Mini Book Reviews

I read a bunch of smaller kindle books at the beginning of the year so that A. I’d get through some of my 200 kindle books quicker and B. I could easily get ahead in my GR goal in case I fell behind or when months without reading a lot (like I did in February and the beginning of this month!) So here are 5 quick reviews for you!

The Circle by Myka Ramos

The Circle (The Heirs of Gorus #1) by Myka Ramos – 3.5 stars
– This had me entertained and interested the entire time. It had amazing opening sentences and I loved this mystery about the wall and I also loved the political mess and the character connections. On top of all that, homosexual relationships are also a major plus and positive for me personally ❤ I really want to read more! I hope there is more! The ending too left A LOT unanswered but in a good way that I wanted to continue!

The Princess of Egypt Must Die by Stephanie Dray

The Princess of Egypt Must Die by Stephanie Dray – 2.5 stars.
I really like the setting, because I am a huge Egyptian and Greek mythology lover, and so Acient Egypt was an ideal setting for me to be thrown into! It definitely kept me interested throughout too, but, unfortunately I really didn’t like the main character (she was far too naive), and I feel that the story ended when it was JUST about to start getting real good! But I enjoyed it nonetheless and might keep my eye on this author.

The Hero and the Fiend by Glenn G. Thater

The Hero and the Fiend by Glenn G. Thater – 4 stars
This was really good!! I enjoyed the Norse mythology surrounding it (which as you can tell from my review just above, I’m into the whole mythology thing and so Norse fits nicely into it too!). This novella/short story was mysterious, suspenseful, action packed, and a little chilling! I never wanted it to end and I need more!! This author I WILL keep an eye on! There’s definitely something working in his head and I think this world he’s created will be a great thing to explore more (< I’m ill. If that made no sense then I’m sorry!). Also, I really like this cover!

A Dark Kiss of Rapture by Sylvia Day

A Dark Kiss of Rapture by Sylvia Day  -2 stars.
Romance really isn’t my thing, which I REALLY realised while reading this because I was so much more interested in the vampire plot line, and just skipping over the romance and sex scenes… The actual vampire part of this story was great and I’d love to know what happens next but the romance… I wasn’t in it at all and it was pretty insta and stupid but that’s me and my personal preferences talking there, you might like it! A little note: you could tell this was written by a woman as it didn’t feel quite realistic enough on the guys side. And unfortunately, there were some cheesy lines too. But I enjoyed the book while I was reading it; at least the plot vampire line I enjoyed.

Claimed by the Beast - Part One

Claimed by the Beast – Part One by Dawn Michelle – DNF’d/Lemmed (1 star)
I DNF’d this after the first 5 or so pages. I’m just too old for this type of teenage, unrealistic situation and talk and cliche stories. I just wasn’t the correct audience for this that’s all. Maybe if I was 6 or 7 years younger I would’ve enjoyed this (wow, how the hell was I 15, 7 years ago?! Time flies I guess…). The suspenseful writing was great though!! < I can at least give it one positive comment for DNFing it. Sorry Miss Author but just not for me personally!

And they are 5 mini reviews of kindle books I read recently (actually ALL in January in about a week xD)

Have you read any of these? Gotten interested in any? Let me know below!

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)

Quickie  Review: 3/5 Stars on GoodReads.

This was an okay read for me. It had hit and miss for me but onto the positives!

I enjoyed the characters and theirs stories (Perry was very interesting) and I really loved R’s character development and Julie’s dad was very fascinating in his short but enjoyable moments he got. The journey and the action I also enjoyed – especially the last 40 pages or so were crazy and very interesting!

However, I did have a few problems with it. One problem was that it was written in the present yet R spoke so articulately and it wasn’t explained if or why zombies were able to be 100% full functioning inside their brains but in movement and speech be completely zombie like. They were no explanation as to why R was able to be so poetic to the reader yet be a zombie – who usually are only suppose think of eating people for food – at the same time. I also didn’t like the lack of explanation as to how the change was happening within the zombie group and why only some were changing. Like there was talk of ‘she’s the only changes us! The change happened because of you’ and at one point Julie is like ‘I think I know why they’re changing’ and then (instead of actually explaining and in scientific terms like I thought she would), so goes all poetic and says ‘they’ve managed to climb out of this black hole that humanity created blah blah blah’ and it’s like ‘you didn’t explain anything there! You just spoke in fairytale words!’. Finally, I’m not a romance people (this book confirmed it!) so the romance between R and Julie just didn’t interest me, which is a major part of the book – and I knew going in it was going to be a romance between a zombie and a human.

But it was overall a good read. Still look forward to seeing the film! =]

The Demon by Sarra Cannon

The Demon: Episode 1 (Sacrifice Me, #1)

Quickie Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars.

The Positives: Everyone is getting to stage of ‘omg can we get over vampires already?!’ and in fact we’ve been in this stage for a while; luckily for this story, we don’t really run into any ‘bad’ vampires in the sense of A. they don’t sparkle and B. it feels like they aren’t good vampires. So off to a good start! The next good this about this story is the way the plot is brought out; starts off simple and as we go along mystery upon mystery and question upon question starts to trickle in but it’s not like a load together which is a nice pace. Speaking of pace; I liked the pace of it; not too slow, not too fast, but maybe just a tad slow. The characters I liked and very intriguing! I really liked how the story ended and left me hanging and wanting to know more!

The Negative: That cover for starters xD and as mentioned already, the pacing I felt was a little slow, but only at the action part. There were quite a few cheesy lines and stereotypical vampire/erotica lines in there that did make me laugh, for example:

The territorial claim of his eyes on my body.
I gasped for breath.
I hated that one tiny touch of his skin against mine could tilt my entire world on its axis.

Finally, the main character did annoy me a bit; like she’s 21 years old but still acting like she’s 15 years old. Maybe it is because what she’s been through but no need to be all emo and ‘I’ve been on my own for so many years why should it matter now blah blah whine whine’ but luckily it wasn’t overboard so I could cope with it but I just felt [being 21 myself] that she was very immature compared to me, maybe [like I said during my The Rain review] I’m more mature for my age?

Continue? If I ever have a breather from my massive TBR or it’s like practically non-existent, I think I’ll carry on this series =]

September Wrap Up and October TBR!

September went so slow compared to the rest of the summer months – I’m not alone right?! Anyway, while it doesn’t look like I’m doing well reading books-wise, I’ve actually managed a decent about of pages read this month xD So I call it a partially successful reading month!

Wrap Up

The Rain by Virginia Bergin A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden

The Rain by Virginia Bergin [384 pages]
A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden [45 pages]

Along with:

2 chapters of Shingeki no Kyojin = 90 pages.
2 chapters of Kuroshitsuji = 50
pages.
Progression with A Game of Thrones = 95 pages.

Total Pages: 654 pages.

Run-Over TBR from Last Month

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters, #1) Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey

TBR – similar to my Top 10 Tuesday from two weeks ago as it is the Halloween month! ^_^

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1) The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1) The Demon: Episode 1 (Sacrifice Me, #1)

October ARCS

Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1) Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets: An Anthology of Holmesian Tales Across Time and Space Sky Pirates (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow, #3)

Also, as NaNoWriMo is less than a month away, I need to seriously start thinking of ideas and get something solid in my mind to want to write asap when November does in fact begin xD

Also [again] the Year-A-Thon October Week is next week [6th – 12th] and the theme is Stephen King/Horror!

A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden

A Bit of Bite

A killer is stalking the streets of Crossroads, Mississippi, and it’s up to Sheriff Ava Dushaine to stop him. But when suspicion falls on werewolf alpha Julian Kasey—Ava’s ex-lover and the man who still haunts her dreams—Ava knows that she’ll either have to prove his innocence…or watch the whole town go up in flames.
[Summary from GoodReads]

Quickie Review: 3/5 Stars on Goodreads.

As it was only a 45 page story, the review will also be 45 pages short. This seriously felt like reading an episode of Supernatural! What with the modern setting and investigation and supernatural creatures being involved. The setting was perfect, the characters were pretty self-explanatory [no need to have developed characters for this type of story] and the theme of the story allowed it to not be character based but plot and crime-solving based. Fast-paced. The nice hint of saucy romance was just right and welcomed! I rather enjoyed it. I really liked the little twist we get as to whether a certain person is telling the truth or not. Overall, a quick and enjoyable read with a some naughtiness to make it all the more ‘real’ (I guess) and fun!

The Walking Dead #1 by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore

The Walking Dead #1

Quickie Review: 3 out of 5 Stars.

I will let you know now that I’ve never watched the TV show bar the first few minutes, and I’m not a fan of zombies. Now moving onto my review and thoughts… I really liked the art and, due to being a comic, it was quick to read. The main character was interesting, especially his opening scene was amazing, and the ending scene was a great insight into his personality; but he’s a cop who wear cowboy wear as a uniform – cheesy much? The kid who we’re introduced to seemed like a pain in the arse too but I assume that him coping with the monstrosity that is going on in the world. The lack of information was a good thing – keeping confusion and the reader on edge along with the characters.

Not sure if I’d carry on, just purely because I’m not into zombies – as an interest nor as a partner prospect. But we’ll see. Maybe I’ll even try the TV show properly now? 0 Anyways, a good, quick read with a great opening scene and likeable art style.

Have you read this? Seen the TV show? Love both? Hate one? Let me know below!

The First Taste is Free by Zephyr Indigo

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Quickie Review: 3.5/5 stars on GoodReads.
Episode 1 in the ‘Pixie Chix’ series. Another quick and easy read (like 20 pages again) and can easily get you in the mood when the sauciness hits. I probably would continue just to find out the rest of the story alone, yet has an added bonus of sexy time. Great to have it being different and not a heterosexual main lead, also a strong female lead! A great read to get ladies hot and bothered quickly! It has just the right amount of sauciness.

Plot: It says it right on the cover; about a lesbian vampire. It’s a bit more than that, there is an actual point but that would spoil episode 1’s end.

Characters:
Felicia – Firstly, I love the same! (reminds me of Felicia Day!) and she is the lesbian vampire. She’s very strong, very clever and knows what she wants – my kind of girl (maybe not in a romantic way).
Mint – A Pixie and a very cute one!

Negatives: It was not long enough <- Does that count?