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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Review: The Blood Queen

The Blood Queen The Blood Queen by Martyn Stanley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blood Queen by Martyn Stanley is the third installment in the Deathsworn Arc series. Wizard Saul Karza and his comrades have made it back to the Empress, but she is not as Saul remembers.

This book gave a bit more insight into some of the mysteries surrounding the female elf and the wizard, but I think the female character gets too much attention from the author. I would like to know more about the dark elf and the dwarf. I can see the author's writing has matured since the first book, and the editing is getting much better.

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

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: Clash of Chaos

Clash of Chaos Clash of Chaos by Trip Ellington
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Clash of Chaos by Trip Ellington is the first book of the Evermage Prequels. Deinre is a soldier whom finds he can wield magic.

This was an interesting read. The characters were believable, and it's pretty imaginative. I did find a couple of discrepancies, though I overlooked them as it did not hinder my reading.

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

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Review: A Plague of Giants

A Plague of Giants A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne is the first installment in the Seven Kennings. Fintan is a bard that tells the story of the war of giants.

I was excited to read Hearne's book as I had heard great things about his books, but this was such a disappointment. There were a lot of characters to keep up with, which wasn't a problem. The world building is incredible. My problem was the dialogue between characters. While I love a good dialogue, it can make or break a story. In this case it broke the story. I felt as though I was in a lecture hall listening to a very boring professor. I give this book two stars for the complexity of the world building and character development.

I received this book from Random House Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: A Threat of Shadows

A Threat of Shadows A Threat of Shadows by J.A. Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Threat of Shadows by J.A. Andrews is the first book of The Keeper Chronicles. We follow Alaric on his journey to find a cure for his dying wife.

I just love J.A.'s writing style. She lured me in with the first sentence and kept my attention throughout the book. I fell in love with the characters. They were believable to the point of making sure I had tissues on hand. This is a wonderful love story? Maybe...but definitely a story of determination and love so strong that you have to ask yourself, "How far would I go for a loved one?" Truly an amazing tale. I can't wait for the next book!

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