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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm a sucker for a great romance and Margaret of the North by E. Journey did not disappoint! I loved the language and the tone of the narrative as we continue on with the saga of Margaret and John’s life after the end of “North and South”. There were times where I thought the pacing slowed a bit too much for my liking, and there were some excessive details that I thought did little or nothing to add to the richness of the story. But other than the few places that I skimmed over I thought the story was absolutely wonderful and I especially appreciated how the author really made it her own…she wasn’t trying to duplicate the original, but created a wholly fresh spin-off that still maintained the delicious flavor of the original. Definitely recommend for fans of the series, and of historical fiction and romance.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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!
"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.
"The Angela Suite” by Anthony Green is one sexy and dark drama novel! But it’s also funny, sad, and feels genuine. But this is the kind of book I like to read because I’m not sure I’d actually want to experience these types of relationships or encounters myself, but they sure are juicy to read about! Terence and Angela were patients at a rehab center and they run into each other again several months later. She’s an alcoholic lesbian but they embark on an unexpected relationship that ends… well, you just have to see for yourself how it ends. From blindfolds to ‘tapes’, this duo pushes the boundaries and there is a price to pay. A fascinating book, one that isn’t without its issues but still a captivating read. Recommended for mature readers only.
Legio XVII: Roman Legion at War” is well-researched and genuinely interesting. A great story that would fit nicely amongst the shelves in any major bookstore. I loved how I felt like I learned something that I never knew before, lots of things, actually. And while military fiction isn’t normally my thing, I’ve really liked movies like “Gladiator” and books like “Unbroken” and while I know aren’t the same exactly, this book kind of reminded me of a weird blend between the two… plus lots of battles and fighting. I’m not sure what was “fact” and what was “fiction” and I suppose that’s the point. The descriptions were amazing – you can feel the heat on your skin, the dust in your eyes, the smell of blood and the stench of death around you. And even though I was unfamiliar with some of the terminology and phrasing, history really came alive in these pages. The maps and drawings were really helpful, as were the appendices at the end. There were some confusing time jumps and at times I thought it almost sounded like a ‘report’ of events as opposed to a novel. I’m not sure if the author will write more in the future (I hope so!) because he is really very good, I just think it could have benefitted from more dialogue and conversations moving the story forward as opposed to so much narrative. But it was really very good and I’m going to recommend to my father who is a Roman history fanatic!
This is the third book I’ve now read from this author, the first two being “Along the Watchtower” and “There Comes a Prophet”. I really enjoyed both of them and gave them and the author high praise for his skillful writing and unique style of storytelling that is original and fresh, but completely relatable. Well, as much as I loved the other two, in my opinion “The Daughter of Sea and Sky” was even better!! I didn’t want to stop reading until I’d finished the whole thing, and when I did I had tears in my eyes. Mr. Litwack is, as I’ve said, a great writer and storyteller. I especially appreciate that this novel makes you think, and even though its technically a ‘fantasy-world’, in a way it’s a great metaphor for not only how things are now (always one side against other), but perhaps see how both sides need each other to flourish. I don’t want to give away too much. Just read it – you won’t be disappointed.
Wow. I don’t really even know how to put into words how much I loved this book! Normally I don’t get all giddy over short stores, but these were really, really good! Even the ones that weren’t necessarily my ‘favorite’ were still so masterfully well written, I can’t believe this is Ron Parsons ‘debut collection’. He writes like an old pro. How he’s able to inject such complex characters and deep storylines into so few pages is remarkable. I feel like many of these short stories had more ‘story’ to them than many full length novels I’ve read! Very impressive for any author, let alone a debut one. Ron Parsons has a brilliant future for sure, and I for one will be watching.
"Thadius” by Lawrence BoarerPitchford is a different type of book than I normally read, but I very much enjoyed it, nonetheless. It is a combination of historical fiction (as it is set in a time and place near the ancient Roman Republic), but also combines the elements of mystery, political thriller, and fast-paced action. The writing was very descriptive and the language used felt very authentic for creating the believable world-building of the era. This was a richly captivating book that was unlike any I’d read. Recommend for adults as there are some mature themes and scenes.
having read three other books by this author earlier this summer (The Birds Of Flight Series) and really enjoying them, I was very eager to read Mr. Erickson’s latest novella, “Intelligent Design: Revelations”. And while the subject matter and even the genre is quite different, (the Birds of Flight series were more political thrillers; this is a Sci/Fi adventure) I enjoyed it just as much! This was a great, fast-paced plot driven novella that combined a lot of different elements to make it be much more than just a “stock” sci/fi book. There is a lot of creativity here, and interesting subplots that all tie together towards the end to put things in a different “light” so to speak. I liked that it wasn’t cliché or predictable, and I easily devoured it in the span of less than an evening. If I have one complaint it’s that I wish it was longer! A great read for any sci/fi action lover.
"Remembrance: Part 1- a time for war” by A.K. Stauber is about a girl named Anna Krasynyk who is a survivor of the horrors of Nazi Germany. She witnessed her family being killed and is forced to flee, meeting other interesting characters along the way. This was unlike anything I’ve read before, and it surprised me how much I liked it, especially considering the somber backdrop. It’s tough to think about how this really happened, and that humans are capable of such horrors. The way that the author describes things makes it feel very realistic and lifelike. I am looking forward to part 2 of this storyline, as the ending seemed open for continuing.
Field of Vision by Michel Jarvis was an unexpected delight for me. In way it almost reminded me of the movie “The Beach” but way better! This one has a much richer, more complex plot and wide range of fascinating characters, and the island itself is practically a character itself! I love the way this author writes! It’s so beautiful and creates such vivid imagery in your mind. But then later on in the book there is great action and even long narration that makes you look through the literary lens a bit differently. Was different than what I was expecting. Seems to have a lot of knowledge about island life and its natives! I thought the ending was well done and I have no reservations recommending this book to all.
Book 1 - In the first book of the “Tukie Tales” series, we are introduced to the mystical and adorable “Tukies”, the magical creatures (That resemble adorable stuffed animals) that live in the woods behind young Amy and Jake’s house. Right away we are pulled into this wonderful fantasy/reality world with the engaging text and bright, colorful pictures. The magical Tukies are from a land far away but live in the woods, and they help Amy and Jake find their way home again after a storm hits and they get lost. A great, fast-paced and fun read for young children, and adults will appreciate the positive message it teaches.
Book 2 - A creative, magical fantasy with real-life lessons that is aimed at the 4-9ish crowd, and parents will love the positive lessons of strength and morality and building good character! It stands out to me in terms of originality, even if some elements are familiar, it still has a unique voice and writing style that makes it feel fresh and exciting for children (and adults!). I definitely enjoyed the world-building and creativity. The story flows effortlessly, and the authors have the ability to entice the reader into this adventurous and fun-filled world with the Tukies. Great book in the collection. Ready for more!
Book 3 - I just love these “Tukie Tales” the idea of the ‘real world’ blending in with the magical fantasy world (with talking animals and make-believe characters) There are fun adventures to be had, but also important life lessons to be learned, and this is a great vehicle for teaching them to the younger children (5-8 year olds) It is very creative and thinks outside the box as far as storylines for younger kids go, but it has some familiar favorite tropes that are sure to delight. And the illustrations are just fabulous!
Book 4 - Another wonderful winner. Each story is better and better, in my opinion, probably because we get to see more scenes and different experiences, and see different sides of the Tukies. This one, “Helping is Fun” shows the upside to helping others, pulling on experiences from the earlier stories. And I just have to say that the picture of the turtle on the xylophone is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Teaches more valuable life skills, even ones that aren’t maybe the focal point (like being careful when crossing a road). This one was a bit funnier than the others because of the joking tone. But still a wonderful and valid message that is very important.
Book 5 - I think this whole book I really something special, and children will really enjoy the colorful drawing and enchanted stories. We sympathize immediately with the animals, and learn the importance of compassion and trying to do the right thing. “When kindness is given, it is returned”. A wonderful message that really all ages can benefit from. I think that this story “Kindness Counts” was the sweetest of the 5 tales, and such a valuable message to get across. All the stories are excellent in their own way, but this one was my favorite. Loved the ending and really hope there will be more of these wonderful and magical books in the future!
WOW!! One can always depend on J.M. Erickson and his “Birds of Flight” series to entertain. Each book (or novella) very well written, and I’m continuously impressed with Mr. Erickson’s amazing capacity to come-up with new story lines that actually keep me interested, continue to build on the other characters, and all makes sense for the story arc. All in all a good read. I only wish it was longer!
Intense and complex, “Falcon: Birds of Flight” by J.M. Erickson picks up where the previous novel “Eagle” left off, and takes it to new depths and heights. I was so eager to read this one after the crazy cliffhanger of “Eagle” and was excited to watch the intrigue unfold, and in a somewhat different manner than before. There was a lot going on at once, and sometimes it was a bit confusing, but I still liked the flow of everything and it all ends up making sense. Like how the author kept it fresh and once again I find myself eagerly anticipating the next
J.M. Erickson has done it again! Wow, I loved the story as much as the others of his I’ve read (check them out… he’s got an AMAZING backlist!) As always the world-building is brilliant, detailed, and puts us right in the story, and the characters are dynamic and fully realized. One thing in particular I enjoy about J.M. Erickson’s writing is not only that he can make the most fantastical settings feel totally believable (this is Sci/fi after all), but I like that he writes such strong women characters, something I don’t see much of in this genre. The book can get fairly complex sometimes, but I like that kind of science fiction, and you still care about the characters. The story touches on so many facets of the human experience: science, religion, history, evolution, biology, physics, good vs. evil… a great experience and I hope this storyline continues! Highly recommend!!
I really should know by now that even if I ever wonder if I’m going to “like” the book I’m reading by J.M. Erickson, I need to remember that by the time I finish, I will be blown away… as always! Time and time again this author amazes me with his fearless, inventive, and highly detailed & realized plotlines and elaborate world-building. And what’s even more impressive is the amount of complexity and multi-layered plots we get in a shorter space…. “Intelligent Design II: Apocalypse” isn’t some hefty Sci/Fi tome, but probably novella length (or abouts), and I finished it pretty quickly…. But there is a lot to absorb and at times I did feel a little lost. But even when I felt some things going over my head, it all eventually came together in the end… which felt a bit anticlimactic, actually but was overall satisfying. Needs to be read after the first one as it all ties together (this is not a standalone).
Okay, “Gol” is basically nonstop addicting awesome. This is the second book I’ve read from J.W. Webb, and I now know that when I read this author that I’m down for the count, as he has such a way with words and with writing characters that you just don’t want to leave their amazing world for a moment. This is a little different from his first book I read (“The Haven”), but still maintains the unique, passionate style I love so much – original and creative storylines, and lots of complexity that goes far deeper than just surface events. There is a real psychological element here that speaks to you through the mystical creatures and characters, and the mere mortals as well. I appreciate how Webb writes these totally ‘out-there’ stories (literally), but they are completely believable because of his skillful world-building and sticking to the rules he creates. A must read for anyone who enjoys action, fantasy, and great writing.
How to describe this book, other than say it is by far one of the most surprisingly interesting, original novels I’ve read in a long time! I have already loaned it to my sister to read, and my mother is after her. The author K.N. Smith pulls us in to the story right from the beginning pages, and skillfully narrates a wide-ranging storyline full of complex and deeply emotional issues. In my opinion it really is the characters who made this story so good, each so original and conflicted in their own way, and we pull for them throughout their personal journeys and how they connect to each other. A memorable read and a keeper for sure. Recommend for fans of YA fantasy and literary fiction. Would love to read more from K.N. Smith in the future.
I read a lot of fantasy and Science Fiction, so this is a genre I’m familiar with. Having read several others of J.M. Erickson’s books and really enjoying them, I was curious to see how he would deliver in this one “Rogue Event” and if it would be as good as the others. Mr. Erickson is unarguably a very talented writer, but more than that he genuinely impressed me with his thorough world-building and sheer creativeness on many levels in such a short amount of time (this is a novella). All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books, and although I appreciate literary influences (as is felt here as well), when something this original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace! Some of the writing was downright lyrical in the simple elegance of the prose, and other times I was nearly breathless from the intensity and violent passion. I finished it in less than two hours, and went through so many highs and lows, it felt like a rollercoaster of a full-length novel! I was hoping for a different ending, but it was powerful nonetheless. A must read for Sci-Fi fans.
4 1/2 stars
This book (actually both books in the “Legends of Ansu” Series) was totally awesome. It had just the right amount of nerve affecting plot to keep me turning pages and light-hearted humor to make me happy to do so. I loved the strong, interesting characters, and the witty banter. This book actually mildly reminds me of LOTR books, but has its own identity. I just love books that have snarky lines, especially when it doesn't seem forced. Anytime something seemed like it might be to grim there was humor or light-heartedness, and I actually really like that. Don't get me wrong; that doesn't mean this isn't a serious book. I love the plot and how all these elements are just woven together. Some characters get good character development and there’s strong female character and sticky situations. Didn’t like the ending all that much, however, and I still have a lot of questions – hopefully will be answered in the final book, “Lost Prince”.
This book was terrific! Once I started reading, “Gallery Pieces” by Larry Witham, I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were well-crafted and not predictable, surprising considering it had some familiar tropes and I was bracing myself for it to be cliché. However, I thought Mr. Witham did a wonderful job of making the story wholly his own, while keeping true to the essence of the characters and their roles. There was just enough mystery to keep me guessing, and I appreciated the philosophical, almost existential approach that gave this book an unexpected depth and intelligence I wasn’t necessarily expecting. Was satisfied with the ending, although I’m hoping there might be more. Recommend for fans of suspense/ mystery, and well-written lit-fiction.
I absolutely loved this book, and I’m usually pretty on the fence about a lot of these types of books…In a way the characters were pretty much what you would expect from the first book and they all had their own distinct personalities and enough quirkiness so as not to feel like the cliché stereotypes. All the characters were very different and we never knew their motives entirely so the book left you guessing as you read without making it predictable. Plot was never boring and kept on rolling. (I would give you a summary, but there were so many subplots that it would take forever). Writing was smooth and the descriptions made you feel like you were right there in the action, whether it was with Ben or Joe or Sinclair or any of the others. I confess I didn’t *love* the ending…. It just felt a little too anticlimactic after all that happened, but it was still a compelling read and definitely worth my time. Recommend for fans of Daniel Silva, Tom Clancy, Brad Thor…
oh wow, I enjoyed this book and read the whole thing in one week, which is fast for me, especially considering I have no free time at all to read these days, But it just seemed to go by so fast and I never wanted to stop reading it, even late into the evening. I was mesmerized by the world Nik Olsen creates, one so realistic and authentic, yet something a city gal like myself from California will never experience. But it shed so much light on several topics that do affect us today, and even though I’m not a huge ‘political or ‘war story’ reader, those elements added the flavor and authenticity needed to really bring the characters and story to life. Too much happens in this book to cover properly in a short review so you really just have to read it for yourself… you will not be disappointed!
whoa,… what an insane book! Holy bananas!! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “Not Black and White…” by author G.A. Beller is one of the most original and just flat-out interesting thriller fiction novels I’ve ever read. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid, fast-paced narrative and witty dialogue makes it a very easy book to sink into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. Because of the overarching storylines relating to real events (or plausible hypotheticals) it just felt more “intelligent” than I expected and extremely relevant to today’s political landscape. It makes you think a bit what’s really going on, and worse – what could possibly happen. Recommend for fans of political thriller/suspense.
"Earth Angel” by Stephanie Woods was a captivating novel and very impressive for a debut. There is such strong, vivid writing, and the characters are all fascinating, flawed, and going through their own drama. GREAT character development, and everything just felt “authentic” for lack of a better word – even though some parts are dark and definitely ‘fantastical’. Dialogue, interactions, scenes, descriptions…The formatting is messed up in some places and it could use some editing. The beginning seemed a bit slow and there are definitely some ‘familiar” topes here, but it develops its own personality and identity and the pace quickly picks up. Not perfect. But 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! Ready for part 2, “Angel on My Shoulder”!
I was hooked from the opening pages of “Portia’s Revelation” by Rich Tenaglia and my interest never faded for a moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and the unique storyline that continued to unfold and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I can’t stand books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t. Although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, Tenaglia brings a fresh voice and makes it all his own. I’ve read a ton of historical/fantasy fiction over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that this Mr. Tenaglia managed to do it. I appreciated the solid pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – world building is absolutely crucial in selling a ‘fantasy’ story and it is done quite nicely here, and thought the Roman element was very cool (liked the gladiator scenes) Enjoyed the positive, uplifting message of the Spiritae and thought the ‘code’ was very cool. Recommend for anyone (adults) who enjoy a well-written, action packed, alternative reality novel with unexpected twists and riveting characters.