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review 2017-08-12 15:58
Best Character: Daisy the dog cattle-herding-extraordinaire
Berserker - Emmy Laybourne

Book Title:  Berserker

Author:  Emmy Laybourne

Series:  Berserker #1

Genre:  Older YA, Historical, Supernatural, Splash of Romance

Publisher:  Macmillan Children's Publishing Group Feiwel & Friends

Setting:  Norway & Montana

Source: I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  3.8/5 Cliffhanger:  Sort of

Total:  3.8/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

First off, I freaking love this cover, it's what initially drew me in, and the synopsis had me thinking, wow, that's sounds amazing…Norway mixed with some early American old west…I totally clicked on the READ NOW button on Netgalley.  I'm not at all disappointed that I did, either…overall I really liked Berserker…it's just so different from anything else I've been reading lately, but I do have a few issues. 

 

Berserker is very violent and it doesn't sugarcoat any of it, either.   Plot wise it's a very ambitious undertaking and I'm not sure the Author pulls it off completely.  I would have liked more character development and I wished the romance was a little more developed too.  The ending scenes were a little over-the-top supernaturally, and I didn't fully commit to feeling them.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  I would like too…just to see where it goes from here.  It really could have ended with this book, though.

 

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review 2017-06-21 23:41
A battle for bones…that's rich in old west history…
Dragon Teeth - Michael Crichton

 

Book Title:  Dragon Teeth

Author:  Michael Crichton

Narration:  Scott Brick w/ Sherri Crichton

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Adventure, Western

Setting:  Old West, Late 1800's

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi  --This lyric video with it's majestic backdrop is the biggest reason I picked this song…but the lyrics are not too far off either.  Especially since Johnson is thought to be dead by many and even put in jail on a couple of occasions…I think.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4 STARS

B+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

If you're looking for a book that might be considered a prequel to Jurassic Park, than, yeah, this isn't that.  This is a western.  A western that's interspersed with actual history mixed with some fictional history.   With a sprinkling of how paleontology came to be.  

Based on actual early paleontologists Edwin Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, the story itself centers on a fictional guy named William Johnson.  There's also appearances by some famous dudes too, like Wyatt Earp and his brother Morgan.  With a backdrop of such iconic western towns like Cheyenne, Laramie, Deadwood,  and even The Badlands; I could not find myself disappointed in Dragon Teeth.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.2/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Who am I kidding, if they unearth something else…I probably will.

 

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review 2017-03-12 18:17
This has sharp shooters, hangings, gold digging and a saloon brawl...just to name a few...
Vengeance Road - Erin Bowman

Book Title:  Vengeance Road

Author:  Erin Bowman

Narration:  Amy Rubinate

Series:  Vengeance Road #1

Genre:  Western, YA, Romance

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

 

 Gold by Imagine Dragons  --Well gold is at the root of all evil…isn't it???  It's also the root of this story.

♫First comes the blessing of all that you've dreamed

But then comes the curses of diamonds and rings

Only at first did it have its appeal

But now you can't tell the false from the real

Who can you trust?♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I continue this series?  Yeah, I might.  I swear when I started reading this it was a stand-alone, and by the time I finished it, there was a second book added.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I needed something different and this fit; since I really don't read a lot of westerns.  The audio was well done by Amy Rubinate complete with a western twang. 

I would of liked a little more character development, especially with Jesse, he came off as a douche most of the time, and I didn't really like him at first, he was only marginally better by the end.  He is definitely a man of few words.  Kate is a gutsy, take-no-crap kind of girl and I liked her.   There's a twist near the end, I didn't see coming at all.  Overall, I wish the ending…let's just say…went a little differently than it did.

 

 ⇝Sex Factor⇜  The romance is very subtle, and completely clean.

 

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review 2017-02-06 17:45
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

 

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd, a Chicago socialite from the 1800s, who signs on to the Federal government plan of Brides for Indians as a means to escape an insane asylum where her family has placed her because she had fallen in love with a man below her station. Through her journals May describes her life in the asylum and later her new life as a prairie bride of Chief Little Wolf of the Cheyennes. Along her journey she tells of her fellow brides who come from all walks of life. In return for their marriage to a Cheyenne and subsequent bearing of a mixed race baby or two, the government hopes to assimilate the Cheyennes into the white man’s culture. Along the way May meets an Army Captain and they fall in love but part, knowing that their love could never be. May continues on her journey, assimilating into the life of the Cheyennes as the third wife of Chief Little Wolf, all the while keeping a set of notebooks that become her journals.

 

The descriptions of life on the prairie are both breathtaking and brutal. But through it all May begins to question which side is the real savage – Native American or white Christian. A detailed and fast booking book, it will appear to the reader that the journals they are reading are true although the author states up front that everything contained in the book is fiction based on the true fact that such a Brides for Indians program was proposed but never acted upon.

 

I loved the different ‘brides’ who, although stereotypical, give much needed diversity to the story. And although we see Chief Little Wolf as a proud and courageous warrior we soon learn that he is so much more. Finely researched, cleverly written, and engrossing the reader will find this story difficult to put down.

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review 2016-08-21 00:22
Great Story and Characters
Brides of the Old West: - Darlene Franklin,Peggy Darty,Sally Laity,Nancy Lavo,Kathleen Paul

In one of the story’s Suzanne is out checking the fence when she sees a man on a horse and the man is almost falling off his horse as he gets closer Suzanne sees red on his shirt she is not even sure she can get him back to the ranch alive. She finds out when he is in better shape his name is Luke he had won at poker then  he was shot and robbed oh his money. Luke is better now but has lost his faith. Suzanne on the other hand has had alot of bad things happen but still has a strong faith in God. She kept her faith even through all the strife she was going through. There is another story about Blanche and she has inherited money from an unknown father but she has to follow some stipulations: one was knowing her dads boat would reveal alot to Blanche. A third story is about Amanda and Sara Jane who had recently buried there father in Missouri on their way to Oregon. All they really have is each other. The wagon train master won’t let them join alone so they follow behind. Sara Jane and Amanda have faith that God will get through all that happens on this very hard trip. The fourth story is about Luke who was a half breed and had never known any kind of love or even affection. Deborah’s uncle Cyrus had given him the only home he had ever known at fourteen. Deborah toke her seven year old brother Case who had been through alot with their home burning and his own physical problems . Luke and Deborah met where he considered a rest place. Not a very nice place and dirty. Luke and case become friends. Even though Case has been looked down upon by most and has physical limitations he loves Jesus and has a very strong faith. Luke won’t leave Deborah and Case alone it just wouldn’t be right. The fifth story is about Tildie who has had a very tough life . Her family had all died from illness. Tildie is with her aunt and step uncle who is a very good man . She is traveling with her  aunt and her aunts family when there is an accident and when she wakes up she is in an Indian camp. Her aunt is dead and john her husband is dyeing but as bad as he was Tildie lead him to God before he toke his last breath. Tildie three cousins are still alive and Okay. tilde meets a missionary his name was Jan and as time goes on he loves Tildie and the three kids who have also lost so much and this is about the hard journey back to civilization and Tildie wondering how Jon a man of God could love her and the three kids that aren’t his own.

These stories were all great and very inspiring even if in a time long gone by. What people endured then yet kept their faith in God was stupendous. There was a mix of stories but all had good plots and ups and downs but with God interweaves into the story, I loved all the stories and I highly recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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