The great thing about being an Indie author(The Girl on the Half Shell) is I get turned on to some really great Indie books I wouldn't know about any other way than word of mouth. So once a month I'm going to share my favorites. Here are the rules about my reviews:
1. I only review work I paid to read
2. I only share reviews for books I liked
3. I only post my 5 STAR reviews because I want to help others find the best that's in indie world!
So Here are my July Indie Books of the month. If you want to end up on my Sunday morning blog review next month, drop me an email. I still can do read/ reviews on about 10 more books this year, but then I'm done. So if you are an Indie Author or a debut author drop me a line!
Allie Gail made me a fan for life with this book. Review:
5.0 out of 5 stars A flawless, perfectly written story. I love it from beginning to end, June 11, 2014 By Susan Ward (CA USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Burning Down the House (Kindle Edition) This is not a book I would usually read, but Allie Gail has made me a fan. From the first page to the last I absolutely loved everything: The characters, the story, the flow and how funny and realistic everything was. Sara and Rob are genuine and true to their ages. The high school dynamic is painted with perfect wonderfully artful wording. And the story kept me engaged from beginning to end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wonderfully constructed, full-story romance.
Something Taken is my pick for: We need more books written outside the box. Everyone screams about diversity, wanting something not cookie cutter, well here it is. A raw, gripping account of a down on your luck kind of girl struggle with the issues of drugs and poverty. This is not a romance novel. It is a gripping coming of age story from a very special writer, Jerrie Brock. She lays it all out there in this novel. Really, give this author some love. It's a great book and we need more books like this. Review:
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story and complex characters that draw you in even if its not the kind of journey you usually take in a book, April 14, 2014 By Susan Ward (CA USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Something Taken (Kindle Edition) I've only recently discovered the work of Jerrie Brock and I find her gritty and raw characters and her dark complex plots completely engrossing. She writes of experiences that few of us have had, that we don't want to feel sympathy for, and makes her characters thoroughly emotionally accessible to the reader so we can all understand if not relate to the challenging circumstances of being alone, young, vulnerable and poor. I'm starting the 2nd book and can't wait to find out what happens to Terry this time.
She writes in a simple and concise way that compliments the artfully constructed portrait of less pleasant types of human existence.
I would not recommend this book to a young audience, however, I would recommend to New Adult readers and others who enjoy well crafted general fiction.
The Blanket Hill Insurgency is my literary fiction pick. Now, it's set in the 60s and most of us think great: sex, music and anarchy. But this is a quiet read that paints a moving portrait of the world before the world went into the chaos of the 60s, right at that moment when the old culture and new culture of America just started to cross over. It is subtle and honest and worthy read.
5.0 out of 5 stars It’s the quiet subtly of this book that makes it potent, June 4, 2014 By Susan Ward (CA USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: The Blanket Hill Insurgency (Kindle Edition) In a very restrained, well written style this book brought back to me many things I haven’t thought of in years. In a thorough portrait of a group of friends attending Kent State in the 60s, we see the prior American culture first mingle with the emerging culture, the culture clash, the confusion over the world, and how truly random one’s destiny can be. Unlike too many authors, Terry Wilson Does Not over play a single card. Instead of rushing in and painting epic, romanticized tales of the 60s, he tells his tale simply and with great honesty. It is a story worth telling, worth reminding us all of, and a story that would have been diminished if told in any other way. The end surprised me, because I wanted to remain hopeful for the characters. Perhaps that is the greater message. That in all that happened during this period, there was great loss and we need be reminded of that. A worthy read I would highly recommend. Particularly to young adults.