Rabid Reader’s Reviews – Best Reads 2012

2012 was a great year for me. I started my book review blog in February and have since met a number of wonderful people and reviewed 97 novels. Some of the novels were great and some…well, I’ve never met a book I regret reading because as a side benefit of age, I can always forget with time. High lighted in this post are the seven best Indie books that I’ve read this year.

 

Best Indie Novels of 2012
(in no particular order)

American Goddesses by Gary Henry

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0086XGFTS” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UTKJX8igL._SL160_.jpg” width=”110″]Two women are chosen for a program that gives them superpowers. Henry’s American Goddesses gives the new superheroes a super-baddie who causes problems for the women in an unexpected way. The twists and turns in this story were astoundingly clever as were the ways in which Henry addresses the problems that arise in their daily life as a result.

Henry is working on the second book in this series.

 

Sedition: A Political Thriller by Tom Abrahams

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1480107336″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41lMXpTTG1L._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″]The President dies unexpectedly shortly after the Vice President’s demise. A tough, smart, female Speaker of the House is poised to take the main seat while the not yet sworn in, replacement, Vice President challenges her right. On the other side, an anarchist group sees this as their perfect opportunity to make their move (based on a real 1820 British plot). With an author who has spent many years as a political reporter, you can expect and get the best of the best political thriller.

In a Silva-esque move, Abrahams’s website gives us a look into the real places highlighted in Sedition: A Political Thriller.

 

Creator Class (The Creator Class Series) by K.M. Breakey

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Shawn Lowe is a P-class 18-year-old who knows that there’s more out there than he can see. The Laws of Earthism that must be obeyed aren’t for him. Why can he only compete in the gaming rooms? Why can’t someone be recognized as the best at something? His Nana knows and she tries to tell him but talking about Pre-Great Transformation events is strictly prohibited. Up in C-class, unknown to Shawn, a 14-year-old girl watches. When she believes that Shawn will be terminated for blasphemous speech, she tries to warn and his friends in high places see this as a perfect chance to bring him to their world. Going to C-class may save Shawn’s life but the cost to him personally is great. Creator Class (The Creator Class Series) is thought-provoking and poignant.

Action packed and entertaining, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series which is due out in 2013.

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ER Smackdown on Novellas!

This weekend my husband had an unfortunate allergic reaction which landed us in the ER for a few hours. In the time that we were there, I read five novellas.

Let me set the scene for you–cushy reclining chairs (our ER has really come up in the world), a Sharon Stone/Robert DeNiro movie playing on the big screen featuring multiple baseball bat inflicted deaths, 3- and 5-year-old blond boys sitting with their parents and a woman who is trying to propel her lungs out of her mouth in coughing fits. Could I lose myself in a good book? Let’s find out.

 

Book1: Physical Attraction (Romance Short Story) by Leighann Dobbs.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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Olivia is a single mom who hasn’t had a date in a while. She’s hesitant when Jordon, a hot new trainer at the gym, approaches her for a date but can’t resist accepting.

Despite the title, this novella was a straight-up, sweet romance. Jordon also turns out to be a single dad, and SURPRISE, they have kids the same age. There’s a little sub-plot of jealousy but mostly it’s kind of a true-to-life rendering of a romance. Would I have bought this novella? No. If you like romance novels and you see it free, it’s a quick read and fun. I’d take the time.

 

Hurricane-A Short Story by R. Narvaez

Publication Date: March 26, 2012

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Papo is in Puerto Rico for his cousins wedding. He’s asked, after the wedding, to take one of the guests back to San Juan with him and she turns out to not be so honest.

Papo is a criminal jerk, but he’s one for whom the reader can feel because he gets more than his fair share of the bad. There is deep symbolism in this book that never comes off as pretentious, and I enjoyed the flow and the way the characters stayed true to who they were. There were no redeeming moments in this read, and that’s what makes it great.

 

In Waiting by Kathryn Jones

Publication Date: June 6, 2012

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Tabitha has just left a long-term relationship and doesn’t think she’s ready for anything new, but one of her customers at the coffee shop knows better, and suddenly someone she never looked at in that way is looking pretty good.

 

If I said that I didn’t like this story, that wouldn’t be honest. I did think it was cute, but there were a lot of “huh” moments that kind of stopped this reader in her tracks. The ex showing up was a little self-serving and Meg’s motivation for bringing him back. I hear in the storyline that she married her high school sweetheart and thinks that everyone should be married but really, is someone going to make that rationalization about a cheating partner? Is this perhaps another stereotype that we see a lot of places where perhaps women who are committed think you should stick through anything? I don’t buy it. I did like the relationship between the main character and the new man and the date they went on…very unconventional.

 

The Golden Ketch by Michael C. Lee and William Hesselbacher

Publication Date: October 4, 2011

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This is the story of John Weldon, his wife Mia and the Japanese Commander looking to do them harm. More importantly, this is the story of the Golden Ketch.

This novella is set during WWII and is so raw and violent. The Japanese Commander is killing everyone he sees and raping every girl he comes across. He enslaves people to find gold that had been dumped at the bottom of a harbor and then lines his boat with it. He intends to leave all of his slaves dead but the American, John, lashes out, nearly killing him. The Commander finds himself in the hospital being treated by John’s wife Mia, and threatens to kill her family if she doesn’t have sex with him. She sends her family away from the city and endures the commander’s repeated rapes until John finally finds her, and they flee the city. The Commander wants his gold and he wants John’s life so he chases them in his boat committing atrocities everywhere he steps. This was brutal, and I could not look away. I cheered for John and Mia, and I hoped that the commander would be killed. This was a great read and so well written. I highly recommend it if you’re not squeamish about violence.

 

The Darkness Inside by CR Myers.

Publication Date: March 19, 2012

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Two young children, caught trying to kill their grandfather, accuse their parents of terrible crimes.

This was the winner. This novella kept me entranced the entire time I read it. An officer taking the statements of the young children, brings the parents in for questioning and the next day they’re found dead. What really happened? This is such a short story, so I don’t want to give too much away. The tension and horror of theplotline is just stunningly vivid. This was rough subject matter, but I thoroughly enjoyed this read and suggest that it’s well worth the 99 cents; so pick it up if you like noir! When I closed my Kindle, my heart was racing, and I was filled with the sense that this novella was just one really good read.

 

I wouldn’t want to go to the ER too often but it’s sure good for getting some reading done!

Contest on my Facebook Page

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I’m running a comment contest on my Facebook page for fans of the blog. Simply go to https://www.facebook.com/RabidReader , like the page and comment on the post advertising the contest. On Friday, May 25, 2012, my coworker will draw a name and the winner will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Certificate!

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read my reviews and supporting me in this new blogging adventure!

 

Tammy a.k.a. Rabid Reader’s Reviews

A Touch of Greek (Out of Olympus Book 1) by Tina Folsom or Thoughts on Free Books and Self-Publishing

Publication Date: September 30, 2010

 

TF_Touch_of_Greek_01Greek god, Triton (son of Poseidon) is beautiful and selfish. He has an affair with Zeus’s mistress, and Zeus punishes him by stripping him of his powers and sending him to the mortal realm where a woman must love him for himself and not his beauty. The catch? He’s sent to beauty obsessed United States.

 

 

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