2015 reviews finished… onto 2016!

Just a quick one to let you know the reviews after this post are all from 2016! I’m finally catching up with my backlog of review posts.

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Review: Inked by Everly Drummond


2 stars

Read on December 30, 2015 — I own a copy

Blurb: When Avery Carmichael decides to get a tattoo, she has no idea that she’ll be getting a lot more than she bargained for. When sexy tattoo artist, Brody Duncan, shows up at her door unannounced, Avery finds him hard to resist, but little does she know that she’s in for the ride of her life. The only question is can she hold on long enough to enjoy the ride? 18+ Contains explicit material. Erotic short fiction.

Bookish Things: 26 pages. The cover has been updated since I obtained a copy. The new one is softer than this. I quite like this cover.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.73 Continue reading

Review: Drakhom Taboo II


2 stars

Read on December 29, 2015

Blurb: As far as Bianca Conti was concerned, she’d lost a significant design project for her company because of Devon Slane. Specifically, because of an unfortunate incident prior to their meeting that wasn’t even her fault. Bianca would like nothing more than to bring that arrogant man down a few notches and extract revenge. Devon wanted spirited Bianca so much he declined her company’s bid, leaving her open to pursuit…to bend her to his will and teach her some of his Drakhom skills in bed.

Bookish Things: 27 pages. The cover is the same as the first and third books in the trilogy. Fitting to the story line.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.03 Continue reading

Review: Obsidian by Joshua Dagon


3 stars

Read from December 26 to 27, 2015 — I own a copy

Blurb: Aden has been living the Las Vegas high life with his friends Bliss and Nash. When an alluring stranger disrupts their charmed lives, Aden finds that he must use his own talents to confront a very powerful and deadly threat.

Bookish Things: 45 pages. The cover is plain, but it ties in with the rest of the series. This is the first book of five in the Glamour Stone Series.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $2.83

My Review: 

Well, this 45 page book certainly got my attention.

Psychics, clairvoyants, demons, witches and call girls all writhe about in the sinful city of Las Vegas around our protagonist Aden. Aden sees patterns and had an uncanny ability to sense things about people, like when they’re lying or about to die.

Aden and his two best friends end up getting involved with the alluring stranger and things start to get dicey.

A nice mix of paranormal and mystery, this is a short opening to the Glamour Stone Series.

Review: Fidget


2 stars

Read on December 26, 2015 — I own a copy

Blurb: The death of a small boys hamster bring back unpleasant memories…

Bookish Things: 8 pages. Another of Tony’s short stories that are easily consumed in a short 5-10 minute window.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.85

My Review: 

This is the lowest I’ve rated one of Tony’s pieces. I have read 16 of his novels and short stories, but this one just irritated me to no end. It wasn’t even the story, that was really interesting and I think would have got 4 stars if it weren’t for the repetitive narration of the child.

I just couldn’t get over the repetitiveness and the random capitalisation of words like ‘Get Mad’ or ‘For My Own Good’. I wanted to fix them, and it just threw me right out of the story.

This might be a perfect little tale for you if you’re not as sensitive to editing as I am.

Review: Everflame


2 stars

Read from December 15 to 25, 2015 — I own a copy

Blurb: Long ago, when the earth was young. . . Four ancient beings created man to be the bastion of the earth and its creatures. But when The Great Tyrant came and chased The Ancients away, the world was transformed into a place of fear and isolation. Over time humans lost the connection they had with a world they had been created to protect. Now, deep in the forests that surround Gray Mountain, two bears find a small child that is abandoned and left for dead. They name him Evercloud, and raise him as a member of their kingdom. Teaching him the secrets of the elders, they tell him of the ancient beings that created man and the rumors of their return. Evercloud must now go on a quest to return The Ancients to power. However, in another corner of the land, a man known only as The Messenger travels the land under a white hood, on a mission to prevent the return of The Ancients. We follow the paths each of these men take until their stories collide in an epic battle of good versus evil.

Bookish Things: 260 pages. The cover looks indie made and could do with a professional update. This is book 1 in 4 part series.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.78 and paperback for $17.37

My Review: 

Ever read a book and really liked the plot, some of the characters, and the world, but were so let down by the overall finish of the book?

Everflame is that for me.

It has too many loose threads, appallingly bad editing and is rather long-winded.

I chose not to list all the editing errors in this book, because I felt that I’d remove myself from an otherwise interesting story. There were times that the typos and poor grammar really threw me out of the story, but for most of them, I was able to overlook them after a moment’s agitation. It’s a testament to how bad the grammar and spelling is, when it takes me 10 days to read a 260 page book.

The loose threads included many little things, but the worst was the bear culture that Evercloud enters as a small child. The bears very rarely act like bears. In fact, they speak and act more like humans than some of the human characters. I’d have liked to see greater use of the animalistic bear nature, as well as using some advanced technology.

The idea that a child raised by bears can then enter human civilization and actually pass for a human was amusing. Only in the clearly laughable and utterly unlikely way… I think that too many coincidences and good luck happened for Evercloud and his crew.

Also, the way in which the characters got higher powers was all too easy. Especially when it came to Evercloud and his crew. I really disliked how easy The Tyrant and his Messenger had it. I also wish that the break in the story to cover Edgar’s childhood and development was like being doused in cold water. Things were just starting to get interesting with Evercloud and the reader is thrown into a new story (even though it does tie in with Evercloud’s story – it’s not immediately obvious).

Ultimately, there’s a great idea here, but the execution of it was poor. I wouldn’t bother paying for this, if you’re intrigued, obtain it for free if possible. I won’t be continuing with the series.