Thursday, October 19, 2017

Freedom's Fire by Bobby Adair @BobbyAdairBooks

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4.6 Stars

The first interstellar war, a generation ago, left humanity enslaved. Now humans fight in the armies of their masters to save themselves from annihilation.

At least, that's what the propaganda insists is true. What the layers of lies keep hidden, is how badly the new war is going for the people of earth.

Now it's Dylan Kane's turn to blast into the heavens and join the battle, but what his masters don't know, is that by putting a weapon in his hands, they're giving him the key to unlocking his hopes of freedom.

When the railgun slugs are tearing through his ship, and the vacuum is sucking the life out of his wounded friends, will Dylan's years of repressed rage turn into enough bravery to make his dream come true?

Sefiros Eishi: Chased By Flame by Michael Wolff

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5 Stars

Mykel LeKym is a crippled librarian, stuck in a medieval-era kingdom where strength is valued over intelligence. While other boys learn swordplay, Mykel is in his home’s library, learning and reading. When he finally comes of age, he is given over to his godfather Lazarus as an apprentice. One day they are on route to the capital to deliver books when everything changes.

The demonic entity Sutyr. John Jekai, a mage-slayer with an unknown grudge against Mykel. Lazarus himself, guardian to eldritch knowledge. These men converge on an unholy vigil for one purpose: The mystical weapon Ifirit. Sutyr wants it, but Mykel bonds to it first, and in doing so activates a secret so deeply buried that its existence has faded to myth. Thus a crippled librarian’s world is turned on its head . . . and the fate of existence itself hangs in the balance.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Shatterwing by Donna Maree Hanson @DonnaMHanson

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3.4 Stars

The world of Margra is a desolate wasteland after one of its moons shattered. Factions fight over resources as pieces of the broken moon rain down, bringing chaos, destruction and death.
Dragon wine is a life giving drink imbued with the essence of dragons. It is what keeps people alive. But the prison vineyard where Salinda works to grow grapes is in jeopardy. Not only does the Inspector, the sadistic ruler of the prison vineyard, make her life and the life of others a misery, he wants to rule the world by hoarding all the dragon wine. But Salinda has a secret power, an ancient gift called a’ cadre’, that may one day save the world.
When the Inspector suspects that Salinda has secrets, she may have to die to protect the cadre from falling into his hands…

Maids of Misfortune by Mary Louisa Locke @mlouisalocke

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4.2 Stars

It’s the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie’s husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt.

Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco’s most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of Madam Sibyl’s clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe his death was suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.

Nate Dawson has a problem. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to believe that Matthew Voss didn't leave his grieving family destitute. But that would mean working with Annie Fuller, a woman who alternatively attracts and infuriates him as she shatters every notion he ever had of proper ladylike behavior.

Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the truth about the murder of Matthew Voss in this light-hearted, cozy historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco.

Maids of Misfortune is the first book in M. Louisa Locke’s historical mystery series, see also, Uneasy Spirits, and Bloody Lessons, Deadly Proof, and Pilfered Promises, as well as the novella, Violet Vanquishes a Villain, and the short stories based on the characters from the novels, which can be found collected in Victorian San Francisco Stories.

After the Cure by Deirdre Gould @scullerytales

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4.2 Stars

Eight years ago the December Plague swept through the human population of earth. The Infected were driven mad by the disease, becoming violent and cannibalistic, killing even those closest to them without hesitation. Six years ago, the tiny surviving community of Immune humans found a cure, and the Infected began to wake up and realize what they'd done. And what had been done to them. Over time, society began to rebuild itself. Now it is ready to judge those responsible for the Plague. Nella Rider, the court psychologist and Frank Courtlen a defense attorney are trying to establish the truth. But more depends on it than they know. They race to find the answers they need before the fragile remains of humanity vanish for good.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: Infected Planet by Dennis Yates @YatesScribe

Synopsis: A trio of outlaws are released from an orbiting prison and sent back to their home planet. The catch? Find the president's missing son, and you’ll be pardoned by the Federation.

Welcome to the desert planet of Lazarus, the hottest place in the universe inhabited by humans. It’s not only the heat that will kill you. Lazarus is also home to a spectrum of deadly creatures who have clawed out a living in the harsh desert, and they don’t take kindly to visitors. Not to mention the gangs of vicious bandits roving the land in search of anyone to kill and steal from.

As descendants of tough pioneers who first colonized Lazarus -- Jade, Ramos and Brand use their skills and knowledge to navigate a world now being ravaged by a zombie virus.

Review: This is a zombie story, need I say more? I went in knowing this and so was not disappointed. Neither should you if you choose to read this and please do if your a fan of the genre. Yates' writing style is fairly cliche due to the natural of zombies. There are some points in the narrative that really confused me. I think Yates is trying to be funny, witty, comedic? If so, he gives no indication by the narration or dialogue that the character is be wise ass. It just comes off weird. For instance, two characters quickly jump from trying to kill one another to politely introducing themselves.

Not a lot of instances of this but enough for me to mention to you dear reader. I can over look these hiccups and just embrace the zombie chase and I believe so could you. Check it out if the genre is to your taste...for brains.

A Game of Greed and Deception by John Mathews

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4 Stars

When the charming Tammy Worthington takes her wealthy husband and step-daughter on a holiday weekend in the Colorado mountains, she has purely sinister intentions. Her husband is killed in a tragic auto accident, just as she had planned...and now her pending fortune awaits her.

Or does it? With no body to be found in the wreckage, he just becomes a missing person, and Tammy is seemingly trapped inside the cabin with someone stalking her from outside. Could he possibly have known what she was up to and planned his revenge?

What ensues is the macabre mystery drama of a sick and psychotic woman driven by her soulless greed who quickly turns from the hunter to the prey. The scenes include deadly traps and medieval torture devices, hidden doors and rooms, and an underground labyrinth of torture chambers that are not for the feint of heart.

This is a scary thriller so devious that it is set up to fool the State police investigation. Can you guess what is really happening in this great murder mystery? This deadly game of murder and deception will keep you guessing until the final scene delivers a real shock that you won't soon forget.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Division of the Marked by March McCarron @MarchMcCarron

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4.6 Stars

He’s a book-loving shop boy. She’s a fierce-hearted orphan. After they wake with an ancient mark branded upon their necks, their lives will be forever changed.

For all of written history, on the day of Da Un Marcu, fifty boys and girls across the three kingdoms are marked. Taken to join their brothers and sisters, the Chisanta, they enter a culture of knowledge-keepers, warriors, and possessors of strange and wonderful abilities.

When Yarrow discovers himself marked, he is lost and frightened; until he meets Bray, a spirited girl with whom he feels uncommonly connected. As the two of them become familiar with their new lives, unaccountable events unsettle the peace. A mysterious murder leaves the Chisanta in confusion. Odder still, one of the fifty children never arrives. In the years that follow, more and more children of the Chisanta go missing.

Ten years later, the devastating truth comes to light. The death of a young marked girl is uncovered. Bray and Yarrow—estranged for a decade and now at odds—are thrust back together to investigate the crime. Can they overcome their differences to save the fate of their kind?

Firebolt by Adrienne Woods @erichb3

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4.3 Stars

Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different.
Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.
Now Elena’s in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena’s heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena’s going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.
Teenage girls don’t believe in fairy tales. Now it’s time for Elena to believe – in herself.

The Fireproof Girl by Loretta Lost @LorettaLost

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4.1 Stars

Sophie was abandoned at birth and grew up neglected and abused. Her only friends were computers, until she met Cole Hunter. He became her everything: brother, protector, and partner in crime. 

She believed that nothing could ever tear them apart. Until it did.

Years later, when news of Cole's murder reaches Sophie, she completely snaps. She will tear down heaven and earth to find his killer, even enlisting the help of her ex-military ex-boyfriend.

But the more she gets involved with the investigation, the more she puts herself at risk...


When Cole was nine years old, he watched his whole family burn to death in a house fire. He became obsessed with architecture and rebuilding his life.

Sophie became his secret weapon. Protecting her was his purpose. But Sophie was damaged right from the start, and Cole always feared he wouldn't be able to save her from her enemies or from herself...

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jazz Funeral by Julie Smith @booksbnimble

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4.1 Stars

New Orleans Homicide Detective Skip Langdon just happens to be on hand when Ham’s body is discovered in the middle of his own party the evening before the Fest. To complicate the already murky case, the victim's sixteen-year-old blues musician sister has disappeared, and Skip suspects that if the young woman isn't the murderer, she's in mortal danger from the person who is. So Task One is finding Melody, ambitious, unhappy at home, and determined to break from her family.

As she probes the victim's tangled relationships, Skip finds a Southern family to rival any in Tennessee Williams, including Ham's live-in lover, feisty and swiftly rising star Ti-Belle Thiebaud; his father George, enmeshed with family members in a bitter disagreement over the family's lucrative Po' Boy chain; and Patty, his distraught stepmother.

In this tale of southern kinships gone awry, she's assisted by her long-distance love, Steve Steinman, and her gay landlord, Jimmy Dee. Meanwhile, Melody's dangerous yet exhilarating journey tugs at the heart and raises the pulse rate.

Dragon Airways by Brian Rathbone @BrianRathbone

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4.6 Stars

Lured by ancient magic, a boy with special needs and unusual talents becomes valuable to both sides of the war. Fleeing those sent to capture him, he and his sister board Dragon Airways.

Little Red: an Everland Ever After Tale by Caroline Lee @LoveCarolineLee

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4.3 Stars

She's gone over the river and through the woods, but who will protect her from the Big Bad Wolf?

Rojita is in trouble; all she needs to do is get to Abuela in Everland, but she's being chased by El Lobo, one of the West's most notorious gunslingers. It isn't until she's thrown herself head-long into danger that she realizes the old adage about frying pans and fires applies. She's in desperate need of a protector, and hires the first man who comes along to get her safely to Everland.

Bounty hunter Hank Cutter is more than ready to retire to a lonely little cabin in Arizona, to hang up his gun and find peace. He'll begrudgingly help the reckless young woman get to the nearest train station, because he figures she'd get into even more trouble on her own. But when El Lobo struts back into his life--Hank still has the scars from their last encounter--he knows that he can't leave Rojita at the gunslinger's mercy. Maybe he's nobler than he'd thought, because he's soon setting a trap to save the lovely, impetuous Red. The only problem is that she's still keeping a secret that could destroy his trust.

The Everland series has a Heat Level of 1/5 (suitable for all audiences)