A stalker is watching author Monica Townsend from the shadows. She is kidnapped, and later rescued by the local cop Chase Travers, a man with his own problems. After he saves her they are forced to flee for her safety, with Chase the cop protecting Monica. They end up falling for each other, but can’t be together.
I admit that I kept thinking that this was going to be a predictable story and I had it all figured out. But I was wrong more often than not and I liked that! This novel is on the shorter side (I read it in the span of an evening), but so much is condensed in these pages that it seems like I read much, much more than I actually did. I thought the writing was great and the plot had enough twists and turns to keep me hooked from start to finish. If I had one minor gripe it was the frequent use of italics to show the characters inner dialogue, and for me it was distracting and slowed me down. But I really liked it and would love to read more about Monica and Chase in the future.
The Main character is a younger/middle-aged gentleman (I believe) named Hammond Flynn who was once in a group called the “Order of the Penitent Blade”, a group in my mind was much like the knights of the Middle Ages duty bound to uphold the notion of Good, Purity, Strength, and Wellness for all. When a horrible event leaves him feeling defeated and suffering guilt and shame, he is left alone as his home town and his comrades are killed by a nefarious power. Without giving away the whole plot, the story “Crucible of Dust” follows Flynn as he attempts to face his past, and the horrifying and unexpected consequences he faces. Part fantasy, part steampunk, part action, and all literary, this book has it all. It is short, but oh so sweet. I highly recommend this book if you want something great to read that isn’t much of a time commitment, but has all the payoffs as a full-length novel.
Right away I was sucked into this book by the interesting opening, clear narrative, and great dialogue. Then it slowed down considerably for my as the author did a bunch of “telling” back story that in my mind would have been better shown in bits and pieces throughout the novel instead of info dumping right off the bat. But then it picked up again and was very good! I felt like I was a part of the story (instead of outside looking in – I hate that!) and the pace was nice and quick. I finished this book in the course of an evening and was happy with the ending. It was a satisfying and sweet conclusion that was natural and not forced. This novel will definitely appeal to music fans and teens, but I also think it has qualities that an older audience can appreciate – there are many layers, each with its own lessons to be learned. I’d be interested in reading more form this author in the future and recommend this novel to others.
Wow, this book was really amazing. SO much was always happening, at times I almost felt like I was reading five novels at once! When Earthlings Weep is a science-fiction book written in the 3rd person present which was a new experience for me. It was fast paced with shorter chapters, and an engaging plot that had some pretty crazy twists. And many different characters to keep things interesting. Once I got used to the style of writing, I have to say that I liked the story very much and would love to read more from this author!
There is nothing that bugs me more than reading a historical novel, whether it be a romance, drama, thriller, mystery, or what have you, where it is clear that the author either didn’t do her research, or was just misinformed. And it seems like I have been running across many of these types of novels as of late. So it is with great pleasure that I find myself singing the praises of “Regulated for Murder: A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thriller” (quite a mouthful!) by Suzanne Adair. A story that felt as authentic as it gets without reading from a history book. I appreciated the attention to detail and lack of anachronisms. The editing was near flawless and the characters were well-developed. And the plot? Well it kept me up until the wee hours of the night…but it was very worth it! The pacing was spot on and I love the fact that I actually learned something while reading a book that was very entertaining.
I call these types of books my “guilty pleasure readings” because they are so much fun!I love the chemistry between Paul and Dedra, and really felt like I was part of their relationship. I only wish it was longer! Seriously, I feel like a whole book could be made from these characters and their backstory and conflict and future. But this was a delicious slice of their lives, and I’m happy I read it! Recommended for mature readers only as it is on the steamy side.
Ok, I admit I’m not a huge fan of “fantasy”. I like my novels as realistic as possible, and I’m not particularly a fan of “teen” heroes/heroines. So why did I read this book? Well, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone for a bit and try to expand my horizons. The synopsis seemed straightforward enough, and I could tell by the sample pages that the author actually knew how to write. So I gave it a shot. Imagine my surprise when I started reading only intending to read a few chapters and before I knew it I’d crossed the 60% mark! I just didn’t want to stop, it was that good! I found myself wholly immersed in the world Ms. Burns created and was rooting for young Ravyn and crew. And I hated Zelera SO MUCH! You know that’s the sign of a good writer when you want to scream at and hit one of the characters! Haha. Needless to say I really enjoyed this novel (much to my surprise) and want to thank Millie Burns for making my foray into the world of fantasy such a magical and memorable one. I’ll be back :-).
A sweet, heart-warming drama about the power of moving on and learning who you are deep down once all the comforts of our normal world disintegrate away. In “Corkscrew Ridge”, Paul Kostner decides to take on a run-down farm and with the help of new friends along the way, turns it and his life around. To me the best part was how easy to read and how authentic the book felt. I could tell the author really knew his stuff, and it showed. The characters were good, although I felt a few more could have been more fully fleshed out. I do think this author has a lot of potential and I’d definitely be interested in checking out more of his work in the future. There were a few editing glitches—nothing that lessened my enjoyment any, but they were there. Recommend for fans of women’s fiction and dramas.
I read this book in one sitting. It was great! I thought Jonathan was a great, unexpected “everyday” hero-type guy. The premise, although not entirely original, was written in a fresh and new way that kept me captivated from beginning to end. I knew I’d like this book just from the prologue and I wasn’t wrong! Overall a very good story. Lots of thrills.
Great book! Kept me turning the pages wondering what would happen next, and I read the whole thing in two nights. When I first started reading it, I thought it was going to be a bit like Finding Nemo, when Saxton the fox is separated from his family when hunters attack their home. And while I love Nemo, I was pleasantly surprised with the complexity and intelligent path this novel took. It’s certainly not some silly book about animals and what we imagine they are thinking or doing (for our amusement). They are wise, flawed, scared, courageous, loving, vicious…everything people are and then some. There are a lot of characters in this book and there are many POV shifts. Some may find it distracting, but I didn’t really mind. Recommend for Middle-Graders on up, although it is a bit on the longish side. I’m in my 40’s and really liked it.
"Silicon Succession” by Jason Hoult was a fast-paced, action-filled SciFi filled with unpredictable plot twists and turns. For the most part the story flowed along nicely, with lots of good descriptions and an impressively developed literary prose—unusual for this genre. At times, however, I thought too much emphasis might be placed on the wrong things…more describing a scene or minutia detail…yet actual events were quickly glossed over. I suspect the author will improve on this over time, as it is clear he is quite talented and can write. Recommended for almost all ages as there is no gratuitous sex or violence, and if there was much language I don’t recall it.
"The Seedbearing Prince” by author DaVaun Sanders is a Young adult/Teen fantasy/sci-fi novel. I thought it was amazing! I almost read it in one night (took 2). It was truly above and beyond anything I expected to read. I’m not going to act like this book was perfect (what one is?) But one thing is for sure and that is DaVaun Sanders can write! I felt like I was part of a movie while reading this (btw would make a great one, or a TV series…). There were so many characters it was hard to keep track of them all, and some only seemed to be there for the sake of being there (not really fleshed out or made individual). But the MC’s were very well done, and even though I have some unanswered questions, I hope the next one delves further into character development and motivations and backstory. Great editing (I notice this!!) and this was definitely an enjoyable book to get lost in. Looking forward to the next.