Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOOK REVIEW 2015-047 - PRETTY UGLY

I received a paperback ARC copy of this book on February 6, 2015 through a giveaway on GoodReads.com and I’ve waited until today to post my honest opinion of the book.

For anyone who has watched “Family Guy” often this is something you would expect coming from the writer and producer of this show, who is also the author of this book.

To understand this book better one needs to know the highly satirical nature of the author’s Emmy nominated animated television show. There is no topic in it which hasn’t been gone after such as the American south, gross religious fanaticism, etc.

Having been raised in Kentucky, where this story takes place, the author has probably remembered the all the fuss which had occurred regarding beauty pageants as he was growing up coupled with the documentaries we’ve seen on cable, and decided to write a book about it. If one looks hard enough some of individuals in the story shared some of characteristics of those in “Family Guy.”

Satire is a highly individualistic genre of writing, while some individuals who read this book will laugh out loud, others might find the stereotypes in the book overly exaggerated and the writing at times devoid of any humor.

The title of the book, “Pretty Ugly”, is, in my opinion, the oxymoronic personification of the story itself. And given my level of satirical understanding and appreciation, I’m happy to this book 4 STARS.



UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/ebook/dp/B00NE06TE4

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOOK REVIEW 2015-046 - LEAVING MONTANA

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

As I began to read this book I became enthralled by Mr. Whaley writing which had pulled me in effortlessly to the literary fiction which the author states on GoodReads.com for the book’s description is based on a true family saga.

The author’s use of the first person throughout the book adds to all the emotions one feels Benjamin Sean Quinn is experiencing as he finds out the truth about the 40-year old secret his father had recently mention when he and Ben’s mother had been stationed in Billings, Montana.  The secret had caused his parent’s to have a tumultuous marriage which lead Ben to accumulate the anger he had towards them, and to successfully suppress and conquer the demons he had been experiencing throughout his life.

And once Ben discovers everything he needed to unravel the facts behind the secret he came to solve he leaves Montana for the first and last time, leaving everything he’d found there unscathed.

Given the way the author has described everything, especially with the fervor he has, my intuition is telling me there’s much more going on than one reads. My intuition is telling me this book might actually be a literary work of fiction disguising the personal memoir the book might actually be.

Given the expanse of the emotional values this book delivers, I’m giving it 5 STARS.



WEEKLY STATUS REPORT # 45

The good thing is, this week I’m able to post my Weekly Status Report on a timely basis; the sad thing is my OH is still in the hospital so please DON’T ASK me anything about it as it is quite depressing for me to think about it.

The books I’m winning from the giveaways I’ve entered and won are still coming in with 6 books by 5 authors yet to be received, plus 2 e-books yet to be  download to the KINDLE App on my computer.

For those who are keeping tabs, having brought my participation down on LinkedIn to the 3 groups I OWN, the 2 that I MANAGED, and the 3 Romance groups I belong to, I’ve been able to read and review an impressive total of 6 books on Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing and Shelfari, plus my 3 personal sites since my last report.

Another wonderful thing which has taken away my thoughts concerning my OH is my dream of becoming one of the TOP 10,000 reviewers on Amazon has finally been fulfilled with a current ranking of 9,722. My next dream is to hit 5,000 where I will receive a badge on my profile.

At the present time I’ve got a total of 8 books in my possession to read/review. Hopefully, with my cutting back on the number of giveaways I entering, I can be up to date with my reviews in about three weeks.

Don’t worry, I’m still planning to resume writing my WIPs, but I’m not sure when it will be now.

So THANKS for your kind support. I know your thoughts are with me.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOOK REVIEW 2015-045 - THE CLAIMING OF SLEEPING BEAUTY

I received a copy of this copy from a GoodReads.com giveaway and the following is my honest opinion of the book.

Growing up what girl hasn’t read sleeping beauty or watch the classic Disney cartoon and dreamt of having a Prince Charming entering her life and becoming a Princess. And having grown up has realized it had merely been a fairy tale of their youth and although there are many wonderful guys in the world not one of them is truly a Prince.

I should have read the description for this book more closely otherwise I wouldn’t have entered this particular giveaway.

In this version of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty doesn’t get woken by a kiss from her Prince Charming ending her hundred year curse, instead she’s gets brought into a life of total sexual enslavement by a master who desires her beauty to solely fulfill the desires of other men. The story takes its readers through the adept writing of its author, Anne Rice, to the erotic extreme of BDSM where some women might want fantasize about, but few would desire for it to be a reality.

Beauty is repeatedly force to endure incredible erotica rituals with strangers solely to fulfill their wanton sexual desires.

As a Book Reviewer, I’ve already read several erotic novels. The author’s selection for the title of this book is totally apropos as this is what happens to Beauty at the hands of her so-called Prince Charming.

Even though this book had been a New York Times Bestseller and had been originally published in 1983 I found myself not being able to turn the pages fast enough to get to the last page; which is why I’m giving this book the lowest rating I give for any review I post of 3 STARS.



BOOK REVIEW 2015-044 - AT HIS COMMAND [Historical Romance Version]

I received an e-book copy of this “At His Command” [Historical Romance Version] through a giveaway for the 4th anniversary of The Romance Reviews [TRR] and the following is my honest opinion for this book.

It’s quite a challenge for a romance author, or any author for that matter, to write their first novel, yet Ms. Kaufman has decided to write not one but two versions of the same story for her first endeavor; one as an historical romance and the second as an inspirational one in order to attract, in my opinion, a wider audience base for her future endeavors.

The author’s well researched endeavor added to her writing pulls its readers into the story as they, if the mood is right, begin to fantasize they’re in Lady Amice’s shoes, due to the descriptions which are provided, especially that of court life.

After the death of her husband getting Lady Amice gets emotionally attracted to Sir Nicholas, who the king had sent to protect her from undesirable suitors, but for the sake of a better word is penniless. The king and queen, on the other hand desires that she marries a highly-ranked lord, someone who is more aligned with their needs for the kingdom’s survival with his money for the treasury and connections to maintain the forces needed for the army.

To experience Lady Amice’s dilemma you’ll need to check this book out. Meanwhile, I’m giving 5 STARS for my experience.




UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QPG52A6

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOOK REVIEW 2015-043 - SOME BOYS

This review is for one of the four signed books I’ve recently won from this author through a massive giveaway on one internet site, which had consisted of 13 individual ones, and the following is my honest opinion for this book.

To begin with, while I believe the ages of the characters in this book are that of high school students making it appropriate for the YA [Young Adult] audience; the serious topic the book deals with.

Pardon me for sounding a little prudish, but this book seem to be more appropriately classified as a book for the upper range of the NA [new adult] genre of romance as it requires a more mature audience of readers, or even perhaps as an adult romance novel.

The story is truthfully raw in its depiction of happens to an young, underage female drinker who gets drunk at a party and is taken advantage of by one of the boys there, a boy who one would never expect of being capable of committing such a heinous act.  Naturally, it is Grace who is now being looked at as the instigator for this alleged event occurring, and everyone begins to shun her. Everyone that is, except for one individual boy, Ian, who eventually sees the truth in what she’s been saying.

Ian, is the type of guy any woman would love to have in her corner, a guy who would find the truth in what she’s been saying in regards to the terrifying ordeal she had to face, and is willing to stand by her.

On the other hand, the discussion questions Ms. Blount provides at the end of book; turns this book a wonderful teaching tool in preparing young girls to face a possible reality of life no woman would ever want to happen to them. And for the educational property this book presents, I’m giving this book 5 STARS.



BOOK REVIEW 2015-042 - EDEN FOREST

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

While the premise of parallel universes is not new, the way the author chooses to use the concept is. In the case of a Eden Forest by Aoife Marie Sheridan the parallel universe is Saskia and SaraJane is the link between it and back home on Earth.

On Earth SaraJane is a typical 21-year old. She has a job and one day after her mother disappears she gets whisked by Tristan to an unknown world where she discovers she is now a real life princess, and is the only one who can save Saskia from its fate.

Growing up on Earth SaraJane had no powers, but soon discovers she has magical ones now, like everyone else.

On Saskia she starts to discover herself through a journey which will take her through the unbelievable world she’s on now, which includes coming face to face with a father she never knew as a child.

The story which the author has written is pure fantasy, and has a romantic element in which SaraJane’s guardian has grabbed the attention of her heart.  However, there a dark element present that wants to take this away from her.

The more SaraJane learns about the powers she now possesses, the more she learns it comes with a heavy price, as she’s being continuously tested.  And she ultimately must ask herself a question no one wants to have to answer, the question concerning life and death itself, the question which deals with who will die and who will live.

The storyline, which begs the reader to read more and to turn each page to learn more, only could be present due to the skillful writing of Ms. Sheridan. 

Eden Forest is the first part of the trilogy the author has concocted of which I’d love reading. But unfortunately, being a Book Reviewer, I don’t have the time or luxury of being able to read the rest of the books in this series. With that said, I’m giving this book 5 STARS.