Sunday, January 25, 2015

Book Review of -- The Ghosts of the Past by Laurel A Rockefeller

Book Review of -- The Ghosts of the Past by Laurel A Rockefeller

Overall star rating -- 3






About the book:
Medieval music, English country dancing, detailed world building, and interactive content only begin to describe "The Ghosts of the Past," book two of the Peers of Beinan medieval science fiction series. Three generations after the "Great Succession Crisis" transformed the life of Princess Anlei, terrorism plagues Beinan as healing centers across the planet are targeted by unknown assailants. After Lord Elendir loses both his healer parents to two separate bombings, the haunted knight begs Crown Prince Kendric for permission to investigate so can he find peace at last. But finding the answers he needs will not be easy -- or safe -- in this murder-mystery spanning four generations. Will Elendir find the truth before everyone he loves dies? 

Book creation ratings:
Overall total --  22 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review:
-1- The first half of the story is very choppy and jumps in time and places enough to be confusing about when in time and where on the planet the events are taking place.

-2- The last 3rd of the book flows wonderfully, that it was hard to put it down.

-3- This book is heavy on lust, adultery, rape, and drugs used for enticing sex.

-4- The editing was really well done only a few wrong words but not as many as in the first book of the series.

-5- The ending left one wanting the last book of the series to be out already.
  
Reader Recommendations
Genre – Scifi/ romance
Age recommendations – 18+
Sex content rating – almost wild- lots of drug induced sex, lust, adultery, and sex.
Violence rating – There is some but not very descriptive about it or lots of it.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review of The Great Succession Crisis- Extended Edition By Laurel A. Rockefeller

Book Review of - The Great Succession Crisis- Extended Edition By Laurel A. Rockefeller

My overall star rating - 4 stars






About the book:
As narrated by Queen Anyu using surviving historical records, The Great Succession Crisis is the subtle coming-of-age story of Princess Anlei. Groomed from birth to become queen after her mother, Anlei begins as a cold and irreverent adolescent keenly aware of the harsh realities of gender politics in the feudal monarchy into which she was born.

Not surprisingly, the politically astute heiress never noticed her grandmother’s protégé, Lord Corann, loved her – not until her world was turned upside by a fateful ruling by the Beinarian parliament creating the “Great Succession Crisis.”

Now a pawn in a power-grab for her mother’s throne, Anlei must find a way to embrace her heritage – and Corann's love – before it is too late to save the Gurun dynasty, to become the leader she was born to be.

The choices made will haunt Beinan forever and tear the planet apart three generations later. 

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 22 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review:
1- The storyline in wonderfully thought/ written out and draws on into this world that Rockefeller created. 
2- The main characters are well developed so much that you will be eager to see what happens to them.
3-The supporting characters were not as developed in the story but written in the extras at the back.
4- The cover and the title perfectly describe this story and give a simple glimpse into what is inside.
5-Since I read this on a kindle I did have trouble with understanding the time/distance/ages for this new world as well as their backgrounds. The information is provided as extras in the back but I had trouble with flipping through the kindle edition to find where it was.

Reader Recommendations
Genre – Young Adult
Age recommendations – late teens and up
Sex content rating –There are some sex scenes and an ‘almost’ rape. Lots of flirtation. 

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jacqueline's review of Apollo's Gift by Sandy Rowland

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Apollo's Gift (The Greek Gods Series) by Sandy Rowland

My overall star rating -- 5


My review:
Thoroughly delightful new take on the Greek gods.  I really enjoy these type of books, and this one definitely does not disappoint.  Great, very enjoyable read; and I highly recommend it to the romance and mythology readers out there.  This is one worth getting.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jacqueline's review of Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

My overall star rating -- 5






My review:
I downloaded this book on an urge one night while watching the movie, Captain Blood, with Errol Flynn. 
I reached over and nabbed my kindle and did a shopping search, and found this book for free.  Having watched the movie, I was curious to read the book. 



Above is the original trailer for the movie.

I love the movie, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book as well.  The movie cuts out some stuff that is in the book, and changes a thing or two.  If you like the movie, then you'll definitely want to read the book; and the fact that you can get it for free is a definite bonus!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jacqueline's review of Blue Moon Brides series by Anne Marsh

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Blue Moon Brides series, books 1-3 by Anne Marsh

My overall star rating -- 5






My review:
If you like sizzling hot paranormal romance, then this series is for you.  Anne Marsh does an excellent job with these books, and it leaves you wanting more.  So far there are 5 books out in this series. This review is based only on the first 3 books in the series, which I enjoyed reading.


Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal erotic romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- sizzling and explicit
Violence rating -- moderate to none


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Jacqueline's review of Bound by blood by Tracey Jane Jackson

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Bound by Blood (Cauld Ane Series) by Tracey Jane Jackson

My overall star rating -- 5


My review:
This is not your run of the mill romance book, and the guy isn't what he seems.  In this one, the girl gets more than she bargained for.  It has a great ending, and I enjoyed this book a lot; it was a great read.  Good romance with a touch of the paranormal, shall we say.  The secret will surprise you. 

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And the price is FREE! 



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jacqueline's review of Dance'n' Luv box set by Alicia & Roy Street

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Dance 'n' Luv Contemporary Romance Boxed Set (Books 1-3 plus a short story)  by Alicia & Roy Street

My overall star rating -- 5






My review:

If you've never read any of Alicia and Roy Street's romance books before, then you're in for a treat, and this is an excellent set to start with.  Well worth your money.  It contains books 1-3 in the Dance 'n' Luv series, plus a short story that gives some background.  I had read one of the books before, but re-read it with the box set.  I highly recommend it.  Very enjoyable reading!  Great characters and great stories by 2 writers who have become my favorite romance writers.  

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