Monthly Archives: November, 2011

Scorpio Rising by Monique Domovitch

♥♥♥♥♥ You Gotta Read This Book! ♥♥♥♥♥

Scorpio Rising is the story of hardworking Alex Yvanov (our Scorpio) and beautiful Brigitte Dartois. Both are creative, bright, determined, and somehow manage to pull themselves up when all seems lost. Because neither one is willing to forget their dream of living a better life.

Alex, the son of a Russian immigrant, longs for something more. He vows to get away from Brooklyn (what he calls the end of the world) and his prostitute mother. His goal—move to Manhattan and build a stunning career in architecture.  He manages the first two, but the career becomes a bit harder for him until he wins a contest that takes him to France. Alex is smart, handsome and careful with his feelings and money. You can’t help but like him.

Meanwhile in France, Brigitte—abused and abandoned, used and discarded—slowly manages to build an art career, only to have it crumble under her fingers. But she can’t let the petty feelings of others ruin her. She has a son—a very ill son—who needs her almost as much as she needs him. She’s beautiful, carries around so many ghosts, and yet she’s as real as your next door neighbor. You can’t help but cheer her on.

I have to admit that I was expecting something entirely different when I began this book. A clash of the Titans involving two very self-motivated, determined people. Russian versus French in the battle between two passionate contenders. A chase spanning cities and countries that boils up and over as these individuals set their sights and go after the same thing. That’s not exactly how it happened. But I’m not disappointed. There was just a point in the book where I had to shift by perception and change my way of thinking about this book. I’m glad I did because that left me with an open mind which allowed me to enjoy every minute of ‘not what I thought it was.’

Scorpio Rising is a well-written, interesting story. Told in a unique and gentle way that keeps the readers wondering how on earth these two are going to meet, yet all the while deeply immersed in their individual stories. Normally, I like a more fast-paced book. But Domovitch’s method of storytelling, drew me in and kept me turning pages—and wishing there were more to turn.

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CHOSEN by Denise Grover Swank


CHOSEN by Denise Grover Swank…OM…

(And Amie takes a deep breath) What a FABULOUS book! Emma has been on the run with her five year old son, Jake, for three years, trying to stay ahead of the “Bad Men” as Jake calls them. Emma has no idea why they are after her, just that they are. (I don’t suppose it’s feasible to question men in black SUVs when they are shooting at you.) The years have changed Emma, her one goal now is protecting her son. Until she meets Will.

Ex-military with a dishonorable discharge after his name, Will has been hired by the other faction to find Emma and bring her in alive. (Not a spoiler)  But as Emma reluctantly joins forces with Will things begin to change. Jake assures her that they can trust Will, but Emma is hesitant. It’s been a long time since she’s been able to trust anyone other than herself–and Jake’s premonitions. And that’s all I can tell you about the story without blowing all the twist, turns, surprises, and bombs that go off as the pages turn.

CHOSEN is a roller-coaster ride of a story. It’s brilliantly written, amazingly complex and yet simple in its message and style.  Swank leaves the reader asking questions throughout the book, questions that create a page-turning story as the answers and even more questions are uncovered.

Rarely do I run across a book that leaves me in such a state that I can’t read anything else for a while. CHOSEN is that kind of book. It grabs you by the throat and won’t let go until the last page is read.

This book should come with a warning–call for take-out, higher a sitter, and turn off your phone. You don’t want to miss this!

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With Just One Click by Amanda Strong

♥♥♥♥♥You Gotta Read This Book!♥♥♥♥♥

Turn on any kid friendly/teen targeted television station, and you will see community service ads warning our children about the dangers of social media. Too bad they don’t make some of these announcements for adults. With Just One Click by Amanda Strong, is the next best thing. It’s the story of three women–Chloe, Morgan, and Brynn–and the changes Facebook brings about in their lives. Chloe finds the love from her last high school summer. The guy who left with barely a note after she had given him her virginity. Morgan gets de-friended by her husband for cyber-stalking posts from his ex-girlfriend from high school, but strengthens a relationship with a girl-pal after tragic news brings them closer. And Brynn meets back up with her one love from the past.  Except now she’s married with two teenage children. The stories are fiction, but it’s so plain to see how they could easily happen to any one of us. And the pitfalls and benefits of a network like Facebook are so easy to spot from the outside, but not so much when your fingers are on the keyboard. This story just proves it– in an entertaining and candid way. With Just One Click is beautifully written entirely in first person. Each chapter has a header, the name of the character whose mind you are entering. I admit at first I had trouble keeping the women separated as I read, until I got to know them better.  But once I became more acquainted with Chloe, Morgan, and Brynn, it became easier to relate to each story just through their name at the top of the page. Their stories are chronicled, from beginning to end, though in a slice of life kind of way. What happens after they clicked on to join and the changes that followed. This novel is a keeper, a must read, and one to share, ‘cuz you never know what might happen With Just One Click.!/_amanda_strong_


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