Monday, September 1, 2014

the Mermaid's Pearl by Brooke Kennedy

**** 5 stars The Mermaid's Pearl by Brooke Kennedy. I have the pleasure of meeting many nice, truly talented authors. Brooke Kennedy is no exception to this rule, and her book, The Mermaid's Pearl was a true delight in the up and coming genre of New Adult. Raewyn is a typical young woman, well all but the fact she is a mermaid. Her father wants a fine suitor and she just wants to be...herself. She loves 'common folk', and finds herself in the middle of a great adventure...all caused by a beautiful pearl. She finds herself in the keep of a capt'n, aboard a ship, and stuck. What happens next is the stuff of legends. This is a fantastic book that kept me page turning right until the end because I really had to find out what happened to her. Did she go home? Did she find love? Did she find adventure? I would love to tell you but...I won't and I can't because this book is so finely written even the smallest amount of information would just give too much away! so you will just have to read it yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed, and I am hoping there will be a book two!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Awakening Book One of the Judas Curse

***** 5 Plus Star Review Book One of The Judas Curse The Awakening by Angella Graff, First off, if my rating system went higher than 5 stars, this book would get it. I am not one to rant or rave the praises of too many books, and I give honest reviews, so if I say buy this book, then buy this book. I have been lucky to review several very talented Indies, and Angella is more than talented. From the first chapter, I could not stop reading. Ben, one of the main players from the start, is believable. He is cynical, determined, somewhat apprehensive...everything you would imagine a seasoned Detective to be in the real world. Mark is intriguing from the get-go, and Abby will certainly remind you of someone you personally know. The subject matter of the book is incredibly interesting, one that has a natural draw to human curiosity just when you think you know what is happening, Angella throws in a sideways twist you don't see coming and I found myself not wanting to stop reading despite the fact I really needed to go to bed. (I know, you are saying right now, give me a clue about the book subject...) I am not one to do spoilers, in fact, I despise people who do those type of reviews. If I wanted to know what the book was about in five minutes, I would ask for a synopsis and not the book, so here is a little snipet...What if what you believed was the truth about Judas was a lie? What if his importance was far greater than mankind could ever understand, so important it was not only a burden but a curse? Angella Graff is going to set the world on fire with this book, and if you don't purchase it, you will never know how much talent this young woman has or that you may have just possibly missed the read of the year. The only word of advice I would offer is in the first chapter or two, the pronoun usage is a little heavy. It does not deter from the read in any manner whatsoever, and it's correct in the manner used, but as someone who has had more than few agents offer me personal advice on what to do and what not to do, this is something they tend to look at closely. Again, fantastic subject, fantastic storyline, not drawn out, not strung along to just add another page...the Judas Curse is worth every single penny~
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Don't Miss Anna Wall's Half Breed

Like most of my completed manuscripts, Half-Breed was initially written before 2008 under a different title and with a completely different plan for its existence. Originally it was planned as one of a collection of three, and then, when the third book was published, they would be offered possibly as a boxed set, but though the world and the history of that world are the same, the location, people, and story are utterly different. The third book is still in the planning for this world, but I’ve learned quite a bit since publishing that first book, and keeping these books as a collection has become less of a consideration.

Half-Breed explores something of genetic engineering. Operating on the idea that our government was trying to create the perfect soldier by combining human and wolf DNA. Their experiments didn’t work because their young soldiers, while physically everything they could hope for, didn’t survive much beyond puberty. The other half of their experiment, those that turned out to be more wolf than human, were discarded as an expected byproduct and kept only for their DNA value. It wasn’t until the world fell apart and the entire complex abandoned, that it was discovered that the two, the hybrid humans and the hybrid byproduct, needed to be together for either of them to operate at their optimum.

With these children’s escape along with their wulfen companions, a new race and a new society was created. Having no social training or exposure outside of the lab, they had nothing but their own instincts to draw upon. But then they came across a little girl, and because she was the daughter of the man who had given his life to see that they were released from their cages, they would do what they could to keep her safe. Her chances were no better than theirs, but it was better than her sitting in the forest alone. Because of her, their life was far less animalistic than it could have been.

Many generations later, a human girl was taken in by the Yellowstone Clan, and like all clan women, she was accorded the right to pick her husband and rule her household. However, she never felt like she belonged, so one day, equipped with all she’d learned, she made it back to her people, only by now she was pregnant, and being a woman alone, if she was to avoid the collar, she needed to do something that would feed her and her baby, and she needed to avoid the slavers. One day, with a child who was starting to resemble his father more than her, her luck ran out, and thus begins this book.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

actively seeking books

If you are an Indie, please go to facebook and search Book Goddess Reviews. I am seeking 2 books a month to review...

Catherine Coulter the Valcourt Heiress

Since I didn't get any takers on needing 2 books to review from Indie's, I had to go the regular route....
***** 5 star review The Valcourt Heiress by Catherine Coulter. I admit, I have never read one of her books before picking this one up off a discount table and readily admit I must have been insane for never reading one of her books before now. The Valcourt Heiress had me hooked from page one. Merry was a fantastic, strong, female character whose story begged to be told. As I read, and was introduced to Garron, I quickly hoped they would fall for each other. The tempo of the book just kept the pages turning. I couldn't put it down and read it in a single sitting. I will be off now to purchase more books from this talented woman who is now one of my favorites!