Jane Lavuire

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  • Eagles In The Flesh on June 27, 2013

    This book is awesome! It took me on a thrilling adventure through great cleverly written writing and such a unique plot. This book blends together so many different literary elements so perfectly that it's actually quite astonishing, I felt uplifted at some points and down at others; at some points I could feel the humor right from the book and then a few chapters later I would feel the loss being portrayed later on. I haven't came across a book as unique as this in a long time, it's definitely different and original and put together really well. I'm very glad I came across this book, I would compare it to a roller coaster ride packed with emotion.
  • Vampiris Sancti: The Immaculate Adventures of One Florian Ribeni on July 05, 2013

    A fascinating journey through a perception of a world much unlike our own. A world with many races and types of characters such as intelligent vampires, mages, and demons are a part of what makes this book so intricate. The author's writing style manages to pull off adding many different elements into one great plot, it's very detailed and articulate and it's a major factor in why I respect the writer so much. Katri Cadew doesn't just write in a way that tells a story, she writes a style that is so visually rich that it shows you what she is trying to express. This book focuses on Florian, who becomes a vampire runner - part of a vampire militia, Florian finds himself defending a younger vampire who is trying to escape a succubi cult which leads him on an exhilarating adventure. We follow him on his journey throughout various escapades that have many twists and turns that I never would have expected. If you're into sophisticated books with a well-thought out background and characters, then this book is for you
  • Vampiris Sancti: The Elf on July 05, 2013

    I bought this book due to a recommendation from a friend and I must say that it went far beyond my expectations. I've always loved fantasy books and am usually quite critical to most but there wasn't really anything at all that I didn't think went well in this book and that I would have changed. The backgrounds of all the different races and characters are really original and their interactions and relationships with each other also make for some great scenes. I particularly enjoyed the histories behind all the characters and how they played into the history of the setting, there's a solid background throughout that really makes the book very enjoyable and detailed. I'm very glad I made the decision to follow up on my friend's advice
  • Vampiris Sancti: The Vampire on July 05, 2013

    I liked this book a lot because it gives a really unique spin to the often generic stories involving vampires. In Vampiris Sancti: The Vampire, you won't be meeting your average stereotypical unearthly characters - the whole book is really original and has some really good twists and turns that made me not want to stop reading. The "victim" (depending on who you ask) is placed in a very terrifying environment and is forced to create her own destiny through much hardship. It's nice to have a different vampire book for once that don't share all the same qualities as all the others in most books
  • Vampiris Sancti: The Demon Prince on July 05, 2013

    Another great Vampiris Sancti book! The author has managed to come up with a really unique environment and world that really is unlike no other, taking you on a magical and entertaining adventure through really high quality writing and perfectly executed storytelling. In this book we look at the otherworldly environment through the eyes of a male's perception, seeing how he views this strange world and his view about ruling it while trying to tame a wild elf, if you're looking for one of the best fantasy books in the genre then you have to check out this - Katri Cardew never fails to amaze me
  • Don't Call Me Baby on Aug. 04, 2013

    A perfectly articulated book that stays captivating from start to finish. The author has a distinct and powerful way of expressing the story through a mix of mystery and suspense, giving the reader just enough detail in a scene to leave them wondering what is going to happen next, and I must say that it doesn’t always turn out how you think it might. The plot of the story itself is very unique, much unlike anything I have read before – it’s evident that a lot of thought and time have gone into making this book the best it can possibly be. The characters themselves all fit really well into the overall story, they have enough detail that they seem like-like but at the same time not over the top. They each are all very original and are significant to the story in their own special way. Overall it’s definitely one of the best books that I have read all year, I highly recommend it for anyone looking for something that’s refreshingly new
  • Invasion of Privacy and Other Short Stories on Aug. 20, 2013

    The author is very talented and eloquent. I thought that every story was just as good as the last and they are all each and unique in their own special way. Each plot is captivating with twists and turns that I never saw coming and the characters are really dynamic and definitely well-thought out. I highly recommend this read if you're looking for something refreshingly new, I will definitely be looking out for future releases by the author
  • Don't Shed A Tear on Sep. 24, 2013

    Betty Byers offers the reader a vivid and well-constructed plot that is expressed by an eloquent and engaging writing style. I was hooked within the first few pages and found myself devouring each chapter as I simply just couldn't wait to find out how the story was going to play out. I don't want to leave any spoilers in this review, as this is one of those 'hidden gems' of kindle, but I will say that this is something that any thriller/mystery genre fan can appreciate and enjoy. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future releases
  • You Got The Job! Resume Companion-Overcoming the Perception of Being Over Qualified in Today's Job Market on Oct. 17, 2013

    I am very impressed with this book. I wish I had this resource available when I first began my job hunting when I was younger, I am sure it would have saved me a lot of time and from a lot of resume related stress. The advice is professional and straightforward, there's no filler and 'fluff' and it's evident that the author really cares about helping reads and not just in it for a few extra bucks. I truly am satisfied with this book and I am looking forward to putting my new-found knowledge into practice
  • Section 51 on Nov. 17, 2013

    After finishing this book, I can definitely say that I am very happy that I stumbled upon VG Harrison. The book description really had me curious but I had no idea that the story was going to play out in the way that it did and more so by how well the story would be expressed. The plot is clearly well-thought-out and it's evident to me that the author is really passionate about his craft and has put a lot of effort into perfecting this work in every way possible. I really admire the eloquent, visually rich writing style that expresses the story in a manner that gives you a lot of detail when needed and a much more mysterious style when the plot requires, during a suspenseful scene. I am also particularly impressed by the character development and how they fit so well into the story, VG Harrison has incorporated many different themes from other genres into one final blend that makes for a great new addition to the sci-fi genre. The author really makes use of a lot of great literary elements almost flawlessly and the end result is a book that is sure to impress even the most critical readers out there, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future releases!
  • Thump on March 10, 2014

    Thump is an overall absolutely awesome book from start to finish. It wasn't long until I found myself hooked right into Thump, and that didn't subside until the very end of the story. I must admit, at first I was expecting a thriller that was archetypal and generic like all of the others I come across these days... Instead, I pleasantly stumbled upon by far one of the most top quality books that I have come across all year. There's something about the writing style that drags you deep right into the story, giving the reader clues as to what may happen next, leaving them guessing... then suddenly- twists and turns come out of no where, adding a new element to the plot and a new layer of intrigue to the story. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but if you're huge thriller fan - as I am, then you absolutely must not overlook this read under any circumstances. Definitely worth checking out!
  • One Second To Midnight on May 26, 2014

    Finally! A well-written thriller that's genuinely unique and unlike all of the other mainstream, generic garbage being released these days. Tony Hart-Wilden has seemingly mastered the craft when it comes to writing thrillers that keep you on the edge from start to finish with many well-executed twists and turns. What I personally admire about this book is the horror/paranormal element, it's not over-the-top or to the point that it takes away from the thriller side of the book, but it definitely adds a new layer and vibe of suspense to the read that compliments the overall unique feel that can be found from start to finish in One Second To Midnight. The protagonist, Vincent Anderson, really stood out to me due to the vivid writing style that is used to express his interactions and dialogue with other characters throughout the book - the author knows how to make the characters seem almost real and life-like, without bogging down the reader with too many details and words. The battles at Stonehenge and Dracula's castle are awesome and I'm sure even the most critical readers out there will love the raw, action-packed nature of such scenes that can be found in this book essentially from start to finish; the momentum of the book keeps up at a smooth,face pace - and though there were a few minor 'bumpy' bits, I know for sure that this won't be the last book that I read by the author. Overall, I give this book 4/5 stars. There were a few parts I skipped over, but other than that, the book is DEFINITELY worth the read if you're an avid thriller fan/reader that is looking for a unique perspective and twist to the genre.
  • Children of Na on June 12, 2014

    I have read many science-fiction related books in my time (especially many with a dystopian sort of twist) and I would say that I'm at the point where I can tell very early on whether a book in the genre is going to be a 'hit' or a 'miss' for me personally. With that being said, it literally was only within the first few chapters or so when I had realized that I stumbled upon a truly genuine 'hidden gem'. Having just finished the read earlier today, I can definitely say that I am more than satisfied and very glad that I gave it a chance. What I admire about 'Children of Na' is the unique blend of influences from different genres that are evident in different scenes throughout the read - there's definitely a prominent sci-fi & I'd say a slight fantasy feel throughout the entire book, but there's also parts where the book felt almost like a thriller due to a suspenseful and captivating vibe that stays throughout the book essentially from start to finish; there were many scenes where I found myself guessing what was going to happen next, but the author would throw in a very unexpected twist that would usually be completely the opposite of what I was expecting. I think the unique blend of genres that the author offers in "Children of Na" is a huge part of what kept this book such an enticing read for me, as I simply couldn't resist finding out how the story was going to play out; I'm trying hard to not throw in any spoilers, but I will say that the ending definitely was executed much differently that what I was expecting!