Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Book Review: Sonar the Crashing by B Truly

Release date: October 11 2013
Publisher: Brandy Truly

Is it more than déjà vu? With the Romeland family it may be destined to be true.

Life on Earth is not the only place where devastation occurs and hard choices must be made. The Royal 4 of Kadan live in the Sonar galaxy three million light years from Earth. They travel to Earth to obtain the resources they need to give their world a fighting chance. 

Their mission is compromised and they’re faced with life changing events. They have amnesia and no memory of their past. Strange dreams start to occur. They wonder if it’s more than a dream, or is it déjà vu?

The mind is a complex mystery. Amnesia is a secret unknown. The role it manifests in these characters’ lives is a catastrophic cyclone.

Shiray is frantic when she is the first to find out about their true destiny and that the love of her life no longer remembers who she is. She must find a way to restore her family before all is lost. They must prevail because the fate of their planet lies in their hand. 

What would you do if you had amnesia and fell in love, only to learn upon regaining your memory, that you are already married?

Find out in this New Adult Sci-Fi/Romance thriller!

About the Author: B Truly


Book Trailer of Sonar The Crashing in Videos

Book Excerpt with inside look into the crash in Creative writing.

I have wanted to be an author since I was fifteen years old and I'm grateful to have accomplished this dream. I have three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person I am today. I work as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas and enjoy this field.

I have very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. I like to read and watch tons of TV shows and movies. I’m addicted to romance and get a thrill out of action and suspense. I write New Adult Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal-Romance. 
In the Sonar series it was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series. 

My Review: I found the synopsis on the back of this book confusing and the first bit of the book was difficult to understand as I wasn't familiar with terminology of this world but once you became familiar with the characters and the terms it made more sense.  Once I was able to fully comprehend what was happening I began to really enjoy this story.  I think B Truly was very successful in creating a whole new world.  I enjoy a good book where I am able to feel emotions as situations arise.  I was able to empathize for Jason/Bryan as he became unknowingly the centre of a love triangle and had to deal with two loving leading ladies.  I enjoyed the complex development of characters such as Paige/Shiray and Harmony/Syira.  I would give this book a 4 out of 5 as it was difficult in the beginning to understand and if that was addressed the book would easily earn a 5 of 5.  Well written!

Stay tuned for the reviews of the other books coming Sept 11th and Sept 28th!

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and have not been influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Book Review: Summer at Sea by Beth Labonte

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2973 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WNR92RU

Four jackets of varying weights, enough socks for the entire Confederate Army, three umbrellas, most of the antacid aisle from the local pharmacy, and six pairs of old people sneakers that all look exactly the same.

Have you ever helped your parents pack for a weeklong cruise?

No? I didn't think so. So shut it. 

So begins vacation for Summer Hartwell - twenty-six years old, living with her anxiety-ridden parents, and unwillingly booked by her brother on a weeklong cruise to Bermuda. Despite the nightmare of being trapped aboard a cruise ship with Mom and Dad, Summer sees a rare opportunity to fulfill The Prophecy – her mother’s declaration that she will live at home until she gets married. With two thousand passengers onboard, at least one of them must be husband material, right? 

The only problem is Graham Blenderman – her brother’s best friend who is joining them for the week, in all of his tall, blonde, extroverted glory. Graham doesn’t believe Summer needs a husband in order to break free from her parents. He thinks she just needs a little bit of nerve. And to Summer’s introverted horror, he’s willing to spend the entire week proving that he’s right. 

About the Author: Beth Labonte

Beth Labonte was born in Salem, Massachusetts and received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She is currently an administrative assistant by day, a bored, frustrated, aspiring writer, also by day.  By night she complains about going back to work in the morning.

Beth resides outside of Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband, son, and two cats.

My Review: First off I must admit I am terrified of cruise ships.  I have seen one too many movies about cruise ships meeting bad ends for all passengers so I honestly feel I would relate best to Summer's mother at the idea of embarking on this vacation.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I sat on a beach while reading a big portion and was so able to relate to the book it was astonishing.  I LOVED how I would be reading and something so very hilarious happens in the book and I am laughing out loud.  I also have already told a few friends about how fun this read was.  It is a fun summer relaxing light read for someone looking to pass a couple afternoons like me dreaming of vacations far away.  The fun dynamic of Graham and Summer kept me mesmerized at the next fun adventure he would spontaneously book them on.  I really liked the underlying message of "live your life for YOU" and Beth's writing style enabled me to become engrossed in the world easily.  I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5.

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and have not been influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post.

Book Review: Monday, Sunday by Fenton Grace

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1702 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Hanover Press (March 4 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996153403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996153409

Laney Secord is an attractive, 32-year-old single mother suffering from the recent loss of her husband. She blames herself for his death, and has been in a state of emotional paralysis ever since. One day, she meets Christopher, a striking 16-year-old boy in the prime of adolescence. He avidly pursues her, yet she knows the attraction she feels for him is wrong. He’s just a teenager after all – what could they have in common?  

Laney tries to push him away, becoming more paranoid, feeling that everyone in tiny Plainview, Colorado is watching her, mocking her. She begins a relationship with the boy’s father, Bill, who is more age-appropriate. But he isn't quite the right match. 

The week-long romantic triangle that develops culminates on Sunday, Mother’s Day, changing their lives in ways that none of them could have imagined. 

In this beautifully written and compelling novel, author Fenton Grace explores the consequences of flawed choices, the nature of betrayal and forgiveness, and the boundaries of sexual attraction.

About the Author: Fenton Grace

Fenton Grace was born and raised in New England.  A graduate of Brown University with a degree in French, she enjoys playing piano, tennis, and keeping in shape with Pilates.  Fenton has worked in the entertainment industry at several television and movie studios in a variety of business service roles.  Happily married for 17 years, she is the proud mother of two children.  She currently lives in beautiful Souther California.  Monday, Sunday is her first novel.

My Review: 

This was the first book I have read of Fenton Grace's. I can not remember the last time I held such strong feelings about a character in a book I have read. Laney was one character that I am thankful does not exist in my everyday life. This character is completely self absorbed in herself and it was difficult for me to read.  I had limited empathy for her reading she lost her husband and was in mourning...until I read about her internal battles and choices she makes. Fenton Grace is very good at writing as it's not easy for me to feel such emotion over a character.  I found most of the book was Laney making a bad decision then second guessing her decisions.  Then proceeding to make another bad decision. 

However as much as I was involved in the story, I was a bit disappointed at the ending of it. I felt like I was right in the middle of an intense part of the book and it abruptly ended.  Again a clear show how involved I became in the book, with the strong feelings I had about its ending.

 I give this book a 3 out of 5.