Book Review: Without Grace

By Carol Hoenig *Google Images

By Carol Hoenig
*Google Images

Book Review: Without Grace
Author: Carol Hoenig
Length: 231 pages
Media: Paperback
Language: Small amount/limited
In a nutshell: A teenage girl and a small town attempt to stand against the infiltration of big business suffocating their lake-side oasis. There is family struggle; young love; tragedy and plot twists.
Why I read the book: The author self-published. She has been very successful with this book which is her first novel. I wanted to see what Indie quality looked like.
How I found out about the book: I stumbled upon this book while researching self-published authors on the Internet. Apparently, Carol Hoenig was upgraded by IUniverse.
Keepers: There is a major surprise in the story and that plot twist is a jewel. The book actually has a scene which is somewhat frightening – it is well written and pulled-off nicely.
Recycle Bin: Some of the story was dragging just a wee little bit.
Final Thoughts: Wonderfully developed characters. This is what polished looks like.

Yours,

MARK!

Book Review: SOUL OF THE BAND

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Soul of the Band Author: K. L. Brady

Length: 250 pages

Media: Kindle

Language: Yes, some language

In a nutshell: The story of a DC teenage girl who finds herself spending her junior year of high school in a small town in Ohio.

Why I read the book: I was intrigued by the story of young people confronted with diversity issues. The backdrop of music was also a heavy draw for me. The author has won several awards.

How I found out about the book: There was a post card with several books by the author posted on a bulletin board at my government office. The cover of a teenage girl dressed as a drum majorette caught my eye.

Keepers: The plot felt good to me and I appreciated the story. The authors pacing was great, I couldn’t put the book down. The struggles seemed so real. Brandy’s diverse musical tastes were refreshing.

Recycle Bin: There were numerous grammar errors and spelling errors – I fought through them. Some of Brandy’s language seemed more mature than she was; then again it’s been awhile since I was in a junior in high school. I wanted more from the characters Jenny and Dorian.

Final Thoughts: This book helped me to read and visual young people and how they interact. I can’t wait for a sequel to the book.

Yours,

MARK!

THE OATH – w.w.w.wednesdays!

W.W.W. Wednesdays is a weekly (but for me “when I’m not too busy”) event brought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com To play along, answer the following questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you are going to read next?
Here are my answers:

What are you currently reading?
My all time favorite book, or ok at least one of them, The Oath by Frank Peretti.

The Oath

What did you recently finish reading?
Champion by Marie Lu, the final installment in her Legend Trilogy book series.

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What do you think you are going to read next?
Rebel Without A Crew by Robert Rodríguez. I am literally halfway through reading the book… but my lame self lost while serving jury duty :sigh:.

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Yours,

JOSIAH

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WWW Wednesday

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W.W.W. Wednesdays is a weekly event brought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com  To play along, answer the following questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you are going to read next?
Here are my answers:

What are you currently reading?
Champion by Marie Lu. Started the first in the trilogy, Legend, maybe at the start of the year I can’t remember (tweeted a lot about it though).

What did you recently finish reading?
The second book in the trilogy, Prodigy, back in March. Over all the whole series is really cool. Still a “YA, dystopian world” story but I’m really enjoying it, plus its not as big (yet) as The Hunger Games is so I like that only I what feels like a few people on Tumblr/Twitter know about it.

What do you think you are going to read next?
You know I think I might try to reread the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I only finished Eragon but never got to read the rest of the series years back. I’d really like to revisit that story and see how it ends but I’d start from Eragon the first book again since its been so long since I read it.

I’ll share this with my dad, I don’t know what he’s read in the past 4 months since I’ve been away and that’ll be interesting.

Yours,

JOSIAH