Big Mouth Blues – Danalynn Donovan

Big Mouth Blues by Danalynn Donovan is an awesome story of Kacey, a spunky teenager who has a big secret. She bears the brunt of her father’s violent rages of frustration and is always bruised since she was a kid. After her mother once stopped Kacey’s father from physically assaulting her and neighbors and others started noticing her bruises, he started hitting her only where nobody can notice the bruising and when her mother is not at home. Though her mother suspects , she fails to protect and hence Kacey has no one to back her up.
The author brings the truth of domestic violence and failure of those who can protect the children and shows the mental trauma of childhood abuse.The book is gripping and never loses steam and many times your heart breaks for Kacey. It is a beautiful story of a teenagers simple dreams and expectations and hoe the trauma that she cannot share breaks her everyday and she has to choose between breaking the vicious cycle or go the way her father and his father and his father were. A beautiful story that demands a reread.37645055._SX318_

Dragon Mage – Arisha Grabtchak

Dragon Mage by Arisha Grabtchak is an exciting magical journey that spellbinds the reader from start to end. This is the story of a very young orphan girl shunned by elders and teased and harassed by youngsters finds solace in an old man’s seemingly imaginary stories of dragons dyre wolves magicians and other magical creatures not knowing that soon she will be a part of these stories as she holds the destiny of the world in her family heirloom which is a curse
She cannot throw it away as only she can hold off the rise of evil due to her lineage
Her journey brings her to a Dragon who helps her to realise her destiny and channels her power
This is a an exciting story from the start with never a dull moment . A page turner from start to finish. The plot and the characters are so strong that it never feels like it is debut novel
This is book one of the Red Dragon chronicles and I am eagerly waiting for the sequel
A must read for all fantasy lovers as it is one of the best coming of age novels that I have come across recently41T0BZsATzL

The President’s Widow – Jeffrey Bates

Two Smart Strong Women, A Murder Investigation that too of the President of the US and the accused is the First Lady who is caught with the supposed murder weapon. What else would you like in a murder mystery novel. The president’s widow is a has a plot full of surprises twists and strong characters. Though it has strong female characters at the forefront the male characters are equally important to the pace of the story which keeps the reader bound at every page and never falters. A book that is gripping and thrilling and a must read in this times of quarantine and lockdown.
A great treat from start to end.
Though Hoyt’s story seemed irrelevant to me but it adds to the thrill and never slows the plot.
Thanks @BookTasters and Jeffrey Bates for this Book48137847._SY475_

Crossed – Shelby Haisley

Crossed by Shelby Haisley is the 3rd installment in the story of the teenager August Haven. In this book finally after intriguing the readers in the 1st 2 books some answers about August are revealed
This book is also as fast paced and from start to finish as the previous and makes the reader eager for the next one to know how it all ends. One o side it makes us eager to know the end and on the other side it makes one wish this thrill ride never ends.
I hope to see soon a movie announced on this series on the lines of the Jason Bourne series.
A non stop thrill ride for all lovers of thrillers.

The Women’s Meeting – J E London

The Women’s Meeting by J E London is the story of a psychologist who specialises in domestic violence . Though she has her own practice, a virtual pandora’s box is opened when she agrees to a woman only meeting at a local Church. The stories of each women attending the meeting are gut wrenching tales of abuse self loathing and fear While helping the women she also has to confront the hidden truths of er past and until then she cannot move on.
This book is a very hard and painful read and sometimes has to stop due to overwhelming emotions.
This is not a tale to preach or give motivational talk but a self discovery for each of the women to their potential and the truths and tries to convey the message that until one stops being the victim the circumstances will never change and hidden truths will never give the courage to do what one has to do to change the circumstances.
A very good though tough read
Thanks @Booktasters for the opportunity to review this book

The Parrot’s Perch – Karen Keilt

The Parrot’s Perch by Karen Keilt is a memoir of the testimony she gave before The Brazilian national Truth Commission (whorrich was constituted to find the truth of the atrocities committed in the time of military rule.
The account is chilling, graphic in detail as Karen narrates the sequences that turned her fairy tale life that any girl dreams of. The tortures , the beatings and rapes perpetrated by the corrupt police on Karen and her newly wed husband who were arrested on a false charge and never formally arrested or charged with just note that they were brought for questioning became a statistic in the horrific crimes committed by the state. the narrative chills your heart and there is a saying in Hindi “Rongte khade kar dena” though it literally means Gets you goosebumps (in Hindi means very horrifying and scary )
Through the narrative Karen just tells the story as she remembers and never tries to sugar coat or add more details and never asks for pity or sympathy but demands truth and justice and tries to understand why it happened and still happens She tries to get hang and move on from those more than month long horror that destroyed her almost perfect life and marriage and she had to escape from both using false means as the patriarchal society wouldn’t have allowed her either to talk about or escape from those days but her father and husband ans silently her mother too just wanted her to forget as it never happened .
Though she built a new life in US with another loving man and her son but those days still haunted her and she wanted answers.
Thanks @ReadersHouse for connecting me to the author51jSa8HgteL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_

Red Tide – Mark James Miller

I would give 5 stars for the story and vivid descriptions of the landscapes and area and also main characters. I received this book from the author via @BookTasters
Red Tide by Mark James Miller is a coming of age heart breaking story of two friends who think by escaping or running away from their problems and dysfunctional families can make them happy but they find otherwise and have to return and on the way berfiend a former prostitute who thinks she has has to atone for her past. There are many other characters in the story which leads to complex interactions and relationships both good and bad.
The plot makes for a story that is hard to leave or forget. But the shortcoming ids events and the mistakes they make is repetitive and also I personally feel there is unnecessary too much violence and badness in the story. Making same mistakes again and again and repenting and then making same mistake again may be Real Life but makes not for a very interesting reading
But that surely is my personal feeling

Otherwise the story is realistic and hard hitting .

Cornered – Alan Brenham

Cornered by Alan Brenham is a thriller ,cop novel that binds the reader from the first page. Seven young women are kidnapped at different intervals with link between them without a ransom demand. It is upto the young detective matt Brady to find them before they are lost forever or at least catch the criminals before more women are kidnapped. A vet Tracy also involved herself in the case as the latest victim is her assistant and thus angering the kidnappers and Brady has to race against time to save his love interest from becoming the next victim So it becomes a personal mission for him due to Tracy and a botched kidnapping rescue in the past.
This race to find the kidnappers and the motive behind moves the plot forward. Are the women saved or lost forever? Is Tracy saved and the perpetrators caught ?
The book is gripping, with twists . Though the pace is not very fast but still thrilling. Though there are many characters ; each one has his own p;ace to move the plot forward and justifies his/her place.
A must read for all thrill readers. Thanks @BookTasters for this book

A Crowded Heart – Andrea McKenzie Raine

A Crowded Heart by Andrea McKenzie Raine is a a story that neither entertains not thrills but makes one to pause reading and think; and doesn’t leave your thoughts even when it is finished . It is the story of survivors of those who actively participated in the great war; who wonder if they are the lucky ones or those dies fighting were lucky.
Willis , the soldier here comes out only injured in the war, marries . has a career and a life but has the war been left behind actually or is he still fighting it daily in his mind like many of his fellow soldiers. They are left battling depression and resort to alcoholism, infidelity and sometimes drugs to fight the demons and mental scars . Though physically they are free but mentally they are still the prisoners of the war and even when try to get help, the authorities just sweep them aside in some rehabilitation centre and forget they exist
The angst the struggle to free from mental prison and the families who are swept along in their tornado of emotions without a clue to how to help and havoc that is caused is handled in this story. A heartbreakingly thoughtful novel that I received through @readershouse.

Reunion – Pol McShane

Reunion by Pol McShane – Received this book through @Readershouse. How to classify this book – not because it is not worth but because it is just WOW.
The story starts with a happy and a financially sound family of two brothers that soon turns into a tragedy and man brother at the end of his life wants to turns the tragic site into a kids park so that the place becomes a place of laughter again.
As the park opens , bizarre things start to happen into which are caught four small children. As you are reading you never know when the story turns from a happy to tragic to horror. The twists just jolt you and you are just carried away by the tale. As it says on the cover of the book that it is a ghost story, but still though you want the ghosts to leave the kids alone you feel an empathy for them and cannot hate them as they don’t know what else to do They just want to play. The ending justifies the title as it a reunion not only for one set of people but a reunion in many ways.
The story never loses paces as events go on happening . This is a story that once you pick you do not want to leave it without knowing what happens next.
A must read for everyone not only for those who love ghost stories for also for those who love dramatic and happy endings because this is a ghost story with a difference for this is neither exorcism nor religious and not even a true horror; yes it is scary at times but what it is just read and I at least did not regret reading it .
Thank you Pol McShane for this great book