I will NOT be taking anymore review requests at this time, because I'm a bit overwhelmed and getting behind.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

{Book Review} Kidnap, Part 1. of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

Kidnap, Part 1. of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire
by Sally Ann Melia
Publisher:Dickson House
Released:May 17th 2015
Genre: Fiction-YA: Sci Fi, thriller
How I got it:Received a copy from the author

I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?
13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do - into the Dome.
13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy - at the heart of the Dome.
Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?

Review: This was a good book.
I've only recently started getting into Science Fiction and this was one of my first young adult book. I enjoyed the story, the plot moved along at a good pace with just the right amount of action. I thought the world building was well done and imaginative. The characters were likeable and interacted well. My only complaint was that it ended abruptly and with a huge cliffhanger.
Over all I liked and enjoyed the book.

Monday, April 20, 2015

{Book Review} "No One Helped": Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy by Marcia M. Gallo

"No One Helped": Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy
by Marcia M. Gallo
Publisher:Cornell University Press
Released:April 21st 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: True Crime
How I Got it: NetGalley

In "No One Helped" Marcia M. Gallo examines one of America's most infamous true-crime stories: the 1964 rape and murder of Catherine Kitty Genovese in a middle-class neighborhood of Queens, New York. Front-page reports in the New York Times incorrectly identified thirty-eight indifferent witnesses to the crime, fueling fears of apathy and urban decay. Genovese s life, including her lesbian relationship, also was obscured in media accounts of the crime. Fifty years later, the story of Kitty Genovese continues to circulate in popular culture. Although it is now widely known that there were far fewer actual witnesses to the crime than was reported in 1964, the moral of the story continues to be urban apathy. No One Helped traces the Genovese story s development and resilience while challenging the myth it created.

No One Helped places the conscious creation and promotion of the Genovese story within a changing urban environment. Gallo reviews New York s shifting racial and economic demographics and explores post World War II examinations of conscience regarding the horrors of Nazism. These were important factors in the uncritical acceptance of the story by most media, political leaders, and the public despite repeated protests from Genovese s Kew Gardens neighbors at their inaccurate portrayal. The crime led to advances in criminal justice and psychology, such as the development of the 911 emergency system and numerous studies of bystander behaviors. Gallo emphasizes that the response to the crime also led to increased community organizing as well as feminist campaigns against sexual violence. Even though the particulars of the sad story of her death were distorted, Kitty Genovese left an enduring legacy of positive changes to the urban environment."

Review: A very enlightening and inspiring read.
The case of Kitty Genovese could have been any young woman in New York City, or any big city nowadays. Because it took place in a nice neighborhood in the 1960's it was blown out of proportion, with the Time's using it to push an "urban apathy" agenda. As I read this book I couldn't help but see parallels between what was reported to have happened and today's crimes. It seems that we have become even more desensitized to the world around us. You hear of people recording brutal beatings while laughing and cheering. Yet you don't see people crying out like this now, it seems to have become the norm that we just don't care and refuse to get involved.
I found it interesting how many developments came about from this single crime's inaccurate portrayal.
The book was well researched and written, if a little rambly in places. As most the book is focused on "urban apathy" I would have like to have seen some more recent cases posed. Yet overall I found No One Helped to be an eye opening experience, and one where society should look at itself.

{Book Review} Don't Stay Up Late (Fear Street Relaunch #2) by R.L. Stine

Don't Stay Up Late (Fear Street Relaunch #2)
by R.L. Stine
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Released:April 7th 2015
Genre: Fiction- YA: Horror
How I got it: NetGalley

Ever since a car accident killed her father and put Lisa and her mother into the hospital, Lisa can't think straight. She's plagued by nightmares and hallucinations that force her to relive the accident over and over again in vivid detail. When Lisa finds out that a neighbor is looking for a babysitter for her young son, she takes the job immediately, eager to keep busy and shake these disturbing images from her head.
But what promised to be an easy gig turns terrifying when Lisa begins to question exactly who — or what — she is babysitting.

R.L. Stine makes his triumphant return to Shadyside in the new Fear Street book Don't Stay Up Late.

Review: Another great story from R.L. Stine. I really like this relaunch because it takes me back to when I was a kid reading the Fear Street Series.
Lisa takes a job babysitting after dealing with a horrific accident that kills her father and puts both her and her mother in the hospital. Coming home she has a hard time deciphering what is real and what is in her head. To prove to herself and everyone else that she's ok, she takes a the job babysitting. The kids cute and all but things aren't exactly what they seem.
The plot takes all sorts of twists and turns, keeping you on your toes. I found myself swept up in Lisa's turmoil as her life is turned upside down. The ending held both surprises and expected outcomes. Over all I really enjoyed the book and look forward to more from Mr. Stine.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

{Promo} Awakening by Shannon Duffy

Release Date: 04/07/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.

Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn't even think to question when Darien, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.

Then Darien shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree's help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she's ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darien be able to escape the Protectorate before it's too late?

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About the Author
Author of MG and YA books full of adventure. I grew up on the east coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland and now live in Ontario. I love writing, reading, fashion, fitness, and traveling.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

{Book Review} The Herbal Goddess Guide: Create Radiant Well-Being Every Day with Herb-Inspired Teas, Potions, Salves, Food, Yoga, and More by Amy Jirsa

The Herbal Goddess Guide: Create Radiant Well-Being Every Day with Herb-Inspired Teas, Potions, Salves, Food, Yoga, and More
by Amy Jirsa
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Released: April 21st 2015 by Storey Publishing
Genre: Non-Fiction- NA: Herbs, cooking, beauty, yoga, health and wellness
How I got it: NetGalley

Master herbalist Amy Jirsa offers recipes and ideas for exploring and embracing the distinctive qualities of 12 powerful healing herbs -- chamomile, rose, dandelion, holy basil, nettle, calendula, lavender, turmeric, echinacea, elder, cinnamon, and ginger. Jirsa shows you how to get to know each one just as an herbalist does -- by immersing yourself in every aspect of the herb and naturally coming to understand its innate properties. Through delicious teas and foods, luxurious salves, skin and hair care treatments, complementary yoga poses, meditations, and more, you’ll deepen your appreciation of these herbs and learn how best to use them for improved health and wellness.

Review: This book takes on 12 fairly common herbs and all their uses... I mean all of them from teas to magic. It even offers complementary yoga poses. Ms Jirsa has jam packed this book with all sorts of great information. I enjoyed reading through the different recipes for tea and foods. As a tea lover these sounded really nice and I can't wait to try them out. As someone who enjoyed making her own beauty products I really liked the salves, skin and hair care treatment recipes. I never considered making things like chamomile lip balm before. I found the yoga poses to be interesting as well, because well I do yoga. Basically this book was right up my alley, I even liked learning all the magical uses for these herbs.
If you are interested in learning more about using herbs in pretty much any fashion imaginable then this is definitely the book for you. I really enjoyed it and feel it will make a great addition to my library.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

{Book Spotlight} Max Cutter and The first Black Book by Jacob Tate

Dark Fantasy / Horror
Date Published: April 5, 2014

Join Max Cutter in this action-packed, laugh out loud, adult fantasy thriller from Amazon Dark Fantasy & Horror Occult Best Selling Author, Jacob Tate. Max Cutter is one of the world's most influential supernatural and paranormal experts. The bulk of his time is spent traveling across the globe in search of video and image evidence of myths, legends, ghosts and demons. Using his print magazine and website, Supernatural Pudding, to publish his exclusive findings, Max has developed a dedicated fan base that spans six continents and hundreds of countries. Over the years, Max's perilous encounters have included run-ins with goblins, zombies, and aliens, to name just a few. But when an entrepreneur and his daughter from Wales contact Max to ask him to help retrieve The First Black Book, a timeless text whose words hold incredible power, Max finds himself thrust into the middle of a deadly war between an ancient evil and a handful of warriors of good.

Filled with traditional horror, supernatural monsters and tons of adult humor as seen through Max's eyes, The First Black Book sets the stage for an exciting new series that anyone with a taste for Sci-Fi, horror, paranormal monsters or an occasional 80's joke will love.

About the Author:
Jacob Tate is an Amazon Dark Fantasy Best Selling Author who writes with a focus in paranormal, mystery, horror and fantasy. Currently residing in Lebanon, OH. His passion includes gore, monsters, decapitations and other totally rad things similar to these. His first book of the Max Cutter series is available now on Kindle/Amazon. The second book in the series will be available in the Fall of 2014.

The Max Cutter series is written with a humorous style to accompany the horror and supernatural components, and it revolves around a fun loving and sarcastic central character. Max is often thrust into extremely dangerous situations and symbolizes being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He counters the awkwardness of facing monsters, ghosts, demons and potential death through a wry and catching wit.

A child of the 80's, Jacob infuses his work with a number of movie, cartoon and TV references that date back to Star Wars and work their way up until present day.

Website: www.supernaturalpudding.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacob.tate.7
Twitter: Supernatural Pudding - @TheJacobTate

Purchase Link:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Max-Cutter-First-Black-Book-ebook/dp/B00JIATKPY

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

{Book Review} Thorne Manor...And Other Bizarre Tales by Diane Wing

Thorne Manor...And Other Bizarre Tales
by Diane Wing
Publisher:Modern History Press
Released:February 2012
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Horror
How I got it: Received a copy from publisher

Thorne Manor and other bizarre tales takes you on a journey through madness with haunted people and places. The reader enters a reality where the world only appears normal – underlying is a dark world of occult influence, dangerous beliefs, and fearsome energies. These 7 page-turning tales appear in this collection:

* Thorne Manor: you are introduced to Heather, a woman trying to separate herself from an emotionally abusive ex-husband. While pursuing her dream of opening a business, she finds herself in an old, abandoned mansion that houses a sinister secret.

* Guardian at the Gate: where a demon with plans to take over the world is given a leadership makeover.

* The Black Sheep: in which a troubled, clairaudient girl rejects her psychotherapist when a new spirit begins to counsel her.

* The Quiet Neighbors: in which a housewife’s first attempt at witchcraft backfires.

* By Invitation Only: where a grieving pet owner is visited by an unusual creature.

* Dream State: where a woman’s dreams become deadly reality.

* Good Riddance: in which a man’s hatred for cats creates an unexpected result.

Review: For the most part I enjoyed the stories in this book.
The tales were creepy, spooky, and kept me entertained. With engaging characters and entrancing plots each story could stand on its own.
I was a little disappointed with the forced sex in Thorne Manor. I found it uncalled for and felt the story wouldn't have suffered if it had been left out.
Other than that I enjoyed the book.