I've I'd never been given a game to review before. One of the groups I review for offered it up, so I thought: Why not? Oh, it's also based off of a real game show.
The object of the game is to win the Mystery Envelope prize by being the one to obtain ten cards. You have to answer with puns. Sounds like fun, as long as you know many, many, many puns! I don't know that many off the top of my head- they usually come to me on accident! Which is why it's good the game offered cues- almost like jokes, to bring them to mind. It was rather fun.
It's a fun game and we had a bit of a blast. Sadly, my 11-year old doesn't know many puns (though he did get many correct) but when he's a bit older, it'll be an excellent family game to add to our Game Night! I didn't know how to rank it, but I guess 4 out of 5 would be fair.
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓 of 5 specs
*The Remnant is next.
**Game provided by Blogging for Books..
As soon as I read the blurb on The Remnant, by Monte Wolverton, I knew I wanted to read it! I signed up for the book tour and dived right in. This book instantly put me in mind of Left Behind but it carries its own style and dystopian/post-apocalyptic feel. It drew me in and I was hungry, but a couple issues hung me up.
To be placed in concentration camps for carrying your faith is a huge deal, but that's what Grant had to live with. When the world fell apart, there was no great rapturing and all was left in chaos under an governmental, iron fist. When Grant and his team of escapees run, seeking sanctuary with a Christian group, going by the remnant of a piece of bible. The escapees soon find out, all Christians aren't who they say they are.
The story is powerful and saddening at the same time, and left me with the thoughts of another book to follow. I found the story to be written rather well, but there were a cluster of grammatical errors. I was able to overlook them, and they didn't hurt the story, but they were very distracting. I just wish, with a story like this one, it was cleaned up better. The other issue was overkill on backstories. I like the extra information but sometimes, enough is too much.. It was a cool story but just a little overdone.
You may enjoy this Christian, dystopian fiction. It's a fast read with barely any dry spots. On to the next read!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Beyond: A Ghost Story is next.
**Book is from Litfuse Group tour .
This review is going to be very short. Not because it wasn't a good book, but because it was a very strange book. The Devourers , by Indra Das was emotional, strange, sexual, vicious and more.
The tale, taken from Indian folklore, gives you werewolves and magical culture, but it also talked a lot of about elimination: Like #1 & #2. It was kinda nasty and just got on my nerves. I really thought this book was going to bring Indian culture to life, but all it did was rape, and bring sex to the forefront like a savage, erotic novel. I wasn't pleased. But there was a lot of gore- which is right up my alley, so I wasn't too harsh on the rating. LOL
On to the next read!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Punderdome is next.
**Book won through Goodreads giveaway.
What do you do when your robot, the one you created, becomes sentient? When it removes its arms or backs away from you and you don't know why- how do you respond? Could it be because it's ensuring your protection or it's own? That's what Glitch, by Hugh Howey, is about.
In the story, a team is working to make money for a company that cares for nothing but making more money. Sadly, it's also at the cost of a robot which may be becoming human- or human-like. Howey is an author I've read before, but I liked this so much more. Honestly, I think this could have become an excellent novel!
The story is on Samantha and Peter wanted to have Max, their robot entered into the Gladiator Nationals- a competition for a military contract. Max the robot, doesn't want to fight, so he removed his appendages. Were his actions to prevent competition or was there another reason? You have to read it to find out. The story is about 5k long, so it's a fast read, but you'll enjoy it.
I'm on to the next read. I am grateful for my friend who referred to this tale. Cheers!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*The Devourers next.
**eBook is from my personal library.
If your family's like my family, it's now time to Chill! The food's been eaten and our bellies are hard at work, digesting it all. But me- I'm reading and editing.
My mom and I baked a huge 26-lb. turkey, made mac & cheese bites, a bacon Caesar salad, dressing, gravy, roasted potatoes and more! It was delicious and there is so much left over. But I didn't just cook, eat and sleep. I was a busy girl.
I went back into Puddle, my first ebook short, published as an Indie author. I'm so proud of this story. I finished editing and had my mom reread it before reading again. It's going to my editor and then it'll be uploaded for not just a second edition but for physical copies as On-Demand orders through CreateSpace.com! My book will become a real life, true blue book in someone's hand!
To have Puddle in my hand will truly be a feat for me. When I decided to go Indie, I started off with an ebook short story. It was easy and I had fun with it, but I didn't have a physical copy. I was afraid, after being burned with my very first novel, then my novella. I wanted to do something different and learn a great deal, which is why I feel I'm ready for my current, WIP novel, The Malevolent Soul (NaNoWriMo novel).
I hope you stick with me and check out my up-coming goal achievement. I also hope your Thanksgiving was filled with family blessings and really, really tasty! See you tomorrow and have a fantastic evening!
Whenever I get my hands on a romance title, I worry that it's going to be the same ol' thing. Girl meets boy- acts shy. Boy meets girl, acts like he doesn't care. Both deny feelings and become annoying before a happy ending. That wasn't the case with this one. Well, maybe it was... a little- but it was good!
Trust My Heart, by Carol J. Post is about Jami Carlisle, returning home from college and ready to step into a full-fledged commitment with her long-time beau, Robert. The problem is, there are no sparks, no fireworks and no true love. Yeah, sure he's her best friend, but why can't she feel what she thinks she's supposed to feel with him? When she begins working for the local paper, and is given an opportunity to interview the sole beneficiary of the McAllister estate, she can't let it get away!
Grant McAllister's got a fractured heart. Unwanted by the woman (his grandmother) who left him anything, the last thing he expected was to have everything bequeathed to him. He's survived a busted marriage and is so not interested in a relationship. He's a polite but rigid and yet Jami comes into his life and things begin to change. . Somehow Jami is able to discover things about his family he never knew. She may also help him change his outlook on life.
This novel is Christian themed, so it's clean, comforting and not preachy. You love getting to know the well-developed characters and not just some perfect folks (although Jami did come off pretty near flawless), in a small town that makes things work out for the Happy Ever After. The story is fast-paced and you end up loving it so much, you don't want to turn the final page. I loved it and if you've been with me a while you know how I am about romance! I will definitely pick up more by Carol J. Post. Trust My Heart is a winner for my bookshelves.
"On to the next read!"📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓out of 5 specs
*Glitch, a Short Story, is next.
**Novel provided by Litfuse Publicity Group.
I enjoyed this book and will consider purchasing the rest of the books in the series (The Rising Tide and Eyes of Light). The story is very well written and you won't be bored at all. The characters are perfectly developed, the story feels. 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓out of 5 specs
*Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post is next.
**Book published by Mohammed Ullah.
I spotted book one of the IA Series on Goodreads.com. I knew that I had to read them, and if they were as good as I hoped, my son would be reading them too. I read a lot of books, but not many are written (that I've seen) where it's fantasy with powers like this. This book's got it going on!
In book one, IA Initiate, by John Darryl Winston, you are introduced to people from both the past and the future. Young Naz is a boy trying to survive in the Exclave with his little sister. The world isn't quite like it used to be and Naz can't always remember things from his past, but that's where the mystery lies. Naz can do things, but this strange power is semi-dormant and he has no inkling on how to use it. He's always hearing voices, learning to use his abilities, fighting street gangs and pushing to give his sister a better life and he's covered in street It's then that he finds a sort of release. A release in a game he'd never really played before...
In IA B.O.S.S., the story picks up where Initiate ended, giving you an even more powerful story! The plot now falls on Naz against a terrible street bully/gang member. He's still keeping care of Meri while trying to stay out of danger but someone's after him! Also, you're given answers to questions formed from book one. This book gives you some deep information- like why Naz has no memory, his father and so much more. If you read book one, you can't thrive without the second.
John Darryl Winston is a proficient author and his method of writing is beyond reproach. The way the stories were woven takes a master's touch- I was in awe and gushing some serious admiration! The characters are in-depth, the emotions are true and the backgrounds are real enough to make you comfortable in this dystopian world. I wasn't sure about the story at first, but found myself mesmerized by the realism and especially with the love of his sister. Due mostly to the intricate lacing of the past and future, giving answers to Naz's background and powers. Before I realized it, I was all in and done!
A great read- check out both IA: Initiate and B.O.S.S. Check it out while I move on to the next read!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Phantasia is next.
**Books provided by John Darryl Winston.
*An eBook Review
A story, told through the eyes of a child can be magical and full of expectation. I am so happy that I took a chance to relive a childhood through someone else's eyes. It's books like this one, The Doldrums, by Nicholas Gannon, that allow you to regress, to become a child again and dream dreams so large, you almost escape reality.
The Nocturnals: The Ominous Eye, by Tracey Hecht, is a fun, adventurous and very annoying tale. It tells the story of a sugar glider, a fox and pangolin, leaders of The Brigade and defenders of those in need. When something enters their homeland, a threatening beast, it's up to The Brigade to find out what 'it' is...
When I managed to get this book- I was shocked outta my gourd! I didn't think I'd get it- but violà - The Goblin Crown by Robert Hewitt Wolfe! Here it is and I couldn't be happier. I have to say that for starters: the cover!
I am always loving on book covers and this one gives me great pleasure for a couple of reasons. Number one, it reminds me of The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien- the movie. Did you see the original, animated movie? The goblin on this cover reminds me so much of the style and features, thus reminding me of my dad. He's the one who got me in to books, especially fantasy! I'm also in love with the detailing. There was a war going on in this book, with a few children caught up in the crossfire and this cover shows just how hazardous that journey was! It's neither bright nor gory, it just shows what's to be expected and I appreciated that.
I'd never heard of Wolfe before The Goblin Crown: Billy Smith and the Goblins but I think I'll be looking for more. Then again, I had- I just hadn't realized it! The dude's hand are all over my favorite shows: The Dresden Files, The 4400 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine! But this isn't about shows; my review is based on both my thoughts and those of my son on this tale.
If you love books that take you to worlds unparalleled, this is the one for you. The story is saddening and frustrating, but only because you find yourself invested in such a weirdly, beautiful story. You become engrossed and want things to occur in a particular manner, but when it doesn't, you ache for the main character, Eleanor.
This story, Eleanor by Jason Gurley, is heart-wrenching...
"Am I a good person?"
That's the question, more like theme or mantra throughout this book. William F. Aicher shares with the reader a series of life's mistakes, both intentional and unintentional. You get to decide for yourself, as he shares with you all he's done. A confession, so to speak.
This book speaks to the reader, allowing them to reevaluate themselves as the author does the same. He shares things that made you wonder: What the heck he was thinking, but also allows you to ponder how the situation would play out if YOU were in the same situation. I loved the way he wrote, heart-felt, yet I could easily see him pointing at me saying, "Don't you judge me- I'm just like you!" It was great.
Sharing things like love, sex, drugs and more, Aicher gives you a broad view of his fictional self (or real, I do not know) and you get to see you in the process. A read you'd enjoy!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓 of 5 specs
*Eleanor is next.
**Book independently published by William F. Aicher.
Another book by the lovely Julie Parker! Colors is all about the wonderful world of: colors! Teaching children all about the variety of shades of people, their environment and more.
Written for the youngest of children, the reader will fall in love with the fresh colors, the happiness each page shares and the lessons on the people about them. It's a fast and easy read that they child can do on their own or with someone. I actually let my Ewok read to me!
Because she's a new author, her books will become available on both her website and on Amazon.com. Check out this happy book. I'm sure you'll want a copy for yourself, as soon as it becomes available.
On to the next read!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓 of 5 specs
*A Confession is next.
**Book is independently published.
It took well over a year, but I finally got a copy of Om-Bork, by a fellow Saint. Louisan, Robert Lampros. [Is that a word?] Anyway, I won this book through Goodreads.com.
The story is about a boy named Martin who thought he heard an alien spaceship land near his backyard. Fifteen years later, he runs into the alien, who claims to be the one who'd landed all those years ago and had watched him grow up!
Now that's where I'm confused. They meet and become acquainted and then It Ends! I was like, "Wait! Did I miss something?" I went back a few pages and reread, but found myself baffled. I liked the introduction, but it was never explained why the alien waited so long before finally meeting. The terrestrial, Om-Bork, though from another planet, just happens to be Christian. That made me think, that the author was going with the premise of all things created by one being, God. I wanted more... but it ended.
The illustrations are abstract and bright, which keeps children interested, but it's outside of that, the book has nothing to offer. The book is about 38-pages long with a story that ends on page 34. I don't know what the message is supposed to be. Right when one should have kicked in, it was over.
I'm gonna just move on to the next book.📚
Rating: 👓👓👓 of 5 specs
*Colors is next.
**Book independently published.
Because I've been a sufferer of both an under and overactive thyroid, I am always exercising, walking and watching what I'm eating. I don't have an emotional tie to my weight- at least not in the sense that many others fight through, but I do have things I'm working on. That being said, when I saw this book in my book stash, I was pretty excited! I thought to myself, "I think I'm gonna like this..."
Try Not to Breathe, a story that slowly pulls you in. It takes you through the hum-drum life of Alex Dale and into the life of Amy Stevenson- a severely beaten young lady, who's been in a coma for fifteen years. Yes, you read that correctly, fifteen years. So what's so interesting about this girl?
That's what Alex wants to share.
The story is nicely written and not really for the faint of heart. There's some serious activity in this book (No SPOILERS because it makes the story) - it made me cringe a bit. You're given alternating narrations: Alex then Amy, back and forth, which is getting a bit old to me these days. Everybody wants more than POV- which is cool, but le sigh...
The thing is, the book is phenom. The emotions invoked by Seddon is beautiful. It's a psychological drama that doesn't let go. I honestly flew through this book in a few days, feeling satisfied by the ending.. Try Not to Breathe was a pleasant read. Check it out while I move on to the next read!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓out of 5 specs
*13 Ways of Looking at A Fat Girl is next.
**Book published by Random House Publishing.
I remember when I got this book- actually books. They sent me two and I was thrilled to embark on such an adventure. You know me, I read a synopsis and suddenly I'm hooked before opening the cover! I have the ARC's, so I wasn't blessed with this amazing cover that puts me in mind of Prometheus...
My last couple of books have been all girly and feely- placing me out of my element, but I survived. This novel, The Railwayman's Wife, by Ashley Hay is one of those feely books. It's takes you to a time when war and the railroad were all people spoke of. Enter 1948 in South Wales, Australia, where marriages were made to last a lifetime and death can be sudden and swift...
I've read many books; I've read more this year than I can remember! I can honestly say, What Was Mine, by Helen Klein Ross, is by far the most emotional read-
The story is about a woman, Lucy, who's always gotten what she wanted. The best job, a great guy turned hubby and money to do whatever she pleased. But she couldn't have a baby.
Her desire for a child was so strong, it snatched a hold of her entire life. Her marriage, her free time, even a bedroom in her home. Things were looking rough... until the child of her dreams was just, one day, waiting for her! And that's where the story takes off.
I guarantee, if you read this book, you will feel a great range of emotions. You will be shocked, angry, happy, saddened, and so much more and that's within the first few chapters...
Any time I see a tale on a child dealing with being a product of an IR relationship, I feel the need to read and know. With my son being mixed, I feel I may gain some insight. This book didn't really provide that, but WOW did I experience a great deal. There was a lot of wrong in this book, but it was laced with truth and an innocent girl who longed to be touched and loved for who she was...
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