Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore Update with reviews for authors on the shelves
The first author with a number of recent reviews is J. E. Pinto for her YA novel The Bright Side of Darkness.
About The Bright Side of Darkness
What is a family? Rick Myers is a despondent seventeen-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he’s grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, “the crew” is all he has.
At least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she’s often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself.
But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick’s resolve to build his promising future. Fortunately, his life is changed by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges.
“The Bright Side of Darkness” is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Realistic, Heartwarming, down to earth. Those are only three of the many words that come to mind when I think of describing this amazing book. The author shows her understanding of what life is like for the types of persons their characters are based on.
By using her own personal background thus writing what she knows, Jo E. Pinto paints a colorful picture of the Crew and their lives. No predictable outcomes, or contrived plots are to be found in this fast-moving, suspenseful, heartwarming, and sometimes humorous book. I read this book on Audible, and found the narration gave each character a life of its very own, which only increased my reading pleasure.
I recommend this book for anyone Tween-aged and up. Furthermore, I feel families would do well to turn off the TV gather together read and discuss this book.
If you’re a high-school teacher or work with children in some way this book is a must.
I’d love to see the author do a follow-up book of some type. Maybe write about Rick and has newly opened café, sprinkling it throughout with a combo of reality-based adventures and recipes.
This book is most definitely going on my favorite reads of 2019.
Not read this book. What are you waiting for?
Read more of the reviews and buy the book in all formats including audio: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0101KE0N6
Follow J. E. Pinto on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14120336.J_E_Pinto
Connect to J.E. Pinto via her author blog Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14120336.J_E_Pinto/blog
The next author is Charles E. Yallowitz for his latest release Rivalry (War of Nytefall Book 3)
Seeking the pleasure of revenge, an ancient rumor will reveal herself to be a deadly legend.
Lurking within the shadows for centuries, the Vampire Queen has been drawn to the conflict that surrounds Clyde. Only whispers have been spread about this elusive figure, who has amassed a kingdom that can rival Nyte and Nytefall. All that she is missing is the strongest vampire to crown as her king. In one fell swoop, she has taken the most powerful of her kind, including Clyde and Xavier Tempest. Hosting a tournament where the rules seem to change at her whim, the Vampire Queen threatens to shatter the already strained world that lurks beneath Windemere’s surface. Yet, there is more to her desires, which seep from a soul that is pulsing with fury. For her kingdom can never be complete until she holds the head of the one who wronged her centuries ago.
Can Mab stand against her ancient rival and save her beloved partner?
One of the early reviews
Another gem from the author of the Legends of Windemere series. Here you follow the two warring factions as they are forced to join together to face a challenge neither can take on by themselves.
The reader is taken deep into the world of Nyte and Nytefall in this book. The competition between Clyde and Xavier is always just bubbling below, if not bursting through, the surface. The character of Jewelz is a very well crafted Big Bad who is very easy to hate almost the second the reader meets her.
For this reader, the characters of Mob, Clyde and Lost are the highlights. The premise of the all-powerful Jewelz being able to dominate all without anyone being able to stop her went on just a little too long for this reader’s enjoyment.
The finale was, in my mind, a touch too quick. If a big bad is going to lord themselves all over and cause pain and suffering for hundreds of pages, then I need a good thirty pages of the big bad being slowly, painfully, humiliatingly taken down inch by excruciating inch with nothing it can do to stop it.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Rivalry-War-Nytefall-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07QHLW76N
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rivalry-War-Nytefall-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07QHLW76N
A selection of the most recent books by Charles Yallowitz
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA
Read more reviews and follow Charles on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965804.Charles_E_Yallowitz
Connect to Charles via: Legends of Windemere Blog
The next author to receive a recent review is Pamela S. Wight for her romantic suspense Twin Desires…
About the book
Twin Desires, a romantic suspense set in San Francisco and the quiet CA town of Stinson Beach, follows Sandra Eastman and the two men who almost destroy her world.
Blake Sinclair, Sandra’s boss and president of a prestigious investment firm, is successful and charismatic. But his twin brother, Alex, is his opposite – a twisted, tormented soul. Sandra becomes a pawn in a deadly game between these powerful opposing forces.
In this fast-paced thriller, Sandra is scooped up into a whirlwind of suspense from the mansions of the S.F. elite to a remote beach house 30 miles north. As each page turns, she becomes more entangled with the skeletons in the Sinclair closets while desperately confronting her own skeletons and discovering strength she never knew she possessed.
A recent review for the book
As a follower of Wight’s blog, I’m familiar with her brilliant writing ability and unique style. I hadn’t read any work by Brandt, but the two writing together certainly created an exciting page-turner in Twin Desires. I’m always impressed by novels that are co-written and curious about their process. The authors did a wonderful job developing both the main characters as well as the secondary. As a fan of both
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D36RR6S
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twin-Desires-Pamela-Wight-ebook/dp/B00D36RR6S
Also by Pamela S. Wight
Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-S.-Wight/e/B00AYXT6R6
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pamela-S.-Wight/e/B00AYXT6R6
Read more reviews and follow Pamela on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7042822.Pamela_Wight
Connect to Pamela via her website: https://roughwighting.net/
The final author today with a recent review is Fiona Tarr – Delilah and the Dark God: The Eternal Realm Book 2
About the Book
Delilah is young, poor and inexperienced. Discovering Samson’s secret might not be as easy as she thinks!
When Delilah is compelled to discover the source of Samson’s divine strength, she becomes torn between her desire for wealth and growing feelings she cannot yet understand. She has no idea that the Eternal Realm is at war, but she quickly realises there is more at play than religion and politics.
The Goddess Asherah knows Delilah is the key to future peace in the heavens, yet she is forbidden from meddling with humanity….. But when the Dark God Dagon grows obsessed with Delilah, she must choose a side.
Will Asherah risk revealing herself to protect the ancient prophecy and secure peace for her brethren?
Delilah and the Dark God is the second book in The Eternal Realm series; a religious fantasy series that mixes mythology and intrigue in epic fantasy style. If you like strong characters, intricate plots and action, then you will love Fiona Tarr’s contemporary take on this old biblical classic.
Buy Delilah and the Dark God to today discover what really goes on within the eternal realm!
One of the recent reviews for the book
Delilah is thrown into poverty when her father Fajer speaks out against the king. She steals a purse full of coins off Samson who is visiting Sorek. Later she will live to regret these actions. She gives the money to the temple to be blessed by Dagon. I loved Dagon, a fantastic demon or dark angel who deceives Delilah for his own ends. She is told wealth will come to whoever discovers the source of Samson’s strength. With this knowledge, she allows herself to become his ward.
This is a beautiful, well-crafted book. It has great pace and a host of wonderful characters. I enjoyed the friendship between Aviv and Samson. Their arguments and conversations were entertaining and believable. The ending is both sad and joyful. I always like the original story, but this really brings that world to life.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QPJY3PP
Also by Fiona Tarr
Read all the reviews and buy the books including a box set: https://www.amazon.com/Fiona-Tarr/e/B00KOL7XI2
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiona-Tarr/e/B00KOL7XI2
Read more reviews and follow Fiona on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8423164.Fiona_Tarr
Connect to Fiona via her website: http://atime2write.com.au
Thank you very much for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm.. Sally.