Saturday, July 7, 2018

Reverse Harem

The Reverse Harem genre is a fairly new but very popular genre, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. For those of you that are unfamiliar with reverse harem it is a one girl-multi boy-universe. But it is far more than mere romance. Authors have combined the reverse harem genre with other genres and that equals AWESOME!!!

Author C.L. Stone was the first reverse harem author that I read, and she quickly got me hooked on the series. The Ghost Bird series is a young adult reverse harem/mystery and Sang Sorenson is drawn into the world of the Academy by 9 guys that become her world. There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding Sang and Ashley Waters, the school she attends. The series isn't finished yet, and I, for one, am not ready for it to end.

Other series, like Curse of the Gods and Last Hope, are not young adult and contain sexual content (so be warned) but they are no less awesome for being adult. Curse of the Gods is fantasy and Last Hope is religious fantasy. Both are great series.

The few series that I have mentioned here are by no means the only examples of reverse harem. Like any genre, some reads are naturally better than others and everyone has their own tastes. If you have yet to experience the reverse harem you should reach out of your comfort zone and pick one up.

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Shadow of a KingThe Shadow of a King by C.M. Gray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a 5 star + read. LOVE!LOVE!LOVE!

This is a wonderful telling of a time in the life of Uther Pendragon, High King of Britain and father of the famous King Arthur. History comes to life in this story, full of rich characters and settings. We are drawn into this story as Uther is telling about events in his past to Morgana. Full of the magic of druids, knights and battles, and the answers to questions that we have all wondered about.

I certainly hope this is not the last installment in the Shadowlands series. I want to know more about King Uther and Merlin and all the other wonderful characters that we have met. Both this read and the previous are awesome and highly recommended to lovers of fantasy.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Consequences, Book #4 of the Chronicles of M

Consequences (Chronicles of M, #4)Consequences by Nicholas Forristal

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved it of course!

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This entire series has been such a fun read so far, and this installment is no exception. There is so much going on in this series. Its X-men with a dash of mortal combat and a good dose of comic book heroes. There is a lot of action, humor, mystery, and a lot of science fiction thrown in for good measure. I have always said this series would make a great graphic novel series.

Many of the previous characters, especially M, have returned but we are introduced to a few new ones as well. But to prevent spoilers I will leave it at that.

If you enjoyed the first three you should continue with this one. If you haven't read the first three you should definitely give it a shot if you love an action packed, sci-fi page turner.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Deep Blue

Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, #1)Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I want to thank my daughter for introducing me to this series as it was my Xmas present. I haven't read many books in the mermaid genre and none that I have liked very well except for this series. This book was certainly much more than the cover reveals.

Serafina is the princess on the eve of the ceremony that marks her as worthy of one day bearing the crown. She is having dreams where the Iele are calling her for a quest. The Iele are freshwater witches that are supposedly a myth. Thus begins her quest and great adventure full of danger, friendship, history, mythology, and romance. Its also full of true life information concerning the state of the world's seas and its inhabitants caused by human pollutants and overfishing.

Its true that the story is full of puns and plays on words (keep in mind it IS a young adult book) but its also full of fun, adventure, and some very real truths. I loved the range of characters from all ethnicities, personalities, and some interesting traits and abilities. Overall a very fun read and I can't wait to read the next installment.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Attention All Authors!!! A Request for Assistance

Attention All Authors!!

I am currently working toward establishing a Community Library in the town where I live and work. Our town does not have a county library branch and this makes it difficult for those who do not or can not drive to have access to library services. Due to budget cuts, our county library system is unable to help much toward the goal of providing these services.

My Request:

I am appealing to my author following for print copies of their books. If anyone wishes to donate their books to the Community Library it would be greatly appreciated and I would be happy to advertise this donation not only on my  blog and facebook page but also in our library and with the local media.

Thanks so much in advance!!!

Books may be sent to:
Arbyrd Community Library
PO Box 338
Arbyrd, MO 63821

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Lonely Wolf

The Lonely Wolf (The Immortals, #6)The Lonely Wolf by Monica La Porta

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Awesome as expected!

I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have loved Monica LaPorta's writing since I first read The Priest. And this one is no exception.

The Lonely Wolf is the 6th installment of the Immortals series and is titled for the character Lupo Solis who's name means the Lonely Wolf. However, the story is not exclusively his. We finally get to hear the story of Quintillus who is the Alpha of the werewolf clan. Quintillus has been important in previous books but has never been a main character. Ludwig, likewise, has been in other books but their relationship has not been brought to light until now.

The story of these three characters has been intertwined along with political intrigue, blackmail, murder plots, racism, grief and heartbreak. There are unexpected revelations and outcomes that just add to it. I certainly wasn't ready for it to end.

Loved it as well as all the others. Would recommend this as well as the others in the series to anyone that enjoys paranormal romance.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Raphael (The Immortal Youth Book 1)Raphael by Monica La Porta

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Awesome as always!

I received this awesome read in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first installment in the young adult spin off from adult Immortals series. If you have read the adult series you will recognize the same world and we see a few of the same characters but it is centered on a young werewolf named Raphael. We meet him as he is on the run from the Controller and he stumbles across his destined mate. The story takes off from there and keeps you glued to it til the very end.

I love the world building. With each of the Immortals series we see a little more of the world that Monica La Porta has created. In Raphael we find the Den of Regects and the Promenade that runs underneath Rome. Its a whole world unbeknownst to us humans. The characters add a lot to this world building as we are introduced to a street gang of werewolves known as the Reds and find that there is more to each one of them than meets the eye.

There are also many issues that are touched upon that many youths can relate to such as abuse at the hands of authority figures, families not accepting your sexual orientation, as well as gang life and drug abuse. The way the characters deal with their situations really brings them to life.

Each story that comes out in this series and the adult series its connected to keep getting better and better and I've enjoyed them all. They are all stand alone as well as can be read in succession. If you haven't read any of them, wait no longer. If you enjoy paranormal romance you won't regret it.

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Friday, April 24, 2015


Specials (Uglies, #3)Specials by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked it much better than I expected to, maybe because I had low expectations. 3.5 stars, I stretched up to 4 stars because I was feeling generous.

Tally and her friends have been turned into Special Specials by Dr. Cable. She sees everything with a sharp clarity however her brain is being further manipulated by the system. Shay-la and her band of Cutters is constantly trying to hunt down the New Smoke and Tally-wa is faced with accepting the reality of her situation.

I admit, I skimmed a lot of this one. There was a lot of action scenes that didn't hold my attention. I got what was going on and then moved on. My biggest issue with this one was the glamorization of harmful practices in a book aimed at impressionable young women. Cutting, underage drinking and early sex was portrayed as not only the norm but as positive things and personally I see this as irresponsible as an author. On the other hand, many reviews I read found the ending a bit disappointing but I didn't. I liked the ending and thought that Tally was stronger for it. I shall say no more to prevent spoilage. I would have liked to have seen more of David, but this was written from Tally's point of view and circumstances being as they were I can see why this wasn't possible. Maybe in the future Westerfield will write the story from David's point of view. That could be interesting.

Overall, its not a bad series but far from perfect however. If you like YA dystopias this might grab your attention.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Pretties (Uglies, #2)Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Uglies trilogy (which somehow turns into 4 books instead of three o_0). In any case, I didn't like it as well as the first and ended up dropping my rating to three stars.

I had some issues with this one. I understand that by turning people into pretty-heads that you change their personality into shallow people. But how shallow can a person get? When do these people actually grow up? I know there are mentions of doctors and anthropologists and other types of workers but its never explained how these people go from partying all the time to being a doctor. The world building here is very lacking. There are mentions of other cities but that's all you ever get, just a mention. Nothing about where they are or how things are different or same there. What about school and education? It seems like a lot of destructive behavior is glamorized in this book.

But back to Tally-wa and the rest of her Crim crew. Other than Shay, who she comes to rescue, we are introduced to a whole new set of characters each as shallow as the rest except for Zane. Zane seems to have been the only one that has managed to keep his head throughout the book too bad it looks like he may lose it. Shay also seems to have some mental fight left in her, too bad past betrayal seems to have corrupted her.

Overall, I liked Pretties but not as well as Uglies. I hope that Specials is not as bad as some of the reviews that I've read. Even though it a YA read does not mean that world building isn't important. And this series could use a bit more of it.

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Uglies (Uglies, #1)Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I stretched and gave this read 4 stars. I think its a series with a lot of promise, but looking ahead at reviews of the rest of the series I fear the promise is lacking.

Tally Youngblood is a young woman in a world that is centered on looks. Everyone in her society undergoes a transformation at 16 to change them into someone pretty. Her whole ambition in life is to be pretty and then she meets Shay. Shay tells her about a place where life isn't based on looks and you can be yourself and when Shay runs away Tally is forced into searching for her and when she finds her she learns the truth about her society.

The whole beauty centered world is an interesting concept. The founders of this society believed that if everyone were beautiful then no one would fight. There would be no wars or strife, but we all know that utopias are unattainable and ultimately its all about the control of the masses.

Overall, it was a fun read. I thought Tally started out a shallow character only believing the facts of life she was fed but she grew up a lot after her adventure. There is more to beauty besides what's on the outside after all.

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