Review Portrait of Woman in Ink: A Tattoo Storybook by Kelly I. Hitchcock

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This collection of short stories surprised me by how the author managed to incorporate real life drama and joy into a work of fiction. I liked very how she linked the stories together by using the way the lives of the characters touch each other. It made the whole seem more of a complete, work rather than a collection of unrelated stories.

The downside was that neither story had a real resolution. We are shown the why of things but rarely how things pan out in the end. Not that they feel unfinished, but still I would have liked to see a real ending to each one.

I could have done without the lengthy and rather spoiler filled foreword, as well as the many samples of other books at the end, but that is an aside and as such has no impact on my opinion of the stories this collection consists of.

There are quite a few typos and missing, or double words (like the one in the title), but that could be because I had an ARC to review, so I have no idea if the final product got another round of editing which this version certainly needed.

With regards to the characters and their stories, I got sucked in soon enough and rooted for each and every character in all stories alike. Nothing ever felt contrived or unreal, so kudos for that. I actually thought it could just as easily be all real life stories rather than a fictionalised version of the real stories of these women.

Why I won’t give it a 4 or even a five star rating? Well, it was good, but just not that gripping that it made me want to recommend it to whomever wants to listen to me. I feel there could have been more to the stories than the author has written now. Sometimes it felt as if she took a shortcut rather than show us all there was to a particular story.

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September Again by Hunter S. Jones

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Once again this author manages to capture and hold my attention the full 97 pages with a story of love, despair, hope, and joy.

In this second September story we continue to follow the life of Liz and her daughter after the death of the great poet Jack O. Savage. Things aren’t easy and the author has managed to bring all the struggles alive in a way that makes the reader root for the characters. The fine details show that the author has either done her research really well of writes what she knows from experience. Either way, it makes for a book with real living characters and scenes.

Her dialogues are never once contrived or stilted and each character speaks how you would expect a person from that age, gender, or social group would.

There is enough detail to the scenes to make them more than just a stage for the characters to play on, but never so much that it drowns out the story. A perfect balance between setting a scene and telling the story from within the character’s point of view.

The only downside to this great story is that I read it way too fast, or it was too short. On the other hand, it was complete. Had the author written more detail in it, or added scenes to make it longer that would probably have ruined what is now a perfect story.

Would I recommend this book? The answer to that is a big, fat YES! And I cannot wait to read the prequel to this all.

Psychos: A White Girl Problems Book

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First let me tell you I haven’t laughed and was so annoyed at the same time with a character as with Babe while reading this book. Wonderfully witty, and insanely shallow, exactly how I imagine a too rich, spoiled young adult living the high life would be. Is that good? Or is it stereotyping? I have no idea, but what is good is that this book reads like a breeze and at no point there was anything that threw me off, or made me want to stop reading.

The characters were all very much alive and realistic. I loved the face that the main character throws names, places, and brands in the mix and then just says, “Google it.” Makes you as a reader feel that she knows you’re reading her story, and she’s in a dialogue with you. That she’s actually telling her story to you. Very cleverly done that.

The end was a nice conclusion of the whole messed up affair that Babe’s life was, while there is room for more to come, or she might just be alright and we never hear from Babe again. I would feel sorry for her if things go wrong again and Babette returns to haunt her, but then again it would make for new material for another book to enjoy.

NetGalley and Me

I know, I’m not the world’s most wanted reviewer, but I am very glad to have been discovered on Netgalley.com and am now prompted by them to read titles for publishers like Random House and the likes. I’m so glad it makes me feel all …

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You too can become a reviewer. Sign up on Netgalley.com, create a review blog, and start reading, reviewing and sharing those reviews all over the interwebz.

Yes, I am a self-publishing author with a secret wish to one day be discovered and have my book on NetGalley too, but for now I am feeling very happy with the books that are being offered to me to read for review, because to be honest, they are pretty good. 🙂

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Just today I finished The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons cover MurderBagafter having read quite a few self-published titles that left me unsatisfied, this one showed what quality is about. And yes it was a title by Random House.

So, yes even if it has been proven that there are very talented indies out there that do deliver quality, this NetGalley service is a treasure trove for us reviewers. If you can get your foot in the door. I have no idea how I got noticed as a reviewer, but I’m glad I was.

Haven by Celia Breslin

 

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San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.

Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.

With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its axis, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life… without getting killed in the process.

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