This was not at all what I expected when it was recommended to me. I was expecting a fantastic nightmare, but the book took a turn, which I figured ou...moreThis was not at all what I expected when it was recommended to me. I was expecting a fantastic nightmare, but the book took a turn, which I figured out early where it was going, that took it on the worst nightmare any child could ever have. I absolutely recommend this book. It was absolutely amazing and will leave you looking at yourself and wondering if you could have handled it any different than Connor. I'm not sure I could have been any stronger than the boy.(less)
An excellent research tool on emotions. Every writer should have this in their library. It maps out emotions like you would a book outline, making emo...moreAn excellent research tool on emotions. Every writer should have this in their library. It maps out emotions like you would a book outline, making emotion progressive like it should be and helping to make characters less psychotic and weird emotionally.(less)
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I started reading, and I was a little worried when the description of the protagonist came across a l...moreI wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I started reading, and I was a little worried when the description of the protagonist came across a little cartoony to me. After reading a while, I became very interested in the little teenager. He had a lot of hope and dreams, but he was a bit on the unlucky side. He was too impulsive, as most teens are. This gave him plenty of room to grow, and he did. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic Canada, where an unknown human called the Dream Eater turned the world upside down by bringing to life his own nightmares in some sort of cleansing. Weaver, the story’s hero, searches not only for a safe place to survive, but also to understand who and what he is. He has no real origin that he knows of and no family to turn to. His only allies are a motley crew of other survivors, some friendly, some not.
The characters are colorful and diverse, although a couple sisters are confusing to tell apart at times. That was the only confusion about characters I ran across. Their hair color was different but I confused their names several times. The world building was well done. The nightmares gave it a fantasy feel in a post-apocalyptic setting which seemed to blend perfectly natural. That is a testament to the author’s ability to create worlds. Nothing ever felt unnatural. The story flowed well through most of the book and the descriptions were well done without going over the top or too little.
The only real issue I had with many of the characters was the overflow of dialogue which constantly explained important issues. I always prefer watching characters learn about things as the action commences, but there were a couple scenes where characters just sat around and talked. The talking scenes were informative but slowed the drama down a little. There was also a lot of chatter during the action which reminded me of something like an anime film and about halfway through the book, that’s how I began to imagine the characters. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about the dialogue bothered me. Otherwise I would have given the book a five star rating. In the end, I would recommend this book to any fantasy lovers. It’s original, entertaining, and has a great ending that didn't disappoint.
The author sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I will be looking out for more novels in this series. (less)
This was a great read. If you read Head Hunters and loved the fast paced action, then temper your expectations for the same type of story. Damascus Ro...moreThis was a great read. If you read Head Hunters and loved the fast paced action, then temper your expectations for the same type of story. Damascus Road has plenty of action for the action lovers, but it goes far deeper than that. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book and was a little taken aback by the protagonist at first. He seemed to be just another drunken drifter, but after losing two people very close to him, a whole different side of him was revealed.
The character development in this book is phenomenal. The protagonist grows a lot as a man and as a human being. He even surprises me in the end. Never once does Charlie Cole forget in his story that family is family and sometimes family forgives family more than they do complete strangers, no matter what they’ve done. That said, the story slows in the middle, but I stayed interested and was sucked in completely once I discovered who the antagonist was. When the hero finally realizes what he needs to do, the story is a thrill ride all the way to the very satisfying end.
This book solidifies my belief that Charlie Cole is an awesome story teller, and I can’t wait to pick up his next book once it’s released.(less)
What a phenomenal story. This book picks up where the last book ends. The good guys are trying to gather themselves together, but the insane Riley nev...moreWhat a phenomenal story. This book picks up where the last book ends. The good guys are trying to gather themselves together, but the insane Riley never lets them catch their breath and just keeps coming like an unstoppable force of nature, or evil in this case. Chase is bouncing to other dimensions once again as he begins to question the true meaning of the title he was given be the Gods as the Protector. The heart wrenching finale is this book actually made me want to throw the book the first time I read it. The second time, I felt it was necessary to focus Chase in the right direction. Not only is it crucial to furthering the overall plot, it was very emotional. The whole scene played out like something right out of a Hollywood blockbuster, complete with inner background music to fit the mood. MR Merrick is really picking up pace with every book and I am ecstatic to see where this series goes. I loved the book so much that I read it the first time in 3 days. Every break at work, staying up late, skipping lunch. I just couldn't put it down.(less)
I was stunned by the ending. Once again, Kendall delivered a riveting urban fantasy story with a big finish that left the future of Gavin and Zoe unce...moreI was stunned by the ending. Once again, Kendall delivered a riveting urban fantasy story with a big finish that left the future of Gavin and Zoe uncertain.
I'm loving the Earth Elementals and I sure hope there are more of them in the last book. I felt that Exhale was a bit slower than the previous book, but I figure that's because I'm not much of a romantic and that is what the major focus of this book was. The growing passion between Zoe and Gavin. I also learned a lot about whales in this book, which is a good thing since whale awareness is what all the sales proceeds are going towards for this trilogy.
The ending of this book had my mind reeling with all kinds of emotions. Seeing everything go wrong from Gavin's point of view was perfect. The villain in this series is a real piece of work. I finally understand what has driven her to her madness, but I still want her to die a slow painful death. When a reader feels that way, that's when you know you wrote an awesome villain. One that will not be forgotten for a long time.
Every scene in this book is written so richly that not only could I see everything in my head, I tasted it, smelt it and felt it. Even the steamy sex scenes. Very nice and nothing unrealistic either about those sexy moments.(less)
This story is everything it's advertised to be. It is a fun read. I enjoy the circus and my family has history with the nomads of entertainment. That...moreThis story is everything it's advertised to be. It is a fun read. I enjoy the circus and my family has history with the nomads of entertainment. That may be why I was disappointed with the ending. Although it was very realistic and if you don't know much about elephants, you'll probably be shocked. I won't spoil it, but the entire story was very predictable. I was never lost or fooled and I was never surprised by anything. Despite that, it's a very pleasant and dramatic love story with likable characters.
I should add that some of the scenes may seem over the top, but they aren't. Circus life then was as raw and graphic in the 1930's as it is today.(less)