Title: Among Wolves
Rating: 4 Stars
The book started out with Gabriel who lived in a bunker with the President and some other kids from his class after a virus ravished their world and brought on the apocalypse. Flashbacks showed how Gabriel ended up in the bunker and what started the outbreak.
Gabriel goes outside to scavenge for food and supplies with Marv, but they both soon realize that something strange was going on inside Eden and the president and their saviour was more dangerous than they could ever imagine.
The writing in Among Wolves was beautifully crafted and the author managed to breathe life into a post-apocalyptic world. I could imagine everything in my mind vividly, which is a very hard thing to pull off, especially in books that have a very dark setting. I liked the twist on the "zombie" apocalypse genre because the virus didn't just attack and change people, it destroyed anything with metal, including buildings and entire structures.
That being said, the book needed a little more action and didn't have very much dialogue. I would have loved to see more interactions with the infected too. Still, I enjoyed the book and would love to read the second to find out what happens to Gabriel and his band of misfits.
Title: Welcome to Sortilege Falls
Author: Libby Heily
Reviewer: Crystal Crichlow
Rating: 5 Stars
Welcome to Sortilege Falls has to be the most original piece of writing that I’ve read in a while. The main character is Grape ( I love the name) who moves to Sortilege Falls with her mom and little brother, Brad. Once there, she realizes immediately that the town is acting all sorts of weird in the presence of the Models. Their every waking moment is filled with the obsession of a bunch of teenage models too beautiful for words. It’s like they have some power over people that makes them do whatever they want, whenever they want, but not Grape. Though their star power is hard for her to resist Grape manages to keep her free will when they’re around and even befriends one of them. Soon, the models start getting fatally sick and when Grape searches for a cure to save them she unravels a disturbing secret that will have her fighting to save the one she loves the most.
I loved everything about this story; the author’s voice, the pace, the suspense, the humour, the mysteries, the characters and the world that the author created. The books ends with a cliff-hanger so I will be waiting patiently (impatiently) for the next book in the series (I hope there is one)
This book is For The Big Screen.
Author: Belinda Crawford
Reviewer: Crystal Crichlow
Rating: 3 stars
What drew me into reading this book was the cover. It helped me to picture the main character and also showed that the story took place somewhere out there in the universe.
The story takes place on a planet called Jorn, where people live in cloud cities. (I loved this idea by the way) The main character, Hero, is basically a prisoner in her own home because of her mother who only keeps her locked up because she’s “special,” a term that annoyed Hero and fueled her character development. Hero, plagued by voices, finally convinces her mother to give her some morsel of freedom, which leads to a host of strange characters and Hero running for her life.
Unfortunately, the book feels like it’s missing something and even now I can’t figure out what that something is. I had a hard time picturing the main character in my mind even with the book cover. The dialogue is a bit confusing at times and hard to follow. The characters are hard to relate to and I didn’t understand the whole bit with the creatures. To me it seems like they were just thrown in there to give the book a scientific boost.
I love stories that take place in other worlds, but this one left a bitter-sweet taste in my mouth.
Title: Revealing Hannah The Myth of Cassandra
Author: Laura Fedolfi
Released: April 13th, 2015
Reviewer: Crystal Crichlow
Rating: 4.5 stars
This book is the perfect example of why we shouldn't "judge a book by its cover." At first glance this book didn't look like something I would be interested in at all, but I'm not one to judge a book by its cover. This book has everything you could ever want in a novel about Greek mythology; romance, humour, intelligence and action. Laura Fedolfi has a good voice that could only be described as "art"
The main character is sort of clumsy but has a wit about her that makes the reader love her right away. Hannah doesn't know that the Greek gods are real, or that she would become the thing they planned to use in order to reclaim their glory and power. All she wants is to hand in her paper and make it through graduation, but around every corner are twists and turns and laughs that will keep you turning the page no matter what time of night it is. I wasn't a huge fan of Carl, but John was an intelligent bad ass whose wit and humor was matched only by Hannah. I don't know if Ladies' Home and Hearth is a real thing, but I want a copy.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with a love for Greek mythology (like me). There are a few typos here and there but nothing too distracting or annoying.
Title: HELL IS EMPTY AND ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE
Author: Mark Rounds
Reviewer: Crystal Crichlow
Rating: 4 Stars
Let me start off by saying that I LOVE zombie movies, T.V shows, but more importantly, I love zombie books, especially books that show the beginning and then the mad decent into the apocalyptic world. Most zombie books begin when the apocalypse is already in full force and don't really show readers the how's or the why's. Mark Rounds does the complete opposite with his refreshing take on this popular genre. Fans that love zombies as much as I do will be happy to know that Hell is Empty...isn't your typical zombie book. The flesh eating infected in this book are not people who have risen from the dead. Yes, they eat you, but they are not what you have come to know and expect. Unfortunately, I cannot say more without spilling spoilers, so you're just going to have to see for yourself. There are a few grammatical and formatting errors in the book, but I promise you that it's nothing that will take away from the story. Expect to see the story unfold from different character POV's, which I usually find annoying, but it works for the story because it shows the outbreak from many different angles. Would definitely read more from this author. I highly recommend this book.
My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. Crystal has been kind enough to allow me a little space on her blog to promote my new novel RESOLUTION: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure. I think it’s a good book, but what do I know? Anyway, I’m kinda shy about tooting my own horn. So I think I’ll turn things over to my dog Danny—Danny the Dog—to toot it for me. He always has an attitude and usually does not speak highly of me. But please understand that we co-exist as the old Soviet Union and the United States once co-existed. We tolerate each other. So without further ado, here’s Danny.
Andrew took me away from chasing cars (so much fun) to help him out here. For a person who works with words for a living, he has very little to say in real life. He wants me to tout his book for him, but I don’t think I will. Instead, I think I’ll tell you a little about how Andrew and I co-exist (to use his word).
Good morning, dog fans. It is I, Danny the Dog . . . here to make your humdrum lives bearable with one of my accounts of life with Andrew. He takes a lot of looking after and he can be a pawful at times. It also takes a lot training to get him to obey properly. So without further delay, here’s my narrative.
Those of you who know me know of my affinity for hot dogs. Yummy! And what you should also know—if you were paying attention—is that Andrew gave me a hot dog every morning after I had taken him for his walk. As I have stated, yummy! But a dog has to try out new things, so a while back I stopped eating said hot dogs. Well, not entirely. I’d eat half of it and leave the rest on the dock. That was my way of telling Andrew I thought it about time that we experiment with new cuisines.
For once, Andrew got the hint. He went to the grocery store and came back with something he called “dog treats.” TREATS! I wouldn’t give them to a cat! I suggested he read the label and see where they were made. “China,” he said. I just stared at him until it dawned on him that was the place that, a few years ago, sent over all that dog food that killed so many pooches. “Okay,” says he. “Let me try again.” And off he went, back to the supermarket.
This time he came back with sliced turkey. Double yummy! He explained that all the dog-type treats were made in China, so he had started looking in the meat aisle to see if there was anything I might like. And lo and behold, he finally did something right—boy, do I love turkey!
Now this is the heart-rending part of the story: My training of Andrew.
After turkey came into our lives, Andrew would give me a slice after our morning walk. And I must admit, for a while, I was happy with the single slice. But I was thinking, Why not see how far I can push it? Two slices would be better, three even more better.
I started my campaign by letting loose with a slight bark. Nothing extravagant, just something to let Andrew know that I was displeased with the meager offering. It didn’t take long for him to get the hint. So I was now getting two slices a day. Time to go to work for that third slice.
But you want to know something? Andrew ain’t as dumb as he looks. He started cutting the slices in half . . . like I wouldn’t notice. Well, that set off the War of the Wills. Every morning, I demanded more, and every morning Andrew would fight me until, just to shut me up, I’d get another “slice.” Albeit they were now coming in half-slices, but those half-slices do add up.
So anyway, here we are months down the road. I’ve gotten Andrew up to five slices, or half-slices if you will, and sometimes, if I really push it, I get a sixth slice. I must admit, when Andrew tells me that I am a royal pain in his butt, he has a point. I will not stop my “demand barking” until I’ve gotten as much as I can get from the old guy.
But this morning, I think I might have pushed it too far. Andrew was at his computer waiting for someone to email him. No one ever does, but hope springs eternal—I guess. Anyway, I was angling for a seventh slice when he turned to me and said. “What’s wrong with you? You’ve got it made. I wait on you hand and foot. You’ve got complete healthcare—medical and dental. I take you up to the Tiki hut every night so that everyone can make a big deal about the famous Danny the Dog. For a lowly cur, you’ve got it made! Can’t you just leave it at six slices?”
Boy, was he hot under the collar. And did you notice that he called me “a lowly cur”?
There we stood. Eye to eye (sort of). This was going to be the defining confrontation in our relationship. This contest of wills would determine who would henceforth run the household. The seconds ticked by, then the seconds turned into minutes. Neither of us giving ground, neither of us giving quarter to the other.
Then came the moment of destiny. When the history of Danny the Dog is written, students will be taught that this was when Danny the Dog came into his own.
Andrew stood, and with tears in his eyes because of his defeat, gave me a seventh slice of turkey.
That’s about it for now. I think I’ll turn the podium back over to Andrew. Oh yeah, I almost forgot—go out and buy Andrew’s new book and make the old guy happy.
This is Andrew again. On behalf of Danny and myself, I would like to thank Crystal for having us over. It’s been a real pleasure.
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If you're already a fan of the T.V show supernatural I don't need to tell you how awesome of a show it is. If you haven't already, I highly recommend the companion novels for readers new to the show and those who are already tuned in.
Just like the T.V show the books follow the haunting adventures of two brothers whose mother was murdered when they were very young by an unknown entity. Their father raised the brothers to be hunters of all the things that go bump in the night. It has everything you could ever ask for and takes the readers and watchers on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
The books take place in-between episodes so I would also suggest you binge watch all TEN seasons on Netflix (or at least season 1 and 2 before you read the books because they will contain spoilers.)
Note: I would ONLY recommend readers to purchase these four books from HARPER COLLINS (other fan fiction exists on Amazon and are not as good)
Read in this order.
4 Stars (May 2015)
The Eye That Blinds by B.E. Scully
Three friends, three different paths after college, three disturbed minds… The Eye That Blinds delves into the deep independence of a virtual society and the repercussions of immersing and losing oneself in the new realities (or unrealities) of the internet.
Ross was unhappy with his career and his life in general, he wanted fame and fortune and in his desperation, he created an alternate persona that he convinced himself would lead to fame and fortune some day. Brooke Merrill is also unimpressed with her career, but more importantly she’s unable to transition to adulthood, which leads to her deep belief that she is very ill and therefore needs to withdraw from the real world and immerse herself in the online “support” world for her “disease”. Travis Wickett uses the internet and his advanced abilities as a hacker and online stalker to control the world of the people around him and feed his need to feel powerful.
The true evil in this novella is the ease in which some people are so overtaken by the online world and all it has to offer, both good and bad. A psychological thriller with a gruesome ending that you won’t be able to put down!
This book was provided to me for free for an honest and unbiased review (see all our reviews at http://www.bookexplosions.com/ or on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/131875-book-explosions )
5 Stars (June 2015)
Soul Man by Ronald Paxton
The Shenandoah Mountain Lake community is a picturesque area with much to offer both locals and tourists alike. But like most rural tourist communities, they’ve had a tough time climbing out of the recession and with the “off” season approaching quickly, it’s all the more important to protect their image as a safe place to visit all year long. Salem Matthews is a local businessman who owns two stores and a campground; he’s also ex-military and acutely tuned into the community and its issues. When a serial killer plagues the community, Salem and his best friend, Anderson (also ex-military) are more than concerned; the local sheriff is untrained and unwilling to treat the situation seriously. To make matters worse, one of the victims is a friend and Salem, Anderson and a few other friends jump into action in an attempt to find out who the killer is.
Paxton is a master at scenery description and leaves the reader feeling as if they’re actually there. His characters are well developed and interesting and this novel is well paced and keeps the reader turning the pages.
This is the second book in the Salem Matthews series (I haven’t read the first, but this book works very well as a stand-alone. The first book is Deep Water and I look forward to picking it up in the future).
This book was provided to me for free for an honest and unbiased review (see all our reviews at Goodreads)
Review by Margaret Millmore