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A GAME OF GHOSTS

 

A Game Of Ghosts by John Connolly
Read by Jeff Harding
Book 15 of the Charlie Parker series
Genre: crime fiction
Format: kindle ebook & audiobook

 

 

About A Game Of Ghosts:

It is deep winter. The darkness is unending.

The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down. Parker’s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found.

Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker will be drawn into Eklund’s world, a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts . . .

Source: Info in the About A Game Of Ghosts was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31351922-a-game-of-ghosts on 07/04/2017.

 

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My Thoughts:

I was eagerly awaiting this book because I wanted to know how the media, i.e., news & entertainment, are following up on Jerome Burnel‘s media furor… unfortunately, there is nothing about Jerome Burnel in this book. The only part of the Jerome Burnel book that remained is Moxie Castin. It seems he is going to have a long-term role in the series to replace Aimee Price as Charlie‘s lawyer. Not bad for him and for the series. Another plus with this instalment in the Charlie Parker series is that we see more of cute Sam! And Angel & Louise! *yey*!! As if that is not enough goodness, Jeff Harding effected a very realistic Welsh accent for one of the characters! That made me smile! However, I don’t know why John Connolly killed one of the anti-hero, though… I hope that there would be some sort of explanation in the subsequent books. It was just too sad to just let it go like that.

The end was kind of an anti-climactic. But it was still a good read.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (13 hrs & 9 mins)
Plot = 5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Charlie Parker Series:

                           

 

About John Connolly
John Connolly

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the United States.

This page is administered by John’s assistant, Clair, on John’s behalf. If you’d like to communicate with John directly, you can do so by writing to contact-at-johnconnollybooks.com, or by following him on Twitter at @JConnollyBooks.

 

About Jeff Harding
Jeff Harding

Jeff Harding is one of the most active American actors based in Britain. He is regularly seen in film and TV but he maintains interest in fringe theatre. He is particularly active in voice-over and radio. Having competed in rowing for many years, he still lives by the Thames and rows regularly – an appropriate sport for the reader of Ben Hur.

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
 

30/04/2017 Posted by | 5 cherries, audiobook, book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, kindle ebook, reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE TROLL KING

 

The Troll King by Trevor H. Cooley
Book 9 of The Bowl Of Souls series
Read by James Foster
Genre: epic fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About The Troll King:

The Jharro Grove Saga: Book Four

He was born a king. Half troll and half man, he crawled from the womb of a god and found himself leader of a deformed but powerful race. As he struggles to lead his people Mellinda slithers into their midst. She wields the Rings of Stardeon and she has her own plans for his people.

A prophet has been taken. A demon army joins the enemies of the grove. Will Justan’s might and Tarah Woodblade’s powers be enough to help Jhonate’s people protect the Jharro Grove? It may all depend on the choices made by The Troll King.

Source: Info in the About The Troll King was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26577313-the-troll-king on 13/03/2017.

 

My Thoughts:

This series has taken on the multiple thread kind of writing style. The book tells the stories of the different protagonists in their own different journeys each in their own thread. The book jumps from thread to thread every couple of chapters or so. Say I have been reading about Fist in the Trafalgar mountains for the last couple of chapters. Then the next chapter talks about Justan in Malaroo. While immersed in my favourite ogre, Fist‘s, story, I have forgotten what had happened to Justan and had to go back and read about Justan‘s thread before I could continue reading the next chapter. This slowed the pace of this book right down to a crawl. Not only that, it disrupts the continuity of the story flow which is really annoying. The previous books in this series had used this kind of writing style before but not as prevalent as in this book. This brought the rating of this book right down despite me being an old fan of this series already. And then of course there is the cliffhanger ending…. Safe to say that I wasn’t very happy with this book… but it gotta be read if I want to continue reading this series…. **pout**

I really didn’t like the way Qenzic treated Lyramoor at the jail cave in the Thunder People territory. Let Qenzic go through what Lyramoor had gone through in his slavery days and see if Qenzic would still be sane! The fact that Lyramoor is still a highly functional individual and loyal to a fault to Qenzic who flipping doesn’t deserve any of that loyalty at all, is a blinking miracle!… So there are issues in this book that I am quite passionate about… or really, really do not like… or riles me up….

I don’t know whether it is the author’s magic that is waning or it is me getting disenchanted… either way, this book is not the best in this series.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 2
Ending = 2
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 1
Plot = 3
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Bowl Of Souls Series:
 

Book 1: EYE OF THE MOONRAT   Book: 1.5: HILT'S PRIDE   Book 2: MESSENGER OF THE DARK PROPHET   Book 3: HUNT OF THE BANDHAM   Book 4: THE WAR OF STARDEON   Book 5: MOTHER OF THE MOONRAT   Book 6: TARAH WOODBLADE   Book 7: PROTECTOR OF THE GROVE   Book 8: THE OGRE APPRENTICE   Book 9: THE TROLL KING   Book 10: PRIESTESS OF WAR   Book 11: BEHEMOTH

 

The Author
Trevor H. Cooley

Since putting out his first book: Eye of the Moonrat in May of 2012, Trevor H. Cooley has sold over 200,000 copies of his books in ebook and audio formats.

He was born in South Carolina and has lived all around the United states, including Utah, New Mexico, Michigan and Tennessee.

His love of reading started in the second grade with Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain series. He couldn’t get enough and continued with David Eddings, Tolkein, Robert Jordan, Stephen King, and many others. Since then, all he wanted was to become a published writer.

The characters and concepts that eventually became the Bowl of Souls series started in his teens. He wrote short stories, kept notebooks full of ideas, and generally dreamed about the world constantly. There were several attempts at starting a novel over the years.

Not long after he was married, his wife told him to stop talking about the story and write it down. Many years and rewrites and submissions and rejection letters later, he finally put the books on Amazon. In August of 2013 he quit his day job and started writing full time.

 

The Narrator
James Foster

James Foster was born in Björk’s house in Iceland and grew up on Easter Island, where his parents were giant stone heads. He has the ability to fire beams of tacos out of his hands and he can turn his legs into tigers. On Sundays, James enjoys reading Family Circus and traveling through time. His favorite color is greenish-transparent and his favorite movie is the one you just watched. James is in charge of uploading the staff bios to the website, and no one has checked over his work.

 


 

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

 

15/04/2017 Posted by | 3 cherries, audiobook, book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, kindle ebook, reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: THE DAEMON PRISM

The Daemon Prism by Carol Berg
Read by Angele Masters, David DeVries, Daniel May & Eric Brooks
Book 3 of The Soul Mirror (Collegia Magica #3) series
Genre: renaissance / fantasy
Format: paperback & unabridged audiobook
 

About The Daemon Prism:

“Thou’rt Fallen, Dante. Born in frost-cold blood; suckled on pain. Thy repentance was ever a lie…”

Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by the King, the Temple, and the Camarilla Magica for crimes against the living and the dead. Yet no judgment could be worse than his enemies’ cruel vengeance that left him crippled in body and mind. Dante seeks to salve pain and bitterness with a magical puzzle – a desperate soldier’s dream of an imprisoned enchantress and a faceted glass that can fill one’s uttermost desires.

But the dream is a seductive trap that ensnares Dante’s one-time partners and unlocks his own deepest fears. Haunted, blind, driven to the verges of the world, Dante risks eternal corruption and the loss of everything he values to unravel a mystery of ancient magic, sacred legend, and divine truth…

Source: Info in the About The Daemon Prism was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7854686-the-daemon-prism on 29/08/2012.
 


[Image Credit: Wes-Talbott]

Review:

This is my first audiobook I listened to where there are four readers involved and I find that I kinda liked it! It’s not a dramatization but the book is written in such a way that there is a swapping of POVs as the story is told. And the narrators take turns as their character’s POV tells the story. Really fun to listen to. Specially that I’ve listened to David DeVries and Angele Masters with Books one and two respectively already. But even that got trumped up in awesomeness with the twistiness of the plot! I knew from Book 1 and Book 2 that the plot is devilishly twisty, still the plot threw me a surprise or two. Ah, lots and lots of brownie points to the author for the twisty plot!! However the theme of Dante batting for the other team is rapidly becoming a tired old tune that I wish Carol Berg hasn’t recycled that theme. Also, there were many little holes in the plot. Sure, irritating… But, I choose to ignore it… because I also like Carol Berg‘s rendition of the Christian’s “War In Heaven” idea as the story’s over-arc-ing plot. Just familiar enough to make a solid connection with the reader. Different enough to hold the reader’s interest. And woven masterfully into the tapestry of this trilogy to make it the book’s own. Fab! I also noticed that the titles of the books in this trilogy contains words pertaining to optics. Spirit Lens. Soul Mirror. And now Daemon Prism. I wondered about it from the start and the answer slowly unfolded as the story progressed. Wonderful! ….Having said that, I don’t know… maybe because I’ve read the Lighthouse doulogy first that now I am expecting the same level of awesomeness that the expectation bar has been set a bit too high and consequently I was a bit disappointed with this trilogy. And the reason for that disappointment, I could not pin point other than that maybe because the bar of expectation was high. So hopefully for you (who hasn’t read the Lighthouse doulogy) this would not be the case and would enjoy this book even more than I did. My only advise is, don’t read this book on it’s own, gotta read Book 1 and Book 2 first, or this book wouldn’t make a lot of sense.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4
Cover art = 4
Pace = (21.5-hour listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narrators = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Me and Reading ButtonThank you to Me And Reading for hosting a giveaway and made it possible for me to win a print copy of The Daemon Prism by Carol Berg.

25/04/2013 Posted by | Angele Masters, audiobook, book review, Carol Berg, Cherry's reviews, Collegia Magica series, Daniel May, David DeVries, Eric Brooks, fantasy, investigative suspense, me and reading, renaissance, reviews | 4 Comments

Review: TRANSFORMATION

Transformation by Carol Berg
Book 1 of the The Books of the Rai-kirah series

Genre: epic fantasy

About Transformation:

Seyonne is a man waiting to die. He has been a slave for sixteen years, almost half his life, and has lost everything of meaning to him: his dignity, the people and homeland he loves, and the Warden’s power he used to defend an unsuspecting world from the ravages of demons. Seyonne has made peace with his fate. With strict self-discipline he forces himself to exist only in the present moment and to avoid the pain of hope or caring about anyone. But from the moment he is sold to the arrogant, careless Prince Aleksander, the heir to the Derzhi Empire, Seyonne’s uneasy peace begins to crumble. And when he discovers a demon lurking in the Derzhi court, he must find hope and strength in a most unlikely place…

Source: Info in the About Transformation was taken from the author’s website at http://www.sff.net/people/carolberg/raikirah.html on 06/08/2010.

Review:
I’ve read this book some years back so this is a retrospective review. This is the first Carol Berg work that I’ve read and became an instant Carol Berg fan. The story telling quality is 5 out of 5. Ms. Berg is one of those authors who can spin a tale and make it so real. Grab a reader by the scruff of the neck and sink you into a different world altogether. The world building is masterful. So vivid that I could feel the texture of his wing between my fingertips. The story itself is a well-woven fantasy that a reader can easily suspend disbelief. The book also leaves you with characters who feels like old friends. I was so taken by this book that I ordered books 2 and 3 after the first chapter. Overall I would rate this book a 5 out of 5.

Cherry’s Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

Buy Link:

Other Books In This Series:
Book 2: Revelation

Book 3: Restoration

21/03/2012 Posted by | book review, Carol Berg, Cherry's reviews, review, reviews | 7 Comments

Review: TRUEBLOOD Season 3

TrueBlood Season 3
DVD box set

I watched the DVD box set before I read the books. I thought it would be a better viewing experience since I haven’t read the book yet as opposed to Seasons 1 and 2 where I know the story already before going in, therefore it would be a surprise this time around. Preconceptions at minimum. And it was a surprise! Furthermore, I also find that I kinda like the surprise of the alternate version of the story that they made in the show as opposed to the one in the book! Now I can’t decide which I like better. Read the book first before watching the show or watch without reading the book!

Unlike Seasons 1 & 2, the third Season is not only a serialization of Book 3, Club Dead, but has also incorporated elements from further books as far as Books 8 & 9, into the show. In this Season we see a whole lot more deviation from the original book series that the Sookie Stackhouse fan in me is starting to get anxious… However, they seem to be doing a great job of it thus far, so I am still a True Blood fan…

I don’t know if it was possible to get even stupider, but the Stackhouses? …they somehow managed it! *palm on face* Sookie is even more TSTL (too stupid to live) and it is annoying as hell! Now Jason, is TSTL too. But he is kinda charming TSTL. Maybe I’ve developed a higher tolerance with their stupidity. However, this is still my pet peeve with this series though. Annoying!!

I think the aspect I like the most about this show, other than the world building, is the layers of plot. I like the over-arc-ing of plots. It’s intriguing and it keeps me hooked to the series despite the TSTL. And also maybe the fact that I am a sucker for angsty heros!

The show should come with a warning label… WARNING: ADDICTIVE!

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

True Blood Season3 Trailer:

Books In This Series:

14/10/2011 Posted by | review, reviews, TV series review | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Review: TIGER’S CURSE

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
Book 1 in The Tiger Saga

Genre: urban fantasy

About Tiger’s Curse:

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing 17-year old Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

Source: Info in the About Tiger’s Curse was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6926417-tiger-s-curse on 10/07/2011.

Review:

I wasn’t very impressed with this book. I had to force myself to finish it. The way the author tells the story is kind of dragging but the world building I find quite good. So for me this book is a so so, but it is suspenseful enough for me to want to read the second book in the series. I just hope that the next book is better told than this one. Overall, I would give this book a 3 out of 5.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 3
World Building = 4.5
Character Development = 4
Pace = 3
Plot = 3
Story Itself = 4
Ending = 3.5

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Tiger Saga:

29/07/2011 Posted by | book review, Jackie's reviews, review, reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Movie Review: TANGLED

Tangled by Walt Disney

Review:

There are gaping flaws in the story’s logic as wide as the grand canyon. But, this is a cartoon, so you’ll just have to take the characters and events as they are presented. I think this is one of the reasons most people outgrow cartoons. Because cartoons not only dictates that you suspend disbelief but to suspend logic as well. But somehow I never outgrew cartoons, maybe because they always, always deliver a HEA! Though the suspension of logic does grate on me sometimes. I do have to praise the animators. They did their job well. One, they were bang-on the facial expressions! Looks to me like they did their homework. Two, the art was both beautiful and impeccable. Lots and lots of kudos to those talented artists who drew the characters and scenes! Overall, I enjoyed this film and I would give it a 3.5 out of 5.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

Movie Trailer:

25/07/2011 Posted by | cartoons, Cherry's reviews, movie review, reviews, Walt Disney | , , , , | 3 Comments

Review: GEIST

Geist by Philippa Ballantine
Book 1 of the Order of the Deacons

Genre: fantasy, for 18s or older only

About Geist:

Geists don’t always play by the rules.

Between the living and the dead is the Order of the Deacons, protectors of the Empire, guardians against possession, sentinels enlisted to ward off the malevolent haunting of the geists…

Among the most powerful of the Order is Sorcha, now thrust into partnership with the novice Deacon, Merrick Chambers. They have been dispatched to the isolated village of Ulrich to aide the Priory with a surge of violent geist activity. With them is Raed Rossin, Pretender to the throne that Sorcha is sworn to protect, and bearer of a terrible curse.

But what greets them in the strange settlement is something far more predatory and more horrifying than any mere haunting. And as she uncovers a tradition of twisted rituals passed down through the dark reaches of history, Sorcha will be forced to reconsider everything she thinks she knows.

And if she makes it out of Ulrich alive, what in Hell is she returning to?

Source: Info in the About Geist was taken from the author’s website at http://www.booksoftheorder.com/?page_id=4 on 11/06/2011.

Review:

This book started off slow but once past a couple of chapters it started to pick up… then it’s action after action until the very end! So pace-wise, it wasn’t too bad. The story telling quality was just a tiny, itsy-bitsy shade from being a masterpice. I find myself needing little short breaks while reading this book. But during my breaks, the story would pull me back as the characters prance around my head and I imagine alternative plots to the story. And then when I read on, I get surprised by the unexpected turn the plot went instead! Ahhh…. this author is good at inventing stories indeed!! The other thing I really liked about this book is that it has a well-structured story. I like stories with cohesive structure because it is easier to wrap my mind around it if it does, therefore, really ranks right high up with me as a reader. I like it when I can wrap my head around a story as oppose to one where I struggle to do so. Authors of books without a well-structured story, I tend not to buy again.

Look at that cover! The art department deserves a bloody raise!! If I was on one of my retail therapy sessions and browsing the shelves of a bookstore, this cover would trigger my book buying radar with an irristible pull!

I didn’t like the inconsistent rules of magic in this world of the geists though. In the scene where we first witnessed Raed’s change, he lost his clothes. But in The Melding scene, they did not loose their clothes. They came off it presumed to be fully clothed. Now, that is not consistent. But because of the wonderful “story building skills” that this author displayed and the enjoyment I got out of this book, I would still give it a high rating.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 4
World Building = 5
Character Development = 5
Pace = 4
Plot = 5
Story Itself = 4.5
Ending = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Order Of The Deacons Series:

Thank you to Penguin for the review copy of Geist by Philippa Ballantine received.

10/07/2011 Posted by | ACE, book review, Cherry's reviews, epic fantasy, fantasy, Order Of The Deacons, Penguin, Philippa Ballantine, reviews | , , , , , , , | 10 Comments