Friday, March 13, 2015

Jacqueline's review of Bitten by Danyelle Leafty

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Bitten, A Novel of Faerie by Danyelle Leafty

Overall star rating, from 1-5 --- 5






About the book:
Fourteen-year-old Cherrie Wilding stopped believing in fairies after her Grams had a stroke that left her a silent, empty stranger. But whether she believes in them or not, one of them bit her, and now the venom is spreading through her system and causing  . . . complications. Like an allergy to iron and a craving for milk.

It turns out that fairy venom has the power to turn mortals into small, winged versions of themselves. And it gets better. Grams's stroke was the result of her light--her fairy soul--being stolen. The fairy who bit Cherrie demands her to help steal Grams's light back.

As much as Cherrie wants to save Grams, her need to protect her older brother from the fairies and the rest of the real world wins out. Who knows what lurks in a world populated by winged menaces? But when the fairy talks Cherrie's brother into going to the fairy realm, Cherrie mounts a rescue attempt to save him. To her surprise, it's not her brother who needs rescuing--it's the fairies. Someone is stealing their lights and imprisoning them, and it's up to Cherrie and her brother to free them. But saving the fairies, keeping her brother safe, and returning home requires the help of the Phoenix. And the price for his aid doesn't come cheap. If Cherrie wants to succeed, she must be willing to part with her greatest possession: her heart.

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:
I've always love fairy tales and such, so this book really caught my interest.  It puts a totally new twist on some old fairy tale concepts.  I love it!  So looking forward to the next book in this series.

This is one of those 'can't put it down' books, that you have a hard time laying down till you've reached the end.  Wonderful characters in a fantastic setting, that will totally suck you in and hook you.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy
Age recommendations -- 14 and up
Sex content rating -- not applicable
Violence rating -- not really applicable

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Jacqueline's review of The Red Queen's Run by Bourne Morris

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- The Red Queen's Run by Bourne Morris

Overall star rating, from 1-5 --- 5






About the book:
A famous journalism dean is found dead at the bottom of a stairwell. Accident or murder? The police suspect members of the faculty who had engaged in fierce quarrels with the dean—distinguished scholars who were known to attack the dean like brutal schoolyard bullies. When Meredith “Red” Solaris is appointed interim dean, the faculty suspects are furious. Will the beautiful red-haired professor be next? The case detective tries to protect her as he heads the investigation, but incoming threats lead him to believe Red’s the next target for death.

The Red Queen’s Run is the first mystery in a trilogy about campus violence by former university professor, Bourne Morris.

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:
I absolutely loved this book!  It's a great book, with solid characters. It grabbed, and held, my attention from the very first page.  It's an awesome murder mystery, with a bit of romance between the detective and the new dean, thrown in for good measure.  The book starts with the former dean being found dead, under suspicious circumstances.

It's obvious the author knows her setting well, and has crafted a great story.  The setting, the characters, the mystery, it all comes to life wonderfully.  For mystery lovers, I highly recommend this book to you.  All books should be this good. 

And I didn't figure out who did it till the very end.  The suspense was wonderful.  The book earned every star and rating point that it got.  The blurb says this is the first mystery in a trilogy.  If it is, I would love to read the other books.  Bourne Morris is an excellent writer, and she has penned a great book. 

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- murder mystery
Age recommendations -- 15 and up
Sex content rating -- very little
Violence rating -- mild to moderate

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