The Girl She Used To Be – David Cristofano

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3525895This was the first book that was published before The Exceptions, of which I recieved from the publisher. After falling in love with “The  “Exceptions” I just had to see it from Melody’s point of view. While it is okay to read Johnny’s side first (The Exceptions), which I am actually glad I did, the ending of Melody’s version, was breathlessly beautiful…So very realistic and very emotional. The ending of this book (The Girl She Used to Be) actually makes me wish I had read this one first, seeing how it left off, (SPOILER)SPOILER)SPOILER) where Melody buys a wedding band, because she forever holds her heart for Johnny, even though they may never see eachother again. (SPOILER ENDED)

 
The author did an outstanding job keeping this story very realistic, and the giving the characters so much lifely depths. This is a story of a girl at the age of six, who witnessed a murder while out with her family at their favorite Italian restaurant, ran by Mafia boss Tony Bovaro. Johnny, who was 10 and totally enchanted by the little girl, watched as she fled the scene with her family. When approached by the police at the time of the incident, he was tricked into spilling everything he saw, even  right down to the plates on the car.

 The family  was forced to testify against the Bovaro’s in court but wouldn’t admit to a thing as to not draw attention from the dangerous family and then were immediately put into the Witness Protection Program. The Bovaro’s left them alone afterwards, seeing them as not a threat. Many years later, when the Bovaro’s were ordered to a huge court hearing where many families would be called upon to testify once again for another members failure, they wanted no loose ends, and planned to terminate the families. All of them. By then, Johnny was an adult, and always dreamt of the girl since the day he first saw her. He refused to let the family be killed, and would go behind his family and instead of “putting them down” he would watch over her, and lie to the family that they could not be found. But, having corrupted FBI men on their sides, they knew were to find the family every time they were relocated. Father became suspicious of Johnny’s defiance, and ordered a cousin to do the deed. Johnny still stands tall and protects the girl at all costs. Melody has no idea who this man is that keeps rescuing her, but his presence makes her feel safe. I felt so sad for her and Johnny through out the entire book. I wanted them to be together, I wanted him to run out and hug her everytime he saw her. This book totally had my mind involved.

This story is full of so much raw emotion, plot turns, and unexpected heart wrenching moments. Melody is a fierce woman who has been through so much tragedy. she refuses to go down without a fight. She remains strong and vigilant and thinks for herself even through the backstabbing and deceiving people continuously try to fool her. She turns the pages, and before any one realizes, they have been played by her.  I did not put this book down once, I ate it up in one sitting! I sat there totally thrilled with every turning page, wishing for the best and survival of Melody and melting at Johnny’s loving covertly hero ways. Johnny is a gallant, warm-hearted, undercover hero, and fights to be better and different from his own family. I tried to write this as best as I can without spoiling. But take it from me, if you love a little romance with your crime thrills. It was the perfect dose of love to go with this crime thrilling-page-turner. I could recommend this to both, male and female and I am sure they would enjoy this.

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Hank Quense- Falstaff’s Big Gamble

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This was an advanced copy that the Author gave me to me in exchange for a review. Thank you, Mr.Quense =)

Take a dash of Shakespeare, pour in a teaspoon of fantasy, and add a gallon of comedy, put it on the fryer and there you have it, a sizzling and joyous novel of adventure and fantasy!
This was one of those books I couldn’t put down once I started. The characters jump right out of the page, scenes so well played out that keep the reader giggling, and facepalming. I got wrapped up in the outrageous troll scenes, twisted plots, running my imagination wild! Constant bickering between the trolls, the ludicrous battle plans, and one very confused elf, are just few of the many gems I found in this book. All your favorite Shakespeare characters are portrayed as Dwarves, Elves, Trolls, in this witty, comical, and adventurous tale of a whole other world called Gundarland. I think this could well be another great Shakespeare-tragedy spoof.
I love how the author takes famous quotes and turn them around slightly to fit the scene, for example, Hamlet and the, “To bee, or not to bee,” in regards of his beekeeping business that he is trying to pursue and establish, even though in spite of his mothers and the new king’s wishes. Hamlet is to revenge his father’s death while Othello has been set up by the grand Godmother. This is one you will have to read for yourself with no spoils!
I will most definitely be recommending this book to everyone I know, and especially the people I game with online who are very much into Lord of the Rings, Everquest 2, and World of Warcraft. Mostly because this is how I envisioned the book. It made the book an even more fun read imagining that the characters were people I have gamed with over the years who played as these certain races.

Christa Kinde- The Blue Door

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This was a well written, fantastic Biblical adventurous tale of a girl who encounters a very special situation. Unlike many paranormal books of Angels out right now, this is very unique as far as the Angels being portrayed goes. This focuses more on the actuality of God’s Heaven sent creatures who do good for the world. This was very refreshing.

This is a wonderful tale for all ages of the religious belief of God.
Prissie is a young girl in a small town brought up in a religious family. Taken aback when her innocent older crush reveals who he is, Prissie struggles to find the truth about what is really happening in this town of hers. He’ an Angel sent from Heaven.

This is about a girl discovering who she is, and learns just how much the Bible is true and affects the world, and how much goodness can be done by just believing in yourself. I recommend this to all parents who have been searching for a good read that would motivate, inspire and set a good example for their children.