The Book Quadrant: The Best Kind of People by. Zoey Whitall

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The Best Kind of People by. Zoey Whit all

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions by the lead writer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and opinions in this review!

The Woodbury Family has been a respected family for many years. George is a science teacher at Avalon Hills Prep and his wife, Joan, is an E. R. Nurse, while their daughter, Sadie, is a popular student at the high school. One night police come and arrest George for a charge of sexual misconduct on a trip that involved some girls from the school and has to await trial despite how he saved his daughter from a gunman while she was in the middle school grades. Joan has to survive the time while he’s in jail while everyone turns cold and Sadie goes from popular to social outcast and loses friends to this case. Andrew, a lawyer in New York, comes home to help the family during this ordeal but has unhappy memories rise from the depths and a writer goes and exploits what is going on by writing a book based on the case itself. Will this family be able to hold onto each other or will they fall into their own depression?

Thoughts: Man, this book was deep! DEEP! I wasn’t expecting what was going to happen until the first chapter. I felt that this was a strong start and it kept on going. I had my ear buds on reading this at work due to how good it was from beginning to end! It did go in stages where it went from after the arrest to a few months later, then a week before the trial in how the family lives. I did like how each stage shows how much the family was being affected.

At first Joan was always the one with the cool head where she always takes everything in stride and this situation shown her how she started to self-destruct in a way. She was starting to yell at her kids for example which she never had done and then Andrew suggests that she should go to support groups and she went from church goer to support group goer and of course she got closer to Sadie and Andrew and her sister, Clara. Sadie started off as the genius track & field student and almost got killed due to some guy with a gun that saw her at a dance class as a middle schooler. She then goes through her own self-destruction where the students in her class and the classes underneath started hating her for what her dad done. She tried to live her life normally but she starts skipping classes more, even student council meetings since she was president, her classmates were taking her seats and don’t want to give them up, heck I loved how she kicked someone out of her seat during one meeting, and the last bit of her destruction when she started doing drugs and hanging out with other people. While Andrew, he was always the cool cucumber with a boyfriend since he did come out of the closet during his high school years all thanks to his aunt and he starts to self0destruct after meeting up with his old boyfriend while visiting Avalon Hills and this causes him to unravel and take it out on his boyfriend, Jared, which started hating him for treating him like a doormat even while his family visited for The Best Kind of People A NovelChristmas. All in all this was a great picture of going from perfect family to family that let go of themselves!
During the prologue of this book, Sadie was grabbing her stuff for a presentation and one of the items happened to be this eraser and she held onto it as the gunman appeared and her dad showing up to tackle the guy. She had this on her and in the pocket of her skirt since it was something that kept her relaxed. It’s kind of like my Panic at the Disco necklace since it helps me with my anxiety in a way and eraser was something that helped her. She even had it with her during the ordeal until she loses it and goes crazy trying to find it while being with her new friends. I think losing it was a way of her letting go of the past and face what is going on in front of her and that it was time for a change in her life and that the path she went down on was something meant to be since at first she was the perfect straight A student that never smoked or drink but changed when she lost her savior of her youth and the only thing that kept her going.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a really good book! It did go from that perfect small town family that shown that they’re not always perfect such as seeing a father probably had something in his past that caused him to go through sexual misconduct but found out that he was set up, a mother who was so cool but loses it, a daughter who was the perfect student but loses herself due to people hating her, and a son who loses what he loves the most. I did like the writer who did exploit them but he did make the story he wrote different towards the end but I would say read the book so you can see how that role played. I mainly focused on the family since that was really important. I couldn’t close kindle like with the last book I read since this was a really good page turner and hoping with the next book will happen again. I hope to read more books by this author since this was a start for me with Whitall’s writing. It was a good look into a family who has changed and glad I got to read this!

Well guys that is it for this review! I will leave a link to this book this time since I forgot with the last, sorry! So, next is my bi-monthly favorites post with September and October! To new small town family with imperfections. We got to meet different characters that were

The Book Quadrant: A Game of Deceit by. K. A. Davis

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A Game of Deceit by. K. A. Davis!

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this ARC that was given to her.

In this book we meet Catherine Landry who has a successful interior design business and a very attentive husband. When she comes home to see that her husband has gone missing things start to rise especially the past when her father had disappeared the same way as her husband. Catherine has to get to the bottom of what had happened to her husband and what secrets he has and not only that work with the same detective that worked on her father’s case years before and find clues that lead to a possible affair and maybe a murder? Not only that, new distractions try to get in her way when John Celton, her latest interior design project, comes into her life to keep her mind off of things but she can’t. Will she be able to solve the mystery behind her husband’s disappearance and how is it linked to her father’s?

Thoughts: I liked this book very much! I felt like I couldn’t close Kindle on my phone and even took breaks listening to it during work when I have to clear my head a bit. I felt that this book had new twists and turns as Catherine kept on getting new clues within the case and even got even more chilling when new things were revealed like how someone was posing as her when her husband vanished. She ends up finding passports that didn’t match with her photo and that someone took her own name in order to get to Neil. What made it more interesting that it felt like the reason for Neil’s disappearance was due to a novel he was working on that caused him trouble and taken? I would be afraid if that were to happen someone I loved myself. I did like the jealousy between John and the detective, Mike Williams, since Catherine did have a few new romances going on between them and liked who she ended up with in the end which I don’t want to spoil that part. I liked every moment of this book and hoping to read another one by Davis as I request more!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a very enjoyable read! I felt that every interaction with Catherine, John, and mike worked very well. I did like Maryanne as well since she did act very motherly towards Catherine. It did take on the idea of fires in California to a new height and that jealousy can happen at every turn. Not only that the near death experiences that Catherine encounters even brought a chill to my spine. I hope to read more K. A. Davis books as long as I keep up with each NetGalley update. Another good one for the books!

That is it for this book review! I will have more to come since I am having more books to read! Next up in my posts I am going a bit personal with how a blind person should make friends both sighted and blind. Stay tuned!

The Book Quadrant: My Pen Is Huge by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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My Pen is Huge by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

Disclaimer: This book was an advanced reader copy sent to me by the author. Also this review is based on thoughts and opinions so respect my thoughts on this book and thank you!

In this new installment of the Oh Hell No series, we meet Giselle who is a post graduate and shows up at her new job hoping to work for the famous journalist, Leland Marik. Once she starts working and finding out that some fishy things are happening that link to what Leland is doing, she is trying to get to the bottom of it in order to get a story out.

Leland Marik was always the lone wolf journalist and never let anyone else work with him until Giselle walked into his office one morning with a lipstick stain on her skirt. Once hired on, he not only guides her through the journalism business but also working on his own story behind the scenes and try to keep out of it. While working on a dangerous story, he sees that Giselle is not stopping to catch up with him to break it first but has to keep her out in order to keep her safe but slips and finds out that they were a match made in heaven!

Thoughts: I liked this one! I did like how it basically filled in some blanks that took place during the last book, Battle of the Bulge, since that was where Leland appeared in at the beginning of the book. I did like the interactions between Giselle and Marik since their personalities were almost the same which Marik may have that British tone to him but he can be a bit of a smartass as much as Giselle even though she did start off as trying to be a good girl with a feminist edge to her since she did try telling Marik and his buddy to use work appropriate language in the beginning of the story. I did find some of the funny moments cute and it did call back to Librarian’s Vampire Assistant for one part but it did make the story flow a lot better as in I did find the characters and the story flow better and the jokes aren’t always coming at you in a rapid fire succession, just part of the background. I am actually happy that there will be another installment to this book since now that we’re seeing more characters coming into the story and hoping it does keep going after the next. I do notice how the first story did start off with it being more of a college life type and nothing dangerous sounding but once the end of the second book took place it started showing the characters going through dangerous situations until this book came out since the blanks being filled had to deal with the Mitch Hofer situation from the last book and maybe the next one may be more laid back since it deals with Jeizele’s old roomie, Camille. Let’s see what happens next! And of course, having a huge pen, as in the writing utensil, was pretty well symbolized since at the beginning where Marik talked about his dad having a pen collection or was he sent one, I forget! Sorry! Still a good story nonetheless!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a really good book and enjoyed it overall! I liked the characters’ interactions even with Janelle’s parents in the picture towards the end and of course it did call back to one of the previous books Mimi has written. I think this has been one of the best books she has done and loved it from beginning to end. I would say this would be read more as a stand-alone but at the same time should read Battle of the Bulge too in case you may want to see what has been taking place before this one.

That is about it guys for this post! I know it felt short since I don’t want to give so many spoilers and of course don’t want to be that one person to spoil the entire thing. I definitely say is give this book a read and same with Mimi’s many other books on top of it! I am reading another new book since I have to catch up with what I haven’t read for a few years now. I do have my Ipsy Glam Bag post next so stay tuned!
My Pen Is Huge by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

The Book Quadrant: By Light of Hidden Candles by. Daniella Levviee

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By Light of Hidden Candles by. Daniella Levee

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer. Please respect her thoughts on this book that was an advanced reader’s copy through NetGalley.

In the Jewish Quarter of Fez during Sixteenth Century, an ailing mother hands her daughter a heavy ring that has a major significance and a message to return it to the person who gave it to her until five hundred years later, Alma, a college student, goes into a program that has her going to Spain with a project from her grandmother to not only return a ring but find out the roots about her family. Before the trip, she ends up with meeting Manuel, a Catholic who joins the program, to be her study partner but he gets a warning not to get too close to Alma due to her Jewish heritage.

Once in Madrid, the two not only go into archives to find the clues behind their family but their friendship grows and hints of Manuel’s own feelings towards Jewish people start to grow as well and he starts questioning about his own faith and what he wants to do once he’s graduated from college. While Alma, on the other hand, she tries to piece the clues that they find about her family and any connections they may have such as a person with the name of Leon in the files that they were given and that Manuel’s ancestor may have clues and tie INS with hers.

Thoughts: So, this book kind of felt like The Confectioner’s Tale which that book gave present and past like with this one in how it was written except you have two characters for the present and one for the past. We get to see the story with the character Miriam and how she went through the Spanish Inquisition and how she escaped it and then it links Alma and Manuel together with what they are doing in present time to link the story in why the ring was given to Alma’s ancestor in the first place. I did also enjoy some of the more comedic parts since it does deal with the religious aspects both Alma and Manuel go through. For instance in the start of the book before Alma had to leave for Spain she is celebrating Passover with family. I also felt like I heard the record stop when she mentions Manuel being Catholic with all the music and how her family feels about it. I also did like how everyone Manuel meets kind of act scared of Alma and what she may do to him but during the story she did try to not get so deep By Light of Hidden Candles by. Daniella Levvieinto their friendship with each other even though she was jealous of one of her roommates having coffee with Manuel. I kind of felt like those points were kind of a normal thing for college students to go through. Heck, I did have a bit of a jealous reaction when one of my brother’s gal pals tried to have a bit of a flirt with Gondras a long time ago. Got to love jealousy. Anyways, I did love the parts with Miriam and how she and her father were being tracked down especially to the safe place where they were being kept, it was like how the Holocaust took place during World War II and how even before that Jewish people had to be hidden. It did get pointed out during one of the Manuel chapters that things have changed for the better when it came to Jewish communities around the world after he finally meets a relative that was related to his dead grandmother and he wondered why they excommunicated her.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a very good book and it took the switch from present to past very well. I did find it heartwarming at certain points in the book and pretty sad as well. I do like the pairing between Alma and Manuel due to how they have really good chemistry even when Manuel shown up at Alma’s grandmother’s shop the first time. Also it was even more heartwarming while reading Miriam’s side of the story since that does link everything together. The theme of this book being “You don’t know who you are until you find the pieces” fits with the entire story and how it was written. I hope I get to read more books by Levee since it was a really well put together piece and enjoyed it. I will link you guys to the book so you can also check it out!

That is it for this review! I do have another one since I am reading Mimi Jean’s newest book and will be starting on another after that. Until next time!

The Book Quadrant: AntiSocial by. Heidi Cullinan

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AntiSocial by. Heidi Cullinan!

Disclaimer: This was an advanced copy I received from NetGalley for me to review and this review is based on my own thoughts and opinions. Please respect the thoughts of AntiSocial on Amazonthe lead writer of this blog and also respect the content of the writer you are about to see that this review is on. Thank you!

Xander can’t stand people especially frat boys until Skyler Stone walked into his life. He came to Benten, a school soaked in Japanese culture, to get away from being one of the corporate types until he has to spend all summer with Skyler in order to be changed into a more social person.

Skyler Stone had everything handed to him and planned out and even hoped to be a lawyer once he gets to grad school at Yale. When some of his frat brothers messes up a mural painted by Xander he has not only win Xander’s forgiveness but promises to work with him all summer to prepare for his final senior project by building his social media. As time goes on these two start forming a relationship and start changing each other into new people they never thought they knew even to themselves.

Thoughts: I know I promised a different book at first but when reading that one I couldn’t take it since I felt like it was too much Fifty Shades of Gray and decided to read this one which was next on my Google Sheets page. All I have to say is that I made the better choice to do it because this was a really good read. It is not only a version of Pygmalion also known as My Fair Lady but it was also done as a yaoi story which to anyone new to this name it is known as boys love in Japanese. I know it’s ick to some but I have been a yaoi fan and my first title was actually Gravitation and still have my DVDs thank you very much.

I did love Xander’s and Skyler’s relationship throughout this book because of how much it kind of reminded me of Yuki and Shuichi where Xander was Yuki and Skyler was Shuichi where at first Xander was a grumpy and artistic hermit that loves to pain and hates his work but also works on a campus-wide manga and Skyler is the happy-go-lucky guy that is rich and in a frat at first but then later when the relationship gets deep they start shedding those personalities we see at first and Xander becomes a nicer guy and gets inspired by Skyler in his work and also being more soft towards him and his friends while Skyler becomes someone who is indecisive and has more feelings and cares more about Xander and other people and prefers to follow his own path and not be the person his family expects him to. It was very touching and trust me I was chanting, “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” As they were getting closer to it every page turn. I had to put on my ear buds while reading this and also I admit I was kind of jealous of Xander having COpic markers. Long story short my ex got me an external hard drive for my birthday a month before we broke up instead of Copic markers because he didn’t know that he could just get me a basic set during my artist days. I admit I am still bitter about that and yet still have a ton of colored pencils. Anyways, I do love how Xander and Skyler were anime fans in this one which you do see the manga FullMetal Alchemist throughout this book and was referenced by Skyler since I do see a little bit of symbolism with it. I don’t want to give away too much in that. I also find it awesome that Heidi is one of us, as in anime fan!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This was a very heart-warming yaoi story because it shows how two guys can find love even if they can’t be accepted by their own families at home but at college in general. I did feel like tears almost came on but it did have a very touching ending to it and I did like how Skyler gave his dad his own “Screw you! I don’t care about your money!” I hope I read more stories by Heidi Cullinan because she wrote a really well-paced story and gave it a very happy ending. I would love to see this as an anime because it fits that art style and if I were to pick who voices who, I may pick Newton Pittman and probably Josh Grelle or Eric Vale to be Skyler. Unless I didn’t think of voices due to how well the story and characters were written in the end. I would highly recommend this book if you are into yaoi, well unless you don’t mind the characters not being Japanese. I did enjoy it after all.

Well guys that is it for this review. Come on back for my Glam Bag Plus! Until next time!

The Book Quadrant: The Wicked Billionaire by. Jackie Ashenden

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The Wicked Billionaire by. Jackie Ashenden

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this book. Thank you!

The second in the Billionaire Seals book series where we see what happens to Lucas Tate in this one. When his best friend in the Navy dies and finds out that arms dealers are after his friend’s widow, Lucas has to protect her from being in danger of being killed or having to fork over money that she doesn’t have.

Grace is an artist that has an exhibition in two weeks and doesn’t know about the danger she is in until she feels the icy eyes on her back and finds Lucas Tate in the New York streets watching her. When she finds out that her husband, Griffin Riley, was doing some illegal activity and that the people he was dealing with are after her, she has to go with Lucas in order to keep herself alive and work on her paintings in time for her first art show in order to prove to her father that she is successful as a painter despite the danger she faces.

Thoughts: This book was better than the first in my opinion. Oh yes, I had to read the first one, The Dangerous Billionaire, in order to understand what was going on since it dealt with three brothers in this series. Basically this series deals with three foster brothers, Sullivan, Van for short, Lucas, and Wolf, who were adopted by a rich billionaire who owns an oil company. Later this billionaire ends up adopting a long time friend’s daughter named Chloe and then he dies and in the first one Van has to protect Chloe from her father who is dangerous and can do anything in order to get his daughter back. Van ends up falling for Chloe and things get steamy.

In this one, this deals with Grace and Lucas and I felt this one is a better read because of how I relate to Grace due to being a former artist myself and painting is really fun if you don’t mind getting it all over yourself. Heck, I remembered getting an ink wash all over my toes and flip flops once. Anyways, it felt more personal and I liked the interactions between Lucas and Grace being more natural while Chloe and Van felt more robotic and awkward even if they were foster siblings throughout their story. I did like how Grace was first described as Lucas watched her as in being long, elegant, looking a bit like Pippy Longstocking and always fashionable and wearing gold nail polish and spending money on her art supplies which back in the day I remembered doing that myself, even with my dad, but hey it is very relatable. I did like how the romance just took a bit to develop in this one and how Lucas couldn’t keep Grace out of his mind if even she was a widow while Grace just felt like Griff was just a friend and not a husband as she painted in the book. I prefer that in a romance rather than just have it quick and done like how the first one did where the two just had one night and that’s it even if it is too tempting. Still this was a good one.

Now to the action, I felt like the action was more woven into this one as in it didn’t feel like danger was on every page, as in the first instance where a guy disguised as a police officer shows out of nowhere and Grace almost opened the door to let him in and Lucas was right behind him. Now that is good example of good The Wicked Billionaire by. Jackie Ashenden on Amazonaction. With the last one I felt like, “Bring my daughter at this spot! Leave her be!” And a picture of a kiss was taken and that is it. Nothing else. I guess there are times where the first book is not always the one that drives you in but the second does even with how much someone can wait in the shadows and keep an eye on someone while anything can happen when your eye is not in focus. Even the final action scene shown it which I won’t spoil that part which you have to read to see what I mean. Still, I felt like I was on the edge of my seat a little bit and wondering what may happen next in the book even if it goes back to a normal day where Grace has her cup of coffee and probably take out a bottle of nail polish to paint her nails and Lucas is just working out for a few hours.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This book was a Nose-In-The-Book-Worthy Read because of how I felt relatable to Grace and that art is a passion for someone even if they’re in danger. I prefer this one over Dangerous Billionaire because of how the story flowed a lot better in this one and I prefer the action showing up more than just using a picture as black mail. I am hoping with the next one since I want to see what will Wolf do since with the Epilogue it gives a bit of a sneak peek I hope with his story? It gives me a lot of questions since throughout this book he was only called up for something important and it did reveal what it was. I would say give this one a read more due to it filling in the blanks of what had happened in the first but if you want to read the first one to get better context of what had happened first then give that one a read but to me this did a better telling and I liked the characters in this one more than Van and Chloe. That’s all I have to say!

Well guys that is it for this review! Make sure you check out the link to the book in this post and by the way this is a 21+ story in case of little eyes reading this. Next one will be a bit of Fifty Shades but hoping better than that since the author stated it has some of that. Anyways, this month will be of course my boxes coming up and will probably do another anime review later and of course will be doing my post on RangerStop 7 because we got press for that this year again! Decided to do it earlier in case of hotel discounts. So stay tuned everyone and follow our Twitter @ Nerdy SHique for the latest stuff! Until next time!

The Book Quadrant: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 3 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 3!

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Last time in our story, Michael Vanderhorst has become the King of the Vampires and found out that all of their leaders have been taken. Not only that, he also tried to reveal to his love and boss at a local library in Phoenix, Miriam Murphy, that he is a vampire. The story picks up when he starts to try and figure out where the leaders were taken and where they were being kept. Along the way, Nice shows back up since he was one of the many taken and he becomes even more obsessed with Miriam but does confess his feelings to Miriam and finds out that she has a secret of her own and something even larger that deals with her family and what they were doing for his old master, Clyne. How will Michael solve this mystery? Let’s find out!

Thoughts: Yes, I know that was a bigger description from what I wrote but decided it was time to do something completely different. I did re-read this book since work had me busy and didn’t want a data drain on my plan with my Galaxy since Wi-Fi was being wonky for the past month. Anyways, I found this book funnier the second time I read it. I did like many other pop culture references even towards the CW since they did play Vampire Diaries years ago. I still think Nice is still hilarious even if he became obsessed with Miriam even more and kept running after Michael on foot for her. I can imagine this in anime mode where you see a speeding vampire on foot and Michael just speeding away even more in an electric car. Now to the relationship!

In this book, Miriam and Michael have gotten closer despite the danger and of course with her family secret which you have to read the book to find out. Which Mimi did mention some people spoiled some stuff at the back of the book, which I am sorry for any of that in my past reviews? Anyways, it did make them a cuter couple since Michael did want her for so long and yes I did have that “Dream Weaver: moment during a few love scenes or maybe “Carless Whisper.” Hey now, this girl has a huge imagination and can insert any music I please! ::drinks Vanilla Pepsi:: I hope with the next book things go farther since it looks like Michael may have to deal with Nice next since he had vanished with Miriam. Which brings me to my next point!

I want to apologize that with the last two books I thought it was a cliff hanger towards the end. Mimi mentioned at the end that they weren’t because of them being more well-rounded endings and this one did have a rounded one with how they were able to save the vampire race but it is not over since there is supposed to be a fourth one. I guess it didn’t help that I used to watch soap operas when I was younger and felt that the endings of the first two books were cliff hanger worthy but looking at how Mimi described each ending it does make sense how they were not leaving us hanging at the end but I do have to say each ending shows want us to wonder what will happen next and that is how I feel with this one’s ending and when to see what Michael do next and what Nice may have in store for him since his obsessions lead him to doing what he did. That will be another mystery all in its own and can’t wait for the next one!

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! This book deserved this rating with how the mystery continued. I did love how Miriam and Michael were able to get together finally and that more things took place. I have to say that this book does want me to find out what will take place in the next one since the ending kind of make me wondered what will happen to Miriam and what will Michael do to get her back? The last one did have him try to kill himself to protect her so let’s see what crazy scheme he may have. The comedy did flow in this one as much as the last since things have changed and each character did have good timing. Hoping that keeps going even with the next! Can’t wait!

Well guys that is it for this book! Check out the link I will be including in this post since Mimi’s work has been one of my favorite work since I have started reviewing books. Heck, I even turned one of my own students onto Accidentally [yours} since she does love vampires and that series has it. So, I do have another book The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 3 On Amazonreview coming up which has been a long awaited one due to how big my NetGalley bookshelf has bene growing and need to get back into the back log of it all. Heck, books would fall off that shelf in the virtual world if this was an online game. Anyways, until next time! Stay beautiful while traveling the vast universe and anyone in Florida, stay safe during Dorian!

The Book Quadrant: THe Riddle of the Sphinx by. Alexander Montague

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The Riddle of the Sphinx by. Alexander Montague

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions on this literary work.

Synopsis: This book gives off three perspectives with one boy escaping Tyran on horseback to a student in Princeton going through a love affair that leads to trouble, and finally ends a lawyer trying to find out about himself at his job and how he fits in.

Thoughts: I know that was a short description of the book but it was pretty much written like that on the NetGalley page for it. This book was an interesting read. Even though it says it’s a psychological drama but I didn’t see much in the first part of the book since it deals with a shah losing power in 1970s Tiran and yes it does lead with the seeing how a boy kind of has a sexual relationship with a boy and then ends with a so-called death and goes to Princeton. Apparently this book follows a boy named Kavan in the beginning and I think his name gets changed to Eric from what I’m seeing and it shows how he has a thing for men since we see it early on in the book with a friend that ended up going missing and was tricked in going with a teacher to be in a radical group. Then we go to many years later where Eric is a college student and meets a guy named Mark who ends up dating each other and this causes some complications when he meets up with the shah prince Ali and somehow they were seen to be connected and an article kind of makes things more complicated. This book was pretty complicated even though when it got to Princeton I felt the story was more cohesive due to how it is a young man exploring his gay side and able to love himself and his partner. I wished the Princeton stuff was the entire story since the older Eric was him in the start of the book where he has a wife and two daughters. I wonder if this book is supposed to do three stories with different possibilities.

I did find it strange is that I was wondering why did this book had the title The Riddle of the Sphinx and it did get revealed towards the end where Eric has a dream seeing himself in Princeton and him as a boy and he wonders why is he seeing these two versions of himself where the Princeton one fell ill with AIDS while the kid him was trying to head home when he remembered being brought to Paris. I just wondered is that did he get found with the group of boys in the desert somehow and was rescued with the rest of them? I would like to know. I have a feeling the riddle deals with how different lives can be experienced by the same person but the outcome is always survival since the boy version was that he survived the desert trying to find his friend but got tricked, his Princeton version was in a great relationship until a guy he spent a night with screwed it up and causes a break up and leading to his contraction with AIDS with a stranger even though he thought it wasn’t real but survived potential suicide, and now his adult version where he wonders if being a lawyer was what he really wants and his daily life is his survival? That is what I can tell from what I read.

Rating: 3 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! I found that this book should have just stuck with Princeton instead of having the other two parts to it. I found it more intriguing since it did show the drama of college life and how someone can get into a homosexual relationship depending on who you are with easily. Well, love is love and can’t judge it. I did find it funny that the wife in the end of the book did figure out that Eric was into men but didn’t want to leave him because it would look bad since they are a couple that is seen out in public a lot. Even though this was an interesting read but it was kind of confusing and the title for it was hard to fit in my mind. Doesn’t mean I can’t leave the link in case you guys want to read.

Well guys that is it for this post! I hope I won’t take too long with any of the other books since I have so many to read. Now hoping my Ipsy does come soon since I still need to post that! So stay tuned!
The Riddle of the Sphinx Book Link

The Book Quadrant: Nemecene: Through Fire & Ice by. Kaz Lefave

Note: Anyone new to anime reading this I am including a clip to Erik Vale’s Kimbley if I can find it.Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with another book review!

Nemecene: Through Fire & Ice by. Kaz Lefave

Disclaimer: This book was requested through NetGalley and was able to get a free copy of and able to read. This review is based on thoughts and opinions from the lead writer of this blog so respect what she has to say and thank you!

As Earth gets hotter every day Elize’s decreasing mental stability brings on new voices that no one not even her buddy Stitch nor her brother Keeto would understand. Within this last episode of the first trilogy of the ten episode series, we get more clues of what’s going on and how Elize is able to see what is going on with Stitch and Keeto tagging along. As each page turns, our three heroes find out new things that Dr. Tenille has handed Elize and the newer counselor so they can find out what had happened to the orphans from the Aldemedina Orphanage and responsible for these happenings.

On top of it, Sothese, the first narrator and new player in this game as the Spiritual Councilman to the Prenam, has his sights on ELize and snakes around anyone who gets in the way to find her as the Pranum’s leadership declines slowly. Will Elize, Keeto, and Stitch be able to keep themselves safe in order to take down whoever is behind the acts taking place in their new home? Will Elize be able to keep herself in control while new clues resurface?

Thoughts: I have to say is that sorry for this taking so long to read? I was trying to read it on my Braille Sense Polaris but due to new Firmware updates it always brought the book back to the beginning so I started reading it on an app that a former co-worker told me about called Natural Read and it worked out very well. It is basically a PDF reading app for your phone and when you encounter any PDF files you can Share it to the app itself. Now onto my thoughts.

I liked this book more than the first two because we get to see more what is going on with Elize and how Keeto is trying to find ways of helping her with Stitch. I felt like this was more of a story about her because of what she was going through with the voices inside her head and it felt like she was taking on her mom’s psychosis all thanks to them. I did like how her personality changed from sweet and innocent to someone who had a major attitude issue and then switched back due to realizing what she was doing or forgetting about it later. This book did show how it was driving her insane even towards the end where things were getting darker for her due to harming herself. I did feel like I was looking in on both Keet and Elize because of how they have grown through each episode and how I felt that this story is starting to shed layers like an onion in what they are going through as each page turned and as each day drew on since this takes on midday for Elize with how she goes through her day of seeing the doctor or the captain characters that she has interacted with about her voices and so on and any clues dealing with their mother while Keeto is late evening with his journal writing to their mother about the day’s events.

While Sothese, on the other hand, in the book description I felt like I was wanting to punch him with how of a…pardon my French…asshole he is! I understand he is important to the story and how he wants to find Elize but how he does it is so creepy! I know there was one challenge where we had to pick a voice or actor for this guy and I chose Erik Vale but using his Kimbley voice from FullMetal Alchemist which makes him sound creepy enough and thought that voice as I read the book on my Braille Sense and on Natural Read. What I found it interesting was how he made Caroline involved with this as a way of luring Keeto into it and who knows maybe with the next episode there may be more to it and Sothese’s plans since we did end the book on a bit of a cliffhanger where he has Elize at last and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Paw Prints! This book is one of the best I’ve read in Sci-Fi so far due to how mysterious it sounds. I found Sothese’s actions creep7y but it does show how he wants to get what he needs and that is by using different people as pawns even if it’s at the risk of his job in the religious unit. ELize is starting to show more of herself even if new voices come to be and how she interacts with them as each day goes on makes it even more interesting and you do get to see her other side by the end of the book where things start getting juicier. While Keeto is trying to figure out more things about Elize that may have been shared between her and their mom since it looks like she may be facing the same fate as her and plus it’s starting to get more interesting to learn that he and Elize may not be human as he thinks. I can’t wait to see what Episode Four has in store for me since I want to see more of what is going on and plus this book series is painting our world as time goes on since we are going through major climate changes. One example, huge wasps nests in Alabama and a tree species dying in Alaska due to Hemlock. Who knows what else is happening in our world and it would add more material to these books I guess.

That is it for this book review. More books to be read reviewed as time goes on since I do have a new Mimi Jean Pamfiloff book coming up to review since I still have my kitty nose in that one. Stay tuned!
Nemecene: Through Fire & Ice

The Book Quadrant: The Extinction Agenda by. Michael Lawrence

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back with a new review!

The Extinction Agenda by. Michael Lawrence

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts on this piece of media!

Jason Mason and his team of F. B. I. Agents stumble upon a discovery of a deadly virus created to end human life but when the place they were looking into as a possible hideout goes up in flame and his team including his partner get killed on the mission, James knows that there is a piece missing to all of this and wonders how the people behind the virus are finding out that he was coming after them?

After being obsessed to find the clues and the links, James ends up losing his wife who tried getting close to the investigation and now he has to piece the clues and find out about a man that has been found at any historical periods of this virus being made and used and meets one of the test subjects to find those pieces out. What does he find out? Well, that is one answer that this book shows!

My Thoughts: I was on the edge of my seat every moment of this book! This was a really good suspense mystery from beginning to end! I felt like the main character was going to die almost every time while reading it. I did get the Resident Evil vibe while reading it too. The image of skeletons burnt still invade my thoughts even took me back to the Castlevania anime series which I don’t want to spoil that either.

I would say is that you would never thought that a virus could be made but it can and how it could be used against humanity. This is basically Man vs. Man due to how much it was revealed towards the end even after meeting Alehandra who survived being tested on with this kind of virus to find her sister along with it. I did like how she played a huge part in the rest of the book since she did want to have revenge like James did for his wife but it was for her sister. I don’t want to give too much away but they are related in this book. I did find the reveal of the bad guys towards the end even more interesting because you would not think who the key players were until you read it to the end. And one more thing, I did like how tech was played in this book because as a tech nerd myself even with Adaptive Tech that sattleites can be used to detect you and your body heat. I found that really interesting when it was set in winter throughout the rest of the book. It can show that tech can be a scary thing even with how the bad guys were using it throughout the book. I would say just give it a good read!

Rating: Five Star Paw Prints Out of Five! This was a very awesome book if you’re into Resident Evil and other books that deal with medical science and technology. It was an edge-of-your-seat book where you would think someone would die but people still survive no matter how the odds are stacked against them. If there was a sequel planned, I think I would like to know since the final message from one of the bad guys was kind of cryptic and how files were going to be looked at in the end. I did like the clues that dealt with using chemical symbols from the Perodic Table and how each place was being destroyed to keep it under wraps. I hope there would be a second one because I want to see what happens next and what they find even if it didn’t look like there is a hook!

Well, that is it guys for this review! I am glad to get another one up after so long and hoping to get one up soon since I am reading the third installment the Librarian’s Vampire Assistant. What’s next? My May and June Favorites!
The Extinction Agenda by. Michael Lawrence