Monthly Archives: August 2015

Drunken Fireworks by Stephen King

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Drunken FireworksDrunken Fireworks by Stephen King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can really picture this audio book being sold with a warning label of “Do not try this at home”. It’s basically a story of how these two feuding families go back and forth each year trying to outdo each other with the best fireworks show. The narrator of the story though is talking of their drinking… thus the “drunken” fireworks so obviously this was on it’s way to a bad conclusion.

Not a bad story but not really what I expect from King either. Took a while to get used to the accent of the narrator but once I did it actually does add a bit to the tale. A few funny parts here and there but a bit predictable too just from the title alone. Being a fan of Stephen King I had to give it a shot though and just came away with it’s an ok story.

Desire (Big Bear Outlaw MC Romance #1) by Charlotte Byrd

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Desire (Big Bear Outlaw MC Romance #1)Desire by Charlotte Byrd
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Desire is the first in a short story series featuring Emma and Jack. This first story is basically introducing the characters. Emma is the good girl who hasn’t done drugs or broken the law. Jack is the bad boy who wants to be good type who is a member of a motorcycle club called the Big Bear Outlaws.

This series seems to be a simple erotic story in the making. Emma who seems a bit on the naive side is attracted to Jack who questions his involvement with the club. Not much has happened yet to fall in love with the story or characters but enough of a look to know that I wouldn’t mind continuing on to see where it leads.

A decent start but not amazing just yet. Very quick read to introduce the readers to the story.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Bound by Duty (Bound #1) by Stormy Smith

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Bound by Duty (Bound, #1)Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Amelia has grown up sheltered by her father. She has broken away from his hold to attend college and try to make friends and a life for herself. She has powers though that she has no idea what they are or how to control them. Amelia belongs to a group of Mage but she herself is an Elder. Since there are no other Elder females she is unsure of what it even means to be one. Amelia has also been promised to marry a prince, the son of an Evil queen that has wiped out the rest of the Elders. All Amelia really wants is to live her own life and make her own choices.

I picked up this book because it was classified as a New Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy. The biggest problem is it really doesn’t even seem the characters are mature enough to be considered a Young Adult book. Amelia herself being the biggest offender of the characters very often comes across as an immature 12 or 13 year old. Her first interaction with Aidan she simply just runs off and from there it doesn’t seem to ever get better. Even Amelia’s older brother who is supposed to be 8 years older didn’t seem to interact the way someone of his age should. Aidan’s idea of getting a girl’s attention is to steal her seat in class and call her doll…. just no no no.

The entire maturity level just seemed to be completely lacking throughout so no matter how good or interesting a plot could be it just couldn’t save this one for me. The plot did have potential but the characters would need a lot of work to have gotten a better rating.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

First (Live Once) by Chanda Stafford

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First (Live Once)First by Chanda Stafford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First is a dystopian young adult novel taking place in America approximately 500 years in the future. Mira is a 17 year old growing up in Texas which is home to the descendants of former rebels who had attacked the White House and Pentagon 200 years earlier. The Texans work farms to raise food for the free citizens but also offer up their children to become what is known as a second to the group of firsts who are immortal by taking over the bodies of their seconds.

When Socrates the first of the firsts shows up at Mira’s farm and chooses her she has no idea what to expect. The ones living on the farms have been told they are being excused for their ancestors crimes and going to be free if chosen. Mira doesn’t care about being free and would rather stay on the farm and marry her best friend Tanner.

The book changes points of view between Socrates and Mira so you get to know the both very well. It does get a bit of a slow start though to figuring out what this world is all about. Switching back and forth though let’s us know what it means to be a first or second eventually so you must have a bit of patience with the story to really learn what is going on.

Other than the slow start I found the whole story fascinating. The future of course has new technology and things like cancer have been cured. They can do things such as transfer the mind of a first into a second. There’s rebels opposed to the whole process and fighting for freedom for everyone.

A lot of things going on to piece together but thought it was worth the effort in the end. Will look forward to picking up book 2 at some point.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Perfectly Equippped by Lacey Silks

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Perfectly Equipped (Perfectly #0.5)Perfectly Equipped by Lacey Silks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

April trusted her best friend Millie to book their vacation. Little did she know she would end up at a nudist resort in Hawaii. April is not exactly welcome to being seen naked and tries to hide out on the beach until she falls asleep in the sun. A perfect specimen of a man awakens her to warn her that she is getting a little on the burnt side and sparks fly between the two.

This was actually a fun beginning to what needs to be a much longer tale. April and Millie’s interactions were sometimes hilarious but it seemed to be lacking a lot of backstory which hopefully will come in the next book. A good start to the hot and steamy relationship between Sean and April though and will look forward to the next.

While short still a fun, hot and steamy read.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Immersed (Immersed #1) by Katie Hayoz

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Immersed (The Clockwork Siren, #1)Immersed by Katie Hayoz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Melusine Doré has spent her life hunting down and killing monsters for a living. Her biggest competition is Levi Cannon who’s family is well off so Melusine resents him for taking away jobs from her that she needs to survive. When the two are forced to team up to hunt a sea creature they can’t help but end up attracted to each other. Unfortunately for Melusine she has been cursed when it comes to love.

Katie Hayoz has done a wonderful job with this story and bringing all the different elements of it to life. There was just so many different things going on that a part of me thought this story would probably fail miserably but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. Chicago was turned into the fantasy/steampunk land with monsters and machines. The characters were given enough attention to their back stories that you really care about them and their relationship. Very hard to make it all come together in a novella but it has been done with Immersed.

Great quick read with a mixture of a lot of different elements.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Seeing Evil by Jason Parent

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Seeing EvilSeeing Evil by Jason Parent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Detective Samantha Reilly gets called to a homicide, a husband has shot his wife and lover and then turned the gun on himself. At the scene is then toddler Michael Turcotte. Michael ends up in the foster care system but Sam stays close to him over the years and frequently checks in on him and spends time with him.

When a couple of high school bullies attack Michael he has his first vision. He see an upcoming murder and doesn’t know how to stop what he is sure is going to really happen so he turns to his longtime friend and mentor Sam. Sam is not sure whether to believe him or even how to go about stopping something that hasn’t even happened yet.

Seeing Evil is one of those books that takes off at a fast pace and doesn’t slow down for the entire book. There is always something going on in the story to keep the reader hooked. It switches up the POV between several characters which really adds to the depth and getting to know the whole story and characters.

Some parts of the book are quite gruesome which adds to the intensity of the bone chilling situations. Definitely well written thriller that I’d highly recommend picking up.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

30 Days (30 Days #1) by Christine d’Abo

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30 Days30 Days by Christine d’Abo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

Alyssa lost her husband Rob to cancer two years ago. She has been simply going through the motions with her life and trying to adapt to living without Rob. The two had been high school sweethearts and Alyssa had never known another boyfriend or lover before Rob and didn’t think she could ever be with someone again.

Before Rob passed away he encouraged Alyssa to continue to live her life. He wanted her to find be happy and find someone when he was gone. Rob had made up Alyssa a package with a letter and some cards telling her to open when she felt attracted to another man again and felt she was ready to move on.

Two years after Rob’s death Alyssa gets a new neighbor and for the first time in a long time she feels the attraction to a man. She then decides to open Rob’s letter and finds he has made a challenge for her. 30 cards with 30 different sexual tasks on them and challenges her to go out and have some fun and attempt the things on the cards.

I absolutely loved this book. You can’t help but feel for Alyssa and cheer her on in her tasks of discovering her sexuality without Rob and simply living her life and feeling again. Harrison also was an easily liked character with his sense of humor and his sensitivity to Alyssa.

There’s obviously a lot of sex in a book with the topic being 30
days of sex but I quite honestly found this relationship more touching than a book that is meant to be romance only. Also rather erotic too so the best of both worlds.

Great characters, great story, highly recommend it.

The Iron Assassin by Ed Greenwood

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The Iron AssassinThe Iron Assassin by Ed Greenwood
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

I have to say I had hopes for this one. Great cover and something new to try. But I’m giving up on it for now after 128 pages. The story seems to jump around everywhere without much progress or sense to it. I was a bit concerned with the several pages at the start listing a ton of characters and after reading as much as I have I seemed to be right in thinking there isn’t much character development in the actual story. Jumps from one thing to another and gets too much to keep track of for my taste. I may return and give it another try someday and would revise my review if I change my mind but for now this is disappointment to me.

Hostile Takeover (John Lago Thriller #2) by Shane Kuhn

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Hostile Takeover (John Lago Thriller #2)Hostile Takeover by Shane Kuhn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

Hostile Takeover is the sequel to The Intern’s Handbook. It features John Lago, an assassin and his wife Alice who is also an assassin and John’s former nememsis. The two team up to takeover Human Resourses Inc.. a training and placement organization for assassins.

The book is a fast paced action adventure. John and Alice have a rather dysfunctional relationship as in they are either in love or trying to kill each other throughout the story. The book jumps back and forth telling the story of how John ended up in FBI custody.

Quick read with some funny parts to it. Not my normal type of book but would recommended to those who love action.