Monday, July 31, 2017

The Leisure Zone is going on extended hiatus

The Leisure Zone blog is going on an extended hiatus, beginning now. We have finished up posting the last of the reviews that we had ready, and we are no longer taking review requests.

If you're wondering why, well, there's several reasons.

-- For one thing, it's just not fun for me anymore. It's become a chore, and I'm ready for a break.
-- Another thing is there are several personal reasons involved that I don't want to get into.
-- Also, I'm a writer, and I started writing back in high school, which was back in the late 1970s. I've written poetry, nonfiction pieces, and devotional pieces. I've even written a piece of Star Trek fan fiction back in the early 1980s which I plan to post on Wattpad. But I've never written a book. I have over 100 different book ideas, and I want to write a book; and I need time for that.
-- Most all writers seem mainly interested in reviews on Amazon, and my blog has never had a large following.
-- Finally, while doing some blog catch up on posts, I've been reading free books I got from Amazon; and I've really enjoyed that, and want to continue it.

So, from now on, I'll be posting mainly on Goodreads. I'll also be occasionally posting on Amazon. I'm done with the blog for now. I want to work on my writing, relax, and read for fun.

If you have any questions about the blog shutting down, message me via The Leisure Zone facebook page.

If you enjoy my reviews, feel free to follow me on Goodreads.
Right now, you can read my writing for free on Wattpad and soon on Tablo.

Thanks for visiting the blog.
Sincerely,
JD

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Review of Blood Brothers by R Weir

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Blood Brothers by R Weir

Overall star rating --- 5
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
Another great adventure into the world of Jarvis Mann. How far would you go to keep your family safe? You will be highly entertained by this thriller that has more twists and turns than a mountain dirt trail. Writing and editing are superb once again with plenty of action and sizzle. Mr. Weir employs the art used back in the day, saying much without graphic language. I wish more writers used this style, but they get caught up in blood, gore, and extreme sex. This series has quickly become my favorite detective series. I hope more are forthcoming. I don't want to give anything away so grab it and enjoy!        

Genre -- Mystery Detective        
Age recommendations -- 15 and up.        
Sex content rating -- Mild.        
Violence rating -- Mild to Light Moderate.        

Friday, July 28, 2017

Review of Twice As Fatal by R. Weir

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Twice As Fatal by R. Weir        

Overall star rating --- 5
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
This is the third book in this series, so I expect certain things from this talented, heavy-hitter author. I expect strong character development, exciting well-told storyline, with great imagery, mean bad guys that need taken down, really good guys that you want to win, very dangerous situations that stir the reader's emotions. I looked for a fast-paced story that is carried along by excellent editing. I was rewarded with a very strong five star effort, that made reading it truly pleasurably. The author found that nice balance between action and sexual situations. The ending is wonderful and you will be surprised by it. Enjoy.        

Genre -- Detective Mystery.        
Age recommendations -- 18 and up.        
Sex content rating -- Moderate.        
Violence rating -- Moderate.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review of The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card by R. Weir

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
 The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card by R. Weir        

Overall star rating --- 5
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
A delightful short story about a teenager, a stolen bubble gum card, friendship, and taking responsibility.  I can't go to deep into it because the story flies by at a quick pace. Great storyline and wonderful character development. I recommend you get it for your young readers. It's a great story to introduce them to the mystery genre. Enjoy.        

Genre -- Detective Mystery (Short Story)        
Age recommendations -- 9 and up.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- None.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review of Tracking A Shadow by R. Weir

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Tracking A Shadow, A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel by R. Weir        

Overall star rating --- 8
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
I picked this delightful book up on Kindle, looking for a good Detective Mystery. I found it in spades. It's a very fast paced novel with more twist and turns than a snake's trail. Well developed storyline and plot with plenty of interesting characters. The intriguing aspect of the story is in answering the question why? Wonderful story, well edited, and filled with imagery. You'll really enjoy it. There's a few short sexual situations in the book which simply add to the story. Well handled with taste and brevity. Enjoy.

Genre -- Detective Mystery        
Age recommendations -- 16 and up.        
Sex content rating -- Mild to slightly moderate.        
Violence rating -- Mild.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review of Rising Empire, Part 3, by C.S. Woolley

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Rising Empire, Part 3, The Chronicles of Celadmore by C.S. Woolley        

Overall star rating --- 5
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
I must admit that I lost track of the book's story since the last book, so I appreciated the list of characters and short review at the start of the book. It took a while for me to reconnect with everything. It's a wonderful story with plenty of energy, drama, action, and strong imagery. I felt like I was in the story looking at the action first hand. I found the ending disappointing though I understand it. It's a story set in war time and things happen. I won't do into it but it's really good. Enjoy.

Genre -- War Drama        
Age recommendations -- 16 and up        
Sex content rating -- Mild.        
Violence rating -- Moderate.        

Monday, July 24, 2017

Review of Shari's Shot by James Ross

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Shari's Shot by James Ross

Overall star rating --- 8
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
In the next installment of the Prairie Wind's series the Author takes a change of direction in Sheri's Shot. It starts out and introduces a free spirit woman who gets up to her neck in trouble in this romantic mystery, "who done it." It's not the type of book I normally read but I trust the author and waited for business to pick up. It did and the story flew by. He's attention to detail and character development is among the best I've read. It has a very strong storyline and cast of characters. I do hope he has more stories involving the characters of this delightful series. Well done and enjoy.        

Genre -- Romantic Mystery        
Age recommendations -- 13 and older.        
Sex content rating -- Very mild.        
Violence rating -- Mild.