Daily Archives: November 4, 2009

Torn by Amber Lehman

tornReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Fourteen-year-old Krista McKinley finds herself a stranger in a strange land when she, her mom, and her two older stepbrothers move from Ohio, where she attended a Catholic private school, to California, where she gets enrolled at Crestmount High, a public school. She faces culture shock and experiences confusion about dating, being around boys as schoolmates for the first time, and questions her own sexual preferences in the debut coming-of-age novel Torn, by Amber Lehman. It’ll pull at your heartstrings, and make you feel for Krista’s situation and her inner turmoil, wanting to fit in, but also desiring to be true to herself. Is it just a “phase” she’s going through, as her brothers Josh and Marc suggest; or, are her feelings for her best friend, Carrie, something more?

Corn Flakes with John Lennon & Other Tales from a Rock ‘N’ Roll Life by Robert Hilburn

cornReviewed by Joanne Reynolds

Robert Hilburn grew up with an absolute passion for music. He took that passion to fruition in becoming a rock reviewer for newspapers & magazines. In so becoming such a reviewer, he has had the chance to meet a lot of his “idols” i the music business. This book is full of stories about those encounters.

The only thing that I thought was a little too much to take about the book was: He obviously has good foresight about who is going to be big. He obviously has his favorites and those that he doesn’t consider to be all that great. I personally think that people have to make their own choices about who they believe to be good and want to listen to. There are obvious “Gods” when it comes to music, but I think that there probably could have been more individuals included in this writing.

A review copy of this book was supplied to the reviewer by the publisher.

Torn by Amber Lehman

torn1It was different this time; we weren’t acting on a dare. I knew our motive; we were practicing the act, hoping to impress the right boy when it came time. But then something happened—in the mix of the moment, in the mix of the alcohol. It wasn’t planned, but somehow our kissing experiment turned into something else. Things went
further . . . and once they had, once I returned to earth from the euphoria . . . I wrestled with my feelings at that frank realization, questioning whether our said objective was entirely true.

When fourteen-year old Krista McKinley transfers from Catholic school in Ohio to California’s public Crestmount High, she discovers she has a lot to learn. Luckily, she is befriended by Carrie and Brandon and things start to look up. But when a simple dare tests Krista’s values, it sends her entire world spiraling into a confusing series of events that leaves her questioning her identity as well as the people around her.

Golden Conspiracy by Robert James Glider

goldenReviewed by Laura Goodwin

This novel starts out with some background information from a treasure hunter named Captain Kidd and his crew aboard the Santa Ynez. The crew surmised that the gold that was recovered was linked to evil and they decided to burn the vessel. The gold that was carried had an estimated value of Thirty million dollars, and this was in 1503. A descendant of Captain Kidd, Jacsen Kidd sets out to find the gold and learn what happened along the voyage to Queen Isabella.

Shadow of Power by Steve Martini (Book Review #2)

shadowReviewed by Tina Avon

Okay, I have to say that I am a huge, huge fan of Steve Martini and Paul Madriani. So, I was thrilled when I got a chance to read and review Shadow of Power.

First off, I think that Martini is channelling The DaVinci Code a little bit, with a twist on the movie National Treasure. I must admit that I was taken a little aback by that initially. However, it is a strong show of talent, on the part of Martini, that he somehow manages to take all these pieces and blend them into an absolutely riveting legal thriller.

Madriani is back – representing a white supremacist who is accused of killing a controversial author, who, because of his book, has managed to incite violence and to somehow promote racism and promises to present a up to know, hidden letter written by Jefferson himself – that promises to heat up the racial tensions even more.

In the Dark by Mark Billingham

darkReviewed by Tina Avon

I can be very, very picky about my thrillers! It has to actually “thrill” me and engross me. Apparently, this is a challenge for many authors working in the genre – fortunately, it is not a problem for author Mark Billingham.

Billingham’s stuff is always, always kind of dark and dangerous – he has a wonderful way of telling the story – without making it sound corny or over the top and, at the same time, creating a complex plot and highly interesting with flawed characters. In the Dark is exactly this type of novel – I loved it from beginning to end.