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  • The Next Thing I Knew on Dec. 10, 2011

    The Next Thing I Knew by John Corwin reads like a chocolate truffle. The well-crafted story is a treat and fun read with a juicy core of greater issues and philosophy. This is an excellent book that can be read on many levels ranging from simple popcorn fun to serious consideration of death and what comes after. I don’t want to scare those off who want to read a fun book as this one is. I mean the broad plot points are that everyone is dead and aliens come into the picture, fun stuff. However, within this broad points the author allows for an open-ended thoughts and plots that the reader choose to or not to think of deeper issues within. The characters in the story are fairly well fleshed out and were portrayed in very realistic manner. There really were no “super powered” protagonists to ease the way but just everyday people dumped into situations. While the plot might seem wacky, unusable fluff the author actually makes it work in a surprising way that is almost unbelievable but oh so good for the reader. The author didn’t wimp out on the ending and provided a great wrap up to the story. Even for those readers that are consummate series readers this book won’t disappoint.
  • Break Away (Away, Book 1) on Dec. 28, 2011

    Break Away by Tatiana Vila was a fantastic read from Read 2 Review. I found this book to be a refreshing read from what I have been reading in the past couple of months. While the story unfolds in a quick reading manner, the answers to questions within unfold in a juicy delicious slow way. Far from being annoying and an overused mechanism it is delightful. The plot was extremely fast paced and unwrapped in entertaining way. The characters were completely interesting filled with sharp and at times snarky humor and content. For those readers that have read other Tatiana Vila books will enjoy this story as well. It is not just another story line with different named characters but a whole new story. I love when authors are not afraid to break away from molds and previous works. I cherished that this book while being a complete story; it set up the future books in an exciting way that leaves the future story wide open with so many interesting possibilities.
  • Half Black Soul (The Alexa Montgomery Saga) on Feb. 03, 2012

    Half Black Soul by H.D. Gordon was a tremendous second installment to the series. A great job by H.D. Gordon for producing a book that continues to thrill readers in this second book. I must say that again the ending has left me pacing waiting for the next book. I love that the endings are never the painful cliffhangers that leave readers angry. The endings to these books are such that the tension of the plot are so great that the reader cant help but salivate for the next. This book has great plot twists and continued character development that keeps the readers attention going with just the right amount of tension and pacing. It is rare to find a new series lately that has such great writing and tension that leaves the reader having a great read.
  • My Enchanted Life on March 04, 2012

    My Enchanted Life by Laura Eno was a surprisingly good read. The first couple of pages had me wondering if I would enjoy the book but I was quickly drawn in and ended up finishing the book in one sitting. The story was a fast read with good plotting and character depth. I found it very interesting that Eno was able to keep the pacing while adding depth to the story. The ending was very satisfying though the more I think about the story the more I would like to see it continue. I do believe that anybody who reads young adult or even some who read adult science fiction/paranormal fiction will enjoy this book.
  • Illicit Magic (Book 1, Stella Mayweather Series) on March 15, 2012

    Illicit Magic written by Camilla Chafer was a delightful read. While the story was faced pace with lots of action, the author wrote the characters in such a way that the reader gained empathy and other such emotional ties to them. The world built was a fascinating one that brought new experiences to the reader. It was exciting to explore the world where there are all manners of supernatural creatures with frightening conspiracies and antagonists. It was pleasant that the author didn’t immediately pinpoint all the other supernatural creatures within her world, nor did she explicitly hammer out all the motivations and plots with the antagonists. In doing so she left many points of mystery and room for the series to grow. I want to make sure that future readers understand that it was handled in such a way that instead of being frustrating it made the book so much more exciting. As stated earlier the character builds were in depth and the reader was given the opportunity to explore the motivations and insights into them while still leaving room for development. I wont go into detail, as I don’t want to spoil anyone’s experience. I will state here that the author pulled no punches with the characters in intense situations, which I found to be pleasing. I think that many people will find this book to be an entertaining read. If you enjoy just about any supernatural fiction then this book would be up your alley. I will make a last note here that while this book does contain sexual encounters however, they are done in a tasteful manner and are not overbearing in the book and should not turn readers away.
  • Immortal Desires (a Well of Souls novel) on March 18, 2012

    Immortal Desires by Laura Eno was a great, fun, and appealing read. I must say that Eno is a dynamic and prolific writer, not only in regards to the amount that she writes but the variety of styles that she writes in. First I want to dispel any thoughts people might have that this book is any type of knock off of The Outlander Series. I mention this here as some people might quickly glance at the blurb and think this. It is so far from the truth to be laughable; the only realistic comparison is that both books have characters and plots that draw the reader in. This and besides that some of the story takes place in Scotland are about as close as the two books come to being similar. The two main characters, Deanna and Ian are delightful in their personalities and interactions among themselves and the world at large. I found the plot and concept of a “Well of Souls” to be an intriguing one that I hope to read more from by Laura Eno. This book blended many types of fiction that I believe will appeal to many readers and is well written to not disappoint them. As with other Laura Eno books the action is well paced and full of surprises, which begs for more to be written.
  • World War ll London Blitz Diary Volume 1 on April 12, 2012

    The book World War II London Blitz Diary Volume 1 edited by Victoria Aldridge Washuk is a special work that will appeal to different group of readers. For the readers that wish to read about how a woman lived during this tumultuous time in history for their personal edification will have an informative read that will be completely satisfying. These readers will obtain a new outlook on how the war prompts and stresses everyday life and how a woman struggles within life, marriage, and religion. This book gives these deeper insights that are not normally written about, as the writer, Ruby Side Thompson, does not focus on the well-known gritty, factual results of the bombs, or rationing. Instead the reader gains lesser-known details of her life and how these years impacted her life. For these reasons I believe that this book will be a rewarding read. For readers that want to read this book for personal pleasure read no further, as this next part will most likely bore you and is for readers that wish to read this book as a primary source of a historical document. Let me say here that the editor Victoria Aldridge Washuk should be given a hand for having the foresight, and courage to release this work for future scholars and interested people. She had the courage to release the work without diluting and or polishing the dairies. I feel that the importance of this work cannot be overstated as it gives us a source for the common person. We all know that many primary and secondary sources are from official, and prominent people and very few are from mostly unknown common persons. Within this work scholars can gain important insight into a woman’s struggle with religion, marriage and how stress of war affected women in general. For students or scholars of psychology and or religion will find this work of great use to see how stresses affected a woman’s life, religion and outlook on marriage. She kept meticulous records of not only when, location, and length of raids and bombs. But she also writes of what books she was reading and why and how they effected her during that time frame. Giving the scholar a priceless work to obtain deeper knowledge of all these issues.
  • Rook: Allie's War Episodes 1-4 on April 12, 2012

    Rook by JC Andrijeski was a fascinating read that shouldn’t be passed up. In fact, after I finished this book I gave my husband sad puppy eyes until he bought the next three books in the series for me. The concept of good vs. evil, degrees of the same, along with moral quandaries are not new in novels. However, JC Andrijeski took these time-tested questions and turned them on their head in a new captivating and exciting way. The characters have amazing depth and flaws that make them easy to fall in love with. The plots and questions are never spoon fed to the reader, which I absolutely loved. While this may annoy some readers as some things are not fully explained in full as questions are brought up immediately; I urge people to keep reading as the book gets better and better. I truly am hooked on this series and believe that if you give this book a chance you will be as well; though I warn that you may end up buying the rest just to find out what happens next.