Book Review: Luger Rounds

Title: Luger Rounds

Author: William Lynes, MD

Format: Kindle Edition

Published: 2012


I received this book for free through Voracious Reader’s Only.  If you have not had a chance to join some of the e-book groups I have previously blogged about it, you are missing out!!

So what is a luger round?  It is essentially a term used by medical professionals which means they are keeping alive someone who should be dead.  It is seen as a negative, heartless term in the medical field and our friend Dr. Phillip Thomas has been put into this state intentionally.

Who did this?  Why?  Eventually you will find out how Dr. Thomas got to his state through morphine induced dreams or flash backs.  We start back at the beginning of his six year residency program at the hospital up until today, the end of his six year residency, in the ICU.

What I found most interesting was the fact that I have always wondered what it would be like to be in a vegetable state but be able to hear and understand everything around you.  This book delivers just that.  Dr. Thomas is able to understand everything going on around him, feel all the pain, but, cannot control his body at all.

There is a LOT of medical terminology.  This book was penned by a real-life doctor and you can tell.  Thankfully the understanding of medical terms is not necessary for this book.  I did find myself skimming over some parts of the book that were not important as the medical parts flew over my head.  If you have a medical background and love mysteries, this is an above and beyond 5 star book for you.

Overall I give this book a 4.  I lean more towards a 3.5 but if you round up, you get a 4 so that’s where we’ll stay.  This was an absorbing mystery that lead us to a sudden, open ending.  I am typically not a fan of open endings where you can really think of what happens on your own, but, upon reflecting after reading this book, it fits.  Next week I will be reviewing my Amazon First Reads pick, The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent.  See you next Thursday!


Book Review: Wynn In Doubt

Title: Wynn In Doubt

Author: Emily Hemmer

Format: Kindle Edition

Published: 2015

I picked this book up from the Amazon Prime reading library and I could NOT put this book down.  I had to restrain myself from staying up until 2am finishing this book in one sitting.  I have not had a book hook me in like this in awhile!  The book starts off with this quote from the author, “I hope you enjoy reading this book. I hope it inspires you to not take life for granted but to go out and seek what makes you happy, no matter your age or situation,” and let me tell you, IT DID.

We meet Wynn Jeffries and hear about her last few days as a high school student.  She always had a thing for Oliver, except he was the popular boy and she was a self-proclaimed nerd.  But here is every girl’s high school dream; Oliver kisses Wynn in the parking lot after one of the final days of high school.  Now we flash forward to 10 years later.

Wynn is a bartender who daydreams about a better life.  Anytime she has an inkling to go out and see the world, her family needs her and she must stay back.  She has never truly been happy and has not been doing anything for herself.  We also find out that Oliver has made it to stardom and is in a very successful band.  Yes, she is still obsessed with him and still madly in love with him.

Oliver decides he needs a break and comes back to his hometown and gets a job at the same bar that Wynn works at.  Things begin as awkward between the two of them and then they hit it off.  I was giddy with excitement to see where this relationship may go!

Wynn’s family life is a little crazy.  She has two sisters who are both very overwhelming.  Their grandmother dies and one sister has labeled “all the good things” as they go through her house cleaning it out to sell.  They come across a big box of books and give it to Wynn because again, she is the self-proclaimed nerd and is the only one ho would do something productive with them.

She begins to read a book and a newspaper clipping falls out.  It tells of the arrest of a bootlegger and a lady friend.  Wynn brings this up to her mother after she feels the name of the woman is too familiar to her.  We find out it is her grandmother’s mother, Lola.

The twist is that they were told her grandmother’s mother died when she was young.  Wynn’s mother insists this is still the case until Wynn pushes her to the point of no return.  We find out that she just up and left one day and Wynn’s grandmother never spoke of it.  Wynn’s mother wishes Wynn would drop it but Wynn has so many unanswered questions she needs to find answers to.  Lola appeals to Wynn and she feels like a part of Lola is within herself and she needs to finally go on a journey for herself, to make her happy, despite her mother crying and pleading with her not to.  You go girl.

Oliver takes Wynn on a roadtrip to where Lola was last known to have lived.  They do not find out that much but Wynn does discover an old journal of hers.  The adventure that Oliver and Wynn take is so sweet and loving, it just gave me all the feels.  I am so happy that Wynn chose to make herself happy for once.  The book is so inspiring and is a reminder that we all should live our happiest lives.  I would go on but then I would ruin the book for you and I want you to go out and read this one, NOW!

This book gets a 5 out of 5 from me.  I loved the hint of romance and the adventure that Wynn lets her gyspy soul go on.  I especially LOVED the ending, although I will admit, the author had me on pins and needles thinking it was going to all fall apart.  I will leave with you short excerpt from the end of the book, “To not give up on what I want for my life, even if it means risking my heart. And, most importantly, that realizing our dreams is only part of what makes us whole. We need people to root for us. We need to be able to come home again.”  Just trust me when I tell you this is a must read!  Comment and let me know if you read this book or plan on it!  Next week I will be reviewing Luger Rounds by William Lynes, MD, catch you next Thursday!

Book Review: A Marriage In Dog Years – A Memoir

Title: A Marriage In Dog Years: A Memoir

Author: Nancy Balbirer

Format: Kindle Edition

Published: 2018


I chose this book as my Amazon First Reads choice for the month of May.  A Marriage In Dog Years is officially released tomorrow, June 1st so look for it on Amazon soon!

Meh.  I felt meh throughout the entire book.  **Spoiler alert**, I’m going to essentially tell you about this book so if you’re curious about it, stop reading my blog post right now and come back after you’ve read it.  Or heed my warning and know that you really are not missing much by passing on this book.

The book starts out with us finding out she found the love of her life, Sam.  Sam even comes and rescues her on the middle of a busy California freeway when her car breaks down.  It is at this point we realize the marriage is doomed as Nancy tells us, “it will occur to me that I had been so moved by the romance, the love, the chivalry of it all, that I had failed to notice we were not traveling west, but east—away from the sun.”

Nancy and Sam adopt a dog, Ira, and move from California to New York.  Nancy yearns to be a mother and ends up going through IVF treatments to conceive.  Heartbreakingly, she becomes pregnant with twins and loses one.  She does give birth to a health baby girl they nickname the Bear.  It is here we find out that Sam really did not want to become a father, he just knew Nancy really wanted to be a mother and he wanted to make sure he was happy.  Wait, Sam gets even better.

Ira is eleven years old and is diagnosed with a terminal illness and given a matter of weeks to live.  Don’t worry, Ira makes it another year.  As Ira gets ill, the marriage falls apart.  Well, the marriage is already in shambles at this point in time, we just get to hear how it all falls apart.

Sam “accidentally” forwards her a text from his mistress.  He’s cheating.  Nancy and Sam have been in therapy and this gets brought up.  Sam wants to keep seeing the mistress while he works on his marriage.  Nancy agrees.  Sam is a winner, isn’t he?

The book goes on and they divorce…finally.  I cannot believe how long Nancy held on to her marriage, trying to make it work.  Nancy describes it best when she wrote, “when a marriage is in crisis, there’s only so long you can pretend before dull pain turns into searing agony.”  She held on for so long.  I was angry with her for holding on for so long.  Sam was wishy washy and didn’t stick with anything long-term.  She truly deserves better.

So after the divorce comes the death of Ira.  I cried.  We just lost our sweet little pup Rose over the summer and just reading the demise of Ira brought back memories and I let it out.  Dogs become a part of our lives and Ira became her best friend.

Overall, I give this book a 3.  I didn’t care for it and I felt like the author wrote this book with a thesaurus of big words by her side.  I don’t know if I’m dumb or she was showing off or if I was just so irritated with her and how she handled her crumbling marriage I just resented everything she wrote.  I struggled to find the motivation to finish this book, but I did it.  Next week I will be reviewing Wynn In Doubt by Emily Hemmer, catch you next Thursday!

Book Review: New Detroit

Title: New Detroit

Author: Gerard de Marigny

Format: Kindle Edition

Published: 2017

I received this book for free from Gerard de Marigny through Voracious Readers’ Only and I am glad I selected this book!  Talk about an action packed adventure!

This is book 6 in the Cris De Niro series and I was a little concerned about that when I first started reading.  Have no fear everyone, I was able to follow along with everything and I do not feel I missed out on anything by not reading the first 5 books (but now I want to)!

Cris De Niro runs The Watchman Agency which is an anti-terrorism group, based out of Las Vegas.  He is being pitched an idea to turn an area of Detroit into “New Detroit” and create a master planned community to turn the city around.  I had to chuckle at the description the author gives of a master planned community as he highlights how Las Vegas has a few.  He really described them better than they truly are, just a regular community!  Suddenly, their meeting gets interrupted.

The man behind the idea of New Detroit is the brother of the Vice President of The Watchman Agency.  The man that bursts into the meeting is his old friend from the ‘hood, a former drug dealer.  His son has been murdered (beheaded as the picture in his hand tells us) and he needs answers.

There is an isolated, desolate area of Detroit where this book takes place.  Every business has folded and the buildings are dilapidated and falling down.  The only thing in the area is a Muslim mosque.  We meet the White Widow and learn all about how she recruited members so she could pull off a horrific and grotesque mass murder.  Will she pull it off?  Will The Watchman Agency even discover her plan while trying to solve a murder?  I would love to go into more details but then I would take the fun out of you reading this book for yourself!

There was action on every page.  I could not believe how much action there was throughout the book.  It was non-stop.  Just when you think the problem is going to be solved the book creates a new problem out of that one being solved.  The flow of this book was phenomenal. This book was just written so well!  I also LOVED the ending; it ends on an upbeat, heartfelt note.

Overall, I give this book a solid 4.  I really appreciated the small details in this book that most people would not realize were true.  At one point in time The Watchman Agency staff are eating donuts from a new donut shop that opened on Green Valley Parkway in Vegas.  Guess what, in 2017 a new donut shop (Donut Mania) opened on Green Valley Parkway.  It was a neat detail that not many would know was true!  Next week I will be reviewing an advance copy of A Marriage In Dog Years by Nancy Balbirer thanks to Amazon First Reads!  Catch you next Thursday!



eBook Newsletters: A Review

Change of pace this week!!  I will be blogging all about my FAVORITE eBook newsletters!  There are SO many out there and I am so happy to have discovered them!  Many authors apply to be on these newsletters and offer their books for free or at a heavily discounted price for the exposure!  I have found out that I enjoy so many more authors and more genres that I ever knew I did!!  And yes, I broke down and purchased a Kindle Paperweight.  I can hold 1,100 books in my hand at once now.  My husband tells me I need to stop downloading eBooks but I can’t help it!  Now I can read whatever I’m in the mood for because I have the selection at my fingertips!  So let’s get into the meat of the post!

Newsletter: Voracious Readers Only

Web Address:

Donna’s Thoughts:  This is my newest discovery.  You sign up with your e-mail and mark off the genres you enjoy (you can always change these later).  The send out individual e-mails when they get a new book and you can click on the link and then get the free eBook.  Many times when you click the link you are also signing up for the author’s mailing list.  I’m currently reading a book I got from here called New Detroit by Gerard de Marigny.  I don’t feel they send out too many e-mails and they offer different ones I haven’t seen on any other newsletters.


Newsletter: Freebooksy

Web Address:

Donna’s Thoughts: This is my favorite newsletter.  This newsletter is always filled with 100% free books.  You just need to make sure you read it on the same day because the books are usually only free for one day!


Newsletter: Book Bub

Web Address:

Donna’s Thoughts: This was the first eBook newsletter I was exposed to.  They offer a few free ones here and there, but have many offerings from 99 cents to $3.99, great deals!


Newsletter: Ereader News Today

Web Address:

Donna’s Thoughts: Again, you sign up with your e-mail address and select the genres you wish to receive.  Remember, don’t limit yourself, maybe you’ll find a book in a new genre you’ll fall in love with!  They offer free and heavily discounted priced books!


Newsletter: Early Bird Books

Web Address:

Donna’s Thoughts: Early Bird Books offers great discounts on popular reads!  For example, they just had an offer on a Michael Crichton book for $1.99!  If you’re looking for a deal, this is the newsletter for you.  This will have more bestsellers priced usually from $1.99 to $3.99 (and occasionally free).


Newsletter: Many Books

Web Address:

Donna’s Thoughts: Many Books offers a website filled with free eBooks, as well as a newsletter, which highlights free and discounted eBooks. I am not really a fan of this newsletter and I’m not sure why.  It would be the layout or that I don’t find many eBooks I’m interested in. But it is still something to take a look at.


Newsletter: Book Adrenaline

Web Address:

Donna’s Thoughts: Book Adrenaline offers free and discounted mystery and thriller books.  You will not find any other genres here.  I love mysteries and thrillers so this is right up my alley.  I have put so many books from here on my amazon wish list I have yet to figure out when I will read all these books!


Newsletter: The Fussy Librarian

Web Address:

Donna’s Thoughts: The Fussy Librarian makes sure you sign up and get the books YOU want. They also have 2 lists; one list is for bargain eBooks and the other is for mainly free eBooks.  Pick the genres you like, the days you want to receive e-mails, and away you go!


I would like to note that many of these offer their books on multiple platforms (Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Google, etc) so don’t worry about how you’re reading an eBook, there will be books for you within these newsletters!!  Do you know of another newsletter?  Let me know about it in the comments!  Are you a member of any of these?  Tell me how much you love them and which one YOUR favorite is!  Next week I will be back to book reviews with a review of New Detroit!  Catch you next Thursday!

Book Review: Pretty Girls Dancing

Title: Pretty Girls Dancing

Author: Kylie Brant

Format: Kindle Edition

Published: 2018

I judge books by their covers.  There.  I said it.  And this cover caught my eye in Amazon Prime reading so I checked it out.  Amazon Prime really has some great perks in addition to free two-day shipping!!

This book is told to us by 5 people; Whitney DeVries, Janie Willard, Claire Willard, David Willard, and Special Agent Mark Foster.  Each chapter alternates a person while flowing together very well.  This book is about the Ten Mile Killer; he takes young girls and kidnaps them for long periods of time and eventually kills them, leaving them in dancing apparel in a wooded area.  It appears as though the latest victim, Whitney, has been kidnapped by the killer.

In the very beginning of the book I can hear Nev and Max from Catfish just screaming at Whitney.  She thinks she is going out to meet a boy who works at a grocery store in her grandmother’s town.  First of all, she only saw this boy working, never talked to him, and suddenly he found her on Facebook?  Come on…be smarter girls!!

So, Whitney gets kidnapped.  What we are not sure of, is if it is the Ten Mile Killer.  The Willard’s fit in because their oldest daughter, Kelsey, was the last one to be kidnapped by the killer seven years earlier.  We go through many emotions with them reliving the feelings of when Kelsey went missing with Whitney going missing.  The girls only lived about 12 miles apart from each other so the latest kidnapping is hitting home, hard.

Claire Willard, Kelsey’s mother, is a hot mess throughout this book.  She is essentially a zombie.  I did highlight a part of the book with a quote from one of her chapters as it was very profound.  “People saw what they wanted to see. Whatever was most comfortable to believe.”  As you read this book you’ll understand this quote better.

We meet the agent assigned to the case, Mark Foster.  He has his own family issues which don’t seem to really fit in to the story at all, but nonetheless, are still there.  He has his suspicions on who is killer is and will not stop until they can make a break in the case.  He finds enjoyment in consulting a senior special agent, Luther Sims, who worked as a profiler for the Ten Mile Killer.

Janie, Kelsey’s sister, takes detective work into her own hands and sets up a photo shoot with a creepy janitor from her high school.  She discovered risqué photos of her sister shortly after her disappearance and she is determined the man who took them killed her.  Janie almost gets arrested in her attempt at solving her sister’s disappearance, but fortunately for her, she stumbles across some damning evidence and gets off scot free on a trespassing charge.  I also highlighted one of her quotes from one of her chapters, “No one got out of a personal tragedy unscathed. The wounds didn’t go away. It was just a matter of how well each person covered them.”

Janie’s discovery leads the case down a path where eventually we do find out who the Ten Mile Killer is and we find out what happened to Kelsey and to Whitney.  If I say any more I will give away the story and that wouldn’t be nice of me, now would it?  But I will leave you with a highlight from one of Whitney’s chapters. “Monsters looked just like the rest of us. And somehow, that made them even scarier.”  Curious now?

This book is a 5.  It kept me up at night.  Who was the killer?  What is going to happen to Whitney?  Where is Kelsey?  I couldn’t figure it out and I didn’t see it coming.  Brant did an amazing job in penning this crime fiction book.  If you are an Amazon Prime member there is no excuse for you NOT to check this book out!  Join me next week as I do something a little different.  I will not be reviewing a book, but rather, I will be reviewing eBook newsletters!  If you are a fan of reading eBooks, you will NOT want to miss next week’s blog edition!!

Book Review: How Hard Can It Be?

Title: How Hard Can It Be?

Author: Allison Pearson

Format: Paperback, Advance Readers’ Edition

Published: 2018

A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the special advance readers’ edition of How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson.  The book releases on June 5, 2018 so go ahead and pre-order the book now, this is going to be a GREAT summer read!  Are you ready?  If not, #getREDDY.

This book is a sequel to I Don’t Know How She Does It, however, I did not read the first book and was not lost at all through this book.  I appreciate that it can be read alone and I don’t miss out on anything, and if I did, I did not even realize it!

This book is about Kate Reddy, a 49-year-old woman who is going back to work while taking care of 2 teenage children, a dilapidated old home (that has so much potential), menopause, and a husband who took a break from life.  She is a member of The Returners’, a woman’s group with middle aged women trying to make it back into the work force.  Could she be their first success story?

Kate had taken a break from her life to take care of her children, make her relationship better with her husband, and get away from a man she saw herself having an affair with.  She had successfully created a hedge fund at an international investment company and left it all behind to try and make her life right and now needed to go back to support her family.  Her husband has decided to take 2 years off work to intern and learn to be a counselor (which means no income from him).  Mind you they had moved to new area of England into a fixer upper and were constantly in the middle of renovations.

She ends taking a temporary position after having life about her age (because who wants to hire someone who is a has been with a huge gap in her resume).  Thankfully, due to the financial crisis, no one is still working there when she left so she decides to be the same age as she was when she left, 42, and no one knows none the wiser.

Kate makes it through with humor and her close friends.  I can only imagine what it is like to be a parent of teenagers (oh, I will find out in 6 short years myself).  But, I appreciated the realistic life of what parents with teenagers are going through; social media and technology obsessions.  She also has to deal with family aches and pains and we ALL can relate to those!  I felt so hard for Kate and was desperately hoping everything could work out for her.  Could her daughter bounce back from a social media viral post?  Will her son get off his Playstation?  Will the man she was tempted to have an affair with come back into her life?  Is her husband just studying with his mentor?  Overall, the book was fairly easy to predict and I saw everything that was coming.  It doesn’t mean that I wasn’t pleasantly pleased, because I was.

This book is a solid 4.  It was enjoyable to read, even with the British undertones.  There were a few things I did not understand but that’s just due to me being an American.  The book read as if you were in Kate’s head and that is a neat perspective.  If you love British humor novels, this book is for you!  It was a warm, light hearted read, and I absolutely loved the ending.  So, leave this post right now and go ahead and pre-order this poolside/beach/drink-in-hand/lounge chair read.  It will keep you entertained this summer!  Comment and let me know if you pre-order this gem!  Next week I will be reviewing the psychological thriller Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant, see you then!


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