Monday, June 20, 2016

The Evolution of Thomas Hall


The Evolution of Thomas Hall by Kieth Merrill

Blurb:

"Susan Cassidy's face flushed crimson. "You have unusual talent, Mr. Hall," she said, "but you're wasting your talent on most of what you do. I don't think you've begun to plumb the depths of your real capacity." "Look. I appreciate your confidence in me and in my art, but, uh..." The artist searched for a delicate way to say it without crushing the prospects of seeing this woman again in a different circumstance. He smiled his charming best to soften the blow. "I'm afraid I've got to pass on your project." Her look was a mixture of sadness and anger. "Have you considered the possibility you might be passing up the one project that will define who you are? Who you are destined to be?"

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the descriptions, the writing style, the characters, and the color words. I loved the color words in this book, even though I may have had to actually look up what a few of the colors were, because they were unusual and very descriptive. I liked how Thomas thought in color because he saw the world through his artist eyes. At the beginning of the book I really didn't care for Thomas as a character. He was rude, arrogant, uncaring, and self-absorbed. As his "evolution" occurs, though, he becomes a much more likable character. There are some great characters in this book; they were each well developed and real. Susan was probably my favorite character. I thought she was classy and yet down-to-earth. I also liked Sargeant Ray Evans and thought his aspect of the story brought in a different level of depth. Even though I disliked Hawker, I thought he was well developed and I definitely would not want to work for him! Christina was such a sweetheart, and my heart just hurt for her and her circumstance. The story evolves so naturally and you see how attitudes, beliefs, and values change throughout lifetimes. This is a story of an agnostic man who experiences things in his life that open his eyes to the possibility of God. After he sees things, he can't un-see them, and his life begins to change. I loved being able to see inside Thomas' soul and feel his doubt, indifference, and apathy turn into something else completely. 

There is some profanity in this book, but not a whole lot. In fact, I really liked what the author did. He showed the profanity by having others react to it. So you knew the character swore, but you didn't have to read it. It was a great way to show the character without subjecting the audience to the actual language. There were some innuendos, but no "intimacy" scenes. There were a few yelling matches, but no violence other than that. I liked this book a lot and would definitely recommend it to anyone with the above warnings. 

Rating: PG-13+ (Some profanity, a few innuendos, and some minor violence)

Recommendation: 16-17 and up. I think it's still too much for my 14 year-old, but should be fine for older teen-agers. 


Friday, June 10, 2016

Who Do You Love



Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

Blurb:  

"Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she's intrigued by the boy who shows up alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. Rachel grew up in an affluent Florida suburb; Andy grows up in inner-city Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent for running. Over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again--linked by chance, history, and the memory of the first time they met, a night that changed the course of both their lives. A sweeping story of love across time, Who Do You Love is an extraordinary novel about the way people change and change each other, and one that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page."

My Review:

This is a shereads.org book of spring. I'm a little late in posting. All that end of school year stuff is crazy!! Field day, book swap, awards, recitals......and on and on. So anyway, I'm just now getting to my review. I liked this book; it is perfect chick-flic material! Both of the main characters are developed well. They're so cute in the beginning. Each has had to deal with hard circumstances, but completely different. I loved the scene in the hospital when they met, it was so sweet. As time goes on and they get older, Rachel and Andy's personalities, attitudes, and priorities change. It's an interesting dynamic because they both went through stages where I'd love them one chapter and dislike them the next. Rachel at college drove me crazy. However, Andy during intense training drove me crazy. And then their circumstances would change, along with their attitudes and priorities, and I'd like them again. Both characters seemed authentic and real. I liked Ms. Weiner's writing style, and I couldn't put the book down. Her style grabs your attention and pulls you into the story. It's easy to read, but not simplistic. I did have to flip back to the chapter headings a few times to remind myself what year I was in, but it got easier as I continued reading. The book was a little predictable, and sappy, but isn't that what we love about chick-flics? I liked that the characters each learned life lessons along the way, and that they weren't static, but that they grew along the way. I enjoyed getting caught up in Rachel and Andy's story; it was sweet and fun with some twists and turns along the way. 

There is some profanity in the book, but not a ton. There isn't any violence, but there is a lot of "intimacy." There are scenes that are quite descriptive, innuendos, and discussions about. It was a bit too much for me, honestly. I would have enjoyed it more if it would have been toned down a bit. I did enjoy this story and would recommend it with the above warnings.

Rating: R (This book is not appropriate for YA or younger readers. There isn't any violence, but there is some profanity. There is a lot of "intimacy," and some of it is quite detailed and descriptive.)

Recommendation: Adult



     

Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer Fit

Are you looking for something for your kids to work on this summer so their brains keep active? Well look no further!  Summer Fit Workbooks are great!


Summer Fit Workbooks

People ask me all the time what homework I give my kids over the summer. I have used the Summer Fit workbooks for a few years now, and I LOVE them!!! They have a level for each grade in elementary school, which is great. The workload is the perfect amount. Each day there is a page of reading and a page of math. It isn't super hard, but it is hard enough to keep the kids from forgetting everything over the summer. I love the Friday material. Every Friday is a value (compassion, determination.....that kind of thing), and it highlights a person who exemplifies that value. The kids do activities surrounding that value and person. Also, each day has an exercise for the kids to do. It's not hard, but it gets them up and moving. And the great thing about these books is that it eliminates all the mom-work. There's no searching the internet or printing off individual worksheets, it's all right there in the book. It makes mom's job so much easier!!!T hey even have a book for 7th and 8th graders, which is great because I never know what to work on with my boys.  I highly recommend this product!!!



Rating: G (clean!!!)

Recommendation: Pre-K-6th grade


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

All of Us and Everything


All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher

Blurb: 

"The Rockwell women are nothing if not...Well, it's complicated. When the sisters--Esme, Liv, and Ru--were young, their eccentric mother, Augusta, silenced all talk of their absent father with the wild story that he was an international spy, always away on top-secret missions. But the consequences of such an unconventional upbringing are neither small nor subtle: Esme is navigating a failing marriage while trying to keep her precocious fifteen-year-old daughter from live-tweeting every detail. Liv finds herself in between relationships and rehabs, and Ru has run away from enough people and problems to earn her frequent flier miles. So when a hurricane hits the family home on the Jersey Shore, the Rockwells reunite to assess the damage--only to discover that the storm has unearthed a long-buried box. In a candid moment, Augusta reveals a startling secret that will blow the sisters' concept of family to smithereens--and send them on an adventure to reconnect with a lost past...and one another."

My Review:

This book is one of the SheReads.org books of spring!

Talk about a wild ride! This book takes you up and down and all around. You'll be laughing one moment and crying the next. The characters in this story are fascinating, and it was so fun to get caught up in their world. Augusta, who is the mother, is so unique that as a reader you're constantly trying to figure out if she is sane or not. The sisters' lives are each pathetic in their own way, and yet  it's so interesting to see why they become that way. When they try to overcome their upbringing, they forget to live in the now. They forget how to live in the present. It's strange because they think they are living in the present, but really they're just hiding and running away. Each of them is so different, and they each have their own set of problems and circumstances. Their definition of family is very different from what most people think of family. In short, the whole family is a train wreck. However, as the story unfolds it's so fun to see where they go and how everything changes so quickly. The sisters bond together after years apart, in order to see how it will all unfold. There are quite a few twists and turns in the book, and it definitely keeps you turning the pages. It's well written and very clever. I love how unique this story is. The transitions from past to present are fairly easy to follow. There are quite a few characters involved, and it's a bit of a trick at first to remember who is who, and what time frame they fit into. By the end of the story it's not an issue though. 

There is quite a bit of language in this book, and there are several "f" words. Boo. Why? I'll never understand it. It's so distracting. There is some minor violence, and there is some "intimacy." There's at least one scene, and there are innuendos as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I found this little peak into their lives so fascinating. It made me feel like a good mother, daughter, and sister. :)

Rating: R (Profanity, including several "f" words. There is some minor violence, and also "intimacy," including at least one scene and some innuendos.)

Recommendation: Adult (This book is not appropriate for YA or younger readers.)

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  





Thursday, May 5, 2016

I'm Possible


I'm Possible by Jeff Griffin

Blurb: 

"The sun's rays filtered in from the partially opened shades of the plane. They lit up the world in front of me and warmed my soul, knowing I was almost to my destination. The beautiful golden light replaced the grey and hazy cobwebs from my eyes, revealing the most spectacular scene I had ever seen in my entire life. I looked out the small seven-inch window and witnessed something that I'll never forget! I beheld something in this magnificent world that the majority of people never get to see. I was looking out at Mount Everest, the world's highest peak! I was at the tail end of a three-flight journey with two layovers in between, nearly logging twenty-four hours of flight time. I hadn't gotten any real sleep in the last thirty-six hours. My bloodshot eyes were heavy, my mind was slow and sluggish, and my body was even slower in response. How did I get here? I thought to myself. Am I d-r-e-a-m-i-n-g? As Lao and Confucius once said, "A journey of one-thousand miles begins with one step." My story is about inspiring you to take your own journey one step at a time. It's about dreaming and accomplishing the impossible. It's not only about aiming for the sky and reaching for the stars but enjoying the journey along the way. Begin your personal journey today, press forward to the top, and don't you ever stop. As you move toward your dreams, there will be obstacles and setbacks along the way; don't be afraid. You can get to the top of your world by following the signs and guide posts within these pages. You can do it with others! You can do it with me! We can do it together, one step at a time!"


My Review:

Wow. What a story! The story of Jeff Griffin from his accident to his lengthy recovery, and to his life since, is pure inspiration! He has overcome more obstacles in his lifetime than many people even dream of, and yet he still has a positive attitude. I can't even imagine. Truly, it's remarkable. Reading about Jeff's accident was so scary. I kept picturing his fall. Over and over. I couldn't read the hospital parts where he was describing the different surgeries and procedures; I skipped those because I didn't want to pass out on my couch. Ouch! Even during those difficult days in the hospital he tried to find the positives in the situation, and that would be so hard to do! I like that he not only points out the things he did right, but he also shows that he isn't perfect and that even he threw a little pity-party one day. I like the way the book is set up with mile markers as "chapters," and little bits of advice with goals you can set for yourself. Jeff has a good voice. It's easy to follow and understand, and he pulls you in with his humor and easy-going attitude. If you need a pick-me-up, this book is for you! It helps you put your problems into perspective, and give you a little push to do better and try harder.

The one thing I had a hard time with in this book was the grammar. There are many grammatical errors, and it was a bit distracting. Hopefully those will be fixed in following editions. It is clean, but there are discussions of adult issues like having children when you're paralyzed. It doesn't go into great detail, but be aware that it is there. There isn't any profanity or violence, but the scene of the accident is difficult to read. There is a Christian slant to the book, but it is not preachy and people of all faiths (or not faiths) will enjoy it.





The Following is an Interview With the Author Sent to Me by the Publicist

Author Bio-
Jeff Griffin is a wheelchair athlete who earned his Master’s degree in Education and knows how to win.  He played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, holds a Guinness Book of World Records, and is a four time NWBA All-Star MVP.  He enjoys mentoring youth, distributing wheelchairs, and providing Peer Training Materials through his humanitarian efforts with LDS Charities.  He is passionate about progress.

1.) What inspired you to write I'Mpossible? –  My book is all about accomplishing the impossible and the journey we must take to fulfill our dreams.  When I got to college the professor had all 150 of his students write a paragraph on a certain topic and hand it in.  The next day he called six students names in the classroom and had them go to back of the room.  They were told in semi-private terms that they needed to take a remedial class so they could get caught up.  I was one of those six! I didn’t know it at the time but it was the best thing that could have happened to me.  I learned the basics of writing. I had a personal experience with a professor that cared about what I had inside my mind and heart.  He was someone who wanted me to learn how to express and share my own ideas and stories.  He taught me that the impossible was possible.  He helped plant a seed of hope in the field of stories.  I now love to lounge around in the world of words!  This class and professor helped liberate me from the chains of doubt and discouragement.   In return I hope to inspire millions to take their own first step towards their own dreams and desires with my personal story from trying to tragedy to triumph.  My joy and happiness comes from helping others break free and see there is more to life than what we see!   

2.) What is the main message of your book?  The main message of I’mPossible is that we are all faced with a mountain of trials and more often than not, we listen to those around us and think that our personal trials are too big or too tough to overcome.  That is just not true.  In the introduction of the book I write, “I understand that more than likely you don't have the same problem as me but I believe we all have a handicap or a Mt. Everest to climb in some area of our lives.  Nobody is perfect, no matter how much you want to believe it!  Your handicap could be a mental disability that pains you beyond comprehension.  It could be something that we have been suffering for days, months, and or even years.  It could be a social handicap that paralyzes us when we're out in public or inside our private walls.  It could be a physical handicap like my own where others can instantly see what our problem is without being able to hide it.  Unlike other disabilities that are more personal which can be kept from others and hidden for a very long time.  Your Mt. Everest could even be a spiritual handicap that we refuse to acknowledge.  Or perhaps it could be something we have been struggling with for a very long time and we are having a very hard time overcoming it.  Whatever your individual handicap is, it can be conquered!  These disabilities can be either debilitating or liberating. They can hold us back or lift us up.  They can remain our weakness or they can become our strengths.  I hope by sharing my story of big dreams, grave disappointments, and euphoric triumphs it can help in some small way to lift you closer to the light that lifts.  With each passing mile marker along the journey we can learn from our experiences or be lost for them.  I have found peace in the pain and joy in the journey.  I hope you can find some too, as you embark on your own journey within the pages of this book.  Remember; there are no excuses when it comes to success!  You'repossible!” 

3.) How can your message help other people?   I understand that my message will not resonate with everyone, but I do know from experience that when I see or read about someone else who overcomes great odds or challenges it gives me hope.  I’m motivated to be better, to do more, and to give more.  It shows me that if someone else can do hard things then I too can overcome hard and impossible things.  Not only that, but that life can be cherished and enjoyed even with hardships and heartache.  My message is a raw exposure to my heart and soul.

4.) What makes your book different than other motivational books? – I tried to make my book a little different by not only telling a heroic story but also giving some obvious and not so obvious clues on how to climb and overcome your own challenge of life.  Whether it is physical, mental, social, or intellectual I believe there is a way to accomplish the impossible.  There are guide posts instead of chapters and there is an invitation for every reader to think about certain areas of his or her life, and other places to take action with those thoughts.  The invitations are not overwhelming and may seem too simple, but if followed, they will change your life.  I tried to make it clear and simple but powerful! 

Rating: PG+ (Graphic accident scene and discussions of having children while paralyzed)

Recommendation: 12 and up

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ragesong: Retribution (Book 3)



Ragesong: Retribution (Book 3) by J.R. Simmons

Blurb (from amazon.com):

"While the Dread King advances steadily through the land, a resistance movement led by the exiled king of Kardonin scrambles to turn the tide of war. King Klyle sends Jake, Sam, and their Changeling companions on a quest in an effort to combat Brael and his powerful Elites. Together they journey forth into a new kingdom, searching for information about an ancient artifact of unknown power that just might be the only thing able to stop Brael and his dark forces. Meanwhile, Klyle and two of his most loyal soldiers travel with the mysterious leader of a clan whose people were once his sworn enemies. Klyle faces obstacles and threats as he works to secure an alliance with the Bloodmox riders of Southern Reach, while Jake and Sam find troubles of their own among the rich and powerful Traders. Will they find the fabled treasure of Fermicia? Can Klyle overcome the ghosts of his past and join the riders to his cause? Each second counts as Brael draws nearer to his dark and twisted goal."

My Review:

I was so excited to read this book! I couldn't wait to learn more about Jake and Sam and their adventures! Will they finally defeat Brael? I hate that guy. Anyway, this book did not disappoint! Once again, I got sucked into the story and couldn't put it down. The story line didn't progress a whole lot, but enough that I need to get my hands on the next book. Pronto. One of my favorite parts was with Jake and Sam in Yolieseleth when they participated in the Shilaak Milikum. I loved the descriptions of the laaks and their designs, especially Chet's. I thought that whole part of the book was so fun, and it was great to see how Sam and Jake were able to grow as individuals, and how Jake was able to hone in on his Ragesong. In this book we were able to learn a lot more about Klyle and his past, and I thought it explained a lot; I learned so much about his relationship with Brael and why it turned out the way it did. I wasn't a huge fan of the place Klyle ended up in, and his situation, but hopefully the next book will make that situation a little better. The book is well written, and I like the writing style because it just sucks you right in. The descriptions of the cities and the different creatures are very well done. I have really enjoyed this series. This ending is quite abrupt, and it definitely leaves you hanging, so I'm hoping the next book comes out soon!! There isn't any profanity or "intimacy." There is some teenage flirting, but it's harmless and cute. There is, however, quite a bit of violence, and some of it is quite graphic. There is a lot of fighting and a few characters die. The violence is the only negative with this book, and it is the reason for the higher age rating. As a bonus, the cover art on this book is much better than the first book's. :)

Rating: PG-13 (There isn't any profanity or "intimacy," but there is quite a bit of violence, and some of it is graphic.)

Recommendation: 13 years-old and up  (YA approved!)

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Forever and Forever: The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton


Forever and Forever: 
The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton
by
Josi S. Kilpack

Blurb:

"It's 1836, and nineteen-year-old Fanny Appleton, a privileged daughter of a wealthy, upper-class Boston industrialist, is touring Europe with her family. Like many girls of her day, she enjoys the fine clothes, food, and company of elite social circles. But unlike her peers, Fanny is also drawn to more intellectual pursuits. Published author and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also touring Europe, but under much different circumstances. Widowed while in Europe, he has stayed in order to gather credentials that he hopes will secure his professorship at Harvard College. When Henry meets Fanny, he sees in her a kindred spirit, a lover of language and literature and high ideals. He is in love. Fanny, however, is uncertain. He is ten years older than she is, and from a much  lower social class. How could such a relationship ever thrive? Could a book of Henry's poetry, personally delivered, persuade Fanny to believe in a love that lasts forever and forever?"

My Review:

I thought this was a cute love story. Henry and Fanny are both well written, and it was fun to get to know them and their story. Fanny is quite the character. She is a strong female character; almost too strong, in fact. She is a bit stubborn and set in her ways. Henry seems like such a nice guy. He's down to earth and up in the clouds at the same time. He is stubborn in his own way. Because each of these characters is so strong-willed, it takes most of the book to actually reach the romance part. There are bits and pieces here and there along the way, but the lead-up is definitely most of the book. This could be seen as a negative, but I actually enjoyed getting to know the characters and their stories. I liked how their paths intertwined and how they both needed the time it took. It's funny how age and a little experience can make you look at things differently. I also loved getting sucked into the 19th century with its customs, traditions, and language. It was fun as a reader to know that these people were real, and that many of the events that took place and the people that surrounded them were also real. I thought it was a good depiction of what their lives could have been like. As a woman I'm also thankful that times have changed a bit in regard to women and their circumstances. We've come a long way since the 19th century, and it makes me wonder what Fanny would be like if she were living in today's world. I also thought it was fun to have quotes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poetry intermixed throughout the story. Although it was a little slow in parts, I thought this book was sweet and fun, and I think it's a good addition to the proper romance genre. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it. 

Rating: PG (There might be a kiss or two. :) There is also the death of a character, but it doesn't go into too many details, and it's not gory or anything.)

Recommendation: Young Adult and up (13+ years-old and up)

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.



Thursday, April 7, 2016

How Do I Know If I Know?



How Do I Know If I Know? by John Bytheway

Blurb:

"It's spiritual gut-check time! The mission age has been lowered, and now more than ever, young people are asking themselves important questions:
  • How do I know if I really have a testimony?
  • Am I ready to serve a mission?
  • What does the Spirit feel like?
John Bytheway suggest that we "F.E.E.L." the truthfulness of the gospel through our feelings, our experiences, the many evidences we encounter, and our logical conclusions about how a loving God interacts with His children on the earth. Like gradually turning up a dimmer switch, understanding all the ways we F.E.E.L. our testimony will help it grow brighter. As you read, you may discover that your testimony is stronger than you thought, and you'll also become more excited and motivated to let your light shine!"

My Review:

I heard John Bytheway speak many years ago when I was a youth, and he captivated me! He does such a great job of relating to the youth with his humor and stories. This is the first book I have read by him, and I was interested to see if I would feel the same way about his writing as I did of his speaking. I have to say that I was impressed. His writing style is easy to follow and understand, and he uses simple examples to explain difficult things; which makes them easier to understand and follow. He puts things in an engaging and motivating way, and it makes you want to work harder to do better. I think the topic is so relevant too. I have a 14 year-old son, and he could go on a mission right out of high school. There isn't the chance to spend a year figuring it all out before you go, it's now! These kids need to be prepared, and it scares me as a mom! What if I haven't prepared him? What if I haven't done enough? This book helps the kids to prepare themselves, which is what really needs to happen. We moms can't do it for them. They need to know--they don't need to know that we know. This is a short, easy read, but it packs a big punch. I am going to have both my 14 year-old and 12 year-old sons read this book because I think it will help them to determine where they are and if they are doing enough to prepare themselves. I definitely recommend this book to parents and youth alike, those who want to serve missions and those who don't, it benefits everyone.

Rating: G (It's clean!)

Recommendation: 12 years-old and up (Younger kids could read it and understand it, but I think it will most benefit the youth rather than the children.)



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Flight of Dreams



Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

Blurb:

"On the evening of May 3, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey. Among them are a frightened stewardess who is not what she seems, the steadfast navigator determined to win her heart, a naive cabin boy eager to earn a permanent spot on the world's largest airship, an impetuous journalist who has been blacklisted in her native Germany, and an enigmatic American businessman with a score to settle. Over the course of three hazy, champagne-soaked days their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future are revealed. Flight of Dreams is a fiercely intimate portrait of the real people on board the last flight of the Hindenburg. Behind them is the gathering storm in Europe, and before them is looming disaster. But, for the moment, they float over the Atlantic, unaware of the inexorable, tragic fate that awaits them. Brilliantly exploring one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century, Flight of Dreams is that rare novel with spellbinding plotting that keeps you guessing until the last page and breathtaking emotional intensity that stays with you long after."

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I liked getting to know all of the characters. I definitely had my favorites. Werner is the cabin boy, and I liked his character a lot. You can see that he is young and impressionable, and you can also see that he wants to impress the adults around him. He wants them to respect him. He tries very hard, but gets himself into a few awkward situations because he is young and the others feel like they can manipulate him. Emilie is the stewardess, and I also liked her character. She has a kind demeanor, is friendly to even the most obnoxious passengers, and does her job well. She has a secret that causes a bit of commotion, but I enjoyed getting to know her. Max is the navigator, and I liked him as well. He has a bit of a temper that causes problems for those he cares about, but I think he has a good heart. I also liked some of the passengers aboard the Hindenburg. I know that it's impossible to know exactly what each of the people aboard that trip were like, but I think Ms. Lawhon does a very good job at making them come to life on the page. Each of them is lifelike and relatable. And because none of them are perfect, the flaws they have make them seem so real. You can see their joys, their fears, their weaknesses, and their strengths. The plot Ms. Lawhon follows seems as if it could be what actually occurred on that doomed flight. It is completely plausible and I enjoyed watching it unfold. The hardest part was getting know these characters and being unable to stop what was coming. Reading about the explosion and how it happened was heart wrenching, especially when you saw what happened to each of the characters you had come to know and love. Let's just say it is not a fairy tale ending. However, I liked this book a lot, and would definitely recommend it.

Rating: R (There is at least one "intimacy" scene, and it's a bit detailed. There are several innuendos also. There is some profanity with at least one "f" word. And it's quite violent at the end with the explosion. Watching that many people die is not for the faint of heart.)

Recommendation: Adult

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.