Sunday, October 25, 2015

I loved this book!

I love this cover. The game of chess signifies a great deal about this book. Before I made it through the first page, I was hooked. The writing style is relaxed and edgy all at once, and the writing is skilled, as if written through the eyes of Naz and Cory. Mystery builds slowly, maintaining curiosity throughout. I must admit that I don't read a lot of YA or sci-fi, but with this read, I felt compelled to speak up for it. I was wowed from the start and when I finished, I wanted more!

If you like sci-fi, YA, paranormal with a dystopian feel, this is a definite read. I have passed this read onto my teenage son and he loved it!

I hate reviews that give away too much, but I will give away a little...

Naz is a quirky teenager, with a resilience that shines through as he struggles to cope with life in the Exclave (a dystopian-like ghetto), sleep-walking, strange voices, and gang activity. His attitude to certain events reminds me a lot of my teenage son...non-committal about some things, but crazy passionate about others. His relationship with his sister Meridian is well-conveyed and adorable. His character is strong as are all the other characters in this book, even Tone the African Grey. Life in the Exclave is described in such a way that each scene feels like your moving through a movie.

The story bounces between Naz and Dr. Cory Anderson, creating an interwoven plot line that spoke to the power or the mind and mind-control. I'm still hanging and need to read the next book in this series, soon!

***** STARS

The Unseen Face

As a person, all too familiar with the black claw of depression, I was impressed by Joannes Rhino's ability to appropriately convey the hellish impact mental illness can have on an individual and how it effects loved ones.

When I previewed this book, I was struck by the flawless writing and decided that I needed more. I was given a free pdf by the author, but decided to upload it to my tablet via Kindle Unlimited. I give credit where it is due and this author is amazing!

Joannes Rhino is a brilliant author who has created a believable and remarkable work of prose. This is a beautifully written book that effectively conveys the world of James Maddox, a person suffering from depression. His world is darkened by the loss of his Emily, and James is both grieving and stuck in a depressive grief process, but it's not that simple...the story develops into much more with unexpected twists that kept me guessing and turning the page.

This author clearly understands the complexity of mental illness, whether it is well-researched or from personal experience. His descriptive prose describes James' world in such a way that invokes emotion from the reader. I couldn't put this book down, and had a lump in my throat as I read it. This is truly one of the best indie literary masterpieces that I have read.

***** STARS

Thursday, October 22, 2015

My first blogged book review...

In short, I haven't posted a review to my blog prior to today. That will change from this point forward--indies need all the help they can get and i am a reader first, so I'd like to support the authors I read in every possible way. I will tweet and share everything I do via Twitter and Facebook, so it seems logical to start posting my opinions here.

Victoria Browne and I connected via a Goodreads discussion group. I checked out her books, read the previews, and immediately wanted to read them. Victoria sent me a free copy of Third Time Lucky: the Honey Trap to review and the rest...well see below:

Rating of *****

***Disclaimer--sort of*** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but when my tablet glitched, I went and downloaded it for free to my Kobo reader. THAT is how much I adored this read!

I haven't read a lot of chic lit, but this is by far the best one yet. From the first page, I became glued to the story of Sarah and her friends. The sassy brit humor kept me giggling as I read on. Browne creates a believable world in which most women can relate to--we all worry about men and careers and we all have a close circle of gals who love and support us and sometimes hurt us. Sarah's group of friends are there to support her as she struggles with a double-betrayal. She lives the next portion of her life trying to prove herself, while trying to conform to an ideal she doesn't really want.

The story plays out in such a way that you think it's going to go one way and then BAM it completely changes path and leaves you guessing and demanding more. The last half of this book was impossible to stop reading, and the ending wasn't at all expected. I need more! This read is romance, suspense, mystery and humor all bundled into one perfect little package. It's fresh, witty, well-written and formatted and the cover is first class! I highly recommend this book.