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Review: The Wizard Hunt by C.J. Thompson

The Forgotten Wizard: Series 1 - The Wizard Hunt - C.J Thompson

The Wizard Hunt by C.J. Thompson is the first installment in The Forgotten Wizard series. Roland Roper is determined to find a cure for his ailing father.

Plot 3/5: The plot is good but executed poorly.

Characters 2/5: The characters weren't believable, or fleshed out enough for me.

World building 3/5: I would have liked to see more descriptions in all aspects of this story.

Pacing 3/5: The pacing was too slow for my taste.

Writing 3/5: I feel there is a lot of potential for this story to be built upon. 

Overall 2.8

Purchased from Amazon.

Review: Infestation by William Meikle

Infestation - William Meikle

Infestation by William Meikle is a stand alone book about monsters and mayhem.

Plot 5/5: This is an exciting tale of overgrown isopods.

Characters 5/5: The characters come to life within the pages of this story.

World building 5/5: The situation that the characters find themselves in is very imaginable.

Pacing 5/5: Action packed!

Writing 5/5: William Meikle's writing is fantastic!

Overall: 5

This story took me back to the B horror movies that I loved as a kid! Fantastic story, and I definitely recommend it! 

Purchased on Amazon.

Review: The Hunter's Rede by F.T. McKinstry

The Hunter's Rede - F.T. McKinstry

The Hunter's Rede by F.T. McKinstry is the first installment in the Chronicles of Ealiron about a hunter named Lorth and his the quest he finds himself on.

Plot 4/5: There was a major twist that I wasn't expecting.

Characters 4/5: The characters are pretty fleshed out. I found myself liking Lorth very much.

World building 4/5: There are different places and races which enhanced the story.

Pacing 3/5: The pacing was steady, but dragged with wordy descriptions.

Writing 4/5: The writing is good with very few typos.

Overall: 3.8

Won in a Goodreads giveaway, and also purchased on Amazon (not realizing it was the same book).

Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor is her debut novel about 12 year old Eddie and his group of friends, and the meeting of Mr. Halloran, the Chalk Man.

Plot 5/5: This is a horror mystery with so many twists and turns. It kept me engrossed.

Characters 5/5: The characters are well fleshed out. I loved getting to know the characters.

World building 4/5: The story goes back and forth from the present to 1986, when it all happened.

Pacing 4/5: The pace was steady.

Writing 4/5: There were a couple of errors, but did not in the least interfere with the flow of the story.

Overall: 4.4

I highly recommend this book to lovers of Stephen King stories.

Won in a blog giveaway at KissinBlueKaren for the January 2018 New Release #Giveaway Hop. 

Thank you, Karen!

Review: Stryke First: A Comic Fantasy by Kevin Partner

Stryke First: A Comic Fantasy - Kevin Partner

After 5% of this book, I also knew this wasn't for me. I kept anticipating the comedy, but I never found any.

Purchased from Amazon.

Review: Lunora and the Monster King by H.S. Crow

Lunora and the Monster King - H.S. Crow

After 5% into the book, I knew it wasn't for me. It's written like a play with the description of the characters at the beginning of the book. Then it tells us what said person is doing (i.e. laughing, crying), then we get a few words of dialogue. The chapters are acts, and very boring acts I might add. Unfortunately, this is not what I had in mind for an enjoyable fantasy novel. 

Won in a Goodreads giveaway.

Review: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King, Owen King

I'm a Stephen King fanatic, so of course I loved it.

Review: The Watcher: And the Origins of Magic by Luis Robles

The Watcher: And the Origins of Magic - Luis Robles

The Watcher: And the Origins of Magic is the first book in the two book series The Gates of Oblivion by Luis Robles. This is the story of Bliss, the last Child of Power.

Plot 4/5: I thought the plot was interesting.
Characters 4/5: I loved Bliss and Pah.
World building 3/5: I thought the world building could have used a bit more detail.
Pacing 4/5: The pacing was steady with spurts of action.
Writing 2/5: This book has a lot of potential, though I feel this book could have used better editing.

Overall 3.4

Purchased from Amazon.

Review: Overwhelm by Layla

OVERWHELM - Layla Messner

Overwhelm by Layla 

Plot 2/5
Characters 2/5
World building 2/5
Pacing 2/5
Writing 2/5

Overall 2/5

Received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

Review: The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson

The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray - B. A. Williamson

The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson is a coming of age story of self discovery and what the imagination can do. 

This was a great story for young and old alike. The author has a great imagination and fantastic world building, with wonderful character development. 

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Darkstorm (The Rhenwars Saga Book 1) - M.L. Spencer

Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Plot 4/5 : Interesting plot with some twists.
Characters 4/5 : Well fleshed out characters
World building 4/5 : An interesting setting 
Pacing 4/5 : Steady pace with spurts of action.
Writing 5/5 : Beautifully written with tastefully written scenes of sexual encounters

Overall 4/5

I definitely recommend this book.

Purchased from Amazon.

Ragged Heroes: An Epic Fantasy Anthology

Ragged Heroes: An Epic Fantasy Anthology - Andy Peloquin

Review coming soon!

REVIEW: Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology by Terrible Ten

Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology - Dyrk Ashton, Steven Kelliher, Timandra Whitecastle, Alec Hutson, Benedict Patrick, Bryce O'Connor, David Benem, Phil Tucker, Mike Shel, Ben Galley, Grace Greylock Niles, Laura Hughes, Jeffrey C. Hall, Michele Ashman Bell, Michael Miller

I was invited by Steven Kelliher to participate in a group read of Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology by, Terrible Ten. Having read Steven's work, I agreed. I'm glad I did. This is a great anthology with each story having its own style of fantasy. I rated each book separately. 

No Fairy Tale by Ben Galley - ****
And They Were Never Heard From Again by Benedict Patrick - ****
A Tree Called Sightless by Steven Kelliher - ****
Barrowlands by Mike Shel - *****
Into the Woods by Timandra Whitecastle - **
Paternus by Dyrk Ashton - ***
I, Kane by Laura M. Hughes - **
The Huntress by Michael R. Miller - ****
The Prisoner by Phil Tucker - *****
A Simple Thing by Bryce O'Connor - *****
Palesword by T L Greylock - *****
Light in the Jungle by Jeffrey Hall - ****
Black Barge by J. P. Ashman - ****
Making a Killing by David Benem - *****
The First Thread by Alec Hutson - *****

Overall, I give this anthology a 4.06 = 4 on Booklikes.

 

Bought on Amazon.

My Review of Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks is a book of short stories. 

Being absolutely enamored with Tom Hanks, I had to get this book. There were several stories that I loved and some I liked, but none that I didn't. Tom has a way of telling stories that get your attention, and I could actually hear him telling these stories because these stories ARE Tom Hanks. Overall, this is a decent collection for Tom's debut. 

Purchased from Amazon.

My Review of Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams

Winemaker Of The North (Saints of Wura #1) - J.H. Williams III

Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams is the first installment in the Saints of Wura trilogy. Sviska is an assassin disguised as a winemaker.

I had a hard time with this book. It starts out good, but ends up being a bit slow. I felt as though Sviska was not an assassin at all. I know he was in disguise, but he had several opportunities to show me that he was, in fact, an assassin. There was action at the beginning and action at the end, but not much going on in the middle. I would have liked to see more character growth.

Purchased from Amazon.

My Review of Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

Marabel and the Book of Fate - Tracy Barrett

Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett is a story of a young girl, Marabel, on a mission to save her twin brother, Marco. With the help of friends, Marabel soon finds it's harder than she first thought.

 

This is a wonderful and delightful story of a young girl who's trying to find her brother while finding herself. Tracy's has a whimsical imagination and a knack for storytelling. The characters were believable, and I enjoyed getting to know Marabel. This was such a fun book to read.

 

Received a copy via NetGalley, and all opinions are my own.

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