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Memory of Light by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson

Today I will review a book I have been waiting years to read. Memory of Light By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.

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Blurb:

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of readers.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass.
What was, what will be, and what is,
may yet fall under the Shadow.
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

My Review:  I must admit I feel a little intimated  in reviewing this book. I mean I have read this series for years going back and re-reading it many times every time a new volume comes out. i have been immersed in this world so many times and loved every minute of it. I know some of the books were slow with very little action happening but they built for the next one. For this multi tome epic to only cover two actual years of the characters lives is amazing. I like how a lot of the threads were wrapped up in this book but was disappointed in some aspects. I found the battles a little flat and tiresome. Once Matt took over they got much better. I was also disappointed that the Aiel were not more forefront. I think too much was shoved into this final novel and easily could have spanned another one. The ending left me wanting. I really wanted an epilogue that would take place a year or so or even more later to see how life was treating the people. Lan and Nynaeve back in his homeland. Tom and Moraine,Faile and Perrin, Elayne , Min and Aviendha and Rand. I mean Elayne never even had the babies or Aviendha know she was going to have triplets. I know it won’t happen but i would love to see a sequel happen that dealt with a little of the fourth age and Loial’s book Matt and Tuon. Even so kudos Mr. Sanderson for finishing this for all of us that would have felt incomplete without it. I am glad that now when I decide to visit Mr. Jordan’s world there will be an ending. I give this 4 stars.

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When Silence Ends by Jade Kerrion

Today I am reviewing When Silence Ends By Jade Kerrion

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Blog: When you choose your friends, you also choose your enemies.  

Seventeen-year old Dee wants nothing more than to help her twin brother, Dum, break free from the trauma in their childhood and speak again, but the only person who can help Dum is the alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, whom the U.S. government considers a terrorist and traitor.

The search for Danyael will lead Dee and Dum from the sheltered protection of the Mutant Affairs Council and into the violent, gang-controlled heart of Anacostia. Ensnared by Danyael’s complicated network of friends and enemies, Dee makes her stand in a political and social war that she is ill equipped to fight. What can one human, armed only with her wits and pepper spray, do against the super-powered mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution?

America, nevertheless, is ripe for transformation. Exhausted by decades of belligerence between humans and their genetic derivatives–the clones, in vitros, and mutants–society is on the verge of falling apart or growing up. Dee, with her sassy attitude and smart mouth, is the unwitting pebble that starts the avalanche of change. In her quest to help her brother become normal, Dee will finally learn what it means to be extraordinary.

My Review: At first I was a little lost not realizing that I was reading a book that had several forerunners. I think it would help to read the books in order. I did however manage to piece together what had happened in the past to make sense of this book. It has a great story line of the future with genetically modified humans and real humans. The difference in the invitro,mutants,clones and natural humans seem to have taken over the race and religious prejudices of today. Dee and her brother Dum (nicknamed after Alice in Wonderland) are the main focus of the story. Left orphaned by the hate and prejudice that killed their parents Dee a human and her twin brother Dum a mutant are left to try to make it in the world on their own. Not knowing who to trust but knowing that Dum needs trained if he is to survive they turn to empath Danyael who is on the councils bad boy list. Dum through his music is able to communicate and make radical changes in behavior of all the warring groups. Throw in a creepy bad guy with a dark agenda of his own. A star assassin and gang members and you have a complex weave of characters. It is a good read and I will be looking for the ones that came before this, Editing seemed to be good and the story line is good with good delivery. I can’t help but give this one a 5 star rating.

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When Empires Fall(A Vasser Legacy Novel)By Katie Jennings

Today I will review When Empires Fall(A Vasser Legacy Novel) By Katie Jennings.

 

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Blurb:  Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall…

The Vassers are America’s greatest family, an empire forged in steel and stone, wealth and prestige. They’re in the business of luxury hotels…and murder.When the truth is exposed through the letters of a dead woman, all hell breaks loose. The family tries to cope with the allegation that what they thought was a decades old suicide was actually the cold-blooded murder of one of their own.

Things only get worse when they realize the killer is still among them.

Enter the newest generation of Vasser heirs:  three siblings now running the Vasser Hotel in New York City, each with their own agenda. Principled and serious Grant; charming playboy Linc; and ruthlessly secretive Madison. They soon discover that swimming in the undercurrents of their own family’s dark past could prove to be disastrous.

My Review: In the great tradition of Dynasty and the good soaps of the past the Vasser family are larger than life. The story weaves you into the lives of the wealthy and troubled Vasser hotel family. A decades old murder comes back to haunt the heirs to this vast fortune. Madison the hard driven business woman and her brothers Grant solid and dependable and Linc the easy going one on the surface but with a passion underneath have to face the possibility that all will be lost as the hidden secrets come out. This book has it all murder, intrigue and romance.  Just as in all the great soaps I was not ready for this episode to be over I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I hope that she deals with Linc and his Louisiana home more. I give this book a 5

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The Little Girl You Kiss Goodnight by John Tucker

Recently finished The Little Girl You Kiss Goodnight by John Tucker.

 

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Blurb:  Steph Linder dreams of being an Atlanta policewoman when she graduates high school in 1980’s Georgia. After her estranged mother is killed in Woody Pines, Steph is forced to stay with the grandmother and uncle she blames for her parent’s divorce in order to secretly investigate the murder. In the small, insulated town, Steph encounters a hunky teenager with intimate ties to her mother, three disreputable men who worked with her at a seedy bar, and a friendly librarian with several motives to be the number one suspect.

With only six days to catch the killer before going back to Atlanta to finish her senior year, Steph deals with a lecherous uncle, residents who view her as an unwelcome stranger, and long distance problems with her boyfriend and two BFF’s. Will she find the killer, or fall victim to the same fate as her mother?

The Little Girl You Kiss Goodnight is a teen-noir crime mystery that features a plucky, but flawed heroine, a broken family unit that bands together after eight long years, and a tension-filled denouement that will stay with you long after you finish the novel.

 

My Review: This is the second book by Mr. Tucker that I have read. I admit at first I was disappointed that this one was not as dark and twisted and Divisive. This book is told from the prospective of a 17 year old girl. Think Nancy Drew all grown up and a bit naughtier and a little more gruesome. Stephs’ mother has been killed in a small Georgia town. Estranged from her for years her and her father go back for the funeral. Steph is determined to be in law enforcement when she grows up and has been working an intern type job in Atlanta toward that goal. She is sure that small town cops aren’t up to the job of finding her mothers killer so she sets off to do the deed herself. After many scrapes with danger the killer is unearthed. I found the story kept my interest. Getting past some the the teen drama took a little bit but then I am far from that age. Steph learns a lot and grows up a little more in this book. I gather there is going to be a series of Steph Linder murder type mysteries  I would put them to the young adult age group. Overall it is a good book for the age group. Well written and consistent. I think this one deserves a 4.

 

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Broken Build by Rachelle Ayala

Today I am reviewing Broken Build by Rachelle Ayala.

 

 

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Blurb:  Jennifer Cruz is a girl with a past. She undergoes plastic surgery to change her image in hopes for a better life. But images can’t change her heart and the things that haunt her. It can’t change the fact that she’s in love with the man she wronged. Now that she works for his company, will he recognize her? Jen is faced with new fears instead of ditching her troubled past.

Things get a little too close for comfort when Dave, the man Jen’s in love with, shows great interrest in her. Romance blooms, but secrets play on Jen’s heart. Will Dave learn who she is? Would he ever be able to forgive her for what she’d done?

When Rey Custudio, a man out to take what he can from Jen, is murdered while waiting for Jen to finish a job he’s forced her to do, suspicion falls on Jen. Her relationship crumbles, and trust becomes an issue between Dave and Jen.

Secrets emerge, lies unfold and Jen soon learns beauty is only skin deep. Will Dave love her for who she is, or forgive her past indescretions if the truth is revealed?

Broken Build is an exciting story full of twists and turns, murder and deception, with a steamy romance. The question is, can love prevail and trust be gained, or will the past destroy what Jen and Dave have? I can’t spoil the fun, but I can say Ms. Ayala has done it again by creating another riveting tale sure to keep you guessing!

Jennifer Cruz is a girl with a past. She undergoes plastic surgery to change her image in hopes for a better life. But images can’t change her heart and the things that haunt her. It can’t change the fact that she’s in love with the man she wronged. Now that she works for his company, will he recognize her? Jen is faced with new fears instead of ditching her troubled past.

Things get a little too close for comfort when Dave, the man Jen’s in love with, shows great interrest in her. Romance blooms, but secrets play on Jen’s heart. Will Dave learn who she is? Would he ever be able to forgive her for what she’d done?

When Rey Custudio, a man out to take what he can from Jen, is murdered while waiting for Jen to finish a job he’s forced her to do, suspicion falls on Jen. Her relationship crumbles, and trust becomes an issue between Dave and Jen.

Secrets emerge, lies unfold and Jen soon learns beauty is only skin deep. Will Dave love her for who she is, or forgive her past indescretions if the truth is revealed?

Broken Build is an exciting story full of twists and turns, murder and deception, with a steamy romance. The question is, can love prevail and trust be gained, or will the past destroy what Jen and Dave have? I can’t spoil the fun, but I can say Ms. Ayala has done it again by creating another riveting tale sure to keep you guessing!

 

My Review:  I’ll be honest I am not the least bit techie so I have no idea what a build is. I’ll leave the critique of that part of the book to someone who know. I did have a hard time getting into this book I felt there was not enough shown to me to get to know the main characters early enough to to keep going. After I was into it a ways it got better. I did feel that Dave was a very inconsistent person and did not ever care for him. There was too much back and forth love hate and distrust in their relationship for me. The religious part just did not fit this book at all it was distracting and just was not well done. I did like the action part and the kidnap angle.  It was well written with few errors so kudos for that.Story idea I give a 4 execution I give 2 well written I give a 4. Overall I would give this a 3 it would not be on my re-read pile.

 

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Sign of the Eagle by Jess Steven Hughes

Today I am reviewing a recent request sent to me. The Sign of the Eagle by Jess Steven Hughes.

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Blurb:  This breathtaking historical novel of action and suspense is set in the year 71 A.D. amid the exotic and vibrant streets of Ancient Rome. Macha, the strong-willed daughter of a legendary Celtic British king and wife of the Roman tribune, Titus, is the only one who can prove her husband innocent of treason, solve the murders of two slaves who possessed information that could have exonerated Titus, and ultimately save the life of the Roman Emperor Vespasian.

Vivacious and iron-willed, Macha undertakes a dangerous journey and fight for her life to evade assassins through the city’s treacherous back alleys, notorious bath houses, and the awe-inspiring palaces of the Roman elite. With time running out to save her husband and the emperor from certain death, Macha can count on only two allies, the esteemed Senator Bassus-a family friend-and her faithful slave, a resolute and clever Moorish woman, Shafer.

Arrayed against Macha and Titus are the wealthy and wicked Pollia, once scorned as a bride by Titus, and Falco, a military tribune and womanizer, who offers to be Macha’s protector once Titus is condemned and executed.

Join Macha in her quest to exonerate her husband…and discover the real threat against the Emperor..

My Review:  Mystery, intrigue and lots of political drama. Could almost describe this time but it takes place in ancient Rome. When Macha’s husband Titus is falsely accused of plots against the Emperor  she is determined to prove his innocence before he is executed. The true plotted will stop at nothing to foil her plan, to the repeated attempts on her life and the kidnapping of her young son. I enjoyed the glimpse into roman life at the time. The description were very good and I could see the houses and the clothes and the people very well. In a historical novel I usually look for a little more of a history lesson than I felt I got from this book. There were some minor editing problems that I felt were maybe a little harder to over look since it did come from an actual publishing house. I find errors easier to overlook when I know they are from indie authors that don’t have the resources. That being said I did enjoy the book. For plot and story line I give the book 4 stars. For lack of history lesson I give it a 3 and for editing I give it a 3. If you like historical fiction I feel it is worth you time to read.

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What I am reading now

I am currently reading The Sign of the Eagle by Jess Steven Hughes. Mr. Hughes sent me a lovely signed copy of his book for me to read and review. Just getting into it now promises to be a interesting book. Will let you know in a few days.

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