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Gabriela and The Widow

Gabriela and The Widow - Jack Remick Favourite location / setting. When Gabby took all her expensive clothes off and jumped back into the water, she had swam in, as a child.

Did the book end the way you expected? I expected it, just didn't know how she would accomplish her goal.

What did you think of the story structure? It was necessary to bring the story to life. It was all about Laviuda's past.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

The Granite Key: Arkana Archaeology Thriller Mysteries #1

The Granite Key: Arkana Archaeology Thriller Mysteries #1 - N. S. Wikarski In classroom? If I were to meet Cassie, I bet we would have long discussions about artefact and history.

How would I react with the same problem? If I had been called to identify my sister the way Cassie was, I would have been talking to the police night and day.

5 ways character like me? I cannot see any resemblance to myself and the character but I can only imagine at how distraught she was when she realised she was the only witness to her sister's murder and no one would believe her.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

y1

y1 - Sherrie Cronin Which did you find more appealing, the introduction or the conclusion? The conclusion. The book ended with Zane at a different stage of his life but the reader has grown up with him by the time you get to the end and you want the best for him which in many ways, the author did not disappoint.

Why would you recommend or not recommend this book? I will definitely recommend this book. We have only just started reading z2 and so many of us at the book club are enjoying this book series a lot.

Did the book description relate to the story? Yes, it did and although the author stresses that the book is part of a series, you are able to read it as a stand alone book.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Her Books Presents: Book Club Picks

Her Books Presents: Book Club Picks - Steena Holmes,  Rachel Thompson,  Christine Nolfi,  Elena Aitken,  Bette Lee Crosby,  Patricia Sands,  Karla Darcy,  Kathleen Valentine Where did the story take place? Our book club has read quite a few of the stories offered as a sample in this book. I am picking my favourite which is Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson.
Why do you like this story? It's a book that has you digging through your soul. You want to feel sympathy for her but as writes in fluid prose, all you feel for her is admiration that she is able to share so much of her life with the world.
What other books has this author written? Rachel Thompson has written A Walk in the Snark and Mancode Exposed which we are still reading and laughing out loud with at our weekly book club meetings.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

The Big Book of Dumb White Husband

The Big Book of Dumb White Husband - Benjamin Wallace Did the plot pull you in or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book? I laughed at almost every page. There were some minor typos, like here and hear so this was a bit distracting but other than that this was not a forced read. I had a lot of fun with this book.

How realistic was the characterization? I am assuming a lot of this is based on the author's real life or people he knows. Made it nice to know that others reading it would be saying, "me too."

Did you feel you were experiencing the time and place in which the book was set? A lot of this were set in current times and situations so yes, it was easy to feel like I was experiencing what the author was talking about.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Dark Corners

Dark Corners - Theresa Curnow Describe your favourite character. George from One Day in July. If I had met a baby like that, I would have fainted let alone try to rationalise it in my head.

Where did the story take place? Most of the stories do not have a specific location and because they are plot oriented, this works and you don't feel the necessity to know where you are.

What did the title have to do with the book? For me, the title was about the human mind itself. i.e. the dark corners of the human mind.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

The Critical Flaw: How to Profit and Protect Wealth in History's Greatest Opportunity

The Critical Flaw: How to Profit and Protect Wealth in History's Greatest Opportunity. - Alan  Chan What I didn't like. Nothing. This is a book I would recommend to anyone looking to make an investment. There are so many schemes these days, it's hard to keep track of which ones are the real ones.

Did you find that the cover and title represented what the story was really about? The title yes, the cover not so much. But then again, it is a non-fiction book so cover options need to be simple and to the point with no frills.

What did you think of the structure? The structure was effective and did not jump around. It flowed from section to section as though guiding someone before they make an investment right till after the investment is made and ROI is expected.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.
Death In Bagheria (A Serafina Florio Mystery, #3) - Susan Russo Anderson If you could continue the story, what events would you include? No, I would not contuine the story. Felt it ended where it should.

Is the story plot or character driven? This is a strong plot driven story.

What I didn't like. Didn't like the nun being killed off, but I can understand how this played into the story.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Bloodstorm (Heart of a Vampire, Book 1) (Volume 1)

Bloodstorm (Heart of a Vampire, Book 1) (Volume 1) - Amber Kallyn Is the story plot or character driven? A little bit of both. The plot is strong and there are two strong main characters that drive the story.

Is the plot well-developed? Yes, by the time you get to the end, all angles of the story have been covered and the author ties up all loose ends.

Who in this book would you most like to meet? Niki of course. In some ways, she reminds me of Kate Beckett from Castle. Bold, brave and rash at the same time.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior

Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior - Various Favourite location / setting … The story Summer Solstice by John Moore Walker described children with smeared popsicle faces between adults cherishing a night of youthful neglect. This is imagery that will stick with me.

Favourite story …. The story Killing the Fantasy by Jennifer Gracen was about an online relationship and my most favourite story. It was easy to relate to.

Favourite quote … "Give in. Let it happen." This was from the story Little Wing by Jerry Gentry.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

The Sin of Forgiveness

The Sin of Forgiveness - Edward F. Mrkvicka Jr. Beginning of book? It starts out talking about forgiveness and wiping the slate clean. Says we are lazy and giving in to the ways of the world.

Purpose for writing book? The author wants us to change. Go back to God's ways. To forgive only, when people truly repent.

Kind of book? The book would be considered nonfiction. It is based on direct scripture.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

An Unquiet American

An Unquiet American - A.F.N. Clarke Was the book different from what you expected? Yes. I was expecting a straightforward military mystery, wasn't expecting something so political and detailed. I loved it.

Was location important to the story? Yes. The different locations shed light on other terrorists and other political situations that were happening at the same time as Rufus' capture.

Was the time period important to the story? It depends. If you interpret this book as pure fiction, then time period was not at all important. But if start to connect some of the incidences in this book with real life then time period is important.


Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Spare Change

Spare Change - Bette Lee Crosby Were there any other especially interesting characters? Clara was interesting, especially in helping Olivia through her mourning period.

What lesson did you learn from the story? No matter what happens, never take anyone for granted. We never really know how long they will be in our lives.

What did you enjoy about this book? There was substance and a real feeling from emotions to situations, so glad the author did not fill these with useless facts.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Mars Rising

Mars Rising - Mark David Major What I liked. Everything about this book stunned me. There was so much detail and each page brought to life a different setting, location or character.

What I didn't like. There were some smaller sections, and I mean very small actions where the dialogue didn't flow as smoothly as I would have liked.

Did you find that the cover and title represented what the story was really about? Most definitely. The title text could have been bigger, but this is me being picky.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Straight Dope A 360 degree look into American drug culture

Straight Dope A 360 degree look into American drug culture - LeRon Barton How realistic was the characterization? The characters were all basically the same. Addict who lied and stole to support their habits.

How does the setting figure into the book? Settings were all the same. Inmates being interviewed while in prison for crimes committed.

What are some of the book's themes? Drugs, destroyed lives, rehab. If the this book is polished, it would make a fantastic reading guide for high school students.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Untethered

Untethered - Katie Hayoz What did you like most about the book? I liked that the author based a lot of the relationships on actual emotions and sentiments.

What did you like least? Nothing whatsoever. This was a well-written, fascinating read that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good read.

Did you like the way the book ended? Yes, I did. I didn't expect it to end the way it did, so I'm sure readers will enjoy the surprise that eventually leads up to the end.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.