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 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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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Book Review: The Jewel (The Lone City, Book 1), by Amy Ewing

The Jewel (The Lone City, book 1)
By: Amy Ewing
ISBN-10: 0062235796
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Trained and raised with the knowledge that she would be sold at an auction, Violet, a surrogate, is purchased by a duchess who lives in the Jewel, the wealthiest of five circles in the Lone City. Violet is shocked when her new mistress treats her more like an animal than a human, and begins to reject her position of servitude, especially when she finds herself caught in a forbidden romance.

The Jewel is a fast-paced fantasy novel that contains:

• Cruel treatment toward the main character and others
• Kissing, making out, and a brief, un-descriptive sex scene
• Full nudity
• Violence (slapping and choking; some girls’ memories are forcefully removed via surgery)
• Girls are given drugs and medically impregnated
• Reference to someone dying from smoking
• Characters drink champagne, and one gets drunk on alcohol

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Review: A Million Suns (Across the Universe Trilogy, Book 2), by Beth Revis

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A Million Suns (Across the Universe Trilogy, book 2)
By: Beth Revis
ISBN-10: 9781595143983
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Amy and Elder explore Godspeed and uncover more secrets, while also considering their newfound love for each other. But a surprising revelation is much more than they anticipated.

It includes:

• Kissing
• Reflections on a past attempted rape
• Reference to a past rape
• Profanity
• Killing
• Drugs are used medically on lots of people

A Million Suns is a well-written and engaging sequel, and should please fans of the previous book. However, don’t expect all your questions to be answered, and the book’s ending cuts off abruptly.

More Across the Universe reviews:
Book 1: Across the Universe

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book Review: Prince of Shadows, by Rachel Caine

Prince of Shadows
By: Rachel Caine
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ISBN-10: 0451414411

In ancient Verona, a deadly curse has settled over two rivaling households: the Montagues and the Capulets. Benvolio, a Montague, must look after his foolish younger cousin, Romeo, and keep his heart in check against the quick-witted Capulet, Rosaline, as he hurries to revoke the curse before it’s too late.

This is a young adult retelling of Romeo and Juliet, told through Romeo’s cousin’s point of view, with a magical twist. Fans of Shakespeare’s famous classic will be pleased to find that much of the context in this book stays true to the original play.

Readers should be aware that it contains:

• A homosexual character, who is referenced to have had sexual encounters with his lover
• Violence (sword fights, murders, beating women, punching and slapping, a dog biting a character’s leg, violent threats, and hanging characters until death)
• Sexuality (references to a woman’s body, lustful thoughts and desires, references to private parts, references to sex, a naked woman and man are seen in bed together)
• Passionate kissing
• Profanity (“Jesu” a.k.a. Jesus is used a couple times as an exclamation, wench, pervert, wretch, one b*tch, and bloody)
• Mention of digging up a grave
• The main character steals repeatedly
• Drinking and drunkenness

Prince of Shadows is beautifully written and has an intriguing storyline, but contains a number of gory scenes, and some diverse sexuality. It should be appropriate for fourteen or fifteen and up, with parents’ consent.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Book Review: Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park
By: Rainbow Rowell
ISBN-10: 1250012570
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Eleanor is the oldest child in a huge family, but despite the fact that she’s surrounded by little siblings 24/7, she feels incredibly unhappy. Park is a loner. While his friends try to get him to join in on their activities, Park just wants to be left alone to listen to music. It’s 1986, and these two misfits’ lives are about to change as their worlds collide.

Parents should be aware that this book contains:

• Profanity (including the F-word)
• Kissing and making out with partial nudity
• An abusive stepfather is an alcoholic who hits his wife, yells at his kids, and smashes things
• A fistfight
• Bullying

Eleanor & Park is a bittersweet young adult contemporary romance, with equal parts sweet and sad, that portrays the lives of two high schoolers realistically. There is a lot of profanity in this book, so I would not recommend it for young readers.

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