Book Review! “The Eye-Dancers” by Michael S. Fedison

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING - ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
  4 STARS

 

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As an adult who still loves a well written YA novel, I particularly enjoyed reading The Eye-Dancers.

The story begins with a young boy named Mitchell. He keeps having strange dreams about an even stranger girl. The plot thickens when he finds out two of his best friends are also having the same exact dream. They decide to have a sleepover together so they can try to piece the mystery together. Instead they end up in a whole other world that is similar, but not the same, as their own.

Besides an amazing plot, the four main characters were authentic and each had their own unique voice and personalities. The way they interacted was also true to life.  As in all true coming of age novels, character growth is central to the story and all of the young characters do grow quite a bit.

Overall it was very well written, and it definitely appeals to both young and old alike.  I’m not much into science, but I didn’t have a hard time reading or understanding the “quantum physics” part of the book.

Definitely adding it to my 13 year old daughter’s reading list!

 

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Seventh-grader Mitchell Brant and three of his classmates inexplicably wake up at the back edge of a softball field to the sounds of a game, the cheering of the crowd. None of them remembers coming here. And as they soon learn, “here” is like no place they’ve ever seen. Cars resemble antiques from the 1950s. There are no cell phones, no PCs. Even the spelling of words is slightly off.

A compulsive liar, constantly telling fantastic stories to garner attention and approval, Mitchell can only wish this were just one more of his tall tales. But it isn’t. It’s all too real. Together, as they confront unexpected and life-threatening dangers, Mitchell and his friends must overcome their bickering and insecurities to learn what happened, where they are, and how to get back home.

The answers can be found only in the mysterious little girl with the blue, hypnotic eyes. The one they had each dreamed of three nights in a row before arriving here. She is their only hope. And, as they eventually discover, they are her only hope.

And time is running out.

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Book Review! “Fort Ross” by Dmitri Poletaev

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING - ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
 5 STARS

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After the recent problems with Russia, I couldn’t help but be drawn to Fort Ross. Although this is solidly a historical novel, it also dips into the realm of a fast paced sci-fi novel. Only a lot more educational!

I never realized that Russia used to own parts of what is now the United States. That is just one of the things this amazing time travel, historical novel taught me.

On top of the educational aspect, Dmitri is a very well developed character. You can help but feel a connection to him as he travels through time as a reporter. The story he get is much more profound than he first anticipated. The only problem is, will he live to tell the tale?

Overall this book is a very well written novel. Wether you are into history or sci-fi, this is a great choice. Don’t miss out, add it to your TBR list today!

 

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How far could Russia go to regain its geopolitical supremacy? You think Ukraine is the goal? Think again.
Did you know that not only Alaska belonged to Russia, but that even the northern parts of California belonged to Russia, as well? Fort Ross, an early 19th century Russian settlement and fortress still located on the Russian River ninety miles north of San Francisco in a national historic park, marked the southern border of the Russian Empire in that distant time.
At the peak of its power, Russia suddenly abandoned its colonies. Why?
An international TV crew had been arranged to make a documentary about the history of Fort Ross. The crew was comprised of Dmitry, a Russian reporter already famous in his country; Margo, the sound engineer of the film crew, who is a very pretty and very independent American girl in her twenties; and videographer Jeff, a guy from Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
Upon their arrival on the location, and as a result of the malfunctioning of his iPhone, Dmitry has been thrown back in time, into the Fort Ross of the 1820s. What a great opportunity to take some real historic shots!
However, soon he realizes that what he has in his hands is much more serious—and much more dangerous—than just a device to make unprecedented documentary footage.
In the breathtaking gallop of events, along with their thrilling adventures, the friends will find answers to the century long conspiracy, to love, and to the destinies of their own lives.

 

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Book Review! “The Birth of Death” by Joseph Macolino

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – *****
GRAMMAR/EDITING - ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
 5 STARS

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Epic Fantasy is one of my favorite genres IF it is done right. The Birth of Death was definitely done right. The beginning draws you in with a mystery of disappearing elvish women. The person who is trying to unravel the mystery is the main character Lieutenant Artimus.

The book really gets going when he finds out a dark elf is behind the disappearances. Things are not looking good for  this divided kingdom.

On top of all that, the characters are very strong and stand out against the plot, each in their own way. By the end of the story you will feel like you actually know the three main characters, Artimus, Irontail and Savannah.

Overall this is an amazing Epic Fantasy, but it also beats the sound of its own drum. It isn’t predictable at all, but that just made me like it all the more.

Go get your copy now, you won’t regret it!

 

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Artimus, the head investigator for the elvish kingdom of Erathal, is disturbed when he discovers that the culprit behind a recent string of kidnappings presents the greatest threat the world of Evorath has ever seen. As he develops feelings for Savannah, a beautiful elvish druid hiding a great secret, he struggles to separate his personal feelings from his responsibilities to the crown. Meanwhile, Irontail, a young centaur warrior, endeavors to find his way in a tribe where independent thought is discouraged.

When their paths cross, the entire forest must unite, performing an ancient ritual to combat this new evil. While the world of Evorath deals with this great threat, Artimus and his companions must put their internal conflicts to rest as they work together to combat this harbinger of death. As they work towards this common goal, they find that they each have their own, unique gifts to offer. But, will they be strong enough to survive?

The first of many stories taking place in the world of Evorath, this series gives readers the thrill of an epic fantasy while introducing characters who are struggling to balance the demands of society with their own personal desires. One thing is for sure: at the end of it all, nothing will be the same.

 

 

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#IAA Book Review! “Dragons Shall Weep” by L. B. Conahan

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING - ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
 5 STARS

 

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Having never heard of Shu’alu before I wasn’t quite sure what to think of this book. I’m glad I decided to give it a try because it was an amazing story.

Sara was a complicated character and her back story and connection to the prophecies keep you guessing until the very end. Mei was a formidable foe and her lust for Arie makes her Sara’s enemy. Will Sara be able to figure out exactly who she is and what she is meant to do in time to save her people?

This is a very well written and incredibly well researched story. There were no holes in the plot or anything else that would take away from the overall story line. The dialogue was crisp and never awkward. Which is a huge plus to me.

I also really liked how short the chapters were. It really keeps you turning the pages late into the night.

Overall I highly recommend to any fantasy lovers. The end will have you wanting to read the next book, but still has a satisfying ending. Also, at the time of my review the book was free so go and snatch it up!

 

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DESCRIPTION:
Half human royalty, Sara, contests with her duties as the princess of two worlds and her growing love for a demigod. She treasures Arie for who he is inside, but another lusts for his power and excellence. Mei comes in the night with thick plans and an army behind her. She strikes Sara down and kills her family, leaving her to her own convictions. A princess then becomes a queen, refusing to fail the merfolk and men that need her.
Caught between fearful gods of old and the modern vessels of war, Arie must ride the line between love and hate as his gifts of prophecy guide him through the thickest. Lord Arie not only fights for his own city, he battles for the freedom of all: earthly, otherworldly, and fey souls alike.
Yet, when Mei’s plans of total domination unfold into an army of millions, both devotion and claws are tested…in Shu’alu…the spirit realm of the dead.

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FREE Kindle Book! “Trapped in Limbo 3″ by John Robert McCauley

#IAA Free Book! **Be sure to check price before checkout.**

 

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Set in the current Chinese espionage scandal, the Secretary of Defense asked Kristen Lugar, a drone weapon designer at the Micro-Aviary drone program at Columbia University, to check on the illegal siphoning of military drone secrets to China. This dark thriller chronicles her visit to Bali, where the real and superstitious are constantly shifting and mixing. As she attempts to navigate around this idyllic Balinese landscape, she encounters a depth of evil that rocks her foundation. As the dark energies get unpleasant, the readers are kept on the edge of their seat desperately hoping the inevitable isn’t what it seems.

 

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Book Review! “Spiderstalk” by D. Nathan Hillard

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ***
GRAMMAR/EDITING - ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
  4 STARS

 

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When I first saw this book, I was seriously concerned. I have a HUGE fear of spiders and didn’t want to be all itchy and twitchy for the foreseeable future.  I decided to swallow my fear and read it anyway. I’m really glad I did, it is totally worth the feeling of phantom spiders on you.

Right from the beginning you know you are in the throes of a great story. A man and women with their young boy go looking for their lost dog. They end up in an old cemetery and soon realize that there are HUGE spiders that infest this particular old graveyard.

Adam is the main character, and that family from the prologue just so happens to be his brother, sister in law, and nephew. When they turn up missing he goes looking for them. The search makes him get caught up in a war between things he never even knew existed.

Highly recommend to any sci-fi fan. It has a lot of action and even some horror thrown in too. I gave it four stars only because the dialogue was sometimes a little awkward. Nothing that detracts from the story too much.

 

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Adam Sellars is about to discover there are real monsters in the world…
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Life hasn’t been kind to Adam lately.

In the past year he has broken up with his fiancee, barely survived a terrible car wreck, and had his brother’s family vanish while he lay unconscious in the hospital. The only thing he has left of them is a frantic call in his cell phone’s voice messages, along with the blurry photo of a spider. Since then he has been a crippled shell going through the motions of life with nothing but the search for his brother to keep him going.
But Adam is about to find out that things can still take a turn for the worse. Much worse.
His quest for his brother has brushed up against a very dark corner of the world and something has come out of that darkness with an unholy vengeance. Something unbelievable. He can’t fight it, he can’t hide from it, and not even the police can protect him as his world descends into chaos.
His only hope lies in a mysterious pair of strangers who have appeared out of nowhere with an offer of aid. But they have their own agenda, and his survival may not be their top priority. Now Adam must keep his wits about him and learn to believe in himself again as events send him on a collision course with a monster more horrific than he ever dreamed possible.

Book Review! “The Keeper” by Martha Carr

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING - ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
  5 STARS

 

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If you follow this blog, you know I love me a series. Especially a well written one with some amazing characters that I can fall in love with more and more.

So when I saw that this was the second book in a series my heart dropped a little. I hate coming late to a party, but I figured that if it was good I could always read the first one and re-read The Keeper. Then I could let you, my loyal followers, know how well it was as a stand alone.

The Keeper follows Wallis Jones as she continues to come to terms with the chaos her life has become. Why the chaos? Oh, just the usual “she finds out that there are two secret organizations that ACTUALLY control everything and that she and her family are at the center of it”. Nothing too out of the ordinary….

As the presidential elections come near, things really heat up between The Circle and Management (the two rival organizations) and Wallis struggles to protect her family. Especially her son Ned who has been dubbed The Savior.

However, things are once again not as they seem and as she learns the truth behind her families bloodline and the connection she has to BOTH of the organizations.

Overall it was a great novel. Since I didn’t read the first book, the beginning was a little more confusing for me. Soon though, I was caught up in the characters and the story-line.

Highly recommend, although I would personally start this amazing series with the first book before this one.

 

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Wallis Jones returns in The Keeper, the second book in the Wallis Jones series, and is picking up the pieces after finding out she’s part of a conspiracy she can’t kill off and has to learn to live inside of it. Her husband, Norman has been part of the conspiracy all along but kept his silence. Her son, Ned is growing up and still reeling from getting caught in the crossfire. Two large secret organizations now see him as the prize but Wallis has different plans.

A war has broken out as one side tries to force the hand of the other and they battle across state lines trying to gain control and win the presidential election. All along, Wallis works to build a life and get out of the way. The Keeper shows up in a twist and changes the landscape for her, once again, testing her faith, her resolve and making her question if, for once, she will not be able to figure out what to do in time.

 

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#IAA Spotlight Book! “Ascension” by A.L. Patterson

#IAA Spotlight Book! “Ascension” by A.L. Patterson

 

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What would you do if you were imbued with superpowers?

This is the question posed to a group of high school students who are struck with the powers of telekinesis. This narrative interweaves the destiny of multiple teenagers and unravels the mystery of the object that granted them immortality. Clark, and his girlfriend, Sarah, naturally take to fighting crime when they form a group of superheroes. Other characters are more ambiguously motivated as they use their powers, not for the good of others, but solely to benefit themselves. They live comfortable lives until a mysterious stranger comes a’knocking. He knows their secret and will tell the world unless they pay up. And then there is the tragic fall of John, a young man with a heartbreaking back story whose lust for power and vengeance leads him on a downward spiral into madness.

“Ascension” is part one in an exciting and compelling new YA series that takes the superhero genre to new heights by asking how people truly respond to gaining unimaginable power. “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Approx 380 pages.

 

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Book Review! “Common Denominator” by C.E. Wolff

 

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ***
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING - ***

ON A REVIEW SITE:
  4 STARS

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I couldn’t wait to read Common Denominator after reading the description. I love it when life long friendships are put to the test by a love interest one of them finds. There is something especially entertaining about seeing two people who are so obviously perfect for each other not be able to see it.

Paul and Jess are lifelong friends who have been through life’s ups and downs together and know each other inside out. When a young bombshell named Vanessa comes and sweeps Paul off his feet Jess is anything but happy for him.

Is she just being jealous because she finally sees what Paul still can’t, that they are perfect for each other? Or is there something actually wrong with Vanessa?

This is a perfectly paced book. The plot unveils itself just right to keep you turning the pages. Watch out for the ending, I didn’t see it coming.

Highly recommend!

 

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Art can be messy. Art can get your ear cut off. Art can be deadly. Jess Freeman sees the painting on the wall but best friend, Paul Noland, finds a work of art beyond exquisite. When Paul falls for a young museum curator, he puts himself and Jess in the middle of a forgery scheme that could kill them both.

 

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#IA Spotlight Book! “The Relationship Triangle” by Neil Allan

Our relationships whether romance, family, friend, or work connection are very important to us, they often define a large part of our happiness…

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When we begin a new relationship, whether a romantic one or a friendly one, it starts out great. We click right from the start, we have a connection. Then something begins to change. The longer we are together, the more we seem to drift apart. Things deteriorate before we realize what is happening. We start to question ourselves. What did I do wrong? What is love? What is wrong with me? What is wrong with him (or her?) In short, what happened to something that held so much promise? Whenever things go awry in a new relationship we are left somewhat bewildered. Emotions run havoc within us. Worse yet, we ask where did I go wrong in thinking this person was someone I wanted to be with for a lifetime.
This book will answer these questions and doubts about your marriage, your relationships, your family, your love life, your friendships. It will teach you the building blocks needed to form positive and lasting relationships, with family, friends, your love, or your romantic connections. You will learn to focus on the right things to create solid relationships throughout your life that will endure. I will show you the tools needed to understand past and present relationships. You will learn what it takes to make the ebb and flow of your connections work between you and the other person. It takes tools to build anything. It takes these specific tools I present to build a solid relationship. You will learn to use these implements in the right way by taking your marriage, dating life, family or friends and breaking them down into fundamental building blocks. As a result it will be clear to you where extra effort is needed in order to continue the completion of your connections that will result in the goal you crave.

 

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