Book Review: A Deadly Distance by L.T. Ryan (Book two of the Good Soldier series)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Mystery

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I liked this book because it addressed some large problems in today’s society and managed to do it in a way that would educate people without boring them.

The Good Soldier

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Jack Noble is back in the field with his partner Frank. One day, some operatives are following a man who they believe is smuggling drugs and weapons into the country, when they find out that he is actually hiding something much worse.
Jack and his team see red when they find out that the man is in fact trafficking children, and they vow to do whatever necessary to get these children back to where they belong.
However, Jack soon gets a call that says he has 37 hours left until all the children die, and that he must do whatever this person says in order to keep these kids alive. Jack must do everything asked of him, even if it jeopardizes his mission.
And the caller always seems to be one step ahead of him…
If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble 2)

Book Review: Every Day by David Levithan (Book 1)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This was one of the books that my dad got me for my birthday!! I liked the concept of the book a lot, but once it got to the suspenseful part, I was a little reluctant to read further and finish the book because I knew that there weren’t enough pages left in the book for everything that needed to happen.

every day

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A is a sixteen-year-old boy who has a secret. He wakes up everyday in someone else’s body. He has no body of his own, and every morning, he must access the memories of the body he is in to figure out what the person is like. He then has to pretend to be that person for an entire day until midnight, where he becomes another person.

A doesn’t mind this very much, except the bad days where he wakes up hungover or as a junkie. Those are the worst. However, one day, he wakes up in the body of a boy named Justin, and after spending the day with Rhiannon, Justin’s girlfriend, A finds himself falling in love with her.

Every day after that, A, in his host body, finds a way to meet Rhiannon. After a few days, he decides to trust her with his secret, something he’s never done before. Rhiannon doesn’t believe him at first, but eventually begins to.

However, one day, A forgets to wipe a boy’s memory of the day that he was a host and the boy ends up tracking A down. The boy releases a story to the media about a devil taking control of his body and a hunt begins for people that have felt the same thing.

Will A be able to escape this alive?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Every Day

Book Review: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Memoir

Age Recommended: 15 and up

This book was an incredible autobiography by a woman who diagnosed herself with a mental disorder and then enrolled herself in a mental hospital. The book describes her time there with uncanny detail and really brings awareness to some of the conditions that people experience(d) in mental hospitals.

Girl, Interrupted

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Susanna Kaysen is only 18 years old when she notices that something is wrong with her. She enrolls herself in a mental hospital and is later diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Susanna makes friends at the mental hospital, and all of them are unique in their own ways. While at the hospital, she sees people come and go with frightening speed and wonders when she will be cleared to leave as well.

Certain patients at the hospital are also subject to electric shocks and cold packs, which usually don’t do much to affect their condition, but rather harm them even more. Susanna hasn’t been introduced to these methods of recovery yet, nor does she want to be.

Faced with uncertainty at every corner, the only thing that Susanna is sure of is her madness…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Girl, Interrupted of Kaysen, Susanna

Book Review: Noble Beginnings by L.T. Ryan (Book one of the Good Soldier series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Mystery

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was a really good thriller and I loved how while there were only a few key characters, the author took the time to develop them very well.

The Good Soldier

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Jack Noble and his fellow Marine, Bear, are guarding the outside of a house in Afghanistan, when he sees his team leader dragging in an Iraqi family whose father is being accused of spying on them.

When the leader threatens to harm the family to get the father to talk, Jack feels the need to step in. However, shortly after he and Bear head back to the base after helping the family, he and Bear are taken into custody for the murder of their troop and the Iraqi family.

Jack pleads his innocence and later has some strings pulled to free him and Bear from custody. However, they are shot at on their way home, which makes them think that whatever happened in Afghanistan is far from over.

Little do they know that they have just uncovered one of the biggest conspiracies that flows deep within their own government…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Noble Beginnings: A Jack Noble Novel

 

Book Review: Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was fantastically written and I really enjoyed how the author gave a darker, more contemporary twist to an age-old beloved fairytale story. I also loved how the author captured a lot of emotions in a concise but wonderfully written story.

Sinful Cinderella

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Cinderella has been harvesting her white magic for years; ever since her father died. Her magical powers grow when she is good, which enables her to change her appearance, and it also grants her wishes. However, Cinderella has been stocking up on this magic just because she wants to take revenge on her family for the way that they have been treating her.

The night of the ball, Cinderella asks her fairy godmother to make her irresistible to the Prince, whom she wants to marry so that she can be Queen and seek revenge against her family. However, after her grandmother grants her wish, Cinderella learns that the Prince is an evil man who killed his prior wife.

So even though the Prince falls for her because of her magic, Cinderella is repulsed by him; she runs away and he follows her, suggesting that he will find her no matter what.

What happens when he finds the shoe that Cinderella left behind on the night of the ball?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series Book 1)

Book Review: No Good Deed by M. P. McDonald (Book one of the Mark Taylor series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Thriller

Age Recommended: 15 and up

This book was definitely one of the better mysteries that I have read recently. It appealed to me because this wasn’t your typical ‘who done it’ murder mystery.

No good deed

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Mark Taylor is a photographer, and he’s pretty good at it. It’s a normal job for a normal person, except for one thing. Mark has a special camera that shows him glimpses of the future, and the following night, he has a dream about exactly what will happen. And then it’s up to him to change it.

Mark’s pretty good at making up stories to explain his presence after he saves people, but one day when he saves a baby from drowning, he is arrested by the FBI and transferred to a secure location.

After that, he is tortured for a year with no rights and no lawyers because one of his friends told the CIA that Mark was involved with the 9/11 attacks. It didn’t help Mark’s case that his camera had shown him pictures of 9/11 attack the previous night and that Mark had spent the entire next morning attempting to warn government agencies.

They believe that Mark was working with the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks and will not stop torturing him until he gives them the information that they want. Now, Mark is still in CIA custody with no hope of getting out.

Will he be able to prove his innocence?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: No Good Deed

Book Review: One O’Clock Hustle: An Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery (Rebecca Mayfield Mysteries Book 1) by Joanne Pence

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Mystery

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was really fun to read because of how the interaction between the key characters was portrayed. However, I didn’t particularly enjoy the fact that every time a new character was introduced, you found them dead shortly after. While I understand why the author chose to write the book this way, it made me want to skip those sections and only read the other parts of the book.

One Oclock Hustle

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Inspector Rebecca Mayfield arrives at a bar to see a man shot dead and a person she once had a relationship with, Richie, being dragged away. The other people in her police department are sure that Richie is the perpetrator, but when he breaks loose of police custody and shows up at Rebecca’s doorstep, she must consider the possibility that he may be innocent.

Richie has been set up. This much he manages to prove to Rebecca. Moreover, when other people are murdered while Richie is right next to Rebecca, she must admit that he has no part in this conspiracy.

However, when everyone that Rebecca attempts to interview is killed one by one, she doesn’t know whom to trust anymore.

Will she be able to find the murderer and prove Richie innocent?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: One O’Clock Hustle: An Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery (Rebecca Mayfield Mysteries Book 1)