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review 2017-07-30 21:36
Book Review of Josh Anvil and the Indomitable Power (Josh Anvil #4) by Bruce Arrington
Josh Anvil and the Indomitable Power - Kallie Ennever,John Albers,Bruce E. Arrington

The aliens were right: Josh can’t contain his powers. Not anymore, with his subconscious making monsters he doesn’t control. As Earth’s future looks darker with a catastrophic invasion just around the corner, Josh’s world is torn in two. Weaved in YA fantasy with elements of action and comedy, this fourth book in the Josh Anvil series captures the trials of a high school freshman with powerful abilities at his command.

 

Review 4*

 

This is the fourth book in the Josh Anvil Series. I loved it!

 

Josh Anvil is a fantastic character. I liked him very much from the very first book. He is a smart and curious fourteen (almost fifteen) year old. Unfortunately, he doesn't see himself the same way. He has low self-esteem, which is caused by his dyslexia and being bullied at school. However, he is an excellent story teller and basketball player, has a vivid imagination and incredible powers thanks to the aliens that saved him after an accident in the swamp where he lives. (Read book 1 to find out how that happened).

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author with no expectation of a positive review.

 

The story continues from the end of the third book and sees Josh dealing with the aftermath of the battle with the clones, as well as still struggling to deal with the power given to him and this manifests in a most unusual way. He finds himself having to fight against his own fears which, because of his ability to imagine things into being, begin to eat away at his sanity and confidence and takes on a life of its own. However, that's not the only challenge he faces. He still has to stop the aliens from destroying the earth. Not an easy task by any means.

 

This story is just as fast paced and exciting as the first three books. There are several twists and turns, and a few surprises that kept me hooked from beginning to end. Josh has grown as a character throughout this series. As well as gaining confidence in himself and his abilities, he has begun to believe in himself too. I have enjoyed watching him gain this confidence and it made me feel proud of him. I also liked meeting his friends Troy, Kodi, Lonnie, Libby, Jana, Axel, Sadie and Marty (the latter seven being humanoid aliens he and Troy had befriended in book 2) again. They each have their own personality, which makes them come alive in the story. We also meet Josh's new girlfriend, Lisa, and get to know the FBI agents chasing Josh a little better.

 

There is action, adventure and danger aplenty in this story and I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat during some scenes. This book took me on a roller coaster ride of emotion and when I reached the end of the story I felt sad, but this was only because I wanted to keep reading! The story does end in a small cliffhanger, although the story arc seems to be reaching its climax, so I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series as soon as possible.

 

Bruce Arrington has written an exciting fantasy adventure. I love his fast paced writing style and the flow is wonderful. I would definitely read more of his books in the future.

 

I highly recommend this book to young readers aged 10-18, but I also recommend this book to adults who love to read YA fantasy books filled with action, adventure, danger and aliens. - Lynn Worton

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review 2016-06-29 08:00
The Indomitable Ten
The Indomitable Ten: A Superhero/Supervillain Novella Anthology - Lecturer in Economics Richard Roberts,A.E. Propher,J.R. Rain

I originally planned to write a short review for all of the stories, but in the end I lost my notes and some of the stories blended together in my head, therefore I will just in general review the anthology, but there will be short reviews for the first three stories.

 

After these first three, the rest of the collection followed the same paths. Some I liked, others less. I wasn't that impressed with Weeper of Blood, which for a lot of people seems to be the reason to read this anthology. I think it's probably because I haven't read anything else in the series. On the other hand, I did quite like the short story from the Tome of Bill even though I was unfamiliar with that series as well.

 

~ My Big Fat, Accidental Superheroine Wedding ~ 2.5 Stars

I don't know with this story. It felt like I had missed a lot of the story by not having read anything else from the series. Not sure this was the right story to start the collection with. It was a weird kind of bizarre story including multiple superheroes with superpowers differing in apparent usefulness and an Amish wedding.

~The World, My Enemy ~ 3.5 Stars

I was really looking forward to this story as I quite enjoyed Otto von Trapezoid last autumn. This story takes place when he's still living with his parents in Vienna. It's bizarre, sometimes too much so, but I liked it.

~ Summer of Lob ~ 2 Stars

I think this could have been a really nice short story, but I had a serious problem getting into the story. It was probably just me, but it was not for me at this time at least.

 

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

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text 2016-03-28 13:36
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The Indomitable Ten: A Superhero/Supervillain Novella Anthology - Lecturer in Economics Richard Roberts,A.E. Propher,J.R. Rain

It's been a real struggle to read this book. In every short story collection there is going to be one or two duds, but I've finished three and skimmed another one and I haven't enjoyed any of them. Part of the problem I think, is that the first story wasn't a strong opener and it kind of affected my enjoyment of the following stories. I need a palate cleanser, so I'm going to read something else before trying to jump back into this.

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text 2015-12-15 19:31
My 10 Best Reads of 2015
Darker After Midnight - Lara Adrian
Unclaimed - Courtney Milan
American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America's Deadliest Drug Epidemic - John Temple
You Suck - Christopher Moore
Obsession in Death - J.D. Robb
The Indomitable Eve: A Montana Romance Novella - Merry Farmer
True Love and Other Disasters - Rachel Gibson
Lowcountry Boneyard - Susan M. Boyer
The Pearl - John Steinbeck
Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse - Jennifer Worth

These were my 10 best reads of 2015. Range from 4.5 to 5stars.

 

1. Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breeds #10) by Lara Adrian (paranormal romance)

        The end to the Dragos storyline was a killer. Although the series continues with the next generation of Breeds, I am calling it quits here. But it was a wonderful ride through ten books and two novellas (one is a prequel).

 

2. Unclaimed (Turner #2) by Courtney Milan (historical romance)

         The love story was great, but what made the book meaty and awesome was Milan's use of Victorian ideas of chastity and class distinctions as conflicts.

 

3. American Pain by John Temple (general non-fiction)

        Although this is a small part of the opiate abuse in the US, it was well researched and read like a fiction book.

 

4. You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore (paranormal romance/comedy)

          I found this book such a breathe of fresh air in a subgenre (paranormal romance) that has dulled itself through clichéd tropes.

 

5. Obsession in Death (...In Death #40) by J.D. Robb (police procedural)

          The book that restored my faith in this series. It was loud, aggressive, and I was in love from the first page. I need big endings and I got the mother of all big endings in this book.

 

6. The Indomitable Eve (Montana Romance Novella) by Merry Farmer (historical romance)

            Some serious subjects were addressed very well and the romance never faltered. I even read the sex scene. Two words: virgin hero.

 

7. True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson (contemporary romance)

        Contemporary romance that I liked. It is a rare jewel.

 

8. Lowcountry Boneyard (Liz Talbot #3) by Susan M. Boyer (American cozy mystery)

           A different story in the cozy mystery genre and a progressive move on the relationship front. I need to get my grubby hands on book 4 already.

 

9. The Pearl by John Steinbeck (classic)

          A cautionary yet suspenseful tale that was also unsettling, especially at the end. OMG that ending.

 

10.Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth (memoirs)

         The trilogy was even better than the show, which is saying a lot for me because I loved the first three seasons (I haven't seen season four yet). But if I am to be completely honest, this one book was a stand alone powerhouse of history and emotions. Keep a box of tissues handy if you read this one.

 

Last Minute Addition: Plenty of Time When We Get Home (Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War) by Kayla Williams

 

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review 2015-06-22 21:08
Indomitable by Terry Brooks
Indomitable - Terry Brooks

A nice quick follow up for Jair and Kimber. I enjoyed the story, but at the same time it almost seemed like an unnecessary addition to the world. It just didn't really add a lot to it.

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