Casting Shadows Everywhere by LT Vargus

Casting Shadows EverywhereCasting Shadows Everywhere by L.T. Vargus

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reading as a series of informal diary entries this book is written from the point of view of 15 year old Jake. An American teenager of a single parent family, Jake strives to do more with his life. He wants a reason to get up in the morning.

The opening scenes are very vivid, we meet Jake’s cousin Nick who will play an important adult role in Jakes next few months. There are few males for Jake to look up to and Nick’s air of danger entices Jake. No longer prepared to be a victim to school bullies Jake accepts Nick’s offer to help him learn some important life lessons.

Jake finds that he likes the excitement and thrill that taking on Nick’s tasks give him and he can feel himself changing and wanting to keep changing. Jake’s college lessons help him analyse his feelings and actions which make him different from Nick. Nick ultimately becomes out of control relying on his one rule in life “Don’t get caught”.

The book deals with plenty of teenage issues such as bullying, bulimia, puberty and peer pressure. There is strong language and violence in Jake’s journey to find meaning in life. He came full circle through his lessons with Nick. Nick felt life had no meaning. Jake did something with his life experience, he changed his outlook and at the end began living his life once again.

There is a lot of strength in this story and if you can see through the violence and some of the points that no parent wants to think about, there is a lot of true life experiences. Many teenagers are trying to find themselves and they have to deal with issues today that we all need to face.
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Author L.T Vargus will join us on the blog tomorrow for a guest author post, do come back and read more about the writing of this book.

The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason

The Hitman's Guide to HousecleaningThe Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrímur Helgason

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was immediately drawn to this book by it’s title. After checking out the book description, it still appealed to me. The idea of a Hitman getting stranded in Iceland, a land that has no army, no guns and a homicide rate of 1 maybe 2 a year struck me as very funny. Our Hitman goes by many names and occupations during the tale, I won’t spoil it for the reader by revealing these except my favourite, Toxic. Iceland a land of fresh bleak beauty, freezing temperatures, days of light or dark and very few people. With plenty of time to reflect his past and change his future the tale lives up to its name. Housecleaning takes place in unusual ways with the help of a mix of characters. I enjoyed the complicated Icelandic language which added humour to the piece, and I was in fits of laughter at the serious nature the whole country took when it came to watching The Eurovision Song Contest live on TV. The past finally catches up with the Hitman in several ways, and we are left guessing, will he settle down and call this land of ice home? Or will he ever make it back to his true home? It does contain strong language and adult content.
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44 Charles Street by Danielle Steel

44 Charles Street44 Charles Street by Danielle Steel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was attracted to this book by it’s cover and the book description. I enjoyed reading about the different people who all came to share the house at 44 Charles Street. The diverse backgrounds and the problems that they bring to the house infold to some very emotional outcomes. The book covers drug abuse, violence, parental upbringing and family relationships. A good book.

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