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Book Review: ‘Curses of Scale’ by S.D. Reeves

Title: Curses of Scale

Published: 15th November 2017

Author: S.D. Reeves

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SDReeves.Author

Twitter: @SD_Reeves

 

Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Niena wants nothing more than to attend an elite bardic college, but when the dragon that shattered the empire awakens again she finds herself on the run, through the fey realm of Fairhome, to the city where she was born. On her trail are her army veteran grandfather, thrown into a commander’s role he doesn’t want, the lord of the fairies, trying to steer her to his own ends, and the husband she won’t meet for fifteen years. If she kills the dragon, she’ll save everyone she holds dear. But if she kills the dragon, she’s cursed instead to become it.

 

Review:

Creative fantasy world where many peoples’ paths are thrust together for one main journey’s end, who will make it out is anyone’s guess.

Starts as it means to go on with Calem right in the thick of a skirmish with many more to follow. Dropped right into the middle of action, though I felt like I was playing catch up trying to figure things out. Seems Calem has some magic but not enough to stop a curse from taking hold of his wife. He seeks a deal with Oberon to help but will the trickster hold up his end after being sent to where he needs to be? With Calem slowly going mad from his task is he soon to be a danger to others as well as himself?

Niena wants to be taken seriously by others, mostly her grandfather Captain Marny, and show that she can take care of herself out in the world. Something her grandfather doesn’t want her to endure. She wants to explore, fearing she’ll waste away if she doesn’t, and soon gets her wish. Things don’t go to plan on an ale run and she finds herself alone in a world in chaos with a dragon and battles falling at her feet. Perhaps it’s her imagination she needs to worry over with where it seems to take her and a stranger she meets along the way.

Marny sees the destruction and knows he needs to get his people to safety but mainly he wants to find his granddaughter. The journey is perilous but he needs to keep his head to keep people alive with the route they have taken. Seems these three journeys are soon to collide in a dragon’s destructive path. Who will make it out in this fantasy ride?

Bit of a strange book for me that took a while to get going and even longer to make sense with what was happening. It picks up at near the end when things start to click into place. I think what put me off in places was not the story itself but how the narrative parts were written in first person. It took me a while to get used to the style of writing and it’s not one I would go back to. Also didn’t help that there were different POVs but not always clear at first who you are with. Interesting story all the same.

2.5/3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Maya: Wisdom from the Queen’ by Celia Kyle

Title: Maya: Wisdom from the Queen (Ridgeville Series Book 11)

Published: 23rd August 2014

Author: Celia Kyle

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorceliakyle

Twitter: @celiakyle

 

Blurb:

Enjoy all of Maya’s wisdom in one handy volume. This free ebook includes fun sketches, hilarious quotes, and a few special sneak peeks at Maya and Alex today.

 

Review:

Well it’s safe to say that this is a book for fans of the Ridgeville series. You have lots of funny Mayaisms at the beginning to keep you laughing along the way. Amusing to say the least to get inside our queens head. I haven’t read the whole series, only a few books, so couldn’t tell you if they were new or a grouped selection from other books but they were fun to read through all the same.

 

A couple of Maya quotes that I found amusing from the long list this gives you:

“Live by the three “F” rule: If they don’t fuck you, feed you or finance you, they don’t matter.”

“You should always have a freezer full of ice cream. You never know who’s gonna stop by.”

 

There is a small short story at the end of the funny quotes that was good. Interesting getting a snap shot into what life is like now for the shifters and what trouble Maya can get herself into this time, with a little extra help from her boys and best friend in tow. Her mate Alex can’t stay mad at her for too long though. One growl is all it takes for his mind to wonder to other thoughts. So all’s happy in Maya’s world then.

If you like the series then you will get a kick out of reading this. With it only being short it’s the perfect in between book when thinking about what to pick up next.

3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Operation Bailey Babies’ by Piper Rayne

Title: Operation Bailey Babies: A Novella (The Baileys Book 6.5)

Published: 21st April 2020

Author: Piper Rayne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PiperRayne

Twitter: @PiperRayneRocks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorpiperrayne

 

Blurb:

BUZZ WHEEL PRESS RELEASE: Don’t drink the Lake Starlight water! Bailey babies are busy growing in their mommies tummies and the Baileys are having a triple baby shower to celebrate. If you want in on the pool on who pops first and when contact me. 😉

 

Review:

So at the end of Phoenix’s book we found out that when it rains in pours with not one baby but three on the way. Holly, Brooklyn and Savannah all at the same time – Harley wanted to join in but seems to only fall pregnant alone (or does she?).

Loved the mix of all the Baileys throughout with how each of the fathers to be are coping with their very pregnant wives. Holly was worrying a lot but with all her and Austin went through to get pregnant you can understand. Now you would think Savannah would be a stressed out control freak but turned out to have the calmest pregnancy. Well that and be extra horny which Liam liked a lot. Pregnant Sav equals nice Sav so Liam might like to keep her that way. Brooklyn on the other hand turned into a very bitchy monster to everyone around her. She knew what she was doing and was so scared the hormones would keep her that way – think Wyatt was a bit scared too. Hormones are not her friend so the quicker bump is out the better.

With three babies all due together you know bets are going to be out to see who arrives first. Which would you wager? Baby shower with fun and games for all and even a few new announcements are brought to light. Bailey clan getting bigger it seems. Everyone having a great time till someone’s water breaks and its all systems go. Full moon and a storm coming seen as a sign that it may be more than one born that night. Now I may have said everyone was great but we know our girl Juno is going through some things, seems Sedona and Kingston are working through some things too. Not long before we get in all their heads to see what makes them tick. Or better yet before we have a chance to see how Dori will put the plans in motion for them to be fixed up with their perfect partner.

Another great read that had me laughing along the way. Lots of love for this big family that just keeps growing. Something Dori is very happy about. Time to get into Juno’s head now to see how she’s going to fix things with Colton.

5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Zombie! Haunted Mansion’ by Zombie Origin Media

Title: Zombie! Haunted Mansion: Memoir of Jesse Jamieson

Published: 29th May 2017

Author: Zombie Origin Media

Twitter: @zomoriginmedia

 

Blurb:

Stranded in the middle of nowhere, an unlikely group of high school friends embark on a series of adventures and mishaps to survive a remote zombie outbreak. With bloodthirsty ghouls trailing close behind, Jesse and his friends stumble upon an eerie mansion offering refuge from the zombie infested woods. But the residents of Krakuz Manor may be hiding a sinister secret more dangerous than the undead threat outside, or they might just be complete lunatics. Either way, Jesse and his friends must prepare for the impending zombie horde if they hope to survive their trip to hell. With no communication to the outside world for help, can a mismatched group of teenagers defend Krakus Manor against the undead, or will they fall victim to a living dead nightmare?

 

Review:

A zombie comedy of sorts that gets crazier the further along you go. So Jesse and his friends are riding together to get to a party. One wrong turn, an annoying back seat passenger, running over a zombie and crashing the car, leads to a crazy night trying to out run a massive hoard of zombies. Well that’s one way to start a story so it can only get crazier.

Jesse is trying to keep everyone alive and in the process impress Chloe with any skills he has to help. Emu has lots of “great ideas” with how to survive as he thinks he knows a lot about zombies (more to do with video games, which I swear he thinks he’s in). Chloe likes to keep the peace. Lexi is scared of everything. Poor Bud just can’t catch a break; he seems to miss most of the action and only shows up when something needs cutting off! Then there’s Becky, the stupidest person there, I’m sorry but every time she screams – for some stupid reason no less – you are just wishing that this time would be the time she gets eaten by a zombie. Talk about annoying in that car ride, and that’s just the start of it, later she thinks Dracula can set her up with his son!

So with Zombies closing in when you see a creepy abandoned mansion in the middle of nowhere you run straight for it. Though it appears that this abandoned mansion isn’t so abandoned after all. Strange people just keep popping in and out at in the blink of the eye. Are they there to help or hinder?

How to survive a zombie attack? Well I wouldn’t say they had the best ideas all the way through but some did make it to the other side. It was just mayhem, one thing right on to the next with plans failing and more zombies coming closer to the mansion. Even the characters felt things were cliché at times, which was just funny. The interactions between all of them stayed true throughout but I did feel it dragged a little in the middle. Just needed to ramp up the crazy a bit quicker with how it all ends.

Interesting read that keeps you guessing what madcap plan they will come up with next to try stay alive. Funny cliché clicks and characters too with this zombie comedy.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Zombie Origin Media for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Bollywood Invasion’ by Ricardo Alexanders

Title: Bollywood Invasion

Published: 24th May 2018

Author: Ricardo Alexanders

 

Blurb:

A fantasy novel about a modern-day American boy who wakes up in 1958 India as the reincarnation of John Lennon.

Bollywood Invasion opens when the protagonist, a sixteen-years-old boy from Brooklyn, finds himself with riches and power beyond his wildest fantasies in India, thirty-five years before he was born.

Brooklyn is readily forgotten. Life becomes a constant stream of debauchery, coming to a stand-still only when he meets “the one.” However, love doesn’t come easy. He must become a better man, a pursuit ignited by his memories of Beatles songs on his iPod.

Will these legendary songs change his life?

Can he escape Lennon’s eventual tragic fate?

Will he ever find his way back to Brooklyn?

His fate will unfold in Bollywood Invasion.

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Bollywood Invasion blends Indian cultural experience, time-travel blend perfectly with the legendary songs from the Beatles.

 

Review:

Quirky time-travel/reincarnation in reverse where we have two lives in one and a Beatles vibe thrown in for good measure. Can both get the happy ending they want or will it be more like souls finding a way back to each other through time? Well it’s either that or John has a very creative imagination for an alternate life after hitting his head.

John is a sixteen year old who on the way to school gets into an accident. When he wakes up he has no idea where he is and soon finds out that he is no longer ‘who’ he is either. Seems he is somehow in the body of Raj, an older prince from 1958 (50 years ago for him), but having no clue how it could be. With no way of getting home it doesn’t take him long to embrace this new life and soon lose the idea of being John by becoming Raj. A rebellious prince of sorts who is a bit of a ladies man, which helps ‘John’ find a new confidence with friends and the opposite sex. He might take a few wrong turns along the way but soon all changes when he meets Ankita. Love at first sight or kindred spirits?

One sure way to get her attention is with the magic of music and with the help of his school friends they decide to start a band. Might not start well but that all changes after they hear him hum a song they’ve never heard – that being Yesterday by The Beatles. Seems his knowledge of the future and love for The Beatles comes in handy with “creating” new music for his band Beestos, making the band a success is almost full proof. Nice that some take a bit of a twist with his world and who he wants to be singing for. Can he find a way to woo Ankita, show he’s worthy of her and that he would be true to her alone?

Love all the little nods to The Beatles true timeline when key events happened for them. Raj’s band mates are even asked to pick more industry sounding names for the members – can you guess the ones they choose? Might be tempting fate a little too much with the fact that Raj chooses John. Can he escape John’s fate and get the women of his dreams or has that been all this was, a dream?

Interesting mix of characters throughout and creative story from a new angle with plenty of the true Beatles vibes too. You may start humming along with the tunes when they pop up. A quirky alternate reality within that is worth checking out.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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