Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Archangel's Enigma By: Nalini Singh

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Brilliant!

Even though Naasir's thought process was a little odd almost like a animal or child would think very black and white Singh made it work.

Andromeda understood Nassir because of the way she was raised. Her life before she met Naasir wasn't a good one. Andromeda and Nassir had a lot of challenges to face and when she had to go to her grandfathers court for a 500 year term I was like what??? But Alexander the Archangel they awakened saved the day and made it to where she was able to live her life with Nassir. 

I have to say being kidnapped by an insane archangel who thinks she is a goddess wasn't much fun for our heroine...Not at all and the crazy nut who is her troop leader follows her like a cult leader. Ummm, Xi that B-tch is CRAZY so you might want to rethink that whole following her like she was a cult leader...

They end up running head long into the jungle searching for Alexander in a race to save him from the evil Lijuan and he does them a solid by saving Andromeda from the life she would have suffered in her grandfather's court. One where she would be expected to be brutal and cold hearted when she wasn't. It would have broke her I think so it was a good thing she didn't have to serve him...

And the ending with what happened with Illium almost dying nearly killed me!! Weeping real tears in gratitude that he didn't die...but what is going on with him being a light bulb for Rapheal...hummm, I hate that I have to wait till the next book is out for more pieces of this puzzle....

Any who this was another EPE or 5-star read from Nalini...

Monday, September 21, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Ghetto by M. L. Sparrow

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I actually really liked this book. It was interesting if it was a bit slow to get into...but the connection between Sunny and Sin won me over.

It wasn't that the first part of the book, which was about building the world so that you understood what was happening, was bad it just wasn't very exciting. But once she was thrust into the unknown and met Sin things began to pick up for me...

 I found the world to be interesting and I liked the idea behind the whole bar code type identification that it was illegal not to have. I also enjoyed the split she created by having a good side and a bad side of the society. The Ghetto is where they send criminals but they are very black and white about the whole who's a criminal and who isn't. 

If a child is born in the Ghetto they're considered to be a criminal even if they had never committed a crime some because they were not given a bar code to make them legal as is the case with Sin. If a man was starving and stole food once then they were thrust into the ghetto for life. Every small crime or perceived crime by the higher ups was punished by thrusting that person into the world of the have not's which was filled with poverty and danger. It's kinda a recipe you see in a lot of novels with the have's pitted against the have not's but she twisted the plot into an interesting enough theme to keep my attention despite it's having been done before...


Sunny has an incurable disease that is killing her despite the invented Cure-all that they have that fixes the issue temporally each time she takes it... Then you have the normal conflict that brings them back into her world. Sin gets nabbed by the police and she runs in to save him because after all who's going to stop the presidents daughter...and we get the happy ever after for our happy couple and of course they save the day for everyone in the Ghetto who's not a criminal...yay

Most of the romance was sweet and innocent but all in all I  give this one EPE or 5-stars...

Amazon US/Ghetto
Amazon UK/Ghetto

About the Author:

I'm not really sure what to say about myself - my real life is defiantly not as exciting as my imaginary one! I'm currently working in childcare and writing in my spare time. All my life I've dreamed of becoming an author, except when I was little and wanted to be a farmer! 


Besides writing, and obviously reading anything I can get my hands on, my other passion is travel. After finishing college I took a break from education to travel, visiting Mexico, Sri Lanka and, my personal favourite, Japan. One day I hope to be able to combine the two and travel while writing professionally.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: My Amnesia Girl-Spoiled Brats by Marissa Machan

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I don't know about this book...
the beginning for me was hard to understand it seemed to jump around a lot and it was a little confusing for me that you jumped from the Dad's perspective to Vanessa's...

I tried so hard to love this book but I just felt it was lacking something... some parts of the story were good and I did like the way he fell for her head over heals from the start. 

It was nice when they meet and he is charmed despite her behavior and then she falls into the ocean and gets Amnesia and he tells her she's his wife. It was cute at times and a little bit more like a young teen romance than an adult romance. Maybe ages 13-16 would be a good fit for this book...although the faded out sex scenes might be a bit advanced for 13 would fit nicely with 14+ year olds.

I do believe that it needs a bit of polish in order to clean up some of the start at least the first six chapters or so because it was jumping around from one perspective to another. The book wasn't awful it had potential but it just needs someone to go back and eliminate some of the jumping around from head to head and the dialogue in some places needs work. 

It wasn't a terrible read and what other reviewers where saying is true that the romance part was sweet but not really melt your heart good. 

I do think that Michael's thoughts seemed much younger than his age and Vanessa's thoughts were sometimes not expressed well. 

but getting back to the plot...
 She finds out after months that he's not her husband and that she was rich they make up and she is preggers. He asks her to marry him and they end up with a HEA

All in all I give it a NSEPE or 3.5-stars because I found a lot of the enjoyment was lost in that first part because I was confused in several places...

Buy links: 
Amazon US/Spoiled Brats
Amazon UK/Spoiled Brats


About the Author:
Marissa Marchan is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of three. She is also a case manager at the District Attorney's Office Child Support Division in Las Vegas, Nevada for nineteen years establishing, enforcing, and modifying child support orders. She is the author of two children's books, A Magical and Inspiring Story: A Boy Named Ray Book 1, and A Magical and Inspiring Story: And Then There's Haley Book 2. She is still working on the third and final book in the series, And Kayla Makes Three.

She discovered her passion for writing fiction, and her inspiration for the story came from her then-eight-year-old grandson, Ray Angelo. When her sister passed away a few years ago, it's been a constant struggle as she suffered extreme feelings of bewilderment, anxiety, and depression for a very long time. Ray Angelo gave her the strength, courage, and inspiration to move on with her life.

Recently, she ventured into the wonderful world of Romance novels after reading her first romance book while at the doctor's office. She wanted it to be an exciting, yet sweet, series, concentrating more on the wanting and the conflict of getting there, hence, A Spoiled Brats Romance Diaries book series was born.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Numbers by Laurann Dohner

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Numbers is actually two books in one the first about species #140 or Mourn and the second 927 or Hero...

Book 1: Mourn/#140 is the feline male from Wrath's book who's mate was sick because they where giving her drugs trying to breed them...They end up killing her and leaving Mourn alone and angry

Mourn is starting fights and everyone thinks he has lost it but then he meets Dana (Paul the human nurses sister) who also lost her husband to cancer. She is still broken up about it but wants to help Mourn find his happy place...

She and Mourn hook up in speedy species fashion...For me this one fell a little flat maybe it's because they repeated a similar scene from a pervious book or that it was just a little too hum drum but I found that I was disappointed with the story about this couple maybe the focus was too much on their lost mates for a while or something I am unsure. I can't pin point the exact moment this one lost my interest... 

So for me this one was a NSEPE or 3-star read...

Book 2: 927/Hero is the other species from Tammy and Valiant's book the one who kept her safe while they waited on the rescue to come for them. He is shocked to find that Candi a human and his mate who he thought he'd accidentally killed  when they were still trapped inside Mercile was actually not dead.

Candi was kept in a mental institution for  years until her father who put her into both Mercile and the crazy house dies. The woman that was helping him takes her out to murder her only the jokes on her because Candi has a plan to escape. 

She ends up killing the woman and runs right to homeland and Hero who at first rejects her...

They eventually make up after the truth comes out about how she had no choice to do what she was forced to do but it's a bit heart wrenching because they are both hurt by what happened and Hero feels a lot of guilt that he never looked for her and she was help captive...Because she was raise with the New Species from a young age it's interesting that her thoughts and her verbiage is more similar to them than the way a person would talk or refer to things...

This story I loved and do recommend although I would have liked a bit more of the story to be about Hero and Candi I loved the story.

So for me this one was a EPE or 5-star


Since this is a twofer and I loved one and not so much the other and I can only give it one rating on Goodreads/Amazon I will rate this one a SEPE or 4-star     
  

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Shards of Hope by Nalini Signh

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Sigh, she did it again...Another wonderful book from Nalini's Changeling/Psy series!

I can always count on her writing to be excellent because it alway grabs me and takes me on an adventure and this title was no different. 

This is the story of Aden and Zaira two Arrows (if you aren't familiar with her books you won't know about Arrows so I would suggests starting with her first book called Slave to Sensation( I read it 9 times so I really love it and recommend reading if you haven't already) It will help you to follow along with the series and almost all of them are five star reads. Goodreads link provided) 

They are both silent but in imperfect ways and Zaira having been abused as a child was never truly silent...so heartbreaking at times this book because of her inability to see that she is more than a monster as she believes. Yes, she does have possessive tendencies when it comes to Aden but who wouldn't!! My man is just that My man...maybe I wouldn't become muderous but we all have flaws.

They end up saving a child and forming a new better Arrow group by learning from the changelings, which creates a newer version of emotional Psy after the fall of silence that is more normal and likely less homicidal. 

I love the way that Aden loves her despite her flaws and she is willing to do anything for him. Sigh...awe. I love their connection and the way they lead their people away from the darkness that had consumed them for so long. All I can say is more please!! 

Deffo a EPX or 5 star read...can't wait for more. LOVE LOVE her books every series everyone and for me that is hard to do because a lot of times I love a series and hate another but no with her books every single story is fabulous...not found one yet I don't love!! Way to go!