Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Forever Girl: Forever Girl Series, Volume One: Sophia's Journey (Volume 1) by Rebecca Hamilton

I was a little bit hesitant about this book, knowing that it was a book about vampire-ish creatures and the supernatural (which I do like), but I shouldn't have worried at all.  This book was very well written, in my opinion, and the author was great at drawing you into the story, relating to the characters.  I was really sorry to see the book end! I see that this is Volume One of the Forever Girl Series; I WILL be looking for the next book in the series! Great job!

A Simple Murder by Eleanor Kuhns

I really liked this book! I'm a big fan of mysteries and historical fiction, so this book had both aspects of the things I enjoy.

This book is set around the year 1795 and focuses on the main character William Rees. William is a weaver by trade and travels all over the countryside to work. After his wife passed away, he let his sister and brother-in-law live at his farm in return for caring for his 13 year old son.  He came home a bit earlier than expected and found out that his son, David, had run away to the Shaker community a little ways away. He goes to this community to see his son, and gets roped into solving the murder of a young Shaker girl.

For being a first time author, I felt that Ms. Kuhns did a wonderful job.  I read for pleasure, not to analyze the books that I read,therefore, in my eyes, this was a great book. I hope that she will be writing more historical fiction; I would be very interested in reading more from this author.

An Infinite Number of Monkeys by Les Roberts

I really enjoyed this book.  Very well written with a great plot. It has a bit of everything in it ~ murder, mystery and romance.  I would definitely recommend this book if you like murder mysteries.

Whorticulture by Marie-Anne Mancio

I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how there were many short stories, but they were all intertwined with each other, drawing off of certain characters and creating a seperate story about them.  It was an easy, quick read; I will be looking for further works from this author.

Staying Human by Kyle Tobin

I am impressed with this book, the first from a young, talented author.  I really liked the storyline and he did pretty well forming his characters.  There was a lot of grammatical and spelling errors; however, better proofreading will easily fix this.  Good job for this first-time author!

The Catalyst - A Balancer Chronicle

I enjoyed this book for the most part.  Understanding that this book is a prequel to the next full-length book, I still thought that it was a little monotonous at some points.  All in all, this was an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to the next book!

The Parallel World by D.M. Henry

While I appreciate the hard work and attention to detail in this book, I had to put it down a quarter of the way through it, as there were just too many details to make it entertaining to me.  The author had a great story line, however, the descriptions of every "scene" were boring and too frequent. It took too long to get to the "meat" of the story.

A Black Deeper Than Death by Miki Radicci

This was such a great book.  More of a YA novel, but as a middle-aged woman, I still really enjoyed it! Great plot, great characters, action, suspense and a bit of fantasy are all part of this book.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone!

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Rhine Maiden by Erin Evans

Contrary to other reviewer's opinions of this book, I found it to be a really fun, quick read. Yes, an abortion clinic was a setting for a part of the book, but unless it has been edited since the negative reviews were placed, there really wasn't much pertaining to pro-life or pro-choice issues. Certainly, the subject matter was not excessive nor is it required to read the sections of the book one may find offensive in order to comprehend what is taking place.

I enjoyed this book; I read it on and off for a little less than two days. There is a good balance of action, humor, family and fantasy. I will definitely be reading more from this author!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bacterium by Nathan Pennington

I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing.

I enjoyed reading this book. It has a good amount of action, while still remaining a science fiction story.

This is a story of two scientists who decide to create a biological weapon to wipe out people from the earth, so that they can have the world to themselves.  They enlist a radical environmental organization to help disperse this bacteria, that is much like anthrax, with a flesh eating bacteria attached to it.  It is designed to kill a person, then release the bacteria to "eat" the remains, so that nothing is left. They are successful in killing off all people, except for two, who had been unwittingly exposed to anthrax weeks before this event took place. Derek and his wife, Sveta, are the only two people left, and Derek finds out who is behind these killings and goes after them. 

There is alot of action in this book, which makes it exciting to read; I had a hard time putting it down.  Aside from some dryness in the dialogue, I thought this book was very well written. I will be looking for more from this author!

Th Shekinah Legacy by Gary Lindberg

I won this book from the Member Giveaways at Library Thing.

Normally, I am not a fan of religious fiction, but the book sounded interesting when I entered to win it.  When I started reading this book, I was relieved that it started out with action. The religious parts of this book were extremely well written (though I'm no religious scholar by any means).  I truly enjoyed this book, which was full of action and adventure and for me was a bit of a learning experience.

This is a story of Charlotte, a female news correspondent for a national cable news channel, CCN.  the book starts out with her photographer and herself reporting on stories in a warzone.  They are captured, then rescued by a "guardian angel".  Meanwhile, her teenage son, who has Asberger's syndrome, has recieved a cryptic email from his grandmother, whom he has never met.  To make a long story short, Charlotte and her son team up with Charlotte's estranged father, a religious scholar, and they try to follow the clues left to them in the cryptic message, searching for evidence of Jesus' remains. At the same time, various intelligence agencies and the Vatican are also searching for these remains.

This is an action-packed book, and very informative. Being that I am not very familiar with Bible stories, I assume that the facts contained in the book are true.  Either way, what a great book, of which I would recommend to anyone!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Calico Pennants by David A. Ross

I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing.

This book was very interesting and original.  It is a cross between historical fiction and the paranormal.
 At first, I didn't know how the two separate stories at the beginning of the book were tied together; Amelia Earhart and Julian Crosby were two characters from two different eras. Obviously, Amelia Earhart's story is set in the past, and Julian Crosby's story is set in present day. Their worlds collide in this book.

Julian Crosby is a 50 year old man, divorced with an almost-adult daughter, who had been forced to retire, and decides to go to Hawaii to relax and contemplate what to do with the rest of his life.  He buys a boat from a Hawaiian man and coming back from a side trip, the boat breaks down in the middle of the ocean. After drifting for a few days, he washes up on the shores of an island during a storm.

Meanwhile, the story of Amelia Earhart was being told.  Her plane went down on this same island.  A search was done, but nobody was able to find this island.

Julian and Amelia somehow meet on this island, where Amelia had found a so-called "fountain of youth", making her the same age as when she crashed the plane so long ago.

This was a very good book; I enjoyed reading it.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone and I will be looking for more books from this author!

Monday, February 6, 2012

To Dance Again by James A. Thomas

I won this book from the Member Giveaways on LibraryThing.

What a great book this was! This book deals with reincarnation and how lives are intertwined through the ages.

The story begins with Elliot, a graphic designer, who recently lost his parents and brother to an accident.  His brother's wife, Rhonda, and their 5 year old daughter, Gee, comes to live with Elliot, as she has run out of money and needed a place to stay.  Gee bonds with Elliot immediately.  Eventually, Gee starts talking about places and people as though she had been there herself.  Elliot determines that she is remembering past lives and delves into the subject with Gee.  It turns out that Gee is the reincarnated Sherri Williams, who was murdered 8 years earlier.  Sherri's best friend, Mirra, is eventually contacted and Elliot and Mirra have an instant attraction.  Meanwhile, they are trying to solve the case of Sherri's murder.  It seems that the murderer is still very much alive and happens to be a police detective.

This is a great story with action, romance and the paranormal. I would recommend this book to those with an interest in the paranormal and an open mind.  I will be looking for more books from this author!

Dark Remains by Sean McMahon

I won this book from the Member Giveaways on LibraryThing.

This book was not what I expected.  I struggled through the first half of the book, but was determined to finish it. It started getting interesting for me about halfway through.

This is a story set in London's past.  Three children are taken from the streets to a mansion outside London, owned by a Countess. These children are treated like royalty, but soon learn that something sinister is happening on the grounds of the mansion.

Not a bad story; I did like the ending which was mostly happy after the rest of the book could be construed as dark and dismal due to the story's premise.

Aesop Revisited by Ethan Russell

I won this book from the Member Giveaways on LibraryThing.

This book was actually quite good.  It mixed the classic Aesop's Fables with a new spin for modern times. They were very quirky and interesting.  Very nice job!