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Perfected by Girls
Perfected by Girls
by Alfred C. Martino
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.85

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read with Great Voice, 24 Oct 2011
This review is from: Perfected by Girls (Paperback)
Alfred C. Martino's PERFECTED BY GIRLS is a fascinating young adult novel revolving around girls and sports.

Melinda Radford just wants to wrestle for her high school team, but getting onto the team seems the beginning of her troubles. The boys either don't want to wrestle her or feel her up when they do. The captain and her own brother don't seem pleased to have her there. Then, a comment to a reporter put her at odds with the entire team. She has to find a way to bring her life into control while continue doing what she loves.

PERFECTED BY GIRLS has a wonderful, fairly authentic female teen voice. The characters and conflict seemed realistic. I love how the simple act of being a female wrestler showed people's character, whether they supported her or not. I found it interesting to learn about the Greco-Roman style wrestling, how there are women's teams, and how a woman deals with being on a predominately male team. The novel is fast-paced, and I wanted to keep reading until the very last word.

If you're looking for a great contemporary young adult novel, then look no further than PERFECTED BY GIRLS by Alfred C. Martino. It's a great read that'll wrestle you to the page and keep you reading until the end.


String Bridge
String Bridge

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Tragic and Touching Tale, 24 Oct 2011
This review is from: String Bridge (Kindle Edition)
Jessica Bell's STRING BRIDGE is a beautifully tragic tale of desire, music, and love.

Melody, an Australian living in Greece, decides she wants it all: to combine who she used to be with who she is now. She's ready to pick up her guitar again and play gigs as well as pursue a chance to further her editorial career while being a wife and mother. Yet nothing is life is ever so simple. As she searches for the bridge to secure her two halves, she will have to lose it all to find herself.

STRING BRIDGE is edgy musicality. Bell uses every word to spin its poetic prose, and they should be savored. Emotions fill the characters, laughing, crying, anger. The characters seem so real. For me, the pace slows in the middle, but the surprise of what sparks the last part of the book speeds the end to fruition. I love how Melody discovers her strength through tragedy. This literary novel bursts with wonderful imagery, particularly the bridge of a guitar to life.

STRING BRIDGE by Jessica Bell sings a raw, tragic song that crescendos into hope and love. I recommend it to readers who love poetic prose and characters driven to the edge and back again.


Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire
Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire
Price: 1.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Unique Vampire Story, 15 Oct 2011
Lisa Shafer's CONFESSIONS OF AN AVERAGE HALF-VAMPIRE is a fun coming-of-age tale perfect for upper middle-grade to lower young adult readers.

Eric Wright is a half-vampire trying to figure out the vampire part of him while keeping it secret from everyone else. Although he would rather be more normal, he struggles to fit in and not bite his fellow classmates. He decides to find another vampire to teach him his vampire ways, but he discovers it might be easier said than done.

CONFESSIONS OF AN AVERAGE HALF-VAMPIRE is a fun story sprinkled in with more serious issues like bullying. Eric is a cool kid, intelligent, thoughtful, a bit quirky. The voice is great for a young teenage boy, even if he rambles a bit too much at times. His friends and enemies are well-written. I love how the vampires are born that way through a genetic trait. Shafer does a wonderful job slowly introducing the other vampires to the plot and letting the reader get used to the world she created.

Overall, I liked reading Lisa Shafer's CONFESSIONS OF AN AVERAGE HALF-VAMPIRE and look forward to the next book in the series.


The Doll
The Doll
Price: 0.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over, Chuckie, there's a new doll in town!, 14 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Doll (Kindle Edition)
J.C. Martin's THE DOLL is a delightfully creepy novelette and a must-read for any horror lover.

Joyce Parker and her daughter journey to Mexico's Island of the Dolls. If the hanging dolls weren't scary enough, the dark altar to a drowned child will, at least to Joyce. Her daughter is delighted with the dolls and wants to take one for her own. Unfortunately for Joyce and her family, the horror is just beginning.

THE DOLL may be a quick read, but it packs a punch in the horror world. Every word is necessary for this complete tale. The characters are well-rounded. The dark spiritual overtones bring goose bumps to my arms and make me cast a wary eye towards dolls. I love how the story unfolded from mysterious and strange in the beginning to downright horrific at the end. It's truly a story best read in the daytime, if you want to sleep at night.

Move over, Chuckie, a new doll is in town and you won't want to miss reading J.C. Martin's THE DOLL.


The Wizard of Time (Book 1)
The Wizard of Time (Book 1)
Price: 1.49

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the Time to Read This Book!, 2 Oct 2011
G.L. Breedon's THE WIZARD OF TIME swirls magical realism throughout time and space.

The day Gabriel Salvador dies is the day he finds his place within the world. Gabriel is a Time Mage, but he's more special than any of them realize. He and his group of mages travel throughout time to stop the evil wizards who want to destroy the Primary Continuum. When he realizes he's a part of a prophecy, he must find balance between the light and dark, or lose himself for all time.

THE WIZARD OF TIME's greatest strength is in its characters. Each one is a three-dimensional individual living their lives in many shades of gray. I love the camaraderie between friends. Six magics are used that are familiar but Breedon takes them to a higher level. Although the beginning starts out a bit cliché, Breedon sucked me into Gabriel's world. The plot is sometimes a bit predictable but enjoyable. I love the history and cultures interspersed throughout. The Malignancy Mages are fantastically complicated villains. This novel explores the philosophical musings of light and dark, good and evil. The time travel scenes are awesome and well-thought out.

THE WIZARD OF TIME by G.L. Breedon is a wonderful fantasy novel geared towards young adults but a great read for all. I can't wait to read book two.


Watching Willow Watts
Watching Willow Watts
Price: 1.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A Bright Star in Chick Lit!, 12 Sep 2011
Talli Roland's WATCHING WILLOW WATTS shines like a bright star in the chick lit world.

Willow Watts never imagined dressing up as Marilyn Monroe for her best friend's celebrity picture booth would change her life. When her imagine is up on YouTube and appears sanctioned by Marilyn's ghost, Willow goes viral. Marilyn's fans proclaim her as the new Marilyn and everyone is clamoring to make a pound, including Willow. As the new Marilyn learns what fame means, Willow discovers the truth in who she is and what she's willing to sacrifice for happiness.

Talli Roland excels in quirky, unique novels. Willow Watts transforms on the page and inspires not only her small village in England but the world around her. Fame is fickle and tiresome. The romances of the secondary characters were sweet. I cheered as Willow discovered it was better to be herself than anyone else. Roland breathes life into her characters. I cried, laughed, and felt a deep passionate hatred for Willow's you-know-who, also known as the agent. The only minor distraction for me as a reader was in the portrayal of Betts the American, who didn't sound like she was from Georgia sometimes. Overall, I loved how the 'new Marilyn' inspired the village and changed it for the better.

Talli Roland's WATCHING WILLOW WATTS is a must-read with unforgettable characters, a unique storyline, and a beautiful message that being who you are is better than being anyone else.


The Treasures of Carmelidrium (Book 1 of The Chronicles of Gil-Lael)
The Treasures of Carmelidrium (Book 1 of The Chronicles of Gil-Lael)
Price: 0.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastical world awaits!, 23 Jun 2011
N.R. Williams' The Treasures of Carmelidrium yanks the reader into the fantastical, Medieval-like world of Gil-lael.

Michelle "Missie" Kersten is a flutist a few classes away from graduating when she crashes into another world. Valiant Prince Healden comes across of her. The two are linked to King Carmel and Queen Lysandra, and history repeats itself as Missie and Healden fight against Renwyck, Lord of the Symberveen, and for love and peace for Gil-lael and themselves.

With giant eagles, elves, and a vast history within this world, the novel is almost Tolkien-esque in places. Then, there are the unicorns and Ms. Williams' mythical creation of the symberveen, a bear-like monster that fills its victims with psychological horrors. To me, the symberveen are an excellent addition to legendary beasts. Friendship, betrayal, love, and hate play major parts in The Treasures of Carmelidrium. Music, magic, and war entwine, and in the end, new beginnings blossom.

I look forward to the sequel.


Unsavory Delicacies
Unsavory Delicacies
Price: 0.79

4.0 out of 5 stars A Deliciously Fun Trio, 21 April 2011
Russell Brooks' Unsavory Delicacies explores espionage and horror with a dash of tasty treats within these three short stories.

In "Crème Brule," Brooks gives us espionage at its best. The deceptions are sweet, and the reader will enjoy the twists and turns as nothing is quite what it seems until the end.

In "To the Last Bite," revenge is a dish best served hot and steamy in this short story, which happens to be my favorite of the three.

In "Shashlyk and Morezhenoe," surprises abound as Fox goes against a crime boss who is more like pudding and doesn't have a fierce bite.

All three stories delve into secrets and deception. Nothing is as it seems, and in some cases, the reader will wish it wasn't what it was. Unsavory Delicacies is a quick, deliciously devious read.


The Treasures of Carmelidrium (The Chronicles of Gil-Lael Book 1)
The Treasures of Carmelidrium (The Chronicles of Gil-Lael Book 1)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic, Music, Mayhem...oh, my!, 14 Feb 2011
N.R. Williams' The Treasures of Carmelidrium yanks the reader into the fantastical, Medieval-like world of Gil-lael. Michelle "Missie" Kersten is a flutist a few classes away from graduating when she crashes into another world. Valiant Prince Healden comes across of her. The two are linked to King Carmel and Queen Lysandra, and history repeats itself as Missie and Healden fight against Renwyck, Lord of the Symberveen, and for love and peace for Gil-lael and themselves. With giant eagles, elves, and a vast history within this world, the novel is almost Tolkien-esque in places. Then, there are the unicorns and Ms. Williams' mythical creation of the symberveen, a bear-like monster that fills its victims with psychological horrors. To me, the symberveen are an excellent addition to legendary beasts. Friendship, betrayal, love, and hate play major parts in The Treasures of Carmelidrium. Music, magic, and war entwine, and in the end, new beginnings blossom. I look forward to the sequel.


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