Book Reviews

Writers all begin as readers. Eventually the words they absorb from the books they read invade their thoughts, give them ideas and propel them into acting on these ideas. In other words, people who love reading, more often than not, eventually get into writing  because they have the desire to emulate the writers they love.

Every writing book I’ve ever read always tells me to “Write what you know.”   This doesn’t necessarily mean I should only write about my expertise. I was an English teacher once, does this mean I should only write about teaching high school english? Absolutely not. I’ve got stories to tell from my experiences as a high school English teacher,  but that doesn’t mean I should only write those stories.

I think the phrase “Write what you love” is a more apt advice.  I’ve always loved books – adventure and fantasy books, to be precise.  My summers flew by in the company of Nancy Drew, Huck Finn, and Christopher Pike’s characters. I never lacked for adventure, as long as I picked up a book. Obviously, I was mistaken when I thought I’d outgrow my love for these fantasy/sci fi novels.

The reality is, when you truly love something, you will never, ever outgrow it.

In this page, I share reviews of the books I’ve read in the hopes that other people might find them interesting reads as well.  More importantly,  I write these reviews in the hopes that other people (most particularly young kids) might be inspired to challenge their imagination by taking up one of these books and forgetting about their computer games for awhile.



I jump at any opportunity to read books. If you would like me to review yours, please feel free to contact me through this blog.

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8 Responses to “Book Reviews”

  1. Tara Maya says:

    I would love to send you a free copy (ebook form) of The Unfinished Song: Initiate my debut fantasy novel, in the hopes you might be interested in reviewing it.Of course, I understand there’s no guarentee you would read or review it, and that’s fine too. This is a wonderful blog, thank you.

    Tara Maya
    The Unfinished Song: Initiate

  2. Hi there! Love the blog, and your reviews. I really enjoyed the review you did for my friend Aura Imbarus, here book, Out of the Transalvania night is a fabulous read! Should you be looking for other books to read, I would love to send you a copy of On Toby’s Terms and Toby The Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends. Look forward to connecting! Thank you for all you do to support authors.


  3. jane ayres says:

    Hi there – great blog! I’m a UK writer and I have just republished some of my backlist onto Kindle to raise funds for Redwings Horse Sanctuary. (I’m donating all my royatlies to them for the 3 books). The books are aimed at children and teens.

    The link to my blog is here and the Matty Horse and Pony Adventures here

    I’d be really happy to do an interview for you and if you would like to review any of the books I can send you pdfs. Matty and the Problem Ponies will be FREE to download between 7-11 November.

    Would love to hear from you.

  4. I love your site. I have written many academic books but recently wrote an early chapter book for children entitled Adalyn’s Clare. The story is about a highly anxious 4th grader and her therapy dog, Clare. I would love to send you a copy for a possible review. Thanks.

  5. Hi Nutschell,

    I would like to offer you a review copy of my book on mythic character archetypes, but I don’t see a way to contact you here. Send me an email and I’ll hook you up.


  6. Hello,

    I’m excited to announce that on January 6, 2015, The Story Plant will be releasing my new novel, . I was hoping that you might consider reviewing the novel for your blog (and whether you prefer ePub, mobi, or PDF format), and I’ll get it sent right out to you. If you do not have time to review the book (though there is no deadline), please let me know if you’d consider posting a guest blog (book excerpt or author interview, along with purchase links to the book) on January 6 to help me spread the word. I’d really appreciate it!

    Brief Synopsis:
    They met at the worst possible moment…or maybe it was just in time. David McClain was about to go to war and Lindsey Wood was there at his going-away party, capturing his heart when falling for a woman was the last thing on his mind. While David was serving his country, he stayed in close contact with Lindsey. But war changes a person, and when he came home very little had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly unconquerable, or would it prove to be just another battlefield casualty? is a nuanced, dramatic, and romantic novel, plumbing the depths of human emotion.

    Gooseberry Island Availability:

    Early Praise:
    “Steven Manchester has a gift for expressing through his writing the complicated and transcendent beauty of the human experience with poignant clarity.” – Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King

    “ is a story filled with trials, tribulations, emotion, faith and ultimately love. In this story we are taught how love and faith can keep you going even when you think you can go on no more. is another testament to Steve Manchester’s skill as an author.” – Carol Castellanos, Midnight Reviews

    “First grab the Kleenex, you’ll need them handy. In , Steven Manchester delivers a story that is packed with a romance that leaves you feeling breathless. – Tracy Farnsworth, Round Table Reviews

    Again, please let me know if you would like to review the novel and whether you prefer ePub, mobi or pdf format (or print copy, if necessary).

    Thanks again for your support. I am eternally grateful!

    Best, Steven Manchester!/AuthorStevenManchester

    Author Bio:
    Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers, and . He is also the author of the award-winning novel, , as well as the critically-acclaimed novel, . Visit:
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  7. Michon says:


    If you’re still reviewing books, I have one I’d like to send you. It’s a semi-autobiographical dark fantasy book. Please let me know if you’re interested.

    Thank you,

  8. Mary A Perez says:

    My name is Mary A. Pérez, and my book Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace, published by Chart House Press.
    Running in Heels is a coming-of-age journey of a Puerto Rican girl seeking love and security with her difficult mother in a dilapidated home. She becomes a teenage bride to a ruthless man twice her age and has her first child at seventeen and her fourth at twenty-two. Can she escape the shackles of poverty, alcoholism, racism, violence and abandonment to establish a happily ever after for her and her children?

    Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace
    Mary. A. Pérez, author
    ISBN: 978-1631250286 (paperback)
    ISBN: 978-1631250583 (hardcover)
    ISBN: 978-1631250280 (Kindle)
    Publication date: February 24, 2015
    360 pages

    My website is You can also find me on Twitter at

    The book is currently for sale at Amazon
    and Barnes & Noble

    I would love it if you’d consider reviewing my book, available through Amazon in e-book, or paperback that I can gift to you.

    With warm regards,

    Mary A. Pérez

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