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First and foremost we are a book club, however Michelle and I love to read. We’re constantly reading and letting you know what we think. The books we love heck we even get the authors involved and give some of them away.

The current book club pick is on the right. Our discussions start in the forums on the 20th of each month! Next months book vote starts on the 27th! Discussions never stop so you can join when you’re ready! 

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Any questions please do not hesitate to ask!  – Michelle and Tammy

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Book of the month – May 2015

A Conspiracy of Paper (Benjamin Weaver Series #1)A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss

Benjamin Weaver is an outsider in eighteenth-century London: a Jew among Christians; a ruffian among aristocrats; a retired pugilist who, hired by London’s gentry, travels through the criminal underworld in pursuit of debtors and thieves.

In A Conspiracy of Paper, Weaver investigates a crime of the most personal sort: the mysterious death of his estranged father, a notorious stockjobber. To find the answers, Weaver must contend with a desperate prostitute who knows too much about his past, relatives who remind him of his alienation from the Jewish faith, and a cabal of powerful men in the world of British finance who have hidden their business dealings behind an intricate web of deception and violence. Relying on brains and brawn, Weaver uncovers the beginnings of a strange new economic order based on stock speculation–a way of life that poses great risk for investors but real danger for Weaver and his family.

In the tradition of The Alienist and written with scholarly attention to period detail, A Conspiracy of Paper is one of the wittiest and most suspenseful historical novels in recent memory, as well as a perceptive and beguiling depiction of the origin of today’s financial markets. In Benjamin Weaver, author David Liss has created an irresistibly appealing protagonist, one who parlays his knowledge of the emerging stock market into a new kind of detective work.

Winner of the 2001 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

 

Netflix Pick of the Week: A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories

I like twisted shows. I adore the BBC. It is my go to especially when I want something that has dark humor and or satire. I came across the show “A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories.” The plot is simple in the early 20th century, a young doctor arrives in a small Russian village around the time of the Russian Revolution to work in the local hospital (taken from imdb). I have only seen Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter. He was good but it is more of a young adult movie. This show was hilarious! It is only Season 1. Word is Season 2 is on the way.

There is lots of comedy but drama as well. The older doctor is basically hanging out with the younger version of himself. During this time he’s recounting his time in the hospital he gets sent to right out of medical school. His younger self is afraid and skittish. His older self is jaded and high. It results in the weirdest scenes that are brilliantly written and expertly acted out.

 

 

NUBC Reviews: The Test by John Lansing

NUBC Reviews: The Test by John LansingThe Test by John Lansing
Genres: Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9780989835244
on 11/1/2014
Pages: 33
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A coming-of-age story set in 1950s, small-town Long Island, at time when suburban America is about to undergo  seismic societal changes. With this backdrop, a teenage boy falls in love with one of the town's few black girls, a relationship that has repercussions leading to permanent transformations for the couple--and for the town.

We received this book for free from ARC in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

Our review:

Jack Morgan is a teenager enjoying his life with his friends Gene and Greg when the first black family move into Baldwin. The moment he see’s Vida, the second oldest child, he is smitten. He doesn’t understand all of the racial implications but the first time he ask her to dance and looks into her almond eyes, he doesn’t really care. Although they both care about each other their relationship can not move forward because their parents are afraid. Vida’s are afraid of the violence that might occur and Jack’s are afraid that they will loose their friends and social status. Flash forward to the present and we see how Jack, who is ending his third marriage, still thinks about her.

This short story is only 33 pages yet it felt like so much more. I don’t know what I expected but as I read it, I could feel all of the pain that these two had because outside forces were keeping them apart. I can’t imagine someone telling me that I couldn’t be with the person I loved especially because of their skin color. John Lansing was able to give a voice to the racial tension amazingly just by describing a school dance. It was more than I expected and so worth the read.

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1. 04/01/2015 Guest Post @ The Book Divas Reads
2. 04/02/2015 Showcase @ Mommabears Book Blog
3. 04/03/2015 Review and Interview @ Words by Webb
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5. 04/07/2015 Guestpost @ Building Bookshelves
6. 04/08/15 Review & Showcase @ CMash Reads
7. 04/09/2015 Guestpost @ Writers and Authors
8. 04/13/2015 Review @ Hott Books
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10. 04/15/2015 Review and Showcase @ Fictionzeal
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12. 04/20/2015 Review @ Keenly Kristin
13. 04/21/2015 Interview and Showcase @ Deal Sharing Aunt
14. 04/22/2015 Review @ The Top Shelf
15. 04/29/2015 Review and Showcase @ Nook Users Book Club

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About John Lansing

John Lansing

John Lansing started his career as an actor in New York City. He spent a year at the Royale Theatre playing the lead role in the Broadway production of “Grease.” He then landed a co-starring role in George Lucas’ “More American Graffiti,” and guest-starred on numerous television shows. During his fifteen-year writing career, Lansing wrote and produced “Walker Texas Ranger,” co-wrote two CBS Movies of the Week, and he also co-executive produced the ABC series “Scoundrels.” John’s first book was Good Cop, Bad Money, a true-crime tome with former NYPD Inspector Glen Morisano. The Devil’s Necktie, his debut novel became a Barnes&Noble best seller and Blond Cargo is the second book in the Jack Bertolino series. Tatra Press recently published, The Test, a coming of age tale, set on Long Island in 1963 that deals with race, violence, social politics, and young love. A native of Long Island, John now resides in Los Angeles.

 

Book Vote – May 2015

It’s time for the May book vote!

 

Part 1 – NUBC Reviews: Angelfall by Susan Ee (Penryn & the End of Days Book #1)

Part 1 – NUBC Reviews: Angelfall by Susan Ee (Penryn & the End of Days Book #1)Angelfall by Susan Ee
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Published by Hodder General Publishing Division on 2013
Pages: 325
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Fantasy. It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

I originally downloaded this book a couple of years ago (March 2013). I had no idea what the book was about, but I was attracted to the cover art. The book ended up sitting on my virtual bookshelf for at least another 2-3 months. (Because let’s face it, I have 2,000+ e-books and I’m not going to get to them all before a shiny new book works its way into my e-reader library. I’m not ashamed to admit that I am an e-book hoarder!) FINALLY I got around to reading the book and what a mistake that was. Yes, I called it a mistake. I NEVER read the first book in a series unless Book #2 is available. (Note to self – Remember to blog about “Trilogies/Series”). To be honest, I didn’t know that there would be a Book #2 or I wouldn’t have picked it up (yet). But I did it and we learn from our mistakes, right? (Well…not in my case…I still do this…a lot.) I also didn’t read the synopsis before starting the book so I was in for a total surprise. But seriously, that is enough about me and my quirky reading habits. Back to the book!

I LOVED THIS BOOK! No vampires, werewolves, or fairies, just humans and angles (and demons). Don’t get me wrong, I like vampires (scary and with sparkles), werewolves, fairies and similar, but I really enjoyed the change of scenery in this book. Also I am having a hard time remembering if I have ever read any Angel books prior to Angelfall. I can’t think of one…still thinking. Nope, this was my first.

The main characters are particularly likable (also attractive) and somewhat unique. Penryn, our 17-year old heroine, was abandoned by her father and left in charge of her schizophrenic mother & little sister Paige (7 years old and wheelchair bound). Times are tough since the angels of the apocalypse have arrived on earth. With no law to speak of, people are afraid of each other as well as the angels. In an attempt to get her family to safety (and find food), she happens upon an Angel brawl. During this brawl she is able to assist angel Raffe, who has just had his angel wings removed. Unfortunately during all of the confusion, her sister is abducted by one of the other angels involved in the fight. He literally swoops down and picks her up out of the wheelchair and flies away.

This is where our story really begins. Penryn and her mother get separated, but not to worry (Penryn doesn’t), mom can take care of herself. Penryn is determined to get her sister back and she’s going to force Raffe to help her. We learn a lot about Raffe and angels in general in the first few chapters of the book. We also meet some crazy characters along the way. Besides Penryn’s crazy mother we meet the twins – Tweedledee and Tweedledum also referred to as Dee-Dum because people can’t tell them apart (members of a group of humans working together to defeat the angels). Despite the name, these two start to grow on you, kind of like goofy big brothers. Did I mention they are really smart?

I have given this book as a gift to at least 8 people. Other than the 2 people that haven’t read the book yet (You know who you are! Don’t worry I’m not going to publicly shame you.), everyone loves it. I’m talking about a huge range of readers here (tween, 20-ish, early 30s, late 30s, early 40s and 60!) and they have all loved it. This story is a little mystery/thriller, a little cannibalism (remember it’s the end of the world), sci-fi, horror, tiny bit of romance, and humor all wrapped into one YA Dystopian style novel.

I know not everyone will love it, but I hope the next time you are in the mood for a little something different, you give this book a shot. I do not think you will be disappointed.

Check back soon for the Review of Book #2 – World After (Penryn & the End of Days Book #2)

 
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