The Stranger – A Book Review

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Copyright: 2016
Rating: 4.5/5

My Synopsis:

Everyone has their secrets – especially in Harlan Coben’s, The Stranger. In the city of Beachwood, OH, a man mostly known as ‘The Stranger’, goes out of his way to expose the secrets of others. When Adam Price is told something that changes his life forever, he is forced to deal with a whirlwind of emotions and make decisions he never thought he’d have to make.

My Opinion:

Who knew that a story about someone exposing secrets could be so entertaining and take you on such a wild ride? Harlan Coben once again puts you on the edge of your seat as you wait excitedly to find out what happens next as Adam Price grapples with the fact that his life is far from perfect. The Stranger is full of wonderful plot twists and characters that you find yourself both loving and hating – sometimes even wondering how you should feel.

The great thing about The Stranger is not only is it fast-paced and exciting to read, but it also makes you think about the human condition. Coben manages to make us think without lecturing; making The Stranger both a thrilling and thought-provoking read!

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Gwendy’s Button Box – A Book Review

Updated – 3/4/17

 

Hey everyone! I just finished Stephen King and Richard Chizmar’s Gwendy’s Button Box! I decided to review it for you guys! My review can also be found on Goodreads.

 

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Copyright: 2017

 
Rating: 4/5

 

My Synopsis:

Gwendy runs up the Suicide Stairs every day so that she can lose weight. One day, she meets a stranger who gives her a strange box with buttons on it. The man states that the box is for only Gwendy and that the box contains two things that she will find quite beneficial – chocolates and coins. Before Gwendy realizes what’s going on, she finds herself responsible for much more than a young adult could ever imagine.

 

My Opinion:

Gwendy’s Button Box is a fantastic novella. Right from the start, I was intrigued. The story is fast paced and doesn’t have a dull moment. The best books give the reader something to think about and Gwendy’s Button Box definitely achieves this. It makes you question what you would do if you were in the main character’s shoes.

 

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Hearts in Atlantis – A Book Review

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Copyright: 1999

Rating: 4.5/5

My Synopsis:

A  collections of stories put together as one, Hearts in Atlantis, is about war, love, and the unexplainable. From Ted and Bobby and their adventures to the Vietnam war and its surrounding events, Hearts in Atlantis is a fantastic story!

My Opinion:

To say that Stephen King’s, Hearts in Atlantis , is a good, well-written story would be an understatement. King manages to talk about the 60s – the war and all that surrounded it – and the mysteries of life in a way that is truly thought-provoking. Stephen King also is able to use about five different points of view throughout the novel without complicating the story. In fact, I found myself enjoying the different POVs and the way that it, actually, helped the flow of the story.

Another great thing about Hearts in Atlantis are the character descriptions and how truly invested you become in each and every one of the characters’ lives. I must say that this is, without a doubt, the best example of successful character description I’ve ever seen! Just when you think a character may be forgotten, you’re proved wrong in the best way possible!

If I had to nit-pick, I would say I have two main issues with this novel. For one thing, it’s very long and if you don’t read the book in one or two days, you can very easily forget some of the minor characters. In fact, I found myself having to go back a bit when some of these character’s last names were mentioned. I had to refresh my memory as to who they were. Also, I think that if you haven’t read the Dark Tower series before Hearts in Atlantis (which I did not), the end of the novel still leaves some questions unanswered about one of the characters. Of course this may have been done on purpose so King could draw you to read the Dark Tower series, which does make sense. If this is the case, he did a successful job. I’m not sure if I’ll ever read the series, but I admit that I am quite curious. [Goodreads]

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The Green Mile – A Book Review

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Copyright: 1996 (March – August)

Rating: 5/5

My Synopsis:

Paul Edgecomb is the head guard at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. He is used to giving criminals the death penalty, but what he isn’t used to is what happens in the year 1932 – the year that John Coffey comes to The Green Mile. Paul will find himself regretting what he must do and find that life, often times, isn’t fair.

This is a serial thriller full of miracles and wonder. This is a book that shows how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and how, there are people in this world with big hearts and the ability to do amazing things!

My Review:

The Green Mile is an incredible story! Stephen King is an amazing story teller and the narration in The Green Mile is superb. You truly feel for the characters in this series and feel part of the world that Stephen King has created.

All emotions are brought to life in this series. You feel joy, pride, anger, frustration, and sadness as you read about the events that take place on The Green Mile. This is a book that you don’t want to miss! A truly inspirational read! [Goodreads.com]

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Yet Another Review For Rest in Piece!

Adrienne from The Shameful Narcissist Speaks was kind enough to write a review for my novel, Rest in Piece. Here is her review, which can be found on her blog and on Goodreads.

Rating: 3/5

This is a story published independently by fellow writer B. W. Ginsburg who has a blog dedicated to it here.

My initial take on Rest in Piece was as a motif similar to the one in The Lake House (a film I haven’t seen, but I know enough to recall that spin) where two characters are living yet communicating decades apart. Ms. Ginsburg’s novel is a bit more sinister than that as Catherine Adams is trapped in a type of purgatory by a mysterious puzzle. This is more of a Jumanji vibe, if Jumanji dealt with demon possession.

What the book gets right is the urgency of Louise’s quest and fascinating eeriness of the puzzle. It’s also a swift, easy read, which is not only perfect for the mid-grade group it’s directed towards but anyone who wants to delve into a rousing paranormal tale. Mid-graders will appreciate and identify with many of the hurdles Louise faces in her effort so save the trapped Catherine, and the young girl’s fears for her parents’ reactions are logically sound. She even points this out to her father near the end, and George has to agree.

There is an over abundance of telling and exposition in this novel, which unfortunately takes a great deal of the surprise factor away. There are many shocking scenes at the end, which would have had a much greater impact with more concisely edited lines. The characters are also not overly distinctive, so I had to mentally juggle and remember who was who especially during the climax scene where numerous people were involved. George Erikson, Louise’s father, is one exception due to his often explosive temper (not violent though, thank goodness).

Despite any foibles, I’d still recommend this novel, as it was a quick, intriguing read, was quite a bit different from the norm, and I love the fantastic pun/double entendre of the title” – Adrienne, The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

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Conversations Bordering On Torment – A Book Review

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Copyright: 2017

Rating: 5/5

My Review (can be found on Goodreads and Amazon):

“Jade Moore’s Conversations Bordering on Torment chronicles the author’s journey of dealing with anxiety, through the use of poetry. Moore uses her amazing talent with words to connect with fellow sufferers and succeeds!

Right away, before the poems even begin, Jade opens with a beautifully passionate and professional introduction that is truly touching and relatable. She quickly but effectively describes her book and the poems included, giving you a taste of what to expect without ruining the poems to follow. The introduction is anything but boring and trite. Rather, Jade keeps you hooked, fascinated, and ready to read her beautifully inspiring poetry!

Unlike some authors, Jade managed to write poetry that was both clear and succinct. She took an emotion that can be quite complicated and made it so it could be understood by her readers. As I was reading her poems, I felt as if Jade was in my mind – listening to my thoughts and writing them down in a breathtaking way.

Jade also accomplished a usually difficult feat – the ability to really grab the attention of her readers and use imagery in a way that you could feel both the writer’s pain and hope. Sometimes anxiety can be a tricky thing to describe, but through reading Jade’s poetry, I really got a sense that she understands what it is to struggle with something so terrible and difficult. As a fellow anxiety sufferer, this book brought me solace that I am not the only one who feels trapped inside of anxiety’s sticky web.

The bottom line is this: Conversations Bordering on Torment is a fantastically beautiful read. It’s creative, inspiring, and utterly genuine. If you have anxiety, suffer with any type of mental health issue, know someone who does, or just want to read a wonderful book full of exquisite writing, then this book is definitely for you!” (Review Originally Posted On Goodreads)

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Rest In Piece ~ By B.W. Ginsburg – 3.5 Stars

Another review from a great blogger! Special thanks to By Hook or by Book for writing a review for my book, Rest in Piece!

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Synopsis: Though decades apart, two young girls are connected in a way that is both fantastical and surreal. When twelve year old Louise Erickson finds out that she holds the key to saving a nine year old who disappeared twenty years earlier, she decides to accept the challenge. Will Louise be able to rescue the girl and the others locked away with her before it’s too late?

Rest in Piece is the debut novel by one of our fellow WordPress bloggers, B.W. Ginsburg, which made me even more excited to read and review it. After finishing, I’d say this is written for tweens. While I didn’t find it a perfect read, it was still fun and enjoyable. The action begins on the very first page and keeps the story moving forward at a pretty fast pace right up until its exciting ending. The storyline is highly imaginative and…

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