Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author Reviewer: Heather
Awakening is the first part of The WatcOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author Reviewer: Heather
Awakening is the first part of The Watcher’s Trilogy where we meet a young woman named Ana. She works as a waitress in a resort town, but has no knowledge of her past accept a handful of newspaper clippings. Ana is frequented with disturbing nightmares that haunt her, no, torment her to no end. She knows not why these dreams occur until Athen enters into her life.
Athen, nor his family, are what they seem to be, and Ana quickly learns that she is a part of their world: the underworld. Athen has been searching for his lost soul-mate, Ana, since the demons erased her memory back in the 40′s. Our main character struggles with this new-found knowledge that shakes her very core, and sends her into the realization that her nightmares are a reality. However, she is surrounded by love, friendship and most of all a family that would die for her. But can Ana learn to be a white demon again before it’s too late? Will the Awakening process work, thus reuniting Athen and Ana again?
I’ll be honest here folks. I wasn’t entirely sure about this book when I realized it was about demons/Fallen Angels, and an intricate force of good versus evil with a race that is supposed to be damned by God. These characters – Ana, Athen and the rest – are the children of Angels that fell in love with human women. As punishment God forbid entry to heaven to the Angels that fell as well as their children, but what made the story unique was that not all the angels or children are evil.
This doesn’t stop the race of white demons from doing good deeds, and helping to guide the human race to live their lives righteously. When the black demons/Nephilim interfere or try to cause turmoil, the white demons are there to do what they can to defeat them. It is just an entirely new side for me in literature; however, it was an incredible story.
Karice Bolton didn’t leave a stone unturned or question unanswered. She backed up every part of her story’s world, crossed the T’s and dotted the I’s. Every part of the story was perfect, engaging and addicting. Once I started I couldn’t put it down, and when I was done reading I found myself purchasing the next book in the series. I’ve only braked to write up this review, and then guess what? I’ll be jumping into the next book. ...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Book Tour Reviewer: Heather
Bound, an Arelia LaRue Novel #1Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Book Tour Reviewer: Heather
Bound, an Arelia LaRue Novel #1, introduces us to Arelia LaRue a young woman from Louisiana that has been blessed with a special gift: Arelia was blessed by a powerful spirit and is powerful enough to become a Voodoo Queen. A gift she feels is a curse, one that she has spent most of her life running from.
After being abandoned by both of her parents, Arelia is being raised by her grandmother. While it has been a life filled with love and laughter, with her best friend and grandmother at her side, Arelia's life has been anything but easy. When an occasional pizza is a luxury, you know there is little time for boys, fashion, or fun.
Arelia finds herself employed for the summer, along with her best friend Sabrina, at the haunted Darkwood plantation. What she will make in a summer will help her grandmother pay the rent and feed them. But when they arrive she quickly meets one of the famed LaPlante men, and though Sabrina quickly claims him as her own, he takes a deep interest in Arelia. However, all she can think of is doing the task at hand until she realizes her family's history is deeply entwined at the plantation.
Will she embrace the path before her and become what she was blessed to be? Does Arelia discover the meaning behind the hauntings? You'll have to read it to find out!
Overall, this book was entertaining with a captivating story of a young woman who could be just about anyone in the world. She has troubles, but she is surrounded by a few people that care deeply for her. Her only concern is making enough money for herself and grandmother to survive on, getting good grades, and hopefully getting into college. Many young women should be able to identify with Arelia very easily.
There is much conflict in the story, but there are no loose ends. The author did a wonderful job of weaving the stories in with some actual history too. Most particularly is when Arelia hears the spirits of the former slaves singing. The paranormal edge is icing on the cake with the spirits, ghosts, and talks of evil demons.
I love the way the book ended, though I'd point out that this book is marked as #1 for a reason. Saito leaves it wide open, a massive cliff hanger. Personally I love books like this, as long as they're continued that is! There were also some very minor errors in the book, but it didn't affect the story or its readability. I'd recommend this book to young women aged 15-20 and even those who are just young at heart. I am looking forward to reading the next book!...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Sea Lion Books Reviewer: Heather
There are countless well develOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Sea Lion Books Reviewer: Heather
There are countless well developed characters found within Dragon Mound. Evan and Mardi are the main focus, though the story mostly follows Evan. He has lived for over 200 years as he embarks on his quest to find the evil sorcerer-King. This evil being was once the very man that Evan pledged his life to fight for, but an unforeseen turn of events quickly branded him as a traitor.
Now fighting for the opposing side, Evan must lead his life with only one task in mind, and heart. He must put an end to the King even if it means losing his own life. However, he finds an ally in an unusual person, the Lady Mardi, who despite appearances isn’t what she seems.
Will Evan find the answers he is seeking? Does Mardi forgive his traitorous past? Will the duo come to the aid of mankind, or do they falter in the shadows of evil? You’ll have to read it to find out!
Knights, fair maidens, magic, curses, and brute strength encompass this action packed novel by one of my all time favorite authors, Richard Knaak. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading his Warcraft books, then this novel will not disappoint one bit! And if you haven’t picked up one of his amazing fantasies, now is a great time to start. This has quickly become one of my favorite genres of literature, and Knaak is to blame for my deep love of fantasy.
I enjoyed every single morsel of this epic tale which left me continuously turning the page to know what would happen next! The plot was thick with magic, action, and even a teensy hint of something unspoken. There were talks of creatures such as elves, ghosts, and dragons, oh my! This wonderful fantasy world pulled me in, and quickly gave me the illusion of being right beside Evan and Mardi.
I understand that my deep love for the author may make my opinion a bit biased, but trust me when I say Dragon Mound went up and beyond my expectations. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this trilogy as well as Knaak’s other novels....more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: From the Author For Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Brand, a loOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: From the Author For Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Brand, a lone wolf who turned his back on his chance to be king, is at the very heart of this story. He fights to save the female members of the brood from torture and enslavement. The old Norse wolves live in ancient times with their barbaric methods, but ever since Brand was a young pup he knew in his heart that this wasn’t right.
Brand chooses to turn his back on his kind due to fear of letting the wolf take control. Could he do better than his abusive and murderous sire? Would the other Earls heed to his ideals of equal rights? He fears the answer to be no. However, he quickly finds that he is not entirely alone with his radical ideals that would alter brood life forever. But will it be enough to end the slavery, torture and murderous old ways of the Brood of Fenrir? Will Brand be able to trust his inner wolf to carry out his plans if he succeeds?
The story itself is captivating and told primarily from Brand’s point of view. You’ll witness the trials and tribulations that both the human and wolf faces. While they are not human they don’t appear any different when not transformed. They also live for long periods, but are not immortal. The way of life within the brood is barbaric, where women and those whose inner wolf shows weakness, are often forced into slavery or sold off to different areas. Brand seeks to end this, but he also struggles internally to keep his own wolf at bay. He doesn’t want to hurt (or kill) anyone who doesn’t deserve it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the overall story, but I would of like a little more background on the wolves themselves. How did they come to be? How are they able to live amongst mankind when they live for centuries? Apart from that I thought this book was filled with action, mystery and just the right amount of passion. The outer and inner conflicts were balanced perfectly. This is a feat in itself as there were more than usual. However, the reader never gets lost.
The author, Coral Moore, wrote a great story. I hope to someday read more, and maybe the questions I had will be answered in another book. The way the story ended left it wide open for this possibility.
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Pyr Science Fictions Reviewer: Heather
Vampire Empire, Book One:Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Pyr Science Fictions Reviewer: Heather
Vampire Empire, Book One: The Greyfriar is a mix of paranormal, steampunk, and post-apocalyptic life. We are introduced to many of the key players that one can assume we will continue to see. Princess Adele, Greyfriar, Senator Clark, and one nasty vampire Prince who is set to take the throne as well as the whole world.
You see, back in 1870 the vampires let themselves be known to all of mankind. In a well developed and plotted sweep that lasted only two years, the vampires undid the human world. Cities as we know them fell to their hands, and the people fled south to regroup. Now, in 2020, humans have been rebuilding, strengthening, and waiting for the day to start a major war against the vampires.
One of the largest nations is the massive Empire Equartoria to which the Princess Adele is the rightful heir. When she is sent out on a mission tour, her air ship as well as the accompanying ships, are attacked by Prince Cesare the heir of the vampire clan in England. While his right hand woman, Flay, tries to secure the Princess, a mysterious man appears out of nowhere to save the day.
Greyfriar comes to the rescue of the Princess, and tries to keep her safe. He wears a mask over his face to cover his identity, and he’s armed to the hilt with guns and swords. Princess Adele feels safe by his side, but she has no idea of the deep secrets he hides. The clandestine mask he wears is only the sheer beginning of who, or what, this man is.
Will the Princess and Greyfriar thwart the plans of the twisted vampire Prince? Can Adele accept what lies behind the mask? Tsk, Tsk… You will have to read it to find out!
I had a good feeling about this story just from the cover. It is such a lovely cover, really. Air ships, a good looking duo, dressed to kill – literally kill! But then I opened up the book, and found myself enthralled with the story presented to me. Each page is filled with conflict, action, mystery or suspense that kept me hanging onto to every word.
I think the characters are highly developed, and I loved the word painted scenery of desolate Europe. I enjoyed the descriptions of the steam powered ships, as well as the other little knick knacks here and there. If it weren’t for the vampires, I wouldn’t have minded living there.
Then there was the end, and my heart sank just a little bit. Then I remembered, “Hey, this is only the FIRST book!” I am really looking forward to the next part of the series. If you’re thing to read is alternate history, steampunk, or action then pick this one up for a downright good read....more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher for Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
The Weeping is a mystOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher for Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
The Weeping is a mysterious ghost story with a twist that you’ll never see coming. At least I never saw it coming, and I’ll admit, it’s quite difficult to pull the wool over my eyes!
Heath is a young man of about 17 who has been in a horrific life changing car accident. He feels responsible for the deaths of his best friend, his best friend’s girlfriend, and his on again off again girlfriend. It had been the night of the prom when the four of them were headed up to a cabin when Heath became distracted at the wheel and hit a deer. While Heath survived, he was left injured and left with the memory and guilt of what happened.
His parents, not knowing what else to do, sent him to spend the summer with his uncle Vik. He just happened to own and run the town theatre, the very same theatre in which a young teenage girl had died 20 years prior. In fact, she was also the very same girl Heath’s father once dated.
As soon as Heath arrived he starts to see and hear Catherine. She is crying, she is upset, but most of all she appears unable to move on. Catherine was betrayed in life, but will she also be betrayed in death? Will Heath’s new found friends be able to piece together the puzzle in order to release her before it’s too late? Does Catherine get her revenge on those who wronged her?
Overall I really loved this story. It had a solid plot, a great list of characters, and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the very end. Wow! My only complaint is that it was a little slow going in the beginning, but once I broke through I couldn’t put the book down. I’d highly recommend this story to those who love a good mystery, a good small town cover-up mystery!...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Chameleon is the seconOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Chameleon is the second installment in the Ripple series. As I have yet to read the first book in the series I can’t comment on how well the two flowed into each other, but overall this could easily work as a standalone title. This shows strength in the abilities of the author, because as we all know, creating a series can be very difficult.
The story shows us two distinct ripplers in the beginning, and as it progresses, we learn that Sam is a very special Chameleon, if not the most sought after. The exact why is found out later in the story, but I honestly don’t want to give it away. Ripplers, or Chameleons have the ability to become invisible. This allows them to slow down the aging process and seemingly live forever. Of course this would be highly sought after, and in one scientists mind could lead to the perfect utopia. Disastrous science experiments, harming and testing on children, killing innocents all mean nothing to these scientists. However, they still appear to be missing the key, the link, they don’t have…Sam.
While the story itself begins in California, Sam, Will, and Mickie take us on a journey to France! While you move through the plot of Helga’s attempts to capture Sam, you will receive a quite lovely and subtle history of the country itself. I was even able to learn a few French phrases too. I really loved this unique aspect that you won’t typically find in novels for young adults.
While the trio is trying to stay under the radar of Helga and her minions, the group finds themselves learning more about how they came to be, and how the genes of the Chameleon are passed down. But does any of it really matter? Can they defeat, expose or overcome the scientists plot? Will Sam ever be safe from the monsters that seek to use her? Does Sam ever get to let Will know she loves him?
There is so much going on with this story, but it all adds up in the very end. The author brings suspense, mystery, history and even science into a wonderful read that has a touch of romance. I look forward to reading not only the first in the series, but hopefully more that follows in the future. I don’t think the story is ready to be finished anytime soon!...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Miranda a woman oOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Miranda a woman of little means, but who holds a deep fiery secret, finds herself at the interest of Lord Archer, a man hated by all who lays eyes on him. He is cursed far deeper than one could ever imagine and selfishly he pulls Miranda into his world knowing she could never love him – none of the women he loved ever did.
In the lusty action packed story of Firelight, you will find evil forces at play as the dark secrets unfold around you. Set in 1881 London where unexplained murders are happening at an alarming rate, Lord Archer quickly finds himself at the center of the investigations. This leaves the young Miranda to question his innocence, although deep down she’s certain he couldn’t truly be responsible for such atrocities. Or could he?
Firelight is exceptional. You’ll find yourself turning each page wanting, no, needing to have more and more of these two tantalizing characters. Be prepared to remain on the edge of your seat till the very last page. Will Miranda accept the demons Lord Archer has hidden, or will Miranda’s devastating secret send him packing? Does love really conquer all, or are the sacrifices of the heart made in vain? You’ll have to read the story to find out!
The story itself was a real page-turning-nail-biter. It was expertly written with intricate plot lines of love, conflict, betrayal and the paranormal at its center. I honestly couldn’t put it down all day, and I even managed to cook dinner as I was reading it though for fear of ruining the beautiful cover and crisp pages, I did finally put it down to eat!
The author, Kristen Callihan, may be new in the book world, but her writing screams as if she has devoted a lifetime to writing stories. Her words, descriptions, and her style are unparalled. She also writes one heck of a lustful sex scene which is no easy task mind you. I was pleased, no, honored to be able read and review this pre-release copy. I look forward to reading more of this talented authors work in the future....more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Linked is not your evOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Linked is not your everyday story, but Andra is your everyday girl. She finds herself stuck with her Uncle Ryan on her birthday as her parents take off on a last minute vacation. With her Uncle Ryan in tow they head off to her favorite restaurant, but from here everything starts to change when she receives a present from him: a beautiful bracelet and charm. However, when the bracelet brakes and the restaurant owner just happened to have a replacement, Andra finds herself in a magical plain of existence: The Seven.
Car chases, shoot outs, magic shooting every which way, and a beautiful horse that looks just like her charm…but there are consequences to the, The Seven. She can’t take the bracelet off or she will be forever stuck, nor can she die, or else she will be stuck forever. When Andra returns to her own time with this new knowledge she is frightened. That is until she watches the news, and sees the family of a missing girl she saw in The Seven.
Will Andre get lost forever? Does she save the missing little girl? You’ll have to read this captivating tale to find out all the juicy bits!
This was a well written story that most of us can relate to. Here is a young girl who is faced between saving herself, and risking her life to help a perfect stranger find her way home. The story was quite lovely with twists and turns in the plot that you never saw coming, but I fear giving too much away.
I highly recommend this story for young girls, boys, teens and even young adults. While the character’s age is quite young, it is this alternate world that is equally as captivating as Andra herself. The author did quite an amazing job, and I would go as far to recommend her work as well as purchase it for my children in the future.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher for honest review Reviewer: Heather
Before I dive deepOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher for honest review Reviewer: Heather
Before I dive deeply into Boneyards I want to disclose that I’m not the biggest fan of science fiction. This only pertains to reading it as a genre, though; I enjoy the “idea” of it. Some of this stems from the overly technical jargon that often graces the pages. Occasionally it can cause the story to become lost to those not on the up and up, or for slower readers. However for those who live and breathe science fiction, these books were made for you.
Boneyards brings us very far into the future, but how far is uncertain. We meet are main players, Boss, Squishy, and Coop early on. The conflicts each have are also present, but you won’t get a grasp, nor real suspense till you are half way through. From here on out I finally felt the rush as each mission played itself out. Even when the story ended, I found myself wanting it to continue. Am I now a converted sci-fi genre lover? Well I wouldn’t go that far, but perhaps I will allow myself to be more open in the future.
The writing itself is what I would expect from an author of this caliber. I also enjoyed that there wasn’t an overuse of jargon. Whether the words are standard to the sci-fi industry, or the author invented the terminology for her technology, I don’t know. Anaconda drive, stealth-tech, force fields, and the like are all terms used on a regular basis, and were explained well for those like me. As you can see I am forgoing my usual long synopses that are typically present in my reviews. There is a good reason too, and for starters, well the one on the back cover is quite superb. This is a space opera, it has a lot of intricate details, crossing plot lines that span years. This is what feels like a saga, a story that has yet to end, and perhaps will span multiple books.
My recommendation is to give it a go, and this is especially true for the science fiction lovers, or for those who enjoy futuristic suspense. For those who adore Star Wars and Star Trek (the books), I have a feeling you will enjoy this story too. If there is ever a continuation, I will be sure to give it a try. We shall deem it my quest to find readable sci-fi, for the non-tech inclined....more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
Worlds Burn Through is a really gooOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
Worlds Burn Through is a really good intro for what I hope will be an exciting series: The Chronicles of Nowhere. The story gives you just enough to suck you into an enticing world, where the total destruction of our human world is nigh. A world where one girl who has lost her memory is all that stands between it.
We are quickly introduced to our main heroine, Chloe, though she has no idea what she is. There is also introduction of her guardian, the young man who plagues her dreams filled with fire. Eliot had been protecting her from the destructive forces who seek to kill her before she can bind herself and save them all – including the unknowingly human race.
But the main problem is Chloe doesn’t remember. She has no memories of the first time they fought the Abandoned – fiery creatures set on greed and destruction. Her parents, seeking to give her a normal life, had decided that it would be best for her not to remember, or to even know her past. This plan works out wonderfully until Chloe’s father, Arran, is murdered.
Now that’s all I’m going to give you folks. So if you want to know if Chloe succeeds, or if Eliot fails his ward, you’ll have to nab yourself a copy to read the more in-depth plot lines, action and extreme conflict.
For me this story was a major tease, and it does leave you hanging BIG time. I know some may not enjoy stories that just chop you off, but I relish in them. I can’t wait to see what happens next, and though it generally kills me to wait, I find I enjoy the suspense. I recommend this to young adults, although I’ll disclose that there is a cuss word or two in the book. I also feel that older teens, college aged, and adults who love fantasy can enjoy this story too.
I think it’s also best to point out that this is a novella – 78 pages. So it should make for a rather quick read, and this is why it works as a cliffhanger. But don’t let the size fool you. Worlds Burn Through is an adventure; an action packed novella that is sure to please. ...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Arriane DuLac, who prefers to be calOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Arriane DuLac, who prefers to be called Ryan, has found out her ex-boyfriend Matt is a wizard. Furthermore the legendary sword in the stone has reappeared, and she quickly learns that in order to save the world, the sword must be pulled by a wizard or regular thus keeping it out of the gargoyle’s hands. If they pull it the world and all its inhabitants would be destroyed.
With her almost adopted brother – Grey and Matt in tow, they flee from the gargoyles seeking to kill them and find themselves in a school for wizards. Ryan faces the first trial after being told she too is a regular. During this she learns that Vane – Matt’s brother- saved her life but allowed her mother to die at the hands of her ex-boyfriend Morgan – a gargoyle in disguise sent to kill her. He then erased her memory of the horrifying event that sent her to live with Grey.
Ryan quickly learns that Matt is not all what he seems, no, he is in fact the legendary Merlin. She also finds that most of the Arthurian legends are indeed true, to a point. However, she was not prepared to be cast aside by Matt when she learns he interferes with his ability to foresee the future. Vane on the other hand also becomes enthralled with Ryan, more so when she saves his life.
With Matt training her to defend and Vane training her to fight, will Ryan have what it takes? Is she the chosen one, or will she falter? Does Ryan choose Vane or will Merlin take the risk to love her?
Oh I loved this story so much. It was another book I just couldn’t put down, and I hope there will be a continuation of the story. It had magic, love, action, mystery, and a lot of self sacrifice. The characters were created with great attention to detail, and no stone was left unturned. Well except maybe Vane, not that there is anything missing, but you don’t know whether to love him or hate him. At times I was really rooting for him, and other times I was rooting for Matt/Merlin.
Oh and let’s not forget Ryan, no, she was wonderfully created. I also loved the small moment where she gets revenge on a wizard candidate. She threw her boots into the boy’s locker room! I would love to have done that to some girls back in High School! Now she did feel guilty about it, but still the girl deserved it for locking her out of the physical training class.
The plot was woven nicely and it left nothing unfinished, except which hunk Ryan chose! That was a killer, but the story was excellent enough that it didn’t matter. Or maybe it’s up to each reader to decide who she chose? I guess time will tell, and if there is another book after this one I’m sure it will be addressed. This story is recommended to anyone who loves the stories of Merlin or Arthur. It doesn’t matter how old you are, teenager or adult, you’ll fall in love with this book. Of course if you just love a good read that has a good plot and characters, this book is for you too!...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
This book brings a sense oOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
This book brings a sense of mystery to the table as Ashley (Ash for short) finds herself in a parallel universe to life as we know it. She is just a normal young woman and works the grindstone of life one excruciating day at a time. Ash wants what every young woman wants and that is to love and peace in her life. Until one painful day she is flung into Fallenwood where she meets some very unexpected friends that join her on a journey to not only save this strange land from destruction, but she must also find herself and purpose in life.
This book holds much conflict at its heart as Ash starts on her journey. She has lost so much in her short lifetime that she is pained to her very core. Ash constantly questions her own existence in her world and once again in Fallenwood. She has fought her own demons, but they have only merely been kept at bay. During her adventure they constantly serve as a reminder of all her failures in life, but can she overcome them to save the day? Is Ash willing to sacrifice herself or will she back down when she is needed most? Does she finally find love? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find that out!
If you enjoy gentle romance, mysterious prophecies, female heroines (and villains), magic, and alternate universes this book was made for you. The author Leslie Soule really does a wonderful job of spanning multiple genres, but never leaving a stone unturned. I also love the way she chose to end the story where you want more and more. I hope to see Ash and her wonderful gang again in the future.
The writing style is easy going with varied paragraph lengths depending on focus. This makes it easy to never become overwhelmed or lost in the story’s communication. I believe that teenagers, young women and those young at heart would really enjoy reading and find a connection with Fallenwood for years to come....more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
Royal Street is part paranormal anOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
Royal Street is part paranormal and part alternate reality. This is a world where magic is real, those with fame can live forever, and every supernatural being you could dream of lives in the Beyond – or on Earth. Fascinating sexy pirates, deadly vampires, and even famous jazz musicians all grace this thrilling, mysterious, funny read and of course our main star, DJ the little wizard.
It starts mere days before New Orleans fell to Hurricane Katrina. DJ is a young Green Wizard who is forced to leave her post before the onslaught of the hurricane hits. She leaves behind her home, the mentor whom she loves as a father, and is forced to evacuate on the orders of the Wizard Congress. She complies though she voices her opinion with Jerry; after all she just dispatched an ancient pirate who tried to seduce her into making a bargain.
She hadn’t been gone long, and she watched in horror as the city she loved fell when the levees broke. If anything could have been worse, she wouldn’t expect it to be Jerry. Her mentor had gone missing, and upon the Wizard Congresses orders, DJ would have to return and find him quickly before the breaches between Earth and the Beyond allowed more supernatural’s to waltz on in.
DJ would have to do the impossible, but not alone, no, the Congress sent in an enforcer, a delectable enforcer as both her partner and protector. Alex has many of his own secrets, his own talents, and one is to infuriate DJ. But when his cousin comes into the picture jealousy rears-up when DJ shows interest.
Oh but this is so much more than a love story, or a triangle, and no I won’t give a single thing away beyond this point! You’ll have to nab yourself a copy and get your read on!
I really loved this story, and I sure hope the author will be writing more. There weren’t any real loose ends, but I could see it continuing here and there. This story was very well written and filled with facts, lots of paranormal, fantasy creatures and ideals, and it all worked well together. I even enjoyed the humorous bits that were nicely splayed into the story. A lot of times they seem awkward, but no these really meshed nicely.
Character, world, and plot creation was superb. I actually got sad when I watched the book come to an end. I’ll say it again, I want more of DJ, Alex, Jake and oh even Jean, loved him – and hated him at times too! So, please, please, please keep writing more!...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
Synthetic Dreams was really a wholeOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
Synthetic Dreams was really a whole new genre for me. I’ve never really read science fiction type stories. In this book the author takes us to a futuristic England where residents basically lead a life in the cold world, and one within The Mind. Both worlds are ruled by the Corporation which instills rules, laws as well as unfair boundaries on its citizens.
The cold world would be much like life today, but with an extensive web of rules and regulations. There are even different classes of people, the lowest being called Skanks. They are forced to live in S-District where only the bare amenities are given. Think of a life without soap, hot water, or even coffee, and to have only the barest of comforts available. This is essentially a slum.
Vyn is considered to be a “Skank”, however, this is due to the fact that she was selling glamours. You see, inside The Mind, upgrades are available that can enhance the way one looks, but a lot of these are obtained illegally. When she is caught selling her glamours she is forced out of her upper class life, and made a “Skank”.
This of course isn’t the whole story, but just a general idea to how the story itself begins. While I don’t want to give too much away, I’ll admit I was a bit confused in the beginning. Footnotes would have helped tremendously, but I’m uncertain if they would be available in the e-book I was given to review. It’s a really awesome story, but that might hinder a few readers.
Back on point, Vyn is a very different type of Skank. She is highly dangerous (although she doesn’t quite know it yet) and highly sought after for her illegal glamours, but she has also developed the mythical Simulacrum which allows her to enter The Mind and portray anyone dead or alive. It also gives her access to tiers a Skank couldn’t reach, as well as the prison where an old friend is being held prisoner by the Corporation. A friend who was ripped from his life and replaced with a fake.
She quickly finds herself in danger when the security teams come after her. She of course thinks it’s because of the Simulacrum, but it’s because of something else, something she doesn’t even realize yet. Vyn is a key; her body is the Key to The Mind. Marked with scars since she was six years old; Vyn could never quite understand why the Corporation had disfigured her.
Paul, a main security officer within the Corporation as well as her jailed friend’s brother, comes to her rescue. She finds herself attracted to Paul, but can he see past her scars? Will he betray her trust? Does Paul unwrap the mystery of her scars? Will she escape unhindered? Does the mind claim her? You know the drill!
Overall I found this book enjoyable. The author gives explanations of the objects, words and such in the book. However, they were given in the beginning and I had to flip back a lot when I forgot what something was. In a print version this would be much easier, but I state it because e-books are popular. It’s most likely a matter of formatting, so I wouldn’t hold it against the author, nor my opinion of the book itself.
I really enjoyed the fast pace this story took and how it intertwined mystery, sci-fi and some very sexy romance. My recommendation is that this is an adult book, and therefore be read by those over the age of 18. There were also no mistakes found within the book, nor any part that didn’t have an excellent flow. If you enjoy sci-fi, action and romance that you’ll enjoy this story too!...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
The Peculiars is a steampunk novel sOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
The Peculiars is a steampunk novel set around a young half goblin woman named Lena. She has extra large hands and feet that she has tried – all her life – to disguise. After all, Peculiars have no souls, they aren’t human, tricksters, charming…or so the government claims.
Fueled by the need for answers, and the hopes of finding her father, Lena sets out on a journey. She unexpectedly finds herself a new friend on the ride there, a man that does not seem to judge her for what she clearly is. As events unfold she finds herself in the employment of the infamous Mr. Beasley who is not only a man of medicine, but also of modern steam technology.
But everyone has their secrets…
This is my first real steampunk themed novel, and I wasn’t certain I would enjoy it. While I may not be much into the trending scenes we find in the real world, I feel drawn to movies, shows and imagery of all things steampunk. It wasn’t until reading The Peculiars that I developed a love for the literature too. The novel has well developed characters, a steady plot, and lots of excitement. Maureen Doyle McQuerry has an outstanding talent with descriptions and the ability to really paint a beautiful scene. The intertwining of many historical points is also to be noted as it really gave a sense of the period of time.
Overall, The Peculiars is packed with action, an intriguing mystery, fancy machines and awesome weapons. There’s also and adorable cat named Mrs. Mumbles that I’d love to own. I highly recommend this story for young adults and of course those of us adults who refuse to stop believing!...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Tribute Books Reviewer: Heather
Where to start… Until Next TimeOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Tribute Books Reviewer: Heather
Where to start… Until Next Time is a story that everyone should read. It touches on so many points of life, that even if you aren’t a believer, you can still enjoy it. This book is filled with the power of love, both God’s and human, but it also dredges through sorrow, pain, and the never ending questions humans face every day.
We meet many characters throughout the book, but Liz/Emily really is the main one. While we see the world through the eyes of so many others, there wouldn’t have been a story at all without her. She is a bit feisty at times, questions decisions, but always does what she feels is right. This even means breaking commandments such as murder.
Emily isn’t exactly human, though, she is an angel sent to Earth to take over the life of a tortured soul: Elizabeth. But she hasn’t the knowledge of her angel life, only the power. Liz has led a horrific life, losing her parents at a young age, and spending most nights in nightmares where her physical body is bloodied and bruised. Only two people are privy to this though, one is her childhood friend Daniel, and her “sister” Faith.
One night two strangers enter her life that will change her world forever, both worlds in which her soul lives. Liz must fight through the human emotions to make the right decisions before she runs out of time. At the same time her soul is screaming to be reunited with the one it claims to love. Can Liz do what is right, and still keep her faith? Or will she make poor decisions that hurt those she loves most?
Ok, here is the part where I tell you to go read it already! You know you want to, right? I can’t do this story justice as there is so much going on. Sure there is an epic love story hidden in these pages as well as plenty of suspense, but the real story is about love on all levels. From friendship, to romance, to loving God, and even family love – it’s all there!
I laughed, I cried, I smiled, and I felt my heart touched by this story. Even when Emily/Liz had to wait to be reunited with her true soul mate, I felt a flutter. The pain she went through each day of being apart from him must have been pure torture, and I’ll admit it’s a feeling I never want to have. Young, old, single, married, widowed, and so on, this book was written for you to ease your soul, and lift your heart.
The only fault I can find is that when the author went back and forth between Earth and Heaven it got confusing in some places. I think that both stories needed to be told, but in some places I felt it happened too quickly. Others may not notice it, but I felt it best to note it. Otherwise I commend the author for an excellent story, plot, and some very well developed characters!...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source:NetGalley Reviewer:Heather
Kiss of the Vampire takes a very freshOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source:NetGalley Reviewer:Heather
Kiss of the Vampire takes a very fresh approach to vampires, shifters, demons, fae and many other supernatural beings. You see, these beings have actually come through from another dimension, but they take the bodies and lives of humans when they come through the rift. They live in secrecy for thousands of years, but now their existence is out in the open.
Humans haven’t been alone for quite some time, so it isn’t any wonder why they have become upset. Not only do they have the Extra-dimensional (ED) beings to deal with, but now, after many centuries of procreating with humans, there are half-breeds too…
Nix de la Fuente is the human liaison to the Council of Preternaturals, and she is also a half-breed mix of human and demon. While she hides this due to the prejudice she would likely receive, she doesn’t hide it from her friend Dante MacMillan who is a detective on the Special Case Squad. They find themselves at a crime scene where a vampire (a once close friend of Nix) has been brutally murdered. While she must find a way to grieve through her passing, she has a nail thrown in when the new vampire liaison arrives on scene: Nix’s ex-love, Tobias Caine.
Now Nix is forced to work alongside Tobias, the man who broke her heart yet still drives her crazy, all while investigating multiple vampire murders. Tobias still loves Nix, but left so she could hold on to her humanity. It takes every ounce of strength, for both, to hold back what each truly feels inside.
Will they succeed? Can they solve the case without hurting each other again? Is there a deeper entity at play with the murders? I guess you’ll have to read it to know.
My goodness I really enjoyed this book. The story alone was worth its weight in gold. It was an easy read with a lot of mystery, suspense, romance and erotic undertones. Add in a sprinkle here and there of action and it all adds up to a pretty great story.
The plot weaves back and forth between Nix and Tobias. It tackles not only their individual issues, but also the problems they once faced as a couple. Underneath it all there are still the murders to solve, a possible conspiracy and tons of sexual frustration -so there is quite a bit going on. The author did a marvelous job at connecting everything, and never leaving questions or confusing the reader....more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Heather
Imagine living in a worOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Heather
Imagine living in a world of magic where some individuals posses it and some don’t. Some of these people even have the ability to wield more than others. Now imagine zombies who are being created on purpose, though I won’t just the reason away, and a young man named Orlando is tasked at killing them. It almost appears to be a game of sorts, and in some areas it is. Underground rings are even dedicated to fighting zombies where you can take a round in the ring. But what happens when the zombies are out in the world and not under the control of their masters?
Does Orlando and his friends stand a chance against their creator? Will they be turned as well? Who is really responsible for creating the zombies that now threaten mankind as well as those who posses magic?
This was an interesting read, and I wasn’t 100% sure how I would feel about it. It has all the parts a good story should, complete with twists you won’t see coming. The characters themselves are very solid too. The plot is well written with an exciting climax of events, and the use of magic is a nice touch. I think this story would be very entertaining to young adults ages 12 and up who enjoy urban fantasy or zombie stories.
I’ll be honest, this was my very first zombie story, though I love to watch zombie movies and television shows. Most of these just show an end-of-the-world scenario, so this was a refreshing take on zombies that I enjoyed immensely....more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:2.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source:Hollow Tours for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Before You Go isOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:2.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source:Hollow Tours for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Before You Go is a story about a young teenager, klutzy Margo, who finds her world turned upside down. Her father has passed away, and now her mother (who is one the wealthiest women in the world) is forcing Margo to live with her for the summer due to a plot to kidnap the new heiress. Margo has only met her mother a handful of times, but still goes willingly so she can get to know her better.
When Margo arrives she isn’t met by her mother, but instead a gorgeous young man named Logan who deeply resembles a young Brando. She quickly finds herself deeply attracted to him, except he is hesitant and withdrawn. After all she is the boss’s daughter, the boss that has been his benefactor and the boss that will serve as his ticket to Mars.
Can Logan push her aside to pursue his dreams? Will Margo finally understand her mother? Does Margo push back the pain of the past, of her mother, and mend her broken heart?
My Thoughts on Before You Go:
I tried to like this book, but I have a feeling that it might be suited towards a younger audience. I had a difficult time wrapping my head around a 15 year old girl and an 18 year old young man. In a lot of states this would be considered an illegal relationship even if nothing happened sexually. While the story itself took place on an island, near Puerto Rico, Margo and Logan are both Americans.
In addition to this, I couldn’t find myself relating to either character, and I’m not certain there are many heiress girls out there that could relate either. Maybe a few young men coming from bad upbringings, but it’s unlikely they would want to read a young adult romance. I also can’t seem to understand the moral of the story. Rich spoiled girl gets the cute smart older boy? This easily reads as “Rich girl gets her way.”
As far as conflict goes, there wasn’t much. Margo’s mother has high expectations, unattainably high, and there is the kidnapping plot. Other than those two key points, most of the conflict is found with Logan who is afraid of having his dreams crushed. He desperately needs to get away from an abusive father, and in doing so he abandons his mother and younger sister to his father’s drunken wrath.
The actual writing was alright, and I didn’t find a single mistake with grammar or punctuation. The story started off strong, but fizzled as soon as Margo reached the island. However, it’s important to keep in mind that I’m not a teenager, and I haven’t been one for over 10 years. I could be wrong and a younger audience may love this book. But for everyone else, no need to rush out and make this purchase....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author via Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Lonely Souls is a new seOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author via Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Lonely Souls is a new series that is written by a much loved author, Karice Bolton. Her tone of writing has quickly become a personal favorite as she creates these wonderfully imagined urban fantasies for her readers to lose themselves in. Please join me as I dive into Lonely Souls, the beginning of what I expect to be unlike any other.
Tris is a young woman about to embark on a new adventure; she is of age to become a full member of the local coven of witches. Right before the lavish event can take place, Tris’ mother disappears without a trace. While the police haven’t closed the case, a shocked Tris must watch as the coven declares her dead. But she knows deep in heart and soul that she is still alive.
Slowly clues start to arise, and with the help of a deliciously handsome old childhood friend, they begin to form a much larger picture. One that leads to her mother being kidnapped. But they won’t stop there, no, they want Tris too.Between grieving for the loss of her mother, and trying to find out why, Tris may discover more than her heart can handle. While she builds walls to protect her fragile heart, Logan desperately attempts to win her over. If he fails she may become a lonely soul, forced to wander for eternity alone.
It’s not a big secret that I quickly became a fan of Karice Bolton when I first got to read her Watchers Trilogy. Yet this series is taking on a different paranormal angle. When any author does this, it can leave a lot of room for speculation. This is especially true when you make a jump from fallen angels to witchcraft. But in my humble opinion, she hit the nail on the head with this excellent beginning to a series that I will be sure to follow....more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Heather
Ever Shade is a dark faiOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Heather
Ever Shade is a dark fairy tale in which a young woman named Shade is presented with a quest to save her people. However, Shade believes she is only merely human, not half Fae, but it doesn’t stop her from trying to help this race of people that she would gladly call her friends. She embarks on this dangerous quest across the faerie lands in hopes to bring back a magical water to save the people.
During this time she must leave behind those she loves, her normal life she had before meeting the faeries, and even possibly knowing that she may never return the same way as she left. Shade may not even return at all! But she refuses to let any of this stand in her way, so the young seventeen year old Shade starts her journey to self discovery, to save both the faerie world and hers too, and the quest of friendship everlasting.
Read this story if you love the idea of faeries. Read this story if you love page turning, spell flinging, sword fighting action. Read this story just to fall in love with a girl who would sacrifice her life to restore the peace and love we all seek in the world.
This story blends in the world of the Fae, but doesn’t hype it up to perfection. I love this! Not all Fae are good, not all are evil, and some are a mix of both. The world is created wonderfully and has a lovely balance. The writing style flows easily as it sucks you in for more and more. I was actually only disappointed in the fact that the second book won’t be out until December 2012. I was so in love with this story that I wanted to find and read the next book right away.
I would recommend this story to a wide range of readers. I think anyone from the age of 13 to 100 could find this to be a very entertaining story. I think girls and women might relate more, but younger boys and men might really enjoy the sense of adventure found in the storyline....more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Cataclysm is the finalOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Cataclysm is the final block in this trilogy, and it didn’t fail one iota. BUT if you have not read Awakening or Legions, the first two books, please read them now. There are massive spoilers below if you chose not too.
The final leg picks up right where Legions left off. Arie is gone, and Cyril is on his way back to Athen and Ana to begin the awakening process. The hoards of dark demons are also increasing in their numbers, and this leaves much to be answered for. The dark demons are now actively recruiting innocent humans to join their ranks under false pretense and hopes of immortality.
Ana is torn between the secret Arie has forced her to keep in order to save Cyril from turning to the dark side, or coming clean to end his pain. The truth is, Arie made the conscience choice to be reborn in hopes to divert his attention from trying to sacrifice himself. In doing this she also gets to test out the memoirs, which have always been thought a myth, to see if they help to speed up the awakening process. If successful it could turn years apart into mere days, and this could become a major turning point in the fight against the dark demons.
Will our loving quad of white demons succeed in over throwing evil once in for all? Does Cyril forgive Arie for her deceit? Can Ana come to terms with creating an army of white demons to even the playing field? Will she find the good in the darkness, no matter how evil the person or demon may be? You all know the drill!
I was really, really saddened knowing that this was the final book. I teared up at the end knowing I would never read about Ana, Athen, Arie, Cyril or even the adorable Matilda. But I know all good things must come to an end, and thus with tear filled eyes I said good-bye to these characters who I have felt were enticing, interesting, beloved, and well written. Throughout the series I’ve been a bit angered when I’ve read the views of others who have compared them to another popular paranormal book. I’d like to say that I disagree with them, and I do wonder if they actually read the stories.
If you remember from my review of Awakening, I had pointed out that I was unsure about a story on fallen angels. Karice Bolton has changed much of my view with her stories alone. It’s not that I fear stories based upon religion, mythology, or any of that. I just never expected such a heart lifting story about love, compassion, and doing what is right for the greater good to come out of one trilogy based upon a race of immortals that were shut out of Heaven. The white demons do what is right, with no reward, all in the name of love. If we humans could only do so much we could make this world a much better place.
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Not a beat was skippeOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Not a beat was skipped with the second installment in the, The Watcher’s Trilogy. I dare not give too much away for those that have not read Awakening (you can see my review HERE), so consider this a SPOILER ALERT. If you haven’t read it, please go read it – drop everything – and read Awakening. Then come back to learn about Legions…
Legions begins right where Awakening left off. Ana finds herself on the other side of the equation as she loses her beloved. She must find the courage to do what is necessary, all while continuing her own Awakening process. Now faced with grief, emptiness, and jealousy, Ana must track down Athen to start the process. But if she interferes it could set her back decades before they are reunited.
With the forces of evil growing bolder each day, the gang must continue to train Ana, find Athen and bring the fallen angels together for an impending battle that could mark the end of mankind as it’s known. Do they succeed? Will Ana find away to fight through the jealousy and agony she now faces? Does Ana finally see the return of the power she once possessed? Ha! It won’t be that type of spoiler now, so read the story you must!
Karice Bolton delivers a wonderfully paced story filled with action, adventure, magic, love, and even a few bleary eyed pages. This story is an absolute must read, and one I proudly paid good money for. Sadly I feel Ms. Bolton got the shorter end of the stick as I would have gladly paid more for the enjoyment of her work. I look forward to the final story in the trilogy, but also hope to read more from her after this one is complete....more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Heather
It’s not very often thatOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Heather
It’s not very often that a story has the ability to make you laugh, and then make you cry. For me, this is typically the foundation for an entertaining story. With A Sliver of Shadow, the second book in the Abby Sinclair series, I would have to agree. I absolutely loved, loved, loved Phin the mini unicorn, and I loved how all the characters interacted with each other. Everyone flowed even during conflict, and even during the fascinating and hilarious love triangle between the ex-boyfriend incubus and faerie prince who is her bodyguard!
This story brings action, romance, sex, mystery, intrigue, and I could go on (and on) forever. What struck my heart chords was the sacrifice that Abby Sinclair gives, and gives, and gives right up to the very end of the story.
Join Abby and her collective band of friends (and lovers!) as they try to restore the virtue of the throne in the land of the faeries. Turn each page as the story unfolds before your eyes and be transported right into the flow of the words.
Due to the sexual nature, and language, I would suggest this book for adult audiences that love supernatural fantasy stories. While there is love and romance found within the pages, this story has so much more to offer. I look forward to reading the rest of the novels, and have found another great author to add to my MUST-READ list. ...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
The Half-Breed Vampire is the thirOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
The Half-Breed Vampire is the third story in this series. I have not had the pleasure to read the previous books, but I can assure you that it reads just fine on its own. This story brings us Slade, a vampire, as he fights to save his clan from a goddess who has talked the local were/shifter clan into starting a war. He teams up with a human woman, Raina, who is the local game warden, a member of the were community, but doesn’t actually believe in any of it.
They both set out to investigate the sightings of large wolves as well as the disappearance of a community member. However, Raina soon learns she gets more answers than she bargained for. She is the were packs Whisperer, and the last woman to hold that position was brutally murdered by the wolves. Slade on the other hand gets answers to his life long questions: who his parents were and why he was abandoned at the age of eight.
Can these two come together to save not only the vampires, but themselves too? Does Slade’s past come back to bite him, literally?
As always it can be difficult when you read a new author, and this is especially true with any paranormal genre. Each writer creates their own rules, beings, and how they come to be. This author chose a different perspective than what I am used to. In this story both were and vampires are based upon an actual virus, and both are passed through blood – typically when bitten. I feel it’s good to know this before hand as in this story there is always the choice, well usually, but I don’t want to give anything away.
Overall I enjoyed the story, and I savored upon the love scenes. If you enjoy paranormal, strong romance, and a lot of physical action then this one is for you. There is even a bit of humor here and there, and I found myself chuckling out loud in a few places too. My only complaint is that there were a few typographical errors, but since I was reviewing an advanced version, it’s unlikely that they will be in the final version.
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Heather
The Dustman brings us aOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Heather
The Dustman brings us a fresh fantasy concept – or maybe just for me. Luk is a dustman, a sandman, who is about to lose his Dreamland if he can’t find his light before the wind comes to take him, his land, and all he has created away. But his light is within the one he loves, the one he shouldn’t love, his beloved Meg.
Meg is still tormented by the death of her husband, and trying to raise two children while working endless hours at multiple jobs. When her husband was alive she had time to write her lavish stories from her dreaming days. Fairies, dragons, and even Luk made an everyday appearance, though she didn’t realize it helped to keep the land of her dreams alive.
After her husband’s death, Meg stopped dreaming, and instead spent most of her time in the land of nightmares. Cut off from Meg, the dustman’s land is ransacked by the winds, but Luk refuses to give up. He recreates his world, and goes to Earth to find those who would still believe, but he quickly learns it isn’t enough. Without Meg, without his light, and without her faith the dustman will cease to exist.
Slowly the dreaming lands are dying, and so are their dustmen. Can Luk make Meg believe in him again? Does Meg still love Luk? Join Luk and Meg as they start on an adventure that is out of this world to save the dustmen’s dreamlands, to save the nightmares, and to save themselves.
The story itself is wonderful, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I remember the stories of the sandman my own mother would tell me as a child. There are times when I wonder if it has anything to do with being such a dreamer myself.
Dreamers will enjoy the story as it’s painted before your eyes, but adults who have taken the hard road of life – and who hasn’t?- will enjoy seeing how we can change things with just a bit of faith in ourselves. Better yet, we can set good examples for those around us when we don’t let the bad things in life tie us down.
I’d recommend Dustman to men and women that are 18 years or older, those who enjoy a lot of fantasy with suspense, and of course to the dreamers just trying to put one foot in front of the other without falling down. My only complaint is there were quite a few grammatical and spelling errors, but it was still worth reading for the wonderful story....more
originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
In a world where humans are cattle,originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
In a world where humans are cattle, vampires live like kings, and the largest threat comes from creatures (once living) called rabids is where you shall find yourself as you grace the pages of this story. But it isn’t as simple as that, and one must admit that it makes an excellent background for a suspenseful story of survival, loss, pain, and many emotions one might feel in a post apocalyptic world. This is the setting you’ll find in The Immortal Rules.
The story begins as a young woman, Allison, watches the vampires hang a group of three teenage children for a list of charges that included theft. They stole food, and they took it just so that they could survive. You see, the vampires keep to their inner part of the city, and their cattle live on the outskirts but still within the great wall. If a human chooses to register as a donor, then they are taken care of. They are given food, shelter, and even clothing. If you are very lucky, or extremely talented then you are brought into the inner city, and you would find yourself wanting for nothing. For many this is life, but for those who don’t want to be registered, don’t want to be cattle, well, they get nothing. This is the reality a young woman must face who refused to register as she watched her mother die after being forced to donate blood even though she was ill.
We quickly learn that she not only steals to survive, but she has a deep hatred for the cold vampires. They stole her mother away, banned books and learning, and they take her friends away under the cover of darkness. Then one day, after realizing her friends as well as herself would starve, she set off to the ruins to find food. But outside the ruins are where the rabids live, and their bite can be deadly, infectious and sometimes both. In a race against time, and to save her friend, she found herself at the mercy of these beasts. With her body ripped to shreds, and only moments away from death, she is given a choice: die or die and be reborn a vampire. She chose to become what she hated most.
From here we follow her on a journey of self discovery as she desperately tries to fight the monster deep within, to fight the blood lust, and to continue to survive amongst the humans without detection. She meets up with a group of people during her journey. They are searching for something unheard of to Allison, a place, a world that is entirely run by humans. It’s named Eden, but no one knows where it is, and for years the group has searched for it.
While the safety of the people within the group is a priority, on the journey, it isn’t the actual reason. In possession of the leader is data. This data may unlock the mystery to the rabids that mysteriously arose during the red lung epidemic when vampires came forward to try and find a cure, to save mankind. This data could mean not only a future cure for the disease, but also light the way to ending the rabid population once and for all.
But the vampires want this information as much as the humans. They would maim, torture, and even kill for it, and it’s up to Allison alone to fight for her new human family. Fight against the vampires trying to steal the data, protect them from the hoards of rabids roaming the countryside, and maybe most importantly, she has to protect them from her own blood lust.
Overall I felt the story was very solid. The suspense was written to the point where I couldn’t really guess how the story would end. There were twists and turns, and while you kind of figured Allison couldn’t keep up her secret forever, you still couldn’t just “tell.”
Another aspect of the story I enjoyed were the rabids themselves. They are, in my mind, much like zombies, so that’s a plus right there as I love zombies, but they were still a product of the vampires. The detail in what to look for, and how one knew a rabid from (insert something here) was superb.
Now this one wasn’t huge on romance, nor do I think it’s intended to be, but there was some very light romantic moments. A kiss here, or there, but Allison wasn’t searching for love, no; she was searching for ways to vindicate her past life as well as her choice to become a vampire. But to add in to conflict, the boy she started to have unexplainable feelings for was a human, who like herself, despised vampires and called them demons.
If you like zombies, vampires, female heroines, and suspenseful reads, then I highly recommend this one. I’d think it would be alright for an older teenage audience as well as for adults, but there is a bit of language and gore described within the book pages. Of course every family/parent is different, so as a disclaimer, I ask that parents of younger teens read it first.
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Purchased Reviewer: Heather
Jenny Pox is a story about a girl borOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Purchased Reviewer: Heather
Jenny Pox is a story about a girl born with poisonous skin, so deadly that she killed her mother, the doctor, and many nurses when she was born. She lives her life in the hot & humid climate of South Carolina where she is forced to cover up her skin, and she can’t touch anything alive for fear she would also kill it. If she walks in bare feet she kills the grass, she touches a rattle snake and it dies, and when she touches a person they appear to die of the plague.
Seth comes from the right family, went to all the good schools, and even plays football. He’s like to be a physical therapist so he can help people, but he has a secret of his own, and a haunted past. Seth heals people with a single touch, and he can even save lives. But his greatest gift is that he is the only one that can survive Jenny’s deadly touch, the only one who could ever truly love her, and understand what she has gone through.
Ashleigh is the popular girl, the one who always gets her way, and that everyone loves. The problem is, is that there is absolutely no reason to love the deceptive, conniving, two-faced (insert nasty word here). In fact, there is only one person immune to her wiles -Jenny- who is also the only one who can undo the spell she places over everyone.
The story starts off with a very, very young Jenny, and then flows into various ages. This is, I believe, to show us the torture she faced on a daily basis, and to show us how cruel Ashleigh is. Yes, she is cruel, evil, and every other descriptive word that falls under the sun. She was extremely well written for a villain to the point of feeling the fear leap through the page when she was talking, thinking, or just nearby. I felt every character was well developed, but Ashleigh sticks out to me as exceptional work. If you don’t believe me, go read it for yourself, and you’ll find yourself cringing in terror too!
But she isn’t our main girl, Jenny really is. Jenny “Mittens” as Ashleigh calls her, and thus the majority of the town. She is a girl with a deadly secret just trying to survive, or contemplating on whether or not to commit suicide depending on how horrible the day has been. Her father, a semi-functioning alcoholic, is the only man alive that knows just how deadly she can be.
One day Jenny is out for a run with her dog when he gets hit by a car. She forgot her gloves so she can’t touch him, and she knows she doesn’t have much time. Seth just happens to drive by, and stop. Not knowing about his gift, Jenny yells and cusses at him as he works his magical touch. Images of killing Seth for torturing her dog during his final moments pop into her head until she realizes he has healed him. Not just healed, he has even regrown his missing limb. From this day forth a bond forms between Jenny and Seth, but there is one problem…Seth is Ashleigh’s boyfriend.
That’s all I’m giving you folks!
I loved, loved, loved this story. I loved it so much that I was up until 3 AM just to finish it because I couldn’t put it down. The author did a wonderful job at capturing my attention. There were also a lot of surprising moments, twists, and turns that I never ever saw coming.
If you have never ever been to South Carolina then never fear because the description in this book fits it to a T. I should know, I’ve lived here for five years now, and I know what grows here, how the weather feels, and all of that lovely, and not so lovely (hello humidity!), stuff is.
I will point out that although there are teenagers in this story, that this story is geared more toward new adult and adult audiences. There is a lot of descriptive sexual scenes (well written too!), violence, drugs, underage alcohol use, etc. While this is all normal teenage behavior (it was for me at least) I just felt I should mention it so that readers would know, and parents too....more