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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Dog Spelled Backwards by Jill Yesko + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers….the place to be when you need a bookish break in your day; we’re always ready to be your virtual bookmark.

Today, we’re hosting another blog tour, this time courtesy of Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours (Hi Lori!).  It stars book two of a (so far) two book series with a leading lady that’s definitely different from the norm…okay, and the quirky cast of characters she surrounds herself with are definitely off base of center as well…  *ahem*  …but, well they are likable to a fault as well.  Ready to discover what your bookish future holds?  Here we go!  Today’s spotlight shines on….



An Unholy Mystery
By
Jill Yesko

About the book
Private investigator Jane Ronson suffers from oppositional defiant disorder, the uncontrollable urge to punch first then ask questions later.  When a rabbi with a shady past offers her a bag of cash to spy on a rival rabbi, Jane jumps at the chance to make what she thinks will be easy money.  To get her cash, Jane impersonates an Orthodox Jewish woman and infiltrates a black market kidney ring in Baltimore’s Orthodox community.  Between Russian gangsters and double crosses, Jane is number one on everyone’s hit list.  To save her life, she forms an alliance with a religious woman and confronts a family.



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I must admit, I didn’t think I would enjoy the read nearly as much as I did….but I REALLY did!  I had the option of reading book one or two (or even both) and opted for book two based off the descriptions (and my available time…eek!) but wouldn’t you know it, I’m gonna have to go back and read the first one.  Before you go assuming it was because I was lost in the read having not started at the beginning, think again.  It was really, truly, and simply… the characters! 



Jane is a hoot and a half.  She’ll kick your butt as sure as look at you but loyalty is definitely in her blood.  She doesn’t like to see a good man (or dog) down and despite not always towing the straight and narrow line, she usually ends up doing what’s right in the end….even to her own detriment I’m afraid.  Let’s just say there are some nail biter scenes in this one where you aren’t quite sure she’s gonna make it out to A) knock some sense into her brother’s head, B) give Archie one more scratch behind the ear, and C) make it to her own wedding!  Oh, wait….you didn’t know about that part now did you.  ~whistles~  Speaking of marriages….

The guy she’s about to be hitched to is a cop.  Yes, a cop.  Funny how that works…one on the straight and narrow, the other veering on and off the same track…yet it does.  Their chemistry is certainly there as well as a mutual respect for each other….good for you Jane!  You got one of the good ones!  Oh and speaking of good ones, might I say that Jerome is one interesting person to say the least but anytime you need him, BAM….he’s there with heels one.  (No really…with heels!)  Continuing with our people assessment, there’s the long list of Jewish friends Jane is now acquainted with though “friend” might be pushing it a bit too far.  *ahem*  From Rabbi Goldberg  (investigating Black Market kidney ring) to Rabbi Dworkin (man behind the ring?), Dr. Kornblatt (behind the operating room doors) to Shayna (wife of Rabbi Goldberg) to Yuri….okay, I know, that last one isn’t Jewish per se, more Russian strong man, toting more fire power than most militia need but well, he’d be the enforcer.  Suffice it to say that as in life, every new meeting changes us in some way….Jane is about to undergo changes that she NEVER saw coming.  *dun dun dunnnnn*


In conclusion, don’t’ be a judging Judy, be an open-minded Opal!  You’ll get a glimpse inside the Jewish faith and sense of community along with a mystery that twists and turns without dragging you five miles to Sunday through the doldrums just to prove a point.  Give a dog a chance…err, a book a chance, that you might not have truly looked at the first time around.  Sometimes you find the best reads in the most unexpected places.  Is this the best read ever?  Maybe not….but it definitely rates high on my list and EXTRA points for her love of dogs!  (Love how that was worked in!)  Will it rate as high for you as well?  Only one way to truly find out….

Recommended read for older teens through adult readers for some content, themes, and violence.  It’s not to say they didn’t have it coming but….well, we like to limit the wee ones exposure to all of that too early on.  ^_^



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About the author….
Jill Yesko’s 20+ year writing career has included stints as a sports writer, NPR commentator, and investigative reporter.  She’s written about everything from body piercing to human pyramids in Spain.  After a solo trek around the world, Jill was profiled as an “adventurous traveler” in O, the Oprah Magazine.  Before becoming a writer, Jill was a national-class cyclist and graduate and cartographer.  A New Jersey native, Jill now patrols Baltimore’s dog parks with her basset hound.



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Ebook for review courtesy of Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as the first book,Murder in the Dog Park, be sure to stop by the official tour page where my fellow bloggers are getting their read on and sharing the experience with you!  Book one AND two are available now so be on the lookout for it on a virtual shelf near you.  Oh and one more thing….there’s this little thing called a CONTEST that I thought you might be interested in.  No need to thank me, I’m only sharing the info….





Until next time…GOOD LUCK…and happy reading!



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Punctuation is Everything: Sorry You're Lost by Matt Blackstone

Greetings fellow readers!
Welcome back to the site that aims to bring the reader in you something to mull over, digest and conclude about every day of the week….Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we’re checking out a Middle Grade Fiction title that deals with a very REAL subject….death...but not in the classic morbid after-life sorta way.  No sir.  It brings us another view of the story from the eyes of the family left behind, in this case a young son and now single father, who have just lost someone but are also lost themselves.  Have you been in their position?  Perhaps know someone who has been?  This might just ring true for some of you, tug on a few heartstrings as well as tickle those funny bones.  Ready to get a bit emotional in one direction or the other?  Today’s book of choice is….


By
9780374380656
Farrar Straus Giroux

About the book….
When seventh grade Denny “Donuts” Murphy’s mother dies, he becomes the world’s biggest class clown.  But deep down, Donuts just wants to return to a time when his mom is still alive and where his dad doesn’t sit on front of a TV all day.  He tries to get back into the groove by helping his best friend, Manny, with a scheme to snag dates for the school dance.  But things don’t go exactly as planned.  He soon learns that laughter is not the best medicine for all of his problems.  Sometimes it’s just as important to be true to yourself.


It’s all about the apostrophe.  Funny how such a little thing can change the meaning of a word, and in turn the sentiment of an entire statement.  For Denny, aka Donuts, what starts as a sentence with a misused word, ends up being a truth no one, not even themselves, could at first recognize.  Understandable for certain considering the loss he and his Dad have suffered in the last few months, but in honoring her memory…they have strayed well beyond the path of least resistance.  Humor may be the best medicine to chase away the blues, but denial is the cowards way out which serves no one in the end…and there’s a thin line between the two.

Upon ruminating about this read, I found it to be a powerful story about loss, family, friends, and in the end, LIFE.  Our days keep ticking by with or without us.  Do you really want to look up one day to see your own end on the horizon and nothing to show for it?  I’m not talking riches. I’m not talking material items at all really, unless that is YOUR strict definition of success and achievement.  I’m talking being present in YOUR present.  I’m talking about having shown up day in and day out despite the obstacles thrown in our ways both physical and emotional to tell the world HERE I AM, YOU WILL NOT SHUT ME DOWN NOR COUNT ME OUT.  To lose a parent is a pain I can’t begin to imagine (thank goodness…*hugs those who have*) nor one I’d wish on my worst enemy, but even something this big that strikes you to the core can be overcome, can be worked through given time and the support of family and friends.  You just have to open your heart and give love a chance to work its magic….it’s that first scary step towards a lighter tomorrow.

So, in conclusion, though a read I didn’t connect with during or even after the final page (surprised?  Wait for it…), it’s still something I’d recommend to others.  It’d be a great fit for Middle Grade (and beyond) readers that have lost someone close and ended up lost themselves (*hugs again*).  It’d work for those MG fans that are simply looking for another book to add to their reading lists for boys.  It even works as a way to address the issue of being a class clown on a consistent basis when the reason is something other than merely having a good time….perhaps a conversation starter of sorts to uncover what’s really happening.  In short, though not for me, certainly a worth while read for generations young and young at heart.  It shows the stages of grief through the eyes of youth, it’s ill effects on everyone it touches and hope’s promise that eventually everything will be okay.

ARC for review courtesy of Leigh at Regal Literary.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this promotion as well as those forthcoming, be sure to stop by their official site.  This title was released January 2014 via Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf near you.

Until next time…happy reading!



Monday, April 21, 2014

BLOG TOUR: A Comedy of Erinn by Celia Bonaduce


Hi everyone!
Welcome back to another exciting week here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers....where the reading is always fresh and made to order, off someone's menu at least.  

Today's featured title is a blog tour guest courtesy of Pump Up Your Book.  (Hi Dorothy!) It comes to us sporting a familiar name from yesteryear with a story that falls into the Contemporary Romance category of things.  Word to readers, it's lighter on the romance, heavier on the life, lessons, and getting in touch with your hipper younger self aspect.  So, if you're all ready to embark on our next shared bookish adventure, let's go!  Lights, camera, and all eyes on....



by
Celia Bonaduce
eKensington

About the book....
Erinn Wolf needs to reinvent herself. A once celebrated playwright turned photographer, she’s almost broke, a little lonely, and tired of her sister’s constant worry. When a job on a reality TV show falls into her lap, she’s thrilled to be making a paycheck–and when a hot Italian actor named Massimo rents her guesthouse, she’s certain her life is getting a romantic subplot. But with the director, brash, gorgeous young Jude, dogging her every step, she can’t help but look at herself through his lens–and wonder if she’s been reading the wrong script all along…



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First things first, if the name is familiar but you just can't place it, or even if you can and you're dying for a confirmation, yes...the author is indeed kin to the infamous Danny from The Partridge Family fame.  There, now that that's settled....

Erinn Wolf was a great character.  I loved her seemingly unending knowledge, her inability to let things drop for the sake of dropping them, her tenacious quest to get back in the game, and her ability to be blinded by love regardless of the potential outcome.  Loved her for all of these things.  The author did in fact build a great character.  The same can be said for Massimo, the Italian "stud" that lights up her heart when she happens upon him in the market, or even Jude, the immature film jock that is the crook in Erinn's side for most of the story.  *ahem*  Let's just say that YES, he was well written, but HEY to the NO could I actually see these two as anything other than working somewhat together companions.  Anything more seemed WAY off base to BOTH of their characters and yet...things happen.  I know, I know....love is blind, yada, yada, yada, but to me, even with my glass is half full rose colored glasses on, I couldn't make their connection work.  It was like reading Shakespeare with rap music and although in some ways that would be quite humorous (so if anybody even thinks of running with that idea, remember...I SAID IT FIRST!), it wouldn't appeal to the wider audience.  Sadly in this case, that audience included me.


While it didn't leave me with the warm fuzzy's, that's not to say the story was without merit.  I enjoyed my time getting to know MOST of them (*cough* not so much Jude *cough*).  Their trip to film the show that wasn't was fun, the hotel lacking an elevator humorous, and the rest of the filming crew a hoot and a half.  Their ideas and random quote offs kept me smiling through many a page and Erinn's multiple attempts at rewriting her own life script gave me hope.  Though I do wish things had been different in some areas (Jude), others played out perfectly well (Massimo...for one) leaving me confident to say that yes, it wasn't the best match for me....but then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Perhaps one glance from you and you'll be smitten...



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About the author....
Celia Bonaduce is an award-winning producer whose credits cover a lot of ground – everything from field-producing ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to writing for many of Nickelodeon’s animated series, including Hey, Arnold and Chalkzone. If Celia Bonaduce’s last name is any indication, she is proof that TV talent runs in the family.

An avid reader, entering the world of books has always been a lifelong ambition. The Merchant of Venice Beach is book one of her three-book deal with eKensington, a digital imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp. The follow up novel, A Comedy of Erinn, has also been released, and book three, Much Ado About Mother, will be coming out on May 14, 2014.


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Review copy received courtesy of  Dorothy and the entire Pump Up Your Book crew as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this promotion, be sure to stop by the official TOUR PAGE where you can find out just where this e-train is heading next...or chat about the book in the PUYB Virtual Book Club over on Goodreads!  To discover what's on the horizon for this company, stop by their official site, Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter.  To connect with the author online, feel free to click through any of the links included in this post.  Book one and two of this planned trilogy are out now, while book three is scheduled for release next month.

Until next time....happy reading!

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