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Book Reviews By Review Date

Here you will find a chronological list of my book reviews, listed by the date completed. (Most recent reviews listed first.) This is not an all-inclusive list. I’ve chosen to list the reviews I have done for Online Book Club, NetGalley, and on my Blog. I leave reviews on Goodreads, Audible, and Amazon as well.

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A Soul as Cold as Frost

By Jennifer Kropf

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2020

Helen Bell is 16 and experiencing the life of a teenager who is struggling after the loss of her father and mother. She is living with her grandmother, along with her siblings, and wearing hand-me-downs. A chance encounter in the woods changes her life forever as she’s transported to Winter, a world that is facing struggles of its own.

Helen was once an afterthought but is now the center of attention, the holder of an unusual orb in an unusual world.

The author has built an amazing story that seems to meld The Polar Express, Narnia, and the traditions of Christmas into an exciting realm known as, Winter.

You can read my full review here.

East Wind 2nd Edition

By Jack Winnick

East Wind, 2nd edition by Jack Winnick, is the first of five books in a thrilling espionage series.

A dirty nuclear bomb has just been unleased on Marina del Rey, killing thousands of people. As authorities race to determine responsibility for this terrorist attack, they receive a demand from an unknown source in the Middle East. The United States must immediately cease all aid to Israel. Similar attacks will be unleashed on multiple American cities, causing many casualties if the United States does not comply. Now authorities are rushing to locate those behind the Marina del Rey attack to prevent additional terrorist attacks.

Authorities turn to an unlikely duo to aid them in their task. Lara Edmond works for the FBI and has created technology that monitors and locates online correspondence associated with terrorism. Uri Levin, a spy with the Mestada of the Israeli Mossad, is introduced to Lara. Soon Lara and Uri are entrusted with preventing any additional terrorist attacks on United States soil.

You can read my full review here.

Aftermath

By Courtney Beals

Date Reviewed : October 11, 2020

Aftermath: The Armorian Chronicles by Courtney Beals is a young adult dystopian novel that chronicles the lives of twins Lyla and Lilly Langston.

It’s been eighteen years since dark creatures concealed underneath black hoods invaded the world. Among the survivors are twin girls named Lyla and Lilly Langston, and their grandparents, who have raised them from infancy.

When their grandmother is killed, and their grandfather is taken captive by the dark creatures, this preparation is tested. On a quest to locate their grandfather, the girls realize that they have unique, magical abilities. Unfortunately for Lyla and Lilly, the same magical abilities that may be the solution to rescuing their grandfather are sought after by the dark army for nefarious purposes.

You can read my full review here.

Empyrean: The Leron Series Book One

By Nicole L. Bates

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2020

Be prepared for an escape from the world as you know it.

Jahira, her family, and many others have resided on The Aquilo after Earth was destroyed. Now, after a tragic accident, they are fleeing The Aquilo to save their lives from imminent destruction. Sadly, not everyone is successful in their efforts to flee The Aquilo. Jahira and her crewmates find themselves fighting for survival while looking for a new, habitable planet to colonize. At the same time, a group of Aliens, the Leroni, is fighting for their own survival against the harsh conditions of The Season of Ice.

The mysterious planet of Leron is a difficult place to live; rather, you are human or alien. Dangers are rampant. Silver pools draw you to drink, only to cause erratic life-threatening behavior. Freezing white-outs seem to occur with little to no notice, bringing with them well-below freezing temperatures. While Jahira is working to help her human counterparts survive, Kranar hopes to fulfill the prophecy that will save his alien race.

You can read my full review here.

The Haunting of Beatrix Greene

By Rachel Hawkins

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2020

The Haunting of Beatrix Greene is a horror story perfect story for the spooky season upon us.

Beatrix Greene is a charlatan, performing seances to bring comfort to others. She has no nefarious purposes behind what she does; it’s just how she goes through life given her harrowing childhood. When Beatrix and her team are hired by James Walker to conduct a seance in Ashbury Manor, Beatrix believed she would be performing once again to help bring him comfort and closure. This story takes a horrifically frightening turn for the worst when Beatrix summons much more than comfort and closure.

You can read my full review here.

The Markings

By Catherine Downen

Review Date: October 6, 2020

This book is part fantasy, part science fiction, and results in a page-turning read. 

It is the year 5019, sixteen-year-old Adaline has spent 2,436 days in prison on the island of Dather, once known as Oahu, in the city of Garth. She is imprisoned with her mother and younger brother. Adaline knows that unless she can escape the prison she will be sentenced to death, the fate of all prisoners. When Adaline’s mother is taken for her death sentence she knows that the time has come for her escape attempt.

You can read my full review here.

Duke the Legend

By Mary Ann Zengerle

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2020

Duke the Legend by Mary Ann Zengerle is a non-fiction book, recounting the life of her family’s black labrador, Duke.

When Mary’s husband, Mike, comes home with a black labrador puppy, she tries to make sense of the addition of another dog. The family already has two West Highland Terriers, so she questions adding a puppy to the mix. On closer inspection, Mary couldn’t deny the puppy gazing up at her with his big brown eyes, yearning for acceptance. And so, Mary decided the puppy would remain a part of the family. They chose to name him Duke. Before long, it became clear that Duke was different than the family’s other dogs. To be specific, Duke was different than any dog Mary had met previously.

Duke has what many would call a “larger-than-life” personality. He finds himself “in the doghouse” on more than one occasion. When Mike originally came home with Duke, Mary had no idea he would reach legendary status in their Lake Fenton community. Duke the Legend tells the story of how this black labrador puppy grew up to be a legend.

You can read my full review here.

Kalayla

By Jeannie Nicholas

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2020

Kalayla by Jeannie Nicholas is a fiction book that brilliantly shares the intertwining relationships centered around three female characters, each from different cultural backgrounds.

In Kalayla, we are introduced to three female characters, residing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the late 1990s. Kalayla is a bi-racial eleven-year-old girl who has difficulty attending school, spends a great deal of time alone, and has a bit of a short-fused temper. Her mother, Maureen, finds herself a single mother after her husband’s tragic death. Maureen is unsure how to parent Kalayla, and their mother-daughter relationship is not what it once was.

As the storyline unfolds, it becomes apparent that the relationships among Maureen, Kalayla, and Lena, combined with current events, will be life-changing.

You can read my full review here.

Liberating Teaching and Learning

By Dr. Bettye Chitman Haysbert

Date Reviewed : September 16, 2020

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Liberating Teaching and Learning: Turn it Upside Down and Watch African Americans (All Learners) SOAR focuses on the need for educational reform. Readers receive a brief history of education, indicating that current classrooms and educational systems benefit European American learners rather than African American and Latin American learners. Research suggests a large number of African American students find themselves placed in special education classrooms due to a lack of understanding of learning style and cultural differences.

You can read my full review here.

Black Coral

By Andrew Mayne

Date Reviewed : September 11, 2020

Black Coral is the second book in the thrilling Underwater Investigation Unit series by Andrew Mayne.

The Underwater Investigation Unit, still trying to gain clout among fellow investigators, is helping with the examination and recovery of a submerged vehicle. During this assignment, Sloan McPherson, the lead diver and co-founder of the Underwater Investigation Unit, stumbles upon the final resting spot of four teenagers. Their final resting spot, confined to the bowels of a submerged van, after leaving a rock concert thirty years prior. Authorities believe the death of these teenagers is nothing more than an accident, but to Sloan McPherson, everything about the discovery of the van and bodies within screams foul play.

You can read my full review here.

Tempest Cursed: A Wuthering Heights Retelling

By K.C. Lannon

Date Reviewed : September 2, 2020

Tempest Cursed: A Wuthering Heights Retelling by K.C. Lannon is the first in a two-part young adult fantasy series that completely engaged me and had me rapidly turning pages.

This eerie story takes place on the island of Moon Tithe and Tempest, the home of young Pearl and her father. Pearl is mourning the loss of her mother. Her mother’s death is mysterious; it is believed she drowned, although her body has yet to be recovered. Before her passing, Pearl’s mother imparted several stories of the Deep Dwellers to her daughter. The Deep Dwellers are sea gods who accept offerings of silver and gold treasures to keep their fury at bay. Holding onto her mother’s magical stories of the Deep Dwellers is Pearl’s way of coping with her loss. When Pearl herself makes an offering to the sea gods, she comes face to face with Hake, a boy who is half-Deep Dweller. Hake and Pearl form an unexpected friendship, and as they become familiar with one another, it becomes clear to Hake that Pearl’s stories of the sea gods are far from accurate. Will Hake show Pearl the terrifying truth of the Deep Dwellers? How will Pearl and Hake’s bond evolve over the course of the book? And, perhaps the biggest question of all, is Tempest cursed?

You can read my full review here.

Horses with Many Names

By Cynthia Putnam Jones

Date Reviewed : August 30, 2020

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Horses with Many Names is a beautiful chronicle of the author’s childhood and adolescent years, told mainly through her interactions with horses. Cynthia, who refers to herself as Cindy in the book, and her sister Sheri spend weekends at their grandparents’ farm. Pap-pap and Mam-mam have an excellent relationship with their grandchildren. Pap-pap is a farmer and horse trader who takes Cindy under his wing, fueling her passion for horses. Mam-mam spends time walking with the girls, talking about the essential things in life, and catching snakes on the farm.

You can read my full review here.

Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress

By Gustavo Kinrys, M.D. and Alexandra Gold, M.A.

Date Reviewed : August 27, 2020

Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress: A Practical Guide aims to help those seeking to treat anxiety and stress with natural alternatives to prescription medications. This practical guide explains the symptoms of anxiety, anxiety disorders, and stress. Also, the authors provide several natural treatment and prevention options for these conditions. These options include nutrient-based, herbal-based, natural, and alternative remedies, various forms of therapies, and dietary suggestions.

You can read my full review here.

Chameleons

By Martin Wyatt

Date Reviewed : August 14, 2020

Chameleons by Martin Wyatt is a must-read piece of historical fiction.

The Hallenstein family resides in Krako॔w, Poland under the tutelage of Grandpappy Harran, the patriarch of the family. Harran is an entomologist concerned with more than the study of insects. As the word is traveling of Hitler’s desire to eliminate the Jews, his main concern is the impending threat to his people. Armed with this knowledge, Harran feels it is important to prepare his family and friends for their unavoidable future.

You can read my full review here.

Serendipity Mystery: Diary of a Snoopy Cat

By R.F. Kristi

Date Reviewed : August 13, 2020

Serendipity Mystery: Diary of a Snoopy Cat by R.F. Kristi is the 7th installment of the Inca Cat Detective children’s book series.

Inca, cunning cat detective and founder of “Inca & Company Detective Agency,” has returned for another exciting, crime-solving adventure. Inca and her team of pet detectives travel to Sri Lanka for what should be a week of relaxation. After an afternoon of soaking up the sun’s rays, Inca learns that a national treasure was stolen from a nearby museum. Inca is intrigued by the mysterious nature of this theft. She soon realizes the team’s week of relaxation is going to be action-packed. They now have a case to solve! How will the team solve a case in a foreign land? What serendipitous encounters are in store for Inca and the pet detectives?

You can read my full review here.

The Child Who Never Was

By Jane Renshaw

Date Reviewed : August 12, 2020

The Child Who Never Was by Jane Renshaw is a thrilling page-turner!

Evie and Sarah Booth are mirror-image twins. When they face one another they are matching reflections, but their personalities are far from identical. Evie is independent and outgoing. Sarah suffers from agoraphobia and struggles with daily activities. Sarah’s mental illness comes to a head when she is faced with a mother’s worst fear. Sarah’s 18-month-old son has vanished without a trace! Can Evie help reunite Sarah with her son? Will Sarah overcome her mental illness?

You can read my full review here.

On Days Like This

By Mary Faderan

Date Reviewed : August 11, 2020

On Days Like This by Mary Faderan is a fiction book that may be classified as a thriller.

Mary Scott has just graduated with a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Merton. She has secured a job working as a researcher at Yale’s School of Medicine and will be packing up and moving to her new home the following day. Mary is excited to put her degree to use and hopes to be successful in her career but instead finds herself in a precarious situation. Her fellow researchers seem welcoming at first, but in reality, they are not who they seem. In reality, she is surrounded by people who wish to see her dead. These nefarious individuals are determined to do anything they can to prevent Mary from reaching her full potential.

You can read my full review here.

Strong Heart

By Charlie Sheldon

Date Reviewed : August 3, 2020

Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon is a book from the fiction genre. One may argue that it could additionally be classified as historical fiction based on the strong historical references made throughout the book.

Tom is preparing to hike into the Olympic National Park, in Washington State, along with his friends, William and Myra, when they are faced with a surprising arrival. The group hears several unexpected sounds of pounding on the front door. In response, William opens the door to be met by Tom’s ex-wife, Ruth, and a young girl. Ruth explains that Sarah, the young girl, is Tom’s granddaughter and that she has been staying with her for a few days. Ruth has only just become aware of her existence, as has Tom. Ruth further explains that Sarah has overstayed her welcome and that Tom is now responsible for her care, then she abruptly leaves. Tom is left befuddled, wondering if the group should proceed with their planned hike, or if they should cancel their plans.

You can read my full review here.

Zona: The Forbidden Land

By Fred G. Baker

Date Reviewed : July 25, 2020

Zona: The Forbidden Land by Fred B. Baker is a book from the science fiction genre, intertwined with fantasy elements.

When explorer Randall Taylor fails to return from his latest expedition, his nephew is tasked with settling his uncle’s estate. Soon, Dr. Grant Taylor, a geologist, travels to Saint Petersburg, Russia to carry out his task. The executor of the estate, Boris Ustinov, both Randall’s attorney, and friend, informs Grant that his uncle has been missing for over a year and is presumed dead. Ustinov’s niece and legal aid, Irina, is assigned to assist Grant in settling his uncle’s estate. While cleaning Randall’s apartment, Grant soon learns that it holds mystifying clues, which he withholds from Irina and others. Grant begins to decipher these clues, learning more about his uncle’s expedition to the area known as Zona, also known as The Forbidden Land, located in Siberia.

You can read my full review here.

Solaris Seethes

By Janet McNulty

Date Reviewed : July 20, 2020

Solaris Seethes by Janet McNulty is the first book in the Solaris Saga, a four part series in the science fiction genre.

Rynah, a pilot in the Lanyran fleet, soon discovers that her newly established fiance॔, Klanor, is not who she believes. While Rynah is on duty in the geo-lab an attack ensues, led by Klanor. Klanor succeeds in stealing planet Lanyr’s stabilizing crystal from the geo-lab. The planet of Lanyr is ravaged by unstable magnetic forces as a result of the displaced crystal. Rynah escapes certain death with the help of Solaris, a ship programmed with artificial intelligence by Marlow, Rynah’s late grandfather. Rynah learns of an ancient prophecy that tells the story of six crystals with the power to create or destroy. In the wrong hands, the combined crystals form a deadly weapon that can destroy entire solar systems. Faced with Klanor’s betrayal and the knowledge of his plot to successfully steal the remaining five crystals Rynah is determined to utilize the ancient prophecy to foil the nefarious intentions of Klanor.

You can read my full review here.