Book Reviews

Book Review: Emancipation by Jo Michaels

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I’m a big fan of books about serial killers, whether they’re fiction or not. There’s just something about the mind of a psychopath that intrigues me… Anyway, Emancipation is a must-read for anyone like me who enjoys reading about the more gruesome side of the human psyche.

In this book, Michaels not only takes readers into the mind of a serial killer, but she also provides an up close and personal look at prison life. It was all absolutely fascinating. She also accomplished something quite difficult; she fleshed out Tobias’s character so well that I actually felt drawn to him and bad for him at times, making it completely believable that Jess (the pretty, young lawyer who’s trying to get him out of prison) is enamored by him. Now, that’s messed up, yet really cool at the same time.

A few things that occurred might seem a bit far-fetched as far as what would be allowed in a prison, but truth really is often stranger than fiction, and it all made sense in the end. Speaking of the end…WOW. What a twist! I suspected there had to be a twist and wondered a time or two if it would involve a certain something, but even so, I loved it!

This is the third book by Jo Michaels that I’ve read and definitely not the last. The cool thing about her (besides the fact that she’s a great writer) is her versatility. Historical fiction. Fantasy. Horror. Thrillers. ZOMBIES! And no matter what she writes, she writes it well. So if you haven’t read a book by Ms. Michaels yet, I highly recommend you do so.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: 7 by Casey L. Bond, Jo Michaels, Tia Silverthorne Bach, Kelly Risser, & N. L. Greene

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Seven marks upon a wall.
Tom may rise, but he may fall.
Through five lives, no one dares mention,
of the sin for which he seeks redemption.
Fates will meet, and you will see,
what will thus become of he.

I don’t normally include book descriptions with my reviews, but I had to include this one because it’s absolutely brilliant. Five lives? Redemption? Fates? Can this book sound any more intriguing? But let’s be honest, sometimes a description hooks you and ends up being the best thing about the book. I promise you, that is not the case with this one.

7 is unlike any story I’ve ever read. In my opinion, it spans several different genres including historical fiction, contemporary fiction, romantic tragedy, drama, fantasy, and mystery. As the description reveals, the story focuses on one man’s multiple lives. (Yep, we’re talking reincarnation.) The first five parts cover five different lives, the first occurring in 64 AD and the last occurring in 1995. Each part is a unique story that could be removed from the novel and stand on it’s own.

At first, I didn’t know if I would be able to get into part one because books about Roman times are not usually my thing, but Bond (author of part one) hooked me with her style and storytelling ability. Here’s the note I made at the end of part one: “No! There has to be more!” When I swiped to turn the page, Tom’s next life as a knight during the late 1500’s was waiting to suck me in. Then he was a soldier, then a boxer, and finally a gangster living in a ghetto. I didn’t expect to enjoy each individual story to the same degree, but they were all SO good, and I hated to see each one end.

As I worked my way through each of Tom’s lives, my brain was flooded with questions. What are the similarities and differences from life to life? What would all of his experiences ultimately lead to? Was he making better choices from life to life? Why did he have to keep coming back? What was he supposed to fix? Would he need redemption for multiple things or for one big thing that would become clear at the very end?

When I got closer to the end and found out who Tom really is and what his ultimate sin was, I had to stop and ponder the the meaning behind this book. The creativity that went into weaving everything together just baffles me. I look forward to reading more from all five of these authors.

GOODREADS

AMAZON

 

Many thanks to the authors for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

Author Events

12 Days of Review Requests 2015

It’s time to start the party!

Attention all Indie authors! Sell your book and win a review!
Attention all readers! Find great new authors and enter to win an
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Do I have your attention? Good! Continue reading.

One of the biggest issues facing Indie authors today is getting reviews for their self-published books.

Jo Michaels holds an event each year in December to remedy the lack of reviews and to give readers a chance to win great prizes while discovering new authors.

It’s a huge pitch fest!

Last year, authors from all over joined in to pitch their books and win sales and reviews. Not just from Jo, but from tons of readers and bloggers attending the event.

At the core of the event is a huge giveaway for an iPad mini! This benefits all readers because they have a great new way to take their books on the go with any e-reader app.

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If you want to get in on the pitch fest, head on over to Jo’s blog right now and read the rules on this page!

There are daily giveaways of gift cards, e-books, signed books, and tons of other goodies! Be sure to check out the books the authors are pitching, too!