Sunday, October 27, 2013

Book Review - Boreal and John Grey, Season 1 by Chrystalla Thoma

Book Review of:
Boreal and John Grey Season 1
By
Chrystalla Thoma

My overall star rating - 5








About the book:
Read the complete First Season of the series Boreal and John Grey, books 1-5 (The Encounter, The Gate, The Dragon, The Dream and The Truth) at a special price with an Author's Note at the end.

Centuries ago, they nearly conquered humankind. But their Gate to our world closed, leaving them out. Now the elves have found a way back.

Ella Benson, agent of the Paranormal Bureau, fights the Shades when they cross into our world, keeping everyone safe. But increasingly dangerous creatures are slipping into her city, her work partner has just gone missing, and a mysterious – and, quite frankly, hot — guy saves her life. His name is Finn and, as it turns out, he’s a natural when it comes to fighting the Shades.
When the Gates between the worlds start opening and the elves make a comeback, Ella needs a new, temporary partner. Enlisting the mysterious Finn is a no-brainer, until she realizes he is guarding dangerous secrets of his own.
Together with Finn, and the fate of the world on her shoulders, what’s Ella to do but grab her weapons and figure it all out, one way or another.

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

My 5 point review:
-1- This is an excellent book.  A can't put down book, full of action and adventure, one that you just must read; with a love story thrown in to boot.  It kept me fascinated, from beginning to end.  One of those books that you find hard to put down until you’ve read the last page.  I loved it.  It's an excellent book.  A great read.  And definitely well worth your money.

-2- What if creatures from another world started breaking through the barrier between our world and theirs?  And what if they weren't friendly?  And what if we were figuring out what we were doing as we went along?  Searching in old tomes and in fairy tales and legends for clues as to how to fight them?  And what if you're the girl to stop them?  It has fairy tale creatures in it, with just a shade of creepy thrown in for good measure.  The creatures are trying to come from their world to take over ours, and the battle is on.  That's some of what you have in this series. 

-3- Some love scenes in some books are like a porn movie, and some like a bad porn movie.  But the author of this book knows how to write a love scene, for some love scenes are like beautiful poetry, as is the case with this book.

-4- Her writing is sharp, concise, gripping; painting your mind with images she has painted in the words of her book.  A great book is a thrill to read, and this is one of those great books.

-5- Ella and Finn are one of those timelessly great fictional couples.  You’ll fall in love with them and their story.  I can’t wait till the next books are out. 

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction/fantasy
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- moderate

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Book review - Violation by Wendy Cartmell

Book Review of:
Violation
By
Wendy Cartmell

My overall star rating

5 stars




About the book:

Young women are being raped and murdered
A young soldier is raped on Aldershot Garrison
Are the two connected?
Sgt Major Crane, a Branch detective in the Royal Military Police is unwillingly dragged into an Aldershot Police investigation after a young girl is raped and murdered, because witnesses describe the killer as a young soldier. He is also dealing with his own case, the repeated rape and bullying of a soldier on Aldershot Garrison. Can Crane find the murderer before he strikes again? Will Crane bring the rapist to justice?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 29 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters --10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:

1. Classic crime drama in book form - If you love the crime drama shows on tv (I do), then you’ll like this book.  Think along the lines of Law and Order in book form
2. Sgt. Major Crane is an endearing character - I love this character.  He’s great.  He’s the type of book detective that you can easily get hooked on.  I’ve already snagged a couple more of her books that I ran across on free promos.
3. Part about his wife and the new baby particularly good - Along with the main story of the crime series that he’s trying to solve, there’s a sub-story of him and his wife and their new baby, that I just love.  I mean, here he is trying to catch this rapist/murderer, and he makes time to help his wife in dealing with a new baby.
4. Other characters great too - Sgt. Major Crane doesn’t do it alone.  The other characters in the book are great too.  The writer has surrounded him with a great cast.
5. Put me in mind of Sherlock Holmes books when reading it - I’m a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, and love the books.  These books put me somewhat in mind of those that Conan Doyle wrote.  Could Sgt. Major Crane be the Holmes of our modern era?  He’s the best candidate I’ve ran across lately.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- mystery, murder mystery
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- none, no sex scenes
Violence rating -- mild, crime scenes described, but no actual crimes described

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My new book review format

So here it is, my new book review format that I will be using with my next review:

Book Review of:
the book name goes here
By
the author name goes here 

My overall star rating
 The ratings range from 1-5 stars, and I have a different graphic for each one, this graphic created exclusively by me for use by me.


About the book:
This is where the book cover, a buy link, and the book blurb or excerpt would go. 

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 25 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
This is something that I came up with on my own, with a little help from hubby.


My 5 point review:

1 - I came up with this 5 point review idea in an attempt to make writing my reviews easier.
2 - As I'm reading the book, I'll make a list of 5 points about the book, which will be only a line or two.
3 - Then, when I write my review, I can expand each point into between 3 or so lines to a short paragraph.
4 - Thus this will make writing my reviews easier on me, and I won't have to wade through a whole bunch of notes I've made on the book.
5 - Overall, I think my new format will make for a well-rounded book review format.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- what genre(s) I feel the book falls into
Age recommendations -- an important feature for parents searching for appropriate books for their kids
Sex content rating -- another important feature for parents and readers themselves, will rate how graphic the sex content is, from mild to wild.  
** and those are just a few of the things that will be covered in this section **

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