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review 2018-07-11 07:22
Lackluster ending
The Kingmakers - Susan Griffith

***Possible spoilers you've been warned***

 

I don't know what happened in this one. The first two books were excellent and fun to read. It got you looking forward to the final installment and wanting a nice close to the series. This one falls short. Drastically.

 

You get smidgens of action here and there but the bulk of the novel is Gareth and Adele having cheesy love sick conversation about their relationship and what the future holds for them. The setting changes throughout the book but they keep talking about the same bloody thing over and over again. It's a bloody record that's been scratched and you can't turn it off.

 

Adele goes on the major pity party and gets whiny. I don't know how she managed to pull this 360 when the first two books she was an excellent character to read. Now all of a sudden it's "poor me" and "What about Gareth?" "Everybody is leaving me. Wah. Wah. Wah" Oh lordy Adele. Shut up. You're an Empress. Act like it.

 

The geomancy theory was okay and interesting but there wasn't much to it. Sure Adele, let's destroy the vampire race right? okay good. Save humans. Yay. Oh wait your boyfriend is a vampire but hey! he's okay with the massive genocide you're doing. Yeah! that's great! Thumbs up Gareth! we're voting for you next time around!

 

The most disappointing factor of all was the inner vampire plotting was left to a few pages here and there and it lacked any substance. Cesare barely made an appearance and if he did it's all about "Bwahhaah my plot is unfolding" several more scenes later: "Bwahahaha my plot is still unfolding" it's like the villain who talks to much and doesn't actually do the deed he's supposed to do.

 

I was severely disappointed with this final book. It's unfortunate to see such great characters come to a lackluster end.

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text 2018-06-25 09:56
Reading progress update: I've read 323 out of 479 pages.
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5) - Richelle Mead

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. 

 

Enough said

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review 2018-06-22 04:19
2.7 Out Of 5 STARS for me on this one...
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen

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~BOOK BLURB~

Wake Of Vultures

Lila Bowen

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Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood and he turns to black sand.

 

And just like that, Nettie can see.

 

But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding—at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead her to find her true kin . . . if the monsters along the way don't kill her first. 

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This felt like it was trying too hard to be about as many relevant topics as it could, and for me personally, I think it just came off as overtly chaotic.  It started out good, I was feeling the alternate old west world she had created…then it just became crude and uncomfortable.  Then there were the supernatural elements, seriously it had everything from Vampires to Chupacabra's, with several more in between, too many really…but  hey, there are plenty of readers out there who liked this.  With that being said…its overall message about not being afraid to be yourself is the best thing about this book, and it's the reason I rated as high as I did.

 

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~MY RATING~

2.7STARS - GRADE=C-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 2.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 2/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3/5  Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ Very cool

Narration~ 3 by Robin Miles…I don't think she was bad, she just didn't work for me.

Series~ The Shadow #1

Setting~ Old West

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-06-19 10:00
Release Day Review! Vampire’s Faith (Dark Protectors #8) Rebecca Zanetti!
Vampire's Faith - Rebecca Zanetti

 

 

The Dark Protectors are Back!

 

Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.

 

Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.
 
“Hot and fast from beginning to end.”
—Kate Douglas on Fated
  
“Sizzling sex scenes and a memorable cast.”
—Publishers Weekly on Claimed
  
“A fast-paced, excitement-filled explosion of action… Zanetti keeps getting better.”
—RT Book Reviews on Marked, 4.5 Stars Top Pick

 


Hot Diggity Vampire! The Dark Protectors are back and their fiery new book, Vampire’s Faith, rocked my world and introduced to me more yummy protectors.

Ronan and Faith are two very strong and captivating characters that burn with electrifying chemistry that easily draw readers in and ensures that they never want to leave. I felt connected to these two characters as they worked out their very turbulent romance that is full of emotion, snarky dialogue and full steam ahead passion as they came together and clashed in all time “War of the Roses” type battlefield romance.

 

This fast paced plot kept me on a roller coaster ride of explosive action, thrilling suspense, and of course the very rocky romance. The bad guys have new allies and they are definitely up to as much as evil as they can do while the Seven are the newest good guys that are all about stopping that evil in any way possible, which might not sit well with the rest of the realm, so there is never a dull moment to be found during all of the life and death exploits that take place. In another twist, Garrett and Logan find themselves caught up in the Seven’s secret plans to fulfill a prophecy which adds even more thrills and suspense to the story.

 

Rebecca Zanetti never fails to provide me with vivid, exciting and fascinating world full of fantastic characters that I can’t help but love so her worlds are some of my favorite ones to visit so it shouldn’t come to a surprise when I tell you that she has added a whole new dimension to the Dark Protectors world with this new twist in the series and I can’t wait to get to know the rest of these dark and sexy new warriors better.

 


Vampire’s Faith


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37703013-vampire-s-faith

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/vampire-s-faith-rebecca-zanetti/book,13971958

 


The 8th book in the Dark Protectors series


https://www.goodreads.com/series/63691-dark-protectors

 

https://rebeccazanetti.com/book_series/dark-protectors/

 

which includes


Fated #1
Claimed #2
Tempted #2.5
Hunted #3
Consumed #4
Provoked #5
Twisted #5.5
Shadowed #6
Tamed #6.5
Marked #7
Talen #7.5

 

The Realm Enforcers series


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/142331-realm-enforcers

 

https://rebeccazanetti.com/book_series/realm-enforcers/

 


which includes

 

Wicked Ride #1
Wicked Edge #2
Wicked Burn #3
Wicked Kiss #4
Wicked Bite #5


& the Dark Protectors – Reese Family

 

https://rebeccazanetti.com/book_series/dark-protectors-reese-family/

 

 

which includes:


Teased #1
Tricked #2
Tangled #3

 

 

Vampire’s Faith is available in print or ebook at:

 

Kensington - http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/36378

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN/B078LJZ6YF/romwitabit01-20/


B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vampires-faith-rebecca-zanetti/1127723103?ean=9781516107452

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/vampires-faith/id1329275840?mt=11


Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/vampire-s-faith


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rebecca_Zanetti_Vampire_s_Faith?id=gVJEDwAAQBAJ


eBooks - https://www.ebooks.com/95930874/vampire-s-faith/zanetti-rebecca/

 

 

can be found at:

 

Website - http://rebeccazanetti.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4149342.Rebecca_Zanetti

 

Bookbub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rebecca-zanetti


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaZanetti.books/


Twitter - https://twitter.com/RebeccaZanetti

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/rebeccazanetti/

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/rebecca-zanetti/author,2550206

 

 

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review 2018-06-13 00:24
A Matter of Time by Michael J. Bowler
A Matter of Time - Michael J. Bowler

This is basically a Titanic story with a vampire and some time travel. For me, it was a very slow start. Set in 1980s California at the beginning, there is lots of college angst and it doesn’t take much angst to wear me out. Jamie is worried about his looks, do the girls like him, do the guys want to be his friend, is he worthy in his chosen field of study, etc. Of course, some of the other students have some of the same angst. Maggie, one of 2 female characters that have names and lines for the entire book, has been dating Jay but she has to admit she has growing feelings for someone else.

I have to mention that there were too many J names in this book. First off, Jamie goes by James, Jimmy, Jack…. and then there’s his friend Jay, who for a time I thought was just another nick name for Jamie. Somewhere along the line we get a John.

Let’s talk vampire! Because I thought it was high time we had a Titanic-time-travel-vampire mash up. I’ve read the original Draculaand an in-depth bio on Bram Stoker so you know I have a fondness for references to the original Dracula. When Jamie starts experiencing symptoms that point directly back to Renfield (a character in the original Dracula), I was finally interested in the story. Jamie has spent some considerable time researching the Titanic so he soon realizes that his symptoms and his dreams and the Titanic are all wrapped up together. Hence, he drags the story out into the middle of the Pacific for the second half of the book and that’s where we get the paranormal transport through time.

Back in 1912, Jamie meets Kate, our second female character for the book. There’s some insta-love, which I rarely like. So, yes, we have Jack (aka Jamie) and Kate (think of Kate Winslett who played Rose in the movie Titanic). Rose’s love interest in the movie was also named Jack. So if you have pined for a sequel to the movie all these years, here it is in book form.

OK, back to the ladies. Why are there only 2? Not realistic. Women are everywhere and in fact actually attended college in California in the 1980s in droves. There’s a few other ladies that pop up here and there and they either have no lines or no names. Kate and Maggie actually get to interact at some point and they do indeed talk about men. Sigh…. I was disappointed in the ladies all around.

OK, so what about that vampire? Well, yes, he is a danger and he must be dealt with but for the most part, he was not memorable. The impending Titanic disaster is much more of a danger to more people. The strain of vampirism in this tale lacked the dark sexuality, mystery, and danger I expected.

I did like that Jamie is faced with some very tough choices once he’s on the Titanic. He wasn’t thinking clearly before his little time trip, but once he’s there, he has to choose whether or not to do his best to avoid or mitigate the disaster. Even after all the big scenes are over, Jamie still has some tough surprises and I really felt for him.

All told, I feel the author tried to pile in too much to one book and therefore all aspects felt a little stretched thin. The love story didn’t work for me. The time travel was by the simplest of mechanisms – a paranormal event. It was a penny tour of the Titanic instead of a deeper historical fiction. The vampire tale was more of a distraction than an added bonus. 3/5 stars.

 

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Aaron Landon did a good job with this story. His voice for the angsty Jamie is perfect. He does a good job with Jamie’s emotions through the story. He also makes a good angry Jay. His female voices are feminine. He also did voices for the elderly well too. I also liked his regional accents. 5/5 stars.

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