This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire; 1 edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492622468
  • I purchased this book for my own review.

Book Description

Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

My Thoughts:

To sum this entire book up in one word: POWERFUL!

I think that a lot of readers probably struggle with this book because of it’s content.  No one wants to think about mass shooting especially in school but sadly this is a reality in the world we are living in.  I applaud the author for taking such a hard to talk about yet extremely important topic and making it approachable.  For me what made it approachable is that the story is told over just 54 minutes but from numerous different points of view.  Just when I would find myself staring to get unconformable with the point of view it would switch and just that little distraction was enough for me to keep on track.  While a very difficult story to read it ended up being a book I read in just a few sittings, almost out of necessity of living the 54 minutes with these characters.  Additionally, I like that there is a lot of diversity in the characters.  That does not always happen but Opportunity High has some real diversity and I think that it add a layer of real.

I would say that this would be a good book to read with your teen and sit down and have a talk about what is going on in our world.  They hear about it in the news and on the internet.  While this makes it really really real, I think that it is a good opportunity to take.

Review: A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron

  • Series: A Dog’s Purpose (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330345
  • I purchased this book for my review

Description:

A Dog’s Purpose―the #1 New York Times bestseller―is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid. A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky.

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Bailey’s story continues in A Dog’s Journey, the charming New York Times and USA Today bestselling direct sequel to A Dog’s Purpose.

A Dog’s Purpose Series
#1 A Dog’s Purpose
#2 A Dog’s Journey

Other A Dog’s Purpose Books
Ellie’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel
Bailey’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel
Molly’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel (forthcoming)

The Rudy McCann Series
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man
Repo Madness

Other Books
A Dog’s Way Home (forthcoming)
The Dog Master
The Dogs of Christmas
Emory’s Gift

My Review:

I was really looking forward to this story and wanted to read it before it hit the big screen.  I wish that I could say that I enjoyed it as much as I was anticipating, but I just can’t.  While I liked the general purpose of the story, it was so slow.  I had a very difficult time getting into it and even considered making this a did not finish, however I pushed through hoping that it would get better.  Sadly, it did not.  I don’t want to go into it more than that because I think that there are a lot of people out there who would enjoy it, just not me.

 

Unmasked Secrets by Brenna Zinn

Excerpt:

She was here for a lap dance or more with the Dom. Time to get the party started.

Mack placed both hands on her shoulders, then slowly squatted before her while letting

his palms drag down the outside of her breasts as he lowered himself before her chair.

Hannah let out a moan.

A grin tempted to show itself, but he held it back. She was getting into this.

So was he.

He continued on a path down her waist, onto her thighs and stopped when he reached her

skirt-covered knees. Now crouched before her, he looked at her. Face-to- face. Hers a study in

heightened expectation.

When he pushed his hands back up her leg, taking the hem of the skirt with him, a sigh

escaped her mouth and he nearly moaned himself. A dangerous amount of thigh now showed,

and what thighs they were. Firm but soft and went on for miles. His fingers hovered so damn

close to her hidden nest of curls, he could feel its welcoming wet heat. His curiosity begged to

take a quick peek beneath her skirt, but he reminded himself he was a professional stripper. He

was here for the customer, and right now that customer’s gaze was locked to his.

He angled himself between her bent legs, gently prying them apart to make himself room.

“So, tell me, Hannah,” he started, the pads of his thumbs roaming over her warm skin,

“what’s yer pleasure tonight?”

“My pleasure?” she asked dreamily.

“Would ye like to take off yer top? Maybe yer skirt?”

Please say yes.

Once again, her eyes widened and she swallowed a gulp of air. Her fingers flew to the

open collar of her shirt.

“No!” Her high-pitched tone cut through the muffled music encapsulating the small

room. She shook her head and cleared her throat. “I mean,” she corrected quietly, “no thank you.

I’d…I’d like to keep my clothes on.”

Damn.

“Fair enough,” he said, hoping he didn’t sound as disappointed as he felt. “This is yer

party. I want ye to enjoy yourself.”

Mack plucked the hand she was using to hold her blouse and flattened it on his chest.

“Is this what ye want?” He slid her palm down his abs, measuring her response. Her

entire body went limp, a small exhale leaving her lips. She offered him a timid smile.

He smiled back. “I’ll take that as a yes.”

He searched her eyes while moving her warm fingers over his stomach until they found

the silky top of his thong.

“Lower?” Even he heard the gravel grinding in his voice.

Hannah bit her lip. The sight of her teeth gnawing the plump flesh of her mouth was far

more erotic than he’d ever imagined.

After a beat, she shook her head.

“No. Not lower. I’m not ready for that.” She paused, and gifted him with a sigh. “Yet.”

Yet?

So there was still some gumption in her.

Excellent!

“Then let me do a little dance for ye. Sound good?”

She nodded.

“Before I do, I want ye to let yer hair down.”

The unsolicited words flew from his mouth, his lips betraying his long-held wish. But

even as the last syllable slipped out, he was glad they had. The tight bun Hannah perpetually

wore had bothered him from the first moment he’d met her.

Her breath hitched.

“Are you commanding me to take down my hair?”

Commanding?

Should he command her?

The notion certainly suited the situation. He was the Dom after all. Why the hell not?

“Aye, lass,” he said, releasing his hold on her. “Now do as ye have been bidden.”

Goosebumps rose on her arms. A sly smile spread across her face. Without any argument,

she reached for the offending bun and pulled the pins securing it in place. In one whoosh, the

long, blonde locks tumbled from the top of her head and spilled over her shoulders, framing her

face.

The stern schoolmarm instantly vanished. In her place sat a sexy siren, and Mack

couldn’t deny her call.

“Does this please you, Sir?” she asked.

Sir?

What the hell is she—

Realization dawned in that moment. His heart skipped and his head damn near exploded.

Holy shit and fuck me twice.

My take-no- prisoner boss is into BDSM.

The titillating discovery shook him so badly, he struggled to keep from falling back on

his ass.

Mack looked around the room, checking to see if anything had changed. It must have.

Somehow, someway, he’d stepped into the Twilight Zone. His boss had become the subordinate,

and he… the Master.

“Sir?” She prompted. “Did that please you?”

He stopped himself from blurting out, “Are you fucking kidding me? I’m the happiest

man in the whole damn state of Texas,” and then jumping up and kicking his heels together.

Never in his wildest dreams could he have imagined Hanna Armstrong, his prickly,

uptight principal, having a kinky side. Who the hell could have predicted something so

absolutely off the radar? And just when and how often did she let her freak flag fly?

Mack willed his body and mind to behave, waiting several heartbeats until he reined in all

the childish excitement flooding his system before he continued. He was the Dom. Stuff like this

was supposed to happen to him all the time. He had to be cool. Stay in character.

“Aye, it does please me, Hannah.” He cleared his throat. “Verra much.”

 

Unmasked
Secrets
Strip
Club for Women
Book
Two
Brenna
Zinn
Genre: Romance
Date of Publication: 2/17/17
ISBN: 1230001484786
ASIN:  B01MU5JTDF
Number of pages: 150
Word Count: 62,000
Cover Artist: Croco Designs
Book Description:
Hannah Armstrong, the new
principal of Santana High School is a complete ball buster, so Mack Garner, her
drama teacher, thinks. Her cutbacks to his department’s budget will force him
to scrimp on his students—something he refuses to do. The stubborn woman won’t
listen to reason so he’s taking matters into his own hands. He devises a plan
to secretly replenish the money that is surefire, as long as he’s not found
out. By stripping under the stage name The Dom and using an ironclad disguise
at Iron Rods, Austin’s only strip club for women, he and his hard body will
have his program flush again and soon.
But Hannah Armstrong has secrets
of her own. The rigid, by-the-rules school administrator harbors dark desires
to surrender to the titillation of BDSM. She needs a man—a real man—who can
melt her inhibitions and master her. Exploring the lifestyle is a dangerous
proposition for a small town principal though. Any whiff of scandal would
destroy her career. She’s nearly given up on the dream until she meets a masked
Dom at Iron Rods. The gorgeous male stripper so far away in Austin seems like
the perfect solution. Is there a chance she can satisfy her furtive fantasies
without being discovered?
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About
the Author:
Brenna hails from the Lone Star
state where she lives with her husband and four dogs, three of which are as big
as long horns.  She’s a fun-loving writer
who likes nothing better than to explore while she travels (no planned
excursions, please!), eat what others cook (it works out better for everyone
that way), and avoid the gym whenever possible.
Her journey through life has
taken her all over the United States, as well as many places throughout the
world. Using her travel experience as a guide and peppering in interesting
characters she’s met along the way, she loves nothing better than weaving tales
of romance and leaving readers yearning for adventures of their own.
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