New Book Reviews: The One Discovered by Yvette Calleiro, Journey to the Rainbow’s End by Forrest Stepnowski, and The Ex Chronicles by Maura Beth Brennan

30 Mar

Hello, everyone! I hope you are all safe and healthy.

“There is no place like home.”

~L. Frank Baum

The best thing we could do right now to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to stay home. Of course, that’s not possible for everyone, but if you can work from home you should. Self isolation has worked well for other countries and in past pandemics. Practice social distancing even if you’re young and healthy because although your chances of dying from COVID– 19 is low you could still spread the disease to people that are vulnerable and could die from it.

I’d like to thank all the people in the medical field, including my brother Ralph, who’s at the front lines every day, and my cousins Lissette, Ray, Miguel, Leo, and Sonya. You’re putting yourselves at risk on a daily basis to help those in need. Thank you.

Changing the subject, I’ve been doing a lot of reading since I sent my manuscript to my editor. Today, I’d like to share three of the books I’ve read so far and my reviews. I posted the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and although they are already showing on Goodreads, Amazon has yet to make all three reviews available.

Book Reviews:

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The One Discovered by Yvette Calleiro

I don’t read a lot of young-adult fantasy novels, but this one came highly recommended, and the book cover enticed me. This is the first book in the Chronicles Of The Diasodz series.

Sofia is a seventeen-year-old girl in her last year of high school. Up until this point, she’s lived an ordinary life as the daughter of Liana, a single mom and girlfriend to lifelong friend Rafe. One night, she has an extraordinary dream in which she meets a handsome boy named Ar’ch. Her life takes a bizarre turn when she goes to work and comes across Ar’ch in real life.

Sofia learns that she is far more than she ever thought she could be, and that an entire world’s existence depends on her. She has a decision to make, but how can she leave her home and everyone she loves behind?

How does a teenage girl choose between her boyfriend, who’s been her best friend since childhood, and a handsome boy who makes her feel things she’s never felt before?

The story was slow-paced at first, but soon picked up. Overall, it had a good flow and kept me engaged. The characters were well developed and relatable, especially Sofia, Angel, and Rafe. The final chapters are captivating and full of action until the end.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a young-adult fantasy with a love triangle, excellent characters, world building, action, and drama. I look forward to reading the second book in the series, The One Enlightened. 


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The Ex Chronicles by Maura Beth Brennan

“The Ex Chronicles” is a humorous short story about a couple named Angie and Bryce.

When Angie met Bryce, she thought she had found Mr. Right. She fell madly in love with him, only to find out he was cheating on her.

Believing their relationship was worth fighting for, Angie designs a plan to confront her boyfriend and the other woman. All the while, old black-and-white movies played in her head, and she imagined herself as one of the heroines starring in the movies, so she figured everything would turn out as she planned.

Unfortunately, things did not play out as Angie had hoped, and her antics will have you rolling with laughter.

I enjoyed author Maura Beth Brennan’s sense of humor and writing style. I recommend this quick and fun read to anyone who’s been in a bad relationship and only has a moment to spare.


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Journey to the Rainbow’s End by Forrest Stepnowski

Journey to the Rainbow’s End begins with a varied collection of freestyle poems, which are both beautiful and heartfelt. About halfway through the book, author Forrest Stepnowski gives us a short, insightful account (fictionalized memoir) of his journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance.

Robert grew up in a religious home where being gay was not an option. He was taught that homosexuality was a sin and punishable by God. From an early age, he struggled with whom he was and hungered for love, acceptance, and compassion—mostly from himself.

In his early teens, Robert felt an attraction to other boys, but he was conflicted and confused due to his homophobic religious teachings. He suffered many terrible experiences in his developmental years, including a suicide attempt and the death of a close friend.

Robert experienced sex, and like a bird released from its cage, he began a reckless way of life with multiple lovers. When he learned that a good friend was diagnosed with AIDS and committed suicide, Robert was forced to change his ways. 

I enjoyed how the author combined his poetry with the narrating of his story because it gave me a better perspective. In the end, despite the difficulties endured by Robert, he managed to find his way to self-acceptance. 

Overall, this book is about learning to accept who you are and adds another dimension to the LGBT story, which is a human story. I was touched by this book because the author bravely bared his soul to inspire others who may be walking the same path.

The story and poems were fabulous, but there were a few poems that stood out for me and moved me in some way.

“I Am Not The One” – I loved this line: “I am worth more than my weight in diamonds and gold.”

“Freeze” – I got goose bumps reading this one, and I loved the ending.

“That’s Gay” – Powerful and relatable, even to straight people.

“The Touch of Your Skin” – HOT

“The Song of Ever Changing Fairytales” – Who wouldn’t relate?

If you enjoy beautiful poetry from the heart and riveting short stories, this book is for you.

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“The ultimate luxury is being able to relax and enjoy your home.”

~Jeff Lincoln

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54 Responses to “New Book Reviews: The One Discovered by Yvette Calleiro, Journey to the Rainbow’s End by Forrest Stepnowski, and The Ex Chronicles by Maura Beth Brennan”

  1. John W. Howell at 12:51 pm #

    Excellent reviews, Vashti. Stay safe.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. olganm at 1:00 pm #

    Thanks for the recommendations, Vashti. I hope you and your loved ones are safe. Take care.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Vashti Q at 5:29 pm #

      Hi, Olga! My family and me are taking every precaution to remain safe and healthy. I hope all is well with you and your family, too.💗

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Stephen Geez at 1:02 pm #

    Thanks for introducing us to two great books and a shorty. I have read Forrest’s book and endorse it for its often tender explorations of identity. I’ve not read any Maura Beth yet, so this sounds like a hoot, a great place to discover some fun storytelling. Yvette has been on my list for a while now, highly endorsed by Beem, a man whose literary discernment is worthy of my trust. Ive been looking closer for quality YA lit since we started publishing Ellie’s series. This entry from Yvette sounds like a wondrous way to start. Your recommendations carry A LOT of weight with me, Vashti, so thanks for sharing your thoughts on examples from these fine writers.

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    • Vashti Q at 5:43 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words, Stephen. It’s my pleasure to feature books I’ve enjoyed. I’m happy my reviews have intrigued you. Thank you for stopping by and reading. I appreciate you. Take good care of yourself❣️

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  4. Priscilla Bettis at 1:17 pm #

    Three great reviews! I hope you are doing well. We’re fine in our neck of the woods (central Virginia), working from home and going out for daily walks with the dog.

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    • Vashti Q at 5:58 pm #

      That pretty much describes my life in south Florida, Priscilla. Both my husband and I are working from home and going for walks with our dog, Scribbles. We’re doing well. I’m happy you’re safe and healthy and that you enjoyed the book reviews. 🥰

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  5. robbiesinspiration at 1:29 pm #

    These all sound great, Vashti. I have read Forrest’s poetry book, you know me and poetry, I just can’t resist.

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    • Vashti Q at 6:03 pm #

      Hi, Robbie❣️Yes, I do know you love poetry.😘 I’m glad you enjoyed the reviews. Stay safe!

      Liked by 2 people

  6. D.L. Finn, Author at 1:54 pm #

    Great reviews, Vashti:) I’ve read two and completely agree both good reads. I will have to move the short story up on my list.

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    • Vashti Q at 6:17 pm #

      Hi, Denise! You’re such an avid reader. You’ll probably read Maura’s short story in ten minutes or less. I’m glad you liked the reviews. Thank you. Stay safe❣️

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  7. Thank you for the beautiful review my friend!!!

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    • Vashti Q at 6:19 pm #

      It’s my pleasure❣️I enjoyed reading your book, Forrest. Thank you.♥️

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Reblogged this on Forrest takes a Journey! and commented:
    Thank you Vashti Q for a amazing review! I love the recommendations as well. I will be picking up these books today!

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  9. Jacquie Biggar at 2:39 pm #

    Sending prayers for your family’s safety, Vashti. Wonderful reviews!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q at 6:21 pm #

      Thank you so much, Jacquie!🥰 I appreciate your prayers. I’m glad you liked the reviews. Thank you❣️

      Liked by 2 people

  10. Stephen Geez at 2:52 pm #

    Reblogged this on Stephen Geez Blog and commented:
    Three great reviews for three great books by three great authors, brought to us by another great writer and reviewer, Vashti Quiroz-Vega:

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  11. Miriam Hurdle at 4:59 pm #

    Thank you for introducing me to these authors, Vashti. I have Forrest’s book on my Kindle and should read it soon. I also do more reading lately. Excellent reviews! Good advice for stay home. I appreciate the medical services from your relatives. ❤

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    • Vashti Q at 6:45 pm #

      It’s my pleasure to feature authors whose work I enjoy. I’m happy you enjoyed the reviews. I hope more people will heed that advice. It’s important to slow the spread of the virus. Awww. That’s kind of you to say, Miriam❣️Thank you. Stay safe!♥️

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  12. yvettemcalleiro at 5:08 pm #

    Thank you for taking the time to read and review The One Discovered. I’m happy you took a chance on it (since it’s not your usual genre) and I’m happy that you enjoyed it. 😊 I hope you do read The One Enlightened because the adventure has just begun. 😉

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  13. balroop2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Nice reviews Vashti, I’ve read and reviewed The One Discovered and Journey to the Rainbow’s End – both of them are excellent books.

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    • Vashti Q at 1:43 pm #

      I’m happy we agree, Balroop. Thank you. You’re another avid reader, my friend. Stay safe❣️

      Liked by 2 people

  14. Jan Sikes at 9:20 pm #

    Fantastic reviews, Vashti! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    • Vashti Q at 1:46 pm #

      Hi, Jan! It’s my pleasure to share these books and reviews. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed them. Thank you. Be safe❣️

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Jacqui Murray at 3:14 pm #

    Hearty thanks to so many in you family who are fighting the good fight. My sister, too. It’s what they do but never has it been more dangerous.

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    • Vashti Q at 4:25 pm #

      That’s lovely, Jacqui. Thank you. I will let them know. I agree. A big thank you to your sister, too. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  16. dgkaye at 8:50 pm #

    Thanks for these great reviews which I’ll be checking out, Vashti. Lovely tribute to your family and to all those out in the front lines. May God bless! And yay on your book! I look so forward to reading it! ❤

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    • Vashti Q at 11:12 am #

      Hi, Debby! You always put a smile on my face. Thank you for your lovely comment. Yes, God bless them all. I worry for them, but I know they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Yay! Thank you so much! ❤ xo

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      • dgkaye at 4:37 pm #

        ❤ Keep me posted on your book. I have a spot waiting for you on my author interviews. 🙂 x

        Liked by 1 person

      • Vashti Q at 12:10 pm #

        Right now, my manuscript is in the capable hands of my editor. I should be getting it back by the end of the month so that I can do whatever revisions are necessary. I’ll continue to keep you posted, my friend. ❤

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      • dgkaye at 5:43 pm #

        Wonderful ❤

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  17. Colleen M. Chesebro at 10:30 pm #

    Excellent reviews, Sis. Hugs to your lovely family. Please stay safe and hug Scribbles for me. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 11:14 am #

      Awww. Hugs and kisses, Sis. Thanks so much, and please stay safe, as well. ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Vashti Quiroz Vega shares some book recommendations with us looks like a great selection.. you can never have too many books to look forward to…

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  19. harmonykentonline at 4:18 am #

    These look like some fun reads, Vashti. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 11:17 am #

      Hi, Harmony! It’s lovely to see you here. I’m glad you enjoyed the reviews. It was a pleasure to share these books and my reviews. Thank you for your visit and comment. Stay safe! 😀 xo

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  20. OIKOS™-Publishing at 4:52 pm #

    Thank you for the great reviews, and wonderful recommendations, Vashti! Iam sorry, for the late revisit, but Sally always makes it possible, to do. Hope you and yours are well, and stay save! Best wishes, Michael

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    • Vashti Q at 12:03 pm #

      Hi, Michael! The posts are here for whenever you have the time to read them so no worries. I always appreciate the visit and comment. I’m happy you enjoyed the reviews. Stay safe. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

      • OIKOS™-Publishing at 1:25 pm #

        Thank you very much, for the kind words, Vashti! Love the reviews, and hope you are staying well and save, too. Best wishes, Michael

        Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 10:59 am #

      Thank you❣️

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Thanks, Vashti, You have read a few good books, and I loved your reviews. Keep safe. Kind regards!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 11:04 am #

      Hi, Maretha! I’m so happy you enjoyed my reviews. Thank you. You take good care of yourself, and stay safe, too.💞

      Liked by 1 person

  22. markbierman at 5:14 pm #

    Great reviews, Vashti! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 2:27 pm #

      Thank you! It’s my pleasure, Mark. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

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