Monday, February 23, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: The Mine by John A. Heldt


Received a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review...

This one started a little slow for me. It was a bit bogged down with details for my taste. It wasn't terrible just overly detailed. In a good way, but still felt like I was slugging through knee deep water. Any who, it started with Adam and our Hero, Joel at a diner. They are chatting and working on getting home. I was a little bored when they were in the diner. It wasn't that it wasn't interesting it was, but it felt like it went on forever....and ever.

So our two intrepid young men head out from said diner to find an adventure in a mine shaft. While Joel is headed into the mine for a bit of adventure he gets knocked out after a frightfully scary close call with a rattle snake...yikes! Then he emerges into the daylight to Adam, and no mansion that had been there only minutes, hours, or seconds ago....twilight zone people it was like that.

This is where the book picked up for me. He suddenly discovers he's the past. Sixty years and hello none of his credit cards work...crap, I'd be screwed (never carry cash.) Poor Joel didn't either and only had money from 1996. Not doing him much good in 1941 now was it.

All's I can say  about the guy is that he sure did take this all well and goes train hopping which seemed like fun. 

Grace enters the story though I found the story between them and the other characters including his grandmother interesting. I loved the butterfly effect that put into motion events that allowed a bitter woman to become whole at the end. Any who, after changing stuff he regrets it and discovers he can go home and choses to do so right before the war at pearl harbor. Then the sad tale of a woefully love sick man began, this part to me was again a bit slow and somewhat predictable. Adam informs him he's been gone for only twenty minutes....cause that makes lots of sense, (when he spent six months in the past...nope didn't get that part well I did like the doctor always said its a wibbly wobbly timey whimy stuff.) and so back to the real world where he decided that it was a dream until he searches through stuff in his grandma's things and finds gasp...himself with Grace in a photo. So he goes to visit Katie.

I totally saw this coming...Grace ends up in 2000 as pretty and young as she'd been when they'd fallen in love...awww. Loved that part, cause hello! Die hard romantic here. 

Any way all in all even with the slow bits and the boggy feelings I'd give this one a: 
SEPE or a sorta excellent personal experience. (4 stars)

About the Author:

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews :: The Color of Happiness

By K.P Gazelle   Y. A. Romance (No HEA)


Received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review...

All I can say about this book is WOW.

I began this book unsure what to think about it from the synapses. Yet, after the first ten pages I was hooked. I am not one to like or even think it's at all okay to commit suicide and this girl contemplated it not once but twice in this book. And yet I would recommend this book to anyone because it was amazing...

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a story about true love and learning to move on after a tragic loss. Trust me you'll want to read this book.

This book begins with our slightly misfit character Faith who is bullied at school and at home to an extent by her parents who think she's never quite good enough. They love her but expect a lot from her. This is hard for her with the self esteem issues and being bullied for years causes. (This brings to mind current issues and something I think any parent needs to learn. Be mindful of what is happening at school for your kids, because bullying is happening all across the country and it's brutal.)

Faith manages to not do the horridly selfish thing and instead decides to live.

Enters Alex a jock who falls hard for a girl wearing a what amounts to a Mexican flag...well at least an outfit that has the colors of the Mexican flag, and kudos to her for wearing something that others will ridicule her for because it made her mother happy.

Alex, the goofy and perfect man who is nuts about her and treats her like a queen helps her gain confidence. He shows her that she's always had a backbone. She's just never used it. Alex is good at helping her discover her own worth and does this right until the tragically sad ending of his life (in a fire rescuing her) but we will get to the actual tears I shed over that in a minute (yes, I cried it was horridly sad!! For anyone who knows me it takes a lot to make me cry. It's also RARE for me to absolutely love a story about love that doesn't end with a HEA. And yet I couldn't be angry with the author for this even when I so wanted to be because this end was too beautiful to put into words.)

I did find a few things odd about the book, but they weren't able to stop me from thinking that this book is so gut wrenching amazing that instead of working on my own book (which is coming up to deadline (Sorry readers) very soon, next month in fact) I was reading hers because I was unable to put it down.

The two things that stood out as odd were the summer school thing (I suppose she attended for extra credit because I know she was getting A's that her family thought weren't good enough)and the way her parents were indifferent at some points and not at others. It made for an odd combo

But having said that those things were odd I will say that him dying while rescuing her then the discovery at the end of what he never told her broke my heart. It was very sad. And it made me cry.

And yet her strength at the end, her getting back up with a heart ripped to pieces because he inspires her to live was amazing...just Fabulous.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a story about true love and learning to move on after a tragic loss. Trust me you'll want to read this book.

(I am now a fan of this author and that is saying something that I enjoyed this book so much that I will put any future releases on my immediate to read list.) 

EPE or Excellent Personal Experience or 5 stars...and if I could give it more I would!!

About the Author

K. P. Gazelle has been connected with young adults in some way for as long as she can remember. She's obsessed with coffee, books, and big dreams.

Links for KP Gazelle


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson


Hummm...on the fence about this one. One thing I can say for Wilson's Hopebreaker is that despite this not being a book type I normally read it held my attention. Which any reader knows is difficult for a writer to accomplish. Having said this I do believe that a few more responses to situations of the emotional variety would have made this book much better. I would say too that Jacob (Our Hero) being a 35 year old was surprising as I felt the voice was much younger and it surprised me to discover that he was this age. His thoughts led me to believe that it was a much younger man. Like 19-25 rather than 35.

On to the story, we start with out hero somehow getting caught by the Regime selling amulets to prevent demon pregnancy's. The demons in the Regime don't like this because that's what they are trying to do is get human/demon babies. So they snatch him and throw him into jail. There he finds a boy named Whistler who kinda adopts him, and when there is a rescue afoot for the young teen he takes Jacob with him. 

After they got out of the jail was when the story lost a bit I think. The descriptions were awesome and painted a picture, but there wasn't much emotion behind it. Taberah and Jacob are apparently in an odd relationship that seems to be completely emotionless. Neither character has any reaction to the connection they create, which was a bit odd. (now normally this is where I would put down the book, but for some reason this one still intrigued me. Somehow. The world was interesting and I wanted to know more...) So onwards I ventured to discover that women who aren't "pure" (Women who can create normal babies and everyone thinks are a myth) can't get preggers, but they can have lovely demon babies...strange

After this things get interesting again with escapes of a daring nature and Lots of action, peppered with scenes between Whistler and Jacob, and a few interesting things that I won't tell you about because hello...why would you read the book then.

Oh yay and somehow Taberah is pregnant with his baby cause she's a pure and her amulet didn't work...(I also saw that one coming so this book may have been a bit predictable.)

Finally I got to the ending were they took down a hope factory (this is a drug/substance that keeps the half demons alive) and discover that Teller is a Gasp (nope saw that one coming by his description of the guy) Spy. On to what I felt was a slightly abrupt ending which leads into the next book... so the verdict is strangely a little muddy for me. Liked it and didn't might read the next one to see what happens...

The book has merit and I would recommend it if you like steampunk, but for me it was a :

NSEP or Not so excellent personal experience, or a 3.5 star

Links to book :: : Steampunk Dystopian
B& : Steampunk Dystopia

About the Author :

Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source. He won a TAP Educational Award from Trinity College Dublin for an early draft of The Call of Agon (then called Protos Mythos) in 2001.

His epic fantasy trilogy, The Children of Telm, was released between 2013 and 2014. Dean also works as a journalist, primarily in the field of technology.

He has written for TechEye, Thinq, V3, VR-Zone, ITProPortal, TechRadar Pro, and The Inquirer.


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: The Rocker who Shatters Me by Terri Anne Browning


Terri alway seems to make you love her characters because even though I hated that this one started off with Natalie wanting to punish Devlin. I felt she was being very unforgiving and she wouldn't even let him make it up to her after months of him trying to get her to let him. I mean I get he screwed up and she felt like he didn't care, but she was acting a bit childish over it really. Then she has sex with him and tortures him with the fact that she got the morning after pill to get rid of their little mistake just to torture him again...(Shaking head in bewilderment at this woman's childish behavior...come on.)

Anywho...jump to the middle and they are together on the tour and he is trying to make it up to her and she bets Marissa that she can make him pay like she did. I mean really??? After what him betting made you feel you want to do that same thing to him...sigh. Okay so far from this review you'd think this is a bad review...but it's not. Although, these things annoyed me greatly. I still loved the book and for me it was another grand slam. 

They get together, YAY...and then Devlin discovers that whoops she didn't take morning after pill and is preggers. Oops, guess that didn't go as planed.

He gets upset and says something stupid, but fixes it and we have another happy ending for a Rocker, who was a bad boy until he met his match. Love it.  Ready for the next story...oh ya, forgot to mention this one ends with an almost kidnapping and a injured Rocker....Hope it turns out okay...and the Rocker lives to get their HEA.

Guess we all have to wait and see...

Rating :: EPE or Excellent personal Experience. 5 Stars