Book Review: Darker Things

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Darker Things by Rob Cornell

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

When Craig Lockman opens the door to come face to face with a daughter he did not even known he had, let’s just say his whole world turns upside-down. And not just because he suddenly realizes he has a daughter. That would do it for most people, but for Craig Lockman, within those few minutes of his daughter showing up, his protective identity is destroyed, he and his daughter are attacked by vampires sent by the man Lockman has been hiding from, and things just keep getting weirder.

Within the first few chapters of this novel, the main characters are attacked by vampires, shapeshifters, and a ghost. Before the end of the novel, we’ve also seen imps, werewolves, and serious magic.

This novel is probably one of the better fantasy/paranormal/supernatural novels I have seen written in a long time. The author did not just pull the usual collection of creatures into the mix; he dug deeper and found magical creatures and demons that most writers overlook.

And the characters and story line were just amazing. Every once in a while there would be a little twist and turn and it just made it so much better.

I would definitely recommend this novel to others to read. I want more!

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Book Review: Better Off Dead

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Better Off Dead by H.P. Mallory

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

When I saw the cover, I thought it was going to be a really bad read because yes, I do judge a book by it’s cover sometimes. I was wrong this time. It was definitely a beginning of a series novel, or a Book 1 of whatever novel. There was a lot of world set-up in it, but H. P. Mallory did a good job of spacing it out between action and dialogue, so it wasn’t as noticeable as it is in so many other novels I have read.

The characters were very well-balanced. The only one I really had a problem with was Bill, and that was mostly because I always new that when he opened his mouth, something rude and crude was about to be said. He seemed a little flat to me in this book simply because I always knew what he would do next.

I did have a few problems with the Lily character. She died and was sent back as a Retriever. I get that. But she was supposed to be sent back with a completely new identity so that her original self would be dead. She got a new body, and a new name, but she introduces herself constantly as Lily Harper, instead of with her new name. Just leaves me wondering if that will cause problems down the road.

All in all, a good read. A quick one. I finished it the same day I started it.

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Book Review: Taken

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Taken by V.M. Black

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

For the first part of a five part serial story, this is pretty good. Mechanically, it does what every serial story should do. It sets up the story, gets some action going, provides a good amount of drama, then leaves you sitting on a cliffhanger until the next section comes out in print. If you are a reader of patience, then serials are a wonderful thing.

Both of the mains characters, Levi and Harper, are really well-rounded individuals. The part I love the most is that Harper’s description is not the typical romance story girl that is described. She has a nose ring, tattoos, etc. Definitely a bad girl who has a bit of a past. Just the one description of the new tattoo over an old tattoo to cover the name of a boy who dumped her pretty much puts her into her full character. And Levi, well, Levi is the basic hunkish werewolf that is usually described in supernatural romance stories, because, well, aren’t all creatures that lope through the wild supposed to be large, muscular, and totally drool-worthy?

The only thing about this story as it stands with this one part is that I don’t understand the chosen title. Nowhere is it said that Levi is the pack alpha, and honestly, if he is, his pack is screwed. And Harper seems to be volunteering to go along with everything, so she is hardly a captive.

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Book Review: Sworn to Raise

Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

The best thing I can say about this book is that I did manage to finish it, but that is only because I do my very best to always read the entire book before I review it. I trudged through it–through all the run-on sentences, horrible grammar errors, and flat characters–so that I could get to this point–the review.

If I had to summarize this book in one word, it would be “awkward.” The writing was not smooth in any way, shape, or form. I had to put my reader down several times and rub my temples because the structuring of the sentence made my head hurt. The dialogue was clunky at best, and it read like a present-day teenager conversation. I was waiting for the bubblegum popping to start.

The thing that bothered me the most was the characters. They were flat, and I really could not make myself care about them. And if I don’t care about the characters, then I can’t make myself care about the book either.

This story has so much potential. I could almost see Ciardis (and I had to go look that name up because I could not remember it) as being similar to the companion from the Firefly television show, but the story was told in such as way that she just fell flat. She did not achieve the greatness that I expected of her, and it was a bit of a letdown.

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Book Review: Before Midnight

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Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Other than the beginning of the book that seemed to ramble needlessly and the repetition of many words in the same paragraph, this was a wonderful supernatural retelling of Cinderella. Cinderella has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, so I could not resist picking this one up when it was featured in a a Daily Deals newsletter that I get in my email Inbox.

The characters were very well-rounded and easy to relate to. It was refreshing to read this new take on the Cinderella story, and I found myself drawn into the story once I got past the beginning bit. The only thing that bugged me about the characters was the very obvious play-on-words for Loupe’s name (Lupis).

I do wish that one thing had been done different for this novel. It definitely needed more time on the “editing desk.” There were many places were the same word was used two times or more in a long sentence, or the same thing would be said two paragraphs in a row, but with different words. It annoyed me at first, and I almost put the novel down, but after taking a break and coming back to the book, I worked my way past that and was able to get into the story.

Other than that, this was a really good story to read in an afternoon, and I enjoyed it.

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