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13 05, 2014

Review: Ways of Leaving by Grant Jarrett

By | May 13th, 2014|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , |2 Comments


download (1)Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Chase’s life is falling apart. He just lost his job as a journalist, his wife has left him and his father has died, so Chase must travel to the Poconos for the funeral. Even worse, he doesn’t get along with his brother who lived with and took care of their father.

Ways of Leaving was a mixture of getting my hopes up that something good was really about to happen and scratching my head wondering what the heck was I reading. I was sorely disappointed in the entire story.

Basically, in my opinion, Chase is a bi-polar jerk. He is rude, quick to anger, blames his life on other people and hides it behind getting drunk and having sex. He doesn’t even care who he is having sex with as long as he is doing it. Chase shirks responsibilities, has no

6 05, 2014

Review: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

By | May 6th, 2014|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |2 Comments


9780804137447_custom-2f8bb1b8fec47cbe91a82b5b286ac7e61e1304c7-s6-c30Reviewed by Lindsay Yocum

The Divorce Papers is a long book but it’s written in such a way that it goes by way too quickly. It follows the increasingly messy divorce between Mia and her award winning doctor husband, Daniel through correspondence. That’s right. There’s not an actual “story line” this book follows and I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. We learn of things after they happen, not while they happen, and you can’t help but feel like you’ve received the emails/letters yourself by mistake and can’t you help but sneak a peek into the drama.

The Divorce Papers was such a neat book in general. I’ve read books where the story line was complimented with letters, but they’re usually in the same mundane font; Susan Rieger had pretty much a different template for each email and handwritten note in this book.

12 04, 2010

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Get Lucky by Katherine Center

By | April 12th, 2010|Categories: Contemporary, Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , , |66 Comments


get lucky book coverPlease join Katherine Center, author of Get Lucky, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Get Lucky, by Katherine Center, is likely to appeal to readers of any age. It is funny, but not over the top, with amazingly realistic characters.

Sarah Harper is having a bit of bad luck. She lost her job and has a hard time finding her self-esteem. At a loss, she makes the decision to move back home to Houston. Once there, she realizes what she missed out on, especially once she has a chance meeting with an old beau. He turns out to be the one that she should have never let go off, but it is too late for her to make amends.

While in Houston, Sarah tries to renew her relationship with her sister

9 04, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Laura Rider’s Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton

By | April 9th, 2010|Categories: Contemporary, Giveaways, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |10 Comments


laura rider's masterpiece book coverReviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Laura and Charlie Rider own and run Prairie Wind Farm in rural Wisconsin, with Laura ruling and delegating, and Charlie obliging along. While she is planting and pruning, Laura Rider listens to Jenna Faroli of the famous Jenna Faroli Radio Show and dreams of writing a romance novel. She envisions Jenna simultaneously as a teacher, a confidante, and the heroine of her book.

Charlie’s chance encounter with Jenna on the side of the road is the turning point, and Laura sees it as a chance to understand what makes Jenna tick. Together, Charlie and Laura begin corresponding with Jenna via e-mails that are at first friendly, but become increasingly intimate. Jenna’s interest is at first a surprise, but pretty soon they are all crossing lines they never thought they’d cross.

I ran through a gamut

31 03, 2010

Blog Tour: Balancing Acts by Zoe Fishman

By | March 31st, 2010|Categories: Contemporary, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment


balancing acts book coverPlease join Zoe Fishman, author of Balancing Acts, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Balancing Acts begins with four college acquaintances meeting again at a ten year college reunion. Each is looking for love, wanting to find herself and wondering how she will improve the quality of her life. The women are Naomi, Charlie, Bess and Sabine, and they all decide it is time for a change (each for different reasons). Charlie has just the right catalyst for the women when she suggests that they attend her yoga classes and reconnect with themselves and each other. Charlie has opened up a

8 03, 2010

Review: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith

By | March 8th, 2010|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment


dawn of the dreadfuls book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith, the eagerly anticipated prequel to Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is even more gory and comedic than Quirk Classics’ debut novel. Hockensmith’s advantage over Grahame-Smith was getting to create a somewhat unique story from scratch. All of Jane Austen’s original characters are brought to life in Dawn of the Dreadfuls, along with a few new characters to sweeten the plot.

25 02, 2010

Review: The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser

By | February 25th, 2010|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |6 Comments


lumby lines book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Gail Fraser’s The Lumby Lines is a warm story about acceptance and tolerance in a small Northwestern community. The Lumby Lines is actually the name of a town newspaper, and it highlights the latest gossip and news in the small town of Lumby. A married couple, Mark and Pam Walker decide to leave the city life and move to Lumby, where they find and fall in love with a property that used to be an old Abbey. The Montis Abbey was a monastery in 1893, but has since gone to disrepair. Pam has plans to restore the property to make it into an inn, and

23 01, 2010

Review: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben Winters

By | January 23rd, 2010|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


Reviewed by Cal Cleary

The second in Quirk Books’ line of classic re-imaginings, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Jane Austen and Ben Winters (replacing Seth Grahame-Smith), follows the same general idea of previous best-seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

16 01, 2010

Review: How to Catch and Keep a Vampire by Diana Laurence

By | January 16th, 2010|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


9781416205524_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Do you envy Sookie Stackhouse, Buffy Summers, or Bella Swan for their success with vampire lovers? In her tell-all self help book, Diana Laurence offers sound advice on how to find happiness and eternity with the undead. Within these pages you will find “case studies” documenting real life experiences dating blood-sucking immortals, Diana’s own personal encounters with the undead, and revealing FAQs that will unravel the mysteries behind these ethereal beings.

If you think dating mere mortals is exhausting, just wait until you try dating a vampire. In How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-By-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful, Laurence weighs the pros and cons of mortal men vs. immortal men. Vampires have had centuries to