Here are just a few things I have done recently I thought I’d share. I saw this article that came across the wire yesterday that I thought would be of interest to some book readers. It is from “Time” magazine about why sometimes children’s books should be a little sad.

Time

Two books that I recently finished:

Blurb:

City girl Lucia is having trouble finding a man. With a few nudges from her friends, she decides to try out Chat Love, an online dating service for New Yorkers. Hilarity ensues with one disastrous date after another…where do these men come from? Mars? Certainly not Manhattan! She finally meets someone from work who is almost perfect, but decides to move on as he’s still seeing other women. She keeps in contact with a man named Jack on the Chat Love site. Could he be the one? What about her love interest at work? Just like the lovable cast of characters from Sex and the City, Lucia is Carrie, a stylish woman who has found her “Mr. Big” but can’t seem to get him to commit. Danni is Samantha, who loves to have fun and is wild and promiscuous. Autumn is Charlotte, desperate to meet the right man and settle down. Skyler is Miranda, level-headed and quick to offer advice. Will these ladies ever find love? Will Lucia find her man? Chat Love will give you something to talk about!

My review:

4 **** stars

Lucia Pia is a successful career woman in the television industry, but she is having absolutely no luck in romance. She is feeling loads of pressure from her traditional Italian-American family to “just find a nice Italian boy and settle down”. Seeing her good friends in relationships only makes her feel more lonely. Out of desperation, she decides to join “Chat Love”, and online dating site, in an effort to try to meet someone interested in a long- term relationship, possibly marriage. Successive dates, night after night that are complete failures, meeting jerk after jerk leaves her more discouraged. The whole time she works with a guy who she is attracted to but has a reputation for being a bit of a playboy. But things are not always what they seem, and the reader enjoys a happy ending.
I thought the book was funny, giving an accurate picture of the challenges in the modern dating scene, as well as the unique method of online dating and all the unusual people one is bound to come across. From men with disgusting personal habits, to stalkers, guys with one track minds (not only in the physical sense, but also with obsessions like politics) boring the listener to distraction, and guys that want to go to the poshest restaurant in town and order immense amounts of food, then skip out leaving their date with the bill. Plus the stigma associated with online dating that the subscriber must be desperate, or socially inept, or else, surely they could get a date like every other normal person? If you are looking for a light, humorous, modern day romance– this is it. My thanks to the author from whom I received a copy for an honest review.

Blurb:

Bound by honour. Driven by revenge. Two men with a score to settle.

Kosovo, 1999:

Sgt Dean Samson and his team of British soldiers are well aware of the dangers they’ll face and the things they’ll see in a country that has suffered years of oppression and ethnic cleansing. But nothing could have prepared them for Aždaja, a sadistic, mythical, serial killer with a penchant for vile humiliation and unimaginable torture.

Present day:

Since leaving the Army, Samson now a Police Officer, has struggled to erase his darkest memories of Kosovo. When he receives a devastating medical diagnosis, his nightmares come flooding to the surface, forcing him to face up to what he did….and what he didn’t do. With nothing to lose and no one to stop him, he’s at a crossroads. But is he prepared for what lies in wait? Will the horrors of Kosovo return with a vengeance?

My review:

5 ***** stars!

Oh man that was intense…. I just finished it. I haven’t read anything that intense since The Policewoman, and even more graphic (if you can imagine that!)… but worth it. You might need a strong stomach, and it is definitely not for your kids, but it would make an incredible movie!

The story basically has its start in Kosovo, during the Yugoslav War, when NATO forces were sent on their peace-keeping mission. A contingent of those forces is sent to find out what has happened to a policeman and his family that has gone missing. It is suspected that his disappearance is due to the fact that he had been investigating the murders of some Kosovar Albanians, and wanted justice. He is found, barely alive, in a very terrible state, and the torturer, known as Aždaja, is still in the room, in the shadows. Aždaja is seen as a hero among some of the more radical Serbians, including some with lots of power, and thus suffers no punishment. Fast forward to the present…. murders start happening again, this time in the UK, with the same M.O. as Aždaja. Those who had happened to witness the previous crime and their families seem to be target. Those who had witnessed what he had done years earlier knew, but for the rest of the world– they were clueless. One ex-NATO soldier, now policeman, who has just been diagosed with colon cancer and given 5 years to live, sees it as his mission to stop Aždaja and do humanity a favor. No one knows the killer’s real name– he has taken the name of Aždaja, which is a legendary and mythical creature from Balkan folklore that was a many- headed dragon like creature, and pure evil. The book ended in a manner leading me to believe their will be more to come. I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book– I expect to see some great stuff to come from him!

 

Then I saw this recently on Twitter and had to share for a bit of humor. : ) I can’t remember who had posted it, so if it came from your account, let me know and I will be happy to share the link!

I wonder if anyone actually bought it thinking it was signed? LOL