I know everyone was just DYING to know what I got from these events so, here’s a list of every book I picked up:
- The Invasion of Heaven by Michael B. Koep
- Leaves of Fire by Michael B. Koep
- The Bone of the Earth by Rachael Dunne
- The Curse of the Werck Family: The Battle Between Love and Hate by Valéria Lopes
- If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss
- Wicked Bugs: The Meanest, Deadliest, Grossest Bugs on Earth by Amy Stewart and Briony Morrow-Cribbs
- Why the Rich are Getting Richer by Robert T. Kiyosaki
- L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33 by Robert J. Sawyer and Anne McCaffrey
- Battlefield Earth 21st Century Edition by L. Ron Hubbard
- Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren
- Sleep like a Baby by Charlaine Harris
- The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens
- Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions Book 1) by G. S. Prendergast
- Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds
- Surpassing Uncertainty: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock
- A Choice to Yield by Laurence Cook
- Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
- A Cyber Affair: The Online Search for Mr. Right by Lonz Cook
- The Eternity Elixir (Potion Masters) by Frank L. Cole
- The Notations of Cooper Cameron by Jane O’Reilly
- The Town of Jasper by James Gianetti
- Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar
- Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
- The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo and Sara Kipin
- The Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens
- The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It by Joanna Scutts
- Saturdays with Hitchcock by Ellen Wittlinger
- Idyll Threats by Stephanie Gayle
- Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
- The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
- Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
- Writer, The Shaping of Popular Fiction: L. Ron Hubbard Series, Writer (The L. Ron Hubbard Series, The Complete Biographical Encyclopedia) by Based on the Works of L. Ron Hubbard
- M.F.K Book One by Nilah Magruder
Why are none of these linked? Because not all of them have something to link to so, fuck it. It’s just a big ass list.
I have mysteries, historical romance, contemporary romance, non-fiction, YA, science fiction; you name it. I basically took every free book they waved in front of my face and worried about what kind of book it was later. I’m not sure I’ll review ALL of them but I sure will review most of them.
But you can see why my shoulders were KILLING me by the fourth day of gathering these.
*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.
Da-Ren appears on the doorstep of Castel Monastery demanding the monks redeem the lives of his wife and daughter. Despite being a barbarian, a pagan, and infidel in their eyes, the monks let him on the island where they are tasked with transcribing the warrior’s story.
This book is the story of Da-Ren’s first trials of training in a gauntlet his tribe calls The Sieve; a series of grueling life or death tests that had me legit wondering if this tribe just runs out of kids at some point. But my stupid jokes aside, this is the type of dark fantasy that’s depressing but written in such a visceral and lyrical manner that it’s almost hypnotic. It’s written in the style of most sweeping epics, so it’s not dumbed down or flinch from the gore. You can’t help but get invested in Da-Ren and his world and though the book only covers the first part of his training and you know more is to home, the cliffhanger doesn’t feel jarring enough to not seek out the next installment; which I will definitely be doing. If you like dark fantasy, this is a fantastic installment.A welcome 4.7 out of 5.
*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+
Thaddeus – a vampire – and his assistant/boyfriend, Sarasija live together in the bayou. While Thaddeus begrudgingly indulges Sarasija’s enthusiasm for Chirstmas decorations, strange lights are seen in the darkness which lure people away. To avoid being scapegoated as the cause Thaddeus goes to investigate while trying to keep Sarasija safe.
I found it very difficult to get into this and the blame can be squarely put on the fact I haven’t read any other books in this series. Bonfire is one of those in-between books that’s more of a side story for fans. You get the most from it if you are already familiar with the characters and the world they live in. As a result, how Thaddeus and Sarasija spend their holidays means nothing to me.
That being said, the mystery of the swamp lights did keep me reading to the end. The POV shifts from time to time, Thaddeus can be overly guilt-ridden to the point of being tiresome, and without the books I had trouble feeling the connection to the couple of the towns people around them. Still an interesting enough diversion. 3 out of 5.
With the help of detective Oishi Kurado, Keiichi continues to delve into the creepy happenings in Hinamizawa. Knowing he can trust no one, Keiichi now fears the Oyashiro-sama’s curse will lead to his friends killing him and is determined to avoid that fate.
I gotta give it to Keiichi for doing the sensible thing; arming himself and telling the demon girls to stay the hell away from him. It doesn’t work, of course, and we’re left wondering if the town is crazy or just Keiichi is crazy. I’m leaning towards the town but there’s definitely something bigger than just a couple of crazy girls with sharp objects. The only way to find out is to keep going. 3.7 out of 5.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
*This review is cross-posted at Otakus and Geeks.
Danny is out secretly buying nail polish and ends up thrust into the middle of a superhero battle. Defeated, Dreadnought transfers his powers to Danny, giving him super human abilities but the female body this transgender teen has always wanted. But not only does Danny have to deal with coming out as the new Dreadnought, she also must come out to her strict parents, the Legion of other heroes, and content with Utopia, the cyborg villain who killed Danny’s predecessor.
After reading “Black Angel” I was a little nervous about another LGBTQ YA novel. However, this book is much like “Rebel Genius” in that I was hooked and entertained for most of this despite being
a sorry old lady outside the target demographic.
This novel touches on the good and bad about being a trans teen with the added flight of fancy that if anyone bullies you for being trans, you can pummel them into the ground. Danny is such a great kid, you can’t help but root for her and just outright DESPISE what she’s put through. And, as a comic book geek, this also makes for an awesome superhero story. There is genuine peril Danny has to deal with as a budding super-heroine and despite the world ending consequences; the story doesn’t feel like it gets bogged down when dealing with the issues surrounding a transgendered individual. Some reactions are almost TOO evil but I think that’s just the part of me that is desperately holding on to a shred of hope in humanity. It doesn’t pander, it doesn’t preach; “Dreadnought” is a well-written, wild ride, and if it’s the start to a series; I look forward to more. 4.7 out of 5.
*I got this book for free and it’s rated for 18+
Jack and Aideen are prisoners in a nursery run by vampires and need to breed so the vampires can use the powers from their blood and get them to breed a spirit elemental to overthrow a tyrant king. Jack organizes an escape but Aideen gets left behind.
First off, 11% in and they drop the little gem of “since the age of fourteen, he’d been forced to bed each female in the nursery who was of child-bearing years.” That’s a pretty squiky little gem to have in your supernatural erotica romp. I had to mentally delete that information to get through the rest of this.
This story is supposed to be a stand alone but it’s painfully obvious this comes from a larger universe and would be better understood if you read the other books. Despite how original the world it, the expositional elements meant to get this story to be separate end up feeling terribly clunky. The ideas are there; separated lovers trying to get back together in the face of slavery and magic but reading it was like watching a TV show or movie on fast forward where you can hear things, see things, but not process things or get invested. All in all, it’s just OK. 3 out of 5.
*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated for 18+
*This review is cross-posted at Otakus and Geeks.
Tate is a 30 something cowboy who believes the best days of his life are behind him.He spends his nights getting hammered in bars and one night a young soldier named Dave helps Tate bumble back to his apartment. The two become close and form a relationship but Dave’s military life poses a threat to their relationship.
Mild spoilers so skip this paragraph if you wanna avoid them but around 30% in, sudden gay married friend is sudden! I mean, geez what an asshole…
Anyway, other than the out of nowhere dickweed friend, the story felt well paced and very realistic. Dave and Tate take things slow at Tate’s request and the patient way they come together is refreshing to see. Their chemistry goes beyond a ‘hookup-turned- relationship,’ their feelings come through the pages. Yes, of course there are some steamy scenes but just having Tate and Dave interact with each other left me with a happy feeling when the story was done and I wouldn’t mind reading more in this series or by this author. 3.9 out of 5.
Greenhouse is now available in paperback on Amazon!! So, if you’ve been wanting to get this book in your hot little hands, now you can!
Since my other stories are so short, I probably won’t be offering them individually in print. I’ll wait until I have enough for a decent short story collection. In the meantime, grab Greenhouse today!
*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
*This review is cross posted to Otakus and Geeks.
The crew of the Jinxed Thirteenth is sent on a rescue mission to retrieve the only survivor of an abandoned space station. What they find is Jessie Madison in cryo-sleep; and she has been there for several millennia. Awakening to a world that’s completely unknown to her, Jessie struggles to learn new languages and face the loss of her husband. Meanwhile, a crew criminals lead by Domiant, sets out to capture the ship and Jessie as valuable cargo. Captain Morwyn and his crew must beat back Domiant and his dangerous underlings in order to protect Jessie and her unborn child from being sold or worse.
This book is like a combination of Event Horizon and Firefly in that the story takes place mostly on one ship and the crews on both sides are made up of very different species with all sorts of different abilities and specialties that struggle to get along and work together. They work well together and the world building and action sequences are written very well, there are so many characters with not enough development to properly tell them apart. I found myself getting confused as to who was who very easily. Except for Jessie; who stood out really well but mostly because she is truly a fish out of water. While this book is the second in a series, it stands well enough on it’s own. For muddled characterization but an exciting story, I give this a 3.5 out of 5.