Quick Book Review: When A Taker Dreams by J.A. Jackson

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When a Taker Dreams was a fantastic romance novel that exceeded my expectations.

This novel follows Cierra Cantrell and her relationships with her friend Isabelle’s brother, Ryker.

The plot line of this novel is one that is used often throughout many books, but JA Jackson adds an interesting subplot to keep the book interesting. I was hooked about 1/4 of the way into book and I couldn’t put it down, which is a good thing!

Although the book is a pleasant read, there are a lot of places for improvement! For one, the book didn’t seem to be edited. Many words were spelled incorrectly (for example, prefect instead of perfect) throughout the entire novel, and quotations marks were missing at almost every paragraph that included narrative in between quotations.

Overall, I really did enjoy the novel! I would love a sequel to see how the characters fend themselves in future situations.

Three out of five stars, due to the editing issues.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Aeromancist: The Beginning (Seven Forbidden Arts #2) by Charmaine Pauls

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Aeromancist, The Beginning is a prequel novel to the second book of the series. I would suggest not reading this novel if you haven’t read the series because I was heavily confused. But, it was extremely great at the same time if you don’t care about the back story of the characters.

From my understanding, Lann the main character has some sort of power relating to weather and planes. That is as far as the author goes to explain him to new readers. I never really grasped what he could do, but it seems paranormal in nature. This book is not your typical romance/BDSM read as it seems to have some supernatural/fantasy/paranormal element to it, but that’s not the main focus of this book. The main focus is Lann and his relationship with Kat.

The romance side of the novel is fantastic. It is a mix of romance and BDSM, and it’s incredible. The relationship slowly develops, it doesn’t just happen. The characters are not developed a lot, but this is a very short novella that is just a prequel novella.

I would suggest readers pick up the actual books of the series before reading this. I do plan to pick up the novels of the series so I can further understand this novella.

Overall, it was fantastic! Four out of five stars! I would have liked to understand what Lann’s “powers” are, but other than that it hit all the right notes with me.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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I never liked stories about History, but this novel definitely made me gain a new respect for War stories.

The Nightingale follows a set of two sisters throughout World War 2, and it a thrilling, addicting read. Vianne Mauriac’s husband has set off to war and she must deal with the aftermath of his absence. Soldiers from Germany are invading France, which means anyone who is labelled a Jew will be in trouble in the near future. Vianne must deal with soldiers staying in her home, friends disappearing, orphaned children, and situations no woman would ever want to face.

Meanwhile Vianne’s sister Isabelle is doing the opposite of Vianne, she’s getting involved. Vianne is trying to stay quiet if she decides to help, but Isabelle is being loud and proud. Isabelle will help people, and is determined to no matter what.

The story has many different arcs and plot intertwined in one. Vianne’s love story with her husband, Isabelle’s love story, Vianne and Isabelle’s rough relationship with their father, the War itself, the life of Jewish people during the war, the life of those who are friends with Jewish people, and many other little side plots that create an epic, war-time drama.

I found this book to be very believable. The entire novel is written in an excellent style and gets better as you read. At first it seemed a little boring, but after a few chapters I was hooked an addicted. The novel shares the feelings of the characters during this rough time, and nothing seems out of place.

As someone who didn’t have a great appreciation for History, I definitely respect anyone who lived or lost during the wars now. While this might be a fictional novel, it gives many examples of what happened to people during the war time. Kristin Hannah did an excellent job showcasing the War in a fictional novel and making it highly believable.

I would suggest this book to anyone who likes: Historical fiction, dramatic novels, novels with a mere splash of romance, war stories, and realistic novels.

Five out of five stars! A truly amazing read that transports you to World War ll in France.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Song of the Earth by Susan Nunn

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Song of the Earth was a fabulous book that introduces the lives of immigrants trying to cross the border.

This story is absolutely beautiful and stunning. It starts off rather slow, and boring (to be honest), but once I was half way into the story I was hooked and obsessed. Even when the book ended I wanted more! I was desperate for Susan Nunn to continue this story because I fell in love with the characters.

Susan Nunn does an excellent job with character development. These characters start off as strangers to the reader and by the end of the story I cared for them and wanted to hear more about their lives. These fictional beings have many layers and become very real. I was amazed by the skill of Susan Nunn and her character development. At the beginning of the story I wasn’t into these characters and I felt nothing to them, but once this story developed the main character Jessie was the main reason I continued reading. I wanted to continue reading about Jessie and I cared for her well being throughout the story.

The plot itself was very beautiful. It wasn’t action packed, mysterious or thrilling, but it did have character. The story itself helped me with my own grieving. I felt that someone could pick this up and learn something new about themselves, whether it be around grieving, caring for others or simply caring for the earth.

I really enjoyed this book, and I can’t stop singing it’s praises. It wasn’t the best book on the planet by far, but it definitely displays very strong messages and themes.

Four out of five stars. Incredible book with incredible themes and messages.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Loxy Quum and the Merge Experiment by Ricky Mon

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This novel was surprisingly very addictive and action packed. When I first picked it up, I wasn’t sure whether to expect a more child-like novel, or a Young Adult novel, but it was more towards the latter.

You follow children with very unique traits (similar to super powers, but more along the lines of being half alien and half human) as they try to rescue their parents. The characters were very relatable despite their nonhuman qualities. They all had realistic personalities and were interesting to read about.

While I found the plot to be very predictable, it was a good, short read that didn’t take up much time. I would suggest a little bit of an extended plot to make things more interesting, but I wouldn’t change much else.

The writing style was good and easy to read, and I didn’t find any outstanding errors that made the plot go far from where it should have.

Overall, four out of five stars due to it being a little boring in the sense I’ve heard this plot before over and over.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Crime Scene by Kate Lines

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I love a good crime novel, and having this as a non-fiction novel all about Kate Line’s policing career made me love it even more. All of the situations were real, and Kate Lines walked through how she became a high up cop and investigator. Having the author walk through each situation and how evidence was used and how people were interviewed gave a wonderful insight to the Police World, and helped give me a better idea what happened behind the scenes on high profile cases I heard about over the years.

This novel reminds me of a non-fiction version of Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan novels. While Kathy Reichs discusses the forensics sides of investigations, Kate Lines brings you into the realm of policing and investigation.

I honestly couldn’t put this book down. The real life stories are inspiring, even if each story did not have a happy ending. Also reading about a strong, independent female working hard and getting the job done was very inspiring!

Anyone interested in Police, Forensics, Investigations, Crime and Mystery should read this novel. Yes, it’s not a fiction novel, but it helps give a lot of insight into what really happens. This novel is authentic and real, which gives it a lot of charm!

I would love Kate Lines to write fiction novels if she ever got the chance, because her background in this fantastic book would lend well to more books!

Five out of five stars! I saw nothing wrong with this fantastic non-fiction crime novel. The Criminal Profiler is an excellent author with many stories to tell.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Bite Harder by Anonymous-9

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This book was an absolute riot! I loved every second of this novel from the first word to the last punctuation mark! Following Dean Drayhart on his rather strange adventure was worth the read! Now I want to read every other novel by Anonymous-9 due to her amazing view on comedy and how she speaks to the audience and readers through her characters.

The only problem I found with this book is I found the plot to be short and not very exciting. While how the author wrote about the plot was exciting, trying to escape and get a monkey did not seem to be an amazing plot (since the finale of the novel didn’t have the conflict removed all that much. It just seemed to leave the novel on a cliffhanger).

I hope this small plot problem I have is due to the fact that there will be another novel in this series. If the series stops at this book, I would find it to be a very poor finale, but if there is another book that will help clear up the plot and conflict, then the novel makes sense.

I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and I hope there will be more about Dean coming out soon!

Five out of five stars for good action, character development and comedy.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

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I usually do not read this kind of book, but I must say it wow-ed me on so many levels. It started out to slow for my liking, but after about three chapters I was highly addicted and I wanted to know the life story of Ichmad Hamid. This book follws the life of Ichmad Hamid from when he was a child to when he begins an elderly man. You learn of the bright mind that Ichmad has and how he tries to get a better life for his family because of his gifted mind. I learned quite a bit about culture from this book, and I learned an even greater amount of knowledge on racism and hatred. This book centrals around a main concept (at least what I got as the main theme) of family. No matter what happened in this book Ichmad cared greatly about his family and always focused on that. When Ichmad went through school, he made sure to consider his family before every move. Ichmad made sure to think of his family when he started to develop farther in his love life as well.

I only had two problems with this book, and one was what was centered around Nora. She did go along well with the theme of family, but her storyline did break my heart quite a bit.

My second problem was that the book just seemed to end. I didn’t really see a resolution of any form happen, it felt as if the author ran out of words she was allowed to use and ended it. If some form of slowing down or conclusion would have happened, it could have been a much better book.

Either way, I believe it deserves 5 out of 5 stars for the beautiful message it sends.

Side note: I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Zodiac by Romina Russell

Due to Black Moon’s release day, I’ve decidedĀ  to post a throwback review of Zodiac! I received an ARC when it first came out! Yay Romina! Congrats on release day!!!

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Zodiac was a charming novel that featured an amazing original idea.

At first, I found Zodiac to be a really slow and boring start. The author introduces many words and places in her universe that weren’t explained well, but as the story progressed I began to understand the language she made up for her fictional universe. Once the book got going, I found that I had myself hooked onto the story and I wanted to know more about the characters. I even began to feel for the characters, which is always a good sign for the book!

The start was slow, which made the novel hard to read. I almost put the book down three times due to how boring I found the start to be. Once I was three-fourths into the book, I was hooked, but I would suggest the author to make the story a little more enticing towards the beginning instead of the end.

I felt like I needed a Zodiac style dictionary for some of the words used in the novel. The author explains the words once or twice, and then they are used constantly. Sometimes I needed a little reminder of what Psynergy was or other terms that aren’t used in day to day life. But, this author is making her own universe so the new words were used in a good way! Her own fictional universe deserved it’s own language!

I liked the character development and the twists and turns of the novel! While the book was slow, the action that did occur was appreciated. I loved the development of the story and the different pieces of action that happened. I would have liked to see more of the different Zodiacs involved in this novel if I had to choose anything to fix about the plot.

Overall, I did enjoy this book! I liked reading it and I found it to be an original and well thought out idea! I can’t wait to read the next one now that I’m hooked on the first!

Four out of five stars for Zodiac, due to the slow start.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: An American Duchess by Sharon Page

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This romantic novel by Sharon Page reminded me how much I loved romance novels.

I hadn’t touched a pure romance book for a while, and when I won this book and decided to read it, I was not let down. This book was beautifully written in a time period that reminded me a lot of “The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald. The book battles some issues including loss, war, love, following your dreams and also focusing on being a time piece rather than a modern day piece.

Following Zoe, who is a headstrong girl who wants to do what she wants and not others was pretty stereotypical, but she was not the stereotypical character other than following the path of many other famous lead characters. She is not your typical lady, since she is willing to be both ladylike, and tomboy-ish and sarcastic.

I could not put this book down and I was glued to every page when I was reading it. The novel featured beautiful descriptions and had a lot of heart put into it. The emotional roller coaster I experienced while reading this book was possible only through the author’s ability to make the characters feel real and have the situations seem realistic.

Beautiful book! Five out of five stars! I cannot praise this book enough!

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.