Book Review: I.A. Trilogy by John Darryl Winston~5 stars!

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Book Reviews by Dani

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I would like to thank the author for gifting me these awesome books via Goodreads! No review was required and all opinions I have stated are my own! I definitely would recommend this series and was thrilled to get this opportunity.

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About the BookEveryone has secrets… What if you didn’t know your own?

One young man with latent supernatural abilities plus one street gang hell-bent on recruiting him equals… IA: Initiate.

The most important thing in the world to thirteen-year-old orphan, “Naz” Andersen is keeping his little sister safe from the streets of a Chicago/Detroit-like urban ghetto known as the Exclave. Naz tries to stay out of the way at his foster parent’s home, but he walks in his sleep. He is unable to keep the fact that he hears voices from his therapist. He attempts to go unnoticed at school and in the streets of the Exclave but attracts the attention of friends and bullies alike.

Naz is ordinary, or so he thinks. He harbors a secret of which he is unaware. A seemingly random act of gang violence propels Naz on a path that leads to discoveries about his supernatural abilities, abilities that will ultimately decide whether he lives or dies. Now he must navigate his turbulent surroundings and face the full force of the world around him. The only way he can survive is to discover the supernatural world within.

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Pure science fiction, IA: Initiate is the first book in a YA supernatural thriller trilogy, an origin story, and a coming of age hero’s journey set in the mean streets of America. It’s like Anakin Skywalker growing up in a bad urban environment instead of a desert planet.
  Award-winning author, John Darryl Winston has penned a story about, and for, those living the real story. Pick it up. Pick it up! PICK IT UP … today! *Above is the synopsis for Book 1 which Naz embarks on his entertaining adventures!*

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Click here to view and add the first book in the I.A. Series!!!!

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For U.K. members you can click this image to view the author’s books! Any other country can click any of the links and click their country to see if available!

 

Book ReviewWow, what a series that I just know for a fact that many readers’ will absolutely LOVE! I fell in love with the characters from the beginning chapters of the first novel. I know it’s bad but I didn’t take a break to review between books because my girlfriend and myself couldn’t stop engulfing ourselves with this trilogy. I am so thankful to the author for sending me copies of this series and I am also so glad that along with my girlfriend another member in my household read along to this book and there just as an amazing two books that followed.

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I was captivated by Naz Anderson and was immediately attached to his character. These
stories covered an array of lessons and fun times but I have to say that what I loved most was seeing how much Naz grew and how strong he was with his special powers and the strength he grew from within. I would recommend this series to all and I was so sad to finish this fantastic series.
I can’t thank my Book Sister Kim enough for the

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About the Author
John Darryl Winston, Author and Educator

The IA series is an origin story by debut author John Darryl Winston. A Detroit native and public school educator, Winston created the coming of age hero’s journey as part of a creative writing and ‘Boys Read’ program. He is a graduate of The Recording Institute of Detroit, Wayne State University, The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, and received his MA and MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. He has written songs with and for Grammy winner David Foster and record mogul Clive Davis. He has been a recording artist on Arista and Polygram records, and has written and/or produced songs for Gerald Levert, Gerald Alston, and many others. Winston currently lives with his daughter, Marquette, in Michigan and intends to acquire an African Grey parrot one day when he conquers his irrational fear of birds.

Readers’ Favorite Finalist 2015   Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medalist 2016  Adopt and Author Program Founder

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I can’t wait to catch up with you guys! I have been focusing on getting better and decided it’s time to get some reviews out of the way. I also have been trying to overcome some obstacles with my children but I am so glad that I got to share this fantastic series with you! This series was loads of fun and quite magical! XOXOXO! Lots of love guys and will be in your notifications soon.

My 7 Year Old Son, Gabriel’s Review For Digital Reads: Daniel Daniels and the World’s Worst Zoo by Robbie Yates

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Thank you to Digital Reads Blog Tours, Robbie Yates and Books, Reviews et al by Shalini for having me on the tour. I appreciate this opportunity and all views are my own!

Title: Daniel Daniels and the World’s Worst Zoo

Author: Robbie Yates

Publication: Available Now!

Synopsis:

Daniel Daniels spends most of his time doing one of two things:
1. Avoiding the school bully, or
2. Hanging out with his animal friends.
Unfortunately, Daniel’s animal friends all live at The World’s Worst Zoo, run by the cruel and crabby Mr Gregory.
One day, an unfortunate incident with some ointment at the zoo leaves Daniel with a few special tricks up his sleeve‌—‌tricks that he can use to save the animals, and teach Mr Gregory a lesson.
Curious, witty and sweet, this adventurous chapter book will charm and thrill the young and the young-at-heart!

Gabe says this book was “fun-tastic”! Reading this book was so much fun. I haven’t read but only a couple books this summer even though I am supposed to read more but I really liked this one and read it all at one time. I liked all the animals and the monkey. This was a fun book to read with my Mommy. I think I am going to read MORE now because before I liked games better but this book was cool so I’m going to read more books like this! 5 cool stars!

Mommy’s thoughts: This was an adorable book filled with important fundamentals and great fun! Gabriel has ADHD and can’t concentrate on much not even this review but he surely read this book happily in one sitting so it gets a definite 5+ stars! Very cute and highly recommended!

Author Bio

Robbie Yates is an author based in the vibrant city of Melbourne, Australia. He enjoys the crunch of autumn leaves, and eating tasty snacks from his childhood.
In his free time, Robbie likes to read the stories of Roald Dahl, Paul Jennings and J.K. Rowling. Robbie also likes to go geocaching, play board games, and have water-balloon fights.

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Buddy Read Review With Jay Cudney: Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt

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I would like to thank Jay Cudney for buddy reading this title with me! Not only was it such a great experience to read another fantastic book by one of my faves, Didi Oviatt, I am a huge fan of Jays so it’s like I got 2 for the price of a 1! You can never go wrong with either of these author’s novels and I strongly recommend them both! Everything I have read by them has been hands down 5 Stars. This novel was not an ARC and all views are my own.💙

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Title: Aggravated Momentum

Author: Didi Oviatt

Publication Date: September 12, 2016

Page Count: 446 Pages

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Deadly thriller, twisted plot, shocking, and dark conspiracy hardly scratch the surface to define Aggravated Momentum. Not everything is as it seems in what appears to be an average family. When danger lurks so close to home, skeletons emerge, and the darkest of secrets surface, causing twisted desires to become reality. Aggravated Momentum offers the perspective of some very diverse and unique characters, including fun, witty personalities to fall in love with, along with an intellectual killer to die for. You may be surprised as to whom exactly you can relate. Is it the cold, calculated murderer, who’s name is yet to be revealed? Markie or Kam, the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the most inopportune times? Or, the cowardly snake curled in a hidden corner? Who are you, exactly? And, more importantly, who are they? The deeper you dig into the psyche of another, the more breath taking are the secrets you will find.

Wow!!! Didi Oviatt has done it again, she has made me feel a wave of emotions and held my attention from beginning to end! I was on the edge of my seat with this serial killer thriller(I like how that rhymes!) and I loved every moment of it! This novel took me on many twists and turns and wouldn’t let up until the last page and it still had my mind twisting and twirling with the story after the fact. My favorite thing about this novel though would be that I got to experience Didi’s greatness with the awesome author, Jay Cudney! I mean how much more can a girl fangirl than to read one of her favorite author’s books with one of her other favorite authors!!!💜💚💙 Swoony, Swoon, Swoon! I loved chatting with Jay and comparing insights about this novel and we both have Aggravated Momentum a “hands down 5 Stars!” You can find Jay’s review here! Yay!

So back to the book, I loved the characterization! Didi has a great way of portraying unique characters with realistic challenges! This book wasn’t filled with any Insta-love or any of that lovey dovey stuff, this was more of a novel of watching the f*ck out before your next! I was totally thrown off guard when we found out who the murderer of the story was. I was completely blindsided and man was the conclusion intense. By the end of story, I had no idea what was going to happen and then this major twist happens and I was left with my jaw hanging, like really? That’s how they were connected underneath the surface of family secrets and past dramas!😮 I have to admit though, I wanted to know more at the end maybe because I am just overly curious but I hear Didi is considering a sequel so that makes me extremely happy!💜 If you haven’t had the luxury to read this novel, I recommend you doing so ASAP!😀 Didi is also very connected with her readers and is quite awesome.😁 I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!!!💙 I give Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt 5+ stars and the same goes for her she deserves the stars and who shebang as well!😘🤩

Growing up in a small town had more than several advantages and disadvantages. Saying that my childhood was sheltered is nothing short of an understatement. Unlocked doors, cleared streets, and the quiet of a trustworthy neighborhood were all welcomed features of my hometown. As a small child I baked cookies with the old lady down the road. I sat next to my kindergarten crush in sun day school, and literally rode my bike in the middle of the road without a care in the world. We didn’t have what kids have today. We actually had to use our imaginations to have a good time. There were no smart phones, tablets, or 64s to keep us occupied. We were perfectly content to play with our stick guns and a water hose for hours on end… And I loved it! Along with my scrapes and bruises I also maintained a simple, happy for the little things attitude, and of course a great tan.
Now that I have made my childhood out to be nothing but cherries and smiles, I have to point out the disadvantages that came with the small town upbringing– before the world of electronics took over the young mind. One word distinctively comes to mind… Boredom! As I grew into adolescence I no longer cared much for silly toys, dancing, baking, or crafts. I rebelled like many young adults do.With a sever chip on my shoulder and a lack of coordination in the sports department, I spent the majority of my time partying. Nothing too outrageous, mostly close friends,fires, and beer.
As much as I would love to say that living in a small town gave me an overactive imagination and love for books, that is unfortunately not the case. I cared more about having a good time than I did about school. I was voted wild child twice in high school. I cheated my way to passing grades.
It wasn’t until I was settled and married with a child on the way that I found my love for the literary world. Rearing out of my mid twenties left me a bit more mature, having to find more important things to do with my time than re-occurring nights at the bar. This is when it started – I read one book after another for a few short years, then decided to give writing a bash. I’m completely amazed at the love I developed! Once I started putting the world of imagination that has long been trapped in my overactive mind into a keyboard, the transformation of self began. A new aspiration in life has formed. I want nothing more than to be known as the unexpected novelist who took the literary world by storm! You can connect with Didi on her WordPress blog @ didioviatt.wordpress.com

About Jay Cudney:

James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com
What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.
A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

Hope everyone has a great night and I hope to be bloggy hopping your way soon! I have a massive ARC reading and reviewing catch up ahead of me! *hides in shame* so hopefully there will be way more Dani now that technology is sort of back on my side! Wooohooo!❤ Anyways, thanks so much for checking out my review!😍💙❤