Breaking News: Rod Rosenstein Has Appointed Special Counsel For Trump/ Russia Saga Probe

Another Night, Another White House Bombshell! This Time Hopefully One That Will Get To The Truth. Once Again I’m Turning It Over To Our Special Correspondent, Gronda Morin!

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The Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has stepped forward to act with courage to appoint a “Special Counsel” to oversee the FBI investigation into the Trump/ Russia saga. After Mr. Rosenstein had his name used erroneously as the pretext for the republican President Donald Trump to fire the FBI Director James Comey on (5/9/17), there were calls for him to take this action. Originally, Mr. Rosenstein had indicated that the appointment of a “special prosecutor/ counsel was probably not necessary, but fortunately, he has changed his mind.

Here is the rest of the story…

ON 5/17/17,  Devlin Barrett, Sari Horwitz and Matt Zapotosky of the Washington Post penned the following article, “Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election.”

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“The Justice Department has decided to appoint a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Trump associates and Russian officials seeking…

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, by Candace Robinson ~ 4.5 Stars

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Thanks to both Candace Robinson and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Today

242 Pages

Synopsis: Some see it…Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

And another fellow blogger makes her mark! If you haven’t checked out Candace’s blog at https://literarydust.wordpress.com please do. You won’t be disappointed! As for Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault it’s a quite a promising debut. The plot is very imaginative and unique. It begins in an ordinary enough way with Perrie dealing with family and romance issues and worrying about college. She’s someone readers can instantly relate to. She can be unforgiving and obstinate, but overall she’s a compassionate and caring person, even when it comes to Neven, her ex-boyfriend who she believes cheated on her. One of my favorite parts of the book is the relationship between Perrie and her quirky cousin Maisie. The girls are inseparable, so when both Maisie and Neven go missing, naturally Perrie is not going to sit back without jumping into the investigation herself. On her dangerous journey she brings her new love interest August. Once they set foot in the sinister museum of the mysterious Quinsey Wolfe, things get crazy very quickly. While the glass exhibits are beautiful, there’s also something deeply disturbing about them, which unfortunately Perrie and August soon discover. I’m not going to go into further details because you really need to read this for yourself. My only two complaints are that I thought some of the scenes were a little too rushed, which I think is the result of the book being too short, and there were some instances where there was more telling rather than showing. Otherwise, I thought this was an absolutely brilliant debut that’s unlike any other YA horror/fantasy that I’ve read. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this for older teens and adults who enjoy this genre and are looking for something different. Seriously guys. You need to read this! It. Is. That. Good! And look at the pretty cover. Doesn’t it just call out to you? The ending is a humdinger of a cliffhanger, so I can’t wait for the second book in this duology which I’m hoping will be a little longer!

Breaking News: President Shared Classified Data With Russians

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER TRIP ON THE TRUMP CRAZY TRAIN! Thanks to Gronda for summing up yet another White House fiasco. I swear this woman deserves a medal!

Gronda Morin

The republican President Donald Trump seems to be on the downward roller coaster ride of self-destruction and the ride hasn’t ended yet.

Remember all the fuss republicans raised about the democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton having possibly placed classified data at risk while she was Secretary of State (2009- 2013) because she had used a private server to transmit and receive work product emails. Her intent to do this was never proven because as per the state department’s protocol, any classified data was supposed to have already been separated out to be used via other secured systems. As audits have proven in the past, a certain percentage of the data that Hillary Clinton worked on via her private server would have been retroactively marked classified and in this case, 3 pieces slipped through which had not been marked with the standard heading of “CLASSIFIED.”  And nothing had been codified into law…

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Skitter (The Hatching #2), by Ezekiel Boone ~ 4.0 Stars

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Thanks to NetGalley and Atria for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

352 Pages

Synopsis: Tens of millions of people around the world are dead. Half of China is a nuclear wasteland. Mysterious flesh-eating spiders are marching through Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, and countless other cities. According to scientist Melanie Gruyer, however, the spider situation seems to be looking up. Yet in Japan, a giant, truck-sized, glowing egg sack gives a shocking preview of what is to come, even as survivors in Los Angeles panic and break the quarantine zone. Out in the desert, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun are trying to invent a spider super weapon, but it’s not clear if it’s too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort: The Spanish Protocol. America, you are on your own.

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They’re baaack! Those creepy eight-legged critters from The Hatching have returned to cause even more monstrous mayhem in this thoroughly enjoyable sequel. Once again the somewhat large cast of characters makes it difficult to really get to know them all that well, but some of their individual stories are developed a bit more this time around. Adding to the horror of man-eating spiders, is the way the U.S. government is forced to respond in order to try to contain the threat. In some ways, Skitter is definitely a filler book. While the plot advances from the first book, except for the Spanish Protocol and discovering what the spiders’ endgame might be, it mostly goes back and forth between countries and characters. The ending is a huge cliffhanger which perfectly sets things up for the final book. Will the spiders prevail and jump to the top of the food chain, or will human ingenuity win in the end? If you’re a horror fan and love movies like Arachnophobia and Eight Legged Freaks, I highly recommend The Hatching and Skitter. While there are plenty of scenes that will make you squirm, there’s also instances of sly humor. I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing how the Author wraps everything up in the final book. 

The Things They’ve Taken, by Katie McElhenney ~ 4.0 Stars

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Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

278 Pages

Synopsis: All Lo Campbell wants is to be a normal teenager–to go to one high school, live in one place, and have one real friend. Instead, she travels the country with her mother, chasing the unknown, the what else that’s out there.

Until one day, the what else chases back.

Determined to rescue her mom from whatever supernatural being took her, Lo will need more help than a badly dressed demon obsessed with country music. She’s going to need a Tracker–and lucky for her, she finds one. Shaw is strong, Good-looking, possibly available, and utterly infuriating. Sure he may have secrets, and his help costs more than a brand-new car, but she’ll have to deal with him if she wants to find her mother–and get her home alive.

The Things They’ve Taken has a lot of positives. First there’s the elegantly beautiful cover. Then there’s both the creepy and humorous elements, intriguing characters, a plot that is fast-paced and interesting, and an ending that’s a strong set-up for the next book. Both Dolores, aka Lo, and Shaw have had less than ideal childhoods. Lo obviously loves her eccentric mom but moving constantly according to her mother’s whims has taken a toll on her. I actually admired her because before she meets Shaw, she’s tough and secure about herself. She’s set on rescuing her mom and won‘t let anything or anyone get in her way. Once she hires Shaw though, some of that toughness and security melts away a bit. Suddenly she‘s jealous, quick to anger, and dangerously impulsive. It annoyed me a little because I didn‘t see any reasons for the change. Shaw has a tragic past and hides his hurt and vulnerability behind a tough-as-nails exterior. He also keeps secrets from Lo, which once she discovers them, puts their relationship in jeopardy. As far as the world-building, it’s imaginative and descriptive, and possesses enough uniqueness to make it stand apart from other YA paranormal books. There’s also plenty of action, which had me finishing this in one sitting. In the end, the only thing that prevents me from giving this a perfect 5 star rating is Lo’s and Shaw’s relationship. I truly like them as characters separately, but when they’re together they don’t always bring the best out in each other. Because of this and the sniping and angst it generates, there are times when their issues come perilously close to overtaking the story. I still really enjoyed it though and highly recommend it to fans of YA paranormal fiction. I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel where hopefully there’ll be even more world-building and greater communication and cooperation between Lo and Shaw.

About the Author:

 katie Katie McElhenney was born in Philadelphia into a big family of curious kids and patient adults. A voracious reader and unapologetic daydreams, she knew she wanted to become a writer someday. With the support of an amazing family, great friends, and some truly spectacular teachers, she has written short stories, poems, and novels. A solar-powered human, she now lives in Los Angeles and uses the great weather for year-round trips to the beach and long runs (where the best inspiration happens). Find out more about her at:

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Breaking News: Tuesday Night Massacre – President Has Fired FBI Director James Comey

A few hours ago Mr. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the man leading the investigation into whether there were Trump campaign officials who colluded with Russia to swing the election his way. And to top off the sheer outrageousness of this act, Attorney General Jeff Sessions who recused himself from taking any part in the Russian investigation, took part in the firing of Comey. Because Gronda always has the best political knowledge as to what’s going on with our government I’m sharing her latest post covering this. All I want to add is that it is past time that an independent special prosecutor be appointed. This is something everyone should have no problem agreeing on no matter what politicial party they belong to!

Gronda Morin

Image result for pictures of james comeyIt is not as if the FBI Director has a lot of friends on either side of the aisle, but the timing of today’s firing on 5/9/17 by the republican President Donald Trump’s of the FBI Director James Comey looks suspect.

It is at an inopportune time when he is in the middle of investigating the ties between the president, his associates and Russian operatives pertaining to Russia’s meddling to the 2016 US presidential elections. Although the president signed the firing letter, he is claiming that the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had delivered this recommendation to him. Frankly, I find this claim, incredulous.

It is time for all those who are part of the resistance (non Trump voters) to call, write, email, tweet and do whatever has to be done, to have an independent commission established along with assigning a special prosecutor to conduct an…

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