Review: Hold Still by Lisa Regan


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3 stars

Read from March 20 to April 07, 2016, read count: 1

Synopsis: 

After years as a patrol cop, detective Jocelyn Rush is almost immune to the depravity that stalks the meaner streets of Philadelphia…almost. After saving her three-year-old daughter from a carjacking, she ends up in the emergency room—and discovers that Anita, a former prostitute and acquaintance from her old days on the beat, has been hideously mutilated in a brutal assault.

With the help of her partner and Philadelphia’s Special Victims Unit, Jocelyn discovers that Anita isn’t the first victim of these attacks and it looks like she won’t be the last. When the violence hits closer to home, Jocelyn knows she must do whatever it takes to stop the sadistic attacker—even if it means confronting a terrible secret from her painful past.

Award-wining author Lisa Regan’s Hold Still is a captivating thriller that crackles with intensity. Continue reading

Review: Underwater by Julia McDermott


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2 stars

Read from February 29 to March 12, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: After years of guilt over a long-ago tragedy, Candace Morgan is finally poised for success. The CEO of her own women’s shapewear company, she’s about to launch a new swimsuit line—and make a fortune. When she is guilted into loaning her brother a huge sum of money for real estate, she believes she’s simply fulfilling a family promise. In reality, she’s enabling a devious sociopath…and now, she’s roped into the renovation from hell.

For years, Monty Carawan has envied his sister’s wealth. Spiteful and self-centered, he’s convinced that her success came at the expense of his own future. But when the housing market plunges and Candace attempts to disentangle herself from Monty’s mess, her brother’s malicious streak brings the family tension to a dangerous boiling point. Continue reading

Review: Queen of Arlin by T.C. Southwell


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2 stars

Read from February 15 to 28, 2016 — I own a copy

Synopsis:  When Queen Tassin is forced to flee her kingdom on the backwater planet of Omega V, she has no idea that the strange warrior who helps her is a cyborg; the deadliest hi-tech killing machine ever created. Her world has forgotten the technology that almost destroyed it, but then a freak accident damages the micro-supercomputer that controls Sabre, and he is free to take charge of his destiny…

Bookish Things: 214 pages. The cover is amateur but it does tie in with the story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for Free or paperback for $15.00

My Review: 

Queen of Arlin should have been called: Annoying, whiny brat gets saved repeatedly by the cyborg.

Initially, I could understand Tassin’s predicament. She’s been left by her recently deceased father and must stand as Queen of Arlin, but she’s only young (16 or 17) and has few allies to lean upon. This becomes even more dire when the three king’s of the adjoining realms long to marry her and gain control of Arlin and all its land and wealth.

None of the three kings are suitable, and Tassin ends up having to flee her kingdom with a magical warrior (aka a cyborg) who has been charged with keeping her safe.

The adventure the two find themselves on, was quite interesting, the twists and turns that they were forced to take made for an intriguing tale. What really let it down for me was the sheer idiocy of Tassin. I hated her. Every time she opened her mouth I wanted to shake her. That the cyborg, Sabre, couldn’t harm her was the only reason this book wasn’t 50 pages long.

Sabre himself was initially a boring character. When things changed and he started to develop a personality, I began to enjoy the story more, but alas, his slight personality was no match for my hatred of all things Tassin.

I felt that Tassin’s petulance far outweighed even what the most stubborn of teens are capable of. It was gargantuan in proportion and as such has very firmly put me off picking up any of the next books.

A few things I noticed:
13% – …great explosion went go(delete go) off in…
16% – A(t) least she was safe…
35% – “I could.” And 15 lines below it are tabbed in.
There was another instance of this about 70-80% through.

Review: In the absence of Light


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3 stars

Recommended for: M/M romance and erotica lovers
Read from February 07 to 13, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: For years Grant Kessler has smuggled goods from one end of the world to the next. When business turns in a direction Grant isn’t willing to follow he decides to retire and by all appearances he settles down in a nowhere town called Durstrand. But his real plan is to wait a few years and let the FBI lose interest, then move on to the distant coastal life he’s always dreamed of.

Severely autistic, Morgan cannot look people in the eye, tell left from right, and has uncontrolled tics. Yet he’s beaten every obstacle life has thrown his way. And when Grant Kessler moves into town Morgan isn’t a bit shy in letting the man know how much he wants him.

While the attraction is mutual, Grant pushes Morgan away. Like the rest of the world he can’t see past Morgan’s odd behaviors

Then Morgan shows Grant how light lets you see but it also leaves you blind. And once Grant opens his eyes, he loses his heart to the beautiful enigma of a man who changes the course of his life. Continue reading

Review: Prison Nation by Jenni Merritt


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3 stars

Read from January 28 to February 03, 2016

Synopsis: In the Nation, no one is innocent – not even the children born behind bars. Millie 942B has spent her entire life locked away with her criminal parents and countless other inmates. She believes in the Nation, in its strict laws and harsh punishments.

But when Millie is released on her eighteenth birthday, she finds things are nothing as she was taught. People vanish, never to be seen again. Lies cover every word. Trust is as fragile as ice.

And then there is Reed. Born and raised outside the Prison walls, his dreams and thoughts cause Millie to doubt everything she has ever believed.

What is truly worth fighting for? If she pushes too hard, she could lose her freedom. If she stays silent, she could lose herself. The clock is ticking, and Millie must find the truth before it is too late.

Bookish Things: 302 pages. The cover is deceptively soft, the story rather harsh, though still a reasonable YA Dystopian.

Where to buy: Amazon for $2.89 on kindle or $12.99 in paperback.

My Review: Prison Nation is a fantastic idea.

What would America be like if it sealed its boarders and the punishment for crimes (and even suspected crimes) became so harsh that the Nation needed massive prisons, large enough to house thousands and thousands of people?

You can find out, just by picking up this book.

Millie, our female protagonist experiences a significant personal journey throughout the book, but she does start out a little flat. I quite liked how things progressed, but I’d have liked a little more spunk from her early on.

The supporting cast was quite diverse, which was a welcome change from a lot of YA books, however, I was looking for a strong female role model for Millie and that was seriously lacking.

So, so far that’s quite a lot of positives, so why only 3 stars?

Well, the writing isn’t polished. There were a lot of adverbs and adjectives being used, a lot of scenes were overwritten, and could do with a cull, as well as quite a lot of repetition.

The formatting was also off, including sentences that ran together, missing words, added words, the spacing was off in parts and there were even some instances of homophone misuse!

With a hefty edit, this book would be a solid addition to the YA, Dystopian genre. As it is now, it’s an enjoyable read, but it feels unpolished and a little rough around the edges.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of What Tomorrow May Bring, that included this book, in return for an honest review.**

 

AWW2016 review: Assassin by Tara Moss


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ReviewStars-4

Read from May 08 to 12, 2016

Synopsis: Former model turned forensic psychologist and PI Mak Vanderwall is missing, presumed dead in Paris. By hiring a hit man to kill her, the powerful and corrupt Cavanagh family aimed to silence her for good. But after narrowly escaping death, Mak has taken over her would-be killer’s world. She is very much alive. And transformed …

Back in Sydney Mak’s former flame, criminal profiler Andy Flynn is on the trail of a vicious rapist and murderer with possible ties to the infamous ‘Stiletto Killer’. He may have struck before and will certainly do so again. And while Andy struggles to cope in a world without Mak, little does he realise she is on her way back. And this time she’s ready to make her own justice. Continue reading