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Harmony House – Book Review

About the Book:

Carrie meets American Horror Story meets The Shining in this terrifying YA horror novel from the author of Tweak and Schizo.

Something’s not right in Beach Haven.

Jen Noonan’s father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror.

After her alcoholic mother’s death, Jen’s father cracked. He dragged Jen to a dilapidated old manor on the shore of New Jersey to start their new lives—but Jen can tell that the place has an unhappy history. She can feel it the same way she can feel her anger flowing out of her, affecting the world in strange ways she can’t explain.

But Harmony House is more than just a creepy old estate. It’s got a chilling past—and the more Jen discovers its secrets, the more the house awakens. Visions of a strange boy who lived in the house long ago follow Jen wherever she goes, and her father’s already-fragile sanity disintegrates before her eyes. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn’t know was haunting her—and the mysterious and terrible power she didn’t realize she had.

Sam’s Review:

First an orphanage, then a hotel, now a home, Harmony House has a dark past, and seventeen year-old Jen and her father are at the center of it all. Jen thinks that the house is trying communicate to her, but she can’t tell what it’s saying. Worst of all, her father is being affected the most.

All it takes is one look at the house, and seventeen year-old Jen knows that bad things are going to happen to her and her father. Not long after, on the same day, she hears her mother tell her good-bye, though her mother’s been dead for a few months. Then she starts having the visions of the orphanage and pieces of her father’s past.

When she has her new friends over for a visit, things take an unexpected turn, and not for the better. Christy jumps off the banister, after disappearing without anyone noticing due to a short power loss. Though everyone tells Jen that Christy will be alright, she still feels shaken up. Jen’s father only makes matters worse by insisting that they pray for forgiveness, even though she tries to tell him that she needs sleep.

When she hears from Rose, the local café owner, that she has special powers, she refuses to accept it. Afterwards, she starts to wonder if it’s her causing the storm, her father’s insanity, and the summoning of the ghost of a long dead boy. If she’s not careful, whatever’s possessing her father may kill her…

Harmony House was written by Nic Sheff, and was published in 2016 by Epic Reads. This book is for teens, and isn’t illustrated. I’d give it 5 stars for a gripping story and vivid details. The genre is horror. The prologue and epilogue are stories of what happened before Jen’s story. I’d recommend this book to all teen and adult horror fans.

This book is available from Amazon in paperback, hardcover, Kindle, audio book or audio CD here. [affiliate link]

Awaken Your Divine Intuition – Book Review

This week’s book review is Awaken Your Divine Intuition by Susan Shumsky, DD.[Note: this post contains an affiliate link.]

This work on intuition has been on my wish list for several months. Recently, I received this as a gift. Sadly, the months of anticipation didn’t pay off.

The book covers a good deal of information (in a roundabout manner). Part one is dedicated mostly to the author’s own personal journey with meditation. Part two teaches what to expect during your “Breakthrough Meditation Session” (which is jam packed with testimonials about how wonderful the program and Dr. Shumsky are). I believe part three held the most value for me as an intuitive empath, as the author covers spiritual safety and how to protect yourself while meditating and practicing various spiritual practices (what’s safe, what’s not, and why). I do not personally agree with all of the author’s recommendations, but I am also of the mind that this does not discount the value of what she has to say in this section of the book. The final textual section of this book, “Inner Space Adventures,” covers a variety of anecdotes that demonstrate the extremes of virtually all of her warnings. 

Dr. Shumsky’s writing isn’t always easy to follow, and at page 100, I felt she was still trying to sell me on what she proposes and the value of her particular program (and her various other books, which she promotes endlessly throughout the entire 212 pages of text. After sifting through all the testimonials, I’d say that the actual meat of the book has some useful information in it, and the meditation that comes with the purchase of the book is deep and purposeful.

The author states that God is not attached to one particular religion, but I will warn potential readers that this book has a decidedly Christian bent to it. If such things offend you, I’d recommend staying away from this book. If you can see past that, the techniques and tips in this volume are worth reading. 

I’ve been trying to come to a conclusive decision regarding a recommendation on this book, and thus far (after 3 weeks), I’m still at a loss for a definitive good or bad. So, I’ll just leave this here for you to decide for yourself: 

This book has very valuable information in it for those who work with their intuition and for those who wish to develop a deeper Divinity-centered meditation practice. I believe that Dr. Shumsky could have filtered a good deal of the self-promotion and made the book more concise, however, I also think she (and her agent/editors) likely had reasons for leaving it in, besides just meeting a page-count goal. For the reader who is willing to wade through this mire, the book holds its own value.

You can purchase this book in Kindle or paperback edition from Amazon here.

Secondborn – Book Review

About the book:

Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state.

But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?

Sam’s Review

Hello once again, and our topic for today is the book Second Born. This wonderful tale of treason and tyranny against the second born children of the Fates’ Republic is very slow for most of the book, but speeds up very close to the end.

The storyline is very good though because of Roselle’s heritage and her allies’ attempts to throw her first born brother off of the throne. The book is science fiction, and the heroin’s spunky attitude will be hard to hate.

It gets 4 of 5 stars. Please do not forget to subscribe, like, and enable notifications.

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Buy the book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle, paperback, audiobook and MP3 CD here. [affiliate link]

The Productivity Handbook for Lazy People – Review

About the Book:

How Would You Like To Get More Done This Year Than You Have In The Last 10 Years?

Overcoming procrastination and unlocking your latent ability to be productive doesn’t have to be rocket science.

The art of productivity is based on a number of definitive fundamental techniques that not only guarantee results but promote your ability to perform under dire situations.

In this book,you will be introduced to a number of techniques and practical principles which aim to harness your ability to be laser focused, thorough in planning, efficient in execution and smart in prioritizing to promote productivity on a daily basis

Forget about secret recipes to success and natural born talent, deliberate practice and implementation of the techniques in this book will unlock the doors of success in any and every sector of life.

You will learn:

  • How to set realistic and smart goals that are actually achievable. 
  • The science of hard work and how to tap into your full potential.
  • Multiple pomodoro techniques that have been customized.
  • How to switch from To-Do Lists to a Success List and how it can change your life.
  • What it takes to get the most out of a 12 hour day.
  • Daily non-negotiable habits to keep your strong, fit and alert.
  • An effective technique to deal with difficult tasks.
  • What athletes believe is the key to being the best in the world.
  • How to work even when you feel drained, lethargic and uninspired.
  • Habits and routines that promote productivity and results.

Let’s unlock the greatness within you!

About the Author:

‘A Picture Tells A Thousand Words’ 
I prefer writing a thousand words instead. That’s just the thing, I love writing. Oh wait, I’m supposed to do this in Third Person. Zak Khan is an experienced writer who will become a bestselling author. 

Lawyer, Photographer, Writer, Dreamer, Manga&Anime Fan, ‘Abstract’ Painter (Keyword Abstract) and resides in sunny side South Africa…where we supposedly don’t have fresh drinking water let alone an internet connection 😉

To get in contact, email TheZakKhan@Gmail.com or check him out on Twitter.

Jenn’s Review:

Disclaimer: I am a productivity nut! I have so much on my plate on any given day, that I am always on the hunt for new ways to streamline my day, so… when I got Zak’s email about this book and his promo (I was able to get the book for free on Amazon for a limited time), I snatched it up and stuck it on my to-read list for a day I couldn’t come up with another book to read.

That out of the way, I had just such an opening not long after purchasing this little gem. And right out of the gate, I fell in love with the premise of this self-help book: Knowing what to do, and doing it, are two completely different concepts.

August of last year, I reviewed Level Up, by the same author, and since that book had a number of useful ideas, I looked forward to diving into this book. 

Mr. Khan’s editing still leaves some to be desired (though this book had fewer glaring mistakes than Level Up), however, the premise of the book, along with the concepts he outlines in Productivity Handbook are spot on.

As a fellow productivity fan, the concepts in this book are mostly things I’m already doing, i.e.: actually doing the work. You can study ideas and suggestions and concepts until the cows come home, but folks, if you don’t put it in gear and DO, you’re never going to get anywhere.

This book is a quick, easy read at just over 100 pages (105 to be exact). I was able to read it in a single afternoon, and in the introduction, Mr. Khan promises to lay out his concepts in easy language that a twelve year old could grasp. As the parent of a twelve year old, I’m very tempted to put him to the test, but for now, I’ll refrain. Sam already has a reading list for reviews that is amazing.

I can vouch for every single one of the ideas laid out in this simple volume. If you are aiming for some big goals this year, you’ll want this at the top of your reading list. As in – get the book now. Read it today. Don’t procrastinate. (Because procrastination gets everyone to the same place: nowhere)

Buy the book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions here. [affiliate link] 

Voices – Book Review

About the book: Ansul was once a peaceful town filled with libraries, schools, and temples. But that was long ago, and the conquerors of this coastal city consider reading and writing to be acts punishable by death. And they believe the Oracle House, where the last few undestroyed books are hidden, is seething with demons. But to seventeen-year-old Memer, the house is the only place where she feels truly safe.    Then an Uplands poet named Orrec and his wife, Gry, arrive, and everything in Memer’s life begins to change. Will she and the people of Ansul at last be brave enough to rebel against their oppressors?Sam’s Review:

Voices, by Ursula K. Le Guin, is a fantasy story built in a land that thrives on books for knowledge, though not everyone sees books like the people of Ansul do. Filled with moments of caution, times of suspicion, and feelings of treachery, people who love prophecies, wars and books in general will love this fine storyline. Memer, the spunky heroine, will not disappoint the ones who have high expectations for those who take it upon themselves to defend their homeland. Filled with magic, lovable characters, and dubious enemies, Voices can keep people going until the end, leaving one wanting more.

This book is young adult level, and please remember to check out the link to Thrice Read Books.com that is in the description box. Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already, enable notifications if you haven’t already, and leave a like. If there is a book you want me to read, please let me know in the comments, and I might get back to you. I will see you all next week in Sam’s Teen Reads Corner. Bye!

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You can buy the book in Kindle, Hardcover, paperback, audio or preloaded digital player from Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon: Book Review

Book Review:  Book two of A League Novel, was just as good as book one if not better.  Kenyon has hit another great series with the League novel, and if you don’t fall in love with Syn or Shahara, you need to check your pulse.  Funny, witty, daring, and all out action and romance.  Another Kenyon that’s strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.  Easy four star rating.

You can purchase this book here.

You can also purchase this book from Amazon in Kindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook and mass market paperback here. [affiliate link]

Born of Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Book Review

In the Ichidian Universe where The League is law, most live in fear. We fight back. Welcome to a world where corrupt assassination politics dominate everyone. It’s kill or be killed. Welcome back to the future…and meet hell’s new breed of heroes.

Devyn Kell spent his life in service to the League until he learned of the double dealing and backstabbing that was costing innocent people their lives. Refusing to play those politics, he became a Runner―someone who makes sure planets get the weapons, medicine and supplies they need to survive. May the gods have mercy on any who get in his way, because he definitely won’t.

Alix Garran is a woman on the run from a past she can’t escape. Signing on to work for Devyn as a System’s Engineer, she finds a cause she can fight for―and a man she can respect. But as Alix’s past catches up to her, and Devyn’s old enemies turn lethal, they have to fight together…or fall alone, in Born of Ice, the third bestselling League novel from Sherrilyn Kenyon. (From Amazon.com product listing.)

I found book 3 to the League Novel series excellent giving it four stars.  Kenyon surely did not disappoint once again.  For a Sci-Fi Romance novel, this book and series is great.  Yes I know it was made for a lady, but it has just the right amount of action and violence to satisfy a man.  If you have read books one and two, you do not under any circumstances want to miss book 3.

You can purchase this book here.

This book is also available on Amazon in Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook and mass market paperback here.

Truck Stop – Book Review

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Jenn reviews Allie McCormack’s Truck Stop

About the Book

Truck Stop; Allie McCormack
New Adult; Romance; 232 Pages

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (June 5, 2017)

Teri Campbell is on the run, on a bus ride to nowhere. An unscheduled stop on the wind-blown plains of Wyoming leaves her at M&J’s Truck Stop… and in the arms of Mike Gallagher, the young trucker who appoints himself her protector, who understands her as no one else could. But will her new life and her new-found love be enough when events take an unexpected turn? …and can even Mike keep her safe from the past that threatens to reclaim her? (From Amazon.com description)

About the Author

A career medical transcriptionist, Allie McCormack is now writing from home full-time. Allie has traveled quite a bit and lived many places all over the U.S., and also a year in Cairo, Egypt as an exchange student, and a year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia under contract to a hospital there, plus a short stint with NATO while she was in the Army. As a single mom, she raised a wonderful daughter who’s recently married and there are plans afoot for grandchildren. A disabled veteran, Allie now lives in the beautiful Sorona Desert in southern Arizona with her two rescue cats and writes full-time.

Allie says: “A writer is who and what I am… a romance writer. I write what I know, and what I know is romance. Dozens of story lines and literally hundreds of characters live and breathe within the not-so-narrow confines of my imagination, and it is my joy and privilege to bring them to life, to share them with others by writing their stories.”

You can sign up for Allie’s monthly newsletter and find out about her other upcoming releases and current projects – www.alliemccormack.com.

Connect with Allie McCormack on Twitter – @AllieMcCormackK

You may buy directly from Ms. McCormack and receive a hand-autographed copy from her website www.alliemccormack.com

Also by Allie McCormack:

Wishes in a Bottle (Paranormal Romance)

Swansong (Contemporary Multicultural Romance)

A Gift of Jacinth (Paranormal Romance)

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Jenn reviews Allie McCormack’s Truck Stop

Jenn’s Review

Ms. McCormack has established herself as a storyteller with this tender, bold telling of Terri’s foray into life as a survivor of abuse and her budding romance with Mike. She has tackled the topics of teen pregnancy and child abuse with masterful skill, strong, well-developed characters and an engaging plot. Definitely worth the read!

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Insurgent – Book Review

Insurgent is a great book and follow up to Divergent.  Again if you saw the movie, don’t judge this book by it.  In this reviewer’s opinion this book was 100 times better than the movie and actually makes you want to read book 3.  I give this book 4 stars as it’s one of the best and great for your high school student.  This is a great book for either boys or girls.  

You can buy a used hardcover edition of this book from Thrice Read Books here.

You can also buy this book at Amazon in Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook and audio CD editions here. [affiliate link]

Spirit Animals: Book 1: Wild Born

Fun book.  Great for upper elementary school to middle school.  The book flows great but may be to easy for more challenged readers of age bracket.  This is book 1 to a series. There is a code so your child or children can play the online game unlocking their own spirit animals.  Fun read at any age.  Great book for 4th and 5th graders to sink deeper into book reports with, as they will want to read the book and share what they read, as they find their favorite of the spirit animals talked about.

You can buy a used copy of this book here.