Book Chat: Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko

Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1)

Scion of the Fox by S.M.Beiko 

Realms of the Ancient #1

October 17, 2017 – ECW Press

Source: Publisher

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

Rating: Unrated

If you would like to know what this book is about, you can click here for a Goodreads Summary.

I was contacted by the publisher to be a part of the blog tour, and I happily accepted expecting to love this book. I didn’t finish the book in time to post my full review, so I thought that I would take the time to talk about the book.

I have to admit that it’s not a completely original story. A girl discovers that she is part of  a secret world that she didn’t know anything about. She is miraculously healed and she is the key to saving the world.

I didn’t finish it, but I can say that it was well written, and interesting (even if it was a bit cliche). Since I didn’t finish it in time, this is a book that I will come back and read at a normal pace instead of trying to rush through it. I liked Roan, she didn’t just blindly jump into the savior of earth role, she was realistic about the expectation and the daily reality that she would have to face. Granted, she accepted things a bit too easily.

Will I come back to this? Yes

Would I recommend it for other people to check out? Yes

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Book Chat: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1)

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber 

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1

June 6, 2017 – Thomas Nelson

Source: BookLook Bloggers

I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Rating: DNF 

If you want to know what this book is about, you can click here for the Goodreads Summary.

To be completely honest, I cannot say that this was a bad book. I can say that I was hoping and expecting something a little bit more. The idea was a great idea, it was just poorly executed. I really wanted to like this book, and I made it halfway through before I decided to put it aside. There were things happening, and the story was moving forward. But, I still didn’t know very much about the characters, what was happening or even why it was happening.

I really wanted to like this book, at least enough to finish it. But, that was not the case.  If I had finished, I know that the rating wouldn’t have been higher than 3 stars, but it was currently sitting at a 2. Would I consider coming back to this book? Possibly, but not anytime soon.

 

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First Impressions: The Blind by A.F. Brady

 First Impressions: The Blind by A.F. Brady

September 26, 2017 – Park Row Books

Purpose: Review

Source: Edelweiss

DNF

The premise sounded interesting, that’s what initially caught my intention. From what I read, this is the story of Sam who is a psychologist who works in a tough mental institution. She is known for taking the cases no one else wants or can handles. The new patient that is admitted comes with a bunch of rumors and very little facts. When I started reading it, I couldn’t get into it. The writing was simplistic. Being inside Sam’s head was boring. It was not what I was expecting, and not in a good way. While I was curious about how the story would unfold I was not curious enough to continue.

 

First Impressions: The Paradise Prophecy by Robert Browne

The Paradise Prophecy

The Paradise Prophecy by Robert Browne 

July 21, 2011 – Dutton

Purpose: Review

Source: Netgalley

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

DNF

This is about the war in heaven continuing on Earth. It sounded really good when I read the synopsis. When I finally started reading the book though, I knew that I wasn’t going to finish it. Within the first twenty pages there were two sexual encounters for no apparent purpose. It was awkward and pulled me out of the story.  I have no problem with sexy times in a story, but if it’s not a romance then there should be a reason why it’s there. It should fit into the story and not ” Oh I don’t know what else to write so I’ll throw in a sex scene!” Maybe there was more to this story, but I lost interest in finding out.

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Featured Book Review: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Featured Book of the Month: Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

August 8, 2017 – Amulet Books

Purpose: Review

Source: Publisher, Netgalley

 5 stars

Goodreads Summary

I was given a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Genie Lo is your typical seventeen-year high school student. She studies extremely hard and is doing everything that she can to ensure that she can go to a top-tier school and get herself out of the Bay area. Then she meets, Quentin, a very strange new student who has set his eyes on her.  And the multitudes of demons that are trying to overtake her town. Quentin than begins to clue her in that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Okay, so the premise of a teen suddenly discovering that they have powers and are expected to become the savior of the world is not all that original. Do not let that deter you. Because this book is so much more than that. This book had me laughing out loud while reading this. Even if I was in public. Genie Lo is, by far, one of my favorite characters this year.  Her biting humor pulled me into her orbit, making me wish that she was a real person. Then there is Quentin, the monkey king has returned to Earth because of the increase of demon activity in the Bay Area and because he recognizes Genie Lo’s aura. This story is steeped in Chinese folklore and culture. Sometimes discussing the culture, or the stereotypes of the culture with humor.  Genie Lo bumbles around destroying demons as she re-discovers her powers. Quentin is awkward initially, but we soon see it’s just a ruse.  Genie’s interactions with Quentin were hilarious and warm, like joking around with a long -time friend. He’s an awful teacher, but a pretty decent friend. Even if he is a bit stalker-ish and creepy at times. It’s okay because it’s Quentin, and as you get to know him, this explanation makes sense.

In this story, the side characters had their own distinct personalities and added their own bits of humor.  They flow in and out of the story the same way that they flow in and out of Genie’s life. But they are no less important. They make this book, Genie’s purpose, a little more grounded.

This is one of the few books that impressed me and made me want to read it over immediately.  I wish that I had so many copies of this books so that I can hand it out to everyone I encounter. I am looking forward to this release so that I can add it to my own collection.

Since this is August’s featured book, there will be other posts inspired by and related to Genie Lo. So stay tuned for those.

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Review: Dark Exodus by Thomas S. Sniegoski

dark exodus

Dark Exodus by Thomas S. Sniegoski

The Demonists #2

July 11, 2017 – Roc

Purpose: Review

Source: Netgalley

4.5 stars

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mild spoilers for the first book

Wow! This book turned everything that I knew or assumed on its head. In this installment, John and Theo have realized that what happened the previous Halloween wasn’t an accident, someone had manipulated them to be at the house and to find the jar of demons there. Now they are trying to find out who it was and why, while other infernal incidents vie for their attention. New characters join John and Theo’s team, old characters have bigger parts and the infernal side gathers new followers and minions.

But, everything isn’t as it seems.  In this one, as the story progresses we get more backstory for a couple of the characters. This allows us to see more of the bigger picture, and all the reasons that we make it to the ending the way that we do. We also see that the clear line between the infernal and the divine is not as clear as we suspect it to be. Each of the characters are faced with their own set of challenges and obstacles, as the infernal manipulate and move along in the background.

And I loved every minute of it.  I was surprised at some of the things that were happening, wondering how I had missed so much. While almost everything seemed to be wrapped up at the very end, it’s not. There are seeds for what is going to happen, some of the challenges/temptation that the characters will face in the next book. And I have to say that I can’t wait for it. This was just as engrossing as the first book, if not more so. More emotional strings were pulled and while other sides may or may not be clear, I was still rooting for John and Theo’s unconventional group to save the day.

 

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Review: The Secrets You Keep

secrets you keep

The Secrets You Keep by Kate White

March 21, 2017 – Harper Paperbacks

Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Adult

Purpose: Review

Source: Requested from the publisher

2 stars

I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion,

Bryn Harper is recently recovering from a car accident that she can’t remember. She is now living full time with her husband of two years. What was once a working commuter relationship is now beginning to fray around the edges. When the chef from the catering company hired for a dinner party ends up dead, Bryn’s world begins to come undone and the man she thought she knew reveals himself as a stranger.

First, I want to say that I really like the idea of this story. It was what caught my eye and caused me to reach out to the publishing company for the chance to review it.  Unfortunately, I have to admit that I found that the writing was a bit formulaic and it was easy to predict what was going to happen. Within the first 50 pages, I was aware that there was something off. Either Bryn had to know more than what she was saying or the author, White, was working overly hard to make us look in a certain direction.  Psychological thrillers, if done correctly, will leave me questioning everything that I had assumed to know about what was happening in the book. With this story though, I could spot what the author was doing immediately. Psyc Thrillers work the same as magic, it is a subtle nudge to look in one direction while the truth lies in the other.  With this book though, the author heavy-handedly told where to look. This made me look in the opposite direction. Because of this, I knew the big reveal almost 300 pages before it happened.

With that being sad, I continued reading, because it was interesting to watch Bryn flail desperately throughout the rest of the story. I wanted to see how the messages of her dreams played out in the full scale of the mystery. Again, that was disappointing. And the ending? The most disappointing of all. The story unravels and then ends. But then as an afterthought, White adds a chapter to tie up all of the loose ends still hanging around at the end of the story. Not only that, but even after all that Bryn has been through we see about to make the same choice/mistake that she made to get her in the position she was originally in. You would think that she would have learned more from her experience and attempt to be a bit more cautious. You would think that she would not immediately jump from one stranger to the next, and yet. She does.

If I hadn’t picked up another book by White, I would confidently say that I wouldn’t read her again. But, I came across one of her older titles for a steal of a dollar and couldn’t pass on it. So, maybe I will ty her again a little while from now and see if The Secrets You Keep was just a fluke.

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