A Book Review: Cheerleading Can Be Murder

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Carissa Ann Lynch wants us to believe in a cheerleader gone sociopath amongst a group of other cheerleaders whose primary goal in life is to make the cheer squad.  I remember those days.  I am far beyond them now.  So, at first I was a little skeptical, as you can imagine.  For someone who reads mainly non-fiction I wasn’t sure I could fall in love with a few fictionalized teens fighting over who does the best splits.

Then, Carissa got me.  Her talent at weaving depth into her characters, the way she ebbs and flows naturally with events, and her outstanding ability to create surprise and ethos was absolutely what pulled me in, and kept me there.

This is a great book for both teenage girls and their mom’s.  It is a flowing tale that teaches us the raw truth of navigating the teen years while attempting to be a balanced young woman.  The relationships in this novel will remind both you or your daughter that drama is temporary but love is forever.

Without giving too much away, I will tell you that I am already reading the second book in this series and cannot wait to discover more of the journey; party because I love her writing and partly because I have a 17 year old at home and Clarissa’s writing reminds me not to take the drama so seriously. 🙂  Way to write my friend, keep it up.

To purchase Lynch’s first book in this series head here now!

 

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Book Review: As Life Goes – Elementary

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Jason Zandri’s novel, As Life Goes – Elementary, whisked me away into blissful nostalgia with words that remind me of my own father.  This novel, endearing and wise, is a must read.

Zandri details the life lived of a father and son who face adversity hand in hand, soul to soul, and with a priceless conviction of truth and honesty.  Mark Sanford, Mathew’s father, picks up the pieces left from his wife leaving him and their son with an honor and dignity that makes you fall in love with him; both as a father and as a man.  Woven so perfectly throughout the pages, and throughout his life, are words of wisdom so poignant that at times I highlighted them, to make sure I could recall them for myself as a mother.  Not only does Zandri create a character who overcomes adversity with sheer will power, but he adds compassion, wisdom, and enlightenment.  I found myself cheering Mark on in the early pages as he begins to create a new life for himself and his son, Mathew.

Add in a beautiful younger woman, Diane, in need of work but more so, in need of a hero, and her little sister and mother and you embark on several relationships that blossom and bloom in glorious new colors.  Jason’s novel couples coming of age, love story, parenting, and insight  with genuine, real life inspiration and as the relationships ebb and flow through travesty, hope, and trust one cannot help but want to read more.

Growing up, and even now into my forties, my father has always bestowed pearls of wisdom unto me.  It has been and always will be one of my greatest blessings, to have a father whose words guide and support.  Zandi’s novel made me pick up the phone and call my father after having finished reading it, just to remind him of how much I love him.

If you want a book that eloquently reminds you of what it means to lead an honorable life, without being preachy, this is it.  You will fall in love with all the characters, each in a different stage in life, and even have some amazing life lesson take-aways.

For so many reasons, this novel is a treasure.   Five stars.

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Book Review: Another Time – Another Chance

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Author Steve Wilhelm gets falling in love right in his novel, “Another Time – Another Chance.” His ability to weave the magic of new love into a truly beautiful story of desire, hope, and healing is exceptional.  The story of a man, in this case, Daniel, whose life swarms with the blessing of beautiful women to whom he claims his love for, is at first a little bit one dimensional.  After all, the man has it all.  It seems, at first glance, when initially reading, that Daniel just got a great round of good luck and lives in bliss.  Where’s the plot?  Oh boy … keep reading.  Wilhelm introduces the idea of regret, that often not so distant companion of all things what if?  He does so in such a twist of fate, a simple moment of wonder, that the story takes on a life of its own.  What if we could go back and change things?  What if we didn’t have to wonder about the effects of our choices?

Daniel, having it all already, chooses to open Pandora’s box.  His memory plays tricks on him, to the point of his memory being completely erased for some period of time.  He cannot seem to shake off the idea that whatever it is that is missing, might be important.  He is given an opportunity to re-trace his life, to literally go back in time, to discover what it is he is missing and ultimately, find out what may have been.

As the reader I was at first angry at Daniel.  In fact, I had a lot of emotion.  Daniel had everything – a great wife, a loving daughter, a picture perfect everything.  Why risk what he had by challenging his memory to recall things that possibly were erased for a good reason?   Why, when he discovers what that memory is, does he want to immerse himself in it?  I struggled with the transition the author takes from Daniel in “real” life to Daniel “going back.”  However, Wilhelm doesn’t disappoint.  The new “life” Daniel finds is one that sucks you in and breathes a new life entirely into the novel.

The cliffhanger ebbs and flows throughout the second half of the novel, and I found myself getting more and more excited for a perceived outcome, one that I was sure was going to take place.  I couldn’t put this book down, not until I knew what was going to happen when Daniel woke up from his jaunt down memory lane.

Then, the author does the most difficult thing of all and does so in such a way that if he were here, in my living room, I would have smacked him on the shoulder.  He went somewhere I didn’t even think possible.   The ending leaves you breathless, and desperately wanting more.

Quite the love story, but also a novel that leaves you contemplating your own life, your own regrets and choices, and in the end provides a path that astonishes.  Five stars for this novel, pick it up today on Amazon!

Nothing is Ever In Vain: Newest Book Review!

 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is ever in vain!!, August 28, 2013
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This review is from: Restitution (Paperback)

For anyone who has suffered at the hands of someone else…for those whose pain and abuse has been swept under the rug and ignored…for those who have struggled to believe that it was not their fault….I highly encourage you to read this novel written. Take back what was right fully yours to begin with….your innocence….and realize that “Nothing is in Vain!” Everything we endure makes us who we are. All too often, we suffer at the hands of abusers, but then the life that is born from that is expected to just forget. Tess writes of her abuse and struggles, but shows we can all have Restitution! This book encourages all of us to make the journey across the bridge, and shows us the freedom that awaits us on the other side. This is not an easy book to read…it will rip your heart out piece by piece. But, by the end, it shows us that we each have the power within ourselves to piece it back together, stronger than ever!!

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