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review 2017-07-03 10:32
not for me.
The Sand Dweller - Molly Neely
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This review will be short, and for that I'm sorry. But I am struggling to word what I need to say about this book. I'm not entirely sure what I think, to be honest, about this book. There is a lot of flipping between the past and present, and while each change is headed, there is much missing from each flip. I felt that more could have been made of the NOW, rather than the past. It's well written from a host of different points of view, and I did like that. I didn't spot any spelling or editing errors. I just....*insert sigh*... don't see what the whole point of the story was. It's been left opened ended, maybe for another book, I don't know, it just....*insert ARGH!!!!!* ....I can't word it. I gave it three stars, because we do get to here from everyone, and I did finish it. 3 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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review 2017-02-13 16:36
i need more by this author!
Jerricho's Freedom - Jake C. Wallace Jerricho's Freedom - Jake C. Wallace
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
Jerricho is Crown Prince to the Anzuni race, a demon race living among the humans for thousands of years. He is expected to marry the man chosen for him and he is expected to like it. But he doesn't. Jerry loves Rex. When Jerry's fiancee tries to use the heavy handed approach, Jerry decides he is having that one night, that one night of happiness with Rex he may never get again. But that night leads to a chain of events that lead both Jerry and Rex fighting for their lives. And that of their unborn child.
The m-preg genre (sub-genre?? trope??) is growing on me! This book deals with it very well, and I liked how both Jerry and Rex reacted to their unexpected news.
I liked this book a lot but for two things.
one: there is a lot, and I mean A LOT of double crossing and triple crossing and even quadruple crossing!! It got very confusing, for me at least, trying to figure out who were the bad guys and who were the good ones! Even when everything was explained and laid out for me, I was still a little lost.
two: Only Jerricho has a say. Yes, yes yes I know, I KNOW I say it a lot, but had Rex had his say?? I think this might have been a five star read, even with the confusing good/bad guys, I really do. I needed to know what he thought when Jerry left; when Jerry told him the news, and what he was thinking about, in the cage opposite Jerry. I really REALLY needed to hear from him.
It does get a little gory when talking about what's happening to the missing men and their mates, and there are some scenes of dubious consent but only one or two, and they are short. To be honest, it's only writing this review that they spring to mind, it didn't click while I was reading. I'm trying NOT to give spoilers, you see, but you need to know.
I'm left feeling that there should be another book after this one. Is there?? There is a huge fallout from Jerry and Rex' rescue and I'd like to know how that pans out. I'd like to read more about Keith, Jerry's best friend and his mate, Gunn. Eli is still missing. Even Ty, the heavy handed fiancee, I'd like to see what happens to him when he gets THAT news.
First I've read of this author. I liked it. Lots. I would like to read more.
4 solid stars
**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Booklikes, Dreamspinner Press, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble**


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review 2016-12-27 15:13
a part works!!!
Eternal Desires Of A Succubus: Created In The Shadows Of Heaven - Lucy Lyons
I was gifted my copy of this book from the publisher, and I thank them for that.
Isabel knows she is no stunner, and is only going out to get laid. Waking up the next morning, she has only a vague recollection that she did get laid, but she can't remember anything else. Then she notices her body changing, the reactions of the men around her changing, and she starts to remember. Oz, an angel, and Gavin, a vampire, changed Isobel into a succubus. Now she has to deal with the fact that she must have sex, and a lot of it, to survive, but also, that some vampires want to control her for their own greed.
I did not know this was a part of a story going in, and I would have said no, had I known. It makes me so cross to only get half the information, half a story, when I'm expecting a full one.
It is, part told story aside, a little jumpy. I didn't much care for Isobel, at all. And only she has a say. Gavin and Oz needed a say, to make this a much better half story.
I still don't have the full picture, as to WHY Oz and Gavin choose Isobel, and I can't see where the story is going, other than that there will be A LOT of sex involved.
Now, I do like my books explicit, I'm quite happy to read porn, I make no apologies for what I like to read. BUT there has to be a good story line behind it. I'm not finding that here.
Will I continue on with the series?? probably not while its still being written. When its finished, and is available as a single completed story, then maybe, maybe I will read it then.
3 stars.
**same worded review will appear on Booklikes, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com**


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review 2016-08-06 18:08
Who Wants to be The Prince of Darkness?
Who Wants to be The Prince of Darkness? - Michael Boatman

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

Unfortunately, the blurb on this one is rather misleading, and I admit I was disappointed, as I ended up reading a story I hadn't particularly wanted to read. To be more specific: I thought there'd be much more of a focus on the "Who Wants To Be The Prince Of Darkness" (PoD) TV show, as a major plot device and as a "battleground" of sorts—maybe the heroes would have to infiltrate the TV set, impersonate some existing participants to get in, do things from within... I don't know, but something clearly linked to the show, especially with the latter's host being who he was, and with the whole commentary about how reality shows can subdue people

Instead, the TV game was more of a backdrop, mentioned now and then, but not being THE set the blurb hinted at. The actual story is much more... straightforward? Not uninteresting per se, just not what I wanted to read about in the first place. I suppose I wouldn't have minded if it had turned out to be really surprising, and not playing on traditional themes, on a more traditional form of conflict. (Powerful artefact gone from Hell, Lucifer's former generals need it to come back, unwitting protagonist is thrown in there as a potential key to finding it, fighting some demons along the way, etc.)

There are funny moments in the novel, as it plays on tropes like the Self-Help Guru who thinks he's the Chosen One, but turns out to be completely clueless. Maybe there weren't enough of such moments, though, or rather, they tended to look like each other after awhile, if this makes sense in such a context. The mythos around the main plot is also a little confusing in its chronology and in how it all unfolds. Lucifer retiring as a mortal? Why not. However, it was difficult to reconcile Hell time and Earth time, as the former made it sound like all this happened centuries ago, and the latter revealing only a couple of decades went by. I got it, sure; only it was pretty confusing, and the inclusion of different narratives, one in first person, the others in third, didn't make it easy at times.

As for the characters, they were OK, but nothing particularly interesting in the long run, although they had nice little quirks and background stories to build on. I think the one I preferred was Abby D; I just liked her presence, sort of, and what happened around her.

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review 2016-07-15 12:45
a fitting end, I was kept guessing!
Damnation's Door - Amy Braun
Demon's Daughter - Amy Braun
Dark Divinity: A Cursed Book - Amy Braun
independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
Again, I stress, read books one, Demon's Daughter and two, Dark Divinity before reading this one. You really do need it!
Now that Heaven's Gate is closed, Lucifer grows stronger and the devastation he is causing grows greater by the day. Connie, Dro, Max, Warrick and Sephiel continue to figure out what they need to do to close Hell's Gate. And the answer is something none of them expected. Help does, however, come from a few unexpected sources.
Although this rounds the trilogy off and it ends perfectly, this book is my least favourite, and its again because of the very detailed and long descriptions of Connie fighting. Demons, Angels, her sister, all of them come in great detail and I found myself glancing over them and skipping those scenes. They really were too much.
I didn't see how it was going to play out, until the very end when it did, and that was a good thing. I really wasn't sure if Dro was actually going to go the way she did, or go the opposite way. (trying really hard not to give anything away!)
Connie alone has her say during these three books; it didn't bother me so much in book one, but as the series moved on, I noticed it more. I know I say it often enough, and I will continue to say it, but I do prefer multi POV books. Maybe if Dro had a say from time to time, instead of all the fighting, I might have enjoyed the second two books more.
Because again, of the fighting, BUT also because I was kept guessing...
3 stars
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