Review: Book: Four, Three, Two, One- Courtney Stevens

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Title: Four, Three, Two, One 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Courtney Stevens

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: YA 

Page Count: 400 Pages

ISBN:  9780062398543

Author or Book Website: http://www.courtneycstevens.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Four, Three, Two, One

Link to Goodreads: Four, Three, Two, One

Release Date: November 13, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

In this contemporary YA novel, a girl reunites with the three other survivors of a bus bombing that killed nineteen people, and together they face the secrets, struggles, and emotional warfare that each has been enduring.

Golden “Go” Jennings wasn’t supposed to be on Bus 21 the day it blew up in New York City. Neither was her boyfriend, Chandler. But they were. And so was Rudy, a cute stranger whom Go shared a connection with the night before. And Caroline, a girl whose silence ended up costing nineteen people their lives.

Though it’s been a year since the bombing, Go isn’t any closer to getting over what happened. Since Chan shuts down every time Go brings that day up, she decides to reach out to Rudy. Just like that, the two fall right back into their easy, deep connection. Facing the past head-on with Rudy has opened up a small window of healing Go never thought was possible. So she makes an impulsive decision: Round up the rest of the survivors and head to New York City. There they will board an art installation made of the charred remnants of Bus 21.

But things are never easy when it comes to rehashing the past. Uniting the four stirs up conflicting feelings of anger and forgiveness and shows them that, although they all survived, they may still need saving.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. There were parts of this book that reach deep into my heart and soul and did not let go. Even though I am done reading it, it is still clinging to me. It is really hard for me to put this book into words since there were so many emotions going on and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else. It is a book that brings you along for the journey. I love Golden and all she is trying to do to bring herself the healing she and the other need so desperately need.  In my opinion this is a book that has to be read and shared. So what are you waiting for grab a copy of your own and enjoy. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

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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: 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

Review: Book: A Dead God Awakes- John White

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Title: A Dead God Awakes

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: John White

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Page Count: 336 Pages

ISBN: 198314276X

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: A Dead God Awakes

Link to Goodreads: A Dead Body Awakes

Release Date: N/A 

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Charlatan. Brute. Apostate. Desperate. Outcast. Finch Crushluck is no Death Priest. But he’s posing as one to make a fortune in pursuit of an amulet that contains the blood of First, a powerful alien being of pure entropy. Finch is not alone in his quest. Seduced by First’s promise of power, a holy man betrays his faith and seeks the amulet to free the creature. To save her kidnapped daughter, a merchant captain delivers the ransom of a gilded dirigible to First. To avenge the murder of his family, a giant risks the fate of the world by using the amulet as bait to lure a hated foe and his monstrous war machine into combat. First waits for them in the heart of a nightmare landscape of destruction and madness. But the greatest dangers Finch and his companions face on their journey are deceit and disdain. The clash of their desires can destroy First or unleash him from his ancient prison. They can save the world. Or hasten its doom.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.  This book has left me with a lot to think about. Of course I can’t tell you if they save or bring on destruction of the world. It is an adventure that a group of misfits all end up going on for their very own reasons. Not all of them are in it for the right ones. First kind of scares me with all that ancient talk and all the think he could do. I had a feeling that someone was going to turn on them and all hell would back lose. I feel a little strange about this. It is like something from an ancient and dark prophecy. It needs more attention brought to it. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: A Body’s Just as Dead- Cathy Adams

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Title: A Body’s Just as Dead

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Cathy Adams

Publisher: SFK Press

Genre: Literary Fiction

Page Count: 332 Pages

ISBN: 9780997951875

Author or Book Website: https://cathyadamsauthor.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: A Body’s Just as Dead

Link to Goodreads: A Body’s Just as Dead

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

In the town of Drayton, Alabama, the once high-paying manufacturing jobs have been replaced by nail salons and bail bonds. Pete-O Hemper, a diabetic amputee in a wheelchair, feels betrayed by the America he once loved and believed in. On a steady diet of hate radio, he blames everyone around him for trying to remake his country into a place where men like him are no longer in control. Pete-O’s nephew, Robert, jailed on assault charges, is desperate for money and hatches a plan to rob a meth lab. Pete-O’s sister, Lilith Ann, struggles to hold everyone together when Pete-O brings a Chinese bride with a past as dark as his to America. Darkly funny, A Body’s Just as Dead captures the twenty-first century frustration of small-town families who feel the American Dream is in shreds and resent having to share its remnants with people who “aren’t like us.”

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book gives a small pictures of what is going on in America. While reading this I thought about the America I grew up in and comparing into this one and the current state of the world. It is a bit dark. I am not saying this is a bad book or anything like that. I do think the characters in this book were very real and couple relate that the world has really changed a lot. I don’t want to go to deep into it for I want to leave some meat of the story so that those that read it can discover what is really going on this book. I am still not sure how I feel about this all. IT has given me a lot to think about going forward. 

My Rating of the Book: 3 Stars

Review: Book: Spellbound- E. E. Robens

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Title: Spellbound

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: E. E. Robens

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: NA Romantic Suspense 

Page Count: 392 Pages

ISBN:  B073S92PZP

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Spellbound

Link to Goodreads: Spellbound

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Back from a refreshing trip to Europe, free-spirited Alexa returns to college to pursue a dream career. While reluctant to blend academic demands with emotional attachments at first, she befriends Zeke, who fascinates her with his wits and poise. Disciplined and conscientious, her world is shaken to the core when an abrupt change in his behaviour unfolds a chameleonic Zeke and spirals her mind into a haze of turbulence.

As she reconstructs her sanity, along comes Vinson, who charms her into the perfect romance. But when he suddenly disappears, she begins to search for answers, unaware that someone’s hidden agenda is manipulating her obsession with finding the truth to the verge of madness.

Spellbound is a tale of the young and troubled at heart, toxic relationships and bittersweet memoirs.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have to say this book was a little confusing for me. I mean liked Zee, but then he just went POOF. Then did not re-appear later in the book. Then there was Ethan. I am not sure about him. He came off a bit too needy and demanding. I found that he was just too much to take. I wanted and thought that Alexa and Zee should have been together. I was not sure about the second part that was in the book. It was not like the first part. If you want to try it go get your own copy. 

My Rating of the Book: 3 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: The Tiger at Midnight- Swati Teerdhala

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Title: The Tiger at Midnight

Series: The Tiger at Midnight #1

Author’s Name: Swati Teerdhala

Publisher: HaperCollins Publishers

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 496 Pages

ISBN: 0062869213 (ISBN13: 9780062869210)

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

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Tiger at Midnight

Link to Goodreads: The Tiger at Midnight

Release Date: April 23, 2019

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.

Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala’s debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and that drive them apart.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I loved this. The characters of Esha and Kunal where just so thought out and know what they stand for. I always love to read debut books by authors in my chosen genres. There lands are so unbalanced and in tragedy that each think they are calling the shots and know what is to come. The interactions and the writing style just pulled me in and would not let me go. I know this book is not going to be out for a while but I am so ready for the next book in the trilogy. The description of the world and the mythology and legends that gave inspiration to this story is amazing. It hold on to you long after the final page has been turned. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars