A Murder in 2079 by Mehmet Ali Yazan

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Book: A Murder in 2079

Author: Mehmet Ali Yazan

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi fans

Publication Date: October 5, 2019

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNFed

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 150

Synopsis: A robotic murderer.
A planet in chaos.
And the one detective to uncover the truth behind it all.
In 2079, humanity has spread through space and with them, they bring robots. All regulated. All overseen. All in strict compliance with UN standards and the three robotic laws of Isaac Asimov. The first law of robotics is clear: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Everyone knows it’s impossible, but when senior detective Harry Mortimer is sent to Icarus B, it’s to seek the impossible.
Has a rogue artificial intelligence discovered a loophole? Is a human playing puppet master? Are these the right questions? With only his wits, Mortimer, his assistant Scott Yvensen and an increasingly bogged down police department must find answers all while under assault by mysterious assassins and threats against humankind itself. As the mystery begins to unravel, Mortimer faces a new enemy who carries him on a chase across the stars and a strange new threat.
But this is only the beginning.

Review: I had to DNF this book. It’s got a very interesting concept behind it, but the pacing is super fast and it’s a bit confusing to someone who’s not normally into robot books. I think this would be a good book for my husband though!

Verdict: It’s not for me, but maybe for you!

The Mindful Betrayal by Aarica Dee Koliyah

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Book: The Mindful Betrayal

Author: Aarica Dee Koliyah

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 2/5

Recommended For…: thriller fans

Publication Date: June 9, 2018

Genre: Thriller

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNFed

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 183

Synopsis: In a twisted tale of friendship, can a murderer be loyal to a friend? Can a best friend become a deadliest enemy in just a blink of an eye? Trust no one! If there is someone to die, who should it be? Brace yourself and fall into the characters of this fiction. Find out how in the end, the stalker Damien became Delle’s savior. If you can survive a death, can you survive the betrayal of a friend?

Review: I had to DNF this book. It was an interesting concept, but the book didn’t develop the characters or world building and the book was weirdly written. It often repeats scenes and is really choppy in it’s flow.

Verdict: Not for me, but maybe for you!

Space Between Us by Jamaal Aflatooni

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Book: Space Between Us

Author: Jamaal Aflatooni

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi fans

Publication Date: August 1, 2019

Genre: Science Fiction

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNFed

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 329

Synopsis: An outcast boy, Darwin Sanders, learns just what an outsider he really is. The world he grew up knowing that was carefully crafted for him comes crashing down when he learns of his true identity. The world itself is put to the test when it learns the same about Darwin.

Review: I had to DNF this read. The book is interesting and has an interesting concept, but the characters didn’t connect with me and the book confused me a lot, so I had to stop.

Verdict: Not for me, but maybe for you!

Paradoxeffair by Maria Vermisoglou (A story from the Glimpses of Time and Magic Anthology) Book Tour

Tour Schedule:

December 28 – Paige @popthebutterfly
December 29 – JP @mr.pink.ink
December 30 – Melina @melisbookreviews
December 31 – Ode Ray @authoroderay
January 2 – Ciara @ciara_writes_and_reads
January 3 – Marizaan @south_african_fangirl
January 4 – Nicole @thereadingrebel

History is quite a fascinating thing. We know the stories that have been told to us since we were children, but there are secrets… Magical secrets that are desperate to be revealed.

Pompeii was a tragedy the world will never forget, but what really caused the volcanic eruption that ended it all?

Why was the great sword Excalibur really destroyed?

The rolling hills of Victorian England seem peaceful enough, but what secrets really lurk there?

And would it surprise you that there are darker secrets in Ancient Rome than people ever dreamed?

If the Great Fog of London isn’t what it seems?

You think you know Harry Houdini, but do you know the man behind all the tricks?

And what if the mystery of Roanaoke runs deeper than you could ever imagine?

Could Ireland’s potato famine really be caused by a mage gone mad?

What if a ghost ship off the coast of England was more than a phantom?

Want to find out the secrets behind each of these stories? Read nine exciting tales where history and magic collide from authors Michaela Baker, James Quinlan Meservy, Ariel Paiement, Joshua Reid, Alicia Scarborough, Maria Vermisoglou, Joanna White, Kandi J. Wyatt, and Sara Zagorski.

The Countdown by Kasia Lasinska

Disclaimer: I received this ebook from the author for Indie Blog Hop. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Countdown

Author: Kasia Lasinska

Book Series: The Deathday Chronicles

Rating: 4.5/5

Recommended For…: dystopian lovers, ya readers

Publication Date: October 30, 2020

Genre: YA  Dystopian

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, romance)

Publisher: Dreamscape Press

Pages: 253

Synopsis: In the Grand Alliance of American States… Your days are numbered.

I’m Theo, and my deathday is in ten days.

The vivid, poison-green digits burning into my left wrist won’t let me forget it.

I brave my remaining days with my best friend by my side — if only I could bring myself to finally kiss her.

But when I receive a mysterious parting gift from the Government, I’m thrown into a wild hunt for a clue that could explain deathdays. Or stop them.

With time running out, every choice I make could be my last…

The Countdown is the addictive full-length prequel to the young adult dystopian series The Deathday Chronicles. Full of action, adventure, romance and heroes in unexpected places, it’s perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner.

The countdown is on.

Review: For the most part I really enjoyed it! It had an early 2000s dystopian feel to it that I still really love. The romance was cute and I loved the progression of it. The world building was fairly well done and the character development was the strongest point of the book. I also really liked the premise of it.

However, I did think that the book felt like I had already read it. I don’t mean that it was plagerized, but that the idea was not something new to me and had already been done before. While I really enjoy plots like this, I did want to see more.

Verdict: Very well done book and I’m excited for the series.

Good Enough by Gemma Donoghue

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Book: Good Enough

Author: Gemma Donoghue

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4.5/5

Recommended For…: contemporary fans, ya readers

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 16+ (suicide TW, romance, slight gore and violence)

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 273

Synopsis: Ten facts about myself.

1. My name is Simon Baker.
2. I’m seventeen years old.
3. I have two sisters. Jessica, who’s fourteen and Bailey who’s twelve.
4. My parents aren’t divorced, they’re still together.
5. We live in a nice two-story house in a nice neighborhood.
6. My parents don’t do drugs, they don’t even drink that often, and neither do I.
7. My parents have never hit us, they’ve never kept us locked up in the basement or kicked us out of the house.
8. No one has ever touched me in the wrong place.
9. I’ve been to parties and I’ve been in a few fights but never over anything serious.
10. I didn’t try to kill myself.

Except that Simon wakes up to find that his parents have had him committed to Palmdale Psychiatric Hospital after a failed suicide attempt. Simon wasn’t normal and he knew it. He was struggling after losing his best -and only- friend, with being an outcast at school. He tries his best to pretend that everything is okay, but there is still a part of him that he would always keep locked away from everyone else.

Here, Simon meets the other patients and is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety and depression. His healing process has just begun when he meets Oliver, another patient, who changes his life.

Review: For the most part, this was a good book. The book instantly drew me in. The story was intriguing and the characters were well developed. The author has a wonderful writing style and I really loved how beautiful the book was.

The only issues I had were that I wish there was more world building and I wish the book was a bit longer.

Verdict: It was great! Get the tissue box ready!

Fragile by Gemma Donoghue

Disclaimer: I received this ebook from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Fragile

Author: Gemma Donoghue

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: contemporary readers

Publication Date: January 19, 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNFed, but ED trigger warnings!

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 301

Synopsis: It started with a candy bar.

One minute Katherine was sitting on the couch watching cartoons, about to eat a Snickers.

The next she was running to the bathroom and shoving two fingers down her throat and throwing up.

Katherine doesn’t know how her eating disorder started; was it curiosity, a jealous competition with her best friend Carol to see who would be the smallest, or was it something else? All she knows is that she dropped six sizes in five months after her grandmother tried to file for custody of her after her parents divorced when she was at her lowest weight.

Katherine feels like she has lost control over her life and the only thing she believes she can control is what she eats. It became easier and easier for her to lie to her dad and say that she had eaten, to lie to herself and say she was full, or to just not eat at all.

At 95 pounds she doesn’t feel like a size zero. She still feels fat. When she looks in the mirror she can all she sees is an ocean of fat hanging off of her body even though no one else can see it. Katherine doesn’t see food as food. She only sees the calories it contains.

Katherine is stuck in a rut in life. And now she’s trapped in the small town of Deer’s Run New York. Life in Deer’s Run is a nightmare come true. Her grandmother has the school nurse, teachers, and lunchroom attendants watch Katherine at lunch, when she goes to the bathroom, and challenges
her constantly to eat the foods she’s spent half of her life avoiding.

Katherine has planned to stay in Deer’s Run for her sophomore year. But what he Dad doesn’t know is that
Katherine only plans on staying long enough to convince her Dad and more importantly her grandmother
that she is healthy. Healthy enough to avoid being shipped back to the Rosewood Inpatient Clinic for Eating Disorders, a treatment center for girls like her—girls with eating disorders.

When Katherine learns that Carol, her best friend, had committed suicide only two weeks earlier, trying to get better is almost impossible.

Not only does she have to listen to her own voice analyzing and obsessing about every single thing she does and every single calorie of food she eats, but she also has to listen to Carol’s as well when she listens to several messages Carol left her.

Messages that will change her life forever.

Review: I had to DNF this book. It had an interesting concept and if you liked Twilight or the other early YA books then you might like this one, but the ED in this book was really hard on me mentally and I can’t focus on it during this time.

Verdict: Not for me at this time.

The Three Privileges by A.V. Davina

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Book: The Three Privileges

Author: A.V. Davina

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: ya readers, fantasy lovers

Publication Date: April 17, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, slight gore)

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 304

Synopsis: When they finally find his trace, his life and the world order change forever.

Nahuel is a teenager -the most wanted in the world- but he doesn’t know it, because his grandfather has managed to hide his true identity from him.

The United Nations Organization sends him an invitation that he cannot refuse. In the mysterious underground floor, Nahuel learns the power of privileges and its sacred connection to nature. Together with a group of young people from all over the world, he will be trained to discover and work his extraordinary skills, without knowing that he is a key player in an ancient, never-ending war.

Nahuel must fight against the devastating forces that the Ignobles bring with them and, on the way, discover who he is and what the true story of his family is.

Review: For the most part I enjoyed this book! The story was intriguing, the world building was done wonderfully well, and the writing was great! I read the book in about an hour and a half because it was so intriguing!

The only issue I had with the book is that the characters didn’t really connect with me. The characters weren’t developed that well in my opinion.

Verdict: It was a great book!

Crystal Shadows, Gripping New Blood by R.J. Parker

Disclaimer: I received this e-book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Crystal Shadows, Gripping New Blood

Author: R.J. Parker

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: mg readers, fantasy lovers

Publication Date: May 28, 2020

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed

Publisher: Olympia Publisher

Pages: 155

Synopsis: Sarah Field lives alone with her dad, a teacher at her school. The two of them share a close bond and, unusually, both have the same birthday, which they also share with Sarah’s grandfather, who died when Sarah was small. Sarah knows very little about her grandfather, and her dad insists on keeping it that way.

However, one night, Sarah finds her dad acting in a mysterious way and also hears strange noises after her dad has gone out. Sarah’s friends come to the rescue to help her investigate, and they make a shocking discovery. Someone is living in the attic! And that someone is none other than Sarah’s grandfather! But, this is no ordinary grandfather…

With the discovery of her grandfather comes the question as to whether Sarah has the power to give life to the amulet – the Telum Deos – that will help to fight the forces of darkness.

Review: I had to DNF this read. The book was written a bit weird and I had to re-read several passages to understand what was going on. The book has promise and looks like it would be fun for middle grade readers, but it needs some more revision.

Verdict: It’s good, just needs work.

An Oddity of Some Consequence by Gary Dickson Interview!

Q & A

An Oddity of Some Consequence

Gary Dickson

November 25, 2020

  1. What is your new release about?

My latest novel, An Oddity of Some Consequence, is a romance complicated by disparities of background and secrecy. In one character, there is the reluctance to reveal a long-kept secret and in the other is the persistence to achieve an intimacy that will promote a relationship of depth. These two motives are incompatible until the secret is known and is accepted. Most romances scuttle their own progress by the inflexibilities of the lovers themselves. Understanding another person is a lot more complex than is commonly perceived. 

  1. What does the title refer to?

Titles like book covers are important. I’ve been fortunate that my publishers have liked my titles and haven’t tried to persuade me to alter them. My strategy, if it could be called that, is to hint at the content in the most subtle of ways. I try to pick a word that is not overly used so that the reader questions herself as to its meaning. For example, in the current book, An Oddity of Some Consequence, oddity is the under-used word that has a quirkiness all its own. It’s very different than strange or unusual. And I thought when combined with the word, “consequence” limited by the word, “some,” might just make it all the more puzzling. My other books, An Improbable Pairing and A Spy with Scruples, use some of the same word logic. 

  1. What inspired the novel?

I’m intrigued by relationships and their evolution from first meeting to full blown infatuation. And that’s not even the tricky part. Making a relationship evolve and grow over time is the interesting quality. As a result, I wanted to insert a hurdle of an unusual nature to test the characters resolve. Granted the hurdle I introduced is a high one, but these two characters because of their experience, sophistication, and intelligence need the unexpected challenge.

  1. What is something interesting you found during your research for the book?

I wasn’t burdened by a lot of research which is an important tenet of my writing. I find it difficult honing-in on my own voice when I’m saddled with facts gleaned from other people’s writings. I tend to believe in memory and experience which are all mine either right or wrong.

  1. What makes for a great love story?

The question by its nature seems to demand an answer containing a formula. But love is a personal thing, and everyone knows when they’re in love, but many have a hard time explaining either what it is or what qualities of the beloved they find so irresistibly attractive. I presume some standard answers might be beautiful people, passion, place, situation, intriguing plot, conflicts arising out of differences in social standing, education, experience, etc. But romantic love is nuanced and when right fits the lovers’ needs and personalities so perfectly that the relationship rings true for readers.

  1. If your main characters could ask you anything, what would they ask?

I make sure that my characters follow orders–no backtalk.

  1. What would a sequel to this novel look like?

Funny you should ask because others have wanted to know what happens next. And I have some ideas, but I can’t let the cat out of the bag yet.

  1. Do you listen to music while you write?

I love classical music, and I often listen to it as well as other genres. And I’ve read that many writers are inspired by different kinds of music. But in my case, I find music slightly distracting to my thought process.

  1. What is the next project for you?

I’m finishing up on the sequel to the sequel of An Improbable Pairing and A Spy With Scruples. The same characters, but five years from the ending of the spy book. It’s entitled A Greed for Green. It takes place in Paris, Palm Beach, and Columbia.

  1. What advice would you give new authors who are trying to publish/write their first book?
  • Write about something you already know about. 
  • Work out the next scenes in the story before you sit down to write.
  • Re-read the work of the previous session before launching into new material.
  • Don’t be afraid to re-write if something’s not working.
  • There are about 5,000 sentences in a novel.
  • Be careful what you read, or you’ll find it turning up in your own writing.
  • Realize that writing is one thing, publishing is quite another.
  • Don’t expect to be famous overnight, or ever for that matter.
  • Don’t expect untold riches overnight, or ever for that matter.
  • Remember to ask yourself from time to time why readers should care about your characters.
  • Be careful of daily quotas. Be nice to yourself.