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How to Save a Life by Emma Scott

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Synopsis:

Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness. Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, running from police and criminals alike, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits. Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life. How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with some shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter and sexual situations. For readers 18 years and up.

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BEDTIME FOR SENECA by M. Duda

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, M. Duda, for an honest review.

Genre: Short Story/Fiction/Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal

Plot: Five speculative tales weave a complex tapestry of tragedy, horror, and loss
leading readers into dark places…but not necessarily guiding them back to the light.

  • Five different short stories
  • Each story weaves a thread of tragedy and irony

A darkly disturbing book of adult bedtime fables, Bedtime for Seneca offers five separate glimpses into worlds hidden just out of sight, ranging from the seemingly mundane to the fantastical.

“Three Nights in Budapest” explores an estranged father’s last, desperate attempt to gain his daughter back at any cost. In “Mortal Image,” Life accepts a mysterious assignment from her superiors that requires working with her obnoxious, unkempt coworker–Death.

Meanwhile, a nervous smoker with a lover who’s both more and less than he seems seeks help for his addiction from a decidedly odd psychiatrist, while an aggressive advertising consultant hopes to secure a new contract with the help of a rapid language acquisition class with its own agenda. And in “New Friends Made,” a dinner with a recently divorced friend takes an unexpected, and violent, turn.

Loss and regret run through each of author M. Duda’s disturbing tales, where even victory is made possible only by first losing. Each seductively twisted fable leads you into a darkness from which you must find your own way back…should you ever wish to return.

Opinion: Once again readers, do NOT judge a book by its cover. This is the second book from M. Duda that I have had the pleasure of reading/reviewing, and once again he has done a FANTASTIC job of executing “the creep factor” into his fantastical tales. The first book I had read and reviewed for M. Duda was his second shadow book called A Cat Will Play, which introduced me to psychological and eerie short stories. Just like A Cat Will Play, Bedtime for Seneca will have your mind reeling and leave you feeling unsure about your outlook on life.

This book contains five short stories: Three Nights in Budapest, Mortal Image, New Friends Made, Tiny Dragon, and Nervous. Three Nights in Budapest follows a father named Andrew trying to get his daughter back, while also reliving moments from his childhood when his violent father would beat his mother. As Andrew works to find where his daughter and ex had disappeared to, he learns that he might not be as different from his father as he thought. Mortal Image is the story of Life and Death being forced to work together on a mysterious assignment where an old drunken man is about to die. As Life fights to be released from the assignment, she is taught a lesson of forgiveness and gets a glimpse into her lost past. New Friends Made takes a turn into the fantasy and adultery side of things and tells the story of a married couple who has invited their newly divorced friend over for dinner, but things turn quite terrifying quickly. Tiny Dragon follows Leonard Small, an arrogant and outspoken advertising consultant, as he attends a fast-paced language learning class in order to obtain more work. In Nervous, Mr. Grelling attends an appointment with a strange psychiatrist in order to quit smoking due to his lover not approving.

Once again, I do not want to go into too much detail about each story because I will just give everything away! I tried to give a little bit more information in my description above, so hopefully that will give you guys a little more insight into what each story is about. I think my two favorite stories in this book have to be Three Nights in Budapest and Mortal Image, purely because I loved the hidden meanings in both and the length of the stories. Mortal Image might be one of the most unique short stories I have read before, and the way the author has made Life and Death into characters was genius! Though Tiny Dragon and Nervous left me feeling a little confused and not sure what EXACTLY was going on, I feel like the main “message” or theme to the story was more obvious in Tiny Dragon than it was in Nervous. The writing style that M. Duda possesses has made him move onto my list of favorite authors, purely for his way of creating a story for a reader that has a ton of different meanings. Not only does he capture how a person’s mind can linger into other thoughts in different moments, but he keeps each character unsettlingly human and true to their emotions and needs.

Overall, this is another great collection of short stories by M. Duda. Please keep in mind that this is not a book meant for children, as there are some scary and adult moments throughout. Also, if short stories aren’t something you normally read, I definitely suggest giving one of M. Duda’s books a try! He will get you absolutely hooked!!

4 Stars

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THE STOLEN CHILD by Peter Brunton

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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the author, Peter Brunton, for an honest review

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Fantasy/Utopian/Steampunk/Adventure

Plot:

There are roads that are not on any map.

There are worlds beyond our own, where cities hang between the clouds and Guildships sail on steam and lightning.

There is a girl living on the streets of London, hunted by ruthless mercenaries and a boy made of shadows and smoke.

There is a place beyond the furthest edge of the Dreaming, where the Lady of The Falling Leaves is calling her home.

And there is a secret, buried in the heart of Rachael’s city, that will transform our world forever.

The Stolen Child is a breathtaking young adult adventure that takes the reader from industrial chaos of modern London to the vast and impossible world of the Borderlands, a world of flying ships, floating cities, magical automata, and ancient wonders. Drawn together from across distant worlds by events that were set in motion before either of them was born, two young women discover a strange connection, and a friendship that will change everything.

Opinion:

……Woah.

If I may be so bold to say…move over The Mortal Instruments, because I think The Stolen Child might have just blown you out of the YA/Fantasy realm and thrown you into the “too much romance, not enough badass” section of the bookshelf. This book has literally robbed me of my acceptance of living in this ordinary world we call reality, and thinking that it was enough for me to escape into made up stories once and awhile. Have you guys ever read a book and thought “well shit, that’s the end for me”, because now you know you are never going to be able to find another book that even SLIGHTLY compares to the majestic wonder that you have just finished? The Stolen Child, is that book and that series.

“There are roads that are not on any map.  Pathways between worlds that anyone could walk if they only knew the way.  A turning in the middle of a field.  A crack between two stones that didn’t seem to be there a moment before.  A course plotted by stars that can only be seen when the moon is right.”

http://exilesthestolenchild.com/about-the-book/

Rachael has been dealing with strange vivid dreams and hallucinations all her life. Not only did this cause turmoil for her parents who thought her to be insane, it led her to be homeless and on her own in the street of London. One day Rachael starts to notice that she is being watched, and soon she is being chased by men who seem to only want to bring her harm. Luckily she is rescued by a mysterious boy named Justin, who claims to protect her and keep her safe. But Rachael doesn’t know what she needs to be kept safe from and why she is being followed, until Justin tells her that he was sent by Rachael’s birth mother to bring her home to a world that she can only believe to be made up.

Arsha has lived in the Borderlands all her life. For her, traveling to multiple worlds with her father in a flying ship called The Triskelion is normal. As the daughter of an explorer and archaeologist, Arsha has become accustomed to adventure and new places. But one day Arsha’s father tells his crew that they must leave immediately for a mission that is of the up-most importance, but remains highly secretive about the reasoning. Unable to contain her curiosity, Arsha steals her father’s sending stone (an advanced version of communication, or phone) so that she might be able to find a clue to where they are headed. In the sending stone, Arsha watches a correspondence between her father and a woman from the Chamber of Foresight who explains a vision she has seen about a girl in London. In her vision, she sees a girl named Rachael and Arsha standing together with their hands intertwined and a “seed” is opened in London which could cause horrendous destruction. Soon, Arsha and Rachael’s life start to combine as the two girls try to figure out who they can and cannot trust, and what the connection they share really is.

I know I know. Those are two LONG paragraphs for a description on this book, but trust me, I haven’t even covered more than a few pages there. This book is something so incredibly SPECIAL, I cannot even contain my excitement and already growing obsession! This book literally has EVERYTHING I LOVE IN A BOOK! The author has a fantastic and expressive writing style that makes the reader think they are watching a movie in their head. After just the first chapter, I was already thinking to myself that this book was written so descriptively that it could be a screenplay for a movie…and MY OH MY would this be one kick-ass movie. Peter Brunton has done a perfect job of creating a world that every reader can lose themselves in, and he has done an even more amazing job of describing and executing it in a flawless manner. Not only has he created TWO strong lead female characters, but he gives their characters natural flaws that make them seem more human and realistic. The characters of Rachael and Arsha are literally yin and yang, darkness and light, sugar and spice. The connection that these two share is fascinating, and their story proves to be highly entertaining and intense.

As I am sure you can guess, this is a VERY difficult book to describe without giving the entire story away. I would love to give a little bit more insight to what this is about, but I think this review could give you enough information to jump-start your interest. This story is full of adventure and twists in modern day themes with a fantastical steampunk spin. This is in the YA genre, but don’t let that lead you into thinking that this book is overpowered with romance…because it isn’t! I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that likes fantasy and adventure books, or anyone that wants to appreciate great writing and storytelling.

5 Stars

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Books · New Releases

ATTENTION READERS – NEW BOOK RELEASE!!!

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READERS, READERS, READERS!! The Stolen Child by Peter Brunton was released on Amazon.com today in Kindle formatting for $2.99! I have posted the links below for purchase, as well as a link to the Exiled Series website where you can find an even deeper description on this story.

I just started this book and it is proving to be truly amazing. I should have a review up in the next few days, so look out for it! 🙂

There are roads that are not on any map. There are worlds beyond our own, where cities hang between the clouds and Guildships sail on steam and lightning.

There is a girl living on the streets of London, hunted by ruthless mercenaries and a boy made of shadows and smoke.

There is a place beyond the furthest edge of the Dreaming, where the Lady of The Falling Leaves is calling her home.

And there is a secret, buried in the heart of Rachael’s city, that will change our world forever.

ExilesTheStolenChild.com

Amazon.com – US Readers – The Stolen Child (Exiles Book 1)

Amazon.com – UK Readers – The Stolen Child (Exiles Book 1)

Amazon.com – Canadian Readers – The Stolen Child (Exiles Book 1)

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THE F*** IT LIST by Julie Halpern

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Amazon.com – The F— It List

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction

Plot: Alex and Becca have always been best friends. But when Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alex’s dad’s funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family.

Time passes, and Alex finally decides to forgive Becca. Then she’s hit with another shocker: Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesn’t know she’ll be able to finish now. That’s where Alex comes in, along with a mysterious and guarded boy who just may help Alex check a few items off her own bucket list.

Julie Halpern writes about illness, loss, love, and friendship with candor and compassion. Here is an unforgettable book about living fully, living authentically, and just . . . living.

Opinion: Since I have been eyeing this book at the bookstore for the past few weeks, I decided to say f*** it (pun intended) and buy it. I am not sure if my interest in bucket and f***et lists came in to play or the fact that I was just excited about the title, but I had really high hopes for this book. I really enjoyed it and read it a few hours right after I had purchased it, but I can honestly say…not really what I was expecting. Let me explain:

The f*** It List (I am never going to get tired of saying that) starts out with our main character Alex dropping a royally f***ed up bomb about how her best friend Becca decided to screw Alex’s boyfriend…at Alex’s dads funeral. Ouch. After Becca explains to Alex what had happened between her and Alex’s boyfriend, Alex tells Becca that she needs a break from their friendship. But after a summer of not speaking, Alex returns to school and learns that Becca had just been diagnosed with cancer. As Alex puts her grudges for her best friend aside, Becca enlists Alex’s help in completing her bucket list for her. As Becca fights for her life, Alex starts to complete Becca’s list and do things she wouldn’t normally do…as well as start to develop feelings for a boy.

The characters of Becca and Alex are FRESH, FEISTY, and downright STRANGE but in the best kind of way. For seniors in high school, these girls have a very interesting outlook on life. Becca has a more positive way of thinking about the future and the present in comparison to Alex who keeps herself guarded and is more realistic about the world. I think both girls work perfectly together, and I love how easily their friendship comes back together after not speaking to each other for several months. The bucket list, F*** It List, that Becca writes and gives to Alex to complete is…interesting. Becca explains that many of the items were written when she was younger, but most of them have to do with something sexual. Be warned ladies and gents, Becca is a FREAK. Not only is her f*** it list covered with sexual acts, but the girl is ALWAYS talking about something kinky and raunchy. Cover those virgin ears children, because this girl is sexually charged and HILARIOUS!!

As Alex is completing items off of Becca’s list, she starts to develop a…well…you know what I am honestly not sure what to call this “thing” she starts to have with the character of Leo. Their relationship starts out in the most bizarre way. Alex had been pinning after this guy for forever, and one day they end up smoking cigarettes on some grass, Leo kisses her, and then their strange overly sexual relationship starts. Maybe I’m weird, but was everyone in high school really this sexually driven?!? I was constantly finding myself scrunching up my face at this book, my scrunched up face turning into a confused smirk, and then my smirk moving my lips into saying “what in the f***”. Due to there being an abundance of this going on throughout the book, I found the writing style to be very different. I had a love and hate feeling towards the relationship between Alex and Leo, and I think it was because of how awkward the writing was. I didn’t feel a big connection to Leo at all, he was just kind of…there. I think a bit more could have gone into the character of Alex as well, especially since she is the main character. I loved her sarcasm and her quick remarks, but her feelings were all over the place for me. I still don’t quite feel like I connected with her completely.

Though this was more of a Mature YA book, I rather enjoyed it. I thought a lot of the items on the list were comical and cute, but I wish there would have been some more epic things that Alex had to do. I read this book in just a few hours, so it will definitely pull you in and get you hooked. The characters are witty and charming, and the overall story-line packs a great message to not waste time in your life. I recommend this to anyone who wants to read something new, as well as anyone who has ever thought about writing a bucket list. This is great inspiration to get yourself motivated and to do things you wouldn’t normally do.

3 Stars

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