Book Review: The Octavian Latticework by Jack Belmonte



The Octavian LatticeworkFormat: Kindle Edition      ASIN: B003A02OME                                                               File Size: 1240 KB/Print Length: 324 pages                                                 Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited                                                    Hardcover   ISBN-10: 0989177513/SBN-13: 978-0989177511                                                                             324 pages                                                                     Publisher: Voltaire Publishing (1 Mar 2013)                                                                   Language: English




America, 2023. Johnny Luca is a rookie counter-terrorism agent for the U.S. Anti-Subversion Authority. He and his partner, Julius Fullerton, are on the heels of Brigade 910, a domestic terror group led by the shadowy Octavian. Together they stumble upon the nightmarish terror attack that Octavian is planning-a symphony of destruction known as Project Orion.                                                 Meanwhile, Reed Wilkins is a President in crisis. He has vowed to veto the draconian Total Information Awareness Act, a law that would give the government sweeping powers to turn America into a surveillance state. For his opposition, Wilkins knows he will be assassinated-by Alexander Bryson, the ultra-nationalist Director of the Anti-Subversion Authority. Determined to defeat Bryson and destroy the new law,Wilkins reaches out to Agent Hunter Peterson, an old friend and the leader of Luca and Fullerton’s team. When Luca  discovers that his late detective father investigated Octavian in the last year  of his life, the young agent sets in motion a chain of events that plunges the team into the heart of both plots- the Project Orion terror attack and the plan to assassinate President Wilkins. From the streets of Newark to the World Trade Center in Manhattan, through secret passageways beneath Washington to midnight meetings at Arlington National Cemetery, Jack Belmonte’s debut novel will take you to an America under siege, where freedom and tyranny struggle for supremacy at zero hour.


Thank you to Jack Belmonte the author of this book for contacting me via my Goodreads account to ask if I would review the book for him. But I  have to say sorry to the author for it taking me so long to read the book but I found it quite hard and heavy going in places especially the governmental/political things that were being covered. This was a fascinating book because it was an alternative look at what America could have become following 9/11 especially looking in to the future in fact in fact you could see some parallels to what America is like in some ways since 9/11. I thought it was grate how well all the stories with in the book interlinked with each other, i.e. Luca’s father having done some work connected with Octavian several years ago and the fact that Luca was now involved in brining down Octavian and saving the Presidents life.  I also loved the love story between Luca & his on off girlfriend. At some point in time I will reread this book and I am sure that I will enjoy it a bit more as I already know the basis of the story. and It also a book that I will recommend  it to other people & buy as a gift for people.


Good Reads Author

born                             in New York, NY, The United States
gender                        male
twitter username   Jack Belmonte
genre                           FictionThriller
influences                 George OrwellStephen KingChristopher Hitchens
member since          December 2008


About this author

Jack Belmonte lives in Washington, DC.

Book Review: A Flower for A Queen by Caroline Vermalle and Ryan von Ruben


Details              ISBN:I9783838758053                                                                                                                           7.49 USD                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ebook                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bastei Entertainment, JKSCommunications

Synopsis:  England, 1770. Young gardener Francis Masson is asked by the King to search for a                                 rare orange blossom in South Africa. As his ship departs, Mason has no idea that he’s about                             to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. During his hunt for the mysterious flower, he                                     doesn’t anticipate the untamed nature of the African continent, nor the subtle scheming of                               competing plant hunters. As he makes the acquaintance of eccentric botanist Carl Thunberg                           and his elegant accompaniment, Masson’s fate once again takes an unexpected turn … 
               A lively adventure novel set against the vibrant backdrop of the South African countryside






Thank you to Samantha Lien from JKS Communications as well as netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. I thank NetGalley as well because I couldn’t get on with the version that I received from Samantha due to its PDF formatso I downloaded a copy from NetGalley.

This books cover is absolutely beautiful and I can honestly say that it is the perfect introduction to an absolutely amazing book which is why I have given it 5 stars.

The book started with a bang which kept you wanting more, a man and his son racing home before a snow storm hits and their carriage hits someone. The father is quite happy to leave the person out in the cold and injured but the son insists on going to find him and take him home with them for him to re cooperate. Which is exactly what they do.

Although you don’t know it at the time this man is in fact the person or at least one of the people that the story’s about.

I found it interesting to read about the culture, beliefs and politics of the time, as well as what life was like in Africa.

The twist in the story around the Grandma of the family being the Woman from the story that the Old Man, Masson was telling them was really grate. This was grate because when he was saying about how he had spent the rest of his life travelling to try to find her because she was his true love you felt really sorry for him. But then when it came to pass that the Grandmother was her I felt he could finally be happy at last.

This story was a beautiful one of love, friendship, loyalty, family and adventure. I loved this book so much that there is no doubt that I will recommend it to other people as well as buy it as a gift for others.






If You Were Me and Lived in … Portugal A Child’s Introduction to Culture around the World & If You Were Me And Lived In … Russia A Childs Introduction to Culture around the World by Carole P Roman


Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the If You Were Me and Lived in… series, which won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Nonfiction in 2012. She collaborated on this installment in the series with her five-year-old grandson, Alexander. Roman also writes the Captain No Beard series, the first of which was named a Kirkus Best of 2012, received a Star of Remarkable Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award in 2012.

If You Were Me and Lived in … Portugal A Child’s Introduction to Culture around the World


  • File Size: 5547 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Red Feather Publishing (June 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English





Roman’s If You Were Me books have a simple, winning formula: portray children from other countries and explain how familiar items and customs are the same, and how they differ, in the country being discussed… The appeal of Roman’s If You Were Me series is that this information is not offered in the bland style of an encyclopedia entry, but rather as part of a tour of real life in India…It’s this organic conversational tone that keeps the book interesting and inspires kids’ own curiosity for other cultures.” Peter Dabbene The Foreword Review Join Carole P. Roman as she takes you to explore the friendly country of Portugal!

REVIEW First of all thank you so much to the author and Bostick Communications for allowing me to read and review this book. This book was well worth the 5 stars that I gave it in fact I would have given it more if I could have done as it was such an educational and well illustrated book.. It is part of a series of books which are good for introducing children to the cultures that there are around the world and I fully intend to get all the others apart from the one on Russia as I already have that one. Even I as an adult found it interesting to learn about the customs and traditions in Portugal and I thought It was nice that it included some of the portuguese words that a child can learn. I am sure my son will enjoy this book as he gets older and we will be using it as part of the Geography curriculum when we are Home Schooling.

If You Were Me And Lived In … Russia A Child’s Introduction to Culture around the World


  • File Size: 4848 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Red Feather Publishing (June 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English





Exploring the world has never easier—or more fun!—than with Carole P. Roman’s award-winning If You Were Me and Lived In… children’s series. Continuing its globetrotting tradition, If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia explores the magic and wonder of this captivating country.As children ages three to eight take a leisurely stroll around Russia, they will come across some of the country’s most recognizable sites, including the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Red Square. Learn about Russia’s yummy delicacies, like borscht and caviar, before playing popular Russian games like chess and “fipe”—a game children may know better as “tag”! Brimming with these and other fascinating facts, If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia is the perfect way to both entertain and educate your children about the great big world that exists outside their windows. From Russia’s festive New Year’s celebrations to popular Russian names, this charming addition to the If You Were Me and Lived in… family explains everything there is to know about one of the world’s most historic destinations.


First of all thank you so much to the author and Bostick Communications for allowing me to read and review this book. This book was well worth the 5 stars that I gave it in fact I would have given it more if I could have done as it was such an educational and well illustrated book.. It is part of a series of books which are good for introducing children to the cultures that there are around the world and I fully intend to get all the others apart from the one on Russia as I already have that one. Even I as an adult found it interesting to learn about the customs and traditions in Russia and I thought It was nice that it included some of the Russian words that a child can learn. I am sure my son will enjoy this book as he gets older and we will be using it as part of the Geography curriculum when we are Home Schooling. This is a book that i will both recommend to others as well as but for friends children.

Patches and Buttons by Jennifer Link


Jennifer Link was born and raised in Michigan where she obtained her background in Multimedia, Fine Art, and Crafts. She obtained her B.S. Degree in Animation in 2009 while studying at Westwood College. During this time she discovered how to combine traditional drawing with digital art. Her love for children, and obsession with all things art led her down the path of children’s book publishing.


  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (27 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478730730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478730736
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 0.6 cm


This book centers around two characters named Patches the dog and Buttons the bunny. In this story we are taken on a short journey through the eyes of Buttons to understand why he is always frightened. He is afraid of every loud noise from the dog barking to the household appliances. No matter where he goes it seems the things he wants to get away from follow him. Learn how two animals who are so different can learn to come together and find friendship. Join me on this adventure of Patches and Buttons.


I want to start this review by thanking both the books author and Bostick Communications for allowing me to read and review this book.

This beautifully written and Illustrated book was well worth the five stars I gave it and I would have give it more if I could have done. The story was a lovely endearing one about a rabbit whos scared and a dog who wants go be the rabbits friend.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story to my son although I’m not sure he enjoyed it as much but I feel sure that as he gets older he will grow to love it.

I can say without reservation that I will not only reccommend the book to other people but it will also be one that I buy for other children as a gift.

Butterfly by Elle Harper




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 452 KB
    • Print Length: 258 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494492377
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Wonder Women Publishing Limited (15 Jan 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00HW7B3Q4


Grace Elliot is falling apart. Overwhelming tragedy has turned her world into a dark and lonely place. Facing the pain and the ghosts is impossible. Hiding her secret behind a mask of confidence and faking her life is the only thing she knows how to do. She’s alive…but not living.

Counsellor Ben Hardy is certain he can help Grace heal. Maybe it’s a way to rid himself of the demons haunting him from that one horrific night when his life shattered.

When they meet, everything changes, and their pasts offer them a remedy to save each other…until Ben’s traumatic history threatens to destroy the trust they’ve built.

Will the truth tear them apart? Or will it force them to understand the healing power of forgiveness and love?


Thank you to Elle and goodreads for allowing me to read this amazing well written book.

This book is well worth the five stars I have given it in fact if I could I would give it far more because it was a difficult subject to write about covered in a very sensitive and funny way.

When i finished reading the book my immediate thought was that it had been written in a way that it could be the journal that the main character in the book wrote during her recovery from her experience & said she wanted to publish.

The story as a whole was fantastic as it was about how different people people recover from different experiences they have in life a survivor of rape, a survivor of the results of a family member being raped and a woman surviving an abortion she had as a teenager.

I really identified with the main character, Grace, of this book as I have was raped by a longtime friend and boyfriend so I went through similar feelings for a longer time afterwards until I eventually saw a counsellor several years after the fact. I also neither screamed nor fought back when it was happening for self preservation purposes as the person involved had Scichzophrenia so I didn’t want to want to trigger him to have an outburst and hurt me.

I loved the developing love story in the book between Grace and Ben because they were so obviously well suited. Which is why I was so upset when it looked like Grace finding out about Ben’s whole past had ruined their burgeoning relationship but thankfully the strength of their feelings for each other won out. 

I fully intend to buy the book in paperback format because its a book that I definitely want on my bookshelf because of the lovely story and amazing writing as well as the beautiful cover art. And I fully intend to recommend the book highly to others as well both in person as well as on my blog.


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Elle Harper is a pen name of International Bestselling and Award Winning Author Sibel Hodge.

Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner Up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews, Runner Up in the Best Indie Books of 2012 by Indie Book Bargains, and Winner of Best Children’s Book by eFestival of Words 2013. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

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Obsessive (2 Issues Series) by Isobel Irons

First of all I would like to thank Isobel for asking me personally if I wanted to review this book for her, so THANKS SO MUCH Isobel.


The second book in Isobel’s Issues book series which sees 18 year old Grant Blue’s life post high school graduation become like a film in which astronauts get cut loose and drift into space. Most teenage guys would be glad to have a few weeks of vacation so they can spend more time with their gorgeous if unpredictable girlfriend as well as to participate in a much coveted internship that will shoot him to the top of his class when he starts college in the fall.

This however is not the case for Grant because he can’t seem to stop counting the reasons why he can’t do the things that considered normal for guys of his age, why he shouldn’t want the things he wants. why he doesn’t deserve to be called  ‘perfect’.  Grant is tired of not on;y trying to live up to his parents’ expectations but also carrying his lifelong secret the one that he’s betting that future employees, work colleagues and fellow students wont understand, let alone the girl he’s falling for, who thinks he’s ‘too good’ for her. She couldn’t be more wrong.

Because the perfect student, the perfect son, the guy ‘most likely to succeed’…is about to crash and burn. 

OBSESSIVE is Book Two in the “Issues Series” by Isobel Irons. 



First of all I want to thank Isobel so much for asking me to review this book for her and I am so glad you did because I absolutely loved it.  It was the perfect follow on to Promiscuous and really do feel that this series as a whole will be a fabulous one if the first two books are anything to go by.

I gave this book a 5 star rating because I loved reading it thanks to the way it had been written as it kept me wanting more all the way through.

This book concentrated predominantly on Grant which was really nice because it allowed you to really get to know his as  a person as well as to glean more information about his OCD and how it effects him. I thought it was grate that a character in book had OCD because it allows people who don’t know anything about the condition to get some but also for anyone who has some knowledge of the condition through knowing someone with it, like I do, to see how the condition effects different people.

It was grate to see Grant trying to take responsibility for the problems that the condition cause him as well as for the medication he takes. When he decided that he was coming off his meds and everything spiralled out of control culminating in him having a car accident which land him in hospital.

I thought it was a good twist to the story when we found out why Tash had disappeared when she told Grant the news that she as Pregnant. So it’ll be interesting to see how things pan out for both of them with the pregnancy then the baby once they have it.

Michelle Turner – Promised

Author Biography

Goodreads Author


born                              in Chillicothe, The United States   July 15
gender                           female
twitter username      ShellJTurner
genre                             ParanormalRomanceYoung Adult
member since            March 2012
About this author: Michelle is a 28 year old native Ohioan. Go Buckeyes! She lives with her husband and son. When she isn’t spending time with her family or working you can find her with her nose stuck in a good book. On October 3, 2012 she released her first book as an independent author, Reviving Bloom.


Book Information

Promised (Promised Series, #1)  Kindle Book
  File Size: 353 KB

  •   Print Length: 225 pages
  Goodreads: Read 4 Review book – Never Too Old For Y.A. & N.A.


synopsis: Linc knows Wyn is the girl for him.

Wyn knows Linc is the boy for her.

But she’s promised to another.

Lincoln “Linc” Tatman had been at his new school for months and he thought he’d met all the girls it had to offer. Until one day, he spied Wyn sitting against a tree and realized this new place had been hiding the girl of his dreams. He goes out of his way to get to know her, even though he’s warned that it’s a hopeless case. But he’s determined to win her, even if she can only be his for a short time.

Arwyn “Wyn” Scott is the black sheep of her big gypsy family. When most of the girls her age are dropping out to start their own families, she begs her parents to stay. She doesn’t fit in with the gypsy teens and the regular teens are too afraid of her five older brothers to get close. Then Linc comes into her life, showing her a new life she never thought she could have. She can’t stop herself from falling head first for the boy.

Can Wyn leave behind her family and their traditions to follow her heart, or will she become a young gypsy wife

* * * * * * * * *

I couldn’t put this book down from the moment I started reading it to the moment I finished it which is why it only took me just over 24 hours to read it and I loved it so much because it was fascinating getting an insight in to the beliefs and traditions of the “gypsy” community as well as due to the love story between Wyn and Lincoln.  It was because of this that I gave the book ‘5 stars out of 5’ and that I would and will recommend the book to others both personally and via this blog.

Wyn was a grate heroine because she was able to fight against her community’s beliefs that girls shouldn’t finish their education in favour of getting married, an arranged marriage and having children. She not only did this but also ultimately walked away from her family on her wedding day when overheard her eldest brother talking to her fiance at the church about how he had told him (the fiance) to request her hand from their father.

Lincoln is a strong character from the start and this is shown by the fact that he is so supportive with Wyn from the day they start thier relationship.

The way the book ends with Lincoln and Wyn in the Hospital having their first baby and this was the perfect way to finish the book.


T. Taylor – Risk of Falling


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Risk of Falling
  Mobi Format
  File Size 389KB/Print Length: 308 pages
  Publish Date: 16th September 2013
  Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492128112
  ASIN: B00FPB7A4S Read 4 Review book for the
  New Adult Book Club group

Synopsis:  Sloan Matthews has spent the last four years since she was forced to separate from her semblance of a family attempting to build a quiet life for herself. She hides her past and swears off love to protect her heart from the pain inflicted as a child. Trying to find her way, she moves to a tiny ski village called Mount Tremblant where she works and spends every day embracing her passion of snowboarding. Life is good and drama free with her best friends by her side. When she falls into Jake Brooks life, she finds herself fighting an undeniable attraction.

Jake Brooks is the sexy tattoo clad newest member of the Foley snowboarding team. He lives life fast and hard just like he snowboards. Jake has a reputation for bouncing from woman to woman and has no intentions of slowing down. He is a good person at heart, protective and honorable, but he won’t let anyone know that. That is until Sloan literally trips into his life.

When a traumatic event nearly shatters Sloan to pieces, Jake is there to rescue her and pick up the pieces. Together they try to push out of their comfort zones and are forced to discover if the risks are worth falling in love.

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I gave this book  ‘5 stars out of 5 ‘  because of the combination of the story being based in a winter Sports Resort, around snow boarding and the developing love story between Sloan and Jake. I loved this book so much that with out doubt I would recommend this book to other people both personally and via my blog.

Sloan’s character development throughout the book is grate because she goes from being a sacred, vulnerable & insecure girl as a result of her childhood who doesn’t beleive in love at the beginning of the book to a more secure, happy go lucky girl who’s in love.

Jake’s character development throughout the book, from when we first meet him is grate because he goes from living his life fast and hard including womanizing to falling head over heels in love with Sloan and being happy to be a strictly one woman man. I especially loved the fact that he encouraged Sloan to try to do a jump on the jump course which helped to build her confidence as well as being the one who saved her when a man was attacking her in a back alley one night at the local club.

The way the author describes things like the snow in the story really makes the reader fell like their actually at the Ski Resort experiencing it for themselves.

Trisha Haddad – Deep Green

Book Information 

Deep Green    ebook format

    167 pages

    Publish Date:  November 10 2013

    Publisher:  Eternal Press (a division of Damnation Books LLC)

    ASIN: B00GOJ00M4

Book Synopsis

Adrift in a lifeboat with strangers, each holding a deep secret… 

Leah Taylor prefers the quiet adventure and romance of books, but during a cruise with her parents, a terrorist attack leaves her adrift in a lifeboat with strangers. Together they face danger after danger as they fight for survival. Leah also struggles with the growing attention from the men she’s stranded with, and her mixed emotions toward them.

When Leah learns the dark secrets her fellow survivors hold, the truth will blow apart any semblance of civility and test Leah’s preconceived notions of just how far dedication can go before it crosses over into fanaticism.

Book Review

I read this book in just over 24 hours because it was addictive therefore I gave it five stars out of 5.  It was so addictive because of the story being based around a terrorist attack on a cruise ship and the aftermath of it.

Leah Taylor a shy sixteen year old girl who prefers the quite adventure and romance of books to personal adventure but during her time on the Island following the terrorist attack on the cruise ship she develops into a more confident and stronger girl. She also finds love with one of the other Characters an Arabic Boy called Musir. The developing love story between Leah and Musir after the other two characters Blue McCree and Kent Carson who were stranded with them left.

Musir an Arabic boy from Syria was a shy, reserved and unhappy individual until he and Leah started falling in love after Blue McCree and Kent Carson left the island because he becomes more secure, confident person. This happens because he slowly but surely opens up to Leah about his past.

Author Biography

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gender                      female

member since        May 2009

Author Biography

New Image - Copy A lifelong resident of Las Vegas, the author lives with his wife   Stacy, and has two grown   sons: Travis and   Justin.  Their house is always filled with laughter and music, but it is their two miniature dachshunds, Bailey  and Coco, that truly rule the home.   This is his second book.

Book Information


   Edition:              ebook

   Publish Date:    May 1 2013

   Publisher:           Eternal Press

   ISBN:                  161572933X (ISBN13: 9781615729333)


Book Synopsis

Sometimes bullets aren’t enough! Alone and on her own, fifteen-year-old Sam Grace must fight her way through the horrors of a city overrun with hundreds of thousands of the living dead. However, the zombies are the least of her worries. Who can she trust? Is there anyone left to help when her bullets run out? Where can she escape to?

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