Stephen Merritt


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  • Become a Dictator - A Short and Snappy Guide on Nov. 22, 2012

    I picked this book as a free review copy from on a whim and wasn't disappointed. Very humorous guide that is quite a change from the Scifi I usually read. The tongue in cheek guidance had me thinking about all the news stories that bombard us all the time and realizing how ridiculous and true this guide is. Also had me thinking about some of our own politicians with some of the very same behaviours.
  • High Witch (High Witch Book 1) on March 30, 2013

    I received this book as a review copy through the Librarything member program. The story is written through the eyes of two people, Brayden, a young man with a disturbing family tree and Ariel, a young lady with no idea of the power she holds. The story follows Ariel's journey finding out what she really is and the extreme danger she is in from Brayden's ancestor. It is also a love story between Brayden and Ariel and that becomes the central part of this story. An interesting story but short, I would have liked a bit more character development and storyline. But I enjoyed it and would likely read follow on stories. I give it a 3 of 5 stars.
  • Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks on April 07, 2013

    This book is a collection of short stories all related by the same setting and local drinking establishment, the Blue Moon Café. The stories tell about the supernatural species of vampires, werewolves, were-eagles, and even a few wererats in one story. They are all trying to live and keep themselves a secret from the "normal" population. Fighting against their genetic dispositions both to each other and the population. Very good collection of stories. Hard to follow here and there so not a 5 star book, but a very good read.
  • Magick Marked on May 11, 2013

    I started reading this book and couldn't put it down. The authors ability to develop characters that draw you in is excellent. The only annoying part is that I have to wait for book 2 to come out to see what happens next. This is a story based around a newborn vampire turned against her will but to save her life who is drawn into a paranormal world of extreme drama. Like all other stories, the races of vampire, shifter, werewolf and magic user don't get along, but are drawn together for a common mission affecting them all and the 5th race called the Fae. From this premise the story evolves in detail and the characters are very well developed to leave you on a cliff hanger just waiting for the next chapter. Very well written, hard to put down once you start. Even woke up one morning reaching for the book to continue from where I left off the night before.
  • Sweet Sleep on Jan. 26, 2018

    I bought this book after receiving the 2nd and 3rd in the series for review from the author. This story is very engaging and hard to stop reading. The story follows Kayn and Kevin, two kids who have been friends since kindergarten who are suddenly thrust into a world of immortal clans and their interaction with the rest of us who have no idea they exist. The story starts out with these two and their families, mixed with drama, humor and just a very good story, ...until tragedy strikes. The story is excellent and unique. Very much looking forward to the rest of the series.
  • Enlightenment on Feb. 11, 2018

    This is the 2nd book of the series which I received free for an honest review. I did purchase and read book 1 first. Definitely a really good series with a storyline that is not similar to anything else I have read which just makes it that much more fun to read. Really good character development with characters you love and others not so much although even the characters you want to hate have their likeable moments. Nicely complex relationships that are certainly not one dimensional. This story continues to follow Kayn and her very complex life as she tries to transition into immortal thinking. The story takes us into the "testing" which is the point where Kayn needs to overcome human thinking about life and death or ...not... Again I could not put the story down, the fast paced action draws you in to have to see what happens next. Now onto book 3... I must continue to read...
  • Wild Thing on March 24, 2018

    This is the first book in a side story series from the Children of Ankh main series. To get the most of this book definitely suggest reading the main series first. In the main series one of main characters is Kayn, but we also know a bit about Lexy. In this first book of this side series we get to learn how Lexy came to be a dragon of clan Ankh. What was her childhood like? A very disturbing yet extremely interesting story to better understand where she came from and how she overcame extreme diversity. Like the main series, you can't put this book down. I had to continue to the 2nd book in this series before coming back to write reviews. Definitely a very good read and can't wait for more.
  • Wicked Thing on March 24, 2018

    This is the second book in a spin off of the Children of Ankh series. In this book the story is overlapping with the main series but from Lexy's story. A very interesting story that I couldn't put down. In the main series the story is pretty much from Kayn's view and you get pieces of Lexy's story. This book fills in "the rest of the story" which nicely adds more context. A very good read. Once I started reading the first book I had to continue with this second before I stopped to write these reviews. Can't wait for more in the series.