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Archive for December 27th, 2011

Say Not What If

Say Not What If by Andrew Friedman

3 Stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) “Say Not What If” is about a man on death row, and has as its theme the concept that time is our most valuable commodity. As someone once said, “waste anything but time, because we really are promised no tomorrows.” This theme is explored through the life of a man who sacrifices his marriage and everything else for his career. He realizes much too late the terrible consequences of this decision, and then desperately tries to regain those lost years by making a much worse choice. The resolution of this latter choice involves an additional examination of the concepts of accountability and responsibility, redemption, and the morality of the death penalty.

This is about a 51 page book about a guy that spent all his time devoted to work. When he looses his wife to work and becomes ill he realizes what he lost. Trying to make things better, he talks to the gods of Fate and learns that the only option to getting his health back is a horrible act, which he does.

This lands him in prison where he is treated horribly but makes something of himself. But during the time he is changing his life for the better, his sentence is almost over and he is once again realizing what he is about to lose.

I understand what the author is trying to get across. We should try to help others and not waste time that could be spent one important things and people. The rhyme did flow well throughout the story.

I do have to say that the price the gods of Fate ask for and him providing it really turned me off the story. I honestly had a hard time feeling anything for the character or even wanting to continue reading.

This is a quick read and has a good message. I am sorry to say that I couldn’t find it in myself to rise above the anger I felt and try to think better about the character and what he goes through. I am going to give this story a neutral review because of that.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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The Companion of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A baby girl was found in a basket on Squire Carrington’s doorstep. She was raised and sent to work as a servant girl for The Countess of Holmeshire. The widowed and unconventional Countess chose Miss Emma Carrington as a companion and sent her off for finishing with the goal of dragging her along into genteel Victorian society. What sort of reception would she have at tea and dinners? The young Earl of Holmeshire was engaged by arrangement to a lovely London lady, but their relationship was difficult. Could they work it out? Even the tribulations and banned romances of the servants downstairs play into the story as we follow Emma from a stone fortress to a Victorian village and then into fabulous London mansions. Great surprises unfold at a Midsummer Night’s Dream Ball which help to solve mysteries that have gradually developed. You are invited to predict the great revelation of the last few pages!

Lady Holmeshire has chosen a common girl to be groomed for Victorian society. She has chosen Emma as her companion. Emma was found abandoned and was raised by a squire until he couldn’t take care of her along with the rest of his own family. So the Countess decides that she will take care of Emma as a servant then decides to educate her as a Victorian Lady.

We start with Emma coming home from finishing. She feels out of place in the house where so recently she was a servant. Emma is also very nervous about being introduced into society. In the mean time, Wilfred, Coutness’s son, has returned home and is planning on taking his mother and Emma to London while he works in Parliament.

While in London, Emma is to be introduced to polite society and draws a rather negative air. Several people are not impressed that a former maid should even grace societies halls and they plan on how they can get her thrown out. At the same time, Wilford is trying to get the lords and lady’s to realize that there is a problem with the poor and that they need help. This topic is frowned upon so Wilford is having trouble getting support in Parliament.

I liked the idea behind this story. The end was surprising and there was a great twist when you thought the story was over. I really liked how everything was rapped up at the end.

Sadly, I have to say that I have learned that I don’t enjoy Victorian based stories. Having said that, I felt that the story wandered around and branched off before coming to the end. Some of the story felt like filler and could have been taken out.

Beyond that, I do feel if you like Victorian stories, you will like this one. It is a quick read, about 133 pages on my Nook and 269 pages in print, but well worth it.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Abigail

Abigail by Heather Marie Adkins

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When Abigail’s supposedly immortal faery mother is found murdered, her human father sells her in to slavery. Bought by a young and wealthy landowner named William, she is whisked away to a Grecian island to play caretaker for his baby sister.

However, the island has a deadly secret connected to Abigail’s past. Her budding romance with William is shattered by Abigail’s intimate, unwanted connection with the island’s faery prince. Meanwhile, the Faery King is planning revenge upon the family.

Abigail must join forces with the very race she’s sought to deny, to save the humans she has learned to love.

The story starts with Abigail finding herself up for sale as a slave. She is lucky that her purchaser has decided that he would like to have her take care of his kid sister. But Abigail is not completely human; she is part faery with a connection to the earth. On the trip to her new home, she demonstrates her powers in different ways.

On the little island that is now her home, she meets others faeries and learns that the land that the house is built on belongs to the faery king and he plans on taking that land back. She also learns that she has a connection to the faery kings brother even though she loves William.

I really liked this story. I’m sad to say that I have had it in the TBR pile for a while and feel really bad that I didn’t read it sooner. The only thing I was not impressed with was the relationship with the3 faery kings brother. Something rubbed me wrong with that.

Beyond that, if you like paranormal romances with faeries in them, you will like this.

I received this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Solid

I am still alive, contrary to the lack of posts. I have been super busy and hardly had time to read. I do have some older reviews that I’m going to post, so there will be a couple in a row. I still have a huge TBR pile and I’m so sorry to everyone that I have told I will review their books but have taken so long to get to them. My New Years Resolution is to get my butt in gear and make this up to everyone.

Having said that, here is the first of several late reviews.

Solid by Shelley Workinger

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they forge new friendships, find love, develop “super-abilities,” and even unearth a conspiracy.

The army has released information of one of their doctors experimenting on unborn children. He had given about 100 mothers tainted vitamins to alter their children with secret abilities. Now the army is trying to figure out what all the children can do and how to help them live with their new abilities.

Clio is one of the teenagers. When she gets to the camp for the teenagers, she finds that the army has spared no expense for them. They packed up the teen’s rooms at home and set up the rooms exactly as they were to make them feel more comfortable. Clio quickly meets four other kids and makes fast friends. She learns that there are three main groups; the athletes, the heavies or the goth kids, and the rest. The Jack, the guy that Clio has an instant crush on, is a floater. No one really knows what his abilities are so he floats between the groups to see where he belongs.

One day while Clio is resting, she over hears a conversation that gets her to think that something far different is going on. When she brings her suspicions up to her new friends, they go on a fact-finding mission.

I really liked this book. I got sucked in with the prolog and couldn’t wait to learn what abilities they kid’s would have. The interactions between characters was really good, especially the heavies and their moodiness. I liked how the book ended with the opening for more books to come. I cannot wait to get Settling. If you like young adult stories you will love this book.

I received this book for free from a giveaway and promised the author an honest review.

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