Book Review: A Gift of Ghost (A Tassamara Novel)

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Title:  A Gift of Ghost (A Tassamara Novel) Snip20160827_19

Author: Sarah Wynde

Source: Downloaded free Kindle book from Amazon.

My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints d5d4d3d2d1

I think this would fall under a new adult paranormal romance. I love ghost shows and ghost stories so when I saw this novel for free, plus a nice cover), I jumped at the chance to read it. I am happy to report that it did not disappoint.

It’s about a woman named Akira, who decided to take the chance of taking an interview far from home (California to Florida) and ends up making the best decision of her life. Akira is a physicist, smart, and can see ghosts. Of course, she gets mad at her lover when he starts telling the world of Tassamara about her ability and worse yet of why they hired her. It’s a nice novel that I breezed through fast and enjoyed the witty conversations and experiences. Akira really did surprise me with her physics vocabulary of persuasion towards Zane. At first, I blushed and then I laughed at her boldness which I did not believe the character to have. I love surprises when it comes to characters!

I highly recommend to the readers  (18+ years) who have an interest in paranormal romance, ghosts, sort of fortune tellers, and magical finders. You guys will love this.

Book Review: Arrival at Portal Island: The first mystery book in the Civilization Hunt series

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Title: Arrival at Portal Island: The first mystery book in the Civilization Hunt seriesciv

Author: Attila Benő

Source: Bought Kindle book through Amazon.

My Rating : 3.5 Dragon Prints 3.5

Our main character, Michael, gets an invite to a mysterious island where he learns about monuments, a castle, a barn, and that civilizations disappeared from the location without a trace.

It was really fun to follow Michael around over the island and hear his crazy ideas. However, he was really stupid when he met a man, the impostor, and let him go on his way. It was surprising because Michael seemed to me to have a head on his shoulders and when the stranger did not say, “Oh you must be Michael,” that should have been a heads up, but I guess for the story line to continue, Michael had to be less perfect so it’s forgiven. So, it was really fun to hear the theories by Michael and the kid, who’s name I can’t write because his brother has a similar name. That was more fun to read than just focusing on how to get through the portal.

I don’t play video games, but I’ve seen a series where a hidden program was hidden behind a 90’s game so this graphic novel reminded me of the show. This was my first experience reading a story that reminded me of a video game which was nice because it was more about the dialogue and not the characters. We already have a clear view on how they look like which leaves us room to create our own theories about the portal and that’s me approving of the style considering that I’m not a fan of video games.

Overall, I believe that Attila did a terrific job and I can see how much work went into it, probably a lot more than into a novella because of the graphics and so many scenes.

It was a pleasure following Michael and watching the ghost of the castle. That was my favorite part.

Arrival at Portal Island is a fun read if you don’t think about the archaeology aspect because I didn’t find anything remotely archaeological which is why I gave the graphic novel a 3.5 dragon prints. I recommend this novel to graphic book lovers.

Enjoy.

 

Book Review: The Land of Stories (A Grimm Warning)

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Book Title: The Land of Stories (A Grimm Warning) land

Book Author: Chris Colfer

Source: Bought at Barnes and Noble

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

For my review of book 1, go here: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell)

For my review of book 2, go here: The Land of Stories (The Enchantress Returns)

Please don’t read this review if you haven’t read the first two books. There are some spoilers.

This book happens after time passes and the twins haven’t seen each other in a long time… a year? I actually wasn’t paying attention if it was a year or two, though they are now 14 years old. Alex is the next Fairy Godmother. Conner is the next Grimm, that is until stories of the Grimm get out about the two stories that Conner turned in class. However, the third story is a warning and Conner gets to travel around Europe to try to get back to the Land of Stories, along with his crush and a new friend. Let’s not forget the sassy Grandma Pearl.

This novel was a really fast read. A lot happened and I was surprised that Chris was able to put all of those ideas into one book, well two because unlike the other books, it ends on a cliffhanger so good thing book 4 is already published and I’m not waiting for it. The portal is open and the twins get reunited and work on saving the Land of Stories once again… this time from the French. It’s always about the French!

The cliffhanger was surprising and I already started reading book 4 where the story becomes more hectic, but I’m looking forward to it. It was good to see the twins growing and trying to make the right decisions. It was also nice that Chris added more characters who have access to the Land of Stories. It made things easier for Conner when he was stressed out over what would happen to his sister and all of his friends.

Stay tuned for my reviews for the rest of the books in the series. I have a lot more to say about book 4 already, but can’t so stay tuned.

Recommend to middle grade kids and adults who love fairy tales.

Book Review: The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls #1)

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Title:  The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls #1)mail

Author: Kristen Painter

Source: Downloaded free Kindle book from Amazon.

My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints d5d4d3d2d1

I have to confess a couple of things. First, I’m not into vampire stories. The only decent vampire story that I liked was by a fellow self- published author called The Bathory Curse. Second, I secretly love Happily Ever After stories, though don’t tell that to anyone. It’s a secret. Third, the cover of The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls #1) is beautiful, though the guy is ugly. Good thing my imagination fixed Hugh’s image for me. 😉

This novel is about a young woman who witnessed a crime. She figures that taking some woman’s identity can help her survive her ex-boss and ends up being a bride for a vampire… though it takes a while for her to learn that Hugh is a vampire. She also didn’t figure on falling in love and staying in the Halloween town.

This paranormal romance is a nice story to read by the fire with ice cream and popcorn. It sent me into giggling fits a couple of times because of a couple of fun scenes and it is beautifully written. I am truly a fan of romance, mainly because romances tend to end well and at the moment, I am all too happy to read about something happy. This story has enough of paranormal and even better enough of scenes with normality in them, like Delaney wanting to cook for herself, dreaming about owning a sweets shop, and her witty conversations with the women in Hugh’s life. Let’s not forget Hugh’s awesome rook.

 

I highly recommend to the readers  (18+ years) who have an interest in paranormal romance, witches, fae, and vampires. You guys will love this. There are more books in the series which are for sale on Amazon and involve other paranormal couples of the Nocturne Falls. I am still debating on reading them.

Book Review: Forever Charmed (Halloween LaVeau #1)

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Book Title: Forever Charmed (Halloween LaVeau #1) hallie

 

Book Author: Rose Pressey

Source: Downloaded free Kindle book from Amazon.

Rating: 4 Dragon Paws 4

 

This is another great one that is available on Amazon to download for free about witches, vampires, covens, and something called the Underworld. What drew me to the book was the main heroine, Hallie or Halloween. I’m not sure how she is, but I do know that Rose made her easy to relate to. It was a first time for me to read about a witch who was bad with magic so it was a new experience.

Hallie inherits her grandmother’s house, which she turns into a bed and breakfast. Soon after, she gets three visitors, and all of them are hiding things from her. And, only one of them paid for the room so Hallie didn’t even make any real money off of them. Besides inheriting the house, she inherits three books which create a whole new turn in her life. Basically, I really liked the story.

The story is written well, with interesting twists, and hot men. However, the reason why I did not give it a five dragon paw rating was because it was a little slow for me. There was a moment that probably we all were waiting for, to meet Mara and that zoomed fast. I didn’t think that it would be that easy and expected to see more of her, though, maybe we will be in the next books. I am interested in buying the rest of the books in the series ($3.99 on Kindle), but not right away.

I highly recommend to the readers  (18+ years) who have an interest in paranormal romance, witches, and spooky houses with secrets.

Book Review:Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft: A Humorous Paranormal Romance (Jane Madison Series Book 1)

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Title: Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft: A Humorous Paranormal Romance (Jane Madison Series Book 1)girls guide

Author: Mindy Klasky

Source: Downloaded free Kindle book from Amazon.

My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints d5d4d3d2d1

Now, this is what I call fun writing. Mindy made everything fun in her first novel in the series about Jane Madison and her being a witch. There was only one moment that confused me on what happened to her magic, so if you guys have read the book, maybe you guys can help me.

There’s a scene at the Blue Cottage and Jane released a lot of magic. I’m not sure on how her familiar Neko (which means cat in Japanese, not sure if it’s obvious or not) helped her get a hold of herself after releasing a lot of magic. How did he help her?

As already mentioned, this was a free book to download from Amazon. The rest of the books to download cost $2.99 to $4.99 and I will be buying them on my next paycheck. It’s a really easy going story about a twenty-eight year old woman who learns about herself after she discovers her powers. With help from her warder, familiar, and family, she realizes that she can be strong, beautiful, and proud which I think all young women should feel like. All of us, ladies, need to feel confident about ourselves and this book makes you feel good so if you want to feel good, have a good laugh, be entertained by a mischievous cat who really loves magic, this book is for you.

Neko is a great character and I wish I had him around.

I recommend this novel to women who like reading young and new adult paranormal romance.

 

Book Review: Striker Jones and the Midnight Archer (Striker Jones #2)

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Title: Striker Jones and the Midnight Archer (Striker Jones #2) Snip20160809_10

Author: Maggie M. Larche

Source: Received as a gift for an honest book review

My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints d5d4d3d2d1

This is a wonderful continuation, following the kid detective, his crush, and our favorite characters from book 1. This time, all of the chapters, happen during summer and throughout the year and a lot happens… especially there’s progress with the crush.

I’ve never been to camp as a kid. We either had no money or I didn’t know of any camps close by. I had, however, been a counselor for a kid’s theatre camp and learned about games, how kids can be kids, and that magic shows are fun. It was nice reading about different camp activities, being introduced to new characters, and I’m glad that Charlie stayed Charlie. It made me feel like a kid and want to join in the fun, especially the water fights and seeing lanterns. It was nice to see Striker solving mysteries and seeing what happens after each mystery got solved which was different from the first version.

I also enjoyed the illustrations. If you guys know me, I love illustrations in books! Seeing beautiful illustrations which introduced the chapters made it more fun to read.

This is a great read for parents and middle grade kids. Go Striker!

PS: I still think that Striker is the young version of Shawn Spencer from Psych. ˆ_ˆ