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review 2017-06-11 12:33
Chest of Bone (The Afterworld Chronicles) - Vicki Stiefel

Clea was an F BI investigator and Empath. Dave was Clea’s mentor, friend, and only father figure Clea had ever known. When Clea got to the Mid Borough Feed & Seed- Dave’s store. There was a sense of wrongness. Clea felt if anyone had hurt Dave they were toast. Dave whispered Clea’s name but she did hear him and found him covered in blood from dozens of cuts slashed his legs, his arms. His torso and face. Then Dave told her he was a guardian her guardian. Dave told her to take the Storybook , green cover, she had bit. Then Clea found the book. Dave must have been in his twenties when he took Clea on as his project. Clea never knew why. He was a merry man. His tattoos fascinated Clea. He made up stories about his tattoos to entertain a kid starved for attention. Dave read to Clea for hours. Bernadette was Clea’s foster mother.

I didn’t care for this story. There was just too much going on I just was into the book about 10 percent and didn’t know what was going on. I couldn’t get into the writing style and finally gave up. I’m sure someone will have more patience than me and love this book.  

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review 2017-02-14 08:00
Chest Of Bone
Chest of Bone (The Afterworld Chronicles Book 1) - Vicki Stiefel

Sometimes you're reading a novel and you're 30% through it and only then realize that you still don't have a clue about what the book is about. That happened to me with Chest of Bone.

I expected something more of a fantasy novel, but it was more or less a murder mystery with some fantasy elements thrown into it. This is not necessarily a bad thing of course, as I certainly like my murder mysteries from time to time. However, the writing was also quite strange. I can't really explain it but felt different, and I think it was one of the reasons why I couldn't get into the story for a long time.

The story itself was quite interesting (mostly the part about the 'exotic' food) but the main ideas have been done before, a number of times. The jury is still out whether or not to continue with this series in the future.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-01-10 05:15
Afterworld (Orion Rezner Chronicles, #1) - Michael James Ploof

~~~Not A Strong 4 Stars but Def. Worth More Than 3~~~

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. That being said, this book was a whole lot of fun! It promised a cornucopia of creatures including: Vampires, Werewolves, Shape Shifters, Ghosts, Witches/Warlocks, various survivors of the virus that wiped out 99% of the population named Witnesses, Elites and Cain along with Priests exhibiting extraordinary powers, Demons and last but certainly not least a bad a$$ snarky monkey named Dude. For the most part it delivers though we never get to meet the Vamps, Werewolves, Shape Shifters and Elites in book #1. Still this post apocalyptic book is action packed and chock full of references to 80's and 90's pop culture (both witty and  dated) which could have easily backfired. There were some words left out here and there but the quick paced/easy flow made up for whatever editing problems I ran across. The character development and world building were good but nothing groundbreaking though it definitely provided an excellent foundation for what I believe will turn out to be a VERY entertaining series. 

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