There is no greater honor than when someone adores your review so much on their book, they come out of the blue with gifts and another book for review. Last year, when I began my epic journey of reviewing and blogging, I received a book titled, You Look Yummy!(10/29/2015). It was a beautiful story with original artwork that blew me and my Ewoks away. Friday I was gifted, not only with a new book, but a letter of thanks from the Museyon Publisher, but also a calendar with photos of all their books! Never is appreciation so warming!
Oh this book! Filled with improprieties and murder- it made for an exciting read! The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder,, by Rachel McMillan, kept me in the New World, but filled me with old-London styled mystery.
Merinda and Jemima are two young ladies ignoring societies rules. Instead of looking to parties and game nights to meet men to secure their futures, they're flatmates, snooping around murder scenes in search for a murderer. Since they're inspired by the great Sherlock Holmes and Watson, they go through stints in disguises and such to find their man and not always successful at it. Thankfully they have an officer friend, Jasper and a reporter pal by the name of Ray (another extremist to get a story) to help out. Together, they work to solve the murder o an Irish girl in a grand theater.
First off, this woman, R. K. Ryde is one of my bestest IG Friends! She's wonderful, displays an honesty that's felt and her smile is infectious! When you get to know a person, online or not, prior to reading their work, you almost take on an unfair expectation of them as an author. You look for absolute perfection that can easily be blighted by their work. That, thankfully, was not the case with Rhonda's amazing novel, Stella's Awakening!
A painful Past. A forbidden romance. Will she choose love and make the ultimate sacrifice?
For Stella Welsch, buying a home and starting her own business has already pushed the boundaries of her strict upbringing. When she meets the sexy and powerful executive, Conrad Adams, Stella knows he's off limits, but can;t help daydreaming about a forbidden romance. As sparks begin to fly, Stella reveals that the relationship could have her cut off from her family and life she knows...
I found it symbolic to have the blurb in red, considering this is about a woman taking of the 'Forbidden Fruit'. The story is as real as sauciness can get when it comes to coveting. When you see something so often, you feel it's yours - knowing that possession (or the desire of) is like 50% of the crime and still want to go for it... tsk, tsk, tsk... This story is so much more than romance. It truly is filled with a naughtiness that you won't find in your contemporary romance reads with a deep storyline behind it all. Oh, and there's a snake and apple on the cover for a reason.
I have never suffered issues with identity that was more than the norm- what sort of music I like, why my boobs were bigger than my friends, why I hung out with boys instead of wearing make up and designer jeans and heeled shoes... But to change channels on tv without touching the tv or the remote? To connect with an arc of electricity and be permitted to see into my friend's home security system... Those I'm happy I didn't have to deal with!
Unlike an episode of X-Men, James is dealing with some strange occurrences. On top of that, he's realized he's in love with his best friend Paul, who's now disappeared, under unusual circumstances, around the same time James is supposed to go a new school.
Paragon Academy is a special school, but not because James is slow in comprehension It's a school of paranormal study. Under the careful eye of Dr. Albion, James, along with a bit of psychic help will discover why he's channeling the famous African American poet, Montgomery Langston and hopefully return to a life that's normal and refreshing.
Every time I pick up a book, a horror or thriller in particular, I'm looking to walk away from that book a changed person. I'm expecting to be so enthralled, I get depressed upon reaching the final page. I don't have to love the characters, but I need to believe in them. This book, this book left me in a state of shock. I couldn't believe what I'd read and that was cool.
The Damaged, by Simon Law, is about Matthew. Recently released from a mental institution after witnessing the murder of his parents and a child. He is doing his best to adjust to home life and work things out, along with his carer, Tammy. But this relationship takes a turn for something monstrous as Matt decides to make a move into vigilantism... and straight up terror.
This book is a monster. It's so, so... dark! I can honestly say, this Dahmeresque-like tale was too real for me. I had to stop reading for a while because it was too much, like things that could really happen! Get this,... it terrified me- he was NUTS!.
It's rare that I win a book from The Reading Room, but when I don't win an actual book, I'm gifted with ebooks and pdf's. That's cool, I can dig it. Last week, I won two and this is one of them. This Is Not THE END by Jesse Jordan.
So this novel is about James Salley, the antichrist. Yes, the emissary for Satan, I kid you not. He's a sixteen year old kid who wants to just die, but he's set for bigger and better things! He just can't see it...
He's bullied and despised by other kids (they don't realize it's not their faults. It's like his pheromones just bring out the ugly, and he's always being watched by folks that actually turn out to be Roman Catholic Antichrist killers, determined to stop him. Then there's the librarian and others who know and are simply waiting on him to do his thang! lol
I was gifted this scifi, ebook thriller from the author himself, Nathan Wall. I love when authors seek me out. As you can probably tell, I found the cover a sweet view. The colors and HD animation is totally cool; something that would catch my eyes from Amazon's website or a bookshelf.
The summary for Artificial Light, by Nathan Wall says:
Sometimes you risk becoming a villain in order to be the hero.
Since recovering memories and incredible abilities nearly two years ago, an insatiable lust to grow more powerful has consumed Jarrod. Now that urge puts the friends he has left in mortal danger. The only way to protect them is to accept isolation. However, Jarrod has made promises and intends on staying with those he cares for until his pledge is upheld.
The Light of Souls has been disrupted and replaced with a fake. The Assassins, three angels from the fallen Corners living out their penance, are charged with eliminating the perpetrator. When their sights turn to Jarrod, he and all those around him are marked for death.
So first, I have to say that this is book 3 in a series. It's maddening to jump into a series at the end, but when the adventure is free, do you turn it down? I also communicated with the author and he says it can stand alone, but I'm finding that rather difficult. Not that he's lying, but some things are taking place with the main characters that are slightly perplexing for me.
I was thinking this would be an amazing story. I thought it would be a change from the run-of-the-mill zombie novels and I thought I'd love the storyline. On all accounts, I found myself disappointed.
EXIsle is about the world being over-run by zombies. There's a war going on and you're either a Good Guy or a Bad Guy. There are no by-standers and everyone's collateral damage! I found the story unbelievably unbelievable. From the first page where St. George tosses zombies with a flick of the wrist, to him jumping about twenty feet into the air! I was like, "Really? Really..."
This is part of the EX Heroes series, by Peter Clines. This is book number 5 I think and I believe it will be the only one I read. Why do they keep chucking me in the middle or end of something that could be great?! Coming in on a series is just not cool for me and I'm so bummed that they keep coming to me this way, but I take many of them the way I get 'em.
Sadly, I wasn't happy with this one. Not only did it suck but the author even apologizes for rushing the job in the acknowledgements at the end! Say wha? So I may end up handing this book off to a friend. I don't even know if I want to keep it on my shelf. What a bummer...📚
Rating: 👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Artificial Light is next.
**Book provided by Blogging for Books, for an honest review.
For some reason, I keep winding up with books that are part of a series- and I land someplace in the center or end of it all! I really don't like that, but this book was good enough to help me along without feeling too lost.
The story's summary says everything Vero has trained for in the Ether has led to this. In the third and final book of Laurice E. Molinari s Ether series, the young guardian angel Vero is given the quest of locating the Book of Raziel which was lost when Adam was forced to leave the garden of Eden. And not even Raziel himself knows where the book is now. It soon becomes clear, however, that Lucifer is intent on finding the book for his own means.
So I liked this book! It's full of action and the story about guardian angels is amazing! I never imagined angels living with earthly families, like changelings and then leaving. Well in this story, Vero is called out on a quest and pretty much has to beat Satan to it. It's his final test.
This is book three in Laurice E. Molinari's Ether series and full of everything an adventure of celestial proportions for young readers. The story may not be for all kids- maybe even better for YA but it was a great read and I will share it later with my own son, who's 11-years old. Who knows, I may even buy the previous books to learn the entire story.
On to the next book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*EXisle is next.
**Book provided by BookLookBloggers.com, for an honest review.
Oh boy- Kelm has done it now! The magical realm has new enemies. A large army has arrived at the tail-end of the attack and victory against Damian. And she's no joke. Let me share why I enjoyed The Realmsic Conquest: The Icon of Earth.
Lead by Saraya, a leader who behaves much like the Borg in Star Trek, comes in like a true, wrecking ball, and injures our awesome, King Maebus. But she doesn't just dominate the kingdom; she inherits a devastating problem as well.
Kelm, best friend to King Maebus, made a decision that may cost the realm its existence. Now he and friends must find the Icon of Earth, a special healing candle- and the only item that can win the war. Without it, King Maebus and all they hold dear may be lost! The obstacle: it's rumored to be hidden within the walls of Damian's fortress!
Demethius Jackson is an amazing author. His style of writing and voice is powerful. Reading his work is like reading a Conan the Barbarian tale by Robert E. Howard! It just feels real. This book, as with the first was easy to read and to get caught up in. The story's action-packed, funny, serious and always closes on an even better note!
Check out his website too (click on either his name or the book title above)- it's awesome, like him! So inclosing, if you enjoy the magic and power of what will never be- hopefully, check out Book two in the Realmsic Conquest series. Read The Icon of Earth!
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*The Dragon's Descent is next.
**eBook provided by author, Demethius Jacison, for an honest review.
When I read the synopsis for this book, I expected something major from the very beginning. Instead, I felt like I was back in high school, receiving an education on the Huron and the Upper Peninsula, flora and fawna! Oh my goodness- I found everything in so great a description, I died a little with every page!
Michael Hodges is a wonderful write, but he gives way too much to the readers. His descriptive skills are beyond reproach. By the time the action kicked in, I was ready to put the book down. I'm glad I held on, because the boredom ceased and- well, who'da thunk it? A story was in there!
Matt lost a lot. His father from cancer, his dog, Elmo (which in my opinion, the name was murder in itself) from a car accident, then his girlfriend. Everybody had died, but his mother. He needed an escape from the real world, so he ventured into the Michigan mountains, to his family cabin.
The thing is, something was up there with him. It attacked the animals, even put a full-grown moose up high, in a tree! And just when Matt tried to escape, something pulled him back. The story wasn't too bad. Not one of my favorites, but pretty good. Should you read it, be prepared for a dendrological class first! Next book!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*The Realmsic Conquest: The Icon of Earth is next.
**eBook is from my personal library.
Searching for Darkness, by Leah Ward, is a story of discovery. Literally.Edwin is special: He's part of a legacy but he's totally and utterly oblivious to it. That is, until he's attacked by things no-one else can see and has to hid behind shelter that literally wasn't there before. He is told, by his caregiver that he has a gift, making him a Seer. He's told the truth on where and why his parents died and an explanation to the gift he now has.
His parents were on a mission: to locate the Darkness, a book of unspeakable evil. In the wrong hands, the world could be destroyed- the universe even! So as most silly boys will, Edwin decides to run away from his adoptive home to go out and find the book too. He has no skills in sword play and since he just obtained hisSeer power, he's pretty much on a quest with nothing.
At first, I was irritated with Edwin. His actions were rather impetuous- with him sneaking away the following morning after learning why his parents vanished. To take up the mantle and run off in search of Darkness alone was insane! I also thought his actions a bit accelerated, but it didn't ruin the story- more so, it made the story. He started the journey ignorant and full of blind hope and ended with a bit of maturity that allowed me to grow to enjoy him. Speaking of characters, Lena was the cute, hilarious sidekick that made the tale. She turned out to be my favorite! I have to admit, I loved the world Ward created and look forward to reading more from her.📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*The Puller is next.
**Book provided by author, for an honest review.
So here's a short, short story that's actually pretty good! The way it reads is actually perfect; there's a loop for the reader that you have to follow.
It's about a guy who wakes up, unsure of where and who he is for the briefest of moments. Things eventually come back to him and he remembers why he's where he is... Only to learn a lesson.
It's a short story by S. H. Livernois, that's about 9 pages long, but this author did pretty well. Check it out if you want a brief taste in terror.📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Searching for Darkness is next.
**eBook from Sweet Free Books, for an honest review.
Steam Panic, by John Robert Mills, is an ebook I found in the Kindle library. It too was FREE and sadly, a bit of an upset.
In an unnamed gaslit city, awash with corruption and vice, the citizens submit to banality and acceptance of their lacklustre lives. A seemingly innocuous event marks the beginning of a long period of terror. A series of bloody incidents which follow, create a perfect climate in which fear can thrive.
Journalist Alfred Hertzfeld, a man dedicated to the truth, is determined to uncover the real reason behind the bizarre hallucinations and subsequent carnage. But as he goes in search of the truth, he begins to wonder whether forces beyond the control of man might be responsible for the horror.
The story is interesting, but it was a steampunk inspired, short story that read like The New Yorker. I found myself bored and skipping paragraphs. IN A Short Story! That's bad. Then the action that took place was pretty cool, but not enough for me.
I read this book in bed, before going to sleep. According to my Kindle's read timer, I should have finished it in about thirty minutes, but it took me almost 90. That's how I didn't find myself enjoying the story. Some stories are great, well-put together reads, but this one was way too formal for what was taking place.
On to the next read! 📚
Rating: 👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Limbo is next.
**eBook is from my personal library.
I looked up Deborah Malone and this lady comes highly accomplished. Along with being an American, Christian Fiction author, she's a winner of numerous awards, a freelance writer and photographer for a historic magazine. When I received Bulkhead Dead, I thought- well the name is definitely misleading- being a horror lover and all. I thought to myself, this sounds like it could be about killer fish in the backwoods of Louisiana! Nah, but the mystery and action given in this tale will slay you!
So this book is like Golden Girls meets a Down South rendition of Friends! There's a charm to the girls of Buckhead. There's Honey (married into money & widowed twice) who thrives in non-stop gossiping and flaming red lipstick application. And Ginger, the reformed exotic dancer with her... way with words and child-like behavior. Skye has her hands full!
When a client is murdered, Skye has to retrieve an item borrowed from her husband's antique warehouse from the crime scene. Both she and Honey end up becoming prime suspects in the murder instead! And to make
I'm a huge fan of originality. If someone creates a good story, I cling to the saying: "If it's not broke, leave it the heck alone!" I have to admit though, this story is good. Cher's a plus to The Last Boy: An Alternative Pan Short Story, by David W. Moore, III, and there's a negative.
First, I have to talk about this book cover. If you've been with me for the shortest of time, you know my feelings on a good book cover. This cover says nothing about Peter Pan, the Lost Boys or even Captain Hook. It says nothing about their childhood island or anything else that coincides with the fantasy tale. Had it not been for the interesting synopsis, I probably would never have touched it.
With the negative out of the way, here's the positive. This changed my view of Peter Pan. I'd always seen him as the original kid who came to be Peter. Never had I once thought of him using profanity or any of the children actually being seriously injured or even killed! This was a story like none I've read in this genre and I LOVED IT! I can't tell you why because I'd be giving the entire premise of the tale and SPOILERS are a No-No. I'm telling you, when you find out who the hero and the villain is, you will be like, "Wha?"
Check it out! David W. Moore, III's awesome The Last Boy: An Alternative Pan Short Story!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Buckhead Dead is next.
**eBook is from my personal library
Growing up, I almost never wanted to be a fairy. I wasn't that type of girl. I didn't walk with my head in the clouds- are you kidding? Why would I want to when I could ride atop a dragon or sword fight... as an Elven Warrior Princess!? I was and am still a Tomboy, can you tell?
I love fantasy and this book has it. It's about a girl, Anne, who's been dropped into the prickled hands of her aunt, uncle and unloving cousin, Lexie, due to her parents both being committed to missionary work. She's trapped with a family she barely knows and a cousin who sets her up for pain and humiliation in a town with nothing to do.
So when she gets to visit a town, Nowhere Town, that's supposed to be haunted, she's all over it. After being 'Punked' into entering an abandoned house in Nowhere Town, she stumbles across a book, a journal, that takes her on a fantastical journey. With a girl who's been dead over 200 years. Literally!
Devlin's Door: Forests of the Fae, by K. Kibble, was a change for me. I was looking for the adventure as soon as I'd read the summary. I even (Shhh, I won't say this too loud), purchased the book! Yup, I took a chance and snagged up the Kindle version. Ever since reading Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files, I've been all over the trickery of the Fae and I was really loving that this story carried a similar feel. Now this book isn't the same, but the concept of the Changelings lulled me in.
There's nothing better than a funny, book of romance that's not really about romance! When I received the book, Playing the Part by Jen Turano, I examined the cover first; that's what I do. The rich red of the stage drapes, the wha- periwinkle of Lucetta's jacket- I loved. It was easy on the eyes and held me captive. Even her smirk, as though she knew something I didn't - the joy within the pages were for me.
Two chapters into this book and the main character is already on the run from men. A few men! It's both hilarious and dangerous for Lucetta Plum's livelihood! Her stepfather's gambled her away after trying to hand over her mother's home, while the owner of her current residence, Ms. Hart (a beloved friend) continuously tries to 'hook her up' with eligible bachelors! All Lucetta wants is to be on stage with her fellow performers and stay a woman of her own right. So to stay in control, she leaves New York.
I am crazy about this book! You know there's something about a story when you can sit down and before you know it, be 100 pages into the story, in one sitting! That was me with this book Saturday morning. From being chased by Geoffrey the goat (he hates dresses), having a cannon shot at you for trespassing, hiding out in a
Okay, so I've been honored to listen to this amazing series by Jason Werbeloff that's comprised of several short stories. Each tale is of the apocalyptic, scientific or just plain crazy sort. This is the second installment and I have to admit, I loved the first one more.
I know, as a reviewer I have to deal with profanity and situations of the sexual sort, but this one carried one word that was repeated more than others... a word that's in the title.
To the left is the brief synopsis of the story and it's true, the world was ending in a handful of days. Harold was trying to find a way to deal with his up-coming demise. Alone, his wife had passed away a month prior and his son had gone long before, he had nothing to do but soak in his bitterness. Until he decided to go outside, something he'd not done since his Fannie had died.
Thas when he me someone who changed his last few days. Together, he finds something in this person that causes him to say yes to a question he'd have commanded a no from before the end days. From there, Harold ends up on an adventure, without ever leaving his home. A weird adventure- a nasty adventure.
I liked everything up to the part where they agreed to make the moves to use his home. The dealings with knowing the end of the world was coming, it all seemed real. The story is about thirty-seven (37) minutes long and not too bad. I just wish there was more to make it a much better story. On to the next story!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓.5 out of 5 specs
*Devlin's Door is next.
**Audiobook provided by Jason Werbeloff, for an honest review.
So happy to be posting an ebook review for Nadia King! I was fortunate enough to win first prize in her IG account's successful goal of 1K followers! Cheers- It couldn't have happened to a better gal! Okay, so I won a digital copy of her short story, Disappointment, a Koran bookmark, Finnish notebook and an Australian postcard. I can't wait to receive them, but on to the story.
Man, if I were depressed, I'd be as happy as Ronald McDonald about now. Miriam is a young lady, walking a road called Teenager. She's got issues with a disregardful mother (SHE's an entirely separate short story!), she's not quite sure who her father is and she's mega-crushing on a guy in class, who she's ready to make a move on. Doesn't sound so bad? You should hear how her mother speaks to her- I had to look up what a Drongo was [Dumbass, idiot (Aussie slang)] .
The thing is, Miriam doesn't carry a lot of confidence. I felt pretty bad for her, especially when she was mimicking a girl she carried a bit of jealousy for. To want to be someone else and attempt to take on their mannerisms is sorts sad, but we've all be there, right!? So I won't say what takes place in the story, but it's short and sweet. It pretty much, sums up a day in Miriam's life- but with all that happened, you know the girl's life story!
Check it out- but you can only get it by visiting her website. Jut click on her name, up there in the first paragraph, to find out all about Nadia and her work. You'll enjoy it and learn a lot of Australian slang and stuff! LOL Enjoy while I'm off to another book!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*F**king Through the Apocalypse is next.
**eBook provided FREE by Nadia King, for an honest review.
A Safe Place With You is a book that truly let's you in to a world unvisited by most. Unless you fit into the category of LGBTQI. I didn't even know there was an "I" to add- so it's true, you learn something new! (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex) Anyway, the author, César L. Baquerizo has done his homework. He's also an open book, sharing the most intricate of experiences in his life, as well as the perspicacity of others.
The story, A Safe Place with You, is about Tomás. He is gay and recently come "Out of the closet". He also lives in Ecuador during a time when homosexuality is viewed as a mental illness and not a way of life. His home is distraught and no one knows what to say, so they say nothing, which is an equivalent of anything harshly spoken. While alone one afternoon, Tomás hears about neighborhood boy who'd committed suicide after trying to cope with being gay and loved by family. This news announcement sends Tomás to the young man's house, where he breaks into the home and finds something so precious, so resplendent, he goes on a spiritual journey.
Leaning totally on faith and knowledge, Tomás reads bibles, articles and clings tot he words of people like Harvey Milk, Alan Turig and even Ellen Degeneres. People who were open and honest about who they were and how they felt about life and where they'd stand on it all. They inspired Tomás, but just as he was prepared to make a true stand, he's sent away. To a place that also sees homosexuality as a disease, a sin and a side affect of issues such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This is where the story truly takes flight.
From what I gather, no woman wants to get married when they're Amish! No, let me retract- most of the marriages are arranged with no love involved, so when you think you're about to marry and it's to the Amish man of your dreams, that's a Big Deal! But what happens when the man you think you're going to marry doesn't want to marry you? It's a twist unheard of! And sums up the first part of The Imposter, by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Also, if you wish to be entered into The Imposter Celebration Tour Giveaway, to win a brand new Kindle Fire 7", click on the link at the end of this review.
When I first began this book, I was a bit confused. There was so much going on in this tale, I thought I was getting confused from time time, on who was speaking. I had to get my storylines straight before I lost interest. Thankfully, I did. The story is about Katrina- the girl who had everything figured out. Who she was marrying and how her life would fit the traditional mold- except she wanted to marry John and live her happily ever after. But her love ran away and left her shattered! It's not until she meets Andy that she learns about herself and what to expect and not expect of others. But so much more grows within her- in any woman who learns a lesson.
My love for all things frightening was satiated with these books! It's unlike anything I've read in a long while and I was more than honored to be a part of a feedback team! This series is about many people, but one in particular. His name is Matthew Paladin. A man with many demons, but also does his best to fight them! He's an Exorcist and works for The Church but there's nothing conventional concerning their methods. Dressed like Neo and the crew of Matrix, he's loaded down with weapons of all sorts... blessed by the Pope himself! This story is a wild ride! On to the reviews!
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