Devils Within Review

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four stars

Author: S.F. Henson

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

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Nate was eight the first time he stabbed someone; he was eleven when he earned his red laces—a prize for spilling blood for “the cause.” And he was fourteen when he murdered his father (and the leader of The Fort, a notorious white supremacist compound) in self-defense, landing in a treatment center while the state searched for his next of kin. Now, in the custody of an uncle he never knew existed, who wants nothing to do with him, Nate just wants to disappear.

Then he meets Brandon, a person The Fort conditioned Nate to despise on sight. But Brandon’s also the first person to treat him like a human instead of a monster. Brandon could never understand Nate’s dark past, so Nate keeps quiet. And it works for a while. But all too soon, Nate’s worlds crash together, and he must decide between his own survival and standing for what’s right, even if it isn’t easy. Even if society will never be able to forgive him for his sins.

Devils Within is my kind of book; potentially controversial and mind-bending. I enjoyed it in large part because the main character isn’t safely sympathetic, his problems superficial. No, our protagonist, Nathaniel, just got out of the KKK like hate cult he had been raised in by murdering his father, the leader. Sound a bit far fetched? This book is loosely based on very true, very messed up events. More on that later.

Devils Within follows Nate as he struggles to adjust to a world with diversity and little violence. He’s a good guy, and the author tries very hard to balance out his unintentionally racist remarks with sympathy and understanding. After all, how would Nate know the proper word to call someone of Asian decent in a creepy hate cult? He wouldn’t! And here in lies the part of this book that bothered me.

The author wasn’t daring enough.

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Welcome to the New and Improved Who Needs Sleep!

Hello everyone, and welcome to my new site! If you are getting this post via email, congratulations, you survived my terrifyingly incompetent and lengthy follower transition process. Hooray! If you, like several WordPress.com followers and all of my site hits, have been lost in the complicated and confusing maelstrom of cyber chaos when I switched hosting providers, you won’t be seeing this post. I’m so very sorry for the loss. Your life may never be the same.

Anyway, the posting hiatus is now over, my site has been (mostly) set back up, and we are back in business.

If there were two pieces of valuable wisdom I’ve learned from this whole horrifying experience that I can impart on you it’s this:

 

1. WordPress.com makes it so unnecessarily difficult to switch hosting providers. You may loose data in the attempt. So do it now or forever hold your peace.

2. Only sign up with a hosting provider that has an option on their phone help line to turn off the waiting music. You will be on there for a total of several hours and the ability to turn off that tinny torture will save both your sanity and your eardrums.

 

That’s it! Enjoy the new layout and, if any of you WordPress bloggers out there have any questions about doing the same, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email.

Good luck!
Annalise

Bridge of the Gods Guest Review

I received this book from the author. This is my honest review. Thank you to the author for letting read your work!
I am huge Percy Jackson fan. To be honest, I have not read the books, only watched the movies. When I was given the chance to read and review Bridge of The Gods, I was excited. The book blurb lead me to believe it would be similar to Percy Jackson. The only thing in common was the use of Greek mythology.
Bridge of the Gods (Generation Son Chronicle)

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Luthor McAlester is a teenage boy living in San Diego, California. His father died when he was a child. Leaving him to become man of the house, living with his mother and younger sister. On his 18th birthday he discovers a power that has been held dormant until now. He is unsure what to do with it in the absence of this father’s guidance. His best friend Gwen, who claims to be oblivious, knows more than she is telling. Can Luther figure out how to use his power and help the Gods like they ask with just the help of his best friend? Or will the lack of guidance from his father prove to be more than young Luthor can handle?





My Review:


*The Bridge of The Gods* was an awesome read. The author loosely uses Greek mythology to tell a wonderful coming of age story. Our MC, Luther, has no idea that he has special abilities until he turns 18. Then, he is approached by Zeus to help the major and minor gods. They face devastation if Luther can’t help them.

The story is a fun. Luther and his best friend run into all kinds of danger and meet lots of cool gods along the way. My favorite is Apollo. He tries hard to be smooth with the ladies but dead down inside he is a sweetheart.

There are a few twists to the story but it ends well. I can’t tell you more than that without revealing any spoilers. 😀

Tank and I give this a 3 paw rating.
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I enjoyed it but it didn’t keep me up at night reading it.

 

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Bury What We Cannot Take Guest Review

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by Kirstin Chen

Genre: Historical Fiction
Published on: March 20th 2018 by Little A

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Great cover, great synopsis, awesome title. So why not read it?

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In Other Lands Review

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Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Publication Date: August 15, 2017

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            In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan is probably my favorite book I’ve read this year. So if you plan on reading just one of the books I’ve recommended this year, read this.

First I have to give a disclaimer. I was not intrigued by the plot summary. A boy discovers that he can see the Borderlands, a place where humans and mythical creatures live side by side. Yawn. Read it before. However here is what I didn’t factor in to the book, that I wouldn’t give a shit about the plot. That’s right. Sarah Rees Brennan has created a book where the characters are so amazing, hilarious, and wonderful that the plot could literally be about a sparkly vampire named Tedward Mullen for all I care.

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Okay, where to start. Well, first there is Elliot, the main character. Unlike many novels, the main character is the best character. He is a freaking hilarious idiot genius with an IQ of about 180 and an EQ (Emotional intelligence) of about 60. Optimistically. He doesn’t play mind games, or use tactful diplomacy to get what he wants (until he learns to properly flirt with the elves), he just says what he thinks, and that’s that. So why is everyone mad at him all the time?

Elliot breaks stereotypes, and he breaks them with a bang.

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Follow the Flow Chart to Find Your Next Book!

Tired of seeing the same old stories recommended on Goodreads? Desperately searching for a refreshing and engrossing novel so that you can be sucked away from boring reality for a day before being rudely thrust back in after the last page has been read, desperate for yet another fix? Well, boy, did I randomly create the flow chart for you!

Just answer the questions and make your way through the chart. I tried to mostly include books you likely haven’t read before, although there are a few popular novels in there that were just too good to resist. Start at the question about reading YA.

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Congratulations Mother! (You should be paying me for this)

It’s been a while since I last posted. Sadly, I had to take a hiatus from reviewing while I moved into my new accommodations. However, I never stopped reading while away (I’m not sure that’s even possible), and I have a fresh batch of book recommendations and reviews that will BLOW YOUR MIND…or at least mildly entertain you for a few minutes.

However, I didn’t arbitrarily chose today to re-emerge from the shadows. Rather, I chose today because today is the release date my mother’s YA novel, Stolen Secrets. She has been working hard on this book for years and years and, today, all that work has finally come to fruition!

stolensecretsfront1After an abrupt move across the country to San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Livvy is shocked to find that her mother has lied to her. Instead of looking for work at a bakery, her mom is taking care of Adelle, Livvy’s grandmother, who Livvy thought was long dead. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Adelle shouts out startling details, mistakes her own name, and seems to relive moments that may have taken place in a concentration camp. When Livvy and her new friend Franklin D. find journal entries from the Holocaust in Adelle’s home, Livvy begins to suspect that her grandmother may have a shocking link to a notable figure — Anne Frank.

However, as many of the authors out there know, you are not done with a book once it gets published. The marketing process can be just as grueling and, in many cases, not very fruitful. It’s difficult to get reviews, booksellers, and attention. So here’s to you Mom, to many years of hard work, and much more marketing than you will ever want to do in a million lifetimes.

Now, my mother has generously allowed me to post a sample of her novel on my blog (after I had snagged the PDF. copy off her desktop already, of course)

You can read the sample here: (Shameless Plug)

You can check the book out here: (Shameless Plug)

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