BOOK REVIEW # 2015-120 – VIPER

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I received a copy of this book after requesting it from The Romance Review website, after downloading it I didn’t really want to wait reading so I read it as I ate my lunch.

I doubt if I would even want to fantasize about being in Scarlet’s shoes; getting kidnapped off the street to become a mere sex toy for a motorcycle gang and to live a life where I would constantly be brutalized, humiliated and raped.

And if I did fantasize, I would long for an Alpha Male like Viper to come along to rescue me and treat me like a woman should. For some reason after this guy fought so hard to claim me as a prize in a poker game, I would have thought I would get some sort of tender romance back in my life. Perhaps, he’s just stubborn regarding the possibilities which exist between us. For one thing I knew given what I’ve been through, I doubt if I could never return to the old wholesome me; but at the same time I wondered if I could become the “old lady” of the leader of another gang?

For allowing me to experience a sort of forbidden fantasy, and for creating scenes and dialogue which I felt have been quite vivid I’m giving Ms. Smith 5 STARS.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011B8HR32

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B011B8HR32

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-119 – BEGINNER READER: The Missing Melon

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What family doesn’t enjoy a day in the park, playing games and having a picnic?  But what happens when the watermelon you wanted to enjoy goes missing?  This is what happened to Sarah and Sammy Swisher and their parents.

Once they discovered it was gone they decided to become detectives, just like The Two Alexes in an series of books written for somewhat older readers by this author, and to try to discover any clue they can to solve this mystery. When they find it, they knew the melon no longer could be eaten because of what had happened to it. They laughed because they’ve found it and had lots of fun doing it.

The illustrations are once again a wonderful addition in helping its young readers to visualize the story; which is why I’ve given this book 5 STARS. Since the author hasn’t stated who drew them, I have to assume she’s the illustrator for this book as well.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01033NLN6

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01033NLN6

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-118 – BEGINNER READER: The Fisher Family Floats Away

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This is the second book in Barb Asselin’s “Read-With-Me” beginner reader’s series of books; it’s also the fifth book in collection of books I’d won through the giveaways this author had on LibraryThing. The following is my honest opinion.

This is a very enjoyable for its intended young audience of beginner readers. It shows how an enjoyable fun day can turn almost disastrous and then just as quickly turn back to being fun. The illustrations are a wonderful addition in helping its young readers to visualize the story; and for this I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

NOTE: If the spelling smells odd or a word seems out of place it’s because the author has used the Canadian/British spelling or usage of the word. This doesn’t affect book’s overall enjoyment. Since the author hasn’t stated who drew them, I have to assume she’s the illustrator for this book as well.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XNJY3YY

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00XNJY3YY

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-117 – BEGINNER READER: Katie and the Roller Skates

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This is the first book in the author’s first book in her beginner readers “Read-With-Me” series of books; it’s also the fourth book in collection of books I obtained through the giveaways Ms. Asselin had on LibraryThing. The following is my honest opinion.

Ms. Asselin has once again shown her knack in writing stories for her young readers which both entertain and educate them regarding important life lessons they need to learn, and doing it without hitting over the head talking down to them with these lessons.

In this book while Katie enjoys being with her grandmother, Nanny, but she doesn’t have any friends or other children her own age to play with.  One day Nany and her go to the park where she see other children all around enjoying themselves in small groups doing different activities. Katie sees a girl who reminds her of Carley, a friend she has at home who skating on only one skate. Katie wished she could skate as well.

After hearing an ice cream truck and getting their ice cream Katie asks Nanny if could get some for the little girl she saw skating alone on one skate. Her grandmother agrees and she goes back to the park to give this girl the ice cream.

Katie, after eating their ice cream, talking a little, and telling her how she didn’t know how to skate and would love to learn how. Gina, who was visiting her grandmother as well, got asked if they want like to be friends, they agreed.  With only one pair of skates Gina hold Katie to put on the second skate had so she could teach her how to twirl on only one skate.

By the end of the day, these two girls now had a friend and knew it would be their best summer ever.

The illustrations in the book are a delightful addition to help its young readers to visualize this story.  Since the author hasn’t stated who drew them, I have to assume she’s the illustrator for this book as well. 

Making friends and sharing is an important lesson children need to learn and the younger they are, the better; which is why I’ve given Ms. Asselin 5 STARS for her endeavor here.

NOTE: If the spelling smells odd or a word seems out of place it’s because the author has used the Canadian/British spelling or usage of the word. This doesn’t afect book’s enjoyment.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WISY0TE

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00WISY0TE  

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-116 – THE CASE OF THE SUMMER SWIPER

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This review is for the second book in The Alex Mysteries series of book and the third book from the collection of books I’d won through a giveaway on LibraryThing written by Barb Asselin; and the following is my honest opinion.

In The Case of the Summer Swiper the two sleuthing Alexes are once again on the trial of a culprit, sorting out any and all clues they happen to find along the way until the mystery is solved. These stories remind me of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries those who are my age read as a child.

With school over and their summer vacations just beginning Alex and Lexi, the Two Alexes, were eagerly waiting for some sort of mystery to come up for them to solve in their usual manner.

However when they discovered who the culprit is this time, they get an important life lesson regarding old people and why they do the things they sometimes do without realizing it. It’s a lesson which some adults need to learn themselves.

For giving its young readers an entertaining mystery as well as an important life lesson, I’m giving Ms. Asselin 5 STARS.

NOTE: If the spelling smells odd or a word seems out of place it’s because the author has used the Canadian/British spelling or usage of the word. This doesn’t affect book’s enjoyment.

 

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013M3EGXI

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013M3EGXI

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-115 – THE CASE OF THE SOGGY VANDAL

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This review is for The Case of the Soggy Vandal, the first real book in The Alex Mysteries of books by the author, Barb Asselin. It’s also the second in the collection of six books written by this author which I’d won through a giveaway on LibraryThing. The following is my honest opinion.

Being a child of the 1950’s this series of books reminds me of the Nancy Drew Mysteries written for girls and The Hardy Boys written for boys, buy for much younger audience.

This story starts at the end of the school year Alexi [Lexi] and Alexander had first met; but now they’ve become the Best of Friends and those who know these two are now calling them The Alexes because of the sleuthing activities together they’ve been involved in as a team.

For an unexplained reason some vandals had apparently targeted Lexi’s home and had destroyed some property in her backyard. At first things seemed to point to one individual, which proved to be wrong as their investigation continued. Towards the end Alex figured out who the real culprit had been, the culprit had been the one no one would have ever suspected.

This story is bound to holds its young reader’s interest as they follow the Two Alexes in search for the answer to who did the damage in Lexi’s backyard, which is why I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

NOTE: If the spelling smells odd or a word seems out of place it’s because the author has used the Canadian/British spelling or usage of the word. This doesn’t affect book’s enjoyment.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010BLZMGY

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010BLZMGY

 

 

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-114 – THE CASE of the NEW KID on the BLOCK

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I recently won a collection of 6 children’s books by Ms. Asselin. This review is for The Case of the New Kid on the Block which is the prequel for The Alex Mysteries series of books by this author. The following is my honest opinion.

Being a child of the 1950’s this series of books reminds me of the Nancy Drew Mysteries written for girls and The Hardy Boys written for boys, buy for much younger audience.

In this prequel we learn Alexis, or Lexi as she’s known to her friends, all of sudden discovers a note saying “LOSER” taped to her locker, but who did it? The only suspect is the new kid in school, Alexander. But why would he single out her? We know one thing. Since this the prequel for a series, we know these two Alexes will eventually join forces to solve mysteries together.

In this story we follow Lexi as she becomes a very young Sherlock Holmes to deduce who the note culprit is and what she does to find out. The writing is one which grabs its young reader’s interest and attention to read the entire book in one sitting. Could it be Alexander is too shy to approach Lexi to become his friend so he decides on using this ploy. We all know how awkward it can be for boys and girls to interact at this age, and this book attempts to teach them how they can work together and become friends.

For entertaining and teaching its young readers about the above, I’m giving this prequel volume 5 STARS.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010CN49UQ

UK:   http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010CN49UQ

STATUS REPORT # 62

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I know I haven’t posted an update in almost 2 ½ weeks but I been under the weather somewhat. Perhaps it’s due to what I’ve had to endure regarding my dear OH, which is why I’ve been dozing off several times during the course of each day, unable to read/review as many books as I usually do.

Anyway, I feel almost like my old self before all this started to happen and I’m glad my dear has really started to improve. Hopefully we’ll be able to stop needing the home attendants we’re currently using and start going out again like we usually did.

My anthology of 100 Flash Fictions entitled “Micro Fiction – An Anthology” is up for nominations for “TRR Readers’ Choice Awards – Winter 2015”.  Here is the direct link to help nominate it so it can proceed to the voting round:

http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=18972

If anyone is looking for the next book to read, either for themselves or their child, you’re always invited to visit my Amazon profile to check out the 176 reviews I’ve written there and hopefully one of them will prove to be helpful in your decision making.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A19QLCLVPLZH0B

With things really getting back to normal, I’m looking at getting interviewed again for other people’s website, writing Flash Fiction, doing my own interviews of other authors.  But most of all, I looking at FINALLY getting back to my writing the current W.I.Ps I’ve got, which I haven’t done since the beginning of this year. This will entail going back and reading everything I’ve already written, which is great since I’ll be reading it with a “new” set of eyes and I’ll be able to find errors which I couldn’t previously.

I wish to thank all those who’ve sent me their supportive messages during this trying time in my life, and I want to give you wonderful “guys” my best wishes for you and your families.

Love,

Robin Leigh Morgan

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-113 – SECRETS

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I received a free mobi.file [KINDLE] copy of this book for having subscribed to this author’s newsletter and the following is my honest opinion for it.

As a Book Reviewer, who doesn’t accept any requests to do reviews the bad thing about having gotten a book like this is that it’s not only the fourth book in this series, it’s my inability to return to read this entire intriguing family saga.

Any woman who’s got a man like Jed knows she’s now completely reliant on him to take care of her every need, from financial support to satisfying her in bed. And if he’s stubborn about not accepting assistance from the other male members in his family who are rich, her admiration towards him increases proportionally, especially if she’s given up her career as a lawyer to become a stay-at-home mom.

All is fine until misfortune raises its evil head, causing Diana’s and Jed’s relationship to be severely tested as secret after secret keep popping up, almost like trying to plug holes in a dam without enough equipment, after he gets injured falling off the barn. How can their relationship survive the gauntlet it’s being forced to endure?

This author has done a marvelous job in creating the full range of emotions she wants her readers to get, as well as getting them to be sucked into this page turning novella, so they wind up reading it in one sitting, which I basically what I wound up doing. For this reason I’m giving Ms. Eckhart 5 STARS.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CB37Q42

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CB37Q42

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-112 – DEAN CORLL: THE TRUE STORY OF THE HOUSTON MASS MURDERS

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I received an e-book copy of this book in connection with previous books I’ve won from this author and the following is my honest opinion.

As I read more and more about the murders in this book I couldn’t help but hear lines from “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” by Peter, Paul, and Mary. There was no:

Where have all the flowers gone? Or

Where have all the young girls gone? And neither was it,

Where have all the young men gone?

Etc.

Here the question running through the minds of the residents of the area in Houston, Texas known as The Heights had been “Where have our young boys gone? And just like the song the question raised another question it raised the question of “Why are the police merely placating everyone by telling them they’re just runaways?”

I’m a child of the 1950’s and by the time these murders took place, the 1970’s, I was already in my 20’s. Looking back in retrospect I can see why the police thought this way as many teenagers did precisely that. It had been the so-call hippie generation and countless youth ran away from home to join in and to look for the freedom from their parents they’ve heard so much about. Luckily, the many returned home eventually after discovering things weren’t as they’d imagined.

Unfortunately there was a degenerate individual at this time, by the name of Dean Corll, running amok enticing teenage boys with the aid of two young accomplices, who had been threatened with bodily harm if they didn’t assist him. Once they and their victims were alone the trio then killed all the boys they’d lured. In the beginning Croll’s two young accomplices reluctantly did as they’d been told, but as time passed the same depravity had infected them as they began to more or less enjoy the thrill of the kill. Eventually one of these accomplices, Wayne Henley, shot and killed Corll in what he said had been self-defense.

Jack Rosewood has once again written a cohesive and quite readable story detailing all the facts involving the case of this serial murderer without leaving out any of the horrid details. We’re also told about Corll’s history of growing up and what might have cause him to act in this manner of depraved indifference.

For educating those who read this book regarding this “king” of the serial killers, I’m giving Mr. Rosewood and his book 5 STARS.

US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0157JJ0JA

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0157JJ0JA

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