I was disappointed by this book. While it's only 40 pages I really felt like it was same old same old. The two main characters were perfectly likableI was disappointed by this book. While it's only 40 pages I really felt like it was same old same old. The two main characters were perfectly likable but simply cookie cutter.
The older divorced woman meets the younger "bad boy" tattooed up and the like. Shes feeling insecure why would he like me. I'm older and fatter than younger girls he can be with. Again same old same old. In just 40 pages I really wish Heather Peters would have focused on the sex keep it steamy keep the fire burning and not let the characters dwelling bring it down....more
I devoured this book the way a zombie does brains. I am so thrilled to have received an advance copy of it as it doesn't come out till July.
The FirstI devoured this book the way a zombie does brains. I am so thrilled to have received an advance copy of it as it doesn't come out till July.
The First Days is about just that. The first days after the zombie apocalypse. The survivors and how they make it, what kind of world they get and what they do with it.
I loved this book. I think it's quite fantastic and to read that the author self published it and the two follow ups herself before a publisher was willing to put it out there for us book lovers to enjoy it is quite amazing. The only problem I had with the book is that now I naturally must get my hands on the two follow ups Fighting To Survive and Siege.
Rhiannon Frater does a wonderful job of showing just how stupid human kind would be in those days. Expecting the government to come help when really it would be push up your sleeves and do it yourself assuming you aren't bit in which case hope for a bullet to the head swift and sure.
The book starts of with Jenni with an i not a y cause she like is spelled that way, her abusive husband devouring their 3 year old son. The detail in which the carnage and Jenni's horror is described is so detailed and so real you feel for her right away.
We then meet Katie who has fled as her wife had just tried to eat her along with the rest of the neighborhood. The two together begin a journey that leads through the Texas country side. Meeting other survivors and lots of zombies.
The harsh reality that you must kill the walking dead and those infected soon to be the walking dead despite them perhaps being loved ones, neighbors, friends. In the new world when you live through the end you must fight if you want to survive. Band together with the few others left and try and kill all the zombies you can.
Read this book is you like zombies or not. Read this book if you like strong female characters. Read this book if you like great writing and great story. Just read this book before the end comes. ...more
I was most fortunate to be contacted by Seventh Star Press and asking if I was interested in reviewing a new book for them. I was eager even though II was most fortunate to be contacted by Seventh Star Press and asking if I was interested in reviewing a new book for them. I was eager even though I have a TBR pile about as tall as I am, ok taller. I really do need to spend a month or two catching up with things.
I liked the sound of Redheart by Jackie Gamber and was even more excited when it arrived in the mail. The cover is beautiful and the swag I got with it featuring art by Matthew Perry is amazing. Fantastic looking glossy prints of artwork for the book and a bookmark featuring the art from the cover. Lovely really.
The book was so enjoyable, about humans and dragons. Lots on magic and such.
The book features a dragon Kallon Redheart who has turned his back on dragons and humans. He lives isolated, no contact with anyone till one day he meets Riza Diantus a girl with a big heart and mind so open and free. I really loved these two, such great characters.
The story about the past, stepping up and coming into your own and a friendship that is true.
A journey of magic, friendship, dragonslayer, evil dragon leader, courage, destiny and knowing what's in your heart brings these two together and gives the reader a great time.
Jackie who is a Mary Shelly Award winner writes beautifully. It was a pleasure to read and I just kept wanting to read more.
I liked Redheart very much and would love to read the second and third book in this series. Redheart can be read alone though no giant cliffhangers. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a great fantasy novel. ...more
I was really lucky to get a review copy of Original Sin. I'm shocked that this is a debut novel though as I think it is quite fantastic a read. SallyI was really lucky to get a review copy of Original Sin. I'm shocked that this is a debut novel though as I think it is quite fantastic a read. Sally aka Lucy aka Agent 26 and a number of other aliases is simply a tasty character. I enjoyed getting to know her and all the other characters for that matter. The book finds us with Lucy living life as a stay at home mother. Quite a change from a gun toting, running through jungles, beating up bad guys spy. How did this vast change come about well that's part of the awesome story we get to enjoy. With memory revisits to some of Sally Sins exploits which are so much fun and which lay out many a detail about her not to mention the many interesting people we get to meet along the way. These were many of the best moments in the book the part with leeches all over her ankles after running in the jungle made me laugh not to mention when her son is sitting on his potty singing and doing his thing while past spy Lucy and her still in the game boss have it out.
I found it charming, hilarious, sweet, thoughtful and most importantly entertaining.
I just finished Original Sin and I am already looking forward to Beth McMullen's next book. ...more
You know how sometimes huge blockbuster movies get raves from fans but get poo pooed by the critics because it's idk not artsy fartsy enough. Well I'vYou know how sometimes huge blockbuster movies get raves from fans but get poo pooed by the critics because it's idk not artsy fartsy enough. Well I've always thought those critics over look the obvious that sometimes you want an escape in fact most times when people go to the movies they go solely for entertainments sake. That's really okay to just go and enjoy, I wish they would learn that.
This book reminds me of that. It's not one I'll ever reread but I enjoyed myself and that is really the point.
Cinema Of Shadows by Michael West is about a small group of characters mostly a Professor Burke and a group of Parapsychology students. The story revolves around and leads to a dramatic showdown at the Woodfield Movie Palace. An abandoned theater that while open saw many a death.The students and their professor are for lack of a better term ghost hunters. Yes just like the TV show. The search for truth, for proof of a haunting leads them to Woodfield Movie Palace and the terrors that lie within.
Michael West clearly lets him imagination run wild and that's great, his writing is enjoyable and easy to read. I love his Battlestar Galactica reference when a character calls someone a fucking toaster. Ah how I loved this.
I would recommend Cinema Of Shadows to anyone looking for a fun, entertaining read with characters that are well written and enjoyable. With some chills and thrills it's sure to please. I'd personally recommend it in winter, when your curled up under a blanket, when the lights are low, when the wind is howling. At least you hope it's the wind, better check though just to be sure....more
I was most fortunate to receive a copy early before it's release for review. God's Eye about Katharine a woman born into a wealthy family. Much is expI was most fortunate to receive a copy early before it's release for review. God's Eye about Katharine a woman born into a wealthy family. Much is expected of her mainly to take over the family business. Katharine always does what is expected of her but what will she do when when the two new charismatic men in her life push her to make a choice? How will she choose between an angel and a demon when she doesn't know which is which?
I was very happy to have received this book as I enjoyed the story and characters. I'm also glad to have discovered a new author who's work I had not previously been familiar with.
I recommend God's Eye to those who like supernatural reads. ...more
Hilarious, original and extremely enjoyable. A first encounter, beer brewing, a road trip and vulva shaped aliens. Like I said original. Great fun andHilarious, original and extremely enjoyable. A first encounter, beer brewing, a road trip and vulva shaped aliens. Like I said original. Great fun and recommended. ...more
A unique book that's depth and heart surprised me. The writing is like nothing I have read so impressive. The characters are well fleshed out the storA unique book that's depth and heart surprised me. The writing is like nothing I have read so impressive. The characters are well fleshed out the story is basic but well written. The author does a wonderful job of creative visuals for the reader. Young love can be stupid and that is no different within Garden Of Apples yet love there is no doubt. The poetry written by M. Nova is what I was amazed by. Normally I skip over poems in books here I read and reread them. I would love to see M. Nova publish a book of poetry, if he does it will be one I must read.
A fantastic read. Shocking to me that the author could hit home so deeply in so few pages. The emotion felt for characters I had just met was so stronA fantastic read. Shocking to me that the author could hit home so deeply in so few pages. The emotion felt for characters I had just met was so strong. This is one of those books where once you read one of the stories you'll stick your finger in the book to mark your place and then stare off into space absorbing what you had just read, at least that's what I did.
Fantastically written, I very much look forward to the authors future works and can honestly say the only problem I had with the book was that it ended. I was asked to review it and am so thrilled I had the sense to say yes. Highly, highly recommended. ...more
When I came across the chance to review a book for Echelon Press and possibly win a kindle I of course said yes because well I’m not stupid, free bookWhen I came across the chance to review a book for Echelon Press and possibly win a kindle I of course said yes because well I’m not stupid, free book and possible kindle, gotta do it.
Shaken is the book I asked to review it’s a young adult short adventure story about 3 teens before, during and after a major earthquake. Each has their own issues same as most teens the biggest quake to hit the states presents them with new issues to deal with. Combine these and you have a story that grabs you.
The author does a great job with the characters, well fleshed out no issues there. The quake could well have been substituted for any other disaster the characters are the focus here. Those looking for a good clean safe read for kids will like this one. No potty language (okay two words), no acts that are too over the top that a teen couldn’t read it.
My own personal issue with the book was the language used. Very, very unrealistic I don’t know any teens that speak the way these kids do. Perhaps in the 70′s but today’s kids don’t even in thought use the word courting. Yeah it’s dating, hanging out, seeing each other etc etc but courting went out about 50 years ago. Also who the hell says I bonked my noggin? I mean clean read okay but these are so over the top it’s beyond realistic. Zombie Apocalypse is more likely to break out than a teen to say that his step dad courted his mom.
Also who’s point of view is this from?
Mom and Dad made a quick run to the nearest grocery store for supplies, leaving Natalie to look after her little sister.
I liked the story, I liked the characters. I had issue with the way the characters spoke from time to time. The point of view issue was only the once that I noticed but stuck out for me so much so that I made it a point to mark a place so I could reference it in my review.
What worked was the story. I don’t read super fast but breezed through this one and enjoyed it. The story kept me interested as well as the characters. I’d recommend this book for those into disaster, YA and those in particular looking for something “safe” for their kid to read. Granted that’s subjective but my personal view is that it is....more
This was a fun, fun read. The rich kids and the poor are gonna have a duel. The rich kids of course have a bad ass transformer on their side. What wilThis was a fun, fun read. The rich kids and the poor are gonna have a duel. The rich kids of course have a bad ass transformer on their side. What will the underdogs do? Well read the book and find out but for sure read it. The Crud Masters has everything The Outsides has and more so don't read that other book read this one. I mean how much weird sex, transformers, sea monsters and extreme body modification could The Outsiders have? Probably none so yeah The Crud Masters is where it's at. ...more
Trashland A Go-Go may well be the coolest book I've ever read and is total must read bizarro and just general must read for anyone who hasn't read bizTrashland A Go-Go may well be the coolest book I've ever read and is total must read bizarro and just general must read for anyone who hasn't read bizarro. Trust me once you read this one you'll be assimilated too. Resistance is futile!
So Trashland A Go-Go is something like this. Coco is a stripper and after a coworker decides to be bitch queen she has a little accident and her coworkers instead of calling for help dump her body in the trash. She get's hauled away and wakes up wtf! again in a landfill wtf! then she meets and befriends a fly yep a fly wtf! who talks! wtf! wtf!
Coco and her new friend the fly ( his name is Rudy ) which by the way when you think about is is a really cool friend to have. I mean how many times have you said I wish I was a fly on a wall well just think if your friend was a fly and he spoke. Cool huh. Anyhoo back to Coco so she and her fly friend Rudy, they walk and walk all over the landfill trying to find a way out when they meet the Oracle. Ohhh like the Matrix except she doesn't bake yummy cookies and the kid with the spoon isn't there no instead she predicts the future like an Oracle will do but with meat. wtf! Yeah. Meat. And trust me you don't want her to pull a a toe or eye on you. No that's bad meat lol Meat, pulling meat on you. Get it. I have such a dirty mind. *cough* Moving on.
Poor Coco and her fly friend travel some more meet a hunky guy, a queen of the landfill who has a lightbulb for an eye. I wonder what happens when she has a great idea, hmmm oh yeah I forgot wtf! I think that should be like 10 wtf's though if you read the book it's more like 100 but to not give it all away the book rocks. I loved it. There is a condom weapon which totally make me cackle with glee omg that was awesome I so loved it and the way Constance wrote that scene pure win.
All in all this book is fantastically cool I sooooo loved it. Constance you are a bizarro queen. No killer spores needed just your awesome imagination. I highly recommend checking this great book out. It is fun and fantastic and lot's of other words that don't do it justice....more
Bitten was sent to me by the author for review. I think it’s one that would appeal to those who enjoy supernatural reads with a touch of romance. TheBitten was sent to me by the author for review. I think it’s one that would appeal to those who enjoy supernatural reads with a touch of romance. The story took me a while to get into but once I was into it I was very curious to find out how it would end. The characters are likable and the monster is quite horrific and disgusting in description.
My issue with this book is the language used. The authors style is not bad but not easy to get lost in. He writes with very little if any usage of contractions. This results in a very formal manner of speech which is present anyway but the lack of contractions adds to it a great deal. If the conversation was less how should I put it old fashioned is all I can come up with it would have been I think a different book. I’m not sure if people 50 or 100 years ago even spoke like this but perhaps the author is an old fashioned kind of guy.
The formal manner results in a bit of a dry hard to get into style. It’s one that for some reasons bothered me at odd times throughout the book. In the beginning a great deal and I would put it down look at it and sigh. Then pick it back up as review books I force myself to read no matter what and once I got a little ways in I would really get into the story and it wasn’t noticeable. Then a conversation would take place and I’d be thrown off again but by then I was into the story so much and wanting to know what would happen so I would push through.
Then later in the story the language became very in your face going from Victorian to motherfucker thrown about which really threw me as the character saying it yes totally but to go from one to the other was very noticeable.
The book wasn’t bad and has many raving reviews on amazon and goodreads. I’m not going to say this book will not appeal as I got into it myself and found things in it I liked but it’s not perfect, many others based on those reviews clearly loved it so yes if you like supernatural with a different twist try it. I myself would call it good and leave it at that.
What can I say about this book of short stories. It's bizarro so very unique but extremely existential. I feel like I should lie on a couch as shouldWhat can I say about this book of short stories. It's bizarro so very unique but extremely existential. I feel like I should lie on a couch as should the human race curled in a ball in the fetal position and talk about who and what we are.
It's bizarro and it's deep and meaningful. That or Shelby is fucking with us. Hmmmmm omg he's fucking with us!!!!!!!
These short stories are hard to describe, I found some, the first for example about the life of an apple to be very heavy oh is he saying that we don't live our life to it's full potential or that we miss opportunities or sometimes we just don't get to live our life to it's full potential. See so deep, so meaningful then I think does he really mean that or was he just really high when he wrote it.
Either way the stories are trippy not that I've ever been on an acid trip but I highly suspect it's a lot like being set down in one of these stories. Shelby you are either a genius or insane and wrote this book while locked up in the nut house. Most importantly these stories are entertaining and fun though some sad and introspective. They'll leave you scratching your head thinking that Shelby, his skullcap should be removed so they can take out and examine his brain. Then when they put it back in superglue his skullcap back he can write even more weird stories about having your brains scooped out with a melon baller. I have no doubt he could write it with an interesting spin, so interesting you'll be freaked out and laying on the couch again....more