Title: A Silent Prayer Author: Samreen Ahsan Format: Kindle (e-book) Pages: 339 Date(s) Read:My reviews can also be found at Confessions of a Bibliophile
Title: A Silent Prayer Author: Samreen Ahsan Format: Kindle (e-book) Pages: 339 Date(s) Read: Oct 18-20, 2016 Rating: 3.5
Summary: In this spiritual romance we meet Adam Gibson, a young and powerful millionaire in Toronto. Atheist, denies there is a God. Then he meets Rania, a devout woman who believes strongly in god. She has a brutal past. He has his own demons.
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
In all honesty, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I opened this book. I got the gist of things from the blurb, however, none of the blurb prepared me for this whirlwind of a story involving Adam Gibson and Rania Ahmed. They are polar opposites when it comes to their faith - she believes in God, he is an atheist. Friendship forms at first, and they realize that they can benefit each other, they can help each other with their own issues.
Rania's Muslim beliefs are so strong, and the fact that she was able to convince Adam to actually give thought to the possibility that there is a God to believe in.
There are several genres that I tend to not delve into too deeply, and religious focused love stories are at the very top of that list. However, I did greatly enjoy the storytelling in this particular novel. The characters actually had a depth that made them relatable on more than one level. We all know that one person with a past they do not wish to talk about, yet are devoted to whatever deity that they follow and that one person who on the opposite side does not believe in a higher power.
I usually am not one to judge a book by it's cover, I usually grab a book based on the blurb. The blurb is what had caught my attention, and the fact that they were from two different worlds and ultimately learn to coexist and ultimately fall in love and overcome the hurtles that they face from her past, as well as his demons.
If you are a fan of religious based love stories that are not solely embedded in the Christian faith, this is most definitely a story for you. I encourage you to give this book a chance....more
Summary: Jonathan Winchester has cTitle: Death's Servant Author: C.J. Ellisson Format: Kindle (E-book) Pages: 119 Date(s) read: Oct 15-18, 2016 Rating: 3.5
Summary: Jonathan Winchester has clashed with his alpha one too many times. After antoher argument he leaves the Manitoba pack, the only home he'd known since the werewolf attack that had changed his life. He returns to Virginia. Eventually Jon finds work and meets Raine, who appears to be a lone werewolf, too. Things are not as they appear and Jon ends up in a danger bigger than he can handle.
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is a prequel novel in the VV Inn series by Ellisson. IT is also the first book I've read in this series. While it was good, however, it wasn't entirely my cup of tea. I am always open for a good supernatural read. Supes have always been one of my favorite things. I love the different take on the mythos of each of the more common supernaturals that appear in stories (vampires, werewolves, zombies, et cetera) - though to be honest, the only mythos I didn't entierly find plausable was the one where vampries sparkle in the sunlight - just don't get it.
Anyway, tangent aside, I did love the background story created on how Jonathan met Raine, Vivian and Rafe. Eventually I might pick up the other books in the series. However, with the perpetual growth of my TBR pile, I'm not certain when they will eventually make their way into my hands to read.
As this is a prequel to the V V Inn series, I did feel like some things were missing. Things weren't fully developed. It doesn't help someone actually get to know the characters if they aren't already familiar with the cast from the main novels in the series. It honestly is better suited to readers who are already familiar with the novel's cast of characters and have questions about Jonathan's backstory before he came to the V V Inn.
Needless to say, the fact that this story didn't have much meat to it, was not a turn off to Ellisson's writing. No, in fact I quite liked the writing and I do ultimately look forward to having a chance to read more of her writing. ...more
Sofia Brazier escapes a career gone south as a juvenile probationary officer in New Orleans. She moves from the large city to the small town of St. Fleur where she opens a photography business in an attempt to cleanse herself of the dark souls she'd tried to help. All is going well, untill Noah enters the local pub. Noah's wife died, and ultimately it is an act brought on by Noah's own daughter that brings their fates crashing together.
I was gifted an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank A.J. Renee, Love Between the Sheets Blog Tour, and the publisher for offering me this opportunity to participate in the blog tour as well as offer a review.
All the emotion.
All of it.
This book is so very well written and it takes a trope that is quite difficult to get right and gets it so very, very write. A.J. Renee's debut novel is filled with a little bit of mystery to add to the romance that is building between Noah and Sofia. Everything flows so naturally through out the story, and even those scenes that are of an explicit sexual nature are so very well written.
The small paranormal aspect to the book is one that absolutely sealed my adoration to this story a bit more. I love that Sofia can see auras, and the fact that she can't see Noah's was enough to give her pause and ultimately pique a bit of her interest because....well that's something that's never actually happened before!
After I started the book (sometime after dinner and before bedtime on the 17th) I knew it was one that I'd have to put down before I went to bed or I'd ultimately end up finishing it in one setting and getting absolutely no sleep on a night where I had one of my longest shifts that week. My better judgement finally won out and I ended up puttin the book down and picking it back up after work and various other household errands. Only reason it took me about 2 days to read it is because I chose to defy the pull of this fantastic novel and delve into the real world when I really, really wanted to stay with Noah, Sofia and Lexi until the very last word was read.
This is definitely one that I will recommend to anyone that loves a fantastically written story, in-depth and relate-able characters and a little small town magic. ...more
Review to come.Title: Locked Inside Author: Annette Mori Format: Kindle Pages: 199 Date(s) Read: April 3-5, 2016 Rating: 4 (up from initial 3)
BeliReview to come.Title: Locked Inside Author: Annette Mori Format: Kindle Pages: 199 Date(s) Read: April 3-5, 2016 Rating: 4 (up from initial 3)
Belinda is semi-comatose, suffering from what is known as locked-in syndrome. Carly sees something special in her, and begins spending time with her. An unusual bond is formed. Can Carly pull Belinda from her own emotional prison? Will Belinda's fears keep their relationship from developing into something deeper, something more?
Thank you Annette Mori for a copy of this book. It was a surprise and a blessing rolled into one when I was the one chosen in the giveaway.
Yet, for some reason, I was nervous about reading this book...as a member of the LGBT community, and this being my first piece of lesbian fiction...I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't sure what was behind the cover. However, the uncertainty faded as I started reading, and I was pulled into the story of Belinda and Carly.
Locked-in syndrome is not something nice, not something that we can fully understand, but we know it exists. The fact that Carly was willing to take a chance on Belinda was something that made me hopeful. After a six-year coma, Belinda surfaces, however her body at this point is nothing more than a shell. Locked inside herself, she can only communicate by blinking her eyes. It was Carly that began noticing the change, as she spent her lunch hours reading to Belinda.
Eventually, Belinda's recovery begins and Carly is by her side every step of the way. Yes, this story made me cry at times, but then again what story like this wouldn't move you to tears at least once. I am very thankful to have read this book, and I will definitely be looking for more of Ms. Mori's work in the future. ...more
Title: Once Upon a [Stolen] Time Author: Samreen Ahsan Format: Kindle (e-book) Pages: Date(s) Read: July 15, 2016 Rating: 3
600 years separate MyrTitle: Once Upon a [Stolen] Time Author: Samreen Ahsan Format: Kindle (e-book) Pages: Date(s) Read: July 15, 2016 Rating: 3
600 years separate Myra Farrow and Edward Hue. She living in the modern world and obsessed with Medieval castles, princes, kings, and everything involving them. Edward, living in darkness and ruled by his tyrannical father, who hopes to craft him into a model of himself. Can Myra save Edward or will she destroy him?
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I do have to admit I do like Myra quite a bit, considering she does not suffer from Snowflake or Mary Sue syndrome. She is interesting and I do quite like her. She's grounded and there is an emotional connection with her. Steven however, I'm not entirely thrilled with considering that he isn't completely honest with Myra about his intentions for her. Though, he doesn't lie about using her as the main character for his video game based on Hue Castle.
Hue Castle is somewhere that intrigues me greatly, and in all honesty I want to walk its barren darkness and submerge myself in its history. There are secrets that thrive within those walls, disappearances (mainly of its last inhabitants as well as others), and the fact that there is absolutely no life within the abandoned walls of this castle. The cameras cannot capture anything within the boundaries, and there is also a mirror within the castle's chapel. The mirror was some how preserved from the fire that destroyed everything else - however the reflection within the mirror does not match the reality that it should.
The reality within the mirror brings several questions to the fore, and begin Myra's search for the truth. Just a few of the questions that Myra must answer in her search are: 1. Why is everything within the castle's borders dead? 2. Who is the man in the mirror? 3. Why is she the only one that can see and feel him? 4. How does he seem to know her? 5. Why can she not forget him? He should have died six hundred years ago, and yet Myra and Edward share the same eyes.
The story falls into a few tropes, however, the story was well crafted and one that I did enjoy. However, this installment doesn't necessarily strike me initially as one based around romance, instead a mystery that needs to be solved and then other things can happen once that's done.
The prose was delightful, and I could easily picture myself within the world crafted and living the mysterious moments with them. Their emotions weren't superficial, and the characters actually had quite a bit of depth to them.
I am looking forward to the next installment in this story, the continuation of the interactions between Myra, Edward and Steven. ...more
Title: Assassin's Lament Author: Michael Carins Format: Ebook Pages: 329 Date(s) Read: March 2-3,2016 RaAlso posted on my blog Confessions of a Bibliophile
Title: Assassin's Lament Author: Michael Carins Format: Ebook Pages: 329 Date(s) Read: March 2-3,2016 Rating: 3.5
Aryan was born to a whore. He always wished something would change, something would happen. Well, Night of Blood came, and well...Aryan got his wish. Now, Aryan searches for a myth that no one believes in any longer. Wildlands controlled by walkers, and only fools leave the wall's safety. It takes a fool to see what others are too afraid of. It takes an assassin to do what others can't...or won't.
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to review your work Mr. Carins.
This is a coming of age story, mingled with romance, tragedy and quite a bit of action. We've got a healthy chunk of swords, zombies, kingdoms, assassins, blood, war....and perhaps an unhealthy dose of guilt. However, it is, in my opinion worth the read.
The plot is an interesting one, and I enjoyed following Aryan and his friends throughout their journey and discovery. It is engaging and I am looking forward to reading more of this trilogy to be honest, because I want to know what happens! Seriously...like, I am attached to these characters and desperately want to know what happens. This is what my book OCD and series commitments do to me.
There are a few negatives, and the book perhaps could benefit from a bit more rigorous editing. However, this does not ultimately detract from the story that is presented to the reader. The use of 'walkers' did kind of throw me for a bit, and that is probably because I am a fan of The Walking Dead. However, it was that tie, that I was able to kind of figure out that the walkers outside the wall were indeed undead. I am not as proprietary of that word as some people might be, because it is a fitting word for what zombies are...walkers.
There are moments that almost can make you feel that you are in a high fantasy version of an episode of The Walking Dead, however I have a feeling this only enhances the story and to be honest I doubt I will look at another episode of The Walking Dead without turning it into some sort of high fantasy adventure. This cross-over imagery makes me happy and does fun things to my imagination. So, this was definitely a plus for this particular story.
Overly British. This does not displease me, as I know it might displease some. I absolutely adore all things British for the most part. Downton Abbey is by far one of my favorite series, and you honestly can't get more British than that...well you probably can, but you get my point. I like that this particular high fantasy story tends to shy away from the more neutralized English used in most, it adds a more unique aspect to the story and makes it, at least for me more enjoyable.
The scenes involving the guild are some of my favorites, and the healthy doses of humor mixed in are definitely awesome. The action scenes are well written. However, consider yourself warned....CLIFFHANGER. So, you can wait for the rest of the series, or you could join my suffering in waiting for the next book. ...more
"Or what, you're gonna tickle me with your little tickle machine again? Oh please doThis review can be found on my blog as well Review: The Weavemaker
"Or what, you're gonna tickle me with your little tickle machine again? Oh please don't do that...it hurts my sides to laugh so much." -Saul, The Weavemaker
I recieved an ARC of "The Weavemaker" by Paul Wigmore, in exchange for an honest review.
I have been among those desperately awaiting this book, and when Paul started posting teasers on Facebook, I was more than completely hooked and anxiously awaiting the release of this book. Or apparently an advanced reader copy, placed in my hot little hands! You can find links to pre-order "The Weavemaker", which releases THIS SATURDAY 10/31, and to purchase "The Tapestry" at the end of this post, and I HIGHLY recommend that you do get your hands on both of them!
I've diverged from my usual format of writing reviews, simply because I'm still struggling to find the words to express my love for this whirlwind nightmarish novel. This book has provided me with the reasons I absolutely love reading the horror/thriller genre. For those who have read Wigmore's first publication, "The Tapestry," you will not be disappointed with the return to this particular universe. No, you won't be disappointed at all.
There are moments in this book that have had me laughing out loud, and many that have once more reminded me why I do not read this particular genre once the sun has gone down and the moon has risen into the sky. Some books are best left for daylight reads only, and this definitely fits the bill.
This story takes place where "The Tapestry" left off, bringing us right back into the action as Saul attempts to heal himself and fully regain his power and ultimately take control of the between. This book, much like "The Tapestry," is not for the faint of heart or those who cannot handle a bit of gore in their horror stories.
I think one of my favorite relationships and interactions in this book is that of Seb, Sophia and Clara. The three of them interacting together, as well as with the rest of the universe is something that I absolutely adore. Sophia, Seb's daughter and his princess, is smart and absolutely spot on to help through the chaos that her world has become.
When Sprite comes into the picture, I can't help but laugh a bit at him and his interaction with Seb, Clara, and Sophia. Sprite dresses as he's perceived, and is quite snarky but in a polite, matter of fact way at least in my opinion.
Saul...well, how do you describe Saul. Pardon my language, but the best way to describe Saul is this. A twisted fuck. Then again, what does one expect from a demon hell bent on controlling the between and getting a hold of the Tapestry? Nothing short of absolute mass chaos and murder. The things that Saul can make a person do...to want to do. That he brings out in others will send chills down your spine.
Many of the fantasy novels I've read have used vastly different creation techniques, however, I have found my favorite creation device in Wigmore's stories. The tapestry is a unique world creation device, and the fact that it allows for so much more to be added into the story is all the more a delightful device to use. The way that the threads align to create each and every person, good or bad - the relationships that spark among the living threads of the tapestry. It is enough to make one truly wonder if our world is a Tapestry.
Once again, I am left singing Paul Wigmore's praises. He has crafted a novel that has floored me and once again left me thankful that Saul is safely contained within the pages of the novels and not roaming the real world.
Thank you again Paul for allowing me to be among the first to read this fantastic story and I very much look forward to reading more of your work. ...more
Title: Moment of Impact Author: Rene D. Schultz Format: Ebook (Kindle) PagesThis review will go live on my blog tomorrow 3/1 Confessions of a Bibliophile
Title: Moment of Impact Author: Rene D. Schultz Format: Ebook (Kindle) Pages: 248 Date(s) Read: Feb 23, 2016 Rating: 4
Summary: Seven people on a train to Los Angeles. Each holds their own story. However, a moment of impact...a train crash will forever change their lives and alter their stories.
I was generously given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
OH MY FEELS! Just saying. Rarely will I sit through a book that makes me cry this much and finish it in one sitting. I think the last one I did that with was John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and this one made me cry just as much. Seriously.
This story involves seven people. Their lives forever changed by a singular moment of impact: a train crash. Some live to continue their story. Some find the ending of their story. No one knows what will come. Seven people who chose to step on that train. Seven people who will have their lives changed beyond any hope of repair. Not all the changes are for the better.
The characters in this book are intense and crafted so beautifully that you are thrown into their world. Suffer with them. Find yourself as helpless as they are in that moment of impact. It is almost as if you are standing there watching the events unfold right in front of you.
You can find the heart and soul that Rene pours into each and every one of her works in this book. I would highly recommend checking out other books by this author, though I would make certain that you have plenty of tissues available because the roller coaster ride of emotions in her books will ensure that you need them.
Thank you Rene for allowing me a chance to read this book and offer an honest review. ...more
Title: Strings Author: David Estes Format: Ebook Pages: 354 Date(s) Read: Feb 9-10, 201Reviews can also be found on my blog Confessions of a Bibliophile!
Title: Strings Author: David Estes Format: Ebook Pages: 354 Date(s) Read: Feb 9-10, 2016 Rating: 5
Summary: Pia, a sixteen-year-old girl, has always lived in a mysterious facility where her existence is controlled by mechanical strings. Apprenticed to her father, Gio, she soon suspects diabolical human forces behind what she knows as her reality. Will she be able to reveal the secrets of the Company, or will the risks she takes be too great?
I was gifted an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
There is a reason David Estes is by far one of my favorite YA authors. He has once again crafted a magical world that I want to be a part of. Sci-fi twists on fairy tales have become some of my favorite things to read...it's the reason I enjoy reading Cinder and books of that particular genre. Retellings with a spin crafted by the author are absolutely wonderful.
The gender swap of the traditional Pinnochio, by making Pia female was something that was refreshing. I love her Papa, Gio! Fig is absolutely wonderful as well! I just love it all.
Pia seeks to break free of her strings, however, in doing such she is forced to take so very many risks. She must navigate the dangers posed by Mr. Davis who obviously does not want her to gain her freedom and expose the truth of the Company.
I absolutely love that the book comes with it's own 'moral of the story,' like traditional fairytales usually do. The development of the characters throughout the story, the pacing in general are quite good and nothing less than I would expect from an Estes story! The plot twists and turns definitely are enough to keep me enthralled.
I will eventually have to lay claim to this one in audio as well, because I'm looking forward to hearing Kate Rudd read this fantastic story!
Thank you to David Estes for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book before it was released! ...more
Title: As Mad as a Hatter: A Short Story Collection Author: Catherine Stovall Format: E-book Pages: 144 Dates Read: November 29-December 1, 2015 Rating: 4.Title: As Mad as a Hatter: A Short Story Collection Author: Catherine Stovall Format: E-book Pages: 144 Dates Read: November 29-December 1, 2015 Rating: 4.5/5
Summary: Madness is a state of frenzied or chaotic activity. Twelve short stories. Six poems. We are given a delightfully chaotic and frenzied view beneath the top hat that the Hatter wears. Catherine Stovall's delightfully mad muse.
Review: I was gifted a copy of this short story collection by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity Catherine!
Where in the hell do I start with this fantastic collection of short stories and poems? I have absolutely no idea. Let's see if I can do this collection justice with my review or if I will fall short because I cannot properly find the words to express the nostalgia and reminder of Stephen King and other authors ability to capture and hold my attention with their twisted, beautiful, and insane ideas.
The narrative is fantastic, the description is picturesque in its quality. The mental imagery is a kaleidoscope of perfection from the crispness of her descriptive passages. I greatly enjoy delving into the Hatter's madness every now and then and find myself fancying a trip again soon.
"Drift Back Home," is one that will forever strike me to the core. The experiences are known to adults, as well as couples with children, or anyone who has been cracking under the pressure. The sadness in this tale of hopeful coincidence is what continually draws me back to it.
"Independence Day," is quite sinister and is decidedly one of my favorites! Though, "Room Number Four," and "The Queen's Art," will definitely make one a bit more wary of staying in seedy motels, or betraying a person's trust.
All in all, this collection is one of my favorites and I will perpetually be re-reading it. ...more
Title: Death Eater (The Complete Collection) Author: Catherine Stovall Format: E-book PaReview can also be found at my blog: Confessions of a Bibliophile
Title: Death Eater (The Complete Collection) Author: Catherine Stovall Format: E-book Pages: Date(s) Read: November 25-28, 2015 Rating: 4.5/5
Summary: A story about a girl, a boy and the devil himself. Thirteen lives are lived. Twelve deaths mourned. They have one chance left. 19 year old Vega Williams struggles against the pull and promise of death. Her protector and guardian Zane strains against the chains of hell. Both are cursed by Eurynome to live and love and die by their own demons. Can they save each other and prove that love can survive anything, even death?
Review: I was given this collection by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Catherine for the opportunity to once again delve into this world.
Story 1: Condemned to Die - 4 stars This is our introduction to Vera Williams and her guardian Zane. This is the story that made me fall in love with them. Hands down. This is by far a fantastic story of revenge for love, and I continue to re-read it as often as I can because I adore the relationship between Vera and Zane. There is a lot more I could say about this one, but I'm not for one to give away spoilers. I would highly recommend delving into this world and falling in love with this couple.
Story 2: Destined to Live - 4 Stars This story is Vera's last life. There has to be a loophole. There has to be something that can be done. Zane finds a loophole. However, the demon does what he does best and proceeds to torment Vera, making her relive each time she'd taken her life...all twelve times. Then as he is in control, ensures that she wants to end her life thus wasting her last life. I am all the more in love with Zane and Vera.
Story 3: Fated to Return - 4.5 Stars OH. EM. GEE. I did not expect that conclusion. Deceptive blurb concerning Vera and Zane's hunt for answers only added to the wonderfulness of this story. The groundskeeper...interesting little thing that turned into a surprise. The battle that happened, perhaps could have been a touch grander - but was still awesome none the less. Despite a couple of things that came up that made me briefly go huh, this book ended up getting the highest rating of the three. I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants a first glimpse into the work of Catherine Stovall.
Thank you again for the opportunity to read and review this series! Absolutely loved every moment of it! ...more