Review: Call Your Steel by G.D. Penman

NEW BOOK RELEASE !!
A new dark fantasy novel by G.D. Penman
Call Your Steel
CALL YOUR STEEL
G.D. Penman
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: October 15, 2017
In the sky above there was no sun.
For millennia beyond reckoning the Eaters of the Gods ruled over this sunless world, waging their secret war on each other through their Chosen, mortals granted a fraction of the Eaters in human powers in exchange for a life of servitude. Kaius counts himself among their hallowed ranks, devoted entirely to his brutal duties. Lucia is no more than a travelling minstrel, albeit one who found herself in the very worst place at the very worst time. How could mere mortals like them stand up against the vast alien power of the Eaters of the Gods?
Review

I’m not totally new to the fantasy genre, and this book being billed as dark fantasy made me pause for a bit. However, I was amazed to find that I enjoyed it a lot, and while there was some gore and lots of violence, I didn’t find myself cringing too much. Every time I start a new fantasy, it would take me some time to acquaint myself with the characters and the world, and it’s the same here, but once I did, the story carried me along every exciting step of the way until the end.

The worldbuilding was superb, truly fantastic. The world was always night, the characters didn’t know there was such a thing as day and night, and I thought at first that their world was such. When the truth was revealed, it was so much more and I was flabbergasted and amazed. Wow. That’s just one example, there are others, and to experience the fabulousness of this novel, you truly have to read this.

The characters are distinct one from the other, and I have to commend the author on the great characters he had created. It was especially fun to read about the author’s dream cast (another stop on the tour) and imagine the actors playing out the characters in my imagination as I read.

Overall, an exciting adventure you won’t want to miss!

Rating: 5 stars! Continue reading

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Review: Legacy of Evil by Sharon Buchbinder

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The exciting next installment from the Hotel LaBelle Series by Sharon Buchbinder
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LEGACY OF EVIL
Sharon Buchbinder
Series: Hotel LaBelle Series Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: October 13, 2017
Legacy of Evil
One battle, one outcome. Who will win? Good or evil?
When a wild mustang is shot in Montana, renowned horse whisperer and telepath, Emma Horserider, is called in to calm the herd and find out what happened. Once on scene she is almost killed by a bullet-spewing drone, and calls her black ops brother for back-up.
Emma’s help roars into her life covered in tattoos and riding a Harley. Remote viewer Bronco Winchester takes the assignment because he is ordered to, but he wonders what type of assistance, his boss’s sister needs. That is until he sees Emma, a valiant Warrior Woman proud of her Crow heritage.
Posing as a married couple, Emma and Bronco go undercover to infiltrate and stop a hate group. Both are anxious enough without the now growing attachment they feel for one another. When the lives of many are on the line, they are not sure if they will live or die—let alone have a chance at love.

Review

LEGACY OF EVIL is a highly entertaining and enjoyable story, also educational for me, because like Bronco, I’ve had a bad education in Native American stuff. I learned a lot in this book, and I especially like the Indian telegraph. There’s a kind of homey and sense of belonging in being part of a community like Emma’s. There’s also a certain subtle humor threading throughout the story that made me chuckle or at times, outright laugh out loud.

Sharon Buchbinder has created an unforgettable heroine in Emma Horserider. She’s bold and brave and I’m thoroughly jealous of her ability to communicate with horses and dogs. I love Bronco as well. These characters are fleshed-out and three-dimensional, well-rounded with layers that are peeled open as the story unfolds. They’re certainly different from most characters in the books I usually read.

Speaking of characters, there are noteworthy secondary characters here like Stephanie (Emma’s cousin), Beautiful Blackfeather (Emma’s ancestor) and let’s not forget Gaucho the bobcat! I’m not saying more; let’s just say you have to read this to appreciate them.

Overall, entertaining and unforgettable characters make this a recommended read!

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Review: The Mortal Falls by Anna Durand

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I enjoyed reading The Mortal Falls a lot; I couldn’t put it down. A riveting story, this book was super entertaining with lots of adventure and murder and suspense and romance. Let’s not forget the paranormal elements, and this story has superb worldbuilding that I love to read more about.

The characters quickly worm their way into your heart, and you get invested in them and their future. Will Lindsay and Nevan get their HEA? Will Nevan be free of his contract from the evil king? Who was murdered and will Lindsay be implicated? What’s up with Travis and what’s the story with Lindsay’s ex, who was also…um, spoiler, I guess, so I’ll just stop there. Continue reading

Review: The Frog Prince by Mike Klaassen

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I love what Mike Klaassen has done to The Frog Prince, the fairy tale we all know and love. He has fleshed out the characters of the frog prince and the princess, made them more well-rounded with motivations we can believe in and get behind. The frog prince also exhibited growth in his character, a lesson learned over the course of his period as a frog–though I wish we could see just how he came about the revelations that prompted this growth. The story ended on a whimsical note, a perfect period to the tale.

Overall, I highly recommend Mike Klaasen’s The Frog Prince, especially to tweens and teens. Continue reading

Review: Out of Time by Melissa Klein

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OUT OF TIME
Melissa Klein
Series: Out of Uniform Book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: August 16, 2017
Out of Time
When paparazzi, obligations, and pride tear Bash and Grace apart. Will the stubborn scriptwriter come to his senses in time, or will movie star, Grace marry the wrong man?
Before filming starts on her next movie, America’s sweetheart, Grace Carradine, wants a girls’ night out. As she dons a disguise to evade the paparazzi, her brown hair isn’t the only deception, so is her upcoming marriage to her costar. Naval-pilot-turned-author, Sebastian “Bash” Baron finds his friends are pairing up and starting families. Given his history, he knows that life isn’t for him—even if the period romance he wrote is being made into a movie. Those stories only exist in fiction—or other people’s lives.
The two begin a secret romance, meant to last only as long as the starlet is on location in Bash’s hometown. When the paparazzi, obligations, and pride tear them apart, will Bash come to his senses in time, or will Grace marry the wrong man?
My Review

Loved this story from the very first page!

Superb writing from Melissa Klein in catching the reader’s attention from the very first page. While the plot is straightforward with not a lot of twists or turns, it has a very interesting storyline with very likeable male and female leads. Something all romance fanatics wouldn’t want to miss!

I especially loved the chance meeting between Bash, an ex-navy turned writer and Grace, Hollywood darling, America’s sweetheart, but for that one fateful night, disguised as your ordinary university girl next door. The story is as much about the two of them finding each other as it is about Grace finding herself, being free from her own web of pretensions and the traps that the system and society has cornered her into. With Bash, she realizes what it means to just be herself, away from the limelight. But the ultimate question is, with a lot at stake, can she muster enough courage to be free even from the prying eyes of the public.

Loved the development of the story and the pace of the story is just right. I would probably have preferred a little bit more background into Grace’s past to appreciate her relationship with David more. But this does not take anything away from the sizzling relationship between Bash and Grace.

All in all, an entertaining afternoon read! If you love a good old-fashioned romance story, pick this up!

Rating: 5 stars!

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Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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You know what they say about hypes: either they live up to what’s being said or they disappoint you with the reality.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding CARAVAL. When you read the reviews in Amazon, there are lots of positive reviews. I agree with most of them–the magic, the fantasy, the beautiful scenery and stuff in Caraval (the game)–it’s hard not to get swept away. The twists and turns are compelling; with each new layer peeled away, each new revelation, you’ll go “wow”, “oh!” and the truth–or what you know as truth–is turned upside-down and you get to see things differently.

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Review: 50 Hours by Loree Lough

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50 HOURS is a powerful, uplifting story about hope, friendship, love, courage, and the amazing resiliency of the human spirit.

Franco’s life changed the moment he served his 50 hours community service at Savannah Falls Hospice. Before that, he was an angry man who grieved his wife’s death, especially on the day of her death anniversary. When he arrived at the hospice, he was determined to keep his head down and finish his service so he could get on with his life. But the moment he heard a woman (Aubrey) being bullied, he couldn’t help but go to her aid, despite it being unwanted and could potentially get himself in trouble (entering a resident’s room is against the rules).

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