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.

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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: On Unfaithful Wings

On Unfaithful Wings (Icarus Fell #1) (An Icarus Fell Novel) by [Blake, Bruce]

4 out of 5

This was an interesting read to say the least. The story was a bit darker than I was expecting but it wasn’t what I was expecting in the first place. That, I cannot express enough, is a good thing. I love when a book can surprise me and that’s what this one did.

The main character, Icarus Fell, is a man with many, many flaws. While you’re disgusted at some of his habits and the way he has led his life, you can feel a bit sorry for him at the same time. When he is murdered, he is given the chance at a second life by becoming a soul harvester. It’s more difficult than he thought it would be as someone is working against him, trying to make certain he fails. And then, there are souls he’s supposed to harvest of people who he thought were his friends and one in particular from his past that he doesn’t want to harvest to send to Heaven. During all of this, he discovers he isn’t alone on this unexpected journey. He has the help of his guardian angel, Poe, and a few of the archangels.

The people in Icarus’s life are all different from one another, which is refreshing, and for some authors is difficult to maintain but Bruce Blake achieved this, seemingly easily. I love the dimensions of the characters. The world that was created here was rich and enjoyable, if not a bit dark, as mentioned before. It had the feeling of real life to it. Not that’s a bad thing.

I would recommend this book to anyone needing an action-packed book. It delivers.

Book Review: The Edge of Madness 15 Complete Novels and Novellas

1. Captive by Samantha Jacobey

This was an interesting read to say the least. And it isn’t for anyone who is squeamish and doesn’t like sex scenes. This book was beautifully written, even despite the material that was being written about. It’s about a young girl, who we don’t really know the age of. The FBI says she’s only 14 or 15, and she claims to be 24. Tori, the main character, is a woman/girl who has gone through hell basically living with a gang of men called the Dragons who take contract work from the Organization and others. They are killers and rapists. Tori’s story is heartbreaking but she is a woman who refuses to give up. It was a good read.

2. Blood is Power by Elle Medler

DNF. The reason being is that it’s the second book in the series. I didn’t realize it until a few chapters in. I might come back to the book after the first one is read.

As a side note, if you’re going to have a book in a compilation of books, please put the first book in, not the second. I’m a bit annoyed by this…

3. North by Northeast by Cherime MacFarlane

DNF. Book 3 of the series.

4. A Crystal Snowflake by Holly Barbo

This was a quick read, certainly and one that I didn’t find all that interesting. At least, it was a standalone, so I was able to finish it.

5. Dirty Business by Julie Elizabeth Powel

DNF – I couldn’t get into the story. I read the first couple of chapters and it just wasn’t doing it for me.

6. Duplicitous by Stephanie Nett

This was an okay novella. The ending was strange and felt unfinished.

7. Tropical Nightmares by Kelly Cozzone

DNF – It is book 2 of a series.

8. Blood Crow by Cleve Sylcox

DNF – Made it halfway through chapter 2 before giving up. I just wasn’t interested in the story.

9. My Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton

DNF- I read through chapter 2 as well on this one before giving up. If I can’t get at least part way interested in the story, I end up asking myself, what’s the point in reading it if you’re not enjoying it.

10. Split by Michele E. Gwynn

DNF

 

I didn’t bother reading the last ones in here. I was done with the genre and the type of story in this set. (This set is seemingly no longer available on Amazon, too. Just as a heads up.)

I learned something about myself trying to read these books. Either I’m not a horror/thriller fan or these books just didn’t do it for me, in the exception of the few I did manage to read. The first story was great. It’s probably why it was the first one. I’m not willing to give up on the genre but these stories were only okay.

 

 

 

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.