Horse of Wind and Shadows by L. B Shire + Interview


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Horse of Wind And Shadows by L.B Shire

Published by Lycaon Press * http://www.lycaonpress.com

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Synopsis:

Evil lurks in the waters off the Oregon coast. A lone girl, a magnificent horse, zombies… Can hope prevail with each hoof beat in the sand? All Taryn wanted was to have a horse again. When she spotted the black steed running through the ocean waves, she knew there must be a way to capture the feral horse. Her best friend, Flyn, said it wasn’t possible. Not one to turn away from a challenge, will she risk friendships and love to make her dream come true? Flyn has been Taryn’s self-proclaimed protector since they were kids. Thrust into a world of unpredictability, he tries his best to keep the strong-willed girl out of trouble. Taryn stumbles upon a horse and decides she wants to make it her own against his growing concerns. Will he be able to keep Taryn safe, or will she be lost to him forever?

Excerpt:

Flyn, her protector and companion. It started from the moment he moved next door to her parent’s house. Like her, he was a single child, left to his own devices much of the time. They’d become fast friends who played together, shared countless secrets, pulled numerous pranks. And now, they’d survived together, when others hadn’t. Continue reading

Teaser Tuesday: The Tycoon’s Daughter by Caitlyn Duffy


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This a weekly meme held on Tuesday’s that was created by Should Be Reading

Here are the rules:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Emma’s known on the campus of the prestigious Treadwell Academy for having it all; her father’s the owner of Hunter Lodge, a massive fashion corporation, and Emma’s gained international fame as the cover model of its popular, sexy catalog. She’s gorgeous and she knows it, has a cute boyfriend at the nearby St. John’s Preparatory Academy for boys, and rules the school with her best friend, Paige. 

But everything changes the summer before junior year when Emma gains ten pounds and her father’s creative team decides she’s too heavy to put on the catalog cover. Mortified over being fired, she develops an obsession with losing weight that quickly escalates into an eating disorder. Emma vows to gain revenge for her dismissal from Hunter Lodge by taking over the runway modeling world by storm, and when Emma puts her mind to something… look out. 

Surprising even herself, Emma accomplishes everything she sets out to do; she finds a powerful agent, lands desirable modeling jobs, and starts building a name for herself. However, all of Emma’s success comes at the price of her physical and emotional health, and she knows she’s in serious trouble when she realizes that it’s impossible to be perfect when everyone’s definition of the word is different.

For ages 13+ 

Teaser:

“The apartment was on the top floor of the building, which was elegant and romantic – looking from the outside, with blue shutters that looked ready to crumble flanking each old – fashioned glass window pane. The building had a peaked roof from which sprang numerous quaint chimneys of varying sizes, and the very same peaked roof leaked into Leah’s apartment every time it so much as drizzled outside.”

Lianne

Review: The Belief in Angels by J. Dylan Yates


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J. Dylan Yates
She Writes Press April 28th 2014
Pages 320
ISBN 9781938314643
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review
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SUMMARY:
Growing up in her parents’ crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules’s imaginative sense of humor is the weapon she wields to dodge household chaos. But somewhere between routine discipline with horsewhips, gun-waving gambling debt collectors, and LSD-laced breakfast cereal adventures, tragedy strikes with the death of her younger brother—a blow from which Jules may never fully recover.

Jules’ story alternates with that of her Grandfather Samuel, a man with a sad story of his own. Samuel, once called Szaja, is an orthodox Jew who lived through the murderous Ukranian pogroms of the 1920s and the Majdanek Death Camp—but whose survival came at a price that’s haunted him for years.

MY THOUGHTS
The story is centered during the late 70′s with the accompanying narrative set during the 1920′s. The descriptions of both periods are well done. The transitions of the two time periods are well executed.

I enjoyed this story immensely. The plot is compelling and will move the reader. The intertwining stories of Jules and Szaja are both painful and inspiring. Grief and survival brought to the forefront from two people built of strength and resilience, in the end true survivors. Learning of Jules and her family is distressing. Szaja’s survival of atrocities demonstrates mettle of toughness and courage. Both histories nothing short of brutal.

 Jules is a heroine as Szaja is a hero. Sharing sorrow their stories are parallel only separated by time – Jules late 70′s, Szaja covering 1920′s. You will be drawn to these two protagonists. Howard and Wendy – these two evoke anger and frustration. Their personalities and behavior are loathsome. Pitiful and disgusting set of ‘parents.’ Amazing how such poor parents and parenting created three great kids, could have resulted in the complete opposite.

A wonderful story of survival in the face of adversity, great characters, the story will touch you.

4-stars

Mal

Alejandro’s Book Corner!


Alejandro's Book CornerThis is a new feature here at NightlyReading where Alejandro will give suggestions of books that he has found. This will include different genres featured each week. I hope you enjoy, please let him know your thoughts by posting a comment or visiting his Goodreads page:

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Continuing the cycle of detective novels, this week, the topic is those novels that have been inspired by the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his character, the iconic Sherlock Holmes. That is, the books using Sherlock Holmes but after the death of the original writer. Some of these novels has the approval of the family of Conan Doyle but others have been possible because due the age of the novels, the copyright has expired in several of the original books. These novels not only used Sherlock Holmes in his traditional time, but as a teenager too, even when he retired and training an apprentice, but also characters related to Holmes, such as his nemesis Professor Moriarty and Irene Adler, including creating new characters but linked to the legacy of Sherlock Holmes. In this topic, there are many published books, my intention is to give you some of the most popular and well known options, but I invite you to investigate on your own if you wish.

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“Dust and Shadow”

Not the first time nor the last that Jack the Ripper will be faced with Sherlock Holmes. This duel has been done several times in novels and movies, and while Professor Moriarty is considered the great literary nemesis of the famous detective, the possibility of situating Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper has always been irresistible. And the case of Jack the Ripper is not only the most famous unsolved crime in history, but the actual events occurred at the time when the original literary adventures of Sherlock Holmes are set, therefore this combination always will arise from time to time.

In 2009, writer Lindsay Faye, published one of the more recent books taking up the challenge between Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper, whose book has received high marks since. Its full title is “Dust and Shadows: An account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson”. This novel has become one of the best options to read, not only for fans of the topic Jack the Ripper, but for those readers looking for good books about Sherlock Holmes written by different authors to the original creator.

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“The House of Silk”

This book published in 2011 by the popular writer Anthony Horowitz, creator of the series “Alex Rider”, ventured into the world of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and not just published a novel that has quickly become popular but it gained the approval by the state of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which is always beneficial to be well received by fans of the original work.

The plot situates to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. James Watson accepting the case of a man who claims that he has been stalked by a fearsome scar-faced man.

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“The Young Sherlock Holmes”

Presenting Sherlock Holmes as a teenager is not a new idea since it was done before in an excellent film in 1985, directed by Barry Levinson, with a screenplay by Chris Columbus.

Since then, the curiosity about how could been the life of the formidable detective as a teenager has been a popular topic, and prolific author Andrew Lane, who had previously written novels of “Doctor Who” as well as reference books of “Babylon 5 “and” Torchwood “, in 2010 initiated a series of novels of the Young Sherlock Holmes that has received very good grades and to date has been published 6 novels and 1 short story.

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“The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes”

If readers have been captivated by the character of Sherlock Holmes, they have been too by the writer who created it and the man that was the inspiration to create it. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle reported that the creation of the fictional Sherlock Holmes was inspired in Dr. Joseph Bell, who knew about it and was proud about that.

Dr. Joseph Bell, was a professor of forensic medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and even was the only doctor that Queen Victoria allowed to attend her when she ever visited Scotland. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was assistant to Dr. Bell at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and that was when Conan Doyle was amazed by the skills of observation and deduction of Dr. Bell cementing the foundation for creating the detective Sherlock Holmes. Even the American writer Irving Wallace said that Dr. Joseph Bell in non-fiction writings detailing that Dr. Bell helped Scotland Police on real criminal cases.

Based on this, the writer David Pirie was inspired to create the series “The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes” where the main characters aren’t the fictional detective, but employs Dr. Joseph Bell and Arthur Conan Doyle, creating fictional adventures but using the time when both were working in real life. Between 2001 and 2003, Pirie published three novels receiving high ratings.

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“Stoker & Holmes”

Even before there have been linked the dreaded Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, with the great detective Sherlock Holmes, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Some writers have books gathering these epic characters. However, the author Colleen Gleason had a different idea. In 2013, she wrote “The Clockwork Scarab” and has been met with such success that there was already talking of a film adaptation, and in October 2014, will be published the second book in the series.

Colleen Gleason conceived creating, Evaline Stoker, Bram Stoker’s sister, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock Holmes. They do not get along with each other, but they must quickly clarify their differences and use their innate abilities, one to hunt monsters, the other, to solve mysteries, to face the case of why young ladies of society are disappearing from London.

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“The Baskerville Affair”

And when someone finally achieved success with an idea, others will follow with their own ideas, and Emma Jane Holloway who comes with his own vision of a niece of Sherlock Holmes, Evaline Holmes, and adding a strong “steampunk” atmosphere, creating the series “The Baskerville Affair”, and incredibly in the little time between September and December 2013, she published three novels with over 500 pages each and two short stories.

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“Mary Russell series”

Laurie R. King is one of the best-known authors in the field of creating her own series based on the theme of Sherlock Holmes. In 1994, she began her series “Mary Russell” which presents an aged Sherlock Holmes, retired to Sussex Downs, where simply plans to study the behavior of bees. However, the impossible happens, Sherlock meets Mary Russell, a teenager with an intellect, powers of observation and deductive skills that rival his, even they share complex personalities to deal. Holmes decides to accept her as apprentice, and from that moment begins a new partnership focused on creating a successor. Between 1994 and 2012, Laurie R. King has published 12 novels in the series and has already announced that in 2015 will be published the 13th book.

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“Irene Adler”

Although the character of Irene Adler appears only once in the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in the short story “A Scandal in Bohemia”, since then the readers were captivated by the opera singer who managed to impress the great detective for possessing an intelligence at his level. Since their only meeting, Irene Adler was mentioned in 4 other original stories. Much has been speculated if Holmes loved her, and this was never clarified by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and it only added more mystery to the relationship between the detective and the singer.

Carole Nelson Douglas took advantage of this and in 1990 created her series “Irene Adler” where the character moves to France and she gets involved in various situations which requiring to emulate Sherlock and she becomes a detective herself. Between 1990 and 2012, have been published 12 novels.

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“Professor Moriarty”

It is clear that some characters of Sherlock Holmes become iconic not by the number of appearances but by the impact they cause. Professor Moriarty only appeared in a story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Final Problem” but in that book, Moriarty “kills” Holmes. He instantly became the nemesis of Holmes. Then when the pressure by the public made ​​Conan Doyle agreed to “return to life” the character of Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarty is mentioned in the story “The Valley of Fear” but does not actually appear. However, Moriarty already was a popular character among readers.

Author Michael Kurland has written several books using Sherlock Holmes, but he also created his series of “Professor Moriarty ” using him as the main character in the stories, where in various situations, he is involved and / or is forced to solve mysteries using his great intellect rivaled only by Holmes, even at times making a truce and help the great detective. Between 1978 and 2014, he has published six novels in this series.

See you next week!

Alejandro

 

Review: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher


13600711The S-Word
Chelsea Pitcher
Gallery Books May 7th 2013
Pages 304
ISBN 9781451695168
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

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Summary:
First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie’s looping scrawl.

Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she’s caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie’s own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.

Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie’s quest for the truth behind Lizzie’s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for—even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible.

My Thoughts
The S-Word was disappointing. Pitcher was ambitious in her debut with heavy content and the most unlikely protagonist but she fell short and the sum was poorly executed.

The poor writing, lack of editing and a weak plot created a disaster. Perhaps with fine tuning and a different approach The S-Word could have held merit, sadly this wasn’t the case.

I had difficulty with Angie, could not stand the girl at all. With Angie narrating the book it is a super quick read. With the ‘mystery’ slant, Im sure plenty of readers will fly through the pages with much intrigue.

The power of words and judgement have great impact as depicted in the book, I wish Pitcher took a broader approach on such serious subject matter and presented it in better form.

Pitcher’s intent failed for me, appreciate her effort and I wish her the best for future writings, her style just didn’t make the cut for me, shame.

2 stars

Mal

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


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Title: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult Literature, Romance, Tragedy

Published: January 10th, 2012

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Synopsis:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Thoughts:

My friends basically pushed me to read this book, because of ‘the feels’. So, I decided to read it before the movie comes out in June.

Hazel, I think, is the most admirable character I have ever read in YA book. She doesn’t have paranormal abilities, she’s not a badass kickass fantasy heroine, and she’s been dying of cancer all her life. Yet, she is the most real girl I have ever read. I loved her witty comments and statements riddled throughout the book from the beginning. I love how she doesn’t try to hide from the truth, how she accepted the truth. I love honest she is about her cancer and her condition and her impending death. She is also so empathetic with other people and their plights. She thinks of the people in her life. I really liked how she was so obsessed with An Imperial Affliction and its ending. She is such a fangirl, lol.

Augustus Waters was such a hero. I just want him to know that, no matter what he thought, he is the most heroic character I’ve ever read. He made sacrifices for the people he loved. Not big sacrifices. Just the little things, the ones that matter, the ones that count. Him and his metaphorical resonances! Gosh, I loved those. He was so awesome. And those big words he always used! He always sounded so intelligent. He and Hazel were such an intellectual couple. They were both so smart, and clever. I really admire that about them.

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There were actually a lot of metaphorical resonances and symbolism in this book. It’s so erudite.

I don’t want to get into any of the other characters, or stuff I specifically adored from TFIOS, because I don’t want to give any spoilers. One thing remains, though: Hazel’s mom is the best fictional mom in the whole wide world. And Peter Van Houten was the best plot twist ever.

I just want to say that this book was not at all what I expected. It was 10000000x better. I’ve never read a book that are me think so much in my life. It’s incredibly quotable and ponderable and awe-inspiring. And another thing: this book literally made me cry buckets. Remember, if you haven’t read it and you finally do, to keep a box of tissues ready.

Favorite Quotes:

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“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

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“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

“The marks humans leave are too often scars.”

9.5/10

5-stars

kele

It’s Teaser Tuesday!


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This a weekly meme held on Tuesday’s that was created by Should Be Reading

Here are the rules:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry

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 Jack McNulty is a ‘temporary gentleman’, an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never permanent. In 1957, sitting in his lodgings in Accra, he urgently sets out to write his story. He feels he cannot take one step further, or even hardly a breath, without looking back at all that has befallen him.

He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has worked and wandered around the world – as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer – trying to follow his childhood ambition to better himself. And he has had a strange and tumultuous marriage. Mai Kirwan was a great beauty of Sligo in the 1920s, a vivid mind, but an elusive and mysterious figure too. Jack married her, and shared his life with her, but in time she slipped from his grasp.

A heart-breaking portrait of one man’s life – of his demons and his lost love – The Temporary Gentleman is, ultimately, a novel about Jack’s last bid for freedom, from the savage realities of the past and from himself.

Teaser

By the grace of God we were travelling in convoy that night. And by the grace of God, for some reason only known to its captain and its crouching sailors, the submarine melted off into the deeps, not that any of us saw it. A corvette bristling with machine guns manoeuvered up near me, I heard the confident voices with wild gratitude, arms reached down into the darkness for me, pulled me from the chaos, and I slumped, suddenly lumpish and exhausted, at the boots of my rescuers, falling down to lie with other survivors, some with dark-blooded wounds, a few entirely naked, the clothes sucked off them.

I lay there, ticking with life, triumphant, terrified. I noticed myself checking my inside pocket for the roll of banknotes, as if watching someone else, as if I were two people, and I laughed at my other self for his foolishness.

We steamed into Accra the following morning.

Leave your TT links below!

Mal