War of The World Makers
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Del Sol Press
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4.25
Czarina Catherine II, World Maker supreme and member of a magical political movement known as the Pan Buddhist Democratic Union, teams with a bizarre group of powerful beings including her younger self, the Princess Von Anhalt, violinist and World Maker Niccolo Paganini, and the sorcerer Zolo Bold for the purpose of preventing Earth’s world wars in the 20th century-thereby disallowing a bloody end to the human species in the 21st at the hands of a ruthless immortal inventor better known to the world as Leonardo Da Vinci. From the early 16th century to the 21st, the “War for Utopia” rages.
War of the World Makers is a really interesting historicalesque novel with a really cool dash of fantasy and a sprinkle of science fiction. All these aspects serve to make this book easy to read and enjoy.
If I’m being 100% honest, I was initially a tad bit confused when I first dived into Zolo’s story., I had thought I might have jumped midway into a series with no prior knowledge of the world these nicely developed and fleshed out characters occupy but after a couple of pages I found myself pleasantly surprised with not only the story but the writing. I hold a bit of a soft spot for alternate histories and books that are sci-fi adjacent, or fantasy are right up my alley so I was thoroughly invested in the novel, so I was a bit perturbed with the ending. The story itself is a bit fast paced but even by those standards I felt like the ending was too rushed and left me wanting for something… it was unsatisfying, BUT it does feel like since the story was not really resolved in the traditional sense that the author was just setting us up for a sequel… possibly? Hopefully?
I give this book a solid 3.5. I liked it and while I do recommend it… if it’s a standalone novel the ending is frustrating. I’d be more inclined to give this a 4 if I was certain that there was a sequel to tie up any loose ends.
Genre: Young Adult Horror
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Goodreads Rating: 3.26
My Rating: 3.5
In the tradition of Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, an American teen recounts the strange events that occur after she moves into a new—and very haunted—home with her family in this chilling diary that features photos and images of what she experienced.
Letters, photographs, and a journal…all left behind in the harrowing aftermath.
Following her parents’ high-profile divorce, Paige and her brother are forced to move to Idaho with their mother, and Paige doesn’t have very high hopes for her new life. The small town they’ve moved to is nothing compared to the life she left behind in LA. And the situation is made even worse by the drafty old mansion they’ve rented that’s filled with spiders and plenty of other pests that Paige can’t even bear to imagine.
Pretty soon, strange things start to happen around the house—one can of ravioli becomes a dozen, unreadable words start appearing on the walls, and Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house late at night. And there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor who seems to know a lot more than he’s letting on.
Things only get creepier when she learns about the cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost one hundred years earlier. The more Paige investigates, the clearer it all becomes: there’s something in the house, and whatever it is…and it won’t be backing down without a fight.
… I’m at a complete loss for words.
When I first made my run through Barnes and Noble early September, I came across this book that is actually what started the whole #TipsySpooktacular. I instantly wanted to read it.
When I got home I discovered the creepiness that is the cover. Within minutes, I was rushing to my best friend and roommate’s door and showing him.
I didn’t jump immediately into the book, I wanted to savor this rare find and work my way to it, so I started with a couple other books. Once I was properly prepared and in the mood for what was sure to be a scary story, I cracked open the book and got to reading.
I’m not exactly sure how to interpret the story, is it real or is it merely fiction in the form of quote on quote found documentation. It’s introduced as a true story compiled by the author who happens to be a professor. I took it with a grain of salt and vowed to keep an open mind.
The “haunting” was very slow to start with. The occurrence is rare and far in-between and not untypical of an old relic of a home. But as the story progresses steadily became clear that this was not your run-of-the-mill old house. It was until very late in the story, when I read a particular name of a character that is alluded to throughout the whole story that I truly and honestly began to get scared. I will still prevail I literally had chills. And yet I still don’t know whether to take this as a real account or fiction for the sake of thrills. I’m normally a very open minded person, I tend to believe in the paranormal but I’m not a fanatic. This story had me questioning all sorts of things.
It wasn’t really predictable even if you have moments where you yes that’s something is going to happen. Guessing and predicting are two completely different things. When I guess it’s something more of me just taking a shot in the dark at a completely unsupported theory. And even my guesses were rarely correct.
But on the downside, there was a lot of unanswered questions and for me, an unresolved ending. The ending comes completely out of left field. The story starts one way then makes a complete 180 leaving you scratching you head asking “what?”
I also found the diary format of the book tiresome after I reached the midway point. There was a lot of this book that I loved but alternatively, the was a smidge more that I didn’t. I liked the originality but I didn’t like the unexplained or unresolved story. The beginning had a lot of promise but as all good things ghostly, things hit the metaphorical shitter. Unfortunately, what ultimately killed this story for me was the end which felt like a cop-out to an otherwise interesting read.
I would also like to note that although I liked the narrator Paige, I found her mother’s character was flaky, self-absorbed and annoying.
If this was a story and completely fiction, then the characters were extremely well developed even if I did not like them. The setting was very much on the creepy side and the haunting itself was scary. With all these things in mind, I can safely deduce that this book has everything that one needs for an exceptional horror novel had the execution gone correctly.
If these were in fact based of true events, then fudge that just makes it all the more terrifying and slightly if not completely confusing. So in all, I enjoyed the book. I got scared by the book. BUT… I also got confused by the book.
*After some investigation of my own, it seems that this is in fact being marketed as a ‘true’ story and not the imaginings of the author. Whether or not you believe the story is real is solely dependent on the reader.
About The Author
M. Verano has been searching for evidence of paranormal activity for most of his career. He is currently preparing another diary to further prove his theories.
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Revive Series #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Goodreads Rating: 4.07
My Rating: 3.5/4.0
I left everything behind in order to be free. I should have known better than to think it would be so easy. All it took was one day at my new job.
He came for me.
I used a stranger to deter him, and in doing so, realized my heart began to beat again. Elias Brooks put me back together after Travis Dawson tore me apart. Travis makes it everybody’s business that I belong to him, including Elias, but he couldn’t be more wrong.
He’s stalking me.
I’m afraid he’s come back to hurt me again. He promises he’s not.
Travis pleads he’s only trying to keep me safe from none other than Elias.
Who do I trust?
Fate led me down the wrong path before. Who’s to say it won’t happen again?
Generally speaking, I really enjoyed this book. I found the subject matter to be different and somewhat realistic. It was pretty faced paced and never really dull. The steamy scenes were abundant and well written and I liked the romance.
I also liked most of the characters! I found them developed and straight forward with no hidden agenda. They were very ‘what you see its what you get’. Unfortunately, I found the main character Marlena very childish and bratty. I wanted to like her, I love the romance she has with Elias but on her own she’s really annoying and frustrating. She’s constantly worried that her “baggage and situation” will drive Elias away but really it’s how she acts. At least that’s my opinion. And one particular scene she worried about going to the cops and mentions her fear that Elias will pull away due to her situation, but the way she interacts with him and her snapping is really what would drive him away. I found her be a very unlikeable character most times.
I had no such problem with any of the other characters which made it very hard for me to root for her. It was merely her romance with Elias and her friendship with Carly that was her saving grace.
But to be fair, there were some moments that I did like her. And other, where I understood her motivations.
I think, the use of a foreshadowing Prologue was really clever. What I didn’t like was a lot of the inconsistencies. Since this is an arc copy, I try not to review based off of grammatical errors, but a lot of them or glaringly obvious. Word usage and sentence structures were flimsy and made the story hard to follow at times but when they were on point the story flowed.
It’s obvious in the synopsis and I was hoping that was a fluke(as I’ve come across other books with this similar problem) and for the most part while I was still in the beginning I felt I was right. It was towards the middle to the end of the book that the errors were too constant and obvious.
I also felt a little lost with the passage of time. The way most of the chapters are written, there is a slight jump in time and normally that isn’t a deterrent but I kept getting a little lost and having to re-read it. My suggestion is that the author use some sort of visual indicator such as asterisks or dashes between the paragraphs to queue the readers to the time change. That would have helped the flow of the story in terms of how a reader interprets them.
Also, slight note that does not affect the review. As a person who loves wine, I was slightly peeved at the mention of Malbec being in the fridge. The time frame was not specified but based of Marlena’s account it was earlier in the day one can only assume that it was more than 30 mins. That’s a full bodied wine you don’t drink it cold, just slightly below room temp. 🙂
It was a unique romance and had a solid plot even if the execution was not flawless. For the most part, I enjoyed it and think other readers will as well. My biggest complaint was the heroine who came off as rude, childish and bratty at most times instead of what I can only assume the author meant to be a snarky and witty character. Be warned that this is written more like a long ‘serial’ and does end on a very daunting cliff hanger so many if not all of your questions will be left unanswered.
I’ll likely be picking up book 2 because I did enjoy this story for the most part and I would like to know more about the characters and to see how this story will play out.
About The Author
A.M. Wilson fell in love with writing in second grade when she won a young writers’ contest. She spent the years following carrying around a spiral notebook, which she filled with poetry and short stories detailing the dramatics of being a young girl. When she hit her college years, she set the notebooks down and fell in love with reading romance novels. She may have attended college four separate times in four different fields, but always knew in her heart writing was her true passion. She grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and spent her summers in the cold waters of Lake Superior, but relocated to the Twin Cities with the love of her life and has two spirited children who make her world go round.
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To Kiss a Werewolf
Genre: YA Paranormal Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 28, 2013
Publisher: Breezy Reads
Goodreads Rating: 4.14
My Rating: 3.5
As president of Paranormal Addicts Anonymous, Stella’s got no time for popular guys. Especially the surfers who hang at Shoreline’s beach—they think flashing a sand-sprinkled, tanned chest is enough to get any girl. But when surfer-hunk Damien Capernalli crashes Stella’s PAA fieldtrip to a haunted bed and breakfast, it may be time to rethink her priorities.
…And what’s with that wolfish gleam in Damien’s eye?
My Take On The Book:
What a cute read. I really laughed… I’m not sure what I expected when I chose to read and review this title, but I can say it was this. (Not really a bad thing) It was a really cute story with some squeal moments but it also felt like it was missing something even with everything that was already going on. Regardless, I did enjoy it.
The Great (Pros):
- Werewolves. I love werewolves! So this story was no different. The werewolves in this book were very teen wolf and their background, sweet. It added to the cute factor and I loved the pack dynamic.
- Stella. Lol this girl is just too much. I liked her attitude. Great lead. I also loved her style.
- Damien. A pretty sweet dude when you look past the egotistical attitude he sometimes shows.
- Kit. She is by far the best character. Who cares if she’s not the main character, she was my favorite.
- Romance. It was cute and funny and innocent. No steam but perfect as is.
- PAA. Paranormal Addicts Anonymous. Genius. I wish I’d have thought of that while in high school. My friends and I loved the read and watch anything Paranormal. Plus the whole group was pretty awesome and their interactions where hilarious.
The Not So Great (Cons):
- Minor Inconsistencies. There were some point that didn’t add up. It kind of felt like the author might have forgotten about them then added some explanation together in a last ditch effort.
- Too much going on. As I said before, there is a lot going on in this story. A lot of paranormal things that I think might actually be the deterrent of this story. I felt bombarded and overwhelmed.
- Speed. It wasn’t fast and it wasn’t slow but matched with everything that was going on it could have done with some speed.
It’s a great read, so don’t let the 3.5 scare you off. It’s cute and funny and not to be taken seriously in any way. It’s a unique and intriguing story littered with supes. But it has the cutest ending by far.
An Excerpt From The Book:
About The Author
Molly Snow is a Top 10 Idaho Fiction Author, awarded by The Idaho Book Extravaganza. Her works include quirky teen romances BeSwitched and Fallen Angel. Also a speaker on writing, her school assemblies have been featured in The Contra Costa Times and The Brentwood Press. Snow is married to her high school crush, has a set of silly twin boys and a bobtail cat named Meow-Meow. Molly Snow also co-writes mysteries under her pseudonym Claire Kane.
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