In truth when I got this off Story Cartel for free in exchange for an honest review I didn't expect to get a lot from this book. I guess I decided toIn truth when I got this off Story Cartel for free in exchange for an honest review I didn't expect to get a lot from this book. I guess I decided to download a free copy out of curiosity.
At first seemed simply written for the sake of writing a book. I was surprised by the funny parts and the roach scaring the guy was hilarious. Sadly here isn't much of any character building or story to get behind. Just a couple of laugh, forgettable characters and writing in the plainest sense. For those reasons I can't recommend this for a purchase.
But if you want a laugh and are wiling to forsake story or an get our hands on a free copy (legally of course) go right ahead....more
This short story did a better job exploring various characters than some full novels. Bell took a short story and created a world where a young man leThis short story did a better job exploring various characters than some full novels. Bell took a short story and created a world where a young man learns about true love after a life of self-bigotry and sexual mischief/deceit. Some reviewers hated Joey but I didn't. He has unlike able characteristics but everyone has something unlike able about them and this only expands his character as he changes and witnesses love and decides to seek it out himself. At first he has no interest in love but he is still out and proud and has a lot of confidence. Bradley and Scott are good characters and the evolution as a result of Joey is touching and entertaining. Philip is so sweet and innocent and the change he brings about in Joey is very profound. Maggie while seemingly a minor character plays a big role in backing up Joey and giving smart advice. The manicurist quick suggestion was hilarious and though in the story for seconds gave an unforgettable line. Joey's mom also plays her role though I think her continuous flow of partners and the divorce might have played a part in him not being interested in love.
Bell you wrote a masterpiece and then decided to reward readers by making it free. Excellent work, this is what I want to read in my gay fiction. An amazing story....more
This book is for anyone who is a fan or new to Divergent. It has enough pictures and amazing scenes to pull you in and also leave you wanting more. AnThis book is for anyone who is a fan or new to Divergent. It has enough pictures and amazing scenes to pull you in and also leave you wanting more. An excellent introduction to the upcoming movie....more
I was excited to read this book. A Journey Begins takes us a world filled with magic, beauty and an upcoming war to save the world. From the start I kI was excited to read this book. A Journey Begins takes us a world filled with magic, beauty and an upcoming war to save the world. From the start I knew this book was special. Cambria introduces us to a King and Queen who sacrifice everything so their children will inherit powers to defeat The Dark King when he returns. It is a touching emotional scene with the introduction of a spirit who is softened by Natalia right before both make the sacrifice needed to save the world. Over a decade later their children the quadruplets are almost sixteen and their happy life with Alice who is the closest thing to a mother they know. Informed of their true destiny and what all their training was for they have natural feelings of fear but are determined to not let the world fall to ruin or that their parents sacrifice be in vain. When a storm proves to be the harbinger of way worse Brean, Jake, Eliza and Kimberly go out to try and stop The Dark King's return. Their decision takes them on an adventure none of them saw coming. And neither will you. But if you are like me you will enjoy the ride and feel the highs and the lows as children fight to protect their kingdom, the world and those they love.
My quibbling are few. There is almost too much action/intensity in the book. I know this is it's greatest strength being able to move from one intense scene to another without a single boring scene. But it also cuts down getting to know some other characters and things better. Thunder the dragon and Crystal the ice bird are great secondary characters but with so much intensity you learn little about them. It's not so bad with Thunder who you learn more about through his conversation with Brean. But it's devastating for Crystal. Besides flying and willing to help all you know is that it's strong willed since it decided it's own name. Not much. Plus you don't learn a lot about the kingdom which I found sad because there seems to be so much there in the little that was shared. So I would suggest some improvement on world building in that area. But when they left to stop The Dark King, the world building had a complete turn around and was perfect. Also a few grammatical and structure errors but nothing that takes away from the story and they are rare. While perfectly fine for a new teen author, I'm still reviewing this book as I would any other author.
In the end I'm in love. I can't wait for the sequel and tell you readers that if you read this book, neither will you. Sign up for her newsletter to keep abreast of the sequel and other news from this amazing young author. Congrats Cambria. Even if you were an adult, this book will still be a wonderful read....more
I got a free copy from Story Cartel in exchange for a review. When I downloaded this book it was because the story caught my interest. Then when I reaI got a free copy from Story Cartel in exchange for a review. When I downloaded this book it was because the story caught my interest. Then when I read the novel I was taken on a ride like no other. Winter and her siblings discover something special about themselves and then go off on an adventure/rescue mission that takes them from an underground paradise and an above ground nightmare at a seemingly normal Fair. Nothing is left to boredom or lack of depth as Ulyate takes the battle to protect the environment to a whole new level with Green Peace vs. Pollution and all the people in between. This book is innovative and captivating and I recommend it for both kids and adults alike because it transcends perfectly.
Sadly I do have one real issue. There was some stereotyping and predictable parts in the book. While it didn't ruin the whole book, there were parts that were broken down because it was so predictable. Like a girl having winter powers liking a boy with fire powers, the bookish boy knowing so much or getting something wrong in an obvious attempt to 'bring him down to size' or the athletic one getting hurt often in a seemingly price for her smugness about being fit and pretty. Still though I highly recommend this book and go as far to say it would make an amazing movie....more
The Good: Crystal has done amazing world building and we get to meet Alexia and her family at a crucial time in her life. The at first unsightly AlexiThe Good: Crystal has done amazing world building and we get to meet Alexia and her family at a crucial time in her life. The at first unsightly Alexia is quickly transformed into a beautiful young lady but like all 'quick fixes' this comes at a price and she is thrust into a world where humans aren't the only beings on earth and moonless nights are not the time to for a night stroll. Readers will be drawn into a world where females are raised to be married to better their families and even Alexia's father who's more lenient than most has his expectations of her. These are thrown asunder however with the appearance of the mysterious Kiren and the crazy (like a fox in my opinion) yet deliciously clever Bellezza. Alexia's transformation not just from teenager to womanhood but also from being thought of as a human of noble blood to one of the special beings called the 'Passionate' is chronicled in Moonless and we readers get to see her go from a sheltered girl to a brave heroine is ready not to just fight for her family but for love as well. No matter the costs. Also you get to read snippets of other characters perspectives and get the chance to see how others view Alexia and all the craziness brought not just by her antics but also the dangerous Soulless who lurk waiting to grab their next victim.
The Bad: Sigh, the following is why Moonless can't get five stars from me. It is a five star story but the following issues just don't mesh well for me. First at the beginning Alexia was okay, not great but ok. Then she got pretty and then got whiny bitchy in my opinion. I get that she wants to find out about the transformation and the mysterious Kiren. But she seems to run to danger, grab it by the neck, then whine when it bites back. Seriously I hated her for the first 40% of my kindle read and would have abandoned the book if the surrounding story and other characters didn't hold my attention. I got to liking her later and loving her before the end but it's never good to hate the MC for almost half a book. This I don't fault the author for, it's my own personal tastes. Second I just can't stand it when girls run headlong into danger after a guy, seriously, there isn't a shortage of males on the planet. I get that she is in love but come on, this is so overdone it's tragic that such a wonderful book has such an overused theme. Third I actually loved secondary characters like Bellezza and Miles way more than Alexia and their lives drew much more interest to me. I know secondary characters should help the story but they actually stole the show and made Alexia look somewhat petty and bland in comparison. Also there were parts of the novel that were somewhat boring and caused sections to limp along until something exciting happened to jolt the story along.
My Verdict: This is a well written novel and despite my hang ups it was a really good read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult books that are different from the regular fare and those who just want to read a really good book. Alexia matured in the book and I got to like her and Kiren's bond but the issue was how long it took me to like her and I leave her likeability up to each individual reader. The supporting characters are amazing and if you want a read that is chock full of exciting characters this is the book for you. Whether you love romance, adventure, crazed super children like Bellezza (though she looks thirteen), paranormal insanity and main characters who can make you fall in love or drive you batty...Moonless is ready to take on the ride of your life. And I personally am ready for a sequel. Plus novellas staring secondary characters from the series. Please?...more
**spoiler alert** Katherine starts as an unhappy overweight teen weighing almost 300 pounds. Her friend Sarah is excited to go out to the beach along**spoiler alert** Katherine starts as an unhappy overweight teen weighing almost 300 pounds. Her friend Sarah is excited to go out to the beach along with other teens from their year but Katherine dreads it. After a tearful breakdown Sarah takes her home from the mall and gives her a cupcake to wish her happy birthday. Katherine blows out the candle and wishes to be thin. This is when the real drama starts.
The world is different when you're thinner and Katherine learns both the good and the bad sides of her new look. Including doctor's appointments and a mood swinging mom. Katherine eventually realizes though that something is going on beyond just medical miracles and wishes. Something she just might not like.
I loved this novellette, a short read it doesn't shy away from the issues facing overweight teens or skimp on great writing. When I purchased it on Amazon I was confident I would get my money's worth on this ebook and I was not disappointed. Kevin had also written a previous horror series and he continues to draw in readers with captivating stories and great writing. My one gripe though is a disconnect with the storyline. Katherine wishes to be thin yet when supernatural elements come into play, they clearly have nothing to do with the wish. Especially when paternity becomes an issue. So why then did the wish start all of her changes? That was never answered and left a big hole in the story for me. I do highly recommend this book though and my storyline issue is the only reason this book doesn't get five stars. Kevin Richey is still a horror short story writing genius everyone should check out. I'm glad I read this book....more
It's rare when a book comes along that takes you over body and soul. This is such a book. Tara is a student and Eliza is her English professor. Aged 2It's rare when a book comes along that takes you over body and soul. This is such a book. Tara is a student and Eliza is her English professor. Aged 21 and 29 respectively each have very different upbringing with one being grown on a farm and another in wealth. Both are about to discover that they're lesbians. This novel is told mostly in Tara's writings about the events that happened before Eliza took off. As she writes she realizes more about herself, her town and even Eliza. A touching story with love tinged with sadness and betrayal you will be hard pressed not to get a lump in your throat long before the end.
Also touched in this novel is sexual discovery, homophobia, love and values of families and the towns they live in and friendship. Tara's boyfriend in the novel is a tragic character to me, he's such a good guy and his girlfriend turning out to be a lesbian isn't his fault. Yet like any boyfriend whose girl of his dreams turns out....I think you know how this goes so I'll let you read the book for the details. Tara's words are loving, cutting and naive and strong all at the same time and at different times. The author's choice of words draws you in from the start and the blurb being an appeal directly from Tara instead of the usual book summary is just brilliant. I recommend everyone get a copy for themselves and if you're one of those who refuse to refuse LGBT, while I respect your decision, you'll be missing out on an amazing book....more
Rating: 4.5 Stars. Reposting here the review from my blog back in December 2013.
I love authors and fairy tale retelling. So when David contacted me wiRating: 4.5 Stars. Reposting here the review from my blog back in December 2013.
I love authors and fairy tale retelling. So when David contacted me with a request that I review his book after finding my blog, I decided to accept. Am I glad I did. David not only retells the story of Snow White after her happily ever after but takes a new look at her past. While there is happiness over the upcoming wedding of her daughter, Snow White is mourning the loss of Prince Charming and wondering if she was ever worthy, strong or special. Then she finds the mirror her terrible stepmother used and is taken on a journey through her past reflections of herself and is given the chance to see through her grief and maybe rediscover happiness. If not the crushing grief just might destroy her.
David is a master at flashbacks which is the substance of this story. But instead of just taking us all over the place or filling space these reflections take on a journey to see how David interprets Snow White's journey through all the good and the bad. Readers get to see the beauty in both happiness and tragedy and we get to decide for ourselves if happily ever after is just a perfect ending or won well fought for and deserved. Also the mirror is given new life and a much more pivotal role, making Snow White see herself as more than just an aging queen. Will Snow White find happiness again? What of the kingdom and the wedding? You will just have to get a copy of the book to find out. I highly recommend this read to everyone especially over the holidays when one of things we do is reflect about the year and look forward to a bright future....more
**spoiler alert** This is the big conclusion to the Creepy Hollow series. With Creepy Hollow in ruins it seems all might be lost at the start of this**spoiler alert** This is the big conclusion to the Creepy Hollow series. With Creepy Hollow in ruins it seems all might be lost at the start of this now turned tragic tale. Violet has lost her memory and the two boys she loved are on opposite sides. One wants to find her and save the Fae Realm and the other wants to rule it with a mighty hand - weather powers don't hurt. The Faerie War is darker than all the other volumes combined and readers are introduced to the underground fae and other creatures in detail never shown before in the other books. Rachel really outdid herself showing another side to what we were previously introduced as evil or troublesome through the eyes of guardians, namely Violet whose POV we get most in the series. With Draven tearing the realm apart to quash all free will and using a power only defeat-able by a special person n- no one knows- who needs to wield a weapon only he or she can use, how can Violet, Ryn and all the displaced guardians and their allies win this battle for their home and people? You have to get a copy to find out. This epic conclusion will have readers anxious to see how it all ends and if you haven't started, get going.
I have little criticism. Sometimes it can be a bit predictable and Violet can be seen redoing past mistakes but no one is perfect even in fiction taking place in a magical realm. Violet's romantic interest in another guardian in the last volume seemed awfully convenient and in this book he's the one spear heading the search for her. Yet this doesn't take away from the wonderful work of art this book is and to judge it by it's cover would only be a mistake if you don't think words can beat a beautiful image....more
The Good: A family of professional time travelers in the 25th century get demoted after a stampede almost ruins thSource: Netgalley, Rating: 3.5 Stars
The Good: A family of professional time travelers in the 25th century get demoted after a stampede almost ruins their assignment as researchers who document history. The technology is well detailed and keeps readers informed on amazing possibilities of the future despite some distinct disadvantages that exists within this book's time period. A rich story line and a very manageable reading length helps lend credence to a book tweens and early teens will be able enjoy without being overwhelmed. The family gets reassigned from the Temporal History Time Division to the Historical Footwear Division. A boring job as punishment for Dawk's mistakes is at first seen by the two teens as torture (though for Hype less so) but opens a new adventure when Hype bucks into a man who turns out to be an alchemist who is able to'create' gold. The kids are taken through time yet again by another device along with a very shocked 17th Century tag along. Discovering a machine even more powerful than technology from their own time. How will they get back to their parents and solve this mystery? You have to get a copy to find out.
The Bad: The book gets super technical for more than half the book. Making an already shorter read heavy and pushes out parts of a really good story. It's great to know about the 25th century but do we really need to get the most difficult to follow details of the NeuroNet as if the reader plans to create it? Especially in a short book. Seems the author forgot a compact book needs compact writing. If the book was twice as long it would be more forgivable. But when it cuts into adventure and story line, that's not a good thing.
My Verdict: A must for kids who are into sci-fi, even though it gets very technical. Teens should definitely be able to read through this quickly and those age ten and over can get through it if the story holds their interest. Especially recommend to young boys who'll connect with a daring adventurer like Dawk. A really good start for a brand new series.
This book is for children ages three and up but with the many pictures and simple fun wording, I'm sure children ages one and up can enjoy this book aThis book is for children ages three and up but with the many pictures and simple fun wording, I'm sure children ages one and up can enjoy this book as well. In this book the author describes her dog and cat. Using vivid pictures and short sentences she creates a delightful world where the dog and cat are seen as individuals. At first it's all about the differences and the pictures show not just what they don't have in common but what they like or dislike. For example when she says the cat would rather be dry, the picture shows how upset the cat is at the very idea of being wet. Secret lesson, don't drench your cat. But in the end their common love is revealed which includes loving her the owner. I believe this book is both a fun read for little kids and a lesson how to take care of a pet and the love you get in return. I recommend this for any parent who wants to introduce their child to animals in a safe way and also those looking for a nice easy read for their small child....more
This book is perfect for small children, especially this five years old and under. Chester and his friends are scared of a bully fromRating: 4.5 Stars
This book is perfect for small children, especially this five years old and under. Chester and his friends are scared of a bully from school. Not only does he tease them but he physically scares them as well. While the children are afraid and unsure what to do, it is decided that telling an adult is a good idea. Not only that but Mrs. Raccoon uses a story, kisses and kind words to encourage her children as well as the other kids to be kind to the bully instead of bullying him back or just running away.
I enjoyed this book because it was a nice short read and even though some reviews think it's too long for children ages 3-4 I disagree. The author clearly thought a book longer than five-twelve pages with lush visuals and a beautiful story is a great read for small children. It's time adults and publishers stop treating kids like they're too dumb to learn and I believe this book does this. Also a moral that doesn't preach at kids but invites them to make the right choices and show kindness is a read any adult would be willing to share with their child. Highly recommend. ...more