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My Review of Betwixters

Betwixters: Once Upon A Time (Volume 1) - Laura C. Cantu, Laura C. Cantu

Betwixters by Laura C. Cantu is the first book in the new Betwixters series. We follow three friends, Noah, Ethan, and Skye, on a fantastical journey where they face creatures of the dark while trying to help a new fairy friend.

 

This is a well written story about friendship, and what it means to truly be a friend. The three friends work together to solve a problem, and they never give up. This is such a delightful story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

 

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Review of Redwall

Redwall  - Gary Chalk, Brian Jacques

Redwall by Brian Jacques is the first installment of the series Redwall. Redwall Abbey is home to peaceful mice, and other woodland creatures. When their abbey is threatened by Cluny the Scourge, the peaceful residents of Redwall Abbey have to defend, and fight for what they hold dear.

 

I absolutely adored this story! The creatures came to life on the pages, and the world building is quite beautiful. This story grabbed me, and wouldn't let go. There were moments when I laughed out loud, and there were moments when my heart was broken. There were a few grammatical errors, but did not hinder my flow of reading at all. This is a wonderful middle grade fantasy story; I highly recommend it.

My Review of 2084

2084 - Mason Engel

2084 by Mason Engel is a futuristic novel where the populous wears "lenses" instead of using computers.

 

The main character, Vincent, has other ideas about what the "lenses" are for.

 

When I read the Goodreads blurb, I thought this was going to be an intriguing story. The concept is intriguing, but the execution fell flat. This book starts off strong, but towards the middle, I feel, the author was in too big of a hurry to get to the climax of the story. The writing wasn't as engaging, and there were more grammatical errors that threw me off my reading flow.

My Review of Gwendy's Button Box

Gwendy's Button Box - Stephen King, Richard Chizmar

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar is a tale about Gwendy and her button box. Of course the button box is enchanted, or cursed. That is up to the reader to decide.

 

What else can I say about this book? It's Stephen King! I'm a bit bias when it comes to his books. I usually don't review his books because of this, but it was included in my reading challenge, so I thought I would give a bit of a review. Of course this book is well written, and I love a story that flows.

 

I have never read anything by Richard Chizmar, but the collaboration with King has made me want to indulge in a book or two by him.

My Review of Talon and the Dragons of Crinnelia

Talon and the Dragons of Crinnelia - Diana Metz, Dave Metz

Talon and the Dragons of Crinnelia by Diana Metz is the first book in The Prophecy of the Dragons trilogy. We follow Talon in this coming of age story on his quest to becoming a wizard.

 

I would have really enjoyed this story, but there were flaws that hindered that for me. There were times when a certain character was referred to as she or her, then the next mention of said character would be him or he. There were also quite a bit of grammatical errors that interfered with the flow of my reading.

 

I chose this book as part of my Wild Goose Chase Reading Challenge at The Bookshelf Gargoyle blog. You can read more about that here:

 

https://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress.com/wild-goose-chase-reading-challenge-2017-sign-up-page/

My Review of Bring Her Home

Bring Her Home - David Bell

Bring Her Home by David Bell is a stand alone mystery about Bill Price and the disappearance of his daughter, Summer.

 

This was a story that kept me on the edge of my seat. There were mysteries within mysteries which I loved. It's a story that portrays some of the feelings people go through when a loved one goes missing. The reason I gave this a three star review is the fact that religion is brought up in the book which did absolutely nothing for the story, in my opinion. There were also discrepancies throughout the book, such as the wrong character's name being used, which will hopefully be caught in the final editing.

 

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Review of A Quest of Heroes

A Quest of Heroes - Morgan Rice

A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice is the first installment in The Sorcerer's Ring series. This is a coming of age story about 14 year old Thorgrin who prefers to be called Thor. His dream is to become a knight with the King’s Legion.

 

This story has everything I love in a fantasy story. There is mystery, betrayal, love, lust, and of course hate. I did feel as though things happened fairly quickly, but it was a good story. I can't wait to read the next installment.

My Review of The Child

The Child - Fiona Barton

The Child by Fiona Barton is a story centered around the finding of an infant's remains.

 

This is a very good story. Full of twists and turns that I did not see coming. This book is very well written, and we hear the story unfold from several points of view. This would have been a five star read, but some of the characters seemed one in the same to me. I would have liked more character development. Overall, this is a four star read for me.

 

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Review of The Blade Heir

The Blade Heir - Daniel Adorno

The Blade Heir by Daniel Adorno is the first installment of the Azuleah Trilogy. Lucius Nostra finds out that there is more to him than meets the eye.

 

I simply loved this book. There is everything I love in a fantasy tale in this story. I loved the characters, well most of them. Of course there were characters that I didn't care for, which is expected in such a tale. There were graphic scenes throughout the book, so beware. It also had religious overtones, which doesn't bother me, but be informed. Overall, I'll be reading more of Daniel's work.

 

I received this book from BookFunnel in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Review of All-Butter ShortDead

All-Butter ShortDead (Prequel: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 0) - H.Y. Hanna

All-Butter ShortDead by H.Y. Hanna is a prequel to the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. Gemma finds herself in deep water when she is accused of murder.

 

This was a quick and interesting read. This prequel gives us an insight to Gemma and her plans for her future.

My Review of Seasons Within

Seasons Within: Nature has its own will  - Lele Iturrioz

Seasons Within by Lele Iturrioz is the first book in the Seasons Within series. G is an orphan and has no recollection of who she is or where she came from.

For me, this story was full of inconsistencies. The grammatical errors, which is to be expected with an ARC, was just far too much even for an ARC. I'm not sure i this book was self-published, but I don't think English is the author's first language. With that being said, this book has potential. Hopefully the next book will be properly edited.

I won this book in a giveaway and all opinions are my own.

My Review of The Fairest of Them

The Fairest of Them (Rae Hatting Mysteries, #1) - Heather Osborne

The Fairest of Them by Heather Osborne is the first book in the Rae Hatting Mysteries. Detective Luke has been trying to solve a case involving the Fairy Tale serial killer. After an awful turn of events, Rae Hatting joins the case.

 

This story had a couple of things that didn't make sense to me. The romance was way too quick and the decision to leave and pack by a secondary character just didn't fit with her being a cautious person.

 

All in all it was an okay read.

My Review of Villain Keeper

Villain Keeper - Laurie McKay

Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay is the first book of The Last Dragon Charmer series. Prince Caden wants to be an Elite Paladin, but his father, King Axel, sends Caden away and Caden isn't sure why his father would do that without having the Elite Paladin ceremony. He ends up in Asheville, North Carolina with Brynne, a sorceress, and his horse Sir Horace.

 

This was a fun story. Fast paced and imaginative. I can't wait to read the next installment!

 

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and all opinions are my own.

My Review of If The Bed Falls In

If The Bed Falls In: A Man in Two Minds; are Either of Them His? (Bedfellows Thriller Series) (Volume 1) - Paul Casselle

If The Bed Falls In by Paul Casselle is the first installment of the Bedfellows thriller series. Tom Friday, a middle-aged photographer and an ex-cocaine user, starts to have doubts of his real identity leaving him to wonder if he is indeed Tom Friday or a British secret agent.

 

This was a well written story with twists and turns throughout the book. I did find this story hard to follow at times because of the many times that I had to keep up with Tom's identity, as his identity changed quite often. The characters were well fleshed out, so it was quite an interesting read.

My Review of The Arborist

The Arborist - P.T. Phronk

The Arborist by P.T. Phronk is a short story about a tree that appears in the yard of Wes who has a need to figure out what kind of tree it is and why it is there. He becomes consumed by the mysterious tree.

 

This was a quick read with a bit of mystery, but I felt that there should be more to this story. I felt a bit cheated.

My Review of The Bug

The Bug: Complete Season One - Barry J. Hutchison

The Bug by Barry J. Hutchison is a story about mysterious bugs using people as hosts and causing said hosts to do evil and bazaar things.

 

I couldn't get into this story as much as I thought I would, though this was a bazaar story with quite a bit of creepiness. I just had a problem with the execution. It felt a bit choppy to me.

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