Sunday Reading Update 2/12/2017

Finally my reading schedule seems to be getting back to normal. I posted two reviews last week Memortality by Stephen H. Provost and The Fireman by Joe Hill. Both were very good. At the moment I’m currently reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank which I’m currently at 23%. I’m also reading Lando Calrissian and the StarCave of ThonBoka currently at 20%. I also received an ARC from author T. M. Brown of his upcoming novel Sanctuary described as a Southern Fiction Mystery. Sounds good I’ll be giving it a try next. So that being said the next six titles in my TBR pile are as follows:

1. Sanctuary by T. M. Brown

2. The Magician by Micheal Scott

3. Stormblade by Nancy Barian Berberick

4. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

5. Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston

6. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Well that’s all for now, I have to shovel myself out of my house. Have a great week. 

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Memortality Review 

Memortality 

Author: Stephen H. Provost  

Published: February 2017                         

Published by: Pace Press 

Length: 263                                                      

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

What if you can bring a loved one back from the dead by just remembering them? That is the power that Minerva suddenly finds herself in possession of when her long dead childhood friend Raven suddenly reappears in her life. Raven was killed and Minerva paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident when she was six years old. Now Raven is back almost 15 years later and tells Minerva she can keep him alive just by remembering him. 

But Minerva’s powers aren’t unique. Their are a few people who have this gift and the government knows about it. And there are some that want that power for their own needs. 

My Thoughts:

When I heard about the plot of this book I jumped at the chance to check it out. Minerva is 21 and has lived the last 15 years of her life confined to a wheelchair, due to the negligence of her mother. Right away you feel for Minerva and hate her mother. There is Raven, Minerva’s childhood friend and love interest. But the story is not as simple as a down on her luck girl finally finding her soul mate. A shady government agency is trying to put a stop to Minerva’s powers and send an agent to get close to her and if need be end her life. But this agent has a conscious. Something he did in his past that is somehow connected to Raven and Minerva has been bothering him for years and this might be a chance at redemption. There is also a rogue agent that wants Minerva’s powers for her own nefarious plan. 

This was a quick and enjoyable read. Mr. Provost shows a complete understanding of his craft and his writing  style is that of much more experienced writer. The dialogue between characters felt very real and natural. If this is the kind of stories we can expect from him in the future sign me up. 

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The Fireman Review

The Fireman 

Author: Joe Hill

Published: May 17, 2016

Published by: William Morrow

Length: 747 pages

My Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

The world as we know it is in turmoil an epidemic dubbed Draco Incedia Trychophyton is ending countless lives. It is highly contagious, the first signs of infection is a beautiful scale like pattern that people refer to as “Dragonscale”. Then after a short period of time the infected person will spontaneously combust. Many have died either by bursting into flames or being close to the infected when they ignite, and fires are burning out of control all over the world.                                                            Harper is a nurse who is helping to care for the infected when she herself contracts the disease. At about the same time she learns that she is pregnant. Now all she wants is to live long enough to give birth to her child and turn he or she over to someone to take care of the child once she is no longer around. 

My Thoughts:

When I first read the plot to this book I had reservations I thought the disease of Dragonscale just sounded to far fetch to make any real sense. But I wanted to try it anyway I read Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 and really enjoyed it. I also thought it would be a road trip story like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Number one, the scientific explanation for the disease was well thought out it made it seem like a real possibility that something like this could exist. Number two, while I would say the last 10th of the story did have a road trip, the story was not as bleak as The Road. I did think it was funny that The Road was mentioned by one of the characters. Speaking of characters, the protagonist were very enjoyable. You have nurse Harper, her friend Rene, Nick a little deaf boy and his older sister Allie and of course the mysterious Fireman. I felt like all of them were well developed as were the villains. To me there is nothing scarier that an obsessed fanatic that thinks that they are doing Gods work. I also enjoy how Mr. Hill would end a lot of his chapters with a sentence that would alluded to the future much like his father does. Very enjoyable. Worth every minute. 

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Sunday Reading Update 01/29/2017

This is my first Reading Update of 2017. The reason I haven’t Update for a while is two fold. First I’ve been real busy and second I hadn’t read anything (like I said I’ve been busy). But things have gotten back to normal. I finished reading Bloodrush by Ben Galley and the review for it is up. I wasn’t really crazy about this one and I don’t think I will be reading the rest of the series. I am 78% into The Fireman by Joe Hill. This one is really good, not anything like I was expecting. I’ve also received my first ARC from a publisher. Pace Press sent me a copy of Memortality by Stephen H. Provost. I have to say this being my first ARC I was a little worried. What if i don’t like the book? I feel bad about giving a bad review. But I also should be honest. I figured I would read it and just tell the truth. If I didn’t like it I would say why I did or didn’t like it. But the worrying is for not. Right now in on page 79 out of 263 and I’m finding it hard to put down. The plot is unique and very interesting and I’m really enjoying the writers style. I will be posting a review very soon. I also purchase Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston  which has been on my list since I heard it was coming out. That’s all for this week, hope everyone has a great weekend. 

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Bloodrush Review

Bloodrush Author: Ben Galley

Published: December 2014

Published by: bengalley.com

Length: 480 pages

Series: The Scarlet Star Trilogy# 1

My Rating: ⭐

Tonmerion Hark’s world is turned upside down when is father is found murdered in front of their estate. In his will Karrigan Hark asks that his 13 year old son go live with his Aunt Lillian in the frontier town of Fell Falls in Wyoming. With his Farie companion Rhin in tow Tonmerion begins a new life. He soon finds out that like his father he is a “Rusher” a person that gets special abilities by drinking the blood of certain animals. With the reluctant help of his Aunt Lillian and another “Rusher” called Lurker, Tonmerion starts learning how to control his powers. And he’s going to need them. The frontier is full of many dangers Railwraiths that haunt the railways and The Shohari, a Indian like race that doesn’t take kindly to a railroad going through they’re land.

My thoughts:

I’ll keep this short. This was a difficult read and took me much longer then it should have. I can’t say that I enjoyed it too much and many times I was about to give up. But I stuck it out to the end. I will say this, things got more interesting in the last 20 percent of this story. That being said I don’t think it is enough to take me to the second novel. This book just wasn’t for me.

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Reading Update 2016

This year I’ve read less books then in years past, only 33. Some good some bad. Here is a list starting with the lowest to the highest ratings   So without further ado:

Star

Into the Neverback 1 by Archer Adams 

John Dies at the End by David Wong

Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu by L. Neil Smith

The Cataclysm by Various Authors

⭐⭐ Stars

Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko 

⭐⭐⭐ Stars

Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp

Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

The Legend of Huma by Richard A. Knaak 

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

The Osiris Ritual by George Mann

The Reign of Istar by Various Authors

Tarkin by James Luceno

Battlefront Twilight Company by Alexander Freed

Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon by L. Neil Smith

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman

The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Pines by Blake Crouch

The Plague of the Undead by Joe McKinney

A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller

The Immorality Engine by George Mann

The Wrath of the Just by Manel Loureiro 

Carrie by Stephen King

The Executioner’s Heart by George Mann

Catalyst by James Luceno

A Better World by Marcus Sakey

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


End of Watch by Stephen King


Return of the Jedi by James Kahn


Inferno by Dan Brown


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak   

As I do every year I start off by reading a classic. As soon as I finish reading one of the novels that I started last year I will begin The Diary of a Young Girl. Happy 2017 everyone. 

The Book Thief Review

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

Published: March 14, 2006 by Knoff Books for Young Readers.                  Length: 552 pages                                         My Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

There are not many people that Death finds fascinating, but young Liesel is one of them. On three occasions Death has crossed paths with her. The first is when her younger brother died something about her drew Death’s attention. Life in Germany during the 1940’s is not easy for Liesel her brother dies while being delivered to their new foster parents. Her new parents are very poor and there is barely enough to eat. She is plagued nightly by nightmares of her brother. But there is some good in her life, a faithful friend named Rudy, her kindly and loving foster father, a Jewish boy hiding in their basement and her love of books. Not only is she able to escape and find joy in the written word she is able to share it with those around her and help others if only for a little while escape the hard life that they’ve grown accustom too.

My thoughts:

What a beautiful sad book. Enjoyed every word of it. This is what a good book is supposed to do. I was transported to Germany during the Nazi regime. I was nervous with every book that Liesel stole. I was scared that the Nazi party would discover the young Jewish man hiding in the basement and I high fived Rudy during his small triumphs. Nothing was better then accompanying Liesel as she discovered her love for books. Liesel’s friendship with Rudy is so authentic the typical next door neighbor who is in love with the girl next door and the girl who is in love with him but doesn’t yet realize it. But my favorite part has to be the Love between Liesel and her foster father Hans. There is just so much to enjoy about this book and if I say anything more I’ll be giving important stuff away and that would be a disservice to anyone who hasn’t read it. A classic, everyone should read this at least once in their life.

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