Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review of Call to Arms by Randy Lindsay

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of -- Call to Arms: Nations Fall by Randy Lindsay        

Overall star rating --- 3        

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Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 18        
-- Story & characters -- 3        
-- Cover & title -- 7        
-- Editing & formatting -- 8        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
The first five lives of the story are the most important part of the book for me. The author either sucks me into the story or I give up on it. The only thing I really enjoyed in the first 46 pages of the book was the introduction of the President and Vice President into the story. I was ready to stop reading it until business picked up on page 47.

I found my mind drifting countless times during the first 46 pages of the novel. I was interested in the political, social, and military plots of the story, but the religious angle turned me off. The characters never really grabbed me and I never really connected with any of them.

I was happy that two characters survived the ordeal and the ending was good. The second half of the book swings along at a nice pace and held my interest. I didn't appreciate using the Mormon Church in the fashion the author did. It totally turned me off to an important part of the story line.

I wasn't a fan of the author's writing style. The imagery just never grabbed in this book. I noticed several sentences that suffered from poor word phrasing in the book. It was a well edited book. It's not a book that I'd read again, but it's worth reading for the ending. Enjoy!!!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Military Fiction.        
Age recommendations -- Fifth grade through adulthood.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- Mild for a war story setting.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review of -- Sleeping Dragons Books 1-6 (Box Set) by Ophelia Bell

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Sleeping Dragons Books 1-6 (Box Set) by Ophelia Bell

Overall star rating --- 4

Book creation ratings --
*based on 1-10 scale with 1-4=poor, 5-7=good, 8-10=very good.*
-- 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 --
On the rare occasions when I do read erotica, I like it to be good erotica. This is good erotica. The writer has a very unique take on an erotic novel.  If you like erotica, and dragons, and fantasy, you'll definitely want to read this one. The whole archeologist, mysterious temple angle so totally works, and the mix of characters is great. And who doesn't love dragons?  Dragons and erotica mix so very well.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- erotica
Age recommendations -- definitely 18 plus
Sex content rating -- scorching hot
Violence rating -- nil, zilch, none

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review of Finding the Dragon by Josette Reuel

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Finding the Dragon (D├ísreach Council Book 1) by Josette Reuel 

Overall star rating --- 3

About the book:
Kai Darrow is a dragon shifter and the next leader of the D├ísreach Council – that is if he and the other twelve members of the Thirteen can find their mates. Years of frustration push Kai to take action and with a little luck and finesse maybe he can find the woman of his destiny.

Alvena Anderson prefers books over people, yet she still craves love and adventure. In a rut, a trip with her Book Worm friends is just what she needs – until unexplained accidents, a Psychic reading, and a tattooed hottie from the plane make her want to run home.

Unbeknownst to the Thirteen a darkness is working against them, preventing possible mates from coming into contact with them. Working in the shadows and using human pawns, the darkness has set its sights on Alvena and her friends.

Can she accept her real life hero before it’s too late?

Book creation ratings --
*based on 1-10 scale with 1-4=poor, 5-7=good, 8-10=very good.*
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 7

The review --
This book, in part, paves the way for other books to come in this series. It's a different take on the paranormal romance, in that they meet their mates through tattoo parlors that they run. And then there are the tattoos that the guys have. Plus, there's this unknown element that is throwing a monkey wrench in the process of the women finding the men; and going to the extremes of even trying to kill the women. Not your run of the mill paranormal romance. Lots of action and drama.

Good book, with a unique take on the paranormal romance. Different shifters, bear, dragon, panther, etc. Enjoyable read. Sometimes book gets a bit bogged down by being in the character's head too much, and them thinking over this and that. Liked the Kai character a lot, but could have used a bit more confidence and assertiveness.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- moderate

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review of Revolution by J.S. Frankel

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Revolution (Catnip Book 3) by J.S. Frankel 

Overall star rating --- 5      
 

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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 --
Harry and Anatasia are thrust into danger once again as the book opens; and they are confronted with a new danger. The author sets the tone of tension and dread from the opening paragraph and suspense carries the reader through the last pages.

New and interesting characters are brought into the story and are craftily developed by the writer's skillful hand. He wraps the readers into the characters world until you are vested in them. Wonderfully written book. The book is well written and edited throughout the series. Strong imagery and sentence structure make this a pleasurable book to read.

The story line is plausible and consistent throughout the book and series. He did his homework before striking out on this tale. You want to read this book for the smashing good ending. You'll have to read it to find out the ending. I'll never tell. Enjoy!!!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Science Fiction/Adventure        
Age recommendations -- 13 and up.        
Sex content rating -- Suggest scenes that stopped and left it to the readers imagination. Mild.        
Violence rating -- Moderate. That is why I suggest the age of thirteen. The scenes were vivid but not long. It wasn't the major thrust of the book, but necessary in the telling of the adventure.        

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Review of -- The Menagerie by J.S. Frankel

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker        

Book Review of -- The Menagerie by J.S. Frankel

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Overall star rating --- 5    
   

Book creation ratings --
*based on 1-10 scale with 1-4=poor, 5-7=good, 8-10=very good.*
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting --10        

The review --
Well, the author hit another home run in my opinion. It starts here on earth and reaches out to the depths of the deep space. I read it slower than past books because I wanted the pleasure to last. I've read my share of bad books since starting this reviewing work. This gifted writer will draw you in and hold your attention from cover to cover.

The main character experiences a major adversity in life, but it leads to a life changing adventure. The readers will meet a great many different animals and people along the way. The readers will travel to a variety of planets along the journey.

This well written story is graced by an outstanding editor. There's no noticeable editing mistakes to distract the reader, and that's a major plus.  It was pure pleasure to read. The storyline was fast paced and filled with tension, and danger filled the air. I don't want spoil the ending of the story, but it's well worth the read. Enjoy!    
            
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Science Fiction Adventure.        
Age recommendations -- 7 or 8 and up.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- Mild.        

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review of -- Shifting Shadows by Betty Woodcock

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker        

Book Review of --
Shifting Shadows by Betty Woodcock        

Overall star rating --- 3       


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Book creation ratings
*based on 1-10 scale with 1-4=poor, 5-7=good, 8-10=very good.*
-- Story & characters -- 5        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 8        

The review --
I usually know within the first chapter if I am in for a good read. The book started very slow, and it didn't gain momentum until around page 50. It begins to gain momentum, but never gets past third gear. The story suffers from a very slow pace and very overused plot. I found the characters rather irritating because the men let the women dominate their lives.

The book was well written structurally speaking. There was moments of really interesting imagery, but not enough to save it. The editing was very good with just a few small oversights. Editing was not the thing that kept this book from gaining a fourth star. I just didn't connect with the characters or the predictable storyline. Frankly I was thrilled to finish the journey. It's a book worth checking out if you're interested in the subject. You could do a lot worse. Here's to good reading folks. Enjoy!!!"

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Supernatural.        
Age recommendations -- 10 and older.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- None.        

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review of -- A Touch of Passion (boxed set romance bundle)

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
A Touch of Passion (boxed set romance bundle) by Uvi Poznansky  (Author), Mimi Barbour  (Author), Elizabeth Marx (Author), Tamara Ferguson  (Author), Regina Puckett  (Author), B. J. Robinson  (Author), Laura Taylor  (Author), Suzanne Jenkins  (Author), Cynthia Woolf  (Author), Lisa Gillis  (Author), Traci Hall  (Author), Donna Fasano  (Author)

Overall star rating --- 4

About the book:
Lose yourself in a touch of passion. Whether it’s the beauty in a song or the magic of a kiss, the agony of heartbreak or the hunger of yearning, explore ecstasy and desire in these captivating full-length, award winning novels. Written by eight bestselling, USA Today and NY Times authors, this boxed set has it all: Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Victorian Romance, Western Romance, Romantic Suspense, Wounded Warrior Romance, Military Romance, and Literary Fiction. These sensual tales of love with a strong female lead will leave you with a smile on your lips and music in your heart.

The Music of Us by Uvi Poznansky (Bestselling Author)
Lenny goes as far back as the moment he met Natasha during WWII, when he was a soldier and she—a star. Natasha was a riddle to him then, and with all the changes she has gone through, she still is.

Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour (NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author)
How could Anne return to Texas knowing that her son would be meeting a father who didn't know he existed? And how could she go back to face the only man she'd ever truly loved?

That Unforgettable Kiss by Tamara Ferguson (Top-10 Bestselling Author, Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Award Winner-New Adult)
Since Kate Callahan will be running the family construction business someday, she doesn’t have time for love. Until fate steps in by way of an unforgettable kiss from architectural intern Michael Murphy.

Concealed in My Heart by Regina Puckett (Bestselling Author, Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner)
Charity Fields is married to her childhood sweetheart and has the job of her dreams—until a terrible lie and a heartbreaking betrayal turns her life upside down.

Perfect for Him by Suzanne Jenkins (Bestselling Author)
As they danced, Jason whispered words of love to Harley, while her oncologist’s terrifying diagnosis kept ricocheting in her skull. To ensure he’d be okay after she was gone, Harley would take matters of love into her own hands.

Nellie by Cynthia Woolf (Bestselling Author)
Saloon owner Blake Malone is a bachelor and likes it that way. Nellie Wallace, a widow, needs a husband but never expected a man like him. Can Nellie and Blake make a marriage out of mutual need, without love being involved?

Ambrosia by the Sea by Traci Hall (USA Today Bestselling Author)
After a bitter betrayal by her late husband, self-taught chef Celia Langdon moved to the sea, where dive shop owner Dax Smith dared her to heal from the heart.

The Single Daddy Club: Derrick by Donna Fasano (USA Today Bestselling Author)
Ex-military man Derrick is solitary and satisfied—until Timmy’s dropped into his lap and Derrick must become a daddy. Fate has denied Anna a family of her own, but she has plenty of love to give, if only someone would notice.


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

The review --
Favorite books in the set:
Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour
That Unforgettable Kiss by Tamara Ferguson
Nellie by Cynthia Woolf
This is a very good romance box set, as there is bound to be something in there that most everyone will love, and several that you will like. I know I had my favorites, and they're listed above. But overall, it is a very well put together box set that I would gladly recommend. The great thing about box sets is it gives you a chance to get to know some new-to-you writers and check out their work. This set is no exception, as they have a great collection of writers here for your reading pleasure.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- varies
Violence rating -- varies, mild to moderate

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review of -- Double Occupancy by Elaine Raco Chase

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Double Occupancy by Elaine Raco Chase

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My overall star rating -- 4

Book creation ratings --
*based on 1-10 scale with 1-4=poor, 5-7=good, 8-10=very good.*
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 9

My review:
It was a good book, and an enjoyable read. The characters were very likeable, and the author does a great job of describing the location. There's good give and take and banter between the 2 main characters. It would be a great addition to your romance library.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- none

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review of -- Little Red Riding Bears by Sable Sylvan

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Little Red Riding Bears: A BBW Bear Shifter Paranormal Romance (Bear-y Spicy Fairy Tales Book 2) by Sable Sylvan

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Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
When Meredith “Red” Baxter’s grandmother’s rent goes up, fiery Red goes straight to the landlord to complain, but the last thing she expects to find? Three big bad grizzlies hibernating…and willing to strike a deal about the rent, if Red can sweeten the honeypot.

Meredith strikes a deal with the three werebear best friends: she'll be their live-in housekeeper and chef for the winter, but only if they agree to never raise her grandmother's rent again. Brandon, Scott, and Nathan soon find that the redhead might be the girl they’ve been looking for all their lives, their fated mate, but will she be able to accept their unorthodox lifestyle?

The Oregon nights are cold, but hibernating with the bears gets hot and heavy when all three bear shifters try to woo curvy Red together. The three best friends share the same mate mark: now, all they have to do is romance the petite but curvy girl. At the end of the day, will little Red start riding bears?

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
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 --
So where to I start? How about with hot? As in the sizzling action in this book. And no, it's not kinky sex scenes. Yes, it has some very hot sex scenes, but they are well written and fit into the flow of the book. What truly makes the book and gets it such high ratings are the characters and the tale that is told.

The author does an excellent job with both the characters and the tale, which is a take off on a fairy tale theme. The guys are swoon worthy, and everything you would want in romance novel men. But Red is no slouch. I really like Red a lot, and her Grandma, who is …. well, to know more about Grandma, you'll have to read the book.

It's a hot, sexy, well written book with characters you can like and care about, that tells a fun story.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- sizzling hot
Violence rating -- none

Monday, May 15, 2017

Review of -- Sheriff Bear by Zoe Chant

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Sheriff Bear: BBW Paranormal Bear Shifter Romance (Bears of Pinerock County Book 1) by Zoe Chant

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
A small-town sheriff + a wrongly accused BBW on the run + deadly enemies and dangerous passions = a sizzling forbidden love!

Bear shifter and small-town sheriff Axl Tanner isn't looking for trouble or temptation when he walks into Marge's Diner, but he discovers two things at a glance. First: the smoking hot waitress with flaming red hair and curves in all the right places is also the woman on the wanted poster back in his office. Second: she's his mate!

Framed for a crime she didn't commit and running from dangerous enemies, curvy Tara Malloy is waiting tables in a truck-stop diner while trying to figure out how to clear her name and get her life back. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a drop-dead-sexy sheriff and his entire bear clan. But she's always been a sucker for a man in uniform ...

Axl knows he shouldn't fall for the sexy fugitive; Tara knows better than to fall for a cop. But flaming desire pulls them together, and Axl can't leave his mate to face her enemies alone. Can they overcome their differences and find the love they've been dreaming of ... or will Tara's deadly past claim both their lives?

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
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 --
I really enjoyed the story in this book, and that's takes center stage. The characters are engaging and very likeable, and the setting that it takes place in is awesome.

The writer has come up with a wonderful story and great characters, which I know you'll want to check out. If you like paranormal romance, then this is a book that you shouldn't miss. It's excellent. I especially love the setting of the book, and her great skill in making it come alive, but yet, not boring you with description details.

I've read this author before, and she never fails to satisfy.

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

Links for the book:

Buy it on Amazon

Author's Amazon page

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review of -- Benzen by Zara Zenia

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Benzen: A Sci-Fi Alien Romance (Warriors of Orba Book 1) by Zara Zenia

Overall star rating --- 2.5

About the book:
Only one person can protect her, and that's ME.

After escaping their home, six aliens, including Benzen, hope to find freedom on a different planet. They end up crashing onto a strange planet, a strange culture, and even stranger inhabitants.

They expected to learn some new things. However, one didn't expect to find love.

The Orba warriors are on the run from their people, now that their once peace-loving planet has been taken over by a hostile dictator, Palzu. They find out that they ended up on Earth and meet a young woman named Allison who takes them under her wing.

When Palzu's soldiers come after them, the group splits up and Benzen stays behind to protect Allison. But then he starts to develop feelings for her.

What will happen when he's forced to show her what he truly is? Will she accept him or fear him? And will they be able to escape Palzu's forces?

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 19
-- Story & characters -- 4
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Not a bad book, but not a great one either. The cover most definitely outstrips the book. There are definite holes and gaps in the story, and the story doesn't fit the blurb well at all. The aliens all seem rather wussy to me, and I never really did get into the book. The end of the book leaves a lot to be desired, and it isn't a well written, cohesive book.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction, fantasy
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- mild to moderate

Links for the book:

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Author's Amazon page

Friday, May 12, 2017

Review of -- Ambrosia Chronicles by K. C. Simos

Reviewed by -- Mo        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
Ambrosia Chronicles by K. C. Simos 

Overall star rating --- 4-1/2      
 

About the book:
The complete "Ambrosia Chronicles" e-trilogy:

Book 1 - “The Discovery”
When Alex is reunited with her high school crush, Ian, she discovers that he is part of a suspicious organisation that she herself becomes involved with. Suddenly entrusted with a heavily sought-after little pouch, she must go on the run. Alex must let go of the frustrations of ignorance at her new circumstances with the knowledge that the less she knows the safer she'll be, while she relies on the protection of her arrogant and mysterious rescuer in order to reach the organisation's headquarters in one piece.

Book 2 - “The Initiation”
Now that Alex is officially the Protector, she embarks on a road trip through Europe together with Ian. But will Ian ever be able to get past Alex’s assent up the Muse ladder? What will happen when the two of them run into mysterious Lucas again? And what role does Emma’s Sight have in all of this?
Join Alex and Emma as they start to untangle the web of secrets that revolve around Muse…

Book 3 - “The Curse”
The thrilling conclusion of the Ambrosia Chronicles trilogy. Alex and Emma prepare for the inevitable face-off with the Rogue Queen Regina, after uncovering some truly shocking secrets...

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 24        
-- Story & characters -- 8        
-- 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 --
Books 1-3 The Discovery, The Initiation, The Curse
>> Warning this review contains content from all three books <<
Law student Alex is pretty normal as the average girl goes. After the worries of exams are over she runs into her crush from high school, Ian. After an encounter with some brutal strangers she is trusted with the great responsibility of keeping a powerful lock safe until she reaches the final destination. Along the way, she gets to know her former high school teacher and her professors’ younger brother. She came to some shocking realizations about the world she lives in. Sudden betrayal, action, and adventure lurk around every corner in the series; drama and romance also make an appearance.

Alex is a nice girl who is definitely relatable. The story seemed to move along nicely and had just enough information about the characters, and didn't over-do it with descriptions about what they were wearing. The book included unexpected twists and a bit of violence. I didn't want to stop reading. It blended perfectly, and the plot was well thought out. The books didn't go off topic like similar stories or throw too much at me so I didn't know what was going on. The characters progressed wonderfully. They all became different and definitely grew in their own way.

I felt a little bit of disappointment when I read about her having multiple powers. I had hoped this wouldn’t turn into a (oh she's so powerful overnight thing), but instead showed her struggles with getting along with certain people and with handling her powers. I loved the shocking revelations, and the sad ending, it was a wonderful way to complete the series. As more characters were introduced, I found myself liking them and enjoying what they brought. None felt unneeded to the story, and they all seemed to go well together.

Book 1: 252 pages
Book 2: 266 pages
Book 3: 233 pages
Total: 751 pages"
        
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- YA Fiction/Fanasty
Age recommendations -- This story is best suited for ages 13 and up (any younger, have parent read it and see if its’ alright for you to read).        
Sex content rating -- none        
Violence rating -- mild        

** The author's links **

Amazon

Amazon author page

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review of -- SECTOR 64: Ambush by Dean M. Cole

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
SECTOR 64: Ambush: Sector 64 Book One by Dean M. Cole

Overall star rating --- 5        

About the book:
Sandra just discovered she's pregnant, but with humanity on the brink of extinction, this Air Force Captain might be the world's only hope. Independence Day meets The X-Files when Air Force fighter pilots Jake Giard and Sandra Fitzpatrick join a decades-old secret project to integrate today's Earth into a galactic government. But when a galactic civil war spills onto our shores, plunging the planet into an otherworldly post-apocalyptic hell, can Jake and Sandy save humanity from extinction?

As unknown aliens with a dark secret continue to raid the planet, Jake fights through a post-apocalyptic hell, struggling to comprehend the enigmatic aftermath of the first attack.

On the West Coast, Sandra's squadron smashes against the invading aliens. Thrown to ground, Sandy wades through blazing infernos and demented looters in a desperate attempt to save her family.

Finally, with the fate of the world in the balance, both captains must take the battle to the enemy—humanity's very survival hanging on their success.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 28        
-- Story & characters -- 9        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 9        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
In beginning of this book, the author snags you into the storyline by twisting and turning it. The author has done the background needed to make the pilot's flights very real. And has put this information into understandable words, so much so that I could easily understand what was happening, and why, without having to look up definitions. The is a sex scene and a half in book. Not really steamy, but enough to warrant a mention for those who are looking at getting this book for someone else.

The chapters do jump around to different areas in the "world" so that the reader can know what is happening everywhere at the same time within the next chapter or two. The author is very descriptive about the places and what is going on at those places that it feels like you are a fly on the wall watching the events unfold.                

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction        
Age recommendations -- 18 plus        
Sex content rating -- Yes, mild- just one and a half scenes        
Violence rating -- moderate to a lot- they are in a war        

** The author's links **

Amazon

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Website

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review of -- Enemy Among Us by Kevin Hamilton

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
Enemy Among Us by Kevin Hamilton

Overall star rating --- 5        


About the book:
Marcus Remalliond awakens on a hilltop overlooking a battle with a fuzzy head and an arrow embedded in his shoulder; he dispatches the archer who attacks him and begins to rush down to join the fray when it hits him, he doesn’t know which side he belongs to or even who he is! ‘Enemy Among Us’ introduces the world of Larcurion, and the nations of Escrania and Traevinia. The war between the rival nations has been going on for nearly three centuries. Amid this backdrop of conflict, Marcus thrust into a world he can no longer remember. He encounters Nathan, a name from his past and self-professed best friend, who begins filling in some of the gaps. Nathan and Marcus begin the long return trek ‘home’ to Traevinia with the rest of the soldiers through wilderness, traverse the cursed mountain Nargonlythe, and encounter dangers and monsters of Traevinian myth along the way. Marcus begins to learn about Larcurion, and the two warring nations of Escrania and Traevinia: their histories, their religion, their conflicts. All the while, Marcus is struggling to reconnect with who he is; desperate to fit in. Something’s wrong though; some of Marcus’s memories coming to the surface don’t jibe with what he’s learning of who “he is”. He remembers a lost love, friends from his past, and bits and pieces that don’t seem to fit with what Nathan and the Traevinians are telling him. He was trained to be a weapon for the Traevinian king Keiten, to strike out at the heart of the nation of Escrania. He’ll spread chaos and fear along with the rest of his division- the Masks. This sounds right, but if that’s so, why does everything feel so strange to him? What’s true, where does he belong, and can he figure all of this out before it’s too late? What makes a hero, is it his past, or is it the choices he makes of his life? These are the questions that Marcus must answer for himself all while trying to stay alive.         

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 --
Enemy Among Us started out with a hook for me and just kept on reeling me in. I wish I could of read it straight through, but life kept getting in my way.        

The storyline is one that I have yet to read which thoroughly kept me guessing at what was to happen next. The way the author has written the story made me care for each of the characters, even the "bad' ones, because it explains their points of view. All of which I could relate to and rationalize with to an extent.        
The ending is beautifully written and has left me hoping that I will get another wonderful story about an incredible adventure with Marcus.        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Adventure with a bit of Fantasy        
Age recommendations -- 18 plus        
Sex content rating -- mild         
Violence rating -- moderate to a lot. There is fights, battles, and death.        

** The author's links **

Amazon

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Review of -- Adventures on the Breeze (Clouds in the Wide Blue Sky, Beginner Readers & Bedtime Stories from the Heart Book 2) by Kristen Iten

Reviewed by -- Shannan Williams        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
Adventures on the Breeze (Clouds in the Wide Blue Sky, Beginner Readers & Bedtime Stories from the Heart Book 2) by Kristen Iten

Overall star rating --- 5     
  

About the book:
After a tired little cloud falls asleep on the breeze, he wakes to realize that he has drifted far from the lands he knows. He sets out on his new adventure eager for what awaits. The little cloud is confused when things don’t go the way he expected. He has visited new places. He has seen new faces. Will he make new friends?

Children around the world have fallen in love with the vibrant colors and fun illustrations in our Clouds in the Wide Blue Sky series. Parents will appreciate the positive underlying message that everyone has a unique gift that someone, somewhere will appreciate!

Be sure to read to the end – you just might find something fun back there!!

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 --
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I’m so glad I did.  It’s such a cute little story.

The story is about a cloud who falls asleep and gets blown away to other parts unknown to him. He ends up in the desert and is excited to meet new friends. He finds a cactus family, a snake, and a lady making iced tea. He tries to cover them with his shade. However, they don’t want anything to do with him.  He is blocking their sun.

The lost little cloud doesn’t understand why they don’t want his shade. He continues floating along until he finds some people that can appreciate him. He is so excited to find new friends.
 
This book was well written with wonderful pictures. It’s a great book to read to a child. I think this would be one that they would want to hear over and over again.                        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- children        
Age recommendations -- young children        
Sex content rating -- none        
Violence rating -- none        

** The author's links **

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review of -- Human Instincts by Ioana Visan

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
Human Instincts by Ioana Visan 

Overall star rating --- 5        

About the book:
Dr. Deanna Nichols is a geneticist searching for a cure to save the world. After the war nearly destroyed it by releasing an aggressive virus, it was the vaccine that killed the humanity’s chances for progress and survival. Deanna feels guilty because she has participated in creating the vaccine, and General Mackenzie never lets her forget that.

Their luck changes when they are contacted by the convicts held in a secret military prison hidden in the arctic desert. The C deviance criminals are willing to negotiate and provide unaffected DNA samples in exchange for supplies and a visit paid by the doctor herself. Suddenly there’s hope, so Deanna embarks on a dangerous journey to a grittier reality than she had expected.

Could a woman alone save the world?        

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

The review --
This book is a post apocalyptic story where the main character is trying to save the human race. I really enjoyed the morals that were in the story. One of them is how even in rough/ horrible times, some people still try to be human. Another one is how even though one makes a mistake, they can come back from it.         
This book, for me, wasn't slow at all, and just kept me on the edge of my seat till I finished the book. I really don't recall any slow parts in the book at all. The are some parts where people get hurt, but the author did not go into much description about what happened to them. I really like that it was up to the readers imagination to fill in those parts.        

The was a twist at the end that really caught me off guard the first time through, but when I reread the story, I was able to see foreshadowing for the twist. Loved it!!        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction        
Age recommendations -- 18+ due to some violence and scientific explanations        
Sex content rating -- there is none in the story, just the thought that it might happen
Violence rating -- from 1-5, 3 due to the fights that happened in the middle to end        

** The author's links **

Amazon

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review of -- Worth the Chase by J.L. Beck

Reviewed by -- Lee'Anne        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
Worth the Chase (Worth It Series Book 1) by J.L. Beck 

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Overall star rating --- 5

        
Book creation ratings --
based on a 1-10 scale -- 1-4, poor -- 5-7, good -- 8-10, great --
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting --10        

The review --
Ah! Such a fantastic read, as I’ve come to expect from JL Beck! I’m a big fan of the kingpin series and an even bigger fan of the bittersweet series, so my excitement level was near a 10 with the start of this book, and JL Beck definitely does not disappoint. I laughed out loud from the very first page. I just love this author's writing, flow, and character development. This series is a crossover from the two original series centering around Alzerro’s daughter from the kingpin series and Corey’s son from the Bittersweet series.

Gia King is ready to get out and experience life away from her father’s watchful eyes, so she packs up and heads for Auburn University. Chase Winchester is Auburn’s notorious playboy with an attitude to match. The attraction between the two is immediate, but Gia isn’t willing to have a one night stand and doesn’t think that Chase would possibly be interested in more. When Gia’s father catches them in a compromising position and Gia blurts that Chase is her boyfriend, things get really interesting.

I really enjoyed the passion and emotion written into this book. It’s definitely one you won’t want to put down once you’ve started reading. I can’t wait for the next installment. Bravo JL Beck!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Romance        
Age recommendations -- 18+        
Sex content rating -- hot        
Violence rating -- moderate        

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review of -- The Art of Going Home by Nicole Sorrell

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
The Art of Going Home by Nicole Sorrell        

Overall star rating --- 4

About the book:
Maddie dreads going home to face memories of her twin, who was murdered at the age of ten. But she must return to the tiny town after a decade to attend a funeral. As it turns out, the haunting reminders of her sister are the least of her worries...

Not given details of the drowning at age ten, Maddie reluctantly agrees to solve the mystery and track down the killer. Digging into her past causes long suppressed childhood memories to come crashing forward, and she begins to doubt everything she once believed. And everybody she thought she could trust.

Including Zac, her high school crush. Though she can't find the strength to end their romance, Maddie isn't sure she can forgive his betrayal. As she struggles to come to grips with her family's past and accept the compassion of those who love her, will the horrifying discovery of who killed her sister heal old wounds... or scar her forever?
        
Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 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 --
The book was beautifully written. The characters were very well developed and the settings were wonderfully described. The storyline on the other hand just was not my cup of tea. This book is about a girl finally going home after ten years away, with limited contact with those from her old town. Throughout the book, Maddie goes through a thrill wind of issues and emotions to finally fix issues that were long overdue for fixing. There is more descriptive sex in this book than I care to read, so being honest, I just skimmed over those pages. 
    
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Mystery        
Age recommendations -- 18+        
Sex content rating -- Hot to steamy        
Violence rating -- Mild        

** The author's links **

Amazon

Amazon author page

Facebook page

Website
http://www.nicolesorrell.com/                                                          

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review of -- Sanguinary by Margo Bond Collins

Reviewed by -- Shannan Williams        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
Sanguinary (Night Shift Book 1) by Margo Bond Collins 

Overall star rating --- 5        

About the book:
When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city’s vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department. She didn’t know then what she knows now: A silent war rages between humans and their supposedly pacified predators, and the vampires are winning. With the clock running out on her kind, Cami will do whatever she must to defeat the “Sanguinary.”

Enter Reese Fulton, a disaffected ex-cop and a vampire. She can’t exactly trust him, but with his cowboy boots and good-ole-boy drawl he’s the perfect beard for Cami’s fledgling undercover operation. Yet playing Reese’s Claimed—a vampire’s personal bloodgiver—isn’t as straightforward as she was led to believe. His bite is as enthralling as his dimpled smile, and soon Cami is wondering which will pose more of a challenge: subduing the enemies of humanity...or her own desire.

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 --
This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I was very impressed.  The characters were so real in this book that I truly felt as if I was right there with them. Cami and Reese make a great team. I loved following their story as they got to know each other better, and the circumstances they got into. This book has tons of action and I was sucked in right at the beginning. This book held my attention all the way through and I could not believe the ending. The author totally left us hanging, ready for the next book. I love cliffhanger books like this. The action in this book was intense; the connection between Reese and Cami was super hot, and once they got together…watch out.  I can’t wait to read the next book to find out what happens to them now. I highly recommend this book to vampire lovers everywhere. It’s great and I should mention there are a lot of funny parts as well. Cami is a real butt-kicker of a character and that is awesome!        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Paranormal mystery        
Age recommendations -- 18        
Sex content rating -- super hot        
Violence rating -- extreme        

** The author's links **

Amazon

Amazon author page

Facebook page

Website