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The Final Straw by Ted Tayler

The Final Straw - Ted Tayler
Did anyone in the book do something you did not like? Colin killed and physically hurt people more than once. I definitely do not like him as a person but as a main character, he was extremely interesting and his lack of emotion was so well depicted to the point it can make your skin crawl. 

Was there more than one conflict in the story? Each character was dealing with at least one major conflict in his or her life. Sue Owens found out what Colin was doing and then became conflicted about how to cover it up or conceal it, Karen was in desperate need of someone to talk to and heal after losing their baby but was so conflicted she started having sex with random men every Wednesday and Colin was just so conflicted he wanted to physically destroy the conflicts in his life. 

Was the timeline easy to follow? Each scene flowed to the next scene in a cohesive manner and it was easy to understand time passing and the movement of the characters. Every page sucked me into the story more and more, and I always felt like I could everything that was happening in the book and I could easily feel the emotions of the characters. 

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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Colorado Mandala

Colorado Mandala - Brian Heffron What were the main relationships explored in this book? Colorado Mandala focuses on four main characters. These characters are then connected to each other and their relationships take on different forms and emotions. You have Paul and Michael's relationship where Paul attempts to take on the role of "fixer". Then you have Paul and Sarah's relationship which develops into something strong but you will have to read to the end to find out how strong. The other relationships that are explored are Michael and Sarah; Sarah and her son, Stuart.

What did you like about the book … The characters were down to earth and loaded with emotion. Each of them had revelations for the one another and at times it seemed that Michael's PTSD functioned as a healing mechanism for all of them.

Favorite character(s)... Sarah. Next to Paul she was in the most difficult of positions. Mother, lover and friend. It was easiest to connect with her and from the beginning I wanted things to work out for her.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Finding Claire Fletcher

Finding Claire Fletcher - Lisa  Regan 3 things I liked about the book … This is my new favorite author. She presented a book that will be discussed in our book club for a long time to come. I loved the story for being fast paced, believable and full of emotion.

Favorite character(s) … Claire, of course. She's literally caught between a rock and a hard place. She wants, needs to fight back but the at the same time is beyond broken from all the torture she has experienced.

Favorite setting … When Claire spent the night with Connor. On the one hand, you have so much evil and then on the other, you have the start of something beautiful. I loved her flow of words and the way this scene was presented made me cry thinking whether Claire would leave or stay?

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

A 3rd Time To Die

A 3rd Time to Die - George Bernstein What were the main themes of the book? I once was lost but now I am found. How would you feel if you have lived a previous life and are now coming across things and people that seem so familiar to you but you don't know why? The theme of the book is about the main characters finding each other in present time amidst broken marriages and experiences.

Is the plot laid out clearly? In the beginning of the story, the author had many of us at the book club guessing. We had so many questions about how the book would actually end and were hoping that all sub plots will be resolved in the end. Everything came together in this well-written story I will be recommending to others.

Were you able to connect with the main character and why? Ashley and Craig are both main characters and I felt it was easier to connect with Ashley. I felt that Craig was sometimes a bit hard to read because he had too many layers but this may have been intentional so readers will keep reading to find out more about him.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

The Hunter's Son (JC Mather, #1)

The Hunter's Son (JC Mather, #1) - B.E. Jewell Who do you think the author intended to read this book and why? It's a book for all ages. Anyone who likes fantasy will enjoy this book and I really hope the author writes more.
At the end of the book, do you feel hope for the characters? Yes, I do. Especially for JC - He's young & he has his whole life ahead of him.
Does the title fit the story? The title is fitting seeing that the book is about a father and son.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Jack Canon's American Destiny

Jack Canon's American Destiny - Greg Sandora Which did you find more appealing, the introduction or the conclusion? The conclusion. It didn't feel like I had just finished a book. It felt as if I had finished watching a movie or a tv series.
Why would you recommend or not recommend this book? If you like political thrillers, then this book is definitely for you. While it does take a few chapters to kick into the main part of the story, once the action starts, it doesn't stop.

Did the book description relate to the story? I would have liked a little more. Right now, it's a short one paragraph which offers very little clue on what is going to happen in the book or with the main character.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

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y1 - Sherrie Cronin Where did the story take place? The most prominent area is of course the South Pacific. A lot of the descriptions seemed real so I assume the author has either lived or travelled there.
What other books has this author written? This book is apparently part of a series. The book club members and I haven't read the first book but we are looking forward to finishing the 3rd book and hopefully make our way back to the 1st book. Love the cover images for all 3 books.
What did you think about the villains in the story? As with any good story, this story also comes with a few twisted characters. Readers have an idea that it is Zane who will overcome this wickedness but at the same time, Zane is still making up his mind so this is the part where the story gets interesting. Does he become a hero or does he slip back into his shell, forget about the world and carry on with his life?

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

White Chalk

White Chalk - Pavarti K. Tyler Favourite scene …. When Mr. Harris gets arrested and Chelle has to deal with the arrest and what is being said. She feels beyond humiliated and what's worse the very person she felt was her safety net has now trapped her and exposed her to even more bullying. This was a rollercoaster ride like I've never felt in any book.
Favourite quote … "The tub hugged me tight, protecting me from everything beyond its bleached white confines" For this reader, from beginning to end this is what Chelle wanted - protection. She finally gets it but in a very twisted way.
Will you recommend this book? Without a doubt, I'll tell anyone and everyone about this book. I've never read books by this author so this was a fantastic introduction and now I'm going to read her other books as well.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.
Secret Words (Secret Dreams Contemporary Romance 1) - Miranda P. Charles How did the main character feel during the book? Jasmine was hurt. Kane was confused. When they met and sparks flew it was obvious that they belonged together but needed to work through many different issues.

What did the title have to do with the book? Kane and Jasmine both kept secrets from each other and people around them.

3 things you like about the main character. Jasmine was willing to put Kane's interest before hers. She took the time to explain their situation to Hannah and lastly, she was far better than she gave herself credit for.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Straight Dope A 360 degree look into American drug culture

Straight Dope A 360 degree look into American drug culture - LeRon Barton Cover. The cover was good. Showed drugs and money and bullets, pretty well sums it up.

Content (overall theme, idea and setting). Didn't like how this subject was approached. Could have been a good book, but had no substance.

Did the book end the way you expected? Just another interview. Only thing I liked was the glossary at the very end.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Evergreen (A Serial Killer Thriller)

Evergreen (A Serial Killer Thriller) - David Jester How do you define the central theme in this story. I think it was the families at Evergreen. They were each faced with a horrifying aspect that one of them could be the killer.

Would you recommend it? I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a chilling read.

Feel about main character? I wish he would have gone to the police after the first murder. But, he was damaged by his upbringing.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Tainted Love: The Faith McKenzie Story

Tainted Love: The Faith McKenzie Story - Erin Cawood Ending expected? None of us at the book club expected the ending, but I was afraid that it might happen.

Plot or character driven? Character driven. Faith and Cal were the key characters and the secondary characters moved the story along with their role in covering up or exposing the abuse.

Plot well developed, believable? Plot was well-developed with many details that seemed accurate. Pulled you right into the abuse.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

The Book of Paul

The Book of Paul - Richard  Long Summarize the book without giving away the ending. The book was about a evil prophecy. About love, murder and family.

Consider the main character: what does he or she believe in? Martin believes in his love with Rose. He fought to save her from Paul. I liked the way relationships were explored in this book. It touched on the extreme emotions we feel when conecting with people around us.

In your own words what was the beginning of the book Martin was watching tv and doing exercises. Rose wasn't able to sleep.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Dissolution of Peace

Dissolution of Peace - Richard Flores IV Top 3 things I liked about the main character. He was so loyal. He loved with all his heart. He was always alert for any situation.

What motivates a given character’s actions? Mike protects Christine with his life. She's the captain of the shop and Mike loves her.

What kind of book is this? Fiction - People are executed right there in court. It's done with a needle in the back. Moon City and Alcatraz in space.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

The Morph (Gate-Shifters, #1)

The Morph - J.C. Andrijeski Do any characters grow or change during the course of the novel? Dakota. She becomes more accepting and she adapts to her new situation better than I expected her to.

What motivates a given character’s actions? Different characters were motivated differently but looking at only Dakota and Nikhil, they were both motivated by curiosity.

Which characters do you particularly admire or dislike? None come to mind, but Hunsef was not a favourite.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Be Good

Be Good - Dakota Madison Would you recommend it? I would recommend only to adults who like romance and not offended by vulgar language.

What major emotion did the story evoke in you as a reader? Empathy for Anna. She just did not know she was on the road to destruction.

Amazement with Brett, he was so patient but sometimes too patient.

What are some of the major themes of this book? Forgiveness and change. Learning to forgive ourselves for past actions is the hardest part about learning we need to change.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.