Saturday, September 23, 2017

Book Review of Man (Seven Forbidden Arts Book 9) by Charmaine Pauls @CharmainePauls



Book Title: Man (Seven Forbidden Arts Book 9)
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Pages: 334
Author: Charmaine Pauls
Date Published: 29 August 2017

Synopsis:

Olivia Reid’s death has always been in the cards. When a man starts stalking her, he brings her pleasure instead of murder. He wants more than her orgasms. He seems to want her very mind. By giving him one thought every night, she manages to push forward the deadline of her extinction. But for how long can she buy her life before her mind is empty, and her stalker has what he wants?

Cain Jones is the leader of a paranormal crime taskforce dedicated to protecting mankind from the revival of evil and the dawning of a second Dark Age. The team under his command uses their seven forbidden arts secretively to fight their archenemy, Godfrey Reid, a man who is set on turning immortal and wiping out the human race. Fighting battle after battle, Cain makes a breakthrough when he locates his opponent’s weakness–Mrs. Olivia Reid. She’s his only link to Godfrey, and his only chance at accomplishing his mission. He’ll break her if he has to. He’ll even steal her thoughts. As the investigation progresses Cain has to face a truth he doesn’t want to admit. He has an ulterior motive for personally keeping an eye on his enemy’s dwellings. Watching Olivia sleep, Cain soon becomes as obsessed with his archenemy’s woman as with killing Godfrey. She’s everything he’s ever wanted. But will she forgive him for killing her husband?

Man is the ninth and final book in the Seven Forbidden Arts paranormal erotic romance series, but also reads as a standalone. This book contains graphic language and sexual scenes. Reader discretion is advised.

Review:


ManMan by Charmaine Pauls
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the ninth and concluding book in the Seven Forbidden Arts Series. I loved it!

Cain Jones is a fascinating character. Although he appears in nearly every book of the series, he remains largely mysterious. I am glad the author decided to use the final book in the series to focus on him. He is the boss of the paranormal task force and oversees the team on behalf of his sponsors. He is also instrumental in playing matchmaker to his team (although they don't know it). Cain and his team have been searching for Godfrey, their nemesis, in an attempt to stop him achieving his ultimate goal - total world domination and immortality. When he finally tracks down Godfrey's wife, he finds himself completely obsessed with her because he can't read her mind. But as danger lurks in the shadows, will he be able to protect Olivia and stop Godfrey in time?

Olivia Reid is also a wonderful character. I liked her a lot. She is a determined and strong willed woman. She thought she loved Godfrey when she married him, but now she lives in terror of him. When a mysterious stranger appears in her bedroom, she only feels relief that she's about to die. But as her attraction to the mysterious stranger grows, she finds herself facing a psychotic husband who will stop at nothing to reach his goal.

This story is told through the eyes of Cain and Olivia. I enjoyed getting to see the other characters from the team once more too. This book continues on from the end of Chiromancist, though a month or so after the events in book eight, and it had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I said in my review of Scapulimancist that I thought it was the best of the series so far. I have now had to revise it to the last two books too. The story kept me hooked from the first page.

I have been awaiting the arrival of this book with mixed emotions: eager to read it, but dreading it too. This is because it is the last book of the series and it means the end of watching the team facing obstacles and overcoming them, as well as finding their significant other. The characters have become like friends and I will miss them. It also means the story arc reaches it's zenith, and what a rush it is! All the loose ends are tidied up for the most part. I still had a few unanswered questions buzzing around my head relating to a character that was introduced. I don't want to say too much as it could be a spoiler. However, I found this character most disturbing and I hope that he gets the help he needs. Otherwise he will be another dangerous sociopath/psychopath for the team to deal with when he gets older. There is still the mystery surrounding the quantamancist's identity who helped Ivan in Necromancist, and it remains unsolved by the conclusion. Having said that, the story ends satisfactorily. Whether it is a HEA or HFN remains to be seen. I would like it if the author were to re-visit the team in the future to see how they are getting on, but even if she decides not to, it has been an emotional roller coaster ride from the first to the last book, and I can always re-read the series when I get the chance.

Charmaine Pauls has written an entertaining standalone erotic romance series. Her characters are lifelike and come alive on the page. I love her fast paced writing style and the flow is wonderful. I have added her to my favourite authors list and am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend that you read this series in order. Due to the explicit nature of some of the scenes, as well as use of profane language, I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 18. I do, however, recommend this book if you love science fiction, erotica, erotic romance or paranormal romance genres. – Lynn Worton

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Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a masters degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to France with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published six novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in Chile with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tegen Punishment by Inge-Lise Goss

Tegen Punishment, book three in the Tegens series by Inge-Lise Goss.

This last book left me with a bitter sweet feeling, on the one hand I am sad because I figure the series is done now and I have grown to love the books.  On the other hand it really knitted up the story line very nicely.

This book is action packed.  It is a mystery, a paranormal story, a page turner.  In the end little is left to do but to sit back and get lost in a story that plays off in front of the reader’s eye.

I must admit, book one left me shaky. I am not exactly a spider friendly person. And book one was all about spiders.  By book three, still spider filled I got lost in this world and the spiders formed the perfect catalyst for so many things that went on.

A really good read.  Not gender specific since the bit of romance should satisfy the female readers and the males should love the action scenes which are all very well thought through and expertly executed.
 4 *

And on Amazon one click away and it is yours.




IT

IT and the 4DX experience at Nu Metro, Menlyn Park.

After I went to watch the movie I started to do some light research.  This is what Wiki has to say over what exactly 4DX means.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4D.

To watch the trailer …. click on the pic and it will take you right to it.


My opinion.

This is a must do experience.  A bit pricey but not out of the ball park.  The movie IT was for me, my friends and quite a few others in the theatre the BEST comedy of the year thus far, even with the 4DX experience it was far more funny than scary.  That would mean that I would rate the movie low but for me it was such a fun time that it gets 5 stars.

The effects got to be a bit much after the first hour and a half.  The chair, mist etc. was fine but the deep heat smell of it every few minutes gave me hay fever and I could do with less of it. 
For some reason our cinema did not have air con on and after the first hour we all started to pray for the breeze to blow through our hair.  By the second hour it got really hot.

As for getting your money’s worth with the effects.  The movie. The service and the popcorn package with goodies advertising the 4DX experience here is my rating

Movie –IT
5*****
4DX – Experience
4***** but that should be a 4.4 rating because were it not for the hay fever I might not have gotten so annoyed with the spray.
The service at Nu Metro
5*****
Getting your money’s worth
10**********

Having fun, making memories is truly priceless.  I do not think this is something everybody will fall in love with but I do think everybody should try and experience it at least once so they can make up their own minds over its immersive experience in relation to their own preferences. 

As for the movie.  Going in I was forewarned that IT himself is the show stopper of this movie.  And I tried to focus on the actors brilliant ability to make this monster, our monster.  

For a while it worked.  Then I got so into the movie that I no longer even considered IT to be anything other that IT.  No normal man for me under that makeup.  Makeup? What makeup?  

But the show was stolen by ...
Sophia Lillis for her perfect portrayal of a girl on the cusp of womanhood still kid, part woman, totally unsure as to where she fits in.  

The second show stopper was...
Finn Wolfhard.  He is a comedic genius and had us in stitches.

So IT ends with the words.... Chapter one and here is a link to a magazine article talking about Chapter two ... click on the blu purple two to read more of the article in Cosmopolitan.


At the movies!
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Book Review of Tegen Punishment (Tegens Book 3) by Inge-Lise Goss @IngeGoss



Book Title: Tegen Punishment
Genre: Crime Thriller/Horror/Suspense
Pages: 287
Author: Inge-Lise Goss
Date Published: 15 July 2017

Synopsis:

Who will be the next spider victim?

For over two years a treacherous Tegen has evaded capture by enforcers, executing anyone who crosses his path.

Newly requisitioned to assist a Tegen enforcer, Sara Jones is on a desperate hunt to stop the renegade who has no regard for human, or spider, life. To penetrate the religious compound he uses as his hideout, she must conceal her true identity. But finding the elusive Tegen is more difficult than she may have imagined, and the compound is far more dangerous than anyone could have known.

When a notorious crime boss shows up in town, Sara enlists his help, but he has his own agenda – one that may advance his criminal enterprise.

As mayhem erupts, she must outwit unsavory zealots and find the killer before her cover is blown. The clock is ticking. Can she bring the fugitive to justice before it’s too late?
This action-packed fantasy-thriller constantly leaves you on the edge of your seat.

Tegen Punishment is the third book in the Tegen series. After reading the Tegen definition at the beginning of the novel, it can easily be read as a standalone story.

Review:


Tegen Punishment (Tegens Book 3)Tegen Punishment by Inge-Lise Goss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the Tegens series. I really enjoyed it.

Sara Jones is a wonderful character. When I first met her in The Tegen Cave I wanted to shake some sense into her. I feel that she has grown and adjusted well into her new life as a Tegen as the series has gone on. I love watching characters grow and mature.

It has been two years since I read the second book. Nevertheless, I easily slipped back into the tale. This story continues from the previous book and sees Sara facing disciplinary action for helping Wendy. However, her punishment is slightly unusual. She finds herself going undercover to locate a rogue Tegen hiding in a religious compound. She will need to keep her wits about her as the danger mounts.

I started this story and was hooked from the first page and didn't put it down until I'd finished it. So why the 4 stars? There were some things about the story that bugged me (no pun intended) even though I can't put my finger on the exact reasons why. I think it may have been my mood at the time of reading or the time difference between reading book 2 and this one that may have influenced me. It is told through the eyes of Sara and the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride of action, adventure, mystery and danger. I love the way the story unfolds. There are some interesting characters introduced, such as Alex Newark and the renegade Snyder. Kendall makes another appearance. He is a Tegen enforcer and is quite mysterious. He still sends shivers down my spine. The heat between Conner and Sara is still explosive, though there is not as much intimacy in this book compared to the first one, although there are a few clandestine meetings (not explicit but implied).

One thing I will say about this book is that the story is wonderfully written. The characters are lifelike and the storyline gripping. I reached the end of the book with mixed feelings. Although it doesn't end in a cliffhanger, the author has left me with the feeling that there could potentially be another book due to the ambiguous ending. Now I can't wait to find out what is in store for Sara in the next book.

Inge-Lise Goss has written an intriguing horror full of mystery and suspense. I love her writing style, which is fast paced, and the flow was wonderful. I am curious to see what this author comes up with in the future.

I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to some violence and to readers who have arachnophobia or have a nervous disposition. However, I highly recommend this book if you love horror/suspense genres. - Lynn Worton

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Inge-Lise Goss loves the journeys where her characters take her, and she hopes her readers do too. She was born in Denmark, raised in Utah and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah. She is a Certified Public Accountant and worked in that field for over twenty years. She now lives in the foothills of Red Rock Canyon with her husband and their dog, Bran, where she spends most of her time in her den writing stories. There, with her muse by her side, imagination has no boundaries and dreams come alive. When she’s not pounding away on the keyboard she can be found reading, rowing, or trying to perfect her golf game, which she fears is a lost cause.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I have so many passions these days...

#Crochet #Gift

So, wondered why I drop by so very, very infrequently these days? Have I given up on reading? No way! But I find more and more passions in life to keep me busy ...

Here is one.  A gift to Angie Edwards for her birthday this past Saturday.
Angie, for those who do not know her is also an avid reader and what apart from coffee, a bed and a book makes our little hearts sing? Why a blanky naturally.


Yes it is Angie holding up her present.

Need advice on crochet? Google really is your friend.  I used to be able to crochet when I was young and pretty but I lost that ability with the looks and the youth and had to start from scratch.  Pretty aint it?

Fifty Shades Darker by E L James

Somehow I never figured I would do this one.... who knew?

3 stars for this one, since I gave book one a 1 star 'cause they picked on me and would not let me give it 0 I am upping this with a star to make sure you understand that this is really FAR better than book one.

My review.

Book 2

It pains me to say this but this was a far better book than the first.  The same issues is still present but if you squint, turn your head a few degrees to the side and read it thus, then it almost have a real plot.  Although the planning and execution of said plot is grating it is by far better than book one.  Oh and for a well-educated man, worth millions his use of the term of endearment “Oh baby” in every second sentence drove me to tears.  But still… it is an entertaining read and as I said, much better than book one. 

Blurb

 Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life. Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy.

A bit more about the author.  Thank you #Goodreads for this info

E.L. James

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Guys

Once again you blow me away.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your votes and support for this award and during this most extraordinary year. It's very much appreciated.

You rock my world.

EL xx

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Book Review of Zombie Baker by J S Rumble



Book Title: Zombie Baker
Genre: Children's Chapter Book
Pages: 66
Author: J.S. Rumble
Date Published: 28 July 2017

Synopsis:

Fred is one of those rare boys that actually likes going to school… well, he did until now. He started getting picked on for something he has no control over… being a zombie.
Most people think of zombies as mindless creatures that roam the world searching for others to infect, in fact that couldn’t be further from the truth. All Fred wants to do is bake!
He dreams of opening his very own cake shop one day, but pastry school is extremely expensive! Then an opportunity comes along that could help his dreams become reality.

Review:


Zombie BakerZombie Baker by J.S. Rumble
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a charming children's chapter book. I loved it!

Fred is a fantastic character. I really liked him. He is a kind and loving boy (not sure of exact age but think around eleven or twelve). He also loves to bake and dreams of owning his own bakery one day. Unfortunately, he has to deal with school bullies.

This story is told in a memoir style through Fred's eyes and takes the reader on a journey of discovery. Fred may be a zombie, but he has the same emotions as the rest of us. He gets excited, happy, sad, angry and frustrated by most of the same situations as ordinary humans.

This book is ideal for children with short attention spans as it's only 66 pages long. This story tackles the issue of bullying and shows that it's okay to be different, and with hard work you can attain your dream (whatever it may be). There are some interesting characters introduced and I really liked Fred's friends, Ervin, James and Ben, as they stand by him even though he's different to them. They like him just the way he is. I did feel sorry for Ervin during one scene though. He had to trust Fred even though he was terrified, but it made me like him even more and wish he was my friend too. There is action and adventure, with enough excitement to keep a young reader's attention. I love baking too, so reading about the cake Fred baked made my mouth water. So much so that I ended up baking a cake for myself later. I must admit that I would have loved if the story was longer, but then it wouldn't be a chapter book. Nevertheless, I was sad to reach the end even though it ended satisfactorily.

J.S. Rumble has written an entertaining chapter book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love her writing style, which is not particularly fast paced though easy enough for children to follow whether reading on their own, or being read to by their parents. The flow is wonderful too. This is the second book I've read by this author and I would definitely consider reading more of her books in the future.

I highly recommend this chapter book to young children aged 5-10, and to adults looking for a chapter book to keep their little ones entertained. - Lynn Worton

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