Iron House by John Hart

From the moment I picked this book up, I did not want to put it down and that is very rare for me to say.  Hart’s new novel is a hard driving thriller from beginning to end.

Michael has come a long way since the Iron House School for Boys.  He has found the love of his life in Elena but getting out of the organized crime business may be harder than he first thought.  Michael also has to consider his brother Julian’s future which is being threatened by the bullies of the past.  Always Julian’s protector, Michael has to ensure his safely, as well as Elena’s, while constantly looking over his shoulder for the next person that may want to put a bullet in his head.  He has to find a way to keep those he loves safe and find a way to a future he may be denied because of a past that won’t let him forget.

The fast paced and edge of seat action keeps this story rolling.  It is not your formatted guy turns good and leaves mob story.  Hart breathes a depth and feeling into his characters that will have the reader cheering and cringing at the same time.  Graphic violence and torture scenes make this an adult read that pulls no punches for those that like the ‘in your face’ kind of novel.

I loved this book.  It is the first John Hart book I have read and it will not be the last.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

It is one of our fears in in our lives today.  An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky and our world as we know it comes crashing to an end.  Ilsa J. Bick takes us on a journey with young Alex and her personal demons as she fights for survival in this dangerously realistic and frightening new novel.

As for the people that survive, it is a question of who can Alex trust and who is infected. Alex puts her guarded trust in Tom, a soldier and a young orphan, Ellie.  Even of them, she is wary and uncertain.

This novel is terrifying both in its future implications for our own society but for personal issues that arise when trust is no longer an option at any cost.  This is not your ordinary end of the world story.  It gives the reader a look into the minds of the survivors and how living after the devastation affects them.  Bick has created deep and well defined characters.

I am not a zombie lover.  I shy away from the dead walking.  I did however, enjoy this book.  I found it had more to offer than your typical “shoot ‘em in the head and run” (don’t forget to double tap) mentality.  I did enjoy this book.  It is violent, gory in parts and thrills around every corner, my kind of book.

About the Author

Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, as well as a film scholar, former Air Force major, and now a full-time author. Her critically acclaimed first YA novel, Draw the Dark, won the 2011 Westchester Fiction Award and was named a Bank Street College 2011 Best Book. Ilsa currently lives with her family and several furry creatures in rural Wisconsin, near a Hebrew cemetery.  One thing she loves about the neighbors: they’re very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon. You can visit her online at http://www.ilsajbick.com.

The Liberation of Crystal Hill by Kevin Gibson

Written in a child-like voice of eleven year old Adam White, Kevin Gibson takes the reader into the very heart of a of a little boy’s fears.  The liberation of the town is only a backdrop to the interpersonal conflicts in the family life of young Adam. This coming-of-age story is complex and well written.

From a town haunted by a cursed ghost, Mayor Crystal, to the corrupt ion of the current residents, this story will take you on a ride into the supernatural that you will enjoy both for the interesting interweaving storylines and the deep and well-developed characters.

The writing is easy to read and understand and I feel this would be a great book for the young adult crowd.  However, it will stand just as strong as a good adult read too.  I only have one drawback; I feel the cover of the book is not as appealing as it could be.  The back especially needs work.  I think a more professional look would get more attention.  Books are often, regretfully, judged by their cover.

 

A Death in Calgary

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Death came to town driving a 1964 Cadillac hearse. He was looking for a man, a man that was waiting to die. Sam was that man. He longed to be with his beloved Emily again. Life had not been the same since she passed. Strange things were happening in Calgary and Sam would find himself having to make the most agonizing decision of his life. Sam would have to make that choice soon. Death was here to make sure he made the right one. “A Death in Calgary” is the first in a series of short stories that bring the subject of Death to a whole other level.

Review: Gerald and the Wee People by Greta Burroughs

In a clearing, in the dark woods, is a secret society of wee people and Gerald, with his friend Vernon, has just stumbled into a wee war.  With wonderful imagery and imagination, Burroughs takes her readers into a magical world filled with terror, adventure and an unsuspecting hero.

Gerald and the Wee People is a book that brings the impossible to life and takes the reader right along with it into a battle that may mean death for the wee people.   Without the help of Gerald, who doesn’t even know how to help, and his best friend Vernon, all may be lost.  With an “Alice in Wonderland” feel, Gerald is shrank down to wee size and is at the mercy of the attacking misshapen ones along with Sheela, Cian and Sean.  Can Gerald save himself and his new friends or will they all cease to be.

This is a great story of courage, faith and friendship for any age.  Young adults and more mature juveniles ( some violence) will enjoy the action and adventure that Burrough’s characters bring to the reader.  A pleasurable read and very talented writing make this book a winner.  Makes me want to go look for the magic in my own back yard.

 

Circle of the Fae

Review: Breakfast Anytime by Christopher M. Thompson

I am not one to read a lot of current poetry.  Mostly because I have so many books to complete and I like to take my time with poetry, but I am a lover of Dylan Thomas.  Sometimes, however, I run across poetry that stirs my heart and mind and I enjoy a nice cup of coffee and lose myself in the rhythm of the lines.  Thompson’s prose have done just that.

The poetry of Breakfast Anytime is emotional and dark at moments.  Just my kind of writing.  I could sit and describe all the styles used and comment on the exact meanings of each verse but I feel each reader must take his.her own view of each work of poetry.  The one thing I look for in poetry is did it touch me in some way? Yes, this collection of works has done just that.

Thompson’s, The Masks, is my true favorite.  Don’t miss this wonderful experience.  Read Breakfast Anytime, no don’t read it, experience it.

Excerpt: “My true face you do not see, But rather a mask of the person in me……
One to show courage when I am full of fear, One to show love when anger is near.   One to show belief when I fear for the worst, One to show happiness when I feel my heart burst.   Yes, these are my masks, in three sets of two, Arranged like pictures on the sides of a cube.   No matter how they are gazed at, no matter how viewed, My true face will always be hidden from you.”
Christopher Thompson. Breakfast Anytime (Family-Friendly Edition) (Kindle Locations 257-259).

Review: Confessions of a Sex Addict Abuse. Addiction. Recovery. Survival. by Kelly Boykin

This has been an extremely hard book for me to review and to read.  The pain that comes from any addiction is harsh and even reading about it can have an effect on the reader.  This book is an eye-opening experience with abuse, addition, recovery and the lengths some have to go to just to survive.  It is so much more too; it is a story of strength and personal definition.

The setbacks, triumphs and the pain that any addict feels and experiences are in some way all the same.  Yet, each recovery and success story is as individual as each person that suffers through the disease of addiction.  No matter what you think you know about the topic of sex addiction, this book will show you a story through the pained eyes of a survivor.

This book is not a sexy cheap porn novel.  It is a hard-hitting and blunt look at sex addiction and the road to recovery and survival.  This book is a learning experience and although you may not come aways feeling good and joyful, you may come away with a new perspective on addicts and their existence in an unrelenting world.  This book is not for the faint of heart it is explicit and raw.

From the author: If you’re in crisis, please contact: THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE If you’re feeling desperate, alone or hopeless, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: (800) 273-TALK (8255). It’s a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

Kelly Boykin. Confessions of a Sex Addict (Kindle Locations 2230-2235). Kelly Boykin.