Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book Review: Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, Book 2), by Kerstin Gier

Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, book 2)
By: Kerstin Gier
ISBN-10: 1250034167
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Gwen and Gideon are whisked away on more time-traveling adventures—but this time Gwen is determined to unravel at least some of the mysteries surrounding the Circle of Twelve, secrets about her past, a cryptic prophecy, and the boy she thinks she’s fallen in love with.

It contains:

• Kissing
• Violence (attempted murder)
• A reference to sex and girls taking birth control pills
• Brief mention of homosexuality
• Profanity (sh*t, d*mn, and bloody)

Sapphire Blue is a satisfying sequel to the young adult science fiction novel Ruby Red. There is more swearing and a few inappropriate comments in this book, however, and the ending leaves off with a cliffhanger.

More Precious Stone reviews:
Book 1: Ruby Red

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Book Review: Benny and Omar (Benny Shaw, Book 1), by Eoin Colfer

Benny and Omar (Benny Shaw, book 1)
By: Eoin Colfer
ISBN-10: 0141323280
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Benny detests the idea of moving to North Africa with his family for his dad’s job, and when they arrive, he isn’t any happier. The weather is hot, the culture completely foreign, and hardly anyone speaks English. When Benny stumbles upon a young native boy whose name is Omar, Benny’s life instantly becomes loads better as Omar drags him from one crazy adventure to the next.

It contains:

• Mild profanity
• Benny has a crush on a girl
• A couple of chase scenes

Benny and Omar is a humorous and, for the most part, clean contemporary novel. Fans of Eoin Colfer shouldn’t have a problem with this book that is just as witty as the Artemis Fowl series. Benny and Omar can be read as a standalone, but there is a sequel titled Benny and Babe.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Book Review: Warrior’s Fury, by J. D. White

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Warrior’s Fury
By: J. D. White
ISBN-10: 1935526014
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Arrogant and reckless Rimmegoan Dayor, warrior-for-hire, is called upon to protect Harin Oudek and his young daughter Elsira as they venture across the land of Arn to restore a magical box back to its rightful owner—but the trio will encounter many foes before their quest is complete.

It includes:

• Violence (fighting mythical creatures as well as aggressive behavior)
• Reference to a woman’s breasts and hips
• Strong attraction between two characters

Warrior’s Fury is a self-published fantasy debut with Christian themes. It’s slow-paced at first, with descriptive world-building, but the plot picks up after the first hundred pages and is full of action and adventure throughout the rest of the story. It’s a fairly clean read, but younger audiences might have a hard time understanding the intricate writing.

Readers who enjoyed Warrior’s Fury might also like Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchetta.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Book Review: Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent, Book 3), by Barry Lyga

Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent, book 3)
By: Barry Lyga
ISBN-10: 0316198706
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The tables have turned: now the cops are chasing Jazz, who has to use all his knowledge to flee, a fugitive, from the big city of New York back to Lobo’s Nod, where he will face the Crow King and finally get the answers to his tormenting questions.

Blood of My Blood is a satisfying conclusion to the psychological thriller Jasper Dent Trilogy. It contains about the same amount of violence as in Game, but there are some extremely disturbing revelations, and a few uses of the F-word.

More Jasper Dent reviews:
Book 1: I Hunt Killers
Book 2: Game

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Book Review: Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files, By Jim Butcher

Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files anthology #1)
The Dresden Files, Book 12.5
By: Jim Butcher

For the Dresden Files fan:

Side Jobs contains various short stories about incidents between books 1 – 12 of the Dresden Files as well as one story before Storm Front (Book 1), and a novella that takes place immediately following Changes (Book 12). The stories are presented in the order that they occurred.

An enjoyable and light read, Side Jobs contains nudity, language, and the typical level of violence seen in any Dresden File book. I recommend reading this book after Changes and before Ghost Story. For those who haven't read a Dresden Novel yet, I recommend Storm Front (Book 1).
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Book Review: Game (Jasper Dent, Book 2), by Barry Lyga

Game (Jasper Dent, book 2)
By: Barry Lyga
ISBN-10: 0316125873
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Jazz is back in the game—but this time he’s hunting down a serial killer in New York, and Billy is on the loose.

This sequel to I Hunt Killers is another thrilling mystery that switches perspectives between Jazz, his two sidekicks, Connie and Howie, and the villains. Game is even gorier than its predecessor, with a near-sex scene, profanity, and lots of disturbing references to sex, rape, and human private parts. Not recommended for young teens or readers with weak stomachs.

More Jasper Dent reviews:
Book 1: I Hunt Killers

If you enjoyed Game, you might also like:

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Review: Elsewhere, by Grabrielle Zevin

By: Grabrielle Zevin
ISBN-10: 0374320918
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Liz is hit by a car, but when she wakes up, the afterlife she encounters is not what she was expecting. Elsewhere is an island where everyone ages backward until they become infants again and are reincarnated back to Earth. Liz doesn’t like this new rule, and searches for a way to break free of Elsewhere, but she is distracted when she unexpectedly finds love on the mystical island.

It contains:

• Some mild profanity
• Depictions of wounds
• Kissing
• Brief mention of sex between a married couple

Elsewhere has an interesting concept but is slow-paced, and some readers might find the ending unsatisfying.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Book Review: Brighter Than the Sun (Charley Davidson, book 8.5), by Darynda Jones

Brighter Than the Sun (Charley Davidson, book 8.5)
By: Darynda Jones 
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While Reyes' energy is split between survival and finding an escape, the rest of his being is focused on the girl of his imaginings and wondering why he knows who's booked on the southward train. As circumstances conspire against him, he begins to realize that things are not as they seem.

Brighter Than the Sun is narrated by Reyes and tells his story from the day he first saw Charley to a moment of significance to him in First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, book 1). While the logical place to read this installment based on chronological order would be between books 1 and 2, there are some mild spoilers to book two's premise in Brighter Than The Sun. It also contains a heavy hook regarding a beloved character's future.

Brighter Than the Sun includes:
  • Profanity (D*mn, p*ssed, h*ll, b*tches, *ss, F word) 
  • Death/killing
  • References to broken bodies
  • Many references (some in more detail) to the physical and sexual abuse of a child (this includes but is not limited to a rape attempt, references to fondling of both a male and a female child's privates by adults, sexual abuse of children by adults of the same and different genders, references to beatings, drugs, and various methods of restraints/manipulation.)
  • Minors making out (kissing, rubbing, groping, grabbing, etc)
  • Detailed references to aroused male and female anatomy (use of c word in it's anatomical capacity)
  • Sex scene (detailed, but maybe not as thorough as those seen in a typical Charley Davidson novel)
  • Lots of prison/prisoner violence is referenced.
  • References to childbirth
  • Ghosts, Satan, Hell, Heaven

More Charley Davidson Books:
  • Book 1: First Grave on the Right
  • Novella 1.5: For I Have Sinned
  • Book 2: Second Grave on the Left
  • Book 3: Third Grave Dead Ahead
  • Book 4: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
  • Book 5: Fifth Grave Past the Light
  • Book 6: Sixth Grave on the Edge
  • Book 7: Seventh Grave and No Body
  • Book 8: Eighth Grave After Dark (Review)
  • Book 8.5: Brighter Than the Sun (Review)
  • Book 9: The Dirt on Ninth Grave
  • Book 10: The Curse of Tenth Grave (expected publication 2016)
  • Book 11: Untitled (expected publication 2017)
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Book Review: Dragon Slippers (Dragon Slippers, Book 1), by Jessica Day George

Dragon Slippers (Dragon Slippers, book 1)
By: Jessica Day George
ISBN-10: 1599902753
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Creel, an orphaned young woman, finds herself caught up in complicated dragon-versus-human politics—and all the fuss is over a pair of shoes.

Dragon Slippers is a middle grade novel with some action violence, deaths, a mention of a young woman being a virgin, some minor language (one use of bloody), and a clean romance between two characters that is not the main focus of the story. The plot is mysterious and full of magic, and moves along at a smooth pace, and Creel is a smart, strong, and heroic female protagonist, and a good example to young girls.

Readers who enjoyed Dragon Slippers might also like:

The Frog Princess, by E. D. Baker
The Runaway Princess, by Kate Coombs

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Free Audiobook: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (April 2016)

Free Audiobook: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (April 2016) Did you know that Amazon gives away an Audible audiobook/Kindle ebook set of a classic book each
month to anyone for free?  I just found out myself.

The classics are often free in ebook form, but the professionally narrated Audible audiobooks are NOT! This month's free classic is Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.


- This is 100% FREE
- This does NOT require an audible credit
- You do NOT need an audible account
- You do NOT need to download either the audiobook or the ebook though you can download either at any time that you wish.
- You can ONLY get the audiobook(Audible) if you are already getting the FREE ebook(Kindle)

What to do

  1. Go to the Amazon.com page for the Kindle version of Mansfield Park
  2. Locate the part of the page (typically on the right) where you click to purchase. It should look like this.
    Free Audible audiobook, no sign up necesary
  3. Check the box (indicated by my green arrow) to include the Audible audiobook with your purchase - make sure the added cost is $0.00.
  4. Click the Buy now button.

Congratulations! You are now the owner of a professionally narrated, unabridged copy of Mansfield Park! Plus the free Kindle version which you can read on any device via the Kindle app.

And it didn't cost a cent!

I believe this deal will be up all through April, but I can't be sure so get it now if you want it!

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