This book was a fun, but really weird read! Die Again Tomorrow by Kira Peikoff is about Isabel and her need to help her mother. So what does she do? She dies... And is brought back to life! She's given a medical miracle that gives her a second chance at her life. BUT now she's in danger and 'they' will do anything to have it and her. I love the summary's ending: 'As powerful rivals pursue her, Isabel must risk everything to protect those she loves -- or die again tomorrow!'
I really enjoyed this book. It was full of action and the story was a jump in medical science. Though I didn't agree with Isobel's actions, she rocked this story! It's one of those books that once you start, your mind is thinking as your eyes take the adventure in another direction and not once are you bored! I enjoyed it so much, I passed the book on and I know they'll love it just as much as I did.
I think I'm a Kira Peikoff fan! On to the next book!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*I'm On Your Side is next.
**Book provided by Kira Peikoff, for an honest review.
Okay, so to me, Firefighters are über-sexy. They're all over calendars, posters and now book covers like this for Heach Exchange: Boston Fire, by Shannon Stacey. I normally don't ogle men's bodies and I definitely didn't over this one, but you can't say it doesn't look good! And it fit the character of Aidan Hunt to a "T"!
Heat Exchange is a total romance story! I am not in to romances like this, but I really liked this one. It was about a tomboyish girl like me, from a family of hard men who are... Firemen. The story is cool but I didn't like Lydia. Her position in the story was good though- she had to choose between being doing what she needed to do and her own selfishness. Life can be hard and Aidan didn't make it easy.
The rest of Engine 59 and characters made this book a fun read, but this sort of romance isn't for me. I need more! And though I wasn't totally into the story, I can't say that I didn't like it enough to rate it well. I may never read another Stacey book, but I will say that this story was Flaming Red Hot! Check out Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey while I check out another book!
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Die Again Tomorrow is next.
**Book provided by Shannon Stacey,for an honest review.
Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh is the first book I ever won on Goodreads.com. It's the one that set me off on my epic adventure of book winning and first book given me for review. So let's take a peek at the cover first.
It's pretty- not too bright and focuses on the lead character, Eleanor Hawke. She runs the periodical, Hawke's Eye and tells of all the gossip in London. She's a woman ahead of her time in London's 1800's. The cover fits the story because she's actually drawn into the life she speaks so harshly about.
The story tells of how she's invited into Daniel Balfour's world- something she's longed to get into her paper, but in doing so, she'd be putting someone's life in danger - not to mention her own! As Daniel tries to get her to focus on his life, without giving away his own dark secrets, he's got an agenda as well. AND, of course, he falls for the lovely Eleanore en route!
This book was pleasant but just not enough for me. I would have loved if Balfour's world had been filled with vampires or- I don't know, magic or something? It was a good book and I enjoyed it but I'm not a pure, romantic sorta gal and the promise of scandal isn't enough.
You may love this one- so check it out. I'm off to another book! 📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*Heat Exchange: Boston Fire is next.
**Book was a Goodreads.com win, for an honest review.
Here's a short story by an author I enjoy rather well. To Catch A Book Cover Model by Joey Pinkney is about Marcello's goal to meet and received the autograph of his long-time Urban Fictional Author, Jai Brown. He's goes through searching, with fail, for his copy of Jai Brown's novel, Hoodrat with the Good Cat , being late because his best friend DIDN'T fill the gas tank after using his car, picking up his girlfriend and so much more!
In a nutshell, it's the story of my husband's life but with my goal: to meet my favor author! I laughed through the entire story, with a few "Ooo's" and "Oh no's"! The story is cute and annoying, but one that ended with a smile. You have to like shorts like this one.
I am so honored Mr. Pinkney picked me to read this- I'm a fan!🤓 So I'm on to the next novel! 📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
* Forever Your Earl is next.
**eBook provided by author, Joey Pinkney, for an honest review.
When I read the the synopsis of this story, I was totally interested! The title alone makes you think it's going to be a horrific tale. Okay, people use the word 'gothic' now... but I found this book nothing of the sort. I decided to do this review differently. I posted my thoughts While Reading and when Completed Reading, to provide an honest review.
While Reading Review:: I am currently depressed with this book! The characters are delicately explained and you can almost relate to them... except for Jip, or Jack Peter, the boy the story is about.
The story is so dire, glum and heavy, you almost want to throw the book and run into a field of daisies and sunshine, spinning to "The Sound of Music". The story is a life of problems and now you've got monstrous sightings, counseling sessions and a boy who can behave like a brat outta Hades! If I had to rate the story now, It would be two specs.
Completed Reading Review: When I finished this book, I felt exhausted. This book made absolutely no sense for me and then when I finally figured out what took place between Nick and Jack Peter, I was like, "Oh, I knew it!" But honestly, I didn't even care! This story was a drag, man! It was slow, over-loaded with way too much detail and dead activity. Tim and Holly were boring because they were ALWAYS at odds and Nick's parents... I'm not even touching them.
I was so let down by this book, I was almost at odds on putting it back on my shelf! It was nothing I'd imagined and the title is a big Whomp! LOL You may enjoy Keith Donohue's form of intrigue, but for me, The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a sleeper and only held my interest out of obligation.
Probably won't even touch it again. On to the next book. 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
* To Catch A Book Cover Model is next.
**Book is from my own, personal library.
Everybody loves mysterious tales of diluted faith, steampunk and a youth on a mission, right? This book, The Alyscrai by D. H. Aidan, has all of that and then some! I enjoyed it with a tasty cup of chai tea latte.
So let's begin with the cover: It was made by the author himself. It's colorful and fits the theme of the story. That's what counts and what I like in a story.
Now as for the story- I have to admit, the beginning had me confused for a bit. The first chapter speak of the Queen of Heaven and rites that must not be seen before a certain time and b being of age. Then we go from Alysseren running away from the very thing she wanted most! I wasn't too sure what to think, but I pressed on. If found the Alyscrai a tough but intriguing read.
I went from reading about a naive girl who wanted more to wanting to her running from it all in practically the same chapter! She also ended up in a nice little triangle of the heart, which really isn't my thing but didn't hurt the story one bit. I found the quirks most interesting- especially the War Machines! The story pulls you in with a fast paced tale that showered you in both good vs. evil, peace vs. destruction and order against confusion!
With a creative blend of Alice in Wonderland and War of the Worlds with the bulbous, tripedilism styled machines, I was
Play for Me by Celine Keating is a touching story of a mother in need of re-creating herself. Once her son left for college, her entire life and identity went away too. After going to a concert with her son, she found her purpose. It was to follow her heart and vicariously live through the experience. But it put a strain on her life, her marriage and her security.
When I first received this book, Mrs. Keating thought I wouldn't be interested in the tale. Boy was she wrong. This story was beautiful! Being a homeschooling housewife, I know what it's like to be consumed with concerned of the family that I become lost- almost non-existent. I was able to relate to Lily to a point.
This story did not disappoint and I truly loved the ending. If you are looking for a mature story that brings emotions to the forefront, along with a strong sense of adventure, check out Play for Me. You won't regret it. 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
* The Alyscrai is next.
**Book provided by the author, for an honest review.
There's a new take on just about everything now and this book is no different. Well, let me take that back- this is different. Very different and I enjoyed it!
Darlene Burns, the author of Midnight Comes With the Dawn, took the vampire in a direction that reminded me of two movies, but still stood strong on its own. There was originality, as far as a vampire story can go, but there was an inner strength that made me LOVE the tale!
Midnight, the name she goes by is Queen. She was purposefully created with a destiny and she's all about the biz, but there's something happening to the world, above and below. Humans are dying of a virus, that's now pandemic. Vampires, who are normally immune are now caught up in the plague, killing prey and predators alike.
I loved this book. It was also nice to see a strong, feminine lead, even if she played both protagonist and antagonist. Katrine had ghosts to fight and the chapters taking us back then forward helped to clarify those issues. The action was detailed and the storyline was on point.
I did find a few errors there but all in all this is an awesome story. I love the taking of something very old and snapping a new style to it and I am really looking forward to what Burns has next. Check out Midnight comes With The Dawn- available at Amazon.com!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Play for Me is next.
**eBook is from my own personal library.
Coloring books have always been the craze, but now adults have their own books to play in. Adults can now place their own style into coloring without worrying if they go outside of the lines- when we mess up, it ADDS to the art, not ruin it! I enjoyed this book too, but I have to admit, it wasn't quite like my other coloring books.
Some of the drawings were so basic- I couldn't understand how critics gave Won-Sun Jang so mmuch hype. To me, my son could have created a couple of the cat scenes. I'm not going to lie though- I enjoyed coloring in it. :) It was still very cute- just not as detailed or as enchanting as some of the other coloring books I've colored in or have observed. As you can see in the video, they're adorable, but there seemed to be a lot missing.
Cats in Paris, A Magical Coloring Book, I hate to say, isn't as magical as 'they' made it to be. It's basic and for an adult book, it felt rather elementary. The photos weren't aesthetic and thought I did love a few pages, I will pass it on to my Ewoks. Maybe next time!
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*Midnight Comes With The Dawn is next.
**Coloring Book provided by Blogging For Books, for an honest review.
This one was my fault. It didn't come from the author or a publishing group/company. I saw the cover on Amazon.com and thought, "Hmm... this may be good, Alyssa." Boy was I wrong. Guess what guys! I didn't even finish the book.
As with many authors today, The Melting Dead by Doug Lamoreux is a new take on a old idea. These aren't so much zombies as they're alive yet dying, simply mutated by something I won't tell you about because what? I don't give SPOILERS! So with that, I snatched the book and added it to my Kindle for a read.
TMD is very slow. When I last read the book, I was about 36% into the tale and there'd only been one bout of serious action. The rest was jibber-jabber to me. The author introduced character after character and NONE of them held my interest! They were one dimensional...
One character, Angela- a theater directer, was the most annoying! She constantly rattled off movie titles, and references (which shoulda been pretty cool) for either no apparent reason or when she felt the situation deserved... a title? A definition to what was happening? I don't know, but I always knew when the next chapter would be
If you like mystery, here's one for you! It's strange a story, written so well, I expected a bit of paranormal activity to be added in.
The story is about Brian Keays and his wife Darcie. They moved to a small town and purchased a house that held a secret. The secret, tucked away inside a trunk in their attic sets off a chain of events puts everyone on edge, especially Brian. Working with the sheriff and a set of clues, given by an anonymous giver called, The Silhouette, the reporter in Brian is determined to conclude the mystery.
Loonies, by Gregory Bastianelli is a captivating thriller. There are quirky characters with funny names and strange situations that keep you interested. The mystery itself is enthralling and you never find yourself bored. There are many variables but when they're put together, you see the pictures, plain as day. I really enjoyed it.
I wasn't sure how to rate this story at first; I'm not a huge mystery fan, but I think I rated it fair. If you love mystery- check out Loonies! I'm off! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Melting Dead is next.
**Book provided FREE, from eReader News Today..
I received Apparition free, via one of my emails that offer up Kindle books. I jumped on this book for the book cover alone- you know me! Anyway, I couldn't tell what was in the creature's mouth at first, but once you turn a few pages, you get a really good view: roaches! I'm horrified of them and so what did I do? I read the book.
Michaelbrent Collings is a man who writes dark fiction. He runs with a concept and makes it creepy as heck, regardless of the innocence! In Apparition, he took a parental fear and created horror to a terrifying level. One I tried to run with, but I couldn't take it. I don't remember how far in I got, but this book truly classifies as horrific: It both scared and bored me to death.
Before I go into the actual review, I have to say- you know I love book covers. I can repeatedly look to a book's cover throughout the story and piece the images to the storyline and marvel in it. But when a cover is original- I'm entranced. This book cover, though supernatural, is not original. I saw this same, ghostly face on another person's book cover, minus the mouthful of cockroaches. How much suck is that? If you're going to use stock images, make sure you buy the rights or someone else will have your picture too. This is why I detest that one images of a redbrick road, surrounded by winding trees that reach across the cover. You know the one! Okay, rant completed.
The Apparition's story grew weary- there were too many words! I truly believe the author wanted to place the reader into the shoes of the ones enduring the worry, pain and fear, but it was too much for me. I also do not like how in-depth he tried to go with the roach fear and the other fear- of which I will not mention because it would give SPOILERS!
Then there was the darkness. The story was spooky, because it played on two serious fears of mine. So much so, I did not finish the book. So that's good, right? Anytime a book creeps you out so much, you have to put it down, the author accomplished a goal and created a horror story. I've never felt that way about a book before. EVER. Sadly, it couldn't keep me as a happy reader. I put the book down a few times before finally shouting to the BiblioGods that I'd failed them and moved on.. If you like supernatural, psychotic rampages by those who love you, this book is what you're. Unfortunately, I am not. On to the next book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓/5 specs
*The Melting Dead is next.
**eBook offered free by author, Michaelbrent Collings for an honest review.
Believe it or not, I liked this book so much more than the previous two! I learned my lesson and stopped looking at the book as a horror story and saw it for what it was: a modern day Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys sort of mystery thriller.
Dan, Abby and Jordan are in New Orleans now- looking for his parents and more. People are dying, losing appendages, but at least they're receiving useless clues! Instead of making the story more mysterious, it just annoyed me. But the story on Dan- that was pretty good.
More than likely, when I get so many books, I need to donate to make way for the new, these will be in the 'Give Away' stack. I may never read these books again. They didn't hold me long enough to do anything more than finish them. I was let down, looking for serious ghosts and haunts. Instead, I got Scooby and the gang. BUT, if you take on the books with a YA mystery-sleuths attitude instead of horrific, you won't be let down.
The Asylum series is done and I can now find a real fright!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Apparition is next.
**Book (Asylum Series) from my personal library.
So this is the follow-up to Asylum, by Madeleine Roux. Sanctum starts off so much better than its predecessor. There's a set plan and there seems to be a great deal more mystery that makes it a likable book.
Dan and his friends have returned to Brookline and the NHCP program, under the guise of returning students. The desire to become super sleuths came from mysterious letters and a frightful visit to Felix in his new state of mine. It's all confusing to Dan, Abby and Jordan, who still suffer haunting nightmares and postals. What are three seniors to do when they're threatened and preyed upon? Why go to the place it all began of course!
This time, the trio pretend they're interested in returning to Brookline for college. They go through orientations and other programs, while investigating clues left by Felix and ghost droppings. They're also spied, followed and attacked several times. These kids are the lame version of the Mystery Machine's crew. Yet they managed to shut yet another door on a case, button the finale...
Asylum by Madeleine Roux is from my own audiobook collection. I'd read the actual book a while ago, but decided to hit it again, along with the other two books, Sanctum and Catacombs.
One reason I wanted to read the series is due to it's sinister cover. It's a ghost photo and you can never go wrong with ghost pics, right? Well...
The story is about Dan Crawford and his adventure at Brookline's NHCP (New Hampshire College Prep) program. It's for those young adults looking to gain a jump on their college education. Unbeknownst to Dan, he and his friends gained more than book lessons.
They were haunted by mysterious photos, dreams, letters, ghost emails and voices. Dan even gained information concerning his genealogy... and it wasn't good and their discoveries weren't innocent. Students actually died and Dan almost arrested. All because something lured them into the basement of Brookline.
Follow You Home by Mark Edwards was a deceiving yet, amazing read... er, listen. I nabbed the audiobook on a whim because I wanted some horrific ear candy; I thought that was this book. Instead I got thriller ear candy and I regret nothing!
Follow You Home is about a couple from London (yay), looking for a fascinating, European tour before settling down and having a family and maybe marriage. They never expected to be ejected from a train in Romania with no passports, money or a grasp of the native tongue. With them was a young, Romanian gal, who'd attempted to translate their situation the train conductor and security, but ended up, booted from the train herself. The three of them decide to walk along the train tracks to the next town for help but along the way, the Romanian disappears. What happens next is a ride into madness! The couple, unknowingly, are trapped between two horrific schemes that takes the lives of many around them... and possibly their own!
*All photos belong to the creators of The Heavenfield, www.theheavenfield.com
You know how much I love audiobooks, right? They're an auditory delight, allowing me to multi-task as I enjoy, whatever it is that I wanna enjoy! This story allowed just that. This book was a fun story to listen to and visualize. It's a small piece of a book whole, I believe. I haven't purchased the other books yet, but you know, I think I will.
The Hospital: The First Mountain Man Story by Keith C. Blackmore is about lonely Gus, an apocalyptic survivor. He's lost tons of weight, has established survival rules gleaned from horror movies, which he follows to a "T" even under terrifying conditions. It's a short story but enough of a sample that I need to read the book in its entirety. It's set around an abandoned hospital, where he needs supplies and maybe even some food, but there's something inside worse than flesh-eating humanoids.
I enjoyed this short and also appreciated the author not using the word zombie. He has a new name for them that fits. Blackmore also has a style that resembles that of one of my fav authors, Mark Tufo. He makes you laugh and cringe at the same time, while physically urging him to get up and keep going!
If you enjoy audiobooks, listen to The Hospital.
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Heavenfield is next.
**Audiobook was FREE, via Audible.com, from my personal library.
I grew up with Ted Koppel on tv. My dad always watched Nightline and I remembered being oh, so bored! I hated politics then and still do today. It's in my genetic make-up. Genes that weren't passed down from my dad. Lights Out, however caught my attention. Not because of politics, but because it deals with a long-time threat to the US and lends to the apocalypse: Cyber Attacks!
Everyone knows what to do if the zombies attacked, but what if there were no zombies, but you still had to deal with no electronics, no water, no food and no electricity. Yeah, I know I named two items dealing with power but no electricity and no electronics are two totally different things. When your device dies, you normally go to electricity in your home or car... but what if they're dead too? This book not only deals with attacks on the power grids, Mr, Koppel also speaks on EMP's, no batteries, States of Emergency, and the worst of all... out of control people.
This book was interesting because it dealt with something I don't like: REALITY. The truths on human nature, what's prepares for such an issue and how we're definitely not ready. I would have rated this book 5/5 specs but I couldn't. Number one reason was because the book cover, though exact in the storyline, just didn't seem to grab me. The second reason was due to me thinking Mr, Koppel had written a fictional take on these issues. It wasn't. It was a news broadcast, just like my daddy's watching of Nightline. The only difference was, this one kept my attention. On to another book.📚
So normally, I am not into a book of short stories. Why when I love Stephen King stories so much? Because I've come to love the full-length tales more- but with this book- I was not disappointed. There's nothing more terrifying than the things that may or may not lurk beneath the glassy surface of our oceans.
In Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep, put together by editor, Paula Guran, popular authors like Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, Caitlin R. Kieran and so many more put together stories of sirens, nymphs, and various sea people. From shy to seductive; from benevolent to beastly- all holding tight to the tales that make Disney's Little Mermaid look like a walk in the park. No, my friends, these are more like the mer-folk of The Pirates of the Caribbean movie! So before I give a few reviews, I first have to mention this book cover.
I fell in love with this book cover the moment it popped up on my computer screen! I had to have it. Look at her eyes- doesn't she look real!? Mystical? Magical? This is what book covers are all about! I'd have been happy with this book on my shelf even without reading it, but then I'd lose the true treasures that make this so great.
Her skin textures, her plica semilunaris (the pink corners of her eyes)- all of it screams to me. What do you think? Am I just crazy or is this book cover not amazing? You know it is- just say so!
So for the first day of the new year, I decided to review a 2-book series. There could be more books, but I haven't found them. The author, Rebecca Alexander, who loves historical fiction, has written two great books: The Secrets of Life and Death and The Secrets of Blood and Bone. The UK covers are so much prettier, but these are fine. Book two definitely looks better than one, but on to the reviews!
I love historical fiction- primarily in the UK, so when I stumbled across the follow-up to this book, I had to go backwards and read the first one. The Secrets of Life and Death is about a handful of people, in two different time periods but carrying a mutual interest- extending life.
In the past, (Krakow, 1585) Edward Kelley and Doctor John Dee are trying to save the life of the Countess, Elizabeth Bathory. They play with magic and science finding a way to remove the curse that could cause a the loss of riches and land... also their lives should they fail.
In the present, (England, 2013) Jackdaw "Jack" Hammond and Professor Felix Guiechard are pretty much doing the same thing. A girl, Sadie, has been given borrowed time. She was supposed to be dead, but is not and that makes her valuable to some people who'd love to have her.
are the life source of Indie Authors the tool that creates Best Sellers! I know I do not have that much power, but I can sure add to it!