Book Review: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart (@amy_stewart)

This is my book review for Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.

The author had been famous for… gardening reference books before she wrote this historical fiction. I am not sure how good her gardening books are, but this novel was a 5 star read.

It was based on the true life story of a remarkable woman named Constance Kopp. Ms. Kopp was from the 1914 era. Life for women had been very much different than life for women now. She was an Amazon of a woman: standing at almost six feet tall, and was one of the first female deputy sheriffs of her time. Even by today’s standards, she would be dubbed a “badass” feisty woman.

Read the author’s rendition of Ms Kopp’s extraordinary tale of protecting her family against gangsters. The author had done the story justice by researching life in the era authentically, but filling in gaps of Ms. Kopp’s personal perspective, adding a very human touch to a legendary tale.

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Book title: Girl Waits with Gun

Author: Amy Stewart

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Scribe

Book length: 319 pages

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Book Review: Jack & Jill by Kealan Burke (@kealanburke)

This is my book review for Jack & Jill by Kealan Burke.

The author is famous for his Turtle Boy series, but I have never been very keen on reading books in series so I only kept his name at the back of my mind. When I found that he had a stand-alone novella, I was very happy to give it a try.

I was not disappointed.

This was a dark, dark tale. Many mental torments and real-life abuses were described, so this is not for the faint-hearted, but it was, quite simply, a masterpiece. To establish horror and suspense with a novella’s length, and to deliver such a deeply horrifying and immersing story was genius. The ending definitely made me a die-hard fan: I felt stupid for not having a clue all along. Mr Burke is a dark magician, a genius.

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Book title: Jack and Jill

Author: Kealan Patrick Burke

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Elderlemon Press

Book length: 131 pages

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Good Books to Read this Summer

Good Books to Read this Summer. Well, any summer really: Horror, crime and humor. I believe these to be the best genres for summers: the chills and excitement from horror and crime books mixed with hearty laughs from great humor books. Perfection achieved.

In no particular order:

(1) THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff (Horror)

 

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(2) PET SEMATARY by Stephen King (Horror)

 

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(3) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Horror)

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(4) NAMING JACK THE RIPPER by Russell Edwards (Crime)

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(5) MAY GOD HAVE MERCY by John C. Tucker (Crime)

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(6) YES PLEASE by Amy Poehler (Humor)

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(7) THE PLEASURE OF MY COMPANY by Steve Martin (Humor)

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(8) FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby (Humor)

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Do you have another suggestion? Please leave a comment, and share away if you enjoyed this post! :)

Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan is only known to me through the news as a troubled country. This novel made it feel closer, and its people familiar. There is friendship, there is sacrifice, and there are moments where you almost experience the deeply troubled and disturbing social circumstances as your own. Very well-written.

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Book title: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Book length: 433 pages

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Review: PEARSEUS: RISE OF THE PRINCE by Nicholas Rossis (@Nicholas_Rossis)

This was slightly difficult to categorize: Fantasy? Science fiction? Mythology with modern elements? Or a conflicted personal growth story? The author managed to put all these together, with an interesting plot thrown in. I will probably continue with the series.

Book title: Pearseus, Rise of the Prince

Author: Nicholas C. Rossis

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Publisher: Self-published

Book length: 399 pages

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Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (@thebloggess)

Pardon my ignorance, but I have only recently been enlightened on the existence of this delightful author and blogger through Twitter. She is hilarious. Satire and humor at its best. I urge everyone to read her.

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Book title: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

Author: Jenny Lawson

Genre: Humor, Satire

Publisher: Berkley

Book length: 383 pages

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Review: ICE DIARIES by Lexi Revellian

This was a new discovery for me: dystopian fantasy, near future (2018, as a matter of fact). There were some small flaws and holes in the story, but all in all, an exciting read with a good mix of human struggles that ring true in any society or background.

Book title: Ice Diaries

Author: Lexi Revellian

Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian

Publisher: Hoxton Press

Book length: 282 pages

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Review: THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff

I was almost going to pass this one by, but am glad I picked it up in the end. Macabre is the right word for this. Ms. Yovanoff‘s books will definitely be finding a place on my bookshelf.

Book title: The Replacement

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Razorbill

Book length: 368 pages

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