories he had living in New England and the psychological POV he uses throughout his endeavor here stem from his work practicing psychology in New York. While some authors merely attempt this POV, Mr. Keene attempt is, due  to his background, far more realistic in giving us the insights to the human psyche of each of his characters as they deal with a broad range of emotions going from the power of rage and hate down to the more sedate one of love, as well as dealing with the oft-time related topics of disloyalty and injustice.

The almost effortless style of Mr. Keene’s writing is quite inviting, as it causes the reader to know what is on the next page. And given this, I’m giving his book 5 STARS.




UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QCUYK12

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOOK REVIEW 2015-040 - LIFE BEGINS AT SUNRISE

I won a copy of this book through a giveaway on FaceBook, and the following is my honest opinion for it.

Given the subject matter this book deals with, I couldn’t begin to think of a more metaphoric title than the one the author has chosen to use. 

While theoretically life begins at the moment our mother gives birth to us, it doesn’t really start until one leaves the nest and safe haven of one’s home. And for many of us, it is when we head off to college to learn what will become our livelihood.

Such is the story has we follow Vane Carlson as he leaves college to learn his heart’s desire, that of training bird dogs. As he starts to master the skills he needs to succeed, he also begins to learn what it truly means to be a man.

It is easy to relate to many of the characters in the book, as share the same weaknesses as well as their fortes. The storyline of this book deals with hard work, friendship, forgiveness as well as faith in oneself, others, and G-d. The story also deals with finding love, true love, while the norms of the day should have forbidden it.

For all the real life attributes and humanistic aspects this book beautifully contains, I’m giving it 5 STARS.

I read this book on March 20th and I’m just getting around to posting my review now.


UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00KLM7C3U

BOOK REVIEW 2015-039 - ANGEL OF DEATH

I received an e-book version of this novel through an internet giveaway which had been given by 4 Wills Publishing and the following is my honest opinion.

While having read a few novels for this genre since becoming a Book Reviewer about six-and-a-half months ago I find this endeavor by Jennifer Hinsman to be the quintessential example of what a real erotic novel should be like, others on the other might consider this to be pornographic. But since reviewing one which actually is porn I can tell the difference, this one at least has other elements in the storyline besides sex such as mystery, romance and a little comedy sprinkled in for good measure.

Although Tancy and Audrey, the two main characters, came from two totally different backgrounds, they bounded when they met as college roommates and they friendship grew as time went by. When Audrey learns about a murder which had occurred during Tancy’s childhood the two decided to investigate it and to attempt to find the culprit.

The writing draws the readers in, as they get absorbed into the action of the storyline and wanting to what will happen next.

And after considering all the facts, how can I not give this book 5 STARS.  




UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00P2UBI5Y

BOOK REVIEW 2015-038 - I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT

I received a copy of this book through a giveaway on GoodReads.com and the following review is my honest opinion for this book.

There are several important ages in a woman’s life, the first of which is the age of sixteen; the in which they go from being a girl to being a young woman.

The next is 21 where their parents can no longer legally tell them what to do. They can now legally smoke and drink to their heart’s desire. And they can have a relationship with any man they want to and how they want it.

We now come to the age of 50, the dreaded age which Annebelle Gurwitch writes about in her book. I found Ms. Gurwitch didn’t flinch in writing any of her essays when it came with the myriad of topic she discusses, whether it be about a relatively mundane topic as getting anti-aging cosmetic products at the beauty counter, to those intimate subject matters a woman might not even write about in her diary.

The author’s comedic background allows her to add a certain humorous approach to whatever the topic might be, an element which would have been lacking had someone else written the same item. Ms. Gurwitch’s essays, I feel, gives a reason for women to possibly laugh at themselves as they reach this crucial age in their lives.

For opening a new door to the world of possibilities, I’m happy to give 5 STARS for this book.



UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DGZKKZG

BOOK REVIEW 2015-037 - A BIT OF HEAVEN ON EARTH


I won a e-book copy of “A Bit of Heaven on Earth” from the first week of the 4th anniversary giveaway for “The Romance Reviews” website and the following is my honest for this book.
It takes a lot of effort for an author to write any sort of novel set in a specific historical period of time. While grammatical errors can be overlooked, those errors involving historical information aren’t so easily forgiven. Which is why of historical research which needs to be done, and verified, before an author can type that proverbial final period of their manuscript can be typed. Perhaps this is why many authors, including myself, avoid writing in this genre.

Ms. Linwood, on the other hand, has succeeded in this aspect of her book, as well as the time specific language she’s used in the dialogue. 
As for the overall story itself I found Elizabeth to be out of character for a woman of her times. Elizabeth is clearly doesn’t want to be demure like other women, she wants to have self-determination in her life.

Elizabeth is a strong heroine-headstrong, thirsting for knowledge, willing to take on challenges that would be handled by men and determined to live her own life. After successfully avoiding being betrothed, she gets married off by her father into a life without sex to over-aged Alfred. However, Alfred allows her to be educated, which is definitely not the norm for this time period.
When Gavin enters her life as a knight in her husband’s guard he lights a passion in Elizabeth’s heart where none had existed before. She longs to be with him, but after her husband’s death, fate steps in as she gets promised to another man.

Given Gavin’s financial state, how can she have any sort of forever relationship with him as she has nothing herself since women during this time period couldn’t own any property, etc.  Yet, their relationship somehow endures within the confines which exist for them.
This is the first time I’ve read a book in this sub-genre of romance and found it to be quite inviting; it’s a genre from which dreams and fantasies can be made. And as a result I’m happy to give Ms. Linwood’s endeavor here 5 STARS.
 
US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QHMH0IU

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QHMH0IU

BOOK REVIEW 2015-036 - SHOCK EXCHANGE

I won a signed copy of “Shock Exchange” by Ralph W. Baker, Jr through a giveaway on LibraryThing.com and the following is my honest opinion for this book.

Having been educated within the New York City school system, and living in the NY City metropolitan area all my life, I’ve seen education go from being equal throughout the system, in my opinion, to where inner city youth have become more and more forgotten about.

Reading the synopsis for this book, it had piqued my curiosity, and I want to learn more about program created by the author; which is why I’d entered the giveaway being offered by author.

As I read the book, I found it to be less and less to be about the program the author had created in an inner city area of Brooklyn, NY; and more and more like a wonderful, revealing memoir about an Afro-American who had been born in the rural town of Farmville, Virginia. The author writes about all the events in life which lead him to become a successful, internationally-known Wall Street individual. Given the history of this financial world, this achievement should be deemed remarkable.

Instead of writing about the “Shock Exchange,” its creation, history and successes, the author has instead told us about his childhood, education, and historical financial events which had transpired around him through the years, as well as those he’d been part of.

Apparently this author wants to shun the spotlight on himself, which is why I feel a much better title for this book would have been, “From Farmville to Wall Street – An Afro-American Male Experience.”

In the end I’m giving Mr. Baker and this book 5 STARS.


UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0099UYBL6

BOOK REVIEW 2015-035 - UTOPIA, IOWA

I received of copy of “Utopia, Iowa” through an internet giveaway and the following is my honest opinion of this book.

I found reading this endeavor by Brian Yansky a sheer delight to read. I love the quirky town of Utopia, Iowa; which is a real name for a settlement in Iowa. The author gives his readers of quote from Wikipedia concerning this town under the subject of utopia. If you read this you’ll find out the significance for this town having name, and for the author ultimately choosing this town for his book.

Mr. Yansky’s book has also remind me of a television/cable program I used to watch in the early 1990’s, “Eerie, Indiana.” According to IMDB.com the plot summary for this program is:

“Marshall Teller's family moves to the small country town of Eerie, Indiana (Pop. 16,661). There, Marshall discovers that Eerie, as he puts it, "is the center of weirdness for the universe". Elvis lives there, so do a pair of twins who stay young by sleeping in Tupperware, and many other strange things. Each episode, Marshall and his friend Simon collect evidence about the creepy things that happen there.”

Just as in this program’s episodes the author has given us, in his book, a wonderful blend of realism, the paranormal, with a hint of mystery; which is, in my opinion, sure to keep a reader’s interest.

This is why I’m giving this book 5 STARS.


UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QQTPCFM