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Book Reviews From Blogging Authors

This week, I have three more Indie books that stand out in that crowded field:

  • Clueless Woman–a poignant love story that will make you think. And think some more.
  • Most Reluctant Princess–how a little girl balances the dream of becoming a princess and the difficulties that involves
  • The Bone Wall–a dystopian story about how different groups handle the end of the world as they know it

A Clueless Woman (A Woman Lost, #0)A Clueless Woman 

by T.B. Markinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this prequel to the first book in the A Woman Lost series, Lizzie Petrie struggles to hide the secrets of a former lover while her relationship with her new girlfriend becomes more serious.

I know this is considered LGBT romance, but to me, it was truly a simple love story of two people trying to build a life together despite what for at least one of them is a difficult past. T.K. does an amazing job of sharing the intimacy and emotion in a way that will appeal to everyone.

A Most Reluctant PrincessA Most Reluctant Princess

by Jean M. Cogdell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great story about a young girl who loves how Daddy calls her his princess even as she understands that there’s a lot about that title that doesn’t fit her. Written in rhyme and richly illustrated, Cogdell takes readers through the thrilling emotion of connecting with Daddy on one level even as she thinks through the reasons she really doesn’t want to be a princess–a crown is hard to wear, she’d be alone on the throne (without the Daddy she loves), and more–and then muses over what other careers might better fit her interests (everything from a baker to President).

The artwork is gorgeous, vibrant and enticing. The rhymes are simple and sweet. Children will not be able to resist this book. Hearty congratulations to Jean on her second children’s book!

The Bone WallThe Bone Wall 

by D. Wallace Peach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Bone Wall follows the story of two twins, entwined in a failing world that neither is prepared for. When the world almost destroyed itself over 300 years ago, it managed to seal in some of the planet’s inhabitants while condemning the rest to live outside the protective shell, in a world that was barely life at all. Now that shell is failing and the inhabitants within must figure out what that means to them. What follows is a savage fight to save a dystopian world that will never be the same.

This is D. Wallace Peach’s fourth novel. Not only is it a page-turner, but it challenges our notions of humanity, fairness, and equity in a world where none of those can truly exist.

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.


47 thoughts on “Book Reviews From Blogging Authors

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  2. Jacqui, this disaster, where Diana created some within a world and some who are outside it, shows how imaginative her mind is! 🙂
    It is a sad situation where it is a parallel to our own world in some ways! Our inhabitants are divided into more than two groups but we could create a broad “have’s” (those inside the protected environment) and the “have not’s” (who live in a spare, infertile land.) Diana, this is such a great and moving situation, which would make a fine discussion book for a book club. It was great how Jacqui reviewed this, while not revealing any of the twists and turns in plot. I could visualize this as a movie!
    Fantastic sounding book, as well as review!

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  4. Terrific summing up and reviews of these three books. I love the art work cover of ‘The Reluctant Princess’ and Diana’s book is one I keep meaning to read – superb premise. Lovely the way you are showcasing some indie authors on your blog, Jacqui – invaluable help!

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  5. Hi Jacqui – it’s good to promote blogging authors … TB’s “A Clueless Woman” sounds a great read … while I’m sure the others are too … cheers Hilary

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  6. Great post Jacqui! Today, in honor of my 29th birthday, I’m picking 29 random blog friends to send some extra special thoughts of love. Come visit my blog and say happy birthday if you wish, and keep spreading the love!

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  7. Jacqui what age group is the children’s book? I have a 15 yr old grand daughter and wondered if this would be something she would like.

    Great reviews on all 3 books! Thanks.

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    • I think it’s young for her. The main character is preschool, maybe kindergarten. The questions though are universal.

      Ah, a teenage granddaughter. What a perfect time to be the grandparent and not the parent!


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