Book Review: The Stolen Karma of Nathaniel Valentine

The Stolen Karma Of Nathaniel Valentine (The Books Of Balance Book 1) by [Bloch, Justin]

5 out of 5

From the beginning of this novel I was captivated. The elegance of the writing is something that stood out to me. The way scenes were detailed made it seem as if I were there with the main character, Nathaniel Valentine. Each of the characters in this book were truly their own character because of how well developed they were making it so easy to delve right into the world.

I would also like to point out that there were some pleasant surprises in the novel as you read along. Parts of the ending were a surprise to me, which I can honestly say doesn’t happen often. For those who love reading fantasy, this should be one of the books you read.

The gist of the story is a man who is basically a nobody, drifting through life unnoticed, suddenly becomes more than just a somebody. He is destined to bring balance to the karmic system. All the while, he travels with a karma policeman (angel) who is extremely rough around the edges as he doesn’t like mankind/Residents. This story puts a unique spin on the origins of humanity, other creatures, and of God.

The downside is that there doesn’t seem to be a second book in the series, yet.

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Book Review: The Tinkerer’s Daughter

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4 out of 5 stars

I downloaded this almost a year ago and forgot about it! I remember when I had really wanted to read it and then something distracted me. What distracted me? Who knows? Anyways, I finally read the book and I’m glad I did.

This story is a quick read to say the least. The plot flows nicely. It begins with Breeze’s  father, having to give her up to a strange man who tinkers with strange things. Her father must give her to the man to return to war. As the story progresses, we soon learn that her father has been killed and she must stay with Tinker. And we discover that Breeze is half Tal-mar and half-human. She is born in a world torn apart with war by the two. The humans hate Tal-mar and the Tal-mar hate humans. She is caught in between and has no place in the world except at Tinker’s side. But it doesn’t stop her. She’s ambitious and wants to learn, so she goes to school. This is where she is discovered as half Tal-mar. This is also where it’s discovered that the war between the Tal-mar and the humans is being set up by someone.

The story progresses as one would expect. It’s part of the reason I couldn’t give it 5 stars. It was a little too predictable. The other reason is everything seemed to happen a little too easily, and the ending was a little too neat. It felt almost rushed.

Otherwise, this was a very good read and I look forward to reading the other novels in the series.

Book Review: Origins

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5 stars

I will admit that the beginning of this book was a little difficult for me to get into. It had little to do with the story line. That part I found highly interesting. However, throughout the entire book, there were commas missing which made some sentences a little difficult to read. I powered through this and discovered a remarkable story that I would recommend to anyone.

The main character, Hastelloy, tells a truly fascinating story about the origins of many things. It starts with him telling a therapist about his past. Whereas, some of the terminology Hastelloy uses might seem a little odd given the fact he’s an alien from a planet far away, it’s easy to understand that they might have some of the same kinds of things we do.

The story starts before they land in Egypt before the Great Pyramid was built as well as the Sphinx. As the story continues to unravel, it is soon discovered that he had a huge hand in building both national monuments we all love and cherish today. Among other interesting things. There are also parts of the story that take place in the present day, besides him relating these past events to the therapist.

I found the story progression an engaging one that kept me reading. That doesn’t happen often. It’s one of the reasons I gave the story 5 stars, despite it needing some editing. I also gave the story 5 stars because this is something I have never read before. I felt the story was original.

 

Book Review: To Catch a Bad Guy

To Catch a Bad Guy (Janet Maple Series Book 1) by [Astor, Marie]

2 out of 5 stars

Oh my gosh, where to begin? There was so much about this book that I didn’t care for. Too much character background that bogged down the story, not enough of a plot line to even be considered a story, and a whole bunch of boring.

Janet Maple, the main character in this books, seems like all she can do is whine. It was so irritating to keep reading. I’m not even certain why I continued to do so. Dennis Walker, a guy trying to uncover fraud, isn’t any better. He knows he’s good looking and can get girls and blah, blah, blah… Tom Wyman, the lawyer, Bostoff’s securities hires to cover their tracks, also knows this. To me Tom and Dennis are basically the same guy, only one is trying to catch bad buys and the other is a bad guy. That was the only difference in character.  Lisa Foley, supposedly Janet’s friend, is a self-centered, money grubbing lady. Jon Bostoff, is also greedy and decided to go into questionable business just so he can up his social standing. Oh and everyone seems to be on a diet and trim or fit. I felt as if the characters were really one dimensional.

 

 

Book Review: Loss of Reason

Loss Of Reason: A Thriller (State Of Reason Mystery, Book 1) by [Maxwell, Miles A.]

3 out of 5 stars

I wasn’t all the impressed with this book. I kept reading hoping it would get better. It’s supposed to be in the thriller/mystery genre and it just didn’t do it for me. The only mystery there was in this book was who launched the nuclear attack. Everything else was just kind of meh.

The writing wasn’t horrible. That was a big highlight. If the writing hadn’t been as good as it was, I probably wouldn’t have finished this book.

Anyway, the story line follows two brothers, Everon and Franklin, who are only step brothers and are connected through their sister, Cynthia. The two brothers go into New York City, where the attack happened, to look for their sister. As they do this, they end up saving some people from the subway and some people on the road trying to flee. As you continue to read, you see the situation through some random peoples’ eyes as well. For me, this part took me out of the story more than anything else.

The ending wasn’t really an ending. I know it was meant to be a cliffhanger to get you to buy the second book, but there just wasn’t any kind of ending to the book. It just ended and left me dismayed. However, since I did finish it and there was nothing wrong with the writing, I gave it 3 stars. Maybe someone who reads this genre will like it? I can’t honestly say as the book left me disappointed.

Book Review: The Life of Hon. William F. Cody Known as Buffalo Bill the Famous Hunter, Scout, and Guide

The Life of Hon. William F. Cody Known as Buffalo Bill the Famous Hunter, Scout and Guide by [Bill, Buffalo]

Reading this book was more of a refresher about Buffalo Bill’s history than anything else. Growing up in Wyoming and going through the public school system there, you learn about this man. There’s even a town, Cody, Wyoming that’s named after him. There’s a museum in that town as well named Buffalo Bill Center of the West. I’ve been there a few times. It’s a neat museum in a neat town. If you ever go to Yellowstone, I would recommend visiting this town and the museum. It’s only an hour away from Yellowstone, so you might even pass it by on your way there. If you’re interested in learning more about this town, this link will help.

I must say, however, there are things in this book I didn’t know about him. The only thing I wish is that the kindle version I read could have included the illustrations. As an author, I know it’s difficult to put illustrations in the kindle formats without the picture being weird.

I read this book to take a small break from fiction books. Sometimes it’s nice to do something different. I encourage everyone to branch out and read different genres than they are use to, and yes, even nonfiction books. It helps us grow as individuals and discover things we didn’t know we liked. It helps us learn things we never knew. For me, part of life is the continual learning.

Reading Distractions

Book Distraction

This is so true. I am usually reading 2-3 at a time, though recently I’ve kept myself down to one book at a time.  I also get distracted by the books I’m writing. This is where all the fun is. While writing a novel, I usually end up with story ideas for either future books in the series or books not even related. Since I don’t want to lose those ideas, I usually go off and start writing the scenes I’ve imagined for those stories.