I saw this book at my local Borders just before it closed. Because I had already picked up a couple of books and didn't have enough money to get anyth...moreI saw this book at my local Borders just before it closed. Because I had already picked up a couple of books and didn't have enough money to get anything else, I scanned the ISBN with my phone and put on my To Be Read list. I recently checked it out from the library, and I was not disappointed.
Much like I did with Nicholas Evans' Horse Whisperer in 1995, I was drawn to this book not by it's cover blurb, but because it had a horse on the cover. I know. A book shouldn't be judged by it's cover, but sometimes it can lead you a gem of a story.
Robert Barclay has given the world a book that pulls at the heart strings. There were many times during the story that I had tears in my eyes, and few times that tears actually did flow. I won't tell you why, because I don't want to spoil the story. It's a rare book that can make me cry.
The characters were written very well. They were believable and I found myself very interested in what happened to them, especially Trevor. I think in this whole story, Trevor had the largest hurdle to overcome. Wyatt's wasn't far behind, but a young teenage boy takes longer to realize his beliefs about a situation are wrong.
For a non-horse person, Robert Barclay did a wonderful job with his research. However, there were a few minor things that were incorrect, but I was able to mostly overlook them. I was yelling at Ram because he took a lit cigarette in to a barn.
This was an enjoyable Sweet Romance. There was a kiss around page 300 and it did lead to sex, but Barclay did not show his readers that moment between the characters. Sometimes, it's nice to read something not so graphic. There were many times I thought Wyatt and Gabby should have kissed long before they actually did.
I will be recommending this story to my family and friends. (less)
Seleste has definitely shown herself as a strong storyteller with this story. I love her alternate history of the Americas after the Civil War, includ...moreSeleste has definitely shown herself as a strong storyteller with this story. I love her alternate history of the Americas after the Civil War, including the different ways how each region reacts to Ever and her self confidence in herself and her body. Seleste did a wonderful job of showing the pros and cons of the clockwork mechanisms. How important they were for certain tasks but also how they could be used against other people.
The characters in this story were amazing. Their depth of personality and history blew me away. I enjoyed the cast of characters that were found on the Dark Hawk ship. I found myself telling Ever to not judge a book by it’s cover, when she believed that Spencer wasn’t a strong enough leader. Their relationship was an enjoyable journey.
I would love to see off shoot stories about the other characters. I would hope that they all could find their own Happily Ever After. I also hope that there will be more stories from the Badlands. They are a strong Matriarchal society, much like the Amazons, and it takes a strong society to develop in to that. I would love to read about their history and how they came to be the society they are.
If you are new to the world of Steampunk novels, I would recommend this as your first. It is a good one to read to get your “toes” wet in the genre.(less)
Dane's Journey follows the same story arch of Dante Alighieri's poem Inferno. Joe Dante travels through all nine circles of Hell to discover who he is...moreDane's Journey follows the same story arch of Dante Alighieri's poem Inferno. Joe Dante travels through all nine circles of Hell to discover who he is and to reach an understanding of who murdered his family.
J.C. Marino does an excellent job of telling the story. He masterfully broke up the chapters about Joe's journey with a back story as to how Joe ended up where he was and how he know some of the others he comes across.
I feel that if I knew the poem better, I might have enjoyed the story more. Marino does a good job describing Hell for those who have not read the poem. I think I would have enjoyed the story more if I had read the poem first. I did do a lot of reading on Dante and his Divine Comedy, the group of poems that include Inferno, while I read this book. Marino stuck to the original concepts nicely.
While reading the book, I did wonder if Marino was going to follow up this book with Joe's journey through the seven Terraces of Purgatory and the nine Celestial Spheres of Paradise. But I am hoping he doesn't. I don't know how he can take the character growth that Joe has gone through and grow it more through those stages. But I still wonder, especially since Joe's wife's name is Beatrice, which is the name of the Guide Dante had in Paradise.(less)
Laura was kind enough to give me an extreme Advanced Reader's Copy of Phantom Universe. It is an uncorrected e-proof. There are typos and some flow is...moreLaura was kind enough to give me an extreme Advanced Reader's Copy of Phantom Universe. It is an uncorrected e-proof. There are typos and some flow issues, but that said, it was an awesome read! I can only hope that not too much will change between this version and the published version.
I know I have said it before, but Laura has a wonderful talent for weaving stories and manipulating words! Her settings and characters are always so real and compelling. A reader can't help but be sucked in to the story. Phantom Universe is no exception, even in this raw form.
I found myself emotionally wrapped up in the characters, especially Summer. I even cried at the end of the book. Summer's story is so compelling. I just wanted to hold her tight and keep her safe. I wanted to beat the crap out of the people who hurt her. Gage and Landon are just wonderful young men. If I was to go the Cougar route, it would be for Gage or Landon.
I will warn you, that even though this is a book geared for Young Adults, it does deal with some possibly disturbing issues. Slavery is not a pretty thing. Laura does a good job of not being too graphic when describing the horrors (including an almost rape) that Summer endures. I would recommend that for anyone under 16 reading this, that a parent reads it at the same time so they can knowledgeably address any questions the young reader might have.(less)
Soul Stalker is the second book in Laura Kreitzer's Timeless series. It is superbly written and captivating story. However, don't try to read this boo...moreSoul Stalker is the second book in Laura Kreitzer's Timeless series. It is superbly written and captivating story. However, don't try to read this book if you have not read the first book, Shadow of the Sun. You will not understand or enjoy this book until you experience the first one.
Once again, Laura writes a captivating and complex story. Her characters are very real and complex. I love the interactions the characters have with each other. The writing is excellent. Laura definitely knows how to manipulate words beautifully to bring scenes and people to life.(less)
What can I say about this book? Shadow of the Sun is a brilliantly crafted story that takes the reader on a whirlwind of a ride and leaves them wantin...moreWhat can I say about this book? Shadow of the Sun is a brilliantly crafted story that takes the reader on a whirlwind of a ride and leaves them wanting more. Laura Kreitzer has done an amazing job in creating believable characters and supernatural beings.
During the entire book, I was completely immersed in the story. I went through all the same emotions that Gabriella did. I cried when tragedy struck, felt anger when she and her loved ones were harmed, and felt peace every time her kindred spirit took her hand. Only a very well told story is ever able to make me feel the same emotions of the characters.
I highly recommend this book and this author to anyone. I'm even going to give it to my husband to read.
I'm off to go find my copy of the next book in the series, Soul Stalker!(less)
Elly: Cowgirl Bride is the fifth book in the Harlequin series Codys: First Family of Rodeo. Each book in this series has been written by a different a...moreElly: Cowgirl Bride is the fifth book in the Harlequin series Codys: First Family of Rodeo. Each book in this series has been written by a different author. Each book is a wonderful stand alone, and the authors have done a wonderful job of working together to maintain a continuity that makes this family very realistic. I have been looking forward to Elly's story since she was first introduced in Walker's book. It's tough enough to be the youngest and the only girl in a family of boys, but it is worse when your brothers are cowboys. But Elly doesn't let her stop her. I love her strong will, and willingness to stand up to her brothers. Through the entire series I have been cheering Elly on to make it the National Finals Rodeo to try for the National Champion title. In this book, Elly discovers that there are somethings out there that are more worthy of her hard work than barrel racing. Will is just perfect for Elly. He understands what it means to deal with the Cody men, and is not afraid to stand up and say he wants Elly.(less)
In Joanne’s second novel, she has quickly become a seasoned storyteller. In her debut novel, Cowboy Trouble (my review is here), I felt there was a li...moreIn Joanne’s second novel, she has quickly become a seasoned storyteller. In her debut novel, Cowboy Trouble (my review is here), I felt there was a little nativity to the story. Not in this one. Joanne knocked my socks off! I loved this book. I have reread it many times since I finished it two weeks ago. I love the characters, Nate and Charlie. Having worked with horses for a few decades, Charlie’s misconceptions made me laugh. I wanted to be in that stall with Charlie when she connects with Junior. When Nate gets injured, I wanted to be there to help him out. I love connecting to characters like that. I think I also loved this novel because when I was in High School, my best friend and I wanted a horse training center of our own but we also wanted to work with at risk kids. So this novel also hit an emotional cord with me, and very few novels do that. I am looking forward to Joanne’s next book, it can’t get here soon enough. (less)
I do not typically read horror novels, but I really enjoyed this one. Draculas returns the vampire to the scary shadows where they once resided. The a...moreI do not typically read horror novels, but I really enjoyed this one. Draculas returns the vampire to the scary shadows where they once resided. The authors did it in a way that I feel Bram Stoker would be proud. The four authors weaved a seamless gothic style horror story that takes place in the current century at a small southern Colorado town hospital. The writing was fluid and the characters were very real. I enjoyed the changing point of views from one character to another, and the authors did not just stick to the unaffected for the point of view narrations. Even though there were four individual authors, a reader would only be able to tell by very little tell tale signs and only if they were looking for them. I would recommend this book to people who love old school “monster in the box” type horror.
Draculas can be purchased at Amazon.com. If you do not have a kindle and do not want to download the Kindle application, the authors provide a way to still read their novel here. (less)
When I first read this book, I didn't like it. I was confused by the story time line. I felt that I was dropped in the middle of a story. The writing...moreWhen I first read this book, I didn't like it. I was confused by the story time line. I felt that I was dropped in the middle of a story. The writing was well done and the characters were interesting, but I felt lost. At first I was reluctant to write a review. How ever a few weeks later I re-read the book and enjoyed it. It is not the best book I have ever read, but it was an enjoyable read. I would have liked more information on Max, more than that he had amazing blue eyes. I wanted to know his motivation for not telling Jocelyn about himself. But like I said, over all it was an enjoyable read.(less)