REVIEW: The Boogie Trapp by Kerry Copeland Smith

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TITLE: The Boogie Trapp
AUTHOR: Kerry Copeland Smith
PUBLICATION: Published September 10th 2013 by New Shelves Publishing Services
GENRE: YA > Mystery
PAGES: 358pages (paperback)
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3 ★★★

 
 
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Something happened to two boys over sixty years ago. The backwoods of Alabama in the 1940s set the stage for this edge of your seat thriller. Boogie and Trapper are best friends, known about town for their wild, annoying, obnoxious, and hysterically funny antics. Roaming the woods, swimming in the creek, playing Double Dare, smoking, cussing, drinking beer, and always trying to outdo each other. These two thirteen-year-old boys growing up in this time period have freedoms that would be considered absolutely crazy by today’s standards. Riding their bikes on a drizzly April day, goofing off and having fun for hours, looking forward to the boy/girl party they are excitedly anticipating later today, rumors of kissing games and more make them silly and giddy. Then the day goes terribly wrong. They have found themselves in a desperate “no way out” situation. They are thrown into a horrific event that moves faster than a speeding bullet, a wild, white knuckled roller coaster ride, RUN Boogie, RUN, RUN…………….
A suspenseful, scary thriller, tragically horrific, it is a story that must be told, a promise that must be kept. Their lives will be changed forever – can they get away, and will they ever live to tell the tale?

 

 

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REVIEW:

 

There’s something fascinating about reading The Boogie Trapp. Maybe its because of its time setting or the fact tht its about a secret that was buried long time ago… and its based on true events.

That’s what pushed me to read this book. From the Prologue, I was instantly hooked. I was tempted to skip some chapters so I can finally KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. I wanna know what is the secret that Trapp and Boogie hid for a very long time. Now that one of them decided to tell the tale, I feel privileged. I also wasn’t disappointed of what the BIG secret is because.. well, yeah, its big! And I guess one of the biggest aspect here that need to be focused on is the friendship between Trapp and Boogie. It really was great to watch how it all started and tested.

I gave it a 3 because I think the book might still need a little adjustment. The way the author described and wrote it was great. You can really see the picture and feel it. But there were some things that I find to be unnecessary and a bit repetitive.

Overall, The Boogie Trapp is an enjoyable read. If you want a deep and cozy read with part mystery and part thriller, this book suits you!!
 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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Kerry Copeland Smith is the pseudonym of Harold (Hal) W. Brewer and also his alter-ego, Brewer will readily confess. “He was there waiting for me when they pulled me from my mother’s womb,” Brewer laughingly says. “Boogie is older, smarter, tougher and more daring, so I have been very fortunate to have had him around all these years.” Brewer, the youngest of four children, grew up in the small coal mining town of Bradford, Alabama, where his father was employed as a coal miner. His mother, a “stay at home mom,” was an accomplished seamstress, an avid reader, and strict disciplinarian, who “kept close tabs on me,” Brewer states. Brewer attended Mortimer Jordan High in Morris, Alabama and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He was hired by Montgomery Ward Co. in 1964 and spent the next thirty-two years as an executive, in both their Retail and Logistics’ division. After retiring from the retail business in 1996, he formed his own Real Estate Investment Co., which he managed until fully retiring in 2008. “Boogie was there with me every step of the way, Brewer says. When things weren’t right and the going was tough, I called on Boogie and things got straightened out!” Brewer is also an accomplished artist. His paintings hang in numerous homes throughout the south. He currently lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tammie and their three cats. He has two sons (from a previous marriage), three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Blood Entwines by Caroline Healy

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TITLE: Blood Entwines
AUTHOR: Caroline Healy
PUBLICATION: Published August 1st 2014 by Bloomsbury Spark
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
PAGES: 250pages (ebook)
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3 ★★★

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In the aftermath of a blood transfusion that saved her life, Kara feels different. Her senses are stronger … she can hear whispered comments not meant for her ears … she can hear the person following her.
When Jack, her stalker, reveals himself and insists that Kara has something that belongs to him, she does her best to avoid him. But he’s determined to talk to her, convinced that they’re linked through the blood she received during her transfusion.
Jack is struggling against a dark and dangerous demon. His body is host to the evil power that wants Kara’s blood and will stop at nothing to get it, but when Jack himself is able to regain control he tries to warn her away. Can Kara save Jack without risking her own life?

 

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After a Blood Transfusion gone wrong, Kara started to feel changes. And not not only that, a dangerously hot guy is suddenlt following her now.

Blood Entwines has a very intriguing narration. Some readers may be turned off by this way of narration but I found it very mystifying that I finished the book in one sitting. This book opened up in great. Th readers will instantly want to know what’s gonna happen next since the opening was an accident of one of the main characters, Kara. It’s like I’m watching a movie, honestly. The way Healy wrote the story was impressive and I love that I can feel what the characters are feeling through the authors words.

The setting and some of the characters needs some work though. Where the book was set wasn’t that clear to me and I didn’t get much of it from the book. I’m just really curios on where the characters were situated. Kara nad Jack was okay.. but I think it still need a little work. More character development. Characters like Ashleigh was, although not that developed, was great because I was really affected by her. I hated her to bits, seriously.

All in all, Blood Entwines is a short read. Perfect for readers who just want to relax but also want intrigue and action on their read. 

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Caroline Healy

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Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast.

She published her first, award winning collection of short stories, entitled A Stitch in Time in August 2012. Her work has been featured in publications such as Wordlegs, The Bohemyth, Prole and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice.

She writes literary fiction and young adult fiction, with her Y.A. book Blood Entwines released with Bloomsbury Publishing in August 2014.

Caroline loves drinking tea from mis-matched china, doing yoga, as well as reading, writing, talking and thinking about all things bookish. She also has a penchant for cake and dark chocolate.

 

 

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REVIEW: Eleanor by Jason Gurley + Giveaway!

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TITLE: Eleanor
AUTHOR: Jason Gurley
PUBLICATION: Published June 27th 2014
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Time Travel
PAGES: 450pages (Kindle Edition)
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RATING: 3 ★★★
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1985. The death of Eleanor’s twin sister tears her family apart. Her father blames her mother for the accident. When Eleanor’s mother looks at her, she sees only the daughter she lost. Their wounded family crumbles under the weight of their shared grief.

1993. Eleanor is fourteen years old when it happens for the first time… when she walks through an ordinary door at school and finds herself in another world. It happens again and again, but it’s only a curiosity until that day at the cliffs. The day when Eleanor dives… and something rips her out of time itself.

And on the other side, someone is waiting for her.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

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Okay, uhm, WOW. Yeah.. That pretty much sums up my whole experience reading this masterpiece.

Eleanor is one of the hardest book I’ve ever reviewed because it left me so much conflicted. Look, I’m 18 and I admit thay I’m not much of a heavy reader (and trust me this book is quite heavy) The words.. it’s plot.. the whole message.. It’s too deep (which is good!) for me. So that one missing star right there is more of a personal reason. You see, I found it very slow to start. It’s like it was dragging and I just want to stop reading  But then, I realized that I’m reading it the wrong way.

Eleanor is not something you gobble up and read in a hurry. You savor it. You let the writing consume you and let the plot make you absorb everything the protagonist is feeling. This is also the first review where I will not do a summary. Not only it’s hard to summarize but I want you to start Eleanor knowing that it’s gonna transport you to a whole new world.

This is also one of the best well crafted book I’ve ever read. The structure is immaculate! Though some readers may find it confusing, I think it’s genius and a brave thing to do. Eleanor is a treasure. I recommend this for readers who loves their reads poignant and meaningful. Perfect also for anyone who wants a beautiful and brilliant writing.

 

 

 

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Jason Gurley is the author of the bestselling novel Greatfall as well as The Man Who Ended the World, the Movement trilogy and Eleanor, a novel thirteen years in the making. His short stories, including The Dark Age, The Caretaker, The Last Rail-Rider and others, appear in his collection Deep Breath Hold Tight: Stories About the End of Everything. He is work has appeared in a number of anthologies, among them David Gatewood’s From the Indie Side and Synchronic and John Joseph Adams’s Help Fund My Robot Army!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects. Jason is a designer by trade, and has designed book covers for Amazon Publishing, Subterranean Press, Prime Books and many independent authors, among them bestsellers Hugh Howey, Matthew Mather, Russell Blake, Michael Bunker, Ernie Lindsey and others. Jason lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

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REVIEW: Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne + Giveaway!

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TITLE: Not Quite Dead (A LOWCOUNTRY GHOST STORY #1)
AUTHOR:Lyla Payne
PUBLICATION: Published April 1st 2014 by Createspace
GENRE: NA > Mystery | Paranormal
PAGES: 257pages (Paperback)
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A broken engagement sends Graciela Harper crawling back to Heron Creek with her tail between her legs, but finds the sleepy little town too changed to set her life right. Not even her budding drinking problem can obscure her Gramps’s failing health, or erase the mental picture of her first love happily married to her childhood best friend. To top it all off, she’s having a heck of time convincing the town’s dashing young mayor of her unfit-for-dating status.

When the ghost of 18th century lady pirate Anne Bonny starts insisting on a near daily audience, Graciela has to confront something else she never expected—being certifiably nuts at twenty-five years old.

Her brand new “I don’t give a crap” attitude makes it easy to dismiss the mysterious threats that seem to be tied to her search for more information on the long dead pirate, but when her family becomes a target, Gracie knows she needs to find out why the ghost insists on being a constant, reeking companion.

If Graciela can put aside her prejudice against people without a pulse, she may discover that Anne Bonny’s problems are intricately linked with her own. The past harbors answers could help the cantankerous spirit find closure, but she is, after all, already dead. If Graciela doesn’t move fast, she might find herself doing the haunting, instead of the other way around.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Look at me reading a ghost story and actually LOVING IT!

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First of all, if you’re looking for a ghost story with spine chilling chapters, I don’t think this is for you. But if you want a ghost story with a heart and depth? HERE. READ IT. LOVE IT. SHARE IT WITH EVERYBODY. THE BOOK TWO IS ALREADY OUT AND IF YOU LOVE ME YOU’LL GIFT IT TO ME!

I did not type the last part. Maybe it’s Anne Bonny, idk

I admit, what I wanted at first is to get a creepy, scary and horror-like story. Not because I’m into that genre, HA, but because I want to challenge myself. I’m always avoiding those books and I thought “you know what, i’m tired of being a wimp” So yeah, I’ve seen ghost in the title and I just signed up. Ghost is pretty hard core for me already, mind you.

Anyway! Imma stop the blabbering. Let’s get down to business. Graciela Harper is a mess! From a  broken engagement, she went back to her hometown where she practically ran away from, Heron Creek. With her Grandfather counting the last days of his life, she must deal with the fact that her Gramps won’t always be at her side. She needs to cut off an old flame permanently, reconcile with lost relationships, deal with a brewing romance and… befriend a pirate ghost?

Graciela or Gracie is sooo amusing for me. Her inner monologues are always so interesting and even though there are some chapters that is spent nothing but just her thinking, I always found myself interested and fixated! Like, yes GRACIE THAT IS SO NONSENSE  BUT OKAY I’LL LISTEN. Characters are well done, I must say. Fully developed and well detailed. When you finish the book, there’s.. longing. You got to know them, and bonded with them so you’ll really miss them. No worries, as it was mentioned, THE BOOK TWO IS ALREADY OUT. 

The books atmosphere or/and setting is, just wow, I LOVE IT. Heron Creek (the setting of the book) sounds so enticing to me. When I was reading this book, I felt like I’m just there with Gracie, following her (there’s a chance that I’m really Anne Bonny). It’s like I also know those people, like I grew up with them. It’s because, Lyla Payne is such an excellent writer that when it comes to describing us a particular scene, it is nothing but brilliant!

If there’s one thing I’ll ask, it’s that Gracie needs to work on more to that ‘Nancy Drew attitude’ There’s some circumstances here where certain things are so obvious, I was practically yelling at her. It’s too obvious so it’s kind of impossible to miss it. (But then again, there’s a big chance she’s drunk at those times, LOL)

The Romance is.. how do I say this, uh, slow burning? I was struggling at first because I HONESTLY don’t trust Gracie’s love interest. I don’t know, there’s something fishy about him and besides, the author did not give him enough character background, so I’ll still keep my suspicion. But Ms. Layne, you need to fix this.

 

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Overall, Not Quite Dead is a charming, mystifying and absolutely heartwarming read. It’s not everyday that you’ll come across a ghost story that will will satisfy your drama, mystery, and romance fix. A book with skillful writing,  endearing characters and satisfying plot, I HIGHLY recommend it!

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Lyla

 

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Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us – past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla’s hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.

Lyla Payne is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

If you want to know more, please visit her at http://lylapayne.comIf you’re a fan of Young Adult fiction–science fiction or otherwise–please check out her work that’s published under the name Trisha Leigh: http://trishaleigh.com

 

 

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