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TREECAT WARS

 

Treecat Wars by David Weber and Jane Lindskold
Book 3 of the Stephanie Harrington series
Read by Khristine Hvam
Genre: science fiction YA
Format: hardback, ebook, & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Treecat Wars:

New York Times and Publishers Weekly Best Selling Young Adult Series. Book Three by international writing phenomenon David Weber. Two young settlers on a pioneer planet seeks to stop a war and to save the intelligent alien treecats from exploitation by unscrupulous humans.

The fires are out, but the trouble’s just beginning for the treecats

On pioneer planet Sphinx, ruined lands and the approach of winter force the now Landless Clan to seek new territory. They have one big problem — there’s nowhere to go. Worse, their efforts to find a new home awaken the enmity of the closest treecat clan — a stronger group who’s not giving up a single branch without a fight

Stephanie Harrington, the treecats’ greatest advocate, is off to Manticore for extensive training — and up to her ears in challenges there. That leaves only Stephanie’s best friends, Jessica and Anders, to save the treecats from themselves. And now a group of xenoanthropologists is once again after the great secret of the treecats — that they are intelligent, empathic telepaths — and their agenda will lead to nothing less that treecat exploitation.

Finally, Jessica and Anders face problems of their own, including their growing attraction to one another. It is an attraction that seems a betrayal of Stephanie Harrington, the best friend either of them have ever had.

Source: Info in the About Treecat Wars was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17334535-treecat-wars on 24/08/2017.

 

My Thoughts:

For some reason this little meerkat munchkin reminds me strongly of Survivor and this meerkat society of the Skinny Cat Clan, including two pups play fighting and another two little ones sleeping in a pile. They’re very cute! If I had a photoshop software, I would give this little guy six legs and a more feline face and he will be Survivor!

Unlike the previous books, this one has a more layered plot this time. The authors threw in a couple of unexpected twists, which is great! So the character development and the world building has long been established a long time ago with the previous books. And also like the previous books, this one is also a very good read! This being the third installment in a trilogy, I was kinda hoping for a great grand finale to the Stephanie Harrington series… but it wasn’t… it was just kind of another book in the series with lots of room for more to come. But this book having been published in 2013, I don’t think there will be another installment in this series, like six years later, which is the greatest downer with Treecat Wars. Of course, there is always a hope that the authors will someday pick it up again and write another installment… hopefully…. As usual, the narration is fabulous! Can’t complain with Khristine Hvam at all!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 4.5
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Stephanie Harrington Series:

The Authors
David Weber

David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.

One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name is an homage to C. S. Forester’s character Horatio Hornblower and her last name from a fleet doctor in Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander. Her story, together with the “Honorverse” she inhabits, has been developed through 16 novels and six shared-universe anthologies, as of spring 2013 (other works are in production). In 2008, he donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.

Many of his books are available online, either in their entirety as part of the Baen Free Library or, in the case of more recent books, in the form of sample chapters (typically the first 25-33% of the work).

 
Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold is the author of more than twenty published novels, including the six volume Firekeeper Saga (beginning with Through Wolf’s Eyes), Child of a Rainless Year (a contemporary fantasy set in Las Vegas, New Mexico), and The Buried Pyramid (an archeological adventure fantasy set in 1880’s Egypt).

Lindskold is also the author of the “Breaking the Wall” series, which begins with Thirteen Orphans, then continues in Nine Gates and Five Odd Honors. Her most recent series begins with Artemis Awakening, released in May of 2014. Lindskold has also had published over sixty short stories and numerous works of non-fiction, including a critical biography of Roger Zelazny, and articles on Yeats and Synge.

She has collaborated with several other SF/F writers, including Roger Zelazny, for whom, at his request, she posthumously finished his novels Donnerjack and Lord Demon. She has also collaborated with David Weber, writing several novellas and two YA novels set in his popular ”Honorverse.” She wrote the short story “Servant of Death” with Fred Saberhagen.

Charles de Lint, reviewing Changer, praised “Lindskold’s ability to tell a fast-paced, contemporary story that still carries the weight and style of old mythological story cycles.”[1] Terri Windling called Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls “a complex, utterly original work of speculative fiction.” DeLint has also stated that “Jane Lindskold is one of those hidden treasures of American letters; a true gem of a writer who simply gets better with each book.”

Lindskold was born in 1962 at the Columbia Hospital for Women, the first of four siblings and grew up in Washington, D.C. and Chesapeake Bay. Lindskold’s father was head of the Land and Natural Resources Division, Western Division of the United States Justice Department and her mother was also an attorney. She studied at Fordham, where she received a Ph. D. in English, concentrating on Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern British Literature; she successfully defended her Ph.D. on her 26th birthday.

Lindskold lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband, archaeologist Jim Moore.

 

The Narrator
Khristine Hvam

Khristine Hvam is an award winning audiobook narrator, director, and voice over actress. Having studied acting for the theater and film, she soon discovered a love of voice over. You will hear her in TV/Radio commercials, video games, animated series, and most notably in over 200 audio book titles. Khristine has been honored with several Audio Publishers Association Audie Award nominations and in the summer of 2012 earned her first Audie Award in the fantasy category for her performance of Lani Taylor’s “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” and a second for “Astray” by Emma Donoghue. Khristine has also received five AudioFile Magazine’s Earphone Awards for her performances. Most recently she has begun directing audiobooks, a journey she never imagined taking, but one she is thrilled to be exploring. Khristine is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA.

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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05/02/2019 Posted by | 5 cherries, audible, audiobook, audiobook review, book review, Cherry's review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, hardback, kindle ebook, review, science fiction, YA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DEADLINES AND DRYADS

Deadlines & Dryads by Rebecca Chastain
Book 0.5 of the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook

 

 

About Deadlines & Dryads:

Getting the scoop might cost Kylie and her gargoyle companion their lives…

Dryads are a reclusive, passive species — or they used to be. Overnight, the peaceful woodland creatures have turned violent, attacking travelers with crude weapons and whipping the trees of their grove into a ferocious frenzy.

When rumors of the dryads’ bizarre behavior reaches journalist Kylie Grayson, she pounces on the story, determined to unearth the reason behind the dryads’ hostile transformation. Accompanied by Quinn, her young gargoyle friend, Kylie plunges into the heart of the malevolent grove. But nothing she’s learned prepares her for the terrifying conflict she uncovers…

Source: Info in the About Deadlines & Dryads was taken from amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deadlines-Dryads-Terra-Chronicles-Prequel-ebook/dp/B077ZCW1CS on 17/09/2018.

 

My Thoughts:

Having been hooked and addicted to Rebecca Chastain‘s story telling quality, of course I have to read more of her books, thus this book got bought and read. The world building has long ago been established in the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles and the goodness of it is carried over to this offshoot series. This book also have the same lovable character development which is getting to be a trademark of this author. This gargoyle image I have with this post may not be Quinn but he sure have the same mischievous grin there! Yes, lovable characters! Unfortunately though, the TSTL (too stupid to live) element also kind of carried over too. However, it is easy for me to wilfully ignore it in this book for the wonderful reading time that it gave me!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 3.5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Meet The Author

 

About Rebecca Chastain:

Rebecca Chastain has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. She has been employed as a VHS sales clerk, bookshelf straightener, government pseudo-employee, professional finder of lost sporting goods, and strategy guide wrangler in the video game industry. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old, and she’s incapable of stopping. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats. To find out about new releases, sales, and freebies, sign up for Rebecca’s newsletter: http://www.rebeccachastain.com/newsletter

www.rebeccachastain.com | twitter | facebook | amazon | goodreads

 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

05/01/2019 Posted by | 5 cherries, book review, Cherry's review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, Kylie Grayson, magic, Rebecca Chastain, review, Terra Haven, urban fantasy | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MAGIC TRIUMPHS

 

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Book 10 of the Kate Daniels series
Read by Renee Raudman
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Magic Triumphs:

Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can’t-miss entry in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world.

Source: Info in the About Magic Triumphs was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17333180-magic-triumphs on 29/08/2018.

 

My Thoughts:

I was dreading going into this book, knowing that this is the last book in the series. I thought that beloved characters would die! Well, there was death… but the ending, though finished the story arc in the series, still left room for more stories to come and I am hopeful! Because this is really a beloved series! I want to read more of it. I am also hoping to read more of Conlan in future books in off-shoot serieses. Who doesn’t want a cuddly little kitten version of Curran!! There is also an element of predictability in the story. Normality this is a downer for me. But in this book, I can totally ignore it for the wonderful reading time I get out of it!

As usual, Ilona Andrews did not disappoint! There are advantages and disadvantages to that. The advantage is, that we get a wonderful reading time! The disadvantage is that, now the post-wonderful-read depression sets in

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 3.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 5
Plot = 4
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Meet The Author

 

About Ilona Andrews:

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

www.ilona-andrews.com | twitter | facebook | goodreads

 

Meet The Narrator

 

About Renée Raudman:

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

www.reneeraudman.com | twitter | facebook | goodreads

 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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WINTER’S DEMON

 

Winter’s Demon by Eric R. Asher
Book 3 of the Vesik series
Read by William Dufris
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audio

 

 

About Winter’s Demon:

Some things can never be undone. The horrors I’ve defeated — or even caused — with my own hands … they are nothing compared to what’s coming. Philip Pinkerton has brought his madness upon my family, my own blood. His army of necromancers is on the move, harbingers of a great darkness. I fear the war has begun … and damn, I don’t get paid enough for this.

Source: Info in the About Winter’s Demon was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22404543-winter-s-demon on 15/01/2018.

 

Buy Link(s):
  Audible Books

 

My Thoughts:

It took me a long time to finish this book despite the convenience offered by the audiobook format. It just seems like our group of heroes and heroines are just running around from fight to fight with not much of a plot… wtf?!… In the end the good guys didn’t even win, they just survived. And now they are in even deeper pickle than when the book started… But here’s the kicker, a beloved character died. It took me a year to mourn her before I could continue reading/listening to this book again. And that contributed much to the lagging pace of this book. On the up side, the narrative is still peppered with humour which I like. Specially when William Dufris squeaks it out to imitate a girly scream. Kudos to the narration. And from this book pans out the plot of the next four books in this series, or so I presume… there is so much plot lines hanging from here and from the titles of the rest of the books, I can guess what the next four books is all about… I hope I am wrong though because I like surprises.

 

In the end, I would still say that this book was an enjoyable read despite the lagging pace.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 3.5
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (10 hrs & 4 mins listening time)
Plot = 3
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Vesik Series:

Book 1: DAYS GONE BAD   Book 2: WOLVES AND THE RIVER OF STONE   Book 3: WINTER'S DEMON   Book 4: THIS BROKEN WORLD   Book 5: DESTROYER RISING   Book 5.5: WHISPERS OF WAR   Book 6: RATTLE THE BONES   Book 7: WITCH QUEEN'S WAR   Book 8: (No Title Yet)

 

About Eric R. Asher
Eric Asher

Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

www.daysgonebad.com | facebook | facebook author page | twitter | goodreads | pinterest | google+

 

 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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HATCHED

 

Hatched by Joanna Mazurkiewicz
Book 1 of the Draconia World series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook

 

 

About Hatched:

When a world of magic is the only thing you know, what do you do when it’s gone?

In the dark city of Draconia, ruled by powerful mages, the only thing that matters is magic, and Fran is on the search. She’s caught the attention of some unsavory types. It doesn’t help that she has the most powerful magical object in the kingdom in her possession; an object many men have died to hold: a dragon’s egg.

Trapped down a dark alley, with the threat of death coming ever nearer, a crack forms in the wall allowing Fran a way of escape to a place she’d only heard tales of. But will it be one that she regrets? She’ll enter a whole new world, but the threat of Draconia and the mages isn’t far behind.

They want what she has, and nothing will stop them — not even a non-magical place.

Source: Info in the About Hatched was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36565336-hatched on 01/04/2018.

 

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My Thoughts:

This book is a kind of “coming of age” story. It may not be so surprising seeing that this is the first book in the series. This is also my first Joanna Mazurkiewicz book and I like her author’s voice. Having said that, for some reason I needed little breaks from it. So it may not be as compelling as I would have liked it to be. Still I trudged through the book because I like the premise. So, I am a dragon lover and a hatched dragon egg is irresistible! … So pace-wise, this book wasn’t a very quick read for me.

Plot is not this author’s forté. There isn’t much of one in this book. All the main protagonist did is run around stumbling from one danger into another and saved by sheer dumb luck. On top of that, Francesca has a tendency to be too stupid to live (TSTL). That soooo did not endear this book to me! But me, being a fantasy geek, was willing to overlook that for the dragon story that this book has to offer. However, if the TSTL persists and overcomes the goodness of the dragon story further down the line, then I may stop following this series at some point… which would be a pity, because I really like the dragon story! And to top that off, the ending is a huge cliffie!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 3.5
Ending = 2
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 2
Plot = 1.5

 

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Draconia World Series:

 

Meet The Author

 

About Joanna Mazurkiewicz:

Joanna Mazurkiewicz was born in Poland. She moved to United Kingdom when she was only nineteen and just finished high school. She had aspired to be a writer upon completion of the Harry Potter series but also enjoyed reading books like ‘Gone with the Wind’, ’Animal Farm’ and ‘The doll’. She graduated from Swansea University with a bachelor degree in American Studies. While studying in the UK she made a decision to start writing fiction in English.

The “Whispers of the Sprite” is her first debut novel and she is currently working on other projects. Joanna lives in Cowbridge, a small town in South Wales near Cardiff with her boyfriend Bruce. She enjoys cycling around Welsh countryside some of which has become the settings in her first series.

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FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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BLOOD VICE

 

The Book

 

Blood Vice by Angela Roquet
Book 1 in the Blood Vice series
Read by Hollie Jackson
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Blood Vice:

Detective Jenna Skye bombs her first week on the St. Louis County Police Department’s Vice Squad when she’s bitten by a vampire in a supernatural brothel. Her day only gets worse from there. She wakes up in the morgue and discovers that her partner is dead. Before the sun rises, she realizes she is too. Jenna vows to continue their investigation until justice is served, but a werewolf squatter, an unexpected visit from her estranged sister, and a nosy FBI agent stand in her way. Not to mention her fresh aversion to sunlight and a thirst for something a little stiffer than revenge.

Source: Info in the About Blood Vice was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35022378-blood-vice on 02/01/2018.

 

Books in the Blood Vice series:
Book 1: BLOOD VICE   Book 2: BLOOD AND THUNDER   Book 3: BLOOD IN THE WATER   Book 4: BLOOD DOLLSBook 5: THICKER THAN BLOOD   Book 6: BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS

 

Review

 

My Thoughts:

I bought this book because I became a fan of this author’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series. I wanted to see if this author’s awesomeness would carry over to her other books. And I’m glad I checked out her other books because Angela Roquet‘s wonderful story telling quality does carry over to her other books! Unfortunately, so did the TSTL (too stupid to live) element. It has reared up it’s ugly head again. And that is why, even though this book is good, I do not think that I would be buying/reading another book in this series again. I just couldn’t tolerate the TSTL!

The plot… like the Pocket Full Of Posies, of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, was pretty simplistic. Or rather, it ranges from simple to non-existent. However with Lana Harvey I could excuse it by saying that it was never a crime fiction or thriller to begin with. That series was more of the “fantasy” bit rather than the urban, in the urban fantasy category. Blood Vice though is suppose to be a police/crime sort of thing. I kinda expected the plot to be a little thicker. Guess I was expecting too much.

This would be my second book series listening to Hollie Jackson and I’m happy to say that I still like her narration. I still agree with her interpretation. And would happily buy her books again!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 3
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 2
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (5 hours and 40 minutes listening time)
Plot = 3
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

 

The Author

 

About Angela Roquet:

USA Today bestselling Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She’s a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too.

Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. She’s a member of SFWA and HWA, as well as the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, her epic book critique group, where she’s known as Death. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, & iBooks. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

 

The Narrator

 

About Hollie Jackson:

With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie’s voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story.

Growing up in a military family, Hollie found herself lost in the world of poetry and prose, and truly enjoys sharing that joy with others through spoken and written word. As an author, she understands the importance of drawing the reader into the world of the story. As a voracious reader, she enjoys an eclectic range of genre and carries that over into the studio: from contemporary romance to paranormal thrillers, historical fiction to epic fantasy, from erotica to tamer New Adult/Young Adult titles.

Everyone has a story to tell, and Hollie loves to bring those stories to life, one word at a time.

The information about Hollie Jackson was taken from https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html on 25/12/2017.

https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html | goodreads

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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GARGOYLE GUARDIAN OMNIBUS (Books 1-3)

 

Gargoyle Guardian by Rebecca Chastain
Books 1, 2, and 3 of the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook

 

 

About Gargoyle Guardian:

To help gargoyles in peril, Mika will risk everything

MAGIC of the GARGOYLES (Book 1)

Mika Stillwater is a midlevel earth elemental with ambitions of becoming a quartz artisan, and her hard work is starting to get noticed. But when a panicked baby gargoyle bursts into her studio, insisting Mika is the only person she’ll trust with her desperate mission, Mika’s carefully constructed five-year plan is shattered.

Swept into the gritty criminal underworld of Terra Haven, Mika jeopardizes everything she’s work so hard for as she attempts to save the baby gargoyle from the machinations of a monster—and to stay alive…

CURSE of the GARGOYLES (Book 2)

Mika Stillwater isn’t known for her skills with combat magic. As a gargoyle healer, she spends her days mending broken appendages and curing illnesses in the living-quartz bodies of Terra Haven’s gargoyles. But when a squad of the city’s elite Federal Pentagon Defense warriors requests her assistance in freeing a gargoyle ensnared in a vicious invention, Mika jumps into the fray.

No one could have predicted that her involvement would ignite a chain reaction set to destroy the city, the world, and magic itself.

SECRET of the GARGOYLES (Book 3)

In her brief career as a gargoyle healer, Mika Stillwater has faced some daunting challenges, but none have stumped her—until now. A strange sickness infects a handful of gargoyles in Terra Haven, rendering them comatose and paralyzed. Worse, the cure she seeks is shrouded in the gargoyles’ mysterious culture and the secret they guard with their lives.

Gaining the gargoyles’ trust is only the first step. To save the sick gargoyles, Mika must embark on a perilous mission into the heart of deadly wild magic to a place no human has ever survived…

Source: Info in the About Gargoyle Guardian was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31197366-gargoyle-guardian-chronicles-omnibus on 09/09/2018.

 

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My Thoughts:

My advice is, don’t read Magic Of The Gargoyles and Curse Of The Gargoyles unless you have Secret Of The Gargoyles in your hands already because books 1 and 2 ends in big whooping cliffhangers! I am soooo not a fan of cliffies!

What I’m wondering about is that, why is it with all the near death experiences of our heroine, we don’t see her parents or her sister? Where are they?…

Plot is not this author’s biggest forte. However, this is an urban fantasy series so I am not expecting a twisty plot like I would if it was a crime fiction, so in my point of view, it is not really a demerit.

This gargoyle image I have with this post does not really fit any of the gargoyles in the story but he is cute enough and I needed a gargoyle with a gargoyle post! So he will do.

At the end of it, I enjoyed this omnibus a lot and I would recommend it to any urban fantasy geek!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 3.5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Meet The Author

 

About Rebecca Chastain:

Rebecca Chastain has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. She has been employed as a VHS sales clerk, bookshelf straightener, government pseudo-employee, professional finder of lost sporting goods, and strategy guide wrangler in the video game industry. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old, and she’s incapable of stopping. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats. To find out about new releases, sales, and freebies, sign up for Rebecca’s newsletter: http://www.rebeccachastain.com/newsletter

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FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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FOR THE BIRDS

 

The Book

 

For The Birds by Angela Roquet
Book 3 of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series
Read by Hollie Jackson
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 


About For The Birds:

Lana Harvey isn’t just any reaper. She’s the new captain of the Posy Unit, a specialty group dedicated to harvesting mass quantities of souls from natural disaster sites, battlefields, and the like. The new title didn’t come without a price though. Lana made some promises along the way, and now it’s time to follow through… even if that means putting herself in the path of the three Fates, a fickle and mighty force to be reckoned with. The Fates run a soul recycling plant in Limbo City, and if Lana isn’t careful, they just might recycle her.

Source: Info in the About For The Birds was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17830430-for-the-birds on 30/12/2017.

 

Books in the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series:

 

Book 1: GRAVEYARD SHIFT   Book 2: POCKET FULL OF POSIES   Book 3: FOR THE BIRDS   Book 4: PSYCHOPOMP   OFF THE BEATEN PATH 1: EIGHT TALES OF THE PARANORMAL   Book 5: DEATH WISH   Book 5.5: SEASON'S REAPINGS   Book 6: GHOST MARKET   Book 7: HELLFIRE AND BRIMSTONE

 

Review

 

My Thoughts:

With this book, the series has really taken off. The first two books were good, but they mainly involved establishing the “basics”, as in, laying the ground work for the rest of the series. Like a “coming of age” kind of theme. With this book, our main protagonist kicked ass! So this book is no longer a 4.5, but a full 5, even though it still ended in a cliffhanger. This book therefore is the best in the series yet. Hopefully, it will be up and up from here on and not a jump off the ledge at some point… Like the previous book, the title still do not make sense… And this book might be the best story but it is the worst cover art yet in the series… However, despite all that moaning, I would still give this book a five. Yes, it was a good read! And no, the individual rating of the parts does not come up to 5, but, the whole is more than its parts. By now, this series and author has gained a firm fan in me. So much so that I bought the first book in another series by this author. We’ll see how the goodness of this author translate in her other books…

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 3
World building = 5
Cover art = 3
Pace = (6 hours and 45 minutes listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

The Author

 

About Angela Roquet:

USA Today bestselling Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She’s a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too.

Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. She’s a member of SFWA and HWA, as well as the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, her epic book critique group, where she’s known as Death. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, & iBooks. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

 

The Narrator

 

About Hollie Jackson:

With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie’s voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story.

Growing up in a military family, Hollie found herself lost in the world of poetry and prose, and truly enjoys sharing that joy with others through spoken and written word. As an author, she understands the importance of drawing the reader into the world of the story. As a voracious reader, she enjoys an eclectic range of genre and carries that over into the studio: from contemporary romance to paranormal thrillers, historical fiction to epic fantasy, from erotica to tamer New Adult/Young Adult titles.

Everyone has a story to tell, and Hollie loves to bring those stories to life, one word at a time.

The information about Hollie Jackson was taken from https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html on 25/12/2017.

https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html | goodreads

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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THE SKULL THRONE

 

The Book

 

The Skull Throne by Peter Brett
Book 4 in The Demon Cycle series
Read by Colin Mace
Genre: epic fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobook

 

 


About The Skull Throne:

The first three novels in New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett’s groundbreaking Demon Cycle series — The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, and The Daylight War — set a new standard for heroic fantasy. The powerful saga of humans winnowed to the brink of extinction by night-stalking demons, and the survivors who fight back, has kept readers breathless as they eagerly turned the pages. Now the thrilling fourth volume, The Skull Throne, raises the stakes as it carries the action in shocking new directions.

The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty.

Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all.

But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a savior, and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart.

In the south, Inevera, Jardir’s first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing each other and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for glory enough to make a claim on the throne.

In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late.

Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton — rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest.

All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them. Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared…

Source: Info in the About The Skull Throne was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13630171-the-skull-throne on 20/03/2016.

 

Review

 

My Thoughts:

The world building is nice, but that is not it’s most prominent feature. It is woven in such a way that it hooks into your brain sneaky-like and you find yourself craving to read more of the world in odd moments. It encroaches into your real life. It is addictive. So if you are masochistic like that, just plod through Book 2 and Book 3 and you’ll get here.

The writing style still has multiple threads but now the author writes them in bigger chunks and therefore is a whole lot less annoying. And I like that very much!

The Skull Throne still ends with a cliffhanger, but then, we already knew that going in. What makes it insidious is that, it seemingly ends in mid-chapter and The Core starts straight where it ends. Starts mid-chapter. Same sentence. Real stealthy! So my advise is, don’t start reading The Skull Throne until you have The Core in your hands too.

I actually bought The Skull Throne
when it first came out, like a year before The Core, and stopped reading about three quarters into the book because I knew it was going to end in a cliffie. Another incentive for me to stop reading there was that a favourite character died and it took me a good year to grieve him before I could continue on reading in this world again. It was that much of a shock.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 3.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 4
Plot = 3
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

The Author

Peter V. Brett

Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett (“Peat” to his friends) has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn.

 

Books in The Demon Cycle series:

 

Book 1: THE WARDED MANBook 1.5: BRAYAN'S GOLDBook 1.6: THE GREAT BAZAAR AND OTHER STORIESBook 2: THE DESERT SPEARBook 3: THE DAYLIGHT WARBook 3.5: MESSENGER'S LEGACYBook 4: THE SKULL THRONEBook 5: THE CORE

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The copies of these books were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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THE DRAGONET PROPHECY (WINGS OF FIRE Book 1)


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The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
Book 1 of the Wings Of Fire series
Read by Shannon McManus
Genre: YA fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About The Dragonet Prophecy:

The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice.

Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.

But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended . . .

Source: Info in the About The Dragonet Prophecy was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13228487-the-dragonet-prophecy on 18/11/2017.

 

My Thoughts:

Lovely, quick read.

This is my first Shannon McManus audiobook listen and I like the way she reads. The words are clear and distinct. Her voice is not aggravating to the ears. All in all, I would listen to this narrator again.

This book introduces us to the five dragonets and the world of Pyrrhia. I couldn’t decide whether this book is YA (young adult) or middle grade (MG). Maybe something in between. So, what do you call that age gap between YA and MG? …I don’t know either. So let’s call it the YA-MG Gap (YAMGG). This world is peopled mainly by dragons with humans as edible endangered species. And our heroes and heroines are “old” 6-year-old dragonets. “Old” 6-year-olds, is the key word here. They already have a strong sense of right and wrong. They have a firm grasp of their purpose in life. Me, …I didn’t get to develop that until I was in college!… Anyway, this is a nice little story about dragons. And it ends in a cliffhanger. Of course it did. But I already have a strong suspicion that it would do that seeing that this is the first book in the series. Having said that, I really enjoyed this book and that is why halfway through this book, I already ordered my copy of the next book. I know that the audiobook says that this book is 8 hours long, but it feels like only an hour or so… So this book is a nice, quick read.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 3
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (8 hrs and 32 mins )
Plot = 3.5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book, in all its formats, was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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