5 Stars for THE BLOODBOUND by Erin Lindsey – BOOK REVIEW

  

Title: THE BLOODBOUND

Author: ERIN LINDSEY

Type of Book: Paperback 

Length: 359 pages

Genre: FANTASY

Release Date: 2014

Publisher: The Berkley Publishing Group – A Division of Penguin

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free autographed, paperback copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program. 

Alix is a scout in the King’s army. Her position relegates her to the edge of the action. But, when she sees that the King’s brother and his soldiers choose to stand by and watch the battle rather than to aide their King, Alix decides to try to fight her way to the king’s side. 

By a quirk of fate Alix’s days as a scout end that day, and instead she agrees to be the head of the King’s personal guard. 

Alix and King Erik must try to regain his crown from a traitor, all the while fighting a war against the invading Oridian army that is led by an evil man called The Priest.

If all that action isn’t enough for you, don’t worry, there is also a terrific romance portion to this book, as well as a sort-of love triangle. 

This book has everything that fantasy genre lovers are looking for. It takes place in a detailed world with centuries of history, it is a world similar in dress & politics to “Game of Thrones”. But what I love about the Kingdom of Alden is that women are seen as true equals to their male counterparts. Women and men both hold positions of power and though the King is the ultimate authority in the land, women are not treated as property. In fact, the story centres around a strong female leading character. 

Alix is tough and smart. She is opinionated and sometimes uncouth, but she can also transform into a “proper court woman” if the situation calls for it. Alix is a woman that readers will find themselves cheering for. She may not always make the right choices, but she always puts her Kingdom before herself. Alix is the ultimate patriot.

The Orridians who are attacking Alden bring to mind the current situation in the Middle East. Their priests hold the power and will do loathsome and despicable things in the name of their gods. 

I definitely recommend this book to both male and female lovers of fantasy fiction. In fact, whether or not you have read fantasy fiction in the past or not, this is a terrific series to start with. 

I rate “BLOODBOUND” as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

I am already reading the second book in the series, entitled “THE BLOODFORGED” and have found myself sucked into the story even though I have only read a few chapters. I can’t wait to see what happens next for Alix, Liam, Rig and King Erik. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  
Erin Lindsey is on a quest to write the perfect summer vacation novel, with just the right blend of action, heartbreak, and triumph. The Bloodbound series is her first effort. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and a pair of half-domesticated cats.She also writes fantasy mysteries as E.L. Tettensor 

Find out more at http://www.erin-lindsey.com 

Represented by Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. 49 W. 45th St., #12th Floor | New York, NY 10036-4603

Visit Erin Lindsey’s author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Erin-Lindsey 

5 Massive Stars for NINE FINGERS by Tony Bowman – BOOK REVIEW

  

Title: NINE FINGERS

Author: Tony Bowman 

Type of Book: Autographed Paperback

Length: 291 pages

Genre: Thriller, Paranormal Fiction, Horror

Release Date: 2014 

Publisher: http://www.darkalleypublishing.com 

ISBN: 978-1502861860 

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free copy of this book from the author.

*** WARNING ***

This book contains scenes that are violent and graphic. It also contains sexual situations. This book is NOT suitable for readers under the age of eighteen.

I was pleasantly surprised the other day when I opened my mailbox and found three books by author TONY BOWMAN inside. Not only was I surprised, but I was also excited. I have previously read three of his books and had loved every single one of them. In fact, all three were given well-deserved 5 Star ratings and I had added the rest of his books to my “To Be Read” list. 

Although I was already reading a couple other books when Tony’s books arrived at my house, I quickly put the other books to the side and started reading “Nine Fingers” immediately. And I am very glad I did. 

This story begins with the novella entitled “Nine Fingers: The Tucson Ripper” (which is currently being offered for free on Amazon) but it is not necessary to read the books in order to follow the storyline. However, why would you not when the novella is free?

Anyway, this book grabs your attention from the very beginning and doesn’t let go until long after the last page has been read. 

My advice to potential readers? Don’t let the fact that this book contains werewolves discourage you from reading it. It is a far cry from the sappy and predictable Young Adult werewolf stories that seem to be dominating bookstore shelves on an alarmingly regular basis. This book is gritty, it’s fast-paced. It’s thrilling and terrifying in equal measure and the characters are both believable and compelling. In short, this book is FANTASTIC. 

I only discovered Tony Bowman’s books this year. Initially I had entered to win a copy of one of his book’s through the Goodreads Giveaway program. This giveaway win turned out to be the beginning of a love affair with Tony Bowman’s books and has led to him earning a place on my list of all-time favourite authors.  

One of the things that astounds me about Tony Bowman is that he writes whatever he wants and does not limit himself to a single genre. He has written Science Fiction, Horror, Thrillers, Paranormal Fiction and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. 

I have to admit that I generally do not like werewolf tales. They all seem to be the same or at least similar. This book may contain werewolves, but is UNIQUE. And, it is easily the best werewolf book I have ever read.

I love the fact that the author has not followed anyone else’s view or belief of what a werewolf is. He has created an entire history and this book will scare the pants off its readers. Why? One word = PLAUSIBILITY. 

Character Building = 5 Stars 

Plot = 5 Stars

Originality = 5 Stars

Readability = 5 Stars

OVERALL, I RATE THIS BOOK AS 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

If you choose only one book in the paranormal fiction/werewolf/horror category to read this year or next, YOU MUST CHOOSE “NINE FINGERS”. 

Check out my reviews of other Tony Bowman books by searching “Tony Bowman” here on my blog. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

  
Tony Bowman is the author of four full-length novels as well as many short stories. His short story collection entitled “Morgue Dreams and Curiouser Things” is an amazingly well written collection of seventeen short horror stories. 

Tony currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Laurie, his daughter, Sara and a hundred pound Catahoula Leopard dog. 

To learn more about Tony Bowman and his books, visit https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8080065.Tony_Bowman 

Check out his blog at:
http://thattonybowman.blogspot.ca

DEAR SISTER by Christine Tryon 3 Star – BOOK REVIEW

  
Title: DEAR SISTER

Author: Christine Tryon

Type of Book: EBook

Length: 251 pages

Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoirs, Breast Cancer 

Release Date: August 6, 2015

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

This book is a breast cancer memoir. The author was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and has chronicled her journey in order to help others who may be going through the same thing. 

The author’s goal is to let women fighting breast cancer know that they are not alone. This is definitely a great idea.

It is obvious from the very beginning of this book that Christine Tryon is not an experienced author. However, this type of memoir does not have to be editorially professional to be effective. 

Despite a large number of editing and proofreading errors, the author is still able to get her message of hope and solidarity through to her readers.

I rated this book as 3 out of 5 stars because of the lack of professional editing and proofreading. I cannot rate it higher in good conscience. However, I have read that the author has since rewritten this book and edited it heavily. Unfortunately the copy that was sent to me did not include her changes and as such I can only rate what I was given.

If you are going through breast cancer this book would probably help you to feel less alone, and for that reason I would recommend it to potential readers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

  
Christine Tryon is a married, mother of three grown up sons. She is also a breast cancer survivor and a member of Toastmasters International. 

You can follow Christine on Twitter at https://mobile.twitter.com/cstryon 

4.5 Stars for REBEL RADIO by Boyd Craven III – Audiobook Review

  
Title: REBEL RADIO: A Post-Apocalyptic Story 

Author: Boyd Craven III 

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged 

Narrator: Kevin Pierce

Length: 4 hours and 38 minutes 
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Release Date: October 7, 2015

Publisher: Self-Published by Boyd Craven III

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This audiobook is a stand-alone story. It does take place in the world of Boyd Craven III’s “The World Burns” saga, but it is the unnecessary to have any knowledge of those books to understand or enjoy “Rebel Radio”.

An EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) has destroyed all electronic devices and the world has been sent back to a time before electricity. This is a fairly common storyline in the post-apocalyptic genre. There is some of the typical hunt for supplies and shelter going on in this audiobook, however there is much less of this than one would expect. This is a story first and foremost about people. Yes, the setting is post-apocalyptic, but that is really just the backdrop to the actual tale. 

This book is written from two different points of view. Each chapter is either told from Don’s perspective or from Z’s perspective. Don is male and around 33 years of age and Z is a 23 year old female. 

The narrator does an incredible job as the voice of Don; the depressed, alcoholic, but I found it both strange and disconcerting that the same voice also narrated the chapters that were written from Z’s perspective. I would have preferred to hear two different narrators (one male & one female) so that it would always be clear whose perspective that chapter was being told from. 

Boyd Craven III has created amazingly realistic and completely believable characters. It is those characters that drive the story. 

Ben is a severely depressed, suicidal alcoholic and was this way even before the EMP. He decides each morning whether or not he is going to kill himself that day. 

Z is a gamer girl who has spent most of her recent years living life through her computer screen. She now realizes that no matter how amazing she was at playing (and winning) post-apocalyptic video games, that those skills are completely useless in her new reality. 

When the two misfits cross paths they each need to decide how to proceed with their own survival, and whether or not to team up and help each other, especially considering that their individual trust and faith in humanity is in short supply. 

I was drawn in to the audiobook and listened to it in a single session. It’s length of only 4 hours and 38 minutes made this easy to do. 

I do not want to reveal any spoilers, but I will say that I recommend this audiobook very highly. 

If not for the male/female issue, I would have rated this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars. But, I have decided to deduct half a star because of that; resulting in a 4.5 out of 5 Star rating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudioBookBlast.com in exchange for an honest review

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  
Boyd Craven III is the author of “The World Burns” Saga as well as “The Scorched Earth” books. 

He describes himself on his website as a “regular guy”. He owns and works on his own farm and is part of a co-op that sells vegetables at a farmer’s market. 

To learn more visit his website at http://www.boydcraven.com 

Find him on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/boydcraven3 

View his author page on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6951271.Boyd_Craven_III 

Follow him on Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/boydc3 

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

  
Kevin Pierce is an audiobook narrator and producer who lives in Fort Myers, Florida. To learn more about him or to view the massive list of audiobooks that he has narrated at http://www.kevinpiercepresents.com 

4 Stars for THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M VALDEMAR by Edgar Allan Poe – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

 

 Title: THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Walter Zimmerman

Length: 25 minutes

Genre: Horror, Short Story

Release Date: November 20, 2008

Publisher: Jimcin Recordings 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
~ I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudioBookBlast dot com in exchange for an honest review. 

This audiobook is only 25 minutes long which makes it a great lunchtime listen. 

It a classic horror short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. 

The main characters in this story are Mr. Valdemar and a Mesmerist. Valdemar is on his death bed and the Mesmerist wants to place him in a hypnotic state at the exact moment of his death. The reason for attempting such a strange experiment is to determine whether or not it would be possible to communicate after physical death. 

When it was first published there was much controversy surrounding the tale. Why? Well, Mr. Poe did not tell people that it was a work of fiction. Many believed that it was a true account. Eventually Poe had to put an end to the gossip and announced that it was indeed a work of pure fiction. 

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook but it has been a long time since I have read any of Poe’s work and I had forgotten how archaic the language of the time seems.

I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  

Photograph obtained from http://www.biography.com

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 and died forty years later in 1849. 

Poe became a literary sensation in 1845 when he published his poem “The Raven”. 

Poe is famous for his horror tales. Two themes that seem to appear in his writing are: Death and Loss. 

To read a full biography of Edgar Allan Poe visit: http://www.biography.com/people/edgar-allan-poe-9443160#major-works 

  

ABOUT THE NARRATOR: 

 Walter Zimmerman is both a published author and an audiobook narrator.