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: Accidental Leigh

Accidental Leigh: A Paranormal Romantic Comedy (Literal Leigh Romance Diaries Book 1) by [James, Melanie]

2 out of 5 (that’s being highly generous)

Not at all impressed. You couldn’t really relate with the characters and they were on the annoying side. This story had so much potential but fell short. Also, I don’t really understand the comedy aspect of the novel… There were some parts that could have been funny but simply failed to deliver.

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: 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!

Book Review: The Royal Gift

The Royal Gift (The Common Kingdoms Book 1) by [Box, Drae]

3 out of 5

This book was a good enough read to keep me going, but in places it was dorky and a little badly written. It would have been better had I not kept finding errors in it. As a reader, numerous errors throw me off from the story. I also know and expect a few, but when it’s more than just a few it makes me wonder if they spent any time editing at all.

This fantasy story follows a young girl whose village was attacked. They go to get the Dagger of Protection, a weapon designed to defend them from such things, but they find that it was stolen. She hurries to the king and requests help to save her village, but the king says there is no one to help her. He then sends her off to find the Dagger of Protection on her own as it is the village’s only help. In the king’s presence, Aldora, the girl from the village, is reacquainted with a royal cat named Pedibastet. They go off together where they find Raneth Bayre.

The story line progresses with them trying to find the Dagger of Protection and the man who Raneth, a Royal Official, has been tracking. The fate of the village rests in two teenagers’ hands.

Overall, the story wasn’t a bad story. It just needs some editing. And I would like to commend the author for having written the story at the young age of 14.

Book Review: Be Here Now

Be Here Now (New Adult Contemporary Romance) by [Wolfe, Andrea]

3 out of 5

To be honest, I’m not entirely certain why I finished this novel. When I first started reading it, I kept thinking why was this novel even written. I know, harsh, right? As it moved along, it did get better. The meaning behind the story was a good one. Basically, it’s don’t get hung up on your past and destroy your future. So, whereas, the book was only okay I did enjoy the message and that’s probably what kept me reading.

 

To warn you, the characters do seem to cuss a lot and needlessly. I get the occasional curse, but these felt a little out of place in some places for me.

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.