Saturday, October 26, 2019

Cranky Author Reviews: Dragon Next Door By Terry


First let me say this was a great book. More than great really...but it needs a good edit. The author mixed up the brothers names in multiple spots which was bad. like when they weren't even in the scene she used their name. Once I might have been okay with but when it was the fourth one it got irritating. 

Two red dragon twins who hide from the world... Tristen was an artist. Being Astray (the artist) led to him finding Kelsie out searching for his art. He finds her in an alley trying to save a man and his son from some assholes. He handles the bad guys before letting her go only to find her days later in the same area looking for more of his art for her photography. They hook up and everything seems great until the other dragons show up...

The author needs to work on her timing because the ending were she gets her powers and Xander becomes friends with the other two dragons all happens way too fast. Although they thought other dragons would hate them they don't. Turns out their parents were just assholes. The part were the rescue Kelsie from the other dragons was kinda funny. I liked how they were shocked by Tristen and Xander's size. I think this scene could have used a bit of fleshing out but over all I enjoyed the book and will be reading the next one 

So for me this was a SEPE or a 4 star read.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Cranky Author Reviews: Archangel's War by Nalini Sighn.


Love, love, love this book...

I don't know how she does it be she always seems to dazzle me even when I see the plot unfolding before I read it.

I knew from the moment Elena started growing things that she was life and she would be the key to Lijuan's demise. Because life always beats death.

Still the emotional connection between Elena and her Raphael is a thing of beaut! I love each and every one of her characters. I would have been heart broken if any of the seven had died. To know that they are all alive after the epic battle between good and evil that raged in the streets of New York is reassuring. Although from a readers perspective someone should have died. Perhaps one of the satellite characters who wouldn't impact them as much as one of the seven. Maybe one of her personal guard or someone from the guild we weren't too attached to—even as I write it—I mourn the loss of this character who lived LOL so maybe not...

Her stories always take me on an adventure and I still have not found a book of hers that I didn't love. She is an excellent writer and I can't wait for more. I was stupid excited when it popped up on my kindle because I'd preordered it! LOL it had been so long I had forgotten. I love the way her two characters love each other and the many many angels and vamps that are their family. 

Each in their own way has won my heart. Now we need a story for Elena's Bluebell or Adohan. Both of them deserve there own love story. And I would love to see a backstory done for Hannah and Eli. I was sad that he was so gravely injured. I can't wait for more from this series and her psy-changling series. 

For me this was an EPE or 5-star read... 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Cranky Author Reviews: The Dragon Kings Series books 1-5 by Kimberly Roth

Ok mini rant coming on....

I sort of enjoyed the first two books in this series despite the many, many, many holes in the plot... Aspen and Sid were good together for the most part. Although Aspen's I hate you, I hate you, nope now I would die for you was enough to give you whiplash.

One second she hates him and the next she loves him without any explanation (or character development) leading to the change. Despite this and many other plot flaws I was kind of enjoying the series enough to keep reading.... UNTIL

Book 3 
Ok here is the rant... Hazel (who's name was Sissy in first two books without any reference—that I remember—about her real name. This made her introduction awkward and confusing at first until the light bulb finally went on and I was LIKE OOOOHH that's Rowen and Aspen's sister NOW I get it.) anywho, she was a selfish spoiled little bitch. After supposedly falling in love with Val on the plain she goes home with another man??? and sleeps with him in the first 24 hours after she leaves the man she is supposed to be in love with??? WTF? I was willing to forgive her for this despite the numerous ways she annoyed me with her I don't do commitment BS... but when she goes off with Paul to try and have sex after finding out Val was a dragon—no she doesn't actually have sex with him, but it still shows she's spoiled and a cheating bitch—I was done and almost didn't read long enough to find out she only kissed him. 

Her need to use men to get over her supposed hurt from a summer love gone wrong was fucking ridiculous. Yeah I get it, love thrown back in your face sucks but using people isn't okay. Not for men or women. Stringing them along and acting like they matter then basically treating them like crap proves she is a shit person and nothing else. I really hated wanted her to die kind of hated her. When they gave this supposedly ominous prophesy that didn't make a lick of sense and said she might die, I was like good. That's fucking great. Val deserved so much better than her. 

On to Book 4 

I loved Rowen and Skye they were so cute but by the end of the book I was over the whole she can't love him bit. Then it was like oh here I can fix it... Not that I minded that she was able to love him but I felt like this needed to happen much sooner and maybe more organically. 

Also the rampant deaths that were needless annoyed me. I get that it was a war starting but killing of whole species seems a little extreme especially since there was no build up other than a five like prediction that some random character gave mid book. 

I found myself predicting shit long before it happened in this one and knew from the get go that Kington (or whatever his name was) was going to be bad likely from foreshadowing from other books. Still I liked this couple and didn't want them to die. Loved Rowen he was pure of heart and loved Skye so much.  She was childish and a little confused throughout the book IMO which got a little tedious. all in all this book was more like the first and second books so I continued to read this series just because I wanted to see how the author wrapped it up...

Book 5

Read to about 60% then skipped to 85ish% because I was fucking bored... it was just too much BS the whole president ready to kill the dragons and the lame as hell prediction and the lack of sense I could make of the plot that seemed to bounce around and led me in confusing directions which never got explained...then all the fire dragons died...and all the canyon dragons, and all the arctic dragons died but hey the witch is dead. Yippie. I didn't get the way she ended everything. I didn't like that Skye and Val lost their dragons because I felt like it was a lame choice....all in all I really hated this wrap up...mostly because to me it didn't wrap anything up. It just killed off nearly everyone and left me with a bad taste in my mouth because Hazel survived...and Runa died.... 

uggg yeah, for me this was a 3 star or a NEPE 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Cranky Author Reviews: The Promise by R.L. Mathewson

I truly love all of the Neighbors From Hell series books...but this one was annoying.

It was a good book but for some reason it had way too many repeated phrases that by the end of the book I was ready to scream and toss it at the wall every times I saw them...

At a certain point I felt like that if Reed thought the little bastard or the little pain in the ass one more time I would have to break out a damned red pen and start editing the book myself...

Then there was the sentences that ended with and- for no reason...why? Why was there an and after all these half finished thoughts? I don't know... but all in all—

Reed and Joey were good together although I didn't see any of the Bradfords love of food in him like I have in other books. There weren't those funny scenes were your trying not to laugh as they stuff their faces that we've all grown to love in her books in this one. It was funny how she just anticipated that he would be hungry and made him food all the time. 

I felt like they were good together from the start to finish of the book but felt like the ending was a bit rushed. It would have been nice to see what happened with the kidnapping and wedding. 

I guess for me this one was a hit and a miss and I would say 
that it was an:

SEPE or a 4 star read or maybe a 3.5 star read because it annoyed the crap out of me!!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Cranky Author Reviews: House of Darken by: Jaymin Eve

Emma has lost everything she ever knew just months before she turns eighteen. She's lost in a sea of uncertainty trying to claw her way back from the death of her parents....

I read a review from another reader that lamented the way she wobbled back and forth between strength and weakness...

For me I felt that she had just enough Wobble to make it believable. When your young and you lose someone like she did it leaves your levels of confidence and happiness balanced on the edge of a sword ready to topple. When her guardians the only people she has left in the world disappear and she goes out seeking answers she finds more than she bargained for. 

I loved her spunk and the less than freaked way she takes learning about the Draken being aliens. Lexen is sexy and brooding but can't resist her despite his dislike of humans. He ends up possessive and angry while he tries to deny his feelings for her but still keep her close...

All in all I loved this book. It had strong characters and a great romance...

So for me this was an EXPE or five star read...

Friday, February 8, 2019

Cranky Author Reviews: Warlord Sky by Cynthia Sky


Qulpa is an older Chamele pilot who's given up on finding his gerel (perfect mate) until he crashes his ship. Feeling useless and defective because he loses his fingers which is a big stigma on his world he thinks his life is over...

Then Nayan walks into his life....sigh. I loved her and Qulpa together him determined to love her and she trying to keep him safe. They were both strong characters. That's hard to find in a female lead these days. Read three books back to back with doormat Heroines and hated them all...which is why I didn't review them hahhahaha

This book is great. The two main characters discover they are much stronger than they thought and they end up making each other stronger because of those discoveries...Loved this book!!

So for me this book was an SEPE or 5-star read which got me interested in her other series which is turning out to be just as good LOL stay tuned will be reviewing one of her cyborg series next LOL

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Cranky Author Reviews: Drakon's Promise by N.J. Walters

This book was good although I did want there to be something other than the woman drinking his blood to bond them...

Darius Varkas is a half human / half dragon shifter who has been in hiding from a secret society of dragon hunters for years. He is reclusive and a billionaire...

He meets Sarah Anderson when she calls him with information about a book she found that feels evil to her.

I liked the whole she almost sacrifices her life for him but I felt like their should be something different than just she drinks his blood and then he just loves her forever. I felt their needed to be a deeper connection than that. The drinking of his blood without anything happening ( like her getting a mark, or maybe them feeling each others emotions, or something to that effect) makes the bond seem no different than the evil Knights of the dragon drinking his blood for power.

Maybe that just a nit picky thing because I felt like there should be something that happened but it felt like even though she protested that she didn't want it and tried to refuse because she didn't' want to be like the evil knights it was still something that bugged the crap out of me LOL...

Now that that little rant is over I would say that the book as a whole is very good. The adventure that these two find themselves on leads them to the HEA quite nicely. They connect well and I enjoyed the story overall despite my annoyance...

So for me this was a SEPE or 4.5  star read...likely had I not been annoyed that nothing happened to bond them more I would have given it a 5 star