Friday, December 26, 2014

Jacqueline's review of The Starhawk Chronicles by Joseph Madden

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- The Starhawk Chronicles by Joseph Madden

Overall star rating, from 1-5 ---  5






About the book:
The year is 2283. 

Though more than a quarter-century has passed since the end of the last war, the Galactic Confederation is still busy picking up the pieces. Whole sectors of the galaxy remain lawless, rife with corruption and greed. The criminal element has a well-established foothold on these sectors. 

It is a good time to be a bounty hunter. 

Jesse Forster and the crew of the STARHAWK are some of the best bounty hunters in the business. Kayla Karson is a young independent hunter out to make a name for herself. Their paths collide as both take up pursuit of the leaders of the Nexus Gang, the galaxy's most brutal crime syndicate. An uneasy alliance is formed as the two undertake the most difficult hunt of their careers. Great rewards are to be claimed, if they don't kill each other in the process.  

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 review:
This is an absolutely wonderful book, a great classic science fiction story that you don't run across much anymore.  It has a cast of characters that you'll love, and the action will grab your attention from beginning to end.  

This is a science fiction writer to follow, one of my new fave authors.  It's has great action throughout the book, great characters, and a great ending.  This book has it all.  If you're a sci-fi fan, you'll love this book.  I highly recommend it.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction
Age recommendations -- 15 and up
Sex content rating -- not applicable
Violence rating -- moderate

Where to buy it and links:




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jacqueline reviews Santa Takes A Wife by Betsy J. Bennett

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Santa Takes A Wife by Betsy J. Bennett

My 1-5 star rating  --  5


About the book:
He was Santa Claus...wasn't he?

Nicholas St. Noel knew what to do to make children happy and he knew where every gift in his over-packed sleigh had to go until one Christmas when there was a gift he could not deliver.

It was time to choose a wife.

Beth Anderson believes in Christmas and in Santa Claus. She'd been relentlessly teased her whole life since she caught the real Santa as a child. But was she willing to give up her family and move to the North
Pole and live with a thousand miserable elves?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a 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.*

My review:
I so thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I love books like this, and author Betsy J. Bennett does an excellent job of finding a new take on Santa.  The story is truly delightful, and one that I will more than likely re-read next Christmas.  But it's a great read any time of the year.  I love reading Christmas books around the holiday season, and this one is a true 5 star winner! 

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance, christmas
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- none

Buy links



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Jacqueline's review of Hired for Christmas by Genevieve Scholl

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Hired for Christmas (The Naughty North Pole Novels) By Genevieve Scholl

Overall star rating, from 1-5 ---  5


About the book:
Holli Day had really screwed up her life when she had called her ex-boyfriend crazy and stormed off; never talking to him again, until she came running to the North Pole to beg for him to give her a second chance. When he declared his love for Cindy, Holli thought her heart had shattered into a million pieces at her feet. But, that’s what she got for not believing in him. 

Now, he’s marrying Cindy and Holli isn’t invited. Except, Trent’s best friend, Garrett, needs a date to the wedding and he’s desperate; desperate enough to ask Holli and risk the wrath of the groom. 

The last thing that she wants to do is see Trent get married, but then Garrett offers her something in return that she can’t refuse; money to get her home for the holidays. 

What will happen when she walks into that ceremony on Garrett’s arm?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a 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:
  • Great sequel to a great book.
  • Loved this one immensely!
  • Author is one of my faves.
  • A delightfully different take on santa claus.
  • Definitely read other book first.
  • Great book which continues the story of the first book, only this time it is the best man and the old girlfriend getting together. 
  • And they have some wonderful adventures together.  Just simply a great Christmas romance novel, the second in what is shaping up to be a fantastic series.  
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- holiday romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- spicy
Violence rating -- nil, zilch

Where to buy it:

http://www.amazon.com/Hired-Christmas-Naughty-North-Novels-ebook/dp/B00GYGE90G/

http://www.amazon.com.au/Hired-Christmas-Naughty-North-Novels-ebook/dp/B00GYGE90G

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hired-Christmas-Naughty-North-Novels-ebook/dp/B00GYGE90G

http://www.amazon.in/Hired-Christmas-Naughty-North-Novels-ebook/dp/B00GYGE90G/

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jacqueline's review of OLD MAC DONALD MEETS SANTA




The author and creator of this darling video book is a friend of mine on facebook, and shared the link with me.  I love it!  Gave me a much needed smile on a day when I needed it badly.  

I'm so very familiar with the Old MacDonald song, but Papa Stas puts a delightful new twist on the song.  

Share this with your kids of all ages, as I'm sure everyone will enjoy the story.  
Thanks Papa Stas!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jacqueline reviews A Christmas Fling -and- An Evergreen Wedding

Both books Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- A Christmas Fling by Beth Barany


Get it on Amazon






My overall star rating -- from 1-5 -- 5





My review:
Just a wonderful Christmas read, or any time of the year for that matter.  I so very much enjoyed this book.  The author has crafted a wonderful tale that will just suck you in and hold your interest to the last.  This is one you'll want to re-read again.  Well worth getting.  I loved it!

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Book Review of -- An Evergreen Wedding by Tanya Goodwin

Get it on Amazon







My overall star rating -- from 1-5 -- 5





My review:
Love this book, absolutely wonderful.  A great read for any time of the year.  Love the story and the characters.  Author Tanya Goodwin has done a bang-up great job on this book!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Come celebrate during our anniversary event

Hello everyone,
Jacqueline here,

This blog has been in existence since September of 2011.  I posted my first book review in September of 2012.  In January of 2013, it gave birth to another blog of mine - The Book News Journal.  In December 2013/January 2014, I started the work to add a review team to my blog.  Also, during this year, the name changed from JD's Leisure Zone to The Leisure Zone. 

But all during this time, I've never had an anniversary.  And I thought it was time.  Originally I had planned on this only being an anniversary event for The Leisure Zone, but then I realized that The Book News Journal was due one too.

So here it is:












And here's the event link on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/374871152671504/

We also have a form up for authors and other book related folks, who might want to host an hour during the event.  Here's the link for that:
http://goo.gl/forms/SOqjolnDSq

So we sincerely hope you come join us in the celebration.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jacqueline's review of Salted by Aaron Galvin

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Salted by Aaron Galvin

My overall star rating -- from 1-5 -- 5









About the book:
Life isn’t better under the sea.
Lenny Dolan is all too familiar with this reality. A Selkie slave in the realm beneath the waves, he has no choice when charged with leading a crew ashore to capture an elusive runaway. If unsuccessful, the loved ones kept behind will pay for his failure with their lives.
But when their target leads Lenny and his crew to deeper, darker secrets, the Selkies are faced with a moral dilemma. Secure their own freedom at the expense of others, or return empty-handed to face the grisly consequences?
How Lenny and his crew answer the question will teach them the harshest truth of all. Only through the loss of innocence does one become Salted.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a 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.*

My 5 point review:
-1- This is a very good book, and very well written.  I enjoyed it a lot.
-2- There is a somewhat sad note that runs throughout the book, but it totally works with the storyline; and enhances the story.  
-3- It doesn't have a particularly happy ending for much of anyone in the book, but there is a sequel coming.
-4- The author manages a wide cast of characters very well, and it is the characters that keep you reading.  They're very memorable, and ones you will want to get to know better.
-5- It's a very unique and imaginative story idea.  I enjoyed it very much.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy, science fiction, paranormal
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- minimal
Violence rating -- moderate

Coming Nov. 24th - the sequel -
Taken With A Grain of Salt

Anyone can be taken - a simple truth for Salt folk, a stark reality for innocent teens Garrett Weaver and Kellen Winstel. Kidnapped by Selkie slave catchers and dragged into the realm beneath the waves, both teens must adapt to their new surroundings if they hope to see the shore again. Yet even if they escape their captors, both will need to embrace their fears. For darker things than Selkies lurk in the Salted depths and not all of them have pure intentions for the innocent ones brought down into their watery world.

Review of the sequel coming.  
-- jd --

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Maegan's review of The Contaminants by Devin K. Smyth

Reviewed by – Maegan Schaefer

Book Review of – The Contaminants by Devin K. Smyth

My overall star rating, from 1-5 -- 5








About the book:
When America attempts to "purify" earth to maintain its own dominance, it sparks a worldwide nuclear holocaust. Teen friends Jessil and Soraj are among the few survivors. They escaped on a cruiser that now orbits the planet and is designed to help regenerate the earth's ecosystem. Soraj’s father leads the regeneration process and is hopeful that he can salvage a region in North America for the cruiser’s return.

But when Jessil discovers a message indicating her own father may have survived the holocaust back on earth, she’s determined to rescue him immediately with Soraj's aid. Can they succeed even though the planet they return to is very different from the one they left—and that their success could mean failure for the regeneration process? (from Amazon)


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 book in the beginning reminded me of Wall-E but soon I realized that the Earth was getting purified not coved in trash.

-2- This story takes place in space and on the purified earth. 

-3- Each place was had wonderful descriptions of so I could actually visualized them.

-4- The story end with resolving some conflicts but leaving the door open on others, wonder if there might be second one.

-5- I loved that the purified Earth adapted to the things that humans did to it.

Reader Recommendations
Genre – Sci-fi
Age recommendations – Teenager and up
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating – not too much detail in this just a handful of fights near the end

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Wendy's review of Rey de Noches by Sean Torres

Reviewed by -- Wendy Walker        

Book Review of -- Rey de Noches (Legacy Cycle) by  Sean Torres        

My overall star rating -- from 1-5 -- 3.5








About the book:
Becoming king of a world where no sun exists is never simple, even after 3 years of proving yourself as a worthy candidate. Since the night Ruiz left to begin his journey like his brother before him, he vows to prove himself a worthy candidate, in order to obtain said 'holy grail' of Noches itself by earning the title: Rey de Noches.

Even when receiving the strangest task: Prevent Chaos that will come to Noches. Seems like a mockery to Ruiz, although he begins to learn the truth as the events unfold. Discovery of these new 'beings', coming face to face with the world's most wanted man, the Moon goddess Luna ending relations with Hispania and the nations that succeeded from it, a current 20 year inactive King of Noches, leads Ruiz into a series of events threatening the existence of magic itself.

Ruiz soon learns the truth of what happened to his brother not only changing his life, but to his belief over his life's purpose if he's to become the most important being in Noches, or nothing but a sacrifice…

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 21 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 6
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- This book was based in an original land with imaginative characters, I really enjoyed putting my imagination to work bringing this world to life as I read this book. 
-2- Occasionally I found myself a little confused trying to keep up (things jumped around a bit) and due to the original nature of the world and characters a lot of explanations and descriptions required. but otherwise the story was very exciting and full of twists.
-3- For a short book the author did an excellent job at with the characters and their relationships, they are strong and well balanced. 
-4- Ruiz with his unique appearance and the scales are well described.  I wished their would be more adventures in the Legacy Cycle,  I really liked Ruiz from the beginning, but I fell in love with him by the end of the book.        
-5- The Hispanic-based flavor of the book was new for me and very refreshing, I enjoyed the idea of the perpetual night.        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- young adult, fantasy
Age recommendations -- 15 plus, In parts the book is very full on, I am not sure the younger audience could keep up with it.
Sex content rating -- Not Applicable        
Violence rating -- Minor Violence, not graphic.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Shani's review of The Body in the Parking Structure by Jerold Last

Reviewed by -- Shani Bush        

Book Review of -- The Body in the Parking Structure by Jerold Last        

My overall star rating -- from 1-5



About the book:
Suzanne Foster discovers the body of a Bolivian scientist in the parking garage next to the Medical School at UCLA. The police treat the killing as just another drug deal gone bad. P.I. Roger Bowman, Suzanne, and his team investigate the murder, which seems to be linked to a small biotechnology company and a new anti-cancer drug they are developing. The reader is off on a whirlwind tour of Los Angeles and Westwood in search of clues. The clues are all there: Can you figure out whodunit before Roger does? This fast-paced short story features characters from the author's popular South American mystery novel series working on a murder case at home in Los Angeles.  

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a 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.*

My 5 point review:
-1- I am a lover of mysteries and this really nailed it.          
-2- Gives a aura of the old fashioned mysteries of the earlier days of Tommy and Tuppence of the Agatha Christie book eras.         
-3- Kept my interest.         
-4- Kept the mystery throughout.         
-5- Well wrote.        

Would you want to read this author again?  Yes

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- mystery
Age recommendations -- unsure
Sex content rating -- Didn't notice any
Violence rating -- Minor

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rich's review of Reasonable Malice by JT Sather

Reviewed by -- Rich Meyer

Book Review of -- Reasonable Malice
By JT Sather

My overall star rating -- from 1-5






Get it on Amazon

About the book:
Another adventure and life lesson from Jt Sather, author of How To Survive When the Bottom Drops Out, who encountered drug dealers, thieves and Las Vegas PD while in pursuit of his stolen video camera and committing what some might call felony kidnapping.


Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 16 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing -- 4
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- Fairly interesting story, but not nearly as good as his previous effort. The writing was also not nearly up to the level of his first book. It’s very half-assedly brutal, mostly realistic, but didn’t hold my interest very well. For some reason, most of the first chapter is repeated at the end of the book. Perhaps for some grasp at a dramatic hook? I don’t know … it just seemed weird and out of place in this kind of story. The story is not high art, it’s not bizarro, it’s just there.

-2- As with Sather’s previous book, the believability factor is there, but you never quite know if this was something that did happen. I tend to think it probably was, what with the somewhat trite way the entire story was resolved.  It’s not a really satisfying ending for the characters or the reader, as you sort of go “gee, why did they bother?”

-3- A third of the book is either a convoluted “about the author” diatribe or samples from his previous book. I understand that the author is probably using this as a promotional loss leader, but I absolutely hate book excerpts being used to pad out a page count. It cheats the reader as a buyer.

-4- Basic formatting issues abound, especially between sections of the book, where the text goes through at least three different sizes without the reader changing anything.  The chapter headings and titles are improperly indented. The table of contents does not delineate the story proper from the samples, going from “Chapter Nine” to “Chapter 1”.

-5-Basic misspellings are quite annoying. Corpus Christy? Dilema? How do you get those wrong? Especially with a word processor.

Reader Recommendations
Genre --  Memoirs
Age recommendations -- 18+
Sex content rating -- Adult
Violence rating -- Adult

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Maegan's review of Bryn Morrow by Mike Cooley

Reviewed by -- 
Maegan Schaefer

Book Review of – Bryn Morrow
By Mike Cooley

My overall star rating – from 1-5






Get it on amazon

About the book:
Celeste had been dreaming of Bryn since she was eight: the flash of light across the sky, Bryn running, the explosion that nothing human should have survived, and then Bryn climbing out of the smoking crater and looking right at her. He was beautiful: six feet tall with muscles like coiled steel and dark blue eyes. His hair was black and his body was chiseled out of marble, like a Greek God.

For years she had thought he was nothing but a dream. But slowly the dream changed, and it seemed that he was trying to reach her. His arm stretched out as if to touch her.

And then she saw him, burning under the light of dawn. His skin was flame as their eyes met. Celeste’s heart sped up and she gasped. Bryn had found her. (from Amazon)

Book creation ratings:
Overall total --  26 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 9
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- The Characters actually acted their ages in this “vampire” story which is wonderful since some these days have high schooler doing college kids stuff.

-2- This book had an awesome new twist to vampires that I really found mind blowing. Love how they explain it too.

-3- Cooley had me hooked within the first few pages some much so that I couldn’t put it down. Glad I was stuck at the doctors and had time to read.

-4- Another great aspect to this story is that when it came to the love scenes Cooley left things private/ up to the reader imagination. For me, as a reader, this is a major plus.

-5-I love how Cooley has shown the relationship between Celeste and Debra it reminds me of my relationship with my best friend.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Fiction
Age recommendations – 16+
Sex content rating – 2 out of 5 (mostly just foreplay)
Violence rating – 3 out of 5 (fighting, burning, and guns)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lake's review of The Good Son by D.J. Butler

Reviewed by -- Lake Leafty
        
Book Review of -- The Good Son (Book 6 in Rock Band Fights Evil) by D.J. Butler        

My overall star rating -- from 1-5        






      
Get it on Amazon        

About the book:        
Heaven doesn't want them. Do they stand a chance in Hell?

The band knows him as their tight-lipped lead singer Jim, but Jacob Bar Azazel is Satan's only son, a man with thousands of years of history and a heavy burden of cursed love. Now against all the odds and despite facing terrifying foes, the ragged rock and roll band have made it to Hell in time for the opening of the Liminal Year. Can they get through the hordes of Hell to the Council Chamber? Can they keep it together long enough to get what they came for? And what exactly does Jim have up his sleeve?

The Good Son is the sixth installment of Rock Band Fights Evil, a pulp fiction serial.
        
Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a 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
-- 1 -- Fast Paced, Action Packed.        
-- 2 -- Flashbacks done well.
-- 3 -- Interesting twists on what Hell is and isn't like.        
-- 4 -- Lots of Cliff hangers.        
-- 5 -- Son of the Devil, need I say more?        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Pulp Fiction.        
Age recommendations -- 17+        
Sex content rating -- No Sex. Someone's Father is be-headed in the name of Love.
Violence rating -- 9/10        

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DJ's review of Lori's Song by Lori Foroozandeh

Reviewed by – DJ Carter

Book Review of – Lori's Song: The true story of an American woman held captive in Iran By Lori Foroozandeh

My overall star rating -- 4.5 stars







Get it on Amazon

About the book: This is the story of Lori's life and most specifically her experiences in what can only be called a POW camp in Iran. Lori starts at the beginning when she was a baby and adopted, and moves through time, sometimes quickly, to when she left American and went to Iran with her then husband. This is when her nightmares really intensify and it was years before she was able to escape and return to America weighing about 70 lbs and literally scarred for life. What Lori went through was heartbreaking and it does make the reader wonder just how many others have had similar experiences, but have never shared them with others, especially the public, the way that Lori has.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 25 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters – 9
-- Cover & title – 9
-- Editing -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- This story is Lori's story, and you can almost feel her experiences as she relates them to the reader. I was stunned at what this woman has endured and continues to deal with as she slowly heals.
-2-  Lori does do a little jumping back and forth as memories surface, but she does let you know that she is jumping and that does not take away from the telling of the story at all.
-3-  Her descriptions of her surroundings were detailed enough to give the reader a very good mental picture of what she is seeing as well as the feel of the heat or cold, and any smells or tastes that went with the scene she was relating.
-4-  Lori does not pull any punches, she tells you what she experienced and what she knew and even lets you know what she questioned and still doesn't know to this day.
-5-  Anyone that has been through severe violence or rape may have a difficult time reading this book, but I would encourage everyone to give it a chance, and take Lori's words to heart. Know what you could be getting into if you move to a foreign country.

Reader Recommendations
Genre – Non-Fiction
Age recommendations – Adult
Sex content rating – Not explicit, but several mentions of rape
Violence rating – Violent

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Jacqueline's review of Fall by Scarlett Dawn

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Fall by Scarlett Dawn

My overall star rating -- from 1-5






Get it on Amazon

About the book:
A savagely wicked new adult sci-fi series blasts off with Fall, the first novella in The Cold Mark Saga...

Only one thousand Humans survived The Travel from the shattered Earth. Some Humans say it was their penance for crushing such beauty. Eighteen-year-old Braita merely thought it was pathetic - pathetic that her people had been that blind.

Now, the Humans live in the solar system, Kline, where three planets are habitable. Joyal, the smallest planet, is embraced by the Humans - their family to love as they had never loved Earth. Though a planet covered mainly in water is dangerous real estate to dwell upon.

Their worry turns into devastating reality when Braita’s blessed village is struck by a tsunami. Population numbers must be kept to a minimum. Drastic measures must be taken. Braita’s life is twisted in brutality when she is chosen as one of the three hundred Humans to be removed from Joyal…and sent to the Mian, the aliens to fear, on the planet Triaz.

Thrown head first into a barbaric world she knows nothing of, Braita must adapt to a dark life as a slave of the Mian society. Her existence depends on it…and possibly, the fall of her heart.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 21 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My review:
So where do I begin?  According to the Amazon site, the book is about 66 pages long; and it only has 8 chapters.  So it's a very short book.

The story idea given in the blurb is what drew me to review this book.  Let me begin by saying that I was expecting more than I got.  Unfortunately, the blurb pretty much tells the whole story of the book, or most of it at least.  The author's writing is good, what there is of it; but this book is a rather puny start to a series.

To me, it read more like something that I would put down to capture the idea for a book; maybe that I had developed some.  (I'm a writer as well as a reviewer by the way.)  But it's not something I would have published yet.  She leaves a lot of holes in the storyline that she doesn't fill in very well.  How they got to the planet, what earth was like when they left, what caused the tsunami, why they built where they did, why they didn't take more precautions in preparation for the tsunami.  There's a great story here, a great book, just too bad the author didn't take the needed time to write it all.

The book begins rather abruptly and ends rather abruptly, which is, to say the least, very disappointing.  I very much wish the book had been longer, because there's a lot of the story that simply isn't told.  Plus, there are key story elements that are only barely hinted at, little less brought out; such as the fact that they do not touch, don't have sex, don't know what it is.  She just skips over so much of the important info about their society and how it functions.

In conclusion -- I got this book free in consideration for a review, which is good, because I would have felt a bit gypped if I had bought it.  I'm very disappointed in how thrown together and hurried into publishing that this book reads as.  I wish the writer would have taken more time and fully developed what could have been a great book.  As it is, it's an okay book that may leave you dissatisfied.  I doubt that I will be hanging around when the next in this series comes out, because I will have long moved on to other books, and forgotten this one.  Would I read this author again -- not likely.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- mild to moderate
Violence rating -- quite a bit, and very violent

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Devona's review of The Perfect Woman by Jeff Fuell

Reviewed by -- Devona Serenity

Book Review of -- The Perfect Woman by Jeff Fuell

My overall star rating -- from 1-5







Get it on Amazon

About the book:
Thirty years in the future a man can experience a relationship with a very unique woman...one that is manufactured for him. One man finds love with this “perfect woman,” only he never bargained in having to stop a world takeover as well. In the end, he must make a decision - does he save the world at the risk of losing his truest love?        



Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 19 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 6        
-- Cover & title -- 4        
-- Editing & formatting -- 9        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- Not really my choice of genre and i have to admit that some points did confuse me with technology term, however the story that Jeff has created is a fascinating idea.         
-2- Very well written from a man's point of view, which sometimes gets lost in books. 
-3- An inventive view of the future that you can actually see coming true.
-4- The characters are very well thought of and likable.        
-5- Overall for a fan of sci-fiction, it would be a good read        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science-fiction, High-Tech        
Age recommendations -- 18+        
Sex content rating -- Mild        
Violence rating -- Mild        

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jacqueline's review of Everything by N.B. Baker

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Everything by N.B. Baker

My overall star rating -- from 1-5






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About the book:
Ella Stone is struggling to pick up the pieces of her life. Abandoned by her parents when she was an infant, both of the grandparents who raised her are now gone. Facing her future for the first time, Ella decides to move to Detroit in order to be near her two best friends. After a misguided relationship with a man she finds in bed with another woman, Ella begins doubting her life-changing move. That is, until she meets Chance St. John. When Chance fends off a brutal attack, he and Ella share an instant connection. As the two get to know each other, their passionate exploits both in and out of the bedroom make way for a deeper connection for which neither one was quite prepared. But despite their increasing closeness, Ella can’t shake the feeling that Chance is hiding something from her. His frequent nightmares and skittish responses point to a secret in his past that haunts him still. While Ella attempts to uncover Chance’s mysterious past, her own life takes a turn for the strange. As Everything builds to its explosive climax, Ella must discover the truth before Chance’s dark past consumes them both.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 15 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 5
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing & formatting -- 5
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- Not a great book, not a bad book either, also not a memorable book.

-2- The reason why I say it's not a memorable book is I had to look it up on Amazon to recall what it was about, then had to pop the book open and skim to the end to recall how it ended.

-3- The best part is in the beginning of the book when she comes home and discovers her (?) whatever in bed with another woman.  Still not sure if he was her hubby or boyfriend.

-4- What turned me off to this book was the fact that the author went into exhaustive detail describing stuff - rooms, surroundings, d├ęcor, etc.

-5- By the time I got to the end, well, I think I skipped some pages.  If a book is really good, I remember it.  This one was not memorable at all.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- definitely 18 plus
Sex content rating -- quite a bit
Violence rating -- a good bit of this too

Friday, July 4, 2014

Jacqueline's review of Undercover Kitty by Edie Hart

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Undercover Kitty by Edie Hart

My overall star rating -- from 1-5






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About the book:

Cory West is determined to find out who killed her sister, even if that means dressing as a sexy kitty and working at a strip club. Will the sexy bartender distract her from finding the killer before it’s too late?


Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 15 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 5
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing & formatting -- 5
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- The author uses the word 'excitement' to describe a man's arousal in one part.  Such a scene killer.

-2- I found the book to be dry, dull, and predictable.  Certainly not memorable at all.

-3- The killer was no surprise at all.  It was so obvious.  Too obvious.

-4- It's not a bad book, but it's not a great book either.

-5- The characters seem to lack depth and detail.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- moderate

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jacqueline's review of Dragon's Chase by Mina Carter

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Dragon's Chase
By Mina Carter

My overall star rating -- from 1-5







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About the book:
He’s found his mate. But can he convince her that he’s her dragon?

Working for the Paranormal Protection Agency has never been boring, but shadow-dragon Duke didn’t expect to meet his mate in the line of duty. He certainly didn’t expect a warrior every inch his match, or for her to slap him across the ass with her tail and take off across the city.

With Baron on a very personal protection detail, Duke has to fly solo on the pair’s investigation into the warlock who nearly killed Baron’s mate. Just one problem, his mate is working with the warlock. So, dead or alive, he has to bring her in…

She found the one thing she didn’t want. Her mate. Now she needs to get rid of him before he ruins her mission…

Sleeping for centuries has it’s drawbacks, Chase knew that going in. What she didn’t expect was to wake with a Warlock’s spelled collar around her neck and to find her charge, the Queen’s daughter, in a cage. Vowing to free them both will take skill and strength and she doesn’t need the distraction of a hot as hell male dragon trying to make his claim on her. Even though her heart aches to complete their joining, she can’t. Not yet.

The mission, or her heart. Can she have both? Or will she need one to complete the other?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 27 -- out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- Mina Carter is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  I really like her stories and writing style.

-2-  I have reviewed another book in this series, and this book is an excellent addition to that series.  You can find my other review here:
http://jdslzone.blogspot.com/2014/05/jacquelines-review-of-paranormal.html

-3- This time out, we have dragons!  I love dragons.

-4- The action is intense, and keeps you hanging on until the last moment

-5- This book has a deliciously wonderful surprise ending!  That's all I'm telling!  To know more, you'll just have to read the book.  It's great!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal, fantasy
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- sizzling
Violence rating -- intense

Book spotlight -- Ten Brides for Ten Heroes

Ten Brides for Ten Heroes
Multi-author boxed set

I don't know about you, but I simply love box sets like this.  It gives you a great chance to sample the writing of several different authors, all in one set.  I especially love it when they are bargain priced at .99 cents.  So . . . lets start with the buy links, and where you can grab your copy:


Also, there's a free cookbook that goes with this, that you can download from Smashwords.  Here's the info on that:
In this cookbook, you’ll find twenty recipes that go with the Ten Brides for Ten Heroes collection—two favorites provided by each of the authors. All are tied to the stories in the boxed set. Some are for foods served at the wedding receptions depicted. Others are from meals the hero and heroine enjoyed or from their family’s favorite recipes. Each dish—from appetizers through main dishes and desserts—is introduced by a little background on the story or characters. Here you’ll find Mini Crab Cakes from Return of the Runaway Bride, Peanut Chicken from The Army Doctor’s Wedding, Raspberry Streusel Muffins from Here Comes the Bride, and seventeen other tempting treats.

These recipes are the authors’ gifts to our readers. It’s our pleasure to share a little more of what makes our writing meaningful to us. We hope you’ll think of Ten Brides for Ten Heroes when you make these tasty dishes.

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Now here's some more info on what you'll get in the boxed set:

BLURB:
Ten Brides for Ten Heroes spans the gamut of the ever-popular wedding romance genre—from heartwarming laughter to thrilling adventure, from sweet to steamy. This 10-book bundle features novels by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. So get ready to toss the bouquet and say, "I do!" as ten brides risk it all to find their happy ever after.  



Patrice Wilton:
Wedding Fever by Patrice Wilton - The romantic comedy series, Serendipity Falls. 
Mila O’Reilley owns Wedding Fever, a bridal boutique in Serendipity Falls Mall. She sells more than dresses, she sells dreams along with the belief in happily-ever-after – a sentiment she personally doesn’t share. Can a jaded bridal consultant and a cynical news reporter uncover the true mystery of Serendipity Falls without being swept away in the madness?
Find Patrice at: www.patricewilton.com 

Helen Scott Taylor:
The Army Doctor's Wedding by Helen Scott Taylor - The Army Doctor's Series
Major Cameron Knight throws himself into the danger of front-line, battlefield medicine to keep the demons from his past away. When he rescues an injured charity worker who's saved a tiny newborn baby, he marries her so they can take the orphan back home for surgery. With this brave woman he finally has the chance to redeem himself and find love.

Mona Risk:
Wedding Surprise by Mona Risk – The Holiday Babies Series 
Claire and David faced many challenges over the years. Finally, Claire's dream of a wonderful white wedding to the man she loves is about to come true. Two weeks before the wedding, Adriana, the high-school classmate who’s tried to snatch David several times, makes an announcement that threatens to destroy the couple's happiness. Is Claire and David’s love for each other strong enough to turn the worst wedding surprise into the best?
Find Mona at: www.monarisk.com 

Alicia Street: 
Tomboy Bride by Alicia Street – The Dance 'n' Luv Series    
Kendra returns home for her brother’s wedding determined to get her age-old crush to finally see her as more than a tomboy. But will her game of making him jealous with a hot and handsome faux-beau make him fall for her—or backfire and leave her in ashes? 

Rebecca York:
Destination Wedding, by Rebecca York – The Decorah Security Series
From the moment Nick Cassidy signed on as one one of Camille Norland’s bodyguards, sexual sparks flew between them. Although determined to keep his emotional distance from her, Nick is forced to admit his real feelings when she’s kidnapped by a ruthless Russian mobster with matrimony in mind.  Can Nick rescue her before the wedding night?  Can they escape from Victor Zanov’s tropical island death trap?  And can they come to terms with their complicated relationship?
Find Rebecca at: www.rebeccayork.com 

Annie Jones:
Summer of Love by Annie Jones
Brides, Beehives and Barbecue! Can mother daughter mayhem be far behind? Bless her heart, it's 1967 and a determined southern bride isn't sure love is really all she needs.
Find Annie at: http://theanniejones.com/ 

Donna Fasano:
Return of the Runaway Bride by Donna Fasano
Savanna returns to her hometown to explain why she fled on her wedding day, but she never imagined how her escape all those years ago changed Daniel. Can she make him understand—and forgive?
Find Donna at: www.DonnaFasano.com 

Rita Herron:
Single & Searching by Rita Herron
A woman looking for love... A reporter looking for a story... A mad rush to find a criminal... When the truth comes out and danger strikes, will they succumb to the passion burning between them?
Find Rita at: www.ritaherron.com 

Theresa Ragan:
Here Comes the Bride by Theresa Ragan
Samantha Johnston, a reporter for the LA Beat, attends the wedding of one of America’s hottest actors in hopes of learning the identity of his mystery bride, and ends up saying, “I do.”
Find Theresa at: www.theresaragan.com 

Mimi Barbour:
Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour – The “Elvis” Series
After her year in Texas as an exchange student, Annie leaves pregnant and heartbroken. Nine years later she returns to introduce her eight-year-old son to his American family. And to the man who still haunts her dreams – the handsome, embittered rancher who never knew he’d fathered a son. 
Find Mimi at: www.mimibarbour.com 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review of Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

Reviewed by – Shawna Hembree

Book Review of – Minutes Before Sunset
By Shannon A. Thompson

My overall star rating --







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About the book:  Two destinies. One death.

"Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates..."

Eric has less than a year left before his fated battle when he meets her. She's a shade like him, but separated from the Dark - and with more power than she should have. And he can't stay away.

Jessica is new to town and desperate to figure out who, or what, her birth parents were. But she can't find them without overcoming Eric, and she won't let him stop her.

Minutes Before Sunset happens through the minds of two young adults as they struggle to survive their paranormal realities and find balance in their human lives.


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

My 5 point review:
-1- A great read. I absolutely enjoyed reading and it does take your imagination for a ride.

-2- I did not care for the cover art. It just doesn't fit.

-3- There were a few minor grammatical errors but nothing you couldn't get through.

-4- I would add more descriptive details to the characters. I couldn't really imagine what the characters truly would look like.

-5- This is a great leading book. I cannot wait to read the following books.

Reader Recommendations
Genre – Young Adult
Age recommendations – 14+
Sex content rating – none so far
Violence rating – just a tad with swordplay and magical abilities

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Shannan's review of Sweetest Curse by Susan D. Taylor

Reviewed by -- Shannan Williams

Book Review of -- Sweetest Curse (Miami Mermaids Book 2)
by Susan D. Taylor

My overall star rating -- from 1-5







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About the book:
When the Kratos, God of War steps down from his position on Mount Olympus to became a mere mortal on South Beach, things don't run according to plan. For the last two years, Wyatt and Marissa have operated under the radar of the supernatural realm until they meet and instantly become star-crossed lovers. On her wedding day, Marissa receives a visit from one of the Fates warning her of those who wish her harm and foretelling a prophecy involving her unborn child. Hours later Wyatt suddenly loses his ability to breathe while asleep. As the ancient curse that plagues all mermaids who dare marry a mortal is played out, the immortals didn't count on the ability of Wyatt and Marissa to harness the power of their love to triumph over the ill-fated odds.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing – 10

Shannan’s Review
This is the second book in the Miami Mermaids series and it picks up right where the other one left off.  This is a great romantic fantasy book and I loved the story.

I really enjoyed this book as we see Wyatt and Marissa do everything to overcome all the bad things in their way.  It was awesome to see what they could do with the power of love.

The characters Wyatt and Marissa are totally in love and it was very exciting following them throughout this book.  I felt as if I was right there with them.

I like a book where I can really feel the emotions of the characters and I was totally in tune with this book.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of this genre and would love to read more by this author.

Genre – fantasy, romance
Age -- 18+
Sex content rating -- hot
Violence rating -- moderate