The One-In-A-Million Boy…by Monica Wood

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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A boy scout dies suddenly. His absentee father decides to take on his scout project, assisting a 104 year old women with chores around her home. The elderly woman, Ona, is a  somewhat grumpy but lovable Lithuanian immigrant. Throughout the book, pieces of her life come to the surface . The characters in the novel soon embark on a quest to set Ona up as the Guinness Book of World’s Record’s oldest living driver.

   I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is a charming and bitter sweet story. The odd but gentle boy and Ona form an amazing friendship. The characters were very well developed and likable. I almost expected Ona to be sitting beside me when I looked up from the book. 

 The novel begins sadly. It lets us know from the beginning that the young boy has died unexpectedly. It then takes on the stories of how the remaining characters move on with their lives. It also incorporates flash backs for the boy’s visits to Ona.

This novel uses a combination of scenes from the present, scenes from the past, world record holders stats, and snippets of Ona’s recording of her life story. The tape recordings, especially, added great amount of humor to the book. It tells us only Ona’s answers but not the questions asked. As a result we are left to interpret her answers. I found these recordings especially hilarious and touching.

This book is not action packed thriller.It is just a wonderful story of love and relationships.’The One-In a-Million Boy’ reminded me of ‘A Man Named Ove ‘. If you loved  Ove  you will most likely love Ona too.

I alternated between four and five stars for this novel. I finally settled on five stars. I gave it the higher rating because I think it sends a really beautiful message. We should spend more time listing and spending time with the elderly of our society. They have so much to give us. 

Rating: 📖📖📖📖📖

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Book Tour -Wake Me Up….by Justin Bog

WakeMeUp_FinalEbookGenre: Literary Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, LGBT
A FATHER IS HAUNTED BY HIS PAST — HIS WIFE LIVES HER LIFE IN A RIGID SHELL — THEIR SON, UNTETHERED, DISCOVERS THE SECRET THEY SHARE WITH DEEPIKA, A VISITOR TO THEIR TOWN. “I see all of these people. They’re living and breathing and acting on their basest impulses. I lay in a coma. They live. I hover over all of them, all at once. I can see my body, motionless, wired up, adrift. And I can find out why this happened. This is my story and I won’t remember any of it when—if—I wake up. But I’ll try to remember—I’ll try damn hard.”

         

 

MIDDLETON, MONTANA— OCTOBER 2004 —AN ELECTION YEAR

A small college town’s populace is tied, complicity, to the brutal attack of a teenage boy by four of his classmates. Soon, heated rumors of a possible hate crime surface. Injustice is a hungry beast. While Chris Bullet remains unresponsive in a coma, his skull shattered, he floats above dire circumstance. In this phantom state, compelled to witness his past once more, the family’s darkest secrets, hidden over generations, will be aired.

 

Justin Bog Author PhotoAuthor Bio: A member of ITW: International Thriller Writers group, Justin Bog lives in the Pacific Northwest with his two long coat German shepherds, Zippy and Kipling. He is the author of the Suspense Magazine Award-winning collection, Sandcastle and Other Stories: The Complete Edition, and Hark: A Christmas Collection.Find Justin at
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Glass Shatters…by Michelle Meyers

 

     A man wakes up on a couch in a living room and has no idea who he is or even if he is in his own home or not . His head is bloody and wrapped in bandages and he is living with a strange elderly man, a cat named Einstein, and a assortment of marionettes. (Need I say more)

He finds out  from a neighbor that he is Charles Lang, a brilliant scientist. He had been missing from the neighborhood for a few months and his wife and daughter inexplicably disappeared three years ago.

He sets out on a quest to find out what happened to him and his family. The pieces come together slowly through his memory returning and by speaking with those that  used to know him.

‘Glass Shatters’ has a unique narrative style and a roller coaster of a story line. I have found that I can usually predict twists in a plot before they happen. With this novel, I had not idea of where it was going to go next, it kept me constantly guessing. It was definitely a deep and dark novel that makes you question what is ethical and what is sane.

I did really enjoy this novel. At first I thought it was going to be an amnesia novel like ‘What Alice Forgot’ but this novel  is  nothing like I have read before.

I found the beginning and ending fast paced. It did drag a little in the middle but the ending more then made up for that. I would recommend this book for those that love a good psychological thriller. I give this book four solid stars.

I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖