I absolutely loved this book!! The premise was unique and one I hadn’t really seen before. The characters of Cassie and Trent/Jeremy were great, and I thought they had really good chemistry and their relationship was very sweet. Even though he was kind of a jerk at first he had his reasons and all he wanted to do was save her. I loved the way the story would change from Cassie and Trent’s point of views, but at first I was confused by it. I think it would’ve helped to have the chapters labeled because sometimes I didn’t know who I was reading at first. But I read this whole book in one sitting literally!
I also really liked the way that this author writes. I could perfectly see the scenes and felt like I was fully in them without them being too over described. She made nice use of all the senses and I was fully involved in the story from the first page to the last. I’ll be looking for more of her works in the future. Definitely recommend to fans of paranormal romance and YA.
This book made me laugh, cry, ponder a different time and place in history many people only now give a passing thought to in history classes. So totally transported I was to this world Mr. Teodor Flonta writes of, I found myself getting emotional (ANGRY!) at the way he was treated in school, worried every time they came for his dad, happy when he moves to Italy and finds his lovely wife, and shedding a tear as he celebrated the birth of his own grandchild. My absolute favorite line- “Here I was, not yet one day old, as squashed and dazed as any other newborn, and ready for school”. HA! What a moving story and one that I most highly recommend. There’s only the mildest of language and sex (nothing more than pg, pg13) and I think people of all ages would benefit from reading this book.
AMAZING. Crucible of Dust is the first work I’ve read by debut author C. James Leone, and I certainly hope it won’t be the last. I really enjoyed this read, and I loved how the story unfolded with a patient grace and brilliant elegance. This was a refreshing change of pace from so many books that throw everything at you right off the bat. Much of the beginning of the story is introducing us to a motley cast of characters and solidifying their role in the hero’s quest for redemption. The last third or so is the ultimate showdown between good and evil that left me hungry for more. This is an excellent start to what I hope is more work from this author, as I would be very eager to see what happens with the characters (those still alive, that is) in the future.
I read this book in one sitting! It was a fast, light read, but packed with drama and growth. It’s not what I’d consider “fluffy”, as there were some serious themes and moments that made this novel deeper and more complex than it may first seem. I like that there was a depth to the characters, and even though Kevin is living out sort of a “fantasy” life, he stays grounded in reality. Sure he meets and hooks up with a rising pop star, but the novel also touches on things like 9/11, autism, family conflicts, and harsh judging. I’d even go so far as to say that Bullying and intimidation were themes here, along with the difficulty of standing up to those intimidators and doing the right thing and believing in oneself.
I read this book in one sitting! It was confusing at first, so many characters coming and going, and I was unsure what was happening. But things ironed themselves out and I could see what was going on, and it got really good! The main character Mickey Thorn is a human/alien hybrid who has these abilities that make him a target…and a threat. He has the ability to time travel and do a bunch of other really cool things…including destroying the universe. Does he? You just have to read it and find out for yourself! Very entertaining and perfect for those who like any sort of fantasy/paranormal/science-fiction reads.
Crow God’s Girl by Patrice Sarath combines many elements of popular modern fantasy and mixes it up with an otherworldly feel of the past. No easy feat, to say the least. There was so much going on in this book I felt at times I should be taking notes to keep track of who was who… This wasn’t a light and easy read for me, I really had to focus on the story….it is an epic fantasy with a large cast of characters, some more developed and clearer to imagine than others. The pace was good, however, I found the last third to be the best part…I literally could not stop reading! Overall the plot was stunning, and the writing excellent. There were some punctuation misses, nothing too glaring, and I’d recommend this book for older teens and adults, even though it is YA it is complex and intelligently created so even older readers will like it.
A beloved companion is accused of murder, but in this case it isn’t a person but a pet named Madeline. Madeline is special, she is created to be the perfect companion to her owner. Unfortunately one of her owners ends up dead, and his widow swears that Madeline is innocent. But who would want to frame a caline? Why? “The Caline Conspiracy” starts off strong and pulls you right into the thick of the action. The writing is great…one of the things that drives me nuts are when authors are all “tell” and no “show”, but M.H. Mead pulls you right into the action the whole way. This novel ended up being a lot different than what I expected, and in a good way. I thought it would be more serious…formal almost (In my experience most science fiction takes itself way too seriously). But that wasn’t the case here. The tone was easy, almost causal, with a perfect balance of lightheartedness (with the scenes with the other characters) that balanced out the darker subjects perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and would love to read more from this author in the future.
This was a truly great story. Hands down. Right off the bat we are swept into the world of the local surfers Randy, Scott, Terry, and Jeff, who have a dream about building a hotel in Costa Rica. So of course they need money…lots of it. At first they try selling drugs, but after a while they are forced to find other avenues of cash flow. With their unique positions of working at an airline, the boys devise a plan that exceeds even their wildest expectations. And then the real trouble starts. I literally devoured this book every chance I had because it was so interesting! It was really cool to see it from the criminal POV, and there were just so many other details in there it seems as if this book could have only been written from someone who was there (hmmmmm…). But this was a really great crime novel and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys an engrossing read.
This was a very different type of novel that what I normally read, but I can’t say that I was disappointed. It was unusual in the sense that it dealt more with surrealism and some mild existentialism, so it isn’t exactly a light and fluffy beach read –yet it does have a very easy-going tone about it. If that sounds contradictory, it’s just that the author delves into some heavy mental subjects matter, yet it never takes itself too serious and has many laugh-out-loud moments. The main character Dani never loses her sense of humor, and her friends are also great for lessening the tension. I didn’t see any editing mistakes which is good, and thought the plot was very creative.
Pure unexpected awesomeness! There’s NOTHING worse than reading a book that tries to be funny (or punny) and fails. Well, this sure wasn’t the case here! I’m pretty jaded with these types of books cause I’ve read so many, but I was genuinely impressed with the way that the author created a sort of parallel comedy world to one that felt familiar, and gave it a bitingly sarcastic twist. But at the same time there was a great storyline and you want to see how it will all turn out. Really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next one, especially because it leaves us right in the middle of a climax moment! Ahhhh!!
This is one of those books where the synopsis (the book description) does not do it justice at all. Not that it’s bad, I just don’t know how intrigued I’d be to read it just on that alone. It just sounds pretty run-of-the-mill for these types of books. Well, I’m glad I gave it a shot because this book was amazing! And so much happens, and there are so many cool characters and magical creatures, it’s hard to describe, you just have to experience it for yourself. I loved the epilogue and hope this mean that there will be another, although this novel does seem like a standalone. Oh well, one can hope!
Short but oh so sweet. “Sugar and Spice” by Tawny Weber gets its name from a line of shoes that the H/H work on, and it is doubly fitting is this sweet and hot tale of desire and reward. Paul Chastain is the powerful owner of a shoe company who is in a sticky situation, and his secretary Dedra has her own secret desires when it comes to their relationship. A fast-paced story that I read in one sitting and really enjoyed!
I must admit at first I wondered where everything was going in this novel. I was instantly curious, though, and enjoyed each of the different characters (Marcia, Iris, Zane, Lea, ) and thought they felt authentic and real. This book is constantly shifting point of views, so if this is something that bothers you, than this might not be the book for you. I thought it worked wonderfully as it gave us a bird’s-eye-view into everyone’s lives, but without revealing too much. As I mentioned, at first I wondered where it was all headed, but when the pieces came together I was highly impressed with the way the Isa Ritchie managed to weave such a remarkable story. I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Dayn Ro’Halan lives in the world of Shard working on his family farm. He dreams of “offworld adventure” and wants to race in the torrent. This opening reminded me a bit of Star Wars, but in a great way. From the very first pages of this book to the last the story flowed smoothly with a functioning, cohesive plot. I can’t stand when an epic fantasy adventure meanders all over the place with no coherent central focus. As with any fantasy novel sometimes the names can get a bit confusing, but they are fun to read. Mr. Sanders style of writing is clear and intelligent, and this was a surprisingly easy read, and gripped my imagination in a way that few novels have done for me lately. His effortless prose reads like one from a seasoned pro. My only real complaint is that I don’t have the next one already, and that’s pretty brutal considering how the book ends. “The Seedbearing Prince” could easily find a nice home on any bookstore shelf and hold its own. Clean enough for younger readers, and exciting and intelligent enough for older ones.
"Many, Many Many God of Hinduism” is literally the first book I’ve ever read on or about Hinduism and I’m so glad I did! I hate to admit it but I honestly never knew that Hinduism was so fascinating and multifaceted and like the living tree it talks about (The Great Banyan)…I love so many things about it! You would really have to spend more time studying in depth this is just a glimpse into a huge religion and culture but it is a good survey of a broad landscape. I never knew that “chakras” were an Indian/Hindu thing and I like that it explains about the person connecting with the spiritual, but it also places high emphasis on the physical. I really can’t think of another religion that does that. It just makes a lot of sense that everything would need to be in harmony. To me this is one book that many, many, many people should read.
"The Angela Suite” by Anthony Green is one sexy and dark drama novel! But it’s also funny, sad, and feels genuine. But this is the kind of book I like to read because I’m not sure I’d actually want to experience these types of relationships or encounters myself, but they sure are juicy to read about! Terence and Angela were patients at a rehab center and they run into each other again several months later. She’s an alcoholic lesbian but they embark on an unexpected relationship that ends… well, you just have to see for yourself how it ends. From blindfolds to ‘tapes’, this duo pushes the boundaries and there is a price to pay. A fascinating book, one that isn’t without its issues but still a captivating read. Recommended for mature readers only.
This was a hot and sexy read that surprised me. I wasn’t surprised by the first romance… but I was by the second! Let me just say that if you are into forbidden fantasies than this is a great book for you. Because as we all know forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest! Lol. I liked that there was a lot of dialogue and talking in this book and we get to know the characters that way instead of the author ‘telling’ us things. But in my opinion sometimes the conversations stretched out and didn’t really go anywhere and just talked about mundane, boring things. But to be faire, some of the sex scenes (or almost sex scenes) were legit the hottest I’ve read anywhere! And Cotton Nightie has a knack for describing sexy tension perfectly. I enjoyed this book a lot even if I admit I skimmed past some parts to get to the ‘good stuff’ haha.
"Defenders of the Flame” is the first novel I’ve read from this author, Sylvia Engdahl, but now that I have, I’m really interested in reading more from her. This book was so good!!! I always find SciFi novels to be a bit of a mixed bag, with most of them recycle the same tired, overused plot clichés, while a few branch out with fresh new ideas and original thinking. Fortunately for me this novel was the latter, and I was impressed with the quality of writing. Then I found out the author has quite a body of work, and it is evident that she has really honed her craft. I love the universe Ms. Engdahl created and the descriptions were amazing, like we were really there in the story or watching a movie play out (now there’s an idea!) At the end she mentions how this was technically supposed to wrap up a series, however it works great as a standalone and I will check out her other books now.
Legio XVII: Roman Legion at War” is well-researched and genuinely interesting. A great story that would fit nicely amongst the shelves in any major bookstore. I loved how I felt like I learned something that I never knew before, lots of things, actually. And while military fiction isn’t normally my thing, I’ve really liked movies like “Gladiator” and books like “Unbroken” and while I know aren’t the same exactly, this book kind of reminded me of a weird blend between the two… plus lots of battles and fighting. I’m not sure what was “fact” and what was “fiction” and I suppose that’s the point. The descriptions were amazing – you can feel the heat on your skin, the dust in your eyes, the smell of blood and the stench of death around you. And even though I was unfamiliar with some of the terminology and phrasing, history really came alive in these pages. The maps and drawings were really helpful, as were the appendices at the end. There were some confusing time jumps and at times I thought it almost sounded like a ‘report’ of events as opposed to a novel. I’m not sure if the author will write more in the future (I hope so!) because he is really very good, I just think it could have benefitted from more dialogue and conversations moving the story forward as opposed to so much narrative. But it was really very good and I’m going to recommend to my father who is a Roman history fanatic!
This is the third book I’ve now read from this author, the first two being “Along the Watchtower” and “There Comes a Prophet”. I really enjoyed both of them and gave them and the author high praise for his skillful writing and unique style of storytelling that is original and fresh, but completely relatable. Well, as much as I loved the other two, in my opinion “The Daughter of Sea and Sky” was even better!! I didn’t want to stop reading until I’d finished the whole thing, and when I did I had tears in my eyes. Mr. Litwack is, as I’ve said, a great writer and storyteller. I especially appreciate that this novel makes you think, and even though its technically a ‘fantasy-world’, in a way it’s a great metaphor for not only how things are now (always one side against other), but perhaps see how both sides need each other to flourish. I don’t want to give away too much. Just read it – you won’t be disappointed.
Wow. I don’t really even know how to put into words how much I loved this book! Normally I don’t get all giddy over short stores, but these were really, really good! Even the ones that weren’t necessarily my ‘favorite’ were still so masterfully well written, I can’t believe this is Ron Parsons ‘debut collection’. He writes like an old pro. How he’s able to inject such complex characters and deep storylines into so few pages is remarkable. I feel like many of these short stories had more ‘story’ to them than many full length novels I’ve read! Very impressive for any author, let alone a debut one. Ron Parsons has a brilliant future for sure, and I for one will be watching.
WARNING…when starting this book make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with an explosive, unforgettable beginning and just keeps going. The characters of Max and Sally (and the others) were genuine and believable, and I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really awesome story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. Loved the message throughout, and how Max is able to reconnect with his faith even when he is tested. I can see fans of Christian fiction eagerly gobbling this one down. Suitable for all ages.
"Thadius” by Lawrence BoarerPitchford is a different type of book than I normally read, but I very much enjoyed it, nonetheless. It is a combination of historical fiction (as it is set in a time and place near the ancient Roman Republic), but also combines the elements of mystery, political thriller, and fast-paced action. The writing was very descriptive and the language used felt very authentic for creating the believable world-building of the era. This was a richly captivating book that was unlike any I’d read. Recommend for adults as there are some mature themes and scenes.