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

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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

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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:

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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

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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 --
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

Links for the book:

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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.    

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review of -- The Trouble With Magic by Danyelle Leafty

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
The Trouble With Magic (The Secret Stepsister Society Book 2) by Danyelle Leafty

Overall star rating --- 4.5  
     

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Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 28        
-- Story & characters -- 9.5        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 8.5        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Delightful story about a young girl's adventure into the magical world and the trouble it can cause if handled wrong. It's much more than that because it's a love story between sisters and keeping your word no matter what. Though it may drag at some points, it recovers and pushes on in the adventure. I enjoyed the interactions of the characters and magic itself. You must keep a watchful eye on magic and pay attention to his interaction with the main character (Bettony). You will be surprised by a revealed relationship towards the end of the book.

Editing was very good and didn't affect the telling of the story. You can't go wrong when using magic as the theme of your story and the author used it well. Watch out for a really good ending to a delightful story. I recommend this book to all you parents. Enjoy!!!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Fantasy.        
Age recommendations -- 7 to 8 and beyond.        
Sex content rating -- None.
Violence rating -- None. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review of -- Harry Potter Series by: J.K. Rawlings

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Harry Potter Series by: J.K. Rawlings        

Overall star rating --- 5        

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 best way to review this story is by doing it as a whole. The author grabs you from the beginning and builds suspense and momentum through the final lines. I consider it an epic work in literature and especially the area of Fantasy. I watched the films first and decided this summer to finally read the books. I wanted to find out how close the films were to the books.

The books were set in England of modern times. A lad discovers that he's a famous wizard on his birthday and the journey towards the final confrontation begins. The book is beautifully written and is filled with strong imagines. It's a series filled with 5 star books. There isn't a weak book among the seven.

The editing in the books are exceptional and the editor(s) should be commended for their work. The films were great and I enjoyed each of them, but the books are at least fifty times better. The only way a film could do justice to the book would be four hour films, and that would turn people off. The final conflict between the Dark Lord and Harry was exceptional in the book. I love each and every page of all seven books. I know some people will be turned off by it being a book about witches, but sometimes you just need to enjoy a good book for it's worth. Here is one of those book series. It's really worth the read folks!

The ending by now is known by most people, but unless you read the books then you'll never know the real story. Enjoy!!!"        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Fantasy/Adventure        
Age recommendations -- Six and up.        
Sex content rating -- None        
Violence rating -- Mild.        

Monday, June 5, 2017

Review of -- Mr. Taxi by J.S. Frankel

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of -- Mr. Taxi by J.S. Frankel

Overall star rating --- 5    
 

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 thing I liked about the beginning of the story was the short blurb before the prologue. It quickly brought the reader up to speed on the story. After reading another book of his, this book didn't disappoint me. This author demonstrates such a strong understanding of words and phrases that mold together to form outstanding imagery. He sucked me into the story after the first paragraph and I really enjoyed the book.

The pace of the book was outstanding. It held my attention and flew by quickly. My mind didn't drift or stall at any point. Mr. Taxi was a movie set to words. It's the highest praise that I can give a book.

The characters were well developed and couched in very descriptive language. If the character appears more than once, the author develops him for the reader. It's a very strong characteristic of this writer. The reader can tell he's done this before.

The setting of the book is deep space and a young man working as a space driver. It's in the science fiction genre but there's plenty of adventure and mystery to hold your attention. The ending comes quickly and very satisfying. I'll not spoil it for you, but I encourage you to get the book. It's well worth the price and the read. Enjoy!!!

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Science Fiction/Adventure        
Age recommendations -- 11 years old through Adult.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- Mild.                

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Review of -- Deadly Ruse by E. Michael Helms

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Deadly Ruse: A Mac McClellan Mystery by E. Michael Helms

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Overall star rating --- 5        

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 expected a little fall off after the first book. Wrong! The writer grabs your attention in the first paragraph and never releases you until the end. The strong use of good sentence structure and imagery are hallmarks of this gifted writer. We are reintroduced to the main characters of the last book and some interesting new characters.

The author takes you on a fast paced adventure through his world as he attempts to answer several puzzling situations. This is another book that's hard to put down. I finished it just as lightening fried my computer. True story!

It took me on a roller coaster of emotions as the hero of the story faced many dangerous situations. I strongly encourage anybody to get this book and enjoy some real entertaining reading. The ending will surprise you for sure and make it worth your time.  I hope the author writes more stories in this series.  Enjoy!        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Excellent Detective Mystery        
Age recommendations -- 12 through Adult        
Sex content rating -- Very Mild        
Violence rating -- There was violence but not overblown. The mystery and the chase were the centerpiece to this outstanding story. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Review of -- Tom Paine Maru by L. Neil Smith

Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker

Book Review of --
Tom Paine Maru by L. Neil Smith 

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Overall star rating --- 1.5

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

The review --
I'm sure as you look at the above numbers, you must think me mad. How can a book receive a 25 on creation ratings and yet only a 1.5 star rating? The character development was very strong in the book, but the story made it very hard to read and stay focused. I equate the pace as setting on a boat and watching an iceberg melt. The cover is very inviting and I thought it was well edited. It showed the efforts of some very talented people, but the story just didn't work for me.

My emotional reaction to the book was, "will it ever end?" I am a "Trekie" from childhood and loved Star Wars, but this book wasn't in their class. The scenes played on and on. The author loved using descriptive words, but they never moved the action along. I tried hard to picture the action in my head. I wanted to get drawn into the story, so I tried leaving the book for several hours and come at it anew. After six attempts I decided to read it as I found it. This harsh review is the fruit of those failed efforts.

The ending was much like the whole story and ended on a flat thud. I reread the ending twice but I never found a reason to get excited. Alas, I just didn't get excited.

Although I didn't like it, I wouldn't discourage anybody from reading it. Books are like ice cream. You may not like my favorite flavor, but it's still ice cream. Read the book for yourself and see how you like it. Enjoy!!!        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Science Fiction/Adventure        
Age recommendations -- High School and up.        
Sex content rating -- None.        
Violence rating -- Mild to Moderate.           

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review of -- Excelsior by George Sirois

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Excelsior by George Sirois

Overall star rating --- 3.5

About the book:
Put down the pen. Pick up the sword. Unleash the hero within.

Created by high school senior Matthew Peters, Excelsior - savior of faraway planet Denab IV - is becoming an Internet sensation as the main character of a popular online comic strip. But before Matthew can enjoy his burgeoning success, a beautiful older woman arrives at his school and tells him that not only is she from the planet Denab IV, but that Excelsior's lifeforce lives within him.
Now, with Excelsior's old enemies regaining strength, Matthew realizes he is the key to Earth's survival and Denab IV's salvation...

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 very well written science fiction book, with a splash of superhero thrown in. It is a bittersweet book, and has a bittersweet ending though. A hero is found again, but in the process, a 14 year old boy is lost. There is a good deal of violence in the book, but it is a very good story that is told, with strong characters and a good plot.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction, super hero
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- great deal of violence

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