Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Without Bloodshed

Author: Mathew Graybosch
Genre: Fantasy/Scifi/Action
Book Rating: 7.5
Personal Rating: 7.5

This book was definitely a roller-coaster ride read for me.  The characters personalities where well defined.  There is awesome modern technology.  And it had a healthy helping of steam. It was obvious that the author put a lot of thought into plotting out a very detailed and well crafted plot.  There was more than enough to love about this book, however, the story doesn't end here.  

Lets start of with what I loved.  The characters.  Especially the women characters.  Strong, bold determined and kickass.  That's just the way women should be in books.  These women did not need a superman to come in and swoop them away like the helpless stereotypes that they clearly are not in this book.  The men were equally as entertaining.  Not just your typical kill first and ask questions later kind of heroes.  Everyone had a certain depth that made me care about each one of them to a degree if not entirely.  

Tuesday, 11 February 2014


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Author: Jeremy E. Elwell
Genre: GLBT, Adventure, Coming of Age
Book Rating: 8.5
Personal Rating: 7.5

This was an interesting book.  Coming of age, repressed memories, love, triumph in the face of man eating bears.  What more could one want from a book.  Maybe someone who listens to their mind argue with itself and doesn't think this is cause for therapy.  In theory if the voices in my head were this entertaining, I wouldn't try to shut them up either.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Nukes: Case 1 - Julie Eco Cop Series

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Author: L & C LoPinto
Genre: Action/Suspense/Romance
Book Rating: 7.5
Personal Rating: 7.5

This was a brilliantly crafted novel.  A fast paced exciting crime caper that was worth every page.  Characters where well developed.  The plot moved at a fast pace as it should.  Didn't allow your adrenaline to stop pumping for a second which worked very well.  If mysteries, love interests, extreme danger and a sense of humor are things you like in a book this one doesn't fail to deliver.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Balance On The Terra- Book 1 of Legacy's Children

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Author: Lottie M. Hancock
Genre: NA, Journey/Adventure, Fantasy
Book Rating: 8.5
Personal Rating: 7.5

This book turned into a rather interesting read.  It was a brilliantly crafted world of magical creatures and humans, some we've heard of before and others new.  It moved at a rather steady pace.  A little bit to slow for me but not enough to care.  Regardless of that fact it held its consistency so it was easy to go along for the ride without wanting to stop.  And the conclusion was unexpected but not for the reasons of predictability, which is very good.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Dream Of A Vast Blue Cavern - Book 1 of Dreams of QaiMaj

Author: Selah J. Tay-Song
Genre: Fantasy/YA/NA
Book Rating:10
Personal Rating: 10

There are too may great things to say about this book.  The plot line is easy to follow yet complex enough to create sufficient depth.  It's told through character headings as chapters.  Which allows you to be pulled more into the world through the eyes of the characters then just being told what is happening.  And it manages to have a secret second plot floating in the background that pics up steam at just the right pace to hit you at the end with that yearning to know where it will lead.  Which of course means the ending is also brilliant. 

The characters of each chapter heading were very clearly defined.  What made them work is that they give the impression of being cliched, the typical warrior in love with the princess, the stubborn princess who has no time for the order of things loaded with i'm almost an adult teenage angst, the usually over cautious best friend of the princess who always takes the safe route.  The evil villain bent on destruction at any cost, and of course the I'm evil but my king is just crazy and he'll kill us and the good guys if we don't over throw him general who refuses to accept this truth.  However, none of them are really any of these things.