A Force of Nature by Dan McEwen | Book Review

Review : A Force of Nature by Dan McEwen

Title :A Force of Nature

Author : Dan McEwen

Page Count : 196 pages

Plot Synopsis:  Part ghost story, part treasure hunt, part romance, A Force of Nature is all entertainment!!

Do you believe in Fate? Would you recognize it if it was happening to you? Then you’ll want to meet Toronto PR guru Claire Chandler. She grew up convinced greatness awaited her. Why else had she survived a series of bizarre childhood tragedies? Yet she doesn’t see what’s coming when she journeys north on a long weekend in August to Bay Harbour, a post-card pretty tourist town on the edge of Canada’s popular Georgian Bay vacationlands. She thinks she’s there to reconnect with a former mentor. But Chandler’s chilling affinity for the “unnatural and unexplained”, a macabre “gift” that once made her a freak of nature to classmates, will make her a force of Nature. Shadowed by a ghostly white wolf and haunted by the victims of a long-dead killer, she’ll discover a startling new ending to a fifty year-old mystery. She’ll also discover romance with Tom Katz, an affable, treasure-hunting bush pilot with a reputation for living up to his name. They’re an unlikely pair and Chandler thinks it’s just a summer fling. Instead, a series of white-knuckle adventures will bring them to a time, a place and a choice that will forever link their lives.

Book Review :

A Force of Nature was a brilliant,fast paced and well written novel from beginning to end. I don’t usually read this genre but found that I enjoyed this mystery immensely.

Claire and Tom were both strong characters and I loved reading the different plot angles that led to the ultimate finale.This engaging story unfolded in the midst of danger, adventure and romance which I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Mystery/Supernatural.

Rating : **** ( 4 stars )

 

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Update..

*Possible Spoilers Ahead*

Fans of the Hunger Games are filled with excitement and sadness as the release of Mockingjay Part 2 approaches as this will be the last movie of the franchise which began in 2008.”Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2″ based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling book series will be released on November 20, 2015.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The upcoming movie will be markedly different from the first movie according to director Francis Lawrence. “It’s thematically very different. [‘Mockingjay – Part 1′] was about the manipulation of media and propaganda, and this one is a real war movie. Very quickly, we’re getting out from the confines of District 13 and back out into the rest of Panem, including the Capitol. It’s a very different kind of landscape,” the director said.

If the full length trailer is any indication, fans are going to thoroughly enjoy the upcoming movie. The previous movie was much simpler as it focused on the set up of the war, featuring propaganda and fake fights. However, this time around, the war is actually happening as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) brings the fight directly to the evil President Snow’s (Donald Sutherland) front door.

 

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Flying of The Shelves!

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel by Harper Lee 

Local libraries have weeks-long waiting lists for the book, which was written before “To Kill a Mockingbird” but never published until July 14.

According to publisher HarperCollins, “Watchman” was written first and contained flashbacks to Scout’s childhood. An editor asked Lee to write a novel based on the flashbacks. That novel became the classic and well-loved “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

“Go Set a Watchman” unfolds when Scout, now grown-up and known by her given name, Jean Louise, returns to Alabama from New York City to visit her ailing father, attorney Atticus Finch.

While Atticus was viewed as an open-minded hero in the first book, many readers of the justreleased novel have been stunned to learn that he is portrayed as a bigot.

Barnes & Noble said in a statement that first-day sales of “Go Set a Watchman” surpassed sales of all other adult trade fiction books in the bookseller’s history.

Based on current sales, the company said that “Go Set a Watchman” is expected to be its best selling book of 2015

Harper Collins printed over 2 million copies of “Watchman,” and said in a statement that the book has spurred the strongest presales in the company’s history.

 

R.L Stine to Release New Fear Street Book in September..

R.L. Stine has had a long successful career writing stories filled with fright, terrors and things that go bump in the night. With his newest book, he is promising that the novel won’t only give you goosebumps, it’ll be his most gruesome yet.

The author took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to announce his newest installment in the “Fear Street” revival, “The Lost Girl.” he novel is set to be released September 29, 2015.

The Lost Girl: A Fear Street Novel

The Lost Girl follows the story of new student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago.

 

The New Girl (Fear Street, No. 1)

“Fear Street” was a horror fiction series by the author, which he wrote from 1989-2005, and has sold over 80 million copies. He revived the series in 2014 with the release of “Party Games.” The second book of the revived series, “Don’t Stay Up Late,” came out in April.

Fear Street Super Thriller: Party Games & Don’t Stay Up Late

Stine told CNN in September 2014, the new “Fear Street” books would reflect how young adult fiction has changed since the 90’s and they would be longer, more adult and more violent. “”For me, it’s thinking of new scares, plot twists and cliffhanger chapter endings I haven’t done before, moving into the modern world,” Stine dished. “It will be a roller coaster ride of fearful surprises.”

Harry Potter Series Spinoff to be Released in 2016…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter)

More than a few fans were sad to see the Harry Potter series end, even with the satisfying conclusion. However, it’s not the end of the magical world of Harry Potter, thanks to a new film adapted from one of the fictional textbooks used at Hogwarts called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There wasn’t much mentioned in the series about this book, but it’s soon becoming a movie, and here’s what we know about it so far.

It looks like the setting will take place 70 years before Harry’s years at Hogwarts, and the story is going Stateside. A lot of the action is going to take place during the jazz age in New York.

It will follow the adventures of Newt Scamander, a famous magizoologist. You might remember that name from Rowling’s books in 2001. Scamander’s portrait also hung in Dumbledore’s study in the film version.

The screenplay is being written by J.K. Rowling herself, which is very exciting for fans of the series, and the cast is quickly coming together. Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne is cast as Scamander, and Katherine Waterson (Inherent Vice) will play Porpentina, nicknamed Tina, who is Newt’s love interest. Tina’s sister will be played by Alison Sudol.

The newest member of the cast will be Colin Farrell, who just signed on to play a wizard from New York named Graves. Other cast members include Ezra Miller and Dan Fogler.

This will be the first of three films that Warner Bros wants to produce, all of them with J.K. Rowling at the helm. However, we still have a bit of a wait for the first Harry Potter spinoff, which won’t be out until November 2016.

Trina Young`s New Book Reveals Shocking Facts about Elvis Presley..

Elvis: Behind The Legend: Startling Truths About The King of Rock and Roll’s Life, Loves, Films and Music

Elvis: Behind The Legend uncovers stunning secrets about The King of Rock and Roll’s life, loves, films and music. Elvis: Behind The Legend is a collection of over 30 succinct articles revealing surprising facts and discoveries about The King – some light-hearted and fun, and some striking at the core of Presley’s heart and passions.

With topics covering the full span of Presley’s life, it also explores some of the myths in the Elvis legend.

Elvis: Behind The Legend explores the inner motivations and desires of the man crowned The King of Rock and Roll, and reveals how Presley’s success actually conflicted with many of his own personal passions.

Elvis Presley’s public image as The King of Rock and Roll was constantly at war with his inner desires: the rock and roll revolutionary who wanted to be a mainstream pop star, the teen heartthrob who wanted to be a serious actor, the defiant rebel who dutifully served in the military, the sex god who released religious gospel records and the anti-establishment symbol who proudly shook hands with President Nixon.

The book includes Elvis Presley’s complete box office earnings; full list of Elvis Presley’s and The Beatles’ certified record sales; and 8-page photo section.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson to be Adapted for the Big Screen..

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

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News of the project was confirmed after Paramount acquired the rights to Erik Larson’s true crime bestselling novel : The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness At The Fair That Changed America. In a competitive auction, the studio outbid Universal and FOX to secure the rights.

Leonardo DiCaprio will star in the adaptation and will portray Dr HH Holmes, a serial killer who murdered hundreds of victims at his World’s Fair Hotel in Chicago, nicknamed the ‘Murder Castle’. The structure featured a gas chamber, dissection table and a crematorium.The movie will be directed by Martin Scorsese.

 

DiCaprio and Scorsese last worked together on 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, but their working relationship now stretches over more than a decade. Between Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and Wolf.

Best-Selling Author & TV Host, Jeffrey Hayzlett to Release New Book..

Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless 

Jeffrey W. Hayzlett is a global business celebrity and speaker, author, contributing editor and host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett on Bloomberg Television. His new book, Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless, published by Entrepreneur Media Inc will be released 15 September 2015.Some of the biggest names in business shared their success stories, as well as their failures, throughout their entrepreneurial journey in order to inspire up-and-coming entrepreneurs to own who they are by being bold, fearless and relentless.

The book’s purpose is to encourage entrepreneurs to think outside the box, be relentless in the pursuit of their dream and learn from all of these bright business minds that have been in their shoes.

Those who are looking to start their entrepreneurial path will discover a wealth of real-life anecdotes that will help them navigate the pitfalls of entrepreneurship, steamroll the obstacles they will face and even be a little pig-headed and irrational.

 

Hayzlett imparts ten core lessons that dare readers to own who they are as a leader and/or company, define where they want to go, and fearlessly do what it takes to get there—caring less about conventional wisdom, re-framing limitations, and steamrolling obstacles as they go.

If You Liked The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, You’ll Enjoy…

Saving Dancer by Jordan Marie

Carrie I’ve been in love with Jacob Blake since he picked me up in his strong arms. He held me close and promised me everything would be okay. I knew then, I had met the man who would own my heart forever. I was five years old.

As the years went by, the need and longing for Jacob only increased—at least on my side. Jacob has never seen me as more than his kid sister’s best friend. I’ve spent my life chasing after Jacob and trying to make him see I’m more than just his sister’s little friend. I never dreamed that by trying to show Jacob how much I loved him, I would also destroy him. One night…one night that held so much promise, but ultimately destroyed the man I love and broke him in so many pieces, that I don’t know if he can be mended back together. Jacob “Dancer” Blake I’m finally home.

Out of the hell hole I had been trapped in since killing another man. With the thrust of my knife everything changed. That night I ended two lives, the scum who had been trying to rape my little sister’s friend… and my own.

The other man got the easier out. I live and breathe in a hell I’ll never escape. My brothers look at me with pity in their eyes. It cuts my insides out. There’s trouble in the club, trouble all around us and I have to get my head straight. I have to be able to help them. Trouble is, I can’t even help myself. I just keep piling the mistakes up. Carrie just might be my biggest mistake yet. Now it’s another night that’s haunting me–a night that I keep repeating even if I shouldn’t. I’m so trapped in the darkness that I can’t stop myself from going back because she is light. She wants to save me.

You can’t save something as lost as I am. I’m going to destroy her. I’ve warned her. Now I’ll show her.

 Never Kiss a Stranger by Winter Renshaw 

It was an innocent mistake… All workaholic real estate broker Addison Andrews wanted was one night of pleasure, and picking the right guy was no different than shopping from a catalog thanks to the dating app on her phone. His name was Wilder, and his profile was blank – just a sexy picture of a man who promised every wicked intention of a one-night stand. T

he agreement was simple. One night. No last names. But the second their bodies melded together in the sheets of their posh Manhattan hotel room, there was no denying they fit together like two pieces of a broken puzzle. There’s just one problem… Addison unknowingly swiped right on the one man she wasn’t supposed to be with – her new stepbrother. All it takes is one bite of forbidden fruit to become addicted, but being with him has major consequences for their entire family. And if anyone found out about them, the career she worked so hard to build would crumble to the ground. But Wilder Van Cleef doesn’t care about the possibility of a scandal. He wants her, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes.

 Unspoken by Jen Frederick 

 

Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary.

I’ve been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away. To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?

He’s everything I shouldn’t want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren’t the danger to me, though, it’s his charm. He’s sliding his way into my heart and I’m afraid that he’s going to be the one to break me.

Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered.

I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I’ll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I’ve got fighting and I’ve got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her.

She’s everything I didn’t realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she’s been hurt too much in the past and I don’t want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can’t.

This is a New Adult novel featuring mature situations and sexually explicit scenes.

 

The Love of My Life by Louise Douglas

Olivia and Luca Felicone had known each other nearly all their lives, but when they fell in love as teenagers and eloped to London, they broke the hearts of those closest to them. Luca’s parents run Marinella’s restaurant, the colourful hub of life in the otherwise bleak north-eastern seaside town of Watersford, and his mother, Angela, has never forgiven Olivia for causing such a rift in her beloved family.

On a freezing January night Olivia’s life is shattered when she learns that Luca has been killed in a car accident on the M1. She is left with nothing, and after suffering from weeks of overwhelming grief, she abandons her job and returns North to where Luca has been buried in Watersford, just to be close to him – even though she knows she will not be welcome at Marinella’s.

New Enthralling Series by J. R Ward..

The Bourbon Kings by J.R Ward  

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal….

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.