Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AudioBook Review: 7th Son: Deceit

7th Son: Deceit

By:  J.C. Hutchins

Publish Date:  2006

Format:  Podiobook

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  2nd in 7th Son trilogy; 1st Book ~ Descent

First Glance Feel:  None stop race for their lives and to learn as much as they can about where Alpha will strike next. But...there is more happening than meets the eye of the beta clones.

Synopsis:
Two days ago, seven human clones -- John, Michael, Father Thomas, Dr. Mike, Jonathan, Jack and Kilroy2.0 -- were torn away from their "normal" lives to stop a ruthless plot created by their progenitor, a man code-named John Alpha. Their quest was a descent into conspiracy, violence and death.

The clones were successful in their mission, but victory was not without its price.

As 7th Son: Book Two - Deceit begins, the Beta clones are demoralized, reeling from their loss ... and about to learn that John Alpha's plans are far from over.

To prevent the next phase of Alpha's plan, John, Kilroy2.0, and the others must unearth more dark secrets about the government project from which they were spawned. They will experience the horrors of betrayal, and race cross-country to track John Alpha.

And they will finally realize the scope of Alpha's wrath -- the bloodshed the clones have witnessed is merely a prelude to the world-rending destruction to come. Unless they can stop it first.

Deceit is the second novel in J.C. Hutchins' 7th Son thriller trilogy.

First Sentence:
Click. Double-click.
The flaming helicopter rotor blade swirled across the computer screen, a pixelated blur of amber and crimson, a boomerang gone bad.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Noble

My Thoughts and Summary:
Our clones continue on, rallying from the shock of what they've learned of their selves, of Alpha, and the event at the night club. They thought they won, but will learn things are deeper than they even imagined. Alpha has far more plans for them all, however these plans and learning secrets comes a price. But can the beta's pay the price Alpha is demanding to follow his clues and do as he wants?

The author as sole narrator of this book... I don't even notice that he's the sole voice of the audio. He uses infliction as a master with the different beta clones and other characters to differentiate them as listening. But the action and all that materializes here has my attention and I know well who is who of the characters by now.

The clones learn of Psyjack, what John Alpha most likely is using to continue on living, in a fashion. John Alpha's body might be dead, but his mind lives on. Now the prospects of what Alpha has planned are endless. What is he going for? What is he planning?

John Alpha has left puzzles for the clones to solve. I got drawn into this puzzle and tried to figure it out myself! I loved being pulled in, in such a fashion.

The stress of the quick pace of the last few days along with the shock of all they learn and finding their thought-to-be-dead mom causes friction between the clones. The whole idea of what she's worked on, and even perfected, with the Psyjack has them all shaken up as to morals and ethics, and how this can all be used sooo wrong. It has to be hard when you have morals, and who you are looking for does not. To put together fast enough what he is doing with the science that questions each of their ethics.

When we thought we learned all that we could, there is more that Alpha wants the clones to know. With what they are doing, and the psychotic man they are looking for, there are costs and some may die.

These men, the beta's, are experts in their specific areas of study. Alpha is one man, even though he Psyjacks people and knows their memories, it takes a few minutes to access and find what he needs. The beta clones might be able to use that second to get ahead of Alpha.

Alpha's plans are so much deeper than the clones, even the lead doctor, had ever thought. Alpha has one twisted, brilliant mind. His corruption and conspiracies have no end in sight. And we are starting to learn hints to the extent of his plans with the clones and beyond. Alpha is one dangerous man, and no one is safe. Is it all a game to him?

This book has the mental thinking and calculating, along with action and on the move for their lives feel. There is quicker paced as we are learning big details and the clones have to move to keep safe and learn their clues left behind.

With the action is the tension of whether they will make out alive, ever so strongly present.

Once again, I've already got book 3, Destruction, downloaded and ready for listening. And I need it now!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Post #84

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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Ug. I feel like I lost a week! I had really thought kiddo's track meets were over, then we found out he made it to the next competition to qualify for states. I'm so proud of him! But, his 4x4 team didn't qualify for states. Truthfully, he's okay with it as he's ready to be done with track season and start into football camps. Yeah, so I guess we don't ever get a reprieve. lol.

I've got to get to my posts from the last week and comment back. That's one thing I really pride myself on and try to follow up with replies, even if they are a week late. And I've got visiting to do as well. But I think that will be tonight when I get home and relax for a bit.

I have started a schedule of rotating nights between blogging and writing. And I actually started that this week. So I'm back to re-writes on one of my wips. I really want to get going and writing again, so that means I have to get serious about re-writes and get them done. :)

Next weekend I'll not be joining Sunday Post. Don't fret! I'll be back the following weekend. But next weekend (Memorial Weekend in the States) is Balticon. I'll be there and on panels all weekend, Friday through Monday. So if you happen go, say hi. :)

I did pick up a good bit o SciFi Romance books. I'm not sure if they are my type of read, but they were all free and I'll have to try them out. ;)

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... Well, it seems to be my thing, I got one day in push mowing grass. And! I did the dreaded hill my kiddo usually does. So that's a bonus in exercise! lol.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone


Current Podcast Book Listen:
Revolution by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
The Horde by Patrick Scaffido


Finished Last Week: 
Nothing.

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Waiting On by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere

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Last Week on the Blog:

Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)

Click the link to learn more about the books and their series:


Posts:
Writing Update for April - I also share what I'm planning as a schedule for everything.

Around the Internet...


Reviews:




Podcast Review:

Tales from the Archives:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:



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This Week to Come on the Blog:

I only have one post scheduled this week as I'll be packing and on my way to Balticon at the end of the week. I'm hoping to have a Balticon schedule of panels I'll be on to share with you later this week as well.
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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:
Birthright by E.J. Stevens
Goodreads Synopsis:
Being a faerie princess isn't all it's cracked up to be...

Ivy must go to Faerie, but the gateway to the Wisp Court is through Tech Duinn, the house of Donn—Celtic god of the dead. Just her luck.

Unable to share her secret with Jinx, and with Jenna called away on Hunters' Guild business, Ivy must rely on Ceff and Torn to lead her to Death's door, literally, and back again. As if that wasn't dangerous enough, there's no saying what horrors lay in store within the Faerie realm. Too bad the Wisp Court is the one lead Ivy has in the search for her father—and possible salvation.

Maybe hiding away and dodging sidhe assassins isn't so bad after all...


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:



Won:




Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App)
On Raven Wings by Jennifer Melzer
Goodreads Synopsis:
A joyride gone wrong leaves a group of teenage friends at odds about what actually happened. Eric knows he saw a girl in the road. He watched the windshield spider-web as her body rolled across the hood. Horrified, he’s convinced they killed someone, but a roadside search comes up empty.

His mild concussion might explain the hallucinations, but Eric thinks he’s going crazy. They murdered someone and left the scene. Now her ghost is haunting him.

Everyone thinks Eric is losing it, but a clue revealing a missing girl who looks exactly like the ghost he’s seeing suggests otherwise. In search of the truth, Eric discovers some secrets are too grave to share, even among best friends.

Chasing Daylight by Ranae Glass
Goodreads Synopsis:
Isabel Stone wanted a normal life. But when the unexpected death of her father leaves her at the helm of the family business, things quickly go from weird to worse. Vampires are on the loose and out of the coffin, and only Isabel can walk the fine line between the world of the living and the world of the undead. 

Torn between letting go of her past and embracing her future, Isabel will have to decide who she can trust, and be willing to use all the weapons at her disposal, to get to the bottom of a terrifying string of deaths that lead right to her doorstep—before she becomes the next victim. In a city where nothing is what it seems, ending up the target of a deranged killer might actually be the high point of her week. Because in this town, the things that go bump in the night… just might kill you.

Ever Shade by Alexia Purdy
Goodreads Synopsis:
Ever Shade A dark twist on faeries. For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin, has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be. The evil Unseelie Queen and her treacherous allies are around every corner as Shade makes her way across the breathtaking landscapes of the world of Faerie, which exists alongside the mundane human world. Shade discovers her own uncharted magic and meets some of the most powerful warriors in Faerie while battling evil dryads, conniving Teleen guards and challenges on her life with every step in a world where nothing can be taken for granted. Paperback includes the prequel: Evangeline Books in this series: Prequel: Evangeline Book 1: Ever Shade Book 2: Ever Fire Book 3: Ever Winter Book 3.5: The Cursed Book 4: Ever Wrath

Accidental Abduction by Eve Langlas
Goodreads Synopsis:
Abducted by a space pirate, she fights the temptation to let him plunder her goods. 

A boyfriend’s attempted murder leaves Megan floundering in the ocean. Sinking without hope, the bright light she sees in the night sky isn’t her doorway to heaven, but rather the beginning of her accidental abduction by a space pirate. While thankful of his rescue, Megan stays true to form and just can’t keep her mouth shut, even when he keeps threatening to kill her--or auction her off to the highest bidder. Even odder, despite her decision to not get involved with her wickedly hot captor, she can’t help craving his touch. 

Tren retired from his job as a mercenary so he could enjoy life, but he never counted on the boredom of normalcy. The acquisition of rare items has somewhat filled the void, but his accidental abduction of an outspoken earthling, who doesn’t know when to shut up, turns his life upside. Her fiery spirit draws him while at the same time drives him insane. Struggling with his urges, he must decide-- throttle her barbarian neck or ravish her delectably lush body? 

Despite what his heart tries to tell him, he’s determined to sell her to the highest bidder even as he seduces her body. However, despite his best intentions, he discovers he can’t let her go. And when a foe from his past thinks to steal her, he’ll do anything to get her back.

Solia's Moon by Lyn Brittan
Goodreads Synopsis:
SciFi Love Bites: Quick and Steamy Futuristic Romances 

When her terraforming company expands beyond creating habitable places to creating humanoid life, Lunar Physician Solia Calian has to find a way to stop them. She’ll have the help of a mysterious sheriff, Giancarlo Sable, but they’d better hurry up. When the creatures they want to liberate start turning on them, figuring out where the real danger lies is the only way to leave the colony in one piece.

A Viking's Peace by Zoe York
Goodreads Synopsis:
Thrown together in an intergalactic diplomatic mission, Reinn and Ashleigh know they must fight the burning attraction between them. But this Viking has finally found his mate in the beautiful Earth officer, and nothing else matters.

Mercenary Instinct by Ruby Lionsdrake
Goodreads Synopsis:
Skulking around in the ruins on a planet swarming with treasure hunters, slavers, and bounty hunters isn’t good for one’s health. But Ankari Markovich needs a few archaeological samples for her latest business venture, a venture that might prove lucrative enough to move her family off the impoverished planet where she grew up. Unfortunately, she has no sooner collected her samples than she’s captured by a band of brawny mercenaries. The captain might be handsome, but he’s intent on turning her over to some finance lord who has, for reasons unknown, put a bounty on her head, a ridiculously large one at that. If she can’t figure out a way to escape before she’s delivered to the lord’s home world, she could be forced into a life of indentured servitude—or worse.


Captain Viktor Mandrake doesn’t usually take on piddling bounty hunting gigs, but when his intelligence officer informs him of a criminal on a nearby planet, he decides it wouldn’t hurt to take a shuttle down to collect the woman. But Ankari Markovich is trouble from the start, nearly eluding his elite forces, then fighting and tricking his people left and right. He finds himself admiring her spirit, but according to her warrant, she’s a criminal. The safest thing is to keep her in the brig and ignore her until she can be handed off to the man who wants her.


But the situation grows more complicated when other bounty hunters show up, wanting to claim Ankari for themselves. Thanks to this woman, Viktor’s ship is in danger, his crew members are going missing, and he’s fighting enemies he never asked for in a jungle in the middle of a hurricane. He’s either going to strangle Ankari… or fall in love. Either scenario could get him killed.


Mercenary Instinct is a full-length, stand-alone novel of 90,000 words. It is part of the “Mandrake Company” series of science fiction romance stories and is recommended for readers who enjoy space-based adventure (such as Firefly) and steamy love stories (in the style of Linnea Sinclair).

The Ruins of Karzelek by Ruby Lionsdrake
Goodreads Synopsis:
Kalish has been a successful treasure hunter for years, relying on only herself to deal with deadly predators, impenetrable jungles, and diabolical booby traps. But with her father kidnapped, and a notorious pirate demanding an ancient alien artifact that may or may not exist, Kalish needs help.

She hires a mercenary company because she needs their combat experience and their piloting skills—the intelligence officer with the background in translating alien hieroglyphics could come in useful too. Sedgwick Thomlin is charming and handsome, when he isn’t busy sneezing at something from his long list of allergies. But she’s not sure if she can trust him or the mercenaries, not when the most valuable and coveted relic in the galaxy might turn out to be real.

The Ruins of Karzelek is a 95,000-word novel of space-based adventure and romance that can be read as a stand-alone. It is also part of the Mandrake Company series and brings back characters from the other books, such as Val, Gregor, Tick, and Striker.
 

Breath of Life by Christine Pope
Goodreads Synopsis:
Anika Jespers, a homesteader's daughter on a Gaian colony, thinks she's destined for a dull existence on her family's farm. But when her father makes an impossible bargain with their neighbor, one of the alien Zhore, she faces a future different from anything she could have possibly imagined.

The familiar story of Beauty and the Beast takes on new life in this inventive SF romance novella, with the Beauty a homesteader's daughter and the Beast an alien on a faraway colony world.

Novella: 32,000 words, approximately 120 pages

Noelle in His Heart by C.E. Kilgore
Goodreads Synopsis:
A Christmas romance with a Sci-Fi twist! 

Noelle has made the same wish for the past six years to the angel on top of Father Nathan's Christmas Tree. All she wants for Christmas is someone with warm arms to hold her and who can understand that she has commitments - commitments which include the twenty-six children at the foster center she volunteers for. 

Stranded on Earth six years ago, Steve and his crewmates have done a pretty good job of secretly finding a place in human society, but it doesn't erase the loneliness that hits hardest around the holidays. He longs for companionship and someone who will understand that his alien heart can love just as deeply.


(On my Nook)



Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Master of Myth by Starla Huchton
Danube Waves by Katharina Bordet
Rhune by Michael J. Sullivan
Heartstealer by K.T. Bryski
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
7th Son: Deceit by J.C. Hutchins
7th Son: Destruction by J.C. Hutchins
House of Grey 5 by Collin Earl
7th Son: 7 Days anthology by J.C. Hutchins
House of Grey 6 by Collin Earl
Waiting On by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tales from the Archives ~ Christmas Special 2014

Tales from the Archives, Vol. 3: Christmas Special

Written & Narrated by:  Philippa Ballantine & Tee Morris

Format:  Podcast, 42:58 minutes

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk

Series:  11th in Tales of the Archives Vol. 3 podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Recommendation:  Nice way to meet new characters and authors in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising.  The archives are full of stories to be told.

Synopsis:
A Christmas to Die for

Even an assassin must go home for Christmas.

Sophia del Morte, skilled spy-for-hire, now faces the most formidable of opponents: family. It is the closing of the year, after all; and the lethal Italian beauty returns to her home village for wine, food, and memories.

As this is the del Morte family, Sophia tries to brace herself for awkward talk at the dinner table, and perhaps a touch of intrigue.

Anything to make her Nonna happy…

My Thoughts and Summary:
Sophia del Morte returns home for the holidays. The family sets their spy ways aside for one night, to visit. Nonna, the matriarch of the family, wants them together, believing in family. But being the family of spies and assassins, it's hard to not be suspicious...

What does a family of spies and assassins talk about around the dinner table at the holiday? Oh the conversations. lol.

On her way home, as she has to take a horse to the village, her black sheep of the family cousin is returning as well. Ortensia, a surgeon rather than an assassin or spy, wants to talk with Sophia. Sophia tries to ignore the constant babbling of her cousin.

Even though Sophia is a 'bad' person, I've enjoyed her more and more. She's got morals, though they are a bit different as normal people would see, but she's got limits and rules she lives by. As does her family. To see the family as a whole is like looking at any family together, just the conversations are a bit different. And maybe a few hidden weapons on their person and around the home... Nonna is a strong leader of the family. She has goals for her family. Though they might think differently for themselves at times.

Oh I did have a few chuckles at the family interactions. They do have a great reaction to each other and events. Then there was a warm moment with Nonna too. Well rounded family time. lol!

Being of the profession Sophia is, she trusts no one. Her eyes return to the man Rosia has brought to dinner.

What could a spy and assassin family wish for, for Christmas? What miracle, this night will come? For a family of this profession, there is something, but you have to listen to find out.


Curious about Sophia? You can learn more at Pip Ballantine's guest post on Sophia del Morte. And you can pick up the 3rd book of Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences which has more scenes of Sophia: The Diamond Conspiracy.




Would you like to listen to these? For a taste of the characters or in addition to the book... Visit The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

You can find these for your Reading pleasure in any eFormat you would like at Smashwords.

You can find the Archives: Amazon Kindle ~ Tales from the Archives Scroll through the list for them all, and the ones you still need.

There are short stories always added to the listing. So keep checking back!



I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Book Review: Fury

Fury

By:  Krista D. Ball

Publish Date:  May 10, 2015

Format:  eARC

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  3rd in Tranquility trilogy; Book 1 ~ Tranquility's Blaze, Book 2 ~ Tranquility's Grief, Novella (short stories) ~ Interlude: Stories from Tranquility

First Glance Feel:  Warriors have done things they regret, and will continue to have to do the things so others don't have too. The conclusion to Bethany's worries about magic, hers and in the world.

Synopsis:
As Lady Champion, Bethany has always made the big sacrifices, the ones that plague her with nightmares so that others can sleep. Trapped behind enemy lines and powerless to take down the barrier surrounding the Magi army, Bethany struggles to keep herself and her small team of soldiers alive – no matter the cost.

However, when Apexia’s daughters discover the true source of Magic, Bethany is forced to make the biggest sacrifice imaginable in the name of peace: the death of the Gentle Goddess herself.

First Sentence:
"She isn't dead," Arrago growled as he thrust a finger in Allric's direction.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Noble

My Thoughts and Summary:
War is waiting for the magic barrier Sarissa has up, protecting her on her island, to drop. Arrago is king with the elves camped at his door, waiting to attack. They all have come to places in their lives that things are complicated and are trying to work through and past it as best they can when letters from Mother Aneese arrive. The letters from the late Aneese bring up strong feelings among our Tranquility crew, and are needed to work through pasts that haunt them all.

Krista has come full circle in this book with having me tear up at the beginning to crying in the end as well. I've felt a full range of emotions while reading this book; sadness, happiness, laughing at quick jokes, and worrying about the war and characters I love. War is war, and it hurts to see the results of it. But I am glad Krista didn't fill it with fake dreams in the end.

This book is a little different in it's telling. The first chapter will draw you in and make you curious to many different things with different characters. Then we will take a small step back in time to see what brought us to this point. I liked this. It gave me a feel of what is going on then how we got to it.

The world feels complicated for all in the beginning - war, royal bills, marriage, friends, love, spying, waiting, food, and so much more. It's a rough patch as winter comes to an end and war waits for her moment to strike.

Bethany is plagued by the nightmares. Nightmares of what she's done for others, the lives she's taken and all the blood she's spilled and seen spilled. But she's not alone in reliving her nightmares. The others who are with her in their duties remember too. And the one who took her power is having troubles with what Bethany's power knows and remembers. Bethany is also working hard to accept Arrago and his situation in Taftlin. Arrago is working hard at getting a kingdom turned around in their thinking of woman and slaves while being patient with Bethany coming to terms with his placement.

Lenhra, Bethany's little sister, is such an innocent, but she grows up in the face of war and is so important in the part she plays. We have all our favorites here when we read and they all steal their moments of bringing a smile to the readers face. But in the face of death I guess if you don't hve something to laugh at you will lose yourself.

The letters from the late Mother Aneese... ah. These are precious and full of meaning for the characters and us. They help our favorite characters cope through things and conclude other things. These are very sentimental for me as well, after knowing these characters so well in the books of this series.

It is a bitter sweet read as it's the end of the trilogy. BUT! I have it on good authority there will be at least one more story (novella) that is to come. I do look forward to it!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Post #83

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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I know. I missed another week. This post is two weeks worth. Last weekend was a crazy on the go weekend again. We celebrated kiddo's 16th birthday and he took his written test.

I do believe kiddo's track meets are over and I'll be home in the evenings more. So I can (hopefully) get some exercising done. Hopefully.

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... Erm... Life is moving faster than me. *sigh*

We have two weeks to discuss here. For two weeks ago, I didn't get any exercising in. But I did get to push mow the grass, again. So that works for one day.

For the latest week: And I did push mow the grass one day.

I really need to get a second day of exercise in!


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:

Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone


Current Podcast Book Listen:
Revolution by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
The Horde by Patrick Scaffido


Finished Last Week: 
House of Grey 6 by Collin Earl

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
7th Son: 7 Days anthology by J.C. Hutchins

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Last Week on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)

Click the link to learn more about the books and their series:


Posts:
Writing Update for April - I also share what I'm planning as a schedule for everything.

Around the Internet...


Reviews:





Podcast Review:

Tales from the Archives:


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Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:



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This Week to Come on the Blog:

I do have 2 reviews posted for next week! Woot! I'm on a roll. lol. ;D
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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:



Won:




Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App)
The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan
Goodreads Synopsis:
Enter a hidden world of magic, mystery, danger and romance in this YA fantasy from Amazon bestselling author, Rachel Morgan...

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.

[This novel was originally published in four separate parts: Guardian,LabyrinthTraitor and Masquerade. It includes bonus scenes at the end that were not published in the individual parts.]

Marcus: Scifi Alien Invasion Romance by Anna Hackett
Goodreads Synopsis:
In the aftermath of a deadly alien invasion, a band of survivors fights on…

In a world gone to hell, Elle Milton—once the darling of the Sydney social scene—has carved a role for herself as the communications officer for the toughest commando team fighting for humanity’s survival—Hell Squad. It’s her chance to make a difference and make up for horrible past mistakes…despite the fact that its battle-hardened commander never wanted her on his team. 

When Hell Squad is tasked with destroying a strategic alien facility, Elle knows they need her skills in the field. But first she must go head to head with Marcus Steele and convince him she won’t be a liability. 

Marcus Steele is a warrior through and through. He fights to protect the innocent and give the human race a chance to survive. And that includes the beautiful, gutsy Elle who twists him up inside with a single look. The last thing he wants is to take her into a warzone, but soon they are thrown together battling both the alien invaders and their overwhelming attraction. And Marcus will learn just how much he’ll sacrifice to keep her safe.


(On my Nook)



Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Master of Myth by Starla Huchton
Danube Waves by Katharina Bordet
Rhune by Michael J. Sullivan
Heartstealer by K.T. Bryski
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Tales From the Archives: Clockwork Portal When Timelines Go Awry
Tales From the Archives: Foothold
Tales From the Archives: 2014 Christmas Special 
Space Casey: Season 2 by Christiana Ellis
House of Grey 4 by Collin Earl
7th Son: Deceit by J.C. Hutchins
Fury by Krista D. Ball
7th Son: Destruction by J.C. Hutchins
House of Grey 5 by Collin Earl
7th Son: 7 Days anthology by J.C. Hutchins
House of Grey 6 by Collin Earl

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Audio Book Review: Space Casey: Season 2

Space Casey - Season 2

By:  Christiana Ellis

Narrated By:  Christiana Ellis with host of others

Publish Date:  2014

Format:  Podiobook

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  2nd season in Space Casey series; 1st Season ~ Space Casey

First Impression:  Quick romp through the past, and future, with Casey at the helm. Oh trouble just waits...

Synopsis:
In this follow-up to the award-winning comedy-science-fiction-audio-drama: "Space Casey", Casey the intergalactic con-artist continues her thrilling tale of adventure, fraud, and time travel!

First Sentence:
All crew to battle stations.

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*I listened to this story for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Casey has been called to the stand as a witness to the crime planned by The Old Ones (on what they did in Season 1). She's made a deal, a pardon of all her crimes for the testimoney. However, what Casey has to share today is more than her case against The Old Ones, and more about her ventures of how she's saved the Universe, once again, with the time machine... So the tale begins, with Casey doing what she can't resist and does best, stealing the time machine.

This is Casey's story since the end of the first season. She's spent time with Feeblo but she can't resist the urge she feels when it comes to the time machine. Her need for adventure and curiousity for the unknown spark. Time travel is something she just can not pass up. She has to take it for a spin, and maybe along the way set up her past to make her rich now. But in the case of doing that... oh my. The con-artist in her tries to shine, but things twist and turn on her faster than she can keep up. All I have to say is, thank goodness for the time machine...

Maybe?

Wow, things get complicated and confusing when messing with the time line. There is a constant circle that exists and once you are jumping around enough, you can 'predict' that something will happen. Of course you have to make it happen at some point, in some fashion. But with a time machine! Yes, it's all possible. Confused yet? lol.

It's a fun story with Casey and her adventures. It does start to get convoluted but works itself out as well. I enjoyed Casey's personality, the free spirit she is. This book felt more her looking for trouble than blindly stumbling into it like I felt in the first book. But just when I thought things might be bland... episode 5 happens. Things have taken a deeper turn and future Casey is involved. I became beyond curious here.

Casey even makes a (unwanted) visit to the past, a distant past, that becomes all too neat to listen too. We see a piece of the past that is *actually* connected to time travel! Well, in Casey's world it is. ;)

It all works out in the end. All your explainations are given. And seems maybe Casey might have learned a thing or two... Nah. That can't be! lol.

These episodes are a tad longer than those of the first season, but still short. These are closer to 20 minutes as the first book were about 15 minutes. And there is only 10 episodes again as well.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tales from the Archives Vol 3 #10

Tales from the Archives, Vol. 3: #10

Written & Narrated by:  Paul Ellis

Format:  Podcast, 49:40 minutes

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk

Series:  10th in Tales of the Archives Vol. 3 podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Recommendation:  Nice way to meet new characters and authors in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising.  The archives are full of stories to be told.

Synopsis:
Foothold

Venture back to the beginnings of the Ministry, where a young man named Rowan Clayworth finds himself trapped between love and an eldritch danger. Director Culpepper Source may yet help him find reason in a world full of peculiar occurrences like the ones he is facing.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Clayworth is hired by Dale to learn about the plate he found when he and his sister nearly drown. While here, Clayworth finds himself attracted to Madeline, and that Madeline is attracted to him as well. She's a delightful distraction, but he has a rubbing of the ruins on the stone that he takes to Professor Culpepper and things are more than he thought, along with Professor Culpepper being more than he appears.

This story had a few surprising turns to the events. Learning of Dale, Madeline, and Professor Culpepper along with the starts of Miggins. I'm glad I didn't stop listening at first when I was unsure and unfocused at the first few moments.

Madeline was, and still is, a curiosity to me. I wanted to know what she could do and was up to.

The narrator reminds me of an audiobook reading. The author/narrator does all the voices in different tones so we can differentiate them. After a few moments at the beginning, I was able to listen easily to his voices and know who was who.

And the ending! Oh, surprise surprise! lol. This was interesting to learn of Professor Culpepper. And I'm wondering what of the connections Clayworth has? There are objectives still out there and will there be not so good things to come? Could we get more of Clayworth and this story?

This important moment in Clayworth's life has concluded, but maybe we could get more with him?



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I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.