Book Review: The Final Play by Shelly Ellis

Title: The Final Play

Author: Shelly Ellis

Publication date: October 29. 2019

Genre: Urban Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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The Final Play is the third book in the Branch Avenue boys series about three friends who find success following different paths. Circumstances in their lives cause destruction that may fracture the friendship and their lives. Now in this final installment, which brings everything full circle we see a different side of Derrick, Jamal and Ricky.

Derrick acknowledges his wrong doings and when given an ultimatum from Dolla Dolla, a known drug dealer, he has to make a hard decision that can affect a lot of people. It was a joy to see the humble side of Derrick.

Jamal progresses the most in the series. He becomes a lot stronger and determined to take his ex-boss Mayor Johnson down. He just doesn’t know there may be consequences.  I questioned some of his actions and the way he went about doing certain things in the book. I did enjoy the change in him.

Ricky, my favorite out of the three is a strong character who likes to take risk. He can be blunt at times but is as loyal as they come. He also had the most to loose out of the three. His character shocked me by the end of the book.

Shelly Ellis once again writes a series filled with realistic characters with struggles that remind you of everyday life. Her writing style, plots and developed characters captures you in the first chapter of any of her books. I’m sad to see this series end, but am hopeful her next one is on its way.

I recommend this book to urban fiction readers who like fast paced drama and a hint of suspense with a little action thrown in.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.


Book Review: Revenge by J. Brinkley


Title: Revenge

Author Name: J. Brinkley

Publication Date: July 29, 2018

Genre: Urban Fiction, Love Story

Rating: 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

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Brooklyn Taylor is a college student trying to do better for herself until she meets Tyrell. A typical bad boy who won’t change for the girl who cares about him. When Tyrell goes to jail and Brooklyn realizes she’s pregnant, she’ll have to make some hard decisions.

Brooklyn takes a job to support herself and her child but Tyrell has a problem. His true colors start to show and he oversteps boundaries. Brooklyn is fed up and wants revenge. Tyrell must pay for what he has done.

Revenge is about a relationship gone wrong. It is a typical Urban story with realistic characters and everyday situations. It was easy to invest in the characters but Brooklyn transformation was worth reading this book to the end. What she put her foot down and decide her revenge will be best the book took an interesting turn.

This book was entertaining. I enjoyed the plot, characters and the twist. The only problem I had with the book was the formatting. It was very distracting and sometimes took me away from the story. I do look forward to reading more of this author’s books. I recommend Revenge to those who like Urban fiction.

*This book was provides by the author for review purposes only.


Book Review: Know Your Place by Shelly Ellis

Title: Know Your Place

Author: Shelly Ellis

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Genre: Urban Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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Ricky, Derrick and Jamal have to make some hard decisions and Know Your Place by Shelly Ellis. The second book in A Branch Avenue Boys series is even better than the first. These three friends lives unravel more as they’re confronted with some hidden secrets, betrayal and unlawful behaviors.

Jamal has bitten off more than he can chew being under the Mayor’s wings. His integrity is in question and as I read the story I was waiting for him to do the right thing. Jamal frustrated me the most in this book because I wanted him to use his head.

Derrick’s love triangle between his fiance, Melissa and co-worker, Morgan brought a dramatic element to the story. He is also dealing with a troubled student at his institute, which causes some issues. Derrick has to make a choice and I’m glad he went in the direction I wanted.

Ricky’s in hot water all because of a woman who sold him out to the cops. He can’t let it go and is on the hunt while working for the cops and staying in contact with Dolla, Dolla who got him in the mess in the first place. I love the twist in the story when Ricky finally finds the woman he loves. His character is my favorite because his transformation is worth reading and his loyalty is what every woman and friend needs.

Know your place is a gritty Urban Fiction book about corruption, betrayal and secrets written by a talented writer, who keeps you turning the pages. I can’t wait until the new installment is available.

*This book was provide by the author for review purposes only.

Meet The Author

Meet the Author: Interview with Jonas Brinkley

Currently an independent author, Jonas Brinkley was born in Georgia and was raised by his mother in Tift County. His writing talent manifested from his teen years and by the encouragement from his relatives and friends, he developed it by taking the relevant college courses that honed not only his writing skills but also knowledge on various fields like theosophy and business. He founded (Voice of My Ancestors) Voma Publications LLC. J. Brinkley’s unconventional philosophies about life and love are a gift that ought to be shared with the world via writing.

Most authors have a writing process, can you share yours with us?

A chapter is between 1,500 to 2,500 words. I usually write two to three chapters a day.

How important is your writing process in getting your books completed?

It’s very important. The only way to complete a task is to work on it daily.

Your latest book is O’shay and Sanaa, tell us what inspired you to write their story?

This book is really based on a true story. I wanted to show people that people are unpredictable creatures. Aside from that, I knew the two people who shared this horrific event.

Tell us about O’shay London?

O’shay was a native of Florida and went to school to be a pilot. He landed a private company transporting cargo. He was tall, handsome and intelligent.

Tell us about Sanaa Holland?

Sanna was born and raised in Orlando Florida. She went to college to be a prosecutor but end up becoming a defense attorney. She was young, beautiful, smart, compassionate about life and people.

Why are you drawn to life and social issues in your novels?

I think life is beautiful but it is people ideologies that bring forth the chaos in life. I use my novels to express my truest thoughts and feelings about political and social issues. There will be people who i will reach and there will be people who i miss. Either way the objective is to paint the picture with my words and let people see the world through my eyes.

What advice would you give an aspiring author who is struggling with character development?

Make the character real like a person by giving him or her an age, date of birth, complexion, height, weight, unique facial express, a voice when speaking, occupation, living condition etc.

Tell us the meaning behind your publishing company name, Voma Publications, LLC.

( Voice Of My Ancestors ) I’m only sharing my voice and knowledge to the people via books.

As an author and publisher, what has been your biggest challenge?

Marketing. Writing a book is easy to me now. You need money and genuine people who has your best interest to help you market a book. There’s no cheap route in this game. You must invest in your product to expand or your book (s) will sit on the shelf and collect dust.

You have several titles out now,what motivates you to keep going?

I’m not where i want to be financially but in my mind each book is a brick to my home. Each book is a personal success and a step towards building my legacy.

Where can readers find you?

I have a lot of links, so feel free to visit my website to follow my other social media accounts.

About The Book

When O’shay London met Sanaa Holland, it was an instant attraction. They dated for a while and found themselves in love with each other. Finalizing their romance by tying the knot, O’shay and Sanaa found things between them starting to fall apart soon enough – happiness and fulfillment were replaced by grief and bitterness. As the couple grapples with the circumstances that change their lives forever, the question of what truly bonded them arose… LOVE, LUST or OBSESSION?


Sanaa sat in the dressing room of the breathtakingly beautiful Crystal Ballroom in Metro
West, Orlando, Florida. The wedding area was adorned with eighteen dimming chandeliers, pipe and drape backdrops with up lights, Silver Chiavari chairs, high top tables, ivory linens, gorgeous aqua and silver floral arrangements, aqua candles, candelabras, and ceiling drapery. She still couldn’t believe her wedding day had finally arrived. She had told her bridesmaids and her maid of honor to give her a minute to herself. Lana, Tasha, Renee, Niki, and her best friend, Bria, had been her girls since their early college days. She couldn’t imagine this day without them. After Bria had finished applying the finishing touches to Sanaa’s make-up, the ladies left the room and quietly closed the door behind them.

Sanaa stared at her reflection in the mirror as she reminisced about first meeting O’shay. They were both college students at the time. He was studying at the University of Central Florida, working towards a degree in Aircraft Engineering. He had wanted to someday become a pilot and Sanaa was studying Criminal Justice at Keiser University. She aspired to be a criminal defense attorney. They were at Starbucks, both of them cramming for midterms. Sanaa tried not to stare when he walked through the door, but he was so handsome, he literally took her breath away. She noticed him watching her too. He appeared to be somewhat shy, and that’s always a turn-on.

After a while, they both got up to leave at the same time and as fate would have it, they bumped into one another. They struck up a conversation and before parting, exchanged phone numbers and made plans to hook up. They were inseparable from that day forward. Now five years later, they both have promising careers and big dreams for their future. They were about to become husband and wife.

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