Sunday, October 23, 2016

Review of Steel & Bone

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Steel & Bone: Nine Steampunk Adventures by Katherine Cowley (Author), Scott E. Tarbet (Author), TC Phillips (Author), C. R. Simper (Author), Danielle E. Shipley  (Author), Sarah E. Seeley  (Author), Kin Law (Author), John M. Olsen  (Author), Gail B. Williams (Author), James Ng (Foreword)

Overall star rating --- 5 

About the book:
Shovel the coal and stoke the boilers as nine Steampunk authors explore islands of mystery and adventure across the seven seas.

The Clockwork Seer by Katherine Cowley: On an island of oddities, a young clairvoyant struggles for normalcy, but deadly automatons have other plans.

Sindisiwe by Scott E. Tarbet: A slave girl in Zanzibar escapes a beating when a stranger in the marketplace proves her past is more than just a fairy tale.

Stand and Deliver by TC Phillips: Neither shackles, slave labor, nor the island’s deadliest inhabitants will prevent these brothers from meting out justice to their father’s murderers.

Island Walker by C. R. Simper: Kit digs her treasures out of trash heaps, but the theft of her invention leads to discoveries money can’t buy.

A Mind Prone to Wander by Danielle E. Shipley: Beyond a locked door lies Rowan Charles’ death or his sanity, and the survival or extinction of his people.

Curio Cay by Sarah E. Seeley: The future of humanity rests in the hands of three time-traveling scientists battling biomechanical creatures in the Jurassic past.

The Mysterious Island of Chester Morrison by Kin Law: Dodging her chaperone, a debutante stumbles into adventure and romance at the World’s Fair.

Revolutionary by John M. Olsen: A dirigible captain goes down with his ship, and wakes to find himself a captive of a sky-dwelling civilization.

The Steel Inside by Gail B. Williams: Darkness lurks in Sarah’s forgotten past, kept hidden by those who claim to be her devoted husband and loyal servants.

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 got this book, and enjoyed it very much, even though I'm not well versed in the genre. It's a steampunk anthology, and if you like this genre, then you'll want this book. There's not a dud in the whole book. I loved each and every story and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. 

I highly recommend it to fans of the steampunk genre, as there's some really great stories here in this volume. Who knows, you might find your next favorite author here. I think I'm becoming very much a fan of this genre myself. And to those who haven't explored this genre yet, then this box set is a great place to start.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction, steampunk
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- moderate

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Review of Funk Toast and the Pan-Galactic Prom Show by Craig Nybo

Reviewed by -- Lake        

Book Review of --
Funk Toast and the Pan-Galactic Prom Show by Craig Nybo

Overall star rating --- 5   
    

About the book:
Death, Resurrection, and Rock and RollBook 2 in the Pan-Galactic Prom Show duology. Hundreds of alien creatures gather at the Collundrome, an asteroid party venue, for the Pan-Galactic Prom Show, the biggest bash in the known universe. Funk Toast, an Earth band, is slated to headline the event. But Knolar Jex, intergalactic pirate and terrorist, has his own nefarious plans for this year's extravaganza.Meanwhile...Twana Burch and a few friends bring a cloned version of Bieber--the assassinated intergalactic pop idol--to the party with the intention of putting him on stage before the Prom Show audience. With enough media attention, Twana hopes to resurrect Bieber's career and rekindle the hearts of millions of teenage fans.Meanwhile...A special detachment of Ice Beetle soldiers from planet Hull also have their eyes on the Pan-Galactic Prom Show stage. Having left their planet at war and fearing the extinction of their species, they hope to solicit aid to their planet by delivering news of their ominous plight in the form of a rock and roll show.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 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 --
Mr. Nybo does it again. In this sequel he throws in a third story, making it 3 stories colliding to form one great novel. At first I didn't really care for The Funk Toast band. But, like I've said previously, Mr. Nybo has a way of making one be able to relate and possibly fall in love with his characters. He is able to add life to all of his characters. In this book it takes you for an exciting spin which I didn't expect in a million years! Also the band breaks out of imprisonment using neck-ties. One doesn't read about that kind of thing everyday. I love his notes and extra material in the audio version.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Sci-Fi/ Rock and Roll Fiction        
Age recommendations -- 14        
Sex content rating -- none        
Violence rating -- For Sure!        

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review of Evaluations of the Tribe by Raphyel M. Jordan

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer        

Book Review of --
Evaluations of the Tribe: A Coming of Age Space Opera (Prossia Book 0) by Raphyel M. Jordan        

Overall star rating --- 5     
  

About the book:
"You Learn. You Work. You Fight."
These are the mandates young, alien best friends, Aly and Catty, must follow in order to be of any worth to their tribe on Planet Gooliun. Most people in their village have an entire childhood to perfect such traits. However, time is of the essence when a dangerous rite of passage meant to test these qualities is boosted years ahead of schedule.

As the Evaluations near, a strong bond is challenged and a bitter rivalry is born when playful harassment leads to violent bullying. This doesn’t take away from a real danger approaching the tribe, however. One has yet to be seen, and another is right underneath their noses.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 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 --
The book grabs the reader and draws them into the different world of putting the tribe first. It never let you go til the last page really. There is wonderful moral that show the reader that one might think someone else has it easier but that is not always the case. The author has a beautiful way of describing the village and the school. It makes it seems like it is really out there somewhere.        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Scifi        
Age recommendations -- 12 and up girls would probably like it more        
Sex content rating -- None        
Violence rating -- Moderate because the main characters learn to defend the tribe        

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review - Rising Empire by C.S. Woolley

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker        

Book Review of --
Rising Empire: Part 2 (The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley

Check out our review of part 1 ** here **

Overall star rating --- 4.5    

About the book:
The nine kingdoms of Celadmore are at war. The people suffer under tyrants that strive to gain land and power in the struggle for superiority.

Kasnata, Queen of the Order and Queen of Nosfa leads her armies against the people of Delma. A war she did not want to fight, but her husband, the King of Nosfa, Mercia Nosfa VI has forced her hand.

Leinad, the heir to the throne of Nosfa and son of Kasnata, is held hostage in the city of Grashindorph where revolution is beginning. Hermia, mother of Mercia and former Queen of Nosfa leads the revolution against her son, a revolution to end the wars and tyranny that their people suffer under. Kasna and Kia are safe from their father in the Oasis of Tulna, but Duke Kelmar DeLacey, Regent of Delma, still hunts for them.

Kasnata's empire is growing and her legacy is being forged through war, not diplomacy, a mantle her people will carry down the ages.

But there is more at work than any mortal knows, their lives, though fleeting, will form the realm and the consequences of their actions will be felt for centuries to come.

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

The review --
The war continues and tension increases as the writer moves the reader through the middle of this exciting trilogy. Good guys fall as the battle intensifies between the King and Warrior Queen.
There are a few editing misses midway though the book that are noticeable, but in no way distracts the reader.

The characters are so well developed that I found myself dreading several situations but I'll not go into them here. There is a surprising twist in the story that I found shocking but nice too."        "The story is moving toward an exciting climax and I hope the good guys win. You need to read Part Two asap. The talent of the author is seen on every page as images of the action move through your mind's eye. It reminds me of an old fashion slide projector. It takes a gifted writer to get my mind to that place.

I won't go into the ending but get this book and read it. It's an enjoyable, action-packed adventure.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Fantasy War Adventure.        
Age recommendations -- 11 and older.        
Sex content rating -- Very Mild.        
Violence rating -- Moderate but not graphic.
                                                        
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