Book Review: Amelia’s Story by D. G. Torrens

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was quite disturbing yet very well-written. The author had obviously put a lot of thought into how this story would develop which I appreciated. I wish some of the characters in the book had more intrigue. From the get-go, there were good characters and bad characters, and you could tell who was what from the outset. Some readers would appreciate this, but I personally, would like a little more suspense.

Amelia's Story

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Amelia and her brother Jake live with their abusive mother. She beats them daily and if life isn’t difficult enough, their mother gets pregnant and her mood swings lead to further injuries in their household. Furthermore, Amelia’s mother has ever changing boyfriends who buy her things and sweet talk to her until she shows her true colors and scares them away.

Amelia and Jake are sent to a children’s home a few years later when their mother becomes too unstable mentally to handle them and their two new siblings. The four children are sent from one children’s home to the next; never belonging anywhere. One day, the four of them arrive at a place that suits them. The people are nice and seem to care about the children, rather than just going through the motions.

However, a few months later, the two youngest children are adopted and are sent off to another house, away from Jake and Amelia. They are both devastated and are forbidden from meeting their younger siblings, because their adoptive parents are scared that this will unsettle them.

Later, after an escape attempt, Amelia is torn away from her brother and sent to a different place. There, she raises a question: is life even worth living anymore?

If you would like to read this book, you may purchase it here: Amelia’s Story ( Book #1 )

Book Review: Jack by Gary Dorion (Book One of a trilogy)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age recommended: 10 and up

I didn’t really like this book until about halfway through where the historical aspect of the book came in. Until then, I felt that the book was extremely redundant and that the first 50 or so pages were completely unnecessary.

Jack

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Jack Stone is an extremely mischievous boy living in Charleston, Georgia during the pre-Civil War era (1860). He almost never attends school and enjoys pranking his teacher, whom he is supposed to refer to as Master.

Master is a white man whose views of the world are extremely biased. Master despises Jack because he never shows up for classes, yet manages to get good grades and pass all subjects; he is always looking for excuses to punish Jack.

Jeremy is what you would call a follower. He goes along with everything Jack says because it “just makes sense” and even if it doesn’t, Jack convinces Jeremy to play along because they never get caught.

When Master sends other students to spy on the boys to get them suspended, Jack and Jeremy manage to bribe them into silence. Everything is okay in this vicious cycle until one day a free African American man shows up in Jack’s stolen tree house.

Jack and Jeremy help the freed man escape the prejudiced state to find his family; their journey is truly an eye-opener.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Jack (Jack: Part One in the Trilogy Book 1)

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Book Review: Pleased to Meet You by Annaluisa Socher

I was recently invited to review books for Bookrature. This is a new platform that allows authors to publish and sell their books online directly to readers. I’m excited about the opportunity this presents to discover new authors, read their books and share my reviews with all of you.
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommended: 10 and up

This story was extremely short and action-packed. I feel that the author could have further developed some of the supporting characters further. However, the storyline was fascinating and I feel that a lot of people are likely to enjoy this book as it is short, but fast-paced.

Pleased to meet you

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Sarah Smith is a foster kid. Ever since her parents death, she has been to many foster homes, each more welcoming than the next. Then why would she go somewhere else? Because strange things happen whenever Sarah is around. Apparitions appear and portraits come to life. Food starts rotting in front of people’s eyes and little kids are hung from chandeliers.

Nobody wants Sarah until she finally goes to a family which is perfect. They love her and she loves them. However, one day, people from the orphanage she was once at, come to visit her. The man and the woman from the orphanage insult her and try to take her away. Sarah communicates with ghosts who tell her what to do and she uses their help to run away.

Sarah evades her captors, but must eventually come to terms with the truth: she is different, and this may eventually kill her.

Will she survive?

Book is currently available on Amazon.com: Pleased To Meet You #0

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Book Review: The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

The reason for the low rating of this book was that the book constantly switched between three stories and it was necessary to pay close attention to detail in order to not be at a loss. The book itself, however, was well written and I enjoyed it.

I’ve previously read and reviewed two other books by the same author, both of which I enjoyed very much: A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey. I highly recommend them, if you haven’t read them yet.

The Dog Master

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The story begins in present time where Dr, James K Morby, a mortician and a professor, learns that his hypothesis about the first dog has been proven true. He meets with the people who made it all happen and everything is perfect until an intern raises a question about who the man is that was buried with the dog.

The story now melts into the past where it starts to center around some tribes in the ancient world…

Silex is a man of the Wolf people, also known as the Wolfen. His father is the leader, but when he passes away, the responsibility will be on Silex’s shoulders. However, there are many who would want his place. His father decides to solve this problem by declaring Silex the leader and telling him that he must marry. The only problem? Silex must marry his sister. And he loves another.

Callie and Urs are lovers and they have promised each to the other. However, when the leader of their tribe, the Kindred, decides that Urs should marry, he is not able to choose his wife. Urs is made the master of the hunt and he ends up marrying the most beautiful woman of the tribe, Callie’s best friend.

7 years later

A man saves a wolf and her cubs from a lion and risks his own life to save them all. The wolf soon learns to trust this man but none of them know what the future has in store from them.

How these three stories eventually connect will astound you.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog

Book Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter (Book 1 of the Embassy Row series)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre; Fiction

Age Recommendation: 13 and up

I came across this book on the list of top young adult books in 2015 on seventeen.com: http://www.seventeen.com/celebrity/g1333/best-ya-novels-coming-out-2015/.

This book was very well written but I felt that it was a bit redundant at times. Moreover, the descriptors in this book weren’t very accurate and a lot was left up to one’s imagination. However, the author did clarify a few things later in the book, which oddly made things more confusing. Overall, this book was captivating and I enjoyed it immensely.

All Fall Down

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Grace isn’t sure what’s real and what’s not. She saw her mother get murdered, but the police say it was an accident. She saw the man who did it, but the doctors say he was a figment of her imagination. She knows she’s not crazy, but everyone else knows she is.

After Grace’s brother joins the military, Grace is forced to move back to her childhood home, where painful memories await her. The Embassy Row is a new, yet old place for her. So much has changed, yet the people are the same. Grace is reunited with her old friends,  but also makes many new ones.

Grace lives in the United States embassy with her grandfather. The embassy brings back many painful memories, and Grace’s medications are started up again, as she has started reliving her past. When Grace sees the man who murdered her mother,she is scared out of her wits. Grace believes she is next. However, her grandfather and friends do not believe her because it is the fifth time she has accused a man of being the person who murdered her mother.

Grace takes some drastic actions herself to find out who this man is, and what he wants now. But what she finds may destroy her…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Embassy Row #1: All Fall Down