Sunday, July 28, 2013

Book Review of Blind Veil by Michael Lorde



Synopsis:

What does an unreported crime that occurred decades earlier have to do with a NYC cop? Everything!

Nothing the old scientist told him could possibly be true…or so the decorated New York Cop and former Marine tries to tell himself.

But as the evidence mounts, he faces the terrifying question -- is the Blind Veil lifting?

In a race for his life, he must decide if he is losing his mind or is the world he thought he knew merely an illusion?


Review:

Blind VeilBlind Veil by Michael Lorde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Lamont Simms is a fantastic character. He is a New York City cop with a sharp mind and a firm grip on reality. Or has he?
I really liked this character, as he tried to unravel a mystery that went back into his childhood.

This is a fantastic psychological thriller that had my heart pounding, and had me hooked from the first page! There is a really shocking scene at the beginning of the story that was more than a little gruesome, but it brought the characters into sharp focus, especially Emmett, Lamont's Uncle. He is a very strong character, and is the first character we meet. His story is not a happy one, but the author did a wonderful job bringing it to life.
The story then switches to Lamont, and his life as a cop. However, the story takes a dramatic twist into horror, as his life is changed by a demented scientist. Or is he demented? I felt myself being swept away with the tale, and I found myself doubting my own sanity, never mind that of the characters! This book reminded me of several episodes of The X-Files! Are we being visited by aliens, and are we being tricked into thinking they are not here? Or are we not being visited and there is no cover up? Paranoia can run rampant in fictional characters and readers alike! Shivers ran up my spine whilst reading this book, as the author had created a feeling of horror and dread in me that I found difficult to shake even after finishing it. It made me question my own belief in what defines being "sane". Conspiracy theorists would have a field day with this book!

Michael Lorde has written a completely absorbing (and terrifying!) novel that captured my attention, and I am now looking forward to reading more of his work. His attention to detail was fantastic, the story flowed beautifully and was fast paced enough to keep the suspense and intrigue in the "dangerously high" level!

As this book has some violence and some unsettling scenes, I do not recommend this story to younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love horror, suspense or thrillers. - Lynn Worton

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Book Review of The Sidekick Chronicles Vol II: A Pirates Tale (Gryphon Series Novella) by Stacey Rourke


Synopsis:

The call of the sea.

The promise of adventure.

For Rowan Wade, the need to return to his swashbuckling ways is enough to betray the only woman he’s cared for in over three hundred years.

With vengeance in his heart, he’s determined to exact his revenge on those that mutinied against his father. 

The arrival of an unlikely ally challenges Rowan’s plans. Her goal isn't to stop him, but to lead him on a journey of self-discovery to unravel the mysteries of the twisted path that led him to the Dark Army.

Will it be enough to make the pirate shift course? Or will he be lost forever in a rum-induced haze? Hoist ye colors and prepare to set sail with the Gryphon Series’ favorite pirate!

Review:


The Sidekick Chronicles, Volume II (A Gryphon Series Novella)The Sidekick Chronicles, Volume II by Stacey Rourke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review 6******

I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this novella. When it was released, I snapped up a copy as quickly as I could!

Rowan Wade is an enigmatic character. A rogue, a member of the Dark Army and a pirate, he hides a softer side that he very rarely shows.

I wasn't sure about Rowan when I first met him in Embrace, but I fell in love with him in Sacrifice. This is his story where we journey through his history. I found this tale very touching, and I think I have fallen even more for him - if that's at all possible! I now understand his motivation behind joining the Dark Army. It's not exactly a happy tale, but it is an exciting one! I was totally hooked from the first page! I loved getting to know Rowan a bit more, and I am now looking forward to reading either another novella or another novel in this fabulous series!

Stacey Rourke is a fantastic author! Her imagination has created an amazing YA series that is completely unique! She is one of my top authors on my Favourite Authors List. I will read ANY book that she writes in the future.

I recommend this book (and the whole Gryphon series so far) to everyone who likes their YA romances to be full of action, danger, wit, sarcasm and adventure! - Lynn Worton

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Review of The Lilean Chronicles Book One: Redemption by Merita King



Synopsis:

Two ancient prophecies, both foretelling the extinction of a race. Two sides racing to their appointment with destiny. A terrible tide of evil laying waste to their world. So much rage, fear and a baby crying. A single baby prophesied to save Lilea and many other worlds from extinction by the Transmortal Army. One single man who will bring an end to the evil that almost wiped them out and in doing so, save many worlds from their darkness. Vincent worries for his sanity as he suffers the nightmares and hears the voices in the dreams. As he battles with the nightmares and the source of the voices in the dreams is revealed, he begins to discover his destiny and finds that there are other forces at work against him.

Many worlds away Farra discovers her part in his great task. Can she survive the terrors that lurk in the tunnels and can she unmask the mysterious killer? The ancient spirit people take them on a journey through space and time as they both race from world to world to meet their date with destiny and fulfill the prophecy.

Review:



The Lilean Chronicles:Book One ~ RedemptionThe Lilean Chronicles:Book One ~ Redemption by Merita M. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

I love science fiction, so when I was offered this book, I grabbed at it! I'm glad I did, because I loved it!

Farra is a human from Earth. She is a very strong character. She is very tenacious, has a will of iron and is dangerous with a knife! I liked her very much. She has been chosen for a very dangerous mission. Will she succeed?

Vincent is a very enigmatic character. I liked this character very much, but he didn't feature much in the beginning of the story. He is very much a loner, but being framed for a crime he didn't commit, he has become a fugitive.

This was an exciting read that kept me hooked from the first page! Science fiction is a subjective genre, but it allows the author to create beautiful worlds and fantastical characters. Add in a touch of suspense, and you get an adventure of galactic proportions! The author of this book has done just that. The descriptions of the characters and the environs were such that I could easily picture them. The story is told from several points of view, but Farra seems to be the main character until Vincent is brought into it. I was intrigued with Drycenian nation. They are most civilized, and are very technologically advanced compared to all the other worlds. Although, I'm not sure I approved of some of the technology used on Farra. However, I can see why they would do so, and she definitely needed the improvements to aid her mission! The King and the Prince appear to be kind and gentle, but they can be dangerous if provoked. I wouldn't want to get on their bad side!
There is a prophecy to fulfill and danger in the form of the Transmortal Army. These are a rather nasty bunch of people but, in their own way, they are pawns in a mad man's vendetta. There are plenty of twists and turns that surprised me, but there was a big one that I certainly didn't see coming! I am now looking forward to reading the next book, The Sleeping.

Merita King has written a fantastic science fiction novel that is fast paced and flows beautifully. I am now a fan of hers!

Due to some gruesome violence, I do not recommend this book for younger readers, but I highly recommend this book if you love Science Fiction. - Lynn Worton

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Book Review of The Bayshore Mysteries: The Secret Graveyard by Jerrye Sumrall



Synopsis:

Something strange is happening in Beatrice! 

First a mysterious boy appears. Then unusual carved figures are found. Later, slave journals are discovered and then a secret map. Where does the map lead? Will Jeff and Melissa solve the mystery about the strange boy? Could it be connected to the secret map?

Jeff Douglas and new friend Melissa are thrown into a series of mysteries and adventures when he comes to visit his great grandfather in Beatrice, Alabama. Beatrice, a small southern town whose past holds many secrets, is just part of the mystery. Other secrets are revealed when they pursue a strange African-American boy, discover unusual carved figurines, find old slave journals, and then a secret map. Further adventures find them exploring an old courthouse, getting lost in the woods and trapped in a train tunnel. Their quest to find the truth takes them on a mysterious and scary journey into the past.


Review:


The Bayshore Mysteries: (The Secret Graveyard  #2).The Bayshore Mysteries: (The Secret Graveyard #2). by Jerrye Sumrall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic mystery story for middle grade children from ages 9 to 12. I loved it!

Jeff Douglas is an inquisitive and courageous young man. He may be only eleven, but he makes a pretty good detective! I liked him very much! When he goes to stay with his Great Grandfather, he doesn't realise what adventures await him!

Having previously read Intruders on Battleship Island, I was eager to read the next book in the series. The story took me into an adventure filled with history. As I am not American, the history of the slave trade and the "railroad" to freedom was extremely interesting to me. I loved how the story is woven together with a journal and a mysterious map to the Secret Graveyard - where the slaves met with sympathizers to help them escape. However, I did find that the history aspect of the story outweighed the mystery part. I would have loved to had more danger or action in this tale, to give it some "OOMPH!", but I am an adult, so what do I know! Children may enjoy this tale for what it is, an exciting adventure into history. I really enjoyed the story! I was hooked from the first page! Slavery was, and is, a terrible issue, and is still relevant today. But, the modern slave traders are extremely more sophisticated and sneaky than their predecessors, mores the pity!
I am now looking forward to reading the third book in the series, The Mystery of the Wragg Swamp.

Jerrye Sumrall has written an exciting mystery series for children that will keep them entertained and educated. She is obviously a lover of history, as it shines through her work. Her writing style is fast paced, but easy enough for young readers to read on their own.

I highly recommend this book (and series) to children between the ages of 9 to 12 who love mysteries and adventure. - Lynn Worton

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway: The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox


Synopsis:

Kristina’s stay at summer horse camp is horrible to say the least, and it’s all because Hester and Davina are there as well, making her life miserable. When Hester’s cruel prank goes terribly wrong, it’s actually what sends the three girls back to the magical land of Bernovem. In Bernovem, Kristina is very excited to see her former friend, Prince Werrien. When he invites her to sail with him on his ship to his homeland Tezerel, putting it simply, Kristina can’t refuse. Reunited with her gnome, dwarf, animal, fairy friends … and best of all, Werrien, things seem like they couldn't get any better for Kristina. But when Werrien becomes fascinated with an unusual seeing stone, the “Black Shard”, Kristina is haunted by a ghostlike old hag. Struggling against suspicion, guilt, illness, and ultimately the one who wants to possess her soul, Kristina will see it’s in her weakest moment that she will encounter more strength than she has ever known.

Review:


The Black ShardThe Black Shard by Victoria Simcox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the second book in a fantastic series for middle grade children. I loved it!

Kristina Kingsly is a wonderful character. I really liked her when I met her in The Magic Warble. She is full of spunk and is braver than she realises. When she finds herself back in Bernovem, she is very happy, but danger lurks around the corner!

This is a fantastic sequel to the The Magic Warble. Once again, I found myself being transported to the magical land of Bernovem. I loved meeting up with some familiar faces, especially Werrien. I also loved meeting some new ones too! I missed these characters, I must say! There is something about them that has captured my heart! Although, I must admit that I have no love for Sentiz - she is her usual creepy, cruel self!
I also have no love for Hester and Davina either - they are bullies, pure and simple!
I did have one quibble with this story. It didn't seem to have the intensity of the first one. The danger was strangely distant. However, this doesn't mean that the story wasn't good - it was. It just means that the reader got to know the characters a bit more, as they journeyed to the land of Tezerel. There are also some fantastic drawings that depict specific scenes in the story. These drawings are extremely well done and show the characters and situations exactly as I envisaged.
There is a twist right at the end of the story that I didn't see coming, and it left me gasping in disbelief! I am now wanting to read the next book in the series to find out what happens next!

Victoria Simcox has written an amazing series of Children's adventure books that will enchant young readers. Her writing style is fast paced, but not overly so as to feel rushed. Her attention to detail with regards to the description of the characters, scenery and clothing is exceptional. I could "see" them so clearly in my minds eye!

I think this series is aimed at girls, but I recommend this book to everyone (adults included) who love fairies, gnomes, dwarves and talking animals in their fantasy novels. - Lynn Worton


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Chap 7,  The Irgul, Excerpt

“What do you think of these fabulous outfits?” Davina said in a
dramatic voice.

“I think they’re okay,” Kristina said, but she, like Hester, felt
awkward in them.

Another knock came at the door. “You may enter,” Davina said,
while bowing to her reflection in the mirror.

It was Elzwur again. He opened the door slightly and peered
through the crack between the door and the wall. “I am waiting to
take you to the kitchen,” he said impatiently.

The girls quickly hurried out of the room, and followed Elzwur.
Davina kept in her distinguished character, holding her nose up high
and sauntering with long strides.


 A gnome house maid passed by them carrying a large vase filled
with flowers, and zooming in and out of the flowers were two female
fairies, one with light blonde hair, and the other with tawny brown
hair. They were busy arranging the flowers when the blonde fairy
took notice of Kristina. She pulled at the other fairy’s arm, and then the two of them flew over to Kristina.

AUTHOR BIO:



Victoria, known as Vicki, was born in 1966, in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She has one older sister, Jeannette. When Vicki was 7, she moved with her family to British Columbia. In her early twenties Vicki moved to Western Washington and now resides in Marysville WA. She has been married to her husband Russ, for nineteen years and they have three children; Toby, who is fifteen, Kristina, thirteen, and William, eight. She has home schooled her children for the past nine years, and she also teaches elementary school art. Vicki’s other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, two cats, Frodo, and Fritz, and two parakeets, Charlie, and Paulie. She did have a pet rat named Raymond when she started writing The Magic Warble, but sad to say, he has since passed away of old age. Vicki enjoys writing, painting watercolors, watching movies, hanging out with her family, and chauffeuring her kids around to their many activities. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and one of her fondest memories is when she was twelve. She would sit at the kitchen table and read The Chronicles of Narnia to her mother while she cooked dinner. These magical stories were very dear to Vicki and she remembers wishing, If only I could go to Narnia like Lucy and Susan. Vicki hopes that maybe, she can touch someone with her story in a similar way.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Review of Jack (Leech: Book 2) by james crawford


Synopsis:

Every high school has it's social elite; the football players and cheerleaders ... you know, the popular crowd. At Butler High, Jack Barely was as close to the top as they came. Captain of the swim team, great hair, and abs that most would die for. However, that was all before the Leeches attacked, taking away everything: his popularity, his house, his grandmother, and even his best friend, Caleo, whom he secretly loved.

Now, living in a destroyed world, popularity means nothing as Jack struggles just to keep him and his twin sister, Jillian, alive. With attacks happening more frequently, Jack starts to wonder why they are even bothering to try and hold onto the past when it just reminds him of all they have lost. Just when he has given up hope, Jack hears a rumor that Caleo is still alive and sets out on a mission to find him. But will Jack make it to finally tell Caleo how he really feels?


Review:


Jack (Leech, #2)Jack by James Crawford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the second book in the Leeches series. I loved it!

Jack Barely is a fantastic character. I loved him from when I met him in the first book, Caleo. He is a very confident young man, who usually has a great sense of humour. However, he has one regret: that he didn't tell Caleo how he felt about him.

Jillian Barely may be Jack's twin, but she is no push over! In fact, it is her strength of character that shines through in this book! I didn't really like her in Caleo, because she came across as a snob. However, I warmed to her, when I realised that it was just a front.

I have been eagerly wanting to read this book for some time now. The cliffhanger at the end of the first book saw to that! The story is a fantastic continuation of the series, but I did find that I was slightly disappointed in it too. Don't get me wrong, I loved this story, but there was something not quite right. There was something missing and the story fell flat in places, in my opinion. I have no idea why. It could be that I had expected more than I should have from the story. Sequels have to live up to their predecessors, and sometimes, for whatever reason, they don't quite get there. I'm not going to mark this down to a 4, because I feel that this book deserves it's 5.
I loved seeing the world through Jack's eyes, and it's not pretty! There is extreme danger for the humans as the two camps of Leeches face off against each other. Leeches are people with a special ability or power such as turning invisible, freezing a room full of people or turning into water to avoid capture. The way these Leeches absorb powers of other Leeches reminds me of the movie "The Highlander". However there is no lighting, but streams of power. I don't know why, but I have visions of a mercury-like substance creeping towards the recipient. The story twists and turns in places, which I loved, but there was one part that I felt that Jillian's behaviour was a bit creepy. I knew that she had been through a trauma, but even so, I found her lack of emotional response a bit unnerving! She was too "normal".
The end of the book has a shocking twist and another cliffhanger. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

james crawford has written another fast paced novel that kept me hooked from the first page! I love his writing style, it's easy to get lost in the world he has created. The characters are mostly likable, with the exception of Alix. I hope he gets his comeuppance!

This is a fantastic book in a an amazing series. I highly recommend this book if you love YA/Paranormal/Science Fiction or Gay & Lesbian genres. - Lynn Worton

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Island by Jen Minkman

The Island

By Jen Minkman

The Island by Jen Minkman
‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.

Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.

If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.

I have never seen one.’

Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?

Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?

(Please note: this novella contains a few references to the famous sci-fi movie Star Wars which are pivotal to the plot. None of the characters in The Island are in any way related to the characters in the movie. Leia is named after one of the ancient heroes of her culture/religion.)
My Review
This is a very entertaining short novella based on a society split by rumor and superstition.
On the one side of the island the reader meets a girl named Leia.  She like all the other children on their side of the island leaves the homes of their parents at the age of 10 to go live in a community until they wed.  Once wed, they move back to the parents and raise their children until they are grown at the age of ten and the cycle repeats.
All is not well though with the island, the Force, the leader and Leia needs to grasp fast that her belief system build on via generations may be faulty.  She needs to learn to accept the new truths thrust at her in time to save her twin brother and the friends she has made.
This is a fun read above all.  I loved the faulty thinking on both sides.  I loved the fast pace and the character development of Leia, her brother and their parent and friend.  Even Saul, at the end, started to be somebody I could identify with.
This is a good read.  A YA book with a moral to it and a twist I have never come across.  Try this yourself. 
My favorite sentence….His full name is written underneath.  Luke Skywalker. 
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Book Review of Up, Up and Away: The Adventures of Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper by Carla Chadwick

Synopsis:

Includes bonus free book characters printable inside!

This fairy tale story has frogs, princesses and all the elements of classic animal tales, but wit
h a modern message.

Join Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper in one of the best new children's books for Kindle as she takes to the sky on an adventure that helps show her children the power of dreaming big. This inspirational book for kids teaches them that they should never fear having big dreams, because they can lead to big rewards! It also shows them how sharing can enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Illustrated in bright, fun colors; Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper the frog, her children, and her forest friends Randa and Mrs. Deerfield, are warm companions that your children will come to love.

Bonus!
This book has a matching set of printable cupcake toppers with likenesses of four of the main characters: Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper, Randa, Princess Stephanie and Princess Melinda. They can also be used as finger puppets! The link to download them is inside the book.

Review:



Up, Up and Away: The Adventures of Mrs. Hiffen-HopperUp, Up and Away: The Adventures of Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper by Carla Chadwick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fabulous children's picture book for children aged 2 to 8. I loved it!

Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper is a wonderful character. She is a frog who dares to dream big! She takes her children on an amazing adventure to show them that it may be scary to dream big, but taking the journey into the unknown could bring even bigger dreams to follow.

This is a fantastic tale that teaches children that it is okay to dream big. The story is short enough not to bore even the most shortest attention span, but long enough to take the child on an amazing adventure. As this is a children's book, it has some fantastically drawn illustrations. These pictures compliment the story beautifully. The colours are bright and cheerful, and will appeal to young eyes. The story can be read as a bedtime story to the younger children, but can also be read by the children when they get old enough to read for themselves, as there are no big words to confuse their developing minds. I wish I had read this book as a child!

Carla Chadwick has written a charming children's book that brought a smile to my face. I wouldn't mind reading more of her adventure series in the future.

I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone - even those who have forgotten their dreams as they grew up! - Lynn Worton

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Book Review of Death of Heaven by J.Z. Murdock


Synopsis:

Throughout the whole of Human History many philosophies and religions have attempted to answer that ultimate question: 

Where did we come from? 
James and Jimmy, brothers in spirit and tragedy since childhood are about to discover the answer to that ultimate of all questions. They will learn about it in a way that is as amazing as it is unbelievable. They alone will discover that reality is unlike anything that has ever before been considered. They will discover just what it is that nightmares are made of.

James has a unique ability. He is receiving a history of Earth from someone. Someone not of this Earth. Is it an Alien? An Angel? A God? Whoever it is, they are very concerned about something that is going to happen and before that, someone needs to know. Someone, needs to know the truth about Humanity, the Earth, and what is about to come.

Friedrich Nietzsche claimed in 1882 that "God is Dead". But that was only a piece of the whole misleading truth. It is now left for two friends alone to experience the whole story, and along with the rest of the Human Race, to experience firsthand the--

Death of Heaven


Review:


Death of HeavenDeath of Heaven by J.Z. Murdock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a most intriguing story. I am not sure it was completely my cup of tea, but I did like it.

James and Jimmy are both intriguing characters. They both grew up in the same neighbourhood, but one event will change their lives forever. Jimmy will grow up and end up serving his country in the military, but James's life will take a strange twist. They meet again some years later, and an incredible story of a desperate journey, an accident and an attempt at communication is recorded for all humanity.

This story is a mix between science fiction and horror. The storyline was extremely unique. It is difficult to say how different it is without giving spoilers. However, I will say that this story has a unique twist on the origins of Earth. Was it created by accident?
The horror aspects were extremely graphic; it made me want to wash my brain out with bleach! The violence and depravity made me feel a little ill! However, I had the "rabbits caught in the headlights" feeling whilst reading this book; I was so fascinated that I just had to keep reading! The juxtaposition between the consciousness of Blue, Fade, Chaos, Fear, Cause and Sane (whom are quite peaceful in actuality) interacting with humans, and the subsequent horror that is unleashed, is quite jarring. The science fiction aspect left me with a huge question mark or two. Why did someone, or something, want to hunt the SoulHeart? Was it jealousy, or something more sinister? Whatever the cause, it made for an intriguing read! The story is fast paced in places, but screeches to a crawl in others, as the story flicks between the different viewpoints. This may be a bit disorientating to some readers.

J.Z. Murdock has written a horror story that completely had me transfixed! I'm intrigued as to what he is working on next!

Although horror is not one of my favourite genres, I recommend this book to those who do love it. - Lynn Worton

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Review of Made For You (A Cole Novel #2 of 2) by Vi Keeland


Synopsis:

**Book #2 of the two part Cole series (Book #1, Belong to You, is currently on temporary price sale for .99)** (Paperback page count 340)

Jack and Syd spent a week in paradise. It was only supposed to be a fling. But life can be funny sometimes, and circumstances brought them back together again. Together they seemed to have found their happy ever after. But when Sydney is offered a chance at the career she has always wanted, she must leave Jack behind to follow her dreams. Can their love survive long distance? Sydney's touring with a man every woman wants, but he only has eyes for Syd. And an unexpected tragedy leaves Jack feeling remorseful. Can the two find a way through to forever?


Review:


Made for You (Cole, #2)Made for You by Vi Keeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the second and concluding part of a fabulous story! I loved it!

Sydney Aldridge is a fantastic character. She is a very stubborn and talented woman. I liked her very much! When an opportunity to fulfill her dreams is placed in her lap, will she have the courage to follow it to it's conclusion, without damaging her fledgling romance with Jack?

Jack Cole is still an enigma, and a controlling one at that! I wasn't sure if I liked his character when I first met him in Belong To You, but he has his romantic moments! He is extremely charismatic and somewhat arrogant, but his character grew on me. Although he is not as prevalent in this story, his character is still extremely "there".

I have been eagerly wanting to read this ever since I read Belong To You. The chemistry between Syd and Jack is extremely flammable! I kept wanting to fan myself! I am trying hard not to give away any spoilers here! It is extremely hard!
However, this story is extremely touching to me in several different ways. Sacrifices are made on both sides, but it is Jack's vulnerability that somewhat surprised me. There is also a couple of new characters that are introduced, Justin and Kyle. They are brothers and founding members of Double Strife, a musical group, who Sydney and Sienna sing with. I liked Kyle, but Justin gave me the heebie-jeebies!
Although this story is told from Sydney's point of view for the most part, it was a wonderful surprise to get near to the end of the story and find a chapter dedicated to Jack's thoughts and feelings. It made me think that Sydney is one lucky lady!

Vi Keeland has written another fast paced erotic romance that kept me hooked from the first page! I am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

As this is an erotic romance, there are several scenes of a sexual nature that are extremely explicit (including a mention of BDSM), and some bad language is used. Therefore, I do not recommend this book for readers younger than 17. However, if you love hot, steamy erotic romances, this book is for you! - Lynn Worton

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In the company of Wolves by James Larranaga

Political Suicide by Michael Palmer on audio

Political suicide by Michael Palmer
A massive cover-up gone awry
A prominent physician accused of murder
Uncovering the truth could put the entire country at risk
 Dr. Gary McHugh, known around Washington, D.C. as the “society doc,” calls his longtime friend Dr. Lou Welcome in a state of panic, certain he is about to be arrested for murder. McHugh was found in an alcoholic blackout in his wrecked car after visiting a patient of his, the powerful Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Elias Colston. Soon after McHugh leaves, Colston’s wife returns home to find her husband shot to death in their garage. McHugh has no recollection of committing the crime and no one who would possibly believe in his innocence, other than Lou. As more facts come to light, even Lou has serious doubts. But something about McHugh’s story nags at him and as he looks into matters, pieces of the puzzle don’t point to his friend’s guilt so definitively. 
With the help of Sarah Cooper, an ambitious attorney with her own reasons for hating doctors, Lou finds himself at the center of a deadly, high-level conspiracy where the difference between right and wrong is a matter of interpretation, and the words “whatever it takes” have a chilling meaning. If Lou and Sarah don’t uncover the real reasons Colston is dead, they may not survive themselves, and the entire country could be at risk for attacks that could destroy the very fabric of national security.
Once again, bestselling author Michael Palmer proves that he is the king of suspense in this page-turning thriller, Political Suicide, set at the crossroads of politics, the military, and medical science. 
My review
I listened to this on audio with narrator Robert Petkoff proving himself to be a master narrator.
The characters in this book is believable and is stereotypical enough to be familiar and at the same time unique enough to be interesting and human.
The conspiracy is intense.  The story and plot line fast and logical.  The medical part is for once underplayed and instead the conspiracy is at the foreground.  I liked the psychological aspect explored and the new friendships formed and the medical aspect being an integral part of the bigger story.
Some characters were eccentric and I loved that.  The cat named Diversity was a very nice touch indeed. 
All in all world building, character building and plot timing was exceptional.  The narrator made a production out of the book that added to the story line and both the book and the narrator get a 5 * review from me.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Book Review of Elegy (Hereafter #3) by Tara Hudson



Synopsis:

A stranded spirit, and a love story that crosses the divide between the living and the dead…

Despite everything she's lost in the last few months, Amelia's new half-life feels something l
ike a victory. That is, until the demons of High Bridge make their ultimate move: rising from Hell and killing Wilburton's residents, one by one, to get to Amelia.

When the death toll reaches too close to home, Amelia must make a horrible choice. Does she rely on the help of Joshua and his friends, or does she sacrifice herself… for the final time?


Review:


Elegy (Hereafter #3)Elegy by Tara Hudson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review 6******

This is the third and final book in the Hereafter Trilogy. I absolutely LOVED it!

Amelia Ashley is a fantastic character. I liked her from the first time I met her in Hereafter. No longer a ghost, but not quite alive either, she is Risen. She is still very powerful, but being risen has created a problem. Amelia can no longer touch her living boyfriend, Joshua. She will need all her strength to face what's coming!

Joshua Mayhew is also a fantastic character. He may be a bit of a sports jock, but he is also one of the nicest people I have ever met in a book! Thanks to a near death experience, he has the ability to see, touch and speak to ghosts. He is also madly in love with Amelia. (Darn!).

I love this series, so when the book became available to pre-order, I did so! I received it over the weekend and promptly began reading! Once again, I was pulled into Amelia and Joshua's love story! I didn't put this book down until I had read it from cover to cover! In fact, I read this book within 7 hours! The love story between Amelia and Joshua really tugged at my heart strings! I found myself tearing up a few times! However, there is a lot of danger in the form of the Demons living under Wilburton's High Bridge. They are extremely determined to get Amelia, and use any means to do so, including killing the residents of Wilburton. They are very unsavoury characters, and they made me shudder with revulsion!
Amelia has to make a difficult choice, and I don't envy her it!
I found the ending bittersweet in many ways, but I will leave it to you to decide if you agree or not!

Tara Hudson is a wonderful author! Her characters are extremely lifelike and her descriptions of places are very vivid. To say that she is a relative newcomer to the literary world, she makes it seem as if she has been writing for years! Her writing is fast paced, and flows beautifully! I am a HUGE fan of hers, and will read any books written by her in the future.

I HIGHLY recommend this book (and series) if you love YA, Romance or Paranormal Romance genres. - Lynn Worton

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Book Review of Belong To You (A Cole Novel #1 of 2) by Vi Keeland



Synopsis:

*Temporary price drop to .99! * 
Fans of Bared to you, Fifty Shades and First Thing I See will love this new book!

M
y honeymoon was almost everything I dreamed it would be, a tropical paradise, turquoise water, romantic walks on the beach, and loads and loads of mind shattering sex. The only thing missing was the groom.

After seven years of coasting through a relationship with Michael, my senses were numb. A week of passion with a stranger was just what I needed to clear my head and take back control of my life. But how do you move on when the man that was only supposed to be a fling somehow seeps into your soul and steals your heart?


Review:



Belong To You (Cole, #1)Belong To You by Vi Keeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Sydney Aldridge is a fantastic character. I liked her very much. She is a feisty woman, but after breaking up with her fiance, she and her best friend Sienna go on her "honeymoon", where she meets a sexy stranger. This stranger makes an offer that Syd doesn't want to refuse!

Jack Cole is a sexy, mysterious enigma. He is extremely sure of himself, which made him seem a bit arrogant. However, he also has a bit of a control/possessive streak that I wasn't sure I liked, but as I got to know a bit more about this mysterious man, I began to understand the motivation behind his actions. I found he has a bit of a romantic streak in there too! He began to grow on me, and I found myself a bit envious of Syd!

This is a fantastic story! I was hooked from the first page! What an introduction to the characters, who came alive on the page! I love Sydney's bestie, Sienna McAllister! She is a straight talking, take no prisoners, type. She loves to shock everyone, but she has the biggest heart anyone could ask for. Her irreverent comments had me giggling in places!
However, it is the chemistry between Sydney and Jack that just about sets the pages on fire! Their romance is extremely intense, explicit and HOT!!! This story is told from Sydney's point of view, which I loved, but I would have loved to hear Jack's thoughts too. Nevertheless, this is one love story that kept me gripped from start to finish! I am now looking forward to reading the concluding book, Made For You, as soon as I can!

Vi Keeland has written a fantastic erotic romance! I have not read any books by this author before, but I am now a fan of hers, and will be on the look out for more of her books in the future!

As this is an erotic romance, there are several scenes of a sexual nature that are extremely explicit, and some bad language is used. Therefore, I do not recommend this book for readers younger than 17. However, if you love hot, steamy erotica, this book is for you! - Lynn Worton

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Book Review of Alice Parker & The Secret of Arcanum Cove (Book 3 of the new adventure series for children) (Alice Parker's Adventures) by Nicola Palmer


Synopsis:

Alice’s holiday starts with a surprise when she discovers a new, remarkable ability. 

But her excitement is short-lived; soon she is distracted by the temptation to pursue an enigmatic mission. A local woman who died before Alice was born is believed to have left a hidden legacy.

Determined to unearth Jessie’s secret, Alice puts her trust in new friends, and comes face to face with the creatures of her nightmares.

Is she ready to deal with the enormity of what she finds? Will it help her end the reign of terror off the coast of Arcanum Cove?

One thing is certain - things are never what they seem.


'Alice Parker's Adventures' are children's chapter books for ages 9-12. 


Review:


Alice Parker and the Secret of Arcanum Cove (Book 3 of the new adventure series for children)Alice Parker and the Secret of Arcanum Cove by Nicola Palmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the Alice Parker's adventures. I loved it!

Alice Parker is a fantastic character! She is a very special girl. She is a Finwip (a descendant of fairies), and the only Finwip able to fly. Her abilities and powers are growing. Going on holiday seems like a great idea, until she is involved in a dangerous mission to unearth the secrets of Arcanum Cove. Alice, along with her brother and grandfather, will have to face a most cunning adversary, and comes face to face with an old enemy.

This is a fantastic continuation of the series! I have wanted to read this for a while! The Finwips are a fascinating group of people. They have many different and unique abilities that range from invisibility to super sensitive hearing! Alice finds herself embroiled in another exciting adventure that had me sitting on the edge of the seat! This is a fast paced, action packed adventure that will keep children from the ages of 9-12 completely engrossed! In fact, I struggled to put it down myself! I love all the characters (even the "bad guys", who are deliciously creepy, oddly enough!). They come alive on the page! I am now looking forward to reading the next book, Alice Parker & The Sound of the Silent, as soon as I can!

Nicola Palmer has written an amazing children's series that is enchanting, exciting and all round good fun! Her writing style is fast paced, but easy enough for youngsters to read and follow. She is one of my favourite children's book authors!

I highly recommend this book (and series) to children and adults alike! - Lynn Worton

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Book Review of Escape: A New Life by David J. Antocci


Synopsis:

After saving a drowning man during a savage storm, Abby wakes up in a tropical paradise in a fight for her life. She has no idea how she got there, and notices changes in herself that she cannot explain. Haunted by unsettling dreams of her past, she sets out to escape, joined by Eric, who finds himself in the same predicament. Standing in their way is a madman, and his band of willing followers, with a mind set on murdering their unwelcome visitors. An eccentric hermit who has been living there for years offers them refuge, but they must deny his generosity. Escape is their only option. Yet, they discover this deceptive paradise is harder to leave than they had ever imagined. One mystery leads to another, until their escape throws them into even greater danger as Abby’s frightening past finally catches up with her. Her escape is only the beginning.

Review:


Escape: a New LifeEscape: a New Life by David J Antocci
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

WOW! This is an exciting roller coaster ride of an adventure! I loved it!

Abby is a fantastic character. She is very bright, very strong and deadly! However, she also cannot remember certain details - like where she is, or how she got there. But she is one heck of a fighter!

Eric is also in the same boat, so to speak. He too cannot remember how he ended up floating in the ocean. I loved his character. He seems to be very cool under pressure.

As I started reading this novel, I thought "Oh, no! Not another Hunger Games wanna be!". However, this book may have some similarities, but the storyline is completely unique! Told from mostly Abby's and Eric's points of view, the story is attention grabbing! But, other characters have their say too, which gives this a movie like feel! This is a mix of "Extreme Survivor", "Big Brother" and a compelling romance! This book is full of action, adventure and danger that had me completely hooked! The characters are extremely lifelike. I didn't like a few of the other characters, because they are extremely "bad" and terrifyingly dangerous - especially Tom and Bryce! They made me shudder with disgust and revulsion! There are some twists in this tale that completely surprised me - Abby's history for one is an unpleasant revelation, but I can understand why she did what she could to escape from it. The romance between Abby and Eric is extremely sweet! The cliffhanger of an ending sent a shudder up my spine, and now I'm looking forward to reading the next book as soon as possible!

David Antocci has written an exciting debut novel. This author is one to watch! His writing style is fast paced and extremely fluid. I think I will have to add him to my favourite authors list!

I highly recommend this book if you love thrillers, suspense and/or dystopian fiction or are fans of The Hunger Games Trilogy. - Lynn Worton

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