Review: Saved By The Bang by M.J. Neary

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Saved By The Bang, is described as a “Nuclear Comedy” or a Dystopian Novel.  I feel like the former is adept at describing this dark masterpiece.  Saved By The Bang transports us to Gomel, Belarus in the 1980’s just prior to the Chernobyl Disaster.  It centers on the Olenski family, prominent classical musicians and their daughter, Maryana.  Neary takes us on a haunting and sometimes dark journey through the Soviet Union when it’s about to explode (figuratively and literally).

Told mostly through the eyes of Antonia Olenski, the matriarch and Maryana, the book feels like a Soap Opera of the best kind.  Antonia is a true Diva and reigns as Queen of her domain at the conservatory. A health scare and the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl force her to flee to the Crimean for a summer and thus ends her reign.  She spends the rest of her time trying to figure out how to regain her throne.  Maryana is an awkward girl of 8 years old and is bullied by nearly everyone.  She doesn’t wallow in it, she accepts it and thrives.  She also gets really good at manipulating her father into getting her some great prizes in order to stay quiet about his “shenanigans”.  The misadventures of the family continues throughout the decades and into the new millennium and covers eastern Europe and the United States.

While reading this story I found myself crying, laughing, and gasping; sometimes all in the same paragraph! I rooted for Maryana, tsk-tsked at her parents and grinned like a fool at the escapades everyone got up to.  Even though it’s categorized as Dystopian and it’s fiction; I found it to be more of a coming of age novel.  It read and felt very much like something from Frank McCourt or Jeanette Walls.  I absolutely give this a 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for fans of Historical Fiction, Coming Of Age Literature, and Soap Opera Fans ;).  If you like Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt or The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls then you must read this book!

Technically speaking the editing is good with very few errors (and this was an ARC copy) and the writer’s voice is polished and speaks with authority on the subject (which she should since she is writing about her hometown).  At times I found it hard to believe it the characters were fiction.  I would also advise that it’s NOT YA, a MATURE Audience is recommended.

I loved this book and I sincerely hope my readers enjoy it as well! Saved By The Bang is available on Amazon,Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers.

***Just Spoke With The Author- MJ Neary just informed me that this piece is autobiographical…which makes it even better!***

 

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Review: Maggie Goes To Hollywood by Kate Danley

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“Maggie’s on the run. What better place to hide than in the faceless entertainment industry? Working on a movie set is about to introduce Maggie to a whole new level of evil. She didn’t realize that when they talked about movie magic, they meant movie MAGIC. There is a new breed of vampire taking over the studios. Every terrible reboot and horrible movie they make is designed to drain a person’s soul. Guess it’ll be up to Maggie to make sure these vamps see nothing but stars.

WARNING: This book contains cussing, brawling, and unladylike behavior. Proceed with caution.”

(Blurb from Amazon.com)

In the 6th installment of the Maggie MacKay saga, Maggie finds herself on the lamb and needing a place to hide.  After some wheeling and dealing she ends up in the San Fernando Valley as a PA for a movie studio….in otherwords, Hell.

This book has all of the things that I’ve come to expect from Maggie.  Trouble, cussing, snark, and humor.  It’s a much lighter read than book 5, which I definitely needed. (I cried so hard)  With Maggie being on the run it also means that it’s Killian – lite, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE that effing wood elf and his literal-ness, but every once in a while we all need to be pushed out of our comfort zones.  It’s kind of like an episode of Supernatural where it’s just Sam and Dean and Cas is offscreen watching Netflix.  We enjoyed it, but we can’t wait til the next episode when the team is back together again.

I loved this book because Maggie is pretty much how I imagine I would be if I were tasked with saving the world.  I love that she doesn’t give up. I mean I want to curl up in a ball and hide right now because I don’t have any clean forks, which means Maggie is my role model. Yeah housework isn’t as fun as stabbing things, but we all have our burdens and Maggie can teach us to bear them with grace, dignity ….haha just kidding.  She is my role model, I was kidding about the grace and dignity part.

So, switching gears now as I’ve just remembered I’m reviewing this sucker and I’m supposed to be all professional and stuff.  It seems like I’ve waited an eternity for this book to come out.  Now that I’ve finished, I’m going to go back into a book depression while waiting for the next installment to come out this Fall! So I’m already going to come out and say this book was a solid 5 out of 5 stars. I’m a rabid fangirl and poor Kate Danley had to go and create an awesome world for me to worship.  You could argue that this review is biased, and it probably is, but seriously I loved this book. If there had been holes in the plot, massive grammatical errors, or just a bad story line, I would have sucked it up and written about it. Fortunately there wasn’t and I can happily gush about it.

If you haven’t read the Maggie MacKay series before and don’t know what the heck I’m fangirling over, fear not, the first book: Maggie For Hire is FREE for Kindle readers!

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Hi! It’s Me!

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Howdy there! Bibliogal here! I’m not good at filler posts, but I feel like I should post one every now and again to keep things interesting.  Currently I’m Reading Maggie Goes To Hollywood by Kate Danley, who happens to be one of my FAVORITE authors .  This book is the 6th in the Maggie series and a 7th is being written as I type (I’m kind of a stalker…sorry Kate 🙂 ) What is everyone else currently reading and more importantly, tell me if you like it! Even though my TBR stack is un-manageable at the moment, I’m always on the lookout for great reads.

Upcoming in the next few weeks I have 2 Dystopian novels, possibly an Alien YA novel, a thriller (I’ve been warned there are naughty bits), tons of Urban Fantasy, a Historical Non Fiction, and Some Contemporary Romance (though probably the last of it’s kind from me this year…I really like this author so she’s the exception to my rule about not reviewing Contemporary stuff).

Mostly, just wanted to say that I am very thankful for those of you who check in on my little page every once in a while! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Happy Reading!,

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Rebecca

Review:Falling For My Best Friend’s Cousin

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Falling For My Best Friend’s Cousin by Moisa J. Wroy is a YA Contemporary Romance.  The book stars Ally, a regular teenage girl with regular teen problems.  She seems pretty happy overall.  Her best friend Catlin, is a lonely only child and reveals that her cousin Caleb is moving in with her family.  Ally is excited for her bestie and is glad that the nerdy guy she met three years ago is going to provide some company for her best friend.

When Ally meets Caleb, he’s changed considerably and to her shock and surprise, she’s falling for him hard.  Life is hard for a teen in love.  Will Ally be able to balance everything on her plate and live happily ever after?  If you want answers, you’ll have to check out the book yourself, as there will be no spoilers from these lips 😉

This book is suitable for YA readers from 15 years and up, ( there may be cursing).  I recommend it for people who like  YA Contemporary Romance.  The interesting note is that the Author is only 16!!! Which is an amazing accomplishment.  This also means she has a relevant voice in the YA culture as she is currently in the thick of it 🙂 Miss Wroy has several books available on Amazon.  Currently I would rate this book 3 out of 5 stars because of formatting, structural, and grammar issues (all of which are being worked on as we speak) I applaud this young author for doing something remarkable, and I believe shutterstock_151662200wholeheartedly that she has talent! I look forward to seeing and reading what she puts out for years to come!

Happy Reading,

Bibliogal

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Rebecca

 

Witch Of The Cards

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So today is the last day of the Release Tour :(, but not the last day of fun! The Rafflecopter giveaway ends on 4/12 so enter ASAP!  Also, a little heads up, I have in my chubby little fingers a signed copy of this beauty, which I now refer to as “My Precious” and will be reading and reviewing very soon! 🙂

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Not A Prize! Just A Random Picture Of Treasure

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway Here’s the treasure up for grabs:

One $40 gift card, two hand-painted heart-boxes (by Catherine) with secret treasure inside, one signed paperback of Dorianna by Catherine Stine, one signed paperback of Witch of the Cards by Catherine Stine, one brand new collector Tarot deck along with an envelope full of special swag!

I’m salivating over the Tarot Deck myself 🙂 While you’re entering the awesome contest check out what Witch Of The Cards is all about:

Fiera was born a sea witch with no inkling of her power. And now it might be too late.

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Witch of the Cards is historical, supernatural romantic suspense set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. Twenty-two year-old Fiera has recently left the Brooklyn orphanage where she was raised, and works in Manhattan as a nanny. She gets a lucky break when her boss pays for her short vacation in Asbury Park. One evening, Fiera and her new friend Dulcie wander down the boardwalk and into Peter Dune’s Tarot & Séance, where they attend a card reading.

 

Fiera has always had an unsettling ability to know things before they happen and sense people’s hidden agendas. She longs to either find out the origin of her powers or else banish them because as is, they make her feel crazy. When, during the reading, her energies somehow bond with Peter Dune’s and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events begin to unspool. For one, Fiera finds out she is a witch from a powerful sea clan, but that someone is out to stop her blossoming power forever. And though she is falling in love with Peter, he also has a secret side. He’s no card reader, but a private detective working to expose mediums. Despite this terrible betrayal, Fiera must make the choice to save Peter from a tragic Morro Cruise boat fire, or let him perish with his fellow investigators. Told in alternating viewpoints, we hear Fiera and Peter each struggle against their deep attraction. Secrets, lies, even murder, lace this dark fantasy.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01COACFVU

Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/hze9ekh

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1091149257

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/witch-of-the-cards

B&N/Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/witch-of-the-cards-catherine-stine/1123499606?ean=2940152837797

Inktera: http://www.inktera.com/store/title/f9bcdfce-e947-4cc0-a5e7-d19d681acb49

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Witch-Cards-Catherine-Stine-ebook/dp/B01COACFVU

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/Witch-Cards-Catherine-Stine-ebook/dp/B01COACFVU

 

About the Author:lfADvIdt

 

Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. Heart in a Box, her contemporary YA was an Amazon top 30 for two months Teen and Alternative Family. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. Book three, Girl and the Gamer, launches this summer. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. To unwind she watches “bad” reality TV and travels to offbeat places.

PS, check out her Social Media Links! She’s a very nice and fan friendly author! 🙂

Catherine’s website: http://catherinestine.com/wp/

 

Newsletter: http://goo.gl/V7QltB

 

Blog: http://catherinestine.blogspot.com/

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kitsy84557/

 

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1018139.Catherine_Stine

 

Catherine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorcatherinestine

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/crossoverwriter

 

 

 

 

Kellie Wallace

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Howdy folks! I know I just got done reviewing a new book by Kellie Wallace, but I thought I’d take the time to enlighten you on another genre of books she writes.  While she is good at writing action packed spy thrillers, she’s also great at penning romance! Specifically World War II romance.  I actually reviewed her latest title in that area about a month ago! Check it Out Here…Her Sweetest Downfall

To check out this romance about losing it all and picking yourself back up again simply click the links below!

Amazon – http://tinyurl.com/zlyqbd3
B and N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/mobile/w/her-sweetest-downfall-kellie-wallace/1121818474?ean=9781511601405

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Happy Reading!

Bibliogal

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Rebecca

 

Rogue Agent by Kellie Wallace

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Seth Langdon is a cold blooded killing machine.  As a hit man for an elite secret agency, he’s grown numb to the messy side of his job.  He loses himself to drugs, alcohol, and his girlfriend.  One day, a hit gets to him and he decides he’s had enough.

Terra Bloom, is a socialite and animal rights/ human rights activist whose been targeted by a hit squad. Just when it seems like lights out for her, her would be killer turns into her savior.

Seth has his work cut out for him.  Not only does he need to save Terra, but he needs to keep his loved ones out of the clutches of the agency he just turned his back on.

Rogue Agent, is a thriller set in the not too distant future.  The scenes are gritty and dark and the action is nonstop.  The characters are fully fleshed out and I can picture each one very clearly.  I liked that Seth wasn’t an obvious good guy in the beginning of the story.  It took a lot for him to turn things around and I liked that it was such a big part of the novel.  Terra is also a character that sees a lot of development and growth as well.  She starts out as a spoiled social justice do gooder and evolves into a strong and capable character of her own.

Just when you think you have this story figured out, Wallace throws in a plot twist out of left field.  It definitely makes you stop for a second and say “What the Hell”, but roll with it, it’s worth it. 😉

This book was a great adventure and I’ll give it a 4 out of 5 stars.  While I liked the story, the missing star is for the character development.  It seemed a little too fast paced in some critical areas without much explanation as to why.  That wouldn’t stop me from recommending it though.  Which is why I’ll be telling my friends who love a good thriller/suspense/action story to pick it up.  I’d also recommend that the 18+ crowd would find it appropriate due to the violence and drug use (If it were a movie I’d say rated R).

This is the second Kellie Wallace book I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing and I can honestly say I’ll be coming back for more!

PS Don’t forget to click on the link to enter for a chance to win an e copy of Rogue Agent!

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Available on:

AmazonBarnes and Noble, and other online book retailers.