Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Witches by Ednah Walters


Loved it!
I discovered Ednah Walters first book Runes by accident and loved it. Since then I have been a rabid fan!

I love her books each one is powerful and keeps me on the edge of my seat. I read them in less than a day sometimes. I can't seem to put them down. (even when I am supposed to be working on my own stories---sigh)

Although, I do love Torin and Raine I think Echo and Cora are still my favorite. 

This installment in the Runes series is fantastic. It's starts out a bit confusing if you've read Cora's 2nd Book because in this one Raine's father is still alive which confused me a bit at first because he died and possessed Cora in her book. 

So readers beware that if you are Reading both series it may lead to some huh moments. (LOL) In this book we have the usual Norns messing with Raine's head as she and the rest of the gang try to scramble to keep up but still win in the end.

So with evil Norns and good Norns and evil father's-in-law, who turns out to maybe not be so bad after all? (The father-in-law not the Norns-pardon my language but those bi--h's are all a bunch of PIA's) How's a girl supposed to enjoy marrying the man of her dreams? In a freaking castle no less...then to find out that your first time wasn't your first was just mean of those danged Norns!

Of course, the death of her father over shadows her fairy tail wedding a bit. (So Sad) Then there is the way Raine beats the Norns (Goooo Raine) and ends up with a happy for now, after sticking it to the Norns (Ha, take that BI--HES). Until next time...and now I am hooked on her books despite it being a danged series. (We all know how unhappy that makes me. I HATE WAITING.) 

This one is filled with gift giving Goddesses and Evil turned nice Earl's and Dark souls with killer appetites...and a whole bunch of other stuff that make you cling to the pages like they're crack.

For me this was another EPE or 5 Star (as all of her books in the Grimnirs/Runes series have been for me.)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh


All I can say is I don't think there is a single book by this Author that I don't love! 

Singh did it again Rock Hard. This is a story about Charlotte and Gabriel. Charlotte is the best friend of Molly form the first novel in the rock kiss series.

She starts the book off as an annoyingly timid woman who got on my nerves a bit. Only the best thing happened, she healed that is one thing that will make me hate a book a weak female lead. One who doesn't find a way to fix the damage done to her. I HATE THAT... I get it, but I like a woman who finds a way out of the darkness instead of wallowing in it.

We all have to fight sometimes to come back from horrible things. Gabriel is the perfect man and all I can say is sign me up for the next guy like him. Although, he has flaws he faces them when he discovers them and tries his damnedest to make Charlotte happy.

*Sigh* I love the way that they connect and the way that he tries not to hurt her. She'd been traumatized by her one and only boyfriend when he goes cray-cray and attacks her because she broke it off with him. Gabriel is patent with Charlotte and brings her out of her shell with kindness and lots of understanding.

Again *Sigh* I so want a man like him. Although, really I want any of Singh's male hero's they are all dreamy even the dark and deadly Archangel from her angel series...

So folks for me this was a better than EPE or 5 ++++ stars...Love her books.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: A Life Worth Living by Pnina Baim


Copy of this book received in exchange for honest review.

This book was a surprising hit for me. I didn't know anything about the jewish culture and wasn't sure that I'd even like this book.

But I did. Gaby was a interesting character if a little obsessive about Benny and Saar...which from the way they treated her I didn't get. 

She seemed like a smart girl why was she alway allow men to use her.  That bit did annoy me...a lot.

It was interest learning about a very different culture than my own. Although, not knowing any hebrew it was hard to understand a lot of the words which were peppered into the book. I would recommend a hebrew term index to the author for people like me who don't anything about the culture they are reading about. 

In some ways I think her brother was more mature than she was...she seemed to allow every one else to decide what was best for her and the random hook-up when she was dating Hillel was stupid.

Despite these frustrations I still like the book and enjoyed Gaby's journey into adulthood and learning to find a life in a new world. to go from America to Israel had to hard. 

Her friend dying had a profound effect on her life and change it's direction again. It was sad. Her starting a career to help her brother was also very kind and grown up of her.

so for me this one was an EPE or 5 stars (even with the things I didn't like about Gaby's behavior they story was engaging and very much about a girl who was learning to find herself.) 

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: The Jabberwocky by Theodore Singer


This book  was a pleasant surprise. At first I wasn't sure that I would like it much. 

I decided to review it anyway and I am glad that I did. This is the story of Astreus who's family has always had a special quest that generations of his ancestors have basically ignored.

At first the book was a bit slow, but I found myself fascinated by the way he talked of going on this wild quest.

I cheered when he set out to find the Jabberwocky...where he discovers a grand adventure. 

He finds immortal beings, talking-chess-playing-cats, evil wizards who've repressed people, a crazy follower and a letter...about the bridge of dreams.

That part was a bit creepy...and then to come to the end and find the jabberwocky only to be faced with a choice. Nope not telling what it was you'll have to read the book to find out.

So for me this was a EPE or 5 star
I loved it even though it was short. I liked the choice he made in the end too. 

About the Author:

Theodore Singer used to work for literacy programmes and educational development programmes.  He is still an educator, but his current employment means he has to use a pen name.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Kiss of the Fey by Charlotte Cyprus


*Copy of this title received in exchange for an honest review. 

Well I think the author had a great concept and the idea was engaging...but I was a little bored. 

It seemed to take forever to get into the romance of the story. I liked the idea it was brilliant! Only it seemed to start out at an okay pace but then the trip to his castle after he saved her took FOREVER.  I think if the author had dwelled less on this and more on what happened after she was stabbed with the cursed knife and played a bit more on why the sister hated her so much it would have made for a better story line.

It wasn't that the book was horrible it just wasn't as good as I hoped after reading the synapsis. I really wanted to like this book. I kept waiting for the relationship to pick up a bit only it was slow almost to the end. 

Again I did love the idea and I think with a few minor tweaks this story could have been so much better. That said I did like the idea behind the cursed king and the pet dragon. Also liked the curse being broken at the end by their love but this book still fell flat for me. 

It could be so much better with a little work on the pacing and dropping the parts about them traveling. The seashell idea was also excellent. 

So because I loved the idea but was dreadfully unhappy with the pacing for me this book is only a NSGPE or a 3 star

About the Author:

Charlotte Cyprus is a fan of love. She enjoys writing romance and bringing new things to life through fantasy. She lives in rural Pennsylvania and is currently attending college. She hopes to continue writing for many years until she owns a whole grumble of pugs. Kiss of The Fey is her first novel.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Death Wish by Megan Tayte


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

This one was a good read, but...
It was captivating and yet I felt that (Likely because it is a series) the story was a bit confusing and that the information leading up to the discovery that she was a Cerulean was a bit slow. I think these feelings are because this is the first book in the series and we are just discovering who Scarlett is. 

To the book...humm...well we start with Scarlett Blake in the water trying to die...okay not really she was trying to surf with no experience as a way to console herself over what was believed to be her sisters suicide. Only she gets saved by our hero Luke Cavendish.

She's embarrassed that she ends up needing his help and when he makes her promise not to surf again she agrees knowing full well she will do it again. Then he ends up finding out and offers her lessons which she decides to do and so the romance begins...

Then enters a strange boy named Jude. Who seems to be torturing a a graveyard? This guy would have had me running away at every opportunity but she seems to be attracted to him at first. She does however choose Luke and they are good together. One of those couples who just get each other without a lot of work or effort. 

Another thing that bothered me about this book was the way the author sometimes seemed to lose something...not sure what but when Scarlett remembers things it's like thoughts are thrown at the reader in an odd way at times...for me this broke the story a bit. Yet, I still liked the book...oddly.

I found it interesting and the romance scenes between her and Luke were sweet and heartbreaking all at the same time...They both have had a lot of pain in their lives and that was what made the scenes between them sad and romantic at the same time.

Now on to the weird...she helps a deer pass on and heals a boy and then tries to heal a dying man and lastly actually heals Luke but almost dies in the process and in walks Jude (the mystery that surrounds him left me a bit confused.) She discovers from Jude that she is an Angel or a Cerulean who could heal with a light that comes from her hands. The odd boy that she met in a graveyard of all places tells her she is dying and that she will chose death because of her (still alive? but dead) sister...huh not sure where this is going.

The whole story seemed to be leading up to this strange Cerulean reveal which only left me more confused by the whole explanation... Now I will have to read the next book just to discover what the heck is going on because at the moment it feels like I don't know anything about this book...(Which I normally hate...not a series kinda girl. I wanna know whats happening now not later, but I liked the book anyway)

So for me this was an SEPE or 4 stars... because the book ended with such a large portion of the book unrevealed is likely why I am giving it a four stars. (again I hate those wait till next time books. I want answers now now now not later...)

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About the Author:

Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. 'Write, Megan,' her grandmother advised. So that's what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, Megan writes the kinds of books she loves to read: young-adult paranormal romance fiction. Young adult, because it's the time of life that most embodies freedom and discovery and first love. Paranormal, because she's always believed that there are more things in heaven and on earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy. And romance, because she's a misty-eyed dreamer who lives for those 'life is so breathtakingly beautiful' moments.

Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in Robin Hood's county, Nottingham. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a paleontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she's not writing, you'll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.

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