2016 Reviews completed!


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I’m finally caught up to 2017 reviews… and it’s only July!

In 2016, I read 50 books.

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Of those 50, I only rated two books 5 stars. Happily they were both Australian women writers! Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat and The Orchid Nursery by Louise Katz.

The rest of the break down went like this:

  • I rated 16 of the books 4/5.
  • 23 of them 3/5.
  • 7 books got 2/5 stars.
  • I rated one book 1/5.
  • I couldn’t finish one book.

How did you go in 2016? Are you trying to challenge yourself with a reading challenge this year?

Stay tuned for my 2017 reviews coming soon.

Review: Fox Chase by Jeff Young


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ReviewStars-4

Synopsis: Fox Chase- a steampunk short story. There is no polite way to meet over a dead body. But for Kassandra Leyden, who speaks to the dead for a living, these can things happen. Her new acquaintance, Manfred Bremstrung, has one purpose in mind- protect the King’s nephew. Kassandra finds herself working side by side with Bremstrung to protect the young royal against deadly creatures with murderous intent. Sometimes the fox is not the only unfortunate to be hunted. Continue reading

Review: The Snow Owl


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3 stars

Synopsis: Ben thinks his son’s talk of the magical kingdom of Lukana is just typical childhood imagination. But one winter day, when seven year-old Eric sculpts a snow owl in his backyard, he seems to set in motion events that cannot be anything but magical. Now Ben faces the terrifying prospect of losing his only child to a wintry spirit… a spirit that just might be the boy’s true father.

Bookish Things: 11 pages. I love the cover, those eyes are so intense!

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.79.

My Review:

The Snow Owl is a fantasy/paranormal story that rambles and twists in its writing about a young family who experience a rather interesting event.

I wish there’d been more time to explore the events leading up to the climax, I feel there would have been a greater emotional attachment to the characters. As it stands, this reads well but lacks depth.

Review: The Girl on the Stairs


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Synopsis: On her first night in a new house, Celia hears someone on the stairs outside her room.
Someone who can’t possibly be there…

Bookish Things: 9 pages. The cover is apt and a little quirky. I like it.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.77.

My Review:

A great short ghost tale that explores the ghost tropes with an interesting twist. While I had seen it before, I liked the innocent young girl character.

If you’re curious about Tony’s writing and want to read a short story this one is a good one to try if the genre takes your fancy.

AWW2017 Review: A Piece of Time


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ReviewStars-4

Synopsis: A fabulously spooky ghost story from Traci Harding.

Bookish Things: 21 pages. The cover is simple, but keeps in line with Traci’s other short story covers.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.02.

My Review: 

This!

This is how a short story should be done. The story felt whole, the characters real and the conclusion satisfactory yet still ambiguous enough to leave questions.

Tani, our protagonist, made logical choices and decisions, even while dealing with the paranormal phenomenon in the story. It was so nice to see that logical thought pattern.

That the piece also focused on a pocket watch and tied it in so nicely, was an added bonus.

I saw no errors in this piece. An enjoyable read with a great cast of characters.

Review: Rebecca Royce Bundle


Rebecca Royce Bundle by Rebecca Royce

3 stars

Overall I rated this bundle as 3/5.

Bookish things: 43 pages, the cover is just a collage of the four short story covers. Apt, but a little boring.

Where to buy: This collection is no longer available to buy.

My overall review: 

Overall this bundle consists of four short shifter/biker stories. The pace of the stories was fast, the characterisation minimal for the most part, and the backstory almost non-existent.

I liked some of the stories, but others I really disliked. The feel of the bundle was rushed and unfinished, unlike Rebecca’s other polished series, this one leaves a bit to be desired.

Things I noticed:

Unwanted Mate:
12% – …at the very top of least (left) breast…
16% – …are you going to put it (in) my…

Bar Mate:
42% – His (He) adored her with his eyes.

I also reviewed each of the stories within the bundle. Continue reading