Friday, June 27, 2014

The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro (Review)

I received a copy of this graphic novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.I admit, I had my doubts going into the story because I am not a hockey fan nor do I know anything about the sport. I'm very happy that I gave the story a chance. The story is centered around Jeremiah Jacobson (a successful hockey player) and Tom Leonard (a star struck fan)

I have read graphic novels before. The graphics are amazing and fits with the story really well. Jeremiah was flawed, but he was still a good person. Tom was a supportive friend. For a brief moment, I questioned Tom's loyalty to Jeremiah. The author did a wonderful job of writing about how Jeremiah's life was perceived by the world versus how he really lived.

The Hockey Saint had a great story line. I could relate to the characters and the story flowed nicely. I would recommend this story and you don't have to be a hockey fan to enjoy it.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Reign of Malice by Joseph Hendon (Review)

I received a copy of Reign of Malice from in exchange
for an unbiased review.

I read the book description and thought this would be a different type of fantasy. Kevin/Trama is a flawed and dark individual. He's a killer in every sense of the word. He kills for pleasure, he kills for revenge and he kills for the sake of killing. The story is full of violence, blood and gore. There are even quite a few typos throughout the story. Now that I got all of that out the way, I must admit that this is one of the best stories that I have read. Even with all of Trama's faults, he is a true hero.

The author created a magical world filled with colorful characters and interesting creatures. Common enemies forge friendships and find love. The story has excitement, adventure, humor and a hero that you can't help but root for, flaws and all.

I would highly recommend this story and look forward to reading the next book.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Dream of a Vast Blue Cavern by Selah Tay-Song

Book Description

 December 8, 2012
The tale of QaiMaj begins here.

War tears apart Iskalon, a cavernous world of ice, when Dynat, the half-mad King of Chraun, marshals his powerful fire warriors.

His orders: “Make Iskalon burn forever.”

In the aftermath of war, Princess Stasia of Iskalon struggles to keep the remnants of her kingdom intact. Her only hope is a prophetic Dream that may lead to a new home for her people, until she learns of a secret heritage that gives her the power to do the impossible--draw magic from both lava and ice. Using the power of fire, Stasia might change the destiny of both Chraun and Iskalon forever in . . .

Dream of a Vast Blue Cavern
Dreams of QaiMaj Book I

My Review:

I received a copy of  Dream of a Vast Blue Cavern from in exchange for an honest review.

I have so many high praises for this story. I love the fantasy genre. I was engrossed from the opening sentence and never once lost interest in the tale. The life of the "Icers" and the "Flames" were so vivid and detailed that I became entranced in the two worlds. The story was full of complex characters. There were really good ones such as Glace, Lark and
Princess Stasia. Dynat "The Fire King" was the epitome of evil. Medoc was different, he was in the grey area between good and evil. I really hated for the story to end, and I will definitely read the next book.

I would highly recommend this story to any fantasy lover or anyone who is looking for an interesting read.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Light of His Sword (Archangel) by Alaina Stanford Review

I received an ecopy of THE LIGHT OF HIS SWORD (ARCHANGEL) from in exchange for an honest review.

Alyssa and her daughter Samantha are fleeing from an evil demonic cult leader and his followers. Later they meet Gabe and he becomes the protector that they need in order to reach Alyssa's grandmothers farm. I loved the mother/daughter relationship. Alyssa had a strong bond with her daughter Samantha. The story was full of excitement and Gabe was a true hero. I didn't really feel a love connection between Gabe and Alyssa and wished that a stronger romantic relationship would have developed throughout the story.

Pros: The author is a wonderful storyteller and the story is fast paced. The secondary characters Rafi and Mike were wonderful and I would love to read more about them.

Cons: The story and ending was predictable.

I would recommend this story and look forward to reading the next book in the series.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Eternal Redemption by Paul A. Wunderlich

I received a ecopy of Eternal Redemption from in exchange
for an honest review. 

What happens when one's wish for eternal lfe and ultimate power is granted?
Mr. Wunderlich is a wonderful story teller. L├ęssemnos had a wonderful life and a
wife that truly loved him, but he was never satisfied and made a life altering decision. There were times when I felt pity for L├ęssemnos and hopeful.  Eons later he is now King Deathenor and has his dreams fulfilled, yet something is still missing.

I don't want to give any spoilers.
He makes another deal with the devil. The outcome is just as expected, for one who makes a deal with the devil.

I would highly recommend this story and look forward to reading more from this author.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Switching Stations Switching Stories by Christy Santo Review

I received an e-copy of Switching Stations Switching Stories from in exchange
for an honest review.

Book Description
Centuries ago peasants thought blood-sucking fiends lurked in the shadows. They were right.

The vampire, Jay went rogue, rejecting the laws of vampire society, and has been experimenting on
children. Driven by guilt, and facing death if he fails, Captain Ian Porter, his creator, must hunt Jay
down before humanity rediscovers that vampires walk among them.

Theresa, one of Jay's victims, is caught halfway between living and vampire.  Rena, another victim of
Jay's, is struggling to stay alive. And Anna Beth is working out just what happened to her friend
and Rena.

How will Jay be stopped? And at what cost?

I read this and could not wait to download and start reading. I love paranormal stories, especially
vampires. In this story they are called Changed. I was intrigued at the beginning of the story. But
the intrigue died a sudden death. There are so many characters that are introduced in rapid
succession, that I could not develop any kind of attachment to any of them. There are some interesting
tidbits throughout the story, that was different from the standard vampire lore, but not enough to sustain
the story.

I would have loved to find out more about The Elders. The story didn't give enough background.
I wanted to know more about Jay. What drove him to do his experiments? What was he hoping
to gain?

Sadly. After finishing  the story, I still don't know and I am left with more questions than answers.

I found the ending anticlimactic. I expected so much more.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Raven's Blood (Moon Virus) by Cassandra Lawson Review

I received an e-copy of Raven's Blood from in exchange
of an honest review.

I have read many paranormal books, especially about vampires. I can
honestly say that this isn't the same old run of the mill vampire tale. The
author did a wonderful job of adding interesting twists and dimensions
to the vampire lore.

Raven is half wood nymph and half human. She had a hatred for vampires
because they killed her mother. Connor is the leader of a vampire settlement.
The growth and development of the relationship between Raven and Connor was
very well executed. The love scenes were steamy. I love when a strong hero is paired
with an equally strong heroine. The other secondary characters really enhanced the
story. Charles Graham is the ultimate villain. He is the epitome of evil and plays a
pivotal role in the story.

I was entranced in the story from the opening sentence until the last one. The author
did of wonderful job of ending Raven's Blood. Cliff hangers drive me insane. A good story
should make you look forward to reading the next book, because the one you just finished
was amazing. Not because the author left the story hanging and you want to see how it unfolds.

I look forward to reading more from this author and I would highly recommend this story.