Sunday, June 28, 2015

Notice to all authors, regarding reviewer Chez

Dear authors,

I am Jacqueline Driggers, owner of this blog. A little over a year ago, I added a review team to this blog. Previously it had been just me. The review team came together quickly, and I have been busy tweaking the blog ever since, refining things. As a result, I had gotten behind on processing reviews submitted, and just recently had the opportunity to begin getting caught up.

So it came to my attention that the reviewer listed on this blog as Chez, hadn't submitted any reviews at all. I contacted her, and asked her --
Are you still wanting to be on the review team? Because you haven't been active.
This is her response to me --
 Yes please. I've been reading constantly, so many are emailing me direct, that I just give them a star rating on Amazon and moving on to the next. I'm under LizzieM on there. Haven't had time to write up blurbs as usually they've already had them, I just say good, bad, brilliant n give a star rating.
To all authors who contacted her, expecting a review in this blog --
I deeply and sincerely apologize. If you are one of those authors who contacted her, and gave her a free book in exchange for a review, please contact me via the link at the end of this post.

Going forward, from this point on, in order to ensure that this does not happen again, I am changing blog procedures. Currently, contact info for all reviewers has been removed from the Our Reviewers page of the blog site. I will be creating google drive request forms for all reviewers through my google account. A reviewer will only receive their review requests as long as I consider them to be in good standing with the team.

And I want to send this message out to every author:

If you have contacted someone associated with this blog, about a review, and haven't received your review in this blog,
please contact me via the blog's facebook page:

The Leisure Zone facebook page

This blog means a lot to me, and I have spent a lot of time on it, since it's birth in 2012. I am serious about this blog, and the reviews I share. I want to sincerely thank all authors who share their books with me in exchange for a review, and want you to know how dearly I hold the trust that you give me.

I promise you, going forward, things will be handled differently and more efficiently.

Jacqueline Driggers
blog owner

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jacqueline's review of Primitive Fix by Alicia Sparks

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Primitive Fix by Alicia Sparks

My overall star rating, from 1-5 --- 2.5

About the book:
PRIMITIVE FIX – Meet two brothers, tiger shifters, and the women who bring out the beast in them. 
Part 1 - Kenyon 
Sage Villalobos has been destined to marry Kenyon Maddux since the day she was born. As the second-born in her wolf clan, she came into this world owing a debt to the family of shape-shifting tigers who rule the Louisiana swamps in the Atchafalaya Basin. Kenyon is the only man she’s ever wanted, the man who sets her blood on fire, but she’s tired of being indebted to his family for something she didn’t do. She wants him to choose her because he loves her, not because he owns her. When Kenyon’s brother, Nik, is taken prisoner, Kenyon turns to Sage for help. Using her unique skills, she knows she can help him free his brother, but there will be a price. If she agrees to do this, she wants Kenyon to release her from her debt. However, the only thing Kenyon wants to do is hold on to her and never let her go. 
Part 2 - Nik 
After months of captivity as part of a roadside attraction, Nik Maddux is finally able to escape. Injured and at death’s door, he makes his way through the swamp only to collapse near Juliette’s home. Juliette pulls the naked man into her cabin and begins nursing him back to health, marveling at the black stripes which cover his body and the feline features of his face. She knows he’s not quite human and realizes she may have found a kindred spirit, someone whose secrets are as deadly as her own. When Nik awakes, his attraction to Juliette is instant. While she heals his body, he wants to heal her soul. But danger is lurking in the swamp, and the longer they stay together, the more likely they are to lose everything. 

**Content Warning: May contain graphic content and sexual situations. Intended for 18+ Audience 

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 18 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 5
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
I got this book on a free download, and it's actually 2 novellas in one book. Both stories leave a lot of things hanging, and I didn't like that. Since I thought that it might be continued in the second book, I messaged the author, and this is what she said:

"There are a lot of questions purposefully left unanswered in the first book. They will be answered in future books but not in Primitive Need, the second book." 

Which I found to be extremely disappointing, and according to the Amazon website, this is book 1 of a 2 book set, so I guess the questions left hanging will just stay that way.

In the first story, the one brother is so set and determined on rescuing his brother; but once the brother is rescued and out, lost in the swamps, the other brother doesn't go after him.  I have a problem with this.

Final thought - It's a decent book, and interesting read since I got it free.  But it's not one I would pay money for.  It's not one I would recommend.  Would I bother with reading more in this series?  No. There are too many other books out there to spend your time on.

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


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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jacqueline's review of Outpassage by Janet and Chris Morris

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Outpassage by Janet and Chris Morris

My overall star rating - from 1-5 --- 2

About the book:
Sgt. “Det” Cox has just spent three years under psych observation on Earth; now that he’s out-system, he isn’t about to tell anyone he’s seeing aliens again. Paige Barnett has lost everything, even her name, because she knows too much about the rebellion spreading through the Earth-Space mining colonies.

Together Cox and Barnett stumble upon the mystery at the revolution’s heart and learn why the rebels are willing to die for it.

Is their discovery humanity’s worst threat or greatest gift? The authorities are willing to destroy whole planets to keep the revolution’s secret from reaching Earth… What’s to stop them from destroying two people

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 16 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 3
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
It starts out like a good old-fashioned science fiction novel, but it's not. I initially thought it was going to be about characters Cox and Barnett on the trail of some good old fashioned space intrigue. But it's not. It was disappointing that Cox and Barnett spend most of the book separate.

Yeah, there's aliens involved; but not the cool kind.  They seem to start fights so people will die, so they can take the corpses and resurrect them into religious fanatics and spread the . . . . whatever. Just what it is they are spreading . . . not so clear. They sort of become religious zombies.

Summing it all up, it's a disappointing book with a very unsatisfying ending. Had the makings, initially, of a good old science fiction romp. But it's not, not at all. There's a substantial amount of violence, and distinct religious overtones.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- high