****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review****
But in all fairness, I wouldn’t have passed up another dark and twisted adventu****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review****
But in all fairness, I wouldn’t have passed up another dark and twisted adventure by Noree Cosper. Going into Dose of Brimstone I knew I would enjoy it and I wasn’t disappointed. However, I was surprised by how much I loved it even more than the first book in the series ‘A Prescription for Delirium’. For the book-grabbers out there I will say, read her books in order. You WILL need the back story of Book 1 to properly follow along. I instantly fell back in love with the Van Helsing brothers and their very particular brand of snarky family values. In my opinion Gabby has evolved into an even more likeable character in Brimstone, she has in many ways softened to the brothers which I enjoyed. Without giving too much away, this new baddie is BAD. As in, one scary villain. This book has so much going on that even to review it is difficult without revealing pivotal plot points and character transformations.
If you love vampires, demons, and all things that can scar you for life, do yourself a favor and grab this series and while you’re at it Cospers other works as well. ...more
Cute story. 3 stars due to proper formatting and editing was well done. Not really my style, much more tame than I expected from this author. It alsoCute story. 3 stars due to proper formatting and editing was well done. Not really my style, much more tame than I expected from this author. It also seemed to stop abruptly, but with it being a flash fiction piece, perhaps he intends to add more to complete the story. I think with a little more passion and a longer story, this would really be an exciting read. ...more
I rarely review. Mostly bc my mother taught me if I didn't have anything nice to say, shut the hell up. However I was SO FREAKING excited for this booI rarely review. Mostly bc my mother taught me if I didn't have anything nice to say, shut the hell up. However I was SO FREAKING excited for this book, and it was such a hack job I couldn't even bear it.
For starters, you are given 0 back-story on ANYONE. You are retroactively info dumped when something happens. It's like when your dad tells a joke and it makes no sense and then he goes "Oh right, I forgot to mention the Ox was blue."
Secondly, on Amazon it is listed under Fairytales and Myths. To me that implies a younger demographic. Say 10+. There is simply no way that most people under the age of 16 (and I'm being liberal) know what half of these words mean. This instantly reminded me of Lemony Snicket's novels, wherein with pure genius he introduces his young readers to the wide world of vocabulary by giving a definition. Because that is how you LEARN. No way was this happening here, and there is no way kids are cross referencing.
Thirdly, and most annoying. This was like reading a slash/crossover piece of fiction. The similarities include all of the Oz books, Narnian books, and most certainly Alice in Wonderland among others. This would be acceptable if it wasn't so blatantly forced upon me.
Lastly the child heroine, named September, was lifeless. She loved fall and Halloween and she should have been my favorite. I could not have cared less what happened to her. Her complete apathy for leaving home is explained that "Children are born heartless and their hearts grow to love and attach as they age, and since she is (I think 12) she doesn't have a heart yet"
Just ugh. I don't recommend this and I am SOOOOOOOO glad I didn't impulse buy on Amazon and chose to wait until the library had it.
Aside from the clever title, this book should sleep with the fishes. ...more
Alice Hoffman is one of my favorites no matter what she writes. Survival lessons is Non-Fic and very short. I wish it had been longer because the wondAlice Hoffman is one of my favorites no matter what she writes. Survival lessons is Non-Fic and very short. I wish it had been longer because the wonderful advice and endearing stories were too few. Although it focuses on her breast cancer survival, it would be a wonderful gift for anyone who has experienced trauma or loss (I wish I'd had this book years ago)It relates to you as a victim or as a survivor, or as a caregiver.
"Love is complicated, love can he hidden, love, above all else, is loyalty." ~AH
This was a fantastic book. Not only was it an easily to comprehend book, but also very engaging. The author looks at Jesus as a man, not as divine, anThis was a fantastic book. Not only was it an easily to comprehend book, but also very engaging. The author looks at Jesus as a man, not as divine, and it is truly interesting to look at him in that light. Especially because, as you come to know, he was hardly the first during that time to call himself the Messiah. One of the better religious texts I've read in a long time. I highly recommend if Religious Non-Fic is for you....more
I absolutely LOVED Zimmermann's first book From Where I Stand. He had a lot of pressure to live up to his first book and he didn't just meet that goalI absolutely LOVED Zimmermann's first book From Where I Stand. He had a lot of pressure to live up to his first book and he didn't just meet that goal, he surpassed it. My favorite poem in the collection was Innocence Lost. It spoke to me on many levels although each poem is wonderful in its own way. Definitely check it out!...more
One of the most difficult things a writer can do is tell a complete story in a short medium like poetry. Robert Zimmermann not only manages to tell yoOne of the most difficult things a writer can do is tell a complete story in a short medium like poetry. Robert Zimmermann not only manages to tell you a story, but to draw you in completely with each of his poems. His poems range from the topics of guilt, divorce, growing up, and putting aside your past (just to name a few). Oftentimes his poems are dark, heartfelt, but also laced with hope. Although there are many to choose from, my favorite poems had to be Childhood Fantasy and Behind the Mask. Both testify to the hardship of growing up and putting away childhood things. Don't misunderstand though, each poem in this compendium is relatable to any reader despite age or gender. I rarely read modern poetry. However, Zimmermann's work has seriously pushed me to delve into the world of poets speaking from my generation....more
When it comes to the Paranormal/Supernatural genres that I tend to read, there aren’t a lot of surprises. Sometimes it feels too much like the authorWhen it comes to the Paranormal/Supernatural genres that I tend to read, there aren’t a lot of surprises. Sometimes it feels too much like the author is following a preordained outline, the characters can be good but the plot itself is lacking.
When I first heard about Prescription for Delirium by Noree Cosper, I had the gut feeling that this one was going to be different. Here is the synopsis from the author’s site.
“Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.
However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug, which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil's plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.”
Although every character in this novel is likeable and well written, I fell in love with Gabby. Cursed with eternal life she balances the depressing nature of a vengeful endeavor and a faithful kind heart wonderfully. As I read the story, it would have been easy to understand Gabby going off the rails and losing herself in her revenge. However, not only does she handle every adversary with level headedness, she also remains dedicated to the family she promised to protect.
Prescription is a Van Helsing Organization novel, the first in the series. Although vampires do not take center stage, there are other creatures of the night to worry about. Demons, devils, werewolves, and that is not including the extensive hierarchy of the underworld. Gabby is multitasking her butt off trying to keep everyone safe and attain her goals.
The Love and Bother:
Cosper does an amazing job of making me feel for every one of her characters. The three Van Helsing men, Esais, Adrian, and Tres could easily have been robotic and one-dimensional. Yet with Cosper’s writing, I was instantly drawn to each of them. One aspect I found most compelling is how each brother is dealing with the burden of their own secrets. They may be a family of Supernatural hunting bad-assess, but they don’t always trust one another. I liked that dynamic and found it added a layer of understanding to every action. They would happily die for one another, but telling the truth plagues them all.
There were a few places in the story where I would have liked some further information. The aspect of ghosts immediately comes to mind. However it didn’t detract from the story and there are many more books to come in which to expand.
I also wish Gabby had been slightly more tech savvy. Just because you’ve lived for hundreds of years doesn’t mean you can’t be up to date on the world you live in now.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Marguerite Devereux. I adored her character. A street smart, total badass, she wants her revenge, and she wants it now. The interactions between her and Gabby were my favorite part of this novel. She is a reflection of the way the dark world can turn an otherwise innocent person hard.
In saying that, Marguerite is clearly the type of person that Gabby could have become. They are two sides of the same revenge laden coin. Their different outlooks and choices create an interesting portrait of how handling life's tragedies can change you.
Final thought? Read this book. The plot is constantly moving and so refreshing! The characters are charming, different, and sexy....more
I've had this book on my tbr pile for ages, and I was happy to finally settle in last night and give it my full attention. Winship's tale begins rightI've had this book on my tbr pile for ages, and I was happy to finally settle in last night and give it my full attention. Winship's tale begins right in the middle of the action, in the distant future where vaempires and vampires are controlling the world. I won't give a full synopsis, since it's listed above. I will say the originality of this piece was incredibly refreshing. I began the book intending to read only a chapter or two and didn't put it down until I finished. I loved Cassandra especially for not being a damsel in distress. She was by far my favorite character. I had some trouble keeping the fight scenes straight, but I think that is more my problem than the writers. In the end, if you love zombies, vampires, and are just looking for new life in the vampire genre, this is the book for you! I cannot wait to delve into the next installment: Vaempires: White Christmas! ...more
Let me begin by saying that Katriel is beyond gifted in painting a Victorian picture. From his descriptions of buildings, homes, and even his vernaculLet me begin by saying that Katriel is beyond gifted in painting a Victorian picture. From his descriptions of buildings, homes, and even his vernacular you were instantly drawn into this story. I had been dying to read it since it came out,I finished it in just a few hours, and that includes re-reading certain parts. I wanted to love this book, everything about its description drew me in, but the story itself was confusing to say the least. It shifts between points of view, it jumps around in time, the whole story does not come across fluid at all. There wasn't any character that I could connect to, mostly because such short and vague descriptions were given. Only one character aside from Salazar was even given a detailed family back story...but then it wasn't brought up again. Even Helena, who I would consider a "main character" was flat. I couldn't tell you what anyone really looked like, aside from the "haunting" image of Alatiel. I wish the story had been more character driven, then I would have been upset when something bad happened to them. Instead it was like 'another one bites the dust.' This easily could have been a full on Gothic novel if the characters had been touched on more. It's a decent read, and I don't feel like I wasted my time, I just wish I had come away creeped out, or even upset by a character's fate. ...more
I have been eagerly anticipating this book for months and it was everything I wanted and then some! It is the second in the series, and although I lovI have been eagerly anticipating this book for months and it was everything I wanted and then some! It is the second in the series, and although I loved book one, I very much enjoyed the somewhat lighter tone of the second book. Don't get me wrong, it by no means strayed from the brilliant vernacular, or lusty Vampire Flynn. It did however delve deeper into other characters emotions and actions. Flynn is ever evolving in Eyes of the Seer and Rebirth doesn't drop that ball for a second. The thing that amazes me about Dawes writing style is that it never gets lazy. He paints a vivid picture in your mind and never lets up whether it be describing some sexy bits (which I enjoyed immensely) or the intricate fight scenes. His struggle with the duality of his own personality reminded me often of Dorian Gray (That is Oscar Wilde kids, not that awful book with the tie on the cover) and this similarity made me enjoy the character of Flynn even more. For those who adored Monica, you will be very pleased to see her front and center in the sequel. I very much encourage you to read both books and then prod the author to write faster!!! ...more
Since you can read the attached synopsis, I won't delve into the story too much. I have to say that this isn't my usual genre, but I really liked theSince you can read the attached synopsis, I won't delve into the story too much. I have to say that this isn't my usual genre, but I really liked the book. It had a great balance of humor and severity that allowed it to come across as very realistic. I especially enjoyed the main character Marti. She maintains integrity, humor, and strength even as her world is being flipped around. All in all this is promising work from a great new writer and any fan of chick-lit should check this book out stat!...more
Eyes Of The Seer,by Peter Dawes (A pen name I assure you) surprised me, not because it was trying to recreate mythos, but because it embraced it.
I graEyes Of The Seer,by Peter Dawes (A pen name I assure you) surprised me, not because it was trying to recreate mythos, but because it embraced it.
I grappled with the star system because whereas the beginning of the story dragged a big, it MORE than compensated in the second half.
Here is the 411. Peter Dawes is an ordinary man living an ordinary life. The story begins with a murder. Two people are dead at Peter's own hands, and these deaths were NOT an accident.
From the scene of his transgressions, he is taken into the dark world of Vampirism. It is elegant, decadent, sexy, bloody, and PERFECT! This isn't Twilight folks, Peter is now a Vampire. He has enhanced senses, increased stamina, intense bloodlust, and a fondness for swords. He has disassociated from his humanity even further by taking on the new name Flynn. The ensuing story isn't puppies and lollipops. In a sophisticated and eloquent manner very reminiscent of early Anne Rice, we are taken through Peter/Flynn's journey from healer, to Vampire, to Assassin.
Dawes lives in the real world, where a stake through the heart will do you in before you can say `ouch'. Vampires burn in the daylight, are reduced to piles of ash, need human blood to survive, and oh yeah, are KILLERS. They are Classic, and there is a reason such things are called Classics in the first place. All hail Bela Lugosi.
I bought the novel Lichgates (Book One in the Grimoire Trilogy) about two weeks ago. All I knew at the time was the brief synopsis given on Amazon, an I bought the novel Lichgates (Book One in the Grimoire Trilogy) about two weeks ago. All I knew at the time was the brief synopsis given on Amazon, and that I liked the author, S.M Boyce very much. Here is the tale, and I warn you now, I cannot do it justice in one measly paragraph:
“Kara Magari is just a regular girl on a hike. One day she chooses to take the way less traveled by (not always the best idea Mr. Frost) and stumbles through a Lichgate. What is a Lichgate you may ask? It is a portal, wormhole, trapdoor in this world, leading straight through to another one. The world of Ourea. She finds herself in a library, and curiosity prods her to investigate the one book that will change her life forever. The Grimoire. The note attached seals her fate.
“From the moment you read these words, you will be hunted.”
Kara begins the journey through Ourea. Quickly meeting Braeden Drakonin, a Blood Prince to an Evil King. Braeden is looking for a way out, a true escape from his father’s grasp since he has been lying and hiding since he was twelve years old. “
My immediate thought, ‘here we go, another forbidden romance’.
I’ve never been happier to be wrong in my life!
Kara is strong. She has been through a lot but is never a wilting flower. She accepts her new role, but not so readily a completely new destiny. People get hurt, people die, and sometimes the bad guys get the upper hand. Instead of a romance novel, we get a love story. An honest to God, love story played out in every facet possible. Kara and Braeden struggle with having lost the people they loved most in their worlds. At its core, Lichgates is about loving your Kingdom, your home, your people, your ways, and figuring out how to love yourself when you feel broken beyond repair.
This book is very fairytale-esque but not of the Disney kind. It is fast paced, a constant adventure which is exceptionally rare for a first novel. Hell, it’s rare for any novel at all! It splinters into so much detail that I wouldn’t truly know where to begin describing the trials the characters must go through.
Together Kara and Braeden take a heroic journey. The story is an epic tale woven intricately and exceeding all expectation. I was instantly transported to my childhood bedroom. Reminded of the first time I ever read of the Great Aslan and his land of Narnia. The moment when I was nine and decided, I would cure my fear of water, for one day I would be The Lady of the Lake, and know Arthur and his Knights.
This story is rare, and I found myself feeling blessed to have gotten to read it. I truly believe it will be considered a ‘Classic’ in years to come. I have no trouble imagining my daughter one day wanting to be Kara, keeper of the Grimoire, as I once yearned to be Viviane of the Lake. To know there are writers out there still capable of producing such legends, simply makes me believe in the magic that books fundamentally are.
I tip my hat to Boyce, and I beg her to hurry up with the second installment!
Since receiving my shiny new Kindle just a few months ago, I’ve been opened to the awesome world of new novelists. It has been a rocky adventure of boSince receiving my shiny new Kindle just a few months ago, I’ve been opened to the awesome world of new novelists. It has been a rocky adventure of books. Oftentimes awesome reads have sucked me in for days, other times I curse the heavens (in that very dramatic, TV movie sort of way) and then erase them from my Kindle immediately.
I’d seen some tweets concerning The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton, but hadn’t fully sought it out. The cover was pretty, and the author’s tweets were fun. Finally, last week, after stumbling across the book for the millionth time, I took it as a sign. This book was intended for me.
I can say now, my only regret is that I didn’t buy it sooner!
I won’t give you too much back story. Partially because you can read the synopsis, but mostly I don’t trust myself with spoilers.
The bones of the tale are this: Sophia is an average girl, living in a painfully small town. She is very much the ‘Boo Radley’ of the neighborhood due to her Wiccan religion, and a very overzealous Christian woman who hopes to rid the town of her evil. As if being stalked by a crazy lady wasn’t enough, Sophia must deal with a constant hissing, a buzz that rattles around in her brain 24/7. She managed to go to college, and now hold a job, but the constant noise never leaves her mind. Curing her curse is her number one priority. That is until she meets a whole host of supernatural beings, some dangerous, some carrying very human burdens, and one downright sexy. She finds herself embroiled in a centuries old battle, first to find out about her own ancestry, then to save those she loves.
I loved this book, and I’ll give you just a few reasons why although I could probably come up with dozens.
I was a Wiccan for fifteen years. Rebecca Hamilton has been the ONLY fiction author I have ever read who described ritual, as well as Wiccan beliefs accurately and completely. For her insight and research, I applaud and respect her.
The main character Sophia drew me in from the beginning of the book. She has a crazy mother (who can’t relate to that) and is trying very hard to live her life, despite her hardships financially as well as medically (the constant noise in her head) As the book evolved my only complaint was Sophia’s fear of her own power and her raging self doubt. More than once, I wanted to hop into the story, shake her like a ragdoll and tell her she was strong enough to do anything! (There is also a sex scene I wouldn’t have minded hopping into as well. I’m telling ya, buy the book!)
Keeping the storyline moving was the lovable Charles. He is a member of the supernatural realm, and I don’t want to say too much on that, but he oozes sex appeal. He added some much needed humor to the extremely serious Sophia, and helped to keep the story moving at a good pace. Not to mention he sounds drop dead gorgeous, and there are a few scenes not intended for children in the book.
I have to tip my hat to Hamilton for my favorite line in the book. I don’t know if it was an intended knock on the ever popular yet poorly written Twilight series or not but as Charles pops up at Sophia’s window one night, she crossly asks him if he’s spying on her.
His response? “You’re not so interesting that I came to watch you sleep, darlin’.”
Rarely does a line literally make me laugh out loud as that one did.
Hamilton also manages to put together an excellent “supporting cast” of characters, including Sophia’s best friend Ivory, and Charles’s best friend Adrian. The characters are not only rich and welcoming additions, but they end up having very deep and meaningful backgrounds that assist in tying the entire story into a neat little bow. Personally, I love neat little bows, and so I was in reader heaven.
All in all the book was great. It wrapped up nicely while still leaving a few questions unanswered for the next book in the series. That book I will not hesitate to buy.
As I clicked The Forever Girl from my To-Read folder over to my Modern Classic folder, I stuck my kindle on my overflowing bookshelf, propping it next to the framed picture of my Grams and her pet cardinal from so many years ago, and smiled.
Don’t worry, you’ll understand why, the book is only a click away! ...more