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.

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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.

Book Review: Dark Angel Box Set Bks 1-3

Dark Angel Box Set Books 1-3: Angelfire, Angelstone, Angelsong by [Peach, Hanna]

 

These books contain the first three novels of this series. Angelfire. Angelstone. Angelsong.

Rated: 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, I found the story interesting in these books. It’s a story about angels and demons, but it is a story I’ve never read before. It’s what kept me reading and will probably keep me reading through books 4-6 once I get caught up a little on some of my reading list. The story is about how angels are no longer part of heaven and must fight the demons amongst earth without the mortals knowing anything. However, as you read through these books, you soon discover that not everything is as simple as that. Even though there are angels, some aren’t quite so angelic. In fact, I guarantee you’ll end up hating one of them! And you’ll learn a thing or too about demons that don’t make them seem so bad. I like that the author, Hanna Peach, brought perspective into the novel.

The story IS a love story. For those of you who have read some of my other blog posts, you know I’m not much into romance. I feel the romance was done in a tasteful way in the books.

There were times, however, that the story almost seemed to stall which was one of the reasons it took me so long to read them. It’s why I gave it a rating of 4 instead of 5 stars. Even knowing that the story stalled in a few places, I would recommend reading these books.

Book Review: Whispers of the Skyborne

Whispers of the Skyborne (Devices of War Book 3) by [Blooding, S.M.]

5 out of 5 stars

The third book of the Devices of War Trilogy was a great book. Fantastic story line and ending. The characters stayed true to themselves. However, I do feel the ending was a little rushed. There were a lot of unanswered questions. Maybe this was done on purpose though to set up another book in the future.

I would recommend people to buy all 3 books. It was a fantastic story and one I won’t forget soon.

Book Review: Fall of Sky City

Fall of Sky City (A New Adult Fantasy Adventure Novel) (Devices of War Book 1) by [Blooding, SM]

4 out of 5

Oh my! Where do I begin? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and honestly can’t wait to go onto book 2. This is a steampunk genre. The first book I have ever read in this genre. The only reason, I didn’t give it 5 stars was because of the repeated errors found throughout the book. Otherwise, it would have a solid 5 stars.

The plot is fast paced and easy to read, minus the errors which kind of throw you out of the story for a moment. I would recommend the author to have another look through and fix these. There is one where she called one of the characters whose name is Varik by Virak.

The book is written in 1st person and you, as the reader, get to delve into Synn’s mind, what he’s feeling and what he’s thinking. The author did a fantastic job with this. She did a fantastic job with all the characters. I have read books where some of the characters are so similar to each other, you grow bored.

After his Family the El’Asim are reunited with the Ino Family. These two families are joined together by marriage. Almost from the moment, Synn steps foot on a letharan from his air ship, the story line thickens. The Hands have struck. He and his father board their ship to try to draw away the Hands, who are more technologically advanced than the Families.

Synn is soon forced into being a prisoner to one of the 4 Queens of the Hands.The Hands and the Families are at war and have been for quite a while. The Hands have been systematically wiping out the Families. And, the Families hide from the Hands, but it’s getting worse and worse for them.

While Synn is a prisoner to Queen Nix, it is not pretty what happens to him here. She eventually compulses him, meaning she has control over him. And when he does escape, he is compelled to go back to her, but manages to fight it. Now, with the help of the Families, mostly his mother, he brings the fight to them.

There is so much more involved in the book. I don’t want to go into too much detail and ruin the wonderful world for you. Read the book and enjoy the story. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Book Review: Offworld

Offworld (Dangerous Times Collection Book #1) by [Parrish, Robin]

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Offworld by Robin Parrish was an easy, enjoyable read. I don’t read a lot of science fiction. I have started many science fiction novels, but they usually end up as DNF’s. This one, about four astronauts who had spent two and a half years away from Earth on a Mars mission came back to Earth to find everyone missing. They take it upon themselves to discover what happened. As the story progresses, it keeps you interested. The only thing I didn’t really care for was Owen Beechum who turned out to be a really kick ass soldier type person as well as a brilliant man. It felt kind of like a cop out, you know, took the easy way out with the character and situations. Other than that, I found it an enjoyable read.

During most of the book, the reader is kept wondering what happened, which of course keeps you reading. When you finally found out what’s happening and what caused every single person on Earth to disappear, it’s a bit of a mood killer. At least it was for me. I won’t go into detail about what caused it as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone wanting to read the book.

I would recommend this book to other people who like science fiction.

Book Review: Fang Chronicles: Amy’s Story

Fang Chronicles: Amy's Story by [McClain, D'Elen]

4/5 stars

This is the very first romance vampire story I have ever read. I wasn’t planning on reading one, but someone recommended it to me and I thought, “Sure, why not. Let’s give it a try.” I wanted to see what the big fuss was over them. After reading it, I still don’t really see what the big fuss is. To be honest, I have never been much of a romance reader and I’m certainly not a romance writer, I’ve tried and failed. It’s just not for me. (I have more romance novels on my ereader, I may or may not read. We’ll see.)

With that being said, I gave this book a 4/5 because I know I’m prejudiced against romance and vampires. At least this vampire was a bad ass and killed people. That part I can appreciate. I can also appreciate wanting to find someone to spend all of eternity with. I get that, too. I gave it a 4/5 simply because of the editing and I didn’t feel it had a strong story.

Throughout the story, during conversations, they weren’t written the way they should be and as a author it hit one of my nerves. When people are speaking it’s supposed to be written out like this: “Hi Fred, I got the magazine for you,” said Jim. Not like this: “Hi Fred, I got the magazine for you.” Said Jim. See the difference? It’s probably nitpicking, but I feel if you’re going to write a book at least try for some proper grammar and it wouldn’t have bothered me so much if it wasn’t strewn throughout the entire book. I could understand a few mistakes like this. Mistakes happen, even after something has been edited a dozen times.

Anyway, if you love vampire romance novels this one is probably for you. As I said, it wasn’t a horrible book. I did finish it. There have been several books that have been DNF’s.