Book Reviews

Unfortunately, it takes me a little longer than usual to read anymore. So, when I say "Yes, I'm reading a new book," I ask that you please bear with me. Anyway, here it goes. I have put this page up to start reviewing some of the books that you may enjoy as well.

Five Stars out of Five

After his father leaves in the middle of the night, Cory Maddox and his mom, Gina, are forced to start over. Left alone while Gina tries to work her way out of debt, Cory deals with life as the new kid in school with no friends. Fleeing from the school bullies, Cory ends up under an overpass where an old homeless man lives. After being saved from the bullies, Cory and the homeless man, Mr. Washington, become friends. But things don’t get any easier for Cory. Children are disappearing from around the state, and the bullies haven’t forgotten his escape the first time they went after him. And there is something wrong with Mr. Washington…something terribly wrong. Accompanied by his only two friends and the unlikeliest of allies, Cory sets out to keep a promise to the ailing homeless man. Will Cory and his friends find a way to keep the promise, or will the journey prove too difficult for them?

My Review:
Cory's Way reminded me of a combination of Stephen King's story "The Body" and Robert McCammon's "Boy's Life." A.J. Brown combines the life and death dramatic Stephen King story with Robert McCammon's suspenseful yet terrifying book. Both were fantastic coming of age stories which A.J. has mastered with this creative, enduring tale. It's a heartwarming, suspenseful, coming of age story that gripped my heart, terrified me, and brought me to tears. I might add that A.J. Brown's "Dear Faithful Readers" was also a tearjerker. Cory's Way is about a twelve year old boy that befriends a homeless man named Mr. Washington and learns about the importance of life, death, family, and friends. His life experience with two bullies, a homeless man, a young girl named Emmy, and two nameless other characters (I don't want to reveal too many spoilers here), puts Cory, and his friends on a heartbreaking, scary, suspenseful, and terrifying journey. When Mr. Washington was first introduced, I couldn't help but picture Morgan Freeman as Mr. Washington. I highly recommend reading this! It is a journey you will enjoy yet will terrify you and keep you turning the page.

Three Stars out of Five

A doppelganger, a myth with no name, no sex, no flesh, and no identity...unless it wears one of you. 

My Review:
Good book! I loved that it was unique and not a typical paranormal story. Susan delivers a nice paced tale with well developed characters, and an interesting plot. I look forward to more of your books!

The only thing I was really disappointed in was the end. After the buildup of the conflict in the story, I was expecting a little bit more. But, nonetheless, I still recommend the book. 

Four Stars out of Five

Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker. Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can’t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn’t the type to tolerate secrets. Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl’s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him. 

A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him. 

My Review:

Summoned was a fantastic, unique, and genuinely twisted story of fate, bonding, and one SEXY genie, Dim! I love the angle and the twisted concept of the old genie tale! This is one outstanding novel that is sure to capture everyone's heart. Make sure to summon up your copy and engage yourself in a page turning, erotic, and dynamite killer novel! I highly recommend this one. 

Four Stars out of Five

In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, she is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the “other races” and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals; witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves—are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game. But when Winsloe captures Elena, he finally meets his match.

My Review:

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and fun read! Kelley Armstrong's "Stolen" weaves an intriguing story of action, suspense, interesting characters, and the paranormal into a spiderweb of deceit and moral betrayal. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy the paranormal and anything involving werewolves.