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elsa H. ★★★★★

I love the way Ms Williams Marks writes. It's as if I am actually inside Everest's head.

After her daughter is brutally raped and assaulted and left to die, Everest finds her. She finds her by intuition, and the long, long road to recovery starts. The police, it seems to Everest, are not really interested as they deal with many of these crimes and if the suspect is not found in the criminal database, it could become a cold case.

Everest cannot accept that. Her daughter is hurting. Her daughter is all she has and if finding this beast and killing him will make her child well again, she will do it. She's not waiting for police and a cold case...

We think we can't kill. A killer is inside every one of us, I believe. If the circumstances are as such, and we have a choice to live or die, we will choose life.

Everest sees her beautiful daughter is gone and an almost catatonic, angry, hurt girl has taken over.

So Everest chooses life....or is it death? 

I try to review every book of fiction that I read. Thanks to Ms Williams Marks for allowing me to read this one. I highly recommend this book, especially to thriller fans.

Nicollette B. ★★★★★

I am highly impressed with the writing and storyline. Cadence always knew she was different she just didn't know how different. Her life was changed in a single night while going to an Eidolon Festival with her friends. That night she discovers the truth that vampires do exist and the truth about her family heritage. She must now decide if she wants to follow that heritage or just be a normal human but the lure of the leader Aaron is to tempting to ignore. I received this book via Vibe Reviews and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

Lyn. ★★★★★

The beginning of a really sick series.   Think "Saw/Survivor"  Can't wait for more

Billie W. ★★★★★

A cursed prince. A vain beauty. Glory is the seventh daughter of Balthazar, High King of the Twelve Kingdoms. Glory hopes that - of all her sisters - she can escape the fate of a loveless marriage. But on the night she plans to elope with the royal falconer, her world comes crashing down: Her father announces Glory's betrothal to Eoghan of the Blood Realm - a prince no one has ever seen. The prince is said to be a recluse, cursed and deformed by the gods for the sins of his power-hungry father. Yet when Glory is trapped in Blackthorn Keep she discovers that not everything is what she expected. An insulting gryphon, a persistent ghost, and a secret plan to usurp the prince keep Glory reeling. Can she overcome her vanity to learn that what you want isn’t necessarily what you need—and save the cursed prince?

The Subtle Beauty is a twist on the classic Beauty & The Beast tale.
There was royalty, mystical creatures, romance, war, magic, danger lurking in the shadows, and an ending that totally surprised me.
The author went into great detail about the curse background which was great.
I enjoyed the characters and the world creation.
Found this very well written.
Really enjoyed.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I also purchased my copy

Lyn. ★★★★★

You get to know the characters in #2 and you learn to hate the main one more. Just when I think the author has reached the limit she finds a way to shock us more. Moved a little slower than #1 but probably due to character development.

Elsa H. ★★★★★

This book really tugged at my heart. Somehow the author managed to blend the violent, bloody world of drugs and their effect on people with a human side that at times were so sad I found myself crying.

We often think of dealers as monsters. They're not, most of them look like someone's kid. Someone's brother, sister. And then the ugly truth that lurks around them, addicts and the way these people are treated.

It's a sad and very human story. Characters are very believable, especially Nate, who does not shy away from doing drugs and drinking whilst being a police officer.

Until someone kidnaps his half sister whilst he is busy with a huge undercover operation in the drug underworld.

I would love to read more books by Mr Valentine. I like the way he writes about real people with flaws and how they struggle through life, together.

Thank you to Vibrant Designs for this opportunity to get to know his books.

Adam R. ★★★★★

A wonderful story. One that will have you not putting it down until you've finished the book. I anxiously await the next book in the series. 

Candence M. ★★★★★

This book was not what I usually read but I liked it very much. I can’t wait to read the next book and see how this story continues.

Linda W. ★★★★★

I was drawn into the storyline from page one right up to the last. Great charters and great action and adventure.

Lyn. ★★★★

I think this author needs a new classification.  Its beyond horror.    Good read and I will follow the series.

Capryce M. ★★★★

The best horror book I've ever read! Mainly because I believe I could see someone out there doing this. Scary!! I will be reading this whole series for sure. Great read!

Debra T. ★★★★★

I love this book. I couldn’t put down. If you haven’t already, read this book.

Mick D. ★★★★★

Maddie was abducted 20 years ago by a serial killer. Somehow she managed to escape and kill the perp, but she can't remember anything from the week she was held captive. She doesn't have a single memory between being pulled into the car and running for her life in the woods. On top of that, she's suffering from Capgras, a disorder that makes you think that people around you are imposters. So she knows that she can't always trust her own eyes and she has medication that keeps her illness under control. Suddenly she starts seeing her abductor on different places in town, and she has doubts about the new prescription pills that look different from the ones she used some years ago. Then, her own 16-year-old daughter disappears....
This is a 1st class psychological thriller, it blows your mind. The story is extremely well told and very cleverly broken into bite-sized bits of information that lead you in all directions, depending on which and how they're combined. This book was absolutely fantastic and cost me hours of sleep. I just couldn't put it down until I figured it all out. And that was impossible. Although seeing some of the storylines coming, there were so many twists and turns and red herrings pointing in the wrong direction that you have to read until the last line.
I received a free ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

Travis P. ★★★★★

This is a very sick and twisted book. NOT for children or the squeamish. I really liked it and finished it in a few hours. It reminded me a little of Dexter and a little of the Punisher. Sly, the main character, likes to torture and kill those he feels are deserving. Cheaters, wife-beaters, etc. Sly has a set of rules to protect himself from getting caught during his "hobby." If you are a little (or a lot) sick in the head you will probably enjoy this. I want to read the next one, this does not end on a cliffhanger but there is a lot of potential for more stories.

Elsa H. ★★★★★

A gritty fast paced, action thriller, set in Scotland.
This is a quick read that you won't want to put down until the end.
Jake Murray is the new PI in town (unlicensed, unamused and undaunted). His old school teacher asks him to find a missing schoolgirl. At first, Jake is a bit hesitant but he soon learns the flourishing sex trade is grooming girls and then they are used for filming, prostitution and eventually handed out to other places...

He finds out that this girl is mentally challenged and this makes him more determined because he learns that a violent local gang has its tentacles very deep into sex trafficking.

And so the action starts, with twists and turns that lead to an old family home on the cliffs. Where all hell breaks loose.

The author writes well and Jake as a character is so well developed I can almost see him. I believe if this is the start of a series of novellas about Jake, it will only get better. I highly recommend this novella.

Thanks to Alex Mahon and Vibrant Designs for allowing m to read this book. I try to review every book I read.

Mick D. ★★★★

This book starts off with the introduction of Sly Verdict, a very succsesfull realtor who's best friends with the sheriff and his lovely sister, and his unwilling guest, Chester. Unwilling? Yes he's been abducted and now held prisoner underneath the guesthouse. In the first chapters we witness the gruesome torture and murder of Chester before he's fed to the pigs. Sly has a hobby! But he's not just any serial killer, he's got a set of rules and only takes the (according to himself) unwanted elements out of society... .

This serial is definetly not for the fainthearted as the various acts of violence, sex and torture are meticuosly described in gruesome details. And despite this, there are several moments where you can almost feel sympathy for the killer because of the nasty character of the victims. But of course I can't condone anyone taking the law into their own hands. Apart from that he's not consistent in his criteria: adultery?, hunting? If anything this book is fast-paced and the body-count soon runs up.

This book 's a quick read with 104 pages and ends in a cliffhanger so you have to wait for the next installment in the serial to find out where it all ends.

I received a free ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Jane C. ★★★★★

Absolutely loved this book and the characters that are all the way through the book. The travels these characters took and the people they met along the way the way the author wrote this made you feel like you were there all the way. When you start reading this you won't want to put it seat and I know the emotional connection with these characters are amazing and I know I'm going to hope that the next book will be just as good of not better... 

Tina ★★★★★

Absolutely awesome book, loved it, well written, great characters, awesome storytelling, and funny too.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given.
 

Patricia ★★★★★

Really enjoyed the book. Was kind of a slow starter but once you read a chapter or two it got more exciting. Thanks for allowing me to read it early and I would recommend this book.

Tamara d. ★★★★★

When first reading about a new Society I like to have a map that I can refer to. It doesn't necessarily need to be amount of land, it can be a map of the people that I'm going to read about. I like to be able to look back and reference people as they come up in the storyline.

When we first meet Rayah in the Lighter Nation of Lytonia, all of the background information gets a little confusing. As the story moves on, it gets easier to navigate. It's very easy to empathize with Rayah in all the situations that befall her. You can feel her fear, her anger, her frustration and her sadness. You want to save her, take her home and make her safe.

When Rayah meets Soren, you want her to stay with him, to be safe and happy with him. It's easy to tell from the writing that Soren knows more about Rayah than he lets be known, simply guiding her and showing her that there is much more to her than she or anyone else believes.

As the antagonist of the story, Artemis is perfect. We want to hate him, right from the start. I can't wait to continue reading to see his character develop, whether he gets darker or lighter in his development, I can only guess.

Fantasy readers, teen and young adult readers, and scifi readers will easily be drawn to keep reading this book, and the ones that continue the story to its completion.

Gchat M. ★★★★


When Anna becomes the substitute heiress, she feels she has everything she has always dreamt of. But soon she must choose. Continuing with the comforts of her inheritance, would mean giving up the one thing she has come to desire so much. 

The interesting story, coupled with an easy style of narration makes the book a delightful read.

Catherine P. ★★★★★

This book was amazing. I was hooked from page one and my interested was held throughout the book. Many of the people I was able to foreshadow, but this did not detract from the book. There were also many situations that held mystery until the very end. I am not much of a mystery reader, but I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who would like to try something new.
 

Julia w. ★★★★

This was a fun read. A lighthearted story with a likeable main character, little teases at a paranormal background and a good amount of suspense. I feel like this could be a good start to a new (for me) YA series. However it was a little fast-paced, so that there wasn't too much room for character development. But that might change with the next book in the series. So I'm excited for book #2.

Tracy J. ★★★★★

great story,left me wanting more by him is a must read.

Lyn. ★★★★★

Just when you think nothing "more" gruesome can show up, here comes Sea. A couple of totally unexpected twists in this one.

Aron L. ★★★★★

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, voluntary review.

I really enjoyed the world this author created. It's written in first person POV, in a similar style as many popular YA dystopian books, but the main character is a couple years older. The story, and the way the characters were classified, reminded me of Alexandra Bracken's "The Darkest Minds" series in some ways.

The point of view character, Rayah, is a very likable character, and the author puts her through hell. She's this universe's equivalent of a muggle, because she's stuck at “level one.” I even enjoyed some of the villains, like Artemis, because they are truly despicable.

I will admit that the book doesn't have the happiest of endings, and it kind of demands that you read the next book (which I will definitely be doing). All in all, a good read. Well done Ms. Hawkins. 

Nancy R. ★★★★

I like that everything isn't HEA. I would have liked more explanation of their society. I liked the premise and enjoyed the book enough to go on to the second story. If you liked Hunger Games, Maze Runner, or Divergent series, you will probably like this series.

Scarolet E. ★★★★

Dancing in Valhalla: and other twisted tales of music, magick, mayhem & murder (Burning Books Book 2) by John West is a great story to read. I recommend this story to all.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book

Mick D. ★★★★

Sly's purpose in life is to kill worthless people (what he considers as such). He takes his hobby to the next level. After eating his favorite man-eating pig, he decides to dine on his next victim.
Cindy, sister of his best friend, sheriff Edward, is gonna stay in his guest house for a while and he has to put his hobby on hold. Or not? 
Officer Williams, brother in law of a previous victim, doesn't give up watching him, despite a restraining order and being fired. ...
Is Sly taking too many risks? Will he be exposed?
Wow, there's definitely a few unexpected surprises in this book. It's a quick, short read but a hefty gruesome one. Be warned.
I thank Sea for a free arc from this book and this is my honest review.

Travis P. ★★★★

This is certainly an interesting collection of stories. The great thing about anthologies is you are bound to like at least a few. I liked quite a few of them. The only thing that annoyed me in some of the stories was the south African slang. It wasn't in all of them but a lot of the Valhalla stories (which take place in South Africa) did. I was able to figure out most from context but some I never figured out. Boet means brother in case you were wondering. Still really good stories. I liked the last story about the shrunken heads best. The one about the soup was really good also. These are definitely not stories for children. Some very intense stuff in these stories.

Joel H. ★★★★★


Loved the great description of the blood and gore. Also loved how the characters were developed and the physical description of them. The plot was good, but a little bit predictable.

Tamara D. ★★★★★

The intimate scenes in this book are delicious! They bring you in, hold you, and carry you away. It is easy to follow the scene and feel what the characters feel.


I love that the readers know the secret long before anyone in the book does, yet it keeps it enough at bay to not flip ahead to confirm and find out more details. 


There is much to use to carry on this series, and it is wonderful knowing there is more to look forward to. 


I read this as a stand-alone book, not having read the first, but now I want to know what I have missed out on.

Joel h. ★★★★★

Loved the blood and gore. Great description. Sly is a real psycho.

Amber R. ★★★★★

 This was my first read from this author and I have to say it was absolutely incredible! I was completely hooked from start to finish!

Billie W. ★★★★★

This is a good fantasy read with magic and demons along with some rock and roll.
Good characters that have been fleshed out well and are interesting.
Enjoyable plot and story line that keeps you turning the pages.
Good enjoyable all around read for a first novel.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
 

Catherine P. ★★★

This book was good and extremely well written. The reason I didn't give it a higher score was because the plot is not original. I could foreshadow all that was going to happen. A few things within the book that I didn't think were realistic were there is a complete stranger in her home and he and Megan had a spat, but she responded as if it was commonplace. I also didn't like that Megan forgave Jeffrey from one chapter to the next. It wasn't realistic. And lastly the couple is around 45 years old and she's pregnant. What?!

Adam R. ★★★★★

I received a copy of this to review. When I first started reading this book was on day after work. It only took me a short time to get through it. It keeps a quick pace and just when it has you hooked and starts to reel you in... The first book ends. Look forward to getting the second book and continuing the journey.

Tina. ★★★★★

A great shifter romance that will stick with you. A must-read book that is well written with wonderful characters.

I received a free copy of this book. This review was posted voluntarily.

Elsa H. ★★★★★

Oh my. He's not joking - very twisted and vengeful and even sad (the teenagers in Johannesburg).

I'm always happy to read South African writers' books. Good to see them anywhere! 

The title is very interesting. Valhalla is a suburbish place near Pretoria, South Africa. And heaven to Nordic mythology. And hell, in this book.
My favourite story is Dancing in Valhalla, and it took me back many years with the slang of the 80's. I haven't heard "china" "bra" and "check me" for a very long time!

I found this story of love and drugs and teenagers trying to survive their bad choices incredibly sad and beautiful at the same time. 
Please Mr West, write a novella like this? 

The devil's disciplinary is quite unique, and I thoroughly enjoyed the revenge of the dessert. Overall a good read if you like twisted with bits of reality and horror thrown in for good measure. 

I received a copy of this book from Vibe Reviews and I try to review every book I read.

Scarlet E.  ★★★★★

Finding Faith (A Dragon's Fated Heart Book 2) by Beverly Ovalle is a wonderful story to read. This is book number two writen by a brand new author for me to read and I highly recommend this story to all.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book

Madhu  ★★★

The dark knight leads a merciless army to challenge the king. As they pass from one town to another, they kill, burn and destroy everything. 

Kizzie is a barmaid who lives with her mother. When she hears of the invasion, she is not sure if she should leave or stay. Who will influence her most -

- her mother who is leaving. 
- her love, the stable boy, who is leaving. 
- the mage, who has helped her on more than one occasion, but is leaving. 
- or an old rowdy swordsman, who is training her to use weapons, but who is staying. 

A twist towards the end adds a new dimension to the story. 

An adult fantasy for light reading. 

Rating - 3.5/5

Lyn ★★★★★

This author has stayed true to twisted horror and still weaves a plot into it.  The thought of combining the realtor and TV producer has me shaking my head...DO NOT want to wait for the next series.

Billie W. ★★★★★

When everyone wears a masque, anyone could be a killer
In a future where everyone wears a masque, no one needs a phone, a credit card, or any ID. The masque itself is everything to everyone.
But as exquisite as a masque might be, it can’t keep you safe. Nothing can. Nothing will.
And when everyone wears a masque, anyone could be a killer.
Now it’s up to Chief Inspector McNair and his team of dedicated experts to find that killer. They must uncover the secrets and lies that dwell inside every beautiful masque. And they’ll stop at nothing until they find the truth—no matter how ugly it turns out to be.

This was a very interesting read for me.
I like the idea behind the plot and story line with the masque of what it hides.
Really well written characters that were interesting to read about and follow.
Interesting world building and history behind the story.
Even in this futuristic story you still have the levels of society with the masque for everyone.
Really enjoyed reading.
Recommend reading.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Vi B. ★★★

Futuristic fantasy romance! After the apocalypse, life is dull and boring for Faith; until she sees her sister, Hope, taken by dragons. Dragons! She sets off to find her, while someone else follows her.

A good premise and story. The romance was lost too soon to hot and heavy sex. I was just getting to know the characters when the book ended. (Didn't read first book in series so that could have caused the disconnect.) Would like to read another book by the author. 2 1/2 stars.
Voluntarily read ARC for honest review

Ingrid V. ★★★★★

A story that could have just happened .....

Nate and his half-sister Ruby grow up with their grandmother because both parents are unable to raise them. Life is hard and they don't have much, but they do have each other. Nate also continues to care for and around his sister when they are adults. Nate has managed to stay on the right track and has started working for the police.

Ruby disappears from her house and Nate is convinced that she has been kidnapped. He does everything he can to find her back, but he must also properly carry out his work as a police officer; he has just been promoted to detective.

A story with strong personalities and very realistic. Growing up in a youth with poverty and where drugs and alcohol are a habit leaves its mark. I could empathize with Nate's life and his fight to be and stay good. Sideways there is also a romance between him and his police partner. 

Ingrid V. ★★★★★

Wow, what a well put together story that made me shiver!

Natalia wants a better life for herself than on her family's farm. Together with a friend from the village she goes to Italy to work as a waitress ..... at least, that's what they are promised. Instead, they travel to Turkey with a few young women and are sold to a man and forced into prostitution. Natalia does not lose her will to fight and looks for opportunities to escape. If her girlfriend is forced into an abortion and dies as a result of blood loss, the limit has been reached for her. She manages to escape and she goes back to her family. She keeps looking over her shoulder, afraid of retaliation ...... and rightly so ...... her sister is kidnapped and Natalia will save her at all costs.

How many women has this happened to? Trafficking in women is perhaps one of the largest "markets" that criminals engage in and earn a lot of money at the expense of women. Great to read how one of these women turns against these criminals and overcomes!

Thank you for sharing this story. I highly recommend everyone to read this book. The power of a woman is clearly evident in this, despite everything being done to her.

power of a woman is clearly evident in this, despite everything being done to her.

Mick D. ★★★★

In this world, everybody wears a masque and couples of decades may never have seen each other's actual face, or children their parents'. Inside those masques are several 'integrated circuits' that make you smarter, wittier, better informed, trendsetter. It took me a while before I really got all of this and it could have been explained a lot quicker and efficient than it's done now. About 1/3 of the book before the crime 's committed and the investigation starts.

I liked the story and it is a good concept, but the book would have benefited from a strict editor. Because there are too many sidetracks that divert from the story itself. I love those background and love stories about the characters, but I think it better to limit it to a few main actors than do it for the whole cast. As it stands now, it clutters the story. I wouldn't want to be the one to wield that axe because those stories are adorable.
The manner in which the investigation is conducted also raises several questions. Their main procedure seems to be: lock up your suspect and accuse him/her of being the killer, whether or not there's any evidence or likelihood.

Also, that little side story about the barn with extra-dimensional power is totally out of place in this setting. However, it may be an excellent premise for another book.
I received a free arc and this is my honest review.

Travis p. ★★★★★

This was an interesting and fast read. The main character, Oshin, dies very early in the book. She becomes a zombie yet still retains some of her memories and thoughts. She can tell she is losing herself and fears that soon she will be a mindless zombie. Oshin quickly learns there are worse things in the world than zombies. Oshin also discovers that she can even make friends with other zombies that have not completely turned. This was a pretty fast paced read with a very interesting concept. There are quite a few surprises and nothing is what it seems. Heroes might be villains and villains might be heroes. I was a little nervous near the end because I thought it might end in a cliffhanger. The book ends without a cliffhanger and there is a nice epilogue.

Julie W. ★★★★★

Damn, this was not what I expected and it was so good!

In a future where you have to earn as much Node Points as you can in your life to be comfortable in your afterlife, we follow an unlikely bounty hunter and a young rebel as they struggle and learn and ultimately try to make the world a better place.
I really liked the author's style and immensely enjoyed the story. I would love to read more about this world.

Tamara D. ★★★★

This book tugs at the heartstrings. It is so full of darkness, but with enough light to keep you reading. The trials of the young woman in this book are horrific, and her fellow people suffer worse than she does. How people can treat others like this astounds me. If people would read this book and understand that it simply doesn't matter what packaging we come in, that we are all the same underneath, the world would be a much better place! 

There are times in this book that I would like to strangle the author, and yet others that I want only to hug her, and cry with her. Astrid Jane Ray has a way with words that allows you to see and feel the emotions of her characters. 

I would like to see her beta team and her editor catch the numerous small mistakes that made me reread many sentences though, which is why I didn't give this wonderful book full stars.

Gchat M. ★★★★★

Elena swings between angry defiance and indifferent acceptance, when her captors continuously abuse her. She is often filled with a thirst for vengeance - for all the pain caused to her loved ones. The enemy is the powerful black army and its ruthless leader. Life, however, gifts Elena with something greater and now she cannot hate the one side, nor belong to the other. 

A poignant tale of love, hate and suffering - for a mature audience.

Adam R. ★★★★★

Again once I started to read this book I quickly read it. Once again right where everything comes to a boiling point the book ends. I can not wait until I pick up the third one.

Eubanks ★★★★★

This author has stayed true to twisted horror and still weaves a plot into it. The thought of combining the realtor and TV producer has me shaking my head...DO NOT want to wait for the next series!

Joy h. ★★★★

Raised Smart was a book that was obviously written by an author passionate about his subject matter. As a parent, I can definitely relate to Dalton's Smith desire to raise his daughter to the best of his and his wife's ability. He offers wonderful advice that can be implemented during pregnancy and throughout the life of the child. I appreciate all the effort Dalton Smith has taken in presenting his ideas for raising a girl. He definitely gives sound advice for everything from nutrition to ways to instruct children.

At times the writing was a bit stilted and in a few cases the wording was repetitive, but overall I would recommend this book for a father (or mother) who was looking for advice on how to best help their daughter (or even son) develop into her (or his) best self.
 

Kelly j. ★★★★

I have not read book one yet, so I don't have to read book one to really get book two.

The cover of this book is bright and stands out and I like it. 

The book starts off talking about main  character rayah getting tortured and is testing her fast healing. The book also talks about the gods of love, wrath and Kalison, three brothers who have to fight in the God realms a the winning brother will face there father kalsoton the god of destruction.

The book was good but I think I need to read the first book,  then read this book again. The book was also a easy read and hard to put down. Look forward to reading more  from destiny. I give this book 4/5 stars.

leilani A. ★★★★

It was a really good book. It was interesting, new, different! It sucked me in pretty quickly. I also liked how after you find out who the murderer is, the author takes the time to tie all the other bits of the story up.

I would have given it 5 stars had there been a little more explanation/story/lead up to some of the romantic pairings.
 

Leonara g. ★★★★

Reesa and Xander (our MCs in this adult novel of shifting POV {an unintentional but effective pun}) are complex, engaging, horny, intelligent and quick witted (and handed and footed). Did I mention horny? We learn at the beginning that they are each on missions of personal import when they approach a small town from opposite directions planning rest before continuing to destinations 60 and 100 miles beyond the town, still traveling in opposite directions. I found this suspicious. 

They have a strong attraction as soon as they meet, and our author wastes no time in developing that attraction into lust, and revealing more about her characters' backgrounds and what makes them what they are during this novel. The descriptions of their mindsets and actions as they initially tease, titillate, taunt, and tempt each other are so realistic and engaging that it is very easy to appreciate and sympathize with their feelings. 

This book was a "maintain focus, click next page as quickly as possible" read. Any further descriptions of their interactions and development would be unfairly spoiling for new readers. Suffice it to say that the villainy introduced in the preface will, of course, play a part, and there shall be an HFN, and the saga shall continue, but not necessarily with the same MCs.

I read this second book in the series without reading the introductory volume. I figured out that I had missed part of Reesa's (with certainty) character development. You should already know that I truly enjoyed this volume. I went back and grabbed the first volume, read it and am now rereading book two.


If you've read this far, I suggest that you look at the cover and try to figure some things out about the Tiger in the title. I tried and failed, but the process was fun. Is the tiger male or female? Is it colored black & white, or black, orange & white, or is an albino? Is it Siberian, Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, South China, Bali, Caspian, or Javan? What's it's approximate age? All will be revealed in the text.
 

Marty G. ★★★

I liked the story and it was definitely worth reading. This is in spite of the way the story is presented, so kudos to Joan Wallace for keeping me interested to the end.
The chapter headings provide a time frame for the story but the constant to and fro from August to September was clumsy and unnecessary. It created constant interruptions to the plot, and not in a good way.
This is book 3 in the Kate Cavanaugh series. Not until Chapter Eight did this become clear. That's when Kate's business operation is first mentioned. I haven't read the first two books so was unaware of the existence of 'Cavanaugh Investigations and Inquiries'. Since it's pretty important later in the book, it would have been nice to have this explained much earlier. Especially when it turns out Kate's fiancee, Renato Lopez, is a policeman on leave from Miami PD. The fact that Renato and Kate have an easy relationship with the FBI, even when they're supposedly on holidays in France, is a stretch. Again, it appears the FBI relationship was established in the earlier book(s) but I can't believe their involvement in this (simple) murder would be warranted.
Character names are important for continuity. Jimmy Chan is a bad guy. Cousin James, frequently referred to as Jimmy, is just a naughty boy who also happens to be a British MP. It's an easy fix.

Scarolet E. ★★★★★

Destined (Circle Book 1)by M. A. I. Murray this is a wonderful story. This is book number one in this wonderful series writen by a brand new author for me to read. I highly recommend this story to everyone.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Jules ★★★★★

This book is exactly how fantasy books should be. I found myself immersed in this strange new world, hoping for more and more adventures. The end came way to soon and I'm now eagerly awaiting the next book. If you like fantasy, read this!

Tamara D. ★★★★

A love story for the ages. A young girl finds a boy in trouble, takes him home to help him get better and survive. Best friends, they eventually realize they love each other, and will do anything to stay together and keep that love alive. Many hardships come their way, but their love stays true. I'm saddened by where it ended, but only because I want to know what happens next

AIZLYNNE ★★★★★

Well thought out world, though could use a little more explanation of some things (i.e. what the different classification of supernaturals mean) This is an urban fantasy set in our world where supernatural beings are still in hiding. It is also a second chance, slow burn romance. The romance is very sweet. Elijah is very much a paladin type in that he believes in law enforcement whole heartedly and can't imagine a situation where they won't be able to save the day. Freya knows that there are elements of society that the supernatural enforcement will not be able to take down because she grew up under the care of a criminal organization. I really wanted to slap Elijah at times because of his naivete. He is a bounty hunter that is surprisingly clueless about the workings of the black market. I would have thought he'd have more dealings there. Overall, a great first book in a series. Can't wait to see where the story goes next.

Jack k. ★★★★★

This book is a concise summary (almost a checklist) of how to prepare for an interview. The audience is primarily recent college graduates (although the book would certainly be useful to anyone preparing for an interview for their first serious job, or for returning to the workforce after a period of absence). The main factor that distinguishes this book from similar books is its succinctness. This is a book that one would download a few days before an interview and use as a "study guide" or "checklist" for preparing for the interview.

The book covers three types of interview: face-to-face, phone and video. At a high level, the principles of face-to-face interviewing are timeless, and this book does a fine job of summarizing them. That being said, I personally found the sections on phone and video interviewing more interesting, as these forums are newer, and the techniques are less well-established. As one interesting example, the author suggested renting a room at a hotel in order to make sure the background for a video interview is professional looking. Other interesting comments included some tips on face-to-camera contact, avoiding swivel chairs, and making the same effort to dress for a video interview as you would for a face-to-face interview.

The last two chapters of the book are 1) most common interview questions and 2) most common interview mistakes. These chapters are written in the same concise style as the rest of the book, providing more of an outline than a detailed discussion. That being said, the list was spot-on from my experience - including such key points as knowing the company, not trash-talking your previous company, and the like.

Now, some comments on what the book is NOT. First and foremost, this is NOT a book for someone experienced in the workforce. While it does an excellent job of providing a "study guide" for the individual starting out, it does not touch on any of the complexity of a more senior interview. More specifically, it does not talk about creating interview presentations, it does not address aggressive or hostile questioning, there is no discussion around legal issues (for example, the complexity of interviewing with the competitors of your former company), there is no discussion of strategy for the typical C-level "chat", and so on. This is for someone's first serious job-hunting attempt, not for the experienced professional.

Additionally, this is a short and succinct book. It is NOT a book with scripts, or instructions, or stories of interviews seen by the author, or role-playing examples, or the like. As I mentioned earlier, it basically a "study-guide" or a "checklist".

ABIGAIL S. ★★★★★

I was very sceptical to read a fantasy type book as I usually read romance. But from the onset I was captivated by the tale of Kaia and Klaus and the story unfolding about the heirs.

It is amazing how Hayley Reece Chow manages to mesmerize you from page 1 and every fact you read ties in till the very last page. Nothing is said by chance.

I can absolutely relate to the character of Kaia that is depicted through various stages of adolescences and coming to realize that she is meant to have such a powerful gift. The moments of doubt and bullying the character experienced just made Kaia so much real for me.

The plot of Odriel's Heirs speaks touches on various genres as you experience fantasy, coupled with a love story unfolding and you also have these epic battle scenes for those readers who love such reading.

I am thankful that I was given an opportunity to reach such amazing work and definitely cannot wait to read what lies in store for our heirs.

GCHAT. ★★★★★

If you think it's all about music, there is the conspiracy.

A 'disastrously-hopeful darkly-comical' read.

TRINA H. ★★★★★

I'm a big huge giant fan of all things supernatural/paranormal, and this book did not fail me! I especially like that rather than being one ghost story, or even multiple stories in one location, there are multiple stories taking place in multiple locations!

I'm not easily scared, so I was frightened by these stories, but I was intrigued, and I did spend most of my reading time on the edge of my seat.

GCHAT. ★★★★★

Alex wakes up to the fact that she is a zombie and her parents are missing. Luckily, she has Sam, her best friend, to help her out. Will the teenage detectives find the missing parents and solve the zombification mystery. A 'happy halloween' read.

BILLIE W. ★★★★★

When Alex wakes up after the worst food hangover of her life to find out she's dead, the spinach truly hits the fan.
With the help of her best friend, Sam, the two must discover why her Halloween costume is more authentic than she'd like this year, not to mention trying to figure out why the heck her parents have disappeared.
The clock is ticking.
Because if she doesn't find the answers soon, this Halloween will be her last.

This was most definitely the funniest zombie story I have read!

Very funny plot and story line.
Engaging and fun characters.
Really enjoyable and different halloween tale!
Quick read and highly recommend reading!!

I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
 

LYNDA A. ★★★★★

I absolutely loved this book. The author beautifully weaved a story about a child with special needs. Add in a love story between Greg and Georgia who have instant chemistry. I am voluntarily leaving a review for Amazon

AIZLYNNE. ★★★★

I didn't know the level of steam I was getting into with this book. It's high. This is definitely an adult romance. That being said, the story line was quite original. I haven't read anything with a similar magic system and found it quite enjoyable. The relationship between the main characters is believable, which I find hard to achieve with love at first sight/fated mates romances. What was surprising was that the antagonist became a sympathetic character fairly early in the plot and I found myself cheering him on. Overall, it was very entertaining, though steamer than I prefer.

LYN. ★★★★

Here they go again....Sly and Dahmer together seems impossible but she's done it!

REESHA R. ★★★

This book was the most okayest fun romp into a realm of torture and despair as could exist. The plot itself intrigued me: A teen girl desperately needs to discover power within herself before she turns a certain age, or else she will suffer a terrible fate. The complication is she does find that power, but it doesn't align with the legally accepted powers of her society. This is a wonderful analog for anyone currently struggling to find their place in the world.

However, I'm not sure why someone would take this book seriously enough to loan their emotions to it. It reads like an unfinished draft, and more than just a proofreader missing a few typos. There are awkward descriptions all over the place, characters constantly lick their lips for some random reason, and there are confusing word choices littered throughout (using the word heaving instead of standing, or the non-word ice-cycle instead of icicle, as two of a couple dozen examples). There aren't actually a ton of typos, (I can forgive the slip of a finger on the keyboard for goodness' sake,) just really odd word choices that threw me out of the story. This book is not immersive at all.

But I think maybe that's part of what kept me reading. This was a very fast paced, quick read, that gave only the most important details about the world it is set in. If you're going to drag me through an unedited manuscript, at least make it quick and leave out all the world building I'm not going to care about because I don't even care about the main character. It was nice, in a way, to read a book that was more like an outline instead of a bloated epic fantasy. There was not one scene in this book that I felt wasted my time.....except the very first scene.

The biggest turn-off this book has is its opening scene, which begins with gratuitous, surprise, unrelatable torture. There is no content warning in either the description of the first book in this series, or this one. There is a heck of a lot of torture throughout the book. Now don't get me wrong, the torture scenes are well written and relate to the plot after the first one. But the opening scene I saw someone being tortured, whom I didn't care about and didn't know, and it made me feel apathetic towards torture. Which is not the feeling I want to have when sitting down to read. Reading is supposed to make me more of a human, not less of one.

This needs to have a content warning on it, both for those who don't wish to stumble into torture scenes where every detail is explicitly shown, and for those who are looking for an intense experience where the main character's life echoes their own pain. Help a reader out and tell us exactly what we are getting into. It might just be what we are looking for.

PATRICIA N. ★★★★★

I loved the book read the whole book in one evening. It was very interesting. Don’t want to give way the plot but loved that it showed how far Cosmina ‘s father (Eric) would go to protect his daughter and how hard it is to let are children go out into the world with out worrying. I loved most of the characters. Fast paced and intriguing great read. I can’t wait for the next book to come out to see what they are up to next.

BILLIE W. ★★★★★

Amazing gem of a horror read here.
So suspenseful and I could not put it down.
Wonderful well written plot and storyline.
Adore the characters and how they were fleshed out.
Reminded me of early king and Koontz writing.
Really enjoyed this and hope to read more from this author.
Highly recommend reading!!

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel; this in no way impacts on the content of my review.

GCHAT M. ★★★★

There is the cult that owns everything in town, including people's health and safety. There are the black monsters, that kidnap people after dark and drag them to underground labyrinths. Michael finds himself in the middle of a violent melee, when he visits his grandpa's place in Minnesota. Will he be able to overcome his dark past and help others or will he become a victim himself.

This adventure has loads of action, with some horror, religion and alien technology thrown in for graphic effect.

ALYVIA H. ★★★★★

I received an ARC copy in exchange for a review. This story was amazing. I honestly couldn’t put it down! This is a great start for this author and can’t wait to read more of their work!

TAMARA D. ★★★★

Holding out to actually tell the reader what the secrets of the main character are is brilliant! My imagination got it wrong, but not completely, so I was surprised when I got it all figured out finally. I don't think I have had to use my imagination so much in any book I've ever read.

The next book in this series should be a good one, especially if it answers more of the questions that this book makes me ask!

Love and hate are so close that sometimes they can get mixed up. I was surprised at how well this is portrayed in this book. Destiny Hawkins allows the reader to feel both, for multiple characters in this book.

Good book!
 

HEATHER B. ★★★★★

Really great book. Had me drawn in from the beginning and kept me interested throughout. The story is very well written and characters are well developed. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend reading. (I received this book as an arc and am leaving a voluntary honest review)

ARON L. ★★★★★

I had recently taken a nasty fall in the basement, and I needed something to entertain me while I was resting in bed. This story fit the bill. It read like a Game of Thrones lite, with interesting characters, twists, and a tale that sucks you in. The author has a pretty good grasp on world-building and it was easy to imagine the fantasy setting.

Readers take note: The ending definitely leaves it open for a series. Also, be prepared for blood and headless corpses and the like.

TAMARA D. ★★★★

This is an Aladdan style book, with mythology brought in. I enjoyed the way that the author empowered the heroines of this book. The women are strong, independent, and make a colorful group to follow on a journey.

I enjoyed this book.

TRAVIS P. ★★★★★

This is an interesting read. Michael, the main character, is a young man going through a lot of guilt over the death of his father. Michael was involved in an accident that resulted in the death of his father. Michael's mother decides Michael should go visit his grandparents. Everything seems normal until he gets to the town out in the middle of nowhere. The town is under control of a religious cult. No internet. No cell phones. People driving around in white vans constantly watching. Michael is told not to go outside at night because of monsters that roam the town. Michael has a childhood friend named Rebecca that lives in the town. Rebecca's mother gets taken by the monsters and Michael and Rebecca do everything they can to get Rebecca's mother back. There is definitely a Koontz feel about the story. There are a lot of gross scenes, especially the second half of the book, but no nudity. Michael does contemplate suicide early in the story and the cult is a religious cult so religion is discussed so if that's something you can't handle you have been warned. The ending suggests a sequel. The title also suggests a sequel.

HEATHER B. ★★★★★

Really great book. Had me drawn in from the beginning and kept me interested throughout. The story is very well written and characters are well developed. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend reading. (I received this book as an arc and am leaving a voluntary honest review)

JANE L. ★★★

I thought that it was an interesting book that would appeal to a very young ( 12-16 ) demographic. There wasn’t really much of a plot, and there was little to none character development. I feel that if some of the spelling and grammar errors were fixed it would be a much more enjoyable book.

JACK K. ★★★★★

This is a solid, fast-paced, high-fantasy story with a bit of a "Dungeons and Dragons" feel to it. Readers who like fantasy stories with strong female protagonists and a lot of detailed action will enjoy this work. As one specific example, if you liked “The Deed of Paksenarrion” by Elizabeth Moon (in fact, if you liked anything by Elizabeth Moon) you’ve got a good chance of liking this. I rated this as 4.5/5 (solid read, a few rough edges).

Disclaimer before I go on: I received a free digital ARC for this novel. However, both the decision to post a review and the contents of the review are voluntary and my choice alone.

Short summary: The young heroine Kaia is the first-born of an Odriel Dragon Heir, and (as such) has the magical power of making fire. This power is to be used to kill zombies (called the Lost in the story). This power is pivotal in this alternate-world history because the demon necromancer Nifras is evoking the Lost to bring evil to the land. Through a series of adventures (some grim, some less so), including storming a castle, watching her father being killed, being kidnapped by a necromancer, meeting dragons (good ones and bad ones), spelunking through a cave, working with (two) magicians, searching for an enchanted sword, AND playing a major role in two battles; Kaia develops emotional fortitude, resolves a jealousy issue with her twin brother, and develops a lasting friendship/romance with another Odriel Heir.

What I liked the most? The battle scenes and the training scenarios are detailed and well-developed. There is a very strong sense of realism to both. Not only are detailed actions (kicks, lunges, etc.) described; but Kaia gets tired, she drips sweat, and she loses strength to the point she can’t make fire. This is VERY refreshing in comparison to many novels in this genre, which often seem to have the hero/heroine swinging a sword effortlessly for scene after scene! In the same vein, descriptions of training sequences are FAR more detailed and realistic than is typical for the genre. (In a generally serious adventure story, there is even a brief interlude of some amusing fight scenes in Chapter 5, where Kaia barrels her way through a set of inept guards.)

This story is really fast-paced: This story is a complex trilogy packaged in a single volume. The pace is fast, the style is swift, and the story just gallops right along. As a positive feature, the reader is unlikely to get bored! As a negative feature, it is unusually easy to fall behind or get lost. This book falls into the category of a book that is read once to figure out what is going on, and then flipped over and read a second time to immediately thereafter to understand the details.

Many characters and late introduction of some key characters: There are a lot of characters in this story, and they come at the reader fast. (The first two chapters introduce 18 significant characters, for example.) Additionally, some of these characters have several names/titles (for example, Kaia’s father, Tam, is the Guardian Dashul). Furthermore, there is significant late introduction of key “good guy” characters (for example, the Maldibor in Chapter 7, and the magnus Dorinar in Chapter 18). If the reader isn’t extremely attentive, it is possible to “lose sight of the ball” and be attributing actions and thoughts to the wrong character.

What I struggled with the most in the storyline: Kaia is bullied in one way or another throughout a good fraction of the book. Some of this was justifiable (being bullied as child for being younger, being exiled by her village for burning a child as a child, etc.). Some of this was (unfortunately) consistent with real life (being treated negatively by "villagers" after saving their "village" is a painful real-world experience experienced by many military and police). HOWEVER, after some point, it seemed too much. Bullies go after the weak. Keep in mind that this young women was trained as a fighter and can shoot fireballs from her finger-tips. Bullying her would seem akin to bullying a velociraptor!

What I also struggled with (yes, this is somewhat the reverse of the above point, but bear with me): There are a set of scenes around the kidnapping of Kaia from Summerbanks (which are an attempt by Lord Conrad and Valente to suborn Kaia through seduction). At this point in the story, Kaia is portrayed as having a significant self-esteem issue. If we take as given that Kaia does have a self-esteem problem (justified or not, see the previous point about bullying a velociraptor) it would seem that Valente would have been MUCH more successful in his machinations to suborn Kaia by pushing on her self-esteem issues. She breaks free really fast (WAY too fast in my mind). It would have been much more realistic for Kaia to get far more deeply mired in this manipulation before breaking free.

Other smaller things that I struggled with: Everybody’s going to pile on me for this, but I didn’t like Gus (the dog). First, his presence reminded me too much of “Disney Princess” stories that always include an animal companion (Kaia is many things, but a "Disney Princess" is probably not one of them). Second, I found his “puppyish” nature to be dissonant (either this is a military working dog, thus shouldn’t act like a puppy; or this is a pet, thus shouldn’t be a core part of a storyline with this much action). Last, but certainly not least, Gus was portrayed in the beginning of the book as an essential companion for a Dragon Heir (to break them out of the rage of fire). HOWEVER, in the last and most significant battle, Kaia must leave Gus behind, so he wouldn’t get hurt.

JULES ★★★★

I liked this book. It follows a princess who gets abducted, manages to escape and finds lots of friends ans mythical creatures along the way. I liked that there are so many strong female characters and will definitely read the next books in this series.

VIET T. ★★★★

Well written and kept me reading. Unusual take and it came off well. Well worth reading.

TAMARA D. ★★★★★

What Heals the Heart by Karen A. Wyle is a heart-warming, entertaining, well-researched tale of a young doctor, a matchmaking Jewish widow and a courageous woman with a secret of her own. The story unfolds in Nebraska after the Civil War, following Joshua, the doctor, as he struggles to rebuild his life while suffering from traumatic, horrific memories of battlefield surgeries and primitive medical care. This book is not only a wonderful story from America's past, but a great read. Enjoy!

TAMARA D. ★★★

The sensuality of the prose right from the start grabs you and entices you to follow. The poetry thrown in is thought provoking, and wonderful. I could only dream to write like that!

I was left wanting though, with a 12 year gap that was barely touched upon. I am sure there is an amazing story within the spaces that would have enjoyed being told, and that the readers would have enjoyed. I'm used to, and enjoy reading books that have 20+ chapters, and in my opinion, the more the merrier! The more chapters, the more you get to engross yourself in the lives of the characters.

I was not expecting the turn at the end, so that was good.

ELSA H. ★★★★★

Sex, drugs, more drugs, and good music - that was the way of life in the late 60's, early 70's. I almost drooled just at the bands mentioned here!
But Laila and her friends (I use that term very loosely) had me giggling and horrified at the same time. There is one instance, in the dark attic room, where I could not stop laughing. If you don't read this book for anything else, please read it for that scene.

So, sex, drugs and rock and roll - all good at the time and for most it was just a drug induced past. However....when old uni mate Denise commits suicide, she leaves behind a note. And the creepy crawlies suddenly start popping out of the woodwork everywhere. Even in places where Laila thought she was perfectly safe.

Well written, hilarious, with an undertone of mystery that will keep you reading. The characters are brilliant. I think Johnny Depp would be a good choice for Ben, actually...

I received a copy of this book from Vibe Reviews and try to review every book I read.
 

DEBBIE G. ★★★★★

Greg is the parent of a severely autistic little girl name Deidre. He is also a widower and the owner of a successful gym. Although he is extremely handsome, he is not interested in falling in love again or marriage. The loss of his wife was devastating and his hands are full with his little girl and his work. But then a chance meeting with a young woman (Georgia) hits him like a ton of bricks. He hasn't had this kind of chemistry since his wife. But unfortunately their meeting was not on a good note and Georgia is not interested in "hooking up." She knows how men are. She is annoyed that she has this kind of attraction to someone. She just needs to work her two jobs and make enough money to pay her bills and eat. The last thing she needs is a man. So why can't she get Greg out of her head. This was an incredibly well written, beautiful story. Two people just existing every day. Can they find a way to support each other's needs? I whole heartedly recommend this book. Certainly deserves five stars plus.
I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and this is an honest review.

LYNDA A. ★★★★

Can two complete opposites make a relationship work? Ryan works hard to prove to Lucy that he is a mature adult worthy of her love and can fit into her sophisticated world. I am voluntarily leaving a review for Amazon.

SHWETA A. ★★★★★

What starts out as a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, quickly turns into a thrilling adventure.

With a very different yet distinctive writing style, this book will appeal to not only young adults but to fans of paranormal genre too. What I really loved about the book was that though it was divided into 3 plots, each one was connected very beautifully and flawlessly. The plot lines were easy to follow and a pleasure to read.

I intend to continue reading the series.

I am reviewing this book out of choice.

TAMARA D. ★★★★

A book that effects our status quo about professional athletes. An athlete who cares so much about his team, their performance and the outcome of the season tries to get his head on straight and meets a lawyer almost 10 years older then himself. He's a passionate, feeling type man who has his feelings hurt easily.

This lawyer happens to have a smoking hot body and also be friends with this star athlete. Unfortunately, the lawyer also is affected by stereotypes and the perceptions of others when making decisions about her personal life.

Sex drives both of these characters, but they have no communication between them about the relationship, so we get to know the inner thoughts and feelings and worries they have.

This is an enjoyable reading experience.
 

KRISTIN Y. ★★★★

Wow-I, really, enjoyed this book. I should mention, that I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, nor any by this author, before. I went into it, slightly concerned it would be a typical, formulaic romance and it, pleasantly, surprised me! Ms. Redford kept it moving at a good pace, while keeping it heartfelt( and hot). I read long into the night(& early morning) because I wanted to see how things would play out. A quick overview: a lawyer who is acquaintances with a younger professional hockey player ends up running into him in a secluded cabin area while he’s recovering from his hockey season. They both start to see each other differently and develop amazing chemistry. (The tension was palpable!) Then, they have to come back to their city, everyday lives, friends, etc. and decide if they'll continue seeing each other and how that will happen or if it should happen. The main characters were interesting and she addressed the whole age-discrepancy in a relationship, in a way that spoke more to maturity/life phase vs. stressing the number gap, as many books with a woman older than the love interest do. There was, also, the issue of one being a public sports figure, while the other was in a field dominated by “book smarts”. I found the characters’ thoughts to be believable and honest. The story was emotional, but, not sappy. The end wrapped up a little, too, rapidly, for me-I would’ve liked more insight into the characters’ experiences with how things were between them, at the conclusion of the book. How they addressed some of the previously mentioned issues. Still, it was an enjoyable read and I’ll be looking at the previous books in the series!

JULIE W. ★★★★

This was a fun read. A new view on the zombie trope. I was laughing so much, when the main character devoured her veggies! Don't expect anything scary. But if you like zombies, read this novella.

JENNIFER P. ★★★★

I was given a copy for an honest review. I wish I could rate this in different parts. Base story is a 4 although it seems to end abruptly and leave parts hanging. Cora is definitely vicious. She's also all over the place, hard to figure out what her personality is. If you don't like colorful language and very adult situations then it may not be for you. I am very conflicted on this one.

CHRISTI G. ★★★★

The Melody of Three was not a quick read for me. It took me a while to get into the rhythm, especially in the parts devoted to Rein. Aside from that, I enjoyed it. It has humor, epic adventure, a good story and some nice plot twists. I must confess, Higgins had me very intrigued. This is one of those books that I will be reading again in order to savor the little nuances.

LYNDA A. ★★★★

This is my first book by H M Gooden. It is part of a series. I haven’t read the first 5 books, but this book is great. Zahara is on a quest on the other side of the world. This story kept my attention and I will definitely be reading more books by this author. I am honestly and voluntarily leaving a review for Amazon.

TAMARA D. ★★★★

I enjoyed this book, I am part of a reading group, and was given this book by the author.

This book has a wonderful storyline, I enjoyed the Supernatural side of the story. "His talent" is quite impressive! (I won't say more, or else I will spoil the surprise!)

I really enjoyed the fact that the woman of this story was given such an amazing talent, and revered for it. The fact that the hero of the story gives her credit for her mind and her thinking is a wonderful way to portray respect. I think that any woman that had admiration of a man like that would fall head over heels for such a man.

I was unimpressed by the editing of this book. There are far too many grammatical errors for my liking.

PAT D. ★★★★★

I received the ARC for an honest review. The fight for the kingdoms has twists and turns as treachery maneuvers throughout the storyline. What is going to happen now? Will the "lost prince" ever win his land back, & which lass will become his queen as he has to use every bit of his intelligence & assassin training to stay a step ahead of the circle. Cant wait for the next book to be available.

BILLIE W. ★★★★★

On New Year's Eve, Cole is waiting outside a party for his wife to leave with her current lover.
Cole's resolution is to make sure his wife sticks to her marriage vows. Since he agreed to love her til death do them part, why couldn't she? His only goal is to make those words come true.
The things he wants to do to his wife and her lover are unspeakable.
This is a violent book. There is a ton of blood. If you can't handle a few chapters of descriptive gore, then this book is not for you. Maybe I should add triggers, but instead let's just call it EXTREME HORROR.

What a brilliant horror novel this is!! I love this authors writing!!
Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start.
Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believeable.
Great suspense and action with wonderful world building that adds so much to the story.
Love the gore and the whole black humor as I call it.
I can't wait to see what the author brings us next!!!
Recommend reading.

I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

KIYOMI. ★★★★

The story is short and fast paced. It is also advertised as such so I knew that from the start (which was good).

I did like the idea of the story but think it is a shame that it could not have been longer because you don't really get to know the characters and I think to much time was spent on the daily activities of the h rather than the world building or interaction between h and H. The H actually came off as a bit of a bully in the beginning. 

Because the story was so short and fast the hook-up in the end between h and H did not seem very believable. So I would give this story 3 starts and might try some of this authors longer omega stories.

TAMARA D. ★★★

James Bond was never a genre that captured my attention. This was a decent enough book, I simply didn't get into it like I do other books, so it took me a long time to read.

If you like spy books, please take this as my thumbs up, if you don't, well... the choice is yours.

The main character is well developed, and the supporting character has good charisma.

Thank you goes out to the author, I have read this book and agreed to write a review for her through an online site.

GCHAT M. ★★★★

The temple, under pastor John, continues to control everything in town. The monsters continue to terrorize the streets. The other leaders of the temple are trying to oust pastor John. The key to everything lies in a alien artifact. Will Michael be able to uncover the mystery of the artifact, while keeping his family safe.

What is new about this sequel, is more of the graphic action.

NINA S. ★★★★

I admit that it was the cover that attracted me to this book and a part of me did expect a totally different story. The blurb also did not give me much to go on. Not that I’m complaining. I do like surprises. But not every reader can be that adventurous. I am not always that adventurous myself.

So as fascinating as the cover may be, I can’t help thinking how ill-suited it is to the story contained within this book, and that it’s making the book miss out on its intended audience. And that’s just sad, because Special was such a pleasant surprise for me.

Hope Goodman lives in a world where normal means having superhuman abilities: the kind that typical superheroes have. And what makes her special in this kind of society is that she’s nothing special at all. Despite coming from an impressive lineage, Hope ends up getting the short end of the stick. She’s born with a rare type of genetic condition—so rare that it was named after the paediatrician who diagnosed her—that keeps her from manifesting any superhuman ability. Nope, not even a teeny-tiny spark of it.

Her mom, however, refuses to give up and is pretty adamant about getting her all possible types of treatment out there. Elle Goodman has her reasons for doing this, and that scene where she finally put into words her deep-seated guilt, is just one of a handful of really touching family interactions in this book that gripped at my heart, poked at my soul, and brought genuine tears to my eyes.

Add to this the kind of treatment Hope gets from school, where she has been dubbed as “Hopeless,” lumped in with the “maladroit” losers, loses her best friend to the reigning clique, and unintentionally inspires a villain’s rebellious ideals. Yaiks! That’s a lot to deal with for a girl of fifteen. And where this book really shines is in how it allowed the old Hope to break apart so that a new and stronger version can emerge. I liked that it didn’t dwell too long on the drama, but instead managed to really dig deep with a few well chosen words.

And although all the sciencey stuffs just made my head spin in an axis not its own, I do admire the diligence that was used in putting them all together in a way that made it all believable to a layman like me.

One thing that didn’t really sit well with me, though, is the in-story book called, “The Hunter’s Curse.” Although it did eventually play a role in the story, I was hoping for a more concrete representation of it. Something that’s not just implied in the characters’ opinions of the book and its movie adaptation (which really felt like wasted wordcount to me), but is instead shown in some way – perhaps a scene, a passage from “The Hunter’s Curse” itself, etc. Just something to make it really exist in the story instead of merely serving as a point of comparison.

So, does Hope eventually get her own superpower? Then again, will it even really matter in the end?

Because beyond the superhero stuffs, Special is really about finding one’s truth, voice and courage in a world that tries to stifle uniqueness with blind conformity. And more than the superpowers, the value of being true to herself is the most important thing that Hope needs to learn.

Elle Goodman herself says it best: “Normal is boring. You are special.”

I received a digital copy of this book to review from the author via Vibe Reviews.

JACK K. ★★★★★

This is a fast-paced crime thriller. At a high level, Will Spaulding and Rudy Chelmin investigate the death of Kendra Farrell, a female data-processing expert whose dead body was found in a boxcar. The plot has an unusual number of twists, dead-ends, and red-herrings; but concludes very effectively by wrapping up all the myriad plot threads in a nice package. A solid and engaging read, much along the lines of authors such as Dick Couch and Tom Clancy.

Disclaimer before I go on: I received a free digital ARC for this novel. However, both the decision to post a review and the contents of the review are voluntary and my choice alone.

To begin with, this story was VERY engaging; first, because the story line was unpredictable, and second, because there was a very high level of action. Additionally, the story was complex, with various plots, sub-plots, investigational dead ends, and the like. This is NOT one of those stories that the reader has it “all figured out” by Chapter 4! Or by Chapter 44, actually. Last, but not certainly not least, the story didn’t leave the reader hanging waiting for the next book, but had a satisfying end that pulled together all the various elements into a coherent conclusion.

There were a number of other things to like about the story. To begin with, there was some subtle dry humor threaded throughout the tale. I chuckled when I first learned the hero’s name was Willson Voit Spaulding (and smirked again every time Spaulding’s name appeared thereafter). There was some military humor as well, with subtle jokes here and there directed at various branches of the armed services. There was also some subtle situational humor, of which one example was the pursuit of a white pick-up truck, only to lead to a whole collection of white pick-up trucks at a construction site.

There were also some very solid action scenes. One of the things the author did very well was setting the action scenes within a context that was at least plausible. As perhaps the most dramatic example of this, were the two scenes with RPGs – the first being the destruction of the gas station (and Will’s car) and the second being the destruction of the Judge’s chambers during a plea bargain negotiation (just missing killing Will as well). The presence of the RPGs was explained by the theft of Chinese RPGs from the military museum. (While one can debate why these were not disarmed if they were in a military museum, mistakes CAN be made, and it was a plot tactic that put several RPGs in play in a not-unrealistic way.) Along similar lines was setting the fictional gang M-9 as the originator of much of the violence. M-9 seems to have been modeled on the real-world M-13, with some changes made appropriate to the storyline. Again, this kept the action grounded in real-world crime, thus giving the story a solid sense of realism.

Now, I had some quibbles here and there.

I was not comfortable with the level of nepotism. Chief Arthur Spaulding (Will’s uncle and adoptive? father) is a key figure in the story. At various points, Chief Spaulding arranges special things for Will Spaulding. At some point this started to bother me. At a high level, it seemed inconsistent with Will’s character (and it also somewhat weakened the moral fiber of the “good guys”). While I liked the “father-son” chat in C-7/C-8, the frequent inclusion of Chief Spaulding helping Will in one way or another (with some of these assists being borderline legal) started to get disturbing.

There were a couple of places where I think reality was pushed too hard to make the storyline work. More specifically, after the bank robbery in C-24, the criminals manage to escape, even in the presence of four officers/agents. Hard to believe that they’d be so incompetent! Another issue was around Will unlocking and searching Alter’s apartment without a warrant. While his position on the case would most likely allow him to enter Kendra’s apartment or cross crime tape (as he did several times) entering the apartment of a boyfriend (whether a suspect or not) would seem to be illegal without a warrant. There was also the bit about puncturing a Camaro gas tank with a knife, which I’m skeptical about (drill yes, knife? At that angle?). Last, but not least, Cheryl seems more like a 1950s idealized female than a real person (in my opinion she sticks out quite a bit in contrast to the other more realistic female characters in the story).

Finally, there is one thread that I can’t decide if it is unrealistic or a subtle shooter’s joke, but I’m inclined to the latter. More specifically, in C-44, Chelmin shows pictures of four dead individuals (all killed with a perfect head shot) to elicit information from one of the criminals that wasn’t shot. Two of these individuals were killed with perfect head shots by Chelmin with an unmodified .357 pistol at ~200 yards during a moving action (C-33). Hmmph! (The other two were shot under better conditions and somewhat sneaked under my reality-wire). I went back and forth on this, but I’m inclined to believe this whole “head shot” thing is a subtle shooters joke (as supported by various semi-humorous comments throughout the book about these two kills).

SCHWETA B. ★★★★★


Though this is the only book I have read in the series, I was amazed by the vivid imagery created by the author. The deserts, the cave, the fae realm and more.
Apart from the plot I simply loved the way the author could make me feel, see and taste the environment around me.
Another thing that sets this book apart is the ease with which Zahara accepts her role as the savior of her family and moves ahead to fulfill her purpose without knowing what will come her way.
All in all I'd say a wonderful read and I'm quite sad that I did not get to read the first five books in this series.

This review has been written by my personal choice.

GCHAT M. ★★★★

Glimpses into life in Alaska. The story about the bear and the seal hunting are interesting. The reader is allowed to enjoy the narrative, without much comment or judgment by the author.

kaye ★★★★★


Holy hell! Christy blazes through on a flaming inferno, kicking ass and taking names, riding on the wings of vengeance and busting the gates of hell wide open, melding this bad boy together seamlessly. A tumultuous whirlwind full of unsettling mishaps and unpredictable circumstances, catapulting those churning emotions into play, hooking you from start to finish. One wild action packed, hard hitting, pulse racing, heart pounding, adrenaline pumping, nailbiting, block busting bombshell, propelling this glittering gem to life spectacularly. Maneuvering through intimidating trials and challenging tribulations, noting the shocking twists and wicked turns, testing our characters in ways they could have never envisioned. Sparks fly as drama, intrigue, tension, turmoil, danger, underlying currents, mounting suspense and nerve racking situations along with a boatload of danger while dodging evil intents, you have one mind-blowing masterpiece. Anarchy, escapades and havoc run amuck, booting this gem into a tempest, bursting it into a hissy with a life-altering culmination. The characters, banter, interactions, charged atmosphere along with relatable qualities and individual traits, blend and flow, transforming into genuinely approachable personalities. The scenes are written with such realism, impressive passion, imagination and unique insight, blasts this sparkling jewel wide open, making the storyline pop. Amazing job Christy, thanks for sharing this treasure with us.

I am voluntarily posting an honest review after reading an Advance Reader Copy of this story

Anie c. ★★★

The idea is good, but I’m not sold on the execution. I was left with a lot of questions, and don’t feel satisfied with the ending. It feels a bit like the author took an idea from one book, a character from that movie, and kinda tried to smoosh them together to get the idea across. The history of the world isn’t really explored, and while I can understand what they were going for, I don’t feel involved in it. It was rough to get into the book, to be completely honest. Now, I’m not saying it’s a completely terrible book. It just needs a bit more oomph. One thing that never quite clicked to me how the system came to be after the collapse. I never quite grasped the hierarchy that came out of the system. They were trying to make non-personal families, and then I just lose the story line in random details that don’t seem to add to the story. I love the idea, dear author, but I think it should be rehashed a few times to flesh out the story a bit more. It seems a bit flat. I absolutely believe this has the potential to be great, and get across anything you are trying to say. I just don’t think it is quite there.

EMILY S. ★★★★★

I love the Native American aspects of this thrilling adventure. Highly recommended

CYNTHIA G. ★★★★

Great book about a BIG mistake and how the Reaper tried to fix her mistake. Great story line and characters. Was hard to put down. Wonderful quick ready that are sure to enjoy - looking forward to next book

CYNTHIA G. ★★★★★

The Royal Occult is set in Victorian England. It is about Asia – a beautiful grey-eyed woman that works in a brothel & Mr. Blond (Evander) – a man that hires her for a week. It involves the paranormal, witches, and mystery. The twists and turns and the unknown are always around the corner.

I loved the way Asia described the other men from the brothel – needing Brandy to quicken their performance – LOL… and when she said that she might experience real pleasure with Mr. Blond – I could absolutely feel their attraction in the words written. They drew me into the story, I felt the pull in my heart too - throughout the entire book.

Asia’s love – although she never mentions the word – for Mr. Blond is so heartfelt at the end I wanted to cry.


I can hardly wait for the next book…
 

EMILY S. ★★★★★

This sequel is a brilliant and exciting continuation in a series that never fails to deliver suspenseful storytelling. Highly recommended.

TAMARA D. ★★

The author graciously gave me a copy of this book for me to review, which I do without bias or judgment.

The main characters of this book are well thought out and the story is not bad. For me, the language is a barrier, because its quite foreign to me. I read aloud with most of the things that I read, and I sound ridiculous to my own ears.

The author seems rather new to writing, as many of the sentences seem rather choppy and there are a bunch of small things that have been missed by the proof reader.

It took me a couple of tries to get past the first couple of chapters, but I got through it, and by the end I was a bit more at ease with the language barriers.

HEIDI M. ★★★★★

I was given the book Broomstick free with the intention that I would give an honest review

Candence and her best friend are away at college. They discover witches, ghosts and Evil.

The book has a lot of potential and I think the book will do well with the YA readers and the Wicca readers. We have drama, suspense, romance and it wraps up without a cliffhanger.
 

Cynthia g. ★★★★

Cadence’s (“Katie”) love for her friend Madison (Maddie) and her extreme like of her Student Advisor Bryce (Tall, Dark, and Handsome as she call him) - as well as her own interest in magic and sorcery - draws her into the ‘Human Study Group’.

Kind of all over the place because Katie can’t decide if she believes in Witches and Warlocks or if the ‘cult’ is only a sex induced threat to the members.

Even being said – I finished this in one day – I couldn’t put it down wanting to know what was going to happen next. And even though I am a ‘seasoned reader’ I enjoyed this young adult college paranormal romance & absolutely LOVED Katie’s choice of music!

JACK K. ★★★★

This is an interesting piece of historical fiction centered on the head-on collision of a passenger train and a coal freight train in Dotsero (Colorado) on January 15, 1909. The “wrapper” narrative is an era-appropriate description of a young woman (Hannah) marrying to get out of Iowa coal town poverty, traveling by train to her new life with her new husband (Ethan McShane) on a farm in Colorado, and being one of the passengers affected by the accident.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital ARC for this novel. However, both the decision to post a review and the contents of the review are voluntary and my own alone.

There were a number of things that I liked about this book.

To begin with, the book had a number of rich descriptions about the early 1900s and the lifestyle of that era. The author did a good job of portraying the cost of items, the mix between home-made and purchased items, the clothing styles, the level of manufacturing, and the like for the era. The author also did a good job of portraying the differences between various classes of society (i.e. Hannah as the daughter of a poor coal miner, versus Ethan McShane as the son of a well-off farmer).

The author also did a good job of dramatizing the wreck itself, both in the details of the actual wreck and its aftermath, and in the details of the various individuals involved. Her descriptions of the lives of the various key individuals (the conductor, the engineer, the nurses, and so on) provides a richer background for the story than just the bare outlines available from the newspapers of the era.

Amazingly, in spite of being a story about a horrific train wreck, the story has an overall optimistic feel.

The author also mentions a personal connection to the story in the afterwards.

However, there are some things for readers to be aware of.

The book has a slow build-up. The first half of the book is focused on character set-up (roughly chapters 1-6) and situation set-up (roughly chapters 8-12). The train wreck itself doesn’t occur until around chapter 13. This can leave readers doing a bit of “thumb-twiddling” around chapter 10 or so.

The book is primarily about the lifestyle of the era itself and the human relationships surrounding the train wreck. It is not about the engineering technology or management of the rail system of the early 1900s. As such, individuals interested in the engineering details (descriptions of the locomotive itself, engine design, track technology, etc.) should look elsewhere.

SCAROLETTE E. ★★

Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers by Christy J. Breedlove is a wonderful story written by a brand new author for me to read. I loved reading this story and can not wait to read more from this author. I highly recommend this story to all.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

TRAVIS P. ★★★★★


This was an interesting read. I had read the first book but it had been a while and it took me a few pages to get into the story since I didn't immediately remember the characters. The story is easy to follow so even if you haven't read the first book you should be able to understand the story. A small town, Stone Hill, has been taken over by a cult. Monsters roam the streets at night and the cult has control over who enters or leaves the town. A few people are fighting to be free from the cult. This is the story of those people. The cult leader has supernatural powers and the group must fight him. There is no sex but there may be language. I would not recommend for children since there is a lot of violence. The book does not end on a cliffhanger but does seem to set up for a sequel. I hope there is a sequel because there are still a lot of questions about the origin of the monsters. There are some horror elements but this is more of a supernatural action story.

GCHAT M. ★★★★★

Sean is a model, suffering from cystic fibrosis. His life goes through ups and downs as he copes with his health, his family, his relatives and his ghosts.

A bitter - sweet read.
 

KAYE ★★★★★

ONE UNBELIEVABLE JOURNEY!!!
Superb! Mary brings all the feels, unleashing this beautifully composed piece of perfection, laying out one arresting storyline and gripping plot, pouring out the heart and soul with on point realism so rich and vivid, wrapping this little fella up seamlessly. Quirky mishaps and surprising circumstances, alongside the intimidating trials and challenging tribulations, noting the startling twists and sleek turns, jolting our characters off kilter, testing them in ways they could have never imagined. Satisfaction is an understatement, exposing such intensity and precision, riding those churning emotions and imparting one heart soaring wonder. Rolling with the drama, intrigue, turmoil, spiraling suspense and precarious situations, along with a boatload of determination, you have one life-changing culmination. Braided, bound and entangled, showcasing the explosive ups and agonizing downs, grounding in it's strength and awe inspiring in it's depth. You feel everything the characters feel, you become part of the experience instead of on the sideline. The characters, banter, dialogue, interactions and charged atmosphere along with relatable qualities and individual traits, blend and flow, transforming into genuine charismatic personalities. The scenes are so colorfully descriptive to give you a full understanding and realism that blend and flows smoothly. Fantastic job Mary, thanks for sharing this little guy with us.

JACK K. ★★★

Frankly, I have significant mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it has a clever premise and some well-executed scenes (particularly in the latter half of the book). On the other hand, the conclusion is disappointing and there are some editorial and structural issues with the writing.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital ARC for this novel. However, both the decision to post a review and the contents of the review are voluntary and my own alone.

The top three things I liked.

The starting concept: The “children” themselves are humans transformed to near immortality by the actions of the “blue orb”. This is an interesting starting concept as it allows for storytelling centered on the interaction of the “immortals” with regular humans. (After all, a lot of the excitement of the Greek myths is pretty much the same thing – immortals interacting with normal humans!)

The tension between the good guys and the bad guy. The “immortals” (perhaps inevitably) are split into “good guys/gals” (Zemty/Usaphis/Mehit etc.) and the bad guy (Ashkulid). The “bad guy” is really “bad”, having gotten into the habit of killing his own children in order to replace them (as they age and he doesn’t). However, unlike most cops and robbers stories, these particular immortals are extremely hard to kill (detached body parts will reassemble and the like) and thus the task of immortal “good guys” chasing and dealing with an immortal “bad guy” is imbued with some significant limitations on just how you get rid of the “bad guy” (no, you just can’t shoot him, stab him, drown him in the sea, or the like).

Historical asides: The origin of the “immortals” permits some interesting historical vignettes to add color to the story.

The top three things I found challenging (note there are significant spoilers in the following):

I found the conclusion disappointing. Of all the places I expected the book to go, having the immortals end up in “therapy” (sponsored by other immortals, no less) was unfulfilling. The key tension in the story is the conflict between Usaphis and Ashkulid (with a distinct focus on Ashkulid’s unethical killing his own children) and I expected something innovative in the conclusion that would pull together all the disparate threads of the story (like his kids figure it out, set a trap baited with Mehit, dismember him, and use his body parts for the foundation of a temple shaped like a pyramid, or something). But no. Therapy.

I found the number of characters excessive. There are 11 immortals in the Gold group, 5 immortals in the Silver group, 3 immortals in the Bronze group (that makes 19 immortals), the two primary characters (Kate and Harmon), a number of committee members who are “good guys” (Omar, Darkling, Randolph), other good guys (McFarland), committee members who are “bad guys” (Brownridge), several supervisors for Harmon, Harmon’s family, Kates family (which turns out to overlap other characters as Kate’s biological father is an immortal), a variety of secondary characters (sheriffs, marina operators, etc.) and many others that I forgot to make notes on. This problem is exaggerated by several of the key immortals having different names at different times in the story (the immortal Zemty is Briggs, Kate’s father, a WW II pilot, Reese (and/or Reece) - and I think had at least one more identity that I forgot to write down). While this genre DOES tend to have more characters than many other genres (witnesses, sheriffs and the like) this still seems excessive.

There are POV challenges: The author switches point of view (POV) frequently. Unfortunately, the author often signals a POV switch simply with the pronoun “he” (no proper name) followed by some action. While the author may be doing this as a mechanism to increase mystery with the immortals, I would debate the success of this strategy (note also chapters like C35 where this issue also appears with regards to non-immortal characters). Unfortunately, with about 30-something male characters in the story; the reader frequently has to stop, backtrack, and puzzle out where the POV went, before moving forward.

MARK ★★★★★

Having never read a Amish vampire novel before, I was impressed by it. With interesting characters and spectacular writing, this had me hooked from cover to cover. Will I read more from this author, yeah, probably

LEILA A. ★★★★

This was a great read, as I already mentioned, it sucked me in from the beginning! Only one complaint, too much vulgar language, especially when and where it wasn't needed.

ALISON. ★★★★

This will be the most unique book you will read this year. The story is built around the idea that there are children of Cain that are still after hundreds of generations cursed by the same curse that God put upon Cain, but those generations have separated themselves from the world not only to be as devout followers of the God in Heaven but also to separate themselves from the world to protect the world. As the story develops you see individuals struggle with beliefs that are the foundation of their lives, some accepting those beliefs unconditionally and others turning toward the world. In the end, the final message could be that we are all made in the image of God and however shattered that image has become, God still has the power to love, heal and forgive.

Who would ever have thought you could have found that in a vampire story?

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