Saturday, July 6, 2013

Book review - Eden

Book review of Eden 
by Matthew C. Plourde

This book is one of those doomsday type books.  Not my cup of tea at all.  If you like doomsday books, you might want to check it out.  Here is the book blurb, copied from Amazon:

“When an earthquake plunges the world into darkness, Alexandra Contreras struggles for survival and seeks answers. Guided by a mysterious, scarred man, she braves the wasteland in search of humanity's mythical birthplace: Eden. Once confronted with her tragic destiny, she must make a decision which will alter the fate of the world.”

Okay, until I read the book blurb just now, I didn’t know it was an earthquake that caused it all.  What I read of the book, and especially the very beginning, does not at all make that clear.  It just starts off with this woman you don’t know coming to in a wrecked bus, and she doesn’t seem to remember diddly.  And then it just gets weird. 

I read/skimmed through the very beginning of the book, then I skipped to the end.  The only thing I’ll say about the ending is - this book does not have a happily ever after ending.  So if you don’t like books that end on a down note, then this one is not for you. 

Summing it up:
- I didn’t like the book myself.  Isn’t my type of book.
- I don’t think the beginning was very well written; leaves you wondering ‘what the heck?’.
- If you like doomsday books with a somewhat sour, unhappy ending - then you’ll love this book.  Otherwise, find something else to read.

Book review - Serenya’s Song, Tallenmere Book 2

Review of Serenya’s Song, Tallenmere Book 2 
by Mysti Parker

This book is almost everything you would want in a book.  There’s one little wrinkle in the ending that happily ever after me would love changed.  But all in all, it’s a great book.  This book is part of a series, but you don’t have to have read the series to enjoy this book.  Just the kind of books I like. 

The beginning doesn’t leave you wondering, but instead, grabs you by the collar and says, ‘Come on, we’ve got a story to tell’.  And what a story it is too!  One word or warning - if you read this book, you will inevitably want to read the other books in the series. 

Yes, it is that good.  It has a great ending that covers all the bases.  One sad moment, but otherwise all good.  A gripping, can’t put down book that draws you in.  Part of an excellent series.  My only recommendation - start with book 1.

The author, Mysti Parker, is a fine writer who I would not hesitate to recommend.  If you see a book with her name on it, don’t hesitate to get it.  If her other books are like this one, there’s no way you will be sorry.  And if you should see one of her books as a free book, definitely do not hesitate to grab it.