Title: Living in the Dark Author: Rebekah Campbell Format: E-book (Kindle) Read: December 26, 2012 Rating: 4/5 Recommend: Yes!
Summary: Experiences can makeTitle: Living in the Dark Author: Rebekah Campbell Format: E-book (Kindle) Read: December 26, 2012 Rating: 4/5 Recommend: Yes!
Summary: Experiences can make us or break us and it's no different for sixteen-year-old, Emily.
Living under the roof of her abusive Uncle, Emily is brutally attacked by a gang and wakes up from a coma with no recollection of the accident.
As the amnesia starts to clear, Emily realises that her memory is not the only thing coming back to her from the accident. There's also a wild, angry power that she has to control before it destroys her and everyone else.
So the question remains: Will Experience make her or break her?
Review: I was given a copy of this in e-book format in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ms. Campbell for the chance to read your book.
This debut novel by Ms. Campbell is a fast read, a phenomenal read to be sure. Emily, sweet Emily's life has been turned into a nightmare. This page turning novel will keep you wondering exactly what's behind her strange and out-of-character bursts of violence. Emily is the target of bullies.
The ending will have you wondering what the hell, where is the rest? Why? Just why did she choose to end it this way?! Were is the rest?! God knows I had the same thoughts and had a conversation with myself in public, that this was how she chose to end it, that it is what it is. This is what Ms. Campbell created in her debut novel, and if it is going to give me a complex then so be it. I will just have to wait to see if she once more revisits Emily and her story, or if I'm going to be left hanging.
My only complaint is that it could be a little bit longer, but that's probably the only complaint I have (aside from the fact that it made me crazy for weeks!)....more
Title: Call of the Herald Author: Brian Rathbone Format: Kindle (E-book) Read: Dec 19-26, 2012 Rating: 4/5 Recommend: Yes.
Summary: "Echoes of the ancients'Title: Call of the Herald Author: Brian Rathbone Format: Kindle (E-book) Read: Dec 19-26, 2012 Rating: 4/5 Recommend: Yes.
Summary: "Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war" This quote summarizes this story quite well, and is the blurb on Goodreads.
Review: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the author for supplying this book to me.
Epic fantasy is something that I enjoy greatly. This was definitely one of the books that will make it on my favorite fantasy lists, I'm not sure which list it will end up on, but it will end up there. Mr. Rathbone's writing makes me feel like I am reading something by Tolkien or Terry Brooks. It has the feel of Lord of the Rings, Shinnara and even touches of Paolini's Eragon saga mixed through it. It was comfort read for me, because I enjoy all three of these series and to find someone that has combined them so well, has made me quite pleased.
This particular novel is comprised of three stories, where you are emersed in Godsland and weave the story of Catrin Volker, revealed to be the Herald of Istra, as well as the stories of her companions and Guardians.
Catrin's story is mesmerizing, and I find myself addicted to the weaving of her tale. She is a teenager when the discovery of her newly awakened power sends her on a journey, the end result of this journey – to save all of Godsland. You are immediately drawn into the story and Rathbone's writing keeps you lodged within this world he has crafted. Occasionally, there are touches of speech that is too modern for the time period crafted, but they are few and far between and easily passed over when they occur.
The story is highly detailed and at times can get difficult to follow, but it is that level of detail that makes this epic adventure all the more impressive. The points of view shift through out the story, and and there are times when you need to stop and think to remember where a certain character fit into the story, but ultimately everything is well written, well composed and an engaging and fantastical read.
I am eager to sink myself into the next book in this series, The Dawning of Power has certainly become part of me. Will Rathbone continue Catrin's story, that has yet to be seen, but the door is indeed left open to the possibility of it occuring. You will find yourself becoming attached to the characters much like I did....more
Title: Year of the Cat Author: Carroll Bryant Format: e-book (Kindle edition) Read:This review can also be found on my blog: Confessions of a Bibliophile
Title: Year of the Cat Author: Carroll Bryant Format: e-book (Kindle edition) Read: Dec 9 - DNF Rating: 1/5 Recommend: No
Summary: Lancaster Parks, an American Detective is sent to a tourist city in Mexico. What exactly he's investigating is a string of deaths of male tourists over the past years. The case he's on currently has 16 unsolved murders, all the victims American males and murdered between Spring Break and Memorial Day Weekend (the city's two biggest tourist times). Oh, and there is this mysterious woman too.
Review: I am so usually not one to give into hype, drama or let other people's reviews color my opinion of a book. So, up on receiving this book as a gift (which I usually do not turn down, but in this case I probably should have).
I could not even finish it, I have no desire to finish it. Nor do I think any amount of money could make me finish this book. This author reminds me of Vizzini in The Princess Bride with his use of words improperly.
The on that made me giggle, seriously, was apparently the main character was going to spend "the next ions" of his life in the city he was transferred to in Mexico. Dear Author, you are aware that the word that you should have used in that sentence was EONS.
Ions do not measure time. Ions are an electrically charged atom, and is a term used in physics or chemistry.
Eons measure time. They measure an indefinite amount of time.
So, your character would not be spending electrically charged atoms in a place, instead he would be spending eons (an indefinite amount of time) in the city in Mexico.
Then, there is this mystery woman. I don't get entirely where she comes from (maybe I would if I finished the book) but to have her simply show up in this one mini flash back toward the beginning of the book is kind of disjointed and really doesn't make things flow nice and neatly in my opinion.
Anyway, that is my two cents and I bid you all a good day and happy reading. Please do not bring your hate, drama and various other trivial things to my page. I've now read the drama and the whirlwind of a shit storm that this book and the author has produced. I do not want any part of it, and you will not hesitate to find yourself blocked, banned, or reported for bringing the drama here. ...more
This story is by far one of my favorites and got it for my roommate's daughter from the library the other day. We read it together (and she read it laThis story is by far one of my favorites and got it for my roommate's daughter from the library the other day. We read it together (and she read it later, and listened to the cd that came with it to follow along as well).
This story tells how Corrie ten Boom survives through two world wars and never loses her faith in God, and uses the times of her imprisonment in a NazThis story tells how Corrie ten Boom survives through two world wars and never loses her faith in God, and uses the times of her imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp to spread the word of God and encourage others to follow the faith that she shares with them. ...more
I fell in love with this book a quarter of the way through and now that I am done with it, I love it all the more. It was absolutely wonderful and theI fell in love with this book a quarter of the way through and now that I am done with it, I love it all the more. It was absolutely wonderful and the characters were absolutely amazing. Full review is pending!...more
This one is actually my favorite in the series, because of the focus on Fionnaghal (Finn). Finn the Cat is most definitely one of my favorite membersThis one is actually my favorite in the series, because of the focus on Fionnaghal (Finn). Finn the Cat is most definitely one of my favorite members of League of the Healing Hand. Also, gotta LOVE her little elven cat Goblin. ...more
This is the second work I've read by Griffin Hayes and I fall in love with the twisted thrillers all the more. This story, about a man named Tyson BarThis is the second work I've read by Griffin Hayes and I fall in love with the twisted thrillers all the more. This story, about a man named Tyson Barrett, who is tortured by nightmares of his traumatic childhood, receives a miracle cure for his insomnia. However, as we've learned, if it sounds too good to be true it usually is. That is the case with this so called "miracle cure" that Tyson hopes will not only solve his medical problems but his personal ones as well (considering he has become estranged from his wife and young son) and his business is on the verge of collapse.
However, this miracle cure is not without its dark side. Tyson still dreams, however, when he wakes, something returns with him. Something spawned from the deepest, darkest depths of his psyche, however there is something bigger, something more evil than what has already come through. However, this evil isn't after Tyson - it wants his son.
This book is a fantastic lesson that not all dreams were meant to come true. This book had me on the edge of my seat most of the time, and more often than not I would only read it during day light hours because I've read Stephen King before bed, and Griffin Hayes has managed to have a Stephen King like effect on me with his thrillers. My dreams are not a safe place when I read his thrillers, so I highly recommend not reading this before a nap, before bed...broad daylight, outside, where you stand no chance of falling asleep is definitely good!
Vividly descriptive characters weave a web of horror and mystery that will keep you intrigued until the very end. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately is one that I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of horror or if you occasionally like to indulge in the "darker" type of stories...read this one! The pace is perfect and the story won't feel rushed at all. ...more