Savage Storm (A Savage Series Novel #8) by J. Woods – Review

Savage Storm by J. Woods
Savage Storm by J. Woods – Review

Rating – 3.5/5

Having endured a traumatic childhood, Marlea has separated from her family. She has been working for Savage Security for the last two years nursing a secret crush on her devilishly attractive boss, Luke Savage, all this time. Her disturbing childhood along with her physical insecurities doesn’t allow her to approach Luke.

Until a wild night out with her girlfriends in a club where she sees Luke in a compromising position. Thus, starts a passionate relationship between them which is threatened by misunderstandings and a deadly foe.

Riley isn’t a typical criminal. Dropped on the doorstep of a lush vineyard owned by the gorgeous Nick Delano, Riley needs to keep her senses intact to escape from Delano’s sensual seductions and to complete her mission. A year ago, they had met on an undercover mission and were instantly attracted to each other. However, a wrong step on Nick’s part drifts them apart. Will they able to reconcile this time? Read Savage Storm by J. Woods to find out.

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Evie and the Upside-Down World of Nevermore by Birgitte Märgen – Review

“Rule One: Don’t eat or drink.

Rule Two: Never, ever tell anyone your name.

If you don’t follow these rules, your soul will be lost there forever.”

Quoted from Evie and the Upside-Down World of Nevermore

Rating – 3.5/5

While running through the forest on a full-moon night, Evie falls into a big hole and finds herself trapped in the Upside-Down World – a world that mirrors ours but is different too. Here unicorns are not gentle creatures, fairies are nasty, giants are not scary, and many more twisted versions of folklores dot the landscape in this strange world.

Evie must follow these unspoken rules and cross the various obstacles in her path, relying only on a compass given by an angry gnome, her deceased grandfather’s lessons and her mother’s haunting memories, to reach home. Can she do it? Read Evie and the Upside-Down World of Nevermore by Birgitte Märgen to find out.

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Mega Awesome Notebook by Kevin Minor – Review

Mega Awesome Notebook by Kevin Minor
Mega Awesome Notebook by Kevin Minor – Review

Rating – 4/5

A teenager, late for school, accidentally microwaves his doodle notebook while heating his breakfast. This brings alive the cartoon characters in the notebook. Now he needs to deal with a typical teenage day in school—replete with problems like social awkwardness, bullies, boring classes, love trouble—while trying to remain even keel with his notebook’s suddenly animated characters.

One of the characters, Dud, becomes the boy’s alter-ego as they continually poke each other. Can Dud help the boy realize that running from one’s problems won’t solve them? Can he make the boy face them? Grab Mega Awesome Notebook by Kevin Minor to find out.

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One by One by D W Gillespie – Review

One by One by D W Gillespie
One by One by D W Gillespie – Review

Rating – 3.5/5

The Easton family moves into an old, giant house they bought at dirt cheap price. Alice, the youngest in the family, is thrilled to move in there and explore it. Her joy soon turns to dread when she discovers a painting of stick figures depicting a family of four on the wall of the hallway ……. just like her family. The rest of the family brushes it off, but Alice is intrigued and scared by this painting.

One by one, the members of her family start disappearing, which is followed by a X marking that member in the crude painting in the hallway. Alice must unearth the macabre mystery behind this old house before she becomes the next victim.

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Soul of the Elephant by Pam Laughlin – Review

Soul of the Elephant by Pam Laughlin Book Cover
Soul of the Elephant by Pam Laughlin – Review

Rating – 4/5

Born in a family of mahouts (elephant trainers), Hemit dreams of getting his elephant in the cattle fair next year. He is a gentle soul and understands animals in a way that no one can. He believes the relationship between a mahout and his elephant should be based on trust, love, and respect. However, his father uses harsh ways to dominate his elephant. Unable to withstand any more ill-treatment towards the elephants in the family stable, he takes a stand against his father.

Hemit’s yearning to understand the elephants better leads him to a mystical fakir, who everyone believes is an evil sorcerer. But Hemit sees otherwise and accepts the fakir’s help to learn how to communicate with his beloved elephant. Will Hemit succeed in convincing his father that love and respect are the only ways to gain an animal’s trust? With his new-found learning, can Hemit win Asha’s (an abused elephant) trust? Read Soul of the Elephant by Pam Laughlin to find out.

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The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls – Review

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls Book Cover
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a gripping, poignant memoir detailing her quirky childhood filled with incredible hardships on account of growing up in a dysfunctional family.

Walls grew up with an alcoholic father and an irresponsible and delusional mother. Rex and Rose Walls’ nonconformist ideas about the world initially inspired their four children. The Walls family led a peripatetic life, relocating every few months. They never imposed any rules on their children and encouraged them to handle their problems on their own. Rex was a charismatic man who taught them a variety of subjects and often played with them, while Rose painted and wrote and mouthed off philosophical thoughts.

However, as the children started growing up, their rose-tinted glasses were replaced by the harsh reality of life. Little by little, the Walls children’s dreams of the Glass Castle—the grandiose promises of a spectacular home to be constructed by their father—started crumbling when they realized their parents were self-absorbed people, averse to responsibilities, and they would have to take care of themselves. This realization instilled a fierce determination in them to get away from their parents and carve out a successful life for themselves.

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