Sunday, April 28, 2013

Love Seen From Hell Book Review

Love Seen From Hell
John Emil Augustine

 


 

 
Book Description

 

This rare and honest first-person account looks at 21st century romance, marriage with children, and divorce from a regular guy’s perspective. The colorful and addictive narrative delves deep into spousal abuse, the hopeless place in which a father finds himself during divorce, new beginnings, and his ordeal’s significance in retrospect. John Emil Augustine’s insight throughout, the result of his own tragedy and redemption, is nothing short of eloquence itself written in a very down-to-earth, casual way. This heart-jerking, wisdom-flecked story is a must read for lovers of fiction and non-fiction alike.

 

My Thoughts

 

I thought this book was very raw and real. It discusses John’s life at an in-depth level, from all his failed relationships, to his children, to his jobs. I thought this book was very sad but a very good read, it was clearly John being very vulnerable and open about his life.

 

It also touches on spousal abuse from a male point of view. She was very mentally abusive and it was a lot to absorb for me so it took me a while to finish the book. I found it very interesting to read about these subjects from a male’s perspective. Divorce, failed relationship and abuse, even though in this case it was mental it didn’t make it any lesser form of abuse for me, usually I see a lot of books that are about these subjects from a woman’s view. So it was a fresh look for me.

 

You could see that mistakes were made on both sides but it seemed as if John really tried to make it work but it just didn’t. At the end I just really felt sad for him. I really enjoyed reading about his teaching techniques though. Those were very intriguing.

 

I think John has been through a very long journey and I am glad that he is writing and letting go of all of this sadness and heartbreak. Hopefully now he can have a happy and fully life.



* I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I did not recieve compensation for this review.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Big Announcement About the Syrenka Series

I'm so excited to announce a new addition to the syrenka world. Now you can get The Syrenka Series trilogy plus three bonus short stories all in one place! So if these have been on your TBR list...you can grab all three together and enjoy an additional insight into the minds of the syrenka guys (Kain, Graham, and Brendan).


The box set includes:

Promises (Book One) - A young mermaid is forced to decide between love and duty, and when she chooses wrong, her world will change forever. 

Betrayal (Book Two) - A heartbroken Eviana returns home to find herself with the responsibility of leading her clan into war.

Arise (Book Three) - In the series conclusion, Eviana discovers the consequences of power and sacrifice.

Bonus short stories include-

Cold Feet - Kain witnesses Eviana’s deceit on their wedding day and is forced to deal with the consequences of her behavior.

First Impressions - Although stuck at a boring Council meeting, Graham is excited to meet Eviana and discover why she’s so important for his mentor’s plans.

The Call - Brendan struggles with his feelings for Eviana while trying to fight against the instincts tearing him away.

Buy now at Amazon or Smashwords.

And if you still can't get enough, visit The Syrenka Series website for additional short stories, the dream cast, and more!


Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Diamond In My Pocket Book Review

A Diamond In My Pocket
Lorena Angell
May 27, 2011

 

Book Description

 

 

Calli Courtnae, age 16, unexpectedly breaks the 100-meter world record at a high school track meet and is whisked off to Montana to train for Olympic tryouts. Upon arriving, however, she finds something totally unexpected. Her fellow athletes are secretive, mysterious, paranoid, uncommonly beautiful — and endowed with the same gift of superhuman speed that she now exhibits. The truth, Calli learns, is that she has been brought to Montana to join an elite clan of Runners who train to undertake highly secret missions for the benefit of superhuman kids everywhere.

When three Runners from her compound are kidnapped by a clan of evil terrorists who can kill with their thoughts, Calli is assigned to the team that must deliver a rare magic diamond to the terrorists in exchange for the hostages. Calli is just beginning to accept her new world when it is turned upside-down by a mysterious woman who secretly gives Calli the real diamond, while the team leader is given a decoy. Almost immediately the magic diamond in Calli’s pocket unleashes within her a startling range of supernatural powers and mind-reading abilities. Using her newfound powers, Calli exposes traitors among her team, discovers that the hottest-looking guy on the team believes she is his soulmate, has visions of her companions’ tragic futures, and learns that she alone holds the power to change their futures. While Calli knows that her powers derive from the secret diamond in her pocket, her companions do not, and Calli dreads the fast-approaching day when they will discover the truth.

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I really enjoyed this book,  I think the plot was very unique. I have never read a book that was even similar to ‘A Diamond in My Pocket.’ The title totally threw me for a loop, the book was not at all how I expected for it to be from the title, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a very good read, the characters were strong and on point. I liked the way the story was written, there was a lot of mystery left with the way it was written and I really enjoy stories that are written like that.

 

This book had a little bit of everything, and I don’t think it is necessarily a young adult book I think it could appeal to a broader audience as well. I really enjoyed this story and hope you read more about these characters.

 

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, it’s a very unique read and like I said earlier I think a range of different age groups can enjoy this book.

 
* I got this book for free on amazon and reviewed of my accord. All opinions in this review are my own. I did not recieve comepensation for this review.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Imaginable Book Review

Imaginable
J. Meyers
Fantasy/paranormal
Publishing Date: April 16, 2013

 

 


Book Description

 

Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees.

But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet.

Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers.

And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been
.

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, ‘Intangible’. The writing style was beautiful and I loved the characters, they were so dynamic and so was the plot. As expected, this book pleased me to the same extent. ‘Imaginable’ kicked the adrenaline, adventure, and danger into high drive. Every time I thought they were going to win against evil, something else happened and the plot just kept thickening.

 

I really loved the family dynamic in ‘Imaginable’ I think the author really tapped into the twin vibe and how strong and powerful it truly is. Family is very important and this book shows the true dynamics of it, that was a very pleasant bonus for me to read about because not a lot of the paranormal books capture that.

 

I thought the book was beautifully done and it kept me enthralled until the last second. The plot in this book was much more complex than the first one and I believe that that is how it should be done. There are too many series out there today that just don’t make sense. The books get more meaningless as they go but these characters and the way the author flawlessly writes their stories is the way it is supposed to go. I adore Sera and Luke as well as the rest of them and I will continue to read this series.

 

It is a truly amazing book and I would highly recommend it to anyone.




* I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expresssed in this review are my own. I did not recieve compensation for this review.
 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Sound and the Echoes Book Review and Giveaway!!


 
The Sound and the Echoes
Dew Pellucid
Fantasy/Young Adult

 

 




Book Description



Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law--every Echo has to die, if his Sound dies.

One Sound especially must die. The Prince's Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that! Because after this Sound dies, the Echo Prince will have to die too.

Now, twelve-year-old Will Cleary is about to discover that he is the Sound the Echoes are hunting.

And so begins his perilous adventure into a see-through, sparkling world, filled with spying crystal balls, an eerie fortress of castaway children, a hunt for clues in an ancient book of riddles, and a last-chance escape through a frozen gem-studded lake into a secret land that holds the key to placing the Prince on the throne and returning freedom to the Echoes.

  

My Thoughts

 

I thought this book was truly amazing. I loved the world that the author created. It was truly unique and pulled me right in. This story is completely different from anything I have ever read and I truly enjoy it.

 

The way it was written was beautiful and I just thought the characters were amazing and the plot was genius. I think this book is unfairly overlooked because you have to pay attention to understand the full story and a lot of readers want the story spelled out for them in a simpler way. I however loved the way this one was told. I loved the writing style and I would recommend it to any fan of fantasy.

 

It is a truly captivating, in- depth, action packed fantasy adventure and I couldn’t have asked for more from this book.




* I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I did not recieve compensation for this review.







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The Corpse Goddess Book Review

The Corpse Goddess
Kristi Jones

 

 

Book Description

 

Party girl Meg Highbury wakes up the morning after her twenty-first birthday with one hell of a hangover—and a walking corpse in her apartment. Meg turns to her straight-laced neighbor Armando for help, and together they discover that Meg is a Valkyrie. What’s more, her first duty is to trade places with the corpse.

But Meg is being sent to her Death Duty too soon. In a race against time, Meg frantically tries to find a loophole to avoid her gruesome fate, but while Meg is determined to live whatever the cost, Armando's strict moral principles keep getting in the way of her plans for escape.

Can Meg walk the “right” and narrow path, possibly sacrificing her mortal life, for love? And if she can, will Armando have the stomach to love a rotting corpse of a girl who is falling apart in more ways than one?

 

 

My Thoughts

 

‘Corpse Goddess’ was one of the best zombie novels I have read. I just recently got into zombie novels and this one was amazing. It had everything. It was action packed, had love, true love at that, humor and oh wow some very gruesome scenes.

 

Poor Meg is completely falling apart, literally, her body is becoming a decomposing corpse and she is trying to beat the clock and figure out a way to reverse what is happening to her.

 

I absolutely loved the characters in this book; they definitely came to life for me. I think the author really did something amazing with this book, while some are saying that the scenes are too disgusting to deal with, I thought they were very realistic and spot on. You can tell the author did her research, because clearly decomposing bodies would do that.

 

Overall I think it was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the paranormal. I cannot wait to read more from this author, I think she will go far.



* I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I did not recieve compensation for this review.

Roll Call Book Review

Roll Call
Glenn Langohr

 

 

Book Description

 

A true account of the author's drug dealing past that turned into trumped up organized crime charges over a bad business deal with the fabricator of Custom Craft Harley Davidson's.

Another true account of how the corrupt California Prison Union used terror tactics with then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger relating to the 3 Strikes Law. Harvard lawyer Daniel Morris has since confirmed it with, "A shameful lie."



Roll Call is a true prison story with a cast of characters that include Mexican drug cartels, Southern California street gangs and Hell's Angels all fighting for their piece of the drug culture. In the middle of it all, B.J. is hell bent for destruction until he realizes his destiny in the nick of time.

Add a good detective squeezed out of the loop by an overzealous narcotic detective; a robust prison union trying to call the shots; a handful of drug criminals trying to find their conscience and you have the perfect recipe for a revolutionary uprising, bound by blood, all leaving the reader wondering, who are the real criminals?

 

My Thoughts

 

Ok this is the book I was waiting for from Glenn. He has totally won me back and I am so pleased with this book. It was very long which really pleased me because as you know from my other reviews I read rather quickly and I hate when stories end too fast which was my problem with his other books.

 

I had some problems remembering every character because there were so many but that’s alright that could just be my terrible memory. I really enjoyed the story in this book. He portrayed the story very well, made it comes alive for me. I felt like I was really there.

 

I enjoyed the writing style in this one as well. Great details were put into this book and again I think it is a wonderful thing Glenn is doing by exposing the crime in prisons. I would recommend the book to anyone.


* I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I did not recieve compensation for this review.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Eye of the Storm Book Review

Eye of the Storm: Where Evil Lies
Naomi Paige

 

 

Book Description

 

Evil has come to ravage the Earth. The battle for the souls of man has begun. Who will win?

THE DAWN OF EVIL SERVES AS A SPRINGBOARD FOR THE DECLINE OF THE HUMAN SOUL AND THE INEVITABLE APOCALYPSE OF THE EARTH AS WE KNOW IT. IT IS LEFT UP TO JUST A FEW BRAVE SOULS TO HUNT EVIL THROUGH THE THRESHOLD OF TIME WHERE IT BEGAN IN THE YEAR 1200BC, AND WHERE IT WILL FIND ITS END.

Eric Jonas lived a life of misery from a street kid of Brooklyn, New York to a New York Detective consumed by fear, hate, insecurities, and haunting memories from his past. He had seen more death and destruction than any one person should ever have had to witness in one lifetime.

However, what he didn't know was that evil had crossed the gateways of time, and had planted itself deeply into the minds of us all, so that one day, it may claim the souls of humanity and the earth forever. He had not sensed the evil within him, growing stronger, controlling his every move.

Eric found strength and wisdom through the word of God, and vowed to be an enemy of evil. He swore to hunt it down and kill it. Through a tsunami storm sent by Cain to destroy and cause pain and chaos, which he conjured up with the use of a powerful weapon called the Jagawak, Eric with the Warriors of Light and a few others crossed the gateway of time to the land of Nok, the year 1200 BC, where evil began, and must be put to rest during a great battle. It is up to him and others like him to save us all.

 

My Thoughts

 

I think overall the book was ok and the author clearly had a good plot and it would have been a good story had there not been so many inconsistences. The story tended to jump around a lot when it came to timing. I felt like a lot of the important details were missing in those chunks of time.  I found it really difficult to like Eric as the hero, considering all the domestic abuse that happened. I have read some other reviews and I agree with them, when it comes to domestic abuse there are a lot of factors that go with it. Emotional abuse is one of them and there was a major lacking of that. It just didn’t flow very well for me.

 

I had a hard time stomaching the abuse scenes as well. I feel like this was supposed to be a good versus evil book but I couldn’t quite get that from it. The hero was rather bad in my eyes and the book focused more on the relationship at least that how I feel. I also would have liked to see how they went from having all those problems to being happily married because clearly that doesn’t happen overnight.

 

As someone else has said already it really did need some editing, there were a lot of mistakes.

 

I really did want to like this book and I think the plot itself has potential and so does the author it just needs a lot of editing and attention to detail. Then it could be turned into a great piece.

 
* I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I did not recieve compensation for this review.

Gladiator Book Review

Gladiator
Glenn Langohr

 

Book Description

 

Gladiator ( Prison Killers- Book 3 ) Mexican Mafia in motion...

The author, Glenn Langohr spent 10 years inside the most violent prisons in California on drug charges. He paints the culture into words and takes you on a journey into the belly of the beast where in this instance, a gun tower guard instigates a gang war and uses his rifle to fire unholy justice.

B.J struggles to allow his emotions to leave his prison cell in a search for his wife. Then the struggles to survive prison politics begin where races are segregated and violence and gangs are the calling card. Notorious mobster, Bat, has a hit out on him for not paying street taxes...The gun tower guard Hernandez has a hit out on him for staging gladiator wars and B.J is faced with the problem of a race war in between...

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Ok this book was a little bit better than the last one that I read by Glenn but I am still having a lot of issues. I need a book, I consider stories that are this many pages to be either a short story or a novella. This is not a complete book to me. I’m sorry but it’s just not, all of them have been extremely short and I am starting to think that maybe he should have put them all together and they would have made up a book.

 

Like I said before I like the story, I think it is very informative and he is doing a great thing by speaking out about what happened in prison while he was there. He is exposing who and what is corrupt but I just think it could be done better.

 

I really do enjoy what he has to say and the story he has to tell but I just feel like a lot of the details are missing and there is not enough to the story. It’s just too short for me and the ending always makes me feel like I was left hanging.

 

Maybe I am being too harsh but I really want to  like these book and I would just like to see them improved upon.
 
 
* I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I did not recieve comepensation for this review.
 

Planet Janitor Book Review

Planet Janitor: Custodian of the Stars
Chris Stevenson
Sci-fi

 



Book Description

 

Captain Zachary Crowe and the crew of Planet Janitor Corporation are adept at handling environmental clean-ups and close system jumps to collect precious ores and space trash. The problem is they have yet to complete an assignment without a mishap to add to their not so stellar record. Scraping the bottom of the barrel, Orion Industries contracts Planet Janitor for a clandestine operation that no one else wants, offering them more money than they could spend in three lifetimes. The mission entails a 12 light-year trip to a newly found habitable planet in the Tau Ceti system. The crew will lose 26 years on Earth due to the cryo jump, but that is the least of their problems. What they find on Tau Ceti will rattle their wits, test their courage, and threaten their very survival.

 

My Thoughts

 

Ok so science fiction is not really my favorite genre and sometimes I even have a hard time following it. ‘Planet Janitor’ however was not the case I actually enjoyed this suspense filled novel. It was an adrenaline filled fast paced adventure.

 

From the moment they arrive on the planet nothing goes right. They are faced with some crazy fierce monsters that they are unprepared to battle.

It had a lot of heart and I know the author is going to do big things in the science fiction world if not other genres as well.

 
There were a few unbelievable parts in the book for me, and a few over used alien clich├ęs but I guess that is to be expected and I will forgive it because it takes a lot for me to lot a book in this genre and I did like this one.

 

I enjoyed this book and I hope to read more from Chris soon.

 



* I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I did not recieve compensation for this review.

Race Riot Book Review

Race Riot
Glenn Langohr

 

 

 

 

Book Description

 

The author, Glenn Langohr spent 10 years inside the most violent prisons in California on drug charges. He paints the culture into words and takes you on a journey into the belly of the beast with an authentic look at gang warfare behind bars.

Only for adults...

Inside this story you will find a horrific description of the deadly, 28 minute long blood bath, race war riot at Pelican Bay on a cold Febuary day in 2000...


A penetrating look inside of one of California's most dangerous prisons.
B.J, a drug dealer serving time, struggling to hold on to truth and his faith in God, takes the reader on a never before seen, inside look at a California level 4 prison. The inner dynamics between prison guards, gang investigators and the Warden are on display along with the political climate between races with a war brewing between the Mexicans and Blacks. A piercing account of the process for gang validation into solitary confinement at Pelican Bay's SHU through the eyes of inmates struggling to survive gang wars, in prison drug debts, prison politics, rules and regulations, and ultimately power and control, while desperately trying to find a path for redemption along the way.

 

My Thoughts

 

So this is the second book by Glenn that I have read, overall it was an intriguing story to read about Glenn’s experience in prison. However I did find a lot of issues with this book. The book was very short and had a lot of grammatical errors. I found it very hard to follow and there were a lot of run on sentences.

 

I found that very disappointing because I really like the first book I read by Glenn and I was really looking forward to this one but I am afraid to say it fell short for me. I really like the story that he has to tell and I believe it should be told. He has been through one hell of an experience and I think it should be told to the world. I just think he should maybe get a few beta readers to take a look at his books before he publishes them, that way they can catch these errors and it won’t be a problem.

I really hope he continues to write and share his story, you get better with practice and I certainly wouldn’t give up. Glenn has the talent for it and he has a great story to tell he just needs to polish the work.

 I hope to read more from him in the future.


*I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I did not recieve compensation for this review.