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Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Review: Worlds of Obsession (Celtic Otherworlds) by Kella McKinnon


Worlds of Obsession (Celtic Otherworlds) is a great book. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Worlds of Obsession had a good storyline, great characters, great dialogue, a great struggle and a good ending. You can’t help but love the characters. The “hero”, Bastien, is a wounded, brooding man who faces a great struggle when he meets Liv. The “heroine”, Liv is a little lost and not sure where she fits in the world. Unfortunately, the road these two must travel is a pretty bumpy one but in the end, everything becomes clear and all the pieces fit together. This book also has great supporting characters and it will be exciting to see how the author writes their stories.

The cover is wonderful and the writing and editing was flawless.

Disclosure: I received a free book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Book Review: Buried Threads by Kaylin McFarren

Buried Threads is not a bad book.  However, it should be noted that in my opinion, this book cannot be read as a stand-alone novel.  Too many references are made to things that happened in the past and those thoughts are not completed in this book.  For instance, at one point, the heroine makes a comment that she is angry about her boyfriend’s child but it never explains why she is angry.  Although I have not read the previous book about Rachel Lyons, I would think this information was probably covered in it.  This was very disappointing because the book is not advertised as a sequel or part of a series. 

Additionally, there was frustration while reading this book because “issues” that are portrayed as being major issues in the beginning of the book miraculously solve themselves without any true insight into the character’s development in overcoming those issues. 

However, if you are fans of the Japanese culture and history, this book will interest you.  The adventure scenes were written well and made it easy to visualize the scene. 

The cover art is beautiful and the book is edited well in the sense that there were no obvious typos, etc.  Other than the fact that I think it should be listed as a sequel or a second book in the series and a note added that it is not a stand-alone book, this book was a good read.

Disclosure:  I received a free book in exchange for my unbiased opinion of the above-referenced book.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Review: The Prayer

The Prayer cover

The Prayer by Jacqueline von Zwehl is an inspirational “nonfiction literary narrative”.  I found the message of this book – “Your destiny is to live a life filled with miracles, shared with your soul mate, and filled with the joy of eternal love each and every day” – to be very good.  However, the writing left much to be desired.  There were no substantive grammatical errors.  My biggest problem with the writing was the author’s tone and frequency to use exaggeration.  For instance, many things were “devastating”, “crushing”.  I found the overuse of this method to take away much of the book’s believability.

My other problem with this book is that I had a hard time identifying with the character.  She writes a lot of about her overwhelming fear, fear of “losing it all”, fear after the 9/11 attacks, etc.  Because of this, I could not relate to her and found it irritating.

Additionally, she uses a friend’s child sexual abuse as the catalyst of her anger which finally breaks her faith.  This part made me very angry at the author simply because I felt that her description of her emotional reaction to her friend’s story seemed fake.

Lastly, one minor irritation is when the author would talk about a situation but not extrapolate on it until much later in the chapter.  For example, “the screaming would wake me up” is not explained until many paragraphs later and you learn that it is her parents’ screaming that wakes her up and then you learn that the screaming is because of the father’s gambling.  Of course, this chapter follows an earlier chapter where she talks about how great her dad was, how he was such a hard worker and how everyone loved him.  To me, it seems like she couldn’t decide how she felt about her father and until this issue was better resolved, it would have been best to omit it from the book.

With respect to the cover, I felt it was very beautiful and simple which perfectly matches the message of this book.

There are some beautifully worded sections of The Prayer and I wouldn’t completely discourage readers from it.  As long as they knew going in that there are some issues.  As I said before, the message is very good but I would caution readers who have a more realistic view to read at your own risk.  

Disclosure: I was provided a free book from Bookplex.  This review contains my unbiased opinion of the book.

Book Review: November Echo



November Echo is a great book.  Although it is short, it had suspense, humor, gritty action scenes and a brilliant story.  I have never read any of James Houston Turner’s other books before and I think this was a great introduction to his work and a great introduction to Talanov.  I will be reading his other works on this wonderful character.

I liked Talanov.  He comes across a bit chauvinistic but lovable.  There were times I wanted to hug him and other times I wanted to strangle him.  I love how this character can make the choices he makes and is ready to handle those consequences from those choices.

There isn’t a lot to say about this book that won’t spoil it but I will say that if you are a fan of suspense and spy thrillers, you will definitely want to read November Echo. 


Disclosure: I was provided a free book from Bookplex.  This review contains my unbiased opinion of the book.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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