I came across Death Beckons by J.C. Diem in free books offered by Google Play books.
I enjoyed this novel. A little bit of Anita Blake mixed in with a delightful Aussie element, Death Beckons moves along at an intriguing, steady pace.
I liked Nat. I liked Luc. I even liked Geordie. The cast is accessible without being too preachy. Plot line is solid and the book leaves you wanting more with daring cliffhanger.
Overall, two thumbs up. I look forward to reading more from J.C. Diem!
You can find out more about The Mortis Series by J.C. Diem here.
I’m beginning to resent life for getting in the way of my reading time lately.
Annyhoo, I picked up The Forgotten Girls by Alexa Steele on Google Play Books for free. I figured “what the heck, why not.” I didn’t go into it with high expectations, to be honest. I’ve had a couple of duds with free books in the last couple months. Enough to where I don’t get my hopes up when I begin a new one.
I was pleasantly surprised, though. This is a solid ‘who-dun-it’ novel. I thought the author brought the characters to life well. The story line was strong and well paced. The author threw in a few twists and turns that I enjoyed.
If I had one criticism it would be that I wished the author had allowed the novel to fill out just a bit more. I liked the characters enough that I would have been okay with learning more about their lives, what makes them tick. I also felt the novel ended just a smidge too abruptly. I mean this as a compliment. I wanted the story to continue, which I feel is one of the marks of a good story line.
My compliments to the author. It was a fun read!
Dead of Night by Carlyle Labuschagne
Interesting dystopian love story. I would like to see some character development. I felt some of the characters could have used a bit more depth but overall, a satisfactory read.
This weeks Author Spotlight is Rachel Sharp.
I first came across ever delightful author Rachel Sharp on Twitter. I was intrigued by the chatter I was hearing about her book “The Big Book of Post-Collapse Fun” so I checked it out. Because I am a lemming. In a good way. A good lemming. Annyhoo, as my previous review for the novel shows, Rachel won me over as a fan.
Currently self-published, she is expecting another book out via Pandamoon Publishing. Rachel specializes in Apocalyptic fiction and she does it well. I was impressed with the small details included in The Big Book of Post-Collapse fun. She harnesses those small moments that highlight ones humanity.
Rachel’s next novel is part of her Planetary Tarantella series. The book is titled “A Word and A Bullet.” The novel is a work in progress so the picture provided here is a mock up of what the future cover might look like.
I asked Rachel about future writing endeavors and she had this to say-
“After the (unexpected) positive reception of the first Planetary Tarantella novel, The Big Book of Post-Collapse Fun, I decided to see my original concept of a trilogy through to the end. Book one deals with Mab, surviving on her own. Book two follows a diverse group of friends. Book three will be about a romantically-involved couple. This gives me a chance to write three very different social dynamics: Great fun.
I also have a novel coming this Fall from Pandamoon Press, called Phaethon. That one is about hackers and fae-powered tech. It is exactly as weird as it sounds.
Two new titles, peoples! Two!
She kindly included a blurb about her new novel “A Word And A Bullet.”
Colt, Janie, and Damien were planning a weekend at Zed Games when the real apocalypse cancelled their trip. Now the planet is trying to kill them. Evacuation by plane is less than successful. When the Piper goes down, they survive. Now they’re stranded somewhere in Pennsylvania with all the gear they could ask for but no idea where to go or how to adapt to the end of civilization.
They’re going to need some help.
Rachel Sharp is an author and lifetime member of the Somewhat Eccentric Creative Persons Club (which she just invented).
Originally from Vermont, she now lives in New York City with her partner, several plants, and her boundless sense of inappropriate humor. At time of writing, she is working on entirely too many projects. The previous statement will be true regardless of time of reading. She also lives with chronic illness, plays ukulele, and tries to saves the planet.
And last, but certainly not least-the question on everyone’s mind: Which would you rather battle: An army of duck sized horses or horse sized ducks?
“Duck-sized horses. I have a feeling that they could be reasoned with.”
Can’t argue with that, my wee monsters.
My thanks to Rachel Sharp for participating in my Authors Spotlight!
My local library features “Blind Date With A Book” during the month of February. I look forward to it each year because I find the concept to be so fun.
The librarians pull a variety of different books and wrap them in newspaper. They attach a review card to the book for you to fill out when you’ve finished. I’ve been on several “dates” where I enjoyed the book and a couple of misses.
It is something fun to participate in, especially if you are in a reading rut.
Let’s face it, my darling smooshy-faces, we will not all be Carols or Roberta Warrens when the Apocalypse unfolds.
Some (many) of us will be Mabs.
Mab is a delightfully sarcastic, introspective protagonist. TBBOPCF draws you right in with Mabs snarky, self deprecating narration of the dystopian events occurring around her.
I enjoyed the consistent pace of the story line. At times I was chuckling at the absurdity of the situations Mab finds herself in. However, really, when time is everything and nothing, why not free the inmates of a pet shop?
The evolution of Mabs was fascinating to me. At start of the novel, Mab is out of sorts, both mentally and physically. As the seriousness of her situation plays out, she taps into a deep inner strength. You know, I was slightly irritated with Mab at time initially…the way she fumbles through the early days of the Apocalypse. After a bit of contemplation, I realized that the reaction I had towards Mab’s flaws were actually towards her humanity. Her very real reaction to the world going to shite around her. I think her humanity was what I valued most towards the end of the novel.
I liked the Mab at the beginning of the book. I was hugely fond of the end-of-book Mab.
It is my hope that Rachel Sharp will continue Mab’s story. Two thumbs up from me. I quite enjoyed The Big Book of Post Collapse Fun.
If you would like to buy The Big Book of Post Collapse Fun or find out more about the author, you can click here
The V Girl by Mya Robarts
Published by Mya Robarts
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games is what comes to mind when mulling over how to describe The V Girl by Mya Robart.
There is no way to skirt or be delicate about the reoccurring theme of this book because how does one discuss rape in a delicate fashion? There is nothing delicate about it.
Yet, Mya Robarts has created a book that questions societies perception of rape, consent, kinks, and female sexuality. I applauded the truth bombs dropped throughout the book about a females value being more than the condition of her hymen. I loved that Lila’s (our protagonist) father was so incredibly supportive of his daughters independence. I liked that Lila was strong, opinionated, and incredibly self aware.
I liked that her love interest is flawed but decent. I feel like his flaws lent authenticity to their romantic tango.
I really liked how the author was not afraid to cause embarrassing learning situations for the protagonist. Robarts has a knack for creating situations that allow the reader to feel the rejection of the character.I appreciated that.
The V Girl has a strong story line. What would life be like if the US suffered another civil war and as part of the war, rape were legal?
I firmly believe that the Discussion Questions at the end of the book should be asked in every high school in the US. They have the potential to open the door for some amazing personal inventory.
I felt like the story flowed well. There were times that I did not love either the dialog or weird hiccups in the action sequences but those were mere blips on the overall radar of story line.
This is definitely not a story for those who might be easily triggered by discussions about rape or for younger readers.
The V Girl made me think. It made me feel. It made me question. It takes a talented author to keep me that emotionally and intellectually invested in a novel.
My compliments to Mya Robarts. The V Girl was definitely worth reading and it was my pleasure to review.
To purchase The V Girl or read more about Mya Robarts, you can click here.
Unseen by Lauren Stewart
Off The Hook Publishing
I have mixed emotions about this book. I suspect this is one of those series that gets off to rough start but finds its own in subsequent installments.
First, I loved the character of Addison. I liked that the author commits to a strong female protagonist that knows her own mind and acts accordingly.
The supporting cast was assertive enough that I found myself wondering about their futures, at times, more than the leading male character. I felt like they were easier to relate to.
I can’t say that I was a huge fan of Rhyse but I am going to caveat that with a warning that I am typically not a fan of dominant male types who attempt to control their female love interest. However, Rhyse started to grow on me towards the end of the book, so there’s that.I will say-unabashedly-that Lauren Stewart could probably teach a class on how to write sexy time scenes. Holy cow, those scenes are pretty intense.
All in all, I enjoyed this book. I look forward to seeing where the author takes the characters.
If you are a fan of Twilight, this might be a good fit for you.
*My thanks to Off The Hook Publishing for sending me the book. I appreciate it!
To read more about Lauren Stewart or to purchase this book, click here.
If you tell me you haven’t read The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree by S.A. Hunt yet, I will tell you to shut your whore mouth. In fact, I might just tell you to shut your pirate whore mouth because I feel that emphatically about it.
Malus Domestica was my introduction to Hunts work. It is, hands down, one of my favorite books of the last year. I had high hopes for the first installment of The Outlaw King series. Those hopes were obliterated. Obliterated in the best possible way.
While the novel The Whirlwind In The Thorn Tree is fast paced, Hunt manages to create characters that have great emotional depth. One of my favorite aspects of Hunts writing style is the attention to detail. His ability to drop wee descriptions into a sentence that pop the story to life is uncanny. This is a well woven tale that leaves the reader wondering what comes next.
I do not understand how this author is not better known. There is a tremendous amount of talent percolating in S.A. Hunt that demands an audience.
I look forward to reading the next couple of books in The Outlaw King series. I almost feel like I have to pace myself because I don’t want them to be over too soon.
That, my darling little monsters, is one mark of a gifted writer.
I leave you with a quote from the book that made me laugh out loud and peer around for someone to share it with.
“This is the weirdest thing I have ever done,” said Sawyer in a deadpan tone. “I’m wearing a diaper, I can see at least seven pairs of breasts, and I am drinking coffee out of an urn with the milk of an animal that I’ve never actually seen.”
If that doesn’t sound like a good time, dearhearts, you need your heads checked.
To purchase The Whirlwind In The Thorn Tree or other S.A. Hunt books, click here.
Thanks for checking out seejennyread.com! Allow me to answer some of the questions that I receive frequently.
What types of books interest you?
I heavily favor paranormal, horror, sci-fi, urban fantasy, fantasy, thrillers, etc.
*Romance novelists: My sister blog, TheHeathersBlog handles all things indie romance. I would suggest touching base with those lovely ladies for potential reviews.
How do I go about submitting a book for review?
The best way to get my attention is to email me at email@example.com. Please include a sample of your novel, a synopsis, and the book cover.
If you decide to review my book, how long will it take for the review to be posted to your blog?
That really depends on how busy life is at the moment and/or how many books are ahead of yours for review. If I take your book, I will do my best to give you a guestimate time frame, but it will be just that-a time frame.
How do I participate in the Authors Spotlight feature?
Currently I am pulling talent from authors I favor or authors I have gotten to know either offline or via social networking.
You are welcome to submit your bio for consideration. I prefer that authors include all of their social networking links, where your books can be purchased, cover images, and a personal picture (if you are comfortable), your bio, and a synopsis of your book.
Why was my book turned down?
I attempt to offer positive, honest reviews for the books I read. As such, if I feel a book might not be a good fit for me, I will turn it down rather than attempt to review it. Please understand that it is not because I feel your book is bad, it is because I just don’t think I will be able to offer the review your novel might deserve.
The other reason I will turn down reviews is because I currently have a full roster for book reviews.