Alisa Ables


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  • Open House (Pool of Souls Series, Book 1) (Novella) on March 18, 2013

    * This book was received in exchange for an honest review. I was a little leery to read this book as it contains explicit sex scenes, which I was not aware of when I agreed to review this book. That being said I never go back on my word to an author so I just took a deep breath and started reading. Not considering the sex scenes this story was actually a very sweet love story. Overall I did like the storyline. Gods and goddesses twisting and turning the human experience to meet their wants and desires is tale as old as time itself. Aphrodite is one of my favorite characters from Greek mythology. How could you not love the goddess of love? In this story Aphrodite is find herself pitted against Ares, the god of war, in her struggle to bring two souls, Robert and Rebecca, together as they are destined. Robert just happens to be the owner of a company that is developing a new weapon for the government and Ares does not want love getting in the way of its development. It is quite entertaining to see Aphrodite and Ares try to outmaneuver each other. The story goes back and forth between Aphrodite and Ares and the human world where Rachel and Robert are blissfully unaware of the meddling of the gods. Needless to say the road to happiness is not smooth for Rachel and Robert. He is dealing with business problems caused by moving his company all the way across the country. Rachel also has her share of problems, like her crazy ex that likes to stalk her whenever a new guy comes in to her life. The closer she and Robert become the crazier her ex becomes. Overall this is a good book when you exclude the sex scenes. I do wish the author would have added a little more explanation as far as the Greek mythology is concerned. I do not remember much more than the basics from school so it would have been nice to have a little more understanding of their story. It is a short read but still has enough going on that you don’t feel deprived and you can't help but be drawn in to Robert and Rebecca’s story, all the while hoping that true love will conquer all. I read an excerpt for the second book and it sounds just amazing as the first, but unfortunately I will be skipping it as it also contains explicit sex. If you don’t mind that sort of thing in the books that you read then I would highly recommend it.
  • The Gatekeeper's Sons on March 18, 2013

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I love nothing more than a great series that I can really sink my teeth in to and I think this series will end up being one of my favorites. The Gatekeeper's Sons draws you in right from the start and has enough twists and turns to keep you enthralled all the way to the end. Not to mention building a love story that is so powerful but at the same time remains innocent enough for a young adult book. The book starts out with the murder of Therese’s parents and Therese’s near death experience. In this book the traditional Western view of heaven and hell have been replaced by the Greek myth of the afterlife. In the Greek tradition souls of the deceased are escorted by Thanatos, or Death as he is sometimes called, to the underworld where they are transported for judgment and placement in to paradise or in to ‘hell’ where they are tormented forever. When Therese’s parents are killed she is close enough to death herself that she is able to follow the souls of her parents to the underworld. Therese believes she is dreaming the entire thing so when she meets Hip (Hypnos, god of dreams) and his brother Thanatos (Than for short) she has no problem being forward and she wraps Than in a huge hug and gives him a big kiss. No big deal for the girl that is dreaming but to Than that kiss changes his world completely. Than’s job as Death means that he rarely has any interaction with anyone other than dead souls and Charon, the man who ferries the souls down the river. Suddenly Than feels drawn to Therese and know that he wants to always be near her. He gets his father, Hades, to allow him to travel to the mortal world in order to win Therese’s love. I had so much fun reading about all of Than’s experiences of being mortal. You can’t help but feel sorry for him because of his destiny. What a horrible existence he must have had before Therese came in to his life. Imagine an eternity of escorting the dead to the underworld and living there. Than describes it almost like living in a cave, no suns, no stars, no wind, nothing that we humans take for granted. You long for him to be with Therese so that he can finally have some joy in his life. Therese is like the perfect girl that doesn’t know how great she is. She is always more worried about others, loves animals and nature and is so giving and loving. It is no wonder Than wants to be with her. She is such a great person that she ends up garnering the favor of many on Mount Olympus and most of the gods and goddesses are rooting for her and Than to get together. Between her the strange experiences Than brings in to her life and the drama of her parents murder her life becomes very interesting but Therese is able to see how strong she can be and continues to fight for her and Than to be together and for the safety of her family. There was only one thing that I did not completely love about the book and that is Than’s sisters, The Furies. Anyone that knows anything about Greek mythology will know how scary The Furies are and this book does not disappoint when it comes to these characters. The Furies are sent to earth to help find out who killed Therese’s parents. They do not operate under any rules when hunting down criminals so their methods of gaining information can be a bit intense and disturbing. They do get the job done quite easily with these methods so I do see why the author chose to write their encounters the way she does. Just know that these scenes may be a little intense for younger teen readers. I have been given book two to read and review also so I am anxiously waiting to get in to the book. It is killing me that I have other books lined up first but I am trying to be a good girl and read those first even though book two is calling to me. Keep a watch out for that review as I am sure I will love book two just as much if not more.
  • The Gatekeeper's Challenge (Gatekeeper's Saga #2) on April 15, 2013

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Mrs. Pohler has done it again! While I did not like it quite as much as the first book, The Gatekeeper’s Challenge is fantastic. This book continues right where The Gatekeeper’s Sons left off. Than has been forced to return to the Underworld to resume his duties as death. Therese remains on earth and feels abandoned by Than. She ends up going to extreme lengths to try to see Than and the consequences are tragic. As you read you get caught up in her struggle to be with the one person that she loves and long for love to conquer all. Therese is once again made to interact with the Gods and Goddesses and her life is subject to their whims. It is amazing to see how strong and committed Therese is to Than. She is willing to go to extreme lengths to prove that she is able to be with Than forever and in the end she makes the ultimate sacrifice to be with him. In addition to the mythological characters introduced in the first book there are also some new and interesting characters in this book. The writing is so creatively done that all of these mythological characters fit naturally in to the story and you end up learning so much Greek mythology, but without feeling like you are being forced to read a boring textbook. If I had found stories like this one when I was younger I would have loved learning about Greek mythology. This book has an absolutely crazy ending that will leave you shaking your head. It is a very intense ending and is definitely not a scene for younger readers. Once again Than and Therese show how determined they are to be together. It is so frustrating that the Gods are so determined to keep them apart. I cannot wait to read book three to figure out how Than and Therese will deal with the latest twist in their lives.
  • In the Spirit of Love on April 15, 2013

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love a good love story! The kind that pull you in to the story so completely that you are able to feel the emotions of the couple. This is that kind of story. Clair has come a long way from her bad childhood. She is strong and self reliant but not good at relationships. After a horrible breakup her best friend Holly invites her to go to England with her. Claire has always been obsessed with England and jumps at the chance to finally go there. They book a stay at an amazing estate that is supposed to be haunted. Claire soon finds out that the haunting is real and she ends up caught up in a strange relationship with the resident ghost and trying to solve a mystery more than a hundred years old. I loved the characters in this book. Claire and Richard are so sweet as a couple. The author did a great job with their romance. Trying to make a romance between a woman and a ghost is not simple and to make it work and be believable is an accomplishment. Their relationship changes in ways that are unpredictable and touching. I found myself constantly routing for them to find a way to be truly together. The other thing that I loved about this book is that there is a huge and unnerving twist near the end of the book that completely took me off guard. I won’t say more than that so I don’t give any spoilers. I absolutely love it when a book can take me by surprise and I can say I was honestly surprised by this one. As much as I loved this book there were, of course, a couple of things that I did not like. The first one is the sex scenes. I know, I know…sex sells. You can call me old fashioned or a prude, whatever you wish, but it does not change the fact that I hate sex in books. We all know that adults have sex when they are in relationships so why does it have to be spelled out in detail? I just don’t like it. The other thing I did not like about the book is that I felt it ended in a strange place and a bit abruptly. I am not talking about the typical cliff hanger that leaves the story open for a sequel. It felt like the book just ended when the mystery was just starting to be solved. Regardless of these few things I dislike I am sure that I will be reading the sequel. I really want to know what happens to Claire and Richard and can’t help but root for them to find a way to truly be together.
  • KIndred(Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy) Novella#2 on June 04, 2013

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I hate having to give a bad review to any book because I know that to an author their book is like their child and to have it talked about in a negative way is very upsetting. I hope that this review will be looked at in a helpful way and not as an attack because it is definitely not meant in any hurtful way. The premise of the book is actually pretty good. I did like the idea of the their being a school for supernatural kids that is blended in with a traditional school in such a way as to allow it to remain hidden. I also really liked that it was described like any other high school complete with that one group of girls that every past and future high school student will recognize. Whatever they are called at different schools; plastics, barbies, etc., we all know who ‘those’ girls are and no story of any high school would be complete without their inclusion. The premise of this book is that a crazy supernatural person that wishes to take over the world and it is up to Angel and her friends to stop the threat. Pretty good idea for a book. The problem that I have with the book all comes down to writing style and proofreading. This book is set up as several blog entries that are written mostly by the main character interspersed with flashbacks. There is nothing wrong with this format but I just felt that there was little thought put in to the writing of each post. Several times throughout the book there were instances where it seemed the author had forgotten a necessary detail and instead of going back and writing it in to past pages where it would be logical she would just tack it on as ‘oh, I forgot this detail but here it is now that you absolutely have to know it.’ These entries felt so out of place and threw off the whole flow of the story. There were also several obvious grammatical errors that should have been caught in the proof reading. The one that sticks out in my mind, mainly because it drove me crazy, was the use of ‘maybe’ instead of ‘may be’. These errors were so obvious and frustrating that it completely ruined the story for me. I also wish that there would have been more character development. The basic story of the characters was told in the story but I never felt like I got to know the characters on a personal level. There is a huge potential for amazing characters there and I would love to see them become more real. Without better development of the characters I feel this book will just never be more than mediocre. The one thing that I did actually like about this book is the ending. I never expected the book to end the way that it did. I do not want to give anything away but in a part of the book where you expect an epic fight the story goes in a completely different direction. Putting it like that makes it seem like it would be a big let down but it actually worked very well and left me stunned. I am hoping that the author will do some more work on this book and then try republishing. With a little more work I feel this could actually be a really great read.
  • Haunting Joy on Jan. 02, 2014

    Great fun read for teens and adults alike! I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Joy is just your average teenage girl, until the day she receives a bag of thrift store clothes from her grandmother. In the bag she discovers a bag containing a dress, flip flops and a necklace. Suddenly she finds herself a bit obsessed with the dress and feels like it may be haunted. She feels like she needs to discover the story of the dress and see if she can help with whatever unfinished business the ghost may have. Soon her friends and family become concerned for her because she had changed so much and can't get her mind off the ghostly girl. No matter how crazy things become in her life, Joy knows that she must see her quest through to the end. This was a pretty good story. I liked the characters, especially Joy. She was very tenacious and loving, which you can see with all of her hard work to help a dead girl she never even knew. I was a bit disappointed in how short the story was. I am not a big fan of shorter books/stories. I like my stories with a bit more depth. That being said, for a shorter book this one was very good and completely appropriate for anyone 12 or over.
  • Alora--A Young Adult Fantasy on Aug. 30, 2014

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Alora is a great YA book with wonderful characters and a great plot. My favorite character is Alora. She is such a sweet girl who suddenly has her life turned upside down. Despite the crazy path her life ends up taking she stays true to herself and chooses to do good with her new powers. All of the other characters are wonderful and each lend something to the story. I also really liked that the author combined the two worlds in which the story takes place. Most of the time when a character travels between two worlds there may be a few people back at home that know about the other world but in this book the author has several trusted people that end up finding out about the other world. It makes the story more interesting to have more people involved. Last but not least is the amazing villain of the story. Vindrake is Alora's father but is truly evil. He only wants Alora for her powers even though he constantly tells her that he wants a relationship with her. She struggles against her desire for a relationship with the father she never knew and the knowledge that he cannot be trusted. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens next. Now what I didn't like. There was actually only one thing that I didn't like in this book. The one big thing I had a problem with was that within such a short time of meeting Alora and Kaevin were professing their love for each other. I get that they are schoolmates and that they immediately have strong feelings for each other but even for teenagers those three words seemed to come out too quickly. I realize that it's not a big thing but it just bothered me. Overall this book was a lot of fun and completely appropriate for anyone that doesn't mind a little romance in their reading.