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Editorial Review: Pray Lied Eve 2: Further Tales of the Untoward

 

Title: Pray Lied Eve 2: Further Tales of the Untoward

Author:  Lydia Peever

Genre: Horror – Short Stories

This collection of six unrelated short stories spans a few subgenres of horror from the psychopathic to the fantastical. Death, however, circulates as a recurrent theme with tales hitting on different aspects or relationships to deaths both tragic and unnatural.  Fittingly, Halloween is central to several tales which update existent folklore to create single-sitting reads of dark urban fantasy.

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Throwback Thursday: Night Study – Book Review

 

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

Book Review of Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m so glad that Maria V Snyder decided to continue on with the poison study series. I’ve always enjoyed her books in the series because of the world that she has created is very colorful and you can picture yourself immersed in this world and riding along with Yalena, Valek the rest of the gang we’ve come to know and love.

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Breaking the Silence – Book Review

 

Author name: Diamante Lavendar

Name of the book: Breaking The Silence

Genre of the book: Inspirational Fiction, Chick Lit, Memoir

Book synopsis: Joan Eastman was born like any other girl. However, her existence would prove to be a life of great pain. Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against them. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the “powers that be”, she spiraled into despair and recklessness. She became a victim of agonizing circumstances and self-hatred.

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Broken Branches – Book Review

 

Author name: Brenda Spalding

Name of the book: Broken Branches

Genre of the book: paranormal romance/suspense

 

Book synopsis: 

Visions of the past help a young artist and gallery owner from New York solve the riddles of a lost family treasurer and lead her to her future. Her grandmothers death in Salem Ma. brings Megan into the middle of a desperate attempt to find and steal the mysterious treasurer lost over 150 years before.

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Throwback Thursday: The One Memory of Flora Banks – Book Review

 

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

My Rating: Four out of Five Stars

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town.

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Editorial Review – Real Raw Hope

 

Title: Real Raw Hope

Author: Rio McKee

Genre: Poetry

 

Real Raw Hope is a book of poetry inspired by Rio McKee’s history of trauma and journey towards recovery.  McKee shares in the Introduction that she survived an active shooting on her college campus.  The trauma of this event prompted her to unlock a larger and deeper history of trauma.  The poetry gives voice to the events and pains McKee had silently held secret for so long.  This process contributed to McKee’s healing, and she hopes sharing her work will help others feel less alone in their own pains.

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Book Review – Oil and Water

 

Name of the book: Oil and Water

Genre of the book: Eco thriller; murder mystery; suspense;

Book synopsis: When inventor Martin Tirabi builds a machine that converts trash into oil it sends shockwaves through the corporate halls of the oil cognoscenti. Weeks later, Marty and his wife, Ruth are killed in a mysterious car accident.

Their son, Gil, a 10-year old physics prodigy is the only one capable of finishing the machine that could solve the world’s energy problems.  Plagued with epilepsy from birth, Gil is also psychic, and through dreams and the occasional missive from his dead father he gets the push he needs to finish the job.

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A Raisin in the Sun – Book Review

 

A Raisin in the Sun

By: Lorraine Hansberry

Review of the 1994 Vintage Books Paperback Edition, with Introduction by Robert Nemiroff

First Pub: 1959

Wow. Ok, so I have already read this play- hence the ‘re-read’ element of this review. Not every re-read warrants a brand new review, as often your opinion of a book will remain the same over time. However, when something happens, like your re-read book turns out to be SO MUCH BETTER THAN EVER REMEMBERED, well, this warrants a Re-Read Rapid Review.

Why did I have such a shocking change of heart- changing my review of ‘Raisin’ to the coveted 5-star section of my Goodreads account immediately upon finishing? Perhaps, I am now old enough to appreciate this play more than I did whilst reading it at school. OR, perhaps it is because this time, I *chose* to (re)read this title, instead of *having to read it* for a class. Or, perhaps I understand that era of American history better now than I did then, when my history classes were about Canadian history. No matter which factor influenced this fantastic re-read, I don’t care. I am just happy it happened.

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