Archive for October, 2011

In My Mail Box

Books I Purchased:

Ghost at Work by Carolyn Hart

Under the Dome by Stephen King ($5 in the bargain pile – I couldn’t resist)

Dark Side of the Mirror by RL Austin (.99 at Barnes and Noble)

Seed by Ania Ahlborn (.99 at Barnes and Noble)

Shada by Craig Hansen (.99 at Barnes and Noble)

Cameo the Assassin by Dawn McCullough-White (.99 at Barnes and Noble)

Road Rash by Simon Wood (.99 at Amazon)

Books I Won:

Black Light by Patrick Melton from Good Reads

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi from Good Reads

The Peculiar Superpowers of Eleanor Armstrong by KA Schloegel from Velvet at VVB32 Reads

Hunters by Gregory Marshall Smith from Bev at The Wormhole

Legend of the Ociena Dragon and Vala: Agendas by JF Jenkins  from her blog giveaway.

Witches and The Bull Years by Phil Stern from Darlene at Darlene’s Book Nook

The Experiment in Terror Series by Karina Hall from Sarah at I’m Loving Books

Books for Review:

Keeping Cooper by Samantha Masone (Requested by Author)

Crushed Sugar, Sugar Rush, & Sweet Bytes by Kimber An (Requested by Author)

The Prize: Tales From a Revolution: Vermont by Lars DH Hedbor (Requested by Author)

BPRD: Being Human from Dark Horse Comics (NetGalley)

Infestation: Outbreak from Idea & Design Works (NetGalley)


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I originally got a copy of this book from the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab but I didn’t get to finish it before my time expired. I lucked out and got a copy from the Amazon Vine Program. Here is the revised/finished review.

Return to Exile by EJ Patten

5 stars


Eleven years ago, a shattered band of ancient hunters captured an unimaginable evil and Phineas T. Pimiscule rescued his nephew, Sky, from the wreckage of that great battle. For eleven years, Sky Weathers has studied traps, puzzles, science, and the secret lore of the Hunters of Legend, believing it all a game. For eleven years, Sky and his family have hidden from dark enemies while, unbeknownst to Sky, his uncle Phineas sacrificed everything to protect them. For eleven years, Sky Weathers has known nothing of that day. But on the eve of Sky’s twelfth birthday and his family’s long-awaited return to Exile, everything changes. Phineas has disappeared, and Sky finds himself forced to confront the mysterious secrets he’s denied for so long: why did his family leave Exile on that day so long ago? What, exactly, has Phineas been preparing him for? And, the biggest mystery of all, who is Sky really and why does everyone want to kill him?!

It is Sky’s twelfth birthday but it is the worst birthday ever. His uncle Phineas goes missing and he has to move to Exile. Now he feels like something is wrong. When he follows his father onto Phineas’ property, he is attacked by creatures that he though were just stories in books that Phineas gave him years ago. A shifter and three cloaked people save Sky from these creatures.

The next day, Sky learns that kids his age are the ones that saved him and they have no knowledge of what they are fighting. They have created their weapons from the trash dumped in caves below Phineas’ property. Sky is a great asset to them since he knows about the creatures that they are fighting.

The hunters that Sky grew up learning about are no longer around. Now the kids are going to have to work together to keep the prison from being unlocked and deal with the disappearances of local children all the while relying on Sky and his stories. Sky also has to work with Errand, a boy that can help him talk to the monsters with his hunters mark but Sky is the only on that can see him. But Errand abandon’s Sky when Sky needs him that most.

I loved this story. All the hunters that are supposed to keep the regular people safe have disappeared and left the kids to use trash to make tools in their fight against the monsters. Sky gets his eyes opened about what defines a Monster. And the ending leaves it open for several more books to come.

I got sucked into the book and couldn’t put it down. This is geared to younger teens but any one of any age will enjoy it. I recommend this to anyone that enjoys fantasy and young adult books.

I received this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

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The publisher is having a $2.99 sale from October 24 through 31 for this book.

God’s Eye by A.J. Scudiers.

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Katharine Geryon is living the life her family name has dictated, and why not? After all, it has given her a good job in the family company and a fine life with all the things she should want. But all that changes as increasingly disturbing events begin to occur: soot stains on the carpet, glimpses of strange black animals, and cryptic messages written on her bathroom mirror. Baffled and afraid, Katharine begins to doubt her own sanity.

At the same time, two charismatic men enter her life: Allistair, her new assistant at work, and Zachary, a well-heeled neighbor who just moved into her building. Katharine soon finds each of them inextricably entangled in her affairs. As her life becomes stranger and her dreams more terrifying, she realizes neither man is what he seems and that she’s caught in something far beyond her own comprehension. For the first time, she must reach beyond her own boundaries. There Katharine forges her first true friendship with Margot, a librarian who helps her discover what these men really are, why she’s drawn to them, and what they want with her.

The answer places Katharine in the middle of a fierce battle that forces her to decide between the two men fighting for her soul.

In the end, only one can be saved, but all three will be judged.

I just started reading this book. I have gotten sucked into the story and cannot wait to find out what happens next. I will be getting a review for it up shortly.

If you are interested in purchasing God’s Eye, check out Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Just remember that the Halloween Special Ends 10/31.

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Rumpel by Eileen Cruz Coleman

3 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Rumpel is the dark and quirky retelling of the Brothers Grimm Rumpelstiltskin.

When foreigners arrive on an island beach in search of a lost spinning wheel which they believe rightfully belongs to them and on which their very existence depends, the island inhabitants are thrust into a course of events during which some will become allies and others will turn against their own and Elizabeth Miller must defend her unborn child from a vengeful troll.

Rumpel follows several people but is based around the classic story Rumpelstiltskin. This is a darker, more mature version that we grew up with. Rumpel is a troll that had a wife and child that have passed. Through a series of misfortunes, he has come across the opportunity to reclaim a child as his.

Elizabeth is Rumpel’s target. She has been friendlier than she should have with the prince and is now with child. But being the target of Rumpel’s obsession and the king’s desire for an heir don’t mean things are going to be easy for her.

At the same time, the county of Niapson has people in the Rodavlas harbor. The Rodavlas king thinks they are looking for fish. The truth is they are looking for a spinning wheel that turns straw to gold. Niapson’s people are slowly starving to death and have been for about a hundred years. They know that the spinning wheel is in Rodavlas and they are prepared to go to war for it.

Once I figured out who was who and what was going on, I did like the story. It is a great retelling of the classic story. I really liked the background to Rumpel’s obsession with Elizabeth’s unborn child.

But, the story was very choppy. It took me about four or five chapters to figure out who was who. It also bounced around a lot. One moment we are talking about a woman that has a child by Rumpel, then we go to Elizabeth sneaking around with the prince, to Rumpel’s history, and I have still to figure out what is going on with spirits and their abilities being taken away from them.

I really feel with more editing to make everything flow better this book would be much better than it turned out to be.

I received this book for free from Book Rooster in exchange for an honest review.

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In My Mailbox

Books I Bought:

Fallen by Traci L. Slatton

The Sable City by M Edward McNally

The Shadow Stone by Regan Black

Mile 81 by Stephen King

Entanglements by PR Mason

Hard Day’s Knight by John Hartness

Books I Won:

Diamonds and Toads by KE Saxon from Sarah at Workaday Reads.

What Would Satan Do? by Anthony Miller from Library Things.

Through the Portal by Justin Dennis from Kathy at I’m a Reader Not a Writer.

Tuesday’s Child by Dale Mayer from Sarah at Workaday Reads.


I went through my TBR list and just learned that my list has had a big chunk of it disappear. So, I spent most of today reloading my books onto my new Kindle, the last one’s screen took a dump, and repairing my list. It never fails, every step ahead I take, I get knocked two back.

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Doodling by Jonathan Gould

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Neville Lansdowne fell off the world.

Actually he did not so much fall off as let go. The world had been moving so quickly lately and Neville was finding it almost impossible to keep up.

Doodling is an engaging comic fantasy, which relates the events that befall Neville after he finds himself abandoned by the world and adrift in the middle of an asteroid field. Douglas Adams meets Lewis Carroll (with just a touch of Gulliver’s Travels) as Neville wanders through his new home, meeting a variety of eccentric characters and experiencing some most unexpected adventures.

Neville is struggling to get through the fast paced world when he is suddenly thrown off. When he realizes what happens, he makes his was to an asteroid field. He wants to claim one of the asteroids as his new home. On the first asteroid, he draws out the border of his little world and names it. But then he realizes that someone is going to have to run his world since he doesn’t want to be in a position of power. After appointing a rock as the leader, he leaves the asteroid and starts wandering around the asteroid belt. He meets a group of people that worship a toaster. Then he meets a lady on a strange asteroid that goes everywhere but in a straight line.

When he stumbles upon a little paradise run by an astophysist, he learns that the world is spinning so fast that it is going to fall off it’s orbit and go straight through the asteroid belt. Now Neville has to find some way to stop that from happening.

This was a cute little story. I loved the different people that Neville meets and what keeps them entertained. It shows how everything is going by so fast that sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. Neville, the reluctant leader, even steps up. I’m going to keep my eyes out for more stories from Jonathan Gould.

I received this book for free from the author.

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I meant to try and post this Sunday or Monday. It didn’t happen and I’m beyond late.

So, for last week:

I won:

Seers by Heather Frost from Darcus Murray at Starcrossed.

Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech from Amanda “Coranne” at One Minute Books.

Primacy by JE Fishman from Wendy Hines at Minding Spot.

Snagged from Simon and Schuster’s Galley Grab

The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Trance by Kelly Meding

The Little Book of Diet Help by Kimberly Willis

I bought:

The Kiss by Katheryn Reines

Flight of the Phoenix by RL LaFevers

Hallow’s Eve by Sarah Diemer

Dead People by Edie Ramer

Meant to Be by Tiffany King

Paradox by Patti Roberts

Bunny Attack! by De Kenyon

The Color of Magic by Terry Prachett (Pre-Ordered)

There were a ton of free books issued and I admit that I went a little bonkers, 25 books, but that’s pretty good since there were over 200 released just for Nook. Thank fully there have not been that many released this week.

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The Eleventh Plague

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The wars that followed The Collapse nearly destroyed civilization. Now, twenty years later, the world is faced with a choice—rebuild what was or make something new.

Stephen Quinn, a quiet and dutiful fifteen-year-old scavenger, travels Post-Collapse America with his Dad and stern ex-Marine Grandfather. They travel light. They keep to themselves. Nothing ever changes. But when his Grandfather passes suddenly and Stephen and his Dad decide to risk it all to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen’s life is turned upside down. With his father terribly injured, Stephen is left alone to make his own choices for the first time.

Stephen’s choices lead him to Settler’s Landing, a lost slice of the Pre-Collapse world where he encounters a seemingly benign world of barbecues, baseball games and days spent in a one-room schoolhouse. Distrustful of such tranquility, Stephen quickly falls in with Jenny Tan, the beautiful town outcast. As his relationship with Jenny grows it brings him into violent conflict with the leaders of Settler’s Landing who are determined to remake the world they grew up in, no matter what the cost.

It has been 20 years since the war. Basically the world is setting on the brink of war over oil and such. When two backpackers in China are caught and accused of being spies, the war starts. It began with nukes but lead to P11H3, Eleventh Plague, a modified flu virus the killed most people in the world. Now all that is left are bands of scavengers, slavers, and small communities.

Stephen Quinn is fifteen years old and lives with his father scavenging along the east coast. When Stephen and his dad stumble upon the wreck of a B-88, everything changes. They run into a couple slavers. After they release the slaves and almost get caught themselves, Stephens father has an accident and ends up in a coma.

When another group of people come along, Stephen is hesitant to go with them back to their community but he knows they will be able to help his father. At Settler’s Landing, Stephen is surprised to see school, harvest feasts, and all the kids. But he is most surprised at the Chinese girl since the war with China.

Wanting to take care of his father, be part of the group, and also being attracted to Jenny, Stephen is torn. When a prank gone wrong gets the settlers planning to attack another community, Stephen and Jenny discovery slavers. Now they have to try to protect Settler’s Landing before the slavers kill everyone and burn it to the ground.

I like the premise of the story. Even though it is completely against how Stephen has grown up, he likes the closeness of Settler’s Landing. I liked Jenny. With all the prejudice the she receives, she puts up one heck of a fight to stand her ground. The only thing I didn’t like was the story was a little short. I felt that if it was a little longer there could have been more development. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the story and if you like the apocalyptic stories, you will like this. I will definitely be reading more of Jeff Hirsch’s work.

I received this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.

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Olga – A Daughters Tale by Marie-Theresa Browne

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Based on a true story, Olga Browney  born in Jamaica into a large close-knit, coloured Catholic family was a kind, naive, gentle girl who came to London in 1939 intending to stay only six months with her malevolent, alcoholic aunt. But world events, personal tragedy and malicious intent prevented her from returning home to Jamaica until over half a century later when her past caught up with her.

We start the story with an English couple, John and Lucy Sinclair, as they travel to Jamaica to start a new life. While there, Lucy convinces her sisters Martha and Becky to come visit. While on a visit, Becky falls in love with Henry, a black man, of course this is frowned upon and the Browne’s become the talk of everyone. Martha feels her chance to make a living is ruined by Becky’s imprudence and returns to London.

Becky has 11 children from Henry but the marriage ends in divorce. Of the younger children, Olga is one of them. Olga recounts events around her family and in Jamaica. She then goes to London to live with her alcoholic auth Martha while trying to apply at a dance school. When she is turned down, she meets another lady from Jamaica that inspirers her to become a nurse around the time of World War II. After a tragic event, Olga is kicked out of nursing school.

Because of the event, she feels she has brought shame on her family and cuts her ties with them. Olga then goes on to make a living no matter what she faced. At times her life is tough when money is low and it seems like people look down on her for the color of her skin. But she never gives up hope.

Marie, Olga’s daughter, writes this story from journal entries, newspaper article, and interviews with her family. I am impressed with how Olga got through everything that was put in front of her. She is an inspiration to women everywhere. I have no complaints to the story. This is a great story that you will want to read.

I received this story free from the author for an honest review. Thank you for the privilege of letting me read it.

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She will be giving anything from a $25 Amazon Voucher to a Kindle Touch. She is doing this to get her novel The Doll out there. To find out more on how to enter this contest, check out J. C. Martin’s website.

I have read this story and it is one creepy thrill ride. Check out my review here. To purchase this book, you can find it at Smashwords.

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