While it was a good story I thought the authors were creating too many storylines. At times it was difficult to remember who was supposed to be doing...moreWhile it was a good story I thought the authors were creating too many storylines. At times it was difficult to remember who was supposed to be doing what. Also thought a few storylines went unresolved.(less)
Wonderful short story that kept me saying, repeatedly, 'how does she think of these things?'
If you like witty, off-the-wall humor then you shouldn't m...moreWonderful short story that kept me saying, repeatedly, 'how does she think of these things?'
If you like witty, off-the-wall humor then you shouldn't miss this little gem. I can't really say anything without dropping some major spoilers, so I need you to trust me. Read this. Laugh. Be entertained. I certainly was!
When others ask what you're reading, throw your head back and say with your proudest voice you're reading a book about FART. It makes people look at you with a funny expression on their face!
Definitely better than the last book in the series, The Lost Symbol. I really enjoy the fast paced action and smooth flow of Dan Brown's novels. Every...moreDefinitely better than the last book in the series, The Lost Symbol. I really enjoy the fast paced action and smooth flow of Dan Brown's novels. Every author strives to be as good as he is.
Now for the bits I didn't care for. All the relentless references to the millions of pieces of art. Yes, I'm thrilled to death that the author references real paintings, sculptures, and the like. But this novel felt like a school book. I feel the author spent more time describing the art than in the actual storyline itself. That's why I rated this four stars instead of five.
That being said, I'll continue to purchase any book that this author writes!(less)
I received a copy of this book a while back and it sat, waiting patiently, on my iPad for several months before...moreNo one wants to tangle with this dwarf!
I received a copy of this book a while back and it sat, waiting patiently, on my iPad for several months before I got around to reading it. Let me just say that I wish I would have read it sooner!
The story focuses on Klondaeg, a fearless monster-killing dwarf who roams the countryside, along with his talking axe, looking for bigger and badder things to kill. He encounters a colorful mix of characters, from the princess of the bird people to a mischievous creature called Clayborn. I was never really certain if he was bad or good!
This is a fun fantasy adventure story that sweeps you in and has you sitting on the edge of your seat as Klondaeg battles his numerous foes. I thought the story was very well written. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times as Klondaeg's gruff nature doesn't particularly care for a monster-free world.
I didn't really have any criticques for this story. I didn't see any editing mistakes or typos, but that was probably because I was too caught up in the dwarf's exploits to care. :) My only gripe? I wish it was longer!
Treat yourself to a fun read. You won't be disappointed!(less)
First of all, before I get any further, I should mention that this review isn't without some bias. I wrote a story that was included in here, namely B...moreFirst of all, before I get any further, I should mention that this review isn't without some bias. I wrote a story that was included in here, namely Bakkian Chronicles - Disneyland Debacle.
So with that out of the way, on to the review!
This was a fun mix of 17 macabre stories dealing with zombies, an accidental elimination of a very popular holiday character, futuristic societies with priests controlling evolution, etc. I truly enjoyed reading all the different styles of writing found within the anthology. Sky Corbelli's All Strung Out, The Gene Priest by B. Throwsnaill, and the Great Zombie Pot-Plant Love Thang by JH Sked, were some of my favorites. A couple stories, like The Desert, by Richard Shury, and Descent, by Mia Darien, had me thinking about them long after I had read them. Take Descent, for example. I'm a huge Greek mythology buff, and as I started reading this one I could easily pretend I lived back in the time when everyone believed Zeus ruled the heavens. Clean imagery, fluid writing, and disgusting horses. :) I remember the labors of Hercules (Heracles for you Roman mythology fans) and those nasty horses and thought then, as I do now, that people back then were so very weird. But I digress.
I was thrilled to be a part of such a talented group of authors, all of which I might add are selflessly donating proceeds from the sales of Sweet Dreams to a young woman by the name of Lyndsey Roughton. Lyndsey, unfortunately, has been diagnosed with cancer and her family would like to send her on her dream vacation. I was more than happy to contribute a story. It's the least I could do.
Whether you enjoy zombie stories, humurous fantasy, or stories that just don't seem to fit in anywhere else, give Sweat Dreams a try. You won't be disappointed!(less)
The Blue Moon Detectives books have joined the ranks as one of my favorite series!
Seriously, how can you go wrong with a detective agency that has a d...moreThe Blue Moon Detectives books have joined the ranks as one of my favorite series!
Seriously, how can you go wrong with a detective agency that has a detective who was born a house cat? A vampire and ghost also are part of the Blue Moon Detective Agency.
This book is a collection of short stories which include two previously published short stories about the same characters. What I really liked about this collection was that there were several new short stories, each giving the reader further insight into the background characters. The first story involved the first meeting of Astrid the vampire and Ruth the ghost. Loved it! And I hate vampires! Anyone who knows me knows that. :) The second took place some years later and shows Billy (the were-cat) as a young boy and what happens when good ol' St. Nick puts in an appearance at the house of a boy who's cared for by a vampire and a ghost. Be at ease. Jolly St. Nick is fine, but comes face to face with a cranky sleep deprived vampire who doesn't enjoy being awakened. Cracks me up!
The other two stories were already published and are well worth reading again. For the sake of keeping the review short, I won't go into those two.
JH, I love these stories and am really hoping for a full-length tale chock full of their hilarious exploits! Well done again!!(less)
Delno is a decorated veteran of war who is trying to determine his place in society when something happens that changes his life forever. He...more4.5 Stars!
Delno is a decorated veteran of war who is trying to determine his place in society when something happens that changes his life forever. He encounters a wounded female dragon and learns he has been chosen to "bond" with the dragon's unhatched baby.
What follows is a meticulous, well thought out adventure where you, the reader, get to experience the baby dragon's hatching, upbringing, training, and all the struggles the two of them endure as they both cope with learning what being bonded truly means.
I really enjoyed this book. It delves into the relationship between dragon and rider quite extensively. The kingdom that this takes place in has only a limited number of dragon riders, and whereas the riders should be looking out for the wellbeing of the inhabitants, not all have peaceful intentions and start causing strife with other riders. I found myself laughing out loud at the exchanges between Delno and his dragon, Geneva. I sided with Geneva and wanted Delno to try riding her much earlier than he should have.
The world-building was good. The different personalities of the characters were well defined. The best part was and is the relationship between human and dragon. I only had a few critiques. I noticed there were several areas that had excessive use of commas, stretching out some sentences to paragraph length. I was also curious about Delno's magic. New abilities kept popping up and I would have liked to have known how he knew what to do, whether he was instructed, or just had beginner's luck. Either way, it did little to distract from the story.
Being a dragon lover I will typically pick up any book that has dragons featured in it provided they aren't portrayed as evil. Love dragons? Love reading about them? I encourage you to give this one a try! Great job, J.D.!(less)
Just what every secret agency needs: a trigger happy fire starter!
Poor Cass is broke, down on her luck, and since most people don't want to hire someo...moreJust what every secret agency needs: a trigger happy fire starter!
Poor Cass is broke, down on her luck, and since most people don't want to hire someone who can burn down your place of business without really trying, she was unemployed. As a last resort, she tries for a job at a little known agency known for hiring "special" people like her.
Successfully landing a job at PsychTeam, she struggles to fit in with a misfit team of people with gifts as unique as hers, all while trying to help stop an evil creature that is bent on destroying everything she has come to know and love.
I was approached by the author in Goodread's Indie Book Club and was asked it I would read/review it. I advised I'd be more than happy to, only I couldn't be given a time frame to adhere to as I have quite a few projects on my plate at the moment. He shouldn't have worried. Once I started this book, I quite literally couldn't put it down. Fantastic action scenes. Stunningly realistic imagery (Brown dragging his rear on the ground like a dog with worms - read the book to figure that one out!!!). I laughed so loud I woke my wife up (I read at night). Had to apologize and give her a back rub. :) The scene with her describing her unique power to Li and her likening it to having to pee... I was laughing on that one, too.
Anyway, the story flowed very well. I didn't see anything that stood out other than an excessive use of "?!?" punctuation marks. Very minor, and it didn't detract from the story at all. The only gripe I have is that the book ended on a cliffhanger and had me swiping my finger to turn the page on my iPad and yet I was at the end. I actually scowled, thinking I was now going to have to wait.
Great job, Mr. Verhey! I look forward to your next offering! (less)
Jeshu is a deadly assassin living in the world of Kalharia. His mission? A simple assassination. When things go wrong...moreWhen nothing goes as it should...
Jeshu is a deadly assassin living in the world of Kalharia. His mission? A simple assassination. When things go wrong, he's forced to team up with a mute Vian Knight and his squire to confront someone who threatens the lives of everyone in the kingdom. To make matters worse, an ancient evil goddess is just waiting to return to power so that she can exact her revenge on those who have shunned her.
The Harbingers of Mortality is a fantastic adventure story set in a world of magic, elves, knights, and dragons. Mr. Thomas has skillfully created a believable unique world where not only does magic exist, but it can be depleted and renewed, much like a rechargable battery. The world-building is very impressive and very comprehensive. I love how plausible the explanations are for how the magic works in Kalharia, as well as how unique his characters are.
My biggest critique, in my opinion, was the difficulty in following along with the time line. I really did love the amount of detail that went into everyone's point of view regarding the ongoing situation they found themselves in. It made sure there weren't any open plot holes. Not once did I wonder what had happened to a particular character. However, since the author created their own specialized months and number of days for each months (again, bravo for going into so much detail!), at the beginning of each chapter had the day and month of the year. But without a frame of reference, I was left unsure which sequence of events happened at which time. Then, once I finished the book, then I found the Appendices at the end, which addresses the calendar, and which month follows which. Should have read that first. :)
There was also a few times when I was wondering who I should be rooting for, but after discussing the issue with the author in a book club forum, he mentions that how he had written it. So that was just my own personal preference.
All in all, a great fantasy book worth reading. I'm off to pick up the first in the series (his books are written so that it's not necessary to read the first). Don't forget to look for the Appendices at the back so that you don't do what I did! Great job, Steve!(less)
Lorekeepers, teleportation, legendary characters... You can't beat that!
As an official reviewer from IndieBookBlogger.blogspot.com, I was given a copy...moreLorekeepers, teleportation, legendary characters... You can't beat that!
As an official reviewer from IndieBookBlogger.blogspot.com, I was given a copy of this book to read/review at my leisure. However, I had the book read in only a couple of sittings.
First and foremost, since I have written a couple of novels about characters teleporting from one place to another, this book struck a few chords with storylines I'm very familiar with. Settling down, I began to read about the adventures of a teenager, Samuel, and his adventures following the purchase of a unique set of dice found at a hobby store. As luck would have it, he's instantly transported off to another time and another world, where he awakens to discover he's been chosen/selected/drafted to become a Lorekeeper, someone whose job it is to make sure pieces of history continue to "flow" as it should lest it screw something up farther down the line.
I don't believe in giving away any parts of the story when doing a review, so if you're looking for spoilers then you won't find them here. This book reminded me of an old sci-fi/fantasy series way back in the 80s called the Voyagers, where this man and boy travel around to various periods in time and give history a push in the right direction.
I enjoyed seeing Samuel progress from nerdy boy who liked to play video games, participate in medieval reenactments, etc., to a young man responsible for his own welfare and protecting his new friends. One of my favorite parts about this book was when he finally put two and two together and he realized just who he was protecting and what "story" he had to protect as well.
I have a few critiques with this book. Minor, I'll grant you, but enough to make me notice it. There were a few places in the book where there was a wrong tense of a verb, or a singular form of a word when it should have been plural. I usually overlook one or two, 'cause no one's perfect, but I didn't notice several. Again, nothing major. The biggest problem I had, and again, it was minor, was the fata (read the book to learn what that is!) kept oftentimes referred to Samuel as "Sammy", which I wouldn't think would be in character for her. Then she'd return to talking in a formal manner and it'd be back to "Samuel".
But, since you can see I still rated this 5 stars, it did nothing to deter from the overall enjoyment of the book. Great job, Mr. Rouillard. I get the impression a sequel or two might be in the works. I certainly hope so! I'll pick up a copy if you ever do release one!(less)
I received a copy of this book to read/review as an official reviewer from IndieBookBlogger.blogspot.com.
N...moreMakes you think twice about online dating...
I received a copy of this book to read/review as an official reviewer from IndieBookBlogger.blogspot.com.
Net Switch is a dark, psychological thriller which picks right up from the start and doesn't really let you go until the end. There is romance, drama, and intense moments of sheer terror all bundled neatly into a journal-esque form throughout the entire book.
The story follows the (unfortunate) exploits of Sydney, a lonely forty-something woman who desperately yearns for some acceptance and love in her life. She meets someone online and starts a relationship, only to have it go horribly wrong. Attempting to rebuild her life, she changes her identity and moves to another state. But as luck would have it, her problems continue to plague her.
Let me start off by saying I enjoy the Author's writing style. Even though the story was just a compilation of journal entries, the story (& terror) she conveyed seemed real, plausible, and it easily kept me turning the page (or swiping my finger: iPad!), eager for more! My critique list has a few entries. First off, I have no problems with the story being comprised entirely of journal entries. I've personally never read an entire book like that, but it didn't detract from the story at all. In fact, I think it worked in the Author's favor and further helped ensnare the reader. Trust me, it worked! :)
What I didn't like, and found incredibly distracting, was the dates of the journal not being in chronological order. Yes, I realize we were meant to learn about another period in he protagonist's life, but the problem was the date jumping wasn't consistent, 2008, then 1984, then back to 2008, 1989, 2008, 2006, 1992, etc. It really made it hard to follow along with the thread of the story. I was constantly flipping back to the previous entry to try and figure out the relevancy of the entry.
I loved the twists and surprises at the end, and I certainly won't give away any spoilers, but it was a little hard to comprehend all of the subtle twists that were thrown in. Was I reading about him or her? Did that really happen or not? Bottom line... If you enjoy a good psychological story which makes you think, then check this one out! It's worth the read!(less)