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