Jane Lavuire


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  • Eagles In The Flesh on June 27, 2013

    This book is awesome! It took me on a thrilling adventure through great cleverly written writing and such a unique plot. This book blends together so many different literary elements so perfectly that it's actually quite astonishing, I felt uplifted at some points and down at others; at some points I could feel the humor right from the book and then a few chapters later I would feel the loss being portrayed later on. I haven't came across a book as unique as this in a long time, it's definitely different and original and put together really well. I'm very glad I came across this book, I would compare it to a roller coaster ride packed with emotion.
  • Vampiris Sancti: The Immaculate Adventures of One Florian Ribeni on July 05, 2013

    A fascinating journey through a perception of a world much unlike our own. A world with many races and types of characters such as intelligent vampires, mages, and demons are a part of what makes this book so intricate. The author's writing style manages to pull off adding many different elements into one great plot, it's very detailed and articulate and it's a major factor in why I respect the writer so much. Katri Cadew doesn't just write in a way that tells a story, she writes a style that is so visually rich that it shows you what she is trying to express. This book focuses on Florian, who becomes a vampire runner - part of a vampire militia, Florian finds himself defending a younger vampire who is trying to escape a succubi cult which leads him on an exhilarating adventure. We follow him on his journey throughout various escapades that have many twists and turns that I never would have expected. If you're into sophisticated books with a well-thought out background and characters, then this book is for you
  • Vampiris Sancti: The Elf on July 05, 2013

    I bought this book due to a recommendation from a friend and I must say that it went far beyond my expectations. I've always loved fantasy books and am usually quite critical to most but there wasn't really anything at all that I didn't think went well in this book and that I would have changed. The backgrounds of all the different races and characters are really original and their interactions and relationships with each other also make for some great scenes. I particularly enjoyed the histories behind all the characters and how they played into the history of the setting, there's a solid background throughout that really makes the book very enjoyable and detailed. I'm very glad I made the decision to follow up on my friend's advice
  • Vampiris Sancti: The Vampire on July 05, 2013

    I liked this book a lot because it gives a really unique spin to the often generic stories involving vampires. In Vampiris Sancti: The Vampire, you won't be meeting your average stereotypical unearthly characters - the whole book is really original and has some really good twists and turns that made me not want to stop reading. The "victim" (depending on who you ask) is placed in a very terrifying environment and is forced to create her own destiny through much hardship. It's nice to have a different vampire book for once that don't share all the same qualities as all the others in most books
  • Vampiris Sancti: The Demon Prince on July 05, 2013

    Another great Vampiris Sancti book! The author has managed to come up with a really unique environment and world that really is unlike no other, taking you on a magical and entertaining adventure through really high quality writing and perfectly executed storytelling. In this book we look at the otherworldly environment through the eyes of a male's perception, seeing how he views this strange world and his view about ruling it while trying to tame a wild elf, if you're looking for one of the best fantasy books in the genre then you have to check out this - Katri Cardew never fails to amaze me
  • Don't Call Me Baby on Aug. 04, 2013

    A perfectly articulated book that stays captivating from start to finish. The author has a distinct and powerful way of expressing the story through a mix of mystery and suspense, giving the reader just enough detail in a scene to leave them wondering what is going to happen next, and I must say that it doesn’t always turn out how you think it might. The plot of the story itself is very unique, much unlike anything I have read before – it’s evident that a lot of thought and time have gone into making this book the best it can possibly be. The characters themselves all fit really well into the overall story, they have enough detail that they seem like-like but at the same time not over the top. They each are all very original and are significant to the story in their own special way. Overall it’s definitely one of the best books that I have read all year, I highly recommend it for anyone looking for something that’s refreshingly new
  • Invasion of Privacy and Other Short Stories on Aug. 20, 2013

    The author is very talented and eloquent. I thought that every story was just as good as the last and they are all each and unique in their own special way. Each plot is captivating with twists and turns that I never saw coming and the characters are really dynamic and definitely well-thought out. I highly recommend this read if you're looking for something refreshingly new, I will definitely be looking out for future releases by the author
  • Don't Shed A Tear on Sep. 24, 2013

    Betty Byers offers the reader a vivid and well-constructed plot that is expressed by an eloquent and engaging writing style. I was hooked within the first few pages and found myself devouring each chapter as I simply just couldn't wait to find out how the story was going to play out. I don't want to leave any spoilers in this review, as this is one of those 'hidden gems' of kindle, but I will say that this is something that any thriller/mystery genre fan can appreciate and enjoy. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future releases
  • You Got The Job! Resume Companion-Overcoming the Perception of Being Over Qualified in Today's Job Market on Oct. 17, 2013

    I am very impressed with this book. I wish I had this resource available when I first began my job hunting when I was younger, I am sure it would have saved me a lot of time and from a lot of resume related stress. The advice is professional and straightforward, there's no filler and 'fluff' and it's evident that the author really cares about helping reads and not just in it for a few extra bucks. I truly am satisfied with this book and I am looking forward to putting my new-found knowledge into practice
  • Section 51 on Nov. 17, 2013

    After finishing this book, I can definitely say that I am very happy that I stumbled upon VG Harrison. The book description really had me curious but I had no idea that the story was going to play out in the way that it did and more so by how well the story would be expressed. The plot is clearly well-thought-out and it's evident to me that the author is really passionate about his craft and has put a lot of effort into perfecting this work in every way possible. I really admire the eloquent, visually rich writing style that expresses the story in a manner that gives you a lot of detail when needed and a much more mysterious style when the plot requires, during a suspenseful scene. I am also particularly impressed by the character development and how they fit so well into the story, VG Harrison has incorporated many different themes from other genres into one final blend that makes for a great new addition to the sci-fi genre. The author really makes use of a lot of great literary elements almost flawlessly and the end result is a book that is sure to impress even the most critical readers out there, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future releases!
  • One Second To Midnight on May 26, 2014

    Finally! A well-written thriller that's genuinely unique and unlike all of the other mainstream, generic garbage being released these days. Tony Hart-Wilden has seemingly mastered the craft when it comes to writing thrillers that keep you on the edge from start to finish with many well-executed twists and turns. What I personally admire about this book is the horror/paranormal element, it's not over-the-top or to the point that it takes away from the thriller side of the book, but it definitely adds a new layer and vibe of suspense to the read that compliments the overall unique feel that can be found from start to finish in One Second To Midnight. The protagonist, Vincent Anderson, really stood out to me due to the vivid writing style that is used to express his interactions and dialogue with other characters throughout the book - the author knows how to make the characters seem almost real and life-like, without bogging down the reader with too many details and words. The battles at Stonehenge and Dracula's castle are awesome and I'm sure even the most critical readers out there will love the raw, action-packed nature of such scenes that can be found in this book essentially from start to finish; the momentum of the book keeps up at a smooth,face pace - and though there were a few minor 'bumpy' bits, I know for sure that this won't be the last book that I read by the author. Overall, I give this book 4/5 stars. There were a few parts I skipped over, but other than that, the book is DEFINITELY worth the read if you're an avid thriller fan/reader that is looking for a unique perspective and twist to the genre.
  • Code X Discovery on Jan. 28, 2016

    I’ve always been diehard fan of the thriller genre and have recently found that the sci-fi genre is starting to grow on me, so I couldn’t resist going into this book with intrigue and, admittedly, high expectations. That being said, I can say that author Michael Vallone has more than met my expectations and left me very satisfied with the read. The author blends the defining elements of each genre together near-perfectly and the end result is a read that is unique, interesting, and above all, well-written. I must also comment on the characters, especially Dr. Collins, they are put together excellently and their dialogue between each other flows in a realistic manner. I recommend this to readers looking for a new spin on the genres that is fresh and entertaining.
  • Fairalon on March 03, 2016

    In an attempt to put it briefly, “Fairalon” is by far one of the most creative and unique fantasy books that I have come across over the past few months. This is the first book that I have read by author TJ Roberts, so I must admit I didn’t really know what to expect at first. But having said that, I realized early on that deciding to give “Fairalon” a chance was certainly a good decision. What I admire most about this book is how well-constructed the characters are. They are all dynamic and quite realistic in their own unique ways many of them, especially the protagonist Iris, also have very varied strengths and weaknesses that contrast with each other to overall make the characters seem very three-dimensional. As well as this, I also must comment on the illustrations. They are excellent and contrast with the text in a way that allowed me to easily visualize the different environments and scenes of the story – it’s a great addition to the book. In summary, I enjoyed the read and I highly recommend it. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future releases by the author.
  • Shakespeare Ashes on June 05, 2016

    First of all, I must say that author Chris DeBrie’s “Shakespeare Ashes” is far from the average, typical book that I usually find myself reading – and honestly, I’d consider this book to be a very ‘hit’ or ‘miss’ for most people out there. That being said, I suppose the fact that the book is so different to my usual tastes is where the allure of the read lies and now that I’ve finished the book, I can definitely say that I’m glad I gave it a chance as it has not only left me impressed due to its sheer creativity and uniqueness, but also with an author name to keep an eye on in anticipation of future releases. I’m really not sure what, if I had to, genre I would say that this book fits under – it simply really doesn’t fit any typical labels out there and it’s so unpredictable (and somewhat bizarre) that its incredibly hard to foresee what is going to happen next as each chapter progresses into the next. One major aspect that did stand out to me is the author’s sense of humor; it is very, very rare that I find myself laughing out loud at a book, but I couldn’t help but give out a few laughs, especially when it came to the character of Robbie, who I personally think contributes the most substance to the book. Overall, I’m left more than satisfied and certainly entertained. As I mentioned earlier, I think this book will either be a drastic ‘hit’ or ‘miss’ for most people, but I can fortunately say that it has turned out to be a hit with me to the point that I’d be willing to read more by the author soon.
  • Beginnings: Ahe'ey, Episode 1 on Sep. 27, 2016

    “Beginnings” is the first book that I have read by author Jamie Le Fay, but I am sure that it will not be the last because it has given me a great first impression of the author’s raw writing ability, and left me eager to see what else the author has to offer readers as the series plays out. This is the type of book that I consider to not really be tied down to any specific kind of genre. The author has incorporated many influences and elements that one would typically come across in fantasy/sci-fi reads, yet there’s also a very strong suspenseful and captivating undertone to the plot and writing style that gave the read an almost thriller-like vibe for me personally. There’s also plenty of romance and a few empowering themes related to gender as well as strong female characters, which I personally admire greatly. In an attempt to put it briefly, “Beginnings” is a great start to the Ahe’ey series and I look forward to seeing what’s next!
  • Gravitational Pull: Ahe'ey, Episode 2 on Sep. 27, 2016

    Book 2 in the Ahe’ey series picks up with the same kind of hard-hitting, strong momentum that can be found in the first book in the series. I was impressed enough by the first book that I decided to give this a read right away and I must say I think it’s just as good, if not better (I was especially glad to see more of Gabriel). Anyone who has already delved into the series will know what to expect here, but for new readers – I suggest not looking at this as a standalone type of read, the author has crafted a very unique story here that I think should be begun from the very beginning for it to be fully appreciated. It’s not the longest book in the world, but it definitely packs a punch on just about every page and further piqued my interest to the point that I’m excited to move onto the next one as soon as I get the chance