Book Review: Storm Front

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) by [Butcher, Jim]

5 out of 5 stars

I have been wanting to read this book for a few years now. When I was in Barnes and Noble the other day, I decided to go ahead and buy this book and sate my curiosity. I was not disappointed either.

Harry Dresden is a wizard in the modern day where most people don’t believe that he’s an actual wizard and think he’s a charlatan. The writing was a bit rough in places but is easily overlooked by the awesomeness of this story. I am looking forward to the other 15 books in this series. I have a feeling Jim Butcher will not disappoint.

The way the novel is written can speak to many. It has humor. It has action. It has crime solving. And, of course, it has magic. There were a few things about the novel I questioned. One of the parts I found a bit unbelievable is that people don’t believe in magic and wizards. Towards the end of the book where there is a demon after him in the streets of Chicago, I’m pretty certain at least one person would have noticed. There were a couple of other spots too that made me go “Okay? How can no one believe that magic is real when you were just shown magic?” Maybe it’s not so much as people not believing in it but refusing to accept or acknowledge it because it’s weird and can’t be explained, unless you, yourself, are a wizard. Who knows? One of the other things was, in places, the story was a bit predictable. Regardless, it was still a good read and would recommend to fantasy lovers who aren’t squeamish about gore.


Book Review: Bernie and the Putty (The Universe Builders Book 1)

Bernie and the Putty: epic fantasy for young adults (The Universe Builders Book 1) by [LeBel, Steve]

5 our of 5 stars!!!!!!!

Bernie and the Putty by Steve Lebel is quite the book. It is imaginative and original. I have NEVER read anything like it before and I am so glad that I did. This story is about a young God named, you guessed it, Bernie and he is a Universe Builder. He creates worlds, suns, planets, plant life and animal life all with just his thoughts and, of course, some universe putty.

Bernie’s a bit of a misfit because of his chaos cloud that does things it shouldn’t and that his views about his creations are different than the other Gods. (I absolutely adored Bernie’s chaos cloud.) This is a fantasy world, but it has things pulled from our every day world added into it. Working in cubicles. Job performance pressure. Status pressure. Monetary worries. Bullies. People too afraid to stand up and do what’s right in fear of what could happen to them.

The characters in the book are well thought out and unique. None of them are like the rest. As the reader progresses in the story, it is soon revealed that Bernie isn’t quite like the other Gods. He cares about the beings he creates. He can’t just “blink” them out of existence. Because of this, there were a few classes he almost failed and had to study extra hard in to make sure he didn’t. After he graduated, he became employed as a universe builder. There he ends up facing more challenges than he ever did while in school.

This is a fun read and I recommend it to any reader.

Book Review: Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter

Echo Volume 1:  Approaching Shatter by [Wayne, Kent]

4 out of 5 stars

Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter by Kent Wayne

There was nothing abhorrently wrong with the novel. No glaring errors that keep popping up throughout the story. The writing was quite descriptive, in some cases a little too descriptive. There were parts that I didn’t like, probably the entire first chapter. I almost gave up here but I am glad I didn’t. I feel that the first chapter was to demonstrate the mentality of the soldiers and the environment they have to endure. Kind of a key point later on.

I kept moving forward with the story, curious as to where it was going. My biggest problem with the novel was getting bogged down by descriptions of technology. The backstory of people and the world didn’t bother me as it was laying down a foundation for the story to continue. Maybe the descriptions of the technology come into better play in volume 2.

With that being said, I did find the story a good and interesting read. Atriya, the protagonist, lures you in. You can see he’s struggling with the way things are and the fact that he used not to. That something inside of him has changed. It keeps you reading, wondering what’s going to happen to him.

Like most books in a series, it does end in a cliffhanger. Probably, not such a sudden cliffhanger as this one does. However, if you read the passage after the ending of the book, Kent Wayne does explain why he does this. It’s also not a bad thing that it ends this way. It makes the reader want to continue the story, to find out what happens to Atriya. To see if he eventually figures himself out. To see how he survives what’s coming. Isn’t that the goal of authors? To get people to want to read? Kent Wayne did that here! Bravo!

I also enjoyed the world building the author accomplished here. Although the world doesn’t seem like a pleasant one, as if humanity has gotten off course (more than we are now), it’s a world that is firmly placed in the reader’s mind. It also helps establish the whys of what some people do. Society plays a big role in how the majority of people respond to situations in life and I feel Kent Wayne nailed that point.

Overall, I encourage people to read this book. It is just a glimpse into an expansive world, but a glimpse that leaves you wanting to discover more. For me, that’s one of the most enjoyable parts of reading and discovering new people and new worlds.

Book Review: Bloodthorn

Bloodthorn: Olive Kennedy (Fairy World MD Book 3) by [Grantham, Tamara]

5 out of 5!

So I have been reading this series like nonstop and this one only took 1 morning to read for me! In fact, it was this morning that I read it. I haven’t read through books this fast in years. That is how good these books are for me. The story, the characters, the romance, everything about this book speaks volumes to me. And I cannot wait to download the other books and read through them.

I highly recommend reading the first book Dreamthief.

Book Review: Spellweaver

Spellweaver: Olive Kennedy (Fairy World MD Book 2) by [Grantham, Tamara]

5 out of 5

Just like the first book, the story completely captured me. I read this in two days! I love this series, even the romance parts in it. I know I’ve not been a fan of romance in the past, but this book has helped change my mind about it. It also helps that it’s not just a romance book but also fantasy. In this one, however, it really tugs at the heart strings. I also love the story and the world the author has developed.

I would type more about the story and everything, but it’s really important to read the first book in the series to fully understand the characters and so that it can really tug at your heart.

Book Review: Dreamthief

Dreamthief (Fairy World MD Book 1) by [Grantham, Tamara]

5 out of 5 stars

I cannot express how much I enjoyed this book other than it only took me 2 days to read it. I haven’t gone through a book this fast in a long time.

The story was amazing and just captured me instantly. The detail sucked me right into the world and I am saddened the story is over.

It is about a half-human, half-elf woman caught between two literal worlds, caused by a rending. One world is earth and the other is Faythander. Whereas other beings can travel between these two worlds, they lose their memories. Should a human travel to Faythander when he or she returns to earth, she has no memory of the other world. Should a Elf, Wult, or any other creature of Faythander travel to earth and return, they have no memory of their time spent on earth.

In the story, the reader soon learns that Faythander is in danger of being destroyed. Her godson, Jeremiah, is stuck in a nightmare, and she must piece everything together before it’s too late for her godson and Faythander. She must operate in both worlds if she is to discover the truth. Fortunately for her, she is of both worlds and doesn’t run the risk of losing her memory.

This book comes highly recommended!