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

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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

Review: Book: Shadow Play- Jill Ramsower

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Title: Shadow Play 

Series: The Fae Games #1

Author’s Name: Jill Ramsower

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Romance Fantasy

Page Count: 361 Pages

ISBN:  0692146415

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

Link to Amazon purchase page: Shadow Play

Link to Goodreads: Shadow Play

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger—if that’s the case, I better be badass by the time this is over.

After two years at a dead-end job, Rebecca Peterson finally walks away from everything she knows to follow her dreams in Ireland. Instead of dreams, the dreary streets of Belfast rekindle her terrifying nightmares, and this time they aren’t confined to her imagination. Twisted and vicious, Faeries are being unleashed on Earth to prey upon humans, who are unaware of the vile creatures walking among them. Becca must stay alive long enough to learn why she can see what others can’t, and even more importantly, discover how to keep the Fae from destroying life on Earth.

Delving into the underbelly of the city, Becca discovers that she is not entirely alone in her abilities; however, centuries of secrecy makes gathering information a challenge. When Becca crosses paths with two mysterious strangers, her life is only complicated further. The gorgeous but brooding Lochlan demands complete honesty but refuses to provide any answers of his own. On the other hand, Ronan is enigmatic and charming, and with his sights set on making Becca his, he offers more help than most. But Becca quickly learns that trusting others is difficult when you have secrets of your own. Sometimes, the enemy is within….

Warning: This is not a young adult book, it is also not erotica but does contain scenes with mature content so if you don’t mind some steamy bad boy goodness, then buckle up and prepare for the ride.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I want to thank the author for actually sending me a physical copy of this book. I love Becca she is just bold and out there. I would have to say my favorite character in the book is Ronan. There is just something about him that just speaks to me. After reading this I will never look at the fae the same way. There were times this book just gave me that chills. I do love how Ronan and Becca meet. It kind of made me laugh. She seemed a little confused by what was happening. I like that it broke the tense that seemed to building after all she had been through. I am very excited the next book in this series. My heart is still racing from reading this. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Fifteen and Change- Max Howard

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Title: Fifteen and Change

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Max Howard

Publisher: West 44 Books

Genre: YA Verse

Page Count: 200 Pages

ISBN:  978-1538382592

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Fifteen and Change

Link to Goodreads: Fifteen and Change

Release Date: October 1, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Zeke would love to be invisible. His mother is struggling to make ends meet and stuck with a no-good boyfriend. Zeke knows he and his mom will be stuck forever if he doesn’t find some money fast. When Zeke starts working at a local pizza place, he meets labor activists who want to give him a voice–and the living wage he deserves for his work. Zeke has to decide between living the quiet life he’s carved for himself and raising his voice for justice.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. A book completely written in verse. I have never read anything like this before. It took a little getting used to but it was a very effective way to write this. There is a lot going on in this novel that is only really touched the surface of these issues like domestic abuse, activism, homelessness and more. Zeke is trying to survive and help out his mother who is in an abusive relationship so he gets a job and soon comes to the conclusion that money is not going to solve their problems or issues. I kind of wish there was more to this novel. It has left me with a lot to think about now that it is done. 

My Rating of the Book: 3 Stars

Review: Book: Harder Than Steel- Jane Galaxy

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Title: Harder Than Steel

Series: Super Stars #1

Author’s Name: Jane Galaxy

Publisher: Eventide Press

Genre: Romance

Page Count: 215 Pages

ISBN: B07DJ42L7S

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Harder Than Steel

Link to Goodreads: Harder Than Steel

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

A SEXY MOVIE STAR, A DESPERATE PHOTOGRAPHER, AND THE SECRETS THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH…

Henry Jackson (Jax) Butler is Hollywood’s hottest bad boy. Ever since the release of STEEL KNIGHT, his first movie in the world-famous Defender superhero film franchise, he’s been able to land any girl he wants, even his co-star’s sexy model girlfriend. But this dream job comes with downsides—like feeling completely typecast and unable to move on artistically. That and the paparazzi. The evil, privacy-invading scum who tail his every step, smearing his name and reputation just for having some innocent fun. And one pap in particular has become his worst enemy…

Vanessa Reyes would give anything to be a real photographer, shooting for investigative journalism pieces that could make a difference in the world. But with her sister’s medical bills to pay, she’s stuck tailing Hollywood’s latest bad boy Jax Butler through New York, cashing in on every one of his plentiful hookups. She might not love her job, but she feels no remorse about exposing Jax for the heartless heartbreaker he is. Why shouldn’t she cash in on his dirty dealing?

But when Jax is ordered to clean up his public image, he can think of no better media contact to approach for help than his rival. Keep your friends close and your enemies… Well, you know the rest. As for Vanessa, her boss has ordered her to find him newer, dirtier dirt on Jax. What better way to worm her way into his good graces than by accepting his offer to write some fluff pieces about him?

Yet the more time the two enemies spend in one another’s company, the more they begin to see different sides to one another. Is Jax really the ruthless hookup artist he seems? Is Vanessa just another shady pap out for his blood? Or do they both have another, deeper self? One that only shines when they’re together…

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I got this book to read and just love the character Vanessa. I am not sure what how I feel about Jax. I knew we all like our bad boys and he is super famous. I found I liked Vanessa for she is a strong-willed woman. I enjoyed the comic undertones of the story. I have never been to NYC but this book takes place in Manhattan. This book starts out with a bang you could say. When I first got this book I was not sure about the title I was not sure about it. I had to think a little on it. I did not go directly to dirty. I am a very open-minded reader and reviewer. I do understand that we put famous people up like they are super human and this book kind goes into the reality of that and how they are just people too. This is good read and I enjoyed reading it. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Only the Fallen- Tmonique Stephens

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Title:  Only the Fallen

Series: UnHallowed #1

Author’s Name: Tmonique Stephens

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 294 Pages

ISBN: B0745TVPHC

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

Link to Amazon purchase page: Only the Fallen

Link to Goodreads: Only the Fallen

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Banned from Heaven.
Escaped from Hell.
They are UnHallowed.
Gideon has one shot at redemption. Close the portal to Hell forever and return to Heaven, leaving behind millennia of darkness. Nothing means more than restoring his grace, until the one person he vowed never to see again places herself in his direct path. He has to resist her, but she is his Heaven—and his Hell.

Risking her life to shut Hell’s gateway, the last person Dina ever expected to encounter was the one she had lost forever. Duty, not desire, is what he instilled in her and what she will follow, regardless of how he makes her ache…Until the unthinkable happens and she must choose between honor and the only love she will ever have.
Torn between what they want and cannot have, Gideon and Dina must decide whether to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of humanity or let passion take them to where angels fear to tread.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. They were really put in a tough spot to choice between love and closing a gateway to Hell. It is a bit of a shock to the system. I have never read anything by this author before but I want too. I know there are more books to come. I have not read many with Angels as the leads. A few with half-breed angels but now the full on winged version. It was a great first books. I am going to go start on the next one. Thank to the author for allowing me to read this. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

Review: Book: Phantom Wheel- Tracy Deebs

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Title: Phantom Wheel

Series: Hackers #1

Author’s Name: Tracy Deebs

Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers

Genre: YA/ Action and Adventure

Page Count: 416 Pages

ISBN: 1549167936 (ISBN13: 9781549167935)

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Phantom Wheel

Link to Goodreads: Phantom Wheel

Release Date: October 16, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Believing they have been recruited by the CIA, six teen hackers arrive in LA for a hacking aptitude test with the promise of a college scholarship and a job with the CIA after graduation. But one of the teens, Owen, walks out, refusing to participate. The other five decide to stay and complete the tests. When they finish, they leave feeling equally accomplished and unnerved.
Then silence-until they receive a text from Owen: You’ve been played. He’s uncovered evidence that the hackers created “Phantom Wheel,” the most devastating virus ever made. Jacento, the corporation behind it all, plans to use this virus to gain unprecedented access to personal data. And that’s just the beginning of the devastation. Can the teen hackers stop Phantom Wheel-and protect their own secrets from being revealed-before it’s too late?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have been in love with things about hackers and computer active world since I saw and read the book Hackers. This book was an adventure that I just had to go on. It show that a lot can be accomplished when you recognize that you have made a mistake and with their talents what they can do to make up for those mistakes and make a better world. It was not all smooth sailing there are some feuds on who is right and wrong and how it all turns out. I think there is room for a sequel and I am ready and waiting to read that. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars