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review 2017-06-05 06:57
Birthrights (Revisions to the Truth) - J. Kyle McNeal

This is definitely a book for fans of epic fantasy. We follow a young boy, and his 2 companions ,on their quest to find a mythical figure called "the Stewart". But somewhere in the middle the tension wavers. There are too many storylines, different factions and the story becomes, unnecessary, over complicated. 

Fortunately, the story, and tension, picks up again and it ends( at 553 pages no less) with a feeling that one wants to read the second instalment. 


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review 2017-03-25 00:00
The Practice House
The Practice House - Laura McNeal The Practice House - Laura McNeal I got this book for free as part of the Kindle First program. I've been really hooked on historical fiction for the past year so this was right up my alley. Because this book sparked my interest, after I finished this book I actually read a few more books about The Harvey House and Harvey Girls as well.
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review 2016-11-28 14:11
NetGalley November
Far Far Away - Tom McNeal

*Book source ~ NetGalley


Jeremy Johnson Johnson of Never Better can hear voices and ever since he made the announcement as a child the townspeople have treated him like crap which got worse after his mother skipped town and his father became a recluse. But Jeremy usually doesn’t let it get him down. He has the ghost of Jacob Grimm as his companion and a goal to go away to college to keep him going. Until one day Ginger Boultinghouse turns her considerable charms on him and things go mostly downhill from there. With one of the Brothers Grimm by his side, do you think Jeremy has a happy ending?


This fairy tale retelling is a weird one to follow. Jeremy is kinda boring except for his ghost friend Jacob and his daring friend Ginger. But the tale is told from Jacob’s POV so it’s actually more interesting than it starts out. Jacob is supposed to be protecting Jeremy from someone or something called The Finder of Occasions. As the story is told, Jeremy goes about his fairly unremarkable life, trying to figure out a way to keep from getting evicted and the tension builds and builds and builds because this sinister-sounding Finder takes plenty of time (nearly the entire book!) to show up. The suspense was almost unbearable! I kept wondering when the shoe was going to drop. And when it does? Holy shit! Yeeeks! I can’t really go into detail without giving it away, so I’ll just say I was unsatisfied with the Finder’s part of the story. The why is left hanging. Or maybe I missed it. Not sure which. Anyway, this is still a decent read.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/far-far-away.html
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review 2016-05-17 17:26
The Incident on the Bridge
The Incident on the Bridge by Laura McNeal (2016-04-26) - Laura McNeal

I really loved the cover of this novel and I was excited to get my arms around it. The author’s writing propels you through this novel as many voices narrate the text. Laura revealed the facts about the incident, slowly.   I loved how the author was able to entice the reader to listen to the voices of the characters as they gradually share their knowledge of the event. It’s the variety of the characters and the slight bit of information that they might possession that puts this novel together for me. I was surprised at some of the evidence that slipped by me.   Reading the synopsis and the title, we learn that Thisbe is depressed. This depression stems over Clay, a boy who has stopped seeing her and now has lead her to take drastic measures atop a bridge. What actually occurred on top of that bridge is hidden inside this novel and it seems like everyone has a voice in the matter.


I was impatient at times as read along as I wanted to know the truth and I wanted to know it, immediately.   I wanted to know what happened as Thisbe climbed out of the car because I knew what she was thinking that day as she drove over the bridge and then somehow, she disappeared.   I was meeting some interesting people, people who were family, people that claimed that they were just acquaintances but boy did they have stories, and others who were connected to this traumatic event. As each individual revealed their role and it started to come together, I started to get anxious as I felt as there were not enough pages left in the novel to suffice a complete ending.  But Laura came through, her words pulled it together and it was over.   This story intrigued me, I enjoyed the way the author put the story together.

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review 2016-04-17 04:35
Cute and enjoyable...
Dollbaby: A Novel - Laura Lane McNeal

This was a cute and pleasurable novel. I knocked off a star because at times it just seemed a little too far fetched for me. It was a pleasurable and interesting read. There were several laugh out loud moments and some touching moments. Fannie was an interesting character and there was a bit of a twist at the end that I was not expecting. However, the ending had me like "Is that it?", which is why I knocked off another half star. Maybe I need to reread the ending.

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