Sunday, January 5, 2014

Angel Reviews: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book even though when I first began I thought I was going to hate it. The slang that was used was just really hard, at first, for me to understand. But, wanting to see what everyone was raving about, I just took my time and read slowly. After the first couple of chapters, it was easy and the language flowed.

Now, I'm not gonna get into the deeper racism, civil rights thing at the middle of the main story but rather focus on the beautiful character development and interaction between all the maids and their employer and Miss Skeeter. I really really enjoyed it immensely! It made me laugh and made me teary eyed, angry then elated! This is what I look for in a book and The Help really delivered!

This definitely goes on my read again shelf!

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January Book Read of the Month at A Novel Gathering: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Description

August 5, 2008
The most anticipated story in the blockbuster Dark-Hunter series. The never-before-revealed story of the Dark-Hunter leader, Acheron.  He was made human in order to escape death, but in death he was reborn a god. . .

  Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind.

Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he’ll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.

Now his survival, and ours, hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.

War has never been more deadly... or more fun.

January Author of the Month at A Novel Gathering is...Ty Langston

Author Bio
As a child, multi-published author Ty Langston loved to read about dragons and knights so much that one day, her grandmother told her to "just write about them."

So she did.

From that day forward, she never left home without her pen, a notebook, and some kind of music playing in the background. Her love of reading expanded from fantasy into science fiction, and eventually into paranormal romance and erotica.

She enjoys different works from George Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Stephen King, and Jackie Collins. But some of Ty's favorite writers are from the world of TV and film: namely, Tudors creator Michael Hirst, and the late John Hughes.

Ty has a certificate in Broadcast Journalism along with a degree in Business Administration.

How to Contact her:
Here is the list of her books. 

All of those available at, B&  All

Romantic Tales: Bedtime Stories Episodes 4-6 (Mail Order Groom-Book#2  of the ‘A Foreign Affair Series)
(Romantic Tales: All available at, B& and All Romance.)
Crave Series:
Rock Me (Crave A Bite 1.0) Dec/Jan
Crave  Book #1 (PNR-Note other two are Contemporary) available now (available on all digital platforms. amazon, kobo, B&
NEED  (Book #2 PNR) tenatively Feb/March
Still of the Night (Crave a Bite 1.5)  April
HUNGER (Book #3) –May/June.
Coming Soon-
The Champion Sports series.

Check out all the Happenings at A Novel Gathering our Book Club! Giveaways and much more!

I am still keeping this as my personal blog but I joined up with Donna and Dee to start a book club It's called A Novel Gathering. 
Books! Reviews! Fan-Fiction! Games! Reading Challenges! Monthly Book Discussions and so much more!
 Here are the Links if you want to check them out.


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Grand Opening Giveaway ends Feb 3rd and the prize is $100 Amazon GC or $100 worth of books at TBD

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And the second is to Welcome in 2014! Where you can win a Kindle Paperwhite or Nook Glow Light (US only) or if we draw an international winner, you could win $139 paypal cash, Amazon GC or $139 worth of books at TBD. Plus some very generous author's donated to the prize pot too. This one ends March 3rd.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Angel Reviews: Wotan's Dilema by Hank Quense

Wotan's DilemmaWotan's Dilemma by Hank Quense
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book I have read by Hank Quense and I gotta say, I don't think he can write anything that isn't great! He has once again ensnared my imagination and given me a hell of a good time with Wotan's Dilemma.

A quirky blend of historic folklore and futuristic science fiction and fantasy, Mr. Quense had me eagerly turning pages, devouring the next scene while also literally laughing out loud. The characters and world of this book are so odd yet so easy to envision. The way it is described, you can see so clearly who what and where, right down to the awful smells of certain species. I find, alot of times, that humorous or satirical books lack depth and feeling. Not so here, though the story may at times be a bit hard to follow, in the end you will not be disappointed. I couldn't stop reading, just had to find out what happened next!

If you enjoy satirical humor I highly recommend not only this book, but also all works from this author!

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Angel Reviews: Love in the '40s When Mail Came Twice a Day by Vivian Kline

Love in the '40s When Mail Came Twice a DayLove in the '40s When Mail Came Twice a Day by Vivian Kline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wasn't sure what to expect from this book. In this day and age of instant contact via email, text and what not, how could I ever relate to something so...old and foreign? How could people have a relationship via written letters? Dating and engagement and love all through the power of the pen? Impossible! Or so I thought.

These two young people got to know each other in a way that our generation has sadly lost. Deeply, intimately on the inner level. Nothing superficial here. It was so endearing and makes me long for a time like this, with no bells and whistles. No technology can take the place of truly connecting with another human being like this.

But this is so much more than just a love story, it's a historic recall of days gone by. It's amazing how much we as a nation have changed in such a short time. I truly enjoyed reading this. It has left me melancholy and thoughtful.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Angel Reviews--Grandelyn by Dionne Lee Nelson

GrandelynGrandelyn by Dionne Lee Nelson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me just start by saying: This book was awesome!

I am an avid reader of both the sci-fi and fantasy genres and I know very well that sometimes it takes quite some time to get sucked into the story. With Grandelyn I did not have this problem. I was hooked by page 3. This almost never happens!

The characters, and their world are described in such vibrant detail that as you read, you feel as if you are mentally surrounded by this exotic place. The sights, the smells the sounds appear and you are there.

It's exciting, it's emotional and it's convictions are relevant to here and now. Is it a good fantasy story? Yes. But, it is so much more. The lessons about life and inner strength are so empowering. It made me feel hopeful and not much does that for me these days. I enjoyed and approved of this book so much that when I was done, I handed it off to my 11 year old daughter and asked her to read it. She read it and loved it and when I asked her what she thought she said "I wanna be as confident as Ariyah." I just smiled knowing the message that got through to me, also got through to her.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good fantasy world, also women, young girls and just basically anyone who likes stories of empowerment and people overcoming the obstacles of life.

5 big bright shining stars for this one.

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