The Perfectly Fine House by Stephen Kozeniewski [Book Review]

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Title: The Perfectly Fine House
Author: Stephen Kozeniewski
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Adult

Series: Standalone
Publisher: Grindhouse Press
Publication Date: March 16, 2020

In The Perfectly Fine House, we follow protagonist Donna Fitzpatrick in a world where ghosts are normal. So, when ghosts sudden begin to disappear, something’s wrong.

I love a good mystery and when paranormal elements are thrown in, it makes it all the better. I found this book to be so uniquely written with such a fascinating take on the paranormal world. I’ve never read anything like this. The plot had me turning the pages and always wanting to read more. I haven’t been this into a novel in such a long time – it was refreshing!

The characters were easy enough to get along with as well. Donna made for a strong main character and her twin brother, Kyle, was a delight. I didn’t have any quips with any of the main or side characters.

When it comes to a mystery, writing style is key. I found this book to be well-written in the sense that the mystery was simply to comprehend (as simply as a mystery can be, that is). It had me wondering and guessing but it was easy to follow along. The mystery wasn’t too complex, which was great.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with this book and I’ll be looking into this author’s work more.

The Perfectly Fine House by Stephen Kozeniewski

Conclusion

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The Perfectly Fine House by Stephen Kozeniewski is a page-turning mystery that explores the paranormal world in a unique way. If you’re looking for a well-written mystery with a few elements of surprise and fun twists, give this book a try.

5

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The Door to the Spirit World: Youngho and Chadori by B.K. Chu [Book Review]

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Title: The Door to the Spirit World
Author: B.K. Chu
Genre: Children’s

Series: Younho and Chadori, book 1
Publisher: Solkroken Media
Publication Date: November 11, 2020

This children’s book follows a Korean boy around Christmas time. It’s a cute story for pre-teens, though it’s a sad one.

I enjoy reading children’s books and love exploring the spirit world so this one intrigued me. Except, there wasn’t any spirit exploration at all. This is a quick read only being a little over 100 pages. This is meant to be a trilogy but this particular book was all set-up and no execution for anything.

We get a good sense of Youngho and his life along with his dog, Chadori. However, the plot that’s described in the title and the blurb isn’t carried through. Something happens in the final chapter, leaving the book at a cliffhanger, and setting it up for book two.

Overall, the context of the story was pretty good and the writing was great. It’s certainly easy for kids to read and the colored illustrations were charming. I just wish the plot was executed better and more things happened in the story. Still, I’ll look forward to seeing book two.

The Door to the Spirit World: Youngho and Chadori by B.K. Chu

Conclusion

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The Door to the Spirit World: Youngho and Chadori by B.K. Chu is a great kids story with a simple writing style, fun illustrations, and interesting characters.

3.3

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When Silver Met Gold by Kounj Muzafar [Book Review]

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Title: When Silver Met Gold
Author: Kounj Muzafar
Genre: Romance

Series: N/A
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: August 14, 2020

I don’t typically read romance novels and I gave the author the head’s up about that when I was contacted about this book. The story sounded intriguing though, so I decided to give it a try. Luckily, it didn’t disappoint.

The protagonist, Musca, moves back to Pakistan after the death of her mother where her life is changed forever. Growing up in the US, there are plenty of differences between there and Pakistan – including relationships with adorable boys you’re smitten with.

The characters were fun to follow along. I enjoyed the relationship building between Musca and Aaliyan as well as her uncle. The overall romantic plot with the cultural differences was fascinating and nothing I’ve ever read before, so I’m glad I got the chance to check this one out.

The writing style was easy enough to follow along, but I felt there was too much description in some places. For me, the beginning was pretty slow and it took me a little bit to get into the story.

Overall, I enjoyed the read and I’ll look forward to see what else this author has in store.

When Silver Met Gold by Kounj Muzafar

Conclusion

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When Silver Met Gold by Kounj Muzafar is a refreshing romance read. If you’re looking for something culturally different and enjoy romance, give this one a try.

4

About the author

Kounj Muzafar is an introverted butterfly who likes to wrap herself in the cocoon made of books and caffeine. When she is not reading, she is writing. The passion for reading was developed in her early teenage years, while her first writing was a short story she had scribbled in her notebook. 

She is an entrepreneur, an author, a freelance writer, and a blogger. She hosts multiple blogs including, ThatKayBlog.com and Author Kounj Muzafar. She believes in humanity, peace, fate, and the beautiful fantastical and supernatural beings. She likes traveling, trying new food, especially learning new things, and acquiring knowledge. Interested in all the beauty world carries she still likes to live in her muse and imaginations. 

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Virtue Chasm by Ashley Crookham [Book Review]

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Title: Virtue Chasm
Author: Ashley Crookham
Genre: Speculative Fiction, New Adult

Series: N/A
Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing
Publication Date: April 11, 2020

Seeing the differences between men and women in real life, this book is a fascinating read.

I had to admit that it took me a little bit to get into the story. In the beginning, I had a hard time following exactly what was going on and what any goals were, but it picked up. Frieda goes on a journey to rescue her brother and, of course, things happen.

I enjoyed the characters. I thought they were likeable and relatable in some ways, despite this being a dystopian-type novel.

The writing style, aside from the slow-start of the beginning, was easy to read and follow. The author has a great way with words and built the world masterfully.

Overall, this was an interesting read with intriguing characters, a tempting plot, and an intricate writing style.

Virtue Chasm by Ashley Crookham

Conclusion

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Virtue Chasm by Ashley Crookham is an excellent book if you’re looking for something new to explore. This takes outside-the-box thinking to a new level.

4.3

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The Troubled Seminarian by Neal Grey

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Title: The Troubled Seminarian
Author: Neal Grey
Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: N/A
Publisher: Neal Grey
Publication Date: November 1, 2018

This book explores a few different religions as the protagonist struggles with his own faith during the Protestant Reformation. It touches upon Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. So, if you’re into history and religion, then this might be a book to give a try.

The characters had relatable problems and were well-written. The overall story, while I did enjoy it to an extent, felt bland at times. It got to a point where the research weighed heavily on the story part. I felt like some parts were more “textbook” which jarred me out of the story.

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Conclusion

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The Troubled Seminarian by Neal Grey is an interesting read filled with religious and historical facts and enlightening characters.

3.3

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