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review 2017-09-21 16:00
Being human sucks....
Vanek (Demons After Dark Book One) - Laurie Olerich

I enjoyed this story. The levels of demons and angels along with the "human" behavior in exiling for some devious plan made it a good read. As Dylan tries to change her future, she ends up asking for help from Vanek and his fellow demons. Together, their chemistry is off the charts. Her strength and his total honesty kept me turning the pages. I look forward to the next in this story as they try to get to the bottom of the nefarious plot.

This is a Candid Book Reviews selection, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-09-16 18:20
Review: Switiching Hour (Magic and Mayhem #1) by Robyn Peterman
Switching Hour: Magic and Mayhem Book One - Robyn Peterman

 

This was lackluster and the author tried way too hard with the humor, almost as if the author wrote this for the middle grade reader. And it suffered mightily from first bookitis, so there was so much back story and not enough of a coherent present storyline. Since the story itself was only 91 pages and there was a alpha werewolf as the hero, we get insta-lust/fated mates romance on top of the paranormal mystery. There wasn't anything too bad about the story, it just didn't have anything that interested me as a reader.

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review 2017-09-08 11:06
The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu

A nonstop action and adventure fantasy story which drew me in quickly and held my attention all through. I thought the world was well thought out and the systems in place were easily relatable. Some characters were a bit predictable but not so much that they were unbearable.  Over all, a good one for fans of sword fights, spells and the underdog coming out on top.

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review 2017-09-03 18:00
Book Review For: Balance M.J. Woods
Balance: The Amped Series: Book One - M.J. Woods

'Balance' by M.J. Woods is the First Book in "The Amped" Series. This is the story of Aidan and Alexis. Their story does continue after this book...so there will be a cliffhanger to get us ready for the next book called "Sway".
Aidan childhood has allot of issue from an abusive father to a younger brothers death that he still sometimes has nightmares from. Aidan has made himself into one of the riches men around. Being in his middle to late thirty he hasn't settled down with any certain women. There was a women named Stella in his life but he is more of a have sex then they leave kind of guy. Now Aidan is back in his boyhood home where he plans to put is a Safe-haven for kids that are in and having difficult times. It has been hard being back and has brought on more memories and night mares but the one thing Aidan has found by coming back is Alexis.
Alexis too has some issue that we learning about. Alexis lost her husband Ben Clayton almost two years ago, they were best friends. Now she has started up her Father's law firm to try and mover forward while keeping her father's name alive. Alexis hasn't been seeing anyone other than lusting some at the neighbor Jackson Dean. When she has to attend a meeting she finds that Aidan is the guest speaker. Alexis hasn't really heard of him but her friend Charlie has and send her a picture of him. From there Alexis finds she is so attracted to him but knows she not in his league. When someone volunteers her to work on Aidan project with him a two other people she has mixed feelings.
Aidan knows he has to have Alexis and will stop an nothing to have her. Alexis is the first women that has sparked any feelings in him and he is consumed with her.
There is some harsh feelings at first with Aiden putting a stop to Alexis large deal she had with his Uncle that lost her office allot of money and also put her in a bad spot.
I thinks this is Ms. Woods first book but I know its my first book that I have read from her. With that said I must say I fell in love with her writing. I can not get enough of Alexis and Aiden's story!
Love it!
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review 2017-08-30 02:17
A PI investigates a super-hero's death
Double Lives (Johnny Wagner, Godlike PI Book One) - Matt Cowper

Double Lives takes place in a world as overloaded with super-heroes and super-villains as The Tick (comic or cartoon), Powers (comic) or Powerless (TV). But our protagonist isn't a super-hero, at least not any more. Now, he's a P. I. -- with a twist. A minor deity (whose name I will not try to type), nicknamed Dak has been merged with him and acts as his right arm.

 

Dak is a god of destruction, and will use power beams, super-strength and the like to achieve this destruction, as often as possible -- even when it works against his host, Johnny Wagner, professionally or personally. He will also, at whim, start an argument with Johnny or anyone nearby, threaten them, or just sound off about whatever he wants to -- again, even when it works against his host. Dak is really annoying, but will (mostly) grow on you. I did enjoy his origin story, I should add.

 

Johnny's a typical down-on-his-luck P.I., there's really nothing about him early on that will make you think hes anything but a comic book version of Marlowe-clone. Which is fine to start with, and thankfully Cowper doesn't leave him that way. He is interesting enough to keep the reader engaged and interested.

 

The hero Captain Neptune has recently been killed by a laughable member of his rogues gallery, Gray Squirrel. The killing was very public, very definite, and very, very filmed. As such, Gray Squirrel is going away for a very long time. Until Neptune's widow hires Johnny to investigate. She just doesn't think that Gray Squirrel intended to kill him, and wants Johnny to uncover the truth about what happened.

 

Sadly, Johnny just doesn't uncover that, but he unearths many things that people'd prefer were kept under wraps. There's a decent bit of investigation that goes on, punctuated with some very well-written comic book fight scenes. I was less than impressed with the dialogue, which was frequently problematic, and the romantic storyline. The rest worked, in a heightened-comic book reality way. Which is not a slam, it's a description -- I'm a comic fan, I wish I could read more. I enjoyed the other characters -- minor, allies, villains of various degrees of power, heroes (most of whom come across as real jerks), too.

 

The climactic battles were really well-executed, and even if I hadn't been won over by the book by this time, I'd probably recommend the books just for them. Thankfully, I can say that there's a lot more going for Double Lives than those two battles. It's a lot of fun, and super-hero fans should find plenty to reward their time if they read this.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for this post. I appreciate the opportunity.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/08/29/double-lives-by-matt-cowper
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