Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review of Tracking A Shadow by R. Weir

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Tracking A Shadow, A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel by R. Weir        

Overall star rating --- 8
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
I picked this delightful book up on Kindle, looking for a good Detective Mystery. I found it in spades. It's a very fast paced novel with more twist and turns than a snake's trail. Well developed storyline and plot with plenty of interesting characters. The intriguing aspect of the story is in answering the question why? Wonderful story, well edited, and filled with imagery. You'll really enjoy it. There's a few short sexual situations in the book which simply add to the story. Well handled with taste and brevity. Enjoy.

Genre -- Detective Mystery        
Age recommendations -- 16 and up.        
Sex content rating -- Mild to slightly moderate.        
Violence rating -- Mild.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review of Rising Empire, Part 3, by C.S. Woolley

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Rising Empire, Part 3, The Chronicles of Celadmore by C.S. Woolley        

Overall star rating --- 5
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
I must admit that I lost track of the book's story since the last book, so I appreciated the list of characters and short review at the start of the book. It took a while for me to reconnect with everything. It's a wonderful story with plenty of energy, drama, action, and strong imagery. I felt like I was in the story looking at the action first hand. I found the ending disappointing though I understand it. It's a story set in war time and things happen. I won't do into it but it's really good. Enjoy.

Genre -- War Drama        
Age recommendations -- 16 and up        
Sex content rating -- Mild.        
Violence rating -- Moderate.        

Monday, July 24, 2017

Review of Shari's Shot by James Ross

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Shari's Shot by James Ross

Overall star rating --- 8
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
In the next installment of the Prairie Wind's series the Author takes a change of direction in Sheri's Shot. It starts out and introduces a free spirit woman who gets up to her neck in trouble in this romantic mystery, "who done it." It's not the type of book I normally read but I trust the author and waited for business to pick up. It did and the story flew by. He's attention to detail and character development is among the best I've read. It has a very strong storyline and cast of characters. I do hope he has more stories involving the characters of this delightful series. Well done and enjoy.        

Genre -- Romantic Mystery        
Age recommendations -- 13 and older.        
Sex content rating -- Very mild.        
Violence rating -- Mild.        

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review of Paddy's Score by James Ross

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Paddy's Score by James Ross

Overall star rating --- 5
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
I have never read a book that's evoked such a range of emotion within me like this book in particular. I wanted to reach into the pages of this work and rip the very essence from several characters. The author was very successful in reaching that deeply into this reviewer's emotions and I applaud his work. I even went and read the ending of the story halfway through the book. I had to read the ending before going any deeper into the book. Once again this book is better than the one's before,and that's saying something! I salute the writer and editor who worked on this book. It's a job well done. I encourage you to get the book and enjoy!                        

Genre -- Mystery.         
Age recommendations -- 16 and up.        
Sex content rating -- Moderate.        
Violence rating -- Moderate.        
Though the violence and sex scenes are few in this work, some might be shocking to their system.                                 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Review of Opur's Blade by James Ross

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Opur's Blade by James Ross        

Overall star rating --- 5
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
Sometimes life isn't fair. It's another great effort in this series of books. I know you'll enjoy it like the others as young Opur grows into manhood before your eyes. Enjoy.                        

Genre -- Life's Drama        
Age recommendations -- 15 and up.        
Sex content rating -- Mild.        
Violence rating -- Mild.        

Friday, July 21, 2017

Review of Tuey's Course by James Ross

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Tuey's Course by James Ross        

Overall star rating --- 5        
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 10        

The review --
This story hit so close to home for me that I read the last 10 chapters with tears rolling down my face. What happens to a man when the hits just keep coming in waves? It got so bad in my life that in 2001 just days before 9/11, I walked out of a church and brushed the dirt from my shoes as a witness against them. I have not preached or been back to church since that night. I prayed that night if He needed me then He knew where I was at. I haven't received the Macedonia call since then. I've been where Tuey ends up. how does he react when he comes to that place? You'll never know without reading this book! Great writing, awesome storyline, and an outstanding editing job. Enjoy the journey.

Genre -- Life's drama with a sprinkle of mystery.        
Age recommendations -- 15 and up.        
Sex content rating -- Mild.        
Violence rating -- Mild.     

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review of Finish Line by James Ross

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Finish Line by James Ross

Overall star rating --- 5        
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
The second story picks up where the first book, Born Loser, ends. It has a wonderful stor line that features Curt and the other golf course regulars. I don't want to give anything away that would detract from your enjoyment of the book. It's wonderfully written and well edited. Get it and continue the journey. Enjoy!!!                        

Genre -- Life's Drama.        
Age recommendations -- 11 and up.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- Small amount.             

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review of Lifetime Loser by James Ross

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Lifetime Loser by James Ross

Overall star rating --- 5        
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 10        

The review --
This story had more twist-turns-traps and out-of-bounds than any golf course on the face of this earth. It's a fast paced story that never slows down, as the author pulls us into his world of words. It's artfully put together and a pleasure to read.

The characters are real winners also. Honesty collides with greed and like life, you really hate the bad guys. They are slicker than a greased pig and continue to kick dirt in the face of justice. Who will win this delightful match of courage and wit?

The books is edited well and put together skillfully by those who helped the author finish the book. I hate a book that's sloppily edited and not professionally put together. Great job.

I have never disliked a group of villains more than those in this book. The good guys are taken through the wringer and thrown on the ground by these creeps. The author develops the story's characters fully and you will care about a host of good guys, but will they find justice?

I never give away the ending of a book because it ruins the pleasure of the story. You'll really like the 17th and 18th hole of this book. Enjoy the read folks!"                

Genre -- Mystery Drama.        
Age recommendations -- 13 and up.        
Sex content rating -- Very Mild.        
Violence rating -- Mild.        

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review of General Houston's Little Spy by Cara Skinner

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
General Houston's Little Spy by Cara Skinner

Overall star rating --- 5        
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 10        

The review --
I had the wonderful experience of living in Ft Worth Texas from 1978-1982. The great thing about Texas is it never leaves you. I love Kentucky with all my heart, but I will always cherish Texas. I still remember the Alamo to this day. The storyline is gripping and the story never gets old.

The author used vivid language that brought the details of that historic struggle to life in the reader's mind. I kept saying in my heart to young Danny and Sam, don't go to San Antonio and the Alamo.

You will enjoy this fast paced historic western book. It will bring tears to your eyes and pride to your heart. It's well written and well worth you time. Enjoy.                

Genre -- Historical Western        
Age recommendations -- 13 and up.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- Mild.             

Monday, July 17, 2017

Review of Red Silvia by Kristen Holt

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Red Silvia by Kristen Holt

Overall star rating --- 2        
-- Story & characters -- 5        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 10        

The review --
The story reminds me of a preacher repeating his points over and over as he moves through the sermon. It was a car stuck in mud in a wet field. I love police stories and romance books, but not this one.

I never connected with the characters so I gave up on it after 7 chapters. It was to slow for me to continue and there's too many good books out there to read!

Well edited and nice cover is the highlight of this book. It's not for me but some of you might enjoy it. Different strokes for different folks, I always say. Enjoy."                        

Genre -- Police Romance        
Age recommendations -- 16 and up.        
Sex content rating -- Mild through seven chapters.
Violence rating -- None through seven chapters

Friday, July 14, 2017

Review of -- Immortality by Adam Rabinowitz

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of -- Lost Soul - Immortality by Adam Rabinowitz 

Overall star rating --- 4.5        
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 10        

The review --
The Author uses a wonderful device at the start of this magical thriller. He set the background of the story before bringing it into the present. Thus continuing the struggle of evil to obtain immortality. It's a fast movie adventure that's well thought out and features many outstanding characters. It really is a thrill a page with a wonderful ending. Great editing drives the story along with no boring minutes. You will enjoy it. Promise! Enjoy.                        

Genre -- Magical Thiller        
Age recommendations -- 11 and older        
Sex content rating -- Mild
Violence rating -- Mild   

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Beginnings by J.S. Frankel        

Overall star rating --- 5        
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 10        

The review --
What happens when a 17 year-old orphanage runaway meets up with a group of different type of crime fighters? Jesse shows once again that the term family is different today than when I was growing up. It's a fast paced story filled with excitement, danger, and a wonderful ending once again. The characters are well developed and the editing flawless once again. The imagery is fantastic in this book. This author really knows how to put together a story. It's a must read for those who like a different twist on the vampire and other monster storyline. I loved it and so will you. Enjoy.                        

Genre -- Science Fiction        
Age recommendations -- 10 and up        
Sex content rating -- None
Violence rating -- Mild

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review of -- A Straits Settlement by Brian Stoddart

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
A Straits Settlement: A Superintendent Le Fanu Mystery by Brian Stoddart

Overall star rating --- 1.5        
-- Story & characters -- 4        
-- Cover & title -- 7        
-- Editing & formatting -- 8        

The review --
I was never into this book at all. Watching paint dry would be a better use of my time so I tapped out about a quarter the way through it. The author spent so much time on the mundane that I never really got a good idea where the story was going. The characters weren't interesting and lost me after the first page. I guess mysteries set in history just isn't my cup of tea? The editing seemed good but the editor just didn't have much to work with in this book. Hoping for a better read with the next book. Enjoy.                         

Genre -- Historical Mystery        
Age recommendations -- 15        
Sex content rating -- None        
Violence rating -- None

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review of -- Dead Men Do Come Back by Steven C. Levi

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Dead Men Do Come Back by Steven C. Levi

Overall star rating --- 4        
-- Story & characters -- 9
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 10        

The review --
The book starts out fast and I got the sense that I was embarking on a 5 star story. It's hard to beat a murder mystery set in Alaska. We have a likable U.S. Marshall and a host of well developed characters. Murder, gold, thievery, and a beautiful woman thrown into the mix. How could such a book tumble from my five star rank?  I didn't like the way the story kept dragging along. To much time was spent chewing on the same facts for my liking. I wasn't thrilled with the ending of the book, but that's just me.

The book was well edited and it eventually got to the end. It was a good read and worth your while to read it. Enjoy.                        

Genre -- Mystery Thriller        
Age recommendations -- 12 and older        
Sex content rating -- None        
Violence rating -- Mild        

                                                                                

Monday, July 10, 2017

Review of -- The German Messenger by David Malcolm

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
The German Messenger by David Malcolm

Overall star rating --- 2        
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10

The review --
Boy, this is a tough one to wrap my head around. I wanted to read this book so badly and begged for it. I love mystery books and my dad fought in WWI, in France and in the trenches. I majored in History in college. I knew after two paragraphs that this book and me weren't going to get along. The pace of the book was super slow motion and it never picked up. I must be honest and tell you that I bailed after the halfway point. I did jump back on board for the last chapter and it was dull to me. It was sorta like getting a beautifully cooked New York Strip Steak that makes your mouth water, but it had no flavor. The cook forgot to use salt or any other seasoning on it. I was so disappointed after reading the blurb. The characters were well developed and the editing was fine. The storyline could have been great, but I just couldn't connect with the author's writing style.                

Genre -- Mystery Untriller.        
Age recommendations -- 18 and over        
Sex content rating -- Moderate to Hot
Violence rating -- Minus Moderate               

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review of -- Dead Man Code by R. Weir

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of -- Dead Man Code by R. Weir

Overall star rating -- 5

-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing -- 10

The review
I'm a sad man today. Five books and five grand slam home runs. The story line comes off the headlines of today. I must admit at the halfway point in the book, I snuck over to the last chapter to see how the story wrapped up. This fast paced, well-edited book just kept getting more intense, that I had to know before journey's end. I hope that there's more books to come and I tip my hat to the author. I will say that this book is a must read. Enjoy!

Genre - Detective Mystery.
Age - 15 and up.
Sex content rating - Very mild.
Violence rating - Moderate

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review of -- Porter's Rule: Slave to the City:by Adam Rabinowitz

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Porter's Rule: Slave to the City: Book One in the Matt Porter Detective Series (Porter's Rule 1) by Adam Rabinowitz Check out the book on:
Amazon

Overall star rating --- 2.5        

-- Story & characters -- 4        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 9        

The review --
The characters were stiff, the pace was very slow, the action scenes took forever,and it took me the full 15 rounds to finish it. Whoever edited the book did a very good job, and the cover explained the story in detail. I did enjoy the ending if that helps. It needs more work in my opinion. You should try it yourself.You might enjoy it.                        

Genre -- Detective        
Age recommendations -- 15 and older        
Sex content rating -- Moderate.        
Violence rating -- Just right.                                                                                  

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Review of Pearls by Mel Taylor

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Review of Pearls by Mel Taylor

Overall star rating --- 5        

Book creation ratings -- 29.99        
*based on 1-10 scale with 1-4=poor, 5-7=good, 8-10=very good.*
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 9.99        

The review --
This is a wonderful crime drama that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Two beautiful women enter Frank Tower's office and turns his world upside down. The book is fast paced and wonderfully written. It grabs the reader in the first paragraph and carries you throughout the story.

The characters were well developed throughout the story. It was a delightful movie that played in my mind. It was filled with drama and suspense.

There was an obvious miss in the editing and that's why the 9.99 instead of 10. The story was fully developed and filled with danger as the good guys battled the villains in this deadly encounter. I shall not give away the ending, but you'll want to read every word of this book. Enjoy!!!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Crime Drama.        
Age recommendations -- 12 and older.        
Sex content rating -- Very Mild.        
Violence rating -- Moderate.  

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Review of -- Goldilocks And The Three Bear Shifters by Sable Sylvan

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Goldilocks And The Three Bear Shifters: A BBW Paranormal Romance (Bear-y Spicy Fairy Tales Book 1) by  Sable Sylvan

Overall star rating --- 5

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
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 --
This is a deliciously fun, sexy romp of a paranormal romance. What's a girl to do when she's got 3 bear shifters who say she's their mate? She leaves town, that's what. And she doesn't come back until her high school reunion. She wasn't planning on running into any of them, but she ends up running into all 3.

This is a wonderfully written paranormal romance of a normal human woman and 3 rugged, strong bear shifters. Yes, it has sex scenes in it, very steamy ones; so if those would bother you, then this isn't the book for you. But they are very well written. In fact, the whole book is very well written.

It has a wonderfully tender, romantic ending that you will absolutely love, love, love! I know I did. I highly recommend this book and this author.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- high, several explicit sex scenes
Violence rating -- none

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Review of -- Earth Borne by Rachael Slate

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Earth Borne (Halcyon Romance Series Book 2) by Rachael Slate

Overall star rating --- 5 stars

Book creation ratings
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 --
A different take on the paranormal romance, but well written by a talented author. This one involves centaur shifters, which is quite different and not something I've read before. The book focuses more on the characters and the relationships and what's going on, rather than graphic sex scenes, which I like. It focuses on the story and the characters, and the story is a great one.

** spoiler alert **
One thing I didn't quite like about the book was that it had what I would term as a bittersweet happy ending rather than a happily ever after (HEA) ending. But otherwise, it is a very well written book that takes paranormal romance in a totally different direction than other books do. The author is very talented and is a very good writer. All in all, this is a book I enjoyed.

Additional note -- Since reading this book, I have since had the chance to read the first book in the series, which is excellent too by the way. And the ending of this book makes much more sense and reads better if you know the events of book one.

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

** The author's links **

Amazon

Amazon author page

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review of -- Maid for the Rock Star by Demelza Carlton

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Maid for the Rock Star (Romance Island Resort Series Book 1) by Demelza Carlton 

Overall star rating --- 3

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Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 27
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- 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 a well written book that I enjoyed reading, but, you should know that this isn't a stand-alone novel. It is the first part of a 6 book series. The ending isn't a continued one, but neither does it have a happily ever after ending either.

Be warned though, the rock star in the book is a selfish, self-centered character who doesn't improve much. The focus of the book is the maid, Audra, and her struggle to better her life while dealing with the rock star.

There is a colorful cast of characters that populate the book, and help to make it a memorable read. Overall, it is a fun read with interesting characters.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- rock star soap opera
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- mild

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review of -- Lure of Obsession by Lisa Kessler

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Lure of Obsession by Lisa Kessler

Overall star rating --- 3

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

The review --
This is a well written book and a well edited book. But, I would call it more paranormal crime drama than paranormal romance. It's more of a who-done-it than anything else. It starts out with a disturbing scene of Melanie coming home to find her roommate dead, and the scene is described a bit too much for me. Then it segues into a section from the viewpoint of the killer; also not something I am fond of. These two points put me off of the book, and I put it down, then came back to it. Like I said, it is a well written book, but not your typical romance book. The ending for me, was all right. It's a well done book, but not one of my personal favorites.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal crime drama
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- moderately high, as it starts off with a murder and a grisly description of the dead body

Links for the book:

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Author's facebook page

Author's website

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review of -- The Master Of Strathburn by Amy Rose Bennett

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The Master Of Strathburn by Amy Rose Bennett

Overall star rating --- 5 stars

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 a thrillingly wonderful historical romance novel that will leave you fully satisfied. It has romance, adventure, intrigue. The heroine, Jessie, is strong, smart, yet distinctly feminine. The hero is everything you would want in a leading man; he is the consummate gentleman, all the way through the book. Yet every bit the dashing hero. The bad guy and woman are just right without being over the top. It has an ending that you'll love.

The formatting and editing are excellent. I loved the characters and the story. Plus, the cover and title are excellent too. It's a complete package that is definitely worth your money. A wonderful read that I heartily recommend.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- historical romance
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- mild to moderate
Violence rating -- mild to moderate

** The author's links **

Amazon

Website

Monday, June 26, 2017

Review of -- Montana Man by DeAnn Smallwood

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Montana Man by DeAnn Smallwood 

Overall star rating --- 5 stars

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 an awesome western romance novel, and I loved every bit of it. The author has done a great job in creating a unique story in the western romance area. The hero and heroine are ones you will love to read about. I know I did. This is a great book with a great ending.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- western historical romance
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- none to mild
Violence rating -- mild to moderate

Links for the book:

Buy it on Amazon

Author's facebook page

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review of -- The Vampire's Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls Book 1) by Kristen Painter  

Overall star rating --- 5

Get it on Amazon

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 a totally delightful book which I just loved. What do you do when you see your boss kill someone? You take off and leave town, that's what you do. But the real rub comes when she lands in a town of real paranormals, but doesn't know it. Real vampires, werewolves, etc. It's a wonderful book that is an awesome read. I'd love to read the whole series, (hint, hint to the author). So very enjoyable. This book has it all. Great start to what I'm sure is a fun series.

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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Review of -- The Aerling Series by DelSheree Gladden

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The Aerling Series by DelSheree Gladden
Invisible (Aerling Series Book 1)
Intangible (Aerling Series Book 2)
Invincible (Aerling Series Book 3)

Overall star rating --- 5 stars all the way around, both for the series and each book.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 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 --
Book 1 begins an incredible saga about a teen with an invisible friend. But, he's not imaginary He's real. The first book introduces you to all this, to the story and the characters; and the 2nd and 3rd books continue the story. You are wrapped up in questions and revealed answers throughout the whole series. Also, it is an action packed series too; but there isn't a lot of violence though. This is a series full of strong characters you'll enjoy reading about.

SPOILER ALERT
It has an awesome ending, in the 3rd book - All the bad guys get what they deserve, none of the good guys die, and all the good guys get a happy ending. It has a feel good ending to beat all feel good endings.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction/fantasy
Age recommendations -- 15 and up
Sex content rating -- very mild, some kissing and hugging
Violence rating -- moderate, but not too bad

Invisible (Aerling Series Book 1)


Intangible (Aerling Series Book 2)


Invincible (Aerling Series Book 3)


Author links



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review of -- The Werewolf's Bride by Michele Bardsley

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The Werewolf's Bride (The Pack Rules Book 1) by Michele Bardsley

Overall star rating --- 5

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Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 24 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 9
-- 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 --
This is an excellent book, and it is a great paranormal romance. It has a great story, hot sex scenes, and a mystery too. And all this is wrapped up into one book. I highly recommend this one.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review of -- The First Dragoneer by M.R. Mathias

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The First Dragoneer (Introductory Novella) (Dragoneers Saga Book 0) by M.R. Mathias 

My overall star rating -- 3

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Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 20 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 5
-- 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 --
It's a good book, as far as it went. I like the characters introduced in this book, but my problem is that the story of these characters is not continued in book 1 of the series. One of the characters does appear later on in the series, and the other may appear in a forthcoming book. I really got into these characters, and was disappointed that their story was not continued in book 1 of the series. That caused me to totally lose interest in reading any more of the series.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- a good bit

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review of -- Breaking Up with Barrett #1 by Katy Regnery

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Breaking Up with Barrett: The English Brothers #1 (The Blueberry Lane Series - The English Brothers) by Katy Regnery

Overall star rating --- 3

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

The review --
The initial feel of the book is that this is your standard romance novel formula, and it pretty much is. But as I read it, I was distinctly reminded of the storyline from a movie called 'Sabrina', made in 1954 and 1995. The storyline is very similar. In Sabrina, it is the chauffeur's daughter who catches the attention of the wealthy employer's sons. While in this one, it is the daughter of the gardener and housekeeper. This is an all right novel, but not a stand out one.

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review of -- Rising Dragons Box Set by Ophelia Bell

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Review of -- Rising Dragons Books  (Box Set) by Ophelia Bell

Overall star rating --- 2.5

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Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 13 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 3
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing & formatting -- 5
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This set was nowhere near as good as the first one. There was much less real story, and more just stuff to connect the sex scenes together. There wasn't much monogamy in this book, and I definitely didn't care for the forced sex/punishment scenes, as they felt more like rape/assault scenes. There was a new character introduced in this set named Rowan that I just didn't care for, and her character seemed to dominate the books too much. The storyline in this set of books just wasn't anywhere near as strong as the last set either. The storyline focused on Rowan too much and not on the characters from the last book enough. The only parts of this set that I did like were a few sections about the characters from the first books.

It's one redeeming value is that it does have a somewhat happily ever after ending. But the sex scenes in this book are more raunchy than the last book. It's almost like the author tried to find out how vulgar she could get in this set. There were pairings of m/f, m/m, m/f/m, f/f, etc. The first set had a stronger storyline, was more orderly, and had much better sex scenes. The sex scenes in this one were cruder, and there was even an orgy or two in the book as well.

I definitely would not recommend this set to anyone at all. The first set was good erotica, but this second set falls far short, and has turned me away from wanting to read anything further from this author.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- erotica/porn
Age recommendations --18 plus, most definitely
Sex content rating -- very, very graphic; and of all different kinds.
Violence rating -- moderate

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review of -- Dragon's Fire by Tiger Hebert

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Dragon's Fire (Beating Back the Darkness) by Tiger Hebert 

Overall star rating --- 4

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 -- 24
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title --8
-- Editing & formatting -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a book of battles and violence with definite religious overtones. There are elves and dwarves, and orcs and ogres, and humans and more, plus an evil dragon. Also, it is a very intense one book.

It is well written, with good descriptions of the characters and the landscape, without bogging the book down. It all blends and flows together well. The author has put in a wide range of fantasy creatures, save for fairies and unicorns.

There is a large cast of characters which to follow. There are battles from the beginning of the book, through to the end of the book, with few lapses between battles. Those lapses are either retreating from a battle or preparing for one. It doesn't really have a happily ever after ending, but the good guys do win.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- intense and high and graphic

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review of -- Playing Hooky by Rita Webb

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Playing Hooky (Paranormal Investigations series Book 1) by Rita Webb

Overall star rating --- 2

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 -- 11
-- Story & characters -- 2
-- Cover & title -- 4
-- Editing & formatting -- 5
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a very disappointing book. The description promises something that the book doesn't deliver. And, there isn't much more to the book than what the description says. The things left unanswered by the description are also left unanswered by the book. The book just abruptly ends. This is an incomplete story that hasn't been finished. I hate books like this, and I'm being generous in giving it 2 stars. Don't pick this book up expecting a paranormal romance. If you do, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- ??? fantasy
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- mild

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Review of -- The Valentine Grinch by Sheila Seabrook

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- The Valentine Grinch by Sheila Seabrook

Overall star rating --- 3.5

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 -- 21
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a delightful romance story, and the grandpa ghost adds a different take to it. We're familiar with the grinch at Christmas, and it is a different take to have one at Valentines. Another different take is that it is the younger granddaughter who is the grinch, and it is grandma who is getting married. All in all, a very sweet romance. 

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

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review of -- Picture (Im)perfect by J.S. Frankel

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Picture (Im)perfect 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 --
I looked forward to reading this book. I wanted to see how the author would do wring a different type of book. He clearly demonstrated his writing skill midway through the first page. Mr. Frankel is an expert writer and words are his partner. He writes like I always wanted to but never could. His character development was outstanding and imagery phenomenal. I picked out several sentences to demonstrate what I meant, but I changed my mind. I want future readers to discover it for themselves.

The subject of this story is timely and it deeply impacted me. It changed the way I look at people who are so different from me. It helped me to understand what they face daily. I would encourage everybody to read this book and it may change you too.

Wonderfully written and well edited makes this an easy read. I hate reading books with glaring mistakes that detract from the book. Well done editor(s).

The vivid scenes and powerful emotions flowed off the page. They grabbed my soul and impacted my emotions. The romantic moments happen but aren't the focal point of the story. They depicted life.

You'll like the way the story wraps up. It's worth every page of this delightful story. Enjoy!!!                

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Fictional        
Age recommendations -- 12 and older.        
Sex content rating -- Mild.        
Violence rating -- Moderate.