Jhonni Parker

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  • A Luminous Future on June 30, 2012

    This book was incredible! "A Luminous Future" by Teodor Flonta is a narrative autobiography/memoir that recants his early life in Transylvania. I admit that a book such as this is outside my normal “comfort zone” for reading, and I wasn’t entirely convinced that I would be all that interested in it. I decided to try 1 or 2 chapters, just so I could say I tried it. Well, am I glad I did! Not only did I absolutely LOVE it, I think this is the best book I’ve read all year! The problem I always have when trying to learn about history or other cultures is that is seems really dry, or presented in a way that I can’t connect to. In this book I immediately felt like I was not only a part of the story, but a part of this wonderful family. I felt like I was Teodor, and was really experiencing life the way he did. I can’t believe how amazing this book was, and I read it in two nights (a record for me). It was PERFECTLY edited, something that is really rare in self-published books. So I give the author much credit for the professionalism in which he displayed in the publication of this novel. In my opinion it was well worth every cent and I highly recommend it to others, even if it’s not your typical read. Try it, you might be surprised. And you might learn something.
  • Blood Skies (Book 1) on Aug. 30, 2012

    This book was epic! First let me just start off by saying that I had totally sworn off the whole “vampire thing”, and let out a small groan when I realized that this post-apocalyptic/ sci-fi/fantasy novel had lots of them. But I soon realized that this was no ordinary vamp novel, in fact if they were ALL like this I’d be in heaven! THIS is dark fantasy done right! The writing was evocative and disturbing and beautifully descriptive, down to the creepiest detail. I read this book cover to cover in the course of 2 nights and am anxious to start the next asap!
  • Margaret of the North on Aug. 30, 2012

    Loved this book! Wow, I only just finished it a few hours ago and I can’t get it out of my mind! I wanted to stay forever lost in the pages of this story, never to leave. I love the way the E. Journey writes, the words seemed to almost put me in a trance at times! I was totally pulled into Margaret’s world and felt her struggles along with her as she navigated the terrain of her new life and all the conflicts that came with it. Was this book perfect? Of course not…no book is. But what it did do was provide me with hours of blissful escapism for a teeny tiny price and for me that is pure heaven! This novel is in my mind a wonderful companion to the “North and South” miniseries and stands in its own right. I’d definitely love to read more from this author in the future as she has a new fan in me!
  • Sugar and Spice: A Karma Café Novella on Jan. 22, 2013

    Dedra Hansen is the plain-jane assistant to the dashing Paul Chastain. She lusts after him, but he is getting ready to marry someone else. However, his marriage is more for business purposes and not for real love. But Dedra can’t stand the thought of him being with the woman she despises, so after she secretly tenders her resignation to his brother, she devises a plan for seduction with the help of her mysterious and quirky friend from the Karma Café. What follows is an interesting encounter that is sure to titillate and please! Easy to read, and quick paced with a satisfying conclusion, “Sugar and Spice” should be in the library of every romance lover’s collection.
  • Return of the Crown on Jan. 22, 2013

    I loved this book! Fantastic fantasy adventure suitable for all ages. The heroine, Princess Ravyn, is a teen, but this isn’t just another YA fantasy book. There is little to no angst, and it is not a romance (thank God). The writing very strong and the plot is compelling and intelligent enough for adults to be hooked as well. Recommend for fans of the fantasy genre, as well as action or adventure. Would love to read more from this author in the future.
  • Peas, Beans & Corn (Book 2 in The Sovereign Series) on Aug. 11, 2013

    This is one of those novels that will stay with you long after you have finished reading, and you will end the book 1) feeling that you had just been to another place with new friends, and 2) wishing there was more. I hope the author continues this series and I was happy to have discovered her and her books! There is a charming simplicity to the story, and I liked that it was set in the small town and everyone had their little groups and clubs to show the roles of the people and their interactions on day to day life. At times I thought the story could benefit from more heightened tension in order to really propel the story forward, and there were a lot of characters to keep track of (that were often referred to by first and last name, which I though was a tad odd). This is definitely a different type of book in terms of writing style and narration, but the characters are likeable enough and quirky (always a bonus), and the charming setting is described in lyrical detail. Recommend for fans of women’s fiction and romance.
  • The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky on Aug. 11, 2014

    just lovely. This book kept me enraptured for hours, even though it’s not normally the type of book I gravitate towards (I prefer romance or more action). But I’d read another book by this same author a while ago and liked it so I gave it a shot. For the most part it is great, but there were some confusing parts and a few places where I thought it was kind of slow and there was too much “writing” and describing going on and not enough action. This is a very “talky” book with much of the external and internal conflicts arising through dialogue and how people interact. Not that this is a bad thing, it was sweet and conveyed a great message, along with a subtle (or not so subtle) commentary on how we might view others who don’t think the same way we do, and how this is at our own peril. Definitely worth checking out and is pretty much suitable for almost all ages (teens and older) although I think it is more of an adult book.
  • The Sense of Touch on Aug. 11, 2014

    I thought it was really impressive how the author Ron Parsons was able to create such vivid scenes, and how he can create wholly new atmosphere and characters in such a short time span and do it so convincingly. Each story felt fresh and new and like we are getting snapshots of these characters lives that are taken at just the exact right moment. The ‘money shot’ if you will. Loved the fast pace of the plots and the writing; there’s no room for needless prose, thank goodness. (I’ve read too many authors who think ‘more is more’. No it isn’t!) You can practically taste the air as the characters moved and walked around, and I was entranced by how everything unfolded. Definitely worth reading, and I highly recommend it!
  • Connecting the Dots: Man, God, Angels, and Demons on Sep. 14, 2015

    One of the more different books I’ve read all year, and hands down the most impactful and unforgettable. “Connecting The Dots: Man, God, Angels, and Demons” by Dave Shaw is certainly not a quick, breezy read, nor should it be. There are some deep subjects here that require, and receive, a closer examination and speculation from different perspectives. I was drawn into the author’s premise about questioning Satan’s role on Earth and as a part of God’s plan…. Because who hasn’t asked the question that if there really is a God, and that God is good, why would he allow such evil to be on Earth? While this is just a fraction of the ground that Dave Shaw covers in his book, it does provide insight from a scholarly, biblical, and personal point of view. Drawing from the Bible and examine the contents in historical context in a straightforward, but easy to follow manner, this was a smooth ride even for someone who might not be 100% Christian… there are some wonderful lessons and stories here, and the writing is excellent. Looking forward to more from Dave Shaw!
  • The End of Summer on Nov. 09, 2015

    An interesting storyline, quirky characters, and the fast-paced action makes “The End of Summer” by Irving Munro a very entertaining read. This is the first I’ve read from this author, but I like his style and look forward to reading more. Enjoyed the ‘putting together’ of the clues and tracking down the killer… I liked the leads a lot (Bill and Tommy) but all the other characters were described well and are unique in their own right. I did like the author’s writing style for the most part, even though there were some grammar and punctuation issues (not entirely uncommon for kindle books). The plot was really original and the action fast paced. This didn’t feel like a cut and paste stereotypical procedural thriller. Recommend for police/crime thriller fans. This book was easy to read quickly and the end makes it seem like the story (or series) will continue. Great! Looking forward to more.
  • What's Left is Right on Nov. 09, 2015

    Okay, I do not even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “What’s Left is Right” by author Irving Munro is just flat out interesting mystery/thriller/suspense/novel that is easy to read and hard to put down. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was great. The strong word choice and fluid prose and authentic dialogue with the characters (especially in regards to ‘police and military speak’) makes it a very easy book to lose yourself in. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. The interweaving plotlines were complex enough to keep me interested and engaged, but no so much where you get confused…All leading to a satisfying, bittersweet ending. Ready for more Bill Ross and team!
  • Gol on Jan. 08, 2016

    this book was great… lots of fun to read and very creative. Describing it is a hard task! All sorts of interesting characters, creatures, humans, and non-humans, and a terrific mix of fantasy, adventure, and danger and magic. Although I did think the beginning started off kind of slow until I got more of a feel about this new world and the characters and their backgrounds, once things got moving along I really got hooked. I liked that it was so descriptive that we can really put ourselves inside Gol and the various character’s perspectives. Fabulous narrative prose and the language was very authentic. Recommend for fantasy fans who want a fun, literary read. Looking forward to the next one of the Legends of Ansu!)
  • The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses on Jan. 08, 2016

    wow, what a crazy, mind-bending novel! This was a totally unexpected for me, to be honest… from the description I was a little confused just what to expect, but I was intrigued by the quality writing sample and decided to dive right in. Well I wasn’t disappointed at all, in fact I think that “The Urban Boys” is by far one of the more well-thought out and relevant books I’ve read in a while. I like how it felt like we were so involved as each different character showed us their story and I loved how K.N. Smith writes very descriptively and with great passion. I kept wondering how it would all wrap up, and if it would work… but it totally did. Now we just need the next one!
  • Rogue Event on Jan. 18, 2016

    "Rogue Event” by J.M. Erickson was an interesting mix of dystopian, action, high-stakes drama, science fiction, and dare I say, a psychological adventure? I can’t quite say that I’ve ever really read anything like it before, and even though it’s a fast read that I finished in the span of an evening (less than…) I loved the level of detailing and thought to the futuristic world development… There are many complex subplots woven throughout and we experience through different characters perspectives. The book is divided into 6 ‘sections’, but it all reads as a cohesive novella. I saw some minor editing/proofing things and honestly didn’t like the ending…. Felt like I was on a great date that was suddenly over out of nowhere and never see the person again. But an enjoyable, memorable experience nonetheless.
  • The Shattered Crown on Feb. 26, 2016

    This is my third novel now by J.W. Webb, and they have all been very, very good. I like the fact that “Shattered Crown” (Legends of Ansu) is a fully-realized fantasy without all the bloat. Webb fills you in as we go without getting bogged down in describing every last thing. The story moves forward and you can't help but get sucked into Webb’s strong narrative. And I haven't even begun to talk about the characters, which were amazing. Corin is the type of fantasy hero we like to root for, and I enjoyed watching his relationship with Queen Ariane develop over the course of the action. Some similar themes and motifs found in typical fantasy lore, but as usual Webb does a fantastic job of putting his own unique spin on them. The ending is one that will make you want the next book handy! Recommend for (adult) fans of epic/high fantasy.
  • Friend & Foe on May 02, 2016

    well, “Friend & Foe” by Nik Olsen took me a long while to read, but in the end I’d say it was worth it! I like how everything came together, and I enjoyed every page! Anyways, the themes and events that happen are relatable to modern day, yet with a new spin – a fresh voice. The author writes VERY well… very descriptive and strong and we feel like we are there almost like watching a movie or something. The editing could use a little cleaning up, but it wasn’t that bad. Ben and Joe are dynamic protagonists who really shed light on so many subjects and pull you into their world. The takeaway is satisfying, and overall a complex, almost surreal novel that pushes the boundaries of typical literature. Recommend!
  • Not Black and White: From The Very Windy City to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on May 02, 2016

    4.5 stars First, I have to say that I don’t normally read books that are about politics, but considering what is happening with our elections today and the state our country is in because of Obama, I was curious to see what this book had to say. Color me impressed!! And I was surprised to read that this is the author’s first fiction novel. There is such strong, vivid writing, and the characters are all fascinating, flawed, and going through their own problems. Liked Mars, Sam, Malik…Everything just felt “authentic” for lack of a better word. Dialogue, interactions, scenes, descriptions…All in all a very good read that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing…try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! And you may notice some familiar “characters” as well.
  • The Lost Prince on June 08, 2016

    6.0 stars. Another unbelievably good book by J.W. Webb. If you liked the ‘Game of Thrones” or the “Lord of the Rings” books, then you will love this whole series. In addition to creating a superb story with a tight plot and with all his books, and unforgettable characters, Webb advances in subtle but very interesting ways the larger story arc of the series in “Lost Prince” where we are reunited with characters of the prior story and introduced to many new ones as well. This is not a fast read by any stretch, and it will take some time, but it’s totally worth it. I’ve told so many people that they need to read this series. It is so good!!!
  • Portia's Revelation on July 08, 2016

    4.5 stars wow, “Portia’s Revelation” By Rich Tenaglia was awesome! Loved it! I haven’t read a ‘literary-fantasy’ like that in a long time, if ever. For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero/heroine, but instead all had baggage, motivations, secrets, and I don’t want to focus too much on it, but I thought the historical Roman and mythology aspect and context of the story was pretty cool too. It felt pretty modern and relevant, but had a distinctive differences between today’s time and back then… but it’s funny how some things never change! All came together to create a fresh-feeling novel that was out of the ordinary and kept me engaged throughout. This was a standalone novel -not a part of any series, it appears- but I hope the author Rich Tenaglia writes more like this in the future. I’d be reading it! Oh, and I really like the cover.