Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Book Review: End of Eternity

End of Eternity (End of Eternity, #1)End of Eternity by Loretta Lost
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Walking in on your husband’s lifeless, post suicide body swaying in the breeze of the open door is bad enough, but pregnant Carmen now has to deal with both the funeral and her sister’s car accident on the same day - as well as take care of her father while he deals with her sister’s crash as well. Can she navigate the stress as well as the obvious attempts of the men in her life to soothe a grieving widow?

I was intrigued by the idea of an inner monologue for someone experiencing life that included suicide, pregnancy and potential fatal car crash of someone she loved, but quickly found myself disenchanted with Carmen’s character. I honestly thought she was well written and well developed, just not someone I could relate to, personally. While I could not predict how I would react in the same circumstance, I just had a hard time processing the obvious lust and inappropriate relations with what seemed like any man who wasn’t related to her. Still, it was a very involving story and I found myself hoping for the best for the character and her baby, even if I knew we could never be BFFs in real life.


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book Review: Fast Track to Glory

Fast Track to GloryFast Track to Glory by Tomasz Chrusciel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nina has been called into consult on the translation of a recently discovered artefact, recovered from a sunken ship - strangely sunken in the middle of a lake. However when she and local hotel manager Alessandro find themselves running from the treasure hunter who found it they discover that it is not only of historical significance, but of interest to spiritual opportunists. Will they be able to prevent the ensuing apocalypse that it could create?


Fast Track to Glory is an action packed novel that brings in elements of international mystery woven with spiritual intrigue that captivates the reader and pulls them along for the ride. I was impressed with both the editing and pace of the story, as I thought it gave enough potentially boring historical background without compromising the motivations and believability of the characters. I thought it was a great read and it didn’t take me very long to get through as I couldn’t put it down. It’s a great read for anyone who enjoys Dan Brown/Da Vinci Code style stories.


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Friday, December 23, 2016

Book Review: All the Angels Were Jewish

All the Angels were JewishAll the Angels were Jewish by Kevin E. Ready
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Susan’s life has just started to return to some semblance of normalcy after both of her parents die within a 6 month time frame when she is shocked to learn that her Aunt Rachel has died as well, and she must fly out to her aunt’s home in New York immediately. When she gets there, she is even more shocked to learn that she has inherited far more than she ever dreamed possible, and overnight she must learn how to be a wealthy New Yorker, and discovers that she must also find her identity in her Jewish heritage, despite never really observing. For the only Jewish girl on 4th street in Moline, IL - no, not Chicago - it will be an adjustment of a lifetime.


For a contemporary romance that includes the main character’s social media updates and emails, this story carries an incredible depth and identity crisis not usually associated with the wealthy in love. Susan is a midwest girl thrown into a New York world, but during the course of her story I learned so much about Judaism and how the wealthy live their life. Author Kevin Ready’s strength lies in his descriptive abilities, which I realize some might find tedious but I really enjoyed. While I am a midwest girl myself and bristled a bit at the transformation of Susan into a real New Yorker, she managed to retain herself and her parent’s heritage while embracing her larger Jewish culture as well, which I assume is a nearly impossible task. If you are looking for a story to get lost in this one will have you reading until 3am.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book Review: Titanium: Terra

TITANIUM: TerraTITANIUM: Terra by Terrence Carling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mickey and Fran have just been released from their 90 day simulator, and tempers are running a little thin after being cooped up with no one else for that long. Have they ruined their chances for a longer stay on the international space station, maybe even a Mars mission?


Set in the 21st century where NASA is struggling against those who think that resources would be better allocated to shore up the existing industrial structure on Earth, author Terrence Carling sets up a sci fi tale that has a fair amount of reality behind it. The writing style is terse and to the point, much like the scientists, and I actually would have enjoyed a little more drawn out story. However it is an undeniably well researched story and it does leave you wanting more and hoping to jump to the next book in a hurry. It seems like it could be a great sci fi series!


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review: Afterlife

Afterlife (Second Eden Saga, #1)Afterlife by Aaron Burdett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amber Blackwood has tried to put her past behind her, but the anniversary of her brother’s death always puts her in a foul mood. Especially this year, when all of her family members have left her alone with her grief. She thinks she might be crazy when she hears Toby calling her, but when she finds the present he left her - 10 years after he died - and she is chased into Afterlife by a horrifying masked man, she knows she must find him to save herself.

Afterlife starts with a somewhat typical high school girl sucked into a dark, paranormal world that resembles purgatory, but ends up spanning more dimensions than the murky space between heaven and hell. I found this to be a fascinating and fast paced read, with a not totally shocking twist at the end but a good one nonetheless. I really enjoyed the interplay between the realms of the living and the dead, and found myself following the spiritual politics easier than I thought it would be. For anyone that enjoys paranormal thrillers this one is a must read.


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Friday, November 4, 2016

Book Review: Wracked

Wracked (Saga of Ukumog #1)Wracked by Louis Puster III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s hard to sort things out when you wake up with a mouth full of dirt, and quickly ascertain it’s from your own grave. Fortunately someone fills him in on his name, but why is Wrack here, exactly, and more importantly, who is he? How did he come by the strange powers he has, and will he ever be sure if he is a good guy or a bad guy?

Wracked is the first in the Saga of Ukumog and leaves you with far more questions than answers - which is excellent for setting up a sequel, obviously. It is a dark fantasy with characters who both are on a quest and finding their own talents, set in a somewhat ambiguous political climate where dark lords are constantly fighting each other. I really appreciated that the main character is not your typical “knight in shining armor” hero type, but clearly has his own history and back issues that point to some pretty dark deeds he seems to be escaping. While I found the beginning writing to be a bit clunky, particularly with incorporation of flashbacks that didn’t provide a whole lot of inspiration, it really picked up towards the middle and end to where I was reading and didn’t want to put it down. Hopefully that pace and trend continues in the sequel.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Book Review: End of Eternity +Goodreads Contest!

End of Eternity (End of Eternity, #1)End of Eternity by Loretta Lost
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Walking in on your husband’s lifeless, post suicide body swaying in the breeze of the open door is bad enough, but pregnant Carmen now has to deal with both the funeral and her sister’s car accident on the same day - as well as take care of her father while he deals with her sister’s crash as well. Can she navigate the stress as well as the obvious attempts of the men in her life to soothe a grieving widow?

I was intrigued by the idea of an inner monologue for someone experiencing life that included suicide, pregnancy and potential fatal car crash of someone she loved, but quickly found myself disenchanted with Carmen’s character. I honestly thought she was well written and well developed, just not someone I could relate to, personally. While I could not predict how I would react in the same circumstance, I just had a hard time processing the obvious lust and inappropriate relations with what seemed like any man who wasn’t related to her. Still, it was a very involving story and I found myself hoping for the best for the character and her baby, even if I knew we could never be BFFs in real life.


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