Friday, 30 September 2016

Chopins Ghost- Cary Grossman

This was given to me by the author in exchange for a review.

Chopins Ghost by Cary Grossman
Released: July 20, 2013
Pages: 373
Buy it: Amazon

Fryderyk Chopin, the genius of the Romantic period, has been haunting the dreams of rock star Robin Hanley. The master composer offers more than just music lessons, however; he shows Robin images of a beautiful woman, and of a fire that will claim his life. Immersing himself in the wildly successful band he forms with a friend from school, Robin is unable to explain his ability to change the weather with his moods, predict the impending death of loved ones, or hide from dreams of the mysterious woman. And Chopin won't leave him alone. Shocked and despondent, Robin drops out of a major tour after his estranged wife disappears with the couple's daughter.

Hiding from a world he doesn't understand and memories too painful to endure, it is only when Robin faces his fears, confronts the ghost, and rejoins the world that he can hope to find his missing child and the woman he loves. But neither Suze, the powerful enchantress from his dreams, nor Robin can possibly imagine how old is their history together, or what is actually at stake.

A love story that spans over 25,000 years, Chopin's Ghost is Cary Marc Grossman's first novel, and the first of a three-part series.

I thought this book felt really slow at the beginning.  It took a while to get into the story.   I was really intrigued by the plot of this book and eventually the pace picked up.  Chopin's Ghost was quite mysterious and it took some unexpected turns. While it left me confused a couple times it was still quite entertaining and I could not wait finding out what would happen next..

Filled with some great characters that you get to know.  I was not overly fond of Robin but definitely grew on me as the book progressed.  I enjoyed Suze and found these two were great together.  Angie frustrated me at times, but was glad of the chance to understand her a little more.  Some of the characters took a while to get use to, but overall they were wonderfully developed.

It was quite a well written book with romance and paranormal aspects.   Overall it was a good start of a series and I ended up giving this a 3.5/5.

Have you read Chopin's Ghost yet?  Are you planning on reading it? 


Friday, 16 September 2016

Patriot's of mars- Jeff Faria

This was given to me by the author in exchange for a review.

Patriots of Mars by Jeff Faria
Released: August 18, 2016
Pages: 424
Buy it: Amazon

A phantom group called 'The Patriots of Mars' has committed an act of rebellion that stands the world on its ear.

Josh Reynolds, a Martain-born teen with a secret, is trying to change his life when he gets caught up in the wake of the Patriots' insurrection.

As he struggles to both find and save himself, Josh begins to realize that the change he had hoped for could become something more far-reaching than anyone has imagined.

I really enjoyed this book.  It is a creative and a wonderfully written book..  It was quite descriptive which gave a great sense of the layout.

The book follows a number of different characters after the Patriots rebellion.  So it took a while to get to know them all.  In the beginning it definitely felt like they were not connected but eventually showed how they were all connected.   I really the sections with Josh and his friends and felt they had a great balance together.

This book had you guessing through the whole book, taking surprising turns. It had you guessing who are the Patriots, not revelling who they were until the end.  While I thought in a couple of places I felt the pace was a little slow.   Overall I really loved this book and cannot wait to read book 2!!

I ended up giving this book a 4/5.   I am really looking forward to continuing with Josh and his friends.

Have you read The Patriots of Mars? What did you think of it?


Friday, 9 September 2016

September TBR

It is a bit late but here is my TBR for September.   I have three books I want to read this month.Currently I m reading These Broken Stars.

1.  These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)- Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
2.  The Final Empire (Misborn #1)- Brandon Sanderson
3.  A Court of Thorns and Roses(A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)- Sarah J. Maas

Have you read any of these? What do you plan on reading this month?


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Spotlight: Rarity From The Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton
Released: December 5, 2016(Final edition)
Pages: 284
Buy it: | | Dog Horn Publishing | Lulu | Weightless Books

Here is a spotlight for rarity from the hollow by Robert Eggleton.   This book is a adult literary science fiction novel and has been described as a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.  If this interests you then keep on reading.

About Rarity from the Hollow

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage -- an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.
Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire.

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.” 
Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest 

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.” 
    Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

. "…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy." -- Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” --Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author 

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” -- The Baryon Review

About Robert:

Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997. Today, he is a recently retired psychotherapist from the mental health center in CharlestonWest VirginiaRarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

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Excerpt : From chapter 13, Mom I’d Like to Introduce You to My Fiancé:

            …..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn's name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.
            I hear her voice. Why won't she answer me?  
            “Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods.  
            Nobody responded. The trees weren't supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree. 
            I will always love you guys.  
Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.    
            Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front.  
            Jenny looked to the left of the path.
            There ain't no cave Roundabend, but there it is.  
            She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face.  Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn't exit and into a blue light that did. 
            “All right, you mother f**ker!”
            “Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you're supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story)."
            DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner.  Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.    
            "Grrrrr," emanated from Jenny.  It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn's dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house.  It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate.  No one moved.  The spaceship’s door slid shut.
            “Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.” 
            “You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.
            Stay between them.
            “Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I'm old enough -- like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend -- what you call it -- my fiancé.”  
            “You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce.  
            “MOM!  Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.” 
            Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.
            He ain't got no private parts, not even a little bump.    
            “DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé, DotCom.” 
            Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.   
            “Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.”  
            I will need much more training if I'm ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.
            “Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”       
            Jenny's left eye twitched.  
            DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…     
            …(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There're a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain't complained since the shots started -- not even with an upset stomach.” 
            "He's a doctor?" Jenny asked.
            “What's your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know.  You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that's different -- even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.” 
            “Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said. 
            Mommy's right. Maybe I need a different argument.
            A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them. 
            "What's that?" Jenny asked.  
            She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.
            “But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.
            “Mommy, I'm so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn't talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he'd be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain't had no chance to talk. All I know is that he's home and I'm sooooo happy.” 
            “Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more….  
            It's unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that's a good sign. Maybe she's right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They've been together for a while and I ain't seen a mark on herThat's unusual too. He ain't got no private parts and that's another good thingHell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. I'd better play it smart. I don't want to lose my baby. 
            “What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked. 
            “I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”
            “My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition -- the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said.  
            They both glared at him.  
            "Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said.  
            “Okay, Mommy.” 
            “I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her.  
            “I love you too,” DotCom said. 
            Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile -- at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.    
            Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up.  My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”


Saturday, 3 September 2016

August- Wrap up

It's the end of August now.  This month I read 2 books and 1 audiobook this month.   One of them was from my TBR for August Currently I am reading These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

1.   The Turners (The Turners #1)- Mick Elliot- 3.5/5-  Review
2.  Bloodfire Quest (The Dark Lecagcy of Shannara #2)- Terry Brooks- 4/5
3.  Past the shallows- Favel Parrett -  4/5

Have you read any of these books?   What did you read in August?