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Girl Soldier by T.R. Horne

Girl Soldier

by T.R. Horne

Giveaway ends November 15, 2017.

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New Book Review: The Kind Worth Killing

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Rated 5 of 5 stars

Peter Swanson writes an intriguing, fast paced psychological thriller that explores what it means to be a murderer. The logic of some of the main characters were thought provoking however insane they sounded. The story starts with a meeting between Ted and Lily at an airport. They talk over drinks then subsequently are on the same flight and continue their discussion. The topic of their discussion is what grips the reader. They are toying with the idea of killing Ted’s wife, a cheating woman that only wants him for his millions. Lily agrees to help him if he’s serious and through a series of meetings and discussions, Lily helps Ted build up the nerve to execute his wife until something changes. That change shifts the entire focus of the book and the reader goes on a wild ride of twists and turns. Throughout this book, you’ll be wondering who did what and how…and you’ll always wonder what’s going to happen next!

This book is exceptionally written and planned. I’m baffled as to why I didn’t hear anything about it sooner. I really enjoyed listening to this on a long road trip and recommend the narration and the story. The ending is VERY surprising! Great choice for readers that enjoy psychological thrillers with an unpredictable plot.

Raging Book Reviews Highly Recommended

*Purchased with my own money via Audible.

Want to purchase this highly recommended read? Buy a copy with free shipping  HERE

New Book Review: I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons

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Rated 4 of 5 stars

Ok, so I’m not a HUGE Kevin Hart fan and definitely after the cheating debacle…I was on a Hart hiatus. So while on a road trip, we (the men in the car for the most part) wanted to listen to Hart’s new book. So I obliged begrudgingly. After about an hour into the book…I was hooked. Kevin Hart narrated the hell out of this book! He uses his easy going logic, fast talking humor as a way to pull you into the story of his family. The life lessons he learned from his father had us literally crying laughing in the car. His father is an extreme character but hearing it through Hart’s eyes, the eyes of a son, was refreshing, funny and heartfelt. He also explores his relationship with his mother growing up and then subsequently her painful death from cancer. This relationship really brought a tear to my eye. The tenderness and guidance his mother gave him stayed with him for life and through their interactions you can tell that she really believed in her son and wanted to ensure he was able to stand up as a man.

Kevin Hart also explores the relationship with his ex-wife Torrei. The relationship was abusive on many levels and for him to admit that to millions of people took courage that many men would have edited out to suit themselves and their image. He took responsibility and that shows he learned from it and will ensure it doesn’t happen again in his new marriage. Unfortunately, some of his old tricks die hard as he was caught cheating on his new wife which ironically was the fuel for the tumultuous first marriage. He still has yet to learn that trust is something hard to rebuild so I am hoping for the sake of his second marriage that he loses some of the immaturity in the fidelity department.

Overall, I found myself laughing out loud, laughing so hard my cheeks hurt and tears streamed down my face. I found myself feeling bad for how his cards were dealt so young but felt vindicated when I saw how much work and persistence he put into his craft. He deserves all the accolades and opportunities because his story is one of many failures that he pushed through and believed that he could do something with his life. The life lessons in the book are not unique but when paired with his story, makes great sense. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and recommend it to people who like Hart’s brand of comedy and want to laugh a little.

Raging Book Reviews Recommended!

*Purchased with my own money on Audible.

November is Black Book Month!

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November is going to be Black Book Month! Simply because why not? I read so many books then look at my shelf and realize that I have not dedicated any time to black authors equally to those of others. So I’m changing that and dedicating the full month of November to read books by black authors or with black issues. If you are like me and start to realize you’re lacking in diverse authors, characters and issues, then make November Black Book Month! So my November reads are:

– Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
– Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
– Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
– The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This is a pretty hardy list of very mainstream black authors that cover a range of issues from immigration, civil rights, African culture in different styles. If you’re interested in reading along with me, you can order the books using my Book Depository link and get free shipping in time to start with me next month.
http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=ragingbookreviews

Not interested in reading along? Well follow my book reviews via email on www.ragingbookreviews.wordpress.com and check out what I think about these novels and others. Also, share this post to get others involved in diversifying their reading and push for November to be Black Book Month!

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New Book Review: A Brilliant Death

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Rated 5 of 5 stars

Robin Yocum is an exceptional writer with a keen eye for building relationships and scenery that transports you to small town Ohio. In A Brilliant Death, you meet Mitchell Malone, the stories narrator, who is recounting his childhood and his special bond forged over the Summer of 1953 with his bestfriend, Travis Baron. Travis is an unfortunate teen. He has lost his mother to a river accident shortly after his birth. His father doesn’t really care to raise him unless he’s beating or intimidating him. Mitchell, coming from a stable home environment, takes Travis in as a brother. As Travis grows, he starts wondering about the disappearance and perceived death of his mother whose body was never found in the river accident all whilst having the rumor that she was with another man, her lover, on the night of her demise. This rumor fuels Travis and subsequently, Mitch, to find more information on Travis’ mom. Once they start down the rabbit hole of investigating who she was and what happened that night. They soon realize finding their way back out will be just as difficult as knowing the truth.

Yocum writes impeccably. As a reader, you are transported into the town of Brilliant, Ohio and you meet different townspeople that sew you into the time period, the location and the general feeling of growing up in the 1950’s. There were quite a few topographic explanations that could be lessened but did not take away from the story itself, just slightly noticeable. You’ll enjoy the unfolding of the mystery and get your heart caught up in finding the truth for young Travis, just as Mitch did. And the end will be especially exciting.

Raging Book Reviews Highly Recommended!

* Received book for free from publisher at BookCon 2016.

Get it HERE for $10 on Book Depository with FREE shipping.

New Book Review: Dead Loudmouth

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Rated 4 of 5 stars

Houston writes a pretty solid murder mystery with a twinge of police tactics and fishing references abound. She definitely sets herself apart from other murder mysteries due to her keen interest in fishing and the general down home appeal of her characters.

The synopsis of the 16th book in the series follows Chief Ferris on a hunt for a murderer that has crushed two people to death on a piano. Ferris finds through her investigation that there are many suspects with a motive to kill the two. With her sidekick Osborne, Ferris weaves through the mystery until the killer is found.

The story is short and therefore, fast paced. I found that the evidence was always right there so that took some of the fun away. Luckily, the characters are very well written and bring color to the story. Houston writes with a realistic stroke like I haven’t seen in a while. This is one of those authors you don’t know about but could probably get comfortable with them as a new reader of their work. Recommended for readers who like police driven murder mysteries in small fishing towns.

Raging Book Reviews Recommended!

*Received for free from publisher at Book Con 2016.

October TBR List

Well, I’ve tried (painstakingly) to get through my bookshelf filled with a TON of books that I either impulsed purchased or was gifted at various book festivals. So you’ll see some mainstream books this month right along with some quiet authors you may not know about. Hopefully, you’ll find my blog to be not only fair in its assessment of books but also give you some ideas for new reads. If you’re like me, sometimes stepping off the beaten path is the most unexpected fun I could have. I’ve stretched my passion for murder mystery and have read even a few classics or *gasp* sci-fi novels lately. I’m getting outside my reader’s box guys (although my October TBR pulls me back in). Hope you enjoy the journey as much as I have. For my October TBR list, I tried to find books you may know or have read, authors you haven’t heard of and books serving major thriller and suspense.

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Quick Synopsis: Who-dun-it murder mystery in a backwoods Wisconsin town.

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Quick Synopsis: A son investigates his mother’s murder from when he was an infant.

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Quick Synopsis: As if you need a synopsis of this for goodness sakes…its on Hulu.

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Quick Synopsis: Smart, female detective chases down a methodical serial killer.

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So what do you think of the TBR list? Ever read these? Which one looks/sounds the best? Let me know.

New Book Review: Fahrenheit 451

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Rated 2 of 5 stars

I know people will look at this rating and wonder what the heck is wrong with me…but I really did not like this book! It was ALL over the place and the writing style was strange and disjointed in my opinion. Maybe I’ve grown used to a certain amount of description and not outlandish emotions. Anyway, this well read “classic” was so close to a DNF but because it was so short, I finished it.

The story follows Guy Montag in the near future (now). The book was written originally in 1951. So many people who read it are enamored with Bradbury’s ability to “see” the real future with flat screen televisions, earbud phones and other tech that we so easily use today. Once that initial awe wears off, you’re left with a story of Montag who is a fireman that burns books and houses instead of saving them from fire. His job requires him to extinguish books of all sorts, even the Bible and the Constitution and the Magna Carta. The world exists for fun alone and if it makes you sad, its banned and a threat to all. Montag meets a strange girl one day on a walk home from work and her perspective on life shifts something inside him. He starts seeing things differently. He sees his home life in shambles, his unloving drone of a wife, no children, the endless suck of his days without real happiness. The story is his plight to finding himself and the courage to want authentic happiness.

In the end, the story is a great idea but the execution was flawed and scattered. Glad I read it so I can say I did and to engage with others who have also read it but I didn’t gain nearly as much as I thought I would.

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*Purchased with my own money.

New Book Review: Play Dead

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Rated 3 of 5 stars

Listened to this on a car trip. It had our attention throughout the trip for sure! Lots of weird murders and a good protagonist with her own back story. The narration was great as well. Overall, the story was a good start but lost a star for the stories details needing to bigger for the book. If you insert the idea of magic, voodoo or some type of power but never really show it…that just pisses readers off! If you tell me someone has a power and I’m waiting anxiously to see said powers…then I’m mad if at the end of the book I’m lost as to what they were referring to throughout the book. Elise Sandburg is a detective with “powers” because she is kin to some voodoo priest or something to that nature. Non-spoiler…you won’t see any powers or magic from her though.

The story has many twists and will surprise you but it’ll also leave you wondering like….that was so left field there’s no way I feel satisfied for following along. Lol. It has potential to be really great but definitely needed to be longer to get into some details that would tie the story up with a bow. Right now, it’s just pieces of string everywhere. Overall, great setting, great characters but faulty twists and thin back stories.

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*Audiobook purchased by me.

New Book Review: The United Continuums

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Rated 4 of 5 stars

This end to a sci-fi trilogy was quite satisfying! Brody did a good job of weaving all the different story lines and perspectives into one action-oriented and heartfelt story. I liked the conclusion of the book but felt it lagged a bit at times because the main characters were far apart and absent from each others story line quite often. This made the readers a little disjointed in their following of each character interacting with the other. It felt like the bond they had was severed. Maybe that was on purpose? Anyway, I felt the ending was good but had sort of hoped for a different outcome for some of the main characters. Overall, I think the ending to the trilogy was well done and provided a basis for more stories in the future. I can’t tell you too much without spoiling it for certain characters so I’ll just say…

Raging Book Reviews Recommended!

*Purchased with my own money.