Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: Darkstorm

Darkstorm Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Plot 4/5 : Interesting plot with some twists.
Characters 4/5 : Well fleshed out characters
World building 4/5 : An interesting setting
Pacing 4/5 : Steady pace with spurts of action.
Writing 5/5 : Beautifully written with tastefully written scenes of sexual encounters

Overall 4/5

I definitely recommend this book.

Purchased from Amazon.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Review: Overwhelm

Overwhelm Overwhelm by Layla
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Overwhelm by Layla

Plot 2/5
Characters 2/5
World building 2/5
Pacing 2/5
Writing 2/5

Overall 2/5

Received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

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Review: The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray

The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson is a coming of age story of self discovery and what the imagination can do.

This was a great story for young and old alike. The author has a great imagination and fantastic world building, with wonderful character development.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

NetGalley and I are Parting Ways

I requested a title from NetGalley, but the file they sent would not work on my Kindle. I reached out to the help desk to ask if another file was available, but alas, no such luck. Instead, they wanted me to install an Adobe program on my computer to be able to read the file. I'm sorry, but I should not have to download programs to read books from NetGalley. So I've decided to part ways with NetGalley even though I know it's not NetGalley's fault, per se, but the author's chosen file. I feel that NetGalley should make sure that their members don't have to download programs just to be able to read a file.

Have any of you had this problem?

Until next time,

Fee

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review: Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology

Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology by Terrible Ten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was invited by Steven Kelliher to participate in a group read of Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology by, Terrible Ten. Having read Steven's work, I agreed. I'm glad I did. This is a great anthology with each story having its own style of fantasy. I rated each book separately.

No Fairy Tale by Ben Galley - ****
And They Were Never Heard From Again by Benedict Patrick - ****
A Tree Called Sightless by Steven Kelliher - ****
Barrowlands by Mike Shel - *****
Into the Woods by Timandra Whitecastle - **
Paternus by Dyrk Ashton - ***
I, Kane by Laura M. Hughes - **
The Huntress by Michael R. Miller - ****
The Prisoner by Phil Tucker - *****
A Simple Thing by Bryce O'Connor - *****
Palesword by T L Greylock - *****
Light in the Jungle by Jeffrey Hall - ****
Black Barge by J. P. Ashman - ****
Making a Killing by David Benem - *****
The First Thread by Alec Hutson - *****

Overall, I give this anthology a 4.06 = 4 on Goodreads.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Reviews

I'm starting to get bored with reviewing books, so I thought I'd change the way I review. I'm not sure how it will turn out, but I have renewed interest after coming to this decision. Until next time, followers, have a great weekend :D

Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: Uncommon Type: Some Stories

Uncommon Type: Some Stories Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks is a book of short stories.

Being absolutely enamored with Tom Hanks, I had to get this book. There were several stories that I loved and some I liked, but none that I didn't. Tom has a way of telling stories that get your attention, and I could actually hear him telling these stories because these stories ARE Tom Hanks. Overall, this is a decent collection for Tom's debut.

Purchased from Amazon.

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Review: Winemaker of the North

Winemaker of the North Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams is the first installment in the Saints of Wura trilogy. Sviska is an assassin disguised as a winemaker.

I had a hard time with this book. It starts out good, but ends up being a bit slow. I felt as though Sviska was not an assassin at all. I know he was in disguise, but he had several opportunities to show me that he was, in fact, an assassin. There was action at the beginning and action at the end, but not much going on in the middle. I would have liked to see more character growth.

Purchased from Amazon.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: Marabel and the Book of Fate

Marabel and the Book of Fate Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett is a story of a young girl, Marabel, on a mission to save her twin brother, Marco. With the help of friends, Marabel soon finds it's harder than she first thought.

This is a wonderful and delightful story of a young girl who's trying to find her brother while finding herself. Tracy's has a whimsical imagination and a knack for storytelling. The characters were believable, and I enjoyed getting to know Marabel. This was such a fun book to read.

Received a copy via NetGalley, and all opinions are my own.

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Review: Bronze

Bronze Bronze by B.B. Shepherd
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Bronze by B.B. Shepherd is the first book in The Glister Journals. Allison is a high school student that has endured avoidance among her peers.

When I read the blurb, I had a different story in my mind. It turns out that I was wrong. This story revolves around the feelings Allison has for a local boy, David. I was hoping for more interactions with horses and a bit of excitement. The story is written beautifully, and the characters are well fleshed out, but with over 600 pages, this story became rather hard for me to finish as Allison's feelings were overdone and repetitive. I think this story would be better suited for a younger audience than myself.

I received a copy from the author via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Review: Wayward Spirits: A Prelude to the Dawning of Power

Wayward Spirits: A Prelude to the Dawning of Power Wayward Spirits: A Prelude to the Dawning of Power by Brian Rathbone
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Wayward Spirits by Brian Rathbone is a prelude to The Dawning of Power series. Benjin and Wendel embark on a quest to Godsland after being told by a mysterious stranger that the world was in danger and needed a hero.

This short story started out good, but missed the mark. We meet Benjin and Wendel and we follow on their quest, but then the story stops. I thought it would be picked up in the first book, Call of the Herald, so I purchased the book to find out about Benjin and Wendel's journey. Sadly, Call of the Herald did not give me any insight into what these characters went through on their journey.

You can read my review of Call of the Herald here:

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Purchased from Amazon.


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Review: Call of the Herald

Call of the Herald Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone is the first book in The Dawning of Power series. Catrin, a farm girl, learns that she has powers but also realizes that she doesn't know what to do them.

I bought this book because I had read the prequel, Wayward Spirits, but quickly realized that the only thing from the prequel in this book was Catrin's father Wendel and her Uncle Benjin. It is about twenty years later than the prequel, and never answered any questions about what happened to Benjin and Wendel on their journey. I felt as though I was cheated out of a whole story. Beyond that, the story was very slow paced and there was no character development. There were a lot of mundane details of things that weren't relevant to the story, such as how to shoe a horse and other details of living on a farm.

Purchased from Amazon.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: A Tide of Shadows

A Tide of Shadows A Tide of Shadows by Tom Bielawski
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A Tide of Shadows by Tom Bielawski is the first book in the Chronicles of Llars series. Carym of Hyrum finds he has powers that he didn't know he had, and embarks on a journey with his friend, Zach.

A Tide of Shadows has the good vs evil trope, which I love, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this story. There were many details given, but not the details I wanted. These details may be included in future books, however, I didn't care for the flow of the story enough to read future books. With that being said, I felt it a decent enough read for passing the time.

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Review: The Centaurus Legacy

The Centaurus Legacy The Centaurus Legacy by Tom Bielawski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Centaurus Legacy by Tom Bielawski is the prequel to the Heck Thomas Adventures. Heck Thomas finds himself hunted by a number of adversaries, whom either want him dead or forcibly needs his help.

There are several characters that didn't seem fleshed out enough, but the story was good and held my attention.

Purchased from Amazon.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: A Huntsman's Fate

A Huntsman's Fate A Huntsman's Fate by Liam Reese
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A Huntsman's Fate by Liam Reese is a prequel novella of A Huntsman's Fate series. Besmir is an orphan who finds out he is the legitimate heir to the throne.

I read the first book in this series, Heart of a Huntsman. You can read my review here on my blog:

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I decided to read this book for some clarification I needed from reading Heart of a Huntsman. I don't feel I got the answers I was looking for. I still felt there were gaps, and it felt rushed even though it is a novella.

I received this novella for free by signing up for the author's newsletter.

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Review: Heart of a Huntsman

Heart of a Huntsman Heart of a Huntsman by Liam Reese
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Heart of a Huntsman by Liam Reese is the first book in A Huntsman's Fate series. Besmir is an orphan who finds out he is the legitimate heir to the throne.

Heart of a Huntsman is a decent story. It has a lot of potential. I feel as though the author rushed the story a bit. There were gaps in the timeline which had me confused at times, and it felt like a lot of the story was left out. Things happened a bit too quickly in the development of the main character.

Purchased from Amazon.



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