Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Demon's Vengeance by Jocelynn Drake


Title: Demon’s Vengeance: The Complete Final Asylum Tales
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Format: Kindle
The complete novel that comprises Demon’s FuryDemon’s Vow and Inner Demon.
Powerful warlock and tattoo artist Gage has managed to escape the magical Ivory Towers who terrorize the rest of humans and monsters—but at a price. Now he must join forces with his nemesis, Gideon, to stop an entity that is using forbidden Death Magic to commit gruesome murders across the nation. And if that’s not keeping him busy enough, an investigator recruits Gage to help her track a killer … who might be targeting tattoo artists.
When Gage discovers a demon locked away, it offers him access to dark magic in exchange for its freedom—a dangerous opportunity, but one that could save his loved ones. Gage must choose between what is right and what is easy.

                                                  Review: 
Jump back into the whirl wind life of our favorite tragically flawed character Gage. In the combined edition of the last three books of the Asylum Tales. Gage goes on an investigation to find a murderer, travels back to the Ivory Towers than having to make the biggest decision of his life. 
This urban fantasy series is full of interesting characters and plot twists. Serah peeked my interest the most as she surprised me a little.  If your looking for a series that combines more than one supernatural creature and their dealings with each other read this series.
The book is a fast read, all three stories are very fast paced and bring in new elements in each.  A great installment to the series, brings in more possible story lines  for the characters and great world building.

**I received this book for free from Harper Voyager Impulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!**

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Love comes in many varied forms. There is the love of family, love of country, and love of chocolate. But for Jocelynn Drake, one truly treasured love is the love of a good story. This Midwestern native spends the majority of her time lost in the strong embrace of a good book. When she’s not hammering away at her keyboard, frowning at her monitor, or curled up with a book, she can usually be found cuddling with her cat Demona, walking her dog Max, or flinging curses at the TV while playing a video game. Outside of books, cats, and video games, she is completely enamored of Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, fast cars, and Anthony Bourdain (but only when he’s feeling really cranky).
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April 14
Book reviewed at Sara’s Organized Chaos
April 15
Book reviewed at Cubicle Blindness
April 16
Book reviewed at I Smell Sheep
Guest blogging at Urban Fantasy Investigations
April 17
Book reviewed at Romance for Every World
April 20
Book reviewed at Reader Girls
April 21
Author interviewed at Guest blogging at Theresa M. Cole
April 22
Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Urban Girl Readers
April 23
Book featured at Booklover Sue
April 24
Book featured at Chosen By You Book Club
April 27
Book reviewed at Cheryl’s Book Nook
April 28
Book featured at Saphyria’s Book Reviews
April 29
Book reviewed at Escape by Fiction
April 30
Book reviewed at Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
May 1
Book reviewed at Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
May 4
Guest blogging at Romancing the Darkside
May 5
Book reviewed at Booked on a Feeling
May 6
Interviewed at Toot’s Book Reviews
May 7
Book featured at Girls with Books
May 8
May 11
Book reviewed at WTF Are You Reading?
May 12
Book reviewed at Words I Write Crazy
May 14
Book review and Author interviewed at A Little Bit of R N R

Friday, April 3, 2015

Nuclear Road Trip: Onward to Destruction by Barbara Billig, Michelle McKeeth

One of the oldest nuclear power plants in the US has a major radiation leak. The power plant company does not want to reveal the severity of the accident. A cover-up is devised which shuts the plant down, but the inspectors, headed by John Rockford, are not to arrive for two weeks. The news has been reporting that nothing major has happened. 
The aged Morristown Nuclear Power Plant is the same type of plant as the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan; it, too, had a boiling water reactor. While they tour the plant, they discover the plant is fraught with malfunctions and gross deterioration from an utter lack of proper maintenance.
Theirs is a saga of cover-ups, intrigue, espionage, sabotage and terrorism; theirs is the future of what will happen should terrorists attack a Nuclear Reactor Power Plant, and how individuals are torn asunder and pulled back together.  


 The book starts out on a road trip as John and Aadhil are slowly making their way to the nuclear power plant and exploring sites and discovering food along route 66 among others. Along their way they begin meeting up with others who are also on their way to the plant to begin their work on investigating the plants malfunctions. 

There are a handful of characters in this story. Four of the inspectors arrive together at the end of their road trip. Aadhil has a companion in his  dog Bear- Lee-a-Dog which never leaves his side and also trained to help with the plants inspections. In a way Bear is a character of his own and plays his own role in the story just as much as the other characters. Once they read the plant there are more characters that come into play and more as the story continues. 

You can tell that there was a lot of research that went into this story and parallels between the recent Fukushima disaster and what they are seeing at the Morristown plant. The majority of the story is told through dialogue between the characters. Each character is distinct and fully developed in their roles in this story line. 

4 stars

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Quantum Deception #booktour

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What starts out as a calm night in Salt Lake City turns into chaos when a passenger plane crashes into the mountains. When reformed cyber hacker Tanner Stone links the accident to an ingenious Chinese computer virus, it’s up to him to prevent it from destroying the financial data of everyone in America! Thrilling, explosive, and packed with twists, this book changes everything you know about Internet security.
"Tanner Zane is a Mormon with a secret criminal past. Nobody suspects that, before his religious conversion, Tanner hacked into thousands of computer networks across the globe. He accumulated millions of dollars from his illegal activities until a sudden, life-changing event caused him to abandon hacking and give his fortune to charity."-From Summary on The Quantum Breach

The second book in the Tanner Zane series (does not have to be read in order)  begins with a terrorist action of an airplane being shot down at the Salt Lake City airport. Reina is on a mission and shooting down the airplane was just one of the things on her list to do. 
Tanner is happily married and expecting his first child. When is life is put in danger and several events begin to take place he barely survives the attempts to take his life. As his wife spends time in a local hospital under a coma, Tanner is put right in the middle of a hacking attempt on Government and civilian computers across the United States. 
The story is very fast paced, told from different perspectives and told mostly through dialogue.  The setting is all taking place in the Salt Lake County area and gives the reader some details about the area and the agencies needed to help stop the virus. 
Tanner is also a Mormon and the beliefs come out sporadically throughout the story as events begin to take place. Especially in times when Tanner fears for his and his families lives. 
The books are entertaining and full of information and aspects of the computer hackers world. I found the main idea of how the virus was to spread very intuitive and creative.

About The Author:
A Few people understand the terrifying, yet realistic threat of computer hacking like Denver Acey. Denver has spent his entire professional career in the information technology industry where he has witnessed and even thwarted actual cyber-crime. From his top-secret job working for the US government to securing computer networks at Fortune 500 companies, Denver is personally familiar with hackers and their unscrupulous activities.

Because of his unique background, Denver decided to pen a book to dispel hacking myths while highlighting the tenacity of cyber-criminals. Utilizing actual hacking concepts and scenarios he experienced firsthand, Denver illustrates -- in a simple way for even the non-techie to understand -- how vulnerable we all are to cyber-crime

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Audiobook- Hunt for Jade Dragon (Michael Vey #4) by Richard Paul Evans

 
     Hunt for Jade Dragon (Michael Vey #4)


Michael and his friends must rescue a child prodigy as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying fourth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling series!

Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. Her name is Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, and she’s a child prodigy with an IQ higher than Einstein’s—and Ostin’s.

But Hatch gets to her first, and the Elgen are holding her prisoner in their Taiwan Starxource plant. Now the Voice wants Michael and the Electroclan to go to Taiwan and free her before Hatch can realize his dreams of an army of electric children.

The hunt for Jade Dragon is on, and it’s a race against time!

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink        


I received a free copy of the audio book for review. I have listened to this whole series on audio book and have come to really enjoy them. I was really looking forwarding to the new edition to the series but felt that this one fell short from what the other books have been. 

There is not as much to the adventure even though they travel to Taiwan it felt to me that there was just a lot of standing around and waiting. The group did not want to be seen as to let Hatch know they were close so they stayed hidden and the story really fell short because of that. 

The majority of the story was the group sitting around and talking, doing a little shopping. So when anything out of the usual happened the reader is waiting for, expecting and could see it coming by the time it eventually does. 

I also felt that the narrator for the audio book on this one was a bit inconsistent with the accents of the foreign characters and at times it came off sloppy, mixture of accents in my opinion. While I must admit that this aspect will most likely not be noticed by the younger listeners, it didn't live up to what I have been getting from the first 3 books I listened to. 

The Hunt for Jade Dragon addition to the series does have some important information and event that takes place that is necessary to read for the series, but by not cutting it shorter and combining it into the next book in the series led to a long read with little payout. 

This is a series that I have enjoyed immensely so far and and I do recommend it for readers, great characters and a lot of traveling the world and seeing different cultures. I just feel this particular book fell short in comparison to the others. 

2 Stars 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Awoken (The Lucidites #1) by Sarah Noffke

Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights.

In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.

And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.

Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?



The book begins right into the beginning of the plot. We learn more about the main character and her life into an already progressing story. Roya has just recently learned of her abilities to dream travel and the Lucidites call upon her help to fight against the evil Zhuang who is causing the world troubles. Roya learns she is the chosen one and must help fight him to save her family...and the world. 

To say that Roya has a rude awakening when first trying to enter the institute to get her instructions, it's kind. Roya is confronted with humiliation and confusion since the moment she wakes up. Her attitude comes off as very haughty and rude. She feels played and embarrassed but she never fully grows out of her bad attitude. I never came to really love her character but I did find her tolerable after awhile as she softens to the other characters. 

The writing is good and the pacing well done. It is mostly like a special school setting where they must complete tasks to obtain a place on the team to go into battle. They practice with their special abilities and form a group that can work together under stress. 

The trials and abilities they have adds a lot of science fiction to a fantasy story. There is romance and the beginning of what looks like a triangle. The whole book is leading up to a very action packed ending in which a lot happens very fast. The majority of the book we are getting to know the characters and how well they work with each other. 

I enjoyed the story and it's something I would do a re-read on. I think those who enjoy a feisty and bitchy characters who are brutally  honest would enjoy the story. At times there was some reminiscent to the feelings I had while reading Divergent. 

4 stars, fun adventurous and unique characters.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Gatekeeper's Son (The Gatekeeper's Son #1) by C.R. Fladmark

Junya’s grandfather is a billionaire who keeps the secret to his success hidden in a heavily guarded safe.
His mother is a martial artist who wields a razor-sharp katana—and seems to read his mind.
And a mysterious girl in a Japanese school uniform can knock him over—literally—with just a look.
What do they know that he doesn’t?
Junya’s life takes a dangerous turn on his sixteenth birthday, when someone sets out to destroy not only the family’s business empire—the one that he’s set to inherit—but Junya himself. He’s fighting for his life, and doesn’t know who to trust.
What has his family been keeping from him?
Junya’s journey takes him from the narrow streets of San Francisco to Japan, and through hidden portals to the top of the ancient Japanese Izumo Shinto shrine, to places where death and violence are a way of life. And in a mystical world he’s never imagined, he finds his true destiny.
Kindle Edition, 313 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by The Shokunin Publishing Company 
 
 
 
Junya has several events that happen just after he turns 16. A young Japanese girl keeps appearing in his life, he is told he is the heir to his grandfather's estate/business and the awakening of his powers. 
 
Junya was my favorite character as he tries to figure out everything that has come his way in only a matter of hours. His reactions to the things that happen around him are realistic, but the world and adventures are fantastical. There were some characters like grandfather and Shoko that left me hanging their actions at times felt very random and the scenes with them a bit choppy. Yet Junya takes it all in stride and rolls with it. 
 
The only normal relationship Junya has is with his best friend. All the interactions between him and his grandfather, parents and Shoko involve this otherworldly fantasy relationships. This has a lot to do with all of the secrets that have been kept from him. As he is trying to figure things out, crazy and unusual things happen all around him and includes everybody he knows. 
 
If this story were shortened and made into a manga or comic the parts I felt a little choppy in the story would in my opinion make more sense. I did feel that the book was a bit long for the story that was being told and would work better as separate sections or novellas or as a comic. 
 
The ending of the book was a good ending. Junya really shows a lot of growth and strength from his experiences and it ends strongly. It is something I would recommend to those that enjoy Manga and looking for a story form of that. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Third Twin by CJ Omololu #BookBlast


third TwinThe Third Twin by C.J. Omololu

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything.

The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect—Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist.

As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer . . . or Alicia is real.

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Praise:

"[An] original, riveting thriller." -- Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made for You

"Delicious and deceptive, The Third Twin is a twisty-turny thrill ride! I couldn't flip the pages fast enough!" --Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series and The Taking

"A classic whodunit."--Kirkus Reviews

 

CJCJ OMOLOLU is the author of the ALA-YALSA Quick Pick Dirty Little Secrets and several other YA novels. She loved to read but never thought to write until she discovered that the voices in her head often have interesting things to say. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons.

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