Tuesday, January 26, 2016

G667 Book Review of At the Sharp End of Lightning by N.R. Bates

Name of Book: At the Sharp End of Lightning

Author: N.R. Bates

ISBN: 9780993190520

Publisher: Self published

Type of book: fantasy, hemophilia, England Wales, oceanlight, sprites, mysteries, pollution, time travel, 1970s, 1200s?, the chosen one, no connections between worlds

Year it was published: 2014

Summary:

AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING is the tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds. The intertwined worlds of Oceanlight and Earth are no longer hidden from view of each other. In one realm, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her family and she encounters a deadly blue haze at sea. Escaping the poison makes her realize that her world, Oceanlight, is experiencing sudden and catastrophic environmental change. Meanwhile, in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth with haemophilia, is nearly murdered by a man in a white suit who intentionally shoves him off a cliff. If Yalara and Einion don't uncover the connections between their worlds and near-deaths, it will have dire consequences for the worlds they live in.

Characters:

The characters fell more towards one dimensional rather than three dimensional, and we only catch the barest glimpses of them and very little motivations are given. Einion is one of the main characters, a young man suffering from hemophilia who is best described as curious and friendly and exploratory. Yalara and her partner Rasania are more of the fighting type sprites that are trying to figure out what is going on, while Helia is an outcast who has a special mission, and the man with the suit has his own story on why he is doing the things he is doing.

Theme:

I honestly don't know what the theme should have been

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative, mainly from Einion's point of view, although other characters such as Helia and the mysterious man in the blue suit also give their viewpoints. The story itself focused on two world of Oceanlight and Earth, but there never was a point where I felt that they connected and I could say, yes, I get it! I understand why the story played out this way. I didn't really understand Einion's explorations and the point of them, nor could I understand how he discovered the things he discovered. I also don't really understand the time travel connection nor the fact that he is something of a "chosen one." Maybe the fact that fantasy often plays the "chosen one" cliche so much in almost all the stories is a bit annoying for me.

Author Information:
(from iRead Book Tours)

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 Meet the author:
 

​NR Bates was born in London, grew up in Wales, and lived in Canada and Bermuda. He shares his life with his wife and his house with seven cats, one dog and the subtropical wildlife of lizards, wolf spiders and ant colonies that seek out a better life indoors.

He is an oceanographer and scientist, and has published more than one hundred and thirty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification. He is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK.

​His novels focus on epic fantasy and magic realism, and inspired by his deep love of the ocean and environmental sciences. He has also recently published a small book of short-stories set in Paris, entitled “The Fall of Icarus (The Elevator, The Fall of Icarus, and The Girl)”.

Connect with the author:  Website   Twitter   Facebook

Opinion:

I'm sorry to say, but I neither liked nor enjoyed the story. I did want to like it, but I felt disconnect from it, and what I wished the author would have talked or discussed didn't seem to happen. In beginning the reader is introduced to the ocean world of sprites, who are all female, if I'm not mistaken, but the reader barely sees the daily lives of these sprites and instead the story focuses on the jobs with what seems to be very little purpose or why they are doing the work they are doing. The story is also very plot focused which is not a bad thing, but when I as a reader felt disconnected from both human and sprite characters its not a good thing. I also felt frustrated with Einion and for some odd reason he didn't really grow on me. Although the summary makes it seem that both Yalara and Einion are main characters and that they will become linked, it didn't really seem to happen in this story and instead other characters, aside from Einion, play the main role. So yes, for me, a disappointing read.

This is for iRead Book Tours

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Jan 4 -   misty103 @ HubPages - review
​Jan 4 -   Splashes Into Books - review
Jan 4 -   Drako's Den - review
Jan 5 -   T's Stuff - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 6 -   The Autistic Gamer - review
​Jan 7 -   fundinmental - review
Jan 8 -   A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
Jan 11 - Book and Ink - review / giveaway
Jan 13 - Room With Books - review / guest post / giveaway
​Jan 13 - Metro Reader - review 
Jan 14 - Book Reviews Nature Pictures and anything in between  - review
Jan 15 - Heidi's Wanderings - review / giveaway
Jan 18 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - book spotlight / author interview
Jan 19 - Book Fanatic - review
Jan 20 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Jan 21 - #redhead.with.book - book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 22 - Amie's Book Reviews - review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 25 - Sahar's Blog - review
Jan 26 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
Jan 27 - Pen and Paper - review
Jan 28 - Bookworm for Kids - review / giveaway
TBD      - Beauty Book Blog - review / giveaway
TBD      - 
Cheryl's Book Nook - book spotlight / giveaway

2 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Monday, January 25, 2016

G680 Book Review of The 6:41 to Paris by Jean Philippe Blondel, Alison Anderson

Name of Book: The 6:41 to Paris

Author: Jean-Phillipe Blondell

ISBN: 978-1-939931-26-9

Publisher: New Vessel Press

Type of book: France, Paris, first love, reunion, train, lives, pride, modern times, chance meetings, connections, friendship

Year it was published: 2013 (translated 2015)

Summary:

Cécile, a stylish forty-seven-year-old, has spent the weekend visiting her parents in a provincial town southeast of Paris. By early Monday morning, she's exhausted. These trips back home are always stressful and she settles into a train compartment with an empty seat beside her. But it's soon occupied by a man she instantly recognizes: Philippe Leduc, with whom she had a passionate affair that ended in her brutal humiliation thirty years ago. In the fraught hour and a half that ensues, their express train hurtles towards the French capital. Cécile and Philippe undertake their own face to face journey—In silence? What could they possibly say to one another?—with the reader gaining entrée to the most private of thoughts. This is a psychological thriller about past romance, with all its pain and promise.

Characters:

Main characters include Cecile Duffaut and Phillipe Leduc who were former lovers until a night in London changed everything for them. Cecile is a successful enterpreneur of a cosmetics company and is best described as someone who takes time to achieve her ambitions instead of rushing through them, an ugly duckling who became a swan. She is also proud of her appearance and proud of her style. She also seems to be juggling a lot of things such as a distant husband, elderly parents, a daughter, and the company. Phillipe Leduc is divorced, regretful and seems to have had little to no success since graduating from school. In his youth he is best described as someone who has everything going for him but then seems to squander the opportunities that were given to him. He is also very loyal to friends and family.

Theme:

Life is full of unexpected surprises

Plot:

The story is written in first person narrative and although the chapters aren't marked, the author switches from one protagonist to another every few pages; the story begins with Cecile then switches to Philippe then back to Cecile and so forth. The last chapter is when the author switches to third person narrative and the reader gains distance from the protagonists. I really enjoyed the story, and was surprised at how quickly the time passed while reading it and learning about the characters.

Author Information:
(From France book tours)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

portrait de Jean-philippe Blondel 
Jean-Philippe Blondelwas born in 1964 in Troyes, France
where he lives as an author and English teacher.
His novel The 6:41 to Paris
has been a bestseller in both France and Germany.

 ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Alison Anderson is a novelist and translator of literature from French. Among the authors she has translated are JMG Le Clézio, Christian Bobin, Muriel Barbery and Amélie Nothomb. She has lived in Northern California and currently lives in a village in Switzerland.
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Opinion:

I'm really beginning to think that 2016 will be the year I'll be introduced to unusual stories or narratives, in a good way that is. The story is unusual and something that isn't easily expected. While the summary seems to be a bit predictable, about long lost lovers meeting one another while riding the same train, the story is anything but predictable because the reader goes into both of the characters' minds and we get a chance to see their thoughts, memories, lives and regrets in a very vivid detail. The narrative is captivating, charming and refuses to let the reader go. The story itself also feels very life-like and its amazing that for a story that has very little dialogue, the reader still learns a lot.

This is for France Book Tours

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, January 25
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Wednesday, January 27
Review + Giveaway at An Accidental Blog
Thursday, January 28
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at
Musings of a Writer & Unabashed Francophile
Friday, January 29
Review + Giveaway at Readerbuzz


4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Book Blitz: Debt by Rachel Dunning

99c Pre-Order Sale
Over 400 Pages
Standalone Novel
New-Adult Romance / Sports Romance



DEBT
By Rachel Dunning

Expected Release Date:
March 2016

What’s it about?

The Debt Collector


I pay my debts, and I expect others to.
I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father's passing meant I would automatically take on dad's debts. I refused.
And I paid for that refusal.
So did my sister.
So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that's where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a "favor" when I arrived.
Another debt.
I paid for that one too.
I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.
Besides, trouble is my middle name.

Kyla Hensley

I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn't care who gets rolled over in the process.
I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying "I'm sorry." The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad's wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.
I drink. I party. I meet guys.
But I wasn't always like that.
I've had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.
She and I hit the road for spring break, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.
But there's a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.
Which is when I met the Debt Collector.
It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.
That's all it was supposed to be.
I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.
And yet...so unbelievably right.

Content Warning

Not intended for readers under the age of seventeen.

Genres:
New-Adult Romance
Sports Romance

Links:


About Rachel
Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.
A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.
She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

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G669 Book Review of Kings or Pawns by J J Sherwood

Name of Book: Kings or Pawns

Author: J.J Sherwood

ISBN: 9780986287701

Publisher: Silver Helm

Type of book: elves, fantasy, political games, control, domination, wars, manipulation, friendship, roots, powerless, mysteries, division, corruption

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

The first book in JJ Sherwood's Steps of Power epic fantasy series. The Kings, Book I: Kings or Pawns is a political intrigue that spirals into an action and adventure series as the final events unfold.

8,994 P.E.-The elven city of Elvorium has become corrupted to the core by politics. With his father dead and The Royal Schism at his back, Prince Hairem becomes the king of the elven world on Sevrigel. Young and daring, Hairem is determined to undo the council’s power, but quickly finds his loyal council members brutally murdered by an assassin loosed within the city.

As corruption and death threaten to tear the city apart from within, the warlord Saebellus threatens the city from without, laying siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem finds himself in a dangerous political balance between peace and all out war.

Characters:

The main characters included Hairem and Jikun. Hairem is a young and a naive king who has inherited the kingdom and is struggling with gaining control of the council and trying to do the right thing for various peoples. Jikun is the King's general, not sure if he is older or if they are the same age, but he is fierce, loyal, and devoted to the kingdom, while at the same time never forgetting his roots or where he comes from. There are also sidekicks, namely Navon who is also a bit naive and wants to do whatever he can for the kingdom, even at the cost of his life and sanity. There is also Sellemar, a mysterious elf from the island of Ryekarayn who seems to know everything about everyone. also has a myserious agenda in arriving to the kingdom and he is portrayed as someone who is capable of doing just about anything.

Theme:

Nothing is what it seems

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative, majority from Hairem's and Jikun's points of view, although few other characters also give their view points. What I think would have been a whole lot helpful is perhaps a character list of some of the secondary characters, because while I recall who the main characters are, I have trouble remembering the secondary characters or the roles they fill in, in particular the council members. The beginning did seem a bit at odds with the summary because I expected Hairem, but instead it became Hairem/Jikun. As the reader does go forward, the story does pick up a lot and becomes more exciting, and the ending, well, not what one expects or awaits.

Author Information:
(From Iread book Tours)

Buy the book:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble
J.J. Sherwood author pic
Meet the author:   

J.J. Sherwood lives in Ohio with her husband and four near-identical cats. KINGS OR PAWNS is J.J.’s widely anticipated debut novel, and is the first book of The Kings quartet. The series is set in the high fantasy world of Aersadore, home to hundreds of characters who all clamor for J.J.’s attention. To learn more about the trials and tribulations of General Jikun and King Hairem, visit StepsofPower.com. J.J. Sherwood will be at the tenth Fandom Fest Comic Con in Louisville, Kentucky this coming August 7th-9th.

​Connect with the author:  Website   Twitter   Facebook


Opinion:

Amazing is all I can say. Definitely am crossing my fingers to get a chance to read and review the sequels of the books, and the story isn't what one expects; the cliffhanger is also excellent to keep the reader's attention and to get them interested enough in getting a sequel. I think in beginning I struggled a little because from the summary, I thought the entire book will be from the King's point of view. While some of it was, there is an unexpected player that enters the story and who becomes more interesting than the king. While the politics dominate the scene (first time I'll say that the politics and voting and so forth was made interesting by the author,) along with wars, the author also adds humanity to the characters allowing the readers to see their hopes, dreams and vulnerabilities.

This is for iRead Book Tours

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Jan 5 -   The All Night Library - review / author interview
Jan 5 -   Drako's Den - review
Jan 6 -   T's Stuff - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 7 -   Bound 4 Escape - review / giveaway
Jan 7 -   Book reviews nature photos and everything in between - review
Jan 8 -   Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - book spotlight / guest post
Jan 11 - Pure Jonel - review / guest post
Jan 12 - Ali - the Dragon Slayer - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 12 - Heidi's Wanderings - review / giveaway
Jan 13 - 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy , + Sissy, Too! - review / giveaway
Jan 14 - Olio by Marilyn - review / author interview
Jan 15 - misty103 @ HubPages - review / guest post
Jan 18 - The Autistic Gamer - review
Jan 18 -  alwaysjoart - review / giveaway
Jan 19 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
Jan 20 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review / giveaway
Jan 21 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Jan 21 - JBronder Book Reviews - review / author interview
Jan 22 - Zerina Blossom's Books - review / giveaway
Jan 25 - Blooming with Books - review / giveaway
Jan 26 - Bookramblings - review
Jan 27 - Confessions of the Perfect Mom - review
Jan 28 - Cover2Cover - book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 29 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
Jan 29 - Dab of Darkness - audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
TBD      - abookwithbea - book spotlight / author interview
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Book Review for Tree of Souls The Mythology of Judaism by Howard Schwartz Book 2 Part 15.15

General Information:

Name of Book: Tree of Souls

ISBN: 9780195086799

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Year it was published: 2004

Overall theme:

"With only one God, heaven would be a barren place, at least in mythic terms. Yet the actual Jewish view of heaven is quite different. There are seven heavens, filled with angels and other divine beings, such as the Messiah [Not jesus!], who is said to have a palace of his own in the highest heaven. The clestial Temple can be found there- the mirror image of the Temple in the earthly Jerusalem- as well as an abundance of heavenly palaces, one for each of the patriarchs and matriarchs and sages, where he or she teaches Torah to the attentive souls of the righteous and the angels..." (xliii)

"Drawing on the full range of Jewish sources, sacred and nonsacred, ten major categories of Jewish mythology can be identified: Myths of God, Myths of Creation...Each of these categories explores a mythic realm, and, in the process, reimagines it. This is the secret to the transformations that characterize Jewish mythology. Building on a strong foundation of biblical myth, each generation has embellished the earlier myths, while, at the same time, reinterpeting them for tis own time." (xlv)

 Book Two: Myths of Creation

 Part XV: The Unfinished Creation

189. God the Potter

Issue: G-d is being described as a potter who constantly reshapes His works and rewards the good but punishes the evil ones.

190. The Unfinished Creation

Issue: The universe is never finished and it requires work without stopping; the world is created over and over everyday, and if there is a pause, chaos would ensue.

To Be Continued...

G671 Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession; Understanding Our addiction

Title of the book: Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession; Understanding Our addiction

Author: Michael S Levy

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Publishing Date: 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4422-4312-5

Summary:

Celebrity culture surrounds us. We are inundated with information about actors and actresses, athletes, musicians, and others who have become famous or infamous. Although we never will likely meet or get to know them, our interest in them seems boundless. We are literally obsessed with being entertained as well as with the people who entertain us.

Who our celebrities are has also shifted; in the past, celebrity status was bestowed on men and women of great accomplishment, those who had given the world something to be proud of and to celebrate. Conversely, today s celebrities are generally people involved in entertainment from TV newscasters to people who appear on reality television programs, as well as some who are simply famous for being famous. What remains an enigma is why we, as a society, are so infatuated with being entertained, as well as with those who entertain us and appear in the media. This book makes sense of this spectacle by explaining the reasons for this obsession from a psychological, social, and historical perspective. It suggests that we have become addicted in much the same way that a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol. Finally, the author offers his observations on how to free our minds from this captivation. Anyone interested in understanding more about our need to live vicariously through the rich and famous will find answers in this book."

Author Info:
(from iRead Book Tours)


Buy the book:  Amazon    Barnes & Noble
Michael S. Levy author pic
Meet the author:   

Michael S. Levy, PhD is a clinical psychologist who is the director of substance use services at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Massachusetts. He also maintains a private practice in psychotherapy in Andover, Massachusetts and is a lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has often been interviewed on radio and television. Levy has published numerous articles and book chapters, gives many lectures and workshops, and is the author of one previous book, Take Control of Your Drinking...And You May Not Need to Quit.

Connect with the author:   Website   Twitter   Facebook

Personal Opinion:

Maybe I was a bit luckier than others that I had early exposure to media manipulation, or that I came of age in early 2000s and grew up in 1990s, way before the Kardashian clan took over the TV, and that I realized in teens in how much watching TV shows has hurt my self-esteem and caused me to feel ashamed of myself; in truth, I don't know which one of these factors was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, but all I know is that I don't make it my entire life in following celebrities' lives and research their secrets. I think the reason I volunteered to be on the book tour is to understand the question that I long had; why are sports and entertainment areas are more important than art and science areas? Why aren't authors or scientists or even local politicians as famous and well-known as celebrities are? (If you're a book reader, and you try to talk to someone about books you have read, and they only watch TV, be prepared for very awkward moments...) The book answers those questions and gives a whole lot more reasons than one would expect. I was pretty surprised to learn that a lot of factors play into our obsession with celebrities such as novelty, beauty, sociability, need for idols, etc. while the author points out these important issues, he also doesn't condemn them and states over and over about how human it is. Some of the research is pretty shocking and sad, in fact. Unfortunately, the author only goes into solutions in the last chapter or so, and even then the solutions are very precursory and involve parents and children. (Sad thing, a lot kids that grew up in late 1980s and 1990s, are starting to become parents, and its rumored that this generation isn't well known for having strong social skills, and perhaps they see nothing wrong with celebrity worship.) In other words, something I'd highly recommend to be read, but unfortunately the book lacks the solutions for turning life and society away from entertainment worship to real hero worship.

This is for iRead Book Tours

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

First Impressions: E-Reading G136. Clotho's Loom: A Novel of Literary Romance and Realism by Shawn StJean

Name of Book: Clotho's Loom: A Novel of Literary Romance and Realism

Author: Shawn StJean

ISBN: 9781479271528

Publisher: Glas Daggre Publishing

Year it was published: 2012

Summary:

CL has gone to the second round of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and has been awarded the IndiePENdents Seal of Good Writing.

William Wyrd, an introverted history professor at long remove from his youthful days as a marine sniper, is drafted to serve overseas in the U.S. military at age thirty-nine. Already in a relationship made tenuous by the demands of dual professional careers and their own dearth of interpersonal experience, he and his wife are completely estranged by the blunder on the part of the government. But is this merely human error at work, a bad mix of circumstances—or tangling of the skein of Fate? In the tradition of Robert Ludlum's Bourne Identity and follow-up novels, this literary action-adventure tale tests whether one's present choices, and even ultimate destiny, need be determined by one's past.

CLOTHO’S LOOM tracks the struggles of a husband and wife to reunite against forces arrayed to keep them apart. Will decides to keep his reactivation a secret, and deal with the claims from his dark past alone. Assured by faceless authorities that there has been no mistake, and given a date to report, he falls in with political undesirables and succumbs to their attempt to recruit him. He soon embarks on a quest for identity that leads him around the globe. Meanwhile, his partner, pregnant and abandoned, must navigate the no-less-treacherous task of survival at a highly politicized law office, dominated by two temperamentally opposite bosses, and the glass ceiling they erect over her. The narrative proceeds in an alternating chapter structure, paralleling Will’s masculine adventures with those of a woman enduring both professional and domestic perils. The common solution: a razing of egos, and the tempering of two spirits into alloy, alchemized by the common love of a child.

Opinion:

With my first impression of the book, I feel that every minor detail that one would consider unimportant is being treated as if it has great importance, and 3 pages in, already I'm not sure what the beginning of the story is about.

Verdict:

I don't think I'll continue reading the book

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

First Impressions: E-Reading G132 13 Years in America; One woman's pursuit of an American Dream

Name of Book: 13 Years in America;  One woman's pursuit of an American Dream

Author: Melanie Steele

ISBN: Createspace

Publisher: 9781475215663

Year it was published: 2012

Summary:

13 Years in America is a story of hope, sacrifice, and the modern search for happiness that is at once a moving personal journey and a sharp, hard look at the American Dream.

After moving to the United States from Canada, a free-spirited young woman rejects the status quo and embarks on a journey to discover what it means to be truly happy and fulfilled in the Land of Opportunity.

Her 13-year search spans half a dozen states, a bunch of fearless adventures, and ever-increasing crises, divisions, turmoil, and discontent. Through it all, she holds on to her fearless pursuit of happiness and fulfillment against ever-decreasing odds.

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Opinion:

From the pages I have read so far, the story does sound interesting, but I was still a bit confused about the first chapter and the importance of crossing the border. Also, I feel that relationships between the main character and the people aren't explained, and the background is the same.

Verdict:

I don't think I'll continue reading the story

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)
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