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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Review: Something Like Voodoo by Rebecca Hamilton 5 of 5 stars

Something Like Voodoo Something Like Voodoo by Rebecca Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emily has an ability to predict death via her drawings and after moving to a new school she meets the gorgeous Noah who has his own secrets. Noah needs Emily in order to save him from Sarah - leader of the school's IT girls - who has placed a Voodoo curse on him. However when she tries to help him it fails and even worse puts her in Sarah's sight too. Can she save herself, him, or even the both of them?

I loved this story. It had lots of drama plus both good and bad magic. It was nice to read what was a love story intertwined with a story of magic, history and power between families. It was well written and everything was clearly explained.

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Review: Shattering Glass by Connor Coyne 4 of 5 stars

Shattering Glass Shattering Glass by Connor Coyne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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A billionaire funds a new university in the city of Arkaic, Michigan in what used to be a psychiatric hospital. There strange engines create electricity from memories from humans in the area. This story follows first year students Samo, Monty, Ezzie, and Dunya through not only the normal student obsessions at college, but they also battle ancient evil powers.

The writing was very good with lots of free flowing and detailed descriptions of the surroundings, people and events in the story. There was lots of drama and it wasn't always obvious what was going to happen or where it was going to go. The clubs that could be joined for extra-curricular activities had names that made me laugh out loud and some of their activities also added to that impression (not sure that the author intended for there to be that much humour in the book but it certainly amused me). I look forward to the next book in the series as there is more to say about the powers, the university and the students.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Review: One Little Bite by C.C. Wood 5 of 5 stars

One Little Bite One Little Bite by C.C. Wood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Ricki is human and has recently had a painful break-up from a cheating ex but wants (for the first time in months) to flirt with someone who gives her tingles in the right place. However she goes from hot fling to heartbreak in the one night.

It might only be a novella, but I loved this story as it fit very well into the series. It was full of drama and excitement as any story with shifters/vampires if likely to be. It was well written and everything was well explained and I could empathise and relate to all the feelings and emotions experienced by the characters.

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Review: Dance: Cinderella Retold by Demelza Carlton 5 of 5 stars

Dance: Cinderella Retold Dance: Cinderella Retold by Demelza Carlton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mai goes to war as boy (even though she is a woman) in order to avoid disgrace for her father's household and her witch stepmother. All she has with her are the armour she is wearing and her mother's red shoes. Prince Yi is the best swordsman in the land and has no interest in marriage, however his father demands he look for a wife after the current war is complete. Mai needs to both win the war and Yi's heart if she is to have happiness in the future.

This was a great story and retelling of Cinderella. It might be book 3 in a series BUT it can be read stand alone. It was well written and far enough away from the original that it kept interest and had surprises in the plot even though we all knew what the very end would be. It was very well written and I could definitely feel the emotions felt by the characters in the story.

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Review: The Fi Experiment by Paul David Ali 5 of 5 stars

The Fi Experiment The Fi Experiment by Paul David Ali
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The Fi are an alien race that have been watching the planet and studying the inhabitants (all forms of life from the smallest to the largest) and have chosen one inhabitant to be their contact - shame they have chosen badly.

Alice goes to find and visit her engineer cousin who is holed up in a remote abandoned farm that is owned by the family in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. He is still rude and obnoxious (like he was when they were younger) but demands she come back with a video camera as he has a message to tell the world.

This is a rather strange book that can be read with occasional videos that can be watched online (instructions are given on how to watch them). I have to say for me I preferred to read the written transcripts that are in the book at the correct locations as for me it flowed better that way.

I enjoyed the story and the events depicted in the story. The alien race was quite accurate as per common belief today among those that currently believe they have seen or been abducted by aliens. I loved the level of descriptions at the start of the book which was very good and detailed and although it was not quite as good as at the start it was still of a high level through the rest of the book. I loved the way the story ended and the effect it had on the various characters. I did feel that I wanted the story of the cousin to finish a bit more complete as I assumed he would need a job at the end.

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Review: God's Rogue by Kevin S. Chambers 4 of 5 stars

God's Rogue God's Rogue by Kevin S. Chambers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Kaden Hunt is what is known as the Traveller and he protects the human race in an effort to also free them from Enki and Shamash - two warring leaders of the Annunaki (who created humans to be their slaves). In order to achieve that Kaden needs to start a new cycle as himself and embrace who and what he is. However that could lead to dire consequences not just for humans but for the multiverse.

I liked this book which had a unique concept and story. It was full of action and drama with lot of opportunities to understand the personality of Kaden and his beliefs. I liked many of the characters in the stories and the depth of them. Everything was clearly written and I could understand the emotions of the characters and feel empathy for them.

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Review: Myths of Midwinter by Sarah M. Cradit 4 of 5 stars

Myths of Midwinter Myths of Midwinter by Sarah M. Cradit
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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You have to read the previous books in the series for this book to be enjoyable and make sense.

Quillan Sullivan lost hi twin brother years ago but he has never been without Riley as he can see and hear him even though no one else can. He thought it was a fluke until Estella Broussard tells him otherwise. Estella seems to despise Quinlan and on her return from time abroad nothing including him is good enough for her but she desperately wants to talk to her late grandmother so has decided to use him. Meanwhile Nerys is guiding Alexsandr and Finn to find Ana to bring her home but they are unaware that there is a grave danger at home for the Deschanels and Sullivans via a Necromancer.

I found this story to be slow to start but it built to give increasing drama and complexity as the story went on. It pulled together a lot of threads in the series which hopefully means it will make your sense later on. It was well written and I understood everything and could feel the emotions being experienced by the characters. Now I just need to read the next one in the series.

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