Review – The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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Synopsis: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi, Romance, Dystopian

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

I finally got around to reading The Host. I watched the movie when it came out and loved it. I told myself I definitely had to read the book. But you know how it goes with TBR (To-Be-Read) lists – you keep adding books with big, greedy eyes on little time to read but you just can’t help yourself. And voilà, that’s how you know you’re a bookworm. I recently re-watched the movie and loved it all over again. I decided I better read the book this time.

So I started reading it and I got hooked in. So much so, that I was up till 2 a.m. reading. I found it enthralling. Stephanie Meyer did a great job in writing a sci-fi story that was interesting, emotional and fun. Her imagination is a marvel. The way she wrote about those lives Wanderer lived in the other worlds—I could picture them.

Her writing was a joy to read. The emotions practically jumped out of the page. Poignant, emotional, well-written and fantastic story-telling. Five stars and straight into my favorites and to-read-again pile.

I’m so glad I watched the movie before reading the book. This way I got to enjoy BOTH the movie AND the book.

Regards,
S.R. McKade

Review: The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower #7) by Stephen King

The seventh and final installment of Stephen King's The Dark Tower saga is perhaps the most anticipated book in the author's long career. King began this epic tale about the last gunslinger in the world more than 20 years ago; now he draws its suspenseful story to a close, snapping together the last pieces of his action puzzle and drawing Roland Deschain ever closer to his ultimate goal.

The seventh and final installment of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower saga is perhaps the most anticipated book in the author’s long career. King began this epic tale about the last gunslinger in the world more than 20 years ago; now he draws its suspenseful story to a close, snapping together the last pieces of his action puzzle and drawing Roland Deschain ever closer to his ultimate goal.

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

Review: 5 of 5 Stars

It’s the end of an era, the end of a long-fought battle to reach the Dark Tower. A long journey of loss and pain, joy and tragedy, love and hate.

I can’t believe it’s over. Or maybe it’s not.

The ending left me in shock and disbelief. I still can’t quite grasp that Roland’s quest ended like that. My heart broke for him, for he always was my favorite, he and Jake and Oy. It’s so not fair.
At the same time, a little voice inside me says it couldn’t have ended any other way. That it was Roland’s fate, his curse, his damnation.

I did love Susannah’s ending. Stephen King did an awesome job there. He also did a great job in projecting an uncertainty and tension of whether Roland would make it to the Dark Tower, if he would really be the one to reach it. It wasn’t until almost the end chapters that you knew for sure who would make it to the Dark Tower.

The Red King was kind of funny in his insanity and made me laugh. Patrick was a delightful addition to the group. And Oy, ah sweet, brave Oy.
I found the last Dark Tower book tragic but very powerful. The ending, the knowledge of Roland’s fate broke my heart.

Review – Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppe

21902780Genre: Young Adult

Review: 5 of 5 stars

Release Date: 16 May 2014

This book hooked me in so deeply I read it in one sitting. It was so captivating, I couldn’t bear to pull away from it. The author’s writing is witty, funny, and thoughtful.

Heart Shaped Rock is about a young girl — a young woman really, because anyone who’s dealt with grief knows that it forces you to grow up fast — and how she deals with the heartbreaking loss of her mother to cancer at such a tender age, how she fights to hold the grief at bay, to try to feel normal again. To not miss her mother so much that she feels lost without her. To heal.

It’s about how a teenager’s life can be fraught with pitfalls and as complicated as an adult’s. I felt for Shaynee and I could relate to her and her family, picking up the pieces of their lives after her mother’s death. The cute and sweet little brother, the father who’s lost without the love of his life and wondering how to keep going on, how to be there for his two children.

One of the most emotional and deeply heartfelt books I’ve ever read. Not to mention, the songs were awesome and are now currently gracing my mp3 player. The author wrote amazing lyrics. I absolutely loved the songs ‘Cobalt Blue’ and ‘Heart Shaped Rock’. I enjoyed all the characters in this story, how the author made them so vivid, so real. I loved Dean, how charismatic and caring he was.

And the emotion, oh it just jumped out of each page! I laughed and I cried and I felt. You know how when you listen to a good song and it affects you so deeply that goosebumps break out on your skin, or you cry from feeling so much? That’s what Heart Shaped Rock is – one long heartfelt song. This book is for everyone who has been through the loss of someone special and who knows how hard the road to healing can be – some days you’re okay and others you just lapse again. For anyone who appreciates a story with emotion so well-portrayed, it seems to leap out of the page. Kudos to the author for creating such an amazing story.

Highly Recommended.

Review – Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

7818683Genre: Young Adult

Review: 5 of 5 Stars

An absolutely terrific, well-written story. I loved it. The title and cover hooked me first, I remember thinking – “Awesome cover. And what a clever title!”

Being a teenager can be hard, trying to fit in, finding your own place in this world, figuring out WHO you really are. Added to that emotional turmoil – your deafness and you have to work twice as hard, fight even more to make people ‘see’ you, who you are and not be defined by your inability to hear.

Being deaf makes you more and not less. This book shows how Piper learns what really matters and figures out who she is, how to make sense of the world around her, find her place in it and realize her own self-worth. That she can be the amazing person she is to have the courage to stand up for her friends and to know how to grab on to love when she finally sees it was right there for her all along.

I loved everything about this book, not to mention how the author added little plot twists that kept you guessing. Amazing plot-line and excellent writing.

Review – Stiltskin by Andrew Buckley

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4 Stars

“Dunno, screamed un shouted but ah dint tek no notice fer a while. Screamin ain’t not usual ere. Aftur a week sorta figured he wuz serias.”
“Ome sweat ome,” drooled the Troll.”

LOL. Absolutely chuckle-worthy and one of the most original plot-lines I’ve ever read. Andrew Buckley did a marvelous job creating suspense so engrossing the story kept me hooked until the last page. Very clever portraying of the characters and the world depicted in it. I loved all the characters – there was just something about each of them I liked. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. The Mad Hatter sounded almost sane in his insanity. Very well-written.

Review of my book Holding Out For Skye by Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite

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It’s an amazing feeling when someone reads your book and loves it. Look at this awesome review of my book by Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite

“Holding Out for Skye by S.R. McKade is a pure love story. Skye Fletcher and Cian Hunter are destined to fall in love from the first page but their journey is so worth the read. Skye doesn’t like Cian and Cian tries his best to annoy Skye, but little by little that changes. The romance which starts by accident and takes many twists and turns is so very real. Kiera, Tyler, Ash, Nick and Tasha, each having their own romances can’t help, but instantly see that there is love blooming between Skye and Cian. We the readers have the privilege of following along for both the good times and the not so good times, the break-ups, the disagreements, the shopping sprees, the dates, and so much more that makes this story so heartwarming.

S.R. McKade has written two hundred and three pages of love. Holding Out for Skye is a treasure not to be missed. It is a warm and fuzzy love story and impossible to stop reading. I wanted so badly to reach the end and see what really happens to Skye and Cian and I hated that I reached the last page and had to leave all of my new friends behind. If you are a fan of romance, falling in love, and the true meaning of friendship this book is a must read. Holding Out for Skye is a starry-eyed love story winner. I can’t give S.R. McKade enough kudos for this book. I look anxiously forward to reading more from S.R. McKade and have placed Holding Out for Skye on my favorite love story book list.”

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