Friday, June 23, 2017

Review of -- The Aerling Series by DelSheree Gladden

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The Aerling Series by DelSheree Gladden
Invisible (Aerling Series Book 1)
Intangible (Aerling Series Book 2)
Invincible (Aerling Series Book 3)

Overall star rating --- 5 stars all the way around, both for the series and each book.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 possible -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Book 1 begins an incredible saga about a teen with an invisible friend. But, he's not imaginary He's real. The first book introduces you to all this, to the story and the characters; and the 2nd and 3rd books continue the story. You are wrapped up in questions and revealed answers throughout the whole series. Also, it is an action packed series too; but there isn't a lot of violence though. This is a series full of strong characters you'll enjoy reading about.

SPOILER ALERT
It has an awesome ending, in the 3rd book - All the bad guys get what they deserve, none of the good guys die, and all the good guys get a happy ending. It has a feel good ending to beat all feel good endings.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction/fantasy
Age recommendations -- 15 and up
Sex content rating -- very mild, some kissing and hugging
Violence rating -- moderate, but not too bad

Invisible (Aerling Series Book 1)


Intangible (Aerling Series Book 2)


Invincible (Aerling Series Book 3)


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review of -- The Werewolf's Bride by Michele Bardsley

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The Werewolf's Bride (The Pack Rules Book 1) by Michele Bardsley

Overall star rating --- 5

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Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 24 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 9
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is an excellent book, and it is a great paranormal romance. It has a great story, hot sex scenes, and a mystery too. And all this is wrapped up into one book. I highly recommend this one.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- hot
Violence rating -- fierce

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review of -- The First Dragoneer by M.R. Mathias

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The First Dragoneer (Introductory Novella) (Dragoneers Saga Book 0) by M.R. Mathias 

My overall star rating -- 3

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Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 20 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 5
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
It's a good book, as far as it went. I like the characters introduced in this book, but my problem is that the story of these characters is not continued in book 1 of the series. One of the characters does appear later on in the series, and the other may appear in a forthcoming book. I really got into these characters, and was disappointed that their story was not continued in book 1 of the series. That caused me to totally lose interest in reading any more of the series.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- a good bit

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review of -- Breaking Up with Barrett #1 by Katy Regnery

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Breaking Up with Barrett: The English Brothers #1 (The Blueberry Lane Series - The English Brothers) by Katy Regnery

Overall star rating --- 3

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Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 23 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
The initial feel of the book is that this is your standard romance novel formula, and it pretty much is. But as I read it, I was distinctly reminded of the storyline from a movie called 'Sabrina', made in 1954 and 1995. The storyline is very similar. In Sabrina, it is the chauffeur's daughter who catches the attention of the wealthy employer's sons. While in this one, it is the daughter of the gardener and housekeeper. This is an all right novel, but not a stand out one.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- mild

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review of -- Rising Dragons Box Set by Ophelia Bell

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Review of -- Rising Dragons Books  (Box Set) by Ophelia Bell

Overall star rating --- 2.5

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Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 13 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 3
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing & formatting -- 5
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This set was nowhere near as good as the first one. There was much less real story, and more just stuff to connect the sex scenes together. There wasn't much monogamy in this book, and I definitely didn't care for the forced sex/punishment scenes, as they felt more like rape/assault scenes. There was a new character introduced in this set named Rowan that I just didn't care for, and her character seemed to dominate the books too much. The storyline in this set of books just wasn't anywhere near as strong as the last set either. The storyline focused on Rowan too much and not on the characters from the last book enough. The only parts of this set that I did like were a few sections about the characters from the first books.

It's one redeeming value is that it does have a somewhat happily ever after ending. But the sex scenes in this book are more raunchy than the last book. It's almost like the author tried to find out how vulgar she could get in this set. There were pairings of m/f, m/m, m/f/m, f/f, etc. The first set had a stronger storyline, was more orderly, and had much better sex scenes. The sex scenes in this one were cruder, and there was even an orgy or two in the book as well.

I definitely would not recommend this set to anyone at all. The first set was good erotica, but this second set falls far short, and has turned me away from wanting to read anything further from this author.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- erotica/porn
Age recommendations --18 plus, most definitely
Sex content rating -- very, very graphic; and of all different kinds.
Violence rating -- moderate

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review of -- Dragon's Fire by Tiger Hebert

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Dragon's Fire (Beating Back the Darkness) by Tiger Hebert 

Overall star rating --- 4

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 -- 24
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title --8
-- Editing & formatting -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a book of battles and violence with definite religious overtones. There are elves and dwarves, and orcs and ogres, and humans and more, plus an evil dragon. Also, it is a very intense one book.

It is well written, with good descriptions of the characters and the landscape, without bogging the book down. It all blends and flows together well. The author has put in a wide range of fantasy creatures, save for fairies and unicorns.

There is a large cast of characters which to follow. There are battles from the beginning of the book, through to the end of the book, with few lapses between battles. Those lapses are either retreating from a battle or preparing for one. It doesn't really have a happily ever after ending, but the good guys do win.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- intense and high and graphic

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review of -- Playing Hooky by Rita Webb

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Playing Hooky (Paranormal Investigations series Book 1) by Rita Webb

Overall star rating --- 2

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 -- 11
-- Story & characters -- 2
-- Cover & title -- 4
-- Editing & formatting -- 5
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a very disappointing book. The description promises something that the book doesn't deliver. And, there isn't much more to the book than what the description says. The things left unanswered by the description are also left unanswered by the book. The book just abruptly ends. This is an incomplete story that hasn't been finished. I hate books like this, and I'm being generous in giving it 2 stars. Don't pick this book up expecting a paranormal romance. If you do, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- ??? fantasy
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- mild

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