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Bone Rider by J. Fally

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Published: October 28th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 310

Summary: Riley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to character flaws, Riley draws the line at premeditated murder. Alien armor system McClane is also on the run, for reasons that include accidentally crashing a space ship into Earth and evading U.S. military custody. A failed prototype, McClane was scheduled for destruction. Sabotaging the ship put an end to that, but McClane is dubbed a bone rider for good reason—he can’t live without a host body. That’s why he first stows away in Riley’s truck and then in Riley himself. Their reluctant partnership soon evolves into something much more powerful—and personal—than either of them could have imagined.

Together, they embark on a road trip from hell, made all the more exciting by the government troops and mob enforcers hot on their trail. Misha is determined to win Riley back and willing to do whatever it takes to keep him safe. When hitman and alien join forces, they discover their impressive combined potential for death and destruction. It will take everything Riley has to steer them through the mess they create.

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Recommended to Yuki by: Trix

 

Read from December 04 to 08, 2013


So a cowboy, an alien and three hit men walk into a bar…

At first I was like:

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I said to myself: Let’s get over with it, I will read it quickly, give it two stars and say to Trix that’s not for me. Aliens? Serously?

Well. Now I can say one simple word:

Fangirling

The story was perfect.The characters were well developed and I especially loved the southern hints.

So if you don’t know if it’s for you, or if aliens is your thing – damn sure it is.

Highly recommended.

 

Rating: 5/5

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Posted by on December 8, 2013 in reviews

 

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Father and Son by Larry Brown

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Published: September 15th 1997 by Owl Books

Pages: 368

Summary: This classic story of good and evil takes place in the rural American South of 1968. After being released from prison, Glen Davis returns to his hometown only to commit double homicide within forty-eight hours of his return. Sheriff Bobby Blanchard, as upright as Glen is despicable, walks in the path of Glen’s destruction and tries to rebuild the fragile ties of the families and community they share. Dark secrets that have been simmering for two generations explode to the surface, allowing us a chilling glimpse at how evil can fester in a man’s heart and eat up his soul.

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Read from September 27 to October 02, 2013


I know it’s very different setting, but I heard it all the time while reading Father and Son:

I was driving up from Tampa
When the radiator burst
I was three sheets to the wind
A civilian saw me first
And then there was the cop
And then the children standing on the corner
Your love is like a cyclone in a swamp
And the weather’s getting warmer

I was getting out of jail
Heading to the Greyhound
You said you’d hop on one yourself
And meet me on the way down
I was shaking way too hard to think
Dead on my feet about to drop
Went and got the case of vodka from a car
And walked the two miles to the bus stop

Got on the bus half drunk again
The driver glared at me
Met up with you in Inglis
Thumbed a ride to Cedar Key
If we never make it back to California
I want you to know I love you
But my love is like a dark cloud full of rain
That’s always right there up above you

The blurb says that it all about evil eating up man’s soul.
There’s no good and there’s no evil.

The book of Larry Brown is beautiful and terrifying story. It’s rough and heartwrenching at the same time, full of violence and yet I couldn’t stop reading.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2013 in reviews

 

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ARC Review: Castles of the Heart by Hale Meserow

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Expected publication: January 1st 2014 by Cross Dove Publishing Company

Pages: 416

Summary: “Castles of the Heart” relates the life of Starlight O’Bannion, a very bright white girl born in the heart of redneck country in the years leading up to World War II. Her growing-up companions are a treasured Negro family living nearby. Starlight graduates early from high school and college and is sponsored for law school by a local attorney. Soon she becomes a high-flying, hugely successful New York attorney, rising fast in her firm and her profession. From out of the blue comes a crisis from her past: the father of the Negro family pleads with her to represent his grandson, who is falsely accused of murder. If Starlight is loyal to her roots, she risks losing everything she has worked hard to win in her career. If she rejects her old friend’s appeal, the innocent boy will likely swing at the end of a rope and she must live with her conscience. Her choice sets the stage for an explosive courtroom showdown that leads to permanent changes in the nature of race relations in North Carolina. When Starlight understands where her true ‘castle’ is, she demonstrates God’s powerful work in the lives of men and women everywhere.

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Read from October 04 to 06, 2013


My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for an honest review.

Castles of the Heart brings he story of Starlight O’Bannion, lawyer, who sacrifices her career in New York for her childhood friend, Negro. It wouldn’t be the strange decision in the modern setting, but it’s a historical book.

It was a good read, maybe a little naive and too pushily christian, but still interesting and well developed.

 

Rating: 3/5

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2013 in reviews

 

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Stained (Carpetbaggers, Rebels, & Yankees, #1) by Elizabeth Marx

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Published August 20th 2013 by Elizabeth Marx Books

Summary: What happens when your darkest truth is revealed to the world?

Scarlett Marbry was just sixteen when her mother, an acclaimed Sacred Harp singer, committed suicide in front of her, sending her running from rural Alabama and the darkness that pushed her mother over the edge. Now, after five years of building a fragile cage around her heart to protect herself, she must return to Crossroads for her grandparents’ funeral. There, she’ll not only be forced to deal with the reality of her deep Southern roots, but she’ll have to face the one she left behind.

Revell Marshall is used to working with fragile objects. He’s built a life and career around reassembling the delicate stained glass windows that have put Crossroads back on the map. He’s also been pining for Scarlett all these years . . . Determined to win her heart, he helps her piece together the facts of her mother’s past. Except these revelations, once exposed, could set Scarlett on the downward spiral she barely escaped the last time. Especially when the truth that stained the past may be the same one that shatters her faith in the one person she thought she could trust . . .

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Seven times I went down
six times I walked back.
And I don’t fear the dark anymore
’cause I’m become all that.

I will be rocks, I will be water.
I will leave this to my daughter:
lift your head up in the wind.
When you feel yourself grow colder
wrap the night around your shoulders
and I will be with you even then
even when I cannot see your face anymore.

Don’t forget the time
I wooed him with red wine.
The devil he wore such a fine, fine shirt
and it stayed so clean while he dragged me through the dirt.
Now, honey, don’t trust anyone who looks you in the eye
don’t take any kindness, it’s a demand in disguise.

I have seen such things child
on this, and the other side.
Words cannot show you
the midnight owl it does not know you.
You will see for your sweet self
by and by.

And I will be rocks, I will be water
I will leave this to my daughter.

This book ought to be read with the Sacred Harp song humming in the background. Here’s my favourite:

What I loved the most in Stained is the southern theme, southern wisdom and southern charm. It’s South – a place where the sweet southern belles are crafty and greedy, chivalrous gentlemen are sneaky and perverse, and righteous preachers are manipulative and evil.
Elizabeth Marx created the beautiful story about suffering, guilt, redemption and forgiveness.

6 stars. Seriously.

 

Rating: 5/5
 
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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in reviews

 

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Snap by Allen Renfro

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Published April 1st 2012 by ARMSlength on Smashwords

Summary: Churches are burning. People are being slaughtered. The country is petrified by a rogue criminal known as Killer Ghost who posts videos online of his brutal crimes. Danny, a desperate young hustler, is rescued and befriended by a stranger. Happiness is short lived when Danny realizes the stranger who is tormented by horrific events in his past could be Killer Ghost.

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I think my all 5 stars I gave  this book on Goodreads are speaking for themselves.
Snap is beautifully written, captivating and a heartwrenching work of art. There’s no romance and I honestly think I wouldn’t like it if there was something lovey-dovey.
Highly recommended!

Rating: 5/5
 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in reviews

 

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