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Our Wild and Precious Lives
Our Wild and Precious Lives
Price: $4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Melly was here.", April 18, 2015
I cannot improve upon what the other reviewers have said. This is an exceptional novel, which, as they have noted, seems more a memoir than a work of fiction. The Amazon author page is blank for Mr. or Ms. Russo, but surely the author was a soldier.

Our Wild and Precious Lives deals with the big questions of Life, Death, Love and Loss set against a backdrop of WWII and the Korean Conflict, and as another reviewer has correctly noted, from many points of view, all handled perfectly.

More importantly, it also deals with the social upheaval in families and societies caused by war, on both sides: on the side of the victor and on the side of the vanquished. Our Wild and Precious Lives makes clear the considerable costs of war paid by the ordinary enlisted soldiers and their kin. It wrenchingly pulls back the covers and shows us the pain and anguish caused by ordinary people trying to "do the right thing."

Sergeant Major Jim McCarron, a hard-working Irish American is the overbearing patriarch of a military family, married grudgingly to an Italian woman to fulfill a promise to his best friend, with two unwanted children. Those children are also casualties of the Second World War. There are extended families suffering, too, in Brooklyn and in a village near Naples.

For those teens and adults who were born after the 1960s, this novel will teach them history not learned in schools as a rule. It will teach them perspective. The novel also covers the tense years of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Readers will learn geography; some German sentences necessary for kids to get by in a foreign land, split into East and West; European architecture; and will find an abundance of cultural information about German society, Italian society and American society. Some of those American cultural beliefs are only revealed to the holders of same against the backdrop of minority status in a strange land. They will become familiar with General Patton and the social stratification in the army at that time.

This novel also fits the "coming of age" genre in that we meet the two teenage characters when they are fourteen and thirteen, but it regresses and progresses in time deftly. Teenage problems such as bullying, racism, dyslexia, parental abuse, feeling misunderstood are handled sensitively and well. The movies and popular music of the time features prominently in the many school dances, which were among the few social outlets available to Army "brats."

Cimarron, based on an Edna Ferber story, was Melly's favorite film. It has been described as starkly beautiful, wildly adventuresome, and grippingly dramatic. At its core is guilt, a war over land, and a family disrupted. I understand Melly's point of view completely.

Leila Smith for The Kindle Book Review.
The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author nor with Amazon.


An Otherworldly Exhibit: It Calls Itself Corliss the Celestial
An Otherworldly Exhibit: It Calls Itself Corliss the Celestial
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars “The display of ugliness, for intellectuals, is as important as the display of beauty.”, April 17, 2015
I did not comprehend this story until the end. It was gruesome, the main character is evil from the start (both of his life and the book). I read on because I had promised a review and I rate in writing ability not strictly "did I like it" though that can also be part of the writing ability.
Corliss's journey is intriguing, though I felt the world could be better generated and explained. However, many science fiction worlds are thus: complicated and not fully explained in one book because of said complexity. I noted a few typographical errors, especially in the beginning, but later it was cleaner in that regard (unless you have a pet peeve about typos you probably won't notice at all).
This story was meant more for intellectuals (no, I don't mean those with three or more doctorates, in this definition, the "thoughtful" applies) to ponder than for the masses. It was out of my style of what I typically read so that has played a factor in this review. To be honest I almost stopped reading it because I couldn't see a happy ending. And there was no true happy ending but this is a "think about all you've read" book not a "they all lived happily ever after" book.
Did I like this book, not particularly. Would I recommend it? Yes. To those I feel would enjoy it or the intellectual aspect of reading it, I would absolutely recommend this to them. I hope this review helps readers find the appropriate book for themselves.
Traci – The Kindle Book Review
(KBR reviewers receive free book copies in exchange for a fair and honest review)


The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister (Treasures Retold Book 2)
The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister (Treasures Retold Book 2)
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Not-so-Grimm fairy tale, April 17, 2015
A twist on Little Brother, Little sister, Stepmother is a compelling story of love and magic. Exposition (world creation) is seamlessly woven into the plot and dialogue so the reader is never lost, only intrigued and captivated until the end. Stepmother had all the elements a good story should have, including a moral (no I'm not referring to ideas about right and wrong) and the characters were well developed for a short work.
Keep in mind the story is not long (novelette length, instead of novel length) but I'm sure would be an excellent addition to your library. My copy included a bonus story at the end so I can only assume your copy will have the same addition.
Happy Reading everyone!
Traci – The Kindle Book Review
(KBR reviewers receive free book copies in exchange for a fair and honest review)


A Twist of Fortune
A Twist of Fortune
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pass the por' cakes b'y!, April 17, 2015
This is the fourth instalment in the series following the exploits of Sergeant Winston Windflower, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police working on the remote island of Newfoundland. The topography and climate of the location of the novel provide a key device within the narrative, allowing for a sense of isolation, a small community feel to policing and enough drifting snow to cover footprints at even the busiest of crime scenes.

A Twist of Fortune tells the story of drug smuggling gangs and multiple homicides, but the book isn't fixated on murder mystery and instead weaves the criminal investigation narrative around those of the decline of the local fishing industry and Windflower's personal life, relationships and his love of the local food and not so local scotch whisky.

The story of the decline of a once thriving local industry is universal, one could draw parallels between Newfoundland fishing and UK mining towns, so a lack of local knowledge won't effect your enjoyment of this book. Indeed the bleak, snowy, daylight limited setting will be familiar to viewers of Sky Atlantic's recent flagship TV series Fortitude.

The action moves at a steady pace throughout and with relatively short chapters it's easy to get stuck in. My only criticism is the balance of criminal investigation with character development and sub-plots. It can feel a little mundane at times, as I'm sure police often work is, but a little less coffee and doughnuts and a little more drama and tension-building certainly wouldn't go amiss.

A solid and absorbing read nonetheless.

Reviewed by MJ Meads from The Kindle Book Review.

The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.


Clarence and the Traveling Circus
Clarence and the Traveling Circus
by Melissa C. Northway MS
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Nervousness with a Mask and Juggling Skills, April 15, 2015
It's juggling audition time for the Circus, and Clarence is an amazing juggler. With the nickname "Clumsy Clarence" however, Clarence agonizes that his clumsiness and nervousness might ruin his audition. But then he thinks of a disguise...

Storyline: Stories that show triumph over fears and weaknesses are powerful and our children need them. I can see why this book earned a Reader's Favorite 5 star badge, Clarence is a likable character and we root for him to win, while remember to be kinder to our own selves of weakness and strength! 5 stars.

Illustrations: The illustrations by Carolyn Le are beautiful. With a soft French look, the muted stripes of the circus look fabulous. These illustrations won the Reader's Favorite Illustration Award for a reason: they add to the meaning and enjoyment of the story in a charming way. 5 stars!

~Valerie Harmon, The Kindle Book Review

(disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. KBR and the author are not affiliated)


Mo and Rick discover numbers
Mo and Rick discover numbers
Price: $1.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Counting Under the Sea, April 15, 2015
Mo the whale and Rick the crab are sea creatures who learn about numbers while they search for each other through the ocean.

Storyline: This book is for pre-schoolers to help them learn to count. It's too bad the author didn't focus only on the numbers--this other plot of Mo and Rick trying to find each other was written very confusingly for young ages. It would also be helpful if the author used colors/adjectives as well as the creatures' names at the end when it's the readers turn to count (the question "how many clownfish" assumes the reader knows all the orange fish are clownfish, using adjectives to guide the young reader would be helpful). 3 stars

Illustrations: The illustrations are colorful, smiley, and bold. 3.5 stars

~Valerie Harmon, The Kindle Book Review

(disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. KBR is not affiliated with Amazon or the author)


Isn't it Nice That; a book of bedtime thoughts
Isn't it Nice That; a book of bedtime thoughts
Price: $1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Thoughts for Bedtime, April 15, 2015
A collection of comforting thoughts to think about before bedtime.

Storyline: There isn't really a storyline to this children's picture book, it's a collection of thoughts like, "Isn't it nice that babies don't have beards" (I found that one, paired with its illustration, particularly funny). The thoughts are random, but have a cozy, drifting feel to them, perfect for bedtime. 3.5 stars

Illustrations: The illustrations add humor and explanation to the deep thoughts. 3.5 stars

Total: 3.5 stars

~Valerie Harmon, The Kindle Book Review

(disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. KBR is not affiliated with the author or with Amazon)


Gone for You: Sixth Street Bands Contemporary Romance Series (Volume 1)
Gone for You: Sixth Street Bands Contemporary Romance Series (Volume 1)
by Jayne Frost
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars This Story Rocks! 4.5 Stars, April 14, 2015
This sexy contemporary romance story gives you a behind the scenes look at the life of Cameron Knight; the hot charismatic guitarist / songwriter for the rock band “Caged”. No woman can resist his charm; his smile would melt you and his kisses are unforgettable.
Never in one place for long; Cameron leaves a trail of happy, satisfied ladies always wanting more.
On a layover in Dallas, Cameron meets Lily Tennison. Her beauty is breath-taking; he knew immediately she would be his next conquest. Lily, on the other hand, has zero intentions of getting involved with Cameron. She has her own set of issues she is dealing with plus she is juggling two jobs and trying to finish art school.
Little do these two know, meeting each other will change both their lives forever, whether it’s a good or bad change, is debatable.
What happens when people meet, knowing their perfect for each other and at the same time they both realize a relationship is impossible?
“Gone for You” is the first book in the Sixth Street Band series. If the rest of the stories are written with the same passion and conviction as this book, author Jayne Frost will have a hit on her hands.
Stephanie Lasley, from The Kindle Book Review
The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.


Polarity and Indecision
Polarity and Indecision
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Depth of Character, April 14, 2015
There is a balance of light and dark in all of us. In some, the darkness becomes dominate letting depression, regret and anxiety guide their tormented souls.
Ana Reinhardt, our main character, walks on the dark side of life. She has worked in a medical facility in Brisbane, Australia for five years. Living alone and feeling lost, Ana succumbs to her self- loathing and attempts suicide. Declan, one of the physicians at the clinic, finds her in the nick of time. They start dating; soon she moves on to another doctor, Oliver. Oliver is a’ love them and leave them’ kind of guy, and that is exactly what he does with Ana. She is devastated, but Ana soon realizes he isn’t even the one she’s in love with.
Polarity and Indecision is a heart-warming book about self discovery, a girl finding hope and love in a world she felt held none of those things for her.
Stephanie Lasley, from The Kindle Book Review
The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.


Enduring
Enduring
Price: $3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and Intriguing, April 14, 2015
This review is from: Enduring (Kindle Edition)
Enduring is the highly anticipated second book in this duo-logy. At the end of Surviving, the first book, Emma Black is in the hospital fighting for her life. She had been found severally beaten, shot and left for dead. The love of her life, multi-millionaire Trace Alexander, won’t leave her side. He is heartsick that he was unsuccessful at protecting her from her stalker, whom Emma believes is her long lost abusive father.
After Emma recovers enough to be released from the hospital, she moves in with Trace. The security in and around his home makes her feel safe. Trace hires a bodyguard for Emma and then doubles his efforts to find her stalker.
This book has an air of mystery and reverence that becomes more developed with each added chapter. Every time I thought I had this conundrum figured out, the story took on a new twist.
Cleverly written, deeply moving love story!
Stephanie Lasley, from The Kindle Book Review
The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.


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