I have been busy these past two weeks with my regular job and a contract job (editing a book!). I have edited college research papers, but never a book, so I was really excited to get this book editing job! There is so much more to editing a book than I ever thought there was. It took way longer than I was expecting. WOW! I’m in the process of going through the book one last time after the author made corrections and changed things, so hopefully I will be back to reviewing books on Wednesday or Thursday.
“Mallory travels forests and abandoned towns with her little sister as a lone companion, scavenging for meager food scraps. Almost one decade has passed since civilization collapsed in the wake of an incurable pandemic, leaving behind a ruined world without meaning or hope. Only one thing in this unforgiving existence is worth protecting, and no line exists that Mallory is unwilling to cross for her sister. Compassion is a fatal weakness when each day might be her last and the only protection comes by way of a loaded gun. Every stranger is a threat and each human an adversary. In this bleak life, Mallory follows one rule: trust will get her killed. There can be no alternative, because she learned long ago that survival meant sacrificing her humanity.” Continue reading →
Jack Reacher, watch out! Abel Yeager is in the house!
Length: 266 pages Genre: Thriller
Synopsis: Abel Yeager is a former US Marine, down on his luck, who drives a truck for a living. Instead of driving for a trucking company (which actually pays pretty good), he purchases his own truck and is barely making ends meet.
The story starts with us meeting Yeager just outside of Judsonia, Arkansas. Almost immediately, the action starts! He pulls into a rest stop and is followed by Humberto Cruz and his henchmen, who try and hijack Yeager’s truck. But, before the henchmen can get away with the truck, Yeager comes out of the restroom and takes on the would-be hijackers. He disables everyone near his truck, but it turns out Humberto was still in the car.
Enter Charlie. Charlie is a bookstore owner on her way to St. Louis to look at remainder books. The odd thing is that her ex-husband referred her to the warehouse in St. Louis. She pulls into the Arkansas rest stop, only to find Yeager at the business end of a handgun. We find that she carries a Smith & Wesson in her purse. What a lady! She prevents Humberto from shooting Yeager and off go Humberto and his henchman.
The hijackers don’t give up and follow Yeager as he drops off his load of copper and heads back to Texas with a load of remainder books bound for Charlie’s bookstore. During this trip, we find that another group (and Charlie’s ex) is after the pallets of books in Yeager’s truck. Two groups of bad guys, Charlie’s ex, one truck full of remainder books, Yeager and Charlie. That should be enough, right? Wrong.
And on goes the story. More Jack Reacher-esque action, more shoot ’em up scenes, more greed… Continue reading →
Synopsis: When I first started writing this review, I was struggling with what all to include for the synopsis. I looked at the official blurb, again, and decided I would let it do the writing. So, here is the official blurb (which is better than what I had written):
“Thor resorts to cross-dressing in a bid to recover his stolen hammer. The hero Widrick Waylandsson comes face to face with a troll in the forest. A king’s daughter is abducted from a convent in rural Sweden. A young fighter has to show off his prowess in skiing and shooting for King Harald Hardrada. And more…
The medieval Scandinavian ballads in this collection tell stories of champions and fighters, vikings, and trolls, drawing on Norse mythology and heroic legend. There are riddles, and there are appearances from Thor, Loki, Sigurd, and other figures from the myths of the Edda and from history. Narrative ballads were part of an oral folk music tradition in Scandinavia, and were first written down around 1600, although the ballads themselves are older. These new English verse translations are mainly based on Swedish tradition.
The ballads transport the reader back in time into the fells and forests of the far north. These verse translations can also be sung, just as the ballads were in old Scandinavia.
All the ballads included are:
Widrick Waylandsson’s Fight with Long-Ben Reyser; Twelve Strong Fighters; Hilla-Lill; Sir Hjalmar; The Hammer Hunt; The Stablemates; Sven Swan-White; The Cloister Raid; Heming and the Mountain Troll; Heming and King Harald.” Continue reading →
Synopsis: The official blurb is:
“Young and beautiful Amber had a simple wish; she only wanted to meet her soul mate, fall in love, get married and live happily ever after. Lucky for Amber, she has a special gift which makes everything she wishes for come true.
But having this dream come true was tagged with a price. Her husband, Michael, had a death mask made of his late wife, Linsey. It was developed into a statue head, painted to replicate Linsey’s coloring and included her long, beautiful hair. Now a mystical relic that grants Michael and his disabled daughter, Paulette, the power of clairvoyance, the thing torments Amber throughout the years of her marriage.
But maybe Linsey has good reason. Maybe her family needs to be warned of the dangerous newcomer, Amber.” Continue reading →
Synopsis: The book is set in 1980s Australia and stars Mat (Matilda) Taylor, a university student and tomboy. She plays bushball with the guys, dresses like a guy, and wants to be treated like a guy. She has even put romance and dance aside to go to the university. But life starts falling apart. Her grades are lacking and her flatmate, Bradley, is still with his ‘one-night stand’. Oh, what to do? She makes a decision that causes her to lose her job, but sets her up for a different job that uses her skills as a dancer. We don’t get to see much of this new job since that is the end of Book 1. Continue reading →
Synopsis: The official blurb for the novel is as follows:
“The Novel takes place in a fictional universe, on the continent of Latikon, in an area known as the “Wes Lands”, or the civilized lands of that continent. The story of the book follows Otto, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Roux, known as Tudor, and the consequences of his father’s failed rebellion. At first Otto tries to avoid the fate of all traitors and flees from the kingdom his father tried to usurp, helped by unexpected parties. But changes in the political landscape of the continent makes it obvious that he can’t run for long and he certainly can’t hide. As such he decides to use his small fortune to return to his homeland and like his father, to try to usurp the throne of the kingdom. But it does not take long for him to realize that he has become the puppet of stronger men than him. With the consequence that his rebellion like that of his father fails at the sword edge of the king of Valagard’s allies.” Continue reading →
Synopsis: Nanotechnology. An Assassin. A woman. What more can you ask for?
Neil was chosen as the perfect human (read: assassin) for experimental nanotechnology and they successfully inserted his personality/memories into different host bodies depending on what his mission was. The book starts with his mission in Iran and as he goes to destroy the evidence (his body) after the mission is done, he doesn’t quite succeed and a severed head is left behind. No worries, though. He was able to upload all the information and was placed into another host body for the next mission. This continues throughout the book as it alternates between him and his ‘handlers’ and Ariana.
Ariana, a pathologist, is given the severed head so she can try and discover why the host body’s personality changed. What caused him to act the way he did? Was it a tumor? Instead, she finds a mass that she cannot at first identify. As she continues examining the mass, it exhibits unusual behaviors and properties. During this period, we are made aware of changes in how society treats women by what happens to her and what she witnesses. None of it fun.
Ariana catches the attention of Neil’s handlers and Neil’s next mission is her. Is he to kill her or not? I’ll leave that for you to find out… Continue reading →
Synopsis: Joel Smith, soon to graduate from college, is headed home after hiking and biking Yellowstone with his friend Adam. In Montana, while stuck at road construction, Joel takes a detour and ends up at an abandoned gold mine. It is on this day that six planets align with the sun and he is transported fifty-nine years in the past after venturing into a chamber off the main mine tunnel. Continue reading →
Synopsis: Abby wakes up and has no recollection of how she came to be on a white-sand beach (and island). She neither sees nor hears indication of a human presence until she hears a voice. That’s when she notices a person offshore and goes out to rescue him. Both she and Eric, the man she rescues, do not know what happened in the previous days and months of their lives. As they explore the island, they come across three men and three women- stranded like themselves- and Robert, a hermit. Continue reading →