Showing posts from July, 2012

Journey to Virginland

Book DescriptionBrimming with black humor and piercing satire, at turns picaresque and epistolary, "Journey to Virginland" explores the breakneck paradigm shifts of the 21st century, navigating through the morass with the guidance of Dog, the novel's loutish yet wise antihero. Through a devilishly iconoclastic story line, Dog parses the key cultural and religious failures that have made for a world held hostage by hyper-capitalism, consumerism, and post-9/11 realpolitik on the one hand, and an ominous resurgence of nationalism and religious extremism on the other. Yet far from basking in a prospect of doom, Dog embarks on an impassioned quest for identity and meaning, ultimately proposing an exuberant, decidedly life-affirming vision of human transformation. With its vibrant style, kaleidoscopic yet highly calibrated thematic diversity, and, ultimately, unfettered sense of humanity, "Journey to Virginland" establishes itself as a groundbreaking literary enterpr…

Aaron & Keja: Time Dragon

Book DescriptionLord Ky'debaul has found his magic powers waning. He devises a plan to restore them by killing a silver dragon. This dragon is not just a silver dragon, it is a time dragon. But in order for him to do this, he must send the dragon to another world where there are no laws written against killing a Time Dragon. The world he happens by chance to send the dragon to is Aaron Gillian's world.Book ReviewThis should have been a quick read considering the length of it.  However, one of the things that kept tripping me up was the lack of finesse when it comes to writing.  The author’s ideas were great.  She knew where her plot was going and how she wanted to get there.  However, I don’t feel that she has the knowledge yet to be able to get her from point A to point B and take the reader along with her.I am sure if she has the opportunity to work with someone skilled in writing, they could help to guide her along the path to help culminate her ideas into a polished story.

Burning Light

Book DescriptionThis is the omnibus edition of the Protectors prequel novellas. Includes:
Shifting Light
Though non-magic themselves, Sashe and her sister have grown up with shape changers, and now a deadly foe is out to banish the shape changing magic from the country. Sashe is forced to consider her survival when a friend of hers is killed because her father refused to help the Protectors. She's slowly falling for the new boy, but she must choose whether she and her sister can stay with the shape changers with their dangerous future. Should they decide to stay, how will they protect themselves against such powerful enemies?
Fire and Light
Sierra has always considered Evan like a brother, but suddenly she sees him as more. When he confesses his feelings for her, she shies away. Sierra thinks she’s brave enough to stay with the shape changers, but is she brave enough to risk her friendship with Evan?
The End of Light
An elder of the shape changers comes to Shyra wi…

Chasing Faeries

Book DescriptionThrough the tiny golden door that opens somewhere in childhood, enter a place called Appletwist Garden...Calla Rose has always believed in faeries. Lying in her bed she would listen for hours to her grandmother's wonderful tales of faeries that lived in an enchanting land somewhere through the nearby wishing well.Now in her tenth year, Calla Rose begins to realize that maybe there is more to the stories than she thought. When unexpected visitors pop up in her grandmother's garden, a choice must be made that could change her life forever.Book ReviewThis was such a delightful story.  The characters were all sweet and the story was purely divine.  Even though it is geared toward a much more younger read, anyone would be caught up in the tale of ten year old Calla Rose and her search for the faeries.  The descriptions used in this book make you feel like you can truly see the faeries alongside of Calla Rose.  You can also feel her exasperation with her friend Ella-…


Book DescriptionTemperatures are rising and superstition reigns supreme!Eighteen year old Jillian Crossland has her life planned out. Or so she thinks!Despite her better judgement, a séance one evening sets a blueprint for disaster when fate steps in and shakes up her plans and her life!Jilly-Bean is a novel that explores contemporary life in the throes of global warming and on the edge of madness.Book ReviewThis story was very much character driven.  The plot was slow to start and was very convoluted in many places.  However, the characters were well thought out and very well rounded.I had problems trying to stay focused on reading.  There were many times when the story became too overly descriptive and my mind would end up wandering elsewhere.  It was a nice story.  However, it never really drew me into it.   It just felt like it was going nowhere.

Jilly-Bean (Jilly-Bean Series # 1): Celia Vogel: Kindle Store

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Staying Human

Book DescriptionThis is the story of your past, your present, and if all goes well...your future. My name is Jack; I've lived for the past 500 years without knowledge of what or who I am, and now that I'm slowly finding out... it's not looking good. There is someone... or something... that is guiding us to the brink of destruction and I seem to be the only one that knows about it.Book ReviewThis book had a lot of promise.  The plot was well thought out.  The characters were pretty well rounded.  The problem lies in the actual writing of the story.  This was given to me by the author as a finished product, not an ARC.  So one would think that it would be a much more polished work.  However, it was fraught with misspellings, verb tense issues, and much more.One of the biggest issues that I had witnessed was the fact that the author has trouble staying in the same point of view throughout the story.  It seems that he had every intention of writing the book in first person (as…

Night of the Purple Moon

Book DescriptionSpace germs wipe out virtually everyone who has passed through puberty.Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple. For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure.On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her -- adolescence.Book ReviewAt first, I was dismayed to see that this book was written with such sparse details.  However, after I really started getting into it, I realized that the sparse details were in direct correlation to the stark cold world in …