Monthly Archives: August 2015

Daredevil Review

Author: Linda S. Browning

Release: 2015

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Pages: 116

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

Set in a senior community in Tennessee, this lively tale features two exceptionally feisty older women who love putting their crime-watching habits and intuition to good use. The writing allows the reader to feel that they themselves actually know Leslie, whose whip-smart side comments can’t help but make you laugh.

Along with her best friend Belinda and beloved dog Riff-Raff, Leslie begins to investigate the case of missing girl. However, things aren’t always what they seem and readers are taken on a delightful ride of mystery and hilarity.

If you’re looking for a nice, light read be sure to pick this first-in-a-series book up.

Rating: 4/5 nosy women

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Survivors Review

Author: Violet Cross

Release: 2014

Genre: Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

An ambitious start to the career of newcomer Violet Cross, Survivors is the tale of feuding tribes in a post-apocalyptic world.

Protagonist Lacey Young is a likeable lead character that’s hell-bent on protecting her 16-year old sister Layla. As the respected leader of her tribe, Lacey is tasked with finding various artifacts that will help keep the feared ‘Divines’ away.

In this world, the aforementioned Divines are the rulers of the realm; humans who have superhero-esque abilities that they use to dominate the world. Another way of establishing their dominance is through the imposition of the taxation policies that often lead to the end of tribes if they can’t provide to them.

When I got to the point of the plot twist, I was so shocked that I just stared at the page for a good while trying to comprehend how I didn’t catch on earlier. That, to me, is the sign of a good author.

I can’t wait to see what Ms. Cross has in store for us in the future, as well as for the future of this book series.

Rating: 4/5 artifacts

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Breakfast at Darcy’s Review

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(*This is a photo from goodreads.com)

Author: Ali McNamara

Release: 2011

Genre: Chick-Lit/Romance

Pages: 427

I’ve officially found my next travel destination thanks to this book: Ireland. Set on a fictitious island off the coast of Dublin, Breakfast at Darcy’s tells the stories of a 28 year old woman who inherits an island from her recently deceased Aunty Molly. As a full-fledged city girl living in London and obsessed with designer clothing, Darcy’s inheritance comes as a true shock. Tasked with inhabiting the island for a full year with at least a 15-person community, the book takes you on a remarkable journey of self-discovery and Irish delights.

Folklore and myths have always fascinated me, and Ms. McNamara’s inclusion of Celtic lore absolutely blew me away. The symbolism and depth of the various facets mentioned in the book will resonate with each reader on a different level. This is truly a book that will keep you up till all hours of the night because you just need to know what happens next.

I cannot wait to read more of these beautiful novels by a writer that knows how to pull on the heartstrings and inspire her readers in an effortless way.

Rating: 5/5 Claddagh rings

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Cicada Review

Author: M.L. Banner

Release: August 31st 2015

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic/Science Fiction

Pages: 270

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**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

The first thing that popped into my mind immediately after finishing this book was simple: I want the second book of the series right now! The world that author M.L. Banner has created is not overly far-fetched, with technological situations that at times reminded me of the late Michael Crichton (a very good thing).

Throughout the novel, readers are treated to a group of believable characters, each of who evoke strong emotions in the reader as the book progresses. The detail put into this fantastic world makes it feel so real that I sometimes found myself having to blink away from the book to realize what world is actually real. It’s hard to read a book about a religious faction in the future without thinking that it’s over wrought. Mr. Banner avoids this with ease, instead creating a cult-like group that is reminiscent of crime stories.

This book will be a welcome treat to any fans of either the science fiction or apocalyptic genre, giving each reader plenty to think about long after the book is done.

Rating: 5/5 geothermal vents

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened Review

Author: Jenny Lawson

Release: 2012

Genre: Autobiography/Comedy

Pages: 318

I have to admit something: I’d never heard of Jenny Lawson or her blog (thebloggess.com) until a coworker recently recommended this book. I haven’t looked back since.

With a book cover reminiscent of Dinner for Schmucks, The Bloggess gives readers a poignantly hilarious look at her life. Growing up with a taxidermist father, Ms. Lawson offers readers an inside look at how animals came to be the care of her father, whether it be a ‘magic squirrel’ or very much alive turkeys. She tells each tale from two perspectives: her wide-eyed child innocence and her current opinions.

“Because there is a joy in embracing the utter absurdity of life.”

         -Jenny Lawson

The brilliant part of this book is that Ms. Lawson doesn’t shy away from being honest about her struggles with an anxiety disorder. Instead, she uses situations that may seem insane in reality into a more comical manner via the form of her blog.

They say that laughter is the best medicine, so help yourself by buying this book as well as her upcoming September release of Furiously Happy.

Rating: 5/5 magic squirrels

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