“Tell me a Story” is an impressive collection of stories that vary from light-hearted to serious subjects. I am always amazed when so much can be packed into 99 words, and Ms. Aben did it well. Each story held my interest, but here are a few that captured my heart: Bedfellow, Daybreak, Eloise, I Wish I May, Knowledge is Power, and Promises Kept. Like the poetry I enjoy from this author, this can be read more than once. A well-written group of tales that has something for everyone that I can easily recommend.
by Teri Polen
I’ve been looking forward to the continuing story of Asher and his friends. “The Insurgent” picks up where “Subject A36” left off without missing a beat. Asher is put in a horrible situation where if he doesn’t do what Silas wants him to, Brynn and his family will be killed. He had no choice but to withdraw into himself and let A36 take over. He becomes the killing machine he was bred to be. The story was fast-paced, yet allowed us to get to know Declan, Brynn, and other characters better. There were some unexpected twists and a deep look into what is really important in life. A society that only places value on the outside of a person and will do anything to get perfection, even if it means killing children, is an unsettling mirror of what could be if vanity comes before anything else. The characters are all flawed and have burdens to carry with them, but that makes it very easy for me to root for the insurgent’s success. This could be a standalone read, but I would start at the beginning, so you don’t miss anything. I loved this book as much as I did the first one and can easily recommend it.
Life & Soul (Book 2: Soul Poetry Series)
by Harmony Kent
I’ve been eagerly awaiting this new collection from Ms. Kent. The first book, “Slices of a Soul,” was woven together into a beautiful story full of emotions and vivid images. “Life & Soul” offered the same narrative of emotions that felt much like I was reading a poetic memoir. Six parts showed powerful glimpses into a life that I could easily relate to. There were so many captivating poems, but here are a few that captured my heart. From Lonely Soul: “Wild and Free,” Brief Soul: “Wonder of new things/I’ve only seen in books/Until now,” Friendly Soul: “Be Yourself,” and many from Loving Soul including: “Lost Property,” and “Unconditional.” The combination of different types of poems flows perfectly into the poetic waves. These are words that are meant to be read over and over. I can highly recommend “Life & Soul.”
I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews. If I don’t like a book, I won’t finish it. It doesn’t feel right leaving a review in that case. Life is too short not to enjoy every book you read!
Embrace your inner child—read a book! D. L. Finn
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Thanks for sharing the reviews on all these wonderful books, Denise! Will also forward the recommendation! Best wishes, Michael
Thanks for sharing, Michael 💕🙂
Thank you, Michael. Your sharing is much appreciated! Have a great week 🙂
Fantastic group of reviews Denise. X
Thank you, Marje 🙂 xo
Thanks so much for your wonderful review of Life & Soul, Denise. Huge congrats to Teri and Annette! Hugs 💕🙂
You are very welcome! Such a great and enjoyable collection of poetry! xo
Loved The Colony series by Teri Polen- terrific review! I like the sound of Annette’s short story collection, and have Harmony’s on my reading list. Congrats to all the authors!
Thanks so much, Jacquie! 💕🙂
It was a fantastic series, Jacquie 🙂 You have some good reading ahead of you! xo
These all sound like great reads. I’m sure if Harmony’s book is as good as the first, it’s excellent.
Thanks so much, Sandra! Your review, along with Denise’s, has made my day! 💕🙂💕
Thanks, Sandra 🙂 Both are equally good, I can’t say I liked one over the other! xoxo
Marvelous reviews, Denise. Congrats to Teri, Annette, and Harmony. Hugs all around.
Thanks, Teagan. All great reads 🙂 Hugs right back xo
Thanks, Teagan. Hugs! 💕🙂
Denise, thank you so much for the wonderful review and for including me in such good company here!
I really enjoyed your stories! I’m always amazed at what can be told in such few words. Happy to share your book! xo
Sorry I’m so late getting here, Denise. I’m thrilled you enjoyed The Insurgent, and thank you so much for reading and reviewing it! I’m honored to be included here with Harmony and Annette – congrats to them on such wonderful reviews!
It was a great series, Teri, and happy to share it here 🙂 You are never late here the door is always open.
Hi Denise Thank you for sharing this wonderful review. I will be getting to Annette’s book very soon and I loved Terri’s and Harmony’s books.
I was happy to share, Robbie 🙂 Happy reading!
Thank you for sharing these books and your great reviews, Denise. Congrats to Annette, Teri, and Harmony!
I was happy to share, Vashti. All great reads 🙂
Fab reviews Denise. All these books on my radar! Congrats to Harmony, Teri and Annette. <3 xx
Thanks, Debby 🙂 Can’t go wrong with any of them. xo