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review 2017-03-07 18:26
House of Whispers by J L Bryan
House of Whispers (Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper Book 5) - JL Bryan

Another great read in the Ellie Jordan series By J L Bryan. This is the 5th book in the series. I have enjoyed all 5 of the books so far. J L Bryan really know how to write series that keeps you craving more at the end of each book. I really like that in a book, series, and author. I also love how the main characters in each book are always the same, I really like getting to know the characters. Each book adds a little more to their story but does not change what you already know about them.

 

In House of Whispers, Ellie and Stacy are called into a luxury hotel to solve the ghost problem. The hotel is famous for being haunted but lately the ghosts are becoming violent to the guests and staff. So much so they they have killed on of the construction workers. It is up to Ellie and Stacy to get rid of the bad ghosts before anyone else gets hurt. They are also supposed to do this without alerting the guests.

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review 2015-06-26 04:07
GHOST TRAPPER BY: J.L. BRYAN
Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper - J.L. Bryan

 

 

   "Sweet," Stacy said. "Well, let's go check out the dark basement of the abandoned insane asylum. Nothing could possibly go wrong down there."

 

   Yeah I'd definitely be like

 

 

 

 

   But naturally, Ellie, ghost trapping extraordinaire, has no problem sucking it up and facing down plenty of extra creepy ghosties. For Ellie ghost trapping is more than just a job, it's pretty much her whole life. I really liked the different approach here where Ellie  looked at ghosts and hunting them from a more scientific standpoint. It was definitely an interesting take on things. I definitely got a vibe that she was kind of a lone wolf and had a hard time opening up to people.

 

   I'd say this story was more plot driven than character driven, which was peachy because the plot was strong. Things definitely took a turn around the halfway point which was really when the whole creep factor of this book stepped way up. That's not to say that the characters were flat in any way, honestly there was certainly enough there for my curiosity to be very piqued! Since this is book one in the series I am hoping to see some more character development in the coming books. Especially more from Ellie and hopefully Jacob too. I was slightly bummed that Jacob was not in more of the story, I think the addition of such a strong psychic really made things even more interesting. Ellie, Stacy and Jacob seemed to make a pretty good team, especially considering this was their first time all working together. I see a lot of promise there!

 

    The ghosts were truly the highlight of this story. It took a little while for them to really come out to play, but once they did it set a definite creeptastic tone. Some of the descriptions were down right chilling. All in all this was a solid ghost story, and I really dug the ghostbuster like idea of trapping ghosts in ghost proof containers, what's even more interesting is what Ellie does with them once they are trapped! I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes next!

 

   

 

  

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review 2015-06-07 20:01
"You should love what you love" --JL Bryan, Nomad
Nomad - J.L. Bryan

Book Title:  Nomad 

Author:   JL Bryan 

Series:  Stand Alone 

 

 

❖❖Why I went with that quote:  I hadn't highlighted anything; except a particularly awful, unedited sentence,* so I skimmed through the book for inspiration, and that was what I found... at least, it's true.❖❖

 

 

 

 

Overall Rating:  2.4/5 Stars 

 

Breakdown of Rating

 

Plot:  2.2/5   It just felt so disjointed.

Characters:  2/5   I'm not sure I ever really connected to them, not enough, at least.

Theme:  2.8/5

Flow:  2/5

Originality:  3/5   While it was time-travel...it did have an interesting take on it.

Book Cover:  3 

The Feels:  2/5   Without a connection to the characters, the feels fell flat for me.

Ending:    3/5   The ending is what saved this from being a straight-up 2 Star read for me. Cliffhanger:  No 

 

Synopsis

 

 

They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

I felt for most part, the idea of this book is a good one, it's just that the execution fell flat.  There were a lot of weird moments or WTF moments that made me stop reading and try to contemplate why it was happening.  It also needs some serious editing done to it.  The ending was the only redeeming part within this book, it wrapped everything up fairly nicely. 

 

While I am a fan of many indie writers, they're a lot of good ones out there.  I don't think JL Bryan will make that list for me.  I'm still glad I gave him a chance.

 

*The sentence:  She found herself wondering whether he would cup of coffeemake a return appearance.  --Seriously can you figure this out, is she trying to figure out if a cup of coffee is going to make a return appearance, Whaaaat.  It's just too much for it, not to be noticed by some kind of proofreader.

 

 

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review 2015-05-20 15:18
Review: Cold Shadows
Cold Shadows - J.L. Bryan

I’ve decided to pick back up this series and continue it. I read the first book and got hooked. Ever since, I wondered what new adventures awaited Ellie. Also, please note that due to pregnancy insomnia, I started this book late at night and could not stop reading it. Plus, I got a bit scared.

Plot: This is about Ellie who is a paranormal investigator/ghost trapper. She reviews the cases and finds the ones that are truly real. I really enjoyed reading about Ellie. I think she is strong and passionate about her job. This story follows Ellie into a haunted house with a malevolent back round. I really like that this plot not only moved at a great pace but it  gave the reader a great history of the house.

Haunted House: One aspect of these stories that I truly love is the detailed research that Ellie does. When she reviews cases, she not only visits but she looks into the past. And for me, researching the horrific events that happened in that house followed by creepy ghosts, really brings the story to life. I loved learning about why people did what they did and why they stay there. Every creepy movement of a door slamming, a cold room and ghost taking form, only made me read faster.

Anywho, this book is awesome! The story, the history and not to mention it gave me the chills. I stayed up past 1am just to finish it and when I did, I had to Netflix for a while just to feel better and fall asleep. (I’m a big chicken) If you love ghost stories, definitely give this book a try.

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review 2013-12-23 14:47
Review: Nomad
Nomad - J.L. Bryan

Sometimes I read books that are soo good, that I wonder why didn’t I pick up the book sooner? Why??? Now, when it comes to reading time travel, I’m very picky with it.

 

Mainly because if the plot does not flow right, the plot can become confusing with a bunch of details with the story going absolutely no where. In Nomad, that is not the case.  This story carries the plot right, and time travel is of essence.

 

Plot: Time Travel. Who does not like time travel? I adore this plot. Moving fast and intriguing, Nomad is freaking awesome. The gist of the plot is this: there is a girl sent back in time to kill a horrible dictator that will take over the world and all of humanity. Of course with author JL Bryan, you know that this plot is much more complicated that that. Believe me when I say, that you will fall for it.

 

Love: This love is so unexpected and completely took me over. Seriously, best plot twist ever!!! Just sayin’.

 

Ending: I have to admit that this ending is pretty amazing. JL Bryan fits all the pieces nicely into a ending that is complete and explained. If anything, I enjoyed the book so much, I wanted more. It completely blew me away. Pure genius.

 

If you can’t tell, I’m in love with this story. It’s fast and fierce, blowing everything you knew about time travel away. Nomad races across the pages, coming to life right before the reader eyes.  Harmonizing a fantastic plot and explosive characters, Nomad is  stupendous.

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