It is fast approaching September, and I have been privileged enough to be considered a book reviewer by many authors in 2012 after expressing my interest in a blog. Since then, I have been receiving books to read for review by independent authors looking to make a break in writing.
If you are on the lookout for books to buy for Christmas as a present, do consider these.
Here are my top five:
The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts
Apparently based on a true story where a mother killed her newborn child, Anne Stanbury faces life in an asylum after deemed unfit to stand trial for a heinous crime. The story revolves around her, her husband and her father, with a psychiatrist observing her every move.
I liked it because it depicted a true scenario, and the twisted plot makes it worthwhile a read despite errors in grammar and timing of the story. The story started out with Anne being accused of killing her child, but as the story goes along, you would start to question if everything is what it seems.
The Convenience of Lies by Kimberly Castillo
Another “based on true story” book, this one is true. Mackenzie is attracted to Ramon, a bad boy. Her relationship with her best friend, Kira, starts to change as Mackenzie tries to get her love interest’s attention.
This is a book for all, especially young girls, not because it is about a girl trying to vie for attention of a boy; but it touches issues that people tend to avoid, in addition to keeping the old themes of friendship and betrayal. Following the story, I honestly did not realize what the message was until the end of the book, where I finally was taught a valuable lesson.
Killing Pythagoras by Marcus Chicot
Pythagoras was not only a mathematician in his time; he was also a founder of a school of thought. After a string of murders in his school, Pythagoras turns to Akenon, an investigator to help solve the mystery. Ariadne, Pythagoras’ daughter, offers her assistance.
Bear in mind that although Pythagoras himself was a figure of history, the story is fiction. This story is not a romance story, even though there are some sparks between Akenon and Ariadne. You would have to be a history buff, or at least have some interest in mathematics to find this book educational and involving. This book taught me a lot about the great man, and the plot kept me on my toes as well.
The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy by David E. Fessenden
Thomas Watson left London to become a reporter in Philadelphia to get away from his father, Dr. John Watson and his famous friend/ boss: Sherlock Holmes. Thomas was shocked to learn the death of his father, and the appearance of Mycroft (Sherlock’s brother) on his doorsteps. When he was told to cover a story of a speakeasy, Thomas suddenly has a mystery in his hands.
A well written piece, the whole story was well planned and executed till the end. When an illegal bar exploded, Thomas was unfortunate (or fortunate) enough to be in vicinity. The story was his to report! We just have to remember that Thomas is a man desperate to make a name for himself as we follow the poor man in his investigations, and rejoice when he makes a breakthrough.
Accused by Yasmin Shiraz
Synopsis from the author’s website: A more peaceful life seemed to be possible for Ahmed and Tashera when they started in Georgia Atlantic University. But when Ahmed is accused of a crime that he didn’t commit and begins to be tried in the media, his popularity plummets, his self-esteem suffers, and his dreams of playing college basketball disappear.
I recommend this book for several reasons, and if you have a young adult at home, this is one book that I would encourage you to try. While the synopsis touches on innocence, the whole story has a few strong messages. This book will motivate young people to be more open about certain issues, as I do not want to spoil it, but let me give you a few hints: date rape and false accusations.