Heart, Sass and Soul Book Review from @kleffnotes

Writing can be an exceptionally beneficial practice for your heart and soul, which Greta Solomon emphasizes in her book Heart, Sass and Soul. This journal style book is designed to help you determine who you really are through freewriting and reflection. When there are moments of great unknown in our lives we may find ourselves struggling to understand them and process everything happening around us. Through Heart, Sass and Soul provides a way to work through these moments by writing. If you are searching for a way to better understand yourself this is the book for you. Continue reading “Heart, Sass and Soul Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Lions of the Sky Book Review from @kleffnotes

Fighter pilots are the most alpha of the alpha in terms of flying and in this field competition is everything. Lions of the Sky focuses on Sam Richardson, a fighter pilot’s pilot, who is a reluctant legend with a dark secret. He has been fulfilling a tour as an instructor and is desperate to return to the real action. When he is told he must complete one more course, this one will push him to confront the secrets he has kept hidden. Written by Francesco “Paco” Chierici, a ten year active duty pilot in the U.S. Navy and then a pilot in the Reserves and commercially after that, Chierici knows the field and his expertise adds to his story, which has been touted as “a Top Gun for the new millennium.” Continue reading “Lions of the Sky Book Review from @kleffnotes”

You Can See More From Up Here Book Review from @kleffnotes

Mark Guerin’s coming of age story You Can See More From Up Here delves into what happens when lies grow into something unexpected and push family members apart. In 2004, Walker Maguire is summoned to his estranged father’s bedside and in that moment he finds himself turning his mind back to 1974. This is the year where his father, unhappy about retiring from the Air Force and now a plant physician, and Walker found their lives diverging. When a bloody fight, witnessed by Walker, is falsely blamed on a Mexican immigrant, he keeps quiet and these lies and eventual betrayals break the relationship between father and son. In order to move beyond what happened back then the two men will have to confront the past and examine how it has led to their present. Continue reading “You Can See More From Up Here Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Baby-Sitters Club @audible_com Release and Teaser Review from @kleffnotes

The beloved young adult series The Baby-Sitters Club is back in a brand new audio format. Audible is releasing all 131 books in new original formats, with the first five books being performed by Elle Fanning. The rest of the series will be performed by a variety of actors including Brittany Pressley, Ali Ahn, Emily Bauer, Lauren Fortgang, Bahni Turpin, Erin Moon, Stephany Einstein, and Vanessa Johansson. I grew up with this series and am delighted to have the opportunity to share details about the upcoming release of these titles on August 13th as well as my thoughts on two of the Audible Originals. Continue reading “The Baby-Sitters Club @audible_com Release and Teaser Review from @kleffnotes”

Deep Water Blues Book Review from @kleffnotes

From the author of Searching for Bobby Fischer, Fred Waitzkin, Deep Water Blues is inspired by a true story and tells the story of a Bahamian island that became the battleground for a pirate war. Bobby Little built his own paradise on the island of Rum Cay. While the island life was something people flocked to, Bobby and his larger than life personality were the rule lures. When a tragedy strikes the island swiftly changes and tourists no longer wish to visit these once exotic shores. Bobby finds himself fighting against a new sort of entrepreneur and the water begins to run red with blood, but there might be someone who can help find a way to return the island to its former glory. Continue reading “Deep Water Blues Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer’s Guides Combined Book Review from @kleffnotes

Do you know a young adventurer who is keen to hone their skills in the mythical worlds of Dungeons and Dragons? Are you perhaps looking to join an adventure yourself, but have never quested before? Dungeons & Dragons has something perfect for both young readers and those who might be new to the game. This month they released two brand new guides geared toward younger readers, Monsters & Creatures: A Young Adventurer’s Guide and Warriors & Weapons: A Young Adventurer’s Guide, which can help anyone get ready to join a campaign. Continue reading “Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer’s Guides Combined Book Review from @kleffnotes”

A Killing Fire Book Review from @kleffnotes

Raven Burns was forced to witness the numerous crimes of her father, the first of which was the murder of her mother at his hands. Floyd “Fire” Burns’ terrible deeds are what pushed his daughter to become a homicide detective. In trying to prove she is nothing like him she still has never been able to escape his voice in her head. After an accidental shooting on the job she must confront her past and the blemishes on her soul in order to stop a killer inĀ A Killing Fire. Continue reading “A Killing Fire Book Review from @kleffnotes”

American Dreams Book Review from @kleffnotes

In 1904, the very young Max is rushed away from Czarist Russia by his father after the brutal rape and murder of his mother at the hands of Russian soldiers. While this tragedy is what pushed them to leave for the shores of American, Max finds someone he winds up falling in love with. Sophie is a young Polish girl who becomes close friends with Max almost immediately after they meet. As much as he loves her, Max finds Sophie ripped away from him when she is forced to marry a local crime boss. In the pages of American Dreams readers follow as Max pushes himself to climb the criminal ladder and Sophie struggles to find a way to still live her dreams. Continue reading “American Dreams Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Saturday Night Ghost Club Book Review from @kleffnotes

Jake Baker has previously spent most of his time with his Uncle Calvin, an eccentric occult and conspiracy theory enthusiast, but after turning twelve he befriends two siblings who are new to town. In their first summer together, Jake and his new friends are initiated into his uncle’s “Saturday Night Ghost Club.” What begins as a fun way to spend a summer investigating local ghost stories and urban legends slowly begins to take a darker turn as mysteries are uncovered. The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson is a coming of age story perfect for fans of cult classic films like The Goonies and The Lost Boys as well as more recent 1980’s inspired works like Stranger Things. Continue reading “The Saturday Night Ghost Club Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Little Lovely Things Book Review from @kleffnotes

Maureen Joyce Connolly’s debut novel, Little Lovely Things, is a book that will keep you on edge until the very end. This page-turner story focuses on Claire, who is finishing up her final year of residency while trying to balance being a wife and mother. One day as she rushes to drop off her daughters at daycare she finds herself succumbing to a violent allergic reaction. She wakes up in shock in a gas station bathroom with no idea what has happened to her daughters. This contemporary fiction work is told through four different voices is full of emotion and love in this hauntingly tragic plot. Continue reading “Little Lovely Things Book Review from @kleffnotes”