Book Scoop June 17- June 24 2016

June 24, 2016
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Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind.

Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man.

And Fern, Rosemary’s beloved sister, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief? Fern’s is a fate the family, in all their innocence, could never have imagined.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves



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Book Scoop June 10- June 17 2016

June 17, 2016
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The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, #1)

The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.

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Niko (The Outsider Chronicles #1) by Kayti Nika Raet

June 15, 2016
Niko, The Outsider Chronicles #1, Kati Nika Raet
Published By: Smashwords on April 29, 2013
Format Read: Kindle Edition
Genre: New Adult/ Dystopia/ Sci-fi
Series: Book One of The Outside Chronicles
Source: Author
Rating: STARS
Niko
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One can live for several weeks without food but only a few days without water, a fact seventeen year old Niko is only too aware of as she struggles to provide for her two younger brothers in a post apocalyptic landscape where the rain burns like acid, food grows increasingly scarce and any Slither that crosses her path is laid low before it can sink its teeth into her.

Then one night everything she'd ever worked for and loved is consumed by a raging fire, leaving her with one brother missing, the other dead and herself gravely injured.

She's rescued by the Rose Circle, a rogue group of Slither hunters. They sneak her into Amaryllis City, a decadent metropolis where those able to pay the exorbitant entrance fee live a life of relative ease.

But for Niko, Amaryllis City is not the haven she grew up believing it would be and her unique abilities as a Slither hunter make her a particularly visible target to a city with hopes of experimentation, replication and other nasty bits.

All Niko ever wanted to do was find her baby brother, but that's proving to be harder than expected.

REVIEW:

I enjoyed reading this glimpse into the world of Niko and the Rose Circle. This is a cruel world  full of monsters, acid rain and secrets at every turn.The character development was done well. The characters are diverse and I appreciated the piercings and dreadlocks described. This was fun to read because of the intersecting identities and realistic action.  Slither hunters are bad ass, and the actions taken to combat the monsters was realistic and gory. Niko is a strong protagonist who I could relate to, the cover art captures her perfectly. 
Despite a strong beginning the second third of the book slows down and becomes confusing. So much starts to happen at once, some of the plot gets lost in the mix. The world building wasn't bad, but ultimately didn't give me enough explanation to feel invested in this environment. There are hints here and there that things haven't been revealed about how the society is run, but little explanation. New characters and elements are introduced towards the end, but they are not enough to make me want to continue the series.
"Your not fragile, none of us are. I should have remembered that."

There was a lot of potential here, but the pacing and world building could be improved. I'm glad I took a chance reading a book from this new author, and I hope  the series continues to improve. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy a diverse set of characters, science fiction elements and dystopias'. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11, where she was bitten by the writing bug, as well as other, less friendly insects.
She is the author of the Outsider Chronicles, a five book series starting with NIKO and set in a world where the rain burns like acid and flesh eating monsters roam. She’s also a reviewer for Readers’ Favorite and has her own Youtube Channel: Kayti Edition. When she is not hard at work on her fourth book she has fun reading, listening to K-pop, and photography.Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Visit her online on Twitter, Goodreads, on Facebook, Youtube, or email her at KNRwrites@gmail.com
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Book Scoop June 3- June 10 2016

June 10, 2016





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One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father Tony, whose obsession with his unhinged next-door neighbour threatens to ruin him and his family. Georgie is a prostitute whose willingness to feign a religious conversion has dangerous repercussions, while Maureen, the accidental murderer, has returned to Cork after forty years in exile to discover that Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up years before, has grown into the most fearsome gangster in the city. In seeking atonement for the murder and a multitude of other perceived sins, Maureen threatens to destroy everything her son has worked so hard for, while her actions risk bringing the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight . . .
Biting, moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland's twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family.
The Glorious Heresies





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The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry
Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.
We Need to Talk About Kevin
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Why Are Writers so Jealous

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Book Scoop May 27- June 3 2016

June 3, 2016
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MAY WAS SHORT STORY MONTH
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Minnesota Schools Ban This One Summer
 Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It's a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

In This One Summer two stellar creators redefine the teen graphic novel. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of her teen age — a story of renewal and revelation.

This One Summer
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Unreleased Langston Hughes Story

Crossan Wins YA Book Prize 

Open Letter to Writer's Open Letter Against Trump 

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Hillary Clinton is running for the presidency with a message of hope and change. But, as Doug Henwood makes clear in this concise, devastating indictment, little trust can be placed in her campaign promises. Rigorously reviewing her record, Henwood shows how Clinton’s positions on key issues have always blown with the breeze of expediency, though generally around an axis of moralism and hawkishness. Without a meaningful program other than a broad fealty to the status quo, Henwood suggests, “the case for Hillary boils down to this: she has experience, she’s a woman, and it’s her turn.” 
My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency



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Single Wired Female by Greg Dragon

June 2, 2016
Single Wired Female, Greg Dragon. Book Review, In Tori Lex
Published By: Thirsty Bird Productions in March 2016
Format Read: Kindle Edition
Genre: Adult/ Thriller / Sci-fi
Series: Standalone
Source: Author
Rating: TWO STARS
Single Wired Female
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Waking up in a hospital with no recollection of the events, Bonnie O’Neal sets out to discover who wants her dead – and why. As hazy memories come back, she struggles to determine what is real and what is not. Some of the memories are not her own – but who do they belong to? Fearing that her ex-husband may be involved, Bonnie doesn’t know who she can trust while images of android engineers, wires, and a tall mysterious building flood her mind.

But as reality and dreams merge, will Bonnie learn that her attempted murder might just be a small part of a greater conspiracy? It’s not only Bonnie’s life on the line, but all of mankind…

REVIEW:

The beginning of this book was really promising, but the plot and the characters became less interesting as the story progressed. Bonnie/ Tricia is a android protagonist, you can relate and empathize with. The other characters in the book were not as well developed. The lack of character development made it hard to become engrossed in the story because the plot was confusing. The plot was mysterious but when things were revealed there wasn't enough explanation to satisfy the reader.
"...soul should be able to occupy any form that has a working brain..."
While this was a short book, too much happened too fast. The lack of explanations, made everything feel rushed. This could have been a great thriller featuring a android against human conspiracy, but it fell short because the sparse information we're given.  There were some quirky and interesting characters that were introduced in the book but then never revisited. I wanted to learn more about the character and the world described in the book. But the story suffered from too much telling and not enough showing.

I was extremely disappointed in the ending. Instead of the plot revealing the mystery in the book your left with little explanation about how things are resolved. I'm drawn to science fiction stories, but this didn't have enough to keep my interest. It seemed as if the author wrote this without thinking through the entire story he introduced.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Greg Dragon brings a fresh perspective to fiction by telling human stories of life, love and relationships in a science fiction setting. This unconventional author spins his celestial scenes from an imagination nurtured from being an avid reader himself. His exposure to multiple cultures, multiple religions, martial arts, and travel lends a unique dynamic to his stories. You can enjoy excerpts from his work by visiting his website at http://gregdragon.com. 
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