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: 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.

 

 

 

Size Doesn’t Matter. Or Does it?

There are authors out there who can write amazing short stories. With only a few words they can paint a canvas and give their readers a peek into a new and exciting world.

I tend to become too attached to my characters or worlds to do short stories. Each time I’ve tried it has ended badly. Well, not badly, more like it ended with me scrapping the idea so I could use it later in a full length story and most likely use the characters in a different story.

The same thing can happen with a story which is novel length. You get a great idea, you pound out 60,000 or more words and end it. Then you realize that your characters or world have more to say. Soon, one novel turns into 3 or 4 or even 5. What started out as an idea for a short story has become an epic series where you’re not even sure if 5 full length novels are enough to hold everything you want to say.

Words have a strange way of multiplying.

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.

Book Review: Rest for the Wicked: The Clair Wiche Chronicles Book 1

Rest For The Wicked - The Claire Wiche Chronicles Book 1 by [Dean, Cate]

4 out of 5 stars

This was a pleasant and quick read. It is paranormal romance. Apparently, despite a few other books I’ve read and haven’t enjoyed, am coming around to the genre. It was about a woman named Claire Wiche who has a deep secret she has kept from those close to her, namely Annie. There is magic involved. And, Claire Wiche, is not a witch. I don’t want to say more than that. It would give away a pretty important piece of the book and I’m not into revealing spoilers.

All you need to know is that the story was a good story, kind of dorky in places, but good nonetheless. The characters in the story were unique, meaning they weren’t the same character with different names. I have read too many novels like that, and in my earlier WIPS have written like this, too. It’s annoying, but not something you have to worry about in this short novel. With that being said, the first book is appropriately priced. The others I feel are a bit pricey for the short read that they are. Be prepared to want to buy the others though as this book does end with a cliffhanger.