Book Reviews for Q1 2016

I’m taking the opportunity to review a few books that I’ve read starting this year’s reading challenge.  I have been doing the reading challenge in Goodreads now for few years this year my target is 50 books, I’m a bit behind but catching up.  Anywho – if you don’t know what Goodreads is, check it out – I describe it as FaceBook for readers to an extent.  Below each book is a link to my Goodreads review.


The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins – My rating 4 stars

This is a wild psychological train ride, to say the least.  I actually recommended this book to my local book club a few months ago.  Heard it was good and a movie adaptation is in the works and we thought as a book club it could be a fun outing.  The main character be warned, Rachel is a drunken mess, but loveable.  The author does a fantastic job at weaving several plots in a thrilling way.


First Born by Janelle Gabay – My rating 4 stars

YA debut novel and it’s a goodie!  A future world where the last immortal is now being brought into the fold of the world that shaped by this mysterious group, including his deceased father.  Trouble is, other agendas are at play and they want our hero Tarian dead. Who can we trust? It’s fun and a unique plot, worth your time.


Legend by Katy Evans – My rating 5 stars

This is the last book in a series, you don’t have to start at the beginning of the series, this one stands on its own very well.  It’s a mixture of Creed (newest Rocky movie) and just about any favorite sport underdog movie you love.  I devoured this book in 24 hours.  Certainly reminded me why I loved the first book in this series entitled REAL.  It’s steamy McSteamy, so if you don’t like that, not your book or series.

A couple other books I enjoyed over the last quarter included:

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Happy to link up on Goodreads, it’s a great option to make suggestions.  Let me know if there is something I should add to my TBR (To Be Read) list.

Did you enjoy the books I’ve mentioned or feel differently about them? If so, let me know in the comments below.  If you enjoyed this blog hit the like button and remember sharing is caring.

Happy Reading!

Seeking Solace on Sale!

What a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month – get your copy of Seeking Solace By Callum McLaughlin on sale from today until Friday, April 17th. I read this his poetry compilation earlier in the year and gushed over it. Yes, if you were around me in February you heard all about it! Get your inner reader fed with gift of poetry that leaves you fulfilled. It’s well worth your $0.99 and more as you’ll see per my Goodreads review.

Callum McLaughlin

Seeking Solace Seeking Solace

As part of the celebrations for #NationalPoetryMonth, the Kindle version of my poetry book, Seeking Solace, will be on sale from today until Friday 17th. It will be just 99p in the UK or $0.99 in the US, making now a great time to pick up a copy if you are at all interested.

The poems in Seeking Solace were written to be both approachable and relatable, so whether you are new to the genre or looking to expand your collection, I hope you will find something that speaks to you. In either case, there seems no better time to explore the form than during National Poetry Month.

In way of an excerpt, here are a few visual quotes to whet your appetite.

Taken from 'In Memoriam' Taken from ‘In Memoriam’

Taken from 'Grand Cosmos' Taken from ‘Grand Cosmos’

Taken from 'Making Memories' Taken from ‘Making Memories’

Taken from 'Dawn' Taken from ‘Dawn’

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My last read of 2014 and it knocked it outta the park!

5 out of 5 stars – easily.


This is a Young Adult story about Mara Dyer in the aftermath of a tragedy where she is the surviver of a building collapse where three of her friends die, which include her best friend and boyfriend.

Mara’s mind is unraveling as she takes up in a new town and new school with her family.  To see more of my review, click here:

GoodReads Review

My favorite quotes from the story:

“Fix me,” I commanded him. “This thing, what I’ve done – there’s something wrong with me, Noah. Fix it.” Noah’s expression broke my heart as he brushed my hair from my face, and skimmed the line of my neck. “I can’t”

“Why not?” I asked, my voice threatening to crack.

“Because,” he said, “You’re not broken.”  ― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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“Did I just see you litter?’
‘I’m driving a hybrid. It cancels out.” ― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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“Asscrown,” I muttered under my breath as I headed to my next class. I wasn’t proud of swearing at a complete stranger, no. but he started it.

Noah matched my pace. “Don’t you mean ‘assclown’?” He looked amused.

“No,” I said, louder this time. “I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses,” I said, as though I was reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.

“I guess you nailed me then.” ― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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Have you read this story, what did you think? Would love to hear from you.  If not, certainly put it on your list to read soon.

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Defy By Sara B Larson

Rating: 5  out of 5 Stars

I obviously really enjoyed this story, per my star rating above.  As you know, I’m stingy on handing out 5 stars ratings.  This book is YA (Young Adult), and this middle-aged adult couldn’t put it down.  I enjoy the switcheroo type stories then this had a Merlin type backdrop that put me in heaven.  I thought it was a great story, there are certainly some mixed reviews on it, but stories and entertainment are subjective.


Fantastic tale set in Medieval times about a girl (Alexa) and her twin brother (Marcel) in their roles for survival upon their parents deaths.  Alexa will assume her new identity as Alex to join her brother in the king’s army.  Certainly no damsels in distress here.  Alex is a powerful character in disguise.  His/her character growth is well paced and revealing as most teenaged girls.

Click on my link and check out my GoodReads Review for more specifics.

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