Sunday, 20 May 2018

Review: The Dreamachine by William Dickerson 4 of 5 stars

The Dreamachine The Dreamachine by William Dickerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jasper Keepnews has a normal news until he becomes obsessed with a 1960's device called the Dreamachine but in using it he uncovers his own past and a vision of the future that involves the death of a mystery woman. Then Jasper's reality unravels when he tries to find the woman and the government starts to try to find him as their most dangerous sleeper assassin is awake and they want their property back.

This book whist being a science fiction thriller actually does have some minor links to the 1960's past of the real world as it looks at mind control and some of the happenings from the drug crazed 1960's. It is well told and the descriptive style of the writing is very rich so that you really do appreciate the setting, characters and events in full. The story was definitely a thriller as it was quite dramatic in places and it definitely built up until the explosive ending of the story. A very enjoyable story that makes you stop and wonder not only if it is possible right now but if it has already happened.

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Review: Sun: Bridge & Sword: The Final War by JC Andrijeski 5 of 5 stars

Sun: Bridge & Sword: The Final War Sun: Bridge & Sword: The Final War by JC Andrijeski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the final book in the Bridge and Sword series. Allie and Revik have to fight the final war against the Mythers - religious fanatics more interested in murder and ending the life-cycle on Earth. They also need to try and sort everything out in their lives and marriage after the events of the last mission in China whilst trying to handle the situation of Myther armies taking over the quarantine cities and gathering up seers and humans off the Displacement List and performing grisly ritual murders of them. So they cobble together what forces they have, make unlikely allies and start the final offensive trying to stop the Mythers, the Dreng, and save their wider "family", their allies as well as themselves.

OMG - If I could give this book more than 5 stars it would surely deserve 10. This is definitely a longer book than the previous books but needed that amount of text in order to do justice on the final act in the story and all the related events that took place. The level of detail was exacting and it definitely needed that in order for everything to make sense. Everything was very well written and it all fit well into the story from the previous books so there were no continuity errors in the plot. There were many events that happened that were better than I hoped would happen and the end and perfect even if Revik definitely had me worried. I can envisage another series coming out of this one - not necessarily with Allie and Revik but there are plenty of other people who could be central to it. You could read this stand alone but as someone who has read all the other books in the series it added to the story for me.

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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Review: Claimed by Gods: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy by Eva Chase 5 of 5 stars

Claimed by Gods: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy Claimed by Gods: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy by Eva Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aria Watson (Ari) is streetwise and thought she had handled everything life had already thrown at her. She was determined to stay away from the criminals she worked for and save her little brother from their Mum's house. Then she suddenly died and woke up with four incredibly hot gods telling her she is now a Valkyrie. Loki is sharp and crafty, Thor is jovial and very ferocious, Baldur is very compassionate and Hod is very grim and secretive. It seems their king (Odin) is missing and they need Ari to find him and help rescue him. Seems I'm the four Valkyrie - the previous three never made it back. Can all the new skills I have and every trick I have from my life before I died help in this huge task.? Also what am I going to do about these hot gods that are getting under my skin?

Wow this book merges together seamlessly the modern day American life with Norse mythology into a story with lots of drama and action interspersed with soft emotional moments that definitely made you swallow and take a moment before continuing to read. Ari was a delightful character that I'm sure everyone can clearly see in my mind and understand how she was feeling or behaving. It was well written and all the thoughts and emotions of the characters were clear and easy to feel and empathise with. Great start to what promises to be a great series.

** Please note this is a slow burn reverse harem book

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Review: Call of the Dragon: a Steampunk Dragon Fantasy by Jasmine Walt 5 of 5 stars

Call of the Dragon: a Steampunk Dragon Fantasy Call of the Dragon: a Steampunk Dragon Fantasy by Jasmine Walt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zara Kenrook had been abandoned at an orphanage in childhood and by definition that meant she was destined to live in the slums but she has managed to gain a name as one of the best treasure hunters in Elantia. However she does have enemies and when one calls in a debt she is faced with an impossible decision - break into a dragon rider's house and steal a priceless object or lose her career and start again doing something else. However the object she tries to steal is incorrect and is actually a dragon's egg which starts to hatch - when they see each other life will never be the same again.

Wow - this is a great story that had drama, twists and turns all through the book. I loved the concept of the world, the dragon riders and the scrapes she found herself in. It was well written and everything was well written and easy to understand and feel. I loved the ending and can't wait for the next book in the series now as I really need to know what happens next.

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Review: Gunner by Elaine Barris 5 of 5 stars

Gunner Gunner by Elaine Barris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vampire Gunner has been framed and is currently in prison and sentenced to a 500 year stay. In a miracle he is given bail for 1 month to be able to prove his innocence - however those plans go out of the window when he is stuck by the legendary Thirst. Human Imogen is gentle and yet has an underlying strength of character. She seems to be the perfect companion to Gunner's world of guns and blood. Upon meeting her connection to Gunner seems immediate and promises a great future for them both. However when she is abducted Gunner descends into a state where he seems incapable of controlling himself and his need for blood. Can Gunner rescue Imogen or will be go insane first?

Wow - there is drama, danger, twists and turns in spades. There was action from the start to the finish of this book and it moved at a reasonably fast pace so that nothing was covered to the detriment of anything else. It was well written and very easy to feel and understand. Another great book in the Vampire's Thirst world.

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Review: Star Conqueror: Recompense: An Epic Space Harem Adventure by J.A. Cipriano 5 of 5 stars

Star Conqueror: Recompense: An Epic Space Harem Adventure Star Conqueror: Recompense: An Epic Space Harem Adventure by J.A. Cipriano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

David Briggs became a dragon and suddenly found himself breaking the chains binding the most powerful and beautiful warriors from a vicious high priestess. He freed the Left Hand of the High Priestess but has decided to make a bold step in order to turn the tide of the war - he has decided to go for another of the high ranking women and free her (and those she currently rules under the High Priestess) in order to free even more people. Can he succeed and get the huge payback he will get from this success?

Goodness - lots of drama, danger and intrigue in this episode of the story of David Briggs and his growing harem of women to help him defeat the High Priestess. These stories have lots of twists and turns which definitely keep you on your toes as you read it. Well written with everything clearly explained and easy to feel and understand. As I mentioned there is a harem in this story but there isn't any overabundance of sex and intimacy.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Review: Heaven's a Beach by Erin R. Bedford by J.A. Cipriano 5 of 5 stars

Heaven's a Beach Heaven's a Beach by Erin R. Bedford by 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jane can see archangels - Michael, Lucifer and Gabriel - each with their own skills and talents. It's not easy to juggle at three so she gives each of them the right level of attention, but she wouldn't have it any other way. When a new case opens at a local beach resort and she gets an expenses paid vacation and all she needs to do is catch the crooks what's not to love about it. Only the fact that she really does still have to solve the case......

Another great story about Jane and her archangels. I love the way she is so human in the way she acts and behaves (even if she does have a weird sense of humour and a mouth with no volume button at times). The mystery with the crimes was suitably complex while the complications caused by Jane and the guys added seamlessly into the story and the way it developed. I loved the ending and what it promises for the next story and can't wait to read that. Well written and very enjoyable. Easy to understand and empathise with the characters. All I can say is I feel sorry for her best friend Mandy and it is just as well she loves her enough to cope with her sense of humour/personality.

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