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Thrifty Thursday: Fool for Love by Marie Force

Thrifty Thursday: Fool for Love by Marie Force

Posted August 11, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

     the purpose of thrifty thursday is to pick a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on June 5, 2016 Overall rating 4.24 with 8,816 rating and 415 reviews The first book, Maid for Love, in the Mcarthys of Gansett Island series, is also a freebie which I read 4 years ago.  The series has been released over the last 5 years and now has 15 books available. The first book was a quick, easy read but while I enjoyed the characters it was just my least favorite troupe, rich guy meets girl with less than nothing. Some of it was just ridiculous, even for fiction. So how did I end up reading book 2, Fool for Love?  First, it was […]


Audio review: Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja

Audio review: Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja

Posted August 4, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

         When I started listening, I shook my head at how stupid some things were but then the ridiculous worked its way into a hilarious satire. I love science fiction and space opera. However, the military is unfortunately, related to the government which is the scariest thing ever. In Mechanical Failure, bureaucracy covers up other bad things happening. The author is also the narrator which seems like a great idea. Who else knows the material and proper emotional tone as well? Since Joe Zieja is also a voice actor, it seems even more appropriate. I found it comfortable to listen to the story with a nice pace and inflections. He didn’t really do any vocal changes to differentiate the characters except the […]


Blog tour & 2 Giveaways: Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Blog tour & 2 Giveaways: Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Posted July 28, 2016 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 26 Comments

    I LOVED the start of this new series by a favorite author! The main character, Nell, was introduced in a Jane Yellowrock short story, Off the Grid.  Nell is fascinating and on the brink of a new phase of her life. She is much younger than I felt originally. I am SO excited to learn more about Nell and watch her growth in the Soulwood series. Nell works with a new PsyLED team, led by Rick LaFleur. I was afraid for Nell, all the time. But she was not stupid; she was strong and smart. The depth of the characters and the imagery of the world were spellbinding. The team dynamics were intriguing, as well as the team members. I really enjoyed them. […]


Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

Posted July 27, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

         I felt Maplecroft ended the story quite fully and in a satisfying way. Chapelwood continues in similar style about thirty years later.  Whaaaaat?  Why was there such a huge time gap? This is horror in a lovecraftian form, which works for me. I kept waiting for the story to start, wanting someone to gather evidence, plan and develop a strategy for dealing with creatures, more like they did in the first book. I thought when the Inspector invited Lizzie to get involved and they went to Alabama, it would happen. I looked forward to their analysis and discussions of how to proceed, but NO. They just observed and bumbled into situations unprepared and unarmed. It was frustrating to have them not really […]


Dual Audio Review: Discovering You by Brenda Novak

Dual Audio Review: Discovering You by Brenda Novak

Posted July 25, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

     Anne’s Review I have been reading the Whiskey Creek series all along and I love it. It started with a tight-knit group of friends from the small town in California. Each book is a contemporary romance with one of the friends. I really like these people. The friends have mostly settled and now the brothers of the first couple are falling in love. Rod Amos is quite a guy considering his rough and tough upbringing. Discovering You seems more like romantic suspense than contemporary romance. Rod’s new neighbor is in trouble and he wants to help her. I love how he takes care of people, like India and Van, when he had no parents to care for him, just his brother, Dylan. It […]


Thrifty Thursday: A Soul for Trouble by Crista McHugh

Thrifty Thursday: A Soul for Trouble by Crista McHugh

Posted July 21, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

         the purpose of thrifty thursday is to pick a book which was free (at some point). Goodreads rating:   3.79 with 1, 093 ratings and 110 reviews Currently it is FREE on Amazon, Nook, and Kobo.   A Soul for Trouble seemed like a good pick.  It got 4.5 stars by RT Book Reviews, and was one of the top 10 in Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off which had over 270 entries. You can read about SPFBO  and the 10 finalists here.  I was trying to pick a fantasy novel for this month but it has strong romantic elements.  I didn’t like either aspect very much. The fantasy story was fairly simplistic and kind of ridiculous. The soldiers and knights in the story were too […]


Flameout by Keri Arthur

Flameout by Keri Arthur

Posted July 14, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 5 Comments

With the books of Souls of Fire series being a year apart, I confess I am having some trouble remembering all the details of the situation. I do recall all the characters and the feelings and the overall plot, but the finer points get a bit lost to me. Luckily, there is just enough review of the facts in the investigation for me to hang in there.  This is urban fantasy, where you definitely want to read all the books, in order. I look forward to a complete back-to-back reading, perhaps before the fourth one. This supernatural cast is varied rather than typical, and fascinating. I love the characters with their integrity, goals, feelings and humor (or lack of all of these!). Emberly and Rory […]


Red Queen by Christina Henry

Red Queen by Christina Henry

Posted July 7, 2016 by Anne in Book Review, Giveaway | 11 Comments

     Wow.  I could hardly put Red Queen down. It is the sequel to Alice. Both works cleverly use names and themes from Alice in Wonderland. They are so dark and layered. I had the same confused, uneasy feeling I have always had about the original. Alice is our beleaguered hero, struggling to survive. She has been sold, raped, tortured and locked up in many ways. Now she has taken off on a new path with Hatcher. Her growth and perseverance is inspiring. The world continues to be a dark and scary place with those intent on using magic to fulfill their own greed with its power. Stunning and well-written, and the horror is very unlike my normal reading choices. Highly recommended. The Chronicles […]