Tick by Allison Rose is a book without an ending. I don’t think that is a spoiler but it is disappointing. And it’s my fault. I read a description of the book and was so taken by the interesting description that I clicked “read for free” on the Amazon site and read it as a Kindle Unlimited (KU) book. So I can’t complain about paying too much. (Even though the “read for free” claim on a subscription site that I pay for bothers my sensibilities as an English teacher.) But these are mostly administrative details (except for the “no ending). It remains my fault that I read my way through this interesting dystopian novel expecting answers and when I didn’t get them, I complain.
Jo is the 17-year-old hero of this YA novel. She has problems she cannot even define and she knows it. Some problems she can define. Mom is somewhat off the rails in a mental alternative world, but not all the time. Jo can remember an earlier youthful time when mom was fun, before Rick. He is mom’s current partner; Jo’s real dad died years earlier, a suicide. So we start out with two well-defined problems and we add Jo’s hatred of Rick. While this looks like a set-up for an abuse by stepdad story, I will reassure readers this does not happen. It is not a spoiler as early in the book Jo solves her problem by removing Rick’s brain and placing it on his lap. That was before she went to prison. First problem solved but now we have the prison situation to deal with.
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12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases True Crime Anthology Vol. 3 by Jack Rosewood presents itself just as the title indicates. Because I had earlier read and reviewed a previous Rosewood publication, Patrick Kearney Serial Killer, I was interested in comparing this work with his earlier work. I received both books through the Library Thing Member Giveaway Program in return for an honest review. In my earlier honest review, I was unimpressed to the point of negativity with Patrick Kearney. I thought the content lacked depth and the organization of the work was difficult for the reader to follow events. In this book, however, I found the organization much better and the content, while still shallow, was improved to the point that I would recommend it to my students studying English as a Foreign and Second Language. My students are in university. I would not recommend this at high school level for two reasons.
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The Damage Done by Mark Matthews is a short read, only 36 pages. (ADMIN NOTE: I write this for my students who look at my blog to find “short” things to read.) A reader looking at the cover of this e-book might conclude that the story will be horrible, maybe terrifying. They would be right. First, think cannibalism. Could there be anything more terrible than that? Sure. Now, think cannibalism where the consumed one is either a family member or a loved one. Even more horrible, right. But there is more, a more horrifying scenario. In a book this short the scenario is everything. To write about it would be a spoiler. I’ve brought you through the first two stages; you should read further to see what could possibly be worse than what I have already described.
Short writing like this can be a stand-alone story or a teaser for works to come. This short story is one of those. After you get through the first main story of the title, there are an additional few pages of another story which lead you to a link where you can purchase ….
OK, you get the idea. This short presentation is an interesting and useful introduction to a genre.
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman is a book for travelers, especially first-time travelers. As far as preparations and planning for travel, Susan and Claire made just about every mistake possible. The fact that they survived was just plain “dumb” luck. They were traveling in the mid-80s to China, a country that was characterized by suspicion when it came to contact with foreigners.
Claire had money, at least her family did. We get to know her as sort of a spoiled rich girl. This story is related by Susan, who had to work hard for a long time to save money for the big adventure the two planned. She was helped financially by a grandmother, but mostly she had to work for things Claire might take for granted.
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I received this novel because I nominated it through the Kindle Scout program and the book was selected (won). The preview I read prior to nominating the book was quite interesting.
Poisoned Rose by Nathalie Saade is a morally depressing book. An interesting story? Yes. Some interesting and unusual twists? Yes. Predictable? Well, yeah. We know early on that there are traitors inside a closed network of people where loyalty is everything. In a group of traitors, there has to be a supreme traitor. We get that. We know that low-level traitors or rogues will be revealed, tortured, and, if we can let them live long enough, the captive will provide clues as to the identity of the conspiracy leader. There is a romantic interest. We are pretty sure how that will work out.
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