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War of the World Makers #BookReview

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War of The World Makers

Reilly Michaels

 

ISBN: 9780692919637
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Del Sol Press
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4.25

Book summary:

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.

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My Review:

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?

32533-3-5I 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.

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Diary of a Haunting Book Review + #Giveaway #TipsySpooktacular stop 6

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Diary of a Haunting

M. Verano

 

Genre: Young Adult Horror
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse

 

ISBN: 978-1481430692
ASIN: B00TBKYJF2

Pages: 320
Goodreads Rating: 3.26
My Rating: 3.5

 

Book Description:

 

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.

 

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My Take

 

… 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.

 

3.5 Quills

 

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.

 

Enter The Giveaway Here

I’m giving away some paperbacks to US residents and a few ebooks.

Books will be from the ones you find on the #TipsySpooktacular Stops

Must be 13+ to enter

 

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Thanks for stopping by,

 

“I purchased this book with the intent to review. I was in no way compensated for this review and all opinions are expressly my own”

To Kiss a Werewolf Review + Excerpt

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To Kiss a Werewolf

Molly Snow

 

Genre: YA Paranormal Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 28, 2013
Publisher: Breezy Reads

 

ISBN: 978-1938327100
ASIN: B00EDQ5UF2
Pages: 288
Goodreads Rating:  4.14
My Rating: 3.5

 

Book Description:

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?

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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.

 

3.5 Quills

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:

 

       Sea salt wafted in the humid sky, the full moon hidden by dark, puffy clouds. Normally, Damien would be feeling on top of the world. A night at the beach, with a pack of friends and girls—one in particular basically throwing herself at him. The typical blonde bombshell cheerleader. Piece of cake. But things weren’t feeling quite right.

       Tina wrapped an arm around his, as she sat with him beside the crackling bonfire. She endlessly giggled, even when he wasn’t joking. It was way overboard. She was trying too hard, and suddenly she wasn’t as attractive. Man, why be so serious? he told himself. Just go with it. She’s hot. You like her. She obviously likes you.

       But it was hard to let loose when he kept thinking about that girl at his uncle’s pizzeria. She must have known him from school. She had called him by name. So, why couldn’t he put a finger on who she was, what class they may have taken together? He not only knocked her to the ground like a fool, he did something else to anger her. If only he knew what that was… What made it worst of all, he was actually going to accept her request for a date. It’s just that tonight he already had plans with Tina.

       A half hour later, Damien was making out with the blonde in his jeep. He was going through the motions, but his head still wasn’t clear. Why was he going to let some random girl from earlier that night ruin his mood? It was so, so irritating. He wished she never walked into his workplace. Whoever she was. Whatever her name was. Tonight could have been so much easier, not being confused over some dark and depressed Goth girl.

       As he kissed Tina’s neck, the scent of her floral perfume quickly morphed from soft and seductive to strong and sickening. As if he had licked a bar of soap, he could taste the smell. He pulled back and shook his head, wiping his nose with a shoulder.

       Tina’s hands were around his neck the next second. Her fake fingernails lightly pressed into his skin as she pulled him back down. Not wanting to totally ruin the moment, he surrendered, and told himself to get a grip. He moved away from her neck and back to her mouth. Soap. He could still taste her perfume. Nostrils flared and he pulled back again, cringing.

       “Come here,” Tina breathed. “Don’t play hard to get now.”

       He opened his mouth and panted, hoping to release the flavor. Looking up to the half-moon that peeked through a cluster of dark clouds, he suddenly felt like gagging. In the next moment, he leapt off the girl and ran to the center of some fir trees that bordered the beach.

       “What’s the matter?!” Her voice trailed after him.

Damien hunched over and grabbed his knees. Something was wrong. Horribly wrong. He was sure he was going to vomit whatever stomach flu suddenly overtook him, but instead he felt possessed to howl hoarsely into the night: “Owoooo!”

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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