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Book Review – Forgotten by Sarah J. Pepper

25 Nov


Title: Forgotten

Series: The Fate Trilogy, book 1

Author: Sarah J. Pepper

Publication Date: October 5, 2012

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Cover: Wilcoxon Photography (Photographer), Platinum Imagination (Photographer)

Book descriptionBG

His perseverance unnerved me, scrutinizing my every move like a twisted guardian angel. Jace waited patiently for me to join him. Like he knew my defiance would crumble under his intense gaze, which was exactly why I avoided him…until twilight. He hijacked my dreams and proved to be a different kind of nightmare – unhinged, rebellious, and dangerously mouth-watering.
“Escape from reality, Gwyneth. Sometimes life can be too painful to live in, even for immortals,” Jace whispered in my dream. His heat, fervor, and unrelenting confidence resonated around me when he closed the gap between us. His lips hovered above mine, waiting for me to give into him.
Gwyneth’s chronicle began long before she witnessed her family being brutally murdered and lost her sight. Living as an orphan, her world is anything but black and white. She sees her vivid future that promises suffering and death. Cursed with these visions, Gwyneth pretends to be like everyone else, until a dangerously charismatic, young man walks into her life. From the moment Jace lays eyes on her, he refuses to believe Gwyneth is normal. He knows information about her past that only a psychopathic stalker could dig up. He reveals her dirty secrets. Unbeknownst details of Gwyneth’s former life unfurl.
Unsure of what to believe, Gwyneth searches for answers that lead to her inconceivable fate. However, the ancient truth she uncovers is more dangerous than any high school romance she’d bargained for. Gwyneth is drug into an inevitable battle brewing between immortal Gods and ageless Hunters – both of which have sworn to swear to kill her if deemed necessary.
my reviewBW

I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest, spoiler free opinion.

I will start off my saying that I LOVE the paranormal genre. And Forgotten was so unique.

I will start off with Gwyneth. When she was a child she witnessed her family being murdered and due to the trauma she was diagnosed to be legally blind, though she can see in different shades of gray. Pepper did a really good job with describing the everyday life of someone with such a difficult condition. Gwyneth lives with a loving foster family and tries to have as normal a life that she can. But normal is underrated. She believes herself to be clairvoyant, having dreams that she thinks are scenes of her future. But then her life changes when Jace forces himself into her life. Though she is drawn to him for reasons she does not know or understand she tries to stay away from him.

Jace is a mysterious boy. And I imagine him to be beyond gorgeous!!! At first I found that he talked in riddles as he was trying to get Gwyneth to trust him and to divulge too much information would put her in danger. But he has to heal her and help her remember the life she has forgotten, the love she has forgotten. And the journey getting there was captivating.

I am not going to lie there were some parts that kept me confused however, in the end everything came together.

Forgotten has a lot of twist between the characters. Will the visions from her past affect the present? And of course the incorporation of the fates, I loved Pepper’s vision of these characters. I prefer to envision them as being beautiful than how common Greek mythology describes them to be ugly.

This book is packed with love, hate, vengeance, action and best of all hope! I would recommend this to any paranormal romance fan. I myself can’t wait to read the rest in the series.




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I specialize in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, unicorns, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?

“Warning: Addictive passion erupts from her mouthwatering descriptions” – recent review.

Sarah J. Pepper lives in South Dakota with her real-life prince charming. At a young age, she fell for paranormal books and now incorporates that genre with romance that thrives in the hearts of us all. When she’s not storytelling, she’s most likely biking, hoarding chocolate, or taking a bubble bath. Get a glimpse inside her head at www.peppersreadingcorner.com

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“Devil’s Lullaby” -Cat craved his addictive kiss as much as she ached for his death.

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Book Review – Little Joe by Michael E. Glasscock III

15 Sep

Little Joe by Michael E. Glasscock III

Little Joe

Book Description

Published: Greenleaf Book Group Press (June 1, 2013)
E-book copy provided by NetGalley

When Little Joe Stout survives the car accident that took his parents’ lives, he is sent to live with his maternal grandparents in the small town of Round Rock, Tennessee. Orphaned and missing his Texas home, Little Joe is reluctant to adapt. But his grandparents, especially his grandmother, are up to the challenge of raising him despite their own struggles. Soon, childhood friendships are forged in the oddball duo of Sugar and Bobby, and—with the help of a new canine companion—Little Joe begins to see that his new home offers the comfort and love he thought was lost forever.

Set against the drama of World War II and the first sparks of the civil rights movement, Little Joe’s new home is a microcosm of America in the 1940s. A frightening incident with a Chinese motorist traveling on the wrong side of town, the migration of troops across the countryside, and a frank discussion of Jim Crow laws are just a few of the local events mirroring the radio broadcasts that bring the news of the day into his grandmother’s kitchen.

Little Joe begins a four-part series from Michael E. Glasscock III that explores the intricate social cloth of Round Rock, Tennessee.

My Review


I am not one to read historical fiction but for some reason Little Joe caught my eye. The cover was inviting and the synopsis wasn’t bad, so I said what the heck and I gave it a try. I wasn’t completely disappointed as the book was good but it was also missing something.

This story is about a little boy names Joe he lives with his grandparents in Tennessee in the era of WWII. How he came to live with them was so terribly sad. And that’s what Glasscock  hits us with first, tragedy. This 9 year old boy lost his parents in a car accident and I felt nothing from the words I was reading, I was sad because I’m a human being.

This kid has to move to a new town and start all over and that happens from one day to the next. He was not allotted time to grieve. His grandparent though you can tell loved him were extremely strict and old fashioned. And though they like Joe lost someone, I didn’t feel any emotion from them either. This was hard to understand.

The good part of this story is the relationship Little Joe has with his two friends Sugar and Bobby. Those kids got themselves in to some situation and I found myself laughing.

In the end you know that the grandparents love him and meant well… they just have a different way of showing it.

Michael E. Glasscock III

About the Author

For the first eight years of his life Michael E. Glasscock III lived on his grandfather’s cattle ranch a few miles south of the small community of Utopia, Texas. At the beginning of World War II, he moved to a small town in Tennessee not unlike the mythical Round Rock portrayed in his fiction series. Michael decided to study medicine, and he graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School at age twenty-four.

Nashville, Tennessee, was the site of his otology/neurotology practice, where he was associated with Vanderbilt University as a clinical professor, and where he continues to be part of the faculty as an adjunct professor. He retired from full-time clinical practice in 1997 and moved back to Texas where he continues to work as a consultant for three major medical device companies. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.





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