Book Review: Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book was an ARC, courtesy of NetGalley. This book was very well-written, but I don’t know how accurate the historical aspects of the book are.

Immortal Writers

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Liz is an author who’s written some exceptional novels and is about to release one more. However, right after her boyfriend prematurely proposes to her, she is kidnapped. It turns out that the people who kidnapped her are immortal writers.

Liz becomes acquainted with Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, and many other famous writers. She soon learns that she can be immortal as well, but not before defeating the villain in the story that she wrote, along with his dragons. Liz finds out that the characters in her story have come to life as well.

When Liz meets the main character of her story, she begins to fall in love with him. Only after realizing what she’s up against, does Liz realize that defeating this villain is the only way that she’ll ever have a happy ending.

Will she be able to conquer the villain?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Immortal Writers (Immortal Writers Series Book 1)

Book Review: To Catch a Bad Guy by Marie Astor

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Mystery

Age Recommended: 15 and up

This book was well-written and I liked how the author made the story very intricate, but easy to understand. The ending was definitely an exciting one, and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

To catch a bad guy

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Janet’s friend Lisa has just gotten her a job at her office where Lisa is about to marry one of the owners of the company. Janet feels awkward taking advantage of Lisa, but Lisa waves her off after she makes Janet promise to be her bridesmaid.

Lisa sets Janet up with a few guys, but none of them come close to Dean, a man working in IT at her office. Janet begins to grow suspicious of the company and confides in Dean. Dean then proceeds to tell her that he is working undercover to expose the company’s illegal activity.

Janet is hurt at first, but then resolves to help him so that her friend Lisa won’t have to be involved in this. But the wedding is coming up, and time is running out.

Will Janet be able to find what she needs to expose the company before her friend gets dragged into this?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: To Catch a Bad Guy (Janet Maple Series Book 1)

Next book: Catching the Bad Guy!

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Book Review: Play Dead by Leslie O’Kane (An Allie Babcock Mystery)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction / Mystery

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was pretty funny, and I thought that it was a unique spin on the classic murder mystery. The ending was a little dark, but that was to be expected, given the nature of the book.

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Allie Babcock is a dog therapist. She diagnoses their behavioral issues, and then works with the owners to address the issues. However, after airing on a radio show, Allie is told about a problem that even she can’t solve. A woman, Beth, who has recently adopted a dog, swears that the dog saw its owner being murdered.

When Allie meets the dog, she notices that the dog will bark at any man wearing a hat, which tells her that Beth may not be entirely wrong. She does some snooping and narrows down the list of suspects.

However, not long after this, Beth is murdered while taking care of the dog, and Allie knows that something is up. Someone wants that dog killed, and she needs to figure out why. Allie takes care of the dog, knowing that she is probably the next target.

Will Allie be able to figure out the mystery behind these murders, or will she be the next to go?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Play Dead by Leslie O’Kane (2014-03-19)

Also, I can’t wait to read the next book, Ruff Way To Go!!

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Book Review: Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Science Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I enjoyed this book a lot, because unlike some of the dystopian novels set in the future that I had been reading, this one still maintained today’s government and structure, which made the book easier to relate to.

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Kira is different. She’s a zero. Well, everyone is, until they hit puberty. But she’s past that age. Which means that she might never be a reader.

Readers are people that can read each other’s minds and thoughts. Only one person out of every thousand people is not a reader. And that might be Kira.

However, a boy named Simon tells Kira that she’s actually a jacker, not a zero. Jackers are very rare, and unlike readers, they can force themselves into other people’s minds and control what they thing, say, and do, but they can’t mindlink (the main quality of readers). When Kira is told about this, she is apprehensive at first, but soon learns to embrace her unique qualities.

Kira soon finds herself torn between staying with the people who have always supported her, or following a path with people like her that could lead her to danger.

What will she choose?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Open Minds (Mindjack, Book 1)

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: 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)