Review: A Splendid Boy by Melanie Martin

a-splendid-boy-melanie-martinA Splendid Boy by Melanie Martin

Publication Date: May 27th 2016
Details: Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Flanker Press
Source: I won a copy from Goodreads.

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Summary

A Royal Newfoundland Regiment Love Story

In the summer of 1914, Daniel Beresford’s innocent love affair with the merchant’s daughter is discovered, forcing him to make an impossible decision to save his family from financial ruin. When news of the First World War reaches Middle Tickle, Daniel, who is torn between his love for Emma Tavenor and his responsibility to his family, enlists in the Newfoundland Regiment and departs for training.

When Emma learns her father is to blame for Daniel’s unexplained departure, she follows him to England, hoping they’ll be reunited. Yet on the voyage, she discovers the regiment has been called up and is already engaged in battle. She realizes her only hope of finding Daniel is to join the Voluntary Aid Detachment and make her way to the Western Front.

In 1916, on the eve of the Battle of the Somme, Emma and Daniel are reunited for a single, impassioned night near Beaumont-Hamel. Can the love they share survive the barriers of class and the horrors of battle? Or are their lives fated to join what would later be called a lost generation?

Review

I won a copy of A Splendid Boy from Goodreads.

I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to review this book. I read it back in January or February and I wrote a review and then forgot to post it. Now I have no idea where that review is and I read the book so long ago I can’t really remember much.

What I do remember is that I enjoyed the book. I sat in the living room and read it in one sitting. I entered the giveaway because I thought it sounded like it might be a good read. I love anything historical so I thought why not enter. I ended up liking the book more than I thought I would. I’m not sure why I thought it would be just an okay read, but for some odd reason I did. I’m glad I entered and gave it a try since I ended up not wanting to put it down.

I wish I could say more, but like I said, it was so long ago. If I ever find my original review, I will make sure to replace this one.

3 out of 5 stars

Review: Rising Tide (Ben Gold #2) by Rajan Khanna

Rising Tide Ben Gold Rajan KhannaRising Tide (Ben Gold #2) by Rajan Khanna

Publication Date: October 6th 2015
Details: Paperback, 271 pages
Publisher: Pyr
Source: I bought it.

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Summary

Ben Gold sacrificed his ship in an effort to prevent pirates from attacking the hidden city of Tamoanchan. Now Malik, an old friend turned enemy, has captured Ben and Miranda—the scientist Ben loves. With Miranda held hostage, Ben has to do Malik’s dirty work.

Miranda has plans of her own, though. She has developed a test for the virus that turned most of the population into little more than beasts called Ferals two generations ago. She needs Ben’s help to rescue a group of her colleagues to perfect the test—but first they must rescue themselves.

When a terrible new disease starts spreading across Tamoanchan and people start dying, it seems there’s something more sinister afoot. Then an old enemy attacks. Can Ben fight off the invaders? And will it be in time to save anyone from the disease?

Review

Rising Tide was even better than Falling sky. Unfortunately I got a three-day migraine that forced me to put the book down for days. If I could have, I would have read this in a day.

These books are just so good. I am absolutely loving them. The action is so fun, you can’t help loving or hating the characters. They just feel so real and you want to be friends with them. I haven’t read a book that made me care about the characters like this in a long time.

Other than that, there isn’t much more I can say since it’s a sequel. Though I should warn you, if you decide to read this trilogy, make sure you get all three books. You will be completely sucked in and you wont want to leave this world or the characters. Not to mention the amazing cliffhanger at the end of this one. Man I’m loving these books. I can’t wait to jump right into the last book, Raining Fire.

5 out of 5 stars

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Falling Sky Ben Gold Rajan KhannaFalling Sky (Ben Gold #1) by Rajan Khanna

Synopsis: Ben Gold lives in dangerous times. Two generations ago, a virulent disease turned the population of most of North America into little more than beasts called Ferals. Some of those who survived took to the air, scratching out a living on airships and dirigibles soaring over the dangerous ground.
Ben, a lone wolf, has reluctantly agreed to use his skills and his airship to help an idealist scientist, Miranda, on her search for a cure. Protecting her from Ferals is dangerous enough but when power-mad raiders run rampant, Ben finds himself in the most dangerous place of all—the ground.
Ben’s journey leads him to Gastown, a city in the air recently conquered by belligerent and expansionist pirates. Old friends and new enemies are drawn into a struggle that quickly becomes a fight for the fate of the world. Ben must decide to focus on his own survival or risk it all on a desperate chance for a better future.

Review: Falling Sky (Ben Gold #1) by Rajan Khanna

Falling Sky Ben Gold Rajan KhannaFalling Sky (Ben Gold #1) by Rajan Khanna

Publication Date: October 7th 2014 (first published January 1st 2014)
Details: Paperback, 255 pages
Publisher: Pyr
Source: I bought it.

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Summary

Ben Gold lives in dangerous times. Two generations ago, a virulent disease turned the population of most of North America into little more than beasts called Ferals. Some of those who survived took to the air, scratching out a living on airships and dirigibles soaring over the dangerous ground.
Ben, a lone wolf, has reluctantly agreed to use his skills and his airship to help an idealist scientist, Miranda, on her search for a cure. Protecting her from Ferals is dangerous enough but when power-mad raiders run rampant, Ben finds himself in the most dangerous place of all—the ground.
Ben’s journey leads him to Gastown, a city in the air recently conquered by belligerent and expansionist pirates. Old friends and new enemies are drawn into a struggle that quickly becomes a fight for the fate of the world. Ben must decide to focus on his own survival or risk it all on a desperate chance for a better future.

Review

After I found out I won a copy of the third book in this trilogy I made an order for the first two. I don’t normally enter giveaways for the last book in a series when I don’t own any other books in it, but this trilogy just sounded so good that I knew I would get to it at some point. Between what the series is about and the fact that there is a blurb on the first book by Tad Williams that says “Like Hemingway meets The Walking Dead.”, I knew I would enjoy these books. So far, I am right.

I flew through this book. I just couldn’t put it down. I love all the characters. Well, most of the characters. I mean I’m not sure how I feel about Clay. Ben is amazing and I think I might be in love with Miranda. Everyone else is just as great. There is so much action, which I love. Plus Ferals! If you know me, then you know I love anything to do with zombies. I just can’t get enough of them.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it, and as soon as I’m done writing this review, I’m jumping into the next book, Rising Tide. I need more of this world and these characters. Please pick this book up and give it a read. It was so much fun.

4 out of 5 stars

Review: Blame by Jeff Abbott

Blame Jeff AbbottBlame by Jeff Abbott

Publication Date: July 18th 2017
Details: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads

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Summary

Sometimes the person you thought you knew best…Turns out to be someone you never really knew at all.

The crash that killed him

Two years ago, Jane Norton crashed her car on a lonely road, killing her friend David and leaving her with amnesia. At first, everyone was sympathetic. Then they found Jane’s note: I wish we were dead together.

A girl to blame

From that day the town turned against her. But even now Jane is filled with questions: Why were they on that road? Why was she with David? Did she really want to die?

The secrets she should forget

Most of all, she must find out who has just written her an anonymous message: I know what really happened. I know what you don’t remember..

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and I’m so happy that I did, because this is the best book I’ve read so far this year.

When I first picked up Blame I didn’t have a lot of time to read so it took me a few days to get into it, but once I got around halfway through it, I just couldn’t put it down. I was carrying the book around with me so if my dad ran into the bank, I could read a page or if my mom was dropping something off somewhere I could maybe squeeze in a paragraph or two. By the time I got near the end I was just sitting outside reading, completely ignoring my mom and her friend. Usually I don’t read when other people are around, but I had to know how it would end.

When I finished the book I wasn’t surprised by the ending, I kind of had an idea of what was happening. So unfortunately I couldn’t give it a full five stars. However, the fact that I wasn’t positive was shocking. Whenever I read or watch a thriller, I always get to a point about halfway where I know who, why and how. With Blame I wasn’t positive. I just kind of thought maybe. I was right, but the fact that I wasn’t sure was completely different for me, which I just loved.

As I’m writing this review, I can’t think of a single thing that I didn’t enjoy and I have been recommending this book to everyone I know that reads. I will definitely be reading more by Jeff Abbott. If you are into thrillers, you should pick this one up.

4 out of 5 stars

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Review: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by Fred Van Lente

Ten Dead Comedians A Murder Mystery Fred Van LenteTen Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by Fred Van Lente

Publication Date: July 11th 2017
Details: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads

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Summary

Fred Van Lente’s brilliant debut is both an homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and a thoroughly contemporary show-business satire. As the story opens, nine comedians of various acclaim are summoned to the island retreat of legendary Hollywood funnyman Dustin Walker. The group includes a former late-night TV host, a washed-up improv instructor, a ridiculously wealthy “blue collar” comic, and a past-her-prime Vegas icon. All nine arrive via boat to find that every building on the island is completely deserted. Marooned without cell phone service or wifi signals, they soon find themselves being murdered one by one. But who is doing the killing, and why?

A darkly clever take on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and other classics of the genre, Ten Dead Comedians is a marvel of literary ventriloquism, with hilarious comic monologues in the voice of every suspect. It’s also an ingeniously plotted puzzler with a twist you’ll never see coming!

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and was so excited. It sounded like it would be such a fun read. Man was I wrong.

I honestly thought I would enjoy this book but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t really find it funny, I didn’t like any of the characters, and I found it to be predictable. Half way through the book I figured out who the killer was and how they were doing it.

It seems like this is a love it or hate it kind of book. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it. I thought it was just okay. However, other people have given it four or five stars. This isn’t a book I would recommend, but if it sounds good to you, I wouldn’t say don’t read it. You might be one of those people who enjoyed it. The writing was good, so I would like to give this author another chance.

2 out of 5 stars