Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: Thunder Moon (The Lavelle Trilogy #1) by Joanne Mallory

Thunder Moon  (The Lavelle Trilogy #1)Thunder Moon by Joanne Mallory
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The witch and the healer are drawn to one another and they don't know why. Thunder Moon is a good opening for this new series. Both leads are reader friendly and the story is filled with bits of magic throughout (though I wish there was more). I must mention that I had to Google several terms in order to know the meaning. The story is set in the UK and some of the terminology goes along with the local.

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Review: Torn Between Two (The Torn Duet, #1) by Mia Kayla

Torn Between Two (The Torn Duet, #1)Torn Between Two by Mia Kayla
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am all for an angst filled love triangle. You know the kind filled with ex lovers and those wannabes who just seem to get in the way. Well, some of the elements are there but while reading I didn't get the scorch factor I was looking for.

So, small town girl Samantha (an aspiring pastry chef) finds herself having to make a choice between two very different guys. Should the small town girl choose the rudderless rocker or the soon to be lawyer? They all have a similar troubled past but as I go along the destination of the relationships seemed to be simple/straightforward. You know, the girl recognizes the good guy and proceeds with the relationship with that character. Well, that isn't the case here and I wish it had been. The reason, the story is missing a definite scorch factor. There isn't any heat jumping off the pages. You know that something about the book or characters that make the reader never want to put the book down. Though, Josh the lawyer's character is endearing, there isn't anything drool worthy about him ... yet. As for Hawke, I didn't get any heat off of him as well.

Toward the end of this installment I was definitely Team Josh (yep using some Twilight ish) and I just wanted to get back to his family drama. So, hopefully the next installment is about Josh and his family issues. Overall rating is 3.25.

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Review: Untitled History of the Human Condition (Book One) by Michael Gatti

Untitled History of the Human Condition Book One by MICHAEL GATTI
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Could be strong 3-stars if it is edited properly. I am a bit thrown with this story because I have never encountered a graphic novel with so much prose, I’m sure there are some that have them but I've never seen them. I know that in graphic novels they do, do an exposition in the beginning to set the scene (something that this story could benefit from). Don’t get me wrong, this story has great potential and a unique idea but it needs editing! I was unable to detect any plot or character development for that matter something that maybe is not set to come until later installments but something that should have been present in the first installments. The writing is choppy; unfortunately, the author does not finish one thought before he has moved on to the next thought- there needs to be better transitions between background and story. As for the background, it was more of a research paper than a narrative, which is something that needs to be worked on. I will reiterate that the artwork was fantastic and the idea is very unique and should be pursued it just needs some TLC.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Thirst (The Energy Vampires #1) by Jacquelyn Frank

Thirst (The Energy Vampires #1)Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thirst book one of the Energy Vampire series didn't leave me as excited as I wanted to be. The story as a whole was well written and as the reader I was able to get a clear idea of who all the characters were. It was the almost sterile nature in which it was written that threw me off. This entry has very good bones and would make an excellent series but with this one something was off.

Usually, in anything that I read there is one thing the draws me into the story but in the case of this one there is a couple of things that was just ... I don't know ... irritating. I know the sycophants are the bad guys of the story due to their impure nature but the sheer repetition of the term is distracting at best. Also, the constant clean vs dirty thing is chaffing but this is one of the main ideas of the story (clean energy sources vs unclean energy sources). Since, this is the case it is necessary to make this idea understood but it is just repeated so often.

As for the main characters, I wasn't drawn to them and even in their romantic scenes I didn't feel the fire but that isn't to say the appeal isn't there. All and all this is a good start to what should be a good series.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Review: Dirty Sexy Sinner (Dirty Sexy #4) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Dirty Sexy Sinner (Dirty Sexy,  #4)Dirty Sexy Sinner by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It must be one hell of a blow to find out that you have family you never knew about. Then have that new found family give you the stink-eye because your circumstances I life seem to be different. Dirty talking Jackson is just what the doctor ordered and makes an excellent closer for Dirty Sexy series. This series has provided four beautifully scared men for the readers to fall in love with and Jackson gives all those suffering from Clay withdrawal a much needed dose of the Saint.

The only drawback for the book is that there wasn't enough interaction between the siblings or the work missed out on angsty opportunities. Missing those opportunities is okay because the authors made up for it in other ways. Definitely sad to see this series end but there may be another series being launched from within the pages of this final installment.

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Review: Ruthless (True Brother's MC, #1) by Gillian Archer

Ruthless (True Brothers MC, #1)Ruthless by Gillian Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a rush and what a darn good story. Archer did a great job of bring Zag, Jessica, Reb, Bobby and the rest of the True Brothers MC to life. A good a story has to have believable characters and characters that are easy for the reader to relate to. So, the author scores points here as well. The True Brothers MC aren't one of those outlaw biker gangs but they don't where halos either. To have the straight laced Jessica stumble in Zag's world changes everything for the both of them. The story is fast paced with a smoking leads and interesting secondary characters. Has a bad guy that I wish made more appearances but when Preacher did show up it was definitely worth the reader's time. Overall, a really good read.


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Review: Rebellious (True Brothers MC, #2) by Gilian Archer

Rebellious (True Brothers MC, #2)Rebellious by Gillian Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even better than the first installment (Ruthless) of the True Brothers MC series. In this installment the reader has the opportunity to read the tale of Emily and Reb and man this was an entertaining read. In Rebellious is like the author knocked on my door and asked what I would like to see in a story and I must say that Ms. Archer delivered.

The good girl Emily mixes it up nicely with our hero (Reb the MC president). These two were a good pairing and it was good to see Emily come out of her shell and trust herself. Both lead characters have a damaged past and a horrible childhood. Emily’s softness helped to gentle Reb’s harsh edges just a bit. The author did something that I just love, the male lead didn't change into some whatever you say dear kind of character. Nothing kills a character more than changing that character's very essence. Reb leads a harsh life but that doesn't stop this character from showing compassion. His generous heart helps him to do good for those he cares for. The interactions between these two characters are a pleasure to read.

In my personal opinion, a good story (especially of this variety) has to have a healthy dose of crazy exes and even crazier rivals. So, the secondary characters in this entry were as entertaining as the leads. With a crazy so to be ex-wife, a young son (love little Tucker) and a rival MC, Reb had his hands full. Like I mentioned earlier it’s like the author asked me what I wanted to see in this story and then she granted my wish.

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