Welcome to Jen’s Good Reads. While this blog will consist of book reviews, many which I have also on Amazon and Goodreads, there is always room for a little something different. Sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy what the site has to offer.
Tanglewood Lane by Michele Hubler
Strange things begin to happen to the residents of Tanglewood Lane one Halloween. What starts with the death of a famer’s beloved pet dog spirals into a chain of events, some which end in disaster. A seemingly significant figure is the menacing, yellow cat who makes an appearance in all the tales. These ten stories are tied together beautifully, and certain elements of the macabre events are reminiscent of Stephen King’s work. Tanglewood Lane is ripe with well-developed characters and leaves the reader begging for more!
Storm at the Keizer Manor by Ramcy Diek
Annet’s life is turned upside-down when she finds out that she was pregnant with her boyfriend’s child. Meanwhile, Forrest who has no current means of income, is overjoyed and wishes to marry her. Annet works at Keizer Manor, where the famous works of the 19th century artist, Alex Keiser, are displayed. After the couple fights, Annet runs out of the manor and disappears during a terrible thunderstorm. Her disappearance is disturbing, to say the least. And Forrest is left wondering and worrying about his pregnant girlfriend’s current wherabouts.
Ramcy does a great job creating characters with whom the reader can identify. Also, those who pick up the book should be prepared for twists and turns which never allow for a dull moment–highly recommended for any fan of historical romance!
Solsbury Hill: Peter Gabriel’s Psychic Phenomenon (The Spiritual Experience behind the Song) by Fernando Rodriguez
The cover art intrigued me enough so that I knew I had to purchase the book immediately!
The main theme theme consists of discussion about Peter Gabriel’s spiritual odyssey resulting from his meditation sessions on Solisbury Hill. Many schools of thought and philosophies are blended together so that the author gets his points across. This insightful tome also touches on some of Peter’s other solo work, as well as early Genesis material, and how it relates to the grand scheme. The book is beautifully translated, and one can hardly tell that English is Fernando’s second language.
Solisbury Hill is no less interesting and cerebral as a Genesis concert from the early ’70s. I highly recommend this insightful, well-written piece to other Peter Gabriel fans!
Penguins of America by James & Jack Patterson
Designed as an answer to the Humans of New York popularity trend, James Patterson’s new book is a delightful read. When penguins take the place of humans, humor is implied. The same is also evident when the reader reads the captions. But the words are not nearly as powerful without the gorgeous illustrations; they are a feast for the eyes all in themselves! So, if you’re a fan of puns, parodies, and pengiuns, then this is the book for you.
The Undead Must Die, Episodes 1 & 2 by Penny BroJacquie
Floriana is a young student enjoying a vacation in Greece. She gets more than she bargains for, however, when she first encounters a young man by the name of Eric. He invites her to a festival shortly before he touches her hand, thus drugging her. When Floriana comes to, she is notified that her help is needed. The Order of the Black Rose requires her assistance in cracking a vital code. Also, they need her to help fend off a hoarde of undead beings who were created to destroy the world. Will Flora be of any valuable assistance? Read the book to find out. “The Undead Must Die Episodes 1 & 2” is a short, yet engaging read, and it leaves the reader hungry for more!
Archipelago: A Problem by G.H. Neale
Likened to the works of many literary greats, Archipelago tells the story of several different characters. Despite John Donne’s famous quote about no man being an island, Neale breathes life into a group of individuals who are considered separate entities. And while the characters are not connected by “traditional” means of land, they are a group of islands with only a small amount of distance between them. Their search for meaning does not go unnoticed by engaged readers of this impressive and thought-provoking title.
A Bad Crossing (The Autobiography of Calista Antoine) (Volume 2) by Mark Bondurant
Calista Antione has just started to get her life back together. After the traumatic events of her recent past (from volume 1), she wants nothing more than to go back to school and lead a “normal” life. Calista sets out on a journey to Europe to complete her education. Though our heroine boards the zeppelin with great hopes of studying music, things take a turn for the worse when sabotage claims the life of some of the passengers and the crew. Calista, with the help of some of her friends, acts as medic and help some of those lives remaining survive. Things go from bad to worse when infamy tarnishes Calista’s name, and she finds that she has to face many untrue accusations. Though this steampunk fantasy is woven around an alternate historical timeline, that does not detract the reader from enjoying the adventure. Read A Bad Crossing to explore the courageous spirit of a truly remarkable young woman!
Kissing Vicious by Brooklyn Ann
Kinley is a blogger who sets out to interview the members of her favorite heavy metal vand, Vicious. Despite the fact that her mother died when she was young, and she was raised by a male chauvinist father, Kinley is a strong woman in every sense of the word. Not only does she defeat one of the band’s roadies who groped her, but Vicious finds out that she makes a decent roadie herself. But Kinely doesn’t want to stop there. She has been a fan of music all her life and would love to be the band’s guitarist. It isn’t easy for Kinley at first, and things become more complicated when she develops a requited crush on lead singer, Quinn. The story is ripe with romance, suspense, and great musical references; the author has her readers poised and ready for sequels. Kinley is a heroine for our time, striving in a field where sexism is still alive and breathing.
Change of Life by Samantha Bryant
Change of Life is a story about a group of remarkable women who undergo some very interesting changes, and I’m not talking about menopause! Though their lives and backgrounds are different, each one of these “superwomen” share a remarkable bond because of a mad scientist who gave them extraordinary powers. But when one of the women, Patricia, is captured by the same mad scientist, the others band together to form a rescue mission. Though the stories all seem like different works at first, the author ties them all together in such a way to keep the reader interested. Change of Life is both empowering and enticing!