#BookReview Law and Addiction by Mike Papantonio

Law and Addiction by Mike Papantonio is a unique read that dives into the corruption of the opioid epidemic.

Through the eyes of an attorney, we see the world falling apart due to the extreme decisions about wildly corrosive medication. The opioid epidemic is a truly interesting topic to talk about in a book. Everyone knows about it yet it is somehow a very touchy topic. Almost everyone I know is aware of someone who suffers from addictions, normally due to opioids. Having a book address these issues and dive into such a sensitive topic was truly intriguing.

All Jake wants is for someone to pay for the loss of his brother, and he goes to extreme lengths to reach this goal. This book takes a unique look at the problem, through the legal side of things. The book moves fast, it has twists and turns to keep you hooked and it really makes you think. When you sue big pharma companies, life isn’t going to be easy for you. The dynamics that go on behind the scenes is wild and scary and thrilling.

I will admit that this is not my typical go to book. I like reaching out and taking chances with books that don’t fit into my normal romance, YA and children’s novel explorations. This book was a real treat! I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would if I liked this genre. I can only imagine a fan of crime thrillers getting their hands on this book because they will be totally enchanted by it. Mike has a fulfilling writing style that really makes you think.

My biggest highlight of the book was the term “Zombieland”. My city has an opioid problem and it does indeed feel like you are in Zombieland if you come across certain individuals. It’s scary, and everyone has had the same idea as Jake. If only someone would go after the big pharma companies that don’t try to help the problem. But that’s ethics and greed for you. Ethics doesn’t always win.

Overall, this book felt very real, really intense and totally brutal. It’s thrilling and addicting and deals with real problems. I truly respect Mike Papantonio for writing this book. It’s a real gem!

Four out of five stars!

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#BookReview The Great Grain Elevator Incident by Kevin Miller

The Great Grain Elevator Incident by Kevin Miller is one of the top 2019 releases (in my humble opinion).

Milligan Creek is one of the best middle grade series out there. Seriously – it brightens up my mood like Harry Potter did back in my youth. This series is packed full of fun, small town vibes, amazing friendships and hilarity. It’s the perfect series for those middle grade readers who want more than picture books but less than the big Harry Potter series (this book is under 200 pages!).

In the fourth edition of this Canadian series, Matt, Dean, Chad & Andrew get into more mischievous (surprise, surprise). When a big company wants to get rid of the Prairie’s grain elevators, the boys step into action and end up helping the Mayor’s election campaign! Will the boys get rid of the big baddies?

Briar’s Positives:

1. This book is set in Saskatchewan! I don’t typically see this beautiful province, so it’s such a pleasant surprise!

2. I found this book enjoyable as an adult and I could totally see middle grade readers loving it too. The plot moves at a fast enough pace to keep everyone interested and it’s full of comedy. I could easily see parents reading this to their kids or making this a book to read for a school project.

3. Friendship rules! The potential romance from the last book is discussed and “dealt with”. The romance ended on a nice note and friendship soared. It makes me really happy to see middle grade books not focusing on the need to have a romance. That was one of the major cons I had back in the day. Every book I was forced to read for school focused on the importance of romance! This book makes it clear that friendship and loyalty should be in the forefront.

4. This book is seriously funny! It also has some funny tropes and jokes about small towns and since I’m from one, I could totally appreciate them! Percy the Pike, the sister town in Japan, salt on alpha bites, and the koi pond are just some of the funny jokes that had me giggling.

5. Realism. This book had a fairly realistic problem. Lots of big companies, like Fortitude, are coming into smaller towns and taking over! I loved seeing that in this book! I can relate.

6. We all have a Tucker, or famous person in the community, in our towns. They act like they are superstars JUST. LIKE. HIM. It’s almost too relatable which made it way more hilarious than it should have been.
Negatives:

1. It ended! This book was just wild and it was sad that it had to end. I’m sure Kevin will fill up my shelf with a new book soon, but it’s still sad to see it end. I tried not to binge it, but I did anyways! It was hard to stay away from this little gem.

2. You may need to read the previous books to understand everything that has happened previously. A little bit of the past is brought up, but not much. A reader could easily jump into this series from book four and be fine, but I think it’d be way more fun to know the shenanigans the kids got into during the previous books.

Overall, this book is an absolute gem as expected! I absolutely loved this book and I’m so happy I was able to jump back into this world. It’s one of my guilty pleasures that brings a big smile to my face and makes my days brighter!

Five out of five stars!

Thank you to the wonderful Kevin Miller for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Find the other books in this series on:

Up The Creek (Book #1) on Indigo

Up The Creek (Book #1) on Amazon.ca

Up The Creek (Book #1) Amazon.com

Unlimited (Book #2) on Indigo

Unlimited (Book #2) on Amazon.ca

Unlimited (Book #2) on Amazon.com

The Water War #3 on Amazon.ca

The Water War #3 on Amazon.com

 

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#BookReview Aftermath by Clara Kensie

Aftermath by Clara Kensie is a Young Adult novel following the “aftermath” of a teenage girl’s abduction.

This book was a hard read – it’s emotional, raw and enraging (at times). Clara Kensie has written one magnificent story in the form of a young adult novel. Honestly, it was written beautifully but the subject matter was so tough, serious and so full of pain.

The plot of the story is as followed: Charlotte was abducted by her “Keeper” about four years ago. Somehow, she gets lucky and gets her escape through some paramedics who found her in the “Keeper’s” attic. Suddenly, she’s thrown back into society and to a life that has changed. Her parents are divorced, her sister didn’t follow their “Dream Book” and her friends have all moved on. Her Mother wants her to go into hiding and never leave the house again while her Father wants her to become an international, superstar ambassador. All the while, Charlotte is trying to grasp how to be normal again once a man destroys your safety and sanity.

This novel is a YA. At first I struggled to figure out if it was, but it only hints and briefly talks about how painful Charlotte’s journey was. The R rated comments are very rare, and only said once or twice so the reader gets the point of what happens. I’d say this is on the higher end of YA though, because Charlotte was raped (and some more spoiler-y things happen that are some really tough pieces of content for potential thirteen year olds).

Clara made me really feel for Charlotte the entire time. I watched her journey and felt her pain. Somehow, she made me really connect with this family and understand why she did and said what she did. She made it believable, which can be very tough to do!

While the story is sad, Clara also brings hope into the story. It hides in the back like a shadow, but it’s still there. All around, this book is very powerful and a really good story to tell. It started out so rough for me and I wasn’t sure if I’d actually like it, but I did! Clara left so many bits and pieces that turned out to be clues to some of the story’s bigger plot twists. I didn’t see half of them, which is a feat all on it’s own. But it’s all there for the reader to unwind!

Overall, this book is utterly amazing! I’m impressed by Clara’s writing and by this story. It was emotional and gripping, but it is totally worth your time if you find this book. Seriously, it’s an amazing story and it’s important to hear.

Four out of five stars.

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#BookReview If We Had Known by Elise Juska
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#BookReview Deep Cosmos by Project Kyle

Deep Cosmos by Project Kyle is a unique sci-fi adventure that moves fast and fearlessly!

I’m not normally into sci-fi books, but I was intrigued when Project Kyle approached me to read this book. Deep Cosmos is a nerdy, science-y, fun book that with awesome friendships, wicked twists and turns, and lots of lore riddled throughout it.

It gave me Star Wars vibes with the friendships and adventures they go on. It also reminded me of Star Trek for some of the lore. I feel like lovers of science fiction will absolutely love this book!

But, did I absolutely love it? No. Keep in mind I’m not a sci-fi junkie, so I was never going to have my socks knocked off by the book. Can I say I thoroughly enjoyed it and want more? Yes! Project Kyle is an excellent author with so much potential. I can only imagine how much better his books are going to get in the future if this is where he’s starting himself in the publishing world.

There are times where I feel some major cheese factor. Some of Sophia’s lines do not feel… organic. They seem forced and not what most ladies would say. That’s the biggest con for me, since her lines brought me out of the fictional world at times. It doesn’t ruin the book by any means, but it did have me giggling a little.

I hope this book gets some sequels or a little more love in the future. I can tell this story can go much further than what was explored in this book. I think readers would love to see this world expanded on as well.

Overall, this quality book by Project Kyle is a must read for sci-fi lovers!

Four out of five stars.

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#BookReview The Underground Toy Society by Jessica D. Adams

The Underground Toy Society by Jessica D. Adams is a charming little book following toys who just want to be played with!

This book gave me Toy Story vibes. There are two dolls who want to be reunited and decide to help take care of toys. It’s a sweet premise and works really well within the book. Add in the aspect of the underground toy society taking toys to loving homes so they are played with, and you have a real winner.

My positives:
1. This book thematically makes sense: you don’t need a ton of toys but you do need to give love to the toys you have. It also showcases friendship and love in general. Educational books always make me pleased as a reader!
2. I haven’t seen much of this premise out in the children’s book world, so it was a lovely treat.
3. The book is obviously home made which makes it stand out. I am curious who drew the pictures that are used in this book. I know this aesthetic will be a negative for some people, but for reviewers like me I like seeing variation in the books I read. I can imagine children reading it and realizing they too could draw pictures for books and we might get them more interested in reading. It’s all in the mind frame of the readers.
4. This book is simple and easy to read. It’s not complicated and makes for a nice, smooth read.
5. The reason behind this book is super cute – Jessica kept her toys for her children. The adult readers will appreciate this fact way more than the kids.

My negatives:
1. I see the book is listed as 3-10 but I would almost argue some 3 year olds these days wouldn’t have the patience to sit through this book. That being said, I know there are some wickedly smart 3 year olds who would love it. Keep in mind that this book is short, but has a paragraph on each page. Know your child! I would recommend age five to ten as the best age group.
2. The aesthetic for the pictures will be a negative for some readers. It isn’t for me, but I wanted to include that ‘s’ on negatives.

Overall, this was a charming little book that I think will be a perfect addition to your child’s book shelf. Pick it up for the holidays (since I read this just before Christmas) and share your love of reading with your little ones!

Four out of five stars!

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#BookReview The Extra Cadaver Murder by Roy Innes

The Extra Cadaver Murder by Roy Innes is honestly one of my new fave mystery books!

Canadian book? Check! Murder mystery? Check! Female lead who is realistic? Check! What more can a Canadian book lover, like myself, ask for?!

Roy Innes has crafted one amazing book that had me hooked to every word. I almost binged this book (you can blame all of my homework for that one) and I could barely put it down! Seriously, it was a real struggle walking away from this book!

James and Coswell work on identifying the murderer of a university professor, all the while dealing with gender biases. Throw in the RCMP, some very complicated relationships and twists and turns you won’t see coming, and you’ve got yourself a real hit!

There were times in this book where the speed slowed down and it dragged on. Despite the small pacing issue, I had no problems with this book. It felt like a standalone, it didn’t have a cliffhanger and it felt really smart. I’d absolutely read another book by Roy Innes any day of the week! I just have to get my hands on one of those suckers…

In general, the book doesn’t stand out or do anything that other mystery novels haven’t already. We have a female lead dealing with gender bias, an aging officer dealing with all the joys of getting old and the obvious “who dunnit?’ storyline that leads you one way then takes you another. You wouldn’t be able to see the ending coming since not all characters are introduced right away, but I still think it’s a fun ride. I absolutely enjoyed this book and want more!

Four out of five stars!

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#BookReview Seizure by Kathy Reichs

I was absolutely thrilled that I bought the first two books in this series together, because I NEEDED to continue this series. The first book, Virals, was an absolute hit for me and Seizure continued the insanity!

This time around Tory, Ben, Shelton, Hi and Cooper are off on another adventure…. except… get this… PIRATES. The loss of LIRI absolutely sucked because the loss of potential science plots devastated me. So I was reading it, hoping that somehow these authors had some cool science-y plot to follow and NOPE! But they got the next best thing – pirates and treasure!

LIRI is going to be shut down, so the Virals need to acquire some funds to try to help their parents keep their jobs. Otherwise, all of them will be moved around the continents and might never see each other again. This is a big problem since they are Virals with their crazy powers. In walks a famous myth about a female pirate and her treasure. And, of course, she buried it near the home of our lead characters! Our Virals decide to go on a treasure hunt, and get in LOTS of trouble along the way. And I mean A LOT.

I loved the sense of adventure in this book! I was hooked to every word and it was really difficult to put the book down. There’s a good mix of 75% action and 25% goofy, high school drama. Tori takes on Madison in this book and the drama is hilarious. I’ve never considered these books to be “serious” or “realistic” books (come on… Tori’s eyes turn yellow and she has magical powers), so I absolutely loved the angst that was added in this book. Also, cue in potential love triangle? Or square… Either way, I see one coming. It’s a YA book, you KNOW the romance is gonna be thrown in there eventually.

So, what are my cons?
1. Kit seems mighty dumb in this book. Did he really not notice Tori sneaking away so much? I know he works a lot and is busy… but dude. Kit is related to Tempe and he’s this dumb?

2. The bad guys were predictable and also dumb. I’m honestly not sure how Kathy could change this (I don’t have any constructive criticism about this, to be honest) but I have to say it. It was one of my cons.

But along with the cons, I have some mighty pros:
1. This series isn’t focused on romance like most YAs. There is a pinch (and I mean a PINCH, like a pinch of salt. Very little) but the story mostly focuses on friendship and adventure. That makes this book way more fun when you’re not worried about who’s gonna kiss who.

2. Riddles, myths and legends make everything more interesting. Some of the riddles are easy to solve, but some of them were a little more difficult.

3. This book has comedy in it! There’s some seriously funny quotes lined in this book that made the action and adventure just feel more fun. I’m tired of mopey YA books, we need more positivity in this world!

4. This book is super knowledgeable. Various animals species, the Gaelic language and more science-y info is shared with the reader. Kathy Reich’s books are always smart! It’s just another reason to love this series.

Overall, this book was AWESOME! It was a fun read for me and I really want to continue this series. It’s closer to PG-13 mainly because of the language (a couple swears) but the fun could easily be read by middle grade.

Five out of five stars!!

 

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#BookReview Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
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#BookReview The Water War by Kevin Miller

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