When I first found Wool, by Hugh Howey, I simply saw a huge book that stuck my curiosity. I love the look of big books and this one made my mouth water. When I purchased it at a discounted price, via Barnes & Noble Marketsellers, I knew it had to be mind. What I didn't know was it was book one of a tri-book series. Naturally, I had to possess them all, like Pokémon! lol I finally received them and added them to my TBR List.
I'd developed a case of 'love at first sight' when I first saw this book cover. For some reason, maybe because vegetarianism is my ultimate goal, I don't know, I just knew I had to read it. Once I gazed over the summary, I thought, "Oh, this sounds like one of those weird, spooky movies, like The Host or 3 Extremes or something!" I just knew, I had to read it. Now, I'm not really sure how I feel.
The style of writing is very different... strange. The inner-sleeve of the book said Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life before she took on the vegetarian lifestyle, but I totally disagree., I know that Korean culture is very different, even from most Korean-American culture, but Mr. Cheong wasn't a very nice guy. He didn't think his wife was even pretty. He didn't like her hair, her body- nothing. They lived in a home where they rarely slept together- it had to have been a lonely existence for her. Other than finding her standing before an open refrigerator, I'm surprised he even noticed her change!
I first want to say, if you have not read the Lux series, you need to. I kept hearing about the storres and seeing tons of Daemon memes and wondering, who the heck?! Then I kept seeing these big books saying "LUX" on them and wondering, "What is that?" because I'm attracted to large books. So I finally purchased the audiobooks and took listen and asked myself, "What the heck took me so long to jump on the bandwagon?!" I purchased the books and added them to my bookshelf. I had too- the story was excellent! I was obsessed with the storyline. Jennifer L. Armentrout really put her foot in it! (Except with Obsession).
So when Oblivion came out, I purchased both versions, as always. I'd previously read Obsession and wasn't very happy, so I was praying this story wasn't damaged in any way!
*Audio Read-a-Long Review
So when I found out this book released in November, I was surprised! I follow Jennifer L. Armentrout on Facebook and on Instagram and totally missed this one! I went immediately to B&N and got my copy ordered and began listening to the audio version until my book delivery was made.
I could have waited...
The story is about Serena, a friend of Meilssa- an unfortunate human who witnessed a Luxen attack. Now she's been marked for murder for what she may or may not know. So the DoD has assigned a protector of sorts. His name's Hunter and he's Arum!
Now Hunter is a loner. He's hostile, dangerous and not in the mood to babysit, but there's something about Serena he can't escape... the burning of his libido... and then I was bored! This story is NOTHING like the Lux series- and though I wasn't expecting to be like the first five books or even Oblivion, which is Daemon's POV, but I wasn't expecting a book full of sexual innuendo and a plethora of "F-bombs!"
Cyber-terrorism, monsters of The Realm and minds of people being inserted into a super-computer network needed to save a planet! This book is science fiction, fantasy and adventure action, all rolled up into one trilogy. Sadly, I didn't get the first two books so I am entering this adventure at the end, but it doesn't take from the great story that is Game Over by Andrew Klavan! I never like coming in at the end- I know there's a great deal I've missed on this story, like Rick's maturity throughout the storyline or friends lost along the way, but it's the one sent to me, so here goes...
I was gifted with the book, What She Left Behind, from author Emily Kendy. I love reading the works of burgeoning authors and Ms. Kendy is no different. This is a good book, but it's very odd too. Not because it was difficult to read or written poorly but because Rebecca, the main character was difficult!
The story is about Rebecca; a young lady with freshman qualities who is booted from college in her senior year! She was to be a journalist but she became a party girl instead. She has no job, lies to her mother repeatedly, and came off as a nympholist! The sad part is, she comes off as being a lovely gal, talented in the field she so desires, but her life has no direction and so she broods and parties more. What really makes the story explode is Ezra- the rock 'n' roll magazine editor. She becomes obsessed... but I can't say much more because I'd end up giving SPOILERS! and you know how I feel about that.
I truly feel Kendy wanted me (and she was telling me the story!) to 'love to hate' Rebecca. She has potential but you can't truly appreciate her because she's so... Gah! Ms. Kendy did a great job in description, relaying emotion and even illustrated a perfect picture of a young lady who does not want to run her life! LOL This story reminded me so much of another book I read last year (I Take You, Eliza Kennedy) and that's a great compliment. I enjoyed What She Left Behind and would read more from Emily Kendy. On to another book!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Game Over is next.
**eBook provided by author, Emily Kendy, for an honest review.
When I received this ebook, free from one of my daily newsmails, I was actually excited. The synopsis read like a true horror story, but as with many stories that carry an Asian theme, they are drawn out with extensive backstory and near suicidal personalities. I really doubt I'll move on to the other two books in this series.
The story is about a school group that traveled into the mountains of Japan to visit a study camp in British Heights- an out of place museum, theater and more. Its owned by Mr. Forbes, a s'diddi billionaire who cares for his precious antiquities more than the people paying to visit them. Students are suddenly trapped in a white-out snow storm, doubled over from an illness I shall not name, since I don't believe in SPOILERS and hunted by something that comes out of Edgar Allen Poe's, The Raven!
To be honest, the only reason I finished this book is because the author promised me a monster. The characters were a bit drab but strong enough in Jun and Akane to make me command my eyes show me to the ending... or new beginning. Other than that, I read about a bunch of foolish teenagers who (periodically) did the same thing to their British instructors as to me and my friends when I lived in Japan: They spoke ugly words in their native tongue while pretending to be kind and respectful. That part was true to life to me. Ugh...
This was my first Kathryn Springer book and my first visit to Banister Falls, If you know me, you know I usually take my love and romance with a bit of zombification, alien intrusion or ghostly possession. Yet whenever there's a fireman involved, I tend to get a bit squishy. In this tale, Evie Bennett is a 25-year old widow and single mom. She's also the Women's Ministry Director, so she's used to telling women how they need to step out on faith and be bold about it. She's a woman in control and knows what to expect... until she meets Jack.
I'm going to tell you- it's hard to find a man like this! Jack Vale put everyone above himself and so Godly, I was nearing jealousy! The story is fun, loving, and emotion-provoking. Springer wrote the story so well, I was in the trenches of their relationship with them! This story is unbelievable and made me wonder if the first book is just as good?
The theme of being able to walk away from the past and move with confidence into God's planned future for us was felt and understood- a theme we all look to apply in our lives. I truly appreciated the gentleness and loved how realistic the characters were, even if some men are dreamy. I may be adding the first book to my library! For a romance, this book is IT! I don't think I've ever given a romance novel 5 specs before, but there's always the first time- Now!
On to the next book!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*They Came Out After Dark is next.
**Book provided free by Litfuse Publicity, for an honest review.
As you know, I am a zombie fan. Fan addict. Fanatic? Obsessed? These Z's aren't the norm. They sometimes eat you, sometimes just shred you to pieces. They're different, a hideous visage and able to open doors, run, and do major, body damage. Contamination, Books 0-3 by T. W. Piperbrook is about those zombies
The story is brought to us by our friendly, neighborhood government. They've created something that's so heinous and... well, crazy, that it could just possibly happen. This disease isn't like most zombie infestations. These guys are fast and can do some serious damage- quickly.
The entire box-set is good. It's different and the narrator, Troy Duran is pretty good. He's an excellent reader who doesn't bore you. He gives you voices that make the story worth while and keeps everything spiced just right, from the beginning with Frank in the jail cell to the last word in the series. You will find the 13 hours and about thirty minutes very much worth while. I managed to get this ebook set for a special price: $1.99, from Audible.com, so grab it while you can! It's very entertaining! Grab a few snacks, an iced, cold drink and some headphones. You're in for a ride!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*The Hearts We Mend is next.
**Audiobook from my personal, Audible.com library.
I've read many books in my life. Some were award-winning and some were one hit wonders. Many are still on shelves while others have faded from print. I've always found some sort of appreciation in a book- even if the story was dull, bland or just silly. The reason I warped the cover of this book's review is because this book, The Library at Mount Char is warped.
Scott Hawkins, the author of books like Apache and Linus, is known for book of instruction; they feed your mind on How-To's. In my opinion, I think Mr. Hawkins should stick to the informational department. His dive into fiction was well written and heavily thought out, but some of the weirdest stuff I've EVER had the pleasure of reading! I was lost from the very first chapter!
A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe.
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.
Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.
After all, she was a normal American herself once.
That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.
I love a good super soldier story- say that six times!
Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces...and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever.
Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials. Fans of the series will see part of the mysterious past Evan Gabriel carries with him, while listeners new to the series get a preview of what is to come in a military man's haunted life. Zero Point is the true beginning of Evan Gabriel, and his story is just getting started.
First, I'd have chosen a better cover, but this is the cover of the audiobook and not the actual book series, that I hadn't known existed until I found this audiobook. Now the actual book- magnificent! So this story is the introduction to Evan and how he became the a Naval Special Forces Officer. His steely demeanor and unbelievable focus has made him number one, but at a cost...
I haven't read the series, but it's on my list to read, hopefully this year, since I'm focusing on knocking out as many book series reads as possible. I liked this listen- a lot!. The narrators voice seemed to fit and the story flowed nicely. There was only one or two spots that got a bit dry, but all in all, I think this may be a good read.
The SciFi tech came off as real and nothing happened that was so unbelievable that you found yourself exasperated when the mention of a weapon came up. It was all futuristic so it was easy to imagine in my mind's eye. It was pretty cool and exciting. Especially the character development- you know who Gabriel is, why he is the way he is and how he becomes "The Man!"
Check this out while I move on to the next book!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Library at Mount Char is next.
**Audiobook from my personal, Audible.com library.
This book was pretty good and funny- but only because the hero was a dork underdog. Alex, single and trapped in a dead-end job usually spends all of his free time at home, in front of his tv, playing on his game console. But when he gets with a friend and two girls, with hopes of hooking up with the pretty gal Lucy- he finds himself out of his element: Hiking! There's no joystick or head-mic for this trip.
He's out of breath, aching, complaining and behind the rest of his buddies when something blue with yellow eyes attacks him from the woods! Alex escapes and tries to convince his hiking friends they need to leave and that's when the story gets good!
Shaun Harbinger, the author of Rain: A Zombie Novel, gave me a bit to enjoy in this book. First, I loved when there was a phone call or radio broadcast- a tinny voice, with a little static floated into my ears with a British accent- always a positive! Plus, Alex was like, the average, under achiever guy. You wanted to see him living with his mother, he was such a loser sort, but he knew about zombies! He fussed a lot for a while, but he turned out to be cool because of his waste on video games. I liked it, plus Mike got put in his place- some friend he was!
Rain was entertaining but I wasn't crazy about the narrator, Brian Grey wasn't British, let alone Welsh. It would have been much better. Grey was also a bit too dramatic with his Capt. Kirk-like pauses that robbed from the seriousness of the situation. I didn't realize until I'd finished the audio that I also owned the ebook. Had I realized it, I probably would not have listened to Grey read it and may have liked it more Who knows? I also didn't know there was a series of the story! Yeah, I think I'll be getting the rest. On to the next book!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*Gabriel: Zero Point is next.
**Book is from my own, personal, Audible library.
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Rain: A Zombie Novel is next.
**eShort Story is from a free, online website called Disturbinghorror.com.
Here's an original series that you will enjoy checking out. There are three books in the series, but the third hasn't been released yet. So happy for author, Tyler Watkins. He's representing Good against Evil and the careful development of a same sex relationships. Peep the reviews below!
Tyrolin Puxty was so kind to deliver to me, all the way from Australia, a copy of this book! The story kept bringing to mind, the words of Alice from the Wonderland stories, "Curiouser and curiouser..."
This book was totally, unequivocally, masterfully written! The book deserves 10 specs- I am not kidding! It was so good! The story is about a small doll, named Ella. She has no memory of her past; all she wants to do is dance. She's cared for by a man, known as the professor and lives happily in the attic of his home.
It's not until a new doll is added to her peaceful, yet dusty environment that things go awry. Lisa, the goth doll is angry. She's emotional, condescending and violent and she knows a truth that can upset everything Ella's ever known.
This story is 161-pages of adventure! The ending brings a twist in such a manner that all you can do is rush through the final pages- a bit upset at a character, despondent towards another and terribly sad for one you'd never expected! I loved it so much- I'll share the story but I won't ever hand the book out for a loan. This book now holds a special place on my bookshelf, where it will always be bragged upon but never loaned. You have to read this book. It's for any aged reader and so imaginative!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Lupator Series is next.
**Book provided by author, Tyrolin Putty, for an honest review.
During my adventure for a good listen, I came across this audiobook: The Jester, by Michael J. Sullivan, is a standalone short story. Can you imagine, a thief, candlemaker, a squeamish pig farmer and an ex-merc working together obtain a treasure? Especially when they all pretty much don't like one another and they keep finding themselves in trap after trap, after trap! The story begins with them falling!
This short is funny and so adventurous. I love trolls, giants, dwarves and such in a tale. This book give it all. It's only about 7,200 words long but you will find yourself caught up instantly. You will laugh, get irritated, mostly at the pig farmer, and looking for the story to continue once it's ended.
I am interested and now and must move on to see what happens next. If you're interested too, just click on his name above. It'll take you to the site where you'll find two different series and a host of free listening!
On to the next adventure! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓5 specs
*Broken Dolls is next.
**Audiobook provided free, by author.
I was gifted with an amazing short story by Jason Werbeloff. An audiobook from his up-coming anthology, Obsidian Worlds. Like I said, it's a short story; it is science fiction with a tad bit of horror as well. AND it's good! Very good!
The story is about a guy named Chris, an every day Joe Blow who receives a lot of spam. But in his case, a fortune! The things he finds in his spam folder seem to come true- like wishes! I won't say what he gets or how lucky he is, but everything comes with a cost and I don't give SPOILERS!
This is an audio-short in a series of short stories that you will definitely enjoy! Check out Jason Werbeloff; his link can be copied and pasted (below the photo) or you can click on his name in the first sentence of this review. Go on- click! lol
On to the next story!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Jester is next.
**Audiobook provided by the author, for an honest review.
Today is a short story by Steve Vernon. His story, In The Dark and The Deep is a tale on what is owed the sea.
According to Big Jimmy, the ocean contained a sort of creature, more like the Ferryman! This is a ghostly tale, written almost like silk across the pages. I found myself gliding along the open sea in the corvette, looking out for subs. But what brings you into the story is Jimmy.
The man, a heedful, insightful man brought life to the story and then... Then, there is the ghostly incident. I won't give away any of the story, because I detest SPOILERS, but I can tell you this- you will like this short.
Check it out- it's FREE the last I checked. Off to another great story!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Photons in the Cheese Are Lost (Obsidian Worlds) is next.
**Book is from my personal library..
"I can't help but think these kids are never going to be happy and find a place where they'll truly be free!"
Christina L. Rozelle, the author of the Treemakers Trilogy, is so talented- I can't help but feel engulfed within her stories. The Soultakers was no different. Every time they find something peaceful, it's quickly taken from them. I understand why Serna thought it probably better to have stayed at the factory. They're again, hopping from one hell to another in the second book.
The story finds Joy, Jax, and the rest of the gang in Zentao- paradise. Their escaping Alzanei didn't get them out of harms way though; Zentao holds a secret. So do the inhabitants. Some with painful scars, missing appendages and next to no children, Joy is worried about their future and what's to come. I won't say much more, because I'd then be giving the story, but I can say- these guys can't catch a break for nothing!
This book is just as exciting and full of horrors as its predecessor. The story is written just a carefully as The Treemakers and, come on- look at that cover. It's great and holds to the story. It's lovely and easy on the eyes. Check out this book - you won't be sorry, but you will feel sorry for the characters!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*In The Kark and The Deep is next.
**Book provided by the author, for an honest review.
My second read by Paula V. Hardin, The Unforeseen Rescue is the story of how man rescues girl, mysteriously falls for girl and girl is in even more trouble. He's entranced and can't help the passion he feels for her. She hungers for him too...
The story is about Baptiste,a guy who retired from the military to take care of his sister. Then they're both drawn into a world unlike anything they'd ever imagined and it all stems from Theodora and her need to be rescued after being sold to a madman.
I liked The Unforeseen Rescue, though it was a bit rushed. Page 1, Chapter 1 begins with a conversation, between Baptiste and Cyan, about the foolishness of visiting haunted houses to his loved one passing away, which morphs into brief argue on their dead parents and need to protect one another. I was like, 'Did I miss something?'
The entire story is like that; I didn't have time to develop a relationship with Baptiste or Cyan enough to share in their life's misery. Before I knew it, he was rescuing a woman with ethereal assistance. I loved the concept and storyline but the push stole the needed clashing of reality against paranormal. The story was good, but it needed more detail.
The Unforeseen Rescue was easy to read, but you have to pay attention or get lost. There were a few errors here and there, but it didn't distract from the story. If you enjoy adventure, voodoo magic, vampires and romance, this is a story to read! On to my next adventure!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓1/2 /5 specs
*The Soultakers is next.
**Book provided by the author, for an honest review.
Forever Lost by Paula Hardin is the a paranormal romance short story. We find our first character, Elizabeth crying in a cemetery- evidently so hard she wakes the dead! Enter Benson, the local vampire. Having come from a time when men were gentlemen, he finds he can not leave her in distress.
And the romance begins from there. The story doesn't kill you with love though- I mean, Benson takes immediately to the human, but they do fall for one another. Even with Benson's evil mother cop-blocking! Oh the mother, Emily is a piece of this story that is unbelievably awesome! Characters like her don't come along very often.
For a short story, I enjoyed it and hope to find my second book by Paula just as entertaining! Also, I really love the cover. Benson's steely gaze and the plantation-like home he shares with Elizabeth is perfect and fits the brief description. I could easily see it, because of that lovely cover. Okay- on to the next Hardin read! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Unforeseen Rescue is next.
**Book provided by author, Paula V. Hardin, for an honest review.
Would you be willing to fight for your dreams?
Fifteen-year-old Archer Keaton has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a Dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord who dwells beyond the Slumber Gate. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.
This is the conclusion to a three-book journey. I was given this book for a review by BookLook Bloggers, but I fear my review may not do it any justice. I haven't a clue as to the other book's actions. I don't really know Archer either. In a way, it was wrong to have this one without the entire story, but I read it.
To me, the book felt like a mixing of an original story and Narnia. There were Christian undertones and a bit of action, all of which I appreciated, but I didn't really feel what I should have for the story, due to coming in on the very ending. Imagine watching The Battle of the Five Armies (Lord of the Rings) and never viewing the previous five movies. Or reading the books even! You'd have a good show, but you'd never truly understand the journey or even the victory because you didn't know the story and the journeys involved. I couldn't become emotionally invested.
Please don't misunderstand, the War for the Waking World by Wayne Thomas Batson, was an adventure, but not one I'm even concerned with checking out (the previous books) because now I know the ending!
Onward... towards the next book!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Realmsic Conquest: The Icon of Earth is next.
**Book provided by BookLookBloggers.com, for an honest review.
I can't begin to tell you how excited I was when I received this book around the time tv began broadcasting the movie trailer. I was like, "Oh, I've gotta read this- fast!" So happily, I dived right in around the 23rd of January! I finished Monday! Yes- I ran through it!
That will probably never happen again.
So happily, I waited for the movie- due on February 2nd, so I could do what all readers/reviewer do. I wanted to compare the movie to the book. First off, I actually had three comparisons to contend with. I'd read Pridese and Prejudice years and years ago. I compared it to PPZ. I loved how Seth Grahame-Smith, the author who performed the rewrite of the classic, changed things up. He managed to keep the fuss and bustle of the Bennett household as well as the vexing of Mr. Darcy towards Lizzy. BUT it was set up perfectly.
The long and dreary musings were still there, allowing the story to hold quite a bit to Jane Austen's storyline. I found myself vexed too, but the addition of the 'dreadfuls' and other scenes made the tale somewhat adventurous. I have to admit, I found myself sighing with the goings-on of the original book, spiced with in-between battles, then bothered by the airy ramblings of getting married and
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