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Diamond Rain by Michael Gallagher - Book Review

Book Description:



Even Hardened Mossad Spies Need A Rescue Sometimes


At its heart, Diamond Rain is a high-octane thriller, weaving readers through the streets of foreign locales and whisking them away just as quickly to follow the main characters to their next destination. As the plot unfolds, the stakes intensify, pitting Thomas and an eclectic mix of comrades against a Chinese general hell-bent on world domination. 
From tough beginnings in the Bogside of Derry during the Irish 'Troubles', Thomas and his family slip away to coastal Maine. After more hardship, Thomas forms lasting bonds with Lanky and Billy and he embarks upon a career as a photographer.

Thomas takes a job with an international news organization when events threaten to overturn the world. During an assignment, chance brings him Kefira, only to see her snatched away from him in the blink of an eye. But all is not lost. Kefira manages to pass a powerful technology to Thomas just as she is on the verge of kidnap.
Equipped with Nanotech, Thomas believes he can rescue her and defeat a reincarnated Mao Tse Tung in Central China. Can he master the Nanosuit and reverse his fortunes? One thing is certain, he'll do everything in his power to try.
At one peak in the action, Israel deploys tactical nukes to defend against a nano swarm of Chinese men thronging into Armageddon Valley and Europe pays for the Israeli decision when a hastily organized UN peace initiative imposes Sharia Law. 
Pick up this sci-fi techno thriller filled with artificial intelligence deploying a devastating breakthrough in quantum computing and weapon systems of the type NASA and Google just bought from D-Wave Systems. A second chance in love depends on Thomas's wits and mastery of psychic powers that let him travel the Internet. Vengeful gestures haunt him, but love nurtures his strategies.

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Author Bio:

Michael James Gallagher is an established author who began his writing journey with a gripping, post-cold-war espionage thriller: "Tsunami Connection". His strong-willed heroine Kefira delighted readers worldwide as she overcame enormous odds in preventing genocide and finding a way to trap a cunning and resourceful ex-Fenian terrorist named Macaulay.
When not writing or dancing tango, Michael spends his time developing hilariously informative Internet-ready learning modules for his adult students studying in their homes. Planning and editing numerous language textbooks complements his writing experience. He has encouraged high school dropouts to realize their academic dreams for 35 years in Montreal, Canada.

Book Review by Carmen:
Even though I enjoyed this book, it wasn't quite my taste. Some of the jargon seemed confusing at times. I got a copy in exchange for an honest review and gave this book a three star rating. 

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena ~ Book Review

Book Description:

Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing.

You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone.

You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?


Purchase a copy on Indigo Canada.

About the Author:

SHARI LAPENA worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She has written two critically acclaimed literary novels. The Couple Next Door is her suspense debut.


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Review:

I read The Couple Next Door for the Indigo book club in February 2017. I have to say I am hooked on these types of stories right now - The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10, Gone Girl etc. The suspenseful, thriller mystery that has a lot of psychological aspects to it seem to be everywhere and I am just loving them. This book starts out where you honestly think what are these new parents thinking, only to have the author take you on a crazy journey of wondering who did it and really why would they do it. I don't want to give away any of the story so I will review mainly the authors writing style and characters in this book. The main two characters are Anne and Marco. From the beginning I really like Anne but I am not sure about Marco. I keep my distance, then a little later on I wonder what is going on with the couple next door. Is Marco having an affair with Cynthia? I see a couple struggling with the joys of a new baby and mom having postpartum depression but would they harm their own child.

The author gets right into the story and takes us on a roller coaster ride, will you predict what the end will be? I was glued to the book. The story keeps a nice pace throughout where I was totally engaged in the story. I didn't see all the surprises coming and was left thinking, wow, really. I can't wait to read more from Shari Lapena. I give The Couple Next Door a 4 out of 5 Stars.

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~*Disclaimer: I received the above book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.*~

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Last month I posted about Genuine Jenn being back and then, gasp.. only a couple book reviews got posted. Why? I'm not 100% sure. I know I wasn't really feeling it when I would get onto my laptop. I figured it had a lot to do with the negatives of the past. I have been purging a lot and I still have a lot more to purge to remove more of the negative memories of my past. I know have a new chrome book and hope to get writing and sharing more, even if it is only a couple times a week. Small steps at first, right?

Book Reviews

Yes, I will still be reading and reviewing books. This is something I love to do but have found that I don't spend as much time reading at the moment. I have a lot of "life things" that I have been working on this past last year. I want to be more present and in the now which has meant less online time. One big goal is to get reviewers back on the blog to help with book reviews. So if you are reading this post and love to read books send me an email or tweet, you may just be who I am looking for to help with Genuine Jenn.

Branching out again

I would really like to branch out with Genuine Jenn. I used to post about products the kids and I were using, foods, toys, movies, etc. I would like to go back there and write about things like that and also everyday life. I am not sure how many of you are interested in whole foods, fitness, healthy living, DIY, gardening etc but I have really started doing more of these things over the last couple years and I would love to share my experience with you. I have also been wanting to get back into my fiction writing. I am hoping this will give me a little push towards it.

What else?

Last week I met with a local author friend to talk about some ideas he had about helping other independent local authors and he wanted my help. I am hoping this will take off this year as I think it is a great idea and can't wait to be part of it. I know I am not going into this because I don't know all the details yet but once I do I will be posting about it for sure. If you are in the Ottawa Ontario area keep an eye out for info!

Until then............

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~*Disclaimer: I received the above book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.*~

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware ~ Book Review

Book Description:

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.


Purchase a copy on Indigo Canada.

About the Author:
Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.

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Review:

I read this book as part of the Indigo book club and really enjoyed it. If you have read Girl on the Train or The Couple Next Door you will like this story also. It is dark, deep and suspenseful. Is Lo crazy or losing her mind? Was there a woman thrown overboard? Its a whole who-dun-it type of story without the real detective. Lo reports a murder on board only to feel no one believes her as no one else has seen this lady that Lo is talking about. During the story it flashes to Lo's boyfriend and her family with emails to each other about Lo's whereabouts as she hasn't returned from her trip yet. A one point I was really starting to think that Lo wasn't going to be very lucky.

The author hooked me from the first chapter and kept me on my toes about what was happening and who actually did what on board this amazing cruise ship. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading more by Ruth Ware in the future.

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Nest by Terry Goodkind ~ Book Review

Book Description:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind reinvents the thriller with a provocative, page-turning walk among evil.

Kate Bishop thought she was an ordinary woman living and working in Chicago. But when she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation into a brutal murder, Kate makes a shocking discovery: she has the ability to identify killers just by looking into their eyes.

Trying to grasp the implications of this revelation, Kate is drawn deep into a world of terror. She is tracked down by Jack Raines, a mysterious author with shadowy connections to those who share her ability. He tells Kate that her unique vision also makes her a target, and only he can help her.

Now, hot on Jack and Kate’s heels are a force of super-predators, vicious and bloodthirsty killers who will stop at nothing until Kate is dead. But even as she fights for her life, Kate still isn’t sure if Jack is really her salvation, or another killer coming to slaughter her.

An explosive mix of action and suspense, Nest is a landmark new novel from worldwide bestselling author Terry Goodkind, and a complete reinvention of the contemporary thriller. Travel with Goodkind on a dangerous journey to the back alleys of the darknet, to the darkest corners of our minds, and to the very origins of what it is to be human.


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About the Author:
Terry Goodkind is a contemporary American writer and author of the best-selling epic fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, creator of the television show The Legend of the Seeker, and writer of the self-published epic, The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus (a prequel and origin story of the first Mother Confessor). He has over 20 million copies in print and has been translated into more than 20 different languages, world-wide.

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Review:

I was super excited to read this book. From the synopsis I figured I would devour this book from beginning to end. In the end I felt I was let down. I did enjoy this book but I can only give it a 3 or 3.5 star rating as I found once I was just over half way through the story line to me slowed down and got repetitive.

Seeing evil in eyes of strangers would be horrifying but to be wrapped up in a run for your own life and others because these evil individuals can identify you through your eyes is even scarier. This book starts off fast, not wasting anytime on getting into the story and having it unfold quickly. There are some pretty gruesome spots that I read through quickly but all in all I liked this book because it was different than the average suspense thrillers I have been reading lately. I would have to say it is a bit paranormal like. Take a chance on it, you might just love it.

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Bled by Eddie Slain ~ Book Review

Book Description:

Cassie is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, where the only rules are kill, or be killed…

Charleston, Illinois -
Cassie and Frank’s animalistic rutting climaxes with rage, pain, and disappointment, when he disappears, trailing burnt and bloody remains in his wake.

Rome, Italy -
A gorgeous stranger sweeps Cassie off her feet, lighting her soul with every touch, his deep, brown eyes harbouring a dark secret.

Perugia, Italy -
Cassie’s lover disappears, leaving a blood-soaked message, and the image of a familiar ghost on her phone.

…exhausted, frozen, alone, Cassie must now hunt down the killer before it's too late.


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About the Author:


Eddie Slain has been dreaming in bright red and hot pink for most of his life, fighting the urge to write what he sees whenever he closes his eyes.

Now everyone can indulge in Eddie's dark side.

Dip inside, enjoy the rush.


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Review:

I enjoy reading horror, psychological and erotica books but usually they are not all rolled into one like Bled. This book is raw, raw, raw. It gets its teeth into you from the first couple pages and hooks you along until you come to the end. This book is not my typical read but I was very interested in seeing how the novel would unfold. I knew from the beginning that it isn't your average horror or erotica novel, it does contain explicit sexual scenes. That in mind I jump in with both feet and an open mind.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Why? Because I found it hooked my attention right away, kept me picking back up the book until I was finished. I love the writing style of Slain and was fascinated with the story he was able to tell. Never would I have thought Geocaching would be so dangerous.

Cassie is  a tough girl, she won't take any crap from anyone especially not her boyfriend, who really needs emotional help and some anger management. She even has some great kicka#$ moves that will get her out of trouble. This book does have abuse emotionally and physically, so there were times that I couldn't wait to get through a certain part. All in all I think Slain did a great job on his debut novel and I can't wait to read more by him.

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~*Disclaimer: I received the above book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.*~

Genuine Jenn is back!

Hi readers!

It has been a long year and I have been working through some personal family things. I am now working my way back into blogging. I have missed posting my reviews and look forward to connecting with authors, readers and other bloggers. This is a new year, a new start in life and so much more. Lets connect and chat!

This year I will still be posting reviews on fiction books but I will be posting more personal development, fitness and health books as this is where my life is at the present time. I may also write more personal posts but this is still undecided. I would like to share my past experience and help others who have been through the same or going through it right now but I am not sure I am there just yet.

Keep your eyes peeled for new reviews as I have still been reading and have a stack of books that are waiting on reviews. I am starting out slow so I am aiming for two reviews each week.

If you love to read. I am still looking for other readers who are interested in being part of the Genuine Jenn review team. Shoot me an email from the Contact page.

Keep smiling! Life is Beautiful!

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Missing Parts by Lucinda Berry ~ Book Review

Book Description: 

Growing up abandoned by her father and raised by a single mother, Celeste was determined to create the perfect family but even perfect families have secrets. Celeste’s days are filled with a rewarding career, a devoted husband, and her four-year-old daughter. Only Celeste knows the precarious house of cards her family is built upon until the day her daughter falls critically ill. Celeste’s world quickly spirals out of control as her secret threatens to destroy her marriage, family, reputation, and sanity. She’ll go to any lengths to protect her family—take any risk, break any law—anything except tell the truth.

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About the Author:

Dr. Lucinda Berry's background is as unique as her stories. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in trauma and children. She is the Assistant Director of Evidence-based Practice at UCLA's National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She uses her clinical experience to create compelling tales that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction. 

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Review: 

I enjoyed this book because it was different from most psychological thrillers that I have read lately. Celeste's daughter becomes very ill and the next thing you know Celeste is wrapped up in this other kind of life where she is on the run after making a huge mistake. Celeste leaves her daughter and runs for her life instead of sticking it out and finding out what will happen. This was a tough read because I could never see myself running and leaving my children behind. Each page made me wonder when Celeste would stop and go back to see if her daughter is better and alive or it she will just start a new life on her own.


I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars as sometimes I just couldn't like the characters as their behaviours drove me crazy.
 

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker ~ Book Review

Book Description: 

In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.

Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.

As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town - or perhaps lives among them - drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.


Purchase a copy on Indigo

About the Author: 



Wendy Walker is a practicing divorce attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing her debut psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten.  


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Review: 

I enjoyed this book from the minute I picked it up. I didn't want to put it down as I was pulled into the story of the Kramer family and all the drama they hold. This story is told by a third person, a psychiatrist. We learn about Jenny and her family, her mothers past with men and what she has been hiding from her husband. Jenny struggles to regain her memory of that night in the dark forest. I wanted to keep turning the pages to find out who actually did it and what would happen to them. 

The author tackles a tough subject but does it without a lot of visual graphics. I did find some spots hard to digest but it is just the nature of the story. I give this book a 4 out of 5. The story line flows at an even pace and hooks you into all the characters drama, and there is many.   
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Fantasy of Freedom by Kelly St. Claire ~ Book Review


Book Synopsis:

The Final Installment of Olina's story; Fantasy of Freedom, Book Four of The Tainted Accords 


A part of me knew when I was taken from Osolis,

That when I returned—if I lived long enough to return—I would carry death and destruction to her doorstep.

That is the irony of peace.

It only comes after war. 



Book Review:

This series has left me with a major book hangover! I cannot believe it is over. In the fourth and final installment of The Tainted Accords, we see Olinda’s epic transformation from a small, fragile girl into a strong, strategic leader. 

St. Claire has delivered a truly original and heroic fantasy. Her words grip you right back into Olinda’s story and keeps you in a state of profound suspense. The theme is gallant. I cannot rave enough about this fantasy series. 

Needless to say I give this book and the entire series a big five-star rating. 

Purchase a copy from Amazon

Learn more about author, Kelly St.Clare:
When Kelly St Clare is not reading or writing, she is lost in her latest reverie. She can, quite literally, drift past a car accident while in the midst of her day dreams, despite the various police sirens and chaos. 

Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unravelling this mystery and began writing. Her aim: To write stories she would want to read. As it turns out, this failed miserably. Do you know what it is like to read something you've written? Impossible, that's what. Not to mention, the ending is ruined before you've begun. Never-the-less, Kelly loves it and wishes she had more time to squeeze it in between her day job as a physiotherapist. 

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The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith - Book Review

Book Description:


What happens when "happily ever after" has come and gone? 
On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven's wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven's fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White's own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing: 
The king is dead. 

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old. 
It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what "happily ever after" really means? 
Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White. 

Where to Purchase:

Amazon:
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Germany: Germany Link
India: India Link
Italy: Italy Link
Japan: Japan Link
Mexico: Mexico Link
Netherlands: Netherlands Link
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Author Bio: 
David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee as well and a Tennessee State Teaching license. On and off, he spent nearly a decade,  from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

Book Review by Carmen:
I thought this version of Snow White was nice. There were times when the story became a little bit too wordy with its descriptions. I really enjoyed the love story that was in this novel. I gave it a 4 star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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