Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Jazz Cage by Ray Chen Smith

From Amazon
From Amazon:
Prohibition-era mobsters collide with Underground Railroad abolitionists in The Jazz Cage. It is 1924—sixty years after the South’s victory in the Civil War. Frank McCluey, bounty hunter for the mob, is sent to help out a wealthy Virginian bootlegger. Frank’s job: track down two female slaves who’ve run away from the millionaire. But the mob has made a bad choice. Instead of capturing the women, Frank decides to help them escape to Canada, his mission now aided by the pint-sized but steel-willed runaway Della and the outlawed Underground Railroad. Soon Della and Frank become the target of slave catchers, cops, gangsters, and most chilling of all, a Confederate agent nicknamed the Hound for his ability to always sniff out and disembowel his prey.

Ray Chen Smith had asked me to read and review The Jazz Cage.  I really liked the idea of a post Civil War where the South won.  The real history of the Civil war is an interest that I had when I was younger, and was shared with my dad and grandfather.  So seeing the premise caught my attention and I wanted to read more.

This story just blew me away!  I really enjoyed it.  When I was able to just sit and read, I was spellbound!  The story is fast paced and has a lot of action happening.  It definitely doesn't leave you feeling bored.  

The point of view does change, but Smith does a great job of letting you know who it is right away.  So I didn't feel lost, or confused.  I also felt like each character contributed to the story, and each point of view offered more clarity of the entire story.  I don't think I could pick just a few to talk about.  You just need to read it for yourself to realize how great they are!

So as you can tell I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Special for Sundays: 3rd Sunday in September

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related





Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:


1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occasions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


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From Wikipedia
Welcome back!  This week we are looking at Favorite Authors.  This week I am choosing Dr. Seuss!  Yes I know he isn't apart of my typical genre, but he had created a crazy wonderful world for children.  I know that some of the stories I have to revisit several times as an adult!  To find out more about him visit seussville.com to read more about his life and his books!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Special for Sundays: 2nd Sunday in September

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related





Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:


1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occasions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Welcome back!  We are looking at 2 books everyone must read and this week I decided to allow my DBF, K.E.(Thanks for filling in!) to discuss his top 2 books, both of these are on my TBR mountain.

HI I am K.E. and love reading off my Kindle.  Before the Kindle I mostly read paperbacks from Tom Clancy and Stephen King, although I would read some classics like H. G. Wells and Robert Louis Stephenson.  I am a gadget geek so when I got my Kindle, my reading went to a whole new level.  So my top 2 books(I am a visual person so movies are briefly discussed) are actually series which both are dystopian genres in no particular order:


From Amazon.com
1) The Hunger Games:  It is a gripping story!  It is definitely a page turner,  which I read the series in one week! I have never done that in my life!  The evolution of  the story held my attention!  It makes me upset that it is taking so long to develop the second movie!



From Amazon.com
2) The Dark Tower Series: It combines a lot of things I am interested in: westerns, fantasy, and dystopian worlds. It is Stephen Kings magnum opus! There is a lot I can say, but I don't want to ruin it but there are certain chances King took with the story that were pretty neat.  This world that he created is the key stone of many books he has written.  I am waiting for the movies to come out, although I am having difficulties with the rumors of Roland.  I think that Clint Eastwood IS Roland hands down!  However I do realize he is too old, so I guess we will have to wait and see if the movies ever come out and who the cast will be.  However I have been wrong about who the best actor is for parts(I didn't think Daniel Craig would be a good James Bond, but he is one of my favorite James Bond).

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Son of Rage and Love by Thomas Raymond

Image from Amazon.com

Blurb from Amazon.com:
12 Year-old Daniel used to run, jump, and climb on everything in sight. He played, laughed, made all kinds of noise, took things apart, and built new stuff from the pieces. Unfortunately for him, such acts of nonconformity can make inconvenient ripples on the smooth surface of wealthy suburban bliss. Years ago, Daniel was judged to have ADHD, and soon, "Pills fixed all that. They quiet most of my imagination, and the video swallows up whatever’s left."

Nowadays, Daniel just wants a little adventure, a bit of unscripted life to clear up the fog of his mundane existence. Every aspect of his life is under strict control of a narcissistic Grandmother, and the minions she hires to run the house. Disillusioned with the "remoras" who worship his mother's money and fame, and certain his older sister is becoming one of them, Daniel has all but given up hope. "I've learned not to fuss . . . A fuss is a big mistake. . . . At least I am smart enough to just take the pill and wait for the fog to roll in." But years of heavy medication coupled with long escapes into video games have turned his world to grey, blurring his perception of reality versus fantasy.

When Daniel's mother adopts a 13 year-old, free-spirited orphan, the two boys become immediate friends and allies. The absolute authority of Grandmother is finally challenged. The ensuing struggle at once gives Daniel hope, but also threatens his sanity.

The Son of Rage and Love is the intense, at times disturbing story of one boy's quest to reclaim his own mind. In a place and time where the appearance of the perfect life is more important than freedom itself, where strong will and disruptive ideas are quickly medicated into quiet indifference, Daniel and his new brother try against the odds to sever the puppet strings for good.


Thomas Raymond had asked me to read and review his book.  I had agreed as it seemed quite interesting.  Raymond had sent me a hard copy, and even signed it.  Which is I thought was very nice of him to do!  

It is a short book and moves at a quick pace.  It is told from Daniel's perspective, which I found to be quite entertaining.  He has a very active imagination, but that seems to help him deal with his life.  There are a few twists that you find out when reading the book, which helps to shape the rest of the book.

Grandmother is someone that I didn't like, shows how much a person can change when money is involved.  I didn't like her from the start and as the storyline goes on she only irritates me more!  She also is big with using the guilt card with everyone, no matter who it is!  (which I have mentioned several times to have a character that you are made not to like is a good thing!)

I have to say my only issue is that the book's ending seemed a bit too quick and rushed.  However with what was happening it could have been the way I was reading it.  Otherwise it was a very enjoyable book!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Special for Sundays: 4th Sunday in August and 1st in Sept.

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related





Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:


1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occasions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Welcome back!  I have been quite busy but here is last week's and this week's post:

So for the last Sunday in August:

I had won a gently used ARC from In Which Em's Reviews books.  I have heard great things about it and can't wait to read it!






First Sunday in September:

One of my favorite books is:

I had read this in high school and enjoyed it.  It was a bit different from my normal reading then, and while it was for a book report I didn't get bored with it.  I thought over all Buck had written it wonderfully and later I had bought it to re-read.  While I am trying to knock out my some of my TBR mountain I do plan on re-reading this one day!

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