Review: Book: Children of the Void- Adam Clarke

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Title: Children of the Void 

Series: Zero Tolerance Unit Files #1

Author’s Name: Adam Clarke

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Science Fiction/ Adventure

Page Count: 321 Pages

ISBN: B07DTYNV5S

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Children of the Void

Link to Goodreads: Children of the Void

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Organized Crime lives its golden age in Capitol City, but not for long if the newly formed Zero Tolerance Unit has anything to say about it… Even if it shouldn’t be their primary concern.

An elusive cult is brewing something sinister: an ancient ritual that would remove humanity’s material form, by opening the Void.

Jonas Hansen is a vigilante who decides to join the ZTU to prove that orphans don’t always end up in the Mafia.

Kyra Allison thinks – and often proves – that she is smarter than most people. This doesn’t get her many friends in the ZTU, but that is just fine for her.

Until she meets Jonas.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was not sure what to think when I was first asked to read this book. It was not my normal reach for kind of book, but something told me to give it a chance. I have to say my favorite character is Jonas. He is willing to do what has to be done for himself, Granny, Kyra and those that need it on the side of right. I do like Kyra’s way of doing things, but sometimes all of smarts do get her into a bit of trouble and her not wanting to go back and work for her father. This book took me on a journey I did not know that I wanted to go on. I like that the book is told from different points of view that include: Zero, Kyra and Jonas. I am looking forward to reading what comes next. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

 

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Review: Book: Damsel- Elana K. Arnold

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Title: Damsel 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Elana K. Arnold

Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling

Page Count: 320 Pages

ISBN: 9780062742346

Author or Book Website: http://elanakarnold.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Damsel

Link to Goodreads: Damsel

Release Date: October 2, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. There is a lot to say about this book and there are a lot of trigger warnings in this book. Just be aware of that when picking this book. I am not saying that you should not read this book. I am saying there are some dark themes but in my opinion it was not done in a distasteful way. It did at times make me a little uncomfortable, but to me that was part of it being a little to real. I don’t want to tell you too much about the book. I don’t like spoilers so I try my best to not tell you too much. I would say give the book a try I think Elana did a masterful but dark retelling. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: The Healer- Donna Freitas

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Title: The Healer 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Donna Freitas

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: YA 

Page Count: 400 Pages

ISBN: 9780062662132

Author or Book Website: https://www.donnafreitas.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Healer

Link to Goodreads: The Healer

Release Date: October 9, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Marlena Oliveira has—mysteriously, miraculously—been given the power to heal all kinds of ailments. People around the world believe she is a saint. But her power comes at a price: she can’t go to school, she can’t have friends her own age, and she certainly can’t date.

Then she meets Finn, a boy who makes her want to fall in love. For the first time, she begins to doubt whether her gift is worth all that she must give up to keep it.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest reviews. I have read books like this before but not to this extent. I know that she feels like she has to live by a lot of rules and the one that seems to be the most challenging is the one to not fall in love. That is when she meets Finn and she knows that falling in love is against the rules, but who can deny the hear what it wants. There is so much going on in Marlena life and she does not even know about some it. She is healing people and believing she is doing the right this, but her mother is charging people to be healed. There is so much going on and topics touched. I don’t want to give away too much. I did enjoy reading this. Get it for yourselves. Happy reading. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Pride- Ibi Zoboi

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Title: Pride 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Ibi Zoboi

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Romance Retelling

Page Count: 304 Pages

ISBN: 9780062564078

Author or Book Website: http://ibizoboi.net/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Pride

Link to Goodreads: Pride

Release Date: September 18, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I know this story well for my sister is a huge fan of the original and being twins she had to tell me all about it. Now this version is well done and at times made my giggle to myself. It has all the classic touches of the original story with a little flavor added in. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would it. That is a good thing. I have really been in to re-tellings and remixes of the classic stories and this is one of the better ones. Grab a copy for yourself and happy reading. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Kiss Me in Paris- Catherine Rider

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Title: Kiss Me in Paris

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Catherine Rider

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Genre: YA

Page Count: 216 Pages

ISBN:  978-1771388672

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Kiss Me in Paris

Link to Goodreads: Kiss Me in Paris

Release Date: September 4, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Serena has just flown all the way to Paris for a special pre-Christmas weekend with her sister, Lara. They plan to retrace the steps of their parents’ long-ago honeymoon in Paris, and create a scrapbook for their bereaved mother to remember it by.

It’s supposed to be serious sister bonding…until Lara takes off with her boyfriend instead.

Jean-Luc is Serena’s Plan B, a friend of a friend of Lara’s, who has some space in a place where Serena can stay. Just like his latest relationship, his photography final has been an epic fail. He has one night to retake all his pictures if he is to stay in school.

Jean-Luc can’t stand Serena’s loud voice or her bright orange sneakers.

Serena can’t stand his haughty manners or the way his camera is always in her face.

Together, though, they set out into a cold night that will warm their hearts, creating unforgettable photos and fresh romantic sparks in the City of Lights.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I read the other book by this author and it was sweet. I got the same feeling from this book. It is a sweet and cozy story. Going from strangers to a little more on while they are on a little adventure. This one through Paris. I would not be very happy if my sister left me in some other country all by myself. I would be so mad. Serena does not let it her completely down. She is trying to follow the most romantic moments of her parents’ honeymoon. But she seems to do all right for herself and figures out the right clicks for Jean-Luc along the way. You will have to read it to find out what I am talking about. Happy reading. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Serpentine- Laurell K. Hamilton

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Title: Serpentine 

Series: Anita Blake #26

Author’s Name: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 496 Pages

ISBN:  B077LY8MJ3

Author or Book Website: https://www.laurellkhamilton.com

Link to Amazon purchase page: Serpentine

Link to Goodreads: Serpentine

Release Date: August 7, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there’s a monster that even she doesn’t know how to fight…

A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita’s fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it’s not all fun and games and bachelor parties…

In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes.

When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse–her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There’s a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that’s rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret–if she survives at all, that is…

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I am a huge fan of this series and I have been for a very long time. I had been wondering for a long time what this was going to be like. Ever since Edward/Ted asked Donna to marry him. I was wishing for a lot more action like in the earlier books in the series and less relationship drama. Edward is by far my favorite character. I know that is weird a paranormal/sci-fi book and I pick the human. This has been pointed out to me a few times. But all of us who have been fan know that no matter where Anita goes there is going to be some kind of trouble. There are still some questions in the series I would like answered, but maybe it is time for me to go back and re-read the books and see if there is something I missed and see if I can answer my own questions. I think it is a good read and will continue to be a fan. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

 

 

 

Review: Book: Out of Uganda in 90 Days- Urmila Patel

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Title: Out of Uganda in 90 Days

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Urmila Patel

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Memoir

Page Count: 251 Pages

ISBN:  B00MZFQ3Y0

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Out of Uganda in 90 Days

Link to Goodreads: Out of Uganda in 90 Days

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Ms. Patel’s startling memoir of survival, and escape from Idi Amin’s Uganda, is an amazing journey through cultures, beliefs, and life-and-death passions. Her girlhood growing up in an Indian Hindu family living in the East African nation of Uganda in the 1960s and 1970s. Like all those of Asian lineage, they were expelled from the country when the brutal dictator, Idi Amin, seized power. Ms. Patel describes their life before Amin, as seen through the eyes of a young girl. When the violence began, she was just beginning her passage into womanhood.
Amin started encouraging violence toward Uganda’s Asian community as soon as he took over. This escalated, until the brutal dictator expelled all Asians, giving them 90 days to leave, or they would face death. Meanwhile his followers engaged in random murders, and more and more frequent massacres. Ms. Patel and her family witnessed much of this. At one point she even stood up to Amin’s murderous soldiers, yet she lived to tell her tale.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was asked to read this book by the author. I knew this is a true story and it is dark. It puts a face to the victims and is a very realistic tale of her escape from the dark world and country. This is about the pain and what they had to live through. I know that they make it to India and get free of the cruel work that they have known all of their lives. I don’t want to tell too much about this book. I want to leave something for the reader to discover about her journey and what her struggle was like. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars