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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 / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Author, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Secret Billionaire by Teymour ShahabiThe Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi
on September 29, 2016
Pages: 370
Format: Kindle
Source: Author, Publisher
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.

Anyways until the next time enjoy this review brought to you by

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** The Secret Billionaire **

Goodreads

five-stars

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.


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

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Follow the Dotted Line by Nancy HersageFollow the Dotted Line by Nancy Hersage
on January 26, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 326
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
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.


Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang

Posted August 20, 2017 by karenbaron in Animals, Cats, Fantasy, Fiction, Review, Time Travel / 0 Comments

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Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa LangThe Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang
Series: The Pharaoh's Cat #2
Series Rating: five-stars
on November 29, 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 208
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
five-stars

The cat must free Queen Nefertiti from a horrific curse

The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter.

The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him.

The Eye of Nefertiti interweaves feline and human, past and present, natural and supernatural. It contains numerous surprises, twists and turns, intriguing characters, both human and animal, fascinating revelations about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and an ingenious application of the Tarot and an Italian opera.

Time travel, mystery, love and a Cat.

Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang is a cat’s story. This is the first adult story that I have read where the protagonist is a cat, but he is way more than your average cat. Wrappa-Hamen is a magic cat, he talks, walks on two legs, reads, writes, and eats human food. He is also the Pharaoh’s cat, although he does go by many names in this book.

I first thought the concept was good, this will be a good story, I mean ancient Egypt and cats…but once I got into the story I found that its fabulous. Ms. Lang does an awesome job with the character Wrappa-Hamen, he is a cat but he has such personality (not that regular cats don’t). She really nails Wrappa-Hamen’s priorities, such as food first, sleep second. He is vain and has an attitude. Yet, can be so loving when he wants to be. See, very cat like. However, if my daughter’s cat Mia, could talk, I’m not sure I would want to hear what is on her mind. I think most of it would be about the dog.

The family that Wrappa-Hamen lives with, have such character. Elena is bossy, and definitely keeps them moving, she is the mother of the Pharaoh. Then there is the High Priest, who is a total book worm and at times clueless (father of the Pharaoh). And the young Pharaoh, who is now an adorable toddler, who loves Wrappa-Hamen.

The settings were stunning, I was able to see them all so vividly. I think that time travel would be wonderful. The mystery was good, I enjoyed the clues and the explanations. A completely wonderful book, which makes my rating 5 stars. As the Baroness says anything that keeps you up at night is worth the stars.

**Eye of Nefertiti**

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

five-stars

About Maria Luisa Lang

Maria Luisa Lang has published two novels, The Pharaoh’s Cat and The Eye of Nefertiti, which is both a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat and a stand-alone novel. She was born in Rome, Italy, and lives in New York City. She often returns to Italy to visit her family and has stayed for extended periods in Bath and London. She has a degree in art from the City University of New York, and her artwork has been exhibited in New York galleries. She is an amateur Egyptologist. Her love of cats and ancient Egypt has inspired her to write two novels set there with a very special cat as her protagonist. Both The Pharaoh’s Cat and The Eye of Nefertiti are available on Amazon in paperback and in a Kindle edition.


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