It's been a bit but it's time for another book review! This time I am reviewing the first of a series of horror books by one of my now favorite up and coming horror authors, Vesper Brooks! Check out her work, seriously.
This is the first book I have read by this author, but it won’t be the last. I have always loved stories about the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse and have read many. This one gives a new take on this classic trope, turning up the creep and horror factor. I liked the gritty portrayal of this story and how Famine comes to be. This story is not for the faint of heart and that is what I liked most about it. I look forward to the other books in the series. This was for sure 5/5 stars!
It's been a bit since I had a book review up here on the blog, so I thought it was time to get back to reviewing!
I picked up How to Be an Overnight Success last month when it was on sale and I am glad that I did. Sure, this book is more geared towards businesses and entrepreneurs but I found a lot of parallels between the experiences of the author in starting her business and being an independent author. Sure, I am not starting a skin care business like Maria Hatzistefanis, the founder of Rodial, but I have to work extremely hard to get where I am as an author and am still working hard to become a success. There is nothing overnight about starting a business or becoming an author. I enjoyed reading this book and I got some great ideas on how to build my "brand" as an author. I recommend this book for both people thinking of starting a business or creative types trying to profit from their art and passion. 4/5 stars.
As I spent some time after Christmas re-reading the Harry Potter series, I am just getting back to posting some book reviews!
Leona Bushman is one of my favorite indie authors and Highland Magic is Leona at her best. This books takes you back to historical Scotland, setting a rich backdrop for magic and romance to take place. You get thrown right into the action and it keeps going until the very end in this fantasy novella. A feisty heroine and a handsome and strong hero show us just how magical love can be in this start of what I hope is a very long series. I certainly can't wait for the second book as there are answers that I am waiting for. I give this 5/5 stars and am eagerly awaiting the sequel.
An evil darkness forces Mykel Campbell to reveal his magical powers.
Mykel leaves his beloved Highlands in search of a wife. He has two requirements: loyalty and comeliness. Lyall has plenty of both and more. She possesses a spirit of adventure he found appealing. His attraction to her could nae be denied. Verily, his good fortune is complete. Until the darkness strikes Lyall's village. An evil which takes magic to defeat.
Lyall resolves never to marry. She could nae imagine finding anyone who would accept her magical abilities, much less her strong skills for reading and numbers. Then Mykel Campbell visits their village, and her heart is no longer hers, her body like a foreign land. He came in search of a wife. Could she dare hope?
Then an evil shadow full of creatures of her nightmares encompasses the land, and her family is in peril. Mykel swears his sword and magic to protecting them. Would the two of them survive to have the love of a lifetime? Or would evil triumph?
I have been making an effort to read more this past month, that means at least one book a week. I try to mix all sorts of genres, lengths, and indie/mainstream authors. And yes that means I read people like Stephen King as well as all the indie authors who I support.
Now I am a big fan of Stephen King, and as a fan the first thing that caught my eye about Elevation was its size. I am used to Mr. King's epic novels, novels that you could knock a person out with. Elevation is on the opposite end, its a small and light read, though it still manages to provide an emotional punch. At the heart of the story is a man who had a mysterious affliction that is slowly stealing his life from him. He could cry and ask why me, or he can live what is left of his life to the fullest. He chooses the latter and that is where I felt a true connection with this work. What I took away was it doesn't matter how much time you have in life, it is how much life you put in to the time you are given. Sounds corny I know, but this message resonates with me and made me really love Elevation. As someone who lives with chronic illness, well it's something that I need to make an effort to live myself. This is something different for Stephen King, but still very much in his wheelhouse. If his 1000+ page novels aren't for you, maybe give this little one a try. 4.5/5 stars.
I recently picked up The Mermaid by Christina Henry when browsing around my local Barnes and Noble. I love mermaids, so the title immediately caught my eye and the historical aspect made me want to buy it immediately. The story centers around a mermaid who grows bored of the sea and eventually finds herself mostly living as a human. After a series of events, she finds herself in the circus of P.T. Barnum. I found the premise very interesting and overall pretty entertaining. This is mainly a tale of a woman, or mermaid, learning about love and life and what she wants for herself despite what other want for her. It was a little slow in parts, which is why I am only giving it 4/5 stars. Still a really good read, but not as fast paced as I was hoping for.
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I'm back with another book review! This time I am reviewing Zombie Infestation by LJ Bushman. This is a fast paced and thrilling ride that is sure to leave you shaken after you finish reading it. Zombies are among us, but they don't all resemble what we have come to expect. Some are damn smart and super dangerous before they start to decompose. Not many people know what is going on, one who does is Serena Rouge. A mother and author who also happens to be a zombie killer. Talk about a double life. Things get even more complicated when the government gets involved and some shady organization as well. I could not put this novella down. This is definitely a new take on zombies and I love the kick ass heroine that can take care of herself and then some. I am hoping for more of Serena in the future and recommend this book to horror and zombie lovers! 4.5 of 5 stars!
I was lucky enough to get an advanced review copy of Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss and I am thrilled to have gotten to read this book. This is not the first time that I have read something by Ms. Bayliss, but it is the longest of her works that I have read and I really can't wait to read more novels by her. Ten After Closing is a gripping YA novel that is told from two points of view and from two timelines, one moving forward and one moving backwards to show the events leading to what happens in a cafe ten minutes after closing. This is a crime drama, but it is also so much more. It weaves a complex tale of teenagers struggling with their parents, their relationships, their lives, their futures and then being thrown into a terrifying situation on top all of that. This novel is a thrilling ride that readers of all ages should take. 5/5 Stars for sure!
Ten After Closing will be available on September 4, 2018.
So I recently watched The Kissing Booth on Netflix and thought it to be a cute teen movie. Since it was based on a book, a YA book written by a teenage author who has had great success, well I had to read that book. The Kissing Booth is even sweeter than the movie of the same name. Luckily the characters in the book have a bit more depth and are more likable even than the cute kids in the movie. This is a teen coming of age book, that the author probably was experiencing a bit when she wrote this book. There's really nothing else to say, this is a fun and quick read, perfect for a lazy day of light entertainment. I give this book 4/5 stars and recommend it if you like YA stories. I look forward to reading more from this young author.
The Venom Protocols is packed with action from the very beginning to the very end. As you follow Charlie through the crazy ride that is her life, with interaction with the FBI to the mob to a nefarious agency, you are never left with a dull moment. This was the first book that I have read from author John Murray McKay and I really enjoyed it. The end is set up for a sequel that I would definitely be interested in reading. All in all this was a real page turner and I give if 4/5 stars.
Here is the link so you can pick up a copy if interested.
Guess who has actually been reading some more and has some more book reviews to post? This gal!
Cherry Carpenter is a new author and I believe this is her first book, at least it is the first book of hers that I have read. What can I say about Hot as Hell? That the title is very accurate! This book is hot, hot, hot! There are some very steamy scenes interwoven with a mystery and both keep you turning the page. I am happy that there will be other books in this series as I want more! I give this book 4.5 stars for all the steaminess! You can grab your own copy here.
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