Review: How We End Up By Douglas Wells

Synopsis

Jackson Levee, an ambitious young college instructor and novice poet, saves nine year old twin girls, Hadley and Haley, from drowning in the Gulf of Mexico. He writes a poem titled After the Rescue based on the incident and receives critical acclaim and a wide readership as the result of an appearance on a popular national television talk show. The twins mature into beautiful but troubled young women. Jackson s success leads him to a professorship at an esteemed university in the Carolina mountains where meets LaVeda with whom he has a temporarily happy marriage, but his ascendant star falls soon thereafter. Hadley marries a womanizer and discovers through a chance meeting that she is gay, loses the relationship, and sinks into alcohol and drug abuse. Haley suffers a depressive episode and afterwards begins an unfulfilling affair with her older supervisor, subsequently marrying an army reservist who is horribly wounded in the Iraqi War and whose PTSD threatens everything. Through the years, the characters experience both exultations and discontent. When the three reunite after twenty-five years, a devastating event transpires, but those left behind struggle to realize their destinies and find redemption.

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I am a massive fan of Douglas Wells already and I cannot understand why this talented writer isn’t better known!

How we end up is a step away from Wells’s previous satire persona and I was initially nervous to pick this piece of Literary Fiction up as I wasn’t sure how you could go from one genre to something completely different.  He has DONE IT though!

This book is a sublime read with exceptional attention to detail in the development of Jackson and the twins.  It really is second to none.

It is a twisting tale of how the lives of Jackson and the twins diverge and come back together through over two decades of Jackson’s life. With highs of Jacksons literary career to the lows of divorce and depression this book has something for everybody.

It’s a book on many levels.  On the one hand it is easy to read yet Wells has still produced a piece of work that makes you think if you choose to.

If you can’t yet tell as with Douglas Wells previous work I adore this novel and if you only take one suggestion this year on what to read.  Read this!

Reviewed by Nat

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Review: Dark Glitter by C.M Stunich and Tate James

Dark Glitter
C.M. Stunich & Tate James
Publication date: January 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Thriller

Ciarah O’Rourke was born into torture.
A human spirit reincarnated in the body of an ancient fae goddess, she’s spent the last five years in iron shackles, her mind poisoned with magic for secrets she doesn’t know.

Waking up in a dirty alley with no memory of her escape, Ciarah finds herself in the hands of The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club–a ruthless and violent group of bikers with faerie blood in their veins.

Arlo. Reece. Killian.
Three men drenched in death, sin, and old magic.
From their clubhouse in the middle of the Louisiana bayou, they’ll offer Ciarah the keys to unlock her memories and control the veil between worlds. But even her knights can’t erase the twisted scars that remind her they aren’t the only ones who hunt.

When The Wild Hunt rides, the souls of the dead join their parade.
All that’s missing now is their queen.

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The book is a promising start to this series.  I’m hopeful that some of the character development that I wanted to happen and didn’t will be developed over the coming stories to build a greater depth to the story.

This isn’t a criticism of the book I just wanted to give the readers the heads up that this is a series that you are going to have to stick with.

There are some crazy levels of paranormal in this stories with a whole breadth of creatures that add a whole new dimension to the story.  The main protagonist is strong, dominating and generally likeable. I think her relatability  (as much as you can relate to someone in a world of fairies and werewolves) will improve as the series progresses and we learn even more about her.

The writing style is expressive without being completely out there and as with all good starts to a series the cliff hanger ending will keep you waiting for the next book!

Reviewed by Nick

 

Author Bio:

Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.

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C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

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Review: Damaged by Krys Fenner

Damaged
Krys Fenner
(Dark Road #2)
Publication date: November 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Hope springs eternal for everyone except Bella Kynaston. She survived the rape, but the aftermath is a whole other story. She struggles to figure out who she really is as more truths are revealed about her heritage. With no real anchor, sometimes ending it all seems like the only way out.

David has loved Bella for three years. Too bad he feels as if he no longer deserves a chance with her. Much to his surprise that’s exactly what he gets, but she’s far more damaged than he ever imagined. Still, he’ll do anything to help her even if it means losing himself in the process. Any transgression can be forgiven. Or so he thinks.

Will Bella find the peace she so desperately seeks if the pain permanently ended? Is there someone who can get to her in time? Or will the damage she’s suffered prove too much to bear?

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Review

Not read part one yet?? Check out my review here

Firstly this book is dark….If you don’t like slightly darker themes then I’d stay away from this one.  Otherwise you will find this book enthralling, captivating and a seriously meaty read!

There are parts of the story where I found myself saying how much more can one girl bear! It’s a tough read but such an amazingly well written and perfect follow on from book one and I would say it was even better than the first in the series!

As per my review of the first in the series the author continues to develop the characters and build your attachment to them.  I cannot wait to see where she takes this for book three….if there first two are just the builders I can’t wait to see the climax!!

Nat x

 

Author Bio:

Krys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. To date, she has published two books, numerous poems, and is now avidly working on a fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology and is currently working on her B.A.

To find out more about Krys Fenner and her upcoming book releases, visit her official website: www.krysfenner.co

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