The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi

Posted October 18, 2017 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fiction, Mystery, Read-a-thon, Review, Teen, Thriller, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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The Secret Billionaire by Teymour ShahabiThe Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi
on September 29, 2016
Pages: 370
Format: Kindle
five-stars

1960s — March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns.

His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found.

Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere... Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?

My take on this book:              Wow The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi was a really great book. I knew it would be when I read the plot of the book in the email by the author last year. This book by far is my favorite one of this year!

The book captivated me from that email and even more after I started the book. I have to say that this book was better than I thought it would be and it kept me trying to figure out who this Lucian Baker fellow was throughout the whole thing. The person who is Lucian Baker was definitely a big surprise. This book is definitely a great young adult mystery thriller book that I have ever read.

The main character is a fourteen-year-old boy named Andrew Day. Andrew had a tough life until he got a scholarship to Saint Clemens and started school there. He is a pretty smart young man who is trying to figure out why he is there and with why he was picked to be the Saint Clemens scholarship kid. He loves being at Spring Forge as if it has always been home to him and is also wanting to figure out who this Lucian Baker person is. Andrew grew from this shy kid at the beginning of the book to a friendly talkative kid at the end of the book.

To me there is three secondary characters in this book. The first one is named Elder who plays a very small role that is more in the background until the end and that’s all I can say of him without revealing too much. The other two are Olivia Glayds and Cameron Renfrowe.

We don’t meet the second two until Andrew is at the school and he sees them in the assembly hall. Olivia is the mayor’s daughter and has a nonsense attitude about her until you get to know her then she isn’t like any other spoiled rich kid there at the school. She is also always, well almost always, around Cameron who is her best friend. She also changed a lot from the beginning of the book to the end.

Cameron is different from Olivia. Whereas Olivia gives off a ‘you can’t talk to me’ type of attitude Cameron is the type of person that wants to socialize with people. These three characters Andrew, Olivia, and Cameron aren’t the usual three characters to be friends. Olivia and Cameron are super rick and have been friends for a while and Andrew is the new guy that no one really knows. Cameron really didn’t change all that much as he is still the kid that loves to socialize with people and is the one that is easy to talk to.

The main antagonist is a guy that has been the antagonist since he was introduced at the beginning of the book. He is definitely an evil guy and is immediately someone that anyone will not like at all. He is also rich on his own right but wants the Surway fortune for himself since he’s always wanted it since Lyndon Surway went missing. Throughout the book he just got eviler and wanting more power/money.

The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi is a great book and I’m rating it five-stars. Mr. Shahabi is a great author and can’t wait to read other books by him in the future. He has a way to transport you into his books and makes you feel like you are there with the characters.

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About Teymour Shahabi

Teymour Shahabi was born in Paris of Persian parents in 1985. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He lives in New York City where he’s spent the last few years among serious professionals, many of whom probably prefer to read nonfiction. “The Secret Billionaire” is his first published book.


Black Bullet by L.D. Rose

Posted October 10, 2017 by karenbaron in Cats, Guest Post, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Series, Supernatural, Urban, Vampires / 0 Comments

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Black Bullet by L.D. RoseBlack Bullet by L. D. Rose
Series: The Order of the Senary #2
Series Rating: four-stars
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on August 23rd 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 332
four-stars

Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.
Not even his past life as a former Marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight.
After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who've wronged her, including every member of Jon's vampire bloodline. But Jon's soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray.
As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear--
Love.
*First Place Winner of The Paranormal Romance Guild's 2016 Reader's Choice Awards for Paranormal Horror!*

Black Bullet by L.D. Rose is a dark story that shows how much love can change a life for the good or for the bad.

This is the second in the Order of the Senary books. It was all that I hoped it would be. I really like the Ms. Rose shows us both sides of love and how great it can be when it is with the right person.

Jon is a great character. I saw glimpses of him in the previous book, Releasing the Demons. But this is his story and we learn how a vampire was able to keep his sole. Jon is also a marine and federal agent, but that doesn’t really define him. Jon is so much more and Ms. Rose has made him jump off the pages and right into my heart. Jon has extreme patience, integrity and a huge heart.

Lawan is alone in the world (well, except for her little cat Oscar) and for the most part she wants it to stay that way. She has special powers but has been running for a long time and the last time she trusted someone, let’s just say that it literally left her scarred for life, emotionally and physically. She doesn’t want to trust, love or have anything to do with anyone. She has a plan and that is all that matters to her. She has a strength that is wonderfully tender and yet she doesn’t always feel strong. She tries to hide herself from the world.

Jon and Lawan are great for each other and the Ms. Rose does an awesome job showing us why and how much they need each other. It is really beautiful. The characters grow nicely within the story.

The Gemini Vampires, Regin and Taylon Ramsden are the worst vampires around. They had Lawan for a while but then Taylon released her to upset his brother. These two are wicked. Seriously, wicked. Then with Taylon’s connection to Jon, and Jon’s to Lawan, things got complicated really fast. I am so glad that everyone got what they deserved.

My rating is 4 stars. I truly like this series, and I am really glad that Jon figured it out. He and Lawan are really great for each other. Oh, and there was a nice little surprise for Kasen and Veronica.

**Where to find Black Bullet**

** Goodreads **

This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

four-stars

About L. D. Rose

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes dark paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive Boxer, and her two devious cats.

(Taken directly from L.D. Rose’s website)


Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose

Posted October 7, 2017 by karenbaron in Fantasy, Guest Post, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Urban, Vampires / 0 Comments

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Releasing the Demons by L.D. RoseReleasing the Demons by L. D. Rose
Series: The Order of the Senary #1
Series Rating: four-stars
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on April 28th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, General
Pages: 332
Format: ebook
four-stars

Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren't over yet. Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he's still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze's mission is to protect what's left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze's blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one. Motivated by her sister's gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life's goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he's not only innocent, he isn't a man at all-he's a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze's life, a life full of darkness and horror she can't even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can't seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she's ever known. In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they've come to know and love, including one another.

Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose was dark but filled with light.

Things that I liked:

  • Blaze isn’t perfect on the outside or inside, but he kept it together and truly tried to be whom his family needed him to be
  • Blaze’s power, fire is very compelling
  • Valerie is strong and trust mostly her own instinct but she is willing to trust Blaze
  • The romance worked out great not one of the love at first sight type of books
  • The setting of New York City, with parts closed off and in ruin.
  • I really like the Ms. Rose’s descriptions, it made the story so fluid in my mind
  • The concept. I really loved, the dark and light, humanity and strong characters

I think this is an excellent start to a new series. It is a little on the dark side but that is part of the draw. The characters are witty, scarred and full of life. The Order of the Senary, seems to hold many secrets along with its collection of oversized men and their abilities. However, that mansion might needs a bit of the feminine touch.

My rating is 4 stars. I really enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to starting the next book in the Order of the Senary series, Black Bullet.

**Where to find Releasing the Demons**

** Goodreads **

This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

four-stars

About L. D. Rose

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes dark paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive Boxer, and her two devious cats.

(Taken directly from L.D. Rose’s website)


Follow the Dotted Line by Nancy Hersage

Posted October 2, 2017 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Drama, Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Read-a-thon, Review, Series / 0 Comments

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Follow the Dotted Line by Nancy HersageFollow the Dotted Line by Nancy Hersage
on January 26, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 326
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Andrea Bravos is dazed and amazed when a Styrofoam burger box with her ex's ashes arrives in the mail. Her adventure to find out what happened will upset officials of several small countries, insult the founders of three major religions, give her four adult children acid reflux, and lead her to assault with a deadly golf club.

In the process, she will joyfully drag along her soft-spoken but fearsome accountant, while trying to fend off her mooch of a nephew. It’s a convoluted and quixotic caper, but it all comes together in the end—even the avocados, World War II spy, IRS agent, palm reader, and deadly spider.

Move over Marple and Plum, here comes Andy!

My take on this book:              Follow the Dotted Line by Nancy Hersage was a really great book to read. Some parts I didn’t expect at all but they were pretty funny.

The main character is Andrea Bravos who is a screenwriter in California that isn’t selling a lot of her scripts. The story starts with her oldest son receiving the ashes of his deceased father in a burger take-out box from his newest stepmom that could be his sister. Andy has decided that she wants to find out with what happened to her ex-husband. Andy, herself, is a very interesting person. She is one of the baby boomers, loves her job as a screenwriter and doesn’t want to have to retire yet, loves her kids, and is trying to help her sister with her nephew. Andy is almost always getting into trouble or doing something that she shouldn’t be doing while trying to figure out what happened to her ex-husband.

Harley Davidson is living with Andy and he has been helping her with trying to find Mark, Andy’s ex-husband, well trying to find out with what happened to him. Harley Davidson has gone through a lot of different transitions, in the book, since arriving in Southern California to live with his aunt Andy.  Though he didn’t stay to help her toward the end of the book because of his latest transition.

Lorna helped Andy by spying on Andy’s old cabin in Big Bear. She has helped Andy a lot with different things throughout the book that only she could help her with. Basically, Lorna is Andy’s accountant, friend, and therapist at some points in the book which is a good thing since Andy needs one.

The protagonist of the book is Tilda Trivette Kornacky. She was introduced in the beginning by a note that accompanied the ashes of Andy’s deceased ex-husband. Tilda is a pretty weird character who isn’t nice as some people thought she. I don’t really want to say too much about her without spoiling the story but wow was it interesting.

Follow the Dotted Line by Nancy Hersage is a good book that kept me guessing and I definitely didn’t see the ending coming at all. Mrs. Hersage is a wonderful writer even if there were some wording issues, it didn’t affect my reading. I’m giving this book a five-star review, especially since it was a bit crazy in some parts which made me like it more.

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** Follow the Dotted Line **

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five-stars

About Nancy Hersage

Five-time national award-winning playwright and screenwriter Nancy Hersage lives in Los Angeles, traveling frequently to Edinburgh, Scotland and Boise, Idaho. She has written screenplays for NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS and treatments for Spelling and Cruise Wagner. Her plays have been produced on three continents and by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her novel, Tribunal, about sex trafficking, is available from Online Originals in London at OnlineOrginals.com. Her new musical, Out!, written with Molly Hersage, is available from the Dramatic Publishing Company at Dramatic Publishing.com.

Her drama, Beloved Friend, about the struggle for independence in Zimbabwe, was the winner of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference. Her satirical musicals have taken on a whole herd of sacred cows, ranging from heathcare and Big Oil to contemporary religion and venture capitalism.


Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon Day 10 Update September 20, 2017

Posted September 20, 2017 by karenbaron in Read-a-thon / 0 Comments

Tenth Day of the Challenge/September 20, 2017
Books Read: The Shoes Come First by Janet Leigh
Hours Read: 3 hours
Total Books Read: 2 books.
Total Hours Read: 3 hours
Finished Books: 2 books.

Today was a very good day. I got another book done and I got my nails done. The reviews for Follow the Dotted Line by Nancy Hersage and The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi will be posted soon hopefully.