Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Review: Emerald Green (Precious Stone Trilogy, Book 3) by Kerstin Gier

Emerald Green (Precious Stone Trilogy, book 3)
By: Kerstin Gier
ISBN-10: 1250050812
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Gwen and Gideon are having serious relationship issues, but Gwen can’t even deal with that at the moment as she is busy trying to figure out the prophecy of the Circle of Twelve, which she will play a huge role in.

It contains:

• Some passionate kisses
• A few references to women’s breasts
• Reference to a striptease
• Suggestive reference to sex
• Profanity (sh*t, b*stard, d*mn, h*ll, and one *sshole)
• Violence (references to blood, some injuries)

The language is a bit heavier in this book than in the previous installments, but the violence and sexuality are about the same as in Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue. Fans of the Precious Stone Trilogy shouldn’t be disappointed with this funny and thrilling conclusion.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Book Review: River Marked (Mercedes Thompson, Book 6), By Patricia Briggs

River Marked (Mercedes Thompson, #6)
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By: Patricia Briggs
ISBN-10: 0441020003
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Honeymoons are suppose to be worry free, but between the fey, river monster, and near death experiences – Mercedes Thompson (friendly neighborhood mechanic and shape shifter) finds her honeymoon anything but.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review: Nevermore (Maximum Ride, Book 8), By James Patterson

Book Review: Nevermore (Maximum Ride, Book 8), By James Patterson
By: James Patterson
ISBN: 0316101842
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Many things are not what they seem.

Max's life has finally mellowed out, but a new movement is cropping up all over the place.

Its goal: To kill Fang.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy, Book 3), by Michelle Hodkin

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy, book 3)
By: Michelle Hodkin
ISBN-10: 1442484233
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Mara is back with her friends Jamie and Stella as they search for Noah Shaw to free him from a group of controlling scientists, while at the same time trying to find out more information about their strange powers.

It includes:

• Profanity (including the F-word)
• Attempted rape
• Violence (murders, bloody hallucinations)
• A lengthy sex scene that is not described more than the character’s feeling for each other
• One teen girl thinks she might be pregnant
• Lying

The Retribution of Mara Dyer is the final installment in a paranormal romance trilogy, and in this book there is even more gore and sexuality than the previous novels, but less scary scenes. Some fans of the first two books might not be pleased with how everything turns out.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Book Review: Inkheart (Inkworld Trilogy, Book 1), by Cornelia Funke

By: Cornelia Funke
ISBN-10: 0439709105
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Meggie’s father Mo has a job mending books and they live a happy, quiet life together, always on the move from one place to the next. But when they’re captured and brought to a castle with strange-looking creatures, Meggie learns a secret her father has been hiding that has to do with the disappearance of her mother.

It contains:

• Mild profanity (h*ll, d*mn, bloody, *ss, God)
• Violence (people are held hostage, sword fighting, some bad guys might be scary to younger readers, a villain is killed)
• Farid has a crush on Meggie
• Some villains have tattoos and piercings

Inkheart is the first book in a rich, lengthy middle grade fantasy trilogy. The story is told through many point of views, and the plot is absorbing. Inkheart is a great read for fantasy fans and book-loving tweens.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Book Review: Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

By: Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN-10: 0374371520
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Melinda has a terrible secret: she was raped last summer, and she hasn’t told anyone about it. Now Melinda hardly speaks a word, but as the traumatizing event in her past continues to haunt her, and the pressure from her friends at school builds up, Melinda realizes she needs to find her voice and stand up for herself.

It contains:

• Flashback rape scene (some description)
• Sexual assault
• References to sex
• Reference to abortions
• Profanity (b*tch, d*mn, h*ll, p*ss)
• Some drinking at a party

Speak is an important young adult book focusing on a serious topic. Readers should be able to relate with Melinda’s small, scared, young voice, and will cheer for her as she finds confidence in herself. There isn’t much language, and the rape scene is only vaguely described in the main character’s memory, but the subject is still weighty, so I would only recommend this book for mature teens.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, book 3), by Darynda Jones

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, book 3)
By: Darynda Jones
ISBN: 125000828X
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When a guilty husband tries to hire Charley (PI and Grim Reaper) to find his "missing" wife, Charley is determined to find her before it's too late. But her plans get thrown askew when things with Reyes take a hostile turn.

Third Grave Dead Ahead
picks up Charley's story a few weeks after the conclusion of book two, Second Grave on the Left. This installment includes more of the fun banter, ADD tendencies and quirks that make Charley Davidson such a unique and authentic feeling character. The pacing is consistent with prior books and there are interesting revelations, relationship turns, and plot twists to keep everything moving throughout.

Third Grave Dead Ahead is an adult novel and includes:
  • Profanity: B*tch, various words referring to poop and it's origin, d*mn and various iterations of the F word
  • Detailed Sex Scenes & Make out Scenes (full nudity, erections/orgasms, fingers & intimate places, etc)
  • Conversation about size of male privates
  • References to arousal and desire to be aroused
  • Admiring men's bodies in sexual ways
  • Reference to sexual and physical abuse of child
  • Psychological abuse
  • Death, past murders, intent to murder, attempted murders
  • Injuries
  • Torture (references to pain, blood, and some details true grading specific damage being done)
  • Ghosts
The Charley Davidson series is an investigative Urban Fantasy with a significant Paranormal Romance element.

More Charley Davidson Books:
  • Book 1: First Grave on the Right (Review)
  • Novella 1.5: For I Have Sinned
  • Book 2: Second Grave on the Left (Review)
  • Book 3: Third Grave Dead Ahead (Review)
  • Book 4: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
  • Book 5: Fifth Grave Past the Light
  • Book 6: Sixth Grave on the Edge
  • Book 7: Seventh Grave and No Body
  • Book 8: Eighth Grave After Dark (Review)
  • Book 8.5: Brighter Than the Sun (Review)
  • Book 9: The Dirt on Ninth Grave
  • Book 10: The Curse of Tenth Grave (expected publication 2016)
  • Book 11: Untitled (expected publication 2017)

Reader who enjoy Charley Davidson may also enjoy Burn for Me by Ilona Andrew.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Book Review: Blue Sea Burning (The Chronicles of Egg, Book 3), by Geoff Rodkey

Blue Sea Burning (The Chronicles of Egg, book 3)
By: Geoff Rodkey
ISBN-10: 039925787X
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Egg is determined to defeat Roger Pembroke once and for all with the help of his best friend, Guts, the girl he loves, Millicent, and some hearty pirates.

Blue Sea Burning is a middle grade book that includes:

• Violence (cutting off someone’s hand, someone falling into lava and burning up, whipping a child, sword fighting, battles, and explosions)
• A dash is used in place of swear words, and some characters swear in a made-up language
• Kissing
• Pirates drinking

This final book in the action-packed, pirate-filled trilogy is an exciting and satisfying conclusion.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Book Review: This Song Will Save Your Life, by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life
By: Leila Sales
ISBN-10: 0374351384
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All Elise ever wanted was to be normal; to fit in at school. But when her attempts to be more like the popular kids fail, she tries to commit suicide, but fails at that, too.

Now Elise just feels like her life is a big, hopeless mess—that is, until she accidentally stumbles upon a night club and meets a group of friends who happen to be just as weird as she is.

This is a young adult book that contains:

• Attempted suicide
• Bullying
• Profanity (b*tch, godd*mn, sh*t, and lesbo)
• Someone tries to take advantage of a drunken character
• Sexual references
• An underage character makes out heavily multiple times with an adult
• Sneaking out at night
• Lying to parents
• Teens drinking and smoking; one adult is a recovered alcoholic and drug addict

This Song Will Save Your Life is a gripping and sometimes depressing story about a girl struggling to accept herself, but in the end the message is hopeful and uplifting.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Book Review: Finnikin of the Rock (The Lumatere Chronicles, Book 1), by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock (The Lumatere Chronicles, book 1)
By: Melina Marchetta
ISBN-10: ISBN-10: 0763643610
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Finnikin, his guardian Sir Topher, a young novice named Evanjalin, and a thieving boy, Froi, all set off on a journey to Lumatere, the ravished kingdom that is in desperate need of a new ruler.

It contains:

• Sexual references
• Someone has sex with a prostitute (the scenes cuts off before anything happens)
• A married couple has sex in a tent and other characters can hear them
• Kissing
• References to past sexual activity
• Physical attraction
• Attempted rape
• Descriptions of a past massacre
• Drinking
• Minor profanity

Finnikin of the Rock is a moderately-paced first book in a young adult fantasy trilogy. It should be appropriate for mature teen readers.

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