Monthly Archives: March 2015

Taken by Erin Bowman–Thoughts by Bethanie

Taken by Erin Bowman

Taken

By: Erin Bowman

Genre:  YA Dystopian–Action

Remember that project that I had eluded to a few posts ago? Well, this begins the first in that project. Erin Bowman picked up by Harper Teen, I found this book on the VERY DISCOUNTED shelf at my local bookstore. I bought it for $3.99 discounted from $17.99. She didn’t hit the NYTBS list so evidently Harper Teen didn’t think she was worth giving a lot of press to. It really made me angry.

This author is an excellent writer. The storyline was incredible. I found out THROUGH AMAZON that there are four other books in this series. You better believe I will be buying them. Ms. Bowman did not get the amount of press she deserved. Again, a case of not NYTBS material, her “BIG Publishing Company” left her to fend for herself. Completely unfair! She has now become a jewel in the sea of the books I have found that have excellent writing and storyline behind them. Pick it up. If you enjoy high action and strange happenings, you’ll enjoy this.

The other books that are in this series:

Frozen (taken 2)       Book 2 of Taken series            Forged (taken 3)        Book 3 of Taken series       Stolen (taken novella)     Taken Novella

So, have you ever heard of her? If you have and I am amiss in saying they don’t give her enough press, please tell me. However, I have never seen this book or anything about the author that wrote it until I saw it in my local bookstore. I get new release notices all the time from Harper Teen and have never once seen these. The Third book–Forged–is scheduled for release in April or May of this year. Happy reading!

~Bethanie

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An Author’s Heart

I have been many things in my life. I started off as a teacher and taught for fifteen years. Then I became a wife. Then I became a mother. Then I became a writer, an author, an editor, and now a book reviewer. I have read some of the most amazing books.
The amazing books that I am speaking of, most have come from independent authors. I would love to see them succeed and show how talented they are.
The others are the millionaire authors. Some are really good authors. However, some of those have decided that their name alone sells books. That is not true. The content and the heart of any author is what makes their books, not their name.
I believe Indie authors have an incredible chance to become known names. The fact remains, though, that once they become known, what happens then? Do they turn into those that believe their name is their “power” and forget what made them start writing in the first place? I have seen some that haven’t, but I have seen even more that have.
Never forget where you began, because the minute you do, you are on your way to the end.
Just some thoughts for the day. Happy writing!!
~Bethanie

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Spirit Within Club by Sahar Sabati–Review by Bethanie

Spirit within club--book cover

Spirit Within Club

Genre: Middle School age

By: Sahar Sabati

 

I am not sure how to take this book. It has a great message to share, but it also goes against the message it is trying to share.

Its main theme is to be accepting of everyone, yet the Spirit Within Club didn’t. The author seemed to pick on three groups, but I will not reveal them here. I will let the reader read the book and choose for themselves. There always has to be a bad guy or a group that is bad, yet no one tried to find out why the others were the way the were. If the book’s main idea is unity, then how can we have unity if we choose to leave some out?

I admire the author’s trying to make everyone love the book by buying into what everyone seems to believe–one group causing the problems, but it is not just one group. It is all groups fighting against the others because they believe what they do. She also brought out the fact that it is engrained by the parents of these children, and I will not say it isn’t. Who are our first teachers? OUR PARENTS.

WRITING AND STORYLINE

I believe the author meant this book to be rather religious, and I have no problem with that. I wish more would follow and stand by the morals of a decent society. The students in this book did. The way the students rally around Zeke both warmed my heart but made me cry at the same time. So I cannot and will not say this book is a bad book, because it isn’t. The main theme of accepting everyone as they are is a wonderful one, but maybe revisit what acceptance of all, the way they are and make the difference where you can in others lives. Age doesn’t matter.

For a seasoned writer, the writing could have been better, but if this is the first book the author has written, then they can always improve.

I will close with this. The writer was spot on with only taking one to make a difference and we all must take that first step. Well, seven friends have taken that first step. Who and how many can we add to it?

 

~Bethanie

 

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

 

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Shadow of the Wraith by Ross Harrison–Review by Bethanie

Shadow of the Wraith

Shadow of the Wraith

By: Ross Harrison

Genre: Adult Sci-fi

Star Trek meets Star Wars–there was even a Captain Kirk and a C3po. Each had different names, but that is what they reminded me of. I will be honest. I have never been a Star Wars or Star Trek fan. However, if you like those you will definitely like Shadow of the Wraith.

Although going into this book I knew I was dealing with space sci-fi. This quickly became a little too sci-fi for me. It seemed like a tired storyline, one that I had seen many times before and saw throughout this too. But understand, please, this is only my opinion. The many readers that love space sci-fi will definitely love this book.

It is written for adults 18 and up, in my opinion. I would not recommend it for ages younger than that. However, parents, it is your child and you can make that decision.

WARNINGS

There was some crude language in it. I believe it would have been fine without it. The reader knows they are misfit soldiers without having to use crude language to prove it. Again just a warning. Some care and some don’t.

WRITING AND STORYLINE

The description in the story was decent. You could get an idea of what a character looked like and what the many “ships” may have looked like. It took me awhile to get into it because of the dialect it is written in. I am used to American English and this was written in what reminded me of UK English. That was rather a hurdle for me, but once into it and realizing how it was written, I was able to sail through it. It moved along at a medium pace. There was some action to keep your interest. Then it came to the main scene and took off. Star Wars or Star Trek fans will love it. The storyline, as I said before, was a rather tired one–again, my opinion–but anyone that loves space wars and taking over the galaxy-type stories will love to sink their teeth into this one.

Happy Reading!

~Bethanie

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

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