Draykon by Charlotte E. English

Posted November 7, 2011 by Kate in loved it, Review / 3 Comments
Draykon by Charlotte E. English

***Contest at the end of review*** If I had to pick two of my favorite genres they would be fantasy and mystery. This book is the delightful integration of both. The story follow several characters, but primarily Llandry and Eva. Llandry is a jewelry maker by trade and stumbles upon a new stone which she calls istore (if I remember correctly it means star, but I could be wrong). This new gem makes Llandry’s jewelry highly sought after, especially after Eva is seen wearing a ring made with the gem. Eva is a woman of high society, she is in a high position as well as having the title of Lady. However Llandry’s new found success end rather abruptly when people who have bought istore turn up murdered. As the book continues it is revealed there is much more at work here than just simple greed for a new found popular gem. It’s at this point the book starts adding in the mystery element. While this book is certainly a mystery, English approaches it with a fantasy flare. English’s characters are very well written and easy to identify with. Not only that but the two women are strikingly different from each other, while each playing a vital and important role within the story. As the story began I thought I would not like Llandry, she seemed a little to fragile for my liking, but English proved me wrong. Llandry is just young and trying to find a way to come […]

The Seekers of Fire by Lynna Merrill

Posted November 4, 2011 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
The Seekers of Fire by Lynna Merrill

***Check out the authors website at http://lynnamerrill.com/ *** I myself have no read an epic fantasy book in quite some time, in fact before this most of my epic fantasy reads have all been free literature sites, where people upload chapter by chapter as it is written. This book was a welcome reintroduction to this genre. I think one of the hardest things to do in epic fantasy books is introduce the reader to the new world that an author has created. Sure it’s hard coming up with that world as an author, but introducing it to the reader is really the key, if the reader doesn’t understand the principles behind how your world works, it won’t matter how good your plot is. Merrill dives right in with her book in introducing the reader, and quite effectively. The reader is really introduced to the world by one of her main characters, Lindon, and through her thoughts. This is accomplished largely because Lindon is at the age where her place in society is going to be determined. Because of this, as a reader, you are to get an explanation as to how this society works as well as be taken through how Lindon feels about what is going to happen to her. A plus of the book is that it is a unique idea, which is refreshing especially for the fantasy genre as things can easily get repetitive. The books starts with the explanation that fire has become a direly needed […]

The Girl in the Box by Sheila Dalton

Posted November 3, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Girl in the Box by Sheila Dalton

*** Cross Posted at http://theliterarymb.com *** Synopsis: Former bar singer and Buddhist meditator Caitlin Shaughnessy, a Canadian journalist, discovers that Inez, a traumatized young Mayan woman from Guatemala, has killed Dr. Jerry Simpson, her partner of many years. 
Caitlin struggles to understand what happened, and why. In the process, she confronts her own demons, as well as the innocence and wonder within Inez which seem to belie the young woman’s violent actions. Review: When I picked up The Girl in a Box I was not really sure what to expect. Most titles give an idea of what the book is about but this book is really literal when it comes to the title. The author clearly did a lot of research when choosing a location for her book to be based in. The book starts off with Jerry, and how he found the girl in the box, Inez. Jerry has a long history with the country of Guatemala, in fact it’s where he met Caitlin, the woman he loves. The parts where Jerry is on this trip are very sad to read, and unfortunately probably very accurate.     Inez is kept in a wooden box, away from her family’s home, and she is kept in this box with a chain and a lock. It is clear she is a disturbed girl, most likely with some kind of mental issue that her family just doesn’t know how to treat; and so they lock her up for her own well being. Ultimately […]

The Storm that is Sterling by Lisa Renee Jones

Posted October 25, 2011 by Kate in loved it, Review / 13 Comments
The Storm that is Sterling by Lisa Renee Jones

I really enjoyed reading this book. The book follows its two main characters, Rebecca and Sterling and there journey together. Rebecca is a brilliant scientist who worked for NASA, and Sterling is a special operations soldier who is trying to find and way to stop an evil man’s plan to essentially enslave humanity with an alien made drug. Sterling needs Rebecca to help combat this new drug, only it turns out that Rebecca and Sterling have a history together, and as it turns out they still have chemistry together. Part of the reason I really enjoyed this book is the unique premise. I read a lot of paranormal romance and urban fantasy books, and most of them focus on some type of paranormal creature or person. This book really does not rely on those at all. In fact the only other “non human” people are people who have been injected with alien DNA which alters their own DNA structure and gives them “powers” or special abilities. But the reality of it is almost everyone in this book was born human. Even though everyone was born human, it still felt like a paranormal romance book. The book is really fast paced; in fact I am pretty sure the entire book takes place in at most a week. This basically translates into a lot of action, and not a lot of down time for the characters or the reader. This certainly helped to keep me engaged in the story, and is probably […]

Lisa Renee Jones Interview!

Posted October 25, 2011 by Kate in Guest post, Interview / 3 Comments

I was lucky enough to be able to interview Lisa Renee Jones as a part of her blog tour (which I also reviewed The Storm That is Sterling and the review will be posted shortly). I myself am a new reader of her’s but I must say after reading this book and having this interview with her, I can say that I can’t wait to read more of her work!    1.     If you had to pick a theme song for your book, what would it be? LRJ: For Sterling I always hear Tim McGraw’s – I MIGHT BE REAL BAD BOY BUT BABY I’M GOOD MAN in my head.   2.     What is Rebecca’s favorite movie? LRJ:Sleepless in Seattle. She’s a romantic at heart but always too busy in the lab to make romance a priority 3.     What scene in this book was the hardest for you to write and why?  LRJ:It’s hard to name a scene without giving away anything BUT Sterling has a lot of pain in this book. He is so afraid of not being good enough, or strong enough, to save the people he loves. I think this is something we’ve all experienced on some level and to write this kind of emotion you have to dig deep and touch those feelings in yourself. They are hard to face because in life there are things we can’t protect those we love from enduring, and those are the most intense and painful.   4.     If Rebecca were […]

Ghost of a Tired Universe by Jonas Samuelle

Posted October 18, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 2 Comments
Ghost of a Tired Universe by Jonas Samuelle

Synopsis: There are worlds where passion means more than action. There are places where time has no meaning, and anything is possible. When a heart-broken sculptor seeks them out, existence itself may crumble under the weight of his pain. Review: This is very philosophical book outlining the journey of two friends, Dormius and Charles, although Charles is clearly the focal point of the book. Both men are artists, and as they say great pain breeds great art. Charles is in love with a woman named Mira, who is brutally raped and as a result of that assault loses her mind. This drives Charles into himself more than ever before. Of course there is more to the story than that. Both Charles and Dormius are both gifted, Charles with the ability to see the universe both past and future, and Dormius is able to look into peoples minds. A man with Charles’s talent and the kind of pain that he was in after what happened to Mira ends up being a recipe for the extreme. I don’t want to go into a lot of detail about the path that Charles ends up on, mainly because it would give away to much about the ending, and it would rob you as the reader from going on the journey of discovery that Samuelle takes you on to explain what has occurred. What I will say is the Charles spends a lot of his time exploring what makes the world what it is, and […]

What Would Satan Do? by Anthony Miller

Posted October 12, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
What Would Satan Do? by Anthony Miller

***Cross posted at The Literary Mind Blender, you should check out the site, it’s great with a wide range of reviews and books alike!*** Synopsis: Disgusted with God’s plan for Judgment Day, Satan has quit his job and abandoned Hell in favor of a quiet retirement in Washington, D.C. But life on Earth is tricky for an ex-angel with a short fuse and no impulse control. When a parking attendant mysteriously bursts into flames and a weight-challenged woman somehow ends up in low-Earth orbit, Satan finds that he has attracted the attention of several meddlesome federal agencies. Even worse, there are signs that the governor of Texas has somehow gone ahead and started up the end of the world without him. Review: The title of this book most definitely is striking, and my first thought upon seeing it was “oh boy this title is going to get a reaction”. However after reading the synopsis I decided it was worth a read. I haven’t read a lot of comedic books, so my only hope going in was that it maintained the same level of funny that the synopsis has. Thankfully, Miller delivered, and the book was hilarious. Satan as a character is really amusing to me. The book starts off with Satan already abandoning hell to live on earth, and it turns out Satan is passing his time, or rather amusing himself, by being a professor teaching Introduction to Religion. To say Satan’s take on religion is interesting would be understating […]

Anthony Miller Interview

Posted October 12, 2011 by Kate in Guest post, Interview / 1 Comment

***Cross posted at The Literary Mind Blender, you should check out the site, it’s great with a wide range of reviews and books alike!*** As a new book reviewer, I can’t tell you how excited I was to be interviewing an author for the first time, and Anthony Miller was a great first interview. His book What Would Satan Do? is both a funny book but also provides a great satire to today’s society. The following is the interview I had with Anthony over the past couple of days. 1. If you had to pick a theme song for your book what would it be? Anthony Miller: I’m not sure there’s a song that fits. The main themes of the book are (1) identity, and (2) self determination. (Yes, it’s a silly book, but there are some deeper themes if you’re in to that sort of thing.) Satan realizes he’s nothing more than a pawn created to fill a role in a divine plan, i.e., he’s the mythical equivalent of a straw man, which sucks, so he decides not to play along, leaves Hell, and tries to create a new life as a human. But that leaves him with a problem — which never quite occurs to him, but I hope will be apparent to the reader — that of who he is once he decides to cast off his pre-determined identity. There’s actually a chapter that alludes to a scene in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man — which is my […]

Samsara by Sara E. Collins

Posted October 3, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Samsara by Sara E. Collins

Samsara has all the elements you could want in a fantasy romance novel. There’s a love triangle, werewolves, vampires, finding lost love, tragedy, and so much more. The novel follows a girl named Summer, who has experienced enough tragedy for a life time and is really just trying to start her life over. A mysterious man comes into her life, Boden, and a whirlwind romance ensues. Of course as with any fantasy book, nothing stays all sunshine and roses for long, conflict soon occurs. Summer has to contend with her ex-husband, friends who aren’t so sure about this new romance, and then of course with finding out the truth about her not so human lover. And then of course there is Samsara, Summer finds out she is Boden’s reincarnated fiance from over a hundred years, it’s enough to make a girl lose it a little. Sara Collins has a very well written book on her hands, the descriptions are solid, the book flows organically throughout most of it, great grammar, and the ability to keep the reader wanting to know what is going to happen next. There were several points through the book where I kept thinking the book was going to go one way only to have Collins take it a completely different way. I must confess I had a strong reaction to this book, or more specifically to the characters. In many ways I wished that Summer had been a stronger character, but given all the events of […]

High Midnight by Rob Mosca

Posted September 30, 2011 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
High Midnight by Rob Mosca

***Cross posted at The Literary Mind Blender, you should check out the site, it’s great with a wide range of reviews and books alike!*** Synopsis: Ghouls, crytids, homicidal clowns, knife wielding chimps and the best damn phantom bordello north of the border… welcome to Unity, Texas! A gonzo pulp western for the 21st century, High Midnight is a timeless tale of blood and redemption set against a preternatural and pre-apocalyptic Texas. Review: I am a very new reader to the horror genre. I think this may actually be my first horror book, but as a lover of books I figured I would give the genre a go. Mosca’s writing is really well done, descriptions are very vivid, and it is very easy for the reader to picture the scenes unfolding in their own minds. One of the first things I noticed when I started reading the book was how easy it was to follow even with the use of flashbacks, something I really appreciate in an author. When you start reading this book it is clear you are entering a universe that quite different from your own: homicidal clowns, a sheriff drinking out of a bottle of liquor while on duty, and of course “sleep walkers” on a mission to devour anything in their path. The story starts out introducing the main characters, and it ultimately comes down to the gang of clowns and the sheriff. The gang of clowns are clearly only interested in themselves and willing to do […]