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DRAYKON

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Author: Charlotte E. English
Published By: C. E. E.
Age Recommend: 16
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Draykon" by Charlotte E. English was indeed a cute fantasy with lots of mystery. The author was able to tell the story using a very detailed fantasy world that seened real. The words were quite different and that made it a little hard for me but I did get through this read. Words like 'orting, 'shortig,' and 'gwaystrel' (and many more) were used in this fantasy novel and I will only say you will have to read "Draykon" to figure out just what these names are referring to. You may be surprised.

The setting of this story was in Glinnery but I was a little confused that at sometime in the novel I didn't know where I was at that time... I know there were seven realms with each having there own strange names and people. Then there were the upper and lower realms and really I didn't know wher…

WoNdeR

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Author: R. J. Palacio
Published By: Random House Children's Books
Age Recommend: 14+
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
                                       5  STARS FOR WONDER!


"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio was a remarkable read. I must say Ms. Palacio that
I have never read a novel that was simply unique, wonderful and very exceptional
all rolled up on one. Simply the novel was all of that and more! It was one of a
kind! This book is for all.... children, teenagers and adults will enjoy this wonderful
read. The author told this story beautifully. It was a read that I could not put
down until I had finished.

August (Auggie) was born with an unknown birth defect, having over twenty-five
surgeries... was now ten years old and never had been to school. Auggie had been
home schooled by his Mom. Now, his parents decided it was time for him to go to
school ... so as a fifth grader he is now attending his first year of middle school at
Beecher Pre…

SHADOW OF THE wITTE wIEVEN

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Author: Debbie Peterson
Published By: Inkspell Publishing
Age Recommend: 14+
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Shadow of the Witte Wieven" by Debbie Peterson was a good read especially if you are in for fairy, ghost (ship), mystery and romance read. I found this a cute fun and lovable story. The story was definitely one that would keep you on the edge of your seat trying to follow this heroine...

Aliyana Montijo was a DEA (agent) that was to stop the assassination of top officials that had been ordered by the 'Colombian Drug Lord'(Emil Mercado Just how this author was able to get this story told using the time line was simple great.When Aliyana is over the Bermuda Triangle and the plane crashes ... there she meets up with Wolfaert Dircksen Van Nes (Wolf) and his crew. Aliyana now as a bounty on her head.....Just who could she trust? Her brother had told her to never trust anyone.
Will Wolf and his crew be a…

Truly, Madly, Deeply, You

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Author: Cecilia Roberts
Published By: Inkspell Publishing
Age Recommend:16
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

Truly, Madly, Deeply, You, by Cecilia Robert was a sweet light Valentine's Day romance. The two main characters are Liese Hansfeld and Fretag Meier were simply wonderful. I really enjoyed the way the author put this this sweet short story together.

Liese was in her home for her annual four days of mourning of her true love. However, her best friend Freytag decides that this year he would make things a little different for Liese. With Freytag having deep feelings for Liese just how was he prepared to let her know of the way he truly feels about her. There were two obstacles standing his Freytag way: With Liese feeling of guilt (for her husband and child that had died in a car crash) and another man who had wanted to get involved with Liese. Fregtag who was Liese's best friend was determined to distract her from all …

THE DOGTROT MURDER

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Author: R.E. Schobernd
Published By: R.E.S.
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating 5
Blog Review For: Great Minds Think Aloud
Review:

"The Dogtrot Murder" by R.E. Schobernd was fantastic crime/mystery read. Truly the author did wonderful job with this storytelling. Carter Johnson worked for a group that seek vigilante justice for those who have been persecuted and wronged by the lawful legal system. Now, Carter Johnson is working as James Walkington in this story who is investigating a guilty verdict against Kate Menke. James has been asked to investigate Kate's case to see if there is any reason this conviction should be reversed.

Kate Menke was convicted of murdering her husband (Gerhart) but members of the group and family (a friend) do not believe in her guilt. So, James being the forceful person he is goes into his vigilante style of revenge (justice)to get her out of this incarceration.

James had his hands really full with …

The Blonde Heiress

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Author: R. E. Schobernd
Published By: R. E. S.
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: Great Minds Think Aloud
Review:

"The Blonde Heiress" by R.E. Schobernd was a fantastic read. The author really put in much thought into this novel and I found the story line very intriguing. When you say it all comes out good in the end.... well .... this is really one with a different ending. It will leave you thinking WoW!

Carter A. Johnson had just received a innocent verdict for murder. Then Carter
resigns from the police department and then he takes a secretive job where he can
carry our his own vigilante justice from those who have escaped by the regular
normal channels. How Carter was chosen for this job isn't a mystery to those who
chose him for this job. Why was that?... You will find out from this read.

Carter works the investigation and this story goes at a fast pace that will keep you
on the edge of your seat. There wil…

Run from Fear

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Author: Jami Alden
Published By: Grand Central Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Run From Fear" by Jami Alden was a good romantic suspense read for me. The story is of Talia Vega who was trying to have a normal life... in Northern California with her eighteen year old sister (Roseario) after she had earlier gone through a living hell of a
life with Nat Brewster, David Maxwell, and Margaret Grayson-Maxwell.

Life was looking up for Talia until she started receiving 'gifts' that had been previously
given to her by David Maxwell. Talia had made some bad mistakes with her life and was
trying to put it all behind her and started a new life for herself and her sister.
And then an old friend comes back into her life....Jack Brooks. Talia did not know that
 Jack had been watching over her for the past two years... and there the story really takes off presenting many twist and turns all over …

Promise Me Eternity

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Author: Ian Fox
Published By: I.F.
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Promise Me Eternity" by Ian Fox was indeed good suspense
mystery. The author really had a lots going on in this novel. It was a long read and if you are able to stick with it.. lots of details ....you will find its a very good read. The characters go on and on....Dr. Simon Patterson, (his wife) Helen, Anita and Jerry, Carlo and Christine, Edna, and Paul Tuttle only to name a few.
All of these characters and more really prove to be very interesting people in this novel that changes a lot in each chapter. You will have to definitely keep up or you will be left wondering just what is going on.

"Promise Me Eternity" was a fast paced read that took many twist and
turns to that you had to follow to keep up. For you will find a lots of suspense, jealousy, affairs and murders. Truly money was of great importance in this nove…

FAERIE WISHES

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Author: Valerie Bowen
Published By: V. B.
Age Recommend: 16
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating 4
                    Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Faerie Wishes" by Valerie Bowen was a cute and sweet romantic fantasy read. I really enjoyed this storytelling by Ms. Bowen. Talia Saturnfrost was a fae and had dreams of living among the humans....becoming a human. After Talia
 meets and falls in love with Cayden (who was a human) she decides that this is what she wants and that is to leave her forest home and live with the human...Cayden.
Her best friend Juniper was not for her doing this...but Talia had her own ideas on this matter and she wanted this dream to become a reality for her. So, just how this  all turns out you will have to pick up this novel. But I will let you know that sometimes  what you ask for may not be the best of you...as in this story. Sometimes some wishes can even almost kill you.

The characters in this story were outstanding.. For ther…

A BROODING BEAUTY

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Author: Jillian Eaton
Published By: J. A. E.
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: Great Minds Think Aloud
Review:










"A Brooding Beauty" by Jillian was a good short romance novel. The author really worked her magic with this story and it really turn out to be a cute story dealing with Catherine and Marcus (Duke of Kensington).

The story was of two people that had misunderstood each other in more ways
 than one. Marcus leaves to work in America and upon his return hears that
his wife has been cheating on him. (Rumors) Instead of this couple talking
 about this situation both of them are now distant and very short with each
other. Next .... Catherine is wanting a divorce even though she still loves Marcus.....
even through she believed he had a mistress. (Rumors) Naturally Marcus says NO
 to the divorce. How the author is able to bring this couple back together is a work
of art. Will Catherine and Marcus finally be able …

HIS CHOSEN BRIDE

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Author: Sherry Gloag
Published By: Astraea Press
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:


"His Chosen Bride" by Sherry Gloag was a sweet romantic story. I liked the way the author presented this storytelling. It was truly all about family. For Henri... his thoughts were to have his father pick his bride. The King of Scotland who had been ill.. was now well and wanted to his son Henri Pierre Gasquet (who had taken care of all his responsibilities while he was ill) to take an indeterminate leave of absence. Where? and Why? (to find a bride)?....

Henri went to Liam and Melanie (his brother and wife) who had a farm and they ran a Riding School for Children with special needs.' While there Henri was not the only visitor at this time... for there was Monica Latimer who Henri quickly is to blame her for reasons that didn't really make any sense... was there something going on between these two? Monica wa…

Inspirational Quotes

Ms Jennifer  O'Neill's Inspirational Quotes are very good and to the point.
This was a wonderful and quick  read.

Here is one of the quotes I liked:

"You only have one plate to fill, if you filli t with everyone else's stuff,
there will not be enough room for your own stuff."

COMPROMISING KESSEN

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Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Published By: Astraea Press
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA





Review:
"Compromising Kessen" was a definitely good fun romance
read with it being a modern day but yet it had bits of history in the story.
Both of these together made this story a fantastic read. It was one that
was hard to put down until I was finished. I really like all the humor it had
bringing out a lots of interesting situations that you will only have to read
and find out just what it is all about. I was definitely laughing out loud
all the way through this storyline. The novel had some awesome
characters: Kessen, Christian, Nick and Duncan.... only to name a few but
there are some more that you will find interesting in this read. It is very
good how the author is able to draw you into the story.


Certainly, Kessen and Christian were made for each other and let's not
forget Nick and Duncan... with all of their cr…

Her Dark Baron

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Author: Nadja Notariani
Published By: NN
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:4
Blog Reviewed For: GMTA
Review:

"Her Dark Baron" by Nadja Notariani was a good romantic read. The story setting was in the 1600's and all I can say is if there are any more barons out there.... well I will not say more.... you will just have to read this novel for yourself. I liked it!
How Ms. Notariani is able to relate this story of Mariel and Gervase Daltrey (the hero and heroine) who both were strong characters... was very interesting that you will fall in love with them. . I enjoyed this medieval romance. For Gervase, Mariel was truly his 'Sweetling.'

The story line really had a definite plot and the novel was short compared to many others that are longer and go on and on. The details were well understood that made this storytelling a delightful read. I felt that the novel was well written in the three stages of this story: the beginning…

Walking With Elephants

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Author: Karen S. Bell
Published By: K.S.B.
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:



"Walking With Elephants" by Karen S. Bell was a very good read for me.
Believe me when I say the name of this Book and Cover will throw you
because I was truly in for a different ride until I read this novel and was Truly Surprised!
I was able to relate to many of the thoughts of Ms. Bell. Many times
women such as Suze Hall who is a middle aged woman are presented with life....husband, children,
housework, job(corporate world) and then there are friends... even an ex lover(former flame).
Truly Suze was stressed to the Max!
This story was truly a real one in that it really showed just what happens
in real life to many of... us women. Many women today are faced with
a lots of basic life...work and family issues. How we handle them are sometime very interesting ....
as in Suze's case.
I found myself laughing so hard at a lot …

The Heart of The Rose

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Author: Kathryn Meyer Griffin
Published By: Eternal Press
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA













Review: The Heart of The Rose" by Kathryn Meyer Griffin was a very good read.
This story is so full of historical (Civil Wars)information that you are made to feel that you are there. This story is around the time of King Edward IV. The heroine in the story definitely Bronwyn. I felt she had a good heart. Truly she had such devotion to her sisters,
son and even her friends. There are several sexual scenes (rape scenes)
that are graphic and was very hard to read. However, I believe the author was trying to get the reader to understand just how terrible this was. And she did!


I thought that the author did a good job with the story... maybe a little long but we needed to know all of this information so we could understand the novel. In the read we find ...Was Bronwyn a witch or just a power healer?

Bronwyn was a poor peasant girl …

SANCTUM ANGELS

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Author: Edenmary Black
Published By: eBookit.com
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:


"Sanctum Angels" by Edenmary Black was a wonderful paranormal romance read. I really enjoyed the way the author was able to relate to the reader what she was truly feeling at that certain time. I found this novel very easy to read and understand
because you were truly walked through every scene.. with the reader beingable to know just what was going on at all times. From the first scene ...going to the bank until the very last scene by describing everything that was going on......... And believe me when I say a lots went on in the story. You were right in with the story whether it was a sexual sense between the lovers in this story
or just the general issues that went on in this story that just kept me on the edge of my seat. I was not disappointed in any way. This was definitely a adult romance. Truly Priana Grey and Joe…

Protected

Author: Cindy M. Hogan
Published By: O'Neill Publishing
Age Recommend: 14+
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA

Review:

"Protected" by Cindy M Hogan was a good followup from Watched.
There was just a much twist and turn that definitely made this novel
hard to put down until I was finished. It was very exciting to see what
this author had in store for this heroine. From being bullied at school
to the action pack of the terrorists...this is an excellent read.

Christy has now returned to Montana, her hometown after a horrible
trip from Washington, DC with her debate team only to be caught up in
more drama after Alex's' shows up....first there is a kidnapping...then with
her being dead to her family and the the story moves on to (Christy)
Michelle's new family in the witness protection program... and then Ari.
Who was Ari? Will Christy (Ari) be able to loss herself and be come this
new person? You will simply have to re…

For the Sake of Amelia-Tormented

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By Valerie Bowen
Reviewed By Arlena Dean

I really enjoyed "For the Sake of Amelia-Tormented" By Valerie Bowen. Truly Ms. Bowen loves having excitement, suspense and even humor in her book. This novel was definitely a page-tuner.

The characters were very good in this novel: Amelia, Ray, Tracy, Mark, Kyle and Mr. Ben Sullivan only to name a few.

I found the book a real page turner.. wanting to know just what happened to Amelia? Will Kyle and Amelia ever be together?

Seeing how Amelia gets out of a bad relationship to finally in a good one... you will just have to pick up this read. I believe this is a very good and interesting read that will keep you turning the page until you are finished. Then you will be left wanting more.....

Watched

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Author: Cindy M Hogan
Published By: Createspace Publishing
Age Recommend: 16+
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA

Review:
"Watched" by Cindy Hogan is loaded with mystery, with suspense, romance and excitement. I found this novel to be well written and not just for the young adult.Christy Hadden was a fifteen year old with a good character of high morals and values win a scholarship trip to Washington, DC. However, I did not understand Christy's her relationship with her parents...even those she spoke of the rules of not dating until sixteen it was strange to me that on this trip there not no contact with her parents.
The story really takes off with Christy meeting different students and all the twist and turns that she will be caught up in an FBI investigation witnessing a murder.

This novel has a lot of interesting characters: Mary Beth, Summer, Josh, Eugene, Rick,
Kara, Alex, Jeremy, and Nathan... only to name a few...making t…

Summer's Journey

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4 Stars! This was really some journey. "Summer's Journey" by Summer Daniels is very real that most women can relate to. I found this short story a very interesting read.

Misadventures Of Fatwoman

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Author: Julie Elizabeth Powell
Published By: J.E.P.
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:



"Misadventures of Fatwoman" by Julie E. Powell was indeed a wonderful read. This novel was so very important to me and I just could not put it down until I was finished with it.
The story was dealing with Andi who was over weight and had been since childhood. Andi has dealt with ridicule all during her life and this has caused her to suffers from low self esteem.

Even though she is in a good marriage Andi feels paranoid due to the fact that her first
husband had wandering eyes. Was there a reason for this? What did she find in Rays'
(husband) coat pocket? What happens when Andi finally finds out about the coat?
Was her husband cheating on her? You will have to pick up this fast paced good read to
find out.

This novel deals with there being much more to a person than is what is on the outside and
with the insecurit…

Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

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Author:  Kate Summerscale
Published By:  Walker & company
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For:  GMTA











Review:

"Mrs. Robertson's Disgrace" by Kate Summerscale was a very interesting read. There
was a lot of Victorian  history that this author used in her story to make it really unique
in more ways than one.  Truly Isabella Robinson was a really interesting person that kept you
wanting to know just what she was going to write in that diary of hers. Kate was a middle
class wife that was very lonely woman and having a husband like Henry Robinson who
was cold  to her only could lead Isalbella to do what she did best and that was to write her
 fantasies. Henry was from the Edinburgh's society and worked  and traveled away from
home.  It was very interested how the author was able to bring in the character Dr. Edward
Lane who Isabella was  infatuated with  for five years  all through her dairy.  What is to be
made of this?  We…

Interrupted: Life Beyond Words

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INTERRUPTED: LIFE BEYOND WORDS


Author: Rachel Coker
Published by: Zondervan
Age Recommend: 14+
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA





Review:

"Interrupted: Life Beyond Words" by Rachel Coker was such a wonderful read to be written by a sixteen year old. The reading is very easy to understand and this read is for the younger person as well as the adult.. I believe you will really appreciate this read.
There is a definite connection with God in this story that really helps to healing process of Alcyone (Allie) Everly. In this story there was a mixture of romance and history that happens around World War II during the 1940's.


The authors connection with the characters in this story were very real...especially Allie and Sam Carroll. The story starts out with Allie taking care of you Mom.... then there is a death that will take her from a fourteen year old to eighteen... and life really changes
for her causing her to lash out at…

Angles of the Night

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Author: Paula Kennedy
Published By: Champagne Books
Age Recommend: 18
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA












Review:
"Angles of the Night" by Paul Kennedy was a really interesting mysterious world of
Free Masons and Vampires. I believe Ms Kennedy did an excellent job with this storytelling
using her imagination and such creativity to create such a read. I found this read very hard
to put down until I was finished with it. The story was truly very intriguing and at no point
predictable. There are alots of twist and turns....so be ready for a ride.

The story was really put together with well believable characters: Allison(Ally)Webber,
Graeme, Dad (Gordon), Mom, Darren Clark, Cassandra, Scooby, Max Wilson, Frank Wilson,
Darius, Thane, Darcy and this list goes on and in the read you will get to know
the rest of them. But the main characters Allison, Thane and Darcy will keep you deeply
interested in this plot. Truly from Allison first meeti…