Saturday, November 10, 2018

Review: An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous Girl An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jessica was only looking to make a few extra bucks--but what she got when she swiped a spot in a research study from a college student was much more than she bargained for. Once she is offered more money in exchange for a deep dive into her innermost secrets, Jessica's relationship with Dr. Shields becomes dangerous.

While I like the premise of this book being a psychological thriller, it doesn't really live up to the hype. Although I thought the ending was predictable (and I was proven wrong, of course) the actual ending didn't deliver what I wanted it to, and it was really rushed given how slow the rest of the story went. The manipulation by Dr. Shields and Jessica's attempts to thwart it were a little absurd, even though they were not out of the realm of possibility. It'll suck you in, but it won't wow you.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: New York on a Budget: The complete guide to saving money on accommodations, attractions, restaurants, shopping, and more

New York on a Budget: The complete guide to saving money on accommodations, attractions, restaurants, shopping, and more New York on a Budget: The complete guide to saving money on accommodations, attractions, restaurants, shopping, and more by Laura Peruchi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but when you travel there, it doesn't have to be. The key to saving money while traveling in NYC is to plan ahead. This guide is a helpful addition to those who are getting ready to travel to New York and don't want to confront high prices when it comes to shopping, food, and tourist attractions.

There was a lot of information within in this book about saving money. However, it certainly isn't everything you can do, see, and eat that is more affordable than what's on the surface for tourists. What I found most strange about this book is some of the topics that it focused on. This book spends a lot of pages with the basics of booking a hotel or hostel online--something which most people are familiar with. However, it spends a lot less pages talking about New York's transit system, which to outsiders can be a mess of confusion.

The book also explores how you can save money while shopping, but it lists a lot of pretty standard discount stores that happen to have locations in New York, rather than unique local places that are also affordable. This is when I realized that the book is not focused for domestic travelers like myself, but for international travelers who already know how to navigate big-city transportation and who may not be familiar with a place like TJ Maxx (and the fact that most Americans live within 50 miles of one).

The biggest clue to discovering who the real audience for this book was that the last 20% of the book is dedicated to the topic of how someone can buy used high-end electronics on Craigslist while traveling. A domestic audience would know that this sounds crazy dangerous and most Americans simply wouldn't take the risk, not only with their own safety, but the risk that the products may be damaged or stolen.

Still, I will be using this book when it comes to the attraction and restaurant listings, though I do hope since the book lists operating hours and prices that it is updated on a regular basis to reflect any significant changes.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Review: Mr. Nice Guy

Mr. Nice Guy Mr. Nice Guy by Jennifer Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lucas is trying to live his dream by being a writer in the big city, but as a fact checker, he's not getting as much done as he would like. A seemingly harmless one-night stand leads him down a path that he never thought he would be on, from getting called "Mr. Nice Guy" by the magazine's top sex columnist as an insult to attending some of the hottest parties where his editor also spends his time.

I would start off by saying that this book is well written. I like that it includes the actual columns from both Lucas and Carmen which could have easily been skipped over, but adds an extra flair to the overall story. Beyond that, I didn't like the story. More than half of Luca and Carmen's story is dominated by using sex as a weapon or simply a means to get ahead in a stalled career, things that are just no fun reading about. Add on top of that Lucas is dealing with the fact that his first real relationship blew up in his face throughout the whole book, making him look sappy and pretty pathetic, even by the very end.

The point of Lucas being Mr. Nice Guy is presented as both sides of the same coin--no woman wants a Mr. Nice Guy until she's had her fill of adventures with all the bad boys. It's a bit cliché, just like many other points of this book. It's not a serious book, but it doesn't have to be to still entertain in some fashion.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Review: The Dream Daughter

The Dream Daughter The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Carly has been through a rough time, having learned that her husband has died in Vietnam and finding out that she is pregnant. What's worse is that her baby has a serious heart condition. It's 1970, so there's little she can do to save her life.

That's where Carly's brother-in-law comes in. He has a solution, but it seems a little out of this world. He wants to send Carly into the future to 2001 where she can get the lifesaving surgery that she needs. Carly thinks that he may be crazy, but she is desperate to save her daughter.

This story relies heavily on an element that time travel is real, though it doesn't read like a sci-fi novel. It's much more of a family drama in a world where time travel exists, though few people know about it. Carly is taken back and forth through time when she can't stay with her daughter, but twists and turns take her to a different place in a different time where she has to decide whether it is now her place to try and be her mother, or to let her live in a future where she is thriving.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Book Spotlight: A Book on Answers



Like no other book of this century, A Book on Answers is a compendium on the ancient keys and wonders of the world. Hidden mysteries, ancient symbols, and explanatory expansions raise Newman’s literature above all other works in this field. This book may enhance your awareness on things that were previously unknown to you. In this unforgettable portrait of creation and reality, a variety of solutions is presented to unlock the true nature of the universe.

A Book on Answers is available from Amazon

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Book Spotlight: Storm Cry


Fantasy, Action/Adventure


A gripping, action-packed short novel about a young shinobi on a quest to face his past and battle the dark forces within himself.

Zenrachi is one of the remaining people that stands in the way of a brutal organization from destroying everything that he has ever known or loved--but he can’t do it alone. His friend Rahku traverses the Land of Storms in search of Zenrachi in hopes that he is willing to stand and fight the evils of the growing organization. However, he has a past with the organization that he hunts and it has left scars and a darkness that he has yet to face. On his journey, Zenrachi encounters many familiar faces, and some new ones, too, that will help and test him along the way, and he soon discovers that the battles on the horizon will be with more than just powerful, mysterious forces, but also waged against his inner demons.

The Land of Storms and all that Zenrachi holds dear is on the line, and the final battle is quickly approaching. Can he be the “hero” the Land of Storms needs, or will he lose everything to the darkness? Find out in Storm Cry.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Book Spotlight: Madam Rhino (The Adventures of Agent Grey)


The ultra secret agency The Bridge Club, whose mission is to maintain world peace, is recruiting. Does Angela a British feisty pensioner, in her eighties want to seize the opportunity to upgrade her safe quiet life to one of high octane adventure? Can she show she's a worthy candidate? After all, age is just a number.

You can purchase Madam Rhino from these retailers:

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