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Beautiful Lies

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Author:  Jessica Warman
Published By:  Walker Childrens
Age Recommended: 16
Reviewer:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
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"Beautiful Lies" by Jessica Warman was a good YA mystery novel which was full of many twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  This story is of twins(The Foster's) that were identical and even their  aunt Sharon  and uncle Jeff ....that raised them  since their parents had died were not able to tell them apart.  Rachel was the  normal twin....quiet and studious  while Alice had a wide side, who was a artist as a 'psychic.'  While the twins were out...one of the twins...Alice disappears and it becomes Rachel's  plot to figure out just what as happened and why. Since this was not the first time that Alice has disappeared...their aunt and uncle don't seem too concerned. But what had happened to Alice?  Now, this is the time that I say you must pick up "Beautiful Lies" to find out just what is…

Beneath the Shadows

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Author:  Sara Forster
Published By:  St. Martin's Press
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewer:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
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Review:


"Beneath the Shadows" by Sara Forster was a wonderful good Gothic mystery thriller. You will be guessing from the start till the end on how this author creates such a crafty story.  You will be found not wanting to put down  "Beneath the Shadows" as you journey through this ride with  Grace.
"Beneath the Shadows" opens  with Grace, Millie  and her husband Adam who have just inherited their home from Adam's grandparents. The story takes place in the 'English Moors'...Adam has now disappeared....only leaving Millie(their baby girl) on the porch.  Now, Grace has returned to the isolated cottage from France where her parents live to go through boxes and things that belonged to her husband Adam. For Grace the only thing on her mind was just  where was her husband and why had he left her?  Ms. Forster wi…

Just a little Faith

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Author:  Amy J. Norris
Published By:  Astraea Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 5
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Review:

"Just a little Faith" by Amy J. Norris was truly one of the best reads that I have truly romantic read in a very long time.  This author Ms. Norris did s very good job with her storytelling of "Just a little Faith.  It was truly a novel of a strong family sense of faith.  With all of that just add the humor that I found that this read had and you will find a well written dialogue being very easy to read.  Along with a good story comes the wonderful characters...Paxson, Sebastian, Jim, Lincoln, Traci, Durango, Rich  and Tori really made this novel come alive for me. In your read you will see 'Seb and Pax will go through difficult times that will have to be dealt with.'  "Just a little Faith" really did drew me in that I wasn't able to put it down until I got to the end finding this novel definitely being a 'combination of love, death, struggl…

Knee Deep

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Author:   Jolene Perry
Published By:  Tribute Books
Age Recommended: YA
Reviewer:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
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Review:

"Knee Deep" by Jolene Perry was a very emotional, heartfelt, wonderful, direct and easy read. This author was able to show the abuse that was touched  by Ronnie only to be seen from the very start of this read. The  girl Ronnie Bird was thought to have had it all..great parents, friends, doing OK in school and most of all ....the love of her life?  But was this all really true?  Shawn had been Ronnie's
'soul mate' since she was fourteen. 

The author does a wonderful job with "dealing with the sensitive issues of abusive relationships and how women, especially teens" do make excuses for the behavior for the one they love who they think loves them. I did like the fact that the author presented such a wonderful  well written novel that was even a fast paced read.  You will soon see how the transformation of Ronnies' th…

SCARS

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Author: Cheryl Rainfield
Published By: West Side Books
Reviewer: Arlena Dean
Age Recommended: 12+
Rating: 5
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Review:

"Scars" by Cheryl Rainfield was some very  fast, interesting, and realistic being very raw and emotional read that will leave you thinking WoW! This is a very powerful and intense read so please ... be aware of that.

Ms. Rainfield ....the  author did a wonderful job with her main character...a strong character Kendra..she was a victim of abuse, a cutter, a artist, a lesbian and now getting help from a therapist. Now  there is a lot of information that will be presented in this novel... so get ready. A lot of time these topics are very hard to discuss but this author does a good job at her presentation of
"Scars" .....this novel...not sugar coating any of it. This novel  read was a good look at self-mutilation...friendship (with Sarah...then Meghan) that was formed and was a well written story of a horrible ordeal for this girl named K…

The Boarding House

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Author:  Sharon Sala
Published By:  Belle Bridge Books
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating:  5
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Review:

"The Boarding House" by Sharon Sala was some real tough well written read. This is a subject that a lot of people don't want to talk  or read about..'child abuse' but it is something that must be addressed and this author did a wonderful job at it.  This was done with such a compassion and skill that the reader is left only feeling the emotions for this person..Ellie Wayne. Wow was all I could say in the end." The Boarding House: was definitely a heartbreaking story with a twist toward the end that will only leave you thinking and saying  ....OMG!

"The Boarding House" was a story that  of surprises that will keep you on the edge of  your seat.  Get ready for a unbelievable ride. I don't want to tell you too much...it was a very difficult read for me with this child being a victim of child abuse and the molestations coming from a parent...a…

True Colors

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Author:  Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Published By:  Random House Children's Books
Age Recommended:  8+
Reviewer:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
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"True Colors" by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock was a very good novel for the young readers and I (adult) enjoyed it also.  This author did a wonderful job with "True Colors." Be ready for a lot of secrets that  will come out.   

True Colors" was of a girl named Blue...she had been left wrapped in a quilt in  a 'copper kettle that Hannah Spooner grew her marigolds in." This just happened to be the day that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in December, 1941.  A  sweet lady named Hannah(who was elderly) ...took in Blue and she was raised as her very own. As Blue grew older she spent a lots of her time  delivering to homes
baked items that Hannah  sold to the town people.  Now, Blue had began to wonder just who she really was..where was her mother?  Why had her mother left her in a copper kettle? What if Han…

Tempting the Best Man

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By:  J.Lynn
Published By:  Entangled Publishing:  Indulgence
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewer:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
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Review:

"Tempting the Best Man" by J. Lynn was a nice romance novel that was somewhat predicable, however it still was a pleasant delightful read. This novel was definitely one of those novels that you would call hot, sexy and good fun read. In this novel we find that Madison(Maddie) has had a crush on this Chase guy since childhood.  Chase was Maddie's brothers best friend and also the best man in upcoming wedding. Chase had always believed that Maddie was too good for him so...he had her place off limits...since she was the sister of his very best friend.   As the wedding is  getting ready to take  place Chase and Mattie finds themselves living together due to a  big mistake that had been made. But this a mistake?   Now this will be the time that I say that you must  simply pick up "Tempting the Best Man" to see how this all will tur…

TWANG

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Author:  Julie L. Cannon
Published by:  Abingdon Press
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
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Review:

"Twang" by Julie L. Cannon was a interesting fiction read of  a twenty-three year old Jennifer Clodfelter who was from Blue Ridge, Georgia......who  just knew she was to a a country  music star...but what she found... was rejection even after all of her determination with her demo homemade tapes...still rejected by each and every music label in Nashville, Tennessee.  However, even after all these rejections Jennifer would not give up and after three years it looked as if she was on a journey that would only lead her  to the fame that she had wanted.  Only was this really want Jennifer wanted?...now having all the fame and glitz and  even the number one hits...what was up for her now?  A decision would have to be made for Jennifer to "whether to sing her pain to a loving audience or find the courage and faith to face the mu…

WHAT YOU DIDN'T SAY

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Author:  Keary Taylor
Published by:  CreateSpace
Age Recommended:   YA
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
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Review:

"What I Didn't Say" by Keary Taylor was a very emotional, sad, happy and  believable YA novel relating to HS.  To have grown up  in Jake Hayes family was truly a wonderful thing in how much the family enjoy and showed love for each and everyone.  After a bad decision that was made with (Jacob) Jake getting into the truck with some other friends who were all drunk from alcohol.... his life changes forever.  Just being alive was something , after Jake's accident where a t-post is driven  into his neck that literally rips out his vocal chords and he is no longer able to speak.  It looks like all of Jake's dreams has be just ripped away from Jake, but he has a love for a certain girl named Samantha  who was able to help him with his disability. For Samantha (Sam) life hasn't  been dealt her a great number of cards in that …

WORTH THE RISK

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Author:  Robin Bielman
Published By:  Entangled Publishing 
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud

Review:

"Worth The  Risk" by Robin Bielman was a wonderful romantic read.  The author did a wonderful job  presenting these two people. Wow, is all I can say for a well written romance.  Certainly,  Ms. Bielman knows how to bring out the plot,  good dialogue, sex, and the adding other good characters.. to only present  a good contemporary romance and we get a wonderful sweet read.  This is definitely a page turner that was well written dialogue. These two people... Samantha and Dean had been apart for five years, but after a rush for a historic preservation job they are now back together again.  Will the sexual tension and chemistry be the same as it had been before?  What will come of this? ... Will they get back together?  Now, this is where I say you must pick up "Worth The Risk" to find out will the guy…

WITCHES

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Author: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Published By:  Damination Books
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5

Review:

"Witches" by Kathryn Meyer Griffith was quite some new  read for  me and I enjoyed this paranormal read.   Be ready for some horror, mystery and a little bit of romance to see how Ms. Griffith well cover the storytelling in "Witches."

There was two witches...a good witch who was Amanda Givens..white witch in that used her powers for only good living in a cabin in the wood of Canaan, Connecticut with her cat, Amadeus.  However, life for her would be turned ugly in that she was wrongly blamed for murders that had been committed by a Satanic Cult... 'drawned back in time by this ghost of Rachel Coxe, who was a dark witch who had drowned for being involved in black magic during the 17th century.' All of this end up being a true good vs. evil....light versus dark.  The difference between good witches and bad witches...and then e…

The Last Vampire - Revised Author's Edition

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Author:  Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Published By:  Damnation Books LLC
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
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Review:

"The Last Vampire:  Author's New Revised Edition" by Kathryn Meyer Griffith was a excellent paranormal romance read. Only  Ms. Griffith can present vampires in a world that has gone to hell
and keep the reader on the edge of there seat. 

The character ...Emma was simply off the chart... leaving me only say... this was some woman.
After her friend Larry, her husband and children were all died.... after returning home and grieving .... just how would Emma be able to make it in this world?  Would she starve?....moving to caves and
finding dead skeletons...she hated not having food, water and shelter that had been taken from her...now being stalked....now what would she do....she kept moving... never stopping... raiding homes for food...she kept moving...then the men who had raided her shelter found Emma...what was going to…

Trouble in Paradise

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Author:  Stephanie Norris
Published by:  One Tale Publishing
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
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Review:

"Trouble In Paradise" by Stephanie Nicole Norris was a amusing romantic read with a lot of drama, suspense and action....loaded   with twist and turns that kept me reading on till the very end... I stayed up to finish this one!

In "Trouble In Paradise"  you will find this novel  a love story involving some very interesting  characters ...some likable.... some NOT ... starting with Victoria Mathis, Joshua Eubanks,  Ms. Danielle Shumaker, Caroline Banks,Rebecca, Shayla (Shay) Morrison, Leon, Greg, Detective Sanchez, Dantae and I may have left some other important ones left  out...but I am sure you will find  who they were in your read. I found that each of these characters gave a emotional high ride that kept the reader pulled into the storyline. The two main characters were Victoria...  who was becoming a psyc…

Torn, Sixty Days of Calabosse ( A Fictional Memoir)

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Author:  Tracy James Jones
Published by:  T. J.
Age Recommended:   Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
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Review:

"Torn, Sixty Days of Calabosse" by Tracy James Jones was a fictional diary  of Adrian Bailey that has been incarcerated under false pretenses. Adrian has been locked up in the "local county jail (United Rural Farmers Detention Center)  for the first time in his life."   OMG!  What does he have to fear this this place?...Mostly  well ... everything.....'including prejudice from someone of his own race'  so there is only one thing for him to do and that was 'to succumb to whatever means necessary in order to survive in this place.' Wow!   Adrian (Biscuit- his jail name) learns early on that he must  "navigate the rocky waters of his incarceration... finding the most amazing array of human emotions
in himself and his fellow inmates...hope, love, humor, courage and the  limits of sanity."  However, e…

The Land Of Darkness (The Gates Of Heaven # 3)

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Author:  C. S. Lakin
Published By: AMG Publishers  
Age Recommend: YA
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud

Review:

"The Land of Darkness" (The Gates of Heaven # 3) by C. S. Lakin  was a very good read and happens to be Ms Lakin third in a series "following the quest of a twelve year old girl named Jadiel and her unlikely companion, a woodworking apprentice who is obsessed with finding a legendary bridge."

In this novel you will find it a very enjoyable read featuring...suspense, drama, morality and even emotion.  This good vs evil that steals men's souls...was just greatly delivered to the reader along with
the Scriptures in this novel was simply wonderful.   As a matter of fact I see that this novel was  a 'fairy-tale, fantasy quest and a Biblical allegory.' 

One can clearly see the authors has a wonderful imagination and really does a great job at putting this all to paper for us readers to simply enjoy.


I w…

Death in the Delta: Uncovering a Mississippi Family Secret

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Author:  Molly Walling
Published By:  University Press of Mississippi
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Review: "Death in the Delta:  Uncovering a Mississippi family Secret" by Molly Walling was indeed some interesting read.  This author upon acquiring information that her father had killed a black man back in 1946 in Anguilla, deep in the Mississippi Delta and it seems that her Dad got away with this  'scot-free.'   Now Ms. Walling was talking to different people over what and how this happened...only she gets many versions of the story....now she wants to find out which one of these stories are the truth.  When you are trying to look into 'family secrets' what do you really expect to find?  Wasn't her father one who had come from the war  and then worked for the paper...seeing all kinds of things going on...Yes this was the pre-civil right area....Wow!  and definitely not a good time for the black man. The author worked  hard …

DEAD TIME

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Author: Anne Cassidy
Published By:  Walker and Company
Age Recommend:   YA
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4

Review:

"Dead Time" by Anne Cassidy was a good YA mystery series 'The Murder Notebooks #1 .....setting in London that was during the common law marriages...bringing to life... the siblings.... Rose who was 12 and  her step brother Joshua was 14.   Rose's mother and Joshua's  father went out to dinner and simply never returned.  What happened to them?  Rose and Joshua separate and then later after Joshua attends the university where Rose now 17  lives with her grandmother. They are now trying to form a
relationship that proves to have become complicated. Roses has excepted what the officials had said of her mothers death but Joshua hasn't and continues to investigate which causes problems for Rose.
On top of this Rose witness another murder and she takes off to find the killer her her classmate not knowing that there would be a lick to the disappear…

Broken Angel Volume One

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Author:  Christina Worrell
Published By:  Midnight Hour Publishing
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For: GMTA

Review:

"Broken Angel Volume One" by Christina Worrell was truly a wonderful read of twenty-two poems for anyone who has or is feeling defeated.  The author really know who to get our attention with feelings that help you sort through life and then let them all out.  Being able to capture the feelings  of sad, down, and out... for  we have all felt sometime in our daily life often not able to really let those
feelings out.  Most times we are able to handle this depression and deal with these feelings with time and much care...even if that means seeking medical help from your physician.

All of the poems were wonderfully  written and my favorite one was ... 'Unloved.'  I can truly say Ms. Worrell did a wonderful job with these poems and I can understand why it took her  so long to share this poetry. I found this poetry a tou…

Trusting the Law

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Author:  Kendall Evans
Published by:  Astraea Press
Age Recommend:  16
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For: GMTA

Review:

"Trusting the Law" by Kendell Evans was a good short novel.  The time was 1922 in Chicago where the prohibition was in tact....being that it was against the law for operate a bar that was offering liquor. However, for Grace felt that this was her only way... in order to  pay the daily bills and the medical bill for a uncle that had raise her.  Just how far would you go to help those you love?

 When Grace runs into Paul who was a Chicago policeman (Paul) and that is when this story picks up.  How will this turn out?  Now, this is the time that I say you must pick up "Trusting the Law" to
find out.  You will find it a very sweet read!

If you are in for a short emotional romance... I would recommend  "Trusting the Law"   as a good read for you.


DROWNED

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Author:  Therese Bohman
Published by:   Nordstedts Forleag
Age Recommended:   Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA

Review:

"Drowned" by Therese Bohman was a literary, psychological, and chilling -thriller novel. 

"Drowned" is of a university student from  Stockholm,Marina, visits her older sister on vacation.   Stella who is a horticulturist  and her husband Gabriel....who is a charismatic older man and a writer.  Marina is attracted to Gabriel and senses something very strange in her sister's 'idyllic life' which she will end up caught up in the feelings of sensuality.  A vacation that you would have thought to be relaxing soon becomes something very dark and forbidding."  OMG!  This  will definitely  leave the reader to wonder what was really going on in this more complex well written story. This is where I say you must pick up "Drowned" to read.

The author does a wonderful job as her descriptions and details …

COME TO THE TOWER, LOVE

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Author:  Lisa Greer
Published By: Gothicked Books  
Age Recommend:  16
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud

Review:

"Come to the Tower, Love" by Lisa Greer was a delightful Gothic romance novel that was simply sweet. 

Morgan Peer inherits Woodmere Manor in the Hudson Valley in New York ...a home with dark past... having secrets and even creepy stuff...like "ghosts and learns bout the tortured history of the house....and its five tower rooms" in a small town from a father that she had little contact with.  Morgan is a former history teacher that has 'big plans  for the future' for this mansion, however,  
after meeting two men (Owen and Noel) things become even more complicated. Was someone trying to mess with Morgan mind?  Well, this is the time that I say that you must pick up this good read and find out out just what is going on in "Come to the Tower, Love."


If you are in for a good novel of  ghost an…

Tomorrow Blossoms

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Author: Joyce DeBacco
Published By:  Joyce DeBacco
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5

Review:

"Tomorrows Blossoms" by Joyce DeBacco was a real good read that I really enjoyed from the first page until the very last centering around family life with plenty of trials and tribulations that come
from all of it. 

"Tomorrows Blossoms" starts with Kate Beecham from a very shy young girl and ends as a mature woman.  The author is able to relate to its readers all the feeling and emotions through her good dialogue of writing for this novel.  There was definitely a feeling for Kate in all that she loss of a husband and  family issues with two young adult daughters with many problems of their own and that she is so involved in.  Will Kate ever find peace and joy in her life?  Well, this is where I say you
must pick up this wonderful read to find out.


In this novel the author is able to hit all the following issues.... teenage pregnancy, beautifu…

The End the Book: Part One

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Author: J. L. Robb
Published By: WestBow Press A Division of Thomas Nelson
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:


"The End The Book: Part One" by J. L. Robb was some excellent read. I was very skeptic about the title.... having some fiction, non-fiction, even Bible quotes and verses(and this isn't over done
in any way). I was not able to put this novel done until the end!

I found that J. L. Robb was able to really work it for the readers....in that "The End" was frightening, amazing and even humorous all rolled up together.

You will be left wondering could these things really happen bringing terrorism to us in our own back yards and religion being pitted against one another.... leaving one to say only "WoW and then in "The
End" we all all destroyed? This novel was well written story that will only make you think .... about the apocalypse and they way we have gotten there. There was a lot o…

The Glimpse

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Author:  Claire Merle
Published by: Faber & Faber
Age Recommend:  Adult
Review By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For: GMTA

Review:

"The Glimpse" by Claire Merle was some chilling read.  It took me a minute or two to get into this novel but once in and by the ending I was hooked...it was a captivated  well written novel.  "The Glimpse" was full twist and turns that the reader was simply left astonished.   This author will leave you surprised with this very enthralling and well thought out provoking novel of a London dystopian society.  You will be given scares of not being normal,  some thrill of romance and even some glimpse into the near future and the setting was  from the UK.

I found the characters  were all interesting,  brilliant and even some  were  predictable........   Ana(Ariana) ...a real smart- strong- good person ...Jasper was to marry Ana...however, what was he involved in? I will not say ... and Cole ....one of the Crazies, handsome... Tams…

BURN

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Author:  Heath Gibson
Published by:   FluxNow
Age Recommended:   YA(some Language*)
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Burn" by Heath Gibson was some read that I  simply will not forget that did  keep my attention to the very end.  You  will get the feeling of anger  and even laughter as you read through the many twist and turns.

In "Burn" you will be drawn into a Alabama  preacher's Baptist  family... Pastor Tucker... who is  devoted and committed  to his church that takes up most of his time ....thus producing the abandonment of his sons and his fermented wife...... the life of their  son.... William... known as Wee-Wee, who just  lives to put out fires.....adrenaline is invigorating which is a addiction for him.....there is also another a brother (Steven) who had up till now been considered a bit dashing....now  has confirmed he is now gay ......then there is a new black girl named Samantha Johnson from Iowa  who is ne…