Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Love and Other Subjects Review

For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career

Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things–to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She’s as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn’s suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don’t fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal.

Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a mystery man is thwarted by his gaggle of eccentric sisters. Carolyn depends on her friends to get her through the hard times, but with poverty-stricken children at her feet and a wealthy man at her side, she must define who she is.

The reality of life after college can be daunting, the road to full-fledged adulthood long and unscripted. Can Carolyn take control and craft the existence she always wanted?

My Review
Love and Other Subjects is one of the best books I've read in a long time. This author had me literally laughing out loud! You know that moment where you want to share what you just read with someone close to you but they wouldn't get the joke because they don't know the character? I had several moments like that. I felt like I had an inside joke with this book. I mean "blow ass"? If that doesn't make you laugh then you have no sense of humor.

The main character Carolyn Jenkins is the type of person I would hang out with and not because we are close in age but because she is very down to earth. She was also a good example of how your childhood and your relationship with your parents can affect you love life. She wasn't the domestic type of girl but It seemed her mother wasn't either. Her bond was with her father which could explain why she felt a "soul slip" with Jeep aka Money. Being that he's older than her.

Carolyn's down to earth personality didn't help when it came to her career. I cringed at the stuff she put up with with her boss Klein.He wasn't the only person she needed to put her foot down with. Her ex Alex had some nerve showing up In her bed nude and Jeep's sister where on another level with there nosed turned up and Carolyn.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great comedic novel. 
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About the Author
A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Amanda's Eyes Review

Think what you see is what you get? Better think again.

Waking up is the pits when you come to in a hospital with a broken arm, a colorful assortment of abrasions and contusions, and a face swathed in bandages. It’s even worse if you can’t remember what hit you.

The bad and the ugly are crime reporter Amanda “A.J.” Gregson’s business. But learning she had a ringside seat for an explosion that killed two agents of the Continental Intelligence and Investigative Service (CIIS), incinerated an entire block of warehouses, and did so much damage to her eyes they had to be surgically removed? Well, that gives the darker side of life a whole new meaning.

Haunted by elusive nightmares, A.J. waits for her transplant and struggles to remember the events leading up to the fateful night of September 4, 2075. Weeks crawl by without a glimmer, before memory finally floods back the night before surgery, every detail brutally clear.

The explosion had been the work of the Ferrymen.

“The Ferrymen. My not-so-magnificent obsession for more than a year. Only a cataclysm could have made me forget. I guess you could call them hitmen. You could also call Einstein a math whiz. Think ruthless. Think unstoppable. Think killers so proficient ‘caught the ferry’ was fast replacing ‘bought the farm’ in common usage, and you have the Ferrymen in a nutshell.”

The transplant surgery goes off without a hitch—welcome news, because A.J. is raring for a rematch with Hell’s Boatmen. But contrary to popular belief, what you see isn’t always what you get. Take her new eyes, for example. Those baby blues may look perfectly normal, but they possess a power that turns her world upside down—the power to see into the hidden dimensions of the human heart.

 When the Sight unmasks the mastermind behind the Ferrymen, the unveiling is as stunning as it is unbelievable. The revelation sets her on course for a second head-collision with evil. Will she survive the final encounter?

My Review
Captivating in every way, Amanda's Eye's will hold your attention from beginning to end. Set in 2075, you first meet the main character in her hospital bed learning right along with her how she got there in the first place. Later learning that she will need surgery caused by an event from a scoop she followed as a reporter. Amanda knows she can only hang around in town for so long. While going into hiding Amanda finds she has been gifted an extra sense. It motivates her to continue her investigation that got her where she is now. She meets plenty of interesting people and a dog.

I found Amanda's Eyes to have a good story line. It had everything an action reader would want, from murder, to investigation, to mystery. I don't read futuristic books ever but this one may have me changing my mind. I'm always concerned about books written in the future being too unrealistic but how the author explained how the North America withdrew the borders that separated them and become one large country, I became very intrigued. My only disappointment was how the story tied together at the end. I really would have loved to have felt like I was there when Amanda was rescued and when the villain was killed.
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Award-winning author Kathy DiSanto wrote her first novel in 1997. That year, she published two romances with Bantam’s Loveswept line. One of them, For Love or Money, won a 1997 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. 

In 2012, Kathy self-published two futuristic thrillers. Amanda’s Eyes is a near-future paranormal thriller and the first novel in a series featuring crime reporter A.J. Gregson. Why Live? is stand-alone dystopian science-fiction. 

Thanks to her day job as a communications specialist with a major university, Kathy has written more than two hundred features for print and the web. 

She is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Alliance of Independent Authors, the Independent Author Network, the Independent Author Index, the Indie Writers’ Network, and World Literary Cafe. 

When not writing, she takes brisk walks with Molly and Lucy (her rescue dogs), reads, and indulges in her latest hobby at the firing range.

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