More like 4.5 stars...
This book starts off with an action packed scene that reaches in and grabs you by the throat. I settled in for the ride and found that the exciting start gave way to a less-action packed middle. It wasn’t bad, just focused more on the “getting to know you” of the MC’s relationship, which was fine, and very nicely drawn out. I just found it to be a bit light on the sci/fi for a good chunk of the story (for my tastes), and more focused on the romance. But it was extremely well-written and the story flowed nicely, taking me right along with it. I found the narrative and the dialogue to be exceptionally believable and rang as authentic.
The book is witty, funny, sometimes sarcastic, and I found myself smiling several times throughout as my fingers rapidly turned the pages as I just had to know what happened next. In my opinion Ms. Caldwell crafted a fine novel suitable for teens and anyone who enjoys an excellent tale of romance and twists of fate, and I’ll definitely be looking for the next in the series.
I really enjoyed this story, as it had so many interesting characters and events in such a short time frame. I liked the character of the priest, and thought what happened to him was crazy! I did like Flynn and felt that the author had the “reluctant hero” role down pat. A few things I didn’t really like were that there were a few times that names or places were mentioned but I had no idea what it was or why was important. I do feel like I eventually caught up and it was made clearer, but sometimes I had to go back and re-read a few sections to see if I had missed something. Also, I thought that while the descriptions of the people were really good, sometimes it was just too much, like every person who entered the story had to be described head to toe and it slowed down the story. But other than those minor things I really liked it and appreciated the way the genres of fantasy, steampunk, and literary blended together to create such a mesmerizing tale of strength and redemption and the fight of good and evil.
It will be hard for me to condense into a paragraph all the ways I think this book is phenomenal… It really is something you have to experience for yourself! But I am still shaking my head at the fact that not only is English not Mr. Flonta’s first language, nor his second, but his third. (This was mentioned at the acknowledgements at the end). Consider my mind blown! This was one of the best written novels I’ve come across of late, with absolutely flawless grammar and beautiful sentences bordering on poetic. Mr. Flonta made potentially slow scenes come alive with an expressive, yet subtle manner of writing that made me feel like I was listening to stories from a good friend…stories that took me away to another time and place. Definitely recommend anyone who enjoys a moving story, and even better ones that are based on truth!
I thought this book was great, and I’m not even a real huge fan of “Christian fiction”. Not that I dislike it, I’ve just never been particularly drawn to it. But the plot sounded interesting and the writing sample was compelling and I was intrigued. Well, I was hooked from the start! Even the references to faith felt very natural and not overly forced. So I think this book would definitely appeal to fans outside the genre. Mr. Hughes definitely knows how to write, and can tell a fine story that kept me quickly (maybe too quickly) flipping the pages because I just HAD to know what happened next. I will say it is a refreshing change of pace to read of a hero that doesn’t have to use or belittle women in order to seem “macho”, but instead behaves like a “real man” should--Gentlemanly and respectful and courageous and good (but not perfect). I did feel like this was a pretty quick read and I just wish it would have been a bit longer (maybe I just read too fast) but the ending was satisfying and I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.
"The Crow God’s Girl” by Patrice Sarath is a Young-Adult fantasy novel about a girl (Kate) who has gone through a portal from modern day New York to the medieval world of Aeritan. She believes that she will be forever trapped there, and has started to try to make a new life for herself as a daughter in the House of Terrick. However, as she tries to (clumsily) adjust to her new world, her life is turned upside down and she must start over and with new challenges. I’ll say I loved this book and read it in one night! It starts right off with the action and totally hooked me. I liked that the author told us only what we need to know instead of dumping huge amounts of backstory that slows down the pacing. I appreciated the fact that the chapters were relatively short, and we could see everything from the different characters’ point of views. Some people may not like this technique, but in my opinion it really worked in this book. This is definitely heavy on the fantasy side, so fans of the genre shouldn’t miss it!
Wow, what an awesome book! First off the writing is absolutely top-notch; some of the best I’ve come across in the Indie circuit, and I read A LOT. It was fast paced, had a great hook right from the get-go, and continually built the tension right up to the end. I admit I was bit wary about reading it at first as I am not a huge sci-fi reader, and only picked it up because the premise sounded interesting. But I’d say that although this book is set in the future and had some sci-fi elements, it wasn’t heavy on them, they more like enhanced the story instead of really driving it, and for me this was a huge bonus. All in all a wonderful read that I will definitely be recommending to my friends.
I read this book in 2 nights…it was that good! Totally captivating and kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next, and if August and crew would be successful in their endeavors. It was kinda funny to be rooting for the “bad guys” but I totally was, as the characters were so relatable and likeable! The fact that this is based on a true story is even more awesome. I’d never heard of this before, and am glad I read about it now. What an adventure!!
"Paint, Present, and Future” by Cindy A. Carl is by far one of the most imaginative and beautiful books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. To be perfectly honest I was a bit confused by the description and wasn’t really sure what to expect. Well, by the end of the first few pages I was so hooked on the Ms. Carl’s engaging prose, I almost didn’t care WHAT it was going to be about. However what followed truly took me by surprise as the lines of reality and fantasy become blurred as Dani proceeds on a mysterious journey with the Shadow Man. This book captivated me until the very end, and I especially liked the “author’s note” after the story was over. I’d love to read anything that Ms. Carl writes in the future and highly recommend this for fiction lovers.
I'm not usually one to read about historical books, or ones that take place during wartime or things like that. *Although I loved “Gone With The Wind*. So I am the first to say that this type of book was a bit out of my comfort zone for reading. But I’ve been in a rut lately and thought I’d try something new…I read the opening pages and was hooked by the authors writing style and intrigued by the story, so I decided to give it a shot. Fast forward two hours later and I still haven’t stopped reading! I kept thinking there would be a place where I’d lose interest and I could set it down and go eat dinner. Well, I may be starving but it is worth it! I feel transported in time and part of something much bigger than myself. I love this world that Suzanne Adair has chosen to explore and use as the backdrop for such a fascinating mystery. Even for me, someone who is reading out of her comfort zone, there is a complex story that just pulled me in and refused to let me go. I enjoyed reading every page of this and will definitely be recommending it to my friends. Ms. Adair has converted me to historical dramas because now I want to read more!
I thought the premise was very interesting and clever, and the pacing excellent. I read this novel in this course of an evening as it hooked me from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down until I’d reached the end. There was great tension and twists to keep me on the edge of my seat. I did think that it could benefit from some editing, as there were several places of punctuation and grammar errors. Nothing too terrible, but I noticed it. The descriptions are vivid and I felt like I could picture everything perfectly, however it did take me some time to adjust to the way that the story was being “told” to us. But once I did I really enjoyed it.
I don’t usually read short stories or novellas as I prefer to really lose myself in a story and its characters for a long spell. But I was surprised that even though “Sugar and Spice” by Tawny Weber was a quicker read than I normally prefer, I found myself fully immersed in the storyline and thought the setting and the characters were nicely defined. It is well written and there is great chemistry between the two main characters, Dedra Hansen and her sexy boss Paul Chastain. I liked the element of magic, even though I wish that would have played a more prominent role and been better explained. But overall I really liked this novella and see fans of romance most definitely devouring it!
My ultra-picky daughter read this book in two days, which is incredible! I can’t praise a book high enough that will make her read it cover to cover that fast. I knew that I enjoyed it, but to me the highest compliment is from my pre-teen who usually only likes Twilight (yeah, I know) Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments. So Ms. Burns is in some fine company indeed! Excellent writing style and I must give a compliment on the stellar editing, as I don’t think I noticed any errors at all, which is very rare for an e-book
"Seekers’ Garden” opens with Marcia dealing with the death of her husband, William. But this story isn’t just about Marcia, and we are soon introduced to several other (seemingly) random characters, each who are facing a turning point in their lives. This isn’t an action novel, or even a heavy romance. But what this is is a deep look at life beneath the surface and what different people go through in different times in their lives, and how that affects each one of us. Although I found myself quite caught up in this story, I did feel like a few places went on too long with little that added to the story, and there were some editing issues – nothing that was a complete turnoff, but it was there. Overall I say I really liked this book and would recommend to others who enjoy introspective drama.
Fabulous premise. I enjoyed the setup and there was great tension pulling the story forward. There were some great personalities that had a lot of potential and really came alive as the story progressed. Recommend for fans of thrillers and action.
This was a lovely story about starting over and learning to love again. It is more about relationships and internal struggles and personal journeys than it is about action and external conflicts. If there was something I wished there could have been more of would be that I didn’t get the full sense of struggle that I’d think someone like Paul would be experiencing on many levels. Things just sort of “happened” then worked themselves out. I’ll say that the writing was very good, however, and the descriptions made me feel like I was right in the story the whole time. Recommend for fans of literary fiction
Okay, I simply adored this book! I completely fell in love with Saxton and loved watching him go through all of his trials and adventures and watching him grow. The thing that most surprised me about this novel was not only how well-written it was, but it is truly one that will appeal to adults as well as younger readers. I do, however, question just how young would be appropriate, as there are some challenging scenes that may be harder on the younger crowd. But if they can handle it there are many wonderful lessons to be learned in this charming tale. And the great drawings were a wonderful bonus!
Awesome book! Although some parts felt a little familiar to The Matrix, I enjoyed author Jason Hoult’s unique spin on the story and he added new angles and perspectives. I really liked his style of writing and thought it was easy to read. I don’t want to give away much of the plot, but the hero Ianian comes face to face with his “twin” one day and from there things just get crazier and crazier. If the ideas of alternate existences, AI, and a creepy dystopian future excite you, then this is definitely a great book to read! Worth the time and the price.
I loved that this book answered so many question I never even knew I had! And explained so many different facets in such an easy to understand and comprehensive way, I really feel like I got a lot out of it. It was very educational, but not in that dry, textbook sort of way that many religions nonfictions can be. And it didn’t come across as preachy at all! Just explaining things and connecting the dots to how the world is influenced by (and influences) Hinduism. I was shocked to learn it was the 3rd biggest religion only behind Christian and Muslim. Perhaps because I live in the south and there is little to no zero Hindu population here (yet they teach yoga at my local YMCA) ;) I personally think this would be a good book for students to read in college…or even high school as it educates in a very relatable way and isn’t boring!