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Time-Travel ain’t for ignoramuses: A review of The End of Eternity by Issac Asimov 

Andrew Harlan, is an Eternal, a man who resides out of time, and whose job is to make small exacting changes that effect the whole of reality. These Reality Changes are painstakingly calculated shifts, that are made for the “benefit of mankind” but everything has a cost, and some more than could ever be comprehended.

On an assignent, Harlan meets a woman, a gender Eternal’s do not often get to interact with. She is a Timer, someone who exists within real world and real time. He quickly falls in love with Noÿs Lambent. Then he learns that with the next Reality Change the woman he loves will vanish, cease to exist, a casualty in the never ending journey for the good of mankind. He risks everything to sneak her into Eternity and will do anything to save her. The End of Eternity by Issac Asimov is a masterful tale of science fiction, and Eternity is a world of wonder and utterly fascinating.

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Some Deep Shit: A review of Grendel by John Gardner

The first monster of english literature to haunt us, terrifying and brutal, Grendel has stalked the nights for centuries. Despite his brutality, we have always wondered how Grendel become the heartless, merciless monster Beowulf fought? How did he come to hate humanity, to start the ritual of attacking Heorot each night? John Gardner attempted to answer these questions in his beloved novel named after the first monster himself. Usually I gifted you with a lengthy synopsis, but in this case there is an exception, I can’t really prattle on about the basic plot, since there is no real plot other than Grendel becoming Grendel. Grendel by John Gardner was poetic, deep, philosophical, and entirely too complicated to follow without re-reading…several times.

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Posted in 4 star, Book Review

A sassy lady and her brooding laird: The Secret by Julie Garwood

Judith (Elizabeth) Hampton had made a promise to her dear Scottish friend, at the time of her child’s birth she would be at Francis Catherine’s side. Nothing would keep her from offering her support, not brooding lairds, and uncooperative councils, nor cruel uncles, especially not the biased hatred that existed between the English and Scottish. Her friend was her prominent reason, but another secret, private matter also motivated Judith, to go to the Highlands and learn about, and meet her father the Laird Maclean. However, she was unprepared for the sight of Laird Iain, the man who would escort her to Francis Catherine. He was powerful and compelling, and she couldn’t help but be intrigued. As Judith and Iain grow closer in trust and affection, surely nothing could separate them? Not even the truth about her father, a devastating, powerful secret. The Secret by Julie Garwood was a sizzling romance that drew me in head first, garnering laughter and a great deal of smiles.

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A deliciously vicious tale: A review of Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Superpowers don’t make you a superhero

Victor Vale is your average college student, brilliant, arrogant, lonely, and just the tiniest bit sociopathic. When Eli moves in to be his new roommate, he recognizes something dark hidden behind that perfect exterior. The twos ambition is a match for each other, and they become unlikely friends. Then their senior thesis: Victor studies adrenaline, and Eli near death experiences. When they work together they discover something extraordinary, under the right circumstance these two things combined can develop extraordinary abilities in someone. Not one to merely keep things academic, Victor pushes to take this to the experimental, things go as horribly wrong as can be expected.

It’s ten year later, and Victor has just escaped prison, mind consumed by revenge, determined to “catch up” with his old friend, with the help of Mitchell, a massive tattooed convict whose size hides his extreme intelligence, and a young girl, whose quiet unassuming ways hide a remarkable ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission of his own, to eradicate every other super-powered person he can find. Leaving death and destruction in his wake, his hands red with the blood of the extraordinary, except for his sidekick, an enigmatic woman, with a will no one can match. Both men wield terrible power on their side, driven by long ago memories of pain, betrayal, and loss, revenge is the only answer either can see, but who will survive the night? Vicious by V.E. Schwab is a delightfully dark, and entertaining read, that deals with broken people with extraordinary powers.

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A feisty lady and a sexy laird: A review of The Bride by Julie Garwood

 

By edict of the king, Alec Kincaid, a powerful Scottish laird, must take an English bride for his own. Neither he, nor Jamie, the wife of his choosing, a feisty beautiful woman, were particularly pleased with the command, but both live up to their duties. Alec finds Jamie’s beauty to be entrapping and distracting, he longs to posses and tame her, vowing to make her his. Jamie, however, vows to never succumbed to the highland barbarians arrogant brooding nature and tantalizing touch. She resists him whole heartedly, but he’s more than he first appeared, and she finds her heart thawing inch by inch. Soon it’s not only her heart in danger as strange accidents occur and rumors about Alec murdering his first wife flare up. The Bride by Julie Garwood, is a delightful romance, that tugged the heart strings and made me smile.

Everything I heard about this book spoke highly of it, all to its praise, reviews were practically singing of it, and if I am honest I was a bit…disappointed. Now don’t get me wrong it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the book, in fact I could hardly put it down, it was simply my expectations for it were quite high, probably due to the unrelenting singing, so the reality fell a little flat. If I had heard nothing of the book I may have enjoyed it more.

So as you read ahead realize for anything negative I say, I did in fact enjoy the book. (Slight spoilers ahead in reference to general things about the story and minor plot points.)

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Nazis, skinshifters, motorbikes, and a girl to change things: A review of Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

“Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them—made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same.

Her story begins on a train.”

The year is 1956, and the Nazis won the war. Hitler rules the Third Reich, their territories are expansive, Imperial Japan rules alongside them with a shaky alliance. To commemorate this Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito hold a cross country motor bike race, called the Axis Tour, a dangerous and deadly competition, a race of death and blood, where only the strong survive. The reward for the victor; prestige, money, and a chance…a chance to meet the reclusive Hitler himself. Yael is a former death camp prisoner, and her life has consisted of nothing but pain, ash and needles. The five wolves tattooed up her arm are to hold onto the love ones she has lost. Her pain and suffering have given her a special gift and an unwavering goal, win the race and kill Hitler.

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Posted in 4 star, Book Review

Jane Eyre and The Rockstar: A review of Jane by April Lindner

When her parents died Jane Moore is forced to drop out of college and look for employment to sustain herself. Through her lack of interest in popular culture and tabloids, she earns a job at Thornfield Park as the nanny. Her enigmatic boss is none other than famous rock star Nico Rathburn, who just happens to be on the brink of an enormous comeback. Unsure at first of her boss, due to the numerous scandals he had been a part of, she soon finds herself irresistibly drawn to him, but not all is as it seems as secrets lurk about the halls of Thornfield. Jane is April Lindner‘s amazing retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre, only this time with rockstars!

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Posted in 3 star, Book Review

The prat who gets a heart: A review of The Year of the Hangman by Gary L. Blackwood

In 1776, the American revolution was crushed, the British still control the colonies, and the year is now 1777, the Year of the Hangman. The revolutionists have gone into hiding. George Washington, their general, is set for the noose, and Benjamin Franklin’s newspaper Liberty Tree is banned as revolutionary propaganda. Creighton Brown is a fifteen year old British citizen who finds himself in the colonies despite his wishes, and is quickly caught up in the politics and wills of others. The Year of the Hangman by Gary L. Blackwood, is a great example of alternate history with powerful character development.

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Posted in 4 star, Book Review

A heart of gold: A review of Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Dashti, a mucker maid, is the only soul willing to stand by Lady Saren, as her father boards up tower walls around them, trapping them for a seven year sentence, until Saren agrees to marry the suitor chosen for her. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale is delivered with her usual lyrical voice, weaving a powerfully character driven story. You love Dashti from the moment you meet her and those feelings never waver. You shiver with her in the cold nights trapped in the tower, you feel your stomach rumble with hunger as their food supply is tested. You find your heart fluttering when Khan Tegus laughs with Dashti, thinking her more than just a mere Mucker.

I really loved this story! However the writing style was not my usual cup of tea.

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Posted in 3 star, Book Review

An emotional punch to the gut: A review of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” With these words Celeste Ng begins a book designed to punch you in the gut emotionally, and leave you gasping, as you read the tale of a Chinese-American family struggling to fit in and live in a small Ohio town in the 70’s.  Lydia is the favorite daughter of this five person family, and is buried under the weight of her parents expectations. When she is found dead in the lake, the precarious balance that held this fragile family together crumbles, and long forgotten secrets and failings come to light. The family struggles to cope with the loss and discover what truly happened that night on the lake. Everything I Never Told You is a profoundly moving story about expectations and life.

I was super conflicted by this book.

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