Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: The Village of Eben Hollow

The Village of Eben Hollow The Village of Eben Hollow by Brad A. Braddock
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Village of Eben Hollow by Brad A. Braddock is a story of good versus evil.

While I loved the title, the story held little for me. There is your usual evil sorceress, her minions, and the dead that she can raise, but the storytelling left a little to be desired. All the villagers seemed the same, all brutes and drunkards. It was easy to see where the story was headed. No mystery. Nothing that held me to the story.



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Review: When The Tik-Tik Sings

When The Tik-Tik Sings When The Tik-Tik Sings by Doug Lamoreux
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When The Tik-Tik Sings by Doug Lamoreux starts off with the sound of tik, tik, tik, tik., and then the horror begins.

The author sets up the first scene perfectly. It caught my attention and had me hooked. But somewhere along the line the author lost me. The fact that the main character, Erin Vanderjagt, is not the kind of character that I envision when I envision a female cop. With all the witnesses, her 'boyfriend,' and others telling her what's going on, she still has no clue. I felt as though her character was a bit of a bitch, and a bitch does not a strong woman make.

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Review: Rise of the Archmage

Rise of the Archmage Rise of the Archmage by Martyn Stanley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rise of the Archmage by Martyn Stanley is the fourth installment of the Deathsworn Arc series. The companions are headed to Votrex's home when they stop to aid a woman thought to be a witch.

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While Martyn's writing is getting better, and the editing is also getting better, I feel that the characters are not growing enough. They seem to be the same as they were in book one. Grant you, the time in the books has only been two or three weeks, I still haven't seen any character growth. Especially Korhan. It seems Korhan has the ability to slay a Noble Dragon in book one, but gets his butt handed to him in every fight he gets into since, which seems to me that Vashni's training has had no effect on Korhan at all. It seems she just wants to humiliate him for her own amusement, which is getting a bit boring to me.

Brael is another character I was hoping to see some character growth, but the only thing I see with him is that he is so obsessed with the 'truth' that he almost caused one of the companion's death.

Saul, the wizard, has actually learned a bit of spell casting, so his character is growing somewhat.

It seems that Votrex is the only character that still hasn't had his day. The companions still haven't made it to Votrex's home. The companions are easily distracted from their destination, and seem to be well caring people, for they will stop and help any damsel in distress.

I hope the author puts more growth into his characters in the next book, for I've come to care for these characters and would like to see them learn and grow.

I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.



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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New Blog Look...and Name



Hey everyone! I got bored with my blog, so I changed it up. What do you think? Hope you all have a great weekend. For those celebrating Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Review: A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd A Face in the Crowd by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Face in the Crowd was written by Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan. Dean Evers is a widower who sits alone and watches baseball, then notices familiar faces in the crowd. Faces of people who should be dead.

A great collaboration that was quick and fun to read. What can I say? It's Stephen King!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: Kellie's Diary #2

Kellie's Diary #2 Kellie's Diary #2 by Thomas Jenner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kellie's Diary by Thomas Jenner is the second installment of the Kellie's Diary series. We follow Kellie as she tries to survive during the zombie apocalypse.

This is a short story written as diary entries by Kellie as she tells her tale. We follow Kellie as she becomes ever more fearful, and begins to doubt herself and her capabilities to survive.

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Review: Kellie's Diary #1

Kellie's Diary #1 Kellie's Diary #1 by Thomas Jenner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kellie's Diary by Thomas Jenner is the first installment of the Kellie's Diary series. We follow Kellie as she tries to survive during the zombie apocalypse.

This is a short story written as diary entries by Kellie as she tells her tale. It's very interesting how the author decided to write this story this way. Kellie's entries gives us a glimpse into the end of the world as she sees it. I loved the way this was written. It's definitely written as if it's a little 9 year old girl writing in her diary.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Review: Keep in a Cold, Dark Place

Keep in a Cold, Dark Place Keep in a Cold, Dark Place by Michael F. Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Keep in a Cold, Dark Place by Michael F. Stewart is a story of Limphetta O'Malley, best known as Limpy, who lives on a potato farm. She has aspirations of a grander life, in fact, she wants to pursue her love of sewing. While rotating the potato bags in the barn one evening, Limpy discovers a hidden box. What she unleashes will change her world forever.

This is a well written story of determination, facing your fears, and self-discovery. Michael's story gripped me and wouldn't let go. The characters stay with you, and gives you something to think about.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Dark Screams: Volume Eight

Dark Screams: Volume Eight Dark Screams: Volume Eight by Kealan Patrick Burke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dark Screams is the eighth book in the Dark Screams series written by different authors.

These short stories include:

WALPUSKI’S TYPEWRITER by Frank Darabont: ****

THE BOY by Bentley Little: ****

TUMOR by Benjamin Percy: ***

TWISTED AND GNARLED by Billie Sue Mosiman: ****

THE PALAVER by Kealan Patrick Burke: ***

INDIA BLUE by Glen Hirshberg: **

This is a collection of bizarre stories that I found interesting. Each author has a unique style which added to my enjoyment. I found this collection to be a quick and fun read.

I received a copy from Hydra through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Review: Shadow Weaver

Shadow Weaver Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly is the first book in the Shadow Weaver duology. Emmeline is a Shadow Weaver. Since her birth, she has been able to control shadows. Emmeline's shadow Dar, her only friend, is the only one to accept Emmeline. Even her parents do not accept her magic, so much in fact that her parents want to send her away.

The first thing I want to say about this book is that I love this cover. It truly conveys the story with just a glance. The next thing I want to say is this was an excellent story. The characters are well fleshed out, the author's imagination is outstanding, and the story is exceptionally well written. I cannot wait for the next book!

I received this book from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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