The Boy Who Loves Horses*****

By Diana Vincent

This is book two in the Pegasus Equestrian Center Series. I loved book one (below) and book two did not disappoint. The story continues to follow the progress of a young rider, Sierra but focuses on River, the even more interesting male character.

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 5.18.16 AMVery well written, this book had me feeling the exhilaration of a three-day event. But the story did not follow the predictable pattern of many equestrian novels. It had a completely unexpected twist that left me breathless.

As the characters age in this novel, the story leans a little more to the romance side. As a rule, I seldom read romance novels, but I was rooting for a romantic interlude in this case. Ms. Vincent did a nice job of making the romance realistic without it being too graphic.

I recommend this series to anyone over the age of ten. It is entertaining as well as educational.

The Golden Shears

I just finished The Golden Shears by D. S. Murphy. Loved it! This is the second book in the Fated Destruction Series. I’ve never been a fan of Paranormal anything, (at least I didn’t think I was) but Mr. MScreen Shot 2018-01-14 at 6.27.26 AMurphy has got me hooked on this series. It’s full of Greek mythology with a modern twist. There are a few typos in the ebook version, but at this price, they are easy to overlook, plus D. S. Murphy has links in the back of his books that will get you a bunch of new books free. (Ya gotta love this guy!)

Whoever thought you could learn about mythology by reading a fun fictional series like this?

Kaidence, the MC, has the ability to see how a death will occur just by touching a person. She struggles with being afraid of the power and being isolated because of it. In this book, she learns more about what her power can do and how to use it.

Really, get the first book, The Scarlet Thread, then read The Golden Shears. I’m pretty sure the author has book three in the works. These are a bit of a cliffhanger. (even more exciting!)

 

Secondborn

This turned out to be a good book, although it took me a while to get into it. It moves along quickly, but I found myself getting a bit lost at times. It is part Starwars, part romance, and part sci-fi.
I assume it is part of a series because the author set up a lot of areas where the plot could go further.
The one thing I didn’t like was the abrupt ending. It seemed like the author just decided to quit writing when there was more story to tell. I usually like cliffhangers, but they have to end in a way that is drawing you into the next book. This one kind of just stops.

The Scarlet Thread

D. S. Murphy flawlessly blends Mythology and Contemporary Fantasy into a “cant’ put it down” book. Start reading here and you’ll be hooked for the rest of the series and become a D.S. Murphy fan as I have become. Not a bad thing… Mr. Murphy has tons of free giveaways to keep you reading for a long, long time.

Next in the series is The Golden Shears. It promises to be as good as this one. Some reviews state that they don’t like the ‘cliffhanger’ approach to writing books. Personally, I love cliffhangers. It allows the book to continue long after I’ve finished reading…

This book is Quality writing and a great value.

Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace by Mary A. Pérez.
Gut wrenching! Mary Pérez has written a book that I found difficult to put down. Each page is filled with yet another thing that would be the end of most of us, but she continues to persevere. This memoir shows what many children of alcoholic parents must endure while they figure out what is normal for most children.

The book is written in a style that just tells the story like it happened. There is no fluff or attempt to make it more interesting, just raw, painful, events, one after another, like they happened in life. perhaps the book could have been made more “novel like” for our reading pleasure, but I don’t think there is any way to sugar coat a life like Mary endured.

This is a great book for book clubs to discuss, much could be learned about how children are affected by their parent’s behavior. Perhaps it would be a good read for AA members, it is a sobering reminder!

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan is a world war II story. I usually don’t get drawn into war stories, but this one is well written and compelling.

It is the true story of a young man’s journey through the war. He goes from innocent bystander to underground savior of the Jews to a soldier in the Nazi army. Pino Lella becomes a spy when his parents force him to join the German army in order to try to keep him safe.

As a driver to one of the top Generals in the German Army, Pino gets first-hand information that helps the Allied forces. His experiences are gut-wrenching, to say the least. As a spy, he is alienated from his family and friends and must face his war alone.

This book is easy to read, and a real page turner. It really makes you think about the effect of war on individual lives. This is history, but still relevant to current events. I learned more from this book than I ever did in history class.

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