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review 2017-10-15 22:17
Have I ever mentioned that I love...I mean seriously love dragons?
Enter the Dragon - Jamie Sullivan

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have so you can imagine my heartbreak when I realized that this was a case of 'dragon fail'.

 

So here's the thing overall this story might have worked it there had been more depth in the characters, the plot and the story development. I mean really what's not to like it's dragons and it's bit of a different idea on how this dragon thing works. I really didn't find that the story was in depth about anything it was a bit like a butterfly flitting from one flower to the next touching on each but never really landing long enough to get a good look and while I admit that by virtue of the fact that there were less than 50 pages from start to finish, it doesn't surprise. What does is the fact that this was not the biggest obstacle to me liking this story.

 

Unfortunately my biggest obstacles were largely due to the reasons that this story was a different spin on the dragon myth and in the actual execution of those things. Things that aren't mentioned in the blurb and are the reason that this is me not going there because spoiling things for others is so not my thing which is why I'm just going to call it a day and say that this one didn't work for me. It's not so much about good or bad...just not my taste.

 

'Enter the Dragon' is a story from the multi-authored series entitled 'The Beastiary' and while it wasn't my thing there are a lot of good reviews out there, that just go to show we all have different taste and what's not for me may be just what someone else is looking for.

 

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A copy of 'Enter the Dragon' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2017-05-24 00:09
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text 2016-11-29 00:42
A MOONLIGHT FALLING RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY!!
Moonlight Falling: A Norse Chronicles Novella (The Norse Chronicles Book 0) - Karissa Laurel

 

Happy Moonlight Falling Monday! That's right, Moonlight Falling by Karissa Laurel is out today!

 

 

To celebrate this fabulous day, I will be giving away a kindle copy of this book to one lucky winner!

 

 

Description:

 

**Moonlight Falling is a prequel novella to Midnight Burning; Book One of The Norse Chronicles.**

Before he moved to Alaska, Chapman “Mani” Mundy promised his twin sister he would find out why shadows seemed to follow him and why ice sometimes formed in his footsteps. For nearly three years, he has failed to keep that promise, but a budding romance with co-worker, Skyla Ramirez, inspires him to renew his investigation.

If Mani has any hope for a real relationship with Skyla, there can be no secrets or mysteries between them, but as he hunts for the source of his peculiar abilities, sinister adversaries with dangerous motives will emerge from the shadows to conspire against him.

 

 

How to enter:

 

Just comment on this post to be entered to win! And if you want to be super awesome you could go give this wonderful author a follow on any one (or all) of her sites!

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karissalaurel

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarissaLaurel

 

I'll keep this giveaway open for 24 hours!

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review 2015-10-21 16:53
Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse - Lost Zombies,Adrian Chappell

4.5 stars. Wow, this was a stunning book, absolutely creepy and the perfect read for the Halloween season.

This book consists out of photographs of letters, cards, posters, anything that people wrote on before and during the zombie apocalypse. At the beginning of the book we also have a timeline with some basic information so we know how the world ended in this book. How it started with a flu and how it ended in people just, well, eating each other. It is nothing new that zombie apocalypses start by a new strain of flu, there are several books that feature this, but it is always interesting to see how it is executed. And I have to say this book? It did it perfectly.

The stuff written is sometimes short, sometimes very long. I have to say that the short ones gave me more goosebumps than the longer letters. The pure desperateness that just flows out of those short messages, the pure fear that made them so short, the fact that you just know that these people didn't make it, or are now alone, still searching for the people they love. Still fighting out there.

Several of the letters also have blood on them, and that really adds to the scary factor the book has.

Throughout the book I had goosebumps all over me, and I just felt afraid, but also sad, because some of these notes are ones were people are looking for their loved ones, or confess that they did something. There were also letters of people who knew they would turn, who knew they would change into those monsters.

I also liked that we went from good (there is a flu, and yes it is creepy) to bad (OMG ZOMBIES!).

The only reason why I didn't give this book a 5 star was because of 2 things. One, sometimes I just couldn't decipher what was written. I can imagine that they wanted diversity in how the notes looked, but I feel that it failed. Diversity is nice, and I can imagine that people are rushing to write, but I wish I could just read them. Because now? Sometimes I just couldn't. And I just gave up and went to the next one.
The second one, and I can slightly forgive that one, as you are in a zombie apocalypse, but some were also from before, the fact the grammar and spelling at times just lacked. I noticed some words and I was just wondering how anyone would get those wrong.

But those 2 points are really the only ones that I thought weren't right. The rest of this book is a rollercoaster of fear and creepiness. And believe me, you will be looking over your shoulder while reading.

I hope there will be more books like this. More of those books about notes, and letters and just let those speak for themselves.

Would I recommend this book? Heck yes! If you are a zombie fan, or just looking for a nerve-wrecking and creepy book, I would say try this one out!

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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review 2015-06-16 04:40
Fantastic idea
Enter the Janitor (The Cleaners) (Volume 1) - Josh Vogt

Clean-freak college student Dani Hashelheim never imagined she’d discover her latent magical ability in, of all places, a bathroom. But when she ducks into the ladies’ room at the library, she’s put in the crossfire between an elderly janitor and a ravenous muck-monster that emerges from the sink. Dani’s previously unknown power manifests in self-defense, and she floods and burns down the library—at the same time. Enter Ben, the janitor, who works for the Cleaners, a supernatural sanitation company that keeps reality tidy and safe...and a company Dani now works for as well, whether she wants to or not. This puts a significant crimp in her dream to attend med school and become a doctor. Nor is Ben happy, since it’s his duty to help Dani adapt to the job and learn to control her chaotic talent before it kills them both. Dani barely has time to try on her new company uniform before she and Ben are hunted down by a cult that wants to cleanse all life from the planet, and believes her power provides the means to do so. While fighting to survive the cult’s increasingly violent recruitment attempts, the pair must battle dust devils, navigate a maze of mystical sewers, face down trash golems—and scrub the occasional toilet.

 

 

 

Review:

 

But boy I am not so sure about execution. Okay so I love urban fantasy, right? And I am ready to gobble up anything that I view as potentially new and interesting development in the genre because after reading so many I overloaded on the same stuff.

 

This one has a brilliant idea behind it - what if magic in the world was not glamorous and belong to people who do our world's dirty work all the time - to janitors. I was all over this book after I saw it referenced on John Scalzi's blog.  So the blurb describes the story well - here we enter into a standard trope of the Chosen one. Dani has her talent waking up while she witnesses Ben fighting the pipes monster and she is recruited by Cleaners - kind of kidnapped really, but she gets the necessity fast. Dani is a Catalist, she can wake up minor natural disasters around her (I have a suspicion as her power grows - not so minor too). It takes some time for her (half an hour? An hour?) to come to gripes with the idea of Cleaners but she does:

 

"But what if it isn't a prank? The traitorous question slipped in.

Ridiculous, she shot back at herself. No such thing as magic. And even if there was, it wouldn't be wielded by an organization of janitors. In stories, magic belonged to wizards and mages. Powerful individuals who channeled mystical energy through staves and wands-

Like mops, plungers and toilet brushes?

Who commanded the elements of nature-

Like the water and lightning gramps here whipped around the library?

Who fought the forces of evil throughout the land--

Like that sink monster that made you piss yourself?

*******, she swore. I will not lose a debate with my own brain.

How else do you explain it , then smart girl?"

 

 

Dany is a germafobe, she cannot interact with the world for too long without thinking about diseases surrounding her and wanting to clean up everything. She wanted to get medical degree to save the world from germs (Reasonable question from her new mentor about how she would actually interact with patients being so afraid of germs gets I guess a reasonable answer that she wanted to work in a lab. Does that mean that she actually wanted to be a researcher? I guess so.

 

I was actually worried because Dani once thinks about the fact that maybe she was born for Cleaners because she is so afraid of germs and I was afraid that her condition will get "cured" by the end of the book. That would have been so ridiculous, but no, it definitely was not cured - she just learns to manage it a bit better but she catches herself thinking about diseases which may catch her even in the café at her work. She just tells herself to get a grip and hopefully this  is something she will continue to struggle with (not because I want her to, but because I hate when mental illnesses get cured in the ridiculous ways even in fantasy).

 

But what about fantasy plot? See it was fast moving - VERY fast moving, but it was just so same old same old I cannot tell you how much. I mean obviously in UF I expect hero or heroine with special powers, that goes without saying, but certain plot twist reminded of Rick Jordan's books even (just one plot twist), we have ridiculous baddy turning anti hero which reminded me of Toxido Mask lol. Looks like he would be heroine's love interest. Ben, her mentor was very cool, certainly hope he does not die in the next book as mentors in fantasy bound to.

 

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