Still have a lump in my throat for this one. The story feels to be truth, like it happens everyday. In someways I am sure it does. Hard lessons to be...moreStill have a lump in my throat for this one. The story feels to be truth, like it happens everyday. In someways I am sure it does. Hard lessons to be true to yourself and your friends. Hold your head up and enjoy life even if you aren't like everyone else.
I don't know how I came upon this little story. Kind of glad I got behind on my reading goals so that I was searching for short books on my Kindle. This was a gem! Kind of wish I knew what happened next.(less)
I received this book free for review by author. After spending the last month and a half on GRRM's Ice and Fire series (each book being over 1k long)...moreI received this book free for review by author. After spending the last month and a half on GRRM's Ice and Fire series (each book being over 1k long) I was looking for something light. I expected lighter than this what with the title. But Sticks, Stones and Dragon Bones was hefty in content, though, for a much younger audience. Pre-teen girls would love this book. I know I would have as an 8-15 year old. I loved that it was fem heavy after the male yuckies in GRRM's world. Four sisters set out on an adventure to rescue their older sister. Turns out they are on another world. I would have loved this as a kid! Girls in the books I grew up with, found knots in their knitting to be the extent of their adventuring. That's why I ended up reading guy sci-fi/fantasy.
My favorite aspect of this book was the vocabulary. What fun! Thanks for not dressing down for the audience! The world building and character development were beautifully done. All quite exciting!
But this was too short. I, so, wanted more, right now! I barely got to know the people and place when I was left high and dry, or was I still damp from the drop in the river? I fear it will be quite a while before I can read the next installment, I am very disappointed. That was the only reason for four stars instead of five. Great start, though!(less)
Another I read just to catch up with my goal. No pictures. :( But the story was fun. There were some editing issues and at places the language was awk...moreAnother I read just to catch up with my goal. No pictures. :( But the story was fun. There were some editing issues and at places the language was awkward. But I loved the monsters and how they saved the day for some kids out trick or treating.(less)
Sorry. I just couldn't get into this book. The writing felt forced. I felt nothing for the main character. Maybe it gets better after the second chapt...moreSorry. I just couldn't get into this book. The writing felt forced. I felt nothing for the main character. Maybe it gets better after the second chapter, but...
This felt like a male book. Male main character. Just not for me.(less)
This was a fun fantasy. It took me away from our world to a world just getting started in technology and science, with magick blending right in. The m...moreThis was a fun fantasy. It took me away from our world to a world just getting started in technology and science, with magick blending right in. The main characters were a fun, adventurous girl, Leila, and her brain-challenged friend, Sam. They are on an ill-fated quest. Who would want to do that? But these two manage to get into more trouble and have more fun in the process than seems possible. They meet some unsavory types that want to do them harm and other that just want to help but figuring out who is what keeps the reader guessing.
Characters, plot and world building are done seamlessly and suck the reader into this alternate, steampunkie place were magick has scientific backing, at least on that world.
There were a few editing issues that I wrote to the author about. None kept me from enjoy the story. I did have a hard time getting into the story at first but I think that was my brain not the fault of the author. From about twenty percent into the story I was hooked and didn't want to return to my own world.
This was a complimentary copy from the author for honest review. Thank you for letting me read this. I look forward to more books by Evelyn Ink.(less)
Loved the little monkey. The pictures were fun. Cute little adventure. I picked this up so long ago that I couldn't find traces within my email as to...moreLoved the little monkey. The pictures were fun. Cute little adventure. I picked this up so long ago that I couldn't find traces within my email as to where I got it. Luckily the ebook's second page mentioned bibliotastic. This would be fun to read to little ones and talk about the situations presented.(less)
I want to thank the author and Libboo for a chance to read/review It was not only an interesting read, it was educational on many aspects of modern...moreI want to thank the author and Libboo for a chance to read/review It was not only an interesting read, it was educational on many aspects of modern Japanese cultures.
This wasn't a page turner, even though it is a murder mystery. It was more gentle for those of us who can't handle the tension of more hard-core mysteries. There were moments, of course, but for the most part we get to see our characters grow and learn from mistakes. The characters and their world were believable and kept me interested in what would happen next.
I saw a couple oopsies, one involved the time being around 10 in the morning yet the afternoon sun was shining. Another was the word 'wear' where 'wore' would be better. But I am not good at actual editing. If the story is good I hardly see mistakes. I think the worst is the interruption of the story for the Libboo ads. I usually have to read with text-to-speech helping me out and so those were blaring and yanked me right out of the story.
A warning about the theme of the story being about suicide and murder. Though handled well, I think, it still might be upsetting to some. Otherwise there is enough romance and intrigue to keep you reading.
Thank you for the opportunity to read this. I look forward to the sequel.(less)
Disclaimer: I was given this Smashwords copy of Dog Days of Dying by the author Jacqueline Patricks for an honest review. Thank you!
Okay, I have been...moreDisclaimer: I was given this Smashwords copy of Dog Days of Dying by the author Jacqueline Patricks for an honest review. Thank you!
Okay, I have been a med-fan since Dr. Kildare and Dr. Ben Casey oh, and Dr. Welby. Later ER became my favorite. Emergency had too short a run for me. Now I am dying between Thursdays when Grey's Anatomy is on. So it is a given that I would be a sucker for this story.
Let me take a moment to bow to people that have these life-saving jobs.
As addicted as I am to their drama personified, I knew at 16 that I wouldn't be able to handle this type of life. I was a Candy Striper. My legs and back hurt all the time. I loved my patients and the staff. One day I went in to see my favorite paraplegic and found them cleaning the room. He had passed during the night. This man had been amazing for me. He could paint marvelous painting holding the brush between his teeth. I learned that some people like all their food mixed up. I am a purest that barely likes different food to touch. He had so many stories that he would tell me as I wheeled him outside in the sun. I don't remember going back as Candy Striper after that. I knew I wasn't made for it, physically or mentally.
This story takes the reader into a day in the life of an EMT. It was hold-your-breath exciting. I cared deeply for the main character and her job-partner. I felt the fear and angst of the crew and parents of the patient. I was literally holding my breath near the end of the story. I don't want to throw in spoilers so I will go right to the very end...
Did the main character's migraine go away? Did she find some Rolaids? You see, that is my problem with short stories. I want them to go on.
Excellent story, Ms. Patricks. I can't wait to read more!(less)
I do not usually like mysteries. That said, I love this series, Only in Tokyo, by Jonelle Patrick. There are so many layers to the stories, plots and...moreI do not usually like mysteries. That said, I love this series, Only in Tokyo, by Jonelle Patrick. There are so many layers to the stories, plots and sub-plots. In fact, she writes similarly to the wooden locks found in the story. I love the characters: Yumi and Kenji. Not just them, Ms. Patrick manages to build believable support characters and antagonists.
Murder and blood, though part of every day news, are topics I find hard to look at. In reading, I am usually into books as far away from reality as I can. But the way Jonelle treats that part of the story is gentle. She just presents the characters' reactions to the deed. I nearly tagged this as a cozy mystery, but it didn't feel very warm and safe. It felt more like Castle than CSI if that helps the future buyer. It doesn't have the humor of Castle but the warmth is there.
Romance is a driving force in the series, but it isn't angsty or squishy like chic-fic. It is more a growing relationship of school friends who find themselves in a sort of working relationship.
The most fun for me is learning about the Japanese culture. Tokyo becomes a character unto itself. Thank you, Jonelle, for letting me read your book! (less)
Allison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-plo...moreAllison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-plots, and writing. Her vocabulary wasn't at third grade level, nor were the internal lessons of differing sexuality too much info-dumping. AND Allison Moon has ME reading a book about werewolves, and loving it!
I would have loved to be able to read a book like this as a teen. Back then this information was hushed. Nowadays teens might feel they already know this stuff about sexual identity. But even if you know this, the story holds its own.
One of the things I found most surprising was that I wished I could experience this level of being a were/shapeshifter. I felt like running through the forest and living in a tree-house, Ms. Moon made it all come alive. Characters breathed, puked, had periods, bathroom scenes. Real life! It is about time!
Thank you, Allison, for letting me read your books at a discount. Though the ending was satisfying, I hope there is a book three. I love the series! (less)
I have to admit to vacillating between three and four stars. If it were on story alone it might rate five stars but there were so many things I had a...moreI have to admit to vacillating between three and four stars. If it were on story alone it might rate five stars but there were so many things I had a hard time with. The beginning is way too romantic and gushing without my even caring about the couple. That goes on for SO many chapters. I would have liked to see Lilly and Shep separately grow into strong individuals of their own right before anything else happened. That didn't happen much. The good part of the first few chapters was a feeling that editing had taken place.
Please remember, I do love the story and eventually almost all the characters. But there were so many holes in the plot. War? What war? Only strongest together but rarely together. Both seem to have the same talents, so how could they be stronger? And Who are you, Ms. author? George R.R. Martin? You have killed off some important characters here. (Just kidding.) Okay, I understand that you have a couple more books to follow this one, and I will read them to see what happened.
I got this book free from the author through Libboo for an honest review. And Libboo is a lot of the problems. I think it is their formatting that made the book lose all paragraphs and threw the reading process into the sewer. Interrupting the flow of story to hear the commercial was as bad as commercials on television. If you think that keeps the reader/watcher engaged you need to watch real people. We record things to avoid commercials. While reading something for Libboo I tend to go read an email while I waited (ADD, here)and by doing so I miss the first sentence or two of the next chapter. Often the commercial falls in such a way that I had to go back and reread the last couple lines of the story. Wouldn't the commercial at the beginning and end of the book be sufficient to remind the reader where the book came from?
Again, I need to say, I did love the story. Yep, there's another but... If you read like I do using text-to-speech, you find a lot more errors that by reading silently. Many words had spaces in them, such as, 's he'. I read along with the robot voice so I see the errors. But if I had been driving or been busy multitasking those would have led to misunderstandings much greater. I was a little worried about misspellings when in the acknowledgements the author thanked her editors for 'thier' help. I assumed that they didn't get to read the acknowledgements before the book was published. From the middle out toward the end the errors increased as the story got more exciting.
Story is why I still haven't downgraded the star rating. I couldn't stop reading. And it will lead me to get book two to see what happens. Thank you for letting me read this fun book.(less)