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Rebirth of the Gangster #6: Dennis by CJ Standal and Juan Romera (Review)

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Genre: Crime, Comic
Publisher: C.J. Standal Productions
Publication Date: June 26, 2017
Format: PDF
Pages: 24
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“Meet the Family”, Rebirth of the Gangster’s first story arc, comes to an explosive close!

Sick of being the victim, Marcus finally decides to take matters into his own hands.

Andrea is getting antsy in her role as a trophy wife.

Linda must deal with the fallout of her relapse from the last issue.

Lorena continues her investigation into Hunter, talking to an unexpected informant.

Dennis, an old friend of Hunter’s, gets out on parole and tries to walk the straight and narrow, but faces a fork in the road when he runs into Hunter again.

And Hunter is about to escalate his plans for revenge: there will be no turning back from his actions as someone pays the ultimate price!

My Rating

5 Stars

My Review

I received this comic from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Well damn, this was an entirely different issue than the first five, for sure.

So it is becoming more obvious that Hunter is very dangerous. Whether he is a criminal or not, that boy has vengeance on the mind.

Although this focused on meeting a particular character, Dennis; what stuck out to me the most was how oblivious Marcus is to his new “friend” Hunter. Despite Marcus’ parent’s trying to prevent him from destruction.

Looking forward to more issues!

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About the Author

I love writing in all sorts of playgrounds: Rebirth of the Gangsters  is my first comic book, and I’ve been published by Slant magazine: https://www.slantnews.com/user/cj.standal

You can also find me on Philip Smith’s site promoting indie authors:
http://www.philipsmith.eu/kindle-ebook/rebirth-gangster-meet-family-marcus

I’m also a high school English teacher: next year I’ll be teaching a graphic novel course; in the past, I’ve taught a hip-hop course; and I educate the youth about other valuable things, like Shakespeare.

Thanks,
CJ.

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Eyubea Girls by Palessa

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Genre: 
Historical, Women’s Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: January 11, 2015
Format: ePub
Pages: 278
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Graham Tate-Fuller needs a wife. Not just any wife. One who is young enough to take on his education mission to the African continent and not ask too many questions about his past. Lisbette Caldwell is just seventeen, a young woman who isn’t ready to give up her tomboy ways. She dreams of playing football and becoming a teacher just like her father. Through a series of circumstances beyond her control, Lisbette marries Graham and embarks on an adventure in Eyubea, a small independent township in southern Africa which managed to escape the colonial rule that overtook many other African nations.
There Lisbette settles into her new life as an assistant teacher to a small group of young girls who will have no choice but to become wives and mothers. It’s a simple enough task that will turn into a fight for their lives as Graham’s past catches up to them and Lisbette faces the dark side of marriage in a land not her own.
Set in the early 1900’s, Lisbette is forced to take a stand for herself and her Eyubea Girls against stacked odds, even if it means losing the life she’s come to love. With the help of new friends and a will to carve out her own place in the world, she searches for a way to live life on her own terms in a place she will come to call home.

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I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

This was a great historical tale. I absolutely adore heroines who stand up for everything they believe in, customs and traditions be damned. Lisbette is definitely a young woman to look up to, despite all the odds she faced. Her father raised her to be independent, which was unusual for the early 1900’s. Especially as it was a woman’s duty after school to marry and settle down immediately. But she really wanted to be a teacher like her father and a football (soccer) player.

When family demons haunt Lisbette’s family, she is forced to seek out marriage to a stranger and move across the world to an independent South African town to teach young girls for a year before they are to marry.

Her husband Graham, however, is a real piece of work. He is the reason there is a saying “old habits die hard.” Although I am pretty sure that Graham, when he married Lisbette, was not expecting her to be like she was. He clearly expected a woman he could force and shape into a subservient woman.
Nor do I think that the township was expecting Lisbette either. She fought hard for her students and break the tradition of the girls marrying young. To give them something more in their lives.

There is some sexual content and a small bit of violence but I would recommend it to a mature teenager as well as adults. Definitely an enjoyable read I will visit again.

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Palessa started reading her first romance novel, at the age of 11. Then she got introduced to V.C. Andrews, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Anne Rice and many more notable contemporary authors as well as some of the classics. It was during her teenage years that she started writing. First, it was in her diaries, then she started creating characters, stories about romance, the supernatural and much more.

It would take almost 20 years, a radical move from the city she grew up in, Miami, FL back to her Jamaican birthplace, and a chance Facebook meeting with New York Times, USA Today bestselling author Sable Hunter (http://amzn.to/1OzcNA6) to start the juices flowing again.
After some fits and starts, the Baxter Family Saga was born. Unchained Hearts is Palessa’s first published fiction book with Beau Coup Publishing. She is currently an author of Contemporary, Historical, and Sports Fiction series with more to come.
In 2016, she became a full-fledged independent author. Palessa currently lives in the mountains of Jamaica with her crazy, cracker-munching-mutt Ivy, a thieving cat named Kushi, chickens, goats and a farm,primarily managed by agribusiness partner, also known as Dad.
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Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead

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Genre: 
New Adult, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Format: ePub
Pages: 281
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Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he’s about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot.

Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel’s quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she’s discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back.

The problem is, Hansel’s paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they’re all being hunted.

my-review

I received this eBook from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Thank you, Katie Hamstead, for having a deep love for Firefly and continuing to use it as inspiration in her stories. I love it and it completely fills that Space Cowboy and Steampunk love that I have.

Hansel and Gretel, we’re all familiar with that story. House made of gingerbread and a witch captures them to eat them. Well, the story happened. Now Hansel and Gretel are all grown up.
Hansel’s father and stepmother plan to marry Gretel off to a much older man, and the father of Gretel’s friend Mina. Hansel tries to stop it and takes off with his sister to save her. Ever since he returned from the witches house, he has been highly suspicious of his parents, especially his step mother. If something traumatic like that happened to you or I, we would be just as suspicious too.

However, Hansel is one of the most disagreeable characters ever. He is neurotic to the point of insanity. He is also really, really rude to Mina. Some of that is because he had forgotten she had grown up and was her own person, not some fourteen year old girl with silly fantasies in her mind. But you know, the bigger the jerk, the harder they fall… right?
It would have been nice to see Gretel in a different light. She kind of took a back burner to Hansel. In that, she seemed meek and naive. At least until much later in the book when she began to truly shine.
Mina, she was the best character. She was everything people look for in a character. She was bad ass, head of her own naval ship, in league with the pirates and could handle herself easily. She also managed to keep Hansel at an arm’s length without revealing her feelings.

I truly enjoyed the mixing of fairy tales and myths in this. Mermaid’s and siren’s was perfect to add into the tale. Especially with siren’s. It was a perfect Brother’s Grimm tale with that. Also, nothing like evil step parents!

I totally look forward to seeing where Ms. Hamstead takes her stories. I hope to see more myths and fairy tales retold. I do enjoy a good retelling!

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Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush,” and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughters, and their dogs.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an office lady at an elementary school to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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Xander’s Folly by Belinda M. Gordon

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Genre:
Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Shaggy Dog Productions, LLC
Publication Date: May 13, 2016
Format: ePub
Pages: 204 pages
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Celtic mythology, suspense, and a modern day romance!
Xander spent most of his life exploring his mother’s disappearance. When new clues surface that suggest she’s alive and waiting for him to find her, he must decide what he’s willing to risk to get his answers.

Tressa longs to accept Xander’s proposal of marriage, but as evil fae surface around every corner, she must choose between putting him in constant danger—or letting her soul mate go.

Tressa and Xander want a peaceful life together, but will their destiny make it impossible? As the King’s Jewel, Tressa is destined to save her people—but at what cost? When the Sword of Light brings out Xander’s violent side—can he break the hold it has on him?

Xander’s Folly is the second book in the King’s Jewel fantasy series that blends Celtic mythology with a modern story.

my-review

I received this eBook through Book Review 22 in exchange for an honest review. 

I found that this story was more about Xander than it was about Tressa. It revolved around Xander’s bonding with Tressa, his bonding with the Claíomh Solais (Sword of Light) and protector of Tressa, the King’s Jewel. It was interesting to see the sword through Tressa’s eyes, as it bound itself to Xander’s aura.

This story was also about Xander’s family, specifically his father and missing mother. After a mysterious phone call about Xander’s father, Tressa and Xander rush off to find out what has happened. There they happen upon several Unseelie loose in city where Xander’s father lives. Which might attribute to his father’s disintegrating memory. They also find a Lost Child who doesn’t know what or who she is.

It was interesting to find out what Xander’s “folly” really meant. I won’t ruin it for anyone else, but it is quite interesting.

This was a great book. I look forward to the third story. Maybe one day, Tressa will get her wish of being a mom.

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Belinda M Gordon was born and raised in Pennsylvania and currently lives in the Pocono Mountains with her wonderfully supportive husband, her thoughtful easy-going son, and two delightful dogs.

She is of Irish heritage, which is how she became interested in Celtic Mythology. She used the Celtic Mythology, specifically of Ireland, as the starting point of her Romance/Fantasy series, The King’s Jewel.

Belinda also enjoys photography, fashion, music, dancing and a good mystery. You will find these influences throughout her writing.

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Muddy Waters by Sara O. Thompson

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Genre: 
Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Pages: 276 pages
Format: ePub
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4.80 Stars

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Twenty years ago, the boundary between worlds dropped. It will be a while before the political, social, and religious upheaval settles down but the good news is: now you can book a vacation to Valhalla as easily as you can go to Las Vegas. Your real estate agent might be a Wood Sprite. Your mechanic might be a Minotaur. For better or for worse, Supernormals are part of Earth life.

Five years ago, Tessa Reddick was convicted of killing her entire family: 37 Witches from one of the most powerful covens in history. She’s been locked up at Lakeland Psychiatric hospital, still grieving but mad as hell at whoever–or whatever–put her there.

Half an hour ago, a handsome FBI agent showed up to spring Tessa from the joint
–but there’s a price. A series of murders is picking off Supernormals and the feds need the help of the last known Reddick Witch.

Determined to learn who set her up for the fall, help solve the FBI crimes, and maybe get closer to her mysterious (and seriously hot) Dark Elf partner, Tessa is more than willing to play Witchy Nancy Drew.

But Tessa has few friends left and something is coming for her, too – maybe it’s the one who framed her and killed her coven, or perhaps a new foe with a taste for Witch’s blood.

Solving crimes, doing magic, drinking bourbon. It’s dirty work, but somebody has to do it.

my-review

I received this eBook from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

This was such a wonderful story. It was a great mash up of the modern world and the fantasy world.

This story involves rift between our world and the fantasy world. Where the boundaries between the two have become thinner. And fantasy creatures then come over the boundaries to our world. Some to escape their lives, and some to cause hell. Either way, all kinds of creatures end up mixing with humans and try to blend in.

Tessa is accused of murdering her family and her coven. She is put in a psych-ward and heavily medicated until the FBI springs her. She is then sent on a crash course to becoming an agent to help find out who is murdering the supernatural’s in the human world.

I absolutely enjoyed Tessa. She was full of life and snarky. She told it like it is too. No word was really minced with her. But I guess after being accused of murdering your coven and locked up, knowing you’re innocent, you’d have to keep some sort of honesty about you. I enjoyed that she was a full blooded female who had the hots for her partner, Qyll the Dark Elf. No shame there, ha ha.
Qyll, on the other hand, needed a little more complexity. He seemed to be only there for Tessa to hit on. A little more character building with that character would have made the story even better.

I did have one issue with consistency though. If you’re going to break your main character out of a psychiatric ward where she spent time being heavily medicated and basically ignored, one would need some serious recovery time. Antipsychotic’s are not easy to come off of at all. Detox time would have been needed. The other issue would be that she wouldn’t have a crash course in the FBI either. She would have been brought in as a consultant, because training isn’t a week long thing. I know it’s a story, but a little more consistency and world building would have been nice in that aspect.

I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a new fantasy read. Especially if you like shows like True Blood, Grimm and Lost Girl.

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Sara O. Thompson’s first attempt at a book was prepared on a Remington typewriter and bore a suspicious resemblance to a famous novel whose title rhymes with ‘Gourd of the Spies.’

In her spare time, she performs improv comedy, tells stories on stage, and loves ballroom dancing. Sara lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her family.

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Tranquility by Grace Jelsnik

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Genre: 
Romance, Suspense
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Date of Release: September 29, 2015
Pages: 241 pages
Format: ePub
Links: Good Reads

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4.75 Stars

4 Stars

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“We must find justice for the boy.”

The locals called her “The Crazy Woman of Copper Creek,” but to Caitlyn she was Gram, the woman who taught her to control the visions that had tormented her throughout her early childhood. Upon receipt of an incoherent letter from her grandmother, a letter in which only one point is made clear, a desire to find justice for an unidentified boy, Caitlyn returns to the little cabin on Copper Creek. She’s too late to help Gram, but not too late to satisfy her grandmother’s dying wish. Tormented by guilt over having turned her back on the woman who helped a little girl find her voice, Caitlyn is also determined to solve Gram’s murder.

Trevor, sheriff of Lincoln County, battles his own demons, and now he must also battle the prickly young woman who holds the solution to the unsolved disappearance of a boy last spring. In his attempts to understand the curse that made Caitlyn’s grandmother a local pariah, he learns to understand himself.

Throughout their investigation of Gram’s murder, Caitlyn and Trevor hurtle toward encounters with old enemies: for Caitlyn, a river that whispers sinister threats; for Trevor, a father with a sinister past. Only by vanquishing these enemies will they ever know tranquility.

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I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

This turned out to be a perfect read for me. I loved the quick and easy read, which is always a treat.

You’re introduced to Caitlyn Blanchard as an awkward and quiet child among a boisterous family. Her mother send’s her to her equally unusual grandmother for summers. For the both of them, it was rewarding. Even though you never met Caitlyn’s grandmother, the memories of Caitlyn was enough to enjoy the tough but loving woman.

My favourite element was the quips and bickering between Caitlyn and Trevor. It reminded me of that school yard myth that the boy who is the meanest to you likes you the most.

“He glanced down at the foaming water at the base of the falls beneath him and grimaced before turning his sights on the hole. ‘I’ve saved any number of lives,’ he called out while reaching for the nest.
“And probably lost more, wasting time while you boasted about it.”
Trevor grinned. She had an acid tongue, but he appreciated the rapidity of the retort.”  (pg 37)

The romance in this novel is light but refreshing. There is no serious adult sex scenes but plenty of difficult topics.

Together with Caitlyn’s psychic ability, she and Trevor solve a boy’s unfortunate murder, her grandmother’s death and somehow manage to fall in love.

The only issues I had were a couple of inconsistencies with names. This can be a little distracting at times. But it didn’t take away from the story too much. Other than the inconsistencies, I really didn’t have an issue with the novel.

Again, this was a lovely read. I definitely recommend this light romance and suspense novel!

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Grace Jelsnik earned her M.A. In English with an emphasis on creative writing at the University of South Dakota. Her novels emphasize complicated plots, realistic characters, and rural settings, but each addresses an element of romance that takes a pragmatic approach to the natural interaction between two characters, addressing the sparks that lead to heat, not the heat itself. Her targeted audience is educated late teen and older readers who enjoy suspense and action-adventure delivered with a dose of humor.

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Hunt by L.C. Mawson

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Genre: 
Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Createspace
Date of Release: September 23, 2015
Pages: 209 pages
Format: ePub
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My Rating:

3.55 Stars
3-stars

About the Book:

When the Earth is reduced to a smoking crater, the only thing left to do is turn back the clock.

Lily Snow, granddaughter of Death and one of the most powerful magical beings on Earth, knows that her daughter most likely won’t survive in this timeline, so she gives her life to create another.

No one remembers the war between humanity and magical beings, and humanity has become altogether blissfully unaware of magic.

Freya Snow, now a sarcastic, awkward, probably-autistic teenager, has spent her whole life moving from foster home to foster home, wanting nothing more than to start living her life, rather than being stuck in the stasis of high school.

But when the ghost of her mother’s mentor appears to protect her from the demons hunting her, she finds that she should have been careful with her wish for change.

The world is a dangerous place, and a pup without a pack is nothing but prey.

I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story starts out with an introduction to Freya’s mother and to her guardian, Amber. It introduces the realm that Freya is from, and that her mother didn’t make it and the father is unknown. The way to save Freya was to take her to another realm.
Which fast forwards us to Freya, age 14 and in the foster care system. She is possibly autistic, and has been in and out of foster homes her whole life. All she has is her roommate and best friend Alice, until she is fostered by a young couple living in the next city over. Which for any teenager is tough, new school, city and new people. Freya protects herself though, keeps to herself until she befriends Damon, an unusual boy who has clearly been living under a rock.
After accidentally flooding the bathroom at her new school, her suspicions of being watched are confirmed as a spirit possessing a teacher informs Freya that she is a family friend tasked to her care and education of unknown and latent magical powers.

While you get the concept of the story; it is a common one with a kid who has no major family ties and struggles to make friends, finds out they’re super special and begin a journey to hone their skills, and possibly save the world.
One of my biggest issues with the book, however, was the lack of world building. Yes, Freya had magical powers but there was little information about where she was from. It would have been a good idea if this story had delved into that more, to introduce the history and to give the reader an idea of what ride they were in for.
I also found that Damon’s family’s position in the story was a little too confusing. Even with the explanation of his uncle’s partner.

But at the same time, there were good things about the book too. Freya often didn’t seem her age, and her maturity was refreshing. She also took to being told she has latent magical powers and isn’t from Earth originally pretty darn well. Her eagerness to learn was enjoyable as well, and her willingness to learn on her own too.

This story just needed a little more build up to make it a little more believable for me. But I absolutely enjoyed that Freya was autistic and it was interesting to see the world from her eyes.

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About the Author:


L.C. Mawson is an autistic author and blogger. When she’s not writing, she’s studying autism from a sociological standpoint. And when she’s not doing that, she’s blogging about how allistic writers can better write autistic characters, and about her life as an autistic woman in general. She also reviews current examples of autism in media on YouTube.

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Rebirth of the Gangster by CJ Standal and Juan Romera (Issue 4)

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Genre: 
Crime, Comic
Publisher: CJ Standal Productions
Date of Release: November 8, 2016
Pages: 23 pages
Format: PDF
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My Rating:
4.50 Stars

4 Stars

About the Book:

“This issue kicks off with a bang as Andrea, Marcus’s mom, commits a horrible crime and tries to hide it, possibly even from her husband Curtis.

Meanwhile, Detective Lorena Sanchez interrogates Hunter after last issue’s revelations.

And Marcus goes gun shopping…”

I received this comic from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Issue 4 brings Andrea, Marcus’s mother, to the forefront and introduces us to her. Shockingly, she commits a crime that she is clearly trying to hide.

Meanwhile Marcus is clearly spooked enough to buy a gun. Unlike his own mother, heh.

Hunter is confronted by Detective Lorena Sanchez because she recognized his signature tag from their childhood.
Plus a small dip into Hunter’s parent’s past with a young woman who looks a lot like a young Andrea. Hmm.

So many questions unanswered. I look forward to issue 5!

Where to Buy:

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Issue 1-3: Amazon

About the Author:

I love writing in all sorts of playgrounds: Rebirth of the Gangsters  is my first comic book, and I’ve been published by Slant magazine: https://www.slantnews.com/user/cj.standal

You can also find me on Philip Smith’s site promoting indie authors:
http://www.philipsmith.eu/kindle-ebook/rebirth-gangster-meet-family-marcus

I’m also a high school English teacher: next year I’ll be teaching a graphic novel course; in the past I’ve taught a hip hop course; and I educate the youth about other valuable things, like Shakespeare.

Thanks,
CJ.

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One Little Wish by Gina LaManna

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Genre: 
Romance, Suspense
Publisher: LaManna Books
Date of Release: January 28, 2016
Pages: 225 pages
Format: ePub
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My Rating:
3.50 Stars
3-stars

Summary: 
“Dear Diary,
I know three things:

1. I didn’t kill anyone.
2. Mack Montgomery is a troublemaker.
3. I am running out of time.

You’ve got to believe me, Diary. I didn’t have anything to do with those murders, I promise you. For crying out loud, I’m the only person in this tiny Texas town who doesn’t own a gun! But I can’t help feeling like someone is out to get me. The only question is who…and why.

While we’re at it, let’s get one other thing straight. None of this would have happened if it weren’t for the shadow called Mack Montgomery. That man may be hot-as-sin and the talk of the high school reunion, but let me tell you one thing. He is up to something, Diary. He is so full of questions, yet somehow, I can’t seem to find one single answer. One second he’s breaking into my house and accusing me of murder, and the next, he’s turned those soft baby blues on me, making my stomach do all sorts of somersaults.

I’m running low on time, Diary. If I can’t find the murderer, and if Mack Montgomery doesn’t go back to where he belongs… I’m afraid that my one little wish may never come true.

Xoxo,
Scarlett”

I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

I am new to Gina LaManna books but overall, this was a good book. I wouldn’t say this is so much a romance as it was a mystery/suspense novel with bits of romance in it. A little more would have been nice, personally.

I did find I had some issues with the book though. For me, the biggest issue was the “Dear Diary” moments. I felt they were unnecessary and broke the flow of the book. It made it choppy for me. I was already hearing Scarlett’s side of the story, but throwing that in was a bit much.

I also had some questions that were left unanswered. Like, what was this huge grey cloud that hung over Scarlett’s head that made everyone in Luck hate her? Aside from the obvious rumor mill, what did Scarlett or her family do to garner the disdain of an entire town?

Scarlett had a lot of potential to be a strong character but when I think of strength, Noelle jumps out at me more. Scarlett was cowed by the rumor’s and instead of rising above them, she just struggled constantly. Sometimes Scarlett was strong though.
I enjoyed her relationship with Gray though. She was a good nanny, I’ll give her that. But Gray’s mother was seriously inside out and backwards. How does the rumor’s of the town affect how Scarlett cares for your child? Like really?!
Mack was awesome at being elusive and avoiding any questions pertaining to his past and present.

Either way, this book had great potential.
It was the end, however, that got me. Hot damn! I need friends like that! Haha.

I just hope that next book, Scarlett’s wish comes true.

Where to Buy:
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About the Author: 


Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Gina LaManna has also called Italy and Los Angeles home. At the moment she lives nine blocks from the beach and sometimes runs marathons. After studying numbers and equations in college, she realized multiple choice tests were “just not for her” and began writing books instead. She loves cappuccino foam and whipped cream and would subsist solely on sprinkles if possible. She has one imaginary dog.

Gina also writes the Mini Pie the Spy! books, under pen name, Libby LaManna, a children’s series featuring an over-enthusiastic little detective, similar in style to Junie B. Jones.

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Soul Betrayed by Katlyn Duncan

Short and Sweet


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Carina UK
Date of Release: February 27, 2014
Pages: 223 pages
Format: Mobi
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My Rating:
4 Stars

Summary:

“A Life for a Life

The battle between Shadowed and Guard has brought destruction and terror to Gate Seven and now Maggie wants revenge. As the only after-life being who can save the souls from ultimate death Maggie comes face to face with her own human body, preserved for a century, waiting for just this moment to arrive.

Yet, how far will Maggie go to exact her revenge on the Shadowed? And when she comes face to face with her past, how will she survive the onslaught of memories she thought long gone?

For when the truth comes out all is not what it seems and Maggie has finally run out of time… She must choose her destiny or watch all she has perish in the fight for her life!”

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Answers to questions, finally!

The second book seemed never ending but this book answered some questions that had lingered about Maggie and Jackson, plus the entire After Life.

Maggie grew so much in this concluding story. She died so young and became an observer in the after life, so she didn’t really grow much. She only observed human behaviour but never experienced it. It was a treat to see her grow and blossom.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is that the romance is light. It’s not obsessive and there wasn’t anything openly sexual in it. Plus there was no awkward triangles or insta-love.

This concluding novel had such a great ending. It was highly unexpected. It totally did this novel series justice.

I hope one day that Maggie finds and keeps the love she deserves!

Where to Buy:

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About the Author: 


I’ve been writing and reading since I can remember. My fondest memories were pushing mom out of the house to get the latestGoosebumps installment. Even though I went to school and worked in the field of science, my head has always been in the clouds.

Outside of writing, I enjoy spending time with my hubs, pup, and sometimes a good rom com.