Book Review: Ready Player One

ready player oneReady Player One

By Ernest Cline

Audio narrated by Wil Wheaton

While I’m not the type of person who readily dives into this genre it was suggested to me by someone to read it. I’ll admit I wasn’t jumping on the bandwagon fast. I did purchase the story on audible.com and it remained on my shelves for months before I even considered it a second time. And then a third time.

Not having anything to read at the moment I elected to give it a shot. I won’t say there weren’t times I put it down because the story is steeped with info-dumping because it has a lot of geeky ‘hardware’ terminology and of course the 80’s info was a lot to take in as well. I think listening to Will Wheaton read to me was one of the reasons I fought past any boring parts that I reached. I enjoyed his narrating the story; felt it a great choice. If you don’t know who Wil Wheaton is, check him out.

Still, the characters and the storyline moved along and I found myself smiling, laughing, feeling pain and sadness while I listened to the story. Any book that can make you experience such emotions has to be listed among the higher ranking ones. I laughed aloud at some spots and people looked at me like I was crazy. And I didn’t care. This was good. Continue reading

Book Review: Falling Star by C.J. Wright

fallingstar1Falling Star by CJ Wright

Meet Katie Jenkins. She, like many girls, has issues with self-confidence, wonders when a boy will look twice at her, and has a mom who works too much. But she’s different than most. She is special; at least according to her grandmother who passed away two years ago. Why, you ask? How, you wonder?

When her grandmother was alive she and Katie fooled around with tarot cards and eventually she learned how to read them herself.

“You have a gift,” her grandmother would reassure her. “There is something about you that is special, don’t be afraid of it, grasp it, relish in it.”

When her grandmother died, Katie had a remarkably weird experience. One she put behind her and never looked back at. Continue reading

Book Review: Bad Direction

baddirectionBad Direction
By Sherry Wood

Imagine if the oh so sweet looking and decent appearances boy band One Direction was really a bunch of vicious, blood-sucking vampires? Sherry Wood has imagined something just like that. In her novel. Bad Direction is a boy band from Britian. They are living it up and living it large their last night in London before going on an American Tour which includes a Cruise Ship stop. They are on the verge however of losing control as their behavior turns more dangerous and rebellious.

On the other side of the story is Ashley, who is sixteen and has won tickets to the ‘Jammy Party’ on the cruise ship and her mother Leslie,who is crazy busy with her work, a dead person, and trying to cope with the end of her marriage. The fact that her ex-husbands got a new, pretty, younger woman in his life doesn’t seem to be helping her get over him too easily.  Leslie, however reluctant to chaperoning her daughter and Ashley’s best friend, begins to see something in the band as well. Continue reading

Book Review: His Mind Games

hismindgamesHIS MIND GAMES 

by Rachel Dunning

An inner world of magic and power.

A lover. A night together – their first night.

And then – disaster. He lost his mind, but she knew the truth. She knew.

And so she ran, all the way down to Marfa Texas where she met…the man they call Jack.

A demon.

And now he has her.

And he’s playing Mind Games with her. Continue reading

Book Review: Crow’s Row

Crow’s Row
 For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it i9116028n France with her parents. Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library.

During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing-and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.

Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six year- old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.

*********************3.5 out of 5 stars ********************** Continue reading

Book Review- Relentless


Relentless (Relentless, #1)Relentless
By Karen Lynch
352 pages
Published December 26th 2013 by Karen Lynch

I connected immediately with the protagonist Sara Grey. The author wrote a vivid, realistic character in a fantasy/paranormal. She done an exceptional job.
With her father’s murder haunting her, always wondering who or what killed him, her world is opened to the realms most choose to ignore. She has supernatural power of healing and befriends many among other ‘races’ but it soon leads her to trouble.

With her two best friends, some new frenemies, and a really evil dude who wants nothing else but to ruin her life, her life turns upside down.

Sara is a strong lead character with many flaws. This is what I loved about her. She is headstrong, refuses to be a weak little girl who lets everyone else solve her problems for her. She wants to protect those she loves but she also does so sometimes putting them and herself in risk. A very humane thing!

She learns more than she expects about the world around her and the world within herself. All the while she fights to hold on to the secrets that scare her, make her different, and that others could use against her. Continue reading

Book Review: Relentless

Relentless by Karen Lynch

288 pgs

Fantasy/Paranormal

I  connected immediately with the protagonist Sara Grey. The author wrote a vivid, realistic character in a fantasy/paranormal. She done an exceptional job.

With her father’s murder haunting her, always wondering who or what killed him, her world is opened to the realms most choose to ignore. She has supernatural power of healing and befriends many among other ‘races’ but it soon leads her to trouble.

With her two best friends, some new frenemies, and a really evil dude who wants nothing else but to ruin her life, her life turns upside down.

Sara is a strong lead character with many flaws. This is what I loved about her. She is headstrong, refuses to be a weak little girl who lets everyone else solve her problems for her. She wants to protect those she loves but she also does so sometimes putting them and herself in risk. A very humane thing! Continue reading

Review: 25 Perfect Days

25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius

 

25Never have a read a book quite like this. Mark spins twenty-five short stories and that is a feat in itself. However, it gets even better! He builds a foundation and then weaves his magic in 25 unique ways to tell the story of what it looks like with a world gone crazy. Not just crazy…Totalitarian, or in other words, the government controls, manipulates, and has their way with all things human and inhuman.

Imagine your world is not private anymore. Your choices are not yours anymore. Oh, it gets so much worse. I was really intrigued by some of the brilliant ideas Mark used in some of his stories. I have some favorites, and I am confident if you read this book you will find some of your own as well. Continue reading

Review: Blakewood

Blakewood by Sable Grey

 

blakewoodAbout the Book (from Goodreads)

Elizabeth Mason has always been a governess but never for a household as larger or as strange as the one at Blakewood Manor. Upon her arrival, she soon finds that her beautiful new home is owned by a family of vampires. Despite her fears, she fall for two of the mysterious men that reside there. But as she begins to unravel their darker secrets, she becomes a weakness to them both and threatens their safety and the very foundation that Blakewood is built upon.

About the author: (from goodreads)

Sable Grey resides in the deep south of the United States with her wonderful husband, very spoiled dog, and three crazy cats. She spends her time researching her genealogy, designing cover art, watching movies, and reading. With favorite authors like Stephen King, Piers Anthony, and Iris Johansen, it’s no mystery where the inspiration to write tales of love, adventure, and mystery come from. An avid reader and storyteller at a young age, Sable began writing small stories as a child for her mother. However, it wasn’t until she was well in to her twenties that she realized that her calling was sharing her stories with a larger audience than just family members and friends. Now, Sable is dedicated to her craft and to bringing her readers quality fiction with unforgettable characters. For her, writing a story means writing a story meant to touch the mind, body, heart, and soul. Continue reading

Review: Secrets of the Red Box

Secrets of the Red Box: by Vickie Hall

secretsKaysville, Utah – Author Vickie Hall announces the release of her third novel, Secrets of the Red Box.

Secrets of the Red Box was a great writing experience,” says Vickie Hall. “Getting into Bonnie’s head was challenging, but a lot of fun. Exploring Bonnie’s somewhat dark character allowed me to dig deep—really try to discover what made her act the way she did.”

“The reader doesn’t know what Bonnie’s running from, or what her secrets are until the very end of the book,” Hall says. “This creates a lot of tension in this psychological suspense. I wanted to hook the reader from the very beginning, and I think I’ve done that.”

Secrets of the Red Box is about the consequences of one woman’s unscrupulous choices and how lives are altered by them. It’s also about the redemptive power of love, and the part it can play in healing even the most broken soul.

“Making choices is what life is all about. Hopefully, we learn valuable lessons from those choices, even the ones with less than a perfect outcome. At least that’s the message I hope people take away from the story.”

Hall’s new book is set against the backdrop of 1940’s Omaha. Filled with unforgettable characters, fluid writing, and an unusual plot, Secrets of the Red Box is sure to keep readers guessing until the very end. Continue reading