Friday, April 29, 2016

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan #bookreview #amreading

I've always had kind of a morbid fascination with child abduction. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy, but I just really wonder about what has happened to those children that are never found. I think I've said on here before that the case of the Beaumont children which happened in Adelaide in the 60s is of particular interest to me, probably because it was multiple childen (three) and remains unsolved to this day.

So with that in mind, occasionally I like to see how an author perceives an abduction case might go - the who, why, and what happens. This is what drew me to What She Knew.

I felt this book started a little slow, and maybe that is because it took me a little while to get used to the format. The book is basically written from three points of view which are interspersed with emails, news reports and info on abduction. The points of view include the mother of the victim, the officer who was in charge of the search for the victim, and the therapist of that officer. It's a bit odd, but overall it does work.

What She Knew is set in England, but is written in such a way it could have occurred anywhere.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A frozen future? Iced (Chronicles of White World Book 1) by M. Terry Green #amreading #mondayblogs

I don't generally judge a book by it's cover, which is a good thing because I hate this one.

Iced is a dystopian novel - the first in a triology - about a woman named Thirteen. It's not her real name - but she can't remember her real name. In Green's version of the future, the oceans are frozen over and the world is covered in ice. Slavery is real again, and only the elite are free. 

Thirteeen has somehow escaped from slavery (her past is not explained in this book) and spends her life sailing the ice searching for her sister, who has not. But Thirteen isn't just any ordinary woman. She's different. She has two sets of eyelids, and her hair has no color. It is completely clear, but reflects light giviing it the illusion of the color of her surroundings. She also doesn't feel the cold the way everyone else does.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Are the woods really haunted? Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth #amreading #mondayblogs

I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

This is a YA paranormal novel. Honoria is a fifteen year old girl who lost her parents in the attack on the World Trade Center and subsequently moves from New York City with her brother, aunt and uncle to a small town in rural New York. This particular small town has a legend that says the surrounding woods are haunted by a witch and once you enter them you cannot leave. Several people have gone missing over the years, especially children. Their disappearances are attributed to the witch in the woods.

Honoria is a good kid, and tries hard to keep her life together despite her incredible grief, but she has trouble making friends in this new place.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

End of the world in Ireland? Free Falling by Susan Kiernan-Lewis #amreading #mondayblogs

I honestly don't remember how I came across this book, but it is dystopian and set in Ireland, so I thought it might be a good read. It starts off with a two parents and their ten year old son, all of whom are addicted to technology - like so many other families today -  off on a holiday to rural Ireland. Then KABOOM - somebody drops and bomb - and all of a sudden technology doesn't work. None of it. No cars, no electronics, not even the electrical grid. 

Luckily for them, the house they are holidaying at in BFE Ireland has a wood cook stove and a fireplace and a whole crapload of supplies in the root cellar, and best yet, it has horses, sheep, chickens etc.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cold-hearted killer on the loose! Cold Heart by Chandler McGrew #amreading #bookreview


I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

What intrigued me about Cold Heart? When I was asked to read it the first thing I did was check out the sample on Amazon because I wasn't sure if this was something I was really interested in, but the sample really made me want to keep reading, so I said yes.

It is set primarily in a tiny, remote village in Alaska which is pretty isolated from the outside world. The only way in is via the weekly supply plane. This village is so small that transportation is by foot; only the store owner uses anything else and that is merely a quad bike. There are no phones, except for a public one at the tiny store. This is the perfect isolated setting for a madman's killing spree.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Is it the end of the world??? The Librarians by Glenn Cooper #amreading #bookreview

Glenn Cooper has a confusing habit of changing the titles of his books after they are released. The first book in this series was called The Seventh Son of the Seventh Son, but was later changed to Library of the Dead. Now this one has two names - The Keepers of the Library and The Librarians. Ok, whatever.

I read the first two books in this series and enjoyed them, but I thought that was it. The series was done. On a fluke I decided to see if there were anymore and found this one. I wasn't sure I wanted to read another Will Piper book, but when I saw that it took place just before the horizon was due I got curious as to what the author would do with the horizon. (If you don't know what I mean by the horizon, you must read books one and two.)

So I picked up this one and found there to be just as much action and intrigue as the others. This is a good thing.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The man behind the zombie! Dying for Her by Kory Shrum @koryshrum #amreading #bookreview

A few days ago I told you that I had received from Kory Shrum, one of my favorite authors, an advanced review copy of her latest Jesse Sullivan novel titled Dying for Her. I had previously read and loved the first two books in this series, Dying for a Living and Dying by the Hour. (Click on the book title to see my review.) I was so excited I couldn't wait to read it and I dove right in.

The first two books in this series centered on Jesse Sullivan, a young woman with a troubled past who makes a living by dying in the place of others in an alternate reality in which some members of society revive on their own after they die. In that reality when your death has been predicted you can pay someone to die for you in your stead. Jesse is that someone and she is assisted by her best friend and former lover Ally. Her boyfriend Lane complicates things, and Brinkley is Jesse's handler - he sets up her jobs and keeps her safe.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Twofer! Library of the Dead AND Book of Souls by Glenn Cooper #bookreview

I know. I've been neglecting you again. Sorry about that. But to make it up to you, this review is a twofer. I'm reviewing both Library of the Dead (originally published as Secret of the Seventh Son) and its sequel Book of Souls by Glenn Cooper. These two were loaned to me by a friend (and I've just purchased the third book in this series).

AND I have something else for you to look forward too! My friend and one of my very favorite authors, Kory Shrum, has just given me an advanced review copy of the latest book in her Jesse Sullivan series titled Dying for Her which I can't wait to read and share with you very soon. I've loved the first two book in that series so I am very eager to read this one. But I digress.

Back to the Libary of the Dead and Book of Souls.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ancient Aliens??? Origins by Mark Henrikson #amreading #aliens


You all know that I am a big fan of the History Channel series Ancient Aliens, right? I don't believe it all, but I find it fun and interesting. So when you read the blurb for this book below, you will see why I had to read it. It hits upon everything the show is about in a fictionalized fashion. How fun is that?

This is book one of a series which focuses on a man named Hastelloy who claims to be 10,000 years old and from another solar system. Much of the book is Hastelloy telling his story to a psychiatrist, but there are also a few other points of view, namely Mark who is an NSA operative trying to thwart a space probe, and Professor Russell who has discovered a secret hidden chamber under the Sphinx in Egypt.

Hastelloy and his team have crash landed on Earth 5000 years ago during a battle with another alien species, the Alpha. The Alpha have also crash landed on Earth. They just happen to land in Egypt during the building of the Great Pyramid.

Friday, February 20, 2015

My Henry - Apocalyptic Flash Fiction by A.B. Shepherd #amwriting #flashfiction

It started nine days ago. Everything just stopped working. All technology, everything that required eletricity. Even the cars.


Rumor has it terrorists hacked into the electrical grid and blew up the communication satellites, but I still see satellites among the stars at night. Another rumor says it was a solar superstorm, but I didn't see any aurora. Some say it was a series of EMP bombs, but I never heard any explosions. The rumors are endless, but the result is the same.

Monday, February 16, 2015

John Carter! A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs #MondayBlogs #amreading #JohnCarter


Sometimes I think I must be living under a rock, you know?

I wanted to read some classic sci-fi and some of the old classics have been remastered into inexpensive ebooks, so I picked up The Princess of Mars, published in 1912 - that's right, over 100 years ago -  by the acclaimed author of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

It's all about a man named John Carter, who is a gold miner shortly after the US Civil War and is somehow transported to Mars where he meets all manner of Martian people and animals, and ends up involved in their wars, winning the hand of a Princess, and living there for ten years.

As I neared the end of the book, I thought to myself, "You know, there was a movie out a couple of years ago called John Carter. I never saw it, but I wonder if it is in anyway related to this book?"

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mother Nature's Art - The Crystal Cave of Naica #crystalcave #wondersoftheworld

Photo Courtesy of Wikiipedia
I'm always looking for inspiration for my stories, whether it is settings, or plot twists, or key elements. I recently stumbled upon something I didn't know existed and it is AMAZING. Mother Nature is arguably the best artist that ever existed.

She created the Cueva de los Cristales, aka the amazing Giant Crystal Cave, 980 feet below the surface in Naica, Mexico.

Usually you think of caves as being cold places. Not this one. It's hot, with temperatures reaching up to 136 degrees fahrenheit (58 degrees celcius), and humidity of 90% to 99%.

Monday, February 9, 2015

A must read? Red Rising by Pierce Brown #amreading #Mondayblogs

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, BUZZFEED, AND SHELF AWARENESS

This book was mentioned on a message board I frequent. The commenters were very excited because it's sequel, Golden Son, had just been released and were praising Red Rising to high heaven. So I took the bait having to know what all the fuss was about, and after reading it's intriguing blurb I bought my own copy. Guess I like it when the protagonist finds out his/her entire life has been a lie. Hehe.

I had a hard time getting into it at first. I kept wondering what all the fuss was about. It was tedious reading, so many heirarchies and odd names and terms in the world-building Brown does makes it a hard slog. Until you get used to it.

Friday, February 6, 2015

My dream worlds collide by A.B. Shepherd #dreaming #felting #aliens

Do you ever remember your dreams? I often do when I first wake up and I must say, for the most part I really love my subconscious imagination. I rarely have nightmares or bad dreams. Most of the time my dreams are like watching a movie. Usually though, my dreams fade quickly and I can't recall them for long, but when I have one I find interesting I try to jot down key details before I lose it completely.


Where am I going with this? Good question. Please read on.

Monday, February 2, 2015

A female world! Khe by Alexes Razevich #amreading #Mondayblogs

Khe is probably more in the fantasy realm than the science fiction realm, although it is listed as both. It is also listed as dystopian, which in my opinion it really isn't. It's not specifically a Young Adult novel, but there is nothing objectionable in it.

Khe is the title character, a doumana (female), part of a humanoid race in another world. This race isn't like the humans of Earth. They lay eggs, have red skin, no hair at all on their bodies, their emotions show on their necks, and they have a back toe. 

In their world the doumanas and males live separately and come together only for Resonance (mating) once a year. Most females either live in the city or in farming communities, but there are also travelling villages that move around selling and trading goods.  This book is set entirely in the female part of this world.