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  • Wolf Medicine on July 18, 2011

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved the story from beginning to end. It is very short, only about sixty-eight pages in length, but jammed packed with action and Indian lore. Jeanie is a young woman who specializes in the study of wolves. She has taken a job in the New Hampshire mountains in an isolated cabin for a year to follow and study the wolf packs indigenous to the area. There are stories of a very large wolf and his mate who allegedly killed a local's sister, subsequently the female wolf was shot and killed by the brother who then mounted the wolf hide on the wall of his country store. Thus the mystery begins. The story is well written and the characters believable. My only complaint was that it did not go on and on because I wanted more. I picked this up at Smashwords, it was offered as a freebie for the summer reads and it was certainly worth the effort - check it out.
  • Yesterday's Daughter on Aug. 08, 2012

    Yesterday's Daughter by Sallie Lundy-Frommer (Goodreads Author) What would you do if you were told your life mate was dead and to get on with her life, but you know deep in your heart that you would find her? Well this was Malachi's dilemma for decades. I have to say Malachi is my perfect hero. He is a strong warrior who can be quite brutal in meeting out justice, while at the same time carries his love and tenderness in his heart for Sapphira and never gives up. Meanwhile Grace lives an orphaned life unaware of her true identity and guards her privacy to the point of paranoia trying to deal with the reality of being a vampire alone in the world. The book description / synopsis gives a good overview of the beginning of this story and I will not rehash it. I found the world building for Yesterday's Daughter fascinating and definitely a new take on the concept of vampires and their existence. For me this book had it all; there was sadness, action, joy, and passion. It is my understanding this is the beginning of a series, but it definitely had a satisfying resolution with a teasing possibility of more to come, and I definitely will be on the lookout for the next installment, eager to read the continuing saga. I loved this book, it was beautifully written, and once I started reading it did not want to put it down and would highly recommend it. I received this book from the author with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.
  • Jezri's Halloween Nightmares on Oct. 23, 2012

    This is an anthology of fourteen relatively short stories that are sure to get your creep on. Don't let the Halloween in the title fool you, as these little tidbits will be sure to add a chill any time of year. It is perfect for those who enjoy the darker side with the length of each story just enough to enjoy on a coffee break or taking a moment away from your own life's horrors LOL. I generally like a little humor in my scary to break the tension and there are no giggles to be found here, but the stories were so intriguing that I found I could not look away and had to keep on. Definitely recommend this one for those who enjoy the darker side. I received this book from the author with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.
  • Yesterday's Daughter on Oct. 23, 2012

    What would you do if you were told your life mate was dead and to get on with her life, but you know deep in your heart that you would find her? Well this was Malachi's dilemma for decades. I have to say Malachi is my perfect hero. He is a strong warrior who can be quite brutal in meeting out justice, while at the same time carries his love and tenderness in his heart for Sapphira and never gives up. Meanwhile Grace lives an orphaned life unaware of her true identity and guards her privacy to the point of paranoia trying to deal with the reality of being a vampire alone in the world. The book description / synopsis gives a good overview of the beginning of this story and I will not rehash it. I found the world building for Yesterday's Daughter fascinating and definitely a new take on the concept of vampires and their existence. For me this book had it all; there was sadness, action, joy, and passion. It is my understanding this is the beginning of a series, but it definitely had a satisfying resolution with a teasing possibility of more to come, and I definitely will be on the lookout for the next installment, eager to read the continuing saga. I loved this book, it was beautifully written, and once I started reading it did not want to put it down and would highly recommend it. I received this book from the author with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.
  • The Generalist - Taboo 0: Cliché of Memories on June 07, 2013

    This read starts out with the creepy and blazes a trail through a world that is just awesome. It is definitely a wonderful beginning of a series for fans of the urban fantasy genre and I really enjoyed the world building and the protagonist's search for his identity. In my mind he is a bit Dresdenesque and if you are a fan of that series The Generalist has great possibilities. This was a short read, but is packed with nonstop action to the point where I did not notice, other than wanting more. The only thing that bothered me was some of the slang or "ghetto" speak by the main character at the beginning of the story. The character has amnesia and is struggling to find out who he is; however, he is very smart and in my opinion it makes the story less believable, and it is for this reason I gave the story 4 stars rather than the 5 I would have likely rated it otherwise. This tones down as the story progresses and it is a much more enjoyable to read as this occurs. I love the peripheral characters who are a fun and unique group of folks that I want to get to know more. I am looking forward to reading more from this series and have high hopes for a great ride. I picked this book up from Smashwords, where it is offered as a free read.
  • Magick Marked on Aug. 15, 2013

    I really liked this read. It has all the elements I enjoy in a beginning of a new urban fantasy series. There is plenty of action and of course an underlying who-done-it that kept me reading to find out what would happen next and why. The characters were great and I have found a new heroine to cheer for in Rho, who is a great kick heinie, no nonsense gal. There were times I giggled at the snark, times I cringed at the anger, and I came close to crying when . . . (no spoilers here LOL). The DarqRealm is definitely a new world to explore with all the prejudices that are faced in real life with each supernatural group believing they are better than the other, as well as Rho's insecurities that make her very believable. The characters are thrown together over a world ending crisis and must work together to accomplish their goal or die. The writing was smooth and I really enjoyed the style. The world and character building was everything I could ask for in a fun read. While the book ends on a "to be continued note," it was not frustrating, but rather has me anxious to read the next installment in the series to see where we go from here as there is obviously more story to be told. I requested this book for read and review from the author and received it with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book
  • Pack Law on Aug. 15, 2013

    I requested Pack Law for read and review because I felt the synopsis has such potential and definitely pushed my oh-boy let's read this one button. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like this book, it just fell short. The storyline has great potential, but the execution is just poorly done. I feel this read definitely needs to go back to the drawing board and editing table. I did like some of these characters and I would like to see them shine rather than just go through the motions of a poorly done formula read. I requested this book for read and review from the author and received it with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book
  • Ziggy Two Step - Courier Extraordinaire on Aug. 15, 2013

    This is a very short snippet that follows Ziggy Two Step over a couple of days. This is an unfortunately oblivious fellow that you want to shake and yell at to wake up. He is very self-absorbed and trying to be the best courier he can be and in so doing wreaks havoc wherever he goes. As mentioned this is a very short snippet and I do not think I could have taken much more, as by the end my frustration level was about to burst. It is funny in a sad way, but there are some chuckles to be had. There is also, what I perceived as a life lesson; be fast, be efficient, but never lose sight of what is around you or the consequences of your actions may have you knee deep in hot water. I picked this up as a free read from Smashwords.
  • Mercy Bound on Sep. 21, 2013

    Mercy Bound is my cup of mocha-choco-latte! What a wonderful beginning for a new urban fantasy series. I loved the world building and the characters who are colorful and loaded with extraordinary personalities. The writing is clean and very well done. At times it was difficult to tell who is a bad guy and who the good guys are and this made for a wonderful ride with new revelations around every corner. Mercy is a great protagonist. She is a death oracle who is able to see when and how someone is going to die and is fated to die a horrible death. She comes home to be with her aunt and while seeking a job to help with expenses her good intentions have her stumbling into a real muddle that just keeps getting worse and worse. There is action, plenty of snarky talk, betrayal, and through it all Mercy continues to show strength of character and just keeps going providing wonderful entertainment to the very end. The story's conclusion is very satisfying and leaves an opening for future installments, which I cannot wait to dive into and continue the journey. I requested this book from the author and received it with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.
  • Crime Bites and So Do I on Oct. 01, 2013

    Crime Bites and So Do I is a police procedural with a supernatural twist. The writing style of the novel is short chapters, which is a style I have really enjoyed in the past, so this is not unfamiliar territory for me. The writing is clean and easy to read. Alexis is the primary protagonist, she is the lead detective on a case of serial murders where the victims are bled dry, and was previously the lead on a series of similar cold case murders, so the current case is turned over to her. As the case progresses it appears the murders are becoming more and more personal and intended to get her attention. Interwoven in the tale is the supernatural twist of vampires and the next thing you know she is partnered with a vamp and the human population is suddenly faced with the fact that vampires exist. Of course there is much more going on, but this cannot be expounded upon without spoilers and I will not go there. Crime Bites and So Do I has a wonderful premise and a great tale to tell, however, for me it felt a bit flat. The world building, at times, was not quite believable for me, nor are the characters' reactions to this sudden fantastical change in their reality. I was having a hard time putting my thoughts into words when I read a post that described how a story could be underwritten. This turned on a light bulb for me - that is what is missing. This story came off like Dragnet's Joe Friday's request of just the facts and in my opinion a little more fleshing out could have made this a much more interesting read. As it stands it is not a bad read, it is just not remarkable when the potential is there. This book was received from the author with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.