*A Special Inclusion!
Alysha Kaye's first novel, The Waiting Room is the first, also the best romantic story I've read in 2015! This book had to have been written with the greatest of care, ding an interest into the belief of reincarnation and ever-lasting love.
Jude and Nina are husband and wife. They're in love and planning to have their first child when Jude is killed in an auto accident. Instead of reaching the Pearly Gates for fiery depths of Hell, he finds himself in a crowded, Waiting Room. Periodically names are called and people are lead through a door, but Jude refuses. He won't step through the door unless his beloved Nina is with him, and so begins the story.
This book is amazing! I decided to add it as an extra book review for this week, since I couldn't find the email when the author had originally sent it to me- big mistake! Out of obligation and my slip in organization, I bumped the book for an early review. I read it in about 12 hours, including bedtime and all. I couldn't stop reading it!
I enjoyed every life, every achievement and failure they endured- I wanted to share in it all! Even with some of their severely brief lives (Deb & Blair), Kaye managed to make me care for them with delicate development. I got to now them all and found myself eager to know when Jude and Nina got back together... or not. I won't give any spoilers, because that's not what I'm about, but you have to read this beautiful story. It'll incite hope, appreciation for life and a new way of looking at reincarnation!
Have a romantic day and find a romantic book to match! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 Spec
*Persephone Rising is next.
**eBook and signed copy provided by author, Alysha Kaye.
This was my first time ever reading a Doctor Who novel and this book did not disappoint. I'd braced myself for a difficult read, full of techy explanations and UK references and such. Well, my jargon must be on point and as for my tech-skills... meh. Regardless, this was a brilliant and uncomplicated read.
The short story (The Death Pit) turned novel took place on the Fetch Brothers Golf Spa Hotel. Something vicious lurked about the grounds, swallowing golfers, creating telepathic fields (breaking up marriages through mind reading) and the loss of memory and information, practically people daft. The Doctor and his two companions, Putta Pattershaun 5, a fearful alien and wanna-be bounty hunter and Bryony Mailer, a bored stuck-in-limbo Junior Day Receptionist, set out to solve the monstrous mystery.
Their foe, a complex creature who's been around long since the beginning of our sense of time, is serpentine and ghastly and bewildering, the Doctor actually admits to being afraid. That's a major deal.
The quirkiness and comedy of this 70's setting keeps you turning page after page. It's fun, funny and oddly written- befitting of a Doctor Who story. You'll enjoy this book; go out and grab yourself a copy of Doctor Who's The Drosten's Curse.
Have a great day and an even better book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 Specs (4/5)
*Persephone Rising is next.
**I received this book from Blogging for Books for review.
J. L. Bourne, the creator of the Day by Day Armageddon series, has never failed to entertain. With over twenty-three years of active duty/intelligence and his first person narratives, readers everywhere were privileged with amazing apocalyptic reading. Sadly, with no book four in the near future, we were given this short story.
In Grey Fox, Kil, the teller of the tale, is a Runner. He fetches, for a price, items no longer created after the scrimmage between men and dead men. The first two books were fascinating, giving weapon details that no other author provided and actually had Kil teachother characters to work them. I loved that, since other books had every day Joe Shmoe shooting like a pro within seconds of picking up an automatic/semi-sutomatic weapon. Intricacies like this made Bourne's tale realistic.
Book three left us lingering with rudimentary ideas on how the undead returned, making it a let down of a ending, unless book 4 was on a nearby horizon. There was nothing definitive and the worse possible scenario seemed to take root. Fans, myself included were left upset, so I'm thinking that's where Bourne just quit. Instead of coming up with something plausible (in our apocalyptic worlds), he gave us Grey Fox. The story stitched nothing together for those who've read the previous books. It was just a 25-year jump into Kil's journal. *No Spoilers I felt this story was a huge let down and since I don't just rate high due to author names, I gave it 3/5 specs.
Bourne's incredible style remained. The guy's an amazing storyteller, but his offering of futuristic tidbits and no solution made for an unhappy read; too much is missing. So in the immortal words of Forrest Gump, "That's all I've got to say about that." 📚
*Doctor Who's The Drosten's Curse is next.
**Purchased in iBooks: $5.95
Becoming Bree by D. L. McClanahan was given to me on Monday, July 27th. I finished it by the 30th. It's a book that brought me to appreciate small towns, but not small town vermin.
The story is about Aubrey Summer. She's as innocent as they come, having survived without ever having a job, a boyfriend, a first kiss, or any temptation to her vow of celibacy. She's straight and narrow, clean cut and unbelievably unreal for this day and age! Then temptation comes along, challenging everything, in the form of hot and sexy Alan Caine. He and his perfect family give her everything she's ever wanted, but it all comes at with a cost.
There's something in the woods of Tall Oaks, lurking, killing domesticated animals and small town folk. Can she survive the dangers that have plagued her tiny part of the world and her heart?
The book has a ton of potential, carrying unrealistic but likable characters, a quiet town and a budding romance. The mystery of the thing that lurked within the shadows was even interesting, but it lost its originality. What could have boomed with creative spirit; fizzled out with a derivative and rushed ending. I truly believe if Becoming Bree was revised, extended and given an alternate ending, it could really take a reader someplace and flourish.
I'll be looking for more from D. L. McClanahan very soon. She's got talent and her voice was awesome.
Have a book and a great day!📚
Rating: 👓👓/5 Specs.
*Hunter and the Hunted is Next.
**Book provided free via Author, D. L. McClanahan
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