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28 10, 2012

Review: The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow by Lorin Barber

By | October 28th, 2012|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Comic, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Joanne Reynolds

Copernicus (Nick) H. Stringfellow is a very tall but otherwise average-looking man. While driving through in Washington, Nick picks up a hitchhiker, Molly, who claims she is sixteen, although Nick can tell that she probably isn’t any older than thirteen.

Nick has a conversation with Molly and convinces her to go back to her home, which is a tenement complex in a pretty run-down area. Molly’s mom is worn out and tired and unemployed. Nick pulls out a roll of bills and tells Molly’s mom to just love her daughter and guarantees her a job with a friend of his. Good deed accomplished!

Nick arrives at Harborview Hospital and consults with Theodore S. Furney, M.D., the medical director. Dr. Furney, an old friend, offers many positions to Nick, but Nick would like the position of Nurse-At-Large. Dr. Furney believes

16 10, 2012

Review: Fleeting Memory by Sherban Young

By | October 16th, 2012|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

In his mystery caper, Fleeting Memory, Sherban Young makes a brave move by introducing readers to a main character with no memory of his name or his past. A long time contemporary mystery reader (think Mary Higgins Clark), I was pleasantly steered out of my comfort zone with Young’s comedic approach to telling his tale.

Young’s nameless hero wakes up in an unfamiliar cabin, encounters an attractive blonde female with no recollection who she is, discovers a dying man in another room who whispers the cryptic words “The answer lies with Keats”, and then meets the eccentric Enescu Fleet, a retired PI.

After learning that Enescu Fleet will be a contestant on a murder mystery reality TV show called Deadly Allusions, Nameless Guy concludes that the body in his cabin was one of the actors from the show–especially

21 09, 2012

Review: Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

By | September 21st, 2012|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Clover is a mother and wife in her early 50s and has come to terms with the fact that she has passed the days of her youth and even the days of her prime when she could turn heads with her good looks. She is generally taken for granted by her family and noticed only when dinner doesn’t show up on time. Then Clover’s life takes a drastic turn when she steps out of the shower one morning, walks to the mirror above the sink, and realizes… she’s invisible. Completely invisible. Initially she feels overwhelmed with panic, but as she moves about the house slowly she realizes that nobody seems to notice that her body is no longer there. The only one to notice that Clover has turned invisible is her neighbor and good friend Gilda; Clover

19 08, 2012

Review: Catching the Fever by Kylee Gwartney

By | August 19th, 2012|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |8 Comments


Reviewed by Sarah Lelonek

To say I was disappointed with Catching the Fever by Kylee Gwartney would be an understatement. I knew the novel was going to be a fun, light read about four teenage girls chasing their favorite pop idol in order to save their school, but I couldn’t get past the shallow characters and rudimentary grammar mistakes.

The novel starts out with three girls in a liberal arts boarding school who have had every luxury given to them by their parents. One of the girls, known as a queen bee type, gets a hippie girl with dreads as a roommate. Soon after, the girls realize their beloved school is about to be closed down due to lack of funding and decide to steal another student’s BMW to go plead with pop star Justin Crew to perform at a benefit concert.

9 07, 2012

Review: Etiquette for an Apocalypse by Anne Mendel

By | July 9th, 2012|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Jessi Buchmann

2020, a post apocalyptic family set in Portland, Oregon where the cast of characters is rich, witty and tangible. Sophie Cohen and her husband Bertrand are dealing with the inevitable issues of disease, starvation and safety. Sophie and Bertrand’s relationship, although emotionally strained, has one focus and that is to keep their surviving family members safe. They live on the 11th floor of a high rise with their teenage daughter Sasha and Sophie’s mother Lulu-who seems to be unaffected by this new world.

Initially, you think Lulu is crazy yet you fall in love her with in an endearing I-won’t-accept-what’s-really-happening way. In order to keep their family secure and fed, Sophie uses her autistic brother Mitchell’s talents at drug making to trade for goods. Bertrand uses his medical background to heal those in need and provide security to

18 04, 2012

Review: Tuesday Night Miracles by Kris Radish

By | April 18th, 2012|Categories: Comic, Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Claudia Robinson

“These are not easy assignments, but I know you are up to the task. Keep an open heart, try not to worry about what anyone else might think, and please be honest. This journey is all about self-discovery or rediscovery, but I know you have already figured that out. Right?” – Dr. Bayer

Dr. Olivia Bayer has a new assignment, actually, she has four. Four very angry, emotionally charged, unhappy to be assigned, assignments. Kit, the only girl in a family of five, tired of being belittled and bullied, Grace, a hard working single mother with a gay daughter and one eager to rebel at the drop of a hat, Jane, a wealthy, but currently unemployed, real estate agent, struggling with her new society status and Leah, a domestic violence victim with two young children about

21 03, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Diary of a Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee

By | March 21st, 2012|Categories: Comic, Contemporary, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |28 Comments


Read on for our review and enter to win a copy!

Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Graciela “Ace” Jones is a high school teacher and the star of Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. She is most certainly not your average high school teacher, just as this is most definitely not your average book.

Ace’s best friend Lily cancels their annual spring break trip to Panama City Beach the night before they are to leave. Ace’s bags are packed and she is furious at Lily for canceling at the last minute to spend the weekend with “the Gentleman.” Ace is further enraged because Lily won’t even tell her his name and has only been referring to him as “the Gentleman” since she met the mystery man.

Lily suggests that Ace call their friend Chloe to go with her instead, but Chloe has an abusive

9 02, 2012

Review: Julia’s Child by Sarah Pinneo

By | February 9th, 2012|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)

Julia Bailey left a corporate career to raise her two young sons, but soon her desire to provide her children with healthy, wholesome food choices turned into a desire to provide these choices to toddlers everywhere. Slaving away in a rent-a-kitchen with her employee – and welfare-success-story – Marta, Julia churns out organic snacks with names like Muffet and Give Peas a Chance for her start-up company, Julia’s Child. And while her concoctions are a success with health-minded moms all over Brooklyn, Julia can barely make ends meet and dreams of making it big time, i.e. being stocked at the holy grail – Whole Foods.

When Whole Foods finally calls, Julia is ecstatic. However, larger orders also require longer days, reliable distribution, financing, and the list goes on. Before long, Julia and

17 01, 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Western Lit Survival Kit by Sandra Newman

By | January 17th, 2012|Categories: Books & Reading, Comic, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , |66 Comments


Please join Sandra Newman, author of The Western Lit Survival Kit, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Jill Arent

The subtitle for The Western Lit Survival Kit says it all: “An Irreverent Guide to the Classics, from Homer to Faulkner”. I’ve tried reading and/or flipping through anthologies like this before. Usually, collections of short précis or summaries of books/theories/philosophies sound much better than they actually are. Every author/compiler seems to think they are more witty and urbane than everyone else on the planet. Mathematically, of course, this isn’t possible. And the books bear that mathematical impossibility out.

Most of the time, books like The Western Lit Survival Kit read like a mediocre student’s collection of seventh grade book reports. Still, somehow I remain an eternal optimist about this type of book, despite the fact that

9 01, 2012

Review: Lunatics by Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel

By | January 9th, 2012|Categories: Comic, Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Philip Horkman is a politically correct pet store owner and family man that coaches the AYSO under-11-girls soccer league. Jeffrey Peckerman is an outrageous character; he is a forensic plumber who believes that he is the only “sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons”. He also has a daughter that plays in the AYSO under-11-girls soccer league.

The two men meet when Horkman calls Peckerman’s daughter off-sides during a game and quickly spirals into bear maulings, foreign wars, a policeman being shot in the testicles while flying a helicopter, kidnappings, Sarah Palin getting urinated on while on live TV, diarrhea in the desert and more antics than humanly imaginable for one book.

Lunatics is truly the only title that could have been chosen for this story. It absolutely describes Horkman and Peckerman and their interactions