It's good to be on an author's mailing list. I received an email asking if I'd like a free audiobook. You know me- FREE is my middle name! Yup, Alyssa Free Hunt, so I accepted and was given the code to purchase The Closing, by Ken Oder. I haven't read a legal suspense thriller before, ever! I'm not into politics or courtroom cases; I'd always left that for movies and Forensic Files, but when I got the book for free, I figured I could try it out.
I'm so happy I did..
I took a chance on reaching out to this Londoner and won! As per my usual saunter through the titles up for giveaway on Goodreads, I came across a particular book cover. You know I'm a Cover-Lover, taking to them like candy, but when I saw this one, it wasn't the HD imagery that captured me. It was the mystery. I entered the giveaway for Lilif.
So I took another chance and reached out to the author. I mentioned my love for horror and how I thought the book would make an impact with my readers. And he took a chance on me and sent it. I was thrilled beyond belief once the book was actually in my hand, with the Royal Mail tag!
When I found The Enfield Horror, it was just one of the three books that makes this such a cool read. I thought it was just a horror story- but at the end, I found out, for a few bucks more, I could get the entire tale So I did. Ron Ripley is evidently known for throwing shorts together to make trilogies. The trilogy, was about 132-pages long and kept me, all the way till the ending...
Annabelle's Erotic Nightmare: Needs of an Incubus picks up where Book 1, Wants of an Incubus (reviewed 9/22/2015_left off. The battle was over, the heart was crushed and Annabelle knew who and what she was. But it didn't end there.
Not only did the fight for Annabelle's soul not end, there's a freaking conspiracy! These days, fresh souls are hard to come by, so they need to be marked when found. The mark is an indicator... but I can't tell you all that, because then I'd be giving away SPOILERS! And you know I don't do that!
So in book 2, author Ashley Ehlers (formerly used the last name Hill), places Annabelle and Henry in a situation where things are more dangerous than ever and help has to be forced from an unlikely source. The thing is, can Henry deal and stick to his promise to the one he loves?
I was born in the... well, I grew up in the 80's. I wore big hair, neon shoe laces and half-shirts with huge words like "Wake ME UP" across the chest. I also grew up on Star Wars, The Last Straighter, E.T., He-Man, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Atari, Moncheechees, Smurfs, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam and so much more! These things are now considered classics (shut up!), but this book takes you back to a lot of it! This book is also, evidently a follow up to Cline's previous novel, Ready Player One, so there was a story before this story.
My first book by Laura McNeill was totally amazing! (Center of Gravity, August 7, 2015 post) The story was carefully crafted and written so well, I flew through it! The same thing can be said for Sister Dear. The multiple storylines are interlaced in such a way, you could do nothing but continually read till the end. There are all forms of betrayal, but when it comes from family...
Sister Dear is an emotional tale of Allie Marshall; a woman convicted of a murder she claims she didn't commit. Ten years lost, a daughter estranged and so many loose ends. All Allie wanted was a clean slate, a relationship with Caroline and to find out who really killed Coach Thomas. But there are several folks who don't want Allie sniffing about, possibly finding the truth.
As I stated before, I loved this book. My only issue with the story was: do people really react to some situations like this? I know I'm no professional, but none of my children have yelled at me! None of them disrespected me like Caroline did her mother and Aunt. And when I'm suspicious about someone, there's no way in heck I'd keep things bottled within me the way they all did... Ugh! I was going crazy throughout this book!
My initial reaction to Lily Rose: She's looking for strength as a mouse in a world of lions!
My Father's House, by Rose Chandler Johnson, is a very sad story, but it's filled with realistic events and prayers through every circumstance. The story was written with so much heart and spirit, I finished it in just two days. I probably could have finished it sooner, but I had flowers to snip, bushes to trim and weeds that had to be pulled!
The story is about Lily Rose Cates, a southern gal with lots of heart and as naive as the day is long, but with good reason. Her life prior to meeting Manuel Valenti had been sheltered and quiet. She lived for one thing, to be with her friend and travel the country and maybe even Europe, visiting national museums! A college dream. But when she meets Manny, plans change. Her world changes- everything changed and not for the better.
Lily Rose goes through a series of events that set off warning bells from the very beginning, but what's a girl to do when her heart leaps with its own desires instead of the ones God's planned for her life? Dive all in, of course, then ask questions later...
Here's a book I never imagined reading and and growing weary with. It exhausted me to no end- because it was NON-STOP ACTION! The characters were constantly on the run, because who can escape the eyes of God?
Okay, the book is about an evil entity who sits at the precipice of death and awaits you. It determines whether your edible enough to consume, thus destroying your soul or chucking you to the fiery keep, where phantoms of all sorts will torment you (Still destroying your soul but ensnaring you for an eternity of misery). This thing calls itself God.
I really liked the concept; the idea was good, but it got boring after a while and I just finished to be finished with it. I wasn't thrilled but I didn't walk away with something cool either.!
The writing style was a bit off- what I mean is, there wasn't any true flow and then the worst part- no one really died. Or if they died, they didn't stay dead! The characters were dull and there wasn't any maturing during the situation. They were just there. It took me a while to finish it; about two weeks and I don't like books that bore me to the extent that I sigh when I try to get back into it. That's exactly what happened when I tried to jump back into The God Killers. I was excited when I finally finished.
Lastly, the editing was poor. Nothing says 'amateur' more than a poorly edited book. I don't know if he edited it himself or if someone without proper skills did it for him, but I was not happy. Cool Concept, Poor Execution.📚
Rating: 👓👓 out of 5 specs
*My Father's House is next.
**eBook is from my personal library.
I found Jonali Karmakar through a Book Release announcement I participated in. It felt odd telling of a book I'd not read, so I asked if I could receive a copy for a review shortly after and was granted a pdf version. Usually pdf's sicken me, with all the sliding around and stuff to read a simple age (which is why I'm always asking for .mobi) or it simply won't let me open it unless I'm on my iMac instead of my iPhone or iPad, but I don't complain. Who wants to hear all that anyway!?
So I jumped right in to All of Me, a compilation of all Karamakar's stories. She stated her friends wanted to read her works in one place, so this was for them. What a considerate author, yeah? So there are thirteen stories, then a little about herself.
Each story is original with no regurgitation and full of emotion. There's emotion, life, happiness and sadness in each piece. You can't do anything but find yourself caught up in each story. My favorite one was Finding Myself.
One day, I just went through Amazon's Kindle app and found a bunch of monster stories. I didn't care about previous reviews, I just wanted to read something different. Romance, paranormal romance, and people hiding in holes underground was tiresome. Hungry Darkness, by Gabino Iglesias is one of the books I purchased for a decent ebook price.
first, I loved the cover. Anything that provides a crystal clear, HD picture always wins favor. It looks good- the cover speaks to you, even making you think you know what the story's about already... but no. Not with this one. That's the best part!
The story took place in Brazil and began with Nick, a guy hungry for notoriety and fame via National Geographic. Instead of following the rules, set by the Department of Archeology and Environment of Belize- not to mention the Belize Dive Services, he paid two divers to illegally excavate a portion of Giant Cave, allowing Nick and his crew to capture scenes never seen before and his name to go in books worldwide! Unfortunately, he also opened up a can of trouble so big- it left bodies in its wake all around the waters of Caye Caulker.
*Guest Blog by Joshua Hunt (My 11-yr old son)
My name is Joshua and Alyssa (A. Renee) is my mom. She's always reading books and when she gets children's books, she usually uses my niece and nephew to help with the reviews. This time, she got one I wanted to help on. When she received Fluffy Strikes Back, by Ashley Spires, I was all over it!
The main reason I wanted to help is because it's written like a comic book. Each page is full of photos that explain things that you'd usually have to read. They tell you everything you need to know about P.U.R.S.T. P.U.R.S.T. is an acronym for Pets of The Universe Ready for Space Travel. This company is lead by Fluffy Vandermere- a fat, white cat.
Fluffy's job is to protect the world from alien domination. The aliens are flies and bees. All over the world there are dogs and cats, trained to fight these cruel invaders, protecting humans and other animals too. When P.U.R.S.T is invaded, it's up to Fluffy to defeat the evil hoard and rescue his fellow agents who are being tortured with miniature spray-bottles of water. That part was hilarious!
There is nothing sweeter than reading a children's follow-up story after loving it's amazing predecessor. I was honored to receive book one in a seven book series by creative author Tatsuya Miyanishi. Today's review is for You Are My Best Friend, book two in the Tyrannosaurus Series.
In book one (You Look Yummy! 10/29/15), Tyrannosaurus was on the prowl for something to eat and came across an adorable, baby ankylosaurus. Instead of eating the baby dino, Tyrannosaurus ended up becoming a sort of adoptive Pappa. It was adorable and my Ewoks loved it- especially the ending.
In You Are My Best Friend, I think Tyrannosaurus was upset at being alone because he went on the prowl! He was stomping those smaller than himself. He ripped down trees and chased a herd of styracosauruses away; Tyrannosaurus had become a bully! But as with all children's stories, there was a lesson to be learned and Tyrannosaurus got it, the hard way!
You know, nothing gets me more than when someone rides the coattails of another's epic adventure. Sometimes, ideas are hard to come by, I get that, but Bonecrusher, by Ambrose Isben, felt like a very close copy of 2013's blockbuster hit, Pacific Rim! I'm not saying it's not a good story, but when I read the book, all I kept doing was flashing backing to the movie and how I just wasn't interested! I finished the book, but it was rather difficult.
When I received The Stopped Heart by Julie Myers, I expected to be drawn into a strange world of mastery and evil, but instead I felt quit confused. Lost in two worlds, one that was well over one-hundred fifty years back. The past held an enchanting character, a predator who brought discontentment and confusion to town and to a family in particular. In the present, Mary and Graham are dealing with a handful of issues; issues that would have driven many couples apart. Instead they try to cope with their situations, but Mary's having a hard time.
And she's seeing and hearing things; people..
The two worlds of this book collide with paranormal ramifications. How can the past know the names of people so far in the future? How can a woman see people of the past. And where does the red-haired man who's always smoking fit into both of these worlds? And lastly, is Mary going crazy?
When I decided to participate in The Beautiful Pretender book tour, I chose it mostly for the book cover. It caught my eye; I just knew I had to read the tale and share it. As many of my regular readers know, I can read anything, but romance has not been my mega-forte since high school. There's just something about historical romance though- especially when the main character, a woman, is trying to not get married! Melanie Dickerson captured a feeling, a story and a need for truth that kept me turning the pages, long after I'd have normally dropped the novel.
Okay, I've never read a book like this. Ever! London Falling, by Paul Cornell, is paranormal + thriller + horror + witch craft! It's an interfusion of the unbelievable, using London (Yay!🇬🇧) as the backdrop. The story is about as abnormal as you can imagine- but it's so good!
The story begins like Law & Order UK, with a suspect confessing to his involvement in his mob-family business. Before he can give names, he starts to convulse, then his entire body explodes, leaving blood and gore everywhere! Boom.
This incident gets Operation Toto going with officers Quill, Costain, Sefton and Ross. It turns out, they're after a witch- one with a penchant for child sacrifices and football (the British version). The crew develops skills of a peculiar nature in order to go after the one who's causing so many deaths, but they really aren't trained for something of this nature! Or are they...
My love for anything from the UK and horror were satisfied with this lovely story! I even purchased it through Amazon's Kindle website with the audio-sync feature. You can't imagine how excited I was as I sat and watched the words highlighted in my Kindle, while listening to the story told to me. I adore read-a-longs, but to have it read via my Kindle- Amazing!
So The Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman is summarized as young, eighteen year old Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation at the royal court of George !!! when she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few able to stop a cabal of demons that have infiltrated London society. The two investigate a conspiracy that threatens to plunge the newly Enlightened world back into the dark ages! Can Helen trust a man who's own life is nothing but lies? And does she have the strength to face the dangers to this hidden world and her family's legacy? (simplified blurb)
What an exciting promise of adventure, yes? I knew I wanted to read the book the day it premiered and I saw the cover. There was something that called to me. Something that screamed, "Alyssa, you MUST read that book!" Well, it took me three months, four technically, if you count the month I tried to win a copy, but I finally got it! Later in April, my hardcover copy arrived. Needless to say, that copy will sit proud and high on my bookshelf!
I have to admit, I had to use a dictionary regularly while reading the story. Not that I'm one to not use a dictionary; I use it all the time- especially the built-in dictionary in the Kindle app. But there were so many words I had no clue what they meant! Like, I didn't know the tiny, cloth purse women carried back then was called a reticule. What the heck! The British are so regal and formal. It was cool though and I enjoyed every minute of it. What good is reading if you don't learn new things, right?
Vincent Hobbes knows how to tell a story. I received They via one of my ebook newsletters. I receive so many, but this one stood out to me. Mostly because I thought it was from a movie I saw back in the 90's but the cover and the one word seems to call on me.
The story is about a family, two brothers and their wives who are on a holiday. Sad part is, they're driving through an awful snowstorm. Visibility is bleak and they're out of gas. So the brothers, Mike and Brian decide to walk to a nearby gas station while the sisters-in-law stay tucked away in their orange Blazer. But the brothers run into trouble: them. The the story takes off. Now because it's a short story, it doesn't run for long,, but its good; a page turner. One to share with others if they like horror but can't take too much of it.
Check out Vincent Hobbes' They and he's got other books out there too. I found this one through Amazon, but his work is also available anywhere ebooks are sold, most of them are free! I'm off to the next book!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Dark Days Club is next.
**Book was free from Sweet Free Books, for an honest review.
Stinkwaves is a magazine full of short stories and poems. There are also illustrations that fit many of the stories. I enjoyed reading it, but my son LOVED it. It's the perfect read for Middle Graders.
Each story is written with it's own theme and photo. In this volume, I truly enjoyed Mummy Mouse and The Cat Who Broke the Witch's Heart but there are many to dive into. My only issue is that it was very short. Had I subscribed to this, I'd probably have been irritated. If I order something, I want substance- even for my son. This is a thin book, with a handful of tales- some very short. I understand they want to keep them coming, but when you're a magazine and not a book (I thought it was just a book volume), you should have more. Stinkwaves is cool, but not enough for me. But like I said, they weren't targeting me, so it doesn't matter. It's a middle school, Halloween-like reader.
Check it out, because younger ones will love it!.📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*They is next.
**Book was won in a Goodreads.com giveaway, for an honest review.
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