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Book Review: Not Like Everyone Else by Jennifer Leigh

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If you aren’t following a blog called Bound To Writing, you should be. Author Jennifer Leigh, better known as Jenn, and I have both had pets named Ryder, so we’re bound to be connected through our writing. I picked up her book over the weekend and finished it in one sitting. Let’s get to the review so you can decide if you want to read it, too!

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not Like Everyone Else is a suspenseful young adult novel by Jennifer Leigh published in 2018. It is the first novel I’ve read by the author, but she has a few others and is a very prolific blogger on her website @ Bound to Writing. I’d been following her blog for about a year and finally purchased a copy of the book earlier this month. I wanted something on the shorter side but with a thriller feel to it, and it has well-served that purpose.

Ryan has left her abusive boyfriend, Corey, about a year after living together and graduating from high school. She has wavering self-confidence, lost some friends, and shares a typical love/hate relationship with her parents. While they support her, they’re also very pushy in her opinion. As she navigates the dating world and takes on a new job, she re-connects with a former frenemy from high school who now wants to be friends. We see Ryan’s life meander for a few weeks where she begins to show us there are some peculiar things going on around her. Either she’s leaving information out from her story, someone is stalking her, or there’s a middle ground where several interference factors are playing out.

After a boy she went on a date with goes missing, everything begins to fall apart. Ryan is either a killer, the next to be killed, or has information she doesn’t realize she has. Although the novel is mostly told from Ryan’s POV, we are treated to several chapters from the killer’s POV – and we don’t know who it is. We do know (s)he has a passion for torturing victims for specific reasons, but it takes about 90% of the book before we learn the truth. One of the best aspects of this novel which definitely added to the suspense is how the story is told in present tense. We are stepping through the entire plot / action (except for a few memories) as they happen to Ryan and some of her friends. It is here I found myself intrigued by the plot because the cast isn’t very large. There are 4 or 5 supporting characters plus a handful of seemingly innocuous background players. The author is smart, so the killer has to be someone we know. It’s not gonna be some random crazy shocker that makes no sense. And in the end, it does time together well with a believable and scary conclusion.

I played artful detective trying to guess. I enjoyed the twists and turns and the inability to decide who to trust among the characters, including the narrator herself. When it finally comes together, there’s an explosive chase scene and emotional turbulence. A lot of the novel is a psychological thriller with some added physical intensity. Leigh’s writing style is straightforward and clean based more on the action rather than grandiose descriptions. It works in a suspense novel. It was a quick read and I wanted to keep turning the pages to figure it all out.

I will read more from her book list in the next year and look forward to seeing her style and characterization develop to keep drawing us in further. Kudos to the author for keeping me entertained last night and possibly even awake in the middle of the night when my door creaked open for no reason!

About Jennifer Leigh

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with BloglovinView all my reviews

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Book Review: Tales of the River Vine – The Boy Who Carried a Forest in His Pocket by Jean Lee

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Tales of the River Vine: The Boy Who Carried a Forest in His PocketTales of the River Vine: The Boy Who Carried a Forest in His Pocket by Jean Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I stumbled across this author through her blog and enjoyed her writing and comments. When an opportunity to read a short story / prequel of her upcoming novel, I was interested in giving it a chance. I’m not normally a fantasy reader, so I wasn’t sure how it would end up. I can now say it went extremely well and based on the short story, I’m looking forward to reading the book in the coming months. It launches at the end of October 2018, but for now, I wanted to share my thoughts on the story about the boy who carried a forest in his pocket. HMMM… that sounds very cool!

The story itself is under 15 pages, but it’s a fantastic introduction to the type of book her full-length novel (See Below) will be when it’s released on Halloween 2018. And she’s giving away 1000 copies — how awesome is that? So… a small town… a religious woman… a kind woman on a farm with a few kids… which is the better mom? Their interaction and dialog is very telling. Then… the kids meet a stranger, and this stranger performs a magic trick. Add in a squirrel, some very unusual children, and a curious mind, then you’ve got quite the beginning to what seems to be a very well-thought out universe of characters and stories. I’m curious to read more beyond this one, and with a title about a forest in a pocket, how could it not be awesome. I can’t wait to see all the imagery and graphics that appear in my mind from the author’s creativity.

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Fallen Princeborn: Stolen. Coming Halloween 2018

In rural Wisconsin, an old stone wall is all that separates the world of magic from the world of man—a wall that keeps the shifters inside. When something gets out, people disappear. Completely.

Escaping from an abusive uncle, eighteen-year-old Charlotte is running away with her younger sister Anna. Together they board a bus. Little do they know that they’re bound for River Vine—a shrouded hinterland where dark magic devours and ancient shapeshifters feed, and where the seed of love sets root among the ashes of the dying.

Fallen Princeborn: Stolen is the first in a series of young-adult dark-fantasy novels by Jean Lee. Watch for book 2 in March 2019. Read Tales of the River Vine, a collection of FREE short stories based on the characters in the Fallen Princeborn omnibus.

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Links for Stories

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HHCDJVW/

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/tales+of+the+river+vine/_/N-8qa?_requestid=2147697

Other outlets: https://www.books2read.com/b/mBPXQR

Channillo: https://channillo.com/series/middler-s-pride/

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Who is Jean Lee?

Jean Lee is a Wisconsin born and bred writer excited to share her young adult fiction with those who love to find other worlds hidden in the humdrum of everyday life. Lee’s short story collection Tales of the River Vine is currently available for free download on Amazon, Nook, and other markets. Her serialized fantasy Middler’s Pride is available via the Indie E-magazine Channillo. Lee’s first novel, Fallen Princeborn: Stolen, debuts Halloween 2018 from Aionios Books. She currently lives in the Madison area with her husband and three children.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012373211758

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeanleesworld

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jean-Lee/e/B07DPP2RV6/

Website: https://jeanleesworld.com/

Publisher Site: https://aioniosbooks.com/jean-lee

Instagram: @jeanleesworld

Email: jeanleesworld@gmail.com

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Book Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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As part of a Children’s Book Readathon on my blog, we voted and are reading some classic young adult novels this week. Come join us! Today’s review is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe/The Chronicles of Narnia 6 Vols, the 2nd book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis. I read this book as a child several times, then again as an adult before the movies came out. This was probably my fifth time, but it’s one of my top ten all-time favorites.
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Set in England during the war, 4 children are sent off to a peculiar, older man’s country home for safety from German bombs. Shortly after they arrive, the youngest finds herself embroiled in a small game of hide-and-seek leading her to take refuge in a wardrobe. Eventually her siblings follow suit and they enter a magical world where mythical creatures and animals are all stuck in winter. They try to find a way out, learn they’re meant to co-rule the land, and find themselves captured and in a different kind of war. I’m being vague as everyone knows the story or if they don’t, I shall not ruin it for you!

C.S. Lewis as a brilliant imagination. I fall for these characters every time. I could read it repeatedly without ever bring bored. I’ve read the whole series once before, but I’m considering doing it again. I always forget that this is actually the second book in the series, too. Aslan is one of my favorite all-time heroes. The witch is also one of my favorite enemies. Between the bonds of siblings, trusting strangers, the similarities between the war inside the wardrobe and the one in reality, this book tells so much more than the journey on the surface.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Children’s Readathon – Young Adult (YA) Books (Week 3)

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Our third week focuses on children’s young adult (ya) books. A few dozen people are participating this month by reading and sharing reviews on many childhood favorites that were selected in a previous poll. Read from 8/18 to 8/23 and post your review on or before 8/24. Below are all the links I collected; they’ll take you to the original blogger’s review. Please email or message me if you’re participating or posting a review so I can add you to the list below of blogs to watch. You can add in anything into your post besides a review, e.g. giveaways, author profiles, background material, educational ideas, etc. Have fun with it!

Participating Books / Blogs

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    • This Is My Truth Now*
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
    • This Is My Truth Now*

Where to find the reviews and links to posts: YOUNG ADULT (YA)

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

Background / Guidelines

Welcome to the Children’s Books Readathon held in August 2018. Join in the fun to read between 8 and 12 books in August 2018 and share your reviews with the group. Don’t worry about the count of books, as (1) you can read only the ones you want and (2) some are less than 25 pages! See below for the 4 categories across the month as well as all the guidelines for how to participate.

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

  • Overview
  • VOTE in the POLL (July 6th thru 13th, 2018)
  • Winning Books & Date to Read By
    • Picture Books – Read 8/4 to 8/9, Post Review on 8/10
      • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
      • Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
      • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    • Award Winners – Read 8/11 to 8/16, Post Review on 8/17
      • Winnie the Pooh #1 by A. A. Milne
      • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
      • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    • Young Adult – Read 8/18 to 8/23, Post Review on 8/24
      • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
      • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    • Authors Who Blog – Read 8/25 to 8/30, Post Review on 8/31
      • Maxine Sylvester (Ronaldo Series)
      • Robbie Cheadle (Sir Chocolate Series)

Book Review: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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As part of a children’s book readathon I am hosting on my blogNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry was voted as a winner in the poll. We assigned this stellar Newbery Medal winner to this week and have been sharing all our reviews. Normally I’m not a fan of reading literature that delves into this subject matter, but given it was written for young adults / children, I thought it would be less painful. While it was definitely less harsh than a few other books I’ve read on the topic, it was still quite emotional. To think what cruel people condoned because of differences in humankind is atrocious, but this book was wonderful.

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Lowry provides the right balance of positive and negative emotion ensuring readers aren’t swept up entirely in pain. The beautiful tale of unconditional love and support versus horrible actions and words from soldiers standing guard in a foreign country really conveys the message to kids around ten years old. There were atrocities in the past and we can’t hide them, but we can showcase them as tastefully as possible. Kudos to Lowry. I can’t wait to take on more of her books later this year / next year!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Book Review: Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

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After reading/reviewing a book co-written by Candace Robinson earlier this year, I immediately added another of her independently written books, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, to my summer reading queue. Mid-way through the book, I learned it’s a series and book two will be coming out in about a week (8/17/18). One thing’s for sure… Robinson is fantastic at writing YA/NA characters and story lines that appeal to a wide variety of reader types. I’m not normally a fantasy reader, but this is a prime example of why I could love the genre. From wicked twists on fairy tales to utterly shocking characters, I’m all in for the series!

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The debut in this series starts off rather quiet. A few people are missing, but no one’s super worried. Best friends Maisie and Perrie are in their own world about to graduate from high school. Perrie’s angry with her former boyfriend for doing something and she’s now making googly eyes at a new boy named August. Suddenly, people they know begin to disappear, including some from their own small group. At the same time, a mysterious museum pops up, but it’s made of stone and couldn’t just appear out of no where, could it? When Perrie finally gets into the building, everything changes. Imagine large snow globe-like glass objects with cute little scenes… imagine being inside them and meeting people you thought were only fictional characters! So… that’s all I will say as even that might be considered a bit of a spoiler, but in my opinion, that’s the exact reason why someone will pick up the book.

Effortless reading. It’s not quite a suspenseful thriller as much as it is an immersive must-read to understand what’s happening type of book. The rules aren’t clear yet, but we know from the prologue, there’s evil lurking somewhere inside someone — we just don’t know who it is. You’ll be drawn in from the beginning. You’ll care more about the story and the plot than the characters, as to me, this is all about how’s it gonna turn out? A fairy tale ending or complete and crazy destruction? Robinson’s writing style is strong and I wholeheartedly recommend diving into this book. I’ve already secured a copy of the second book and I will be reading it next month. Care to join?

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Intro to Book: Bacon Pie (with link to a GIVEAWAY)

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As a continuation of the Author Alert series, I’m beginning to gear up again to start sharing more information on authors I’ve been reading the last few months. Today, I bring you another author that I WILL be read in a few months. You can find this adorable young adult / contemporary fiction / romance book on Goodreads through this link. It is officially released today, April 13th, 2018 and you can purchase it in many places such as Amazon.

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Description:

Lia Abbie has the easy life—kicking it back with old school video games, hanging out with her best friend Barnabas, and alternating her living schedule between the apartments of her two dads and her mom.

Kiev Jimenez is a theater geek who loves him some Shakespeare and taking care of his pet armadillo. He has one set goal in life: obtaining the role of Horatio for the Hamlet school play.

When a showdown between Lia and Kiev lands them in the principal’s office, they’re forced into volunteer work at the cringe-worthy Piggy Palooza Festival, or risk being suspended. Lia and Kiev aren’t thrilled about the situation, especially when it interferes with Lia’s relaxed life and Kiev’s theater role.
But by working together, they may find more than just bacon—possibly a little
love in the air.

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About the Authors:

  • Candace Robinson: I’m just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. My days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books for my blog, Literary Dust. I live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! I live with my husband and awesome daughter! You can also follow me on my review blog Literary Dust 

 

  • Gerardo Delgadillo: Yup. Even though I’m like  one-hundred-and-fifty-nine years old, spelled all out, I love to write about contemporary teens in distress. So no magic, dragons, or unicorns. At the tender age of sixteen years old, when giant lizards ruled the world, I used to be a DJ–turntables and all. I was born in the States, raised in Mexico, and now live in Big D. Cloud computing is my area of expertise–just don’t ask me what cloud computing means. I love football, the one played with the feet by footballers, La Liga from Spain being the best. Chilaquiles is my favorite food. Yummy. About my novels — Multi-cultural is my writing trade, in English and Español. My writing must be emotional or else … I believe in the Oxford comma, but the Oxford comma doesn’t believe in me. Love first person present tense POV. In my novels, food tends to be another protagonist.

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS

One (1) winner will receive an Amazon Gift Card, International

Ends on April 24th at Midnight EST

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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I’m planning to read this in June when I return from vacation and need to sample a clever pair of new authors. I look forward to supporting a fellow blogger & friend. How about you?

 

About Me
I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS.  My second novel, Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/FatherFigure.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.