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The WWE Book of Top 10s

On May 9 DK Publishing releases The WWE Book of Top 10s, featuring more than 50 years of WWE history in 100 lists. These fun bite-sized lists are packed with information and trivia, and fans will debate the order of the lists, what was included and what wasn’t. Check out my video review below to determine whether or not you should pick up a copy of this book:

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Book Review: Encyclopedia of KISS

IMG_7213As many of you know by now, KISS is my favorite rock band so when Brett Weiss, the author of Encyclopedia of KISS, asked me if I’d review his new book I was happy to do so. With so many great KISS books available, you might be wondering, is this one worth my money? Watch my video review below to find out.

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Book Review: Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

Most WantedA couple days ago I finished reading Lisa Scottoline’s newest thriller, Most Wanted. This book’s fascinating premise reeled me in from the start, but did it keep me compelled from the first page to the last? Watch my book review below to find out:

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Book Review: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

91xiR2VC2qLI recently finished reading Harlan Coben’s newest thriller, Fool Me Once. As many of you know, Harlan is my favorite author. However, does his latest novel live up to his tremendous reputation? Watch my book review below to find out whether or not you should pick up a copy of Fool Me Once:

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Book Review: Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline 

 Last night I stayed up late to finish Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline; I’m glad I did because it was the best legal thriller I’ve ever read and one of her finest books.

What made this novel so compelling? Well, for starters, it featured excellent character development. From the protagonist to the client she represented, nearly all of the key players in the book faced realistic internal and external struggles that made them relatable, mature and human. 

I also enjoyed the romantic subplot and how it intersected with and influenced the main storyline. It was tastefully written and heartfelt, and I’m eager to see how it evolves in future novels in this series. 

Corrupted has an interesting structure as well, with portions of the book taking place in the past and others in the present. Scottoline wisely doesn’t jump back and forth more than necessary, and events that take place in both time periods are seamlessly woven together as Corrupted escalates toward a thrilling climax that is unpredictable, plausible and immensely satisfying. 

If you need a new book for the new year, pick up a copy of Corrupted. It’s a finely crafted tale that makes one thing clear: Lisa Scottoline is at the top of her game. 

Book Review: The Must List by Entertainment Weekly

9781618931566To celebrate the past 25 years of pop culture, Entertainment Weekly released a new book entitled The Must List. Is this compact hardback book worthy of sitting on your coffee table? Watch my video review to find out:

Book Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

IMG_0241I recently finished reading The Stranger by Harlan Coben, and I really enjoyed it. As always, Harlan pens a tightly-woven, unpredictable thriller better than anyone. But that also means the reader goes into his books with very high expectations. I found this standalone novel to be superior to his previous one, Missing You, and I highly recommend it. And don’t forget to check out my interview with Harlan, where he talks about his inspiration for this book.

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KISS Kruise IV, Here I Come!

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20 autographed copies of Gene Simmons' new book: Me, Inc.

20 autographed copies of Gene Simmons’ new book: Me, Inc.

Book Review – WWE 50

50th Years Of WWEWWE 50 is a beautifully-bound hardback book that celebrates 50 years of the most iconic company in the history of sports entertainment. Below is my video review of WWE 50. The book comes out March 31 and you can buy it here.

 

Book Review – Singularity by Steven James

Singularity by Steven JamesI recently finished Steven James’ latest novel, Singularity, the sequel to a book I enjoyed quite a bit, Placebo. So, how does this measure up to the last one in the Jevin Banks series? I’d say it’s just as good, if not a little better, than Placebo.

Having already become acquainted with these characters, I was happy to see them grow and mature in Singularity. As a matter of fact, I’d say character interaction and development is what James does best. While the sometimes-too-long scientific descriptions took me out of the story, the terrific dialogue, humor and dash of romance made up for it. Similar to Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar and his sidekick Win, James has an equally compelling dynamic duo with Jevin and Xavier. And the supporting cast is wonderfully nuanced and intriguing, especially Fiona and her brilliant children.

Other than the copious amount of scientific information, the only other detractor for me from the story was the amount of sub-plots. Several times in every chapter there are breaks and the reader is transported to a different storyline. I understand that this was done because the storylines eventually overlap, but if you don’t plan on finishing the book in a sitting or two, or if you stop in mid-chapter, it might take you several pages to remember what happened last and what’s happening at that given moment. To me, I really only cared about the main cast of characters, not the tertiary ones, so I think keeping only one subplot would have made for a cleaner read.

Regardless of my stylistic quibbles, Singularity is a solid novel that tells a compelling story featuring charming characters whom I’ve grown to like even more than I did after reading Placebo. If you’re not sure what to read next, give this book a shot. It’ll keep you engaged from start to finish and whet your appetite for the next installment in this promising series.

Below is the book’s synopsis, and make sure to check out my interview with Steven James too.

Synopsis

When his friend is murdered, illusionist Jevin Banks is determined to find out what really happened. Drawn into a web of conspiracy and top-secret research on human consciousness, Jevin won’t stop digging until the truth is revealed. Soon he uncovers a dark secret–one that could change the very fabric of human life on the planet.

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