ARC Review | His New Jam by Shannyn Schroeder

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Title: His New Jam
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publishing date: 24th November , 2015
Published by: Lyrical Press

My Rating: 3/5 stars  

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Sydney Peters can’t wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote time to her true love: drums. With the semester coming to a close, she’s blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. The two favor different styles, but they make beautiful music together…in more ways than one.

Hunter is fascinated by Sydney’s distant allure. He might be a ladies’ man on campus, but the sarcastic cymbalist is impervious to his advances. When Hunter sees how passionate Sydney is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays. What he doesn’t anticipate, however, is falling so hard. But will the repercussions of his past crash down on his chance at something real?


My Take:

Sydney Peters is passing her time with the cymbals in the marching band which she hates just because she needs the credit and so that she can move on to her real love, i.e. drums. Hunter Reed plays the sax in the marching band and is a ladies’ man but has a rule of not dating anyone from the marching band but somehow he wants to change that rule for Sydney.

They are opposites and, well, they say that opposites attract! 😛 They have same interests and same love for music despite their differences, that is what brings them close in the first place. Hunter sees Sydney play the drums and is mesmerized by her passion. He requests her to teach him and also be a part of his band. Sydney isn’t sure at first because-

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But then her love for music and the chance of working with a real band grow upon her insecurities. She has always wanted to be a part of a band and has unsuccessfully tried to put together a band. She finally agrees and goes to his place for band practice and for his drum lessons.

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While the lessons are in session, she learns more about him. He isn’t what she thought, he has more personality than she expected him to have.

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Her past has instilled a fear in her and she has built a wall around her. It is fun to see how Hunter breaks that wall down and captures her heart.

His past threatens their relationship. Whenever there is a player trying to settle down, we can almost everytime expect some drama from their previous lovers. Hunter trying to apologize and make things right between him and Sydney is well-written. 🙂


 

Why would I pick it up?

People overcoming their fears to move on in their lives and to find love is a concept that will never get old. Conquering your fear helps you see your life in full potential. A story with that moral is hard to pass on. 😀 😀

ARC Review | His Work Of Art by Shannyn Schroeder

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Title: His Work Of Art
Author: Shannyn Schroeder

Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publishing date: 27th October, 2015
Published by: Lyrical Press

My Rating: 4/5 stars  

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Reese Carter is definitely not your average college girl. She’d prefer to spend Saturday nights playing Hero’s Crusade than attending a wild frat party on campus. When she bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that Reese has formed a dream team sure to propel her writing into the comic hall of fame.

Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She’s sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can’t see why she’d choose DC over Marvel. He’s thrilled to finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But. this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself. When the two combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned; they never expected to develop a steamy romantic sub-plot of their own…


 

My Take:

Reese Carter and Adam Hayes are huge comic fans. Their interactions are limited to arguments over comics in Adam’s mom’s shop where Adam works and Reese is a regular customer.

They don’t agree with some of the other’s choices in comics and that’s what makes their conversations fun. 😛

Once Reese sees Adam work with his drawings and decides to approach him to illustrate for her comic books. At first Adam hesitates but then gives in because working with Reese will give him  the work experience and will look good on his CV when he heads out to find a job. Having credentials for a book published, most probably won’t hurt.

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They both are attracted to each other. Reese wants to explore that feeling but Adam feels uncomfortable because of their racial differences. This story shows how Adam overcomes his fear, of going through the things his parents went through being an interracial couple, and accepts his love for Reese.
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Reese’s characters tell Adam much more about Reese than she lets on. When he confronts her, she is surprised and pleased that Adam caught on her fears from the story she wrote. They both help each other overcome their respective fears. That’s one of the most intimate things in a relationship, being comfortable with stripping away all the fears. After this they were destined to be together. 😉

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Why would I pick it up?

Love is a strong feeling that can’t be put off by deciding to ignore it. One day or the other, if it is true, it will get you. Reading people shed their fears and accept their emotions is inspiring. 😀

ARC Review | Nostromo The Dwarf by Sam Carr

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Title: Nostromo the dwarf
Author: Sam Carr
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Science Fiction
Publishing date: 11th November, 2015
Published by: Bliss Group Books
Pages: 120

My Rating: 4/5 stars  

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

A young father gets lost in the mountains and meets a mysterious stranger and his dog. Nostromo the Dwarf is a rough man with good manners, a bad temper, and the ability to talk to animals. He tells the young father the wondrous tale of his perilous trip to the mountains in the colonial past, of a ghost and storms and deserted islands and abandoned riches and creating a new life in the New World. But where is he from and why is he here?


My Take:

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The narrator gets lost in the mountains and somehow reaches Nostromo’s place. From that moment starts a new friendship. A friendship full of stories and dinners.

Nostromo the dwarf is an interesting character. At first he might seem a bit rough but is really friendly and sweet. 🙂 He can speak with the animals and birds and has found friends in them. 🙂 He lives in the mountains, so well hidden that you might never even find out.

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After spending the night at Nostromo’s little house, Nostromo’s dog guides the narrator back to his place and then starts the regular sunday dinners at Nostromo’s place. Little by little, Nostromo started opening up and telling the narrator stories about his adventures. All the places he went, all the people and animals he met, and all the things he learnt. Nostromo is good with all the handiwork, he built his own house and furniture. He farms, hunts, and makes his own utensils.

This is a great story of a dwarf going on adventures alone and learning new things.

He finally goes away just like that, not even mentioning a single thing to the narrator. The narrator then takes in Nostromo’s dog and tells his son all the stories.


 

Why would I pick it up?

Nostromo’s adventures are very interesting. This simple yet intriguing story is too good to not be read. 😀 😀

ARC Review | Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon

Pane and Suffering

 

Title: Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1)
Author: Cheryl Hollon
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Crafts & Hobbies
Publishing date: 29th September , 2015
Published by: Kensington
Pages: 320

My Rating: 4/5 stars  

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

To solve her father’s murder and save the family-owned glass shop, Savannah Webb must shatter a killer’s carefully constructed façade. . .

After Savannah’s father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, she drops everything to return home to St. Petersburg, Florida, to settle his affairs–including the fate of the beloved, family-owned glass shop. Savannah intends to hand over ownership to her father’s trusted assistant and fellow glass expert, Hugh Trevor, but soon discovers the master craftsman also dead of an apparent heart attack.

As if the coincidence of the two deaths wasn’t suspicious enough, Savannah discovers a note her father left for her in his shop, warning her that she is in danger. With the local police unconvinced, it’s up to Savannah to piece together the encoded clues left behind by her father. And when her father’s apprentice is accused of the murders, Savannah is more desperate than ever to crack the case before the killer seizes a window of opportunity to cut her out of the picture. . .


 

My Take:

Mystery with a chance to learn something new, why not? 😀

This book is very well-written and the way the mystery is solved is more interesting than the mystery itself. Savannah, who comes back to Florida when her father dies of heart attack, and finds his dad’s partner to be dead with a heart attack too after her father’s funeral, becomes suspicious of foul play. She finds a letter addresed to her by her dad. This is where the stuff gets interesting. I had a subject last year that dealt with Computer Security and learnt about the different encryption methods. I loved the ciphers very much and when this book started showing interest in ciphers too, I couldn’t put the book down. 😛 😛

I was aware of the first cipher that was used in the beginning of the book but not the last one at the almost end. (I might google it later, to learn it properly. 😛 ) Puzzles have always had my undivided attention. The answers to the mystery to deaths was a puzzle that Savannah’s dad hid with puzzles and geocaching. (Another new concept learnt. 😀 Well, I wasn’t aware of this earlier. 😛 )

I present you with the wikipedia explanation- 😛

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiveror mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook (with a pen or pencil). The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets, usually of more sentimental worth than financial. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.

There is so much well explained information on working with glass, it blends well with the story and doesn’t look forced at all. It also provides with relevant information at the end of the book to understand the terms better. That was good. 😀 (Ahh… the things you learn while reading. 🙂 )

So, on with the book. I loved the simplicity of the characters. There was Officer Boulli who made we want to smack him right across the face to help him realize that he was an idiot. The other characters shared the sentiments- 😛

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Here’s what Savannah was thinking when Officer Boulli asked her to describe things in her own words. I totally agree with her. 😛

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The list of suspects was clear to Savannah. It had to be one of the two people who were too eager to buy Webb’s Glass Shop. Frank- who used to work at Webb’s and now owned his own business and Smythe- who was there to buy the properties so that his company could demolish the area and have new build-ups. When Jacob, her dad’s apprentice was arrested, she knew she had to something to prove that he was innocent.The answer however was nothing she ever expected.

Finally when the mystery was solved, Savannah brushed off Frank and Smythe and decided to stay back home in Florida with her new friends and the glass shop. 🙂

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Finally, if any of you guys read the book then I would like to get my doubt cleared. Savannah had only talked to Officer Parker, who was assigned to work on Savannah’s case and was Officer Boulli’s senior, over the phone. So, how did Savannah recognize that it was Detective Parker who came to save her when she was practically seeing him for the first time? (Did I miss something? :/ )Screenshot_2015-09-30-21-00-09-1


 

Why would I pick it up?

It’s a cool puzzle mystery. If you are interested in solving puzzles then this might be the book for you. 😉 🙂

ARC Review | Scrapbook of the Dead by Mollie Cox Bryan

Scrapbook of the Dead

 

 

Title: Scrapbook of the Dead
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Craft & Hobbies
Publishing date: 29th September, 2015
Published by: Kensington
Pages: 304

My Rating: 4/5 stars  

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Halloween means spooky scrapbooks for the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop, but what’s been happening around town is truly frightening. First a dead woman is found in the freezer at Pamela’s Pie Palace, and the next day a second woman is found murdered by the river. Reporter Annie Chamovitz learns the victims were sisters and is certain their deaths are linked. Most bizarre of all, both women were found clutching scrapbook pages.

As their Saturday night crop quickly becomes an opportunity to puzzle out the murders, the ladies begin to wonder if Pamela is hiding more than her secret recipes for delicious pies–or if the crimes are related to the startling discovery that there are gangs in Cumberland Creek. As All Hallows Eve approaches, the crafty croppers must cut and paste the clues to unmask a deadly killer.

Includes tips and a glossary of terms for the modern scrapbooker!


 

My Take:

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This quoted paragraph is from almost the end of the book but I would like to begin my review with it. 😀 Scrapbooker’s group sounds so amazing. This makes me feel sad because if I ever suggested anything like this to any of the people I know they would just laugh in my face. It will be seen as a useless task- waste of time and waste of money. They would rather facebook stalk their crushes and exes than do something creative. 😛 I will make it a point to find people who would be interested in this. 😀 This book has piqued my interest! 😀

The small town life seems so good, interactive, and peaceful. I would love to move temporarily to a small town to see if it is as good as my books depict. (People go from small town to big city and I am deciding on the opposite, great! 😛 )

There were a lot of characters to keep up with but they added to the story just fine. 😀 As I got into the book I had no problem remembering them although I had to mentally relate them to each other. 😛 There was some interesting set of characters. They make me want to read the rest of the books in the Cumberland Creek series.

The mystery was spot-on. It kept you guessing till the very end. Perfect suspects with good motives yet you couldn’t pin down even one of them but I got odd vibes from the killer from the time that person was introduced in the book.

I loved the simplicity of the book. The writing style was simple and hooking. The story flew by and the mystery kept your mind working. The interesting thing is all the information this book has, at the end of the book, on Scrapbooking.

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How well said this is!

 

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Now, don’t we all hate math, I surely do. 😛
But that’s a great way of seeing it. 😛

 

I totally recommend reading this fast paced mystery. 😀


Why would I pick it up?

A fast-paced mystery with a wide assortment of characters with a cool hobby group? Yes please! 😀 😛 😀

Review | The Wilson Deception by David O. Stewart

The Wilson Deception

 

Title: The Wilson Deception
Author: David O. Stewart
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publishing date: 29th September , 2015
Published by: Kensington
Pages: 304

My Rating: 4/5 stars  

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Against the backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference that would remake Europe in the wake of World War I, David O. Stewart reunites Dr. Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook, protagonists of the acclaimed The Lincoln Deception, in an intriguing presidential mystery…After four years of horror The Great War has ended, and President Woodrow Wilson’s arrival in Paris in December 1918 unites the city in ecstatic celebration. Major Jamie Fraser, an army physician who has spent ten months tending American soldiers, is among the crowd that throngs the Place de la Concorde for Wilson’s visit. As an expert on the Spanish influenza, Fraser is also called in to advise the president’s own doctor on how best to avoid the deadly disease. Despite his robust appearance, Wilson is more frail than the public realizes. And at this pivotal moment in history, with the Allied victors gathering to forge a peace treaty, the president’s health could decide the fate of nations.

While Fraser tries to determine the truth about Wilson’s maladies, he encounters a man he has not seen for twenty years. Speed Cook—ex-professional ball player and advocate for Negro rights—is desperate to save his son Joshua, an army sergeant wrongly accused of desertion. Pledging to help Cook, Fraser approaches Allen Dulles, a charming American spy who is also Wilson’s close aide. Soon Cook and Fraser’s personal quest will dovetail with the dramatic events unfolding throughout Paris, as French premier Georges Clemenceau narrowly survives an assassination attempt and peace negotiations begin to unravel. Rivalries and hidden agendas abound. At stake is not only Joshua Cook’s freedom, but the fragile treaty that may be the only way to stop Europe from plunging into another brutal war.

With a cast of vividly drawn characters that includes T.E. Lawrence, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill, David O. Stewart’s fast-paced novel is a riveting and expertly researched blend of history and suspense—illuminating, deftly plotted, and thoroughly satisfying.


My Take:

It’s a surprise that I liked this book. It really is!

Reading about war, politics, and history is not exactly my favorite thing to do. Reasons being that many of the things make no sense to me plus I am bad at remembering dates and names of people plus I can’t seem to remember what power a particular position owns. (I know, I am hopeless. :/ But hey, my memory isn’t RAM. 😛 )

This book combined all the things that I exactly am not a fan of but surprisingly I enjoyed the book, Well, the parts where war, history, and politics had no direct effects.

The book is set in 1918, around the WWI and the Peace Treaty phases and it was nice to read. Then again it has a story of friendship, of love that actually had my attention. The problems to a son (Joshua Cook), drag his father to him, with the fatherly love, Mr. Speed Cook leaves no stone unturned to get his son out of trouble. Mr. Cook’s friend Major Jamie Fraser proves that friendship can really help you get through some of the tuffest times. Dr.Fraser’s family- his wife, and daughter stand by him in his decision to help his friend, infact, they offer to help him as well.

All the people with political importance, the army, the spies, everything was so fascinating. How people are manipulated to get things done, how games are played to turn the table around was an interesting thing to read about.

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The writing was engaging and the way the writer kept the hold on character’s personalities made it more real. Some of the lines have a great deal of intelligence and a deeper meaning. Here’s a few that caught my attention-

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And a funny one-

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This book is a follow-up to The Lincoln Deception, Maybe I need to read that as well. 😉


Why would I pick it up?

The historical events and interactions with famous people makes it an interesting read. The feeling of love and friendship amidst all the dirty games is something that the world always have and always will need. A little dose of reality, why not? 😉