Thursday, December 14, 2017

New review! The One Apart: A Novel by Justine Avery

The One Apart: A NovelThe One Apart: A Novel by Justine Avery
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



**** 3.5 Cranky Stars ****



Innocence. That is something everyone ever born in this world share. Or everyone except Tres.



I’m not entirely sure how to review this one. First off, it’s very loooong. 570 pages according to amazon. This story is about somebody who retained all his knowledge and wisdom from previous lives every time he was born again, and again, and again.



You’ll follow Tres from infancy to adulthood and share his unique experience every step of the way asking yourself if he’s a good guy or a bad guy? Who was he really? Where did he come from? What was his purpose in this world?



I have watched a few children’s film like this and it had always entertained me. Justine Avery’s version was interesting indeed albeit it took a long time to be told. There were sections where it dragged and honestly confusing. The “Apart” or ether was intriguing but the dialogue made me a bit dizzy. I had to speed read through some of them. It’s good to learn in the end that this is a complete book and didn’t end in a cliffhanger. It is thought provoking and explored a new concept of existence.



I gave it 3.5 stars because the strange dialogue didn’t work with me. Yes, I realise it is a way to show a higher level of intelligence or awareness in contrast with the “corporeality” and some readers would probably disagree with me and say “hey slow coach, get a move on!” but that’s just me.



I would love you tell you more in detail but at the risk of giving out spoilers, I’m going to stop here. Do pick up this book and see if you are one of the enlightened ones and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this.


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New Review! A Cemetery, A Cannibal, and the Day of the Dead book by CC Dragon 4 Cranky Stars

A Cemetery, a Cannibal, and the Day of the Dead (Deanna Oscar Paranormal Mystery #5)A Cemetery, a Cannibal, and the Day of the Dead by C.C. Dragon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars


This book has enough twists and turns to make your head spin. It's fantastic! The plot is excellent and the storyline is new and fresh. The idea of graves being robbed for body parts is one thing, but to find out the who's and the why's is another. This is what sets this book apart from other cozy mysteries. The drama that the main character Deanna has to deal with from both the paranormal and everyday world definitely keeps her on her toes and keeps the reader turning the page.


Deanna is full of wit and sarcasm and is a strong female character. Her friends and family are super quirky characters who help her solve the mystery even though it sometimes feels that they will truly be the death of her. In other words, her life is totally relatable (minus the Demons, Angels, and Death).


The story flowed well and it was a fun read. With as many plot twists as there were it was hard to put the book down. The grammar was well done and easy to follow. The only issue I had with the book was with some of the characters not matching up with previous books, but that can easily be remedied with some quick edits. Overall I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to future parts of this series.

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New Review! Unfinished Business by Savannah Maris 5 Cranky Stars

Unfinished Business (Riverton Crossing, #2)Unfinished Business by Savannah Maris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars


Unfinished Business (A Riverton Crossing Novel Book Two) by Savannah Maris is amazing. This book picked up where book one left off. However, it’s told from Evan and Ginger’s point of view. Their story is my favorite so far (I cannot wait to read book three).


Savannah Maris didn’t miss a beat as she alternated between different POV’s. Once again, she nailed the dialect and mannerisms of a small southern town. The chemistry between Ginger and Evan is sizzling hot. I thought it was going to melt my Kindle a couple of times.


The action, drama, and suspense were on point. There weren’t any lags in the story. The drama was steadily paced. I was glued to this book and I finished it in one day. That’s how amazing the story it is.

I will definitely recommend this story to everyone who loves a good romance and mystery story.

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New Review! Unwelcomed Greeting by Savannah Maris 5 Cranky Stars

Unwelcomed Greeting (Riverton Crossing, #1)Unwelcomed Greeting by Savannah Maris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars


Unwelcomed Greeting (A Riverton Crossing Novel) by Savannah Maris is phenomenal. She totally nails life in a small town. Makayla Gregory is returning to Riverton Crossing at the request of her family. They are having some issues with their neighbors, and want to be reunited with their daughter. When Kayla comes back, she runs into her old flame Mitchell Riverton. The sparks fly literally and figuratively with them.


I really loved how Savannah Maris nailed the dialect of a small southern town. It really made me homesick. The plotline was believable and easy to follow. The dialogue was on point. The action was steadily paced. The secondary characters added to the story and did not deflect from Mak and Mitchell’s story.


I will recommend this story to others.


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New Review! Ascension by Carmen Capuano 4.5 Cranky Stars

AscensionAscension by Carmen Capuano
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars


While the first four chapters started off roughly, I had to keep stopping and coming back to the story. The plot was interesting, but there were typos, and grammatical errors that took me out of the story. Once I passed those four chapters, the story reminded me of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery stories. I was hooked from that point on.


There were plenty of twists and turns. You will not be able to guess what the ending of the story is. I am eagerly awaiting the next book.


I will recommend this story to others. Due to the grammatical errors, I rate it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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New Review! No Bounds by Roux Cantrell 5 Cranky Stars

No bounds (Big Easy Murder Series Book 1)No bounds by Roux Cantrell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars


Sexy New Orleans detective Sonny Delacroix can't seem to forgive himself for his ex's death, so he confines his personal life to sex only, no involvement. He also has a stalker, whose behavior escalates when he finally starts falling for someone. In the meantime, a bizarre murder may be the work of a serial killer.


This is only the first book in a series, so some questions remain unanswered for now, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series eagerly. This story is very well written, and flows beautifully. The characters are well fleshed out, and you really find yourself starting to emotionally connecting to them. I highly recommend this book.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New Review! Undesired Lust (Reckless Beat #3) by Eden Summers 4.5 Cranky Stars

Undesired Lust (Reckless Beat, #3)Undesired Lust by Eden Summers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars


Sidney was a woman poised on the cusp of something amazing. A future career in singing and songwriting she had it all. She went on a song writing journey with Mason Lynch of Reckless Beat and her world exploded. Now reeling from a scandal that the world witnessed she is trying to drag herself from the ashes like a phoenix but it’s not easy. She’s been blacklisted and banned even her family disowning her. She is given the opportunity to work with Mason again and she doesn’t think her heart can handle it yet her bank account is severely lacking.


Mason is the front man for Reckless Beat. He has a devil may care attitude or it appears that way to the world but inside he is lonely and torn to pieces over a scandal and subsequent betrayal. Sidney was his muse and now the words aren’t flowing and his career is hanging in the balance. He decides maybe trying to work with her one more time will get the creative juices flowing.


I love Masons story above all others. He’s been such an enigma always playing his cards close to his chest. We get a peek into why he did what he did. This story isn’t about love and forgiving there is a dramatic element to it. A mystery you will keep reading into the late hours trying to figure out. I love the boys of Reckless Beat.


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