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The Least Envied by Sean DeLauder–Review by Bethanie

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The Least Envied by Sean DeLauder

Genre: Mixed

 

Sooo many words. Words have power, they can cause one to fail, they can cause one to succeed, they can even make one become a hero. Without words we would know nothing. There would be no history–American history or world history, no amazing Greek legends–The Illiad, The Odyssey, The Legend of Hercules, mythology in and of itself. We would know nothing of Plato or Socrates. What fun would a campfire be without scary ghost stories and urban legends to tell? What fun would a campfire be without the campfire songs sung around it or the music played around them? This is this book–all of the above.

When I receive a request for a review of a book, I interview the author by email with a few questions about what I am about to pick up and read. When I emailed Mr. DeLauder and asked him what his book was like, he told me there was nothing like it. I have a tendency not to believe those that say that. In general, most authors have been inspired to write from some movie, other book, or a song. We don’t want our books to sound like anything else, yet most of the time they do. Well, in Mr. DeLauder’s case, it was both like and unlike any other thing I have read.

It was the best and worst book I have ever read. It was a frustration and a joy to read. It made me insane at points, but then I was able to regain my sanity. If there was a way to prepare other readers for the reading of this book I would. However, there is not. There were times I wanted to stop reading it altogether because it drove me up the wall, but I couldn’t because I wanted to see what it turned out to be. You would just have to read it for yourself.

Writing and Storyline

The writing I really didn’t pick up anything wrong with it, but perhaps the reason could be having to work to keep up with all of the parts of the book. The storyline is not really just one. There are many within this book. The author is writing about the author writing this story. It is almost unique in that area, with the exception of one other book I have read by Yannis Karatsioris. It was similar in nature to this one.

Mr. DeLauder, bravo! Thank you for sharing your book with me and I wish you the best!

~Bethanie

 

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No monetary exchange was made.

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Gene. Sys. by Aaron Denius Garcia–Review by Bethanie

Genesys Aaron Denius Garcia

Gene. Sys. by Aaron Denius Garcia

YA– Sci-Fi, Action

Never in my wildest imagination did I think a Sci-fi action book would get to me like it did. Another of Bethanie’s Faves has been found, and unbelievably it is another Sci-fi book. I may have to look into this genre a little more.

My heart is broken, though. With tears I closed this book. With hope I look forward to the next. There was never a dull moment. The action started pretty much from the get-go. I fell in love with the characters, but was disappointed by some. I will leave it at that. You will have to read it to see where my disappointment lay, but once I got over that, which made no sense as to why it was added to begin with. The rest of the book kept me on the edge of my seat.

I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in one afternoon. That is how much I liked this book. Most books take me a few days to read because everything starts off so slow, NOT in this one, though. It is a fast-paced, unbelievable-amount-of-action, packed-into-a-book, book. Feast on that for a little while. When you read it you will understand.

Writing and Storyline

I understand that this was an advanced review copy so the writing was probably brushed up before it was released to the public. There were some places I had to read twice to understand because words were missing, and there were some punctuation and capitalization errors. That however did not take away from the storyline of the book.

OH MY GOSH! The story was outstanding. Mr. Garcia’s play on words and acronyms for certain things were extremely creative. His creation of this almost impossible compound where everything took place was absolutely amazing. I could see everything and follow right along with the characters wherever they were. The “bad-guys” really weren’t “bad-guys”. I could understand the emotional stress these characters were under because of what was about to happen. The descriptions were amazing and all-senses encompassing. Mr. Garcia created this world and this story with an incredible amount of imagination and forethought. I am curious as to know how long it took him to write it. The way it ended there would have to be another book. I have to know what happens!

Disclaimer

Now some readers want to know and some readers don’t. There was some profanity used and one instance that I believe could have been left completely out of the story and it would have been just fine. However it was only about a six-word instance and I honestly don’t know what it had to do with the story.

Beyond that it was a great book. There was so much happening. It never stopped, until the flames. I’ll let that soak in too. I am hoping and cheering for the characters that brought me to tears. I will read the next book whenever it comes out, whether by review or purchase. Happy reading!! 🙂

~Bethanie

I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No monetary exchange was made.

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Hello Book Fans

Review requests are stacking up. My review basket is getting full. I am excited though. So many good books that I have discovered from many different genres. If you are looking for a review for your book please contact me. If it meets my criteria then I will be more than glad to review it. I am working on Genesys by Aaron Denius Garcia right now. So far, so good. Will have his review up soon. Thank you for reading my reviews, and as always I wish all of you the best.

~Bethanie

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Quiznot by Russell Stoll–Review by Bethanie

Quiznot by Russell Stoll

Quiznot by Russell Stoll

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

And WOW!! I don’t know how else to explain this book. It has hit the Bethanie’s Fave list. I immensely enjoyed this book. Each page I turned I had no idea what would happen next. It was extremely unpredictable and I loved it! Most of the time I like predictability, but this time it didn’t happen. I was just fine with that.

I still wonder what happened to a certain character in this book, but luckily this is only Book One. I am so excited that I have more to look forward to, and will hopefully have my question answered. Now, I will have to say this. The way the book started off, I thought it was just going to be another boring book about people doing strange things. I was SOOOO happy to find out that I was completely wrong!

Oh my goodness! This book had a huge mixture of things to it. It reminded me of X-Men meet the Stepford Wives. When I said that to my husband he imitated his mind being blown–Ha Ha! He is not an avid reader like me. I was able to get him into reading at one point and every-once-in-a-while I can do it again. I am going to try with this book. I think he would enjoy it.

Mr. Stoll has written a great Sci-Fi book that I would recommend for any age from about 13 and up. It is definitely a young adult novel. What a grand adventure awaits the reader who chooses this book!

WRITING AND STORYLINE

The writing I only found a few mistakes in, but the storyline was impressive. Mr. Stoll wove so much into this book sometimes it was hard to keep up with until you read a few pages in and suddenly realize what has happened. That was the only part that kind of threw me. But once I figured it out, it made every bit of sense. In my opinion it connected the aspects of the book.

One other thing. Some readers care and others don’t. There are very few expletives in this book, I only remember about two.

I don’t ever give much up about a story, because I don’t want to spoil it for another reader. It is kind of like a movie that you want to see and you don’t want anyone to tell you anything about it. You want to find the surprises yourself. This book is full of them. You will enjoy it! By the way, my favorite character was Max. 🙂

Happy reading!

~Bethanie

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. No monetary exchange was made.

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Hmmmm

Great book so far!! Stepford Wives meets X-men? Very interesting. It’s getting good. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

~Bethanie

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Obviously Behind in Reading

So, Quiznot by Russell Stoll, I am still working on, it is rather X-Men-ish, but that’s okay I loved the X-Men, and have all the movies. I guess that really dates me, huh. Oh well. I can’t wait to see how this book continues to evolve. I am going to do nothing but read tomorrow. Washing is up-to-date. Weather is UGH, rainy. It is perfect for a lazy day. I have my turnip green soup or spaghetti for leftovers. I plan on making my famous mini-bacon and cheddar biscuits. The kids will probably be on their computers or playing games, and all is well at my house. I will write again soon. Hope your New Year is going well so far!

~Bethanie

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