Category: Review

Blog Tour: Unborn by Rachel McLean

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for Unborn by Rachel McLean.  This is a dystopian novel with a bit of a legal thriller that shows one direction that our society could be heading.

Book Description:

She killed her unborn child. The punishment will fit the crime.

America, 2026.
Feminism has been defeated.
Equality is a memory.
And abortion has been criminalized.

Three women find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Kate, carrying the child of a sexual predator.
Grace, whose baby will be born with a fatal deformity.
And Cindee: abused, abandoned and pregnant.

Can these three very different women come together to fight an oppressive system and win their freedom?

Find out by reading Unborn, a chilling dystopia combined with a gripping legal thriller.

Author: Rachel McLean

Published: Today, February 21, 2020
271 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Dates Read: February 2-11, 2020

Jessica’s Review:

Set in the not too distant future, women have lost their rights and all abortion is considered murder. If a woman suffers a miscarriage then she may possibly be charged with manslaughter if it is deemed as an abortion.  And let’s not talk about what women are forced to do as a part of their sentencing for the ‘benefit’ of others…

In this chilling future in the United States, we find ourselves involved in the lives of three women whose differing circumstances eventually come together. You can’t help but like and also feel for all three women and the situations they are in: Kate, Grace, and Cindee.

Unborn is a thriller that also has a court element which was just as intriguing as the rest of the novel.  It is a quick read that leaves you thinking about morality and legalities of this time.  Unborn also helps you to be fearful that this could be the direction we may be heading in one day, but hopefully not as quickly as the time that this novel is set in.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

Contact Rachel:
Instagram: @rachelmcwrites

Liberation By Sian B. Claven

Author: Sian B. Claven
Published: April 15, 2019
51 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Evelyn was everything that Karen and Aubrey could ask for in an adopted daughter until she starts having the darkest of dreams, or perhaps they are the memories of her previous life that she seems to have forgotten.

Who was Evelyn in her past life? And why does it feel so bad?

Kim’s Review:

Claven does it again! This story is creepy and bloody and perfect for a short, engaging read! I will admit that at certain places, it did get a bit predictable, but other than that, I really enjoyed this story. Claven is perfect for a good horror book and she keeps proving it book after book. And the cover! I easily recommend this book for horror lovers!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
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50 Real Heroes for Boys

50 Real Heroes for Boys: True Stories of Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, and More!
Author: Christy Monson

Narrator: Johan Twiss
Published: September 1, 2019

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 2-5, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

50 Real Heroes for Boys teaches young boys everywhere that being a man only requires being yourself–but your best self. Bright, colorful portraits by over a dozen international artists accompany true stories of men who knew that character–things like integrity, kindness, empathy, courage, respect for women, and more–mixed with their own unique gifts–art, athletics, creativity, dance, music, curiosity, and more–could make the world a better place. Readers will find Jackie Robinson, who used courage to break barriers in sports; Jim Henson, who used humor to uplift the lives of millions; Dav Pilkey, who used perseverance to push through dyslexia and become one of the word’s most successful children’s book authors; and many more! The book also includes dozens of stories of women like Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jane Goodall, because boys can have women heroes too! Written by marriage and family therapist Christy Monson, 50 Real Heroes for Boys reminds boys everywhere what true masculinity is all about.

Jessica’s Review:

Though aimed for boys, this children’s picture book would be suitable for girls as well.  The heroes mentioned include:

  1. Men and women
  2. Well known and not so well known figures
  3. Main-stream and historical figures
  4. National and international figures

Everyone would learn something from this book.  Each figure has at least one ‘special power’ that is unique to them and their situation they went through to become a real hero.  There is also a section for each hero that lets kids think about how they can be a hero and do what the mentioned person accomplished. 

I received an audible copy from the narrator Johan Twiss to review.  Please note when you buy an audible copy you will also be sent a PDF so you can listen to and also follow along reading!  Together the audio version and book are a perfect combination!  There is music that goes along with the narration and most of it had a Marvel/superhero feel to it.  There was also music to go along with the mentioned figure’s time period or where they are from. This audiobook was pure entertainment, yet also educational for everyone! 

This was a highly enjoyable children’s book that I would say is for everyone and all will learn something from in!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK