So Many Reasons Why Book Review

So Many Reasons Why

by: Missy Johnson

** This book contains themes such as sexual abuse, drug use and language that make it suitable for a mature audience only.**

My Personal Review:
By Michala T.

I’ve never read a novel that has an emphasis on agoraphobia so it was like covering new ground in an inviting and entertaining method. I found the back story of the main character, Emma, to be perfectly balanced throughout the story. The author didn’t overpower the plotline with the sordid details of what happened to her when she was younger. Instead she gives us slivers of memories in brief spurts throughout the book.  This was a method that I liked and felt was well-played.

Some readers may feel conflict in the quickly-developing relationship between Emma and her college professor however I didn’t feel that way at all. I’ve been privy to some private true stories of people who, in realy life, developed intense emotional connections to another person over the computer and for me this aspect of the story was pretty much in tune with the realities of online chat and email experiences. It can happen. It doesn’t alway, but it can. For this reason I didn’t have a hard time following this aspect of the story. The professor even clearly admitted that what he was doing was wrong in many ways. People will do things, even knowing that it is wrong, especially when emotions get involved.

Emma is young, stifled in her home in which she never leaves, and is very stressed due to the impending release of her attacker. Seeing her attach her emotions onto something else was something I also could appreciate as being potentially valid in real life. Again, I had no problem with this storyline. The relationship storyline was at times very…erotic and…wow. I would definitely NOT let my teen read this. It is definitely for adults only.

Now, where did the story lack, again, in my personal opinion:
It took me a while to really connect with Emma’s friends Cass and Tom. With that being said, I think Emma was very fortunate to have friends like these. I won’t say this was a very negative influence to the story. They weren’t at all the vital characters in this novel so to not grow attached…well, it doesn’t knock my verdict score down much. I did connect pretty well with Emma’s grandma and in fact felt she added a very comedic feel to the small scenes she was in. I think the author could have developed a parallelism using Emma and her grandma better if she had attempted to.

There were small points in the storyline that I felt was completley unwarrented and not needed at all. The emails to the distant relative and how she played into the story…it was all very useless in my opinion. The author did however try to twist everything together and I suppose in some small unrelative manner she did.

The pre-ending….hmm. I felt that Emma overcame some very BIG steps in too brief a time. Perhaps if I saw a little more movement throughout the story I would have accepted her ‘heroic’ attempts. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I also don’t know I felt about the wrap-up before the end. I think the best way to summarize it was…not totally worked out mentally before writing it out.

The end itself was bittersweet. It was good. I liked Emma’s choices, though hard they were and I’m not sure if everybody would make such a decision. I liked that her choices were supported. I liked that the author had the guts to leave it the way she did. Open to interpretation. Stories are alive and they continue, if written well, even after the story is over. This author attempted it and I felt she did it well.

My overall verdict: 8/10

 

25 Perfect Days Book Review

25 Perfect Days

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Never have a read a book quite like this. Mark spins twenty-five short stories and in that is a feat in itself. However, it gets even better! He builds a foundation and then weaves his magic in 25 unique ways to tell the story  of what it looks like with a world gone crazy. Not just crazy…Totalitarian, or in other words, the government controls, manipulates, and has their way with all things human and inhuman.

Imagine your world is not private anymore. Your choices are not yours anymore. Oh, it gets so much worse. I was really intrigued by some of the brilliant ideas Mark used in some of his stories. I have some favorites, and I am confident if you read this book you will find some of your own as well.

This book gets a total 10/10 for creativity and uniqueness all the way around! Continue reading

Chasing Nikki Book Review

Chasing Nikki

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Chase Walker gets hit with a huge blow when his father dies. Instead of dealing with the pain, grief, and loss he falls into drugs and alcohol. His once charmed life and great future tanks and he finally gets hit with a wake-up call when he is arrested for drinking and driving.

Though he walks away unscathed for the most part he gets a crap-load of community service. If that wasn’t bad enough, his mother decides to ship him off to live with his grandparents. Anger, resentment, and hatred course through his veins.

With a new environment and a lot of community service hours, Chase is trying to both make a place for himself in his new school and still holding true to changing his life for the better. It’s hard though because after living with numbness, one doesn’t want to give up that and actually feel things. Continue reading

After Math Book Review

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After Math was difficult for me to relate to right away, as the main character is a math major. I despise math. Math and I mix like oil and water. That conflict aside, I could totally relate to almost everything else about Scarlett. I don’t come from a broken home, I don’t suffer from a debilitating anxiety disorder, and I don’t love math, but I found something inherently relatable about her anyway. She is flawed and doesn’t pretend to be something that she’s not, and she accepts that she is who she is. Sure, just like any of us, there are things about herself that she’d like to change, but for the most part, she seems to like herself.

Enter Tucker: male protagonist extraordinaire. I had several issues with Tucker almost immediately. He’s oh my gosh, SO gorgeous!, a slut, and a jerk – yet Scarlett falls for him anyway. She’s a smart girl, and she knows he’s bad for her and not a nice guy, but she ignores all of her friends and winds up falling head over heels for him. This seemed strange to me– but not as strange as how her anxiety disorder, which was really bad at the beginning of the book – somehow becomes a plot device that falls by the wayside.

While I was disappointed at some stereotypical situations and seemingly forgotten issues, I still enjoyed reading about the progression of the relationship between Scarlett and Tucker. It’s easy to like Scarlett, and I found myself rooting for her throughout the entire book. I enjoyed seeing the growing connection between two young adults who are flawed, broken individuals, because I could understand that they used their brokenness to connect.

The only major issue that I really had with the novel was the ending. It really felt to me like the author had poured her heart and soul into the first two-thirds of her writing, but then (rather suddenly) decided that she was tired of writing and was ready for it to be over. Those of you who enjoy angst-ridden stories with happy endings will really enjoy it and probably not have the issue I had with it.

All in all, After Math was a well-written book that was easy to read. I enjoyed reading it, but it’s not going to be one of those books that I feel compelled to read over and over again.

4/10

Something Witchy This Way Comes Book Review

Something Witchy This Way Comes (Jolie Wilkins #5)

by H.P. Mallory

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            Jolie never asked to be Queen of the Underworld. She has been forced every step of the way. She never asked to be a witch. She never asked to wage war against others from the Underworld. Be that as it may, she takes everything very seriously. Especially the Lurkers who are threatening the very existence of the Underworld and all those she cares for and rules over. So she isn’t about to bow out of this gracefully.

            When the Lurkers start messing with her head, telling her things she doesn’t know what to make of or whether she can believe or not…she isn’t sure who to go to if anyone at all. And even though she has the most powerful Warlock on her side, she doesn’t feel comfortable talking to Rand about the things that she hears and sees.

            And then there is Sinjin. He made the ultimate wrong powerplay in forcing the past to be altered. For that, Jolie must show everyone there are consequences…even when she doesn’t agree with the harshness of such consequences. And with him out of the picture, with the Lurkers ever more present, Jolie is heading into some darkness that she just may not be able to get out of. Continue reading

Cuts Like A Knife Book Review

Cuts Like A Knife by M.K. Gilroy

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I want to first admit I’m not exactly in to whodunit novels. I was never a Nancy Drew kind of gal and Sherlock Holmes, though I appreciated the elements of the tales, never held my attention. So when I read the book blurb of Gilroy’s novel I almost sighed and wanted to stomp my feet like a kindergartener, “I don’t wanna!” So I was pleasantly shocked in how much I immediately took a fierce liking to Kristen Conner, who works as a young detective in Chicago. I was even more surprised by the subtle Christian background the novel encompassed. It’s not something I see often anymore.

 

Conner is realistic to such a degree that her character pulls straight off the page and the reader feels they are reading an autobiography and novel a fictional story.  She is very much relatable throughout the book beginning with her quick wit and opinionated dimensions. She’s got a lot of things on her plate and never once is she written as ‘superpower heroine’ who can snap her fingers and everything is solved. Nope, she’s got major flaws in her personality, she hides herself away from those who care for her, and she holds onto a dark secret that makes her inability to forge relationships or get close to those dear in her life. Continue reading

Worth The Weight Book Review

Worth The Weight (The Worth Series Book 1:The Nice One)

By: Mara Jacobs

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I read this book easily in just over one and a half days. Lizzie Hampton is a very real and easy character to relate to, especially for women who have had any battle with their weight. Though this story uses some psychological aspects when it comes to eating disorders, self-control, and self-identity none of them was too heavy nor did it cause issues with the likability in the reading of the story. Lizzie has done what all women with weight issues dreams of…she’s lost the weight. Of course, she constantly weighs, measures, and scans herself for any changes. This point is the very realistic side of the character. For her not to do such things would prove unbelievable and false. Continue reading

The Shattered Door Book Review

The Shattered Door

by: Lisa Bouchard

Image result for The Shattered Door by: Lisa BouchardThe world is made up of telepaths and nontelepaths.  There are some very powerful people who do not like the telepaths and want to bring them all down.  The Telepathic Corps is getting very uncivil in their approach to taking them out too.

Darcy and Olivai Morrison, twin sisters who also have their own (new) private investigators office are closet telepaths; not that they are ashamed of what or who they are, but they do value their lives.  Only it’s becoming increasingly difficult for them, and they have enough troubles already what with a asshole of a ‘mentor’ if you can call him that, a thug-boss on their behinds over a lost pet, and a load of debt with little income coming in.

To make some cash on the side they take on a job offered to them by Olivia’s boyfriend. George Wynton, the public  face of telepaths everywhere has been accused of a violent crime and Darcy and Olivia must find a way to prove his innocence so he is exonerated and freed. This is their chance to prove just how capable they are as women and private investigators so they can grow their business into something viable and one capable of sustaining them. Continue reading

An Abduction Revelation Book Review

An Abduction Revelation

by Thomas Hay

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I must admit I struggled a bit over this book. I didn’t struggle with reading it. Reading it was easy as the author made the story relatable to people, often times reminiscing about his past as he built his way to the meat of the story. Consider it an appetizer portion to the main course. LOL No, what I struggled with was whether the writer intended to make this a ‘real’ memoir, such as creative nonfiction-ish or whether it was all meant to be an attractive fantasy/sci-fi imaginative tale.

 

The reason why I say this is because the story is so very ‘real’ in the sense of his backstory. I could completely close my eyes and conjure up the scenery and the things he was speaking about. These memoirs are truly very realistic to a point and then you sorta start wading through the murkiness of what is fact and what is fiction. THIS is the true appeal of the entire novel. You’ve been reading so much that sounds real that when the writer throws you a curve ball you have to blink, stand back, and say…is that for real? This was the genius part to the book. Continue reading

The Witch Is Back Book Review

The Witch is Back by H.P. Mallory

The Witch is Back by H.P.Mallory (Book 4 of Jolie Wilkins Series)
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Jolie is thrust in the her past immediately in the beginning of this novel. She is back to her Tarot Card reading days in her Los Angeles fortune-telling business. Everything is back to how it was before she learned she was a witch and things are playing its course all over again. Except this time, instead of meeting Rand first…she meets Sinjin. She immediately feels the electric chemistry, as she always had but this time she goes for it. Sinjin scares her and she is shocked to learn he is a vampire; even more shocked to learn she is a witch.

And then, in walks Rand Balfour, who she can’t help but feel as if she knows him more than she does. Sinjin, however, tells her he is dangerous…tricking her with his magic. And she doesn’t trust him one bit after that. But Rand isn’t about to give up. Not after only finally bonding before Sinjin performed the spell to alternate Jolie’s past.

If I say anymore about this book I’ll surely give away some good stuff…and as they say on Doctor Who…No Spoilers!  I wouldn’t begrudge you the chance to read and experience everything for yourself. And believe me…this is one you definitely don’t want to miss! If you’ve read the first three books…this one is the one everybody has been waiting for. Sinjin gets his chance…his big role and Mallory doesn’t displease! Continue reading