Review of “The Game” by Terry Schott

The Game by Terry Schott My rating: 2 of 5 stars Initially, I expected to leave a stellar review. The concept of recreating “The Matrix” with different parameters got me turning the pages. In this book, Earth is a virtual reality where the players–who are children in the “real” world–are born, experience life in the VR, and die with only minimal passage of time. They then take their performance-based earnings and re-enter with additional capacity. Meanwhile, the wealthy of Tygon watch in a “Hunger Games” fashion as the virtual lives unfold. It’s an interesting premise, albeit clearly adapted from other … Read More

Review of Ignited, by Desni Dantone

Ignited by Desni Dantone My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was pleasantly surprised by this paranormal urban fantasy. I picked it up free on Amazon and left it in my TBR queue for a long while before starting, but then raced through it in 2 days. It reads very quickly and the writing is excellent. The plot centers around a teen with a horrible past, such that she fears living. If not for a guardian angel, she, too would certainly be dead. She can’t even talk to her crush, she’s simply hopeless.. Then a new and even more handsome … Read More

Review of Beyond the Veil, by Pippa DaCosta

Beyond the Veil by Pippa DaCosta My rating: 4 of 5 stars Beyond the Veil creates a world where demons and humans coexist, with the emphasis on those who cross the veil from the netherworld into the human world. The protagonist, Muse, is half-blood, so she can reside on either side, having characteristics of both races. Unfortunately, half-bloods are usually killed or tortured on the other side of the veil, so she seeks peace on the human side. Tranquility is not her nature, however, and the lust of Mammon, one of the Seven Princes of Hell, sweeps Muse back into … Read More

Review of “The Changing Tide” by KA Dowling

The Changing Tide by K.A. Dowling My rating: 4 of 5 stars KA Dowling builds a relatively contemporary world where two races compete for dominance on an island where few leave, and only pirates visit. Readers learn the history of the enmity in book one, The Changing Tide. We are also introduced to Emerala the Rogue, whose value to her people is obviously significant based on the intrigue around her, but deliberately unclear heading into the second book.The cast of supporting characters includes Emerala’s family members, the rival Chancey king and military guardsman, and pirates, one of whom was born … Read More

Review of Dylap, by A.C. Salter — Fun and exciting!

Dylap by A.C. Salter My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book. The premise involves a land of fairies with a complex social hierarchy living in a magically protected city. Our protagonist, a fairy who cannot fly, is rescued from the river Twine by a one-winged night watch captain. He then seeks his own future among these tree dwellers, while simultaneously trying to discover his forgotten past. Being different then the rest, he is nearly universally despised (or feared). He meets and befriends other outcasts, but despite proving himself on multiple occasions, he is still resented. When … Read More

The Duff, by Kodi Keplinger — Review

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger My rating: 4 of 5 stars This story touches on many aspects of complex young adult life, including teenage romance, alcoholism in the family, and most importantly, self perception. Bianca tells the story from the first person perspective, but she never describes her own appearance very well. For all we know, she is absolutely gorgeous, but she doesn’t see herself that way. She takes the viewpoint of the boy she despises, and feels that she is the DUFF. She spends the majority of the book coming to grips with other people’s … Read More

Goodreads Giveaway

The Sight of Demons I am giving away two copies of The Sight of Demons. Follow pre-teen Hunter as he learns about the sights, sounds, smells and flavors he perceives around everyone. Synesthesia, as he discovers, can be very powerful! Check it out!     Goodreads Book Giveaway The Sight of Demons by Darin C. Brown Giveaway ends January 06, 2018. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway

Review of Private, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Private by James Patterson My rating: 5 of 5 stars James Patterson does not disappoint with Private, the first in a new series featuring Jack Morgan. Jack owns the investigative firm Private, a multinational agency that specializes in discovering secrets for a price. Jack himself, an ex-Navy pilot, is haunted by secrets of his own past, and the novel starts from his first person point of view. Patterson develops several other key characters, including Morgan’s twin brother, the memory of his father, a love interest or two, and a series of employees, bad guys and clients that captivate the reader. … Read More