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review 2017-12-16 22:01
Book Review of Chase Tinker and the HOUSE OF DESTINY (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 3) by Malia Ann Haberman
Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 3) (Volume 3) - Malia Ann Haberman

For eight agonizing months Chase Tinker's guilt over the despicable act he committed on Halloween night has been eating away at his heart and mind. His life gets even more complicated when secrets about the ancient Relic in the attic are revealed, right before an unwelcome caller arrives on Chase's birthday.

 

Despite these problems, his biggest concern is that his family's Dark Enemy, the Marlowe Family, is becoming more powerful with each passing day, fueled by the magic they continue to pillage from the many magical beings in the world. If Chase and his family are ever going to win, they'll need a whole lot of magical help. They must destroy the most evil threat the world has ever known.

 

Review 5*

 

This is the third book in The Chase Tinker series. I absolutely loved it!

 

Chase Tinker is a wonderful character and I really liked him from the first time I met him in the first book. I have enjoyed watching his development from a frustrated teen into someone who I would be proud to know.

 

In this third book, which is told mostly from Chase's point of view though other characters also have their say, Chase is still having to deal with new magical powers that he struggles to control. Not only that, the Marlowe's are still intent on finding the Relic hidden in the attic of the Tinker house. But now one of their own has turned on them too, leading the Tinkers to find assistance from other magical beings. However, there's a problem. The Marlowe's are stealing all the magic and if Chase and his family don't stop them, all will be lost. Can they stop them before it's too late?

 

This is a wonderful story full of adventure, danger and mystery, and I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat as Chase, Andy, Nori and Persephone face danger once more. There are several twists and turns that keep a reader guessing. I found myself on a roller coaster of emotion from beginning to end. The story is full of imaginative prose that guides the reader in such a way that it runs like a movie in the mind's eye and is easy to picture. I love the way the secrets of the house were revealed and what it means to be a Tinker. I also love the way the characters' grow and develop throughout this series. This book doesn't end with a cliffhanger, but it still left me looking forward to reading the last book in the series, Chase Tinker and the House of Mist, as soon as possible. Though I am dreading it too, as I don't want the series to end.

 

Malia Ann Haberman has written a entertaining and exciting story for middle grade children. I love her writing style, which is fast paced and imaginative. The flow is wonderful too. I would definitely read more of her books in the future.

 

I highly recommend this book to middle grade readers aged 9 to 14. However, I also recommend this book (and series) to adults who love reading middle grade fantasy, or to those who are fans of books like Harry Potter. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-12-11 10:00
Release Day Review! War Games (Valiant Knox #4) by Jess Anastasi
War Games (Valiant Knox Book 4) - Jess Anastasi

 

 

When one of her pilots is shot down behind enemy lines, Lieutenant Theresa Brenner will stop at nothing to save her before she’s captured and tortured, even if it means being part of the dirtside team led by Colonel Cameron McAllister. Bren might respect the way the colonel commands his men, but she’ll never trust Cam—no matter how charming he is—because he was responsible for her brother’s death. 

Colonel Cameron McAllister has a covert mission behind enemy lines to team with the Ilari rebels and overthrow the bloodthirsty dictator who’s torn their planet apart. The last thing he needs is to get sidetracked searching for a downed pilot, especially since it means having Lieutenant Theresa Brenner tag along. Not only doesn’t the frosty pilot have the ground game to keep up with his seasoned group, she’s a potential distraction with all those gorgeous blond curls of hers—and she might be just like her brother, whose foolhardiness got his men killed.

Be prepared to be kept on the edge with adrenaline pumping action, suspense, and a heated romance when you pick up this book as readers get a ringside seat to the final battle in the war to overthrow the bloodthirsty dictator.

 

 

 

Cam and Theresa are vivid characters with sizzling chemistry that must overcome their past history and personal issues in order to even think about having a relationship but that doesn’t stop the burning attraction from distracting them from their mission and heating up the pages for the readers to enjoy. The rocky romance keeps emotions at an all-time high for the couple as well as readers with some heated confrontations and red-hot passion and while the turbulent emotional battle rivals the action on the battlefield, the danger the characters face throughout their mission builds the suspense and thrills throughout the story, ensuring that readers can’t stop turning the pages.

 

I have loved joining the Valiant Knox throughout the war as Jess Anastasi brought each and every book to brilliant life with well written words, an inspired world, electrifying characters that I enjoyed getting to know and thrilling action and suspense that has readers biting their nails, so I am definitely sorry to see the series end. But what a way to go, the author did a fantastic job with the tension building final mission, the action filled and remarkable battle and the splendid epilogue that gives readers a glimpse of what is instore for the characters in the future, which I just want to say makes the parting with this series a little less painful for me.

 

 

 

War Games is the 4th and final book in the Valiant Knox series.

 

Valiant Know is available in ebook at:

Entangled   Amazon   B&N   iBooks   Kobo   GPlay

 

Jess Anastasi can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   Facebook   Twitter   Blog   Entangled   BookBub

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review 2017-12-03 20:28
Sekret is full of intrigue, supernatural mind-reading, and even a little romance.
Sekret - Lindsay Smith

 

Book Title:  Sekret

Author:  Lindsay Smith

Series:  Sekret #1

Genre:  YA | Historical Fiction | Supernatural

Setting:  Russia

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  3.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Pacing:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4.2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes.

Steam Factor 0-5: 1

Total:  3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

A completely different kind of read for me.  One that starts off at a slower pace but cleverly creeps up on you.  Sekret is a story that's shaped by actual historical events, some you will immediately recognize, like the assassination of JFK. 

 

The Good:  The intriguing premise makes this a notable and interesting read.  Along with the supernatural abilities, that are explained in a way that makes them seem completely natural.

 

The Bad:   I really would have liked the characters to be more relatable, although, towards the end, I did find myself liking them.  Also, the reading flow was compromised due to the many names she called the characters by.  Apparently, Russians have several different names they go by where they add certain endings depending on whether they are male or female, or something like that. The Author explains all this in the beginning of the book with "A Note on Russian Names".  Even with that, though, I still struggled to keep the characters straight.  I wish she would have just called each character by one name, even if it made it less credible.

 

Will I continue this series?  I will have to be in the mood for something like this, but yeah, I believe I will, eventually.

 

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review 2017-11-29 05:02
Every Move He Makes by Barbara Elsborg
Every Move He Makes - Barbara Elsborg

This was a great book until the last 25% or so. 

Extra points for excellent russian here and there, tho I still can't figure out why stupid typos were left untouched. "Pecherskaya" was spelled "Pe r cherskaya" literally half the time. No matter the language, it's an annoyance. "The band was called "Gryaznykh Angelov"...". Say what? @.@ A minor mistake, sure, but on top of interchangeable peRcherskaya it screamed "I don't really care. they won't get it anyway.", not to mention the name is such a cliche. What else... "'mu'dak' means 'asshole'". Sure if "asshole" means "meany". Let's be nice, I guess. So, that was the minor stuff.

My major complaint - and it's me, probbly, since I like sex in my books in very moderate amounts - is that the last 20% turned into pure porn. I really don't care who topped whom in the end, how many times and how sticky the stickiness got. Both characters, especially Zak, were crazed enough on sex from the very beginning, but by the end the lust came out full force without MCs surfacing for air for 20% straight. I lost all interest in the book and going to DNF it at 93%.

That leaves me with - what? 75% is pure awesomeness, save for the typos. I can easily dish out 5 and more shiny stars. The last 25% tho? A star and a half maybe.

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review 2017-11-25 19:53
This book…sort of like your scariest nightmares…on crack!
Dreamfall - Amy Plum

 

Book Title:  Dreamfall

Author:  Amy Plum

Narration:  Maria Cabezas, Dan Bittner & Tom Phelan

Series:  Dreamfall #1

Genre:  YA | Science Fiction | Horror

Setting:  A place they name Dreamfall

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Plot:  2.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  2/5

Pacing:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  3/5

Ending:  2/5  Cliffhanger:  This runs at the cliff full speed and hangs there…

Steam Factor 0-5:  0

Total:  3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

 

You know how sometimes one of your co-workers will tell you all about the dream they had the night before, in vivid detail.  They go on and on…and you're over there, like…wtf???  This shit is just crazy.  You're just over there nodding your head, pretending you know what's going on…

 

That's what this entire book is like. 

 

The pacing is too fast in one aspect, but in another, it's what kept me listening…because I knew it would be over soon.  The audiobook has three different narrators, two are characters are in the Dreamfall and one is an observer who is a college intern watching the procedure.  The latter perspective kept the book from being all-out chaos.  Overall, I'm not sure how I feel about this book and that's why I went with a three-star rating.  It's an adrenaline rush to be sure.

 

Will I continue this series?  Good question, I guess only time will tell…

 

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