I have to say, I’ve been really, REALLY enjoying the phase of books I’ve been reading lately. There are some amazingly talented Indie-Authors out in the world, and Brianna Merritt is definitely one of them. Her style of writing absolutely pulled me in, and this was the first book in a while that I didn’t want to read just the section of pages I assigned myself to read each day. I wanted to read and read and read and read…so I did. I finished it two days before I had planned, which says something about how much I loved it. Merritt reminds me of some of the greats in the Action/Thriller genre. Clancy, Ludlum, and Fleming come to mind. Also movies like Salt, Lucy, and Atomic Blonde. There is a specific pace and unfolding of events that make for a truly great thriller novel, and Merritt produces that in spades. I absolutely loved the story and can’t wait for the sequel. Plus, the somewhat of a cliff-hanger/surprise twist ending left me dying for more!
Let me start by saying that this has been one of my favorite reads of the year. Mikayla Elliot is a fantastic author with a beautiful flow and style to her writing. I am very much looking forward to reading the next book in this series! My only complaint is that the story moves a bit too quickly, there is never any sensation or feeling of struggle in the decision the main character must make, and they seem to accept their role in the story far too easily. I would have loved to see this book at least half again as long, if not double in size.
The tale is one that has been used before – a character discovers they have paranormal abilities or powers, and that they aren’t who they thought they once were. That all happens in the first chapter which opens up with a ferocious and fast paced nature that immediately drew me in and left me craving more. I was very much looking forward to reading the rest of the book, and that feeling never let down. Overall, I gave Snow a 4.35 rating. Here’s the breakdown:
Wolf’s Blood: Plague of Snowbrook is paranormal fantasy novel with a bit of mystery and suspense thrown in, which is part of what makes this book a pretty decent read. The main character, Clair, and her family move from an apartment in San Diego, where her mother works as a microbiologist and her father is with the police department, to Snowbrook, Oregon, a small, remote town with a bit of a secret. Clair’s mother has been hired by the town to help Samantha Wolff, the Park Ranger who oversees the wildlife reserve, to help solve the mystery of a plague that has been killing off the animals, and hopefully to find a cure. At first, Clair is reluctant to move and leave behind the life she was used to and the boyfriend she is in love with. At the age of 19, it seems like she should have a choice, but, as the story explains, she is unable to stay behind, mainly for financial reasons, and is somewhat stuck tagging along. Soon after moving in, she is introduced to Aidan Wolff, who lives across the street. Aidan is asked to show Clair around town, and a friendship develops. The two begin to spend more and more time together, and their small-town adventures swallow up most of the first 1/3rd of the book. To explain any more of their relationship, their adventures or the storyline would mean I’d be spilling out spoilers left and right, so you’ll have to read it to find out more.
It is rare that a book grabs me from the opening scenes. Usually, it can take up to the first 25% or more for me to allow myself to be swallowed up by the story. Maybe I’m just afraid of having my little reader’s heart broken.There have been a few novels that I’ve started and loved, only to have the feeling die and not come back, so perhaps that’s why I don’t want to let go too soon. This book, however, got me. Right from Chapter One. The action started immediately, and it literally didn’t stop. If the hero, Roxanne, wasn’t getting out of a jam, she was getting herself into a new one. Seriously. This young woman wasn’t hard to catch, but dang was she hard to keep caught! And, though it did get a bit frustrating to have her escape time and time again, only to be dragged back into the clutches of one of the many factions that were after her, it was still a fun-filled, roller-coaster read!
A few weeks ago, after I did an Allo Author Interview (read the interview here) with Kendra Radke, she asked if I would be interested in providing a pre-release review of her upcoming novel, Guns, Rations, Rigs and the Undead, and I jumped at the chance. I’m really, really glad I accepted, too.
Before I get into my review, I feel it’s fair to let you know that the copy I received had not yet been edited, therefore, I am not rating this book on the spelling or grammar as I typically do with my other reviews. This review is based solely on the content of the story and the author’s creative talents.
Also, at the time of posting this review, the book is currently scheduled to release on May 1st. You can pre-order it here.
I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive when I chose this book for my next review. The author had warned me that is might be a little dark, and that it dealt with topics that can be uncomfortable. It had also first been written when the author was between twelve- and thirteen-years-old, so I was expecting the storyline might be a bit immature. I had a sneaky suspicion that I might not be giving it too many stars.
I was wrong.
This is a truly creative and enjoyable story with all of the elements that YA fantasy readers crave. MC's with special powers, mortal magic users, immortal demonic antagonists, spirits that possess clueless humans, and lots and lots of blood.
I wish I had read this book when it first came out. Not because it’s an amazing read, it’s decent and enjoyable, probably more so than some of the Clancy novels I’ve read. But because the advancements in technology that Clancy predicted didn’t happen, and probably won’t happen, at least not in the way he envisioned them. Sure, his idea of how technology would operate was creative, especially given that this book was released in 1999. The setting of the story is the year 2010.The Director of Net Force, a sub-organization under the FBI whose mission is to find and stop internet terrorism, hackers and the like, has been assassinated. The newly appointed Director’s first task is to find out who did it. For the most part, this segment of the novel is very well done. The characters are genuine and fresh, and the storyline follows a very plausible chain of events.
The first thing that came to mind when I started reading The First was how much the style of writing resembled some of the classic literature I’ve read, especially books by Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. Though there are some significant differences between this book and those classic texts, I did find myself reading it with the same fervor with which I had devoured those classics. In fact, it wasn’t until I sat down to write out this review that I even began to discover what it was that I didn’t like about the book, which wasn't much, but it was significant enough to keep this from being a five-star book.
The story starts out with Margaret, a young woman living in the mid-sixteen-hundreds, preparing to attend her mother’s funeral. Those first few chapters truly kindled my passion for this book, as they were so, so well written. The reader is given just enough of the world that Margaret lives in, and enough peeks into her childhood to understand her sheltered, yet somewhat privileged life. There are also a few hints that Margaret may be more than she seems…though what that ‘more’ might be doesn’t come to light until much later in the book.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview Ammar Habib as part of the Allo Author Interview series that I do. You can read that interview here. As part of that interview, he mentioned his new book, Ana Rocha: Shadows of Justice, which he wrote along with Detective Glenda Mendoza. I thought it sounded interesting, plus, the cover is amazing!
Ammar was willing to send me a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review, which is what you’ll find here.
As the first chapter opened up, I was reminded of the old film noir detective movies. The syntax was short and to the point, and the first person narrative voice added to that flavor. I was really, really enjoying the book by the time I reached the third chapter. Overall I truly enjoyed the story. Here’s the synopsis:
I’m Not a Stalker is one of the most unique novels I’ve ever read. The concept and creativity in the creation of this work set it apart from just about every novel I’ve ever come across. It is also one of the most confusing reviews I’ve had to do. It truly is in a class by itself, and defies most of the rules that define what good writing is, and yet, it works…to an extent. What works is the nearly hypnotizing effect the novel has. As my friend and fellow author, C. E. Clayton, mentioned in our Boom! Books! cooperative review, it’s a definite guilty pleasure to read. For me, it has a compelling draw to it much like some of those reality TV shows. At times I found myself feeling like I was reading someone else’s diary. Here’s why: