Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review of Flying Leaves Glowing Tadpoles

Flying Leaves Glowing Tadpoles


Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

This short story collection is snippets of human relations of loves, living and dead. In her tales of life, death, and the hereafter, Ms. Giok Ping Ang explores emotions we all have in our search of why we exist - our attachments and the loss of them, whether they are human or material.

Without going into each distinct episode in her prose, I got the feeling that there is a universal presence involved in directing our being. That there is a reason for enjoying the physical structure, we have been allowed to occupy in our earthly journey.

The reader will go through all the emotions during this written pilgrimage, looking for the meaning of life. Interwoven in each trip, the author has produced a unique insight into a profound and honest way, which will have you start to self-evaluate your existence.

Any book that has me thinking is a great read. These stories, told by Author Giok Ping Ang, are well worth the purchase. They make you think and wonder if only…You still have time.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Review of The Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice: Enchanted

K.K. Allen

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Enchanted is the beginning of a ‘Fantasy world’ series of a young lady who is becoming of age in an unconventional way. She moves in with her estranged grandmother after the death of her mother, who kept her from any engagement with her wealthy and locally popular stepmother.

Katrina, the young lady, has much in common with her grandmother Rose. They were both born on the date of the Summer Solstice, and mysterious abilities, which are now developing in Katrina.

The Solstice is a day of change in Greek Mythology, one of Rose’s questionable linchpins; and is the day that Katrina finds distinct concerning changes in her being. Her mind and body are coming of age, which is not unusual for a sixteen-year-old, but the changes that she is having are not typical of a young woman. They are powerful and consuming.

Ms. Allen’s Young Adult novel grips you and doesn’t let you go. Once you enter the world of The Summer Solstice, your enchanted by its developing fantasy and love story. A story many young adults should follow.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Review of Lucy Stands on Her Principal

Lucy Stands on Her Principal

The “Lucy” Series, Book One

Bethie Gold

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

I found this first book in the Lucy series an enjoyable venture into the world of teaching. The detail into how a teacher navigates through the complicated day to day routine of dealing with children and the administration was intensified by a murder.

Lucy walks into the aftermath and gets involved unintentionally. Her demeanor changes from one who is introverted to an outgoing person who takes charge of her life. This conversion comes after her association with a new teacher friend and her changing love life.

The characters are well developed and move the investigation into the murder of one of their wretched cohorts forward. The ebbs and tides of the storyline keep the reader involved to the end of that endeavor.

When the reader reaches the end, he or she will be asking for another Lucy story. I think I’ll put it on my reading list.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review of Pursued


Jeff Joseph

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Boy meets girl, and the sparks fly. Neither was looking for love, but they found it through an endearing courtship. Romance is in the air.

Kat and Collin’s love affair reach heights that they thought was not possible. They became one in all respects, other than Kat being upfront about her paternal background. Because of his infatuation with Kat, Collin lets it be. It is what it is, as they say in today’s colloquialism.

All this changes when Kat, for Collin’s sake, breaks off the relationship; and she moves to what she considers safety from another person in her life. It is a threat that is looming, because of her parent’s unfortunate history with one unstable man, who is in a killing mood for revenge.

The story brings up many aspects of how we love one another and how we may become overly possessive. Where that line is drawn and when people cross it, is what leads to the conflicts in this adventure that may or may not go on blissfully, because the story doesn’t seem to be over.

That, of course, is up to author Jeff Joseph.  I’ll be watching to see what happens because I enjoyed the characters.
Although this is the second book in a novel series and having read book one, A Novel Obsession, in late 2014, PURSUED read like a new adventure to me. In reading it, the connections between the two were interwoven smoothly. Each can be read solely based on its content.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Review of Between the Vines

Between the Vines
     a memoir

E.B. Sullivan

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Being a wine drinker, I found the production of it, as a backdrop of a love story fascinating. The planting of embryo vines, taking them to fruition, and then developing a particular type of wine, is a love affair only a few can understand.

Ms. Sullivan’s main character, Lucia, has an Italian immigrant mother and father, whose love is captured in the way they live in producing the fruit of the vine into wine. Lucia tells her story, her memoir, of how their love for her, her brother Marco, and of their devotion in living Between the Vines.

Telling her story, she explains how her parent’s commitment helped develop her character and the decisions she made in route to maturity like the vines that produce on their precious Vino Baci Vineyard. Like the vines’ production, Lucia’s life has difficulties that must be overcome to produce a loving conclusion within her family.

Lucia’s trials and errors in her personal life do co-inside with her new understanding of winemaking. Devoted to the family’s vineyard, she comes close to losing her husband, whose allegiance is to her and to another profession that takes him away from the vineyard on long business trips.

Between the Vines has its highs and lows, but it's even-keeled in the story’s flow. This memoir is a well worth read on many levels, especially if you are a wine drinking romantic like me. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Review of Percy Crow

Percy Crow

By Danny Kemp

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

When asked to investigate the who, what, where, and why of Percy Crow’s demise, Lord Harry Paterson, Mr. Kemp’s main character, gets involved knowing that something is rotten in Denmark. In this case, it’s United Kingdom’s high society.

There is enough criminality to go around, internationally and locally. The enormity of Percy Crow’s involvement extends beyond his depravity and that of why he does what he does to pay back the center of his festered anger.

The story has its twists and turns that lead back to people close to Lord Harry, putting him in a position of a somewhat savior in the eyes of an ex-lover. Harry closes the case for all concern and leaves the reader wanting to know what comes next.

Mr. Kemp’s British tongue-in-cheek is understandable for us across the pond and doesn’t interrupt the flow of the storyline. When his writing gets to the point, there is an intriguing explanation of Percy Crow’s, English High Societies’, and Lord Harry’s involvement.

The truth comes alive – government officials can’t be allowed to overstep their power.  In this case, they are stopped by a deranged complicated man – Percy Crow.

I enjoyed the characters, the adventure, and would like to read what Lord Harry will get his head around next.