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Monday, June 25, 2012

Adventure on the High Seas: Pirates Revenge Review

The tropical paradise known as the Caribbean was anything but peaceful when settled by the nations of Europe. Perhaps the most destructive and brutal terror was inflicted not by navies or armies, but by the ships plying the waters manned by pirates. Rafe Alexander fled England at an early age to join the pirate crew of the Cutlass, and soon learned of the brutal harm his mother endured at the hands of Ramirez, his own father he had never known.

Joining the fleet of the Black Widow, queen of the largest pirate fleet to ever sail, he vowed to exact his revenge. But the Black Widow was also driven by the need for vengeance against Ramirez, and she and Rafe plotted their revenge even as their fiery passion consumed them. Together, they would become the most feared and powerful force the Caribbean would ever see. 

Is revenge truly enough to sustain an empty heart? Can love replace it and soothe the burning of the soul? As events would move Rafe towards the explosive confrontation, he would find out...and his world would be turned upside down.


Move over Captain Jack Sparrow there’s a new Captain in town and the names Rafe. Douglas Boren has outdone himself with his tail amongst the high seas. This book is full of action and adventure along with a gritty reminder that we are reading about pirates and they aren’t always the most civil of people.  Along with looting there’s brutality mixed in with a bit of romance. 

Rafe’s mother is dealt a bad hand when she set to work for the privileged.  For her reward she’s raped and in comes Rafe. His passion for revenge coupled with that of the Black Widow makes for enthralling tale of vengeance.  However after years of seeking revenge one can see how it grows tiresome and some have a change of heart. 

The author has done a great job of capturing some of the true history of pirates. His writing clearly displays the research he underwent. Never have I been this excited over history. I found myself holding my breath as my eyes explored the battle scenes. Pirates Revenge is an excellent action packed read in which I highly recommend to all readers young and old. 

4.5 Golden Stars

This book was provided for reviewing purposes. 

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Bittersweet Review

Take a trip with Alexis “Cherie” Norwood in her debut novel as she walks you through the life of Marie Aili b.k.a. Bittersweet from Chicago, Illinois. Marie is an honor student in high school with aspirations to go to college. However, she has her own problems with her mentally ill mother, aging grandfather, and a selfish aunt. Her life changes when she meets up with a young hustler named Keshawn who decides Marie is the one person in the world he loves and trusts.

Keshawn is a street smart hustler that has his own problems with his mother forcing him into the game, the dangers that he encounters in the streets, and the people around him that he trusts less and less each day. After meeting Marie, he decides he wants to get out of the game so he enlists the help of Marie and her family, and asks Marie to become his safe girl. Although, Marie doesn’t know what this entails she agrees to help Keshawn. This decision will flip Marie’s reality upside down and catapult her into a life that she is not prepared to enter. Keshawn tries to protect Marie from the consequences of street life, but that is a promise that he can’t really keep.

Will Keshawn and Marie end up together or will they succumb to the pressures of the game that threaten to tear them apart?

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The Review:

For those of us no longer in high school Alexis Cherie Norwood takes for trip down memory lane. Marie is very intelligent with a promising future but with a broken home and love for Keshawn , who’s in the drug game, she is bound to slip. 

This book contains excellent character development as I found myself relating to many of the characters within. I found myself feeling sorry for Marie when dealing with mentally unstable mother and wanting to smack some sense in her when she goes back on her word and keeps allowing Keshawn in her life.
Bittersweet is an excellent read which I highly recommend for teen girls and adults. At times I was drawn back to when I read The Coldest Winter Ever and Fly Girl. I look forward to continuing on with the rest of the books in this series. 

4 Golden Stars
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