Monday, July 1, 2013

So, Apparently Booyah! And June Go Together Like Love And Great Books!

I'm always happy to have Lisa from  
The Novel Approach here on my blog. 

I'm excited to announce that The Novel Approach staff has grown again, and because of that, we have more book picks to share with you than ever before. In fact, this month's list is so extensive that we're changing things up a bit. Um... read: being lazy. ::shrugs:: So rather than write up an a blurb for each book, we'll give you a sneaky-peeky and then link to the original review at TNA for the full lowdown and buy links, because Mary said I could and she's the boss of me. :)

Now, without further ado, here are the books we want to celebrate in June!

First up is our newest reviewer Jackie, who not only has picks of her own, but is also presenting a pick by her 12 yr. old daughter Savannah, who was our very special guest reviewer with Jamie Mayfields:

Choices: "I think kids should read these books if they are gay or if they are not. For gay kids, they can learn there is always someone that loves them no matter what. For the kids who aren’t gay, well, maybe they could see how bad they hurt people with their words. Even in 5th grade I heard people say “fag” and “homo”. We aren’t allowed to use words like that in my house and now I understand why. Words can hurt as much as hands or fists. So we should be careful how we use them."

Click HERE for Savannah's full review and buy links

Moral Authority by Jacob Z. Flores: "One thing I did take away from this book was a quote from a surprising source, a high ranking officer in the K3s said this and it just struck me as a divine truth: The term is subjective to the whim of whatever individual espouses it. Morality means different things to different people. You just have to follow in step with what the majority thinks is moral, and you will do fine. I will leave you with these parting words and I will urge you to read this book. I went into this without being sure if I would make it thru the book, and now I am glad that I didn’t miss it."

Click HERE for Jackie's full review and buy links

Forever Promised by Amy Lane: "This book was truly a happy book. Yes, there are some sad parts, yes there are some emotional parts. Most of my tears were happy tears. I guess if I have to give up the guys and gals from Promise Rock, I can rest assured that they are all happy, they are all loved and their story will live on with the next generation."

Click HERE for Jackie's full review and buy links

And now for Bruce's pick of the month, the book that blew him away was,

Raining Men by Rick R. Reed: "In Raining Men, there is a plot with plenty of substance about a main character that makes one examine themselves, and if not themselves, helps them to understand others. Not trying to give too much away, yes, there is romance in the end, but it is not the lead character in this fabulous novel. Instead, it is the struggle of a person discovering himself, healing, and becoming a whole person.

This novel is truly a remarkable work and deserves plenty of accolades. I am sure that it will receive many."

Click HERE for Bruce's full review and buy links

Next up are Tina's top picks for the month:

Catch My Breath by M.J. O'Shea: "It is so empowering to these boys to take control of their own destinies. O’Shea appears to be taking them by the hand and leading them into adulthood. Her masterful hand brings things back to center. Everyone is back where they belong. It is amazing how deep into the emotional upheaval O’Shea was able to take me. I loved every minute of it. Even the ones I hated! This is a great book. A must read."

Click HERE for Tina's full review and buy links

Self Preservation by Ethan Day: "The over-arching observation for me in Self Preservation is that Ethan Day injects humor into every possible little nook and cranny that he can find. He had me laughing out loud so many times! But he also had me crying. I think that an author capable of causing such heights of humor and happiness is equally capable of causing us to tap deeply into our inner well of sadness. Not all authors choose to do that. Ethan Day is one of the best at it. He elects to wield every emotion at his disposal, and uses them like stealth bomber. I’m laughing, and then, wait, what? Why am I crying? Ohhh. I get it, that’s funny but it’s so sad, too. The capacity to inject a situation with those opposite extremes of emotion is a rare talent."

Click HERE for Tina's full review and buy links

The Boy From Brighton by Geoffrey Knight: "The entire story, from the chasing the curlers so they wouldn’t go down the storm drain to kissing the boy (whose name was Joe) to meeting his sad brother and his brother’s sad, pregnant girlfriend seemed to be about Charlie believing that his tickety-tock heart didn’t feel things like other people. So Knight makes the reader feel them instead. Exceptional read and I can’t recommend it more highly."

Click HERE for Tina's full review and buy links

And last, but not least,  I have a butt-ton as usual. :) So, here they are, my top picks for June:

Woke Up In a Strange Place by Eric Arvin: "Woke Up In a Strange Place is a story of death and rebirth, of destiny and second chances, like an ambling journey through a long and winding poem written in perfect symmetry and rhythm, a visual journey sketched on the mind’s eye of halcyon days and a tempest of moments that have served to build a man from beginning to end to beginning again.

I love this book, love it with everything there is to love about storytelling and wordsmithing and imagination and speculation about what lies beyond for us all."

Click HERE for my full review and buy links

Half Blind: Freelance Magic #1 by Christine Price: "Half Blind is a book of sorcery and technology pitted against the keen intellect and instincts of a man who makes a living at testing and pushing limits, and acquiring ill-gotten gains for the sake of profit. It’s filled with action and suspense and grave danger, seduction and magic and mystery, twists and turns and sacrifice, and an if I didn’t want to punch your face so hard, I might just like to kiss it romance that all lead to a breath-holding climax and a revelation that has me itching for book two, somewhere right about this very minute, thank you very much."

Click HERE for my full review and buy links

Infected: Undertow by Andrea Speed: "Roan, Holden, Dylan, Scott, Grey, and most of the other usual suspects are back in Infected: Undertow, and you know Roan and Holden are throwing around loads of the general wiseassery they’re so good at. But they’ve got a few cases to solve too, which isn’t unexpected considering how good they are at what they do, even when there are seemingly no clues to follow, and the stench of failure clings like a miasma that almost foils even Roan’s super-senses.

I’d say Andrea Speed dialed Infected: Undertow up to eleven, but that’s so passé these days. So, I’ll give it a twelve. Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It is."

Click HERE for my full review and buy links

One Breath, One Bullet by S.A. McAuley: "Sometimes the enemy of your enemy is your friend. Sometimes it pays to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Sometimes your friends and your enemies come wrapped in the same skin. Sometimes you come to trust the man who has been your enemy for more than a decade, and it is the same as loving him…though you don’t know it yet. And you’ve got a mission to accomplish before you can examine the secrets and lies and half-truths that you’ve been told for most of your natural born life.

No one ever said being a Peacemaker would be easy.

S.A. McAuley dragged me through unholy political waters, took me wading through the murky depths of deception, and left me hanging by my fingertips on the ledge of the abyss that is the coming revolution. And not only that, but has also taken complete control of my ever-obsessive need for more."

Click HERE for my full review and buy links

Threshold: Whyborne & Griffin #2 by Jordan L. Hawk: "How do you sum up a book like Threshold in a single word? Clearly, I’m not very good at it, but if I were to try, I’d say it’s extraordinary. It truly is all the synonyms of that word: amazing and bizarre and unique and strange and marvelous. The plot is chockfull of squicky surprises and brimming with frightening and freakish bogies, not to mention danger and intrigue and romance. 

Joseph Campbell once said that the crossing of the threshold in a hero’s journey is 'the point of no return.' Why in the world would you want to miss that?"

Click HERE for my full review and buy links 

And that's a wrap for the month of June! Until next time, happy reading!


  1. Wow, it's an honor to be included here. I am inclined to go all fan girl on Mary, but will restrain myself. SQUEEEEE. Ok, maybe not so restrained.