Thursday, January 16, 2020

Review: Tom's Inheritance: Young Adult Arthurian Fantasy

Tom's Inheritance: Young Adult Arthurian Fantasy Tom's Inheritance: Young Adult Arthurian Fantasy by T.J. Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tom's grandfather suddenly goes missing. The only thing that he says is that he's going on a trip. Nobody thinks anything of it until he doesn't return. When Tom starts to worry, a mysterious package shows up from his grandfather stating that he won't be returning. Tom is left with more questions than he had before. He now thinks that his grandfather may be in danger.

While I wished for a bit more with this book, I really enjoyed it. It was very clever and unique. I love how each of the elements are portrayed as worlds in this book. It's brilliant in my eyes! The only issue I had with the book was that it was too short for me. I say that about a lot of books. I love long stories. They are my preference. I do adore short stories as well.

I really loved the wit and wisdom of all the characters in the book. I love that a few of the characters in the book are one of my favorite paranormal creatures. Fairies! I can't get enough of them. I was convinced I was a fairy as a child. I'll leave it at that. The main character was pretty awesome except for a small part of the book where I wanted to smack him. I'm sure we have that issue with a lot of characters we read about.

This book was narrated by Nick Howden-Steenstra. I really enjoyed hearing the accent. I'm not sure if it's his own accent or one that he uses for narrating. I do know that it's very soothing. It made an already enjoyable story that much more enjoyable. I have not listened to anything else by this narrator, but I would definitely be willing to!

While this book was too short for my taste, I really did enjoy it. I am looking forward to picking up the rest of the series and seeing what happens from there. It's unique and intriguing. I should mention that it is a King Author retelling. So to speak. It's still very impressive. I loved the way they spun it.

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Review: Anybody Want to Play WAR?

Anybody Want to Play WAR? Anybody Want to Play WAR? by Tommy B. Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bryce's world changes when he's attacked by a dog that had just got done killing another man. He barely made it out of the ordeal alive. From then, he struggles with facing other people. Including his parents. Not knowing what else to do, he runs away and tries to start a life on his own.

This book needs a LOT of work. The important issue with the book is that some of the descriptions are a bit choppy at best. It's not too horrible, but it is noticeable. Another thing I noticed was the time gaps that aren't really fully explained. It also goes back into the past with no warning at all. I had to reread several passages to figure out where I was.

I just couldn't when any of the characters in this book at all. I empathized with them all for their situations, but their attitudes were not great at all. Starting with the main character. I assumed he was fourteen for the most part of the book. I found out he was actually sixteen. He has such a horrible attitude and no sense of what he's done wrong. If that isn't bad enough, nobody actually listens to him which just fuels the fire and provokes him into making more bad decisions than he already made! It's frustrating! I get that everybody has issues, but this seems to magnify it all.

I have put this book down a lot. That makes me feel bad. I know the author of this book put a lot of work into writing this. I want to say that I feel like it has a lot of great potential. It definitely could use a polish. I also feel like it could be renamed. The name doesn't exactly make sense with the book itself. I assumed it was about a veteran or an active soldier. This is just my opinion. I encourage everybody who wants to give it a try to go for it.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Review: Becoming Human

Becoming Human Becoming Human by Samantha C. Bell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mary is a reaper. For fifty years, she performs her duties without complaint. She hates what she does, and she hates humans. She hits her breaking point when she's expected to start mentoring new reapers. She blows up and terrifies her first charge. As a punishment, she's made into a human to learn the true extent of human nature. She will remain a human until she's learned the lesson she's meant to learn.

I really wanted to love this book. I mean the concept of the plot is absolutely amazing. I loved it. There were just many things I didn't really care for. One of the biggest issues I had was the fluid way time went by that wasn't really clarified in some spots. So I got a little lost now and then. I will admit that most of my dislike is because I'm an adult. Some of it was just too juvenile for me. Don't get me wrong, I understand teenage things. I was a teenager once. It's hard to explain. I will restate that I loved the concept behind this plot.

My BIGGEST issue is that I really could not stand Mary at all. I will admit that I warmed up to her a little towards the end. It was literally at the very end. There were things that she did through the ENTIRE book that just made me want to yell. It was so frustrating! Then there was the fact that she went from not understanding one second to completely knowing about it in all context another. With no show of her learning or figuring it out. It was very frustrating. That and the fact that she had snide judgmental comments through the entire book!

This book was narrated by Taylor Barton. I really enjoyed her narration. She did an amazing job. I especially love her depiction of each and every character. She took the time to give every one of them a voice behind their personality. I know this is a given with narration, but it's not always done properly. I love when narrators nail it as fully as she did.

I was not in love with this book. It was mainly because of my complete dislike of the main character. I will admit that most of the reason I didn't care for this book was personal. I fully encourage anybody who is interested to give it a shot anyway. While I may not have fully enjoyed it, somebody else may fall in love with it. I fully respect their opinion.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: Ice on Fire: Knights of Silence MC Book 2

Ice on Fire: Knights of Silence MC Book 2 Ice on Fire: Knights of Silence MC Book 2 by Amy Cecil
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ice has been given an ultimatum. Kill himself or watch everybody he loves die. He agrees to the plan not giving away he has the upper hand. After taking the person down, he goes into hiding until he can make sure that his loved ones aren't going to be in further danger than they already have been.

I was on edge waiting for this one. The last book ended on an intense cliff hanger. And it just so happens that this one ends on a cliffhanger too. I'm already into the story! I don't need more of a reason to be into it! It's infuriating! I believe this is the third book that I've read by this author. She's incredibly talented. I can honestly say that she will be placed on my instant buy list.

It's amazing how much I admire all the characters in this book. I can't really say I relate to any of them. I do adore them, though. I do wish there was more interaction and dialogue in this series. I also wish that certain scenes and scenarios would be played out a bit more. I wouldn't complain if these books were super long!

I'm a bit disappointed with the narration in this book. Both Mark and Maya Bravo narrated the first book as well. I didn't have any problem with that one. I didn't really have a BIG problem with this one. There were just a few sections where they didn't really sound like they were putting their all into the story. I really think I'm just being picky here, but it did take away from the story a bit for me.

I loved the first book in this series which made me crave getting my hands on this book. It also made me completely devour the book in one sitting. I was excited for it. It shouldn't have really come as a shock to me that it ended the way it did! I need more! I crave more! This is probably not healthy.

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Review: A Thread of Grace

A Thread of Grace A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Claudette and her father find themselves in the middle of Chaos in Italy. Italy has broken ties with Germany. Between the Nazis invading and looking for Jewish people and people attempting to fight them off, many people are forced into hiding. Every day is faced with danger. People find themselves praying every day for the war to end. This story is based on actual events.

I read this for book club. I will be going to the meeting in a few weeks. I really enjoyed it. It was just really overwhelming for me. Luckily things weren't graphic, but it's not hard to realize what's going on. It's not hard to remember all that I learned about the war. I also found the book really hard to understand at first. That changed once I switched to audio.

About the characters. There were really so many characters. It was very overwhelming. There was a little boy who I couldn't wrap my head around. He was glad his sister was dead. He wouldn't care if his parents died. It just screamed sociopath to me. It chilled me. I'm not even going to lie. Claudette was a very passionate woman. I did like her. The rest of them I just got a bit confused over.

I can't remember the name of the person who narrated the audiobook. I turned in the book before I even thought about it. I had checked the audiobook out from the library. She was very good. I felt like I was actually in Italy in the 1940s. It was hard to get back into my surroundings when I was finished listening to the audio every time. It was intense!

I really did enjoy this story. It just makes me sad. That entire time frame makes me sad. I couldn't imagine how people dealt with things back then. The fear they must have gone through every day. It's just a lot to process. It's very great that people write about history. I hold on to the belief that if we keep the memories alive that we won't make the same mistakes again. Only time will tell.

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Review: The Complete Sun-Blessed Trilogy

The Complete Sun-Blessed Trilogy The Complete Sun-Blessed Trilogy by Carol Beth Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tavi is born facing the sun. This is a great honor in her world. What's even more amazing is that she's fully blessed. Something that has never happened before. Even being born twice blessed is rare. People live with the restrictions of their gifts until somebody discovers a way to remove the restriction. An army is built and the government is overthrown.

This is a pretty interesting portrayal of good versus evil. I really enjoyed it a lot. The first two were a little underwhelming to me, but I didn't have a problem with it. I still enjoyed the story. I just felt like it was missing something that I couldn't quite explain.

The author narrated the trilogy. She did a pretty fantastic job. I was very impressed. For a while, I was convinced she was the narrator for another series I listened to and loved. Sadly, I have discovered that she was not the same narrator. I'd listen to other audiobooks she narrates. Even if it's other author's work.

While this wasn't my favorite trilogy of all time, I still enjoyed it very much. I have reviews for each book posted individually. I feel like they are better detailed than this review is. I do better at individual reviews than trilogy/series reviews. I do highly recommend this trilogy for those who like chosen one and good versus evil stories.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Review: Facing the Fire

Facing the Fire Facing the Fire by Carol Beth Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Grays have taken over. Despite all the efforts from the Golds, they managed to overtake the government and change the system entirely. The Golds are now in danger. They are wanted for many different supposed crimes to the new King and Queen. They must stay hidden and find a successful way to shut they Grays down once and for all.

I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I think it might even be my favorite book of the entire trilogy. It held my attention for the entire book. If I could have gotten away with finishing the book in one sitting, I would have. In a heartbeat. There were some things I feel could have been detailed a little bit differently, but it wasn't really anything major. I'm probably being just nit-picky.

I went back and forth on my thoughts on Tavi. She has great potential. She also has a great deal of responsibility on her plate. She's the ONLY person that's ALL blessed! That's a lot to process. There's nobody who can fully understand exactly what she's going through. It's just that she doesn't really process things properly. She also doesn't communicate with others well. She expects everybody to include her, but she wants to do things alone. Yes, the intentions are honorable, but still. I don't want to butcher the names, but I loved the rest of the Golds too. Especially Tavi's love interest. He's so sarcastic. I'm a sucker for sarcastic characters.

The author narrated this book and the first two books. I stated in previous reviews that she's an incredible narrator. I stand by that. If she narrates any of her other books or for other authors, I will gladly pick up a copy of the audiobook and listen to it. She has great vocals. It's amazing how much of a pull she has. She definitely pulled me right into the story.

While I feel like this trilogy could have used a lot more flair and dramatics, I really enjoyed it. I may not consider this one of my favorite trilogies of all time. This book was the best of the three. It definitely hit a lot of the expectations that I had for this book. I was also impressed that I was never able to predict anything in this entire trilogy. I love that I was completely floored with every turn!

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