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NaNoWriMo

I apologize for the lack of posts, NaNoWriMo is currently eating my brain. I shall return in December with more posts than ever (probably). I just have no more brain power for reviews at the moment, but I promise I shall return!

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The Mine

19353394by: John A. Heldt

Published: December 6th, 2013

From Goodreads: In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

 

This book was so much fun. I love time travel. I think it’s such an interesting concept and I love the way this author did it. Joel ends up falling in love with where he is and is able to do a very good job at blending in and not really giving people too much reason to be suspicious. Sure, there are a few things here and there, but overall he does a pretty good job. I think it’s really cool that he gets to be friends with his grandmother. It makes you think about what you would do if you were in a similar situation. You get to think about how you would handle events and how you would react to learning things about your close family members that you never would have learned otherwise. I love the way this was written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I think that anyone who is a fan of time travel (and especially if they’re a fan of romance) should pick this book up and curl up with it for a bit. It’s written in way that won’t throw you out of the story and it’ll make you want to keep reading. If you’re looking for something to read that has these elements, definitely give this book a shot! Also, this is the first in a series. I haven’t read any of the others yet, but they’ve definitely been added to my TBR list. :)

Cupcakes: Science fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1)

The Cancer Code

18158632by: Andrew Findlay

Pages: 393

Published: June 10th 2013 by WINEGOT BOOKS

ASIN: B00DCYBBFO

From Goodreads: THE CANCER CODE is a thriller about an altruistic New York biochemist called Jim MacWaide, who discovers a cure for cancer, independent of the world’s largest pharmaceutical company – his employers, Gluck Schmidt Little.

Coming from a renowned Napa wine-making family, Jim has spent three years obsessively experimenting on the properties of Resveratrol, an extract of the red grape. After achieving miraculous results in regenerating human tissue cells, he shares 90% of his discovery with the firm, but quickly gets cold feet. Realizing too late, he’s certain that once the ruthless pharma giant gets hold of the ‘Holy Grail’ of cures, only the rich will be saved from cancer – by a drug that costs ten dollars to produce.

When Jim refuses to reveal the last, vital code, his bosses hire an ex-Guantanamo interrogator to torture the goods out of him. Saved by a last minute tip-off, Jim hits the road, pursued by the relentless bounty-hunter in a race to find a non-profit organization for his miracle cure.

If ignominiously wrenched from his comfort zone, this terrifying journey liberates Jim’s ‘inner man’ and hitherto unknown strengths to outwit his nemesis for the common good.

 

This book was super interesting. I thought it was incredibly fascinating and I wanted to keep reading and neglect any work I had to do. This book was very well written and everything that explains the cure for cancer isn’t written in a way that’s hard to understand. In fact, it sounds perfectly realistic. I loved this book from the start and it drew me in instantly. I loved all the different plot lines and the way the book jumped around to let you catch up on all of them. I think that anyone who is looking for something fast paced and interesting, this is the book for you. I t is on the serious side, so if you’re looking for something lighthearted and fun, then this won’t be the place. But I love any book that has to do with medicine in fiction. It’s so fascinating and fun to imagine a world where stuff like this existed. I thought this book was very well thought out and very well paced out. Like I said, if you’re looking for something new and exciting and interesting to read, give this a shot. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. :)

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: THE CANCER CODE: “…more prophesy than fiction…”

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The Clout of Gen

15743233by: Ahmad Ardalan

Published: July 2012 by Smashwords

ISBN: 9781476056623

From Goodreads: Newspaper reporter John Teddy’s miserable life is turned upside down when he uncovers a voice from the past—a voice that suspiciously knows far too much about the would-be future. John’s natural curiosity to understand the hidden message takes him to places he never imagined seeing, and ongoing conspiracies he never thought existed. The more John gets involved, the more he is led towards mysteries that are beyond his understanding. The circle of people involved grows bigger stretching from west to east; each step forward is like a step backward.

 

This book was really, really intense and fun. I admit to not wanting to do my work in order to keep reading. It was very surprising. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book and it’s fun trying to keep up with the mystery. I think this book was very well written. I didn’t find myself having problems with any of the grammar or spelling. I was able to quickly get absorbed into this world and continue turning pages! There also wasn’t a lot of moments in this story where I found myself drifting and had to get myself to focus again. I was always completely focused on the story. That’s always a good sign for me because I get thrown out of stories very, very easily. I’d recommend this book to anyone just looking for something new and exciting. This book is not what you’d expect. It also doesn’t really fall into any specific category in my mind, so I’d say it’s good for any adult fan of reading!

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: The Clout of Gen

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Lucid

18672156by: AK Harris

Pages: 256

Published: July 23rd, 2013

ASIN: B00E48DNVC

From Goodreads: I have dreams just like anyone else. The only difference?

My dreams are killing me… Literally.

Seventeen year old Mercy Clarke has gone crazy. Shes sure of it. Getting killed every night in her dreams, only to wake up feeling like she never fell asleep in the first place. She just wants the nightmares to end, that is until the mysterious Deegan O’Foalain shows up in them as well. But when the nightmares start bleeding into her real life, there is a lot more at stake than just her sanity. Now she has to find a way to stop the nightmares before the beasts inside them, find her or her family.

 

There were things I liked and disliked about this book. What I really liked was the concept, I’ve always been a fan of stories that play with dreaming. It’s fascinating to me. The extreme this novel took dreaming to was amazing. I loved that part. I wanted to figure out what was going on in her dreams so badly that I kept wanting to turn the pages hoping I’d learn something. I ended up being kind of disappointed though because this book doesn’t wrap everything up at the end. We are left with a pretty big cliffhanger and that’s not something I’m a fan of. I want to want to continue the series, not have to in order to finish just this story. Also, there were a lot of typos that kind of drove me a little crazy, but that may just be because editing is what I want to do for a living. By the end of the story I was attached to the characters and I would be willing to give the next book(s) a shot. There were definitely interesting parts and I think that this author shows promise. I think there’s places this story could go that would be really interesting and I hope we get to see that happen. :)

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

Buy this from Amazon here:Lucid: Dreamer Legacy Book 1 (Volume 1)

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The Super Spies and the Pied Piper

17996909by: Lisa Orchard
Pages: 331
Published: May 28th, 2013 by Astraea Press
ASIN: B00D25G7ZM
From Goodreads: Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when they learn their missing parents’ cell phone has been traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly, the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.” But when Sarah learns he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance, she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can they find the proof they need to stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?

I love this series and this was my favorite one yet! I think that the writing just continues to get better! I found the characters to be even more enjoyable and fun in this novel than I did in previous ones. The whole plot in this one was a ton of fun, I love the idea of kids taking on something like a giant corporation. This book took me next to no time to get through because I found myself inhaling it. :) These books are fun, quick reads that I highly recommend. They’re exactly the kind mystery I want to read. There’s more to them than just your typical murder. It also lets you go back in time a little bit and think about how you would react as a kid if you were in similar situations. I say if you haven’t already, then go pick up the first two as well as this one. If you’ve already read the first two then definitely pick this one up! Even if you’re crazy and think you may not continue the series, I promise that this one will make you change your mind. These books always come to me at great times and get me through situations where time would normally move incredibly slowly and be very boring. Instead, I read a great book and find myself in a much better mood than I would be otherwise. I highly recommend it. :)

Cupcakes: MysteryMysteryMysteryMysteryMystery

Buy this from Amazon here:The Super Spies and the Pied Piper

Taken For His Own

21296069by: Tara Fox Hall

Pages: 316

Published: April 28th, 2013

ASIN: B00CZ4IGC8

From Goodreads: After learning Theo is alive, Sar immediately embarks on a mission to find him. Reunited, the lovers return to New York, Danial, Terian and Theo uneasily combining forces to protect Sar from Al’s assassins who still seek her. But when Sar is taken prisoner in an all-out attack, only one man can save her—her old adversary, Devlin.

 

Let me just say that with this series you need to start at the beginning. My review won’t contain any spoilers, but it’s important to note that if you start with this book, you may not know what’s going on. I know it took me a little bit to remember since it had been a while since I read the last one. It will pick right back up where the last one left off, so if you wanna just grab all of them and read straight though, that would probably be a lot of fun. I’ve been looking forward to this installment for a while because these stories are always so much fun. To me, this series makes the paranormal world seem even more realistic than some of the other series out there. It seems perfectly normal that the world works the way it does and there’s nothing that breaks me from feeling like this is reality when I read these. The main character, Sar, is a little frustrating to me just because she is so incredibly different from me and reacts in ways to situations that I don’t always understand. The love stories in these books make me feel like I’m spinning in circles and I can’t quite keep up with how Sar feels about someone sometimes. That being said, I think it’s kind of fun. I like feeling like I’m on a roller coaster because when I read, I read to escape reality. This definitely does that and I really enjoy these books. This one was no exception. The story went by a lot quicker than I wanted it to and I hope I get to read the rest soon. They’re like a paranormal soap opera, which is exactly my kind of soap opera. There’s tons of up and down emotions and everything you’d want in a series. :)

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

Buy this from Amazon here: Taken For His Own (Promise Me Book 4)

Intergalactic Terrorist


18008186
by: J.F. Monahan
Pages: 327
Published: June 3rd, 2013
ASIN: B00D5EO4LO
From Goodreads: ‘Intergalactic Terrorist’ follows Charlie Pinwright, possibly the most forgettable man on Earth, who, in the space of a few days, loses his job, has his flat rented out to a family of butchers and finds his girlfriend cheating on him with a Spanish cake decorator. Oh, and he is kidnapped by a crazy alien bounty hunter and sent into a new dimension full of strange worlds and even stranger characters, all who want to see poor Charlie dead!

Desperately trying to return home, Charlie finds himself a wanted man and is hunted by all the major powers of this new dimension, quickly becoming one of the most memorable men in the universe!
However there is much more at stake than his own life and he soon discovers that the fate of the entire galaxy may rest on his shoulders…

Intergalactic Terrorist’ is a comedic sci-fi/fantasy that is filled with brilliant characters and strange and exciting story twists!

I love, love, LOVED this book. It felt like I was reading something related to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which is probably one of my favorite books of all time. Everything is crazy and absurd and funny. It’s a really good time and if you’re a fan of crazy sci-fi, this is definitely for you! On Goodreads this is listed as book 1 in a series and if there’s a second, then I want to be first in line to get the second. Everything about this book is random, so don’t expect anything to make any kind of real sense, but expect to have a fantastic time while reading this. I don’t really know what else to say about this book except go get it! I’m gonna gush all over the place and say this was so much fun and the exact escape from reality that I’m always looking for! :)

Cupcakes: Science fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fiction

Buy this from Amazon here:Intergalactic Terrorist (New Dimension Book 1)

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Paradise for a Sinner

16129398by: Lynn Shurr
Published: March 2013 by L & L Dreamspell
ISBN: 9781603185301
From Goodreads: When Samoan cornerback Adam Malala and two children in need show up at Joe Dean Billodeaux’s house on the first day of the off season, Joe knows he isn’t going to get any relief.

Adam, jilted by his island fiancee, has no desire to go home until he meets Winnie Green, a nurse called in to help the abandoned little boy.

When the chaos of Joe’s place becomes too much for them, Adam and Winnie take off for American Samoa and an unexpected adventure awaiting them there.

This book was very entertaining and a great escape from reality. What I love about these books is that they can appeal to any audience, not just those that love sports. Because while there is a sports theme that is tied into this series, it isn’t the main plot of each story. I’m not a big sports fan myself, but I find myself enjoying these books. I love the Louisiana setting, especially because it’s written by someone who knows what they are talking about. Another theme I would say plays heavily into these books is love and acceptance. I love that this family is made of kids that come from different places. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot away. (because I kinda think that while you don’t need to read the other books, you should go grab those as well… and I don’t want you to get so excited about this one that you don’t give the other ones a fair shot. :P) But I liked this book even more than the last one and thought that Adam was an awesome hero and Winnie a fantastic heroine. She’s strong, kind, and compassionate and that type that you can relate and look up to. I love how deep and well written the characters are. It makes it that much easier to get sucked into their story. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE that this was a multicultural romance. I think that fans of any genre could find something about this book they appreciate.

Cupcakes: Spicy RomanceSpicy RomanceSpicy RomanceSpicy Romance

Buy this from Amazon here: Paradise for a Sinner (The Sinners Sports Romances Book 4)

Piranhas in the Bedroom

17293561by Andy Dale


Pages:352


Published: December 1st 2012 by Lulu.com


ISBN: 9781291224887


From Goodreads:It’s 1986, and 19-year-old Jonathan gets quite a
culture shock when he leaves home to start his First year teacher
training at Derbyshire College of Higher Education. Living in a large
white (unmissable) student house full of lads, ranging from a posh boy
from Kent to a northerner with anger issues, he must negotiate the
perils of student life, which include seven-legged pub crawls in the
dead of winter, fishnapping raids and cereals in the bedsheets, all at
the same time as trying to woo a pretty blonde from Rochdale. Set in a
time when cassette players were cool, contact with home was a red
phonebox, but alcohol, lingerie and high jinx were still the order of
the day, First Years: Piranhas in the Bedroom is written with a great
British dry wit. Its nostalgia for all things 80s as well as its
“will-they-won’t-they” romantic comedy gives it a really broad appeal:
The Young Ones meets High Fidelity.

This book was highly entertaining. I got a view of the world that I
normally wouldn’t even think about getting to see, since the setting
was a British college in the 80s. (Let’s not forget that it’s also a
guy’s experience of all of this.) It was very funny and entertaining
though. I thought the main character was a wonderful companion. I
would definitely recommend this book to someone who is looking for
something that’s a little different than most books you’re going to
pick up. There isn’t a specific genre I could give to this book,
except maybe humor. But even that doesn’t feel quite right, even
though this is quite a funny book. The title might scare you off a
little bit, but I promise it is aptly named and the reason for the
title is very funny. If you’re looking for a bit of a break from your
normal reading and a little bit of an escape into another reality,
give this book a shot. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: First Years – Piranhas in the Bedroom

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