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.

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!

Reading The Iliad

About 8 months ago, I’m admitting this with a bit of shame, I started reading this book. I really really wanted to since I hadn’t read it since high school, so about 18 years ago, give or take. I had forgotten how difficult it was for me to stay focused on this book. I read it in record time back in the day only because it was assigned to us and I was an overachiever. Now that it was by choice, the reading process was slow and I kept finding other things to read that I found more interesting.

At least it’s done and I won’t have to read it for a few more years ago, until I want to delve back into it. Now, let’s see if my husband can read it faster than I did… It won’t take much!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.

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.

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.