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review 2015-07-13 23:11
Egyptian Moon Series - Book 1 Return: Return by Max W. Miller
Egyptian Moon Series - Book1 Return: Return - Max W. Miller

I received a free kindle copy of Egyptian Moon Series - Book 1 Return: Return by Max W. Miller, published by Ironshield Marketing LLC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

 

I gave this intriguing book about reincarnation & a young college freshman almost five stars. The characters were well written & the subject interesting. The dialogue was snappy & funny. The loss of one star was because of the steep cliff hanger ending with apparently no Book 2 available. In spite of that, I highly recommend this young adult fiction.

 

Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Egyptian-Moon-Book1-Return-ebook/dp/B00IX40TWO

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review 2015-07-04 13:00
BLOG TOUR/REVIEW: Sleepless by Michael Omer
 *I’m posting this as part of the XpressoBookTours Sleepless Blog Tour. I recieved a free ebook copy of this in order to do so.
**This is also posted on Fishing For Books.
 
 
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Sleepless
 
   Title: Sleepless
   Author: Michael Omer
   Series: (Narrowdale #1)
   Publication date: January 10th 201
   Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
 

   Synopsis:

      Don’t fall asleep. Don’t dream. Don’t get  caught.

 

      At the beginning of her freshman year of high  school, Amy can think of nothing worse than  moving to the boring, suburban town of  Narrowdale. And that’s before she starts having  the same nightmare over and over again, waking up every night to a creepy whistle outside her window and being haunted by a mysterious, menacing presence. Getting used to the new school becomes the least of her problems.

 

      As she delves deeper to uncover the truth, she unknowingly edges closer to mortal danger. Terrible events that took place years ago threaten to happen again, but now Amy’s life is on the balance. Unfortunately, the one guy who is supposed to protect her, nineteen year old Peter, doesn’t believe her.

 

      Some things seem to happen only in Narrowdale, where dark secrets hide beneath the surface…

 

      As she confronts the mysteries of Narrowdale, Amy documents her experiences in her blog. The book contains live links to this blog.

 

 

Now for my review!
Format: 
Ebook

4.5/5

     

      Sleepless is full of bravery, friendship, creepily intelligent  homeless men, weird neighbors, consistent nightmares, darkness, kidnappings, and investigations. It's basically Scooby-Doo, but less cartoonish and childish and more realistic and scary. It's about Amy and how in her new home located in Narrowdale, weird things keep happening. It's about the friends she makes and what they hear or see together. It's about them trying to figure out what Amy's nightmares are about and searching for clues and trying to solve what no one else did. Plus, it's infused with paranormal-like aspects. It's great!

 

      I'll start off with what I don't like, since there's very little.

 

What I Didn't Like/Had Problems With:

 

  • The beginning.
  •          I wasn't really sure about Amy in the beginning, because it seemed like she was always complaining (why did we even have to move, I miss LA, the air conditioning guy should know how to do his stupid job, it's so hot, I can't sleep, I don't  like most of the girls in my math class) and she seemed a little dull. Her character definitely grew on me, though.
  •       The pacing, for me, seemed slow. She moves in, spends a week with nightmares and unpacking and talking to her friends over the phone. She starts school, the girls are mean, she doesn't fit in, a nice girl keeps talking to her, she doesn't understand the math, she can't sleep, she forgot her lunch. I just wasn't a huge fan of the beginning because it didn't really capture my interest. I realize now though that it was needed for the story and was a rather great way of introducing the characters and getting us ready for what will soon come.
  •       uh, that's about it, actually.

 

 

What I like:

  •       Her nightmares. The way they were introduced each time was really interesting. You could feel her mind fog and as her mind turned to that of the other girl, it was a smooth transition and almost eerie.
    • It's dark. My head is pounding. Someone hit it, I suddenly remember. I'm shivering. It's so cold in here, in this dark room. How long have I been here? A day? Two? How many times did he walk in, whisper in my ear? How many times have I tried to talk to him, beg for my life, muffled by the rag stuck in my mouth? (Chap. 26 at 67%)
  • The characters.
    •      Amy: She's brave (although some may call her stupid because she knowingly broke into a house of a kidnapper), determined (she wouldn't stop trying to figure out what her dreams meant until she finally got the answer), and fairly easy to connect with (she's a 14 year old girl moving to a new place and trying to fit in and make friends, she thinks boys are cute and she's normal {if you don't count the nightmares which are basically of the past she knew nothing about}).
    •      Shane: He only just met Amy, but he's there for her. He's kind, thoughtful, likes to take videos and photos, and he's basically her confident because he can hear what she heard too. He makes her feel like she isn't crazy, basically.
    •      Coral: She's the nice girl who kept trying to talk to Amy at first. She ends up also being there for Amy, and though she didn't hear what Shane and Amy did that night, she still sticks with them. She tries to help Amy keep up with her studies, she goes along with Amy's ideas even if they're crazy, stupid, or dangerous. They're like the Scooby-Doo gang, alright? They're a group of close friends (it doesn't matter that they just met, they're all friends) who hear and see paranormal things and decide to investigate.
    •       Edger: He's the creepily intelligent homeless man. Basically, he spews random things to those he meets, and Amy thinks it's because he knows things no one else does. He knew she'd become friends with Shane and that Shane liked the moon, he knew she had money (even the exact amount) even though she told him she didn't have any, and he knew about her nightmares. He even gave her clues on how to find out what they were about and so Amy, Shane, and Coral then looked it up and thus their investigation began.
    •       Alex: He's the weird neighbor. At first he was kinda creepy, because he seemed to know things she didn't (you shouldn't go out at night, there's thing the come out; bad things. things are best left in the past). He was a cool character though, ending up being someone who helps. I like him.
  • The writing.
    •       It flowed well, had a great tone, definitely had me feeling scared and anxious at some points, and had a great pace (after the small part in the beginning).
  •      
  •       Overall, I really enjoyed reading Sleepless and I would recommend this to everyone. Especial if you love thriller or paranormal books.
 
 
 
Michael   AUTHOR BIO:
      My name is Michael Omer, and I’m a writer,  journalist and game designer. I wrote and published  my first novel when I was sixteen, and  figured I’d keep at it. Since then, I have published  two more novels, and wrote… who can even count  how many? I’m happily married to a woman who  keeps pushing me to write more, and have three kids  who insist I should stop writing and come play with  them. I also have two dogs.
 
   Author links:
 http://strangerealm.com/
 

 
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review 2015-03-02 07:44
Stingy Crime (Criminal Thriller Book1) - Kevin Lawrence

“Stingy Crime (Criminal Thriller Book1)” by Kevel Lawrence is an atmospheric crime story set in Wales. A serial killer and a kidnapping are setting things in motion for two unlikely investigators: Teacher Ruth and programmer Chantal. Both have their own issues and make for some colourful and interesting characters.
The writing style is smooth and befits this short read. The author manages to keep the suspense up throughout. The crimes are sinister but I found it is the characters that make this novel so enjoyable. When I reached the last page I had grown fond of Ruth and Chantal and was sad to leave them behind. 

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review 2013-07-15 00:00
I Remember (Remembrance Series, Book1) -... I Remember (Remembrance Series, Book1) - Cynthia P. O'Neill I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Do you believe in reincarnation? How about true soul mates? That is exactly the history between Jordan and Gregory. They couldn't explain the pull they have towards each other and feelings so deep, so fast.

Just like any love story though, things don't go as smooth as they would like. There are powers to be that want to destroy their love. However, Jordan and Gregory are determined to beat the odds and stay together.

This is book 1 in the Remembrance Series. I'm anxious for book 2. I want/need to know what the truth is about the past of Jordan and Gregory.
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review 2011-07-07 00:00
Reckless Love (MacKenzie-Blackthorn, Book1)
Reckless Love - Elizabeth Lowell I'm not big on historical romance, but there's some exceptions, this one was one of it!It was amazing, I loved Big Bad Men, and "pour little girl" play.
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