Monthly Archives: May, 2014

“Knotted Roots” A review

I Rated It:

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I was a little nervous when I started reading this one, but it turned out to be a bit deeper than I had originally thought it would be.  Roxie, who has just completed her junior year of high school, is sent away from her New York city home to spend the summer in South Carolina with her grandmother; her grandmother who she’s only met once.  I thought this was going to be the cliche story of a shallow teen who turns her life around after spending time in a small town.  That did happen, but there was a little more to it than just that.  Roxie falls in love while in South Carolina and struggles to accept her feelings for someone who is so different than she is.  She makes real friends and experiences what real family tragedy feels like.  By the end of the story, Roxie is even considering remaining in South Carolina for her final year of high school…all based on the events of one life-changing summer away from home. After researching the book further, I discovered that this is Ruthi Kight’s first novel.  I’ll definitely be reading more books of hers in the future.

I read this book as part of the “Indie Fever Reading Challenge”

I have read 3 of 15 books towards my goal.

Click here for details about the 2014 Indie Fever reading challenge!

 

Book Review: “No One’s Angel” by Kelly Walker

I Rated It:

3stars“No One’s Angel” is the story of Tess (Angel) and Axel (Arion) who met in an online gaming community.  After suffering abuse and obsessive control under her current boyfriend Nick, Angel sets off to find Arion in the real world.  The book gets pretty racy as the two of them discover their true feelings for each other.  Everything seems to be going well for the couple, until Nick figures out where Tess is.  At this point the book turns to the thriller genre a bit as Nick tries to reach Angel and Arion is forced to protect her.  Overall, it’s a fast-paced, well written romance novel with just a bit of suspense thrown in at the end.  With the explicitness of some of the sex scenes, it was definitely written for an adult audience so don’t be fooled by the title, the book cover, or the age of the characters.

I read this book as part of the “Indie Fever Reading Challenge”

I have read 2 of 15 books towards my goal.

Click here for details about the 2014 Indie Fever reading challenge!

 

 

 

Quick Look: “Jenny Pox,” “In Too Deep,” “Faculty Club”

   Jenny Pox by JL Bryan

   I Rated It:

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I wouldjenny+pox only recommend this book to those with huge imaginations and a very open minds when it comes  to the supernatural.  Think Pretty Little Liars meets Zombie Apocalypse.  The final supernatural events far surpass anything that could be predicted. It was a super quick read and I really enjoyed it.  Definitely not for everyone, but I loved it!

 

 

In too Deep by Amanda Grace

I Rated It:

4stars

This is a very quick read and at the same time, it delves into a pretty serious subject.  It addresses the possibility that young women might cry rape for attention and status.  I can see how this could be a very controversial read given the difficulties that many women face when it comes to reporting true rape and the stigmas that they encountered once the have been lthabeled a “Rape-ee.”  This story takes place in a high school setting and probably isn’t very well suited for women who haven’t yet reached high school themselves.

 

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The Faculty Club by Danny Tobey

I Rated It:

4stars

 

This supernatural thriller combines voodoo, possession, and old fashioned hazing rituals.  After not being inducted into the V&D, a secret society for a select group of law students, Jeremy decides to explore what exactly makes this secret group so special.  His exploration puts him in several near-death situations and ends with an act of heroism.  One of my favorite things about this book is that there isn’t a long resolution.  Suspense, thrill, heroism, and cut to black.  Probably not a good read if your looking for something that’s going to leave you feeling happy or renew your faith in the ability of good to conquer evil.

“Giovanni’s Room” a Review

I Rated it:

3stars

 

James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, explores a young man’s confusion surrounding his sexuality in 1950s France.  This book quickly grabbed my attention as it “began at the ending” so to speak.  David is alone, his fiance has left him and is on her way back to America, and the as of yet mysterious Giovanni is soon to be executed.  I can’t imagine that this wouldn’t be enough to quickly draw any readers attention.  The events leading up to this tragic opening scene are revealed through a flash-back style narrative.  David’s fiance, Hella, has gone on a trip to Spain.  While she is away, David meets Giovanni, an openly gay man who works at a bar that he visits with his friend Jacques.  David decides to move in with Giovanni, but being engaged to marry a women, refuses to acknowledge that he may be gay.  A relationship forms between the two of them, but things quickly go down hill when Hella returns from her trip to Spain.  The novel explores the complications that arise for all three members of the “love-triangle” and presents a “worst-case-scenario” outcome for all of the parties involved.  I can imagine that this book was highly controversial when it was originally published in the 50’s.  It is an interesting story that provides some pretty powerful messages about sexuality, relationships, and love.  I feel that it’s probably a bit less relevant to today’s world, however, as views on homosexuality are quickly changing and becoming less of a taboo subject.