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on April 23, 2012
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.
- A Luminous Future
on June 02, 2012
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.
- Crucible of Dust (The Clockwork Ascendancy - A Steampunk Saga)
on June 05, 2012
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.
- A Song Apart
on June 11, 2012
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.
- When Earthlings Weep
on June 23, 2012
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.
- The Crow God's Girl
on Aug. 08, 2012
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.
- The Caline Conspiracy
on Aug. 24, 2012
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.
- Angels Gate
on Sep. 12, 2012
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.
- Quest for a Dream
on Sep. 21, 2012
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.
- Sons of Heaven: The Haunted
on Oct. 31, 2012
Awesome zombie action! SO ever since I started watching “The Walking Dead” on AMC, I’ve been totally into zombies so I jumped at the chance to read this book, “Sons of Heaven: The Haunted” by Thomas Harwick. I thought it was great! Lots of action and colorful characters, and the zombies (the “Haunted”) were creepy and scary. It has the same sort of set up as most zombie post apoc stories, where a small group of survivors have to fight against the invading monsters, but this novel has many more intricate subplots and an interesting twist that sets it apart from the crowd. Must read for the zombie crowd!
- Kingdom of the Snark: The Quest for the Sword
on Jan. 06, 2013
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!!
- Return of the Crown
on Jan. 14, 2013
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!
- Sugar and Spice: A Karma Café Novella
on Jan. 14, 2013
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!
- The Seekers' Garden
on Feb. 04, 2013
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.
- Oil and Corruption
on Feb. 16, 2013
Fast paced, action packed, around the world excitement and danger. A high stakes game of power and oil exposes a dangerous corruption that sucks in “regular Joe” Jonathan Marshall into running for his life, literally. He works for the biggest oil company in the world, and sees something he shouldn’t. This book was interesting and held my attention from beginning to end. The plot was compelling and kept me on my toes. Recommend for fans of thrillers, suspense.
- Silicon Succession
on June 28, 2013
When I first started reading Silicon Succession, I really wasn’t sure if I’d like it because of an initial lack of credibility. I had a hard time believing someone would be so caviler about the sky turning all weird and red, and say that “he’ll think about it on the weekend because he had a train to catch to get to work.” What??!! How was everyone not freaking out and talking about it? What about TV? Internet? The thing is, if we were in a different reality where this would have been less of a complete freak out event, it should have been made more clear…which it wasn’t. However, once I fell into the rhythm of the story I found myself suspending my disbelief and enjoying the ride. There were a few formatting glitches and times I thought the prose was a bit long-winded and unnecessary, but overall an interesting book that I’d consider following if there is a sequel.
- The Seedbearing Prince: Part I
on July 16, 2013
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 Gods of Hinduism
on Nov. 14, 2013
"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.