Act I of Empire Zero is an entertaining read. Sometimes it's sad, sometimes it's exciting, but at all times it's well written.
The writing is concise...moreAct I of Empire Zero is an entertaining read. Sometimes it's sad, sometimes it's exciting, but at all times it's well written.
The writing is concise and it moves quickly, but I did get a little lost in the different stories and the huge cast of characters. There was a lot going on in this book. I was drawn the most to the "Brother" story, which revolves around Castor. He's a young man on a mission, and I expect to see more of him.
A lot was left unresolved in all three main stories, which I assume was done on purpose since this is the first in a series. However, the quality of the writing is strong even if the plot is a little messy. I'll stick with the series for sure. (less)
Dance With a Gunfighter introduces readers to two characters who seem to be complete opposites. One is a young, sweet girl, age 16, at a town dance. T...moreDance With a Gunfighter introduces readers to two characters who seem to be complete opposites. One is a young, sweet girl, age 16, at a town dance. The other is a war-hardened gunfighter, like a real one because this all takes place in the Old West. But despite being such dissimilar creatures, something draws each one to the other. They share a magical dance together to create the title of the book...and the rest of the drama that follows.
What follows is action, surrounded by several sweet scenes, and a burning motivation of dark revenge. This story is well-layered, and richer in plot than most romances, but at times it does become a bit much. Too many obstacles appear between the couple, and it starts to feel forced. It becomes hard to like Jess, the title gunfighter, and Gabe (the heroine) was hard for me to relate to.
But the writing is solid. Strong imagery, honest dialogue and tense action scenes make this book a good read. I would certainly recommend it to fans of romance novels. (less)
I knew I was going to like this book right away. The writing was so vivid and so good, I was suddenly in Seattle. I could feel the crisp air, see the...moreI knew I was going to like this book right away. The writing was so vivid and so good, I was suddenly in Seattle. I could feel the crisp air, see the rolling waters, appreciate the jokes about the weather. I liked main character Danny Logan right away. An MP-turned-PI, Danny is now running his own detective agency and he's got a pretty important case.
An old friend comes to get Danny's aid in hunting down his sister, who has gone missing. Gina Fiore is beautiful, brilliant, and practically running the show at the family's high-level, multi-million dollar business. She's also Danny's ex-girlfriend. The two dated for a few weeks, and he's never gotten over her.
It's fair to say I was hooked. As the investigation unfolded I was right there with Danny as he examined every clue. When the book shifted into an action-packed suspense story, I couldn't read fast enough. Gina Fiore, you see, isn't the all-professional career gal she seems to be. She has some dark secrets, and Danny has to unravel them.
He can't do it without a lot of twists, and I felt his surprise as each shocking turn was revealed. The author kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. I'm looking forward to reading the next Danny Logan mystery, and getting much more from this talented author. (less)
Subterfuge in Heart defies explanation. The reader is firmly rooted in the real world in the beginning. Troy introduces his protagonist, a genius with...moreSubterfuge in Heart defies explanation. The reader is firmly rooted in the real world in the beginning. Troy introduces his protagonist, a genius with powerful observation skills, in the first moment of his life. The hero is immediately unique and intriguing, and I was drawn into his story at once.
Predominantly, Subterfuge in Heart tells us the story of two men, and the intense emotions between them. From part 1, the reader is taken into the amazing fantasy world that unfolds in part 2 -- a place so extraordinary I won't dare spoil it.
I've given this book 5 stars, but in my opinion is stands head and shoulders above so many others I've ever read. Troy has a strong grasp of his craft, and truly exceptional writing skills. Read this book. (less)
This is a very fun and frightening read, which is a hard balance to strike. Somehow, Lisa Orchard manages it well. From the first page, I was complete...moreThis is a very fun and frightening read, which is a hard balance to strike. Somehow, Lisa Orchard manages it well. From the first page, I was completely drawn into the tale of two sisters who are visiting their small-town relatives for summer vacation. Main character Sarah meets a kindred spirit, in the form of wise-cracking Jackie, very early. Kid sister Lacey is tagging along with them, as kid sisters are wont to do, when the girls stumble headlong into murder and crimes going back to three decades.
Through circumstances that aren't entirely their fault, the girls soon team up to form the Super Spies -- both out of a sense of rightness and for self-preservation. With the police and the killers after them, they're forced to solve the mystery on their own.
The story takes a turn when the murderer is revealed pretty quickly, and the mystery itself suddenly isn't murder but something much more. There are plenty of questions to ask -- namely, will the Super Spies be able to prove what they know?
Orchard does a brilliant job of describing the characters and the town itself, which becomes another character in the story. The interactions between characters are real and warm, and I like them all so much I know I'll continue reading Super Spies mysteries as long as Orchard writes them. (less)
This is definitely a 5-star book story-wise. Almich's characters are thoroughly believable and likeable, particularly the lead. Shy isn't at all a wil...moreThis is definitely a 5-star book story-wise. Almich's characters are thoroughly believable and likeable, particularly the lead. Shy isn't at all a willing hero, but I was rooting for him every second.
He's been compelled to attend summer camp by both his parents, though he'd rather sit at him with his dog and brood about their divorce. Shy has a rough time of it at school and he's none-too-happy at home...it's just not a good time to go to camp.
Of course, he doesn't have a choice. Soon, Shy and I were swept along in an adventure like no other. The camp introduces Shy to many wonderful supporting characters, including the loyal Daniel and the gruff Gust, but there's a lot more lurking beneath the surface. Non-human creatures live in the woods, the water, the cabins and even the sky of the camp, magical beings that mostly go unseen to most of the summer campers.
The fantastic and the real world blend together well in this story, and Shy faces danger both human and non as he explores his strange new world. Almich uses very unique magical beings from folklore to weave his tale of danger, mystery and treasure. While Shy's battling the invisible forces of evil in the forest, he also has to face his old school rival and try to find his own self-confidence.
It's a wonderful story, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in the series. A few formatting errors and missing commas keep this book from being perfect, so the rating's been bumped to 4 stars. But story-wise, The Fossegrimen Folly is absolutely first-rate. Almich is very talented, and he knows his craft well. (less)
Wendy Cartmell shows no mercy with her vivid, arresting writing style. She deeply draws readers into the stories in No Mercy with her characters, each...moreWendy Cartmell shows no mercy with her vivid, arresting writing style. She deeply draws readers into the stories in No Mercy with her characters, each interesting and unique -- and most importantly, believable. She has an amazing grasp of investigation and police procedure, and she doesn't shy away from the darker side of human nature. The stories range from chilling to thrilling to triumphant to sad, some all at the same time. It's too easy to give this book 5/5 stars; not only is the writing engaging and provoking, but the formatting and editing are absolutely perfect. (less)
I was drawn to The Teacher's Billionaire because it begins with the revelation of a dark family secret, and that's totally in my wheelhouse even if ro...moreI was drawn to The Teacher's Billionaire because it begins with the revelation of a dark family secret, and that's totally in my wheelhouse even if romances are not. Usually, I roll my eyes all the way through love stories (I am not a fan), but I didn't want to stop reading this one. The characters are completely believable and each setting so vivid, I wanted to hop a plane to Boston to see some of the places where Callie and Dylan actually walked. She's a pretty average schoolteacher that jumped right off the page, a very real female who isn't so secure in her looks and hates her own wardrobe. He's grade-A daydream material with a magazine-ready smile and a pathos so real it's easy to forgive him for being involved in American politics (a truly demonic machine). Sure he's a Fortune 500 favorite son, a wheeler-dealer with a corner office and a home gym, but he's also a pretty basic guy that's driven by the same fears and desires as any other -- and he's all too easy to fall in love with. I would happily give The Teacher's Billionaire a full five-star rating, but the formatting is more than a little iffy and there are missing commas throughout. I can't find anything to complain about in the writing -- the author has a gift for crafting characters and places that smack of sincerity -- and I don't think anyone should pass this one up, even with the aesthetic errors. I look forward to the next installment in the series, and my biggest complaint is that I can't pre-order it right this very minute. (less)