Disclaimer: I was given this book for an honest review.
And there lies the uncomfortable truth I must deal with. So let me kindly say, I saw no editingDisclaimer: I was given this book for an honest review.
And there lies the uncomfortable truth I must deal with. So let me kindly say, I saw no editing errors in the story. It was well written, according to my low standards.
BUT... I hate short stories. I wish I would have known. I wouldn't have jumped for a chance to read this. In a day when binge watching of a series is the best way to watch something, I feel the same for my reading. I want to read everything in a series non-stop. Except romantic chic-lit. I can tolerate it in some stories, but for the full reason to read something I find it demeaning to womynkind.
The saving grace, and probably the reason I jumped at the chance to read this story: time travel. But this story didn't include that until the end. Just when you get to know the characters (weak and swoony) we are left with a cliffhanger that includes waking in another time. Oh, yeah, what else do I hate? Let's say it all together: Cliffhangers.
Look, there are a lot of high ratings for this book. If you see yourself as able to handle this kind of writing, you will probably love this one, too. It is free. The rest of the series seems to be $.99 an installment. Not bad for snippets of story. Enjoy!...more
Wow! What a wonderful, unexpected find! I think I mentioned that my husband recommended a book titled Crux to me a while back. Well, I found two titleWow! What a wonderful, unexpected find! I think I mentioned that my husband recommended a book titled Crux to me a while back. Well, I found two titles of Crux and both were free. So I picked them both up not knowing which one he was alluding to. That cleared up, I read the other one, by Moira Rogers, first. Yep, it was grand. But then I didn't feel it fair not to read this one by Julie Reece, just to make sure it got a chance. IT WAS TERRIFIC!!!!!
Okay, it wasn't the erotic volcano that Moira Rogers' book was. In fact, this one is tame enough that anyone could read it and not be embarrassed by sexual, much less sensual acts of the main characters. Okay, maybe there was a kiss or two, but that was expected. On the other hand, just in warning, it does have some very violent scenes. And I almost think that they were necessary for the whole picture. But otherwise, this was a fantastic read.
This was a longer than usual book. But it managed to tell the whole story without the need for a book two. Yet, I wish I could visit the characters again. I always feel like that. Birdie, the main character is a lovable young lady, homeless after years of foster care. The story is contemporary with throwbacks to early Viking/English wars. Since my studies don't cover the Vikings (except for the glorious TV show, Vikings) I must admit to being a little out of my element at times, but it all starts to make sense after a while and it is always a fun read. And often it is on the edge of your seat exciting.
I highly recommend this wonder of a story to everyone, violence be damned, it's worth it!...more
This has been the most satisfying read I've had in a long time. Unrequited office romance, abduction, then Clan of theWhere is book two? I want more!
This has been the most satisfying read I've had in a long time. Unrequited office romance, abduction, then Clan of the Cavebears. Let go of disbelief. Enjoy the ride. There is action and adventure but also Walden contemplation and zen yoga.
I must admit that I am too ADD to sit still for the meditation bits, but I put on the fast text-to-speech and felt more in touch with the main character.
Dorothy Gravelle, I can hardly wait to read more of your work!...more
Well, this was fun. And different. But it is what I expect from Q. Kelly. I love the way she writes. I love her characters and her world building. HerWell, this was fun. And different. But it is what I expect from Q. Kelly. I love the way she writes. I love her characters and her world building. Her plots are always just a little surprising and fun.
Don't get me wrong, This story deals with some depressing issues, death and loss. But ghosts are involved and love. Lots of love. And growing of characters.
This story seems to be a short one as it stops midstory. But turn the page and a whole other twist arises. Nope. Not telling. Spoilers!
What pulls you in at the beginning of the story is the children who are now ghosts. Their world is just the vacation cabin and a small amount of land surrounding it. It is from their point of view. Gradually we get to know the author who is stuck at that cabin with writer's block. Can you see the fun you are about to take by joining them her their world? You will be inhabiting many POVs by the end, but they all help the story to grow.
Though this book includes some lesbian love, it is mild for the straights that might find that sort of thing offputting. There is just so much love of all kinds in here that it all equals out. And it makes you think... what if????? I like those kinds of stories. But that is a hallmark style for Ms. Kelly. I love how she cooks a story to perfection. I was going to just give this four stars. But I think I will give five. I know I will think back to this story Time and Time Again, again. ;-) I may even need to reread it to delve into this vacation space again....more
Disclaimer: I was gifted this Kindle book for an honest review by the author. Thank you!!
I love the Rowena booThis review will be for ASIN: B00CIZZS70
Disclaimer: I was gifted this Kindle book for an honest review by the author. Thank you!!
I love the Rowena books! This is the second one. The first was Rowena Through the Wall. And the magic is that the wall at the back of the classroom that Rowena teaches in, leads to another land far less advanced in culture than 2013 Arizona. It is a land where magic can still be used. And women are nonexistent due to a curse. So when Rowena appears the men fall over themselves to own her.
But this review is for book two. Rowena is now pregnant with one of the men's baby. She is able to use magic in this faraway land but finds she must visit Arizona once in a while. Due to things that happened in the previous book, Rowena is blessed and cursed to have even more modern people involved in this wall travel. Whew!
I love how Melodie Campbell is able to make both worlds seem very real. I love the characters and animals that are part of Rowena's life on either side of the wall. And the plot is spot on. So exciting!
Book two doesn't leave you with a cliffhanger, but there is a chapter for book three at the end of book two. Darn! Now I can't wait to read that one! Great job, Ms. Campbell! ...more
If it weren't for Audible I wouldn't have been able to read this book. The font is so small that I can't stay with it for long. Having the story narraIf it weren't for Audible I wouldn't have been able to read this book. The font is so small that I can't stay with it for long. Having the story narrated to me helped. When I didn't understand a passage I could check it out in the book for understanding.
I love this series. I read them all a long time ago. It is so fun to get back into Pern and enjoy the dragons and fire lizards. Anne McCaffrey wrote so beautifully. I loved her vocabulary and the extent that she researched the sciences of these books. Her characters are well developed and fallible. In this part of the series the traditions of a male dominated system are challenged. The dragons make those changes happen. A new more equality-base system is about to emerge. I look forward to more in the series....more
I received Time's Twisted Arrow free for honest review. Before I even got into the book the title had changed to Timebound. I like the new title betteI received Time's Twisted Arrow free for honest review. Before I even got into the book the title had changed to Timebound. I like the new title better. It fits the story much more appropriately.
The story was slow at first as all the foundations were laid. At least I liked the characters and the direction I saw the story going or I might have stopped reading. About 51% the story took off and became the time traveling adventure I had hoped for. I can see that all that first half was necessary for the book and the series--that HAS to follow!
As for the ending... It was well done. No cliff-hanger so can be a stand alone book. The historic features were well built and completely believable as were the main characters.
What an exciting story. I enjoyed the first book up until the vampire appeared. But the author didn't stay with the usually biting sort rather just anWhat an exciting story. I enjoyed the first book up until the vampire appeared. But the author didn't stay with the usually biting sort rather just another bad guy. Not that bad guys are okay, just more tolerable than vampires, for me.
The time travel gave an excuse to enjoy another time to its fullest and most ugly. The flapper days weren't all glitz and glamour. The author did bring in the mob and up coming depression. And through it all is a budding romance. Great story! Loved the characters, plot, everything!
Then, once the first book was finished I couldn't stop reading until I finished book two, also. I think book two was even better. Maybe because it takes place in the days leading up to the big San Francisco Earthquake. The main characters have a mission. They must achieve their goals before the quake hits, even though they are going through a lovers' quarrel that has them separated at the beginning. Add figuring out who the bad guy is and doing it within days makes this a quick read.
Sad part? It's done. Wish I had book three. I want to see what happens to our MCs....more
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Disclaimer: I received Rowena Through the Wall as a gift from the author forthis is actually Rowena Through the Wall: Expanded Edition asin B007B4Q868
Disclaimer: I received Rowena Through the Wall as a gift from the author for an honest review.
I hate taking the time away from the series to write a review! That's how good this first book was. The ending prodded me to make sure I had number two lined up. Don't get me wrong, number one didn't leave you on a real cliffhanger. It just leaves you wanting more.
This book remind me of P.C. Cast's Paratholon series. I loved that series so to find something similar, yet unique, made me a happy reader, indeed!
Rowena is a modern womyn, independent, self-actualizing, and funny. I loved her! I loved that this wasn't a squishy romance novel. There's plenty of action, much of it unwanted, but squishy is just not a part of this great adventure. There is science and magic. There is time-travel, of sorts. Or should I call it world hopping? Well, written and believable. Well, that is, until I need to explain it here.
You know, I think this series could be a movie or television series. It is that much fun. It keeps your attention dwelling in the book and the real world disappears into Rowena's.
I think males or females from young adult on could read it and find it a gripping read....more