Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Loved by a Dragon is the third novel in the Dragon Archives series. Sadly, it's also the last book in the series. Keira and Aaron are settling into married life. Keira’s younger sister, Anna, has made her home at Storbrook. Anna is annoyed and frustrated by a young dragon name Max who came to Storbrook to visit. Anna and Max both loudly proclaim their dislike of each other, but when Anna needs help, Max is there for her. Then Keira and Anna are both kidnapped by a rival for Aaron's rule, and things get interesting. There has to be another book at some point. The ending was solid, but Anna and Max went separate directions and that's not acceptable! Highly recommended.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Immortals is the second novel in the Runes series. Raine Cooper survived the havoc at the swim meet and she's back in school. The problem is that all the people who saw Raine trying to tell people a catastrophe was coming, now think she's a witch or worse. Raine has to live with her new reputation, and try and win back Torin, since the Norns wiped any memories Torin had ever had of her and their relationship. More supernatural adventures, but this time with some gods and grimnirs in the mix. Highly recommended.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Runes is the first novel in the Runes series. This book is free for the kindle. Raine Cooper is just turning seventeen. Her Dad is missing from a plane crash, school is just starting, Raine wants her childhood "friend" to become more, and then Torin moves into the house next door. Raine has a lot going on in her life and Torin is really going to complicate things. Not necessarily in a good way. This supernatural novel uses Norse myths to turn a typical story of teen romance and angst into something more. I already paid for the second book in the series. Highly recommended.
Chasing Darkness is a murder mystery with a tragic twist. Samantha Chase has a lot on her plate. She's a special agent for the State of California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement, Bureau of Investigation. Sam investigates child abuse cases now. She used to be a homicide detective. Then her twin nephews became her responsibility and her priorities had to change. Now a serial killer case she worked on when she was in homicide has resurfaced. The problem is the murderer she caught years ago, was just executed. Who's killing now? This is a tight tense story with great characters. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Pursued by a Dragon is the second novel in the Dragon Archives series. This book actually takes place before the first novel. It provides some back story for the characters in the series. Cathryn Forrester is every bit the lady, but Cathryn is also the daughter of a successful wool merchant. With no mother in the picture, Cathryn is all about business and has no time for silly notions like love and romance. Until she meets Favian Drake. Cathryn also doesn't believe in dragons. Favian is going to teach her that both love and dragons are real, and Cathryn's world is about to be changed forever. Very highly recommended.
Sworn To Ascension is novel six in the Courtlight series. When I finished I discovered seven isn't written yet! Ciardis and her band are about to head west to Kifar. The secret to stopping the Blutgott and the derailing the destruction of the empire waits there. Kifar lies in a desert filled with danger. Ciardis seems to attract danger like a moth to flame. An apt saying when a dragon hijacks the entire party. More adventure and now I have to wait for novel seven to be published! Very highly recommended.
Sworn To Defiance is novel five in the Courtlight series. Ciardis is still tangled in court intrigues as well as her personal relationships. Ciardis becomes a full member of the Companion Guild so that she and Sebastian can negotiate a marriage contract. While these negotiations take place, Ciardis discovers that she and Sabastian, and she and Thanaar are Seeleverbindung, or soulbound. The implications of this are going to change everything. Another great story. Very highly recommended.
Sworn To Secrecy is novel number four in the Courtlight series. I've been reading them without blogging. They're that good. Ciardis Weathervane is now forced to navigate the Imperial Court of Sandrin. Ciardis would rather be fighting shadows in the Ameles forest or frost giants in the north, but the Imperial Court it is. Ciardis soon finds it can be more deadly than any Kith she's faced, and it's much harder to identify your enemies. Another great one in the series. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Sworn To Conflict is the third novel in the Courtlight series. This book is $2.99 for the kindle. Addicting! When we left Ciardis in Sworn to Transfer, she'd just helped defeat the army of shadows and personally destroyed the Shadow Mage. When Ciardis picked up a strange silver bar the Shadow Mage dropped, she was instantly transported to the frontlines of the war in the north. Ciardis is now dealing with the cold, the snow, the army, chimeras, frost giants, and more strange and deadly Kith from legend. Ciardis is also dealing with secrets that the general is keeping from her and Sebastian. What is the war in the north really about, and who is the true villain? Another great adventure. Very highly recommended.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Sworn To Transfer is the second novel in the Courtlight series. This one is 99 cents. I'm hooked on this series. Ciardis has saved prince Sebastian's life multiple times by now. The Companions' Guild and the Emperor think they need to be separated for a while. When Ciardis is sent to the Ameles forest to try and solve the Kith murders, she discovers another Weathervane. Who is this stranger who isn't supposed to exist? More adventures, intrigue and magic, along with some serious villains. Very highly recommended.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Sworn To Raise is the first novel in the Courtlight series. This book is free for the kindle. Ciardis Vane is an orphan. She managed to make it to seventeen with hard work and luck. Ciardis does laundry for a living now. It barely pays for her room and board, but it's what she knows best. Ciardis is destined for better things. She just doesn't know it yet. She's about to find out. This is a great adventure. From washer woman to companion, mage, and the friend and confident of Prince Sebastian, heir to the throne. I've already started book two. Highly recommended.
Bound by a Dragon is the first novel in the Dragon Archives series. This book is free for the kindle. Keira Carver is 22 and still single. She's an old maid by village standards. She's waiting for the right man, but it could be a long wait in her village. Keira is the only villager who doesn't fear the dragon who has been flying over the area lately. She actually enjoys watching it soar through the air. Then one day a stranger named Aaron Drake came to market. He actually flirted with Keira. The problem was Drake lived in Storbrook Castle, and it was known to be near the lair of dragons. Little did Keira know how her fate and that of the dragon were joined. This is a good story. I like the author's take on dragons. Highly recommended.
Alpha is the first novel in the Code Breakers series. This book is free for the kindle. It's the year 2153 and Gerry Cardle has just won the lottery. The trouble is the winners of this lottery have to die to maintain the proper population density. Gerry is not happy. Especially since Gerry is in charge of the algorithm for picking lottery winners, and he's supposed to be exempt. Gerry is about to find out there's more to modern society than he realized. Gerry is about to go off the grid. This is a good science fiction story about yet another dystopian future. Think a combination of Mad Max and Oblivion. It's not great but worth reading, and it's free. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
A Distant Sun is a short science fiction space opera. It was free when I downloaded it. It's now 99 cents. Alynna is carrying the key to the survival of her entire race back to her homeworld. Someone wants her mission to fail. This story is short but good. Too bad they started charging for it. Recommended.
Monday, May 11, 2015
The Cypher is the first novel in the Guardians Incorporated series. This book is free for the kindle. Thomas Byrne just moved in with his Grandpa Morgan in Carlsbad California. Thomas' parents disappeared, along with their whole ship, while on a cruise. Thomas' Grandpa was his closest relative. What Thomas and Morgan didn't know is that they were special. Guardians Incorporated has been around for thousands of years, using one name or another. When Thomas and his grandpa can successfully read a job ad that the Guardians place in the paper, they're recruited. Fighting monsters and trying to save the world wasn't in their initial job description, but it eventually becomes part of the deal. This is a young adult book, but still interesting. There's lots of action, and an extra bonus if you're a Lovecraft fan. Highly recommended.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
A Date with Fate is the first novel in the Adventures of Anabel Axelrod series. This book is free for the kindle. Anabel Axelrod has many good qualities. She's an independent woman who owns her own business. She's a good friend and sister. This book about Anabel's adventures is funny and suspenseful at times. It's also one of those books where you learn the signs of impending introspection overload and start skimming. I did that a lot. However, for all of Anabel's good qualities, she's also a slut. I almost stopped reading this book after the first chapter. It's all about her playing out her rape fantasy. The ending made me wish I had quit after that first chapter. This story had a lot of potential, but didn't provide what I want in a book. Not recommended.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
King's Folly is the second novel in the Legends of Fyrsta series. It's not free, but worth paying for. Unfortunately the third book isn't out yet. As A Thread in the Tangle ends, Isiilde, her new bonded Marsais, her father Oenghus, and three warriors of the blessed order, Acacia, Lucas, and Rivan, have just walked through a portal into a swarm of reapers. It just gets more interesting from there. They have no idea where they are and how far they'll have to travel to thwart the plans of the new bloodmagi Archlord Tharios. They meet new friends and make new enemies along the way, but they stick to the course. They're focused on stopping the evil that Tharois is planning. This is a great story. Very highly recommended. Now to wait for book three.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
The Copy is a science fiction legal thriller. This story is more of a novella than a full length novel. This book was free for the kindle when I downloaded it. It's now $2.99. Geoffrey Bartell is a very busy man. Geoffrey is the head of a bio-tech company fighting for its corporate life against government regulations and moral outrage. Geoffrey decides it would be easier to win this fight if there were two of him. But what do you do with your copy when you're done with him? A great story with a surprise ending. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
A Thread in the Tangle is the first novel in the Legends of Fyrsta series. Isiilde Jaal’Yasine is a nymph. This is an unfortunate thing for her, as in this age nymphs are nothing more than property. Valuable property, but nothing more. Isiilde will be sold to the highest bidder when she comes of age. Until then Isiilde is apprenticed to the Marsais, the Archlord of Wise One's Isle, and guarded by her father Oenghus, a Nuthaanian Berserker. How Isiilde is woven into the fabric of Fyrsta is the story, and a great story it is. Very highly recommended.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Perk is one of those books you can't put down. I seldom read a 500+ page novel in one day, but this one was an exception. Beck Hardin was a lot of things. A football star, a lawyer, a husband, a father, and a son. Beck was not happy. When Beck's wife lost to cancer, and he finally realized he couldn't be a lawyer and a single father, he took his two kids and headed back to someplace he swore he'd never go. He headed to his childhood home in Texas. Beck learns that the law of unintended consequences ensures that life is not fair, but sometimes the good guys win. Beck is a good guy. This is an amazing novel. Very highly recommended.
The Fall is the second novel in the Anna Kronberg Thriller series. I recommend you read the first novel, The Devil's Grin, to appreciate this book. It's worth appreciating. Anna Kronberg has been hiding since her escape at the end of The Devil's Grin. Alas the person who finds her is none other than Professor James Moriarty. He needs a bacteriologist and Anna is the best. This time it's Anna struggling against the evil Moriarity, with a little help from Sherlock Holmes. Very highly recommended.
Friday, April 17, 2015
A Demon And His Witch is the first novel in the Welcome To Hell series. This book was free when I downloaded it. It's now $2.99 for the kindle. Ysabel wasn't planning a painful death. The people of her village had other plans though. Ysabel was a witch and they'd decided she needed to burn. Now almost 500 years later, Ysabel's burning again. Every day. To stop this torture she has to capture the five souls who escaped hell and bring them back. Lucifer assigns Remy to help Ysabel. Ysabel hates Remy because he represents everything she hates in men. They warm up to each other eventually, and the story heats up at the same time. This is an entertaining tongue-in-cheek romp through hell. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Adrift is a novel in the Corps Justice series. This book was free when I downloaded it. It's now $3.99 for the kindle. When Daniel Briggs wakes up he's not sure where he is. He's in a barn, but where is the barn? Then Daniel hears someone people coming for him and his survival instincts kick in. Daniel is out of the Marine Corps now, but once a marine, always a marine. The down of Defuniak Springs Florida is as corrupt as they come. Everyone is owned by, or owes, Max Laney. Unfortunately Daniel defended a waitress at the local bar from Laney's grandson Johnny. Trouble is coming. This is a great story and a good introduction Cooper's writing. Very highly recommended.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Pretty Little Liars is the first novel in the Pretty Little Liars series. This book is free for the kindle, and way overpriced. Clearly this is not my kind of book. Teenage angst is not my favorite genre. I have seven granddaughters though, and I thought I'd see what it was about. I thought the "ghost" aspect would make it interesting. I only continued to plow through this headache in order to resolve who the "ghost" was or is. And in a further act of disappointing the reader, the author never resolved that issue. I highly recommend nobody ever read any of this author's books again. I know I won't. Do you really need a specific recommendation after that?
Thursday, April 2, 2015
AMP Private War is the second novel in the AMP series. You can't have too many space battles or aliens. In this installment of the AMP series Don and Frig are still the crew of the Swift, but Don's fleet has grown so large they've started to terraform a planet to base their new government on. I big changed from one rogue messenger ship taking on the Milgari. The fight seems to be going their way, but more surprises are in store for the Swift's crew. Plenty of action, aliens, and adventure. Very highly recommended.
Monday, March 30, 2015
AMP Messenger is the first novel in the AMP series. This book is free for the kindle. This is space opera at it's best. Don Grange and his engineer Frig are the crew of the Swift, an old Blevin-class Defender. They're part of the Grid Messenger Service. They become more than simple messengers when the impending war with the Milgari starts to heat up. Thing get quite hot for Don and Frig, but they can take the heat. They can dish some out too. This is a great science fiction tale. Very highly recommended.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Heretic is the first novel in the Singularity Series. This book is free for the kindle. Ceasar Wells is as successful as anyone is allowed to be under the Singularity, but Ceasar isn't happy. Ceasar is too smart to be satisfied with life under the Singularity, and that will prove to be fatal. That will turn Ceasar into a heretic. This book is amazing. It's reminiscent of several science fiction themes. The Matrix, Soylent Green, and The Terminator come to mind. The recent wave of red flags about artificial intelligence sets the stage for this book. This story makes me think of Herbert's Dune in its scope and style. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Curse of the Bane is the second novel in the Last Apprentice series. This is a great series. Even if the books aren't free. Spook and Thomas have their work cut out for them this time. The Bane is an ancient evil that is bound in the catacombs below the Priestown cathedral. Spook tried to kill it once and failed. The Bane is getting stronger and Spook and Thomas have to stop it's influence from spreading. When Alice becomes bound to the Bane, the situation becomes worse and better. According to the prophecy, one of the three "sort of" heroes is going to die. Which one? Very highly recommended.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Revenge of the Witch is the first novel in the Last Apprentice series. Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son. Thomas is almost thirteen years old, and he can't inherit his family's farm, so Thomas is going to take a chance as the apprentice to the Spook. The Spook is the one person who protect farms and villages of the county from things that go bump in the night. The Spook handles witches, ghasts, boggarts, and all manner of wicked creatures. Thomas has a lot to learn. He'd better learn quick. Thomas is the 30th apprentice to the Spook, and 10 of the previous apprentices are dead. This is a great scary story for kids of all ages, but not too scary. Highly recommended.
Waking Up is the third and last novel in the Devil's Dream Series. At least I hope so. I'd like to think that Matthew Brand could be killed. The FBI is still trying to find Brand, and still failing miserably. There is some hope, but it is a desperate plan, and not even the FBI's plan at that. Brand is still riding Arthur's body, but Arthur is starting to wake up. It's a race to see if Brand can destroy the sun before Arthur destroys him, or the FBI finally catches him. Of course it's down to the wire. This is a great story. Very highly recommended.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
A Nightmare is the second novel in the Devil's Dream Series. I couldn't leave this series alone. I have to know that Matthew Brand is dead, even if he's fictional. At the end of the first book in this series, The Devil's Dream, Matthew Brand is killed most thoroughly, or not. Brand somehow managed to store his essence in the computers at The Wall. Now Brand has transferred himself into the first prisoner who was ever stored at The Wall. Arthur Morgant was a serial rapist, but Arthur was immune to the AIDS virus. So they stored Arthur for posterity. Posterity turned out to be Matthew Brand. Brand took Arthur over and broke him out of The Wall. Now Brand is riding the body of a rapist and hell bent on destroying the human race. Brand's dream has switch from resurrection to revenge. There is a wicked cliff hanger, but I'm reading the third and last book next. Very highly recommended.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Habit is a detective novel with some interesting crimes and unexpected criminals. This book was free for the kindle when I downloaded it. It's now $2.99. Brendan Healy has only been a detective for a few months when Rebecca Heilshorn is murdered. Brendan is working Rebecca's murder and involved in a shooting all on the same day. Before this story is over Brendan will take more damage than Detective John McClane his worst day, but this is not Die Hard. There's plenty of action, but this is a murder mystery with lots of twists and turns. Brendan has to defeat his own demons and the killer too. Very highly recommended.
Friday, March 6, 2015
A Quest of Heroes is the first novel in the Sorcerer's Ring series. This book is free for the kindle. Be warned there is a wicked cliff hanger and 16 books in this series. Thorgrin of the clan McCleod is the youngest of four sons at the age of 14. Thor tends to his father's sheep and dreams of joining the King's Legion. When he's not picked on conscription day, Thor takes the advice of a wise man, and heads off to the city of King's Court on his own. Thus begins the tale. Magic, knights, court intrigue, and fair maidens too. This is a great story if it wasn't for that cliff hanger. I may have to read the next in the series. Highly recommended.
Left Alive is the first novel in the Left Alive series. This book is free for the kindle. It may be overpriced. Charles Duwain is still hanging on to what's left of a dying world. Charles is trying to survive in Michigan, living along the polluted shores of Lake Huron. As things continue to get worse, Charles decides to try and find his two adult daughters living in Florida. Of course the world is dying because a scientist made a mistake trying to increase plant growth, and killed all plants. If you're going to write post-apocalypse, this is as good a reason for the death of the planet as any. Why do they never blame politicians? As I started I told myself if there were zombies I was going to stop reading. There were rumors from the beginning, but they didn't show up until a third of the way through the book so I stopped. The review of the first third is a bleak story with more angst than an adult with two grown daughters should ever have had. I was almost looking forward to the zombies so I could quit. Not recommended.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Child of the Ghosts is the first novel in the Ghosts series. This book is free for the kindle. Caina Amalas was a studious child of eleven years. Caina loved her father's library. She could already read in eight languages and was working on more. Then Caina's mother betrayed her and her father, and Caina's life changed forever. Caina became a child of the ghosts. This is a great story about a young girl overcoming evil. Caina grows up to fight against evil for the empire, but the evil facing the empire is formidable. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
The Devil's Dream is the first novel in the Devil's Dream Series. This book is free for the kindle. I have the second novel already, even though it's not free. Matthew Brand was probably the most brilliant human to ever live. Matthew was already working on his fourth PhD at 18. By 25 Matthew had changed the world as we know it. Then they killed Matthew's son, and Matthew focused his brilliance on bringing him back. Of course Matthew also intended to destroy anyone connected with his son's death. Matthew had turned into the most brilliant serial killer to ever live. And he's alive again. Fear is appropriate. This is an amazing book. The second one is already on my kindle. Very highly recommended.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Goliath is the first novel in the Ryan Mitchell Thriller series. This book is free for the kindle. Jennifer March is a history professor. Her obsession is the airship Goliath that crashed somewhere over Africa back in 1931. Jennifer is working on a dig to uncover a WWII military air crash in the Philippines when she's kidnapped. Ryan Mitchell is part of an elite team of ex-military operators working for the Polaris Operations. Their team was in the Philippines training locals when the kidnapping took place, and Ryan and his team were able to rescue Jennifer. At least that time. Ryan and Jennifer are draw together, but someone keeps trying to steal Jennifer. Finally they succeed. Ryan initiates a Polaris mission to rescue Jennifer. What Ryan doesn't realize is he's going to have to save the world at the same time. This is a wide ranging thriller. It reminds me of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures. The only problem is the miracles Ryan's Polaris team pull off are even more unbelievable. I almost gave up reading when Ryan told a USMC full bird colonel, "this isn't the time for us to get into a pissing contest." Yeah, like that would happen. Still highly recommended.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Alien Night on Union Station is the second novel in the EarthCent Ambassador series. This book is 99 cents for the kindle. I recommend you read the first novel, Date Night on Union Station, first. It's free again. Kelly Frank McAllister is now the full EarthCent ambassador to Union Station. It's been five years since Kelly and Joe got married and things have changed. They now have a daughter named Dorothy to go along with their foster son Paul. The family is happy, but something strange is happening on Union Station again. Stranger than normal anyway. Every alien species on the station is inviting Kelly to dinner and she's determined to figure out why. Another hilarious science fiction romp. Very highly recommended.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Aster Wood and the Lost Maps of Almara is the first novel in the Aster Wood series. This book was free when I downloaded it. It's now $3.99 for the kindle. Aster Wood is dreading the summer before he starts seventh grade. Aster's Earth is broken. First the world suffered a terrible drought. Now that the drought is over, you can't go out in the rain because it's poison. Aster himself is broken. He has a hole in his heart that surgery couldn't fix. Aster's Mom is dumping him way out in the country at his grandma's for the summer. What Aster doesn't realize is that Earth is not the only planet with humans, and the other planets aren't all broken. The attic is the key, if Aster can just find the map. This book is definitely targeted at young teens, but it's still a good story and interesting to follow. It would be a good bedtime read for kids who like adventure. Just don't finish for the night with some of the more exciting parts. Highly recommended.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Transgression is the first novel in the City of God series. This book is free for the kindle. This story is a time-travel murder mystery, but the murder hasn't happened yet, even though it may happen thousands of years ago. This is a fascinating book. Rivka Meyers is an archeologist working a dig in Israel for the summer. Rivka has been in graduate school at Berkeley the last three years, but this summer she's taking a break from everything. Especially her battles about religion. Rivka is a Messianic Jew. She has to defend her religion from Christians and Jews alike. When Rivka unearths part of a mosaic, it could turn out to be the biggest find on the dig site. Ari Kazan is a physicist. His cousin Dov works on the dig with Rivka. Dov and Rivka are trying to fix Ari up with another woman working on the dig. Ari is working on a time machine, or as he would put it a closed timelike loop. Ari is the theorist and Damien West is the experimentalist on their team. The two of them almost have it working. It turns out, more than almost. Damien considers Christianity to be a plague. His plan is to use the time machine to go back and murder the apostle Paul to keep Christianity from ever starting. Rivka and Ari get caught up in his plot. The adventure of traveling to a time before Christians and modern Jews even existed is fascinating. The suspense as Rivka tries to stop Damien's plot is heart stopping. Even though Ari claims it's impossible to change the past, Rivka and he may have to make sure it comes out the way it should. The biblical and archeological references are just icing on the cake. Very highly recommended.