Saving Sindia by Peggy Edelheit

Good books are really worth curling up with especially on rainy weekend nights. This weekend, I curled up with a one of Samantha Jamison mysteries, Saving Sindia.

REVIEW:

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What is it about?

Samantha went on a solitary vacation in the Ocean City. But as she was expecting a peaceful, away from chaos vacation, odd things began to spring up – a mysterious note that says she’s the lucky chosen one, a woman she bumped with in the boardwalk by the ocean who knew her real identity despite the heavy disguise, and a man who drove a Mercedes car, just to name a few. Then Sam found herself in the midst of mystery that she needed to help solving.

What I Think About It

Peggy Edelheit has a different approach in writing mysteries. The scenes in every chapter are not too heavy – they were as if the mysteries are just part of Sam’s everyday life (which I suppose is really the case owing it to the fact that she’s an author of mystery books). I guess what I am trying to say is that, the scenes and the mysteries in them are just coming naturally. I also loved the little lesson learned portion after each journal entry that I ended up highlighting some of them, although I didn’t enjoy the journal entry parts. I didn’t quite grasp the relevance of them. The chapters were short, which I appreciated, although I suspect that’s also the reason why the story seemed slow-paced (or maybe I am just too inpatient in finding out who or what Sindia really was). And yeah, I also had to admit that I missed the sleuth trio, Martha, Betty and Hazel. I’d never forget their epic skunk shooting back in that Sam’s another mystery A Lethal Time.

Recommendation:

Saving Sindia is a mystery novel that I can categorize as a light read. Comparing to the hardcore mysteries like that of Grisham, Clancy or O’Shaughnessy, Edelheit’s books have this distinction. It’s mystery, and it’s light. Perfect for a lazy afternoon or if you just want to chill. 

The Day of the Dragonking: The Last American Wizard by Edward B. Irving

My brain seems to be wired to think of Harry Potter whenever there’s the word “wizard” involved. It did the same when I saw the title of this book. The word “American” made me stop though. “Oh wait, this should be interesting,” I told so myself.

Review:

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What Is It About?

Steve witnesses a  plane crash not too far from his apartment – he even got himself wounded. It could have been an ultimate disaster, except for the fact that he was the only one who saw what happened. Then he receives a call, offering him an investigative job, and after meeting the blonde girl called Ace Morningstar and experiencing “odd” things with her, he learns that he’s the one-army wizard who can save the world from the bad ones.

What I Think About It

I’ve been thinking – what if the government is packed with people who do magic? What if the terrorists could also do magic? What if all of us are wizards and we just don’t know it yet? When I saw the cover of The Last American Wizard, I thought it was a children’s book. I don’t have anything against kid lit (after finishing the entire HP series for 7 days), it’s just that I thought it would be just like Harry’s story. Which, again, reminds me that I shall not judge a book by its cover. The Last American Wizard is an action-packed sci-fi slash wizarding novel with a mix of humor. For some reason, I kept seeing Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in mind while Steve and Ace is on the scene! And I couldn’t just ignore the fact that I kept on giggling with Steve’s pronouncements. It feels as if the book was written with so much ease and fun that I am thinking the author totally enjoyed writing the story.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recommendation:

If you enjoyed Harry Potter or the movie Jump, then you’d definitely enjoy this book. The Last American Wizard will provide you with action, sci-fi and humor, which I am not sure many books offer.

(This review also appeared on Amazon.)

Shock Collar by Darren Van Gramberg

Shock Collar is the second installment of Trauma Baby which is a trilogy by Darren Van Gramberg. In this second book, we are taken in the further realms of David’s deep and intellectual thinking.

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What Is It About?

After what happened between David and Isaac which left Lucy in a coma, they were being sent to juvenile jail. David was assigned to Manrazor, a juvenile prison which is known as the place for the most delinquent of all. There he meets the different kinds of juvenile delinquents, a pretty therapist and a woman from his past that would help him figure out what to do once he gets out of jail.

What I Think About It?

The setting strongly reminds me of Last Night I Sang to the Monster, most probably because of the jail, and also because of how the author narrates from David’s point of view. It seems to me that the children in Manrazor are all well taken care of, considering that they are in jail. Imagine a good set of meals three times a day, a place to sleep and to shower plus monetary allowance – if I am a teenage recluse, I may just want to commit a crime and be brought to prison than stay out cold and hungry! 😂 But this is not what David expected. People should be harsh and misbehaved, considering that he’s with kids who supposedly committed crimes. He eyed some potential bullies, like Frank and Antonio, both of whom he made peace in the end. He didn’t fully rest though, in finding out who’s behind the “tax collection” among the inmates.

Being in prison gave David the time to contemplate about his life, and h even considered his future once he got out. With the help of the young therapist Emma and his former teacher Ms. Ellison, he was able to map out what he was going to do. Certainly, fiction or not, this only signifies that all of us deserves second chances. I can’t wait for the final installment and see what happens with him and Lucy.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

RECOMMENDATION:

This book could be your bedside table read. You won’t even know you have to read a prequel in order to follow through which I think is fantastic. I think this is something that should be asked to be read by students in school.

Get it from Amazon for $0.99.