F Train – Excerpt

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Title: F Train

Author: Richard Hilary Weber

Genre: Thriller

In a fast-paced thriller perfect for readers of Kathy Reichs and Linda Fairstein, dedicated Brooklyn cop Flo Ott unravels the mystery of a terrifying mass murder–from the cold underbelly of New York to the city’s glittering heights.

Beneath Brooklyn’s wintry streets, seven people are dead, slumped in their seats on an F train. Fast thinking and good fortune prevent the subway car doors from opening, spilling poisonous gas into the station. It’s not long before a frightened metropolis of eight million demands answers: if this was an act of terror, where will these cruel killers strike next? NYPD detective Flo Ott looks closely at the victims. Each of their stories leads to another, one more colorful and complex than the last. A few of these quintessential New Yorkers catch Flo’s attention: a mysterious off-duty FBI agent; the beautiful woman next to him, who may have been his lover. Then there’s a Russian mobster with more than his fair share of enemies. As Flo battles false leads, conflicting witnesses, and meddling politicians, her investigation delves into the dark side of the city that never sleeps. Flo becomes convinced that this wasn’t a random act of violence, and she fears something much worse may be rumbling down the tracks.

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Uriel’s Absolution by Mary Sage Nguyen

Rating: ★

Reason for rating: I finished it.

This is the second of Mary’s books that I have read, and I have the same internal struggle with it. Mary has these wonderful stories that need to be expanded on. Both books original ideas are amazing, but the execution of both is weak.

Take Uriel’s Absolution’s summary:

Damon Garcia is a normal young boy, except he is knocking at death’s door. He stumbles upon an arch angel Uriel who asks for his aid in order to slay a demon named Tim Timberlake. Who also happens to be an international rockstar. They two search for a spear.The only spear that can obliterate the monstrosity.The pair get ambushed by the minions of the demonic abomination, while searching for the spear. Uriel uses his supernatural power to destroy them. They venture on to the concert of Tim Timberlake. Uriel and Damon face the abomination in order to save the world of his diabolical intentions. Does Uriel regain god’s favor and get a ticket into heaven? Does Damon die from his terminal illness?

ANGELS!

It sounds amazing, if it wasn’t a short story [less than 3,000 words in total] it could’ve been great.

Mary has these great ideas, but she doesn’t follow through with them. Maybe it was always supposed to be a short story, but I don’t feel like it should be. Because we get a fallen angel and demons walking the earth, and we barely get to know them before it’s all over. If she did want to expand on it and make it a longer story, I wouldn’t blame her. That is all I’m saying.

The writing, as with her other book, needs a bit of approving on:

Damon went to the kitchen to find something to eat. HIs mother was at work. Damon’s independence was due to his mother neglect. She was almost never home. For the rest of the day Damon watched cartoons of[f] the TV[,] and sat alone in the apartment. 

This little snippet could be approved on, those fullstops don’t necessarily need to be there and just makes the flow sound choppy. Description would help this piece out a bit more as well.

For such a short piece, there was a lot of grammatical mistakes, missing words and misspelled words, which doesn’t come across well to the readers. It gives out the message that if the author didn’t care enough to edit properly, why should we as readers care?

So, bottom line. Uriel’s Absolution has a good idea, but again it could have been worked on so much better than what we got.

The Malevolent Twin by Mary Sage Nguyen

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A murderous wicked twin.

An innocent, law abiding, and oblivious girl.

The ultimate brawl between contrasting sisters!

Murder, mystery, suspense and more

In The Malevolent Twin

Avery is a normal teenager, except for Venice. Venice is Avery’s imaginary friend or so she thinks. When the two begin to fight. Avery starts her investigation, to figure out what Venice really is. She encounters a wise old exorcist, and an albino psychic who assist her, with attempting to remove Venice. Which comes too late as Venice goes on a murdering rampage using Avery’s body. Does Avery survive the Wrath of Venice?

Find out in… The Malevolent Twin

Rating: ★★

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Cover Reveal: Dragon’s Future

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About the Book

Title: Dragon’s Future

Author: Kandi J. Wyatt

Genre: Fantasy

Every child of Woolpren dreams of becoming one, but only a few are chosen. Now, ten-year-old twin brother and sister, Ruskya and Duskya, have been selected to join an elite group of riders: dragon riders. Full of awe and excitement, the twins leave their mother, and their home, to train for their new lives.

Fifteen years later, dragons are becoming extinct and riders are rare. One day, Ruskya is at the general store in town when a man announces that he is recruiting new dragon riders. Ruskya goes undercover, and discovers that there is another colony of riders with their own agenda—a quest to find a mysterious plant that could restore the dragon population, or destroy it. When a battle erupts between the two colonies, it’s up to Ruskya and his friends to fight for their dragons’ future, and their lives.

Follow Ruskya’s quest in this exciting middle grade fantasy series by new author Kandi J Wyatt.

Author Bio

Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.” To learn more, visit kandijwyatt.wordpress.com.

Links

Blog: https://kandijwyatt.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kandi-Wyatt-author/647179792053374

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kandijwyatt

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kandiwyatt3/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/kandijwyatt/

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KandiWyatt

At Death’s Door by Astrid V Tallaksen

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Being a fallen angel used to be easy. A quiet life with the people she loves is all Sara ever asked for. Unfortunately, the apocalypse didn’t get the message. After nearly losing everything, she’s managed to put her life back together and start living what she hoped was happily ever after with her small family. Now she wants nothing more than to hide away and pretend the end of the world is a distant rumor. Her life has already been torn apart once. Doesn’t she deserve a break?

The apocalypse finds its way back to her doorstep when a letter arrives. Is it a friendly warning, a dire threat, or a simple reminder that she can’t run away from what’s to come? Sara refuses to take heed and pays dearly for her avoidance. With her family in danger and the preservation of free will hanging in the balance, she finds herself with no other choice. Sara must follow the path forged for her, a path that may take away everything she holds dear and leave her in pieces at the end. She’s caught between Heaven and Hell, and the last person she’d ever have considered trusting might just be her greatest ally.

Rating: DNF

“Unfortunately, the more you try and shut out the ghosts who need you to listen, the louder they shout. And the more you try to get your family to understand, the crazier they thunk you are.”

I LOVED the beginning. It holds all the information you need about the character and who she is in just two sentences. I thought this was perfect. But, as of writing the start of this review, I haven’t finished Heaven and Hell, and it’s the reason behind the ‘0 stars’ rating. I still have book 2 to read, so I’m going to try and finish this to get to book 2, but we’ll see. Continue Reading

Trailer Reveal – Between Two Worlds

About The Book

Between Two Worlds post Title: Beween Two Worlds

Author: Christy Santo

Genre: Time Travel

Rebecca dreams her present time and lives her past.

It is 2006 and Indiana University graduate student Rebecca Harrison attends a Halloween party. Unknown to her she will have her world turned upside down when she leaves it. An unexpected accident rips her from 2006 Indiana and abandons her in 1983 Fanwood, New Jersey her hometown. She struggles to relive the past and exist as another woman with the same name and birthday as her. Can she find a way to return to her present time or will her past become her future?

Author Bio 

Christy Santo was born and raised in Fanwood, New Jersey.  She has lived in Bloomington, IN since 2002 and runs her family’s Internet retail business. Between Two Worlds, is her second book and she is currently working on a third book.

Links

Website: www.statictvblog.com

Twitter: @CJSTheWrite

Amazon Author Central at this link:http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J8ULVO2 (US)

Amazon Author Central http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00J8ULVO2 (UK)

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8183263.Christy_Santo

Clearer in The Night by Rebecca Croteau

ClearerInNight-TourBannerRating: DNF

Okay, this book had the premise of being a great story, and I really reaclearerinthenight-croteau-ebooklly tried to get through it. I really tried my best to give it a shot and to shake off initial thoughts on, but I just couldn’t.

I ended at 28% on the ebook that was given to me. I would have ended a lot sooner, but I really wanted the story to warm to me, but it didn’t.

Maybe you’re the type of reader who doesn’t need a lot of detail, or can overlook weird phrasing, but a lot of what I read didn’t sit well with me. It was like there was too much of ‘trying’ to sound smart, but it just ended up like a hot mess of a crap. One prime example would be:

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Reflected by Majanka Verstaete

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About the Book

Title: Reflected (Mirrorland #2)

Author: Majanka Verstraete

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Mystery, Romance, Dark Fantasy

When Alison was stuck in Mirrorland, all she wanted was to be alive again. Now she’s gotten her revenge by inhabiting Piper’s boReflecteddy and trapping her behind the mirror. But pretending to be Piper is more difficult than she imagined it would be.

On top of that, the borders between Mirrorland and the real world are crumbling. Danger abounds, demons appear in high school, and if wasn’t for the help of a new mysterious guy, Alison might not have escaped. But there’s more to this guy than meets the eye, and she’s determined to find out what, especially since it might be related to her own supernatural problems.

Meanwhile, Piper tries to convince the Horseman of Death to help her return to her own world, but he’s got his own hidden agenda, which may cause more serious risks. Can Piper find a way to restore the balance before both worlds collide?

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Currently Reading….

As I said in my previous post, I’m getting back into reading. I use to be constantly in a bookstore when I was around 14, and I remember spending a good chunk of a summer when I was a kid in the library. Then I just stopped reading. Probably because all that crappy mush that surrounded Twilight poured out and I just lost all respect for the publishing industry.

This is my to-read pile for June.

June Books

I’m going to post my reviews both here and on goodreads when I’m done with them. These are the books that I bought in vain when I tried to get out of this non-reading slump of mine and then never got around to them.

Right now I’m reading… The Dust

I know! i know! it’s an ebook, but it didn’t come in a hard copy and I’m slightly okay that it wont be taking up space on my now clean bookshelf. I LOVE zombies,  I love the Walking Dead and anything to do with them- I’m there. But this is just…. you know a book that just doesn’t reach it’s full potential? It’s one of those. It has a great premise and unique twist on the whole ‘Zombie Apocalypse’, but the writing just lets it down, and the same rehashed ideas keep filling the pages and you get bogged with all these scenarios you’ve seen a billion times before…

I’m still battling through though. I’m around the 60% mark right now, and I’ve just filled it with yellow markings of grammatical, flow, and description issues that I just can’t overlook, but I still need to read on to find out what happens.

I also, kinda, know the author.

Blog Tour: Dealing With Devils by Pembroke Sinclair

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Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Booktrope

Date of Publication: January 16, 2015

Book Description:

Dating a demon has its advantages, like helping deliver souls to Hell. Wait…what?

Katie’s world has been turned upside down. She’s fallen for Josh—despite the fact that he’s a demon from Hell. Wes is finally out of her system and her life.Dealing With Devils Button 300 x 225

Convinced she can change Josh, she sets out to make him a better person, only to find out things aren’t as simple as she’d originally thought. For one thing, Josh has Katie help him deliver souls to Hell, and she kind of likes it. And to top it off, other more powerful demons are battling for her soul, and revelations from the past could change the course of her life forever.

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