Monday, February 29, 2016

Lee'Anne's review of The Truth of Tristan Lyons by LB Dunbar

Reviewed by -- Lee'Anne        

Book Review of -- The Truth of Tristan Lyons (Legendary Rock Stars Book 4) by LB Dunbar

My overall star rating --- 5     
   
About the book:
Heartbreaker.

I understand why I have the nickname. Hey, what can I say? I like women. All women. It doesn’t matter what shape, size, or color. I’m even into sharing. I’ve done it all, seen it all, but I’m at an all-time low. Who wouldn’t be? My best friend is missing. My uncle’s an asshole. I don’t know who I am without The Nights. We are a band of brothers, soldiering through the world with our music. Only, our faithful leader is gone, and everyone else in the band is falling for the oldest trap: love. Love is a lie. It is painful. It is hurtful.

I need a break. I want to be alone. I'm not prepared to share the exclusive home on the Island. I'm not prepared for her. I don’t know who she is or why she's here. She tells me to call her Ireland. I tell her my first name only. Originally, I don’t want to believe she doesn’t recognize me. Bass guitarist for The Nights, come on? After a while we both play the game. Secrets are another form of lies, aren't they?

Our fantasy will crash to reality too soon. Secrets catch up to you. The truth has to be told. It confirms what I already know: love is a lie.

Until her.

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

The review --
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I’m happy to say, I’ll definitely be checking out her other books. This one is fantastic! Tristan Lyons is a guitarist for the band The Nights. Tristan has always been a bit of a manwhore and is known for breaking hearts. When one of his bandmates is in an accident and disappears, Tristan decides to take a break from the real world by borrowing a friend's vacation home in the Cayman Islands. He’s anticipating being alone and getting some songs written, what he’s not anticipating is running into the gorgeous Ireland. Ireland is running way from a life that hasn’t been her own since she was promised to wed a family friend by her evil uncle when she was just a child. Her mother forces her to focus all her time and energy on being a swimsuit model, and when life becomes too much, she deices to run away to her uncle's home in the Caymans. At first, Tristan is not happy about having to share his space with Ireland; but when the attraction becomes too much to resist, he becomes more amicable.

I really enjoyed the progression of this story, I couldn’t put it down once I’d started reading. The characters were well developed and it had an original plotline. The only thing I think could have used improvement was that every time they went out together, they were snorkeling. I would have liked to see a little bit more originality with the dates. Besides that, I think it was a fantastic read and I highly recommend it!
                          
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Contemporary Romance        
Age recommendations -- 17 +         
Sex content rating -- Hot        
Violence rating -- none

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Mo's review of The Birr Elixir by Jo Sparkes

Reviewed by -- Mo
        
Book Review of --
The Birr Elixir (The Legend of the Gamesmen Book 1) by Jo Sparkes

My overall star rating --- 4-1/2 


About the book:
When a young apprentice makes a mysterious elixir from a recipe in an old book, she's suddenly the talisman for a daring Gamesman - and the weapon in the conspiracy against a prince.

Marra never heard of Birr Elixir. But when Drail sees the potion in her dead mistress's book, she agrees to make it. Even lacking the right ingredient.

And after drinking it, Drail and his men defeat a Skullan team - something no one has ever done before. Marra is offered a place as his traveling potions mistress. Full of doubts of her own ability, she takes the chance to escape her slave-like existence.

Then her potions woke a man who was not supposed to wake.

Now every day draws more attention from the True Masters. And their motives – and morals – are not for the faint of heart.

If they discover the truth …

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 -- 23        
-- Story & characters -- 9        
-- Cover & title -- 5        
-- Editing & formatting -- 9        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
In the Birr Elixir, the story is kind of a blend of a magic, supernatural type of adventure blended complete with an evil pervert aptly named Snark, and an evil plot. I enjoyed reading it for the most part, the story was good and pulled me in, except for the parts that were game scenes. I’m not a big sports fan so those passages to me were kind of boring.

 One drawback I found that made me really wonder was that it seemed like someone was attempting to kidnap the heroine, Marra, in just about every chapter. It was more than a little confusing, and found myself saying, “oh she’s getting kidnapped again.” while reading.

The ending was a little confusing but I know it was a set-up for the sequels to come, so I understand why it was done that way, it just isn’t my kind of ending. 

Overall, I enjoyed the book and I think readers who have more of a love for sports would enjoy the book more than I did. I would recommend this book to teenage readers. And yes, I will more than likely read the next book soon because I have to find out what happens to Marra now, don’t I?

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Fiction        
Age recommendations -- 12 and up.        
Sex content rating -- None        
Violence rating -- Mild        

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Shannan's review of Rescuing The Damaged One by Faith

Reviewed by -- Shannan Williams

Book Review of --
Rescuing The Damaged One by Faith        

Overall star rating --- 5 
       
About the book:
College life is hard enough without adding complications from a tainted past leaving you looking over your shoulder. It is a good thing Bella Ramsey is in her last year of school. Revolving her life around school, work, and studying, keeps her mind too busy to think about her past...one she much rather forget forever. She is a survivor of childhood abuse; she doesn't see it that way. Bella believes she is damaged and unworthy of being loved. That is until...
Blake Grant is a business owner. He wants Bella as his assistant and more. Blake is ready for the challenge to make her understand she is worth everything to him.
Bella's past walks back into her life. It threatens her relationship, her life, and the lives of the ones that she loves.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 possible -- 28        
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 8        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This was a powerful book. I read it in about 3 hours; couldn't put it down. I just had to see how Bella's journey was going to end and then I get a big cliffhanger as an ending. Perfect...I love when authors do that because then you just have to get that next book to find out what happens next! Reading about Bella and her story, about the abuse she and her siblings suffered was very difficult. There were times my face was very scrunched up as I was so mad at a character, and then I was filled with peace at the love that Bella found in Blake. This book really pulls at your heartstrings. The author pulls you in immediately and keeps you hooked all the way through wanting more and more.

I loved the love that Blake showed Bella and that he was by her side to help try and heal these demons from her past. Bella proved that she really is a strong woman and not damaged. The love between Bella and Blake was beautiful. I cannot wait to get the next book in the series to find out what happens next. I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it.        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Romance        
Age recommendations -- 18 and up        
Sex content rating -- HOT        
Violence rating -- A lot, as the main character has PTSD and relives her abused childhood through her dreams                        

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Jacqueline's review of Mister Tidwell Gunner by L. Ron Hubbard

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Mister Tidwell Gunner by L. Ron Hubbard

Overall star rating --- 3


About the book:
Imagine a young Laurence Olivier cast as a scholarly Oxford professor—an academic snatched out of his bookish world and pressed into service aboard Lord Nelson’s legendary British fleet—in the position of schoolmaster. Such is the life of the land-loving, seafaring Mister Tidwell, Gunner.

Thrust into service at the height of the Napoleonic Wars, Tidwell soon finds himself directly in the line of fire and way out of his depth. Fate has cast him into a terrible and terrifying spot—alone on deck to face the fearsome approach of a French man-o’-war.

The professor is about to get an object lesson in war, self-reliance . . . and survival. Overwhelmed by the smell of gunpowder, the sound of cannons, and the sight of death, he will either experience the sweet taste of victory . . . or the bitter taste of his own blood.

Book creation ratings:
* Max. total of 30 possible *
Overall total, out of 30 -- 27
-- 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.*

The review --
This book actually has 3 short stories in it, the book title being one of the stories. They all deal with ships and the sea, back in the old days of vessels with sails; and all are very well written. I think that the title story is my favorite among them all. A quick, fun read for those who love stories about the old sailing ships. The book also includes a very good biography of the author, including some great pictures.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- old sailing ship tales
Age recommendations -- 15 and up
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- quite a bit, as these are sailing ships in the throes of battle.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lake's review of Allied Zombies for Peace by Craig Nybo

Reviewed by -- Lake
        
Book Review of -- Allied Zombies for Peace by Craig Nybo
        
My overall star rating --- 5 
       
About the book:
Zombies vs. the KKK in the darkest hour in undead civil rights history. Allied Zombies for Peace covers the violent 42-minute time period that took place on November 11th, 1968, known as the Veterans Day Parade Massacre. This report outlines, according to eyewitnesses, the events that mark that day as a black stain on undead civil rights history.

Violence explodes when a shot is fired during the 1968 Veterans Day Parade in Columbus, Ohio. Not knowing who pulled the trigger, rivaling factions, The Allied Zombies for Peace and The Ku Klux Klan, turn on each other in a vicious flurry of urban combat. Other groups join the fight, including the Vietnam War veterans, a peace-loving group of hippies who call themselves the New Revolutionaries for Peace and Love, and veterans of World War I."

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, 30 out of 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 --
Zombies, Veterans, and Hippies, O MY! Mr. Nybo does an EXCELLENT job in showing and not telling. The scenes really came to life. He is AWESOME at characterizing the different voices! The character descriptions help you (at least did for me) pulling for each seperate combatant team. Loved listening to it so much that when I couldn't listen, I had to get a kindle copy so the fun could keep going until sleep came my way! I was given an audible copy in exchange for an honest review. Rioting in the street! O, and don't forget the coppers!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Pulp fiction. Alternate History fiction (If there's such a thing)
Paranormal warfare (If there's such a thing)        
Age recommendations -- 16+        
Sex content rating -- I don't recall any.        
Violence rating -- It's pretty much a war!                        

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Maegan's review of The Swan Bonnet by Katharine L. Holmes

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer

Book Review of – The Swan Bonnet by Katharine L.  Holmes

My overall star rating – 3.5


About the book:
Unbeknown to Dawn, her grandfather has shot an old swan out of mercy. In their coastal Alaskan town, her father buys the swan pelt, preventing her Uncle Alex, a fur trader, from selling it for export. Dawn’s father surprises her part-Aleut mother with a hat she helped to make and also with an idea to catch poachers. Shooting swans has become illegal but Alaska is a territory and Prohibition occupies the Sheriff.

Dawn and her mother become involved with suspicious inquiries about the swan bonnet besides its haunting effect. Because Dawn’s grandparents see the swans first, Dawn agrees to secretly watch the migration with the deputy sheriff’s son. But after she and her mother encounter women from a ship and find out about a hunting party, they ride to the inlet. There are townspeople roving the shore too but who is the vigilante and who is the poacher?

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

My review:
The book started off very slow for me. By the time I was 3/4 through, it picked up for me. I loved how the book was detailed about how life was during the time when Alaska was a territory. Some parts were confusing for me, they all were about the stories told, flashbacks that happen to the older people in the book. I would lose track of who was who and what happened when. I loved how Holmes describes the Swans migration and the attachment the family had with them. I wish I could have seen it in person. The history parts of the books were amazing. I enjoy learning about the gold rush time period and how people survived in Alaska during that time.

Reader Recommendations
Genre – Non-fiction
Age recommendations – 16+
Sex content rating – (scale of 1-5)  2 (almost rape and bordello house)
Violence rating – (scale of 1-5) 1 (hunting)


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Jacqueline's review of The Blue Diamond by P.S. Bartlett

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- The Blue Diamond by P.S. Bartlett

Overall star rating --- 2.5

About the book:
When four spirited young women find themselves orphaned and alone in an unforgiving world, they are forced to defend not only their honor but their very lives.

Ivory Shepard, has made a name for herself as the notorious pirate "Ivory Razor," while she and her handy cousins; Cass, Keara and Miranda are building a life in Port Royal, Jamaica. When she takes a merchant ship and finds a bag full of rare diamonds, including one very large blue one, she never imagined she'd end up captured and held prisoner by a rival pirate.

Maddox Carbonale aka "Blacksnake" intends to collect a fifty thousand pound bounty on her head and earn a pardon in the process, until a fiery attraction ignites between them. Regardless of their first passionate night together, by the time the sun rises the next morning, Ivory is reminded why she trusts no one and she's left wondering if her fate is sealed due to Blacksnake's greed or Maddox's wounded ego.
Ultimately unable to deny his feelings for her, Maddox offers his loyalty and his guns.  but no one can take anything from Ivory Shepard that she doesn't want to give; certainly not her freedom, and most of all, her heart.

Will she prove she can have it all on her own terms; the man, the blue diamond and her freedom?

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 17 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 3
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 7

The review --
I did not like this book. What I expected of the book, from the cover and blurb, the book did not deliver. I liked the Maddox character in the book, but the female pirate characters were way too macho for that time period. And the men were all way too weak. The author just reversed it all; the women were macho and the men were almost feminine. Also, the book was too long; the author used 10 words where 5 would have done very nicely. I especially didn't like the main character of Ivory. This is definitely not a book I would recommend anyone plunking down their money for.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance? historical fiction? adventure?
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- high

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