I'm back with another book review! I have been trying to catch up on my ever growing to read list. lol
War: Apocalyptia Book 2 by Vesper Brooks starts up with just as much excitement as the first book in the series left off. One young woman learns so much about herself, her family, and the world she lives in with the chance discovery of a very unique horse, a beast unlike any other she has ever seen before. In an already unruly world, can she reach down and do what needs to be done for the good of all? This is a fascinating take on the four horse"men" of the apocalypse, taking us readers into a post-apocalyptic ride like we have never read before. I love this series and can't wait for the books to follow. 5/5 stars!
I am back with a couple more book reviews for the Fractured Fantasies series by the awesome indie author Torie James!
The Nomad is the seventh book of the Fractured Fantasies series. The apocalypse had happened and people rely on nomads, runners who travel from settlement to settlement bringing news and seeking help. One such nomad learned that not everything is as it seems and that sometimes mixing work with pleasure is a dangerous game. 5/5 stars for some very interesting twists and turns.
The Offering is the eighth book in the Fractured Fantasies series. I love paranormal stories and this is one that comes off completely unexpected. A woman on the run, but from what? A man desperate for just a little of her time. What is the connection between them and why have they been playing a cat and mouse game for years? I don't want to ruin the surprise, but the truth is firey! 5/5 stars for a hot, hot story!
FRACTURED FANTASIES are cautionary, carnal tales..In the burning lands of rapturous fulfillment and unrequited desire, one false step can lead down the path towards delicious destruction. Impassioned appeals, sinful seductions and fevered longings can often hide degrees of twisted tenderness but don't be fooled. Not all prisons have bars, silence can be deadly and even the sweetest face conceals monstrous insanity. Tread lightly, choose well or find sexual satisfaction at the dead end of one-way street.
I am back today with some more reviews for the Fractured Fantasies series by the awesome indie author Torie James. I already posted reviews for the first two books in the series a couple weeks ago and you can find those here! Today I will be reviewing the next two books in the series!
First here is a little bit about Fractured Fantasies:
Fractured Fantasies are cautionary, carnal tales.
In the vast playground of sensual delight, forbidden pleasures are found in the waiting shadows...approach with caution. When the lights are low and the senses provoked, a smoky realm of rapturous wonder becomes the doorway to all dark desires and penultimate passion. Beware the beauty of luscious lies, the fantasy of furious foreplay and the wanton promises of the salacious soul.
Now onto the reviews. Selfie is Book 3 of the series and for sure one of my favorites so far! This takes the idea from The Picture of Dorian Gray and updates it to our own time of selfies. Now this is a short read, but one packed with intensity and intrigue. Get a look at promises and promises broken, all through the lens of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks that becomes a woman at the pinnacle of fashion, and the deals she had to make to get there. 5/5 stars for the sheer fun I had reading this one!
NeverMore is Book 4 of Fractured Fantasies. Newlyweds, a husband with alternative motives, a wife with even bigger secrets.This is a quick and fun read that has a lot of twists and turns that lead to a shocking end that I loved! Another 5 stars from me!
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.
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