Saturday, August 11, 2012

Swallow by Tonya Plank

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What is the book about?

Sophie Hegel suffers from something called Globus Sensate, or as Sophie calls it"fistball" or "fb." Globus Sensate is when a person may think something is stuck in their throat resulting in being unable to swallow, and in some extreme cases, unable to breathe. Sophie is an intern acting for criminal appeals and is somewhat respected in the community especially since her fiance Stephen is a hot shot lawyer with a great apartment and a very large income.

As she discusses her "fist-ball" with her psychiatrist she learns that it is not a physical problem but a self problem rooting from her relationships, specifically with her family.

What did I think of the book?

I thought this book would be more about overcoming a hard obstacle like Globus Sensate but instead it read more like a chick-lit book that went into the depths of her life and her background. This book isn't so much about her disorder but about how she dealt with it. Every chapter seemed to take me by surprise on how Sophie's life seemed to turn out. She is an extreme individual that I found to be quite likable and enjoyed following her throughout the book.

About the Author (from Amazon):

Tonya Plank worked as a criminal appeals attorney in New York City. A ballroom dancer and a longtime balletomane, she writes the popular dance blog, "Swan Lake Samba Girl." SWALLOW is her first novel. Praise for "Swan Lake Samba Girl" "Tonya Plank [is] one of New York's most precious assets." James Wolcott, VANITY FAIR blog. "Tonya Plank is one of the blogosphere's freshest, liveliest, least predictable, and most pleasing voices. Long may she samba!" Terry Teachout, author of ALL IN THE DANCES and POPS: A LIFE OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG.
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The Church Retreat by Joel Tuggle

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What is the book about?

Years ago, two boys went missing in a small town in South Carolina? A similar disappearance has now occurred when two young girls go missing on their way back from a church retreat. Since a huge storm is heading into South Carolina the law enforcement is busy securing instead of working on finding the two girls. All that is left of the two girls is a car with their purses located inside and it's beginning to look more and more suspicious. 

Is their disappearance linked to the two young boys who went missing a few years back? 
Every time you think you have the book figured out, something changes and you will be taken down a different path that leads to more unsolved mysteries. On top of everything that is going on there is also a very important drug cartel who has suddenly escaped from prison and kidnapping women. Does he have anything to do with the two girls sudden disappearance? I'll let you read the book to figure that out. 

You will be delightfully surprised at the end of the book. 

What did I think of the book? 

Although the title of the book is called the Church Retreat, don't be fooled, it doesn't have much to do with the actual Church Retreat, and more of what's going on after the retreat. I was a little overwhelmed with how many characters were being introduced into the book and found myself getting a little confused on matching up back stories with each character. The only characters I found myself interested in was the father looking for his daughter and her friend. 

I found myself a little overwhelmed with information with this book and since I knew I would be writing a review on the book, I took notes while reading but found I couldn't even place what my notes were meaning with the overwhelming amount of information throughout the book with each character. 

If you can make it to the end of the book it will be well worth the reading so I encourage everyone to finish the book to get to the juicy end. 
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Chased into Heaven

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I'm running with no destination in mind. My hair is bouncing right and left swishing along the nape of my neck giving me goosebumps. Every time my tennis shoe hits the ground it makes a small splash on the damp grass, and splashes when I find a hole causing water to soak my ankles. 

There's no where I can run to without him finding me, but I run as fast as my legs will take me. I will not give up. If I die, I will die fighting and right now my only chance is to run and run hard. 

My breathing is rapid and the cold air is making my throat feel raw. The spongey grass is yanked out from under my feet like a rug by my chaser. I fall into the center of the earth and for a moment I feel like Alice from Alice in Wonderland. I don't see any white rabbits or talking door knobs but a sudden calmness has fallen upon me just like Alice. 

I'm falling and there's nothing I can do about it. I look down at the direction I'm falling and see a glowing ball of light. As I get closer to the blinding light I realize it's a overstuffed bed complete with glowing pillows and sheets that look as if they are literally made in heaven by angels.

I allow my body to go limp and collapse upon the heavenly sheets that wrap me up in their glow. I can see my pursuer above me falling down the same path I had just fallen from. His arms are outstretched in anticipation to grab me with full force once he has reached me. His face is stern and committed to the attack. He hits the outside glow of the bed and bounces off like the light is a barrier preventing him from entering the bubble of light. 

The man's power is just too much and his disintegrates the glow completely. He climbs on top of me and injects me with what I can only assume is a toxic concoction that I pray will mean a painless death. I can see the drug flowing into my veins causing them to become swollen and bright purple. It tickles my head as it reaches my brain. 

Instantly I feel the affects of the drugs and my skin begins to melt off my body soiling the gorgeous linens on the bed. I am more worried about the quality of the heavenly bed instead of the fact that my skin is melting off exposing the white of my bones and the meaty chunks of meat that are my muscles. 

My vision is going blurry as my eye balls start to disintegrate. My teeth are falling into the back of my throat as they become detached from my gums. I loose all of my five senses and I am alone with my thoughts. I know I am dying and I am accepting it. When initially injected I had hoped it would be painless but the sensation of your skin melting of your body is so excruciatingly painful that no combination of words could describe it. 

As the world has been closed off to my mind, I can now feel that my mind is going falling along with reality. My mind ceased to continue any additional thoughts and I slip into death. 
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