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review 2017-06-24 20:51
Blood Tide by CJ Matthew
Blood Tide - C.J. Matthew,Dori Harrell

I love all things paranormal. When I saw this was a book centered around dolphin shifters I was all for this. This is a paranormal romance featuring a dolphin shifter and a human male. This is book is definitely intended for adults.

 

This is really unique. I like the originality, the characters, and the plot. I do feel the execution of it all fell a bit flat.

 

This is a story of forbidden romance. Sy is a female dolphin shifter making her first shift into human form and joining SBW (Save Blue Water organization) in hopes of locating her BFF who is an SBW agent who has gone missing . SBW is a group of dolphin shifters charged with keeping their breed secret and safe, at all costs. As soon as Sy steps foot on land her journey is chaos. A human male, Noah, comes to her rescue. Noah is an ex military MA  who has a lot of emotional scarring. Sparks fly between the two of them, but their relationship is not an acceptable union due to dolphins being forbidden to reveal themselves to human, or to have romantic involvement with them.

 

I really feel that the storyline is interesting, but the way it was executed could have been better. The history of the dolphin shifters should have been explained more in depth. Their were parts of the story that made this feel too fluff. I wish the paranormal elements of this had been stronger. It felt like a romantic suspense with just a bit of paranormal. Parts of this dragged on a bit too long making it difficult to bounce back into the action when those times came. The action scenes were among the best parts of this book.

 

All in all I think this is a decent beginning to a series. I would read the next book in hopes that the author will add more depth. I liked the authors humor and think that it may be the only reason I would continue.

 

I received a review copy of this book through Reading Alley.

 

 

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review 2017-01-22 06:41
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Worth The Risk (Infinity Series) (Volume 1) - C. J. Lynne

Tyler AKA Ty meets Jaxon AKA Jax and the chemistry for both of them appears to be off the charts.  This sexy mix of will they or won't they is intermixed with some forbidden love.  Jax may be out of his league, but he cannot deny the attraction and feelings that are growing.

 

Jax knows that the situation with Ty is unusual.  He wants to fight for what matters, even when things go wrong.  Choices always seem to come down to whether you can fight for it.

 

This book was really something fun to read.  I found myself laughing out loud, or crying depending on the feels I was getting.  Such amazing character development and at a pace that was comfortable.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2015-06-29 04:39
Geared to the Present, Jones Whitman Time Traveler Series - Dana Bennett

it has been a while since i read any time travel book so i was glad that my request for this title was approved over at Reading Alley. it has a sequel which i plan to request as well - depending on how this first book goes.

 

Geared To The Present by Dana Bennett
 
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Geared to the Present is the story of Jones Whitman who, after making unsavory lifestyle choices in Boston society, learns his father, James, has arranged for him to school under the tutelage of Master Wong Fei-hung in Foshan, China. Jones Whitman submits to the teaching, evolving into a strong and ethical young man. Fei-hung, master of Hung Gar gives each student a new name upon graduation. Jones’s new name is Time Traveler. Jones spends the next seven years working diligently on a design for a time machine. The Atomotron. When the first human trial is to take place, he inadvertently trips the lever and jumps forward 120 years to Snohomish, Washington, 2012. That is where the real adventure begins.
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review 2015-06-26 08:53
Death House - Carole Avila

“Curses are like chickens, they always come home to roost.” - Charles H. Spurgeon

Adley Lange's idea of a summer vacation with her parents was spending it anywhere but her late grandmother's mansion somewhere in the high desert of New Mexico. moreover, the sprawling Capilla Manor, with its deteriorating facade and weed-choked yard, gave her the creeps. inside the house, something waits for Adley - eager to welcome and enfold her in its bony embrace.

the book started out slow for me and my enthusiasm waned a bit due to Adley's mood swings. it was getting to a point that i found her tactless behavior and disparaging language too unbearable to make me quit reading when i realized that the author's writing was quite effective in making me feel that way. in other words, i have been had. i fell into the author's trap. with that "eureka moment", my interest in Adley and her haunting rose again from chapter 8 onward especially after her encounter with her neighbor Victor Trumillo. that meeting, i think, when things began to unravel, was the catalyst that spurred me on.

strong characterization, appropriate word choice, graphic details evoking vivid, hellish imagery are some of the novel's strong points. in particular, i enjoyed the action-packed, hair-raising confrontation near the end of the book. it was like watching a tension-filled championship game where one wrong move could spell disaster for one team and victory for the other.

however, there was that specific twist in the remaining pages which i did not favor at first but what it resulted to seemed justified somehow. i just wished it did not have to be that way but horror fans like myself know that when the horror stops, the creepylicious fun ends too.

overall, Carole Avila's novel about a generational curse, an evil entity and two teenagers fighting for their lives has all the ingredients to scare you off while still letting you have a good time in the process.

* review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review

Source: aobibliosphere.blogspot.com/2015/06/review-death-house-by-carole-avila.html
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review 2015-06-19 16:45
Drowning Rapunzel - Annette Gisby

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb the golden stair."

having been released from a mental institution, Beth Gregory moves on with her life and one of the steps she takes to do that is to get employed. she is hired as a live-in secretary/PA to tthe reclusive and wealthy painter Josh Warrington. yet not everyone is as welcoming as her employer at Holly Lodge mansion. someone in the shadows is stalking her and her visions of murder are getting more frequent.

as a whole, i liked the novel. author Annette Gisby has the skill to create characters that could either endear them to you with their virtues or annoy you with their flaws. there is Flora, the housekeeper, who gets on Beth's case before she even steps inside Holly Lodge. there is Sylvia, Josh's agent, who glares at Beth with contempt and jealousy. there is Andrew, Beth's brother, whose behavior is quite incorrigible. there is Sarah, Beth's aunt, who raised her and her brother after their parents died. then there is Josh with his charm and artistic temperament. there are other players as well whose roles take on significance as the story progresses.

from the get go, the mystery/thriller/suspense elements are clearly drawn and sustained throughout. i cannot say the same thing with the romantic angle though. it felt rather thin. for sure, the fascination Beth felt for Josh the minute she laid eyes on him were crystal clear and her internal monologues give her away. Josh's feelings, on the other hand, are veiled until he articulates them much later. i just felt that the way it advanced from attraction to love lacked enough heat, depth and passion to be labelled romantic.

i also find Beth's frailty and aptitude to faint a bit excessive. it is understandable but only to a certain point. after all, she was a former patient in a mental hospital and sees visions of murdered victims most of the time. still, it could have been toned down a notch. readers already know what she went through and was going through. her fainting spells would have been more at home in a Victorian era setting rather than a contemporary one.

two more things that kept me in the dark the whole time - Alice, Beth's best friend and Julia, Josh's niece. there were critical events involving these two yet after they transpired, no more further details and explanations were forthcoming. i wanted some closure but did not get any.

however, the last remaining chapters got me excited as the whodunit and whydunit parts were disclosed. the revelation may be a tad predictable perhaps but the way it was laid out was acceptable for me. it was the epilogue, though, that i really loved. after everything that Beth went through, what was in store for her in that section clinched the deal.

this is the second book written by Annette Gisby that I have read. regardless of the few points i raised here, i had my fill of being entertained and that is sufficient motivation on my part to look forward to reading more of her works.

*Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.

Source: aobibliosphere.blogspot.com/2015/06/review-drowning-rapunzel-by-annette.html
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