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review 2016-12-01 17:48
A Doctor In Her Stocking by Elizabeth Bevarly 4 Stars!
A Doctor in Her Stocking (From Here to Maternity) - Elizabeth Bevarly

This week's favorite romance pick will kick off a a count down till Christmas with Christmas/Hanukah/Festivus of all kinds reviews for the rest of the month. 

 

Elizabeth Bevarly writer fun, funny books. I like a lot of that around the holidays. 

 

I love a grumpy hero and here we have one who just adores our heroine. And why shouldn't he? She is great.

 

I have a soft spot for books where the heroine is pregnant but not with the hero's baby. Beverly gives me a romance I can believe in this lovely Christmas miracle love story. 

 

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Single and pregnant, diner waitress Mindy Harmon might have been a little down on her luck, yet she'd still managed to keep her holiday spirit. But she was more than a little surprised when she opened her door on Christmas Eve to find ...Reed Atchison, M.D.--her gorgeous-but-grumpy customer--declaring himself her own personal Christmas present!

Reed had never been big on Christmas, but when he met Mindy--the beautiful mother-to-be who had so little yet gave so much--he became a believer. In roles he never thought he'd take on--like Dr. Husband. And Dr. Daddy?

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review 2015-10-02 00:23
Review | Omega by Lizzy Ford
Omega (Omega Series Book 1) - Lizzy Ford
I received a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinion of the book in any way.
 
In all of my exploits with young adult Greek mythology, I have never read a story like Omega. The most unique and intriguing part of this story is the setting. It is set in a future where the Greek gods and mythology are real and fully incorporated into modern life. So, there are teens surfing Tumblr and taking selfies alongside sacred temples dedicated to the gods. The fusion of modern and ancient Greek culture was done well. (The quotes from classic Greek philosophers were nice touches.)
 
The cast of characters was dynamic and ever-changing to keep up with the action of the plot. Alessandra, the kick-butt protagonist, was extremely relatable (despite her prophetic powers) and I liked her from beginning to end. She was sassy, strong, and stubborn, which is basically the formula for a great female protagonist. But, she was also insecure and prone to a little bit of whining, which got on my nerves for some of the book. 
 
The secondary characters were also well developed due to the effective use of multiple point of views throughout the story. Even with the enormous cast, I was never confused with the switching of the POVs. With such a complex plot, that feat is quite impressive. 
 
For most of the book, I was in the same boat as Alessandra while she tried to navigate the dangerous political schemes of the real world. I never really figured out who to trust, which kept me on my toes for the entire book. On the other hand, the frequent switch between viewing a character as trustworthy, then finding out how deceptive they really are was quite exhausting. There was a constant flip-flop of "Who can I really trust?" that was never really solved. Such a large part of the book was centered on this question of trustworthiness, and nothing was really made of it. I admire that suspense and intrigue that Ford tried to infuse with the unreliability of the characters, but I wish there was more character stability for me to grasp. 
 
All I will say about the ending is that it definitely succeeded in making me want to continue the series when Theta comes out next year. 
 
Omega is an intricate and action-packed twist on the culture of Greek mythology in the modern world. The plot and the characters were equally dynamic, if a little bit hard to keep up with at times.
 
I would recommend Omega to any Greek mythology fans out there who have to satisfy their cravings for brave heroes, cunning gods, and ancient prophecies. 
 
Source: 4evercrazyforya.blogspot.com/2015/10/blog-tour-review-omega-by-lizzy-ford.html
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review 2015-07-23 08:00
Review: The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle
The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle - Christopher Healy

THE HERO’S GUIDE TO STORMING THE CASTLE by Christopher Healy is the second book in the series. Things have gone downhill for our heroes (princes Liam, Frederic, Gustav, and Duncan) with the Bandit King getting his revenge, but the princes soon find themselves involved in another adventure.

 

After reading and loving THE HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM, I was really looking forward to diving into this book. Unfortunately, THE HERO’S GUIDE TO STORMING THE CASTLE left me disappointed. For me it lacked the fun and play of the first book, and at times it felt more like the author was laughing at the characters, rather than with them.

 

When the book starts it takes a while to get into the main plot – which is a quest that the princes find themselves on. Before then we get to see a bit of the princes’ lives at home. Healy used this opportunity to reveal some things about the princes that served to explain their behaviour – and I also think, may be used in future books as plot points. Once the story reached the main plot, it was very reminiscent of the previous book – it was like (mostly) organised chaos.

 

I’m not really sure if this book adds anything to the series, or if I just feel that way because I found the book quite boring, as Healy added nothing new to the mix really. I can see it as a way of building a foundation for books later in the series – it certainly has the potential to do that, as there are a LOT of plot threads which Healy could take-up – but that does little to endear me to this particular book.

 

There were moments within the story that I enjoyed – moments which showed the spark of the previous book. I particularly enjoyed Prince Liam’s reaction to his sister suddenly making an appearance to help. In fact, I really quite liked Prince Liam’s sister – Lila was a really awesome, kick-ass character; she knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to do what she needs to to reach her goal.

 

If you have read and enjoyed THE HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM then you will probably enjoy your return to the world, especially if you are closer to the intended age range of this book than I am. Although I did not enjoy this book, I think Healy has a lot of potential to explore within this world and series.

 

Originally posted on The Flutterby Room.

Source: theflutterbyroom.com/2015/07/23/review-the-heros-guide-to-storming-the-castle-by-christopher-healy
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text 2015-01-15 01:39
The Tale Of Onora Series by Dylan Saccoccio
The Boy and the Peddler of Death - Dylan Saccoccio,Falon Alexander-Brink,Virginie Carquin
The Girl with the Solar Eyes - Dylan Saccoccio,Hilary Merrill,Marco Ivancic

I recently read and reviewed this series, which I was absolutely thrilled about. I really enjoyed these books and wanted others to get a chance to read them as well! So far there are two books in this series: The Boy and the Peddler of Death and The Girl with the Solar Eyes

 

The Boy and the Peddler of Death is on sale at the moment on Amazon for 99c for a few more hours, which is a great price for this start of a series. 

 

This is a total fantasy series that could easily rival Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time and even an adult version of Harry Potter. The Tale Of Onora is definitely worthy of a top spot in the fantasy genre. I wouldn't be surprised if it were eventually turned into a movie or a television show. 

Dylan Saccoccio

http://www.dylansaccoccio.com/

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