In this blog I will be reviewing ebooks I have read. I use an amazon Kindle, so much of the information will be geared towards Kindle users, but other ereader users should still find the information helpful. Many of the books I will be reviewing are free or low-cost books published by independent authors, my goal is to get the word out about some amazing authors that I think deserve more props, and to let you know which books are not worth the time reading. I am open to suggestions, about information you'd like me to add or new books I should check out and review.
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Monday, February 6, 2012

Running Wide Open (Full Throttle) by Lisa Nowak

Type: Novel
Genre: Fiction/YA
Price: $0.99
Grade: A

Cody is a damaged young man who has been let down by everyone he cared about, and he’s learned to just not care anymore. But he finally meets someone who doesn’t let him down, no matter how much Cody puts him through. And Cody finally learns what it feels like to be loved, and accepted, but no sooner does everything fall into place, then it all falls apart. Cody may lose everything, and he becomes a lost little boy again.

This is a touching story about dysfunctional families, teen angst, the importance of love and compassion, overcoming trauma, and race car driving. And believe me, you do not need to be a fan of racing (in fact you can be quite the opposite) to enjoy this story. The characters are richly developed and highly likable and the plot is exciting and believable. The writing style is easy but captivating, and though it is a stand-alone novel (meaning it follows a story arc, and has an actual ending instead of an annoying “cliff-hanger”) I was excited to find out that there is a sequel, and I feel that these characters have more of a story to tell.


  1. I couldn't agree more with your review, Cassandra. Running Wide Open is the convincing story of a youngster trying to find his way in the world. Exceptionally well written, the reader is quickly drawn into Cody Everett's problems and the engaging characters that become part of his new life. The authentic background of racing is flawlessly woven into the trials, triumphs, and signature humor of the young hero. Well done!

  2. Thank you for the review, Cassandra. I appreciate it. :)