Friday, July 22, 2016

Books Recently Read

Has Anyone Seen My Pants?Has Anyone Seen My Pants? by Sarah Colonna
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't watch much TV, so I wasn't familiar with Ms. Colonna. I believe I purchased this during some Kindle deal. Anyway, I'm so glad I did. This nonfiction book is funny, insightful, and has a great pace. Other memoirs have boring spots with all the navel gazing, but not this one since there are numerous in-scene moments with action and dialogue. Dig into the life of a thirty-something comedian who has colorful friends, love interests, and family members.

Parallels: Felix Was HereParallels: Felix Was Here by L.G. Keltner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With both the dark and the profound, this book has truly imaginative short stories about alternate realities. Sure I loved some stories more than others, which is normal when reading a collection in which different authors contributed, but they were all strong in their own way and I can see why they were selected for this anthology. I read some familiar authors, while I was introduced to ones I haven't read before. If you like speculative fiction, you can feed your need with this book.

Confessions from the Dark (Confessions, #2)Confessions from the Dark by T.B. Markinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A tragedy strikes the lives of Kat and Cori…the death of their unborn child. There may be other threats looming over them during their journey of healing. Along with the difficulties, there are the light moments. I enjoyed the banter between friends, and they do have a great set of friends for both humor as well as drama.

The ending is powerful, with jaw-dropping suspense and revelations rolling out. This book stands out on its own if you haven’t read book 1 yet, but I recommend that people read both. I received this free in exchange for an honest review.

You. I. Us.You. I. Us. by Annalisa Crawford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crawford is a gifted storyteller, which anyone can tell from reading this short story collection. She writes in a range of emotions as well as points of view of men, women, the young, and the old. The endings of all of them were fantastic, especially the ones that had an unexpected twist.

Because I Am FurnitureBecause I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anke has a father whose abuse reaches everyone but her. He's nasty to her siblings and mother, but she's stayed safe. This is why she sees herself as furniture...ignored and never taken into consideration. When she joins the volleyball team, gains confidence, and builds relationships, she rethinks her father's physically, emotionally, and sexually abusive nature. Can she be furniture anymore? Is it possible for her to stop what he's doing to others? This story was intense because of the father's cruelty. The buildup towards the ending had me flipping pages faster.

Lost at Devil's TableLost at Devil's Table by C. Lee McKenzie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Casey gets new braces. Not only are they uncomfortable, but they make him hear a voice inside his head. This voice is pleading for help. When Casey acts on what the voice asks of him, people think he's crazy and pranking them. He must push on, because lives are at risk. This story will appeal to young readers. Casey is a sympathetic character and the storyline is interesting.

Tex, the Witch BoyTex, the Witch Boy by Stuart R. West
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third West novel I’ve read. He has quite a range. The other two were adult novels that I greatly enjoyed and this paranormal YA was amazing as well. Tex is a bullied boy dealing with the loss of his mother and his blossoming witch powers. He, his mentor Mickey, his girl Olivia, and the other characters were well-written. A murder mystery involving his classmates and the heightened suspense were also awesome elements.